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Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) hangs on to capture the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (July 21). Oh My Joepa ($8.20) laid down all the fractions going gate-to-wire (:26.3, :56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.2).  However it was not easy.  Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) was third after three quarters and gave everything he had battling all the way down the stretch losing by a nose at the wire.  JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) finished third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover.  Owned and trained by MacDonald, he won for the third time this season and for the 48th time in his career.  MacDonald had a triple double on the night, by driving and training three winners.  The other wins came with Weapon To Win ($8.40) and Kabu ($3.10). Adam Capizano had two wins on the night with big long shot Dark Prince ($101.50), as well as Banacek ($38.00). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (July 26) with a post time of 6:10 p.m..  There will be no live racing on Friday (July 27) due to Wynonna and The Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

MILTON, ON - July 7, 2018 - The popular pacer Nickle Bag surpassed $1 million in career earnings with his 38th career victory Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Known for his gritty performances, Nickle Bag did it all on the front to score a 1:52.2 victory in a $13,000 event. James MacDonald guided the classy pacer, who was just $2,120 shy of $1 million, for trainer Bill Robinson. A gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag was making his 198th career start Saturday with his racing debut coming back all the way back on August 24, 2012 at Mohawk Park. All 198 starts have taken place at Woodbine Racetrack and Mohawk Park. Nickle Bag has spent a large portion of his career racing in the Preferred and took on the sport's heavyweights in the 2016 Canadian Pacing Derby, finishing fifth. A true warrior, Nickle Bag has hit the board in 118 of his 198 starts. His career-mark is 1:49, taken on April 30, 2016 at Mohawk Park. Nickle Bag continues to grind away at the age of eight and now has four wins and nine "on the board" finishes in 23 starts this season. The Robinson trainee paid $2.60 to win Saturday. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Chester, PA - Rockeyed Optimist ($5.20) proved strongest of all in Sunday afternoon's (July 1) featured $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, using an extended first-over push to wear down Emeritus Maximus for a 1:49.2 score.   Brett Miller put the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in play from the far outside as the gates folded, and the pair were able to land in third behind the pacesetting pair of Emeritus Maximus (Andy Miller) and Sunfire Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy) through a blistering :26 first quarter. On approach to the bridge turn, Rockeyed Optimist angled off the pegs and worked into a narrow second through a :54.3 half before turning up the pressure on the backstretch.   After Rockeyed Optimist forced a :26.3 third split, it appeared as though Emeritus Maximus would be able to parry his threat nearing head-stretch, but the longtime pacesetter was engulfed a sixteenth from home. Rockeyed Optimist surged to the fore in mid-stretch, holding off a late bid from pocket rival Sunfire Blue Chip by a length in 1:49.2. Robbie Burns N (Corey Callahan) rallied down the grandstand to finish third.   Jake Leamon trains 32-time winner Rockeyed Optimist for the partnership of Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, the A and B Stable and Joseph Battaglia.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Following a pair of runner-up efforts since arriving in North America, the third time was a charm for Heaven Rocks A ($2.60), who stubbornly held his ground to parry Bettors Edge a quarter mile from home en route to a 1:50 score in a $30,000 Great Northeast Series event on Sunday afternoon (June 3) at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The six-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding began his brush from midfield, as Sicily (driven by Montrell Teague) completed a :27 first quarter, put in motion by David Miller to slipstream the cover of Bettor Memories (Tim Tetrick) off the first turn before pushing clear with a circuit to go. After maintaining a stout pace through a :54.3 half, Heaven Rocks A faced a stern first-over challenge from Bettors Edge (Andy Miller) up the far side. Bettors Edge — a winner last week — worked to within a head of the leader, but was sternly rebuffed at the conclusion of a :28.1 third quarter. Heaven Rocks A powered clear off the far turn and handily maintained three and a half lengths of clearance over Always At My Place (Corey Callahan), who circled three-wide off cover to just nab Bettors Edge for second. Heaven Rocks A, who defeated Australian sensation Lennytheshark earlier this year, increased his career record to 13 wins from 30 starts.Ross Croghan trains Heaven Rocks A for Let It Ride Stables Inc., Dana Parham, and Misty Miller. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, DE. - Empress Deo ($4.40, Montrell Teague) registered her third win of the meet with a powerful 1:52.3 triumph in the $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare led virtually wire-to-wire over Shesarocker and I'm Won Rum Wiser for trainer Wayne Givens. It was the 29th career win for "Empress," who is owned by the Legacy Racing of Delaware Stable. Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($7, Victor Kirby) recorded her 31st career win with a front end score in 1:53.4. It was part of a training double for Jason Skinner. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Top-flight harness racing reinsman Ryan Warwick is poised to take full advantage of the coveted No. 1 barrier and make use of the sparkling early speed of Rock Diamonds by attempting an all-the-way victory in the $50,000 Westral Four-Year-Old Championship over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rock Diamonds (Rocknroll Hanover), prepared by leading trainer Skye Bond, warmed up for this group 2 feature event with a solid third behind star New Zealand pacer Ultimate Machete in the Group 1 Yes Loans Classic last Friday night in which he began speedily from barrier five to burst to the front after 150m. Warwick then took the sit 250m later when Mark Purdon urged the outstanding New Zealand pacer forward. Rock Diamonds fought on determinedly to be third behind Ultimate Machete, who dashed over the final quarters in 28.2sec. and 28sec. Rock Diamonds has set the pace and won four times in a 24-start career of 11 wins and seven placings. His most dangerous rival looms large as smart Victorian performer Motor Meteor, who is trained and driven by Kerryn Manning. Motu Meteor caught the eye in last Friday night’s classic when he was 12th and last at the bell before finishing with a spirited burst, out wide, to be sixth which took his record to 25 starts for ten wins and nine placings. “The run was really good,” said Manning. “He’s more of a stayer, generally, than a sprinter. But he certainly had to go pretty quick last week. He just kept coming on in the straight. We will need a bit of luck, but if he gets it, he’ll be running on.” The lightly-raced Ross Olivieri-trained Space Junk has sound prospects from an ideal barrier at No. 2 on the front line. His driver Chris Voak has guided him to victory at his first three starts in Western Australia, at Pinjarra, Narrogin and Northam, and has a high opinion of the gelding. Trainer Michael Brennan has engaged star Victorian reinsman Chris Alford to driver Im Rockaria, a speedy pacer who is handily drawn at barrier two on the back line. Im Rockaria has won at 14 of his 25 starts and is capable of a bold showing. The Bond camp has a second runner in the well-performed Mighty Mr Sharkey, who will be driven by Todd McCarthy from barrier three on the front line.   Ken Casellas

WILKES-BARRE PA – Scott Rocks reclaimed the lead approaching the second turn, then held off the long first-over bid of Maxdaddy Blue Chip to take Saturday’s $25,000 winners-over handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:49.4. George Napolitano Jr. sent the Rocknroll Hanover gelding to the lead in quick order, then kept Bushwacker outside until releasing him nearing the wire for the first time. But Scott Rocks was quick to reclaim the lead, then dug in to battle against the uncovered Maxdaddy Blue Chip. Scott Rocks had the advantage of the inner position and paced his last half in 53.4, but he needed all his talent to hold off the stubborn and game Maxdaddy Blue Chip by a head. Chris Oakes trains the winner of 42 career races and $657,754 for the Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. In the $16,500 co-feature pace, it was George’s brother Anthony entering Victory Lane after putting a new mark of 1:50 in the Western Ideal gelding JJ Flynn. The career winner of $254,048 rode cover second-over, then came home sharply to overhaul favored Luck Be Withyou (and brother George) by a neck for trainer Josh Green, also co-owner with Richard Lombardo, Carl Alley, and Charles Cochran III. George Napolitano Jr. won six on the program. PHHA / Pocono  

Batavia, NY--- Don'tcallmefrancis competed against Racing Hill in the $500,000 Messenger at Yonkers Raceway last year and beat Boston Red Rocks in the $150,000 Abbatiello Classic at the Meadowlands as well. On Saturday evening (Sept. 30) he took on the best resident harness racing pacers in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs and showed that back class in victory. Leaving from post one, Don'tcallmefrancis (Jim Morrill Jr.) let In Runaway Bay (Ray Fisher Jr.) have the lead for about an eighth of a mile before coming back out to regain the front by the quarter in :27.4. In single file, Morrill backed down the second panel to :57.1 and from there the race was effectively over. There still was no movement from behind until the five-eighths pole when the pocket-sitting In Runaway Bay pulled and gave it his best shot. In Runaway Bay got within a head of Don'tcallmefrancis around the far turn but Morrill was still hanging on at that point. He went to work at the head of the lane and Don'tcallmefrancis responded in kind. In Runaway Bay would not go away but Don'tcallmefrancis wouldn't let him go by either. The two argued all the way to the wire but Don'tcallmefrancis was clearly the best and hung on to win by a neck in 1:53.1. It was the sixth 2017 win for Don'tcallmefrancis ($3.00) who has now surpassed the quarter-million dollar mark in lifetime earnings. The 4-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable and is trained by Al Annunziata. The result of the $9,000 Open II pace was never in doubt once the gate released the field as Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) was a strong front-runner that led the whole race, opened up two-lengths at the head of the stretch and cruised home under mild urging to win in 1:53, which was a new seasonal mark. Lucky McTrucky ($8.10) is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 4) with post time at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Rocknroll Hanover mare Tipitina found just the right level of competition on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as she triumphed in a lifetime best of 1:51.3 over "sloppy" going in the $14,000 harness racing featured distaff pace. Tipitina had faced better in her last four starts, finishing second twice, but the last time she was below the level of her recent outings, she had gone wire-to-wire at Saratoga in her previous best of 1:51.4. And with tonight's class relief, Tipitina again showed frontstepping winning ways, putting up numbers of 27.3, 55, and 1:22.3, then gamely holding off the late charge of 26-1 shot Bettorhaveanother by a head, while reducing that Saratoga clocking by a tick. Simon Allard guided the winner of $385,959 for trainer/brother Rene Allard and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. Tipitina returned $5.60 as the public's choice. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON PA - The harness racing husband/wife team of driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel continued their hot hands at the famed Arden Downs oval at the Washington County Fair in this city literally just down the street from The Meadows, including the fastest pacing winners during both Monday's sophomore action and the quickest freshman pacer on Tuesday. Fastest of all Washington performers was the very first horse to return to Victory Lane, the Schadels' Rocknroll Hanover pacing filly Bella Ragaza, who overcame a trailing start spot to post her seventh straight win and eighth of the fair campaign in 2:01.2, also taking over the distinction as the leading pointswinner on the fair circuit to this point of the 2017 campaign. Linda Schadel co-owns the streaking winner with Roxanna Buffington. The freshman gelding by A Rocknroll Dance, Legendary Ron, ran his record to two for three since his recent purchase by Tony and Linda, with a big mile in 2:01.4 to defeat the multiwinner Marvalous Falcon on Tuesday. The trotting star of the meet was the undefeated Explosive Matter two-year-old gelding Hockey Hanover, who became the North American leader among freshman trotters in wins with his eighth straight triumph - five at the fairs, and three in the pari-mutuel Stallion Series. Hockey Hanover was handled by Wilbur Yoder to a 2:05.2 victory for trainer John McMullen and his family's McMullen Stable LLC. Fastest trotter of the meet was the Ron Burke trainee New Heaven, who has now won two straight over the twicearound circuit, this one in 2:03.1; the Yankee Glide gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills, and was driven to victory by Chris Shaw. Shaw, in fact, had five victories during the two-day meet to edge Tony Schadel by one for that honor while increasing his summerlong lead to 44-34 over Roger Hammer. Linda Schadel's four-bagger on the two cards easily put her atop that category, with no other trainer having more than two. The PA Fair Circuit crowd doesn't miss a beat - they'll be off and racing at Dayton on Wednesday and Thursday at noon, with sophomores starting things off, and then the freshmen, led by the exciting Venier Hanover, just three days after having the stretch lead in a pari-mutuel PA Sire Stakes before finishing third against national-class horses. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association        

Plainville, MA---Despite being being parked out along way at the start of the race, American Rock still had leg at the end and prevailed in the $14,000 pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 14) in a personal best effort. American Rock (Jim Hardy) left from post five and got parked out to the quarter in :26.2 by Warrawee Nonsuch (Shawn Gray) before eventually seating in front. However Biggie (Greg Merton) who was idling outside during that initial conflict then motored up and took command by the three-eighths. With Biggie now barking orders, Prince Aston (Scott Renz) came first-over and prompted a 1:22.3 third panel. Those two battled around the last turn and into the head of the stretch. Biggie was holding Prince Aston at bay but drifted off the pylons. This allowed American Rock a lane to progress and Hardy got to work. He rocked and knocked and American Rock shot the gap, winning by a neck in 1:51.4. The time of 1:51.4 was a new lifetime mark for American Rock ($5.00) who chalked up his fifth win of the year (the second win in his last three outings) earning him $48,980 this year. The 5-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Stephen Zajchowski Jr., David Thibault, Christine Thibault and Jim Hardy, who also trains the winner. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned pace, Quick Shot (Shawn Gray) was third at the rail raging with pace until Gray pulled at the half and gave him his head. He collared the front-running Lindy Beach (Greg Merton) at the top of the stretch and relentlessly ground him down at the wire and won by a neck in 1:51.3. Quick Shot ($5.80) is owned and trained by John Bowman. Jim Hardy pulled off a training/driving hat trick on Monday doing double duty with American Rock (1:51.4, $5.00), Dontmesswiththebest (1:54.3, $5.60) and Lots Of Lovin (1:54.3, $9.40). Shawn Gray and Mark Beckwith also had driving doubles on the card. There was one winner in the 6th race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta. The 2-10-6-1-7 straight combination paid out $14,176.40 for a 20-cent wager. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon with post time at 4 p.m.   Tim Bojarski

Columbus, OH --- He may not possess the physical frame, bankroll or the title of world champion which five of his nine harness racing rivals in Friday’s (Aug. 11) $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes can boast of, but Rock N’ Roll World can present his own credentials as to why he will be the horse standing in the winner’s circle in Hoosier Park’s signature event. He also represents the faith his connections have placed in him and the Indiana program. “He’s a small horse, but he takes such good care of himself,” said Tom Pollack, the stallion’s co-owner. “Jeff (Cullipher, trainer and fellow owner) was almost out of the business several years ago and it means a lot to us to have a horse that can compete in this race. We decided to supplement him (for $25,000) because we think he belongs, but it’s also an honor for us to have a horse in the Dan Patch, as well as be a part of this event at Hoosier Park.” Although Rock N’ Roll World might not be as tall as the rest of the field of 10, the 5-year-old stallion certainly can flaunt a pedigree that occupies a lofty position in the sport. Purchased by Pollack and Cullipher for $165,000 at this year’s Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty descends from a lineage pedigree experts would stamp with an excessively strong seal of approval. Rock N’ Roll World also has another item on his resume in addition to $647,902 in purse money, a record of 71-17-15-9 and a lifetime mark of 1:48.3. The most stellar mile of his career was acquired over the Anderson oval just five days (May 12) after taking up residence in his new barn and was the fastest mile of the season at that juncture. In his return to Hoosier Park after a two-month absence, the stallion will leave from post position seven with John De Long holding the reins. The duo is rated 10-1 on the morning line, with the swift All Bets Off (post two, Matt Kakaley) as the early favorite at 7/2. Recent Sam McKee Memorial winner Check Six is the second choice at 4/1 odds with Yannick Gingras in post nine, while 2015 North America Cup victor Wakizashi Hanover (post 10, Tim Tetrick, 9/2) is the third selection. “Tom and I talked it over and waited to see what horses would be coming,” Cullipher said. “We felt the horse deserved to be in and it’s home for him. I wish we would have drawn a little left of the car, but that’s why you race horses. He trained well (Tuesday) and we know he likes it here. We feel like it’s a wide-open race; anyone can win.” Their analysis of the contest is quite valid. The field also includes 2015 Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner (post one, Aaron Merriman, 15/1), the 2015 Breeders Crown winner Freaky Feet Pete (post four, Trace Tetrick, 8/1), 2014 O’Brien and Dan Patch Award-winner McWicked (post three, David Miller, 5/1) and Canada’s swiftest horse, Dr J Hanover (post six, 10/1). There is also the ever dangerous Rockin Ron (post eight, Ricky Macomber Jr., 6/1). “Ed Hart and Jeff have done a tremendous job with this horse,” Pollack said. “They deserve all the credit. If Jeff can be in the winner’s circle with him at Hoosier Park we needed to take the chance with the supplement. I’m just thankful I have the opportunity to participate in events of this level and it makes it more meaningful to work with these guys. I can only imagine how Jeff will be holding the horse if he wins the race. It would mean so much to him.” Always modest, Cullipher prefers to pursue a more divine course. “All you can do is race your horses and see what the good Lord has in store,” he said. “It’s really up to him.” The 2017 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: Dealt A Winner         by Cams Card Shark          Tr: Mark Silva                Dr:  Aaron Merriman    15-1 All Bets Off               by Bettor's Delight               Tr: Ron Burke                Dr:  Matt Kakaley       7-2 McWicked                 by Mcardle                          Tr: Casie Coleman         Dr:  David Miller         5-1 Freaky Feet Pete      by Rockin Image                 Tr: Marty Rheinheimer   Dr:  Trace Tetrick       8-1 Manhattan Beach     by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Walter Haynes Jr.   Dr: Sam Widger        30-1 Dr J Hanover            by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Tony Alagna            Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rock N Roll World     by Rocknroll Hanover           Tr: Jeff Cullipher           Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rockin Ron                by Real Desire                      Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 6-1 Check Six                  by Somebeachsomewhere   Tr: Ron Burke                Dr: Yannick Gingras    4-1 Wakizashi Hanover   by Dragon Again                   Tr: Jo Ann Looney-King    Dr: Tim Tetrick       9-2 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take the Vernon Downs featured pace ($7,500) on Saturday night (August 5). Harness racing driver John MacDonald would win three more on the night giving him 13 for the last three nights at Vernon. Golden Gun (Shawn McDonough) would take them to the first quarter in :27.0. After that it was all Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover), owned and trained by MacDonald, the 9 year-old gelding would follow with fractions of :56.0, 1:23.4, 1:52.0 to win by three lengths. Appolo Seelster (Truman Gale) would come up late to finish second best. Calvin B (Bret Crawford) was third. Oh My Joepa ($3.20) would win for the 12th time this season and for the 43rd time in his career. MacDonald would also would win with Forever Effie ($4.30), Blended Whiskey ($3.10), and All Stienam ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (August 10) with an 11 race card starting a 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs        

Plainville, MA---After a two-week sabbatical, Beautiful Lady returned to the track and tripped-out to win in the featured $14,000 conditioned event for harness racing fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 4). Beautiful Lady (Greg Merton) left for position and tucked in second behind the front-running Iheartquestionmark (Steve Nason) at the quarter in :26.2. Positions remained unchanged until the half when Hilaria (Nick Graffam) pulled first-over and started to advance. Hilaria drew alongside Iheartquestionmark and the two matched strides to the three-quarters in 1:24 while Beautiful Lady lay in wait third behind them. The head-end duel continued around the far turn and to the top of the stretch when Beautiful Lady found a sliver of room along the pylons and shot the gap. Merton rocked and rocked and pushed her through and then Beautiful Lady did the rest, pacing away to a one-length victory in 1:53. It was the third win of the year for Beautiful Lady ($4.80) and it pushed her seasonal earnings to $32,467 for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro. The 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Monique Cohen. Steve Nason had a banner afternoon at The Ridge driving three winners and training two of them as well. The tracks leading driver Greg Merton also had a driving double on the afternoon. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon with the first post set at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

The featured event of the Sunday night (July 30) harness racing card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Horses & Geldings Open Handicap Pace, and it was loaded with a field of 8 talented contenders. None in the field had ever displayed more talent or heart than the race headliner and favorite Roland N Rock, who reminded and doubters of exactly who is king of the Running Aces pacing department.   Roland N Rock ($3.60) floated away in sixth from post seven with Driver Luke Plano aboard, and got rolling first-over well before the half, sweeping quickly to the lead just at the midway point in the affair. Shortly after settling on top, the outer flow of horses came raging on the outside, and SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) swept right by "Rocky" for the lead, opening up almost 4 full lengths around the final turn.   Rocky was down but not out. As they straightened away for home Rocky decided it was his race and nobody was beating him tonight, he stepped on the gas one more time and accelerated right past SF Donttellonme to score his 11th win in 23 starts this year, and his 49th lifetime win by 1 length in a sparkling 1:51.3 with a final quarter in 27.3.   The local superstar pacer and 5 year old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover has now earned $489,857 for Owners Duane and Connie Roland, and Duane Roland does the training while Rocky is home. He is expected to be heading back to his winter stomping grounds at Yonkers Raceway in a few months.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot went to Liquor'skwikker tonight, who posted a career mile with a gutsy first-over grinding win in 2:01.3 with Driver James (J.D.) Yoder in the sulky for Owners Ulf and Susan Holm-Johansen , they are also the breeders of this gelding by Matchstick Man. Tonight's victory was the first win of the season for "Liqour", who had 5 wins as a 2 year old last season and was a state champion 2 year old gelding.   Driver James (J.D.) Yoder completed a Hat-Trick on the Sunday card, and Dean Magee and Luke Plano both picked up driving doubles as well.   Live Racing returns on Tuesday night, August 2 with a first post of 7:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $21,817.41.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

The Sunday night harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Dan Patch Preview as a prep race for the $35,000 (est.) Dan Patch Free For All Pace Sponsored by Watch and Wager on Sunday July 23.   The field of 6 for the preview was loaded with talent and after the dust cleared, the two most impressive contenders came out on top and look poised to be the favorites going in to next week's signature event.   Megatron (James Yoder) was making his first local appearance, shipping in from Ohio where he had faced the top open races, and he fired to the early lead (27.2) from post 4, but quickly yielded to SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) who was fresh off a 1:52.1 lifetime mark in the top local pace last out. SF Donttellonme controlled the middle portions of the race (55.3, and 1:24.0) but was unable to sustain tonight, as heavy favorite Roland N Rock (Steve Wiseman), coming in with a 7 race winning streak, made a huge sweeping move around the last turn to take the lead and draw away for his 8th consecutive win and he remains prefect at Running Aces this season with a 3-for-3 record.   The extremely popular 5 year old by Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in 1:51.3 tonight for a seasonal best time. He is owned by Duane and Connie Roland and trained by Duane Roland.   Firedrake was sent off as the 4-1 second choice from post 1 in the big preview race and he was locked in tight for most of the mile but found room late in the mile to fire through the inside lane and pick up second money, 2½ lengths behind Roland N Rock ($3.00). Firedrake (Nick Roland) came into tonight's contest having crossed the wire first in each of his 8 starts this season, but had suffered a disqualification early in the meet, this was his biggest test to date and he raced huge, he was clearly second best and he was home in 1:52.   Barbosa posted another sharp gate-to-wire victory, for three in a row and his fifth local win of the season tonight as part of a driving triple for his trainer Luke Plano. Barbosa ($4.80) is a 6 year old pacing gelding by General Aidid and he stopped the timer tonight in 1:54.4 in a $7,000 Claiming-Conditioned event for Owner Heather Mathews. Plano sent his pacer right to the lead from post 6 in the 9 horse affair, and set reasonable fractions of 27.4, 58.0 and 1:26.1 before posting a strong final quarter of 28.3 to seal the deal and register career win number 27.   The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Filly Trot went to Imapixieatmidnight, for her third win of the season. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland guided her away into an early pocket position before sweeping to the lead down the backside to take a strong lead and hold on gamely in the stretch for the 2:01.4 tally. The Sos Lunar Eclipse filly has earned $28,693 in 9 starts this season for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC.   Driver Nick Roland picked up yet another impressive Grand Slam with his 4 winners on the Sunday card, with Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano both completing the Hat-Trick with 3 wins each.   The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, July 18 at 7:00 pm CT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $11,895.51.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

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