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Trois-Rivieres, QC - A record number of 32 four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 4th renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The race will be held on Sunday, August 20. Headlining the list is Check Six, who last year won an impressive $1,070,789 for the Ron Burke Stable. Burke and company will be seeking their third straight Prix D'Ete victory in 2017. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Brett Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past three editions of the Prix D'Ete at 3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then last year, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have nominated to this year's Prix D'Ete." Said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed into the great race it was before." The Ron Bruke Stable hopes to have a three-peat with Check Six in the Prix D'Ete, having won the race last year with Rockin Ron and the year before with All Bets Off. Check Six, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, scored 11 wins in 24 starts last year with a record of 1:50 and victories in the $561,000 Pennsylvania Classic, the $252,000 PASS Final, $200,000 Monument Circle, a division of the Bluegrass Stake and was second in the Adios Pace and third in the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Other contenders include Western Fame, a $449,774 winner by Western Ideal for trainer Jimmy Takter, who won the 2014 Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Bluechip. Western Fame was a divisional winner of the Bluegrass Stake last season and was second in the Little Brown Jug final. Easy Lover Hanover ($359,772), was a 15-time winner last year for trainer Ben Wallace with his biggest win in the $314,000 Progress Pace, Lyons Snyder ($330,396) was a 1:49 victor in 2016 and Roll Away Joe (321,681), won the $250,000 NYSS Final and four NYSS events last year, are all major contenders for the race. Quebec owned nominees include Quebec-bred champions HP Patriote and Sports Authority, Endeavor and Stonebridge Beach. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the week of August 16 and August 20," Levesque added, "as we are hosting a division of the World Driving Championship and then our Prix D'Ete. We want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." Last year just 24 nominated to the Prix D'Ete. The prior record was 28 nominees in both 2014 and 2015. The Hippodrome 3R is also gearing up for their 2017 opening day on Sunday, April 23. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club .2017 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after March 15, 2017 payment) AMERICAN PASSPORT ANOTHER DAILY COPY ARSENIC ARTMAGIC AWESOMENESS BIG TOP HANOVER CHECK SIX DAY TRADE HANOVER DR J HANOVER EASY LOVER HANOVER ENDEAVOR GERRIES SPORT HP PATRIOTE LYONS SYNDER MAGNUM J MISSILE J MR WIGGLE PANTS NOCTURNAL BLUECHIP PRETTY BOY HILL ROLL AWAY JOE ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD SECRECY SEELEY MAN SINTRA SPIDER MAN HANOVER SPORTS AUTHORITY STOLEN GLIMPSE STONEBRIDGE BEACH TALK SHOW TODDLER TANTRUM VORACITY WESTERN FAME    

Ken Wood has seen Soto grow up. And now Wood is watching the harness racing 5-year-old pacer tangle with the big boys. Last week, Soto won his first-round division of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. Soto defeated a field that included defending Levy champion Bit Of A Legend N, 2014 Levy winner P H Supercam, open-stakes-winners Wakizashi Hanover and Somewhere In L A, plus world champion Always At My Place. "It was a privilege to be in the same race with those horses," said Wood, who owns Soto with Bill Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta. "There are a lot of horses better than him, but it's fun to have him be able to race with them. He's not the best horse in the world, but he's decent when he gets it his way a little bit." Wood and his partners bought Soto for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale in 2015. Since the purchase, Soto has won 17 of 50 races and earned $234,045 in purses. For his career, the stallion has won 21 of 75 starts and banked $345,575. Soto won only one of his first six races for his new owners, but eventually worked himself up to the Preferred/Open level of competition at Dover Downs and Yonkers prior to heading to the Levy. "He didn't start off with a boom, but he's gotten a little better all the time," Wood said about Soto, whose family includes Dan Patch Award-winners Sportswriter and Precocious Beauty. "He was a nice purchase for the money we gave for him. "When you're at the sale, you look at all of them. He showed some 26-second last quarters early as a 3-year-old, and if they're doing that well early on, there's speed in there. He had a few little problems, but nothing serious. You know they're supposed to get better as a 4- and 5-year-old. That's what I go by, anyway. "I think somebody else helps me raise my hand once in a while," he added. "We're not geniuses, just lucky." Wood, who also co-owns 2015 Dan Patch Award-winning older male trotter JL Cruze with Dittmar and Iaquinta, uses the profits from his horses to fund his mission to dig wells for safe drinking water in Africa. Since starting his Lifetime Wells project in 2006, his group has put in a total of 1,700 wells in Ghana and Tanzania. "It's going good," Wood said. "We've got one rig drilling every day with the locals. When I go four times a year I drill in Tanzania myself. I spend three months every year over there." It was upon returning from one of his trips that Wood realized Soto had done a lot of growing up following his season as a 3-year-old. "I've never seen a horse grow from (age) 3 to 4, but he's grown six inches taller," Wood said. "He was a little bitty fella. I'd been in Africa for a while and when I came back he grew a lot. He's grown much taller than he was. I've never had that experience before when they grow at that age, but he sure did." Soto returns to the Levy Series this Saturday, where he will compete in the second of four second-round divisions. Soto, trained by Eric Ell and driven by Matt Kakaley, will start from post two. The field also includes Bit Of A Legend N, Rockin Ron, Mach It So, McWicked, Guantanamo Bay, and Blood Brother. The third division features two first-round winners --- Provocativeprincen and Missile J --- while the fourth division includes opening-round winner Long Live Rock. The series has five $50,000 preliminary rounds followed by a $200,000-added final, which is scheduled for April 22. "Post position helps quite a bit at Yonkers, naturally," Wood said, referring to high win percentages for horses with inside starting spots on the half-mile oval. "Luck went our way the first race anyway. We're just hoping he gets checks because we know those other horses are better than he is." If Soto keeps enjoying success, though, Wood might no longer be able to say that. "I hope I have that problem," Wood said, laughing. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has new breedings for sale, and also appreciates the donation of harness racing breedings.   Breedings available for sale include Artiscape; Trixton; Western Vintage; Artspeak; Lis Mara: Well Said; We Will See; Badlands Nitro and 35 more.   To purchase or gift breedings, please contact Tammy at 732-446-4422, or email Admin@srfmail.com.   Donations of breedings are tax-deductible and help rehabilitate, rescue, retrain, adopt and follow-up every adoption for life, as well as support SRF's Youth Programs. Different from every other organization SRF is dedicated to Standardbreds exclusively; helps horses at any age whether healthy, injured, abused or neglected; follows every adoption for life; and is the permanent home for more than 130 unwanted trotters and pacer.   Today SRF has 218 trotters and pacers in need of homes, nearly 200% more than any other organization.   Please support this vital fundraiser by purchasing and donating breedings.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535  

Harness racing trainer Kennedy Lindsey compares his 5-year-old trotting mare Kickinitwithkohler to a locomotive when saying, "She doesn't have any gate speed, but she just keeps on building and building up as the races goes on and then comes at the end." The Illinois-bred daughter of Southwind Breeze races for Tonight's The Night and has been under Lindsey's care since he purchased her two years ago. She's earned over $40,000 in the interim and will be doing her work for the second straight time in the Open ranks on Friday at Cal Expo while racing against a familiar rival in Silverlode. "She's got a big heart," Lindsey related. "Let's just say her heart is bigger than her talent at this point. But don't get me wrong, if she ever learned to trot straight, she'd really be something." With James Kennedy at the controls, Kickinitwithkohler recorded back-to-back conditioned scores in February, on both occasions coming from well back to win going away. She is coming off a pair of thirds at the head of the class versus the aforementioned Silverlode and in between those two miles was the runner-up behind Lodi Dorian Blues in a solid March 3 contest. "If they go quick early, you know she's going to be pretty far back," her mentor noted. "But you also know she's going to be coming at the end." Open Trot brings out streaking Silverlode Silverlode, who has rattled off four straight wins at the head of the class with the last pair coming from the demanding No. 10 slot, once again has that assigned post as she heads the cast for Friday night's featured Open Trot. Watch and Wager LLC will present a 12-race program with a first post of 6:15 p.m. The headliner will go as the third event on the evening. There will also be a California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds to be decided as a non-betting race prior to the regular card. Silverlode is an 8-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling out of the Website mare Charlotte's Web who is owned by Desomer Stables Inc, trained by Vickie Desomer and will have Luke Plano handling the lines. Silverlode comes into this assignment with $155,000 in earnings and a 1:55 1/5 mark that was established over this track last season. She is undefeated this year with Plano handling the lines on each of those occasions. The Desomer colorbearer left into a pocket journey in the January 13 Open and overpowered favored arch-rival Flameon that evening. She has been odds-on in her last three outings without that foe in the line-up and has not disappointed her many backers. Silverlode looped the field to prevail by four and a half-lengths on February 11, then captured the February 24 Open while doing her work from this assigned No. 10 post position in game fashion. She changed tactics last week and made every pole a winning one, putting her versatility on display from the tough slot. Completing the cast are Agrestores Comet with Mooney Svendsen; Fort Valley As, David Siegel; Kickinitwithkohler, James Kennedy; and Lodi Dorian Blues, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Mothers love all their children (in theory), but Tuesday night's happiest harness racing mom had to be Cheyenne Adrienne. Suffice to say no other two- or four-legged mommy had their offspring find Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle not once, but twice. Throw in the fun factoid they're full brothers, and you certainly have some dinner-table conversation. Boogiewoogiebrian (Jordan Stratton, $10) won a blanket photo, first-up by a head in the $14,500, third-race pace (1:55) for a first win of the season. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Rob Harmon. Not to be outdone, big brother (by one year) Yo Cheyenne Rocky (Stratton, $12) won the $14,500 eight race, also first-up (1:55.4), also by a head. It was also 'Rocky's' first win of the season for the Robbie Siegelman- trained, Barry Rubinstein Farms-owned homebred. Cheyenne Adrienne couldn't quite complete the always-tricky maternal hat trick however, as half-brother (and 4-5 favorite) Cheyenne Jeffrey (Jason Bartlett) faded to third in the $16,500, 11th-race finale. 'Jeffrey' is a 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding for Siegelman/Rubenstein. Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del.--- After finishing second by a neck and a head in her previous two starts, Dismissal finally bested Barbara's Shadow to score a 1:52 victory in the $15,000 4 & 5-Year-Old Mares harness racing feature on Tuesday, March 21 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan took control after the opening quarter and was never headed on the way to her fifth victory this year. The four-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty shook off a backstretch challenge from Barefoot Julie (Tim Tetrick) after the three-quarters then pulled away averting any conflict from Barbara's Shadow (Vic Kirby) who was three lengths back in second turning for home. In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) closed fast to miss second by a neck. Dismissal began 2017 running off four consecutive convincing wins before her two close losses. It was her 12th career victory upping her lifetime earnings to $94,890 for owner CTC Stable. Shesagamemajor, owned by Craig Birchard, a U.S. citizen who resides in Germany, made it two win in three starts in a $13,500 Mares pace. Bret Brittingham drove the Art Major-Ru In The Game five-year-old trained by his dad, Don Brittingham, to a lifetime best 1:54.1 decision. Specialcelebration (Callahan) was runner-up. The Big Bankroll (Kirby) was third. Logan's Girl, 2016 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion, prepped for her three-year-old DSBF stakes by overcoming post 9 in the second tier, to notch a 1:53.1 victory in an $11,500 Mares pace with Vic Kirby holding the reins for trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. Aunt Babe (Pat Berry) closed well to finish second. Rocknroll Fan (Vince Copeland) was the show horse. Tony Morgan, the second-leading dash win driver in North America, made the winner's circle four times. Trainer Brian Malone haltered three winners, two for owner Carrie Malone. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis and Bret Brittingham had doubles. Wind Of The North returns to meet Tough Mac, Gural Hanover and Market Share in a nine horse field in the $21,000 Open Handicap Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

WILKES-BARRE PA - The 2017 harness racing season opened at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night, delayed from Saturday night by last midweek's two-foot snowstorm that hit the mountain oval.   You don't see many five-foot-high stacks of snow in the infield on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, but the Western Terror gelding Star Of Terror, last year's leading 2:00 producer at the PA fairs with five magic miles, showed his ability in colder weather as well by taking the inaugural event, a $14,000 "nw 3" pace, in 1:54.3, a new mark. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. tucked then had to go first-over with Star Of Terror with race favorite Iminurblindspot right on his back, but he kept his charge alive late to win by a head for trainer Brewer Adams, in his second start with the horse, and Fortunate One LLC.   In the companion $14,000 trot, Artic Clipper posted his second straight victory - and overcame a gap of 146 days between those races. He won his 2016 finale on October 30, and he won Tuesday, overhauling pacesetter Marion Gondolier after being in tight quarters with that one in early stretch, taking a ¾-length tally and posting a new speed mark of 1:58. Marcus Miller handled sulky chores behind the Yankee Glide colt for trainer Jill Roland and owners Anthony Risi and Bernard O'Brien.   More-seasoned conditioned performers had a race at each gait for $12,500 later in the card. Xtatic Hanover, coming off by far his best year at age six, took his first win in his seven-year-old form, tallying in 1:55.3. All-time leading Pocono driver George Napolitano Jr., in his first win of the year over the red track, used GNap-atypical off-the-pace tactics, but they fit the winning SJ's Caviar gelding perfectly as he closed strongly to win going away for trainer Matias Ruiz and A Piece Of The Action LLC.   In the $12,500 event for pacing mares, the Western Paradise mare Lovineveryminute boosted her career earnings over the $200,000 plateau with a 1:53 win for trainer Daniel Renaud and owners Brian and Ira Wallach. Lovineveryminute was tipped wide from second-over at headstretch by driver Vinnie Ginsburg, and the pair ate up ground through the lane to get the decision by a neck over hard-used pacesetter Threedee Delight A.   Simon Allard took the early lead in the 2017 drivers derby, bringing home three horses to Victory Lane.   ***PLEASE NOTE: Pocono will drive for the card for this Sunday, March 26, on WEDNESDAY morning; entries must be received in the race office (570 831 2128) by 9 a.m.   PHHA / Pocono

Pompano Beach, FL...March 21, 2017...Longtime harness racing horseman Frank Tagariello, 79, passed away on March 20, 2017. Born in Mineola, New York on May 18, 1937, "Tags," as he was affectional known, was a star athlete at Farmingdale High School, excelling in football and track. He began his career under the tutelage of Joe Adamo and also worked for Eddie Cobb, George Sholty and Stanley Dancer before opening his public stable in 1965. When Pompano Park was in its infancy, Tagariello found success with horses like Yankee Sis, Frontier Marshall and Leroy Hanover-mostly $2,000 claimers-but, as "Tags" once said, "In this business, you start at the bottom rung on the ladder and take a step at a time. If you work hard enough, you can climb the steps of the ladder pretty quickly, but when guys like Sholty and Dancer and Haughton are campaigning, it's very tough to get to the top rung." Tagariello's tan, brown and white colors reached the winner's circle on 746 occasions during his career as a driver with much of his success coming on the tough New York circuit at Roosevelt Raceway and Yonkers. In the 1980's, he drove exclusively for prominent owners Benjamin and Gertrude Schaefer with Adventura's Eagle, Laura's Champ, Effervescent and Rambling Warren among the campaigners under his care. During his "prime," Tagariello often worked the day-night shift, traveling by helicopter with the great Herve Filion from The Meadowlands to Roosevelt or Freehold to the New York tracks. He also sat back of Bossman Lobell, and Fulla Napoleon during a career which he has enjoyed for nearly a lifetime. His most recent success was with the outstanding trotter V Eight, a son of Royal Prestige, who he trained from August of 1994 to October of 2002, compiling 42 wins and well over $300,000 in bounty. Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey recalled Frank Tagariello with fondness saying, "he was a very good horsemen and, even more important, a wonderful gentleman." In recent years, "Tags" spent much of his time in the friendly confines of Hoosier Park to be closer to family. "People ask me all the time if, with all the ups and downs in this business, if I would change anything and, to tell you the honest truth, with the amazing people I have met over my lifetime, I can honestly say that 'I wouldn't change a thing.'" Services for Frank Tagariello will be private. John Berry  

LEBANON, OH. - Pine Dream proved last week's upset victory in Miami Valley's Open Trot was no fluke, returning to the winner's circle for the second straight week following the Tuesday (March 21) matinee $22,000 feature. When harness racing driver Trace Tetrick saw his three inside foes behind the Woebkenberg Starting Gate revving up to compete for early supremacy he decided to relegate his charge to fourth along the pylons behind the trio of leavers who raced three abreast until reaching the :27.2 first quarter. It wasn't until past the :56.1 half that Tetrick angled Pine Dream to the outside and took up second-over position through the 1:25.1 third quarter clocking. Swinging three-wide at the head of the stretch, the 5-year-old son of Pinetucky joined Infiniti AS (Chris Page) and He's Got Pizzazz (Josh Sutton) in a heart-pounding eighth of a mile duel to the finish wire. Pine Dream surged in the final strides to gain a slight advantage over his lapped-on adversaries in 1:54.4. Chris McGuire has been training the winner for owner Marvin Raber since the start of the Miami Valley meet in January. Through his first five starts this year he has banked $29,050. Three $8000 divisions of first leg action in the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series also took place on Tuesday. The late-closer was open to male pacers with less than three pari-mutuel wins or under $15,000 lifetime. Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) was a very impressive 1:53.2 winner over Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) and Starry Nite Teen (Josh Sutton). The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has now won five straight races in 2017 after going winless and making just $1440 at ages two and three. Nelson Willis conditions the late bloomer, Hot Rod Dylan, for owner Shirley LeVin. The second split was captured by Camwood (Dan Noble) in 1:54.3, topping We Rob Banks (Trace Tetrick) and Sir Bradford (Greg Grismore). It was the first career victory for the sophomore son of Woodstock, although he did earn $10,333 in three starts as a freshman. Mike Polhamus trains him for his wife Constance and her partner William Parsons. Favored Catfish Dinner (Trace Tetrick) won a tight photo over Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Howards Place (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the final division in 1:55. Pat Melloy Jr. manages the 4-year-old Always A Virgin's career for owner Lisa Gosselin. Gregg Keidel                  

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 24) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 25) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night (March 18), with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a 'sloppy' surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position two, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by 1-1/2 lengths. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. Saturday night's second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth, from post two, he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn't match the winner's tow but finished second, with Mattamerican (Brett Miller) third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh. For Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The evening's third series soiree had Provocativeprincen (Stratton) -- from post two -- prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor's Edge (Miller), then outgamed a pocketed Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2. Mach It So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor's Edge and Texas Terror N (Mark MacDonald) earning the lesser loot. Provocativeprincen, a 7-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, is now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The first round's final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley), pacing from the pocket, was able to get 'first run' against defending series champion Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post three, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3. Bit Of A Legend N, as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere In L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and Always At My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees. For Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Ken Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine '17 starts. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 27; 2. Matt Kakaley - 20; 3. Jordan Stratton - 15; 4. Scott Zeron - 14; 5. Tim Tetrick - 12. Trainers: 1. Richard Banca - 17; 2. Peter Tritton - 15; 3. Scott DiDomenico - 12; 4t. Rene Allard - 10; 4t. Keith Armer - 10; 4t. Eric Ell - 10; 4t. Heidi Gibbs - 10; 4t. Ron Burke - 10. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 15: 2t. Rene Allard - 10; 2t. Fred Monteleone Stable - 10; 4t. Brian Carsey - 5; 4t. Ron Cushing - 5; 4t. Jesmeral Stable - 5; 4t. Legacy Racing of DE - 5; 4t. John McGill - 5; 4t. Kevin Sywyk - 5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next three weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 22. by Paul Ramlow, publicity director, the Grand Circuit

Pompano Beach, FL...March 21, 2017...She's All In, with breeder-owner-trainer in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Trot for Mares on Tuesday night, covering her one mile journey in 1:54.3. The gutsy eight year-old daughter of Revenue S out-dueled Modern Mercury, handled by Peter Wrenn, to score by 1¼ lengths. M T Ur Pockets, driven by Mike Simons and at the back of the pack around the final bend, closed with ferocity to finish third, two lengths away, Serendipity finished fourth after taking command at the opening quarter while Celebrity Artemis picked up the nickel in the classy octet of ladies. At the outset, She's All In (post 3), Bad Angel (post 5) and Serendipitious (post 6) all had their site on the top spot with Bad Angel sprinting to the front around the first turn before yielding to Serendipitious at the :27.1 opening panel. She's All In continued a cozy third at this point as Celebrity Artemis was next with Modern Mercury on the move past the half in :56. On the backside, Serendipitious continued to show the way as Modern Mercury took up the chase to reach second, Bad Angel content to sit tight in third with She's All In wending her way out and sprinting widest of all turning for home. At mid-stretch, Modern Mercury stuck her head in front but She's All was in overdrive and sprinted on by in the final 16th for the victory--her second of the season in 12 starts, sending her seasonal bounty to $16,385. After the race, driver Plano said, Having bred this mare and raised her, she's very special to me and very good to me over the years. "She tries so hard every start and likes to be in the thick of the fight from start to finish. "She's a warrior, no doubt about that." The win was number 30 in a career stretching 208 starts, good for $310,043. Off as the 6th choice in the field at 16 to 1, She's All rewarded her faithful with a $34.00 win mutuel--the largest win payoff in her career, her previous highest win payoff being $28.60 at Hoosier Park on August 28, 2015. Pompano Park's Pick-6, with a record carryover of $16,997 going in, had a final pool total over $52,000 on Tuesday night with the 1-6-3-6-3-6 returning $11,708.05 for the 50 cent ticket. There were four tickets out on the winning combination. Racing continues on Wednesday night with mares in the spotlight in the $10,000 Open Pace. Jets Are On is listed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and will have the driving services of Wally Hennessey. OK Heavenly (7-2), Miss Dollar Man (7-2), Goldstar Rockette (9-2), Gweneeee J (6-1) and Machin Marley (12-1) complete the field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

Harness racing horsemen are reminded that Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack will hold pre-meet qualifiers on March 28 (Tuesday) and March 31 (Friday) mornings, with first post at 10:00 a.m. each day. Entries will be accepted the day prior on both occasions, with the box scheduled to close at 11:00 a.m. Following the April 2 Opening Day card, qualifiers will be held weekly on Tuesdays, with entries accepted on Sunday mornings until 12:00 noon. Horsemen are once again reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents for their horses, including Coggins and rabies paperwork dated 2016 and a health certificate from the last 30 days. They may be faxed to the race office at 484.490.2230. Additionally, racing applications are available through the Harrah's Philadelphia website: www.harrahsphilly.com, and following the "Horsemen" link. Barry Brown | Director/Racing Operations O (484) 490-1770 777 Harrah's Blvd | Chester, PA 19013 www.caesars.com    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 21, 2017) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will provide horseplayers with one of their first opportunities to qualify for the 2018 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens and Treasure Island (NHC) with a qualifying event on Saturday, March 25. The Meadowlands qualifier will offer three guaranteed seats to the NHC. The Meadowlands qualifier requires a $400 buy-in, with $200 going towards each player's bankroll and $200 going towards the event's prize pool. Players can purchase multiple entries. Contestants must wager on a minimum of ten races from their choice of Gulfstream, Aqueduct, and/or Oaklawn with a $20 WIN minimum per wager. The top three finishers will earn seats to the 2018 NHC Final in Las Vegas. They must be NHC Tour members to qualify for the NHC Final. For complete tournament information and details, visit here. Justin Horowitz

The SOA of NY recognized the 2016 achievement of top harness racing driver Jason Bartlett recently with a plaque presented by SOA President Joe Faraldo. Bartlett will be the first to tell you how much he owes his grandfather for the exceptional talent being recognized once again as the HIlltop Oval's leading driver. In a very talented field of drivers competing at Yonkers, including many who have found their way to the winner's circle in the sport's most prestigious events, Bartlett didn't rest on his laurels of 2015. Jason notched 616 victories, over one hundred more than 2015's 514 triumphs. He also added 405 second place finishes and 362 third place finishes. His numbers were virtually untouchable within the talent laden Yonkers driving colony once again earning him the driving title in 2016.  

Penpal is yet to come up with a statement win so far in her career, but the now 4-year-old pacing mare has done plenty to enhance her bank statements through two seasons of harness racing. A daughter of stallion American Ideal out of the stakes-winning mare Copywriter, Penpal has won four of 28 career races, but earned $288,639 lifetime for owners Patrick Lachance and M&M Harness Racing thanks to picking up checks in 25 of those starts. Penpal, who finished second in two qualifiers this month, is expected to make her seasonal debut later this week at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "She qualified good," said Lachance, who also trains and regularly drives Penpal. "We'll see it how it goes and take it week to week. If she's real good we'll try her in a few stakes and see what happens. She was very good last year and came back bigger and stronger. She seems like she matured quite a bit. I hope to see good things from her this year." Penpal won two of 17 races last year and earned $204,288. She finished second to two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers and second to Blue Moon Stride in the Mistletoe Shalee. Penpal, who possesses a strong finishing kick, was in contention in numerous stakes last season, but ran into a deep group of fillies that included multiple-stakes-winners Pure Country, Blue Moon Stride, Darlinonthebeach, Call Me Queen Be, and L A Delight and Newborn Sassy. "I was happy with her," Lachance said. "She held her own and made some decent money. "Speed is her best tool, but she's tough to manage. She gets really hot and she's not easy to drive. But she's very fast." Penpal is a full sister to Capital Account, a winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and runner-up to Always B Miki in a division of the 2014 Tattersalls Pace. Penpal was purchased for $65,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale and her family also includes past Lachance star Image Of Dawn. "I've been with that family and had luck with it," Lachance said. "Her page caught my eye and when I saw her, I liked her. We took a shot at her. She showed ability right off the bat." With only four wins to her credit, Penpal still fits in conditioned classes, which will enable Lachance to ease the mare into competition this year. Lachance bypassed the ongoing Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers because Penpal is less handy on a half-mile oval. "She's too big and she runs in pretty good," Lachance said. "Maybe in the future sometime, but I certainly didn't want to start her (year) on a half-mile track. "It's a transition year, and that's why I got her ready a little bit earlier. I wanted to give her some overnights and see what she's about. We didn't want to bring her right into that competition. She's only got four lifetime wins, so she fits non-winners of five. That leaves her some nice options." If all goes well this spring, Lachance will send Penpal to chase her first major stakes victory later in the year. Penpal is staked to events including the Graduate Series, Betsy Ross, Golden Girls, and Lady Liberty. "It would have been nice to get a big win last year, but it didn't happen," Lachance said. "I think that she will (go with the best mares this year). She's got some options to do some decent stuff." Ken Weingartner

Harness racing driver Ryan Stahl scored the 4,000th win of his career aboard This Baby Rocks in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (March 20) by firing off the gate and fending off all challengers. This Baby Rocks maintained a nose advantage over his closest rival at the wire, successfully pacing his mile in 1:54.2. Stahl's richest win came in a $100,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final and he has won six Sire Stakes Finals. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the most exciting horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. "It was an honor to drive a world-class horse like him," said Stahl. The 39-year-old Stahl remembers his first win as being aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. "That win came about a week after I got my license," Stahl recalled. With 4,000 to choose from, Stahl says that his most memorable win came aboard Podges Lady, in the 2012 edition of the Courageous Lady. "It is a signature race here at Northfield and it really meant a lot," offered Stahl. Ryan started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates his success so far; accomplishing the 4,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of nearly $15.5 million. Stahl has been married for almost two years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The family resides on an 80-acre farm in Republic, Ohio and trains a stable of 12 horses. "Nichole is simply the best and does so much to keep our family, horses and farm going," explained Stahl. "I am only able to come to the track and drive on a nightly basis because of what she does to manage everything with our stable and family."   $9,381.52 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Total Pool Tuesday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (March 21st).  Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,381.52.  This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Tuesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

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