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ANDERSON, Ind. - The Western Ideal filly Ella Christina, who had demonstrated her disregard for the tote board when she won a division of the Adioo Volo at the Meadows at $114.80, again pulled a big harness racing upset, this time in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old Filly Pace elimination Friday night at Hoosier Park, storming home from seventh at the top of the stretch to post a 1:51 victory and return $72.00 to her scattered backers. The favorites were all in the early mix, as Caviart Ally left from the rail, putting Agent Q in behind her, then let Idyllic Beach go near the :26.2 quarter, only to retake in early backstretch. Nearing the :55.2 half, even-money favorite Blazin Britches came with a big burst but could not clear the leader on the turn, and started to back off past the 1:23 three-quarters. Caviart Ally had the lead into the stretch, with Idyllic Beach going to the passing lane and Agent Q swinging wide to challenge. But this group was joined late by Ella Christina, who was angled progressively wider by driver Tim Tetrick and went around Agent Q, storming down the center of the track to edge Idyllic Beach by a head, with Agent Q another length back. This division drew 11 entrants, and under the Breeders Crown rules at Hoosier, which starts nine across and a trailing 10 horse, the top two horses accepting byes automatically got into next week's final. The remaining nine raced Friday to eliminate one horse. Tequila Monday and Obvious Blue Chip were the two fillies getting byes into the championship event. Ella Christina will draw a post between one and five as a result of her victory, while the rest go into an open draw. Behind Idyllic Beach and Agent Q in order were Carol's Z Tam, Caviart Ally, Inverse Hanover, Blazin Britches, Jaye's A Lady, and Terrortina, the last-named the unfortunate "odd filly out". The winner tallied for the seventh time this season for trainer Nick Surick, whose Nick Surick Stable LLC co-owns the winner with J. L. Benson Stables Inc., William Daggett Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Surick noted that the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred filly had not been at her best in her previous start, the Courageous Lady at Northfield where she finished sixth, but he was all smiles after this event. By Gerry Connors, for Breeders Crown

YONKERS, N.Y. - When Ella Christina prepared to make her first start for new trainer Nick Surick in a split of the Adioo Volo Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies at The Meadows July 29, Surick was home feeling sick as a dog. He wasn’t worried about missing the race. He didn’t think his filly had a shot anyway and the public agreed, sending her off at odds of 56-1. Surick propped one eye open and watched the race in bed. Ella Christina started from post seven and raced 7 lengths off the pace past the half. Heading up the backstretch, driver Jim Pantaleano kept her along the pylons in seventh. Ella Christina advanced within 4 1/2 lengths of the leader at the three-quarters and passed four tiring rivals to her outside. “I just saw everybody coming off the rail and she’s coming up the inside around the last turn,” Surick remembered. “I was like, ‘we’ll get a fifth or a fourth out of this. Hey, we’ve got a shot, we’ll be third.’ ” Ella Christina raced into the passing lane off the turn and Pantaleano put her to a right-handed drive. Inside the final sixteenth, she extended and sprinted past Colorful Jasmine. Ella Christina’s :27.0 final quarter propelled her to a half-length victory in 1:52.2 in the $62,475 stakes. It was Surick’s second win in the Adioo Volo Stakes. He also conditioned 2011 division winner Whats New Pussycat. “I jumped up out of bed and halfway down the lane I said, ‘I got a shot to win this,’” Surick said. “I didn’t feel sick for the next hour or two, but then it caught up with me again that night. But it was ok. It was quite a thrill and that was the second time I’ve raced one in the Adioo Volo and I’ve won it both times.” Surick’s first start with Ella Christina was a long time in the making. Surick had been trying to purchase the daughter of Western Ideal since he watched her win a $49,200 division of the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair last September for Nancy Johansson. Surick and Johansson finally came to a deal about a week before the Adioo Volo. “I watched her race in last year as a 2-year-old in Delaware, Ohio and she won that stakes down there. She won in 54-and-a-piece and I thought that was pretty good for a 2-year-old,” Surick explained. “I think Nancy is one of the more honest trainers in the business and I just think it’s a good place to shop. You get a horse with a good foundation and I think you get an honest purchase when you buy from them.” Although he was happy to finally bring Ella Christina into his stable, Surick’s first impression of her wasn’t glowing. Although she had a good attitude, she was on the small side. Surick wasn’t thinking about stakes, but an overnight at Yonkers, for her first start. “There’s not really much to her, she’s kind of a smaller horse and just a lovely horse to be around. She’s got a great personality, she’s a cool little filly. I never thought for her to be this much,” Surick said. “I dropped her in at Yonkers and she didn’t get in. By chance, I just dropped her in the Adioo Volo because last year it was a five horse field. I thought maybe that might be the case again this year and then it ended up being two fields of eight or nine and I drew the seven hole and I said, ‘well, my plan backfired,’ going into it. I thought I had no shot.” After Ella Christina’s Adioo Volo upset, Surick got on the phone and staked the filly to everything he could, including a supplement to the $113,950 Shady Daisy Stakes on Hambletonian Day. She finished fifth beaten 10 lengths in that race, sending Surick back to the drawing board with Ella Christina’s training. “The first week I had her, I didn’t do anything with her. I literally just jogged her a few miles a day, sent her to the Meadows, raced her, and she came up super,” he said. “After that win, I couldn’t help myself and I knew I was going in for big money next week and I trained her real hard two trips in between the Adioo Volo and the Shady Daisy. She kind of came up a little flat on me there. I didn’t think she could win, but I thought she’d be closer and she just flattened out a little bit and I wasn’t happy with her performance. “I thought back to what I changed from week one to week two and the difference was the hard work in between starts. She doubled jogs every day. I jog all my horses 6 miles, but instead of jogging her a straight 6 miles, she’ll go out and jog 2 miles, come back in, sit in the stall for a half-hour, go back out and jog her next 4. It just seems to break up her routine a little bit and she enjoys it. Since I’ve done that, she’s really turned the corner.” Under her light training regime, Ella Christina enters Saturday’s $113,880 Lady Maud Pace at Yonkers Raceway off a second and a win in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series in her last two starts, respectively. Her last win came in 1:53.1 with a :27.3 final quarter. Although Tim Tetrick drove Ella Christina in her last three races, George Brennan will get the call for the first time Saturday night as Tetrick will be driving in Canada. “My filly, she’s a small filly, she’s put together nice. I think the smaller the track, the better her game,” Surick said. “I’m not happy that I lost Tetrick. I’m one that likes to stick with a driver. He’s really gotten a lot out of her, but I’ve won some good races with George Brennan, he knows his way around the track, so by no means am I downgrading in a driver, but I just like to have a driver that knows my filly. When I’m forced to make a driver change, I’m never going to be upset with George Brennan.” Ella Christina will face six rivals in the Lady Maud, including Scott Di Domenico’s Angel’s Pride, who won the Empire Breeders’ Classic Consolation at Tioga Downs in her last start August 20 and will start along the pylons. Linda Toscano’s World Apart finished second against older competition in an overnight at Philadelphia August 18 and won the Thompson Geers at Tioga in July. She drew post seven. Tony Alanga will send out the double threat of Tori Hanover and Awash. Gurl Band K and Robin J complete the field. If Ella Christina can beat her rivals in the Lady Maud, Surick will be dreaming big with his new filly. “I have big ambitions for her down the road this year and going into those races, I just want her to feel like she’s somebody. I want her to beat up on horses right now and I just want to keep her confidence up right now,” he said. “Now the Lady Maud and then she’s got Liberty Bell, Jugette, and then she’s off to Lexington for two weeks. She’s got Courageous Lady and Matron at the end of the year.” The Lady Maud Pace is one of four stakes on the card Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway. The card also features the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, and the $119,010 Hudson Trot. First post time is 7:10 p.m. For entries for the card, click here. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 11, 2017 - A pocketed Jag Out (Brent Holland, $18.60) proved best Friday night (Aug. 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from post position No. 4, Jag Out made the first lead, then gave it up to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Freeze Out (Joe Bongiorno) moved first, from sixth. He then was relegated to a poor tow from just-over-even-money favorite Darlinonthebeach (Brian Sears). That one did nothing for the back markers as HP Sissy found a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Sissy' owned a length-and-a-half lead in the lane, but Jag Out moved out and moved by. The margin was a neck in a season's-best 1:53.2. Betabcool (George Brennan) offered good pace on both ends of the mile to grab second, with HP Sissy, Arielle Lynn (Eric Goodell) and Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. Darlinonthebeach wound up sixth. For sixth choice Jag Out, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned owned by (trainer) Nick Surick, J L Benson Stable and Bert Hochsprung, it was her fourth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85.50, the triple returned $601 and the superfecta paid a palindromic $2,552. Jag Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,485.47.   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

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2017 -- Dismissed at 56-1, Ella Christina poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off a harness racing shocker in Saturday's $125,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Blazin Britches captured the other division of the Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake for 3-year-old filly pacers that was part of the Adios Card. Ella Christina hadn't won a stake this year, and driver Jim Pantaleano had little chance to get her into the cover flow. "Going down the backstretch, I thought I might follow one of the favorites, but that spot disappeared and kind of made my decision for me," he said. "They weren't going much on the lead, so I figured they'd be getting home pretty good. I was surprised my filly had as much pace as she did. They were honking home pretty good." The daughter of Western Ideal-Arthroscopic was fourth and apparently going nowhere when the horse immediately in front of her, Glassine Hanover, tipped off the cones for the drive. That was the opportunity Ella Christina needed, and she took full advantage of it, downing Colorful Jasmine by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, matching her career best. Rosemary Rose was third. Nick Surick trains Ella Christina for Nick Surick Stable, J.L. Benson Stables, William Daggett, Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Ella Christina The freshman campaign of Blazin Britches was aborted after a single race due to soreness, but she won six of her first seven starts this year, racing primarily at Hoosier Park. Then, trainer Brian Brown thought he noticed something amiss in her recent outings. "We figure she bled her last three starts; luckily, we found it in time," Brown said. "She looked like she would win in 1:50, and she got halfway up the stretch and started to let up. As you saw today, she didn't give up." With the addition of Lasix for the Adioo Volo, Blazin Britches gobbled up the leader, Bettor's Up, with a backside burst and went on to defeat her by 2 lengths in 1:50.1, a career best. Brazuca earned show. Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns Blazin Britches, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches who is eligible for most of the rich year-end stakes. Blazin Britches Other races on Adios day at the Meadows; Whatstroublnurocky by A Rocknroll Dance - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers Broadway Concert by Broadway Hall - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters Disorder by Somebeachsomewhere - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive - Arden Downs 3yo C&G Trotters Reign On Me by Well Said - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers Cult Icon by Bettor's Delight - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers Crann Tara by Donato Hanover - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters Dapper Dude by Ponder - The Meadows Preferred Hcp Pace The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, N.Y. - Since returning to harness racing at Yonkers April 14 off a September layoff, 5-year-old mare Jag Out is perfect in two starts for trainer Nick Surick. She won her seasonal debut in a $27,000 overnight after racing first-over for the last quarter mile, then returned a wire-to-wire the following week when racing for $35,000. For Surick, seeing Jag Out finally put her best foot forward has been a process months in the making. Surick purchased Jag Out, a daughter of American Ideal out of the Albert Albert mare Impertinent, from the 2015 Harrisburg Mixed Sale for $60,000. The purchase came on the advice of Erv Miller, who trained Jag Out in her 2- and 3-year-old seasons. “He told me this little filly is tough as nails and she has a lot of gate speed if you’re looking for something to race at Yonkers,” Surick recalled. “He kind of pushed me into her and that’s why I bought her.” After a winter freshening, Surick brought Jag Out back as a 4-year-old in April 2016. Surick and his owners hoped she would be a free for all mare from the start and ambitiously spotted her in the top classes at Yonkers in her first three races. By the end of her season however, Jag Out had only two wins in 17 starts, both in non-winners conditions, and had earned just $42,100. “I gave her the winter off and she trained back ok, but she just wasn’t 100 percent for me,” Surick said. “She was still a little immature and she was growing up and she went through a growth spurt. She was a little sore on me. I raced her five months and she just was never 100 percent. She would sit the two hole and wouldn’t win. I thought I could get her sounder and I didn’t.” Surick shut Jag Out down in September 2016 and sent her for a body scan at Mid-Atlantic Equine Center. The results confirmed Jag Out had heat in her joints and was sore from inflammation related to her growth spurts. “We thought it was best to turn her out again and not push her and hurt her,” Surick said. “We stopped with her in September, gave her off through December and brought her back in January this year, not knowing what we were going to have.” Jag Out returned to training a transformed horse. As she trained back, her development became clearer, leading Surick to believe she was finally living up to the potential they saw when they purchased her. “She’s filled out now, she’s got a bigger chest on her, and she’s strong-boned. We let her hobbles out an inch-and-a-half coming back and I just see a real difference in maturity and in her attitude,” Surick detailed. “I think we let her grow up and I’ve seen a big difference just in her first two races and I think we’re going to see a big difference going forward.” Nursing Jag Out through her growth spurts wasn’t the only challenge facing Surick and his team. She can be difficult to handle on a daily basis, forcing Surick to take special precautions to keep her safe and happy. “A lot of my horses go out in pairs and they have friends. She kind of just likes to be left alone,” Surick said. “One thing that she does like, she gets a weekly massage and she gets acupunctured every week. Besides that, the more you leave her alone, the better off she is. “She’s not really a people person. Just myself and the girl that takes care of her, we handle her ourselves and that’s about it.” he continued. “In the barn, she’s a disaster. If you walk past her stall, she kicks the wall. She’s got a matted stall that looks like solitary confinement. Her stall is padded from the floor to the ceiling, all the walls. I couldn’t take a chance at her hurting herself.” Although she’s difficult to handle in the barn, Jag Out is a dream on the racetrack. She’s fast off the gate, her biggest asset according to Surick, and is easy to drive. Those qualities will make Matt Kakaley’s job easier as he will sit behind her for the first time this week. “Some horses, if you fire them up too soon and you get to the front, they become uncontrollable and they’re like a runaway train. Whereas she’s two fingers. You can go, stop, she’s like driving a car. It’s like having a gas and a brake. It’s a huge quality to have when you’re racing on a half-mile track,” Surick explained. Friday night, Jag Out will look to prove she can take on the country’s best mares when she steps up into the $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers. She was assigned post six in an eight horse field that includes two standouts from the recently-concluded Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, Bedroomconfessions and Regil Elektra. They were dealt posts seven and eight, respectively. Surick is counting on a big performance to put his mare in the running for an invitation to the Betsy Ross Mares Invitational Pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “Both of them got tortured in the final, so drawing inside them is a good thing,” Surick reasoned. “I have to think those trainers and drivers are going to have to come up with a plan “B” on racing those mares this week. I think those two horses are going to have to get taken off the gate and I don’t think they’re going to be close enough. I think we’ll be up on the lead or near it and I think they’ll be chasing us.” First post time at Yonkers is 7:10 p.m. Click here for entries for Friday’s card. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Lily's Swan Pond (George Brennan, $25) was a three-hole terror Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing season-ending, mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. While a few of the nine participants--including 9-5 choice Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett)--misbehaved over the moist surface, 'Lily' had no such issues. From post position No. 3, he sat behind Not Afraid (Dan Dube) and Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) though early intervals of :28.2 and :57.4. Bentley Spur (Joe Bongiorno), one of the back markers, tried it first-up from sixth toward a 1:27.2 three-quarters, but couldn't sustain a bid. By the 1:56.4 milepost, this was a three-horse affair. Not Afraid owned a length-and-a-quarter into the lane, but holiday company was coming. Lily's Swan Pond angled crisply out during the final turn and went up and over the two rivals in front of him. He rolled past, winning by a length-and-half in 2:27.2. Not Afraid saved second over Springbank Sam N, with Tornado Tim (Brent Holland) and a recovering Caulfield (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Lily's Swan Pond, a 4-year-old Swan for All gelding owned by Second Chance Stable and trained by Nick Surick, it was his fifth win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $118.50, with the triple returning $474. The season's final installment of the "New York, New York Double' offered a 1-I'masuperstar (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 4-Luck o' the Irish (our 2nd race) winning combination, which returned $25.50 for every correct dollar wager. Total pool was $4,169. The Raceway's 2017 season is scheduled to begin with a Sunday, Jan. 8th, matinee (post time TBA), pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. As another reminder, Yonkers is completely dark for all racing wagering December 19th through 28th, inclusive. Frank Drucker

Goshen, NY - The sport's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Trotting Series, moved on to Goshen's Historic Track for two events on Saturday afternoon, July 2, and to no one's surprise "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and Dein "the Dream" Spriggs were each victorious in their respective divisions. Miller won with Jacks To Open in 2:00 while Spriggs was victorious behind Shanghai Jack in 2:01.3. Both trotters are trained by Nick Surick. Coming off her National Amateur Driver of the Year award last season where Ms. Miller won 32 races,she seems to be aiming for another national title and with her victory today she already has 15 winners.. Hannah did a masterful job with Jacks To Open who was a bit rank in the early going. She left the gate with a rush but Scott "the Driving Doctor" Woogen and Warrawee Preferred had inside position on Jacks To Open and as the headed for the first quarter "Hurricane Hannah" had to wrestle with her trotter to get him in behind Doc Woogen which she did before they passed the first quarter. Still with a snug hold on her charge once Miller settled him in behind Warrawee Preferred Jacks To Open relaxed a bit and was content to follow the leader. When John "Turk" Turok moved Buck ID out to challenge as the field passed the halfway point Miller angled 'Jack' off the pylons and they rushed up alongside Warrawee Preferred and the two trotters raced head to head past the three quarters and into the final turn. "My horse still had a lot left and we began to pass Doc Woogen," Miller related. "And in the lane "Jack" trotted to the front and we were easy winners." The margin of victory over Warrawee Preferred was three lengths. Bluebird Kidsqueen with Dave "The Rave" Offenberg aboard, some nine lengths behind the winner, was third best. As the Harness Horse Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year in 2015, Hannah Miller earned a berth in the Hall of Fame Trot slated tomorrow(July 3) at Historic Track. "I'm extremely proud to be able to race with, and against, the Hall of Fame drivers," Miller said. "I'm a bit nervous but really looking forward to it." In the other division Dein "the Dream" Spriggs displayed the talent that helped him win his 417th races thus far in his career. Up behind Shanghai Jack from the pole position Spriggs sent his horse to the lead and they were comfortably in front as they passed the first stanza in :29.. As they headed to the halfway point Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford came with a rush from far back with Starsavoveallerage and they actually were a head in front the outside as the trotted by the half. As a veteran of many campaigns and two time National Amateur Driver of the Year Spriggs used Oldford's trotter to help keep Tagmaster and driver "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli locked in behind Shanghai Jack. When Starsaboveallerage faded in the stretch Ciuffetelli moved off the pylons and made a strong rally which, unfortunately for him, fell short by a head as Spriggs' trotter was the first under wire.Third place went to Zorgwijk Impact who was driven by "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio. "I knew for me to win it I had to keep Ciuffetelli's trotter locked in as long as possible," Spriggs said. "But when he got out he came on strong but my horse hung tough and we won it be a head." Spriggs was a happy man after his driving victory in the Cradle of the Trotter. "This was my first trip here and the first time I ever drove at Goshen", Spriggs added. "It's a wonderful place with a lot of harness racing history by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Trotting Series      

Late Thursday afternoon the New York State Gaming Commission began releasing the names of the harness racing trainers of record who have had recent Glaucine positives. Nicholas Surick, Michael “Mickey” Peterson and David Wiskow were the first three names that have been posted. Surick had one positive, Peterson three positives and Wiskow two positives. All six of the positive tests came from horses competing at Monticello Raceway. Apparently the New York State Gaming Commission is only having the horses disqualified and any purses earned returned. There is no mention of any fines or suspensions for the trainers. It has been said that as many as 35 horses involving over 15 different trainers have come up with Glaucine positives.   Licensee: NICHOLAS K. SURICK Licensed As: OWNER-TRAINER-DRIVER Notice Number: MR 33-2016 Racing Type: Harness Track: Monticello Raceway & Mighty M Gaming Notice Date: 04/28/2016 Ruling Type: Other Rule(s): 4120.5 Ruling Text: As trainer of record of the #1, "JACKS TO OPEN", who raced in race Seven at Monticello Raceway and tested positive for GLAUCINE, this horse has been disqualified and the purse must be returned. Note that the above data is current as of 5:50 AM EDT, Friday, April 29, 2016 and subject to change as more information becomes available. Licensee: MICHAEL ( MICKEY ) A. PETERSON Licensed As: OWNER-TRAINER Notice Number: MR 34-2016 Racing Type: Harness Track: Monticello Raceway & Mighty M Gaming Notice Date: 04/28/2016 Ruling Type: Other Rule(s): 4120.5 Ruling Text: As trainer of record of the #6, "NATURAL BREEZE", who raced in race Eleven at Monticello Raceway and tested positive for GLAUCINE, this horse has been disqualified and the purse was returned. Note that the above data is current as of 5:51 AM EDT, Friday, April 29, 2016 and subject to change as more information becomes available. Licensee: MICHAEL ( MICKEY ) A. PETERSON Licensed As: OWNER-TRAINER Notice Number: MR 35-2016 Racing Type: Harness Track: Monticello Raceway & Mighty M Gaming Notice Date: 04/28/2016 Ruling Type: Other Rule(s): 4120.5 Ruling Text: As trainer of record of the #3, " LAST CHANCE T", who raced in race Six at Monticello Raceway and tested positive for GLAUCINE, this horse has been disqualified and the purse must be returned. Note that the above data is current as of 5:52 AM EDT, Friday, April 29, 2016 and subject to change as more information becomes available. Licensee: DAVID J. WISKOW Licensed As: GROOM Notice Number: MR 36-2016 Racing Type: Harness Track: Monticello Raceway & Mighty M Gaming Notice Date: 04/28/2016 Ruling Type: Other Rule(s): 4120.5 Ruling Text: As trainer of record of the #2, "MEAN PAULINE", who raced in race Seven at Monticello Raceway and tested positive for GLAUCINE, this horse has been disqualified and the purse must be returned. Note that the above data is current as of 5:52 AM EDT, Friday, April 29, 2016 and subject to change as more information becomes available. Licensee: MICHAEL ( MICKEY ) A. PETERSON Licensed As: OWNER-TRAINER Notice Number: MR 37-2016 Racing Type: Harness Track: Monticello Raceway & Mighty M Gaming Notice Date: 04/28/2016 Ruling Type: Other Rule(s): 4120.5 Ruling Text: As trainer of record on the #5, "LAST CHANCE T", who raced in race Six at Monticello Raceway and tested positive for GLAUCINE,  this horse has been disqualified and the purse must be returned. Note that the above data is current as of 5:53 AM EDT, Friday, April 29, 2016 and subject to change as more information becomes available. Licensee: DAVID J. WISKOW Licensed As: GROOM Notice Number: MR 38-2016 Racing Type: Harness Track: Monticello Raceway & Mighty M Gaming Notice Date: 04/28/2016 Ruling Type: Other Rule(s): 4120.5 Ruling Text: As trainer of record of the #5, "ROCKETPEDIA", who raced in race One at Monticello Raceway and tested positive for GLAUCINE, this horse has been disqualified and the purse must be returned. Note that the above data is current as of 5:53 AM EDT, Friday, April 29, 2016 and subject to change as more information becomes available. To view the New York State Gaming Commission rulings for 2016 click here.  Harnesslink Media

The New York Gaming Commission has reported further positives for harness racing trainers in testing samples for the Class 2 Drug Glaucine.   Trainers Mark Ford, Nick Surick,  Daniel Renaud and Milo Zdjelar have all been given notices that horses they raced came up positive for this drug.   This follows last week's announcement that Ron Burke and Julie Miller were hit with similar drug violations.   Please note, that these are only accusations, and that each of these licensees has a right to due process pursuant to New York law and regulations.   Burke & Julie Miller hit with drug violations   Gural issues statement on Glaucine Positives   Glaucine. An interesting mild-psychedelic with a taste for CEVs and euphoria.   Extract from Wikipedia   Glaucine is an alkaloid found in several different plant species in the Papaveraceae family such as Glaucium flavum, Glaucium oxylobum and Corydalis yanhusuo, and in other plants like Croton lechleri in the family Euphorbiaceae.   It has bronchodilator and antiinflammatory effects, acting as a PDE4 inhibitor and calcium channel blocker, and is used medically as an antitussive in some countries. Glaucine may produce side effects such assedation, fatigue, and a hallucinogenic effect characterised by colourful visual images, and has been detected as a novel psychoactive drug.   Mechanism of Action   Glaucine binds to the benzothiazepine site on L-type Ca2+-channels, thereby blocking calcium ion channels in smooth muscle like the human bronchus. Glaucine has no effect on intracellular calcium stores, but rather, does not allow the entry of Ca2+ after intracellular stores have been depleted.[5] Ca2+ influx is a vital component in the process of muscular contraction, and the blocking of this influx therefore reduces the ability of the muscle to contract. In this way, glaucine can prevent smooth muscle from contracting, allowing it to relax.   Glaucine has also been demonstrated to be a dopamine receptor antagonist, favoring D1 and D1-like receptors. It is also a non-competitive selective inhibitor of PDE4 in human bronchial tissue and granulocytes. PDE4 is an isoenzyme that hydrolyzes cyclic AMP to regulate human bronchial tone (along with PDE3). Yet as a PDE4 inhibitor, glaucine possesses very low potency.   For more on Glaucine from Wikipedia   Harnesslink Media    

It's an exciting time of the year for harness racing fans at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. We're less than a month from our 50th Anniversary celebration week, which will include some amazing promotions and culminate in Super Stakes Saturday on August 22. Meanwhile this past week of racing action was contested under the hottest temperatures of the season and featured blistering times, wild finishes, and plenty of upsets. Let's take a look back at this crazy week by handing out the Weekly Awards.   PACER OF THE WEEK: CAPTIVE AUDIENCE This 5-year-old stallion from the barn of trainer Douglas Berkeley spent the first half of 2015 facing up against tough customers in Canada, winning just once in ten tries. When he arrived to take part in the eliminations for the Ben Franklin Pace in late June he seemed hopelessly overmatched against some of the best older pacers in the world. But he snuck into the final with a surprising third in the elimination, and then acquitted himself well in the final by finishing just 1 ½ lengths back of winner Luck Be Withyou. Instead of returning to Canada, he decided to stick around and test his mettle in the Pocono condition wars. His first attempt was a ringing success, as he handled a field of non-winners of $25,000 in the last five races in a career-best 1:48:4. He actually dropped down in class for his start Saturday night against the non-winners of $18,000 in the last five, but it may have been a tougher test because he was saddled with the outside #9 post. Instead of getting to the lead on the front stretch as he had in his previous victory, Captive Audience had to sit back early in fifth. He then was forced to go three-wide around tiring cover on the back stretch. Yet with the steady guidance of driver Andrew McCarthy, he overcame those obstacles, took the lead late, and came up for the win in 1:49:3. This stallion clearly likes it here at Pocono, and it should be fun to see just what he can do if he sticks around. Other top pacers this week include: American Truth (Matt Romano, Scott DiDomenico), a three-year-old filly who captured her second straight condition victory and third in her last four on Wednesday night, this one coming in a career-best 1:15:3. Priceless Edition (Anthony Napolitano, Pierre Paradis), who stayed as hot as the weather on Friday night with his fourth straight claiming handicap victory in 1:53:1. Versado (George Napolitano Jr., Nick Surick), whose condition win on Friday night in 1:52:1 gave him two wins in just five nights.   TROTTER OF THE WEEK: DEMONS N DIAMONDS Here is another case of a horse arriving at Pocono and taking an immediate liking to his new surroundings. Demons N Diamonds, a three-year-old filly trained by John McDermott, was winless in her first seven starts of the year when she came to Pocono on July 12 to face other distaff trotters in a non-winners of one condition. She won that race in gate-to-wire fashion, then really impressed the following week against the non-winners of two with a victory in a rapid 1:54, a new career-best. If you guessed that she moved up to the non-winners of three condition on Tuesday night, you've clearly been paying attention. She went off as the 3-1 second choice, as bettors made Meadowlands shipper Cutup Hanover the favorite. But it was Demons N Diamonds who hustled to the front end early. And it was Demons N Diamonds who was well-rated by driver Simon Allard, particularly during a :30:1 second quarter. Cutup Hanover ended up going off stride in her pursuit, while Demons N Diamonds held off a game charge from Celebrity Artemis by a half-length to win in 1:55:3. That's three in a row, all while moving up the ladder. Let's watch how high on that ladder she manages to ascend now that's she's found a favorable home base. Honorable mention on the trotting side includes: Smoother Ride (George Napolitano Jr., John McDermott), who easily won his second straight condition win on Tuesday night in 1:53:4. Proud Moment (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), the 10-year-old whose win against a competitive condition group on Saturday night came in 1:52:3. the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono. Canadian Wildcat (Mike Simons, Dawn Dellaporte), who battled his way to his second straight condition win on Wednesday night, scoring this time in 1:54.   LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: ENVIOUS HANOVER In Friday night's featured Open Handicap pace for mares, Marcus Miller rallied this former claimer to a win at 33-1, paying off $68.40 on a $2 win ticket.   DRIVER OF THE WEEK: KEVIN WALLIS The veteran driver continued his fine work with the long shots at Pocono, scoring a double on Friday night with both of his winning horses going off at 10-1.   TRAINER OF THE WEEK: NICK SURICK With a training double on Friday night and a single win on Sunday night, it was one of the finest weeks so far in 2015 at Pocono for the always-prolific Surick barn. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia

Hannah Miller has taken amateur harness racing by storm. The 24 year old miss scored her 19th victory in 58 seasonal starts when she guided Rise Above It to a 1:57.3 victory in their division of the Catskill Amateur Club's spring pacing series at Monticello Raceway on July 2. And that "Hurricane Hannah" is carrying a lofty .485 UDR one can easily understand the betting public's faith in her abilities. Sent off as odds-on favorite in her race Miller left softly with Rise Above It and when the field settled she moved first-up as the field headed to the half. "He's not a horse that can leave real hard and I knew Matt (Zuccerello with Minnesota Hanover) would be pushing off from the rail so I let everyone settle and then moved first over," Miller explained. Up the backside Rise Above it charged to the front and on the final turn he had five lengths on the field. From there he cruised home an easy winner over CC's Lover and Alan Schwartz. Third place went to Logan's Dragon driven by Dr. Jennifer Lowrey. "He raced real well and was looking for company at the wire," Miller added." Owned by Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy Rise Above it paid $2.70 for win. He's trained by Nick Surick who had thanks for the owners when he said; "I just want to thank my owners Mel and Cliff for letting Hannah use their horse in series and supporting her and it paid off for them today with a win in the series finale." In the NAADA Series driver Joe Pennacchio made it two in- a -row in with Sir Winston when he guided the veteran gelding to a 2:01 victory over Superiorcourt and driver Bob Krivelin. Third place went to Alan Schwartz with Chuckie B. After a 2:00.1 victory last week while racing on the front end Pennacchio Sir Winston duplicated that effort and once again raced on the lead. "I said last week if he doesn't bleed he'd win and he didn't and we won," Pennacchio said. "He didn't bleed and this week either and he won again." When two horses broke at the start Pennacchio and Sir Winston raced unhurriedly on the lead and got away with easy fractions for the classy old veteran. After a soft half Pennacchio parked all comers and Sir Winston finished strong for a 1-1/2 length triumph. Despite a victory last week and starting from the pole position today the betting crowd didn't have much faith and sent Sir Winston off at odds of over 7-1. Owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Dan Altman he paid $16.40. By John Manzi for NAADA and the Catskill Club

The second matinee harness racing program at Goshen's Historic Track was well attended and those who stayed until the final race on the eight- race card saw the veteran trotter Rev It Now win the race under saddle.On that card there were four races for 2 year-olds, a race for three year olds, two open events-one for trotters and one for pacers- and the trotting race under saddle which saw the veteran trotter Rev It Now win easily in a time of 2:07.4. Rev It Now, a 9-year-old altered son of Revenue S, who has won six races this year hooked to a sulky, was ridden to an 18- length triumph by Helene Gregory. A week prior (June 8) at the Gaitway Farms matinee program, in his initial attempt at under saddle racing, Rev It Now was a 4-1/2 length winner in a time of 2:00.4 over that mile oval again with and Helene Gregory up. "I have always thought that "Rev" would be good under saddle ever since we have had him and I put a saddle on him and rode him myself a few times just going slow," said Hannah Miller, co-owner and the trotter's regular harness driver. "He was super so we decided to give it a shot and qualify him. He qualified excellent at Gaitway under saddle. I think he enjoys this new job and it's a way to mix up his routine and keep him fresh." This year Rev It Now, a career winner of over $258,000 has been a scourge in the Billings and NAADA amateur trots with Miller at the controls. Besides his six victories Rev It Now also has two seconds and three thirds in his 19 seasonal starts and has earned over $26,000 pulling a sulky. Since she gets along so well with the veteran trotter Hannah Miller was asked why she didn't ride him in his two races under saddle. "I haven't had enough practice yet to ride him in a race. I'm working on that but it is difficult and Helene is an excellent rider and has had plenty of experience in these types of races," Miller explained "I plan on continuing to learn and practice and hopefully I will be able to ride him myself in a race one day. "We will be bringing him back to Goshen on July 5th and plan on racing him under saddle at other NY fairs, Vernon, The Red Mile, and hopefully they will have a race at the Meadowlands." Miller shares ownership of Rev It Now with the Nick Surick and the Erv Miller stables. Nick Surick is also the horse's trainer. Also of note on Goshen's Sunday matinee card was the second consecutive victory by No Shame Blue Chip. Fresh off his 2:01.1 seasonal mark ( for a freshman pacing gelding on a half mile track) here last week the altered son of American Ideal was driven to a 2:02: 2 victory by Brian Connor. Peter Gerry recently purchased No Shame Blue Chip. He's trained by Janice Connor. The last of three seasonal matinee programs at the world's oldest harness track will be presented next Sunday, June 21. Then on Thursday, July 2 Historic Track's 107th Grand Circuit meeting will get underway. By John Manzi for Goshen Historic Track

Hannah Miller, the 23-year old miss who has been the scourge of the harness racing amateur ranks, added yet another victory to her fledgling resume when she guided Rev It Now to a come from behind 2:01.4 triumph in the seventh leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Series held at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, April 25. And that accomplishment came on the heels of her win in the final event in the USA-French Friendship Competition the night before at the Meadowlands which vaulted the American team to victory over the French squad. Like she has done in all of her races, the daughter of top trainer Erv Miller, again remained undaunted while competing against her male counterparts. In Freehold's third race on the betting card Hannah started slowly with her trotter and got away sixth at the first stanza, some 12 lengths behind of the early speed duel between Blazing Delores (Jim Marshall IV) and Wygant Prince (Paul Minore). After the :28.3 first quarter Miller waited until the field headed for the halfway point before moving he trotter off the pylons. Still sixth at the half, but now nine lengths behind Wygant Prince's lead, Miller began to urge her trotter up the backside and at the three quarters the crowd could anticipate what was going to happen. On the final turn Rev It Now circled the leaders and took command in the homestretch and trotted away to a solid one-length victory over a fast closing 36-1 shot, Bellagio Hanover, driven by Steve Oldford. Wygant Prince held on for the show dough. The winner is owned by her driver, her dad Erv Miller, and her boyfriend, Nick Surick who is also the horse's trainer. Rev It Now paid $5.80 for win. With her victory Ms. Miller is tops in points in the NAADA trotting series. With just two legs remaining her 59 points is seven better than Alan Schwartz's 52. Rounding out the top five are;Bob Hechkoff (40),Tony Verruso (35) and Paul Minore (22). It's just a shame that the mainstream media doesn't pick up this story of a young woman defeating her male colleges in a sport completely dominated by men. Her triumph at Freehold was her seventh in 22 starts this season and the talented lady has been first or second twelve times driving along with a .460 average. By John Manzi for NAADA

When Maurice Chevalier sang "thank heaven for little girls for they grow bigger every day"; little did NAADA president Joe Faraldo know how true those words were until the USA-French Friendship Competition was completed at The Meadowlands on Friday night (April 24) when America's Hannah Miller won the final leg of the event which vaulted the USA team to a harness racing victory 107-96. Miller reined Jacks to Open to a 1:57.1 triumph which was the second conquest by a girl in the four -race competition. The USA's Monica Banca had won the first leg at Yonkers Raceway last Tuesday (April 21). The girls really came through for us," Faraldo admitted, and then added that winning or losing never really comes into play because amateur racing is a good excuse for human relations. But don't get me wrong, winning is still preferred." After the French team was licensed in New Jersey they had a tour of the new Meadowlands grandstand before they put on their battle gear and readied for the competition in the first race on the betting card. Going into the race it appeared the USA team had the stronger steeds in the 10-race contest and although Hannah Miller's horse got the late money and was sent away as the favorite it took a confident drive by the young lady to get him to the winners circle. When the wings of the staggered starting gate folded Bob Hechkoff gunned his Bambino Hall to the lead from the 10-hole and they had control in a :28.2 opening stanza. Meanwhile Miller and Jacks To Open found a position along the pylons in the back of the field. Hechkoff was forced to keep after his trotter because Picture Perfect (Steve Oldford) was getting plenty of fresh air challenging while on the limb. Smartly, Ms Miller moved Jacks To Open second-up a behind cover supplied by Picture Perfect at the halfway point as the timer flashed :56.4. Oldford's trotter kept going forward which also moved Jacks To Open closer to the lead as the field passed the three quarters. On the final turn Miller moved her charge three-deep and they trotted around Picture Perfect and then took aim at Bambino Hall who had scooted away to a four-length lead at the top of the long homestretch. Perhaps it was the quick pace in the early going that took a toll on the Hechkoff's trotter but as they headed for paydirt Jacks To Open ranged alongside the leader and then spurted away to score a one length triumph over Bambino Hall. Third place was garnered by 55-1 long shot Bloomfieldcantifly, driven by yet another girl, France's Sophie Blanchetiere. The winner, owned by KDM Stables and trained by Nick Surick, paid $4.40 for win. Hannah Miller continues to ride her amazing hot streak. Her record this season now stands at six wins in 21 starts with 12 of those 21 races resulting in an in-the-money finish. In her fledgling career, Miller has won 15 of 41 starts. After her victory which gave the USA the upper hand against their French counterparts Hannah was asked how she felt. "I feel great now but I was a little worried before the race because Perfect Picture won in (1):55.2 last week", she said. "But the race set-up right for me. When he (Perfect Picture) got hung out I saw an opportunity and took advantage of it by moving second-up at the half and then following cover all the way to the top of the stretch. In the lane my horse was the strongest and at the finish we were the best." Now that the competition is over, on Saturday night (April 25) NAADA will treat their guests to a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty on the World Yacht. Then on Sunday the French amateurs will head for home. by John Manzi for NAADA

DOVER, Del.--- Odds On Alpha beats the harness racing odds-on-favorite McArma to win her third straight in $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace, Monday, Feb. 9 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby left quickly from post 8 with Odds On Alpha. After taking the lead the Somebeachsomewhere - Odds On Arttoheart five-year-old set all the fractions on the way to her third consecutive triumph. Ross Wolfenden pulled race-favorite McArma out of fourth and began his challenge as the field turned for home. McArma moved up as close as half-a-length but Odds On Alpha was not to be beaten. Megan Rogers Racing owns the winner, trained by Nick Surick, who is now three-for-four in 2015 with a third. McArma was second with Romanascape (Jim Morand) getting up for third. Seawind Ginger led off the card with a 1:54.2 triumph in another $14,000 pace for young mares. Brit Evans and Foulk Stables own the four-year-old daughter of Mach Three - Seawind Gabriella. Annabeth (George Dennis) and Rachelle's Beat (Ron Pierce) finished second and third respectively. Velocity Sonja also recorded her third consecutive win and sixth in her last seven outings, turning in a 1:53.2 score in a $13,000 34&5-Year-Old Mares pace. Megan Deering owns the Art's Chip - Trelise Hanover four-year-old trained by Dylan Davis. Fashion Showdown (Callahan) was second best. Hidden Land (Roger Plante) finished third. The win was the second for driver Allan Davis. John McGill's Star Keeper and Alexachase put a head-to-head stretch battle in an $11,500 female pace with Corey Callahan and Star Keeper, also conditioned by Surick, holding on for a 1:55 victory. Alexachase (Ron Pierce) was a close second with Taylor Rei (Montrell Teague) getting third money. Callahan added four more wins to his meet leading total. Pierce, Kirby, George Dennis and trainer Surick had two wins each. JUST BETTOR LEADS NINE IN DOVER $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER For the first time, after four straight starts from post 8 in 2015, Just Bettor drew post 6 in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace, Tuesday Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta own Just Bettor, trained by Eric Ell. Last week, the five-year-old, driven by Vic Kirby, led until the final steps of a 1:52.4 mile but had to settle for a third-place finish missing by a neck. In the blanket finish. Wade Wyatt’s Swift As A Shadow, was second by a nose; Jonathan Roberts will drive, and Bettor And Bold, owned by Tim Tetrick and CR Racing was a neck back in fourth. The rest of the field includes Allan Davis driving Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s UF Dragons Cruiser, Harvey Eisman’s Touchdown Mindale, with Corey Callahan, Middle Aged Crazy, racing for O’Tool, McCaffrey and the Somones, handled by Ross Wolfenden. Jim Jacobs’ Button Fly is in the hands of Jason Lynch,  Wayne King’s LA Camcharger piloted by Tony Morgan and LA Express Stables’ Brees Creek and George Dennis. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---.Touchdown Mindale made it two straight harness racing victories romping to a 1:52.1 triumph in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan raked up five wins, Ross Wolfenden had four. Callahan guided Touchdown Mindale to his 13th career win and $112,820 earnings. Nick Surick conditions the Always A Virgin-Happy To Be Best gelding for owner Harvey Eisman. Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) closed strongly to finish second with Swift As A Shadow (Allan Davis) third. On the undercard, Christmas spirit remains for pacer Jingle Bell Rocker who won for the sixth straight time. Trace Tetrick piloted the Rocknroll Hanover-Blissard Of Oz gelding trained by Les Givens for owner Tina Clark, all at the $7,500 claiming level. Eddie Davis Jr. drove the longshot winner on the card, Diana Stevenson and Janice Watkinson's Red Skull, at 64-1 odds paying $130.40 for a $2-dollar win bet. Corey Callahan with five wins, Ross Wolfenden with four, dominated the driving stats. Fitness Craze, Tirade Hanover, Tough Mac and Deadliest Catch, all winners last start, tangle in the $18,000 Open trot, the Wednesday feature race. STREAKING FITNESS CRAZE HEADS $18,000 OPEN TROT WEDNESDAY DOVER, Del. ---- Fitness Craze, Tirade Hanover, Deadliest Catch and Tough Mac are all winners last time out and meet in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Rich Lombardo and Howard Taylor's Fitness Craze piloted by Daryl Bier, has won his last three races in-a-row and puts his win streak on the line in the week's top trot. After a week off, Steve Ross, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer's Tirade Hanover, with Vic Kirby driving, returns to action. Other winners seeking to keep win streaks on the line include Mike Casalino'sTough Mac, an impressive winner for Corey Callahan last Wednesday and John Duer drove L&L DeVisser and Peninsula Farm's Deadliest Catch to paydirt. The rest of the strong field includes Tina Clark and Joe Clark's fast finishing Baximum, driven by Allan Davis, Powerful Charger, owned by Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King moves from the outside to post 2 with Trace Tetrick.I Like My Boss leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts for the Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan and hard-hitting I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis makes his first start since mid-November. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

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