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Standardbred Canada reports that harness racing driver Tim Tetrick picked up a win aboard a different kind of trotter during the Arctic Horse Race competition on Saturday (Dec. 14) in Rovaniemi, Finland. The only North American driver competing in the first ever Arctic Horse Race challenge, Tetrick guided Finnhorse Pikku-Ryti to victory in the first leg of driving competition at Mäntyvaara. "It's very special because of the tradition the Finnish horse has. To finally get to sit behind one...I warmed it up and it felt great. I really didn't know how fast I was going but he felt nice, very much a professional and he got the job done. "These horses are so special to me...the places they've been able to take me and I finally got to drive a Finnish-blood, that's awesome." When asked trackside if he was cold in his first trip to the Arctic Circle, Tetrick quickly dismissed the concerns regarding the temperature. "I'm not cold, I'm nervous and I'm excited! Excited! EXCITED!" said Tetrick with a smile. "That's what racing does to me, I get excited about it. I can do it 4,000 times a year and I still love it. Every day I wake up, I love horses and the people have treated me just absolutely wonderful since I've been here and it's been an honour to be here." While in Rovaniemi, the town that's known as the official home of Santa Claus, Tetrick was spotted talking to the jolly old elf and he revealed it had nothing to do with driving strategy. "The kids...We talked making sure he'd be there Christmas Eve for my family." While Tetrick started the day with a few off-the-board finishes, he did notch a third-place score in the second leg of the challenge and completed the three-race competition with 27 points to finish third just behind top local reinsmen Antii Teivainen (29) and Jorma Kontio (29). Teivainen won the second leg to break the tie with Kontio. "I think everyone felt sorry for me and let me win that one. I've been driving aggressive. I got parked and the one made a break but it's a first time for me on the snow and ice so it's taken me a little bit to get used to it. I give the people that race here a lot of credit."

It's safe to say Tim Tetrick is in for a week unlike any he's experienced while driving in North America. Tetrick, harness racing's top money-winning driver this year, will spend the next seven days in Finland as part of his involvement in the first Arctic Horse Race event at Mantyvaara racetrack in Rovaniemi. Tetrick will join drivers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Italy in the three-race competition on Saturday at Mantyvaara. The event will see the drivers race twice with Standardbred trotters and once with the cold-blood trotters known as the Finnhorse. The days leading up to the event will be filled with several promotional obligations and plenty of adventure. Tetrick and his wife Ashley will begin their trip in Helsinki before flying to Rovaniemi on Thursday. Rovaniemi, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the capital of Lapland and known for being "the official hometown of Santa Claus" as well as for viewing the Northern Lights. During his stay in Rovaniemi, Tetrick will get to drive reindeer and huskies, take in a hockey game, go on a snowmobile safari, and visit Santa Claus Village. "It's going to be exciting," said Tetrick, who is making his first trip to Finland. "It should be a great trip. We're going to go and have a little fun. I'm looking forward to it." The 38-year-old Tetrick, who was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame earlier this year, is leading all drivers in purses with $15.5 million this season and is second in wins with 750. For his career, he has won $217 million, which ranks third all time, and 11,425 races, which ranks eighth. Saturday's event at Mantyvaara will feature family activities during the afternoon and an "ice disco" after the races that evening. "The weather is going to be a little chilly, I guess, but it can't be any worse than Chicago," Tetrick said with a laugh. "Ashley thought I was crazy because it's going to be cold there. In December we want to go somewhere warm, we don't want to go somewhere colder than where we're at. But we got to thinking about it and it sounded like a lot of fun. It looks like there is so much to do there at this time of year." As for the weather, the forecast in Rovaniemi this week calls for temperatures holding steady around 30 degrees Fahrenheit with snow showers. "That's not bad," Tetrick said. "I'll be OK." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

CHESTER, PA - The Sir Lincoln mare Lincoln's Girl N came uncovered into a :55 last half and still was able to draw away from favored Glorious Nite to win the $17,000 pacing distaff harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon in a career best 1:52.4. Jive Dancing A shot away from the gate to the lead, with Glorious Nite making a move at the :28.1 quarter to get the lead, and she got a breather to a :57.4 half. Dexter Dunn sent his "countrymate" first-over from third entering the backstretch, and the big battle was on with Glorious Nite retaining command through the 1:25.2 three-quarters, Lincoln's Girl N still coming up to her, and Jive Dancing A starting to get a bit loose in the pocket. In the stretch a 34-day layoff may have caught up with Glorious Nite, but Lincoln's Girl N was certainly strong in her own right, going by the leader to win by ¾ of a length, with Jive Dancing A holding third. Lincoln's Girl N is now 4-for-6 on these shores and looking headed for better things for trainer Josh Green, who is co-owner along with Richard Lombardo and David Kryway. The Kadabra gelding Smokee Mirrors closed valiantly from far back to miss just ¾ of a length in his last start, so today driver Corey Callahan tried the front end, and his trotter liked the trip just fine, taking a new mark of 1:55.4 in a 1½ length victory over Freshette Hanover. Andrew Harris conditions the winner for owner Robert Key. Tim Tetrick added four more wins on the Friday card, keeping his hot streak alive, but now we know his long period of recent success at Philly will end Sunday, for next week Tetrick has been invited to Finland - within four miles of the Arctic Circle -- to compete in a special tournament. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Q’s Cruise defeats Slick Tony in the $27,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap for Delaware Owned or Bred harness racing  pacers Thursday at Dover Downs In a thrilling stretch duel, Q’s Cruise, the pocket rocket out sprinted Slick Tony to the wire. Driver Dexter Dunn changed tactics and blasted out of the gate with Slick Tony.  Q’s Cruise and driver Tim Tetrick parked and then released Slick Tony at the quarter pole. Slick Tony cut fractions of :26.4, :55.2, 1:23 with a final time of 1:51.  Benefitting from that perfect trip, Q’s Cruise and driver Tim Tetrick, for trainer Jim King Jr., tip toed up the inside and won by a neck.  They were the 4/5 race favorite. Slick Tony for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer George Leager was second. Owosso Flash for Tony Morgan and trainer Don Brittingham finished third. Duplicated N and driver Tim Tetrick for trainer Jim King Jr. braved the cold and wind to win the $25,000 Open pace at Dover Downs. Duplicated N left alertly and was fully extended to the quarter as Victor Kirby aboard Sicily released him and accepted the two hole. Larry Karr pulled 1st up into the wind but could not gain on the leader. Duplicated N cut fractions of :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.2  and in a final time of 150.4, winning by three quarters of a length. Duplicated N. was sent off as the 3/5 wagering favorite. Sicily and driver Victor Kirby for trainer Wayne Givens, sat the pocket and finished 2nd. Bo Mach and driver Dexter Dunn for trainer Dylan Davis was third. Driver Tim Tetrick won six races on the night Trainer Jim King Jr. won 4 races and trainer Josh Green won 3 races. Driver Tim Tetrick will be heading to the Arctic Circle and compete in the first Arctic Horse Race event.  The event takes place on December 14 in Rovaniemi, Finland. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Live harness racing at the Meadowlands will increase during the month of December, and based on how successful he was during November, that likely suits Dexter Dunn just fine. Thursday racing makes its debut this evening (Dec. 5) as the Big M will up their number of live racing nights from two to three during December, with live action being offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m. Dunn, whose career has been on a meteoric rise since coming to America in the summer of 2018, drove 23 winners during November to lead the Big M driver colony. The New Zealand native, who was the regular driver for such standouts as Bettor's Wish and Manchego, piloted three winners on a card five times during the month and won four on one occasion. Following Dunn on the November driver's hit parade were Yannick Gingras (16 wins), Tim Tetrick (13), Tyler Buter (11), Andy Miller (10), Dave Miller (10) and Andy McCarthy (9). The depth of talent of the Big M driver colony - and how evenly matched it is - is confirmed by a look at what's transpired over the last two weeks at the mile oval. The top four in terms of Universal Driver Rating System (UDRS) with at least 15 drives are Gingras (.279), McCarthy (.278), Tetrick (.270) and Buter (.268). The trainer colony is also stacked as five conditioners had two wins last weekend (Nov. 29-30): Trish Adams, Juan Cano, Tom Fanning, Patti Harmon and Andrew Harris. SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: Just like last year, Thursdays in December will feature guest announcers who will "Borrow Ken's Binoculars", as Big M voice Ken Warkentin will open his track announcer's booth to four different callers. This evening (Dec. 5), Big M TV regular fill-in and longtime harness and thoroughbred announcer Peter Kleinhans will call the races. The colorful Larry Lederman will be up next on Dec. 12, followed by the USTA's Michael Carter on Dec. 19 and "Racing from the Meadowlands" regular Dave Little on the 26th. TOP 10 TITANS: Shartin N, who has the inside track on being named Horse of the Year, sat atop the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly Top 10 Poll that was released Tuesday. The Jim King Jr. trainee, who won 15-of-19 starts and banked just over $982,000 during the year, was No. 1 in the poll each of the 28 weeks it was posted. Bettor's Wish finished in the second spot while Greenshoe was third. According to USTA Media Relations Manager Ken Weingartner, that threesome were the only horses to appear in every Top 10. The remainder of the Final Top 10 in order were Manchego, Warrawee Ubeaut, Gimpanzee, Caviart Ally, Papi Rob Hanover, Real Cool Sam and Tall Dark Stranger. All 10 raced at the Meadowlands during 2019, with seven of the top eight having raced on TVG/Fall Final Four Night on Nov. 23. THIS WEEKEND: On Dec. 6, poker players who are 21 and older can hold'em and fold'em on "Free Poker Friday". The free Texas Hold'em tournaments begin at 7 p.m. track side. ... Also on Friday, get some help with holiday shopping by entering a chance to win a gift card to a major department store. $1,500 in gift cards will be up for grabs. An entry form will be in the live program. ... On Saturday (Dec. 7), the Meadowlands and Peter Grandich and Company will host "Football Night". Longtime New York Jets standout Joe Klecko and his son, three-time Super Bowl winner Dan, will be available for autographs and pictures from 6:30-7:30 p.m. TOYS FOR TOTS NEW DATE: Due to the bad weather that hit the Metropolitan area, the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception that was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown, a charitable organization in Harlem. If you do, not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates will also be on hand. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

CHESTER, PA - Perhaps the end of the 2019  harness racing season a week from this Sunday will be the only thing that can derail the Tim Tetrick Express at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the recent electee into the Hall of Fame added four more winners on Wednesday afternoon at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, including victories in both co-features and a win in one of the two co-featured contests. Both the trotter SVF Cash Deposit and the pacer Bigonpersonality N made successful brushes down the backstretch for Tetrick en route to their triumphs in the $16,000 top-level events. The Bettor's Delight gelding Bigonpersonality N ran his record to 3-for-4 in North America with a 1:53.3 victory, 2½ lengths to the good of Missile Seelster, for trainer Jim King Jr. and the partnership of Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King - the Superfecta of Shartin N fame. The Cash Hall gelding SVF Cash Deposit is also a recent addition to the local scene, though he only came from as far as Running Aces in Minnesota. But he looked very good Wednesday while taking a new mark of 1:56.3, 4¾ lengths ahead of favored pacesetter Choco Charlie, for owner Elvin Zimmerman, who had been training the improving diamondgaiter before turning him over to the care of Justin Lebo before this start. The veteran Muscle Mass gelding Rubber Duck won his third straight in the trotting sector of the $14,500 co-featured class, with Tetrick moving him to the lead in front of the stands and then just riding along behind as the favorite won by 4½ lengths over first-over Perfect Stick. The winner of $585,949 posted a sharp clocking of 1:53.4 in the cool conditions for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil. The only headliner Tetrick missed was the $14,500 pace, in which the Tellitlikeitis sophomore gelding Ollie's Ztam overcame a 34-day layoff in rallying from the pocket for driver Yannick Gingras to catch a strong pacesetter in Quality Bud by a neck in 1:51, equaling his lifetime mark. Ron Burke has taken over the training of the promising sophomore for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Frank Baldachino. Tetrick has now posted 44 victories during the last nine cards on which he has competed at Philly. From Harrah's Philadelphia

This Week: The 2019 Grand Circuit season has come to a close. The 2020 schedule will be released in January. Last time: After working to catch cover up the far side, Shake That House ($20.20) vaulted three-wide off the final turn to collar Captain Crunch in the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Wednesday night (Nov. 27) at Dover Downs. Shake That House tracked down Captain Crunch to prevail by a widening neck in 1:50.1. Fotowon photo. The sophomore son of American Ideal landed in sixth early while 3-5 favorite Captain Crunch (Yannick Gingras) worked to clear American Mercury (Tyler Buter) through a :26 first quarter. As Captain Crunch, who won the elimination heat, sped along through a :53.4 half, Tim Tetrick angled Shake That House third-over - but the pair lost their cover upon reaching the backstretch. While the first-over Dancin Lou (Andy McCarthy) sustained gradual headway up the far side, the second-over Semi Tough (David Miller) angled back to the pegs upon straightening, forcing Shake That House to close a three-length gap in the outer tier into a 1:21 third split. Despite the extra work he endured, Shake That House had ample energy to swing three-wide around a stalled Dancin Lou well above the eighth pole and tracked down Captain Crunch to prevail by a widening neck in 1:50.1. U S Captain (Dexter Dunn), who was locked in from mid-division, rallied up the open stretch to take third. Shake That House, who also won the Max Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in June, eclipsed the $500,000 mark in seasonal earnings with the 10th victory of his career. Chris Oakes trains Shake That House for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston and the Northfork Racing Stable. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, 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 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the final leaders. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,416.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,373; 3. Dexter Dunn - 1,054; 4. David Miller - 960; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 828. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,322; 2. Tony Alagna - 892; 3. Nancy Johansson - 727; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 677; 5. Marcus Melander - 628. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 289.5; 2. Brad Grant - 273; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 242.5; 4. Robert Key - 226; 5. Fashion Farms - 224.5. Looking ahead: The 2020 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

CHESTER, PA - Tim Tetrick continued his amazing driving form over the Harrah's Philadelphia oval on the Friday afternoon card, ringing up another six winners to give him 38 during the last seven local harness racing appearances. But the feature of the day escaped him - it was taken by the team of Hall of Famer David Miller and trainer Bob Cleary, who also debuted a promising import from Great Britain. The top purse of the day was a $17,000 contest for distaff pacers, which went to the Sweet Lou sophomore miss Sweet Lucy Lou in 1:52.4. Sweet Lucy Lou worked out a pocket trip behind Jive Dancing A, then just caught that one by a nose in 1:52.4 to break a string of four straight seconds while raising her 2019 earnings to $128,588 for Royal Wire Products Inc. In the last race of the day, Miller and Cleary reunited with a sizable portion of harness racing fans from Belfast, Ireland, as the Kikikolt pacing mare Blackwell Ruby UK, who last raced for a purse of $564, showed no hesitation in stepping up to a $14,000 contest, going down the road in 1:55 for owner Gavin Murdock, who like trainer Cleary comes from Ireland. Otherwise, the spotlight was again on Tetrick, like Miller a Hall of Fame electee, who won five of his six-pack of Friday triumphs on the front end. The one who came from behind was the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Yankees Beast, who worked out a second-over trip, swung wide to stretch command, then held off the late rush of Smokee Mirrors by a neck in 1:57.2 for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner Anna Lorentzon. Yankee Beast triumphed in a $16,000 trot; a companion race in that class for pacing distaffs also was won by Tetrick, with the Sportswriter sophomore filly Windsong Parisian, whose lines didn't show her being closer than five lengths off the frontstepper at the quarter, but was sent right to the lead and took a new mark of 1:53.3. Trainer Paul Stafford, who had three wins on the afternoon, conditions the winner for owner Patricia Ceraso. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Shake That House, at odds of 9-1, was able to shake up the house, collaring harness racing favorite Captain Crunch at the wire to win the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace Final Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature for three-year-old pacing colts saw American Mercury (Tyler Buter) out leave Captain Crunch to the the early lead and then sting Captain Crunch and driver Yannick Gingras a little as they went by the first quarter in :26. Captain Crunch then sat comfortably on the lead past the half mile in :53.4 as Dancing Lou (Andy McCarthy) came first-over with Shake That House and driver Tim Tetrick were second-over and then by the three-quarters in 1:21, was first-over and gaining ground on Captain Crunch. As they came down the stretch, Shake That House proved to be the strong horse, beating Captain Crunch to the wire by a long neck in 1:50.1. U S Captain (Dexter Dunn) was third. A colt by American Ideal, Shake That House paid $20.20 to win. He is trained by Chris Oakes and is co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing, A J Johnston, and the Northfork Racing Stable. It was his seventh win on the season. “When got away from the horses inside of me,” said driver Tim Tetrick. “that was my objective, not to get away last. My horse actually closed well last week with a :25.4 last quarter and I thought if there was enough speed early on, we could be right there. “When I tipped him off the rail,” Tetrick explained. “and got some good cover he felt really good. Once I got around Andy (Dancin Lou) I knew my horse could track down Captain Crunch and he did.”   There were two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for two-year-old pacers. The finals were named in memory of long time Dover publicist and Hall of Famer Marv Bachrad. The sixth race final for the pacing fillies saw the 1/9 favorite, Cinder Rock and driver Allan Davis shoot right out to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:25.2. In the backstretch, rival Bag Of Jewels (Victor Kirby) came first-over but lacked any true grit and faded after the three-quarters. Cinder Rock then pulled away in the stretch to win in a romp by ten and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Sin Sumthin (Russell Foster) was second with Emma (Art Stafford, Jr.) third. It was the sixth straight win for Cinder Rock. The daughter of Rockabillie is trained by Wayne Givens for the Legacy Racing Of De, Inc. of Seaford. She paid just $2.20 to win and now has won six of her seven lifetime starts. “It was my plan all along to get to the front,” said Allan Davis. “I got there with her easy. It all worked out good today. “Early in her career,” Davis said, “Wayne (Givens) told me he was so close to just turning her out. He decided to bring her to the track with another horse and once she got behind the gate she was all business.”   In the 10th race $100,000 colt final, it was Bebop On The Block, making three moves starting from post eight to get what seemed to end up being an easy victory in 1:54.2. American Nitro (Victor Kirby) left from post seven and was stung a bit getting to the lead by Leonard’s Legacy (Corey Callahan) at the opening quarter mile in :26. Past the half in :55.3, there was no movement until the backstretch when driver Dexter Dunn moved from fourth place with Bebop On The Block, coming after pacesetter American Nitro at the three-quarters in 1:24.2. He collared the race leader and then with another gear, Dunn pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by two and three=quarter lengths. American Nitro held for second place with Undercovershamrock (Ross Wolfenden) third. It was the fourth straight win for Bebop On The Block, a gelded son of Gamblers Dream. He is trained by Josh Green for owners Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly. He paid $5.20 to win. “We had the eight-hole so I knew we had to get out a little for position,” said Dexter Dunn. “Once I moved him to the outside, he felt really good. He’s still immature but last four races he has been really good.”   “Very happy, what a great night,” said trainer Josh Green. “We came along slowly with him at first, preparing him for the Dover meet. Then we got Dexter to drive him and what a fabulous driver he is. We made a bit change tonight on him to try and get a little bit more leverage with him. It was Dexter who suggested it last week. It was a great idea. He was able to leave with him, get the four-hole,  made three great moves and Dexter got him home.” by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - The only thing hotter than the 38 candles on Tim Tetrick's birthday cake on Friday was his continued scorching form in the sulky at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he guided six more harness racing winners, including She's Allright in 1:52.4 while taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature. Tetrick got away second with the sophomore daughter of Sweet Lou, who was a Jugette finalist, then brushed around early leader Sweet Lucy Lou just past the :28.4 opening quarter on a "good track." She's Allright kept rolling to a :57.1 half, with Alkippe coming first-over at that point and favored Lincoln's Girl N, trying to stay undefeated in the States, out and second-over. Lincoln's Girl N soon had to go three-wide around stalling cover, and she got nearer to the pacesetter towards the 1:25 three-quarters, continuing her bid around the turn with Sweet Lucy Lou poised in the pocket. But neither for could handle the winner's :27.4 last stanza over the off going, with Sweet Lucy Lou garnering her fourth straight second, a length behind the winner, and Lincoln's Girl N suffering her first Stateside loss after three wins while another ¾ of a length back despite pacing her back half in :54.2. Ron Burke trained his winning filly right back top form as she won her third straight and pushed her earnings to $181,329 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phil Collura. The big story continued to be the sensational driving form of Tetrick over the southeast Pennsylvania 5/8-mile oval. In his last five appearances here, dating back to November 13, Tim has driven 28 winners (and left early on the two Wednesdays to compete late at Dover). Including the 13th, and counting his successes at Dover and The Meadowlands, Tetrick has won 47 races in the last ten days. AMENDED DRAW SCHEDULE Horsemen are advised of an amended draw schedule for the upcoming week of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. To accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday, the draws for the cards of racing to be held next Friday (Nov. 29) and Sunday (Dec. 1) will take place one day earlier than usual, while the draws for the Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 programs will take place one day later than usual. The week's schedule follows: Race Date - Draw Date Friday (Nov. 29) - Monday (Nov. 25) Sunday (Dec. 1) - Tuesday (Nov. 26) Wednesday (Dec. 4) - Friday (Nov. 29) Thursday (Dec. 5) - Saturday (Nov. 30) The entry box closes at 9 a.m. on each day. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Driver Tim Tetrick continued his blistering winning streak at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, capturing seven of the day's twelve races to give him 22 harness racing victories during the last four cards in which he participated locally. Six of Tetrick's seven wins came on the front end, which went 10-for-12 on the day, but his win in the $16,000 co-featured trot with Grover Hanover did not. The Andover Hall gelding was a pocket rocket in catching frontstepping Choco Charlie by 1¼ lengths while taking a new mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. Tetrick moved Missile Seelster to the lead past the stands in the $16,000 co-featured pace, but Cecil Casanova, who had had early command, made a quick brush at the half for driver Scott Zeron to control the throttle and then withstand Missile Seelster by 1¾ lengths in 1:53.4 for his second straight win. Peter Foley trains the Ponder sophomore gelding for All Star Racing Inc. The public was aware that Tetrick and just about whomever he drove might be tough to beat; all seven of his winners were favored. However, the crowd was not attuned to the chances of the Deweycheatumnhowe gelding One Direction, who took his field on the engine by 3 3/4 lengths for Pat Berry in 1:56.1 - and returned $195.80 for a $2 win ticket. Two Jackpot Hi-5 players, however, filled tickets behind the mega-longshot with the right favorites, so that the 7-8-3-5-2 winning combination was not on a unique ticket, bringing the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover to $7009.65 for the Thursday card. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Nov. 7) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Joe Bongiorno, Jessica Otten, Tim Tetrick, and Andrew Demsky Bongiorno drove his first Breeders Crown champion home in American History at Woodbine Mohawk Park a few weeks back, and now he will get the chance to take down a TVG Open Pacing Final with him Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He will discuss him and Diva's Image (TVG Mares) with the pair, and how they have been training leading up to stakes action on Saturday. Otten will join the program to discuss each of the championship races featured on Saturday night's program. It is an action packed program filled with great racing, that has Horse of the Year implications on the line. She will talk about all of the happenings at The Meadowlands on Saturday and what fans on track can expect. Tetrick has a slew of drives on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, including world-champion Shartin N who has her eyes set on Horse of the Year honors. The pair will discuss the year with Tetrick, and also talk about his drives throughout the program. Demskey, from the PHRA joins to discuss wagering strategies in harness racing and the PHRA's Wagering Warriors which has taken shape at many of the tracks across the state. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

CHESTER, PA - Harness racing drivers Dexter Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. won the feature races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon - and red-hot Tim Tetrick won about everything else. Dunn guided the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Philly Hanover to her second straight victory while winning the $18,000 top-billed distaff pace in 1:51.4. The "hometown horse" had to go the first-over route, but the uncovered journey did not faze the heaviest of favorites at all as she won by 2¾ lengths over Modesta, who tailed her cover, for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the partnership of Ron Coyne Stables Inc. and Blair Corbeil. Napolitano was the driver behind the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Jive Dancing A, who has now won four of her last five starts after tallying in 1:52.2 in the $17,000 co-feature. The Mike Hall trainee set the pace with two moves and had second-place Privacy Hanover three lengths in arrears of her as she ran her win record to 12 for 21 this season, to the pleasure of owners Blindswitch Racing Stable. Tetrick came out of the box smoking on Friday, winning five of the first six races (and missing a head in the other), and added a sixth victory later in the program to give him "boxcars" - a pair of sixes on the Wednesday and Friday cards (he drove at Dover on Thursday with the Matron sophomore stakes). During the month of November Tetrick has a 65-23-16-4-.511 log just at Philly, and he has won 41 races overall in the month's first 15 days, despite not competing on three of the days. He is second in North America in victories, first in money, and was tenth in UDR as the day started; at Philly, Tim is tops in all three categories. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

DOVER, DE - On a freezing, cold evening, a field of seven were set to dethrone the queen of harness racing, Shartin N.  The combined lifetime earnings of the participants was over $6 million dollars. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in her last two starts.  Trainer,Jim King Jr. could not tell which Shartin N would show up after her warm up drills.  All except Shartin N’s sole driver Tim Tetrick.  As the race unfolded, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) left alertly through a 26.4 opening quarter.  Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) lingered on the outside then made her move as Apple Bottom Jeans yielded the lead.  Shartin N settled in fourth through a pedestrian 55.3 half. At the five-eights pole Shartin N took her cue, as Tetrick stormed past Caviart Ally reaching the three quarters in 122.1. It was all over from there for the field as Shartin N glided to a powerful victory in 1.49.4. The well respected field and fans tipped their cap to the queen Shartin N. Kissin In The Sand( Nancy Johansson) and driver Dexter Dunn bravely tested Shartin N, pulling first up took the place spot. Caviart Ally (Brett Pelling) and driver Andrew McCarthy held for third. The next chapter will be in the TVG Classic for Mares at the Meadowlands.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

With the late scratches of both McWicked and This Is The Plan, all eyes were on harness racing favorite American History in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway Sunday night. Racing fans were treated to an exciting upset finish as the starting gate pulled away for the start of the ninth race feature. It was Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) first to show with Dealt A Winner (David Miller) grabbing the pocket spot and American History (Joe Bongiorno) moving up on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. American History cleared to the front and led the field to the half mile in :54.2. Then in the backstretch, Endeavor and driver Tim Tetrick) came first-over and starting grinding his way towards the leaders at the three-quarters in 1:21.2. At the top of the stretch, American History still had a one length lead with Endeavor coming on. Then in a classic stretch drive, Endeavor and Tetrick got by American History and then held off Dealt A Winner to win by a neck in 1:49.4. American History was third by a half length in the three-horse dash to the wire. Sent off at odds of 11-1, Endeavor posted his sixth win of the season. The six-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns him with Pollack Racing, LLC. He paid $24.60 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory swept the $16,000 featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon with P L Ketchup and Turville Hanover - and almost everything else was taken by the track's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, who won seven times during the harness racing program's thirteen races. The Kadabra gelding P L Ketchup was coming off a sick scratch, and in his last 45 starts over the last two years had three wins and eleven seconds, but all systems were "go" as the trotter switched to Gregory's barn and promptly took a new mark of 1:53.3. P L Ketchup went splits of :27.3, :56.2, and 1:24 that gave him a big advantage over his foes, and when the two favorites, Hatkivah and Steuben Hanover, tried to advance in the stretch, "Ketchup" held off their late charges, with Steuben Hanover ¾ of a length back in second and Hatkivah another half-length behind in third. The Jesmeral Stable's acquisition immediately returned a good dividend on their investment. Gregory came back in the trainer/driver role with the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Turville Hanover, guiding that one to his sixth win of the year after not racing at two. Turville Hanover made the front nearing the quarter, set a moderate half, then came home in :57.3 to complete a 1:56.2 victory by 3¼ lengths over Remarkable De Vie. Jeff Gregory Inc. co-owns the winner with Stuart Morgan and Steven Finkelstein. Tim Tetrick was on fire from the opening bell, winning the first three races on the card, and then added races nine through twelve to get to his seven-bagger. Tetrick now leads George Napolitano Jr. 271-238 at the top of the 2019 drivers win column, and looks to be in good position to win his sixth dash title at Harrah's. Napolitano has won seven crowns- in fact, they are the only two drivers since the inaugural year of the racetrack (2006) to be Philly dashwinning champions; Cat Manzi took the title in that first meet. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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