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Cranbury, NJ --- The connections of four of the top harness racing horses in their divisions - Funknwaffles, Homicide Hunter, International Moni and Sintra - have supplemented to their Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on October 28. Funknwaffles, fresh off a win in the $225,000 Blue Chip Farms New York Sires Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, has racked up $553,942 in earnings this year for trainer John Butenschoen and owner Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, New York. "He was second in the [Little Brown] Jug, he's made money, and the Crawfords are in this business to race horses," said trainer John Butenschoen. "They watched Huntsville fall by the wayside and a lot of horses in this division raced some very tough heats. This horse is coming off a break and he's fresh." One of four Breeders Crown male events slated for Hoosier Park on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace will now race for $527,000. International Moni, a son of French stallion Love You and two-time Horse of the Year and Breeders Crown winner Moni Maker also paid the $62,500 fee for ineligible 3-year-old trotting colts. He is trained by Frank Antonacci for the family concern of Moni Maker Stable, comprised of Antonacci's father, also Frank, Gerald Antonacci, David Reid and KR Breeding. International Moni has earned over half a million lifetime, winning heats of the Kentucky Futurity and Hambletonian but suffered horrendous luck in the finals of both events. International Moni was interfered with in the first turn of the Hambletonian and went off stride, and in the recent rain-drenched Futurity final at Red Mile, made a break at the start. "I think the rail hurt him there at Lexington. Obviously, the conditions were less than perfect, but I don't want to make excuses for him," said trainer Frank Antonacci. "He's had a lot bad luck, most of it not of his making, but otherwise has been one of the most consistent and I think the best of the class. We want to race him next year, so we have an eye to the future as well." In the open divisions, Michelle and Al Crawford of Crawford Racing anted up another $62,500 for their 5-year-old trotter Homicide Hunter to start in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, now worth $526,250. Though he finished seventh in his most recent start, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot at Yonkers Raceway, trainer Chris Oakes was eager to turn the page on that effort. "Nothing worked out too good at Yonkers, and the post position (post 10) was the bottom line - he never got a chance to really do anything," said Oakes. "But Brett (driver Miller) said he was good and he has shown to really like the track at Hoosier. He has rarely lost at the track. Over there he has more of a home field advantage and it suits him. The Crawfords are part of it too, they are good about wanting to race, so we are going." Sintra, whose mark of 1:47.2 in the Graduate Final at the Meadowlands made him one of the fastest four-year-olds in the sport, was supplemented to the Breeders Crown Open Pace for a $50,000 fee by his owners, despite a fifth place finish as the favorite in the $250,000 Dan Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. "The horse made the decision for us," said trainer and co-owner Dave Menary. "For a 4-year-old, he has exceeded all of our expectations. I thought I had a small-track horse at the beginning of the year and it turned out he has been huge on the big tracks. Throw out his last race at Yonkers - the post position just didn't work out for us, the horse was on his toes, but he got stuck in the two-hole and finished fifth. I've had it in my mind to supplement him and thanks to the support of some great owners - Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero - we couldn't be more excited to be in the Breeders Crown at Hoosier. I think it's the track that will suit him perfectly." Regular entries for eligible trotters and pacers are due by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Hoosier Park Race office. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday night at Hoosier Park. Eliminations for all female events will be raced on Friday [post time 6:30 p.m.] and eliminations for all male events will be Saturday [post time 6:30 p.m.]. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. For more information go to http://www.hoosierpark.com/racing/2017breederscrown or Hambletonian.com.

East Rutherford, NJ - The Kindergarten Classic series for harness racing two-year-old trotters and pacers will resume with the last of five preliminary legs for all divisions set for Thursday, October 26 at Vernon Downs.   The $150,000e Kindergarten finals and consolations (if necessary) will be raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, November 4 which is the opening night of the upcoming Fall Meet.   Later in the month, the $1.2 million Freshman Fall Final Four stakes are scheduled for November 18 (eliminations if necessary) with the finals a week later.   The TVG finals, also for total purses of $1.2 million are set for Saturday, November 25. $25,000 opens for that group will be offered a week prior.   The Kindergarten and TVG standings are available on The Meadowlands website.   New racing applications are due for the start of the meet.    

The 70th Annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale is almost to capacity and closing is imminent. The mega-sale held November 13-16 at Delaware, Ohio, will feature over 200 harness racing yearlings on opening day.  The balance of the sale is composed 2 & 3-year stakes horses, seasoned raceway stock, young green prospects, and an abundance of in-foal mares and weanlings. Buyers from throughout the United States and Canada flock to this last shopping extravaganza of the year. Don't be shut out. Online entries can still be made at www.bloodedhorse.com until stated otherwise. Dot Morgan

Pompano Beach, FL…October 16, 2017…In an era where Brian Sears gets many of the harness racing headlines, father Jay Sears proved that, at 76 years of age, he can still compete with the best of them. The elder Sears won two of the four non-wagering FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes events for two year-olds at Pompano Park on Sunday night (October 15) while finishing third in the other two events. Sears was in the winner’s circle right off the bat as he guided Jennifer, a daughter of Proud Bushy, to her maiden win in 2:09.1, after leading every step of the mile and holding on for dear life at the end to hold off the previously undefeated I Rhoda Daley (Jason MacDougall) by a nose. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was third. Co-owned by Jay along with trainer-wife Kim, Jennifer had a pair of seconds and a third prior to the maiden win on Sunday night. Said Sears after the win, “She’s named after my daughter, so it was especially nice to win with her. I kinda gunned her out of there early and she opened up a pretty sizable lead and then trotted a decent final quarter to hold on.” Sears also won the pacing filly Diamond Eyes, a daughter of Six Of Diamonds. Trained by Kim Sears for owner Penny Kelley, Diamond Eyes found a good early spot in the garden seat as Six Line Lily (Wally Hennessey) set up early panels of :31.1 and 1:02.3. Heading into the final bend, Diamond Eyes went on the attack to engage in a war with the pair at the third station in 1:32.4 as these two slugged it out until the 16th pole when Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) joined the fray. At the wire, Diamond Eyes proved the winner by a neck over Starcasim with Six Line Lily next in 2:03.2. It was also the maiden win for Diamond Eyes in her career measuring three starts prompting Sears to remark, “She’s getting better now but we’ve got some deep competition in that division, including another one I own, Krinda, who mad a break early on.” Krinda has two wins in four starts, including her miscue, with a mark of 1:58.2. “Mike (trainer Deters) has a serious filly in there, too, Prairie Easter,” said Sears, “with a (1):58.2 mark and she was scratched so we were kinda lucky here to win. A little luck never hurts in this business.” Sears has a .431 UDRS with a 4-3-6 scorecard in 16 starts thus far in the young Pompano Park stakes season. The other two Sunshine State Stakes events were won by Dangerous Mood and Silver Wings. Dangerous Mood, a two year-old gelded son of Proud Bushy, kept his record unblemished for Wally Hennessey as he scored his third straight win—this time in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald for the Smiley Farm, Dangerous Mood has never relinquished the top spot in any of his three performances thus far in his career. “So far, so good,” replied trainer McDonald. “so we’re just hoping he keeps going. His first winning mile (2:02.3) was quite a surprise and his second win (2:01.1) was terrific. He seems to have good manners and, along with speed, is a good combination. Just hoping he keeps improving as we go forward.” Dangerous Mood won by four lengths over Prairie Eclipse (Jim Meittinis) with Brian (Jay Sears) next. Silver Wings, a son of Rock On, looked very impressive in scoring a wire-to-wire win for Corey Braden in 1:59.4—58.3--:29. Trained by Veral Bowman, who co-owns with Craig Schmidt, Silver Wings carved out panels of :30, 1:01.1 and 1:30.4 along the way to score by 7 ¼ lengths over Mister Special T (Rob Hoffman) with Jay Jay (Sears) third. Sunshine State Stakes action continues of Wednesday night with four non-wagering events for the three year-olds. Post time for the early events is 5:30 p.m. with the pari-mutuel program scheduled to get under way at 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for the FSBOA

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, employed plenty of action on Sunday, October 15 when the granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations had contests at two different racetracks, one in the USA at Northfield Park in greater Cleveland, Ohio and the other in Canada at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont. "Tiny Tim" Miller won the Midwest region Northfield trot with Song In My Heart while "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth copped the Canadian event- a pace-behind with Michelle's Deuce over Flamboro's double oval. In his event Miller took no prisoners and sent his trotter down the road from the four-hole and made every pole a winning one en route to a solid 1-1/2 length triumph over Kelly "Sky" Walker's Stemilt Touch. Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller took home the show dough with 45-1 shot, Keep The Cash. The winner, owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd, was sent off the 6-5 favorite and returned a $4.40 win mutuel. For hot-handed Miller it was his fifth driving victory in just 10 seasonal starts. In the Canadian Billings pace later Sunday evening "Gentle Ben" had the prohibitive favorite Michelle's Deuce and drove like one is supposed to when deemed the best in the filed and rushed the 8-year-old Armbro Duece mare to the lead and remained unchallenged throughout coasting to an easy 1:59.1 triumph to notch the mare's 6th seasonal victory. The battle for second money saw Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and No Teasing Me out-foot Thrift Shop with David "Poppa" Glasser to the wire to garner the place dough. Owned by the LINK Stable and trained by Corey Johnson, Michelle's Deuce paid $3.50 for win. It was Hollingsworth's first seasonal driving victory(from just 4 starts) and 21st of his limited career. Billings action continues on Monday night with two trots on the card at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

WILKES-BARRE PA - Developing horses in the "non-winners of 7 races" class were gathered for twin $18,000 features Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with harness racing pacer Nocturnal Bluechip and trotter Checkmate Time emerging victorious. The rains came, and the track had just been rerated to "sloppy," when the pacers came to the track, but the wet and muck had little effect on Nocturnal Bluechip, who won in 1:52. Driver Vinnie Ginsburg made every pole a winning one with the son of Bettor's Delight, triumphing by 1½ lengths over Bering Sea Hanover for trainer Scott Di Domenico and the NLG Racing Stable while raising his earnings to $248,675. The recent addition of Lasix seems to have been a key in a recent surge of upward form for the sophomore Muscle Hill filly Checkmate Time, as the filly is now 3-for-4 in recent starts after triumphing in 1:56 here. Driver Donald Dupont patiently guided to the filly to the lead nearing the 3/8 pole, and the winner of $71,009 was not catchable from there, finishing 2½ lengths to the good of Ridgeway Springs for trainer Marie Dupont and owner/breeder Roy Dobbins. Earlier, driver Earl Carlson and trainer Peter Foley combined for their second $100+ winner of the meet when Decision Day got home first, returning $124.40 to win, to complement the horsemen's collaboration on $118.40 bomber Cinnabar Hall on May 20. Carlson is the only driver at the meet with two $100 winners; on the trainer side, Foley tied Bob Bongiorno for that distinction. Decision Day got his maiden victory via a nose decision over Dreams Are True, who was driven by Eric Goodell and completed the "Detroit Eric" exacta of $399.40. PHHA / Pocono

Harness racing Excelsior "A" Series Finals re-scheduled at Vernon Downs due to power failure. A power failure due to a heavy band of storms forced a cancellation of the Vernon Downs Sunday night card (October 15), after race one. The card was to feature Excelsior "A" Series Finals. The Finals are re-scheduled for Wednesday (October 18th), with the eight races starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs        

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 16, 2017-A pair of Yonkers Raceway reminders regarding the upcoming live harness racing schedule. Sunday matinees return Oct. 29th, with a High Noon first post. It's the first of six Sundays between then and the end of the racing season (others post times TBA as of now). That first Sunday program has seven 'French trots,' races 2 through 8 during the card and the return of the 'New York, New York Double' (Belmont Park's closing day). Also note that Thursday live racing continues to Nov. 2nd, with the usual first post of 7:10 PM. Thursdays were originally scheduled to end this month, but a 'make-up' program was added when the Raceway cancelled this past Friday (Oct. 13th) to accommodate New York Day of Champions detention. Additional information regarding the Oct. 29th card shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

MANALAPAN, NJ — October 15, 2017 — The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey’s annual board of director’s meeting and election was held on Friday at Freehold Raceway. In the breeder category, incumbent Stephen Dye III ran unopposed and was reelected. The owner category, had two incumbent directors, Bob Boni and Dennis Lane along with new comer Sam Landy running for two open seats.  The results determined that incumbent Bob Boni and Sam Landy were elected to fill the two owner director positions. The driver/trainer category, also had two open seats available this election cycle.  The nominees were incumbent Mark Ford, new comers, Julie Miller and Ray Baynes. Mark Ford and Julie Miller were elected to fill the two driver/trainer positions. We congratulate all the elected 2017 directors and thank those who took the time and effort to run for the open positions. Courtney Stafford

Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) continued his harness racing hot streak in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Richie Silverman-trained trotter has proven to be dynamic and versatile since joining the Open ranks a few months back. On Sunday, the five year old flashed early speed and yielded to the race's favorite Consolidator (Billy Dobson). Consolidator came to town fresh off a win in last week's Open Trot at Yonkers. The Rene Allared-trained Consolidator set the fractions and braced for a late rush from Up The Alley as those two gave themselves separation around the final turn. Up The Alley trotted past the invading favorite in the stretch and secured his third Open Trot victory of the season as he stopped the timer in 1:55.2. Consolidator was a clear second in her local debut while Twisted Pretzel (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot in the $18,000 Sunday feature. Up The Alley, who was piloted to the Open score by Mark Beckwith, was the race's 8-5 second choice in the wagering. The exacta with the favorite second paid $9.80 while the triple returned $24.40. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella  

(WOODSTOCK, VIRGINIA---10/15/17) ---- Fixed Income cemented her status as "Horse of the Meet" by engineering a fourth straight wire-to-wire effort at Shenandoah Downs Sunday as the second pari-mutuel harness racing meet came to a close in Woodstock, Virginia. The 6 year old Yankee Cruiser mare cut fractions of :27 3/5, :56 1/5 and 1:25 1/5 before hitting the wire in 1:54 2/5, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Pow Chicka Pow Pow. Remarkably consistent, Cory Kreiser's pacer authored consecutive week miles of 1:53 4/5, 1:54.0 and 1:54 1/5 in addition to Sunday's effort. Fixed Income, who is out of the Abercrombie mare, La Daydreamer, has six straight wins overall. Kreiser, of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, accepted honors as Co-Leading Trainer along with hardware for "Top Horse". In addition to driving, he trains and owns Fixed Income. Betsy Brown, who had three wins last Sunday and another one Saturday, closed the meet strong to equal Kreiser with seven training wins. Chuck Perry, who pulled away in the race for top driver with four wins closing weekend, took category honors with 16 wins. The 52-year-old Virginia reinsman collected his 1,000th driving victory last weekend. On Sunday, he scored with Friskie Sadie and track record holder John's Dream. It may not have been the richest race of the day, but it provided the most drama. Sunday's fourth featured a rematch that had been a year in the making. Last Chance Harvey and B Blissful, Co-Horses of the Meet in 2016, squared off against each for the first time since closing day a year ago. Each collected their first wins of the '17 meet last weekend and entered the rematch with momentum. Summer Deo cut the first two fractions of the $5,000 conditioned race but at the 5/8ths mark, Last Chance Harvey unleashed a three wide move from fourth. The 8 year old Full of Fun gelding took immediate control of the field and powered home to beat runner-up B Blissful by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:55 3/5. The victor is owned and trained by Henry Lewis and was driven by Bill Carter. The runner-up is a 13 year old Blissful Hall gelding who is trained by Jimmy Viars and was driven by Perry. A year ago in their battle, Harvey prevailed when a tire went flat on B Blissful's sulky. The Shenandoah meet featured both attendance and handle increases, exceptional weather, and competitive racing. The third season will kick off next September. Meet updates will be available throughout the year at shenandoahdowns.com and virginiahorseracing.com. Darrell Wood

(October 15, 2017) - With the Red Mile harness racing meet in the books, the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge moved on to Hoosier Park for the start of a three-week residency which culminates with the 2017 Breeders Crown. Week one had two nights (10/12 &10/14) of Circle City and Madison County stakes contested and once the races concluded, Anne Stepien was the winner while Rusty Nash returned to the perch as the overall leader for the contest with roughly six weeks remaining on the schedule. Stepien was the top handicapper for the week with 72 points vs. the 57 points for Dennis O'Hara in what could be called a tale of two nights. Thursday night, O'Hara was victorious without having a single winner thanks to his selection of Danceinthepines in the Circle City for 3yo trotting fillies; the longshot paying $14.80 and $6.40 for coming in second. The longshot provided him the winning margin despite four handicappers each having two winning picks. Saturday evening was a new day with Stepien tabbing four winners for the night, including the Courageous Lady Stake added on from Northfield Park, where her selection of Rosemary Rose ($20.60) made her one of two handicappers to have a positive ROI for the day. In what seems to be a pattern late in the contest, Nash and Maccario once again swapped spots with Nash coming out on top with a margin of 4.3 points. While the two handicappers have been locked in battle for the top spot, Stepien and Gordon Waterstone are lurking behind the duo, less than 22 points behind the leader and are clearly contenders to watch.   Standings thru Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Leg #69       Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Points Back   Last Week   Streak   1st   Rusty Nash   1,245.20   6       2nd   1   2nd   Megan Maccario   1,240.90   9   4.30   1st       3rd   Anne Stepien   1,230.82   9   14.38   4th       4th   Gordon Waterstone   1,223.50   10   21.70   3rd       5th   Dennis O’Hara   1,154.85   10   90.35   6th       6th   Matt Rose   1,148.88   10   96.32   5th       7th   Sally Hinckley   1,121.98   8   123.22   8th       8th   Russ Adams   1,099.54   8   145.66   7th       9th   Steve Horoky   1,066.83   4   178.37   9th       10th   Ray Garnett   1,025.11   6   220.09   10th       11th   Bryan Owen   920.90   7   324.30   11th       12th   Jay Hochstetler   841.50   4   403.70   12th       13th   Ray Cotolo   762.33   4   482.87   13th       14th   Michael Carter   750.03   3   495.17   15tg       15th   Terry Wilson   747.47   5   497.73   14th       16th   Rich Mattei   569.30   2   675.90   16th   v      Next Up: Week two at Hoosier Park has a weekend of Breeders Crown eliminations with the distaff tilts being contested on Friday (10/20) and open elms contested Saturday (10/21). The third and concluding week of the Hoosier Park residency begins with the final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic being raced at Vernon Downs while the weekend features the Breeders Crown finals and Pegasus stakes. The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.  Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge  

Saratoga Springs, NY - On the strength of harness racing victories by Bob Davis and Tony Ciuffetelli the USA jumped out to a lead over the visiting New Zealanders in the first leg of the three-track International Amateur Driving Competition which was held at Saratoga Raceway on Sunday afternoon, October 15. Davis lit up the tote board when his 28-1 shot, Trey, was placed first after, Battleshoe Tom, driven by Tony Ciuffetelli, was disqualified for a racing infraction. However Ciuffetelli returned to the winner's circle this time for good in the second Friendship Competition event when he reined Docs Boy to a head decision over the Kiwi's, Colleen Nequs. When Battleshoe Tom went off-stride at the start he interfered with Hillbilly Cashflow driven by New Zealand's Mike Maynard and caused confusion with the majority of the field. But Davis circled the trouble and went to the lead in front of Cuiffetelli's pacer. They then raced one-two until the stretch when Battleshoe Tom took command and was the first horse under the wire with Trey finishing behind him. However, the judge's decision placed Battleshoe Tom out of the money which allowed Trey to be declared the winner. LMC Nuclear Strike and the USA's Alan Schwartz was moved up the second while Shaquar and the Kiwi's Colleen Nequs, was awarded third money. The winner, owned by Anthony Cerbone, Jr and trained by Lisa Zabielski, returned $58.00, $13.20 and $11.80 across the board. It was the second consecutive driving victory for Bob Davis having won an amateur contest at Monticello Raceway five days ago. But Ciuffetelli made amends in the second split when he guided Doc's Boy home first despite being parked to the half before finding room along the pylons in third position. Then around the final turn Ciuffetelli set sights on the pace-setter Mr. Butterworth and driver Colleen Nequs. In the deep stretch, under strong urging, Doc' Boy got up in the final strides for a head decision. Third place went to Cabo San Lukas and the Kiwi's Gavin Cook. The winner, owned by Brett Derue and Garry Simzer and trained by Derue, paid $7.10 for win. For The fourth time this year the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA)has been involved in an international amateur driver's competition and the first against the New Zealanders since last fall when they traveled Down Under to compete. The races today will be followed by similar events at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday (Oct. 17) and Monticello Raceway on Wednesday (Oct. 18) by John Manzi for NAADA

Woodstock, VA --- A pair of horses who were at or near the $200,000 mark in winnings earned additional bragging rights Saturday (Oct. 14) at Shenandoah Downs as closing weekend of the second fall harness racing meet kicked off. Cathy Rutherford's Just Fred powered from fourth to first at the quarter mark of his conditioned race and went on to dominate from there. The 9-year-old gelding, who won by 12 lengths, had his best performance since winning at the Red Mile Aug. 24 in 1:52.1. He entered the race with a bankroll of $203,181. Calcutta on the other hand, entered Saturday's $5,500 fourth race with $199,294 in earnings and needed a first or second place finish to push her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. She led much of the way until Beep Beep Bye Bye challenged her at the top of the stretch and ended up prevailing by one-half length. With the runner-up finish, the 8-year-old Tom Ridge mare did reach that mark in earnings in front of the hometown faithful. Both driver/trainer Betsy Brown and owner Terry Kibler are from Woodstock. Driver William Carter had three wins while Scott Woogen and Chuck Perry had two apiece on another gorgeous weather race day in the Shenandoah Valley. Reinsman Carter had his best day of the meet, collecting wins aboard Tulsi, A Major Impulse and Victoria's Munky. Tulsi, who was 0-for-18 entering the day's kickoff race, wired the field in 1:58.4. A Major Impulse, who shipped in from Harrah's Philadelphia, got his second win of the year by wiring the field as well in 1:55.2. Victoria's Munky captured a thriller in which four pacers finished with one-half lenth of each other. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight mare was a neck better than Moonshinemonkeys and Place At The Beach. Scott Woogen had his best day of the meet as well, connecting with World Peace and Peoplesayimnogood. Both collected their first wins of the meet. The latter had won a pair at the Shenandoah County Fair, which preceded the pari-mutuel campaign. Chuck Perry, who collected his 1,000th win last Sunday, scored with Royal Red and Beep Beep Bye Bye. For the first time this season, last year's two "Co-Horses of the Meet" will square off in a grudge match Sunday as Shenandoah Downs presents its last harness racing card of the fall. Last Chance Harvey and B Blissful will duke it out in the fourth race. They are the two favorites, of course, and last met 53 weeks ago on closing day of the first season at Woodstock. Bill Carter will pilot Last Chance Harvey from the rail while Chuck Perry will be aboard 13 year old B Blissful from post 2. The 2017 "Horse of the Meet" will be recognized during the program. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

The first split for two-year-old filly trotters opened the early non-wagering harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday Oct. 14. Reinsman Art Stafford Jr. behind Iron Mine Krystal ( Four Starz Robro) was not content to sit third and pulled past the quarter to take the lead to the wire in the 2:00 mile over Dancing Spirit. Iron Mine Branch LLC are the owner and breeder, Greg Haverstick trains the filly.   Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) with Jared Moyer in the bike took air to the quarter in 27.2 to take control and hold on in the three horse photo over Bo Breeze and Ronnie's Rocket stopping the clock in 1:56.2 in the first division for pacing colts and geldings. Arlene Cameron trains for owner/breeder Pam Wagner.   Race three on the early card saw the second division for freshmen trotting fillies tie the stakes record of 1:59 set last week by Iron Mine Krystal. Driver Russell Foster sent Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) wire to wire for owner/breeder Corey Callahan keeping her undefeated with six wins in six starts. Richard Hans trains the filly. TV Sensation was up for place.   The final preliminary for the night was the second split for colt and gelding pacers. Redline Rusty (Rusty's For Real) with Jonathan Roberts between the wheels took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to charge down the stretch crossing the wire one length ahead of E-Z Pass B in 1:54.4 for owner Al Carter and trainer Mike Hall. Carter Racing Stable LLC is the breeder.   Preliminaries continue Sunday Oct. 15 for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings,   By Cheri Stambaugh

The Burke brigade has finished first and second in harness racing many times, but few of those times have resulted in a $433 Exacta. However, that was the result of Saturday's $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park when Rosemary Rose and Pittstop Danika crossed the line first and second. Rosemary Rose was driven by Mike Wilder and sat sixth through the opening lap with fractions of :26.4 and :55. She pulled third over and found herself three wide the final 3/8 of the mile. She struck the lead approaching the top of the stretch and bested her competition by 1¾-legths in 1:53. "I love this filly," admitted Wilder. "She might have been a longshot on the board, but I always thought she had a big chance." Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Rosemary Rose for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fourth win of this event in the last five years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014 and Sassa Hanover in 2015. "I knew she would be ready, Ronnie (Burke) has them ready for every dance," said Wilder. Completing the field were Pittstop Danika, Bettor's Up, Terrortina, Bourbon And Barley, Ella Christina and Big City Betty. Al-Mar-Got A Fever was scratched sick. Rosemary Rose (Foreclosure N-Pantathion-The Panderosa) now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $231,292. She returned $20.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

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