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With less than three weeks away from the race weekend, it’s time to take at look at some of the leading contenders for the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series at Portmarnock’s Harness Racing venue in Dublin, Ireland the 9th and 10th of August. The series is for two-year-old pacers and have been developed into the richest series ever in the history of harness racing in the British Isles with more than €30,000 euros ($40,000 US) in total purses. Conditions are tough for the freshmen pacers as there will elimination races Saturday evening, August 9th and then the mixed final on Sunday afternoon, August 10th. Fillies will draw for inside post positions in the final on the half mile track. At the time of writing there are a record number 52 two-year-olds that are eligible for the series. Currently the 6/4 favourite and leading contender is Alexander Camden, who was the highest priced yearling ever sold in Ireland and the United Kingdom last season, fetching £38,000 sterling ($53,000 US) at the York Standardbred Sale last year. His is sired by Cambest out of Lola making him a full brother to two sub 1:49 pacers Canyon Wind and Paragon. In his short career on the track, Alexander Camden seems to be living up to his purchase price as the good looking youngster is being trained by English maestro Mick Lord for Scottish owner Davy Morton. In his four races so far, the colt has two wins and two seconds with his fastest victory in 2:02.3 at York Raceway, the UKs premier half mile track. However, the fastest of the freshman pacers so far this season is a filly, Carmel Camden, who is owned and trained by Dubliners Derek and James Delaney, who originally developed and sponsored the race back in 2012 in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically past away in 2011 at age 27. Since the inception of the event, the brothers have dearly sought to have a runner in the line-up and last October they acquired Carmel Camden, a £12,000 sterling ($17,000US) daughter of No Pan Intended out of Pan Cullottes, who were both US Breeders Crown winners respectively back in 2003. Carmel Camden has made three starts so far and remains undefeated. Her fastest win was 2:01.7 over Portmarnock’s half mile oval, just a few ticks shy of tying the track record for two-year-old fillies. Gaining in popularity with each renewal, the Delaney brothers have gone all-out to make this year’s memorial to their brother a world class event and have invited Hall of Fame drivers Wally Hennessey from North America and Anthony Butt from New Zealand to compete in the series. Both drivers are booked to drive some horses over the weekend adding an exciting new dimension to the meeting. In addition, they have also invited Hall of Fame and world renowned track announcer, Roger Huston, to call the races both days at Portmarnock. Racing fans in Ireland and the UK will be in for a real treat as Huston’s inimitable style of race calling will inevitably have the people standing up and cheering throughout each race. Another top prospect is Titanium, who was a bargain £3,400 sterling ($5,000 US) yearling purchase and is by super sire Hasty Hall, who has dominated the ranks of the juvenile classic winners in the UK in recent years. Owned and driven by leading lady driver Vicky Gill of Yorkshire and trained by Vicky’s Dad, John Gill, of the Emerald Stables, Titanium has won two of his three starts so far and has a personal best time of 2.02.2. Vicky and dad John won this race just last year with Camden Tino, so the combination know just what it takes to win the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial. Other contenders include Lyons Premier, another son of Hasty Hall, who has but one start so far and scored a strong win at York Raceway in 2:03.3 for Welsh owner/breeder Geoff Mound. He races pacers all over Canada and the USA under the Lyons prefix; Mikey Camden, by Cambest, who is a £27,000 sterling ($38,000US) yearling purchase, has one in after three starts in 2:03.1 and locally owned Meadowbranch Ideal, an imported son of Western Ideal who has been impressive in three qualifiers so far, but as yet to win at the Dublin venue. With less than three weeks to go before the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend of racing, there will be more two-year-olds qualifying and prepping for the big series and competition is guaranteed to be fierce among trainers right across the British Isles, all eyeing up the lucrative €13,000 ($22,000US) first prize, a record purse for a pacing race in all of Europe.   By Steve Wolf and Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com

Campanile (No Pan Intended) recorded a last-to-first victory in the $17,000 Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night. The Allan Johnson trained five year old had been the runner up in three consecutive features but got it done on Tuesday night parlaying a second over journey to a seasonal best 1:53.1 victory. Austin Siegelman piloted Campanile to her fifth win of the season and third in the local Open. It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner up to hit the board for the seventh consecutive start at the Spa while Godiva Seelster (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Campanile is owned by Michael Casalino Jr of Freehold, NJ. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

R I P Tony Chiaravalle. He owned the 1993 Pace winner Presidential Ball and was the original owner of the third place finisher that year Riyadh. R I P Matts Scooter-1988 Meadowlands Pace winner-sire of Mach Three 2002 Pace winner. Grandsire of Somebeachsomewhere-THE most prohibitive Pace favorite of the 21st century/ R I P Joe Muscara. He owned the 2002 Pace winner Mach Three and his Muscara Trust co-owns elim divisional winner He's Watching, one of the favorites in this Saturday's race.   $776,000 Pace Purse. Not counting the two years with a supplemental entry, (2000 and 2008), this is the first time since 1990 that the purse is at least $100G higher than the previous year: 1989 $852,000 Dexter Nukes 1990 $1,153,500 Beach Towel   Sire Well Said looks to do-with two chances-what has been done SEVEN TIMES in Meadowlands Pace history. Win the Pace with his first crop. (Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis) 1984 Happy Motoring sired On The Road Again 1985 Niatross sired Nihilator 1997 Artsplace sired Dream Away 1998 Life Sign sired Day In A Life 2005 Western Ideal sired Rocknroll Hanover 2008 Art Major sired Art Official 2013 Somebeachsomewhere sired Captaintreacherous   If you're betting either He's Watching or Luck Be Withyou, you have recent history on your side. Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce have won 6 of the last 7 editions of the Meadowlands Pace, THE most dominant TWO-driver run in the races 37 year history. (Of those 6 wins between them, 3 each, 4 of those 6 were NOT favored)   Ron Burke will try and do what has been done THREE TIMES before. Be the Leading trainer at the Meadowlands for the meet AND win the Meadowlands Pace. J K Endofanera 1993 and 1994 Bill Robinson did it with Presidential Ball and Cams Card Shark 1997 Brett Pelling did it with Dream Away 2004 Mark Harder did it with Holborn Hanover, who was 2-22 lifetime coming into the race and lit up the board at 58-1   "MILLER TIME?" Maybe. There are three driving "MIllers" in the race-Dave and Brett and Marcus. That doesn't even count trainer Erv. The first ever TRAINER named Miller to be in the Pace-as well as the first ever drive-BOTH finished 3rd. Del Miller trainer 3rd 1980 Tyler B Jim Miller driver 1979 3rd with Tijuana Taxi   THROWBACK TIME? Some Pace participants in 2014 were prominent at the Meadowlands in the 1980s. Val D'Or Farms (Always B Miki) 3 times made a 1980s Pace final. 4th with Masquerade in 1986, 7th and 11th with Ringaleevio and Paladium Lobell in the 1988 edition Steve Elliott was 10th with Souffle in the 1986 final of the Pace, and was 3rd and then 2nd in the 1988 and 1989 Trainer Standings here Joe Holloway won FOUR races at the Meadowlands in the 1970s-including twice with a pacer named Pentagon as a DRIVER. In the 1980s, Joe became the first ever Meadowlands trainer to win as many as 106 races in a singe meet-1988 Jim Campbell was the 1989 Meadowlands Training Leader. He also started in the Pace with a pair in 1987-3rd with Run The Table and 12th with Dictionary   Peter Blood is one of the owners of Doo Wop Hanover. As a trainer here-he was second in the 1988 Wilson-the LAST one to go for $1 Million-with Nukes Image to Kassa Branca. The following year, he went 1-2 in the Wilson conso.   Pierce Pace Potpourri Ron Pierce drove the shortest priced Pace winner of the new millennium-$2.80 Well Said 2009. Ron Pierce UPENDED the shortest priced Pace STARTER of the new millennium-Somebeachsomewhere-10 cents on the dollar-in 2008 with Art Official. (Art Official-incidentally-sold as a $4,000 WEANLING at a Meadowlands January sale)   NUMBERS 17 of the 37 Pace winners were sired by a horse who himself raced in the Pace final. ONLY ONE-Real Desire is the ONLY horse to win $3 Million-be Horse Of The Year and win the Meadowlands Pace and NOT be in the Hall Of Fame ONLY ONE Pace winner won from the second tier-On The Road Again 1984 Post 12 THREE Homebreds in the Pace final field. The 2013 Hambletonian had three homebreds win all three eliminations and then the final. Creatine, Smilin Eli and Royalty For Life 20-1 or better-Tellitlikeitis will surely be one of the longshots in the 2014 Pace final field. Rarer than rare for the North America Cup FAVORITE-ALSO the Meadowlands Pace elimination FAVORITE, to be an also-ran in the wagering in the Pace final. FIVE catch-drivers have gone into the Hall Of Fame the past TWO decades. Only five.   ANNIVERSARY 23 years to the day of Precious Bunny winning the 1991 Meadowlands Pace. July 12, 1991. That marked the first time in history a horse won TWO million $ races in the same year (Nihilator did it in 1984 and 1985) John Campbell drove him in the North America Cup to victory, but opted off for Artsplace in the Pace final and Jack Moiseyev won with the Cam Fella colt. HOY. It was also the first of four STRAIGHT Pace winners for Cam Fella as a stallion-ironic when you consider that Cam Fella finished his career 57 straight times on the board-the last time he MISSED the board? 1982 Meadowlands Pace elimination!! 7th   Ron Pierce is on top in North America in $$$. 58 Years of age. This stat is especially interesting when you consider that-in 2006-he was and is the ONLY 50 Years Old to EVER lead the way, and now at 58 is threatening to do the same   Golden Receiver's barn change-AFTER winning $2 Million-brings back memories of possibly the two greatest horses to ever undergo a barn change. Seatttle Slew and Artsplace.   WIDE OPEN PACE?-2013 TOLD US EXACTLY THAT Many live candidates to win the 2014 Meadowlands Pace. And why not. In 2013-the LEADING 2 YO colt pacing earner made $390G-Arthur Blue Chip. This marked the first time since 1977 that the leading $$-winning freshman pacing colt did NOT have at least $400G on his card. No No Yankee had $211G in 1977 (Ironically-the FIRST year of the Pace)   Dave Miller-John Campbell Dave Miller-6 days after entering the Hall Of Fame, hopes to do what only John Campbell has done prior. Go into the Hall Of Fame and win either the Hambletonian or the Meadowlands Pace the SAME year. 1990-John Hambo Harmonious. Dave handles Always B Miki   IF Marcus Miller wins the Meadowlands Pace-he WILL become the YOUNGEST driver ever to do so. Tetrick also did it at 25 in 2007 with Southwind Lynx, Marcus a few months younger.   Canadian Influence 5 of the 6 inside posts in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace have Canadian ownership. 6 of the first 12 Meadowlands Pace winners (1977-1986) had Canadian ownership.   "Hall" Pass-OOPS Pace Five of the first 10 winners of the Meadowlands Pace had trainers who were Hall Of Famers. BUT-only ONE of the last 27 training winners of the Meadowlands Pace did it. Ray Remmen 1990 Beach Towel. Jimmy Takter has two shots at ending that 24 year 0-fer.   Coyne-Operated Ron Coyne (National Debt) has been in the Pace before. 1999 with Washington VC. 8th. That colt then sired a $3 Million career earner by the name of Themightyquinn   If either John Campbell or Ron Pierce win the Meadowlands Pace, they will be the oldest to do so. 59 and 58. Cat Manzi at 56 in 2006 with Artistic Fella currently holds than distinction.   Steve Elliott is the ONLY trainer in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace field who has won this race before. And he did it twice. 2006 and 2009. There are only two trainers in Meadowlands Pace history who have won the Pace multiple times and were FAVORED in all of their wins: Elliott, Billy Haughton  Billy Did it with Falcon Almhurst in 1978-9/5 choice over eventual HOY Abercrombie-and with Nihilator at 1-9 in 1985 heading a prohibitive 5 horse entry.   "Starter" Kit NO 2014 Pace finalist has more than 8 starts in 2014. Yet 16 of the first 24 Meadowlands Pace winners had at LEAST NINE starts on the season entering the Pace final.   Jimmy Takter (Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere) will try and do what Brett Pelling did last. Go 1-2 in the Pace. Pelling did it with Rocknroll Hanover in 2005 and Village Jolt second.   He's Watching's June 13 foaling date would be THE latest ever for any Meadowlands Pace winner. (TWO of the more famous JUNE foals of all time used to be stablemates-Art Major and McArdle)   SLOW STARTS? NO PROBLEM IN THE PACE Your year isn't going the greatest going INTO the Meadowlands Pace? This doesn't mean a whole lot-or at least it didn't to these brand names: 2001 Real Desire 1 for 5 going into the Pace 2000 Gallo Blue Chip 5 for 10 entering the Pace 2010 One More Laugh 2 for 6 going into the Pace 1988 Matts Scooter Just 2 for 9 entering the Pace (NOTE-the 2 YO Champion (He's Watching 2-5)-and the 2YO Breeders Crown winner (Luck Be With You 1-5)-are a combined 3/10 entering the 2014 Pace)   The "OUTSIDERS?" The three outside horses in the Pace were all sired by a Pace favorite: Post 8 Sometimes Said (Well Said 2009) Post 9 Always B Miki (Always A Virgin 2007) Post 10 Doo Wop Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover 2005)   Takter's Pace Breakthrough? NO Trainer in the 21st century who's campaigned a Horse Of The Year has made it to the Hall Of Fame. Jimmy Takter is the last trainer to do both-having won the HOY titles in 1997-1998-1999. Bob McIntosh went into the Hall Of Fame in 2002-and a full decade later-won his first MILLION $ race going 1-3 in the 2012 NA Cup. Jimmy Takter is looking for his very first Pace score. Ron Burke just scored his first Million $ win taking the NA Cup with J K Endofanera.   The Two oldest drivers to hit the board in the Meadowlands Pace? 1978 Joe O'Brien 59-thid with Flight Director 1982 Billy Haughton 58 3rd with McKinzie Almahurst John Campbell is 59 and Ron Pierce 58   Campbell-Meadowlands Pace-Post 10 The man is amazing. Post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace in 2014 with Doo Wop Hanover. His history from post 10 in the Pace is almost beyond belief. ALL of the following are from Post 10-IN The Meadowlands Pace: 1982 Hilarion winner-first ever catch-driver to win a Million $$ race. 1997 At Point Blank second at 14-1 the colt was WINLESS (0-15) on the year!! 1999 The Panderosa got post 10 initially-AND on the redraw-and still dominated with a 26 flat final quarter in 1:49.3-then a record mile in the Pace and thus becoming the first horse ever to win TWO million $$ races BOTH in sub 1:50) 2004 3rd with Metropolitan from post 10 2007 third with Artriverderci from post 10. 5 different trainers from post 10-five times on the board. Consider that in the other 30 times any driver raced in the Pace from post 10-combined-those drivers were 3-30 ON THE BOARD!   OTHER Post 10 notes...... Dave Miller's Pace debut-1995-Cinder Lane Sam came from post 10-5th-flying home in 26.1.....Pat Crowe drove exactly once in the Pace-from post 10-in 1984 12th with a colt by the name of Greener Pastures.....Brett Pelling made his Pace debut in 1993 from post 10 (No check)....Pinocchio raced in the Pace-from post 10 for Neal Shapiro...   15 times in history the Meadowlands Pace winner has been THAT YEAR'S Leading $$ winner among ALL Pacers.(MOST common of any race of the leaders)   Just HOW tough is it to WIN The Meadowlands Pace? This stat might tell it best. The last THREE Triple Crown winners in the sport-NONE of those three finished first OR second in the Meadowlands Pace!! 2003 No Pan Intended 4th 1999 Blissful Hall 7th 1997 Western Dreamer 3rd   Who are the three richest ever horses to have participated in the Meadowlands Pace final and NOT gotten a check? Boulder Creek $3,425,853 8th 2003 Red Bow Tie $2,673,920 9th 1997 Western Hanover $2,541,647 7th 1992   Super Tough Quiz: Can you name the three colts who led all pacers in year end earnings but did NOT compete in the Meadowlands Pace final? 1977 Governor Skipper $522,148 1998 Shady Character $1,070,569 2002 Art Major $1,562,779   Compiled by Bob "Hollywood" Heyden

Joe Thomson, owner of the successful Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, based in Maryland, but whose impact is felt in every racing state and province, has been selected by the screening committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) for inclusion on the ballot for election to the sport's Hall of Fame, to be decided later this summer. Thomson's Winbak Farm operation is located in Maryland, while Thomson himself lives in Paoli, PA, not far from the state line. A portion of his harness operation is centered in Pennsylvania and he is the current President of the Pennsylvania Harness Breeders Association. Thomson/Winbak stands the leading trotting and pacing sire in another bordering state, Delaware. In all, Winbak has six horse breeding operations throughout North America. Winbak has produced three Standardbred horses of the year in the last dozen years: No Pan Intended (2003), Rainbow Blue (2004), and Muscle Hill (2009). Muscle Hill joins Vivid Photo (2005) as Winbak graduates who have won the sport's most prestigious race, the Hambletonian. This "mating" of quality and quantity has elevated Winbak to second place among producers of money winning harness horses, behind only Hanover Shoe Farms. In 2013, Winbak horses won over 2,000 races and in excess of $18.2 million, with $7.8M of the latter figure contributed by two- and three-year-olds. Thomson is a co-owner of The Red Mile, the historic track in Lexington KY. Among other important positions he holds in the sport, Thomson serves as a trustee and director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and a director of the Hambletonian Society. In addition, Thomson was recognized with the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award at the recent Dan Patch Banquet in Dover, Delaware, considered the second highest honor in the sport. Chapters of USHWA nominate Hall of Fame candidates; these candidates are then discussed by the Hall of Fame Screening Committee of USHWA, separately and in conjunction with an advisory committee consisting of Hall of Famers. Thomson emerged through this process, and his name will appear on the summer ballot along with those of Bob Marks and Kathy Parker, who were nominated by USHWA directors as ballot candidates for the Communicators Hall of Fame. From the United States Harness Writers Association    

For just the second time this season, there was a back to back winner in the Saturday night Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Panocchio (No Pan Intended) parlayed the pocket ride to victory last week but on Saturday night, the Jimmy Mattison trainee had to tough it out first over in the $17,000 feature. Gerry Mattison piloted the four year old pacer and sat patiently as the fractions in the Open were brisk. Out after the leader following a first half that went in 56.2, Panocchio fought gamely on the rim before cruising by in the stretch to win in 1:53.1. BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came from a long way back to be second while Island Jet (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot for the third consecutive week in the Saturday Open. Panocchio, who moved his 2014 overall record to seven wins in eleven tries with the score, joined Source Of Pride as the only horses to win the Open Pace in back to back weeks in the '14 campaign. The morning line favorite, Panocchio went off at the public's third choice in the betting at odds of 3-1. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Melissa Simser  

When harness racing driver David Miller headed from Ohio to the East Coast more than a decade ago, he thought it would be temporary. He was wrong. And it resulted in a permanent place among the sport's all-time greats. On Sunday, the 49-year-old Miller will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Miller has won more than 11,000 races in his ongoing career, ranking eighth among all North American drivers in history, and earned $180 million in purses, which is No. 4 all time. Also being inducted on Sunday is William Weaver, who bred influential trotting sire Valley Victory as well as several division champions. In addition, longtime U.S. Trotting Association Publicity Director John Pawlak and retired USTA Stakes Director Carol Cramer will be enshrined in the Communicators Hall of Fame. Horses being honored are Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny, Hattie, Green Speed, and Windsong's Legacy. "It means a lot to me," Miller said. "The biggest honor you can receive in your profession, I think, is for people to think of you that way. To be put in the Hall of Fame with people that I looked up to, it's very special. I feel privileged. I'm sure it will hit me more once I'm there. I haven't been too focused on it yet." Miller was voted Driver of the Year in 2003 when he led North America in purses and guided No Pan Intended to the Pacing Triple Crown. He has won a total of 11 Triple Crown races (combined pacing and trotting) and 14 Breeders Crown trophies. He is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug and one of only two drivers to capture the Little Brown Jug and its filly companion race, the Jugette, in the same year. He has won at least $10 million in purses 12 times, the most of any driver in history, and trails only Hall of Famers John Campbell, Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance in career earnings. Miller was already a star in his native Ohio when he headed to the East Coast in the late 1990s. He captured multiple driving titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the early 2000s and has been a force on the Grand Circuit ever since he made the move. "I came out at a time when things kind of clicked for me," Miller said. "I was driving a lot of good horses. I didn't plan on it. You can't. I was very fortunate to hook up with as many good trainers that I have over the years. "Hopefully it's not over yet." Miller, who was enshrined in the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, shows no signs of slowing down. Last weekend, he won the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial with McWicked in a world-record performance and two weeks earlier captured the $420,900 Fan Hanover Stakes with Uffizi Hanover. "I've gotten to drive a lot of great horses," Miller said. "It's more than I thought I would do. The sport has been good to me, that's for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) recorded his first local Open Pace victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four-year-old pacer won the undercard to the Open two weeks back and last Saturday finished a close second in the $17,000 feature. This week, driver Gerry Mattison moved Panocchio out to the early lead before giving way to the race's favorite Anderlecht (Billy Dobson). Patiently sitting In The Pocket throughout brisk fractions, Panocchio pounced in the passing lane and surged by the leader under the shadow of the wire to register the win in 1:52. It was the sixth victory in ten starts in 2014 for the Jimmy Mattison-trained pacer. Andelecht finished a strong second in his local debut while Island Jet (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. Panocchio, who paid $13.60 to win on Saturday, becomes the 14th different horse to win the Open Pace in 17 installments this year. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Campanile (No Pan Intended) won the Fillies and Mares Open for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Allan Johnson-trained five year old wound up overcoming a difficult trip after getting stuck inside before shaking loose late. Campanile had plenty of late pace and surged past frontrunning Let's Go Higher (Shawn Gray) in the final strides to secure her fourth victory of the year. Austin Siegelman piloted Campanile to the score in the $17,000 Sunday feature. The 4-5 favorite prevailed in 1:53.3 for her third straight win, second in Open company. Let's Go Higher finished second while It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on for third. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Longtime leading driver at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Frank Coppola Jr., took a few years off from driving recently but has been back in full force in the past few weeks. On Thursday night, the veteran reinsman had his best night since returning to the track, piling up three wins on the card. Coppola completed a sweep of the early daily double with claiming pacer Durable (No Pan Intended). Durable, who went off at odds of 6-1, was the most publicly backed of the three Coppola winners on the card. Trotters DW's Divine and Pocket Passer rounded out the hat trick for the 54 year old driver. DW's Divine started out the Thursday card with a big mutuel as the 31-1 shot outclosed her rivals to score the upset. Pocket Passer prevailed at odds of 7-1 for Coppola. The daily double that Coppola swept returned a hefty $339.50. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 3, 2014...Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, ran his winning streak to four on Saturday night with this grand slam win coming in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., the four year old son of No Pan Intended stopped the timer in 1:51.4 over a track labeled as good after earlier heavy rains. Fractions were :26.3, :56.1 and 1:24 with the margin measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Cartoonist (Dave Ingraham) with Flight Exec (Kevin Wallis) rallying for third. Neptune Blue Chip was next with Canadian Touch, prominent early on, picking up the nickel in the quintet.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger summed it up in two words--"smooth sailing.   "Yes, he had missed a week," Ranger said, "but Jimmy (trainer Mattison) and Vicki (Jim's wife) keep this horse sharp just by the great care they give him. I knew he'd be ready and, indeed, he was ready to fire as soon as the gate opened. Once we got that little breather during the second quarter, I just let him ramble on from there and his last half of :55 and a piece (actually :55.3) took care of things."   Not only did Panocchio remain undefeated this year with his fourth straight win, it was his 12 success in only 29 lifetime starts, good for $67,625--$18,750 already this year just in the past month.   As the 2 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio paid $2.80 to win.   Panocchio's victory, by the way, was one of five on the night for Ranger, who also piloted Directly Related ($2.60), Dominum Deo ($3.20), Hyperion Hanover ($2.60) and Kennairnmachmagic ($3.60) to the winner's circle.   Hyperion Hanover, the 11 year-old warrior owned by the S S G Stables and trained by Jim McDonald, was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:54.3, scoring a win measuring just short of a length inn the $6,000 Open "3" over McGreat (Dave Ingraham) with Tom Paine (Bryce Fenn) third.   The victory was the 51st in Hyperion Hanover's illustrious career, sending his lifetime bounty to $1,166,089 covering 261 starts.   In the $7,500 Open "2" Pace, Elizabeth Zimmerman's Avantage, driven by Dave Ingraham for trainer Michel Plouffe, also was a gate-to-wire winner, scoring a 1:53.1 win measuring a length over the fast closing Who's Your Maddy (Kevin Wallis). Shamderock (Bruce Ranger) was third after looming boldly first over around the final turn.   Third choice on the tote-board, Avantage paid $9.80 to win in picking up his third win of the year--and second in a row--sending his lifetime bounty to $218,296.   by John berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Panpero Firpo (No Pan Intended) recorded his first victory of the season on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse-trained four-year-old recently added lasix and has shown significant improvement since doing so. Coming off of a fast second place finish in his last start, Panpero Firpo moved first over on the race's favorite in the $8,000 conditional pace feature on Thursday and overpowered his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:54.4. Stephane Bouchard, who recently hit the 8,000 career win plateau, piloted Panpero Firpo to the convincing victory. Lucky Mctrucky (Jordan Derue) charged hard late to be second while favored Aled Hanover (Shawn Gray) held on for third. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 19, 2014...Panocchio kept his perfect seasonal record in tact by scoring his third straight win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night.   The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by trained Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, was driven by Bruce Ranger and stopped the timer in 1:53, scoring by a head over the late charging Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey). Cartoonist (Kevin Wallis), finished third, 2 3/4 lengths away, while Rick's Sign finished fourth. Yankees In Six completed the quintet.   Panocchio flashed his usual early speed from his outside--but advantageous--five post and quickly took command from Freeneasy Hanover with his stablemate, Cartoonist, next through opening panel of :27.1. With the half in a tepid :56.1, positions remained stagnant with Yankees In Six the only one out and driving, moving from the back of the pack to third during a :28 third quarter but still three lengths away.   Turning for home, Panocchio, with a strong headwind in his face, stayed true to the wire, holding off the pocket-sitting Freeneasy Hanover in a photo to keep his record perfect.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "This horse is just a solid campaigner--a little lazy but, nonetheless, a horse that gives all he's got when he's on the racetrack. Wally's horse (Freeneasy Hanover) was great, too, but Panocchio has that habit of digging in when it counts most. And, again, I have to give credit to Jim (trainer Mattison) who has been such a great trainer for so long."   Trainer Mattison gave all the praise to his wife, Vicki, by saying, "She's the one who gives the horse such tender loving care. Heck, the horse only jogs lightly when he's racing...and I can't get him to go faster than (2):14 or (2):15 when he does train. Vicki loves this horse and, I think, he races so well because he's so happy around her. Believe me, it makes a difference!"   For Panocchio, the win was his 11th lifetime in just 28 starts, good for career earnings of $62,625--$13,750 of that this year in his three starts.   Off at 1 to 10, Panocchio paid $2.20 to win.   The co-feature $8,000 Open went, in an upset, to the 23 to 1 outsider Shamderock, driven by Stephane Lareau in 1:53.4.. This six year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheels, trained by Mike Hardy for owners Mark and Phyllis Liebowitz, roared down the lane to score by a half length over Hyperion Hanover (Bruce Ranger). Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third but was "dq'd" after an incident just past the opening quarter allowing the 2 to 5 favorite, Canadian Touch (Kevin Wallis) to be moved up a notch to third after scorching an opener in :25.4 before carding subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:25.1, leaving little defense from the closers in the late stages. Dojea Maidscaptor finished fourth.   Shamderock earned his third win of the year in 15 starts--28th win lifetime-to send his 2014 earnings to $15,141. Lifetime he's banked $190,596.   Shamderock paid $48.60 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...April 13, 2014...Panocchio, confidently handled by Bruce Ranger, took top honors in Pompano Park's "Saturday Night Special," scoring a handy win in 1:51.4.   The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, pinned a defeat measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Premier (Rick Plano) with Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey) third. Rick's Sign crossed the wire fourth but was placed sixth and last after an incident halfway through the mile allowing Cartoonist to moved up a notch to fourth and Yankees In Six to earn the nickel.   Panocchio, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, came out firing as the wings opened and engaged Premier in a "guns blazing" duel through an opening panel in :26.2.   Panocchio then yielded--for all of two strides--with Ranger firing a second set of bullets to reclaim the lead and taking the field halfway home in :55.   On the backside, Cartoonist and Yankees In Six both pulled from the back of the pack forcing the hand of Rick's Sign, who bullied his way out in front of these two to pull within a length of Panocchio at the third station in 1:24.   In the lane, Panocchio edged clear by a length and a half with Premier giving futile chase and Freeneasy Hanover taking the short way home on the inside to garner the show honors.   In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "This horse has come back just perfectly. Last week, he was great in his 2014 debut. This week, he might have been even a little better. He was very sharp leaving and very strong in the lane. He's fresh and eager and I can't say enough great things about Jimmy (trainer Mattison) on how he's brought this horse back this year."   For Panocchio, the win, of course, kept his seasonal scorecard unblemished--two for two--and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $57,625 on the strength of 10 win in only 27 lifetime starts.   As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...April 5, 2014...Panocchio, making his 2014 debut here at Pompano Park on Saturday night, scored a gate to wire victory in 1:52 for Bruce Ranger. The four year-old son of No Pan Intended, trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, put up panels of :27, :56.3 and 1:23.4 en route to the win, which measured a half length over Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey) with Yankees In Six (Matt Romano) third. Cartoonist, last turning for home, paced the fastest final quarter in the race--:27.3--to finish fourth while Rick's Sign, who made a threatening move around the final turn to pull along side the leader, picked up the nickel in the sextet, 2 1/2 lengths back. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I drove him last year when he took his mark here at Pompano (1:50.4), so I knew he was a very nice horse and I had had driven him in a couple of qualifiers for Jim (Mattison) the past couple of weeks and he seemed very strong, especially the last one when he paced in (1):54 and a piece with a last quarter in :27 and change. Jim said, 'I don't have to tell you how to drive him...you know what he likes,' so it looked like he was anxious to get the show on the road so I sent him. On the backside, when he heard the other horse coming, he grabbed on and got down to business. He performed great, especially for his first start." Panocchio, who was lightly raced at two--winless in six starts--won eight times in 19 starts last year and earned $37,516. The win on Saturday night pushed his lifetime bounty over the $50,000 mark, now at $53,125. As a slight 9 to 5 favorite, Panocchio paid $5.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

After taking a few weeks off, Phantom Dan returns to the wars in Saturdays Open Pace while taking on the classy Pancetta and the streaking Docs Zippy in the main event. The 6-year-old son of Little Steven is owned, trained and driven by James Kennedy and was last seen capturing the March 22 Open Handicap Pace by a nose over heavily-favored One And Only while lowering his career standard to 1:52 1/5 in the process. There was nothing wrong with him, Kennedy explained. Its just that hed been racing his you-know-what off and I wanted to give him a bit of a break and do a little work on him. While Phantom Dan came from last to account for that most recent outing, in his previous victory in a conditioned affair he used front-end tactics to get the job done, putting his versatility on full display. Ive learned that he there are two ways to race him, his mentor noted. You either leave with him and let him roll, or you duck and let him do his pacing at the end. As far as the Phantom Dan you would find around the barn, James describes him as A Pig, while wearing a smile on his face. His happiest times are when hes in a pen and he can just roll around in the mud. He absolutely loves it. He also eats anything you put in front of him, from donuts to hamburgers. Apparently this playful nature and unusual diet agree quite well with the performer, who looks to keep the momentum going this weekend after getting a little R and R at Camp Kennedy. Open Pace entices hard-knocking cast Pancetta, who had to settle for second in his seasonal debut while leaving from the testing No. 10 post over a sloppy track last weekend; Docs Zippy, who got the job done in that affair for his second straight score, and the always-dangerous Phantom Dan headline Saturday nights Open Pace at Cal Expo. A 13-race card is on tap with first set at 5:45 p.m. The Open Pace goes as the third event on the evening with One And Only and Mobil Big John completing the cast. Pancetta is a 5-year-old son of No Pan Intended out of the Life Sign mare Gingerbread Square who is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, takes his lessons from Lino Pacheco and will have Steve Wiseman at the controls. Pancetta comes into this assignment just shy of the $200,000 earnings plateau with a 1:51 1/5 mark that was established last year at Pocono Downs. He was making his first start since December last week while doing his work from that demanding No. 10 post over the sloppy going and put in a solid effort for the place spot. Docs Zippy will be looking for his third straight trip to the charmed enclosure for the team of Toman Enterprises Ltd, trainer George Anthrop and pilot Patrick Galbraith. The son of Cams Eclipse was a 1:51 victor last season over the Colonial Downs strip. Two starts back, Docs Zippy took the measure of a conditioned field while coming from last, then did the stalk-and-pounce to perfection last week while seemingly appreciating the off going . Galbraith came first over with his charge at the half, gained command straightening for home and prevailed by a length and a half over the 1-5 favorite. Phantom Dan is making his first start since capturing the March 15 Open for his owner/driver/trainer James Kennedy. The 6-year-old Little Steven gelding has a versatile style that gives Kennedy options when the gate rolls. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

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