Vernon, N.Y. -- Parkhill Horton ($17.00) used a quick turn of foot off the far turn to seize command from odds-on harness racing favorite Twice Too Nice in Friday (August 5) evening's featured $7,500 Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs. The 8-year-old Oaklea Julian gelding floated into third in the initial stages, enjoying a cozy tracking trip behind Twice Too Nice (John MacDonald) and My Lucky Word (Jimmy Whittemore) through splits of :28, :57.4, and 1:26.2. On approach to the head of the home straight, Claude Huckabone, III angled Parkhill Horton off the pegs, and he quickly pushed clear of the pacesetting Twice Too Nice--but he wasn't home free. My Lucky Word hooked three-wide out of the pocket at the eighth pole to give chase, but Parkhill Horton responded to prevail by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2. My Lucky Word was a strongly chasing runner-up, while Twice Too Nice faded to third. Trainer Robert Gale shares ownership of Parkhill Horton with Jeffrey Agan and David Adsit. In the $4,000 "Dashtonian", a hybrid conditioned/starter allowance half-mile sprint for pacers, Bubba Zanetti vaulted to a clear lead through a :25.2 first quarter, but ultimately was collared in the final 40 yards by odds-on favorite Ring Leda ($3.30), who sustained a three-wide push off the far turn to prevail by three-quarters of a length. John MacDonald drove the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to a :54.3 victory for trainer Eric Felter. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 6) evening, with a pair of $55,500 New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing fillies taking center stage on the 13-race card. The undefeated Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover) seeks her fourth career win in as many starts for trainer Linda Toscano in the evening's tenth event. First post is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
Vernon, N.Y. -- Parkhill Horton ($24.60) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip in Saturday's $7,500 top-level harness racing Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs, upsetting odds-on pacesetter Lucid Thoughts in 1:54.4. Truman Gale secured the pocket from the outset with the 8-year-old Oaklea Julian gelding, yielding to Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) and drafting cozily through splits of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:25.3. Just above the eighth pole, Parkhill Horton vacated the pegs, reeled in Lucid Thoughts, and edged away to a 1-1/2 length victory while driven. Lucid Thoughts held second, while Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) sustained a mild bid off the far turn to capture third. Trainer Robert Gale co-owns Parkhill Horton with Jeffrey Agan and David Adsit. The "New York Night Train" also took the evening's sub-featured $5,500 Miracle Mile trotting event in upset fashion with 15-1 longshot Painite ($33.60). Jocelyn Gale--Truman's wife--handles the training duties of the 7-year-old Plesac mare, who rallied down the grandstand side off a third-over trip to just collar 8-5 favorite Gaelic and Garlic (Claude Huckabone, III) in 1:55.1. A 14-race Sunday evening card completes the racing week at Vernon Downs, with the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters sharing center stage with the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
Vernon, N.Y. -- Parkhill Horton ($12.20) made full use a pocket trip en route to his 1:56 triumph in Friday (July 15) evening's top-level $6,500 Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs, pushing to the fore in mid-stretch and drawing clear to evade a pair of late challengers. Truman Gale made an early push to secure the pocket with the 8-year-old Oaklea Julian gelding, tracking pacesetter Count Speed (John MacDonald) through fairly comfortable early sectionals of :29 and :58.2. As Count Speed accelerated mildly through the far turn, Parkhill Horton stuck right with him before edging off the pegs with just over a quarter mile remaining. The two dueled off the far turn, and Parkhill Horton pushed his head clear just inside the eighth pole, ultimately opening up to a two-length winning margin in 1:56. Gimme the Cash (Angus MacDonald) split rivals late off a stalking trip to just take second over the mildly chasing Hallanet (Donald Dancer), while the worn-down Count Speed--while fourth--was barely nosed out for the runner-up spot. Trainer Robert Gale shares ownership of 15-time winner Parkhill Horton with Jeffrey Agan and David Adsit. Live racing continues at the Miracle Mile on Saturday (July 16) evening, with a 10-race card slated to commence at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs
Floundering outside for most of the opening quarter, Brenway Dixie found her best stride late and captured her division in Tuesday's second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 harness racing claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pembroke Castaway took the other $15,000 second-leg split. Jim Pantaleano sent Brenway Dixie, the only mare in the field, for the early lead but had to wrangle her back to fifth when she was parked out. Despite her early frustration, Brenway Dixie followed the live cover of Quillz and brushed through the lane to score in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface. Early leader Pittstop Kip was second, a length back, with Otto third. Jack Smith trains Brenway Dixie, a 6-year-old daughter of Oaklea Julian-Oaklea Penny who extended her career bankroll to $226,851, for Bob Adamo. Pembroke Castaway reached the front with a three-wide quarter-pole move and coasted from there, prevailing in 1:58.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Billie Jo. Dizzy Rizzy earned show. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old Current Cast-Phoenicia Hanover gelding, who now boasts $181,393 in lifetime earnings, for owner/trainer Randy Bendis. Tuesday's card also featured the second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Parnell and Bob N Tony each taking an $8,000 split. The championships for both series are set for Tuesday, Feb. 23. Pantaleano collected five wins and Merriman three on the 15-race program. Register now for The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, March 5, with a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. Cost is $100, with $50 allocated to the prize pool and $50 to each player's bankroll. Registered players can enjoy the free lunch buffet in the Triple Crown Banquet Room and will receive a free March 5 Meadows race program. To register now, call 724.503.1509 or visit the Retail Center in the Racebook. Event-day registration begins at 11:30 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Julians Caesar captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot in the eighth race on Monday, (May 5) Northfield Park. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Julians Ceasar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post four and made every pole a winning one. He posted fractions of :27.3, :57.1, 1:26.1 and 1:55.3, besting his competition by 1 Â½-lengths. Completing the race were Kirty Dream, Mythical Hall, Easy Strength, Mary's Darvin, Soulful Delight, and Life Long Hanover. Sand Royal Blu pulled up with broken equipment and did not finish. Monday's triumph was the fifth win this year for Julians Caesar and increased his lifetime win tally to 15 and his earnings to $263,692. He returned $6.00 to win. In the evening's ninth race, Roadside Delight was victorious in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. He is trained by Tyler Nostadt for Pine Grove stables and was driven by Keith Kash Jr. Roadside Delight (Bettor's Delight-Road Sign-Life Sign) started from post four. He let his competition carve the :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.1 solid fractions, before taking the lead in the stretch and winning by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:52.2. Completing the race were JS Tango, Lyons JosephJNR, Western Churchill, Goodnite Goodluck, Mybrothergeorge and PL Dragon. Roadside Delight now has four wins in 10 starts this year, 21 career successes and a bankroll of $294,251. He was the longest shot on the board and paid $61.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
Hall Of Memories captured the $9,500 Open Pace on Monday (March 24) in Northfield Park's ninth race. He is owned by Charles St. Jean, Linda Ebersole and Steven Hubbard. Trainer Jeff Ebersole called upon Kurt Sugg for the winning drive. Hall Of Memories (Blissfull Hall-Royal Flash-Cam's Magic Trick) started from the rail and sat the pocket through quarters of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25. Kugg moved into the passing lane in the stretch and bested his competition by a full length in 1:54.1. Completing the race were Man He Can Skoot, T Red, Our McLovin, Lyons JosephJNR, Stevie Diamonds and Goodnite Goodluck. Hall Of Memories now has 13 career successes. Monday's victory pushed his bankroll to $102,195. He paid $11.60 to win. Julians Caesar won his third straight $10,000 Open Trot in the evening's 10 race. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver. Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post eight and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before taking the lead in the stretch and winning a photo finish by a head in 1:56.2 despite being parked the entire mile. Completing the race were Rose Run Logan, Pembroke Snapshot, Action-Broadway, Herbie L, Mary's Darvin, Wind Surfer and Hello Carlo. Monday's triumph increased Julians Ceasar's lifetime win tally to 14 and his earnings to $255,172. Despite winning this race the previous two weeks, he returned $12.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fifth straight win Monday (March 17) in Northfield Park's opening race. The seven year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Hochstetler called upon Jason Merriman for the winning drive. Rose Run Logan started from post five and sat the pocket in the first half of the mile through fractions of :28.1 and :57.1. Merriman pulled in the backstretch, took the lead and never looked back, closing out the mile with fractions of 1:26.4 and 1:55.3. The mile clocking represents the trotter's new lifetime mark. Rose Run Logan posted a dominant 5-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Bookem (Josh Sutton). Monday's triumph was the 11 career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) and increased his lifetime earnings to $27,698. He was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win. In the evening's sixth race, Goodnite Goodluck captured the $9,500 Open Pace for owner Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. Trainer Andy Rickert enlisted the driving services of Aaron Merriman. Goodnite Goodluck (Bettor's Delight-Priority Overnite-Artsplace) started from the rail. He was in the garden spot through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.3. Merriman pulled into the passing lane and won by 1 Â¼-length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Lyons JosephJNR, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Western Churchill, T Red and Curator. Goodnite Goodluck now has 34 career successes. Monday's victory pushed his bankroll to $302,547. He paid a healthy $18.20 to win. Julians Caesar was a repeat winner of the $10,000 Open Trot in the evening's eighth race. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver. Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post eight and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:28. He took the lead in the stretch and won by a full length in 1:57.4 despite being parked the entire mile. Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Pembroke Snapshot, Hello Carlo, Sure Thing, Mary's Darvin, Mythical Hall and Easy Strength. Monday's triumph increased Julians Ceasar's lifetime win tally to 13 and his earnings to $250,172. Despite winning this race last week, he returned $13.40 to win.
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — August has already been an exceptional month for trainer Carmen Auciello and the Stouffville resident is hoping there is a bit of excitement left to come as he readies five starters for Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge event at Mohawk Racetrack. On August 3 the trainer celebrated his biggest stakes victory to date when three-year-old trotting gelding Enough About You captured the Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway. The Mutineer son dominated the field in both his elimination and the final, clocking a 1:59.1 score off the front end in the elimination and coming from the back to post a seven and one-quarter length 1:57.3 victory in the final. “He was very impressive in his last two races,” says Auciello, adding that the gelding had been battling sickness for much of July. “This is a horse that raced in 1:54.2 back in June, and if he can trot back to that, he has a good shot in there (Saturday).” Enough About You will start at Post 1 in the $150,000 sophomore trotting colt Mid-Summer Challenge, drawing into the main event when some of the colts ahead of him in the point standings opted not to enter. Auciello and owners Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga were delighted with the draw and are looking forward to seeing how the colt, currently ranked thirteenth in the division, measures up in a head-to-head battle against the cream of the crop. “We plan to keep him in the Gold for the rest of the year, and these are the horses he has to beat if he’s going to do any damage and make the Super Final,” says Auciello of the fifth race field. “It’s tough, very tough, but he’s got a chance at some money.” The gelding’s stablemate Brenway Dixie will battle in the three-year-old trotting filly Challenge and while Auciello is conceding top spot to world champion Bee A Magician, who will start from Post 10, he is hoping the filly can earn a share of the $150,000 pie from Post 3. “Nobody is going to beat Bee A Magician,” says Auciello. “But she’s got as good a shot as anybody to finish second, third, fourth if she’s on top of her game.” Denarben Stables of Thornhill and the trainer’s father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville purchased Brenway Dixie in mid-June and the Oaklea Julian daughter immediately paid off her $30,000 purchase price by finishing third and second in the first two Gold Series legs. The filly made an error in her most recent start, an Aug. 3 overnight at Mohawk, but Auciello expects her to be back on track for Saturday’s test, slated for Race 2. One race later Auciello trainees will occupy the centre of the starting gate in the three-year-old pacing filly Mid-Summer Consolation as Kamkar Kutie, Mach Away and In The Wheelhouse landed Posts 3, 4, and 5, respectively. All three fillies were affected by the virus that felled Enough About You, but the trainer is hoping they can bounce back in time for the $50,000 Consolation. “I had a virus go through my barn like I’ve never had before. One older horse didn’t get sick, but every single two and three-year-old got it,” he explains. “I think (these fillies) are probably over it now, but they didn’t bounce back as good as I thought they would. “All three are competitive in there if they’re healthy and they get a trip,” he adds. Jeffrey Goldenthal of Toronto bred and owns No Pan Intended daughter Kamkar Kutie, who posted a 1:54.3 win at Mohawk on July 11, but struggled to a ninth-place result in her July 26 start at the Campbellville oval. Mach Three daughter Mach Away finished seventh in her Aug. 2 prep at Mohawk for Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello, and Stonebridge Regal daughter In The Wheelhouse was eighth in her Aug. 2 test for Wheelhouse Racing Stable. In addition to the three races Auciello trainees will participate in, Mohawk Racetrack will feature the $50,000 three-year-old trotting filly Consolation in Race 1, the $150,000 sophomore pacing filly Challenge in Race 6, and the $150,000 sophomore pacing colt Challenge in Race 9. Post time for Saturday’s Mid-Summer Challenge event, the final one on the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes calendar, is 7:25 pm.
Jody Jamieson scored two wins tonight Wednesday 26th of December while rival and fellow harness racing driver Sylvain Filion scored the one. Other news for the night was the trifecta for sire Oaklea Julian in race six and then there was the big upset in race two with three-year-old trotting gelding Mad For Plaid who paid $46.40 for the two dollar win ticket.
Over the past week, the Dreaming of Glory feature has profiled many of harness racing's top three year old trotters that were eligible to compete for Hanover Raceway's top prize.
When Brenway Dixie captured her Gold Elimination at Flamboro Downs last weekend the two-year-old trotting filly launched Patrick Shepherd into 20th spot on the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing trainer's standings.
Bee A Magician earned her second Gold Elimination trophy at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening (July 15), trotting to a 2:00.1 victory in the first of three harness racing eliminations for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Ballykeel Ulysses out in last week's Gold Elimination over The Raceway at Western Fair District was a strategic move by harness racing owner Cam McKnight which paid off in spades when the three-year-old trotter earned a berth in this Friday's (May25) $130,000 Gold Final.
The long weekend heats up with Hockeyville Night. This Saturday, Hanover Raceway welcomes harness racing fans for what promises to be another fun evening at the track. The night will pay homage to Hanover's tradition of being a town captivated by the world's fastest team sport.
Standardbred Breeders of Ontario has confirmed the winners in its Cashback for Yearlings promotion. As an added incentive to harness racing buyers of Ontario-sired yearlings at Ontario sales this fall, the SBOA earlier announced that it would be awarding four C$5,000 checks to the new owners.
Delcrest Julian played the role of giant slayer in the last three-year-old trotting colt Gold Final and his harness racing trainer Rick Zeron is hoping the colt can deliver a repeat performance in Saturday's (November 12) $300,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack.