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DOVER, Del.--- McArdles Lightning came up big in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap as John Campbell reined a 1:50.2 harness racing triumph at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 2. With six of the seven starters in the week's top pace owning career records lower than 1:50 and three of his rivals fresh from victories in their most recent outings, McArdles Lightning came to the outside and rushed up the backstretch to challenge front-pacing Always At My Place (Yannick Gingras) around the final turn and then pull away with Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) and Missle J (Jonathan Roberts) right behind and closing fast, but not quick enough to catch McArdles Lightning and Campbell in 1:50.3. The feature-race win was the first in two starts this year for McArdles Lightning, a five-year-old trained by Steve Elliott for owner Lightning Stable. It was the McArdle-Winning Venture ridgling's 17th career win and $374,426 bankroll. Wakizashi Hanover edged Missile J for second money ending a four-race win streak by Missile J. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Emeritus Maximus has emerged as the biggest surprise of the meet. Yannick Gingras took to the outside after the half and rolled from mid-pack to overtake leader Seventh Secret (George Dennis) reaching the final turn and then pulled away to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. Captive Audience (Tetrick) was runner-up with Mustang Art (Campbell) the show horse. Emeritus Maximus, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight, was claimed in mid-January for $15,000 and since has won four times stepping up the ladder to the Delaware Special ranks. He has won for his new owners $46,895 in purses including a 1:50 win last week. This was his 20th in his career and brings the seven-year-old to $456,375 lifetime. Delaware-bred Remember Me VK was the longshot in the $20,000 Open pace. The Art Director-All Memory gelding owned by Sharon Wyatt, breeders Robin West and Ron Barton was a 13-1 shot but moving from an outside post to post 2 was helpful. Montrell Teague zoomed Remember Me VK three wide after the three-quarters to snatch the lead and then had just enough to nip fast-finishing Nike Franco N (Tetrick) by a nose in 1:51.3. The loss was the first in the U.S. for the New Zealand standout who had won all four of her starts on this side of the Pacific. Star Messenger (Art Stafford Jr.) continues to impress. Claimed in late December for $20,000 by trainer Gary Ewing, the three-time 2017 wining gelding was a strong third. In other undercard happening, Mildred Ventriglio's Major Uptrend made it two wins-in-a-row scoring a 1:50.1 decision for Tony Morgan, racing for $15,500. --- Brit Evans' Denslow Hanover gave Allan Davis a double in 1:52 in another $15,500 event --- Bret Brittingham drove Betty Brittingham's Tip It On Back to his third victory in his last four starts in a $15,000 pace. A tote delay in mid program took more than a half-hour before being rectified. Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby, Allan Davis and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins apiece. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad  

Columbus, OH --- Great minds think alike and when they all concur, their wallets are bound not only to come out of their pockets, but Franklins tend to fly. That is most certainly the case after Rick Berks, Peter Blood and Steve Elliott conferred on where to place defending Dan Patch Award harness racing male pacing champion Boston Red Rocks. “I have been involved in this business for 50 years and Steve has for 40,” Blood said. “Rick has generously contributed to the sport for decades. When we talked, we all agreed to supplement him to this race (Progress Pace, eliminations on Nov. 21 and final on Nov. 28 at Dover Downs). I have always believed you build a foundation for a horse and then they show you what they want to do. After his race last week he deserves that chance.” Blood was referring to the lifetime mark of 1:49.3 the son of Rocknroll Hanover-McGibson accrued in a powerful performance in Thursday’s (Nov. 10) $160,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs. Steered by regular pilot Tim Tetrick, Boston Red Rocks defeated rivals that dominated the headlines this season in Check Six and Racing Hill off a first-over journey by open lengths. That performance reinforced not only the act of producing a hefty check, but rewarded the faith the horse’s connections had that never waned. After a trip in the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 28 at The Meadowlands where Boston Red Rocks was fortunate merely to stay on his feet, he overcame being carried out nine-wide and interfered with to pace an explosive last quarter-mile in :25.2 to just miss the victory in finishing third. He returned the following week with another brutal foray in the NJSS to finish second to Katies Rocker by a neck in the $100,000 final. Since those two efforts, Boston Red Rocks was fourth in the $780,000 North America Cup final, third in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial final, seventh in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace final and seventh in his Breeders Crown elimination. The Progress Pace may very well be the forum for the colt to demonstrate why he was the top ranked 3-year-old pacer in preliminary rankings this spring. He definitely has already illustrated he belongs and is well worth the wager Berks and Blood have plunked down for this participation in the Progress Pace. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Nichols, N.Y. -- Rockeyed Optimist ($5.80) used a strong late turn of foot to reel in mid-race pacesetter All Bets Off for a 1:49.2 harness racing victory in the $179,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace on Sunday (June 19) at Tioga Downs.   The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding slid second-over on approach to the clubhouse turn, slipstreaming the cover of Always At My Place (Yannick Gingras) after All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) brushed clear of McWicked (Tim Tetrick) into a :53.3 initial half mile. Rockeyed Optimist enjoyed live cover on the backstretch, but was left to face the breeze after Always At My Place ducked to the pegs when McWicked gapped the pocket. Despite All Bets Off turning for home with a 2-length lead, Rockeyed Optimist was able to reel him in, driven out by Brett Miller for a 1:49.2 score. Defending champion State Treasurer (David Miller) circled from last on the far turn to take third.   Steve Elliott trains Rockeyed Optimist, now a 24-time winner, for the partnership of Perretti, Berkner, the A & B Stable, and Battaglia.     A pair of late-closing series for 3-year-old trotters culminated with $25,000 finals earlier in the card. The M&J Oil and Lube series for fillies went to Dream Child ($6.30), a Linda Toscano trainee who drew clear at will for a 1:56.1 victory in rein to Mike Simons. John Cummings, Jr. drove Makers Mass ($2.70) to victory from well off the pace, circling three-wide and drawing clear in 1:57 to take the Williams Auto Group final for trainer Megan Wilson.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race program.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (June 24), with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11... Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's $1-million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest harness racing three-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations, Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $50,000 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman-trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, tracked from fifth in the early going then made a bid for lead at the midway point as Lyons Snyder took the field to the quarter in :27.2, half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Into the stretch, Lyons Snyder veered off the rail and gave a pocket-sitting Racing Hill room to sneak up the inside, but Betting Line was on the outside and used a :26.2 final quarter kick to breeze by his rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Snyder finished second, while Racing Hill was third. Also advancing is fourth-place finisher Control The Moment and Beast Mode, who finished fifth. "I have been fortunate enough to have some unbelievably great horses over the years, but he never usually gets a good trip," Coleman added. "I don't know why, but he always seems to not be in the right place and he just keeps digging--first-over, on front with tough fractions from way off, like he's done it every way. I can't wait to get that second-over toe into it coming down the lane." Betting Line notches his third victory of the season from four outings and ninth lifetime triumph. With the win, the son of Bettor's Delight and Heathers Western lifts his career earnings to $619,922 for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington. Betting Line paid $5, $3.20 and $2.40, combining with Lyons Synder ($4.10, $3.50) for a $15.10 (6-4) exactor. A 6-4-9 (Racing Hill, $8) triactor returned a $120.40, while a $1 Superfecta [6-4-9-3 (Control The Moment)] was worth $205.40. Betting Line In the second elimination, the Steve Elliott pupil Boston Red Rocks used an off-the-pace trip to win by half a length in 1:50.3. Boston Red Rocks and driver Tim Tetrick followed from fourth as Nvestment Bluechip posted the opening panel in :26.4 and Nocturnal Bluechip clocked the half in :54.4. While the sophomores were passing the three-quarter marker in 1:22.4, Boston Red Rocks had advanced first-up and was stalking Nocturnal Bluechip from second. When the pacers entered the stretch, Boston Red Rocks, the 3-5 favourite, struck the front and held off a late surge from Big Top Hanover, who finished second and third-place finisher Michaels Victory. Magnum J, who went from last to fourth and fifth-place finisher Manhattan Beach also advance to the final. "I'm a firm believer in this horse," said Tetrick. "I know he's a nice horse. Every time he got beat, he got beat by a head, a nose. He got beat, but he raced good enough to win. Just horses sitting in the pocket beat him. He's a little lazy and he kind of loses focus sometimes and you got to stay after him, but he got the job done. He finds ways to win so that's what I like about him." Boston Red Rocks scored his second triumph of the season from four outings and sixth career victory. With the win, the son of the late Rocknroll Hanover and McGibson lifts his career earnings to $735,418 for Floridinans Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks paid $3.50, $2.80 and $2.10, combining with Big Top Hanover ($5.60, $3.10) for a $15.70 (2-6) exactor. A 2-6-5 (Michaels Victory, $3.20) triactor returned a $53, while a $1 Superfecta [2-6-5-9 (Magnum J)] was worth $221.60. Boston Red Rocks The top five finishers in each $50,000 elimination advance to the 33rd edition of the $1-million final on Saturday, June 18. Each winner earns his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn at a press conference on Tuesday. $1-million Pepsi North America Cup starters in no particular order; Betting Line by Bettor's Delight Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal Lyons Snyder by Well Said Michaels Victory by Rocknroll Hanover Racing Hill by Roll With Joe Magnum J by Big Jim Control The Moment by Well Said Manhatten Beach by Somebeachsomewhere Beast Mode by Rock N Roll Heaven Mark McKelvie

Boston Red Rocks may have been given a bit of a scare at the wire, but ended a trend of high-profile beaten harness racing favorites on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in his 2016 debut in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Steve Elliott trainee, who is pointing toward the Meadowlands Pace, was permitted to set tepid fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 while unchallenged. Ideal Rocky, who sat the pocket throughout, stayed with the 1-9 favorite and sprinted home during the final sixteenth to come up just a head short of pulling off the upset. Katies Rocker was third. Boston Red Rocks went the mile in a lifetime-best equaling 1:50.3 with Tim Tetrick in the bike and paid $2.20 to win for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks Earlier on the card, chalk players took two big punches to the chin. Maestro Blue Chip stayed perfect in 10 starts this season, winning a division of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champion who was upset a week ago in his first start of the year, tasted defeat for a second straight outing as the 3-5 public choice. Like last week, Pinkman had a clear lead at three-quarters but could not maintain his advantage to the wire, settling for third as Crescent Fashion closed to get the place spot, 1½ lengths behind the winner. Facing by far the stiffest task he's had this year, Maestro Blue Chip was sent off at odds of 30-1 and returned $63.20 to his backers. David Miller drove the Jo Ann Looney-King trainee for owner Richard Poillucci. Maestro Blue Chip Crazshana wins the other $50,000 Graduate Division In a division of the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers, another short favorite went down as Confederation Cup winner Rockin Ron lost for the first time in 11 starts this year, coming up a half-length short to Artistic Major, who scored for the team of Elliott and Tetrick in 1:48.1, a lifetime best. After grabbing the early lead, 1-5 shot Rockin Ron was shuffled back after several lead changes and had to overcome a three-hole trip. As Artistic Major was tipping off cover and storming home to victory, Rockin Ron was desperately seeking room to race and did not find a clear path until the sixteenth pole. He had explosive pace from there to get second. Split The House was third. Artistic Major returned $20.40 to win for owners Van Dusen, Cimaglio, Elliott and Patel. Artistic Major THE CLIMB CONTINUES: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five once again did not have a single-ticket winner, meaning that the carryover for the next program has now swelled to $231,017.66. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,778,867. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

The final piece to this year's Molson Pace puzzle has fallen into place with the announcement that $1.7 million career winner McWicked will join seven other outstanding harness racing rivals in the $150,000 event next Friday night at The Raceway in London. The five-year-old son of McArdle, who now hails in the Steve Elliott Stable, will come into the race fresh off a pair of winning qualifiers and one pari-mutuel start this season. He finished just five lengths back of Always B Miki and Mel Mara in last weekend's flashy 1:48.4 mile in the Open Pace at The Meadowlands. McWicked took his 1:47.3 record at age three in winning the $500,000 Hempt Memorial Final at Pocono Downs. That same season, he posted victories in the Adios, Breeders Crown and Progress Pace Final and was voted Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year in both Canada and the US. He has 15 wins and 35 on-the-board finishes to his credit in 44 career races. Rockin In Heaven, who was a recent fourth-place finisher in the Confederation, will be the 'also eligible' in the field in the event of a scratch. The combined earnings of this year's Molson Pace field is more than $9 million. "We are extremely happy with the field we've assembled considering we are in the midst of a very busy time in the season for older horses," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "There are some familiar faces but some new ones in the mix this year. It's a very talented and well balanced field with plenty of half-mile prowess. It should produce not only a great race but a very enticing wagering proposition." The post position draw will take place this Monday on The Raceway's pre-game show which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.) The Molson Pace undercard is a strong one, featuring four City of London Series Finals, a pair of Alliance Series finals and Gold divisions for three-year-old colt pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Total purses for the night will be more than $500,000. As always, there will be lots happening on track that night including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS 'Be A Winner Contest', Party On The Patio, Molson VIP Infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15% takeout wagers. For full details, visit www.molsonpace.com. Here is this year's Molson Pace field in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Bettor Rock On N Evenin Of Pleasure Machtu N McWicked P H Super Cam State Treasurer Sunfire Blue Chip AE: Rockin In Heaven Greg Blanchard    

Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia featured a high-powered racing program, topped by a winner's over $25,000 lifetime (race 7). The event featured harness racing's richest pacer Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), millionaire pacer P H Supercam (Tim Tetrick), the dominant free-for-aller so far this season Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller), and the red-hot Rene Allard trainee Jins Dragon (Simon Allard). At the start, P H Supercam got the front, with Jins Dragon settling into second. Foiled Again was flushed out by Rockeyed Optimist, who took up second over position just past the half. As longshot Rather Swell (Eric Carlson) began to tire from the 3 hole, Foiled Again ducked to the cones to save ground the final turn. As they entered the stretch, Jins Dragon vacated the pocket, while Foiled Again attacked up the passing lane. Rockeyed Optimist had the freshest legs however, as he was able to sweep on by in deep stretch to win by a little more than a head, stopping the timer in 1:50.3. Jins Dragon was second, while Foiled Again finished third. It was the seventh win this year for the 5-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, and the twenty-second of his career. Rockeyed Optimist ($5.60) is owned by Peretti, Berkner, Battaglia, and the A&B Stables, and is trained by Steve Elliott. Elsewhere on the card, 2012 Levy winner Atochia looked good in victory in the days opener. After only posting a handful of starts the past few seasons, the 11-year-old gelding has now won 2 of his last 3. Today's win for the Burke trainee was in a non-winners of $7,500 in the last 5 starts. The mile went in 1:52.3. There were also three divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 on the pace. The division winners were Giveupdreaming (Burke-Gingras), Caviart Luca (Dailey-McCarthy), and Get Outta Eyre N (Dilloian-S. Allard). Caviart Luca's win was the fastest of the three divisions, with a clocking of 1:51.3. Michael Bozich

Art History displayed his considerable back class powering clear of seven overmatched harness racing foes to take the Meadowlands Saturday night featured $13,000 conditioned pace. The Steve Elliott trainee was handled aggressively from the start by driver John Campbell and battled for the early lead around the first turn with longshot Totally Dreamy, who had the front at the quarter in a quick :26.1. Campbell quickly moved the 5-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal to the top before the three-eighths as the field was in a straight line at the half in :55. Jacksrluckytoo raced uncovered to challenge the leader at three-quarters in 1:23, but from there Art History accelerated clear of the field through the stretch, stopping the teletimer in 1:49.4. It was two lengths back to Jacksrluckytoo, who held on for second. Ideal Shadow was third. As the 1-2 favorite, Art History paid $3 to win for owners Kenneth Klein and the Old Block Stables and now has four wins in 12 seasonal starts. CARRYOVER CARRIES ON: Once again, the 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five went unhit, swelling the carryover for the next program to $209,002.94. ... Joe Bongiorno had a big night, driving four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,980,296, an increase of $342,008 over the corresponding card from a year ago. ... The Big M is back on short rest with a special Sunday Mother's Day program that gets underway at 12:40 p.m. The featured first race is the $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

Season-debuting Artistic Major (Brent Holland, $15.40) and odds-on Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) shared the Saturday night harness racing glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace had a different look, with many of the just-concluded G-M Levy Series participants getting some well-deserved R&R. At the outset, Mister Bling A (Jordan Stratton) was put in play, as was outside assignee Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan). The latter, as the slight 3-1 choice, broke, leaving "Bling" to his own devices (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.4). Fiery Lustre N (Bartlett) was pocketed, while Artistic Major--from post position No. 2--was taking out of third. That one, opposing all elders, engaged a tiring leader in and out of the final turn, then put him away. Once in front, Artistic Major held off the foe on his back, Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) by a half-length in 1:52.1. Fiery Lustre N, Mister Bing A and Domethatgain (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Artistic Major, a 4-year-old son of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Steve Elliott, Michael Cimiglio, David Van Dusen and Gunjan Patel, his fresh parimutuel Lasix win was his 11th in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $177, with the triple returning $983. The week's trotting feature was simple as simple of simple could be for "Melady," who--from post No. 7--stole away (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:55.1). His two-length lead entering the lane was 2¼ lengths at the wire. Luminosity (Brennan) was a two-move second, with a pocket-sitting Somebody AS (Stratton) fading to third. Home'n Dry (Dube) and Dewycolorintheline (Tyler Buter) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 7-year-old s Revenue S gelding owned Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, he's now 3-for-4 this season (lifetime loot up over $800,000). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $14.80, with the triple returning $53. Frank Drucker

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday's twelve race card at The Meadowlands features a solid group of eight older pacers in the seventh race for a purse of $17,500.   Art History has captured the fancy of the odds-maker at 2-1 from the outside. A winner three times in ten starts this season, Art History seems to do his best racing over the mile oval. Jimmy Marohn, Jr has the driving assignment for trainer Steve Elliott and owners Ken Klein and Old Block Stables.   Mel Mara races for new connections on Saturday after private purchase by Robert Cooper and J&T Silva following a couple of impressive starts this season. Dylan Davis is the new trainer and Corey Callahan keeps the drive on the talented but delicate seven-year-old son of Lis Mara.   The Meadowlands hosts the final of the World Harness Handicapping Challenge on Saturday night. It is the largest of the harness contests and a few openings remain if you feel like taking a shot.   The Kentucky Derby is but a week away and if you'd care to watch it at the track The Meadowlands offers a number of comfortable options.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Rockeyed Optimist worked out an ideal close-to-the-action trip, wore down the leader in deep stretch and held on despite the explosive late charge of Always B Miki to take the $25,000 harness racing Open Handicap Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. McArdles Lightning was third. Driver Tim Tetrick hustled the 5-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover into the three hole early behind McArdles Lightning and Atta Boy Dan. After an opening quarter of :27.2, Rockeyed Optimist, the 6-5 second choice, moved to the outside and began to grind away at the leader's advantage at the half in :55.2. By the time the stellar field reached three-quarters, Rockeyed Optimist was up to the wheel of McArdles Lightning while 4-5 favorite Always B Miki, who had raced in a fourth-over flow, was dead last in the field of seven. Rockeyed Optimist continued to inch his way closer to the top and finally got past the pacesetter with a sixteenth of a mile to go. Up on the far outside came the airborne Always B Miki, who won all four of his starts a year ago in sub-1:50, pacing a sensational final quarter of :25.4 only to come up half a length short to Rockeyed Optimist in what was a superb seasonal debut. The winner returned $4.40 to his backers, scoring for the sixth time in eight starts this year and went the mile in 1:50 for trainer Steve Elliott and owners Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia. STILL CLIMBING: Those hoping to hit the big one will have their chance on the next live race card as the 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover to $194,741.03. Total wagering on the program was $2,589,150. Racing resumes at the Big M Friday. Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Rockeyed Optimist, a 1:49.4 winner in the $36,000 Preferred and Blazing Bobby Sox in 1:51.2 taking the $33,000 Delaware Special were impressive on a windy Monday romping in twin harness racing features on March 21 at Dover Downs. For the fourth consecutive time, Rockeyed Optimist, piloted by Tim Tetrick, proved a powerful winner of the week's top pace for the Steve Elliott Stable and owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stables. The five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Art Amour gelding, took the lead early and shook off a determined bid from the Vic Kirby-driven Dapper Due on the backstretch before pulling away to his fourth win of the year in five starts with one second. The pacer raised his seasonal earnings to $57,250. He has won 19-times in his career good for a $327,795 bankroll. For the second straight start Bettor's Edge with Yannick Gingras finished second to Rockeyed Optimist. Dapper Dude was third. Abelard Hanover was scratched making it a five-horse field. In the $33,000 Delaware Special, late developing Blazing Bobby Sox and Art Stafford Jr. came out of the pack in mid-stretch to overtake front-pacing Art Mustang and hang up a 1:51.2 victory, his fifth of the year with two seconds in 11 starts. The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding has now won $59,015 in 2016 to up his lifetime total earnings to three digits, $107,098. Mustang Art, as usual took the early lead for Sean Bier, and finished second with Papa Ray and Allan Davis, third. On a power-packed undercard, New Zealand import Go Collect N, steered by Corey Callahan, won for the fifth time this year, third in a row at Dover, notching a 1:52.2 decision in an $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Dylan Davis conditioned the Gotta Go Cullet-No Parking N gelding owned by Robert Cooper and J&T Silva stables. Quick Shot (Ross Wolfenden) closed well to finish second in from of Sectionline Rock (Tetrick), third. Smart Rokker, an altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Sass Newton, made it two-ins-row for owners Peter Venturini, Peter Venturini III and trainer Brian Malone scoring a 1:51win in a $17,000 Winners-Over Male pace. Itrustyou (Gingras) was runner-up. Adventure Bound (A.Stafford Jr.) was the show horse. The win was the fifth in 2016 in 11 starts. The gelding has won $35,185 this year and $160,335 lifetime. In the first of two $16,000 paces, Sentencing Memo, the only sophomore in the lineup among seasoned 4- and 5-year-olds came through again for young driver Russ Foster and his grandfather owner-trainer Arty Foster to score his second straight victory in a $16,000 pace for young horses, and his sixth this season in eight outings, a front-pacing 1:53.3 triumph. The other $16,000 event went to Frank Chick's fast-finishing CS Eye, a 1:53.2 winner for George Dennis and trainer Kevin Lare. The gelding is by Skydance Hanover-Crime Scene and made the winner's circle for the first time this year. Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) was a game second. Muscles N Swag (Tony Morgan) was the show finisher. Stake winner Sonofa Sizzle won his second in three starts fashioning a 1:53 victory for trainer Josh Green and owner Mike White A four-year-old by Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like, it was his 12th win in 24 starts. Jetski Louie (Gingras) and Rocknroll Power (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Corey Callahan, Tim Tetrick, Tony Morgan, George Dennis and trainer Brian Malone won two races each. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.  Marv Bachrad                              

Art History ($3.60) has been on a tear of late, reeling off three straight wins over increasingly difficult competition. His most recent triumph came on Saturday (March 19) evening's featured $20,000 top-level pace at The Meadowlands, giving harness racing driver Scott Zeron one of his four wins on the 12-race program.   Art History controlled most of the terms in the featured sixth event and held sway from a hard-closing K-Lees Shakenbake, employing a :26.1 last quarter to prevail over top-level company in 1:51.2 over fast going. Scott Zeron used the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding to seize the lead after a :27.4 first quarter, working clear of Sweet Rock (Corey Callahan) upon reaching the backstretch.   Following a well-rated :57.2 middle half, Art History accelerated clear of his eight foes in mid-stretch--but remained under pursuit from the first-over Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) and K-Lees Shakenbake (Brett Miller), who vaulted off cover to chase via a :25.3 closing split. Art History had just enough to prevail, a neck better than K-Lees Shakenbake in the end. Ashley's Husband stayed on for third, while Sweet Rock tired a bit amid his chase, finishing fourth.   Steve Elliott trains 13-time winner Art History for Kenneth Klein and the Old Block Stables.   For Zeron, the win with Art History began a natural hat trick, and was one of his four on the night. The 26-year-old driver also teamed up with Mel Mara ($7.40, 1:49.1) in race 7, McArdles Lightning ($3.40, 1:50.4) in race 8, and Hope for Badlands ($3.80, 1:52.4) in race 11.   Total handle for the 12-race program was $2,926,995, marking an increase of $324,605 over the corresponding Saturday night program in 2015.   Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday, March 25, with first post at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Over a quarter million dollars will await punters in the form of carryovers and guaranteed pools, as carryovers of $9210 and $148,441 await 20¢ Jackpot High 5 players in the fifth and final races respectively, and the evening's Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers offer $105,000 in combined guaranteed pools.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Odds-on choice Rockeyed Optimist rolled to the front and never looked back en route to his third consecutive win in Saturday (March 12) night's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and handle exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 harness racing cards at the North Jersey harness track.   In the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.60) sprinted off from his five rivals after using the first three-eighths of the mile to work clear, earning his third consecutive win and second at the Open level. Tim Tetrick spotted the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding second-over on the first turn, tracking Bettor's Edge (Joe Bongiorno) through a :27.1 quarter before losing cover and subsequently working clear on the backstretch. Once assuming the lead, Rockeyed Optimist faced no pressure, edging clear off the far turn and powering home in 1:49, using a :26 last quarter burst to evade his foes. Rockeyed Optimist ultimately prevailed by two lengths over Bettor's Edge, while Sunfire Blue Chip (John Campbell) stayed on for third from his stalking trip.   Steve Elliott trains the 18-time winner for the partnership of Perretti, Berkner, the A & B Stable, and Battaglia. For Elliott, it was a sweep of the evening's featured events, as another trainee of his--Art History ($8.20)--captured the night's sub-featured $16,000 upper-level conditioned pace earlier in the program. The 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding sustained a first-over push through the far turn, overtaking 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach in mid-stretch and subsequently staving off a late rally from K-Lees Shakenbake. Scott Zeron drove 12-time winner Art History to his 1:50 triumph.   Anthony Napolitano led all drivers with a grand slam, teaming up with Honey I'm Home ($2.80, 1:51.4), Hoboken Hanover ($7.40, 1:52.2), Last Dragon ($18.00, 1:50.2), and Major War ($4.60, 1:50.3). Tetrick and Bongiorno drove three winners apiece on the 13-race card.   Total betting turnover exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 cards at The Meadowlands, with punters wagering $3,088,696 on the Saturday program--$423,919 more than the corresponding Saturday card in 2015.   Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (March 18) evening, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT, $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools, and a last-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 carryover of $135,800.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Just last week, Steve Elliott trainee Rockeyed Optimist held off Dovuto Hanover and Take It Back Terry for a 1:50.2 triumph in a $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands. The competition heats up even more for the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding this Saturday (March 12) night, as he'll not only once again face Dovuto Hanover, but stakes-proven Sunfire Blue Chip and Bettor's Edge as well in the weekly harness racing feature.   Bettor's Edge, unraced since his 19-1 upset in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All last November, competes for the Ron Burke stable as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The TVG score is one of 26 career wins for the 7-year-old, and he's amassed over $1.7 million in career earnings. Joe Bongiorno, who drove him to a third-place finish in the American-National last fall in Illinois, will be at the lines.   From post 4 will await 19-time winner Sunfire Blue Chip, a career earner of over $950,000. The 6-year-old entire has been racing in upper-level events at Yonkers of late, finishing first or second in four of his last five outings. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter calls upon Hall of Fame driver John Campbell to team up with the son of American Ideal.   Rockeyed Optimist, meanwhile, will be reunited with Tim Tetrick, who has returned from Florida after last weekend's Pro-Am event at Pompano Park. So far in 2016, Rockeyed Optimist has amassed two wins and a near miss in three starts, just last week brushing to the fore and holding sway from the late-charging Dovuto Hanover while odds-on. The 17-time winner will start from post 7 as the 5-2 morning line second choice.   Punters are reminded that the $30,000 Pick 5 has shifted to begin in race 1, while the pair of Pick 4s--pools guaranteed for $25,000 and $50,000 respectively--now kick off in races 3 and 7. Post time for Saturday's 13-race card is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations  

After Scott Zeron's grand slam on Friday, harness racing driver Anthony Napolitano one-upped his youthful rival on Saturday (March 5) evening at The Meadowlands, winning five of the 13 races. After a pillar-to-post win in the opener with Sweet Justice ($10.80, 1:55.2), the 34-year-old Napolitano prevailed with odds-on favorite Honey I'm Home ($3.40, 1:52) in the third before back-to-back minor upsets in the seventh and eighth with K Slater ($19.80, 1:52.2) and K-Lees Shakenbake ($15.80, 1:50.1) respectively. Napolitano closed the night on a winning note, teaming up with Alex Bullville ($5.20, 1:53.4) in the finale. In the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.00) lived up to odds-on billing, holding off a ferocious late rally from Dovuto Hanover for a 1:50.2 triumph. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding floated into midfield from his outside post in the sextet, settling four lengths behind early pacesetter Real Nice (Anthony Napolitano) through a :27 first quarter before Andy McCarthy brushed Rockeyed Optimist to the fore up the backstretch. Rockeyed Optimist's lead was never in jeopardy until the final sixteenth, as 3-1 second choice Dovuto Hanover (Scott Zeron) surged off the cover of Take It Back Terry (Joe Bongiorno) to give chase. Rockeyed Optimist had enough left to hold sway, prevailing by a diminishing half length. Take It Back Terry, who flattened off the far turn, found more in the stretch, saving third. Steve Elliott trains 17-time winner Rockeyed Optimist for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, the A and B Stable, and Joseph Battaglia. For Rockeyed Optimist, it was his second win in three starts this season. Rockeyed Optimist Total handle for the 13-race card was $3,015,013, marking an increase of $41,167 over the corresponding Saturday in 2015 and the tenth program in the last 11 at The Meadowlands with over $3 million in betting turnover. Racing continues to be competitive in northern New Jersey, with 17 of 26 favorites defeated in the first weekend of March. Heading to next Friday's (March 11) program, over $124,500 will carry over into the final-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5. Punters and horsemen alike are reminded that post time at The Meadowlands shifts to 7:15 p.m. Eastern effective next week. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

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