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J&M Racing Stable's Embassy Seelster ($10.80, George Dennis) set a new track record for aged pacing mares with a 1:51.3 triumph in the $12,500 Mares Open II at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. The Doug Lewis-trainee led most of the way in her half-length victory over San Fran Lady N and Star Keeper. The 5-year-old Modern Art mare reset the track record, formerly held by Ladyfield (1:51.4) set in 2008. It was also a new national season's mark for pacing mares in North America on a half mile racetrack. That mark was formerly held by runner up San Fran Lady N (1:52.1). Harrington currently holds five of the nine national season's marks on half-mile racetracks. Also Encouraging ($2.10, Jim Morand), a top sophomore filly from last year who made $316,761, returned for her first win in her second start of this season for owners Richard Lombardo and David Kryway with a 1:53.3 score for trainer Josh Green in a $10,000 conditioned event. Another talented mare on the comeback trail notched her first 4-year-old win as CC Racing's Tyra ($4.80, Victor Kirby) capitalized on a class drop for a 1:54 win in a $10,000 conditioned pace. Trained by Jim King Jr., the 4-year-old Mcardle mare was a beaten favorite in Open company last week but helped to atone for that defeat with her first win in three starts this year. George Dennis had three driving wins on the program. Matt Sparacino  

WILKES-BARRE PA - For a track with a 47.8% winning favorites rate heading into Sunday's harness racing program, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered some tasty win mutuels on well-pedigreed horses in the first three of the four $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts.   The chalkplayers finally had their moment in the spotlight in the fourth and final division, and even in that event favored Parklane Eagle had a couple of anxious moments before winning in a personal best 1:51 for driver David Miller and trainer Peter Foley. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Shirley Le Vin, had controlled the early pace with fractions of 26.4 and 55.1, but 47-1 shot Kwik Mac gave the frontstepper something to think about as he got to within a neck at the 1:23.1 3/4s. Parklane Eagle shrugged off that challenge though, and by the wire he had that rival 3¾ lengths in arrears of him.   Hall of Fame driver Miller also brought the “best bet for the odds” winner of four, a horse with impeccable connections making his first start of the year for trainer Jim Campbell. Gallic Beach is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, whose dam Galleria (herself a champion racemare) has also produced the unlucky Gallie Bythe Sea, a Breeders Crown elimination winner at two and three who through misfortune got to start in neither final. And Gallic Beach was ready right out of the box, setting the pace and blazing home in 54.3 to earn a new speed badge of 1:51.4 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC - and returning a generous $15.40.   Sire Somebeachsomwhere had a third Stallion Series winner in Guantanamo Bay, who overcame the first-over route to hang a head loss on Jo Pa's Well Said, flying late after coming from sixth at the half, to take a new mark of 1:52 for driver Mike Simons, at 11-1 odds, highest return on the four winners. Trainer Fred Grant, a native of Nova Scotia, conditions the winner for owners from his native province, James Bagnell and Ann Smith.   It's rare to get 5-1 at Pocono on the track's eight-time driving champion George Napolitano Jr., and even rarer if "GNap" is teaming with top trainer Chris Oakes. But the backers of the McArdle gelding Mckenry got just such a windfall in his division, as the pacesetting winner got a nontaxing half in 57, then flew home in 55 for "GNap" to hold off "ANap" (his brother Anthony) and hard-charging Angelo J Fra by a half-length, with the 1:52 final package giving each series winner a rewritten speed mark. Mckenry won for Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, and the Wheelhouse Racing Stable.   The Stallion Series' four winners reflect the purpose of Pennsylvania's "little brother" to the Sire Stakes - it gives a chance for horses not quite yet at the top a chance to race competitively for good money. Parkland Eagle had three lifetime wins coming into his race - which was the exact total of the other three winners combined. But after four miles in 1:52 or better, one of more of the visitors to Victory Lane Sunday at The Downs could be stepping up to battle the "big boys" as they develop.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - To modify a Southern expression to its current "home," harness racing trainer Brian Brown is "hotter'n a two-dollar Pennsylvania pistol on a Saturday night."   Trainer Brown, trainer of 2014 divisional and Jugette champion Color's A Virgin and a resident of Delaware OH, may be having himself a two-day party late this September at the famed half-miler, as he already has five different Pennsylvania Sire Stakes-winning three-year-old pacing horses, three fillies and now the two colts who continued the hot trainer's winning ways Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, being among the four winners in the $226,168 first leg of their Sires action.   As the track turned "sloppy" for the fifth race Sires division (Pocono is about 150 miles northeast of Baltimore as the crow flies, and the Preakness rain started about two hours before the storms hit northeast PA), Rise Up Now remained undefeated in five outings this year, tucking in the pocket down the back and then catching leader Blood Brother in the stretch to post a 1½-length 1:51.3 over a newly-christened "sloppy" track. Blood Brother had snapped off splits of 26.1, 55.3, and 1:22.2, but the 53 usage in the odd-numbered quarters did not allow him to hold off the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and driver Simon Allard, who piloted the Brown trainee for King McNamara of Florida, the only non-Buckeye in the ownership group which includes the Strollin Stable, William Robinson, and Country Club Acres.   Brown is now two-for-two seasonally with the Well Said colt Lost For Words, who reclaimed the lead down the backstretch, opened up four lengths turning for home, then held off the late charge of the game little Allbeef N Nobull to win by 1½ lengths in 1:51.4 in the night's second division, when the track was still "fast." Lost For Words, a finalist in both the Governors Cup and Breeders Crown last year, was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for the three Ohioans who share in Rise Up Now's ownership and another Buckeye, Richard Lombardo.   For years Brown has done very well in the Pennsylvania program, but this year his numbers are only slightly short of unbelievable. He's perfect in five Pocono starts, and at The Meadows he sports a 13-9-3-0 tally, for a Keystone State total of 18-14-3-0 - which produces a mind-boggling state UTR of .870!   McArdles Lightning teamed with driver Anthony Napolitano to post a 6-1 upset in taking the first division, coming from last at the half in the seven-horse field and blitzing his own back two quarters in 54.2 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:51. Steve Elliott conditions the McArdle ridgling (double thoroughbred Triple Crown racewinner American Pharoah is also a ridgling) for the Lightning Stable.   In the final Sires heat, Wazikashi Hanover was a pocket rocket in catching last year's 2YO Sires champion, Yankee Bounty, by 1¼ lengths, with the time on the sloppy track 1:52. Yankee Bounty overcame the outside "eight-ball" to post splits of 27, 57, and 1:24.4, but "Wazikashi," a Dragon Again gelding, was relentless and gained into the 27.1 kicker for trainer Joann Looney-King and the Tri County Stable. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. joined trainer Brown as a double winner in the Sires races.   ***** Also on the Pocono Saturday card were two $30,000 Open events, one for each gait, which were carded in anticipation of next Sunday's $150,000 Invitationals to be raced at the other track that Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association services, Harrah's Philadelphia.   Last year's divisional champion Classic Martine will have an interesting decision to make about "trying the boys" after taking the $30,000 Open trot by 3½ lengths in 1:53.1 on a fast track for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes. The daughter of Classic Photo, owned by Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Ed Gold, made the lead in 27.3, "stole" a 30-second second quarter, and then dashed home in successive 27.4 panels to defeat Classicality, with 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry coming from seventh at the half to claim third, another length behind.   On the pacing side, Van Rose Memorial winner Domethatagain and second-place Alexa's Jackpot met again, but this time, two weeks later, the post position advantage was reversed (1-4, respectively, in the Rose to 8-3 Saturday), as was the result, with Alexa's Jackpot winning in 1:49.3 in the off going. Domethatagain motored to the top in 26 flat from his next-to-outside starting berth Saturday, but Alexa's Jackpot was put on the move soon thereafter by George Napolitano Jr., who took both Opens, and posted splits of 54.1 and 1:21.4 en route to the 1¼-length triumph. Trainer Marty Fine shares ownership in the winner with the Highland Thoroughbred Farm.   ***** The week's racing comes to an end at Pocono Sunday night with four $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings. Many horses holding promise of developing into good horses are in the Stallion events; one of the more promising is Gallic Beach, making his first start of the year but showing a half-length loss in 1:50.2 at Lexington last fall. He's a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, a daughter of Western Hanover whose dam is Galleria and whose SBSW half-sister is double Breeders Crown elim winner Galliebythebeach.   PHHA / Pocono

A field of six will line up in the Terang Guineas tonight, Race 3 on a seven-race harness racing program at Dalvui Raceway. The favourite is likely to be unbeaten Dean Braun-trained filly Sparkling, who made an impression at her first preparation with two wins from two starts. The daughter of McArdle/Champagne N Diamonds produced a strong last 800m to win at Melton in November last year, rating 1:56.4 for the 1720m trip after coming from last. “She’s a nice filly,” Braun said. “Whatever she does tomorrow night she’ll improve on." Braun said there had been talk about sending Sparkling to Tasmania for the Oaks in March, which his stable won with Sudden Change. Sparkling has had three trials to prepare for her racetrack return and has drawn gate five in the six-horse field over 2180m for reinsman Alex Ashwood. The main danger is expected to be another filly in Keayang Torah, who finished fourth in a heat of the Victoria Oaks before running eighth in the final beaten 6.9m by Niki No No. Trained locally by Marg Lee, Keayang Torah has had two starts at Terang for a win and a second and has drawn barrier four. Another local in Bellas Jet, from the Matthew Craven camp, is also expected to run well despite starting from gate six. Bellas Jet has won two of her past three starts and possesses good gate speed. The remaining runners in the Terang Guineas are Wabash Avenue for in-form trainer/driver combination Sebastian and Zac Steenhuis from the pole, Slap On The Wrist for Tim Bolitho and Greg Sugars from gate two, and 18-start maiden Delta Safari for trainer Mathew Falzon and reinsman Bill Spiteri out of four. The seven-race program at Terang kicks off at 6pm. Watch Sparkling win at Tabcorp Park Melton last year. by Cody Winnell Related Links Fields for Terang, Tuesday 05 May 2015 Form guide for Terang, Tuesday 05 May 2015

LEBANON, OH. - Lord Of Misrule picked a great time to pick up his first victory of the harness racing season by capturing the $20,000 championship final of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for conditioned pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. As a lukewarm favorite, Lord Of Misrule left alertly from an outside post until driver Chris Page decided to take a tuck into fifth position along the pylons during the :26.3 opening panel. Nearing the half, Page moved into second-over position behind Hotunderthecollar (Dan Noble) who was pressuring front-stepping Crusoe Hanover (Randy Tharps) to the :55.4 halfway station. Hotunderthecollar, the eventual runnerup, managed to get a head in front by the 1:23.4 three-quarter split, but could not hold off Lord Of Misrule in the stretch as the four-year-old winning son of McArdle stopped the clock in 1:52.4 for a triumph slightly over a length. PQ Three (Jeremy Smith) was next best with OK Ferrari (Greg Grismore) and Crusoe Hanover garnering the fourth and fifth place checks. Trainer Ron Burke owns Lord Of Misrule with partners Weaver Bruscemi, JT45 Stable and Lindy Farms. It was just his sixth career victory and pushed his life earnings to $105,730. A race later Special Forces (Dan Noble) joined a long list of Open Pace winners at this meet by topping Astreo's Love (Brad Hanners) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) in the $17,050 weekly feature. The 1:51.3 clocking was a seasonal best in ten tries for the six-year-old son of Real Desire and was his 21st trip to a winner's circle in 65 career tries. Brian Brown trains Special Forces for the partnership of Country Club Acres, William Robinson and Mike Mallett. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Miami Valley when the last of nine 'Lebanon Legends' memorial races will be presented, this one the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial for trotters carrying a purse of $18,500. A $17,050 Open Trot is co-featured on the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

Brent Lilley, who dominated Saturday night's Great Southern Star harness racing program at Melton, enjoyed another big night tonight with a winning double at Bray Raceway, Ballarat. The Bolinda trainer won Races 1 and 5, combining with gun driver Anthony Butt for the pair. Flying McPocket rated 1:58.6 over 2200 metres in the Flying Horse Bistro Pace, the four-year-old McArdle / Fleets Pocket mare scoring by 2.5m over Wingofwaves at juicy odds of $11.90. Polemarker Jilliby Diablo and Greg Sugars had sufficient gate speed to hold out an early challenge from Mister McKinnon (gate five) and Michael Sullivan, the latter able to jag on to the leader’s back for the box-seat trip. Flying McPocket settled third-last in the running line as they negotiated the first 600m in 43.5. The $1.30 favourite, Our Petite Soeur, was in the breeze from virtually the get-go for Gavin Lang from gate three. Opening quarters of 30.9 and 30.4 made for a 61.3 first half, the leaders getting their chance. A 28.3 third quarter was clocked as the favourite made its move, moving up to eyeball the leader at the home turn. But when Lang asked the punter’s fancy for her maximum effort she failed to offer much resistance, Flying McPocket sprouting wings out wide. Flying McPocket showed a tremendous burst to win (last half-mile 57.2), with Wingofwaves also finding the line strongly down the outside in second place. Mister McKinnon ran third with Jilliby Diablo fourth and Our Pete Soeur fifth. The second leg of Lilley’s double came in the fifth race, Sazzasophie saluting in the Heinz and Partners 3YO Pace over 2200m in 2:01.7. The filly by Art Major from I Izz Sassy came out of gate two and was able to angle on to the back of early leader Bella Sainz (the $3.10 favourite) for a slipstream after about 100m. With Zac Phillips in the cart Bella Sainz paced the first half in 64.2, Michelle Wight aboard the death-seating Ithappensinvegas content to let her runner amble along without putting too much pressure on the pacemaker to the 500m, before trying to take closer order when Siliqua (David Murphy) made his advance three-wide-no-cover. Upping the ante through a 29.6 third quarter, Bella Sainz tried to skip clear at the top of the stretch but wasn’t able to, the inside run appearing for Sazzasophie as Ithappensinvegas worked to a narrow lead, the Lilley filly too strong in the last 50m for a 2.2m win. Ithappensinvegas showed character to dead-heat for second from the breeze at big odds, with Ears No Trouble (John Caldow) the other runner-up. Ross Creek trainer Stephen Clarke won Race 2, the T J Coutts Electrical Trotters Handicap with five-year-old Bacardi Lindy / Downsouth Rose gelding William John in a rate of 2:03.4 for the 2200m stand-start trip. Emma Stewart combined with Amanda Turnbull for victory with Starburst Girl in the R U Advertising Pace, the Art Major / Celebrity Ball filly rating 1:54.8 for the 1710m journey to beat Lucky VC by 1.9m. Debutant Time Keepa Lombo produced a peach of a debut for trainer/driver David Miles to salute in the Newington Physiotherapy 2YO Vicbred Pace, the colt by Lombo Pocket Watch out of Lady Muluka Lombo overcoming a couple of checks in running for a half-neck win over Undercover Don in 1:58.9 from the ace draw over 1710m. Zac Phillips drove Uroc Mman to a 1.7m victory as $2.80 favourite in the National Tiles Pace over 2200m, the five-year-old by Mach Three out of Executive Lady rating 1:59.4 from barrier nine. David Lewis-trained American Ideal / Atomic Fusion entire The Fat Man showed again that he’s got top-class potential with a 5.1m win over Dentona in the MDS Accounting Pace over 2200m. John Caldow drove The Fat Man to victory in a rate of 1:57.7, leading from start to finish after coming out of the two-gate. The other highly rated horse in the field, Clark Griswold, came in fourth for reinsman Matthew Craven after working to the breeze in the middle stages from the second line. And Chris Svanosio trained-and-driven four-year-old Majestic Son / Steffi Jay trotter Majestic Ess Jay won the Cantebury International Trot to close the program in a rate of 2:04.7. >> Check out all the Ballarat results and video replays by Cody Winnell

From the time In The Pocket hit the harness racing scene in New Zealand he has been a star. His first crop contained Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) and Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923)  while his second crop included the champion juvenile Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,551,941) The progeny of In The Pocket have won $18,250,055 in New Zealand and his broodmares have been an instant hit in the broodmare barn with $16,941,556 in the bank already and plenty more to come yet. One breeding cross that has produced some talented fillies in the last few years is that of Artsplace over a daughter of In The Pocket or vice versa. This cross has produced such talented types as Annie McGuire 1:53.2 ($280,060) and Exotic Lover 1:55.5 ($110,336) and has been seen a bit more after that initial success. In this years sales the cross is present in Lot 105 at the Australasian Classic Sale in Auckland. Fullofheart  is her name and she is a daughter of Artsplace from the In The Pocket mare Pocketfullofposies. Qualified but only lightly raced, Pocketfullofposies has already left three winners including the smart son of McArdle in Mickey McRooney 1:55.8 ($41,067) The grand dam is the five win Smooth Fella mare Jayvee 2:00.5 who has left seven winners to date including the outstanding grand circuit pacer Sovereign Hill 1:55.5 ($432,555) Black Reef 1:51.8 ($326,846) and Ohara 1:58.8 ($134,131) Half sisters to Pocketfullofposies have left such talented pacers such as Dartmoor 1:55.8 ($416,575) J Walker 1:58 ($173,291) and Bettor Dreams 1:54.6 ($172,542) The third dam is the New Zealand Broodmare Excellence Award winner in Aberfeldy who has done such an outstanding job in the broodmare barn. This is widely recognized as the strongest branch of the famed Black Watch family and with all the smart racehorses close up in the pedigree you can see why. Fullofheart ticks a lot of boxes being by Artsplace from an In The Pocket grand daughter of the brilliant broodmare Aberfeldy and should have plenty of residual value once she has finished racing. Harnesslink Media  

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has numerous breedings for harness racing stallions standing in various states. These breedings are being sold and not auctioned to protect the value of the stallions. Some stallions are Yankee Cruiser, So Sureal, Shark Gesture, Rocknroll Dance, Rock N Roll Heaven, McArdle, Lucky Chucky, Jurgen Hanover, Big Stick Lindy, Real Desire and many more. This is SRF's most important and consistent source of funding, which comes from yearly and lifetime breeding sales and donations. The revenue generated helps provide for the care, boarding, feeding, veterinary, farrier, dental, worming, rehabilitation and re-training of 198+ Standardbreds, 125 of which are permanently retired due to age and/or injury. This is SRF's 26th year as the only organization solely dedicated to the Standardbred breed, the only one of its kind also providing full care for horses when adoption is not possible, and following their welfare in every home diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds, and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. Breeding donations, and SRF's sale of such gifts make a substantial difference. To donate or purchase a breeding please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email accounting@srfmail.com. SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and gifts to SRF are tax-deductible. Tammy Hollock

Schedule of events: The final Grand Circuit race of the 2014 season was to be at Northfield Park this Friday (Dec. 12) as the Northeast Ohio oval was to host the $150,000 Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old male pacers. However, only five sophomore pacers entered for the $150,000 guaranteed purse and the race was canceled. Their ownerships will each receive a check in excess of $17,000 for entering. Last time: Hall of Famer David Miller guided McWicked to a 1:48.4 victory this past Sunday (Dec. 7) in the $301,560 Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. Paying a $25,000 supplemental fee paid off for owner Ed James' S S G Stables as McWicked swept both the $35,000 Progress Pace Preview and the $301,560 final in identical clockings of 1:48.4, but the manner of victories varied. After a near wire-to-wire success the prior week, this time Miller drove the McArdle-Western Sahara colt out of third approaching the half and then sided-up to leader JK Endofanera, driven by Yannick Gingras, on the backstretch. They battled around the final turn before McWicked pulled away early in the stretch for his 12th win of the year, raising his seasonal bankroll to $1,472,937 and $1,652,554 for his two seasons of racing. JK Endofanera was 1-1/4 lengths back in second with Tim Tetrick rallying Somewhere In L A for third money. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again 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). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the final standings for the 2014 season: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 2,287; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,182; 3. David Miller - 1,023.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 877.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 647. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 2,490.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,913; 3. Erv Miller - 446.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 411; 5. Julie Miller - 347. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 550.03; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 500.03; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 367; 4. Brittany Farms - 294.45; 5. Robert Key -272. Looking ahead: The 2014 Grand Circuit season has concluded; the 2015 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Pompano Beach, FL…Monday, December 8, 2014…McFlirty, perfectly driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., pulled off a minor upset at Pompano Park on Monday night by winning the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares. The eight year-old daughter of McArdle, trained by Jamie Rucker for owner James Stonecipher, scored in 1:51.4, “rudely” interrupting the three race winning streak of Pertty Music, driven by Ed Hensley, off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting. Winbak Heavenly, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, was third, four lengths away while Mach Me Not finished fourth. Kayla’s Dream picked up the minor award in the field of six. It was McFlirty first away as the wings folded with Pertty Music, slightly off the gate at the start before revving up, on to take command at the opening panel in :27.2. Positions remained unchanged with Pertty Music comfortably in front after a moderate half in :56.1. The pace began to quicken on the backside with Hensley seemingly after his mare a bit through a :28 third quarter. It was a few strides later that Macomber left the coziness of the pocket with McFlirty, pulling on even terms at mid-stretch and edging clear by three parts of a length at the wire. In a post race interview, driver Ricky Macomber said, “I thought my mare would be better this week, especially after getting a good tightener in her first start here last week. She can leave a little so I gave her a chance to get into the action early on knowing that Eddie’s mare (Pertty Music) would probably like to have the front end. The trip was perfect…nice and cozy.” When asked if he was surprised to get by an overwhelming favorite, he said, “We’ve beaten his mare before in Indiana, so I wasn’t overly surprised—but very pleased! She raced great.” Earning her 40th lifetime victory, McFlirty pushed her 2014 scorecard to 6-2-1 in just 16 starts, pushing her seasonal earnings to $60,680. She’s backed $448,196 lifetime to go along with her mark of 1:49.3. As second choice in the betting, McFlirty paid $8.80 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

DOVER, Del. --- Sunday, Dec. 7 was Miller Time at Dover Downs as harness racing driver  David Miller drove both winners in the six-figure feature races on a chilly and windy early evening in Delaware. The Hall of Famer guided McWicked to a 1:48.4 victory in the track's signature event, the 301,650 Progress Pace after steering Sonofa Sizzle home in 1:52.1 in a mild upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male pace final. Paying a $25,000 supplemental fee paid off for owner Ed James' SSG Stable as McWicked swept both the $35,000 Progress Pace Prevue and $301,650 final in identical clocking of 1:48.4, but the manner of victories varied. After a wire-to-wire success the prior week, this time Miller drove the Mcardle-Western Sahara colt out of third place approaching the half and then sided-up first-over to race leader JK Endofanera, driven by Yannick Gingras, on the backstretch and battled around the final turn before pulling away early in the stretch for his 12th win of the year raising his seasonal bankroll to $1,472,887 and $1,652,504 for his two seasons of racing. JK Endofanera was a length back in second with Tim Tetrick rallying Somewhere In LA for third money. Bib Boy ?Dreams (Ron Pierce) winner of the recent Matron Final at Dover was fourth in front of million-dollar winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), fifth. After a strong summer campaign, McWicked, who was a strong favorite in the Little Brown Jug, but had to settle for a fifth in the final, tailed off slightly until recently when trainer Casie Coleman got the colt back to top form finishing third in the Matron, then second in a Breeders Crown elimination prior to a 1:49 success in the $531,250 final before coming to Dover Downs. Two races earlier, Mike White's Sonofa Sizzle, bred by Delawareans Charles and Diana Coursey, came on strongly for Miller in the $100,000 DSBF final for a 1:52.1 triumph. Remember Me VK with Montrell Teague in the bike, had carved out a 1:51.4 DSBF all-time fastest mile a week ago in a prelim, and this week led from the start with fast fractions until the field turned down the homestretch. Sonofa Sizzle came from way back on the outside to rush to the front and victory. A 54-1 shot, Roddy's Hot Again (George Dennis) came on Second with Smoking Joey (Corey Callahan) third. A son of Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like, Sonofa Sizzle won for the fourth time this season in 10 starts with three seconds and a third. The Gary Green-trainee has now won $115,516 Joining David Miller with two wins were drivers Allan Davis, Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden and trainers Buddy Bright and Wayne Givens. . On Monday, the final $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old final of the boasts a strong field of filly pacers led by Totally Rusty and Purrfect Bags. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- It's D-Day at Dover Downs on Sunday, Dec. 7. On the anniversary date of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a harness battle on the racetrack is led by McWicked and JK Endofanera, headlining the $301,560 Progress Pace. Meanwhile, Remember Me VK is the one to beat in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Pace Final. Post time is 5:30 for the 15-race program. Last week, McWicked, with David Miller driving, scored a 1:48.4 victory in a wire-to-wire victory in the Progress Pace Prevue, a week after winning the $531,250 Breeders Crown Final. SSG Stables' McWicked is conditioned by Casie Coleman and leaves from post 4. JK Endofanera and Yannick Gingras driving for the sport's leading trainer, Ron Burke, was third in the Breeders Crown, and finished second last Sunday for owners 3 Brothers Stable. The recent $186,550 Matron Final upset winner at Dover Downs, Dominick Rosato's Big Boy Dreams was a game third in the Prevue. An 11-time winner this year, Baldachino, Shelswell, Panhellenic and Burke Racing stable's $1-million winner ,All Bets Off, who scored impressive victories in the $500,000 Messenger Stake, $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield and the New York Sire Stakes championship, has the services of Matt Kakaley. J&T Silva, TLP stables and Deo Volente Farms' Somewhere In LA, trained by Jimmy Takter with driver Tim Tetrick, should profit moving from outside post 8 to post 5 this time. Completing the select field of six is National Debt, owned by Blair and Emma Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt and J&T Silva Stables. The Ron Coyne-trainee will be reined by Dover Downs' leading driver Corey Callahan. Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague), after being scratched in the DSBF first leg prelim returned to score a decisive 1:51.4 victory, the all-time fastest win in the DSBF program. Bobby Wyatt trains the gelding for owners Ron Benton and Sharon Wyatt. A week ago, Sonofa Sizzle, owned by Mike White and trained by Gary Green, was a strong second. Hall of Famer David Miller will be in the bike. Howard Taylor's Smoking Joey brings a three-race win streak with Corey Callahan at the controls for meet leading trainer Doug Lewis. Art Stafford Jr. will pilot Scott Woogen's homebred KJ Ben who along with Dashboard racing for trainer Rich Ringler and owners Joann King and Maria Ringler are the only other starters to win prelims. The other contestants are Don Marine's Rigged To Go (Ross Wolfenden) from the rail, Art Season (Allan Davis) for owners S.I. White Nanticoke and Legacy racings and George & Tina Dennis and Ask SW Stables-bred and owned Roddy's Hot Again (George Dennis). Dover Downs races Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and weekdays, Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. It is suggested that those who would enjoy watching races from the Winners Circle restaurant should call for reservations, phone 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Horse owner Ed James figures it's best to do a lot of listening and limit his talking. So James listened when he was advised that McWicked was the best horse in the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale. And his response was succinct. "I said, OK I'll buy him," James recalled, laughing. "I make it simple." James, who races as S S G Stables, bought McWicked for $210,000. He put the 3-year-old pacer in the care of trainer Casie Coleman and the colt has won 11 of 22 races, hit the board a total of 20 times, and earned $1.32 million. His victories include the Breeders Crown, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Delvin Miller Adios, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. On Sunday, McWicked will start from post four with driver David Miller in the $301,560 Progress Pace at Dover Downs in Delaware. McWicked is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line behind 7-5 favorite JK Endofanera, who drew post two with driver Yannick Gingras. The six-horse Progress Pace field also includes Big Boy Dreams, National Debt, Somewhere In L A, and All Bets Off. McWicked, who was supplemented to the race for $25,000, won this past Sunday's $35,000 Progress Pace Preview by two lengths over JK Endofanera in 1:48.4. The stakes record for the Progress Pace is 1:49, set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip. "I've been in this business for 58 years and never had a horse this good," the 83-year-old James said about McWicked. "I have no concern at all with him. I trust in the ability he has to be as good as the next best one. I think David gave him a great drive the other night. Hopefully he can do it again." James, who is the president of SSG Gloves, purchased McWicked following a 2-year-old campaign in which the colt won three of 10 starts and $179,617 while in the stable of trainer Julie Miller. He turned over the horse to trainer Jim McDonald, who prepped McWicked for his 3-year-old season, and then to Coleman. "Casie said, 'This is a real good horse. I can make him a great horse.' So she did," James said. "I'm not that smart as far as horses go. But I'm smart as far as people go. And I'm fortunate enough to know good people and I'm fortunate enough that they'll take my horses. I've had very good luck. "I don't say much of anything to my trainers, which they appreciate," he added. "My trainers never hear from me, unless they call me." McWicked leads all 3-year-old pacers in earnings, followed by North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who has banked $1.02 million. Messenger Stakes winner All Bets Off is third on the list, with $911,425. McWicked's only off-the-board finishes were a fourth in the North America Cup final, after winning his elimination, and a fifth in the Little Brown Jug final. "He had a little bit of road trouble in the North America Cup, but that's OK," James said. "I never did drive, I have no intentions of learning to drive, so I don't tell anybody how to drive." McWicked won seven of eight starts between June 21 and Sept. 7, then was winless in his next seven races before capturing the Breeders Crown on Nov. 22 at the Meadowlands. He has raced on Lasix his three most recent starts, picking up two wins and a second. "The horse came back to where he was and he's doing exactly the same thing he used to," said James, whose other top horses include millionaire Hyperion Hanover. "I thought when we started out the year he'd end up one of the top horses of the year. Now with the slump he had, it may not come out that way. That's up to the judges. "I'll appreciate (divisional honors) if it comes, but mainly for the benefit of the trainers." One more stakes event, the Cleveland Classic on Dec. 12 at Northfield Park, remains on the schedule for the 3-year-old male pacers following the Progress Pace. McWicked is not eligible to the race, but could be supplemented for $15,000. "Casie hasn't decided if he's going to race," James said. "If she wants to race him again after this one, I don't particularly like half-mile tracks, but that doesn't mean she can't race him there if she thinks he's the best." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

This Week: Progress Pace, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will be at Dover Downs this Sunday (Dec. 7) for the $301,560 Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. McWicked, the only supplemental entry, romped to a 1:48.4 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace Preview, turning back seven rivals for his 11th win of a $1.3 million season, this past Sunday (Nov. 30) at Dover Downs. Complete entries for the race are available at this link. Last time: The Meadowlands hosted a pair of $500,000 TVG FFA Series Championships this past Saturday night (Nov. 29). Sweet Lou was all alone at the wire in the $500,000 TVG final for open pacers. Sweet Lou, in the final race of his career, won the $500,000 TVG final for open pacers at the Meadowlands in 1:48 by 3-3/4 lengths. Sweet Lou and driver Ron Pierce led the field to the 1:21.3 three-quarters and on to the long homestretch. Only 10-year-old Foiled Again parted ways with the pack to muster a challenge for Sweet Lou, but at the wire, it was Sweet Lou first and alone for the last time. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was second and Clear Vision (Tim Tetrick) third. The stallion with the distinctive white blaze was soon mobbed by a crowd that included his owners, Phil Collura, Larry Karr, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, who is set to stand stud at Diamond Creek Farm in 2015. The win was the 11th in 19 season's starts for Sweet Lou and took his 2014 earnings to $1,361,433. He has banked $3,478,894 lifetime on the strength of 33 victories in 74 starts. Intimidate fanned five wide down the stretch to trot by the field to win the $500,000 TVG final for open trotters at the Meadowlands by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. He was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Luc Blais and owners Determination and Judith Farrow. Intimidate was a 1:51.2 winner in the TVG final for open trotters. There were no surprises as the race left the starting gate, with Ake Svanstedt guiding Sebastian K to the lead by the :26.1 first quarter and Maven (Yannick Gingras) right behind him. Creatine (Ron Pierce) trotted up with a rush to get alongside Sebastian K, where he remained through the :54.1 half and on to the 1:23 three-quarters. As the field turned for home, Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick went three wide to press hard on those two leaders and appeared poised to go by before Intimidate emerged five wide to trot by the field for the win. Market Share was second and Creatine third. It was just the fifth win of the year for Intimidate in 14 starts and enough to put him over $1 million lifetime, with career earnings now of $1,224,008. He is a 5-year-old gelding by Justice Hall out of Fabulous Tag. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again 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). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 2,277; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,177; 3. David Miller - 1,003.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 877.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 647. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 2,480.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,908; 3. Erv Miller - 446.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 411; 5. Julie Miller - 347. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 550.03; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 500.03; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 357; 4. Brittany Farms - 294.45; 5. Robert Key - 272. Looking ahead: The final Grand Circuit race of 2014 will take place next week at Northfield Park as the Ohio track will host the Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

DOVER, Del. --- McWicked, the only supplemental entry, romped to a 1:48.4 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace Prevue turning back seven rivals for his 11th win of a $1.3-million season on Sunday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. With Hall of Famer David Miller at the controls, McWicked moved up quickly to take the lead from JK Endofanero and Yannick Gingras just past the opening quarter in :26.3. From there it was all McWicked passing the half-mile pole in :54.3. Big Boy Dreams, upset winner of the recent Matron Stake at Dover Downs, was first to take a shot as Ron Pierce pulled out to challenge after the half heading to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Miller then poured it on rolling home in :26.3 to stop the clock in 1:48.4, the fastest local time of the season, four-fifth-of-a-second from the track record of 1:48, established last Spring by Bandolino. JK Endofanera, raced second behind McWicked for most of the mile and finished second with Big Boy Dreams, third. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) was fourth in front of Somewhere In LA (Tim Tetrick). McWicked was fresh from victory in the recent Breeders Crown. The ultra-consistent McArdle-Western Sahara colt trained by Casie Coleman for SSG Stables of North Boston, N.Y. has been 1-2-3 in 20 of his 22 races this year. He has banked $1,322,157 in 2014 and $1,491,774 in his career while winning 13 races, 10 seconds and five thirds in only 32 races. All eight starters return next Sunday (Nov. 7) for the $301,000 Progress Pace Final. Fans at the track will receive the handsome 2014 Progress Pace cap. Also on the strong program were three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old colt pacers. Remember Me VK with a 1:51.4 performance is the fastest ever for a freshman, 1:51.4, with Montrell Teague in the bike for trainer Bobby Wyatt and owners Ron Benton and Sharon Wyatt. Remember Me VK was also winner of last month's $100,000 DSBF Final in Harrington Raceway track record time of 1:52.3. Sonofa Sizzle (Corey Callahan) was an easy second. Seboomook Katahdin (Allan Davis) was third. Corey Callahan teamed with Howard Taylor's Smoking Joey to win the first DSBF prelim fashioning a 1:53.4 score. The Riggins-You Don't Know Me gelding, never out of the money in eight starts, is trained by Doug Lewis. Rigged To Go (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Art Season (Allan Davis) third. Scott Woogen's KJ Ben, handled by Art Stafford Jr. won the third and final $20,000 prelim with a 1:54.1 victory, his fifth in eight lifetime trips. A homebred son of Riggins-Winsmith Karen, Duane Wagner conditions the winner. Dashboard (Trace Tetrick) and Roddy's Hot Again (George Dennis) were second and third respectively. Montrell Teague and Art Stafford Jr. had driving doubles. A pair of $20,000 DSBF Filly paces and an $18,000 Mares Open pace highlight the Monday, Dec. 1 card. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing resumes at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 29, 2014- First-up McErlean (Eric Carlson, $19) held off favored Beach Memories (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Harness Racing Open Handicap Pace. Sitting in early from post position No. 4, McErlean watched as Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) had to work to get around pole-assignee Orillia Joe (Brent Holland). "Mickey" did, getting early fractions of :27.3 and :56.4. Shortly thereafter, MrErlean moved from fifth, with locally-debuting Beach Memories--as the 9-10 choice--in behind. Mickey Hanover led past the 1:25.1 three-quarters, but was about to drop anchor. It was McErlean taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then holding off Beach Memories by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Orillia Joe, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) rounded out the payees. For fourth choice McErlean, a 5-year-son of McArdle owned by Muscara Racing Trust and trained by Darren Cassar, it was his eighth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $69.50, with the triple returning $505. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

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