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Goshen, NY -- Jack Parker, Jr.'s open trotting mare NF Happenstance 4,1:52:2f ($661,321) has been retired from harness racing for the second time and has been sent to Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina. The Breeders Crown elimination winner begins her second stint at motherhood after returning to the races in 2018 from the broodmare ranks to become the 4th richest older trotting mare in North America. During her second stint on the racetrack, the daughter of SJ's Caviar competed against the best mares in her division and earned over $361,000 in the last season...and she was in very good company. Only three trotting mares earned more that NF Happenstance in 2018: Dan Patch champion Ariana G, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. Jack Parker, Jr., the 63-year-old veteran horseman bought her for the second time, in foal to Sebastian K at the 2016 Harrisburg sale. "I thought she would make a nice horse. As it turned out, she was much better than that." "My buddy Chip [Moore] owned her the first time around. We raced her with some success. She made some money and broke some track records. But then she started to make breaks so we sold her to Hall of Famer Bill Weaver. When he passed away, the mare was sold in-foal as part of his dispersal. We were excited to get her back," noted the Meadowlands hey-day regular. "As soon as Chris Coyle weaned that filly we put her back in training," Parker continued. "The mare never missed a beat once she got going again." A model of consistency, she was first or second in 24 of 36 starts with 13 wins. In fact, she only missed a check in a single start, or as her trainer would say, "She has exceeded all of our expectations." Her 2017 Sebastian K filly named Pure Happenstance is now stabled at Pinehurst and is enrolled in Gordon Corey's Institute of Equine Erudition. The Maine-native known for his talent for breaking babies and his no-nonsense demeanor stated that she was a, "typical filly with some rusty edges in the beginning but making good progress in smoothing those out." "Enthusiastic and ambitious, she makes good progress in her trotting attributes. She is pleasant to work with and intelligent on the track, despite her early filly traits." Perhaps Pure Happenstance will be sharp enough to participate in the annual Spring Matinee at Pinehurst Harness Track on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Meanwhile, her dam, NF Happenstance has a date for the 2019 breeding season with Diamond Creek Farm's Father Patrick. by Chris Tully for Olive Branch Farm

Breeders Crown Sweden action was on stage today at Eskilstuna, Sweden. Before those events began was the Olof Brodin Mares (purse 25,752€, 2140 meters autostart, nine entrants) with victory to 1.7/1 favorite In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB) timed in 1.12.6kr. The Stall Zet owned and Daniel Reden trainee was reined by Erik Adielsson and the win increased her career earnings to 456,632€. 2.9/1 Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) was a nosed out second for Christoffer Eriksson, the driver for owner Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. 13/1 Eva IH (5f Ready Cash-Magalloway) took third for Mika Forss. The Breeders Crown for three year old fillies (purse 160,640€, 12 starters) went to the 5/10 favorite Conrads Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team, timed in 1.12.42kr. The easy four length winner bested 5.2/1 Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey) handled by Mika Forss for trainer A.P. Pakkanen. Third home was 4.7/1 A Sweet Dance (3f Maharajah-Sugar Step) for driver Per Lennartsson. The winner now has a career bankroll of 418,216€. Next up was the Breeders Crown for three year old males (purse 160,640€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants) saw the 4/5 odds favorite prevail and Global Welcome (3m SJs Caviar-Share The Promise) scored in 1.12.2kr by an easy length. Erik Adielsson teamed the Svante Bath trainee that Olof Brodin owns. His life earnings are now 354,763€. 4.7/1 Into Boko (3g Chocolatier-Sue Boko) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was 3.4/1 Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Jerry Riordan. The four year old female Breeders Crown (the Menhammar Stuteri) players contested that 160,640€ purse event raced by 12 horses over 2140 meters autostart. The 3/2 odds Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) scored in 1.12.4kr for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer for Mellby Gard AB.  Her life earnings are now 545,255€. The 10/1 Hevin Boko (4f Going Kronos-Welat Boko) took second with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. 12/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar-Platinium Shine) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Four year old males completed the Breeders Crown (this one named the RS Mustang) events (purse 160,640€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants) and the winner was 8.3/1 Selmer IH (4g Love You-Magalloway) with Mika Forss up for Stall Ratu and trainer Ingemar Hultqvist. His life earnings increased to 203,822€. The 7/10 favorite Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) was second for the Kilhstrom/Reden/Stall Zet combination, and third was 44/1 Vainqueur RP (4m Infinitif-Global Affair) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Frode Hamre. At Wolvega (Netherlands) this day was the Gr. II UET Masters Series’ Prix des Geants (purse 66,000€, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters). The 2.38/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6g Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) scored again, now six in a row, in his usual gate to wire fashion for owner/trainer/driver Oskar Kylin Blom. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Antonio now has earned 259,486€, most for Oskar, the result of an 8-2-0-1-1 slate in the 12 starts under Oskar’s management. Antonio “found his Oskar” and took a 1.10.2kr record on June 21 and came back impressively in 1.11.1kr on September 29. Prior to current management the winner was only 5 for 67 under the legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The 121/1 Panoramic (8g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) rallied late to be second for Robin Bakker and trainer H.A.J. Grift. 3.8/1 Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) was a game third for Wim Paal, trainer Antoine Lherete and Ecurie Quick Star. This former Prix d’Amerique winner and third in the 2018 Yonkers International, made an aggressive rush for lead at the halfway mark, could not repel Antonio, took back to third and tried again in the final turn, ending third. 53/1 Banker Transs R (10g Revenue) was fourth for Jaap Van Rijn. BBS Sugarlight at 23/1 and even money favorite Billie de Montfort were miscue dq’s. The pedigree of Antonio Tabac is interesting and gives rise to his gray coloring. His dam Grace Tabac is by the gray Tap In (Armbro Goal) and her maternal family includes Ata Star L, Speedy Spin, Frances Nibs and Speed King (Volomite). Grace won 13 times in 79 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday, the Gr. I National Svenskt Trav-Oaks (1,400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Conrad’s Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Rodluva now has a 4-2-0 slate in seven career outings for 3,165,500SEK earned. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for Mika Forss and third went to Adorable Lady (3f Zola Boko-Malabara-Supergill) for driver Pasi Aikio. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2018 -- Trustworthy Kid took his time reaching the lead but was unassailable once he got there, cruising to victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Trustworthy Kid was looped from the gate and had to work hard to make the point in a 27.4 opening panel. But when Brian Zendt gave him a 29.1 second-quarter breather, he shrugged off the first-over challenge of Keystone Chester and prevailed in 1:54. Classic Banker was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Chef Lee finished a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Trustworthy Kid, a 9-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $567,426 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 1, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-trot Sunday (Aug. 5th) matinee features a $54,800 Open Handicap Trot and the beginning of the French-American Trotting Club Series. Post time for the 10-race card is 12:30 PM, with all races-save for the seventh-of the 'French' theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The weekly trotting feature begins the program, with lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., post 5) with as much of a resume as any of her rivals. The 8-year-old S J's Caviar ma'am couldn't hack a second move in her last outing, but otherwise has been a cash cow ($169,225) this season. NF Happenstance, owned by James Moore and trained by Carol-Jamieson-Parker, has eight wins and a half-dozen seconds in 18 '18 tries. She's doing her damage by adroitly leaving the gate, thus won't be hard to find early here. Newly-minted millionaire Dewycolorintheline (Mark MacDonald, post 2) returns to the big table in search of a third consecutive win, while The Last Chapter (Brent Holland, post 3) and Fashion Creditor (Andy Miller, post 4) also whipped lessers in their last tries. Cash Me Out (Jim Marohn Jr., post 1) is just 2-for-20 this season, but threw in six seconds and five thirds, while Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton, post 6) was a two-move second in last weekend's trotting feature. Races 2 and 3 comprise the first of three preliminary rounds in the French-American Trotting Club Series, restricted to those French-breds were vetted overseas, then purchased by 'local' interests. Of the 19 horses entered in the two races, 11 have made purse starts since arriving, with five winning at least once. Each of the prelim races (second round is Aug. 19th, third is Aug. 26th) goes for $35,000, with a $120,000 final set for Sunday, Sept. 2nd. Note this Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of Saratoga's first race (post time 1 PM) and the third from Yonkers (post time 1:30 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shady McCoy and Kaitlyn N both displayed high speed in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Shady McCoy won the fifth race conditioned trot in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.2 for trainer-driver Eric Abbatiello. The 5-year-old gelded son of S J's Caviar cleared the lead just after the quarter, and after sprinting home in :28.1, hit the wire 2¼ lengths in front of Gold Medal Swan. Zlatan was third. As the 3-1 third choice in the wagering, Shady McCoy paid $8.40 to win. Kaitlyn N took the sixth race conditioned pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for the Delaware-based trainer-driver team of Joshua Parker and Art Stafford Jr. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal sprinted to the lead in :27, rebuffed a challenge by OK Heavenly at three-quarters, and then reported home a 2-length winner. OK Heavenly held the place spot with Rockin Praline grabbing third. As the even-money favorite, Kaitlyn N returned $4.00 to her backers, winning for the fourth time in her last five starts. Earlier on the card, Hambletonian hopeful Zephyr Kronos scored as the 1-5 favorite in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.3 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter in a conditioned trot. Takter was unhurried with his pupil, who's now three-for-seven in his career, getting away last before making his way toward the leaders heading past the half. The son of Ready Cash continued to move well all the way to the wire, which he hit a safe neck in front of Dawson Springs. A LITTLE MORE: Nine different drivers won one race apiece on the card. ... Favorites ruled the night, as five public choices visited the winner's circle. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race program was $1,583,322. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $255,625. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Curiosity seekers will want to come out and see the seventh-annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies, which will be contested after the third (ostriches) and eighth (camels) races. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Monday's matinee at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured some big upsets by trotters. Miss Flora (SJ's Caviar) set her lifetime mark at the Spa last year when she trotted to a 1:55.4 score and on Monday made her return to town to compete in a $8,500 trotting event. The Mario Dessureault-trained Miss Flora was piloted by Phil Fluet and was dismissed at odds of 17-1 when she sprung into early action. The six year old mare made an easy lead and made it look easy going coast-to-coast to prevail in 1:56.2. Miss Flora paid $37.20 to win in her upset. While Miss Flora did surprise on the Monday card, she wasn't the biggest longshot to prevail, not by a longshot. A J Destiny drew the outside post in a low-level conditional trot and driver Barry Segel blasted the veteran trotter out to the early lead. A J Destiny cut the mile and never gave way before stopping the timer in 1:59.3 to score at odds of 29-1. While the $61.50 win payoff was the highest of the day, there was yet another big upset in a trotting race on Monday as Jackie Cantine's Im Not Vanilla shook loose late and got up to win in 1:57.3 at odds of 25-1. Im Not Vanilla returned $53.50 in his upset victory on a day where being a longshot was no problem for a host of trotters at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Friday evening at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

YONKERS, N.Y. - Centurion ATM has been a familiar name to harness racing fans of top-level trotters for the past few years. The son of SJ’s Caviar can typically be found competing in Grand Circuit races across North America or racing in the Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Lately however, the Åke Svanstedt pupil has been stacking victories in the conditions at the Hilltop Oval. In his seasonal debut April 28, Centurion ATM captured a $32,000 overnight for non winners of eight pari-mutuel races lifetime. Despite his impressive earnings of $670,709, Centurion ATM only won six races upon making his 5-year-old debut; he captured the Peter Haughton elimination and final and the Simpson at 2, won the Colonial Trot at 3, and succeeded in a pair of overnights at 4. While his stakes wins and placings bolstered his bankroll, his low win tally allowed the dropdown. “He was a bit unlucky with a couple second and third place finishes, both in Lexington as a 2-year-old, so he didn’t actually win too many races as a 2-year-old,” co-owner Tristan Sjoberg of Knutsson Trotting explained. “And then he got sick and he didn’t win until he got into the 3-year-old season. He didn’t win too many. That’s why he got stuck into the non winners of eight.” Centurion ATM finished off the board in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at The Meadowlands before returning to Yonkers to finish second in the conditions May 19. After a crack at Yonkers’ Preferred Trot and the Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto, Centurion ATM returned to the non winners class to score his eighth victory last time out June 17. In doing so, he equaled the season’s fastest trotting mile at Yonkers, stopping the timer in 1:54.2. “He did really well two weeks ago when I was there,” Sjoberg remarked. “He showed that he’s in really good form. Åke’s been saying that since the second part of last year’s season, he’s become much more agile and he shows a lot more bounce in his step. He feels great now, he feels absolutely great.” Despite the recent class drops, Centurion ATM’s victories have not been walkovers as difficult post positions have tested him. His first victory came from post six while his second-place effort commenced from the eight hole. In his most recent outing, Centurion ATM again started from post eight. Driver Svanstedt encouraged him off the gate, racing in fourth early before grinding first-over. He drew away with a :28.4 final panel to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Centurion ATM’s ability to show speed off the gate came to the delight of his owner, as the bay horse has historically been a slow leaver. “We’ve experimented with different types of blinkers to make him a little bit faster at the gate. That has shown to be a positive,” Sjoberg said. “That’s always been his drawback is he’s a very slow starter and that usually puts him in a bad spot. In the higher classes, it gets very difficult to make up those lengths when everyone can do a :27 last quarter.” Having won out of the conditions, Centurion ATM will jump back to the open level in Sunday’s (July 2) $68,000 trotting feature at Yonkers. A tepid 7/2 morning line choice, Centurion ATM will start from post seven in a field of 12. As part of the French simulcast, the race will be contested at a mile-and-a-quarter. “There’s no question he’s got strength, he’s got stamina. Longer distances are definitely to his advantage. A mile-and-a-quarter will play to his strengths. He’s not a big horse by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s got wonderful technique. He very rarely breaks stride and he just keeps going,” Sjoberg said. Centurion ATM’s chief opposition in the crowded field includes Rubber Duck and Buen Camino, winner and runner-up of the Open Trot, respectively, on June 18, Hemi Seelster, the top earner in the field this season, and Melady’s Monet. That quartet however, were all handicapped with the second tier. “I’m happy to be in the first tier of horses,” Sjoberg said. “The worst opposition seems to be coming from the second tier, so he should have a couple of lengths advantage there. He’s a horse that needs to be driven aggressively. Sometimes if he’s too far back, he loses a little bit of his motivation, so I’m sure Åke will drive him quite aggressively and not be too far back come the halfway marker.” Yonkers Raceway’s new track configuration could aid Svanstedt’s efforts to leave the gate with Centurion ATM. The new finish line affords the field an additional 105 feet of straight track before entering the first of five turns. “I was there the day after they introduced it and I’ve been watching the races,” Sjoberg said. “I think it will be good for him because he needs to be involved early on and if it encourages movement early on, then that would be to his advantage. I’m hoping if he can be in front coming into the shorter stretch, that should certainly be to his advantage. I’m confident.” First post time at Yonkers Sunday is 12:30 p.m. To view entries for Sunday’s races, click here. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After five straight weeks of being parked to the quarter pole, Kahoku finally drew the rail and got to see what the harness racing pylons look like at Buffalo Raceway. The inside markers were definitely a welcomed sight for Kahoku as he took advantage of the rail and registered a neck victory over Empire Earl N in the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 12).   Empire Earl N actually took the lead with an opening split of 28.4 but driver Ron Beback Jr. had Kahoku quickly retake the lead and went 58.3 to the half and 1:28.0 to the three-quarter pole.   In the final panel, the now pocket-sitting Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) made a final charge near the wire but Kahoku had enough left in the tank to score the victory in 1:57.1 over the fast track. Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) took the show check.   Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, the 9-year-old gelded Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) has now put $22,414 in 2017 and $231,891 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. had a five-bagger on the night while Monti and Kevin Cummings had a pair of victories in the sulky. Gerry Sarama notched a training double.   Racing will resume on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There's a $594 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   Fore more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After posting 13 victories and putting over $82,000 in the bank last year, Kahoku was in search of his first win of the 2017 campaign after 10 unsuccessful tries. The dry spell ended on Friday night (April 28) as Kahoku took the harness racing featured $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway by turning back Empire Earl N by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:57.0.   It was a three-way war to the opening quarter as Empire Earl N, Noble Legend and Kahoku all had a taste of the lead through the first panel of 28.1.   Things finally settled down on the front end as Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) gained the lead and stepped off fractions of 57.2 and 1:27.2. But it was going to get interesting again as Kahoku locked horns with the first over Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) around the final turn.   Midway down the stretch, Kahoku ($4.30) managed to slowly pull away from the stubborn Empire Earl N and stopped the beam in 1:57.0, the quickest trotting time of the season. Noble Legend (John Cummings Jr.) finished in third.   With the victory, the 9-year-old gelded Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) moved his seasonal earnings to $16,914 and $226,391 lifetime. He is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.   In addition to the Open Trot driver Ron Beback Jr. and trainer Mark Laidlaw paired to win two additional races.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. A two day carryover of $2,217 awaits in the Pick 5 that starts in Race 2.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Armor Hanover (SJ's Caviar) scored in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Doug Berkeley trainee went coast to coast in the $12,000 Open Trot. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the eight year old trotter, who finished third in last week's Open, and guided him out to the front end. The race's top two betting favorites, Cash Me Out and Slugfest, each got parked the mile and Armor Hanover held strong in the stretch to win in 1:57.4. Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to be second while Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) salvaged the show spot in the six-horse feature. Armor Hanover, a ten-time winner last year, scored for the first time in his three 2017 starts on Sunday. Returning $16.60 to win, Armor Hanover led an exacta and triple that paid $72.50 and $339.50, respectively. For Aldrich, it was the third winner of the day. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post time. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid continued to dominate The Meadows' trotting elite Wednesday when he scored a facile victory in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap. In five starts this year following a four-month layoff, the 8-year-old harness racing SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has rolled up three wins and two place finishes. On Wednesday, he quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone and prevailed by a measured length in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger was second, with Chef Lee a ground-saving third in his seasonal debut. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who extended his career bankroll to $466,697. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid used a quick backside burst to get by the leader, Barn Girl, then held her off in the lane to capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was third when, under Dave Palone's urging, he brushed past Barn Girl into the final turn. Although Barn Girl persevered, she fell a length short, with Nothinbutanallstar third. The winning time was 1:55. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, an 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $457,697 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 12-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 21, 2017 -- Refreshed by a 31 second-quarter breather, Trustworthy Kid easily repelled his outside harness racing challengers and captured Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid had to work hard for the lead, but when Dave Palone threw on the brakes in the second panel, the 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding got the break he needed. He shrugged off the first-over challenge of Sixteen Mikes and scored in 1:56 over a "good" surface, 3/4 lengths better than Valley Of Sin. TSM Photo Bugger was a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who now boasts $442,697 in career earnings. Palone collected five wins on the 12-race card while trainer Paul Corey enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...January 10, 2017...Richard Macomber, Jr., scored his milestone 3,000th harness racing driving victory on Tuesday night (January 10) at Pompano Park.   The 46 year-old Macomber did it in style as he got his milestone victory with Ruddy Rusty in Pompano Park's 8th race, that seven year-old chestnut son of SJ's Caviar stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.4   Trained by Ricky's wife, Jamie, Ruddy Rusty, owned by Kelly Ford of Campbell Hall, N.Y., clocked panels of :28, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before romping home unscathed with a nine length win.   A native of Buffalo, N.Y., "Ricky" grew up in Florida and followed his famous father, Richard Macomber, Sr., in the sport and, after 10 qualifying starts in 1996, began his career in earnest in 1997, winning the first of his 43 wins in his rookie season with Light Source at Hoosier Park on May 17 of that year.   His first of three stakes wins that year came two weeks later as that same pacer, Light Source, won the $25,000 Late Closer at Hoosier Park.   He would wind up that season with purse earnings of $407,921.   His first million dollar season came in 2003 when he drove 152 winners while piling up $1,012,580 in earnings.   In 2007, Macomber won 257 races and almost $1.8 million in purses, including a victory in the $200,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes two year-old filly pace with the Joe Seekman trained Beachy Girl.   After a successful 2008 season where he garnered another $1.68 million in purses for his owners, the talented Macomber caught the eye of Ron Burke and Ricky won several stakes in 2009 with the likes of High Speed Life, Joe Cat and Miss Sweetness, to name a few.   He concluded that season with 310 wins and almost $2.8 million in purse earnings.   In 2010, Macomber won another $2.8 million in purses--the highlight being in the Indiana Pacing Derby with the grand pacer Won The West.   Dream Kid and Go On BB were among the campaigners that led Macomber to yet another $2.8 million year in 2011 while the next year, 2012, trainers Alvin Miller, John Merkel and Joe Seekman--besides Burke--benefitted from the driving services of Ricky Macomber, Jr.   In 2013, Rose Run Parker provided the stakes power by winning a $200,000 ISS Gold event. The Wilber Eash trained Bluehourpower did the same in his $200,000 Gold Final.   The next year, Ricky reined the Burke trained Rose Run Parker to several ISS wins, including the $200,000 final.   In 2015, the grand trotting filly Hannalore Hanover enjoyed the services of Ricky Macomber as she won the $220,000 ISS Super event that semester and that success carried over to the 2016 season as she won the MV Distaff at Miami Valley.   Macomber finished that 2016 season with 206 wins and more than $2.6 million in purse earnings, pushing Ricky over the $30,000,000 mark in purses and leaving him just seven wins shy of 3,000.   Macomber credits his father, Richard Macomber, Sr., with his success, along with the many owners and trainers that have given him the opportunity to succeed.   "Dad taught me so much," he said. "He never took a shortcut when it came to taking care of horses or training them. Had it not been for him, I know that I would not have had the success that we are blessed with today.   "My mom, Carol, was always encouraging me, too...every step of the way. My dad is not here with us but I am so happy that mom was here to witness this milestone.   "I am also blessed to have a wonderful and very talented wife, Jamie, and two great sons, Aubrey and Nate--a wonderful family that keep me motivated to do the best I can do every minute of every day!"   By the way, there were many celebrants enjoying Macomber's milestone win--the mutual being $4.40.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Coin Perdu (2m SJ’s Caviar-Provo Kronos-Viking Kronos) remained undefeated in five career starts by winning the Gr. I National Svensk 2016 (harness racing two year olds) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart the Erik Adielsson teamed winner is trained by Svante Bath. He earned 700,000SEK first prize. The winner’s second dam is Pine Dust (Pine Chip-Web Chance) and is from the family of Sushi (by Speedy Crown) and Ah So, dam of Workaholic. Executive Caviar (2m SJ’s Caviar-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Dats Cabello (2m Jacose-No Entry-Windsong’s Legacy) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for Tomas Malmqvist, trainer. The program also included the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.12.5kr timed 4.6/1 Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) from Denmark was victorious for Steen Juul. Je’t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je’t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover) for Johan Untersteiner. 4.2/1 Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money was raced over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.7/1 choice Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) won for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.13.4kr. Ni Talar Bra Latin (6g Kiss Francais-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was second with Erik Adielsson up and third went to Bartenders In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

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