Rossini and driver Peter Wrenn cruised to a 1:55.3 victory in the $110,000 Galt Stake for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday night, Nov. 15 at Maywood Park. The son of Classic Photo-Beverly Crusher is trained by Jim Raymer for the Harbor Racing Stable, LLC of Houston, Texas, and picked up his tenth win of the season in 22 starts. His seasonal earnings now stand at $213,250 and his career bankroll at $231,843. “It was a pretty easy task once we got out of the gate,”said winning driver Peter Wrenn. “I was a little concerned up the backside as I thought I might get bottled out, but this horse is really tough and I don’t think he’s gone too many poor races. Jim (trainer Raymer) is a great horse trainer and this horse is very tough and he handles the turns really well and that’s a bonus. This horse just isn’t going to quit.” Rossini finished half a length in front of Dewycolorintheline (Corey Callahan), with Pine Credit (Lewayne Miller) notching third-place money. Dewycolorintheline took the early lead to the :28.3 firstquarter and to the :58 half, before the hard-trying Lindy’s Tru Grit pulled first over, challenging the leader at the 1:26.4 three-quarter marker. Creampuff Macdaddy (Jody Jamieson) then wen tthree-wide around the final turn, while Rossini went past the tiring Lindy’sTru Grit to prevail by half a length. by Kimberly A. Rinker for Maywood Park
Captaintreacherous battled a game Lucan Hanover all the way to the wire, gutting out a 1:49 victory in the $256,000 American National for 3-Year-Old Colt Pacers. Tim Tetrick steered the Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere to his 13th triumph in 15 starts this season, pushing his 2013 earnings to $2,055,033. Owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, the venerable bay colt left hard from post two for the lead, but relinquished to Word Power (Brian Sears) going to the :27.1 first quarter. When Eddie Sweat (Peter Wrenn) made a break on the outside of the leader, Tetrick asked the “Captain” to retake and the colt did easily to the :55.2. “I was looking to see what was happening and wanted to keep my colt out of trouble,” Tetrick said. “He likes to see other horses and likes to have someone racing at his throat. He doesn’t want to let other horses get by him.” Captaintreacherous and Lucan Hanover (David Miller) then battled head and head past the 1:22.3 three-quarters, and all the way down the stretch, with the former digging in the final few yards to best his rival in a gutsy effort. Wake Up Peter (Scott Zeron) notched the show money. “When I first started out, this was the kind of horse I dreamed about,” trainer Tony Alagna said. “It’s just super to come back to my home town and be treated so well. Last week he tied up at Hoosier and he trained well this week and his blood work came back well, so I felt much better about his chances tonight after he warmed up.” Captaintreacherous’s career earnings now stand at $2,973,286. Video attached by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park
Lindy’s Tru Grit ($25.00) scored a minor upset in the $235,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot at odds of 11-1, stopping the timer in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.3 for driver Tim Tetrick. The 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall is trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Racing Stable & Robert Rudolph. The brown colt notched his fifth career victory in 14 starts and pushed his career earnings to $288,881. Lindy’s Tru Grit returned $25.00 on a two dollar ticket. Creatine (Mike Lachance) took the lead to the :27.3 first quarter before Spider Blue Chip took (Ron Pierce) over at the :55.2 half, with Rossini (Peter Wrenn) first over and Pine Credit (Marcus Miller) second over. Spider Blue Chip kept the lead to the 1:25 three-quarters with Pine Credit drawing even, before Lindy’s Tru Grit shook loose and flew home to win easily for Tetrick by a length. “There was a lot of speed early and the speed isn’t holding up,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “My horse is fresh at a time in the season when a lot of horses have been racing hard and aren’t fresh. I wanted to make sure my horse didn’t run and tonight he was super solid.” Creatine held on for second, while Lauderdale (David Miller) close well to be third and EL Rocket (Yannick Gingras) got up late to be fourth. Video attached by Kimbery Rinker for Balmoral Park
Saturday night (Nov. 9) Balmoral Park fans will be privy to a classic showdown between two outstanding champions to conclude the eight American National Stake championships as both Pet Rock and Foiled Again bring super solid credentials into the American National Aged Pace, and both will be seeking redemption of sorts. Last Friday (Nov. 1), Pet Rock stormed to a 1:50.3 clocking in the $223,400 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, holding off the hard-trying Foiled Again by three-quarters of a length. In their previous outing together on Oct. 19, in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, Foiled Again prevailed by a whisker over the tenacious Pet Rock. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., who recently nailed down career victory 5,000, Pet Rock is a 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY, and has amassed $1,892,204 in his career. A multiple world champion, Pet Rock will head to the breeding shed next season to stand stud at Midland Acres for a $6,000 fee. “His records speak for themselves,” Virgil Morgan noted after the Hoosier Park victory. “He is a true champion, and winning on all sizes of tracks speaks to his versatility.” As a freshman, Pet Rock amassed $76,866 in seasonal earnings from just five starts, with two wins and a trio of second-place finishes, taking a 2-year-old mark of 1:52.3 in a New Jersey Sire Stake leg on July 9, 2011 at The Meadowlands. He also won the $24,783 Hoosier Stake on Aug. 18 of that year, drawing off by six lengths in wire-to-wire fashion, in 1:53.1 with Peter Wrenn at the lines. Pet Rock then banked $934,518 as a 3-year-old in 2012 from eight wins, six seconds and four thirds in 22 starts, with decisive victories in both the $304,204 Art Rooney on June 6 in 1:51, and $215,000 Windy City Pace on Nov. 16 in 1:51.4 at Maywood Park. He also won his $50,500 Confederate Cup elim on Aug. 12 in 1:52.4 at Flamboro in Canada, and the $10,000 Open at Delaware on Sept. 20 in 1:50.3 by 16¼ lengths, among others. In addition he finished second in the Meadowlands Pace, Battle of the Brandywine, Messenger Stakes and Cane Pace. This year he has done nothing less than establish new world records—including one at Delaware in 1:48.1h in the $51,250 Winbak Stake on Sept. 19 and another at Scioto Downs of 1:47.2 in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational on Sept. 7. Pet Rock has also nailed down triumphs in the $471,800 Haughton on July 13, when he was clocked in a heart-stopping, career best 1:47, and in the $184,000 Roll With Joe Open in 1:48.1 on June 9 at Tioga Downs. “He transitioned well from age three to four, and has been a very consistent horse all along,” Morgan acknowledged. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse.” He comes into his American National test with $880,820 in seasonal earnings. Bred by Angie Stiller of Arva, ON, Pet Rock is the seventh and most prolific of foal out of the Artsplace mare Casual Beauty p, 3, 1:54 ($56,987). He was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is a half-brother to: Stonebridge Ideal (by Camluck) p,4,1:52.1f ($233,346); Stonebridge Adonis (by Western Hanover) p,5,1:54F ($74,421); Stonebridge Beauty (by Camluck) p,3,1:56 ($44,462); Stonebridge Elan (by Camluck) p, 3, Q1:56S ($21,975); and Stonebridge Wonder (by Western Hanover) p,5, 1:57.4 ($20,601). The 9-year-old Foiled Again will certainly give Pet Rock a run for first prize. He’s the richest pacer in history with $5.76 million to his credit, despite never having won a Breeders Crown—until he did so for the FIRST time this year, capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19, in 1:49.2 over a sloppy track. “He’s been a pleasure to drive and he’s definitely one of the greatest,” said Yannick Gingras, Foiled Again’s regular driver. “He was super sharp in his Breeders Crown elimination and what can you say after his performance in the Breeders Crown Final? If people don’t rate him, if not the greatest, as one of the greatest in history, I don’t know what else he has to do. He gives me chills, I can tell you that. What a horse!” That victory in the Breeders Crown was his ninth in 25 seasonal starts and pushed his 2013 earnings to $1,024,109. Consider these fun facts: Foiled Again did not race in any event with a purse of $100,000 or higher until his 50th career start! He never raced for a purse of over $31,000 at ages two and three, and LOST his final 17 starts as a sophomore. However, now, at age 9, he’s a shining star—with his third million dollar-winning season under his belt he’s tied with the famous retired Italian trotter Varenne as one of only two horses in harness racing history to post three consecutive million dollar winning seasons! Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables and trained by Ron Burke. Bred by Barbara Matthews of Aiken, SC, he was originally purchased for a mere $20,000 at the 2005 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg by Patrick Lacey of Yonkers, NY. “He’s been unbelievable,” said his trainer and co-owner Ronnie Burke. “I can’t say enough about him and what he’s done for our family and for our whole stable.” In 2012, Foiled Again earned $1.20 million, becoming at age 8, the oldest pacer to have a million-dollar year. He also was named the sport’s best older male pacer for the second consecutive year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was voted Pacer of the Year by USHWA, and was the first pacer older than age 4 to ever receive the honor. For his career, Foiled Again has won 74 of 194 races, and also has 47 seconds and 27 thirds to his credit. Gingras has driven Foiled Again in 120 of his 148 starts since the pacer joined the Burke Stable in July 2008. “I want him to get the recognition he deserves,” Gingras said. “A lot of people think he’s a small-track horse, and at the end of the day he’s not the fastest horse but he outlasts every one of them. He’s been through about three different groups of horses, guys that retired or went to stud, and he’s still around and kicking butt against some 4-year-olds.” Foiled Again is the second of nine foals out of the Artsplace mare In A Safe Place p,3,1:54.4M ($84,683) and is a half-brother to Manhattan Design (by The Panderosa) p,5,1:55.2 ($68,109); Pinball Machine (by Cambest) p,4,1:54.2m ($31,902) and to Place Your Best (by Cambest) p,3,1:58.4H. By Kimberly Rinker… For Balmoral Park Publicity
Captaintreacherous heads to Hoosier Park on Friday night to face a field of nine foes in the $252,000 Monument Circle for three-year-olds. The race is part of a stakes-filled card that also includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers. Captaintreacherous, who has won 12 of 13 races this year and $1.87 million, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle. He starts from post two for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Tony Alagna. Following the Monument Circle, if all goes well, Captaintreacherous will visit Balmoral Park for the American-National Stakes on Nov. 9 and then possibly challenge older rivals in the TVG Free for All Series final on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "That's the schedule, but we're taking it one race at a time," Alagna said. "If everything goes well, and he ships home good, we'll decide what to do with that (TVG) race. "Everything is in good shape right now. He had a light week after the Breeders Crown and then we trained him up and he headed to Chicago on Tuesday." Captaintreacherous won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers 12 days ago at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by a neck over Sunshine Beach. It was his sixth consecutive victory since losing by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. By winning the Breeders Crown, Captaintreacherous joined Gallo Blue Chip and Rocknroll Hanover as the only horses to win the Crown, North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace in the same year. Last season, Captaintreacherous finished third in the Breeders Crown. It was his final start of a campaign in which he won eight of 10 races and was named Pacer of the Year. "To get the Breeders Crown was nice for him, especially because he wasn't able to win at (age) 2," Alagna said. "That was a tough loss for us at the end of the year. It was nice to see him put together two incredible performances in this year's Breeders Crown (elimination and final)." Captaintreacherous' other wins this year include the Max C. Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He also won a $52,000 invitational for 3-year-old pacers at Hoosier Park on Sept. 21. "That was probably the most pressure I felt all year because he was supposed to go out there and win," Alagna said. "But with every start there is some kind of pressure. It's a good pressure, though." Captaintreacherous is the No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10, behind 3-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician. The Monument Circle includes two other horses that competed in the Breeders Crown: Beach Memories, who was fourth, and Apprentice Hanover, who finished sixth. Following is the field in post position order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Up Up And Out, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller; 2. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 3. Emeritus Maximus, Doug McNair, Alagna; 4. Dedi's Dragon, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. That Friske Feelin, Brett Miller, Burke; 7. The Pan Poobah, Ricky Macomber Jr., Burke; 8. Fool Me Once, Ron Pierce, Mark Austin; 9. Our Dragon King, Peter Wrenn, Dirk Simpson; 10. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. Note: Beach Memories starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner for HRC
Pompano Beach, FL -- This Saturday night, October 6, the Isle Pompano Park opens for its 50th anniversary season of harness racing. Don’t know how happy Fred and Frances Dodge Van Lennep would be if they were still around to see what has taken place with the Taj Mahal that they built. They would have loved the casino and raved about it to everyone, but then they would have cried over what has happened to the former Winter Capital of Harness Racing. Over the years the prior owners and then the Isle never invested much more than a dime or two in keeping the building up to code and now it is in disarray. The track had opened to much fanfare back on February 4, 1964. The greatest trainers, drivers and horses in the world would winter at Pompano Park. Some 2,000 horses and 500 horsemen and women would stable there during the glory year with four tracks, an executive golf course, driving range and a beautiful track kitchen overlooking the training tracks. The Top of the Park Dining Room was exquisite with reservations and a jacket (for men) a must. They could seat well over 600 people and everyone had a great view of the track. Patten’s Place on the fifth floor was the ultimate speak easy. The Clubhouse Box seating area sold out months in advance. Now the glass planes are falling out from the sixth floor and you are limited to where you can walk on the track apron. When Niatross raced for the last time on December 27, 1980, more than 18,000 people jammed the track to see him and the right lane going north on Powerline Road was closed off and used as additional parking. People bought $2 win tickets just to save as souvenirs. Now there is just the Florida Chapter of the US Harness Writers Association’s Florida Hall of Fame picture display left to remind you of the people and horses that made the track great. The track held the Breeders Crown numerous times with world records set every season….Stanley Dancer, Billy Haughton, Del Miller, Joe O’Brien, Bruce Nickells, Ted Taylor, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Bill Popfinger, Peter Wrenn and many other top horsemen were household names. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Gleason were weekly regulars during the track’s heydays. But that is all gone now. If you are lucky you can stand on part of the track apron and watch the races or go up to the casino and watch the horses come around the final turn but you can’t tell who was the winner unless you go inside and look on a TV. The opening night card features ten races, two of which are Florida Sunshine Stakes for three-year-olds. All-time leading driver Bruce Ranger is back along with Jim McDonald, Tom Sells, Jay & Kim Sears, Tom Audley and some new faces too. Once the major stakes season is over up north a lot more trainers and drivers will return. Plans call for a shorter season than normal with the meet ending in late May. Usually the track would have something special for the fans on opening night, maybe a baseball cap, beach towel or t-shirt giveaway. No swag this year. Track management said they will be doing something to commemorate the 50th anniversary so we will sit back and wait and see. Fred and Frances Van Lennep made their dreams come true for a harness racing Mecca in south Florida. They would be pretty upset if they could see it today. The track opens up and races live Wednesday and Saturday then add Monday’s on October 14. First race post time is 7:05 pm. Both parking and admission is free. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
ANDERSON, Ind.—September 26, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two big nights of racing, family activities, and free fireworks, all for charity on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The All-Star Standardbred drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two pari-mutuel races for their chance to win $5,000 for their respective charities. Racing fans will have the opportunity to visit Club Centaur and select the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of each charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play. In addition to the $5,000 in total purse money offered, if the same driver finds themselves in the Winner’s Circle for both celebrity races a total of $10,000 will be donated to the driver’s charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The charities and drivers this season are as follows: Outfitter’s, Inc. Joe Putnam Indiana School for the Deaf Ricky Macomber American Cancer Society Jason Dillander Shriner’s Hospital for Children Mike Peterson St. John’s Children Clinic Trent Stohler Second Harvest Food Bank Brandon Bates Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence Brooke Nickells Alternatives, Inc. Ed Hensley New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Tyler Smith Anderson Police Department Trace Tetrick St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital Peter Wrenn Animal Protection League Andy Shelter Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Emily Gaskin
Anderson, IN – Uncle Peter became harness racing’s newest million dollar winner and in doing so also became the fastest trotter ever in Indiana scoring a track record head victory over Market Share in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic Saturday in 1:52.3. Driven by harness racing’s newest member of the Living Hall of Fame, Dave Miller, Uncle Peter got away in third place at the start of the tenth race Free-For-All trot. Wishing Stone (Yannick Gingras) was the early leader with Arch Madness (Peter Wrenn) right on his back from the start with Uncle Peter leaving for Dave Miller but luckily being able to drop into third place by the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced by the half mile in :56.1 before the action began to heat up. Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick came first-over in the backstretch and starting working their way towards the leaders with Guccio (Jimmy Takter) getting cover second-over. Uncle Peter was still sitting in third place along the rail and trapped for the moment. By the three-quarters in 1:25.2, Market Share had collared Wishing Stone and took over the lead and the first five horses began to have separation from the rest of the field and that was what Uncle Peter needed. As they trotted down the long Hoosier Park stretch, Market Share looked to have the race in hand but Miller kept urging Uncle Peter on and with every stride they gained ground and just caught Market Share at the wire. My MVP (Ron Pierce) was third. With the winner’s share of the purse at $115,000, Uncle Peter now sports career earnings of $1,023,636. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall is trained by Jimmy Takter and is co-owned by Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Ab, John & Jim Fielding and G.C. Falk. It was his fourth win this year. Sent off at odds of 6-1, Uncle Peter paid $15.40 to win. “He has been racing great,” Dave Miller said. “He hits the board every start and tonight he finally got there. I left hoping to get away from a few of them and it worked out very well. I landed third and was pretty happy. At the head of the stretch I might have thought I had too much ground to make up. When I got him out he really gave me a good charge. I didn’t know if I had it. I knew I was getting close. Then in the last few steps I knew he had got there.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
The best of racing in the Bluegrass State was on display Sunday night at The Mile as the historic track hosted the $2 million Kentucky Super Night with eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the program. Included among the large crowd at The Red Mile was Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. Six different stallions were represented among the eight championship winners, with only Deweycheatumnhowe and Ponder having double winners. It was a big night for Alan and Meg Leavitt's Walnut Hall Ltd. as the Lexington farm bred and own a pair of KYSS final winners in the 2-year-old gelding trotter Sorrento Hall and the 3-year-old filly trotter Ma Chere Hall. Sorrento Hall broke her maiden in her fourth career start with a 1:59 effort for driver Mike Lachance. The son of Groton Hall-SB Fuchias Image dropped in third from post 9 and then moved to the lead around the final turn, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Samburu and Trace Tetrick, with Scacco Matto and Jeff Nisonger third. Fred Grant trains Sorrento Hall, who came into the race with just $5,550 in earnings but leaves $125,000 richer with the winner's share of the purse. Ma Chere Hall had no problems in capturing her $250,000 final with a career-best 1:52.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan. Rockin With Dewey and Lachance finished second, with Little Bitty Lies and Tim Tetrick third. Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall for Walnut Hall Ltd. and partners Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. Ma Chere Hall was a three-time winner in 2012, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, and she is now five for nine this year as she increased her career earnings to $351,408. It was also a big night for Master Of Law, who had no problems with post 10 in the KYSS final for 3- year-old male trotters as he cruised to a 1:52.4 triumph for driver Scott Zeron. Lauderdale and driver Callahan finished second, with Dewey Luvs Britt and Kevin Oscarsson third to complete the Deweycheatumnhowe-sired trifecta. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic, Master Of Law posted his fifth straight victory as Zeron go away third and then made a move to the front approaching the half, taking control and never looking back as he scored a career mark. Trained by Frank Antonacci and owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor & Son Stable, Master Of Law is headed next to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk, according to driver Zeron. Bandolito stretched his winning streak to nine in what trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier was his last start of the year in the rich final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Although Bier had been driving the son of Ponder-Sody's Home Brew, he turned the lines over to Tim Tetrick on Sunday and the decision paid off with a 1:49.4 victory. Duel In The Sun and Callahan finished second, with Phenomenon and Lachance third. Bier shares ownership of Bandolito with his brother, Tommy, and Charles Dombeck. Unraced at two, Bandolito finished third in his career debut but hasn't been beaten since as he increased his earnings to $188,940. Gov. Beshear presented the trophy for the KYSS final for 2-year-old colt pacers and it was the connections of Last Best Chance who were celebrating in the winner's circle. The race got off on a bad note for the heavily-favored On Golden Ponder, who made a break for driver Lachance, but that paved the way for Tim Tetrick to go on to post the 1:56.2 victory with Last Best Chance. Proceed To Party and Tyler Smith was three-quarters of a length behind in second, with Up N At It and Doug McNair third. Trained by David Nelson, Last Best Chance is a son of Cambest-Pinehurst Lady. The win was his second in four starts and came after a pair of third-place finishes behind On Golden Ponder in the KYSS preliminaries. He boosted his earnings to $133,250 with the career-best victory. Things went much better for Lachance in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers as he directed Somethinincredible to a 1:55.3 victory, besting runner-up Salsa Star and Randy Tharps by 8 1/2 lengths, with Magical Bestern and Jimmy Stiltner II third. Sent off the 1-9 favorite after two easy wins in the KYSS opening rounds, Somethinincredible is a daughter of Ponder-Breathdefying trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Dave Boyle. The win was a career best as she boosted her earnings to $161,825. "She's a pretty good filly," said Lachance. "It's easy to say she could be a Grand Circuit filly, but I think she could be. She's beautiful and good gaited." Petticoat Affair and driver Brad Hanners romped to a 7 1/4-length win in 1:56.4 in the final for 2- year-old filly trotters. KJ Brenda and Lachance were second, with Dress For Success and Callahan third. Bobby Brower trains and co-owns the daughter of Valley Victor-Katie Hall with Mystical Marker Farms. The career-best win was Petticoat Affair's fourth in a row in six career starts, increasing her earnings to $160,063. KZ Beach Girl was a 1:53.2 winner in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers with Chris Page driving for trainer Steve Carter. So Nice and Peter Wrenn were second, with Diligent Prospect and Callahan third. A daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy-Artical, KZ Beach Girl is owned by Peggy and Steve Cater, Chuck Grubbs and RB Reid. The win was her fifth of the year and a career best, increasing her earnings to $220,825.
Tyber Tyke scored in the $6,000 Open Pace in the opening race at Northfield Park on Monday (August 12). Melanie Wrenn trains the four year-old gelding for Delphos, Ohio owner Dorothy Miller. Peter Wrenn was in town Monday and was listed to pilot. Tyber Tyke (Panspacificflight-Artbeat-Artsplace) started from post five and led the field from start to finish. He never experienced an anxious moment and posted fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.4 and 1:54.1. He was three-lengths in front and still had his earplug in when he crossed the wire. Completing the race were Lite Me Up, Heza Star Cruiser, Rounding Third and Kiasma. Grandkids Attack was scratched. Tyber Tyke now has seven wins in 2013 and 12 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his career bankroll to $111,592. She was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win. Norma’s Rose captured the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s ninth race for owner/trainer Lee Blodgett of Warren, Ohio and driver Aaron Merriman. Norma’s Rose (Master Lavec-Lilyad-Armbro Iliad) started from the second tier was fourth through an opening quarter of :28.2. Merriman brushed her to the front in the second quarter and she never looked back. She set fractions of :57.2, 1:26.2 and 1:56.3, winning by a full length. Completing the race were Calling A Victory, Lookslikefire, Senator Sam, Arianna Hall, Lady Rev, Buckeye Patty, Hello Carlo and Makin Green Lavec. Norma’s Rose now has 37 career victories and nine wins in 2013. This race pushed her bankroll to $279,517. She paid $6.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff
Betterluvnexttime and harness racing driver Pete Wrenn made amends for their second place finish last time out as they pulled off a sharp front running effort in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 3.
Night Pro made his third consecutive trip to Hoosier Park's harness racing winner circle as he completed the Jerry Landess series sweep winning the $15,000 final of the late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings, that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, April 17.
Betterluvnexttime rattled off a sharp front end effort taking home the featured harness racing event, a $24,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, to notch her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 12.
Betterluvnexttime made her Hoosier Park debut a winning one as she captured the featured $24,000 fillies and mares Invitational pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 5 with harness racing driver Pete Wrenn at the lines.
Willow Pond's Bluff, in rein to brilliant harness racing driver Tim Tetrick, sped to an early lead and then held-off the 1-5 favorite, Maven (Yannick Gingras), and lowered the world record to 1:54 in the $51,000 second of two divisions of the Buckette on Wednesday afternoon (September 19) at Delaware, Ohio.
Revenue Agent extended his win streak to five after a gate to wire effort in the harness racing co-featured $24,000 Open Trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (June 30) over a very fast track.