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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 10, 2019 -- Enoch quarter-poled to the front and easily held off the late challenge of his stablemate, Latest Desire, to capture Tuesday's opening-leg harness racing division of a holiday series at The Meadows for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers. Mississippi Rabbit took the other $12,000 split. The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that carry estimated purses between $15,000 and $20,000. Dave Palone let the dust settle before moving Enoch, and the 6-year-old Panspacificflight-Kieanna's Angel had little trouble from there, downing Latest Desire by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Big Dutch finished third. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed the exacta sweep while Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phillip Collura and Frank Baldachino registered the owners' win. Tuesday's card also featured the opening leg of a holiday series for $10,000 claiming horses and geldings, with the splits going to Nathan Feelsgood and Nobettorplacetobe. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features an $89,374.07 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 30, 2018 - Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton, $21.60) picked off a take-no-prisoners Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) late in the lane Friday night (Nov. 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $44,000 harness racing Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 3, Made of Jewels AS watched as the polester Angel's Pride parked a wide-early Lispatty (Tyler Buter) through intervals of :27.2 and :55.2. While Lispatty was wide, 3-10 favorite Monica Gallagher (George Brennan) was even wider, forced to race parked second-up. Lispatty backed away readily before the 1:23.3 three-quarters, at the same time backing into 'Monica.' Meanwhile, Made of Jewel AS took out of third and taking aim at Angel's Pride as that one owned a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. However, she couldn't close the sale, as her pursuer went by. The margin was a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.2. Third went to Keystone Wanda, with Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) and Monica Gallagher-waiting too long to go around her tiring tow-settling for the small envelopes. For third choice Made of Jewels AS, a 5-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was her eighth win in 39 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $196.50, the triple returned $699 and the superfecta paid $1,854. Friday evening's Pick 5, which began with a $4,266.35 carryover and $15,000 guarantee, attracted $16,069 in end-of-the-month coin. After takeout, that left an approximate pool of $16,300, with the winning combination of 3/6/3/4/3 returning $8,147.75 for both correct 50-cent wagers. Frank Drucker

All eyes were on Addington on Tuesday, 14 November, Cup Day. But over the Tasman at a lowly harness racing meeting in Victoria a former New Zealand pacer won a race that provided his sire Panspacificf​light with a remarkable milestone. Arden’s Concord’s win at Ararat was the 100th for the progeny of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop of only 23 horses. Nineteen of them qualified and 14 individual winners, now six-year-olds, have gone on to win 100 races between them in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, where Panspacificflight is based. That’s the kind of start that Macca Lodge proprietor Brent McIntyre could only dream about when he secured the frozen semen rights to The Panderosa stallion in 2010. And the outlook was even brighter when Arden’s Choice, from Panspacificflight’s second crop, was a Group 1 winner at two and went on to win $280,000 in stakes. But racetrack performance has not translated into broodmare bookings and Panspacificflight may serve only about a dozen mares this season. “It’s disappointing that he can’t get more mares because he deserves a better go,” Brent says. “He’s done a fantastic job when you consider how few foals he’s had on the ground.” Just last week another promising Panspacificflight emerged with three-year-old Naholo, on debut at Ashburton, coming from last at the 800 metres to win in 2:56.3 over 2400 metres. The best-performed horse from the first crop is Wick, who won five times for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported to the US last year. He has won nine races there, including several at Yonkers, and has taken a best mile time of 1:51.6. Southern Pursuit, the winner of seven, is another now racing in the US. Little Rascal, still owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, won eight races at Addington and Alexandra Park before joining the free-for-all ranks in Melbourne where he has won four times. He rated 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group 3 event in September. Among the other multiple winners from the crop are Glenisla (14 wins), Last Flight In (11), Wattlebank Flyer (10), Straight Thru Blue (eight), Sir Mac’s Man (seven) and Arden’s Concord (seven). Arden’s Concord won six races for Otago trainer Graeme Anderson before the Butterworths bought him last year and took him to Victoria. Away from the racetrack for a year, he had three placings for Kerryn Manning before breaking through for his first Australian win at Ararat. And Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand winner, The Manipulator, who was arguably the most promising of them all, may yet add to his four wins. Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen before he broke down as a four-year-old, he’s now back in the McIntyre barn at Macca Lodge and ran a promising third fresh-up at Invercargill last month before breaking at the start in the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury. Click here for further details. Harnesslink Media

The weekend of harness racing at Running Aces was highlighted by the track's annual Community Charity night on Sunday, with management, fans and horsemen all coming together to support 5 vital local charities.   On the racetrack, the best mile of the night was turned in by JDS Brent N Sheree in the featured $7,000 conditioned pace. Driver James Yoder floated away from the gate in third from post one, and then launched a first-over attack past the 3/8 marker, continuing to gradually grind down front-runner Swagasaurus Rex (Dean Magee). JDS Brent N Sheree ($3.00) took the lead as they turned for home and proceeded to draw away from the field, posting a sharp win by 5¼ lengths in 1:52.4 despite a sloppy track at that point. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by Panspacificflight and is trained by Robert Lems for owner Truman Gale and tonight's tally was his second straight win in 3 local starts.   The featured trotting event on Sunday, was a $5,500 conditioned event, and heavy race favorite Lodi Dorian Blues ($2.80) did not disappoint in the affair, posting his 6th win in 16 starts this season, closing from off the speed to draw away in the lane by 2½ lengths in 1:58. Steve Wiseman was in the sulky for trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman and owners Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder posted a hat-trick on Sunday with 3 wins on the card, and Steve Wiseman completed a driving double as well. The 20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 Wager has a carryover of $28,009.68 for Tuesday night (August 8).   On Saturday night, (August 5) Swinging Again ($3.60) with driver James JD Yoder picked up his 5th lifetime win, with a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2 in the $8,000 MN conditioned pace, the featured event on the Saturday card. For owners Wolfswinkel Pacers and trainer Gene Miller. Steve's Hot Rod (Rick Magee) was very game in defeat, finishing a strong second.   Dewey Did Done Good converted a pocket trip into a career best win in 1:54.2 with driver Dean Magee aboard for trainer Alexia Kehl and owner Richard Davelaar . It was the 9th lifetime win in 23 starts for the 3 year old gelding pacer by Voracious Hanover.   Mooney Svendsen was back in action, after missing two nights of racing following a racing accident last week, and he wasted no time getting right back to the winner's circle, posting a driving double on the Saturday program. Mooney picked up winners with Spectre of a Gun for trainer Kathie Plested Wiseman for that 3 year old trotting geldings' first lifetime win, paying $29.80. Mooney also scored with Hi Ho's Little Rev in race 6, paying a $6.60 win return, as that 5 year old pacer picked up his 11th lifetime tally, in 1:55.4 for owner/trainer Bob Johnson.   Mucho Macho Man, a 3 year old pacing gelding by Up Front Brad picked up his 2nd lifetime win, in a career best mile of 1:56.2 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Denise Maier and owners Cheryl and Alan Sandbulte. After getting away fifth, Wiseman sent Mucho Macho Man ($3.40) first up and on the attack, making the lead just past the three-quarters and pacing home strong in the stretch for a 1¾ length tally.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 23, 2017 - Enoch, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, provided a slight upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 23. With a final time of 1:49.2, Enoch recorded his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and established a new lifetime mark in the process. Tetrick elected to use off-the-pace tactics with Enoch as he was uninvolved in the early stages of the going to settle along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front but would have to work for position as New Talent and Todd Warren also left aggressively. Night Pro was able to grab the lead through a snappy opening panel of :25.3 while New Talent opted for the pocket seat. Night Pro continued to call the shots down the backside as the hot pace continued through the second station in :53.2. As the field approached the final turn, John DeLong had Shooter's Dream on the attack first-over and Enoch quickly grabbed the cover through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.3. Night Pro was still in charge turning for home but the torrid pace was beginning to take its' toll. Shooter's Dream was able to wear down the leader but Enoch was poised to strike. Using a :26.2 final panel, Enoch coasted on to the wire a length in front of his competition. New Talent rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors. Shooter's Dream held on for third. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Enoch returned $10.80 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the four-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-Kienna's Angel has now won three of seven seasonal starts. Recording his tenth lifetime victory from 32 outings, Enoch pushed his lifetime bankroll to $134,740 for his owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura, and F. Baldachino. It was a Trace Tetrick early double as he also found the winner's circle in the second race of the evening behind Gerries Sport for trainer Tyler George. Stopping the timer in 1:49.1, Gerries Sport recorded his fourth seasonal victory and also a new lifetime mark. Enoch Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

LEBANON, OH. - Control Tower, a 5-year-old son of Panspacificflight, was in complete control of his trip from gate to wire on Saturday night (April 8) in the $27,500 championship leg of the harness racing Tom Tharps Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway. A runnerup in the George Williams Memorial Series final for non-winners of four races a month ago, Control Tower would not be denied in the Tharps, which was for non-winners of six races. Rushing to command immediately after starter Mike Woebkenberger signaled 'liftoff', driver (and trainer) Dan Noble reached the first quarter mile marker with Control Tower in :27.1. He followed up with middle splits of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before scooting home in :28.2 to complete the winning 1:50.4 mile. Evergreen Elite (Jason Brewer), who was favored despite the 8-hole after winning impressively in both preliminary legs, also left alertly but was forced to take the pocket ride after a parked out first turn and hung on for second, five lengths off the leader. Sossy's King Kong (Chris Page) managed to grab the show purse money in the lucrative championship. Stephen Sexton owns Control Tower, who now sports 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts good for $72,781. Lightly raced at ages 2 and 3, the late bloomer now has 5 wins and 9 on-the-board finishes in 11 2017 starts. A $20,000 Open I Pace was captured by My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton), who topped Gerries Sport (Peter Wrenn) and Astreo's Love (Randy Tharps) in 1:50.4. It was the second straight win at the top level for the 5-year-old Dali gelding owned by John and Mary Krasnican and trained by Bob Phillips. The $16,500 Open II went to Hickory Icon (Jeremy Smith), who topped Steves Legacy (Chris Page) and Account Rollover (Kayne Kauffman). Randal Smith trains the 7-year-old son of Real Desire for Jessica Smith. Gregg Keidel    

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 9, 2016 - Paver Jack used a strong stretch rally to pull the 28-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9. Skillfully driven by Tyler Smith, Paver Jack avoided an early speed dual to score in 1:51, recording a new lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds. Mike Peterson sent Matrix of Luck away from the gate firing as they grabbed the early lead through an opening quarter in :26.1 with Paver Jack leaving just enough to grab a pocket seat. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in third but quickly made a move to the front. Ville Valo reached the lead at the half in :54.4 and was quickly joined on the outside by Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander who were heading the first-over attack. The heavy betting favorite, Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler, were well placed second-over at three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3. Ville Valo continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but there was a cavalry charge behind him. Ville Valo was able to put away Downthehighwy but Paver Jack and a host of others were looming large in the background. Bourbon Chase tipped off cover just as Duel of Truth and John DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane. Smith also found late racing room and Paver Jack used a :26.4 final quarter to prevail in a tight photo. Bourbon Chase rallied nicely to finish second while Duel of Truth rounded out the trifecta. As the fourth longest shot on the board, Paver Jack returned $59.00 for the victory. "I knew I didn't want to get in too much of an early speed battle," Smith noted in the winner's circle. "After driving him last week, I knew this was a really nice colt. I didn't know if I had enough to hold off the horses on the outside but he raced really well tonight. He's a nice colt and Tyler (George) has got him really sharp right now." Trained by Tyler George, Paver Jack notched the third win of the season from 14 starts while bankrolling $72,597 in 2016. Owned and bred by Leroy Slabaugh, the son of Panspacificflight-Not Home Yet has now won 4 of 20 lifetime outings. With the win, Paver Jack also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Live racing action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 12 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

The Harness Racing team of Graeme Anderson and Rory Mcllwrick have a huge chance of picking up four winners at today's Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting. Starting off in race 3 with 4yo Gotta Go Cullect gelding, Hunters Collect, who was recently purchased by Rory, out of the Murray Brown stable. Hunters Collect galloped behind the mobile gate last Monday, and was subsequently pulled up. He draws a handy in barrier 3 and has been put up as a $6.00 FF chance with the NZ Tab. With Anderson's record of turning horses around, you would think this fella will be breaking maidens in the coming weeks. Fast forward to Race 7, and Anderson lines up smart 4yo Panspacificflight gelding Arden's Concord, who was seen powering home last start. He recently switched back to the Anderson barn, after winning 3 races for West Plains based trainer Matt Saunders. The Tab have him as a $2.20 FF favourite, while recent Rangiora winner Parramatta is at $3.30 for driver/co-trainer Terry Chmiel. Even from a tricky barrier, he still looks tough to beat and could be a possible anchor for pick 6 players. In race 9, 5yo Four Starzzz Shark gelding Four Starzz Shiraz will look to make it back to back win after he darted up the lane to record his 6th career victory. His massive early speed negates his wide barrier and you should see another short priced Anderson runner, salute the judge. Currently $3.00 FF With everything going to plan earlier on, junior driver Rory Mcllwrick and trainer Graeme Anderson could be looking at four winners for the night if Elusive Flight was to capture heat 2 of the Forbury Park claimers series. A $9,000.00 claimer, the 7yo Elsu gelding Elusive Flight is owned by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin and is another runner who has drawn tricky in barrier 9. He is currently $2.20 FF, while a former Anderson trained runner Laughing Cavalier, who was claimed last week, will start for the first time for new connections and new trainer/driver Andrew Armour. Andrew Fitzgerald

Ron Beback Jr. got to pilot GD Airliner via a catch drive on Saturday night (May 28) and he gave the 8-year-old harness racing gelding a perfect flight in taking the $9,500 Open I-II Handicapped Pace at steamy Buffalo Raceway.   Getting over a second over trip, GD Airliner ($7.90) tipped three-wide in the stretch and used a 28.1 last quarter to gun down the tiring Lucky Nadotremblay in a seasonal best 1:54.3. China Dream (Drew Monti) rallied for second while Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) hung on for third.   It was a battle for the lead early as Lucky Nadotremblay and Bakken went head-to-head. After the dust had settled just past the quarter pole, Lucky Nadotremblay emerged in front and posted fractions of 28.1, 57.0 and 1:26.2.   Following the cover of the favored Youwillwishyouhad, Beback Jr. swung three-wide with GD Airliner in the stretch and easily overpowered Lucky Nadotremblay, winning by an length.   It was the third win in 13 tries this season for GD Airliner (Panspacificflight-Mackenzie Beth). He is owned by Pete Kibler, Ken Owczarczak, R. Osiejo and Courtney McNeight with David McNeight Jr. handling the training duties. GD Airliner has now earned $18,574 this season and $562,987 lifetime.   McDonough had a triple on the evening while Beback Jr. and Kevin Cumminigs each posting two wins. Kirk Desmond had a training double.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled. There's an $658 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Mr Perserverance tried to cut the mile and Fridaynightflight did everything he could not to allow it to happen. The final result? The harness racing pair ended up in a dead heat in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (May 14).   At the start, Mr Perserverance went right to the lead and registered splits of 29.0, 58.0 and 1:27.0. It looked like a perfect set up for the closers Knocking Around and China Dream. While both were lurking on outside turning for home, neither one fired and finished out of the money.   So with the two closers no longer involved, Mr Perserverance (Ron Beback Jr.) had to deal with unexpected challenges in the passing lane from Fridaynightflight (Todd Cummings) and Babe's I Scoot. It seemed like Mr Perserverance ($12.70) might hang on but a late surge by Fridaynightflight ($8.40) resulted in a finish that couldn't separate the pair in the photo. Babe's I Scoot (Kevin Cummings) finished third, just a neck behind in the race that went in 1:55.3.   Mr Perserverance (Real Artist-Miss Tenacity) is an 8-year-old gelding who is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr. It was his third victory in 10 starts this season, pushing his earnings to $16,630 and $274,279 lifetime.   Fridaynightflight (Panspacificflight-Ramlin Rosie) is a 7-year-old gelding owned by Tessa Roland and conditioned by JD Perrin. The win was the fifth in 16 tries for Fridaynightflight, improving his 2016 bankroll to $34,600 and $651,095 in his career.   Beback Jr. had a good night in the bike with a four-bagger along with a training victory while Todd Cummings, Shawn McDonough and Drew Monti all doubled. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin added another three wins to total while Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., Maria Rice and Clouser Jr. conditioned two.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 11 races scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway              

On the brink of a drop-back leading into tonight's assignment, Little Rascal produced a tough winning run, after missing away and in doing so strengthened his claim for a start in this year's 4yr old Emerald for the colts and geldings. After a good run for 6th in the Taylor Mile two starts ago, the son of Panspacificflight had no luck in Field Marshall's Messenger, choking down and being pulled out of the race. John had reported pre-race that the horse had worked up well leading into tonight's assignment, but his real concern was the stand start manners. As he has done previous, he bobbled away at the start, settling at the tailend. With a strong tempo being set up front John waited until the backstraight to launch and he strode to the front entering the straight. Having done a power of work, he did look vulnerable in the run to the line, but fought resolutely to hold on by a neck from Risk in 3.23.9 for the 2700m. Tonight's winning stake see's him rise a few places on the jewels leaderboard to 9th spot and he now looks a great chance to join stablemate Robbie Burns on jewels day in three weeks time. The win tonight was Little Rascal's was his 7th from 35 starts and takes his stake-earnings to over $90,000 for his owner Ian Dobson. Courtesy of Robert Dunn Trotting Stables

Escape The News took advantage of a sizzling three-quarters and pounced late to score in 1:49.1, matching the harness racing track record, in Saturday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Unlocked was on a mission on the lead, clicking off three-quarters in 1:21.1 and frustrating most would-be challengers. Not Escape The News, who moved first over from third for Aaron Merriman and nailed Unlocked by a nose. Hall Bro was third. The time equaled Atta Boy Dan’s track record for older geldings. Brewer Adams trains the 7-year-old son of Artiscape-Ideal News, who now boasts $711,976 in career earnings, for Kevin Sywyk. Saturday’s card also featured two second-leg divisions of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings, with Connecting Flight and Dr Drake Ramoray each taking a $12,000 split. It was the second straight series win for Connecting Flight, and if anything, it was easier than his opening-leg romp. The 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Shares Rebound gelding zipped to the front for Dave Palone and steadily widened, scoring in a career-best 1:51.1. Stone Fire Hanover rallied for second, 6-3/4 lengths back, while Keystone Dylan held show. Kevin Johnson conditions Connecting Flight for Erv Miller. Merriman piloted four winners on the 15-race program while Tony Hall and Palone each fashioned a triple. Evan Pattak

Connecting Flight stamped himself as the one to beat in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace when he cruised to victory in a sharp 1:52.2 in Saturday’s opening leg at The Meadows. Stone Fire Hanover and Official Stripes captured the other $12,000 opening-leg divisions of the harness racing event for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings. The series honors the memory of the late Walter Russell, whose distinguished career as a judge earned him a spot in the Harness Hall of Fame. Connecting Flight prepped for the series with three tough outings at the Meadowlands. That experience showed, as he quarter-poled to the front for Dave Palone and cruised home 5-1/4 lengths better than Dr Drake Ramoray, with Keystone Dylan third. Kevin Johnson trains Connecting Flight a 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Shares Rebound gelding, for Erv Miller. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Rockin Ron powered to his fifth straight victory — including one at Hoosier Park and four at The Meadows — for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. The 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding scored in 1:51, matching his lifetime best, and extended his career bankroll to $168,668. Palone piloted six winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and Burke each enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak

Each week the talent seems to be increasing with the influx of southerners to the north. Friday night at Alexandra Park was no exception and for the Robert Dunn stable represented a great night at the office. Things started really well with a winning turn for Little Rascal in Race Two. Allowed to go out at the ridiculous odds of 12-1, Little Rascal was eased from his wide draw early. However, John assessed the situation perfectly allowing the Panspacificflight 4yr old to go the front with a lap to go. Once in front, John was able to dictate the pace with strong sectionals that had most struggling turning for home. He was able to retain a strong pace to the line, completing the 2200m in 2.44.2, the last 800m in 56.6 400m in 27.4, winning by 3/4 length over the deadheaters in Alta Leroy and favourite Stroke Of Luck. The win was his 6th from 25 starts and with a further 10 placings he has been a great purchase for owner Ian Dobson, now having bankrolled $74,839. There are no set plans for Little Rascal and he will continue racing over the next few weeks of the carnival. With his great manners and ability to come from on or off the pace, he will continue to be competitive. Later in the programme it was a very welcome return to the winning circle for Robbie Burns. A horse that has always possessed above average ability, Robbie Burns has been plagued by any number of problems throughout his career. This win then was so satisfying to his very patient owners Ross and Angela Gordon and to trainer RJ. Away well from his handy frontline draw, Robbie Burns was in front after 400m. Facing little pressure throughout he was able to dictate terms to his liking and did look a winner a long way out. "He felt good mate and did do it pretty easy," was John's reaction when I spoke to him last night. The 2200m was run in a very strong 2.42.9, but with closing sectionals of 800m 56.5 and 400m in 27.5, it was little wonder that few of his rivals were able to make much of an impression in the closing stages. The win was Robbie Burns 4th from just the 11 starts, for $33,919. Like Little Rascal he will just continue to work his way through the classes. We look to seeing more of the winning way from this fella. Other efforts of note on the night included: * Alta Las Vegas, a very good 4th in top 3yr old company after being off the gate at the start.  * Whitney, another top run for 2nd behind a smart one in Paramount Dream. Surely there is no more conistent trotter going around. * Art Critic, was seen to be finding the line really well for 5th, beaten just 5 lengths by The Orange Agent. Courtesy of Robert Dunn Racing Stables   -   Check site here

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 7, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to six in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire five lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.1 and notch his fifth win of the season. Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming 1-9 favorite to the front from post eight in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled through fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Kelly D and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip while Sumthintallnstrong and James Yoder began the first over bid down the backside. Doing what Freaky Feet Pete has done all season long, he began to separate himself from the rest of the field turning for home. With a four length lead at the top of the stretch, Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.4 final panel to coast on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick. Sumthintallnstrong rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Swing City and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window. "He surprises me every time he's on the track," trainer Larry Rheinheimer said in the winner's circle after the win. "We don't give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do." Freaky Feet Pete scored his 15th career victory from 17 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $397,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will be aimed next for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park on Friday, August 14 but says the possibility of venturing out of the state of Indiana is not out of the question. "There's a little bit of down time here," Rheinheimer continued. "So, if something fits in the schedule, we'll certainly look into it. As far as the Breeders Crown goes, that's definitely still a possibility for us. If he keeps racing well and going in the right direction, he deserves the chance to prove himself." Royal Rex and Tyler Smith took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:52.3 for trainer Roger Cullipher. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Royal Rex dug in gamely to overcome This Baby Rocks and LeWayne Miller. With the win, the son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go notched his third win of the season from 15 outings. Royal Rex has now earned $50,919 for owner Nathan Sea. The Big Year and LeWayne Miller pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.0. Using a near gate to wire effort, The Big Year held on gamely late in the lane to score the victory. Trained by Erv Miller, The Big Year scored his fourth win of the season from 15 starts. The son of Panspacificflight-Aristocracy has now earned $171,203. All three of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the fourth $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for the star studded 14-race card on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

Wyndham harness racing trainer Brendon McLellan is no stranger to having a good horse in his barn and in Wick he has another one to carry his blue and red colours with distinction. Brought up to Canterbury for the South Of the Waitaki series at Addington during July, Wick has just got better and bettor and even though he was badly drawn at barrier eight over the 1950 metres tonight in the $23,500 C0 and faster Alabar Super Series Final, he was made a warm favourite. Away well but not super quick from out wide, driver John Dunn had Wick in the three wide line early before working to the front with 1200 metres to go with Lucky Luciano and Gavin Smith taking a trail and Western Art and Ricky May facing the breeze. Nearing the turn John Dunn upped the ante and shot clear and although Lucky Luciano took some ground off him late, Wick won with a lot in hand. John Dunn was full of praise for the son of Panspacificflight post race. "He did that really easily and could have won have won by a lot more but I let him coast the last 100 metres tonight." " Every start he just gets better and has become a much more rounded racehorse." " He has got real speed and a bit of bottom to him and I think there is a fair bit of improvement in him yet," John said. Brendon McLellan was all smiles in the birdcage. " The South of Waitaki series has made this horse and he has come a long way in a short time." "He was always a bit of a big dummy but he has come of age up here." " He can have a wee break now and should come back better again," Brendon said. The South of Waitaki series was a great concept from the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club over the winter and lets hope it becomes a permanent fixture on the racing calendar. Harnesslink Media  

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