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Sunday afternoon marked the start of the 77th harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The matinee card was highlighted by a co-feature with the $12,000 Open Trot and the equally pursed Open Pace featured. The Amanda Facin-trained Ulster (Glidemaster) kicked off his 2018 campaign just like he ended his '17 season, with a win in the Open Trot. In fact, Ulster ended last year on a three race win streak, including successive victories in the trotting feature. On Sunday, driver Jay Randall sat patiently with Ulster before making his move around the final turn with the seven year old highstepper. Ulster came on to win in 1:57.1 at odds of 7-2 as his streak move to four. The co-featured Open Pace went to Do Over Hanover (Western Ideal), who powered past his rivals in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:54 with Billy Dobson in the sulky. The Rene Allard-trained Do Over Hanover was a winning machine in 2017 when he prevailed 15 times in 29 starts and already has a pair of victories in '18 after scoring in January at Yonkers. The afternoon card was one of four matinee programs to be contested in February at the Spa with a Monday President's Day card of eleven races on tap. Live racing continues on Monday with a 12:15pm start to the matinee program. Mike Sardella

LEBANON, OH. - After near misses in four consecutive recent starts in Miami Valley's weekly Open Trot, harness racing driver John DeLong was on a mission Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) with 6-year-old Walter White. After springing off the starting gate into an immediate lead, DeLong and Walter White played "catch me if you can" with seven talented foes, but none of them could. Coasting through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:25.4, the winner maintained a one to two length lead throughout, tacking on a :28.4 closing quarter to post a relatively easy 1:54.3 triumph. Cantab Lindy (Tyler Smith) parlayed a pocket ride into a runnerup finish, while Deep Question (Tony Hall) benefitted from an inside post and forward ground-saving position to grab the show dough. Sandys Victory (Kyle Ater), last week's gate-to-wire winner, was forced to try the overland route the final four furlongs and rallied to finish fourth. Jim Eaton trains Walter White, who now boasts 17 career wins and close to $400,000 in earnings for owner Robert Silberberg. Patrons who backed Walter White received $8.20 returns on their $2 win tickets. The exacta returned $27.20 and a correct 50-cent trifecta kicked back $91.05. Note to horsemen: In an effort to fill the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late closer, the entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday morning (Feb. 21), the day of the draw for the first leg on Monday, Feb. 26. Series conditions have been altered slightly to read: Non-winners of 4 (Mares 5) pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime. If enough nominations are still not received, the race will be contested as a single overnight event for a $12,000 purse. Gregg Keidel

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Due to an intense snow storm that made for poor track conditions and extremely poor visibility, harness racing at the Meadowlands was canceled after the third race Saturday night. Racing will resume at the Big M Friday night at 6:35 p.m. Yonkers cancels also A persistent snowfall and an unplayable track forced Yonkers Raceway to cancel Saturday’s night (Feb. 17th) program after two races. Note that the first Pick 3 (races 2 through 4) paid the first winner (No. 1) and two ‘alls,’ returning $3.20 for every correct $2 wager Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday night (Feb. 19th) with a first post of 6:50 PM.

LEBANON, OH. - Saturday night's $24,000 Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley unfolded just as expected with Night Pro (Dale Decker) exploding to the front and polesitter Heza Thrill N (Trace Tetrick) settling snuggly into the pocket. Following a rather pedestrian :28.2 opening quarter mile (despite a sloppy track), Starlite Kid (Dan Noble) mounted a challenge on the outside and lapped in on the leader at the :56.4 midway station. Positions remained unchanged during a speedy :27.1 third split before Starlite Kid faded just enough to allow Heza Thrill N to angle from the pocket at the head of the stretch. Taking full advantage of the ground and energy saving trip, the 9-year-old New Zealand bred son of Christian Cullen easily zoomed by for an open lengths 1:52 tally, his first in four tries in 2018. Heza Thrill N is trained by Tyler George for owner Majs NY Inc. It was the 32nd victory in his career and pushed his lifetime earnings over the $300,000 plateau. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with 2:05 p.m. matinees on each afternoon. Gregg Keidel  

East Rutherford, NJ - Rockin Ron is back in town and the $20,000 Preferred Pace just got a lot tougher on Saturday at The Meadowlands.   The millionaire son of Real Desire was as good as any and better than most FFA pacers last summer, amassing over $500,000 in earnings while winning several top class Grand Circuit events and taking a 1:47.2 mark at Mohawk along the way.   Now embarking on his 2018 campaign, Rockin Ron qualified in a sharp 1:52.3 with a 26.1 final quarter last week, He begins from a handicapped outside post 7 for Yannick Gingras on Saturday. Ron Burke trains for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stable.   Tim Tetrick is in for the night and has the drive on race favorite Christen Me N, who was a winner in his last Meadowlands appearance two months ago. He's had a brief freshening and one under his belt coming in to Saturday's race for trainer Jim King, Jr and owner Richard Poillucci. That combination has an interesting prospect in the opener where they'll send recent import Shartin N out against the evening's top pacing mare class.   In the building there is another World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier and the usual array of guaranteed pools along with a six figure carry-over in the Jackpot Super Hi-5. Free program pages may be downloaded for the Late Pick 4 and Hi-5.   Come on out and win some cash. Post time is 6:35 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

STICKNEY, IL - Harness racing driver Ryan Anderson, a native of Crete , Illinois , scored his 3,000th victory on Friday night at Hawthorne Race Course. Anderson 's victory came in the sixth race, driving Jeff R Halas' Olivia V. who is trained by Tim S. Hall The 37-year-old Anderson started his career in 1998. Through the start of racing on Friday, Ryan has driven 22,177 horses, In addition to his 3,000 winners, he has finished second 2,716 times and third 2,677. His drives have earned in excess of $28,000,000. His biggest year came in 2007 when he won 497 of 3,043 races, with purses earned of $3,692,762. That earnings total narrowly beat his 2006 total when his drives earned $3,644,936, winning 466 of 3,005 races. He was 20 when he drove Popcorn Penny in the Breeders' Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk in October of 2000. He was the youngest, at that time, to ever win a Breeders' Crown race. He also trained 160 winners as well. Mandatory Payout on Jackpot High 5 Saturday at Hawthorne After carrying over throughout the course of the winter harness meet, the Jackpot High 5 at Hawthorne will have a mandatory payout on Saturday night.  The High 5 carryover has grown to $204,195 and will be paid out on the final race Saturday.  The ninth race past performances are available online at the United States Trotting Association website for free in the handicapping section under the Strategic Wagering Program tab. The winter harness meet at Hawthorne continues through February 19.  Thoroughbred racing resumes at the end of March and continues through April.  Summer harness action takes place May through September.  Fall thoroughbreds close out the year October through December.  For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com. Jim Miller

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 16, 2018—Tepid choice Safe from Terror (Eric Goodell, $5.80) was safe from her seven harness racing rivals Friday night (Feb. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Wanting no part of an early pocket, Safe from Terror—from assigned post position No. 2—took over from pole-given Juxta Cowgirl (Mark MacDonald) in what turned out to a paceless race. Early intervals of :28 and :57.3 gave Safe from Terror the hammer, and she not above using it. Jewel Lehigh A tried it first-up from third, offering a mild bid in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters. Motu Moonbeam N (George Brennan) was behind that one, not getting close to the leader, either. Safe from Terror, with a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, never saw a serious threat. She won by a length in 1:55.2. Juxta Cowgirl did grab second as the 34-1 rank outsider, with a ground-saving All About Madi (Dan Dube), Jewel Lehigh A and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the balance.     For Safe from Terror, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror owned by Big Bad DT Racing and trained by Rob Harmon, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $98.50, the triple returned $898 and the superfecta paid $4,314. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Anthony Napolitano and Eric Carlson had the hot hands Friday night at the Meadowlands, as each harness racing driver found their way to the winner's circle three times. After winning five times last Friday, "ANap" kept the winners coming by scoring with Flamingo Pete ($12.60 to win, 1:58.1 for the mile) in the second race conditioned trot, Northern Assassin A ($7.00 as the favorite, 1:53.3) in the ninth race conditioned pace and Star Studded Cast ($6.60 as the favorite, 1:58) in the 12th race conditioned trot. Carlson's winners came with Joyful Game ($15.80, 1:54.2) in the third race fillies and mares conditioned pace, Rossini ($5.20 as the favorite, 1:57.3) in the eighth race conditioned trot and It Really Matters ($29.80, 1:57.1) in the 10th race conditioned trot. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player hit big in the Pick-5 (Races 3 through 7), as the one ticket that had the winning combination of 9-6,9-5-9-7 was worth $30,385.20 for a 50-cent bet. ... The Pick-4 remained popular as many winners shared in the total pool of $70,580, with each cashing in for $560.85 for a 50-cent wager, despite two favorites and one 5-2 shot winning during the sequence. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five once again failed to result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $108,155. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,601,550. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. One lucky player crushed the Pick-5 at the Meadowlands Friday night. After a total of $47,663 was poured into the pool for the wager that spans races 3 through 7, when the dust cleared, one ticket had the winning combination of 9-6,9-5-9-7, good for a payoff of $30,385.20 for a 50-cent bet. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

DOVER, Del. --- Major Uptrend scored in 1:49 to win the $27,500 Preferred-Open feature at Dover Downs. Harness racing trainer Tim Crissman posted three wins including his 1,500th Tony Morgan drove four winners, two for owners Ness Allen on Thursday (2/15). For the second straight week, Major Uptrend, piloted by Tony Morgan, recorded a sub-150 victory, this time in 1:49 following last Thursday's 1:49.4 success, both wire-to-wire. The fast Sicily and Montrell Teague sat second the entire mile and could come no closer than three-quarters of a length at the final wire. Highalator, the only four-year-old in the select field, with Roger Plante Jr. in the bike, came on to finish third Major Uptrend's win was the second in three 2018 starts for the Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding who now has three sub-1:50 triumphs at Dover for owners Crissman and Ness Allen. Tony Morgan One race earlier, Morgan guided another Tim Crissman trainee, Mildred Ventriglio's Kid PK to a 1:50.3 triumph in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace. The Wearable Art-Lightning D Dube gelding made it four wins in his last five races. Star Messenger (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up with Gerries Sport (Tim Tetrick) third. Morgan also drove Niss Allen's 7-1 Mississippi Rabbit, a Richess Hanover-Dixie Darlin gelding, along the passing lane to catch Cash Is King (Corey Callahan) in the final stride for a 1:52 victory going for $18,000 in a Winners pace. Rock The Town (Tetrick) took show honors. Air Strike, an altered son of Always A Virgin-My Best Girl, got up for Corey Callahan in a $15,000 Winners event for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms. American Sportsman (Mike Cole) and James Isaac (Morgan) finished second and third respectively. Morgan had four winning drives, Tim Crissman conditioned three of them, two for owners Niss Allen and Crissman Inc. Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan had driving doubles. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Hightstown, NJ --- With a full year of harness racing and learning under his belt, 25-year-old Lucas Wallin is looking forward to his second season training his own stable. And while Wallin is interested in seeing how his young horses develop through the remainder of this winter with an eye toward summer success, he is happy to have a seasoned veteran to watch right now. Rossini, an 8-year-old gelding, will try to make it two wins in a row at the Meadowlands Racetrack when he competes against nine rivals in a conditioned trot Friday. Rossini, who won in 1:54.2 on Feb. 3, is 9-2 on the morning line and will have the services of regular driver Eric Carlson. The race will air as part of the Meadowlands Harness Live broadcast from 9-10 p.m. on SNY (SportsNet New York). Prior to the current Meadowlands meet, Rossini had made only 16 starts in his career, a span of 100 races, on a big track (either one mile or seventh-eighths). His past five starts, though, all have been at the Big M and he has posted two victories as well as a third-place finish. “He was racing well before, but he really seems to like the Meadowlands,” Wallin said. “He’s feeling really good. His last race when he won at the Meadowlands he raced really good. He feels the same right now. We gave him a week off and he’s training good into this race. “It looks really interesting (Friday). If everything works out in the race and he has some luck, he will be there, I think.” Rossini, a son of Classic Photo-Beverly Crusher, has won 29 of 105 lifetime starts and earned $457,552 in purses. He is owned by Steve Organ, who also bred the horse. He is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winners In Focus and Not Afraid. Rossini’s top win came in the 2013 Galt Stakes at Maywood Park. “I enjoy his personality,” Wallin said about Rossini. “He’s 8 years old, but he’s acting like a 2-year-old. He’s playing all day. He really enjoys his life.” Wallin grew up in Sweden, where he was driving ponies at the age of 8. Several years later, he began helping at his uncle Joakim Wallin’s stable. In mid-2014, he was alerted to an opportunity to work for Ake Svanstedt’s stable in the U.S. by childhood friend Oskar Florhed. Wallin spent two years with Svanstedt before deciding to go on his own. Last year, Wallin’s stable won 18 of 110 races and earned $183,712 in purses. This season, he has 19 horses in training, with nine being 2-year-olds. “I learned a lot of things, that’s for sure,” Wallin said about his first full season. “It was an OK year. The horses that raced, they raced good, and we won a couple of smaller stakes races. Of course you always want to win more and bigger races, but I was happy with my first year. “It’s a lot of responsibility and I have really good owners that trust me and tell me to do the best for the horses. They never rush.” Wallin’s 2-year-olds are Anniversary Magic (Lucky Chucky-Beach Magic), Bartolo (Muscles Yankeee-Cameo Credit), Cotton To You (Trixton-Polyester Hanover), Death Bringer (Exposive Matter-Agenda Tom Ridge), Luisa (Andover Hall-Ashley’s Carousel), Quiksilvr Bluechip (Credit Winner-Sea Raven), Rendezvous Kemp (Trixton-Smarty Had A Party), Tenacious Seelster (Trixton-Tara Seelster), and Valentin (Muscle Massive-Nirvana Blue Chip). Another new addition to his stable is stakes-winner Signal Hill, a 4-year-old trotter purchased for $95,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. “Of course every year you want to see the 2-year-olds. Last year we had five 2-year-olds and this year we have nine 2-year-olds. We bought a little better breedings and we’re looking forward to them. They look good. We’re not in a rush. Some stick out a little more than the others, but all of them are doing good right now. I don’t want to say any names, but there are a couple that look really interesting. We’re hoping for a good season. “I have a couple of 3-year-olds, especially the fillies, that look really interesting. We took it easy with them last year; they only raced like five to seven times. They won some overnights and they did good. I think they can develop and be in a little bigger races this year.” For Friday’s Meadowlands entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 15, 2018) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has partnered with Metropolitan Area-based 360SiteVisit to give potential harness racing visitors and clients the ultimate virtual tour of the East Rutherford racetrack and event space. The 360-degree virtual tour gives visitors an interactive view of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and allows them to see what their trade show, special event or bar/bat mitzvah could look like in one of the venue's restaurants or event spaces. "Having a virtual tour of our 155,000sq ft facility offers clients more than just photos of various rooms. It gives them a much bigger picture of the environment and a great introduction of what hosting an event at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has to offer. " states Andrea Lokshin, VP of Marketing & Sales. Each room of the virtual tour took less than 10 minutes to shoot using one camera equipped with a specialized lens and bracket. Utilizing five separate pieces of software, 360SiteVisit was then able to enhance, combine, stitch and create the ultra high-resolution virtual tour in the span of three days."Somebody who is looking for event space would need to take the time to visit multiple locations. We make this process easier and hassle-free by allowing venues to showcase the versatility of their spaces 24/7, 365 days a year so that clients can review at their leisure ," explained Greg Riccardi, CEO of 360SiteVisit. As Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment continues to grow its event and trade show business, the newly created 360-degree virtual tour will be a major selling tool," added Lokshin. To take the virtual tour, click here. For more information, click here.  

Manley Stanley is coming off back-to-back wins for harness racing owner/trainer Lisa Caposio and driver Rene Goulet, on both occasions at Cal Expo defeating heavily-favored Deeply. A 7-year-old homebred son of Panama Hanover out of the Sacramento mare Finale, Manley Stanley was a 1:59 4/5 winner here last season and it looks like his best work is still to come. "Manley is a small, nice looking horse just over 14 hands, but he's strong and energetic," Lisa related. "He is smart, and full of personality. He has a beautiful gait, and is nice to handle in a race or training trip. "He has overcome several serious illnesses and injuries. On the farm as a 2-year-old, he completely ripped his eyelid off and it was ugly and hard for me to look at. I really didn't think the eye could be saved, but Dr. Kathy Jones amazingly stitched him up saving his eye." More drama was to come into the Manley Stanley story, according to Caposio. "When he was gelded, Dr. Schloeder quickly noticed a complication, and we shipped Manley for emergency surgery by Dr. Muller at Caballos Equine Clinic. "Then when he was 4, in his third start in a California Sire Stakes, he cut the half in 58 and a piece not finishing well as I thought he should, and the next morning he had 106 temperature. "I had blood work done, and had him scoped. Dr Schloeder pulled him through a difficult pneumonia that really affected him for about eight months. "Last year coming out of his first win, he had a wall separation that closed the season for us. This meet Manley has pulled himself together, and we are enjoying our track time." It turns out Manley Stanley also has a second career going as he accompanies Lisa to her job as a teacher. "He goes to school with me. Yes, he's a teacher too! He teaches kids how to groom, wash, walk, lunge and hug a horse. It's called extreme elective day, a day where we teach students about something we love, instead of the everyday Math, English, science or history curriculum. "So of course, I load up Manley, along with Poncho the donkey, Dazzle the goat, Roxy the potbelly pig, Max the 106 pound dog and other animal ambassadors... shipping them to where I teach on the edge of the tough part of town. "These kids haven't ever touched a horse, but by the time they leave that one day many of them have a new passion for horses. You can see him on our Facebook Page called Camp Norwood Animals." You can also see Manley Stanley in action here at Cal Expo on a weekly basis, the last two times ending up in a photo session with Capioso in the charmed circle. Contention runs deep in pair of Opens A $6,600 Open Pace and a $5,500 Filly and Mare Open Pace are the main events on Saturday night's 12-race card at Cal Expo. First post for the Watch and Wager LLC program is 6:10 p.m. The Open Pace has lured a field of eight and racing secretary Robin Schadt had I'm An Athlete, Bettor's Promise and Gorgeous for Real draw for the outside three posts and they will leave the starting gate in that order. Last week's clash at the top rung saw Bettor's Promise posting a 10-1 upset for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and pilot Chip Lackey while doing his work from the rail. Bettor's Promise brushed to command before the half, withstood a strong challenge in the lane and came away for a length and half score in a lifetime-best 1:52 flat performance that evening. I'm An Athlete came into that event having won back-to-back Opens, but found himself with too work to do from the assigned No. 10 post that night. He has a much better draw this time around and looms large for owner Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, trainer Jessie Pacheco and driver James Kennedy. Looking at the co-featured Distaff Open, the Kathie Plested-trained pair of Boozier Bruiser and Capitol Hill have been assigned the outside slots in the field of seven with Steve Wiseman and Mooney Svendsen guiding, respectively. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Columbus, OH --- When Bill Bercury took his future wife, Renee, out on their first date, he selected The Meadows as his venue of choice. For two people that were not involved in harness racing in any way, shape or form, it’s pretty darn ironic their lifetime commitment has not only included a magnificent relationship, but two of The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association’s 2017 award winners in Barn Girl and Dapper Dude. “Neither one of us knew anything about horses,” Bercury said. “But we did know we liked them. I just thought it was a good place to take someone on a first date because everything was there for us. Who would have thought this would ever happen? And it is because I do have such a wonderful wife; she has never been anything but supportive of the horses.” When the Bercurys had the opportunity to acquire world champion Barn Girl in Nov. 2016, they did not hesitate. After all, the daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie was a veritable winning machine and had already amassed $315,146 while competing in the New York Excelsior Series, New York Sire Stakes and Open events at The Meadows. “She came up for sale because Ron Burke had so many good female trotters, like Hannelore Hanover, he was thinking he couldn’t get them all raced,” Bercury said. “I am so grateful and fortunate we could get her. She is tied for the world record on a half-mile track at Northfield (1:53) and she just loves to race; she loves to pass horses.” With a record of 90-43-17-16 and $583,368 in the bank, Barn Girl, a 6-year-old, has demonstrated her ability on many occasions and will continue to do so in 2018 as The MSOA's defending champion older trotting mare. “She is nervous and is like that all the time,” Bercury said. “She can be tough to deal with and when she bites, she bites hard and when she kicks it is with purpose, but she is easy to drive. Aaron Merriman has done a great job with her and really loves her.” The Bercurys also own Dapper Dude, The MSOA's older pacing horse/gelding of the year. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest defeated world champion Sweet Lou to claim the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship in 2012. Dapper Dude also finished ahead of that rival, but behind Thinking Out Loud and Time To Roll in that year’s $1,470,000 North America Cup final. State Treasurer, A Rock N Roll Dance, Pet Rock and Warrawee Needy were also in his wake. “When I first heard he was up for sale (in 2015) I was outbid on him,” Bercury said. “So when I heard he was up for sale again (in 2016) I jumped on it and didn’t ask any questions. He is such a great horse to be around. You can do anything with him and he has excellent manners; he’s just a joy to be around.” To date, Dapper Dude has amassed $1.18 million and sports a resume of 158-42-28-30. He, like Barn Girl, will remain primarily in the Keystone State for this year’s campaign. “We are not going to do the Miss Versatility Series with Barn Girl this year,” Bercury said. “It just didn’t work out for her last year and we think she is a second tier mare, but a very good second tier. We might go to Miami Valley with her, but otherwise she will stay close to home. With Dapper Dude, we will also keep him here; he’s right there every time.” The Bercurys, however, may have a fortuitous issue as two of their six horses will likely have to compete against one another as their newly acquired world champion, Wind Of The North, will most likely have to take on Barn Girl yet again. “I think he is just going to have a great season,” Bercury said. “Not that I don’t think Barn Girl or Dapper Dude won’t and I also have two 4-year-olds I think will do well, but I think this horse is going to do really well. He fits in perfectly with our stable and has his own paddock he goes out in every day, like everyone else, and he seems really happy. He is another horse that is great to be around and you can do anything with. He’s the only one I own, as Renee owns all the rest of our horses. And he has already beaten Barn Girl.” No matter what the future holds for the Bercury stable, Bill credits Renee for a majority of their success. “She is never afraid to take a chance,” he said. “I have to give her a lot of credit for seeing opportunities and believing in them with the horses. And we have our motto and stick to it: harness racing is fun. That is just what we believe in and how we approach it.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A big wave was created last Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Meadowlands when the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five resulted in a harness racing payoff of over $15,000. This Friday, or whenever the Late JSH5 is finally hit, the payoff will pack a tsunami-like punch, as the next time there is a "jackpot" winner, that lucky patron will walk away with an extraordinary payoff of over $100,000. Meadowlands die-hards will certainly stick it out to the 13th and final race Friday night, as the carryover for the bet that requires one to select the first five finishers in the official order of finish - and be the only one to do so - now stands at $101,270. Last Saturday's pool took in over $20,000 in "new" money, so one can surmise that a similar amount would be pumped into the pool this Friday as well. "Now that the carryover is over $100,000," said Jason Settlemoir, the track chief operating officer and general manager. "It creates more interest in our signal. When you have a Pick-4 pool that is pushing $100,000 followed by a Jackpot High Five pool that is over $100,000, we believe these pools are large enough to bring new night-time players into the system. We are also confident that they will now start wading into the other Meadowlands pools." Those who want to take a shot at the six-figure payoff need not bet a lot given the bet's low 20-cent base. Here are some ways to play the JSH5 and stay within your budget: Boxing: Playing a 5-horse box costs $24, a 6-horse box is $144 Keying: Playing one horse in the win position…. ·         with four horses to finish second through fifth costs $4.80 ·         with five horses to finish second through fifth costs $24 with six horses to finish second through fifth costs $72 Wheeling: (numbers show how to make bets only, they do not reflect Friday selections) 1 with 2 with 345 costs $1.20 1 with 2 with 3456 costs $4.80 1 with 2 with 34567 costs $12 1 with 2 with 345678 costs $24 1 with 2 with 3456789 costs $42 1 with 2 with 345678910 costs $67.20 Partial Wheeling: (numbers show how to make bets only, they do not reflect Friday selections) 1 with 234 with 234 with 234 with 567 costs $3.60 12 with 123 with 1234 with 12345 with 123456 costs $6.40 1 with 234 with 234 with 234 with 5678910 costs $7.20 1 with 2345 with 2345 with 2345 with 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 costs $28.80 1 with 234 with 2345 with 23456 with 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 costs $32.40   DAVE AND DAVE'S OPINIONS: The Meadowlands TV duo of Dave Brower and Dave Little each have a ticket for your consideration for Friday night's 13th race, 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five: Dave Brower (investment-$57.60): 1st: 1,5,9 2nd: 1,4,5,7,9 3rd: 1,4,5,6,7,9 4th: 1,4,5,6,7,9 5th: 1,4,5,6,7,9 Dave Little (investment-$48): 1st: 1,5 2nd: 1,2,3,4,5,7 3rd: 1,2,3,4,5,7 4th: 1,2,3,4,5,7 5th: 1,2,3,4,5,7 POKER NIGHT: If you like Pick-4s and full houses, then the Big M has what you need. On Friday nights, the track has free poker with host Gary DiLeo. Players can also participate in a group Pick-4 (a wager that carries a guaranteed pool of $50,000). The poker is held in the gallery and starts at 7 p.m. LIVE ON SNY: Friday night on SNY will see another edition of "Meadowlands Harness Live" shown from 9-10 p.m. with coverage of three live races, features, interviews and handicapping segments. As always, the Big M TV team of Brower, Little and Bob "Hollywood" Heyden will have features, interviews, handicapping segments and post-race analysis. Friday at The Meadowlands The Meadowlands returns with another live racing weekend beginning Friday night. Thirteen races with plenty of entries populate both the Friday and Saturday cards and the Friday feature is the eighth race, a 10 horse conditioned trot for a purse of $13,000. The feature field is an interesting mix of young and old led by grizzled veteran 9-year-old Up Front Billy who has amassed more than $800,000 over his racing career for owner/trainer Mark Ford and partner Up Front Racing. A winner three back against lesser, “Billy” will be driven on Friday by Jim Pantaleano. Explosive Ridge (PP#2 Marcus Johansson) and Di Oggi (PP#10 Marcus Miller) are a talented pair of 4-year olds in the field. Explosive Matter has been away from the races since last summer and comes in off an impressive qualifying win last week. Trainer Nancy Johansson owns him with Kenneth Ross. Do Oggi on the other hand is in razor sharp form, having set a brand new 1:54 career record in his most recent start. Archie Kohr trains this one for Whiskey Trails Stable. He’s got speed enough to shop for an early forward placement to counter his unfortunate draw. Friday is Asian Fusion night in Pink and on the wagering front, the last race Super Hi-5 Jackpot pool is now in excess of $100,000. Meadowlands Media Relations    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2018...Born To Thrive and A TC Queenie took their respective $11,000 co-featured harness racing trotting events at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (February 14) with the former pinching through late to score in 1:57 and the latter gamely holding on for a 1:55.2 score. Born To Thrive, the five year-old gelded son of Swan For All, was driven by trainer Rick Plano and scored by a length over Zoraze, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. handling his lines. Foundonabeach, with Andy Santeramo in the bike, finished third after cutting the mile while Uncle Hanover, in the garden spot most of the journey, finish fourth over Prairie Fortune, who picked up the nickel in the classy quintet. Born To Thrive looked to be in a "hopeless situation" throughout the event as Foundonabeach left with his usual alacrity and lolly-gagged over the initial in :30.1. with Uncle Hanover second and Prairie Fortune next. Meanwhile, Born To Thrive was at the back of the pack with driver Plano mumbling to himself, "just what do I do now?" On the backside after a half in :59.3, things started to heat up on the backside with an outer flow developing leaving Born To Thrive in a dilemma whether to follow the flow or sit chilly. First, he pulled his charge, but a single bad step forced him to go back inside and pray for a seam in the lane. With the third station reached in 1:27.4, Born To Thrive was still some six lengths off the pace, but a seam opened turning for home and Plano pinched his way through to score the win. After the event, he said, "I thought I was in a hopeless situation early with that opening quarter so slow--that's just not supposed to happen. Around the final turn, I had to make a decision and I really thought the only option was to stay inside and hope as opposed to go way wide and lose so much ground. I guess patience pays off once in a while!" Owned by Maryann Plano along with Victor Contento and John Campagnuolo, Born To Thrive pushed his 2018 scorecard to 4-1-0 in six starts, good for $19,400 and $215,738 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Born To Thrive paid $3.20 to win. A TC Queenie, the rugged five year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar, earned her second straight win in the top trot for the mares, scoring a win measuring a neck for Rick Schaut as the timer read 1:55.2. Explosive Jet, with Dave Ingraham driving, was second with Mdern Mercury, teamed up with Wally Hennessey, third. JS Foxy Lady and Diamond Dagger earned the minor awards in the sharp octet of ladies. A TC Queenie began her journey from her assigned outside eight post and grinded forward to the top at the opening station in :28.3. At this point, Modern Mercury, leaving from post six, was next with JS Foxy Lady third. With a half down in :57.1, Schaut continued to roll along with "Queenie," repelling a minor threat from Explosive Jet around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:26.1. A :29.1 final quarter sealed the deal leaving driver Schaut lamenting, "she heard those footsteps coming at her late and she dug in." He continued, "I am so blessed to have a mare like this. These are quality mares we are dealing with here and to come out on top any week is a well earned blessing. I am so proud of her--overcoming the outside post and digging in like she did." Owned by Rick along with sister Trish Soulsby, A TC Queenie now has 16 career wins in 49 starts with lifetime earnings of $284,546 to go along with her Scioto Downs mark of 1:53. Off as the 4 to 1 third choice, A TC Queenie paid $10.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night as Pompano Park offers the "Hall of Fame Amateur Drivers" competition. In the "better-for-the-bettor" department, there is a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover at a season high $201,692. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

DOVER, Del. --- Bettorhaveanother made his fist Dover Downs appearance a winning one overtaking Scandalcious (Jonathan Roberts) at the wire in a 1:51.4 four horse photo to win the $25,000 Valentine's Day harness racing mares open/handicap on Wednesday (2/14). Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan had three winners each. Corey Callahan drove 5-1 shot Bettorhaveanother to his second straight win of the year along with two seconds in four starts for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. Scandalicious had taken the early lead and maintained the front with horses coming on strongly before Bettorhaveanother finally caught him at finish ine. Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby) and Sweet Robbie (At Safford Jr. were close up third and fourth place finishers. The winner is a six-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Katie My Girl who now has won $288,452 lifetime. Bad Lightning struck at 7-1 in the $18,000 distaff sub-feature winning in 1:57.2 for driver Jonathan Roberts and owner-trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing. It was the second success in her last three outings for the Badlands Hanover-Malocchio five-year-old. Berazzled (Tetrick), the race favorite, was second with OK Jamine (Russell Foster) third. Stormtracker had just enough to beat Moments Of Joy (Kirby) in 1:52.4 to take the $16,000 female pace. Linda Toscano conditions the four-year-old by Big Jim-Stonebridge Breeze, piloted by Tetrick, now a winner of four of her last five races. Gypsy Rose (Montrell Teague) finished third. Tetrick and Callahan had three wins apiece. Tony Morgan and trainer Mike Hall posted doubles. MAJOR UPTREND, SUPER IMPOSED N, HIGHALATOR LEAD $27,500 THURSDAY FEATURE Super Imposed N, last week's 1:50.2 event winner and Major Uptrend, a 1:49.1 sub-feature winner lead a powerful field of six fast pacers in the $27,500 Preferred- Open/Handicap, on another standout 13-race harness racing program at Dover Downs, Thursday, Feb. 15. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan has driven Mike Hall and Dave Hamm's Super Imposed N to consecutive victories including last week's 15-1 upset in the feature. Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sicily came flying from far back with Montrell Teague to finish second. Cajon Lightning and Art Stafford Jr. racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisik Farms, finished a half-length off in third. Major Uptrend steps up in company after a powerful wire-to-wire effort, his second sub-1:50 victory this meet for Niss Allen Inc. and Tim Crissman Inc. with Tony Morgan driving. Highalator, owned by Jenny Bier and Joann Dombeck, was another longshot winner last Thursday winning the $4-Yea-Old Open at 10-1 with Roger Plante Jr. in the bike. Tim Tetrick drives Rich Pollucci's Baileys Rock N, a hard-hitting pacer from Down Under. Heading the usual solid undercard: Cash Is King (Callahan) puts a three-race win streak on the line for owners, Hood, Breakaway and Bonucelli in a $18,000 Winners pace while Al Carter and Doug Lewis' Captive Audience, a 1:50.4 winner last week returns in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap. Dover Downs offers 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. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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