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Nike Franco’s position among Australia’s elite harness racing mares has been further entrenched with a powerful $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific win at Tabcorp Park Melton. The five-year-old mare (by McArdle out of Nearea Franco) from Dean Braun’s Lara stables upstaged a quality line-up in the Group 1 mares’ classic, including former race winner Gumdrops and millionaire earner Frith. Nike Franco led for the majority of Saturday night’s 2760-metre journey and rated 1:56.5, finishing 1.9m clear of runner-up Milly Perez with third placegetter and race favourite Cyclone Kate 3.1m off the winner. RE-LIVE NIKE FRANCO’S QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC TRIUMPH “This mare’s so exciting,” an elated Braun said. “I’ve had some really good racehorses but this mare’s very special. “I said to Greg Sugars (Driver) that I thought I had her pretty right tonight … he drove her really well.” Nike Franco has won feature races in four Australian states, with two Oaks successes in Queensland – the Gold Coast and the Qld, the Raith Memorial in New South Wales, the rich Mares Classic in Western Australia, and this season’s Warragul Cup and now the Queen of the Pacific in Victoria. “To do what she did tonight was pretty special,” Braun said.   The victory capped a great night for Greg Sugars, who drove a winning treble and dual Group 1 successes after earlier securing the win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final for 2YO Trotting Fillies aboard Illawong Shimmer, trained by Greg’s father Ross. Illawong Shimmer (by Muscle Mass out of Shining Sun) is, as her name suggests, a member of trots owner Dr Martin Hartnett’s clan. “They deserve every win they get for what they put in,” Sugars said post-race of Hartnett and wife Kaye. Illawong Shimmer rated 2:01.2 for the 1720m trip to defeat Yankee Redback (Kerryn Manning) with Sval Queen (Anthony Butt) third. Deltasun won the night’s other Group 1, the colts and geldings’ trotters Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic. Trained by former jockey Terry Young at Ararat, Deltasun (by Tennotrump out of Deltasu) handled the final corner better than race favourite Illawong Byron (Jodi Quinlan) and held a half-neck advantage over that horse on the line in a rate of 2:01.6, with Kheiron (Peter Lane) third. Sugars and Lang shared driving honours at Melton, each grabbing a treble. In addition to the abovementioned victories Sugars steered Anton Golino-trained Val Gardena (by Kadabra out of Lets Be Happy) to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Sweetheart Trot Final, while Lang guided former New South Wales Derby winner Major Secret (Art Major/Secret Life) home in the Best In Town Concreting Pace for Emma Stewart, and Hectorjayjay (Dream Away/Sheer Finesse) to victory in the Group 2 University Meat 4YO and 5YO Championship over 2240m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS & VIDEO REPLAYS FROM MELTON Other Melton winners were Little Lyn (by Jeremes Jet out of Rappa Scooter), a homebred mare raced and trained by Barry Dunn at Horsham and driven by son Aaron Dunn in the Service Sphere Pace, popular It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) in the Crown Coffee International Golden Reign Free-for-All for trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy, Stoned I Am (by Sundon out of Stoned At Midnight) in the Seelite Windows and Doors Coulter Crown for trainer/driver Simone Walker, and in-form eight-year-old Might Be Luck (by Northern Luck out of Marilyns Might) in the Riddell Umpires Association Claiming Pace for trainer Beau Tindale and reinsman Michael Bellman. Victorians shine interstate Another week, another domination from the Emma Stewart stable – this time at Globe Derby, South Australia. The Smythes Creek trainer secured a winning treble on Saturday night at the SA home of metro trots racing, with unbeaten two-year-old filly Our Celebrity (by Mach Three out of Celebrity Ball) winning the Alabar/SA Botra 2YO Fillies Golden Nursery Final, impressive three-year-old Rocknroll Magic (by Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic) taking out the Home Loans-Providing Solutions SA Botra 3YO Fillies Final, and Metro Mike (by Metropolitan out of Tuscan Skies) saluting in the Carbine Chemicals Pacers Dash over 1385m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS FROM GLOBE DERBY, SA All Stewart’s winners were driven by Mark Billinger, who picked up five winners for the night overall. Meanwhile, at Menangle in New South Wales, classy five-year-old trotting mare Claudys Princess (by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse) took out the Rio Meteor Race Sulky La Coocaracha (Group 3) with Darren Hancock in the cart for Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore, and Golino-trained Pizza Queen (by Credit Winner out of Armbro Domino) won the Garrards Horse and Hound NSW Trotters Oaks for reinsman David Morris, upstaging race favourite High Gait in a thrilling finish. WATCH PIZZA QUEEN'S NSW TROTTERS OAKS SUCCESS Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  

The final piece to this year's Molson Pace puzzle has fallen into place with the announcement that $1.7 million career winner McWicked will join seven other outstanding harness racing rivals in the $150,000 event next Friday night at The Raceway in London. The five-year-old son of McArdle, who now hails in the Steve Elliott Stable, will come into the race fresh off a pair of winning qualifiers and one pari-mutuel start this season. He finished just five lengths back of Always B Miki and Mel Mara in last weekend's flashy 1:48.4 mile in the Open Pace at The Meadowlands. McWicked took his 1:47.3 record at age three in winning the $500,000 Hempt Memorial Final at Pocono Downs. That same season, he posted victories in the Adios, Breeders Crown and Progress Pace Final and was voted Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year in both Canada and the US. He has 15 wins and 35 on-the-board finishes to his credit in 44 career races. Rockin In Heaven, who was a recent fourth-place finisher in the Confederation, will be the 'also eligible' in the field in the event of a scratch. The combined earnings of this year's Molson Pace field is more than $9 million. "We are extremely happy with the field we've assembled considering we are in the midst of a very busy time in the season for older horses," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "There are some familiar faces but some new ones in the mix this year. It's a very talented and well balanced field with plenty of half-mile prowess. It should produce not only a great race but a very enticing wagering proposition." The post position draw will take place this Monday on The Raceway's pre-game show which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.) The Molson Pace undercard is a strong one, featuring four City of London Series Finals, a pair of Alliance Series finals and Gold divisions for three-year-old colt pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Total purses for the night will be more than $500,000. As always, there will be lots happening on track that night including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS 'Be A Winner Contest', Party On The Patio, Molson VIP Infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15% takeout wagers. For full details, visit www.molsonpace.com. Here is this year's Molson Pace field in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Bettor Rock On N Evenin Of Pleasure Machtu N McWicked P H Super Cam State Treasurer Sunfire Blue Chip AE: Rockin In Heaven Greg Blanchard    

The beaten favorite in the recent Miss Pennsylvania Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Darlinonthebeach, got some measure of revenge by winning one of three $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars divisions for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies at The Downs Monday, not letting an unusually-patterned race keep her from a 1:51.3 victory. The other two divisions saw their victresses, I Said Diamonds and Shesasmokinlady, both take new lifetime marks of 1:50.4 in capturing their sections.   Princess Fabulosa outgunned everybody out of the gate in the first division, with 4-5 favorite Darlinonthebeach second but having an early problem, as Newborn Sassy, the 11-10 second choice, and Sail To The Beach were biding their time two-wide just to "Darlin"'s right until the early fireworks settled. Newborn Sassy made the lead at the 27.3 quarter, and here's where the sulky wheels were joined by the drivers' wheels starting to turn.   Sail To The Beach and John Campbell proceeded up towards the lead, but Darlinonthebeach and driver David Miller pulled out right behind them. Tim Tetrick, behind Newport Sassy, quickly did the math that "1+1+1=3=first-over," and since he didn't want to be in that position, he urged his filly on to keep the lead, leaving Sail To The Beach stuck two-wide and Darlinonthebeach temporarily three-wide as Miller did not want to lose momentum, thinking Sail To The Beach would go to the top.   Newborn Sassy retained the top at the half in 55 (27.2 second quarter, faster than the first and against the wind) after that mental sulky chess match, with Princess Fabulosa in the pocket and Darlinonthebeach backing off to second-over, and they went down the backstretch that way to a 1:22.4 3/4s. When left-out-first-over Sail To The Beach gave way on the far turn, Miller again had to go three-wide, while Princess Fabulosa (Jim Marohn Jr.) attacking in the stretch to the left of Newport Sassy. Darlinonthebeach showed grittiness, striding on to outfoot Newport Sassy by a neck, while 20-1 Princess Fabulosa another neck back in third.   The winner is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Nancy Johansson for owner White Birch Farm.   The matter was much more tactically simple for second division winner I Said Diamonds. Driver Matt Kakaley fired her up early from the outermost post eight and grabbed the top after the 26.4 opener, posting middle splits of 55.3 and 1:23, then drawing clear on the turn to win by 3¼ lengths over another daughter of Well Said, I Said Please. The winner has never been off the board in nine career starts, and her 2016 record is now 3-2-1-0, the second in finishing behind Pure Country in the Miss Pennsylvania Final, for trainer Matias Ruiz and the ownership of Little Bapa LLC.   Like I Said Diamonds, Shesasmokinlady has now been 1-2-3 in nine career outings, running her record to 2-for-2 this season in taking the third division for trainer/driver Ray Paver (still thought of as "Tommy" or "Junior" to the older among us). The victorious smoke-colored daughter of McArdle was out well past the 26.3 first quarter, made the lead in front of the stands and then yielded to a brushing Eloquent Grace before the 54.2 half. 7-5 chalk Yankee Moonshine attacked first-over to the 1:22.2 3/4s, but when that foe backed off, 8-5 second choice Shesasmokinlady could come to the outside, go past the pacesetter, then hold off the late Pocono Pike thrust of 14-1 early leader Some Fancy Filly by a head. Iris Horowitz owns the late-developing and powerful-looking filly.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action for three-year-olds concludes tomorrow at Pocono, with three $30,000 divisions for trotting fillies the headliners.   PHHA / Pocono

FREEHOLD, NJ -- April 15, 2016 – Veteran harness racing driver Anthony "Tony" Dandeo , 80 years old, drove the winner of the 10th race at Freehold Raceway Friday.  Coming first up at the half mile marker, Dandeo took the front and never looked back, steering Micky Blu to her 16th lifetime win in 1:57.4, the last quarter in 29.3. Micky Blu paid $13.40 to win. The seven-year-old mare by McArdle is trained and owned by Robert Bresnahan, Jr. Dandeo added another win to his driving career which totals 233 wins and $783,758 in purses won. by Courtney Stafford

An enthusiastic group of harness racing owners, many of them new to the sport, have booked their chariot to Sydney courtesy of Tact Tate’s Nestle Professional 4YO Bonanza win tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton.   The Amanda Turnbull-trained gelding by McArdle out of Tact Lizzie showed an electric turn of foot in the home straight notch Group 1 success, sprinting by Mark Purdon’s Itz Bettor To Win (second) to record a mile rate of 1:51.9 for the 1720m trip.   “We’re very excited,” Turnbull said post-race. “It’s a really big thrill.”   Turnbull’s excitement was only surpassed by the group of winning owners, who declared Sydney the next stop for the $200,000 Chariots of Fire.   The winner of the Bonanza receives an invite to the Chariots.   Tact Tate led initially tonight before handing up to Purdon aboard Itz Bettor To Win. This move pocketed Tee Cee Bee Macray three-pegs from the pole and Burnaholeinmypocket four back on the inside.   “It worked out perfect once he had that much gate speed,” Turnbull said.   Tact Tate has won five from five since arriving in Australia and the owners are having an absolute blast.   “It is a big group of owners and a lot of them are new owners, so that’s really good for the industry,” Turnbull said.   Cody Winnell

Noel Kennards Prodigal Seelster Summer Of Speed Final for older mares today at Ashburton Raceway only drew a field of eight runners but there were plenty of chances in an open field. The southern visitor Sheeza Shark was sent out a warm favourite on the strength of a win at Ashburton in a heat of the series but drew barrier eight due to the preferential system in place for the final. Tintinara led early for Dexter Dunn before handing up to Valor Lustre and Blair Orange who continued to roll once he found the front with New Years Jay and John Dunn sitting on his wheel.. Blair kept the tempo going from the half which made it really hard for those back in the field to make any ground. Turning for home New Years Jay went up to Valor Lustre but the big strong McArdle mare kept finding and was comfortably holding her at bay over the last 200 metres. New Years Jay fought on gamely for second after being parked the whole trip while Tintinara nabbed third up the passing lane after a lovely run in the trail the whole way. Sheeza Shark made little headway from the back,finishing a disappointing seventh. Valor Lustre cut the mile out in a sharp 1:54.3 with closing sectionals of 55.3 and 27.2 Trainer/owner Ivan Court was all smiles post race. " Once she got to the front I thought she was a big chance." " She is very tough and I thought they would have their work cut out getting past her." Ivan is now seriously thinking about lining Valor Lustre up in the New Zealand Premier Mares Championship at Addington next Friday night. " We will see how she comes through today's run first but I am leaning towards lining her up." " She is a bit under rated in some quarters but I think she will measure up," Ivan said. Ivan bred Valor Lustre from his former smart racemare Regal Lustre who won five but he thinks Valor Lustre is a lot better mare. " I think Valor Lustre is a very smart mare and think she has a few more wins in front of her yet," Ivan said. Harnesslink Media

DOVER, Del. --- McJagersonthemove,second in his previous two races, proved the best in the Thursday, Jan. 14 feature race at Dover Downs winning easily in 1:52.2 with harness racing driver Tony Morgan in the bike. The McArdle-Grand fancy gelding lived up to his name moving into the lead and scoring by 3-lengths for trainer Willard Reynolds and owner Mark Howard in an $8,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. The victory of his second of the meet along with two seconds and three thirds in eight starts. Ace Of Sharks (Allan Davis) came on for second with Western Young Gun (George Dennis), third. Allan Davis notched his second win guiding L&J Racing's Tataria, a four-year-old by Four Starzzz Shark-Pure Prize, to her second straight win and third in her last four starts racking up a 1:53.2 decision in the top female race of the day, a $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and mare pace. Aarin Hanover (Jim Morand) and Casiano (Jonathan Roberts) finished second and third respectively. Four drivers; Tony Morgan, Allan Davis, George Dennis, Brett Miler and trainer Williard Reynolds made the winner's circle twice each. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- While Speed Again won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and Captive Audience the $27,500 Delaware Special, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Eric Ell, with four-win nights, at Dover Downs on a powerful Monday, Jan. 11 card. Speed Again stepped up in ranks to win for the second straight outing rolling down the passing lane for Yannick Gingras driving a 1:51.1 victory in the $30,000 top pace of the week. It was one of two wins for trainer and part owner Ron Burke, Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, and one for partner RTC Stables. The Dragon Again-Sand Speed gelding was followed by Major Uptrend (Corey Callahan), second, and Dapper Dude (Tim Tetrick), who closed well for third. Callahan made good use of leaving from post 1 with Captive Audience chalking up his second win on the card, a 1:50.2 front-end performance in the $27,500 Delaware Special. Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis own the six-year-old son of Art Major-Captiva Island who won for the 12th time in his career earning $632,710. Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) went a big trip to finish second. Little Ben (Tetrick) came on for third. Gingras, who has had hot nights at the track in recent Mondays, drove four winners. Two of the wins came with Eric Ell trainees. Beavercreek Artist, a:1:51.2 wire-to-wire winner in a $20,000 Claiming Male Allowance and Jeremes General, in 1:51.3 winning a $15,000 Male claimer, both also owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta., . Gingras and trainer Eric Ell were deprived of another win when Adventure Bound finished first in 1:51 in a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace but was disqualified for pacing inside four pylons while in the stretch. Mike Hill's Eridanus N, a veteran McArdle- Kurahaupo Dream gelding, with Ross Wolfenden driving for trainer Joe Hunderpfund finished second and at 26-1 odds was placed first. Papa Ray (A.Davis) was placed second with Adventure Bound placed third. Class Six gave Gingras his fourth win a 1:52.2 decision in a $15,000 pace for young horses. The Western Ideal-Can Du River gelding is trained by Burke for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. It was the five-year-old's second straight victory and seventh in his last eight starts. Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) was next in front of Beat Of NY (A.Davis). Soto, reined by Vic Kirby, won a $12,000 Male pace in 1:51, to give Ell and owners Wood, Dittmar and Iaquina, their third wins on the program Blazing Bobby Sox, piloted by trainer Art Stafford Jr. won for the fourth time in his last five races fashioning a 1:52.2 score in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) was runner-up in front of Quick Shot (Tony Morgan). The top female pacers duke it out in a $20,000 Mares Open in the Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. FASHION SHOWDOWN, SCANDALICIOUS, ELLIESJET N IN $20,000 OPEN  Seven top distaffs battle it out in this week’s $20,000 Mares Open pace led by last week’s upset winner Fashion Showdown on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Dover Downs.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Chris White’s Fashion Showdown has been an Open regular all meet but raised to top of the list last week when Ross Wolfenden drove a 1:51.3 longshot win at 35-1 odds. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious finished a head-back and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer and Corey Callahan may have put in the biggest trip, racing outside on the backstretch to get the lead and hold on for third only a neck behind. Bamond Racing’s Nefertiti Bluechip in her first start in nearly a month closed strongly for Brett Miller to finish fourth. Last Tuesday marked the end of Elliesjet N’s eight-race win streak since arriving from New Zealand for owners Barry Spennen, Kevin Evans, trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing. Her regular driver is Art Stafford Jr.  The race favorite last week was the highly regarded Jerseylicious, reined by Allan Davis, driving for Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing, Jeff Clark’s Springforth and George Dennis. Made her local debut and starts from post 1. A strong undercard is topped by a $15,500 4&&5-Year-Old Mares pace. One of the nine starters was a winner last time, Eric Becker’s Flying Nun (Tyler Davis) who steps up in class and leaves from post 9 in the second tier.  Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) and Fashion Rocker (Wolfenden) are the race favorites. Marv Bachrad

Most harness racing followers have a 'Bucket List' of racedays they would like to experience in their lifetime.    Little Brown Jug Day is on most peoples lists as is Hambletonian Day but one that wouldn't find a place on most peoples list is the Christmas meeting at Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.   However we have always rated it as a not to be missed meeting and being here today has just confirmed to us once again that this meeting is one out of the box.   A combination of the festive season, an extremely enthusiastic club and a township that is fully involved in the day and you have the recipe for a great day.   The first race for this years meeting drew a big field of fourteen but the race was as good as over soon after the start when the talented Bolting flew the start and grabbed the lead.   Driver Craig Thornley kept the four year old son of McArdle up to the mark in front and it was clear a long way out that he was the one to beat.   Although Windfall and John Dunn challenged gamely in the straight, Bolting always looked to have them covered in the last 200 metres with Bobby M and Robbie Close running on well for third.   The 2000 metres on the grass took 2:39.1 with closing sectionals of 60.1 and 30.   Craig Thornley was confident a fair way out he would hard to beat.   “Steve McRae always has them ready to run and once he found the front I was pretty confident.”   “I kept them running along at a reasonable rate which kept any mid race challenges away and even though Windfall got close, I always had him covered. I didnt even pull the sliding blinds,” Craig said.   Last year at the second day of this meeting, Bolting was a very difficult drive for Craig but all that  is well and truly behind him now.   “He is quite a big horse and was just weak and immature last year but he has matured in the last twelve months and this time in he is a sensible, tractable racehorse.   “Spreydon Lodge likes to turnover its racehorses and I think Bolting is for sale after the second day at Westport, Craig said.   On what he has shown in his brief career to date, Bolting looks like a horse with a good future in front of him.   Bolting     Harnesslink Media    

Pompano Beach, FL…December 21, 2015…Mayabelle, driven by harness racing trainer Mike Micallef for the Baron Racing Stable, took top honors in the $10,100 final of the Success Cameo Late Closer for claiming ($4,000 base) pacing mares on Monday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The four year-old daughter of McArdle, off as the 7 to 5 favorite, used the rail to gain a picture perfect journey and score by three-parts-of-a-length over the longest proposition in the field, Fair Voltage, handled by Dave Ingraham and off at 88 to 1. The pacesetting Sweet Bet, teamed up with Matt Romano, finished third, a length away, after posting fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:25.1 along the route. Dakota Law finished fourth and Ruths Shadylady finished fifth in the field of nine. Indeed, it was Sweet Bet that darted out for early supremacy with Pacific Date showing early foot from the outside nine post and moving just outside of the leader through the early panels with Mayabelle neatly covered up in third. As Pacific Date began to falter on the backside from the long route, Mayabelle moved into second and, at the top of the lane, tilted out, forged on by and safely held off Fair Voltage for the win, her fourth of the season in 24 starts. After the event, driver Micallef said, “This mare was claimed from us two starts back and we claimed her right back last week because she’s a solid performer in this particular class. “She likes to be in the thick of things and the rail was the perfect spot to do what she likes to do—be close. “It turned out to be a very cozy journey.” In earning her 10th lifetime victory, Mayabelle sent her lifetime bounty to $115,734 and enjoyed her biggest payday since her sire stakes win in Pennsylvania as a two year-old.   Mayabelle paid $4.80 to her multitude of followers. Also of note on the Monday card was the performance of the six year-old pacer Danger Hi Joltage. This altered son of Village Jolt, with many of his 29 lifetime wins on the engine, returned to that strategy on Monday night with Wally Hennessey in the bike to score a stunning win in 1:50.2 in a $10,000 claiming pace—a new lifetime mark. Slicing through panels of :26.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2, Danger Hi Joltage never relented during a :28 finale to score by 3 ½ lengths over the pocket-sitting Free Love (John MacDonald) with Artsbred Camotion (Kevin Wallis) next, almost nine lengths away. Cruizin K C finished fourth and Native Lightning picked up the nickel in the field of 10. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey said, “I knew that this one had success on the front end but, last week, we were stuck with the nine post—that was his first start here—and couldn’t use it. “Since the five post is pretty popular here, I decided to try that strategy that has been so successful with this horse—on the front. “I wasn’t surprised that he won on the front like that, but I was surprised at the new life mark. That’s pretty solid for a ‘10’ claimer. Trained by Rob Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable, Danger Hi Voltage won for the sixth time this year—all on the engine or close up—to send his 2015 bankroll to $38,963 and $172,431 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Danger Hi Joltage paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Auspicious Hanover looking for a second straight victory in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot while Wednesday night’s 14 race extravaganza features the Open Handicap for fillies and mares. In that $11,500 event, Wild Wanda takes on a very talented field including Precocious Beauty, Classic Carpet, Safe From Terror, Jets Are On and Just A Bee, the latter making her return to the racing wars after a six week vacation. Also on Wednesday, the finals of the Sea Eagle Late Closer and the Optimist Late Closer--both for claiming pacers—are on tap, as well. The Sea Eagle features $6,000 claiming geldings going for $11,100 while the Optimist, featuring $4,000 claiming geldings, has a final purse of $10,100. The track has carded an two pentafecta events along with two Pick-4 offerings on their wagering buffet with post time moved up to a special 7:00 p.m. start. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Today's $125,000 Westral Mares Classic at Gloucester Park looked a matchrace between the champion harness racing mare Frith and the up and coming open class mare Nike Franco NZ. Frith has been in dynamic form in her two starts in the west but that was negated a lot today by the horrible draw she had of the outside of the gate at barrier nine. Luke McCarthy pressed forward from barrier two to grab the lead with Nike Franco while Chris Voak sent Frith forward on a huge burn from which she eventually found the death seat outside Nike Franco. Luke kept up a good clip in front with Nike Franco and it was obvious a long way out that Frith was in trouble when she couldn't respond to a three wide move at the 700 metres mark. Nike Franco on the other hand was still travelling beautifully and went to the line full of running for an easy win over a fast finishing Jungle Jane and Ideal Alice who battled on for third. Considering that Nike Franco was involved in a sub 35 second burn to hold the lead, you could be nothing but impressed with the ease of the win. Nike Franco paced the 2138 metres in a smart 2:32.9, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 27.5 It was the daughter of McArdle's 15 win from just 24 starts and took her earnings just shy of quarter of a million dollars. Trainer Dean Braun couldn't contain a big smile post race. " It has been a long way back for this mare and I am thrilled that the public got to see the real Nike Franco today." " She was a star three year old but had a few issues at four so it is great to see her back at her best.' " When she drew good we were fairly confident she would go a big race," Dean said. Dean has already set in place the longterm plans for Nike Franco. " She can go home now and have ten days off before we get her ready for the Ladyship Mile at Menangle." "The way she went today, I don't think she has to fear anyone," Dean said. Harnesslink Media  

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker made it two wins in-a-row stepping up to the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Captive Audience Atta Boy Bones romped to victory in the $27,500 Delaware Specials, the Monday, Dec. 7 twin harness racing features at Dover Downs. After winning last week's $20,000 Open Handicap, Bushwacker scored an impressive 1:50.3 success in the Preferred Handicap with David Miller at the controls. The win was the eighth of the year for the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk gelding owned by Henderson Farms. Chris Ryder conditions the winner of $157,325 this season and $362,612 in his career. Dapper Dude closed well for Vic Kirby to finish second. Atta Boy Dan was third with Brett Miller driving. Captive Audience powered to a 1:51.4 score in the Delaware Special Handicap with Corey Callahan handling the driving assignment for Carter Racing Stable and owner-trainer Doug Lewis. Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) was a game second. Mustang Art (Marcus Milller) took show honors. Allan Davis had a three win night, his second came in an $18,000 3,4&5-Open Handicap, driving Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt to victory in 1:52 giving trainer Wayne Givens his second victory. The Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle five-year-old gelding out-legged Sweet Talkin Satin (B. Miller) home in 1:52. Givenupdreaming (Callahan) was third. With the win, Bad Boy Matt entered six figures with $106,385. In one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male paces, Art Stafford Jr. took Atta Boy Bones to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1:52.2 lifetime record. Owned by the driver and trainer Andrew Stafford, the altered son of McArdle-Santino's Rose won for the fourth time this year upping his career earnings to $48,490. Good Luck (David Miller) and Rockin' Cougar (Tony Morgan) were second and third respectively. Sean Bier owned and driven Brody notched a 1:52.4 decision in the other $15,000 section. Trained by his wife, Crissy Bier, the five-year-old Real Artist-Glenmount-Suestur Bier homebred gelding now has won seven times this campaign earning $45,185. Shanzhai (Brandon Henley) was next in front of One Last Roadie (Brett Miller, third.) SHINE N SHIMMER, TYRA HEAD $20,000 DISTAFF TUESDAY AT DOVER Shine N Shimmer, Tyra and two-time winner Hearts N Flowers lead the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on the Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan, the meet’s leading driver, will be in the bike driving Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer, an $112,747 winner this season. The Doug Lewis trainee has won three of her last five starts. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby in the bike, has been second in her last two outings but must overcome starting from the outside, meanwhile Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers and Allan Davis have consecutive wins. Foulk Stables’ Valerya, driven by George Dennis, has drawn the rail with Bob Baley’s Duneside Chella, handled by Marcus Miller, a winner of two of her previous three races, starts along side. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious, piloted by Tony Morgan, and Montenegra with Brett Miller, owned by Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock complete the lineup. A pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces tops the rest of the program. Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. In another $15,000 division Herb Mazeke’s Melanies Sharkette (Marcus Miller),  Lady Beth (Ross Wolfenden) and owner-trainer Quik To Fool You (Kirby) are the horses to beat in that section. In other events, CTC Stable and trainer Doug Lewis’ Mach A Wish (Callahan) JTE Enterprises’’ Handsoffmycookie (Morgan) and Bob Winkleman’s Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) lead one of two $12,000 female paces. Marv Bachrad

WILKES-BARRE PA -- McKenry, coming back to his home base of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono after an unsuccessful stint "in the big city" at Yonkers, was a pocket rocket in taking the harness racing $30,000 Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacing feature Saturday.   Driver Anthony Napolitano had the 8-1 shot on top early, but then yielded to brother George and favored UF Larry Alltheway to sit behind them the pocket. McKenry came on to challenge the leader in the lane and went by by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.1, taking a new lifetime mark despite the 50-degree temperature. UF Larry Alltheway lasted for a dead-heat for second with another late charger, Tomy Terror.   McKenry, an altered son of McArdle, took his fifth win of the campaign and boosted his seasonal earnings to $61,900 for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and the Wheelhouse Racing Stable.   ABC Muscles Boy made it three straight at The Downs for Team Allard as he took the $24,000 feature trot, moving to the lead after the quarter and winning by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:52.3, equaling his lifetime mark taken just last week. Purchased by Allard Racing Inc. before this month's racing, ABC Muscles Boy was not successful from post eight at Yonkers in his Lasix debut, but since then it's been nothing but visits to Victory Lane for the "Muscles Boy," driver Simon Allard and brother/trainer Rene.   PHHA / Pocono  

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell series at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller charge McDave (Marcus Miller) with a gate-to-wire score.   The son of McArdle set fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:25.3, before sprinting away to win by a wrapped-up 2 lengths in 1:53.   It was the fourth career win for McDave ($3.20), who is owned by Ron Michelon, and Dave and John Prushnok. Race two featured Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) as the heavy 1-5 race favorite.   An upset was in the cards however, as Joe and Vince Barbera's JJ Flynn (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) used a pocket trip to pick up the win.   The son of Western Ideal won by two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:52.3.   It was the first career win for JJ Flynn ($13.80) in eight career start. He is trained by Chris Ryder.   Division three saw Tony Alagna trainee Sam McSmith best the field.   The son of McArdle settled in behind the early speed of the outside leavers.   He was able to successfully quarter-brush from that point, holding the lead until the finish, completing the mile in 1:54.1.   It was the third win in four starts for Sam McSmith (Tony Morgan), who is owned by Andray Farms and David J. Miller. He paid $10.80. In the fourth and final division, it was He's Marvalous (Marcus Miller) springing the upset ($29.20).   The son of Delmarvalous settled into the pocket behind the speed of favorite Pretty Boy Hill (George Brennan).   He vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch, going on to a two length win in 1:52.   He is owned by Badlands Racing and The L.A. Express Stable's, and trained by Erv Miller.   It was one of four wins on the day for Marcus Miller. Michael Bozich

It was quite a day at the harness racing meeting at  Harrah's Philadelphia on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). There were 3 divisions of The Liberty Bell Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, as well as a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace which featured two pacers at the doorstep of one million dollars in career earnings. Division 1 of the Liberty Bell went to upsetter Trading Up (Scott Zeron). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was 3 wide much of the first quarter before finally clearing the lead just before the half. He was able to hold off the heavy favorite My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Blood Brother finished third. It was the 5th career win for Trading Up ($15.00), who is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. He is trained by Tony Alagna. Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was a dominant winner in the second division. The son of Dragon Again battled a game Badiou Hanover (Scott Zeron) the entire mile to secure the win in a time of 1:51.3, while in hand at the finish. It was the eleventh career win for the Joann Looney-King trainee, and his third straight. Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) was third. It was a lifetime's best performance for Allbeef N Nobull (Matt Kakaley) in division 3 of the Liberty Bell. The son of McArdle sat pocket behind the speed of Rise Up Now (Tim Tetrick), before roaring up the passing lane to win in 1:50.2. Paparazzi Hanover (Dave Miller) rallied for second, while McArdles Lightning (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the 8th career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Emond, Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi. He paid $4.40. Ken Jacob's Doctor Butch is harness racing newest millionaire. The 5-year-old son of Art Major was victorious in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace, which pushed his lifetime earnings over the one million mark in his 94th career start. He now has 26 career wins, 9 on the season. The 8-year-old Nova Artist, who was also in the race (finished 7th) is also nearing the plateau. He has career earning of $961,267. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano. Michael Bozich

The Carl Milstein Memorial, Northeast Ohio's premier harness racing event, will go to post Friday (August 14) at Northfield Park. The Milstein's $405,000 purse is the largest ever in Northfield's 58-year history and has attracted the best three year-old colt pacers in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $663,500. Here is a runner by runner preview of this years field   1 - Go Daddy Go Draws the rail for trainer Robert McIntosh and owners Robert McIntosh Stables, Inc. and Diamond Creek Racing. With five wins to his credit and finishing in the top three in 13 of 21 starts, this colt has $438,646 in earnings and a career best of 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. The son of Ponder has a victory in a $56,000 leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes this year. He won last year's $199,769 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway, the $26,400 Metro at Mohawk Raceway and a $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination at the Meadowlands. Peter Wrenn, who won the Battle of Lake Erie with Dare You To in 1991, has been given the driving assignment with a morning line of 15-1.   2 - Lyons Levi Lewis Is one of two sons of Well Said in this year's edition of the Carl Milstein Memorial. He has won three and finished in the top three in 12 of 19 career races, taking a 1:50.4 mark at the Meadowlands and bankrolling $390,026. This colt is owned by Joseph Lyond-Mound and trained by Ron Burke, who won last year's inaugural edition of this event with All Bets Off. Lyons Levi Lewis is the winner of last year's $113,270 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Raceway and was victorious in his most recent effort in a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia on August 2. Burke has enlisted Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., to drive this 10-1 morning line contender. Wrenn was the North American Dash winner for both 2013 and 2014.   3 - Lost For Words Sports career earnings of $378,642. He has 21 lifetime starts with nine wins and 16 top-three finishes. This colt is a son of Well Said with a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lost For Words is Buckeye-owned by the partnership of Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and Strollin Stables. He is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Last year Lost For Words won two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, the $58,045 Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair, the $72,000 International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile and the $82,250 Bluegrass Stakes at the Red Mile. This year he has won three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. He has been assigned a morning line of 4-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Ohio native and Hall of Famer David Miller.   4 - Wiggle It Jiggleit Has been named the 3-5 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. He is the richest horse in this event with $993,144 in earnings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's 1:47.4 mark at the Meadowlands is the fastest in this field. This gelded son of Mr Wiggles has 15 wins to his credit in 17 starts. He was victorious this year in the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial at the Meadowlands, the $58,000 "Buddy" Gilmour at the Meadowlands, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park, the $500,000 Hempt at Pocono Downs and the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Inc. Montrell Teague has been named to drive.   5 - Allbeef N Nobull Is one of two horses in this race for Ron Burke, the leader of all North American trainers in both wins and earnings. This son of McArdle is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Donald Emond, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. Allbeef N Nobull was undefeated in four starts last year and has posted three wins in 11 starts this year, including a victory in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where he took his 1:51 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. He has $119,470 in earnings and enters the Milstein off a 1:54.1 win at Yonkers Raceway. This 12-1 morning line selection is scheduled to be driven by Chris Page.   6 - Rock N' Roll World Is owned by the partnership of Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing, LLC. This colt has 23 career starts, winning three races and finishing in the top three 15 times. His 1:50.3 lifetime mark at the Meadows came on August 1 in the $50,000 Adios Consolation. Rock N' Roll World is a son of Rocknroll Hanover and has career earnings of $219,518. Trainer Mark Silva has listed current North American leading driver, Aaron Merriman, to drive this 20-1 morning line contender. Merriman, the youngest inductee ever enshrined in Northfield Park's Wall of Fame at age 36, has won more races than any other driver in the track's 58-year history.   7 - The Wayfaring Man Enters this event off two straight wins at Mohawk Raceway, taking his 1:51 lifetime mark in his most recent race on August 8. His victories include a win in last year's $39,744 Dream Maker Stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He is one of two horses in this event by Dragon Again, the 2000 Battle of Lake Erie Champion. The Wayfaring Man has six wins in 19 starts, earning $96,233. Bruno Comegna owns this colt and Nicky Comegna is his conditioner. Dan Noble is scheduled to pilot the 25-1 morning line contender.   8 - Wakizashi Hanover Enters this event for owner Tri County Stable and trainer Joann Looney-King. This son of Dragon Again has eight wins and 14 top-three finishes in 16 starts. His victories this year include the $32,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono Downs, a $58,842 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Pocono Downs and the $810,000 North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway. This gelding has a 1:48 lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway and earnings of $743,991. National driving star Tim Tetrick is coming in to drive this 9-2 contender.   The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, who purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Another added attraction on the track will be the "Legends Driver Challenge," featuring Northfield's leading drivers of days gone by. Last year's winner, Dan Ross, will try to defend his title against Gerry Bookmyer, William Irvine, Keith Kash and Don McKirgan, as well as newcomers Jeff Fout, Del S. Miller and William Popio. The eight veteran reinsmen have all won driving titles at Northfield during a span that covered the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The Milstein crowd will enjoy food trucks on the outdoor apron from 6-10 p.m. and Northfield Park dice games and the Majic 105.7 prize wheel with Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m. Classic rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. ESPN Cleveland WKNR's Bruce Hooley will be broadcasting live from 5-7 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 signature buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Due to the expected large crowd reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. First race post time for the Carl Milstein Memorial card is 6 p.m. Parking and admission are always free at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff  

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