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The Sunday July 3rd harness racing card at Ocean Downs opened with a non-wagering event for trotting colts/geldings with a purse of $27,400.    Hybrid Henry another Cam's Rocket trotter out of the mare Give Em The Boot circled the field out of the gate and never looked back. Driver Brian Burton, in a stakes record time of 2:01.1 for two-year-old trotting geldings, crossed the wire 9¼ lengths in front of Midnight Zette (Credit Winner-Your Word Is Good). Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   The first division for pacing colts/geldings opened the wagering card. A light rain didn't stop the big crowd from cheering on the multiple lead changes, with Toms Tarzan (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) gaining the lead at the ¾ pole and charging to an 8 length victory in 1:56.3. Brian Burton was in the bike for his second stakes win of the night with a purse of $14,650. Thomas Cooke owns and bred the colt and Roger Hans trains. Im The Director held off Giddy On Down for place.   Reinsman Frank Milby gave May River (RC Royalty-Darby's Delight) the perfect pocket trip behind Spoonful and Les Givens, waiting til the head of the stretch to challenge and take a ¾ length lead in 2:02.4 in race 3. John Roach trains for owner/breeder William E. Miller II. The purse for the 2 yo trotting fillies was $ 28,100. Spoonful held on for second.   Race 5 was the first division for pacing fillies going for a purse of $16,500. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was content to follow Cheap Aint Fast until the head of the stretch. The loud crowd cheered the stretch drive with Miss Valerie getting the ½ length victory, stopping the clock in 2:00 for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Roger Plant Jr drove the Steve LeBlanc trainee. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breedrs.   Corey Callahan and Richard Hans teamed up in race 6, the second division of filly paces going for $16,500 as co-owners, driver and trainer. It was an explosive combination when Gigi From Fiji (Ponder-Odds On Arttoheart) made her first lifetime start. Corey sent her out of the gate and just blew away the rest of the field in the 1:56.3 winning by 10½ lengths over Liberty School.   The final stake of the night was the second division for pacing colt/geldings going as race 9 with the purse of $14,650. The favorite Almost Cut My Hair (Barber Pole-Sally Pansen) didn't disappoint her followers increasing her lead at every pole over the field for owners/breeder KDK Standardbreds and trainer Kevin Switzer. Victor Kirby was in the bike for the 1:59.1 mile. Evolution Rise Up came back from a break in the first turn to take the place position.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 3 year olds will be contested on Thursday night July 7th starting at 7:20 at Ocean Downs   By Cheri Stambaugh

Freehold, NJ --- While there has been no betting at Goshen Historic Track for decades, Royal Bachelor, racing from post 7 in the $15,000 Excelsior Trot for harness racing 3-year-olds on Saturday (July 2) might otherwise be the "Bet of the Day." The gelded son of RC Royalty and the mare Becca J has won three of his last four starts, one of them a career-best 1:55.2 in an overnite event at Vernon Downs on June 18. A trip to Buffalo Raceway on June 26 for a New York Sire Stake race put an end to the winning streak, but trainer Dan Daley believes the fourth place finish was a matter of footwear. "He wears flip flops (shoes) up front and he really didn't get ahold of it (the track) real good," said Daley. "He was just kind of flat. But he's an alright horse, he got hurt this winter (suspensory ligament in his right hind) and came back a little late, but he's holding up and he seems to be showing up, so I think he'll be alright." Daley is not concerned about the outside post for the horse co-owned by his wife Ann-Mari with Michael White and James Crawford IV. "He's pretty quick off the switch if I decide to send him out of there," Daley says. "But he's nice and ratable, too, you can haul him back and go whenever you want to go." While Royal Bachelor had no wins last season as a 2-year old, he did win $36,864 in eight starts on his $16,000 purchase price as a yearling at the Morrisville Sale with help from some impressive second place finishes. "He came around the end of last year (with second place finishes in a New York Sire Stakes consolation and also in the Simpson Stake)," says Daley. "We spent the winter sounding him up and now we baby him. He never gets heavy work, but he's not the kind of horse that needs it anyway, so that's OK. Knock on wood, it's holding. He's very manageable, as much as he's quick out of the gate, he's not stupid about it. He's good to drive, sits in a hole perfect, does anything you ask him to do." Hall of Fame drivers will also compete on Sunday (July 3) in the annual tribute race to the late Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry, whose leadership and dedication to both Historic Track and the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have helped those venues endure and thrive. The race is sponsored by their sons, Elbridge and Peter. This year the race takes a twist as amateur driver Hannah Miller will be living the dream when she lines up to compete against the likes of John Campbell, Bill O'Donnell and David Miller this weekend. It's not the Hambletonian or Little Brown Jug-yet -but the driving talent is world class. The race features all Hall of Fame drivers, with Hannah Miller subbing for Dave Palone, who had to scratch because of travel limitations from the Cleveland Trotting Classic at Northfield Park on Saturday (July 2) night. Miller will be honored Sunday (July 3) night as the Harness Racing Museum's and Hall of Fame's top amateur driver by virtue of being the top contributor to the Museum, waiving her driving fees to maintain her amateur status. "It's an honor just to be asked. It was absolutely not expected and it's a great feeling," said the 24-year-old graduate of the University of Central Florida. "I've driven in some qualifiers and some regular races, but nothing like this. It is a great feeling to be out there with these types of drivers. I've driven mostly in amateur races, but with this race, you know you're safe, they are complete professionals." The daughter of former Trainer of the Year Erv Miller and sister of top driver Marcus Miller, Hannah has been watching the drivers she'll be competing against for a very long time and also hopes to meet some horse crazy girls who may have visions of driving racehorses. "I've been watching them all compete since I was born and now to be able to go out there is just an honor," she said. "Definitely, I hope I can inspire some girls out there, wouldn't that be great?" The race will go off at about 2:45 p.m. as race 7. Drivers will greet fans and sign photos behind the grandstand after the race. Post time for the race card is 1 p.m. Racing concludes on Monday (July 4) with New York County fair races. There will be special gift card drawings for neighbors within walking distance of Historic Track who received entry cards delivered to their homes on a door tag with the help of a U.S. Trotting Association Fair Marketing grant. Post time is 1 p.m. The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, adjacent to Historic Track at 240 Main Street in Goshen, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend; admission is always free. Induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame will take place Sunday (July 3) evening. Limited tickets are still available, please call (845) 294-6330 before noon on Saturday (July 2) to make arrangements. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cherry Royal Ruby put in the fastest time of the five divisions ($109,800) of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 29) as she romped to an easy 6-1/2 length victory in 2:02.1.   Despite the eye-opening performance by Cherry Royal Ruby, it was well off the track record for her classification of 2:00.2 set in 2009 by Munis Bluechip.   There was a dead heat in the fifth division as Scarey Karie and Run For Royalty couldn't be separated by a photo in 2:04.0.   Maewegonow ($3.70) took her division with a win in 2:03.3, Mighty Surf got the perfect gate-to-wire journey from driver Kevin Cummings to notch a $27.00 surprise in 2:04.4 while Heels On Wheels used a last panel of 29.1 to dispose of the field in her bracket in 2:04.0.   It was a good night for the sires Conway Hall and Rc Royalty as each had offspring win two divisions with Prayer I Am and Deweycheatumnhowe having one winner apiece.   The most impressive on the picture perfect night was Cherry Royal Ruby (Rc Royalty-Nowerland Kristen). After putting up an opening half mile of 1:03.1, driver Dan Daley stepped on the gas with her on the back half, going in 59.0 including a 28.2 final panel.   Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) finished in second with Royal Pine (Matt Kakaley) taking the show spot.   Cherry Royal Ruby ($3.30) is co-owned by the Cherry Hill Farm and Todd Van Alstyne and is trained by Daley.   Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) and Run For Royalty (Kakaley) were fortunate to be involved in the win photo.   It first appeared that Barn Bella (Chuck Huckabone Jr.) was going to catch the front-running Speedy Prayer but broke stride coming off the final turn. Speedy Prayer (Kevin Cummings) looked home free but jumped it off midway down the lane.   Those miscues put Scarey Karie ($2.60) and Run For Royalty ($3.30) on top but the they hit the wire deadlocked in 2:04.0. Mamora Bay took third for driver Sam Schillaci.   Scarey Karie (Conway Hall-Alabama Hotel) is owned by Michael Woodward and is trained by Fluet.   Run For Royalty (Rc Royalty-Feegee) is owned by Simo Jalava and is conditioned by Jenny Melander.   In the opening division, Mighty Surf ($27.00) zoomed to the lead and avoided trouble with the breakers on the opening turn to score the front-running 2-3/4 length victory over Creditover in 2:04.4. Busy Doing Nothing (Mark Etsell) took the show position.   Mighty Surf (Prayer I Am-Big Surfer) is owned by Roy Dobbins and is trained by Dennis Laterza.   Heels On Wheels ($8.40) and Kakaley made a first-over move down the backstretch and that proved to difference to dispose of Dazzlash (Trond Smedshammer) and Deweybelievenhowe (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 2:04.4.   Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Heels On Wheels (Conway Hall-Go Go Dancer) is conditioned by Ron Burke.   A big brush heading to the three-quarter pole gave Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) a commanding edge and never looked back in registering a throttled down 1-1/4 length nod over Shecheatedondewey (Kakaley) in 2:03.3. Deli-Delight (Mike Simons) placed third.   Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo) is co-owned by Carrie Norris and Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A races, Onyx Blue Chip ($7.30) took the first division in 2:06.3 with Ray Schnittker board while Jenny's Dew Drop went wire-to-wire and posted a $22.40 upset for John Cummings Jr. in 2:04.4.   Ms McGillicuddys (Kevin Cummings) was victorious in the non-betting $6,200 Excelsior B series as she covered the mile in 2:13.1.   Racing will resume on Friday evening with 10 races slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($6, Jack Parker Jr.) notched his eighth win of the year Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1 in the $16,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old RC Royalty gelding made a bold first-over charge at leader Awsome Valley just past the half-mile and wore down the pacesetter for an impressive win. Trained by his driver, it was the 12th career win for Royal Becca J, who has four wins at the current Harrington meet. Awsome Valley, last week's winner, was second with Cash On Delivery closing ground late for third. In the sub-featured $12,500 Open II Trot, Richard Lombardo, Carl Alley and JJ and M Stable's Don't Rush ($3.20, Ross Wolfenden) improved to 2-for-2 this year with a 1:56 triumph for trainer Josh Green. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

In 2014, Michael Pozefsky watched a horse he bred --- Resolve --- race in the Hambletonian Stakes. This year, he hopes to watch a horse he bred and owns compete in the $1 million harness racing event. Pozefsky and Edward Wilson bred The Royal Harry, who on Sunday races in the $222,975 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs in upstate New York. The colt, whose family includes two Hambletonian winners and a Hambletonian Oaks champion, is now owned by Pozefsky and his brother, William. The Royal Harry has won two of six career races and hit the board a total of five times, earning $32,030. He has a win and a second-place finish this season, with his victory coming in 1:55.1 in a conditioned race June 10 at Vernon Downs. He was second to Sir Royson in his first start, which came in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs. Sir Royson, the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Empire Breeders Classic, won by a half-length in 1:54. "He won against a lesser crew at Vernon last week, but we just needed another race to try to be ready for this week," Pozefsky said. "His first start, it was a good line, but he got a good trip and he got a good drive. I wasn't expecting to go that much, but he did, which was terrific." The Royal Harry, trained by Ake Svanstedt, raced only four times last season. He had a win and two second-place finishes, but was shut down in early October to prepare for this year. "He was a big colt," Pozefsky said. "Instead of rushing him into it, the Svanstedt Stable decided to bring him along at a slower pace, which was fine with us. We had higher hopes, but he got to a point where he was going about the same and we decided to bring him back as a 3-year-old and hope that he improved substantially. It appears he has, but we'll know a lot more about that after the Breeders Classic." Wilson and Pozefsky bred and raced The Royal Harry's dam, Wilsonator, who enjoyed success on the Ontario circuit and finished fourth in the 2010 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. The family also includes Hambletonian winners Emily's Pride and Spencer Scott and Hambletonian Oaks champion Keystone Pioneer. Pozefsky and Wilson also shared the breeding credit for Resolve, who finished fifth in the 2014 Hambletonian. The two breeders take turns naming their horses and Wilson named The Royal Harry, a son of RC Royalty, after Pozefsky's son Harry, who is now 29. The Royal Harry was put through the Standardbred Horse Sale in 2014, where the Pozefskys bought back the yearling for $100,000. "He's just part of the family," Pozefsky said. "We liked him a lot. It was kind of an easy decision. The dam was a fine mare and this is her second foal. Her first foal (Muscle Hill-sired Hillsonator) is racing well in Canada." The Royal Harry is one of two Hambletonian eligible horses in the Empire Breeders Classic, along with George Ducharme-trained Reve Royale. Pozefsky hopes The Royal Harry can continue to make strides and find himself at the Meadowlands on Aug. 6 for the Hambletonian. "He's got to find some real additional time," Pozefsky said, "but surely that's the dream." The Royal Harry will start the Empire Breeders Classic from post No. 1 with Mark MacDonald in the sulky. He is 5-1 on the morning line. Svanstedt will drive Dexter Cup winner Dante, who is 9-2 from post nine. Sir Royson will start from post seven with Jim Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Linda Toscano and owner R-And-I Farms. A homebred son of Crazed-Leibovitz Hanover, Sir Royson has won five of nine career races and earned $84,722. Sunday's card at Vernon Downs also features the $234,375 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old female trotters. The entry of Earn Your Wings and Straight A Student is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Earn Your Wings, from the stable of trainer Anette Lorentzon, and Straight A Student, from the stable of trainer Paul Kelley, are coupled because of common ownership. by Ken Weingartner

When trotter Wings Of Royalty was preparing for this season, trainer George Ducharme thought the 4-year-old was acting better than at any time during his previous two campaigns. After watching the stallion nip multiple-award-winner Pinkman by a nose last Friday at the Meadowlands, Ducharme is starting to think it is more than just an act. Wings Of Royalty is 2-for-2 this year after his career-best 1:51.4 win last weekend at the Big M. On Saturday, he returns to action in the first round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. The Graduate Series, which features three preliminary rounds and a $250,000-guaranteed final, is restricted to 4-year-olds. "I was very happy with the way the horse trained back," Ducharme said. "He was out for three months (during the winter) and really physically changed. He just got bigger and stronger. "Training down, he acted a lot better than he had at any time during his 2- or 3-year-old year. I wasn't sure how much he would improve speed-wise, but after the other night I think there's still a little room. Hopefully he can improve a little more, which he will have to do to go with the company he's going to be in with." A total of 13 horses entered Saturday's Graduate opener. Wings Of Royalty and driver Corey Callahan will start from post one in the first of two $50,000 divisions. The remainder of the field is Whataworkout, Canepa Hanover, Honor And Serve, Homicide Hunter, and Crazshana. The second division features Pinkman --- a divisional Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3 --- as well as two 9-for-9 horses this season, Canadian-based Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip. The rest of the group is Crescent Fashion, Fashion Creditor, Centurion ATM, and Crazy Wow. Subsequent preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series will be held June 4 at Mohawk Racetrack and June 12 at Tioga Downs. The final is July 9 at the Meadowlands. Wings Of Royalty has won 12 of 32 career races and earned $417,645 for breeder/owner Raymond "Chip" Campbell Jr. A Massachusetts resident, Campbell also bred and owns Wings Of Royalty's sire, stakes-winner RC Royalty, and owned Wings Of Royalty's dam, Sparkling Cider, for more than a decade. RC Royalty also sired 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who was trained by Ducharme and co-owned by Campbell. The maternal family includes 1990 Hambletonian winner Harmonious and Wings Of Royalty's fourth dam, Egyptian Jody, also is the fourth dam of recently retired star female trotter Maven. "Sparkling Cider came from a very nice family," Campbell said. "She really elevated the group of mares that I had at the time. We take pride in (breeding horses). My wife and kids are involved and my parents also before my father passed away. So you do take great pride in being able to breed them, foal them out, raise them, and then have them go off and compete with the best." Wings Of Royalty last year won eight of 20 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. He won the Massachusetts Sire Stakes championship and, thanks to dual eligibility, finished second to Habitat in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He finished fifth in his elimination for the Hambletonian and 10th in the same-day final (won by Pinkman) after drawing post nine. He finished fourth in the Zweig Memorial. "He was a good horse last year; he just was always it seems a step behind the top ones," Ducharme said. "He really impressed me the other night, coming from off the pace and everything. I'm hoping he can hang with those horses this year. "We just paid him into the 4-year-old events, so hopefully he'll be competitive in there and we can see what the future holds after that. After the other night I'm thinking he could turn into the horse that I hoped he would. I'm looking forward to it." Campbell said the plan is to race Wings Of Royalty for at least this season and next year. "We thought we better look at it as a two-year program; 4- and 5-year-old," Campbell said. "We understand how big the step is at 4. We didn't know if he was going to be able to get up two or three more notches, which he was going to have to in order to compete with the best. "Part of our schedule was not a mile like (1:51.4) in May," he added with a laugh. "He more than fulfilled any expectations we had on that night. That mile certainly impressed us enough to give it a shot against a very nice group (this weekend). We hope the horse puts on a good performance. "This game can give you a lot of thrills. If we could ever figure out how to put it in a bottle --- yeah, there are ups and downs --- but the ups are thrills that are difficult to get anywhere else." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male and female pacers.  by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Wings Of Royalty received a perfect drive from Tim Tetrick and the pair spoiled the 4-year-old debut of Pinkman in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. The race looked like an easy one for 3-5 favorite Pinkman, the winner of last year's Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic and Hambletonian. But Wings Of Royalty, who finished last in last year's Hambo, scored some revenge on his high-profile foe. Pinkman worked his way to the top in :27.2, but was pressured by the first-over Bourbon Bay at the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Pinkman finally shrugged his challenger off to lead by 2 turning for home, while Tetrick was finding open road for Wings Of Royalty, who was third at the head of the stretch. Pinkman still looked like a safe winner with a sixteenth of a mile to go, but Wings of Royalty found more in deep stretch and got up on the wire to win by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. Possessed Fashion was third. As the fourth choice in the wagering, Wings Of Royalty paid $27.40 to win for trainer George Ducharme and owner Raymond W J Campbell Jr. The 4-year-old son of RC Royalty has now won 12-of-32 lifetime outings and earned just over $417,000. STILL GROWING: The 11th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover keeps getting bigger and bigger. After the official order of finish of 5-1-3-7-6 failed to produce a single winning ticket, the carryover for the next program stood at $217,277.84. ... Only two favorites emerged victorious on the 11-race card. ...The start of racing was delayed over an hour as inclement weather made extensive track maintenance necessary. ... The Big M is back Saturday with a live program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Deadhead Royalty (RC Royalty) scored a first over victory in Thursday's harness racing co-feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four year old trotter was claimed during the meet's opening weekend by trainer Don Sherman and following a second place finish last week was the race's favorite in the $9,300 co-feature for New York Sired trotters. Driver Billy Dobson moved first over with Deadhead Royalty approaching the half mile pole and wound battling throughout the race's final half with frontrunner The African (Jim Devaux). Deadhead Royalty wound up prevailing by a head in 1:59. The African held second while Dions Prayer (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Deadhead Royalty is owned by Jessica Roegner of Wilton, NY. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Gural Hanover, who won only two races last year, turned in his second straight trip to the winner's circle at Dover Downs on Wednesday, May 16 romping to a 1:53 harness racing victory in the $24,000 Open trot. With Andrew McCarthy driving the Crazed-Givemearing gelding, Gural Hanover final took command after a :26.3 opening quarter and proved the best from there. Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Pahellenic and Burke Racing stables own the classy five-year-old who now has earned $78,124 in his career. War Cry Hall, last weeks winner, charged down the passing lane for Tim Tetrick to edge Somebody AS and Vic Kirby for second money. It ended Somebody AS' two-win streak. In the $18,500 sub-feature, when race-favorite Celebrity Pepgus broke stride early, Jackie Parker took over driving Jim Moore III's Royal Becca J and the four-year-old RC Royalty-Becca J gelding led the rest of a 1:55.3 mile to win for the second time in his last three starts. In fact Royal Becca J has been ultra-consistent in his last six starts with three wins and three seconds. Machuca (Ross Wolfenden) raced on the outside for most of the contest and held on for second. Royal Status (Kirby) was the show horse. Rich Pollucci's Maestro Blue Chip gave Tim Tetrick his second win holding off Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) by a head in 1:54.2 to extend his win streak to five in-a-row in a $17,000 Winners-Over trot. The Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey four-year-old remains undefeated in 2016 and lifts his season bankroll to $30,750 and $109,173 lifetime. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) was third. Steel Reserve got up for his first win of the season, catching Ah Me (Carlo Poliseno) in the final strides for a 1:56 victory in a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old trot. Frank Chick owns the Credit Winner-Iron Lass gelding trained by Kevin Lare. In another $14,500 trot, Bill Cantrell's steady Deacons Valley, off at 8-1, with Ross Wolfenden at the controls scored a 1:54.4 triumph, his second of the year. The six-year-old Valley Victor-Deaconess Hanover horse was in the money for sixth straight time in 2016. Brew Master (Dennis) and Jailhouse Diva (Montrell Teague) finished second and third respectively. Drivers Tim Tetrick and Tyler Davis, trainer Kevin Lare, owner Frank Chick , all had two wins. NOVA ARTIST, MOVIE IDOL, LEYDEN TOP THURSDAY DOVER CARD Nova Artist, Movie Idol and Leyden head a nine-horse field in Thursday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Nova Artist, a two-time Horse of the Meet, owned by Eddie and Kathy Davis and driven by their son Allan Davis, has a win and two seconds in six starts this year. The nine-year-old approaching the $1-million mark lifetime takes on Breakway Stable’s classy Movie Idol, starting from post 9 in the second tier with Frank Milby in the bike and William Moffett’s steady homebred Leyden (Ross Wolfenden) should profit by a much better post position this week, in the $11,000 Male pace feature. They take on Ben Stafford’s Maximum Terror, who also has an inside post this week, leaving from the rail with Ben Stafford Jr. handling the reins. Blake and Bruce Baker’s veteran Native Art and George Dennis is alongside. Other contenders are Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy with Vic Kirby, Ed Walls’ Tug River Prince, piloted by Tony Morgan, Hide Me Away, driven by Russ Foster for Arty Foster III and Wanda May Saulsbury and the dangerous Shiretown Pitbull with Season Bier off a strong qualifying victory last week.   There is no live racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Racing resumes Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the acclaimed Harness Buffet is now back in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call for reservations 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan and Somebody As made it look easy rolling to a second consecutive victory in the $24,000 Open/Handicap trot on a windy and chilly Wednesday, March 2, at the harness racing meeting at Dover Downs. Somebody As and Callahan got away quickly from the outside to take the early lead and continued to extend the margin until turning for home when War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick picked up the pace in the stretch to close within a half-length at the wire in 1:54.3. Owned by Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri, the seven-year-old altered son of Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS, conditioned by Anette Lorentzon, recorded his third win in four starts this season and victory number 24 and $475,583 in lifetime earnings. Winemaster Hanover (Toby Lynch) edged Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) for third money. Jack Parker Jr. found room along the passing lane and led a cavalcade of trotters to the finish line in a lifetime record 1:55.4 clocking to win the secondary feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old event. It was the third win of the year with three seconds in eight starts for the RC Royalty-Becca J gelding, who now has banked $34,700 for owner Jim Moore III. Stirling Diva (Tetrick) closed for second in front of Kolbee's Star (Callahan), third. Ragazzo Dolce. a classically-bred Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce gelding driven by Jim Morand for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, returned to the winner's circle for the first time since January when he won eight races in-a-row, poured it on in the stretch on the way to a 1:55.1 triumph in one of three $12,000 trots on the supporting card. Enrico AS (Allan Davis) was next best with Awsome Valley (George Dennis) the third-place finisher. Tim Tetrick drove PL Incoming to a lifetime best 1:57 score in a second $12,000 trot, this one for 4&5-year-olds. Winsun Cobra (Pat Berry) and Dance For Me Sasha (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable own the Kadabra -Kaparah gelding trained by Josh Green, who won for the first time in 2016. Tetrick returned in the final $12,000 trot, to guide odds-on favorite Maestro Blue Chip to his fourth-straight victory in 1:54.1. The Credit Winner-Up Front Holsey horse is trained by Jim King for Richard Pollucci. A 29-1 shot Brew Master (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Eskimo Joe (Callahan) was the show horse. Tim Tetrick drove three winners and Corey Callahan had a double, Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad

There was a "little" something for everyone on Tuesday night at Pompano Park-fast miles, favorites and longshots-and there will be some "big" somethings when the South Florida oval hosts its Wednesday night harness racing program. First, Royal Max scored a "three-peat" victory in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot and tacked on a new lifetime mark, as well-1:53.2. The five year-old son of RC Royalty, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the bike this night, was used hard gaining the top spot through an opener of :26.4 before yielding to the track recording holding mare Oho Diamond, handled by Wally Hennessey, who guided his charge halfway through the mile in :55.4. On the backside, Pavia was on the move again with Royal Max and he took command and opened some daylight heading into the far turn and by the third station in 1:23.3 In the lane, Oho Diamond cut into the margin but really never threatened the winner, finishing a length away. She's All In (Rick Plano) finished third while Sailer Eddie and Uriel completed a "barber pole" 5-4-3-2-1 finish. Trained by Chris Oakes for owner Albert Crawford, the lightly raced gelding won for the third time in four starts this year, sending his seasonal bankroll to $26,250. He's now 11 for 30 lifetime, good for $168,200. In a post-race interview, driver Joe Pavia, Jr. said, "This is the first time I drove this horse, so I didn't really know what to expect other than Chris (trainer Oakes) saying he was real good right now. "Boy, was he ever! I thought that opener might take some sting out of him but, when we straightened out on the backside, it seemed like he was 'begging' to go. Chris said that I'd like him. "That was an understatement. I LOVE him!" Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Royal Max paid $2.60 to his multitude of backers. The Tuesday night program also featured yet another race for the "senior citizens" in the trotting ranks with the "Over The Hill Gang" event for nine year-olds and up and, once again, the "two" senior citizens in the group-one of the equine kind and the other of the human kind-captured the event. Celtic Merchant, the amazing 13 year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, with 64 year-old Rick Plano in the bike, scored his second straight win and fourth in his past five starts with a handy score in 1:56.3. I'll Tell You What, handled by Dave Ingraham, closed with ferocity to finish second while the pacesetting Smokin Dabra, with John MacDonald driving, picked up show honors after slicing off panels of :27.3; :58 and 1:27.1. Thekeptman was fourth and Gimme The Loot picked up the nickel in the field of nine. In this very deep field with the nine starters accounting for close to 300 wins and almost $3 million in earnings, Celtic Merchant won for the fourth time this semester in seven starts and 46th time career-wise with this victory sending his lifetime earnings to $357,856. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Celtic Merchant paid $7.80 to win. It was, as track announcer Gabe Prewitt said, "bombs away" in the pentafecta fourth race as Certain Potential, driven by Sergio Corona, closed fastest of all to score a photo finish win in 1:56.1 This six year-old gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse, off at 118 to 1, scored his first win of the year in five starts-13th score lifetime-and paid $238.00 to win, keying a $638 exacta with the even money favorite second, and a $4,762.60 trifecta. The victory left the pentafecta unscathed with a $4,466 carry-over spawning a $15,000 guarantee for Wednesday night's fourth race pentafecta pool. The "bombs away" payoff also left no live tickets going into the final leg of the Pick-5 and that carry-over is $7,749 going into the mid-week program. Wednesday's Pick-5 pool at Pompano is guaranteed at $30,000. Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Royal Max, once again handled by George Napolitano, Jr., scored a repeat harness racing win in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night (February 17). The lightly raced five year-old gelded son of RC Royalty, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Albert Crawford, toured the South Florida five-eighths mile oval in 1:54.1-the same time as last week's win. The margin of victory this time around was 1¾ lengths-wrapped up-with She's All In and Rick Plano teaming up for second with Diamond Dagger third for Mark O'Mara. Lucid Thoughts, who took an early lead before yielding to the winner around the first turn, was fourth while My Revenuer, last much of the mile, picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. Assigned the outside post in the field, Royal Max was on the engine when the wings opened and carved panels of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.1 while opening up a long lead-five lengths-turning for home. From there, it was a "cakewalk" as Royal Max was untouched to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. succinctly said, "whatever you wrote last week, you can write the same thing this week. "He was very sharp again, in fact, maybe even a little sharper than last week as this final quarter was, I think, a bit faster than last week. "Gotta give credit where credit is due and that is to Chris (trainer Oakes) who got him back to where he is an Open trotter after nursing him back to health after an injury." Royal Max, in only his eighth start over the past two seasons, now sports a 2-1-0 scorecard in his three starts this year and, with 10 wins in 29 lifetime starts, has career bounty of $160,700. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Royal Max paid $2.40 to his many faithful. Racing continues on Saturday night with two divisions of the continuing Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Series for mares. That lucrative series features a $75,000 final on March 5. Last week's first leg winner, Totally Rusty and Show Runner are paired together in the first division along with Velocity Vespa and four others while, in the second division, Just A Bee, Godiva Seelster and Mach It A Par will vie for favoritism. Post time is set for 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Royal Max, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., justified the 4 to 5 tote-board confidence of the betting crowd by scoring a handy 1:54.1 harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The lightly raced five year-old gelded son of RC Royalty, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Albert Crawford, brushed up strongly from his seven post to take command prior to the hot :26.4 opener then proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.2 in route to a victory measuring 2¾ lengths over the late surging Winding Hill, handled by John MacDonald. She's All In, prominent in the garden spot all the way, wound up third for Rick Plano while Sailer Eddie finished fourth, nine lengths away from the winner. My Revenuer, assigned the outside post off of two straight wins in the company, rallied to pick up the nickel. In a post-race interview, driver George Napolitano related, "Ya know, he was really good last week off of only one qualifier and I told Chris (trainer Oakes) that he's got an Open trotter here. He was roughed up last week and held together well in the lane so I thought he'd be even better tonight.and he was! Once he got to the lead, he was all business all the way. Chris has done an excellent job in getting him back to the races after he was injured last spring." Trainer Chris Oakes added, "When I got 'Max,' he had some problems so I really took my time in getting him healthy again. It's one of Mr. Crawford's favorites so a lot of TLC went in to getting him ready to race again. He's five now but only has 28 lifetime starts-including tonight-so he's got the fresh legs to keep going a while." Of those aforementioned 28 starts, Royal Max has won nine times with his lifetime bounty with this win now at $153,200. Royal Max rewarded his investors with a dividend of $3.80. In the $10,000 co-featured trot, Lucid Thoughts, driven by trainer John MacDonald for the J P Stables, scored an upset win in near gate to wire fashion in 1:55.1--the winning margin two lengths over Goldstar Classic, handled by Wally Hennessey. Explosive Muscles, under the tutelage of Rick Plano, finished third while Diamond Dagger finished fourth. MacKenzie's Star picked up the nickel over Majestic Won with the 2 to 5 favorite, Escuela, never "fired" this night and finished seventh and last. Lucid Thoughts, a 1:55.1 winner last week coming from off the pace, used different tactics this night as the eight year-old son of Cash Hall blasted out of the gate and out-dueled Goldstar Classic around the initial turn to take control and carve out panels of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:26 before coasting home untouched in :29.1. Not only did Lucid Thoughts score a repeat win, it was his 26th success in 165 career starts to send his lifetime bounty to $255,750. As fourth choice on the tote-board at 10 to 1, Lucid Thoughts paid $23.80 to win. Racing resumes Wednesday night with a 10 race program scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Summers Windsong (RC Royalty) scored a career best victory in Thursday's featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. On an afternoon that felt more like summer than fall, Summers Windsong cruised to a wire-to-wire win in the $10,500 feature for New York Sired trotters. Phil Fluet catch drove the three year old for trainer Ray Schnittker and moved the favored filly out to the early lead. On a day in which temperatures approached the 70 degree mark in Saratoga Springs, Summers Windsong never had an anxious moment en route to a career best 1:57.3 score. It was the third win of the season for the filly who recently returned from a stint at Plainridge racing in Massachusetts Stakes competition. Fluet prevailed in both of his drives on Thursday as his Eternal Prince scored in wire-to-wire fashion on the afternoon card. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Latham, NY---62 well-bred yearlings, including 58 eligible to the lucrative New York Sire Stakes, went up for auction Sunday (Sept. 20) at the annual harness racing Morrisville College Yearling Sale at the Nancy Sears Stowell Equine Arena located on the college campus. A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. start time for breakfast and to get a good look at the next generation of stars from 17 top sires in the sport before finalizing their short lists and heading into the sales arena. When everything was said and done, 48 trotters and 14 pacers produced a sales total of just under $1 million with an average price per horse of $15,540. That number is up a substantial 43% from last year’s average bid of $10,715 and a 60% increase over the average price of the last five years combined. Speculation at the sale was the smaller group of higher caliber yearlings drove the prices up. The sale topper (as well as highest priced trotter) was hip number 24, Royal Pinot (RC Royalty-Graduation Party) who was consigned by Crawford Farms. The filly was purchased for $55,000 by Burke Racing LLC The second highest bid of $40,000 was realized for hip number 68, Texican (Cash Hall-Hot Chili Girl) who was consigned by Lakeview Equine. The trotting colt was purchased by Wanda Polisseni of Fairport, NY. On the pacing side, hip number 42, Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover), who was also consigned by Lakeview Equine, drew a final bid of $24,000 from Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY. Chapter Seven yearlings brought the highest average price of the sale at $24,667, just ahead of Conway Hall who commanded $24,200. RC Royalty, who had the highest number of yearlings in the sale (21), was third at $18,190. The seven-horse consignment from Crawford Farms brought the highest average price of $21,143. Lakeview Equine who offered 15 head averaged $17,767 and the Morrisville College Equine Institute, who had the largest consignment of 18, realized $17,500 per horse. A complete listing of all hip number bids and other searchable information can be found at this link. (http://morrisvillesale.com/results/index.cgi ) Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

Perfect weather and a lightning fast track greeted the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters to the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 4) and those participants took full advantage of the conditions to pursue their share of the $120,400 in purses available. Heavily favored Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) rewarded his backers as he turned in a very strong performance, winning his division convincingly in 1:56.3. After pole-sitter Mythology Bluechip (Mark Macdonald) made a break in the first turn, Gabe The Bear Dean (Ray Schnittker) took the early lead until Wings Of Royalty (Chris Lems) motored on by before the quarter in :28.4. The participants then remained single-file behind the leader through a :59.1 half and 1:27.4 three-quarters. At that point Schnittker pulled Gabe The Bear Dean from second and tried to mount a challenge, but the attempt was futile. Lems let Wings Of Royalty out a notch and he flew down the stretch to win easily by three lengths with a snappy :28.4 final panel. "I knew Ray (Schnittker) would let me go (to the front) and once we made it, he was on cruise control. He was very strong finishing the mile" said driver Chris Lems. It was the fourth win in 14 starts for Wings Of Royalty ($3.20) and it raised his 2015 earnings to $178,323 for owner Raymond Campbell. The colt is trained by George Ducharme. The first division was historic as it was the only time a NYSS race at Batavia Downs ended in a dead heat. The judges camera could not separate Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner-Bon Voyage) and Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty-Art of Deception) at the wire. There was a stiff battle off the gate when Royal Lad (Aaron Byron) would not let Maestro Bluechip (Trond Smedshammer) go, who in turn parked-out Royal Deceptor (Michael McGivern) and the three horses went three-wide to the quarter in 28.3. As they hit the turn, they all finally seated with Royal Deceptor being the best of the bunch. At this point, Fashion Creditor (Jim Morrill Jr.) was a gapped fourth watching the proceedings. After the dust had settled, McGivern grabbed leather and grabbed it hard as he gave Royal Deceptor a serious breather with 31 and 30.3 second and third quarters. During that time, Royal Lad made a break from third and Fashion Creditor advanced to that spot, creeping closer to the leader. Then Morrill pulled at three-quarters and began to force the issue. Royal Deceptor still had a three-length lead but the advantage was clearly perilous. At the head of the stretch, Fashion Creditor was trotting his hips off down the lane, gobbling up ground with every stride while Royal Deceptor was expending every ounce of energy he had left to hang on to his lead. At the wire, both horses' best efforts gained them victory in 1:58.3. It was the third win in 13 starts for Fashion Creditor ($2.10), pushing his earnings to $106,380 for the year. The gelding is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning. For Royal Deceptor, it was his seventh win in 13 starts and it increased his 2015 bank to $137,163 for owners Charles Foster, Michael Sentiwany Jr., and Michael James. The colt is trained by Cheryl McGivern. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior Series "A" trot that went for a combined $30,000 in purses. Crazshana (Crazed-Keystone Shana) won the first division in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer. The gelding is owned by Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable. The second split was won by Bavaro (Credit Winner-Repetitions) in 1:59 flat for trainer-driver Ray Schnittker. Schnittker shares ownership of the colt with Paul Bordogna and Jonathan Kurnit. The winner returned a handsome $46.80. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept.5) with post time set at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

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