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DOVER, DE -  Anytime N won the Mares Winners Over/Select harness racing pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Edge Of Eternity and Anytime N both left alertly for early race positioning. Dexter Dunn took back with Anytime N and accepted the pocket position. Edge Of Eternity cut uncontested race fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 122.4. SkateBoard Chic recovered from a skip and went off stride after the start. She raced 1st up past the half but did not threaten the leaders. At the top of the stretch, Anytime N vacated the pocket and rushed past the 4/5 race favorite, Edge Of Eternity, in 1:51. Anytime N (Bettor’s Delight) won by 2 lengths and was sent off as the public’s 2nd choice at odds of 5/2. Anytime N is owned by Kdp Stables LLC. and is trained by Josh Green.     Pacesetter, Edge Of Eternity, finished 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr.  Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Skateboard Chic, was most impressive, as she went off stride at the start of the race and spotted the field ten lengths.  She finished a fast closing 3rd for trainer Bart Bradley.  Corey Callahan was the driver. Dexter Dunn won 4 races on the betting card.  There is a $5,000 guaranteed pick 5 wager tomorrow beginning on the 10th race and concludes on the  14th race.  The wager is a fifty cent minimum bet with a 15% takeout. Post Time on Thursday at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Harrisburg, PA — The United States Trotting Association has reported that the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, as it did last year, has unanimously adopted a resolution opposing a plan by Gov. Tom Wolf to shift $199 million from the Race Horse Development Fund Trust and use the funds for a higher-education scholarship program. The PHRC took the action at its Feb. 23 meeting. The resolution will be printed and sent to the governor’s office. Budget hearings for fiscal 2021-22 are underway in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Senate Appropriations Committee on April 8 is scheduled to hold the budget hearing for the state Department of Agriculture, which oversees horse racing and breeding in the state. The motion on the resolution was made by PHRC member Tom Ellis, who said the governor’s proposal would have a “negative and disastrous impact” on the horse racing industry, agriculture and economic development. He said he understands the need to address student debt but “robbing Peter to pay Paul” isn’t the answer. Fellow commissioner Sal DeBunda agreed and said the PHRC has an obligation to promote and regulate the industry. The resolution was supported during the “industry reports” part of the meeting by Sam Beegle, president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association; Kim Hankins, executive director of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association; and Mike Simpson, an executive at Hanover Shoe Farms and treasurer of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania. The PHHA, MSOA, and SBA of PA are members of the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition along with Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association. The groups market racing and breeding and also lobby to protect the industry’s interests. In other news at the meeting, it was announced that over the first four days of the “Game of Claims” series at Mohegan Sun Pocono, there were 97 claims valued at roughly $1.6 million in total. by Tom LaMarra, for the USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 24, 2021 -- Amelia's Courage A stretched out the challenging All Day Sunshine to the quarter, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Amelias Courage A made the point from post 6 for Dan Rawlings and kept the 9-5 favorite outside her before releasing to the pocket. That strategy proved decisive, as Amelias Courage A was the stronger mare late, defeating All Day Sunshine by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Dorothy's Legacy, three wide from the five-eighths, was a game third. Richard Perfido trains the winner, a 7-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dreamer who extended her career bankroll to $184,347, for Win Rhythm Stables.   Tony Hall, Dave Palone and trainer Brandon Presto each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $20,152.05 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

It is no surprise that trainer Tahnee Camilleri feels like a proud mom when she watches Bronskimackenzie A on the racetrack. Camilleri has been part of the female pacer's life since the morning after Bronskimackenzie A's birth and the two have together risen to success in North America. Bronskimackenzie A -- better known to her faithful followers as Daisy -- was among three horses Australia native Camilleri brought to the U.S. when she started her Stateside stable in 2018. Since arriving, Bronskimackenzie A has won 12 of 50 races and earned $128,249. She began her career here in non-winners-of-two conditioned races and worked her way up the ladder, resulting in her upcoming start Thursday in the $30,000 open handicap for fillies and mares at Yonkers Raceway. She will start from post one and is 9-2 on the morning line with George Brennan in the sulky. "If someone would have told me she would end up in a Yonkers mares open, I wouldn't have believed them," Camilleri said. "But she never ceases to surprise me. One way or another, she kept stepping up to the plate. It's very satisfying. "Win, lose, or draw, I'm so proud of her. It's a proud mother moment." The 7-year-old Bronskimackenzie A is a daughter of Mach Three out of Bronski Gorgeous. "My business partner in Australia owned her mother," Camilleri said. "I wasn't there for the birth; she was born in the back field in the middle of the night. We saw her the next day and she's been part of my life ever since. "She was a very cute foal. She had a blond tail, and her stable name became Daisy. She was called Daisy within a couple of days being born and she's had that name ever since." Personality wise, Daisy can be a little fresh. "Diplomatically speaking, she's very cranky," Camilleri said with a laugh. "I just let her think that she's the boss. She likes it that way. There is only one love in her life, and that's food. We try to keep her happy by leaving her alone." Bronskimackenzie A's fitness routine includes a regular morning swim. Part of the routine includes the mare splashing the water with her front legs before exiting the pool. "It's like her favorite thing to do," Camilleri said. "She won't come out until you've let her splash. The one time she didn't splash, she ended up being sick later that week. So, we always like to make sure she splashes. "She's a bit quirky, but I wouldn't change her." Bronskimackenzie A's 12 wins in the U.S. have come at four different tracks -- Yonkers, Freehold, The Meadowlands, and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono -- with eight different drivers. Brennan has four wins with her, including her three earliest triumphs. "George gets along with her very well," Camilleri said. "It's pretty cool to have him on her (Thursday) since he started with her in non-winners of two. She started at the bottom and she's gone all the way to the top. "She's just like fine wine, she's gotten better with age." The 34-year-old Camilleri has won 73 races and $1.71 million in purses since starting her U.S. stable. Her top horse so far has been Dancin Lou, a Breeders Crown champion in 2019 and winner of nearly $1 million. But he might not be her most popular. That honor might go to Bronskimackenzie A. "She's got a really big fan club here in the States," Camilleri said. "So many people know her as Daisy. I get more messages about her than Dancin Lou. A lot of people follow her. She's pretty special." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Monticello, NY - Due to continued thawing Monticello Racing has cancelled live harness racing for Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26.   by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway          

Monticello, NY - Due to warming temperatures, thawing track conditions and safety concerns for all racing participants, Monticello Raceway was forced to cancel racing for Wednesday February 24. HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After discussions with the horsemen's representatives, racing at Buffalo Raceway for Wednesday (Feb. 24) has been cancelled due to thawing track conditions.   Buffalo Raceway's Chief Operations Officer Jim Mango said of the cancellation, "Who would have thought we'd have 55 degrees and sunshine after the past two weeks of weather we've had?"    Racing is scheduled to return on Saturday at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com        

Pompano Beach, FL...February 24...Lucky Artist A, superbly handled by harness racing driver Mike Simons, painted her way to a repeat win in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (February 23), stopping the timer in 1:51.4. The eight year-old Aussie bred daughter of Artistic Fella, took charge around the opening turn from her outside post and sawed through panels of :27.3 and :56 before a :55.4 half-mile sprint home to touch the wire 1 1/4 lengths the best over Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) with Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) next in a field reduced to six with a pair scratches. Image Of A Dream and Roll With Angel picked up the final two awards. As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal used her blazing hooves off the wings to zip into an early lead with Lucky Artist A, eaving two slots further out, now on the prowl to take charge mid-way around that opening turn. From there, no threats developed as Prairie Westerngal drafted along in the garden spot. Turning for home, the anticipated war between the two never materialized as Lucky Artist A was unscathed through that :27.4 finale.   In a post-race interview, driver Mike Simons said, "last week she was so strong when I chirped to her on the backside and she had to have paced that quarter in :26 and change (:26.4). So, I had confidence with her coming in off of her best mile ever and thought, since she's so good now, to take her to the front. She sure didn't let me down. She raced awesome." Trained by Jared Cooper for the Robert Cooper Stables, Lucky Artist A earned her 21st career win in her milestone 100th start to send her lifetime bankroll to $146,186. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Lucky Artist A paid $5.40 to win. Also of note, Wally Hennessey, who had a grand slam on Monday night, bested that by one on Tuesday night as the Hall Of Famer scored with Dads Filly ($3.60), Play To The Crowd ($4.20), Jaded Dream ($5.40), Glenferrie Blade A ($2.80) and Cenaltafirecracker )$16.60)--the latter keying a Super Hi-5 payoff of $5,881.20 for the 20 cent ticket. Racing continues on Wednesday with a guaranteed pool in the popular Pick-4 covering races five through eight. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Columbus, OH — James R. Gluhm, 77, a lifelong harness horse trainer, died recently after a lingering illness. He was a native of Hamilton, Ohio, but lived in Trenton, Fla., for many years. “The best horse I ever trained was JEFs Spice,” Mr. Gluhm said recently. The daughter of Super Bowl won $951,469 in 1985-86, winning 19 of her 33 starts with seven second-place finishes. She took her mark of 1:55.2 at The Red Mile and was later exported to Europe. JEFs Spice won the Breeders Crown in 1986. Mr. Gluhm and his stepdaughter Kim Miller were the first father-daughter to win Breeders Crowns. Miller trained the 2006 Breeders Crown winner Charley Barley by Western Hanover. “I learned so much from him,” Kim says. “He wasn’t consciously teaching me. You had to watch what he did. I learned from that.” Mr. Gluhm was a trainer who didn’t seek the limelight and his horsemanship was best appreciated by his peers in the training profession. For many years, he helped to develop youngers for the Sunbird Stable operated by Jack Landis of Florida. Mr. Gluhm would develop the youngsters and get them gaited, mannered, and trained down, then often send them north to be raced by other trainers. Some of their most notable performers were the back-to-back 1983-84 Peter Haughton Memorial winners Why Not 4,1:56.4 ($823,108) and Another Miracle 3,1:57.1 ($906,314). He was also involved in the purchase and preparation of Kentucky Futurity winner Jazz Cosmos 3,1:55 ($701,568) and the top star Nearly Perfect 4,1:54 ($630,327). “Jim picked them out and got good value at the yearling sales,” says Miller. “He was willing to buy from the scratch-and-dent section of a yearling sale if he saw something he liked.” Mr. Gluhm was also closely involved with the success of three horses in the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Anythings Possible, American Patriot and Basil. Mr. Gluhm’s father was a veterinarian in Butler County in southwest Ohio and he worked on many Standardbreds in that area, including those raced by Howard Beissinger and his father. Stepdaughter Kim says that Mr. Gluhm considered John Patterson, Eldon Harner, Bruce Nickells, and Ohioan Charlie King to be his mentors. “He learned patience from them,” she says. “He believed in allowing a horse to find itself.” “Just keep going with one,” Mr. Gluhm often told his stepdaughter. “But when you have to start making excuses for a horse, then you’re in trouble.” Miller says that Mr. Gluhm didn’t put much faith in luck in racing. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” was one of her stepfather’s favorite sayings, said Miller. “He said you simply had to watch and see what the horse was doing. He also didn’t believe a horse had to dance every dance; a trainer had to pick the right spots to race. He was always in full command of his barn.” Mr. Gluhm felt that owners trusted him to provide the best care for their horses and Kim Miller said he was not happy when an owner once told him that he “wasn’t progressive enough about using veterinarians.” The family asked that any donations in Mr. Gluhm’s memory be made to a local chapter of the America Legion. by Dean A Hoffman, for the USTA

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Kentucky’s governor has signed legislation aimed at securing the legality of betting on historical racing machines. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that the measure protects the state’s thoroughbred  and standardbred industry. But he says more work remains to enact “a more fair and equitable tax structure.” His comments reflect calls by some lawmakers for a higher tax rate on historical racing operations. The slots-style historical racing machines allow people to bet on randomly generated, past horse races. The Red Mile has already resumed with historical racing machines going after the Senate passed the legislation. From the Associated Press

Dover, DE - Morairtime, the lone harness racing mare in the field, was able to beat the boys in the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Driver Jack Parker Jr. took advantage of the shortened field by sending Morairtime to the top. Northern Express accepted the pocket, and the race appeared to be a carbon copy of last week’s Open. Morairtime set uncontested fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.2. Race favorite, Northern Express and Russell Foster pulled the pocket past the three quarters but made an untimely break and could not recover. Morairtime won by four and a half lengths in a blistering 1:52.3. The victory was the second in a row in the Open Trot.  She paid $5.20 to win. Morairtime is sired by Airzoom Lindy and is a half sister to NF Happenstance. She along with NF Happenstance are owned by James D Moore III. Moore and Parker Jr were classmates at Lake Forest high school in Delaware. Carol Jamieson-Parker, Jack’s wife, is the trainer. Bluebird Jesse,  who benefitted from Northern Express’s unfortunate break, saved ground on the rail, and was a non-threatening  second.  Jim King Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick drove. Need Luck N finished third for trainer Jason Johnson.  Kim Vincent picked up the catch drive. Dover Downs will again offer a $5,000 pick 5 wager on Thursday night. The wager is a fifty cent minimum bet with a 15 percent take out.  The wager begins on the 10th race. Victor Kirby won three races on the betting card. Racing resumes on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway seems to be a course for the horse in the case of Sweet Mr Pinetucky. The seven-year-old homebred son of Pinetucky prevailed in the $22,500 Open Trot on Tuesday (Feb. 23) in 1:53.4, just one-fifth of a second off his career mark taken over the same southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval just under a year ago. With the score the winner increased his lifetime win total to 27 while increasing his earnings for owners Lester and Floyd Raber to $305,909. Driver Trace Tetrick hustled Sweet Mr. Pinetucky to the early lead before yielding to last week's winner Workinitonbroadway (Josh Sutton) near the :27.4 first quarter station. With a pocket ride through middle splits of :57.4 and 1:25.3, the winner trotted willingly through the stretch once shown some daylight. Workinitonbroadway held for second with Milford's Z Tam (Mitchell Cushing) benefitting from a ground saving trip to finish third.   A pair of first leg divisions of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial series for non-winners of four or $40,000 trotters were also contested. The quickest heat went to Miss Smead (LeWayne Miller) in a lifetime best 1:55.3, beating Deswanslittlelorie (John DeLong) and Swan Fashion (Tyler Smith). Coconut Kate (Randy Crisler) triumphed in the other division, topping Susie D (Brett Miller) and Just For Us (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:56.2. Although the nominees in this series are evenly split by gender, trotting mares swept the first five spots in one division and the top three in the other. Miami Valley will present a special make up program on Wednesday (Feb. 23) with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Due to a two-day carryover approaching $4000 in the track's Pick-5 wager, the Wednesday pool will be guaranteed at $10,000, in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Platform. Due to an abbreviated 10-race program, the Hi-5 will be comprised of races 6 through 10 with an approximate start at 3:40 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway  

Racing Reflections is an occasional USTA newsroom series recounting favorite memories of harness racing participants and their careers in the sport. When he was quite young, it wasn't enough for Jordan Stratton to spend his waking hours around horses, or with his father, trainer David Stratton. "My parents told me the only way they could get me to nap was by being on the jog cart with my dad, counting laps," Stratton said, adding with a laugh, "By the second lap, I was lights-out." Stratton's early exposure to harness racing and enjoyment in the sport meant lights-out on any other choice of profession. "Me and my brother (Cory) have been jogging and training our whole lives," Stratton said. "That was the only (career) track in life. As much as they say don't follow in my footsteps, go to college, do something else, it's hard when you get the harness racing bug early on." Stratton grew up in Ohio, where his family had a 30-acre farm. By the age of 14, Stratton was taking care of horses for his father on a full-time basis, including a future two-time Ohio Sire Stakes champion, pacer Noble Cam. "He was the first really good horse I took care of," Stratton said. "I remember sitting on a bucket his whole 2- and 3-year-old years in the sire stakes, going on the road with him. He came out (east) and competed with the top horses a little bit, but just wasn't up to it on a national level. But in Ohio he was a really good horse. He was a great horse to learn on." Noble Cam earned $505,021 lifetime and Stratton ended up driving the horse to his final six victories in a 32-win career. Several weeks prior to his 19th birthday, and two months before sitting behind Noble Cam for the first time in a race, Stratton notched his first career win with a pacer named Meditator at Monticello Raceway. "My dad bought him cheap for me to race in the amateurs," Stratton said. "He made a really big run up the backside, and I came second or third over and swooped the field. "I had a white helmet, my dad's boots, my dad's colors, no gloves; it was a mess," he continued, with a laugh. "But it's a fond memory. I started just warming up at Monticello, so everyone kind of knew who I was. It was fun to get a win. It was really thrilling." The thrills have continued over the years. In 2008, he became, at the age of 21, the youngest driver to win a driving title at Monticello. In 2009, still at the age of 21, he became the second driver in history to reach 1,000 wins prior to his 22nd birthday and received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Today, Stratton has won 4,415 races and $74 million in purses. He entered Tuesday as the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway this season. He has finished no worse than third in the standings at The Hilltop in each of the past four years. Last year's highlights included driving on the Grand Circuit with pacer Manticore and trotter Crystal Fashion. Stratton made his first appearance in the Breeders Crown and finished second in the Open Trot with Crystal Fashion. He was eighth with Manticore in the final for 3-year-old male pacers, beaten only two lengths in a blanket finish. "It was a lot of fun to go on the road with them," Stratton said. "To finish second in the Breeders Crown from (post eight) was a thrill." Among Stratton's other career highlights is his association with pacer Bit Of A Legend N, who won 33 of 99 races in North America and $1.90 million. In 2016, the stallion became the first - and still only - horse to sweep the six-week George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (now the Borgata Pacing Series) at Yonkers. This year's series begins March 15. "I really like that series," Stratton said. "The way the points schedule is, you kind of have to start every race because you get 25 points just for showing up. It really narrows it down to the toughest horse at the end. "What Bit Of A Legend did was unbelievable, to win every leg and then the final. He was unbelievable. He did everything right." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Goshen, NY - Time is running out for members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame to submit Immortal nominations for the Class of 2021. Current Museum members have the privilege of nominating persons and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased at least three years to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biography of the subject and detailed harness racing career statistics, when applicable. They may be emailed on or before that date to director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021. NOTE: Nominees selected by the Immortals Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 2021 will be inducted in July 2022. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum

Pompano Beach, FL...February 23, 2021...Rebellious and In Secret shared the spotlight with harness racing wins in their respective Open Handicap events at Pompano Park on Monday (February 22). Rebellious, again handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, scored in the $11,000 feature for the pacers in 1:51.4, using a :27.1 finale to hold Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons), safe by a length on the wire. Seeing Eye Single (David Miller) was third, 2 ½ lengths away after an evenly rated effort while Skip To My Lou finished fourth. Ideal Feeling picked up the nickel after a first up backside bid reaching third around the final bend. Rebellious, a seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, took charge around the opening turn and set fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 along the way to score his third win in four 2021 starts and 44th success in a career that has seen his lifetime bounty vault to $340,206 with this win.   In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey lamented, "Mike (trainer Deters) has him razor sharp. He's a great horse and, when I got to the half in :56.3, I felt really confident since he went to the half in :55 and a piece last week and won. It was just another typical, great performance for him." In echoing Hennessey, trainer Deters said, "I thought he raced awesome tonight. He's got great gate speed and coasted to the front pretty easily. That breather in the second quarter helped--you know Wally has a stopwatch in his head--and sprinted the last half!" As the slight favorite at even money on the board (Skip To My Lou was 6 to 5). Rebellious paid $4.20 to his multitude of faithful. In Secret took top honors in the companion $11,500 Open Handicap Trot as driver David Miller took this nine year-old altered son of Deweycheatumnhowe to the front an eighth into the mile and posted times of $27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.3, sealing the issue with a final :28.4 panel to hold off the very fast closing Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) by a neck in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting 13 year-old Cantab Lindy (Jon MacDonald) and Gemologist (Andy Santeramo) tied for third with My Uncle Cuz picking up the minor award in the classy septet.   Trained by Devan Miller for owner Sylvia Burke, In Secret sent his lifetime bankroll roaring to $873,253 with the win--the 43rd of his career. Off at 3 to 5, In Secret paid $3.20 to win. Other notable performances on Monday included a $10,000 Open II Pace win by Sgt Papa Daddy in 1:52.1 and a 1:55.4 score for BJ Lorado in the companion $10,000 Open II Trot. Sgt Papa Daddy ($13.40) eked out a photo finish win by a neck for John MacDonald over the favorite Stone Hanover (Peter Wrenn) to send his lifetime victory total to 36 and earnings to $263,998. The seven year-old gelded son of Rockin Image is trained by Brandy Wine for the J P Stables. The millionaire pacer with 100 lifetime wins Southwind Amazon (Braxton Boyd) was a fast closing third in this event while Real Peace and Unlikeanyother were next in the octet. BJ Lorado's late lunge right on the wire earned him the nose decision for David Miller over EV's Girl (Joe Chindano, Jr.) with Simply Volo (Wally Hennessey), who led much of the way, was third in this "bang-bang" finish. Keegan Ho and Tech Titan were next. BJ Lorado, a seven year-old gelding by Bo W, has 26 career wins and earnings of $181,433. He's trained by Marc Major for Michael and Diane Norcross. He paid $10.20 to win. Also, La Rockin Sampson, a recent claim for $20,000 and now in the stable of Ken Holliday, scored his second straight win in the $10,000 ($20,000-$30,000) Claiming Handicap--he was in for $27,000--by scoring a near gate-to-wire win in 1:52. Trained by Holliday, who co-owns with Todd Liebman and Allan Alkes, La Rockin Sampson, a five year-old gelding by Rockin Image, was off at 6 to 1--the same as he was last week--and paid $14.20 to win. The identical event for trotters went to Timon AS--his second straight win--in 1:54.2. Confidentally handled by Peter Wrenn, this five year-old son of Lionhunter roared from last half way through the mile, went on a double-bubble binge 3/8ths from home and went on to score a length-and-a-half decision over the pacesetting Boinganator (Kevin Wallis) with Cartier Zette (Mike Simons) third. Impactor and Mister Muscle followed in the septet. Trained by Melanie Wrenn for owner Michael Guest, Timon AS earned his 18th career success in 50 career starts to send his lifetime earnings to $93,010. Surprisingly, Timon AS, who won last week at 3 to 5 in this same class, was off at 9 to 5 this time around and paid $5.60. Another noteworthy performance was that of track record holder Panocchio, who reached the winner's circle for the 73rd time during his illustrious career. The now 11 year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended scored in 1:52.3 for Wally Hennessey, who was in the bike for trainer Jim Mattison, co-owner with wife Vicki and Emile Johnson. It was the 47th success for Panocchio over Pompano's five-eighths mile oval. The slight favorite at 6 to 5, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win. The comeback for the near million dollar winner Funknwaffles ($965,624 coming in) continued on Monday night as this now seven year-old gelded son of American Ideal scored in 1:51 for David Miller in a gritty mile going first up on the backside and squeaking by a game Lyons Night Hawk (John MacDonald) by a neck. Trained by Tony Alagna, making his first start ever at Pompano Park, Funknwaffles is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and paid $3.20 to win. Finally, Millennial, driven by Joe Chindano, Jr., won the Super Hi-5 finale at 38 to1 and keyed a 1-4-3-7-2 combo that lead to a $100,453.86 payday bonanza for one fortunate member of the "Send-It-In" army. Handle for the night, once again, eclipsed the million dollar mark with $1,064,366 wagered on the 12 race program. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $2,710 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, which begins in race 6. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

Trenton, NJ — After hitting career highs in wins and earnings in 2019, Austin Siegelman seemed on his way to breaking both of those marks again last year until the COVID-19 shutdown hit. He still finished with strong numbers, and has carried that momentum into this season. Racing predominantly at Yonkers during the week and Freehold on weekends, Siegelman has won 54 races in 2021, a total that ranks 10th in North America. He is the leading driver at Freehold Raceway, where his 43 victories put him 18 ahead of second-place Jim Marohn Jr. “I think it’s been a good start,” said Siegelman, who won the driving title at Freehold last year. “I wish I won a few more races at Yonkers to start, but that’s all right.” Nonetheless, he is happy with the progress he’s made over the years, which includes winning the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational last year with Leonidas A. “It’s getting to a point where I’m extremely confident on the racetrack,” he said. “I’m starting to get a little more finesse than I used to have and getting a little more polished than I used to be.” Siegelman, who turns 29 on Saturday, has been steadily climbing the ladder since receiving the 2013 Rising Star Award from the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. That was his first full year of driving and he won 90 races and earned $538,079 in 752 starts. From there, he would win over $1 million each of the next four years. He cracked 300 wins and $2 million in earnings for the first time in 2018 and exploded in 2019 with career-highs in starts (2,587), wins (323), and earnings ($3.63 million). He seemed ready to surpass those marks last year before the pandemic hit. “It was pretty disappointing to finally get rolling and to get shut down like that but, it happens, so no big deal,” the laidback driver said. “I didn’t find it hard to get back in a rhythm when we started again, but it was definitely different. There was less work available, less purse money. Just a lot of less.” In 2018, Siegelman’s main track was Monticello, and he began to drive at Freehold toward the end of the year with hopes of getting steady drives at Yonkers. That schedule slowly morphed into becoming a regular at Yonkers during weeknights and at Freehold on Fridays and Saturdays. He is hoping to get some drives at The Meadowlands, and possibly The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia. “My Saturdays just opened up; Yonkers changed its schedule, so they picked up Wednesday instead of Saturday a few weeks ago,” he said. “I’ve been throwing around the idea of racing in Pennsylvania and still doing Yonkers at night.” Siegelman will remain at Freehold, where he won 85 times in 2019 to capture the driving title. “Doing it at Freehold is a little different,” he said. “Usually, you’re driving for different people every race and it’s not just one barn, so that’s always nice.” When it comes to getting on a roll like that, Siegelman said, “You’re just thinking how to win the next one.” There is, however, some confidence that starts to build. “Oh yeah, absolutely,” he said. “Once you start to win a few, it kind of helps the train get rolling a little bit.” Siegelman began driving at Freehold since its day racing fit well with his schedule. It has turned into a nice little haven for him. “I feel very comfortable over at that track,” he said. “The atmosphere is a little more laid back.” He is now looking to conquer Yonkers the way he has at Freehold. “I like Yonkers, it’s tough,” he said. “I consider Yonkers my main track now. Even though I don’t win five a night at Yonkers, I’m there every night.” Siegelman, who lists winning the Potomac Pace last year and “just making it this far,” as some of his biggest accomplishments, says his goal this year would be to get 100 wins at every track he races regularly. But for the most part, he is taking it drive by drive. “Right now, I’m happy with where I’m at,” Siegelman said. “I drive for the overnight guys now. But when I’m ready (for stakes races), I’ll be ready for that.” Austin is the son of trainer James Siegelman, who he still goes to for advice. “We’re living in two separate places right now, but he still helps me out a lot,” Siegelman said. “I talk to him every night. He’ll criticize me every night or tell me I did good every night.” Slowly but surely, he’s earning more praise with each of those talks. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA

LEBANON, OH - Hamsandwich, a gorgeous roan four-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis, captured the $22,500 championship leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series at Miami Valley on Monday (Feb. 22). It was his third straight success in the series, this one clocked in 1:54. Leading driver Trace Tetrick guided the odds-on favorite for owner-trainer Adam Short. The Hiteman series, one of nine "Lebanon Legends" events honoring notable former southwest Ohio horsemen in February and March, featured non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime through the nomination date. Hamsandwich will now likely graduate to the George Williams Memorial for non-winners of four races or $40,000. As he did in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was satisfied to settle Hamsandwich into a mid-pack position until flushing live cover nearing the half, which carried him until halfway around the final bend. At that point, as he so often does, Tetrick swung Hamsandwich three wide and they roared down the middle of the stretch to a convincing victory. Gambler Panic (Jason Brewer) put up a courageous fight before succumbing to the winner about 100 yards shy of the finish line. The pair produced a $16.80 perfecta. Longshot Bizys Beatle (Jared Seekman) was best of the rest and completed a $101.70 50-cent trifecta return.   Racing resumes Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami Valley with 2:05 p.m. post times on each day. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

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