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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2017 -- Sassa Hanover blazed the opening quarter in 26.3 and didn't slow thereafter, easily capturing Monday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sassa Hanover pocketed her stablemate, Tessa Seelster, before the quarter, and the pair drew away from the field late to transform the stretch drive into their own private battle. Tessa Seelster vacated the pocket but could not cut into the margin of Sassa Hanover, who prevailed by 3/4 lengths in 1:52 for Aaron Merriman. Shark Gal rode the cones for show. Ron Burke trains Sassa Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover who now boasts $1,211,024 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Merriman. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Batavia, NY---It was much like a walk in the park for visiting Mohawk Raceway harness racing regular Rockin In Heaven as he went gate to wire without issue in the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 26).   Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left decisively with Rockin In Heaven and gained a lead he would not relinquish. While touring the facility with the best view, he took his competitors to the half in :56.1 before getting it in gear in the second half.   With For A Bettor Time (Kevin Cummings) sitting behind him Rockin In Heaven was challenged by Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) moving to the three-quarters. But Morrill let him out a notch and posted a :27.4 third quarter to keep everyone in check. From there he swelled up and motored down the lane to a handy victory in 1:52.1, which was the fastest pacing mile of the 2017 meet.   It was the fourth win in 15 starts for Rockin In Heaven ($4.80) and it pushed his earnings for the year to $57,819. The 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Dr. Moore trains Rockin In Heaven.   In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Show Stopping (Kevin Cummings) pulled first-over at the five-eighths and paced stride for stride with the front-running Lucky McTrucky (Jim Morrill Jr.), eventually out-duelling him at the wire to win by a nose in 1:53.4, equalling his seasonal mark.   Show Stopping ($26.60) is owned by Resiliant Racing Stable and trained by Rose Russo.   The Downs leading driver Drew Monti had a grand slam on Saturday night while Jim Morrill Jr., Kevin Cummings and Ron Beback Jr. each had two wins apiece.   Batavia Downs had a very special guest visit the track on Saturday. 2012 Olympic women's pole vault gold medalist Jenn Suhr was in the clubhouse enjoying the races. Suhr, who is also a 15-time U.S. National champion and holder of several women's pole vaulting records, most recently won a gold medal in the 2016 World championships in Portland, Oregon.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 27) at 1:15 p.m. The card features the the $107,000 New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old Colts and geldings and also Family Fun Day and the "Dauschund Dash" wiener dog races.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven) was destiny's child at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the five year old mare scored in the Friday harness racing feature. Making her local debut, Beyonces Rockn moved out to the early lead in the $10,500 feature for fillies and mares and the Jennifer Lappe trainee never looked back. The invader didn't face her first challenge until checking in at three quarters in 1:26 when Walk Two Moons (Frank Coppola Jr) rolled up to the outside of the 3-1 shot Beyonces Rockn. The eventual winner had little difficultly thwarting that bid before being faced with the chore of holding off the favored Sometimes Graceful (Wally Hennessey) who got the pocket trip on Friday. Beyonces Rockn, who had competed in Opens at Yonkers and Tioga earlier in the summer, rediscovered the winning way as she hit the line first in 1:54.1 for her eighth victory of the season. Sometimes Graceful came up second best while Walk Two Moons earned the show spot. Beyonces Rockn, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $28 and $79.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) on Sunday (August 20) with a purse of $263,100 for harness racing sophomore pacing Colts & Geldings at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big long shot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval in Nichols, NY. In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who would take charge with a first quarter in :27.4, and a half in :55.4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) would battle and take the lead to the three-quarter mark in 1:21.4. Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven) would watch this speed duel from the third. Owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, the 3 year-old colt would charge down the stretch like he was shot out of a cannon. Heaven's Gait ($4.50), would win in 1:49.2. He would win for the fifth straight time. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would fire late to finish second. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) came up late to finish third. In the EBC final ($257,850) for sophomore pacing fillies, it was big long shot Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who was victorious. Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears), would put up all the early fractions, :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.3. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) would put on pressure during the whole race. He was parked almost the whole way and would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), who is owned by NLG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, would take advantage of a second over trip. The 3 year-old filly blew right by Clear Idea (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Third place went to Ameriway (Corey Callahan). Obvious Blue Chip ($57.50), would win for fourth time this season and the fifth of her career. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) shocked the field to win the Roll With Joe ($163,000), with a track record for aged geldings at 1:47.4.. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) would hit the first quarter in :26.1. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) would then continue the fast pace hitting the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark) would follow Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) with a second over trip. Dealt A Winner ($72.50), who is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, would go three wide at the top of the stretch flying to the lead and tack record. He would fall short of the world record for aged gelding pacers for a five-eighths mile track by one-fifth of a second. The 5 year-old would win for the 13th time in his career. Rockin Ron hung on for second with Sunfire Blue Chip getting third. Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) would win the third leg of the Ms Versatility ($40,000) setting a new track record for all trotters in 150.4. Oho Diamond (Brett Miller) would lead into the first quarter in :27.1. Pasithea Face S (Muscle Hill) would take over as they went by the stands for the first time. She would follow with times of :55.1, 1:23.4, 1:50.4. Pasithea Face S ($3.40) didn't have it easy though. She battled the first over PL Hill (Corey Callahan) all the way from the three-quarter mark and holding on by a quarter-length. PL Hill (Kadabra) finished second with entry mate Oho Diamond (Ken Warkentin) getting third. Pasithea Face S is Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. She won for the fifth time this season getting a new lifetime mark. She was just one-fifth of a second off the world record for aged mares for a five-eighths mile track. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 21) post time for the 10 race card begins at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 10 - The field may have been small, but the fight was big in Thursday's $37,200 Whenuwishuponastar Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of five harness racing rookie pacing fillies clashed in the Whenuwishuponastar Series finale, with all eyes on Dr. Ian Moore trainee Jan, who was seeking a series sweep. Driven by Trevor Henry, Jan shot off the wings of the gate seeking the lead and while she would clear to the pylons quickly, she was forced to deal with pressure from Lady Grande and driver Jonathan Drury. Lady Grande was right along side the 1-5 favourite at the opening-quarter in :26.2 and would clear to command entering the backstretch. Jan was quickly removed to the lead, but had to work hard to be in control at the half in :54.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4, Jan was ready for yet another duel with Lady Grande in the lane. The two rookies would slug it out in the stretch, with Jan holding off a weaving Lady Grande by half a length in 1:51.4. Precision Hanover, Intrepid Lady and Nurse Pie Q rounded out the field. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, Jan came into Thursday's final off a pair of easy victories and proved she was ready for a battle. "She had been winning very easy her last two races and I knew there was more there, but we never had to use it before," said Henry following the race. "She's a tough filly, like when they come at her she wants to fight back." Jan, who was a $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, now sports a record of three wins in five starts with $37,780 banked for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. Trainer Moore has a strong duo in the rookie pacing filly division, as Jan is a stablemate of Ontario sired standout Percy Bluechip. "I had three fillies this winter and they all trained together and Jan was one of them and Percy Bluechip, of course," Moore noted. "They took turns at beating each other in training miles all spring long, they were just right at it the whole time. "This filly (Jan) probably beat Percy Bluechip just as many times as Percy Bluechip beat her in training miles, so when we tipped one of the back of the other, it was all fight all the way down the stretch." Jan isn't heavily staked for her two-year-old season and Moore noted he will talk to the MacKenzie's about trying the New York Sires Stakes or looking at potential opportunities to supplement. Jan Also on Thursday, the Define The World Series for two-year-old trotters kicked off with an impressive performance in the $14,000 opening leg. Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector established a new national season's mark of 1:56 with a 6¼ lengths victory for Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. A $110,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Alarm Detector went coast to coast for Henry, posting fractions of :29.2, 1:00, 1:28.4, before trotting home in :27.1. Cantabernet finished second, while Hey Jock was third. Alarm Detector is now a perfect three for three with $21,000 earned for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. He paid $3.50 to win. Alarm Detector The second leg of the Define The World Series will take place next Thursday (August 17). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 -- Blazin Britches' performance was record-smashing. The filly by Rock N Roll Heaven cruised home in 1:48.4, breaking the harness racing stakes record of 1:49.1 set last year by Darlinonthebeach, with an impressive four and three-quarter length victory over Caviart Alley to capture the $113,950 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old fillies, the third race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Driven by David Miller, the 1-5 favorite, went three-wide prior to the half-mile pole, taking control, and coasting to the her fourth straight victory, paying her backers $2.60, 2.40, and 2.10. The 13-1 longshot Caviart Alley, driven by Andrew McCarthy, paid $4.40 and $2.60 for second and 2-1 second-choice Idyllic Beach, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best two-year-old female pacer, completed the payouts, with $2.10 for third, five and three-quarter lengths back. “We thought she was a really nice filly right along,” said trainer Brian Brown.  “We had to wait on her a couple times.  Got started this year, we were ready to go to the Fan Hanover and she popped a gravel (in her foot). I give credit to her groom Kim Carruthers and the grooms at Bruce’s farm, they got her finally to pop it.  That took two weeks and took us right out the Fan Hanover and the Lynch.  We thought she was a good horse, but I can’t tell you I thought she was this good. “ The 1:48.4 clocking matched the track record for three-year-old fillies shared by Dancinwiththestarz [2010] and Agent Q [2017]. Awash, Ella Christina, and Sister's Delight rounded out the field of six. Blazin Britches by Lou Monaco        

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 3 - Jan and harness racing driver Trevor Henry made a :26 final-quarter look as easy as possible en route to winning Thursday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of six rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 second round of the three-week series. Rock N Roll Heaven filly Jan was made the 1/5 favourite on the heels of a 1:53.3 victory a week prior. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee lived up to the hype and got the respect you would expect for a heavy favourite. Jan was put on the lead by Henry and posted easy-fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2, before kicking home in :26 to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:53.2, which shaved a fifth off her previous mark. There was no change to the top-three finishers from a week prior, as Lady Grande and Nurse Pie Q once again finished second and third behind Jan. A $35,000 Harrisburg purchase, Jan is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. The rookie pacing filly is now two for four with $19,180 earned. Jan will be searching for a sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series in next Thursday's (August 10) final. Live racing continues Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Leading driver, John MacDonald wins four on the Saturday night. Oh My Joepa (MacDonald) goes gate-to-wire and barely hangs on to take Vernon Downs harness racing feature on (July 15). Owned, trained, and driven by John MacDonald, Oh My Joepa (Rock N Roll Heaven) would put up the fractions :26.0, :55.0, 1:23.1, 1:52.0. Oh My Joepa ($3.40) won for the third straight time but it wasn't easy as Golden Gun (Ed Waishes) came flying late but finished second by a neck. Apollo Seelster (Truman Gale) was third. John MacDonald, who has 58 wins on the season first won with 2 year-old Manverick (American Ideal-Desirable Cindy). Manverick ($5.40) won in his first career start. MacDonald also won with Coopers Beach ($4.40) and Ring Leda ($5.70). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday starting at 6:45 p.m. John Horne for Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The well-traveled Rock Me Baby made a stop at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night and promptly took a new lifetime mark of 1:50.4 in the $18,000 featured pace for harness racing distaffs.   Driver Corey Callahan put the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, racing at her fifth track in her last seven starts, on the lead, and none of the opposition could summon enough speed to get by the fleet mare, with Pittstop Danika closest at the wire, 3½ lengths back. Rock Me Baby, a winner of $195,708, is trained by Heidi Rohr for owner Scott Dillon.   The two-year-olds made their 2017 pari-mutuel debut at The Downs Tuesday - and confirmed that the night at the mountain track belonged to daughters of Rock N Roll Heaven, as the pacing filly Silk Reed was victorious in 1:53.4, dropping five seconds off her winning time in a Pocono qualifier last week. Driver Matt Kakaley sent the Jean Drolet-trained miss, owned by Stephen Schneider, William Siegel, and Jay Lieberman, to the top early, then laid off a contested pace, finding room in the Pocono Pike to edge Yankee Will Dance, who had made two moves to the lead, by a nose.   Silk Reed's dam, Fantasy Jet, has already produced three six-figure winners, and her second dam produced world champion Stand Forever, so there is plenty in her pedigree to suggest that Silk Reed may be capable of even better.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Pacing distaffs ascending the class ladder got the harness racing spotlight on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the $18,000 "nw 7 races" feature going to the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Angels Rockn Pink in 1:53.   Driver Marcus Miller made every pole a winning one with the John Butenschoen trainee, defeating favored I Wish You Well by a length while raising her lifetime earnings to $218,454 for Crawford Farms Racing.   There were also two $16,000 races for the "n/w 5 races" set, with both winners taking new marks of 1:52.4. In one, the Sportsmaster mare Frog Pond Princess, who had a seasonal mark of 9-0-4-3 vs. "nw 6" types at Yonkers, found the drop, the switch in track, and scratching in from the AE list just the ticket for her 2017 breakthrough, winning by 1¼ lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Lance Hudson, and owner William Hartt. In the other, the Western Ideal filly Ideal Plan took the lead from favored Beach Club late on the first turn, set the pace, then used a 28 last quarter to come home strongly and foil the potential pocket rocket by a half-length for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Casie Coleman, and the partnership of West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, and Kevin McKinlay.   Finally, a mention should go to Meteoric, a three-year-old gelding who conquered a $14,000 "nw 3 races" field of trotters in 1:52.4, winning by 11½ lengths for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Richard Johnson, and owner Mahlon Martin. The sophomore certainly has the pedigree to stand him well in stakes action, as a son of Explosive Matter and having a third dam who produced the ill-fated Hambletonian favorite Dancer's Crown.   PHHA / Pocono

HARRINGTON, Del. - Arque Hanover notched his third win of the harness racing season Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52 win in the $17,500 Open Pace. Owned by Thomas Lazzaro, Robert Cooper Stables and Abe Basen, Arque Hanover was sent for the lead from post position six at odds of 3-5 to an opening quarter of 27.1 seconds. Arque Hanover led the field of eight through remaining fractions of 56.1 and 1:24.1 while Take It Back Terry battled first over. In the stretch, Arque Hanover held off "Terry" for a one length win. Framed Art was third. Trained by Dylan Davis, it was the 16th career win for the Rock N Roll Heaven stallion. Victor Kirby, who was involved in a racing accident Thursday night, wasted no time in getting back to the winner's circle. Kirby captured both halves of the daily double with Allwillworkout ($3.60) and Almost Cut My Hair ($7). Venerable veteran Dancin Yankee ($12.80, Allan Davis) recorded his 56th career win in an $11,000 conditioned pace in 1:52 for owners Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing LLC. The Josh Green-trainee has banked nearly $1.6 million in his career. Driver Jim Morand, who was injured in the aforementioned accident on May 25, is home recovering after surgery on his shoulder. Morand, who has enjoyed a successful career in racing for more than three decades, has won 9,404 races lifetime, ranking him among the sport's winning-est drivers all-time. Matthew Sparacino

Beyonces Rockn crossed the finish line faster than any other harness racing mare in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:51 on Saturday (May 27). The clocking formally broke the 1:52 record for five and up pacing mares, which was held by three different horses: Hidden Land (Don Irvine Jr.) from 2015, and Devil Child (David Miller) and Love Forbidden (Aaron Merriman) in 2016. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC and RTC Stables Inc. own Beyonces Rockn. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-Im Betting On You-Bettor's Delight) started from post seven. She left from the gate and sat fourth through the initial :27.1 quarter. Stahl moved her coming to the half. She brushed to the front and never looked back through times of :56.1, 1:23 and 1:51, besting her competition by 12 ¾-lengths. Beyonces Rockn now has seven wins in 19 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 16th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $178,492. She was heavily favored and returned $2.60 to win. Beyonces Rockn Ayers Ratliff

Leading harness racing driver Mike Simons pilots Amateur Hour to gutsy win in Gail's Diner Pace final ($23,400) at Tioga Downs Saturday night (May 27). The 3 year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven took over the lead from entry mate Under The Bus (Fern Paquet Jr.) at the three-quarter mark. At the top of the stretch Amateur Hour would be attacked by Playing Favorites (Mike Merton) and Dr J's Kiss (Tom Jackson). Just when it looked like Playing Favorites was going to go by Amateur Hour battled back to hang on for the victory. Trained by Linda Toscano for owners Fred Wallace, Camelot stables and Kenneth Jacobs, Amateur Hour ($3.70) scored the mile in 1:51.4. Paying Favorites took second and Dr J's Kiss finished third. Tioga Downs hosts the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year-old filly trotters at a special post time of 6:50 Sunday night (May 28). For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

Benjor Maddy Lombo hardly set the world on fire during a modest harness racing career on the racetrack, but she has burst into prominence in recent months as the dam of WA Derby winner Handsandwheels and the highly-promising two-year-old colt Rock Me Over. Rock Me Over, purchased for $28,000 at the Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale early last year, has drawn favourably at barrier two on the front line and looks set to fight out the finish of the $50,000 Retravision Champagne Classic over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt, trained at Byford by Katja Warwick, warmed up for this week’s assignment in excellent style with a fast-finishing second to Play The Boys in the group 1 $100,000 Sales Classic final last Friday night. Driven by Gary Hall jun., Rock Me Over raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move at the 500m. He charged home to finish a half-head behind the pacemaking Play The Boys. Rock Me Over was successful at his two previous starts, finishing strongly to beat his stablemate Mistersandman over 1684m at Pinjarra and then setting the pace and dashing over the final 400m in 27.7sec. to beat Kohli by more than two lengths over 1730m at Gloucester Park. Benjor Maddy Lombo, by American sire Perfect Art, began her career in Western Australia before being relocated in Victoria where she won three times, as a three-year-old in moderate company at Mildura, Gunbower and Charlton. She was retired with those three wins from 34 starts for stakes of $21,510. She is an elder half-sister to Miss Trickin Lombo (109 starts for 15 wins and 29 placings for earnings of $230,312) and to star performer Suave Stuey Lombo, who amassed $587,032 from 33 wins and 23 placings from 110 starts. Rock Me Over has already earned $24,310 from his two wins and a second placing from four starts, while Handsandwheels has raced 20 times for six wins, six placings and $165,099. Rock Me Over is sure to meet plenty of stiff opposition, particularly from the New Zealand-bred gelding Pocket More For Less and Cott Beach, one of three fillies in the race. Pocket More for Less, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, will have many admirers from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. He was seventh in the one-out, one-back position at the bell before starting a three-wide move at the 700m and running home determinedly to be second to the pacemaker Warriors Code over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Pocket More For Less gave a sample of his ability at his only other starts, for wins over 1730m at Gloucester Park in March. He overcame severe interference before finishing strongly from fourth at the bell to win from Universal Major and then worked hard in the breeze before winning from Kohli. Cott Beach, a filly by Advance Attack, has been most impressive in her short career for trainer Gary Elson and reinsman Nathan Turvey. After a strong-finishing second to Tenniele Erin on debut at Bunbury she was successful at her next three starts, two at Pinjarra and one at Gloucester Park, when she revealed excellent gate speed and then made all the running. She rated 1.57.6 (with final quarters of 28.8sec. and 27.7sec.) over 1730m at Gloucester Park two starts ago when she scored by nine lengths over Cheeseacracker. And then she led from barrier No. 6 and won by just unde3r four lengths from Princess Major at Pinjarra when she rated 1.55.2 over 1684m after dashing over the final two quarters in 27.9sec. and 27.8sec. Cott Beach fared badly and will need to be at her top to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) on Friday night. The Champagne Stakes was first run in 1970 and since then the fillies to have won the classic have been Jidaley (1971), Deep Décor (1974), Chrysou Mou (1976), Whitby Tolez (1991), Whitbys Merit (1993), Nowuseemenowudont (2000), Sheza Clout (2006), Arma Xpress (2012) and Tricky Styx (2014). Elson and Turvey combined to win the Champagne Classic in 2015 when Sprinter defeated Lightning Jolt and Rich Yankee. Ken Casellas

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 22, 2017 - When the 92-year-old boss flies in from San Diego, you don't want to disappoint him. Good thing Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) held up her end of the bargain Saturday night (Apr. 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $310,600 harness racing final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Sitting chilly from post position No. 4, Mackenzie A watched as Lispatty (Brian Sears) leave hard from the pylons, with Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) second and 9-10 choice Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) third...all three away in post position order. Meanwhile, Regil Elektra (Yannick Gingras) and Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) tried to leave, only to get parked for their troubles (the latter badly compromised by the former). It was Lispatty leading at the :26.4 opening quarter-mile before Mach it a Par move to take the baton approaching the :55.1 intermission. Down the backside, Shesjustadelight N took out of third, with Mackenzie A third and Medusa (Matt Kakaley) staying in. Mach it a Par was seemingly in control in and out of a 1:23.4 three-quarters, with the uncovered rival pacing in place, forcing Mackenzie A wide. It was Mach it a Par owning a length-and-half lead into the lane, but company was coming. Mackenzie A blew on by, widening to win the ninth Matchmaker by 2¾ lengths in in life-best 1:53.1. Medusa, who had left the cones, failed to match strides with the winner but was a rallying second, with 81-1 rank outsider Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) a closing third. That one found her way into the final after original eight-holer Empress Deo came up ill. Mach it a Par faded to fourth, with Shesjustadelight N fifth and Lispatty, Regil Elektra and Bedroomconfessions bringing up the rear. For co-second choice Mackenzie A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by the nonagenarian Harry von Knoblauch (a fine TV interview) and his daughter, Ellen Kinser and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her second win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $167, the triple returned $6,251 the superfecta paid $19,960 (base $2 payout). "I thought I have to race her from off the pace," Stratton said. "The trip worked out perfect for us. I knew there were horses behind and I wanted to move." Stratton won the inaugural edition of the race in 2009 with Pancleefandarpels. Mackenzie A A $75,000 series consolation was won by Hidden Land (Bartlett, $9.50) in 1:54.1. Hidden Land Saturday night's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, $4.70) in 1:56.4. Barn Doll Frank Drucker

Pompano Beach, FL...April 9, 2017...Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a decisive two length win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the harness racing tele-timer in 1:52.1. The five year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven pinned the defeat on the pacesetting Arsenal, handled by John MacDonald, with Sing For Me George, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, third after dawdling near the back of the pack for most of the journey. Pointsman was fourth after applying first-over pressure on the leader from turn two through turn three while E R Melvin picked up the minor award in the classy octet of side-wheelers. At the outset, Arsenal blasted off the wings into the early lead with Winyard Hanover settling in the garden spot while St Lads Lotto was away in good order the rail through an opening panel of :27.1. Three-eighths in, things started heating up as Pointsman pulled from fifth with Rockntouch catching his live cover and, half-way through the mile in :56, Pointsman was just a length away with Winyard Hanover sitting chilly in third and Rockntouch second over and E R Melvin third over. The pace quickened on the backside and, when Arsenal hit the third station in 1:24, Pointsman was looking him in the eye with Rockntouch surging on a double-bubble binge that swept him to the lead once they straightened away and widening his advantage to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol related, "Well, in every race, there is an element of skill and an element of good luck. "Dave (Ingraham) pulled fairly early and I was lucky enough to get a very good journey behind his horse (Pointsman). I kind of drafted along behind him and, around the final turn, I gave my horse room to roam and he was his usual strong self. "Rockntouch made me look good tonight, so I was just a passenger on a very good horse." Owned by Salvatore Promuto along with the Fred Monteleone Stable, Rockntouch notched his fourth win of the year in 13 starts, good for $25,775. Lifetime, Rockntouch has banked $132,195 to go along with his mark of 1:51.2 set earlier this year at Pompano Park. As fourth choice in the betting, Rockntouch paid $14.80 to win. Speaking of "good luck," McNichol also drove the pacer Good Luck to a 29 to 1 upset victory in a conditioned event the race prior sparking a Pick-6 carryover of $7,281 going into Monday night's program. Trotters will be in the spotlight on Monday as Boli looks for a repeat win in the $10,000 Open Handicap. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra has been installed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey.   PICK-6 CARRYOVER OF $7,281 FOR MONDAY NIGHT POMPANO CARD With Pompano Park's Pick-6 unsolved on Sunday night, the carryover for the Monday night Pick-6 is a healthy $7,281. Gabe Prewitt, Director of Racing at the South Florida oval, related, "Usually, we're bragging about our weather here in Pompano Beach but, on Monday night, it's the weather and the carryovers that make Pompano Park 'better for the bettor.' on Monday night." The Pick-6 is conducted on races 3 through 8. Yet another healthy carryover is on the Super Hi-5 finale, which now stands at $62,573.79. That wager challenges a player to select the first five finishers in order with the entire jackpot claimed when there is only one 20 cent ticket sold on the winning combination. In the event of multiple winners, half of that night's betting pool is shared by those winners with the remaining half rolling over and added to the next night's carryover. Sunday night's 7-5-6-1-8 winning combination had multiple winners with each receiving $613.94 for their 20 cent ticket. Post time for the Monday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

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