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Riverofroyalty (RC Royalty) set a new lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Spagnola-trained three year old is enjoying a solid season in which she has now prevailed five times. Riverofroyalty was the 8-5 betting favorite in the $9,950 featured race for New York sired trotters and moved first over on Starlingmoon (Billy Dobson) who rode a three race win streak into Thursday's tilt. Riverofroyalty powered past that rival but was met with a late challenge from longshot Gotalottacredit (Jim Devaux) who wound up coming up second best while Starlingmoon held on for third. Riverofroyalty's fifth career victory came in 1:58.2 to give her a new lifetime mark. The filly was piloted to the win by Frank Coppola Jr who is now less than two weeks away from securing his 11th driving title at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Friday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

DOVER, Del.--- Ideal Cowboy took the lead early and never relinquished on the way to a 1:51 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Preferred pace while Little Ben won for the fourth time in his last five starts in the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs, on Thursday, Dec. 8. After finishing second by a neck last week, Tim Tetrick did not linger putting Ideal Cowboy into the lead and cut out all the fractions posting his seventh win of the year for trainer Jeff Bamond and owners J&T Silva and Bamond Racing. The win was the second in three weeks for the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding who has been 1,2,3 in half of his 25 starts this season while earning $141,640 in purses. Bettor's Edge and Yannick Gingras finished second in front of Sweet Beach driven by Montrell Teague. Dancin Yankee (Corey Callahan) was fourth. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben was back in the winner's circle for the 10th time in 2016 after Vic Kirby piloted a 1:51.3 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special. An altered son of Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Life, Little Ben has now won $152,064 this year. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George Dennis, closed strongly to finish second beaten a head. Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) was the show finisher. For the second Thursday in-a-row, 11-1 Soto, again a longshot, won the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Art Stafford Jr. Last week, it was a wire-to-wire win, this time coming from off the pace to Beat Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed along the passing lane, to the wire in 1:52. Rock N Roll World (Gingras) was the third-place finisher. Soto, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty recorded his 11th win of the campaign. Eric Ell trains the four-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. He has now won $121,745 this year. After being claimed for $17,500 at Pocono by Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, Rangers Sureshot scored his fourth consecutive victory, this time stepped up to the $30,000 ranks to record a lifetime fastest 1:52 victory in a $15,500 Male pace . The win by the Palone Ranger-Cadie's Sure Shot gelding was Yannick Gingras' second win of the day. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) and Feel Like A Fool (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. In a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old male pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Rockinonby gave Tony Morgan his second win holding off fast finishing Sentencing Memo by a head in 1:52.2. Trained by Willard Reynolds, the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding, Lew's Maverick (M. Teague) took third. Yannick Gingras drove three winners. Tim Tetrick, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainers Jeff Bamond, Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing had doubles Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays $17,500 Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Never before did the international amateur harness racing driving competition mantra mean more than it did on the first day of the Friendship Competition between the visiting North American Amateur Drivers Association and the local New Zealand amateurs. According to the international amateur driver's mantra, 'it's not of the utmost importance who wins or loses; it's just that amateur racing is a great vehicle for human relations' certainly rang true after the first of three races in the competition has been completed. The NAADA team of Joe Lee, Peter Kleinhans, Gerry Fielding and Dave Offenberg were drubbed by the local amateurs in the first event of the three race competition. That being said, here is Joe Lee's first-hand account of Thursday's competition race at Addington, NZ. "Last night was our first race. There were 13 horses in the contest and I was on the 10-horse which was starting at the beginning of the second tier. I got away a little further back than I would have liked and didn't find room to shake loose until the passing lane in the mile and a quarter event and although my horse passed quite a few others we still end-up sixth. "Gerry Fielding sat on the outside the entire race which is common here and even was up toward the lead a good portion of the race after leaving from the eight- hole. But the distance took its toll and Gerry finished 10th. "Peter Kleinhans was in a favorable spot sitting with cover behind the favorite who eventually won the race but Peter's horse, Stylish Babe, didn't last behind the cover and faded and finished 11th. "Dave Offenberg got caught three-wide at the start of the race from an outside post and wasn't able to settle in for a bit and eventually tired and finished ninth. "We didn't do much good but it was a great experience and definitely a different style of racing here. Here is the race; Lee also offered the following; "This morning (New Zealand is 19 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time) we are working horses on the beach. Our next race is Saturday night and then Sunday's race is on the grass. Saturday's race, again at Addington, will be 2600 meters of about 1.6 miles with 14 going to post. Sunday is 2000 meters just over 1.25 miles at Motukarara. "Still, we're having wonderful time with some great people in a very picturesque country," Lee added. And here is the result; Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 14 Nui Toc Tien 14 fr 4,240.00 1/1 2-22.7   S P Murtha S A Dolan 2 7 Living Legend 7 fr 1,120.00 6/6 2-23.2 3.10 R A Reekie R J Dunn 3 6 Handlebar Hank 6 fr 560.00 9/9 2-23.3 3.50 D S Reardon Mrs L M Jones 4 1 Onedin's Delight 1 fr 360.00 2/3 2-23.9 6.90 A N Edge M J House 5 13 As Kiwi As 13 fr 330.00 5/5 2-24.3 8.90 R J Sissons R D Holmes 6 10 Redmaro 10 fr 210.00 7/7 2-24.8 11.70 J D Lee G A Cook 7 3 Bettor Backim 3 fr 210.00 4/2 2-24.8 12.20 P T Cook Ms S Blake 8 11 Tufflittlerooster 11 fr 210.00 8/8 2-25.3 14.90 M Hallett Mrs M Hallett 9 8 Franco Caliph 8 fr 210.00 10/10 2-25.6 16.70 D H Offenberg D A Taylor 10 9 Earthbound 9 fr 210.00 12/12 2-26.0 18.80 G R Fielding J B McDermott 11 4 Stylish Babe 4 fr 210.00 13/13 2-26.6 22.00 P Kleinhans J B McDermott 12 2 Regal Suzy 2 fr 210.00 11/11 2-27.2 25.70 B G White M J Stratford 13 12 Eja Patron 12 fr 210.00 3/4 2-31.2 48.50 M F Maynard B K Mowbray by John Manzi with Joe Lee for NAADA

Yonkers Raceway has announced that its 2017 live harness racing season is set to begin Sunday, Jan. 8th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. As of this writing, first post for the matinee season opener is TBA (we beg your indulgence, it's coming). The '17 schedule, with 238 scheduled programs, offers one year-long notable change. Tuesday matinees are gone, replaced by Tuesday evenings. They join Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (with one exception), all with first posts of 7:10 PM. There are also 23 Sunday matinees on the docket, with varying late morning/early afternoon post times which, of course, shall be sent when determined. The season, which includes a mid-season hiatus (no racing May 29th from June 15th, inclusive), concludes Sunday, Dec. 17th. Information (and nomination forms) regarding Yonkers' multi-million-dollar stakes schedule shall be released shortly. It's again highlighted by Yonkers International Trot Day, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct, 14th The 2016 live season ends Sunday, Dec. 18th, with a 1 PM first post, after which the Raceway goes completely dark for all racing wagering until Friday, Dec. 29th, when Aqueduct returns from its Christmas down time. Frank Drucker

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today reminded harness racing horsemen to register their stallions for the 2017 state breeding season before the February 1, 2017 deadline. Additionally, owners who wish to register their broodmares for the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Fund Award program must have their horses registered as "PA-residents" by February 15, 2017, to ensure those mares' foals are eligible for the awards. A stallion must remain in the state at a declared facility from February 15 to July 4. Breeding can take place within a couple of weeks of either date. The State Horse Racing Commission's Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing must approve of any horse that is to be used as both a stallion and a racehorse in 2017. Additionally, if the stallion competes out-of-state, he must return to his declared Pennsylvania facility after each of those out-of-state races. Owners who want their broodmares to qualify for "resident" status must have the paperwork postmarked to the commission's Harrisburg office by February 15. Broodmares must reside in Pennsylvania for at least 180 contiguous days, including foaling, and be in foal to a registered Pennsylvania stallion in order for their offspring to be eligible for the breeder awards. No registered broodmare is authorized to leave the state for any reason except for a medical emergency. If that occurs, the commission must be notified as soon as possible. Registration forms are available by contacting Pennie Dodson at 717-787-5196 or pdodson@pa.gov. For more information, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov and search "harness racing." William R. Nichols Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture | Communications Office 2301 North Cameron Street | Hbg PA 17110 Phone: 717.787.5085 | Fax: 717.705.8402 www.agriculture.pa.gov      

Shark Festival has rattled off back-to-back impressive harness racing victories here at Cal Expo for Medinah Racing and Scott Ehrlich, with Kathie Plested and Steve Wiseman taking care of business on the training and driving end. "Medinah Racing is the partnership of George McChrystal and Mark Kremen," related Ehrlich. "We're all Chicago born and raised guys who met up at the Chicago harness tracks. For me and George, it was in the early 80s, which also included Fairmount Park." After a couple of needed efforts to start off the meet, Shark Festival has been all Jaws as she has done the stalk-and-pounce to perfection for Wiseman while working her way closer to the $100,000 mark in career earnings. "George and I watch races from everywhere in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough," Scott explained. "One of the tracks George was watching was Century Downs in Alberta. What caught his eye was her breeding, her 'look of a real horse', her spurts of talent and that she was using an older race bike. "He called me one day asking me to watch the replays of her most recent races. After I did, we felt if he we could obtain her and get her into the Wiseman stable and their program, that between Steve and Kathie and their fine crew, that would be a good fit. "Since we've gotten her, especially here at Cal Expo, she's gained quite a bit of weight and really looks the part. And from that has come two straight wins. We know she gets her toughest test stepping up to the filly and mare Open this week, but she did win the filly and mare Open at Century over some quality mares and did it handily in first-over fashion." Ehrlich added, "We have high hopes for her." So far, so good. Open Trot brings out Silverlode, Flameon A $5,500 Open Trot that finds Silverlode and Flameon continuing their rivalry and a $6,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace that has lured some very sharp distaffers headline Saturday night's program at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races on the Watch and Wager LLC card with first post set for 6:10 p.m. In addition to the two Opens, there will be an elimination heat for next week's final of the Robert Staats Series. The Open Trot will go as the third race on the evening with Silverlode doing his work from the assigned outside post in the field of five, while arch-rival Flameon departs from just to his inside. Zoraze, Windsun Galaxe and Winsom Kelly complete the cast. Silverlode and Flameon have met three times at this meeting, with the former capturing the first and third meetings which were contested over off tracks, while Flameon prevailed in between those two races on a fast track. Silverlode is a 7-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling and the Website mare Charlotte's Web who is owned by Desomer Stables, takes her lessons from Vickie Desomer and will have Steve Wiseman giving directions after Luke Plano did the honors in the first three outings at this session. Flameon is 6-year-old son of Angus Hall who carries the banner of Mark Anderson with Gordie Graham the conditioner and Chip Lackey handling the lines. He is looking for his 11th win on the year from 21 trips to the post and will be drawn inside Silverlode for the first time at the meeting. The Filly and Mare Open brings out a solid field of eight with Strings, Shark Festival, Directing Traffic and Stable Eyes among the major players in what shapes up as a very interesting contest. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Bar Hopping 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:51.4 ($1,292,433), the winner of this year's Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic, and a heat of the Hambletonian, has been retired to stud duty at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. He is the second new sire for Hanover for the 2017 harness racing breeding season, with the farm already bringing in the pacing colt Betting Line. "He's passed his fertility tests and he's here at the farm settling in," said Hanover Shoe Farms president and CEO Jim Simpson. Bar Hopping is a son of Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, who hails from the maternal families of Breeders Crown winner JEF'S Spice and sire-of-sires Garland Lobell. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Bar Hopping was a New Jersey Sires Stakes winner at age two and then followed by winning major stakes as a 3 year old and earning $1.1 million in purses. He took his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 in winning the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands on Oct. 29. Simpson said he expects Hanover will breed 25-30 mares to Bar Hopping in 2017. Bar Hopping's stud fee has been set at $6,500. Bar Hopping - Breeders Crown 3yo C&G Trot Final Courtesy of  www.harnessracing.com    

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night opens the weekend of live harness racing at The Meadowlands with a dozen big fields and competitive match-ups galore.   The GSY holds it's familiar spot as the gateway to the action with Ellen's Star and Dr. John Kokinos looking to rebound from last week's end to their short winning streak facing the formidable pair of Feisty Love and David Glasser who makes her third start off the layoff and draws the rail in the opener.   A pair of higher class condition trots highlight the program with fan favorite Market Share back after eking out a hard fought win last week facing eight solid contenders including Fashion Creditor, Waiting On A Woman and Opulent Yankee in race six.   Off the track there is the usual array of dining options, nightlife at Victory Sports Bar and the final weekend of the 2016 Toys for Tots drive.   The popular "Own A Horse" promotion is back and you may sign up to be one of the lucky contestants beginning this weekend thru December 31.   Race reviews and free program pages should help make those Late Pick 4 choices easier as the Holiday season draws near.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations        

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's largest and leading membership organization for industry communicators, is very pleased to announce that the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA), the organization which represents the interests of all the facets of harness racing in the Hoosier State, is partnering with USHWA in the presentation of its annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas NV. The Indiana Standardbred Association's sponsorship will consist of two important facets of the Banquet: 1) the video/audio presentations shown through the Banquet room after the announcement of every award winner, an annual Banquet highlight coordinated by the award-winning Heather Vitale; and 2) the "Red Carpet Photo Booth," where Banquet attendees can pose for a "remember-the-evening" picture of their group in their finery, a picture which is then e-mailed to them as a memento of the festive occasion. The Indiana Standardbred Association is the result of a merger in 1994 (not coincidentally, the year pari-mutuel racing came to Indiana) between the Indiana Trotting And Pacing Association and the Standardbred Owners and Breeders of Indiana, so that the state's industry could have maximum representation and exposure within Indiana through the combined efforts of one united group working for the greatest overall good. The non-profit organization has over 2500 active members, and is overseen by a board of 15 elected directors, one group seeking to further the Standardbred cause in the home state of Dan Patch (appropriately enough for this banquet). Jack Kieninger, president of the Indiana Standardbred Association, said, "We are thrilled to be a sponsor of the USHWA Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park. Indiana is at the forefront of Standardbred racing right now, and it's time we stepped up to the plate and got involved a little bit more nationally. We are honored to be able to participate this year." Tim Bojarski, president of the Harness Writers Association, noted that "USHWA is delighted that the Indiana Standardbred Association is partnering with us for the 2017 Dan Patch banquet presentation. Their presence, along with that of our presenting title sponsor Hoosier Park, shows the progressive thinking that has become associated with Indiana in our sport within the last several years, and further shows why Indiana and Hoosier Park will be hosting the Breeders Crown Championships in the fall of 2017." Further information about the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will be held the same weekend that USHWA holds its annual national meetings, is available on the group's website, www.ushwa.org, and will be updated in the next several weeks as awards are announced and final plans are set into place.  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Post Time Awards that were given out on the show Thursday night. Below are the result totals and the winners are highlighted.   Race Call of the Year Total responses: 1,250   Shannon "Sugar" Doyle 247 19.77% Sam McKee 506 40.50% Joe Zambito 188 15.04% James Witherite 56 4.50% Barry Vicroy 183 14.64% Ayers Ratliff 70 5.70%   Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year Total responses: 1,274   Armbro Casino 296 23.23% Haste 231 18.13% Nadia B Fella 321 25.20% Walton Shaw 210 16.49% Wynnfield Scamp 159 12.48%   Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year presented by Hoosier Park Total responses: 1,296   Jeff Gregory 256 19.75% Jim and Joanne Looney-King 317 24.46% Marc Campbell 175 13.50% Maria Rice 268 20.68% Paula Wellwood 277 21.37%   Horsewoman of the Year Total responses: 1,296   Casie Coleman 185 14.27% Devan Miller 132 10.19% Emily Gaskin 445 34.33% Hannah Miller 276 21.30% Linda Toscanini 257 19.83%   Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year Total Responses: 1,334   Brandon Valvo 37 2.77% Chris Van Hatern 104 7.80% Lou Sorella 285 21.36% Raymond Lance 92 6.90% Russ Adams 63 4.72% Steve Roth 156 11.69% Sydney Weaver 302 34.33% Tom Dubrick 295 22.11   Upset of the Year Total responses: 1,275   Diamonds Princess upset at Pompano 114 8.94% Evenin of Pleasure winning the Molson Pace 163 12.78% Imacrazynewyorker winning at 102-1 at Saratoga 315 24.71% Lionel defeating Bold Eagle in the Prix de Paris 129 10.12% Shamballa winning the US Pacing Championship 354 27.76%   Post Time with Mike and Mike would like to thank all of their sponsors and everyone who took time to vote in the awards this year!   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey is pleased to announce that the Dancer and Smith trotting races as well as the New Jersey futurities will continue to be raced in the future. In spite of a limited number of nominations, we believe we have an obligation to the harness racing owners, breeders and trainers to provide them with an opportunity to race in New Jersey, both now and in the future. Unfortunately, the NJ Classic and Miss NJ are being suspended until further notice.  Careful consideration was given to this decision by both the Meadowlands and the SBOA.  Hopefully, these races will be restored in the future. ...................................................................... In an effort to incentivize breeding and boarding in New Jersey, the SBOANJ announces the continuation in 2017 of the New Jersey stallion breeding rebate program and the rebate program for resident mares. The stallion rebate program, FOR NEW JERSEY PACING STALLIONS ONLY, will issue a 50% rebate of the paid stud fee (up to $3,000) to the owner of a mare who resides in New Jersey for 150 days. A 25% rebate of the paid stud fee (up to $1,500) will be paid to a non-resident mare. Stallions must be enrolled in the USTA’s STARS program. The resident mares program will rebate the owner up to $500 for a mare who has been bred and resides in the state for 150 days. The stallion does not have to stand in New Jersey. ......................................................................... The deadline for anyone wanting to stand a stallion in New Jersey is January 1st. Registration forms are available on the SBOANJ’s website. As a reminder, the SBOA is offering a rebate of 50% of the paid stud fee (up to $3,000) for resident mares and 25% (up to $1,500) for non-resident mares. The rebate program is for pacing stallions only. The stallion must be enrolled in the USTA STAR program. Registration form    Courtney Stafford

Godiva Seelster and Prairie Fortune took top harness racing honors in their respective Open events on Wednesday night (December 7) at Pompano Park. First, the grand mare, Godiva Seelster, handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, scored in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares, stopping the timer in a seasonal best 1:51.2. The six year-old daughter of Camluck, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neill, took command prior to the :27.3 opener and carded panels of :56 and 1:24.2 before a :27 finale sealed the issue by 1¼ lengths over All Charged Up (John Mac Donald). Jets Are On (Kevin Wallis) finished third while Memumsnotnice was fourth. Sandysgoldenhour picked up the nickel in the field scratch down to five. After the event, Hennessey heaped all the praise on "Lady Godiva" saying, "she's just a 'one in a million' mare. "She's just as nice as she can be in the barn and handles her tasks on the track in a professional manner. When she doesn't win, it's not because she's not trying, it's because another one just out-brushes her. A couple of weeks ago, she paced a final quarter in :26.4. "It just so happened that another good mare paced in :26.3. See what I mean? She tries every step of the mile! She's just amazing." Godiva Seelster won for the 12th time this year and sent her seasonal earnings to $110,558. She's banked $330,275 lifetime on the strength of a 37-29-18 scorecard in 108 career starts and has missed only one check in her past 99 starts covering her last four seasons. As the 1 to 2 favorite, Godiva Seelster paid $3.00 to win. In the $12,000 trotting feature, Prairie Fortune, the outstanding Florida bred, handled by John Mac Donald, overcame the outside post (8) to score a handy victory measuring 2½ lengths in 1:54.4. The late charging Explosive Muscles (Dave Ingraham) finished second while Undercover Bro (Wally Hennessey) finished third after a two move mile that left him in the lead turning for home. Pocket Trip, saving ground all the way around, finished fourth while Commentary finished fifth after a first over backside bid. At the outset, Undercover Bro and Tater Twister traded placed on the lead with the former at the opening marker in :27.2 and the latter in front halfway through in :56.1. At that juncture, Undercover Bro was out and driving for the lead again with Commentary on the attach with Prairie Fortune, last early on, grinding forward and following the live cover of Commentary. Right at that third station, Prairie Fortune swept three wide and mowed down his competition with the greatest of ease. In a post-race interview, Mac Donald said, "this horse can grind all day long. Even though we started from the outside, once we caught that live cover, he was kind of begging to go three wide. I fought him for a short time and then let him have his way and he responded with his usual great brushing power." Prairie Fortune, a four year-old son of Arapa Victory, won for the 11th time in 26 starts this year to send his seasonal earnings to $84,665. He's banked $197,945 for Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with trainer Mike Deters. It was the 26th win in only 48 lifetime starts for the winner and proved to be the 999th career training victory for trainer Deters. Even money on the tote-board, Prairie Fortune paid $4.20 to his multitude of followers. In the ever-popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot for the senior citizens of our equine breed, M T Ur Pockets, driven by Mike Simons, swept up on the far outside around the final turn and then went on to score a two length victory over the late charging Adenium (Wally Hennessey) in 1:55.2, a seasonal best time for the nine year-old daughter of Hard Rock N Roll. Pop My Buttons (Brad Kramer) cut lively panels of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.3 and wound up third, 2¼ lengths away, while Cashahallic finished fourth after a first up bid that brought him within a length of the leader turning for home. R G Rocket earned the minor award in the octet. Owned by Albert Abdala III along with trainer-driver Simons, M T Ur Pockets won for the seventh time this semester in 34 starts, sending her seasonal bounty to $47,993 and $228,355 lifetime. As third choice on the tote-board at 5 to 1, M T Ur Pockets returned $12.00 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the British-American Series on tap in a three race competition. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Il Mago, who has not missed a check since arriving at Dover Downs, won for the first time in six starts scoring in the $20,000 Open Handicap harness racing trot in 1:52.3 on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tim Tetrick moved Il Mago out of second on the backstretch and then breezed to victory, his seventh of the year, going into six-figures with $102,046 earned this campaign, to win the Wednesday feature. Scott DiDomenico conditions the seven-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style for CC Racing. The $663,018 lifetime winner was followed by Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) with Celebrity Pegagus (Art Stafford Jr) the only four-year-old in the race finishing third. A race earlier, Delaware-bred Go Byem returned to winning form disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Jim Morand drove the Les Givens-trained Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go for breeder Delbert Cain who owns the four-year-old gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Steel Reserve (Vic Kirby) closed quickly to take second with Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) the show horse. Tim Tetrick had four wins including a 20-1 shot, Royal Lad, in a $7,500 trot; .Yannick Gingras scored three times and owner-trainer Ed Gannon registered two winners, Tetrick and Gingras now are tied for first place in wins this meet with 37 each one more than former leader Vic Kirby. BETTOR’S EDGE IN $30,000 PREFERRED; MUSTANG ART, $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL Bettor’s Edge starts from the outside against three winners last time out in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs. Mustang Art, who just missed a win twice in-a-row also leaves from post 8 in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the Thursday, Dec. 8 twin feature races. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Papa Ray, Just A Jolt and Sweet Beach with two straight won their previous starts. Yannick Gingras drives Bettor’s Edge for Weaver Bruscemi Burke Racing an M1 stables, finished strongly third, beaten a half-length in last week’s feature. He won three straight early in the Fall. Last Thursday, Lombardo and L&J Racing’s veteran Dancin Yankee led until late in the stretch with Corey Callahan, before retreating to fourth only a length behind at the wire. Bamond and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, was second beaten by a neck. Tim Tetrick will drive this week. Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach is fresh from two consecutive wins at Pocono Downs. Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and legacy Racing steps up in company after a two wins in three starts including a come-from off-the-pace success last time from post 7 now has the rail. Killer B Stable’s Abelard Hanover driven by Allan Davis, has won two of his last four outings.  Janet Hudson’s local favorite Just A Jolt reined by Vic Kirby returns to the track after a month hiatus.  In the $27,500 Delaware Special, last week Little Ben (Kirby), after winning  three consecutive features consecutively, did not leave from post 8 and closed well but finished of-the-board for the first time this Fall. This week with Vic Kirby driving for owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, the nine-time winner has post 5.The fast Mustang Art (Sean Bier) just missed for the second straight time  by a head and a neck for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, but must start from the outside in the eight-horse field.  The razor sharp Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) led until late last week before finishing a close-up third after a second the week before. Jenny Bier’s Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) raced well in his first local start. Art and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox, a standout last season, drew post 1. Other strong contenders are Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Gingras) Reg Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) and driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret.     Also on the competitive 15-race card are an $18,000 Open featuring Wakizashi Hanover, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces for younger horses. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch races and enjoy good food in Dover Downs Winner’s Circle Buffet daily. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will be announcing the 2016 Post Time Harness Racing Award winners on Thursday night with a first post of 7:30 PM. The categories were voted on by harness racing fans from around the world. The categories for the 2016 Post Time Awards were Upset of the Year, the "Foiled Again" Iron Horse of the Year, Horsewoman of the Year, the "Larry Rheinheimer" Small Stable of the Year presented by Hoosier Park, the "Ted Barcus" Race Fan of the Year, and Race Call of the Year.  Our on going series with Pompano Park will continue on Thursday night as Director of Operations and Track Announcer Gabe Prewitt will join the program to talk about the racing going on in South Florida. Also, The Stable.CA's Anthony MacDonald joins the program.  Post Time with Mike and Mike, in cooperation with Friends of Maryland Standardbreds (FOMS) will also be auctioning off a pair of Dave Palone's colors during the show. Palone is one of three drivers in North America with more than 15,000 wins. 100% of the proceeds will go to the BraveHeart Program to help homeless veterans at Christmas. They can be found on the Internet at www.braveheartriding.org. Post Time with Mike and Mike would like to thank their sponsors who have continued to support the program throughout the last year. Post Time would also like to thank all of the racing fans who took time out of their schedules to vote in the awards.  Post Time can be heard at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/barn every Thursday. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Last into the final turn, Valley Of Sin roared wide through the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Not only did Valley Of Sin trail late, but he also had excess cover that guaranteed him a wide journey in the stretch. When trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder angled him to the middle of the track, however, the 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling blazed by them all to score in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting Classicality shot the Lightning Lane for second, a neck back, while Explosive Leggs earned show. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, who won for the third time in his last four starts and extended his career bankroll to $247,899. Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadowlands is announcing the draw schedule and some harness racing notes for the upcoming Holiday Season.   The December 15-16 condition sheet is now available.   There will be $35,000 Opens for both trotters and pacers offered on the Sat, Dec 31 card.   Pink will host a gala New Year's Eve celebration with a special buffet and fireworks after the races to welcome in the new year.   Live racing will be on these dates for the rest of 2016:   Thursday, December 15 & Friday, December 16   ***NO LIVE RACING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17***   Double Draw Monday 9:00 A.M. December 12 for Thursday December 15 and Friday December 16. (Scratch time Tuesday December 13 10:00 A.M for Thursday December 15) (Scratch time Wednesday December 14 10:00 A.M. for Friday December 16)   Thursday, December 22 & Friday, December 23   ***NO LIVE RACING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24***   Double Draw Saturday 9:00 A.M. December 17 for Thursday December 22 and Friday December 23 (Scratch time Monday December 19 10:00 A.M. for Thursday December 22) (Scratch time Tuesday December 20 10:00 A.M. for Friday December 23)   Thursday, December 29 - Friday, December 30 - Saturday, December 31   Draw Friday December 23 9:00 A.M. for Thursday December 29 (Scratch time Monday December 26 for Thursday 29) Double Draw 9:00 A.M. Tuesday December 27 for Friday December 30 and Saturday December 31 (Scratch time TBA)   Qualifiers:   Draw Tuesday 10:00 A.M. December 13 for qualifiers on Friday December 16 time TBA Draw Tuesday 10:00 A.M. December 20 for qualifiers on Friday December 23 time TBA   Contact the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with questions.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

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