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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The first Tuesday night live race program of the 2016 season at the Hippodrome 3R provided race fans with plenty of excitement, especially in the $120,000C opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. While the older horse division may not have featured pari-mutuel wagering with just a three-horse field, it ended up being the best race of the season at the Hippodrome 3R. Heading the field was three-time series champion, Maximuscle, taking on series champion and track record holder, Seeyou Men with Promesses Imperial rounding out the field. Held between the 5th and 6th races on the program, the race began as a near disaster for driver Mario Charron and Maximuscle, as the five-year-old son of Angus Hall went off-stride after the start. That gave way for Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd to have things their own way on the lead with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) sitting in the pocket-trip. They went to the opening quarter in :29.3 and then to the half mile in 1:00.3, but when Shepherd looked over his shoulder, there was Charron and Maximuscle back on stride and coming after the race leader. By the three-quarter mile marker in 1:30.2, Maximuscle had not only collared Seeyou Men, but had the lead by a neck. Then at the top of the stretch, Seeyou Men was back in the lead by a slim head and in a dramatic stretch drive to the finish, Maximuscle came on in the final strides to the wire to win by a neck over Seeyou Men in 1:59.4 with Promesses Imperial the obvious third place finisher. It was the first start of the season for Maximuscle, who is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. "I thought after driving this horse for most of his career he would be OK behind the starting gate tonight." Said Mario Charron of Maximuscle. "But even at age five I still must treat him like a two-year-old and talk to him and make sure he is clam getting out of the starting gate. He has done this every year of his career but towards the end of last season at age four he was much better, but not tonight. "Once I had him back on-stride I saw that Robert (Shepherd) was going to back down the pace even more after the half mile," Charron explained, "and my horse wanted to go so I let him move to the outside and he was just great. By the three-quarters I knew we had him but what a great finish for just a three-horse race. Robert's horse was game down the stretch but Maximuscle was the better horse tonight. Because Maximuscle broke stride off a qualifying race, he must qualify again before the judges in order to enter next week's second round of the series and with no opportunity to do so, it is likely that Maximuscle will not be able to race until the third round. For Charron, it was his first win after four race cards held at 3R this season. That is uncharacteristic for Charron, who last year was second by one win to Denis St-Pierre for the driving title. "That's Mario Charron," Charron laughed. "With so many new drivers at 3R this year, I really do not get that much opportunity nor some of the better horses to drive early in the season. But now that the stakes season is underway I will do better as many trainers are just getting their young horses to the races. But I am glad to get that first win finally." There were two mare divisions of the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series Tuesday. The third race first division saw SOS Revange and driver Gaetan Lamy sit patiently in fourth place as Beauty Road (Guy Gagnon) parked out race favorite Viva Bayama (Carl Duguay) for most of the mile race. Then with a strong move on the final turn, Lamy was able to turn SOS Revange loose and the mare kicked in a :29.3 last quarter mile to win going away by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. Viva Bayama was second with the pocket-sitting National Trace (Stephane Brosseau) third. Now undefeated in two starts this year for trainer Francine Merrissettel and owner/breeder Monalisa Pagliericci of Stanbridge Station, QC, SOS Revange, a four-year-old mare by Kadabra, scored a lifetime mark and paid $6.60C to win. In the 6th race second division, Mario Charron made it a driving double on the night with SOS Striking Monte. Kim Sorel (Martin Gringas) left sharply from post six to take the early lead and gave way to SOS Harddrive (Pascal Berube) after the opening quarter mile in :29.1. SOS Harddrive then led to the half mile in :59.1 and it was then that Charron made his winning move with SOS Striking Monte, brushing to the lead and in command at the three-quarters in 1:29 and then holding on through the finish to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:59.4. Bamie Benjo (Louis-Philippe Roy) closed well from fifth place to be second with Kim Sorel third. A five-year-old mare by Striking Sahbra, it was the first win in two starts on the year for trainer Guy Roy. SOS Strking Sahbra is owned by Francis Prouix of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC and paid $6.10 to win. "This is a very nice mare," Charron said. "I think she will do very well in this series." Live racing resumes Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

There were three divisional track record holders in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 20) but their past credentials didn't impress Striker Ace ($22.40) as he rallied to a half length stunner over Lutetium in a harness racing seasonal best 1:56.4.   Striker Ace (Todd Cummings) had to battle the likes of BZ Glide, Lutetium and Strong Hope who all have their names in the Buffalo Raceway record book. But the only one who really was involved was the pace-setting Lutetium as the other two were non-factors.   At the start, as expected, Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) fired right to the top with Striker Ace and Red Clay in tow. Hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:27.0, the threesome pulled away from the remainder of the field and were left to see who was best in the stretch.   Lutetium was on the inside with Red Clay and Striker Ace attacking from the outside. It was the late kick of Striker Ace who was the king as he turned back Lutetium while Red Clay (Shawn McDonough) took third.   It was the second victory in four seasonal starts for Striker Ace (Striking Sahbra-No Sugar Tonight). The 6-year-old gelding is owned by trainer John Mungillo and Finish Line Investors. The win upped his 2016 earnings to $8,854 and $117,810 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Saturday at 7 p.m. with 11 races scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Trotters dominated a rainy, cold afternoon on Thursday (April 28) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The featured event was a non-winners of $21,000 in their last 5 starts, going for a purse of $17,500. The 4/5 favorite was the 5-year-old gelding Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller). The son of Muscles Yankee has been facing open company at The Meadowlands as of late, and drew post 3 for this affair. He was perfectly placed in the pocket, behind the speed of Crosby's Clam Bake (Brett Miller). They came to the top of the stretch still in that order, but longshot Watkins (Dave Miller) had other plans. The 9-year-old son gelded son of Striking Sahbra circled up 3 wide to gun down Crosby's Clam Bake to win by a nose in 1:53.4, over the sloppy going. Opulent Yankee settled for third. It was the 3rd win in the last 5 starts for the Jack Franklin trainee, who is owned by Tom Ceraso Jr. He paid $56.40. There were also two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in the last 5 starts on the trot. Division one went to the lightly raced Kelsey's Keepsake (Joe Bongiorno). She was making her second start of the year, after going 4 for 14 in the win column in 2015. The Ron Burke trainee brushed powerfully passed the quarter, and never looked back, scoring a 5 length victory in 1:55.1. She paid $3.20. In the second division, it was Leonard Buckner's Picture This (Andrew McCarthy) scoring the victory. This 6-year-old gelded son of Classic Photo brushed to the point after the quarter, and was able to hold off the pocket-sitting longshot Deacon's Valley (Corey Callahan) to win by a head in 1:56.4. It was the Charlie Norris trainee's 2nd straight triumph, and the 15th of his career. He paid $4.40 to win. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan and Somebody As made it look easy rolling to a second consecutive victory in the $24,000 Open/Handicap trot on a windy and chilly Wednesday, March 2, at the harness racing meeting at Dover Downs. Somebody As and Callahan got away quickly from the outside to take the early lead and continued to extend the margin until turning for home when War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick picked up the pace in the stretch to close within a half-length at the wire in 1:54.3. Owned by Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri, the seven-year-old altered son of Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS, conditioned by Anette Lorentzon, recorded his third win in four starts this season and victory number 24 and $475,583 in lifetime earnings. Winemaster Hanover (Toby Lynch) edged Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) for third money. Jack Parker Jr. found room along the passing lane and led a cavalcade of trotters to the finish line in a lifetime record 1:55.4 clocking to win the secondary feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old event. It was the third win of the year with three seconds in eight starts for the RC Royalty-Becca J gelding, who now has banked $34,700 for owner Jim Moore III. Stirling Diva (Tetrick) closed for second in front of Kolbee's Star (Callahan), third. Ragazzo Dolce. a classically-bred Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce gelding driven by Jim Morand for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, returned to the winner's circle for the first time since January when he won eight races in-a-row, poured it on in the stretch on the way to a 1:55.1 triumph in one of three $12,000 trots on the supporting card. Enrico AS (Allan Davis) was next best with Awsome Valley (George Dennis) the third-place finisher. Tim Tetrick drove PL Incoming to a lifetime best 1:57 score in a second $12,000 trot, this one for 4&5-year-olds. Winsun Cobra (Pat Berry) and Dance For Me Sasha (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable own the Kadabra -Kaparah gelding trained by Josh Green, who won for the first time in 2016. Tetrick returned in the final $12,000 trot, to guide odds-on favorite Maestro Blue Chip to his fourth-straight victory in 1:54.1. The Credit Winner-Up Front Holsey horse is trained by Jim King for Richard Pollucci. A 29-1 shot Brew Master (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Eskimo Joe (Callahan) was the show horse. Tim Tetrick drove three winners and Corey Callahan had a double, 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. Marv Bachrad

Newcomer Somebody AS, the race favorite, was never challenged en route to a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open/ Handicap trot on a longshot filled Wednesday, Febrary 24th harness racing card at Dover Downs. George Dennis drives three winners. Corey Callahan left quickly from the middle of an eight horse field to get the lead and never was tested on the way to his second win in four starts this year cruising to his 23rd lifetime success banking $465,583in purses. The seven-year-old Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon was all alone at the wire for owners Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri AB. 18-1 Five Towns (Jonathan Roberts) came into the race with two wins in a row but had to settle for second. Si Gun Hall (George Dennis) in his first start of the year finished third. Ware Cry Hall (Vic Kirby), a winner of the last two Opens, was troubled by starting on the outside, but closed to finish fourth. In the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old sub-feature trot, in mid-stretch, Inner Peace (Pat Berry) appeared on the way to victory when the gelding broke stride. Eskimo Joe , a 9-1 shot, then came on to record his first win of 2016 closing fast to nip Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) at the wire in 1:56.2. Joe Skowyra conditions Eskimo Joe, an altered son of Credit Winner-New Hampshire Girl, for Barbara Boese Trust. Marzipan (Dennis) came storming on the outside to take third. In other trots, Lou Man (Kirby), owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey was a winner in 1:55.2, in one $12,000 contest while Angela Coombs' 12-1 Phantom Rusty (Roberts) won a second in 1:57; Robbins Nest Farm's Keystone Orion (Roberts) won at 12-1 to win a $9,500 event. Rosemary Smutz' Man Of Muscle (Berry) closed strongly at 18-1 to win a $9,000 trot. Jay Baxter's Bella's Punkett (Wolfenden) was a 1:57 winner at 6-1. Eddie Davis' 30-1 Eurocan (Allan Davis) got up in 1:57 to win a $7,500 trot and Abrcadabra Hanover (Davis), off at 9-1, nipped favorite Winbak Red (Callahan) at the wire in 1:57.4 to win a Delaware $5,000-$7,500 Claiming Handicap trot. George Dennis had a driving triple two with horses trained by Kevin Lare for Frank Chick; Vic Kirby had a double. RACE ME VILLA ONE AND ALL GOLD THURSDAY FEATURE FAVORITES Race Me Villa and All Gold, both winners in their previous starts are the favorites in the Thursday, Feb. 25 twin-features at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Montrell Teague drove Race Me Villa to a wire-to-wire 1:52.1 victory last week for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners Kathleen Mofield, John Dickens and KDK Standardbreds. Arty Foster’s Rockin Rambaran is in top form after consecutive seconds. Feel Like A Fool heads the opposition. Owned by Kovach Stables, Vic Kirby will drive the $1.1-million winner from the rail after a big trip last time from post 8 finishing fourth beaten only three-quarters of a length. Driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art is another classy veteran dropping down.    The rest of the competitive field includes PT Stables Summer Camp with Jonathan Roberts, Allstar Preview trained by driver George Dennis racing for George and Tina Dennis, Rockin The House, newly acquired by Howard and Judy Taylor and Dandy Farms with Corey Callahan and GRJ Partners’ Disarrei with Tony Morgan from post 8. In the other co-feature, All Gold (Ross Wolfenden), fresh from two wins-in-a-row takes on the sharp Cambassador (Morgan), owned by Bill Lutz, LeBlanc Racing and Coun0t De Money Stable and Ask W Stables and the Dennis’ homebred Roddy’s Hot Again (Dennis), also winners last time out. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. This is next-to-last Sunday of racing this season. Post time is resumes at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the Winner’s Circle Buffet is now back in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call for reservations 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 30, 2016 - A pocketed Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton, $13.40) and a down-the-road Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $5.40) earned the glory Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $32,000 Open Handicaps. The weekly featured trot saw Somebody AS from assigned post position No.3 watched invading Major Athens (George Brennan) led the way. The slight 2-1 choice threw down the anvil (:28.1, :57.2, 1:26), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears), who found an early three-hole, loomed at the leader in and out of the final turn, but flattened. Somebody AS though, was waiting for his shot. He ducked inside and bested a rallying Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) by a neck in 1:54.4, fastest local mile of the season. Red Hot Herbie settled for third, with Major Athens Zooming (Buter) completed the cashers. For third choice Somebody AS, a 7-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, it was his first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $102.50, with the triple returning $703. The week's pacing feature had 17-10 choice "Phil" leave from post No. 5, steal away with a cheap (:28.0, 57.4) half. From there, the pursuers had no shot, with a :55.4 back portion (1:25.4; 1:53.3). The final margin was a length-and-three-quarters over a good effort from Melmerby Beach (Bartlett), with Texas Terror N (Matt Kakaley), Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Phil Your Boots, a 6-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Andrew Harris for owner Louis Frascella, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $12.60, the triple returning $129.50 and the superfecta paid $949. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Somebody As and Hyway Marcus each took a $20,000 division of the trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, while in the $20,000 harness racing pacing headliner, Preparty emerged as the narrowest of winners.   Between the trots, Somebody As had by far the faster time, 1:52.2, a new lifetime mark, leading at every pole and winning by seven lengths. George Napolitano Jr., who continued to hold a 15-win lead over Aaron Merriman in the 2015 North American sulky title chase, guided the altered son of Striking Sahbra for trainer Anette Lorentzon and his owners, breeder ACL Stuteri and Kjell Johansson.   Hyway Marcus won for the third time in his last six starts while taking the other trot division, also setting a personal best of 1:54.1. Driver/trainer/owner Francisco Del Cid used come-from-behind tactics with the gelded son of Gut Instinct, coming from seventh at the half and fifth at the 3/4s to defeat Stitch In Time by a neck.   Preparty, a former high-level pacer who had dropped all the way to the very bottom rung of the Pocono class ladder on September 16, continued his comeback by taking his fourth win in his last five starts, here in 1:52. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere rallied from the pocket to edge out the game parked-every-call Rockin Rumble by a nose for driver Simon Allard, trainer/brother Rene, and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc. and Earl Hill Jr.   And of course it wouldn't be Halloween without Pocono staging The Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace, for horses of a whitish coloring. The $10,000 race was taken by the Admirals Galley gelding Gotta Love Him, who made the lead after the quarter for driver Matt Kakaley and went on to post his first victory of the year in 1:53 for trainer Cindy Weitoish and owners Stan and Amie Weitoish.   PHHA / Pocono    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Patience's is a virtue and harness racing driver Pascal Berube listened to that proverb Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the fifth race feature trot and he came away with a victory aboard SOS Striking Monte. Starting from the rail, SOS Striking Monte got away in second place as the top mare, Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras), left quickly to take early command of the race. By the opening quarter mile in :30.1, Kim Sorel was already under pressure on the outside from The Great Bambino (Jonathan Lachance), but The Great Bambino went off-stride. That allowed Gingras to back off the early speed and slow the field down to the half mile marker in 1:03.3. Then it was that Force Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle coming three-wide in the backstretch to push Kim Sorel to the three-quarters in 1:34.4 and was gaining ground on the final turn. But once they straightened out in the stretch for the final drive to the wire, the very patient Pascal Berube moved SOS Striking Monte to the passing lane and they shot by the race leaders and went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.4. Kim Sorel held for second over Force Naturelle. Trained by Guy Royl and owned by Frances Proulex of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC, it was the third win this year for SOS Striking Monte. The four-year-old mare by Striking Sahbra paid $5.70 to win as the betting favorite. Two drivers, Stephane Brosseau and Steeven Genois each had the 'hot hands' at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, each winning three races on the program. Next Sunday will be the final day of the season for live racing at the Hippodrome 3R. The track will be open seven days of a week for simulcasting all year long. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club 

Nichols, N.Y. -- Uncontested through a sensible early pace, odds-on harness racing favourite B Yoyo used a :27 third-quarter surge to evade his six trailing rivals in Saturday (August 29) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs, ultimately edging clear for a decisive 1:53 triumph.   Vinny Ginsburg wasted no time with the 5-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra, seizing command from Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) in the first hundred yards. The two continued unchallenged through early sectionals of :27.3 and :57.1, and B Yoyo turned up the tempo at first asking from Ginsburg, edging clear of Bourbon Bay by two lengths through a 1:24.1 three-quarter split while a first-over bid from Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) failed to materialize. B Yoyo remained strong to the end, holding clear by 2-1/2 lengths under intermittent whip taps while Bourbon Bay and Six Bax were both driven to give chase late. The 1:53 win was B Yoyo's third consecutive success, and the 15th of his career.   Bob Bongiorno trains B Yoyo for Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 30) afternoon, with a 13-race program headlined by five preliminary divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotters. Post time is slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

 A middle move into a contested pace sent 2-1 favourite B Yoyo ($6.00) to the front in Saturday (August 22) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at  the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs, and the 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding edged clear of his seven rivals for a 1:52.4 score in the Roll With Joe Eve feature. Vinny Ginsburg attended the early pace while inside three other leavers, allowing E R Ellie (Jim Meittinis), Skates N Plates (Aaron Byron), and Canadian Wildcat (Mike Simons) to alternate on the lead before commencing a first-over rally on the clubhouse turn with B Yoyo. After Canadian Wildcat reached race's midpoint in :55.2, B Yoyo ratcheted up the pressure, taking over midway on the backstretch and edging clear at will. B Yoyo authoritatively established the lead through a :28.3 third quarter, but 22-1 outsider Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) loomed a major threat after working out a second-over trip. Still, B Yoyo proved superior, edging clear to defeat Six Bax by 2-1/4 lengths. Jailhouse Jessica (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied from third-over to take third, while E R Ellie saved fourth after she was compromised by traffic on the far turn. Bob Bongiorno trains B Yoyo for Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos. Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with a hat trick on the 10-race card, teaming up with Marc Major trainees Highland Yankee ($31.60, 1:55.2) and Geronimo Fame ($8.40, 1:57.2), along with Mike Sinclair trainee Keystone Trevor ($4.80, 1:56). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 23) afternoon, with first post on the stakes-studded card set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. James Witherite

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 26, 2015 - Return winner Somoli E heads the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Starting from post four in the first race on the card, Somoli E is the lone return winner in the field. Last week in the opening round he led from start to finish in his division for driver Jerome Lombart with neck triumph in 2:02.3. His main rival will be Andovers Touch from post five for driver Stephane Polliot. Last week Andovers Touch was a game second place finisher to Maximuscle, who was not entered for the second round of the series. Other contenders include SOS Robocop (post 3), SOS Masters Boy (post 2) and Bouffon P V (post 6). Third race, second division for older horses has George S P has the 5/2 morning line favorite from the rail. The five-year-old gelding by Striking Sahbra will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and was third last week to Maxiemuscle. Three starts back he was a winner at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1. He takes on SOS Ticket Master (post 5) and Victorycari (post 3). The mares get underway in the seventh race with just one division with ten horses in the field. With Viva Bayama taking the week off, the race is a wide-open affair. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Bambie Benjo from post five for driver Rheo Filion. A four-year-old mare by Southwind Lustre, Bambie Benjo was a game second place finisher to Viva Bayama last week and is seeking her maiden victory. She goes against Canbec Kangourou on the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron who will be expected to try and wire field as she usually does. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Vincent Trudel Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois- Rivieres, Quebec – Return winner Somoli E heads the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Starting from post four in the first race on the card, Somoli E is the lone return winner in the field. Last week in the opening round he led from start to finish in his division for driver Jerome Lombart with neck triumph in 2:02.3. His main rival will be Andovers Touch from post five for driver Stephane Polliot. Last week Andovers Touch was a game second place finisher to Maximuscle, who was not entered for the second round of the series. Other contenders include SOS Robocop (post 3), SOS Masters Boy (post 2) and Bouffon P V (post 6). Third race, second division for older horses has George S P has the 5/2 morning line favorite from the rail. The five-year-old gelding by Striking Sahbra will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and was third last week to Maxiemuscle. Three starts back he was a winner at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1. He takes on SOS Ticket Master (post 5) and Victorycari (post 3). The mares get underway in the seventh race with just one division with ten horses in the field. With Viva Bayama taking the week off, the race is a wide-open affair. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Bambie Benjo from post five for driver Rheo Filion. A four-year-old mare by Southwind Lustre, Bambie Benjo was a game second place finisher to Viva Bayama last week and is seeking her maiden victory. She goes against Canbec Kangourou on the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron who will be expected to try and wire field as she usually does. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Harness racing trainer Chris Marino started three horses on Sunday's matinee card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and all he did was go three-for-three. Pacer Skype Hanover (Bettor's Delight) pulled off the upset on the front end as the claiming pacer prevailed at odds of 13-1. The first victory of the season for the pacer came in 1:56.3. Trotters Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi), an award winner at Saratoga last year among claiming trotters, scored a seasonal best 1:57 win while drawing away to score by almost five lengths. The Marino hat trick was completed by Striking Hurricane (Striking Sahbra). The four year old trotter prevailed for the third straight Sunday afternoon with near carbon copy victories, all coming on the front end and all while stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Austin Siegelman piloted all three Marino trainees to their Sunday scores. Marino surged into the top five in the local trainer standings behind the Sunday hat trick. Trainer Rene Allard also had a hat trick on the matinee card, winning with trotters Mack's Gold Band, Scottish Cross and Open Trotter Red Hot Herbie all of which were driven to their scores by Billy Dobson. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2015...The big news at Pompano Park on Sunday night came in the very last race when Blended Whiskey, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., won that finale, keying a record 20 cent Super Hi-5 payoff of $146,288.30 to one very lucky but, as yet, unidentified bettor.   Blended Whiskey, 3 to 1 on the board, was followed by the 40 to 1 chance One Bad Shot (Dave Ingraham) with Orator, 35 to 1, (Travis Cullen) third. Fox Valley Arctic, 9 to 1 (Bruce Ranger) finished fourth with the lukewarm 3 to 1 favorite, Ring Leda (Jason Dillander) fifth--the winning combination being 2-1-10-4-5.   The payoff is a record covering the half century history at Pompano Park.   Now, on to the feature events...   Trot Fudge Sundae, driven by Dave Ingraham, scored a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $13,200 Open Trot for Mares on Sunday night.   The five year-old daughter of American Native, trained by Rick Sronce for owners James Bafia and Eugene White. held off the furious late surge of Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, to score by a quickly diminishing neck in 1:56.   Blushing Hanover, with Mickey McNichol handling her lines, finished third after cutting panels of :27.1; :57.1 and 1:25.3. McTiny's Hope finished fourth and M T Ur Pockets rallied from last half way through the mile to finish fifth.   Ingraham's charge was away third through the opening stages of the mile and pull first over just short of the half, grinding forward the rest of the journey before taking command shortly after straightening away for the wire and then hold off Jailhouse Jessica, five lengths back at the third station, in the photo.   In a post race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "you know, I had a choice to make at the half--go first up or sit in. I decided to give it a go because I didn't want to get bottled up with no place to go...after all, these are very good trotters in here and they can be out and driving in a heartbeat and leave you with no room to roam. She's a rugged mare who like to win and can swallow a lot of air! It worked out just right!   For Trot Fudge Sundae, it was her first success of the year in six starts--24th win lifetime--and sent her career earnings to $366,342 in 70 lifetime starts.   Fifth choice in the betting, Trot Fudge Sundae paid $15.80 on this "Sundae Night!"   Pompano Park also hosted the second leg of "The Battleground" Late Closer for claiming trotters and Northern Inferno snuck on through along the pylons in the final stages to score a photo finish win for Kevin Wallis in 1:57.3 at odds of 28 to 1--the longest proposition in the field of six.   This nine year-old son of Angus Hall pinned the upset--measured at a head--on Overwhat (18 to 1), with Joe Sanzeri in the bike with Sand Wyndham and Joe Pavia, Jr. teaming up for third, just a length away.   The 3 to 5 favorite, Thirtyeightspecial, finished fourth after cutting panels of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 JL Rockin Jake picked up the nickel in the sextet.   Northern Inferno, fifth for the opening three quarters of the mile, never left the inside and snuck through as they started to gang up on the leader turning for home.   Trained by Sandy Hollon for owner Heddy Nelson, Northern Inferno won for the third time in six tries this year. He's won 33 times during his career spanning 139 starts, good for $185,338.   Paying $59.80 to win, Northern Inferno keyed an exacta payoff of $567.00 in the six horse field.   Also driver Dennis Whittemore, who rarely makes an appearance in the sulky these days, won his first race since July 31, 2007 and first extended pari-mutuel race since May 14, 2006 when he guided his own P L Humanity to victory in a conditioned trotting event on Sunday night.   Whittemore sent this four year-old son of Striking Sahbra to the front from his outside eight post at the :28.2 opener and led the rest of the journey, clocking panels of :59.1 and 1:28.2 en route to a 1:59.1 win over the 1 to 5 favoritee Pointe Of Inquiry (Wayne Henry), who closed with ferocity after a miscue at the start. Witty's Winner was third in that mile.   As the 5 to 1 second choice in the betting, P l Humanity paid $12.40 to win.   In the $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers, the 11 year-old warrior St. Pete Star won for the 53rd time in his illustrious career by coming off the pace for George Napolitano, Jr. to score a hard earned victory in 1:52 over Machinist (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Red Hot Yankee (Kevin Wallis) third.   Trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, St Pete Star is now three-for-six this young season, good for $17.094. He's banked $610,184 lifetime and paid $7.40 to his faithful followers.   Racing resumes Monday night with pacing mares in the spotlight in an Open Handicap event. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry        

Monte performers were in action Friday evening with the Vernon Downs Monte Series Final contested by seven starters for a purse of $5,700. The race was non-wagering. Tymal Oh So Nice took the lead at the 5/8 mile post and drew off for an easy 13-length score in 2:04s for Heather Reese. The winner, a five year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra-Tymal Abracadabra-Kadabra is trained by Ronald MacDonald who co-owns with Valeria Blackmore. The victory was his second in six 2014 starts under saddle. Tara Hynes teamed John-michael to be second ahead of My Irish Molly with Jocelyn Lavigne aboard. At Mohawk a $5,000 non-wagering monte event was held with eight contestants. Radical Dreamer with Marit Valstad up and Tragically Shipp with Natalie Elliot in the irons hit the wire together in a dead-heat for win. Radical Dreamer, a solid monte performer this season, is owned by Millard and trainer Ronald O'Neill of Cambridge. Tragically Shipp is trained by Lee Watson for Lynne and David Magee. The next scheduled monte events in Ontario listed below: 9/13 Mohawk 9/20 Flamboro 10/1 Western Fair by Thomas H. Hicks, for MonteAmerica  

Six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes for harness racing rookie trotting colts and geldings were the marquee events on Saturday night (August 16) at Georgian Downs. The first three races on the card were all Grassroots races, and driver Trevor Henry won all of them to get his night started off on the right foot. Henry won the opener with Kadabrasnewrecruit in 2:01.4. Racing over a surface left sloppy and two seconds off due to rain, Kadabrasnewrecruit came from well off-the-pace to gain the lead in the stretch and then stepped away to win by two and a half lengths over Angels Kid (Keith Oliver). Muscles All Over (Eddie Green) finished third. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont. owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, broke his maiden in his second attempt, and he has now earned $13,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Olympic Son then gave Henry the double, leading through panels of :30, 1:01.2, and 1:32.1 on his way to a four and three-quarter length victory in 2:02.1. Parkhill Lancelot (Steve Byron) crossed the finish line in second, but was off-stride in doing so, and following a judges’ inquiry, he was moved back to third, elevating original third-place finisher Covert Operative (Per Henriksen) to runner-up status. Paul Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his first win from three attempts and he has now put away $13,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Snapshot Springs overcame post nine to give Henry the hat trick. Snapshot Springs had command through splits of :29.4, 1:01.4, and 1:33.1 en route to a 2:03.1 triumph. Numbers Game (Kevin Sizer) came in second, beaten a length and a half by the winner, and Jayport All Muscle (Keith Oliver) nabbed third. The Striking Sahbra-Spring Photo gelding is owned and bred by trainer Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. The win was his second (consecutive) in five starts and lifted his earnings to $22,500. In other action, Mandeville now leads the Grassroots point standings for the group after a 2:01.3 tally in the fifth Grassroots flight with Scott Coulter driving. He also went all the way on the lead, clicking off fractions of :30.4, 1:02, and 1:31 before he trotting a :30.3 final kicker to prevail by one and a quarter lengths over Stormont Wizard (Oliver). Top Dollar (Byron) collected third. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ont. also co-owns the victorious Majestic Son gelding with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Mandeville, who has won three times in Grassroots competition and banked $31,500, was bred by Dr. John Brown of Granton, Ont. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Mandeville is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Paco mare My Charmer, making him a half-brother to Grassroots winner Momentous (Mr Lavec). Coulter also clicked in the Grassroots nightcap with Call Me Richard. Call Me Richard circled from third to first after the :30-second opening quarter, and after he reached the half in :59.1 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3, he romped to a 12 length decision in 2:01.3. Ontheroad De Vie (Robby Robinson) was next, followed by Concept (Oliver). Call Me Richard, who picked up his other career win in Grassroots action on July 12 at Georgian Downs, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ont. owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $23,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ont. and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The other Grassroots winner was El Diablo Hall and Keith Oliver, who led at the :29.4 opening quarter, the 1:00.2 half, and the 1:31 three-quarters in the fourth Grassroots race. He had a stern challenge from pocket-sitter Freddie (Trevor Henry) through the lane, but El Diablo Hall held sway, prevailing by a head in 2:00.4. Now Thats Scary (Wayne Henry) finished third. Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for Ontario owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston. Dale Hunter of London, Ont., the former head coach of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won six times from seven tries and banked $26,000. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. The next Grassroots event for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take place on September 6 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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