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DAYTON, OH. - Night Pro, one of the Midwest's most stellar harness racing open ranks performers over the past four years, reached the winner's circle again Saturday night (Dec. 23) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 7-year-old Pro Bono Best stud captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace for his 12th seasonal win and 53rd from 107 starts in his career. He has raced his entire life for owner-trainer Dale Decker, who has now banked $834,647 due to Night Pro's efforts. Driver Chris Page took advantage of one of Night Pro's best recent post positions (3-hole) to sprint immediately to the front of the field. Finding no challengers in the early going, Page throttled the 3-5 favorite back through a pair of pedestrian fractions. Following :28 and :56.2 clockings, however, Page pushed the pedal to the metal and Night Pro responded with a :55 back half to stop the final timer in 1:51.2 on a 32-degree evening. Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith) benefitted from a second-over trip behind first up Boys Round Here (Kayne Kauffman) to rally for a runnerup finish, but never really threatened the winner. A fast-closing Manhattan Beach (Trace Tetrick) came from sixth at the half to garner the show dough. Driver Jason Brewer scored a "Grand Slam" on his final program for 2017. The red and black clad reinsman triumphed with four horses from his father Jeff's red-hot stable. The Brewer's winners were CC's Desire (1:53.2, $5.60 to win), Lyons Jimmydean (1:52.2, $7.00), Hezabluechipboy N (1:52.2, $10.60) and J J M Jet Set (1:53.3, $12.20). The Brewer clan will be closing out the year enjoying a well-deserved week vacation in Aruba. Hollywood Dayton's final week of the meet will feature a Tuesday matinee at 2:15 and 6:15 evening programs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Gregg Keidel    

London, ON, May 16, 2017 - As the 2017 edition of the Molson Pace quickly quickly approaches, harness racing owner-trainer Dale Decker says he has been anticipating this year's rich classic for a long time. The Michigan-based conditioner was here once before and is eager to redeem himself following a sixth place finish in the 2015 Molson Pace with returning star, Night Pro. Night Pro, a son of Pro Bono Best, has won 46 of 82 career starts and has banked more than $730,000 in his career. "I was really hoping to get the invite and when the phone came in, I couldn't have been happier," Decker said of the Molson which comes up next Friday, May 26. "This race has been marked on my calendar since my horse came back last season and this is the first big race of the year for me." Widely known as king of the mid-west, the seven year old has finished worse than second just once in 29 starts over the past two seasons while racing manly at Hoosier Park, Northfield Park and Miami Valley. Back for a second time in this year's Molson, Decker says he hopes to use his past experience to his advantage in this year's race. "He didn't handle himself the best on the turns and had an injury that was starting to appear," he said. "He's been perfect thus far this season and couldn't be coming into the race any better. We all need luck in big races and I'm happy to be a part of the night." Decker, who resides in Temperance, Michigan, will trek roughly three hours to The Raceway and his approach will be different this year. "When I was there in 2015, I shipped him in early and he kind of washed out in the paddock because I got there around noon that day," he said. "I'll bring him in normal time and he should benefit from that." Decker, who is a home builder by trade, has campaigned Night Pro in all of his 82 career starts. "He has provided me with all kinds of thrills and I couldn't be more fortunate," he said. "A horse like him doesn't come along very often and I certainly don't take him for granted. He's so professional considering he's a stud and has a wonderful demeanour along with excellent manners. "My family will be in attendance that night which will make it extra special. It's a wonderful atmosphere and a great night for racing," Decker added. Six starters have been confirmed so far for the Molson with the final two spots to be filled out this week. The star-studded pacers joining Night Pro includes Rockin Ron, Soto, Bit Of A Legend, Sunfire Blue Chip and defending champion Evenin Of Pleasure. The powerful Molson Pace undercard will feature the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings along with a quartet of City of London finals. Total purses for the night will be in excess of $500,000. Two-time Molson Pace champion Foiled Again will also be competing on the night's undercard in what could be one of his final career races on Canadian soil. The 13-year-old is the richest pacer of all-time with earnings in excess of $7.5 million and he currently sits with 94 career wins to his credit. For complete details and a closer look at this year's Molson Pace field, visit www.molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 21, 2017 - After an equipment malfunction last week, Night Pro and Sam Widger rebounded gamely to capture the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 21. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro turned in a gritty performance to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.3, just a few ticks off his career best. It was a seasonal best mark and also equaled the fastest mile of the 2017 season through the first 13 nights of racing at Hoosier Park. Leaving from post nine in a talented field of ten, Widger sent Night Pro away from the gate firing but a host of others also left alertly. Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. left aggressively from post eight to get the first call but Night Pro, unable to find a spot along the rail, pressed on to the lead through an opening quarter in a snappy :25.4. Somestarsomewhere and Dale Hiteman were also unable to find a spot along the rail and continued to apply pressure to the outside of the leader as the torrid pace continued through the second quarter in :53.3. Night Pro was able to put away Somestarsomewhere as they hit the three-quarter mark in 1:22.2 but he would still have his work cut out for him as the rest of the field loomed large in the background. Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. tipped from the pocket and took aim at the leader but Night Pro was too strong. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, Night Pro held on gamely to get the win by a head over Mykindachip. Evergreen Elite and Trace Tetrick rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro recorded his 4th win from 6 seasonal outings. The seven-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel has now won 45 of 80 lifetime victories while bankrolling $723, 182. The win was also one of two wins on the program for driver Sam Widger. Night Pro Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, April 22 with a 12-race card. With a daily racing post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016  -  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday, Oct. 21 and it was driver Sam Widger who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14 races, Widger tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park joining Eric Ledford, Don Irvine Jr. and Trace Tetrick. Ledford established the record at Hoosier Park during the 1999 harness racing season while Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and the record has remained untouched since Tetrick accomplished an eight win night in 2012. Slated as the 13th race on the program, the evening's card was highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and just as impressive as Widger recording his seventh win of the night was Night Pro finding the winner's circle for the fifth consecutive time at Hoosier Park. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Night Pro turned in a dominant performance to score by nearly three lengths and record his eighth win of the season. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, the six year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel added another stakes victory to his impressive resume after scoring in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Aged Pace Final at Hoosier Park last week. Night Pro has now won 38 of 70 lifetime outings while amassing $658,182 in lifetime purse earnings. Widger's first win of the night came in the second race on the program behind Joe Tucky for trainer Lester Raber. Using gate to wire tactics, Joe Tucky recorded his second win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 with the win. Widger and Raber also teamed up to reach the winner's circle with Nothinbutanallstar who scored in a conditioned trot in 1:54.2 by five lengths and give Widger his third of the night. E R Rudy was an 11-1 upset winner for Widger and trainer Don Eash in the $15,000 Open 2 Pace earlier in the program. Widger scored back to back victories with Anoche for trainer Al Tomlinson and then JD's Macca Lodge for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. Widger also drove two winners from the Ernie Gaskin Stable on the evening's program. Scoring earlier with Shakerattlenrock in a claiming pace, Widger recorded his eighth and final win of the night in the last race of the program behind the three-year-old pacing colt, Pet Shark. Utilizing a :26.2 final quarter, Pet Shark established a new lifetime best of 1:51.3 while notching his fourth win of the season. "It's kind of euphoric for me," Widger said with a smile after win number eight. "Did that really just happen? I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive nice horses for great trainers." Widger is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 201 trips to the winner's circle behind Trace Tetrick, who leads all with 332 wins, and John DeLong in second with 282 victories. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Widger will lead all drivers into round 2 of the 2016 All Star Driver Series after winning round one with 49 points. Saturday's 14-race card will feature the second round of the five race challenge for Hoosier Park's leading drivers with the winner awarded the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. 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. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Northern Ireland - With just 45 days till the 2016 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Festival gets underway, the countdown officially started at Annaghmore Raceway last night with 2 prep races - one for colts sponsored by the bookmaking firm Ladbrokes and the other for fillies, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm. The fairer sex were the first to perform with five going to post for a purse of €1200 and incredibly 4 were sired by Kikicolt, with the remaining filly sired by first season sire My Panmar. At the off Blueberry Hill sprinted into an early lead tracked by favourite She's Royal and What Mam with Oakwood Eternity and Chinatown Katies bringing up the rear. Little changed in the placings until the ¾ pole when the race got underway in earnest and She's Royal came to pounce on the longtime leader. It was Oakwood Eternity under Gavin Murdock however that produced the best turn of foot entering the stretch and the filly, by Kikicolt out of Oakwood Eternity, positively bolted past her four rivals to win going away in 2:10.7, a respectable time for unraced juveniles in less than ideal conditions. Co-owned by Ned Stafford and Mark McAleer, the winner was 50/1 with bookmaker Dan Carlin to win the Diamond Creek Oaks on August 15th, but that price soon disappeared once she crossed the line in such impressive fashion. She now rates a 4/1 chance with Ireland's leading bookmaker. Blueberry Bill, the first foal out of top racemare Tailgate Princess hung on for second ahead of What Mam with the winning margins 2 lengths and a further length. She's Royal took fourth spot ahead of Chinatown Katie who never really made her presence felt in the event. The dam of the winner is a resident Oakwood broodmare named Eternal Prophecy who decends back to Jefs Eternity line in the US. Next up were the colts and four also went to post in the Ladbrokes sponsored contest for ‚€1200, and representing all different sires, Hasty Hall, Ayr Glory Pro Bono Best, Crown Manhattan and Kikicolt. As the starting car pulled away, Talavary Motivator showed a blistering turn of foot to hit the front and driver John Richardson set about dictating matters from the sharp end. All the while Harrison Camden tracked the leaders every move and as the race progressed it gradually turned into a 2 horse battle for the honours, a battle that Harrison Camden won and he hit the wire in 2:06.6 to win going away from the Welsh owned Talavary Motivator and winners stablemate Rhyds Rival. Harrison Camden is by Pro Bono Best out of House Flight, bred by Mick Wellings Camden Stud in the UK and the dam House Flight is resident in Ireland having been acquired by Declan Connolly at the back end of last season. A crowded winners enclosure ensured plenty of high jinks at the presentation as trainer Billy Roche landed the spoils for the owner John Roche making it a real family occasion for all associated with the stable. Over the next few weeks the 2016 Vincent Delaney Memorial Festival will really start to hot up as more prep races will be held in Scotland and Wales, giving UK contenders a chance to demonstrate their capabilities and stake their claims on the richest prizes for pacers in Europe. To view the race videos from Annaghmore click here.   For more information on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial click here.  by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink  

London, May 27, 2015 -- Michigan-based harness racing trainer Dale Decker has never been to The Raceway at The Western Fair District, but he’ll have a not-so-secret weapon on his side when his star five-year-old Night Pro goes to the gate Friday night from post four in the $150,000 Molson Pace. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be in Night Pro’s sulky. “He’s the leading dash driver in the country the last two years,” said Decker. Make that the leading dash-winning driver in North America. Wrenn, Jr., 28, won the 2014 continental title with 847 wins and the 2013 crown with 714 victories. This year, Wrenn, Jr. currently sits a close second behind Aaron Merriman in North America with 330 wins. In just eight years in the bike, Wrenn, Jr. has already surpassed 2,500 career victories, most of that over the last four seasons. The Ohio-based driver has made just one career start at The Raceway at The Western Fair District — a fourth-place finish driving Rock Bottom in an overnight in January of 2011. Decker said he had to do a little convincing to get Wrenn, Jr. to give up his full slate of drives Friday at Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH to come to London, but thinks racing in the Molson Pace could be a good stepping stone to bigger races for the driver. “He’s kind of got to make a decision if he wants to try to venture into the Grand Circuit ranks or just stay local,” Decker said. Night Pro has proven to be a horse worth following on the stakes trail. In three years of racing, the son of former Ontario-based star Pro Bono Best out of Midnight Jewel has amassed over $500,000 in earnings and sports a startling record of consistency with 29 wins in 49 starts. The pacer has finished no worse than third in 84 per cent of his starts. “He’s a true racehorse,” Decker said. “He’s the best one I’ve had, by far.” Decker also owns and raised Night Pro, the 5-1 fourth choice in the Molson Pace, behind Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off (post 1, 8-5), two-time defending Molson Pace champ State Treasurer (post 8, 2-1) and Duc Dorleans (post 6, 9-2). The Molson Pace is race 12 in a promotion-packed night of racing at Western Fair. The first race post time is 7:15 p.m. Last year, Night Pro regularly held his own racing against such star older pacers as Foiled Again, Sweet Lou, Clear Vision and Bettors Edge. He posted a record of 12-3-3 in 24 starts and earned over $230,000 racing in stakes in the Midwestern United States, close to Decker’s base close to Toledo, OH. “I try to stay more local to where I’m at, within about a four-hour ship. Horse racing, even though I wish it was my full-time occupation, it’s not. So, time is limited,” said Decker, a residential home builder by trade. “Besides, (Night Pro’s) not the best shipper in the world, either. He’ll be sweating when I get (to Western Fair).” Decker was the one that was sweating when he took Night Pro to the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale in 2010 to be sold on behalf of breeder Linda Marckel. Night Pro is the second foal out of Midnight Jewel. Her first foal, Starzzz Of Jewel, sold for $40,000. When it came time for Night Pro to sell, there was little interest. “I was in a state of shock at the sale,” Decker said. “I had no idea what I was doing. I’m not kidding you. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. The bidding stalled at $4,500. That’s when I jumped in… I did have the money to buy him. So, it wasn’t an issue. But I had plenty of horses and I was just trying to make (his breeder) some money. I ended up with him.” The cost was $14,000. “I had no idea I was going to end up with him because I didn’t want another horse. I already had a barn full. I didn’t want to spend $14,000 either, because I’d have to go home and explain that to my wife,” Decker said. “She wouldn’t let me sell him now.” Though Night Pro is a bigger horse, Decker said The Raceway’s tight half-mile oval doesn’t concern him because his farm track is smaller than a half and Night Pro, “gets around here just fine… He’s pretty universal. That’s what’s nice about him. He can race any way and he can race on any size track.” Fans will be able to enjoy all 12 races on the Friday card on a large infield video tote board that will feature an enhanced broadcasting coverage all night. The Molson Pace card will offer betting patrons a cornucopia of wagering options. There’s a $7,500 guarantee on the early Pick 4 and the Super Hi-5, a $10,000 guarantee on the late Pick 4 and Super Hi-5 and a $2,500 guarantee on the Pick 3 offered in races one through three. Other promotions include scratch and win programs giving patrons a one-in-six chance to win a prize, a guest horse outside the main entrance to greet fans, a raft of prizes and giveaways courtesy of Molson and the OLG and, throughout the night, fans can even take a spin around the track in a double-seated jog cart with the Wanna Ride team. For more information, please visit: www.molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

A record 59 royally bred 2-year-old harness racing pacers have now staked their claim on the 4th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup weekend, following the closing of entries on February 6th. A first prize of €12,000 for the grand final and an additional €4000 consolation race has attracted an unprecedented number of entries for the event, the richest in Europe for pacers and all eyes will be on Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin the weekend of Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 to see who scoops this year’s renewal. The increase in nominations was a very positive 13% over last year. Although a filly has never won the most prestigious event in the British Isles, the fairer sex are responsible for almost half the entries this year and with preference on the gate in the final, this could be the year a filly finally breaks the deadlock. The most popular sire in the line up is Kikcolt with 10 representatives followed by Hasty Hall with 8, Rogue Hall with 6 and Pro Bono Best the next most popular sire with 5 prospective runners. Standardbred breeding aficionados are always frothing at the mouth in anticipation at the entries list being published and this year has proven to be no exception. Imported yearlings by sires Well Said, Rocknroll Hanover, Santanna Blue Chip, Dragon Again and Western Terror were all nominated in a year which also features the progeny of first season sires Star On The Beach, Urban Guy and Share The Delight. Trends are also beginning to emerge after three runnings of the event with the previous three winning sires all represented and also the dam of last year’s winner too. In 2012, Frisco Fiddler took the inaugural Delaney Memorial and his sire, Arts Conquest, has sired Miraculous, whose dam Another Mattie, was responsible for last years winner, Titanium. Oddsmaker Dan Carlin, who is soon to release a book and its certain that this colt will feature high up in the betting. Yankee Lariat, the sire of Camden Tino, the winner of 2013’s Delaney renewal, has just a single nomination in Kick On, but this is out of Stakes winning mare Coalford Virtue and trained by Brenda Hudson, a formidable female trainer and driver of many classic winners spanning almost 4 decades. Top UK trainer Alexis Laider has signalled her intentions to go all out this campaign to land the spoils and she has entered a total of six including the most expensive yearling ever purchased in Britain, Rhyds Megastar, which fetched an eye-watering £51,000 at Builth Wells Sale in Wales back in October 2014. Megastar is out of the UK’s most prodigious broodmare Tonda Star, who has been responsible for some of the most stellar performers over recent years, including Stars Dragon, Rhyds Hallstar and the recently deceased Rhyds Five Star. The Irish have seen the lions share of the prize money travel back across to the UK in all three running’s of the Delaney Memorial so far and this time around the home team are intending to put up their strongest defence ever in an effort to keep the distribution of the weekend’s total prize money of €29,000 euros local. Willy Flanagan and the mighty Meadowbranch Stud along with Alan Wallace and the Newtown Stud will lead this charge with three runners each with all three Meadowbranchs runners by siring sensation Kikicolt and Newtown’s are all imports by the mighty Rocknroll Hanover. Brothers James and Derek Delaney, chief organisers and main backers of the memorial series ran in memory of late younger brother Vincent, have entered two pacers themselves in this years renewal, a colt and a filly. Having gone so close in 2014 with Carmel Camden, a heat winner, they have entered up the syndicated colt Brywins Magician and the aptly named filly, Oakwood Destiny, in an effort to win the final and create a fairy tale ending to a race that’s captured the world’s imagination since its inaugural running back in 2012.   Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin on August 8th and 9th is the place to be and thousands of patrons are expected from across the globe to converge on the venue in Ireland, traditionally dubbed as the land of a thousand welcomes. By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com Listed below are the nominees for the 2015 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial -  denotes GB owned     Name of foal Breeding Owner(s) ALICOLT M.KIKIKOLT - LYONS ALLISON S.DUGGAN AYR TYCOON * M.YENGHIS PAN - AYR WING D.MAHON AYROSMITH* M.DAYON ALERT - OUT IN THE OPAN B.HALL BONNY JANE * F.DAYLON ALERT - DENTON JANE J.SHEENAGH -DAVIE BROTHER JOE M.KIKIOLT - LONG ISLAND ARTIST C.FORAN BRYWINS BEACHAHEAD * M.STAR ON THE BEACH - SPRINT AHEAD MS K.KENNEDY BRYWINS MAGICIAN SHARE THE DELIGHT - LIFES MAGIC GIRL OAKWOOD SYND CAENWOOD CLASSIC* F.HASTY HALL - ARTRIBUTE J.DUGGAN CHINATOWN JESS* F. KIKIKOLT - BON BONITA A.DICKINSON COALFORD BRUCE * M.ROGUE HALL -BLACKWELL MINOGUE COALFORD STUD COALFORD CHRIS * M.ROGUE HALL - COALFORD AMORETTO COALFORD STUD COALFORD DAWN * F.ROGUE HALL - SWEET TAHOMA COALFORD STUD ELSA CAMDEN * F. BONO BEST - ANTHOLOGY P. JOHNSTON ENTER THE DRAGON * M.N.CONNORS DRAGON - CAROUSEL H.EVANS FAIRDAYS DIXIE M.JIMMY LONG - BLACKWELL TARAKING G.DEAN GABRIELLA CAMDEN  * F.PRO BONO BEST - SEVEN SEAS P.ANDERSON HARD EARNED M.EARNED INCOME - QUERELLE HANOVER T.RICHARDSON HOWARDS RITE SEXY * F.URBAN GUY - HOWARDS CAMISTRESS J.HOWARD IMOGEN CAMDEN * F.PRO BONO BEST - ROARIN GOODTIME P.JOHNSTON INDIE HANOVER * M.WELL SAID - INCREDIBLE MARGIE MRS C.FLETCHER JK BELIEVEINMAGIC *  M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - JK WITCHCRAFT S.GILVEAR JM'S MACY HALLSTAR F.HASTY HALL - CAMDEN LOVER J.MURDOCK KELSEY CAMDEN F. PRO BONO BEST - LETS ALL BOOGIE J.DUNNE KICK ON M.YANKEE LARIAT - COALFORD VIRTUE MRS B.HUDSON LADY BEST F.PRO BONO BEST - LADY LEAH E.MC DONAGH LADYFORD CARMEL * F.Santanna Blue Chip – Three Men Dreamin J.STEWART LADYFORD PHOENIX * F.THE PREACHER PAN - STAR HALL R.RALPH MAJOR JEMMY M.ROGUE HALL - PRETTY SPECIAL R.BARRY UN-NAMED F.KIKIKOLT - SASSY COW GIRL C.FORAN MAYFELLDEN HETTY * F.CHECK ON JACK - MAYFELLDEN AMBER G.DENT MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN F.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN MEADOWBRANCH STUD Meadownbranch Roman M.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH NICHE JP.O'CALLAGHAN MEADOWBRANCH TITUS M.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH GIGLO MEADOWBRANCH STUD MIRACULOUS * M.ARTS CONQUEST - ANOTHER MATTIE S.A.FLOWER NEW LONDON HANOVER* M.DRAGON AGAIN - NATURAL PARADISE S.GILVEAR NEWTOWN MAJOR M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - MAJORED IN LOVE NEWTOWN STUD NEWTOWN ONYX F.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - ONYX KILLEAN NEWTOWN STUD NEWTOWN ROCK M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - HANNA M NEWTOWN STUD NO JOKING * M.HASTY HALL -ARTNSOUL J.DUGGAN NO STOPPIN * M.HASTY HALL - PANAMA CANAL R.Huschka/A. T. Racing OAKWOOD DESTINY F.WESTERN TERROR - OLYMPIC SIGN OAKWOOD SYND PAN CAM MYSTERY M. JUDGE CAM - STONERIGGS VANITY KELLEHER BROS PARTY AT THE SPA * M.DRAGON AGAIN - UNION AND LUDLOW MRS C.FLETCHER RHYDS GEM * F.HASTY HALL - CPR MS K.ADDISS RHYDS GIRL POWER * F.HASTY HALL - JEANNINES GIRL J.HOWARD RHYDS MEGASTAR * M.HASTY HALL - TONDA STAR R.Huschka/A.T. Racing RHYDS SNOWBIRD * F.HASTY HALL - KENTUCKY SUNSHINE J.HOWARD ROGUE COMET * M.ROGUE HALL - ANGELAS COSMOC Y-NOT-STABLES SANDS PHOENIX F.SABLE MATTERS - PARTY LIZ MRS B.KELLY SEXY LEGS * F.VILLAGE MARQUIS - RIGHTEOUS BUNNY J.HOWARD SHE'S MINE * F.ROGUE HALL - TRIPLE DARE R.WALKER SPRINGHILL ALI F.BEST SUNSHINE - CAMDEN TOWN SPRINGHILL STUD SPRINGHILL ARTISTE F.PLAYWITHAFULLDECK - ARTISCAPE ARTISTE SPRINGHILL STUD SPRINGHILL CATCH M.BEST SUNSHINE - SPRINGHILL KATE SPRINGHILL STUD TARAWOOD JOY KIKIKOLT -ONE MEG MILE TARAWOOD STUD MERRINGTONMOONLITE* M.CHECK ON JACK - WHAT A CAMOTION MERRINGTON ST WESTEND DAKOTA F.KIKIKOLT - MAGICAL BELL T.BENNETT WESTEND PHOENIX * F. HOPPING HIGH - WESTEND SUKI G.SMITH WOTTENBRIDGEBEAUTY F.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH MEG D.JOYCE

Night Pro won the first race of his career at Northfield Park, but the stakes will be a little higher when the pacer returns to the Cleveland-area oval for the first time since his March 2013 debut. The purse for Night Pro's first victory was $2,000. On Saturday night, the 4-year-old competes in the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park against some of the best older pacers in harness racing. The field also includes Foiled Again, who is a two-time winner of the race and the richest pacer in North American history, plus stakes-winners Apprentice Hanover, Beach Memories, Bolt The Duer, Clear Vision, Fool Me Once, and Twilight Bonfire. Night Pro, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion and winner of six consecutive starts heading into the Battle of Lake Erie, will start from post one with driver Peter Wrenn and is 4-1 on the morning line. Foiled Again, who will leave from post seven with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Ron Burke, is the 3-1 favorite. "I'm excited, to say the least," said Dale Decker, a Michigan resident who owns and trains Night Pro. "It's nice to let the rest of the country see him. I know people will be watching because of Foiled Again and the rest of them. "I think he can go with them. I just have to make sure he's healthy going in. That's the important part." Night Pro has won 21 of 28 lifetime races and $308,929. Decker, who attended the U.S. Trotting Association's Driving School in 2000 and has won 171 races as a driver and 180 as a trainer, purchased the son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel for $14,000 as a yearling at the Hoosier Sale, although he had no intention of buying the horse when he attended the sale. Decker, who runs a homebuilding company in addition to training horses, raised Night Pro for breeder Linda Marckel and expected the horse to sell for much more. "I was in a state of shock, so I started bidding," Decker said. "I didn't even have a truck or trailer there. But I had high expectations for the colt and thought he would bring more than that, so I ended up buying him." For a while, it appeared Decker's expectations would be unfulfilled. Night Pro was unraced at age 2 because he had a bone chip removed from his left-hind ankle and did little to encourage Decker until the end of February 2013. "He started back at [age] 3 and I didn't think he would make it to the races because he just couldn't seem to get over that ailment," Decker said. "He was just going through the motions. Then it was like the light switch turned on. It was like overnight he turned into a racehorse. Then, I thought I might have something." Night Pro won his first eight starts and 10 of his first 12 without ever finishing worse than second. His last victory during that span came in the July $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier Park. When the fall championship arrived in September, Night Pro was battling illness and finished sixth. "He was a little sluggish in the last leg [of the sire stakes] and he was just no good in the final," Decker said. "It just took too much out of him. That was his last race of the year and he's come back strong this year." Now Decker will get to see if Night Pro is strong enough to handle the likes of Foiled Again, who has earned $6.31 million in his career, world champion Bolt The Duer, and 2013 Cleveland Classic winner Apprentice Hanover. Night Pro enters the Battle of Lake Erie off four straight wins in the invitational handicap at Hoosier Park, with the last three coming over 2012 American-National Stakes winner Our Lucky Chip. "I've been interested in getting outside of Indiana and seeing if he could compete with the rest of them," Decker said. "This means a lot to me." Following is the field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Night Pro, Peter Wrenn, Dale Decker, 4-1; 2. Beach Memories, Josh Sutton, Brian Brown, 15-1; 3. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 7-2; 4. Clear Vision, Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 9-2; 5. Fool Me Once, Aaron Merriman, Mark Austin, 6-1; 6. Twilight Bonfire, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 12-1; 7. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1; 8. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace, 10-1. By Ken Weingartner for, Harness Racing Communications    

Market Dynamics (Pro Bono Best-Go Abby Go) scored a victory in the $8,000 featured 7th race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night. Market Dynamics, handled expertly by driver-trainer Rick Plano, sat the pocket trip behind pacesetter Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.) through three-quarters of a mile and tipped out as the field turned for home, charging past the longtime leader and getting home to win in 1:53.    Asset Management faded to finish sixth after setting solid fractions of 26.4 for the quarter, 56.4 for the half, and 1:25 for three-quarters. Once Market Dynamics made the lead, she had to hold off the charge of longshot Kyler's Valentine (Chris Lems), who lagged off the pace until the field entered the stretch and closed furiously to finish just three-quarters of a length behind the winner.   The exacta combination of the 5-2 favorite and the 13-1 longshot paid $125.50.   Market Dynamics is owned by Mindy Findling Repko of Delray Beach, Florida.   Artic Byrd (Truman Gale) finished third after dealing with traffic and being bottled up between horses on the far turn.   The complete order of finish for the Thursday feature was: Market Dynamics, Kyler's Valentine, Artic Byrd, Upfront Secret, Love You Bye, Asset Management, Got The Munchies, Steuben Ruthless.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday night. The feature race on the 9-race program is the 8th race with a purse of $10,000. The 5-2 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who will be driven by Chris Lems. They teamed up to score a victory at Vernon in a similar spot last Friday night over a sloppy track.   Friday night at Vernon Downs will also feature Camel and Ostrich racing, with the exotic birds on track after the 3rd race and the dromedaries taking the spotlight after the 6th race. Post time on Friday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity  

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2014 - On an action-packed stakes night, Peter Wrenn was the driving star of the night, winning a total of seven of the 14 races contested, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 31. Driving in each and every race, the veteran reinsman found the winner's circle in three of the first four races and two of the four divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Wrenn teamed up with trainer Joe Cirasuola to capture the early double with JD's Caleb Man who rallied from off the pace in 1:52.1 and then used the same off-the-pace tactics in the next race with It's A Go to score in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Charlie Stewart's Bazinga benefitted from a second over trip to score his sixth win of the season and third win of the night for Wrenn in 1:52. Unhurried off the gate, Bazinga settled along the rail in fourth before being asked to move down the backside. Using a :28.0 final panel, Bazinga cruised home to finish two lengths in front of the front-stepping Radar Warning and Mike Micallef. It wasn't until the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts that Peter Wrenn found the winner's circle once more as Next Thing Smoke'n used a sharp, front running effort to score in 1:51.4. It was the first win of the season for the son of Sand Shooter-Are Those Real and a lifetime best effort. Trained, owned and bred by Roger Cullipher, Next Thing Smoke'n will be aimed at the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park. Win number five for Wrenn came in the $18,000 Four-Year-Old Open Pace with the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Night Pro. Opting for a trip off the pace in the field of seven, Night Pro was uninvolved in the early stages before unleashing a :26.1 final panel to score in 1:51. It was the fifth win from seven seasonal outings for the son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel who is trained and owned by Dale Decker. In the fourth and final division of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action, it was Mister Truth in a 1:52.3 gate-to-wire effort to give Wrenn his sixth of the evening. It was the third consecutive win and first stakes victory for the son of Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda who is trained by Ernie Gaskin. Wrenn capped his seventh win of the night with the heavily favored, Lucky Jet. Using a well-timed rally late in the lane, Lucky Jet was able to wear down Audreys Dream to stop the clock in 1:51.1. "It was a great night," Wrenn noted after his final victory of the evening. "I had some really live horses and the trips worked out in my favor. It's always nice to have nights like this every once in a while." As Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's three-time leading driver, Wrenn is closing in on 10,000 career wins and more than $65 million in purse earnings in the bike. Along with the driving titles from all over the country, he has also posted four consecutive seasons with his purse earnings surpassing the $3 million mark. Wrenn is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino while Tyler Smith leads all drivers with 85 victories. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 3 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

The York Standardbred sale took place on Saturday 5th October. Fifty lots were due for sale with twenty-four of them yearlings. Mick Welling’s Camden Stud had drawn plenty of attention before the sale. Many of his yearlings were the first British crop from his imported American mares. The one that enticed the crowds was lot 13 Alexander Camden (Cambest/Lola). Lola, an Artsplace mare had already left two full brothers to Alexander Camden in the states, Canyon Wind (1.48.8) and Paragon (1.50.2). His quality breeding attracted a number of buyers. The hammer went down at £38,000 with David Morton the highest bidder. This sales price was a new record for a British Standardbred sale. The previous highest price was £24,000 for Rhyds Five Star (Hasty Hall/Tonda Star) at the Builth sale in 2008. Alexander Camden was only the start of a tremendous sale for Camden Stud. Lot 16 Mickey Camden (Camluck/Electrical Art) sold for £23,000 while lot 22 Tommy Camden (No Pan Intended/House Flight) sold for £26,000. Other high prices were £13,000 for Carmel Camden (No Pan Intended/Pan Culottes) and £10,000 for Eli Camden (Pro Bono Best/Anthology). Camden Stud put fourteen lots up for sale, only two were not sold. Mick Welling’s total earnings for the day reached £130,000. Twenty-five horses were sold in the sale for £139,835, with an average price of £5,593. This was a huge increase on 2012 where twenty-two horses were sold for £44,375 with an average of £2,017.    by Kayleigh Evans for Ceredrotian

(NEW KENT, VA --- 10/6/13) ---- With a temperature of 90 degrees and feature races carded at 1 ¼ miles, the prospect of seeing thoroughbreds compete over the Colonial Downs turf course Sunday afternoon seemed like a possibility, but it was pacers and trotters that battled in a pair of long distance series finales over the New Kent dirt oval. The final legs of the Good Ole USA $8,300 Trot and $8,900 Pace were contested in back to back races. Pro Deuce swept the pace by scoring a tight win over Sigh Of Relief and Charlie B in a blanket finish while Rockin To Do edged Elvis Returns by one half length in the trotting feature. Trainer/driver Jason Thompson's Pro Deuce scored a first leg division win in 1:53.0 then wired the field in the sole second leg division at a 7/8ths mile distance. The 4 year old Pro Bono Best gelding took advantage of a perfect pocket trip in the final to nip pacesetter Charlie B and fast closing Sigh Of Relief in 2:26.0. Thompson's only three drives at the Colonial fall meet have been aboard Pro Deuce and all have been wins. Stacy McLenaghan's Rockin To Do earned a first leg division win in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5 but went offstride in the following leg and finished ninth in a ten horse field. Jason Mac Dougall took over in the sulky Sunday and guided the 8 year old Glory B River gelding to a come from behind win in 2:29 2/5. After Taste of Paradise set the first four fractions, Rockin To Do came to the far outside at the head of the stretch and passed Apparition and the front stepper en route to his 26th lifetime win. Colonial Downs returns to action Wednesday with an 11 race card beginning at 1 PM. by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 10, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the 2013 Standardbred season on Wednesday, September 11 with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, an evening with purse totals topping the $1.8 million mark. A total of 14 races have been established and after the dust settles, eight new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:30 p.m. All two and three-year-old Indiana Gold Sires Stakes finals will go for purses of $200,000 while the aged pace and aged trot will race for $50,000, respectively. Also, four $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes finals will be contested on the evening. The Verlin Yoder-trained trotting duo of Lady Blitz and Natural Herbie head the list of entrants in the $200,000 finals for three-year-old trotters. Lady Blitz, a Hoosier Park track record holder for three-year-old fillies on the trot, has scored three wins from the four Indiana Gold Sire Stakes preliminary legs. She will start from post six with Verlin Yoder in the sulky in the $200,000 final for three-year-old filly trotters. Natural Herbie, also a winner in three of the four preliminary legs, will look to score his eighth win of the season in the $200,000 final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The son of Here Comes Herbie will start from post seven in the ten horse field with Verlin Yoder at the lines. Sophomore standout Night Pro will look to sweep the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final in the three-year-old colt pacing division. The Pro Bono Best—Midnight Jewel colt has dominated the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, winning the first $200,000 final at Hoosier Park and reeling off 14 wins for trainer Dale Decker while bankrolling over $200,000. Owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro has drawn post two in the seven horse field and will be guided by Pete Wrenn. Always About Katey will looks to score back to back wins in the $200,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies. An Indiana Sire Stakes champion at two, Always About Katey posted an impressive 1:52.2 score in the fourth preliminary leg at Hoosier Park. Always About Katey, trained by Roger Welch, has drawn post four and will be driven by Ed Hensley. 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 be conducted through November 9. by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park  

Felicia Hall captured the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday (August 16) in Northfield Park’s tenth race.  She is trained by Nichole Gagnon, who owns the pacer with Cathy Watson, Richard Smith and Jerry Weininger.  Ryan Stahl drove the six year-old pacer.    Felicia Hall (Pro Bono Best-Formica-Life Sign) started from post four.  She left alertly off of the gate and led her rivals from start to finish, posting fractions of :27.2, :56.3, 1:25.3 and 1:54.1.  Felicia Hall withstood pressure throughout much of the mile and dug in late to best her competition by a head.  Completing the race were Sissy Bar, Moonlite Delite, Umygeorgia Hanover, Classieriverboat N, Fly To The Angels, Hugs Again and Getherdone Sue.  Ideal Treasure was scratched.            Friday’s win was the eighth victory in 2013 for Felicia Hall, who now has 13 career successes and earnings of $76,275.  She was the race favorite and returned $4.00 to win.  by Ayers Ratliff

Three divisions of three-year-old pacing colts lined up behind the starting gate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25 to square off in the first round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action.

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.

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