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Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) with Scott Alberg, have come up with the best free handicapping contest of the 2020 harness racing season and it all revolves around the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Toronto, Canada. The contest is called USHWA Drive Me Some Cash, and contestants must try and select the correct exacta finish (first and second place) in the 6th race this Saturday, August 22. The contest will be open to enter on Thursday, August 20. USHWA current members are not eligible to enter. There will be three grand prize winners chosen from the people that select the correct exacta finish. There will be a first, second and third place finishers selected from a virtual drawing at noon on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Then the contest gets even better for the three winners as the following week the first, second and third place finishers select a driver competing on Pepsi North America Cup Night (Saturday, August 29), and USHWA will play $10 to win (1st prize), $5.00 to win (2nd prize) or $2.00 to win (3rd prize) on every race the driver they select is competing in. The three winning contestants must make their driver selections after scratch time that Thursday. Winning contestants cannot choose a driver that is already selected. 1st place names their driver first, 2nd place names second and 3rd place names their driver third. The chance to win hundreds of dollars in cash is likely with this special contest as some of the top drivers in harness racing could be competing in ten or more races that evening. For the complete rules and regulations for USHWA Drive Me Some Cash is on the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. This Saturday's exacta selections must be entered on Scott Alberg's Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3 by 6:00 pm. Anyone who is not on Facebook and wants to enter the competition can do so by 6:00 pm Saturday by emailing their exacta selection to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, August 8, at the Meadowlands. The $1 million Hambletonian Trot final is the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). USHWA is offering three prizes that will be given away. The prizes for this special contest are CASH Gift Cards! First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a $50 gift card. And, as a special BONUS, if 500 people participate in the contest, www.3PercentDental.com will DOUBLE the cash prizes. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday afternoon, August 6. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Saturday morning to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Horseman and media communicator Rod Allums, Jr. has joined the USHWA/Scott Alberg contest and will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 6:45 pm Saturday at https://www.facebook.com/rod.allums. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prizes winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA    

Harness racing trainers are fuming over recent positive tests at the Meadowlands on their horses for phenylbutazone or Bute medication. They now understand that the new medication ruling calls for no use of Bute 48 hours before a Standardbred can compete in a race. The former rule was 24-hours out. The problems lie in that the trainers, practicing veterinarians and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) claim they were never sent problem notification of the new rule and when it would go into effect by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC). Yet the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen and veterinarians were contacted well in advance. Bute, is probably the most widely used drug in horses of all disciplines. Bute is an inexpensive, highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain that can be injected intravenously or given orally to horses as a powder or paste.  All of these questions erupted at a New Jersey Racing Commission hearing involving three prominent trainers at the Meadowlands racetrack on Friday, July 17. Since then, other high profile trainers have also received positive Bute tests. Present at the hearing were the three trainers, Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ, the judges at the Meadowlands and the new executive director of the NJRC, Judith Nason. The ruling in question is N.J.A.C. 13:71-23.8, which calls for special procedures for the use of phenylbutazone and that it can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The first offense penalties are very strict and call for first offense to receive a $500 fine, loss of purse and a 15-day suspension from racing. NJRC executive director Nason stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ was sent a letter of notification for the practicing veterinarians in NJ, the same as was done with the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated that the SBOANJ was never sent any letter from the NJRC. All three trainers have appealed the rulings and SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ would provide legal services for all three trainers in this case. “Why would all three of us trainers allow our veterinarians to administer Bute only 24 hours out as we always have if we had received proper notification in advance?” said one trainer. “And now more harness racing trainers are coming up with positives. We all can’t be wrong and this includes our vets who administer the Bute. "This is a case of entrapment by the NJ Racing Commission." Calls and emails to both the NJRC and the SBOANJ have gone unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4 at The Meadowlands. One special race will be selected from the Meadowlands Saturday program and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have arranged for the three Swag Bag prizes that will be given away in this week's contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a swag bag prize package. This week's prizes come from the Harness Racing Museum and includes a copy of the USTA's Care & Training of the Trotter and Pacer book, a copy of Bill Heller's novel on Billy Haughton, plus other surprise items. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "Since USHWA came on board with this contest, we are setting records with every event," said Alberg, "Our last contest set the bar now at 287 people entering. We have never had that many people enter before. This contest is all about having fun and we hope even more people will enter this week." To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. As soon as the draw takes place at the Meadowlands this week, the program proof page for the race selected will be posted for race fans to handicap from. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Steeven Genois, a Quebec native, will be back in action full-time at the Hippodrome 3R starting with opening day on Wednesday. The Quebec Jockey Club is conducting a 40-day race meet that will go until early November of 2020, racing primarily on Fridays (4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 pm). The special Wednesday card is also National Quebec Day. The 32-year-old reinsman from Levis, Quebec, Genois had a banner year competing at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York in 2019. He scored 78 wins in the USA with a personal record of more than $600,000 in purse earnings with the horses he drove. Off to a slow start at Saratoga at the beginning of 2020, Genois made a tough decision to return to Quebec after the start of the pandemic in North America. "I was there (Saratoga) at the start of the season," explained Genois. "but because of the Covid19 I came home to Quebec until the boarder reopens. Now I have changed my mind and intend to stay in Quebec for the summer." Genois will be competing in four of the eight races on opening day at H3R. And yes, race fans, it's Steeve, not Steve. He explained that his mom liked the name but wanted it different for her son. "It is nice to be back home," Genois said. "and to be with my friends. Actually, the two driving colonies, H3R and Saratoga are very similar. Excellent competition at both tracks. If I am asked, I will also go and drive at Rideau Carleton Raceway too. Once the H3R season is over I will most likely go back to Saratoga." Genois first started driving in Quebec back in 2007 and made the choice to drive at Saratoga in 2018. It took him a while to get into the swing of things at that track and by 2019 was a sought-after driver by trainers at the track. Ready to compete on opening day at H3R, Genois noted that it will be different without race fans in the stands. "I am just very happy that racing has returned in Quebec," Genois noted. "It will be different going on the track to drive without any race fans. At H3R the fans are usually right on the fence, watching and cheering, and they usually get a lot of fans to the races. Now it will be very quiet until race fans are allowed to attend again." Trainer Francis Richard, who will be trying for his fourth straight training title at H3R, has five starters going to post on opening day. "I think it will be strange," said Richard about having live racing without any fans watching. "Sort of like the qualifying races we have but for purse money. It will be a little weird I think." The leading driver at H3R, Stephane Gendron, who is also going for his fourth straight driving title, is not competing on opening day and is expected to start defending his driving title on Sunday's race program. There is a Preferred Pace headlining the Wednesday program in the seventh race. Featured is Sports Authority (post 2), who was second last week at Rideau Carleton in the Preferred Pace, missing by a half length for driver Tyler Jones, timed in 1:54. Also in the field are standouts G A Speed Sammy (post 6); Bali (post 3) and Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 7). Post time for the opening day program is 4:00 pm Wednesday. Then H3R races Fridays and Sundays for the rest of the season. For more information, including a free race program for Wednesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will conduct its first draw of the 2020 harness racing season on Monday, June 22 for the special opening day program on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day. First race post time on opening day is 4:00 pm. The condition sheet can be accessed via www.standarbredcanada.ca. Entries must be made by 11:00 am Monday. With approvals set in place with the Quebec Racing Commission, the Quebec Jockey Club will run a 40-day race meet at H3R. After the special Wednesday program, live racing will take place Sunday's at 1:00 pm and Friday's at 4:00 pm. "It will be tight drawing Monday for Wednesday," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "But we should be fine as we have eight qualifying races Saturday and already had seven qualifying races this past Wednesday." As per the Quebec-Bred Series at H3R, Thomassin is awaiting final approval from the Quebec Racing Commission of the revised stakes schedule. H3R features stakes series for two, three-year-old and older horses, both on the trot and pace. "At the start of the race season we will limit ourselves to eight races per card," Thomassin explained. "and we will then see how the situation evolves. Housing 64 horses in the paddock with all the required mandatory distance respected, is a logistical problem. "It should also be noted," Thomassin added. "that the collaboration of all the horse people has been very much appreciated to date. Everyone seems to understand that we have to comply with exceptional measures and people willingly submit to them. So much the better. What we do not want is to have to stop the races, failing to comply with the directives of Public Health." Saturday's qualifying races will be featured on Facebook Live on the Hippodrome 3R page starting at 10:00 am. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has received approval from the Quebec Racing Commission to begin spectator-less harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day in the province. The regular season will feature Sunday afternoon racing at 1:00 pm every Sunday through November 8. The special Wednesday opening day race program will have a 4:00 pm first race post time. Then the schedule will return to Friday afternoon racing through October 9, also with a 4:00 pm post time. "With qualifying races being held on Wednesday (tomorrow) and Saturday," explained Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R, "we should have more than enough horses to fill our first race program. Plus, horse people competing at Rideau Carleton will want to come back to H3R. We want to showcase our races during the week at 4:00 pm so fans can see our product before the start of the Mohawk Park program." Both Stephane Gendron and Francis Richard, the leading driver and trainer respectively at H3R for the past three seasons, will both be in action at the qualifiers Wednesday. "We have all our Covid-19 protocol's in place for tomorrow morning," Thomassin added. "And all our horse people are prepared to handle the necessary procedures for safe distancing while in the race paddock." The Quebec-Bred race series for two, three-year-old and older horses will still take place and those revised dates will be released soon. For more information go to www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page on Tuesday, June 16 on opening night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. One special race will be selected from the Hoosier Park Tuesday program and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) and trainer Brandon Bates have arranged for the three Swag Bag prizes that will be given away in this week's contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a prize. This week's prizes include two complete sets of HHYF Harness Hero Trading Cards (2018 and 2019), an HHYF cap and t-shirts and a stable cap and t-shirt from the Brandon Bates Stable. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "Our first contest with USHWA as our title sponsor," said Alberg, "was the most contestants we ever had at 249 people. "This contest is all about having fun and we hope even more people will enter this week." To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. As soon as the draw takes place at Hoosier Park this Thursday, the program proof page for the race selected will be posted for race fans to handicap from. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

It has been discovered that Sunday’s €600,000 Elitloppet winner, Propulsion, may be disqualified from the victory because the horse was nerved in both front legs before coming to Europe. This has been reported by Truls Pederson on the harness racing website Trav og Galopp-Nytt in Norway. Nerving is in violation of Europe’s horse racing doping regulations. Propulsion’s earnings from winning the final of the Elitloppet was $321,261 US. Nerving is considered a “last resort” procedure performed on horses with caudal heel lameness syndrome or navicular syndrome that have not responded to therapeutic shoeing and medication. This is a temporary procedure that, in most cases, can relieve the horse of pain for two to seven years, and has helped thousands of horses to continue on in their careers, without the pain that had plagued them before. Nerving is allowed on racehorses in North American and once completed, a certificate is issued by the veterinarian to that breeds governing organization. Propulsion, who is sired by Muscle Hill from the Andover Hall mare, Danae, was bred by Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms in the USA. He is owned by the Brixton Medical Ab of New Jersey. Unraced at age two for former trainer Tony Alagna, Propulsion made a total of 21 starts in North America during his three and four-year-old career with eight wins and earnings of $86,178 before shipping to race in Europe. Propulsion is now age nine and while in Europe has made 79 starts with 39 wins and earnings of $3.677 million US. It has been listed on Propulsion's USTA information data also on Trackit the Standardbred Canada website that the horse was nerved. Copy of USTA data Copy of Trackit data Now in question will be if not only the purse money and the victory in the Elitloppet will be taken away from Propulsion, but whether all of his victories in Europe will be disqualified and all purse earning returned. This story will continue to be further updated. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Pompano Beach, FL --- Steven Wolf, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2020 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization. "While our Florida Chapter was hesitant at first due to the pandemic that canceled our annual fundraising Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame banquet," said Steve Wolf, "we still felt we needed to continue our scholarship program, which is important for our young people to help them with the costs of tuition." Preference for these scholarship awards will be given to a student majoring in journalism, communications or veterinarian related studies. This year there are two sponsors of the scholarships. They are Maggie LaClair and Jay Farrar and Kathleen and Thomas H. Hicks. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and show evidence of community service and leadership through certificates, awards and/or letters of commendation. Fully completed applications must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2020, for consideration of an August 2020 award. Recipients may reapply annually for a maximum of four years. Applications should be submitted/addressed to the Florida Chapter USHWA, Scholarship Committee, 3508 Sahara Springs Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33069. For more information or to receive an application on the internet, visit http://www.ushwa-florida.com/ or contact via e-mail to Thomas H. Hicks at renparlc@gate.net or Steven Wolf at stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

Lake Worth, FL - On the final day of the harness racing qualifying mini-season at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, romps were the order of the day for most of the winners. It started in the very first race as trainer/driver Dan Daley won by 20 lengths with Lucky Sevens in 2:01.3. Lucky Sevens is a three-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. Also winning in romps were Homecoming King (Dan Daley) in 2:01.2 by nine lengths. Then Baggage Claim (Fern Paquet, Jr.) wired the field, scoring by ten open lengths in 1:56.4. The fastest mile on the afternoon came in the fifth race pace where Sweet Deisel and trainer-driver Dan Daley wired the field in 1:55.4 by three and one-half lengths. That was the fastest mile of the six races and gave Daley a trainer/driver triple for the day. Management at Olympia of Palm Beach looks forward to having a bigger and better mini-season of racing events next Spring. For full chart results, click here.  By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - The final qualifying races of the season will take place at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. "Our mini-season of qualifying races was great," said Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach. "We appreciate everyone who participated in the races and are proud of "Team Olympia." I want to say a special thanks to our judges and race secretary for their excellent work under difficult conditions. We hope our efforts put a smile and new hope to those we touched. We extend our prayers and best wishes for good health and prosperity to all. I look forward to greater racing events at Olympia in the fall." Entries for the qualifying races must be called into race secretary Kathy Breedlove by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 12. The call-in phone number is 954-654-0129. The qualifying races will begin Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - The pacing filly Princess Royal can now lay claim to being the first two-year-old harness racing qualifying winner of the 2020 season in North America. She won the first of nine qualifying races Wednesday at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center. The Florida-bred daughter of Royel Millennium from the Real Artist mare, Check This, was driven by Ken Holliday for trainer Sergio Corona. The first qualifier of the day started off with the two-year-old trotter, Ciao Bella (Odino Jet) shooting out to the early lead from the rail for driver/trainer Serigo Corona, but before the opening quarter mile, Ciao Bell went off-stride and eventually was pulled up and did not finish the race. That allowed Princess Royal and Holliday to have things their own way, cutting easy fractions of :33, 1:09.2, 1:43.3, winning in 2:19.2. Princess Royal is owned and was bred by Amante Standardbreds, Inc. of Delray Beach. Driver Ken Holliday scored the fastest qualifiers on the day, winning both the 7th and 8th race pacing events in 1:57. He won the 7th race with Roll With Angel, trained by John Mungillo and the 8th race with Lt Col Je Leonard, who is trained by Richie Silverman. A rare dead heat for win took place in the fifth race trot. Celebrity Bianca (Fern Paquet, Jr.) cut the mile with Lady Jeter (Dan Daley) sitting right on their back. Then in a great stretch drive, the two horses could not be separated at the wire. The time of the race was 2:00.3. Lady Jeter is trained by Dan Daley while Celebrity Bianca is conditioned by Sam Stathis. Tee Wine, age 24, made his driving debut in the third race trot with Puerto Rico and finished a game third place after a strong first-over move in the backstretch against race winner Guardino (Fern Paquet, Jr.) in 2:01. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - There may only be two starters in the race, one a trotter and one a pacer, but they are the first harness racing Standardbred qualifiers of the year for two-year-old's in North America. They will be competing in the first of nine qualifying races over the five-eighths mile oval at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center on Wednesday, May 6. The action gets underway starting at 11:00 am, but due to the Corvid-19 virus, no fans are allowed to attend the races. The two two-year-olds will compete in the very first race. Both are fillies, trained by Sergio Corona. Both fillies are homebreds, owned by Amante Standardbreds, Inc. of Delray Beach. Starting from post one is Ciao Bella, a daughter of Odino Jet from the Victory's Force mare, Reverie Devictoire. She was a $134,000 career winner and this is her first foal. Ciao Bella will be driven by Sergio Corona. In post two is Princess Royal, who is sired by Royel Millennium from the Real Artist mare, Check This. Princess Royal will be driven by Ken Holliday. There will be video with race calls of all nine races posted at www.olympiapalmbeach.com later in the day. by Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - Entries for the Wednesday qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach, needs to be called into the race secretary by 12:00 noon (not 1:00 pm as usual) on Tuesday, May 5. Entries for the qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach can be submitted to race secretary Kathy Breedlove by calling 954-654-0129. The qualifying races will begin Wednesday, May 6 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - Dan Daley's Purpose Blue Chip made his 2020 harness racing debut after a year's layoff and was super impressive at the qualifiers Wednesday morning at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, stopping the teletimer in 1:55.3. The first race for trotters saw Celebrity Bianca and trainer/driver Sam Stathis go to the early lead with Purpose Blue Chip and trainer/driver Dan Daley also leaving, then taking back to the two-hole spot as they sped by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Celebrity Bianca led the group to the half mile marker in :58.4 and soon after that, Daley came to the outside with Purpose Blue Chip and blew up Celebrity Bianca. They sped past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Coming down the stretch, Purpose Blue Chip kicked in a :28.1 last quarter mile, beating Celebrity Serena (Fern Paquet, Jr.) by five and one-half lengths. Celebrity Bianca was third. Owned by Ann-Mari Daley with James Crawford and Donald Brenner, Purpose Blue Chip is a five-year-old stallion by Chapter Seven. At ages two and three he was a stakes competitor in the NY Sire Stakes, winning more than $192,000. He then missed all of his four-year-old season due to injury. He now seems to be in prime shape when racing resumes this year. His time of 1:55.3 is being checked as the possible fastest trotting mile ever at the track. The second race trot saw Celebrity Liberty and trainer/driver Sam Stathis go to the early lead with Celebrity Titan (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sitting second as Baby Maker Hanover (Ken Holliday) left a little and then went off-stride. By the opening quarter Celebrity Liberty held the lead with Celebrity Titan second. Baby Maker Hanover found his stride and started to make up ground by the half mile. Then in the backstretch, Holliday has Baby Maker Hanover swinging to the outside and was second by the three-quarters in 1:37. Baby Maker Hanover then collared Celebrity Liberty on the final turn and those two sped to the wire in tandem. Celebrity Liberty barely hung on to win by a nose in 2:06, last quarter mile in :29. Celebrity Titan finished third. Celebrity Farms of Goshen, NY, bred and owns Celebrity Liberty. The third and final qualifier was a trot/pace mix as Celebrity Miracle was to take on Sweet Deisel, both of whom had been impressive in qualifiers at Olympia of Palm Beach. It was the pacer, Sweet Deisel and trainer/driver Dan Daley taking early command over Celebrity Miracle and driver Fern Paquet, Jr. as they sped to the first quarter in :29.3. No positions changed in the two-horse race as Sweet Deisel led past the half mile in :59.4. Then after the half mile, Paquet came to the outside with his trotter, Celebrity Miracle, pushing Sweet Deisel to the three-quarters in 1:29.2. It was then that Daley asked for and got another gear from Sweet Deisel, who put away Celebrity Miracle in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.1, the last quarter mile in :26.4. Sweet Deisel, a four-year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou, is co-owned by Ann-Mari Daley with Crawford Farms Racing. To watch the live video and race calls, go to www.olympiapalmbeach.com. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

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