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Trainer Jonas Czernyson is getting Maven ready to defend her division title among older female trotters, but last year's Dan Patch Award winner is not his sole focus as he prepares her for the stakes season. Four additional older female trotters are receiving Czernyson's attention as he looks forward to the Miami Valley Distaff on May 4 at Ohio's new Miami Valley Raceway. Joining the 5-year-old Maven in the division for Team JC are 5-year-old D'Orsay and 4-year-olds Ma Chere Hall, Mistery Woman, and Coffeecake Hanover. All five were in qualifier action last week at the Meadowlands, and all should be returning there again Saturday morning for qualifying efforts. "It's going to be an interesting year," Czernyson said. "We're unfortunately going to have to race against each other, but we just have to hope for the best. When you have horses that are that good, they're going to go up against each other." Maven finished second by a half-length to older male trotter Uncle Peter in last week's qualifiers, timed in 1:56.1. Last season, Maven was the unanimous selection for the Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter after winning 10 of 14 races and $509,220 for owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. "So far everything is very good," Czernyson said. "She did what we asked her to do (in her qualifier). We wanted to go somewhere between (1):56 and (1):57 and that's what she did. That was the beginning and we'll go from there." Where she goes could be overseas. Czernyson is considering sending Maven to Sweden for the Elitlopp on May 25. "We're thinking about that," said Czernyson, a native of Sweden. "We're trying to get some better shipping arrangements for that. That would be very fun. That would be very nice if we could go over there and win that race. "She's coming back as nice as she did before, but we'll see how she does racing. That's when we'll make the full decision whether we're going or not." For her career, Maven has won 25 of 40 races and $1.42 million. D'Orsay finished third in the qualifier with Uncle Peter and Maven. She trotted in 1:56.3. Last year, D'Orsay won four of 14 races and $189,928 for owner Consus Racing Stable. Her wins included the Muscle Hill Stakes and Ima Lula Series final and she finished third in the Breeders Crown. D'Orsay has won seven of 46 career starts and $348,335. "She's her own worst enemy," Czernyson said. "Unfortunately, when the gate leaves, she wants to leave with it. Hopefully we can get her to settle down a little more. She's sure fast enough. She's a lot better now than she was at 2; we just have to hope she keeps on maturing." Ma Chere Hall finished second by three-quarters of a length to Archangel in her qualifier. She was timed in 1:56.4. Last season as a 3-year-old, Ma Chere Hall won nine of 17 races and $506,869 for owners Walnut Hall Limited, Aldebaran Park, and Joe Sbrocco. Her victories included the Matron Stakes and Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. She ended the campaign with a second-place finish in the Moni Maker Stakes, which was won by Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. She also was second in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. For her career, Ma Chere Hall has won 12 of 29 races and $668,933. "She's coming back very nice," Czernyson said. Mistery Woman finished sixth in the qualifier with Ma Chere Hall, timed in 1:57.4. Last year, she won three of 15 starts and $292,323 for owners Millstream Inc., Misty Miller, Donovan, and Aldebaran Park. Her wins included the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Filly Memorial Trot and she was third in the Moni Maker. Lifetime, Mistery Woman has won six of 20 career races and $380,500. "She's also coming back very nice," Czernyson said. "(Driver David Miller) was happy with her. Hopefully she can step it up and go with the big girls." Coffeecake Hanover is a newcomer to the Team JC Stable. She was purchased for $140,000 by Czernyson's wife, Christine, at November's Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. Last season in the stable of trainer Ron Burke, Coffeecake Hanover won four of 16 races and $194,473. She captured a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and was second to Frau Blucher in the Buckette Stakes. For her career, she has won eight of 27 races and $359,816. She finished fifth in her qualifier, one spot ahead of Mistery Woman, timed in 1:57.3. "(Christine) bought her as a future broodmare also," Czernyson said. "We'll try to make some of our money back at the racetrack first, and then we'll go from there. So far she's been training down really good. "I wish I saw better than a :30.2 last quarter in the qualifier, but there was a headwind and we didn't have her rigged right. We're going to make a few changes to her and hopefully she should be a little sharper for this week." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Standardbred Canada has announced the winners of the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event, the annual Black Tie Gala was held in Charlottetown, PEI, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel and PEI Convention Centre. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. O’Brien was born in Alberton, PEI. Bee A Magician who was perfect in her 2013 season, was the unanimous choice in the Three-Year -Old Trotting Filly division and was also voted Canada’s Horse of The Year. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her races last season and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore campaign. The daughter of Hall of Fame sire Kadabra took a mark of 1:51 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The invincible filly’s stakes victories included the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Sylvain Filion successfully defended his Driver of The Year title. In 2013 he led all reinsmen in the nation in terms of purse earnings, as his mounts banked $6,111,736. Filion finished as the leading money-winning driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack. The resident of Milton, Ont. earned the Lampman Cup for the second straight year, as he topped the Ontario Sires Stakes standings for drivers. Filion celebrated his richest win of the season while steering Boomboom Ballykeel to a 10-1 upset victory in the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Richard Moreau was voted Trainer of The Year following an impressive season that saw his stable win 279 races and earn $3,623,805 in purses. The resident of Puslinch, Ont. earned training titles across Ontario at Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Woodbine Racetrack. Moreau topped the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The 2013 season marked the 14th consecutive year that his stable has surpassed the $1-million mark in purse earnings. Alberta’s Kelly Hoerdt won the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship. Hoerdt is a successful driver/trainer who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. The 2013 season was another productive year for Hoerdt, as he trained 82 winners and horses to $623,000, and drove 66 winners and horses that earned over $490,000. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in terms of earnings at Alberta Downs. His stable was led by sophomore pacing colt Premium Attaction, a multiple stakes winner that rattled off six wins in 11 races and over $111,000 Precocious Beauty was honoured as Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, $462,912 in purses and took a mark of 1:50.1 which tied a world record for a one-mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. The two-year-old pacing colt title went to Arthur Blue Chip, who scored six wins in 11 starts and bankrolled $400,120 for his connections. The son of Shadow Play took a mark of 1:51.2 in his Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk before being scratched ‘sick’ from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore in 2013 and added another O’Brien (Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year) to her trophy case. The talented filly boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner up finish in the American National. Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation took the hardware home as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of The Year. Vegas Vacation gave his connections the ride of a lifetime in 2013. Conditioned by Casie Coleman, the son of Bettors Delight put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 from 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses. He wheeled off victories in his first four races which included the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and an elimination of the Pepsi North America Cup. On September 19 he captured the Little Brown Jug in straight heats – both timed in 1:50. ‘Vegas’ finished his sophomore season with a win in the Matron Stakes to put his bankroll at just over $976,000. Anndrovette continued to dominate the pacing mare ranks in 2013, and, for the third consecutive year, was crowned Canada’s Older Pacing Mare of The Year. The daughter of Riverboat King was on the board in all but three of her 21 races. Some of her major wins included three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway along with the Roses Are Red and Breeders Crown eliminations. On July 20 at Mohawk Racetrack she captured the Roses Are Red final in a career best 1:48. The talented mare now has 35 lifetime wins and a career bankroll of almost $2.6 million. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again was voted Canada’s Older Pacing Horse of The Year. Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season, as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final, as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final for his third straight million-dollar campaign. He entered the year within reach of the all-time earnings record for pacers, and he managed to obliterate that mark by adding $1.4 million to his bank account while visiting 11 different racetracks along the way. He closed the season by sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at the Meadowlands. Riveting Rosie was the winner in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Riveting Rosie closed out her rookie campaign with six wins in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Her major victories included the Peaceful Way Final, her Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain Stakes. In the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, it was Father Patrick who took the O’Brien trophy. He topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Series. Flanagan Memory was voted Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year after a productive season which saw him win seven of 11 races and $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning his Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Maven was voted Canada’s Older Trotting Mare of The Year. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She added wins in the Miss Versatility Trotting Series, an elimination and final of the Armbro Flight, and the Allerage. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her bankroll. For the second consecutive year, Mister Herbie captured the title as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of The Year. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in stakes competition, including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067 in purses. Seelster Farms, of Lucan, Ont. was honoured as the Armstrong Breeder of The Year. In 2013, Seelster-bred horses scored 248 wins and $2.1 million in earnings. In the Future Star category, the winner of this first-time award was trainer/driver Travis Cullen. The 21-year-old Alberta-based horseman closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the final card of the meet while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. The complete list of winners follows. 2013 O’BRIEN AWARD WINNERS PACERS Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer - Precocious Beauty owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Arthur Blue Chip owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer - I Luv The Nitelife owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Vegas Vacation owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON Older Pacing Mare - Anndrovette owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Older Pacing Horse - Foiled Again owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL TROTTERS Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Riveting Rosie owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Father Patrick owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Bee A Magician owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Flanagan Memory owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Older Trotting Mare - Maven owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL Older Trotting Horse - Mister Herbie owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY PEOPLE AWARDS O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Armstrong Breeder of The Year Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON Driver of The Year Sylvain Filion, Milton, ON Trainer of The Year Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB STANDARDBRED CANADA MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Media Excellence Awards program, established by Standardbred Canada in 2008, is aimed at honouring exceptional work that covers Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal. Outstanding Written Work Paul Delean ’Reaching Improbable Heights’ 'Reaching Improbable Heights', written by Paul Delean, was published in the December, 2012 issue of Trot Magazine. It tells the story of trotter Intimidate’s incredible journey from obscurity to harness racing’s biggest stage and the ride of a lifetime that two smalltime owners from Quebec are still pinching themselves over. Outstanding Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group North America Cup HD Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group’s North America Cup broadcast aired across Canada on The Score television network on Saturday, June 26, 2013. The one-hour special of the $1-million North America Cup was the first live high definition broadcast of a standardbred race in Canada. The show featured live race coverage of the main event, a feature on Marvin Katz (co-owner of eventual winner Captaintreacherous) and a profile of a very special racing fan – Sydney Weaver. The broadcast was a production of WEG’s broadcast department, produced by Rob Platts and directed by Kris Platts. Outstanding Photography Clive Cohen Clive Cohen captured the sunset behind trainer Rene Dion warming up Ocean Mist Beauty on September 19, 2013 at Mohawk Racetrack. The image was published on WEG’s Facebook page later that night. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

DOVER, Del. ---- Dover Downs is racing today, Monday, Feb. 3. While heavy snow has again hit much of the Northeast, the Dover area received only a light drizzle. The Monday feature race features Monochromatic putting a two-race win streak on the line meeting stakes seasoned Cheyenne Miriam in the $20,000 Mares/Handicap pace. Post time is 4:30 p.m. North State Street Stable's Monochromatic has won the top female pace this meet three times including the last two weeks Ken Wood, Bill and Steve Iaquita's Jeremes Sweetheart and driver Ron Pierce have been in the finish photo in each of her last six starts including four-time second. A new contender this Monday is Cheyenne Miriam with Tony Morgan driving. The four-year-old won a Matron Stakes elim in November and has since raced against top class females at Yonkers and the Meadowlands. Rich Lombardo, Dave Kryway and Seafood Delight Stable's Cooking The Books and Allan Davis with two seconds in his previous three starts moves to post 2 this time. Bob Winkleman's greatly improved Paradise Lost with Ross Wolfenden has been sharp all meet. The other leading contenders are Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart handled by George Dennis, Valerya, bred, owned, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr. and Jim Carr's Narancia Hanover piloted by Trace Tetrick. In the secondary feature, $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace, Don Reed and trainer George Wagner's Grandview Hanover (George Dennis), a four-time winner this meet takes on Rich Ashley and Mike Cain's steady Beechwood Diana; Katherine Bardis and George Teague's sharp Lloyd's Lady with Montrell Teague; Crawford Partners' Air Miles Hanover teamed with Vic Kirby; Brit Evans' Kiss My Yankee (Tony Morgan). Bay Pond Racing's Winbak Speedi draws the rail with Allan Davis while Ed Gold and trainer Ben Stafford's Matinee Dragon, a winner of two of his last three, must overcome post 8 and will be driven by Ben Stafford Jr. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

East Rutherford, NJ --- Emeritus Maximus, who was purchased for $248,000, was the sales topper Monday at the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls. Kevin McDermott bought the 4-year-old male pacer for brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. “He’s Roman, so I had to get him,” John Cancelliere said, laughing. “We’re from the same peninsula.” Emeritus Maximus was among three horses to sell for more than $200,000. Five-year-old male trotter Appomattox sold for $240,000 to Finland’s Reima Kuisla, with trainer Liisa Vatanen signing the ticket, and 4-year-old male pacer Wake Up Peter went for $210,000 to trainer Ray Remmen. A total of 17 horses sold for at least $80,000. Emeritus Maximus is a son of stallionRocknroll Hanover out of the mare Eternity’s Delight. He has won six of 35 career races and earned $292,305. His most recent victory was Jan. 18 at the Meadowlands, where he won by six lengths in 1:50.2. Last year, he won five times and banked $245,397 out of the stable of trainer Tony Alagna. He won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and an elimination for the Hempt Memorial. He finished second to Lucan Hanover in the New Jersey Classic and was third in the Matron Stakes. “We talked to a bunch of people and we kind of liked him, so we went for him,” Cancelliere said. “He’s got to race against some of the best horses out there; it’s as tough as it’s going to get. You’ve got some killers floating around out there (in the older pacer division) and he’s still a babe in the woods. But you always have high hopes.” Alagna’s stable also raced Wake Up Peter last season. A son of Rocknroll Hanoverout of the mare Lovely Lady, Wake Up Peter earned $307,091 despite going winless in 19 starts. No 3-year-old pacer in history has ever earned as much money while failing to win a race. For his career, Wake Up Peter has won three of 29 starts and earned $604,821. Last year, he was third in the North America Cup, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. “We liked the other horse better, Emeritus Maximus, but we couldn’t get him,” Remmen said. “We took a shot at this one. He fits some late closers here at the Meadowlands; maybe we can get a little money back. I think he’ll make a solid racehorse. “He doesn’t really match up with the good ones, we know that. But he’s solid. He raced against those good ones all year and he never really got his heart broken. A lot of horses would have called it off and said they were tired of chasing those horses, but he didn’t. He kept chasing them.” Appomattox, who won seven of 45 lifetime races and $407,858 out of the stable of Frank Antonacci, was the top selling trotter. He finished second to My MVP in the 2012 Kentucky Futurity final and was second to Market Share in that same year’s American-National. He is a son of Yankee Glide out of the mare Courtney Hall. Appomattox’s mother is a full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. “He’s just a gorgeous, good-looking, all-around nice horse,” Vatanen said. “He’s going to stay here for now and eventually he’ll probably be going overseas. He’s very well bred, he’s beautiful, and he stands good. There’s nothing bad to say about him.” Vatanen, who previously worked for trainerTrond Smedshammer and has been on her own for two years, didn’t expect Appomattox to go for such a high price. “We thought maybe $200,000, but (Kuisla) really wanted him. He’s got some nice horses at home, but he wants to own a very nice one over here. He’ll have a little bit of a break and we’ll go from there.” Breeder Steve Jones bought 5-year-old female pacer Big McDeal for $125,000. A daughter of McArdle out of the mare Ideal Gal, Big McDeal won 11 of 56 career starts and earned $818,544. As a 2-year-old, she won the Champlain Stakes and a division of the International Stallion Stakes by a head over American Jewel in a world record 1:50.2 at The Red Mile. At 3, she won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in a world record 1:49.1 at The Meadows. She finished second to Economy Terror in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Big McDeal is a half-sister to 2010 Empire Breeders Classic winner Galimony and her second dam, Before Sunrise, won the 1996 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. “She’s done racing,” Jones said about Big McDeal. “I’m going to send her to the farm and probably breed her to Somebeachsomewhere, but I haven’t really decided on that yet. “I’m just happy to get her. You never know what she’s going to do as a broodmare, but her mother has had three fillies that were all very nice fillies. She’s got everything going for her, in my opinion. She’s got great pedigree, great conformation, great racetrack performance. I don’t really know anything she doesn’t have.” Other horses to sell for at least $100,000 were female pacer Yagonnakissmeornot, male trotter Toss Cartwright and male pacer Sparky Mark. A total of 234 horses were sold for $5.97 million, bringing an average of $25,519. Those numbers were better than in 2013 when 206 horses brought $4.54 million and an average of $22,085. Pacing males topped the sale for the second straight year as 97 head sold for an average of $29,754. In 2013, 71 pacing males sold for an average of $29,341. To see all the results from Monday's sale, click here. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

A feature of the catalogue for the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston is the high percentage of winning and winner-producing dams represented in the sale. Seventy percent of the 39 lots are out of race-winning dams, while 40 percent are from winner-producers. The catalogue includes yearlings out of several Group winners highlighted by an Art Major colt out of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmania Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak 1:56.2 ($270,688). Other Group or classic winners include the Evicus winners Cam River and Mon Poppy Mary, the Australian Pacing Gold champion Laconic, the Granny Smith victor Cullens Angel (1:54.8), the Belmont winners Thabela Brioso and El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon (Matron Stakes) and Whata Dragon (Fillies Bracelet). The 39 dams represented have left 35 winners between them including the Victoria Youthful winner Abbreviated, Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), the Tasmanian Sales Classic winners Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner and Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle (Belmont), Cruisin Fella 1:56.6 (Melb.) and Melolyn (1:57.3). For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K.Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com By Peter Wharton

On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY   Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY   Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON   Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY   Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Trotters   Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON   Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI   Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON   Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL   Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY   People Awards   O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON   Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON   Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON   Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON   Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON

Trainer Casie Coleman announced this morning that she is turning Vegas Vacation out for the rest of the 2013 race season and that he will not compete today at Dover Downs in the Progress Pace elimination. “I want to say thank you to my newest millionaire winner Vegas Vacation,” Coleman reported on Facebook this morning. “Vegas didn't come out of the Matron 100 percent. He probably would be fine for the Progress but I've decided that it’s time for him to have some well deserved r and r time. If we didn't half to enter on Monday for Sunday again the day after the Matron I would not have entered him. But we decided to see if he got back to his usual self and he just didn't." For the season, Vegas Vacation posted ten wins in 20 starts with earnings of $971,632 and a lifetime mark of 1:48.3 at Dover Downs. The gelded son of Bettor’s Delight is owned by The West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders, all of Ontario. Throughout the season Vegas Vacation was a main rival to both Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach. His two-heat victory in the Little Brown Jug was his most impressive races for the season and he also captured the Matron Stakes Final, Simcoe Stake, Earl Beale Memorial, North America Cup and the Somebeachsomewhere Stake in 2013. “I want to thank Vegas for an awesome season,” Coleman added, “and enjoy your vacation! We will then prep for your 4-year-old season! Best of luck to everyone else in the Progress Pace.” The race office at Dover Downs could not verifty as of the writting of this release that Vegas Vacation had been officially scratched from the race. With Vegas Vacation out from the $35,000 Progress Pace elimination today at Dover Downs, the remaining eight horses in the race must still compete in order to advance to the final next week. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Frank Deliberti's unsung Dover, Del.-owned filly pacer, Table Talk, pulled off a 19-1 upset victory to win the $132,525 Matron for two-year-old pacing fillies, a part of the biggest day in Delaware racing history when $1,326,863 in purses were up for grab at Dover Downs on Sunday, Nov. 17. A filly purchased as a yearling at the Harrisburg sale, by the Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, was auctioned off for a meager $3,500. In her Matron Final, Table Talk defeated seven other two-year-olds that cost many, many more dollars when purchased. Deliberti, a resident of Dover for more than a decade, is owner of the Wiz Kids Stable, with Bart Dalious, trainer. Deliberti, a retired government worker, became active in harness racing as an owner and as a director of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, which represents harness horsemen in The First State. --------------------------------------------- For the first time in its modern history which dates back more than a century, last Sunday, (Nov. 17), all eight Matron stakes finals were featured on the same program. It became the biggest day in Delaware racing when more than $1.25-million of the day's total $1,326,863 in purses for the 15-race program. The top two-and-three-year-old pacers and trotters squared off racing in Matrons. The rest of the Sunday card featured $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg paces. In one final, the $130,650 Matron sophomore filly pace has a strong Delaware presence. Both Matron elimination winners, Shebestingin (pronounced She Be Stingin), driven by David Miller, was fastest winner in both her elimination and final. The fast-footed filly is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native. Another finalist owned by Delawareans was Jerseylicious, owned by Pamela Curran, of Milford, and Seaford's Legacy Racing Of Delaware racing stables. ------------------------------- This Sunday, nine standout three-year-olds match strides in a $35,000 Progress Pace elimination. Only eight will return next Sunday (Dec. 1) for the $265,000 final. Vegas Vacation, winner of the $160,388 Matron, with a near track record 1:48.3 performance and Sunshine Beach, who finished second lead the field in the 10th race. A newcomer, Wake Up Peter has an unusual season's record. He has won $304,291 in purses but has not won a race this season after racing in many of the top classic races. ------------------------------------------------ The first of the $100,000 Delaware Standarbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals begins on Monday ( Nov. 25). Eight Delaware-sired two-year-old filly trotters meet in the first race on the program. Next Tuesday, the top eight point-getters after two preliminary legs meet in the $100,000 DSBF freshman trot. --------------------------------------------- On Sunday, Nov. 10, 72-year-old horseman Walter Layfield Jr. drove pacer All Gold to a 1:54.1 victory at 61-1, the biggest win price of the early meet. To prove it was not a major upset, Layfield and All Gold came back on Wednesday (Nov. 20) to win again. This time, they were not overlooked; they were race favorite in a 1:52.3 lifetime fastest victory. -------------------------------------- Nine-year-old trotter Up Front Ben won his sixth consecutive win and 10th in 11 races this season when Tony Morgan guided the Eric Ell trainee to victory. Owner Ken Wood announced that his outstanding trotter, Anders Bluestone, has been retired and will stand stallion duty at Linda MacDonald's Merrie Medo Farm in 2014. ---------------------------------------- Driver Eddie Davis Jr. reached a personal milestone when he drove four-year-old mare pacer Special Lindy to victory in the 6th race on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. It was career win #4,000 for Davis, a son of Eddie Davis, the all-time leading driver in the Delaware Valley. Eddie Jr.'s half-brothers, driver Allan and trainer, Martin, are also popular horsemen. The latest Davis is Tyler, Allan's son, who is also a trainer and a driver. ------------------------------ Vic Kirby, who is in the midst of his finest season, ripped off four wins on the Tuesday (Nov.19) card. Then the next day, Tony Morgan, the sport's third-leading driver in lifetime wins, also drove four winners. One week earlier, Corey Callahan made the winner's circle six times. The track all time record is nine wins by Tim Tetrick, in February 2011. -------------------------------------------- Track defending driver champion, Corey Callahan, is seeking his fifth straight track leading driver title. Through Thursday, Nov. 21, Callahan has made the winner's circle 37 times. Allan Davis, enjoying his finest season currently, is next in the standings with 21 wins. Vic Kirby is third with 18 wins, Tony Morgan, fourth, has 15 winners and George Dennis is fifth with 14. ----------------------------------------- Les Givens has moved into first place among trainers. He leads the trainer corps with 10 wins. Eric Ell is next with eight visits to the winner's circle. Wayne Givens, third, with eight, Dylan Davis has six and Trish Foulk with six wins are fourth and fifth respectively. ----------------------------------- For the last four decades on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, including former Dover Downs' horseman, Moses Asia, now 84, and fellow Purple Heart winners, presented an engraved blanket to a race winner. Appropriately, this year, a pacer named Always a Fighter, driven by Chris Page, was the winning horse.   Marv Bachrad  

This Week: TVG FFA Series legs, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil their new grandstand this Saturday with a card featuring the final preliminary legs of the TVG series for older pacers and trotters. Eliminations were also scheduled in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, but will not be required. Those races will go directly to their lucrative finals on Nov. 30. On Sunday night (Nov. 24), Dover Downs will feature a $35,000 elimination in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. The top eight pacers in the nine horse elimination will advance to the $330,000 (est.) Progress Pace final on Dec. 1. Last time: Eight Matron Stakes finals were featured on the Sunday (Nov. 17) program at Dover Downs. The biggest night in Delaware harness racing history featured multiple track records in the Matron events with more than $1.32 million in purses at stake. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE5D8.AE518DC0] Among the horses setting a track record was 3-year-old filly pacer Shebestingin, who scored in 1:49.1, besting Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) to the wire in a final quarter of :27.4. Joe Holloway trains the Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle filly for Ted Gewertz, L&L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms. She won for the 11th time this season and has earned $554,876. Matt Kakaley moved All Bets Off into the lead after a :26.1 opening quarter and was never headed, collecting a 1:50 triumph in the $154,575 Matron 2-year-old colt pace final, breaking the former track mark of 1:50.4 shared by Heston Blue Chip and If I Can Dream. Ron Burke trains the winner for Frank Baldachino, Rosemary Shelswell, The Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing Stable. Nuncio knocked two seconds off Explosive Matter's freshman track mark of 1:55 with a powerful 1:53 decision in the $166,650 2-year-old male trot. John Campbell was at the controls as the Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle youngster record his fifth victory in nine starts. Scott Andrews conditions the winner for Stall TZ Inc. Maywood Park hosted four Grand Circuit stakes on their Friday night (Nov. 15) card and Word Power did all the talking in the Windy City Pace, coming up the inside lane to capture Maywood's premiere event in 1:51.4. Scott Zeron steered the 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Unraced at 2, Word Power pushed his career earnings to $375,804 in securing his seventh lifetime victory in 17 trips postward. Lucan Hanover picked up second-place money, while Apprentice Hanover held on for show honors. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,772; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,523; 3. David Miller - 1,123; 4. Brian Sears - 701.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 672.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,706.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,131.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 493.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 466; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 447.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 364.05; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host eight stakes, the TVG FFA Series finals for trotters and pacers; the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-olds; the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters; and the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover will host the final in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Even if Wake Up Peter fails to win a race this year, he still will have a memorable season when it comes to money. Although winless in 17 races, Wake Up Peter has earned $304,291 - a total good enough for 18th place among all 3-year-old North American pacers in 2013. And if he ends the campaign without a victory, he will have earned more money than any winless 3-year-old pacer in history. Colt pacer At Point Blank finished 1997 winless in 15 starts and banked $269,157, with nearly all his earnings coming in a second-place finish to Dream Away in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. To date, no 3-year-old pacer has finished a year winless and earned more money. "I like to break records," trainer Tony Alagna said with a laugh about Wake Up Peter's season. "Of course, I would like him to get a win," he continued. "But as long as he's doing his work, I know what kind of horse he is. It hasn't changed my opinion of him in any way. For a $20,000 yearling, he's done OK for himself." Wake Up Peter's next chance for a win comes in Sunday's elimination for the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs in Delaware. Wake Up Peter and driver Scott Zeron will start from post seven in the nine-horse field, from which the top eight will advance to the Dec. 1 final. Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach, who finished 1-2 in the Matron Stakes at Dover on Nov. 17, will start the Progress Pace elimination from posts four and five, respectively. The field also includes Clint Westwood, Ronny Bugatti, Emeritus Maximus, Good Day Mate, Dedi's Dragon and Twilight Bonfire. Wake Up Peter heads to the Progress off a third-place finish behind Captaintreacherous and Lucan Hanover in the $256,000 American-National Stakes on Nov. 9 at Balmoral Park in Chicago. It was his first start since back-to-back sixth-place finishes in his elimination for the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and a division of the Tattersalls Pace at Lexington's Red Mile in early October. Prior to those races, he finished third in his elimination of the Little Brown Jug and fifth in the same-day final. "He was a little beat up heading to the Breeders Crown," Alagna said. "After racing in the Jug two heats and two weeks in Lexington, he was a little tired. We gave him some time to freshen up and he came back and raced really good in the American-National. That's as good as he's been in a while." For his career, Wake Up Peter has won two of 26 starts and earned $594,521. He is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Lovely Lady, who is a half-sister to two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty and Worldly Treasure. Worldly Treasure is the dam of Captaintreacherous, who also is trained by Alagna and has earned $2 million this season, with 13 wins in 15 starts. Wake Up Peter is owned by Wake Up Peter Partners, Brittany Farms, Andy Willinger and Eagles Soar Partners. Alagna also trains Emeritus Maximus, who finished third in the Matron Stakes. He has won five of 23 starts and $229,439 for owners Cheap Speed Stable, Alan Alber and Eagles Soar Partners. Simon Allard will handle the driving for the sixth time in the colt's last eight races. "He was tremendous in the Matron," Alagna said. "Simon is getting to know him better and has confidence in the horse." by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications  

For the eleventh time this year, Shebestingin made it look easy in getting to the winner’s circle and on Sunday at Dover Downs she set a track record in winning the $130,650 Matron Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:49.1. Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) left from the rail to take the early lead with Summertime Lea (Yannick Gringras) on their backs. After the opening quarter in :25.4 was when driver David Miller came charging on the outside with the 1/5 favorite, Shebestingin and they easily took command before the half mile pole in :53.4. Racing up the backstretch, Shebestingin held the field at bay as Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) was caught on the outside since the start and could not catch up to the race leaders. Despite no pressure on the outside, Shebestingin still led the field past the three-quarters in 1:21.2 and then held the field at bay coming down the stretch and winning by three easy lengths. Ms Caila J Fra was second with UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) finished third. Sired by Bettor’s Delight, Shebestingin surpassed the prior track record of 1:49.2 that was set by Show Her The Money. She is trained by Joe Holloway and is co-owned by Val D’or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L 7 L Devisser. Shebestingin paid $2.40 to win. “She is very good,” Holloway said. “She was good last week. Hopefully she will mature and will round into form for next year. When my filly is on her game she is as good as anybody. She had a little problem with the starts, some issues with herself. “She was lightly raced last year,” Hollowed explained, “and she will get more mature as she goes along. We thought she was something special when we baby raced her last year. She has gone some good miles and then got hurt so we put her away for the year. She will race once more in the Nadia Lobell at the Meadowlands and that will be it for her for the year. We will race her next year as well.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

Locally owned Table Talk and driver Andy Miller turned the tables on the race favorites as the daughter of Bettor’s Delight upset the field at odds of 19-1 in winning the $132,525 Matron Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies at Dover Downs Sunday. Instant Respect and driver Ron Pierce were the first on the lead Beach Body (Brian Sears) second to the opening quarter mile in :25.4. But then it was Ali Blue and driver Yannick Gingras grinding it out to the front after the fast opening quarter to take command to the half mile marker in :55. Going up the backstretch My Lady Day (David Miller) came first-over and that gave live outside cover to Table Talk past the three-quarters in 1:23. Then as they came down the stretch it seemed as if everyone was going to take a shot at Ali Blue but it was Table Talk who was able to get the job done, collaring the race leading and going on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Ali Blue held for second with Tyra (Tim Tetrick) third. “Bart (Dalious) said she would be good and she was,” said a jubilant Andy Miller in the winner’s circle. “There was a couple good fillies in there who went out early and I just bided my time and then she took off for me.” It was a lifetime mark for Table Talk, who is trained by Bart Dalious for the Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, Delaware. Table Talk now has three wins this season and at 19-1 odds paid a generous $40.20 to win. “She was a cheap purchase from Harrisburg,” Dalious said. “But right from the start she was pretty good. We trained her down and she turned out to be very good. We were hoping we could win, we really were. I thought that maybe we could work out a two-hole trip maybe. But it worked out good the way it did because she did not have to leave. This is the second big win we have had with Andy Miller driving. We have a lot of luck with him.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Nuncio and Hall of Fame driver John Campbell rewrote the track record for freshman trotters with an amazing 1:53 triumph at Dover Downs Sunday in winning the $166,650 Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts. Campbell sent Nuncio to the front early but that was short lived as Skates N Plate, a 33-1 long shot for driver Simon Allard, was determined to get to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :26.3. But Campbell wasted little time sending Nuncio back to the front well before the half mile in :55. Once in the backstretch, Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick) came first-over but was unable to collar the leader at the three-quarters in 1:24. Then after the final turn it was all Campbell and Nuncio scoring with ease by three and one-half lengths. Skates N Plates held for second place with Don Dorado third. “He raced very well,” Campbell said. “Last week he was on the bit too much even though he was on the lead. Tonight he was more manageable and I was able to get him to relax the third quarter. Then he finished up strong. He has raced well every start this year. He just had the misfortune to have to go against Father Patrick most of the season. He has a tremendous amount of natural talent. He has a smooth gait and it does not matter what track surface he races on. I’m looking forward to him coming back next year and being a horse that races in all the top stakes.” It was the second straight win and fifth on the year in just nine starts for Nuncio. The son of Andover Hall is trained by Scott Andrews for the Stall TZ, Inc. Stables of Vero Beach, FL. Nuncio surpassed the previous mark for two-year-olds by a full two seconds (1:55) over Explosive Matters. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley were not only was able to add the $154,575 Matron Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts to their win column but also rewrote the track record as All Bets Off rolled to a 1:50 victory Sunday at Dover Downs. It was Stevensville and driver Tim Tetrick that shot to the early lead from the rail with McWicked (Andy Miller) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.1. But already on the move on the outside was Kakaley with All Bets Off and they were able to clear to the lead with little trouble before the half mile marker in :54.2. Racing up the backstretch Carracci Hanover (Yannick Gingras) came first-over with Bakersfield (Corey Callahan) following the outside flow through the three-quarter mile pole in 1:22.3. As they started down the stretch Stevensville went into the passing lane and looked to mount a challenge but Kakaley had All Bets Off in firm control and they won by one length with Stevensville second and Carracci Hanover third. “He went a big trip,” Kakaley said. “He’s from the Burke’s Stable and they always have them ready. It’s a pleasure to drive horses like this and I can’t thank the Burke’s enough. “We were going a little more this week than last week. I didn’t want to be put in the three-hole so I was going to take my shot and we kept rolling. They have had him for a few weeks now he just gets better and better. I think the sky’s the limit for him right now.” It was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for All Bets Off. The son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Ron Burke and was purchased last month by the Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, the Panhellenic Stable and R. Sheiswell. Scoring a lifetime mark, All Bets Off paid $6.60 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

It was a trot in the park for Ma Chere Hall and driver Corey Callahan as they captured the $164,250 Matron Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Not only did the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe win with ease by four opens lengths but also tied the track record for her age, gender and gait with Personal Style (2012) in 1:53.2. Going right to the lead from the start, Ma Chere Hall cut fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 with Time To Kill (John Campbell) following in the two-hole spot. Thistle Dhu (Brett Miller) came first-over in the backstretch but could not gain any ground on the leaders. Déjà vu Too (Matt Kakaley) was third. “I have had a really fun summer this year with Ma Chere Hall,” Said Callahan, “And this was a good way to culminate the year. I don’t know if she has any more stakes left but I hope she does. She was really super tonight.” Trained by Jonas Czernyson and owned by Walnut Hall Limited, Aldebaran Park and J. Sbrocco, it was the ninth win this year for Ma Chere Hall. She was sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid the mandatory $2.10 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

DOVER, Del. ---- The finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and six Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination divisions. The top eight horses in each division return to the spotlight on the Sunday, Nov. 17 card. The Matron Colt & Gelding Final offers a $160,388 payoff. Sunshine Beach was an impressive 1:50.1 winner of last week's three-year-old male pace elim. John Campbell drove Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Somebeachsomewhere colt into the lead after the opening quarter and then said goodbye to the rest of the field to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable's Emeritus Maximus driver Simon Allard made good use of starting from post 1 and held on to finish second with Bob Key's Twilight Bonfire and Tim Tetrick third. Heading the talented rivals are Vegas Vacation driven by Brian Sears, after starting from the second tier last week, is on the front tier this time, at post 7 for owners Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable; Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon with Yannick Gingras, whose recent credit was an upset win beating Captaintreacherous. Jason Bartlett will handle Prevost, McNeese and Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, winner of the Messenger Stake, the last Triple Crown Pace of the year. Ken Jacobs' Doctor Butch with Corey Callahan leaves from the rail while Only The Lonely and Matt Kakaley, racing for JL Benson Stables and KDM Stables and trainer Nick Surick, complete the lineup. There were two elims leading to this week's $130,650 sophomore filly pace. Both of last week's elim winners have strong Delaware connections, Shebestingin (David Miller), owned by Ted Gewertz, L& L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms, was fastest winner, 1:51.2. is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native and Pam Curran and Legacy Racing Of DE's Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan), who came on for a 1:52.1 success in her elim. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) and The Cheyenne Gang's Cheyenne Miriam (David Miller) were the second-place finishers with Weaver, Bruscemi, Baldacino, Smith and Burke Racing's Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and Up Front Racing's IF Dragon's Queen (Tim Tetrick) third. Stall TZ Inc.'s Nuncio (John Campbell) and Bob Mondillo and trainer Chris Ryder's Well Built (Jim Mettinis), elim winners head the $166,650 sophomore colt trot while Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was an impressive elim winner and drew the rail in the $140,000 two-year-old filly trot final. Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park and Walnut Hall's Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) leads the $164,250 three-year-old filly final while in the $153,225 Matron colt section, Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) owned by Nick Cimino, was a wire-to-wire elim winner. Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and RAW Equine's Ali Blue leads the $132,525 two-year-old filly pace final with the colt division going for $154,575 with elim winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) racing for Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, was the elim winner last Sunday. In addition to all eight Matron Finals featured on a power packed 15-race program, there are also three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old filly 1st leg preliminary divisions and two colt paces. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

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