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East Rutherford, NJ ---Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna signed the ticket for the sales topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, and it won't take the trainer much time to get familiar with the horse. Alagna purchased Dr J Hanover for $280,000. Dr J Hanover, a 4-year-old gelded pacer, spent his first two years in Alagna's stable, winning eight of 19 races and earning $326,773. The majority of Dr J Hanover's success came last year at Yonkers Raceway, where he won six times. On the Grand Circuit, he finished third in the Messenger Stakes, Little Brown Jug, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. In addition, Alagna bought 4-year-old pacing stallion American Passport for $135,000. American Passport also raced in Alagna's stable at ages 2 and 3, winning five of 27 races and earning $314,656. The two horses were sold as part of dissolving partnerships. "Some partners wanted out, some wanted to stay in; we'll wait until the dust settles and see who's staying in," Alagna said. "It will be new partnerships put together for both horses." One of the new partners on both horses will be Canada's Brad Grant. "Brad and I have had great luck," Alagna said. "He bought Wake Up Peter from me, he bought Sandbetweenurtoes, Revenge Shark, Witch Dali; he's had a great run with horses that we've had. These fit what Brad is looking for. They'll be nice horses for the 4-year-old year." Dr J Hanover, named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms, was purchased as a yearling under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare So Perfect and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Alagna will target the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers for Dr J Hanover's first test. "He's back training," Alagna said. "We gave him a nice proper break, so he'll be ready for the Levy if everything goes well. We'll play it by ear. If he's getting beat up in the Levy we won't continue and we'll get him freshened up and get him ready for the 4-year-old restricted races. "With the way the races are, and the money they're going for at Yonkers, and if you have a horse that's a half-mile track specialist, why not? Dr J Hanover got so good on the half, and that made him a horse. You normally don't find that. He learned to leave the gate fast." American Passport is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Star Of The Show. He sold as a yearling for $29,000 under the name Rose Run Rascal at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother is a half-sister to both Ideal Treasure, who is the dam of 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, and stakes-winner Ideal Matters. The family also includes world champion Hit Parade. "I like his speed," Grant said. "He's a very fast horse. I think he's got a lot of upside ahead of him. He's lightly raced. I really think he's got a lot of racing ahead of him." Grant purchased last year's top seller at the January sale, trotter Lindy's Tru Grit, for $125,000. He also purchased then 3-year-old Easy Lover Hanover, who capped last season by winning the Progress Pace, for $70,000. "Brad's already got Easy Lover (Hanover)," Alagna said. "He's got (multiple) opportunities to race for good money in the 4-year-old restricted (races). We'll do the right thing and get American Passport ready for the 4-year-old year. I'm not going to rush him to be ready for the Levy because I don't think he's ready to do that yet. But he's got a lot of upside. "There are a lot of 4-year-old restricted races and then by midseason hopefully he can step up. There's no (Horse of the Year) Always B Miki, no Racing Hill, no Betting Line. You take a lot of horses out of the mix, so he's got a shot to make some serious money." A total of eight horses sold for at least $100,000 at this year's sale, compared to two horses last year. Following Dr J Hanover on the list was 4-year-old pacing stallion Gerries Sport, who was purchased for $145,000 by trainer Josh Green as agent. Last year, Gerries Sport won five of 20 races and earned $187,978 while racing for trainer Richard Moreau. He finished second to Betting Line in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. Multiple-stakes-winner Katies Rocker, a 4-year-old gelded pacer with $405,069 in career purses, sold for $140,000 to Howard Taylor. The horse raced for trainer Jim Campbell at ages 2 and 3. In addition to the eight horses to top $100,000 this year, 4-year-old pacer Western Fame and 4-year-old trotter Lagerfeld were each hammered down for more than $200,000, but neither reached his reserve price. Cinamony, a 6-year-old mare pacer, was the top seller among the ladies, going for $90,000 to Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm. Mullen plans to breed the mare, who won 25 of 89 races and earned $532,404 in her career. Cinamony is a half-sister to stakes-winner Fear The Dragon and her second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Mattaroni. "She had a good record and she was racy looking," Mullen said. "Mattaroni is a pretty nice family." Below are the top sellers from Monday's sale. Horse--Sire-Dam--Buyer--Consignor--Price Dr J Hanover (4gp) - Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$280,000 Gerries Sport (4hp) - Mach Three-Perfect Sport-Josh Green, agent-Northwood Bloodstock-$145,000 Katies Rocker (4gp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Just Wait Kate-Howard Taylor-Peninsula Farm, agent-$140,000 American Passport (4hp) - American Ideal-Star Of The Show-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$135,000 Bentley Spur (5gt) - SJ's Caviar-Sweetie Spur-Richard Banca-Northwood Bloodstock-$135,000 Missile J (4gp) - American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter-Scott DiDomenico-Preferred Equine, agent-$115,000 Rodeo Romeo (5hp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Southwind Vanna-Chris Ryder, agent-Preferred Equine, agent-$110,000 Voracity (4gp) - Sportswriter-Lu Lu Q-Burke Racing-Preferred Equine, agent-$105,000 Cinamony (6mp) - Art Official-Armbro Cinnamon-Mark Mullen-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Latest Desire (7gp) - Real Desire-Latest Design-Virgil Morgan Jr.-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Bettor Rock On N (8gp) - Bettor's Delight-Jingle Belle Rock-William Hartt-Preferred Equine, agent-$85,000 Fine Diamond (4hp) - Rock N Roll Heaven-Yellow Diamond-S. Descheneaut-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Newcastle (5gt) - Cantab Hall-Blushed-Cad Gregory-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Elliesjet N (7mp) - Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose-Chad Foulk-Northwood Bloodstock-$70,000 Tipitina (7mp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly-Rene Allard-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 The Rock (5gp) - Sportswriter-Shy Ticket-Tyler Buter-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 Complete results of the sale are available at Ken Weingartner

Pompano Beach, FL...January 16, 2017...The nine year-old Revenue S gelding My Revenuer proved he's not so "Over-The-Hill" as he captured his fourth straight win in Pompano Park's "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot for harness racing eight year-olds and up. Driven by Brad Kramer for owner-trainer Tom Petri, My Revenuer wired together three identical panels of :28.4 to kick things off before a closing panel of :29 sealed the deal as he crossed the line in 1:55.2, pinning a 4¼ length defeat on the late charging 13 year-old gelding Rush N Supreme, handled by Mitchell "Sky" Walker. Ramzan, with Andy Santeramo controlling the lines, was third after a brief first up bid on the backside while PC's Wildcard, prominent through the mile, wound up fourth and last in the quartet. After the race, the soft-spoken Kramer said, "talk about a gamer, this one is all gamer. The first time I drove him this meet he had the nine post and made a break leaving but he recovered to get a check, so he showed me something that night. "Since then, he's been very sharp winning four of his last five--now five of this last six after tonight. "Ya know, he can really cover some ground from off the pace but, last week, I wanted to get him in the game early from an outside post and he proved to me that he can race any way. "Tonight, in the short field, and since Tom (trainer Petri) has him so sharp, I thought I'd get him to the top and he was solid all the way, never let up a step until it was all over!" "The only thing I would like to change on him is the owner...because I'd like to own him. He's a great old bird." My Revenuer won for the 31st time during his career spanning 180 starts pushing his lifetime bounty to $237,059. Off officially at 1 to 10, My Revenuer paid $2.20 to win. The win for Kramer, incidentally, pushed his lifetime total to 7,983--only 17 away from the coveted 8,000 milestone. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Tater Twister seeking his fourth consecutive win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Despite being assigned the outside seven post, Tater Twister has been installed as the 5 to 2 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Mike Simons, handling the lines for trainer Mike Murphy. Pompano Park will also offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, which carries a minimal takeout of 12%. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

LEBANON, OH. - Another pair of "Claim To Fame" series kicked off on the Monday (Jan. 16) afternoon harness racing matinee at Miami Valley Raceway, with first leg action for both $8000 claiming trotters and $8000 mare pacers in two divisions each. Both winning trotters were heavy favorites that set sail from the coveted inside 'rail' post position, and both had new owners via the claim box when the dust settled. On the distaff pacing side, a couple relative longshots prevailed that will race for the same connections in leg two when all the combatants will carry 25% higher tags. P L Incoming (Trace Tetrick, $2.40 to win) won the quickest division for squaregaiters, trotting to a 1:56.2 triumph over Hermosa (Chris Page) and Vicki All (Jeremy Smith). It was the eighth career win for the 5-year-old Kadabra gelding who entered the fray under the tutelage of trainer Tyler George, but exited into the care of trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Ima Gold Digger N (Jeremy Smith, $3.00) trotted to an impressive 1:58.2 score for red-hot trainer Rob Zink, topping Jessica Lar Bar (Andy Shetler) and More Than Likely (Kyle Wilfong). The 12-year-old New Zealand foaled trotter won for the 39th time in his career with career bounty now better than $380,000. He'll make his next start from out of the Jeff Nisonger Stable. Flying Crystal (John DeLong) tallied over Casa Miasa (Mike Oosting) and ER Lila (Trace Tetrick) in 1:56, returning $17.60 to her backers. The 6-year-old Dontgetinmyway lass had a very good 2016 season for owner-trainer Art Gregory Jr. with 10 wins and $46,380 in earnings and looks to repeat in 2017. As Seely Promised (1:55.2, $20.00) headed Prosper (Trace Tetrick) and Lex (Kyle Wilfong) to the finish line following a second tier start in the second distaff division, scoring for the 30th time in her career. The 9-year-old mare, who hails from the Barry Langley barnj, stamped herself as a strong contender when the lucrative championship final goes to post in two weeks. The last two of seven "Claim To Fame" series will get underway on Tuesday afternoon with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Female pacers will launch in a pair of $12,500 claiming divisions; while four splits will go postward of $8000 male claiming pacers. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del.--- Quick Shot won the fastest in 1:50.4 with People Are Crazy, the second, of the Dr. M.L. King Jr. harness racing co-feature races on Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts teamed with Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot to score a lifetime best 1:50.4 victory in the first of two Male paces. Leading though-out the five-year-old Art Major-Cannae Cindy gelding was chased home by DCs Better Life (Russ Foster), second, and Extreme Machine N (Allan Davis), third. Vic Kirby won his fourth of the day steering People Are Crazy home in 1:52.3 in the other division. Gratian Hanover (Tony Morgan) closed to finished second in front of Up And Away ( Jim Morando), the show horse. The two current red-hot driver of the meet, first place Vic Kirby and his closest challenger, Corey Callahan, had four winners apiece. Montrell Teague won a pair. ENHANCE YOUR MIND AFTER 4TH STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Streaking Enhance Your Mind steps up into $20,000 Mares Open Handicap seeking her fourth consecutive win on Tuesday, Jan. 17at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Enhance Your Mind, owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, with meet leading driver Vic Kirby at the controls, has shown she can front-pace or come from behind while at the Winners-Over level, she now steps up to meet the top distaffs at the track. L&L Stables’ Velocity Lana and driver Yannick Gingras has been right there with two seconds and a third in recent starts but drew the rail this week with Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons’ sharp B Stern with Montrell Teague alongside. Owner-trainer Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie and Ross Wolflenden, won last week after three consecutive second-place finishes. Highly touted Lightning Mach N won her first three starts since arriving from Down Under. She was a beaten favorite finishing third a half-length off in her last start. The talented Nat A Virgin, reined by Corey Callahan raced well from post 9  last time and was a half-length from victory racing for J&TSilva and Robert Cooper stables. Hard-hitting Scandalicious, owned by JFE Enterprises, will be driven by Tony Morgan, from post 8.     There is an excellent supporting card on the all-female Tuesday program.  Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2017 -- Believeinthespirit followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to pull off a 28-1 harness racing shocker in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Believeinthespirit was sixth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano swung him into the cover flow behind the first-over Gokudo Hanover. The 6-year-old Art Major-Spirit Of The West gelding roared past Gokudo Hanover in mid-stretch and held off the rallying Kingofthejungle to prevail by a neck in 1:52.2. Easy Again closed well for show. Mike Dowdall trains Believeinthespirit, who extended his career bankroll to $190,367, for Keith Pippi. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, while Aaron Merriman enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...January 15, 2017...For the ninth time in 10 tries since his return to harness racing at Pompano Park, Panocchio won the top pace on Sunday night (January 15)--the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. The seven year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, handled again by Wally Hennessey and assigned the outside post in his quintet, zoomed out of the gate into the lead before yielding to Drachan Hanover (John MacDonald) at the opener in :26.3. A stride of two later, Panocchio brushed up to regain the top spot and carded subsequent panels of :55.1 and 1:24.1 before a :28 finale sealed the deal by 1 ¾ lengths over the late charging Bluehourpower (Corey Braden). Legal Spike (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) finished another neck back in third while Fritzie Pic Up Man garnered fourth money. Drachan Hanover picked up the nickel. After the event, Hennessey, once again, had high praise for Panocchio saying, "Jim (trainer Mattison) and his wife, Vicki, keep this horse in such great condition week after week. It's just amazing that he can keep sharp for this extended period of time...just amazing. "He just does what he has to do to win. Being 'handicapped' with the outside post when it's the five post actually helps this horse as he is ready to go when the gate springs. "He got to the top easily enough and, when MacDonald came at me, I thought it best to let him go and retake, hoping that I wouldn't get in a war with him since his horse missed last week. "When we got to the half in a reasonable (:55.1), we didn't really have any threats on the backside, although I did give him one tap to keep him interested. When we hit the third quarter in 1:24.1, I was confident he could get home." In keeping his 2017 record unblemished--now 3-for-3--Panocchio sent his seasonal bounty to $18,000 and $415,368 career-wise with 51 wins, including the track record at Pompano in 1:48.3 for Emile Johnson, Jr., who co-owns with trainer Jim Mattison. Off at a dime-to-a-dollar in the betting, Panocchio paid $2.20 to win. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Mystic Desire, handled by Aaron Byron, stopped the clock in 1:50.4 to score his initial win of the year in just two starts. The classy nine year-old son of Real Desire used that coveted five post to push the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and scorched panels of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:22 before stepping home in :28.4 to seal the issue over the late charging Respectable Dream (Rick Plano) with First Of Itskind (Tom Jackson) a stout closing third after trailing throughout the first five-eighths of the journey. The Optimist finished fourth while Duc Dorleans picked up the minor award in the field of six. Trained by Don Campbell for owner Tony Maione, Mystic Desire won for the 39th time in his stories career with his earnings vaulting to $843,851. As the 6 to 5 favorite on the tote-board, Mystic Desire paid $4.60 to win. Also, Wally Hennessey was honored as the leading driver during the 2015-2016 season. Hennessey claimed the title with 224 driving wins during the 126 night racing season. Hennessey also leads this year's driving colony at Pompano Park with 122 wins over the first 52 nights of the 2016-2017 season. Racing continues on Monday night with My Revenuer seeking his fourth straight win in the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot. The nine year-old gelded son of Revenue S will have Brad Kramer in the bike for owner-trainer Tom Petri. The million dollar quintet of eight year-olds and up are responsible 150 lifetime wins. The Monday card also features a Pick-6 carryover of $1,113 and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 Pool. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                  

LEBANON, OH. - Longshots prevailed in the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $30,000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Three divisions of ten horses went to the gate chasing first leg purses of $25,000 and earnings towards a spot in the $37,500 (est.) harness racing final in two weeks. $2 win ticket payoffs in the three highly-competitive divisions were $32.20, $75.00 and $8.40. Cosmicpedia (Kayne Kauffman) copped the first heat in 1:54, topping Stormy West (Tyler Smith) and Prince Bayard (Chris Page). The 9-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark, dispatched at odds of 15-1, now sports 29 career wins and over $340,000 in lifetime earnings. He is owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and conditioned by Walter Haynes Jr. Speed Trap (Mike Oosting) upset Sir Mammo (Randy Tharps) and Rocknroll Jewel (Jason Brewer) in 1:53.3, despite going off at odds of 36-1. Owner Perry Smith has entrusted the training of the 6-year-old son of United Ace to Steve Bauder since sending the horse to Ohio. The gelding now has 13 wins and almost $225,000 on his card. Sonofa Sizzle (Kayne Kauffman) captured the quickest division, topping Dalhousie Dave (Simon Allard) and Rock Out (Tyler Smith) in 1:53.1. Still a stud, the 5-year-old son of Life Sizzles has accumulated 17 wins and over $300,000 in his relatively short career. Danny Dubeansky is his trainer for owner Carl Atley. While there were five successful claims in the first leg of the $30,000 series, none of the three winners changed hands via the claim box. Next week all entrants will carry a base $37,500 tag. The nine finalists the third week, when there will be no claiming, will be those horses with the most earnings in the first two legs. Ties for the final spot(s) will be broken by a random draw by the judges. Racing resumes Monday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Featured will be first leg "Claim To Fame" action for both $8000 pacing mares and $8000 trotters, each in two divisions. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 15, 2017- Harness racing favored Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno, $3.50) did not disappoint Sunday afternoon, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. Forwardly-placed from post position No. 6, in his featured trot debut (three of the 11 starters broke early), Rubber Duck was actually beaten to the early punch. Red Hot Herbie, starting directly outside of 'Duck,' had the first lead before yielding to the subject of this story. Rubber Duck made his lead just at a :29.4 opening quarter-mile, then rated a :59.3 half and 1:29.2 three-quarters. There was a minimal challenge from Luck O The Irish (Matt Kakaley) going toward the 1:58.2 milepost, but Rubber Duck disposed that and opened a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. He widened in the lane, defeating 'Herbie' by 2¼ lengths in 2:27.3 for the mile-and-a-quarter. Lily's Swan Pond (George Brennan), Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For Rubber Duck, a now-5-year-old son of Muscle Mass co-owned by Albertans Blair and Erna Corbeil and trained by Richard Johnson, he's won both of his season starts. The exacta paid $17.80, the triple returned $65.50 and the superfecta paid $405. Sunday's Pick 5 wager, beginning with a double-carryover of $6,426.84, attracted $11,029 of fresh investments. The winning quintet (1/2/2/7/3) returned $14,698.75 for the single winning half-a-buck selector. Sunday also offered the first 'New York, New York Double' of the season, with the winning combination of 5-Lockdown (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 1-Lo Rail Crossing (Yonkers' 6th race) returning $14.70 for every correct $1 wager (total pool $6,553) Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del...Gratian Hanover, 1:50.3 winner last week leads one of two Male pace harness racing co-features on the Dr. M.L. King Holiday card, Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Tony Morgan will again drive Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover who took the lead after the quarter and cruised to victory a week ago. Two other starters won their previous outing as well. Barry Rubinstein Farms' Cheyenne Jeffrey closed with a rush to an easy win with Ross Wolfenden in the bike and George&Tina Dennis' All Star Preview from post 8 with Art Stafford Jr. driving. Former track champion, $1-million winner Nova Artist handled by Allan Davis gets a big post change moving from the outside to the rail. Also with an inside post Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy and Vic Kirby should be tough from post 2. Skyway Gladiator, leased by driver Mike Rossi, Jim, Phil Mango and driver Bryan Truitt's Bobbies Power Play are fast leavers and should be contenders. Russ Foster will drive Bob Coryea's I Wanna Go Fast completes the lineup. George&Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables' Roddy's Hot Again (Kirby), won his previous start in the eight horse field. Quick Shot, steady this meet though without a win for owner-trainer Kathleen Brewer cannot be overlooked. Forget an unfortunate break at the start should be dismissed this week for owner-trainer Bob Stevenson's Singing Saint (Morgan). CTC Stable's Zoeez Boy Henry.(Corey Cllahan) drew the rail. Heather Malone's DCs Better Life (Russ Foster) finished well last start. In Treatment, owned trained and driven by Ross Wolfenden, is due for improvement, Idealbeach Hanover (Jim Morand), makes his second start for owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing while Jeff and Dave Clark's Extreme Machine N (Allan Davis) drew outside post 8 for the second straight time Streaking Enhance Your Mind, Sweet Bobbie and Lightning Mach N match strides in the $20,000 Mares Open a hard hitting Tuesday feature race. 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 acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

BEDFORD PA – The annual Pennsylvania Fair Harness Racing awards banquet was held on Saturday (January 14) in this southwest PA town, with the top performers receiving awards and generous sponsors continuing to make this PA Fair banquet one of the best values in harness racing (ticket price = $40; value of doorprizes divided by number of attendees = $65) through the hard work of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Shawn Johnston, a 24-year-old driver who had posted 30 victories in limited chances during his first six years of driving, showed rapid development this summer with 37 sulky triumphs to rank fourth on the fair circuit, earning the second Walter “Boots” Dunn Memorial Rising Star Award. Boots had presented the first Rising Star Award to Brady Brown in one of his last public appearances before his passing early in 2016; this year, Brown and Boots’s daughter Lisa Dunn conferred the honor to Johnston. “Boots was someone around here always admired,” Johnston noted. “And he drove horses for my grandparents. When we would talk, he might say something about learning driving – ‘Be more patient with a trotter’ – but we also talked about the horses he remembered driving for my grandparents.” The Pa Fair Circuit’s “Blues Brothers,” driver Chris and trainer Jason Shaw (so named because of their colors), earned the Top Gun Awards during the 2016 fair season, as Chris posted 65 sulky victories and Jason harnessed 57 winners circle visitors to lead their fellow horsemen in the winning column. Also honored were the divisional pointwinners during the 20-stop fair circuit, and those horses who visited Victory Lane after winning in October 8’s PA Fair Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadows: POINT WINNERS 2TC – Toolbox Tuesday, owned by Roger Hammer and Vicki Fair 2TF – No Not Yet, owned by Dr. William Solomon 2PC – Marvalous Artist, Roger Hammer and Vicki Fair 2PF – Camera Lady, owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York (the top pointwinner in all classes)   3TC – Major Matter, owned by Rick and Regina Beinhauer 3TF – A Little Laid Back, owned by Roger Hammer (won her point championship at 2 and 3) 3PC – Star Of Terror, owned by Fortunate One LLC 3PF – Unbeamlieveable, owned by Mason Shaw during the fair season (top pointwinner of 2 and 3)   CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2TC – Photo Bomber, owned by Tony and Linda Schadel 2TF – All Set Lets Go, owned by the McMullen Stable LLC 2PC – Cruiserwillwin, owned by Todd and Christine Schadel 2PF – Gemalous, owned by Mason Shaw   3TC – Shady McCoy, owned by Dave and Delores Wade 3TF – Waterview Hanover, owned by Susan Daugherty (only the third fair filly to win both of her Championships in the 20-year history of the Fair Finals, following trotter Rosebud Sioux in 2004-2005 and pacer Big City Hanover in 2006-2007) 3PC – Captain Dinger, owned by James Dodson and Ron Lineweaver 3PF – Unbeamlieveable, sold to Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi LLC before the Championship (the only 2016 point champion to also win the divisional Championship.) Jerry Connors

BEDFORD PA – District 7 (Pennsylvania) of the United States Trotting Association held its annual meeting on Saturday (January 14) at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in this city in the southwest corner of the Keystone State, the hometown of District Chairman Sam Beegle. Fellow directors Russell Williams and Rich Gillock, along with USTA CEO/VP Mike Tanner, were also present and helpful in discussions at the well-attended meeting. In polling attendees about the USTA proposed rule changes, so that the Pennsylvania directors can represent the opinions of its membership at the USTA annual meeting, starting on February 26 in Las Vegas, the following were the membership opinions: (Dead Heat language) – Rejected. (Driver Insurance by Racetrack) – Rejected. (Outrider) – Rejected. (Mile rate in program) – Rejected. (Symbol for 2nd tier starter) – Accepted. (15YOs in amateur races) – Rejected. (Purse Distribution) – Rejected. (% of trainer/driver % to retired horses) – Rejected. (Qualifiers from 60 days to 30 days) – Rejected, with one dissenting vote. (Omitted horse drawn, others out one PP) – Rejected. (Breaker must go outside or inside) – Accepted. (Specific pylon violation standards) – Accepted, with one dissenting vote. (Appeal / objection relationship) – Tabled, and asked to be reworded. (Registration without owner’s signature) – Accepted. (Delete “spayed or neutered”) – Accepted. (Register foal online) -- Withdrawn / moot with passage of #14. a. (Letters/spaces in names from 18 to 20) – Accepted. b. (Disallowing former names) – Rejected.         18. (Definition of “outstanding”) – Accepted.         19.-28. (RUS rules) – Tabled; no RUS racing in Pennsylvania.         29. (Movement after allowing tuck) – Rejected.         30. (Track Directors) – Accepted.         31. (Term lengths for Directors) – Rejected.         32. (Language housekeeping) – Accepted. The other major topic discussed at the meeting was the first of a set of revisions in the funding of fair racing in Pennsylvania. Saturday’s discussion focused on the initial item for which a framework had been reached, a revamping of the Fair Sire Stakes, which were strengthened by the PA Breeders giving a portion of their revenue stream to these PA-sired races. There will be an “A” and a “B” division in the Fair Sire Stakes for the first time, the latter in large part to replace the Quaker State races, which had no assured source of funding. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer, whose departmental portfolio oversees harness racing, gave a broad overview of the proposed and possible future restructurings of fair funding that will allow Fair Sire Stake purses to increase and also shore up funding in administrative areas. Questions were asked about the developing program, specifically the Fair Sire Stakes proposal; as much information as could be was imparted to the gathering, with the prospect of further discussion likely this Thursday, with the annual Fair Sire Stakes meeting at the Pennsylvania Fair Convention in Hershey PA. Jerry Connors

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 14, 2017) - Jim Marohn, Jr. and Brett Miller stole the show on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, but when the 13-race harness racing program concluded, the final tally read Marohn - 5 and Miller - 4. "These are the types of nights you dream about having when you race at the Meadowlands," said Marohn, who won four races in one night at the Big M last September. "It looked like I had some horses in good spots tonight and it was very satisfying that they raced up to their abilities. It always helps to have some good horsepower." Marohn's five wins were highlighted by an upset win by The Rock in the $15,000 featured pace. The Rock paid $19.80 to win and was the only double-digit win payout of the night. In the feature, Parnu Hanover took over from Elrama after a 27.1 first quarter and continued to front the field through three quarters in 1:23.2 as he looked to win his second straight with Marcus Miller. As the field straightened into the stretch, Marohn tipped The Rock four-wide and won by a length despite drifting slightly. The Rock is owned by Travis Henry and trained by Andrew Harris, but is consigned to Monday's Tattersalls Mixed Sale as hip 224 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Meadowlands back paddock. "He raced giant tonight," explained Marohn, who won three of his five races on Saturday for trainer Patti Harmon. "He exploded when I pulled him off a helmet. Andrew told me he was coming into this race sharp so I drove him with confidence." Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,802,711 which was nearly flat compared to last year's comparable card that included 14 races. The Pick Five that included $10,000 in seed money from the Meadowlands returned $178.70 and attracted a total pool of $77,301. Matt Zlotkowski won Saturday's World Harness Handicapping Contest qualifying tournament at the Meadowlands. He turned his $100 bankroll into $630 to top the field and earn a spot into April's $50,000 Final. Live racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 14, 2017- Roland N Rock and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton launched a decisive backside move Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth-from assigned post position No. 2-among the half-dozen, Roland N Rock watched as 11-10 choice Limelight Beach (George Brennan) made the lead around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). Early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 57 seconds should have served the leader well, but alas, nope. Roland N Rock moved at the leader by the 1:25.1 three-quarters, meeting no pushback whatsoever. 'Roland' opened a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held off the rival he dragged in-a last-early Blood Brother (Scott Zeron)-by a neck in 1:53.1. P H Supercam was a trapped third, with Sports Bettor (Dan Dube) and Somewhere Fancy (Matt Kakaley) rounding out the payees. Limelight Beach retreated to last. For second choice Roland N Rock, a now-5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Connie & Duane Roland trained by Rob Harmon, it was a season-debuting victory and it was win 39 from 71 lifetime starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple returning $319.50. Saturday's Pick 5 wager did not get hit, so Sunday's gimmick begins with a double-carryover of $6,426.84 (50-cent base wager, races 6 through 10). Reminder first post for the 'French' 10-race card is 11:30 AM. Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - Repeat feature race winners have become the order of the day at Miami Valley Raceway this weekend. Meadowbrookthunder copped his second straight $22,000 Open Pace victory on Saturday night (Jan. 14), following the lead of Noone To Depend On, who captured the $22,000 Miami Valley Distaff Open on Friday. Both were recent acquisitions by their respective stables and have stepped up their game for their new harness racing connections. Driver Trace Tetrick opted to allow a pair of other impressive opponents, Mykindachip and Fancy Creek Elusiv to lead the field to the quarter, despite starting from the coveted No. 1 post position. Following a relatively pedestrian :28.2 opening panel, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was launched first-over-a position he maintained until wearing down the aforementioned pacesetters in mid-stretch. Trainer Steve Carter co-owns the winner in partnership with Peggy Carter. For Trace Tetrick, the feature race triumph was his fourth on the night as the 30-year-old Hoosier Park driving champion solidified his third place standing in the early stages of the Miami Valley dash derby. Four divisions of $20,000 claimers also went postward in the first leg of their divisional "Claim To Fame" late-closing series. Although there were ten horses claimed during the evening, only one of the winners will have new connections if entered in the second leg. Perrito Caliente (Sam Widger), a 1:53.4 winner that returned a $6.20 win mutuel, entered the Joe Paver Stable via the claim box. The other first-leg series winners were Frankandjoanne (1:53.1, $7.80), longshot Supreme Z Tam (1:54.2, $91.80) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:52.3, $5.60). Claiming prices increase by 25% in the second preliminary leg as the 40 nominees battle for a spot in the $32,500 (est.) championship final. A "Claim To Fame" series for $30,000 claimers will highlight the Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley. Thirty hopefuls will start in a trio of divisions each racing for $25,000 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 Super High Five total pool guarantee on Monday harness racing program (January 16th). Offered in Race 13, the $25,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,847.88. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratlif

DOVER, Del. ---- Some 300 horsemen, legislators, including the newly elected governor of Delaware John Carney and friends of harness racing turned out for the 19th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards-Dinner at the Modern Maturity Center, in Dover, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Preceded by the annual DSOA mid-day meeting, festivities began with an early evening cocktail hour, Again this year, Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video of high spots of her weekly Post Parade programs seen during the year Sundays and rebroadcast Mondays on WBOC TV. During this year's review of the highlights of the 2016 racing season featuring top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. The banquet also featured a silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a Not-for Profit organization which provides a residence and care for retired horses. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list included Governor-elect John Carney; Lt. Governor-elect Bethan Hall-Long; Delaware State Senator Gary Simpson and State Legislative Representatives Gerald Brady, William Carson, Ronald Gray, Harvey Kenton, John Kowlaka, Bobby Outten, Trey Paradee, Charles Postles, Dave Wilson and Lyndon Yearick. Among the attendees were Delaware Harness Racing Commission Executive Director Mark Davis; Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Administrator Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund; Michael Scuse, Acting Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Commission Chair Beth Steele. Also present were USTA District -11 Directors, Dr.William Moffett (chairman) Russell MacKinnon and John Hensley, Harness Horse International president Tom Luchento and the DSOA board of directors - president Andy Markano, Brenda Bramble, 1st vice president, George Dennis, Frank Deliberti, treasurer, Frances West, secretary and Sal DiMario, executive director. DSOA directors include, Victor Kirby, Russell MacKinnon, Dr. William Moffett, 2nd vice president, Presley Moore, treasurer, Frances West, secretary and George Teague, Jr., Max Walton and Valerie Warnick, Sal DiMario, DSOA Executive Director and his office staff Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson along with Daniel Camac. Ralph Holloway and Presley Moore, all directors emeritus. Also among the dignitaries were members of the media, Harry Farrow, former owner, publisher, writer of the Harrington Journal newspaper. DSOA 2015-16 award winners: The 5th annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to Russell Foster, one of the sport's rising stars. A DSOA Special Appreciation Award presented to Delaware Senate Minority Leader, senator Gary F. Simpson DSOA Special Recognition Award: George Teague Jr, Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC's Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis, driven by Montrell Teague and caretaker Mike Tyson. Another DSOA Special Recognition Award: Frank Chick's Roaring To Go, owner Frank Chick, trainer Kevin Lare. Again this year, there were six James T. Case Jr. $1,000 Scholarships awarded, in memory of the longtime DSOA President. 2016 DSOA Horses Honored: Dover Downs Horse of the Meet- Leah and Darrell Lewis' Northern Rocknroll, trained by Darrell Lewis Trotter of the Meet-Michael Casalino Jr.'s Tough Mac, trained by Dylan Davis Claimer of the Meet- Thomas Lazzaro's Rocknroll Jewell, trained by Dylan Davis Harrington Raceway Horse of the Meet - JoAnn Looney-King's Purrfect Bags, trained by Jim King Jr. Trotter of the Meet - James Moore III's Royal Becca J, trained by Jack Parker Jr. Claimer of the Meet - Elizabeth Brittingham's Sir Jonathan Z Tam, trained by Don Brittingham 2-Year-Olds: Trotters, (filly) Luv Is Blind (colt) Master Clave; Pacers - Henry The Dragon (colt); (filly)Logan's Girl 3-Year-Olds: Trotters, (filly) Epic Smash (colt) Seafood Scrappy; Pacers - (filly) Apple Bottom Jeans (colt),Next Success Broodmares of the Year: Quick Question, Pacing Mare; Giant Smash, Trotting Mare A highly successful silent auction of harness memorabilia to benefit Horse Lovers United under the supervision of its founder, Lorraine Truitt, was supported for the care for horses whose racing careers had ended. 2016 Special Recognition Award to Wiggle It Jiggleit (The People's Horse) And pacer Roaring To Go Again this year a handsome-colored booklet containing all awards winning horses and owners was given to all attendees. Following award presentations - Mike Hines and The Look, provided musical entertainment. Marv Bachrad

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