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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                              

Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred pace on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29, on the Leap Year edition of Dover Downs harness racing. Unlike last week when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a 2-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan took over guiding Lucan Hanover, a six-year-old Western Ideal-Lauren Order gelding, the rest of the way in front and then pulling away with a: 27.1 final panel to a decisive 1:49 conquest over some of the sport's top-class pacers now racing. Tony Morgan and Doctor Butch closed along the passing lane to nip Mustang Art for second. The win was the 20th of his career for the $825,626 lifetime winner. Blazing Bobby Sox, owned by Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr., won for the fourth time this year notching a career fastest 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Male pace. Sectionline Rock (Tim Tetrick) closed well to pick up second money. Apollo Seelster (Yannick Gingras) was the show finisher. It was the 12 lifetime win for Blazing Bobby Sox, a The Panderosa-Liamatters five-year-old gelding. Robert Cooper Stables' Go Collect N was an impressive 1:51.2 winner in another pace for young horses winning the $13,500 event for his third win in five races since arriving from New Zealand. Corey Callahan steered the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. Since arriving in North America, the Gotta Go Collect-No Parking N gelding has in addition to three wins, three seconds in his seven starts. Swappertunity (Jim Morand) finished second for the second straight time. Rednickyachtclub (Allan Davis) was third. In another $13,500 division Yannick Gingras drove JT to a 1:52.2 score for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Brucsemi and Burke Racing Stable. An altered son of Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach, it was his second straight win in five races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) closed swiftly along the passing lane for second. Roll Big (Callahan) was the third finisher. Local favorite Just A Jolt made it to the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 in his seventh start as Tim Tetrick got the Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding away quickly and never looked back for a 1:50.3 victory to win a $12,500 Mile pace. Four Staces (Callahan) finished second with Papa Ray (Allan Davis) going a tough trip for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis had three wins each, Tim Tetrick, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. FASHION SHOWDOWN VERSUS SEVEN IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Fashion Showdown, an impressive 1:51.1 winner in last week’s $20,000 Mares Open Handicap faces seven rivals on Tuesday, March 1 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Corey Callahan will drive Chris White’s Fashion Showdown, a winner of three Opens already in 2016. Among her opponents, Jeff Clark’s Springforth, with George Dennis driving, has been right there in recent starts with a win, three seconds and a third in her last six starts. Another competitor in top form is Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s Matinee Dragon handled by Jonathan Roberts. Not to be overlooked are Sage N, a two-time winner in her last three races, and Tim Tetrick piloting from the outside for C.V Iannazzo, JFE Enterprises and Triple D Stables, Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella with Tony Morgan, John McGill’s hard-hitting No Respect, and from the rail, B Stern and Vic Kirby stepping up in class for owners Steve Moss, Hal and Helene Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. A $15,500, a $15,000, a $14,000 and $12,000 distaff paces for 4&5-year-olds, top a strong undercard. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. 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

If harness racing owner Robert DiNozzi could change one thing about his pacer Bank Shot Hanover it simply would be the gelding’s luck. DiNozzi had high hopes for Bank Shot Hanover last year, but good fortune never seemed to be on their side. Bank Shot Hanover won two of eight races last season at age 2 and earned $39,372. He won his debut, a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars, in 1:53 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in early July, but raced only once more prior to late August because of a shin splint. He returned to compete in the Metro Pace eliminations, but failed to advance to the final. He finished fifth in the consolation race a week later, beaten by two lengths. His next three starts produced a win in a conditioned race, a third in a Liberty Bell Series division, and a second in a Keystone Classic division. DiNozzi thought the horse was ready for a top effort in his Breeders Crown elimination, but Bank Shot Hanover finished seventh and after the race was found to have bled. “He’s a really good horse, we’ve just had a little bit of bad luck with him,” DiNozzi said. “His first start went in (1):53 and he looked like he was going to beat the world. It’s hard not to like a horse like that. He definitely trained down fantastically, which is why I staked him to everything I staked him to. He was training like he could be a really good one. We’ll see if that comes back or not.” Bank Shot Hanover is getting ready for his 2016 debut and is being pointed to the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The series, restricted to 3- and 4-year-olds who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 lifetime through Dec. 1, begins March 8. “Hopefully it’s just a stepping stone and he’ll end up racing in the Breeders Crown again,” DiNozzi said. “We need to get him back in shape and see where he’ll go. He’s eligible to a lot of things. We’ll see. It’s all a crapshoot.” DiNozzi bought Bank Shot Hanover, a son of The Panderosa out of the mare Braggin’ Yankee, privately last May. The horse is trained by Daniel Renaud. “Danny and I looked at some video of him and he was a nice, good-looking horse,” DiNozzi said. “He was a good-looking 2-year-old; he looked like he was 3. Sitting behind him, he’s like driving an aged horse. I mean literally he’s like driving a 9-year-old gelding.” Bank Shot Hanover, who was shut down following the Breeders Crown last October, qualified at Yonkers on Saturday, timed in 1:57. It was his first time on a half-mile track. He was driven by Yonkers’ leading driver, Jason Bartlett, and is expected to qualify again this week. “He got around the half pretty well,” DiNozzi said. “I mean (1):57 is nothing to brag about, but it’s his first qualifier back. The next qualifier, he’ll chase him out of the gate. Hopefully he’ll come down to (1):54 or (1):53 and be competitive. “And hopefully he’ll get a little bit of good luck.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

DOVER, Del. --- After being idle for two weeks, Dapper Dude made his presence felt closing strongly in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for a 1:50.3 triumph in the President's Day harness racing feature on Monday, Feb. 15 at Dover Downs, Due to icing conditions making racing hazardous, the 13th, 14th and 15th races have been canceled for the night. Bushwacker, the leading money making horse of early 2016, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was cutting out pace and Mustang Art, the new season's second top money winner, driven by Sean Bier, was sitting second, Vic Kirby put Dapper Dude into high gear heading around the final turn and The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest seven-year-old chestnut began to pick off the leaders and rush by for an easy victory. Trained by Jim King for Richard Poillucci, Dapper Dude won for the second time this year in four starts with two thirds. The win was his 22nd lifetime lifting his earnings to $916,500. Mustang Art finished second for the second straight time after two consecutive wins. Bushwacker held on for third. Yannick Gingras and Apollo Seelster proved best in the $15,000 sub-feature for 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Male pacers recording a 1:51.4 decision for owner Kapildeo Sing. Dylan Davis conditions the Camluck-April Three gelding who won for the first time in six starts this year. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) was second in front of Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) in a busy photo. Sicily made his first local start a success as Allan Davis directed a 1:52 score in a $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Wayne Givens trains the altered son of Art Major-Capri Hanover owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) closed for second. Speed Again (Gingras), on top in the stretch, held on for third. Brit Evans' Denslow Hanover, a Yankee Cruiser-Daughterofortune four-year-old gelding, drew the rail for Cory Callahan and was well positioned following Baby Kitty (Gingras) before driving down the passing lane for his first win of the New Year, a 1:53 triumph in a $13,500 pace for young males. Sentencing Memo (Russ Foster), the only sophomore in the field, was a strong third. I Belong With You lighted up the tote board paying 35-1 to win the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Jet Blue Miracle (Bier) and Arpeggio Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Joanna Callahan owns the Badlands Hanover-Her Airness gelding trained by Alexander Rice Jr., who also posted his first win of the year. Corey Callahan, Yannick Gingras and Montrell Teague reach the winner's circle twice each. SAGE N, CHEYENNE ROBIN TOP $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY Sage N, a winner last week, and Cheyenne Robin, a two-time winner in 2016 lead a seven-distaff field in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, the top female race of the week at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Post time is 4:30 p m. Tim Tetrick made good use of starting from post 1 last week steering a wire-to-wire 1:52.2 over an "off' track for C.V.Iannazzo, Triple D Stables and JFE Enterprises. The Cheyenne Gangs' Cheyenne Robin and Corey Callahan returns after a week's repast with two wins in three local starts with a second by a mere nose in her other appearance. John McGill's No Respect, handled by Vic Kirby, also just missed finishing second by a neck last time. There is plenty of talent in the rest of the lineup. Chris White's Fashion Showdown and Montrell Teague should benefit from a post 2 start. Hearts N Flowers, driven by Allan Davis for Bay Pond Racing posted a win two races back. Lou Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon and Jonathan Roberts is in peak form. Jeff Clark's Springforth with George Dennis has also been at the top of her game with a win, two close seconds in her last four outings. No Respect driven by Vic Kirby finished second in last week's feature. She has a win, three seconds, a third and two fourth in her most recent races. A $15,500 and a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace head a strong undercard. Marv Bachrad

LEBANON, OH. - The fillies and mares $5000 claiming "Survivor Series" started with 60 mares in seven elimination divisions in mid-January and narrowed down to one nine-horse championship field, chasing a purse of $17,500, on the Tuesday (February 2) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. With bragging rights on the line, Cinderosa was crowned 'Queen' by slicing through traffic in deep stretch to triumph in 1:56.1 over a sloppy track dampened by a thirty minute rainshower just prior to post-time for the harness racing co-feature. Four mares were lapped-on to each other at the wire, with another four just a length or two in arrears. Driver Randy Tharps, just four wins away from his 5,000th career win, shot out quickly with Outback Alice when the gate opened, taking command before a taxing :26.4 first quarter. The longshot got a second quarter breather when the teletimer popped up :57.1, but favored Easter Surprize (Brady Galliers) was moving up rapidly on the outside and poked her nose in front moments later. Cinderose was sitting the pocket for driver Tyler Smith and Seaside Gal (Jeremy Smith) had taken up residence in the advantageous second-over position. With Outback Alice and Easter Surprize still racing stride-for-stride at the 1:26.2 third station, Seaside Gal swung three-wide and Make Way (Kyle Ater) angled out a lane further to take her best shot at championship glory. Midway down the stretch at least seven mares were still in serious contention until driver Tyler Smith found a seam for Cinderosa and pushed her nose in front in the final strides. Make Way's strong stretch effort netted the runnerup spot, while Seaside Gal garnered the show dough. VIP Internet Stable owns the winning eight-year-old The Panderosa mare, who hails from the Chris Short stable barn. Cinderosa now sports 19 lifetime wins and her earnings now exceed $240,000. Two races earlier on the program, just as the rain began to fall, a $12,800 championship tilt for $8000 claiming trotters went postward. Favored Without A Clue (Trace Tetrick) swung three-wide around tiring horses at the head of the stretch and swept to victory in 1:59.1. CDs Eldorado (Andy Shetler) and Pacific Wave K (Josh Sutton) both left aggressively from their outside posts and pressured pacesetting Cup Day Spur N (Kayne Kauffman) through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:27.2 before giving way to Without A Clue in mid-stretch. The trio of early leaders raced very creditably, though, as CDs Eldorado, Pacific Wave K and Cup Day Spur N held on for second, third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Without A Clue is owned by Anna Lorentzon and trained by Anette Lorentzon. The seven-year-old son of Donato Hanover made just seven starts in 2015 after promising three and four year old campaigns, but seems back on track with two wins and a third place finish in three 2016 tries. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del. --- It was more like a Spring Day with late misty drizzle at Dover Downs where four horses won 1:50 or faster. Ironically, the top purse $27,500 Delaware Special was not one of them. Just A Jolt registered his 10th win the year needing only a 1:51 performance with harness racing driver Vic Kirby holding the reins. Yannick Gingras had a big day with five winning drives. Just A Jolt won his second Del. Special in-a-row upping his seasonal bankroll to $167,930 for owner Janet Hudson. The five-year-old altered son of Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate trained by Jim King left from outside post 7 in the feature and finally took the lead after the half then cruised to victory. The only contest was for second where Don't Ya Know edged Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) for second. Rocknroll Jewel led off the fast day with a 1:49.1 triumph, the fastest win of George Dennis' career, in the 1st race a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewel eight-year-old gelding for owner Tom Lazarro. Raritan Bay (Allan Davis) closed strongly for second in front of Giant Sculpture (Yannick Gingras). Gingras' later guided Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots home, also in 1:49.1 to win a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the Shanghai Phil-Tassagh gelding's 14th success of the season and fourth win in his last five starts for trainer Andy Harris. Snap To It A (Brett Miller) was runner-up. Mister Truth (Ross Wolfenden) was third best. The next fastest clocking came when Gingras driving Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound to a 1:50 victory in a $12000 Male pace. Eridanus N (Wolfenden) was second in front of Papa Ray (Alan Davis). Earlier Gingras struck again steering Journeyman to a 1:50.1 conquest in an $18,000 Open for young horses. Ron Burke trains the American Ideal-Cosmic Journey four-year-old owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing. Roland N Rock (Morgan) closed for second with Bad Boy Matt (A. Davis) third. Bill Emmons' Good Luck, a Four Starzzz Shark-Ms Mirabelle four-0year-old, was Gingras' fifth win of the day, a 1:51.4 score over Atta Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) and I Belong With You (Callahan) in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year0Old pace. Pinearosa, a The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber homebred of Gloria Myers and Carter Racing Stable, trained by Bobby Myers with Ton Morgan driving, chalked up a 1:51.4 win in another $15,500 even for young male horses. Twin B Stingray (Kirby) was the place finisher. Rip N Rock (B.Miller) collected third. Along with Gingras' five bagger, George Dennis and the Brittingham family, owner Elizabeth, trainer Don and driver Brett Brittingham, had two wins on the program. Shine N Shimmer seeks her second straight facing eight rivals in the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday feature race. DOVER DOWNS’ CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE The traditional Christmas Holiday Break Week at Dover Downs features no live racing Dec.19 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Again this season, there is no live racing on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Racing will resume on Sunday, Jan. 3 with post time at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in January and February 2016. Weekday post time is 4:30 p.m.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please Norte: Dover Downs’ current draw schedule is: Draw Date                               Race Date Tuesday, Dec. 15        for Monday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Tuesday, Dec. 29 Thursday, Dec. 17               for Wednesday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 28       for Sunday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 29      for Monday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Dec. 30 for Tuesday, Jan. 5 Sunday, Jan. 3   for Wednesday, Jan. 6 Monday, Jan. 4         for Thursday, Jan. 7 Please Note: Draw Schedule For 5 Racing Day in Jan. and Feb. Tuesday for Sunday Wednesday for Monday Thursday for Tuesday Sunday for Wednesday Monday for Thursday $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT   Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad

(ARRINGRON, VA --- 10/15/2015) ---- Blueridge Pushy and Riggy, respective two year old Virginia-bred champions last year in the harness racing filly and colt pacing divisions, return as favorites to repeat in 2015 as they headline Sunday's $363,825 "Champions Day" Extravaganza at the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County. The pair most recently captured their three year old prep races at Oak Ridge last weekend. Top Virginia-bred pacers and trotters of both sexes will compete in eight championship races on Sunday, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance. Three will be contested as non-betting events while the other five will be included as part of a ten race pari-mutuel program starting at 1:00 PM. Harness racing returned to Oak Ridge last weekend for the first time since 2001 and this will be the first time "Champions Day" has ever been held there. The past 17 editions have been contested at Colonial Downs in New Kent. Herman Hagerman's Blueridge Pushy beat four other fillies in her prep and is favored in the $45,600 finale. J D. Wengerd directed the 3 1/4 length victory in 2:02 2/5, and in similar style to 2014's championship race, beat the same runner-up and third place finishers in identical order again. Freddy Darby's Loves You Baby was second and Scott Warnick's Here Comes Lucy ended up third. Blueridge Pushy is a Badlands Hanover filly out of Cam's Pushy Woman by Cambest.     Brian Burton's Riggy held off  four foes to reach the winner's circle in the male counterpart and is early choice to repeat in the $46,200 final. The Riggins gelding covered the mile in 2:00.0 and beat Majestos by two lengths. Riggy came to Virginia on a roll, fresh off a pair of runner-up finishes and a dominant victory in Maryland. Leonard Hubbard of Cambridge, Maryland owns the pacer, who is out of Sesame Bagel, by The Panderosa.    In the two Virginia-bred sophomore trotting preps, a pair of long time conditioners scored wins in very different fashion. Renfrow Hauser's Max Santorini went wire-to-wire in the colt/gelding trot but held on to win by just a nose over a pesky Flaming Caviar. Charlie Dunavant's Ah Me didn't rely on a close call, rolling to a 20 length triumph over stablemate Kiss My Cart in the filly division. Max Santorini, a Gregory Pecs colt out of Luring Maxine, by Luring, crossed in 2:11 1/5 while Ah Me, a Mr. Commando filly out of Koala Kosmos, by SJ's Photo, connected in 2:07 1/5. Both are favored in their respective $43,000 and $45,600 divisions Sunday, which will be held as non-betting races at 11:45 AM and 12:15 PM. Trainer Charlie Dunavant's stable swept both Virginia-bred two year trotting prep races last Sunday as Cicada's Song captured the filly division warm-up in 2:14 1/5 and Elton J won the male audition in 2:06 2/5. Driver Carlo Poliseno was the common factor in both, though like the three year old trotting preps, they came very differently. The first was a blowout win against two other foes who both broke stride while the latter one capped off a thrilling stretch duel with Speedy Taxi, winning by a neck.   Cicada's Song, who is now 3-for-3, got her first two wins at Harrington in identical 2:01 1/5 times, the most recent of which came in a $20,000 Delaware state-bred event. She headlines the $43,075 final, which is a another non-bettor slated for a 12:00 Noon departure. Elton J, a Dusty Winner gelding, came to the Commonwealth fresh off a runner-up in the same series at Delaware. He is favored to repeat in the $46,150 championship. Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, Virginia, owns the pair.    John's Dream took advantage of an extended early pocket trip in the freshmen colt/gelding pace on prep weekend, cruised past front stepping Patrick's Day in deep stretch and earned a one length triumph in2:04 4/5. The Dream Away colt, who only faced a pair of competitors, is owned and trained by Chuck Perry, who also drove. John's Dream is early choice in the $44,700 finale. Perry also guided Hot Jenna to victory in the two year old prep for filly pacers, which saw trainer Mark Gray's stable sweep the top three spots. That trio, which included runner-up Motel Molly and third place finisher Flying Pirate, provided the most exciting finish of the weekend and all return to compete for a $49,500 purse in Sunday's championship. Starting among a field of seven, just a nose separated Gray's group at the wire. Only two of the entrants, including runner-up Motel Molly, had made a start prior to Sunday.  Gates open at 11 AM Sunday. Admission is $5 and included a program and tip sheet. Kids 12 and under are free.  Darrell Wood   

Favored Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.40) whipped second-choice Cinamony (George Brennan) in track-record time at the harness racing meeting on Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. "Yagonna," back here for the first time since being the bridesmaid in this spring's final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, was headstrong from post position No. 5. She found a 27-second opening quarter-mile, then demurred briefly to Cinamony as that one was parked into the second turn. Yagonnakissmeornot was out and moving again, pulling pocket and reclaiming what she figured was rightfully hers at a :55.2 intermission. Radar Contact (Jordan Stratton), who had left for a seat, moved from fourth at the 1:24 three-quarters. However, she couldn't get close as the leader had a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then easily held off Cinamony, widening to 2¼ lengths 1:51.2...a track record for aged pacing mares. Dune in Red (Tyler Buter) was third, with Skippin' By (Brian Sears) and a Radar Contact/Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) "heater" grabbing the minor moolah. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old millionairess daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.80, with the triple returning $56.50. Saturday's 13-race card is the one of the Raceway's finest all season, highlighted by the $500,000 Yonkers Trot (race 6 ) and $500,000 Messenger Stakes (race 8), both second jewels in their respective Triple Crowns...not a mention a free hat (while supplies last). Hambletonian winner Pinkman and Cane Pace winner Dealt a Winner are after repeat performances.   Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Yagonnakissmeornot, winless since May 13 and having raced only once since July 4, was still assigned the outside post eight in Friday's $30,000 mares open handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the daughter of The Panderosa bore out the local racing office's judgment by rallying from fifth at midstretch to win in 1:50.1.   Driver Simon Allard got away fourth, just behind Ooh Bad Shark, who had hung a nose loss on "Yagonna" on Sun Stakes Saturday, as the brothers Napolitano argued over the early lead, with Anthony and Monkey On My Wheel ceding the lead to George and favored Inittowinafortune after a searing opener of 26.   Inittowinafortune continued on the front end, hitting the half in 53.3, and as she approached the 1:21.4 three-quarters, there was an interesting two seconds of harness chess. Allard had edged outside with Yagonnakissmeornot, but he did not dash right up, waiting to see what Ooh Bad Shark would do. Allan Davis did decide to vacate the 3-hole with the "Shark," giving the winner valuable cover on the far turn.   In the stretch Inittowinafortune tried to fight off two horses to each side: Monkey On My Wheel on her left in the Pocono Pike and Donttellruss deep in the Pike, along with Ooh Bad Shark to her immediate right and Yagonnakissmeornot widest. In the end Yagonnakissmeornot had the most pace to win by a half-length over Ooh Bad Shark, with Donttellruss another neck back, and Inittowinafortune nosing Money On My Wheel, both beaten by only 1 1/4 lengths for it all.   Yagonnakissmeornot, trainer by Simon's brother Rene (by far the top conditioner at Pocono), raised her bankroll to $258,026 in 2015 and $1,066,242 lifetime for owners Allard Racing Inc, Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh.   FINISHING LINES   A reminder that the $2 million+ Super Stakes Saturday card is two weeks from tomorrow, on August 22. Being part of the Pocono Downs 50th Anniversary Week, the card laden with stakes-starring three-year-olds will begin at 5:30 p.m., one hour earlier than the Pocono norm, with a giant fireworks show set for after the races.   PHHA / Pocono              

Trainer Anthony De Francesco III had four training wins on the Wednesday afternoon (July 1) card at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia. The first of which came when Joseph Laino's ER Room (Yannick Gingras) survived a :26.2 opening quarter to get the job done. The 6-year-old son of Cambest won for the thirteenth time in his career. It was his third win of the season, setting a lifetime's best 1:52 in the process. He paid $4.20. Six races later, Louis A. and Louis M. Di Tullio's Red Carpet Dude (Dave Miller) scored the upset victory ($57.20) The six-year-old son of Camluck tracked live cover up the backstretch, establishing prime position for his final push, which ended in a two length victory, and a 1:53.1 clocking. It was his first win for De Francesco III, who is also part owner. Once again the Di Tullio's reached the winner's circle, this time with six-year-old gelded pacer Special Blend (Eric Abbatiello). The son of The Panderosa drafted in the pocket spot after leading the first quarter-mile. He was able to punch through the passing lane for his eleventh career victory out of ninety-nine career starts. It was his first win of the season, paying $33.00 to win. Just two races later, in the live finale, Dante Scattolini Sr.'s Sonny McDreamee overcame post eight to score the upset win. The ten-year-old trotting gelding by Angus Hall went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57.4. It was his twenty-second win out of one hundred and sixty lifetime starts, and his first win in the De Francesco barn. He paid $21.40 to win. There was no winner in the pick four. The carryover for Thursday afternoon is $1,935.43. Post time is 12:40 PM, with the pick four getting underway in race seven. Mike Bozich

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Thursday night harness racing feature promises to be a close one at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as arguments can be made for any of the seven entrants to land in the winner's circle. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card with the $2,000 featured pace lining up in race 11. Cabo Pan Lucas is the classifier's choice from post 1 with Daniel MacDonald in the bike for owner-trainer Gary Poulton and co-owner Alan Walker, all of Charlottetown. The eight-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has yet to finish out of the top three in 2015 and will have six worthy competitors to face off with. Say It Again Sam (To be driven by Jason Hughes) will make his 2015 debut from post 2 after a stellar 2014 campaign that saw him win 10 straight races, while Motorino (Terry Gallant) will look to keep his own win streak alive from post 5 after winning his last two outings. Fellow Poulton trainee I D K (Vincent Poulton) has post 4 in the field that also includes McJestic (Corey MacPherson), My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault). Race analyst Les McIsaac likes the chances of I D K in the seven-horse event. "If he's able to set up show on the front end, and with his gate speed there's no reason to think he can't, there could be nothing but open road ahead," MacIsaac said. The evening trot class will compete in race 5 for a $1,350 pot with veteran Caliban Hanover the morning line choice from post 6 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The 10-year-old son of Andover Hall will compete with Howmacs Pride (Arsenault) and Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley) for top honours in the field of eight. A newcomer to Charlottetown will have her first crack at the top mares on the east coast in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open with a $2,250 purse. Roca Rei was racing at Flamboro Downs in Ontario for trainer Patrick Shepherd but now calls the Hughes stable home, with Jason "The Blue Knight" Hughes in the bike from post 4 for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. The seven-year-old Cheyenne Rei mare has taken a mark of 1:57.1 at the half-mile oval at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. All ready this season but will have to fight off perennial top Maritime Mare General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) in her 2015 debut with post 2, as well as the Alliegetty (Gary Chappell) with a two-race win streak on the line from post 7. Other entries include Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell), Blazing By (Brian Andrew), Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson). For complete listing of entries, top picks or race broadcasts go to By Nicholas Oakes

Yagonnakissmeornot, benefiting from her versatility and the hot team of driver Simon Allard and trainer/brother Rene, moved off second-over cover to catch pacesetting Ooh Bad Shark and record a half-length victory in a $30,000 mares open handicap pace Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Coming off a win in the Chip Noble Pace at Miami Valley and a second in the Blue Chip Final at Yonkers before that, Yagonnakissmeornot left from post seven in the eight-horse field and tucked fifth early as Ooh Bad Shark assumed the lead after the 26.4 quarter and posted middle splits of 55.2 and 1:23.   Simon Allard had the daughter of The Panderosa in high gear midway on the final turn, and by midstretch it was apparent that the winner would catch the frontstepper, and she did in 1:50.3, with "Kiss"'s own last half 54.2 over an oval not known to be favorable to closers.   Yagonnakissmeornot, now a career winner of $971,366, paid $4.20 in winning for Allard Racing Inc, Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh; second choice Anndrovette, assigned the outside post eight, had traffic trouble and finished off the board.   This mares open was well-placed 11 days before the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace on Sunday, May 24 at the other track serviced by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, Harrah's Philadelphia, and this coming Saturday's card at Pocono has a pair of $30,000 opens, for free-for-all trotters and pacers, from which may emerge contenders for the May 24 Philly card's $150,000 Maxie Lee Trot and $150,000 Jerry Taylor Pace.   Also this weekend at Pocono is Pennsylvania Sire Stakes / Stallion Series action for three-year-old pacing colts; in a reversal of the normal sequencing, the Sire Stakes horses will go on Saturday and the Stallion Series sections on Sunday.   Jerry Connors

LEBANON, OH. - Grand Circuit harness racing action produced two new track records on closing day of the 2015 meet at Miami Valley Raceway Reigning Aged Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine powered to the fastest trotting mile in the two-year history of Miami Valley, lowering the previous 1:53.3 record established by Maven in the same race-The Miami Valley Distaff--exactly a year ago to 1:52.2, a full second faster. Despite drawing the outside number nine post position in the $86,500 race, driver Tim Tetrick sent Classic Martine directly on her way immediately reaching the quarter station on top in :27. At that point Tetrick let favored Shake It Cerry (Yannick Gingras) take the lead going to the :56 halfway station. Daylong Miracle (Aaron Merriman) launched a first-over attack just past the half with Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson) in tow. Daylon Miracle had a neck advantage by the three-quarters with Shake It Cerry second, Charmed Life third and Classic Martine fourth. At the top of the stretch the field fanned out with six mares still within three lengths. Classic Martine had the most trot down the lane, holding off Charmed Life, who was making a strong bid along the pylons on the inside. Daylon Miracle hung on for third. Off at 15-1 odds, the winner paid a healthy $32.20 and keyed an $81.80 exacta. Chris Oakes trains Classic Martine, who became the sport's newest million dollar earner with the victory. Yagonnakissmeornot established a new Miami Valley standard for pacing mares with her 1:50.3 triumph in the second annual $75,000 Chip Noble Memorial. Driver Daniel Dube took full advantage of drawing the innermost post position, going gate to wire to top Table Talk (Jody Jamieson) by a neck with Waasmula (James MacDonald) also lapped on at the finish. Rene Allard trains Yagonnakissmeornot, who is now just $45,000 of becoming a millionaires. Off as a lukewarm favorite, the winning six-year-old daughter of The Panderosa returned $5.80 and headed a $72.80 exacta. Handle on the 89-night Miami Valley meet was up an average of 28% nightly over 2014 figures. Gregg Keidel  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 3, 2015 -- Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of harness racing "Open Pacing Mares". A pair of small-but-select fields of five were subsected into $40,000 divisions. Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $4.30), no one trick pony she, rallied from second-over after going down-the-road in her first two series starts Starting outside her four foes, "Carol" watched as 11-10 favorite Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), getting some early encouragement from her escort, left and pocketed Medusa (George Brennan). After early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) offered a fair amount of first-up pressure in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Anndrovette maintained a short lead into the lane, but company was coming. Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away. The margin, over 19-1 outsider Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), was a length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Anndrovette, snapped for second, settled for third. For second choice Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her eighth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was barely more than a public workout for 4-5 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $3.70). In play from post position No. 2, she easily went around pole-sitting longhsot Strings (Eric Carlson), them had no issues whatsoever. Pedestrian fractions of :28.3 and :58.2 were going to make "Yagonnakissme" very tough to catch, and a :55.1 back half (1:26.1, 1:53.3) made it impossible. A season's-best effort whipped first-up Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a comfortable length-and-a-half, with Strings third. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa trained by Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh--the same contingent behind Carolsideal--she's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $15.40, with again no triple wagering due to the quintet. Series standings, through three of five prelims legs...1-Carolsideal (225 points), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (158), 3t-Camille (125), 3t-Venus Delight (125), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (120), 6-Fancy Desire (113), 7-Anndrovette (111), 8-Krispy Apple (105). Special Friday props to Luminosity (Brennan, $6.20), whose 1:55, open-length romp in the $21,500 second race was fastest local trot mile of the season. Friday's Pick 5 wager, vitamin-enriched by a $4,667 carryover, attracted $12,602 of fresh money. The formful combo of 2/1/5/2/2 (all wagering favorites) returned $111.87 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the third round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, March 28, 2015 -- The brief career of Heavenly Knox has been marked by unusual financial situations and tragedy among his harness racing connections. But the 4-year-old The Panderosa - Mystic Tiger N gelding showed Friday what perseverance and faith can achieve, as he captured the $30,500 championship of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings at The Meadows. The track hosted three other series finals Friday, with Wu Long, Keystone Chester and One Over Par also earning titles. Aaron Merriman won two championships behind Keystone Chester and One Over Par. Heavenly Knox was sound enough at 2 and 3 but, according to his trainer, John 'Johnny Z' Zawistowski, he was prevented from racing by an odd glitch. "The original owner was having financial trouble, and he didn't make the stud fee," Zawistowski said. "We kept training him, but he couldn't get papers. This horse didn't have a name until just a day before we qualified him." He got that name in the most heartbreaking way. When Zawistowski's grandson Knox died at birth, the trainer decided to name the horse in honor of the child. "I gotta believe he's watching over us tonight," Zawistowski said. Now campaigned by an ensuing owner, Wolf Creek Farm, Heavenly Knox rewarded Zawistowski's confidence by winning six of his first seven starts. In the Walter Russell final, he retook the lead for Eric Ledford near the half and handily defeated Terror Of The Nite, who won his first three series splits, by 2-1/4 lengths. Big World Of Rock earned show. The Illinois-based Zawistowski said he likely will ship Heavenly Knox east. "He'll probably go to Yonkers, Pocono and a couple other places," he said. "We'll give him a shot out there." In the other finals: $32,600 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Wu Long completed her series sweep, but she had to overcome a determined Main Gate Tam and a snow shower that compromised her footing. Wu Long set sail after Main Gate Tam with a first-over move down the backside and finally nailed her in the shadow of the wire, prevailing by 1/2 length in 2:00 for Dave Palone. Seduce A Stranger earned show despite bleeding during the race. "I thought I'd get by, but she really struggled with the track tonight," Palone said. "She was slipping pretty good. I didn't think I could put her in gear and feel 100 percent safe. So I just kind of rode my way up there and, thankfully, we didn't make a mistake." Rob Harmon trains the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Strong Tea for Harmon Racing Stable and Knightstalker Stable. $33,200 Ken Weaver Memorial Trot Keystone Chester made it look easy again, drawing off after an uncovered move to score in 1:58 for trainer Andy Rickert and owner Murdock Racing Stable. Flying Muscles rallied for second, 4-3/4 lengths back, with Great Magic third. Rickert called the 4-year-old Chocolatier-Keystone Chickadee gelding "a nice surprise." "We bought him in the sale last May for $6,500," Rickert said. "When I got him, I said, 'What did they bring home?' There wasn't much to him, so we turned him out for four months. When we brought him in, he looked like a horse. He's matured, filled out, and the green grass did him good. He doesn't have many stakes, so we'll try to pick our spots in overnights for him." $28,100 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace One Over Par provided the tote board excitement for the evening, scoring at 13-1 despite finishing no better than third in the three preliminary legs. She followed the first-up cover of Somewhere Fameous to triumph in 1:57, a neck better than Dream Ball. I Plead The Fifth completed the ticket. "I was very confident with her last week, but she made a break," Merriman said. "Her gait was really bad, so we put our heads together and made some changes. She definitely has the talent. The trip helped, and maybe the conditions." Kelly O'Donnell conditions the 3-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Susie Girl for Mark Maynard, KO Racing Stables and Tangie Massey. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire, who has rapidly become a fan favorite at Miami Valley Raceway, became harness racing's newest millionaire Saturday night capturing the $16,500 Open Handicap Pace after a thrilling stretch duel. Driver Dan Noble changed tactics in Twilight Bonfire's seventh local start by leaving the gate alertly and dictating all the fractions. A lukewarm favorite in a stellar field, the five-year-old stud horse by The Panderosa reached the quarter mile marker in :26.3, then throttled down to a :56.1 half before the challengers began to form an outer flow. Masters Champion (Kyle Ater) was first to lap on the pacesetter with Neat (Jeff Nisonger) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) swinging wider yet at the 1:23.4 three-quarter station. Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page), fresh off three straight Preferred company victories at The Meadows, swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and the cavalry charge was on to the wire. In the end, Twilight Bonfire held off all challengers in 1:52.1 despite the fact that two of his adversaries had stuck their heads in front of him midway through the final turn. Atta Boy Dan got up for second with Neat pacing strong between horses to finish a very tight third. Owned by Robert Key and trained by Danny Collins, Twilight Bonfire's winning bounty moved his career earnings to $1,003,070. The homebred has won 15 of his 66 lifetime starts and sports a three-year-old record of 1:50.1. Gregg Keidel

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