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Cream Ridge, NJ - 2/19/19 - Trial Victory, the 27-year-old son of Valley Victory, has only a few years left to grace this earth as his life hangs in the balance. He is in need of a place to call home.   Just 15.1 hands, small, very quiet and mannerly, there isn't a thing about him that would make anyone believe he is still intact. Without a home to go to, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) must return the donations received to pay his fee to be released from the kill pen in Tennessee, and he will ship for slaughter.   Not one person has offered a patch of grass for him since he was noted to the industry and the public. His life is nearing its end, how many more years might he live, now nearing 30 years of age. He has funds to be released and a place to quarantine nearby, he just needs a home.   SRF must inform the kill pen of its plans by Wednesday, February 20th, when they will list him on the manifest to ship to Mexico. Trial Victory is in a desperate situation, the only other option is if he has a sponsor or a few sponsors to accommodate his life needs at a facility in Virginia at $400 monthly, which is a tax-deductible.   To offer him a home, or to be a sponsor so he can live his last few years, please contact Nicolette at 609-738-3255 or email at SRF.SocialMedia@gmail.com.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel announced part of their onsite plans for the upcoming Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 4) as multiple events will take place. The 2nd Annual Derby Gala at Batavia Downs Gaming will be held in Grandstands Banquet Room on the second floor. Admission for the Gala is $75 per person and proper attire is required. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Guests will receive an open bar from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grazing stations, a $10 wager on the Derby, $25 in Free Play and a free Derby program are also included. There will be televisions showing the days' races and mutuel clerks will be available for patrons to place wagers. There will also be a best dressed contest and best hat contest with prizes provided by the Hotel at Batavia Downs and Four Roses Bourbon. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday (Feb. 20) at 10 a.m. on Bataviaconcerts.com and at the Lucky Treasures Gift Shop located at the entrance to the gaming floor. Tickets are very limited. The hotel at Batavia Downs will be offering a special VIP rate for those who wish to add an overnight stay to their Derby experience. Use promo code KD5419 to get the special rate. Tickets to the event and a hotel room are to be purchased separately. "We're looking forward to another great day of events surrounding the Run for the Roses, "said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming. "The success of the Derby Gala last year adds to the already tremendous day of wagering and entertainment that our guests have come to expect from Batavia Downs." Details on the other two, non-ticketed parties on Derby day will be announced at a later time. From Batavia Downs

In 2016 the publisher of Roosevelt Raceway Where It All Began, Meadow Skipper The Untold Story, Murray Brown Book Full and Closed, and Rose Runners the Chronicles of the Kentucky Derby Winners, closed their doors and went out business. Due to their business practices on May 4, 2017 this publisher was arrested for multiple felonies and on December 18, 2018 they plea-bargained and plead guilty to 38 felonies. There was a record of over 2,200 criminal complaints filed against them with the Oklahoma State Attorney Generals office. During this time the above mentioned books were all in limbo, still showing on Amazon but all out of print. With the combined efforts of Bob Marks, Vicki Howard, Murray Brown, Billy Haughton and Freddie Hudson the books were able to be republished through Freddie Hudson's Amazon Author account. The newly republished books (Murray Brown, Roosevelt Raceway and Meadow Skipper) have all made it to Amazons best sellers list in the category of Horse Racing. We expect Rose Runners to be on that list shorty, it;s release date was today. All of the books can be viewed and redirected to their Amazon pages at the link below. https://rrtrotting.com/books   From the United States Harness Racing Alumni Association

Nick Montemurro of Bogota, NJ, captured the February 16th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Montemurro finished the contest with a bankroll of $682 after cashing in on three of his ten wagers. His largest score came in the eleventh race at the Meadowlands when his $30 to win on #7 Frankandjoanne banked him $594. Nick solidified his contest win with a $92 score in the final Meadowlands Race on #4 Tact Tate N. Montemurro has also qualified for the WHHC Final via DerbyWars. Gary Scogna of Carmel, NY, also qualified for the April 13th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Scogna hit on three of his ten wagers. The largest being a $612 score in the twelfth race at the Meadowlands with a $51 win bet on Ideal Son. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 13, 2019], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. Players can qualify for the WHHC for as low as $33 every night on DerbyWars.com. Next Saturday, February 23rd DerbyWars.com will host a WHHC Super-Qualifier with up to five spots gaining entry to the $150,000-estimated WHHC. Club Hawthorne's weekend qualifiers sent three winners into the WHHC Final. Steven Ginder, Stand Werner and Loretta Yablon will all travel to the Meadowlands on April 13th. Buffalo Raceway and TVG/4NJBets, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Rosecroft are also hosting WHHC Qualifiers. Visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 for a complete qualifier schedule. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday night, Feb. 24? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can't make the trip. For the second year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet, sponsored by Southwind Frank Partners, and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages. The Facebook Live shows will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., when the awards dinner will commence. "If you can't make the banquet we are going to bring the party to you!" said Wilder. "And it's going to be some party!" Heather Vitale's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/PacinHeather. Heather Wilder's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/heather.k.wilder. Vitale has hosted two popular television shows: Post Time and PA Harness Week. In addition to her local weekly productions, the charismatic personality has covered the sport nationally on espn2, CBSSN and MAV-TV. Vitale loves communicating with Standardbred enthusiasts around the world via social media and her unconventional interviews with a "when in doubt, add glitter" attitude has brought a unique sparkle to the sport and grabbed the attention of new fans. Wilder is currently known for her handling talent management for the Delaware County Fair during the live TV broadcast of the Little Brown Jug. While working as public relations and marketing director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association she became a pioneer of reporting on racing on Facebook Live and coordinated the promotion of countless on-track events. She was the 2013 recipient of USHWA's Lew Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award. Sponsored by Crawford Farms and Crazy Wow, the entire awards dinner, hosted by Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir, will be broadcast live on the USHWA Facebook page and available on the U.S. Trotting Association's YouTube page the following day, Monday, Feb. 25. From the United States Harness Writers Association  

Summer is right around the corner, which means the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is getting ready for another full season of fun with its Trottingbreds - events in Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey are on the schedule with a few more to add! However, these educational programs require financial support from the industry, so HHYF is actively seeking sponsorships of all kinds in the coming weeks. Funds are needed to purchase a new truck, jog carts and other stable equipment as well as to assist with expenses related to very popular hands-on summer activities. Details are outlined in a new easy-to-read leaflet - please contact the HHYF office if you are interested in discussing how you can help as the organization continues its efforts to share the excitement of Standardbreds, harness racing, driving and horses with young people throughout the Midwest and eastern United States. If you are considering sponsorship, click here to see the 2019 opportunities. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has a new mailing address: 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013; phone number and email contact information remain the same - phone 317.908.0029 and email ellen@hhyf.org. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation  

The Brian Loney harness racing stable sent nine horses to post on Monday (Feb 18) at Northfield Park. Those nine starters resulted in seven trips to the Winner's Circle. Loney's triumphs were with Always'syourway ($4.60) in race three, Twin B Stingray ($14.60) in race four, Montana Pablo A ($5.20) in race six, Bully Pulpit ($5.00) in race nine, Dante Ivy ($5.80) in race 10, Man He Can Skoot ($7.60) in race 11 and Hunch Man ($3.00) in race 14. Loney won his first race in 1996, a $3,000 claiming race at Fairmount Park with Stealth Fighter for a purse of $1,600. Since breaking his maiden, Brian has won nearly 1,800 more times with purse earnings in excess of $6 million.  

LEBANON, OH. - Real Diva lived up to her name Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old Real Desire mare was crowned champion when she captured the $15,000 Survivor Series final for $5000 claiming mares. The harness racing series started with 40 minimum claiming mares in four divisions two weeks ago, was narrowed to the top twenty for the second go-around last week, and then ten finalists squared off to compete for the crown and the lucrative purse on Monday. Sent off as an 8-5 co-favorite from the rail, driver Dan Noble was content to get away third in the first quarter. Real Diva was shuffled to fourth at both the half and the three-quarter stations as first Fancy Jess (Kayne Kauffman) and then Grimalkin (Trace Tetrick) pressured the pacesetter Star Of Our Show (Brett Miller). Noble was able to angle the winner three-wide at the head of the stretch and propel down the middle of the lane to secure the 1:55.4 score. Trainer Noah Garrett, who sports an outstanding .512 UTRS during the current meet, also owns Real Diva who he purchased from out East around the turn of the calendar year to 2019. She won her first start in Ohio in January, then managed a pair of show finishes in the Survivor Series eliminations. Grimalkin garnered the place money and Star Of The Show hung on for third. The Tuesday (Feb. 19) matinee at Miami Valley will feature the tandem $15,000 championship Survivor Series showdown for the male $5000 claimers. First race post is 2:05 p.m. and the Survivor Series championship should head postward approximately 5 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

Havefaithinme N (Bettor's Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in harness racing career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled 'good' and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from off the pace. The millionaire eight year old toughed it out, though, and wore the leader Khun Ratha A (Larry Stalbaum) down before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 en route to his second win in as many starts in 2019. Khun Ratha A was a strong second while Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Havefaithinme N completed a Monday hat trick for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr who got his season off to a strong start behind the three-win afternoon. The race's favorite at odds of 2-1, Havefaithinme N paid $6.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $22.60 and $96, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon for the first of what will be regular Wednesday matinees on the schedule this year at Saratoga. There is a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000 on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March. The Pick Five now begins in race one on the card. Also, race 5 will feature a $25,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First post time for the matinee cards is set for 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The global harness racing family has lost another pioneer. Ed “Eddie” Dunnigan, 80, went to join his friends and fellow horsemen on the backstretch way up north Feb. 11, 2019, following a 10-plus year battle with cancer. A consummate horseman, classic racetrack character, father of four and fun friend to all, Mr. Dunnigan played a role in the harness racing community for the better part of seven decades. His obsession with horses started with a shaggy Shetland pony named Scout. As the son of a respected racetrack owner/operator and grandson of the New York State Senator who legalized pari-mutuel wagering in New York, racing and gaming was in Mr. Dunnigan’s DNA. With no interest in the business side of racing, the high school sophomore ran away from boarding school to chase his dreams of the Grand Circuit. Living in stalls and tack rooms, he was fortunate enough to rub blue-blooded stock and to learn from some of the most well-respected horsemen in the business. A steadfast student anywhere but inside of a classroom, he studied under, competed against and befriended many of the early masters of the sport. The list of allies, idols, employers, mentors, friends and partners in plenty of pranks reads like a who’s who in harness racing. Last names were household names for Mr. Dunnigan and included, but were not limited to, Haughton, O’Brien, Cruise, Caton, White, Chapman, Cameron, Miller, Sholty, Arthur, Simpson, Dancer, Beissinger, Gilmore, Insko, Garnsey and Filion, to name but a few. Mr. Dunnigan trained and drove at dozens of tracks from coast to coast and throughout Europe and Scandinavia, as well as New Zealand, during the better part of his tour of duty. He originally cut his teeth learning to drive under the watchful eye of the late John Chapman. He won his first race, however, in the 1950s driving for Jimmy Cruise at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Calif., before stints at tracks from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Maywood, Sportsman’s, Hollywood, Del Mar Harness, Northfield, Batavia, Vernon and Phoenix Trotting Park were but a few stops on the journey for the seemingly tireless trotting man in his formative years. One of Mr. Dunnigan’s first big breaks came in his early twenties with an offer from Mr. Leonard Buck’s Allwood Stable. He traded in the chance to rub elbows with titans of industry, politicians and even a future U.S. president, however, for the chance to tour the oval as fast and frequently as often as possible and to build a stable of his own — and on his own terms. Mr. Dunnigan took a prestigious position as second trainer for the late great W.R. Haughton Stable in the late 1960s and relocated to Margate, Fla., with his young wife and family. He spent days and nights flying from track to track for the Haughton Stable, often racing two cards a day. There he piloted the likes of Laverne Hanover and Rum Customer for Haughton’s “Green Wave” of well-bred winners prior to venturing out on his own with a large public stable of 60-plus head in the early 1970s in Pennsylvania. Mr. Dunnigan had solid early success during that era and frequently found himself at or near the top of the leaderboard at tracks including Liberty Bell, Brandywine and The Meadows. He ultimately abandoned the large-scale public stable in the mid-1970s in favor of a small but quality private stable which he took west for a quality of life change and to support his father’s efforts to expand the then-blossoming west coast harness racing scene. With more horses than opportunities on the west coast, Mr. Dunnigan would ultimately return east to compete during early days at The Meadowlands, while also spending time racking up respect and some returns at Yonkers, Roosevelt, Vernon, Monticello and Pocono. Mr. Dunnigan’s two favorites included champion free-for-all-trotter and Older Trotting Mare of the Year Petite Evander, as well as the formidable and fiery open pacer and CanAm Series winner Skedaddle N, both of New Zealand. The two campaigned coast to coast and Petite Evander represented New Zealand internationally. With early luck with Kiwi breds and a love of the Down-Under lifestyle, Mr. Dunnigan moved to New Zealand and subsequently embarked on what was surely the most aggressive export of New Zealand horsehide to the United States at the time. In the process, he helped to make a mark for the breed in the U.S. Mr. Dunnigan guided one of his last winners in 2002 at the age of 64 with his first grandson’s namesake Aidan Joseph in a New York Sires Stakes event at Saratoga. He then took roles training for Howie Okusko in Vernon, N.Y., in the summers and for Mickey Burke in the winters in Astor, Fla. Okusko and Mr. Dunnigan became fast friends and ultimately, seemingly inseparable. A generation his junior, Howie kept Mr. Dunnigan on his toes while his wife Jessica kept him on track with his cancer treatments. Mr. Dunnigan won thousands of races and millions of dollars in those documented portions of his career. To be sure though, this was not his benchmark of success. His was measured in laughs, lies and legend. The journey along the way was far more noteworthy for him than the destination and he amassed a lifetime of adventures unrivaled save for a select few. From beers with kings, flights with heavyweight boxing champions, offers from actors, appearances in movies, books, TV series and commercials and write ups in magazines and newspapers, there is not much Mr. Dunnigan did not see or do. As a result, it was rare that he could not connect with even a stranger through a joke, a story or a beer. His vast circle of friends, and the outpouring of support in the wake of his passing, shows the true depth and breadth of impact of this simply complex character. Many will miss Mr. Dunnigan’s warm smile, his quick Irish wit, his endless stories, opinions and advice and his resounding reply of yes anytime there was fun to be had. One of his many goofy, yet endearing, sayings was, “If I don’t see you in the future I’ll see you in the pasture.” Let’s all keep an eye out for Mr. Dunnigan in our future adventures and, if you are fortunate enough to run into him, be sure to buy him a beer, because he won’t likely buy you one. And trust that it will be memorable, if nothing else. Mr. Dunnigan is survived by his four children, John, Joe, Mark and Mary. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy Jr., Richard and Jack. There will be a small private service for Mr. Dunnigan with his family in Arizona and plans are being made for a larger gathering open to everyone in the spring in Vernon, N.Y. By Joe Dunnigan  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2019 -- Early in the morning, Dave Kuzara teaches his pupils not to jump. Later in the day, he wants his students to jump as high as they can. Strange? Not really, because Kuzara has chosen a career combination that may be unique. He's a part-time harness racing trainer at The Meadows and full-time assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women's gymnastics team. Currently, Kuzara has only one active horse, Black Ruby, who's in to go Tuesday. She leaves from post 7, race 4 for Tony Hall. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Growing up near Detroit, Kuzara was a budding gymnast but got the coaching bug while pursuing his undergraduate degree. A youngish 59, Kuzara has been coaching gymnastics for 40 years with stops at the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Massachusetts and West Virginia University. Oddly enough, it was his grandmother who introduced him to harness racing. "She loved bingo and racing, so one day I took her to Detroit Race Course," he recalls. "There were more than 10,000 people there, and it was the most exciting thing I'd ever seen. I knew then that at some point, I would work with horses." In the 1980s, he bought his first horse, a quarter claimer named Pumpernickel who won twice for Kuzara but didn't earn much bread. He was much more successful with Peaches, a daughter of Water Tower who banked $161,482 for her career. "She ended up winning everywhere, including the Meadowlands. She had the track record at Plainridge Park before Bunny Lake broke it. It was amazing what she accomplished. She was just so tough." When UMASS eliminated a number of sports, including gymnastics, Kuzara was left jobless and thought he would try harness racing full time. "I had an eight-horse stable at Saratoga; that was my occupation for a year," he says. "I decided that coaching gymnastics was way easier. The horse business is tough." Kuzara's typical day is virtually endless. At 5 AM or soon after, he's at the Washington County Fairgrounds to work and feed his horses. Then he travels 30 miles or so on I-79 and I-376 to reach Pitt and his gymnastics charges. Finally, he's back at the fairgrounds late in the afternoon. "I've been fortunate in that my commute happens in non-peak-rush-hour times," he says. As you might expect, his coaching responsibilities require semi-regular travel. During those periods when he can't handle the day-to-day care of his horses, Kuzara relies on the assistance of fellow horsemen. "I've been fortunate to be associated with people like Joe Casagranda in Michigan, Don Guidette, Jr. at Plainridge and Bob Barnard and his family at The Meadows," he says. "They've helped me and taught me." For all the apparent differences in his two sports, Kuzara sees key similarities. "Both are anaerobic," he says. "In both, having a training schedule and sticking with it is important. And in each case, you have to pay attention to your students. I can watch a gymnast limp and know that I have to back off with her. I can watch my horse move and know that she's feeling good. Doing both endeavors has made me a lot more alert to the condition of the athlete." In gymnastics, though, his goals transcend winning. "I'm not really coaching gymnasts," he says. "We're in the business of developing strong women with a voice. That's what we should be doing." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

LEBANON, OH. - All About Cowboys was all about business on Sunday (Feb. 17) afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $22,500 Open I Trot in a front-stepping 1:55 effort. The 6-year-old black son of Swan For All has now put together a streak of four weeks with two wins and two place finishes in the weekly harness racing top trot. Driver Jason Brewer guided the winner through a well-rated mile that included checking in at the early stations in :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.4. Sent off at 3-1, All About Cowboys had to hold off a furious late rally by Pine Dream (Chris Page) to notch the narrow victory. Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) was best of the rest, while Another Breath (Dan Noble) and Trotting Grace (Brett Miller) picked up the remaining paychecks. Ken Rucker trains All About Cowboys for owners Green Acres LLC and Mike Klimas. The victory was his 15th in 88 career starts and raised his lifetime earnings to $186,000. Mystical Power (Chris Page), moving up from the $20,000 claiming level, garnered to honors in a $20,000 Open II Trot. The 6-year-old Yankee Glide mare bested Impressive Chief (Miller) and Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) in 1:55.4. It was the winner's tenth win overall and fourth in her last five starts, but the first in open company. Clarence Foulk conditions Mystical Power for L & L Stables. Racing resumes Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at 2:05 p.m. at Miami Valley. Featured will be the $15,000 Survival Series championship leg for $5000 claiming mares, slated as Race 10 on the program.   From the Miami Valley Media Department

Veteran local trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return in style to the Spa on Sunday afternoon as the 2019 harness racing season got underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter has spent the majority of his career competing at Saratoga and on Sunday prevailed in the first Open of the season. Phil Fluet guided the 1-5 betting favorite out to the early lead in the $12,000 Open Trot and the veteran high-stepper never faced an anxious moment. Cash Me Out got the money, going coast-to-coast with relative ease, stopping the timer in 1:57.1 in the season's first feature at the Spa. Mandeville (Jimmy Devaux) finished second while Zagster (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out's win, which was the 38thin 164 career starts, boosts his lifetime earnings to just above the $995,000 mark. The 78th racing season is now underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel and features matinee race cards this week contested on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 12:00pm each day. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Perfect conditions and ultra-competitive harness racing led to the biggest betting night of the year at the Meadowlands, as a total of $3,166,920 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race Saturday night program. It was the second time during 2019 that wagering exceeded $3 million. The night got off to a fast start at the industry's handle leader as $303,044 was wagered in the first race, with $79,108 of that poured into the 50-Cent Pick-5 pot. Not surprisingly, the second most money was wagered in the eighth race - $299,848 - with $115,218 wagered into the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool. The total bet in both the Pick-5 and Pick-4 were yearly bests. The month of February has seen six racing programs at the Big M. On those programs, a total of $17,529,832 has been wagered, for an average per card of $2,921,638. In the featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, K Ryan Bluechip got back in the win column for the first time in six weeks, pulling off a surprise at odds of 7-1 in 1:50.4. The red-hot Tuxedo Bay, sent to the gate as the 4-5 favorite in search of a third straight score in the weekly feature, had a rough go of it. Pushed four-wide into the first turn, driver Eric Carlson had to use his horse hard to reach the quarter on the front end in :26. A rated second panel of :28 would follow, but K Ryan Bluechip, who was away early in fifth, was now making good progress while racing first over. KRB got to within a half-length of the public choice at three-quarters before powering past to lead by 1¼ lengths with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Through the stretch, the Virgil Morgan-trained, Andy Miller-driven K Ryan Bluechip maintained his edge as Tuxedo Bay weakened, and after a leisurely final quarter of :28.4, K Ryan Bluechip had his second victory in the Preferred ranks in seven tries. It was 1¾ lengths back to Castle Flight in second. New Talent finished third while Tuxedo Bay was last in the field of six. K Ryan Bluechip, who is owned by Carl T Howard and Brian Witt, returned $17.60 as the fifth choice in the wagering. The 7-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am now has 32 wins in 104 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $410,484. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn had two each. ... Two bettors cashed in for $6,103 after lasting seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. ... Mindtrip destroyed his foes as the 3-5 choice in the eighth race non-winners of $16,000 pace in a lifetime-best 1:50.1 for trainer Patti Harmon and driver Mitch Cushing. ... When racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m., a carryover of $50,930 awaits those playing the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 5). By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 16, 2019- George Brennan was the man of the hour Saturday night (Feb. 16th), taking both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. It was a second-up-to-first-home Don Domingo N ($5.80) in the week's adult pace. From post position No. 5, he watched as just-over-even-money favorite Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) lead through cheapy subsections of :28.2, 58.3 and 1:26.3. Hitching a lift behind season-debuting Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett), Don Domingo N-in the his first Open 'Cap start-did get within range. Bettor's Fire N owned a length lead into the lane, but 'Don' ran him down, in a manner of speaking He picked off the leader, winning by a neck in 1:54.2. Somewhere in L A was a credible third, with Our Zak Whitby A (Dan Dube) and a '19-starting Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For second choice Don Domingo N, a 7-year-old Down Under American Ideal gelding owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was his fifth win in six seasonal/U-S starts. The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $80 and the superfecta paid $240. The weekly trotting feature was not for the squeamish, reduced to a field of five after Melady's Monet came up ill and two of the starters came up breaking. What resulted was a two-speed, two-favorite, soft-fractions number and DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.50) beating Smalltownthrowdown (Dube) by a length-and-a-quarter (:29, :59.3. 1:27.4, 1:56.1), matching a season's-best effort. Fearless Man (Bartlett) and Lily's Swan Pond (Joe Bongiorno) flipped positions after the former was deemed to have interfered with the latter. Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) brought up the quintet rear. For DW's NY Yank, a 10-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.60, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to short staffing. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Just when the question was being raised: Has age finally caught up with Dancin Yankee?...the answer came back a resounding "No," when the 11-year-old $1.85 million harness racing earner captured Miami Valley's $24,000 Open I Pace on Saturday (Feb. 16) night. Following three uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes to open his 2019 season, the Ron Burke trainee scored his first seasonal victory in 1:50.4 for driver Chris Page. Dancin Yankee was fired off the gate and attained the lead prior to the :27.3 quarter-mile clocking. Maintaining a comfortable pace to the :55.3 halfway point, Page was forced to ask his winning charge for more throughout the second half. Challenged first by Cruise Patrol (Brett Miller) at the 1:23 third quarter junction and then Granite (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch, Dancin Yankee held tough right to the wire, winning by a head. Its rare to see any horse post a :55.1 back half after a :55.3 first half, but that is exactly what Page and Dancin Yankee did despite sub-freezing temperatures. Granite and Whatchyastartinat (Kyle Ater) finished in a dead-heat for second, just a head back of the winner. My Buddy Ninkster (Todd Warren) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) earned the final two paychecks in the classy field of eight. Page also captured the $20,000 Open II earlier in the card. He guided Swapportunity to a 1:52 triumph over Statement Made A (Tetrick) and Sammy The Bull N (Josh Sutton). Swapportunity was claimed from Miami Valley's Claim To Fame Series for $30,000 horses three weeks ago and finished second in the $37,500 series final last week before stepping into open company. The 7-year-old son of Mach Three is now owned by LaSalle Investments LLC and is a resident of the Becky Zubkoff Stable. Finalists for the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley late-closer were also determined on the Saturday card. Manny (Tetrick) topped The Dark Shadow (Page) and Rising To The Top (Mike Oosting) in the first $17,500 division timed in 1:52.2. Randy Smith trains the winner for his wife Jessica, who owns the 6-year-old son of American Ideal. Dakota Roadster (Oosting) copped the second split in 1:52, besting Account Rollover (Miller) and Angelo J Fra (Page). Perry Smith owns and trains the 7-year-old son of Duneside Perch. The nine horses with the highest combined earnings in the first two preliminary legs will gather again next Saturday (Feb. 23) to determine a champion in a 1-1/4 mile test for a $25,000 purse. In order of earnings, the hopefuls are The Dark Shadow, Manny, Dakota Roadster, Hunchie, Account Rollover, Duel Of Truth, Angelo J Fra, Southern Flight and Rising To The Top. From the Miami Valley Media Department

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