It only took until the first race was made official for world records to be tied on Super Saturday Night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. The very first race on the card, a $50,000 Mares Pace Invitational, saw Drop The Ball and driver Corey Callahan come first over at the half and take command away from Camille (Matt Kakaley) and then hold the field at bay, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.2. Camille was second with Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) third. It was not only a lifetime mark for Drop The Ball, but the five-year-old mare by Western Terror tied the world record that she now co-owns with Southwind Tempo and Camille. It was the fourth victory for Drop The Ball, who is trained by Ross Croghan and owned by the Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stable, all of south Florida. Drop The Ball paid $2.60 to win. But not to be outdone, in the 4th race $100,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation for three-year-old trotters, Ultimate Beachboy and driver Dave Palone overcame a big scare from Rocknrolwilneverdie (Brian Sears) and scored a 1:48.3 victory to tie the world record for sophomore geldings. It was Sir Richard Z Tam (Mike Lachance) who left from the outside in post eight and battled for the early lead control from Good Day Mate (Ron Pierce) by the opening quarter mile in :26. But that lead was short lived as Palone sent Ultimate Beachboy to the front before the half mile, but they had little rest as Brian Sears came charging first-over at the half in :53.4 with Rocknrolwilneverdieand nearly passed Ultimate Beachboy. But Palone would not let it happen as he woke Ultimate Beachboy up and they barely were able to keep Rocknrolwilneverdie from taking command at the three-quarters in 1:20.4. But from that point on Ultimate Beachboy drew away from the field and won by three and three-quarter lengths. Net Tem Eom (George Naptolitano, Jr.) closed well to be second with Normandy Invasion (Dave Miller) third. It was the fourth win this year for Ultimate Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Bruke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Platt, III. Ultimate Beachboy tied the world record that is now co-held with three other horses, Alsace Hanover, Beach Memories and Vegas Vacation. By Steve Wolf
Don't be surprised to see champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor back racing in the United States next year. That's the opinion of one of North America's most prominent harness racing owners and 'Reactor' shareholder, Jerry Silva.
Last chance for the ladies came Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting three, $40,000 divisions in Round 5 of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Double-millionairess Southwind Tempo (Cat Manzi) joined the harness racing series last week, so she could not accumulate enough points to qualify for the final.
World champion Southwind Tempo turned in an amazing stretch rally to capture the $375,100 Milton Stakes Final for older hrness racing pacing mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, over a track that was rated as good.
Southwind Tempo [$2.20, $2.10, $2.10] held off her stable mate Tug River Princess at the wire to win the $246,000 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares Friday night at the Meadowlands. Southwind Tempo, driven by Tim Tetrick, assumed command from Tug River Princess before the half and rebuffed a bid by A and G's Confusion on the far turn.
Trainer Kevin Lare says everything’s coming up roses for his four-year-old pupil, Southwind Tempo. The daughter of Bettors Delight is rated the 2-1 morning line favourite going into Saturday night’s $405,715 Roses Are Red Stakes final, and with the advantage of having chosen her post position (#2) thanks to a win in last week’s elimination round, Lare believes she’s in an excellent spot to come home flower-bedecked.
While the top colts in both sports get ready to do battle Saturday, the pacing mares took center stage Friday night at the Meadowlands. Southwind Tempo [$5.60, $3.60, $3.20], driven by John Campbell, notched her sixth victory in nine starts this year in the $40,000 featured fifth race for older mares.
After dueling Darlin's Delight for early contention, Jerry Silva's Southwind Tempo was able to rate a conservative middle half before kicking clear to a 2-1/4 length victory in the $250,000 Betsy Ross Mares Pace at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday (April 27) afternoon.
After being worn down and defeated by My Little Dragon in a Classic Series event at Dover earlier in the month, Jerry Silva's Southwind Tempo ($3.20) returned to her winning ways, scoring a wire-to-wire 1:50.2 win in her elimination of the Betsy Ross Mares Pace at Harrah's Chester on Sunday's Opening Day card.
Southwind Tempo maneuvered around tiring horses and soared down the stretch to win the $136,400 Overbid on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Southwind Tempo stamped herself the one to beat in the $136,400 Overbid Final as she scored a 1:51.1 victory in the second round of the series on Friday night (March 14th) at the Meadowlands.
For folks outside of the state of Delaware, it might comes as a surprise that there are three brothers based there who have had three divisional champions among them over the last couple of years.
Southwind Tempo made an impressive 4-year-old debut as she marched to a 1:50.4 victory in a $50,000 Overbid Series division Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Snow White’s fairytale season thrust trainer Kevin Lare into the national spotlight in 2007, a success story that could grow as he takes over the reins on another divisional champion. Lare recently added Southwind Tempo, the 2007 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year, to his barn.
Donato Hanover went out a winner. The record-setting trotter, who won his first 11 races last year before suffering defeat in the season-ending Breeders Crown, was named harness racing’s 2007 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association.
The harness racing world passed out its 2007 season 'Oscars' at Dover Downs Hotel, in Dover, Del. on Sunday night, Jan. 27.