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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

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

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