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Harrah's Philadelphia will have a special post time on Friday, October 31st of 2:30 PM.   A field of eight mid-level conditioned pacers lined up behind the starter for the Wednesday feature from Harrah's Philadelphia.   The wagering public put their support behind veteran gelding McClelland (Brett Miller). The 8-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark is a 32 time winner, with career earnings of over $435,000.   At the start, it was the classy Southwestern Dream (Yannick Gingras) leaving aggressively from the outside. He was parked to an opening quarter in :27. His lead was short-lived however, as Yonkers invader Ideal Champ (Tim Tetrick) quickly wheeled by just after the quarter pole.   After a half in :55.2 (:28.2), Ideal Champ was challenged by race-favorite McClelland, who drew within a half-length of the leader at three-quarters, which was timed in 1:22.3 (:27.1).   As they turned for home, Ideal Champ kicked away from a stalling McClelland to win by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:50.4 (:28). Southwestern Dream finished second, while Ooh Bad Boy (David Miller) rallied for third.   The winner paid $11.40, keying an exacta that paid $33.80, and a trifecta worth $279.60. Ideal Champ was one of two winners for owner Francis Azur and trainer Kevin Mc Dermott.   In other news, driver Tim Tetrick had six driving wins on the afternoon, following up Yannick Gingras' six driving wins on Sunday's program. Tim Tetrick is approximately 20 wins behind Geo. Napolitano Jr. in the driving standings, with Yannick Gingras currently third.   Harrah's Philadelphia will have a special post time on Friday, October 31st of 2:30 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 25, 2014 - Western Pioneer, making his first start for new owners, overcame a judges' inquiry to post his first career victory in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Western Pioneer, a son of Western Ideal bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, paced the mile in 1:55.1, getting up in the final strides to catch Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] for a three-quarters of a length victory, his first in 12 career starts. Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], the Green Acres champion, was third by four and a half lengths. Dealt A Winner, the pre-race favorite, was scratched sick, leaving seven starters. Western Pioneer, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nancy Johansson, was purchased as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for $15,000 by Perry Soderberg of Highstown, NJ. Ownership was transferred to 3 Brothers Stables of New York City and Johansson on October 17, 2014. Sent off as the slight 2-1 favorite over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover], one of two fillies in the field, Western Pioneer [$6.20] made his move to the outside at the three-quarters as Edward Teach took the lead, prompting the judges' review. Western Pioneer has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts for earnings of $72,274. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Western Pioneer By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

In one of the classic harness racing stretch drives of the year, Clear Vision and driver Tim Tetrick nosed out Foiled Again and Yannick Gingras in winning the Grand Circuit inaugural $122,000 Dayton Pacing Derby. The time of the race was a track record 1:49 mile and it was the first time that Tetrick had ever driven the horse. It was race favorite Dancin Yankee and driver Tyler Buter who was first to show out of the starting gate, brushing by Night Pro (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) to a speedy :25.4 opening quarter mile. Then at the half mile marker in :53.4, Tetrick sent Clear Vision first-over and they flushed out Foiled Again who went right after Dancin Yankee and took command of the race by the three-quarters in 1:21.1 as Dancin Yankee spit out the bit and began to fade. That left Clear Vision first-over with Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) on their backs going around the last turn but Clear Vision was still on the move. Collaring Foiled Again at the top of the stretch, those two went at it neck and neck in a driving finish to the wire with Clear Vision barely getting up in the final stride to win it. Apprentice Hanover was two and one-half lengths back in third. “It was very very tight,” said Tim Tetrick after the race, “It was horse race against Foiled Again. He’s one of the best horses I have ever seen, Foiled Again. He just doesn’t give up. He got a little rougher trip then my guy got up right when he needed to. I was loving the trip we were getting but with Foiled Again it’s so tough to get by him. I was in the right spot and my horse worn him down. “He (Clear Vision) is a nice horse and can tough it out,” Tetrick said. “He knows how to get the job done.” An eight-year-old gelding by Western Hanover, it was the sixth win this year for Clear Vision. He is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and Jim Koran. He paid $4.60 to win. Tetrick came right back to the winner’s circle in the very next race after he won the $162,000 inaugural Grand Circuit Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses, also in a track record time with Market Share. It was Lindy’s Tru Grit (Scott Zeron) who took full advantage of the rail and sped to the early lead with race favorite Creatine and driver Dan Nobel sitting half in-half out in the two-hole and Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev) stuck first-over and floating on the outside in third. They went that way to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Daylon Magician finally worked his way to the front and then Noble came first-over with Creatine with Wishing Stone (Yannick Gingras) second over and following third over was Market Share to the half mile in :55.1. Then the backstretch, before the three-quarter mile marker in 1:24.1, Tetrick sent Market Share three-wide and they came marching on and were able to clear to the lead after the bold move before the top of the stretch. From there it was a breeze for Market Share as he pulled away from the field and went on to win going away by three and one-half lengths in 1:52.4. Opening Night (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was able to close for second with Creatine third. “If you look at him (Market Share),” Tetrick said, “he’s not very big but he has a big heart and he tries. It’s been kinda tough on Linda pulling her hair out this season trying to get him right. He’s had some health issues but he now has showed how he has made over $3 million. He’s done it the hard way, he won the Hambletonian, he was a $16,000 yearling and I have a special place (in my heart) for him. “When my horse is on his game,” Tetrick added, “He can race with the best in the country. Maybe by Breeders Crown we can beat Sebastian K.” For Market Share, a five-year-old stallion by Revenue S, it was his fourth win this year for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and Bill Augustine. He paid $7.80 to win. An $11,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, named in memory of R. J. "Skeeter" Brown, was also featured on the card. Latenite Rendezvous (Chris Page), making her first start at Dayton Raceway, was victorious for the partnership of Jerry Daugherty, Roger Hall and Page. They won in track record time of 1:51.4. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

A field of seven open pacers lined up behind the starter in the featured even at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. The wagering public placed their support behind nineteen time winner Speed Again, despite a sixth place finish last time out against similar competition. Speed Again (Matt Kakaley) wasted little time getting in gear, as he used his gate speed to take command by the quarter in :27. After a half in :54.4 (:27.4), Speed Again faced a minor first-over challenge from Sparky Mark (Marcus Miller), but was able to sprint clear at three-quarters, which went in 1:22 (27.1). At the top of the stretch, Dial Or Nodial (David Miller) swung wide off cover, and Wake Up Peter (Brett Miller) closed fast up the inside, but there was no catching Speed Again. He won by two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:50.4, while paying $5.20. He keyed an exacta that paid $30, and a trifecta that paid $142.40. Speed Again is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and the Rtc Stables, and is trained by Ron Burke. In other news, driver Tim Tetrick had five wins on the afternoon, three of which were for trainer Scott Di Domenico. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY,  -It was "Elimination Saturday," with Yonkers Raceway hosting paring events for three harness racing stakes events. Fifteen 3-year-old colts and geldings turned into eight for Yonkers Trot No. 60, as standouts Nuncio (John Campbell, barred from wagering) and Gural Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.30, part of entry) were comfy winners in the pair of $40,000 elims. Nuncio, in play early form post position No. 5, waited his turn before finally making the lead. He parked Skates N Plates (George Brennan), then strode home by 3 ½ lengths (:28.4, :58 1:26.4, 1:56.2). Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick), the wagering "winner ($6.20), was second, with Journey (Dan Dube) and Expressive Action (Jason Bartlett) third and fourth, respectively. The wagering exacta paid $81, with the wagering triple returning $221. For Kentucky Futurity champ Nuncio, a millionaire Andover Hall colt trained by Jimmy Takter for owner Stall Tz, it was his ninth win (third consecutive) in 14 seasonal starts. Note that he and sixth-place finisher Amped Up Hanover (Matt Kakaley) raced for purse only, as the latter, co-owned by Takter's wife, Christina, were not made a parimutuel entry. "He didn't have to show me anything," Campbell--eying a third Trot title--said of Nuncio. 'I just took my time with him getting the lead, then I let him do it all by himself." Nuncio New York Sire Stakes champion Gural Hanover, the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into this season's Trot, won the draw in the second elim. He retook from a breaking-soon-after Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald) before finishing his four turns (:28.4, 58.1; 1:27.2; 1:56.3) a length faster than Resolve (Tetrick) in 1:56.3. Third went to King City (Brennan), with Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) getting the final place at the table. For Gural Hanover, a Crazed gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E and Panhellenic Stables, he's now 10-for-14 this season. The exacta paid $7.10, with the triple returning $24.40. Gural Hanover The $40,000 musical chairs elim for the 59th Messenger--nine soph colts/geldings to end up with eight--was won by a pocket-sitting Luck Be Withyou (Tetrick, $23). From post No. 2, he whipped a cone-skimming Forty Five Red (Brennan) by a neck (:27.2; :57, 1:25 1:53) with McWicked (Dave Miller) a belated third. All Bets Off (Kakaley), the NYSS champ and strongest third of the 4-5 favored entry, tired noticeably on the lead despite cheap fractions, winding up fourth. Western Conquest (Brent Holland), Lyonssomewhere (Brett Miller), National Debt (Campbell) and Stevensville (Ray Schnittker) completing the qualifying octet, while Double Your Bet (Jason Bartlett) was outrun. For fourth choice "Luck," a Western Ideal colt owned by John Craig and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fifth win in 13 '14 tries. The exacta paid $41.40, with the triple returning $84.50. "I just wanted to be able to be in a position to chase (All Bets Off)," Tetrick said. "He obviously was no goof tonight, and we were able to take advantage." "Flat, very flat," Kakaley said. "I was cruising at the five-eighths, then in the final turn, I knew I was in trouble. "I don't know if he's sick, but he was not nearly the same horse tonight." Luck Be Withyou Saturday night's pair of $20,000 eliminations for the Lady Maud (3-year-old pacing fillies) were won by Fancy Desire (Brennan, $2.70) in 1:54, and Act Now (Brennan again, $4.90) in 1:53.1. The other lasses returning for the final are Beautiful Lady, Tyra, Do Your Job, Scandalicious, A La Notte Hanover and Anagada. Also Saturday, the Raceway honored the recently-retired Cat Manzi with a video tribute, a winner's circle presentation and a meet-and-greet autograph photo session with fans. Next Saturday's (Oct. 25) five stakes finals...$500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 International Trot Preview, $150,854 Lady Maud and $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot (no elims-only six entered) shall be "open drawn" Tuesday afternoon. 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. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Big Boy Dreams won the $180,000 Windy City Pace in wire-to-wire fashion for harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in 1:51. The Ron Burke-trainee and New York Sire Stake competitor notched his fourth win of the year in ten starts. "I got the front the way I wanted and my horse was big and strong and carried me all the way to the wire," Tetrick stressed. "I wanted to make the other horses have to catch me. He's been racing tough on the New York circuit." Big Boy Dreams took the field to a brutal :25.4 first quarter and a :54.1 half, with Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) challenging the leader going to the 1:22.2 three-quarters, but Big Boy Dreams just continued to draw away in the stretch to win by two and a half lengths. He now has $168,495 in seasonal earnings for owner Dominic Rosato of Utica, New York. "It's good to get back home," said Tetrick. "I cut my teeth there and it's always good to be here." Let's Drink On It finished second, while Three Of clubs (Doug McNair) was third and Kingofthejumgle (Brian Carpenter) got up for fourth. The son of If I Can Dream-Stefani Blue Chip-Art Major has $340,533 in career earnings from six wins in 11 starts for these connections. He was a $9,000 yearling purchase from the 2012 Morrisville, NY College Sale. By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park Racetrack

Sayitall BB captured the first $37,600 Cinderella Stake division for 3-year-old pacing fillies handily in 1:52.2 with Tim Tetrick at the lines for harness racing trainer Ronnie Burke. "When she cleared and made the top, the rest was easy," Tetrick said. "She's a very nice mare with a lot of talent and she did everything right. I never even pulled the plugs either. She'll go with all of the better mares I'm sure, and if I'm not driving her in the future, I'll sure be watching out for her." Sayitall BB accomplished this latest triumph impressively in wire-to-wire fashion, through splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.4, with Mamas Fallen Angel (Doug McNair) second and Somethinincredible (Dave Magee) third. Sayitall BB is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, and now has $186,660 in seasonal earnings from seven wins in 12 starts. She has $208,310 in career earnings from 12 wins in 17 lifetime trips postward. The daughter of Tell All is the 11th foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Challo BB. Sayitall BB Lady Shadow (Gregg McNair) held on to win the second $37,600 Cinderella Division in 1:53.2 over rival Major Dancer (Brett Miller). McNair also conditions the daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella-Camluck for owners Lindsey & Connie L Rankin of Lexington, MI. Lady Shadow grabbed the lead easily and never looked back through a very soft opening first quarter and half in :27.3 and :57. "I knew there was another horse getting close to me at the wire and so did she," said McNair. "This is her last race of the season and she deserves a break now as she's raced tough all season." Lady Shadow continued to have an easy lead over her six rivals, clocked in 1:25.3 at the three-quarter marker with Kayla Grace (Todd Warren) and Rocknroll Meg (Tim Tetrick) both throwing late challenges at her, but to no avail. At the last moment, Major Dancer, who had been riding the rail in the two-hole, snuck up the rail and narrowly missed besting the winner. Rocknroll Meg held on for third, with Kayla Grace grabbing fourth. Lady Shadow now has $259,635 in seasonal earnings from six wins in 13 starts, and $449,527 in career earnings from 11 wins in 21 starts. She is the ninth foal out of her dam and was a $19,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Forest City Sale. Lady Shadow By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park

A field of eight trotters lined up for the featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (October 16), a NW of $17,500 in their last five starts.   The wagering public was evenly split between Modest Prince (Tim Tetrick) and Smilin Eli (Corey Callahan). Modest Prince has been ultra consistent, hitting the board in six of his last seven, while Smilin Eli was coming off of a sharp 1:54.3 qualifier over this oval.   At the start, it was Smilin Eli and Smoother Ride (Yannick Gingras) moving out for the lead, with the latter clearing from the extreme outside post, in a 27.3 opening quarter.   Smilin Eli quickly vacated the pocket however, and took the lead, tripping the halfway beam in 56.1 (28.3). Co-favorite Modest Prince was sent on his way from mid-pack, grinding first over to challenge the leader, and these two battled to three-quarters which was timed in 1:24.1 (:28).   Modest Prince forged ahead at the head of the lane, and went on to a handy three length win, stopping the clock in a season's best 1:52.1.   Trained by Linda Toscano, Modest Prince now has nine career wins of thirty-nine starts. He is owned by Richard Gutnick. Smoother Ride finished second, while Lucky Colby (Eric Carlson) rallied for third. The winner paid $5.60, keying a $24.00 exacta, and a trifecta that paid $120.20.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Market Share, the 2013 Hambletonian winner and victor in the $235,000 American National for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, returns to Balmoral Park on Saturday night in Race 9 to defend his harness racing crown in the $166,300 American National Aged Trot. The son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide was clocked in 1:53.3 with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for the Linda Toscano-trained, then-sophomore. Owned by Richard S. Gutnick of Pennsylvania, TLP Stable and J Augustine of New Jersey, Market Share will leave from post five in the field of eight trotters. "Never, never in a million years did we dream that Market Share could be this kind of horse," Toscano offered. "He's just one of those horses that enjoys his work and tries real hard. It's surprising, but that's a good thing." Bred by Hayley Moore of Paris, Kentucky, Market Share, a $16,000 yearling purchase from the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale, won all five of his 2-year-old starts over Freehold Raceway's half-mile oval. Toscano and principal owner Richard Gutnick were uncertain if he could excel at the bigger tracks, such as the Meadowlands. So it was up to Market Share to show them. In 2012, at age 3, Market Share won the $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk en route to earnings of $2 million. He also trotted the fastest mile in the history of Maywood Park when he captured the $108,000 Galt in 1:54.4, erasing Green Day's previous track record of 1:55.1, set in 2007. As a result, he was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. Last season, his wins included the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot, TVG Free For All Series Championship and American-National Stakes. He led all older trotters with $1.07 million in purses and received the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. "It's a treat to be able to bring one back like that as a 5-year-old," Toscano said. "By bringing back the older horses, people recognize the names and the horses become the stars again. I think that's what is missing in our industry. I think it's a real good thing." This year Market Share has added another $357,296 to his bank account, pushing his career earnings to $3,471,308 via a $37,200 Maple Leaf elimination at Mohawk, the $250,000 Maxi Lee at Harrah's Chester--when he set a new world record and career best clocking of 1:50.2 for an aged gelding trotter on a five-eighths mile oval--and a victory in a $40,000 Cutler elimination in 1:50.3. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share surpassed the previous world mark of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Uncle Peter and Sevruga, both set in 2013 when he scored that record clocking in the Maxi Lee. Market Share now has 24 wins, seven seconds and 12 thirds in 53 career starts. On Oct. 5, he was race-timed in 1:52, finishing fifth by three lengths in the $173,000 Allerage Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Market Share is the fourth of six foals out of his unraced dam Classical Flirt, and is a half-brother to Photogenic Legs (by Classic Photo) 3, 1:57.2h ($102,892) and to Broadway Legs (by Broadway Hall) 3, 1:55 ($57,225). By Kimberly Rinker

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

The 5-year-old gelding pacer Holdingallthecards (Tim Tetrick) made his debut a winning one for trainer Scott Di Domenico at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon. The son of Cam's Card Shark, who bankrolled over $163,000 as a four-year-old last season, came into this affair (non-winners of $12,500 in their last 5 starts) off of a sharp qualifier over the Harrah's Philly oval. He was not sent off as the favorite however. The public backing went to OK Commander (David Miller) who was looking to add to his lifetime earnings of over $615,000. At the start, the favorite laid off the early pace to settle in fourth, while long shot Blended Whiskey (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) left hardest from post eight, by an opening quarter in 26.4. As they neared the half, the leader faced the challenge from a first-over OK Commander, while Holdingallthecards patiently drafted in the pocket. After the 55.1 half, these two battled for the lead in quarter three, which went in 122.3 (27.2). In the stretch, OK Commander wore down the leader, but could not hold off Holdingallthecards, who stormed up the inside to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. It was his 24th career win out of 70 lifetime starts. He keyed an exacta that paid $11.60, and a trifecta that paid $60.00. He is owned by Bill and Richard Mc Intyre. The $7.80 winner kick-started a pick four that did not have a winner. A carryover of just over $2,300 will be added to the Thursday pick 4, which starts in race seven. Post time is 12:40 PM. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Yagonnakissmeornot, sent off the 3/2 public choice, raced from the back of the pack, and rallied strongly down the center of the course to hit the line right before Shelliscape, stopping the clock in 1:49.3 in capturing the $90,000 Allerage Farm Open Pace for mares at The Red Mile.   Anndrovette flaunted her agility by pacing from post 10 and right to the lead. Aunt Caroline also left, but sat second, with Krispy Apple sitting third and Shelliscape fourth. Anndrovette set fractions of :26.3 and :54 (:27.2).   Shebestingin attempted to brush to the top down the backstretch, but could not clear Anndrovette around the turn. Shelliscape rode her back, and was loaded with pace upon fanning three wide through a 1:21.3 (:27.3) third quarter.   Powering to the top, Shelliscape continued under strong encouragement on the lead. Krispy Apple weaved her way through competition, and dived to the inside to try and take control. Appearing on the center of the course was Yagonnakissmeornot, who began to put in a furious sprint towards the leader. She managed to gain 2 lengths in the final hundred yards, and survive a photo finish to be crowned the winner in 1:49.3 (:28). Shelliscape held on for second, with Krispy Apple finishing third.   Owned by Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh, trained by Rene Allard, and driven by Ron Pierce, the five-year-old daughter of The Panderosa-Artstopper-Artsplace has now earned $759,154 in her career. She returned $5.00 to win.   “She’s been just like a dream,” trainer Rene Allard said. “She had a bleeding issue; we put her on Lasix, and she’s just been awesome all year. She’s a beautiful, big mare, and does everything right.”   “I have to thank the owner[s] because they had the guts to follow me with supplementing her [for $9,500],” Allard also said. “I told them ‘the mare is feeling real good right now.’ Even though she has a lot of starts, she still feels really fresh. Like yesterday: we were walking her along the backside, and she was rearing up on her back leg. She feels like she’s fresh.”   “As a three-year-old, we wanted to buy her in the fall,” Allard also said, in regards to their purchase of Yagonnakissmeornot in the January Sale at the Meadowlands this year. “The Teagues [George Teague Jr.] bought her back, but I followed her since, and when she went in the sale again, I said I’ll make sure I get her this time.”   “We’re considering supplementing her to the Breeders Crown,” Allard also said. “If everything stays good. Why not; last week, she went really easy, and she was just awesome today.”   Yagonnakissmeornot     State Treasurer stalked the pace for most of the mile, and was a part of a five-horse sprint to the finish in the stretch, besting his foes in 1:48.3 in the $160,500 Allerage Open Pace.   Sweet Lou paced quickly for the front, with stable-mate Bettor’s Edge sitting in second, and Fool Me Once in third. Sweet Lou paced the opening quarter in :26.3. His other stable mate, Foiled Again, was flushed by State Treasurer down the backside. He applied pressure to Sweet Lou through a :54.1 (:27.3) half and 1:21.4 (:27.3) third quarter.   Soon under pressure from a cavalcade of closers, Sweet Lou turned for home in front. Foiled Again was game in his challenge, and continued to try and take the lead. State Treasurer tipped off his cover, and soon came alongside Foiled Again approaching the sixteenth-pole. Bettor’s Edge, riding the pocket the whole way, attempted to split horses, and Modern Legend was marching down the center of the course. At the finish, State Treasurer nipped Foiled Again to claim victory, with Bettor’s Edge holding onto third, and Modern Legend finished fourth. The mile went in 1:48.3 (:26.4).   Earning $850,856 in his lifetime, the five-year-old son of real Desire-Ideal Treasure-Western Ideal is owned by Sally Macdonald and Paul Macdonald, trained by Dr. Ian Moore, and driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $19.00 to win.   “I got to follow the ‘Six-Million Dollar Horse’ [Foiled Again] all the way to the promise land,” driver Tim Tetrick said. “My horse never gave up. My horse kept fighting, and he got his head by him. I was real happy with his effort.”   “Doc [Ian Moore] said I could be aggressive,” Tetrick also said. “I could put him on the lead, or any way I’d want to do it. But the way the track has been playing, I decided to keep close, and try to be second over, third over, and follow live cover. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”   State Treasurer     Also contested on closing day was a non-pari-mutual Racing Under Saddle (RUS) event, carrying a purse of $10,000. In Nomine Patri, guided by Therese Lindgren, pursued tempo-setter Chinese Cuisine, claiming the prize in 2:00.3.   Tina Duer, aboard Chinese Cuisine, took command with ease, and coasted for the first three-quarters of the mile. Alone through fractions of :31.2, 1:02 (:28.3), and 1:32.1 (:30.1), she held a near 5-length lead for most of the way. In Nomine Patri, as well as Flowing James, were the lone duo attempting to gain control as they turned for home.   Within a matter of strides, In Nomine Patri came alongside Chinese Cuisine, soon trotting by at the sixteenth-pole. Flowing James gave chase in third, and Rock With It trotted fourth, as In Nomine Patri crossed the line in 2:00.3 (:27.3).   The six-year-old Credit Winner-Blue Skies Hanover-Donerail gelding is owned by trainer Liisa Vatanen and American Dream Racing Stable. 

Always B Miki and He's Watching on Saturday will appear in the same race for the first time since the Meadowlands Pace in July, and Joe Hurley is looking forward to their next round. Hurley bred and co-owns Always B Miki, who finished second to He's Watching in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside - three to four wide at times - the entire way. He's Watching won the race with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance. The two horses meet Saturday in the first of two $218,300 Tattersalls Pace divisions for 3-year-old male pacers at The Red Mile in Lexington. Always B Miki, trained by Joe Holloway, starts from post No. 1 with driver David Miller. He's Watching, trained by Dave Menary, starts from post four with Tim Tetrick at the lines. "I've already got it planned out in my mind, but Dave Miller will probably do something entirely different than what I would do," Hurley said. "They'll be 1-2 going to the top of the stretch, and then we'll see. Miki's on top, Tetrick's in the two hole. Then we'll see who can turn it on, and Miki never stops." Always B Miki, named after Hurley's wife, comes into the Tattersalls off a career-best 1:47.4 win last weekend in his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He won by 6-1/4 lengths over Melmerby Beach, pulling away thanks to a :25.3 final quarter-mile. No horse came home faster that day. "I thought it was consistent with everything he's done that nobody's noticed because it's in Indiana," Hurley said, referring to Always B Miki having spent the time since the Meadowlands Pace at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing there in hand. He's a monster." Always B Miki has won eight of 15 races this year and finished worse than second only three times. He has earned $432,332 for Hurley and fellow owners Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. Since the Meadowlands Pace, the colt has raced six times, winning five. In those victories, no horse was nearer than 4-1/2 lengths of Always B Miki at the wire. Hurley, who races as Roll The Dice Stable, bred Always B Miki's father and mother. His sire, Always A Virgin, won more than $1 million in his career for Hurley, Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. His dam, Artstopper, was unraced but is a half-sister to stakes-winner Cheyenne Rei and also produced $714,154-earner Yagonnakissmeornot. The family also includes stakes-winners Ain't No Stopn Him and Lon Todd Hanover. "Virgin was terrific, but Miki is incredibly terrific fantastic," Hurley said. "He's absolutely the best horse I've had. I think everybody (in the ownership group) agrees this is the best ever. "His stride is just incredible. He's had very bad luck with some things that have happened, either by nature or by fate. Now he's getting a chance to show himself and he's just absolutely fantastic." Always B Miki's schedule following the Tattersalls includes the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and the Circle City at Hoosier Park. He could be supplemented to the Matron Stakes and is likely to be supplemented to the Breeders Crown. "I'm looking forward to taking on the best and proving that he is the best," Hurley said. "Hopefully we end up on top at the end of the year." In the Tattersalls Pace second division, North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who handed Always B Miki his only loss in his last six starts, takes on a field that includes Little Brown Jug runner-up Let's Drink On It. There also are two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The first division is headlined by stakes-winners Uffizi Hanover and Gettingreadytoroll, both from the stable of Jimmy Takter, and New York Sire Stakes champion It Was Fascination. In the second division, the top five finishers in a Bluegrass Stakes division last week - Gallie Bythe Beach, Act Now, Beach Gal, Ali Blue, and Allstar Rating - meet again. Action for 2-year-olds includes four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for male pacers, where Artspeak puts his perfect 7-for-7 record on the line in the third of the splits. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Lexington, KY - Grand Circuit harness racing resumes on Friday at The Red Mile with no fewer than eight two-year-old stakes on the eleven race card. The $382,600 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for colt trotters drew five divisions while the $253,000 filly pace split three ways.   The pacing fillies open the Friday matinee card in races one, three and five with the middle division looking the toughest on paper. That split features the Red Mile debut of undefeated World Champ JK She'salady for owner/breeders the 3 Brothers Stable of New York.   The Art Major filly from Presidential Lady has been just vicious thus far in her seven race career putting a few withering moves on the competition at Mohawk including the record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the $441,600 She's A Great Lady final. Her most recent was an easy score in a division of the Kentuckiana stakes at Hoosier Park.   Trained in the Nancy Johansson barn and driven by Yannick Gingras, JK She'salady will find a pretty talented field waiting for her on Friday.   Chief among the competition is the speedy Bettor Be Steppin, who won the other Kentuckiana split and further impressed last week here in Lexington with a forwardly placed 1:52 win, closing it out with a 26.3 final quarter under no pressure. She races for the Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz and is trained by Joe Holloway, who has long had a "way with the ladies".   The accomplished Bedroomconfessions also caught this division as did Hilary's Style and Heavenly Bride, both coming off excellent races in week one of the meet.   Two of the Bluegrass division winners from last week will meet in a division of the INSS carded as the day's tenth race. The Bank and Southwind Stryker square off for the top prize in the $76,100 contest. Both colts trotted in 1:53.4 in their respective Bluegrass start and both used a stalking trip to get the job done.   The Bank has a slight post advantage beginning from post two for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He rolled up second over, closing in 28 flat to win by a half-length. Bred by part owner Goran Falk he races for Falk and Christina Takter and has made just shy of $65,000 thus far.   Southwind Stryker (Muscle Hill x Soxeelady) was a winner for the very first time in the Bluegrass mile but is just shy of the $100,000 mark in earnings for the partnership of Millard, Van Camp, Taylor and trainer Brad Maxwell who gave $40,000 for him at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Driver Tim Tetrick gave him a good trip then said good things about the colt last week and has the return engagement this Friday.   It is by no means a two horse races as Haughton winner Centurion ATM and the highest priced yearling of 2013 Whom Shall I Fear (Father Patrick's little brother) are also a part of the talented field.   Friday post time is 1:00pm.   Nick Salvi

Grand Circuit racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile with the $323,200 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for two-year-old filly trotters. Thirty three freshman lasses were declared, resulting in four divisions of the stake.   The marquee player in the division thus far, co-world record holder Mission Brief has been entered and will leave from post three in the day's fourth race. The Muscle Hill filly from Southwind Serena has been sensational if slightly erratic in her young career.   Her blazing speed has carried her to five wins by wide margins in fast times, including the Merrie Annabelle and NJSS finals in stakes record time and a Peaceful Way elimination in the record mile of 1:52.1 (equaled last Thursday by Jolene Jolene at The Red Mile). The only blemishes on her eight race slate are by her own hand, going off-stride in all three and losing all chance.   The Grand Circuit's leading combination handles Mission Brief, with Ron Burke doing the conditioning for his own Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stable while Yannick Gingras will try to keep her on her best behavior. The way the track has been playing thus far, with her talent that record may be further reduced on Thursday.   The Burke stable will also send out contenders in two of the other divisions, with Kirsi Hanover a key player in race two and Gatka Hanover to be dealt with in race eight.   In between, Alfred Ross' emerging star debutante Bee The Queen will look to complete the Lexington Grand Circuit double by winning both weeks as she seeks her fifth consecutive win for trainer George Ducharme in race five. The Donato Hanover x Bee Line filly was a late comer, but she has surely found her best form here in Kentucky. Brian Sears has the drive.   Competition for the "Queen" will be led by Livininthefastlane from the rail for driver Tim Tetrick. She's also a Donato Hanover (Nicole's Promise) owned by the potent partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld & Sam Goldband and trained by Julie Miller. Livininthefastlane comes in off a convincing win in the Kentuckiana Farms trot at Hoosier Park and has amassed more than $165,000 on the season.   Ten races comprise the Thursday Red Mile card with a post time of 1:00pm, which shall continue through the meet's end on Kentucky Futurity Day, October 5. You can find more pertinent info at The Red Mile website and if you missed any of last week's action visit the youtube page for all video replays of the races.   The start of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is Tuesday at 7:00pm and continues through Saturday with the cream of the Standardbred yearling crop available for your inspection and purchase.   From the Red Mile press box

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