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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 17, 2016 - Not Afraid with harness racing driver Dan Dube at the controls held off Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) in a two-speed number Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No. 5 among the half-dozen, Not Afraid and outside-remanded "Herbie" were both in play early. Not Afraid retook from Red Hot Herbie right before the :28.4 opening quarter-mile, then rated a comfy 59-second intermission. It was a 1:27.3 three-quarters as Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) moved from third, in front of 13-10 choice Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley). Not Afraid owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane, then held sway despite drifting.. He whipped Red Hot Herbie by a half-length in 1:55.4...fastest local trot mile thus far this season. Tweet Me, Dot Dot Dot Dash and Zooming (Tyler Buter) came away with the remainder, while Theraputic (George Brennan) was outrun. For second choice Not Afraid, a now-7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, he's now 2-for-2 in 2016. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $118. Note that the "French" Sunday matinees take a hiatus until Feb. 28. The Raceway's season continues Monday (first post 7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 10, 2016 - It was wet rather than white as favored Not Afraid and harness racing driver Dan Dube proved best Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot. Leaving from post position No. 4, he had some company with Theraputic (George Brennan) and Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears). "Herbie" made the lead before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile as Not Afraid deferred into a three-hole. After a 58-second intermission, Not Afraid was moving again, hooking Red Hot Herbie in and out of the 1:28.1 three-quarters. Red Hot Herbie owned a short lead into the lane, but Not Afraid was relentless. He put away "Herbie," then held off a hard-charging Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:57. Red Hot Herbie, Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers, while Theraputic tired to last among the half-dozen. For Not Afraid, a now-7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, he won his seasonal debut (career earnings up and over $700,000). The exacta paid $40, with the triple returning $143. The Raceway's season continues Monday evening (first post 7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

Pompano Beach, FL…December 26, 2015…Zeitgeist, handled by harness racing owner Dein Spriggs, claimed the second leg of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closing Event at Pompano Park on Saturday night (December 26), stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.4. The eight year-old gelded son of S J’s Caviar, trained by Allen Saul, came from well off the pace to post the victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths over stablemate Good Feeling, also owned by Spriggs, catch-driven this night by John Campagnuolo. Tymal Recap, far back early on, got up for third with Jeff Schaefer in the bike while Play Fair, handled by Hannah Miller from the second tier 10 post, next. The pacesetting Rel Cash Clown finished fifth for Tommy Santeramo after taking the lead past the opening panel and leading until they turned for home. It was Leonardo on the engine when the gate opened with Leon Cable steering that one through an opening quarter in :28 before yielding to Rel Cash Clown, breaking the half mile beam in a hot :56.4. On the backside, Good Feeling, away comfortably in third, marched up first over to engage the leader as the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Zeitgeist, meanwhile, got the perfect second over journey and got wended his way into striking distance past the third station in 1:28.3. In the lane, Good Feeling took command—but not for long as Zeitgeist had that one measured at mid-stretch and then drew away late. In a post-race interview, driver Dein Spriggs said, “Obviously, the quick pace helped us in a big way and, when Campy (driver John Campagnuolo) pulled on the backside, I just followed him. Zeitgeist just keeps trying all the time until he gets the job done. Doesn’t matter if it’s a 2:00 mile or a 1:58 mile, he finds a way to get there.” For Zeitgeist, it was victory number nine this year sending his seasonal bounty to $31,223 and $114,583 lifetime. Zeitgeist paid $3.00 to win as the popular 1 to 2 favorite. Spriggs, by the way, notched his 27th victory of the year in just 82 starts with his 27-14-11 scorecard tallying a lofty .465 UDRS average. The regular Florida Amateur Driving Club trot went to P L Humanity, driven by owner-trainer Dennis Whittemore. This four year-old altered son of Striking Sahbra overcame a slight bobble prior to the start to post a near gate-to-wire one length win in 1:59.2, pinning the defeat on Kickoff Hanover, with Jamie Macomber driving. Sharpshootennorris was third for Leon Cable while Certain Potential rallied for fourth under the guidance of “Touchdown” Teddy Bowman. Current Image, with Joe Pennacchio in the bike finished fifth in the field of nine. In the process, P L Humanity stretched his winning streak to two to send his 2015 earnings to $21,400. As the 9 to 5 favorite, P L Humanity paid $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with the highlight being the $17,700 Powerline Pace for claiming horses and geldings. In that event, first leg winner Long Term (3-1) locks horns with second leg winner Trevor Win For Us (7-2) with stiff opposition expected from Oh My Joepa (4-1), Lyons Josephjnr (9-2) and J m Jet Set (6-1), among others. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2015 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Trustworthy Kid rallied three wide around the final turn and went on to capture Friday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid got away at the back of the back and, when third over, appeared to have excess cover. But when Brian Zendt tipped him three wide, he roared through a stretch rendered "good" by persistent snow squalls and scored in 1:56.4. Rompaway Galaxy was second, a length back, with Keystone Chester third. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains Trustworthy Kid, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar--Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $339,302, for owner/breeder Dunn Stable. In Friday's companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember got the jump on the field with a powerful uncovered brush and held on to defeat Mistress Valentine -- who shook loose late -- by a length in 1:55.4. Bessie rallied for show. Aaron Merriman drove for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. With the victory, the 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. Tony Hall, Jim Pantaleano and Chris Shaw each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2015 -- Dismissed at 9-1, Trustworthy Kid peeled off cover around the final turn and blazed widest through the lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Away fifth, Trustworthy Kid followed the live first-over cover of Tamarind. When Brian Zendt asked him for trot approaching the stretch, the 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding zipped by and downed Tamarind by a length in 1:54.3. The pocket-sitting Lady's Dude completed the ticket. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains the homebred Trustworthy Kid, who now boasts $330,302 in career earnings, for Dunn Stable. Dave Palone collected four wins and Aaron Merriman three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Mr Right went to the top of the standings among Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old colt trotters when he won the fastest of seven divisions in the $140,000 third preliminary round in 1:56.3, a personal best, in Tuesday night action at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Victor Kirby and the Donato Hanover-Hey Mister colt had to overcome a first-over trip, but the talented youngster came his own last half in 57.4 to run his series record to 3-2-1-0, the best of all the babies, for trainer Leigh Raymer, who is also co-owner with Stephen Moss and Harold and Helene Solomon.   The only horse to beat Mr Right in the Stallion Series is Cufflink Hanover, who won in the first leg, skipped the second to try the deeper waters of the Sire Stakes, and came back to the Stallion ranks Tuesday and won in 1:57.4 wire-to-wire.   The gelded son of Andover Hall-Savoire Faire, possibly named after the pet turtles in the movie Rocky, is owned by driver David Miller and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc of trainer Nifty Norman.   Besides Mr Right and Cufflink Hanover, Twin B Ammunition added his name to the list of two-time Stallion winners by reducing his mark to 1:58.4.   TNT Rusty, the only double winner in the first two Stallion legs, was on the lead turning for home but made a break, opening the door for the Explosive Matter-Anklets Aweigh gelding to get the decision for trainer Bennie Magliochetti, having a career season, and owner Mahlon Martin.   It's hard to believe that it has been 42 years since the filly Starlark Hanover set a world record at Pocono en route to being named 2YO Trotter of the Year (no colt/filly separate voting then), but trainer/driver Dave Wade is still going strong, as he showed by putting a 1:56.4 maiden mark on the Lear Jetta-Ponytail Xpress gelding Nathaniel in another cut.   The baby led at every call for the ownership of Wade, Jerry Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, and William Peel III, also his breeders.   The only siring double of the night went to SJ's Caviar, as two altered sons of his stepped home first: Skeezix, out of Queen Of Angels, who broke his maiden in 1:59 for driver Kevin Wallis, trainer Rollie Mallar, and owner/breeder Michael Andrew, and Petrossian As (out of Elegant Dame), who was second in his debut, a Stallion leg, but showed no signs of not having raced since that event 34 days ago with a 1:58 triumph for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri Ab.   The final division winner had even less experience than Petrossian, but the Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie colt Pilgrims Tide followed up on two winning qualifiers by winning at first asking in 1:57.4 for "The Trot Man" of Pocono, driver Mike Simons, trainer Scott Andrews, and owners Edward W. Andrews and Edward W. Andrews III.   The Sire Stakes counterparts to these freshmen will contest their third preliminary Wednesday, with $251,780 on the line in four divisions.   The second leg saw no horse as a repeat winner from the first.   Jerry Connors

Hambletonian champion Pinkman went off stride at the start, opening the door for his eight rivals in Saturday's (Aug. 22) $500,000 Colonial Trot for 3-year-old male trotters, and Crazy Wow was the one to take advantage. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, won the Colonial by 1-1/4 lengths over The Bank in 1:52.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Uncle Lasse finished third and Wicker Hanover was fourth. Crazy Wow, sent off at odds of 9-1, was the third choice in the betting behind 1-5 favorite Pinkman and Uncle Lasse. The Bank and Uncle Lasse are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, as is Pinkman. Uncle Lasse took the early lead and remained on top through fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23.3. Canepa Hanover made a first-over bid, but was unable to pass Uncle Lasse. Crazy Wow, who enjoyed a trip following the leader, took charge in the stretch and pulled away to victory. "I wanted to follow Pinkman, but it didn't work out that way," said Tim Tetrick, who drove Crazy Wow for trainer Ron Burke. "He made a break and I got a perfect trip out of it." "I sat the two hole and my horse responded well." "He felt good. He's a big strong horse and he's great to drive. He works at it, he's got a great attitude, and he likes to win." Crazy Wow has won five of nine races this year and earned $542,537. For his career, the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gain has won 10 of 20 starts and banked $775,465. He is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. "It's a big win," Burke said. "He's a good horse that I think can go with them all the time when he gets the chances. In the big races, I think he will acquit himself well. He'll have some more chances to race against these." Crazy Wow's future schedule includes the Canadian Trotting Classic in September at Mohawk. Yannick Gingras, who drove Pinkman, was unsure why the gelding went off stride. Pinkman, the winner of 14 of 18 lifetime races, had never made a break in a pari-mutuel race in his career and wound up last in the nine-horse field. "I don't know," Gingras said. "I was just taking him to the gate and he made a break." Colonial Consolations If you backed Centurion ATM in the $200,000 Consolation I and saw driver Ake Svanstedt pull his horse out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarters to battle favored Whom Shall I Fear, you had to be encouraged, for Svanstedt is one of the best sulksyitters in the world. Centurion ATM went right to the lead and strode off to a 1-3/4 length win in 1:53.3, a tick off of his lifetime record. Svanstedt, whose world champion Sebastian K was retired to stud during special on-track ceremonies earlier in the card, is also the trainer of Centurion ATM, a son of SJ's Caviar, who is owned by Courant A B and Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Sebastian K's sponsors). Muscle Diamond, second in the Breeders Crown at the end of last year but slow to find top form this season, may have turned a corner in the $100,000 Consolation II, coming from second-over to win a five-horse across-the-track finish in 1:53.2, equaling his lifetime mark while defeating Cruzado Dela Noche by three-quarters of a length. Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III is a co-owner of the son of Muscle Hill with trainer Brett Bittle, Dan Bittle, and Charles Keller IV. Ken Weingartner

After the cancellation of the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes program for three-year-olds yesterday, harness fans got to see some talented two-year-olds on the track today (Thursday) at the Wayne County Fair.   Roger Hammer had two geldings run their fair records to 7-6-1-0 in the racing for the freshmen. He posted the fastest time on the pace with the Nuclear Breeze - B T Falcon gelding Billy's Falcon, whom he owns, trains, drives, and bred.    (We should note, though, that despite that lofty record, Billy's Falcon is fractionally behind in the seasonal pointstandings to the McArdle-Timeless Classic gelding Mclassic, who has an 8-4-3-1 tally after winning at Waynesburg Monday.)   Also 7-6-1-0 on his tour of Pennsylvania is the Donato Hanover-Gaytanes gelding High Octane, this time home in 2:08.2 for owner/trainer/driver Hammer.   Hammer's A Little Laid Back, the leader among baby trotting fillies, lost a four-race winning streak when she ran into the Cantab Hall-Eclat Hanover buzzsaw miss Connie Jean, now four-for-four at the country twicearounds after a 2:10 win for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and owners Charles Keller III (the Hall of Fame nominee), Charles Keller IV, and Dan and Brett Bittle.   Trainer/driver Schadel also posted the fastest trot time in the FFA event with the SJ's Caviar mare Caviar Call Girl, a 2:07.3-29.3 winner for himself and wife Christine, also the breeders.   It seems only appropriate, five days after the tenth anniversary of their Vivid Photo winning the Hambletonian, that Hammer and Schadel both sat atop the training and driving lists with three winners during the abbreviated session.   Brandon Givens drove a pair of winners as he continues his comeback, with his seasonal totals 59-20-9-7-.463, and he sits fourth in the sulky statistics behind Hammer (44), Chris Shaw (37), and Brady Brown (24).   Next week the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes circuit makes two stops.   First will come the action at the Washington County Fairgrounds, the site known as Arden Downs during its Grand Circuit days, where sophomores will go Monday and freshmen Tuesday, both days at 10.   The circuit then moves on to the (relatively) nearby Dayton Fair, for action starting at high noon on Wednesday (three-year-olds) and Thursday (two-year-olds).   Jerry Connors

Half brothers Trustworthy Kid and Classicality kept it in the family Monday at The Meadows when they finished 1-2 in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Classicality was on the lead as the field headed for home, with Trustworthy Kid shoved three wide into the final turn and trailing by 4 lengths. But Trustworthy Kid powered past his kid brother -- and stablemate -- and defeated him for Wilbur Yoder by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Count Me In followed the winner's cover for third. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains Trustworthy Kid, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, while Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions Classicality, a 5-year-old Classic Photo gelding. Dunn Stable owns and bred the siblings out of the Lindy Lane mare Penn Worthy Lane. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

Trustworthy Kid followed the cover of Lady's Dude, then blew by in the lane to capture Monday's $16,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trainer Walter "Boots" Dunn equipped Trustworthy Kid with blinkers for the race, and Dunn Stable's homebred had little trouble with focus. He scored in 1:53.3 for Brian Zendt, 2-1/4 lengths better than 37-1 long shot Cantab Lindy, while Lady's Dude saved show. The 6-year-old SJs Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding extended his career bankroll to $290,136. Mike Wilder and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Tuesday's live program at The Meadows, which begins at 12:55 PM, will be preceded at 12:30 PM by the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. The draw can be seen on Meadows Live! Evan Pattak  

WATTSBURG PA - This year is the 50th anniversary of Curly Smart's "Miracle at Delaware," where a Ohio quagmire of morning mud was transformed, under Smart's direction, into a manicured half-mile harness racing track where Bret Hanover set world records in winning the Little Brown Jug.   The same qualities of determination, spirit, and hard work were shown on Sunday at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Wattsburg PA, where an unraceable surface on Saturday, through the hard work of the local track crew, horsemen spearheaded by Bob Rougeaux, and even racing officials (see picture of presiding judge Doug Bishop and visiting State Fair of West Virginia racing director Mike Quick), became a fairly good half-miler over which to race Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes three-year-olds a day later.   EJ And Orr became the first 2015 winner at the PA fairs when he tallied in 2:05 over a good track in one of the colt pace divisions for driver Crist Hersherberger, trainer Dan Walski, and owner Walski Stables LLC. After Given Up Terror (driver Chris Shaw) won the second division in 2:06.1-29.3, John Paul teamed with driver Shawn Johnston for the day's fastest mile, 2:04.4, with a 29.1 kicker in winning for trainer Ted Williams and owner Richard and Paul Williams in the third cut.   During these races, the first of the brief periods of rain that continued throughout the card emerged, as weather radar showed blotches of what looked like melted various-hued Crayola crayons going through the area every 20 minutes or so. The track was downgraded to "slow" after four races, but the competitive racing continued, even if the stopwatch finally clicked a bit later than normal.   Tropical Terror, the winningest 2YO in North America in 2014 with 16, took down a division of the three-year-old filly pace in 2:09.3, with Team Shaw picking right up where it ended the 2014 fair season - this victory completed a double for owner Mason Shaw, now three years old, and trainer/father Jason (they also sponsor 3PC Given Up Terror). The triumph was one of four on the day for driver (and Mason's uncle) Chris Shaw, who along with his brother Jason topped the fair standings in their respective divisions last year. Tropical Terror also completed a double for sire Western Terror; KF St Patrick also fathered two winners on the card.   Fastest of the card's trots was generated by the SJ's Caviar filly Tobiko, who prevailed in 2:09.2 as the intermittent Sunday rain started to show its effect. Aaron Johnston sulkysat behind the winner for trainer Dave Wade of SJ's Photo fame; David also is co-owner with Delores Wade, Jerry Brittingham, and William Peel III.   The PA fair circuit makes its second stop of the year this Friday and Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fair, and may they have either no problems with weather - or bring out the same altruistic determination from their experienced crew which the folks at Wattsburg exhibited to put on the Sunday show.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association's publicity office

Pompano Beach, FL...May 27, 2015...Hall of Fame Driver Wally Hennessey had a Hall of Fame Night at the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, winning five of the nine races, including a sweep of the two feature events.   Hennessey kicked off the program with a handy win back of the amazing mare Godiva Seelster in the $8,500 co-featured "Winners Over" pace for mares.   In winning, Godiva Seelster extended her streak of paychecks to 55 covering her every start as a three year-old, four year-old and, thus far, five year-old seasons.   Taking the lead as the gate's wings folded, this daughter of Camluck clocked panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.3 before an eye-popping :26.3 sprint home left her 5 1/4 lengths clear of Artful Impulse, driven by Andy Santeramo.   Real Nice Girl and Joe Sanzeri teamed up to be third, almost 10 lengths away, with Keystone Christa and Goldstar Rockette next in the quintet.   In a post race interview, Hennessey said, "You can pretty much just copy what I said about her last week.   The fractions were just about the same and she just keeps on doing this all on her own.   It seems like I never ever have to ask her for anything. She might not win every start....but she sure tries hard every start. She's just amazing that she has been so good so long."   Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, " Lady Godiva" now sports a 6-3-0 scorecard in nine starts this year, good for $37,500. She's now banked $146,332 lifetime to go along with her 1:51.1 mark.   Off at 1 to 20 in the betting, Godiva Seelster paid $2.10 to win.   After capping off the early daily double with The Muscler ($5.60) , Hennessey came back in the third race to capture the other co-feature, the $8,500 "Winners Over" trot with Count Speed, also trained by Dan Hennessey for the O'Neil's, in 1:55.4.   Count Speed, a six year-old gelding by Majestic Son, also had an easy time of it, taking the lead at the word "go" and then proceeding through sensible fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:26.4 before using a :29 finale to score an unscathed win measuring 1 1/2 lengths over My Revenuer and Tom Sells.   Gold Savage, handled by Mickey Mc Nichol, finished third followed by On The Tab and Verdi (Count Speed's stablemate), the latter making a rare miscue just past the opening station.   In winning, Count Speed stretched his winning streak to six--he's now 6 for 8 this year--good for 2015 bounty of $25,720 and $224,120 career-wise.   Count Speed was 2 to 5 on the board and paid $2.80 to win.   Win number four for Hennessey came in the conditioned trot with Legend Field ($8.80), this chestnut five year-old son of SJ's Caviar just up in the final stride to win in 1:57.   Hennessey capped off his "Hall of Fame" night by guiding the claiming pacer American Gold to his fourth straight win--this one in 1:54.1 as the 7 to 5 favorite.   Hennessey now has 8,755 lifetime wins.   Racing continues on Saturday night at Pompano Park with a carryover in the Super Hi-5 of $1,783.71.   John Berry for Pompano Park  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The chalk was perfect Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in three divisions of a $96,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies.   First up was Focus On Me, a daughter of SJ's Caviar who is now perfect in two seasonal starts after rallying from the pocket into a 28.1 last quarter to catch pacesetting Fly Angel Fly by a neck while taking a race mark of 1:56.4. Dan Rawlings handled the driving for trainer Rick Beinhauer, of Sierra Kosmos fame (he is the first and antepenultimate listing, among others, in the 347 "prior owners" of the horse listed by the USTA), and Rick and his wife Regina both own and bred the promising filly.   Livininthefastlane, 2-3 in the two weeks of the Breeders Crown last year, surely lived up to her name in her seasonal debut, making an early move to the lead and storming home in 27.3 to post a 1:54 clocking that missed her 2YO record by a tick. The daughter of Donato Hanover races for Team Orange Crush, trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy, and the well-known ownership triumvirate of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband.   The "Crushers" were right back in Pocono's Victory Lane with another daughter of Donato Hanover, as Sky Hanover, now undefeated in four seasonal outings, had to survive the first-over grind in withstanding the horse on her back, Big Barb, by a half-length in 1:56.1. Sky Hanover is owned by the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, Banyan Farms and Westminster Road LLC.   ******* It's back on Tuesday! The High Five! $5000 carryover pool, race six on the card. Every race night. Good luck!   PHHA / Pocono

Joe P Racing's million-dollar earner Sevruga (Andy Miller) took the first of two co-featured events for upper-conditioned level trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday. The son of Sj's Caviar took command shortly after the quarter-pole, when Razor Ramone (Yannick Gingras) went off stride. Sevruga was able to hold off the late challenge of Joe Smith's Possessed Fashion (Brett Miller) to pick up his 32nd career win, and his second straight. The mile was completed in 1:53.2. Sevruga paid $4.00 in a field that was scratched down to five. In the second division, it was Christy Markos and Greg Peck's Stan The Man (Scott Zeron) winning his fourth straight. The son of Credit Winner drafted patiently in the pocket behind favorite Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) until the top of the stretch, when he won the sprint home by a quarter-length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. It was his 11th career win and his 4th of 2015. He paid $7.00. Uva Hanover finished second, while My Love Bi (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was third. Michael Bozich

Louisville, KY --- He’s earned $1.06 million, set his lifetime mark of 1:50.3f at age five, will be returning to the scene of his greatest triumphs on Friday night at The Meadowlands (March 20) and has the first stall in his barn. It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane. It’s Sevruga. “The horse was sold in July to Joe Pennacchio and he really cares about him,” said Julie Miller, the gelding’s conditioner. “He realized he might not be doing as well as he should have been and he sent him back to us. It is so terrific to have him back home. Right when he got off the van, his ears were pricked and he took up exactly like he had never left.” The 7-year-old son of SJ’s Caviar and the Malabar Man mare Stunning Lindsey will compete in a $27,500 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands on Friday. It is race six on the card and Sevruga will leave from post position five with his regular pilot, Andy Miller, in the bike. The venerable trotter will take on six foes and is listed at 6-1 on the morning line. It is his second pari-mutuel engagement of 2015 after finishing sixth at Dover Downs on March 11. “I can qualify him three times, but he’s just too smart and knows the difference between that and a real race,” Miller said. “He knows when there is money on the line and gets much more out of his races. At Dover he came out of that race a little sick, but he’s fine now. I expect him to take a couple starts before he is really fit.” Sevruga has faced the starter on 85 occasions with 30 victories, 19 second place finishes and 10 thirds. Unraced at age two, the gelding earned just under $150,000 as a 3-year-old while only performing in two races around the $100,000 purse mark. At that time he was trained by Tyler Raymer and co-owned by Raymer and Jim Meittinis. He was first sent to Andy and Julie Miller as a 4-year-old and earned $244,000 from 21 races. He was also fourth in that year’s Nat Ray and Maxie Lee Memorial behind champion Chapter Seven. It was as a 5-year-old, however, when Sevruga showed how classy he was. He banked $484,575, compiled a record of 22-9-7-2 and posted triumphs in the John Cashman Jr. Memorial and the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and only failed to hit cash a check twice. “We were so tickled to death when he won those two stakes,” Miller said. “Especially after all the opens he had been in and he proved he could go anywhere as he had won at Pocono, Chester and Yonkers. We were so happy for him that he was able to accomplish that.” After failing to cash a check in the 2013 Breeders Crown and Allerage Pace at the end of his campaign, it was discovered the horse had a piece of bone jutting off the side of an ankle and after Dr. Patty Hogan removed the chip, Sevruga showed up for his 6-year-old campaign as good as new. He captured his first two starts, was second in the third, then third in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final and second in the Maxie Lee. Shortly after a fifth place finish in his Cashman elimination, Sevruga was sold and transferred to the barn of Kevin Carr. In his seven starts for Carr he won only one time. Pennacchio returned him to the Millers in the fall and in the six times he raced for them to end his season, he collected a win, two seconds and a third. For the 2014 season, the gelding added $186,870 to his bank account from 23 races. “We gave him some time off to freshen him up and now he is ready to go,” Miller said. “I don’t know if he can keep up with some of the top stakes horses out there, especially with the group of 4-year-olds we have coming out, but he still enjoys being out there. “We have been so lucky to have him and I can’t say enough good things about Joe Pennacchio giving him back to us. When you are a trainer, it’s a job, but there are some horses you really fall in love with and he is it.” As for his personality, Sevruga is exactly what you would expect of a horse that has put together such an outstanding career. “There is not much to say about him because he is such a pleasure to be around in every possible way,” Miller said. “He loves the attention he gets being in the first stall and he just always behaves like a classy, old gentleman. Like I said before, he might have lost a step, but he showed he can still get it done in his qualifying win at the Meadowlands on Feb. 26. We feel he can still do really well in the Opens, but no matter what he does, we are just so, so, happy to have him home.” by Kimberly French USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 15, 2015 - It just isn't a fair fight. Not even an assigned 12-hole ("11-hole" after a second-tier scratch) and taking a whole lot of Sunday afternoon cold, windy Westchester air could deter harness racing favored Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $4.80) from winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot. Out a long way and just minding his business through any number of lead changes, Not Afraid eventually went after DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) in and out of the final turn. The two wagering choices, plus 53-1 longshot Dancehall Mistress (Mark MacDonald), left the rest behind. However, Not Afraid is too tough, winning the mile-and-quarter Ides of March feature by a neck in 2:28. Dancehall Mistress dove inside and snapped second, with "DW," Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Brando's Muscle Man completing the cashers. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Andeberg, he's 6-for-8 this season, having won his last four starts. The exacta paid $153.50, with the triple returning $791. Special Sunday props to Brian Sears, who drove four winners during the dozen-race card. Stakes/series action continues next week. Monday, it's the second round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Tuesday, the second round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Saturday, opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 PM), with a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). There are no Sunday matinees scheduled until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available. Frank Drucker

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