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DOVER, Del --- I Love My Boss made good use of leaving from post 1 as arguably the finest Delaware-sired harness racing trotter came down the passing lane, and when front-trotting Thereisademoninme broke stride nearing the finish line, reached the finish line first in 1:55.3 to win the $25,000 Open trot at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts was content to race behind Thereisademoninme this week, after cutting the mile last week, to only finish third beaten three-quarters of a length. Uva Hanover with Tim Tetrick driving put pressure on Thereisademoninme from mid-backstretch until late in the stretch, and finished third but was placed second. Thereisademoninme was a breaking second in the photo but was disqualified because of a lapped-on break and place fourth. Kanthaka, handled by Tony Morgan, was fourth then placed third. I Love My Boss, the former DSBF champion at two and three, was bred and races for trainer Bob Shahan and Jim and Ashley Parsons. Now six, the Don Boss Vita-Wild One gelding has won $108,956 this season and $498.220 lifetime. The prior race, a $13,500 Winners trot, was won by John DeVito's My Cherry Pie trained by Jenny Melander and driven by Corey Callahan. Soda Pump (Tetrick) was second with Blownoutofthewater (Morgan) third. Jim Moore's Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) in 1:56.3Hollywood Highway (Tim Tetrick) in 1:55.2 won $12,000 Winners sub-feature trots. Dedododo Dedadada made longshot music in a $12,000 Winners pace at 53-1 odds with Russell Foster in the bike. Jigtime Jones (Tyler Davis) and Teggers Hanover (Vic Kirby) finished second and third respectively. Corey Callahan, Tim Tetrick, Allan Davis and trainer Mike Hall had two wins each. Enhance Your Mind, Jag Out and Sweet Bobbie lead eight fast female pacers in the Wednesday $25,000 Mares Open pace feature Race. ENHANCE YOUR MIND HEADS $25,000 MARES OPEN WEDNESDAY Enhance Your Mind, last season’s Horse of the Meet is back in top form after a win last week in the $25,000 Mares Open pace on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Dover Downs. Owned by trainer Bryan Truitt, Enhance Your Mind has won half of her 18 starts and $133,020 this year. Vic Kirby is her regular driver. Jag Out, racing for Hochsprung, JL Benson and Nick Surick stables. with Tony Morgan drew post 8 after an impressive second last week, also from the outside. Owner-trainer Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie and Art StaffordJr. Has won three of her last five outings. The sharp Diva’s Image leaves from the rail for trainer Jen Bonjiorno and owners  Our Hrs Cents, Stable 45 and J&T Silva stables, will be in the hands of Tim Tetrick, Mike Casalino’s Nat A Virgin and Corey Callahan, Mike Hall’s St. Kitts with Jonathan Roberts in the bike, Joe Davino, Pat O’Brian and Brad Shackman’s Keystone Riptide, guided by Ross Wolfenden. And completing the field is Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo steered by Ross Wolfenden, fresh from a win last time out.. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad

Millstone Township, NJ- 12/12/17 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) raffle to win a trip to the harness racing famous Prix d'Amerique race in Paris, the drawing is Friday, December 15, 2017. The trip for 2 includes a 5 day/4 night stay in Paris at a four star hotel; including sightseeing and city tours; a tour to Grosbois, the training center; cocktail parties, up to a $1,200 voucher for airfare, and the famous race, all during Jan. 25 - Jan. 29, 2018.   The trip starts with a city sightseeing tour of Paris to the Arch of Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower and more, accompanied by an English speaking tour guide followed by a three-course dinner and French wine. You'll visit Grosbois, the training center, it is like no other, and here the horse is king. People rave about it and say nothing else is quite like it. Spend a day at the races at Vincennes, what many call the most opulent harness track in the world. You can enjoy races of a variety of distances all from a standing start. On race day join fans from all over the world for the big race.   You may also consider extending your trip by booking accordingly. All raffle ticket sales support the nearly 300 trotters and pacers SRF has under its full expense, as well as its youth programs. Different from every other organization, SRF supports this large number of horses on a daily basis, and has a lifetime follow up program in place since 1989, so no adopted horse is ever at risk.   SRF needs help to continue to serve the horses that have served many and asks for support of this important fundraiser. For raffle tickets call our office at (732) 446-4422, or email us at SRFhorsesandkids@gmail.com.   www.AdoptaHorse.org   SRF is Different:   * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S.   * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused.   * Is feeding and caring for more than 300 trotters and pacers.   * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 150 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.     Standardbred Retirement Foundation | AdoptaHorse.org | SRF email  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 12, 2017 -- Bessie pocketed Classical Annie from the gate and kept her there throughout the mile as she captured Tuesday's $15,000 harness racing filly & mare winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Dreamsteeler for Jim Pantaleano, and she was just as strong late, downing Classical Annie by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Dirty Secret was a ground-saving third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, a 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine who now boasts $367,097 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS ADDS $20,000 GUARANTEE FOR WEDNESDAY PICK 5 On Wednesday, Dec. 13, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000 total-pool guarantee 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 $6,469.87. In addition, Wednesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 8-12) 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 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Batavia, NY---Anyone who has ever dealt with a quarter crack can appreciate what it takes to get their harness racing horse sound and racing again. Rusty Freeman is responsible for changing the way this debilitating condition is handled, reducing down time from weeks to days and turning the process into a state of the art form over the years. As a result of his tireless work to help the breed, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present Freeman with the Innovator's Award for contributions to the sport of harness racing in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) during the 10th annual "Night of Distinction" awards ceremony. Freeman was working as a factory machinist in western New York in the late 1970's when he was first introduced to harness racing. While visiting a friend who had trotters, he was shown why a particular horse was lame with a hoof crack and the whole thing quickly intrigued him. He developed a way to use a Dremel tool and cut out just the part of the hoof he felt was needed, and then put a tube under the patch. That way air could still get to the sore area to aid healing and it could also be flushed with antiseptic to keep it clean. He then researched and developed an acrylic compound he uses instead of fiberglass and combines that with Kevlar cloth to do the patches. The combination of the tube under the new patch material gives the area every opportunity to heal and grow out properly in a short amount of time. Freeman has been plying his trade at harness tracks in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania for almost 40 years now and many times works hand in hand with vets. As a result, hundreds of horses have been made sound quicker, allowing them to get back in the box much sooner. Also a farrier, Freeman is an accredited member of the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) and helps other professionals in the field understand and benefit from his technics. Post time for the first race on Saturday is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA  

East Rutherford, NJ - Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Thursday with a nine race offering set to begin at 7:15 p.m.   The program features full fields including two divisions of the popular GSY Driving Club events and a carry-over of more than $35,000 in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 wager.   Racing Secretary Pete Koch has taken a page from the Thoroughbred condition book and written a short Starter Allowance series. The second of two preliminary legs goes on Thursday where twenty-two declarations resulted in a pair of eleven horse fields with returning winners Esprit De Kayjay A and May I Cruise West among the entrants.   Access expert selections and free program pages from The Meadowlands website.   The Meadowlands will race live Thursday through Saturday for the balance of December with post time set for 7:15 p.m. each card.   Nick Salvi

DAYTON, OH. - Guatemala native Edgar Herrera fell in love with race horses shortly after his family moved to Illinois when he was 14 years old. His father found regular work on the backstretches of Chicago's tracks and it wasn't long before Edgar started cleaning stalls and gradually learning the harness racing ropes too. When the affable 27-year-old got an opportunity to move to Ohio with trainer Bob Phillips two years ago, he was anxious to spread his wings. In addition to his normal caretaker barn duties, Herrera serves as Phillips' second trainer and shipper as well. While Edgar appreciates his regularly weekly stipend for all his hard work, he is especially grateful for the chance Phillips gave him to drive enough qualifying races to earn his provisional drivers license last April. While being a full-time catch-driver is not on his bucket list, finding his way to the winner's circle at least once has been a goal he has dreamed about often. The dream came true on Monday afternoon (Dec. 11) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway when Herrera guided the trotter Donnas Dream to a 1:57.3 gate-to-wire triumph in a $10,000 condition/claiming event. The 3-year-old filly from the Philllips Stable was sent directly to the front from the innermost post position and held off Bosston Tahoe (Jason Brewer) and Speed N Home (Kyle Wilfong) in the stretch, prompting a wide grin on Herrera's face that was still evident an hour later. "I may just retire from driving now," joked Edgar, "because I don't want this feeling to ever go away. I can't believe it!" It took Herrera 52 drives to get his initial score, but the wait was well worth it. "I'm glad my parents moved us here. I love America! You can find work doing something you like, and make your dreams come true." For Donnas Dream, it was her sixth lifetime victory and boosted her career earnings to $123,853. The daughter of Power Play is owned by the Blackfoot Farms of Illinois. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del --- Feel Like A Fool enjoyed an excellent outside trip behind Emeritus Maximus (Russell Foster) on the backstretch before moving three-wide on the final turn to take the lead on the way to 1:52 harness racing victory in the Monday, Dec. 11 feature race at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan wins four, needs 20 for 16,000th. It was only the second time this meet that Tim Tetrick drove the millionaire winning gelding for trainer Bob Clark and owner Kovack Stables and second win. Singing Saint (Tony Morgan) closed strongly to finish second. Skyful Of Lighters (Allan Davis) was third. The nine-year-old altered son of Art Major-Fool That I Am won for the fifth time in 2017 good for $49,116 this year and $1,211,156 lifetime. The longshot on the card came when Eddie Davis Jr. piloted Warrawee Monarch, owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, and trained by Bart Dalious to a 1:54.3 victory in a Delaware pace. Middle Aged Crazy (Jonathan Roberts) was second in front of race favorite Bad Man Sam (Corey Callahan). Tony Morgan's four winners give him 15,980 lifetime, the second highest for a North American driver. Corey Callahan had two wins as did trainer Bobby Clark. CELBRITY PEGASUS, THERESADEMONINME HEAD TUESDAY $25,000 TROT Tuesday has become top trotting day at Dover Downs.  Last week, Celebrity Pegasus  came from far back to end Theresademoninme’s win streak in the $25,000 Open trot. This week they meet again on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Art Stafford Jr. driving Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Ianquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus trained by Eric Ell, got away last in an eight horse field last Tuesday but rallied to overtake Theresademoninme and Jonathan Roberts in the final stride for a 1:54 victory. Check past performances and note Mike Casaino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Thereademoninme has three wins and four eight seconds in his last seven races. I Like My Boss drew the rail for trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons with driver Allan Davis. He has won two of his last three starts. Tim Tetrick drives the sharp Uva Hanover, trained by Linda Toscano for Martin Steinberg and Sake Your Claim Stable, from post 2. Murmur Hanover and driver Vic Kirby, also have an impressive winning record. Three newcomer to the feature trot are J.L. Sadowsky’s Home’N Dry with Corey Callahan, Kanthaka and Tony Morgan racing for Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures Inc. and Bamond Racing’s Crazshaha with Ross Wolfenden. All three are in from recently racing in Yonkers features. Among a group of strong trots on the under-card is a $13,500 Winners event. Miami (Kirby), who has won two of three including a week ago, Bamond Stable’s Credevie (Allan Davis) from post 1, John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie (Callahan) and Arty Foster’s sharp Petrossian AS (Russell Foster) in a nine-horse field. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

The New Jersey General Assembly reportedly approved proposed legislation last week that would allow the state’s three horseracing tracks to sign deals with Atlantic City casinos in order to offer online gambling to race-goers. According to a report from FlushDraw, the lower house in Trenton passed Assembly Bill 4255 by a vote of 60 to twelve with one abstention on Thursday and the measure is now destined to go before the 40-member and Democratic-controlled New Jersey Senate for further consideration. G3Newswire reported that New Jersey legalized online gambling in November of 2013 and the industry has so far generated aggregated revenues of around $682.6 million with some $119.4 million of this going to the state including approximately $3.6 million in October alone. However, current regulations reportedly forbid any land-based venue located outside of Atlantic City from offering real-money online gambling but Assembly Bill 4255 would alter this prohibition by creating a special carve-out for horseracing tracks such as Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. The legislation purportedly envisages permitting such locations, which would continue to be prevented from offering slots and table games, to create bespoke areas where punters could wager over the Internet between race sessions. Assembly Bill 4255 reportedly states that thoroughbred and harness racing tracks in New Jersey would be allowed to ‘enter into an agreement with a casino located in Atlantic City or such a casino’s Internet gaming affiliate’ in order to make their premises ‘available as a venue at which the holder of an Internet gaming account may place wagers at casinos using the Internet’. According to a report from The Associated Press news service published by The Providence Journal newspaper, Ralph Caputo, a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, stated that Assembly Bill 4255 is a way to ‘bring more traffic into the racetracks’ as they ‘need it desperately’. Dennis Drazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Monmouth Park Racetrack, reportedly told The Associated Press that he is hoping the proposed legislation receives the full support of the casino industry as ‘absolutely nothing will happen unless they agree to allow it through an agreement with a track’. “Nobody is forcing anything on them,” Drazin reportedly told The Associated Press. “This is really a win-win for the racing industry and the casino industry.” By Adam Morgan Reprinted with permission of World Casino News

Millstone Township, NJ - 12/8/17 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's 12 Days of Giving campaign is a great way to help a harness racing horse in need during the holidays. Whether giving a gift to a horse in need, or a gift to someone who loves horses and would be delighted to receive this caring gesture as their holiday gift, SRF needs your help. Here is SRF's holiday wish list for the 12 Days of Giving to start today to benefit the more than 300 trotters and pacers under SRF's full care; gifts are tax-deductible:   1. Senior feed for a month for 1 of the 93 very golden oldies - $125 each. 2. Fill the hayloft for a month for the fillies and mares at the NJ location - $850. 3. Sponsor one for worming and a pedicure for $35 a month in 2018.  4. Fill the hayloft for 1 month for the geldings that happily guard the fillies and mares - $1200. 5. Retire one to your farm, priceless. 6. Rabies vaccine for the horses at the main leased farm to protect them as well as protecting the staff - $560. 7. This is a biggie, but with the tremendous growth at SRF new software is very much needed to track the more than 300 under its expense and care; manage their specific medical needs, arrange for farrier, dental, worming, veterinary care, quarantine, training, shipping, and more, and to follow-up all those adopted since 1989 - $9,000. 8. An Ipad for on-call staff managing weekend and evening emergencies in order to access important horse information from SRF's database - $329. 9. Transportation and quarantine for a horse from the kill pen to safety - $500. 10. Rehabilitate one from the kill pen till spring - $1200. 11. Become SRF's special sponsor for the Elitlopp fund raising trip in May -$4,000. 12. Hay racks, they save money in the long term as they keep from wasting hay - $249 each.   The generosity of donors is so appreciated, and if a wish is granted as a holiday gift to a friend or relative, SRF will package a special thank you to you and your recipient.     Visit many of the 300 horses on SRF's website and reminisce with some you may recall from their glory days on the oval such as Positive Press, Sea it Again, Hopeful N, Ralph Hanover, Funtime Filly, and others.    To make a tax deductible gift please contact Tammy at 732-446-4422; visit SRF's website at  AdoptaHorse.org/donateplease make a note in your payment; or mail to SRF, 353 Sweetmans La., Millstone Twp., NJ                   SRF is Different: * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S.   * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused.     * Is feeding and caring for more than 300 trotters and pacers.     * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 150 retirees and provides lifetime  follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.       Chrominator brightens the season in this photo with his latest adopter. Thanks to SRF's model follow-up program, so no SRF horse will ever be at risk again, he is on his third home and it appears to be his lucky last. The handsome son of Pacific Rocket had earnings of $143,000.             Sea It Again, son of Seahawk Hanover now 30 years old-retired with SRF.         Lake Club, the 22 year old son of Artsplace, is still hoping for a home in spite of his age and a few ouchy days romping the fields.                Desist Hanover, son of No Nukes, a big boy at 16.2 and just 15 years old is only comfortable as a pasture puff and has been eating grass with SRF since 2006.       Osmosis, son of Badlands, is just 15 with earnings of $102,000 and has the company of Desist Hanover in the field. He has been with SRF since 2002.   Duke of Earl, a son of Earl, now 20 years old with more than a quarter of a million earned back in the late 90s.     

Sudlersville, MD- While many Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camp alumni have made their marks in the harness racing industry over the past 40 years, a whole new generation is now showing up on programs regularly. Artie Dick, 21, who attend camp at Balmoral Park in Illinois, recently picked up his first Meadowlands driving win with Major Legacy. Besim Odza, who is just 18, earned his first training victory at Freehold with Steady Pulse; Odza attended camp in Goshen, New York. And Delaware native Eric Davis, 21, who has been driving on the New England circuit debuted as trainer and driver last week at the Meadowlands with Arpeggio Hanover. HHYF is proud of these young men, just a few from the long list of individuals who got their first tastes of harness racing by attending HHYF summer programs. Is there someone in the business who you are proud of? There's no better way to honor him/her than by making a contribution to HHYF or perhaps you will include HHYF in your year-end giving? To make a donation, go to www.hhyf.org and hit the donate button, or you can send a check or money order to our current address, 217 East Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, 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. Keith Gisser

Pompano Beach, FL...December 11, 2017...A Go Fund Me page has been launched for the surviving daughters of harness racing trainer Paul Bernardo, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 65. Bernardo, a very well respected horseman at Pompano Park, Tioga Downs and Saratoga Raceway, had been in the midst of a very successful season at Pompano Park when he was stricken. Information on services for Bernardo are yet to be finalized, however, there will be a memorial event at Pompano Park along with a memorial mass and celebration of his life in his hometown of Granville, N.Y. There will be a private service and burial in Ottawa, Canada, as well. Bernardo is survived by his wife, Roxanne, daughters Joanna, 15, and Julia, 12, as well as sisters Kathryn Grabowski of Fairport, N.Y., Christine Pietryka of Bomoseen, VT. and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their children. Family and friends are invited to make a donation to the Go Fund Me page benefitting Paul's daughters  right here. John Berry

Batavia, NY---Jim Compton has been a respected western New York harness racing horseman for over 35 years. He trained, drove and bred many horses that are still remembered at his home tracks for their competitive nature and success. For his years of dedication to the sport, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the winner’s circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) during the 10th annual “Night of Distinction” awards ceremony. Compton’s full time job was working for General Motors in Rochester, but his passion was for harness racing. So in 1978 he started moonlighting at the farm of local driving legend Fred Haslip to learn the ins and outs of the business. After a few years he got his trainers license and in 1983 he drove his first race. Compton and his wife Sandra always ran a small but successful stable, racing horses like Sly Hi, No Parking Zone, Splurging Rita, Gasper Again and Held For Ransom, who won multiple Opens at Batavia Down, Vernon Downs and Buffalo Raceway en route to amassing 51 lifetime wins. When Held For Ransom’s career was over, Compton bred him to one of his race mares named Suspicious Burns and the result of that breeding was a horse named Michael Scores. Michael Scores was a New York Sires Stake star and rock-solid overnight campaigner for 11 years. He won 86 races and earned $668,079 lifetime without ever seeing the Grand Circuit. He set track records at Tioga Downs (1:50.4) and at Batavia Downs (1:52.1) when he won the 2006 Kane Memorial Pace. And he will always be remembered for his “intentionally parked out” style of racing. Compton’s numbers were not gaudy, however they were efficient. On the training side he had 578 wins out of 2,892 starts with $1.9 million in purses and a UTR of .337. As a driver he won 522 races out of 2,725 starts and made $1.13 million in purses and a UDR of .330. And all the horses he either trained or drove were 50% in the money over his entire career. Post time for Saturday night’s card is 6 p.m.   Tim Bojarski

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2017 — The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing race cards in 2018 — matching the total for 2017 — highlighted by the 52nd edition of the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on Saturday, July 28. The Meadows generally will offer live racing each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with first post usually at 1:05 PM. The season kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 2 and continues throughout the year with brief breaks in April/May, July/August and September. Adios Week begins Saturday, July 21, with eliminations for the Pace for the Orchids and includes a week of Grand Circuit harness racing action plus a variety of special events. The Adios Day card is set for 12 PM. Other highlights of the 2018 schedule: Each card will feature a $5,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Introduced in 2015, Pick 4 guarantees have proved extremely popular with players. The Meadows will offer live cards to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. These events begin at 11:25 AM and will include such festivities as the annual Kentucky Derby Hat contest. The schedule includes nine Friday “twilight” programs beginning at 5:30 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 11, 2017...Uncmprmising Z Tam, superbly handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (December 10), stopping the timer in 1:51.3 on a very coolish night in South Florida. The four year-old gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover took command in his first long stride off the starting gate wings and wired together panels of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.2 before a :28.1 finale put him 5 1/2 lengths ahead of Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey. Fritzie Pic Up Man, with Tom Jackson in his bike, finished third after enjoying a journey in the garden spot while Sir Mammo finished fourth. Dee's Rocketman, last in this classy octet most of the way, rallied to pick up the nickel. As the wings folded, Uncmprmising Z Tam rocketed off the wings and into the lead with Fritzie Pic Up Man also alert leaving but yielding for the two-hole trip. Meanwhile, Panocchio, assigned the outside post, was also on the prowl but unable to find a spot early, instead having to wend his way into third three-eighths into the mile. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Hennessey was on the prowl again, but a :27.3 backside quarter thwarted his attempt and he was three lengths away turning for home. In the lane, Uncmprmising Z Tam was on cruise control as he coasted under the line an easy winner. Said driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. after the race, "This horse is very handy. He can win on or off the pace on any given night when things go his way. I figured that if I left with him and got the early jump, I may get a pretty fair advantage on the field. "There might be a handful better, but maybe not three or four or five lengths better once we get going. "He raced great tonight...very proud of him.!" Trained by Jamie Macomber for the Z Tam Stables, Uncmprmising Z Tam won for the sixth time this year in 32 starts to vault his earnings to $88,790. Lifetime, the coming five year-old has $320,978 on his scorecard to go along with his 1:49.1 mark at Hoosier Park. As the even-money favorite on the tote-board, Uncmprmising Z Tam paid $4.20 to win. In the Super Hi-5 finale, Spirit Shadow, with Dave Ingraham handling the lines, sprung a 28 to 1 upset, keying a "Hi-5" finale payoff of $18,660.20 for the 20 cent investment. Racing continues at Pompano Park on a five-night-a-week schedule--Saturday through Wednesday--with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

The state Gaming Commission has once again voted to increase the share of a harness racing development fund that goes to Plainridge Park Casino. The casino, which runs harness racing during the spring and summer, will get 60 percent of the fund as opposed to the 55 percent it was receiving as the result of a 4-1 vote by the commission Thursday. When the casino first opened in 2015, it was only getting 25 percent and thoroughbred horse racing was getting 75 percent. But, the commission, based on the recommendation of a horse-racing committee, has been changing the split because there is virtually no thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts to share the fund since Suffolk Downs in Boston closed. The Plainville track operates more than 100 races per year. Eighty percent of the horse development fund is earmarked for purses — the winnings that go to horse owners and drivers. Plainridge contends the increased purses at its Route 1 track mean a higher quality of racing and owners reinvesting in the industry. Steve O’Toole of Plainridge said the 5 percent increase in Plainridge’s share “is obviously a good thing. It means purses will keep steady for the next year.” Revenue for the horse development fund comes from taxes on slot machines at Plainridge. The 49 percent tax is split by the state with 40 percent going toward local aid and 9 percent to the development fund. Plainridge has been paying more than $1 million a month into the fund from the 9 percent tax on slot machines. By Jim Hand Reprinted with permission of The Sun Chronicle

DAYTON, OH. – Despite a furious late rally by the Hoosier’s Sam Widger, who captured the final three heats of the six-race “Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driving Challenge”, the harness racing Buckeyes eeked out a 351-333 victory on Saturday night (Dec. 9) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   The Ohioans now enjoy a 2-1 edge, and ‘bragging rights’ for the next 12 months, after the third year of the annual contest.  Kayne Kauffman scored wins in the initial two legs and Dan Noble was victorious in the third division for the Buckeyes. Five of Hoosier Park’s top reinsmen and the top five dash winners in the current meet at Hollywood Dayton squared off in 10-horse fields.  The scoring system used was 30 points for a win, then 24-18-14-11-8-5-3-1-0 for second through tenth place finishes.  In addition to Widger, the Hoosiers were represented by Trace Tetrick, John DeLong, Ricky Macomber and Brandon Bates.  Kauffman was joined on the Buckeye squad by Josh Sutton, Dan Noble, Tyler Smith and Kyle Ater. Widger’s 122 point total was the best individual score, followed by Kauffman (115), Bates (69), Noble (63), Sutton and Smith (60 each), Tetrick 57,  Macomber and Ater (53 each) and DeLong (32). The competition produced a mix of favorites and longshots with the outcome hanging in the balance until the final strides of the final race.  Winning horses were Eight Seconds (1:55, $23.80), Brookstone (1:53.3, $XXXXX), Mike’s Hope (1:53.2, $8.80),  E R Rudy (1:53, $XXX), Ideal Kiss (1:53.3, $6.80) and Boys Round Here (1:51.4, $14.80). Hollywood Gaming provided $2500 in prize money for the Challenge with the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association chipping in $500.  For the third consecutive year the drivers on both squads agreed to donate the entire $3000 prize pool to worthwhile charities.  2017 recipients of $1500 each were Dayton Firefighters Local 136, who provides toys for needy children at Christmas; and Saint John The Baptist Church, who provides warm clothing to needy adults during the winter months. Gregg Keidel   

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