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CHESTER, PA - The Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn had to have everything go right for her in the $11,600 handicap featured pace for distaffs on a soggy Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia - and when they did, driver Dexter Dunn put the mare in position to win, and she took a close finish in 1:52.3 over a sloppy track. Early on Abigail Dawn thought about leaving, but Its Mesmerise N to her right and favored Baron Remy to her left had similar ideas and faster leg movement, and she had to take back to third. Abigail Dawn gapped for much of the next half-mile, and when 18-1 shot Abuelita Hanover came up first-over, Dunn stayed to the inside.   Chris Ryder trains the oft-winning mare (12 for 32 lifetime) for Shore Things Stables LLC. There were a pair of $11,200 co-features, one on each gait. On the pace, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Somewhere North raised her career record to 2-for-3 while lowering her mark to 1:55.3 for driver Dunn, trainer Nifty Norman, and the Pinske Stables. The trotters were fronted by another sophomore, the Lionhunter gelding Hunting AS, who was home first in 1:56.4 for trainer Jenny Melander and the partnership of Melander Racing Inc. and Robert Bernaski. Hunting AS was handled by David Miller, with the Hall of Famer's three successes on the day tops among the drivers. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Four of the six entrants in the $11,600 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon had the lead at some point of the race; the one who had it when it counted most was the Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn, who won in 1:52. D Gs Elsa, leaving from the outside post, streaked by favored Apple Hanover going to the 1/8, looping Abigail Dawn and Anytime N; Apple Hanover went back to the front to gain the top by the :26.3 quarter. Both parked horses pressed on, with Abigail Dawn making the lead in front of the stands and Anytime N needing until almost the half-mile pole, passed in :55.1, to finally got on top. Apple Hanover came back for more down the backstretch, with D Gs Elsa behind her, but Anytime N would not let her pass, not by the 1:23 three-quarters nor at any other point left in the race. Anytime N had the lead in the stretch, but Abigail Dawn, sitting in the pocket for Dexter Dunn, had enough late strength to get past the leader by a half length, with Apple Hanover holding well to be third, another length back.   Abigail Dawn has now won three of her last five starts for trainer Chris Ryder and the Shore Thing Stables LLC. Fastest mile of the day was the 1:51.4 victory that gave Infinite Symbol A her first Stateside victory. Things didn't look too good for the even-money favorite as she was a locked-in last in the field of seven at the half, but Tim Tetrick extricated the daughter of Indomitable Saab near the three-quarter pole; she was still sixth at that point, but she ate up the late ground over a track not friendly to closers and won for trainer Dylan Davis, co-owner with Michael Casalino Jr. Tim Tetrick was the leading driver on the day with four victories; George Napolitano Jr., currently on top of the local standings, was just behind with three tallies, and he ends the third quarter of the calendar year with an astounding 255 victories in that period. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Standing in a bone dry lot is a $628,121 winner who was passed around 46 different times from owner-to-owner and trainer-to-trainer during his harness racing career ending it in the proverbial claiming race. He waits for his trip to slaughter unless someone or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) helps him.    Drive All Night, the son of Real Artist,  left the oval, according to USTA records, in 2015, and judging by the heavy driving shoes has since been a work horse and used as transportation.  He is standing in a dirt, makeshift paddock and has until Wednesday afternoon before he is loaded on the truck and sent on the heinous trip to be slaughtered. SRF will help but needs help to give this guy a chance to live out his life.   The "kill buyer" is in possession of the once healthy and strong gelding, and wants $500 to release him, whether to SRF or someone else. "He is stressed, underweight, and sadly neglected," says Judy Bokman, SRF's Director.   SRF will help but needs support to buy him quickly, ship him to a safe place; provide quarantine; remove the heavy worn out shoes and care for his neglected feet; increase his weight by a couple of hundred pounds; then ship him again to a facility where he can just "chill" and ease out of his stoicism.    "He's a classy horse, and just needs a chance to shine again," said Mrs. Bokman. "He's buddied himself up in the kill pen holding lot with 11 yr. old Alpine Avenger, who is in the same poor condition and threatening situation."  SRF doesn't want to walk away from the other gelding and is hoping help will also come to him. The seller wants $500 to release him.   The horrific end to a horse's career such as this reflects poorly on racing, and on all in racing. SRF asks all speak up and urge change to the way these horses are thanked for what they give.   To help these two in imminent need, please make a tax-deductible gift through SRF's website at AdoptaHorse.org. or call Kate at SRF's office at 732-446-4422. It is expected that to purchase and provide all the care needed will cost a few thousand dollars for each of the two geldings. Help is greatly needed and appreciated.  Standardbred Retirement Foundation www.AdpotaHorse.org

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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mr Perserverance was on quite a terror with four straight harness racing victories before being shut down for a little rest and relaxation on December 12. He came back for a qualifier on January 23 and zoomed to an easy 6-1/4 length win in 1:57.4. But would those impressive credentials hold up in Saturday's $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway?   The answer was a resounding yes.   Mr. Perserverance ($4.60) went gate-to-wire once again and smoked the field of five in 1:56.4 over a good track, defeating Youwillwishyouhad by a non-threatening length.   The race looked liked it was going to shape up as a speed duel between China Dream and Mr. Perserverance. That didn't materialize as China Dream was a late scratch.   Appearing to be the lone speedster off the gate, driver Ron Beback Jr. and Mr. Perserverance took advantage of the situation and toured the Hamburg half-mile oval with little pressure. Posting splits of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.0, the pair had the other four entrants battling for the minor spoils in the battle in the stretch.   Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) finished in second place while Arrived Late (Shawn McDonough) took third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., Mr. Perserverance (Real Artist-Miss Tenacity) is an 8-year-old gelding who now has won $262,849 lifetime.   It was a superb night for Clouser Jr. as he trained four winners on the night. Shawn Gray and Mike Carrubba each had two victories.   Jim McNeight, Gray and Ron Beback Jr. each posted doubles in the sulky.   Racing continues at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening with a 12-race program scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Dover, Del.--- Twice Horse of the Meet Nova Artist scored his first win of 2016 to win one of the Thursday, Jan. 28th harness racing tri-features at Dover Downs.. Nova Artist turned back eight rivals in 1:51.3 to win the$9,000 Male pace to bring his lifetime earnings to just short of seven-digits, $976,197, with his 44th career victory. Fire In The Belly (Vic Kirby) was second with Four Staces (George Dennis) third. Nova Artist is an all Davis family horse. Owned by the Delaware Valley's all-time leading winning driver, Eddie Davis and his wife, Kathy, the nine-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady, is trained by their son Martin Davis and Allan Davis, his driver. Davis also guided Muffmaster to a 1:55 victory in a $9,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace for trainer Wayne Givens and Legacy Racing of Delaware. A Sportsmaster-Leterrippotatochip gelding, Muffmaster won for the third time this meet. Rocknroll Power (Corey Callahan) was next with River Thames (Jim Morand) the show finishers. Scalped, a six-year-old Bettor's Delight-Spirit Of The West horse owned by trainer Brenda Teague and driven by Montrell Teague won the third co-feature posting a 1:52.2 triumph. Sweet Talkin Satin (Davis) was runner-up. Portrait (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for third place. Tony Morgan and trainer Joe Skowyra had two winners each. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch the live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2016 -- Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset victory in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strides and defeated him by a nose in 1:53.4. Achilles Blue Chip rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Doctor RJ, who extended his career bankroll to $215,710, for Keith Pippi and Robyn Kennedy. Tony Hall, Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

Vernon, N.Y. -- While Richard Keys's Big Chocolate overcame a loss of cover on the far turn to take Friday (October 2) evening's $7,000 top-level conditioned trot at Vernon Downs, a pair of harness racing war horses now with 117 wins and over $1.2 million in career earnings between them stole the show in a $4,000 claiming event.   The evening's ninth race featured a septet of claiming pacers, with I Scoot For Cash (Ben McNeil) wasting no time securing the pacesetting role in the initial stages. After sprinting clear of Team Edward (Truman Gale) and Majo Just Do It (Claude Huckabone, III), I Scoot For Cash backed down the tempo through a reasonable :56.4 first half mile while proven veterans Veal Marsala and My Fella kicked into gear from the back of the pack. Jimmy Whittemore angled Veal Marsala off the pegs on the backstretch to flush the cover of King of Kings (Frank Davis), while Fern Paquet, Jr. tipped My Fella third-over on approach to the far turn. As King of Kings worked to the lead a :29 third quarter, Veal Marsala kicked cover, striking the front in mid-stretch--but he wasn't home free. The 11-year-old Real Artist gelding subsequently staved off the late charge of 14-year-old My Fella, holding sway by a neck in 1:54.4 over fast going.   Dennis Whittemore owns and trains Veal Marsala, whose fourth consecutive victory brought him to 54 career wins and over $570,000 in career earnings. Runner-up My Fella remains a 63-time winner, having earned in excess of $660,000. Veal Marsala returned his backers $4.30 to win.   The younger Whittemore also prevailed in the evening's featured trot, establishing a second-over trip with Big Chocolate on the backstretch, tracking the cover of Yankee Manny (Chris Lems) in pursuit of Grey Ice (Dan Daley) through the far turn. Despite a loss of cover when Yankee Manny broke stride, Big Chocolate continued to make inroads, taking over from a beleaguered Grey Ice in upper stretch. Much like Veal Marsala would do just twenty minutes later, Big Chocolate dug in to stave off the beneficiary of his cover, Drinksforthehouse (Truman Gale), by three-quarters of a length, prevailing in 1:55.1.   Homer Hochstetler trains the 6-year-old Chocolatier entire who returned his backers $5.60 to win.   J A T O dominates again   Earlier in the evening's 10-race program, Margaret and Amy Butler's J A T O scored his third open-length win in as many starts, capturing a $5,600 conditioned trot in 1:54.4 by 9-1/2 lengths over Proud Flag and Lucky Ten K. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 3-year-old Big Apple Deli colt, who tallied 19 wins on the New York fair circuit before making a remarkable transition to pari-mutuel racing. William Okusko handles the training duties of the 22-time winner.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 3) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

First-over was the place to be in a pair of late closer finals at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs on Sunday (May 10) afternoon, as Hollywood Jess ($2.90) and Lilys Real Boy ($8.70) employed identical tactics in their respective victories. In the $15,400 Catherine Burton final for trotters, Chris Lems settled fourth with Hollywood Jess, stalking dueling leaders P L Humanity (Jimmy Whittemore) and Blue Skies Craze (Truman Gale) before commencing a first-over bit at race's midpoint. With P L Humanity rating a :56.3 half mile, Hollywood Jess advanced on the far turn, working her way to the lead just before reaching three-quarters in 1:25.3. As the three-year-old Conway Hall filly began to edge clear of a tiring P L Humanity, Blue Skies Craze angled wide from the pocket to give late chase. Hollywood Jess held sway by two lengths for a 1:55.2 score over Blue Skies Craze. Suzy Smart (Homer Hochstetler) made a late push to take third off a ground-saving trip. Trainer David Dewhurst co-owns Hollywood Jess with Philip Hale. Likewise in the $11,900 Anthony Farina final for pacers, eventual winner Lilys Real Boy drafted from fourth early on, commencing his move on the backstretch well after Hot Lemonade (half of the odds-on entry, John MacDonald up) pushed clear following a :26.3 initial quarter. With the pace still sizzling through a :54.3 half mile, Fern Paquet, Jr. steadily advanced on the far turn with Lilys Real Boy, nearing level terms with Hot Lemonade a quarter from home and subsequently kicking clear. The four-year-old Real Artist gelding drew off by 3-1/4 lengths, holding clear of a late-rallying Speaking Out (Chris Lems) for a 1:51.2 victory. I Won't Give Up (Claude Huckabone, III) was elevated to fourth after third-place finisher Fashion Maven was disqualified for causing interference to the second-over Tarport Andy in the stretch. Allie Berube trains Lilys Real Boy for owner-breeder Michael Biel.   On the Mother's Day undercard, JK Panache ($3.10, Chris Lems) withstood constant pressure for a 1:48.4 win in an $8,000 upper-level conditioned pace, holding off a late charge from pocket rival Dragon Fever (John MacDonald). Lems led all drivers with four wins on the ten-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 15) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m.   James Witherite

When Lino Pacheco saw Real Attitude surface in a Cal Expo $3,000 claimer last month, he dipped in and took the pacer for client Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, and the result has been three trips to the harness racing winners circle from four appearances in the new barn. Real Attitude is a 12-year-old son of Real Artist with over $400,000 on his card and a 1:51 1/5 mark, and he continues to do good work under Pachecos direction. Last weeks score came with $5,000 company and he proved a punctual favorite in a 1:54 1/5 tour with Tim Maier at the controls. I like the older horses with back class, Lino related when asked about the claim. I was very happy when I got him back to the barn after the claim and hes been very game in his races. After two impressive scores right off the bat under his new banner, including a first-over 1:53 2/5 tally on March 29, Real Attitude stepped up to face Open II rivals on April 4 and couldnt match strides with a red-hot Hoboken Hanover that evening. Wheeled back in a more realistic spot for his most recent assignment, the veteran pacer did the track-and-attack to perfection for Maier, prevailing by a neck to give his new owner and trainer another snapshot. We decided to take a chance and move him up for that Open II race, but it was a little too much for him, Pacheco said. When we brought him back for $5,000 last time, he was very game. Thats why I like these older class horses. This week finds the Rettig-Zucchi colorbearer suiting up for Saturday nights sixth race with David Siegel in the sulky. Can he add another score for the Pacheco shedrow? Stay tuned. Sharp pacers, trotters clash in co-features An Open II Trot headed by Franky Provolone and Winsom Kelly and an Open II Pace featuring Toucan Sam and Bettormeboy are among the highlights on Saturday evenings Cal Expo program. There will be nine races with first post on Saturday nights now being 6:55 p.m. Through the end of the meet on May 3, purses have been increased by 10 percent across the board. Franky Provolone figures to get plenty of respect in the featured trot for owner Robin Clements, trainer Vickie Desomer and pilot Steve Wiseman. He comes into this assignment with $163,000 in his bank account and a 1:55 4/5 mark that was established last season at Running Aces. The 8-year-old son of Armbro Scribe, recorded his first victory on the year back on February 28, had to be happy with minor awards in his next three appearances, then returned to the charmed enclosure last weekend. The Clements colorbearer made every pole a winning one in that affair with Tim Maier giving directions. Winsom Kelly was third in that contest as the 9-5 choice and will be looking for some revenge for the combination of owners Nikki Hudson and Kc Ccarvalho and driver/trainer Luke Plano. The veteran was a sharp winner at this level on March 21 in a rail-skimming performance. Toucam Sam will be stepping up to the Open II level after registering a powerful 1:52 4/5 upset last weekend with conditioned rivals under Luke Planos guidance. The 12-year-old is owned and trained by Patricia Minnella and is now at the $600,000 earnings plateau with a sizzling 1:49 2/5 career standard. Bettormeboy is coming off a third-place finish in last weeks Open I Pace and should hit very hard with this group. Richard Morita and Davida Yamada own the 5-year-old with Lino Pachecho doing the training. He recorded his most recent score under these conditions on March 7. By Mark Ratzky

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing veteran Peenie found out if at first you don't first succeed, try, try again. After starting three times off the rail in his last four starts, Peenie attempted to go wire-to-wire in each start but couldn't complete the task.   But Saturday night (March 21) in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace at Buffalo Raceway, driver Kevin Cummings gave Peenie another chance on the front end and he passed the test with a length victory over Giant Sculpture in 1:57 over the sloppy track.   Peter Pumpkineater briefly took the lead in the race to the opening quarter pole, but Peenie wasted no time in re-taking and reaching the half in a brisk 57.4. The closers were in perfect position to challenge in the stretch but Peenie showed no quit and posted the win over Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray). Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   It was the first victory in eight tries this season for Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) and the 50th of his career. Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelding has now earned $12,470 in 2015 and $644,849 lifetime.   In the $8,800 conditioned sub featured pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) used a slick move between the opening quarter and the half to take the lead and never looked back to score a 1-1/4 length decision over Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:58.2.   Sitting in third approaching the top of the stretch the first time, Lucky Nadotremblay was able to slip thorugh along the inside as King Otra (Drew Monti) and American Bull (Cummings) battled three-wide.   Taking over the lead to the half, Lucky Nadotremblay ($19.60) enjoyed a two-length edge at the top of the lane and was in cruise control to the finish. Bakken used a late kick to take second while Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   The victory was the third in nine starts this season for Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissful Hall-Periella Hanover). Owned by the Nickel City Ranch Stable, the 5-year-old horse is trained by Ron Van Wagoner. The win upped his 2015 bankroll to $15,488 and $77,977 in his career.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m at Buffalo Raceway.   For more information including race replays, the latest news, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Harness racing breeders are not a very patient lot at the best of times as most stallion owners will know from experience. Any new stallion is expected to preform miracles with their first crop and if they don't they are quickly written off and discarded by most breeders. In today's world of shuttle stallions where the best sires in the world are available to New Zealand breeders, there is no where for a promising sire to hide any more. To make an impact you have to face the Bettor's Delights and Art Majors of the world front on. The biggest problem that most of the newer stallions face is getting access to quality mares. It doesn't happen in most instances so the playing field is always heavily tilted in favour of the established sires. Therefore when the progeny of  a new sire do show up on the track and compete with the big boys, one has to take note. One of the newer sires we think is doing a good job off limited numbers is the son of The Panderosa in Panspacificflight 1:50.6 ($442,953). Available via frozen semen through Brent and Sheree McIntyre's stud, Macca Lodge, Panspacificflight looked a topliner in the making before injury curtailed his career. His maternal family is as good as it gets with his dam You Can Fly also producing Thereandpanlines 1:49.4 ($944,349). You Can Fly is also a half sister to the top sire Real Artist who has left the winners of over $78,000,00 to date including six millionaires and 24 in 1:50 and she is also a half sister to the dam of leading sire Art Major so it is a sire laden pedigree. His North American statistics are encouraging with him finishing sixteenth last year on the North American two year old sires list just behind Mach Three and ahead of McArdle and Jeremes Jet. He is just about to crack ten million in North American earnings so he does look a stallion on the up. In New Zealand his oldest crop are three year olds and number just 23 live foals. Of those twenty three, eighteen have qualified with five having won to date which is a great start The best of these is probably Little Rascal who was impressive winning from the Robert Dunn barn recently at Alexandra Park. Panspacificflight has 33 two year olds this season and again he has some promising performers. As of today seven have qualified and two have shown up on raceday to good effect. Arden's Choice looks a high class filly after a top second on debut at Timaru in a $25,000 Sires Stakes heat run just a touch outside the New Zealand record for the distance. She lines up again tonight at Auckland in a fillies heat of the Young Guns series and is a leading contender. Arden's Legacy ran third in last weekends $25,000 Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham and looks a very promising colt. Another colt to have made an impression this season was First Class Arden who qualified in 1:58.5 recently at Ashburton. All in all it is a very good start for a sire who hasn't had a lot of "blue blood" mares and has struggled for numbers as well. He is showing all the signs of being a successful sire and in our view deserves a bigger shot at really making it as a sire than breeders are currently giving him. Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 20, 2015 -- Returning from a layoff of more than three months, Continual Velocity still was the best at The Meadows as she notched a front-end harness racing victory in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone hustled Continual Velocity to the front, where she enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half on a "good" surface. Palone had to chase Continual Velocity in the lane, but the 7-year-old daughter of Real Artist - Extreme Velocity responded and held off Macharoundtheclock by 1/2 length in 1:55. The pocket-sitting R Marie Hanover was third. Ron Burke trains Continual Velocity, who now boasts $542,275 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. It was one of three wins on the 12-race card for Palone. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DOVER, Del. --- Drive By Night made it six wins in his last seven races scoring a 1:52.4 victory in the $15,000 Male Claiming pace on Sunday, Dec. 14 at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden made the winner's circle four times. Montrell Teague was at the controls of a Drive By Night's impressive win for the sixth time while trainer Dan Munson has been the winning owner of all but one of those wins. All of Drive By Night's wins have come with a claiming $15,000 tag. The Real Artist-U Drive Me Crazy gelding was claimed and claimed back the next start by Munson in late November. Ourea Nourrir (Allan Davis) finished second. Jebswesternshake (George Dennis) took third money. In addition to Wolfenden's four wins, Eddie Davis Jr., Vic Kirby and trainer Joe Hundertpfund had two wins each. Prior to the racing, there was a short memorial tribute for the late Bobby Botsch, a longtime Delaware horseman, who passed away recently. The ceremony was attended by family, friends and horsemen in the Dover Downs winner's circle. Handsoffmycookie faces three new opponents in the $18,000 Mares Open pace on Monday. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. During the annual Christmas Break Week, There is no live racing, from Friday, Dec. 19 until racing resumes on Sunday, Dec. 28. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

World Champion pacing sire Real Desire, whose first Indiana-bred crop of 2-year-olds made its debut this year, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen, Indiana beginning with the 2015 breeding season, it was announced today. His stud fee has been set at $3,500. Real Desire had stood at Midland Acres’ Indiana stallion station since coming to the Hoosier State from Pennsylvania in 2011. He was bred to more than 100 mares there every year. He now joins a roster of five other stallions at Ivy Lane, owned and operated by Dr. Paul and Cathy Webb. "The horse has received a warm welcome from breeders in Indiana since he first came on the scene, and we're glad to be able to keep him in the state," said Brittany manager Art Zubrod. "Paul and Cathy Webb at Ivy Lane were very accommodating, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. "Indiana, from top to bottom, has as solid a sire stakes program as one will find, with a lot of money-making opportunities at all levels. We're certainly glad to be represented there," he continued. The racing success of Real Desire's first Indiana foals this past season made him the state's leading percentage sire of 2:00 2-year-old pacers. That crop was led by Indiana Sire Stakes final winners I'm The Real Lady p,2,1:54 ($91,274) and Mystical Treasure p,2,1:53.3 ($78,045), along with Rockin Ron p,2,1:53, Fox Stake-placed Cantescapemydesire p,2,1:53.4 and Skyway Sonoma p,2,1:55. Real Desire has sired the overall winners of $45-million in his career. Allerage Farms Pace winner State Treasurer and James Lynch Memorial winner Fancy Desire are his richest performers of the current season. From Brittany Stallion Management  

Bloomsburg, PA---The final stop of the 2014 Pennsylvania fair season staged the first phase of its harness racing action on Thursday and Friday, with Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes the features over the half-mile oval in this northeast Pennsylvania town. (This Tuesday and Wednesday, the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes will ring down the final curtain on this year’s circuit.) In a season where pacers had dominated the headlines heretofore, the Fair Sire Stakes here saw the trotters take center stage, with all four divisions of the diamondgaiters posting the fastest clockings of the fair circuit for age, sex, and gait. (A certain two-year-old pacing filly also got her name on that list, too, but more on her in a moment.) The sophomore trotting gelding Millertown Road put it all together Friday over the track where he trains, going wire-to-wire in 2:00.2, last quarter 28.3, to post the summer’s fastest trot mile over the Pennsy twicearounds. The son of Malabar Millennium took the faster division of his event by defeating Faust, who had held the season’s record, for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Jim McGettigan, and owner Edward McGettigan Jr. Other winners in this class were Fly Past Hanover, giving driver Schoeffel 2/3 of this section with his 11th win of the year, and Mr Weaver, who won his last eight Fair Sire Stakes starts en route to nine triumphs on the season. Earlier, the filly Hearts Content had matched Faust’s 2:00.4 trot mark for 2014 with an exciting wire-to-wire victory over an onrushing Cantabs Lightning in the fastest 3TF cut. Racing on the lead as is her wont, the daughter of SJ’s Caviar opened a big enough margin that her major rival couldn’t catch her as Hearts Content tallied for driver Roger Hammer and the Dunn Stable of trainer Walter “Boots” Dunn. A day earlier, driver Steve Schoeffel still had his name next to the fastest 2TF, but it was the Muscle Massive miss Missive replacing Mooksie on the top of the charts after a 2:01.4 triumph. Schoeffel also trains Missive, who led all the way for owners Kathy Schoeffel and the Lander Stable LLC. Two trotting geldings both went in 2:04 to set the standard for baby trotting males. First up was The Master, with Steve Schoeffel earning himself another line in the 2014 record books by sulkysitting behind the Glidemaster gelding for trainer Syl King Jr. and owner Mahlon Martin. Fifteen minutes later, the SJ’s Caviar gelding Music Man De Vie wrote his name alongside that of The Master by matching his time for driver Marc Mosher and trainer/lessee Clifton Green while defeating Schoeffel’s Police Navidad, who is still tied for most wins by a baby trotter in North America with 10. The one pacer posting a PA fair season’s mark was the winningest two-year-old in all of North America, the Western Terror pacing filly Tropical Terror, who ran her remarkable record to 17-15-2-0 with a 2:00 victory for Team Shaw – driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. The 2:00 equaled the clocking of Keystone I Wish, who has hung the only two defeats on Tropical Terror – and who finished behind “TT” Thursday after a fierce duel the last quarter. Team Shaw’s 2PG Nippy won for the 14th time of this season earlier in the card, putting him second in victories among all U.S./Canadian freshmen. Also worth a mention is Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who posted the fastest clocking of the meet, 1:59.3, in winning Friday for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer; Ruffle Up had three magic miles this summer, while no other horse could post more than one. A report on the Bloomsburg Stakes will follow this Wednesday’s action, and a summary of the entire 2014 fair season will be issued shortly after that sending. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horseman's Association 

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