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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 3 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, $50,000 divisions featured 30 of the best harness racing Free-For-Allers, with last season's winner emerging as this season's target. Odds-on P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $3.20), from post position No. 2, outsprinted Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) in the first event, winning out of the pocket by a half-length in 1:51.2 (early intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2). It was four lengths back to 104-1 McErlean (Tyler Buter) in third. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-3 in this series). The exacta paid $9.70, with the triple returning $216. The mile was a season's-best effort. "Ideally, you want to win while at the same time, not use the horse very hard," Bartlett said. "I've been fortunate with him thus far." The second event was a sharp, first-up effort from veteran statebred Domethatagain (Dan Dube, $24). Sitting a chilly fourth from post No. 4, the 11-1 proposition engaged 3-5 choice Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) after that one laid down the law through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25. Domethatagain, despite drifting wide through the final turn and early in the lane, put away the leader. He then defeated a pocketed Sapphire City (Bartlett) by a half-length in 1:53.2. National Debt (Eric Carlson) was a second-over third, with Bettor's Edge fading to fourth. For fourth choice Domethatagain, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, it was his first board finish in four '15 tries. The exacta paid exacta paid $84.50, with triple returning $529 Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by a draw-winning/pocket-protecting Fat Man's Alley (Bartlett, $13.40) in 1:53.4, Stinging 13-10 choice Foiled Again (Gingras), he then released harness racing's richest-ever horse after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission before Polak A (Brian Sears)-a winner in his first two series/stateside tries, moved from third. The two slugged it out passing a 1:25.2 three-quarters, but neither was going to be around when it counted. Foiled Again was done off the final turn, but not before carrying Fat Man's Alley where he needed to go. It was "Fat Man" whipping a two-move Michael's Power (Dube) by a length, with Texican N (Carlson) a ground-saving third and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) fourth. Foiled Again faded to fifth, while Polak A wound up seventh. For fourth choice Fat Man's Alley, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79, the triple returning $626 and the superfecta paid $2,043. As for Foiled Again, "He just wasn't himself," Gingras said. "When Polak A came up alongside, he didn't grab the bit and fight the way he always does. I'm sure (trainer) Ronnie (Burke) can figure it out. He's bounced back from these efforts before. I've learned never to count him out. "Hopefully, we see the real Foiled Again next week." The evening's final series event saw Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $7.60), prevail from the two-hole in a season's-best 1:51.2....and matching P H Supercam for fastest local effort of 2015. Leaving from post No. 2, "Terry" beat a first-up Beach Memories (Dube) by a neck. Third went to 11-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), who tired on the lead (:26.4, :55.3, 1:23.1). Heez Orl Black N (catch-driver Gingras) was fourth. Ironically, the winner was trained by Burke, as was the runner-up-2-for-2 in the series coming in-before that one's exodus (to trainer Scott DiDomenico). For second choice Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his third win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $46.40, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $1,027. Series standings, through third leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2-Beach Memories (200), 3t-Michael's Power (175), 3t-Polak A (175), 5-Fat Man's Alley (150), 6-Sapphire City (137), 7-Domethatagain (135), 8-Bettor's Edge (133). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,529.90 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (none Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - (Tuesday, March 31, 2015) Jimmy Marohn Jr. has been one of harness racing's best kept secrets over the past few years and in case you've missed it, Jimmy Marohn Jr. has officially arrived at The Meadowlands. That may sound foolish given that Marohn is now 33 and nearing 3,000 wins in his career. But Marohn is clearly in the midst of what must be described as his breakout season. Since it's opening in 2006, Marohn has been one of the leading drivers at Tioga Downs. In fact, he is the three-time defending leading driver at the track, winning 235 races at Tioga since 2012 for earnings of over $1.6 Million. Tioga Downs opening day is slated for May 2nd, and Marohn had to decide, will he continue to drive at The Meadowlands each weekend, or will he venture to Tioga where he typically drives the best horses on the grounds and aim for a fourth consecutive driving title over the Nichols, New York oval? Faced with the most difficult decision of his young career, Marohn has decided to remain at The Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the championship meet. For Marohn, the time is now to strike while the iron is hot. He is planning to drive at Tioga Downs on Sundays, but he will call The Meadowlands home for the rest of the season. In addition, Marohn will continue to drive at Monticello and Freehold during the week. "It's been a difficult decision to choose whether to go back to Tioga or take a new route in my career and continue with the meet at the Meadowlands," said Marohn. "Tioga has always been good to me, which I am extremely grateful for. It wasn't an easy decision, but in life you have to take risks in order to be successful and this is one of those moments. So I'm going to stay the summer at the Meadowlands." Meadowlands C.E.O/General Manager Jason Settlemoir, has known Marohn for a long time and is optimistic about his future. "It has been a privilege to have had Jimmy at Tioga all these years, and we look forward to seeing him on Sundays. But I am also filled with excitement for him as he takes on this new venture in his career. The way he has been driving, now is the time for him to take on this challenge. Simply put, he is the consummate professional and I wish him the best of luck during our Championship Meet at The Meadowlands." Through Monday, Marohn is sitting on 108 wins, good for eighth (8th) in the country. With the first quarter of the racing calendar concluding, Marohn is on pace for over 430 wins and earnings beyond $2.1 Million. Both would surpass his career best season of 390 wins and $1.76 Million in earnings. But beyond the numbers, it is what Marohn has done at The Meadowlands this winter that has people talking. Amazingly, it has been more than 10 years since Marohn earned his first driving victory at The Meadowlands with SJ's Tostitos in a $20,000 Claiming Handicap Trot in December of 2004. But over the last decade, Marohn's wins have been rather sporadic, never winning more than three races in a meet at The Big M until last season, when Marohn won 10 races. But this meet, Marohn has elevated his game to a new level, winning 25 races. That number is more wins than Marohn has earned at the East Rutherford oval in the last 10 years combined. One of Marohn's best qualities is his humble nature, which was evident in this statement. "It feels really good to matter there," referring to The Meadowlands. Marohn has hooked up with trainer Daniel Gill, whom he has won many races for in New York over the past several years and trainer Rob Harmon, who's stable has been very live to start the season. "Both trainers have been an important part in my success at the Meadowlands," referring to Gill and Harmon , "and I am grateful to have the opportunity to drive for them consistently. In this game you need trainers with good horses that will give you a shot and will stick with you. I have been fortunate to be able to drive for both trainers." At present, Marohn sits tenth (10th) in the driver standings at The Meadowlands. The most impressive aspect of his season thus far is that he has made it into the top 10 in The Meadowlands drivers colony, while driving in less races than all nine drivers in front him. In fact, Marohn's 203 drives is 70 less than Ron Pierce who is the next closest competitor in both starts and wins and Marohn has only one less win than the Hall of Famer. By comparison, he has only seven less wins than Andy Miller, who has driven in 168 more races than Marohn. With Ron Pierce sidelined with an injury and the next closest driver (Trace Tetrick) having nine wins for the meet, Marohn appears to be locked in as a top-10 driver at The Meadowlands for the duration of 2015. Marohn's 13-percent (13%) win-rate is tied for fourth this meet, with John Campbell. His 15 wins since February 1st is the sixth highest total of The Meadowlands drivers and his nine wins in the month of March is the fifth highest total of the driving colony, only one less than leading driver Yannick Gingras despite having 20 less drives than anyone in the top-10. "It's a surreal moment in my career being in the spot that I'm in and competing with the top drivers in the country. It goes to show you that with hard work and dedication you can get far and achieve success. You just have to keep at it and prove to trainers and owners that you can get the job done. Hopefully with the solid winter meet that I have had at the Meadowlands it will open the doors for more opportunities." The bettors are enjoying Marohn's efforts as well, as he is the only driver in the top-10 to show a positive return on investment at this point of the season. Director of Racing Operations Darin Zoccali was thrilled when Marohn notified him of his decision. "Jimmy has had a sensational meet. Being the oddsmaker and track handicapper is a part of my job description and I have watched Jimmy closely this meet. He is driving like he is in the zone. All you can ask a driver to do is give their horse a chance to win, and he has consistently put horses in spots where they can win. The time is now to take a chance at the Championship Meet and I sincerely hope he is rewarded and given opportunities to shine in our stakes program. He deserves it." Marohn recently turned 33 years old. That is significant as it is the same age Corey Callahan began driving at The Meadowlands on a regular basis. Since making the move to The Big M, Callahan has become one of the stars of the sport, winning the Rising Star Award for his 2013 driving campaign, amassing over 1,200 wins over the last two seasons and nearly $19 Million earnings. This year, Callahan finds himself second in the country with 196 wins and leads all drivers with nearly $1.7 Million in earnings. While choosing to stay at The Meadowlands doesn't guarantee the success Callahan has had, it could be the decision that launches the career of Jimmy Marohn Jr. into another stratosphere. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment | 1 Racetrack Drive | East Rutherford, NJ 07073            

On Tuesday February 17, Monticello Raceway will be seen in a totally new light, it will be the initial day in which Monticello Raceway’s outgoing simulcasting signal will be transmitted in High Definition.  This project has been a long time in the making according to Simulcasting Director Maureen Flynn, when asked about the video signal upgrade Flynn replied “The new High Definition cameras and equipment will greatly enhance our signal” we are excited to see how fans respond to our state of the art production.”    Due to Presidents Day on Monday February 16, Monticello Raceway is dark for live racing only, both day and evening simulcasting is still available.  Post Time for Tuesday’s card is 12:25 pm. Shawn F. Wiles

January 16, 2014 - The historic monte classique Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International, €700,000, 2700 meters) goes to the start Sunday at Vincennes with 18 top rated mounted trotters entered. Listed by head number, based on career earnings, the starters follow: 1.       Viva Forest (Franck Nivard) 2.       Vicaria (Guillame Gillot) 3.       Vittel de Brévol (David Thomain) 4.       Sylvie de Bétan (Mathieu Abrivard) 5.       Rescousse de Barb (Pierre-Yves Verva) 6.       Tolima (Camille Levesque) 7.       Udayama (Gaëtan Prat) 8.       Séduisant Foteau (Nathalie Henry) 9.       Sakura Jiel (Guillaume Martin) 10.   Ugo di Nieul (Romain Derieux) 11.   Sierra Leone (Marion Lemonnier) 12.   Tornade de Digeon (Alexandre Abrivard) 13.   Valse Castelets (Jean-Loïc-Claude Dersoir) 14.   Une Fille d’Amour (Damien Bonne) 15.   Soleil du Fossé (Antoine Wiels) 16.   Talicia Bella (Anthony Barrier) 17.   Tiégo d’Etang (Charles-Julien Bigeon) 18.   Roxane Griff (Eric Raffin) The Prix de Cornulier commenced in 1931 and the winner earns a start in the Prix d’Amerique one week later. Two Cornulier winners have doubled with an Amerique win, namely Bellino II and Jag de Bellouet. Three time Cornulier winners are Souarus (1946-1948), Bellino II (1973 and 1975-1976), Kaiser Trot (1981-1982 and 1984) and legendary Jag de Bellouet (2004-2006). Fastest race winner is Quif de Villeneuve in 1.12kr. The last five Cornulier winners are shown below including the 2014 winner Roxane Griff as the grande-mare scored in 1.12.3kr, and second place finisher Tiego d’Etang: Year Winner S/A* Time Sire Jockey Trainer Owner Second Third 2014 Roxane Griff F.9 1'12"3 Ténor de Baune Éric Raffin Sébastien Guarato Écurie Griff Tiégo d'Étang Saphir de Morge 2013 Singalo M.7 1'12"4 Goetmals Wood David Thomain Louis Baudron Louis Baudron Quarry Bay Scolie de Bassière 2012 Quif de Villeneuve M.8 1'12"0 Coktail Jet Yoann Lebourgeois Franck Leblanc G.Augustin-Normand Save The Quick Private Love 2011 Olga du Biwetz F.9 1'12"7 Cézio Josselyn A.Barrier Fabrice Souloy Éc. N.Chatelain Priscilla Blue Scipion du Goutier 2010 One du Rib M.8 1'13"2 First de Retz D. Thomain Joël Hallais Écurie Rib Paola de Lou Première Steed   Thomas H. Hicks

Charlottetown, PE - Due to inclement weather, Saturday's live race program at Charlottetown Driving Park has been moved to this Sunday. Forever Paradise, who finished second to Mach It Big last week, has been established as the morning line favorite by race secretary Gerard Smith in the featured event Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 12:30pm for the 15 dash card. Trainer Kevin MacLean has secured the services of Marc Campbell to drive the Reg MacPherson owned pacer from post 2. Race analyst Les MacIsaac agrees with Smith and his top choice. "He gets a post that should allow him to exploit his gate speed and if Marc can steal a fraction it could be all over." Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) is also coming off a victory but MacIsaac believes The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson) could work out a trip also. "His back half is usually the best so give him some live cover and see what happens." The roster also includes Machinthesand who closed late in his last start to complete the triactor for driver Ken Murphy while Cambest Kisser rallied from back in the pack to be a part of the superfecta payoff. Both could play a factor in the match-up. The field also includes Pictonian Storm (Wade Sorrie), Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), McJestic (Gary Chappell) and Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee). Trotter Frill Seeker is back to defend his winning streak. Kenny Arsenault, who enjoyed a big day at the office last week, will drive the son of Angus Hall-Yankee Frilly from the seven hole. Trainer Ron Gass will be applying pressure with his trainees Caliban Hanover (Gass) and Pleasure Girls (Corey MacPherson). The other contenders are Money Show, I Ain't No Lady, JK Queen and JK Hustler from the Joe Smallwood stable in Stratford. Red Shores is pleased to offer the Fan Choice Awards to customers over the next few weeks. The ballot is located in the race program with categories including top driver, trainer, aged trotter and more. Players have been enjoying some great on-track promotions including the Pick 5 with a $500 prize, Players Sweepstakes and the Wild Horses promo where you can tag your ticket on each race for a chance to win the additional jackpots. Post time is 12:30pm. For race programs, top picks and live video go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

Stefan Soderkvist teamed the Ulf Senstromer trained Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan) to victory, at 1.7.1 odds, in tonight’s €60,500 Gr. II UET Master Series Prix des Geants at Wolvega (Netherlands). The veteran defeated 11 rivals in 1.12.8kr over 2100 meters autostart. Noras Bean recorded career win 21 for earnings of €1,299,559 for owner Stall Asunden HB and could be a Prix d’Amerique contender. Solea Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivellliere) was second for Philippe Daugaerd with Aisle Stand home third for Claes Sjustrom. Well-regarded Roxana de Barbray ended fifth and both New Line and Kadett CD was off-stide and were disqualified. Earlier in the week (November 5), at Solvalla, the outstanding mare D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) took the four-year old Solvallaserien VIII over 2140 meters for 100,000SEK to the winner. The Roger Walmann trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined mare scored in 1.11.5kr in a close decision over Riff Kronos (4m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) with trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen up. D’One is owned by Stall Kennys Abndelshastar 23 and she recorded her 12th career win in 22 starts for 5,493,688SEK earned. Peter Haughton (USA) winner Aperfectyankee (4m Yankee Glide-Asixpakfromperfect-Windsong’s Legacy) was third for Kevin Oscarsson and trainer/owner Jim Oscarsson (also developer of Nuncio in the USA). by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Local Summerside horsemen Blaine Mckenna has followed through with a promise he made to a familiar face around Red Shores Summerside. Las year, McKenna made a promise to youngster Logan Costain that if he graduated high school he would find him a helmet. Costain held up his end of the deal and graduated from Three Oaks Senior High School in June, now a few months may have passed but on August 31, with the help of Jody Jamieson, McKenna presented Costain with the helmet Jamieson wore during the National Driving Championship in Charlottetown. Always around Red Shores Summerside with his silks, waiting to try and pick up a 'catch-mount' or two, He has been looking for his own helmet for some time now. Jamieson wore the helmet during his five-win performance on August 26 at Red Shores, the same night he was crowned Mr. Canada and won the right to represent Canada at the World Driving Championship. The autographed helmet was presented by McKenna and Red Shores racing manager Adam Walsh in the winner circle at Red Shores' Summerside. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

This Week: Canadian Pacing Derby final, Metro final, She's A Great Lady final, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Zweig Memorial, Zweig Memorial Filly and Crawford Farms Trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; and Cane Pace, Shady Daisy and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Aug. 28) at Mohawk Racetrack with three divisions in the C$253,114 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Aug. 29) card at Mohawk features two divisions in the C$249,242 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the C$209,189 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. The big Saturday (Aug. 30) program is highlighted by the C$667,000 Metro final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the C$634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final for open pacers, the C$480,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, the C$218,076 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$207,689 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action will take place at Vernon Downs on Friday night (Aug. 29) with the $340,000 Zweig Memorial main event and $60,000 consolation for 3-year-old male trotters, the $150,000 Zweig Memorial Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters. On Monday (Sept. 1), Tioga Downs will host a trio of Grand Circuit events, led by the $437,325 Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Tioga will also feature the $125,000 (est.) Shady Daisy for 3-year-old filly pacers and the $40,000 (est.) fourth leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday night with eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Metro Pace and the She's A Great Lady. Sweet Lou was a 1:48.1 winner in his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination. Leaving no doubt as to his current superiority, Sweet Lou powered his way to victory in the first Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in preparation for this week's Canadian Pacing Derby final. With Ron Pierce simply a passenger, Sweet Lou, the prohibitive 1-9 choice, was initially tucked in third as Thinking Out Loud clocked the first quarter in a blistering :25, before blowing by the leader and taking the field to the half in :53.3. After opening a couple of lengths on his pursuers while reaching three-quarters in 1:22, Sweet Lou easily prevailed by one length in a stretch drive over the determined veteran Foiled Again, the world's richest pacer, and Domethatagain in 1:48.1. It was Sweet Lou's 10th consecutive win of the year on a 2014 resume which includes victories in the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, U.S. Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs. Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou, a 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, has banked more than $3 million, but has enjoyed more success this year than in past seasons, including his 2-year-old campaign in 2011 when he won 10 of 12 starts, capped by the Breeders Crown, and was named divisional champion. Clear Vision, with Brett Miller, nailed stablemate Bettor's Edge at the wire to take the second elimination. The top two finishers are both trained by Ron Burke. Bettor's Edge, the even money choice, had things all his own way for all but the final strides, cutting out leisurely fractions of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.3. But somehow Clear Vision, who finished second by a nose to A Rocknroll Dance in last year's Canadian Pacing Derby, came flying late from last for the nose win in a three-horse photo in 1:50.3. State Treasurer finished a neck behind the winner in third. It was only the fourth win in 19 starts this year for the 8-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover, but by doing so, he went over the $2 million mark in career earnings with his 27th lifetime victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 826; 2. Tim Tetrick - 514; 3. Ron Pierce - 396.5; 4. David Miller - 369.5; 5. Brian Sears - 245. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,171.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 569; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 199; 5. Julie Miller - 180. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 258.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 231.1; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 162; 4. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 5. Robert Key - 125. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Tioga Downs and Mohawk Racetrack. Tioga will host the Reynolds Memorial events for 2-year-old trotters. Mohawk will offer the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers, Champlain Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage for 3-year-olds and William Wellwood and Peaceful Way for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

August 17, 2014. J-M Bazire teamed his trainee Trophee de Jaba (7g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita) to victory in today's E45,000 purse Trophee Vert featured Prix du Conseil General at La Roche-Posay.  The winner recorded his 14th career victory in 54 starts, now for earnings of E331,850, as he defeated 12 rivals over the 2600 meter distance. Trophee de Jaba was off at 2.9/1 odds. Sindy de Civrac was second for Paul Bouchard at 16.4/1 with Scarlet Kep third for Jerome Dubreil at 125.4/1. The day's turf events also included a race for apprentice lad reinsmen and an amateur event. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 3 YO Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes started the evening with the non wagering filly trotters going for a purse of $28,900.    Explosive Attitude(Explosive Matter) and Kelsey's Commando(Cr Commando) renewed their rivalry from July only this time Kelsey's Commando was able to catch Explosive Attitude coming down the stretch, stopping the clock in 2:00.2 last quarter in :29.2. Victor Kirby drove and trained the filly for new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The wagering card started with the 3 YO filly pacers. Driver Tony Morgan sent Ain't No Maybe So(Nuclear Breeze) charging right to the front with a first quarter of:27.1. The Lundell entry of Valentina De Vie and Rosie De Vie sat second and third just waiting for the right moment. Jonathan Roberts pulled Valentina De Vie(Bettor's Delight) in the last turn quickly overtaking the leader winning in 1:55.3. Ain't No Maybe So held on for second and Rosie De Vie finished third. Valentina De Vie is owned by the Joie de Vie Farm.   After race 3 the Maryland Horse Industry Board presented Ocean Downs Racetrack with a Secretary's Citation from the State of Maryland in honor of the track's 65th Anniversary. MHIB also presented track owner William Rickman with a Secretary's Citation in honor of his many contributions to the harness racing industry over the year.   In the colt/gelding trot Kandy Korn(Cantab Hall) got away 6th but driver Frank Milby pulled before the half, working his way up to the leader Whichwayrightorleft near the ¾ pole. These two battled down the stretch with Kandy Korn crossing the wire in 1:59.4 for owners Bruce and Tanya Schadel.   The most exciting race of the night was the 3 YO colt/gelding pace. In usual fashion driver Corey Callahan sent Tom's Titan(Cam's Rocket) to the lead with new comer Kingofthejungle(Well Said) getting the pocket trip. At the head of the stretch Tony Morgan pulled Kingofthejungle and the two charged down the stretch head and head with Kingofthejungle winning by a head in 1:53.4 last quarter in :27.4. Desyllas Racing LLC , William Beck and Carol Rieken own and Brandon Simpson trains.   By Cheri Stambaugh  

A night field with the Alpine $3,000 claiming series harness racing action was nothing but eye popping and heart grabbing at Red Shores Charlottetown on Tuesday night. The common phrase of "Boom, just like that!" used by track announcer Vance Cameron when a large first quarter flashes up on the board was used many times Tuesday night. A total of five races on the 12 dash card feature first quarters better than :28. In the evenings feature Race 8, favourite Lyndale Royal seen his win streak stopped by Mcmacverick in line to Kenny Murphy. Lyndale Royal left off the gate from post 3 with Marc Campbell at the helm, after being clearing just before a quarter in :27.3, Campbell continued to roll his charge flipping off a half in :56.2 and three quarters in 1:26.4. Tempo Seelster made a bolt three wide move up the back stretch to clear Lyndale Royal at the head of the stretch before Mcmaverick got up in the final stride to win by a nose for owner - trainer Keith Campbell. The fastest trip of the night came in the evening finale with the 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes guiding Outside The Wire to a five length victory winning in 1:55.1 for owners Andrew Avery and John Brodrick. Onehotvett finished second and Iron Phil was place third after I D K was placed for interference approaching three-quarters. Claiming action was in full flight in the final leg of the Alpine $ 3,000 claiming series. A total of six horses were claimed heading into the two finals Saturday night. Maiden Heaven was the first claim, she prevailed to win for her owners Charles Gaudreaut and Maxim Gaudreault in 1:58. Hello America finished third and was claimed. Whatabadgirl picked up the win in the Race 5 fillies and mares for owner, trainer, driver Gary MacDonald in 1:58.1. The third division went to driver Stephen Quinn and Mcdaisy Cutter in 1:58. On the horses and geldings side of things Cam Cool took Race 9 in 1:56.4 for driver Campbell, he and third place finisher Bakardi Arti were claimed. Godivabeachdiamond played a little hard ball hanging out two other rivals to an opening quarter of :27.4 and hanging on to win in 1:56. He and second place finisher J N J both found new addresses. Bo Ford

The Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters took centre stage Tuesday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Paymenowpaymelater extended his unbeaten win streak to five in the Race 6 division of two-year-old trotters. The two-year-old filly by Northern Bailey let the dust settle off of the gate before charging to the lead just past the quarter, going on to win by two and a half lengths in 2:05.2 for owner Wade Peconi. Clare MacDonald drove for the first time for trainer Earl Watts. With the victory Paymenowpaymelater pushes her lifetime earnings well over $15,000 in five starts. Wait For Me was second and Suicide Shift finished third. J K Blaze picked up the victory in another division of two-year-old trotters. Favourite Tyne Valley did not receive a fair start and that opened up a wide open betting bored. Walter Cheverie sent the daughter of Northern Bailey to the lead and never looked back winning in 2:09.2 for owner and trainer Joe Smallwood. Windemere Ty was second and Windemere Tribe was third. Dusty Lane Jewel put in a gutsy effort for Charlottetown's new leading driving Marc Campbell. The daughter of Nureyev made a break heading into the first turn but managed to get away third in the compact field of five. The Campbell trainee grinded out a first over attack to nail trot setter B J Matador on the line. Skyanne finished third. Southfield Shadow took the fastest of the three Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on the afternoon card, she stopped the clock in 2:01.3 for the driver - trainer combo of Terry Gallant and Thane Mann. Owned by the Southfield Farms of Summerside, the filly tracked down the leader Villager past the three-quaters after he laid down fraction of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:31.1, to win by four lengths, B J Comanche finished second and Villager hung on for third. Phantom Beau was able to convert off of a perfect two-hole ride in Race 7 for driver Kenny Arsenault. Owned by Peter Breau and trained by John Pineau, the three-year-old son of Bo W moved out around the final turn and defeated Dusty Lane Galaxy who finished second while Arizone Ray finished third, time of the mile was 2:03.1. Young-gun driver Jack Panting made his work look pretty easy in the final trot division of the day. He fired Dunmore Chance off of the gate before letting favourite Saulsbrook Pippa clear to the lead going to the half, Panting made his move around the last turn and went on to win by five lengths in 2:04. Grandfather Ralph Annear owns and trains. Driver Brian Andrew picked up a driving double on the card. He got his winning started with War Cry Ranger in race 3 making every call a winning one in 2:00.1. His second win came with a four wide move up the back stretch aboard Honor Roll. Time of that mile was 2:00.2. The fastest mile of the afternoon went to Cabo Pan Lucas in the last race on the card. Driver Paul Mackenzie sent the seven-year-old chestnut gelding right down the road winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. Gary Poulton co-owns and trains along with co-owner Alan Walker. Cabo Pan Lucas laid down fractions of :28.3, :59, 1:28.3, 1:56.4. Bo Ford

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- "Marvelous" Marvin Raber and Catching Katie waltzed to a convincing victory in Friday's $10,000 final of the C.K.G. Billings Midwest Series amateur trot at The Meadows. Raber was sitting In The Pocket down the backside when he pulled Catching Katie, a 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-She's Queenie owned by John Schlabach, and easily gobbled up the leader, Richard Roach and Margarita Man. Raber, who trains Catching Katie, went on to score in 1:57.2, 5-3/4 lengths better than "Law Book Larry" Farley and Good Friend. Jerry "The Jet" Mihelich and Texas Ridge -- also conditioned by Raber -- earned show. "I have a lot of faith in her." Raber said. "She got a good trip and closed well. I was waiting foe right time to mover her. I thought the leader was slowing up a little bit, so I decided to go on the straightaway instead of around the turn." Raber, who at 37 is at least 17 years younger than every other competitor in the finals, indicated he doesn't necessarily view his victory as a triumph for youth. "The other drivers have a lot more experience and probably know a lot more about racing than I do," he said, "but it doesn't really matter who I'm driving against. It's a horse race, and it's all about fun." Evan Pattak

Two divisions of the NY RUS Series took place this week at Norwich, NY with the first $500 division going to My Irish Molly with Jocelyn Lavigne in the irons. Trained by Truman Gale, the winner, a nine year-old mare by Psychic Spirit-Fox Valley Blondie-Armbro Charger, scored in 2:13.4h for owner Donn Lewandrowski over John-michael (Tara Hynes up) and Kash Now (Michelle Miller), both of these trained by Michael Miller. The second division went to Vassar Hall in 2:07.4h for Michelle Crawford. This pair covered the last half in 1:02.4 for trainer Brett Crawford, co-owner with Len Wojdyla. The ten year-old mare by Striking Sahbra-Vera Hall-Conway Hall defeated Truth In Action (Karen Isbell) and Magic Cheque (Tara Hynes). Separately, plans moved forward for a monte event at Rosecroft Raceway on October 18. A fund-raising effort is underway spearheaded by rider Tara Hynes. Supporter financial participation is welcome by going to http://www.gofundme.com/c8yw14. All monies raised will go to the purse for the Rosecroft race. Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

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