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STICKNEY, IL - The harness racing ladies were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as divisions of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct Pacing Series took place. The Ohyouprettything went in four divisions and was for fillies and mares that had not won two pari-mutuel races or $10,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The Pretty Direct was also for the females, non-winners of five pari-mutuel races or $25,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The opener on Friday was the first division of the Ohyouprettything series as Flight on Time was sent off as the choice. Much like Thursday's card, speed did not hold though as Tamarac Smoochie settled behind the early pace and found room in the stretch to win going away. Driven by Casey Leonard, The Ft Apache Hanover mare was 5-1 and covered the mile in 1:58.3. A Very Nice Dragon was second and Going Shooten finished third. The second division of the Ohyouprettything was a very tight finish and proved to be some tense moments for those playing the favorite. A big late wager pushed Mystical Nectar down to 1-5 favoritism. She tipped out late in the lane and moved late, but just held on to win by a head over Backwoods Barbie. Simon Allard drove the Charley Barley mare for trainer Tyler Nostadt as they covered the mile in 1:56.4. Nashville Nasty rallied late to finish third. The Pretty Direct Pacing Series kicked off in race 3 on the Friday Hawthorne card as a field of seven lined up. Colorful Sky left and set the early fractions as she tried to back down the pace. The field bunched at the top of the stretch as Casey Leonard and favorite Fox Valley Gypsy angled out from sixth and began to rally. The Yankee Skyscraper filly got up in time to win in 1:55.3. Fox Valley Brooke was second while Addie Rose finished third. The third division of the Ohyouprettything Pacing Series proved to be another race where the winner closed from well back. Savoya Cruiser carved out the early fractions but in the lane LK's Nancy Lee angled out and closed strongly to win with Dale Hiteman in the sulky. Burry Me Inthesand rallied late for place as Our Miss Leah finished third. Final time for the mile was 1:58.1 as the Yankee Skyscraper filly was bet down to 2-1 favoritism. The second division of the Pretty Direct followed on the Friday card and featured a heavy favorite in Lovethewayoulook. She was in a tough spot early as she settled at the back of the pack from the start. She was first to move and swept up to the lead into the far turn. She wasn't able to sustain her rally though as Whiskersonkittens and driver Robert Smolin closed for the victory. Pacifire gained late for place while Lovethewayoulook was outfinished for third. The Party At Artsplace filly paced the mile in 1:55.4. The final division of the Ohyouprettything looked to be a wide open race going in and ended up being more than that way in the end. While favorites Gossip Model and Lollipop were contesting things into the lane, 99-1 Luvly Lil Terror found room late and squeezed through for the victory. Driver Pat Curtin won for trainer Loralee Johnson as the Western Terror filly paid $266 for the victory. The final time for the race was 1:55.2. Jim Miller    

Mythical Hall was a repeat winner of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot in the tenth race on Monday (June 2) at Northfield Park. Andy Rickert trains the six year-old for Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. The 2014 leading driver in North America, Aaron Merriman, was aboard for the winning drive. Mythical Hall (Andover Hall-Myth-Lindy Lane) started from post eight. He fired from that outside post, went right to the front and never looked back. He led his competition through fractional times of :27.4, :56.2, 1:25.3 and 1:55.4. Nearing the wire, Mythical Hall's competition was charging, but he held off his foes by a head at the finish. Completing the race were Heza Rube, Edit, Rush N Supreme, I'll Tell You What, Wind Surfer, Rebel Strike, Rose Run Logan and Arianna Hall. Monday's triumph was the fourth win this year in 13 starts for Mythical Hall. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $366,363. He returned $18.60 to win. In the evening's 11th race, Roadside Delight captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. He is trained by Tyler Nostadt for Pine Grove Stables of Parkman, Ohio. Wyatt Irvine drove the six year-old to victory. Roadside Delight (Bettor's Delight-Road Sign-Life Sign) started from post two. He let his competition set the early :27 and :54.4 fractions before taking the lead in the third quarter. Once clearing to the front, Roadside Delight continued to extend his lead, posting times of 1:23.2 and 1:52.1, besting his competition by 5 ¼-lengths. Completing the race were Mybrothergeorge, Goodnite Goodluck, Eddie Sweat, JS Tango, Irish Elitist, Rockin Finish and Cash'em In. Smarter Yet was scratched. Roadside Delight now has six wins in 14 starts this year, 23 career successes and a bankroll of $309,776. He paid $9.80 to win. The remainder of the card was dominated by Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, who drove seven winners on the Monday program. Sutton's winners included Gale Force Hanover ($2.20) in race one, Jumpin Jack J ($4.40) in race two, Chase The Sun ($3.60) in race four, Dungeon Dragon ($4.00) in race seven, Forever Good ($5.00) in race nine, Fortune's Jenna ($5.80) in race 13 and Cry For Cash ($3.60) in race 14. Sutton, 32, began driving in 1998 and has since garnered 2,471 career victories and is approaching $14,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 215 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, which tops the local driving ranks. Sutton also drives at other racetracks where he has been winning races at an impressive rate as well. In total, Sutton has garnered 275 wins so far in 2014. Those wins rank him as the third winningest driver in north America so far in 2014. Only Aaron Merriman (311) and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (277) have more driving wins this year than Josh Sutton. Ayers Ratliff  

Julians Caesar captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot in the eighth race on Monday, (May 5) Northfield Park. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Julians Ceasar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post four and made every pole a winning one. He posted fractions of :27.3, :57.1, 1:26.1 and 1:55.3, besting his competition by 1 ½-lengths. Completing the race were Kirty Dream, Mythical Hall, Easy Strength, Mary's Darvin, Soulful Delight, and Life Long Hanover. Sand Royal Blu pulled up with broken equipment and did not finish. Monday's triumph was the fifth win this year for Julians Caesar and increased his lifetime win tally to 15 and his earnings to $263,692. He returned $6.00 to win. In the evening's ninth race, Roadside Delight was victorious in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. He is trained by Tyler Nostadt for Pine Grove stables and was driven by Keith Kash Jr. Roadside Delight (Bettor's Delight-Road Sign-Life Sign) started from post four. He let his competition carve the :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.1 solid fractions, before taking the lead in the stretch and winning by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:52.2. Completing the race were JS Tango, Lyons JosephJNR, Western Churchill, Goodnite Goodluck, Mybrothergeorge and PL Dragon. Roadside Delight now has four wins in 10 starts this year, 21 career successes and a bankroll of $294,251. He was the longest shot on the board and paid $61.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 25, 2013 — Tabulator was so wound up while scoring down that it took both trainer/driver Marvin Raber and Parade Marshal Missy Rothfuss to control him. But once Raber was able to redirect that energy to the matter at hand, the result was amazing — a 17-length victory for “Marvelous Marvin” and Tabulator in Friday’s $10,000 C.K.G. Billings West Final at The Meadows. Tabulator ripped off a string of front-end victories at The Meadows early this year but wasn’t on top at any point in his last two starts. “He’s been jogging good, and I’ve been swimming him a lot because of some soundness issues,” said Raber, who conditions the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Mystical Taya gelding for Bert Dale Hershberger. “Now, he’s really good. Sometimes he quits at the end, but today he went right on. He gets fired up behind the gate.” Tabulator scored in a career-best 1:56.2 while “Trader” Bud Hatfield and GJ Photo Victory won the war of the weary for place. “Lawbook Larry” Farley and Rewrite The Rules saved show. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association sponsored a “Pink Out” Friday to raise breast cancer awareness as well as funds for the Magee Women’s Hospital Foundation in Pittsburgh. The event included a $5,000 trot, featuring nine female drivers, that honored the late Mary McCune, who recently was named to the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Rachel Kaneoka captured the event, piloting R Big Ben to victory in 2:00.2 and helping him snap his 48-race losing streak over two seasons. Devan Miller (Earl’s Glider) was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Cherie Keith (Red Falkor) third. Scott U’ren conditions R Big Ben, an 8-year-old British Sterling-Gracious Pleasure gelding, for Debbie U’ren. Also participating were drivers Joelene Christman, Leslie Zendt, Sharon Donella, Kathryn Hawk, Danita Harvey and Nikki Harvey. The action-packed card also included two $18,000 Preferred Handicap events. In the race for filly and mare pacers, Sissy Bar scored a 16-1 shocker by pouring through the Lightning Lane and downing Pink Camo by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, matching her lifetime best. Early leader Darena Hanover was third. Eric Ledford drove the 7-year-old daughter of Aces N’ Sevens-Ocean Beach for owner/trainer Tyler Nostadt. In the companion feature for filly and mare trotters, Victory Is Coming made it two straight for Mike Wilder by exploiting a pocket trip and prevailing in 1:56. The rallying Trotslikethewind was second, missing by 1/2 length, while the first-over Jesse’s Messenger earned show. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, a 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer who now boasts $416,795 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows  

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