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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A frosty Saturday of harness racing is set to be capped off with the top pacers on the grounds this week at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. and the $3,000 preferred pace will line up in the finale as Creepin looks for his third straight from the handicapped post 7. David Dowling is back in the bike for trainer Jim Quinn, who co-owns with Alex Quinn and Carl Peterson. The six-year-old son of Mach Three has been superb so far in 2020 with wins in both his outings. Winter Blast has been in the triactor in both those races and will work from post 5 this week for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jennifer Doyle. The grey son of Sand Shooter will be looking for his 29th lifetime win. Rockin Indy also has an outer post as the post 6 starter will again race from the Chris Davies stable with Adam Merner at the controls. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will excuse the post disadvantage as he selects Creepin for top spot. "Creepin has dominated the top class the past two weeks and his versatility was on display as he used a different racing style in each," MacIsaac said. "He's not a lock but at the same time, it's hard to go against him the way he's been racing." Other preferred entrants are Midnight Matt (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Jetster (Marc Campbell) and Pictonian Storm (Corey MacPherson). Mystery Phil is the lone newcomer on the program in race 4 for a $2,200 purse. Merner is in the driver's seat for trainer Davies and new owners Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale as the morning line favourite. The five-year-old son of Shanghai Phil is a six-time winner in his career, sporting a lifetime best of 1:54.4 taken over Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. He last raced at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont., on Dec. 19, finishing fifth in 1:57.4 for driver Colin Kelly. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Sandy Win has been her fans' best friend of late, and once again she came through for her faithful, winning a third straight start by taking the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. The 8-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Google completed her natural hat trick - all against the same non-winners of $15,000 stock - by defeating 3-5 favorite Major Occasion A by a neck. In her 146th career start, the Chuck Connor Jr. trainee established a new lifetime best of 1:50.2, and kept her winning streak going by scoring again as the non-favorite. Corey Callahan asked for early speed from Sandy Win, and that's just what he got, as the pair hit the quarter in :26.4. Major Occasion A was well back at this point before picking up cover and racing fourth-over past the half. Sandy Win - after rating the second fraction back to :29.1 - had to step on the gas to the tune of a :27.3 third quarter to rebuff the challenge of the pesky first-over Believe In Me while Major Occasion A was mounting a challenge while three-wide at three-quarters with still quite a bit to do. Through the stretch, Sandy Win continued to find more as Major Occasion A was airborne late, and despite a :25.3 final quarter by Major Occasion A, Sandy Win's :26.4 kicker was enough to register a safe win. Believe In Me held third.   Owned by Robert Main, Sandy Win returned $8.20 to her grateful backers, who received $20.60 and $8.60 mutuels in her prior two wins. Lifetime, she has won 24 times and earned $211,693. CAN-AM PICK-4 RETURNS SATURDAY: The 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4, which gives the challenge to handicappers of selecting the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park returns on Saturday night. The sequence will begin with WMP's 10th race. A LITTLE MORE: Well, actually, it's a lot more if you had the 50-cent Pick-5. The sequence saw winner's odds of 9-1, 1-1, 21-1, 9-5 and 13-1, and one sharp handicapper collected the huge payout of $32,166. ... Alek Chartrand and Drew Monti both recorded their first Big M driving wins of the year, Chartrand is also the trainer of Trixie Dust, who was sent to the gate as the 9-5 post-time choice. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for Saturday's 14th race to $97,077. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,773,142. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Lickcreek Speedway has steadily picked up her game since arriving from Indiana and looms the one to beat in Friday night's Annette Funicello - Glen Holt Pace for owner Jennifer Scarberry and harness racing driver/trainer James Kennedy. The 3-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter had been racing at Hoosier Park with mixed results while leaving from some difficult posts, but seems to have found a nice home here at Cal Expo. "I got her at the beginning of the meet from Jacob Fox," Kennedy related when asked about the distaffer. "She'd been making breaks and he told me I had to be careful with her on the first turn." Lickcreek Speedway made a miscue in her first start here on opening night, but has been on her best behavior in the last two appearances, resulting a near-miss and then a solid score as the favorite in last week's Funicello Prep. "I made some adjustments after that first start here to her hobbles and her headgear and it's been working," James said. "I was real happy with the way she finished in her second start and it all came together last week. "The plan was to let her settle in on the first turn and then make a move down the backside. She ended up getting parked first-over, but she was real strong and I never even had to pull the earplugs or really ask her for her best." Lickcreek Speedway is one of two performers Kennedy currently has under his care and he explains that's pretty much the way he likes it. "Both horses are owned by friends, and right now I prefer to concentrate on the driving." Annette Funicello - Glen Holt Pace on tap Lickcreek Speedway, a game first-over winner last week, heads the cast for Friday night's featured $8,300 Annette Funicello - Glen Holt Pace for fillies and mares. The main event on the 11-race Watch and Wager LLC program will go as eighth event of the evening with first post set for 6:15 p.m. There will also be an excellent supporting card with an Open Pace, a Distaff Open Pace and an Open Trot. Lickcreek Speedway is a 3-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Sand Shooter who is owned by Jennifer Scarberry and is reined-and-trained by James Kennedy. She has turned in two solid efforts at this meeting from coming in from her home state. Making her California debut here on November 24, the bay miss came rolling late for Kennedy to miss by a nose, then got her revenge in last weekend's Funicello Prep when she came first-over at the quarter and wore down pace-setting Dancer's Fancy in the late stages for a length score. The latter is a Fancy Schmansy mare who has also put in two very good miles at the session. She carries the banner of Vikki Pfeilsticker with Rick Bertrand training and Mooney Svendsen at the controls. She was a sharp winner in her first start and carved out the fractions last week before getting overpowered on the line. Completing the field are; Lookslikewemadeit, Nathan Sobey; Sing N Sandi, Dean Magee; That's How It Goes, Richard Schneider; Rosebud's First, Steve Wiseman; Dancer's Fancy, Mooney Svendsen; Hot Dandy, Chip Lackey; and Glad to Meet Ya, Luke Plano. The co-featured Open Pace will find Dave Goldschmidt Memorial winner Allymyx'sliventexas seeking his fourth straight win at the meet, while the Distaff Open finds barnmates Fancy Little Girl and Totally Racy in the spotlight with Dougs Hobby Horse and Silverhill Volo getting a rematch in the Open Trot. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Charlottetown, PE - Winter Blast, under the command of driver Jason Hughes, picked off the race favorites to win the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The grey six year-old son of Sand Shooter stopped the timer in 1:56.1. Trained by Jennifer Doyle for owner Danny Birt, Vernon Bridge, PE, Winter Blast returned $31.90 on the nose for his fifth victory from 14 starts this season. Elm Grove Kaboom (Walter Cheverie) was second while Cartoon Daddy (Kenny Arsenault) completed the triactor. The 8-1-3 combination paid $347.40. In other action, Sodwana Bay remains perfect since arriving on the East Coast on June 17th capturing the open mares for her seventh win in a row for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. Sodwana Bay is owned by Wayne MacRae, NS and Howmac Farms Ltd, PE. Barrieau, Myles Heffernan and Corey MacPherson recorded driving doubles on the night. Wager was $49,069. Racing returns to Charlottetown with the start of Old Home Week 2018 on Thursday August 9th. Post time is 7pm. The 59th running of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer takes place on Saturday August 18th. For complete details go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

The Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap pace, and it was Jazzmanian Devil with Moonie Svendsen in the bike who charged out of the gate from post four to the early lead, before yielding to Bunkerhill Bill (Gerald Longo) past the ¼ in 27.3, then sitting the pocket through the middle half in 56. and 1:23.4, before charging by in the stretch to draw away by 2 lengths in 1:53.2, with Bunkerhill Bill second best, and Bettor In The Bank (Dean Magee) finishing 3rd. Jazzmanian Devil is owned by William Condon, of California, and trained by Steve Wiseman. This was the 8th win of the year for the 5 year old gelding by Sand Shooter, and it boosted his seasonal bankroll to $ 31,937. He paid his backers $11.40 at the windows. In the $7,000 Minnesota-sired 3 year old geldings Trot, it was The Winnin Dollar (by Sos Lunar Eclipse), who did the winning and paid $9.00, he is owned by Jesse Delong of Wisconsin, trained by Justin Anfinson, and was driven to the 1:59 lifetime mark by Nick Roland. The very nice 6 year old gelding Buddy's Hope (Luke Plano) picked up another impressive win, for Sean Lancaster and Jerome Bouvier, in a nice field of conditioned pacers, stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and paying $7.20 to win. Driver Nick Roland scored a hat-trick on the card, while Lemoyne (Moonie) Svendsen picked up a driving double and Rick Magee all scored doubles on the Saturday night card. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Tuesday night, June 7 at 7:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $3,193.51 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Melanie Plourde and Sabrina Clevenger each had milestone wins on Sunday night at Pompano Park as the South Florida oval celebrated St. Valentine’s with two harness racing events featuring the ladies. The first St. Valentine’s Day event—The Sweetheart Trot—went to Back To Peace, handled by Melanie Plourde for owner-trainer Shane Arsenault. Plourde sent Back To Peace, a seven year-old altered son of Angus Hall, right to the front and posted fractions of :30, :59 and 1:29 before a :29.1 sprint home sealed the deal measuring ¾ of a  length over Well Connected Kid, driven by Maria Howard. Magic Cheque, with Brooke Nickells in the sulky, rallied with a :28.4 closing panel to be third, just a nose back of Well Connected Kid. M C Felix was fourth while Jailhouse Lawyer finished fifth in the field scratched down to a field of eight. The win for Plourde was her 174th lifetime but the very first on U.S. soil as all of her other wins were at Canadian tracks. Back To Peace won for the initial time in 2016 in six starts and now has eight wins in 120 lifetime journeys to the starting gate, good for $117,775 in career bounty. As the 9 to 5 second choice, Back To Peace paid $5.80 to win. In the Sweetheart Pace, Sabrina Clevenger, driving Normandy Invasion, wasted no time blasting from the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate with her 1 to 5 tote-board favorite as this six year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere zipped through panels of :28.2, :55.4 and 1:25 before gliding home a 10 length winner in 1:55.2 over Jet Er Done, handled by Anne Turenne, with Val’s Way and Melanie Plourde teaming up to be third. Winning Solution finished fourth while Master Of Puppets picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Owned by Yves Sarrazin along with Allard Racing, this Rene Allard trainee earned his first win of the season in four starts after having been absent from the racing wars for a year-and-a-half. Coming into the action with five lifetime wins and a mark of 1:48.4, Normandy Invasion, now with lifetime earnings of $134,744, was promptly claimed out of the event for $4,000. The many $2 investors on Normandy Invasion’s nose were rewarded with a dividend of $2.60. For Sabrina Clevenger, this was also a milestone win—this being her first at Pompano Park. Meanwhile, the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace featured a stellar field with combined earnings of over $3 million and, at the wire, it went to Bluehourpower, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., to keep his 2016 scorecard perfect—now at four-for-four. The five year-old gelded son of Sand Shooter made a very sharp and confident quarter move brushing by Bandolito after a :27.4 opener from 2 ½ lengths out of it during a second panel officially timed in :26.4 and then posting fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1 before stopping the timer in 1:51, his margin a half length over Arthur Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) with Bandolito (George Napolitano, Jr.) third, 2 ½ lengths away. Panocchio rallied to finish fourth after beginning from the outside post while Duc Dorleans was fifth in the field scratched down to seven. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. said, “I was confident that he’d be good off of his short rest. He trained back very well and all I had to do was give him a couple of soft reminders in the lane. “This was a pretty good group of pacers assembled here tonight so I was very proud of his performance.” Trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower now has lifetime earnings of $536,881. As a very slight 2 to 1 favorite in this evenly matched field, Bluehourpower paid $6.20 to win. The $12,500 Open 2 Pace went to Dedi’s Dragon, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., in 1:51.2. Johnny Grippa, handled by Dan Clements, finished second after battling the entire route through panels of :26.3, 54.4 and 1:23.1—finishing a length away at the line. Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was third while Four Socks rallied stoutly in the lane to be fourth. Maddysonofagun picked up the minor award in the field of nine. Dedi’s Dragon, fourth early on, brushed up strongly on the backside to engage Johnny Grippa in battle, finally forcing that one into submission in deep stretch. Owned by John McGill, along with Brian Carsey and the J L Benson Stable, Dedi’s Dragon, trained by Paul Holzman, won for the 19th time in 97 career starts with this win pushing his lifetime bounty over the $750,000 plateau--$755,706 to be precise. The 2 to 1 second choice returned $6.20 to win. Also on Sunday night, the $12,100 conditioned pace went, in an upset, to Bunkerhill Bill, handled by Mike Micallef for owner-trainer Gene Miller. This five year-old son of Voracious Hanover, a winner in his last start at even-money, successfully jumped up a couple of notches in class to score a 1:52.2 win at 25 to 1 odds this time around, using a late burst to collar the pacesetting Mister Virgin (George Napolitano, Jr.) by a neck with Teranadawn (Kevin Wallis) just another nose back in third. Heart Felt, prominent the entire route, finished fourth while KR’s Power Surge finished fifth in the field of 10. Bunkerhill Bill won for the 16th time during his career measuring 71 starts to push his earnings over the “century” mark--$100,816, to be precise. A mutual of $53.60 awaited those who has a $2 win ticket on Bunkerhill Bill. Racing continues on Monday night with first post scheduled at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, Fl.January 17, 2016.Bluehourpower scored a three-peat harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, covering the mile in 1:50.3 for Ricky Macomber, Jr. The five year-old son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, pinned what turned out to be a handy defeat measuring 1¾ lengths on Arthur Blue Chip, with Wally Hennessey driving. Whogoesfirst, saving ground all the way, finished third for Kevin Wallis while Northern Companion, also hugging the inside portion of the track the entire route, finished fourth. Bandolito finished fifth in the sextet after being prominent throughout the mile. At the outset, it was a cavalry charge out of the gate as Bandolito, Arthur Blue Chip, Whogoesfirst and Bluehourpower were all out alertly with Bandolito taking command first before yielding to Arthur Blue Chip who, in turn, yielded to Bluehourpower shortly after the :26.3 opener. With the pace only relenting slightly through a :54.3 half, Bandolito was out and rolling first up on the backside and got within a length of the leader at the third station in 1:22.1. In the lane, driver Macomber "spoke" to his charge and he actually extended his lead to the wire in a very brave effort. After the event, Macomber said, "I was really looking to find a spot mid-pack but, when nothing developed, that left me no choice but to go for the top spot-the way we did last week. He's a handy horse so nothing bothers him. He does anything asked of him. He's sharp right now and he's very brave." In keeping his 2016 record perfect-now three-for-three-Bluehourpower won for the fifth time in six starts since his South Florida arrival and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $527,381 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1:50.2. As the 3 to 2 second choice on the tote-board, Bluehourpower paid $5.00 to his many $2 followers. The $11,000 Open 2 Pace went to Dont Tell Rusty, with George Napolitano, Jr. in the sulky. This seven year-old altered son of Tell All, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, took command after a brief early battle and put together panels of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before fending off the late surge of KR's Power Surge (Dave Ingraham) to score by a neck in 1:51.1. Maddysonofagun finished third, a length away, for John MacDonald while Cee Pee Panic finished fourth. King Royalty picked up the minors in the field of six. Dont Tell Rusty won for the initial time in just three starts in 2016 and sent his career bounty to $189,101. As the 4 to 5 talk of the tote-board, Dont Tell Rusty paid $3.60 to win. The $10,000 conditioned (nw $6,001 last five starts) pace resulted in an all-out war to the wire with Next Thing Smoke'n eking out a narrow victory for Rick Plano over Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., in 1:52.1. Mister Virgin was third for Ed Hensley while Taranadawn finished fourth after cutting fractions of :26; :55.1 and 1:23.4. Blueridge Dancer rallied from last turning for home to finish fifth. Next Thing Smoke'n, a five year-old son of Sand Shooter trained by Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Michael Guest, slipped through along the inside to garner his 16th lifetime victory, sending his career bounty to $212,120. The 3 to 1 third choice in the win pool rewarded his $2 investors with an $8.00 mutuel. Finally, the "Over The Hill Gang" competition for trotters nine year of age or older continued on Sunday night with Celtic Merchant, the elder statesperson of his group of senior citizens at 13, a wire-to-wire winner in 1:55.4 off of panels of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26. The altered son of Angus Hall, owned and trained by Steve Oldford, was driven to victory by Rick Plano, the elder statesman of drivers in this event at 64. The favorite, Mandabra, driven by Dan Clements, finished second, 1¾ lengths back, while the only mare in the field, Mad Cow Lisa, with Dave Ingraham driving, finished third. On The Tab was fourth with Adenium picking up the nickel in the field of nine. In garnering his 43rd lifetime win in 210 career starts, Celtic Merchant's winning time was his fastest since taking his lifetime mark of 1:54.4 at Pocono Downs back in early 2013 and third fastest lifetime. Celtic Merchant now has banked $348,106 during his career stretching back to 2006. As the 6 to 1 second choice, Celtic Merchant paid $15.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a nine race card with first post at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL. January 10, 2016.Bluehourpower, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., again took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's feature $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the clock in 1:51. The five year-old altered son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, was in a battle early with Lyons Johnny (Mike Micallef) before assuming control shortly after a :27.2 opener. From there, Bluehourpower went on to post subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.1 before sprinting home in :27.4, capping a :54.4 final half. The winner's margin of victory stretched to 2¾ lengths at the wire over Lyons Johnny with Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham) finishing third after a ground saving journey. Whogoesfirst, brushing up on the backside to draw alongside the leader at the third station, finished fourth while Martial Bliss, last turning for home, picked up the minor award in the septet. For Bluehourpower, it not only was a repeat win, but his fourth win in five starts since arriving at Pompano Park, pushing his lifetime bankroll to $523,131 on the strength of a career scorecard reading 21-10-14 in 70 starts. After the event, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. said, "I wasn't about to let the field get a seven length jump on me at the start so I had no choice but to leave and go looking for a close up spot. "When none developed, I had no choice but to go for the gusto and try and get to the top. The second quarter helped a lot (:28.4) and, on the backside, we were 'off to the races.' "He's very sharp right now. We just hope he stays like this for a while. These horses aren't machines, you know!" As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Bluehourpower paid $2.40 to his multitude of followers. The $10,500 claiming pace for horses in for a tag of $30,000 went to Johnny Grippa, superbly handled by Dan Clements. This five year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark trained by Jacques Dupont for Mc Trade Enterprises, led from first lengthy stride to last in scoring a handy victory measuring 2 1/2 lengths in 1:51.2, carding panels of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23.2 along the way. Teranadawn, giving chase all the way under the direction of Kevin Wallis, finished second while KR's Power Surge, teamed up with Dave Ingraham, next. King Royalty, saving ground all the way, finished fourth while Cee Pee Panic picked up the final award in the field of seven. The win was number 45 in the 118 race career of Johnny Grippa, sending his lifetime bounty to $214.015. As the 9 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Johnny Grippa paid $5.60 to win. In the $9,500 claiming ($20,000) pace, Maddysonofagun, handled by John MacDonald for trainer Jake Huff and owner James F. Brown, split rivals in deep stretch to pull off an upset win in a lifetime best 1:51.2. The six year-old grey son of Modern Art was last in his sextet as Danger Hi Joltage sizzled panels of :26.1, :55 and 1:22.4 before yielding, first, to the pocket-sitting Mr Massimo (Wally Hennessey) in midstretch and, finally, to Maddysonofagun, splitting rivals late to upset the applecart at better than 12 to 1. Debestleaderever (Rick Plano) rallied to be third while Danger Hi Joltage finished fourth with Lifeimitatesart picking up the nickel. The win, Maddysonofagun's 15th lifetime, pushed his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark--$154,428 to be exact-as he rewarded his faithful with a $27.40 mutuel. Once again, Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank carded the popular "Over The Hill Gang" trot featuring one nine year-old, seven 10 year-olds, an 11 year-old and a 13 year-old with these 10 warriors accounting for almost 1,800 starts, 313 wins and over $3.1 million in purse earnings during their respective careers and, at the wire, it was Mandabra, the 10 year-old altered son of Kadabra scoring a handy win in 1:57.1 for owner-driver Dan Clements, this despite having to overcome an early miscue at the start. Mandabra scored his 2 1/4 length win over the late charging Yankee Manny (Brad Kramer) with Celtic Merchant (Rick Plano) third after surging to the fore around the final turn. On The Tab rallied from far back to finish fourth while M C Felix earned the nickel in the bulky field of 10. Trained by Renaldo Morales III, Mandabra, a recent claim by Clements, earned his second straight win in this "Over The Hill Gang" company and sent his lifetime bounty to $326,295. As 7 to 2 second choice, Mandabra paid $9.40 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a nine race card programmed to start at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 4, 2016...Bluehourpower, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, overcame a very difficult first over journey to score an extremely close victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night at the rain soaked South Florida harness racing oval. The now five year-old gelded son of Sand Shooter stopped the tele-timer in 1:51.2 with the official margin of victory being a nose--and a very slender one at that-over Arthur Blue Chip, teamed up with Wally Hennessey. Lyons Johnny, with MIke Micallef handling the lines, finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away and a whisker better than Bandolito, Cadillac Phil picked up the final award in the very talented million dollar field. The "official" timer had Bluehourpower and Arthur Blue Chip 1/100th of a second apart at the wire. At the outset, the four "outside" horses all went searching for the lead with Bandolito (post six) sweeping up fastest of all and overtaking Cadillac Phil (post five) in the early stages with Arthur Blue Chip finding his best stride early and going up from the outside post eight to get into the fray and Bluehourpower settling into fourth through an opening panel in :26.4. Shortly thereafter, Arthur Blue Chip forged to the front and took the field half way home in :56 with Bandolito in the cozy pocket, Cadillac Phil next and Bluehourpower fourth but beginning his jaunt forward going first up. The pace intensified on the backside with Arthur Blue Chip opening up a notch or two during his :27.2 third panel and Bluehourpower denting the leader's margin with a :26.3 blast of his own and moving along side Arthur Blue Chip at the third station in 1:23.2. In the lane, it was a classic battle right down to the last long stride with the photo showing Bluehourpower a "whisker winner." In a post race interview, driver Ricky Macomber related, "my horse is relentless. He keeps grinding and grinding and grinding until he runs out of racetrack. At the wire, Wally and I looked at each other and we kind of hiked out shoulders and said to each other, 'I don't know, do you?' "Both horses raced very well and very gamely." Trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower kicked off his new season with his 20th lifetime win--his share of the purse sending his lifetime bounty to $517,131. As third choice in the betting, Bluehourpower paid $8.80 to win. In the $11,000 claiming pace for $30,000 claimers, Johnny Grippa, catch-driven by Dave Ingraham, scored a near wire-to-wire win in 1:51.4 over the rain soaked Pompano oval, clocking panels of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23.2 along the route to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths over Teranadawn (Kevin Wallis), enjoying a garden journey throughout but unable to dent the winner in the lane. Mr. Massino (Wally Hennessey) finished third while King Royalty and Dont Tell Rusty picked up the minors in the sextet. This eight year-old altered son of Cam's Card Shark, trained by Jacques Dupont for McTrade Enterprises, continued to pay dividends to his new owners (he was claimed one month ago for $20,000) in scoring his 44th lifetime victory to send his career bounty to $208,765. Off at 5 to 1, Johnny Grippa rewarded his faithful with a $12.60 mutuel. Race Secretary Greg DeFrank also carded an "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot featuring a field of 10 year-olds and up with these seven warriors having,, collectively, over 1,200 lifetime starts and close to $2,000,000 in lifetime bounty. On the wire, there was a four horse blanket finish with Mandabra (Dan Clements) sweeping up late to score by 3/4 of-a-length over Celtic Merchant (Brad Kramer). Savethelstdancforme (Ed Hensley) finished third over Rush N Supreme while Smokin Debra picked up the nickel. Finally, Danger Hi Joltage (Wally Hennessey) scored his third straight win for the Harmon Racing Stable and trainer Rob Harmon, stopping the clock in 1:52.4 over the "good" track while Dorothy Zarza's Northern Companion, scored his 45th lifetime victory by winning a conditioned optional claiming event in 1:53. Dave Ingraham drove the winner for trainer Howard Klohr. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover of $5,454.98. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 13, 2015 - Harness racing driver Ricky Macomber Jr., made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle on Sunday night by guiding Bluehourpower to a photo finish victory in 1:50.3 in Pompano Park’s $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 45 year-old Macomber, out of action since late October after undergoing surgery, guided Wilber Eash’s four year-old son of Sand Shooter to a neck victory over Dont Tell Rusty, driven by Ed Hensley.  Cadillac Phil, making his Pompano Park debut after a five week hiatus from the racing wars, finished third, 1¼ lengths away, for Matt Romano with K-Rock fourth. Next Thing Smoke’n picked up the minors in the sextet. This event turned out to be Pompano Park’s version of this year’s Little Brown Jug as an intense battle developed from the get-go as K-Rock and Dont Tell Rusty battled for supremacy through an opening quarter in a hot :26.3 with “Rusty” finally taking charge and guiding the field half way through the mile in :54.3. On the backstretch, Macomber tipped Bluehourpower to the outside from fifth and made a bold first up bid and reached the leader past the third station in 1:23. Once they straightened away, Dont Tell Rusty appeared to put Bluehourpower away, opening up a length advantage at mid-stretch but Bluehourpower put in his version of the “Wiggle It Jiggleit” Little Brown Jug rally and kept digging, thrusting his neck in front right at the wire. After the race, the soft spoken Macomber said, “That was pretty amazing. He’s a very game horse that tries every step when asked. And, believe me, I asked him for all he had in the stretch…and he gave it to me! I really though I was beat when we straightened away.” Trained by Jamie Macomber, Bluehourpower won for the eighth time this season to push his seasonal bounty to $85,607 to go along with his 1:50.2 mark set just last week. Bluehourpower now has banked $508,256 during his three seasons on the racetrack. Off as the 2 to 5 favorite, Bluehourpower paid $2.80 to win. About 19 minutes later, Macomber was in the winner’s circle again after guiding Long Term, a five year-old son of Jenna’s Beach Boy he owns with James Stonecipher, to a 1:52.4 victory in the $10,000 opening leg of the Powerline Late Closing event for claiming pacers. In an “all-out war to the wire,” Long Term came from dead last half way through to snare the victory in 1:52.4. The winning margin was a neck over Lifeimitatesart (Gilles Barrieau) with the pacesetting J M Jet Set (Wally Hennessey) just a nose further back in third. Lyons Josephjnr finished fourth while Histoire Eternelle picked up the nickel in an event where the first eight finishers were covered by a 2¾ length blanket. Once again, Jamie Macomber trained the winner, now with four successes this semester and earnings of $28,235. This was the biggest “score” in the pacers career—the winner’s share being $5,000--now with $72,493 in lifetime bounty covering 80 starts. As fifth choice in the wagering pool, Long Term paid $18.80 to win and keyed a 20 cent pentafecta payoff of $4933.28 for the winning 6-9-7-1-10 combination. Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank put together the first event in several years for $30,000 claiming pacers and that $10,000 event went to Dan McCartney’s KR’s Power Surge, driven by Dave Ingraham in 1:52. The winning margin was a half-length over Glammit (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Thebestofjoel (Tim Maier) third, a length away. Favored Johnny Grippa was fourth after cutting the mustard through panels of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:23.3. Winyard Hanover, last in the octet turning for home, finished fifth. The winner, a five year-old son of Village Jolt, was away sixth before tilting out into the second turn and making a first over move on the backside, reaching the leader’s side around the final turn. In the lane, KR’s Power Surge forced Johnny Grippa into submission and then held Glammit, finding a seam late, at bay at the wire. KR’s Power surge, enjoying his best season of his career, won for the ninth time in 2015, sending his seasonal earnings to $89,899 and $134,295 lifetime. Off at 5 to 1, KR’s Power Surge rewarded his faithful with a $12.40 mutuel. Pompano Park’s Pick-5 went unscathed on Sunday night and now has a $10,000 guarantee for Monday night’s card—the carryover being $2,522. Post time for the Monday night 12 race program is 7:30. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 6, 2015…Bluehourpower, the Indiana invader making his Pompano Park debut off of a short respite from the harness racing wars, upset the applecart in Pompano Park’s $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 1:50.2. Jason Dillander was in the bike for the win—the 18th of the four year-old’s career but the first away from the friendly confines of the seven-eighths mile oval at Hoosier Park. The altered son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, upset a very talented field including the highly vaunted Arthur Blue Chip, Bandolito, Alexa’s Jackpot and five others to vault over the $500,000 in career earnings--$502,756 to be precise. Dont Tell Rusty, teamed up with Ed Hensley, was second, a head back in the photo finish, while Alexa’s Jackpot finished third for Steve Condren. KR’s Power Surge finished fourth and Bandolito picked up the nickel in the field of nine. At the outset, the even-money tote-board favorite (actually 11 to 10) made a miscue to lose all chance while Alexa’s Jackpot showed his usual early alacrity from post seven to take command after an early tussle with Don’t Tell Rusty, leaving from post six. Bluehourpower was away in good order third while KR’s Power Surge was next in front of Bandolito, that “half left” from the outside nine post and found a spot mid-pack. With positions set in stone through opening panels of :26.3 and :54.4, the action began to heat up on the backside with Bluehourpower going first up and Bandolito trying to catch that one’s live cover. At the third station in 1:22.4, Bluehourpower was “breathing down the neck” of Alexa’s Jackpot, edging to the fore once they straightened away and then holding off the late surge of Don’t Tell Rusty in the picture. After the event, driver Jason Dillander said, “I knew this horse could take a lot of air because I drove him a couple of times as a two year-old and I have seen him enough times in Indiana to know that he can grind a long way. The only question that I had coming in to this race was whether he was tight enough after a couple of weeks off. I should have known that he’d be good because Jamie (Macomber) is a fantastic trainer. He went a great mile.” As fourth choice in the win pool, Bluehourpower paid $17.20 to his faithful. Pompano Park's Pick-4 paid off handsomely on Sunday night as Here Comes William ($9.80), Ardie B Speed ($44.80), Johnny Grippa ($9.60) and Thebestofjoel ($19.40) captured the individual legs with the $1 combination of 1-5-1-6 returning $9,328.50. Racing continues on Monday with an 11 race program and again on Tuesday with 13 races on tap. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Driver John MacDonald scored a grand slam on Friday (September 4) evening's 11-race program at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, capturing the evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace with odds-on favourite Pancakes ($3.00) among three other wins.   MacDonald sent Pancakes straight to the lead through a :26.3 initial quarter, subsequently rating a :57.4 middle half while uncontested.   The 4-year-old Sand Shooter mare worked clear of her seven rivals in upper stretch, dismissing pocket rival Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) and holding clear of a late-rallying Table Games (Frank Davis) for a two-length 1:52 triumph.   Heidi Rohr trains Pancakes for owner Dolores Smiel.   MacDonald also teamed up with Kyler's Valentine ($4.50, 1:54), HMS Firecracker ($13.00, 1:56), and Elettrizzante ($5.20, 1:59.2) to complete his driving grand slam.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 5) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Trotters and distaff pacers shared the spotlight at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 22) evening, and both $7,000 upper-level co-featured events saw decisive winners. The distaff pacing feature went to Pancakes ($3.00), a Heidi Rohr trainee who brushed to the lead after The Filly Princess (Frank Davis) clicked off a :27.4 initial quarter. After sweeping to the fore from third, the 4-year-old Sand Shooter mare drew clear of her five rivals, opening up a four-length lead through three-quarters in 1:23.1. Pancakes held clear to the end of her 1:51.4 triumph, maintaining 3-1/4 lengths clearance over a mild late rally from runner-up Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore). Truman Gale drove Pancakes for owner Dolores Smiel. While an odds-on favourite prevailed in the distaff feature, Fleetwood Hall ($21.40) scored a minor upset in the trotting feature, commencing his bid from worse than midfield once 3-5 favourite Verdi broke stride on the first turn. Roman Lopez moved the 5-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding off the pegs with well over a half mile to go, sustaining a bold first-over bid through the far turn before pushing clear of pacesetter Ulster (Brian Russo) after passing three-quarters in 1:26. Once he passed Ulster, Fleetwood Hall opened up in the final yards, ultimately putting 4-3/4 lengths on Ulster for a 1:54.4 score. Painite (Truman Gale) sustained a mild bid to take third. Deedra Johnson trains Fleetwood Hall for the M T Stables. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (August 23) afternoon. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Eastern. James Witherite

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 7, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to six in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire five lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.1 and notch his fifth win of the season. Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming 1-9 favorite to the front from post eight in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled through fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Kelly D and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip while Sumthintallnstrong and James Yoder began the first over bid down the backside. Doing what Freaky Feet Pete has done all season long, he began to separate himself from the rest of the field turning for home. With a four length lead at the top of the stretch, Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.4 final panel to coast on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick. Sumthintallnstrong rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Swing City and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window. "He surprises me every time he's on the track," trainer Larry Rheinheimer said in the winner's circle after the win. "We don't give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do." Freaky Feet Pete scored his 15th career victory from 17 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $397,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will be aimed next for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park on Friday, August 14 but says the possibility of venturing out of the state of Indiana is not out of the question. "There's a little bit of down time here," Rheinheimer continued. "So, if something fits in the schedule, we'll certainly look into it. As far as the Breeders Crown goes, that's definitely still a possibility for us. If he keeps racing well and going in the right direction, he deserves the chance to prove himself." Royal Rex and Tyler Smith took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:52.3 for trainer Roger Cullipher. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Royal Rex dug in gamely to overcome This Baby Rocks and LeWayne Miller. With the win, the son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go notched his third win of the season from 15 outings. Royal Rex has now earned $50,919 for owner Nathan Sea. The Big Year and LeWayne Miller pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.0. Using a near gate to wire effort, The Big Year held on gamely late in the lane to score the victory. Trained by Erv Miller, The Big Year scored his fourth win of the season from 15 starts. The son of Panspacificflight-Aristocracy has now earned $171,203. All three of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the fourth $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for the star studded 14-race card on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2015 -- Buried behind a wall of horses, Sand Tilly Lace found room deep in the Lightning Lane to score a 10-1 upset harness racing victory in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sand Tilly Lace got away second for Dan Charlino but was shuffled to fourth at the top of the stretch. Charlino guided the 4-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Sara Toots to the Lightning Lane, where she outkicked Phone Terror by a head in 1:52.4 on a "good" surface. Bad Glamour Girl was third. With her fourth-place check, Do Me Honor soared over $600,000 in career earnings. Ron Burke trains Sand Tilly Lace, who extended her career bankroll to $184,988, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Rip This Joint won at first asking in 1:55.1, fastest this year by a 2-year-old pacing colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone piloted the son of Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover for trainer Mike Palone and owner Lone Wolf table. Tony Hall drove three winners on the 12-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Taking advantage of some sizzling fractions by others, the 23-1 longshot Flying Rocket flew past in deep stretch to pull off a huge harness racing upset in Saturday night’s featured fourth race at Balmoral Park. Smartly driven by Ridge Warren, who turned 26 last Christmas Day, Flying Rocket took a full three seconds off his previous lifetime mark when he hit the finish wire in a quick time for the mile of 1:50.4 for trainer and owner Art Gregory Jr. of Lowell, Indiana. At the start Warren took the son of Sand Shooter back from the four-slot and dropped into eighth in the 10-hole field while Major Monet, Big Brad, Ricky Bobbie and Preemptive Bid all battled each other in the early going, taking turns at gaining the top with very rapid fractions of 27.1 and 53 flat to the half-mile pole. Ridge had Flying Rocket on the move on the backside and the Indiana bred quickly ate up the ground and was put into striking position turning for home, some 5-plus lengths behind the leader Big Brad who had command at the half-mile marker and again at the three-quarters, reached in 1:21 flat. John De Long took the favorite Ricky Bobbie out of the pocket in the lane and had the front with an eighth of a mile to go but couldn’t hold off the late rushing Flying Rocket who came down the middle of the track to pick-up his first victory for his current barn. Gregory plucked Flying Rocket out of an $8,000 claimer in mid-March and three starts later the 4-year-old gelding visited the Balmoral Park’s winner’s circle much to the delight of those longshot players who were rewarded with a $49.20 payoff for  a $2 wager Ricky Bobbie, beaten a half-length, got his nose in front of the 28-1 longshot Life Is Good Today for second in the conditioned pace for non-winners if $8,000 in their last 5 starts.. A fourth race $2 Trifecta ticket of 4-3-5 paid off handsomely at $3,787 while the 10 cent Superfecta of 4-3-5-9 put $589 in your pocket for just a thin dime. The ICF pacer Ice Scraper became the fastest horse in the two year history of Miami Valley Raceway with a 1:50.2 victory in last night’s Open Pace on the Ohio five-eighths mile track. In observance of Easter Sunday there is no live racing at Balmoral Park today. Happy Easter everybody. By Mike Paradise

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