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Chester, PA -- A mere three weeks away from mandatory retirement, Foiled Again ($2.20) withstood three strong challenges en route to a gritty 1:54.2 win -- the 108th of his career -- in Sunday's (Dec. 9) $10,000 Foiled Again Farewell Tour Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The richest pacer of all time and usual driver Yannick Gingras were tested from the outset by Cabbie's Delight (George Napolitano Jr.), but held their ground through a :27.4 first-quarter duel. After rating a comfortable :57 half, the 14-year-old son of Dragon Again faced first-over pressure from Machtu N (Brett Miller) up the far side of the course. Machtu N worked to within half a length of the lead past three-quarters in 1:25.4 before dismissing that challenger, only for Cabbie's Delight to re-emerge up the open stretch.   Driven out to the winning post, Foiled Again refused to lose, parrying Cabbie's Delight's inside challenge by a quarter length for his tenth seasonal score. Hypothetical (Tony Morgan) made late inroads to take third.   "There's tears every time I get to sit behind him, and it gets harder every time," said an emotional Gingras after the win over the same racetrack Foiled Again made a name for himself in 2008 with ten wins, eight of them against open competition.   "There's no doubt that he's helped me to get to where I'm at."   Trainer Ron Burke expressed similar sentiments of the veteran, whose farewell tour will wrap up on Dec. 31 at The Meadows.   It's really energized us as a barn and made us enjoy everything," Burke said about the tour before reminiscing about his star pacer's legacy.   "Probably at seven, he was better than everyone out there. All of a sudden, there wasn't anyone better, and he went for two or three years where he was the best horse in the country." In his 2011 campaign, Foiled Again won six $100,000 events en route to amassing well over $7.6 million in career earnings.   The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables own Foiled Again, and have have campaigned him since acquiring him in July of 2008.   Live racing resumes at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 12); first post is slated for 12:25 p.m.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 8, 2018-Odds-on Weona Sizzler A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) made a successful first trip to the harness racing adult table Saturday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed-from post position No. 5---to Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, 56 and 1:24, Weona Sizzler A found room passing the three-quarters when a first-up Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) backed away. Gokudo Hanover owned a length lead into the lane, but could not stall his intruder. Weona Sizzler A rolled right by, widening to win by that length in a life-best 1:52.1. Gokudo Hanover saved second, with Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), Voracity (Tyler Buter) and Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Weona Sizzler A, a 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Harmon Racing) by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Seth Rosenberg Racing, it was his eighth win in 18 seasonal starts (five wins and three seconds in eight North American tries). The exacta paid $25.40, the triple returned $131.50 and the superfecta paid $646. There is no Sunday matinee this time around, the final one wrapping the season Dec. 16th, with first post the ever-popular TBA. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - K Ryan Bluechip used an amazing final half-mile to win the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands - an $18,500 conditioned pace - for a second straight week. Driver Brett Miller was in no hurry early with the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, but the fans who bet him as the 2-1 favorite probably wish he'd been closer at the half. K Ryan Bluechip was last in the field of seven past the quarter- and half-mile markers, as the pace-setting Bell I No was being pressured on the front end, setting the stage for an off-the-pace winner. K Ryan Bluechip, a 6-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am, was activated by Miller with just over three-eighths to go, using a quick burst of speed to get into a third-over flow around the far turn and past three-quarters. Instead of opting to stay in the fast lane, KRB swung three-wide for the drive to the wire and that proved to be the right move, as K Ryan Bluechip sprinted past the field during his :26.3 final quarter, recording a three-quarter length win in 1:50.1. A determined Bell I No and Clouseau Hanover - who had plenty of late pace - finished in a dead heat for second. The winner, who is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt, returned $6.00 to his backers, and now has seven victories in 31 starts this year. Lifetime, he's won 30-of-97 and banked just over $378,000. PICK-5 TURNAROUND: After Friday night's 50-Cent Pick-5 paid $60.15 as favorites won every leg of the wager, things went much differently Saturday evening. In the third race on the program (Leg one of the Pick-5), Too Much Hanover and driver Vinny Ginsburg scored at odds of 29-1, paying more to win ($61.00) than the Pick-5 returned on Friday. After the next four winners in the sequence were sent off at 'useable' odds of 8-1, 3-5, 6-5 and 2-1, the Saturday Pick-5 came back a handsome $21,640.30. A LITTLE MORE: In addition to getting the Pick-5 off to a good start, Ginsburg also had a big hand in the Early Daily Double ($194.80), scoring with 14-1 chance Rock Star in the opener. ... Andy McCarthy made three winner's circle visits, raising his meet-leading dash-win total to 30. ... All-source handle totaled $1,943,975 for the 11-race program. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... Live action will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis at the Big M during December, with one exception. There will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Batavia, NY --- Lucky McTrucky got back to his winning ways taking the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec.8). The feature field got away in post position order leaving Cultural Paradise (Jim McNeight Jr.) on top calling the shots and with no pressure to the half, it was a soft fraction of :58 flat. However that would soon change when In Runaway Bay N (Truman Gale) came calling first-up on the outside where the race began to get interesting. In Runaway Bay N paced along with Cultural Paradise up the backstretch in a quick :28.3 third panel and while that was going on, Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) joined the party late but came with lots of pace. Halfway through the turn Monti tipped Lucky McTrucky three-deep and caught the leaders by the top of the stretch and then went right by in the lane to win by two-lengths in 1:55.4. It was the 55th lifetime win and 13th of the season for Lucky McTrucky ($10.60) who now has earned $93,405 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner. The $9,900 Open II pace saw Western Rockstar A (Shawn McDonough) close sharply after chasing an early speed battle between Linkjack Hanover (Bob Verney) and Littlebitofabrat (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull the upset in 1:56.2. Western Rockstar A ($24.00) captured his fifth win of the year for owner Super Mile LLC. Angelo Nappo is the trainer. Three drivers won 10 of the 12 races on Saturday evening. Drew Monti was the big dog copping a Grand Slam of wins. Then Shawn McDonough and Denny Bucceri were right behind, each having a triple on the card. Next week is the final week of racing at Batavia Downs and it starts on Friday night (Dec. 14) with post time set at 6 p.m. There is no racing on Wednesday (Dec. 12) next week. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

DAYTON, OH - Despite 24 degree temperatures and never seeing the pylons Granite captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 8) in 1:49.2. /The clocking was the fourth fastest in the five year history of harness racing's newest track, following only Donttellmeagain (1:47.4), State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1)-all marks taken in editions of the Dayton Pacing Derby, a lucrative Grand Circuit event for older pacers in late September each season. Granite, driven by the meet's leading driver Jeremy Smith, left the gate with alacrity but had to settle for second-over position throughout the fray. Night Pro (Dale Decker) assumed his normal position on the front end through the first two fractions of :26.1 and 54.0 with Sadiq Hanover (Dan Noble) in the pocket and Winwood Mac (Chris Page), the winner of two of the last three weekly features, challenging the leaders on the rim. Granite, a son of Real Desire, was in tow in the outer flow until Winwood Mac cleared to the front off the final turn leaving the pair of 5-year-old stalwarts in a stretch-long duel to the wire. The winning Ken Rucker trainee surged ahead a couple strides from the finish to establish a new lifetime mark. Sadiq Hanover, claimed last week for $37,500, gave up little ground and raced gallantly to finish very close in the show position. The Panhellenic Stable owns Granite, who won for the 7th time this season, 19th time in his career, and boosted his lifetime bounty to $348,910. Next Saturday night (Dec. 15) Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present the fourth annual "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge" with Hoosier Park's top five available reinsmen taking on Hollywood Dayton's current leading dash drivers in a six-race competition. The Hoosiers will be represented by Trace Tetrick, Ricky Macomber Jr., Lewayne Miller, Mike Oosting and Brandon Bates. The Buckeye squad will be comprised of Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble, Chris Page, Josh Sutton and Kayne Kauffman. From the Press Box at Dayton Raceway  

The sensational Artful Way (Artistic Fella) was at it again on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee was last year's Horse of the Year and is a two-time defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa. He is poised to take home both honors again in 2018. Artful Way is a regular favorite in the local feature but on Saturday night was dismissed at odds of 5-1 in the $20,000 Open Pace. Frank Coppola Jr. marched Artful Way out early and wound up getting a pocket ride for the local superstar. Starznheaven (Jimmy Devaux) cut the mile and set a sensible pace throughout but proved no match for Artful Way once that one popped the pocket around the final turn. Getting up to prevail in 1:53.2, Artful Way recorded his seventh win of the year and his tenth in the local Open! Starznheaven finished second while invader Hug The Wind N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way paid an unheard of, for him, $13.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $71.50 and $324, respectively. Artful Way may well be on his way to becoming the first horse in track history to earn Pacer of the Year honors in three consecutive years and perhaps just the second horse ever to be named Horse of the Year in successive seasons at the Spa. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 8, 2018 -- Anythingforlove A opened up a 4-length lead at the three-quarters and cruised home to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After four consecutive pocket trips had produced seconds and thirds, Anythingforlove A took matters into his own hands by blasting to the front for Aaron Merriman and settling matters early. He scored in 1:53.1, 3/4 lengths better than the first-over Hawk's Red Chief, with Dapper Dude third. Bill Bercury trains the winner, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-The Perfect Mona gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $1,875.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows        

Goshen, NY – Celebrity Farms Sam Stathis has announced that his stakes winning harness racing trotter, Celebrity Maserati, will be standing stud for the 2019 season at Leatherstocking Equine Group in New York. His stud fee will be $2,500. Sired by Andover Hall from the SJ’s Caviar mare, Arlanda Hanover, Celebrity Maserati was a $198,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:53 as a three-year-old at Pocono Downs. At age three he was the winner of the Dexter Cup Trot Final at Freehold Raceway and was first and second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In the Dexter Cup, it was only the second start of the season for Celebrity Maserati, who defeated Jimmy Takter’s world record holder Dontyouforgetit in 1:58.3, an early lifetime best clocking, making him a season’s leader for most of the year.  From seven foals out of Arlanda Hanover, six made the races and Celebrity Maserati was the fastest and top money earner. He has a full brother, Orlando, who was a $175,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:54.4f and his Celebrity Maserati was favored that year to win his division of the prestigious Hambletonian Trot, but fractured his ankle on the first turn and still was able to come home faster that any other horse in the race. Celebrity Maserati was also one of the horses rescued from the devasting fire at the Olympia Training Center (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) on March 16, 2016 that took the lives of 12 Standardbred race horses. Between his injuries in the Hambletonian and then the fire, Stathis decided it was time to stand his big beautiful black stallion at stud. “He is such a magnificent looking horse,” said Stathis, “That I felt it was time to put him to stud publicly. I know he will do very well in NY as he was a major stakes winner (Dexter Cup) on a half mile track and has taken fast records on all size tracks.” All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: or call 607-847-9996. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms

The interest generated by the recent article Horse Of The Year - Shartin N or McWicked is astounding with over 130,000 people reached, 4268 engagements, 295 likes and 51 shares to date shows that the interest in this harness racing contest is way above normal. If you want to have your say please join in the conversation on our Facebook Page here.  When looking at the two horses involved there is no doubt that they both have a case to win, the season that Shartin N and McWicked had were extra ordinary to say the least. As a result of the interest shown we have taken a deeper look into the two horses to try to sway thoughts one way or the other. If you look at just the Stake Races (not eliminations) that each horse raced in, here is the result; McWicked 1 - $150,000 The Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrahs Philadelphia -1st Filibuster Hanover - McWicked 4th 2 - $100,000 The Mohawk Gold Cup at Mohawk Raceway - 1st Sintra - McWicked 2nd 3 - $500,000 The Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs - 1st McWicked 4 - $471,000 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands - 1st McWicked 5 - $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial TVG at The Meadowlands - 1st Western Joe - McWicked 2nd 6 - $325,000 The Dan Patch at Hoosier Park - 1st Lazarus - McWicked 3rd 7 - $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Raceway - 1st McWicked 8 - $250,000 The Jim Ewart Memorial - 1st Split The House - McWicked 4th 9 - $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby - 1st Lazarus - MicWicked 2nd 10 - $150,000 The Dayton Pacing Derby - 1st Donttellmeagain - McWicked 3rd 11 - $179,000 The Allerage at Lexington - 1st McWicked 12 - $250,000 The Dan Rooney at Yonkers Raceway - 1st McWicked 13 - $430,000 The Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs - 1st McWicked 14 - $350,000 TVG Final at The Meadowlands - 1st McWicked McWicked started in 14 stake races (Eliminations not included) for 7 wins. For the season McWicked had 19 starts for 12 wins 3 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths with $1,662,094 in earnings. McWicked raced from the 19th of May through to the 24th of November. Shartin N 1 - $373,000 Bluechip Matchmaker Final at Yonkers Raceway - 1st Shartin N 2 - $102,200 Sam "Chip" Noble Memorial at Miami Valley - 1st  Shartin N 3 - $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrahs Philadelphia - 1st Shartin N 4 - $370,000 Roses Are Red Final at Mohawk Raceway - 1st Shartin N 5 - $189,750 The Golden Girls at The Meadowlands - 1st Divas Image - 4th Shartin N 6 - $197,400 The Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands - 1st Shartin N 7 - $161,000 The Artiscape aat Tioga Downs - 1st Shartin N 8 - $100,000 The Great North Eastern Open Series at Pocono Downs - 1st Bettorhaveanother - Shartin N 8th 9 - $98,500 The Allerage at Lexington Raceway - 1st Shartin N 10 - $270,000 The Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs - 1st Shartin N 11 - $175,000 TVG Final at The Meadowlands - 1st Shartin N Shartin N started in 11 stake races (Eliminations not included)  for 9 wins. Shartin N had 24 starts for 19 wins and 1 fourth with $1,098,038 in earnings. Shartin raced from the 10th of January through to the 24th of November. You be the judge by voicing your opinion on our Facebook Page by clicking on this link.  

It had been awhile since Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) recorded a win in the harness racing local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare won the feature three times early in the season but had gone winless in the Open since April 13th, albeit in limited tries, heading into Friday night's action. Betabcool N had a second and a third place finish in her two most recent starts in the Open and was dismissed at odds of 7-1 in a six-horse feature on Friday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. left a bit with Betabcool N but they wound up coming away third as the top two choices in the wagering came away one-two. Betabcool N made her move as the feature field made its way towards the three-quarter pole and the eight year old New Zealand-bred mare paced right past the leader. Longshot OK Jewel (Jimmy Devaux) came from well off the pace and tried to get to Betabcool N in the stretch but it was to no avail. Betabcool N's fourth Open win of the year came in 1:54.4. OK Jewel was the runner-up while Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. Betabcool N paid $16.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $185 and $395, respectively. Godinez has won the local Fillies and Mares Open seven times this season, three times with Sally Fletcher A and now four with Betabcool N. Godinez and Aldrich also teamed up for a victory in the $15,000 Winners Over for fillies and mares on Friday night as veteran distaffer Glenferrie Bronte N (Changeover) lived up to the hype at odds of 3-5 to give her connections a double on the night. With the earnings from her score, Glenferrie Bronte N moved her career bankroll to over the $300,000 mark. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M's trotting feature, the harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride off the rail just after the half to go after leader Misslarose. Trolley drew alongside Misslarose at the three-quarter mark and edged away from that foe with an eighth of a mile to go, before powerfully striding clear to an easy win, his third of the year in only four starts. Thisguyisonfire and Dynamic Edge had good late trot to claim second and third, respectively. Misslarose weakened to fourth. The winner, who is owned by Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger, now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts and a bankroll of $290,059 after trotting the mile in 1:52.2. He returned $2.60 to win. FAVES RULE IN PICK-5: The 50-Cent Pick-5 took huge action, as $106,397 in "new" money was added to the $18,376 carryover from Thursday night to create a total pool of $124,773. There was no big score to be had, however, as post-time favorites won each leg of the wager, resulting in a payoff of $60.15. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy continued his winning ways, as the Big M's leading driver upped his meet-leading win total to 27 after scoring three times on the night. ... It was all about form on the nine-race card, as six favorites and three second choices hit the winner's circle. ... All-source handle totaled $1,526,865. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

DAYTON, OH. - A pair of impressive harness racing mares prevailed in the co-featured $18,000 Mares Open Pace and the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 7). American Girl (Aaron Merriman) worked hard from an assigned outside post to gain command through the :26.2 opening panel, then coasted to a comfortable 5-3/4 length victory in the distaff pace. The final 1:50.3 time equaled the 9-year-old daughter of Art's Chip's lifetime best and pushed her closer to the $1 earnings plateau for owners Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. With the $9000 winners share, American Girl has now banked $977,110. She has won three straight weekly features at Dayton following a pair of runnerup finishes since returning to the races in mid-October following a three-month layoff. Tyler George is her trainer. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), who was ever so slightly favored, was runnerup while A Little Starstruk (Trevor Smith) was the best of the rest. Most 4-year-olds who have banked $125,000 made the majority of their bounty in their juvenile seasons at two and three. That's not the case for Party At The Banks, however, as she crushed a field of male Open trotters in 1:53 for her tenth win in 22 starts in 2018. She has now banked over $106,000 of her $125,000 in lifetime earnings since turning age four. The talented daughter of Break The Bank K now possesses a string of six wins and two place finishes in her last eight starts. She is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The odds-on favorite, driven by Chris Page, bested Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) by a length and a half with Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) another two lengths in arrears. Although driver Dan Noble didn't get to visit the winner's circle following the co-featured races, he did pose for a picture after five other races on the card. He scored with Gold Record in 1:56.2 and subsequently triumphed with Rolling Thunder (1:54.3), J M Jet Set (1:51.2), Velocity Mattis (1:52.2) and Allbeastnobeauty (1:52.2). Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 7, 2018 - Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night (Dec. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel's Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed as Angel's Pride laid down early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 57 seconds. It was a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.4) to dispose of Keystone Wanda's uncovered bid from fourth, but 'Monica' was ready. She vacated the cones early, about to polish off much a better trip than the self-inflicted, horrid sojourn of a week ago. Monica Gallagher rolled by, widening to 2¾ lengths over Angel's Pride in 1:53.3. Pole-assigned Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) was a three-hole third, with Delightfulmemphisn (Dan Dube) and Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton) picking off the remainder. For Monica Gallagher, a 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned and D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her 10th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $147.50 and the superfecta paid $794. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,700 CARRYOVER, 15G GUARANTEE  A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Dec. 8h) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,735.44 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Saturday’s Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY- Joe Faraldo is a happy man. And why shouldn't he be? After all, the veteran amateur driver just won the $15,000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's fourth and final trotting series with Tough Get Going at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 7). They toured the Hilltop oval in a time of 2:00 to score a one-length victory over Monica Banca and Master of Excuses. When the wings of the mobile gate sprung Banca sent Master of Excuses to the lead from the two hole with Faraldo's charge on the limb pushing the pace after starting from post five. “I wanted to take the lead but Monica wouldn't have it and she said 'get behind me', which I did and it worked out to be the winning move,” Faraldo related by phone after the race. Banca and Master of Excuses passed the first stanza in :28.4 and they were comfortable by the half in :59.4. The leaders then raced one-two past the three quarters in 1:29.1 and on the final turn Faraldo moved Tough Get Going off the pylons. “My horse felt strong at that point and when we straightened for home I knew we'd be the winner,” he said.  Master of Excuses was second best a head in front of third place finisher Multitaskr Hanover in rein to Jennifer Lappe. Tough Get Going has won his last two starts and recently has been at the top of his game. Asked how come the he's currently racing better Faraldo was quick to respond. “He likes the cold weather and he can breath better when the temperature dips,” All things considered ,the veteran 5-year Kadabra gelding has amassed almost $47,000 this season. He's owned by Faraldo and Richie Banca and trained by Banca. Sent off as second choice Tough Get Going paid $6.00 for win. This has been a very prolific season for NAADA. Besides four 10-race series during the year the longtime amateur organization has hosted European amateur clubs from Hungary, Spain, Italy and France. And in September NAADA members traveled to Mallorca to race against the Spanish amateurs on their turf. “We plan to do much of the same next year, too,” Faraldo added. John Manzi        

Batavia, NY --- After going winless since September 7 when he trotted a season's best 1:56.3, Empire Earl N has regained early season form winning two consecutive harness racing top-class races at Batavia Downs. The second score came on Friday night (Dec.7) when he captured the $11,000 Open Handicap trot. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) got away third as Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) made a beeline for the lead and when he got there, backed off the proceedings. After a leisurely stroll to the half in 1:01.2, Davis hit the gas, opened up a five-length advantage and tried to put the swoop to the group. Motoring along well on the point, Crystal Sphere looked very much the best, however there was a lot of race left. As the group moved from the five-eighths to the three-quarters, Monti tipped Empire Earl N and started chipping away at Crystal Sphere's lead. Around the last turn he was on his back and at the head of the stretch he drew even on the outside and from there, Empire Earl N got stout and trotted away under mild urging from Monti to win by a length in 1:59.3. Empire Earl N ($4.70) reached double-digit wins for 2018, scoring his 10th of the year for owner Kim Asher. He has also earned $90,354 this year which has been his career best under the tutelage of trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. In the $8,800 Open II trot Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) made easy work of five foes, posting even fractions en route to a three-length victory in 1:59.3. Labatt Hanover ($8.70) scored his sixth victory of 2018 for owners Gary and Cynthia Saj. His driver McDonough also does the conditioning. Aside from capturing the feature race, driver Drew Monti also had two other wins giving him a Hat Trick on the night. Billy Davis Jr. and Mike Caprio also had driving doubles during the nine-race card. There was no winner of the early Pick-5 on Friday and as a result, there is a $534 carry-over and a guaranteed pool of $1,500 for the early Pick-5 when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday. Post time for the first race at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

CHESTER PA - Trotting action, usually the hallmark of "Trottin' Thursdays" at Harrah's Philadelphia, carried over to the Friday harness racing action, with three $16,000 contests gathering good fields of developing horses. First to the feature race winner's circle was the Credit Winner sophomore filly Aperfectruby, who made the most of a cover trip, rushing three-deep on the turn and closing to catch T Barrr by ¾ of a length in 1:56.3. George Napolitano Jr. was in the sulky for trainer Anette Lorentzson, who conditions the winner for ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. The Dejarmbro sophomore gelding Tropical Splash AS made an early move to control the pace, then came home two lengths to the good for driver Tim Tetrick in 1:57.1 to take the second feature. The Scott Di Domenico trainee is owned by Triple D Stables Inc. and RBH Ventures Inc. The final feature fell to another horse conditioned by Di Domenico, the Swan For All sophomore gelding Swansea, who cleared up the inside from the pocket and had the most length to be two lengths clear at the end of the 1:55.3 mile. Tony Morgan guided the winner, a winner of three of his last four, giving Triple D Stables Inc., a second feature winner; this one they co-own with Dana Parham. Also worthy of mention is the freshman full sister to Pinkman, Im All Pink, who is now perfect in two career starts for driver Josert Fonseca. She was extended by longshot Trixar before prevailing in 1:59.4 in her debut for trainer Nancy Johansson after father Jimmy Takter entrusted her with care of the horse. Probably the most exciting race of the day was the featured pace, a $12,500 contest for distaffs. Prairie Sweetheart went to the lead, got to the half in 55.4, and then met the challenge of favored Frost Damage Blues. Neither mare gave an inch through a 26.3 third quarter and around the turn; it was only late that the Western Ideal mare Frost Damage Blues was able to get clear of her stubborn rival, winning by 1¾ lengths in 1:52 for owner/driver Bill Augustine and trainer Symon Spicer. The early part of the Friday card was spiced up by a pair of 33-1 shots tallying within the first four races. Both With Presence ($69.80) and Chips Starr ($68.00) made strong late moves to give their scattered backers some nice holiday money to spend as they pleased. The evergreen champion Foiled Again makes one of the final stops on his Farewell Tour here at Philly on Sunday, where he will be the 8-5 favorite in a field of five in the seventh race for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. And while no harness horse can say they have earned $7,624,018, there are also very very few of them who can say they are returning to a track where they first raced 4,135 days ago. Foiled Again made his first start at then Harrah's Chester on July 15, 2007 - and he comes back to make his last rounds 11 years, 4 months, and 25 days after his first. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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