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Sixty-eight 2-year-old Ohio-bred harness racing pacing and trotting fillies are set to wage war on Saturday night at Scioto Downs in the second leg of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Of the 68 distaffs that passed the entry box, 38 are of the pacing gait and 30 are diagonally-gaited Standardbreds, all of whom will vie for a $40,000 purse in each of the seven divisions. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET for the first race. Four OSS Pacing Divisions Miss Me Yet looks to be a definitive choice in the first (Race 1) of four OSS divisions for pacers. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover is an all-around family filly, as she was bred by Fannin Racing and George Teague, Jr., of Harrington, DE and is co-owned by Teague. George's sister Brenda trains the filly, and his son Montrell, drives her. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, when she was timed in 1:57.2. However, she won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again in a qualifying test at this same venue on July 14 in 1:57. She leaves from post five against eight rivals. John's Jessi Bird brings a trio of solid Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) tries into her first OSS test for trainer Pierce Henry, who co-owns the filly with James Heiing of Ottawa, OH. The daughter of Big Bad John won her career debut at Paulding on June 9, was second at Ottawa on June 23 and was third at London in OFS competition on July 12. She hails from post two with Ryan Stahl at the lines. She was bred by Ada M Jacobs of Gambier, OH. The second OSS division (Race 5) of pacing fillies finds three daughters of Ohio stallion and Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John squaring off. John's Sunny Girl, Big Bad Bretta and Big Bad Ashley all captured their respective OSS divisions on July 3 at Northfield Park. Doug Hinklin trains John's Sunny Girl, who won her OSS leg a blistering, gate-to-wire effort in 1:55.4 with Greg Grismore in the sulky for owners Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl starts from post two with Grismore aboard. Also bred by Midland Acres, Big Bad Bretta, a Steve Carter trainee, won her OSS leg in 1:57 for Ohio owners CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard. She'll start from post two with Chris Page up. Jim Arledge, Jr., harnesses Big Bad Ashley, who scored in 1:56 with Dan Noble in the sulky. Bred by Ohio's Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., won her OSS first leg in 1:56 after winning an OFS on June 21 at Circleville by 7½ lengths. Awakening headlines the third division (Race 7) of OSS freshman fillies. Trained by Mike Polhamus and owned and bred by Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, OH, this daughter of Feelin Friskie-Sidewalk Sleeper-Jate Lobell romped to a 1:57 wire-to-wire victory at Northfield on July 3 in the first leg of this series. Awakening also has a pair of OFS victories on her resume, having won at Paulding on June 9 and at Ottawa on July 23. Regular driver Kayne Kauffman will be in the sulky from post seven for this winner of $23,076 lifetime. Queen Ann M, who was bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, starts from post nine for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear stopped the clock in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield in OSS leg one. Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH owns the speedy bay filly. The fourth and final division (Race 11) for pacing fillies will see first leg winner My Tweed Heart leave from the rail with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky for trainer Jim Dailey. This daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy captured her first OSS leg handily in 1:59.1 at Northfield on July 3. Owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida. Challenger NPR Nine will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky from post three. This daughter of Big Bad John-Illegally Parked-Nobleland Sam was third to Big Bad Asheley in the first leg of this series, clocked in 1:56.3 for this same driver. She then scored a solid victory on July 16 in a Scioto Downs maiden, in 1:56.4. Ran Russo of Westerville, OH owns and bred NPR Nine, who has $8,800 in career earnings. Three OSS Trotting Divisions Trainer Chris Beaver sends out a formidable pair of fillies in the first division (Race 2) for OSS trotters. Both Kestrel (Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner) and Evanora (Pilgrim's Taj-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray) come off solid victories in leg one of this series at Northfield Park on July 3. Kestrel scored a 1:59 front-stepping clocking with Aaron Merriman in the sulky to record her first career win, while Evanora used similar tactics for this same driver, timed in 2:01. Evanora, who is owned and was bred by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, has the rail and Ken Holiday in the sulky for this event, while Kestrel will get Merriman in the bike from post eight for breeder and co-owner Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and Beaver, of Delaware, OH. Count On Kami, from post ten with Kurt Sugg up, will be trying for career victory number one. Harnessed by Marty Wollam, this daughter of Full Count-Joys Second Call-Call Toll Free was second in her OSS debut at Northfield on July 3, timed in 1:58.4. She was bred by David Vannatta of Mt. Vernon, OH and is co-owned by Vannatta and Wollam, of Vienna, OH and Acadia Farms Inc., of Canfield, OH. Kerfuffle Cookie, another Beaver trainee, looks to be the solid choice in the second division (Race 3) of OSS trotting fillies. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall romped in a wire-to-wire triumph on July 3 at Northfield Park in 2:00.1 unchallenged for these same connections. Owned by the Synerco Ventures, Inc. of Toronto, Canada, Kerfuffle Cookie was bred by the LMN Bred Stables, Inc., of Ohio. Aaron Merriman will steer from post one against nine foes. If she can mind her manners, Shut Up And Dance will be Kerfuffle Cookie's main threat from post six. The Dirk Simpson-trainee posted a 1:58 solid, wire-to-wire effort in the first OSS leg at Northfield on July 3, drawing off by four lengths. However, she could not stay on gait in either of her previous or last efforts prior to that OSS win. Owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Passport To Love-Yankee Glide was bred by steve Stewart & Kemppi Stable of Kentucky. The third and final division (Race 9) of trotting distaffs features a slightly more open group of ten than the previous two groups. Still Sizzling, who is trained, driven and co-owned by Dale Decker, along with Douglas Vandergrift of Lambertsville, MI, is the only filly in the field to have captured the first leg of this OSS series at Northfield on July 3. The daughter of Trainforthefuture-Spotty Too Hotty-Lindy Lane romped led from every post to nail down her win in 1:59.4 as the public's choice. Bred by Florence J. Wallace of Ohio, Still Sizzling will have her trainer back in the sulky from post seven. Leavinonajettrain failed to nail a check in her OSS debut at Northfield on July 3, but since has posted a 2:03.2 clocking in a runaway effort in a Meadow's qualifier on July 16. Driven by Mike Wilder, the daughter of Trainforthefuture-Loire-Daguet Rapids won that effort by 18¼ lengths for trainer Ronnie Burke-who co-owns her along with partners Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA, Jason Melilo of Powell, OH and Phillip Collura of Mountain Township, PA. Chris Page will drive Leavinonajettrain-who was bred by Ohioans Steve Bateson and Jeff Shafer-from post three. The third leg of this Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing and trotting fillies will commence on August 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker

Harrisburg, PA - A $1.6 million investment in Pennsylvania's harness racing industry will boost purses that strengthen breeding programs and establish a prestigious stakes race, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today. "Harness racing is a unique agritourism experience," said Redding. "From the sport's tracks and fans to its breeding and training operations, it's an industry that provides an important $92 million boost to our economy - and national bragging rights for our top horses, drivers and trainers." The racing industry supports multiple facets of Pennsylvania's economy including agriculture, Redding added, as owners purchase goods from agribusinesses like hay and feed suppliers, equipment dealers and construction contractors. The industry attracts specialists like farriers and veterinarians and supports other local businesses. Pennsylvania's tracks, casinos and off-track wagering facilities offer multiple employment opportunities because of racing, from the horse barns to the betting halls. Harness racing also takes place at 15 agricultural fairs across Pennsylvania. One half of these monies will be used to increase purses in the 2015 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes finals and consolation races. The Sire Stakes program rewards breeders of Pennsylvania-bred and Pennsylvania-owned stallions and broodmares. Each of the eight finals races will receive an additional $90,000 in purse money, generating a total of $350,000 for each race. The eight consolation races will receive an additional $10,000 apiece for purse money, bringing the total for each of these eight contested trotting and pacing races to $60,000. "With this commitment, Pennsylvania makes our sire stakes finals and consolations the top races of their kind in the country," said Harness Racing Commission Chairman Jonathan Newman. "They're part of North America's top harness horse breeding program - all based here in Pennsylvania." The other $800,000 is earmarked for the newly-established 2016 Pennsylvania Classic for three-year-old pacers. The pair of Pennsylvania Classic races will be open to Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacing colts and fillies nationwide. Purses are an estimated $700,000 for the colt race and $350,000 for the filly race. Pennsylvania's three harness racing tracks - The Meadows in Washington, Washington County; Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Delaware County; and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - must submit advertising and promotional proposals for the opportunity to host the inaugural event. The commission will review the submissions and select the site for the 2016 event. "These races will be among the top pacing events in the country and a source of pride for the commonwealth," Newman added. "These two races represent some of the highest purses in North America. I'm looking forward to working with one of our state's tracks to host our first-ever Pennsylvania Classics." The added purse monies for these races are from the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Development Fund, established by Act 71 of 2004, which directs a portion of slot revenue to incentivize raising, training and owning Standardbreds in Pennsylvania. This investment within the state's equine industry provides funding that is distributed to the owners of Pennsylvania stallions and broodmares who produce top-level horses that race worldwide. For more information on Pennsylvania harness racing, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search "harness racing." William R. Nichols | Press Aide Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture | Press Office 2301 North Cameron Street | Hbg PA 17110 Phone: 717.787.5085 | Fax: 717.705.8402  

The biggest day on the harness racing calendar every year in North America is Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands. With just eight weeks to go until the big day, the contenders are all stepping out and as has become the norm, Jimmy Takter trainees are at the forefront of many of the discussions concerning potential winners. Jimmy Takter needs no introduction to harness racing fans with a record of success with the straight out trotter that is second to none. A Hall Of Fame inductee in 2012 and a four time trainer of the year, Jimmy has already won three Hambletonians and last year was very special when he drove the winner of the Hambletonian and trained the winner of the Hambletonian Oaks. With over $13,000,000 in seasonal earnings in 2014, Jimmy shows no sign of slowing up and has several leading candidates for this years edition of the Hambletonian. They are headed by last seasons two year old Breeders Crown winner in Pinkman 1:52.2 ($696,925) who is three from three this season. Uncle Lasse 1:51.4 ($467,359) is another Takter trainee to start the season in the right fashion with a three from three record as well. Throw in the rapidly improving Canepa Hanover 1:51.1 ($112,150) and Jimmy will once again hold a strong hand in this years race. Recently Jimmy sat down on In The Sulky to give his thoughts on his runners this year. View here Harnesslink Media  

Two fields of 3-year-old pacing fillies vied for first money in a pair of harness racing $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) events on Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. Karlee Sue, a bay daughter by Feelin Friskie, took the first OSS division handily in 1:54.2 for Hall of Fame driver David Miller. After getting away at the back of the pack, Miller skillfully brought Karlee Sue up through splits of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.2, utilizing a modest :29 final brush to nail down the victory.   Friskie Tel Dawn (Aaron Merriman) finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, with Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up to nail show honors.   Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue is conditioned by Al Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan, who owns the filly in partnership with Daniel Mitchell and Dennis Stolz of Michigan. The victory pushed the filly's career earnings to $65,765.   The second OSS split for sophomore pacing fillies was captured by the public's choice Crosswinds Cupcake and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. Owned and bred by the Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, Ohio, this daughter of Stand Forever picked up her second victory of the year in six starts and now has $67,172 her lifetime bankroll.   After wrestling the lead away from Happy Jude at the :28 opening panel, Crosswinds Cupcake paced solidly through quarter fractions of :57.3 and 1:26 before brushing home in :29, drawing away from her rivals by 5¼ lengths. Corner Girl (Ryan Stahl) was second best while Happy Jude held ground to be third.   Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts.   The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday (Sept. 12) during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

Nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) action were contested on May 1 and 2 at Miami Valley Raceway in the first of four legs for harness racing 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and fillies. On Friday, May 1 sophomore pacing fillies took center stage, with Bell Flower taking the first division in a wire-to-wire, career best 1:53.1 for driver Chris Page and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The victory, her first in as many starts this season, pushed the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye's lifetime earnings to $184,336. She now has eight wins in nine career starts for the quartet of Bruce and Patricia Soulsby, Dean Davis and Carl Howard. Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished second by 1¾ lengths, while Feeling Wild (Dan Noble) held on to be third. Bell Flower, was the Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2014, was bred by Ohio State ATI. Longshot Friskie Megan came from last to win the second OSS pacing division for driver Hugh Beatty by just a head over E Ticket Ride (Dan Noble) and Karlee Sue (Jason Brewer) in 1:55.3. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and co-owned by Steve Bateson and Harold Moore, and pushed her lifetime earnings to $28,751. The win was Friskie Megan's second in ten career starts and she returned a whopping $212.40 to win on a two dollar ticket. She was bred by Ada Jacobs of Gambier, Ohio. Little Casino captured the first OSS division for 3-year-old trotting fillies in a career best 1:58.3 with trainer Hugh Beatty at the lines for owner-breeder Duane M. Lowe of Malta, Ohio, upping her career earnings to $39,421. The daughter of Full Count came three-wide around the final turn, using a :29.4 final brush to negotiate the victory by a length over Mid Pack (Dan Noble) and Countthechip (Ken Holiday). Student Of Life, with Kurt Sugg in the sulky, won the second division in 1:59.1 by 2½ lengths for trainer Marty Wollam. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc., and G&B Racing, this daughter of Full Count got a perfect trip to notch her third career victory and up her earnings to $85,106. Student Of Life was bred by Marvin Raber. Bettys Sam (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished second, while UF Cashnmy Chips (Aaron Merriam) grabbed third place honors. Trainer Marty Wollam and driver Kurt Sugg teamed up again to win the third OSS division with Dark Roast, a 3-year-old daughter of Full Count, who was clocked in 1:58 for Acadia Farms, Inc., and G&B Racing. Bred by Ohio State ATI, Dark Roast used come-from-behind tactics to notch her fourth career victory in nine trips postward. She now has $69,043 in her lifetime bankroll. On Saturday night, May 2, two divisions each of 3-year-old cold and gelding pacers and trotters lined up behind the gate for Ohio Sire Stake tests. In the first OSS pacing division, Gray Camo cruised to a wire-to-wire career best 1:53.3 clocking for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke, who conditions the roan son of Pine Valley for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Melilo. The venerable gelding pushed his lifetime earnings to $116,229 with the victory, the fifth of his career in 11 starts. Bred by Charles Gadja, Gray Camo finished three-quarters of a length in front of the hard-trying Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Chief Talkalot and driver Jim Pantaleono used similar tactics in the second OSS pacing division to win handily in 1:55.2 by a nose over Western Coby (Wyatt Irvine) and by a neck over Rocky Express (Randy Tharps). Brian Brown trains the Feelin Friskie gelding, who picked up his third career win in nine starts and pushed his bankroll to $83,643 for owners Steve Stewart, Michael Dean Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham. Steve Stewart bred Chief Talkalot. In the first OSS trotting division it was Neely's Messenger, Ohio's Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014, who scored a decisive 1:57.1 victory for driver Dan Noble and trainer Al Mankee in his seasonal debut. Owned by Dale Sweet and Julie Ann Sweet, the son of Neely Dunn scored victories in OSS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) and Ohio Breeders Stakes (OBS) with a triumph in the $200,000 OSS Championship that earned him the aforementioned honors for 2014. Neely's Messenger-who was bred by Albert Yoder-was never challenged as I Know My Chip (Chris Page) finished second, while Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh) finished third. Upfront Chip Daddy and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. overtook Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) in the final strides to capture the second OSS trotting division in 1:57.3. No Whip Chip (Dan Noble) notched third. Upfront Chip Daddy, a gelded brown son of Chip Chip Hooray is conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell and is owned by Up Front Racing, LLC., and Mark Ford. The victory was his third in seven tries, and pushed his lifetime earnings to $26,580. Unraced at two, Upfront Chip Daddy was bred by Ohio's Spring Haven Farm. Ohio Sire Stake action for 3-year-olds continues with the second of four legs scheduled June 6 at Scioto Downs for colt pacers and trotters, while the filly pacers and trotters will vie on June 12 at Northfield Park. Third leg action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

With his first career win now under his belt, Divisionist heads to Saturday's Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway looking to build on his success. And harness racing trainer/driver Charlie Norris believes the 3-year-old trotter is ready to put his best foot forward. Divisionist was winless in 13 races last season, going off stride four times, but had on-the-board finishes in divisions of the Reynolds and Simpson stakes plus two divisions of the Kindergarten Classic and one of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. The colt broke his maiden on April 14 with a 1:57.2 triumph at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "He had an issue last year with breaks, but he's come back well this year," said Norris, who trains Divisionist for owners Carrie Norris, G And B Racing and Acadia Farms. "It was just a matter of maturity. He was really good there in his first start. Physically he's matured a lot and we're definitely on the right track for this year." Divisionist will start Saturday's single elimination for the $133,170 Dexter Cup - the first stakes test on the road to August's Hambletonian Stakes - from post five. He is 4-1 on the morning line. The three-horse Ray Schnittker-trained entry of Switchblade Hall, HA Taylor, and Bavaro is the 9-5 morning line favorite. Rounding out the field are Handover The Money and Southwind Mozart from the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt, Jimmy Takter's Apostles Creed, and Oyvind Hegdal's Explosiveday. The top four finishers in the $44,400 elimination will join Broken Record, Gabe The Bear Dean, Habitat, and Sixteen Encores in the Dexter Cup final on May 2 at Freehold. Those four horses received byes based on lifetime earnings. Apostles Creed, Divisionist, Habitat, Handover The Money, Sixteen Encores, and Southwind Mozart are eligible to the Hambletonian. Divisionist, who has earned $44,612 in his career, is a son of Andover Hall out of stakes-winning mare Only Lonely. He was purchased for $40,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes former Ontario standout Beer Budget. "He's out of a decent mare and he showed a lot of athleticism in his video," Norris said about purchasing Divisionist as a yearling. "I thought he might be OK. He wasn't great last year, but at different times -- even at Lexington when he made a break -- he showed a lot of raw speed." Last year in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile, Divisionist went off stride behind the starting gate, but rallied from more than 20 lengths back to get within a length of the lead while racing three wide on the final turn. He was unable to maintain his surge, but finished fifth. "Hopefully he'll just keep getting better," Norris said. "If you're in the business, everyone has high hopes. That's why we're in the yearling game. I don't know if he's a (1):51 trotter or a (1):52 trotter, but I think (1):53 is not out of his reach at all. If he keeps in the right spots and gets his confidence up, I think he'll be alright." Norris raced Divisionist with trotting hobbles last year, but has taken them off this season. "I'm going to leave them off unless he shows me otherwise," Norris said. "He's really come around. He's coming into (the Dexter Cup elimination) good and he's fit enough. I don't know if he's top caliber, but in the secondary stakes and some of the earlier ones here, I think he can prevail a little bit." By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

What a difference a week makes.  Last Saturday’s Direct Balance stake for ICF 3-year-old pacing fillies wasn’t raced when only four distaffers were entered. The Balmoral Park Race Office smartly wrote the stake back for tonight and was rewarded when twice as many horses were dropped into the harness racing entry box. If you want to watch eight-horse field of state-bred sophomores’ slug it out you’ll have to stick around close to the midnight hour because the $8,000 stake was placed as the 12th and final race of the program. The first step to Super Night’s Grandma Ann stake should be worth the wait. Making her second season debut is Kay Willis’ Lex, last year’s Filly Orange and Blue bridesmaid who made nearly $65,000 in her freshman season. Lex finished worse than third only once in 9 tries, winning 4 of those races. This will be the homebred first start since last Super Night. The daughter of Lexington Legend out of the Willis’ Artsplace broodmare I Bet U, had an impressive 1:58.2 winning qualifier on Wednesday morning, drawing off by seven lengths with Brian Carpenter had driving her to the wire. Brian liked what he saw from the Nelson Willis Stable’s filly. “Lex qualified super,” said Carpenter. “She was on idle in her qualifier. The filly is like a Cadillac to drive. “I never drove her in her 2-year-old season. Kyle Wilfong drove her and the filly had a very good year. This was the first time I was ever sat behind her. “At first Nelson wanted to leave out of there with her but when we had a bunch of trotters leaving inside of her who might go out and scatter the field he told me to go easy taking her out. It turned out that nobody left and we ended up on top pretty easily. She was just pacing through the bridle at the finish. She looks like she’s just a push-button filly.” Among the 3-1 morning line favorite seven rivals in the Direct Balance is the fast-improving Southern Girl (Casey Leonard), trained by Bob Rittof, the 7-2 programmed choice, and the Roger Welch Stable’s Galley Wench, a 1:56 flat victor in her initial career start on March 22 at Balmoral. Southern Girl was taken back in her March 22 debut and was tenth and last, some 10 lengths behind at the three-quarters, but when she was asked for pace she delivered a wicked :26.1 last quarter in her fifth place finish. The Sportsmaster filly then served up back-to-back first-over triumphs, the last a 1:56.1 clocking. Galley Wench, a $30,000 yearling purchase by Bo and Pat De Long, went to Hoosier after her strong winning local bow. The filly finished a solid third in her first leg of a Series but was saddled with the 10-hole in the Final, raced on a sloppy track, and was a non-factor. The 4-1 early third choice, Galley Wench, will also take on her Welch-trained stable-mate Sporty Project (6-1, Pat Curtin). She’s also owned by Bo De Long but will race uncoupled on the wagering. Gracie On My Mind (8-1, Bobby Smolin), Duneside Perttie (6-1, Mike Oosting) and The Doe (5-1, John De Long) leave from posts 1, 2 and 3, in that order while Simply Burbon (15-1, Richard Finn)with the outside 8-slot complete the Saturday finale field. Mike Paradise

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 3 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, $50,000 divisions featured 30 of the best harness racing Free-For-Allers, with last season's winner emerging as this season's target. Odds-on P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $3.20), from post position No. 2, outsprinted Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) in the first event, winning out of the pocket by a half-length in 1:51.2 (early intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2). It was four lengths back to 104-1 McErlean (Tyler Buter) in third. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-3 in this series). The exacta paid $9.70, with the triple returning $216. The mile was a season's-best effort. "Ideally, you want to win while at the same time, not use the horse very hard," Bartlett said. "I've been fortunate with him thus far." The second event was a sharp, first-up effort from veteran statebred Domethatagain (Dan Dube, $24). Sitting a chilly fourth from post No. 4, the 11-1 proposition engaged 3-5 choice Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) after that one laid down the law through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25. Domethatagain, despite drifting wide through the final turn and early in the lane, put away the leader. He then defeated a pocketed Sapphire City (Bartlett) by a half-length in 1:53.2. National Debt (Eric Carlson) was a second-over third, with Bettor's Edge fading to fourth. For fourth choice Domethatagain, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, it was his first board finish in four '15 tries. The exacta paid exacta paid $84.50, with triple returning $529 Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by a draw-winning/pocket-protecting Fat Man's Alley (Bartlett, $13.40) in 1:53.4, Stinging 13-10 choice Foiled Again (Gingras), he then released harness racing's richest-ever horse after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission before Polak A (Brian Sears)-a winner in his first two series/stateside tries, moved from third. The two slugged it out passing a 1:25.2 three-quarters, but neither was going to be around when it counted. Foiled Again was done off the final turn, but not before carrying Fat Man's Alley where he needed to go. It was "Fat Man" whipping a two-move Michael's Power (Dube) by a length, with Texican N (Carlson) a ground-saving third and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) fourth. Foiled Again faded to fifth, while Polak A wound up seventh. For fourth choice Fat Man's Alley, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79, the triple returning $626 and the superfecta paid $2,043. As for Foiled Again, "He just wasn't himself," Gingras said. "When Polak A came up alongside, he didn't grab the bit and fight the way he always does. I'm sure (trainer) Ronnie (Burke) can figure it out. He's bounced back from these efforts before. I've learned never to count him out. "Hopefully, we see the real Foiled Again next week." The evening's final series event saw Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $7.60), prevail from the two-hole in a season's-best 1:51.2....and matching P H Supercam for fastest local effort of 2015. Leaving from post No. 2, "Terry" beat a first-up Beach Memories (Dube) by a neck. Third went to 11-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), who tired on the lead (:26.4, :55.3, 1:23.1). Heez Orl Black N (catch-driver Gingras) was fourth. Ironically, the winner was trained by Burke, as was the runner-up-2-for-2 in the series coming in-before that one's exodus (to trainer Scott DiDomenico). For second choice Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his third win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $46.40, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $1,027. Series standings, through third leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2-Beach Memories (200), 3t-Michael's Power (175), 3t-Polak A (175), 5-Fat Man's Alley (150), 6-Sapphire City (137), 7-Domethatagain (135), 8-Bettor's Edge (133). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,529.90 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (none Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 3, 2015 -- Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of harness racing "Open Pacing Mares". A pair of small-but-select fields of five were subsected into $40,000 divisions. Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $4.30), no one trick pony she, rallied from second-over after going down-the-road in her first two series starts Starting outside her four foes, "Carol" watched as 11-10 favorite Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), getting some early encouragement from her escort, left and pocketed Medusa (George Brennan). After early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) offered a fair amount of first-up pressure in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Anndrovette maintained a short lead into the lane, but company was coming. Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away. The margin, over 19-1 outsider Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), was a length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Anndrovette, snapped for second, settled for third. For second choice Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her eighth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was barely more than a public workout for 4-5 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $3.70). In play from post position No. 2, she easily went around pole-sitting longhsot Strings (Eric Carlson), them had no issues whatsoever. Pedestrian fractions of :28.3 and :58.2 were going to make "Yagonnakissme" very tough to catch, and a :55.1 back half (1:26.1, 1:53.3) made it impossible. A season's-best effort whipped first-up Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a comfortable length-and-a-half, with Strings third. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa trained by Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh--the same contingent behind Carolsideal--she's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $15.40, with again no triple wagering due to the quintet. Series standings, through three of five prelims legs...1-Carolsideal (225 points), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (158), 3t-Camille (125), 3t-Venus Delight (125), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (120), 6-Fancy Desire (113), 7-Anndrovette (111), 8-Krispy Apple (105). Special Friday props to Luminosity (Brennan, $6.20), whose 1:55, open-length romp in the $21,500 second race was fastest local trot mile of the season. Friday's Pick 5 wager, vitamin-enriched by a $4,667 carryover, attracted $12,602 of fresh money. The formful combo of 2/1/5/2/2 (all wagering favorites) returned $111.87 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the third round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 27, 2015--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker. A baker's-dozen worth of of Free-For-All pacing mares went it in two, $40,000 divisions. The opening Matchmaker event was an early series two-fer for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.80). Outdrawing her rivals for the second consecutive start, "Carol" gave it up to a parked-early Sayitall BB (George Brennan) passing a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The people's choice then retook in Turn 2, finding a 57-second intermission before Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) took her shot from fourth. Carolsideal held that one at bay in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters, as "BB" dropped anchor. "Carol" owned a measured half-length lead into the lane, then widened to close the sale, winning by a couple of lengths in a season's-best 1:53. Monkey on My Wheel held second, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a rallying third for the second week in a row. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her seventh win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.10, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $18.20. The second sojourn was won by a first-up Camille (George Brennan, $5.60), snapping pace-setting, 11-10 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube) on the money in 1:53.1, also a season's-best effort. Winning the draw, Camille saw longshot Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) grab the first lead before Yagonnakissmeornot worked around that one. The advantage belonged to "Yagonnakissme" through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.1. Camille slipped out from third, just in front of For the Ladies N (Sears). It was Camille prompting a :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4), with Yagonnakissmeornot taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Camille wasn't ready to throw in the camisole. She engaged the leader in earnest in the late going before sticking her tongue out just in time. The final margin was a head, with For the Ladies N holding third. For second choice Camille, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, she's 2-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $12.40, with the triple returning $59. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the second round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series opening legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. These are the opening harness racing events of the 2015 Grand Circuit season. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 20) in the first round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 21) card at Yonkers will see five $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. There are 17 pacing mares entered in the first leg of the six-week Matchmaker event, which concludes on April 25. Defending Matchmaker Series champion Somwherovrarainbow is in the third division and series runner-up Yagonnakissmeornot is in the first division. Four-time Dan Patch Award winner Anndrovette is in the middle division, as well as 9-5 morning line choice Carolsideal, a winner of five of six so far this year. The 11-year-old Foiled Again, harness racing's richest-ever horse ($6.9 million), begins his 2015 season Saturday night, leading 35 of the best Free-For-Allers into Yonkers Raceway for the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five $50,000 seven-horse divisions are on tap with Foiled Again -- who won this series consecutively in 2009 and 2010 -- drawing outside his six rivals in a power-packed third event. Those looking to stall Foiled Again's 84th win photo include last season's Levy winner P H Supercam and runner-up Apprentice Hanover. Foiled Again cut the mile in that race before finishing third. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 25. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

For older female pacer For The Ladies N, it's not how you start, but how you finish. The 6-year-old New Zealand harness racing import is not the quickest mare off the starting gate - only twice in 11 lifetime U.S. races has she been better than fifth after the opening quarter-mile - but she still can find her way to the winner's circle on a regular basis. For The Ladies N, trained by 64-year-old Australia native Peter Tritton, has won six times in the States and hit the board a total of nine times since arriving in the U.S. last November. She has earned $76,500 for owner Harry Von Knoblauch during that span. On Friday night, For The Ladies N will step up in class when she competes in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. She was one of 17 pacing mares to enter the first leg of the six-week event, which concludes on April 25. There will be three $40,000 Matchmaker divisions Friday. For The Ladies N is in the second division and is 5-1 on the morning line with Eric Carlson at the lines. Four-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette also is in the division, as well as 9-5 morning line choice Carolsideal. Defending Matchmaker Series champion Somwherovrarainbow is in the third division and series runner-up Yagonnakissmeornot is in the first division. "It's a step up to race against these horses, but I think she's probably as good as them if she gets the right trip and I've got her at 100 percent," Tritton said about For The Ladies N. "The only chink in her armor is that she doesn't like to be used early, which I know is a bit harder at Yonkers, but that's just the way she likes to race. She likes to find her feet and then come. "She's strong the last three-quarters of a mile. As long as you let her relax early she'll keep coming and she's got speed. All the drivers that drive her love her; she's just a lovely, good, honest mare. I had to give her a shot at it because she's got the ability to go with them if she gets the right trip. So we'll keep our fingers crossed." For The Ladies N finished second to Somwherovrarainbow in a January start at the Meadowlands and won an Open Handicap at Yonkers on Feb. 6. She finished fifth in the Open Handicap the following week, but Tritton discovered the mare was sick and gave her time off to freshen up for the Matchmaker. "She might need the first week, but from then on she should be good to go," said Tritton, who was based in Delaware but now calls upstate New York home. "I've moved up here now with this series and the Levy (Series) in mind. I'm hoping that will benefit (the horses), not having to do all that travel." Tritton has enjoyed success bringing horses from Down Under to the U.S., with some of his recent imports being Mainland Key N, Malak Uswaad N, and Second Wind N. That trio has combined to earn $1.28 million. "I've always got a few people looking over there for horses," Tritton said. "They know exactly what I want. I'm lucky I've got good connections over there. That's why I stick with the horses over there. I know who to deal with. It's been working for me so far. "I like horses that have got good back class, but have gone off the board for one reason or another. If you can resurrect them when you get them over here, you know that the ability is there. They're the ones I seem to have the best results with. If they're sound enough, they can make a lot of money if they're the right horse." In addition to racing For The Ladies N in the Matchmaker Series, Tritton will send 7-year-old male pacer Texican N into the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, which begins Saturday night. The field also features the sport's richest horse of all time, Foiled Again, and defending series champ P H Supercam. Last year, Texican N finished sixth in the Levy final. He has won eight of 37 races in the U.S., with earnings of $180,430 for owner Von Knoblauch. "I don't know whether he can win it or not," Tritton said. "He's probably not as good as the big boys, but if he gets a good trip he can follow pace and still keep coming. I think he'll earn good money in there and probably has a good shot to get into the final." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

An important sustaining payment is due March 16 in order to keep New Jersey-sired two-year-old pacers eligible to the 2015 Lou Babic Memorial Paces sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program. The deadline is extended this year because March 15 falls on a Sunday. Due on March 16 are sustaining payments of $700 for the Babic Pace open and $400 for the Babic filly division. These payments should be mailed to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. The Babic Open Pace, with an estimated purse of $75,000, and the Babic Filly Pace, with an estimated purse of $50,000, are scheduled for September 26 at Freehold Raceway. Elimination heats, if necessary, are scheduled for September 19 for both open and filly divisions. For further information: Christopher C. Castens (609) 292-8830      

Saturday nights Cal Expo harness racing program features a $53,142 carryover in the 10-cent Jackpot 6, meaning one ticket could come away with an awfully sweet payoff. The Jackpot 6 is one of four wagers on the program that come with a reduced 16% takeout rate. The others are the Hi-5, which like the Jackpot 6 is a 10-cent minimum bet; the 50-cent Pick 5; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which has a $25,000-guaranteed pool. To give an example of what the reduced takeout really means, last Saturday nights Hi-5 saw the 34-1 Cosmos winning and the 19-1 Im Confident checking in second, followed home by the 7-5 Art Genta, 14-1 Chewy Baca and 6-1 Toucam Sam, triggering a $5,600 payoff for each winning 10-cent ticket. Using the normal takeout rate, it would have paid an even $5,000, a difference of $600 to each winning ticket holder. Thats not just numbers, but real dollars. Taking a closer look at the Jackpot 6, the wager finds 70% of the net pool paying out to tickets with the most winners, with 30% of the net pool designated for the carryover. If there is one unique ticket selecting six winners, the entire pool and the carryover is paid to the holder of the ticket. If that should happen Saturday night, they would receive the entire net pool and a $53142 bonus. With the 10-cent minimum, putting together healthy-sized tickets without spending a lot of money makes the Jackpot 6 even more attractive. Jump right in, the pool is going to be fine. Sire Stakes, Distaff Open have the spotlight A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 4-year-old pacing males and a $6,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares are the main events on Saturday nights Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap and things get underway at 6:10 p.m. The Sire Stakes is scheduled as the fifth event on the evening, immediately followed by the Distaff Open in the sixth-race slot. King Of The Crop, Rikybrnthegaragdwn and Laissez Moi Passer are all multiple trophy earners who figure to have their share of backers in the Sire Stakes. King Of The Crop was third in the most recent stakes clash for this group back on January 17 and is coming into this assignment off back-to-back conditioned scores. The Little Steven homebred carries the banner of Frank Nevarez with Gordie Graham training and Bruce Clarke guiding from the cozy rail slot. He established his lifetime mark of 1:53 2/5 on February 20 and came right back with another sharp tally last weekend. Rikybrnthegaragdwn is a son of Living It Up out of the top racemare and producer Sports Bra who races for Maryann Plano and Nikki Hudson with Luke Plano reining and training. His most recent victory came in the February 7 Shelly Goudreau, where he romped home and established a new mark with his 1:52 4/5 tour of the oval. Laissez Moi Passer was posing for pictures after upsetting his peers in the most recent Sire Stakes for this group in January. Sal and Georgette Wenceslao own the son of Disco Devil with Sal the conditioner and Williams Hernandez in his usual spot in the sulky. Completing the field are Lil Steve Oneder with Chip Lackey at the controls; Tony Cheesecake, who will have the services of James Kennedy; and Full Moon Rising, who leaves from the outside post with Dave Siegel handling the lines. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

Live Love Laugh, fresh from two powerful victories for Tim and Denise Maier, looks to keep the momentum going in Sundays nights Open II Pace for fillies and mares. She will do her work from the assigned No. 10 post position. An 11-race program is on tap Sunday and things will get underway at 4:50 p.m. There will also be a pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes that will be decided as non-betting events prior to the regular card. Live Love Laugh is a 5-year-old daughter of Hi Ho Silverheels out of the Little Steven mare Prettylittlerebel who is owned and trained by Denise Maier with husband Steve handling the lines. She was a 1:52 2/5 winner at Pocono Downs last season. The bay mare proved in the January 30 Open while doing her work from the No. 7 slot that evening. She was hard used to the early lead, did the give-and-go by the half and went on to a two and a quarter-length score. Wheeled back with this group last week, Live Love Laugh was bet down to 50 cents on the dollar and did not disappoint her many backers. Maier left into a tracking trip with his protege, attacked once straightened away for the drive and proved clearly best while once again coming a :27 1/5 final quarter. Looking for an upset this weekend are Blue Gem, who leaves from the cozy rail slot for trainer Harold Herrera; Internal Check, who gives the Maier barn two looks at the outcome; My Little Bit and Someislandsomewhere from the Gene Vallandingham shedrow; the Lino Pacheco-trained Lexies Delight; High Bet Hanover from Tim Browns barn and the Steve Wiseman-trained Part Time Lady. ******* For this week and the next, the trotters and pacers will be in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Feb 13-15 and 20-22. Antoniades lends expertise On Windy City simulcasts Mike Antoniades, who was a Cal Expo visitor last month, is the racing analyst at both Balmoral and Maywood Park and was asked for some handicapping tips when it comes to navigating the Chicago simulcasts. Balmoral is a mile track like Cal Expo, while the other harness racing in the area is conducted over the sister half-mile track Maywood Park. Both are offered to Cal Expo players as part of the simulcasting package. As far as Balmoral and Cal Expo are concerned, they are very similar when it comes to handicapping the races, Antoniades explained. Balmoral is one of the few East Coast tracks where you dont have a distinct speed bias and you can close from far back in the six or seven path and win. Thats something the track has in common with Cal Expo, where speed isnt always golden. Mike also had a handicapping tip when it comes to comparing horses who are racing at Balmoral and those who are doing their work on the smaller Maywood Park layout. Generally speaking, the horses who are racing at Balmoral have to be athletic, because they have to race the entire mile, while the Maywood races are more about racing early and late. Having said that, Antoniades tends to give horses moving from Balmoral to Maywood an extra look. They get extra credit, and conversely, those who last raced at Maywood Park have a bit more to prove to me when they come to Balmoral. ****** A reminder that there are four wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the 20-cent Pick which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed pool; and the Jackpot 6 and Hi-5, which are both 10-cent minimum bets. By Mark Ratzky        

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2015 — The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind harness racing trainers and owners that payments for the 2015 Delvin Miller Adios and for two new stakes, the Meadows Maturity Trots for 4-year-olds, are due by Feb. 15. Payment for the “Pace for the Orchids,” a premier event for 3-year-old pacers with an estimated $500,000 purse, is $600. That payment also maintains the eligibility of sophomore pacing fillies to the $150,000 (est) Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo. Eliminations for the Adios take place Friday, July 25, with the Adios final and the Adioo Volo set for Saturday, Aug. 1. The Meadows Maturity Trots include an event for mares (Friday, April 24) and a stake for stallions and geldings (Saturday, May 2), each with an estimated purse of $50,000. A $300 nomination fee is due by Feb. 15, with a second payment of $600 due by March 15. Checks for all events should be made payable to the Hambletonian Society. For more information, please contact the office of the race secretary, 724.225.9897.

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