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Cowgirl Hall lulled the field with a sleepy 57.4 opening half, then sprinted home to collect her fifth consecutive victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Once Cowgirl Hall put together opening panels of 28/57.4 for Dave Palone, she was uncatchable -- even by the pocket-sitting Tamarind, who fell 3/4 lengths short. Tall Cotton rallied from last for show. The winning time was 1:54. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who triumphed for the 25th time over the past two seasons and extended her career bankroll to $781,428, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of Palone's five wins -- including three for Burke -- on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak                  

Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($3.40, Bier) was a decisive winner in the $16,000 Open Pace Monday at  the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.4. Driven by his owner/trainer, Bandolito immediately went for the lead from post position four and never relented in an open length win over Adventure Bound and Just A Jolt. It was the ninth win of the year for the 6-year-old Ponder stallion, who earned a berth in the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational next Monday September 21 at Harrington, featuring some of the top older pacers in harness racing. Bandolito has banked more than $136,000 in 2015 and nearly $420,000 in his career. The draw for this year's Quillen Memorial will take place Tuesday (September 15). Named in honor of the popular late Delaware legislator and Harrington Raceway/Delaware State Fair Board Member, the Quillen has attracted many of racing's top pacers over the years including three-time champion Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse of all-time. Matt Sparacino    

Saratoga, NY - So Nice (Ponder) is a bridesmaid no more in the feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old pacing mare was the runner up in two straight tries in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa heading into Friday's try in the $18,000 feature. Austin Siegelman piloted So Nice and moved her out to the early lead before giving way to rival Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) who sped past in an opening quarter of 26.4. So Nice, who wound up second best to Godiva Seelster in each of the last two Opens, would not be denied on Friday night and got up to win by a neck in 1:53. Carolsideal (Billy Dobson), the race's co-favorite with So Nice at odds of 8-5, came up second best while Godiva Seelster had to settle for third. For the Amber Buter-trained So Nice, it was victory number three on the season and extended her streak of hitting the board to eight in a row. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The Carl Milstein Memorial, Northeast Ohio's premier harness racing event, will go to post Friday (August 14) at Northfield Park. The Milstein's $405,000 purse is the largest ever in Northfield's 58-year history and has attracted the best three year-old colt pacers in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $663,500. Here is a runner by runner preview of this years field   1 - Go Daddy Go Draws the rail for trainer Robert McIntosh and owners Robert McIntosh Stables, Inc. and Diamond Creek Racing. With five wins to his credit and finishing in the top three in 13 of 21 starts, this colt has $438,646 in earnings and a career best of 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. The son of Ponder has a victory in a $56,000 leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes this year. He won last year's $199,769 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway, the $26,400 Metro at Mohawk Raceway and a $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination at the Meadowlands. Peter Wrenn, who won the Battle of Lake Erie with Dare You To in 1991, has been given the driving assignment with a morning line of 15-1.   2 - Lyons Levi Lewis Is one of two sons of Well Said in this year's edition of the Carl Milstein Memorial. He has won three and finished in the top three in 12 of 19 career races, taking a 1:50.4 mark at the Meadowlands and bankrolling $390,026. This colt is owned by Joseph Lyond-Mound and trained by Ron Burke, who won last year's inaugural edition of this event with All Bets Off. Lyons Levi Lewis is the winner of last year's $113,270 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Raceway and was victorious in his most recent effort in a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia on August 2. Burke has enlisted Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., to drive this 10-1 morning line contender. Wrenn was the North American Dash winner for both 2013 and 2014.   3 - Lost For Words Sports career earnings of $378,642. He has 21 lifetime starts with nine wins and 16 top-three finishes. This colt is a son of Well Said with a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lost For Words is Buckeye-owned by the partnership of Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and Strollin Stables. He is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Last year Lost For Words won two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, the $58,045 Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair, the $72,000 International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile and the $82,250 Bluegrass Stakes at the Red Mile. This year he has won three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. He has been assigned a morning line of 4-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Ohio native and Hall of Famer David Miller.   4 - Wiggle It Jiggleit Has been named the 3-5 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. He is the richest horse in this event with $993,144 in earnings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's 1:47.4 mark at the Meadowlands is the fastest in this field. This gelded son of Mr Wiggles has 15 wins to his credit in 17 starts. He was victorious this year in the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial at the Meadowlands, the $58,000 "Buddy" Gilmour at the Meadowlands, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park, the $500,000 Hempt at Pocono Downs and the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Inc. Montrell Teague has been named to drive.   5 - Allbeef N Nobull Is one of two horses in this race for Ron Burke, the leader of all North American trainers in both wins and earnings. This son of McArdle is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Donald Emond, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. Allbeef N Nobull was undefeated in four starts last year and has posted three wins in 11 starts this year, including a victory in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where he took his 1:51 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. He has $119,470 in earnings and enters the Milstein off a 1:54.1 win at Yonkers Raceway. This 12-1 morning line selection is scheduled to be driven by Chris Page.   6 - Rock N' Roll World Is owned by the partnership of Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing, LLC. This colt has 23 career starts, winning three races and finishing in the top three 15 times. His 1:50.3 lifetime mark at the Meadows came on August 1 in the $50,000 Adios Consolation. Rock N' Roll World is a son of Rocknroll Hanover and has career earnings of $219,518. Trainer Mark Silva has listed current North American leading driver, Aaron Merriman, to drive this 20-1 morning line contender. Merriman, the youngest inductee ever enshrined in Northfield Park's Wall of Fame at age 36, has won more races than any other driver in the track's 58-year history.   7 - The Wayfaring Man Enters this event off two straight wins at Mohawk Raceway, taking his 1:51 lifetime mark in his most recent race on August 8. His victories include a win in last year's $39,744 Dream Maker Stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He is one of two horses in this event by Dragon Again, the 2000 Battle of Lake Erie Champion. The Wayfaring Man has six wins in 19 starts, earning $96,233. Bruno Comegna owns this colt and Nicky Comegna is his conditioner. Dan Noble is scheduled to pilot the 25-1 morning line contender.   8 - Wakizashi Hanover Enters this event for owner Tri County Stable and trainer Joann Looney-King. This son of Dragon Again has eight wins and 14 top-three finishes in 16 starts. His victories this year include the $32,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono Downs, a $58,842 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Pocono Downs and the $810,000 North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway. This gelding has a 1:48 lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway and earnings of $743,991. National driving star Tim Tetrick is coming in to drive this 9-2 contender.   The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, who purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Another added attraction on the track will be the "Legends Driver Challenge," featuring Northfield's leading drivers of days gone by. Last year's winner, Dan Ross, will try to defend his title against Gerry Bookmyer, William Irvine, Keith Kash and Don McKirgan, as well as newcomers Jeff Fout, Del S. Miller and William Popio. The eight veteran reinsmen have all won driving titles at Northfield during a span that covered the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The Milstein crowd will enjoy food trucks on the outdoor apron from 6-10 p.m. and Northfield Park dice games and the Majic 105.7 prize wheel with Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m. Classic rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. ESPN Cleveland WKNR's Bruce Hooley will be broadcasting live from 5-7 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 signature buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Due to the expected large crowd reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. First race post time for the Carl Milstein Memorial card is 6 p.m. Parking and admission are always free at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff  

On Monday night, 17 colts and 25 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway's marquee event, Industry Day. While the 25th anniversary of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 3, finalists in the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 27, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. Trainer Bob McIntosh and driver John Campbell won the 2014 Battle Of Waterloo with Go Daddy Go, and look to double-up with Think On It in the first division. The homebred son of Ponder won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event at Mohawk in 1:54 on July 10. He was fourth a week later in a Gold Series event at the same locale. This will be his first race on a half-mile track and he'll start from post position one. Sizing him up from post two is the Tony O'Sullivan starter Semi Automatic. While still on the hunt for his maiden-breaking win, the Badlands Hanover son has amassed $30,100 with a runner-up and third-place finish in two OSS Gold Series events. James MacDonald will steer. With $44,870 banked in three starts, Carolina Hurricane is the most accomplished earner of the bunch. He'll start from post six for trainer Ron Adams. The Sportswriter gelding was a speedy runner-up in his last two assignments. In race seven, Cambridge, ON trainer Casie Coleman conditions the 2-1 early favourite, A Bettors Risk. The Bettors Delight son made a costly miscue getting away from the gate in his career debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 17 but made a massive recovery in that mile to finish second. He'll start from the coveted rail position in Monday's second division. To his right, Stonebridge Beach will be on the hunt for his first win in four starts. Stephane Pouliot will drive the pacer for trainer Stephane Larocque. Stonebridge Beach rallied nicely to finish third in an OSS Gold Series event on July 18. The freshman is a Mach Three brother to the late great Art Colony (a winner of $863,000 in 13 races) and commanded a yearling price of $48,000 at the 2014 Forest City Sale. Jimmy Takter hopeful Cruise Patrol will start from post three. The Bettors Delight colt qualified in 1:56.1 over The Meadowlands and finished a close second in his first start at the New Jersey track a few weeks later. He had a rough trip in last week's Canadian debut in the OSS Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack, but finished fifth just three lengths behind the winner. Cruise Patrol was a $60,000 yearling purchase in Lexington, KY. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the $140,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Heavenly Hill is one of five starters in the Belles elims for Cambridge, ON trainer Dave Menary, who won the final in 2012 with Macharoundtheclock. Jody Jamieson will steer Heavenly Hill from the trailing position (post #9) in the first division. The duo finished second in an OSS Grassroots event last week at Georgian Downs, and won the filly's maiden trip in 1:54.2 on July 9 at Mohawk Racetrack. Menary's others hopefuls are: second division starters Free Show - the early favourite and richest of the field with earnings of $35,000 - and OSS Grassroots winner Twin B Virtue starting from outside post #8; third division starters Vermillion Bird (post #3) and outside starter Maniana which was a lapped-on runner-up in last week's OSS Gold Series event. Twenty Three Red is the early favourite from post seven in the first division. The Mach Three miss let a late lead slip away in her most recent OSS Gold Series start and settled for third. Monday will mark her first start in the barn of Cambridge, ON trainer Joe Pereira. Among her competitors, Boozer Bruiser boasts the quickest mile to date with an impressive 1:54.1 clocking in an OSS Grassroots maiden win at Mohawk Racetrack. She was a runner-up last week for trainer Louis Eftimiadis and driver Mike Saftic, who will send her from post #2 on Monday. Bold Amoretto was the winner of last week's OSS Grassroots event in 1:56.1. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, the Big Jim filly was a $52,000 yearling purchase. Her dam, Armbro Amoretto, was Canada's top two-year-old filly in 2002 and winner of $1.6 million during her own illustrious career. Bold Amoretto will start from post four in Monday's second division. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON won the 2014 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with Win The Gold. The pair are vying to replicate that victory with Win The Gold's full sister, Golden Idol. She was a solid runner-up in a sharp clocking two starts ago, but finished fifth by eight lengths in last week's OSS Gold Series event. The Sportswriter filly starts from post #1 in Monday's final division. Keystone Paula has earned $40,600 in just two career starts for trainer Ervin Miller. She's the richest of all 25 fillies after a two-length OSS Gold Series win in 1:54.1 at Mohawk Racetrack on July 6. She was fourth in her follow-up two weeks later. The projected early favourite of race six, she'll start from post position five with driver Sylvain Filion. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race eight on July 27. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 3 features a 12-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club hosted three divisions of the $250,000 third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers Sunday with Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre stealing the show. The colts did battle in the sixth race co-feature with nine starters in the field. Mach On The Beach started off going to the early lead for Pascal Berube, but by the opening quarter mile in :28.3, Sugarsam with St Pierre and HP Rayan Art Jules (Francis Picard) both pulled to the outside to take the lead. But Sugarsam could not overtake Mach On The Beach while HP Rayan Art Jules dropped into third behind Mach On The Beach as they went to the half mile marker in :58.1. Then in the backstretch, Sugarsam held game on the outside, head and head with the determined Mach On The Beach and those two pulled away from the field, still racing as a team, through the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and neither of them giving an inch. As they started down the stretch, Sugarsam was the strong horse and he pulled away for a one and one-half lengths in 1:55. Mach On The Beach was second with Antar Phil (Gaetan Lamy) third. It was just the second win for the gelded son of Sportswriter who is trained by Helene Filion for owner/breeder Sotinios Anastasopoulos of Saints-Therese, QC. Sugarsam paid $13.10 to win. Denis St Pierre led all drivers Sunday with three wins. There is a classic match-up brewing in the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacing fillies as on Sunday as both Wanda Bayama and Voodoo Charm were both impressive winners. Voodoo Charm was first up in the first race division for driver Mario Charron and the daughter of Ponder was able to cruise from start finish with an easy four and one-quarter length triumph in 1:58.4. NP Rubis Joyce (Louise-Phillip Roy) tried a first-over challenge but could not collar the race winner in finishing second. No Panic (Gaetan Lamy) was third. It was the third straight win for Voodoo Charm, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owners Yvan Mondoux, Guy Corbell, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdiere. She paid just $2.20 to win. Not to be outdone by Voodoo Charm, Wanda Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion put on a show in the third race second division of the series. It was Big Bertha and driver Mario Charron who shot out to the early lead with Kinnder Elegance (Justin Filion) grabbing the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :28.4. But that fast opening fraction was nothing for Wanda Bayama, as Filion had already put her on the outside and they took over the lead right after the quarter and then held the field at bay through fractions of :59.1 and 1:29. Then Charron came on the outside with Big Bertha and went after Filion and Wanda Bayama down the stretch but to no avail as Wanda Bayama went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:58. Godiva Bella Oya (Louis Phillipe Roy) was third. Sired by Western Ideal, it was the third win this year for Wanda Bayama and her first start in the series. She is a homebred, owned and bred by Bayama Farms, Inc. of St Heri De Levis, QC. Wanda Bayama paid only $2.30 to win. Coming up on Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R is the third preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters featuring the unbeaten Intouchable. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 5, 2015 - When a racehorse wins for the first time in its harness racing career it is called its maiden victory. Usually maiden victories do not come in the opening round of a $250,000 series, but that was not the case at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Two of the three opening round divisions of the $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers were captured by maiden horses. Starting in the third race first division for three-year-old pacing fillies, HP Rubis Joyce, winless in 12 prior starts, was given a perfect drive by Louis Philippe Roy, and the daughter of Perfect Union responded with a two and one-half length triumph in 1:59. It was the race favorite, Kinnder Elegance and driver Justin Filion, who left hard from post six and led the field through fast fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27.4, but sitting on his back patiently was HP Rubis Joyce and Roy, who waited until the top of the stretch to make their move. Then with a burst of speed, HP Rubis Joyce collared Kinnder Elegance coming down the stretch and then pulled away for her first victory. Kinnder Elegane was second with No Panic (Gaetan Lamy) third. Trained and owned by Nathalie Migneault with Erc Cechampion of Saint-Donat, QC, HP Rubis Joyce paid $10.80 to win. Then in the fifth race division for three-year-old pacing colts, SOS Justified and driver Mario Charron, in just his second lifetime start, having never raced at age two, posted a very impressive 1:56 triumph. It was HP Rayan Art Jules (Frances Picard) who took advantage of starting from the rail to take the early lead. Then at the opening quarter mile in :28.3, race favorite Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre came first-over and looked to take the lead away but went off-stride and has to take back aft. It was then that Charron came first-over with SOS Justified and they took command before the half mile marker in :58.1 and then picked up the pace. Sugarsam had regrouped and came first-over once again but to no avail as SOS Justified led to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. Coming down the stretch, SOS Justified and Charron were in command, winning by one and one-half lengths over HP Rayan Art Jules with Sugarsam, despite making the break, was third. Trained by Jean Tourigny and co-owned with Michel Damphousse of Quebec, SOS Justified paid $11.70 to win. It was a "walk in the park" in the sixth race second division for fillies as the overwhelming 1/5 wagering favorite, Voodoo Charm and Mario Charron has little trouble leading from start to finish. Charron and Voodoo Charm left from post six and held the field at bay through fractions of :28.4, :59 and 1:28.4., coming on in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.2. Miss Bro (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Big Bertha (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second win three starts this year for Voodoo Charm. The Ponder daughter is trained by Maxime Velaye for owners Yvan Mondoux, Guy Corbell, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdiere of QC and paid $2.40 to win. There are four weeks of preliminary rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series in July, with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 6 for the $65,000 finals in each division. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series for harness racing three-year-old pacers gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with three opening round divisions. This series takes place throughout the month of July and then the top eight point earners return for the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 6. Headlining the first of two filly divisions in the third race is the seasonable debut of Kinnder Elegane from post six for driver Justin Filion. This lightly raced daughter of Allamerican Native made only three starts last year as a two-year-old, but she won two of those starts that were both in this same series, the fastest a lifetime best 1:57.4. Trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC, Kinnder Elegance prepped for her debut today with a qualifying win at 3R in 2:00.2. Other contenders include HP Rubis Joyce (post 5) and No Panic (post 2). The colts do battle in the fifth race with Sugarsam in post seven the early favorite for driver Denis St Pierre. This gelded son of Sportswriter is the fastest horse in the field, shipping in after competing in stakes action at Mohawk Raceway, winning two starts back in a blazing 1:52 for trainer Helene Filion. Also starting from the outside is Killer Thriller in post eight for driver Sylvain LaCaille, who has been in the money the last four weeks. And there is a three-horse entry of HP Rayan Art Jules (post one), SOS Justified (post two) and HP Black Shadow (post nine). The second filly division is the sixth race and the overwhelming favorite is Voodoo Charm from post seven for driver Mario Charron. This daughter of Ponder just posted her lifetime mark last start at Mohawk Raceway with a three and one-length triumph in 1:53.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Voodoo Charm will be put to the test against contenders Miss Bro (post 6) and Big Bertha (post 4). First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Diamond Creek Farm will host an Open House on Friday, July 10th, from 3pm-6pm at our farm in Wellsville, Pennsylvania.   We will be raffling 3 stud fees (one each for A Rocknroll Dance, Ponder, and Sweet Lou) to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.     RACHEL CLIFT  

Monticello Raceway has been in on the ground floor ever since amateur driving returned to the spotlight in the early 1980's. And every year since then amateur harness racing kept growing and now is an integral part of the harness industry. One of amateur racings greatest proponents is, and has been, Monticello Raceway and over the years the track has offered events for sportsmen and sportswomen and has spawned some very talented professional drivers. After nearly four decades of competitive amateur racing, it wasn't until Thursday, June 11 in a leg of the Catskill Amateur Club series that the fastest mile ever driven by an amateur over the Mighty M double- oval happened. It was turned in by Joseph Lee when he guided pacer Partner to an easy 11- length romp in a time of 1:55.4 over the Hannah Miller-driven Rise Above It. Two lengths farther back in third place was Minnesota Hanover driven by Matt Zuccarello. "He warmed-up great and he was on the muscle the whole mile," Lee said after his romping victory with the son of Ponder. "He really went a great race today and I have to thank (trainer) Brandon Simpson for allowing me to drive him." In the real world Joseph Lee is the assistant equipment manager for the New York Yankees-yes the Bronx Bombers. "I've been driving in amateur races here at Monticello for the past few years and it was always hard to get away from the (Yankee) Stadium because it seemed the Yankees were playing every time I got a chance to drive. But with Monticello's amateur series races on Thursdays this year it gave me a great chance to enjoy driving because Thursdays happen to be off-days for the Yankees; or they are playing out of town." For Lee it was his second driving victory this season and his seventh from a limited amount of starts in an amateur career that began in 2010. Partner is owned by Barry Franklin and trained by Brandon Simpson. He paid $7.30 for win. Another amateur race, sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA), was also part of the Mighty M's afternoon's race card and in that pacing event Dave Yarock reined CSI What's My Name home first in a time of 2:00.2. "I had the pole (position) and when the race began I went for the lead ," Yarock related. "Joe Pennacchio (with Futuristic Bride) was parked out so I let him go as we neared the (first) quarter." After a :29.4 first stanza Futuristic Bide then led the field by the half in :59.4 with CSI What's My Name tucked in nicely in the two-hole. Up the backside, despite having made a break behind the gate, Hallanet and driver Paul Minore, had ranged alongside the leaders as the field headed by the three quarters. However, after spotting the field some eight lengths at the start and then making up all the ground needed to put him in back in the race, Minore's trotter was tired which allowed Yarock the move CSI What's My Name out to challenge when the field straightened for home. By mid-stretch CSI What's My Name had drawn even with Pennacchio's trotter and then went on to a 1-1/2 length triumph over Futuristic Bride. Hallanet faded but held on for the show money. The winner by Tagliabue, owned by Joel Golub and David Glasser, is trained by Jim Doherty, Jr. He paid $6.20 for win. For Dave Yarock, a financial planner by trade, his victory was his second of the season and 53rd in his career. John Manzi

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 5 - The final preparations for the Pepsi North America Cup and a chance to witness harness racing history are on tap Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for three-year-old pacers serves as a final prep for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on Saturday, June 13. A pair of $78,767 divisions, featuring ten-horses in each, will be contested Saturday evening. The Somebeachsomewhere splits have been carded as Races five and nine. A total of 14 of the 20 "Beach" starters are Pepsi North America Cup eligible. The first division features the season debut of Breeders Crown champion Traceur Hanover. The Normand Bardier Jr. trainee is coming into his first start of the season off a qualifying victory last Friday at Mohawk in 1:52.4. The son of Western Ideal won five of 14 starts last season for earnings of over $423,000. He will start from rail Saturday evening with driver Randy Waples at the controls. Pierce Hanover will be looking to improve to three for three this season in the first "Beach" division. The Ken and Ralph Sucee stable star is coming into Saturday night off two impressive victories to start his sophomore season. The son of Cams Card Shark will start from post-nine Saturday with driver Jody Jamieson. The first division features nine horses that are Pepsi North America Cup eligible. In the second division, the Hall of Fame duo of John Campbell and Bob McIntosh team up with Go Daddy Go. The son of Ponder won his season debut impressively last Friday in an Ontario Sires Stakes gold event at London. Go Daddy Go battled with the top colts last season and was victorious in his eliminations for the Metro Pace and the Breeders Crown. The McIntosh trainee will have to overcome post-ten in Saturday's second split. Allbeef N Nobull, who will start from post-two, has been listed as the 2-1 morning line favourite in the second division. The son of Mcardle ships north of the border off a victory on May 28 in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. Allbeef N Nobull has two victories this season, while finishing no worse than second in five starts. Last season, Allbeef N Nobull was a perfect four for four in his rookie campaign. He will be driven by Brett Miller Saturday night. The second Somebeachsomewhere division will feature five Pepsi North America Cup eligible starters. Ontario Sires Stakes action will also be on tap Saturday night. A pair of $105,000 gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies will take place as Races six and eight. Live racing gets underway Saturday at 7:25 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early to witness potential history. The Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah's quest for the Triple Crown will be shown live on the infield screen with full sound. Post time for the Belmont is approximately 6:50 p.m. Horseplayers looking to catch all the action from Belmont will be able to watch and wager on the entire card in the Mohawk Race Book located inside the OLG Slots. First-race post time Saturday at Belmont is 11:35 a.m. Doors to live racing at Mohawk will open Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie- WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 –Harness racing duo John Campbell and Bob McIntosh have proven to be a winning combination over the course of their thirty-year partnership. Their latest protégé promises to be a tough competitor this season. Go Daddy Go will be looking to continue his sophomore campaign in a winning fashion in the $78,767 Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacing colts at Mohawk Racetrack. McIntosh has seen his fair share of talented horses, with $94.3 million in lifetime earnings since his legendary career began in 1984. Having conditioned starters with over 4,000 wins, he is hopeful another will be added to the tally this Saturday night. Go Daddy Go is well positioned to make good on that hope. He posted a mark of 1:51.1 over the Meadowlands as a two-year-old, banking nearly $400,000 in fourteen starts. The son of Ponder returned to the track at the start of May, putting in three qualifiers before winning in an impressive fashion at The Raceway at Western Fair in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. “He spent the winter at Peninsula Farms with Carter Duer,” said McIntosh. “When I picked him up, I was really happy. He grew four or five inches, even grew some length. He really matured. “He trained down without a hitch and sound. We qualified him three times but he was nothing special in those qualifiers.” The chestnut posted times of 1:54.3, 1:52.2 and 1:53.3 over Mohawk, but the Campbell-McIntosh partnership knew he had more to give. “It’s like he could sense the qualifiers didn’t matter and just didn’t care. Under the lights, he’s a totally different horse.” He was certainly ready to go in London, winning easily in 1:53.1 by seven lengths, driving away from the field. Owners Dave Boyle, Diamond Creek Racing and McIntosh were pleased to see his strong performance. “John (Campbell) is the best person to give feedback on a horse and we’ve got a very valuable relationship. He said the colt wasn’t firing home in the qualifiers but at London, he said ‘we’ve got our horse back’. “Those qualifiers are the reason I have a few new grey hairs. He didn’t do anything wrong but he was lackluster. I did a little work on his front feet which seemed to help, but warming him up (at Western Fair), I knew he seemed good.” The three-year-old will have his work cut out for him Saturday at Mohawk, drawing the dreaded ten-hole with real speed to his inside. A challenge for the horses that prefer to be forwardly-placed in the mile, McIntosh believes he has what it takes to overcome it. “I think he’ll be okay (in the ten), it’s not the first or last race of his career. He’ll make a good effort, have to get away and a bit forward but you learn a little more about these horses every time they race. “Once the draw came in, I said to John ‘Buddy, I don’t even buy programs anymore. We’re in there and I’m not driving him so you better figure it out!’ I don’t tell any of my drivers how to drive; you never know what will happen when the wings fold.” Go Daddy Go is among the group of volatile three-year-olds pointed to the North America Cup on June 20, the highlight of Mohawk’s summer meet. “There’s some intimidating three-year-olds out there but after the Governors Cup and the Breeders Crown, I thought to myself that he belongs with the best. I’m not saying he’ll dominate in there but if they mix it up on the front end, hopefully he can be there to pick up the pieces. “After the North America Cup, he’ll give us some answers on where to go next. As of right now, I’m not thinking beyond that race.” The O’Brien Award finalist is paid into events including the Milstein Memorial, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown which will be contested at Woodbine Racetrack this year. Though McIntosh doesn’t have his schedule planned out yet, the stakes calendar is full of options for his talented colt. “Last year, he showed that he’s much better than a Sires Stakes horse, he can go with the Grand Circuit colts. I’m a huge supporter of Ponder and I think he’ll throw some more good ones.” Ponder finished the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes season ninth in the stallion standings, with his offspring racking up $232,750 in 50 starts. Go Daddy Go part-owner Diamond Creek Farm also hold the ownership papers on the stallion. Go Daddy Go finished off last season with a gritty effort in the Breeders Crown and impressed his conditioner. “I was pretty pumped last year after (the Breeders Crown elimination) at the Meadowlands,” said McIntosh. “Unfortunately in the final he had his own bad luck, a horse broke in front of him and he didn’t settle in. “He had to go three wide the whole way home. Most of the time, when a horse tries to pull that off, you’re distanced. He managed to do it and rally for fifth.” As for what racing fans will see trackside on Saturday night, Go Daddy Go will be looking to bring home some new hardware. “He was great coming out of the OSS Gold, he’s on his hind legs, he’s feeling good. He’s ready for the races.” Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

The Cormack family had a bonanza when the harness racing grey Adam Cartwright returned to winning form in the Ewen Racing Stables SA BOTRA Four-and-Five-Year-Old Entires and Geldings final (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. Generally a feisty customer, the Ponder gelding appreciated being able to settle second behind a good pace set by Nevabendrules before using the sprint lane in the home straight to score. A $22.20 chance Adam Cartwright won by three and a half metres from the fast finishing Force Ten Gale ($20.80) with the $1.80 favourite Nevabendrules fading to third a metre and a half away. Part-owner-breeder Adam Cormack said it had been fantastic to see the grey back in winning form. “He has had a lot of issues – so much that I reckon we nearly own the veterinary clinic in Ballarat,” Cormack said. ”Trainer Peter Manning left him here in Adelaide after last week’s heat and worked him on our new track at Two Wells on Tuesday and was really pleased with his work. Hopefully, all his issues are now behind him.” Adam Cartwright was bred by the Cormacks out of the Oaks winner Lombo Regalia and they have a yearling, two-year-old and three-year-old also out of the mare in training and hopefully to keep the winners coming. There is no doubt the grey appreciated the tempo with Nevabendrules going 30.8 then firing up a bit for 28.8 and 28.7 second and third quarters which allowed him to come home in 29.8 to grab victory. But this final was where luck ran out for the Cormacks. Regal Major was beaten in the two-year-old colt’s final, then Thepresidentslady was a race track scratching after hurting herself in the score up to the two-year-old fillies’ final. by Graham Fischer Harness Racing South Australia   

Standardbred racing fans that haven't yet perused the Harrington Raceway entries for the harness racing meeting on Monday May 11, may want to take a look tout suite. Among the 101 horses racing on the 13-race program, are undefeated sophomore pacer, Wiggleitjiggleit, and North America's fastest horse in 2015, Bandolito. George Teague Jr.'s Wiggleitjiggleit (3/2, Montrell Teague) will look to go 8-for-8 in his career in ironically the 8th race on the program. Fortunately for his connections, the number "8" them ended with his post draw as he drew mid-pack post number five for trainer Clyde Francis. The homebred son of Mr. Wiggles, most recent win came on May 2 in the John Simpson Memorial at the Meadowlands in 1:50. Wiggleitjiggleit, the lone 3-year-old in the overnight race Monday, will battle a field of eight Monday in his first pari-mutuel start over a half-mile racetrack. The next start for Wiggleitjiggleit may be May 23 in the Indiana Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park. Meanwhile, Daryl Bier's Bandolito (2/1, Bier) will face a contentious group in the $16,000 Open pace, slated sixth on the program and will complete the pick four (races 3-6) wager. The Bier-trainee finished fourth in his last start on May 2 in a $50,000 Invitational at Pocono Downs. He has three wins in his last five starts, including a dazzling 1:48.1 triumph at Dover Downs on April 2. The Ponder stallion will start from post four looking to end a recent two race win streak by Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (5/2, Victor Kirby). Newcomer to the group, Baron Racing and Richard Lombardo's Dancin Yankee (9/5, Allan Davis) is still in pursuit of his first win in 2015, following a banner 2014 in which he won 18 races and earned more than $509,000. Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy (6/1, George Dennis) and Karen Walls' Elite Awards (8/1, Jim Morand) will complete the field. Post time is 5:30 p.m. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($3, Bier) won the opening day feature at Harrington Raceway Monday with a national season's mark on a half-mile track of 1:51. The fastest horse so far in North America in 2015, Bandolito, notched his fifth win of the year. Trainer/driver/owner Bier left alertly from his rail post position and was a decisive winner over Jebswesternshake and Believe This Bob. Bandolito, a 5-year-old Ponder stallion, became the sport's fastest horse this year with a dazzling 1:48.1 win at Dover Downs on March 26. Despite having limited activity over the half-mile racetrack over the past few months, Harrington's track seemed to be in mid-season form as five races were timed in 1:53 or less. Drivers George Dennis and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the card. Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule. Matthew Sparacino  

DOVER, Del.--- Bandolito followed a strong closing Nova Artist and went by in the closing strides for a 1:50.1 harness racing victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Dover Downs. While Don't Ya Know, with Corey Callahan, and Mustang Art, driven by Ron Pierce slugged it out during a :25.4 opening panel and 53.4 half, Daryl Bier was content to race Bandolito far back in fifth before Allan Davis pulled Nova Artist out to challenge the leaders heading into a 1:21.4 three-quarters. Nova Artist moved three wide to take the lead around the final turn. Bandolito was in high gear reaching Nova Artist by mid-stretch and then made it to the finish line by a neck in 1:50.1. Bier is owner, trainer, and driver of the Ponder-Home Brew five-year-old, who won for the second straight time and 16th in his career while piling up earnings of $300,085. Nova Artist is his best showing of the meet was second with Don't Ya Know (Corey Callahan) putting in a gritty effort to finish third. Program favorite Just A Jolt was scratched. Art Stafford Jr. and Framed Art made a winning move on the backstretch to roll past the leaders on the way to a 1:51 triumph in the $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Shark Fantasy (Jonathan Roberts) finished well for second in front of early leader Four Staces (Callahan). The five year-old son of Artiscape-LaGophobia is owned by Art and trainer Andrew Stafford and recorded his 12th lifetime win to go with a $382,526 bankroll. Maddysonofagun used the passing lane for Trace Tetrick to edge leader Shanzhai (Callahan) in one of three $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces. Mary Alice and Tom Tetrick own the Modern Art-Maddy Girl grey gelding trained by Jim King. Ballinrobe (Allan Davis) was third. Ross Wolfenden and Rural Art were strongest in the lane to score a 1:53.4 victory in another $14,000 event for young males. Ray and Eva LaBonte own the Major In Art-WC Betina gelding trained by Joe Hundertpfund. Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) was a close second. Maximum Terror (Ben Stafford Jr.), the show horse. Dan Keeler's Mr. Truth extended his win streak to three-in-a-row winning the third $14,000 section with a 1:52.1 triumph handled by Eddie Davis Jr. The Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda gelding, trained by Vic Keeler II, was chased home by Go Big Spinder (Pierce) and Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan). Ron Pierce, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. Friday and Saturday are "dark days.' Racing resumes Sunday with post time 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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