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Thirty-eight Ohio-bred pacing fillies are set to line up behind the Scioto Down starting gate tonight in four $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes, with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. Of the Ohio-registered stallions represented this evening, Pet Rock has the most foals in attendance with ten, while Dragon Again has five, McArdle four, and Big Bad John and Rockin Amadeus with three youngster each competing. Those stallions with two foals each in these events include: Beachtrea, The Panderosa, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser. Allamerican Native, Art Official, Charley Barley and Feelin Friskie all have one foal each in OSS competition. Of the 38 fillies going postward tonight, a full 16 are homebreds. Conditioner Brian Brown has the most distaffs vying with six, while Virgil Morgan has three in these events. Gypsy Merlot heads up the first OSS test (Race 1), for breeder/owner/trainer Al Tomison from post eight. This Feelin Friskie lass won a Hoosier Park baby race on June 30, clocked in a wire-to-wire 1:55.4. This speedy homebred is out of the Western Maverick mare Bronwen Seelster p,3, 1:56 ($31,279) and has half-siblings in: Dublin Rose (by Major In Art) p, 3, 1:52.2s ($279,486) and Annihilator (by Woodstock) p, 5, 1:52.1f ($81,002). Mi Nina Bonita, a Yankee Cruiser lass, leaves from post nine in this same event. Owned by R.D. Siegelman, R.I. Horowitz and J.P. Vasquez, Mi Nina Bonita hails from the Brian Brown stable. A $7,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg last fall, she won a Meadowlands baby race on June 23 in 1:56.4. Bred by Barry Rubenstein Farms, Mi Nana Bonita is out of the prolific Jate Lobell mare Cheyenne Adrienne p, 2, 1:53.1M ($128,614) and is a half-sister to Cheyenne Jeffrey (by Bettor's Delight) p, 9, 1:52.3h ($478,885); Yo Cheyenne Rocky (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 4, 1:50f ($284,557); Boogiewoogiebrian (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 7, 1:53.2h ($158,140), Yo Apollo Creed (By American Ideal) p, 3, 1:51 ($35,965). Blueaintmycolor starts from post five in this first OSS division for trainer Kent Sherman and owners Ryan Stahl and Robert Dubovec. An $18,000 yearling purchase from the Ohio Select Sale, this daughter by The Panderosa won a Northfield Park qualifier on June 28 in 1:58.2 by ten lengths for these connections. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Blueaintmycolor is out of the unraced Jate Lobell mare Bolera Athena, and is a half-sister to the 52-race winner Keemosabe (by Squaw's Fella) p, 3, 1:51f ($310,336); Gleneagles (by Mysticism) p, 5, 1:54f ($128,832); Gold Star Smokin (by Life Sign) 3, 1:53.2f ($80,719); Faithful Friend (by Artistic Fella) 2, 1:55.2s ($62,558) and to Chiricahua (by Squaw's Fella) p,2,1:55.4f ($11,131), etc. Carmen Ohio heads up the second OSS test (Rae 3) from the eight-hole for trainer Brian Brown and owners Milton Leeman (also the breeder), along with S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. Sired by The Panderosa, out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff, Carmen Ohio won a Scioto Downs maiden on June 27 in a front-stepping effort in 1:57.1. She is a full sister to Slick Mick p,3,1:51.4f ($106,040) and has half-siblings in: Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53s ($86,502); Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) 3, 1:56f ($23,297) and Olympe Maxime (by Real Desire) p,4,1:56f ($20,746). Officially My Way, an Art Official daughter, hails from post four in this same race for owner/trainer Ron Randall. This filly has won three starts in a row, including a pair of Ohio county fair stakes and a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 18 in 1:58.1. An $8,000 yearling purchase from the Blooded Horse Sale, Officially My Way was bred by Frank Dettore Horse Racing, and is the third foal out of the Dream Away mare Eagle Way p, 5, 1:52.3f ($601,973). Twinsburg certainly looks like the one to beat from post three in the third OSS test (Race 10). This McArdle lass, who is conditioned by Canadian-based trainer Jason Mcginnis, won a Woodbine qualifier on June 9 in 2:00.4 before finishing third in 1:54.4 in a $10,500 Woodbine baby race on June 25. Owned by Brock Obrien and bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver, Twinsburg was a $12,000 purchase at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale last fall. She is out of the Life Sign mare Fastidious Hanover p, 4, 1:54M ($24,286) and is a half-sister to Right Right (by Cole Muffler) p,3, 1:52.4 ($497,370); Sunken Treasure (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52f ($121,330) and Someonesomewhere (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:56.4h ($11,538). My Hearts Rockin leaves from the nine-hole in this same race for owner/breeder James Joyner and trainer C. Brian Loney. This Rockin Amadeus lass has won a pair of Northfield Park qualifiers: on June 14 (in 2:00.3) and June 21 (in 2:01.1) by ten lengths in a gate to wire effort. My Hearts Rockin is the first foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare My Sweet Lorelei p, 4, 1:55.2H ($121,751). The fourth and final OSS division (Race 12) is perhaps the most competitive of this quartet. Rose Run Uptowngirl hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and is a Dragon Again lass, out of the Western Terror mare Victoria Gallery ($2,400). Owned by Burke Racing, P. Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Rose Run Uptowngirl won a maiden race at The Meadows in wire-to-wire fashion on June 19 in 1:53.4, with a :27.3 final brush by 11¾ lengths. She starts from post three. Queen Of The Pride starts from post five for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Bred by Ohio's Brad Wallace, this McArdle lass won a $13,000 baby race at Pocono Downs in 1:56 on June 26. She is the fourth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p, 2, 1:53M ($21,280), and is a half-sister to Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($421,999); Well Lets See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($88,782) and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p,4,1:53f ($76,035). Adorabella is another with a solid shot in this race, who starts from post seven for trainer/driver Danny Noble. This homebred daughter by Pet Rock, who is owned by Vincent Costa, Jr., has won three straight races thus far in her brief career: two Scioto Downs qualifiers (in 1:57.1 and 1:56.2) and an Ohio fair stake at Circleville, when she was clocked in 2:02.3. Adorabella is the second foal out of the Art Major mare Bella Marta p, 4, 1:53.2f ($122,499) and is a full sister to Rock Noble Artist p, 3, 1:53 ($40,303). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, July 7 at Northfield Park with 3-year-old colt pacers going postward. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- McWicked, perfectly-placed second-over, swung three-wide late on the far turn and had an overwhelming late kick to come up a 1:49.3 winner while taking the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace final on Saturday (June 30) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Ron Burke-trained threesome of Filibuster Hanover, Rockin Ron, and All Bets Off got away 1-2-3 by the :26.2 first panel, with McWicked fourth early. As the outer tier formed early, it looked like McWicked and driver Brian Sears might have to come first-over, but past the three-eighths All Bets Off pulled from third, giving cover which helped McWicked's chances. The middle splits were pedestrian, :55 and 1:22.2, with All Bets Off continuing his grind against pacesetting Filibuster Hanover, and McWicked readying to mount a wide charge. That charge commenced near the top of the stretch, and when McWicked started his kick, the only thing in doubt was the winning margin, which was 1-1/2 lengths over Rockin Ron, who parlayed prime pocket position for place; 99-1 Mac's Jackpot also used an inside trip to get a high finish, coming home third, just nipped for second. "It was good that I had sort of a 'slow second-over' trip, going up towards the front," Sears noted post-race, confident in the stretch strength of his son of McArdle-Western Sahara, who also won the 2014 Hempt, in a stakes record of 1:47.3 which still stands. In a career of continuing stardom, McWicked, now seven, boosted his earnings to $2,646,362 in only 80 career starts. The Franklin champion is owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, N.Y., and was the only favorite in the night's four major races. Split The House, the 2017 Breeders Crown winner among the older pacers, was given a canny drive by Brian Sears to take the $75,000 Franklin Pace Consolation in 1:49. Sears stayed third-in at the half after Boogie Shuffle had taken the field to the quarter in :26.4 and favored Mach It So moved to the lead and passed the half in :55. Dealt A Winner pulled uncovered and heatedly battled the winner to the 1:21.1 three-quarters; when the second-over couldn't keep up, Sears slipped out then went wide on the far turn and tracked down 55-1 shot Boogie Shuffle, who got the lead midstretch in the Pocono Pike, by a half-length. Spilt The House is a Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Chris Oakes for Crawford Farms Racing. He boosted his lifetime bankroll to $643,833 while victorious in only his second start of the campaign. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 22, 2018 - It was nary more than a qualifier for money for odds-on Lispatty (George Brennan, $3.40), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The lone leaver from assigned post position No. 4, Lispatty worked around pole-sitting Medusa (Brian Sears). She then effectively ended the suspense (:28, :57.2) at the intermission. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) tried it first-up from fifth, but a :27.1 third quarter (1:24.3) made sure the outer tier did not figure. Lispatty owned a length-and-three-quarter lead in and out of the final turn, then easily held her pocketed pursuer at bay. She defeat Medusa by a length-and-a-half in 1:52. The ground-saving trio of Lovineveryminute (Mark MacDonald), Freakonomics (Eric Goodell) and Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For Lispatty, a 5-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilbert Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her fifth win (third consecutive) in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $267. Saturday night's (June 23rd) dozen-race program features the return of 2016's Trotting Triple Crown champ, Marion Marauder. Second in last fall's million-dollar Yonkers International Trot, Marion Marauder was banished behind the eight-ball in the $44,000, seventh-race co-featured Open Handicap Trot. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Not many male pacers have won Dan Patch awards at ages 2 or 3 and returned to capture another trophy against older horses. The list since 1990 features Artsplace, Jenna's Beach Boy, Gallo Blue Chip, Art Major, and Sweet Lou. All with the exception of Sweet Lou were 4-year-olds when they received their honor as an older horse; Sweet Lou was 5. McWicked, who earned a Dan Patch Award at age 3 in 2014, is hoping to add his name to the list -- at the age of 7. And trainer Casie Coleman says the stallion has never been better. "To see him still going, and going as hard as he is, is awesome; normally right now they're getting a little tired and tailing off," Coleman said. "I honestly think this horse seems stronger than he's ever been yet, which I don't even know how is possible, but he seems like a stronger horse right now." The winner of two of four races this year, McWicked on Saturday heads to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the eliminations of the Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers. McWicked is in the second of three eliminations on the card, which also features eliminations for the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, and James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. McWicked is coming off a second-place finish to Sintra in the Gold Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McWicked got away eighth, 16 lengths off the lead at the quarter-mile point, before pacing his final three-quarters of a mile in 1:18.4 to rally for the runner-up spot. "It was insane the back half he had, but he was just too far back," Coleman said. "He couldn't have raced any better, he was just far out of the race. "Every time we've put him on the track he's raced great." McWicked, owned by Ed James' S S G Stables, won 12 of 23 races at age 3 including the Breeders Crown, Hempt Memorial, Adios, and Progress Pace on his way to $1.47 million in purses. He hit the board a total of 21 times that season and got checks in the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, Messenger, Milstein Memorial, and Matron. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. McWicked finished the campaign with four consecutive second-place finishes, including the TVG Series championship, Breeders Crown and Allerage Farms Open Pace and might have been in the mix for his second Dan Patch Award with a win or two in any of them. "He kept being the bridesmaid," Coleman said. "He just had a lot of bad luck with traffic. He was pacing harder than any of them at the wire, he just had some bad luck. But saying that, the horse has made over $2 million, so I guess you can't say it's too bad of luck." For his career, the son of McArdle-Western Sahara has won 24 of 78 starts and $2.37 million. "It's not often that he's off the board," Coleman said. "He usually gives you all he's got and he's usually right there. He's had a lot of first-over journeys where he still gets the job done. He can take any trip you give him. "He's staked in everything all summer long. As long as he's sound and healthy he'll be in all the events and hopefully he can win a couple of them." Coleman credited an offseason layoff in Kentucky, the work of trainer Jim McDonald in preparing McWicked in Florida, and the decision to bypass the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series in March/April as reasons for her horse's early-season success. "Hopefully it pays off for us," Coleman said. "He's been sharp, sound, and healthy. We just hope for a little bit of luck on the weekend." For Saturday's complete Pocono entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 27, 2017 - Favored Lispatty with harness racing driver George Brennan in command was first to the lead and first to the wire Friday night (Oct. 27th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from 'inside' post position No. 5 (after winning 5-thru-8 draw), Lispatty stung Newborn Sassy (Tyler Buter), releasing that rivals after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. 'Sassy' then found a :55.3 intermission before Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from fourth in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Newborn Sassy put away that stubborn miss, but she was vulnerable. Lispatty ducked inside, then defeated a second-over Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) by a length in 1:52.4. Newborn Sassy, Mach it a Par and 44-1 rank outsider Certified Ideal (Brent Holland) settled for the remainder. For Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her sixth win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $35.60, with the triple returning $213. Lispatty Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2017 -- Shuffled to fourth at the three-quarters, Shesasmokinlady found late racing room and captured Tuesday's harness racing $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Even when trainer/driver Ray Paver found that path to victory for the 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol, her work wasn't finished, as she had to hold off the late charge of Yankee Moonshine to edge her by a nose in 1:52.2 over a "good" surface. Early leader Tessa Seelster finished third. Iris Horowitz bred and owns Shesasmokinlady, who extended her career bankroll to $244,775. The victory came the same day Paver was honored for collecting career driving win 4,000 last month. Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a pair of victories on the 13-race card, as did Jim Pantaleano and trainer Rich Gillock. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 31 - Back in the care of harness racing trainer Casie Coleman, six-year-old McWicked could surpass $2 million in career earnings with a strong performance in Saturday's $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Following his four-year-old campaign, Mcwicked departed from Coleman's barn and was moved to trainer Steve Elliott, who conditioned the son of Mcardle for his five-year-old season and the first part of his current six-year-old season. "He didn't win a race at four with me and the owners just decided to try him with somebody else," Coleman said. "He went away for a little while, but then they asked me to take him back and I did." Mcwicked's five-year-old season was cut short after sustaining an injury in the June 2016 Roll With Joe Pace, where he flipped his palate and underwent corrective surgery. "I thought he could go with [Always B] Miki and [Wiggle It Jiggleit], I really did," Mcwicked's former trainer Steve Elliot said in an interview last year. "He's a fast, fast horse and he's handy. He doesn't ever grab a line. Sitting in the two-hole, drivers want to get him off the fence. Pull the right line and he takes off. You don't know how much horse you've got until you pull and then you have to watch you don't catch a wheel. He's just that kind of horse. He's a very good horse and circumstances didn't dictate that." Mcwicked, a 21-time winner with $1,992,206 earned for owner S S G Stables, made his 2017 seasonal debut on February 12 at Pompano Park, where he won the $12,500 Open Handicap in 1:50.4 devoid of breathing issues from which he had suffered in the past. "I didn't have any issues with him as a three-year-old with his breathing, but as a four-year-old we started having some issues with that," Coleman said. "Like I'll use the laser machine and laser his palette and take the tongue tie out and stuff along those lines. It's a constant thing you've got to work on because once they have a breathing issue you never know when it's going to come up." After racing ten times this season for Elliott, Mcwicked returned to Coleman's barn and proceeded to win the Preferred at Mohawk on June 3, followed by the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:48.2 on June 17. "I just put him back to the way I had [trained] him," Coleman said. "I don't really know what they were doing with him--I wasn't really concerned with how they rigged him up and trained him because I knew my way worked with him as a three-year-old and he's been seeming to respond." Prior to last Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations, Mcwicked had finished fourth in three consecutive starts, including in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park as the 2-1 favourite. "He didn't race badly at Hoosier, but I was expecting more out of him," Coleman said. "He came up with an abscess in his foot, which we've actually been working on for a little while. He's actually been racing in an A-bar shoe right now just because he has some problems with his foot." Finishing third in his 'Pacing Derby' elimination, Mcwicked paced a 1:48.3 mile with a :25.4 final quarter, coming in six-lengths off of elimination winner Rockin Ron. "Everything seems great [heading into the Pacing Derby]," Coleman said. "I wish he was a little bit better on that foot--he trained yesterday (Tuesday); he trained really good. He's sharp and feeling good, but we still have a little bit of an issue with his foot but I think that will be fine by the time we get to Saturday." McWicked will start from the rail in Saturday's big race and will have the driving services of David Miller. "The rail isn't necessarily the best place to be--I mean, I'll take it over the nine or ten any day. Like it's hard for a horse to race on the front-end and get off the rail, so I'm hoping he gets away mid pack, follows some cover and hopefully works out from that spot." Update on Summer Travel After winning the Dream Maker Final in a stakes-record 1:50.3 on August 7, Coleman trained two-year-old Summer Travel was scheduled to race in last Saturday's Nassagaweya Stakes, but was scratched due to sickness. The Western Ideal colt was not the only Coleman rookie to be scratched, as filly Play The Bell, the winner of this year's Battle of The Belles, was also pulled from the Eternal Camnation. "They trained early (last) week and they were awesome--couldn't have been better," Coleman said. "But then on Thursday, the both of them started to snot but were eating good and feeling good. On Friday they were a lot more snotty and started to cough, still seeming to feel fine until Saturday morning we came in and saw Summer Travel had a temperature of 104 [Fahrenheit] and Play The Bell had a temperature of 102, so obviously we had to scratch them." "We've been treating them; they're on antibiotics. They seem to both be responding quite well--their snot pretty much cleared up and their temperatures are fine. Still, they both do have a little bit of a cough, but it is much, much better." The signs of improvement gave Coleman enough confidence to enter both rookies in this Saturday's Grand Circuit events at Mohawk. Summer Travel will compete in a $96,880 Champlain division, while Play The Bell will start in the $169,381 Champlain Filly Stakes. "They're both going to be a touch-bit short because I can't train them as much as I'd like to," Coleman said. "We've got to let them get over the sickness. Obviously, if at all they are not ready by Saturday, we're not going to take a chance and race them, but I think we'll be okay." Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby card at Mohawk features 12-races and over $1.4 million in purses. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Ray Cotolo

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 4, 2017 - Lispatty (George Brennan, $6.20) bottomed 'em out Friday night (Aug. 4th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Going right down the road (:27.1, :55.3, 1:23.2, season's-best 1:52.2) from assigned post position No.4, Lispatty showed no love to 11-10 favorite Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett). The former hung the latter, who eventually threw it in reverse, finishing seventh. Lispatty opened four lengths passing the three-quarters, aided by pocket-sitting Sail to the Beach (Brian Sears) tiring badly. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) slipped out from behind that one, but had too much ground to make up. The lead was 3½ lengths in the out of the final turn, more than enough as Lispatty lasted by a length-and-a-quarter. Delightful Dragon was second, with HP Siddy (Dan Dube), Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Sail to the Beach completing the cashers. For second choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her third win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $46, with the triple returning $1,186. Lispatty Note that the Raceway is open for simulcasting a half-hour earlier (11:30 AM) Saturday (Aug. 5th) to accommodate Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands as well as the Meadows (first posts for both at 12 Noon).  YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,700 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug 5th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,780.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nike Franco N handed award-winning Lady Shadow her first loss of the year, battling through the stretch to wear down the harness racing even-money favorite and win Saturday's $201,000 Golden Girls for pacing mares by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.2 for the mile and an eighth distance at the Meadowlands. The 2-1 second choice and driver Tim Tetrick led the 11-horse field to the opening quarter in :26.1 before yielding the top spot to Lady Shadow, a returning Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner who was unbeaten in five starts this season, who set fractions of :54.2 to the half, 1:22 to three-quarters and 1:48.1 for the mile. In the stretch, Nike Franco N moved to the outside and methodically cut into Lady Shadow's lead until reaching the front as the duo neared the wire. She paid $6.80 to win. It was 4¼ lengths back to third-place finisher Call Me Queen Be. Nike Franco N, a New Zealand-bred 7-year-old, has won eight of 13 races since arriving in North America last October. The Golden Girls was her first U.S. stakes triumph. "We knew she was capable of this and when I saw she was getting a trip behind that great Lady Shadow, I said, 'This is our night'," said Jo Ann Looney-King, who trains Nike Franco N for owner Richard Poillucci. "Richard has been buying us some of the top pacers from Down Under. He picks his own horses out, he sends them to us. We simply go with the wonderful horses he buys for us." Nike Franco N, a daughter of McArdle-Nearea Franco, has won 26 of 46 career races and earned $571,672. Her North American earnings are $250,279. Nike Franco N By Ken Weingartner  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2017 -- Dismissed at 18-1, Hurricane Calleigh shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the upset in a harness racing career-best 1:52 in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hurricane Calleigh worked hard for the early lead but was slightly shuffled turning for home and in desperate need of racing home. When David McNeight III guided her to the Lightning Lane, she poured through and downed the rallying Lakeisha Hall by 3/4 lengths while long shot Dime A Dance closed well for show. David McNeight, Jr. trains Hurricane Calleigh, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Courtney McNeight. In Monday's co-feature, a $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames enjoyed a second-quarter breather, then turned on the jets to score in 1:50.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude was second, 1/2 length back, with the first-over Hawk's Red Chief third. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $245,577. It was one of three victories on the 12-race card for harness racing's "winningest" driver and lifted his career total to 17,989. After a break for Independence Day, live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2017 -- Shesasmokinlady quarter-poled to the front and widened her lead late en route to her third straight harness racing victory in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Shesasmokinlady withstood a serious challenge from the first-over Lakeisha Hall and, under the urging of trainer/driver Ray Paver, drew off in mid-stretch to down the rallying Hurricane Calleigh by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2. Lakeisha Hall saved show. Iris Horowitz bred and owns Shesasmokinlady, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol who soared over $200,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON-- Sitting off a fast pace, Mcwicked rode cover and pounced on harness racing pacesetter Nirvana Seelster in the stretch to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational in 1:48.2 on the undercard of the Pepsi North America Cup Saturday, June 17. Driver David Miller floated Mcwicked off the gate to get away fifth while Nirvana Seelster battled with Dr J Hanover through a :25.4 first quarter, with Great Vintage getting away behind them in third. Yielding for the pocket, Nirvana Seelster soon pulled to the outside to retake the lead from Dr J Hanover before the half, with Mcwicked grabbing cover from Dealt A Winner pacing fourth in a :54.2 half. Nirvana Seelster maintained control circling the final turn. Dealt A Winner crept closer to be third wide of pocket-sitter Dr J Hanover, carrying Mcwicked to be second over and to the outside of Great Vintage pacing fourth. After a third-quarter of 1:22, Miller swung Mcwicked around his faltering cover and pursued Nirvana Seelster, who held the lead until the final hundred yards when Mcwicked edged past and advanced to a half-length win over Nirvana Seelster, Great Vintage, and Shamballa, who rallied up the rail for fourth. Competing for owner S S G Stables, Mcwicked, a six-year-old horse by Mcardle from the Western Ideal mare Western Sahara, scored his 20th win in 59 tries, pushing his career earnings to $1,928,866. Trained by Casie Coleman, Mcwicked returned $4.90 to win. Ray Cotolo / Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Columbus, OH --- She and her husband already have Delaware champion Logan’s Girl, stand-out Newborn Sassy, the top-class Purrfect Bags, the 2015 North America Cup winner in Wakizashi Hanover and a former New Zealand Horse of the Year in Christen Me, but there is one other horse in the care of Jo Ann Looney-King and Jim King Jr. who is intent on accumulating her own accolades rather than linger in the shadows of her harness racing barnmates and that is Nike Franco N. The New Zealand-bred, who competed in Australia, collected $321,393 from 33 trips to the post, with 18 victories, established several track records and has defeated males on multiple occasions. She has yet, however, to capture her first stakes final on her new continent and will seek to accomplish that task on Saturday (June 17) in the C$365,000 Roses Are Red final at Mohawk Racetrack. “She is just her own woman,” said Looney-King. “That is about the best way to size her up and she knows she is her own woman. She just takes everything as it comes and goes about her business.” Like Christen Me, Nike Franco is owned by Richard Poillucci and will be steered by her regular reinsman, Tim Tetrick, on Saturday. The duo will leave from post position three in the field of 10. Although the formidable Lady Shadow is the morning line favorite at 6-5, Nike Franco is the second selection at 2-1 off her powerful 1:49.2 performance in her elimination last week. “We knew she would race well like she always does, but we did not expect that,” said Looney-King. “Just watching her was impressive and Timmy always puts her, like he does with all the horses he drives, in the right spot to win. She certainly was ready last week and we hope to see that again from her, but this is a tough group of mares, especially with Lady Shadow in there, so she will need to be at her best. Nike raced great at Chester against her (second in the Betsy Ross Invitational) but she just could not catch her.” In fact, one of the reasons Tetrick is so enamored with this mare is directly related to the determination she demonstrated in that event to finish a swiftly-charging second. “I love Nike Franco,” he said. “I think she’s a great mare. I don’t think people in America have seen what she can do yet. I’m a very firm believer in her and I don’t think anybody knows (how good she can be). All I know is when I ask her to do something, she does it. Even at Chester when I was in a terrible spot she kept digging. She made up five lengths at Chester in a (1):49 mile being three-wide around the last turn. I race there all the time and horses do not do that.” Since her intercontinental transition, Nike Franco has compiled a record of 10-7-2-0 and earned $131,625. The only time she has failed to hit the board was a seventh place finish in the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway on March 17, but she certainly had an excuse. “We were really looking forward to racing her in that series, but she ended up being pretty sick and we just weren’t going to push her,” Looney-King said. “It’s a long season and that’s what we try to do is keep the horses happy and healthy as they go through it.” Nike Franco also has regal blood flowing through her veins as the daughter of McArdle's dam, Nearea Franco, was a New Zealand champion and her granddam No Paba, is a half-sibling to 1990 Horse of the Year Beach Towel. King claims the 7-year-old mare even has her own fan club. “She attracts attention wherever she goes,” Looney-King said. “In fact, there are still people in Australia that are watching her over here and the girl who used to take care of her, Amanda Grieve, makes sure she is plugged in to her every move. She’s just a bay mare with her own way about her. Jim and I are just very lucky to have horses like her and all our horses this year. We remind ourselves every day how fortunate we are with them and for our family.” As her fans prepare to witness Nike Franco's second performance North of the Border, her driver is counting on her to illustrate just why those that come in contact with her become so attached. “Last week she won in (1):49 just as easy as you would want a horse to win,” Tetrick said. “It’s a very tough group. Lady Shadow is the horse to beat, but in my heart, if I can keep close to her, I think mine (this mare) can out-kick her; if I can just stay close to her.” * * * * * * Two-time defending champion Lady Shadow heads to this year’s Roses Are Red final off a 1:50.2 victory in her elimination last week, pushing her win streak to six races dating back to last year. She has won 14 of her last 16 races, a stretch that began with her triumph in her Roses Are Red elim last June. She won last year’s final in 1:48.1, just one-fifth of a second off Anndrovette’s stakes record. With a victory Saturday, Lady Shadow would join Anndrovette as the only three-time winners of the Roses Are Red. Anndrovette accomplished the feat from 2012-14. “She’s vicious,” said Lady Shadow’s driver Yannick Gingras. “I think she’s the one to beat. I’m very confident in her. She’s got big lungs. She can go those :27 quarters all day long. She’s got six of them in her. She never gets tired.” Lady Shadow was fifth at the opening quarter of her elimination before embarking on a first-over march to victory. “Sometimes you over-think stuff,” Gingras said. “I was trying to race her easy and get her a covered-up trip and it kind of worked against me. She had to work harder coming first up than if I’d just put her on the front. She was really good.” Lady Shadow, a 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella, has won 31 of 58 career races and earned $1.72 million. She is owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and BFJ Stable and trained by Ron Adams. “Let’s face it, Lady Shadow has been tremendous,” said Tom Fanning, who trains Frost Damage Blues, the winner of the first of last week’s three eliminations. “Nike Franco is really good. I think there are a couple other ones, us included, that if things work right can be very competitive in there. It’s a competitive bunch this year.” Frost Damage Blues, owned by blueberry magnate Bill Augustine, won her elimination in 1:50.1 with a rally from mid-pack at the race’s midpoint. James MacDonald handled the driving and will be back in the sulky for the final. “She got a great trip,” Fanning said. “She likes those trips; she’ll fire off of that for sure.” A 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Art Matters, Frost Damage Blues has won 14 of 28 career races and earned $180,938. She finished third in last year’s Breeders Crown Mare Pace. “She’s been good,” Fanning said. “She’s filled out. I’m happy with how she is. The best thing about her is she just tries hard. Most of them don’t try as hard as they can. She is one of the few that does.” Following is the field for the Roses Are Red. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Bernadette-David Miller-Ron Adams-20/1  2-Frost Damage Blues-James MacDonald-Tom Fanning-6/1  3-Nike Franco N-Tim Tetrick- Jo Ann Looney King-2/1  4-Lady Shadow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Adams-6/5  5-Wrangler Magic-Louis-Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-8/1  6-Call Me Queen Be-Scott Zeron-Tony O'Sullivan-10/1  7-Witch Dali-Doug McNair-Richard Moreau-20/1  8-Penpal-Patrick Lachance-Patrick Lachance-15/1  9-Pure Country-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-8/1  10-Prairie Sweetheart-Matt Kakaley-Tony O'Sullivan-20/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  Ken Weingartner also contributed to this report

WASHINGTON, PA, June 5, 2017 -- Dismissed at a generous 8-1, Hurricane Calleigh stalked Show Runner from the pocket, then outkicked her in the Lightning Lane to score a harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Hurricane Calleigh had been racing well of late from off the pace, David McNeight III hustled her to the pocket, where she enjoyed the best trip. She downed Show Runner by a length in a career-best 1:52.1, with the first-over Spreester third. David McNeight, Jr. trains Hurricane Calleigh, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness, for Courtney McNeight. Elsewhere on the card, Jeremy Indof, 20, collected his first career victory when he guided Western Liberty to her maiden-breaker for trainer Dirk Simpson and lessee Dirk Simpson Stable Inc. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 19, 2017 - A pocketed Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $31.60) stalked and subdued a harness racing season-debuting Pure Country (Brett Miller) Friday night (May 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. On paper, it was a stacked sewing circle, decreased by one when Matchmaker conqueror (and this week's eight-hole assignee) Mackenzie A was a late-for-Lasix scratch. On the track, however, it was a nothing more than a two-speed number, with millionairess Pure County sent off a in her first Westchester appearance. From post position No. 5, the 4-5 fave easily worked around her pole-sitting rival before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a :56.4 intermission and 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Medusa (George Brennan) offering a weak, first-up try and third and the backfield gapping badly. Pure Country owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but Lispatty edged inside and edged by. The margin was a neck in a season's-best 1:52.3. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) was third as the 53-1 rank outsider, with Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) and Medusa rounding out the payees. For sixth choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her second win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $114.50, with the triple returning $924. Lispatty Nerida Franco N Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - McRaven, the hard luck harness racing colt that was sidelined after just two starts-both Ohio Sires Stakes victories-as a two-year-old, is back bigger and better than ever. The son of McArdle captured the championship of the 46th annual edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye bred sophomore pacers on Saturday (April 22) at Miami Valley Raceway, stopping the timer in 1:51.4 despite significant winds and chilly 48-degree temperatures. Following a third place finish in his initial 2017 outing, an elimination heat of the Hackett a week ago, trainer Brian Brown had McRaven primed for a big effort in his first major test of this season. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. settled the winner third at the pylons well before the quarter-mile marker was reached and saved ground inside all the way to the head of the stretch before swinging three-wide for the stretch drive. Despite drifting a couple lanes in the lane, McRaven paced four lengths faster than any of his rivals in the final furlong to edge Barley Up (Peter Wrenn, Ronnie's uncle) by a half length in 1:51.4. Heracer (Josh Sutton) also finished strong to claim the show money. Pacesetter Major Nemesis (Tony Hall), who had established a local track record of 1:51.2 in his elimination, made an untimely break in midstretch after cutting fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23.2. The Findlay, Ohio partnership of Country Club Acres Inc. and L & H Management Services own McRaven. His next start is expected to be in the first leg of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes series on Tuesday, May 2. If all goes well, he has an invitation to the new $50,000 Scarlet and Gray Invitational for Ohio-sired 3-year-olds on Miami Valley's closing day program May 8. McRaven Kiss Of Terror (Kyle Ater) swept from far back early to triumph for the second straight week in the $20,000 Open Handicap on the same card. Due to his outside post, the 5-year-old Western Terror gelding was dispatched at 12-1 odds, but managed to beat Control Tower (Dan Noble) and Gerries Sport (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) for his ninth seasonal victory. Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing own Kiss Of Terror, who is trained by Dan Ater. Kiss Of Terror Gregg Keidel

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