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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may have been damp and dreary night at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday (Jan. 18) but Wanna Rock N Roll, driver Larry Stalbaum and trainer Kim Asher sure did brightened the night with some superb harness racing efforts.   After going wire-to-wire last week, Wanna Rock N Roll ($2.80) and driver Drew Monti used the same tactic to discard her five rivals in 1:59.0 over the sloppy track to take the $10,000 open pace for the mares.   The victory was the fifth consecutive for Wanna Rock N Roll. The 6-year-old mare (Rocknroll Hanover-Cams Leading Lady) closed the 2016 campaign with three in a row at Batavia Downs and now is a perfect 2-for-2 to start the year at Buffalo Raceway.   Stalbaum, in the meantime, is getting to know track photographer Steve Roth very well as he found the winner's circle seven times on Wednesday night while Asher enjoyed five victories.   In what looked like an instant replay of last week's victory, Wanna Rock N Roll fired off the starting gate and was in command by the time the field reached the backstretch the first time. Setting the splits of 29.3, 59.0 and 1:29.2, Wanna Rock N Roll received minor encouragement from Monti in the stretch and held off runner up Aritzia Hanover (Ben McNeil) by a non-threatening half length. Who Says That (Shawn Gray) took the show spot.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, Wanna Rock N Roll now has $10,000 in the bank this year and $242,477 lifetime.   Also during the 11-race program, David McNeight III scored a pair of victories in the bike while trainer David Russo had a double.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night with the first post scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 14, 2017- Roland N Rock and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton launched a decisive backside move Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth-from assigned post position No. 2-among the half-dozen, Roland N Rock watched as 11-10 choice Limelight Beach (George Brennan) made the lead around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). Early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 57 seconds should have served the leader well, but alas, nope. Roland N Rock moved at the leader by the 1:25.1 three-quarters, meeting no pushback whatsoever. 'Roland' opened a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held off the rival he dragged in-a last-early Blood Brother (Scott Zeron)-by a neck in 1:53.1. P H Supercam was a trapped third, with Sports Bettor (Dan Dube) and Somewhere Fancy (Matt Kakaley) rounding out the payees. Limelight Beach retreated to last. For second choice Roland N Rock, a now-5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Connie & Duane Roland trained by Rob Harmon, it was a season-debuting victory and it was win 39 from 71 lifetime starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple returning $319.50. Saturday's Pick 5 wager did not get hit, so Sunday's gimmick begins with a double-carryover of $6,426.84 (50-cent base wager, races 6 through 10). Reminder first post for the 'French' 10-race card is 11:30 AM. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may be a new racing season but Wanna Rock N Roll continued to be up to her old tricks as she pummeled the field in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 featured pace for the mares on Wednesday night (January 11).   After completing the 2016 season at Batavia Downs with three consecutive victories, Wanna Rock N Roll ($4.10) showed the holiday break and change of venues didn't quell her appetite for winning as she easily put away her five rivals by 6-1/2 lengths in 2:00.2.   Wanna Rock N Roll (Rocknroll Hanover-Cams Leading Lady) had 10 wins in 30 starts in 2016 with $71,220 in earnings.   Starting from the assigned six post, driver Drew Monti sent Wanna Rock N Roll right to the top off the starting gate, posting fractions of 30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:30.2 over the good track. Tiger Boudoir, who sat the pocket, broke stride at the top of the stretch to scatter the field. The miscue wouldn't have mattered as Wanna Rock N Roll was long gone.   Warrawee Qually (Larry Stalbaum) won the tight battle for second place with My Tallia Ideal (David McNeight III) finishing in third.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, Wanna Rock N Roll is a 6-year-old mare who has now produced 22 wins in 92 career appearances, putting $237,477 in the bank.   There were some big prices to be had on the opening night card as Heavenly Place took the first race and returned $45.00 while in the seventh race, First Of Fun notched a $93.00 victory.   Monti, who won the 2016 Batavia Downs driving title and is finding success at The Meadowlands, produced a four-bagger on the night while Ray Fisher Jr. doubled.   Action will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. Buffalo Raceway's Saturday card has been canceled due to lack on entries.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

DOVER, Del.--- Empress Deo does it again coming from last to win her third consecutive harness racing $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace at Dover Downs on a mild Tuesday, Dec. .27. Driver George Dennis collected four wins. Leaving from the outside in a strong field of seven female pacers, Empress Deo was again not heard from until late in a 1:53.3 mile but in the stretch Allan Davis sent the Rocknroll Hanover-Little Miss K five-year-old into overdrive streaking past six opponents to score her seventh victory of 2017 for trainer Wayne Givens' Legacy Racing Of Delaware. It was an all-out battle for the front in the lane with Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts), Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby) and race-favorite Lightning Mach N (Tim Tetrick), along the passing lane, across the track with Empress Deo blurring past in the final strides. Elliesjet N finished second in front of Lightning Mach N, who came into the event with a perfect three-for-three wins in her first U.S. starts. Empress Deo has won her last three in-a-row and four of her last five starts with the only blemish, a second, beaten by a nose. Of her eight races since the meet began, she also has two other second place finishes and all eight purse checks. She completes this year earning $171,633 and $352,061 lifetime. In the sub-feature $15,000 Filly and mare Winners-Over pace, owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind overwhelmed her challengers as driver Vic Kirby won-for-fun in 1:52 by open lengths. A four-year-old daughter of Riggins-Enhance The Night, Enhance Your Mind won for the eighth time this year banking $95,770. B Stern (Montrell Teague) was second. Arts Jem (Tetrick) was third. On the undercard, JL Wonder Woman scored her fourth win in a row in1:53 taking a $9.000 distaff pace. Driver Vic Kirby and Matt Ivory own the Feelin Friskie-One Wild Woman filly who won for the sixth time this campaign. The Ohio-bred has won $62,955 this year. George Dennis who won three races Monday, added another four including both halves of the daily double, to give him seven in two nights. Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand, Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and trainer Wayne Givens had two wins apiece. IL MAGO SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 HANDICAP TROT FEATURE Il Mago, fresh from consecutive wins looks for another $20,000 Open/Handicap trot in the Wednesday, Dec. 28 feature race on a strong all trot at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick was at the controls for both victories but this week he must leave from the outside in the eight-horse field. CC Racing owns the Canadian-bred seven-year-old who has won eight-times this year. Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos’ B Yoyo driven by Joe Bongiorno has been consistent in recent starts with two wins, four seconds in his last seven top class races at Eastern tracks leads the contenders. Tag Up And Go with Bret Brittingham driving for Brian Clark and Adams Racing finished a strong second last start. Vic Kirby will pilot Richard Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley will be driven by George Dennis. Callam Racing’s sturdy regular Spunky Jack gets a good trip from the rail. Its Payday Friday, a recent local winner with Corey Callahan has upset credentials as does trainer Antonio Buttitta’s hard-hitting Muscerene with Tony Morgan in the bike. Two $15,000 Winners-Over trots for 3,4& 5-Year-Olds lead the undercard. In one, Steel Reserve, owned by Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby, spent most of his last start on the outside racing first-over and still was only 2-1/2 lengths off at the finish. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca K (Jack Parker Jr.) is rounding back to top form. Barbara Kirby’s Myclaimtovictory (Ross Wolfenden) has won two of his last three. The second division features Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford) who just missed finished second last time, Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague), an Indiana-bred champion, owned by Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser and three horses which won their most recent. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Delaware champ, the fast Go Byem (Jim Morand), I Like My Boss (Yannick Gingras), a winner for owner-trainer Bob Shahan and Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable’s Uva Hanover (Morgan) starting from the outside.     Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL games is available in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Four Staces atoned for a upset loss in his last start to take the early lead and score a 1:53 harness racing victory in the $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance on Monday, Dec. 26 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drove Four Staces into the early lead and the pair were never headed in a 1:53 triumph as Dover Downs returned to racing after the traditional one-week Holiday Break. Dylan Davis trains and co-owns the five-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacey co-owned by Mike Casalino. Four Staces won for the fifth time this year. He has won $$57,720 in 2016 and $185,959 lifetime. Too Darn Hot (Jason Lynch) was runner-up with Nuclear Dragon (Allan Davis) third. One race earlier, Tony Morgan and Fancy Colt started from post 9 in the second tier and came on to post a decisive 1:51.1 success in the $9,000 Male pace to giver Morgan the second of three wins with Crissman Inc. and trainer Tim Crissman winning for the second time. The Always A Virgin-Fanciful Hanover gelding notched his seventh win of the season winning $58,166 of his career $206,468 bankroll this year. Brody (Sean Bier) the early leader finished second for the second straight time with Maximum Terror (Art Stafford Jr.) third. In addition to Tony Morgan's three wins, George Dennis and Corey Callahan also had a triple while Vic Kirby won two races as did Bret Brittingham who drove both ends of the daily double. Trainers Don Brittingham, Jim King, Tim Crissman and owner Crissman Inc. also had two winners. EMPRESS DEO SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN PACE Empress Deo, a last to first winner last time, looks to continue a two race win streak in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Dover Downs. Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo has shown she can win on the front end or coming-from-behind, has won the week’s top female event for the second straight time and in three of her last four outings. Her only loss came second by a nose, all with Allan Davis driving. Making her first start at this level, Lightning Mach N, with Tim Tetrick, puts a perfect three straight victories on the line since arriving from New Zealand for owners Rich Lombardo and trainer Josh Green. Purrfect Bags and Vic Kirby raced strongly last time finishing third beaten only a neck. A strong contender group complete a tough field among the seven distaff starters. Josh Parker, B Spedden, K Evans and Nanticoke Racing’s Elliesjet N handled by Jonathan Roberts has been sharp all meet. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer with George Dennis drew the rail and cannot be overlooked. The only three-year-old in the lineup, Sayulita with Corey Callahan has already posted a win at this level. There is also a talented newcomer in this one. Scott Woogen’s homebred KJ’s Caroline has been a standout in Western New York before returning to this area.     A $15,000 distaff pace heads a strong undercard, . Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2016 -- Tipitina stalked Shady Caroline from the pocket, then rolled by her in the lane to capture Monday's $13,500 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Shady Caroline cut honest fractions of 27.1/56.2/1:24.4 over a "good" surface but couldn't shake Tipitina, who pulled the pocket out of the final turn for Aaron Merriman. The 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly scored in 1:52.4, 2 lengths better than Shady Caroline. Classic Carpet rallied for show. Mark Goldberg trains Tipitina, who won her second straight and extended her career bankroll to $351,549, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Merriman collected four wins on the 14-race card while Dan Rawlings and Goldberg each enjoyed a triple.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Wanna Rock N Roll continued her late season dominance of the best local harness racing mares as she fended off challenges the entire race to take the $9,000 Mares Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 16). Wanna Rock N Roll (Drew Monti) left like a freight train and took a lead she would never relinquish. But her journey was not without pressure. Scarlet N Silk (Ray Fisher Jr.) also left from post eight and acted like a prompter in a time trial for three-quarters of a mile. After recording stiff fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:27.1 on a frigid night, Wanna Rock N Roll put away Scarlet N Silk, but then face an onslaught of horses swinging four-wide around the parking ticket recipient. The Filly Princess (Kevin Cummings), Aritiza Hanover (Ben McNeil) and Tymal Luckynpink (Shawn Gray) were bearing down on the leader around the last turn and inching closer with every stride. But Monti started urging and his mare, who responded in kind, and Wanna Rock N Roll paced away to a length victory in 1:56.3. It was the third straight victory in the top distaff class at Batavia Downs for Wanna Rock N Roll ($2.70) and tenth overall for the year. She has now earned $71,220 in 2016 for owner Rose Campbell. The 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Steve Kiblen. Shawn Gray registered a driving triple on Friday while Drew Monti, Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. each had a double. The final card of racing for the 2016 season is Saturday (Dec. 17) at a special post time of 5 p.m.     Tim Bojarski

Harness racing driver Victor Kirby was at it again, driving five winners while for the second straight week and third time in four starts, Empress Deo rallied to score a come-from-behind victory in the Tuesday, Dec. 13th $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs. While Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) and Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) battled for the early lead and Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby) and Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick) joined the action on the backstretch, Allan Davis waited until the top of stretch before unleashing Empress Deo and the five-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Kittle Miss K streaked to the finish line for a 1:51.4 triumph. Scandalicious finished second in front of Purrfect Bags. Legacy Racing owns the six-time winner this year who now has won $159,633. It was the second win of the day for driver Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. A race earlier, Vic Kirby picked up his fourth win of five on the card directing Rich Pollucci's Mischief Maker N home in 1:52.2. Jim King conditions the Jereme's Jet-Invisage mare, now a seven-time winner this year while banking $51,381. Sweet Bobbie was runner-up. Shine N Shimmer (George Dennis) was third. Not only did Vic Kirby drive five winners during the program, he also was a two-time winning owner. Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras also had two driving wins while trainer Wayne Givens also had a double. IL MAGO TAKES ON THREE OTHER WINNERS LAST TIME OUT Four horses including last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot winner Il Mago, collide in the Wednesday, Dec. 14 feature race on a strong trotting dominated card at Dover Downs. Theresademoninme, owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis has won his last two in a row and three of his last four races with Jonathan Roberts driving, while razor-sharp trainer Ed Gannon Jr. with Yannick Gingras in the bike and Winbak Charles M and B Yoyo, owned by Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos, with Corey Callahan, each won their previous starts and will step up to meet CC Racing’s Il Mago handled by Tim Tetrick. Glenferrrie Dreamer with Pat Berry is also racing at the top of his game with consecutive seconds after two wins in-a-row for J Craparotta &P Berry Racing. The strong field includes Brian Clark and Adams Racing’s Tag Up And Go with Bret Brittingham from the rail, Richard Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover driven by Ross Wolfenden, Frank Chick;s Awsome Valley and George Dennis and Boffin driven by Tony Morgan for ACI Stuten AB, Kjell Johansson and trainer Anette Lorentzon. The nine-horse $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 3,4 and 5-Year-Olds is another wide-open affair.  Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem (Jim Morand) returned to winning form last week scoring an impressive 1:54 win. Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve was a game second. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) drops down from the Open where he finished third. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague), a champion Indiana bred, drew the rail for Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser in the hard-hitting lineup.  .    This Wednesday and Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays plus all next week, as Dover Downs horsemen observe their usual annual Holiday Break Week through Christmas day. Live racing resumes on Monday, Dec. 26 on a normal schedule. Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Batavia, NY---As squalls streamed off of Lake Ontario, it was like harness racing in a snow globe at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 9). But despite the inclement weather, Wanna Rock N Roll delivered like the mailman and won the featured $9,500 mares Open pace as a result. Wanna Rock N Roll (Drew Monti) took a quick early lead before releasing that spot to the charging Aritzia Hanover (Ben McNeil) at the quarter. The field remained in single-file style to the half when Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled first-over with Who Says That (Shawn Gray) on her tail. Racing up the backstretch, McNeil popped the plugs on Aritzia Hanover and accelerated the pace, causing the outer flow to stall as they passed three-quarters in 1:26.4. That uncovered the pocket-sitting Wanna Rock N Roll who was primed to strike at the top of the lane, and that's just what she did. Monti tugged the right line and began methodical urging and the mare responded in kind, pacing right by Aritzia Hanover in 1:55.4 while Monti tucked the whip. It was the second straight top distaff class victory for Wanna Rock N Roll ($5.20) and her ninth win overall in 2016 and it inflated her earnings for the year to $66,720. Rose Campbell owns the 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover who is trained by Steve Kiblin. In the co-featured $8,500 Open trot, Kahoku ($9.00) overcame the dreaded eight-hole to gain an easy coast to coast victory in 1:58.2 with Ron Beback Jr. in the bike. Kahoku now has 13 wins this year and $82,415 in earnings for owner Colleen Girdlestone and trainer Mark Laidlaw. Drew Monti had hot hands on the cold Friday night, winning three races on the card. After that, doubles were the norm. Shawn Gray and Ray Fisher Jr. both had two driving wins while Steve Kiblin and Jeff Amann each watched two of their students get pictures taken. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 10) with post time for the first race set at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

For the second consecutive night, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up for the winner of the harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After recording a win in Friday's feature for fillies and mares, the Aldrich-Godinez tandem prevailed with RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace. The eight year old pacer who had been the runner-up in each of his last two tries in the Saratoga Open started from post three in Saturday's installment of the feature and wound up picking up cover in a race that was primed for closers to thrive. With first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3 setting the table for the closers, RU Ready To Rock tipped off his cover turning for home in what wound up being a blanket finish. All eight horses finished within two lengths of each other with the top four finishers only separated by a total of a neck. RU Ready To Rock pulled off the upset at odds of 11-1 and bested Macherati (Mark Beckwith) and Ronny Bugatti (Jim Devaux) who ran second and third. RU Ready To Rock stopped the timer in 1:52.3 while recording his first Open win of the season at the Spa. The exacta and triple in the wide open feature paid $123 and $711. RU Ready To Rock is owned by Anthony Nicometo and the Blindswitch Racing Stable of New York whose Dilly Dali scored in the $10,060 Friday feature for distaffers. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Columbus, OH --- Great minds think alike and when they all concur, their wallets are bound not only to come out of their pockets, but Franklins tend to fly. That is most certainly the case after Rick Berks, Peter Blood and Steve Elliott conferred on where to place defending Dan Patch Award harness racing male pacing champion Boston Red Rocks. “I have been involved in this business for 50 years and Steve has for 40,” Blood said. “Rick has generously contributed to the sport for decades. When we talked, we all agreed to supplement him to this race (Progress Pace, eliminations on Nov. 21 and final on Nov. 28 at Dover Downs). I have always believed you build a foundation for a horse and then they show you what they want to do. After his race last week he deserves that chance.” Blood was referring to the lifetime mark of 1:49.3 the son of Rocknroll Hanover-McGibson accrued in a powerful performance in Thursday’s (Nov. 10) $160,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs. Steered by regular pilot Tim Tetrick, Boston Red Rocks defeated rivals that dominated the headlines this season in Check Six and Racing Hill off a first-over journey by open lengths. That performance reinforced not only the act of producing a hefty check, but rewarded the faith the horse’s connections had that never waned. After a trip in the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 28 at The Meadowlands where Boston Red Rocks was fortunate merely to stay on his feet, he overcame being carried out nine-wide and interfered with to pace an explosive last quarter-mile in :25.2 to just miss the victory in finishing third. He returned the following week with another brutal foray in the NJSS to finish second to Katies Rocker by a neck in the $100,000 final. Since those two efforts, Boston Red Rocks was fourth in the $780,000 North America Cup final, third in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial final, seventh in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace final and seventh in his Breeders Crown elimination. The Progress Pace may very well be the forum for the colt to demonstrate why he was the top ranked 3-year-old pacer in preliminary rankings this spring. He definitely has already illustrated he belongs and is well worth the wager Berks and Blood have plunked down for this participation in the Progress Pace. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

WILKES-BARRE PA - Scott Rocks, a member of an elite club of double season's leaders on the various sizes of North American harness racing tracks, opened an insurmountable lead on the far turn in Saturday's $20,000 pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then coasted home to a 2½ length victory in 1:50 - the fourth mile to go in 1:50 on, fittingly, a low-50s temperature night at The Downs. The meet's winningest driver and trainer, George Napolitano Jr. and Chris Oakes, clicked for the second time on the night with the victorious Rocknroll Hanover gelding, with the final time especially impressive when one notes that once making the lead Scott Rocks and "George Nap" were able to rate the second quarter to 29.2. There was no getting to the winner of two straight races after that as defeated the winner of last week's feature, E Street Plan, for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, who saw the pacer elevate his bankroll to $156,174 for the year and $493,279 lifetime. Scott Rocks set the season's record for older pacing geldings for 5/8-mile tracks with a 1:48 mile at Pocono May 28 (at the time the fastest mile in North American harness racing in 2016), and he set a world record of 1:49 over the half-mile Northfield oval on September 3. Nine horses are double season's leaders - eight of them set world records in at least one of their spotlight efforts, and three (Always B Miki, Hannelore Hanover, and Huntsville) went on to become Breeders Crown champions. One winning streak had to fall (barring a dead-heat to win) in the $18,000 claiming handicap pace, as Terror Time A came into the event having won his last six starts and Rockin Rambaran had triumphed in his last five. But both streaks went by the boards as Freeneasy Hanover went three-wide under the finish line the first time, into the wind, to get the lead before the half and go on to victory in 1:50. The Western Ideal gelding was making his first start after a claim for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Susan Oakes, and driver George Napolitano Jr. was named on four horses in the race, including the two streakers - but those who followed him to "Freeneasy" got a $6.40 return. Terror Time A, the favorite, was trapped to headstretch and was zooming late for third, while Rockin Rambaran got unlucky and was hung without cover; indeed, he was the horse that Freeneasy Hanover circled the first time under the wire.   PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - E Street Plan, despite being away from the races for 21 days, thundered down the middle road of the stretch to be along in 1:49.1 while taking the $20,000 harness racing pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday.   E Street Plan was the first on top, but he yielded to favored Somewhere In L A before the rapid 26 quarter. It soon started to look that the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover's fate was to be the "E Street shuffle," because as soon as Somewhere In L A cleared, Handsome Henry K made a wicked brush towards command, and the winner wound up third through Henry's wild middle numbers of 53.2 and 1:20.3.   Driver Eric Carlson got E Street Plan closer to the lead on the turn and out to the three-path in the stretch, and his pacer (who, yes, has raced at Freehold) found his best gear and strode clear late, 1½ lengths to the good at the wire. Somewhere In L A was up for second in a photo over another late charger, American Rage, with the speedy pacesetter Handsome Henry K another neck back in fourth.   Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera had his charge sharp despite the brief respite to reduce his lifetime mark by 3/5 of a second for owner Michi Yvette Abday. He paid $26.20 to win.   Rockin Rambaran made it five wins in a row when he took the $18,000 high-level claiming handicap in 1:51.2 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner Hunter Oakes. But the winner was claimed for the third straight week for the $25,000 tag - which is regarded as business as usual by the Oakes stable, which was one win behind the Rene Allard barn, 97-96, for the meet lead in training victories going into the card. Oakes and Allard have been going to the claiming box hammer and tongs the last couple Saturday nights - last week Allard claimed four, including three from Oakes, while losing two; this week Oakes claimed two, one from Allard, and lost one, while Allard claimed one.   Double season's leader Scott Rocks moved to the lead early and posted his 10th victory of the campaign in winning a $15,500 co-featured pace for Napolitano, Oakes, and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. And if "double season's leader" elicited a mental shrug, here's the list of this year's other horses carrying that distinction heading into the weekend: Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, Dragnet Alert, Dayson, Hannelore Hanover, Obrigado, Betting Line, Wiggle It Jiggleit (the last-named pair season's leader on all three sizes of tracks), and Always B Miki. Of them, all but Dayson set a world record in a mile earning them inclusion - as did Scott Rocks, when he went 1:49 at Northfield for the older pacing gelding world record.   PHHA / Pocono    

DAYTON, OH. - Despite never seeing a pylon and still racing sixth at the three-quarter mile marker, Rockin Finish angled four-wide at the head of the stretch and swept to a 1:51.3 harness racing victory in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $15,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Oct. 22). Driver Eric Goodell, recently relocated to southwest Ohio and planning to compete on the Hollywood Dayton-Miami Valley circuit throughout the winter, was in the sulky of the 7-year-old gelding who notched his 8th win of 2016 and 36th of his career. The half-million-plus purse earner is a son of Rocknroll Hanover, owned by Gerrie Tucker, and trained by Tyler George. Hawk's Red Chief (Chris Page) was hustled from the outside post position directly to the front, clearing to the pylons just past the :26.4 quarter-mile clocking. Tail Gunner Hall (Kyle Ater), who was last week's feature race winner, settled into the pocket spot as favored My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton), who paced the third fastest mile in track history (1:50) in a conditioned race his last start, moved first-over into the outer flow early in the second quarter. Eventual runnerup Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) took up residence in the second-over position throughout the middle stations with Rockin Finish in tow. The half was reached in :55 and the three-quarters in 1:22.1 before Rockin Finish collared the pacesetters during a :29.2 final panel. Dispatched at 7-1, Rockin Finish returned $17.60 to win, the $2 exacta coupled with Sports Sinner kicked back $67.80, while the 50-cent trifecta paid $79.25 with My Buddy Ninkster holding on for third. Gregg Keidel

FREEHOLD, NJ – October 6, 2016 – On Top Of the Rock and Steve Smith rally to take the featured event of the afternoon, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for three-year-old filly pacers, at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 6). The Karen Garland trained filly left from post position two to wire the field in 1:58.3.  The Rocknroll Hanover filly, bred by Goldfinger Enterprises of NY, dominated the field to push her earnings to $69,801. Eric Abbatiello and Heart of Gold held off a late charge from Chase Vendervort with Heatherjean to finish second. The feature trot race on the card was the $10,000 NJSS Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old colts.  Kevin McDermott sent the favorite Backstage Pass to the track hoping for a repeat of the first leg, and the Donato Hanover colt did just that.  Jim Marshall called on Backstage Pass when the gate closed and never looked back winning by three lengths in 2:01.3.  This gives the colt; bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, win number seven of nine lifetime starts.  Chili finished second while He’s In The Game followed in third. Freehold Raceway resumes racing on Friday October 7 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

Batavia, NY---In the featured $10,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 24), the only race was for second as the heavily favored invader, Scott Rocks led at all stations en route to registering the fastest pacing mile of the year at the Genesee County harness racing oval. John Cummings Jr. left with Scott Rocks and after easing him through a brutally sunlit first turn, got his horse in gear on the back straight and took the lead by the quarter in :27.4. As soon as he crossed over to the pylons, Cummings popped the plugs and took a reclined posture in the bike as he became a passenger for the rest of his ride. Scott Rocks was up by one and one-half lengths at the half in :56.2 and by two at three-quarters in 1:23.4. With the rest of the field scrambling to keep up at that point, the leader opened up three lengths under mild urging from Cummings and won wrapped-up in 1:52. China Dream (Shawn Gray) closed strong to catch second and Heaven Rocks (Kevin Cummings), who followed the winner the entire mile, hung on for third. It was the ninth win of the year, including three straight most recently for Scott Rocks ($2.50) and the purse increased his 2016 bank to $133,374 for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. The 6-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Chris Oakes. John Cummings Jr. had a driving grand slam on Saturday winning with Scott Rocks ($2.50, 1:52), Keystone Dalton ($3.10, 1:55), Foreign Officer ($4.30, 1:54.1) and Untouchable One ($3.40, 1:56). Drew Monti had a driving triple while Ray Fisher Jr. doubled up. Trainer JD Perrin conditioned three winning horses on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 28) with the first post at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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