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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Caviart Luca and harness racing dtiver George Brennan, $28.60 snapped odds-on Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. 'Twas a night better suited for Carl Sandburg (fog reference for all you academics out there), Caviart Luca found himself away from post position No. 3. He sat as 3-4 choice Blood Brother two-moved to the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Things remained unchanged after a 57-second intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with Blood Brother taking a 2½-length lead into the lane. Despite a mediocre tow from P H Supercam (Scott Zeron), Caviart Luca was relentless from second-up. He picked off the pace-setter by a nose in 1:52.2, with P H Supercam, Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and City Hall (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. E Z Noah (Dan Dube) was outrun. As an aside, it was the first time Bartlett did not drive P H Supercam here since September, 2013. For fifth choice Caviart Luca, a now-6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won both of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, with the triple returning $204. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 3, 2017 -- Skippin By overwhelmed the leader with a first-over blitz in the slop and went on to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By was in third place when Dave Palone sent her after Medusa, who was unchallenged on the lead to that point. The 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia cleared into the final turn and drew off to score in 1:52.2 geared down. Tipitina found late racing room to finish second, 3/4 lengths back, with Spreester third. Ron Burke trains Skippin By, who now boasts $688,504 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Bros. Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Palone piloted six winners -- giving him 10 over the last two programs -- including three for Burke while Aaron Merriman fashioned a driving quadruple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2016 -- Trailing by 5-1/2 lengths at the half, Unefoisdansmavie unleashed a sustained bid that carried her to victory in Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie was still 4 lengths behind at the top of the stretch when she found another gear for Dave Palone and overtook Victory Is Coming, who broke stride near the wire, to triumph in 1:58.2 over a sloppy, tiring surface. Bessie and Wendy's Girl were promoted to second and third, respectively. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, a 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who now boasts $647,907 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his Saratoga harness racing debut a winning one on Saturday night in the $18,000 Open Pace. The Ron Burke trainee is enjoying another terrific year and brought his talents to the Spa for the first time to take part in the Saturday feature. Assigned the outside post, Limelight Beach blasted out to the early lead in a 26.3 opening quarter but driver Stephane Bouchard gave the five year old pacer a bit of a second quarter breather before he faced his first legitimate challenge in the stretch. Limelight Beach cruised away in the final strides to prevail in 1:51.3 on a chilly December night in the Spa City. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish second while JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for third. Limelight Beach was the race's 6-5 favorite in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $32.20 and $84.50, respectively. Burke had a training triple on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2016 -- Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first over to wear down his stablemate, Mykindachip, and capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Pace at The Meadows. With Mykindachip on a seemingly comfortable lead, Mike Wilder moved Atta Boy Dan from fourth. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesithot gelding overtook Mykindachip in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52. Latest Desire rallied for second, a neck back, while Dapper Dude shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $651,942 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Wilder, who collected seven wins on Wednesday's card, notched five more on Saturday's 13-race program while Burke enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing trainer Ron Burke harnessed his 416th and 417th winning charges of the year in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, sweeping the features with trotter Lady's Dude and pacer Enoch.   In the $20,000 high-level conditioned trot, the Victory Sam gelding Lady's Dude, who lost a two-race winning streak when he made a break last week, returned to his triumphant ways, overcoming a first-over trip in 0oC (32oF for fans south of the border) conditions to win by a neck over pacesetter B Yoyo in 1:53. Andrew McCarthy handled sulky duty behind the career winner of $394,998 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Johnny Yoder.   It was much warmer - 340 - when earlier in the card the sophomore Panspacificflight gelding Enoch took a new mark of 1:51.4 while making every pole a winning one in an $18,000 "nw 7 races" pace. Jim Marohn Jr. had the winner of over $90,000 in this, his first season at the races, three lengths clear at the wire for the all-conquering Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi team, Phil Collura, and Frank Baldachino.   Ron Burke is the leading trainer at The Meadows (224) and Harrah's Philadelphia (95), and his 98 wins at Pocono put him third behind Chris Oakes and Rene Allard - and then there are those 408 other wins he has scattered through North American raceways in 2016. Burke has one other distinction at Pocono - he is the leading trainer of horses paying $50 or more this season, with four bombers.   Burke and all the other Pocono horsemen get one more shot to add to their seasonal statistics this coming Saturday night at the mountain oval, with the first of 14 races on the last card of the year listed to go at 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono      

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2016 -- Skippin By had to work hard for the early lead but never was threatened thereafter as she coasted to a 1:53 harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By hadn't won since an Aug. 29 triumph at The Meadows, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Since then, she's faced a steady diet of elite mares and grabbed a fifth-place check in the Breeders Crown final. On Monday, she dominated the field for Dave Palone after wresting the early lead from Spreester, downing the first-over Classic Carpet by a length. Spreester finished third. Ron Burke trains Skippin By, a 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia who boosted her career bankroll to $670,604, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Bros. Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Palone and owner Bob Key enjoyed triples on the 14-race card while Shawn Johnston collected two wins as a driver and another as a trainer. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TORONTO, November 19— Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine harness racing oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $404,000 Valley Victory Final on Saturday evening. The Ron Burke-trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Snowstorm Hanover gained three lengths of separation from pocket-rider Moonshiner Hanover, as well as from first-over pursuer Jake and International Moni on his back. Trotting three-quarters in 1:25.3, Snowstorm Hanover still held a sizable lead through the stretch. International Moni fanned off cover and narrowed in on the leader while Jake chased them from third, but Snowstorm Hanover remained in front by a length. “I got to the front, just like in the elimination, and he held them off,” said Kakaley. “There was [a tense moment] in about the last sixteenth or so when I heard them coming, and he was getting a little tired, but he was still good.” Returning $4.90 to win, Snowstorm Hanover won his sixth race in 14 starts, amassing $395,919 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stables LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phillip Collura. by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After patiently tracking an exacting pace, odds-on harness racing favorite Tessa Seelster ($3.00) was able to chase down pocket rival Inittowinafortune to capture Friday's (November 18) featured $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands.   Tessa Seelster was anxious to move forward when the gates folded in, but Yannick Gingras was able to wrangle the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play into a tracking spot behind pacesetter Nat a Virgin (David Miller) and the pocket-sitting Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) through early splits of :26.3 and :53.4. With five-sixteenths to go, Tessa Seelster angled second-over behind Inittowinafortune, who powered clear of a taxed Nat a Virgin approaching head-stretch. While Inittowinafortune edged away by nearly four lengths in upper stretch, she too began to tire in the final sixteenth, just nosed out in the last yards of a 1:50 mile by Tessa Seelster. Icommandmyspirit (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied belatedly to save third, 2-3/4 lengths in arrears of the top pair.   Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Jonathan Newman.   Always B Miki retired in trackside ceremony   World champion Always B Miki made one final visit to the Big M winner's enclosure for a special retirement ceremony after he capped his career with a resounding win in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace last weekend. The fastest Standardbred to ever set foot on a racetrack concluded his career with 30 wins in 53 career starts, over $2.7 million in earnings, and a career mark of 1:46 taken at the Red Mile in October. Always B Miki will transition from the Jimmy Takter stable to assume stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.   Live racing returns to The Meadowlands with an 11-race card slated for Saturday (November 19) evening, and a last-race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover of $38,181.74. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke’s stable surpassed $20 million in purses for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night (Nov. 14) when Encore Deo won the seventh race at Yonkers Raceway. No other trainer in history has ever reached $20 million in purses in a season. In 2014, Burke’s stable set an all-breed record of $28.4 million in purses. Burke has led the sport in wins and purses each of the past seven years and is set to do it again in 2016. Burke leads the win standings with 799, holding an advantage of 397 wins over second-place Rene Allard, and has doubled second-place Jimmy Takter in earnings. For his career Burke has won 7,471 races and $168 million in purses, both records. The majority of the wins and earnings have been accumulated since 2008 when Burke took over his family’s stable fulltime. Burke was the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Trainer of the Year in 2013 and 2011. His father Mickey was Trainer of the Year in 2006. In 2013, Burke Racing and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi received the Owner of the Year Award. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Anderson, Ind.-November 12, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively. Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 89 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this season. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport's leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish. Jamie Macomber, Burke's assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner's circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record but it truly is a team effort," Rucker noted. "We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 372 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000. "It's certainly an honor and a great accomplishment," Tetrick said in the winner's circle after accepting the trophy from Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming's chairman and chief executive officer. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2016 -- Unefoisdansmavie reached the front with a determined first-over bid and went on to a hard-earned harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent her after the leader (and her stablemate), Cowgirl Hall. The 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World held off Mistress Valentine by a neck in 1:55. Cowgirl Hall saved show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $633,067 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip made it 3-in-a-row in O-hi-o on Saturday night (Nov. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 1:50.4 triumph was the 7-year-old Art's Chip gelding's second straight in open company since being purchased privately about a month ago and moving to the powerful harness racing Ron Burke stable. The $600,000-plus career earner won in 1:51.1 in his last start in the Jim Dailey barn on October 6. As the even money favorite, despite drawing the outermost post position, Mykindachip was hustled by driver Chris Page directly to the front when the wings swung open. Page allowed Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) to clear to the front briefly as they sped past the quarter in :27.1, but immediately retook command well prior to the :54.3 half. With Secret Threat (Kayne Kauffman) sitting third along the pylons, the order remained intact throughout the last five-eighths of the mile, save for a sustained first-over challenge from My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton) that eventually fizzled in mid-stretch. The three-quarters teletimer flashed 1:22.2, with a :28.2 final panel completing the 1:50.4 clocking. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J & T Silva and L Karr now own Mykindachip, whose 2016 bankroll swelled to $98,725 with the winner's share of the $15,000 open purse. Gregg Keidel

Southwind Frank, who won last year’s Breeders Crown and this year’s Colonial Trot has been retired from harness racing due to a chronic lameness issue, as advised by a team of veterinarians.  “I’ve trained a lot of horses, but none have had Frank’s package of speed, power and smarts.  I truly believe he is one of the all-time greats, and would love to continue racing him so he could prove it on the track, but due to an injury, I can’t take that risk” said trainer Ron Burke of Frank. Southwind Frank was bred by Southwind Farms and is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners.  Trained by Burke, Southwind Frank was immensely successful during his 2-year-old campaign. He won 11 out of 12 starts that year, including wins in the Haughton Memorial and the Wellwood.  He continued to end up in the winner’s circle his 3-year-old year with the Beal, Stanley Dancer and Colonial Trot, among others, finishing in the top 3 in 24 of 26 career starts.  “A great horse that was dominant as a 2-year-old but I’m even more impressed by the grit and determination he showed as a 3-year-old. “said Yannick Gringras. “He was never fully healthy and sound but he tried 150% each and every start.  This is the sign of a true champion.” Southwind Frank will stand stud at Diamond Creek Farm in 2017 for a stud fee of $10,000.  “We are very excited about Frank, the best son of Muscle Hill, joining our rising stars in the stud lineup” said Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden. “He will add even more star power to our ever expanding and powerful stallion roster.” The 2015 Dan Patch and O’Brien 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the year is a son of successful stud Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy.   The 2015 Breeders Crown  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2016 -- Tall Cotton zipped to the front from post 7, worked out comfortable fractions and had just enough late to capture Wednesday's harness racing's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Tall Cotton an opening half in 28/57.2. Even with that second-quarter breather, the 10-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding was all out to withstand the Lightning Lane brush of Chef Lee, downing him by 1/2 length in 1:54. The first-over See The Wind raced well for show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who soared over $800,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Tony Hall collected four wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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