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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 17, 2014 -- Dave Palone, the world's "winningest" harness racing driver, padded his total considerably Wednesday at The Meadows when he collected seven victories on the 15-race card, including a sweep of races 10 through 14. Palone scored twice for his brother, trainer Mike Palone; otherwise, he spread the wealth around, providing a win each for trainers Ron Burke, Scot Davidson, Kris Hite, Tye Loy and Marcus Marashian. Five of Palone's winners were odds-on while the longest-priced was Stronski at 4-1. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday. Following live programs on Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23, the track will break for the holidays. Post time for each of the remaining 2014 cards is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

DOVER, Del --- Papa Ray, winner of last Thursday's $25,000 Delaware Special drew outside post 8 in this week's top pace on, Dec. 18 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray moves from post 1 to the outside for driver Eddie Davis Jr. Frank Chick's So Take That, handled by Montrell Teague, closed strongly last week to miss by only a neck. Hard-hitting Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, came on for Corey Callahan to finish third, a half-length from first. Bandolino, owned, trained and driven by Daryl Bier's Bandolino, should profit by an inside post as he returns to top form. Nova Artist reversed his regular racing style by cutting out the early pace with Allan Davis driving, last week. Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob seeks to recapture his 19-1 upset performance two weeks ago. Ringler Stable's Simon's Artist with Trace Tetrick in the bike, leaves from the rail with Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know and George Dennis, starts alongside. A $16,000 Open and three Winners-Over paces are among the strong 15-race program events. The Triple Lindy, second last week, turned it on in the stretch, to score a 1:53 victory in the $18,000 Open trot on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Dover Downs. Last Wednesday, trainer-driver Vic Kirby couldn’t get clear early enough before closing fast. There was no road trouble this time as the Credit Winning-Measure Up gelding got there first in a lifetime best 1:53 clocking. C&G Racing own the winner of six races this season and $132,480 in purse money. He has earned $267,951in his career. Race favorite Tirade Hanover (Corey Callahan), finished second while Martz Time (Andy Miller), who was riding a two-straight win streak, was third. Ideal Revue became the longest shot of the early meet when George Dennis drove the 70-1 outsider to a 1:56.3 upset in a $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Carol and trainer Jim Atkinson own the Revenue S-New Ideal gelding who paid $143.60 for a $2-dollar ticket. It was the fifth win of the year for the five-year-old, now a winner of $61,995 in 2014. My Heidi (Callahan) was second with Maiden Knight third for the third straight time. Payson Racing’s Joyeux Dream with Andy Miller overtook Classic Filly (Trace Tetrick) in deep stetch for a 1:56.2 triumph in a $14,500 trot for young horses. Futuristic Bride (Jonathan Miller) was third.  The win was the sixth of the season for Joyeau Dream, an Infinitif-Jolie Reve gelding. Tony Morgan pulled Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley, a Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding, from second at the top of the stretch to catch front-trotting Powerful Charger (Trace Tetrick) for a 1:54.4 victory. Oh No Three O (Sean Bier) collected third money in the $13,000 Winners-Over trot... Prayer Session paid off for his fifth consecutive victory in a $12,000 trot with Corey Callahan driving the second of three winners. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s own the altered son of Like A Prayer-ENS Tag Session, trained by Trish Foulk. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was runner-up. Jacks To Open (Andy Miller).was the show horse. Callahan and Morgan drove three winners apiece. George Dennis and Jim Morand had doubles. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Due to weather related problems that has made the racetrack unusable, track management and the horsemen’s association at Saratoga Raceway have called an end to the live harness racing season with just one week to go. “The bottom line is that the track surface turned into a sink hole,” said Barry Segel, president of the Saratoga Harness Horsemen’s Association. “Both the horsemen’s association and track management felt it was unsafe to race on. “We met on Monday with track management,” Segel explained, “and after hearing that in their opinion the track was still not safe to race on and with bad weather in the forecast, we all decided that in the best interest of all concerned and for the safety of the horses and drivers that we cancel the remaining live race days for the season. “Moving forward, we all agreed and asked the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) to divide equally the purses for the following lost race cards,” Segel added. “We lost live racing now on December 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 & 18. We thought the NYSGC might have some compassion but they said no. They cited ruled 4118.1 and that was the end of that.” Saratoga Raceway will reopen for live racing on Saturday, March 1, 2015. By Steve Wolf, for harnesslink.com

Westfield, IN - Marlys Pinske of Plato, Minnesota, has been elected President of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation for 2015, replacing Callie Davies-Gooch, who did not stand for re-election after serving for 14 years. Pinske, who previously served as Treasurer of HHYF is involved in harness racing as a breeder and owner and has several family members who have trained and driven, including her son, the late Brian Pinske. She also helps run the family business, Plato Woodwork, which has specialized in custom cabinetry and millwork since 1893. Pinske is excited about her new role, stating "though I have been a trustee of HHYF for many years, the presidency is a new venture. I am looking forward to the future with enthusiasm. Our board is made up of many vibrant members who will be continuing the mission of HHYF, educating young people and their families about horses and harness racing. On behalf of HHYF I would like to thank our outgoing president, Callie Davies-Gooch, for her many dedicated years of service." Peretti Farms' Nicola Abrams was elected Vice President and Lillie Brown of Preferred Equine Marketing was elected Treasurer. Brittany Farms' Leah Cheverie was re-elected Secretary of HHYF. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 17, 2014 - The deadline is approaching for open enrollment for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey health insurance program for qualified drivers, trainers and grooms who are not currently insured. Eligible participants must be enrolled by December 31, 20143 to qualify for 2015 coverage. Application forms and other information are available on sboanj.com under the Health Insurance link. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

Beginning Friday, The Meadowlands will be adding a second Jackpot Super H-5 Wager to the wagering format. The wager will be added to the fifth race wagering menu. The fifth race each night will feature a 12-horse field and will be contested at 1 1/8th miles. The 13th race will continue to offer a Jackpot Super Hi-5, but will feature a 10-horse field and the race will be contested at the standard one mile distance. The two pools will be kept completely separate from one another. Any carryover from the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 will carry over to the fifth race on the next racing program. Any carryover from the 13th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 will carry over to the 13th race on the next racing program. "The bettors have responded well to the implementation of this wager," said Director of Racing Operations, Darin Zoccali. "We believe providing a second opportunity for our customers to bet into this low takeout wager is great for the betting public and it will also give us an opportunity to see how the wager performs in slightly different environments." "The 12-horse field makes it much more likely that there could be one winner," Zoccali added, "as the jackpot was hit three times in the first eight nights, returning $40,502, $15,608 and $15,527. We believe the 10-horse field will make hitting the jackpot more difficult, which will result in building up a larger carryover pool which adds to the excitement of the racing card. By offering two separate wagers, with different size fields, we can accommodate the player that is looking to hit the jackpot every night and the player who is looking to bet into the massive carryover pool." Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers will feature the reduced eight-percent (8%) takeout and will be offered with a $.20 cent minimum. From the Meadowlands Media Department             Darin Zoccali   Director of Racing Operations   Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment | 1 Racetrack Drive | East Rutherford, NJ 07073 (O) 201-460-4041| (C) 917-817-4452 | www.playmeadowlands.com          

Tomorrows highly anticipated announcement of the Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year honors will be an exciting event and is being video streamed live from the Meadowlands at playmeadowlands.com. Harnesslink columnist Joe Fitzgerald gives his views and covers prior years of voting. In recent years the Horse of the Year race has been singularly lacking in suspense and drama. Last year the undefeated trotting filly, Bee A Magician, won the award with 78% of the vote. In 2012 it was world record holder Chapter Seven with 64%. San Pail dominated with 85% in 2011, while Rock N Roll Heaven swept the vote in 2010. Muscle Hill received 97% in 2009 and the previous year SBSW crushed Dewey with 77% of the vote. Some years, and this was certainly the case back in the day when there were many more voters, the votes were cast in what one could call a splash pattern: the winner benefited from the fact that so many horses were deemed worthy of consideration. Geography played a pivotal role in the voting at that time.  In 1954 Stenographer was designated the eighth Horse of the Year and the first sophomore trotter to receive that honor. The filly established six world records and won 23 heats. Oddly enough, Scott Frost, the sport’s first two-minute two-year-old trotter, received one more first place vote, but lost the election on points. Adios Boy, Kimberly Kid, Red Sails, Katie Key, Philip Scott, Adios Harry, Pronto Don and Phantom Lady all received first place votes in 1954, and hence contributed to the win by Stenographer. In 1977 Bill Haughton’s oddly gaited Speedy Rodney trotter, Green Speed, took Horse of the Year honors with 50% of the vote. He had won 16 times and took the Hambletonian and the Yonkers Trot. The following year he was syndicated for $3.2 million, but Hambletonian winner Duenna was his only top tier issue. Governor Skipper, who set a world record in the Jug got 33%, while seven-year-old Rambling Willie received 12%. Nine others also collected votes that year. In 1984 we saw another example of the Horse of the Year—in this case, Fancy Crown—benefiting from the fierce competition for votes down below her. The Three-year-old Speedy Crown filly had won 13 of 21 starts, including the Kentucky Futurity, and she had trotted the fastest mile ever—1:53.4. She won her Horse of the Year crown with only 39% of the vote. Sophomore pacer On The Road Again had won 18 times and set a single season earnings record for the sport; he garnered 26% of the vote. And right behind him was two-year-old Nihilator, who won 12 of 13 and set a world record in the Wilson. Baltic Speed, Colt Fortysix, Dragon’s Lair and Davidia Hanover also got votes in 1984. This year the favorite is the freshman pacing filly, JK She’salady, The winner of all 12 starts, with a 1:50.1 world record taken at Mohawk to her credit. She may become the first in her class to capture Horse of the Year honors, thanks to splash voting. For much of the season it was assumed that Sebastian K, the world record holder thanks to a 1:49 mile at Pocono Downs, was a shoe-in for that title. But then Sebastian, the first to trot four winning miles in under 1:50.3, lost his last four starts. Some voters will stay with him. And Sweet Lou will also get votes. He set a world record of 1:47 on Sun Stakes Day at Pocono and at one point won ten in a row. Six of the ten consisted of consecutive sub-1:48 miles. It’s a foregone conclusion that Lou will win his division. He’ll be the first pacer to win his division at two and five. Sweet Lou earned $1.3 million this year. He’ll get votes. Three of Jimmy Takter’s trotters, Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry and Nuncio will also draw Horse of the Year votes. Patrick won more money than any other in 2014. He won 11 of 15 starts and set a world record of 1:50.2 at Pocono. Stablemate Nuncio won the Kentucky Futurity and the Yonkers Trot, and many thought he would take the division if he had taken the Breeders Crown. And Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 starts and more than $1.2 million. I believe all of the above will chew up votes allowing the freshman filly to emerge triumphant from a split vote. Regardless, a splash voting pattern will no doubt help determine the winner. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Pompano Beach, FL...December 16, 2014...Saint Patty's Doll, driven by Bruce Ranger, took top honors at Pompano Park on Tuesday night as the south Florida track put on its initial Open trotting event strictly for the mares. The five year old daughter of Conway Hall stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:55.1, pinning a defeat measuring 1 1/4 lengths on the late charging Trot Fudge Sundae, handled by Tom Sells. M T Ur Pockets and Ed Hensley teamed up for show honors while Blushing Hanover was fourth in the septet. She's All In picked up the minors. Trained by Jake "300" Huff for Stable 45, Saint Patty's Doll lefty alertly from post five but was looped by Blushing Hanover, starting from the outside post seven, in a battle for early supremacy. While Blushing won that early war, Saint Patty's Doll was out again and vying for the top spot as the opener was caught in :27.1. Once on top, Saint Patty's Doll was able to work out a second quarter breather, reaching the half in :56.4. On the backside with things beginning to heat up, Saint Patty's Doll was able to step it up a notch herself, thwarting a bid by M T Ur Pockets as they reached the third station in 1:25.4 with Blushing Hanover still third and Trot Fudge Sundae second over with She's All In now shuffled with no place to go in fifth. In the lane, Saint Patty's Doll edged away from M T Ur Pockets and only had to hold off the late surging Trot Fudge Sundae, which she did with a :29.3 finale. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Jake (trainer Huff) said that this mare had been very sharp up north and had just been claimed up there. He said she seemed to be very handy and likes to be in the thick of it. She showed gate speed when I drove her in a qualifier here and chased a good one home in :28. There didn't seem to be too much early speed in here so I thought I'd give her a chance to prove herself right off the bat She did, too!. Obviously, Jake had done a great job with her in the short time he's had her." The win was number nine on the year for Saint Patty's Doll, pushing her seasonal earnings to $$69,886--her best season ever thus far in her career. She's banked $125,910 lifetime. As the 8 to 5 tote-board choice, Saint Patty's Doll paid $5.20 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

DOVER, Del. --- Star Recruit made it five wins in his last six starts breezing to victory in the $20,000 claiming pace for young horses on a rainy Tuesday, Dec. 16 over an 'off' track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan bags four wins. With meet leading driver Corey Callahan at the controls, Star Recruit won his second straight after his only loss by a neck while winning at the $20,000 level in each. The Dragon Again-Remarkable Star gelding was claimed from Black Magic Racing after his 12th win of the year bringing the five-year-old's seasonal earnings to $89,245 and $472,050 lifetime. Callahan completed the program with four winning drives to lift his meet total to 84. Runner-up in the standings, Allan Davis, drove three wins. Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden had doubles. A strong group of eight hard-hitting trotters tangle in the Wednesday $18,000 feature race. This week, Wednesday and Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. The annual Dover Downs Christmas Break Week beings this Friday, Dec. 19. There is no live racing until racing resumes on Sunday, Dec. 28. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2014 -- Certified Ideal outdueled Macharoundtheclock for the early lead, then held her off in the lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five winners on the card for driver Tony Hall. Certified Ideal withstood a strong first-over challenge from Novascotia Hanover that might have weakened her. But when Tony Hall asked her for late pace, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last found enough to down Macharoundtheclock by a neck in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Do Me Honor was third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who has won 11 races this year and $278,467 in her career, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $4,148.67. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

East Rutherford, NJ (December 16th) - Effective immediately, The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will be enforcing a "zero-tolerance" policy when it comes to drivers violating rules associated with the "kicking or nudging" of a horse. This past Saturday, Meadowlands C.E.O and General Manager, Jason Settlemoir along with Presiding Judge John Tomasello met with the drivers and informed them of this policy. Any driver that is cited for an infraction pertaining to "kicking or nudging a horse," will be suspended for seven (7) days by the judges at The Meadowlands. In addition, the management at The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will reserve the right to disqualify that driver from participation at all three racetracks. The rule exists in the New Jersey Racing Commission Rule Book and can be found in 13:71-20.15: "The brutal use of a whip or blunt spur, kicking a horse with a foot, striking a horse with the whip under the seat of the sulky or indiscriminate use of a whip may be considered a violation." Furthermore, if a driver is cited for a "kicking or nudging" violation at any racetrack other than three properties operated by Jeff Gural, the management at The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will reserve the right to disqualify that driver from participation at all three racetracks. "We have a responsibility to our horses and to the public that we are putting forth the most integrity-driven and safest product possible," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "Regardless of the debate that has been ongoing related to this issue, as far as we are concerned, perception is reality and it looks terrible, therefore we will not tolerate it. I hope our having to take action on this issue will not be required to demonstrate how serious we are about this subject." This policy will be in effect when The Meadowlands resumes racing on Friday, December 19th. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands      

The fastest trotter of all time and the richest Standardbred of the year were among the six trotters to receive divisional honors in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Divisional honors for pacers will be revealed Wednesday, followed by the live announcements of Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack's Victory Sports Bar. Thursday's announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack's website, www.playmeadowlands.com. Sebastian K, an 8-year-old who won in 1:49 in June to become the fastest trotter in history, was voted harness racing's best older male trotter of 2014. Father Patrick, who earned $1.69 million this season to lead all Standardbreds, was named the sport's best 3-year-old male trotter. Father Patrick is from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who also conditioned Pinkman, the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and Shake It Cerry, who was one vote shy of being the unanimous selection for best 3-year-old female trotter. Shake It Cerry and Father Patrick also were honored last year at age 2. Completing the list of this year's award winners were 2-year-old female trotter Mission Brief and older female trotter Classic Martine. A total of 157 ballots were returned. Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Sebastian K joined Shake It Cerry in exceeding 89 percent of the vote in their respective divisions. Father Patrick received 60 percent and Classic Martine garnered 58 percent. Yannick Gingras was the primary driver for three of the trotters to receive Dan Patch honors: Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Father Patrick. Classic Martine won nine of 18 races this year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance. Trained by Chris Oakes and driven primarily by Tim Tetrick, Classic Martine is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold. No harness racing horse earned more money this year than Father Patrick, who banked $1.69 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, American-National Stakes, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. His 1:50.2 win in the Beal Memorial on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by any 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. Father Patrick joins Lucky Chucky, Muscle Hill, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Donato Hanover as male trotters in the last 10 years to receive a Dan Patch Award at both ages 2 and 3. Mission Brief trotted the fastest mile ever by any 2-year-old, stopping the clock in 1:50.3 in winning her division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 2 at The Red Mile. It was the third time Mission Brief either equaled or lowered the world record. She finished her campaign by winning the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters in a stakes-record 1:51.4. For the year, Mission Brief won nine of 13 races - she went off stride in all four losses - and earned $591,070 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won eight of her starts by at least three lengths and had a combined margin of victory of 65-3/4 lengths - an average of more than seven lengths per triumph. In addition to the Breeders Crown, her wins included the Merrie Annabelle Stakes and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Pinkman, who was entered in November's Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale before Takter reconsidered, won six of eight races and earned $566,960 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Named after a character from the television series, "Breaking Bad," the gelding's victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes. Takter-trained horses have been named best 2-year-old male trotter three times in five years, with Pinkman following Father Patrick in 2013 and Pastor Stephen in 2010. Sebastian K arrived in the U.S. this season after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his 1:49 triumph at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Sebastian K was driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt and finished the year with eight wins in 13 races and $663,853 in purses. His victories included the Cashman Memorial, Crawford Farms Open Trot, and Cutler Memorial. Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races this year, earning $1.23 million for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group and driver Ron Pierce. The Takter-trained filly finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record 1:52.2. She also won the Matron Stakes in a stakes- and track-record 1:52.4 over a "good" surface at Dover Downs, the American-National in a stakes-record 1:52.2 and equaled the stakes record of 1:52.1 in capturing the Elegantimage. Both of Shake It Cerry's parents were Dan Patch Award winners. Donato Hanover was Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2007 and Solveig was voted best 2-year-old female trotter in 2004. Solveig also was trained by Takter, who named the filly in honor of his mother. Shake It Cerry joins Passionate Glide and Pampered Princess, both also trained by Takter, and Check Me Out as female trotters to receive Dan Patch Awards at ages 2 and 3. Complete vote totals for all awards will be released Thursday with the Horse of the Year announcement. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER PINKMAN (144 of 157 votes) Explosive Matter - Margie Seelster - Angus Hall Yearling Price: $77,000 under name Traffic Jam at Lexington Selected Sale. Breeder: O Narutac Equine Nursery. Owners: Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, Herb Liverman. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras, Sylvain Filion. Races: 8-6-1-0. Purses: $566,960. Mark: 1:53.2 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $463,690 Valley Victory. 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER MISSION BRIEF (150 votes) Muscle Hill - Southwind Serena - Varenne Yearling Price: $150,000 at Lexington Selected Sale. Breeders: Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 13-9-0-0. Purses: $591,070. Mark: 1:50.3 at The Red Mile (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $352,050 Merrie Annabelle. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER FATHER PATRICK (94 votes) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Yearling Price: $105,000 under name Royal Press at Lexington Selected Sale. Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 17-12-3-0. Purses: $1.69 million. Mark: 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Beal Memorial. 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER SHAKE IT CERRY (156 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Yearling Price: Homebred. Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 17-15-0-1. Purses: $1.23 million. Mark: 1:51.2 at The Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $368,100 Elegantimage; $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity. OLDER MALE TROTTER SEBASTIAN K (141 votes) Korean - Gabriella K - Probe Yearling Price: Homebred. Breeder: Knutsson Trotting AB. Owner: Knutsson Trotting Inc. Trainer: Ake Svanstedt. Driver: Ake Svanstedt. Races: 13-8-2-0. Purses: $663,853. Mark: 1:49 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $300,650 Cashman Memorial; $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot; $175,000 Cutler Memorial. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER CLASSIC MARTINE (91 votes) Classic Photo - Drinking Days - Andover Hall Yearling Price: None (sold privately at age 3). Breeders: Todd Schadel, Christine Schadel. Owners: Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Edwin Gold. Trainer: Chris Oakes. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 18-9-5-2. Purses: $438,912. Mark: 1:51.1 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $244,720 Armbro Flight; $121,500 Miss Versatility. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

Delray Beach, FL – On Thursday, December 18, three recent equine book authors will be speaking about their novels at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village as part of the facilities meet & greet program. Starting at 1:30 pm at Gigi’s Cantina in the Clubhouse section will be authors Victoria Howard, Billy Haughton and David Mallegol. Admission and parking are free plus food and beverages will be available. Howard and Haughton, along with Fred Hudson, authored “Roosevelt Raceway - Where it all began” which will be available in book stores at the end of month. They will have a limited number of the book available at this event. The book features not only the history of the world renowned racetrack in Long Island, NY, but also covers many of the scandals that took place over the years. Victoria Howard has also penned a new children’s harness racing book called “The Adventures of Mike & Molly” that she will talk about so children are more than welcome to attend. Harness racing fans will also get to meet a living legend from the Roosevelt Raceway era as world renowned driver/trainer Lucien Fontaine will be at the meet & greet. The third author is Palm Beach Garden’s resident, David Mallegol.  He has just completed his second non-fictional novel in a series entitled “The Bronze Horsemen” that historically talks about the first humans to domesticate wild horses, the lives they led and how it changed the world for thousands of years to come.  Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village is located at 16668 Winners Circle Drive in Delray Beach. There website is www.sunshinemeadows441.com or call for more information at 561-495-1455. Sunshine Meadows is located on west side of 441/SR7 just south of Atlantic Avenue and north of Clint Moore Road. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village

MILLSTONE TWP, NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) winner of the Fabulous trip for two to the Prix d'Amerique, Kelly Neely, of Florida had a great answer when we called and asked, "How are you today?" Her answer, "I'll be doing better when you tell me I won the trip to the Prix." And that is exactly what Tammy Hollock, SRF's Administrator said! Kelly had a few questions about the big win and one was, "Can I bring my horse?" After the excitement settled a bit we learned that Kelly has one horse racing and right in her own backyard in Pompano, Fla. When we asked that question, "Do you own any racehorses?" She replied with, "Yes, Mighty Nice." Mighty Nice is her 6 year old pacing mare by Camluck. Kelly was happy to share that she had just won and made a lifetime mark of 153.2. SRF's fund raising raffle is very popular and very important as it helps feed and care of the 198 Standardbreds in its care, all hoping for homes, of which 125 are unattractive to adopters due to age or injury. SRF doesn't limit entry to only adoptable horses, as very few come off the track because they are just too slow. Many have chronic or acute injuries or are old campaigners who have served well and need retirement, as was the case with Shot Gun Wedding who came in just a few days ago at the age of 13. This is why SRF has pastures full of trotters and pacers passed over by potential adopters due to age or injury and depends on fund raising support such as from this raffle. All 198 horses send a holiday thank you to all of their supporters of the Prix raffle and hope for continued support in a few months when another Fabulous event will be up for grabs, the Elitlopp in Sweden where people crowd the streets in excitement and cheer on the show, the horses who gives us this great sport. Congratulations to Kelly Neely who is rushing at the moment to renew her passport and deciding who will be her lucky partner to accompany her to Paris. From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (December 16, 2014) - This holiday season will be a little brighter for hundreds of area children thanks to a massive donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program by Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Hundreds of toys were collected during the past three weeks by the employees and customers at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands has participated in the Toys for Tots program for more than a decade. "I am so proud of all of our employees and guests that made donations this year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/CEO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "You can't help but smile when you think about all of the children who will have a special holiday season that otherwise might not have received any gifts." Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment hosts live harness racing Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:15 p.m. General admission and parking is free. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

TUCSON, Az. - The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has voted to create a permanent scientific advisory board to develop recommendations upon which anti-doping programs are conducted, modeled in part after the process conducted in human sport by the Partnership for Clean Competition. "The RCI Board believes the advisory process on racing medication and anti-doping policy can be strengthened and redundancies eliminated," RCI Chairman John T. Ward, Jr. said. "As regulators, we have the exclusive responsibility to make and enforce the rules and given current challenges we believe it is time to restructure the advisory process to make it stronger." The action was prompted by numerous factors: functional concerns about the current scientific advisory process, transparency, non-participation of key experts, and the withdrawal of the United States Trotting Association from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC). Regulators from twenty-one major racing jurisdictions directed RCI President Ed Martin to send a formal letter to the RMTC, proposing a partial or complete merger of the organization into a reconstituted RCI Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee. (Letter attached). "Given the economic challenges faced by the racing industry, we believe any effort to eliminate redundancies and simplify processes is the right way to go," Martin said. Should the RMTC accept an invitation to merge, it would not be the first time that RCI has worked to effectuate a racing industry merger. In 2005, the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association merged with RCI. "Today, our collective effort is stronger, more professional, and effective than when we had two groups," Martin wrote. "The current policy formation process has seven steps. We think that can be cut to five," Martin said.  Membership on the Scientific Advisory Board is by appointment of the RCI Chairperson. Information as to its membership will be posted on the RCI website when fully constituted. by Steve May, for RCI

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