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LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire captured the $15,500 Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, inching within $6000 of becoming a million dollar earner for owner-breeder Robert J. Key. The five-year-old stud horse by The Panderosa has made the most of his 64 career starts, winning 14 of them and banking $994,060. This score was the second in three tries in local open company with the first being a track-record equaling 1:51.1 effort the last day of January. Twilight Bonfire swept past a host of horses in the stretch for driver Dan Noble collaring runnerup Gareth Nourrir (Josh Sutton) and show finisher Speed Trap (Chris Page) in the final strides of the 1:53 mile. Danny Collins conditions the winner who will join the exclusive 'Millionaires Club' with his next victory. The second leg of the 'Sovereign Warrior' series for top conditioned pacers was contested in two $9000 divisions. Ideal Race (Chris Page) captured the first division in 1:52.4 besting ER Zach Attack (Tyler Smith) and Winchester's Punch (Randy Tharps). With a win and a second, the Ron Burke-trained winner is the likely morning line favorite for the $18,000 championship next Saturday night. Ohio-sired Feel N Funk E (Andy Shetler) copped the second division with a 1:53.1 triumph over Ally-Con (Greg Grismore) and Lady's Man (Josh Sutton). George Anthrop trains the winner who could become a $100,000 earner with a score in the series final. Through 35 nights of the current 89-night meet, Miami Valley's average daily handle is up a healthy 22% over the inaugural season's numbers. Gregg Keidel  

The veteran harness racing pacer Don’t Worry B Happy looks to get revitalized Friday night with a drop to a mid-level conditioned when he revisits Maywood Park. The 7-year-old Nelson Willis trainee faces an above average field in the eighth race for non-winners of $4,000 last five but if you go by past history Don’t Worry B Happy looms large for his driver Brian Carpenter. Maywood Park is what I like to call a “get-well” track for Don’t Worry B Happy. Every time the son of The Panderosa can’t find a winner’s circle for Barrington Hills, Illinois owner Shirley Le Vin, his trainer ships the horse to Maywood Park where Don’t Worry B Happy usually “gets well.” Don’t Worry N Happy didn’t make his Maywood Park debut until 2013 as a 5-year-old. The horse had won an $18,000 Hoosier Park Open that April and then went into a long slump, dropping 11 straight races in either Indiana or at Balmoral Park. However in October of that year he ended the losing streak in his initial Maywood start. The horse would make 3 more starts in 2013 at Maywood and hit the board each time. After a winter break of 3 and 1 1/2 months off Don’t Worry B Happy started off his 2014 season at Maywood and was a winner, this time with Sam Widger at his lines. The horse then dropped his next 9 decisions but “got well” in a late July starts with driver Todd Warren, when the pacer returned to—you guessed it—Maywood Park. Don’t Worry B Happy then raced at Balmoral in August, September and into October, this time take a licking 8 races in a row. However, the horse as expected “got-well” in a mid-October race at Maywood. The gelding then went back to his home base at Balmoral and dropped 5 uninterrupted decisions before taking the hour-plus long van ride from Balmoral to Maywood where, to no one’s surprise, won two December starts after a second place finish in late November. With three successive losses at Balmoral to start the 2015 season, the horse is back on the circuit’s half-miler where he hopes to “get well” against a nice field comprised of Total Sin (programmed 6-1), Silver Devil (7-2), Cotton Eyed Joe (10-1), So Be It (8-1), Fox Valley Norman (3-1) and Montero Blue Chip (12-1). Silver Devil (John De Long) is making his 2015 debut for trainer Nick Giberson. Last year the son of Duneside Perch captured the $34,380 Aged Cardinal and was second to Fort Silky in the Cook County stake, the opening leg of the Maywood Pacing Series. As a freshman Silver Devil won a Betzotic stake at Maywood and followed that up with victories in the Circuit City and Grey Ghost at Hoosier Park. Cotton Eyed Joe (Bobby Smolin) took the Orange and Blue Colt Championship as a freshman on Super Night 2013 and opened his 2014 season with back-to-back wins in small Maywood Park ICF stakes. The Bob Philips trainee was second-best to Unlocked in last year’s Super Night Langley Final. By Mike Paradise

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire didn't just capture the $14,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (January 31), but he tied the all-time all-age harness racing track record in 1:51.1 on a wintry night in southwest Ohio. Driver Dan Noble allowed favorites Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) to mix it up through brisk opening panels of :25.4 and :54.1. Still sitting seventh at the 1:22.3 third quarter station Noble began to wind the winner through traffic in the stretch, eventually splitting tiring horses and pulling away by a 1-1/2 length margin. Mykindachip held for second with longshot J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) putting in a strong effort to finish third. It was just the 13th career win for the five-year-old son of The Panderosa, but boosted his lifetime earnings to just shy of $1 million--$986,295 to be exact. Owner Robert Key sent Twilight Bonfire to Ohio-based trainer Danny Collins in mid-November and he has responded with five on-the-board finishes in six tries, including three wins. The final "Claim To Fame" series championship was also decided on Saturday night as the nine top $12,500 claiming pacers went postward chasing a $20,000 final purse. It was anybody's race at the three-quarter pole, but when the smoke cleared it was Master Stroke (Josh Sutton) with the most late pace, topping Kyron (Chris Page) and Winchester's Punch (Dan Noble) in 1:53.2. The nine-year-old altered son of Art Major couldn't find racing room until very late in last week's final preliminary leg, but closed with a fury to finish second a half-length back. In the final, Sutton faced the same predicament until finding room to swing four-wide down the homestretch and sprinting past the others in convincing fashion. Barry Langley trains Master Stroke for owner Keith Pippi. It was the 34th victory in a lengthy and rewarding career and pushed the winner's lifetime bounty past $450,000. Miami Valley Raceway will present the only live harness racing in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday with a 3:00 PM post time. The 12-race program should conclude about a half an hour prior to the Patriots-Seahawks kickoff. Gregg Keidel    

DOVER, Del. --- For the third time in the last four Sunday feature races, Blazing Bobby Sox made the winner's circle. Art Stafford Jr. trains and co-owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding winner of the $10,200 Delaware Mare 4&5-Year-Old pace. The first two were won from off-the-pace, this time the four-year-old took the lead early and won convincingly. It was his fourth career win along with three thirds in 10 lifetime starts. Well Did (Vic Kirby) was second in front of Celtic Thunder (Jon MacKinnon). Following George Dennis, who drove four winner, Jonathan Roberts, presented the DSOA Horizon Award last Friday, added three wins. Also with three winner were trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Montrell Teague won both ends of the daily double. Vic Kirby and trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables also had two wins. Handsoffmycookie returns to the $18,000 Mare Open Handicap Monday seeking her fifth win of the meet. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark days.' Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. 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 the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Yagonnakissmeornot, the older half sister to top harness racing three-year-old, Always B Miki, was also a winner Saturday night at Pocono Downs in the $35,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her five rivals, Yagonnakissmeornot followed along in third before springing into action late in the mile and edging out another Breeders Crown hopeful, Krispy Apple, for the 1:50.4 victory. Krispy Apple had cut fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:23.1 before being collared by the quick-closing favorite in the final strides. Spirit Of Desire finished one length behind off a pocket trip. Rounding out the finish order were Campanile, Western Empress and 'Crown' contender Regil Elektra. Simon Allard drove the winner of 14 races and over $500,000 this year for his brother, trainer Rene Allard. Yagonnakissmeornot is owned by Allard Racing Inc. of Saint-Esprit, Que., Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, Que. and Kapildeo Singh of Yorktown Heights, New York. She has drawn post five in the 11-horse field for next weekend's $281,250 Breeders Crown Mares Open Pace at Meadowlands Racetrack.whose connections anted up the $31,250 supplemental fee to enter next weekend's Breeders Crown. She is a five-year-old daughter of The Panderosa. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 15, 2014- Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube, $7.70) continued his roll Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $26,000 winner-over pace. Trying to leave from post position No. 4, "Mickey" was forced to take back as Rockstar Temper (catch-driver Greg Merton) stuffed slight 2-1 choice Doctor Butch (Jordan Stratton) in behind. After a snappy :26.3 opening quarter-mile and softer (:29.1) next sub-section (:55.4 half), Mickey Hanover moved from fourth...and did so with purpose. He went up and over a tiring Rockstar Temper just before a 1:23.4 three-quarters, busting it open to four lengths entering the lane. The final margin was 4¾ lengths in 1:52. Mr. Hasani N (Eric Carlson), who lost his tow from the handy winner, did hold second, with Santanna One (Jason Bartlett), Doctor Burch and Ronny Bugatti (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. Rockstar Temper tired to last (seventh), his first loss in five tries since the barn change. For second choice Mickey Hanover, a 6-year-old son of The Panderosa co-owned by his driver, his trainer (Rene Allard) and Yves Sarazin, it was his eighth win 18 seasonal starts (4-for-5 since returning to town). The exacta paid $49.20, with the triple returning $384. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the second of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

(NEW KENT, VA --- 9/20/14) ---- Vertigo Hanover captured his second opening week win in four days Saturday afternoon and connected in identical wire-to-wire fashion as he did in Wednesday's harness racing opener. The classy 8 year old The Panderosa gelding scored a triumph Wednesday in 1:53.0, then shaved a full second off that time in connecting over six other pacers in a C-2 conditioned event Saturday. Chuck Perry drove the Henry Lewis trainee to fractions of :27 1/5, :55 4/5 and 1:24.0 before crossing 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Prince Of Badlands in 1:52.0. Vertigo Hanover has 4 wins in just 7 starts this year, and saw his career bankroll exceed the $326,000 mark. Brian Detgen's Forceful Gale and Jane Dunavant's Apparition earned division victories in the "Good Ole USA" Trotting Series Saturday as well. Forceful Gale passed five front steppers in the final quarter mile to post a one length win in a lifetime tying best of 1:57 1/5 while Apparition shook off rust from a four month layoff and also crossed one length in front in 1:57 4/5. Colonial Downs presents nine harness races Sunday at 1:00 PM and will have an exhibition camel race and ostrich race to complement the card. Colonial Downs 

The father-son team of harness racing trainer Carl Jamieson and driver Jody Jamieson won two of the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series contests for rookie colt and gelding pacers on Tuesday night (September 16) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jamiesons' first victory came in the second division with Sporting The Look, who now leads the point standings for the group. Sporting The Look shot to the front in the early going and was ahead of a parked-out Sportskeeper (Randy Waples) by a nose at the :27.2 opening quarter. Sportskeeper would clear to the top past that post, and he would go on to reach the half in 57 seconds. Sportskeeper was under attack from a first-over Lancaster Park (Doug McNair) at the half, and those two would continue to slug it out over to the 1:24 three-quarters. In the stretch Sportskeeper put away Lancaster Park’s bid, but the fight to hold the lead took its toll inside the final eighth, and he began to drift off the rail, which gave Sporting The Look clearance to come through. Sporting The Look had plenty of pep to go with the room, and he would go on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53. Seaforth (Mike Saftic) rallied from fifth to second in the final quarter, and Sportskeeper had to settle for third. The elder Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, also co-owns Sporting The Look, who has been victorious four times from nine starts, with breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Tom Kyron of Toronto, Ontario. Sporting The Look, the third foal out of The Panderosa mare Lyons Mandi ($162,482), did go through last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he brought $72,000. The victorious Sportswriter colt, who also won Gold Series events on July 7 at Mohawk and on August 10 at Georgian Downs, has now banked $178,594. Jody and Carl also prevailed in the Gold Series nightcap with Make Some Luck. Jody sent him to the point from his post two starting spot, and he was unchallenged through the :27.2 first quarter and the :56.3 half. Public choice Drachan Hanover (Rick Zeron) then rolled the dice first-over out of third on the far turn, but Make Some Luck was able to keep him just over a length behind at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Drachan Hanover kept trying to get to Make Some Luck through the lane, but it was no avail as Make Some Luck maintained his lead on his way to a one and a quarter length victory in a final clocking of 1:53 flat. Bob Ben And John (Chris Christoforou) was third after a two-hole trip. Carl trains Make Some Luck, a gelded son of Camluck, for owner 1140545 Ontario Ltd. of Moffat, Ontario. Make Some Luck, who won at the Grassroots level on July 8 at Mohawk, has a pair of victories from four trips behind the gate, and he has pocketed $62,700. Make Some Luck was bred by Stan Klemencic and fetched $19,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Make Some Luck is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Mustang Kensley, a half-sister to horses such as Shake That Junk (Camluck, $388,610), a six-time OSS winner during her time on the racetrack. If interested, Make Some Luck has a Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. The non-Jamieson winner on the night was Reverend Hanover (Chris Christoforou) in the Gold Series opener. Reverend Hanover, making his first appearance in the OSS, led through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3 on his way to a one length victory in 1:51.1. Manny In Sports (James MacDonald) tracked the eventual winner the whole way from the pocket and finished second with Moonwriter (Randy Waples) back in third. Casie Coleman trains Reverend Hanover, a colt by Sportswriter, for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatam, and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario. Reverend Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. and was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a perfect two-for-two in his life with earnings of $41,000. He’s the fifth foal out of the Cams Card Shark mare Razzle My Tazzle, who is a half-sister to the likes of Manvers Short Cut (Astreos, $263,021), a one-time OSS winner in her career. This was the next-to-last regular season event for the two-year-old male pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. They will head back to Mohawk Racetrack on September 29 to conclude things and set the field for the Super Final. For full results of Tuesday night’s races at Mohawk By OSS News .

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 13 - On an evening when the trotters had the spotlight, the sport's best older pacing mares contested two eliminations for next Saturday's $286,000 Milton Stakes. 16 of the finest pacing mares were split into two $35,000 eliminations. In the first elimination, Krispy Apple and Tim Tetrick converted off a two-hole trip to win in 1:50.3. Trained by P.J. Fraley, Kripsy Apple started her season 0 for 16 before picking up a victory in her most recent start at Philadelphia. Saturday evening, the six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal proved that victory was no fluke with a length victory in her Milton Stakes elimination. The Ron Burke trained Summertime Lea and Camille finished second and third, while Aunt Caroline and Monkey On My Wheel secured the final two spots into next week's final. Owned by Bamond Racing LLC and Joseph Davino, the Milton 'elim' was the 26th victory of Krispy Apple's career and added to her more than $1.1 million career bankroll. She paid $6.70 to win. Krispy Apple In the second elimination, Yagonnakissmeornot split horses to prevail by a narrow margin over Shelliscape in 1:51.1. A hot early battle between Voelz Hanover, Yagonnakissmeornot and Rocklamation got the field to the opening quarter in :25.4. Voelz Hanover would eventually come away with the lead, but not long after Tim Tetrick would fire up Anndrovette and send her to the lead. After the reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Anndrovette led the field into the stretch and would be quickly confronted by Voelz Hanover from out of the two-hole. Yagonnakissmeornot, who was third along the rail at the three-quarter pole, would make a charge to the outside of Voelz Hanover, while Shelliscape was on the far outside taking her best shot. At the wire, Yagonnakissmeornot held off Shelliscape by a head, while Anndrovette finished third ahead of Voelz Hanover in fourth. Charisma Hanover finished fifth to lock up the final spot in next week's final. Trained by Rene Allard, Yagonnakissmeornot has now won ten of 23 starts this year and 24 in her career. A five-year-old daughter of The Panderosa, Yagonnakissmeornot has career earnings of more than $630,000 and is owned by Allard Racing Inc, Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh. She paid $8.50 to win. Yagonnakissmeornot Following the eliminations, the post position drew took place for next week's $286,000 final. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post. Here is how they will lineup next week. PP/Horse/Driver 1. Monkey On My Wheel - Chris Christoforou 2. Yagonnakissmeornot - Jody Jamieson 3. Krispy Apple - Tim Tetrick 4. Camille - Yannick Gingras 5. Shelliscape - Scott Zeron 6. Voelz Hanover - Randy Waples 7. Anndrovette - Tim Tetrick 8. Aunt Caroline - Ron Pierce 9. Summertime Lea - Sylvain Filion 10. Charisma Hanover - Doug McNair AE: Ferrari Sena - Sylvain Filion Mark McKelvie

Harness racing returned to Winton today (September 7th) and it was notable for seeing the first winner by the son of The Panderosa in Panspacificflight 1:50.6 ($442,953) in New Zealand. Available through Macca Lodge at Gore, his oldest crop in New Zealand have just turned three and number just 23. Several showed up at trials as two year olds but none had saluted the judge until today. The Manipulator had qualified seven seconds under time at Gore and with leading driver Dexter Dunn in the bike,he was sent out a short priced favourite on debut. Dexter let The Manipulator find his feet early from barrier one before he sent him to the front after 300 meters. The Manipulator always looked to be travelling well in front and Dexter hardly moved in the straight as he held all the challengers comfortably at bay. Trained by Tony Stratford at Riversdale, The Manipulator paced the 2400 meters from the mobile in 3:01.5, a mile rate of 2:01.7 with smart closing sectionals of 56.9 and 27. The Manipulator is the second foal from the top Presidential Ball racemare Luckisaladytonight 1:54.1 ($151,249). The first foal is the Laurence Hanrahan trained Cullen Keefe who is unbeaten in two so far. The grand dam Delightful Chance went 1:57 while the third dam Missy Lou is a half sister to the champion pacer Christopher Vance 1:54.6 ($1,747,167) Panspacificflight has done a great job in North America with over $9,000,000 on his card to date and his current crop of 2 year olds sit 13th on the North American charts ahead of Rocknroll Hanover, McArdle and Always A Virgin. His fastest runner to date is Paco Labrook 1:48.4 ($539,768) who is also from a Presidential Ball mare like The Manipulator. There is never a better time for a stallion's progeny to shine than in the spring when breeders are making up their minds about consorts for the coming season and in The Manipulator, Panspacificflight has produced a smart horse at just the right time. PS: First Flight In with Dexter in the bike made it two for the day for Panspacificflight when winning later on the program from the outside of the second row. Harnesslink Media    

Charlottetown PE- At 10-years-old, veteran free-legged pacer Blu Meadow Willie has put together one of his best seasons to date. He'll head into the Saturday night feature at Red Shores' Charlottetown looking to extend his win streak to three. It's been a banner year for 'Willie', earlier this season on his own stomping grounds of Red Shores' Summerside he picked up his 50th lifetime victory, on that very same day the winner of just shy of $ 80,000 of Maritime money lifetime picked up a brand new speed badge of 1:55.4. He finished second in his next outing and has since picked up two straight victories. Owned by Bob and Brenda MacInnis, Summerside, the son of Drop Off has seemed to have found new life with driver Walter Cheverie. Since June 30, 2013, Cheverie has driven 'Willie' 13 times, returning him back to the winner circle nine times and only missing the top two twice. This season the duo have not missed the top two once, including five of his six victories. Bob MacInnis does the training from Post 3. He will have to face against Maritime free-for-all pacer Red Rock On Saturday night. Electing not to make the trek to Fredericton for the Jennie and Joe Chippin, the four-year-old son of The Panderosa has drawn Post 6 for owners Donald, Bryan and Steven MacRae along with Melissa Trainor. The third place finisher in this years Governor's Plate is trained and driven by Jason Hughes. Another rock, Shock The Rock will also look to extend his win streak to three, he is a back-to-back winner in 1:56 and change for driver Corey MacPherson. Blair Macleod trains for his daughter Bethany. He has drawn the outside Post 7. The back-up trotters are in town Saturday night in Race 6. J K Queen (Post 2) and Cheveire will look to double up after getting up in the final strides to win by a nose in 2:02.3. Co-owned by Norman Clarey and trainer Joe Smallwood, she will look to price the field when she makes her way in behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate for a claiming price of $4,800. J K Queen will have to do battle with Abundaspin again this week. The 14-year-old laid down all the fractions last week before finishing second to J K Queen. The winner of 77 races lifetime has drawn the outside Post 7 for trainer - driver Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic. The annual Billings Driving Challenge is in town on Saturday night at Red Shores Charlottetown, six drivers from around North America plus two Maritime drivers in Hillard Graves and Todd Walsh will line up behind the gate in Race 5 and 7. The 13-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. For race programs, top picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Say It Again Sam look to return to winning ways Summerside PE- After rhyming off 10 straight victories on red dirt, Say It Again Sam will look to get back on the winning track after suffering two consecutive losses. He will face five other rivals in the featured Race 9 at Red Shores' Summerside on Sunday. The three-year-old Well Said gelding made the move to the Jason Hughes stable in May, working his way up the class ladder, he picked up 10 consecutive victories before falling to defeat during Old Home Week. Now racing with older horses he will look to get back on track. Owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, he has drawn post 6. If he wants to get back to the winner circle he will have to fight off last weeks winner Carrera Angel from Post 5. Converting off a perfect pocket ride last week, Carrera Angel made it a tight finish winning by a quarter-of-length in 1:57.2 for Owner, trainer and driver Rocky Schurman. The field lines up with Lucky Encounter (Post 1), Blissful Bro (Post 2), Van Zant ( Post 3) and Cambest Kisser (Post 4). Race 7 will see eight line up behind the gate to contest for the Peter Coughlin Memorial. Acton O So Royal has been installed as the morning line choice from Post 2. Owned and trained by Wayne Pike, the five-year-old Royal Mattjesty stallion was a second place finisher in his first start off of a qualifier. Veteran Brian MacPhee will do the driving. Sunday's Post time is 1 p.m. and will play host to the Billings Driver Challenge as well. The eight drivers will contest in races 3 and 5. For race programs, top picks or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

Seven powerful mares hit the track for the $25,000 Preferred Handicap race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday evening. George Napolitano Jr. gunned Show Runner (Little Steven - Peace Runner) out of the gate first, followed by Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa-Artstopper, driven by Simon Allard; and Anndrovette (Riverboat King - Easy Miss), picking up a new driver in Andrew McCarthy, at odds of 3-5 , went three-wide to soon take over the lead. Fractions were 26.2; 55.3; 123; and the $3 million-plus mare held on for a gutsy neck win over the fast-charging Yagonnakissmeornot, who was flying up the rail at the wire in a final time of 1:50.3. Arodasi (Western Terror - Do Me Justice) with Kevin Wallis picking up the drive, finished third. Anndrovette, trained by P J. Fraley, now has six wins for the season. She paid $2.80 to win. In an earlier race on the card, Krispy Apple (Western Ideal-Apple Krisp) picked up her first win of the season in dominating fashion and posted a new lifetime mark of 1:48.4. The mare is also trained by P J Fraley, and was driven to victory by Andrew McCarthy. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs  

Woodstock, Virginia-- The crowd was full of American veterans for another great day for live racing at the Shenandoah County Fair.   On hand were some very good horses including Tarver Hanover (Little Brown Jug Day 2003) and Magnum Kosmos (Hambletonian 2011) who definitely made their presence felt on a near perfect day of racing.   Starting off the card was a field of FFA pacers that were very competitive and led to a very exciting finish. Peanut Butter Cup (3,F The Panderosa-Voluptuous Hanover) rode the pocket for driver WIlliam Carter and when they turned for home, American Fighter who had led the whole mile went just a touch wide. They were 4 wide at the head of the lane and Peanut Butter Cup got up just in time in 2:02 4/5.   Tug River Man made today another winning one racing in 2 heats today for Trainer Betsy Brown in the Ed Long Memorial. Tug River Man sat behind a very good Sun Chimes and up the back stretch really took off for driver Alvin Lineweaver. At the head of the lane Lineweaver took the lead, but Sun Chimes tried to battle back, but faded. Betsy Brown said of Tug River Man "He's a very gutsy horse with a ton of heart." This win gives him 3 wins on 4 starts this weekend.   Magnum Kosmos the fan favorite after having participated in the Hambletonian went off stride on the opening turn of the race and never really fought back. In heat 2, however, he came right after Sun Chimes and a tiring Tug River Man and just missed at the wire for trainer/driver Tony Dinges.   The fastest race of the day and of the 2014 season came in race 6 which was the 2nd heat of the 2nd division of the FFA Pace. Tarver Hanover went to the lead early setting some pretty honest fractions, but when they turned for home Prince of Badlands and William Carter took over the lead and just got up to win in a stunning upset.   After today Tarver Hanover has made over $826,000 lifetime and has won 53 of 303 starts making him the winningest horse to race at the fair this season. Racing continues at the Shenandoah County Fair tomorrow with a 1st post of 1PM. For more information you can go to shencofair.com or call the race office.   By Michael Carter, for Shenandoah County Fair

The feature race of the evening Saturday at Georgian Downs saw Swan In A Million and trainer/driver Dustin Jones get great cover and come home strong to win the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot in 1:52.4. The time of the race set a Canadian season's record for trotters over a five-eighth-mile track. Swan In A Million got away fourth at the pylons through a :27.4 opening quarter and flushed out cover in the form of pocket-sitting Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) approaching the half, which was clocked in :57.1. In the stretch, he rallied by race favorite Natural Herbie and tempo-setter R Raised Emotions (Mario Baillargeon), who fronted the field past three-quarters in 1:24.2, and held off the quick-closing Intimidate (Rick Zeron) for the half-length victory. Charmed Life (Robert Shepherd) finished three-quarters of a length behind off a three-hole trip. There were five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night and the last split was the quickest as Southwind Luna toured the five-eighths mile oval in 1:54. With driver Billy Davis Jr. calling the shots, Southwind Luna was in the lead through panels of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:24.3. Faithful Friend (Rick Zeron) took a shot out of the pocket in the final quarter, but Southwind Luna held sway to prevail by half a length. Wicked Speed (Scott Young) finished third. Otis Hall trains Southwind Luna, a Sportswriter filly, for owner Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr, Ontario. Southwind Farms bred Southwind Luna, who has won twice from five starts and has earned $23,540. Southwind Luna, the first foal out of Lil Presto Hanover, a The Panderosa half-sister to $2.6 million earner McArdle, sold for $20,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. Drivers Rick Zeron and Trevor Henry split up the other four Grassroots sections, with each of them winning two. Zeron scored with Mister Big filly Show Some Leg in 1:54.4 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and Shadow Play daughter Chase The Shadows in 1:54.2 for trainer Dave Menary. Henry’s victories came courtesy of Vic Puddy trainee Twin B Honour (1:55) and Richard Moreau pupil Ms Mac N Cheese (1:54.2). The feature race of the evening saw Swan In A Million and trainer/driver Dustin Jones get great cover and come home strong to win the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot in 1:52.4. The time of the race set a Canadian season's record for trotters over a five-eighth-mile track. The next Grassroots test for rookie pacing fillies comes on September 2 at Flamboro Downs. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 15, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-for distaff pacers and all duly-licensed trotters--were won by the odds-on harness racing duet of Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $3.80) and NF Happenstance (Brian Sears, $3.30). Yagonnakissmeornot, generously assigned post position No. 5, was thus put in play early. She was the first leader, then giving it up to Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :55.3 intermission, Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) moved first-up from sixth. That one actually had about a head in front of the leader passing the 1:24.1 three-quarters, with Monkey on My Wheel (Sears) second-up. However, "Robin" fought back and fought back, though she could not stall a late surge by "Yagonnakissme." The people's choice snuck past, winning by a neck in 1:52.1, Monkey on My Wheel, Virgin Mary and Classy Lane Rose (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her ninth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with the triple (two wagering favorites in order) returning $33.80. The week's marquee trot saw newly-sold NF Happenstance pay immediate dividends. Assigned post No. 4, she and Lorenzo Dream (Eric Carlson) alternated through early intervals of :28.1 and :58. The favorite retook before the half, then saw Bingo Queen (Brent Holland) try it first-up. That one offered mild grief in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters. NF Happenstance opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn, then rebuffed a closing "Lorenzo" by a head in 1:55.2. Bingo Queen held third, with Tober (Jason Bartlett) and Harbor Point (Dube) claiming the minor awards. For NF Happenstance, a 4-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar owned by William Weaver and trained by Noel Daley, she's now 9-for-20 this season. The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $90 and the superfecta paid $331.50. Also Friday. 92-1 bomb Cosmicpedia (Dube) lit up the to the tune of $187 when he won the $16,000, seventh race pace. That number led a $1,048 exacta (Superbowl Party second) and $3,624 triple (Aussie Reactor A third). Later on, there was "only" a 51-1 winner...Be Pacific (Goodell, $105.50) in the $18,000, 10th race pace. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The two year olds were back at Ocean Downs for the Maryland Standardbred Fund races on a beautiful Sunday night with the super moon coming up over the backstreatch. The first of 7 stakes races on the card produced a new stakes and track record for 2 YO trotting fillies when Stories To Tell(RC Royalty) charged out of the gate and never looked back stopping the timer in 2:00.2 for driver and trainer Truman Gale. George Ducharme, Robert Guerrini and Paul Fontaine are the owners. Sign And Drive(Cr Commando) driven by Vic Kirby got up for place.   The first division of 2 YO pacing fillies was up next. Corey Callahan picked up the drive on Smart Zone (Rocknroll Hanover) an Erv Miller trainee and he did not disappoint the crowd. Smart Zone left quickly from post six getting to the top and let everyone else eat her dust stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for owners Paymaq Racing and D & M Trading. Hillbillysweetshrk(Cam's Card Shark) finished second for Hillbilly Haven Farm.   Maryland sired Toms Tornado (Cam's Rocket) and KJ Ben (Riggins) had a rematch in the first division of colt/gelding pacers and this time Toms Tornado came away the winner in 1:56, with Quick Art (Artzina) hanging on for second and KJ Ben crossing the wire in third. Roger Hans trains for owner Thomas Cooke and Jonathan Roberts was the reinsman.   Broken Record(Muscles Yankee) a half brother to the great Vivid Photo remains undefeated in his two starts in the Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 2 YO trotting colts and geldings. With regular driver Ray Schnittker unable to be here, Corey Callahan picked up the drive and the win with a mile in 2:00.1. Ray Schnittker co-owns the colt with Theodore Gewertz. Maryland sired Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) was second.   Driver Vic Kirby pulled Rumor Mill (The Panderosa) just passed the half, catching the leader Ideal Wedding (American Ideal) at the head of the stretch in the second division of 2 YO pacing fillies. Time for the mile was 1:59.2, Andi's Peanut (Bettor's Delight) got up for second. Jim King Jr. is the trainer for CC Racing and Joann Looney-King.   In second division of 2 YO trotting fillies driver Tyler Raymer took Sherbert (Lucky Chucky) to the front when several of the young ladies misbehaved early in the race. Miss Jocelyn (Impel Hanover) also cleared the breakers getting away second but she was never able to catch the leader. Leigh Raymer owns and trains Sherbert. Time for the mile was 2:03.   The final stake race of the night was the second division of 2 YO colt/gelding pacers. Toms Typhoon by Maryland sire Cam's Rocket remained undefeated winning his 4th start in 1:56 for owner Thomas Cooke, trainer Roger Hans and driver Jim Morand. Nuclear Dragon (Nuclear Breeze) finished second.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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