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ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2016 - Hannelore Hanover, with driver Yannick Gingras in the bike, returned to her home state of Indiana to turn in a dominant performance in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24. The Centaur Trotting Classic serves as Hoosier Park's richest trotting race and for the second consecutive year, the race was won by a mare. Just as Bee A Magician did the previous year, Hannelore Hanover easily handled a field of nine male counterparts to add another stakes victory to her resume. With a final time of 1:52.4, the World Champion mare made her game winning move down the backside and coasted on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of the competition. Leaving from post six in the talented field of ten, Hannelore Hanover was eased off the gate to settle in fourth while Homicide Hunter and David Miller got the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman benefitted from a pocket trip while Crazy Wow and John DeLong were next in line third. Gingras gave Hannelore Hanover the green light just past the half in :55.0 and she ranged up to reach the leader's wheel to grab command just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover began to put her talent on display as she found another gear and started to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North and Corey Callahan rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Crazy Wow and John DeLong rounded out the trifecta. As the 1-5 favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $2.60 at the betting window. "She's just a great, great mare," Gingras noted in the winner's circle. "I wanted to race her off the pace but that was a nice horse on the front and I had to move when I did so he didn't get away from us. She was strong turning for home and just coasted to the wire. She was unbelievably good again tonight." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, the four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 15th win from 17 seasonal outings. Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $1,201,685 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "I always knew she was a nice mare," Burke noted before the race. "I told Yannick (Gingras) last year that she was third best trotting filly in the country and she's proving it now." "I am very fond of Mission Brief but Hannelore Hanover is right up there with her," he continued. "Hopefully Mission Brief can come back and we can see these two racing together. They are definitely the nicest trotting mares I've ever had and that's saying a lot because I also trained Buck I St. Pat. It's been a lot of fun with Hannelore Hanover this season." The victory with Hannelore Hanover was one of four winners on the evening's 14-race card for both Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras. Burke currently leads all trainers at Hoosier Park for the 2016 live harness racing season with 64 wins on the season through 125 days of racing. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 27 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 23, 2016-Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.70) again proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her 'inside' post position No. 5 (posts 5 thru 8 were drawn), Tessa Seelster easily worked around pole-sitting, slight 2-1 favorite Devil Child (Eric Goodell). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, a :29.1 second substation (:56.4 intermission) served her well. Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) took out of fourth and was originally pacing in place. She did eventually make steady advances in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters, though the leader maintained a length-and-a-quarter advantage entering the lane. 'Tessa' found the wire a half-length before Devil Child in 1:51.3. Secret's Out N held third, with Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Tipitina (Brent Holland) settling for the minors. For third choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her ninth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $121. Saturday's card is enveloped by the 27th New York Night of Champions, the $1.8 million culmination of the sire stakes season. The Empire State's richest night of racing features eight, $225,000 NYSS, for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. They go as the first eight races during the 13-race card, with first post the usual 7:10 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Atta Boy Dan, a well-travelled seven-year-old harness racing gelding with 43 career wins, added Saturday (September 17) night's $15,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to his long list of laurels. Content to get away third through the :26.2 opening panel, driver Chris Page moved the 6-5 favorite into second-over position by the :54.3 half and circled up to challenge pacesetter Fancy Creek Elusiv (Peter Wrenn) at the three quarter mile beam, tripped in 1:22.3. Atta Boy Dan pulled away from the determined Fancy Creek Elusiv in deep stretch for the victory. The Ron Burke trainee boosted his lifetime bounty to $623,142 for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Swing City (Josh Sutton) garnered the show dough in the feature event. Josh Sutton, the defending dash champion at Hollywood Dayton, atoned for a moderate start in Week One of the 2016 meet by capturing five of the first nine races on the lucrative Saturday night card. Sutton visited the winner's circle with Rockin Finish after the $12,500 Open II Pace for his third consecutive victory from races four through six. His first score came behind the trotter Marley's Guy in an $8500 condition race, followed by a triumph behind Smiling Terror in a $9500 condition-claiming pacing event. Two races later Sutton guided Tinhorn Creek to an open lengths win in a $10,000 condition race, his second tally for trainer Bobby Brower. King Harvest, a $20,000 claimer chasing a $12,000 purse, gave Josh his fifth win-or "one for the thumb," as announcer Barry Vicroy proclaimed as Sutton crossed the finish line. Hollywood Dayton takes a Monday through Thursday respite from racing, in deference to Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds, and will resume its normal live racing schedule on Friday night, September 23 at 6:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 16, 2016 - A resurgent Tessa Seelster and harness racing driver George Brennan, proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from her assigned post position No. 6, 'Tessa' saw pole-sitting Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) seat everyone early. 'Genie' paid a :27.1 price for the privilege before 11-10 favorite Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) made her second move. Leaving into a three-hole, she went by Jungle Genie N right at the quarter-mile, then led the ladies through a :55.4 intermission. Tessa Seelster then made her second move, out to engage the fave down the backside. Rock N Roll Xample continued to lead in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, where it appeared she put her stalker away. The lead was a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, but Rock N Roll Xample was about to fade from the scene. Tessa Seelster found renewed life, though, getting the better of Jungle Genie N by a length in 1:52.2. Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), last of the seven entering the lane, rallied for third, with Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. Rock N Roll Xample tired to sixth. For second choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her eighth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $574. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,400 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 17) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $2,422.49. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will try to win the William Wellwood Memorial for the third consecutive year, and while this season’s contender What The Hill might not enter Saturday’s race with the same buildup as 2015 champion Southwind Frank, the colt has shown he possesses one extremely coveted talent -- the desire to get to the finish line first. “He just seems to be a winner,” Burke said about What The Hill, who heads to the C$350,000 Wellwood final for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack off a 1:55.3 victory in his elimination last weekend. “I’d like for him to show me a little more pure speed, but right now it just seems like all he wants to do is win. As long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy. He’s first or second every week. I like the colt.” Later on Saturday’s card, Southwind Frank will try to join Father Patrick as the only horses to win the Wellwood and Canadian Trotting Classic since the Wellwood (which was raced as the Campbellville Stakes prior to 2005) went from divisions to a single-race final in 2001. Mohawk also on Saturday hosts the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, and two eliminations for the Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Post time is 7:30 for the night’s first race. What The Hill, who defeated Signal Hill by a neck in his Wellwood elimination, has won three of seven starts and finished second on three occasions, good for a division-leading $233,718 in purses. His other victories were in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. David Miller will drive What The Hill in the Wellwood final, starting from post three. Purchased for $65,000 at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, What The Hill is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors. What The Hill’s dam, K T Cha Cha, is a full sister to Majestic Son, who won the 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic and was Canada’s Horse of the Year. The family also includes O’Brien Award-winning mare Ramerizi and stakes-winner Misterizi. What The Hill is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. “It seems like every year we have at least one very good Muscle Hill since the first crop,” said Burke, who has trained Muscle Hill’s top-earning offspring Southwind Frank ($1.70 million) and Mission Brief ($1.59 million). Other trotters sired by Muscle Hill include Hambletonian winners Marion Marauder and Trixton as well as Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time, Maple Leaf Trot contender Resolve, and undefeated Peaceful Way favorite Ariana G. “When (Muscle Hill) came out I thought he would dominate, and he’s even more than dominated,” Burke said. Southwind Frank, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, goes into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a second-place elimination finish to Bar Hopping. It was Southwind Frank’s first start since winning the Colonial on Aug. 20 at Pocono. He will start the C$687,000 CTC final from post one with Yannick Gingras at the lines. “I wasn’t as upset as everybody else was with the race,” Burke said. “Maybe he wasn’t as tight, so I think he’ll rebound great. Thankfully he got a great draw; we didn’t pay the price for not winning our elimination. I think it puts him in a great spot to race him aggressively. I believe he’ll be good. I think he’ll be ready.” Southwind Frank has won six of 10 races this year and finished second in his remaining four starts. For his career, he has won 17 of 22 races. He is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Marion Marauder, who won the first of the two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, enters the final with a three-race win streak. He has won eight of his last nine starts, including the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, with his only setback being a second-place finish in the Colonial. Trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, the colt has earned a division-best $1.14 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Bar Hopping will try to give trainer Jimmy Takter his third consecutive victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Following is the field for the Wellwood Memorial. Seven And Seven and What The Hill were elimination winners. C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-year-old male trotters Race 5 – Post time 8:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Real Lucky Day – Donato Hanover - Yves Filion – Richard Moreau 2. Seven And Seven – Chapter Seven - John Campbell – Thomas Durand 3. What The Hill – Muscle Hill - David Miller – Ron Burke 4. King On The Hill – Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 5. Victor Gio IT – Rady Cash - Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Mountain Of Love – Muscle Hill - TBA – Tony Alagna 7. International Moni – Love You - Scott Zeron – Frank Antonacci 8. Signal Hill – Muscle Hill - Randy Waples – Tony Alagna 9. Jake – Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion – Luc Blais 10. Soho Hanover – Cantab Hall - Doug McNair–Gregg McNair Follow is the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Bar Hopping and Marion Marauder were elimination winners. C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-year-old male trotters Race 10 – Post time 10:30 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover will face the toughest challenge of her career when she meets nine rivals in Saturday’s (Sept. 17) C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but with wins in 21 of her last 22 races, the 4-year-old harness racing mare has already proven she knows how to ace a test. The Ron Burke-trained standout brings a nine-race win streak to the Maple Leaf as she tries to become the second consecutive female to capture Canada’s top event for older trotters. Last year’s race was won by Bee A Magician, who is currently sidelined because of an injury. Eight of this year’s 10 Maple Leaf finalists are males, including 2015 runner-up Resolve. The other mare in the race is 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. Hannelore Hanover, who defeated male foes in the Hambletonian Maturity as well as in several opens and invitationals this season, was supplemented to the Maple Leaf Trot for C$45,000. She won her elimination last week by 3-1/4 lengths over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52. It was the seventh time during her current nine-race victory streak that she won by more than three lengths. “She’s gotten to be one of the horses I count on for a solid effort each week, but this is the biggest thing we’ve asked her to do,” said Ron Burke, who trains and co-owns Hannelore Hanover. “She’s beaten the boys, but they were 4-year-old boys (in the Hambletonian Maturity) or in short fields in opens. “She’s really good right now, but this is a full field of 10, so this is asking a lot. If she can do this I think it really would equate with her being something special.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, has won 14 of 15 races this year and 23 of 36 lifetime, accumulating earnings of $983,613. She has finished worse than second only four times in her career. The mare, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last season, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. In addition to winning the Hambletonian Maturity, Hannelore Hanover’s triumphs this season include the Armbro Flight Stakes, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill and Miami Valley Distaff. Although Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras won their six-horse Maple Leaf Trot elimination by open lengths, Burke knows it means nothing heading to the final. “She drew probably the easier (elimination) and she had some things go in her favor,” Burke said. “She really ended up getting the easiest trip. For her, everything worked out perfectly. It’s hard to get a read on her. I’m sure she’s not that much better than those horses, but everything that had to work out for her worked out for her.” Resolve won the remaining Maple Leaf elimination, beating Shake It Cerry by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.1. John Campbell drove Resolve for trainer and regular driver Ake Svanstedt, who missed the race because of travel issues. The Maple Leaf Trot is part of a stakes-filled card at Mohawk. Also on Saturday is the Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters -- featuring Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder -- plus the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, and the Elegantimage for 3-year-old female trotters. Following is the field for the Maple Leaf Trot, with drivers and trainers. PP–Horse–Driver–Trainer 1. Resolve–Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale–Sylvain Filion–Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory–Chris Christoforou–Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover–Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream–Scott Zeron–Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze–John Campbell–Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge–Rick Zeron–Jeff Durham 8. Nahar–TBA–Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm–Mario Baillargeon–Benoit Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry–David Miller–Jimmy Takter by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 26, 2016 - Favored Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $5.60) just held off a stubborn Mach it a Par (Brent Holland) Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare harness racing open handicap pace. Put in play from her assigned post position No. 5, 'Tessa' had to wait her turn at the outset. She sat outside while Jonsie Jones (Tyer Buter) stuffed Inittowinafortune (Jon Bongiorno) in behind. Tessa Seelster then found an unimpeded path to the front, though she a paid a zippy :26.3 price for the opening-quarter privilege. After a rated :56.2 intermisision, she saw Mach it a Par, who tried it first-up from seventh. Tessa Seelster found a 1:24 three-quarters, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. She lost everyone save for Mach it a Par, who did not go away quietly. Tessa Seelster did close the sale, however, winning by a nostril in 1:51.4. Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) was a crisp, ground-saving third, with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minor awards. For Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her seventh win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $100.50, with the triple returning $671.50. Saturday night's card includes a pair of stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace. Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder also hits town, leading the lone, $40,000 elimination for Yonkers Trot No. 62. Frank Drucker

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - They race horses for a reason and that was very evident Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R as 14-1 Rockin Ron was able to defeat the 1/9 overwhelming favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (WIJI) in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. It took a herculean effort by Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras over a sloppy, rain-soaked track to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague, covering the one-mile race in 1:52. The 10th race feature saw Gringras, the sports leading money winning driver and a native of Quebec, fly to the early lead from post five to take control with WIJI content to sit in the two-hole going to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in a mild :56.3 and that was when the action heated up for the nearly 5,000 race fans that came to 3R to see the World Champion WIJI perform despite the rain. As they started down the backstretch, Teague came after Rockin Ron with WIJI and those two pulled away from the field, racing neck and neck, stride for stride to the three-quarters in 1:26 and then around the final turn. As they straighten out for the stretch drive, it seemed that everyone held their breath to see if WIJI could come back and win again as he has done so often in his career, but it was not to happen today. Coming to the wire, Gringras knew he and Rockin Ron would be victorious and did a fist-pump in triumph as they came to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths. Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson) was third with Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) fourth and ASAP Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) fifth. "Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race," Gringas said. "Everyone knew that but we got a little advantage when I was able to get right to the lead and control the race. "I knew it was the only way I could win the race if they came first-over," Gringras explained, "If they had sat behind me maybe they could have beaten us, but I was backing it down and forced his hand. I knew the only way I could beat him was to get him to come first-over." Sired by Real Desire, Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the RTC Stables, Inc. of Canonsburg, PA. Rockin Ron paid $30.40 to win. Rockin Ron, who earlier this season was undefeated at 10 straight wins, picked the perfect time for win number 11 in the Prix D'Ete. His last week was also in defeating WIJI in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He now sports 11 wins and C$424,000 in earnings this season. It is the second straight year that the Burke Stable has won the Prix D'Ete, scoring last year with All Bets Off. "Yannick drove Rockin Ron has perfect as he could," said trainer Mickey Burke. "WIJI pulled and tried to come after him and those two put on a hellva show. I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the great crowd here got to see a heck of a race." Burke did not know what racing plans were in store for Rockin Ron. Rockin Ron's time of 1:52 over the sloppy track was the third fastest mile in the history of 3R behind the last two Prix D'Ete's that were won in 1:50.3 by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). TRACK NOTES: The Hippodrome 3R trackman, Sylvain Blais did a superb job with the racing surface Sunday as despite the rain, two tracks records were set early on the program before the downpours and seven of the winners on the day recorded lifetime marks. Both track records came in the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Yannick Gingras scored his first of three winners on the day in the third race Future Stars division for colts. He sent Makasi to the lead by the opening quarter mile and never looked back, scoring in 1:55.2 in his maiden victory. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, Makasi is sired by Shanghai Phil and paid $2.40 to win. The previous track mark was set 23 years ago by Canaco Score (1993) and was tied by Hall Bro in 2013. It was the longest standing record at 3R. Then in the next division for pacing fillies, Canada's newest hall of famer, Yves Filion, also led from the quarter mile to the finish with Yaris Bayama in 1:56.4. The daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Yves and owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms, has been razor sharp all season. It was Yaris Bayama's third win in five starts and last week she had won the C$105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Her clocking erased the prior record of 1:57.3 held by HP Sissy in 2015. Yaris Bayama paid just $2.10 to win. The other colt division was won also won by Filion with Yogi Bayama ($2.10) in 1:59.1 and the filly division went to Carl Duguay's Chaleurs Melodie ($6.70), driven to victory by Daniel Dube in 2:00. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Southwind Frank turned the tables on rival Marion Marauder (Muscle Hill), winning Saturday's $500,000 Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, for harness racing 3-year-old trotters by a half-length in 1:52.4. Bar Hopping (Muscle Hill) finished third and Sutton was fourth. Marion Marauder got the better of Southwind Frank in the Aug. 6 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, beating him by a nose, but this time the winner's circle trip went to Southwind Frank. In the Colonial, Sutton took the lead as the field left the gate, with Southwind Frank second as they reached the opening quarter in :27.1. Yannick Gingras moved Southwind Frank, the 6-5 favorite, to the front exiting the first turn and led the field to the half in :56.4. By then, the 8-5 Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron already were on the move first up, but were unable to get past Southwind Frank. The time to three-quarters was 1:24.3. "I was glad to be inside on the (first) turn and save a little ground," said Gingras, driving Southwind Frank for trainer Ron Burke. "I wanted to control the race, so I moved to the lead. I got some decent fractions and that definitely didn't hurt. "At the half, when (Marion Marauder) came, I would have liked to had him a little further away than first over. But I kicked the plugs on my horse on the backstretch and in the last turn he felt pretty strong trot-wise. In the stretch, there were no anxious moments. It was half a length, but it was a measured half a length." Despite the victory, Gingras thought Southwind Frank was not at his best. "He was better (tonight); I don't know about much better," Gingras said. "I think he's a better horse than this even. I just believe in this horse so much and I don't think we've seen the best of Southwind Frank. That just goes to show you how dominant of a horse he is. He still gets the job done." Southwind Frank has won six of nine races this year and earned $910,023. For his career, the son of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy has won 17 of 21 starts and banked $1.69 million. The colt is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Southwind Frank With three different leaders in the last 50 yards of the $200,000 Consolation I, it wasn't until the shadow of the wire until the Yankee Glide colt Lagerfeld finally took final control to win by a neck over Iron Mine Bucky in 1:53.2, a personal best, with Hollywood Highway just another half-length back in third. Iron Mine Bucky was out to the entire :27.4 quarter to get the lead, then hung early challenger Dominion Beach through fast middle splits of :55.2 and 1:23.3, with Hollywood Highway and Lagerfeld racing two-three along the inside behind the duel, moving inside and outside, respectively, for the stretch drive. Hollywood Highway surged to the lead midstretch but couldn't sustain his bid, with Iron Mine Bucky fighting back to the front, but Yannick Gingras had enough trotter in the last strides to earn the triumph. Lagerfeld, who won the 2015 PA Sire Stakes championship and a 9-2 proposition here, is trained by Jimmy Takter, and with this win he topped the half-million dollar mark career-wise, with his total now at $522,443 for the ownership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Mavens Way surged past stablemate Double L Lindy in the final strides to win the $100,000 Consolation II by a neck in 1:54.1. Lima Cadillac was third. Driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, Mavens Way won for the second time in seven races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $93,447. The colt is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Mal and Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable and Esa Hietakangas. The son of Muscle Hill-Doris Deo has won three of 16 lifetime starts and earned $141,724. Mavens Way, the 9-5 favorite, was sixth in the first half of the race as Lima Cadillac took the field to the marker in :56.4. Mavens Way worked his way to the front heading around the last turn, but went wide and hung in the stretch, allowing Double L Lindy to take the lead on the inside. Mavens Way's late burst, though, secured the victory. PHHA/Pocono also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

Nichols, N.Y. -- A pair of 2-year-old trotters from the Ron Burke stable proved victorious in their respective Arthur Tompkins Memorial divisions on a rainy Thursday (August 11) evening at Tioga Downs, both upending heavy harness racing favorites in the last yards.   Southwind Cobra ($11.60) dueled gamely to a 1:56.4 victory in his $28,585 split for colts and geldings (race 4), pulling the pocket on approach to the far turn to engage 3-2 favorite Bill's Man (Andy Miller) after yielding with a circuit to go. While Bill's Man battled to a narrow lead off the far turn, the son of Muscle Hill and Caerphilly fought back stoutly at the pegs to prevail by half a length over sloppy going. Cagey (Mike Simons) chased well through the far turn to finish a clear third off his clear tracking trip. John Cummings, Jr. drove Southwind Cobra to his maiden-breaking victory for the Burke Racing Stable, Jack Piatt, II, Larry Karr, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership.   Burke's other winner came in a $28,410 division for fillies (race 5), as Romancing Rachel ($25.80) prevailed as the second-longest shot on the board. Mike Simons angled the daughter of Muscle Hill and Tady's Comer off the pegs with three-eighths to go, catching the cover of odds-on favorite Southwind Prius (Andy Miller) on approach to the far turn. At head-stretch, Romancing Rachel angled three-wide and swept clear to a two-length victory in 2:00.2 as Southwind Prius and Morning Glow (Jimmy Takter)--second and third respectively--dueled into defeat. The Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi share ownership of Romancing Rachel with Howard Taylor.   In the other Tompkins events on the nine-race card, Ice Attraction ($9.40) and Fly On ($2.10) both prevailed. Ice Attraction bested six fillies in 1:57.3 off a pocket trip in the $28,410 second event, angling at head-stretch to collar Southwind Avanti by three-quarters of a length. Oskar Florhed drove the daughter of Muscle Hill and The Ice Queen for trainer Ãke Svanstedt. In the $28,085 sixth for colts and geldings, Fly On posted a pillar-to-post 1:58.2 triumph, drawing clear by 4-1/2 lengths after his first-over rival Deacon Tony (Scott Coulter) broke stride at the top of the stretch. Andy Miller drove the son of Muscle Hill and Calchips Finisher for trainer Julie Miller.   Six divisions of the Geers Stakes for 2-year-old pacers--three for fillies, three for colts and geldings--headline Friday (August 12) evening's 12-race card at Tioga Downs, with first post slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Dayson (Conway Hall) shattered the harness racing track record for three year old trotters on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Ron Burke trainee was a dominant force among two year old highsteppers in the New York Sire Stakes last year and has continued his winning ways as a sophomore in 2016. Dayson came to town fresh off his career best score at the Meadowlands on Friday when he trotted to a convincing victory in 1:51.2 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Gingras was on hand at the Spa on Tuesday and didn't wait long to make his move with the 1-5 betting favorite in the $88,350 New York Sire Stake for three year old colts and geldings. Dayson stretched out his lead around the final turn on major danger Dante (Ake Svanstedt) and trotted away to win by seven lengths. Dayson stopped the timer in 1:54.2 besting the previous track record for three year old geldings by a full second. Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) won the other division of the NYSS on Tuesday as he went wire-to-wire for trainer/driver Dan Daley in a race contested for a purse of $89,950. Smalltownthrowdown scored in 1:54.4 which served as a track record of his own. The 1:54.4 is a record for three year old trotting colts (as opposed to Dayson who set the mark for geldings.) Smalltownthrowdown's convincing victory came at odds of 1-5. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

East Rutherford, NJ --- What The Hill (David Miller) came off the rail and split horses to grab the lead in the final hundred feet to win the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts on Saturday (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands. The time of 1:54.4 was a career best for the son of Muscle Hill - K T Cha Cha for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Deo Volente Farms, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stables. Burke won the Haughton last year with Southwind Frank. The early pace was set by Snowstorm Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley who got to the quarter in :28,2, trailed by What The Hill. Those two were in the same order at the :57 half, with Bjorn Goop creeping up on the outside with Victor Gio and moving into the lead by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. As Goop started to move away from the field in the homestretch with Victor Gio, Rubio (Yannick Gingras) was trotting down the center of the track trying to catch him, but What The Hill trotted off the rail to dart between Rubio and the leader to overtake him in the final yards for the win by three-quarters of a length. Victor Gio held for second and Rubio was 2-1/4 lengths off the winner to be third and New Jersey Viking was fourth. “I knew he had a shot,” said co-owner Jerry Silva. “Ronnie (Burke) and I spoke about a driver. Yannick (Gingras) was really committed to a lot of Takter horses, and Ronnie spoke to David Miller. David said he would commit to What The Hill for the rest of the year, I think, and after this race I’m sure he will. That’s what is very important with young trotters. You need a consistent driver behind them.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover posted her sixth consecutive win and 11th in 12 races this year, with a neck victory over Shake It Cerry in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $188,350 Fresh Yankee for older harness racing female trotters at the Meadowlands. Jewels In Hock finished third. The time for the race, contested at 1-1/8 miles, was 2:05. It equaled the time of last year’s race, won by D’One, also at 1-1/8 miles. Long shot Meadowbranch Wendy was fast off the gate, but driver Yannick Gingras moved the Ron Burke-trained Hannelore Hanover, the 1-9 favorite, to the lead on the first turn. From there, the 4-year-old mare ticked off fractions of :27, :55.4, 1:23.2 and 1:51 to the mile. The time for the mile equaled Hannelore Hanover’s career best. “Yeah, you know, you’ve got to give Shake It Cerry credit; she’s a great mare too,” Gingras said. “Jimmy Takter always has them ready on Hambletonian Day. Ronnie certainly had this mare ready as well. She really dug in hard late.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All - High Sobriety, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. She has won 20 of 33 career races and $872,354. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Friday night-before-Hambletonian card at the Meadowlands featured harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters in two divisions of the Townsend Ackerman. Dayson raised his seasonal record to six wins in eight starts, scoring from post 10 as the second choice for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. The gelded son of Conway Hall made the lead at the half and sailed under the wire an easy 4-length winner in a lifetime-best 1:51.2, paying $7.00 to win. Cufflink Hanover, the 6-5 favorite, raced well, but was a non-threatening second. Taco Tuesday got a superb steer from Scott Zeron to record an upset win in the other division. After tipping off cover after going a perfect second-over trip, the Frank Antonacci trainee rallied on the outside to nail 7-5 favorite Hititoutofthepark by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:53.1, paying $21.60 as the fourth choice in the wagering. SWEEP-STEDT: Trainer Ake Svanstedt took both divisions of the races for Hambletonian Amateur Drivers. Blue Muse ($2.80 to win, 1:54.4) was driven by Svanstedt's wife, Sarah, while Peter Arnqvist, one of the top amateur drivers in Sweden, made his Big M debut a winning one with Sky Hanover ($15.60, 1:54). HAMBO TV: The 91st Hambletonian will be televised live Saturday on the CBS Sports Network. The 90-minute program, hosted by Gary Seibel, co-hosted by Dave Brower with interviews being conducted by Justin Horowitz, begins at 4 p.m. with the Hambletonian post time scheduled for 5:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,563,177. ... Reminder! Post time on Hambletonian Day is noon. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Columbus, OH --- He has submitted nearly several hundred names to Hanover Shoe Farms for consideration recognizing European horsemen and horsewomen and readily admits the vast majority of those have never been selected or the horses never quite panned out, but when it came to Hannelore Hanover, Dean Hoffman struck pay dirt when he suggested this then-youngster be named after quite possibly one of the best harness racing amateur female drivers of all-time. “When Dean called me and told me a horse was named after me I was honored and thrilled,” said Hannelore Würzinger. “I asked him if she would maybe race in the Hambletonian and he said he didn’t think so as she only made two starts in her career as a 2-year-old. Even though she won one, he did not think she would amount to much, but I always had faith she would be something special. He told me she would probably be a dud and not to get too excited, but I ended up being right. What a horse she is.” The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety was the recent winner of the Hambletonian Maturity and has won nine of 10 starts this year, with earnings of $460,105. Trained by Ron Burke, the mare is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. Hannelore Würzinger resides in Johanneskirchern, Germany, which is located outside of Munich, and commenced her harness racing career at the ripe old age of 17. She captured 470 amateur contests in the sulky during her days of competition and won such contests as the World Cup and the Europ Cup when she was at the controls. Unfortunately statistics are not available to truly demonstrate not only where Würzinger’s number of triumphs rank historically or internationally, but clearly this woman is not only a top pilot in respect to her gender, but anyone that sat behind a horse in amateur races across the globe. “My family has always been involved with trotting horses,” she said. “We owned them and bred them. At one time we had more than 50 horses. Since I have gotten older, I retired from driving because it just is not as easy as it used to be when I was young. We have also cut back on the number of horses we have and now have maybe 20. Harness racing is not as popular in Germany as it used to be or like it is in the United States, but my husband and I watch as much racing as we can. We watch all of Hannelore’s races and would love to come see her in America.” Würzinger has been stateside in her earlier years, In fact, she raced in Florida at Pompano Park where she finished second in an amateur competition that took place on the same timetable as the Breeders Crown that year. It was also where she met Hoffman and a certain other member of the Hall of Fame that was one of the highlights of her sojourn in the Sunshine State. “Do you know who this man is?” she asked after sending a picture of herself with John Campbell. “I could not believe such a famous horseman took the time to have his picture taken with me and recognize my accomplishments. I don’t think he realizes everyone around the world knows who he is and what he has done in racing. That occasion was just one of the many things we were so impressed with when we came to America. “I only finished second in that race in Florida, but we had such a wonderful time. My husband and I have always wanted to return, but we have not had the opportunity. Maybe Hannelore Hanover will provide us with that chance.” On any evening the world champion trots, Würzinger is glued to the Internet and has not missed any race Hannelore Hanover participates in. “I have watched her progress,” she said. “She only became stronger and stronger after her 2-year-old season. Dean called me and told me he did not think she would amount to much and he was sorry she would not become a top horse. Then last year when she was racing at Hoosier Park you could see with each start she was improving. She is a big, strong filly that kept trotting better with each race. “I was not surprised when she started winning, but for her to win like this and at this level...I cannot explain how fantastic it is to not only have an American horse named after me, but for her to be such an outstanding horse. I was beside myself watching her tie the world record and then beating males at the Meadowlands. “Every time she reaches new heights it makes me want to hop on a plane to America so I can be at her races in person. I can’t express enough how happy I am that Dean thought enough of my achievements to name a horse after me and then for her to be such a horse. There are no words to express it.” As the season progresses, Würzinger’s attention will remain focused on the mare that carries her name, but she harbors a secret hope that one day she will be in a position to do something much more than witness her compete online. “I told Dean I fervently hope she will come to the Elitlopp in Sweden next year,” she said. “My family and I not would not miss that for the world. We would certainly travel there and hopefully her connections would be kind enough to introduce her to us. We are her biggest fans and would just be overjoyed to root for her at a race like that. Can you imagine what kind of excitement that would bring to me? “I cannot thank Dean, the owners and Hanover Shoe Farms enough for not changing her name. This mare has been the ride of a lifetime and I am so lucky to have a horse like her named for me. Sometimes I still can’t believe this happened.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Ron Burke will get a final look at Southwind Frank prior to next week's Hambletonian Stakes when the 3-year-old trotter faces 10 harness racing rivals in Saturday's Reynolds Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Burke trained Southwind Frank, the top-ranked horse in Ken Warkentin's "Road to the Hambletonian" ratings, on Tuesday morning and was pleased with the colt's effort. The $1 million Hambletonian, also at the Meadowlands, is Aug. 6 and will be televised from 4-5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. "I was really happy with him," Burke said. "We changed his bridle the second trip, put a blinker hood on, and I thought he was more aggressive, which is what we're going for. Soundness-wise he was perfect. Blood-wise, everything's been good this week. I think he should be super sharp this week." The $53,488 Reynolds Memorial features six Hambletonian-eligible trotters: Southwind Frank, stablemate Southwind Flash, Tech Titan, Sliding Home, Honor Above All, and Desert Runner. Southwind Frank will start from post No. 11, which is in the trailing tier, in the 11-horse field. Southwind Frank has won four of five races this year, with his lone setback coming by a neck to Bar Hopping in his elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Southwind Frank's victories include the Beal final as well as the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 16 at the Meadowlands. The colt was not eligible to last weekend's Hambletonian prep, the $300,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs, which was won by Bar Hopping. "This was the plan all along," said Burke, who is among Southwind Frank's owners as part of the Southwind Frank Partners. "I didn't want to race (in the Zweig) and then have the week off; I'd rather race him the week before (the Hambletonian). And I didn't want to race him both weeks. "Plus (the Reynolds) is another Meadowlands race and not a ship. I want to give him the best opportunity to be as good as he can be on August 6." Last year, Southwind Frank won 11 of 12 races and earned $786,419. His wins included the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, and William Wellwood Memorial. In addition, his time of 1:52.2 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes set the world record for a 2-year-old male trotter. He received both the Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old male trotter. Southwind Frank, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, gives Burke a top Hambletonian contender for the second consecutive year. Last year, it was filly Mission Brief, who battled back issues before challenging the boys in the Hambletonian. She won her elimination and finished second to Pinkman in the final. "Compared to last year with Mission Brief when we were still putting together the pieces at this point, I think everything is coming together and hopefully we'll get through this week good, be sharp, and get a good draw (for the Hambletonian) and march on," Burke said. "He could race the way he was (prior to his equipment changes) but we want to have him as sharp as we possibly can. That's the whole goal. His best is good enough. We just have to have him at his best." Ken Weingartner

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