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For the second time in the last three years veteran Prairie State harness racing trainer Tom Simmons has returned from the mid-January Meadowlands Sale to his Springfield based farm with a highly regarded 4-year-old pacing colt purchased by his primary owner Illinoisan Dave Clinard. In 2013 it was Time To Roll, a well-bred stakes champion who has won 21 races over the past two seasons for Clinard, including a bevy of Midwest Invites (six at Balmoral). The son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the Real Artist mare Kikikatie was a $105,000 purchase, who has hauled in almost $223,000 since for his Mt. Sterling owner, This past Monday at the New Jersey Clinard dished out $90,000 for Somestarsomewhere, one of the many elite pacers from the powerful Ron Burke Stable. The colt is one of the many recent successful pacers sired by world champion Somebeachsomewhere. His dam is Lovely Assistant, an unraced daughter of Art Major. Burke and three of his owners bought Somestarsomewhere for $110,000 as a yearling at the 2011 Harrisburg Sale. “Dave wanted another good horse and hopefully he’ll have it in Somestartsomewhere,” said Simmons. “We missed on 3 or 4 of them at the sale before we got him. The horse is now at by farm and he is a big, good-looking colt. “We’re hoping he turns out to be a very good horse for us. You never know how these things will work out but he the breeding, the looks and the potential to do very well racing in Illinois and Indiana for us.” The new Clinard purchase certainly arrives in Illinois with the credentials to be a force in the Midwest Invitational ranks. Somestarsomewhere was the first two-year-old colt pacer to go a sub 1:50 mile when he won his Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs in 1:49.4 for Burke. He went on to finish third in that $500,000 Final Two weeks earlier in early October that year the well-regarded pacer won a division of the International Stallion Track at The Red Mile in a track record time of 1:49.2. Somestartsomewhere was the early favorite to capture the 534,500 at The Meadowlands in 2013 but was scratched by Burke because a minor industry, ending his freshman season with over $137,000 on his card. “He pulled a curb training,” Burke told the news media, adding: “With a horse like him I wasn’t going to take a chance and race him.” As a three-year-old he added another $138,893 to his purse account, facilitated by victories in a $66,783 PASS stake and the $50,000 Monument Circle Stake at Hoosier Park. To view Archived Notes and Quotes click here By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

The cross of Rocknroll Hanover over a an Artsplace mare is regarded as the classic harness racing breeding cross in North America today. The 2010 USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, world champion Pet Rock, super racemares Put On A Show and Rocklamation and millionaire pacers Ticket To Rock and Rock N Soul are only a few examples of this magical cross. At next month’s Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale, there are four yearlings bred on the identical cross. One of the quartet, Lot 15, a grand looking Rocknoll Hanover colt from the Durham Park draft of Bruce Edward, has an added appeal boasting the best American blood on both sides of his pedigree. Apart from being by Rocknroll Hanover, and one of his second major crop in Australia, the colt is out of $163,000 winner Career Artist 1:52.6, the winner of 15 races including the prestigious Adioo Volo Stake. Career Artist is also the dam of Artprize 1:54.2, the winner of her first three starts as a two-year-old in America. Career Success, the grand-dam of the colt, took a record of 1:52.2 and bankrolled $459,000 and at the stud became the dam four in 1:53 from five foals, while the third dam, Lexus Spur produced seven individual winners, four of whom took records of better than 1:54. A photo, video and pedigree of the colt is available at PETER WHARTON

If any harness racing family can be traced back to a galaxy of stars, it is the clan Chaaat belongs to. For those trying to place the name Chaat, he is one of the impressive team of yearlings Breckon Farms will present at next month’s sale. To be more precise, Chaat will enter the ring as lot 29 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By ill-fated stallion Rocknroll Hanover, the striking youngster is from Group One winning producer, Braeside Lady. Braeside Lady is the dam of former sensational filly, O Baby, which boasts three Group Ones among her nine wins for earnings of $391,273. Braeside Lady is from grand broodmare, Breaside Star, which has the perfect record of six starters for six winners. Breaside Star is from former top race mare and Group One producer, Tuapeka Star – dam of New Zealand Cup and Miracle Mile hero, Iraklis. The family also includes Monkey King, Lavros Star, Brad Adios, Caesars Folly, Blue And Royal, Talaspring and Black Line. Harnesslink Media

American-bred harness racing mares imported to Australia over the years have had a massive influence on the local racing and breeding scene. A cursory glance at the stud book will show top pacers in Follow The Stars, Sting Lika Bee, Maffioso, Desperate Comment, Border Patrol, Nearea Franco and Sushi Sushi, along with trotters Cold Sister, Tsonga and Our Dreamlover, are among several of Australasia’s leading performers from USA mares and that’s just naming a select few! Victorian breeder-owner Bruce Edward, the principal of Durham Park, has been an active buyer of American-bred stock for the past decade, securing up to a dozen mares and fillies from the ‘Land of the Stars and Stripes’. And, at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 1 Durham Park will be presenting one of the biggest drafts at the sale – 13 lot – seven of which are from mares Edward imported from North America. Topping the bill is Lot 122, a filly by Rocknroll Hanover 1:49.6 which is the first Australian foal out of the fastest ever Australasian born female, My Double Dream. My Double Dream, 1:49.4 ($638,870), is a Stakes winner in the US and was runner-up in the Breeders’ Crown behind world champion Moving Pictures. Boasting the fastest speed inheritance of any yearling ever presented for sale in Australia, the filly has huge residual value as a broodmare particularly given the sad demise of Rocknroll Hanover. Lots 15 and 16 are both royally-bred colts from Artplace mares, the former boasting a golden cross to Rocknroll Hanover and the latter to the equally exciting Somebeachsomewhere. Lot 16 is a colt from Catapult USA 3, 1:53.4, a half-sister to last year’s Cane Futurity winner Lyonssomewhere 3, 1:49.4 ($386,012), while Lot 15 is from the Adioo Volo Stakes winner Career Artist 1:52.6 ($163,881). Another interesting youngster is Lot 32, a Bettors Delight filly from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Diva De Vie, and possibly the first yearling ever offered in Australia from a daughter of the deceased champion sire. The Durham Park consignment includes two Art Major colts from race-winning USA mares, one from Hawiian Hottie (Lot 53), a half-sister to world champion Maltese Artist and Artesian, and the other from Magic T Zam (Lot 105), as well as a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of the 1:54 Bettor’s Delight mare Molly’s Lucky Star USA (Lot 118), a close relative of world champion Pacific Fella. Another Art Major is Lot 107, an athletic looking colt which is out of a daughter of the New South Wales Sires’ Stake champion Miss Chevious. The offering also includes a colt by Courage Under Fire out of a daughter of Pelicanrama (Lot 74), a Mr Feelgood filly from the triple Group One winner Trend Setter (Lot 192), well-bred colts by Mach Three (Lot 88) and Shadyshark Hanover (Lot 35) and a Bettors Delight filly from a half-sister to Gilt Bromac (Lot 44). A parade of the entire Durham Park draft, along with an inspection of the new season foals, broodmares and the farm’s facilities, will be held at an Open Day on the property on Sunday, January 25 starting at 11am, followed by lunch and refreshments. As a special incentive for attendees on Open Day, Durham Park is offering a 10 percent discount off any yearling purchased at the sale. Furthermore, Durham Park has offered to take delivery of your yearling after the sale and return it to the farm with two months free agistment. All Durham Park yearlings are eligible for the Breeders’ Crown, Vicbred and Platinum series. Pedigrees, videos and photos of all youngsters are available at PETER WHARTON

LEBANON, OH. - Kayne Kauffman, the winner of the inaugural dash title at Miami Valley Raceway in 2014, is red-hot to begin the track's second season with ten wins in the first two nights. Following a four-bagger on opening night (Friday) the red and white clad 36-year-old reinsman notched six triumphs on the Saturday night program, including a tally in the $15,500 Open Pace. Kauffman guided Valentino to a gate-to-wire victory over Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) and Firstclassallthway (Dan Noble) in the feature event. Rockstar Meadows owns the eight-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, who likely has stud duty in his not-to-distant future as a 29 time winner with $810,000 in earnings and a record of 1:49.3. In his five recent starts in the Dayton, Ohio area, under the tutelage of Brian Brown, Valentino has three wins and two seconds in the top class. Miami Valley presents its first-ever matinee with a 3:00 p.m. post time on Sunday. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

Wake Up Peter entered tonight's $30,000 A-2/A-1/Free For All Handicap with two wins in his last four starts. He left the racetrack tonight three for his last five. Leaving for forward position off the wings of the gate, the 5/2 second choice Wake Up Peter found a comfortable spot, fourth along the pylons, where Brett Miller showed patience through an opening quarter of 27-seconds flat. When Sante Fe Beachboy, who was pacing just ahead of Wake Up Peter pulled first over, Wake Up Peter quickly grabbed his cover and drafted off Yannick Gingras' helmet through a 54.2 half mile and a three quarter clocking of 1:21.2. Brett Miller pulled on the right line and Wake Up Peter responded and drew clear to a two length win, stopping the timer in 1:48.4. Dapper Dude was second and Handsome Henry K rallied to be third. In a post-race interview Brett Miller referred to Wake Up Peter's determination as the difference maker. "He is a very good horse, but more than that he always gives 100-percent, everytime, he gives 100-percent." The victory marked the 14th time the son of Rocknroll Hanover has made it to the winner's circle this season with earnings of $248,710 for the year. Wake Up Peter is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. In the $20,000 B-1 Pace, Doctor Butch returned dividends as the even-money favorite to score in 1:50.1. Having found trouble in each of his last four starts in the top-class at The Meadowlands, Doctor Butch moved first over for Tim Tetrick and with nothing but racetrack in front of him, the son of Art Major responded to the clear sailing, pacing strong through the stretch while holding off both Rockin Wizard and Sweet Rock to win on the class drop. Despite the first over move into strong fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:23, Doctor Butch was able to sustain his rally for Linda Toscano who earned her first training win of the meet and owner Kenneth Jacobs. Gold Rocks made it two in a row, scoring a powerful win in the $20,000 B-2/B-1 Handicap for three year olds. Electing to stay along the pylons while Winds Of Change established a quick tempo of 27.3, 55.1 and 1:22.4, Gold Rocks waited until the stretch to make his move. When Tim Tetrick found room, he guided Gold Rocks outside of his rivals where he stormed past them all to win in 1:50.4 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.and owners Stephen Herrick and Bruce Soulsby. K-Lees Shakenbake rallied from far back again to win the $16,000 B-2 Pace in race four. Despite getting away last from the widest post, the son of Raycer Thad tracked a stalled outer flow while the fractions were hot and heavy up front. Warrawee Needy was wheeling off a 26.1, 53.3 and 1:20.3 clip and he fought all the way to the wire. But, he could not hold off the oncoming K-Lees Shakenbake who was a last to first winner for the second consecutive week, tripping the timer in 1:49.3, establishing a new lifetime mark with driver Scott Zeron. The winner is trained by David M. Smith and owned by Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. There will be a pair of carryovers into the Friday card at The Meadowlands. The 13th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 features a carryover of $14,924, while the 5th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover stands at $2,258. Racing resumes on Friday, December 26th with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Meadowlands would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Four-year-old pacer Nickle Bag has not missed the board in the past three months racing on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit and on Saturday night he stormed home from the backfield to add another victory to his impressive 2014 campaign against a full field of Preferred competitors, including Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend. Closing from third and fourth over, Sing For Me George and Nickle Bag pulled ahead of the field down the stretch and battled to the wire in a photo finish. Nickle Bag and driver Trevor Henry ultimately prevailed in Woodbine Racetrack's $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace by a nose in 1:50 flat for trainer Shawn Robinson and owners Linda Loyens of Denfield, Ont. and Harry Loyens of Ilderton, Ont. Leaving from post eight, Camaes Fellow (Jonathan Drury) charged to the lead over Avatartist (Mike Saftic) while the 4-5 favoured outside assignee, Modern Legend (James MacDonald), sprinted up into contention through a sizzling :25.4 first quarter. Modern Legend worked his way to the top as the pacers headed into the backstretch, but Camaes Fellow refused to sit a pocket trip and quickly retook command. To view the rest of the story click here.

Anyone and everyone in the harness racing industry in Canterbury were in agreement about one horses's chances this weekend and that horse was Rocker Band. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the former champion mare Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579) has always been held in high regard by trainer Mark Jones. A recent trial win at Ashburton where Rocker Band won by 12 lengths with a closing quarter in a sensational 25.3 meant punters wanted nothing else when she made her debut at Winton yesterday over a mile.  However while most in Canterbury thought Rocker Band was a home run, Southern trainer Clark Barron was firmly of the opinion that his debut runner Rakarolla who is also by Rocknroll Hanover would not be a pushover. Whilst talking to Harnesslink mid week for his pick for the weekly ringaround, he mentioned that Rocker Band wouldn't have it all her own way and he expected a big run from the half brother to last season's outstanding filly Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($121,096) When the heavens opened prior to the races yesterday the track was affected but held up well overall. Clark took Rakarolla straight to the front from barrier 4 and immediately put the foot to floor while driver Mark Jones settled Rocker Band third last from her second row draw. Clark kept Rakarolla rolling in front at a quick tempo while Mark bided his time until the 600 metres mark where he set Rocker Band alight and she quickly looped the field to level up to Rakarolla as they turned for home. Just as everyone thought Rocker Band was going to stroll away for an easy win, Rakarolla dug deep and refused to go away. Come the finishing line Rakarolla still held a neck advantage and was holding Rocker Band with eight lengths away to Beaudiene Beaut Babe in third. Rakarolla cut out the mile in slushy conditions in an impressive 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 29.2 Clark has had Rakarolla in his stable since he was broken in as a yearling. " He is such a lovely pacer, just like his half sister Raksdeal."  " I have always liked him but he did have a few tricks early on. " He is just a big dumb horse who has taken time to organize," Clark said. Qualifying as a 2 year old, Clark gave Rakarolla a few runs at trials and workouts before spelling him. This time in Clark has again given Rakarolla  a handful of workouts and trials and he was happy heading into Saturday. "He has been running 3.3 - 3.4 for the 2400 metres and doing it easy but the reason I wanted to start him over a mile was to try to wake him up." "I had to keep at him yesterday to keep his mind on the job but as you saw he is a really good stayer," Clark said. Rakarolla is now going to have a week off to freshen up before Clark turns his attention to his racing programme. " The main aim for now is to qualify for the Southern Supremacy finals and that's what I will aim him for in the New Year," Clark said. Bred and raced by longtime stable client Brendon Fahy, Rakarolla is from the race winning Artsplace mare Raksplace and Clark has trained her first two foals. "Raksdeal and Rakarolla are her first two foals but the third, a colt by Mach Three is with Peter Hunter who Brendon has a few with as well." "By all accounts he goes pretty good as well," Clark said. Judging by yesterdays debut run Clark can look forward to a very profitable season with the son of Rocknroll Hanover. Harnesslink Media  

DAYTON, OH. - Mystical Dew (Tyler Smith) captured his first local Hollywood Dayton Raceway victory Saturday night in the $10,000 Open Trot; while Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) triumphed for the fourth time in the last eight weeks in the companion $10,000 Open Pace feature. Mystical Dew was campaigned successfully at Hoosier Park all summer but managed to get his tenth seasonal win in just his second local start in Dayton. The four-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe-sired gelding, owned by the Mystical Marker Farm and trained by Jeff Smith (Tyler's dad), equaled the track record for four-year-old geldings which was set by Final Breath in October in a $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship race. Smith got away third from the inside post position and moved first-over on the outside prior to the half. Racing uncovered the balance of the way Mystical Dew managed to get within a head of frontrunner Rehab Mountain at the head of the stretch then cleared and held off the other closers to win by three-quarters of a length. Mr Web Page (Chris Page finished a strong second with Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) getting third money. The winner returned $6.20. Ater, who has been red-hot of late, guided Lucky Lime for the first time and the five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover responded the way he always does, grinding it out from start to finish with a winner's determination. The Dean Glispie-trainee never saw a pylon in this outing as he was placed sixth on the outside at the quarter, fourth on the rim at the half, up to third at the next station, second at the top of the stretch by a neck and finally prevailing at the wire by a neck. Fractions for the overland journey were :27.1, :56, 1:24 and 1:52.1. It was the eighth win of the year and increased Lucky Lime's bounty to $81,000 in 2014. Owned by Kirk Nichols, he bested Valentino (Chris Page) and Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps). From the press box at Dayton Raceway

East Rutherford, NJ (December 6) - It was 10 months ago when Wake Up Peter walked through the sales ring at the January Tattersalls Mixed Sale. When the hammer fell, the sales price read $210,000, for a horse who went 0 for 19 as a three year old, racing against the best of his generation. The buyer was Ray Remmen. On Saturday night at The Meadowlands, Wake Up Peter turned that $210,000 investment for Team Remmen and owner Bradley Grant into a profit. Wake Up Peter was sent off as the 9/2 co-second choice in the featured $30,000 Free For All Hanidcap with Brett Miller. Miller settled just off the pace through a hot opening quarter with favored Golden Receiver blazing the way through a 26.2 opening panel. Wake Up Peter was positioned second over, tracking the cover of Dapper Dude through a 54 second half as Speed Again moved to the lead and took the field past three-quarters in 1:21.3. Miller angled Wake Up Peter off cover and his horse responded, grinding away and wearing down Speed Again to nail that foe on the wire in 1:50 flat. After a winless three year old season, Wake Up Peter won for the 13th time in 2014, bringing his seasonal earnings to $226,210, of which $218,710 earned since the Remmen purchase, making that $210,000 investment literally worth every penny. Speed Again did all the work on the lead and was a very game second, with Dapper Dude plugging away first over to be third.     by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands      

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Chris Page, currently second to Josh Sutton in the local driver's standings, won both the $10,000 Open Trot and the $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. In addition, the red-hot 31-year-old reinsman got his picture taken four other times in the winner's circle to garner half of the wins during the 12-race program. Mr. Web Page was Page's mount in the featured trot, using a second-over trip to beat late-closing Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) and Southwind Nazareth (Brad Hanners) in 1:56.2. Although the winner's seasonal bankroll of $65,938 was the largest in the full field, the public sent him off at 5-1. Trained by Jim Arledge Jr. and owned by the Helping Hands Stables, the win was his first at Dayton in five tries against open company, but the ninth triumph of a very good six-year-old season. Valentino, making his first recent start in open company, was still sent off as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite on the merits of a frontrunning 1:51 score in the top condition class a week ago, the first start for new owner Rockstar Meadows and new trainer Brian Brown. Page sent the seven-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover right to the front and cruised through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before the entire eight-horse field bunched up around the final turn. Lucky Lime (Randy Tharps) rallied from seventh to finish second when the pair crossed the wire together in 1:52.2. Sunday Poker (Tyler Smith) was third. With the victory, Valentino increased his lifetime bounty to $798,632. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones has capable mare Goodness Gracious Me warming up for the summer circuit. Goodness Gracious Me, first-up since July, ran Willow close at the Rangiora workouts on Wednesday, December 3. The 4YO Christian Cullen mare is the winner of four from 23 starts, but reverts to the C2 grade with dropback age group concessions. She trailed three back for Mark behind the Allstars stablemates Willow and Linda Lovegrace in the C2-4 mobile heat on Wednesday. Goodness Gracious Me may have headed Willow in the run home before the latter kicked back for a half a head win. “She (Goodness Gracious Me) blew out the last little bit,” Mark said. “I’ll look for a junior drivers race, then she can go to to Winton for (Southern Belle) Speed Series heat on December 29th,” he said. Willow ran the mobile 2000m in 2:30.2 (2:00.8 mile rate) in the hands of Tim Williams, the winner pacing her last 800m in 57.2s and final 400m in 27.4s. Strike On Command, a catch drive for Wayne Higgs, tailed the five horse field and wasn’t asked for a serious effort in the run home. Rocker Band, the qualified but unraced 3YO filly by Rocknroll Hanover from 2005 New Zealand Cup winner Mainland Banner (1:55.1), shaped well winning a C0 mobile pace. She backed up a good finish at the workouts a week earlier by coming from back and wide to run down raceplaced Nui Toc Tien, the latter a newcomer to the Steve Dolan team. Rocker Band won the mobile 2000m heat in 2:34.9, the leaders running their last 800m in 58.8s and final 400m in 28.8s. The Greg Brodie-owned Rocker Band could make her race debut at Winton on December 20. “She’s not paid up for anything, but we could make the $14,000 late payment for the Nevele R with her,” Mark said. Rocker Band was put aside after she beat Storm Maguire, Whitershadeofpale and Maritime Arden, in a 2000m qualifier (2:02 rate) at Rangiora in April. Qualified but unraced Bettor Luck (4g Bettor’s Delight-Pocket Conquest, by In The Pocket-Victor Supreme), battled away for third behind Danielle Van De Camp and As Kiwi As in his C0 heat in 3:29.9 (2600m). Bettor Luck trailed up for Michelle Neilson. He has taken time after running fifth of seven in his qualifier at Ashburton in November last year. Kowhai Sunrise, resuming, led up in the C1-3 trot but broke and failed to settle in the run home, allowing Clifden Clowers to beat Sunrise Invasion in 3:30 (2600m). Courtesy of Mark Jones Racing Stables - Check site here

Integrity will be at a premium for the annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Sunday. HRNSW will take a select number of samples in consultation with the Sales organisers including the fastest horse of the morning. In addition to this any buyer will be able to have their purchase tested for Steroids by notifying the HRNSW representative at the sale and paying the appropriate fee. This is the first sale in which buyers have had this opportunity. The 51-head catalogue has brought together two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies from every Australian eastern Mainland State as well as New Zealand. Included in the draft are sons and daughters of such notable sires as Beautide's sire, Bettors Delight, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the controlling body want to make it clear that all prospective owners, stakeholders, participants and supporters that they can have faith in harness racing in NSW. "As has been acknowledged nationally HRNSW has the strongest approach of any jurisdiction to integrity processes." "The HRNSW commitment covers every aspect and it is with the support of the Ready To Race Sale organisers that swabs will be taken, tested and if required stored for future analysis." Only graduates are eligible to nominate for the associated Group Three feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, to be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, next August. NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificates can be used as legal tender at the sale. By Dale Walker  

A field of six went to post in the $25,000 featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday, a Winner's Over $25,000 lifetime for filly and mare pacers.   The heavy favorite was Ron Burke trainee Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras), coming off of a solid third place finish in the Breeder's Crown Mare Open last Saturday at The Meadowlands.   She wasted no time getting started, as she left swiftly off the wings to secure the lead. She was clear until just past 5/8ths, when Rockaround Sue (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) moved first-over to challenge.   By the top of the stretch, Rockaround Sue grinded away to a clear lead, and was able to hold off late moves from Spirit Of Desire (Mike Simons) and Mach A Wish (Corey Callahan) to notch her sixteenth career victory.   Rockaround Sue ($9.80) is owned by Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables, and is trained by P J Fraley.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

DAYTON, OH. - For the second straight Saturday night Lucky Lime (Shawn Barker II) closed from fifth at the three-quarters marker to narrowly beat an outstanding full field of open pacers at Dayton Raceway. With four new invaders from recently-closed Hoosier Park and a Yonkers invader who was recently purchased by Ohio connections, the cast was somewhat different for the $10,000 event, but the exciting stretch drive and ultimate result was the same. Lucky Lime's 1:53 score was his seventh of the season and 18th of his career, pushing his lifetime earnings to $202,257. The five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Kirk Nichols and trained by Dean Glispie. Masters Champion (Kyle Ater) finished a lapped-on second a scant nose in front of show finisher Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps). Barker also guided Fudge to a 1:53.3 score in an $8000 condition and optional claiming event a race earlier. Fudge was claimed for $8000 a month ago and following a fourth place finish in his first outing for his new owner-trainer Cole Fitzwater he has now reeled off three straight triumps against $10,000, then $15,000 and now $20,000 claiming company. The four-year-old gelding, also a son of Rocknroll Hanover, has now won 12 times in 32 tries during his 2014 campaign. Lieutenant Steve (Chris Page) was second with El Shooter (Dan Noble) getting the show dough. From the press box at Dayton Raceway      

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 14, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $9.50). At the outset, it was 3-5 choice Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) taking a very brief three-hole. She quickly took over just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a 57-second intermission. Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett), meanwhile, landed fourth from post position No. 7. After halftime, she was making second move, advancing toward "Robin" down the backside. The people's preference initially repelled that challenge in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, taking a tenuous lead into the lane. Try as she might, "Robin" could not subdue "Sue," with latter edging by late. The final margin was a neck in 1:53.4. Set Me Up (Pat Lachance), UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) and Carolsideal (Jeff Dauplaise) completed the cashers. For second choice Rockaround Sue, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover co-owned by Bamond Racing & Silva Stables and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her fifth win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.60, with the triple returning $189. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the second of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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