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Friday's stakes-filled card at Harrah's Hoosier Park features many of harness racing's big names - including Top 10-ranked Gimpanzee and Atlanta - but it includes only one undefeated harness racing horse. That's Somethingbeautiful. Somethingbeautiful is 6-for-6 this season for trainer Dylan Davis and driver LeWayne Miller, winning every start by a minimum of a length. She has faced Indiana-sired foes exclusively to this point, but on Friday tries the Grand Circuit when she competes in the $220,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Test Of Faith, the once-beaten Brett Pelling-trained New York Sire Stakes champion, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Somethingbeautiful is the 5-2 second choice. "There are some nice fillies in there, but I think she can go with them," Miller said. "It will be a nice test for her. But she's been facing some good fillies here too. She's been very nice. Her versatility and her maturity for being a 2-year-old, she's very good that way." Somethingbeautiful is by Always A Virgin out of Summer N Sand. She is a half-sister to Shnitzledosomethin, a now 5-year-old who was a Breeders Crown runner-up in 2017 and has earned $778,503 in his career. She was purchased for $30,000 at the Hoosier Sale and is owned by Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and Richard Lombardo. The same group owns Shnitzledosomethin. The filly opened eyes when she qualified for the first time, winning in 1:58.3 with a last quarter of :25.4. In her six races, Somethingbeautiful has won from both off the pace and gate-to-wire, and kicked home in 27 seconds or faster in every start. "She really impressed me from the start," Miller said. "The only thing that surprises me is how easily she does it sometimes. She's a fighter. Her last start, I thought she was going to get beat, but when those fillies came to her she just took off again. "I think her potential is very high. I feel like she can compete with the best fillies out there." In addition to the Kentuckiana for 2-year-old filly pacers, Hoosier hosts the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic for older trotters, the $140,000 Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old male pacers, $105,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, $221,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, and $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old male pacers. Atlanta, coming off her win in the Maple Leaf Trot, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Caesars Trotting Classic. Gimpanzee, who has won five of seven starts and been no worse than third in any race this season, is 9-5. Gimpanzee is ranked No. 4 in the sport's current Top 10 poll while Atlanta is No. 6. Century Farroh, who won the Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier in August, is the 3-1 favorite in the Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Dorsoduro Hanover, who won the Canadian Pacing Derby earlier this month, is 7-2. Other stakes favorites are Elegantimage runner-up Sister Sledge (8-5) in the Moni Maker, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion No Lou Zing (2-1) in the Jenna's Beach Boy, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Southwind Gendry (8-5) in the Elevation, and New York Sire Stakes champion Iteration (3-1) in the Kentuckiana trot. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Hoosier. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

The Kentucky Harness Association (“KHA”) is pleased to announce the launch of its website (kyharness.com) dedicated to its members and growth of the harness racing industry in Kentucky.  The KHA was established to promote, support and facilitate growth in the harness industry in Kentucky and to promote and encourage cooperative efforts among racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers, fans, and other industry participants for the overall benefit of the industry. The KHA is seeking new members with a common desire to grow the KHA and support it in its efforts increase visibility on issues that impact the industry on local, state, and national levels, while continuing to promote the Kentucky harness racing and breeding industry.  Membership is presently free for owners, breeders, trainers and drivers and associate members that are involved in the industry in Kentucky as service providers, fans or others that love harness racing.   Acting as a united voice to promote the industry, members will receive regular legislative updates, horse health and welfare notices, racetrack developments and news, including medication issues, and tax and economic news.  More importantly, the KHA will develop and secure group benefits (insurance programs, purchasing discounts, etc.) for members. “The future of harness racing in Kentucky is bright.  I have never been more excited about the industry in Kentucky with the new $225M+ Oak Grove Racing and Gaming Complex, the growth and expansion of The Red Mile and the rejuvenated Kentucky Sire Stakes and Fair programs. With my 40+ years of experience in the business and through the friendships we have built, our goal with the KHA is to be the unifying force in harness racing in Kentucky, nationally and internationally to grow the sport and business we love,” says Bob Brady, President of the KHA. “We encourage everyone to join and become an active member as Kentucky regains its stature as the harness capital of the world,” continues Brady. From the Kentucky Harness Association          

Columbus, MN - The featured events on the Wednesday afternoon (September 23) Harness Racing program at Running Aces were the freshman trotting events with two divisions going for $11,500 each.    The colts and geldings division went to heavily favored Rush To The Bank (Nick Roland, $2.20) who was never in doubt while posting a gate-to-wire score by two lengths over Oh Danny Boy and Ice Titan in 2:02.1. The victory today made it five in a row for the clear leader in this division, and likely favorite for the Minnesota Day of Champions program on October 3.    The winner is a gelded son of Banker Volo, owned by Jeralene Roland and Vickie Rush and is trained by Dan Roland.    The filly division went to Coatofmanycolors ($27.40), who rallied from well back to get up for a one length tally in 2:02.1 for her first lifetime win in just her second career start. It's So Fluffy was home in second and The Royal Queen checked in third.    The winning filly is by Tymal Templar, owned and trained by driver Jenni King.    Justlikehim (Jacob Cutting, $14.80) trotted to a new career mark of 1:54 in the $8,500 Open Handicap Trot, converting a pocket trip into a 3/4 length tally over Magic Mvp and Pridecrest. The winner is a 5 year old gelding by My Mvp, owned by Orlando Nevarez and trained by Edwin Quevedo.    The 1:54 mile was just one-fifth of a second off of the track record.    Driver Steve Wiseman led the program with two winners and trainer Kathie Plested-Wiseman registered two winners as well.    The Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $14,916.02 for Saturday (September 26).    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action four days a week at 1:00 pm CDT.    Photo: Rush To The Bank made it five in a row on the freshman trot      By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Delaware, OH — Minutes after watching Party Girl Hill win Wednesday’s Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds with a performance that included a world record in her elimination and a 3-1/2 length score in the final, breeder/owner Tom Hill summed up his thoughts about the filly in simple terms. “She just proved what I’ve been telling everybody, that she’s the best horse I’ve ever owned,” Hill said from his home in Lancashire in the United Kingdom. “As we would say in England, she’s a Rolls Royce with hair.” Party Girl Hill, driven by Dexter Dunn and trained by Chris Ryder, won the $142,635 Jugette final in 1:50.3, with stablemate New Year finishing second and Peaky Sneaky third. Earlier in the day, she won her elimination in 1:49.3, the first sub-1:50 mile by a female pacer on a half-mile track in harness racing history.   Unraced at age 2, Party Girl Hill improved to 11-for-11 in her career with her two victories in the Jugette and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $577,270. “I don’t know how good she is,” Hill said. “I don’t know where the bottom is, I really don’t. “She can leave, she can come from behind, she can sit parked; it doesn’t make any difference. That’s when you’ve got a great one, when they can win from anywhere. She’s just a very special filly. She’s a gift from God, that’s what she is. I’ve had a lot of good horses, but I’ve had nothing like her. I’ve been blessed.” Party Girl Hill’s win gave owner Hill his second Jugette trophy. He won his first in 2010 with Western Silk. It also came four days after Hill celebrated his 70th birthday. “It’s near enough for a birthday present,” Hill said with a laugh. Party Girl Hill opened her march to the Jugette crown by beating Lyons Sentinel, last year’s Dan Patch Award divisional champ, by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.3 in the second of the event’s two eliminations.   The time eclipsed the previous world record for a 3-year-old pacing filly on a half-mile track, 1:50.1, shared by Warrawee Ubeaut and Call Me Queen Be. It also lowered the all-time mark for any female pacer, 1:50, shared by Godiva Seelster and Tequila Monday. “She’s just an amazing animal,” Dunn said. “There seems to be no bottom to her, she does her work so easily. It’s truly a real pleasure to be lucky enough to sit behind her. I have to thank Tom Hill for that, for trusting me with the drive. “She’s exciting. She’s gone both heats today without the plugs being pulled or really being asked. She just does an amazing job.” The 31-year-old Dunn, who arrived in the U.S. in the summer of 2018 at the behest of fellow New Zealand native Ryder after a standout career Down Under, added the Jugette to his growing list of Grand Circuit victories. He won a total of six races Wednesday at Delaware. “I had a lucky day,” said Dunn, who was the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2019 Driver of the Year. “I got to drive really nice horses and they were all on top of their game today. This girl really topped the day off well. “This is a special moment for my lifetime because the Ryders have been family friends with the Dunns for 50-odd years. Chris and (his wife) Nicola have done so much to get me over here and support me. It’s a day I’ll never forget.” Dunn’s only concern following the eliminations was Party Girl Hill racing in the final off a world-record performance. “As soon as we stepped on the track, those worries went away because she had her ears pricked and she was happy as anything being out there,” Dunn said. In the final, Dunn let New Year (who won the first of the event’s two eliminations, also with Dunn in the sulky) and Lyons Sentinel battle in the first turn before launching Party Girl Hill to the lead. Party Girl Hill, the 1-9 favorite, was on top at the quarter and never looked back. “Many thanks to Tom Hill for giving me such an amazing horse,” Ryder said. “Many thanks to Dexter, he’s done a tremendous job driving her.” When reminded in the winner’s circle by track announcer Roger Huston about Hill’s birthday, Ryder quipped, “That’s great. Happy birthday. Anything else I can do for you Tom?” Back in Lancashire, Hill said winning was enough. While some speculated about how Party Girl Hill might have fared if she took on the boys in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug, both Ryder and Hill downplayed the idea. “I don’t want to hurt the filly,” Hill said. “I don’t want to do something and regret it. If she raced the colts and got beat, I know it’s no disgrace, but I don’t want to do that. She’s only had 11 races. She’s only a novice.” A novice assembling one heck of a resume. One that Hill thinks should get noticed at the end of the season if her current form holds. “She should have a shot at being Horse of the Year,” Hill said. “She’s never been beat and she’s raced on every size track. She’s never been beat and never looked like getting beat. What more could she do? She is the only one out there that’s undefeated. I think she should have a good push to be Horse of the Year. Not for me, but for her. She deserves it.” Party Girl Hill sets world record in elimination Trainer Chris Ryder and driver Dexter Dunn swept the two $47,545 Jugette eliminations on Wednesday, with 1-9 favorite Party Girl Hill winning the second in a world-record 1:49.3 after stablemate New Year won the first in 1:52. Joining those two horses in the $142,635 Jugette final were Peaky Sneaky, Blazin Grace, and Keystone Eureka from the first elimination and Lyons Sentinel, Perfect Storm, and Lady Lou from the second. Party Girl Hill was third through the first half of her elimination before launching a methodical attack on leader Lyons Sentinel. The two battled around the last turn and Party Girl Hill drew clear by three-quarters of a length as they neared the wire. The time of 1:49.3 eclipsed the previous world record for a 3-year-old pacing filly on a half-mile track, 1:50.1, shared by Warrawee Ubeaut and Call Me Queen Be. New Year, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, won the first elimination in 1:52. Peaky Sneaky finished second, followed by Blazin Grace and Keystone Eureka.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Delaware, OH - Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn swept both the elims and final of the Jugette. He also swept both divisions of the Buckette en route to a six-win afternoon at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. There were two divisions of the $82,200 (div) Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters and Dunn won them both. Caviart Eva took the first division by two lengths in 1:54 over Hannah (Andy Miller). Nancy Takter trains the Trixon lass for Caviart Farm.   The second $41,100 division went to another Trixon filly Spoiled Princess. Spoiled Princess defeated Deswanslittlelorie (Aaron Merriman) by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. Nifty Norman conditions the winner for Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Racing. Dunn is the ten-time New Zealand champion driver, who started driving in the United States full time last year. Standardbred Filly Pace to Fighting Evil The Sweet Lou filly, Fighting Evil (Mike Wilder) took the $39,406 Standardbred filly pace in 1:54.2. Tava (Tim Tetrick) and Always B Laughin (Andy Miller) was second and third. Trainer Daniel Lee Snyder co-owns the filly with Jason Ash of Delaware, Ohio. Treasure Gems K Takes Standardbred Trot Treasure Gems K (Chris Page) broke her maiden in the $43,506 Standardbred two-year-old filly trot in 1:59. Josh Joshing (Andy Miller) and Gothic Girl (Dan Noble) rounded out the trifecta. The Encore Encore filly is trained by Paul Reid for Robert J. Key. World Mark Lower Twice in OBC Three-Year-Old Colt Trot A pair of world records were established in the Ohio Breeders Champioships for three-year-old colt trotters. In the opening division $48,421, It's Academic (Chris Page) lowered the world mark to 1:53.1 with a 3 ½ length victory over Stonefire Us (Dewayne Minor) and Big Box Hanover (Dan Noble). The Uncle Peter colt won for the fourth time in 10 seasonal starts and has amassed just short of $340,000 for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. The record stood for approximately two hours as Action Uncle (Brett Miller) lowered the world mark to 1:52.4 in the second division with 5 ¾ length score over Buxton (Dan Noble). Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the Uncle Peter colt for Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills.   Action Uncle has been ultra-consistent this season with eight wins and a second in nine 2020 starts. He has won $570,035 for his career. Action Uncle already owned the two-year-old world record that he established last year at the Delaware County Fair. Firsts  There will be a trio of trainers hitching up their first Jug starter in 2020. John Ackley, Carmine Auciello and Eric Mollor all look to make their first Jug start a winning one.  The 28 year-old Austin Siegelman will be driving in his first Jug. Siegelman is nearing 1,600 career wins and $12.7 million in career earnings.  Jug Post Times  The first elimination (Race #15) is scheduled for a 4:56 PM post time. The second elimination (Race #16) should go postward at 5:19 PM. The $335,400 second heat (Race #20) is expected to go at 6:50 PM.  Baldachino to “Perform” on Jug Day  Lexi Baldachino of Millstone, NJ has been selected to virtually perform the National Anthem during the Little Brown Jug’s “Jug Day” broadcast.  Baldachino, 22, studied dance and theatre at Penn State University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.   She currently lives in NYC and her performing credits include roles in Flashdance: the Musical and The Wedding Singer.   by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

ANDERSON, IN --September 23, 2020---- Some of the brightest stars in all of Harness Racing will descend upon Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 25 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. With over $1.2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2020 live racing season on Friday with a 15-race card that includes that includes the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $221,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $120,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. A talented field of ten will be sent postward in this year's edition of the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic. Maple Leaf Trot winner Atlanta has been enlisted as the 8-5 slight morning line choice from post position eight with David Miller in the bike. Trained by Ron Burke, the five-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip has won three of seven outings while bankrolling $414,564 in purse earnings this season. Lindy The Great captured last year's edition of the Caesars Trotting Classic and will start from post ten with regular pilot Andy Miller in the bike. Trained by Julie Miller, Lindy The Great will look to become the first Caesars Trotting Classic back-to-back winner in the history of the race. The field for Friday's main event also includes seven millionaires and three Indiana-sired trotters. The Hoosier state will be well represented as Bridge To Jesse's, Fiftydallarbill, and Custom Cantab will look to capture Indiana's richest trotting event. Not to be outdone by their trotting counterparts, an accomplished field of ten will line up behind the gate for the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. After winning in the 2020 Dan Patch Stakes, Century Farroh will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park and will play the role of morning line favorite from post eight. Trained by Ian Moore, Century Farroh most recently finished third in the Canadian Pacing Derby behind Dorsoduro Hanover and Dancin Lou who have drawn post 10 and post 6, respectively in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in three special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta will be available in the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, slated as the thirteenth race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta in the $176,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the twelfth race on the program. A $15,000 Hoosier High-5 will also be offered on the last race of the program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the action on the track, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a variety of promotions and a fall festival for racing fans. The first 250 racing fans will receive a free Harrah's Hoosier Park 2020 racing t-shirt. The evening's festivities will also include free handicapping contests, family-friendly activities, free pumpkins while supplies last, live entertainment, food trucks and giveaways. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2020 Championship Meet, which features a $4 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 9 with the $200,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will be highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown October 30 & 31. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

CHESTER, PA - The Liberty Bell stakes series commenced its annual fall run at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, with over $160,000 in purses offered to two-year-old fillies on both gaits. There were three divisions for pacers, and the chalk won all three - though the heaviest favorite of all gave the crowd some tension before they could get their nickel profit for every win dollar bet. Grace Hill, second in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship behind Blue Diamond Eyes (who won the Kentucky program's final this past Sunday) looked to be sailing along for driver Todd McCarthy after setting fractions of :28.2, :56.1, and 1:24.2. However, pocketsitter Natchez Belle kept chopping into the margin - four lengths at the half, two at the three-quarters, 1¼ lengths at the stretch call and narrowing with every step towards the wire. But Grace Hill, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $1.6M+-winning Western Silk, dug down and won by a head in 1:53.1, running her scorecard to 6-4-2-0-$202,772 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill.   Another filly with a distinguished pedigree as a half-sister to Huntsville, the Betting Line - Wild West Show miss Let 'Er Buck, made two moves to control the throttle through splits of :28, :57.3, and 1:25.3, then turned back first-over Southwind Mina by 1¾ lengths in 1:53.4, a career best, for driver Mark MacDonald and owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. The fastest winner was the Captaintreacherous - Miss Kitty Hanover filly Mackie Hanover, who sped right to the top from the outside post six and hung up numbers of :28, :57.1, and 1:24.3 en route to a three length triumph in a lifetime best 1:52.4. George Brennan, a four-time winner during the card, was in the sulky for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Howard Taylor and Falcon Racing LLC. On the trotting side, it was finally the day for "the world's richest maiden," the Donato Hanover - Dream Child filly You Ato Dream, who had been second in all four of her PA Sire Stakes preliminaries and the Championship while earning $157,556. Here You Ato Dream worked her way to the lead for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory near the :28 quarter, put up midsplits of :57 and 1:25, then was kept to business to withstand potential pocket rocket May Karp in 1:54.2, a maiden mark. Jeff Gregory Inc. owns the talented miss with William Richardson, George Romanoff, and Martin Garey. Donato Hanover earned a siring double when Wixx Hanover (dam: Whispering Wind) reduced her mark to 1:55.3 in the other section. With a filly who had shown both speed and shaky manners, driver George Brennan was in no hurry to rush the baby, letting her follow the early cover of favored Myreanna, who claimed the lead midway between the :28.1 quarter and the :57.2 half, and then claimed the top going to the midrace mark. From there Wixx Hanover had total command, reaching the three-quarters in 1:26 and going off to a three length victory over the chalk for trainer Roland Mallar, co-owner with Patrick Leavitt and William Hartt. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

HARRINGTON, DE - Don and David Wiest's Rhett ($3.20, Tony Morgan) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old harness racing trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Rhett's win came in 2:01.3 via disqualification as Big Al M hit the wire first but was placed second for violation of the euro-rail rule. Big Al M was the leader throughout while Rhett sat in the pocket. Someofmygoodtime finished third. A son of Keystone Activator, Rhett notched his first career win for trainer Don Wiest.   The first filly division went to Jazzy Judy ($3.40, Victor Kirby) in a battle of attrition as only 2 of the 6 horses stayed on gait. Jazzy Judy mowed down leader Reality late for a 2:06.2 win. Amy Wil was third. It was the first career start for the daughter of Political Briefing, owned by Thestable Jazzy Judy Grp. and trained by Jim King Jr. The second male division saw Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing's Roll Juan ($14.60, Morand) hold off a hard charging Blue Devil for a 2:03.2 win. Trained by Les Givens, the Rolls Blue Chip colt prevailed in his 2nd career start. Bluestone Jackson was third. Favorite and previously unbeaten Malachi's Test broke stride near the quarter mile mark. Ed Kimmel, Don Wiest and David Wiest Stables' Azurine ($3.40, Morgan) was a wire-to-wire winner in the final division on the card for fillies, with a 2:06.1 win over Designer's Edge and Annalee third. Trained by Don Wiest, the Anders Bluestone filly was making her 2nd career start. Round two of DSBF action kicks off Monday September 28 for male pacers, with filly pacers on September 29 and all sexes of trotters on September 30. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- A pair of $8,500 Open I Handicap races topped the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 23) -- one for trotters and one for pacing mares -- and both produced gate to wire winners. Majestic Kat moved up to the Open I trot after a 4-1/2 length, 1:57.2 seasonal best win in the Open III last week and despite the jump in class, went almost the exact same mile. Billy Davis Jr. left with Majestic Kat and cut quarters of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.1 before Before I Die (Dave McNeight III) trotted alongside him in the last turn and then matched strides all the way down the lane. With less than a half-length between them for the last 1/16th of the mile, Majestic Kat managed to hold her ground and beat Before I Die at the light by a 1/2 length in 1:57.1, which was another new seasonal mark. Majestic Kat ($7.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. Billy Davis Jr. added two more wins during the proceedings, walking away with a driving hat trick. One race later in the top distaff pace, HP Sissy rebounded from two consecutive eight hole draws and went right to the front where she does some of her best work. Denny Bucceri sped to the quarter in :27.1 before grabbing leather in a :30 flat second panel, where the race was really decided. Blacknsweet Adda A (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled on the second circuit with Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) on her back, but HP Sissy was up to the task. She hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, rounded the far turn and opened up a two-length advantage while pacing sharply to the wire in 1:54.4. It was the fifth win of the year for HP Sissy ($7.10) who is owned by Finnocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol. Finnocchario, Ohol and Bucceri doubled their pleasure Wednesday as they also won with Mach's Echo who blew up the tote board with a $39.60 payoff. Jim Morrill Jr. had a big night in the bike, winning four races on the card. He scored with Sentimental Lady (1:57.1, $5.30), Il Mago (1:57, $4.40), Odyssey Blue Chip (1:58.1, $2.50) and You Mach Me Crazy (1:56.4, $2.30). Gerry Sarama trained the last three Morrill winners, giving him a training triple that was matched by fellow conditioner Sabrina Shaw. Drew Monti was the final multi-win horseman teaming two winners on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 26) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2020 _ Hedges Avenue A worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared through the Lightning Lane to spring a 14-1 harness racing upset victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. Always Giggling, the 4-5 favorite, took the field through three-quarters in a reasonable comfortable 1:24.4. But when Brady Brown pointed Hedges Avenue A inside, the 7-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Presidential Night was the fresher mare, downing Always Giggling by 1/2 length in 1:53.1. Greenhilldebatable completed the ticket.   J.L. Adams trains the winner for Martin Valentic, John Bednarski and Karl Malik. Tony Hall and Chris Shaw each piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $34,507.17 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,237.97 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

The following is a statement from U.S. Trotting Association President Russell Williams in response to an announcement from The Jockey Club regarding constitutionality of the Horse Racing Safety and Integrity Act of 2020. Columbus, OH -- Just a few days ago, after the USTA refused to abandon the principles it has been advancing for several years, one of The Jockey Club's minions informed us that our principles did not matter, because the bill is assured of passage. The Jockey Club's sudden fury is baffling, at first. The white paper to which The Jockey Club's lawyer refers in his editorial is not secret. We have been using it to good effect on Capitol Hill for weeks, and state attorneys general are also reviewing it. For our opponents, who included us in the bill without our knowledge or consent, who have refused to consider changes to the language of the bill, who have obstructed our interest at every turn, and who disregarded a broad body of veterinary knowledge in drafting this bill, to act shocked that we decline to hand them our work product is right out of their arrogant form book. It is worth mentioning that the unconstitutionality of the HIA was known from the time the Congressional Research Service report on the bill came out in 2015. Nothing constitutionally relevant is different in the HISA. The USTA retained Gibson Dunn, one of the most eminent law firms in the United States, to advise on the constitutional problems in the bill. Our "hired gun," led by one of its partners, a former United States Solicitor General, recently beat the federal government in a case involving a federal statute that had fewer constitutional defects than The Jockey Club's private legislation contains. This explains all the commotion coming from The Jockey Club's direction. We do not intend to try the constitutional case in a series of blustering press releases. In the event that this legislation is enacted, there will be a better forum for that. To read the USTA's press release, "USTA obtains legal advice that HISA is unconstitutional," click here. From the USTA Communications Department    

Harness racing this week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker, The Elevation and The Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Mohawk Million, Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 23) at Delaware with the $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $82,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $39,406 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $43,506 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday (Sept. 24) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $559,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $87,500 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $83,800 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old open trotters, the $54,206 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $47,006 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 25) with the $221,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $220,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $150,000 Caesars for Open trotters, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $105,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $40,000 Madison County for 2-year-old colt trotters. Also on Friday, The Meadowlands hosts the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be two $20,000 divisions for all four classes - colt and filly trotters and colt and filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 26) with the US$1 million Mohawk Million for 2-year-old colt trotters, the C$720,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$215,000 Milton final for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning victory in the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night (Sept. 19) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shot up the rail to a stunning victory in the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park. New Image Media photo. All eyes were on heavy-favorite Ready For Moni (Yannick Gingras) in the rich event for 3-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee made the front in the second quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill (Andrew McCarthy) had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The Nifty Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by a half-length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me (Jody Jamieson) made the first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo (Louis Philippe-Roy) was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure (Chris Christoforou) was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo (Bob McClure) jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof She's Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. He is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. 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 - 615; 2. Andrew McCarthy - 389; 3. Tim Tetrick - 306.5; 4. Bob McClure - 297; 5. Dexter Dunn - 266. Trainers: 1. Nancy Takter - 459.5; 2. Tony Alagna - 416; 3. Ron Burke - 403; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 289; 5. Marcus Melander - 263. Owners: 1. Determination - 185; 2. Brad Grant - 152.6; 3. S R F Stable - 115.3; 4. Caviart Farms - 98.6; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 97.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a trio of Grand Circuit events for older Standardbreds - the Dayton Pacing Derby, the Dayton Distaff Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

WOODSTOCK, VA ---  When Winston Lineweaver got in the sulky behind Hillbillys All In at the recent Virginia Harness Horse Association's Matinee Meet, he was preparing to drive the two-year-old harness racing trotter in his first career start.   The September 2 outing wasn't just any ordinary start for the 78-year-old trainer/driver. That moment, at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, marked his first return to action since having a heart attack on the same track four years prior.   On October 2, 2016, --- the first year Shenandoah Downs started racing --- Lineweaver directed Outsmart Me to a third-place finish among a field of seven pacers in a non-winners of one event. The Mauertown, Virginia native crossed the finish line and continued on to the backstretch. That's when his daughter Dee knew something was wrong.   "Dad finished the race but when he went to pull the colt up, he got tangled in the stirrup," she recalled. "The colt knew that he was loose and went towards the fence. When the colt stopped, it jarred Dad out of the bike where he was stuck and he landed on track."   Through a series of fortunate and timely occurrences, tragedy was averted. Track Superintendent John Dale Thomas and his assistant Robert "Bear" Laster arrived on the scene first. "I saw him roll off his bike so as soon as we got to him, Bear started pumping his chest." said Thomas.   Joey Mapes, who finished right behind Lineweaver and was the only driver who had not yet turned around to go back to the draw gate, stopped and called for the track ambulance which was based nearby. "The attendants checked on him for a bit to try to get him aroused," said daughter Dee. "Scott Woogen, who is a doctor and also drove in the race, came to assist and noticed immediately he was in AFib (Atrial Fibrillation). "As soon as he figured out what was going on, they shocked him and brought him back."   Lineweaver was immediately transported to the local hospital, then was transferred to Winchester where he spent ten days recovering and got a pacemaker installed.   "Talking to the judge afterwards," Dee added, "He noticed that Dad dropped his leg out of the stirrup at the third fraction and kind of leaned to one side, so he thought something was wrong but didn't know for sure until he didn't turn around to go back to the paddock."   Lineweaver's health got better and better as he recovered, and his doctor finally told him he could drive again. During the Matinee Meet, he piloted Hillbillys All In to a fourth-place finish on the first day and a runner-up finish two days later during the meet finale. "I felt like I was back home again," he said afterwards.   "I watched the man take his last breath and four years later, here he is competing again," said Thomas. "Before the race started, I went to the ambulance and made them aware of his prior heart attack and they thanked me for the heads up. We were on pins and needles during the race."   "Dad was smiling all week about being back in the sulky," said Dee, who serves as Race Secretary for both the Matinee Meet and the Shenandoah Downs extended season. "His horse raced good both days and learned a lot. He was tickled pink."   Lineweaver has competed in racing most of his life, many of which were spent on the Pennsylvania fair circuit where his other daughter Joyce currently competes. Since 1977, he has driven 1,628 winners. His best year was in 1980 when he made 503 starts for purse money and had 70 wins, good for a $135,903 bankroll. Lineweaver also made 56 matinee starts that year.   This summer, he spent time with his two grandchildren --- Dee's kids --- who helped out with duties and chores at the farm. Weston turns 16 in November and Margaret is 14. "They both enjoy racing and wanted to jog Hillbillys All In at the fam, but he's just a two-year-old and they need more experience before they can do that," he said.   If either grandchild bites, it would create a fourth generation in the sport. "I remember when I was their age," said Dee. "My mother (Eileen) preached to me about finding something else to do, that horse racing wouldn't be around to make a living in. Luckily that has not been the case. It's tough being a horseman these days though. If my kids want to pursue it and it's in their blood, I'm fine with it. I've told them they need to go to school and learn a trade but no matter what they choose to do, they need to pay bills and take care of their family. Both worked at Shenandoah Downs last year and enjoyed it. Horsemen actually fought over their services on race day."   Lineweaver's pacer, who is trained by Wayne Long for Ellen Warren, will start in a Virginia Breeder's $4,000 elimination race on Saturday (September 26) and he is expected to be back in the race bike. The family's third-generation daughters will have the final say though.   "As a daughter, it's scary to think about," said Dee. "It would be scary for any daughter to watch their Dad do something he previously had a heart attack doing. And it's at the same place where he laid on the track and had to have his heart revived. It's gut wrenching to say the least. The atmosphere at an extended meet is also different than it is at a Fair or matinee meet, which tends to be more friendly and less stressful."   "You know, my daughters pretty much tell me everything I can and can't do these days, " joked Winston. Come Saturday, he's hoping both agree to let him try to reach the winners circle for the first time since 2016.   by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs        

Freehold, NJ --- Saturday's (September 26) harness racing card at Freehold Raceway is headlined by two divisions of the Homegrown for 3-year-old pacers. The race drew a total of thirteen entries, and was subsequently split up by gender. The division for the colts and geldings features a field of five, and will go as the fourth race. All five competed in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Final last Saturday, won by Rockin the Gates in a 26/1 upset. He'll seek to continue his good form from the outside post, for trainer Steve LeBlanc and driver Pat Berry.   JK Lucky Charms looked for a sweep of the series last week, but couldn't get to the lead from an outside post and ended up losing by less than a length. He's got post position one in the Homegrown, so he shouldn't have much trouble getting his ideal trip. Brett Pelling is the trainer, Todd McCarthy the driver.   Level Up, Force N Fury, and Rock N Teen round out the field.   The fillies will go in the sixth race, in a field of eight. JK Finendandy, coming off a big win in the NJSS-SDF Final, figures to once again be the favorite. She'll leave from post position five, for Jenn Bongiorno and Joe Bongiorno.   Tony Alagna sends out a pair. Caviart Heather hit the board in every leg of the series, but never won. She'll seek a rebound from post position seven, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Her stablemate, Libspeak, has post position four, with driver Todd McCarthy.   Make a Scene, American in London, Ready Set Rock, Fit Go, and Run Deo Run complete the field.   The card also features the Renaissance Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. King James Express looks like the one to beat, coming off a win in the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway. He's got post position two, for trainer Mark Harder and driver Jason Bartlett.   Captain Fancy, Not Today, Solid Alibi, and Fika Time complete the ensemble. It's scheduled as the seventh race on the program.   The first race on the card is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway      

DELAWARE OH --"He was a handful and all I did was steady him and let him ramble," Steve Oldford said citing Missile J's stunning 1:54 triumph in The Fouts Memorial at Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. "He's got a big engine and sometimes a mind of his own so instead of looking for a hole when the gate sprung I just steadied him and he did all the rest." Oldford was referring to his stunning 1:54 harness racing victory at the home of the Little Brown Jug at the  in a race that featured top amateur drivers from various US amateur clubs in what has become an annual event. "After starting from the five-hole little did I realize that I was going to get the fastest ride of my life on a double-oval," Oldford added. At the quarter Daniel Jones and Cyclone Alvie wouldn't relinquish the lead when Missile J came calling and the two trotters got locked in a speed duel by that marker in :27.1 And with Oldfield's charge in command they zipped by the half in :54.4. From there it was literally 'ballgame' as the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding opened daylight on his competitors and finished some six lengths ahead of Noah Z Tam who was driven by Jazmin Arnold. Tony Ciuffetelli garnered the show dough with The Smidge. Owned by Black Magic Racing LLC and trained by Todd Luther Missile J returned a $3.40 win mutuel by John Manzi

SMYRNA, DE -- The latest harness racing episode of The Extra Mile, a new biweekly news-magazine podcast centered around Standardbred racing, became available for streaming and download on Wednesday (Sept. 23).   The third episode avails listeners a preview of Thursday's (Sept. 24) Little Brown Jug, along with an inside look at the inaugural Mohawk Million, slated for Saturday (Sept. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Harness racing media veteran James Witherite presents the biweekly podcast, which features guests Jim Campbell, Carmen Auciello and Mark McKelvie.   Listeners can access the current episode of The Extra Mile at this link or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts, and can follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @DHNExtraMile.   From the DHN Media Group

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