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Trainer Perry Simser scored a double on the Wednesday night card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Trotter Dream In Chocolate (Chocolatier) won on the front end for the second straight week since joining the Simser stable. Chris Long piloted the three year old filly to victory in 2:01.1 on a chilly night at the Spa. Simser’s Ser Jon (The Panderosa) then set a lifetime mark with Dan Cappello Jr.in the sulky. Ser Jon had been a runner up in three of his previous four tries but scored an impressive 1:57.1 win on Wednesday. Live racing resumes on Friday night at 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL – It was a change of tactics that landed Bombilla Hanover in the winner’s circle for the featured $8,500 F&M Open 2 Pace on Monday night (Nov 11) at Pompano Park. The 5-year old daughter of The Panderosa has a wicked early turn of foot, but driver David Ingraham elected to back off at the start and let a trio of early leavers battle through the opening quarter of 26.4. When the dust settled it was Jasperthat A (Jimmy Whittemore) who had made the lead in the quick opening quarter, and continued to lead the field through the half mile station in 55.1. The hot early fractions began to take their toll past the 5/8 marker as the outer flow began to rush up quickly on the outside and sweep by the tiring leader. Ingraham moved his charge 3-wide from fifth and took over the lead in a matter of strides past three-quarters in 1:23.4. It was all over from that point as Bombilla Hanover coasted home an easy three length winner under the wire in 1:53.4. It was the 9th seasonal victory, and 21st career victory for Bombilla Hanover in only her 73rd career try. The winner is conditioned by Peter Blood, who co-owns along with Rick Berks and Lewis Whitaker. Bruce Ranger Remains Sidelined Leading driver Bruce Ranger was off all mounts again on Monday night with a back injury, making it the second consecutive card where Ranger has been a late scratch. Associate Judge Gregg Keidel said that Ranger is expected to return to action on the upcoming Wednesday night card. Live Racing Continues at the Isle Casino at Pompano Park on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings with a first post at 7:05 p.m. by Gabe Prewitt for the Isle Pompano Park  

Harrisburg, PA --- Day three of the Standardbred Horse Sale was topped by a trotting filly, hip #564, Arwa Hanover, a daughter of Andover Hall and the Balanced Image mare Always A Starlet. “She’s a beautiful filly, gorgeous,” said Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, manager of Hanover Shoe Farms, who bred and consigned the filly, purchased for $110,000 by Jeff Gural of New York. “Probably one of the nicest trotting fillies we had in the whole sale and she was placed right. Historically, the last two days, if you have a stand out horse, you get paid very well for it. I think it was a combination of her looks, her video and she has a great family and I think that all combined to make the price very, very good.” Millstream Farm in Kentucky raised and consigned the second highest priced horse of the day, Soul Shout, hip #570, a son of Conway Hall and the Lindy Lane mare Angelholm Hanover who sold for $105,000. “He is very, very solid and I would call him a typical Conway Hall,” said Claudean Cone, proprietor of Millstream Farm. “Conway throws great length and he’s got it. He had a beautiful gait -- typical Conway. So if you liked the Conway Halls, you’d have to like him. “His personality is all boy, but he’s well mannered. The name just popped in to my head. We try not to name then until we get to know their personalities. Sometimes the names are well received (by their new owners) and sometimes not, so we’ll see.” North America’s leading moneywinning driver ($14.48 million and 531 wins) Tim Tetrick was at the sale to buy two Pennsylvania-sired fillies. “I bought a The Panderosa filly (hip #660 Rumor Mill) and a McArdle filly (hip #698 McPlay Girl), both Pennsylvania-bred,” he said. “My family will train them back home (in Illinois) and if they’re any good, they’ll come out this way to Scott DiDomenico or Jimmy King in Delaware. I bought five last year and they did pretty good, they all made it, made about $200,000.” Dr. Paul Spears, president of the Standardbred Sales Company, has kept an eye on the Canadian market segment. “There have been 130 Ontario sired horses sold so far for a gross of just over $3.5 million and an average of $27,000,” he noted. “Last year it was a total of 224 horses were sold for $4,338,000 for an average of only $19,000. So the performance of Ontario horses is still better than it was last year, and a fair number of the Canadian buyers told me they were buying horses that were U.S. eligible to race down here. New York is a special favorite for them from what I’ve heard personally.” The middle market seems to remain strong, said Spears. “The middle market, I think what we saw is simply a continuation of what happened at Lexington and what happened the first two days,” he said. “Buyers don’t have that many more alternatives (to purchase horses). “The Canadian Sale (Forest City yet to come) is going to be attractive mainly to Canadians. U.S. buyers have the next couple days to get what they need and with the total number of yearlings at public sale in the U.S. being down so much the demand is going to be there because of decreased supply. “Part of the reason is that the lower market is gone, it just doesn’t exist anymore. The horses that used to be sold for the county fairs, for the smaller guy and that kind of thing, those sales are gone. Everyone is competing for the horses sold on Wednesday and Thursday and the prices, I think, are going up accordingly.” Through the first three days of yearling sales, the overall average is $39,807 for 782 horses sold. The average through Day 3 last year was $34,195 for 848 horses sold. This is an increase of 16.4 percent overall for three days. Trotters have averaged $42,033 this year and pacers $38,022. The sale resumes Thursday at 10 a.m. with the final day of yearling sales. For more information, or to see the live video stream, go to www.theblackbook.com. by Ellen Harvey for HRC

I Luv The Nitelife heads into Saturday’s American National 3-year-old filly pace fresh off her stunning victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore distaff pace on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. The venerable daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trounced her competition soundly in 1:50 by nearly four lengths. “She’s been at Odds On Acres since last Wednesday and she’s just jogged lightly all week,” said her trainer Chris Ryder. “She came out of her Breeders Crown win in really fine shape, and just seems to enjoy life.” Harnessed by Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young of Florida, I Luv The Nitelife has been driven by Tim Tetrick in all of her pari-mutuel starts this season. This familiar scenario follows closely on the heels of 2010 champion Put On A Show—who had these same connections and credentials. I Luv The Nitelife—with her Breeders Crown victory—erased her stablemate’s combined record earnings from her freshman and sophomore season($1,893,475), with her $1,907,867 totals. On Monday of this week, the Young’s cleverly challenged the connections of North America’s top male pacer, Captaintreacherous, to a match race on The Meadowlands’ opening night, on Nov. 23 at the East Rutherford, NJ one mile oval. All of the money from the race would go to charity,with the winning horse’s charity receiving 60% of the purse. “It’s a great idea the Young’s have come up with, and it’s for charity,” Ryder said. “It’s a great opportunity for both of these outstanding 3-year-olds, and a fantastic promotion for harness racing. It’s a win-win situation overall.” I Luv The Nitelife had a 31-day layoff and a pair of qualifiers between her double-heat Jugette victory at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept.18 and her Breeders Crown victory, and now has had 21 days since that last triumph at Pocono Downs. “She wasn’t eligible to anything at Lexington, and our main goal was to win the Jug and the Breeders Crown,” said Ryder. I Luv The Nitelife posted back-to-back miles of 1:51 and 1:51.2 in the Jugette, setting a world record of 3:42.2 for a combined two heats. “I wasn’t concerned about her racing the two heats; I was confident she could handle that,” Ryder noted. If she wins on Saturday night, I Luv The Nitelife has a chance to become just the fourth 3-year-old pacing filly in harness racing history to be honored with a Horse of the Year trophy, joining Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001) and Fan Hanover (1981). A $60,000 yearling purchase by the Young’s at the 2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, I Luv The Nitelife now has 12 consecutive victories to her credit this year, with one third place finish in 13 trips postward this season. Her lone loss came at The Meadowlands on June 1 in a $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stake. Since then, her career has been a dream-come-true for her connections. “She’s a great horse, and great horses do great things,” said trainer Chris Ryder after her Breeders Crown victory. “Yes, there was a longtime in between races, but we just couldn’t find any suitable ones for her, so we qualified her.” This year I Luv The Nitelife also won the $205,608 Simcoe Stakesat Mohawk in 1:50, the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono in a career best 1:48.4,the $125,000 Miss New Jersey final (in 1:49) and elimination (in 1:50.3), the $184,250 Mistletoe Shallee (in 1:50), the $300,000 Lynch elimination (in1:50.1) and final (in 1:50) at Pocono, and the $384,044 Fan Hanover elim (in1:50.4) and final (in 1:49.1) in early June. No slouch as a freshman, I Luv The Nitelife earned $689,530 from four wins, four seconds and one third in ten 2-year-old starts, and was named Canada’s top freshman pacing filly, honored with that nation’s prestigious O’Brien Award. She’s slated to start in the Nadia Lobell after her start in the American National. Ryder said the star distaff takes all the traveling and racing in stride. “She sleeps a lot and is just kind of a plain-jane filly,” he stressed. “She’s never any trouble; in fact, you’d never know she was in the barn.” I Luv The Nitelife is the second daughter out of the $67,482-winning Camluck mare Lisjune, an 11-race winner who took a mark of1:50.4 at age four. Her granddam is the Abercrombie mare Lisheen p,3,1:52.3 ($518,405), who also produced Lisjune’s half-sister, the worldchampion Lis Mara (by Cambest) p,4,1:47.3 ($2,141,661); Lisagain (by DragonAgain) p, 4, 1:49.1F ($635,218); Lis Deo (by The Panderosa) p,2,1:50.2($353,755); Mr Dennis (by Dragon Again) p,3,1:51.1 ($152,410); Odds On Santi (by Jate Lobell) p,4,1:54.2 ($56,049); and Lislea  (by Cam Fella) p,Q1:52.3($28,849), etc. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

NEW KENT, VA --- Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo won Virginia-bred divisional titles for the second straight year Sunday as three year olds as Colonial Downs closed out its 16th annual fall harness racing season with the $380,000 "Day of Champions" card. Morgan Hagerman's Blueridge Adalia captured the two year old filly pacing title a year ago and wired the field in Sunday's title race as a sophomore in 1:53.0. The Badlands Hanover filly was driven by Chris Page, one of four Virginia-bred wins that Colonial's leading reinsman scored. Page also guided Candid Photo to a 20 length triumph in the colt/gelding trot in a lifetime best 1:57.0. The Classic Photo gelding came first over in the turn and surged past Flaming Yankee for trainer Jane Dunavant. Dunavant also won the three year old filly trot with I Concur, who made up for a break in last week's prep race to score a convincing five length victory in 1:57 4/5. Eloise Eden, who won that prep by 13 lengths, broke stride at the start, regained the lead through the turn, but faultered in deep stretch and took second. Mark Gray's Southern Hoss won the three year old colt/gelding trot. The The Panderosa gelding wired the field in the prep last week and duplicated the feat Sunday, beating The Virginian by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:53 4/5. Chuck Perry directed the effort for owner Anne McDonald, who won another Virginia-bred divisional title with freshman filly trotter Always Quick Star. Handsome Jim and Perfect Number battled for the second straight week in the two year old colt/gelding category but their fortunes were reversed in the $51,475 final. Freddy Darby's Perfect Number won the prep by a head over Jimmy Viars' Handsome Jim in 1:56 2/5 but the order went the other way Sunday after a thrilling quarter mile match race of sorts between the two after they pulled away from the six other competitors. Handsome Jim led throughout and won by a half length in 1:58 1/5. A Christmas theme carried through the other pair of two year stakes as Jingle Bells won the colt/gelding trot in 2:03 2/5 for trainer/driver William Long while Santa Baby scored in the filly pace in 1:56 3/5. by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

NEW KENT, VA ---  Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective three year old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday’s 16th annual Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” program at Colonial Downs.  A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among eight freshman and sophomore divisions in the fifteen race card.  Candid Photo wired a modest field in the colt/gelding trot last Sunday in a lifetime best 1:57 4/5. The Classic Photo gelding triggered quarter panels of :29 2/5, :59 1/5 and 1:27 4/5 before crossing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Flaming Yankee. Candid Photo is co-owned by trainer Jane Dunavant and Katherine Smith. Dusty Sea was second and Flaming Yankee took third. Sunday’s $45,800 final leg will be a non-betting race at 12:20 PM.  Eloise Eden was dominant as a two year old and coasted home to an easy thirteen length romp  in the filly trot prep. The Ken Warkentin filly shot to the front as the starting gate wings closed and never looked back, leading by six at the quarter and eight at the half. Betting choice I Concur, fresh off back to back wins by ten-plus lengths, held second through the third fraction but went off stride in mid-stretch after starting to gain ground on the leader. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. guided Eloise Eden to fractions of :27 4/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25 2/5, and with no one close in the stretch, coasted home in 1:56 1/5. She is trained by Thomas Litt for Mark Bowser of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlie Norris will drive Eloise Eden in the $49,400 finale in Sunday’s sixth race.   Blueridge Adalia grabbed the pocket early in the filly pacing prep but just after the first fraction, came outside and passed Miss Sowo, then continued a front stepping trip en route to an easy four length win in 1:54 1/5. Reinsman Chris Page, who also guided Candid Photo’s Virginia-bred triumph, led the Badlands Hanover filly for trainer Morgan Hagerman and owner Herman Hagerman. Miss Sowo held on for second while get Party Perfect was third. Page will again direct Blueridge Adalia from post six Sunday in the $48,200 final.  In the 3 year old colt/gelding pace warmup, Mark Gray’s Southern Hoss went coast to coast and beat five others including his stablemate Stately Man. The The Panderosa gelding cut panels of :27 3/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25 1/5 before winning his second race ever in a lifetime best of 1:53 1/5. The mark shattered his prior mark by over three seconds. Charles Perry, who drove Southern Hoss for owner Anne McDonald, will be back in the sulky in Sunday’s $47,400 finale. The “Day of Champions” competition for two year olds will include the $51,475 colt/gelding pace and $48,150 filly pace as part of the pari-mutuel card, while the $46,375 filly trot and $42,450 colt/gelding trot will be non-betting races at 12:30 and 12:40 PM respectively. Last weekend’s 2 year old prep in the colt/gelding pace division was the most exciting of the eight. Freddy Darby’s Perfect Number edged Jimmy Viars’ Handsome Jim and Leon Harris’s Little Leon by a head and half length respectively in a 1:56 2/5 blanket finish. The winner, an Art Official gelding, is the 9-5 early favorite Sunday and will be driven again by Corey Braden. Santa Baby surged past front stepping Blueridge Princess coming out of the turn in the filly pace prelim last weekend then coasted home to a four length triumph. Chris Page drove the Three Olives filly to victory for trainer Lorie Davis in 1:55 2/5. Santa Baby is the heavily favored early choice at 4-5. Luring Miz Daisy wired the field in the filly freshmen trot while Jingle Bells matched that feat in the male category. They crossed respectively in 2:05.0 and 2:07 2/5 for trainers Renfrow Hauser and William Long. Both will face modest size fields again and thus are part of the early non-betting races. Four fillies have entered that championship while only a pair of geldings will square off in the male trot.     Gates open Sunday at 12 Noon and post time for the first of a dozen pari-mutuel races is 1:00 PM. Sunday also marks the final day of racing at Colonial Downs for the 2013 season.  by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

(NEW KENT, VA --- 9/25/13) ---- Doc’s Bonanza, the 2012 “Horse of the Meet” at Colonial Downs, got back to the winner’s for the first time in two starts at the current fall season in Wednesday’s $6,000 “winners over” featured pace. Driver Chris Page, who wasn’t at Colonial for Doc’s Bonanza’s first start a week ago, was in the bike Wednesday and the connection from last year’s success kicked in immediately. The 6 year old The Panderosa horse sat fourth through the first three fractions, went to the extreme coming out of the turn and wore down front steppers A Fool For Mark, Jolt of Fire and Doc’s Zippy in the stretch. Doc’s Zippy set the early pace, triggering fractions of :26 2/5, :54 1/5 and 1:22 3/5. Doc’s Bonanza ended up winning in 1:51.0, a seasonal best, by 1 ¾ lengths over Fly To The Angels. Last fall, the Mary Dawson trained horse had a winning mile of 1:49 4/5 in New Kent. A trio of late closer pacing series took place on the card as well. Fortune’s Jenna and Lemondrop Martini scored $3500 divisional wins in the Horace Martin Memorial’s second leg. Jeff Nisonger directed the former to a 1:53 4/5 one length triumph while Gerald Longo guided the latter to a new life mark in 1:53 3/5. What’s Up Rock made up for an early break in the VHHA Pacing Series’ first leg to score a tight win over Plain Easy in a $4,000 second leg division Wednesday. Driver Robert Dinning directed trainer Dean Eckley’s 3 year old Rocknroll Hanover gelding to a neck victory in 1:54 2/5. A sluggish I Reckon So shook off a tough start and stormed by six other pacers in the stretch to capture the second VHHA division. The 3 year old Yankee Skyscraper gelding crossed in a lifetime best 1:53 3/5 after going off stride before the start and languishing in last through much of the first three-quarters. The U Gotta Win One Now Series also got underway with a single $3500 division and Henry Lewis’s Vertigo Hanover got his second win of the young meet with a 1:36 3/5 effort in the seventh-eighths mile pace. Driver Chuck Perry took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to beat runner-up All Is Lost by nearly three lengths. Colonial Downs hosts a ten race harness program Thursday beginning at 1 PM. By Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2013 — Used multiple times during the mile, Ewald Hanover responded like a polished veteran, roaring through the stretch to capture the fastest division of Monday’s $121,400 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old cold and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Kingofthejungle and Seventh Secret taking the other splits. Dave Palone’s four wins on the 15-race card gave him 15,999 in his quest to become the first North American driver with 16,000 victories. Only Germany’s Heinz Wewering, who is still active with 16,689 wins (as of Sept. 20), has more. Palone has 14 scheduled assignments on Tuesday’s program. David Miller pushed Ewald Hanover from post 7 for an early seat fourth, then moved him second over. But when his cover faltered, the The Panderosa-Endela Hanover gelding went back to the pylons, squeezed between horses around the final turn and triumphed in 1:52.2, a tick off the stake mark. McWicked was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Workandplayhard third. “But for one clunker, he’s raced well every start,” Miller said. “He’ll be a nice 3-year-old, I think. They’re turning him out now, and I think he’ll be a nice horse next year.” Casie Coleman trains Ewald Hanover for West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella. Kingofthejungle provided the Keystone Classic shocker when, at 25-1, he overpowered 1-9 favorite Allstar Partner with a first-over move for Brett Miller and scored in a career-best 1:53. Here Comes William was 2 lengths back in second while Allstar Partner saved show. “We were going kind of slow, and my horse was getting a little rammy,” Brett Miller said. “So I thought I would pull and sit out there and hopefully finish second or third. My intentions weren’t to go by like that. But when I got to (Allstar Partner’s) wheel, this colt felt so good that I just popped the earplugs, and he was gone.” Brandon Simpson conditions the Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding for DeSyllas Racing, William Beck and Carol Rieken. Mike Wilder didn’t necessarily want Seventh Secret on the early lead, but once the son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song got there by looping the field, he made the most of it. He downed Good Citations by a neck in 1:54.4, with Caviart Luca completing the ticket. “I was taking him back, and they weren’t going any,” Wilder said. “”We were crawling, and I’m getting away sixth was how it looked. So I just hit the gas. He’s never been on the front, and I didn’t know how that would work out. For a colt with a little bit of a stale date, he met the challenge.” Dan Altmeyer trains Seventh Secret for owner/breeder Ruth Altmeyer. Tuesday’s card at The Meadows features a $121,200 Keystone Classic for freshman filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM.      

Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning                   Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.  

Since arriving at Batavia Downs from Mohawk Raceway in mid-August, Xenia Hanover has posted three wins in her first three appearances, stepping up in class each time. Wednesday night, she scored the hat-trick by registering an impressive victory in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:55.1 over a fast track. Real Joy, last week's Filly and Mares Open Pace winner, set the pace posting solid fractions of 28.2, 57.3 and 1:25.3. As the field turned for home, Notreadytobenice and Real Joy were together on the lead as Jens Underdog and Xenia Hanover kicked into gear, fanning out three and four-wide respectively. But near the wire, Xenia Hanover showed she could handle the top level and easily pulled away, beating Notreadytobenice by 1-3/4 lengths while Jens Underdog (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Real Joy (Shawn McDonough) finished in a dead heat for show. Greg Merton, Batavia Downs' leading driver, guided Xenia Hanover ($3.40) to the win. She now has five victories in 25 starts and upped her seasonal winnings to $28,450 and $170,536 lifetime. Xenia Hanover (The Panderosa-Witsends Loiuse) is an eight-year-old mare who is owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdejelar Jr. The harness racing action continues on Friday night at Batavia Downs with a 12-race program scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The feature will be the $8,500 Open Trot with a full field of eight going to the post. Ziegfeld and driver Ray Fisher Jr. have been tabbed the 5-2 morning line favorite and will start from the two post. For race replays, upcoming promotions, schedule and the latest news, please click here. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

On Friday, August 30 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for two year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program.  Trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions.     The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s opening race.  In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) bested her competition by 8 ½-lengths in her $30,000 stakes event.  The race was In The Grippers’ fifth win in six starts.  Northfield Park’s leading driver, Chris Page, piloted the filly for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owner Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio.    In The Grippers started from post five.  Page sent her to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile.  She posted fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3, 1:31.1 and 2:01.1.  Friday’s victory pushed In The Grippers’ bankroll to $81,225.  Finishing behind In The Grippers were Rose Run Princess, Cookie N Ice Cream, Sandys Victory and Majesty Sam.  In The grippers returned $4.60 to win. Pacers took to the stage next for the second race of the evening.  Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie-Shakrurcancancress-The Panderosa) took the lion’s share of her $30,000 division.  She was one of two eventual winners for her connections.  Kyle Ater piloted the filly for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and the owning partnership of Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano. Shakin Friskie started from the rail and sat fourth through blistering early fractions of :26.4 and :57.3.  Ater sent her on her way in the third panel and was second at the 1:27.3 three-quarter pole.  She took the lead in the stretch and maintained a length margin of victory, stopping the timer at 1:58.2.  The clocking is a new lifetime mark for Shakin Friskie and propelled her earnings to $24,805.  She was followed across the wire by R Spunky Girl, Spiffy Sam, APP Panda and Lucky L.  Fayco Filly was scratched sick.  Shakin Friskie paid $10.60 to win Northfield adds $12,500 Pick Five to Tuesday card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Tuesday’s (September 3) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,065.32. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.      Tuesday’s post time is 6:30 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff          

Management is pleased to report that all of the horses and drivers involved in the Wednesday night harness racing wreck at Saratoga are doing ok. Three of the four drivers involved in the ugly incident were back driving on Thursday night as Bruce Aldrich Jr, Billy Dobson and Cory Stratton all suffered some bumps and bruises but were back in the bike on Thursday. Brian Cross didn’t fare as well as the veteran reinsman reportedly suffered a concussion along with several cuts and bruises but was home resting on Thursday. He will be sidelined indefinitely. All of the horses involved came out of the accident as well as could be hoped for. Aldrich piloted the winner in the Thursday night feature as Legerdepan (The Panderosa) recorded her first Open victory as she came on to beat the favored The Last Laugh (Tyler Buter) in the final strides. For Legerdepan, it was her third consecutive win but the first while competing in the $18,000 Open for Fillies and Mares. The victory in the feature came in 1:54.4 for the Jose Godinez trained pacer. The Last Laugh had her lengthy win streak broken but finished a strong second in her local debut while Blows Me Away (Stephane Bouchard) closed to finish third. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post.  by Mike Sardella

Driver Ron Pierce and trainer John Butenschoen were the big winners on Tuesday night in Stallion Series action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six divisions of the Series held for 2-year-old fillies on the pace, each race carrying a purse of $20,000. Pierce drove three of the six Stallion Series winners, while Butenschoen is the trainer for two of the winners. Pierce and Butenschoen joined forces to win the fourth division with McVita Bella (Somebeachsomewhere-Cheyenne Sabrina), who scored in 1:54:2. Other Stallion Series winners on the night were: Dragon Town (Dragon Again-Town Pro Miss), driven by Pierce and trained by Sam DePinto, in 1:54:4; Lasting Appeal (The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest), driven by Pierce and trained by Bob McIntosh, in 1:54; Seashell Hanover (Somebeachsmoewhere-Stolly Up Bluechip), driven by Doug McNair and trained by Gregg McNair, in 1:52:4; Mayabelle (McArdle-Crisis), driven by Mike Simons and trained by Butenschoen, in 1:53:3; and Weeper (Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad), driven David Miller and trained by Kelly O'Donnell, in 1:52. by Jim Beviglia  

This is week #2 on the "Road to the Little Brown Jug." There was not much change at the top of this week's list. We have added a couple of new faces to the list. This week's celebrity sections come from Hall of Famer Sam McKee. McKee is a jack of all trades and one of the nicest gentlemen in the sport. McKee is the Director of Television at the new Meadowlands Racetrack, the Grand Circuit announcer for the Red Mile, the simulcast host for the Little Brown Jug and a pedigree reader at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders (Week #2 - August 6) 1. Captaintreacherous (Last Week #1) Owners: Captaintreacherous Racing (KY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Tim Tetrick Career Earnings: $2,044,421 Career Mark: 1:48.1 M He won a qualifier at the Meadowlands (8/2) by more than 15 lengths in 1:50.1, the last quarter was in :25.4. He is being pointed to the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine (8/17) 2. Vegas Vacation (Last Week #2)  Owners: West Wins Stable (ONT), Adriano Sorella (ONT), Anthony Beaton (ONT) & Phyllis Saunders (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman  Driver: Brian Sears & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $431,601 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Moh Won the $12,500 elimination for the Empire Breeder's Classic at Tioga Downs (8/4) in 1:49.2. 3. Sunfire Blue Chip (Last Week #3) Owners: Christina Talker (NJ), John & Jim Fielding (ONT), Brixton Medical AB (SWE) and RAW Equine Inc. (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter  Driver: Yannick Gingras  Career Earnings: $398,714 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Mea  Won the $12,500 elimination for the Empire Breeder's Classic at Tioga Downs (8/4) in 1:50.2. 4. Odds On Equuleus (Last Week #4) Owners: Odds On Racing (IL)  Trainer: Robin Schadt  Driver: John Campbell  Career Earnings: $602,221 Career Mark: 1:50 Moh Set the pace in the Empire Breeder's Classic elimination (8/4) before fading to fourth. 5. Lonewolf Currier (Last Week #6) Owners: Francis Azur (PA) Trainer: Kevin McDermott  Driver: John Campbell/Brian Sears  Career Earnings: $274,495  Career Mark: 1:48.4 Mea  The Panderosa colt finished third in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/2) at the Meadows. 6. Mach It So (Last Week #8) Owners: Bamond Racing LLC (NJ) Trainer: R. Nifty Norman  Driver: Scott Zeron  Career Earnings: $214,238 Career Mark: 1:50.0 Moh  Did not race last weekend. 7. Lucan Hanover (Last Week #NR) Owner: West Wins Stable (ONT) and Christine Callalhoun (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller & Scott Zeron  Career Earnings: $218,260  Career Mark: 1:48.3 M  Won the $250,000 New Jersey Classic (8/3) at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best 1:48.3. This son of Western Ideal has won four in a row. 8. Some Kinda Beach (Last Week #NR) Owners: Ronald Michelon (IL) and Paymaq Racing (IL)  Trainer: Robin Cruise  Driver: Marcus Miller/Andy Miller  Career Earnings: $155,980  Career Mark: 1:50.1 Mea  Was a solid winner in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (8/2) at the Meadows in 1:50.1. 9. Rockin Amadeus (Last Week #10) Owners: Lothlorein (ONT)  Trainer: Jimmy Takter  Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $584,390  Career Mark: 1:49.3 M He overcame a long trip to finish third in the $250,000 New Jersey Classic (8/3). 10. Word Power (Last Week #7)  Owners: Bradley Grant (ONT)  Trainer: Larry Remmen  Driver: Jim Morrill, Jr./Corey Callahan  Career Earnings: $128,250 Career Mark: 1:49.4 M He was the betting favorite in the New Jersey Classic (8/3). He led the field past the half mile pole but faded to seventh.   Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders By Sam McKee - the newest member of Communicator's Corner of the Hall of Fame and Simulcast Host for the Little Brown Jug 1 - Captaintreacherous - the best colt out there BUT, like his sire, will he or won't he go to the Jug? 2 - Sunfire Blue Chip - fast, talented, top connections and still getting dialed in gait-wise with room to improve 3 - Vegas Vacation - what comes around goes around so he's do for some better racing luck 4 - Word Power - threw in his first clunker of the year in NJ Classic. Did recent tough trips catch up to him? 5 - Lonewolf Currier - inconsistent but can flat out motor when he's right 6 - Odds On Equuleus - has had issues and races have been well spaced. Major player if right. 7 - Lucan Hanover - looked like a new horse in NJ Classic with Coleman adjustments. 8 - Sunshine Beach - fast horse -can he get around the half-mile O.K. at mega-speeds? 9 - Johny Rock - honest sort who is a factor with an inside draw 10 - Twilight Bonfire - has gone south recently but connections will be gearing up for the Jug Honorable mentions: Beach Memories, Captive Audience, Dedi's Dragon, Martini Hanover, Source Of Pride, Wake Up Peter By Jay Wolf  

Elodie (Real Desire) recorded her first ever Open win at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. The Jose Godinez trained six year old had finished in the top four in all three of her previous tries in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa heading into Thursday night but was yet to defeat the track’s top mares. Elodie proved worthy of her favorite status this week though as she went wire to wire to capture the victory in 1:54.2 over a tracked labeled “good.” Bruce Aldrich Jr.teamed up with Godinez for wins with Elodie and fellow mare Legerdepan (The Panderosa) on the evening. Elodie was the Open’s 2-1 betting favorite as she bested runner up Blows Me Away (Stephane Bouchard) and third place finisher Let’s Go Higher (Shawn Gray) in convincing fashion. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella 

Trainer Mike Carrubba continued his hot streak on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Carrubba scored a training double as pacers Max Will Start (Mach Three) and Enigma Hanover (The Panderosa) recorded victories at the $5,000 claiming level. Max Will Start has been on a tear for Carrubba and on Wednesday, he competed in the GSY Amateur Pacing Series with Alan Charles in the sulky. Max Will Start opened up a big lead in the first lap and poured it on to romp in 1:55.4. Enigma Hanover completed Carrubba’s training double as he held on to win a photo in 1:58.1 with Jim Devaux at the controls. Carrubba is having a breakout year at the Spa here in 2013 with a training average approaching the .400 mark. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

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