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Entries for the Blooded Horse Spring Sale will be taken through Thursday morning April 18; supplemental entries will be accepted after that.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the strong demand for racehorses, green prospects, yearlings, and broodmares. Nice consignments have already been received from Anthony MacDonald, Ron Burke and Spring Haven Farm with Emerald Highlands expected to bring some blue blooded stock, as well. Held Tuesday May 14 at the Champions Center in Springfield Ohio, the sale is a timely venue to both market and restock. Don’t be shut out! Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or call (859) 858-4415. Please direct any questions to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com   Dot Morgan

LEBANON, OH - A pair of elimination heats for next week's $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for Ohio-sired three-year-old pacing colts were contested on Saturday (April 13) at Miami Valley Raceway. Two of the biggest and most successful harness racing stables in the sport were well represented and each won a division. Brian Brown advanced all three of his entrants to the final with a win and two second place finishers. Ron Burke qualified just one of his four, but that one was an impressive winner. Driver Chris Page was in the sulky hitched to both winners, one for Brown and one for Burke. Dislocator copped the first split in 1:51.1, turning back High On Paydaze (Brett Miller), Yankee Boots (Dan Noble) and Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith). In seven starts as a two-year-old, the son of Big Bad John produced a 2-2-2 scoreboard with earnings of $113,116. Both the winner and runnerup hail from the Brown barns at the Delaware (OH) county fair and were making their first starts after two qualifiers at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida, where they wintered. High On Paydaze won five of seven freshman starts including the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship, a race in which Dislocator finished third last September. "Dislocator was a nice colt last year," said Page in the winner's circle, "and he seems to have grown a little and matured quite a bit over the winter. He seems to have it all together now." Seattle Hanover found a seem in the lane to triumph in the second Hackett division for the Burke Brigade. The Dragon Again gelding just nipped Smackitwithahammer (Cameron McCown) by a head in 1:51.3. Also advancing to the final next week were Ohio Vintage (Dan Noble), Bombay Hanover (Brett Miller) and See You In Tuscanny (Kyle Ater), who qualified for the nine-horse championship tilt as the fastest fifth place finisher. It was just the second career win for Seattle Hanover, although the colt has earned over $60,000 already. "When Ronnie puts a horse in to race, I know it is ready to rock," Page often says. "It's a pleasure to be in this situation, driving good horses for great trainers." Granite (Brett Miller) was a repeat winner in the weekly $25,000 Open I Pace, scoring in 1:50.2 over 28-1 longshot Sadiq Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith). It was the fourth seasonal victory for Granite in 13 tries and pushed his earnings to over $78,000 already this season and over $435,000 lifetime. The six-year-old altered son of Real Desire is owned by The Panhellenic Stable and trained by Ken Rucker.   Gregg Keidel

Hightstown, NJ — Warrawee Ubeaut, a filly who last year became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in harness racing history thanks to her 1:48.3 win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile, is among the Dan Patch Award winners making their 2019 returns in Saturday’s (April 13) qualifiers at The Meadowlands. Others in that group are 4-year-old pacing mares Kissin In The Sand and Youaremycandygirl as well as 4-year-old gelding pacer Dorsoduro Hanover. Kissin In The Sand and Dorsoduro Hanover were 2018 Dan Patch honorees while Youaremycandygirl received her award in 2017. Ron Burke trains Warrawee Ubeaut, Youaremycandygirl, and Dorsoduro Hanover. Nancy Johansson trains Kissin In The Sand. Warrawee Ubeaut won seven of 12 races last year and earned $646,995. Her wins included the Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes in addition to her world-record victory in Lexington. “She had a great year,” Burke said earlier this year. “There is no limit on what she can do. The filly has as much speed as any horse we’ve ever had. I think as long as we manage her correctly, she is going to be very competitive and can do special things.” Dorsoduro Hanover led all 3-year-old pacers in earnings last year with $1.28 million. He won 10 of 22 races, with his victories including the Breeders Crown, Delvin Miller Adios, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He also had six second-place finishes, including in the Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug. Youaremycandygirl won nine of 17 races last season and earned $550,033. Kissin In The Sand won 10 of 15 races and never finished worse than second on her way to a division-best $845,495 in purses. Her wins included the James M. Lynch Memorial, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, Mistletoe Shalee, and Bluegrass Stakes. She was second in the Breeders Crown and Fan Hanover. Burke will send out 17 horses Saturday morning at the Big M. Also entered from his stable are 4-year-old pacing mare Percy Bluechip, an O’Brien Award winner in 2017 and Breeders Crown champion last season, and 3-year-old filly trotter Sonnet Grace, who won the Goldsmith Maid. Other returning stakes winners in his group are Sylph Hanover and St Somewhere (3-year-old filly pacers), Baron Remy (4-year-old mare pacer), De Los Cielos Deo (3-year-old colt pacer), This Is The Plan (4-year-old gelding pacer), and Filibuster Hanover (5-year-old gelding pacer). Johansson has nine horses entered, with stakes-winners Blood Money (3-year-old colt pacer) and Thinkbig Dreambig (4-year-old stallion pacer) among those joining Kissin In The Sand on the trip. Trainer Ake Svanstedt sends out seven horses, including stakes winners Yes Mickey (5-year-old gelding trotter), Plunge Blue Chip (4-year-old mare trotter), and Ice Attraction (5-year-old mare trotter). Other returning stakes winners entered on Saturday include Yonkers International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche (7-year-old stallion trotter) for trainer Marcus Melander as well as Julie Miller-trained Special Honor (3-year-old filly trotter) and Top Flight Angel (5-year-old stallion trotter), Chris Ryder’s Stonebridge Soul (3-year-old filly pacer), and Mark Silva’s Dealt A Winner (7-year-old gelding pacer). For the complete entries on the U.S. Trotting Association website, click here. For past performance pages from the Meadowlands website, click here.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

WILKES-BARRE PA - Three $15,000 divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing males highlighted the harness racing card on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Jim Morrill Jr. guiding two of the winners to 1:52.3 victories. First on the track was the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Division Bell, who broke his maiden for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Morrill sent Division Bell to the lead in front of the stands, then kept the youngster rolling home in 56.1 to be 1¼ lengths ahead of R U Talkin at the finish while also setting a new mark. Sports Legend, an Ontario Gold finalist at two and three despite only notching one victory in his initial two campaigns, is making up for lost time in 2019, as the Sportswriter gelding ran his 2019 scorecard to 4-3-1-0 with a half-length success over hard-charging Pocono Pike utilizer Under Paid. Jennifer Bongiorno trains the winner for Gestion J Y Blais Inc. Turbo Hill, a four-year-old son of American Ideal, won his fifth straight race and is now 7-for-8 lifetime, with his 1:54.2 final clocking (after he stole a 58 half on the lead) sufficient to hold off Dakota Ole by 1¼ lengths. A winner in 1:51.1 here earlier in the meet, Turbo Hill was driven and is trained by Hunter Oakes for owner Tom Hill. Gilly's Boy ran his 2019 record to 3-for-3, and he also posted the fastest mile of the young season so far at the mountain oval, 1:50.3, while winning the $21,500 fast-class pacing feature. The Cam's Card Shark gelding, who also took a new mark, left alertly, yielded to favorite Stars Align A as that one cut fractions of 26.3, 55.1, and 1:22.1, then came out for the drive and passed the chalk by a half-length under the guidance of Anthony Napolitano, who had four visits to Victory Lane. Ron Burke conditions the career-sharp pacer for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. ... And then 38 minutes later, the Bettor's Delight gelding Havefaithinme N lowered the Pocono seasonal best another tick, moving to the lead after a 26.4 opener, posting middle splits of 54 and 1:21.4, then staying strong to the finish to give driver Jim Morrill Jr. a third win on the night (Tyler Buter also drove three winners). Trained by Jose Godinez for Blindswitch Racing Stable, Gary Axelrod, Good Friends Racing Stable and Santo Farina, Havefaithinme N was of course a star Down Under, winning the 2016 Miracle Mile in 1:47 5/10, at the time the fastest Australasian mile race ever, and recorded most of his $1,182,169 bankroll in the Southern Hemisphere. Once again the claiming box was a Saturday night beehive of activity at Pocono, as seasonal records were set in amount of horses claimed (17) and amount changing hands for horseflesh ($328,750). Ten days into the meet (with most of the claimers written on Saturdays), there have been 62 horses going back to different barns after their races, with the money tally now over seven figures for the meet at $1,094,500. FINISHING LINES - The Pocono horsemen's community was saddened to learn that Syl DeCample Jr. passed away recently at age 76. Only three horsemen (George Napolitano Jr., Bill Lambertus, and Bill Mullin) have won more horsemen's crowns locally than did the colorful DeCample, who was the best in driving victories three straight years (1977 through 1979), and then won both the UDR title and the training wins title in 1992 - with Syl's son Syl III succeeding his father in the trainers' category the next year. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With arch-rival Trolley opting to take the week off, Sutton had little trouble winning the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Andy Miller had the gas pedal down from the start as the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings swooped past the field from post seven in the eight-horse field and made the lead at the quarter in a brisk :27.1. Sutton raced on an open lead from there all the way to the wire, as the pocket-sitting Pinkman, making his 2019 debut, offered little in the way of a threat. Sutton was 2½ lengths clear of Pinkman at the wire, with Golden Son finishing third. The Julie Miller-trained Sutton, who finished third in the 2016 Hambletonian, has now won half of his four 2019 starts after completing the mile in 1:52.3. He paid $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice. Lifetime, he's amassed 12 wins from 39 outings and earned $542,288 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Jason and Douglas Allen. BURKE DOUBLES IN SERIES ACTION: A pair of series for 3-year-old colts and geldings got underway on the Friday card and trainer Ron Burke had one winner in each. In the Walner Series for trotters, Burke scored with the Joe Bongiorno-driven Final Claim in 1:55.2. Final Claim, now two-for-two this year, scored as the 7-5 second choice as Burke's other trainee, even-money choice Goes Down Smooth, went off stride at the start and finished last. Final Claim                        -Lisa photo The Ray Schnittker-trained and driven Full Rights took the other division in 1:55.4 as the longest shot on the board at odds of 32-1. Full Rights                       -Lisa photo Burke hit the winner's circle in the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for pacers with 9-2 fourth choice World On Edge in 1:54.1 for driver Yannick Gingras. Respect Our Flag took the other division for the trainer-driver, sister-brother team of Jenn and Joe Bongiorno in 1:52.4 as the 6-5 second choice. CAP4 POOL DEEPENS: A total of $65,235 was wagered in the third edition of the Can-Am Pick-4, by far the largest pool yet. Form players cashed in for $48.84 for the bet that has a 20-Cent base wager after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-2, 3-5, 9-5 and 9-2. A LITTLE MORE: Those sharp enough to throw Schnittker's Full Rights into their 50-Cent Pick-5 combinations and hit walked away with a handsome payoff of $9,274. ... Burke finished the night with three training wins while Julie Miller had two. ... Andy Miller, Bongiorno, Gingras and Dave Miller all had driving doubles. Dave Miller broke out of a slump, as he had won only once in his first 19 drives since returning from vacation. ... All-source handle totaled $2,626,955 on the 13-race card. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

WILKES-BARRE PA - Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke combined to take two of the four $15,000 first preliminaries in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting distaffs during the Tuesday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Cantab Hall filly Fade Into You made her 2019 debut a successful one, moving to the lead going past the grandstand the first time and continuing on to a three length victory in 1:57.3. A Pennsylvania Sire Stake winner at two, Fade Into You is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC , Phil Collura, and J&TSilva - Purnel & Libby. A race previous, Kakaley/Burke unveiled another nice sophomore making her 2019 bow, Run Lindy Run, who prevailed by two lengths in 1:56.4, which equaled the North American season's record for the division. Another daughter of Cantab Hall, Run Lindy Run also grabbed command early and continued nicely to the wire for Burke Racing Stable LLC. That 1:56.4 season's record had been established at Pocono on March 19 by Spring In Paris, and that Explosive Matter filly ran her seasonal scoreboard to two-for-two in winning another Weiss section in 1:57.1. Spring In Paris had opened a good-sized lead around the far turn, but then was called upon to handle a late rush by Altercation, which she did by a neck for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and the ownership of Leblanc Racing Inc., Glenn Dyke, and Douglas Johnson. Another daughter of Explosive Matter, the four-year-old mare Moshannon Magic, shipped over from The Meadows and immediately established good local form by winning in 1:59. George Napolitano Jr. guided Moshannon Magic first-over, and she trotted her own last half in 57.2 to catch favored pacesetter Royal Esteem by ¾ of a length for trainer Ray Romanetti and owner/wife Lori. Matt Kakaley, who in all had four winners on the card, also had sulky duty behind the World On Rocknroll mare Clarebear, who took the $14,000 distaff fast-class pace in 1:51.4 by two lengths. Sheldon Powell conditions the winner of $229,788 for Rushcreek Stables.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

March 30-April 5, 2019 Now that we are finally up and running four racing days/nights a week, we can hand out our first edition of the Weekly Awards. Apologies to Epaulette A, whose pacing performances surely would have garnered an award or two in the first two weeks of harness racing when we were still on a partial schedule here at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. But we're on full-go now, so let's hand out those awards to some deserving honorees. PACER OF THE WEEK: ROCKEYED OPTIMIST We saw a year ago how McWicked, a horse who had largely fallen off the radar, returned to his former glory with a stellar season. Rockeyed Optimist might not reach those heights, but his career arc is travelling a similar path. Once one of the fastest pacers in the game, the right-year-old gelding was lightly raced and didn't do much in 2017, winning just two out of 14 races. But he seems to be coming back to something near his old form, having already matched his 2018 win total the past few weeks. On March 23, he fired out to an early lead and scored a victory in a $12,500 condition pace at Pocono in 1:51:1. On Saturday might, the Jake Leamon trainee left from post position #3 in a field of eight. Even though he was stepping up a couple notches to the $17,500 level, he still went off as the 2-5 favorite. Fans remember what this horse can do, and they bet him as such. Rockeyed Optimist hardly had an easy time of it. After swooping to the lead around the first turn, he was nicely rated by driver Mitchell Cushing. That rate job was important, because Black Chevron provided a stern challenge with a strong first-over move. But the veteran proved up to the task late, holding off Black Chevron by three-quarters of a length in 1:52:1. It should be fun to watch just how close he gets to his former self before this hot stretch is complete. Other top pacers this week include: River Runs Deep (Jim Morrill Jr, Peter Pellegrino), who moved up in class Saturday night to capture his second straight claiming race, this one in a career-best time of 1:52:4; A And C Artist (George Napolitano Jr, Matthew Adamczyk), who captured his second straight claimer on Sunday night in 1:55:1; and Eddard Hanover (Anthony Napolitano, Ron Burke), winner of Saturday night's featured condition pace in 1:53:1.   TROTTER OF THE WEEK: PAPPY GO GO Pappy Go Go had to be burning with anger following his race at Pocono on March 23. In that race, he nearly went gate-to-wire from a #9 post in a $14,000 condition trot. But the effort it took to get to the lead seemed to get the better of him, as he was handled in the stretch, ending up second. On Saturday night, he faced off against the same group, this time from a #2 post. And the results were markedly different, as he put on one of the most impressive trotting performances of 2019. In the race Saturday, Pappy Go Go settled third early while Maximuscle cut out an aggressive pace. On the back stretch, driver George Napolitano Jr. tipped Pappy Go Go to the outside on the back stretch, and 1-5 race favorite went by Maximuscle in a flash. But he didn't stop there. The five-year-old gelding kept opening up the lead and quickening the pace until the rest of the field was flailing behind him. From there, it was only a matter of how much the margin would be and how fast the final time. The answers were eye-popping: Pappy Go Go, trained by Andrew Harris came home 12 ¾ lengths in front, the largest margin at Pocono so far in the meet, while his winning time of 1:52 was not only a career best and the tops at Pocono in the meet, but it was also the fastest trot posted this year in North America. I guess you could say that Pappy Go Go took out his frustration in very productive fashion. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Muscle Fashion (Jim Morrill Jr., Antonella Galie), who scored his second straight condition win on Sunday night, getting it done in 1:56:1; Winning Shadow (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who won Sunday night's featured condition trot in 1:55:1; and Run Lindy Run (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who posted the fastest time among winners in the distaff trotting group of the Bobby Weiss series on Tuesday with a victory in 1:56:4.   LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: BASS PLAYER This claiming pacer struck all the right notes on Saturday night, springing an upset with Eric Carlson in the bike at 26-1, paying off $55.80 to win on a $2 win ticket.   DRIVER OF THE WEEK: TYLER BUTER Buter is off to an excellent start to begin the 2019 meet, picking off where he left off at the end of last year, and he chalked up a multiple wins on Sunday and Monday to show his prowess.   TRAINER OF THE WEEK: ROB HARMON Harmon followed up a pair of training wins on Sunday night with a victory on Monday with 20-1 shot Carson Hill. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.   Jim Beviglia

WILKES-BARRE PA - The four-year-old Credit Winner gelding Winning Shadow worked out a sweet pocket trip, then rallied up the famed Pocono Pike to win in 1:55.1 in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Matt Kakaley, guiding his fourth winner of the night, blasted away at the start with Winning Shadow, making the lead then letting 2-5 favorite Trolley work his way to the top past a 28 quarter. Behind Trolley was Chestnut Schofeld, who set big fractions in his PcD harness racing debut last week, and that foe went up to challenge the chalk to the 56 half. (It should be pointed out here that it was 39 degrees at first post, 30 degrees colder than it had been the previous evening, so that 56 number was a big clocking indeed, and would be a major factor in the contest.) Down the backstretch Trolley retained the lead but could shake off the persistent challenge of Chestnut Schofeld neither before the 1:25.1 3/4s not around the final turn. Meanwhile Kakaley and Winning Shadow were shadowing the pacesetter from the pocket and awaiting inside clearance, which the pair found in early stretch and utilized to finish 1¼ lengths ahead of the dead-game Chestnut Schofeld. Two AM, locked behind horses until almost midstretch, angled wide and closed well for third ahead of Trolley, who paid too high a fare for controlling the pace. Winning Shadow was making his second start of the year after posting nine wins and a mark of 1:52.3 in 2018. Ron Burke trains the speedy trotter for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. The $17,000 co-featured trot saw the Muscle Hill gelding Muscle Fashion successfully handle a multi-level jump in company, winning in 1:56.1. Muscle Fashion returned off a two-month layoff at the start of the Pocono meet and has posted two wins and a second in quick order, here making a quick brush down the backstretch to the lead and withstanding Girl Talk, who was on his back, by 1½ lengths for owner/trainer Antonella Galie. George Napolitano Jr. "in the driving zone" recently, matched Kakaley's four wins on the Pocono card. The quartet gave him ten sulky successes on the day, following the six he posted in the afternoon at Harrah's Philly; it raised his Friday-Sunday "weekend win" total to 17; and it raised his 2019 Pocono total to 23 after only seven nights of racing. PHHA / Pocono   by Jerry Connors

LEBANON, OH - Heavily favored Avaline Hanover, a Dragon Again filly making just her eighth lifetime harness racing start, won the $20,000 championship leg of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series in convincing fashion at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (March 31). Driver Chris Page used the rail post position to maximum advantage, parking longshot Dojea Rita to the quarter mile marker in :27.3, then coasting through subsequent quarters in :56.1, 1:25.3 and 1:54.2 to claim the late closer title. The 'Red' Owens series is one of nine that comprise the annual Lebanon Legends events for green pacers and trotters. At the start of the Owens, each filly was a non-winner of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Avaline Hanover towed Home Town Girl (Brett Miller) through the finish line as runnerup, while Ben's Jenna (Trace Tetrick) found enough racing room in the stretch to finish third. The winner is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Lawrence Karr, J & T Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Her four wins, three seconds and one third in eight starts have earned $39,040 in addition to launching a promising career. A race later the Burke Brigade and driver Chris Page scored another feature race victory when Mission Accepted made her initial 2019 start a successful one in the $25,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old son of Manofmanymissions was campaigned by trainer Jeff Conger at ages two and three-earning $370,454-before being moved to the Ron Burke barn. Mission Accepted made his first seasonal start a winning one by copping the $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  (Holton photo) After working hard to gain the front just after passing the :28.2 quarter mile beam, Page throttled the winner back to :56.1 and 1:25.4 clockings before finishing a three length winner in 1:55.1. Mugshot Man (Trace Tetrick) rallied from seventh early to claim the place position and Lets Go Bucks (Kyle Ater) grabbed the show dough. Page had a monster weekend at Miami Valley winning a dozen races over the past three days. Following three triumphs on Friday, the 35-year-old reinsman exploded with a handful (five) of wins on Saturday and four more on the Sunday matinee. Currently in fourth place in the local dash derby, Page has narrowed the gap on the three leaders-Trace Tetrick, Brett Miller and Dan Noble. The top ten is rounded out by Tyler Smith, Kayne Kauffman, Josh Sutton, Jason Brewer, Mike Oosting and Kyle Ater. 13-year-old Blueridge Doc (Tetrick) copped the Sunday matinee finale, visiting the winner's circle for the 50th time in a great career. The Mattnamaras Band gelding has earned $465,987 in his 366 lifetime starts. He is currently owned and trained by Tyler George.   Gregg Keidel  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2019 -- Millionaire Dancin Yankee fired out for the lead and had little trouble with the field or the sloppy surface, cruising to victory in a sharp 1:53 in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win gave Dave Palone and harness racing trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the track's four Preferred events for the week. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with the first-over Arthur Pendragon completing the ticket. Burke Racing Stable campaigns Dancin Yankee, an 11-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $1,879,907. Palone and Burke each collected four victories on the 12-race card, and each tallied 13 wins for the week. In other highlights of the week: Party At The Banks Repeats in $20K F&M Trot Looped from the gate, Party At The Banks made the lead at her leisure and powered off to her second straight victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As triumphed in 1:54.2, 3-1/2 lengths better than You're Majestic, with CR Blazin Beauty third. Palone steered Party At The Banks, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $145,923, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 12-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted three winners. Chris Shaw provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics when he guided Woman Possessed home at a lush 55-1.   Windsun Glory Again in Top Distaff Pace Windsun Glory made it two straight to start her 6-year-old campaign with a front-end win in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The daughter of Mach Three-Windsun Princess repelled a serious first-over challenge from Bontz N to score in 1:52.2 for Palone. The pocket-sitting Touchamatic was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bontz N saved show. Burke conditions Windsun Glory, who extended her career bankroll to $390,368, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr. Wilder garnered four wins on the 13-race program while Brady Brown, Jim Pantaleano and Burke each enjoyed a triple.   Millionaire Dayson Scores in Season's Debut Dayson, whose most recent victory made him a millionaire, kicked off his 2019 campaign in similar fashion with an easy win in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Dayson hadn't raced since the day after Christmas, Palone steered him aggressively with a quarter-pole move in the slop. The 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding prevailed in 1:56, 1-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Bluebird Jesse, with Chef Lee third. Dayson      - Chris Gooden photo Burke trains Dayson, who now has banked $1,011,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Tony Hall and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $512.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

Orlando, FL -- Moments into his speech to accept the Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award on behalf of legendary pacer Foiled Again during Sunday's U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet, co-owner Joe Koury Jr. was halted by USHWA member Gordon Waterstone. Koury knew he had not exceeded his time limit because he was just getting started, so he was surprised. Surprise was about to turn to shock. "Don't you think we ought to have the award-winner here?" Waterstone soon said to Koury. Enter Foiled Again. Foiled Again turned the idea of a surprise party upside down when he emerged from behind the curtained stage area to the delight of the 320 banquet attendees at Rosen Shingle Creek resort. Only a handful of people knew in advance of Foiled Again's appearance, which was conceived by Waterstone with Foiled Again's co-owners Ron Burke and Mark Weaver. "I was wondering what was going on," said Koury, who like the entire Burke Brigade other than Burke, Weaver and Foiled Again's caretaker for the night, Devan Miller, had no idea of the plan. "Next thing you know, Foiled was coming out. I was absolutely shocked. It was a great experience. It was exciting." Said Joe Koury Sr., "When Foiled showed up, it was unbelievable. I was shocked. Tears were rolling down my cheeks, it was just amazing." "I didn't expect it; that's the last thing that would have crossed my mind," said Yannick Gingras, who drove Foiled Again for the majority of the gelding's career and won numerous major stakes together. "I thought it was really cool, something different." Many others had the same reaction, which was what Burke and his co-planners had hoped. "It was unbelievable," Burke said. "I knew it would be a hit, especially with my father (Mickey), but it was a hit with everybody. It was one of the coolest moments ever. We thought it would be something nobody would be expecting and would add a little bit of fun, and it did." Waterstone, who in addition to being a member of USHWA is associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, worked with the resort's staff to set up Foiled Again's appearance. It required an extra bit of insurance and a protective covering for the banquet room carpet, which was new. "I called Mark about bringing Foiled Again to the banquet and he said to talk to Ronnie," Waterstone said. "I called Ronnie and he said absolutely, but he wanted to do it as a secret. "It came off better than I thought it would. You keep your fingers crossed. The reaction was unbelievable. To be involved in this was really cool." Foiled Again was already staying near Orlando, at the Burke's winter stable in Astor. "Devan did a great job," Burke said. "She had to prep him for it and people were wondering why she was prepping him when he was just there hanging out. He looked incredible. I was thrilled." Unfazed by the cheers that filled the banquet room and the joyful commotion that soon engulfed him, Foiled Again stood perfectly for his admirers. photo Chris Tully "He was like a little showman," Joe Koury Sr. said. "He's like a celebrity, a celebrity of the humblest measure. It was just unbelievable. He's amazing. I love him to death." Foiled Again reached harness racing's mandatory retirement age of 15 when the calendar turned to 2019. He is the sport's all-time richest horse, with $7.63 million in purses, and ranks ninth with 109 lifetime wins. He received Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was Pacer of the Year in 2011. Last year, he embarked on a Farewell Tour that attracted numerous fans to racetracks across North America, as well as garnering mainstream media attention. He will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in July. Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and the Koury family's JJK Stables. The group bought the horse in 2008 when he was 4. He was trained by Mickey Burke briefly before Mickey retired and handed the lines to his son Ron. "He's a dream come true," Joe Koury Jr. said. "To be a part of this with such great friends and partners is amazing. We were all young guys who, for the most part, were just getting started. He brought us up all together and put us on a different level. It's just been a phenomenal ride." And now that the ride is completed, Foiled Again will enjoy a life of leisure. "He's basically going to live my dad's life," Ron Burke said with a laugh. "They'll be hanging out together forever."   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

LEBANON, OH. - Just when the question was being raised: Has age finally caught up with Dancin Yankee?...the answer came back a resounding "No," when the 11-year-old $1.85 million harness racing earner captured Miami Valley's $24,000 Open I Pace on Saturday (Feb. 16) night. Following three uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes to open his 2019 season, the Ron Burke trainee scored his first seasonal victory in 1:50.4 for driver Chris Page. Dancin Yankee was fired off the gate and attained the lead prior to the :27.3 quarter-mile clocking. Maintaining a comfortable pace to the :55.3 halfway point, Page was forced to ask his winning charge for more throughout the second half. Challenged first by Cruise Patrol (Brett Miller) at the 1:23 third quarter junction and then Granite (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch, Dancin Yankee held tough right to the wire, winning by a head. Its rare to see any horse post a :55.1 back half after a :55.3 first half, but that is exactly what Page and Dancin Yankee did despite sub-freezing temperatures. Granite and Whatchyastartinat (Kyle Ater) finished in a dead-heat for second, just a head back of the winner. My Buddy Ninkster (Todd Warren) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) earned the final two paychecks in the classy field of eight. Page also captured the $20,000 Open II earlier in the card. He guided Swapportunity to a 1:52 triumph over Statement Made A (Tetrick) and Sammy The Bull N (Josh Sutton). Swapportunity was claimed from Miami Valley's Claim To Fame Series for $30,000 horses three weeks ago and finished second in the $37,500 series final last week before stepping into open company. The 7-year-old son of Mach Three is now owned by LaSalle Investments LLC and is a resident of the Becky Zubkoff Stable. Finalists for the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley late-closer were also determined on the Saturday card. Manny (Tetrick) topped The Dark Shadow (Page) and Rising To The Top (Mike Oosting) in the first $17,500 division timed in 1:52.2. Randy Smith trains the winner for his wife Jessica, who owns the 6-year-old son of American Ideal. Dakota Roadster (Oosting) copped the second split in 1:52, besting Account Rollover (Miller) and Angelo J Fra (Page). Perry Smith owns and trains the 7-year-old son of Duneside Perch. The nine horses with the highest combined earnings in the first two preliminary legs will gather again next Saturday (Feb. 23) to determine a champion in a 1-1/4 mile test for a $25,000 purse. In order of earnings, the hopefuls are The Dark Shadow, Manny, Dakota Roadster, Hunchie, Account Rollover, Duel Of Truth, Angelo J Fra, Southern Flight and Rising To The Top. From the Miami Valley Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Since returning from a four-week layoff on Jan. 25, Resita has been on a roll for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Friday night, the 5-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions-Winkys Magik won his third straight, scoring in the $15,750 conditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Resita, who defeated non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in his last two outings, respectively, took on one-rung below the Preferred Handicap types on Friday - the non-winners of $15,000 class - and passed the test with flying colors. The formful Derf Hanover was away quickly from post eight and had the lead at the quarter in :27.2. Resita rolled past that foe and had the point at the half in :56.4 as Pappy Go Go came after the leader and continued to press the issue at three-quarters in 1:24.4. The eventual winner shrugged off Pappy Go Go turning for home, but the horse Pappy towed into contention - 25-1 longshot Nows The Moment - tipped off cover and came after Resita. Nows The Moment was in position to pull off the upset, but as he inched to almost even with Resita in deep stretch, he went off stride, and Resita went on to a 1½-length win in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. Nows The Moment finished second, but was disqualified and placed fourth for being lapped on break to two other horses - Two Am and Derf Hanover - who were declared the official second- and third-place finishers, respectively. As the lukewarm 5-2 favorite, Resita returned $7.40 to win and stayed perfect in three starts this year. He's owned by Andrea Lea Racingstables and ASA Farm. Lifetime, he's won nine of 48 outings and banked $107,664. A LITTLE MORE: Gingras' remarkable February continued as the 39-year-old scored four times on the card, giving him 27 wins in 61 starts this month. ... A simulcast player in Montreal was the only bettor to last seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $15,161. ... Marcus Miller, Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn all recorded driving doubles. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,661,109. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Tuxedo Bay seeks his third straight win in the weekly pacing feature, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 15, 2019 -- Arthur Pendragon moved steadily first over and wore down the harness racing leader, Dapper Dude, to take Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude, a millionaire who seldom gives up the lead late. But the determined Arthur Pendragon edged him by a head in 1:53, with New Evidence a close-up third. Ron Burke conditions the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding, who now boasts $268,745 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt III. Wilder bagged four winners on the 12-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a triple.. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Converted Claimer I Want Kandy Captures $20,000 F&M Trot When I Want Kandy took a Jan. 21 $8,000 claiming race, it didn't seem especially noteworthy. Yet it launched a three-race winning streak that carried her to Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Did she belong with the track's elite distaff trotters? Did she ever. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Celebrity Kandy moved first over for Jim Pantaleano and triumphed in 1:59 over a sloppy, tiring track to extend her streak to four. You're Majestic finished second, 2 lengths back, with Goodtogo Hanover third. Scott Betts trains I Want Kandy, who pushed her lifetime earnings to $160,388, for Tim Betts. It was one of three victories on the 13-race program for Pantaleano. Camera Lady Wins Top Distaff Pace, Soars Over $300,000 Camera Lady controlled the mile after a quarter-pole move for Dave Palone and scored for the 46th time in 87 career starts in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Graceful Vision was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Medusa rallied from last to third in her seasonal debut. Winning time in the slop was 1:54.4. Tony Hall collected four victories on the 13-race card while Wilbur Yoder fashioned a training/driving double. Uncle Leroy Upsets At 14-1 In $20K Trot Dismissed at 14-1, Uncle Leroy moved confidently to the lead past the quarter and notched a comfortable victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. The 6-year-old Neely Dunn-Plumao gelding drifted out in the sloppy stretch but held off Northern Skyway by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3. Full Surge shot the Lightning Lane for show. Charles Vigneron trains Uncle Leroy, who extended his career bankroll to $163,181, for Richard McCormick. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday at 1:05 PM, the first of four consecutive Sunday cards. There will be no live racing on the Mondays following those special Sunday programs. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Yannick Gingras is having a record stretch for a harness racing driver while betting continues at a torrid clip during February at the Meadowlands. After winning 13 races over the span of Feb. 1-2, Gingras followed that up with 10 more wins last weekend (Feb. 8-9) at the Big M, giving him 23 victories in 49 starts, for an incredible win percentage of 47. Not surprisingly, trainer Ron Burke conditioned many of Gingras' winners. Over the course of the four race cards, Burke had 15 victories in 24 starts (63 percent), with all of the winners being driven by Gingras. Cold weather, hot handle: Big M betting is on a roll of late. The first weekend of February saw just over $6 million in action before last week saw all-source wagering total just short of $5.7 million. The Superfecta, which offers a 10-cent minimum bet and lowest in the game 20 percent takeout, has seen an average pool of $38,236 Since switching to a Race 1 start, betting in the 50-Cent Pick-5 has been strong, as an average of $58,213 has been poured into play on the wager with the low 15 percent takeout The Pick-3 ($1 minimum, 20 percent rake) has averaged $28,382 The 50-Cent Pick-4 (15 percent takeout), the track's signature wager, continues to be a hit with bettors, as $97,538 has been the average pool size. Saturdays have been especially good, with average action of $109,680 The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 (15 percent takeout) saw its first $20,000 pool of the year last Saturday, when a total of $21,633 was wagered. One lucky bettor in Ohio walked away with more than $18,000 after being the lone holder of a ticket "surviving" eight legs THIS WEEKEND: Racing continues Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ... The Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five has a carryover of $40,545 awaiting players Friday. ... Free program pages for the Big M Pick-4 are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. WHHC QUALIFIER: The World Harness Handicapping Championship rolls on at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Feb. 16) with two spots to the April 6 WHHC final up for grabs. It's $200 to get in ($100 entry fee/$100 bankroll). Contest check-in and headquarters are at the main entrance to the Clubhouse, across from the Players Club Desk. Walk-ups are welcome, but must arrive between 5:30 and 7 p.m. For complete information, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2019_February_WHHC_qualifier.pdf BRING YOUR SWEETIE: This Friday (Feb. 15), the Big M's Pink restaurant will offer a special Valentine's Day celebration with a $44.95 buffet that includes a glass of champagne and a red rose for the ladies. In addition, every time a driver with red in his colors wins, two lucky drawing winners will receive $50 betting vouchers in "Cupid's Cashout". The entry form will be in the live program. On Saturday (Feb. 16), the $44.95 buffet will be offered once again in Pink, and this time, a Florida vacation will be up for grabs, as one drawing winner will walk away with a trip to Orlando. Once again, entry forms will be in the live program. MADNESS IS COMING: It is upon us! March 19 marks the start of the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament. Come on out to the Big M and watch and wager on the games in the FanDuel Sports Book. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) nosed out American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in Miami Valley's $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Friday night (Feb. 8), giving the 6-year-old harness racing daughter of Feelin Friskie her second straight weekly feature and postponing the christening of American Girl as a millionaire for at least another week. Page left enough to drop in fifth during the :27.1 opening panel, but was out and moving in the outer flow shortly thereafter. Positioned third-over and still in fifth past the halfway point in :56.1, Feelin Red Hot moved three-wide and was fourth after the 1:24.1 third stanza. As American Girl, who was setting the pace after clearing to the front just past the first quarter, began to tire on this chilly and windy night, Page and Feelin Red Hot showed the most resolve in the stretch by just barely wearing down her main adversary in 1:54. A win by American Girl would have pushed her career earnings to a few dollars more than $1 million, but now she'll have to wait in hopes of at least a second place finish in her next attempt. Ron Burke trains Feelin Red Hot for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She now sports 21 wins in 78 trips to the post, good for earnings of $238,479. Earlier on the card, two divisions of the first leg of the inaugural Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley for trotters were contested. The pair of first leg races were 5/8th mile dashes over Miami Valley's 5/8 mile oval. The second leg will be raced at the standard one mile distance; while the championship leg will be contested over 1-1/4 miles-or two laps. Brett Miller drove the winners of both $12,500 first leg dashes, Deweykknowigotit (1:11.2, $7.00 to win) and Double A Goldrush (1:11.1, $44.80). The North American record for the distance and track size is 1:10.3. Deweyknowigotit has now won four of his five starts at Miami Valley since the meet opened in early January. Lionel Watiker owns the 5-year-old gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe and his son Derek Watiker does the conditioning. Rockinthepines (Dan Noble) was a hard-charging second with Cruzen Cassi (Tetrick) grabbing the show dough. Double A Goldrush rallied from off the pace to beat Rompaway Galaxy (Jason Thompson) and Lets Go Bucks (Kyle Ater). Ross Leonard trains the 5-year-old altered son of Elegant Man for owners Michael and Laura Lee and Terry Leonard. With 14 victories in 62 lifetime starts the winner is closing in on $200,000 in earnings. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 9) at Miami Valley with a $24,000 Open Handicap Pace and two divisions of the new Bill Dailey Memorial Medley on tap. Post time is 6:05 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

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