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YONKERS, N.Y. – For Ron Buker, part of the fun of owning Standardbred racehorses is sharing the experience with the whole family. That’s why on race nights, Ron, his wife Briana, and their three children all gather in front of the TV to root the harness racing horses on and share quality time together. “What really got me into buying more horses was I have three kids. When we turn the TV on to watch the horses race, they would say, ‘daddy, there’s your horse.’ I would say, ‘no, this horse is all of ours.’ That’s priceless, a bond like that,” Buker said. “The kids absolutely love horses. When the horses do race on TV, we all sit together and watch, get excited. Win or lose, it’s a priceless moment with everybody together having a good time.” Buker was a longtime patron of Dover Downs before he relocated to South Carolina for work. He always dreamed of being more than just a fan and took the plunge in January 2019, becoming an owner on the Delaware circuit. In the short time since, Buker or his Bukers Stable expanded to racing across the U.S., starting horses in 289 races. Horses owned wholly or in part by the Bukers have won 56 races, placed in another 86 and earned $634,009. The stable has also raced horses in Australia.  “I owned one and it wins, then you get the itch; you buy another one and then the next thing you know, you have a bunch of them,” Buker said. One of the stars in Buker’s current lineup of 12 horses is Lady Dela Renta, an Australian-bred Well Said daughter who’s won three straight races at Yonkers and will try to make it four in a row in the $25,000 filly and mare open handicap pace Thursday night (Sept. 17). Imported to the U.S. last summer, Lady Dela Renta made an immediate impact, earning a 1:49.2 lifetime mark at Pocono in just her third Stateside start Sept. 3, 2019 for Blindswitch Racing and Dolne Farm. Bukers Stable joined the partnership this February and as of Aug. 27, assumed sole ownership of the standout mare. Lady Dela Renta looked to be a rising star last fall and winter, scoring a neck win in the local filly and mare open handicap Oct. 4, 2019 and three open wins at Saratoga from October to December. She entered the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers March 13, but when the series was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, she headed to the Midwest. Lady Dela Renta was winless in four starts in the distaff open at Scioto Downs before her connections made a change. “When she was out there in Ohio, she wasn’t racing to her full potential. Since she is an Australian horse, I knew the one trainer who would be the best for her was (Shane and Lauren Tritton’s) Team Tritton. I called (Shane) up and said, ‘I want to send her to you, you’re going to be the best for her.’ He said he liked her in Australia and they would gladly take her,” Buker said. “They take really, really good care of her. I think she’s Lauren’s pet,” Buker said. “They key behind it all is taking care of the horse. They’re not out there racing her every single week and hard racing her. It’s not all about drying all the money out of her right away, it’s taking care of a good horse.” After making her last Scioto start July 10, Lady Dela Renta qualified with Lauren Tritton in the sulky at Yonkers July 31. She scorched the track with a 1:52.2 victory, pacing a final quarter of :27.2. Lady Dela Renta then posted three straight pari-mutuel wins at Yonkers with Jordan Stratton driving: a 3 3/4-length win in a $15,500 overnight Aug. 13 and back-to-back wins at the $18,000 level by 1 length and 3 1/4 lengths, respectively Aug. 20 and Sept. 3. “With her, it’s the right trainer for the right horse,” Buker said. “It just goes to show that if you take care of the horse - because they aren’t machines - they’ll take care of you and then they show their full potential. “When they qualified her, that was a wow factor. She came back and won the first race, second race, and then the last race. This is for real here, she’s on a roll,” Buker said. “I think the first race stood out because I was anxious to see her in the first start with Shane and Lauren. After the first race, there was a lot of excitement. I think the last race stood out because she was in with a good group of horses and it looked like she won with ease.” Lady Dela Renta drew post three in Thursday night’s feature and will have Stratton in the bike again. The pair are the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Favored at 5-2 is Snobbytown, a Ron Burke trainee who twice won and twice finished second in this local feature in four starts between June 23 and July 30 (her last pari-mutuel outing). She will return tonight off a runner up finish to Caviart Ally in a Meadowlands qualifier Sept. 5.  The field also includes Neverforgetwhour, who like Lady Dela Renta, streaks into this filly and mare open handicap with three straight wins; she won local $15,500 overnights by a head, nose, and 1 length Aug. 13, Aug, 27, and Sept. 3, respectively. With regular driver Stratton opting for Lady Dela Renta, Scott Zeron gets the call on the 9-2 shot on the morning line. Coral Bella, who steps up off a win in the non-winners of eight condition last out, Robyn Camden, Apple Bottom Jeans, and Imprincessgemma complete the lineup. “I know we’re in with good company, but if any horse is ready to go 4-for-4, it’s her. She’s got the perfect draw, perfect spot. Jordan is the key man. He knows the horse, loves the horse, and when you can get a driver that loves and knows the horse like he does, you can’t lose,” Buker said. “We haven’t seen her best yet,” he continued. “She hasn’t been unleashed yet; Her best definitely is yet to come. She hasn’t let it all out and I think we’re going to see a little glimpse of it (tonight).” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

William Lear, Vice Chairman of The Jockey Club, is this week's special guest on the Harness Racing Alumni show.   You will hear about the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act (HISA) directly from the man who is the main creator of the needed Legislation. Lear also explains how the new regulations were scrutinized by Constitutional attorneys before being presented to the Senate and the House.   He explains to Freddie and the guys that it is not a 'one size fits all' bill and that there would be different medication rules for each breed, while making it clear that the harness racing cost would be negotiated for a lower price. Lear then explains how the innovative testing would be done. The goal of the legislation is to have national uniform standards on medication and safety. Don't miss this broadcast because it's filled with outstanding information.   To hear the podcast, click here.  From the Harness Racing Alumni Show  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 17, 2020 -- The 2020 Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ (SBOANJ) election will take place on November 16th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and in the interest of safety, the annual open meeting is canceled. Anyone interested in running for director must send a letter of intent to the SBOANJ office via certified mail, or in person, no later than September 30th. In order to qualify as a director, you must have been an active member for the past 2 years in the designated category in which you wish to run. There are two positions available in the driver/trainer category, one position in the breeder category, and two positions in the owner category. Running for re-election are Mark Ford and Julie Miller in driver/trainer category, Stephen Dey in the breeder category, and Bob Boni and Sam Landy in the owner category. A copy of the by-laws can be found on our website. Please check our website ( for updates. Send your letter and a short biography to: SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726 by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that two harness racing defendants, Scott Robinson and Sarah Izhaki, each pled guilty Wednesday (Sept. 16) to conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded drugs for the purpose of doping racehorses in connection with the two cases in which they are charged, United States v. Robinson, 20 Cr. 162 (JPO), and United States v. Izhaki, 20 Cr. 161 (MKV). Robinson pled guilty before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken, and will be sentenced by Judge Oetken on January 15, 2021. Izhaki pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, and will be sentenced by Judge Vyskocil on December 2, 2020. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Scott Robinson and Sarah Izhaki represent the supply side of a market of greed that continues to endanger racehorses through the sale of performance-enhancing drugs. Each of these defendants provided the raw materials for fraud and animal abuse through the sale of unregulated and dangerous substances: Robinson’s products were manufactured in shoddy facilities with no professional oversight of their composition; Izhaki’s products were smuggled into the country and sold from cars in supermarket parking lots. These convictions show that our Office and our partners at the FBI are committed to the prosecution and investigation of corruption, fraud, and endangerment in the horse racing industry.” According to the Indictments, the Superseding Information to which Robinson pled guilty, the Superseding Information to which Izhaki pled guilty, and other court documents, as well as statements made in public court proceedings: From at least in or about 2011 through at least in or about March 2020, Robinson conspired with others to manufacture, sell, and ship millions of dollars’ worth of adulterated and misbranded equine drugs, including performance-enhancing drugs intended to be administered to racehorses for the purpose of improving those horses’ race performance in order to win races and obtain prize money. Robinson sold these drugs through several direct-to-consumer websites designed to appeal to racehorse trainers and owners, including, among others, “” Robinson contributed to the conspiracy by, among other things, sourcing chemicals used to create custom PEDs that were advertised and sold; falsely labeling, packaging, and shipping those PEDs to customers across the country, including in the Southern District of New York; and collecting, reporting, and responding to employee and customer complaints regarding the misbranded and adulterated products advertised and sold online. Among the drugs advertised and sold during the course of the conspiracy were “blood builders,” which are used by racehorse trainers and others to increase red blood cell counts and/or the oxygenation of muscle tissue of a racehorse in order to stimulate the horse’s endurance, which enhances that horse’s performance in, and recovery from, a race, as well as customized analgesics which are used by racehorse trainers and others to deaden a horse’s nerves and block pain in order to improve a horse’s race performance. The drugs distributed through the defendants’ websites were manufactured in non-FDA registered facilities and carried significant risks to the animals affected through the administration of those illicit PEDs. For example, in 2016, Robinson received a complaint regarding the effect of his unregulated drugs on a customer’s horse: “starting bout 8 hours after I give the injection and for about 36 hours afterwards both my horses act like they are heavily sedated, can barely walk. Could I have a bad bottle of medicine, I’m afraid to give it anymore since this has happened three times.” Commenting on this complaint, Robinson wrote simply, “here is another one.” In a separate conspiracy, from at least in or about February 2018 through at least in or about November 2019, Izhaki conspired with others to transport, sell, and deliver, tens of thousands of dollars of erythropoietin, a “blood builder” drug intended to increase a horse’s racing performance, which had been smuggled into the country from Mexico. This drug was covertly transported into the United States and sold by Izhaki, who believed it would be used by racehorse trainers to illicitly improve their horses’ race performance. Izhaki also offered for sale amphetamines, and a substance that Izhaki referred to as “the Devil,” which Izhaki claimed would mask the presence of potent drugs in a human or animal’s body. The defendants are among 27 individuals charged in a series of Indictments arising from an investigation of a widespread scheme by racehorse trainers, veterinarians, PED distributors, and others to manufacture, distribute, and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses competing at all levels of professional horseracing. By evading PED prohibitions and deceiving regulators and horse racing officials, participants in these schemes sought to improve race performance and obtain prize money from racetracks, all to the detriment and risk of the health and well-being of the racehorses. Robinson, 46, of Tampa, Florida and Izhaki, 45, of Manalapan, New Jersey, each pled guilty to one count of conspiring to unlawfully introduce and receive with the intent to redistribute for pay or otherwise adulterated and misbranded drugs in interstate commerce, and to misbrand drugs in interstate commerce. This offense carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge. Acting U.S. Attorney Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI New York Office’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force and its support of the Bureau’s Integrity in Sports and Gaming Initiative. Ms. Strauss also thanked the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the New York State Police, and the New York City Police Department for their support of this investigation, and the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance and expertise. This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Mortazavi, Benet J. Kearney, and Andrew C. Adams are in charge of the prosecution.

WOODSTOCK, VA - Shenandoah Downs will open its fifth annual season of harness racing this Friday (September 18) at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds with a ten-race card beginning at 2:00 PM. Horses, trainers and racing personnel have been shipping onto the property all week preparing for the five-week stand.   Ten racing enthusiasts are also preparing to work the meet in a unique position. They will each call a complete card of racing, though none have any experience in the announcer's booth.   A month ago, the track sought out harness fans via social media who wanted to pursue this opportunity in an actual live race setting at an extended meet. Within several days, all ten announcing slots were filled. The fans selected have little or no announcing experience but showed a passion for harness racing.   Since the upcoming season will be conducted without spectators due to Covid-related precautions --- and the track had only offered on-site wagering --- the potential viewing audience is limited. At one time, track officials decided to go without an announcer but at a future planning meeting, decided to switch gears and opt for this unusual route.   "Those factors allowed us to offer first time callers a chance to spend an entire afternoon on the microphone and behind the binoculars," said Shenandoah's Darrell Wood. "These ten fans will get a chance to announce for several hours and will get to interact with judges, the chart caller and television crew. This should create a fun experience and nice memory for everyone."   Races, and the first-time announcer's calls, will be streamed live via the track's website at so fans can follow the action.   Racing fan Micahel Langer, who grew up in Freehold, New Jersey and has attended the Little Brown Jug for 40 years, will call Friday's opener. The 64-year-old has been a fan of the Grand Circuit for decades and follows races from Canada to New Zealand.   Richmond, Virgnia based Doug Gurney will tackle Saturday's 13 race card in which 131 horses initially entered. The program will showcase Virginia Breeder's three-year-old prep and elimination races. Gurney is a fan of both thoroughbred and harness races and was a trackside fixture at Colonial Downs from day one in 1997.   The second weekend will feature lifelong racing fan Steven Rice, a cold storage inventory technician who has visited 40 tracks, and Brad Hinton, a local enthusiast who works at Finish Line Plumbing.   The third weekend could be the most interesting. 12-year-old Woodstock resident Morgan Marston will call the Friday card and 10-year-old Dylan Dougherty will invade from Pennsylvania to call the $300,000 Virginia Breeder's Day of Champions program. Both youngsters have been tutored by legendary race caller Roger Huston who put Marston on air occasionally during the past several Shenandoah County Fair meets. Dougherty called 25 races --- in a paid position --- at the Meadville, Pennsylvania Fair this summer.   Shenandoah Downs regular Danny Ortts, who has also attended Shenandoah County Fair festivities his whole life, will kick off the fourth weekend. Jeff Jenkins, another local who used to drive at Rosecroft Raceway, will finish the weekend in the crows nest October 10.   The final weekend features thoroughbred fan Nick Hahn of Greene County, Virginia on October 16. Hahn has hosted the weekly "Off to the Races" radio show in Richmond for over 20 years and is a regular writer for "The Racing Biz". Marty Sendek, a former military officer and retired attorney, will bring the meet to its conclusion on October 17. Sendek estimates he has watched 20,000 races in his lifetime.    by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

It's common for several members of one family to work in the same industry. It's certainly not uncommon for members of one family to have the same job. Even in sports-related fields, two or more members of a family can compete at different levels; play for different teams or have different jobs in the organization. It is, however, far more uncommon for members of a family to compete against each other and even more unlikely for a son to be in direct competition to his father. Enter the Warrens. "My dad did it part time" said Todd Warren. "So, I grew up around it. My dad had horses with the Finns (family not nationality) and I grew up around them, when I was five or six. Then he got a couple of his own, and after he got off work at construction, we would take care of them. Then I got a job, when I was nine or 10, on weekends, for a trainer who had a big stable in Martinsville, Illinois. He would ship them down to the fairgrounds to spend the summer, maybe 20 or 25 of them. I stayed with him for about four year in the summers and then I actually got a matinee license, when I was 16. He started letting me drive his horses at the fairs a bit. One I got my drivers license, he'd ship me off to every fair in Illinois, with a six-horse gooseneck trailer. That's how I got going. "My dad wanted to do it with me when I got older and he was retired but he was killed in an accident before that could happen in any big way. He did own a couple horses that I trained but never to the degree that we wanted to do it. "So I went off on my own. "Until I was in high school," said Ridge Warren, "I never showed interest in going to the barn. To me it was either go hang out with your friends or go to the barn and work. Everyone else was playing so I wanted to go do that. But, when he had 20 or 30 horses and he was shipping off to go somewhere, I had to go in and do stuff. I think it was when we went to Sports Creek Raceway and raced bikes together, just the two of us, that I realized it was a lot of fun. That's when I first got the driving bug. I was 16 years old, the first time I ever even sat in a race bike. "It was like a spark clicked in him," Todd chimed in. "From then on a showed more interest in going to the track and training and racing," continued Ridge. "We had a lot of horses at the time. I moved back to Illinois when I turned 18, we had been living in Michigan but Dad was in Illinois after my parents got divorced, and got my qualifying license and slowly started driving. Todd added to the story. "When I got married, I moved to Michigan and stayed there for 20 years. His mom and I kept the horses away from him and his sister. This wasn't the life we wanted for our kids. We wanted them to enjoy high school, go to college, get a career and so on. Ridge was a baseball player, football and basketball player in high school and my daughter was in softball and cheerleading. But, on their time off and on weekends we did need some help around the barn. "My daughter had no interest in horses. She is an occupational therapist in Atlanta. She went to school." They both laughed. For the record, through September 13, Todd Warren has driven in 33,198 races, winning 502 of them. He finished in the money another 8,499 times. His drives have earned $26,021,398. As a trainer, Mr. Warren's horses have earned $3,227,352, winning 962 times from 3,773 starts, with an additional 1,046 finishes in the money. Ridge Warren has also had considerable success as both a driver and a trainer, though it appears that he has been inactive on the training side of things since 2013. His drives have earned $4,844,458, winning 759 times from 6,808 starts, with another 1,717 finishes in the money. As a trainer, Ridge sent 166 to the races, winning 35 times and finishing in the money another 49 and the horses earned over $108,000. They both started to say that they didn't feel any special competitiveness when they were in a race together. Sure. "When we first started racing together, I would try to watch for Ridge and see how he was doing," said Todd, "but often now I don't even know he's in the race. He's just another driver to me." "It was a little different when we were racing at Maywood," continued Ridge. "With the smaller oval, there is a lot more passing throughout the race and we would often say something to each other when we were passing one another. And yeah, it's still fun to beat my dad. When I see him in front of me, there's nothing better than going around him and he's going to know it when I go by." by Ron Uchman

MGM Northfield Park will host this year's Signature Series Finals on Wednesday, September 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000. The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug. However, this year they had been cancelled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and reschedule the events. Veteran pacers and trotters compete all summer at select county fairs to earn points to be eligible for the Signature Series final. The top-nine point earners that enter will be drawn into this year's finals provided they meet Northfield Park qualifying standards. Also, there will be no more than two entrants allowed from any owner or trainer. Horsemen need to enter by Friday (September 18) by 9AM electronically or by calling the MGM Northfield Park Race Office at 330-467-4101 ext. 52300. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Anderson, IN -- Somethingbeautiful solidified her divisional dominance in the Hoosier state's 2-year-old pacing filly ranks as she turned in a dazzling 1:52.2 performance to take the co-featured harness racing event of the evening, a split of Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday, September 16 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver LeWayne Miller in the bike, Somethingbeautiful recorded her sixth consecutive victory and remains undefeated this season. Leaving from the rail, Somethingbeautiful left just enough to grab a pocket seat behind the pace-setting Something To Me and John DeLong through the opening quarter in :27.4. JK She's Gordjus and Trace Tetrick wanted their turn on the front and got it just before the half in :57.2. JK She's Gordjus continued to call the shots through the three-quarters in 1:25.2 but Somethingbeautiful was winding up to strike. Using a :26.2 final quarter, Somethingbeautiful was able to track down JK She's Gordjus and repel a late sure from Something to Me to get the win by a length. Dylan Davis trains the daughter of Always A Virgin-Summer N Sand for the ownership partnership of H. Taylor, E. Gold, A. Basen, and R. Lomabardo. With the victory, Somethingbeatiful increased her lifetime bankroll to $104,500. Somethingbeatiful In the first division of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies, GD Rockin Kay turned in a sharp front-running effort to score a 1:52.4 victory. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, GD Rockin Kay made her game-winning move down the backside and was a two length winner. With the win, GD Rockin Kay established a new lifetime best and recorded her third win of the season from seven starts. Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Rockin Image--Kayla's Dream now has a lifetime record of 7-3-1-1. GD Rockin Kay is owned in partnership by Engel Stable of Ill, L. Willinger, Hen-Shaut Stb, and G. Golemes and has amassed $37,825 in lifetime purse earnings. GD Rockin Kay Two $32,500 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the three-year-old trotting fillies were also featured on the evening's 14-race card. May Baby and James Yoder continued their winning ways and captured the fastest division in 1:52.3. Yoder moved May Baby to the lead down the backside and she trotted strong to the wire to finish five lengths to the good. With the victory, May Baby equaled her lifetime best and recorded her fifth win from eight starts this season. Owned by Cheyenne Yoder and trained by James Yoder, the daughter of Guccio--Free Wheeling now sports a lifetime bankroll of $324,115. Swan Bomb and Ricky Macomber Jr. provided the lone upset of the evening as they pulled the slight 6-1 upset in the final division for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a final time of 1:55.3, Swan Bomb took advantage of a second-over trip to get the win by a length. Trained by Jamie Macomber and owned by Dreamville Stable, the daughter of Swan For All--Tilly Bomb has now won four of 12 seasonal starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 17. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. The 2020 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will feature 111 racing programs and follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the season. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will be conducted through Nov. 21. For more information on the live racing schedule, please visit Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2020 -- Drama Act overcame post 8 to score easily in 1:50, matching the stake record in Wednesday's $63,550 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers at The Meadows. Drama Act was making only her second start since owner The OK Corral shifted her to the Ron Burke stable, but the trainer likes what he's seen so far of the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act. "I think she's really a high-end filly," Burke said. "She won in 1:50 with her ear plugs in -- that's a special kind of mile. She has a few races left, and I think she'll get better as the year goes on." Drama Act needed almost the entire opening panel to make the point for Matt Kakaley, but she faced no serious challenges from there, defeating Keystone Eureka by 3-1/2 lengths, with the previously undefeated Seadog Lady third. Her time equaled the mark Lispatty established in 2016.   Burke anticipates that Drama Act, who now has banked $157,982, will continue to race at 4. "She has the potential to do well -- especially on small tracks. She's a pretty nice horse," he said. $67,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Dune Hill figured to be a lock for her eighth straight victory; she was hammered down to 1-9. But she broke stride before the gate, a bit of serendipity that caught the attention of Jim Pantaleano aboard Miss McKee for trainer Jack Baggitt, Jr. but didn't change his approach a jot. "I talked to Jack before the race, and he indicated that she had good gate speed and to try to place her forward," Pantaleano said. "That was my strategy regardless of Dune Hill's condition. I tried to take care of her a little bit in the middle half, and I probably didn't need to be that careful because she was really strong finishing." Miss McKee prevailed in 1:55, 3-3/4 lengths better than Impulse Buy. Allswell Hanover completed the ticket. J.L. Sadowsky LLC campaigns the daughter of Muscle Massive-Dazzling Deb, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. Sans Defaut has performed largely under the raider this year for Burke -- even though her win in the other Keystone Classic split sent her over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. But Wednesday's victory in what likely are her waning days of racing may have raised her profile. "I think she has a bit more to give," Burke said. "We want to finish the year strong with her. She's royally bred -- a full sister to Southwind Frank -- and I think she'll be bred at the end of the year." In the race, the daughter of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy idled until the field settled, powered to the lead and scored in 1:54.1. Perth Angel De Vie was second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, with Electrapedia third. Sans Defaut races for Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $24,658.78 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Wednesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Open Handicap Trot, headlined by heavy 2-5 favorite Mandeville (Nick Roland) who was looking to extend a two race winning streak and was returning to action off of 22 days rest.   After two scratches reduced the field to five, Mandeville got to move in two spots on the gate and was fastest off the car from the outside spot. Justlikehim (Jacob Cutting) also left alertly from post four and got away second, but after sensing the slow early tempo (:29 and :58.3) went on the attack before the half mile.   Justlikehim was parked and pressuring the leader all the way to deep stretch, but Mandeville ($2.80) was able to fend him off and post a gate-to-wire victory by one length in 1:55.3 with Magic Mvp (Chris Scicluna) getting up right at the wire to snag second away from Justlikehim.       Mandeville now has seven wins in twelve outings this year. He eclipsed the quarter-million dollar mark in career earnings ($254,169) with today's victory. Gerald Longo is the winning owner and trainer.   Trainer Alexia Kehl swept both divisions of the two year old Open Trot, scoring in the first $4,500 division with filly Sunny P (Dean Magee, $8.40) in 2:08.2 for her first lifetime win for owners Neil Goldstein and Mercedes Cabrera.   In the second $4,500 division, Kehl was victorious with her own gelding Oh Danny Boy (Darrell Wright, $9.80) who also picked up his first lifetime win with a one length tally in 2:03.2.   Driver Nick Roland led the Wednesday program with three winners and Dean Magee registered a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Saturday (September 19) with first post at 1:00 pm CDT and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $10,993.47.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall Late Closing Series. All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 9/30/2020). Sundays (October 18, October 25, November 1 and November 8) offers The Gridiron Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each of the four legs will carry a purse of $7,500. The $18,000 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Sunday, November 15. Tuesdays (October 20, October 27, November 3 and November 10) will host The Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of these legs will carry purses of $7,500. The $18,000 final will be (November 17). Wednesdays (October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $7,500. The final chases an $18,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 18). Saturdays (October 24, October 31, November 7 and November 14) will offer The Halloween Series for filly and mare pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $7,500 purse. The final will be Saturday (November 21) for a purse of $18,000. Pre-nominations are not necessary. A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant prior to their first start in the series (payments are not waived for scratches; entrants do not need to race in all legs of he series). Conditions for the series can be found at Horsemen should call 330-467-4101 ext. 52300 and speak to Northfield Park's race office for any additional questions. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Batavia, NY --- It's not too often a harness racing 9-year-old goes the race of a lifetime, but that's just what Before I Die did in the $8,500 Open I Handicap Trot at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Sept. 16). Before I Die (Dave McNeight III) started from the pylons but got away fourth after a three-deep :27.4 mad dash for the front by Victoria Swan (Drew Monti), Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.), who eventually took command. The action stayed fresh as the race passed the three-eighths where Before I Die tipped and proceeded in the breeze rounding the third turn. Before I Die trotted alongside Noble Legend and then went right by as the group entered the back straight and from there, he was gone. After opening up a 3-1/2 length lead in a 1:26.1 third quarter, Before I Die gained momentum with every stride around the last turn and then kicked away hard down the stretch to win by 7-3/4 lengths in 1:56.2, which was a new lifetime mark. Overlooked at 10-1, Before I Die ($22.80) scored his second win of the year for owners Jaime and Caren Dubay. Jaime Dubay trains the winner. There was a dead-heat for win in the $8,000 Open I pace for fillies and mares after Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) led at every station with Lady Dudette (Kyle Cummings) right behind her. At the top of the stretch Lady Dudette pulled and matched strides with Protect Blue Chip all the way to the light and the photo nor the judges could separate the two in a race that went 1:54.4. Lady Dudette ($5.00) is owned by Kyle Cummings and trained by Tammy Cummings and Protect Blue chip ($3.40) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. Five drivers had multi-win nights at Batavia on Wednesday. Jim Morrill Jr. led the pack with three and Kyle Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr., Dave McNeight III and Drew Monti all scored two. Trainers Ryan Swift and Tammy Cummings also scored two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 19) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Freehold,NJ --- The final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, along with a tough renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace, headline Freehold Raceway's Saturday harness racing card. Both races will go through trainer Brett Pelling.   In the final, Pelling will seek a sweep of the series, with JK Lucky Charms. This gelding, who Pelling co-owns with 3 Brothers Racing, won the first two legs of the series in front-running efforts. Last week, he won by 3/4 of a length in a sharp 1:54.3. His task will be a bit tougher than usual, however. In the first two legs, he had post position one. On Saturday, he'll have to leave from post position eight. Todd McCarthy maintains the drive.   Force N Fury, who has hit the board in both legs, Rock N Teen, who was a fast-closing second to JK Lucky Charms last out, and Rockin Jukebox, second in the first leg two weeks ago, look like the toughest rivals. The race is scheduled as the sixth race, with a post time of 2:10 PM EDT.   One race later, Pelling will send out the appropriately named Springsteen in the Preferred. This 5-year-old is best known for winning the 2018 Max Hempt Memorial at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He's won three times from five starts on the year, including an impressive 1:48.1 mile at the Meadowlands. Most recently, he was seventh in the Send it In Invitational at Scioto Downs.   He was assigned post position eight, with driver George Brennan.   The first of twelve at Freehold on Saturday will be at about 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Delishka N made a pace-controlling move in front of the stands the first time, then held off a wall of harness racing challengers the second time around to win the $14,400 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:51. Dexter Dunn sent Delishka N out to early command, yielded to Bettor Joy N, then went onward again when favorite Machnhope made a move just past the :26.1 quarter. Delishka N went back to the lead around Bettor Joy N, with Machnhope, seeing a likely battle for pace control developing, got in a vacant three-hole before the :54.3 half. The winner did not receive a strong challenge past the 1:22.2 three-quarters, but as they neared headstretch, there seemed to be "live" horses everywhere. Delishka N was most "live" of all, holding off inside rallier Machnhope by a half-length, with first-over Shezallapples A showing good determination late to gain third, a photo away from second. Bettors Joy N was beaten less than two lengths and still did not get a check from finishing sixth.   Richard Johnson trains the winner of $387,864 for D'Elegance Stable IX. Still among the older females, the Well Said mare Caviart Cherie made it 3-for-3 since teaming with trainer Darren Taneyhill and the Wildcard Stables Inc., during that time going from the second-lowest condition at Pocono to the second-highest for mares here today, a $11,200 contest in which she posted a 13-1 upset in a new mark of 1:50.4. Joe Bongiorno rallied the winner of $399,947 from the pocket to overhaul pacesetting favorite Anytime N by a length. The $12,800 co-featured fillies and mares pace for the classclimbing crowd saw New Year, who was 7-5 in a Pennsylvania Sire Stake against JK First Lady at Philly recently, enjoy the drop in company here en route to a 1:51.4 triumph as a heavy favorite. George Napolitano Jr. drove the sophomore Somebeachsomewhere filly, who has now amassed $197,415, for trainer Chris Ryder and the partnership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC. Tim Tetrick won four races on the day, including with Iaquinta, who broke a 51-race losing streak dating back to June 29, 2018. She came from an unusual spot for winners at Philly, too - fourth-over, with Tetrick keeping her off an overheated pace and then rallying her for the 12-1 victory.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

With a significant increase in fair participation this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel has decided to make exciting enhancements to the KY Fair Program for 2021.   The Fair Finals will be raced for a purse of $25,000, up from $15,000 in 2020. Further, the Advisory Panel unanimously adopted a proposal from panel member Art Zubrod, Brittany Farms General Manager, that consists of two upgrades: i) each fair race purse will be contested based on the numbers of starters at $1,000 per starter and ii) an additional trailer bonus of $1,000 per trailer will be added to the purse.   By way of example, a 7-horse race on a track using a 5-horse gate will have a $2,000 trailer bonus added to the newly established purse of $7,000 for a total purse of $9,000.   “These enhancements approved by the Sire Stakes Advisory Panel are just another step taken to help horsemen enjoy the benefits of the exciting programs emerging in Kentucky, “ says panel member and Kentucky Harness Association President Bob Brady, Kentuckiana Farms.   “Working closely with Steve Stewart, Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association representative on the panel that took oversight lead for the Fair Program, and with Art’s proposal, we have been able to adopt changes to the Kentucky Fair Program that will assist in growing Kentucky harness racing. Although further details and rule changes will be made in the near future, we wanted to get this exciting news out going into the upcoming yearling sales,” continued Brady.   From the Kentucky Harness Association

Harness racing this Week: Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, Metro Pace eliminations, She's A Great Lady eliminations and Milton Stakes eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ont. and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Another busy night of Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park takes place this Saturday (Sept. 19) and is led by the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters and the C$350,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters. Rounding out the action is a pair of C$40,000 Metro Stakes eliminations for 2-year-old colt pacers, two C$35,000 She's A Great Lady eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers and a pair of C$35,000 Milton Stakes eliminations for older pacing mares. On Friday (Sept. 18) The Meadowlands hosts the opening leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be three $20,000 divisions for both the colt and filly trotters and two $20,000 divisions for both the colt and filly pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Entries for The Meadowlands races are available at this link. Last time: On A Streak punched his ticket to the Mohawk Million with an upset in last Saturday's C$535,000 William Wellwood Memorial for driver Scott Young, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination. The Wellwood Memorial was hyped as the showdown between undefeated freshman trotting colts Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion, but both saw their perfect records broken when Macho Martini's Blais stablemate On A Streak gamely dug in to hold off Southwind Tyrion in a thrilling stretch drive. "This is incredible, even a guy like me doesn't have a whole lot of words," said Young after the biggest win of his career. "I took a look over and saw (Southwind Tyrion) first up and (Macho Martini) following him obviously and I thought I could try and get a little distance in the last turn and my colt dug all the way down the lane and I still thought (Southwind Tyrion) was going to get me halfway down the lane, but he kept digging and we got it." On A Streak upset the two heavy favorites to win the Wellwood at Mohawk Park. New Image Media photo. On A Streak and Young got away third in a :27.2 opening quarter set by Logan Park. Southwind Tyrion and Yannick Gingras got away fourth, while Macho Martini and driver Bob McClure were kept wide by their rival going into the turn. On A Streak got his cue to go in the second quarter and made the front before hitting the half in :57.2. The second quarter also saw Macho Martini ready to go on, but he was waiting on Southwind Tyrion to move. That move to the outside by Southwind Tyrion ultimately forced Macho Martini three-wide going into the final turn before finding room to slide in a lane onto his rival's back. On A Streak and Young ramped up the tempo on the far turn to race by three-quarters in 1:25.4 with Southwind Tyrion approaching first-up. In the stretch, Southwind Tyrion confronted On A Streak and the rookies went to war. Macho Martini dipped to the inside and stayed with the top pair, finishing third by just over a length. The final strides saw On A Streak prevail by a head for a timely maiden-breaking score. On A Streak paid $32 to win. Donna Soprano made a three-wide move up the backstretch moving to the lead and never looked back for a dominating 1:53.3 victory in the C$335,000 Peaceful Way 2-year-old filly trot for the team of McClure, Blais and Determination. "I've talked many times about her temperament and she's a little flighty, but I've also said she's getting better every week and she was perfect tonight," said McClure. "I moved her three-wide, she landed on the front and she came right back to me and just coasted home. She's a very special filly and I'm just very lucky to drive her." The early stages of the Peaceful Way saw many starters leaving for position with Dream Chapter stretching out Dicentra through a :27.1 opening quarter. Donna Soprano had yet to see the rail in mid-pack when McClure opted to circle three wide around Amazone Duharas. The heavy favorite cleared stablemate Dicentra just after a :56.4 half. Donna Soprano trotted by three-quarters in 1:25.2 with slight pressure from Amazone Duharas before leaving her rivals far behind with a wrapped up :28.1 final quarter to win by 4-1/4 lengths. Lady Chaos rallied for second, while You Will Be Queen and Imextraspecial completed the superfecta. Donna Soprano paid $2.70 to win. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, 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 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 583; 2. Andrew McCarthy - 337; 3. Tim Tetrick - 284; 4. Bob McClure - 275; 5t. Dexter Dunn - 239; 5t. Brian Sears - 239. Trainers: 1. Nancy Takter - 410; 2. Ron Burke - 376; 3. Tony Alagna - 362; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 264; 5. Marcus Melander - 233. Owners: 1. Determination - 185; 2. Brad Grant - 142.9; 3. S R F Stable - 95; 4. Crawford Farms Racing - 90.6; 5. Burke Racing Stable - 86.4. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County (Ohio) Fair, Hoosier Park, Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. Delaware will host nine Grand Circuit races, led by the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers. Hoosier Park features eight Grand Circuit races, including the Caesars Trotting Classic for open trotters. Mohawk Park's week will include the Mohawk Million for 2-year-old trotters and the Metro Pace and She's A Great Lady finals for freshman pacers. The Meadowlands will host the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

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