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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

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $38.20) led the harness racing longshot legion Sunday morning, winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3 for his 11:30 AM local time road test, Not Afraid then saw an interesting floor show develop. Centurion ATM (Steve Smith) made the next lead before yielding to a wide-early Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett). That one found front before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. Then came 4-5 fave Bee a Magician (Brian Sears), even wider early and parked two turns before grabbing the baton after a :56.4 half. An antsy 'Hemi' wanted to reclaim his turf, but was rebuffed and eventually broke in a retreating pocket. However, the $4 million lass Bee a Magician had been sufficiently softened up before a 1:26,4 three-quarters, as Not Afraid moved with purpose from fourth. That one went up and over and, after a 1:56.2 mile station, owned a 2½-length lead into the lane. Not Afraid held off a charging, 73-1 Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) by a head in 2:25.4 for the added distance. Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and her 149-1 self rallied for third, with Centurion ATM and Dweycolorintheline (Mark MacDonald) settling for the minors. Bee a Magician tired badly to finish eighth-beating just a pair of misbehavers-her first non-payday since she was sixth in the 2015 Yonkers International Trot. For fourth choice Not Afraid, a 7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners the missus Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his seventh win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $494.50, with the triple (first two finishers and ALL) returning $1,073. As an aside, Sunday's edition of the 'New York, New York Double' was scratched after Aqueduct cancelled its card. The gimmick is scheduled to return next Sunday, Nov. 27th, with Yonkers' first post at 11:10 AM. Frank Drucker

Harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. had a big day at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (Oct. 6). The product of Westbury, New York had five driving wins on the program. In the co-featured event of the day, a trotting event for 3 and 4 year olds which have never won 5 races or $50,000 lifetime, Marohn drove Jacob Hartline trainee Bentley Spur to victory. The 4-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar stopped the clock in 1:54.3, a lifetime's best. Bentley Spur is now 6 of 8 in the win column in 2016. Marohn now has 3,452 career wins, and over $18 million in purses won. Michael Bozich

Batavia, NY---In Hawaiian, Kahoku means "star" and Friday night (Sept. 9) at Batavia Downs, Kahoku ($4.30) lived up to his name as he shown bright on the front end in the $10,500 Open trotting harness racing feature. Driver Kevin Cummings left from post four with Kahoku and out-tussled Noble Legend (Jack Flanigen) for the lead past the quarter timed in :28.3. That would be the last lead change of the race. Kahoku trotted with a gapped lead and went to the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.3. With the field unable to catch him up to that point, Kahoku strode away to an easy two-length victory in 1:58. Noble Legend followed him to the wire for second and B Z Glide (Mike Caprio) closed the best for show. It was the tenth win in 28 starts for Kahoku and it bumped his earnings up to $59,358 for the year. The 8-year-old altered son of SJ's Caviar is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and Michael Gentner and is trained by Mark Laidlaw. In the co-featured $8,500 Open II trot, The Bronx Bumper ($7.60) stepped up from the claiming ranks to dominate some top-flight condition horses when he came from off the pace to win in 1:58.3. Dave McNeight III drove the winner to his fourth win of the year for trainer Gerry Sarama and owner Mike Torcello. Three drivers won 90% of the card on Friday as Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Dave McNeight III all scored driving triples. Racing resumes on Saturday night (Sept. 10) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2016 -- Trustworthy Kid launched a determined uncovered bid in the slop that carried him to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was fifth by 6 lengths when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones. Although I Know My Chip had fashioned a comfortable first half in 58, he couldn't hold off Trustworthy Kid, who scored in 1:54.4. Tall Cotton shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths behind, while I Know My Chip saved show. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Hall. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, a 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $424,197. It was a big day for Penn Worthy Lane -- three of her offspring raced on the card, and Trustworthy Gal, a 4-year-old Tom Ridge mare, also triumphed for Dunn in a conditioned event. In Wednesday's co-feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl overcame a seemingly insurmountable lead in the lane to nail the favorite, Smokinmombo, by a neck in 1:55. Whata Donato earned show. Dave Palone piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $298,716, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $15,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee, two stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event -- and Family Fun Night capped by fireworks. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

GRATZ PA - The Pennsylvania harness fair season traveled eastward for the first time in 2016, making its third stop of the season at this central Pennsylvania community for a Fair Sire Stakes 2-day event.   Over the last few years, Gratz and Bloomsburg have by general consensus consistently rated as among the fastest tracks on the Keystone State twicearound circuit, and the oval kept its reputation intact during racing on Saturday (2YOs) and Sunday (3YOs).   Star Of Terror, fresh off tying Audie K's 24-year-old all-age track record at Butler (2:00.2), posted the fastest time of the young season with a 1:57.1 win in a division of the three-year-old colt pace.   The Western Terror gelding moved to the lead off the first turn for driver Chris Shaw and rang up splits of 29.1, 58.2, and 1:28.1 en route to the drawing clear victory. This was only the eighth lifetime start for Star Of Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owners Fortunate One LLC, and the clocking was the fastest on the state fair circuit in almost two years, with Gordo pacing in 1:57 at Bedford on July 21, 2014.   The colts' distaff counterparts had clocked the first 2:00 mile of the season a few races early when the Demarvalous filly Marvalous Jet overcame a tough first-over journey against pacesetter Gymnast Hanover, finally wearing down that game rival late by a neck in 1:59.3. Shawn Johnston, capturing his second of the three divisions for 3PFs, sulkysat for trainer Kevin Johnson and owners Winbak Farm and Rocknridge Racing Inc.   Perhaps the most impressive mile on the Sunday card for sophomores was one that did not break 2:00, but darned near did - and it was posted by a trotting filly. The SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar put the nonbreakers in a roe row behind her and then rattled off splits of 30, 1:00.2, and 1:30.1 en route to a clocking of 2:00.1, which missed by only a tick the Gratz divisional track record of 2:00 co-held by Heirodynamic (2007) and Petiti (2008). Todd Schadel, who handled Petiti in her record mile, was also up behind Real Caviar, a filly he trains and co-owners with Dr. John Egloff.   Todd Schadel, who was the leading driver (5 wins) and trainer (4) of the two-day weekend at Gratz, swept the two-year-old colt pace on the Saturday card, with two sons of Yankee Cruiser, the colt Teen Cruiser and the gelding Cruiserwillwin, both stopping the timer in 2:02.1 after effective rallies. Mike Gillock trains Teen Cruiser for owner Bob Key, while Schadel is the conditioner of Cruiserwillwin and also the co-winner with his wife Christine.   Team Shaw - owner and four-year-old Mason Shaw, father/trainer Jason, and driver/brother Chris -- continued their mastery of the specific discipline of two-year-old pacing fillies, taking both cuts. The Ponder filly Keystone Nikki rated a moderate pace, then sprinted at the end of a 30.3 last quarter to finish out her mile in 2:06.1, while Gemalous, a daughter of Delmarvalous, rallied in the lane to catch frontstepper Keystone Zeta by ¾ of a length in 2:03.2.   After three stops, Chris Shaw heads the drivers colony with 13 victories; Shawn Johnston is having a breakthrough year and is second with 8, with perennial kingpin Roger Hammer next at 6. Jason Shaw also has 13 trips to the winners circle to lead the trainers, with Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III tied for second at 6.   FINISHING LINES - Apologies to Ron Harvey for not identifying him as the driver behind Gee Wizz George, a winner on June 30 at Butler. Harvey, driving infrequently in recent years, posted his first sulky victory since March 18, 2008 at The Meadows with Smiling Ruthie (for the same trainer, Jean Rastetter) ... Next stops for the fairs is at Dayton PA, with racing action this Saturday and Sunday.     by Jerry Connors for the PA Fair Circuit

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kahoku had to battle to get to the lead but found little resistance after that and it helped him tie the Buffalo Raceway track record for harness racing aged (5+) gelded trotters with a 1:56.2 time in capturing the featured $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (July 8).   The clocking equaled the mark set in 2014 by stablemate Lutetium who ironically won the next race in 1:58.2 to complete the $13.60 daily double for trainer Mark Laidlaw.   Starting on the outside in the field of six, Kahoku had to go three-wide to the opening quarter as Noble Legend and Winkys Pride played hardball for the top.   After getting the advantage and posting splits of 28.3, 57.4 and 1:27.3, driver Ron Beback Jr. and Kahoku ($6.40) were searching for closers in the lane but none were found as a final panel of 28.4 squashed any threats. Noble Legend (Kevin Cummings) finished second a length back while Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) was third.   Co-owned by Colleen Girdlestone and Michael Gentner, the 8-year-old Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Gold) now has eight victories this season in 22 tries, earning $47,318 and moved his career bankroll to $174,380. Girdlestone also owns Lutetium.   Drivers Beback, Mike Caprio, Kevin Cummings each posted doubles while trainers Angelo Nappo and Laidlaw had two wins apiece.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with 10 races scheduled. There's a $581 carryover in the Pick-5 which starts in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kahoku ($10.40) found out for the second straight week that the front end was the place to be as he scored an unexpectedly easy length victory over Cold Certified in Buffalo Raceway's harness racing featured $10,000 Open Pace on Friday night (June 24).   Last Friday, Kahoku never looked back in cruising to a 4-1/4 length decision in a non-winner's event in 1:56.4. This week, the 8-year-old gelding stepped up to face open company and never was threatened in posting the 1:57.2 victory over the fast track.   With two Buffalo Raceway track record holders in the field, Noble Legend and Strong Hope, Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) took his chances on the front end and had a minor skirmish with Cold Certified to reach the top.   Posting panels of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:28.0, the pace-setting Kahoku and Cold Certified managed to open up four lengths on the field turning for home. In the drive to the wire, there were no threats in the lane as Kahoku confidently trotted to the wire and disposed of Cold Certified by a length while Strong Hope (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished a distant third.   Co-owned by Colleen Girdlestone and Michael Gentner and trained by Mark Laidlaw, it was the seventh win in 20 starts for Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Gold). The victory upped his 2016 earnings to $41,438 and $168,500 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings and David McNeight III each had a pair of victories in the sulky.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program on tap. There's a $603 carryover in the Pick-5 that begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2016 -- She Nuit converted a pocket trip to an 18-1 upset harness racing victory in Tuesday's $13,500 Fully & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. She Nuit was away first from post 7 for Brian Zendt before yielding to UF Lindsay Lou Who. The 5-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Bonne Nuit poured through the Lightning Lane to defeat Whata Donato, who also shot the Lightning Lane, by x lengths in a career-best 1:55. UF Lindsay Lou Who saved show. Joe Urban trains She Nuit, who extended her career bankroll to $125,886. Elsewhere on the card, a pair of 2-year-olds set national season's marks in their respective divisions for racing on a five-eighths mile track. Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie-Dancing Trout), a trotting filly, scored in 1:59.4 for Shawn Johnston, trainer Gary Johnston and owner/breeder William Solomon. Box Of Luck (Lucky Chucky-New DVD), a gelding trotter, triumphed in 1:57.2 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Robert Rougeaux III and owner Brocious Racing Stable. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 19, 2016 -- Lightly regarded at 10-1, Pointblank Hanover seized the lead with an uncovered backside bid and rolled on to the upset in Tuesday's $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Pointblank Hanover's uneven performances in recent outings had prompted Ron Burke, who trains the SJ's Caviar-Puffed-Up gelding, to switch from blinkers to an open bridle for the Classicality. But after two lackluster efforts in preliminary legs -- he finished fourth and fifth -- regular driver Tony Hall had an idea. "He was more controllable with the open bridle, but he was just going through the motions in the race," Hall said. " I asked Ron if he could throw the blinkers on him. Even though he's a little more rank with them, he has more go to him. I figured they would be going some fractions today so I really wouldn't have to fight him that much. "They liked the way he trained with the blinkers. He really responded to them today. He's a decent horse. He just gets a little hot sometimes." When Hall moved him from fourth, Pointblank Hanover swept past the leader, 7-5 favorite Breedlove, and drew off to score in a career-best 1:55.3. Breedlove saved place, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Meadowbranch Memo rallied for show. The win brought Hall his second series championship in as many days, as he captured Monday's final of the Do Me Honor Pace with Wasaga Beach. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables campaign Pointblank Hanover. The $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot also brought an upset, as 20-1 Princess Pablano moved first over and wore down the leaders to triumph in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Rags To Riches of PA. Barn Girl shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with early leader Anaffairtoremember third. The 6-year-old daughter of Holy Guacamolie-CR Princess Bride now boasts $252,148 in lifetime earnings. Wilbur Yoder piloted three winners -- all with horses he trains -- on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the $31,300 championship of the Whata Donato Trot for 3-year-old fillies. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 13, 2016 -- Goodtogo Hanover rolled to her fifth consecutive victory -- including two straight in the Whata Donato Trot -- in Wednesday's second leg of the series for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Regal Woman captured the other $17,500 second-leg split. Hammered down to 1-9. Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the lead for Brian Zendt and drew off to score in 1:57, 4-1/4 lengths better than My Pink Bike. A Little Laid Back was third. Bill Zendt trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall, who figures to be a short-priced favorite in next Wednesday's championship leg, and owns with Gary Saul. Regal Woman used a quick backside burst to get the jump on the favorite, Waterview Hanover, and held on to defeat her by 1/2 length for Mike Wilder in 1:58. I'm Justa Lil Lady earned show. Gary Johnston conditions Regal Woman, a daughter of SJ's Caviar-Broadway Woman, for owner/breeder William Solomon. Palone piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Wilder and trainer Tim Twaddle each enjoyed a triple. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows              

Harness racing trainer/driver Todd Schadel, a regular at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, entered five horses in the $15,000 first preliminary round of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing younger females on Tuesday night, and he overcame the outside post eight twice to post identical times of 1:56.4 in taking the two quickest divisions.   First up was the sophomore Southside Hanover, who is also owned by Schadel in partnership with Roger Hammer - the team that brought you Vivid Photo. Certainly gifted with the pedigree for speed (Cantab Hall out of 2000 O'Brien 2TF Sharise Seelster), "South Side" had the fastest 2016 race win time of all of tonight's starters, a 1:57.1 win here last week, but the crowd still let her escape at 7-1, and she never looked back in coming home in 57.4 and lowering her new race mark.   Next up was the SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar, who lowered her mark, taken in a recent qualifier, by a full second. Out of a half-sister to champion Housethatruthbuilt, Real Caviar came home in 57.2 and held off a serious late backstretch challenge by Grand Canyon in winning for owners Schadel and breeder Dr. John Egloff.   Finally breaking up the run of Team Schadel was the Credit Winner four-year-old mare Stirling Debutant, who lived up to her name in her 2016 bow with a 1:57 win, also overcoming post eight. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties for the winner, who made the lead past the quarter and led at the rest of the calls, for trainer Christie Collins and owners J M F Racing LLC.   Team Allard - driver Simon and trainer Rene -- posted overnight triumphs with a pair of classy mares. The Pegasus Spur mare Daylon Miracle passed $600,000 in career winnings when she won a $12,500 trot in 1:53 for the partnership of Allard Racing, Giselle Hebert, Earl Hall Jr., and the ubiquitous Howard Taylor, while Fancy Desire, who won the 2014 Lynch Championship right here at The Downs, pushed her lifetime bankroll over $470,000 as the Real Desire mare took an $11,000 pace for Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh.   The night started off with a mutuel buzz as Rockinthepipes trotted from seventh at the stretch call to win in 1:57.3 and return $71.60 to win. The victory gave Marcus Miller half of the four $50+ winners at The Downs so far this year, and it was the second bomber in five days for trainer Clifton Green, who won with longshot Dark Pool opening day at Harrah's.   PHHA / Pocono  

Flowers N Songs remained undefeated in her three-race harness racing career when she overwhelmed the field in Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. UF Lindsay Lou Who and Pink Pistol took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the track's iconic 2:00 Club. Unraced at 2, Flowers N Songs zipped to the front for Jim Pantaleano and never faced a serious challenge, drawing off to score in 1:58.1, 7 lengths better than Lakeview Tammy. A Toastandcaviar was third. Rich Gillock trains the 3-year-old homebred daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song for Bob Key. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Trustworthy Kid enjoyed a better early seat than usual and used it to launch a winning second-over bid. He prevailed in 1:54.3 for Brian Zendt, trainer Lisa Dunn and owner/breeder Dunn Stable. The first-over Tamarind was second, 1/2 length back, with Dunn Stable's Redder Than Red third. The 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $388,052 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. * * * * * Register now for The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, March 5, with a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. Cost is $100, with $50 allocated to the prize pool and $50 to each player's bankroll. Registered players can enjoy the free lunch buffet in the Triple Crown Banquet Room and will receive a free March 5 Meadows race program. Winner gets 50 percent of the prize pool, with 25 percent for second place, 12 percent for third place, 8 percent for fourth place and 5 percent for fifth place. To register now, call 724.503.1509 or visit the Retail Center in the Racebook. Event-day registration begins at 11:30 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Not Afraid and harness racing driver Dan Dube lasted on the lead Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot. Looped leaving (from post position No. 4) by outside entity Major Athens (George Brennan), Not Afraid did make the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. He rated a :58.4 intermission before 3-5 choice Crazshana (Jason Bartlett)-who had left into a four-hole-was moving again. The fave engaged the leader in and out of a 1:27.3 three-quarters, but Not Afraid was not done. He held a short lead off the final turn as Crazshana grudgingly gave way. Major Athens ducked inside with every chance, but missed a nose in 1:56.1. Crazshana was third, beaten a half-length, with Swishnflick (Mark MacDonald) and Zooming (Tyler Buter) settling for the minors. For third choice Not Afraid, a 7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58.50, with the triple returning $162. Sunday's "French" trot feature was the $26,000 opener, won by Dot Dot Dot Dash (Kakaley, $12.60) in 2:26.2 for the mile-and-a-quarter distance. This was the third Sunday matinee of the season, with the two scheduled consecutively for March 13 and 20 (first post for both 1:10 PM as of this writing) The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), with a dozen races and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent bases wager, races 7 through 11, program pagers available at www.yonkersraceway.com). Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kahoku made it a perfect 2-for-2 over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile harness racing oval on Friday evening (Feb. 26) by going gate-to-wire to effortlessly beat Justgottogetthere by 2-3/4 lengths in the featured $8,200 trot.   In his debut at Buffalo Raceway on February 19, Kahoku (Truman Gale) cruised to a two-length decision in 2:01.3 over a sloppy track. Now stepping up a notch, he had no issues once again in trotting away from his seven rivals by rolling to a 2:00.1 decision on the fast track.   Kahoku, who was racing at Northfield Park, had no trouble in setting the tempo from the pylons. He set steady fractions of 30.0, 1:00.1 and 1:30.0 and faced no opposition in the drive to the wire. It was a battle for the minor spoils with Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) rallying for second and Strong Hope (Jack Flanigen) taking third.   Trained by Mark Laidlaw and co-owned by Colleen Girdlestone and Michael Gentner, Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) is an 8-year-old gelding that now has put $10,760 in the bank this season and $137,822 lifetime.   Gale celebrated his birthday with a pair of victories while Flanigen and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. doubled. Maria Rice had two training victories.   The best card of the season is on tap for Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway beginning at 6 p.m. There's $116,500 in purse money up for grabs with the $24,000 finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series set along with the $10,000 consolation and the $10,000 Open Pace to highlight the program.   For more information, including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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