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Thoroughbred Daily News reporter Bill Finley has reported that harness racing trainer Rene Allard has joined the long list of those indicted for their role in a massive horse doping scheme that has rocked Thoroughbred and harness racing. The number of individuals who are known to have been involved is now 29. Allard was not among the original list of names of those who were indicted that was released Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Allard is second in the current trainer’s standings at Yonkers Raceway, behind only Richard Banca, who has also been indicted as part of the doping probe undertaken by the FBI. According to a source, Allard was arrested earlier this week while vacationing in Las Vegas. He is being charged with “misbranding” drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. During its investigation of Allard and others, the FBI intercepted a disturbing phone conversation between Ross Cohen and Louis Grasso, who were among those indicted Monday, discussing the deaths of horses who were given illegal drugs by Allard. It reads (exactly): Cohen: What’s going on with the Allard death camp? Grasso: (Laughter) well I didn’t get anymore emergency calls yesterday so I am assuming… Cohen: Assuming the number stopped at 7? Grasso: Well yeah Cohen” How many died? Grasso: Three Cohen. Jeez. What were you thinking? Grasso: Three or two maybe. The pair continue to discuss the situation before wrapping up: Grasso: …One of them just died on the table they just cut him open and poof it died. Cohen: Holy f–k did they do an autopsy? Grasso: Their heart rate was like triple they were breathing real heavy their membranes were going f-ing purple. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Robyn Camden (Art Professor) has thrived in her limited starts at Saratoga Casino Hotel over the course of her young career and on Thursday afternoon, the Rene Allard trainee returned to the Spa to compete in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Assigned post six in the six-horse feature, Robyn Camden cruised out to the front-end in a fast first quarter paced in 27.1. Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum), who owned a win and a second in the two installments of the feature for distaffers in 2020 leading up into Thursday's card, had made the top before yielding to Robyn Camden in the early going. Those two drew off from the competition past three quarters and it appeared that the public's top two choices in the wagering were poised for a good battle in the stretch. Robyn Camden put those thoughts to bed pretty quickly as reinsman Billy Dobson asked the 4-5 favorite to crank up the speed around the final turn and the results were instant. Robyn Camden paced away to win decisively in 1:54.2 triumph while Miss Irish Rose A held off longshot Firstup (Shawn Gray) to earn the place spot. Robyn Camden won her previous try at Saratoga when she scored in the local Open during closing week of the 2019 meet, dominating the competition en route to a victory by better than four lengths. On Thursday, the favorite paid $3.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $7.80 and $29, respectively. Robyn Camden is owned by Jason O'Sullivan of Dublin, Ireland. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 5pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

It has been announced that the Prince County Horsemen’s Club’s 2019 awards banquet will take place on April 11, 2020 at Credit Union Place Convention Centre in Summerside, and Rene Allard is going to be this year’s guest speaker. Allard is coming off yet another solid season, as starters from his operation won 339 races and banked $5.91-million in purses in 2019. Over the course of his career, Allard has trained his pupils to 4,545 wins and more than $53.7-million in purses. Social hour will start at 6:00 p.m. and awards dinner at 7:00 p.m. Jimmy Flynn will provide entertainment after the awards dinner, followed by music and dancing to end the evening. Tickets are now on sale. All seating will be assigned. Also, a limited number of tables of eight are currently available. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Lynn Whitlock (629-3346), Earl Watts (626-9444), Frank Banks (439-2981), Deanna Clow (629-9175), Darla MacEachern (439-5522), Jansen Sweet (856-0166) or Kingsley Walsh (432-4121). (With files from the Prince County Horsemen’s Club)

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Even as a certain well-regarded harness racing mare qualified at Dover in what was likely preparation for early season work, two horses who were very prominent in last year's Levy Series action turned in top qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Series winner who would go on to take a Franklin elim and finish third in the Franklin Championship here at Pocono, went straight to the lead for driver Simon Allard and trainer/brother Rene Allard, winning in 1:57.1. A last quarter of :28.4 made the winner of $1,745,185 clear at the wire for Go Fast Stable, Stephen Klunowski, B & I Stables LLC, and Gilbert Short. Later, former Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Champion Ideal Jimmy, a three-time Levy prelim winner last year, put in a sharp 1:53.4 mile on the engine, with a :27.3 last quarter leaving him 8¼ lengths in front of his field for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Erv Miller, and the Van Witzenburg stable. Also deserving mention are the team of driver Eric Carlson and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who combined on the first three qualifiying winners. Garcia-Herrera sent out a total of eleven horses in the prep races, a few times with two in the same race, and in addition to the three wins he had four second-place finishers and two third-place finishers. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Game Of Claims Series continued on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the temperature dropping through the 20s throughout the twilight harness racing card but the contested action featuring hot contests and hot horses. Both winners were claimed out of the $25,000 second preliminary leg for horses this week valued at a base price of $27,500, as horsemen want the right horse ready to take the throne in this group's $50,000 Game of Claims Championship on Saturday the 29th. The only double winner in this Game Of Claims section is the four-year-old Captaintreacherous ridgling Trente Deo, but if he sweeps his prelims, he'll be doing for somebody other than trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc. and Earl Hill Jr. Trente Deo, an engine winner last week for those connections, here rallied from the pocket to post a 1:52.4 victory for driver Simon Allard. Also winning in this company, and also moving to a new stable, is the veteran Pacific Fella gelding Polak A, who came from off the pace to win in 1:52.1 while exceeding $800,000 in earnings for driver Jim Morrill Jr., trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Eric Prevost (these two having the horse only this one week). Polak A had a second last week and a win here, so like two-time winner Trente Deo he is likely to make their Championship and may be eyed by several stables, even though the base price of claiming for this group goes up to $30,000 in next week's last preliminary. There were three divisions of the second preliminary round for the Game Of Claims group valued at a $17,500 base price Saturday, and the rail proved the common launching pad for the three victors of the $15,000 races. Simon and Rene Allard combined to take two of the cuts: with Horsing Around, who had been claimed in the first prelim, the Shadyshark Hanover gelding winning for Allard Racing Inc and Neal Moase in 1:53.2; and with the Roll With Joe gelding Stirling Escort, picture-perfect in tallying for A-1 Racing in 1:54.3. Neither Allard winner was claimed this time, but the winner of the other cut, the Make My Day gelding Ancle, is changing hands for the second straight week after becoming the only two-time Game Of Claims winner in this price class. Jim Morrill Jr. guided Ancle to victory in 1:53.3 for trainer James Guagliardo and owner Steven Celinsky. In all, six horses were claimed for $105,000 at this level with an eye towards the group's February 29 $30,000 Championship, bringing the night's total barnchangers to a dozen, with $278,775 changing hands. In the $17,500 top conditioned pace, last year's Pocono Pacer of the Year and the winningest harness horse in the United States with nineteen, the eleven-year-old Western Terror gelding Atta Boy Dan, joined the repeat series victors as the only two-time winners at the meet with a 1:51.3 victory. Tyler Buter kept the greybeard just off a wicked :25.4 opening duel, brushed to the lead, and then the pair won as they pleased for trainer Peter Pellegrino and owner Stephen Larkin. The victory was the 74th in Atta Boy Dan's career, and he now sports a bankroll of $982,752. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. visited Victory Lane four times Saturday, giving him ten triumphs after three days in the young Pocono season. The PHHA and the Pocono community extends its sympathies to trainer Andrew Harris, to his two daughters, and to the extended family upon hearing that Andrew's wife Amanda passed away at age 34 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The harness racing trotters and pacers take to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday for the earliest seasonal opening in 55 years of the harness sport in northeast Pennsylvania, with the first of thirteen races scheduled for 5 p.m. The opening set of features during February's racing at The Downs will be part of the new Game of Claims Series, grouping horses of varying values. It's appropriate that the claiming horses will provide the early season highlights at a track where 483 claims resulted in $9,465,025 turnover during 2019. Saturday's Game of Claims's first preliminary rounds will have two groups of horses with a base claiming price of $25,000 going for $25,000 a division, and three sections of $15,000 basic-level horses racing for $15,000 purses. The claiming price will go up slightly for prelims two and three, with each group's top pointearners in the preliminaries getting a chance to race for the throne as their Game Of Claims division's champion on Saturday, February 29, with a $50,000 bounty on the line for this week's $25,000 base-price horses, and $30,000 up for grabs by the leading $15,000 base-price competitors. Multi-time leading Pocono trainer Rene Allard will be sending out horses in four of the five Game Of Claims cuts, three of them new to the barn; the "holdover," Maxdaddy Blue Chip, was the 2017 Pacer of the Year at Pocono, and is still going strongly at age eight. Another "golden oldie," the 11-year-old Atta Boy Dan, returns to Pocono in a $14,000 pace after being named the 2019 Pocono Pacer of the Year. Atta Boy Dan, who will be starting from the outside in a field of seven, was the winningest harness horse in the United States last year with 19 victories, and he was the focus of the attention of many stables, being claimed no fewer than seventeen times, for a total of $670,000. FINISHING LINES -- In Tuesday morning qualifying action at The Downs, Crocketts Cullen N turned in a sharp 1:54.2 mile in wire-to-wire fashion for driver Larry Stalbaum and trainer Tracy Tarantino. The Kiwi import won fifteen times in 2019, including ten times in his last fifteen starts, all in high-class company. During the month of February, Pocono will race on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., with Mondays being added in March and post times shifting to the standard 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Monday cards will start at 4 p.m., and they will be joined at that start time in April with Tuesday racing as Pocono expands to its full standard schedule. An introductory press briefing will take place this Thursday to preview the highlights of the 2020 racing season at the northeast Pennsylvania track. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The 2020 racing season got off to a quick start at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday morning, as the Big Jim harness racing pacing mare Jossie James A won the first qualifier of the season in 1:54 while making her U.S. debut. Yonkers driving leader Jason Bartlett sent the oft-winning mare away quickly from post seven and tucked third. They sat in that position as Lyons River Pride, first or second in his last four starts against good foes at Yonkers, set fractions of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:25.1, then moved out on the turn and overhauled the leader by a half-length for trainer Richard Banca and owner Barbara Boese. Rene Allard, Pocono's leading trainer last season, teamed with his brother Simon for two qualifying wins, with the fast but fractious trotter Magical Journey in 2:01 and the stakes colt Captain Malicious in 1:57.1 in his 2020 bow. They also had seconds with Lyons River Pride and with newcomer Y S Sunshine, a Quebec stakes winner at two and three. The track's leading driver last season, George Napolitano Jr., also posted a first, guiding Nine Ways, a 14-time winner last campaign, to a wire-to-wire win in 1:56.4, one of two on the day for trainer Antonia Storer. Driver Tyler Buter also had a pair of triumphs during the first session. Tomorrow (Tuesday) will offer another qualifying session along with the draw for this Saturday's Opening Night of the 139-card 2020 racing season. The inaugural card will feature two events in the highlight races of February's action, the Game Of Claims Series for various levels of pacers, with elimination rounds determining who will be in the contest to sit on the throne after taking the series' rich Championship races. In the month of February, Pocono will race on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., with Mondays being added in March and post times shifting to the standard 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Monday cards will start at 4 p.m., and they will be joined at that start time in April with Tuesday racing as Pocono expands to its full standard schedule. An introductory press briefing will take place this Thursday to preview the highlights of the 2020 racing season at the northeast Pennsylvania track. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – Trainer Rene Allard is off to a fast start in the 2020 season at Yonkers Raceway. Allard has topped the track’s trainer standings in three of the last five years and was the runner up in the other two. Just nine programs into the new season, Allard’s tally is 13-for-42 with another 15 seconds and thirds. “We’re only racing about half the barn right now and the ones that we’re racing are in good spots, so it helps. When you’re only racing half the barn, it’s easier to keep a higher average,” Allard said. “I have approximately 30 horses who are going to qualify between now and the middle of February. I’m very happy with the start of the year so far. During the Yonkers break, we kept them fit and trained and as soon as they opened, we were ready to go.” The trainer recently completed an addition to his Middletown, N.Y. barn that added another 12 stalls, brining his total to 84. Only seven remain unoccupied, and that number could shrink to zero after Sunday’s Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. “I try to keep the barn full and there’s the young horses that are training down in Florida right now. I have nine yearlings that are down in Florida training down. In the spring they’re going to come here. We always make it work,” Allard said. “The winter, we back down to usually 60. In the summer, we go up to 120. Right now, I probably have a little bit more horses than I usually do this time of the year, so I have a feeling we’ll be pretty busy.” Allard has four entrants on the Saturday night (Jan. 18) program at the Hilltop. Among them is Ostro Hanover, who seeks his fourth straight victory in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. The 5-year-old gelding, owned in partnership by Go Fast Stable, B And I Stable, VIP Internet Stable, and Kapildeo Singh is 15-for-46 in his career with $256,466 earned. “He finished his year very strong, I was very happy with him. He’s been sharp and we’re taking a shot in the Preferred,” Allard said. Ostro Hanover won seven of his first 16 races for Frank Yanoti before joining Allard’s ranks as a companion to his standout 3-year-old pacer Springsteen in July 2018. However, Ostro Hanover went 0-for-6 to close his sophomore season, finishing third in the New York Sire Stakes Final beaten 11 1/4 lengths. “We really liked what we saw. I saw him win a couple times. We contacted the owner and we bought him and we thought he could be a great 3-year-old for the New York Sire Stakes,” Allard said. “Since we were going with Springsteen and they have multiple divisions, we thought, why not have two? We bought him and he was OK. I think we just did OK with him. We expected him to maybe be a little better the first year.” Allard stopped with Ostro Hanover after the NYSS Final Sept. 22, 2018 and he reemerged as a gelding a qualifier March 27, 2019. Ostro Hanover rattled off two straight wins in the conditions at Saratoga to begin his 4-year-old campaign. “He got a little bit sore at the end there. He was always a little bit weird behind, we couldn’t figure it out,” Allard said. “We castrated him, turned him out, and gave him time, and he came back really good. He was always pacing a little funny behind before, but once we did that, he came back good.” Although Ostro Hanover earned a check in nine straight starts, he continued to find the winner’s circle elusive. His next victory came July 6 in a $17,500 overnight at Pocono Downs. “The 4-year-old year is the toughest year for any horse. You go from racing only 3-year-olds and then you have to race against the world,” Allard said. “I don’t race my 4-year-olds as heavily. Last year, I had Springsteen, Simple Kinda Man, and Ostro Hanover, we didn’t race them as hard as some of the 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-year-olds. As the year goes on, it seems like they catch up to the rest.” As the year progressed, Allard saw Ostro Hanover continue to develop physically and mentally. “The one thing I’ve noticed is he used to gallop a lot when he jogged and now he paces almost all the time. He’s gotten stronger, he’s built a little more muscle,” Allard said. “His attitude has been great since he’s a gelding. When he was a colt, he was a little bit inconsistent. He had better days, bad days. Now, he never has a bad day. As they year went on, he got better and better, so we were happy with that.” By the end of the season, Ostro Hanover was firing on all cylinders. He won a $20,000 overnight at Yonkers Nov. 9 and after a third-place finish Nov. 21, earned a win in a $30,000 overnight Nov. 30. The next logical move was the Open Handicap Pace. However, Allard had another plan. He put Ostro Hanover in a $75,000 claimer for a $30,000 purse Dec. 7, taking advantage of the 25% allowance in the final month of Ostro Hanover’s 4-year-old season. The move paid off as Ostro Hanover doubled up. He won in the same class on the final Saturday of the season, scoring his third straight victory. “We figured he was a 4-year-old, so if anybody claimed him, they had to pay $100,000 for the horse,” Allard said. “We didn’t think anybody was going to claim him and we thought it was a good spot for him, so we took advantage of his 4-year-old allowance to get a couple wins out of it. But the plan was, after January to put him back in the conditioned races.” Ostro Hanover qualified Jan. 10, finishing second by a neck to Preferred rival Jack’s Legend. Allard thinks the gelding is ready to go in his first pari-mutuel start of the year. “We’ll see what happens. He’s been training good, he’s trained every three days for the last three weeks in the Yonkers break and then last week, they didn’t use the Open or the Preferred, so we qualified him and he qualified well; we were happy with him. “I think the horse is feeling good, he’s fresh, and I think he belongs in there. It’s a bit of a step up, but when the horse’s feelings are not hurt and the confidence is there, usually they show up. They’re kind of like humans with their feelings. Right now, he thinks he’s one of the best because he’s won his last three. I think that reflects in their performance when they’re feeling brave.” Ostro Hanover will start from post six with regular driver Dan Dube in the sulky. Jack’s Legend, who won two Open Handicaps and finished second in another last fall for Rich Banca, will start from post seven with Jason Bartlett in the bike. Reagan’s Avenger and Tookadiveoffdipper each won their last start in the Yonkers overnight ranks and step up into the Preferred. Benson Boys, Twin B Tuffenuff, and Benhope Rulz complete the lineup. “I think it’s not too bad of a spot,” Allard said. “There’s a couple nice horses in there. Banca’s horse is probably the best horse, but he drew outside. There’s a couple nice horses, but I think if he gets in the hunt with the right trip, he’ll definitely be right with them.” Saturday night’s card also features the $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 7:05 p.m. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Kiwon Waldron, who spent this past summer away from his homeland in Bermuda, to drive very successfully on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit under the tutelage of Michel and Rene Allard, was the leading driver at the recent Bermuda Harness Pony Meet Saturday with four winners. In Bermuda, the club races on a quarter-mile track with only four horses per race and they go a half mile (2 laps). Most horses will race two heats on one race card.  Waldron, 19, started off winning the second race with Reign Of Terror in 1:06, then won the fourth race with Just In Time in 1:07.3 and came back with Just In Time to win the ninth race in 1:10. He then won the 11th race with Thisbabyrocks in 1:04.3 to complete his four-bagger on the afternoon. We also noticed on the Bermuda race program, a pony named Wiggleitjiggleit! by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Invader Robyn Camden (Art Professor) added one to her already bulky win total for the 2019 harness racing season as she prevailed in the Thursday feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee was assigned post position five in the five-horse Open which went for a purse of $18,000. Robyn Camden got away last in the feature but with the grueling pace being set wound up getting a nice trip to come from off-the-pace. Billy Dobson piloted the four year old mare who was the 6-5 second choice in the wagering as she circled the compact field before drawing away in 1:54.1 to record her fourteenth victory of the season. The race's favorite The Charging Moa N (Jay Randall) wound up first-over in a 27.4 third quarter and that trip took its toll on the talented New Zealand invader who wound up finishing third after being passed in the stretch by Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith). Robyn Camden became the third Allard-trained distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga in 2019 as she won the season's final ladies' feature on Thursday. She paid $4.60 to win and led an exacta with Bye Bye Felicia second that returned $36.80. The win in the feature was one of three on the afternoon for Dobson who will own seven driving titles at the Spa at the conclusion of the meet this weekend. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 22, 2019-- Yonkers Raceway graded the distaff derby on a curve Friday night (Nov. 22nd), going with a brisk $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace for the harness racing ladies. It was Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr., $16.20) getting the better of Lady Dela Renta A (Jordan Stratton) and 25-1 Cabowabocuttie (Eric Goodell) in a cavalcade of closers, the teletimer doing its thing in 1:55.4 At the outset, 4-5 fave Write Me a Song (George Brennan) found the lead, working around Sudden Change N (Austin Siegelman) before a :26.4 opening quarter mile. Then, Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett) grabbed the baton, parked into the second turn for the privilege. It was a :55.3 intermission before Shady Caroline (Matt Kakaley) took out of fourth, challenging in and out of the 1:25.3 three-quarters. She towed in Cabowabocutie while our heroine, Robyn Camden, was third-over from assigned post position No. 4. They had to get to Kaitlyn N and her length-and-a-quarter leader into the lane. They did. Cabowabocuttie grabbed the first lead, but Robyn Camden was about to go by. 'Robyn' then held the late threat of a cone-extricating Lady Dela Renta A at bay, the final margin three-quarters of a length. A last-to-fourth Clear Idea (Joe Bongiorno) and a tiring Kaitlyn N settled for the minors. For third choice Robyn Camden, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Professor owned by Jason O'Sullivan and trained by Rene Allard, it was her 12th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $103, the triple returned $783 and the superfecta paid $3,717. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WILKES-BARRE. PA - The Big Jim sophomore colt Bronx Seelster, fresh off racing in his Breeders Crown harness racing final, went to the top against mostly older foes in the $17,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs Saturday night, then responded gamely to post a 1:50.3 victory in 40-degree temperatures. Simon Allard, who had three victories on the night, hustled the sophomore to the top before the :26.2 initial split, then got him to the half in :55.1 and the three-quarters in 1:23.2 without too much pressure. In the stretch, though, Twin B Tuffenuff ducked in from the pocket to the Pocono Pike and menaced in midstretch, but Bronx Seelster dug in and held a neck advantage at the wire. The pacer is now campaigned by Allard Racing Inc., Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg, and Dr. Stephen Klunowski, who acquired him before his Breeders Crown elimination. Bronx Seelster is trained by Rene Allard, who was recognized during the card for being the winningest trainer at Pocono in 2019, a feat which now gives him six of the last seven local titles. The 32-year-old native of Quebec ranks third among North American trainers in the seasonal victory category. Keystone Steam joined an early-forming two-wide tier, went three-wide down the backstretch and went back to two-wide on the far turn, then was just along over the pacesetting Tom's Arockin in 1:51.3 in the $16,000 claiming handicap pace co-feature. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight, who won by a half-length, got the job done for trainer James Guagliardo, owner Steven Cetinsky, and driver George Napolitano Jr., who also won with Pocono's Pacer of the Year Atta Boy Dan on the card among his five wins on the night. The Great Britain-bred Hasty Hall gelding Matticulous GB remained undefeated in three starts on this side of the Atlantic, and he took his lifetime record to 21-17-4-0 with a 1:51.1 victory in a $14,000 pace. Matt Kakaley put the Ron Burke trainee, owned by Brett Thompson, on the lead going to the quarter and was unstoppable - literally: after coming home in :27, Matticulous GB and Kakaley "came back" and sailed right past the winners circle and in the general direction of the paddock. Pocono now will next race on Tuesday, as the track will alternate Saturday and Tuesday programs until the meet's closing night of Saturday, November 16. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

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  

Trois-Reveries, QC - A dream come true is taking place for 19-year-old Kiwon Waldron of Warwick, Bermuda. Since he first became infatuated with horses as a young child on his tiny island home in Bermuda, Waldron's dream of becoming a professional harness racing driver has happened. He had already been working with horses as a child and is an award winning accomplished equestrian horseman. He first discovered harness racing at age 10. And now, Waldron is applying to get a working visa in Canada and as soon as the paperwork is done, he will be off to Quebec to work, learn and drive for Team Allard. It was Rene Allard who "discovered Waldron" while in Bermuda last winter. "I was on vacation," Rene Allard explained. "And we heard there was harness racing with trotting ponies in Bermuda so we decided to check it out. I saw Kiwon drive in a few races and he caught my eye. We talked and I invited him to come to Quebec this summer." Once Waldron was struck by the "horse bug", he engulphed himself into harness racing and developed into one of the top drivers for the Driving Horse and Pony Club. It is just a hobby sport in Bermuda and harness racing takes place at the Vesey Street racetrack. There they can only have four horses per race as the final turn is cut out of a granite mountain wall. Waldron's regular job is a house painter and maintenance worker. "I went home for a little while after the fairs were done," Waldron said, "but it was always my intention to come back and drive in the Fair Finals. Would not miss this Sunday's racing opportunities. Waldron is coming back to Canada this week for the Quebec Regional Circuit Fair Finals taking place at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. He has an amazing nine drives in the twelve races. Other trainers have seen his performance on the Fair Circuit and are willing to give him a chance. "It's an honor that other trainers are giving me a shot," Waldron added. "They must see something in me and I'm going to try my best to give the horses a good trip so the trainers can make some money." This summer Waldron was sponsored by Rene Allard and his father, Michel Allard, to come to Quebec to work, learn and drive on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit and the young man learned quickly. Enough so that Allard permitted him to drive their horses on the Fair Circuit. And drive Waldron did, amassing an amazing record of 10 wins in just 17 starts with five second place finishes. His Universal Driving Rating (batting average) is .751. Waldron even set a track record, winning with Missionoftheheart at St-Aime-des-Lacs in 1:59.4. "Kiwon is a natural on the bike," Allard said. "He his very comfortable and he is loaded with ambition and he works hard. That's the right combination to make it to the top just like LPR (Louis Philippe Roy) did. "He asks lots of questions and that is very good," Allard said. "He wants to learn this sport and he is a nice kid." Of the nine drives that Waldron has on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, five of them are on morning line favorites. They are Shemaksmefelunreal (race 2), who is on a two-race win streak; Missionoftheheart (race 5); Jeffs Journey (race 6); Deuce Man (race 9) who is on a two-race win streak, and Appleby Hanover (race 11) who is on a two-race win streak. So, what is on Kiwon Waldron's mind most these days? "Now I'm waiting on my paperwork for the states," Waldron said. "So, then I can work for Rene and hopefully become one of the best drivers around." Dreams do come true! First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program and to view the races live on the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Sombeachsomewhere mare Lyons River Pride held off foes to both sides during a :27 last quarter to lower her mark to 1:50 while winning the $17,500 feature for harness racing distaff pacers during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard hustled the winner of $331,271 to the lead mid-first turn, with Medusa defending the pocket and forcing favorite Divas Image into the 3-hole. Lyons River Pride took the field through fractions of :26.2, :55, and 1:23, with Divas Image pulling to the outside nearing the last-named marker and Medusa joining that pair in the Pocono Pike through the lane. Any of the three battlers seemed to have a chance, but Lyons River Pride proved the best by a neck over Divas Image, with Medusa just another neck back in third. Simon's brother Rene, the meet's leading trainer, conditions the winner for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Simon had four winners on the card, three of them his brother's trainees. A $14,000 co-feature for distaff pacers saw the recent Australian import Imprincessgemma A run her U.S. record to 2-for-3 with an authoritative score in 1:51.3, her North American best. George Napolitano Jr. sent the daughter of Village Jolt to the lead after the quarter, then brought her home in :55.2 - :27.1 for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and the ownership of Joseph Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno Stable, Steve Manzi, and Wish Me Luck Stables. In a $15,000 trot, the Muscle Mass gelding Conman Crown overcame the outermost starting spot to record his second straight victory, here in 1:56.1. Eric Carlson guided the winner as he trotted past pacesetting favorite Trix Are For Kids late to win by a length for trainer Rob Harmon and Pine Hill Stables. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Friday night 10-race harness racing program at the Hippodrome 3R features a Preferred Handicap Pace and watch out for Cooking The Speed. This three-year-old filly by So Surreal was a lightly raced two-year-old, but was in championship form when she won the $55,000C Future Stars Series final. This year Cooking The Speed is nearly in identical form as last year and thus trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing want her in prime shape for this year's $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that will take place on Sunday, September 8 at H3R. Cooking The Speed has the breeding that can make her a winner. She is the first foal from the great raceway mare, Cooking The Books, who raced for six years, won $479,734 with a record of 1:51.4. "I claimed her (Cooking The Books) and then she got injured," explained Michel's son, Rene Allard. "She was a good raceway mare so we bred her to So Surreal and got Cooking The Speed. "Cooking The Speed was very good in training in south Florida," Allard said. "I had her down to 1:56 and then sent her to Pocono Downs. She had trouble handling the turns there, so I sent her to my Dad to teach her how to get around the short turns. "We have a pony track at our farm in Quebec," Allard said. "He made some equipment changes and worked with her and she became excellent on a half mile track." It seems that Michel Allard got the job done well as Cooking The Speed has $54,405C in earnings and a hopeful big payday coming on September 9. On Friday, Cooking The Speed is the only filly in the nine-horse field. It will not be a walk in the park for Cooking The Speed as she faces a very tough older rival named Lit De Rose. A winner of half of her eight starts this year, Lit De Rose starts from the far outside in post 8 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The Leader Bayama mare has won three of her last five starts, including a lifetime best 1:53 nose triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway just two starts back. Other good mares in the field include return winner Wild River Swan (post 7) and Uptown Girl (post 6). Cooking The Speed will be driven by Tyler Jones and is listed at odds of 5-1. "I think she will race very well on Friday," Rene Allard said. "And all the credit for this filly belongs to my father. He really did a fantastic job with her. And, Cooking The Books had a Betterthancheddar colt foaled this spring and I think he will be very good. We just have to wait and see. Right now, we want his older sister to get ready to race for big money next week." There will be eight Championship Finals at H3R on Sunday, September 8 with nearly $500,000C in purse money on the line. Post time Friday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program or to see the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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