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DAYTON, OH - GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind harness racing tactics on Saturday (Nov. 7) night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.   Odds on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to past the 1:21.4 three-quarters station and into the stretch. GD Western Joe moved into second over position in the compact field around the final bend then sprinted to the front halfway down the lane.       The winner, a member of the Burke Brigade, entered the Open off a fifth place finish in last week's special $100,000 claiming race at Harrah's Hoosier Park and looked worth every penny of that tag. He now sports six 2020 wins and $93,045 in seasonal earnings. Careerwide, the 5-year-old son of Real Desire has 33 wins in 91 tries and a $533,996 lifetime bounty.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

Plainville, MA --- Massachusetts-bred Finnbar took advantage of a favorable draw and made an early move that proved fruitful as he won the $15,500 harness racing feature pace for 4-year-olds and under at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 12). Finnbar (Shawn Gray) got away fifth as Stihl N (Kevin Switzer Jr.) led the troops through the first turn, but Gray tipped quickly before the quarter and marched to the lead in front of the stands. Finnbar continued to pace sharply with Stihl N on his back and hit the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Motoring around the final bend it had turned into a two-horse race and Stihl N came off the pylons to take his best shot at Finnbar as they headed into the stretch. But Gray had his horse on cruise control and line-drove Finnbar to the wire and won by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.3, tying his lifetime mark.   Scoring his second win of the year, Finnbar ($2.40) is owned by his trainer, Nancy Longobardi. Finnbar (Real Desire-Unbeachable) has been competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for the past two weeks, but entered an overnight event on Monday as the stake had a bye this week. He was not the only eligible to do that and some of the others who did, ended up in the winner's circle as well and all three took new lifetime marks in the process. The 2-year-old pacing colt Beantown Bruschi (Dragon Again-Wondrous Grace) made a three-wide three-quarter move from seventh and pulled away down the stretch to win by 7-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2. Driven by Mitchell Cushing, Beantown Bruschi ($2.60) is owned by Michael Goldberg Racing and is trained by Jeff Lieberman. The 3-year-old pacing filly Lily's Delight (So Surreal-My True Delight) left from post seven for Mitchell Cushing and went gate to wire, scoring a one-length win in 1:57.2. Lily's Delight ($8.00) is owned by The Right Move Racing and is trained by Brewer Adams. The 3-year-old pacing gelding Mr. Puzzles (Western Maverick-Dicey Miss) took an early lead but then tripped out from the quarter on, finding racing room in the stretch to win by 3/4's of a length in 1:55.4. Mr. Puzzles ($14.60) is owned by Richard and Wendy Humphrey and is trained by his driver, John Nason. The MASS resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 18) and Monday (Oct. 19) with the finals taking place the following week on Monday (Oct. 26). Plainridge saw its second dead-heat in less than a week as Somesizesomestyle (Drew Monti) and Sign To Inverell A (Mitchell Cushing) traded blows all the way down the stretch and then couldn't be separated by the camera at the line in 1:53. Somesizesomestyle ($2.60) is owned by The Jesmeral Stable and is trained by Sheena Mcelhiney and Sign To Inverell A ($3.20) is owned by Bret Pisarski and is trained by Andrew Adamczyk. It was the 68th lifetime win for the venerable 13-year-old Sign To Inverell A. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 15) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Skyway Quinton, circling four-wide on the far turn around horses who had been used hard early, stayed strong to the wire to take the $17,200 pacing feature in 1:50.2 on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Anthony Napolitano kept the victorious son of Real Desire near the back of the pack as favored Alluneedisfaith N yielded to Rollwithpapajoe near the quarter, after which that one put up splits of :26.1, :55.2, and 1:22.1. A first-over bid from Western Fame and a three-wide sweep from Luciano N did not gain on the frontenders, but Skyway Quinton did, pulling away to win by 1½ lengths over two Pocono Pike users who dead-heated for second - chalk Alluneedisfaith N and Prairie Panther, the longest shot on the board.   Skyway Quinton, sent off at 8-1, scored his 20th career victory and raised his earnings to $199,477 for trainer Travis Alexander and owner Sarah Nichole Conrad. The $14,000 fast-class co-feature fell to the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding Rock The Devil in 1:50.2. The first-over winner rocked his own third quarter in 26.1 to go to the lead nearing the three-quarters and went on to win comfortably for driver Jim Marohn Jr., trainer Nifty Norman, and the Scarlett Stables LLC. 11-year-old Atta Boy Dan, Pocono's Pacer of the Year in 2019, is doing pretty well in 2020 as well, recording his third straight win and sixth of the season in 1:51.1. Parked past a stinging :25.4 opening quarter, the Western Terror gelding stayed game and strong to the wire for driver George Napolitano Jr. while recording his 77th career win while boosting his earnings to $1,008,564. Peter Pellegrino trains the evergreen pacer for owner Stephen Larkin. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

What Cheer, IA -- Nine fields of 3-year-old and aged harness racing pacers competed on Sunday (July 12), the final day of the Keokuk County Fair.   The card began with two divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and two divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies vying for the State Representative David Maxwell blanket.   Top 3-year-old gelding Slippin The Clutch won the first colt race. Drawing to the outside in post position five, Slippin The Clutch was hung out until the quarter when he was able to take the front and grab the rail. Will Roland drove the son of Iowa sire Millionaire Cam to a 1:57.2 victory for owners Jay Delong, Jeff Carey, and Rick & CD Huffman. Trained by Curtis Carey, Slippin The Clutch has five wins in five starts in 2020.   The second division of pacing colts went to CD Huffman and Larry Mather's 3-year-old colt Always Hotspeed. Pacing a 2:02.1 mile with Chad Svendson in the bike, the son of Real Desire is trained by Joel McDanel.   The fastest division of 3-year-old pacing fillies went to Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann. The Lettherockbegin filly led gate-to-wire in a speedy 1:59.3 mile. This was Jennie Ann's third win this year, and her second fastest mile following a 1:58.3 performance at West Liberty a few weeks ago.   Shining Jewels made it two in a row taking the other division of 3-year-old pacing fillies after a win in Humboldt last week. The daughter of Real Desire knocked two seconds off last week's win clocking a 2:00.2 mile. Trained by Elvin Zimmerman, Shining Jewels was driven by Samuel Zimmerman and owned by Aimes Racing.   The feature race of the day was the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace for colts and geldings. Two of Iowa's top horses, Minnie VInnie and Roland N Rock, both drew first tier post positions setting up a battle for the boys. Eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Roland N Rock took advantage of post position two to capture the early lead. The 5-year-old son of Millionaire Cam, Minnie Vinnie, dropped into the two hole coming into the first turn and didn't challenge until the half. The two raced wheel to wheel with Duane Roland driving Roland N Rock on the inside and Will Roland piloting Minnie Vinnie in hot pursuit. Minnie Vinnie inched ahead into the final turn and brought it home down the stretch to win in 1:59.   The mare division of the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace went to Edmund Krapp's filly Red N Hotallover. The daughter of Ryan N Hanover paced a 1:59.1 mile with James Gould taking the reins. Red N Hotallover has won four of her last five starts.   A colt and a filly division of 3-year-old non-winners of $3,000 in 2020 pacers followed. Trained and driven by Mark Mintun, Robert Lem's Yankee Skyscaper gelding Yankee On The Move shaved four seconds off his personal best earning a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Duane and Connie Roland's Sportsmaster filly Sporty Fox made her way to the winner's circle for the first time this year in a 2:06 mile with Cory Larson driving.   The final race of the last day of the Keokuk County Fair was for non-winners of $2,500 or maiden pacers. Somewherebeautiful entered with $2,300 on her card and drew the rail with Duane Roland driving. Winning in a flawless gate-to-wire performance, the 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly finished in 2:01.3 for owners Duane and Roger Roland.   Iowa racing action resumes next Saturday (July 18) and Sunday (July 19) with the second round of the Iowa Sires Stakes contested at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30pm.   by Gretchen Roland, Iowa Harness Horse Association    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Some high-powered free-for-all and invitational harness racing pacers were very impressive winning Wednesday morning qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fastest of all was the veteran Riverboat King gelding Theartofconfusion A, who paced a 1:49.3 all-age track record mile at Yonkers last year. On Wednesday Theartofconfusion A motored home in :56 flat despite being first-up to complete a 1:55.1 victory for driver Eric Carlson and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, auguring well as he sets out to post a third consecutive $200G+-winning season for co-owners Garcia-Herrera and Barbara and Donald Arnstine. The Real Desire eight-year-old mare Eclipse Me N, who set a 1:48.2 divisional world record at The Downs last year, flew home in :55.2 to stop the timer in 1:55.4 in her event. Simon Allard was in the sulky for trainer/brother Rene and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae. Trainer Rene Allard has been le Boss of the local conditioners with six titles in the last seven years, and his 2018 Hempt Championship winner Springsteen sounded a strong winning note with a 1:56.1 victory, his own last half :56.1 with Simon Allard sulkysitting. Allard Racing Inc. co-owns the son of Rock N Roll Heaven with Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg, and Kapildeo Singh. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

LEBANON, OH. - Granite (Jeremy Smith) added to his impressive harness racing resume in the $24,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 11), topping Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in 1:52.1 over a damp racing surface that stood up well despite weekend long rain showers. Jeremy Smith and Granite were content to sit fourth along the pylons while My Hero Ron parked favored Fan Of Terror around the first turn on the way to a :26.1 opening panel. My Hero Ron then lead the field through a pedestrian :30.2 second quarter as Granite commenced a grinding first-over attack shortly before the :56.3 beam. Moving up to second during the :27 third quarter (1:23.3) Granite was still forced to challenge on the rim before finally pulling away to victory in the last 100 yards. Owned by The Panhellenic Stable and trained by Ken Rucker, Granite has now captured 29 lifetime wins and earned $534,775. The 7-year-old son of Real Desire paid $9.40 to win. The Ken Rucker Stable also captured a $20,000 Open II Pace when Rose Run Uriah (Jeremy Smith) edged ahead of Beyond Delight (John DeLong) in the final strides. Tyd The Glyde (Trace Tetrick) picked up the show dough at the end of the 1:52 mile. A Claim To Fame series for $20,000 male claiming pacers also kicked off Saturday night, divided into four divisions racing for $20,000 purses. Pet Shark (Trevor Smith) captured the first split in 1:52.4 for owner-trainer Perry Smith, topping Make A Statement A (Tyler Smith) and Ville Valo (Brett Miller). The second first leg division went to Persistent Threat A (Josh Sutton) who topped Super Pac Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Nicol Shard N (John DeLong) in 1:54.1 at 20-1 odds. The Aussie-bred winner is co-owned by Jeffrey Koesters and trainer Phil Belanger. Winna Winna (Jeremy Smith), owned by Brian Witt and conditioned by Larry Finn, got the nod in the third division by beating J J Tanner (Tyler Smith) and Sonofa Sizzle (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53. The fourth and final split went to Ponderingjacksfame (Chris Page), whose 1:53.2 clocking bested Ram N Desire (Tyler Smith) and Monte Cristo (Jeremy Smith) for owner No Recall Stable and trainer Ron Burke. Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) with a 14-race matinee beginning at 2:05 p.m. The southwest Ohio oval also presents matinee programs on Mondays and Tuesdays. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Granite, the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Real Desire, paced the fastest mile of the meet thus far winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday (Jan. 4) at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.4. The Ken Rucker-trainee won seven races and finished in the money on 24 of 35 occasions in 2019, banking $150,365 for The Panhellenic Stable. Lifetime, Granite now has 28 victories from 126 starts and $522,775 in bounty. Winning driver Jeremy Smith took full advantage of a pocket ride throughout the mile, following favored I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) through fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:24.1. When first-over challenger Fan Of Terror (John DeLong)-who was assigned the outside post following two straight Open triumphs at Hollywood Dayton-faded slightly just after entering the stretch Granite pounced on the leader and then held off a furious late charge from runnerup Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) to secure the victory. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) also had late pace to finish third, while Fan Of Terror, I'm A Big Deal and Tyd Theglyde (Trace Tetrick) also picked up checks in the ten horse field. Granite paid $16.40 to win, the exacta returned $147.20 and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back a healthy $265.35. Jeremy Smith fashioned a Grand Slam on the first dozen races. In addition to his feature race win with Granite, his tallies came behind trotter Doctor Blizzard (1:58.2, $42.20) for trainer Mike Polhamus, A True Rock Star (1:55, $34.20) for trainer Aaron Hamilton and Monte Cristo (1:54.1, $7.00) for trainer Mike Arnold. Miami Valley will present the first of three consecutive matinee programs on Sunday (Jan. 5) afternoon. Post time on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is 2:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A rare Ãke Svanstedt-trained pacer, the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Kimberlee, sat off of very hot fractions, then swept to victory late in the $17,500 distaff featured harness racing pace during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Shes Pukka N used the rail to gain the early advantage, keeping the favorite Eclipse Me N parked well past the :26 quarter to almost the 3/8; at that point Medusa, who had also left and was parked with cover, went on and gained command before the hot :54.1 half. Tell Me A Joke came up first-over, with the 12-1 Kimberlee towed up second-over, with the former challenging Medusa for the lead through and past a 1:22 three-quarters. All of the horses who had been involved with the quick pace understandably tired a bit, leaving Kimberlee ($26.60) with a clear path to pace to a 1:50.3 victory, a neck ahead of Tell Me A Joke. Marcus Miller, whose four driving wins were the most on the card, was in the sulky behind the 10-time winner for Knutsson Trotting Inc. Though she came up shy in this, her first start in 26 days, Eclipse Me N earned a place in the winners circle after Kimberlee, as the Real Desire mare was honored as Pocono's Mare of the Year. Eclipse Me N performed quite honorably against national-class mares in the Great Northeast Open Series, missing only a half-length in the Championship, and in top-level overnight events she was a high-percentage winner, including an equaling of the 1:48.2 world record for older mares on a 5/8-mile track and an upset win over Breeders Crown champion Caviart Ally. The Allard brothers, driver Simon and trainer Rene, were among others on hand to accept the award for the connections of the winner of $314,269, who is owned by Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald MacRae. Only five cards remain in the 2019 racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as with the change to November the track will race only on Saturday and Tuesday until closing night of Saturday, November 16. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

DAYTON, OH. - The aptly named Granite returned to the harness racing winner's circle Saturday night (Oct. 19), winning the featured $16,000 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:50.4. The rock solid 6-year-old son of Real Desire, who has bounced back and forth between Miami Valley, Scioto Downs, Hoosier Park, Hawthorne and Hollywood Dayton all year, captured his seventh seasonal victory and raised his 2019 bounty to $139,640 with the near gate-to-wire triumph. Driver Jeremy Smith rushed his 4-5 favorite out from the starting car and except for a brief moment when he allowed Dancin Yankee (Tyler Smith) to clear to the pylons in front of him before quickly retaking command, stopped every teletimer in the :26.3, :55.3, 1:23 and 1:50.4 mile. Dancin Yankee held for second at the finish while longshot Townline All Good (Randy Tharps) benefitted from a groundsaving journey along the pylons to garner the show dough. The Panhellenic Stable of New York owns Granite, who is rapidly approaching the half million dollar earnings plateau. He is trained by Ken Rucker. Threeofthebest A (Brett Miller) copped the secondary feature, a $13,000 condition event for non-winners of $10,000 in their last 4 starts. The Tyler George owned and trained 6-year-old Mach Three gelding rallied strongly through the stretch to catch show finisher Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) and hold off runnerup Feelnlikearockstar (Trevor Smith) in 1:50.1-a new lifetime best. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) parlayed her perfect trip to a harness racing victory in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Rene Allard, whose YS Tallia (Western Ideal) won the $12,500 Winners Over for pacing mares earlier on the card, saw his Eclipse Me N surge in the passing lane to record her ninth win of the season. Steeven Genois piloted Eclipse Me N as they sat the pocket to the race's favorite Bontz N (Billy Dobson) who set sizzling fractions on the front-end on a chilly fall afternoon in Saratoga. Bontz N was confronted by a rival in the early going in the feature and went to the half in 55.1. Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall), who like Bontz N has become a force among local pacing mares in recent months, came from last and closed quickly around the final turn before taking the lead in the stretch. It looked as if Come Get The Cash was to be the winner before Eclipse Me N gathered momentum in the passing lane and emerged victorious in 1:54. The seven year old Eclipse Me N is enjoying a six-figure campaign for the second consecutive year and added another win to her bulky total in Thursday's feature. In the five-horse Open, Eclipse Me N paid $8.10 to win and led an exacta with Come Get The Cash second that returned $41.40. Bontz N had to settle for the show spot. Eclipse Me N, who now owns four local Open victories in 2019, gave back-to-back winners on the card to Allard and owner Yves Sarrazin of Quebec, Canada who co-owns the Open's winner with Donald Mac Rae and the Allard Racing Stable. Sarrazin is the sole owner of YS Tallia who went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2 in the undercard to the Thursday feature with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. For full results and entries click here. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 26, 2019-- After losing his first nine races to start the harness racing season, Brookie's Prince N (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) has flipped the script 180 degrees. It was an 11th consecutive win Thursday night (Sept. 26th) as Brookie's Prince N lasted on the lead during Yonkers Raceway's $13,500 pacing opener. In for the higher number in a $12,5000/$15,000 claiming handicap, Brookie's Prince N wired the field (;27.3, 57.4, 1:26.1, 1:55.3) from outside post position No. 7. The 6-year-old Real Desire Down Under gelding, owned by Jessica Anderson and trained by Rich Banca, was summarily reclaimed by owner-trainer Brittany Robertson. The rent-a-horse Brookie's Prince N has now been taken out of his last five starts. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Real Desire mare Eclipse Me N won for the fifth time in her last eight starts on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, defeating a strong group of mares in the $21,500 distaff pacing feature in 1:50.2. After Bettorhaveanother passed the quarter in front in :27.2, Eclipse Me N and driver Simon Allard were up and clambering for command, reaching that spot and getting a relative breather to the :56 half. From there Eclipse Me N hit a much higher gear, stepping home in :54.2 to defeat first-over Diva's Image, the slight 6-5 favorite to the winner's 3-2, by two lengths. The career winner of $292,944 is trained by the meet's leading conditioner, Rene Allard, for Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae. P L Ketchup was able to come out on the "right" side of a photo after finishing second four straight times, three of them by a half-length or less, winning a $15,000 conditioned trot in a lifetime mark of 1:54. The Kadabra gelding used pure speed in accomplishing the task, posting supersonic fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3 in "bottoming" the field out, holding off his nearest challenger, the pocketsitter Trixar, by a neck. Pat Berry drove the winner for trainer Steven Brabrook and owner Jaypaul Hoover. The track's perennial leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., guided five horses past the wire first on the Tuesday card. His brother Anthony accounted for the biggest win price of the night, overcoming post nine with Betabcool N by a nose and returned $50.80 to win to his scattered backers. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

LEBANON, OH. - Real Diva lived up to her name Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old Real Desire mare was crowned champion when she captured the $15,000 Survivor Series final for $5000 claiming mares. The harness racing series started with 40 minimum claiming mares in four divisions two weeks ago, was narrowed to the top twenty for the second go-around last week, and then ten finalists squared off to compete for the crown and the lucrative purse on Monday. Sent off as an 8-5 co-favorite from the rail, driver Dan Noble was content to get away third in the first quarter. Real Diva was shuffled to fourth at both the half and the three-quarter stations as first Fancy Jess (Kayne Kauffman) and then Grimalkin (Trace Tetrick) pressured the pacesetter Star Of Our Show (Brett Miller). Noble was able to angle the winner three-wide at the head of the stretch and propel down the middle of the lane to secure the 1:55.4 score. Trainer Noah Garrett, who sports an outstanding .512 UTRS during the current meet, also owns Real Diva who he purchased from out East around the turn of the calendar year to 2019. She won her first start in Ohio in January, then managed a pair of show finishes in the Survivor Series eliminations. Grimalkin garnered the place money and Star Of The Show hung on for third. The Tuesday (Feb. 19) matinee at Miami Valley will feature the tandem $15,000 championship Survivor Series showdown for the male $5000 claimers. First race post is 2:05 p.m. and the Survivor Series championship should head postward approximately 5 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

ANDERSON, IN - Indiana-sired three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 29 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Mildrix, with Sam Widger in the bike, used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo and pull the 15-1 upset in the featured event of the evening. Stopping the timer in 1:52, Mildrix established a new lifetime best and the victory was one of three winners on the program for Widger. Starting from the coveted rail position in the competitive field of ten, Mildrix was unhurried from the gate to get away a worrisome sixth. Elliot Deaton gave Neverforgetwhour her marching orders and she quickly grabbed the lead from post eight through the opening panel in :26.3. Virgin Eyes and Michael Oosting grabbed a pocket seat with Gate Speed and Brandon Bates followed along in third. Dee Rocks and Trace Tetrick, the heavy post time favorite, settled along the rail in seventh. Neverforgetwhour dictated middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2 before being joined on the outside by Always Woggy and Peter Wrenn who had Dee Rocks and Trace Tetrick in tow approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Neverforgetwhour was bracing for the cavalry charge to the wire and a cavalry charge it was. Horses began to fan out across the track but the biggest threat was to the inside. Sitting last at the top of the stretch, Widger utilized the passing lane to find late racing room and Mildrix found a :27.1 final panel to get the win by a head. Two lengths separated the top seven finishers. Neverforgetwhour held on valiantly for second place honors while Let Me Fly Low and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well for third. Mildrix returned $33.40 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained, owned and bred by Kelly Goodwin, Mildrix recorded her first win of the season from three starts and second lifetime victory. The daughter of Real Desire-Didrickson has now amassed $57,100 in lifetime purse earnings. "We weren't expecting to go in the sires stakes in just her third start of the season but she raced really well the previous week," Goodwin mentioned after the win. "She can be a little tough, she has her own way of doing things but she's a nice filly and we're really happy with her." The upset trend continued in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies as Trace Tetrick steered Always Curious to victory at odds of 12-1. Stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Always Curious used a :27.4 closing quarter to get the win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Jeff Cullipher trains and co-owns the daughter Always A Virgin-A Loskoz Bluegrass with Tom Pollack. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 30 with an 11-race card featuring a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 Pool. The Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Friday, resulting in a $7,503 carryover for Saturday's program. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features an industry low takeout of 12% with a 20 cent minimum wager. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

LONDON, ON....May 26 - The Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron with Louis-Philippe Roy in the sulky, captured the first edition of the $150,000 Camluck Classic in a track record time of 1:50.1. The son of Real Desire was first off the car leading through an opening panel in :27.1 Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) settled in the pocket with rail starter Sunfire Blue Chip (Trevor Henry) third. Rockin Ron remained on top in comfortable fashion past the half in :55.1 with Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) advancing first-over with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) tracking him. Louis Roy began to separate himself from his rivals past three-quarters in 1:23.1 before winning by eight lengths in commanding fashion. Evenin Of Pleasure finished second, while Easy Lover Hanover. "He was as strong at the half as he was at the wire," Roy said following the race. "I wanted to leave hard and make sure I could get everyone behind me. The horse was just terrific tonight and I'm thankful for the drive." The now 34-time winner boasts his career earnings to $1,383,483. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stable and J And T Stable. Percy Bluechip won the first of two the two OSS splits going wire to wire in 1:54.3. The filly by Shadow Play took hold of the pace while tracked by Kendall Seelster through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4. Rounding the final turn, Write Me A Song applied first-over pressure and chased the 1-9 favourite through the lane, while Kendall Seelster, lacking room, kept pace behind in third. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, Percy Bluechip, owned by Shadow Two Stable and James and Wilma MacKenzie, returned $2.10 to win. Wiring the field despite a loose saddlecloth, Big Thong strolled to a 1:55.2 victory in the latter OSS division over pocket-sitter Quite A Sight. Sent the 3-5 favourite, driver James MacDonald positioned the Scott McEneny-trained daughter of Big Jim on the lead, pacing uncontested through a :27.4 opening quarter, :59.1 half and 1:27.3 third quarter. Quite A Sight pulled pocket into the stretch, chasing in second while Cabowabocuttie shot through the inside for third. The $3.40 winner races for owners Michelle McEneny, Teresa Davidson, Martwest Racing Stable and Cora Marshall. Ezee Tiguan, fronting a field of breakers, took command past a :30.2 opening quarter and trotted unchallenged to a 2:02 win in the $24,200 City of London Filly and Mare Trot. She took the top from Miller Time, who sat pocket through splits of 1:00.3 and 1:31 while Candid Hally made a short pursuit first over into the final turn before fading. Owned by Linda Wellwood and Tammy Aspden, the Lyle MacArthur trained-and-driven Angus Hall filly paid $2.70 to win, while Windsong Ophelia rallied through horses to finish second and Miller Time held third. Following a front battle between tempo-setter Just Jewel and Sicario venturing first over after a slow start, Edstone jimmied his way in between horses around the final turn and found room to angle to the center of the track and reel in leader Daylon Phantom to win at 9-1 in the $25,200 City of London Trot. The three-year-old gelding by Glidemaster sat in the pocket while Just Jewel and Sicario carved times of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:29.2 on the lead. Trevor Henry tipped the Shannon Henry trainee off the rail rounding the final turn while Daylon Phantom circled to the lead from second over into the lane. Once shown racetrack, Edstone rallied through the center of the course and nabbed Daylon Phantom at the wire in 2:01.1. Owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc., Shaun Baines, Dave Hudson and James Dennie, Edstone paid $17.90 to win. Luc Blais trainee and 3-2 second choice Sweet Toujours, owned by Determination Inc., swept back to the top in the stretch, taking the $28,200 City of London Filly and Mare Pace in 1:56. Following a :28.2 opening quarter, James MacDonald circled the three-year-old Mach Three filly to the lead and soon resigned to the pocket as Shadowofhersmile ambushed the pacesetter for the front and cleared after a :57.2 half. She held control through three quarters in 1:25.4 and only faced Sweet Toujours as her closest threat into the stretch, with Sweet Toujours pacing by with ease to return $5.10 to win, while Macharita, blindswitched around the final turn, emerged for third. Treasure Writer pushed first over to win the $26,200 City of London Pace in 1:55.4 over pacesetter and 4-5 favourite Blue Moose. Driver James MacDonald tipped the Mike Smith-trained Sportswriter gelding uncovered following a :27.4 opening quarter to press the pace and remained at Blue Moose's side through a :58 half and three quarters in 1:26.2 before powering past the favourite in the stretch to win, with Delorean Seelster finishing third off a pocket trip. Trainer Mike Smith co-owns the $9.70 winner with Brooke Smith. Second-betting choice Champagne Phil scored going wire to wire in the $15,000 Preferred 2 Pace in 1:54.1 over pocket-rider Mohawk Warrior. The eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Dean Nixon set the pace unfettered on the lead, going fractions of :28.1, :58 and 1:26 with Mohawk Warrior on his back. He held control through the lane while The Loan Ranger sneaked through the inside to finish third. Trevor Henry piloted the $4.90 winner for owner Icr Racing. Sitting off a swift pace by odds-on favourite Drunkonaplane, Adore Him, driven by Trevor Henry for trainer Curt Blake and owner Robert Blake, catapulted off the rail to the center of the course and powered through a stampede to claim victory in the $11,000 Preferred 3 Pace going a mile and a sixteenth in 2:02. Drunkonaplane brushed to the front over Bestofthebunch, clicking the first quarter in :27 and maintaining that speed through a half in :54.3. The backfield assembled in chase of Drunkonaplane into the backstretch, with Audreys Dream leading the charge from first over moving to three quarters, timed in 1:24. Audreys Dream overtook the favourite into the lane, but Adore Him fanned to the center of the course and shot through a seam to edge past Audreys Dream in the final strides to score, with Another Great Pick finishing third. The six-year-old Shadow Play gelding returned $6.10 to win. Fading Shadow flew from the grandstand side to take the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Pace going a mile and a sixteenth in 2:03.3. Driver Scott Coulter positioned the Michael Carther-trained daughter of Shadow Play sixth while Teachers Vet blazed by the quarter in :27. She slowed the pace by the half in :56.2 as Pinky Tuscadero initiated the two-wide flow moving to lap two with the rest of the field bundling into contention passing three quarters in 1:26.3. Sodwana Bay circled off cover to take a narrow lead to the inside of Dazzling Rockette while Fading Shadow began her bid widest of all at the head of the stretch. Fading Shadow, the $16.80 winner owned by Malcom MacPhail, launched by Sodwana Bay in the final strides to score, while Dazzling Rockette finished third in a dead heat with Teachers Vet. Party In Rome wired her competition in the $13,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred 2 Handicap in 1:57. Driver Trevor Henry led with the Gerald Lilley-trained daughter of Big Jim through a :27.3 opening quarter while Southwind Ion sat second. Bourbon Seelster, third at the quarter, pulled first over circling the far turn and pressed Party In Rome on the lead through a :57.1 half and through three quarters in 1:26.1 before retreating in the stretch. Party In Rome, owned by Bill Manes, William Cripps and Steven Papillon, bested pocket-sitter Southwind Ion shaking loose late for second, while Request For Parole rallied off cover for third. She paid $6.20 to win. From Standardbred Canada and The Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 5, 2017-- Favored Rockin' Ron (George Brennan, $4.60) finished what he started Saturday night (Aug. 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 6, 'Ron' worked around P H Supercam (Brent Holland) before a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) left outside Rockin' Ron, but was relegated to a three-hole. Rockin Ron' found a 55-second intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:22). The maneuver lost P H Supercam as 'Sunfire' moved past him. The leader opened 2¼ lengths into the lane, holding Sunfire Blue Chip at bay by a length in 1:51...matching the fastest local mile of the season. Somewhere in L A (Jason Barlett) was third, also after solid, two-move try, with P H Supercam and Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) rounding out the payees. For Rockin' Ron, a 5-year-old Real Desire gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables, it was his fourth win in 17 '17 tries (25th career victory, earnings over $700,000). The exacta paid $33.20, with the triple returning $121.50. Yonkers offers up the fourth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 6th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

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