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New Zealand harness racing import Let It Ride improved his record since coming to the United States to six-for-six with a 1:52.1 victory from post position eight in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway as the 2021 meet kicked off.   Let It Ride had regular pilot Dexter Dunn at the controls, and Dunn floated away from the outside draw, landing a seat in sixth in the first turn. Meanwhile, Bettor Memories (George Brennan) shot out to the lead from the pole position and cut the opening quarter in 27 seconds. Bettor Memories would continue to show the way to the 56.3 half-mile marker, but Hesa Kingslayer (Jim Marohn Jr.), another New Zealand-bred, went first-over from fifth just prior to that marker, giving Let It Ride cover to track.   Bettor Memories remained in the lead at the 1:24.3 three-quarters and was able to keep Hesa Kingslayer at bay around the far turn as well, but Dunn turned Let It Ride loose three-wide before they entered the stretch, and he would out-finish his competition while not asked by Dunn, winning by a comfortable length. Speed Man, a Kiwi transplant driven by Scott Zeron, slid out off the cones to follow Let It Ride after three-quarters and wound up closing for second at 99-1, while Hesa Kingslayer came in third, giving the race an all-New Zealand trifecta.     An 8-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven and out of the Bettor's Delight mare Love A Gamble, Let It Ride is trained by Nifty Norman for owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. Let It Ride, who was a two-time Group 1 race winner in Australia in 2018, has a record of 24-6-8 from 60 career starts and has now earned $375,959. He paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. The exacta with Speed Man kicked back $61.50, and the trifecta of 8-3-5 was worth $129.50.   On the wagering front, the first edition of the new $1 Pick 6 at Yonkers had a pool of $2,839, and the sequence of 1/1/2/1,2/8/5 returned $355.50. The 50-cent Pick 5 handled $13,964, and the winning combination of 2/1,2/8/5/1 paid $122.00. As a reminder, the takeout on the Pick 4’s, Pick 5’s, and Pick 6’s at Yonkers is now 20 percent.   Racing at Yonkers will resume on Tuesday night with first post at 7:15, and the track will continue on a Monday-Friday schedule throughout 2021.     Yonkers Raceway

Grove City, Ohio – Summer Touch made sure there was no doubt who the top 2-Year-Old pacing filly in Ohio was, as she set a harness racing world record and won the Ohio Triple Crown on the way to being named the 2020 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. Summer Touch, the daughter of Well Said out of Real Touch finished second in her first start and then won her next six races for trainer Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $285,550. Summer Touch is an Ohio Triple Crown Winner, winning the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes final, the Ohio Fair Stakes, and the Ohio Breeders Championship.  She set a world record at MGM Northfield Park in the fourth leg of the Ohio Sire Stakes, covering the half mile track in 1:51.4.    “She’s a pleasure to work with,” said driver Chris Page.  “Summer Touch isn’t the biggest filly, but she is very slick gaited and gets over the track easily.”  Summer Touch will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   For more information: Frank Fraas 614-221-3650

Virgil Morgan, Jr., arguably the greatest trainer in Ohio history, has been elected as the 47th member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the members of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Morgan, 55, was the first conditioner to win 5,000 races and has now won more than 6,700 races and $60 million in earnings. He has career Universal Training Rating of .350 and has won the training title at Eldorado Scioto Downs for an astonishing 26 straight years. He was introduced to the sport of harness racing through his uncle, Emory Lewis, and his father, Virgil Morgan, Sr. He bought his first horse at the age of 17 and later started working for trainer Randy Owens before striking out on his own in the late 1980s. He has trained some tremendous performers including Mister Big, Pet Rock, Allamerican Captor, Action Broadway and this year's Ohio divisional champion's Street Gossip and Action Uncle. He has won six Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies. This award is given annually to the trainer who has earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes. He trained 22 Ohio Sire Stakes champions. Despite his past success, Morgan also has his eye on the future of the sport. His daughter, Kiara, is an aspiring driver and his son, Tre, is an owner. In the spring of 2018, Morgan opened the Winner Circle Training Center, the state's premier harness facility. Morgan will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual banquet on Saturday, January 16. A more formal ceremony will occur during Scioto Downs' 2021 meet.   Jay Wolf

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Josh Sutton reached the coveted 5,000 career victory plateau at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Jan. 11), guiding Wegottatruckyea to the wire first in the very first race. It wasn't long before Sutton commenced his trek for 10,000 wins as he also captured the second race with Astroffical, prompting a daily double that returned $20.60 to Sutton faithful. Sutton was born in Henderson, Kentucky, just a stone's throw from Audubon Raceway, in 1982. He began working for trainer Brian Loney when he was 14, mucking stalls and jogging horses. Hooked for life on harness racing, Sutton quit school at age 15 and hitched a ride to Los Alamitos in California where he found work on the backstretch for the winter meet. When that ended Josh returned to Lexington and he has been a mainstay in Midwest America racing circles ever since. After another year of grooming and jogging horses, Sutton get his qualifying license in 1999 and drove in 18 of those tests. As soon as he turned 18, Sutton was awarded his driver's license and Loney and trainer Clint Binkley gave the young reinsmen his first work. Sutton's career has progressed nicely since those early days. He has raced at Fairmount Park, where he won his first qualifier, Colonial Downs, where he won his first real race, and a plethora of other tracks throughout the Midwest over the past 20 years. He has raced at Maywood, Hawthorne and Balmoral in Chicago, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in Indiana, as well as stints at The Red Mile and Pompano Park. For the past seven years Sutton has been a mainstay on the southern Ohio circuit of Miami Valley, Hollywood Dayton and Scioto Downs. Sutton's mounts have earned almost $36 million and he has notched over 100 victories in 16 of the last 18 years. Josh's best year was 2016 when he triumphed 550 times, earned $5,060,722 and sported a .319 UDRS. One of many highlights of his career was winning four Ohio Sires Stakes championship races on a single night at Northfield Park in that season. Josh Sutton is congratulated on his 5000th career win by Race Secretary Gregg Keidel, his girlfriend Ashley Holliday, longtime friend Brett Schultz and Miami Valley Race Manager Larry Alexander.       Conrad photo When asked to name his favorite horse, Sutton quipped "The last one that I won with! I hate losing even more than I like winning." On his goals moving forward, "10,000! This is what I do and I plan on doing it as long as I'm able." Sutton and his girlfriend, outrider Ashley Holliday, purchased a horse farm several years ago that keeps them busy in their spare time. "I don't have a lot of hobbies, other than rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats in basketball, but there's always something to do at the farm."   Gregg Keidel

Astor, FL — Here is the 2021 harness racing training roster for the Winter Miles Trotting Center/Burke Training Center in Astor, Fla. First crop sires with horses training in Astor include Devious Man, Downbytheseaside, Fear The Dragon, Fort Knox, Huntsville, Walner and What The Hill. Foiled Again, harness racing’s all-time richest horse with $7.6 million in earnings and officially retired from racing, is again a snowbird wintering in Florida. Robert Anderson Stable 2-year-old Center Attraction p,f, American Ideal—Art Center Herman Brewer Stable 2-year-old Prince Of Sussex t,c, Creatine—Pana Colada 3-year-olds Ifnotmewho t,f, (2,1:58.2f, $71,303) Credit Winner—Pana Colada Ifnotnowwhen t,g, (2,2:01.3f, $20,500) Muscle Massive—Winbak Paige Burke Stable 2-year-olds AB Bright Light t,c, What The Hill—Oaklea Odessa All About The Hunt p,c, Huntsville—All About Kisses Always B Royalty p,f, Always B Miki—Hurricane Schmumma Barry’s Berries p,c, Downbytheseaside—Dingle Bay Be My Baby Now t,f, What The Hill—Baby Bella Big Sachino p,c, Downbytheseaside—Santa Fe Yankee Birthday p,c, Sweet Lou—Breakheart Pass Cape Cod Hanover p,f, Downbytheseaside—Clouding Over Cherish Hanover p,f, Bettor’s Delight—Clef Sign Hanover Coastal p,f, Downbytheseaside—Pink Camo Code Cracker p,c, Sweet Lou—Atsallrite Hanover Collusion Illusion p,f, Sweet Lou—Spoiled Beach Hanover Cowboy Crushn t,f, Chapter Seven—Cowgirl Hall Dock Of The Bay p,c, Downbytheseaside—Pantathion Don’t Cry Joe t,c, Southwind Frank—Sequin Hanover Dragon Lady p,f, Fear The Dragon—Dancin Carroll Eminem Hanover p,c, Downbytheseaside—Eight Mile Hanover Fantasy Life p,f, Downbytheseaside—Tea Time Frank The Elder t,c, Walner—Sianna Hanover Gallie Hanover p,f, Always B Miki—Galliebythebeach Global Pandemic t,c, Cantab Hall—Nicole’s Promise Good Deal p,c, Sweet Lou—Cut A Deal Hoffman Hanover p,f, Somebeachsomewhere—Hug A Dragoness I’ll Annie Up t,f, Uncle Peter—Annapolis I’m Just James p,c, Real Desire—I’m All A Roan Irish Potato t,f, Muscle Hill—Buck I St Pat JM’s Final Treasure p,c, Sweet Lou—Worldly Treasure Just Divine p,f, Huntsville—Divine Caroline Kissinyougoodbye p,f, Huntsville—Yagonnakissmeornot Lets Go Hanover t,c, E L Titan—Lady Luck Hanover Life Luvin Yankee p,f, Sweet Lou—Luvthebeachlife Loch’s N Bagels t,f, Southwind Frank—Loch Katrina Loukes Perry p,c, Sweet Lou—Lucy’s Pearl Lous Sassin p,c, Sweet Lou—Sassa Hanover Maddox Hanover p,c, Well Said—Mary Mattgalane McClelland Hanover p,c, Captaintreacherous—Magic Starlight Missalette t,f, Father Patrick—Witty Girl Moni’s Heaven Sent t,c, Muscle Hill—Moni From Heaven Mr Strong t,c, Muscle Hill-Marion Missamerica Muscle Crown t,c, Muscle Hill—Reven Crown Neopolitan t,c, Muscle Hill—Sugar Cone No Foolin p,f, Sweet Lou—Continual Velocity One Of The Guys p,c, Always B Miki—Studio One Outmuscle t,c, Muscle Hill—Fifty Shades Pink Gypsy t,f, Father Patrick—Margarita Momma Raising Hill t,c, What The Hill—Lindys Headnurse Riding High t,f, Walner—Brooklyn Eagle River Ness p,c, Huntsville—Summertime Lea Rose Run Xcell p,f, Racing Hill—Victoria Gallery Rose Run Xplosion p,c, Downbytheseaside—Crying Game Rose Run Xtra t,c, Cash Hall—Anything But Love Seaside Park p,f, Downbytheseaside—Cinamony Sea Silk p,f, Downbytheseaside—Silk Purse Sendingallmylove t,f, Southwind Frank—Superfine Hanover Sip t,c, Bar Hopping—Barbara Brooks Six Foot Please p,c, American Ideal—Upfrontandpersonal Sloopy p,f, Downbytheseaside—Maniana Springbridge Dragn p,c, Fear The Dragon—Stonebridge Damsel Stop And Search t,f, Cantab Hall—Air Quote Hanover Sunseeker Hanover t,f, Southwind Frank—Snowflake Hanover Sweet Hello p,f, Sweet Lou—Well Hello There Sweeties Best Bet p,f, Betting Line—Backstreet Sweetie Sweet Kisses p,f, Sweet Lou—Kiss Me Terminator p,c, Downbytheseaside—Crescent City The Fear Is Real p,c, Fear The Dragon—Nachomama Bluechip The Rundy t,c, E L Titan—Unefoisdansmavie Treacherous Tom p,c, Captaintreacherous—Kate Is Well Said Twin B Beach Club p,f, Downbytheseaside—Smart Card Unhitched t,c, What The Hill—Obsessed Blue Chip Unleash The Titan t,c, E L Titan—Quite Possible Up Blueberry Hill t,c, What The Hill—Fruition Victory Now t,f, What The Hill—Victoriousbroadway Violence t,c, Muscle Hill—Shes Gone Again Wehadababyetzaboy p,c, Sweet Lou—Camille What A Picture t,f, What The Hill—No Pictures Please Yes And Yes p,f, Always B Miki—Yes Deer Youremyobsession p,c, Sweet Lou—Art Obsession Tom & June Durand Stable 2-year-olds Angel’s Express t,g, Archangel—Daylon Mistress Mancini t,g, Cantab Hall—Clarice Marie older horse The First Chapter 6,h,t, (3,1:55.3s, $28,654) Chapter Seven—Aurova Hanover Benny Eggers Stable 2-year-olds Margie Joe p,f, Roll With Joe—Cheyenne Margie Middleman t,c, Devious Man—Vivica Hall 3-year-olds Lotafametoclaim t,f, (2,Q2:02.2s, $8,200) Muscles Yankee—Miss Courtney North Country p,f, (p,2,Q1:57.2s, $8,350) Roll With Joe—Cheyenne Margie Patty Jo M p,f (p,2,2:04.2h, $8,205) Roll With Joe—Winbak Patty Huffman/Carey Stable 2-year-olds Beer Shot t,c, Airman Batten—Brioni Suite C R Socks t,c, Muscle Mass— C R Striker t,f, Tom Ridge— Down It p,c, Downbytheseaside—Vegemite Jonisaidso p,f, Well Said—Society’s Child King Princess p,f, American Ideal—Secrets Out N Knox The Fox p,c, Fort Knox—Game Of Dreamers Loving Julie t,f, Muscle Mass—Celebrity Lovin 3-year-olds Darby Hanover p,f, (p,2,1:52.4f, $110,150) Betting Line—Darena Hanover Kayla’s Playmate t,f, (2,1:57.4f, $20,009) Father Patrick—Lima Playtime Welltheraceison p,f, (p,2,2:01.1h, $14,741) Well Said—Orchid Beach Ray & Sue Vandreason Stable 2-year-old Cayman Jack t,c, Devious Man—Frou Frou 3-year-old Jolies Mekus t,c, ($4,310) Prayer I Am—Jolie Hall by Kendra Casselman

A lil' birdie just flew through Morton Grove, Illinois: - Next Monday's episode of The HorseWOMAN's Voice includes:   A literal harness racing horsewoman through astrology and known in her time as one who can fix 'em better than anyone - she utilizes her own band of outridin' horses as she utilizes one at a time; tapping into her love of the horse as well as the sport. Hands on situations might not end up as expected but that's how she thrives! A horsewoman known to work with youth based in the Midwest she's in most recent years hit the National scene with her son who's got his own colors and he's not even ten-years-old. Driver/Trainer/Owner with her own colors she touches on her experiences with a vast group in her network as well as through her own son's multi-generational relationships! Self-taught for the most part as she was groomed at a young age for vast experiences amongst breeds; this three (3) decade veteran of marshalling/outridin' also touches on being a driver/trainer/owner and marrying into a multi-generational family. When an accident brought about its' own family obstacles she challenged herself to go further with her education and is currently a nurse all besides her horsewoman/wife responsibilities!   The next edition of The Horseman's Voice is set for next Monday, January 18, 2021, so hold onto your lines - we're going to 'TURN OUT' some multi-generational families and see what they have to say!   For more information on The Horseman's Voice , feel free to contact   The International Source for Harness Racing   Facebook App: YouTube Channel:   The Horseman's Voice - YouTube   The International Source for Harness Racing - Looking forward to meeting local children who dream of writing, taking photographs and making art for their local communities and being afforded the ...    

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 11, 2021 -- Spring series for harness racing 3 and 4-year-olds, a popular fixture at The Meadows that fell victim to COVID-19 restrictions last year, have returned. Beginning in early March, the track will offer eight series -- four for 3- and 4-year-olds, four for 3-year-olds -- that feature two preliminary legs and a championship, with total purses projected to exceed $312,000. Pennsylvania owned or sired horses are eligible. Nomination fee for each series is $250, due Feb. 15 (3-and-4-year-old events) or March 15 (3-year-old events). The line-up includes:   ·      Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace: 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers, first leg March 5; ·      Donna Dunn Memorial Pace: 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers, first leg March 3; ·      Dale McConnell Memorial Trot: 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters, first leg March 4; ·      Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot: 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, first leg March 4; ·      Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace: 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, first leg April 2; ·      Ruby Cook Memorial Pace: 3-year-old filly pacers, first leg March 31; ·      Margaret Provost Memorial Trot: 3-year-old filly trotters, first leg April 1; ·      Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot: 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, first leg March 31. To nominate or for more information, including specific eligibility conditions, contact The Meadows Race Office, 724.225.9897. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Rock Hill, NY - Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the harness racing sport's most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the aftercare programs that are in constant need of revenue and supplies throughout the year. "There is always a shortage of essential feed and care at the many aftercare facilities around the country. We thought that it was important to show our continued support for the retired equine athletes and to help lead the charge in establishing a consistent revenue stream that will help offset the ever-growing number of horses that are in transition," noted Michelle Crawford. "These horses give us their all...we should all ensure that they can live out their remaining lives with dignity!" Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. The Crawford's have recognized this plight and have entered the following eleven stallion breedings in the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands: American Ideal (NY) p,3,1:47.4 ($786,055). World Champion. Sire of 63 in 1:50 and earners of over $111 million. Crazy Wow (KY) 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143). World Champion. Oldest foals are now yearlings. Now standing in Kentucky. Devious Man (NY)(3) 3,1:52.2 ($1,338,677). Oldest foals are now 2. Multiple stakes winner, second in Hambletonian. Racing Hill (OH)(2) p,3,1:48 ($1,727,692). From his first crop of racing age, sire of 10 in 1:55. Oldest foals are now 3. Roll With Joe (NY)(3) p,3,1:48.2 ($1,805,102). Sire of 17 in 1:50 and earners of over $26 million. Swandre The Giant (IN) 3,1:51.3 ($655.368). 2-time Indiana Super Final champion. First season at Stud. The full sale catalog is now available for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale and can be downloaded now at or on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   January 10, 2021 - by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 11, 2021...After an action packed Sunday featuring a $172,173 Pick-5 pool, Pompano Park will follow that up with twin $30,000 guaranteed pools in their two harness racing Pick-4 wagers during a 13 race extravaganza. The Sunday Pick-5, with a generous carryover of $24,000 plus attracted $148,147 in new wagering and, thanks to the heroics of 22 year-old Samuel King, 646 winning tickets resulted in a generous payday of $216.20 for a 50 cent ticket featuring three odds-on favorites, one 5 to 2 chance and one lone outsider at 13 to 1. Two of these odds-on favorites were piloted by 22 year-old Samuel King. who, with seven lifetime wins coming in to Sunday night, posted his first career driving double in a pair of Florida Amateur Driving events. First, King drove Windsun Hugo through a gate-to-wire win in 1:57.3 as the even-money favorite for Melissa Beckwith. who trains for the Jackie Greene Stable. Then, to complete the Pick-5, King handled the 1 to 2 chalk, Piercewave Hanover, perfectly and patiently to score by three lengths in 1:58. Melissa Beckwith also trains that nine year-old son of Donato Hanover for owner Jordan Derue. Not only was it a milestone win for Samuel King, it was also one for the winner, whose lifetime earnings eclipsed the $500,000 plateau--$500,763 to be precise. To close out the Sunday program, second choice Rural Art ($6.40), driven by Joe Sanzeri took top honors but nary a single ticket was sold on the 6-1-5-10-7 combination inn the Super Hi-5 jackpot, resulting in a carryover of $82,296.50 into Monday's 13 race extravaganza. The Monday program, indeed, features twin $30,000 guaranteed pools in the track's Pick-4 events--the first beginning in race six and the second taking place starting in race 10. Both feature 12% takeouts, the lowest in the industry. The card also features several feature events including the renewal of the Muscles For File-DG's Caviar rivalry in the Open Handicap Trot and Southwind Amazon trying for his 100th career win in the Open Pace. Free programs are available at the isle casino racing website. Posts time for the Monday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

YONKERS, N.Y. – Australian import Let It Ride will make his Yonkers Raceway debut in the featured $30,000 open handicap pace on Opening Night (Jan. 11). The move to the Hilltop comes after the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding took a Meadowlands preferred/open handicap in such style as to garner praise like, “he really amazed me,” from harness racing trainer Nifty Norman. In that start Jan. 2, driver Dexter Dunn slotted Let It Ride into seventh after starting from post nine as Harambe Deo ripped an opening quarter in :26.1. Let It Ride followed the second-over cover of Rock Diamonds and drew within 4 lengths of the lead as Harambe Deo blitzed a :53.2 half-mile. Dunn tipped Let It Ride three-deep at the midway point of the final turn and the pacer rocketed into contention.  Under a tight hold, Let It Ride angled into the stretch on even-terms with Harambe Deo. Dunn took a glimpse over his right shoulder and saw rival Hesa Kingslayer, who followed Let It Ride third-over, still 2 lengths behind and under urging. Dunn gave a few whip taps and pulled the plugs at the furlong marker. Let It Ride didn’t let up, extending through the finish line to cap the mile with a :26.1 final quarter and stopping the clock in 1:48.1, just one-fifth of a second of Golden Receiver’s record January mile at the Meadowlands in 2012. “You just don’t see an 8-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven come from Down Under and do this sort of thing,” Norman said. “I was hoping he was a winners over type of horse. He’d been a classy old horse, but he hadn’t been very good for a couple years. He trained down good, he qualified good, every start has been good. But his last race was unbelievable. He just seems like he’s getting better all the time, too.” Bred in New Zealand, Let It Ride won his first four starts at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club for trainer Tim Butt with Dunn in the sulky from Feb. 10, 2017 to March 31, 2017. Over the next year, Let It Ride went unplaced in four Group 1 races in his home country, but found better luck in Australia.  Let It Ride won six straight races at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Albion Park between May 26, 2018 and July 21, 2018, including a pair of Group 1 stakes in the AU$100,000 New South Wales Breeders Challenge Four-Year-Old Entires and Geldings Final, in which he paced the mile in 1:49.4, and the AU$200,540 Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship over 2,680 meters with Dunn driving.  After that Blacks A Fake win, which saw Let It Ride explode out of the pocket to win by 5 lengths, the brilliance seemed to fade. Let It Ride won just three of his next 27 starts through Sept. 26, 2020. Tim and Anthony Butt, longtime friends of Norman, thought the horse would benefit from Lasix and a deal was made to export the horse to the U.S. “Basically, I think putting him on Lasix turned him around,” Norman said. “We didn’t do a lot with him. His feet were a little sore, we changed his shoeing, put him on Lasix, and that was that. He’s such a good-winded horse. He must have a big set of lungs because he never seems to get tired. Nothing bothers him.” Let It Ride was cleared to the U.S. Oct. 5, 2020 and made an impression as soon as he arrived in Norman’s stable. Norman says Let It Ride is easy to be around, is a simple horse to train, and describes him as a gentleman. “He’s a grand looking horse. He’s a big, strong fellow. He’s got a great, big hind end on him and he’s in great shape,” Norman said. “He looks after himself really well. He’s got a good coat and always carries lots of weight. He’s a good-looking horse and good-natured, good to be around. He doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s a real nice horse.” Let It Ride was ready to qualify in short order and did so at Harrah’s Philadelphia Nov. 11, 2020 with assistant trainer Scott Petherick in the bike. Off a pocket trip, Let It Ride came home in :27.2 to post a 2-length win in 1:55.1. From there, Let It Ride ran up a five-race win streak culminating with that “amazing” Meadowlands win Jan. 2. Dunn drove in each pari-mutuel start. “Scotty qualified him and he said, ‘jeeze, this is the real deal. He’s strong as hell.’ Once we raced him a couple times – and we just raced him off the pace to see how he would be – Dexter came back and said, ‘this thing is a bull,’ ” Norman recalled. “I said, ‘it would be great if I could get him back to where he used to be.’ He said, ‘I think he’s there already. He feels better than he ever did when I drove him.’ I felt pretty good after he said that.” Let It Ride will start from an assigned post eight in his first start at Yonkers, which will also be his first race on a half-mile, or 800-meter, track. Let It Ride spent most of his time in Australia on the 1,400-meter oval at Tabcorp Park Menangle and got several starts over various tracks measuring approximately 1,000 meters.  Let It Ride got one start each over the 946-meter track at Cranbourne and the 931-meter track at Newcastle, which approximate the U.S. half-mile oval. In addition, Norman trains Let It Ride on the half. Norman opted to come to Yonkers before nominating Let It Ride to the Borgata Pacing Series, which closes Feb. 16, 2021. “We’ll see how he handles a half-mile track. I don’t think that will be a big challenge; I think he’ll get around it fine. We’ll just have to see how it goes,” Norman said. “I really wasn’t worried about what he drew, I just wanted to see how he’ll get around Yonkers. I don’t think he’ll be as well-suited to it, I think he’ll be better-suited to the big track, but I just wanted to see how he got around it before I pay him into the stakes races. “He’s a big horse, big hopple,” Norman continued. “He drives pretty good, but some horses just can’t find their speed on a half-mile track. But he seems to pace the turns really good wherever he goes. I don’t think he’ll have an issue.” With Dunn set to drive again, Let It Ride is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The competition includes Hesa Kingslayer, the Mike Deters trainee who finished second in this open handicap Dec. 12, 2020 and won a preferred handicap from post eight at Freehold Dec. 26, 2020 before finishing second to Let It Ride last out. Hesa Kingslayer and Jim Marohn, Jr. will start from post five and are 3-1 on the morning line. Ron Burke will send out Bettor Memories, who will start from the inside after scoring a 1:50.4 pocket-riding victory in the Meadows $16,200 open handicap Dec. 29, 2020. George Brennan will drive the 3-1 shot.  San Domino overcame post seven to score a 1:52.3, 4 1/2-length victory in this open handicap for trainer Deborah Daguet in his last start Dec. 12, 2020. He will start from post seven again tonight with Jason Bartlett set to drive.  Western Fame won two in a row in the local conditions in late November before getting parked the mile as the 7-5 favorite in his open debut for Shane Tritton. Jordan Stratton will look for a cleaner trip with the 8-year-old tonight. Tookadiveoffdipper and Raukapuka Ruler, third and fourth, respectively, in the invitational pace for Borgata Series eligibles Nov. 28, and Speed Man, 35-1 winner of this open Nov. 21, complete the lineup. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday through Friday with a first post time of 7:15 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.   By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Grove City, Ohio – Noah Kenneth Newman of Streetsboro, Ohio has been named the recipient of the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award.  Newman, a sophomore at Streetsboro High School, has taken advantage of his opportunity to work with his family’s horses in 2020.  When Covid-19 shut down schools and high school athletics, Newman began helping at the barn. “He would wake up at 5:30 and begin work at the barn,” said his grandmother Melinda Bailey.  “His dad thought he would waver, but during the year he only became more determined.” Newman has been jogging horses since he was ten and he is enjoying the experience of working with his dad and grandfather.  “I enjoy being out of the house and working with the horses,” said Newman.  “I like training horses and getting more experience.”  Newman said he is not sure about his future but knows horses will be a part of it.  “I know I would like to drive at some point in the future.” In addition to working with the horses, Newman is active in other sports including baseball, football, and golf.  The award, in its 20th year, is named for Terry Holton, a 2005 inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame.  Holton of Newark, Ohio, was the winner of over 1,700 races in his career.  He overcame many obstacles in his life, the biggest may have been overcoming pancreatic cancer. The Terry Holton Youth Award is awarded to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who has actively participated in harness racing during 2020 as a driver, trainer, groom, breeder, race office/publicity assistant, track maintenance crew or has provided outstanding service to harness racing.   For more information: Frank Fraas 614-221-3650

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Tuesday's (January 12) race card. Beginning in Race 6, the $25,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,140. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $2,045 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

LEBANON, OH. – The first harness racing legs of another pair of Claim To Fame series highlighter the Sunday (Jan. 10) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.  Four splits of $30,000 claiming pacers went postward as well as a pair of $10,000 claiming trot divisions. Quickest of the four winners among the high priced pacers was Voracity (Trace Tetrick, $2.80) who sped to a 1:51.3 triumph.  The eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster was one of five horses collared via the claim box by new owners, but the only one that was victorious in Leg 1.  Horses in the second leg will race for purses enhanced 30% to $39,000.  The finalists will race for a $37,500 purse on January 24. Other series winners were So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:52, $XXXXX), Secret Threat (Tetrick, 1:52.3, $3.60) and Venom (Tyler Smith, 1:54, $13.80). Windsun Missile (Dan Noble, 1:57.2, $4) was quickest of the two $10,000 claiming trot winners.  The other split went to Master Of Excuses (Sam Widger, 1:58, $12). A total of six trotters were claimed, but the two divisional winners were not among them.  The square-gaiters will chase $13,000 purses next week, then battle for a $20,000 purse on January 24. Miami Valley races on a five days a week schedule with 2:05 p.m. matinees on Sunday through Tuesday; and 4:05 p.m. twilight cards on Fridaysand Saturday.   Gregg Keidel

Grove City, Ohio – After finishing second in her first two career starts, Merry Ann reeled off five straight harness racing wins on the way to being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.  Merry Ann, the daughter of Southwind Spirit out of Witty Girl, won three legs of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 2-Year-Old filly trotters as well as the $300,000 final.  She finished the season winning five of eight races with two second place finishes and earned $245,200. Merry Ann is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi.  She was bred by Knox Services.  “She had a great year, she’s got that grit to her,” said Chris Page who was in the bike for all eight of Merry Ann’s races.  “What I really liked was her look.  She had the size and good gait.  She was definitely a little headstrong.”  Page said Merry Ann has the versatility to win from the front, first up, or from the back and she showed it all year long.  Merry Ann will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   Frank Fraas

TRENTON, N.J. -- January 10, 2020 -- Home is where the horse is— at least that’s the case in New Jersey after Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permitting full-time, year-round farm employees to reside on premises where horses are boarded. “Groomers, trainers and other full-time farm employees often need extended access to the horses they care for,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Permitting them to live on the premises will allow them to fully perform their duties and take better care of these animals.” The legislation (A2768/S1245) amends the Right to Farm Act to allow housing for equine-related farm employees as long as it is in a separate area or level from the horses, has its own ventilation system and meets all uniform construction code standards, including fire ratings. The Right to Farm Act protects responsible commercial farms from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations. “Taking care of a horse is one of the most demanding and worthwhile jobs one could do,” said Dancer. “The horse industry is important to New Jersey’s economy, providing over 13,000 jobs, as well as to our environment with more than 7,200 horse farms providing 176,000 acres of green pasture land and open space.” New Jersey has more horses per capita than any other state in the nation. Horses are so important to the state’s economy, history and culture that they are designated the state animal.   Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Faithful fans of The Meadowlands product produced another huge night of harness racing action at mile oval, as for a third consecutive Saturday betting topped the $3.6-million mark. All-source wagering on the 15-race card totaled $3,646,603. Just like one week ago (Jan. 2), a big first race guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 pool set the tone for the night. The wager carried not only a $100,000 pool promise but had a $25,000 seed as well, which was provided by track management and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey. In the end, the total P5 pool represented $195,759 of the $411,664 bet overall in the opener. Play was steady all night long, as three times single-race totals exceeded the $300,000 mark. The track's Pick-4s were predictably popular with players, as a total of $180,909 was pushed through the windows on the two wagers. Over the last three Saturdays, betting has totaled $11,927,330, an average per card of $3,975,776. NO REGULAR JOE Grizzled veteran Western Joe used a quick brush to grab the top before the half and flaunted his back class from there, crushing his foes in the featured $19,000 high-end conditioned pace. The 7-year-old gelding by Western Ideal-Ante Fay, who is trained by Chris Choate, stopped the clock in 1:50 with Dave Miller driving to win for the 30th time from 97 career starts. His earnings now stand at $712,908. As the 2-5 favorite, he returned $2.80 to his backers. Paduka N was 3¼ lengths back to finish second. Rockin The Aces was third. Western Joe   THAT'S EIGHT, MATE Driver Todd McCarthy capped a superb weekend with four winners on the card. The 27-year-old recent Australian transplant, who also won four times Friday night, was the key to the 20-cent Pick-5 payoff of $25,057, winning three times during the sequence, including a score at 29-1 with Effronte A in the fourth race. THAT'S A HALF-DOZEN, COUSIN Dave Miller matched McCarthy by winning four times Saturday after recording a driving double Friday. Fans of "The Buckeye" will have to do without the Hall of Famers talents for a while, as Miller is now heading to Florida for the winter. He plans to do some driving at Pompano Park. A LITTLE MORE There was something for everybody during the races, as seven favorites clicked during the night while four winners were sent to the gate at odds of 11-1 or more. Marcus Miller guided two of those, scoring at 11-1 and 39-1. Three of those long shots scored in the 12th, 13th and 14th races, leading to a $1 Pick-3 that returned $2,858.00. ... Free past performances for every race of every Meadowlands card are available at ... Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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