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Season-debuting Artistic Major (Brent Holland, $15.40) and odds-on Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) shared the Saturday night harness racing glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace had a different look, with many of the just-concluded G-M Levy Series participants getting some well-deserved R&R. At the outset, Mister Bling A (Jordan Stratton) was put in play, as was outside assignee Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan). The latter, as the slight 3-1 choice, broke, leaving "Bling" to his own devices (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.4). Fiery Lustre N (Bartlett) was pocketed, while Artistic Major--from post position No. 2--was taking out of third. That one, opposing all elders, engaged a tiring leader in and out of the final turn, then put him away. Once in front, Artistic Major held off the foe on his back, Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) by a half-length in 1:52.1. Fiery Lustre N, Mister Bing A and Domethatgain (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Artistic Major, a 4-year-old son of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Steve Elliott, Michael Cimiglio, David Van Dusen and Gunjan Patel, his fresh parimutuel Lasix win was his 11th in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $177, with the triple returning $983. The week's trotting feature was simple as simple of simple could be for "Melady," who--from post No. 7--stole away (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:55.1). His two-length lead entering the lane was 2¼ lengths at the wire. Luminosity (Brennan) was a two-move second, with a pocket-sitting Somebody AS (Stratton) fading to third. Home'n Dry (Dube) and Dewycolorintheline (Tyler Buter) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 7-year-old s Revenue S gelding owned Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, he's now 3-for-4 this season (lifetime loot up over $800,000). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $14.80, with the triple returning $53. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - John Campbell celebrated his 61st birthday in style Friday night, guiding Melady's Monet to victory in the featured $25,000 open handicap trot at the Meadowlands. Campbell, the all-time earnings leader in harness racing history with more than $296 million, sat a three-hole trip before going after the leader, 3-5 favorite Rose Run Parker, approaching the three-quarter mile marker. Melady's Monet wore down the pacesetter in midstretch on the way to 1½-length win in 1:52.4. Rose Run Parker held second. Not Afraid was third. Making his seasonal debut, the 7-year-old gelded son of f Revenue S paid $9.80 to win as the 7-2 second choice in the wagering. After a big 2015 that saw him win 12-of-27 starts and earn $364,450, Melady's Monet has now compiled 35 career victories in 114 starts for earnings of just over $768,000 for trainer Kevin McDermott and owners the Melady Enterprises of Pompano Beach, Florida. Driver James Marshall IV and trainer Joe Hanney swept the two GSY Amateur events on the card, scoring with I C Caviar ($9.20 to win) in the first race and In Nomine Patri ($5.60) in the third. The amateur racing remained attractive to the betting public, as more than $500,000 was wagered on the two events. All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,786,963, representing an increase of $271,567 over the corresponding program from a year ago. The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five was not hit, upping the carryover to $169,413.70. Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Saturday, first race post time is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Pompano Beach, FL...February 2, 2016...My Revenuer, again handled by Brad Kramer, scored his second straight harness racing victory in Pompano Park's Open Trot, this one with an enhanced purse of $15,000. The eight year-old altered son of Revenue S used identical tactics as in last week's win, lolly-gagging at the back of the pack early before beginning his jaunt forward around turn two and grinding forward until the job was done-inside the sixteenth pole-stopping the timer in 1:54. Royal Max, making his Pompano Park debut, finished second, three-parts-of-a-length away for George Napolitano, Jr., while Winding Hill finished third for John MacDonald, almost four lengths away. Cashahallic, last halfway through the mile, finished fourth and She's All In picked up the nickel in talented sextet of trotters. At the outset, it was Uriel leaving with alacrity from the outside post to take command early with She's All In settling in the garden spot and Royal Max third on the outside and gunning for the top spot and reaching the lead after an opening panel of :27.1. Royal Max continued to lead the way past the half in :56 and still enjoyed the top spot-although seeing pressure from Winding Hill-past the third station in 1:24.1. Meanwhile, My Revenuer was following Winding Hill and, turning for home, was in full throttle as he collared the leaders in deep stretch. After the event, driver Brad Kramer said, "this was another dream trip for this horse. He was very sharp in last week's win and maybe even a bit sharper this week as the half was a bit slower than last week but the mile a couple of ticks faster. Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Tom Petri, My Revenuer won for the 24th time in his career to send his lifetime bounty to $198,827. My Revenuer rewarded his faithful with a $7.60 mutuel as second choice in the betting. In the $10,000 co-featured trot, Escuela, handled by Ed Hensley, returned to her form of late last season by circling up from far back halfway through the mile to score a photo finish win over favorite Sailer Eddie, driven by Kevin Wallis, in 1:55.3. Lexxis D J, prominent the entire route for Steve Condren, finished third while Diamond Dagger and Mckenzie's Star earned the minors. It was Sailer Eddie cutting the fractions of :27.4; :57.1 and 1:26.4 as Escuela dawdled back in seventh through the opening two panels before marching forward on the backside and tilting three wide around the final turn to get into contention turning for home. From there, as Hensley put it, "she just kept grinding forward until she got it done." He added, "She was good last week, too, but was going so fast she made a break turning for home. She was perfect tonight!" Owned by the Hensleys-trainer Ashley and driver Ed-Escuela, a six year-old daughter of ABC Garland, earned her first win of the year and 23rd lifetime to send her career earnings to $173,226. As fourth choice in the win pool at 5 to 1, Escuela paid $13.60. Other noteworthy trotting miles on Tuesday night were recorded by Lucid Thoughts and Lugar. Lucid Thoughts pushed his lifetime bounty over the $250,000 with a 1:55.1 win for trainer-driver John MacDonald-the eight year-old, owned by the J P Stables, winning for the 25th time during a career spanning 164 starts. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Lucid Thoughts paid $3.20 to win. Gold Savage finished second for Mickey McNichol while Selena picked up the show honors for Kevin Wallis. Highland Yankee and Crazy About NY also picked up monetary awards in the field of eight. Lugar, trained by Mark Friedman for the Polo Stables, picked up career win number 29 with a very sharp win in 1:56 for driver Mickey McNichol. Making a confident quarter move to the front, Lugar easily repelled Shawnee Magic (Tom Jackson) and Skyway Pippen (Dave Ingraham) to score by two lengths, sending his career bankroll to $227,466. Benns Score Keeper finished fourth while Nomad finished fifth in the field of nine. Lugar returned a mutual of $5.20 as second choice in the field. OPEN MARES PACING SERIES DRAWS 15 AT POMPANO Pompano Park’s Late Closing Pacing Series for mares gets underway on February 13 with a total of 15 nominations for the four race series which concludes with an $75,000 (est.) final on March 5. Among the entrants are Velocity Vespa, Just A Bee, Godiva Seelster, Show Runner, Totally Rusty, Sensational Gabby A and Fancy Desire. Velocity Vespa, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, is on a roll with five consecutive victories—the last three in the top Open class for mares here. A winner of $190,487, this six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover sports a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 taken earlier this year at Pompano Park. Just A Bee, a 15 race winner in 2015, has a 1:50.3 race record at Pompano and has earned $157,515 of her lifetime total of $278,731 since being claimed back in September of 2014 for $12,000. Mike Micallef trains Just A Bee, a daughter of Mr Feelgood, for Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath. The amazing Godiva Seelster is just beginning her 2016 season after a short vacation and looks to continue her streak of earning purse checks, now standing at 72 races over the past three seasons. Owned by Paul and Patricia O’Neil, the Dan Hennessey trained six year-old daughter of Camluck has a mark of 1:50.4 at Pompano Park and $219,717 in earnings. Show Runner, a six year-old daughter of Little Steven, is a newcomer to Pompano Park with lifetime earnings of $280,330 to go along with a Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. A winner of 41 of 78 lifetime starts, Show Runner is trained by Mike Watson for A Piece of the Action LLC. Totally Rusty, also new to the Pompano Park scene, is a four year-old daughter of Rusty’s For Real owned by the Let It Ride Stables along with Dana Parham. Although lightly raced, Totally Rusty has a 14-2-1 scorecard in 24 career starts and $302,404 in bounty to go along with a three year-old mark of 1:50.3. Sensational Gabby A is, thus far, the richest performer of the nominees with $717,093 in earnings--$688,893 of that on foreign soil. Owned by Allard Racing along with Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, this eight year-old daughter of Yankee Sensation is trained by Rene Allard and sports a 1:52.2 mark over the Yonkers Raceway half mile oval shortly after arriving in the United States last summer. Fancy Desire, also from the Allard Stable, is a five year-old daughter of Real Desire and owns a 1:49 mark at Pocono Downs. She has a bankroll of $463,810 thus far in her career measuring 55 starts. Classic Carpet, Limelight, Lucy’s Pearl, Mach It A Par, Sandysgoldenhour, Strut My Stuff and Wild Wanda complete the very talented nominees. The Isle Casino Late Closing Series for Mares gets underway on February 13 and continues on February 20 and February 27—each leg guaranteed with a purse of $12,500—with the March 5 final featuring an estimated purse of $75,000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2016...In an evenly matched septet featuring a pair of 5 to 2 chances on the harness racing tote-board and two others at 3 to 1, it was a 19 to 1 outsider-My Revenuer-that upset the applecart in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The eight year-old gelded son of Revenue S, handled this night by Brad Kramer, avoided trouble around the final turn by ducking inside of two "breakers" and closed fastest of all to nail the victory in a photo finish, stopping the timer in 1:54.3. She's All In, with Rick Plano in the bike, was second while Uriel, teamed up with George Napolitano, Jr., finished third after cutting panels of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:25 along the way. Sailer Eddie finished fourth while Cashahallic finished fifth after vying for the lead through those fast two opening fractions. When the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, She's All In was away with alacrity with Uriel also away in good order but intent on the lead as Cashahallic was charging up from his outside post. As the battle ensued up front throughout that opening half between Uriel and Cashahallic, She's All In was content in third with Sailer Eddie fourth. On the backside, Escuela went brushing up followed by Winding Hill-the slight favorite. At the third station in 1:25, Escuela moved to within a length of the leader but made a miscue, bothering Winding Hill in the process. That's when Kramer ducked to the inside of the breakers before steering My Revenuer widest of all in the lane, nailing the win in the final few yards. In a post-race interview, driver Brad Kramer said, "I thought I might have a chance off that :55.3 half because My Revenuer doesn't like to leave all that well and likes that kind of pace. "When Travis' mare (Escuela) made that break, it took MacDonald's horse (Winding Hill) out of it and I luckily ducked inside to avoid all of that and even save some ground, too. Turning for home, he seemed locked and loaded and motored down the lane pretty good! "He went a big, big mile." Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Tom Petri, My Revenuer won for the initial time in 2016 and 23rd time career-wise sending his lifetime bounty to $191,327. The victory was also worth $41.20 to those who invested $2 on the winner. As if a 19 to 1 chance was not "long" enough, the 20 to 1 outsider Ex King, driven by trainer Rick Plano, came from far back to take top honors in the $9,500 co-feature trot, completing the one mile journey in a lifetime best 1:55. The six year-old altered son of CR Excalibur, owned by Colene Lameyer, won for the second time this year in four starts with this 14th win lifetime sending his career bounty to $186,574. Pointe Of Inquiry, handled by Wayne Henry, was a neck back in second after taking a very short lead late while Goldstar Classic, driven by Wally Hennessey, was just another nose back in the three horse photo. Lexis D J, taking the lead after a :27.3 opener, finished fourth after carding subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Griffin finished fifth in the octet. After the race, driver Rick Plano related, "You know, early in this horse's career, he loved the front end but, ever since I have had him, he likes to be off the pace. Only one time did I ever put him on the lead and he won off a half in :59 and a piece. "Now, he likes to relax early and can almost sense a quick pace. "He got one tonight and he rolled home like he always does." Ex King rewarded his faithful with a $43.60 mutuel. Racing continues on Wednesday night with post time at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2016 -- Unefoisdansmavie saved ground until the final turn, then swooped the field wide from last to score a 15-1 harness racing upset in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone was content to keep Unefoisdansmavie along the cones while others attacked the leader, Mistress Valentine. But when Palone angled the 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World to the center of the track for clearance, she powered by all five of her rivals to triumph in 1:54.4. Bessie was a length back in second with Whata Donato a rallying third. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $551,712 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Palone collected four wins and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays beginning Jan. 9 with the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Less than a month out from the Summer of Glory harness racing carnival Daylesford star It Is Billy is the talk of the town. Trainer Michael Barby’s seven-year-old scored his biggest win yet last night at Geelong, pocketing the lion’s share of the prize money and the silverware in the Group 3 Corio Waste Management Geelong Pacing Cup. Driven a treat by Barby’s wife Anne-Maree Conroy, It Is Billy signalled his arrival on the grand stage by out-sprinting race favourite Hectorjayjay at the end of the 2570-metre feature. In the run you wanted to be on either race favourite Hectorjayjay ($2.40), who pinged off the arm from gate one to lead easily, or It Is Billy ($5.5), who trailed the leader from eight. At the quarter pole the leader looked to have plenty in hand after 29.3, 29.8 and 29.1 opening splits of the final mile. But once the sprint lane opened up Conroy and It Is Billy blasted into top gear to overhaul the leader in a final split of 27.7secs for a 1:56.6 mile rate. Underrated stayer Im Corzin Terror (Greg Sugars) ran third but his was the run of the race outside the winner, covering ground three-wide from the half-mile and beaten only half a length at the finish. The night’s other cup feature, the Flying Brick Cider Company McNamara Memorial Trotters Cup was taken by Dead Cat Bounce (Revenue/Wee Annie) for trainer Nicole Molander and reinsman Chris Alford. The six-year-old mare stepped like a professional from the tapes and was never overtaken on her way to a 2:04.3 win – her second country cup success since crossing the Tasman. There will be plenty of horses to follow from the Geelong meeting with winners Macterra Lad, Emmanuel, Cruz Bromac and Ellas Puppeteer all rising stars. by Cody Winnell

It has now become an annual event on the New Zealand harness racing scene that as soon as December rolls around so does the influx of South Island horses to Alexandra Park. The number of big money races for both age group and older horses attracts the very best available and is usually supplemented by plenty of other horses from the south looking to take advantage of the higher stakes available in the north. One trainer looking to do that this year is young North Canterbury trainer Bob Butt who has brought two quality three year olds north this year mainly for the experience but also to take advantage of the bigger stakes on offer. The two horses that Bob brought north both have plenty to recommend them to northern punters over the next month. The three year old trotter Matatoki has one win to date from one start when he beat the older horses at Addington in July when still a two year old. The son of Revenue S showed he was forward for the trip when he won at the Ashburton trials last week. The second of the two horses Bob has brought north is the exciting three year old pacer in Hall Of Fame. Like his stablemate, Hall Of Fame has had one start for one win when he bolted in by eight lengths at his debut run at Addington in a 2:00 mile rate for the 2000 metres stand. The son of Rocknroll Hanover also won a trial at Ashburton last week, finishing off with a very sharp 25.6 last 400 metres Bob is lining up both his horses tomorrow night and is happy with their condition leading up to their northern debut. " They both travelled up north really well and I have had no problems with either of them." " They have settled in well at John+ Josh Dickie's place and everything is on track at this point." " Their work this week has been good but I would expect both to improve a touch with a run under their belt," Bob said. Bob has brought both his three year olds north to race in grade racing only with no thought being given to attacking some of the age group classics coming up over the next month. " Both are pretty short on race experience and ring craft and that was the main reason for giving them a trip away from home, to help them grow up a bit." "I think they are really smart horses and this trip away will make them." " If they keep improving like I think they will, then we can maybe look at some bigger targets later in the season," Bob said. As for tomorrow night Bob is leaning towards Matatoki as the better chance of his two runners. " Hall Of Fame has drawn one on the second line and could end up three or four deep on the inner so I think Matatoki might be the better chance tomorrow night," Bob said. Whatever transpires tomorrow night, it would pay to follow these two horses over the next month as they are both capable of winning more than once on this trip. Harnesslink Media

November 25, 2015 - Lutfi Kolgjini’s trainee Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.3 million) Prix de la Camarque (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) timed in 1.13.7kr for teamster Mathieu Abrivard. The 3.7/1 odds winner held along the pegs to defeat fast closing 10/1 Vasco de Viette (6g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) reined by Eric Raffin with third to 17/1 Victor de Levres (6f Lontzac-Eva Lina) and driver Anthony Barrier. Tell Me No Lies and Va Et Vient finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Maffioso Face SWE M. Abrivard Folk&Fä HB Lutfi Kolgjini 2ème 5 Vasco de Viette E. Raffin Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 3ème 7 Victoire de Lèvres A. Barrier Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 4ème 12 Tell Me No Lies SWE F. Nivard KLV Holding AB F. Souloy 5ème 14 Va et Vient D. Thomain J. Coupez C. Nicole  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.300.000 € - Numéro plus : 0557     Ordre :       6.830,00€     Désordre :       136,60€     Bonus 4 :       24,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       12,00€     Bonus 3 :       8,00€                     Two year-olds contested two divisions of the Prix des Gnemones each for a purse of €35,000 over 2200 meters. The A division had 13 starters with 6.7/1 Diva du Mouchel (2f The Best Madrik-Perle  du Mouchel) emerging victorious for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin clocked in 1.17.5kr. 24/1 Diana du Chatelet (2f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was a close second ahead of 5/2 favorite Delmonica Vet (2f So Lovely Girl-Harmonie Chery) handled by trainer Bertrand Le Beller The B division saw 12 entrants at the start and the 1.19kr winner was 2.2/1 odds Daylight Jet (2f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. 3.6/1 Dream Filly (2f Tucson-Nectarine) was second in the win photo for Eric Raffin ahead of 5.1/1 Dochine de Hovelle (2f Gazouillis-Olita de Kefrauso) with Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Dam of the winner, Ocarina Jet, is a 2002 daughter of Coktail Jet-Hermine Jet-Buvetier d’Aunou. She also has produced Norman Jet 1:57.1 (US$227,919) and two other winners of in excess of US$63,000. It’s also the maternal family of Abercrombie 1:56.3 (US$488,279), Camino 1:56.2 (US$1,168,559) and Gobernador 1:54.1 (US$996,594). Prior day (Tuesday) at Paris-Vincennes was the €58,000 purse Prix Lachesis (2200 meters, 15 starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took victory in 1.15.6kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. 7.3/1 Action Partage (5f Opium-Loumana Flor) was second for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Daniele Gozlan. 33/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessces Mesloise took the third spot. A solid card at Vincennes awaits fans on Thursday featuring the €90,000 monte Prix  de L’Ile de Re over 2850 meters with 20 contestants. Thomas H. Hicks  

The harness racing Molander stable has bolstered its stock with the inclusion of a former Kiwi named Dead Cat Bounce, who will make her Australian debut in the St Arnaud Sporting Club Trotters Cup on Sunday. Trainer Nicole Molander is hopeful the well-named daughter of Revenue/Wee Annie can defy her “lazy track work” since arriving at Riddells Creek.  “We were warned beforehand and I’m glad we were because she’s the laziest thing I’ve ever seen at home,” Molander said. “She arrived last Sunday and I think she’ll be the type who’ll hopefully put it all together on race day.” Dead Cat Bounce won two of her last five starts at Addington before crossing the ditch and has a 41:7-4-8 record overall. “The owner of Cillas Boy, John Green, had been looking to sell that one for a while but wanted to replace him with another horse for the stable. Dean (Molander) had been watching Dead Cat Bounce for a while … and John said go for it,” Molander said. Dead Cat Bounce has barrier three for Sunday’s 2520-metre stand-start cup but with the scratching of Maorisfavouritesun she’ll only have one horse – Tiroroa Tom – drawn to her inside. The Trotters Cup will be run at 3.43pm. Molander will saddle up two runners for the Weirs Supa IGA St Arnaud Pacing Cup in Cillas Boy and Im Meticulous. “He thought he was king pin when he won three in a row and last start he didn’t get much chance,” she said of Cillas Boy. “A lot will depend on whether he steps away on Sunday.” On Im Meticulous Molander was more confident, nominating it her best winning shot for the afternoon. “He came back making a horrible noise last start after a disappointing run. We had him scoped and he’s fine now. He flipped his palate, so we’ve popped the Cornell Collar on to remedy that.” by Cody Winnell

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2015 -- Dismissed at a juicy 16-1, Unefoisdansmavie followed live cover into the final turn, then zipped through the sloppy stretch to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie trailed her stablemate, Barn Girl, by 2-1/2 lengths at the top of the lane, but the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Eric Goodell's urging and nailed Barn Girl by a head in 1:56. The first-over Mistress Valentine raced well for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $539,687, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall notched three winners on the 15-race card.    by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA -- In the $24,000 co-featured events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, both winners used "pocket rocket" tactics to emerge with victories -- Extracurricular on the trot and Arthur Blue Chip on the pace.   Extracurricular, a veteran Revenue S gelding owned by Darren Mahoney, had a tougher time making his rally effective -- as befits a 10-1 shot trying to catch a 1-5 pacesetting favorite, Somebody As. But Extracurricular dug in for the stretch battle with gameness and edged his frontstepping rival while taking a new mark of 1:52 at age nine for the brother team of driver Simon and trainer Rene Allard.   Arthur Blue Chip was the 11-10 favorite in his event and collared pacesetting Somethinginthewind with a bit more ease, but then the son of Shadow Play had to stay in high gear to withstand the persistent first-over Ontario Success, whose bid for victory came up a half-length shy. Dr. Ian Moore conditions the winner, who was third in his Breeders Crown elimination last month, for the Shadow One Stable.   George Napolitano Jr., the winningest driver in North American harness racing this season, visited Victory Lane five times on the Saturday card at Pocono to raise his margin over second-place Aaron Merriman to 22, with the score now Napolitano 743, Merriman 721.   "George Nap" will get a chance to add to his margin Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but then Merriman will compete on four cards -- Northfield Sunday night, The Meadows Monday afternoon and Northfield Monday night, and The Meadows Tuesday afternoon -- before Napolitano resumes sulky action here Tuesday night, concurrent with Merriman racing at Northfield.   There are two more weeks of racing in the 2015 season here at The Downs, with the trotters and pacers going on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings this week and next, with the final night November 21.   From the PHHA and Pocono Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 31, 2015 - A week ago, we wrote...George Brennan won half of Yonkers Raceway's harness racing program Saturday night, his happy half-dozen including the tandem of $40,000 Open Handicaps. Now, we write...Jason Bartlett won half of Yonkers Raceway's program Saturday night, his happy half-dozen including the tandem of $40,000 Open Handicaps. Bartlett and Ideal Cowboy ($36.20) upset in the week's featured pace (1:50.4), while Bartlett and 6-5 favorite Melady's Monet ($4.40) won the week's marquee trot (1:55.1) from an impossible locale. Ideal Cowboy, leaving from a seat from post position No. 7, went up and over Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) after that one's two-move, early intervals of :27.1 and :55.4. Ideal Cowboy moved from third, grabbing the lead at a 1:23 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Take it Back Terry (George Brennan), at just over even-money, was right behind, but couldn't match strides with the "Cowboy" as that one opened 3¼ lengths into the lane. "Terry" closed the final margin late, but missed by a half-length. Lucan Hanover, Soho Jackman A (Tyler Buter) and Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) came away with the remainder. For sixth choice Ideal Cowboy, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables, it was his seventh win in 21 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $66, with the triple returning $601. Now, to Melady's Monet, remanded to an eight-hole despite three weeks off. He tried to leave, but several others inside of him were reading from the same script. He was forced to go to the back of the bus as DW's NY Yank (Brennan) gave his backers some brief hope (:27.3; :56.2, 1:25.4). Crazy About Pat (Buter), sitting an antsy pocket, pulled early, with Fort Valley AS (Carlson) slipping out behind that one. As for "Melady," he was last along the cones, then slipped out to race third-over, with nothing moving forward in front of him. Last, 6¾ lengths away turning for home, he had no right winning this race...except he didn't get the memo. Melady's Monet powered by on the far outside, whipping "Fort Valley" by a neck with an individual :27.4 final quarter. Third went to "DW," with "Pat" and Can Do (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. For Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Kevin McDermott for owner Melady Enterprises, it was his 12th win in 25 '15 tries. The exacta paid $21.20, with the triple returning $94. Frank Drucker

Young harness racing trainer Jack Harrington lined up Hey Yo in the maiden trot at Addington Raceway this evening confident she wouldn't disgrace herself and just wanting for her to do everything right in her racetrack debut. In the hands of leading driver Blair Orange, Hey Yo landed the parked out position soon after the start and was left there for the rest of the race Turning for home you could have excused Hey Yo for shortening stride but instead she dug in and ground out a memorable victory. Jack Harrington was all smiles when talking to Harnesslink post race. " I expected her to go a good race as she had been working really well but I didn't think she could sit parked the whole way and still win." " She has really improved the last little bit but that was really impressive," Jack said. Jack works a small team of just five and Hey Yo is only his third runner to the races. " I start at six in the morning working my team before going to my day job at Andrew Stuarts about 8:30." " In the afternoon I do a lot of work around home knocking it into shape for the horses," Jack said. Jack was surprised as anyone when Hey Yo was dropped off at the stable.  " Dad brought her without telling me so it was a bit of a surprise when the transporter dropped her off." " She has had a few issues with her tendons so I have taken a lot of time with her, a lot more than I normally would."  " When I was working for Tim Butt, one of the things he really stressed was how you conditioned your horse, especially his trotters." " I have tried to follow what he taught me and things are going good at this stage," Jack said. The daughter of Revenue from the former top class trotter Too Much Too Soon 1:59.2 ($153,021), Hey Yo has no firm plans at this stage. " We will see what Blair has to say first before we make any plans with her." " There are a couple of C1 trots during Cup Week but it is a big step up and we may yet miss Cup Week," Jack said. Jack has created a good impression in his short time as a trainer and looks to have a big future in front of him. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 3, 2015--One horse who figured (Melady's Monet [Jason Bartlett, $5]) and on who didn't (Big N Bad [Eric Carlson, $116.50]) hogged the harness racing headlines Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 co-features. A from-last "Melady" won the Open Handicap Trot, prevailing in a three-horse photo over Zooming (Tyler Buter) and pace-setting, 13-10 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan). That one was out a long way before making the lead from Not Afraid (Dan Dube). Quick early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3 softened Luminosity up, so even a :29.1 third quarter (1:25.3) and a two-length lead into the lane weren't enough. Melady's Monet, sent outside his six rivals, closed from third-over. He picked off Zooming by a head in 1:55.3, with Luminosity fading to third, beaten a half-length. World Cup (Brent Holland) and Sevruga (Pat Lachance) were best-of-the-rest, minor moolah entities. For second choice Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Kevin McDermott for owner Melady Enterprises, it was her 11th win in 23 seasonal starts (season earnings over $300,000, career in excess of $700,000). The exacta paid $43.60, with the triple returning $174. The weekly pacing feature, a blind draw this time around, did no favors for Big N Bad. No problem. Leaving hard from the eight-hole, he was forced even wide when Crombie A (Holland) pulled pocket early. Undaunted, Big N Bad found the lead and kept going (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.4, 1:51.4) . After racing his eyeballs out a week ago only to get nailed late, Big N Bad closed the sale here, defeating a cone-skimming The Real One (Lachance) by neck. Third went to Crombie A, with Dynamic Youth (Brennan) and Sapphire City (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. Great Vintage (Dube), as the 6-5 favorite, couldn't get out of his own way at the outset and finished last. For seventh choice Big N Bad, a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Vincent Laurenzo, it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal '15 tries. The exacta paid $1,314, with the triple returning $12,955. With a Pick 5 sequence that featured win prices of $19, $116.50 and $53, shockingly the gimmick wasn't hit. So Monday night, which already offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $6,537.25 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at Frank Drucker

Allowed a leisurely 58.2 first half, Tall Cotton poured it on during the back half for Dave Palone and scored in 1:54.2 — his second straight victory — in Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Tall Cotton was parked by Mike The Trader the first quarter, but that panel went in 29, leaving Tall Cotton plenty in the tank to repel the protracted first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid, who finished a length back in second. Sixteen Mikes rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, a 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding who extended his career bankroll to $681,471, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Palone piloted seven winners — three for Burke — on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak        

Taking advantage of a pocket trip and room on the far turn left by a fading Bourbon Bay, Skates N Plates ($29.60) pounced late to just collar Six Bax in Saturday (August 1) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   Aaron Byron secured the pocket with the 4-year-old Revenue entire, drafting behind Grey Ice (Corey Braden) through a :27.2 first quarter.   As soon as Byron vacated the pocket and brushed Skates N Plates to the lead, though, Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) circled three-deep out of third, clearing just upon passing the winning post on the first occasion.   After taking charge through a :55.2 half mile, Six Bax faced mild pressure on the backstretch from the first-over Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.), maintaining his 1-1/2-length lead through three-quarters in 1:24.3.   As Bourbon Bay faded on the far turn, Six Bax found room to vacate the pegs, driven to a narrow 1:53.4 victory in the final yards.   Six Bax held second, while Tirade Hanover (Tyler Raymer) kicked cover off the far turn to take third.   Paul Kelley trains Skates N Plates for owner-breeder Robert Key.   Byron scored a hat trick on the 12-race card, as did Jim Taggart, Jr.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 2) afternoon, with the first of 11 races due to begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

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