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YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 4, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier proving ground for Open Mare pacers. Three soggy $40,000 divisions went postward.   The first event saw former New York Sire Stakes standout Summertime Lea (George Brennan, $2.40, part of odds-on entry) take it the house (:29.2, :58.4, 1:26.4, 1:55.1). Leaving from post position No. 3, she went around pole-sitting Ramalama (Matt Kakaley), then was pestered a stubborn, first-up Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson). The former held the latter at bay, winning by three-quarters of a length. Ramalama, the winner's wagering buddy Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) and Regil Elektra (Ron Pierce) completed the cashers. For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, it was her second win in three seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $34.20, with the triple returning $74.20. "She obviously can leave the gate, which works to her advantage," Brennan said. "When she won (the first week), it was her first start of the season and you never know what to expect, but she has impressed me." Like Summertime Lea, Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) notched a second series victory. Away alertly from post No. 4, she leaped over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), then laid down the law through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3. "Yagonna" widened to a pair of lengths into the lane before winning by that same margin. Angel's Delight-she also twice a winner in the Matchmaker and making a first start for new connections-rallied into second from a loose three-hole, with Krispy Apple, Charisma Hanover (Gingras) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For tepid wagering favorite Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 5-for-9 this season (career earnings just under $400,000) The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $520. The third division went to a solid, two-move Anndrovette (Tetrick, $7.40). Caught wide after starting outside her seven rivals, she found a four-hole as 11-10 choice Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for the lead (:28, :57.4). Anndrovette caught a break down the backside when pocket-sitting longshot Cheyenne Miriam (Brennan) began to tire. That allowed the double-millionairess an impromptu rest stop by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. "Vegas" owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but Anndrovette ducked in and went by. The margin was a half-length in 1:55.3. Royal Cee Cee N (Pierce), Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) and Cheyenne Miriam grabbed the minor moolah. "It's taken her a couple of starts to get her winning attitude back, but I never lost faith," Tetrick said. "I was able to get a breather with her, the other mare (Ideal in Vegas) tired a bit and mine is just so big and strong." For second choice Anndrovette, a 7-year-old daughter of Riverboat King trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her first win in three season/series starts. The exacta paid $30.60, the triple returned $95 and the superfecta paid $520. Friday's $38,000 Open Trot was won by a cone-skimming Backstreet Hanover (Carlson, $37), who beat the boys in 1:57.2 The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with four, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Recent News (Riverboat King) took a big time class drop for his Saturday start at Saratoga and the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer outclosed his competition to record his first win of the season. Recent News, who got away sixth and had to move four wide heading to the three quarter pole, had something left for the stretch run and drew away late to win the $11,000 conditional-optional claimer. Recent News, whose victory came in 1:56.2, returned $8.90 to win as he bested Lets Rock Together (Billy Dobson) and Theseyesrcrying (Jim Devaux). The win was one of two on the card for Gray and Rohr who also teamed up for a victory with pacer Tireman (The Panderosa). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 21, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward. The first event saw Angel's Delight (George Brennan, $16.40) pop from a perfect second-over trip in 1:53.2. Leaving from post position No. 5, she watched as Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick) take over from Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube), then deal with Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras). After fractions of :27.4, :56.4, 1:24.3, Angel's Delight was ready to move. She whipped Rocklamation-part of a 2-5 favored entry--by a length, with Shelliscape another length back in third. "I saw her race last week, and when Matt (Kakaley) tipped her wide in the lane, she just took off," Brennan said. "It was the same thing here. "She'd been racing, while the other ones are just starting back, so maybe that was an advantage. Those other mares-it never takes them long to be ready. It's going to be a good series, and I certainly wouldn't discount mine " For third choice Angel's Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was her fifth win (with four seconds) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $82.50. Brennan doubled his pleasure in the second division, when former New York Stakes champ Summertime Lea ($4.40) won the draw and the race (:27.1; :56.3; 1:25, 1:53.4) in down-the-road fashion. Season-debuting "Lea"-the season-debuting half of the 6-5 favored entry--lasted by a neck over a charging Ramalama (Kakaley), with Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) third. Swinging Beauty (Gingras), parimutuelly partnered with the winner, was a weak first-over fifth. Anndrovette (Tetrick), making her 2014 bow, never left the cones and finished fourth. For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Frank Baldachino, it was her 17th win in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $68.50. The event third division was its best, with odds-on choice Somwherovrarainbow (Sears, $3.80) going first-up to hold off her rivals in 1:52.4. Trying to leave from post No. 6, she landed in a four-hole as Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce) laid down the law through a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and a :57.2 half. "Somwher" was then out and moving, engaging the leader through a 1:25 three-quarters. She put Royal Cee Cee N away mid-stretch then held off both the horse on her back (Krispy Apple [Tetrick]) and a pocket-sitting Charisma Hanover (Gingras). The margin was scant nose over Krispy Apple, with "Charisma" a shorter schnoz back in third. For "Rainbow," a 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Joe Holloway for co-owners Diamond Creek Racing and Ted Gewertz, she's now 2-for-2 this season and up over $900,000 for her career. It was a far cry from the lass who stopped on a dime the last time she was here, last October's elimination for the Lady Maud Pace. "She's bigger, she's stronger and I'm just happy to have her," Holloway said. "There's not much half-mile experience with her, so I changed the equipment a bit, and she was very good." The final Matchmaker grouping was nothing more than a public workout for 1-4 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $2.50). Sent right to the lead from post No. 4, she had nary an anxious moment though intervals of :27.3, 56.4; 1:25.1 and 1:52.4. The final margin was 4¼ lengths over Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett), with Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald) a pocket third and Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) fourth. or "Yagonna," a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven 14 tries. The exacta paid $13, the triple returned $38.60 and the superfecta paid $155. "She'd make anybody look good," Dube said. "She does it all on her own and doesn't know where the end of the mile is." Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Lorenzo Dream (Sears, $19) in a season's-best 1:55.2, also the fast local mile of 2014. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series begins Saturday night, with five, $50,000 division, (races 2.4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway                      

DOVER, Del.----, Believe This Bob stormed past Nova Artist in deep stretch to win this week's $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in a lifetime best 1:50.1 clocking on a beautiful first day of Spring, Thursday, March 20 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick took Jeremy's Successor into an early lead only to succumb to a strong challenge from Allan Davis-driven Nova Artist at the three quarters. Believe This Bob had followed Nova Artist on the outside and was able to find room in second place as Jeremey's Successor faltered. On the turn for home Montrell Teague urged Believe This Bob alongside Nova Artist and then on to a 1:50.1 victory in the week's top pace. Mary Ann Larrimore owns Believe This Bob, now trained by Joe Skowyra, It was the first win of the year in three starts for the Beach Romeo-Believe That Gal gelding who won for the 17th time raising his career earnings to $166,236. All Stienam, driven by Ross Wolfenden finished third. At odds of nearly 6-1, Believe This Bob paid $13.60 to win. Tim Tetrick, who combined with track leading trainer Dylan Davis for a perfect three-for-three, won the sub-feature $17,500 Open Handicap with Lindwood Player in a career best clocking of 1:50.3. Mike Casalino, who had two of those winners, and trainer Davis, own The Panderosa-Driect Player five-year-old, now a four-time winner this meet. His earnings stand at $48,855 this year and 237,024 lifetime. Wahine (Jim Morand) was runner-up with Mr. Dennis (Wolfenden) the show horse. Summer Camp got up in 1:50.2 to win the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace with Ron Pierce at the controls. Baron Racing owns the Rocknroll-Roman Art gelding who posted his third win of the year in six starts for $31,900 in 2014 and 513,610 lifetime In a $10,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt pace prelim, Elite Awards warmed up for the $20,000 1st leg next week disposing of six foes easily in 1:54.3. George Dennis drove the Karen Walls Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding trained by Dave Rearic. It was Elite Awards' first start of the year. His record is now seven wins in eight races winning $104,225. Bobbies Power Play (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Powerful Fella (Wolfenden). The race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th when Ideal American, a winner of five in a row, met heralded Fire In The Belly in s $13,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace. As might be expected, Fire In The Belly, handled by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept second-place. In the 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King. There was no show wagering. Tim Tetrick and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis had triples. Trace Tetrick, Allan Davis, George Dennis and trainer Josh Green won two races each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30). Leaving--as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, she gave no one else a shot, including 6-5 favorite Economy Terror (Ron Pierce). That one moved from fifth before a :57.1 intermission. A :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4) widened the leader's advantage, as she opened a length-and-three-quarters into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then drew out, winning by 3¼ lengths in a season's-best 1:52.4. Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) rallied into second, with last week's winner, Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley), Summer Snow and Economy Terror rounded out the payees. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, with the triple returning $128.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice DW's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He made the lead from Zooming (Tyler Buter) just after a :27.2 opening interval. From there, a cheap :58.2 intermission before Super Manning (Kakaley) engaged from sixth. ...and engage he did, hooking the leader in and out of the 1:27 three-quarters. Those two took their beef all the way to the line, with the margin--DW's NY Yank up a nose into the lane--was the same at the 1:55.4 wire. Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson) belated split those two to finish third, beaten a head, while Zooming and Fortunista (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his fifth win in as seven '14 tries (4-for-4 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.60, the triple returned $63.50 and the superfecta paid $158. 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  

DOVER, Del.----. Feel Like A Fool closed strongly for a 1:51 victory in the $27,500 Delaware Special on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. George Dennis piloted Kovach Stables' Feel Like A Fool to his first win of 2014 coming from off-the-pace to score a 1:51 triumph in this week's feature pace. Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) rolled away to take a fast early lead in :26 and continued to lead until deep stretch when the Bobby Clark-trainee, Feel Like A Fool, an Art Major-Fool That I am gelding, came on to edged People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) for the win. Mustang Art held on for third. The $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open went even faster Lindwood Player and Corey Callahan streaked home in a lifetime best 1:50.4 for Mike Casalino and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis. The win was the third in-a-row for The Panderosa-Direct Player five-year-old who now has banked $224,799 in his career. Mr Dennis (Pierce) finished second nosing out Jeremes General (Allan Davis), third. Owner-trainer Ed Gannon's Artists Rally with Trace Tetrick finished even faster posting a 1:50.3 lifetime best. The Real Artist-Spunky Gal gelding nipped Dirty Devil (Callahan), who had won two straight. Bad Man Sam (Kirby) was third in the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. In the first of three $14,500 paces, Just A Jolt, a Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding, driven by Trace Tetrick, trained by Jim King for owner John Dayton recorded a lifetime record 1:52.1 in a $&5-year-old pace. Chesapeake Bay (Pierce) was runner-up. Shark On Board (Frank Milby) was the show finisher. Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt, reined by Tony Morgan, made it three in-a-row and five in his last seven, notching a 1:52.2, for trainer Tim Crissman, in another winners-over pace. Encoding Z Tam (Callahan) took second with Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) third. Fancy Colt is an Always A Virgin from Fanciful Hanover gelding. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti was the first of four Corey Callahan wins. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenny four-year-old trained by Josh Green won his fifth in six starts taking a $12,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Two races later Callahan steered Crusher Man at 55-1 to a 1:53 win in another $12,000 pace. Trainer Trish Foulk co-owns the gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Corey Callahan won his fourth race of the day, another $14,000 pace, driving Z Tam Stables' Wilbur's Z Tam, trained by Dave McCaffrey, to a personal record equaling 1:52 win. The Charley Barley-Artha Ray gelding won by a nostril beating race favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick) who had a three-race win streak ended. Teresa's Beach (Bret Brittingham) was the show horse. Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins apiece. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive week, Dancin Yankee won the $30,000 Preferred pace and as last week, All Stienam took the $27,500 Delaware Special, both conditioned by Josh Green, at Dover Downs on Thursday, Feb. 13. Ron Pierce made a strong move from fourth to first on the backstretch and then romped to his fifth straight win of the 2014 season, a 1:50 mile on a sloppy track, for owners Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing. The Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest six-year-old has been a convincing winner in each race during the streak. For the Third Straight time Texican N (Ross Wolfenden) had to settle for second-place honors. Adventure Bound (Vic Kirby) finished third in the field reduced to five starters after Special Forces was scratched. As last Thursday, All Stienam came from off-the-pace to win the $27,500 Delaware Special, this time in 1:52.4 with Ross Wolfenden driving the Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding for JJ&M Stable and Green Racing. Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch), the leader, and Fool Like A Fool (George Dennis), alongside, cut out the fraction until turning down the land. All Stienam, as he did a week ago, flashed down the lane for his fourth win with a second this season. Feel Like A Fool finished a game second while Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) edging Sunshine Superman for third. Program favorite Mustang Art was scratched. Lindwood Player and Corey Callahan came on strong to win the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open in 1:52. The five-year-old The Panderosa-Direct Player is owned by Mike Casilino and trainer Dylan Davis. Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) was second in front of Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick). A Sweet Ride and Rage N Ryan did not start. A Cool Card closed strongly to score a 1:51.2 victory in a $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace. It marked Callahan's second win on the card. Nick Surick trains the Cole Muffler-Annie You're A Card gelding for Duffy, Paymag and Shim Racing and Mystical Marker Farms. Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick) and Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was second and third respectively. Dirty Devil was scratched. In $15,000 races, Jim Whalen's 8-1 Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) in 1:53.4 and Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) in 1:52.4 were winners. Ross Wolfenden and Ron Pierce drove three wins; Trace Tetrick, Corey Callahan, trainers Josh Green and Les Givens and owner Nanticoke Racing had doubles Horsemen acclaimed Track Superintendent Jerry Clifton for his preparation of the track for racing following a six-inch snowfall. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Dancin Yankee wins his second consecutive $30,000 Preferred/Handicap Pace; and All Stienam, the $27,500 Delaware Special, both driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green and part of a four-win output for the trainer and driver, dominated the top races of the Dover Downs week on Thursday, Feb. 6. Page sent Baron Racing's Dancin Yankee three wide on the last turn to blitz home a 1:50.2 winner in the $30,000 feature to overtake front-pacing Texican N and Ross Wolfenden with Rock On Moe, steered by George Dennis, It was the fourth straight for the Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest six-year-old, now undefeated in 2014, and a career winner of 28 races and $629,822. The Page-Green tandem struck again in the $27,500 Del. Special when All Stienam overtook Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) in deep stretch for a 1:50.4 success for J,J&M Stable and Green Racing. People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) escaped being locked in to rally for third-place honors. The victory was the third in four starts with a second for All Stienam, a Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding. Corey Callahan, who drove three winners, guided Lindwood Player home in 1:51 in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open marking the first of two wins for meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis, who co-owns The Panderosa-Direct Player five-year-old with Mike Casalino. Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick) went a valiant front-pacing trip to finish second by a head. Handsome Henry K (Frank Milby) was the show finisher. There were three $15,000 paces: Baron Racing's first of two winners was Summer Camp, trained by Green with Page driving, a 1:52.3 winner of a $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace; Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt and Tony Morgan in 1:53.1 to win the first of two $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces with Bobby Glassmeyer's Bettor's Arena with Jonathan Roberts turning in an impressive 1:52.4 win in the other. In addition to Page and Green, Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce, all had four wins; owners Howard Taylor and Baron Racing had doubles. The big four-win driving show by Chris Page was his final assignment at Dover Downs. He now heads back to his native Ohio to race at the new Miami Valley meet. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2014...Angels Delight, handled by Jason Dillander, took top honors in the Mares Open at Pompano Park on Sunday night but had to survive a bad step or two turning for home, an onslaught at the end of the mile and a judges inquiry before the "official" sign was posted.   The four year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, trained by Jim Mc Donald for owner Joe Pennacchio, earned her initial victory of the year in 1:53.1, winning by a neck over the late surging Excelerated Speed (Wally Hennessey) with De Vins Girl (Rick Plano) also in the win photo.   Express Jet, prominent early on, finished fourth, a length away while Southwind Trini was just a nose back of Express Jet in picking up the final award in the field of seven.   At the outset, Express Jet showed her usual early speed from post six but Angels Delight, leaving from post three, battled early and stuffed Express Jet In The Pocket through an opening panel in :27.3. Dillander then grabbed a hold of his mare and rated her through a second quarter of :29.2, reaching the half in :57.   On the backside, three-eighths out, the pace began to quicken as Southwind Trini brushed up from fifth to reach second, just a length away, with the 3/4s timed in 1:25.4. At the top of the lane, Angels Delight took a couple of bad steps but quickly regained her composure, sprinting home in :27.2 to earn the close decision.   In a post race interview, Dillander said, "...yeah, she took a couple of bad steps--I don't know why--but she's a pro and got right back on track and was very strong to the wire. She needed it, too, because those other two (Excelerated Speed and De Vins Girl) were really flying."   Indeed she did. Excelerated Speed paced her final quarter in :26.3 and just did miss the winner's circle by, what the charts showed, a "nk."   As the even money tote-board favorite, Angels Delight paid $4.20 to win to her $2 backers and half of the $10,000 purse to the connections of Angels Delight, sending her lifetime bankroll to $74,486--$10,000 of that this year in three starts.   The $8,000 co-feature for the mares went to Bombilla Hanover, scoring her 23rd lifetime victory to send her career earnings to $171,393.   The six year-old daughter of The Panderosa, co-owned by trainer Peter Blood along with Rick Berks and Lew Whitaker, was driven by Bruce Ranger, who sent the mare on a speed binge from fifth just short of the :27.2 quarter and into the lead, clocking subsequent panels of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before romping home in :28.2 for the one length score over Diamond Amber (Simon Allard) with Head First (Ed Hensley) third. Asset Management and Darlington Stripe also picked up awards in the field of nine.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park        

After quite a bit of nibbling, I'm Confident got his picture taken last week for trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Tyler Smith. He'll attempt a curtain call in Saturdays Cal Expo headliner while facing a slightly tougher group. The 8-year-old son of The Panderosa comes into the assignment with $272,000 in his bank account and a 1:53 mark that was established last season at Hoosier Park. The fact that he gamely re-rallied to get the job done last week will not be lost on the bettors. "He was one of three horses I bought last summer in Indiana from Gilbert Herrera.", said Johnson, who co-owns the performer with Marty Garey and Hank Wieseneck. "All three had over $200,000 on their card, but hes the only one who really worked out. "He has that back class working for him and I was actually shocked he was on the lead last week and then re-rallied to beat the favorite. As far as Tyler Smith is concerned, Ive never seen a driver with so much talent at such an early age." Last summer at age 20, Smith became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 victories. He has been dividing his time between Northfield Park in Ohio and Cal Expo of late, although the nasty weather back East shut down Northfield earlier this week. "I was driving for Bob this summer and he suggested I look into coming to Cal Expo," said Smith, who will turn 21 later this month. "After talking with (General Manager) Chris Schick, I was very excited about the opportunity." Smith, who captured the Hoosier Park driving crown, noted that he actually prefers to race on a mile track. On a half-mile track, post position can be a big handicap and you almost always have to be moving. I like the chance to be patient and think a little more out there. It's Getting Hairy gets the marquee treatment It's Getting Hairy, who has been doing all his recent work at the Invitational level against the likes of Pancetta and One And Only, gets some class relief and earns the top billing in Saturdays pacing feature at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo. Among the major rivals in the main event are the hard-knocking Split Ticket, who will go postward for trainer Lino Pacheco and Chip Lackey; Phantom Dan and recent victor Giant Sculpture. A 14-race card is on tap with first post set for 5:20 p.m. A 5-year-old son of Relentless Yankee from the Troublemaker mare Camden Flora, It's Getting Hairy is owned by Denise Maier with Tim Maier driving and training. Last year saw him capturing nine of his 24 appearances, including a lifetime-best 1:52 3/5 clocking at Running Aces. The dark-hued performer was razor sharp earlier in the meeting, including back-to-back wins at the Open 2 level in November where he used a wicked stretch kick to prove a punctual favorite on both occasions. It's Getting Hairy has had to settle for minor awards in the interim, however, while facing some pretty tough customers in Pancetta, One And Only and Stuebuen Jumpinjack. He figures to be much more at home with this weekends rival and could easily return to his winning ways under these conditions. Like Its Getting Hairy, Phantom Dan was an Open 2 victor earlier in this session and is a nice fit at this level. James Kennedy drives, trains and co-owns the son of Little Steven with Jennifer Burns and he was beaten a head last weekend in a solid effort. Giant Sculpture is moving up in class after posting a convincing score from well off the pace at most recent asking. The 6-year-old Village Jolt gelding goes about his business for A Piece Of The Action LLC with Gene Vallandingham the conditioner and Steve Wiseman making a return engagement in the sulky. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness                                  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 5, 2014...Arodasi, back in business after a two month layoff, took top honors in the $10,000 Open Pace for mares on Sunday, scoring a handy win for Joe Pavia, Jr. in 1:52.1.   The five year-old daughter of Western Terror, owned by the consortium of Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, AGC Stables and the Joe Pavia, Jr. Stables, used a bold first over backside bid from third into the lead around the final turn and went on to score by two lengths over De Vins Girl (Rick Plano), who led through opening panels of :28 and :56.2. Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) finished third while Fashion Ruffles and Southwind Trini earned the final awards in the field of seven.   Driver Joe Pavia, Jr., in a post race interview, said, "...she really doesn't like to go first up--she likes a cover trip better--but she qualified so well and she's fresh so I decided to give it a go and she responded with a very sharp performance. She must've paced her final half in :55 and change (actually :55.1), so I am very pleased with her performance."   As second choice in the wagering pool, Arodasi paid $7.00 to win and pushed her lifetime bounty to $175,311 in the process.   The Open 2 Pace for the mares went to Bombilla Hanover with Bruce Ranger handling the mare's lines for trainer, Peter Blood.   Bombilla, a six year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned by Blood along with Rick Berks and Lew Whitaker, paced her final 3/4s in 1:24.3 coming from last in her field to take the lead a few steps into the stretch and then hold off the furious late challenge of Loretta (Ricky Macomber, Jr.,) to score by a nose in 1:53.1. Oceans Motion (Dave Ingraham) finished third while Sabriana Lane and Windows Online also earned checks in the field of seven.   For Bombilla Hanover, it was her 22nd lifetime success, sending her career bounty to $166,613.   The thunder and lightning expected later in the area arrived on the racetrack a bit early in the second leg of the Chucaro Ahijuna Late Closer when the Burke Racing Stable/Weaver Bruscemi team struck with Call Me Star handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr.   With the tote-board odds number "only" going up to "99," the four year-old daughter of Keep It A Secret, under the training care of Jamie Rucker here in Florida, swept up on a "double-bubble" move heading into the far turn, collared the leader, Frenchmen, in mid-dtretch and held off the furious late surge of Surclasser (Stephane Lareau) to win by a scant nostril in 1:57.2, lighting up the tote with a $316.00 win mutuel.   Soxy's Kid (Ed Hensley) was a fast closing third. Ulay Boko finished fourth, less than a length away, with Frenchmen only able to salvage the nickel in the field of nine.   The mare came into the event as the highest money winner for 2013 in her field but made a miscue in her last start and finished far back.   Trainer Jamie Rucker went to work "from the ground up" to regroup with the mare and her diligence paid off as her manners were "impeccable," according to driver Ricky Macomber, Jr.   Finally, in the Florida Amateur Driving Club Trot, Pacific Cyclone, trained by Ted Rau for owner Robert Walsh, eked out a narrow victory over Peaceful Prince (Teddy Bowman) in the final stride for the win--noteworthy because the victory was the first for driver Jeff Schaefer since May 2, 1998, when he drove Sportsman's Dream to a photo finish victory at Pompano Park, as well.   Schaefer, a farrier at the track, started driving again in amateur events back in 2012 after a 14 year hiatus from the bike. The victory was his 70th lifetime.   John Berry        

As part of their normal reduction policy at this time of year, Hanover Shoe Farms will be offering a group of broodmares and yearlings of 2014 for private sale online. The offering includes 13 broodmares all of which, other than one, are in foal to Pennsylvania eligible stallions. The stallions to which the mares are in foal to are Cams Card Shark, Dragon Again, Explosive Matter, Western Ideal and Yankee Cruiser. The 21 yearlings of 2014 are by Badlands Hanover, Dragon Again SJs Caviar, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. A listing of the horses together with their prices and other information may be found on the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com or at ongait.com. For further information please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or at 717-637-8931. Submitted by Hanover Shoe Farms  

The $126,000 Cleveland Classic, one of Northfield Park's premier races, is set for Saturday, December 14, 2013. The final open stakes event on this year's national harness racing calendar, the Classic always draws an impressive slate of equine athletes as well as North America's top drivers. This year is no exception. 1 - ONLY THE LONELY - This son of Western Ideal has lifetime earnings of $123,233 and a lifetime mark of 1:50.1 (M1). The Nick Surick trainee was introduced to Lasix in his most recent start where he posted a 1:54.3 gate to wire victory at Yonkers Raceway. That is one of six career victories for the sophomore colt. He is owned by the partnership of JL Benson Stables, KDM Stables and Nick Surick. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive and carries a 10-1 morning-line. 2 - TWILIGHT BONFIRE - Has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite in this year's event. This colt has seven career wins to his credit and has won two of his last three races including a 1:51.4 victory in the $48,878 Reynolds Stake and the Meadowlands. Rich Gillock traines the son of The Panderosa for owner Robert Key. This horse enters with earnings of $891,090 and a lifetime best of 1:50.1 (Mea 5/8). His biggest payday came in a place finish in the $980,000 North America Cup at Woodbine in June. Tony Hall will be in town to drive. 3- DEDI'S DRAGON - One of two horses in this race trained by Ronald Burke. This one enters for the owning partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phillip Collura and Tracy Hendler. Dedi's Dragon has career earnings of $599,959 and a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 (HoP 7/8). He has eight career wins including a win over Captaintreacherous last month in the $252,000 Monument Circle Stake at Hoosier Park. Harness racing's all-time winningest driver, Dave Palone, has been named to drive and carries a 3-1 morning-line. 4 - WORD POWER - Scott Zeron will make his Northfield Park driving debut aboard this 4-1 starter. Word Power is conditioned by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. He has seven career wins, a career best of 1:49.4 (M1) and earnings of $372,284. He has received a short rest after his win in the $176,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park and enters off of a 1:53.4 qualifying effort at the Meadowlands, where he paced home in :26.4. 5 - APPRENTICE HANOVER - One of two horses that have been entered for owner Bradley Grant. This one is trained by Benjamin Wallace. This son of Somebeachsomewhere enters this race off of two consecutive victories at Woodbine Racetrack. He has earned $432,205 in nine lifetime wins and has a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 (Mea 5/8). Canadian star, Jody Jamieson is named to pilot this 6-1 morning-line. 6 - GOOD DAY MATE - Completes the field for this year's Cleveland Classic. This Christian Cullen colt is one of two entered by Ronald Burke. This one is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Stable 45 and Chuck Pompey. Good Day Mate has career earnings of $306,363 and sports the fastest mark in the race, 1:49.3 (PcD 5/8). This seven-time career winner receives the driving services of Buckeye native Brett Miller and holds a 12-1 morning-line. The $126,000 Cleveland Classic has been slated as Saturday's eleventh race and has an approximate post time of 10:45 p.m. The stakes event will be the fourth leg of the Pick-4 with a guaranteed pool of $10,000 and a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. The 2013 $126,000 Cleveland Classic Field: Post Horse Trainer Driver M/L 1 Only The Lonely Aaron Merriman Nick Surick 10-1 2 Twilight Bonfire Tony Hall Rich Gillock 5-2 3 Dedi's Dragon Dave Palone Ron Burke 3-1 4 Word Power Scott Zeron Larry Remmen 4-1 5 Apprentice Hanover Jody Jamieson Benjamin Wallace 6-1 6 Good Day Mate Brett Miller Ron Burke 12-1 Southbound wins at Northfield Wednesday Southbound paced home for his third straight win Wednesday (December 11) in Northfield Park’s eleventh race.  The four year-old is owned by Jeffrey Hays and trained by Brett Landis.  Keith Kash Jr. Was aboard for the winning drive.             Southbound started from post four and was fourth through an initial quarter of :28.3.  Kash brushed the gelding to the lead in the second quarter and never looked back, setting fractions of :58.2, 1:28 and 1:57.4.  Southbound posted a 4-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Kilo Shark (Josh Sutton).           Wednesday’s triumph was the eighth career success for Southbound (Southsider-No Trouble-Nobleland Sam) and increased his lifetime earnings to $28,694.  He was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff for Northfield Park  

DOVER, Del.--- Papa Ray and Cash On Delivery turned in surprise victories in the $27,500 Delaware Special pace and $20,000 Open trot, the pre-Thanksgiving holiday features on a chilly Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. A recent purchase by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing Of Del. from the sport's leader, the Burke stable, Papa Ray and his regular driver, Matt Kakaley, held off a strong challenge from Believe This Bob and Montrell Teague to score a 1:52.2 victory in the top pace of the day. Overlooked at 6-1, after a win the week before, Papa Ray chalked up his eighth triumph of the year extending his seasonal earnings to 143,030 and $223,258 lifetime. Sunshine Superman closed well for Jason Lynch. In the $20,000 Open trot, the usual Wednesday feature race, Vince Copeland moved Cash On Delivery on the backstretch to overtake the leaders on the way to a 1:56.2 score. The David Miller owned gelding picked up win #6 this season and $113,050 bankroll. The Cash Hall-Direct Dial gelding has career earnings of $248,622. Green Day (Trace Tetrick) led through the early going and held on to second in front of Can Do (Vic Kirby) Trace Tetrick drove 12-1 Lindwood Player from off-the-pace to annex the $18,000 3&4-Year-Old Open pace. The win was the second for trainer Dylan Davis who owns The Panderosa-Direct Player four-year-old with Mike Casalino. Race favorite Rage N Ryan (Corey Callahan) was second with Mr. Dennis (Matt Kakaley) third. In a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace, Harry von Knoblauch's recent import, Texican N, went to the front and led seven rivals to a 1:53.1 victory. Ross Wolfenden drove the Peter Tritton trainee who has an all-American pedigree from stallion Bettor's Delight and the In The Pocket mare Bury My Heart. Rock On Moe (Allan Davis) was second with Mystic Desire (Matt Kakaley) the show finisher. Blueridge Tornado won the first of two $15,000 Winners-Over sub-feature trots in 1:55.3. Allan Davis drove the Softys Smarty-Anticyclone gelding for owners trainer Rosemary Smutz and Danbry Racing. Lovely Vacation (Matt Kakaley) and Baximum (Daryl Bier) were second and third respectively. The other division was taken by Lock Tight, giving driver George Dennis a double. The 6-1 Lockkeeper-Tight End gelding beat fast-closing Dnieper (Daryl Bier) home in 1:57.4 for owner-trainer Jason Fizell. Gwally (Vic Kirby) finished third. Up Front Ben opened the big pre-holiday program scoring his seventh victory in a row in an 11 wins in 12 races campaign. Tony Morgan drove the Eric Ell-trained, Andover Hall-Sounds Swell brown horse to a 1:56.4 success in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap Allowance trot. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the winner of $67,500 this year and $396,826 lifetime. Matt Kakaley drove three winners while George Dennis and Jonathan Roberts had driving doubles. There is no live racing this Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The regular weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

20-1 Twilight Bonfire and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off the upset of the day as they were able to collar the 1/9 favorite, Sunshine Beach, at the wire and post a neck victory in winning the $35,000 Progress Pace Preview at Dover Downs Sunday. With Vegas Vacation an early scratch Sunday morning and now turned out for the year, all eight three-year-old pacers left in the Progress elimination still had to compete and the role of heavy favorite fell upon Sunshine Beach and driver John Campbell. The 10th race feature started off with Ronny Bugatti and driver Jason Barlett shooting to the early lead from post two with Emeritus Maximus (Simon Allard) grabbing the two-hole spot. They raced that way to the opening quarter mile in :27.1 and then to the half mile marker in an easy :56.1. It was then that John Campbell started moving first-over with Sunshine Beach and Twilight Bonfire, who had to start in the second tier, found clearance to grab the second-over spot following Sunshine Beach. They raced that way past the three-quarters in 1:24 as Campbell urged Sunshine Beach on and they took the lead away from a tired Ronny Bugatti on the final turn and the 1/9 favorite looked to be an easy winner coming down the stretch. But no one told that to Twilight Bonfire as Tetrick urged his colt on and they caught Sunshine Beach and passed him by at the finish in 1:51.2. Dedi’s Dragon (Ron Pierce) was third. All eight starters will return next Sunday for the $300,000 Progress Final. “I really like this little guy,” said Tim Tetrick. “He’s not the best but he is real handy and likes the work. When he trips out like this he can beat good horses and he proved that tonight. I drove him at Yonkers and he closed well again and finished third in the Messenger. Since I have been driving him I love the little guy. Paul (Reid) had done a good job with him. He’s great to drive with just two fingers. He loves coming off cover which he proved tonight. I was hoping to follow someone good, it does not only work that way but it did tonight.” Sired by The Panderosa, it was the third win this season for Twilight Bonfire. He is trained by Paul Reid and is bred and owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. For the season, Twilight Bonfire has earnings of $585,000. At odds of 20-1, Twilight Bonfire paid $43.20 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

DOVER, Del. --- Nova Artist won the $27,500 Delaware Special with a convincing 1:49.2 triumph, the fastest clocking, on a fast Thursday, Nov. 14 card at Dover Downs. Valentino won a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:49.4 On the heels of a come-from-behind 1:51.2 victory last week, Nova Artist, reined by Allan Davis, took the lead after a:26.2 opening quarter and then was never challenged winning for the eighth time this year. Mustang Art, with Ron Pierce, finished second with Eagle All and Ross Wolfenden third. Nova Artist brings his seasonal earnings to $149,850 for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis. The Real Artist-Avon Lady six-year-old has won 30 times banked $752,167 lifetime. In the first of three $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces, driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Nick Surick teamed up for a 1:49.4 victory as KDM Stable's Valantino, a brown six-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Schoolofcardknocks horse won for the third time in eight races this season. Adventure Bound (Ron Pierce) raced gamely and finished second. Once escaping from being locked in, Rock On Moe (Allan Davis) closed to be third. Harry von Knoblaugh's Texican N made his first local start a success as Tim Tetrick drove the recent Bettor's Delight-Bury My Heart import trained by Pete Tritton to an impressive 1:50.4 win in another $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Wahine (Jim Morand) saw a two-race win streak end in a second place finish. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) was third. The third $15,000 event went to Stacie Billings' SB Mikes Hot Beach teamed with driver Mike Rossi. The Magical Mike-One Hot Beach five-year-old registered a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Sir Globalop Z Tam (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second. Rock N' Roll Jet (Bret Brittingham) and Lollipop Kid (George Dennis) dead-heated for third. Tetrick also drove Panfully Cool to victory in 1:52 to win a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance. JoAnn King and Tom Kemp own The Panderosa-Bell Bottom Pans gelding conditioned by Jim King. Esprit De Kaky Jay A (Matt Kakaley) and Grab The Fortune (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. This Sunday, all eight Matron stakes, help make the card the highest in Delaware history There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Dover Downs racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

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