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DOVER, Del. --- Dover Downs first harness racing draw takes place on Tuesday, (Oct. 25) for races opening day, Monday, Oct. 31. The Tuesday, Nov 1, draw is Wednesday, Oct. 26. For those seeking to qualify, horses must be dropped-in on Tuesdays for Wednesdays qualifying races. The first qualifying races are set for Oct. 26. During the first week of racing only, Monday, Oct. 31 through Thursday, Nov. 3, please note, the Race Office will be open from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. sharp. Dover Downs Race secretary Rod Newhart condition sheets reveals the weekly format for major races during the 20116-2017 meet. On opening day, Monday, Oct. 31, the feature race is a $30,000 Preferred pace and several Open paces. On Tuesdays this season, the feature will be a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. The week's top event for diagonally gaited performers, a $20,000 Open trot, will highlight Wednesdays programs. Starting, Monday, Oct, 31, the Race Office will accept entries from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon sharp. There are no exceptions. Monday, Oct. 31 is the date to enter freshman nomenees to the lucrative Matron Stakes for two-year-old male and female trotters and pacers . The Matron Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding pace and trot will be held the following Thursday. On race days, the Dover Downs' Race Office phone numbers are 302-857-3230 or 302-674-4600 ext. 3230. To fax, dial 302-741-8986. Daily condition sheet s are available on the track website: This season's daily racing schedule in November only, will include Sunday racing with post time at 5:30 p.m. On weekdays during the season, Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

DAYTON, OH. - Insomniac, with 20-year-old Brady Galliers at the controls, upset a talented field of trotters on Monday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, copping the weekly $15,000 featured Open harness racing event in 1:54.4. The 4-year-old son of Crazed left alertly and dropped into the two-hole behind Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn) through early panels of :27 and :55.4. Eased out down the backstretch, Insomniac stuck a nose in front at the 1:24.3 three-quarters, then pulled away from his adversaries in deep stretch to garner his second local win in four tries. Dispatched at odds of 9-1, the winner returned $20.00 for a $2 ticket. Revenue Agent held for second at 11-1 odds and fellow 14-1 longshot Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) benefitted from a ground-saving trip to secure the show spot. Owned by Galliers Racing LLC, Insomniac eased past the $75,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory, and now sports a $216,729 career bankroll. Gregg Keidel  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2016 -- Spreester retook the lead past the quarter and rolled to her second straight harness racing victory -- and 11th this year -- in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Spreester grabbed the early lead for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Spreester powered back to the front, put away the first-over Show Runner and prevailed in 1:53.1. Aniston Seelster held second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Show Runner saved show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree who lifted her career bankroll to $524,576, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card while Trainer Kris Hite and owner Wendy Ross teamed for three victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

After looking like a mere shadow of herself two weeks ago, this harness racing lady appears to be back in form entering the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace final Friday night at the Meadowlands. Lady Shadow, an O'Brien Award winner in Canada at ages 3 and 4, entered the Oct. 9 Allerage Mare Pace in Lexington with eight firsts and a second in her previous nine races before finishing eighth. After some tweaks by trainer Ron Adams, Lady Shadow rebounded last Friday to win her Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination by 7-3/4 lengths in 1:48.4 over a track rated "good" because of rain. "She raced huge, she's back to her old self," Adams said. "She looked very strong, the plugs were still in, and I was very happy with her." The 5-year-old is one of the favorites heading into the final, where she will face a field that includes Frost Damage Blues, also an elimination winner, stakes-winning Solar Sister, and 2015 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champion Divine Caroline. Lady Shadow finished fourth in last year's Mare Pace. According to the trainer, it didn't take much to get Lady Shadow back on the right track for last week's elimination. "We made a few little changes to her daily routine," Adams said. "She tied up on us in Lexington and she was just no good. We've made some changes to her routine and training schedule to try to prevent tie up and it seemed to bounce her right back to her old self. "She's been iron tough all year. I like her attitude and her willingness to race." Lady Shadow, driven by Yannick Gingras, feels right at home at the Meadowlands. She has won all three of her starts there this year, including the Lady Liberty and Golden Girls. Adams noted that she enjoys big tracks such as Mohawk and the Meadowlands. "She gets to use her speed to her advantage," he said. "On the smaller tracks she gets jammed up in the turns a little bit. Here she gets to stretch her legs and just kind of roll along. That's what she likes." What she likes most of all is to compete. She has won nearly half of her 53 career starts, posting 26 victories to go with eight seconds and three thirds. Her career earnings are $1.36 million and this year she has won $630,981, which leads all older female pacers. "When she shows up at the racetrack she's all game, she's here to race," Adams said. "She brings it every week. She had a good year last year. She went some big trips and kind of had a little bit of bad racing luck in between, too." Co-owned by Howard Taylor's and Richard Lombardo's BFJ Stable, Ed Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway, the group purchased the daughter of Shadow Play and Lady Camella in the summer of 2015. Adams, who took over training Lady Shadow in June 2015, couldn't have been happier. "I followed her whole career," he said. "I knew she was a nice mare. She just got better, bigger, stronger, and came back even better this year." In the first elimination race, Solar Sister won but was disqualified and placed fourth for interfering with Sassa Hanover, who went off stride nearing the wire. Thus, Frost Damage Blues, who finished second by a neck, was declared the winner after going 1:51.1. Divine Caroline was placed second and Sassa Hanover third. Katie Said got the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. Frost Damage Blues, driven by Brett Miller, has won five of 10 starts with two seconds in winning $58,063. In her elimination, she was seventh with a quarter-mile to go and stormed home in :25.2. "She raced great," trainer Tom Fanning said. "She came from a bit of a tough spot, but that's kind of how she likes to race. Every time we've taken her out of her game it's been a little disappointing. We just do what she likes." Fanning is hoping Frost Damage Blues, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Art Matters, can buck a trend on Friday night. "Her year has been good but she's been a little unlucky," he said. "She seems to get rough trips in the finals and it hasn't worked out for her. Maybe here it will work out. It worked out (in her elimination) so that was good. She's a nice mare. She tries hard. I think our mare can finish off a mile as good as any of them." Solar Sister has hit the board in 12 of 15 starts this season, with four firsts, four seconds and four thirds for $347,922. Trainer Gregg McNair hopes the 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Cabrini Hanover is coming around after two thirds and a sixth in her previous three races before the elimination. "She hasn't raced that good her last three starts, but here I think she raced a little bit better," McNair said. "She raced better than she had been racing. She came up real flat at Flamboro (finishing third in the Ellamony on Oct. 1). Two starts ago, the trip didn't work out for her. But the race we were really disappointed in was Flamboro." For the most part, though, the trainer is happy. "She's been a good mare," McNair said about Solar Sister, who was Canada's 2015 O'Brien Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. "We really haven't over-raced her. She's raced pretty good down here; she seems to like the Meadowlands." Trainer Joe Holloway had Dave Miller drive two mares into the final with Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin, who finished fifth in Lady Shadow's division. Divine Caroline was the U.S.'s 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. Both horses are familiar with the Breeders Crown, having been there at ages 2, 3 and now 4. Last season, Divine Caroline (Rock N Roll Heaven-Loving Caroline) and Bettor Be Steppin (Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally) combined to win 13 races and earn $1.13 million. "This year has been a disappointment, but it's a tough transition from 3 to 4," Holloway said. "Both made the final, so that part's accomplished. I thought they raced good. "Steppin had to back up and I knew I was just going for a check. Caroline, she's improving each time a little bit; I'm a little bit optimistic with her and hope for a bigger check. Maybe Steppin can grab a check too. We'll just have to see how the race goes." Finishing behind Lady Shadow in her elimination were Bedroomconfessions, Regil Elektra, and Skippin By. Following is the field in post order for the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace. PP - Horse - Driver - Trainer 1 - Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - D. Miller - Holloway 2 - Lady Shadow* - Shadow Play - Gingras - Adams 3 - Katie Said - Well Said - S. Zeron - Takter 4 - Frost Damage Blues* - Western Ideal - B. Miller - Fanning 5 - Solar Sister - Mach Three - D. McNair - G. McNair 6 - Skippin By - Shadow Play - Callahan - Burke 7 - Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - Gingras - Burke 8 - Regil Elektra - Mach Three - Bongiorno - Armer 9 - Bettor Be Steppin - Bettor's Delight - D. Miller - Holloway 10 - Bedroomconfessions - American Ideal - S. Zeron - Alagna by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2016) -- The agencies regulating American horse racing (harness racing) want to know what issues the sport's participants and patrons believe most urgently need addressing and the best way to do so. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), a not-for-profit trade association representing the regulatory bodies for horse and greyhound racing in North America and parts of the Caribbean, has crafted an online survey to solicit input from the industry's varied stakes-holders, including the bettors who make the horse racing possible. The goal is to find consensus that will allow the industry to take constructive measures to improve the sport. Here's the link "Racing is a great sport - perhaps the greatest," said ARCI president Ed Martin. "It's the thinking person's sport. But because there are literally thousands of owners, hundreds of tracks and countless participants, there has been no consensus as to what our biggest problems and challenges are and how to address them." In that effort, the ARCI on Wednesday at Los Alamitos will conduct the last of 28 focus groups at tracks across the country, with participants including horse owners, trainers, jockeys, fans, veterinarians, track management, breeders, racing officials and regulators. "We appreciate that issues can only be addressed if people work together," Martin said. "We seek to assess what problems people need to have addressed, the options to do that, and the path that a consensus can be built around." The online survey is designed to augment the focus groups. Martin encourages industry organizations, including those for fans and handicappers, to circulate the survey among their memberships and beyond. "The questions are deliberately designed to probe where people are at on ideas currently being proposed, as well as giving respondents the opportunity to tell us what they think the major changes should be," Martin said. "The more responses the better. "The racing industry is currently divided, and those divisions are generating negative publicity and ill will. Unless we get everyone on a common path, these divisions will continue to the detriment of the sport. Nobody can solve all of racing's problems overnight, but we are going to try to get people on a path that will result in positive change." About ARCI: The Association of Racing Commissioners International is the umbrella organization of the official rule-making bodies for professional horse and greyhound racing in North America and parts of the Caribbean. The ARCI sets standards for racing regulation, medication policy, drug-testing laboratories, totalizator systems, racetrack operation and security, including for off-track wagering entities. ARCI's members are the only independent entities recognized to license, enforce and adjudicate matters pertaining to racing. While the ARCI, a not-for-profit trade association, has no regulatory authority, its members individually possess regulatory authority within their jurisdictions and solely determine whether or not to adopt ARCI recommendations and policies and rules. Ed Martin | | Ed Martin | 1510 Newtown Pike | Lexington, KY 40511  

Québécois harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy has announced that he will be leaving the province of Quebec within a month to take on the best drivers in the world at the Meadowlands and Yonkers Racing. Roy hopes to follow in the footsteps of world-renowned drivers Yannick Gingras and Daniel Dube and make the big move from Quebec to the New York-New Jersey area. Roy, 28, hails from Mont-Joli, Quebec and is having a breakout career season. He is the current leading driver at two tracks in Canada, Rideau Carlton Raceway with 117 wins and also at the Hippodrome 3R with 57 wins. "Drivers Simon Allard and Yannick Gingras made me a pressing invitation in recent weeks to come and drive in the USA," Roy said. "So I will try my luck. I will try at the Meadowlands, specifically where there will be races on Fridays and Saturdays in the coming months and hopefully at Yonkers Raceway too. There are a lot of tracks in the area. "Yannick assured me that I would have horses to drive," Roy said, "and there is no one more connected that Yannick, that's for sure. It is not a blind leap of faith I am taking. "I do not know when I can start," Roy explained. "It will depend on the ease more or less of when I can get a temporary work permit. It is not so simple. It could come soon, maybe within a month or so, I am not sure, but I know it will come. I even told my current employer that this week would be my last, so you know I am taking this move seriously." Roy started driving harness horses professionally in 2008 on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. After seven years of learning the ropes he had a good season in 2015, winning 58 races and $166,000(US) in purses with the horses he drove. Many local owners, trainers and fans saw that Roy had exceptional talent driving and that has continued in 2016. Roy currently has 191 wins in 2016 and purses won at $656,000 (US), but most impressive is his Universal Driving Rating or batting average, which is at .424. Talented young harness racing drivers from the province of Quebec that have gone on to become world renowned drivers in the sport has been taking place for many years. The great driver Herve Filion, his brothers Yves and Henri Filion, Yves's son, Sylvain Filion, Michel Lachance, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Luc Ouellette, Gilles Gendron, Lucien Fontaine, Jimmy Larente, Gilles Lachance, Stephane Brouchard, Simon Allard and many more from Quebec have made their mark in harness racing in the USA. According to the world's top harness driver, Yannick Gingras, "I got to meet him (LPR) a little at 3R." Gingras said. "And he seems like a very nice guy with great hands. He sits "right" in the bike and he seems to have all the tools including a good head on his shoulders. "I talked to a few friends of mine at home about him," Gringras explained, "and everyone had nothing but good things to say about him. We have been in communication since the summer and I'm very happy he's making the move now. There's definitely a need for a new driver around here and I will do my best to help him achieve his goals the same way I was helped when I moved here." Roy was also influenced in his decision when he traveled to Prince Edward Island in August and won the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer Final at Charlottetown Driving Park and recently was second with Yagonnakissmeornot in the $311,000 (CA) final of the Milton Stake for older pacing mares at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. "Winning for Rene Allard in the Gold Cup and Saucer and being second for him in the Milton Stake helped me to get great visibility," Roy said, "and from there I told myself that it might be the right time to try it, but I thought about it before as how I want to spend my life in the future. "If I want to be a harness racing driver full time," Roy explained, "I got to go somewhere else because racing in Quebec and Ottawa makes it hard to earn a living without having another job then just driving. With Simon Allard and Yannick Gingras telling me that I should try it in the USA this winter, it convinced me to go for it." Daniel Delisle has been the track handicapper at the Hippodrome 3R for many years and had this to say about Louis-Philippe Roy. "I have had the privilege of witnessing the ascent in the world of harness racing of both Daniel Dube and Yannick Gingras," Delisle said, "who as Louis-Philippe Roy, made their professional debut at 3R and I must say that the progress of Louis-Philippe is equally phenomenal. It can only be successful in the USA and that's what all the world wants for him in Quebec. "One advantage is that he has is that he is a young man, simple and articulate," Delisle said. "and he has such natural ability which to succeed in this industry is a necessary asset. He will be missed by many in Quebec, but his future looks very bright in harness racing." By Steven Wolf, for the Hippodrome 3R

Pompano Beach, FL...October 24, 2016...With baseball's World Series looming, the football season in full swing and the hockey season just underway, harness racing horsemen at Pompano Park joined the festivities on Sunday night (October 23).   Wally Hennessey scored a "touchdown"--six wins, driver John Mac Donald scored a "hat trick," trainer Jim McDonald did the same and trainers Kim Sears and Marc Aubin hit "doubles," as did owners Dan and Jacalyn Boddie and the Twenty Four Carrot Racing.   It was all part of an outstanding 16 race program--three off the betting card--as track record holder Panocchio took top honors in the Open Pace and the outstanding three year-old filly, Gold Star Brianna, pushed her unblemished record to 13 in one of four $12,000 Sunshine State Stake finals.   Panocchio, who set the track standard last season, made his fall debut with a gutsy 1:50.4 win for Wally Hennessey, scoring by three-parts-of-a-length over Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) with Winyard Hanover (Brad Kramer) third, six lengths away. Here Comes William and Dee's Rocketman were next in the classy sextet.   Off two qualifiers--the fastest in 1:55.4, Panocchio was sent right for the lead when the gate sprung and out- dueled Winyard Hanover early, taking the field through an opener of :26.4 and half in :55.2. Right at that second station, Sing For Me George left his cozy spot in fourth and the war was on. During an official :27.2 third quarter, Winyard Hanover paced his in :26.3 drawing on even terms with Panocchio and even sticking a head in front.   In the lane, these two fought tooth and nail with Panocchio sticking a nose in front turning for home and maintaining his advantage to the wire.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "well, what can I say? He's the track record holder for a reason. Jim (trainer Mattison) doesn't train him too much--in fact 2:30 is 'normal' for him--but, when he gets onto a racetrack, he's all business. He was all business tonight.   "It's a credit to the care he gets in the barn. Jim and (wife) Vicki just do such an outstanding job with a small stable and that care comes right through when they get behind the gate. It's an honor to drive a horse like this."   The win was the 43rd lifetime in 102 starts--seven this semester--and sent his career bounty to $369-428. He's banked $78,561 this year for trainer Mattison and Emile Johnson, Jr.   As the 3 to 5 tote-board choice, Panocchio paid $3.20 to win.   Goldstar Brianna, also handled by Wally Hennessey, took her $12,000 final of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine Stakes for three year-old trotting fillies, one of four contested on Sunday night, this one off the betting card.   The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, edged by a stubborn Trotting Missmissy (Donald Dupont) to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:58. All Star Fame (Sergio Corona) was third followed by Bonnie Blue Banker and Miss Olivia Irene in this quintet.   Goldstar Brianna is now 13-for-13 in her unblemished career, good for $79,901. She's 6-for-6 this year.   After that event, driver Hennessey related, "She had her hands full tonight with Donald's (Dupont) filly, who raced very tough. But she was up to the task and, when I set her down for the drive, I just let her grind home. She did this all on her own.   "Ya know, owner Kevin (Kelly) is kind of a superstitious guy and the fact that she was going for her '13th' didn't help his nerves but I hope that now that '13' is over, he'll just enjoy these moments."   The initial Sunshine State Stake, for two year-old trotting colts and geldings, saw the continuing rivalry between Azzaro and Im Done, the only two combatants in the division, and it was Azzaro, enjoying the benefit of drawing the rail, getting perfect rating by Wally Hennessey after a brief tussle at the start with his challenger.   Sailing through fractions of :30.3, 1:02.3 and 1:34.1, a :29.1 finale sealed the deal as Azzaro hit the line 1 1/2 lengths to the good over I'm Done (Tom Lehmann) in 2:03.2, a new lifetime mark.   Azzaro, a son of Proud Bushy is owned by Jay and trainer Kim Sears and now sports a 6-4-2-0 scorecard, doubling his earnings to $15,612.   In the Sunshine State Stake for two year-old trotting fillies, Atlantic Crest, coming into the action off of a lifetime best 2:01.1 performance,scorched the oval this night in 1:57.4--:57.4--:28.3--leading every long stride of her mile for owner-trainer Sergio Corona.   This daughter of Crest pinned a 5 3/4 length defeat on Famous C (Hennessey) with Prairie Pixie (Mike Deters) third. Bonnie Blue Banker and Miss Olivia Irene complete the roster at the finish.   For Atlantic Crest, it was her third straight win in her brief career measuring six starts.   This event was also off the betting program.   The final Sunshine State Stake--for three year-old trotting colts and geldings--went to last year's champion, Rexamillion, redeeming himself after going winless in five starts this year.   The gelded son of Proud Bushy was perfectly mannered and led at every pole--:30, 1:01 and 1:31.2 before a :29.2 finale sealed the deal by eight lengths in 2:00.4 for Wally Hennessey.   Owned by Jay and Kim Sears, along with Richard Dunmire, Rexamillion left Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) and Savin Rock (John Campagnuolo) in his wake with Proud Joe T, in the garden spot all the way, next after a miscue turning for home. Favored Thundercrest came un-glued early and then was bothered early on but did manage to pick up the final award in the field of eight.   For Rexamillion, the win was number six lifetime to send his career bounty to $67,472.   As the 3 to 1 second choice, Rexamillion paid $8.00 to win.   Hennessey also won with the trotter Flashy Lady and the pacer Abreathofreshart.   Flashy Lady, the 11 year-old mare, earned her 38th career victory--this one in 1:57. Trained by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, this daughter of CR Excalibur now has banked $375,190--$38,507 this year.   She rewarded her backers with a $5.80 mutuel as second choice and completed a Pick-5 sequence of 1-1-5-6-3 worth $1,492.70.   Abreathofreshart, trained by Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:54.3, earning his 10th lifetime win, to push the five year-old's career bounty to $72,425.   Off at 3 to 5, Abreatofreshart paid $3.40 to win.   Aubin also trained No Bad Dreams for the Boddie's, that five year-old son of Dream Away storming from last early on to score in 1:52.2 as Dave Ingraham made his fall debut at Pompano Park.   No Bad Dreams fanned widest of all in the lane to score by 2 1/4 lengths for his 15th career win. The victory pushed his earnings over the $85,000 mark.   The winner paid $29.00 to his faithful.   The amazing Aubin has been victorious as a trainer and driver for some seven decades--his first recorded win coming in 1959.   Driver John Mac Donald earned his "hat trick" with his own Beach Blast ($4.40) in a lifetime best 1:52.3, Mike's Powerhouse ($5.60) in 1:52.2 and Shootin Time ($2.40) in 1:55.   The latter two are trained by Jim McDonald--the former for the S S G Stable and the latter for Twenty Four Carrot Racing.   Mc Donald completed his training "hat trick" with the trotter Caviart Griffin ($4.80) driven by Dave Ingraham for Twenty Four Carrot Racing.   Racing continues on Tuesday night (October 25) with a 16 race program--again, three races off the card--with carryovers in the Pick-6 and Super Hi-5 awaiting. Scheduled post time is 7:20 p.m.   by John  Berry for Pompano Park                

WILKES-BARRE PA - Boffin made it two straight against high-level conditioned trotting stock at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, taking the $20,000 harness racing feature again using come-from-behind tactics and winning here in 1:53.4 to equal his seasonal best that he first notched last week. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., sent Boffin on a three-wide sweep from fifth nearing the ¾, and the altered son of Donato Hanover took all forward steps from there, gaining the lead turning for home in winning by 2½ lengths, over Watkins, with pacesetter Commentary holding on for third. Boffin has now won almost 1/3 of his career starts (31 of 94), and has earned $375,102; Anette Lorentzon trains him and is co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Lone Survivor, looking buried fourth on the wood past the 5/8, got some racing luck, then used it to maximum advantage while taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.3. Pacesetter Hurrikane Ali broke when a challenge from pocketsitter Dontcallmefrancis started midturn, with Nimble And Quick two-wide behind that one; driver Anthony Napolitano got Lone Survivor around the breaker then ducked back inside, and the winning son of Art Major was able to charge up the Pocono Pike to win by 1¼ lengths. Nimble And Quick, the only 2YO Stallion Series champion able to defend his title at three last month, was along for second, a neck behind Dontcallmefrancis. Lone Survivor, who has bankrolled by $167,685, is trained by Richard Johnson for Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Michelle Yanek. PHHA / Pocono      

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association's 8th Annual Pink Out for Breast Cancer Research was held on Saturday (October 22), and the harness racing event was a rousing success.   A new twist was added this year - a miniature horse race featuring Meadows reinsman Mike Wilder along with trainer Scott Betts and several other members of the community. The non-wagering event was part of a day filled with activity at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino that helped to raise money for Washington Health System in nearby Washington, Pennsylvania.   The MSOA and Meadows Casino joined forces to donate $2,000 to Washington Health System. Additionally, a Chinese auction, which raised more than $3,200, was held to benefit the cause. Donations were also raised through a "pretty pony" contest, and raffles for a pink harness, donated by Silverstone Decorative Concrete, and a pink Michael Kors purse.   "This cause means a lot to several of our members," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We are proud to pull together with the casino and others in the community to support breast cancer research."   For additional photos from today's event, visit the MSOA's Facebook page,   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA      

Aberforth (Andover Hall) swooped the group to win the fourth annual harness racing Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series Final on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Francis Mahoney-trained four year old was the 9-5 top choice in the wagering in the $32,200 Final and his backers couldn't have been encouraged when the young trotter spotted the field about ten lengths in the early going as he gapped throughout a first half that went in 58.2. Driver Shawn Gray asked Aberforth for his best down the backstretch and the razor sharp highstepper responded surging up alongside leader Iwantmytwodollars (Jim Devaux) before bypassing that one en route to victory in 1:59 on a chilly, windy afternoon in Saratoga. Longshot Strong Crazed (Stephane Bouchard) finished second while Mugshots Bro (Mark Beckwith) came on for third. The exacta and triple paid $108 and $601, respectively. Aberforth, who is owned by Ali Kilpatrick of North Bennington, VT adds his name to the list of previous Derue Memorial winners which includes Jelectric, The Lindy Treaty and Showmeyourguns. Grand Vision set a lifetime mark to win the $15,000 Jim Derue Memorial Consolation in 1:59.1 with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

(October 23, 2016) - With eighteen races over the past two days of harness racing , this past weekend may have been one of the last two opportunities to make a run at overall leader Jay Hochstetler in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. While, barring a miracle such as the 1969 New York Mets, it appears Hochstetler is home free as the overall leader, there are ten more contest dates remaining; providing handicappers a chance of breaking into the top three allowing them to earn dividends for their standardbred rescues. While not likely finishing in the top three, Gordon Waterstone put in an effort this past weekend worthy of the best handicappers, commanding top honors for this past weekend scoring 256.4 points, 35 points ahead of Michael Carter (222.98 pts.). Landing third best for the weekend was Sally Hinckley (203 pts.). While Waterstone was shut out Friday evening, he bounced back Saturday at the Meadowlands, selecting eight of fourteen winners on the evening card including Sutton ($15.40) in a Breeders Crown elimination for 3yo trotting colts and geldings and Tori Hanover ($24.00) in an elimination for 2yo pacing fillies. Carter and Hinckley also tabbed eight winners, alas without a longshot. In the race for the second half award, Matt Rose (1,631.58 pts.) clings to a 13.05 point lead over overall leader Hochstetler who has 1,618.53 points. Hinckley is in third with 1,445.7 points, leaving the others far behind. For the season-long title, Hochstetler has a commanding lead with 3,407.63 points with Rose far behind with 2,733.63 points. Following the top two, Hinckley is in third with 2,615.58 points with the next contender roughly 580 points further back. This coming weekend, contest action remains centered at the Meadowlands with the finals of the Breeders Crown and the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Classic being contested, affording handicappers with another chance to make up ground though it will require the cooperation of the racing gods to provide a few bombs for the handicapper to select. Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information such as the complete standings from HANA Harness’ contest website   2nd Half and Overall Standings Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back 1st Matt Rose 89.75 1,631.58 0.00 2nd 2733.63 674.00 2nd Jay Hochstetler (FHW) 168.55 1,618.53 13.05 1st 3407.63 0.00 3rd Sally Hinckley 203.00 1,445.70 185.88 3rd 2615.58 792.05 4th Ray Garnett 121.80 1,283.28 348.30 11th 2072.05 1,335.58 5th Adam Friedland 195.65 1,245.63 385.95 4th 2491.78 915.85 6th Dennis O'Hara 147.40 1,230.63 400.95 6th 2407.53 1,000.10 7th Gordon Waterstone 256.40 1,218.95 412.63 7th 2387.43 1,020.20 8th Russ Adams 131.48 1,205.70 425.88 8th 2386.63 1,021.00 9th Mark Deutsch 135.70 1,161.68 469.90 10th 2139.88 1,267.75 10th Rusty Nash 193.00 1,156.13 475.45 5th 2452.28 955.35 11th Michael Carter 222.98 1,144.80 486.78 9th 2237.35 1,170.28 12th Bryan Owen 87.80 1,091.75 539.83 12th 2069.03 1,338.60 13th Anne Stepien 188.20 1,062.40 569.18 13th 1998.90 1,408.73 14th Ray Cotolo 75.65 1,025.55 606.03 14th 1821.08 1,586.55 15th Joe Bengston 117.30 718.98 912.60 15th 1634.33 1,773.30   Allan Schott Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge  

East Rutherford, N.J. - A full slate of elimination races on Saturday (October 22) evening at The Meadowlands narrowed down the harness racing fields for next weekend's $5.8 million Breeders Crown, presented by Mullinax Ford. Given that the withdrawal of likely favorite Betting Line from his elimination due to injury drastically changed the complexion of next week's $500,000 Crown final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, elimination winners Check Six and Western Fame were the pair to draw for post positions 1 through 5 before the other qualifiers took part in an open draw for all remaining post positions. That procedure was followed for all nine Crown events which required eliminations. The complete fields for the 12 Breeders Crown finals, with elimination drivers and trainers, follow (elimination winners are identified with an asterisk): Open Trot - $500,000 1 - Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - S. Zeron - Beaver 2 - Resolve - Muscle Hill - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 3 - JL Cruse - Crazed - Campbell - Ell 4 - Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - R. Zeron - Durham 5 - Crescent Fashion - Muscle Hill - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 6 - Centurion ATM - SJS Caviar - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 7 - Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Sears - Dion 8 - Crazy Wow - Crazed - Gingras - Burke 9 - Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Filion - Blais   Mares Trot - $250,000   1 - Charmed Life - Majestic Son - B. Miller - Menary 2 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Gingras - Burke 3 - Classical Annie - Andover Hall - Kakaley - Burke 4 - I'm So Fancy - Donato Hanover - Tetrick - Alagna 5 - Bee a Magician - Kadabra - Sears - Norman 6 - Barn Doll - Conway Hall - Gregory - Gregory 7 - D'One - Donato Hanover - Tetrick - Walmann 8 - Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - D. Miller - Takter   Open Pace - $421,000   1 - Split the House - Rocknroll Hanover - Sears - Oakes 2 - Shamballa - Somebeachsomewhere - S. Zeron - R. Zeron 3 - Mach It So - Mach Three - Tetrick - Bamond 4 - Always B Miki - Always A Virgin - D. Miller - Takter 5 - Dealt a Winner - Cam's Card Shark - A. Miller - Silva 6 - All Bets Off - Bettor's Delight - Kakaley - Burke 7 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - Teague - Francis 8 - Luck Be Withyou - Western Ideal - B. Miller - Oakes 9 - Melmerby Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - driver TBA - Annunziata 10 - Americanprimetime - American Ideal - Tetrick - Dane   Mares Pace - $250,000   1 - Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - D. Miller - Holloway 2 - Lady Shadow* - Shadow Play - Gingras - Adams 3 - Katie Said - Well Said - S. Zeron - Takter 4 - Frost Damage Blues* - Western Ideal - B. Miller - Fanning 5 - Solar Sister - Mach Three - D. McNair - G. McNair 6 - Skippin By - Shadow Play - Callahan - Burke 7 - Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - Gingras - Burke 8 - Regil Elektra - Mach Three - Bongiorno - Armer 9 - Bettor Be Steppin - Bettor's Delight - D. Miller - Holloway 10 - Bedroomconfessions - American Ideal - S. Zeron - Alagna   3-year-old Colt and Gelding Trot - $500,000   1 - Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Kakaley - Harris 2 - Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - S. Zeron - Wellwood 3 - Bar Hopping* - Muscle Hill - Tetrick - Takter 4 - Sutton* - Donato Hanover - A. Miller - J. Miller 5 - Muscle Hustle - Muscle Mass - Christoforou - Henriksen 6 - Double L Lindy - Muscles Yankee - Svanstedt - Svanstedt 7 - Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Sears - Takter 8 - Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - D. Miller - Alagna 9 - Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Gingras - Burke 10 - Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - D. Miller - Takter   3-year-old Filly Trot - $500,000   1 - Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Tetrick - Alagna 2 - All the Time* - Muscle Hill - Gingras - Takter 3 - Earn Your Wings - Credit Winner - B. Miller - Lorentzon 4 - Celebrity Eventsy - Manofmanymissions - Campbell - Lind 5 - Broadway Donna* - Donato Hanover - D. Miller - Campbell 6 - Dewdle All Day - Deweycheatumnhowe - J. MacDonald - Jones 7 - Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Filion - Blais 8 - Fad Finance - Credit Winner - Smedshammer - Smedshammer 9 - Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Gingras - Reid 10 - Side Bet Hanover - Donato Hanover - Callahan - Czernyson   3-year-old Colt and Gelding Pace - $500,000   1 - Western Fame* - Western Ideal - MacDonald - Takter 2 - Check Six* - Somebeachsomewhere - Gingras - Burke 3 - Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Sears - Takter 4 - Fine Diamond - Rock N Roll Heaven - Kakaley - Burke 5 - Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - B. Miller - Alagna 6 - Katies Rocker - Rocknroll Hanover - McCarthy - Campbell 7 - Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Zeron - Alagna 8 - Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Gingras - Burke 9 - Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Kakaley - Burke 10 - JJ Flynn -  Western Ideal - M. Miller - Ryder   3-year-old Filly Pace - $500,000   1 - Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - M. Miller - Ryder 2 - Penpal - American Ideal - Lachance - Lachance 3 - Pure Country* - Somebeachsomewhere - B. Miller - Takter 4 - Newborn Sassy* - Western Ideal - Tetrick - Looney-King 5 - Skinny Dipper - Somebeachsomewhere - S. Zeron - Croghan 6 - Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - D. Miller - Johansson 7 - Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - McCarthy - Harder 8 - L A Delight - Bettor's Delight - Campbell - McIntosh 9 - Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - S. Zeron - Croghan 10 - Lindwood Beachgirl - Somebeachsomewhere - Gingras - Steacy   2-year-old Colt and Gelding Trot - $600,000   1 - Giveitgasandgo - Yankee Glide - Callahan - Butenschoen 2 - Walner* - Chapter Seven - Tetrick - Toscano 3 - Snowstorm Hanover - Muscle Massive - Kakaley - Burke 4 - Sortie* - Explosive Matter - McCarthy - Daley 5 - Dover Dan - Andover Hall - S. Zeron - Butenschoen 6 - Sir John F - Donato Hanover - Kakaley - Takter 7 - Moonshiner Hanover - Andover Hall - S. Zeron - Beaver 8 - What the Hill - Muscle Hill - D. Miller - Burke 9 - Fly On - Muscle Hill - A. Miller - J. Miller 10 - Jake - Muscle Hill - Filion - Blais   2-year-old Filly Trot - $600,000   1 - Thats All Moni* - Cantab Hall - Tetrick - Takter 2 - Cameron Hill - Muscle Hill - Campbell - Bax 3 - Chezatter* - Explosive Matter - D. Miller - Smedshammer 4 - Ariana G - Muscle Hill - Gingras - Takter 5 - Hillarmbro - Muscle Hill - Smedshammer - Smedshammer 6 - Sunshine Delight - Credit Winner - Campbell - Lind 7 - Evelyn - Muscle Hill - D. Miller - Svanstedt 8 - Treviso - Muscle Massive - Norris - Norris 9 - Broadway Idole - Broadway Hall - S. Zeron - Campbell 10 - Princess Aurora - Cantab Hall - Tetrick - Takter   2-year-old Colt and Gelding Pace - $600,000   1 - Filibuster Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Kakaley - Burke 2 - Downbytheseaside* - Somebeachsomewhere - D. Miller - Brown 3 - Huntsville* - Somebeachsomewhere - Tetrick - Schnittker 4 - Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Gingras - Takter 5 - Boogie Shuffle - Well Said -  S. Zeron - Harder 6 - Miso Fast - Roll With Joe - Kakaley - Burke 7 - Normandy Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Gingras - Burke 8 - Odds On Delray - Somebeachsomewhere - S. Zeron - Alagna 9 - Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Sears - Takter 10 - Ozone Blue Chip - Bettor's Delight - Filion - Coyne   2-year-old Filly Pace - $600,000   1 - Tori Hanover* - Somebeachsomewhere - S. Zeron - Alagna 2 - Jaye's a Lady - McArdle - Callahan - Johansson 3 - Rockette - Rocknroll Hanover - Kakaley - Burke 4 - Brazuca - Bettor's Delight - Palone - Cancelliere 5 - Roaring to Go* - Art Major - B. Miller - Lare 6 - Someomensomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - M. Miller - E. Miller 7 - That's the Ticket - Roll With Joe - M. Miller - Ryder 8 - Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Gingras - Alagna 9 - Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Gingras - Takter 10 - Agent Q - Western Terror - D. Miller - Lambert All told, Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke lead all trainers in horses to qualify for the Crown finals, as they each send 17 horses to next week's championships. Takter will have three starters in each the 3-year-old colt trot and 2-year-old filly pace, while Burke accounts for four in the 3-year-old colt pace and three in the 2-year-old colt pace. Tony Alagna will have the third most starters, with nine. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 22, 2016 -- Today's story is sponsored by the letter T. favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $5.10) and Tornado Tim (Dan Dube, $21.80) won their respective Yonkers Raceway $45,000 harness racing co-features Saturday night. 'Terry,' from post position No. 3, reeled in a runaway Keystone Velocity (Jason Bartlett) at the wire in the Open Handicap Pace. The latter, leaving from outside his six rivals, rolled through intervals of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:23.1. He hit the wall late, as Take it Back Terry made up 5½ lengths entering the lane to win by a nostril in 1:52.1. The Real One (Pat Lachance) also rallied, he for third. Winds of Change (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach (Dube) settled for the minors. For Take it Back Terry, a millionaire 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his sixth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $70.50. As for Tornado Tim, he was first-up and first home in the Open Handicap Trot. Away fourth from the pole, he saw Major Athens (Eric Abbatiello) lead early (:27.2, :56.3), only to blow up down the backside. 'Tim' took over well before the 1:25.4 three-quarters, opening 2½ lengths in and out of the final turn. Melady's Monet (Bartlett), as the 13-10 choice, couldn't stay with the winner, getting to within a half-length at the wire. Luminosity (Brennan), bothered by the breaker, was third, with Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) and Tober (Brent Holland) coming away the final pay envelopes. For Tornado Tim, a 9-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, he's now 5-for-26 this season. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $503. 91st win for Foiled Again Foiled Again (George Brennan, $8.80) was not be what he was, but he was more than good enough as is. Harness racing’s richest-ever performer prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $35,000 winners-over pace. Foiled Again. from post position No. 3, held off a third-up P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.4. Rampage Jackson (Brent Holland) cut the mile and faded to third. It was the 91st career win in the 270th start for Foiled Again, whose retirement account now reads $7,460,758. The 12-year-old Dragon Again gelding is co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, has won five of his 24 seasonal starts, including three of his last four. Foiled Again was included in an ‘unhit’ Pick 5, which left a $2,154.60 carryover into Monday night’s card (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 22, 2016 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 All-Star Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, Oct. 22 and it was Trace Tetrick who raced away with top honors, winning his choice of a dream prize-$10,000 cash, an exotic vacation, or an "always wanted to have" toy. Tetrick, a 30-year-old, Illinois native earned three wins and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 79 points to secure the win. As predicted, round two was a race to the finish and came down to the last race of the challenge to separate the drivers. After the last race, Tetrick garnered six points to win by six points over John DeLong. Sam Widger, who was victorious in round one of the challenge, finished third with a final total of 71 points. With points from round one carrying over to round two, Tetrick started with 26 points and kicked things off with a win in the opening race to earn 15 points driving G's High Shooter to victory for trainer Tyler George. Tetrick also teamed up with George for another winner in the third race of the challenge behind Westport to record another 15 points. After three races, Widger narrowly held the lead with 65 points while John DeLong was a close second with 63 points and Tetrick was closing in on the leaders with 58 points. At odds of 15-1, Tetrick masterfully drove Worldly Doll to victory for trainer Alvin Miller and with the win, moved in to the lead of the challenge. Tetrick secured his dream prize with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind White Fish Flash for trainer Grant Wilfong. White Fish Falls and Tetrick were on the front for much of the mile but couldn't hold off Always Kenzer and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane. Tetrick's six points were just enough to clench the victory. "I felt really good about my horses coming in to tonight," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "The win with Worldly Doll was a bit of a surprise but she raced really strong tonight. I've driven her before so I knew a little bit about her before we went to the gate. These races were very competitive fields but all my horses raced really well and the trips worked out for me." Tetrick, who opted for the $10,000 cash prize option, secured his first driver challenge win at Hoosier Park and also had a total of six winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick is currently atop the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 332 trips the winner's circle and over $3.4 million in purse earnings. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

WILKES-BARRE PA - The sizzling pacer Terror Time A won his sixth straight race Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the biggest purse race of the evening, the harness racing card's $18,000 opener, in 1:51.1 - but for the fourth time after his last seven races, he'll start his next day in a different barn. The $25,000 claimer, an altered son of Western Terror, didn't let a little thing like being parked out for 11/16 of a mile on a 45o night ruin his evening, as he ran away and hid from his opposition, scoring by eight lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner Hunter Oakes. But the connections of trainer Rene Allard haltered the horse for the $25G tag, although Team Oakes has certainly done well by the horse; for them in two different stints in this recent run, he's 5-4-0-1-$33,920, and they've gained $2000 in purchase price along the way. In fact, for the year Terror Time A is now 29-11-3-6-$109,005, despite never racing for a purse higher than tonight's $18,000. The "Terror Time A claiming duel" just might continue, too - at the top of the Pocono trainers' standings, it was Allard 95, Oakes 93 going into tonight's card, and a horse like this could be pivotal. As hard as it may be to believe, Terror Time A actually saw more of the inner pylons than did Oakes' winner in the night's $15,500 trotting feature, the Kadabra gelding Caulfield, who won in 1:55 for Synerco Ventures Inc. Although stuck with the outermost post eight, driver Sean Bier had this horse in play throughout despite traveling the overland route for just over ¾ of the mile, and he went on well to the wire to score by 1½ lengths over 56-1 shot Brookroad Knight. The $15,500 pacing feature saw Somewhere in L A, best remembered for his $500G+ sophomore season of 2014 where he was 2-3 in the Jug and second in the Adios Final, matched his trotting cohort Caulfield in overcoming the outside post eight and winning in 1:52.2. The Sombeachsomewhere gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables LLC along with Deo Volente Farms LLC and T L P Stable (you need to be an accountant/lawyer to get stable names right these days), only had to travel most of the 26.2 first quarter outside to get the lead for driver Pat Berry; they then put up middle fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.3, then fought a stiff stretch headwind and a railshooting Kid PK to prevail by a half-length to make his record 2-for-2 since invading Pocono.   PHHA / Pocono    

Batavia, NY---Jim Morrill Jr. was on fire at Batavia Downs Saturday night (Oct. 22) as he won seven of the 13 races carded and vaulted himself into the dash driving lead for the harness racing meet. Morrill started early and was relentless as the night went on. He scored with Thunderbolt Jaxon ($4.80, 1:56.3), Outoftexas ($5.50, 1:55.3), Green Olives ($3.30, 1:56.2), Dodger Hanover ($2.80, 1:57.3), Littlebitaclass ($7.00, 1:54.2), Adversary Seelster ($3.50, 1:57.1) and Zipnthruthehall ($2.90, 1:57). The current record for wins on one card at Batavia Downs is eight, set by Jim Morrill Jr. in 2005 and matched by John Cummings Jr. in 2006. Beside his septuple successes, Morrill also had three seconds and a third among his 12 drives for the night and that added up to a .750 UDR for the evening. Morrill is currently ranked third in North America for UDR in 2016, sporting a gaudy .415 for the year. He has amassed 322 wins in 1,197 starts and earned $3,776,654 as a result to this point. The fifth win of the night for Morrill was with Littlebitaclass who won the $10,000 Open pacing feature. Claimed two weeks ago for $20,000 and victorious in each start since, Littlebitaclass left and out-legged China Dream (Shawn Gray) to the front shortly after they passed the quarter pole. From there, Morrill grabbed leather to settle the gelding until Knocking Around (Dave McNeight III) drew alongside approaching three-quarters. When they tripped the timer in 1:25.2 at that station, Knocking Around took a half-length lead and appeared to have gotten the best of the leader. But Littlebitaclass gallantly fought back and regained a neck advantage by the head of the stretch. But Knocking Around would not go away and was joined in the fray by China Dream, who had gotten the trip and came up the passing lane. Flanked by adversaries on both sides, Littlebitaclass dug in hard and refused to lose, hitting the wire first by a mere head in 1:54.2. It was the ninth win of the year for Littlebitaclass and it boosted his earnings to $52,201 for 2016. The 5-year-old gelded son of Santana Blue Chip is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. Trainer Alex Giuliani sent three winners postward while fellow conditioners Gerry Sarama and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. each doubled up. As was previously mentioned, there is a new dash driving title leader at Batavia Downs in Jim Morrill Jr, who now tops everyone with 73 wins. Kevin Cummings, who was not in action Saturday, is tied for second with Drew Monti with 68 wins and Ray Fisher Jr. is a close fourth with 62. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 26) with post time at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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