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The veteran harness racing pacer Don’t Worry B Happy looks to get revitalized Friday night with a drop to a mid-level conditioned when he revisits Maywood Park. The 7-year-old Nelson Willis trainee faces an above average field in the eighth race for non-winners of $4,000 last five but if you go by past history Don’t Worry B Happy looms large for his driver Brian Carpenter. Maywood Park is what I like to call a “get-well” track for Don’t Worry B Happy. Every time the son of The Panderosa can’t find a winner’s circle for Barrington Hills, Illinois owner Shirley Le Vin, his trainer ships the horse to Maywood Park where Don’t Worry B Happy usually “gets well.” Don’t Worry N Happy didn’t make his Maywood Park debut until 2013 as a 5-year-old. The horse had won an $18,000 Hoosier Park Open that April and then went into a long slump, dropping 11 straight races in either Indiana or at Balmoral Park. However in October of that year he ended the losing streak in his initial Maywood start. The horse would make 3 more starts in 2013 at Maywood and hit the board each time. After a winter break of 3 and 1 1/2 months off Don’t Worry B Happy started off his 2014 season at Maywood and was a winner, this time with Sam Widger at his lines. The horse then dropped his next 9 decisions but “got well” in a late July starts with driver Todd Warren, when the pacer returned to—you guessed it—Maywood Park. Don’t Worry B Happy then raced at Balmoral in August, September and into October, this time take a licking 8 races in a row. However, the horse as expected “got-well” in a mid-October race at Maywood. The gelding then went back to his home base at Balmoral and dropped 5 uninterrupted decisions before taking the hour-plus long van ride from Balmoral to Maywood where, to no one’s surprise, won two December starts after a second place finish in late November. With three successive losses at Balmoral to start the 2015 season, the horse is back on the circuit’s half-miler where he hopes to “get well” against a nice field comprised of Total Sin (programmed 6-1), Silver Devil (7-2), Cotton Eyed Joe (10-1), So Be It (8-1), Fox Valley Norman (3-1) and Montero Blue Chip (12-1). Silver Devil (John De Long) is making his 2015 debut for trainer Nick Giberson. Last year the son of Duneside Perch captured the $34,380 Aged Cardinal and was second to Fort Silky in the Cook County stake, the opening leg of the Maywood Pacing Series. As a freshman Silver Devil won a Betzotic stake at Maywood and followed that up with victories in the Circuit City and Grey Ghost at Hoosier Park. Cotton Eyed Joe (Bobby Smolin) took the Orange and Blue Colt Championship as a freshman on Super Night 2013 and opened his 2014 season with back-to-back wins in small Maywood Park ICF stakes. The Bob Philips trainee was second-best to Unlocked in last year’s Super Night Langley Final. By Mike Paradise

Friday’s $25,000 Egyptian stake, the second leg of the Maywood Park Pacing Series for ICF colts and geldings ages three and up, came up a little short in number but tall in talent. Most of the top older ICF pacers will square off in the fourth race feature and all know their way around the Maywood Park oval with defending series champion Fort Silky having by far the most success on the half-miler in the six-horse field. The 8-year-old son of Ft. Apache Hanover is looking for his 15th lifetime win at Maywood and he’ll have his work cut out to get it for Paw Paw, Illinois owners John Prentice and Neva Jane Keeler. The current star of the Terry Leonard Stable landed the outside six post with the likes of Fox Valley Norman, Mystical Walter, Al’s Hammered, Fancy Creek Elusiv and Silver Devil inside of him with posts 1 through 5, in that order. Fort Silky (Casey Leonard) and Silver Devil (John De Long) are expected to provide the early speed from the outside while the longshot Fox Valley Norman with the one-slot has shown in the past he can also leave in a hurry. The Perry Smith trainee won the Go Sox at Maywood last season as a 3-year-old in front-end fashion. Silver Devil took this year’s Aged Cardinal Championship at Maywood back in June while his Nick Giberson trained stable-mate Fancy Creek Elusiv came away with the 2013 Maywood Pace Championship. They’ll race up-coupled Friday with different ownership. Sitting on top of the ICF Aged Division is Bob Phillips’ Al’s Hammered who has been close to unstoppable in his 5-year-old season. The 12-time season winner has captured the circuit’s Invite a half-dozen times already, while also coming away with triumphs in Balmoral’s Broadway Preview and Betzotic, the aged ICF title at  Springfield, and the Taser Gun on Mt. Sterling’s half-mile fair track. The Egyptian will be Al’s Hammered first start at Maywood since 2012 when he won the Cole Muffler stake near the end of his 3-year-old season. However, the winner of over $12,000 lifetime, did drop his four other 3-year-old Maywood trips postward, the only year he has raced there. Mystical Walter comes off a resounding 1:52 victory in the ICF Aged Pace Stake at the Du Quoin State Fair. Last season’s Illinois 3-Year-Old Male Pacer of the Year was victorious in the 2013 Langley on Super Night, captured both State Fair titles, and took the Incredible Finale Final and a Hanover at Balmoral. A son of Yankee Skyscraper, Mystical Walter dropped a head decision to Fancy Creek Elusiv in last year’s Maywood Pace Final and still racked up over $195,000 in purse earners for owners Paymaq Racing, D & M Trading and Mystical Marker Farms. With regular driver Casey Leonard at the lines of his family stable’s venerable Fort Silky, Dave Magee will make a rare appearance at Maywood Park Friday to drive the Erv Miller trained 4-year-old. The National Hall of Famer did drive Mystical Walter once early in the horse’s 3-year-old campaign. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

The harness racing meet at the Du Quoin State Fair wraps up today with a number of ICF championships to be decided on the 11-race card that will get under way at 12 noon. The showcase event is the $40,000 Governor’s Cup for ICF 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Springfield champion Thisishowweroll (John De Long) is the 2-1 morning line favorite to capture the 10th race headliner. The Nick Giberson trainee did draw the outside 7-slot. Trainer Erv Miller sends out a pair of major threat in the Governor’s Cup, Lucpark (Dave Magee) and Engine One O One (Casey Leonard). Lucpark has been no worse than fourth in six career starts, winning twice. Engine One O One earned a trip to Du Quoin with an impressive 1:54.4 victory (:27.1 last panel) debuting at Springfield in an Illinois Department of Agriculture event. The Sportsmaster gelding sold for $42,000 as a yearling to Quaid Racing and Paymaq Racing and is a half-bother to King’s Legend (1:51), the runner-up in the 2012 Incredible Finale and Hanover for Team Miller. A pair of overwhelming favorites should be Herman Wheeler’s Fox Valley Qatar in the first $17,000 Darn Safe for ICF freshman males (No Show Wagering) and Megan Roger’s Unlocked in the $22,000 Dudley 3-year-old colt and gelding pace (No Place or Show Wagering). Fox Valley Qatar (1-1, Todd Warren) is unbeaten in five career starts and comes off easy victories in the Plesac and Springfield championships. Unlocked (4-5, Dave Magee) was dominating in both his Incredible Finale (1:50.2) and Springfield (1:49.1) championships. In the latter he motored his last quarter in a sizzling 25.4 seconds. The most intriguing stake race of the afternoon could be in the second Dudley Hanover split with rematch of Captain Greedy (2-1, J D Finn) and Cruisin Valor (5-2, Brian Carpenter), the one-two at Springfield in a division of the Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes. After a second place finish behind Fox Valley Qatar in Balmoral’s mid-June Million Dollar Bye stake Captain Greedy has strung together six consecutive victories. He held off Crusin Valor by a neck at Springfield. The Gerald Hanson Stable’s Cruisin Valor (Brian Carpenter) was much the best in a Hanover, drawing away by five lengths in 2:00.1 for Illinois owners (Sam) Lilly Racing Stables (Downers Grove), Shelley Steele (Monee) and Payton Ode (Joliet). They’ll be challenged by Bulldog Benji (programmed 15-1, Dave Magee), Jake Quaider (9-2, Casey Leonard), Southerncomfortzone (9-2, John De Long), RT Habenero (7-1, Robert Taylor) and Broadway Emotion (25-1, Mike Brink). Also on the line Sunday afternoon are a couple of $8,000 Championships for older ICF pacing mares and pacing horses or geldings. The fifth race distaff stake lines up with Just By Design (9-2, Dave Magee), Springfield champion Dallas Jones (3-1, Casey Leonard), Parkland Powerful victor No Respect (9-5, John De Long); Rev Me Up (7-2, Todd Warren) and Incredible Filly (6-1, Ronnie Gillespie). The ninth race championship brings out Sadies Art (15-1, Tom T. Tetrick), Mystical Walter (6-5, Casey Leonard), Big Daddy Woo Woo (5-2, Dale Hiteman), My Boy Luke (20-1, Dave Magee) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (2-1, Ryan Anderson). There is no Show wagering on either of the older ICF pace championships. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Most of the circuit’s top drivers are doing double-duty Saturday. They’ll compete in the afternoon in southern Illinois at the Du Quoin State Fair and then at night at Balmoral Park, wrapping up their day up some 12 hours after the first downstate post. “This year a lot of us plan to drive back to Balmoral instead of renting a plane like we did in the past,” said John De Long who will handle the favorites in 2 of the 5 major ICF trotting championships at Du Quoin. “Dave (Magee) drove back last year while we took a plane and Dave was at Balmoral around the second race and this year there are only 10 races at Du Quoin Saturday. The last one goes before 3 o’clock so we should be o.k.” De Long’s best chances Saturday afternoon are with the Curt Grummel Stable’s sister-brother Springfield champion tandem of Fox Valley Yoko in the Time Dancer, and Fox Valley Veto in the Pronto Don, and Say No Mo in the Windy Skeeter who earlier won the $42,000 Fox Valley Evita. “Yoko” may not have been 100 per cent when she was second in the Fox Valley Flan and Hanover,” said De Long. “They told me she had been a little sick. But last week at Springfield she bounced back and had a :26.4 last quarter for me and did it well in hand. “Veto has been awesome. The horse does everything absolutely perfect. “Say No Mo just didn’t fire at Springfield. She just wasn’t very good in her race. I had tipped her out near the half but she didn’t have any trot so I ducked her back in. They were going to scope her and do blood work if needed. Hopefully she’ll be good for the Du Quoin stake.” When De Long arrives from his 290 mile trip from Du Quoin to Balmoral he’ll have live drives on the Saturday night card including the Nick Giberson Stable’s Fashion Delight (5-1) in the fifth race Invitational Handicap. Owned by Illinoisan Mark Winship (Canton), the 6-year-old Fashion Delight is the winner of over $856,000 in his career. He’ll take-on some tough cookies like Al’s Hammered (programmed 8-5), last week’s Big Tom champion Fort Silky (5-2, Casey Leonard), Best Man Hanover (9-2, Todd Warren), Iam Bonasera (6-1, Kyle Wilfong) and Furious Frank (12-1, Ridge Warren). “Fashion Delight is just a nice older race horse,” continued De Long. “He likes to leave and he comes off a strong (1:49.4) mile last week. The 25-year-old Wisconsin native has the 5-2 favorites in a pair of high level conditioned paces that follow, Firstclassallthway in the seventh and Our Dragon King in the ninth. Both have the pole position. “I’ve driven Our Dragon King in the past, said De Long. “He’s a nice horse. He’s a American National and Hanover champion. The horse did get tortured last week so maybe that’s why I’m driving him this time around.” Our Dragon King cut bruising fractions of :26.4, :53.1 and 1:20.4 before going into retreat and finishing a far back sixth behind De Long and Fashion Delight. Du Quoin’s three-day harness met concludes Sunday (12 noon first post) with a number of championships to be decided including the $40,000 Governor’s Cup for ICF 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

After a two-week hiatus live racing returned to BalmoralPark with a pair of state-bred stakes for older pacers sharing top billing on the 13-race program. The ladies kicked off the action with a pair of $21,400 divisions of the Parklane Powerful Stake. In the first division Kenneth Rucker's Party Hangover continued her dominance of this division as she cruised to a 3 ¼ length victory in a career best of 1:51.1 for driver Todd Warren. After leaving alertly from the outside starting spot, Warren sent the five-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace on her way from fourth after an opening quarter of 27.0. Quickly moving to the front, the Catrina Rucker trained miss proceeded to lead the field through middle splits of 54.1 & 1:22.2. Through the lane the only thing in doubt was who would pick up the minor spoils as Party Hangover effortlessly reported home with her sixth straight victory. Just By Design (Dave Magee) rallied from last to finish second while Fox Valley Touche (Dale Hiteman) was third. With the win Party Hangover boasts a record of 7-3-2 in 21 starts this season. The overwhelming favorite returned just $3.20, $2.60 & $2.10 while upping her career earnings to $292,511. The second division provided an upset as Mark Winship's No Respect took advantage of a miscue in the lane by favorite Dallas Jones in route to a 2 ¾ length victory in a lifetime best of 1:51.4 for driver John De Long. Settling near the back as the action up front was hot and heavy De Long was happy to watch Incredible Filly (Ronnie Gillespie), The Bruzilian Blur (Todd Warren) and then Dallas Jones (Kyle Wilfong) all trade blows through red-hot splits of 27.3, 54.1 & 1:23.1. In the lane, State Fair Stake winner Dallas Jones made a very uncharacteristic break jamming up several rivals while leaving a fit and fresh No Respect with clear sailing to the wire. The Nick Giberson trained daughter of Sportsmaster then proceeded to uncork a 28.0 final quarter to notch her seventh victory of the season. Dune In Red (Dave Magee) who inherited the lead after the miscue by the favorite held on for second while Kimberly R (Dale Hiteman) finished third. Sent off at 9-1 the brown five-year-old returned $22.80, $4.00 & $3.20 while pushing her career earnings up to $314,428. A full field of 10 pacers went postward in the $35,200 Big Tom Stake and when the smoke cleared in this wild and wooly affair it was John Prentice and Neva Jane Ikeler's FortSilky who emerged with an impressive 6 ¾ length victory in 1:49.3 for driver Casey Leonard. With even money favorite Al's Hammered saddled with a starting spot in the second tier Leonard left quickly with Fort Silky sitting right on the back of the hard leaving Ice Scraper (Ross Leonard) through splits of 27.2 & 55.0. Deftly averting disaster when the pace setter made a break approaching the top of the stretch, Fort Silky was in full in stride as he sailed by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:22.3. Leaving his rivals in his wake the eight-year-old Ft. ApacheHanover gelding sealed the deal in grand fashion, pacing home in 27.0 to post his 20th win over the past two seasons. Iam Bonasera (Kyle Wilfong) turned a nice ground saving trip into a second place check while Al's Hammered was forced to settle for third on this night. The Terry Leonard trainee returned $9.20, $5.60 & $3.20 while upping his career bankroll to an eye popping $650,650. by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

Taking advantage of mid-race speed duel, driver John De Long slid 24-1 longshot Silver Devil to the outside of horses on the backstretch the final time then rallied sharply in the lane to post a half-length upset in Friday's $34,380 Cardinal Stake for older state-bred pacers at Maywood Park. The final time was 1:53.3. Using post position two to perfection De Long positioned the handsome roan son of Duneside Perch along the pylons while Elkhorn Damien (Todd Warren) and Crankin' It Up (Kyle Wilfong) battled through a 27.3 opening quarter.   After letting the field settle into position through that opening split driver Casey Leonard sent 4-5 favorite Fort Silky on his way from fifth as the field headed into the stretch the first time prompting some strong urging from Warren with Elkhorn Damien. With these two quickly engaged in a speed duel the dominant Fort Silky made a very uncharacteristic break as the field moved to the half-mile mark in 56.1.   Quickly righting the ship with Fort Silky, the top two continued to battle tooth and nail as the field raced by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.3. By this point De Long had slipped to the outside with Silver Devil and had the four-year-old gelding powering up three wide around the top pair as the field moved into the final turn.   Sweeping around the tiring leaders as the field turned for home, the Nick Giberson trainee paced home in 28.3 for his first win of the season, holding off a big late move from another longshot, Fancy Creek Elusiv (Ryan Anderson) who made a huge four-wide surge around the last bend. Elkhorn Damien held on for third.   After an impressive 11-win campaign in his first season of action in 2013, Silver Devil who returned $50.80, $20.40 & $7.40 now boasts career earnings of nearly $105,000 for the ownership group of Amy Giberson, Stephanie Winship, Carl Lacy and Monty Thompson.   The two longshots helped produce a $435.00 return on a $2 exacta wager and a whopping $1771.00 trifecta payout. The 20-cent Pick 6 wager also went unclaimed for the second straight night so there will be a carryover of $2,242.15 in the pool when live racing resumes next Thursday night at Maywood Park. Post time will be 7:10 p.m.   John De Long guided the good looking Silver Devil to an upset score in Friday's $34,380 Cardinal Stake at Maywood Park. by Tom Kelley, for Maywood Park

Westfield, IN- With the May 15 application deadline for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's summer programs, children are not the only ones preparing for the camps. The foundation's stable of Trottingbreds, smaller cousins to the Standardbred, are also preparing for their summer duties with a group of trainers who volunteer theiir time and resources. This year, four of the HHYF horses are being trained in Delaware where the summer's first overnight camp will be held in late June. Karen Dennis is conditioning Royal Attire; Janet Davis has Ima's Hit; Shannon and Andrew Stafford are working with LR Trixie; and Arthur and Stacy Stafford are putting Jandi Tuff As Sky through her paces in the The rest of the stable is in the Midwest, with Brandon Bates training Little Hick Town in Indiana; the Nick Giberson Stable working with Sweet Karen in Springfield, Illinois, where the Facebook diva has done numerous outreach programs; and the Kristen Shetler Stable prepping CD's Miss M at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. "We are grateful to these volunteer conditioners" explains HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser. "They take time out of their own schedules to jog the horses daily, and even thought the don't go fast training miles, it is critical that the horses get 'legged up' for the summer. Several of the trainers have gone above and beyond, scheduling educational events at their barns, which helps us move forward with our mission. I also have to mention the great job Patty Logan does with our stable in the off-season." The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, hhyfkeith@earthlink.net or216-374-1392.

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 25, 2014 - For the second consecutive week, No Respect earned her respect after she turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured harness racing event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect scored in 1:53.3 and extended her win streak to three. Using the same off the pace tactics as the previous week, No Respect was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in eighth. American Girl, driven by Peter Wrenn, and Igottafeelinfran, driven by Brad Hanners, were in a battle for early position as soon as the gate folded. American Girl reached the front through an opening panel in a brisk :26.3 but her lead would be short lived. Igottafeelinfran pressed on for the lead and reached the front at the second station in :56. Love This Place and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and the field began to tighten as they approached the final turn. Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:25, Igottafeelinfran continued to call the shots and braced herself for the stretch battle that was about to ensue. As the field turned for home, Love This Place was able to wear down the tiring leader while a host of others closed. With much of the damage being done on the front, No Respect loomed large in the background. Tipping around tiring cover late in the lane, No Respect powered home in :27.4 to finish a length in front of her closest competitor. Love This Place held on gamely to finish second while Always About Katey rallied late for third. Dismissed at 10-1, No Respect returned $22.20 to her backers at the window. The victory was No Respect's 18th career victory from 56 lifetime outings. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fifth win of the season from 11 outings while increasing her bankroll to $58,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $282,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19 with an abbreviated eight race card at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Two-time Emmy winner and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin will perform at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's Terrace Showroom on Saturday, April 26 following the live racing card. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 18, 2014 - Dismissed at odds of 8-1, No Respect turned in a gutsy harness racing performance to take home top honors in the $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her fourth win of the season in 1:52.2. Leaving from post three, No Respect was sent from the gate as soon as the wings folded but found herself in an early battle for position with the heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn. No Respect was able to grab the lead at the first quarter clocking in :27.2 but her lead would be short lived. Ritascape and Frank Davis were well placed in the pocket as Wrenn sent American Girl to the front from their spot along the rail in third. American Girl reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :56.2 and continued to call the shots approaching the final turn with a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader with the Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Always About Katey and Tyler Smith in tow. As the field turned for home, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. The field began to fan out across the track and American Girl appeared to be up to the task as she fought off Blissful Romance. As the top pair battled on the front, Widger sat patiently along the rail in third but was desperately looking for racing room. Tipping three wide late in the lane, Widger asked No Respect for more and she responded gamely with a :27.2 final panel to grind out the victory. "She was really good last week and I knew I wanted to leave out of there to get position," Widger noted after the race. "Turning for home, I wasn't sure if she had enough to get the job done but as soon as I asked her for more she found another gear and paced all the way to the wire. I was really impressed with her tonight." As the public's fifth choice in the field of eight, No Respect returned $19.40 at the windows. Blissful Romance held on for second while Love This Place and Trace Tetrick rallied late for third. The 1:52.2 victory was No Respect's 17th career victory and just two ticks off her lifetime best. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fourth win of the season from 10 outings while increasing her bankroll to $47,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $271,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship. By Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

The late season surge of Amy Giberson, Stephanie Winship, Carl Lacy and Monty Thompson’s Silver Devil continued on Friday, Nov. 22nd as the handsome roan gelding completely dismantled five other Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts in a 6 ¼ length romp while taking the $15,000 Cole Muffler Stake at Maywood Park. The final time was 1:54.0.           Taking full advantage of a nice inside draw and the defection of his main rival, Mystical Walter who was a “Judges Scratch”, the altered son of Duneside Perch—Armbro Wahine swept from third to first after watching Golden Nugget (Jason Brewer) and Fox Valley Norman (John Roberts) battle through an opening quarter in 27.4.           In command of the proceedings the rest of the way the Nick Giberson trained sophomore rattled off middle splits of 56.4 & 1:25.4 while putting daylight between himself and his competition. Leaving his rivals in his wake on the final turn Silver Devil sealed the deal with a 28.1 final quarter to post his 11th win in 26 starts this season. Monopoly Man (John De Long) rallied to be second while Colechester (Sam Widger) finished a distant third.           Unraced as a two-year-old, the 1-5 favorite of the betting public returned $2.40, $2.10 & $2.10 while upping his record to 11-2-1 in 26 lifetime starts with earnings of $84,614.           The .10 cent Pick 6 wager went unclaimed for a third straight racing card on Friday night so there will be a carryover of $15,026 for the Friday, Nov. 29th program at Maywood Park. There is no racing on Thursday, Nov. 28th because of the Thanksgiving holiday.           With the three card buildup in the Pick 6 Maywood Park will offer a guaranteed Pick 6 pool of $50,000 on Friday, November 29th. That should provide some lucky “player” with plenty of extra “shopping” money for the Holiday season!             Once again the Pick 6 can be played for as little as a .10 cent investment giving all gamblers, regardless of the size of the their bankrolls, a chance to play for a nice payday next Friday night.           Post time for the opener on Friday, Nov. 29th at Maywood Park is 7:10 p.m. (central) and the fifth race, which kicks off the guaranteed pool action, is expected to go sometime around 8:30 p.m. (central). by Tom Kelley for Maywood Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 30, 2013—It is nothing out of the ordinary to see a field of eight horses assemble behind the Hoosier Park starting gate, but when the eighth race goes to post at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 31 racing fans will have the chance to see something they have never seen before. A field of eight grey pacers will line up behind the starting gate to contest the first annual $10,000 “Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Park’s Racing Secretary, Scott Peine assembled a field of eight “ghostly” pacers in honor of the Halloween holiday. According the United States Trotting Association, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color. Slated as the eighth race on the 14-race card, the “Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” has an estimated post time of 7:50 p.m. Jason Dillander has been enlisted to drive the morning line favorite, Silver Devil, from post eight for trainer Nick Giberson. The three-year-old gelded son of Duneside Perch will look to make it back to back wins at Hoosier Park after scoring in a division of the Circle City stakes in 1:53.1 on October 26. Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Tyler Smith, will drive Tommy Two Shoes from post five for trainer Steve Main and has been tagged 5-1 on the morning line. The entire field, in post position order, is as follows: 1) Lady Of The West (Chad Clark) 2) Gunnin’ Forafight (Pete Wrenn) 3) Strawberrys On Top (Josh Slater) 4) Crime of Passion (Trace Tetrick) 5) Tommy Two Shoes (Tyler Smith) 6) White Ruler (Trent Stohler) 7) Rockin Glory (Robert Taylor) 8) Silver Devil (Jason Dillander). Along with winner’s circle give-aways and promotions, Hoosier Park’s Halloween card will also feature the $22,000 Preferred Trot for fillies and mares. Love N Lindy will look to score her second consecutive victory at this level from post 8 with Jason Dillander in the sulky. Just one day later, Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card in its 20 year history on Friday, November 1 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval. For the first time in its’ 20 year history, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot, the $250,000 Monument Circle pace, and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 26, 2013-Just one week after hosting the $1 million Hoosier Champions night, Hoosier Park continued the stakes action with an exciting 14-race card on Saturday, October 26. In its' 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park hosted divisions of the Madison County and Circle City Stakes for two and three-year-olds for the first time ever. E L Titan and Riina Rekila kicked off the stakes action with a 1:57.1 score in the opening division of the $44,950 Madison County stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Using a sharp, front running effort, the son of Muscle Hill was able to hold off a late charge from Justice Jet and Ed Hensley to score his third win of the season. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, E L Titan is trained by Riina Rekila and has now amassed $93,139 during his freshman season. The recently crowned Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Rose Run Parker followed suit in the second split of the $45,250 Madison County stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a 1:58.2 victory. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rose Run Parker was able to track down horses late in the lane to win by two lengths. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker extended his win streak to five as he notched his ninth win of the season. Sweetnsinful and Sam Widger scored in the only division of the $83,600 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. Widger sent the American Ideal filly to the front from the start and never looked back. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Sweetnsinful scored her fourth win in nine starts this season and sent her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. The freshman trotting fillies were up next and Kween Mightus broke her maiden in a big kind of way taking her $42,550 split of the Madison County Stakes. Driven by Hoosier Park's leading driver, Tyler Smith, Kween Mightus was sent to the front and reached the wire in 1:57.3 to finish two lengths in front of the field. Trained by Krista Williams, the two-year-old daughter of Earl of Stormont notched her first win in 11 seasonal outings. Luck is All Ineed and Trace Tetrick took the second split of the stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 1:58 victory. Trained by Tom Harmer, the Muscle Mass filly benefitted from a pocket trip to score her third win of the season from eight starts. Luck is All Ineed sent her bankroll over $131,178 for her connections, Greg McNair and Tom Harmer. Three splits of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts were contested and it was King Mufasa who reigned supreme with a 1:56.3 romp. With Hall of Famer Dave Palone in the sulky, King Mufasa extended his win streak to five in his Hoosier Park debut. Sired by Powerful Emotion, King Mufasa is trained by Mike Brink and owned by Mystical Marker Farms and H.W. Wright. Punxsutawney and Pete Wrenn turned a sharp, front running effort into a 1:54.4 score in the second split of the Circle City stakes action. Sired by Glidemaster, Punxsutawney scored his fourth win of the season from 14 outings. Owned by Jerry Graham, Punxsutawney is trained by John Butenschoen and now sports a seasonal bankroll of $156,988. Pine Credit and Marcus Miller took the final split of the stakes action for three-year-old colt trotters with a 1:55.4 victory. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Credit Winner was able to find late racing room in the stretch to score his third win of the season. That'll Be The Rei and Mike Micallef extended their win streak to four with a 1:51.3 score in the opening division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The Michigan champion is trained by Mike Micallef and has won 15 of 22 seasonal starts. Owned by Daniel Courtemanche, That'll Be The Rei has earned $185,242 through two seasons of racing. Silver Devil and Jason Dillander scored a 21-1 upset in the second division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Rallying from well off the pace in the stretch, Silver Devil used a :26.0 final panel to score his ninth win of the season in 1:53.1. Trained by Nick Giberson, the sophomore son of Duneside Perch sent his career bankroll over $50,000 with the victory. Totally Kissed and Sam Widger followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the first split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:52.1 score. The freshman son of Total Truth got up in the final strides to score his third win of the season in a lifetime best effort. Kingofthejungle continued the upset trend and scored a 14-1 upset in his split of the $49,300 Madison County stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Pete Wrenn, Kingofthejungle rallied from well off the pace to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:52.3. Trained by Dirk Simpson, the two-year-old gelding is sired by Well Said has now won 4 of 12 lifetime outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2013 — Parked the entire first quarter before making the front, Aperfectyankee had plenty left in the tank and rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:53 in Tuesday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $94,998 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Rossini and Bambino Glide taking the other splits. Charlie Norris, who drove Aperfectyankee for owner/trainer Jim Oscarsson, said he wasn’t unduly concerned about the demanding 27.3 opening panel. “I was just trying to let everyone get settled, and I didn’t want to rush him,” Norris said. “I thought he would be fine. We got a little breather the second quarter.” Wind Of The North was 1-3/4 lengths back in second, with Sailer Eddie third. The time erased the previous stake record of 1:54.1 held jointly by Another Amaretto and Lindys Jersey Boy. Aperfectyankee, a son of Yankee Glide-Asixpakfromperfect, extended his career bankroll to $587,119. Bambino Glide retook the lead at the three-eighths and controlled the mile handily for Dave Palone, downing Possessed Fashion by 1-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:53.1. Picture This rallied for show. “He got out of there on the right foot,” Palone said, “so I thought I would let him go down the road. He went a good trip. I was really happy with how quiet he was behind the gate.” Julie Miller trains the Yankee Glide-Raising The Bar gelding, who now has won seven of 15 lifetime starts, for Kapildeo Singh and Shakoor’s Racing Stable. Rossini led every step for Howard Parker but had to dig in late to defeat the closing Body Balance by a nose in 1:53.3. Cantab Abs was well back in third. Jim Raymer, who conditions Rossini for Harbor Racing Stable, said he’s looking forward to campaigning the Classic Photo-Beverly Crusher gelding in some late-season stakes . . . and as a 4-year-old. “He has the Circle City at Hoosier, the American National and the Galt,” Raymer said. “He’s a homebred. We had his mother, we had his grandmother, and they’ve been nothing but good.” $90,000 Keystone Classic — 3-Year-old Colt & Gelding Pacers Lightly raced Latest Desire followed cover willingly and took the fastest division of Tuesday’s companion feature in 1:49.2. Palone, who won six races on the 15-race card, captured the other two splits — both for trainer Chris Oakes — with Big Time Promise and Shock It To ‘Em. In his first start on anything but a mile track, Latest Desire picked up the first-over cover of Ultimate Beachboy and brushed past him in the lane for Dave Magee to defeat him by 3/4 lengths. Fateful Choice completed the ticket. Latest Desire has only 10 career starts, including seven this year, but Nick Giberson, who trains the son of Real Desire-Latest Design for Steven Newcom, Larry Taylor and Tex Moats, said there’s method to his madness. “He has a lot of stakes later on, so we’re just keeping him fresh,” Giberson said. “He has four or five weeks back in Illinois and Indiana that will be pretty stout, so we’re just saving him. He’s never really been tested. He’ll keep right on motoring. He’ll keep pacing right through the wire and kick it in gear when he has to.” Big Time Promise made it look easy on the front end, demolishing the field by 6 lengths in 1:49.3 and securing his ninth win in 18 career outings. McAlvin and Net Ten EOM were second and third, respectively. “Every time I’ve raced him, I’ve really, really liked him,” Palone said. “I had it in my mind that he was probably the strongest horse in the group and that I would just stretch him out today so that it would take a mile in 1:50 or better to beat him.” Conrad Zurich owns the Real Desire-Yankee Promise gelding. Shock It To ‘Em, the Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, worked out comfortable fractions on the lead and easily held off Johns Polyview by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2. Varadero Hanover was third. “I figured I’d get it as cheap as I could,” Palone said. “He’s been super all year long. He’s a pleasure to drive — makes my job easier.” Hauser Bros. Racing, Chuck Pompey, Susan Oakes and Timothy Cable own the Western Terror-Tootsie J gelding. by Evan Pottak for The Meadows  

The count down to Illinois biggest night of racing action, Super Night 2013, began in earnest on Saturday, Sept. 7th at Balmoral Parkas 12 eliminations battles were contested by some of Illinois top pacers. Kicking things off were a trio of $15,000 Orange & Blue Stake elimination’s for two-year-old pacing colts. The top three finishers in each elimination as well as one fourth place finisher (drawn by lot) will advance to next Saturday’s $200,000 est. final. In the first division Obermeier & Quaid Stable’s PQ Three continued his recent winning streak as the Erv Miller trainee posted a 1 ¼ length decision in 1:54.1. Sent right to the front from his outside starting spot by driver Mike Oosting the son of Yankee Skyscaper—Sweltering cruised through splits of 28.2, 57.3 & 1:26.2 while easily keeping his rivals at bay throughout the mile. Overloaded (Kyle Wilfong) sat right on the winner’s back the entire way to earn the place money while Cotton Eyed Joe (Robert Smolin) rallied to be third. Dave’s Skyscaper was fourth. The win was the sixth in 10 starts this year for PQ Three who now boasts $114,399 in career earnings. In the second elimination Paula Smith & James Runyan’s Fox Valley Deuce prevailed in a thrilling three-horse photo, winning by a nose in a career best of 1:54.3 for Dale Hiteman. Perfectly positioned while saving ground in fourth as Fox Valley Cupid (Ryan Anderson)  carved out splits of 28.2, 58.1 & 1:26.4 the Joel Smith (2 wins) trainee pulled as the field neared the top of the stretch. Battling tooth and nail through the lane the son of Sportsmaster—Dodger Girl managed to get a nose in front in the final strides to earn his second win in 10 tries. Fox Valley Cupid held on for second while I Bizel The Shizel (John De Long) rallied up the passing lane to be third. Manny’s Z Tam was fourth. The final division was taken by Jack & Peggy Hood, Mystical Marker Farms and Dirk Simpson Stables Traffic Cop who reported home with a 3 ½ length score in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. Zipped right to the front as 4-5 favorite Badger Quinn went off stride right at the start, driver Todd Warren did a nice job of directing the proceedings as he rolled through splits of 28.1, 58.1 & 1:27.3. After turning away a first over challenge from Duneside Art in the lane the son of Sportsmaster-Dixiegirl proceeded to draw away from her rivals for her second win in 10 lifetime appearances. One Sure Apache (Mike Oosting) rallied to be second while Fox Valley Van (John De Long) finished third. Duneside Art was fourth. Next up were sophomore pacing fillies as a total of 18 ladies looked for 10 starting spots in next week’s $173,000 (est.) Grandma Ann Stake. In the first of two $15,000 elimination tussles John Carver’s Auniqueaquistion gave the chalk players a thrill as she shook loose from a precarious position in mid-stretch to win by a half-length in1:53.0. Positioned near the front by driver Mike Oosting as the lead changed hands several time through splits of 28.4, 57.4 & 1:26.1 the daughter of Cole Muffler—Shesoluvabull was desperately searching for racing room behind a tiring leader as the field turned for the money. Maneuvering outside then back inside again with the Donna Lee Ozment trained miss Oosting finally secured racing room with just less than a sixteenth of a mile to go. Responding beautifully, Auniqueaquistion bulled her way to the front and steadily began to draw clear for her 12th win in 21 career starts. Schmatie (John De Long) finished a game second while Aliyah Maria (Dave Magee) was third. Dune In Red & State Street Liz also gained spots in the final. In the second elimination Paula Smith, James Runyan and Frank Pike’s Dallas Jones continued an amazing second season transformation as she came flying home to win by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:53.1. Well-handled by a red-hot Casey Leonard the daughter of Sportsmaster—Cams Bett was reserved through the early stages as Feel Like Dancing (Kyle Wilfong) and Mystical Danica (Marcus Miller) battled through splits of 27.4, 56.4 & 1:24.4.Tipping four deep as the ladies turned for home the Joel Smith trained miss then picked off one rival after another on her way to her eighth win of the season. Mystical Danica held on for second while Thank You Doc (Mike Oosting) rallied sharply to finish third. Feel Like Dancing was fourth while Fox Valley Isabella was fifth. A total of 17 sophomore pacing colts were dropped into the box for a pair of $15,000 Pete Langley Memorial eliminations. Once again the top five will be back on Super Night to go for an estimated purse of $173,000. The first division provided a thrilling finish as Paymaq Racing, D&M Trading & Mystical Marker Farms Mystical Walter emerged with a hard fought three-quarters of a length victory in 1:51.0. Confidently handled by driver Casey Leonard the gelded son of Yankee Skyscaper—Yankee Blue ranged up first over to engage Crankin’ It Up (Kyle Wilfong) after watching that rival post splits of 27.3, 56.0 & 1:23.3. After battling head and head through the lane Mystical Walter finally began to pull clear in the final one-hundred yards, notching his 10th career win in 20 starts for trainer Erv Miller. Crankin’ It Up was a sharp second while Alequash Hotspur (Dale Hiteman) finished third. Fox Valley Norman was fourth while Big Brad was fifth. In the second Langley elimination Stephanie Winship, Carl Lacy, Amy Giberson & Monty Thompson’s Silver Devil parlayed a perfect pocket sitting trip into a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:52.2. Riding along in the pocket while Monopoly Man (John De Long) strolled through splitsof 28.0, 57.3 & 1:25.1 driver Casey Leonard patiently waited for the passing lane to make his move with the Nick Giberson trainee. Swinging down to the inside with a sixteenth to go the roan son of Duneside Perch—Armbro Wahine came charging home in 26.4 to secure his seventh win in this his first season of action. Monopoly Man held on well to finish second while Ready (Brian Carpenter) used a pylon skimming journey to get the show dough. Fancy Creek Elusiv was fourth while Fox Valley Action was fifth. With a total of 21 three-year-olds and up entered for the Tony Maurello Stake a trio of $15,000 elimination’s were needed. Once again the top three along with a fourth place finisher (drawn by lot) will be back for next week’s $125,000 final. In the first elimination Stevanna Turner’s NJ’s Big Deal rallied in the final strides to win by a head in 1:50.1 for driver Mike Cox. After leading the way through an opening quarter in 28.1, Cox elected to let a hard charging Uncle Smoothie (John De Long) go, winding up in the three-hole as the field sped through middle splits of 55.3 & 1:23.0. The John Fletcher trainee was then moved to the outside at the top of the stretch where he gamely wore down Ice Scraper (Kyle Husted) and Uncle Smoothie (John De Long) for his11th win of the year. Whirlwindiplomacy was fourth The middle elimination provided no surprises as heavily favored Fort Silky cruised to an easy 1 ¾ length victory in 1:51.1 for owners John Prentice and Neva Jane Ikeler. Sent to the front by driver Casey Leonard after a quarter in 27.0 the seven-year-old gelding then went unchallenged through middle splits of 55.4 & 1:24.3.Setting sail for home the Terry Leonard trainee sealed the deal in fine fashion, rattling off a final quarter in 26.3 to notch his 12th win of the year. Cole Heat (John De Long) finished second while Fox Valley Yukon (Marcus Miller) was third. Uncle Bud finished fourth. Chalk players were dancing again in the final Maurello elimination as Paymaq Racing, Mystical Marker Farms, Ken Duffy & Shim Racing’s A Cool Card notched his fourth straight win rolling to a one-length decision in 1:50.4 with Marcus Miller in tow. Working out a perfect second over trip as King’s Legend (Todd Warren) put up splits of 27.3, 56.0 & 1:23.4 A Cool Card tipped three-wide off his cover as the field straightened for home. The Erv Miller trainee then stormed home in a wicked 26.2 to record his sixth win in 10 starts this year. Iam Bonasera (Kyle Wilfong) finished a hard knocking second while Gibbs (Dave Magee) rallied to be third. Sports Fanatic wound up fourth. Freshman pacing fillies closed out the elimination action with a total of 20 youngsters battling in a pair of $15,000 Filly Orange & Blue elimination’s. The top five in each will return on Super Night to slug it out for a $200,000 jackpot. In the first elimination Team Miller clicked once again as Marcus (2 wins) made a successful return to the local scene guiding Obermeier & Quaid Stable’s (2wins) My Little Bit to an easy one-length triumph in 1:54.1, giving his father Erv, his fourth training win of the night. Powering to the front after an opening quarter in 28.1, the daughter of Sportsmaster-Parade Of Love rattled off middle splits of 58.1 & 1:26.1. With plenty still in reserve the good looking filly paced home in 28.0 to win for the fourth time in eight life time starts. Party Hangover Two (John De Long) was second while Thesleazyprincess (Mike Oosting) was third. Fox Valley Amanda was fourth while Simplyirresistible was fifth. In the second division Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly took advantage of a ground saving trip as she charged up the passing lane to win by a half-length in1:55.0. Perfectly handled by Mike Oosting (3 wins) the daughter of Lexington Legend-Waggle was forwardly placed while skimming the pylons through splits of 29.0, 58.3 & 1:27.3. With the fillies fanning out for the stretch drive, Oosting moved the Nelson Willis trainee up the inside where she rallied gamely for her second win in eight trips postward. Kiwi Party (John De Long) overcame post nine to be the bridesmaid while Mae Flynn (Dave Magee) was third. Tessa finished a hard fought fourth while M A Refling overcame a miscue at the start to finish fifth. The elimination action for Super Night continues on Sunday, Sept. 8th at Balmoral Park as a trio of Lorna Propes Stake elimination’s (three-year-old & up filly & mare pacers), a pair of Su Mac Lad Stake elimination’s (three-year-old trotting colts) and one Lady Ann Reed (3yo trotting filly) will all be contested. Post time on Sunday is 7:10 p.m. (central). Tom Kelley  

After a shaky effort in last week's harness racing eliminations division leader Fancy Creek Elusiv proved that he is still the one to beat among the Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old colt pacing set taking Friday's $115,000 Maywood Pace by a hard fought head in a blistering 1:52.3.

Last year's Orange & Blue winner, Fancy Creek Elusiv looks to be picking up right where he left off after big two-year-old campaign, as he cruised to a decisive three and three quarter length romp in a harness racing career best of 1:51.3 in Saturday's $57,300 Cardinal Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts.

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