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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 15, 2017) - Since adding Lasix on April 1, Rodeo Romeo has taken his already considerable talent to a harness racing career-best level. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion won for the second time in three starts since adding Lasix, this time holding off the late charge of Special T Rocks to win the $18,000 pacing feature in a career-best 1:50. Andrew McCarthy moved Rodeo Romeo to the front past an opening quarter in :27. From there, the Chris Ryder-trainee controlled the action and had just enough late to hold off Special T Rocks, who got clear too late and missed by a head. Rodeo Romeo won for the ninth time in 29 career starts and has career earnings of $169,999. He is shared in ownership by Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. In Round 2 action in the Dash For The G-Notes series, Iwillmakeyousaynow won the fastest split in a lifetime-best 1:50.3 over fellow Round 1 winners Downthehighwy and So Take That. Iwillmakeyousaywow is trained by Todd Buter and driven by Tyler Buter. Alex Bullville and P L Idaho won the other divisions. The top point earners are scheduled to return next Saturday in the $17,500 final. Corey Callahan was the driving star of the night with five wins, including a natural hat trick in Races 7-9. Dave Miller won a pair of races while Chris Ryder and Mike Russo each had two training wins. Total handle was $2,040,489 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Sheer Rocknroll, a wonderfully consistent four-year-old, should boost her earnings past the $200,000 mark by winning the $25,000 International Animal Health Products Westbred final for harness racing four and five-year-old mares at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. The Rocknroll Hanover mare warmed up for this assignment in eye-catching style last Friday night when she began from the back line and raced in fourth place on the pegs for most of the way before sprinting home strongly to finish second to talented six-year-old gelding Eyre Crusher. The final sections were run in 27.9sec. and 28.2sec. and Sheer Rocknroll finished ahead of several smart performers, including Foxy Dame and Bungalow Bill.   Sheer Rocknroll, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Chris Lewis, is handily drawn at barrier four on the front line and she should carry too many guns for the opposition, none of whom has anywhere near the record of Sheer Rocknroll, who has amassed $194,902 from 18 wins and ten placings from 44 starts. Sheer Rocknroll is the first foal out of former star mare Sheer Royalty, who raced only 33 times for nine wins, seven placings and $248,904 in prizemoney. Her victories included three feature events for three-year-old fillies in 2009 --- the group 1 double of the WA Oaks and State Sires Series and the group 3 Daintys Daughter Classic. The three mares drawn inside of Sheer Rocknroll have place prospects as does last-start winner Falling Starzzz (barrier two on the back line) and Lovers Prayer (barrier No. 5), a winner three starts ago. Drawn on the inside of Sheer Rocknroll are Nowuseemegirl (Aiden de Campo), Sea Cider (Michael Grantham) and Kathleen Betty (Shannon Suvaljko). Nowuseemegirl has been driven to victory at all her seven wins by de Campo, but she has been unplaced at her past seven starts since winning at Bunbury last September. She led and faded to fifth behind Lovers Prayer at Gloucester Park at her most recent outing. She is capable of improvement. Sea Cider showed a welcome return to form and ended a losing sequence of 16 when she led and won from Bettor Bling over 1780m at Northam on Thursday March 30. Kathleen Betty rises in class after a last-start fifth behind Alfs Odyssey at Bunbury last Saturday night. She won three in a row (one at Bunbury and two in Albany) in February and March. Ken Casellas

Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin completed the Victorian three-year-old harness racing classic double last night at Tabcorp Park Melton with Miss Graceland powering home in the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final. Having won the Victoria Derby in February with Our Little General, the Smythes Creek power partnership’s stake winnings for the season surpassed the million-dollar mark courtesy of last night’s success with their star filly. It is the sixth season in a row – and seventh time overall – Stewart has hit seven figures in stakes. Miss Graceland, the headline act among a Stewart winning treble last night, is by Rocknroll Hanover out of Amarillen. She cleared out for a 10.5-metre win over race favourite Petacular, with Sheza Sharpie 18m behind the winner in third place. “The filly really deserved to get a good win and we’re rapt,” Tonkin said. “She’s on the way up. She had a couple of easy kills in the country and then last week she put the score on the board and this week she’s really come on.” From barrier seven, driver Chris Alford steered Miss Graceland into the running line back in the field early and was soon trailing Petacular. With about a mile to run Alford made his move three-wide, Petacular’s Michael Stanley tagging the second-favourite to move into the action. Petacular got to the breeze for the last lap, with Miss Graceland again trailing the race favourite one-one. At the home bend Stanley and Petacular had put the leaders away and raced to the front. Shezallapples was the first horse beaten after going too hard early. Miss Graceland got to the outside and the race became almost a carbon copy of the heat a week prior but with one fairly important difference: The placings were reversed. This time Miss Graceland got the better of a typically gutsy Petacular, careering clear over the concluding stages. RE-LIVE MISS GRACELAND'S NEVELE R STUD VICTORIA OAKS TRIUMPH “The Vicbred is about six weeks away. She’ll have a quiet week then she’ll tick along going towards that,” Tonkin said when asked about plans for Miss Graceland. Stewart is now on 98 winners for the season from 280 starts. Miss Graceland's owner, Akram Younan, dedicated the win to his filly's breeders, Tasmanian stalwarts the late Rick Hinds and his wife, Naomi. “Rick passed away and this win was in honour of him and his wife, Naomi,” Younan said. Younan, who also races thoroughbreds, said he was “proud” of Miss Graceland and very thankful for the training performance of the Stewart camp and Alford’s drive. OAKS FINISHING ORDER 1st - Miss Graceland: Brilliant drive and was strong at the line. She's on the up. 2nd - Petacular: Typically brave. She's destined to draw a good barrier in a G1 soon! 3rd - Sheza Sharpie: Almost last at the furlong, went widest & charged late. Nice run! 4th - Flying Moth: Ripper filly. Very consistent & was another big run here. 5th - Angel In White: Was right in the race for 3rd at any old odds. Finished off well enough. 6th - Keyang Secret: Had to burn early & lost momentum before turn behind tiring leader. Good run. 7th - Sanna Cruza: Hit line hard and ran into some dead ends. Forgive. 8th - Our Lady Madonna: Came from last. She'll improve. 9th - Beach Garden: Didn't hit the line as hard as some thought she would.  10th - Shezallapples: Used up petrol early. Powering along in front didn't seem her go.  11th - Nomi Malone: Probably just a bit outclassed against some of these.   12th - Anybeach Anywhere: Pulled hard in the run, which didn't help.   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Victorian-bred harness racing gelding Im Rockaria has overcome a worrying setback and is poised for a bold showing in the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has recovered fully from an infection under a cavity in a tooth which caused him to race erratically and finish a distant last in a field of 11 at his latest appearance, in a Derby prelude three Fridays ago. Trainer and part-owner Michael Brennan is bubbling with confidence after Im Rockaria finished a head second to experienced stablemate Naughty Maravu in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when he dashed over the final 800m in 56sec. Im Rockaria’s prospects soared after he drew the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line in the 2536m Derby and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. signified his confidence in the gelding when he chose to drive him ahead of highly-promising three-year-olds El Barcelona and Herrick Roosevelt, who are prepared by his father Gary Hall sen. Brennan, who purchased the son of Rocknroll Hanover for just $16,000 at the Victorian yearling sales, has had only one previous runner in a WA Derby --- Im Victorious, who started from the No. 1 barrier and was driven to an all-the-way victory by Justin Prentice five years ago. “This year the barrier draw is a big help, we’ve got the right driver and the horse has got over the little issue we had with his mouth,” Brennan said. “Im Rockaria is ready to go and he has all the qualities needed to win a Derby. He’s strong and he’s fast and I think he is 100 per cent spot on. He loves leading and has never been beaten when he has led. The distance is no problem at all. He’s a really good stayer and he’s got super high speed to go with it. “Obviously, Mitch Maguire is going to be very hard to beat, Herrick Roosevelt has been super impressive and Runrunjimmydunn was most impressive in winning last Friday night. It is by no means a one or two-horse race. There is a lot of quality and this is one of the more even Derbies in recent years.” In his trial on Sunday morning Im Rockaria was driven by Nathan Turvey and he raced three back on the fence before finishing strongly to be second, a head behind Naughty Maravu, an M3-class pacer who set the pace with Brennan in the sulky. “At his most recent start, in a Derby prelude, Im Rockaria tracked up three wide (from the 1100m to be fifth at the bell) and hung in really badly,” Brennan said. “Later we discovered that he had an infection under cavity in a tooth and Gary couldn’t steer him. “This problem is the reason why he hasn’t been able to race over the past three weeks. We had to treat him quite heavily with anti-biotics and we’ve tried a bit of different gear to take the pressure off the jaw. “His win two starts ago, in the Battle of Bunbury, was super.” In that event Im Rockaria enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before starting a three-wide move 800m from home. He surged to the front at the 500m mark and went on to win by more than three lengths from Rock Diamonds.” Im Rockaria, who has earned $137,275 from ten wins and three seconds from 18 starts, has already won a group 1 feature event, having been successful as a two-year-old in the Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park last June. He is owned by Brennan and his wife Lara, Cam Byers and Dave Skelton (who were part-owners of Im Victorious), Michael Maxwell and Cameron Maggs, who broke in Im Rockaria in Victoria. Im Rockaria is the ninth foal out of Vitness, whose second foal Twelve Paces earned $263,058 from 27 wins and 20 placings from 68 starts. Twelve Paces won a heat of the Victoria Derby at Shepparton in January 2007, beating Triple Vance and Lombo Pocket Watch. He then finished fifth behind Lombo Pocket Watch in the final at Moonee Valley. Mitch Maguire, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and looks set to fight out the finish. His form is outstanding, having won at ten of his past 11 starts in a glittering career of 18 starts for 12 wins and two placings for stakes of $197,373. He completed his Derby preparation with an all-the-way win from barrier one in the 2536m group 2 Western Gateway Classic last Friday week. He was favourite at 10/1 on and after a third quarter of the final mile in 28.4sec., he just held on in a final section of 29.3sec. to beat the fast-finishing Maczaffair by a half-head at a 1.57.3 rate. “He overraced and that probably took the sting out of him,” said reinsman Ryan Warwick. “People shouldn’t want to measure him on that performance. Mitch Maguire beat Im Rockaria at Pinjarra four starts ago (when Mitch Maguire worked hard in the breeze). “I’m confident in the horse and the 2536m won’t worry him. I keep going back to his Pinjarra run three starts ago (when he galloped in a stand and made up a huge amount of lost ground to win easily). It was a phenomenal performance and I rate the horse highly. His record is hard to fault and I can’t see any reason to discount him.” Herrick Roosevelt, who has drawn poorly on the outside of the front line, will be driven by Kim Prentice and Chris Voak has been engaged to handle El Barcelona from the outside of the back line. Herrick Roosevelt has raced only four times for two wins, a second to Mitch Maguire (from the breeze) and a last-start third from the breeze behind Mitch Maguire and Maczaffair. “He’s going super,” Prentice said. “I have sat behind him once, in a trial a couple of weeks ago. It was only a jump out, but I love the horse. The biggest problem on Friday night will be holding him out of the mobile because he is inclined to get keen. We will be trying to slot in somewhere.” El Barcelona won for the fifth time from 12 starts when he led from the No. 1 barrier and held on to defeat Handsandwheels and Heza Head Honcho last Friday night. Handsandwheels, to be driven by Aiden de Campo, is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line and certainly has sound place prospects. Clint Hall will drive Runrunjimmydunn, who was produced in fine fettle for a first-up victory in WA last Friday night. The gelding is awkwardly drawn at barrier six, but will have many admirers after his runaway seven-length victory over In Nyrobi, rating 1.56.4 over 2130m last Friday night. “He’s a pretty good horse and I’ll be putting him into the race at some stage,” Hall said. The Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair is a talented performer who has won at eight of her 18 starts and impressed last Friday week when she was tenth at the 600m and seventh with 250m to travel before flying home to be a half-head second to Mitch Maguire last Friday week. The WA Derby was first run in 1917 and a filly has been successful only six times, with those winners being Hilda Grattan (1948), Happy Mint (1950), Swahili (1962), Hill Oro (1969), Via Vista (1981) and Whitbys Miss Penny (1991). Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will be seeking his sixth win in the classic, after victories behind Trunkey Maseratti (1994), Saab (1998), Talladega (2000), Argent Treasure (2008) and In The Force (2009). He will drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Lord Willoughby from barrier No. 2. Lord Willoughby is improving steadily, but has won only three times from 17 starts.  Ken Casellas

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 18, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night, with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a 'sloppy' surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $5) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position No. 2, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with 78-1 Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22, with the triple returning $76.50. Saturday night's second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube, $38.60) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth (from post No. 2), he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn't match the winner's tow but finished second, with 62-1 shot Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald) third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh. For fifth choice Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $232, with the triple returning $3,014. The evening's third series soiree has Provocativeprincen (Stratton, $5.70)-from post No. 2-prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor's Edge (Brett Miller), then outgamed a pocketed, 8-5 fave Rockin' Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2. Mach it So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor's Edge and 77-1 Texas Terror N (MacDonald) earning the lesser loot. For second choice Provocativeprincen, an 8-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, he's now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $62.50. "He's done nothing wrong since I've sat behind him," Stratton said,. The first round's final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley, $14) from the pocket was able to get 'first run' against defending series champion Bit of a Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post No. 3, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3. Bit of a Legend N, as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere in L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and a Always at My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees. For third choice Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine '17 starts. The exacta paid $23, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $198. "He's just a versatile horse," Kakaley said. "I would have been happy either cutting the mile or sitting second. It may have been different had Bit of a Legend N been first-up, but my horse was very good." The Saturday night Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover in excess of $3,100, was taken down by one bettor. A winning combination of 2/3/8/7/3 returned $13,468.25 for that 50-cent wager. Reminder that Sunday's live all-trot 'French' card begins at 12:30 PM, the final Sunday card until the end of May. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Seaford, DE --- In late January, Delaware harness racing trainer Kyle Moore picked out a $15,000 claimer for his grandfather. A month later, that one-time claimer won the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs in an eye-catching 1:50. The pacer now boasts three wins in a row against some of the First State’s best horses. While the move to the top might seem sudden, it’s a return to former glory for 7-year-old pacing stallion Emeritus Maximus. The one time Little Brown Jug contender and Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale topper has now won seven out of 10 starts in 2017. “He’ll probably be the nicest horse I’ll ever have,” Moore said. Moore, 29, trains Emeritus Maximus for his grandfather, Donald Marine, and Brent Hall. When Marine told Moore to find him a horse at Dover early this year, it was Emeritus Maximus (Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight) that caught the trainer’s eye. “I remembered him from when he was a 2- and 3-year-old,” Moore said. In those days, Emeritus Maximus, who sold for $20,000 as a yearling, traveled the stakes circuit, competing against the likes of Captaintreacherous, Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach. At the start of his 4-year-old season, Emeritus Maximus made headlines when he sold for $248,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale. While he went on to make $107,200 as a 4-year-old, taking a record of 1:49.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Emeritus Maximus raced just three times as a 5-year-old and just 13 times as a 6-year-old. He won two races during that time. Nevertheless, Moore knew the pacer represented class when he saw him among the $10,000 claiming ranks at Dover. When Emeritus Maximus made it to the winner’s circle with a come-from-behind victory in 1:52.3, Moore knew he wanted him. Marine, undeterred by an increased $15,000 price tag the following week, claimed Emeritus Maximus on Thursday (Jan. 19). “I gave him off Friday and jogged him Saturday. I was expecting him to be lame,” Moore said, pointing out a scar on the pacer’s knee and recalling rumors of a broken coffin bone. “It turns out he’s the soundest horse in the barn.” Whatever injuries the horse may have sustained in the past, Moore says they’re not bothering him now. Opting not to put Emeritus Maximus back in a claimer, Moore moved him to a non-winners class at Dover in late January. After a third place finish in his first start for the Moore stable, Emeritus Maximus made it to the winner’s circle on Feb. 2 when Yannick Gingras steered him to a 1:52.3 win. He followed that up with an impressive first-over victory in 1:51.4 the next week. Moore says the pacer’s confidence has increased each week. In his first appearance in the Delaware Special, Emeritus Maximus cut the mile but got edged out in the final strides, finishing second to Sweet Rock. The following week, Gingras opted to return to the first-over move the horse handled so well two weeks prior. As Mustang Art cut the mile, hitting fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:21.3, Emeritus Maximus gradually made up ground along the outside. He won the race by a half-length in 1:50. Moore was ecstatic, particularly once he realized the win had been shared on YouTube. "After he won in 1:50, I said I don't care if he wins another race," Moore said. Of course he wasn't complaining when Emeritus Maximus overcame the eight hole and made it back to the winner's circle after another first-over mile, this time reaching the wire in 1:50.3, on March 2. The pacer made it three in a row with a 1:49.3 win last week. In his most recent victory Emeritus Maximus, again assigned the eight hole, left hard. Gingras, not content to settle in third, pushed the horse on, making the lead just after a :25.4 first quarter. Emeritus Maximus went on to set fractions of :54 and 1:21.2 before crossing the wire first in 1:49.3. "I think he's better first-up but last week he was gung-ho the whole mile," Moore said. "He never got a breather." While he admires the horse's talent, it's not the only aspect of Emeritus Maximus that Moore appreciates. Though the stud can be a handful during his daily jog -- kicking sporadically and coming to a halt abruptly whenever the mood strikes him -- Moore enjoys the playful personality the stud brings to the barn. "He's honestly like a big kid," Moore said. "He'll try biting but he's had plenty of opportunities to bite a finger off and never has." Emeritus Maximus will finish out the spring meet at Dover Downs but Moore hasn't yet decided what track he'll visit next. While he hopes the pacer's success on the racetrack will continue, he says Emeritus Maximus has already secured a future on the family farm. Marine, who has several broodmares of his own, plans to stand the horse at stud when his racing days are over. "He's got a home for life," Moore said. by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

DOVER, Del.--- For the third straight start, Emeritus Maximus toyed with a sub-1:50 harness racing victory, and this week he did it pacing a 1:49.3 mile to win the $30,000 Delaware Special Handicap on Thursday, March 9 at Dover Downs where fast times were the norm led by a 1:49.3, two in 1:50.1, two in 1:50.2 and a 1:50.3 clocking. Yannick Gingras was in the bike behind the seven-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight horse and despite his toughest trip, he posted his seventh win in 10 starts in 2017. Leaving fast from the outside, Gingras elected to back Emeritus Maximus into third during a :25.4 opening quarter. Quickly on the move in front of the grandstand the pacer took over at the half in :54. There was plenty of activity on the backstretch zooming past the three-quarters in 1:21.2. Rounding the final turn, art Stafford Jr. and Blazing Bobby Sox were four wide and coming on strongly. At the wire, Emeritus Maximus held on to beat Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) with Blazing Bobby Sox third. Claimed by Don Marine and Brent Hall on Jan. 19, Emeritus Maximus, trained by Kyle Moore, has started seven times and now has stepped up the ladder winning five times including the last three Del Specials. He now won $65,645 this year. A former expensive yearling and juvenile stakes threat before setbacks. He has now won 21 races in his career banking $470,125 lifetime. Montrell Teague and Mildred Ventriglio's Major Uptrend are also streaking. The Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding won for the third consecutive start chalking up a 1;49.4 triumph in the $20,000 Open Handicap. Jet Airway (Corley Callahan) was a strong second in front of Rockinonby (Tony Morgan). Tim Crissman conditions the winner of four of eight starts this year. The win was the 28th lifetime for the $291,333 earner. Richard Stansbury's All The Cookies, trained by Kenny Mitchel and driven by Yannick Gingras, put on a game effort reducing his personal best winning time to 1:50.2 winning the first of three $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Male paces. Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) finished second ending a two-race win streak while McJagersonthemove (Tim Tetrick) was the show horse. In the second $15,500 event, Poisonous and Ross Wolfenden came from far off-the-pace to overtake Rangers Sureshot (Gingras) and front pacing Little Ben (Tetrick) for a lifetime best 1:50.2 victory. Josh Green owns and conditions the Art Major-She's Poison five-year old. The third division went to Cloud Speed with Art Stafford Jr in 1:50.1. Stafford hustled the Dragon Again-Cams Exotic gelding, owned by Ben Stafford and Bill Daggett, into the lead before the half and continued on for his fourth win in eight starts this season. Steady Warrior made it four straight wins scoring a 1:50.1 decision in a $12,000 Male Pace. Yannick Gingras piloted the victory for Frank Canzone and owner-trainer Ed Gannon Jr. A six-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty-Latin Liftoff, he held off Toatsmygoats (Pat Berry), second and Smart Rokker (Morgan), third. Gingras had a driving triple, Corey Callahan and owner-trainer Dylan Davis had two wins each. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:t30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

Eight years ago, Frank Bellino bought a harness racing colt from the first crop of stallion Rocknroll Hanover. The pacer's name was Rock N Roll Heaven and at age 3 the horse won 16 of 21 races, earned $2.15 million in purses, and was named Horse of the Year in the United States. Two years ago, Bellino bought a colt from the final crop of Rocknroll Hanover. The pacer's name is Stealth Bomber and he is a full brother to Rock N Roll Heaven. Now a 3-year-old, Stealth Bomber will try to follow in the footsteps of his renowned sibling. Stealth Bomber was unraced at age 2 because of soreness, but the Bellino family believes the sky's the limit this season. "I've had some special horses and so has dad," said Frank Bellino's son, Joe. "He doesn't over-react to things. But when he saw this horse win in his first start, he said this could be a special horse. We've got very high hopes. I'm as high on this horse as any we've had. "He is just something special, in my opinion. We're really looking forward to this year." Stealth Bomber won his career debut Feb. 16 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Sent off at odds of 3-5, the colt won a $10,640 conditioned race by 3-1/4 lengths from post eight in an eight-horse field with Doug McNair driving for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The time for the mile on a 24-degree night was 1:53, which is tied for the fourth-fastest clocking of the season by a 3-year-old pacer. "He looked pretty good," O'Sullivan said. "For his first lifetime start, well, that's kind of what good horses do, isn't it? He did it well in hand." On Thursday night, Stealth Bomber returns to the same class for his second start. He will leave from post five in a seven-horse field, with McNair again at the lines. "He's been remarkable training down," Bellino said. "He's big and strong and does everything right. He can sit if you want to sit. He can leave if you want to leave. When you pull, he's right on the bit. He's never done anything wrong. He's just so smooth; you'd think he's an older horse. He acts like he's been there before." Stealth Bomber, purchased for $125,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is out of the mare Artistic Vision and was bred by Steve Stewart, Charles Nash, Julie Nash and Francene Nash. In addition to being a full brother to Rock N Roll Heaven, the colt is a half-brother to multi-millionaire Clear Vision. Last year, Stealth Bomber was training well, but started dealing with sporadic soreness. There were no signs of injury, but the connections decided to shut down Stealth Bomber to give him time to mature. "It took a lot for us to shut him down, but we didn't want to push him to get to the races," Bellino said. "We didn't want to discourage him." Stealth Bomber will have every chance to compete at harness racing's top level this year. He is staked to all the sport's major events for pacers, with the exception of the races at Lexington's Red Mile. It is similar to the stakes schedule that was prepared in 2010 for Rock N Roll Heaven, who was later supplemented to race in Lexington. "He's got a full plate if he's up to it," O'Sullivan said. "He's put together like a good horse. He's not a tall horse, but he's got a lot of muscle on him and he looks after himself." O'Sullivan plans to race Stealth Bomber every three weeks or so as he prepares the horse for the stakes season. If all goes well, his first stakes test will come on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit in early May. "I don't want to race a lot, but at the same time, he hasn't raced," O'Sullivan said. "He's going to need to be versatile. We need time to see what makes him tick." The Bellinos are looking forward to hopefully returning to the Grand Circuit with a 3-year-old pacer. "You want to make those races," Joe Bellino said. "The last time we were there was with Pet Rock (in 2012). It's not easy sitting on the sidelines. "I think everything is aligning for us," he added, referring to coming full circle with a colt from the final crop of Rocknroll Hanover. "We hope it's going to be a special year." Ken Weingartner

DOVER, Del.--- A 10-year-old harness racing veteran Piece Of The Rock notched his second win of 2017 scoring a 1:51.1 victory in the Monday, March 3 feature at Dover Downs. Four drivers collected doubles. On the heels of a 1:50.3 triumph in his last start L&J Racing's veteran pacer won for the 33rd time in his career romping to a 1:51.1 decision raising his lifetime earnings to $706,553 with Tony Morgan guiding the win. Josh Green conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Paula's Promise gelding. Western Young Gun (Jonathan Roberts) came down the passing lane to edge Rock On Precious (Russ Foster) for second money. Morgan raked up his second win of the day piloting owner-trainer Ron Davis' Lee Is A Star home. The Matt's Scooter-Bags Is A Artist seven-year-old recorded his 15th lifetime win good for $116,385 earnings. Sean Bier was the first of two drivers to hang up a double. He drove Major Starlight, an Amada Payson-trained Major In Art-Starlight Justice gelding owned by Dante Scatalini and Ben Gordon, to a 1:52 triumph. Bier came right back to steer New Evidence home in 1:56 in the next race for owners, trainer Jim McGuire, Jeff and John O'Donnell. The victory was the first of the year and second all-time for the Western Terror-Bouncing Hanover gelding. Art Stafford Jr. also made the winner's circle twice. First with Ron Davis' Machet Time, a daughter of Mach Three-Rocket Time, in 1:53.4. Stafford later gave A Farmboys Success his first lifetime victory carving out a 1:55 win. Stafford also owns and trains the American Ideal-Far Ahead Hanover sophomore gelding. Corey Callahan was responsible for two wins also, He drove Breakaway Racing's Nantucket Red, a Real Artist-Race Me Valerie gelding, for his father trainer Nick Callahan to a lifetime first win in 1:54.1. CTC Stable's West Lucky Aria came back in the stretch for Callahan to post a 1:55.3 success with a Camluck-Terror Of The West three-year-old filly. Trainer Joe Columbo and driver George Dennis collaborated for consecutive victories. Both winners are owned by George & Tina Dennis. They are partnered with The Wiz Kids Stable on I'm Won Run Wiser a 1:53 winner by Headmaster-La Gloria Cubana, an eight-year-old mare. Allstar Preview was the other Dennis winner. He is an altered son of Four Starzzz Shark-Gallery Hop gelding. STAKES WINNER GURAL HANOVER NEW IN $20,000 FEATURE TROT Gural Hanover, an almost $800,000 winner is a new face in this week’s top trot, the $20,000 Open meeting former Hambletonian winner Market Share and Tough Mac in this week’s feature event on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs.   A strong supporting card is also on the trotting dominated  program. Post Time is 4:30 p.m. Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Little E and Panhellenic stables are owners of Gural Hanover, a winner of $784,974 in his career who makes his initial start of his six-year-old season with Yannick Gingras in the bike. Fresh from a convincing win last Wednesday, Market Share, winner of the 2012 Hambletonian, has won two of his last five outing including a trio of second-place finishes with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Tough Mac, a local standout for the past three seasons racing for Mike Casalino has won three of his six starts this season and will be driven by Corey Callahan.  Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover with Vic Kirby piloting, has been a meet-long standout with three wins and a third in 2017. Jonathan Roberts drives CC Racing’s Il Mago while Leigh Raymer and John Whitby’s Buddy Hally and Montrell Teague and I’m So Striking handled by Eddie Dennis for Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable, from the rail complete the hard-hitting field. A $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot heads the undercard. Dennis, Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bob Reeser’s, Bluebird Reverend (Teague), a 1:54 winner last week, and Clebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, leave from the outside posts in an eight horse field. 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    

Don'tcallmefrancis (Rocknroll Hanover) scored in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old gelding made his local debut last week and announced his presence with authority, prevailing by almost five lengths while stopping the timer in 1:53.1 in a high level conditional race. This week, it was up into the Open Pace for the Al Annunziata-trained Don'tcallmefrancis who took advantage of his inside post to score in 1:53.3 on another cold night in the Spa City. Bruce Aldrich Jr was the winning driver behind the race's even-money favorite who held off runner-up Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) third place finisher Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) in the $12,000 feature. Don'tcallmefrancis is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

The Purdon Express rolled on during heats of the New South Wales Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight with the champion New Zealand trainer's All Stars harness racing stable winning two of the three qualifying heats. While the defeat of Ultimate Machete appeared to burst that bubble for Purdon, who admitted his Bettor's Delight youngster was beaten a long way from home, Vincent and Motu Meteor both scored strong wins and will give Purdon a hat-trick of hopes in the final with Ultimate Machete still qualifying despite a fading third. Still it was the win of Atomic Red which had everybody talking as the Steve Turnbull-trained and Amanda Turnbull-driven son of Rocknroll Hanover led all the way over the 2400m to score a slashing win in track record time. Taken straight to the front from gate three Atomic Red kept his rivals off the bit and chasing for the whole journey with a final mile in 1:54.4 to win by 2.3m from Astride with Ultimate Machete another three metres back a tiring third. That incredible run knocked two-tenths of a second off Zee Dana's track record run set at Menangle just 12 months ago. While Purdon qualified three runners for the Derby, the night was also a triumph for the country stables: Steve Turnbull qualified two runners, Atomic Red and Conviction for next weekend's $200,000 final; Bernie Hewitt qualified Pretty Hot, Brad Hewitt got Our Triple Play through to the big one and Russell Jack's Warden Express will also be there next Saturday night as will Wilberforce trainer David Brown's Hes My Mate. Atomic Red - Heat two Motu Meteor - Heat one Vincent - Heat three By MICHAEL COURT

Harness racing's leading reinsman Ryan Warwick has given punters a valuable lead by opting to drive Rock Diamonds ahead of stablemate Messi in the $50,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And part-owner Greg Bond, who prepares Rock Diamonds in partnership with his wife Skye, has high hopes that the Rocknroll Hanover colt will emulate the performance of Ohokas Bondy, a pacer he part-owned and trained for his dashing all-the-way victory in the 2011 Caduceus Club Classic. Dancing Diamonds, the dam of Rock Diamonds, is a full-sister to Ohokas Bondy, who recorded his twelfth win in a row when Colin Brown steered him to victory over Lovers Delight in the 2011 classic. Warwick has driven Rock Diamonds seven times for six wins and he has handled Messi in six races for four wins and a second. Nathan Turvey will drive Messi for the first time in Friday night’s event, while Ryan Bell, who has driven Messi twice for two wins, will be in the sulky behind his own nomination Bob Wheel, a last-start winner in much weaker company at Gloucester Park. Rock Diamonds has won at seven of his nine starts and is a versatile colt, having won when leading, after working in the breeze and when saved for a strong finishing effort. He has been freshened up since his latest outing, at Gloucester Park on January 13 when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before wilting to last behind Im Rockaria in a field of eight. It was determined that Rock Diamonds had simply not backed up after scoring an easy victory at Pinjarra four days earlier. The Michael Brennan-trained Im Rockaria comes into Friday night’s event with excellent credentials --- nine wins and two seconds from 14 starts. He will be driven by Gary Hall jun. from the No. 7 barrier. Im Rockaria raced below par at his latest outing, in a C2/C3-class event at Albury last Friday week. Driven by Daniel Jack, he started from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and after racing three wide early he worked hard in the breeze and he was fully extended in beating Magicnracing by a half-head at a 1.59.7 rate over 2170m. A week earlier, Im Rockaria raced three back on the pegs and battled on gamely when a well-beaten fifth behind Be Jacks Legend in a heat of the Victoria Derby. That followed a hat-trick of easy wins --- at Albany, Gloucester Park and Bunbury. Davinci Diamond, trained in Pinjarra by Rob MacDonald, will have admirers from barrier four after winning at his past three starts, two at Bunbury and one at Pinjarra. He will be driven by Aiden de Campo. Wesley, a winner at six of his 13 starts and trained by Sarah Wall in Bunbury, will start from barrier six with Kaiden Hayter in the sulky. The Sportswriter colt is blessed with wonderful gate speed and there is a possibility he could forge to an early lead.    Maczaffair, brilliant winner of the Daintys Daughter Classic last Friday night, is one of two fillies in the race, the other being Soho Angel, and Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has high hopes that Maczaffair will become only the third filly in 29 runnings of the Caduceus Club Classic to be successful. Mazzini Magic won the inaugural running of the classic in 1989, and the other filly to win the race was Whitbys Miss Penny in 1991. “As a rule, I don’t like racing fillies against the colts and geldings,” Reed said. “The only reason she’s running this week is that she pulled up so well after her latest win. She has trained on really well. This will be her final run before she has a break and then gets ready for the Oaks. “Last week’s win was the best run of her career. It’s hard to be last at the 700m, then go three deep and hit the line so strongly. This week she is starting from the inside of the back line, so she’ll be on the fence and be driven for luck.” Ace reinsman Colin Brown will handle Maczaffair for the first time. He replaces Shannon Suvaljko, who is serving a term of suspension. Suvaljko has driven the filly in all her five starts as a three-year-old for three wins, a second and a fourth. Ken Casellas

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 27, 2017) - Despite temperatures in the 30s and a few pesky snow flurries falling at post time, The Summer Wind came blowing in to score a powerful front-end score in the $16,000 feature for harness racing pacing mares at the Meadowlands on Friday. The Summer Wind was making her second start after a six-month layoff wasted no time making the front end, brushing to the lead after a 27.1 opening quarter mile. Jim Marohn, Jr. kept the 8-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover on the engine through three-quarters in 1:24. Carobbean Pacetry mounted a long first-over grind with Drew Monti, but could not get to The Summer Wind, who kicked home in 28 to win in 1:52. Carobbean Pacetry held the place spot, Fanticipation was third and 8/5 favorite Abbijade Hanover was fourth. "She has come back great off the layoff," explained Marohn, who has steered The Summer Wind to nine of her 26 career wins. "She loves the front end. The connections have done a great job getting her into form. I am really glad they stick with me." In a pair of co-featured conditioned trotting events, B Yoyo and Anaffairtoremember each took advantage of class drops to post powerful wins as the betting favorites. Brett Miller was the driving star of the night with four wins including a sweep of the final three races on the card. Total handle on the 12-race program was $2,481,062. Live racing resumes Saturday with a 13-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

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

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