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Pompano Beach, Florida...January 31, 2015...Pompano Park's Saturday night harness racing program included the finals of two Late Closing events, an Open Handicap Pace, the second leg of the Murdock Hanover L.C. and a Super Hi-5 with a huge carryover of over $87,000.   The Murdock Hanover--honoring one of the first 2:00 performers in Pompano Park history during its infancy--went to Nine Innings, a 36 to 1 outsider driven by Aaron Byron, that one sweeping three wide around the final bend and nailing the pacesetting Fearless Chip (Matt Romano) in the last stride to record a 1:53.1 victory.   Bold Willie (Wally Hennessey) finished third while M G Home Run and Ring Leda picked up the two remaining checks.   Trained by Gaston Lareau for the J P Houle Stables, Nine Innings was unhurried early as Fearless Chip recorded opening panels of :27.1 and :56. On the backside, Byron caught some love cover and tilted three deep just after they reached the third station in 1:23.2 and kept gnawing away until nailing the win in the final stride.   Nine Innings, a nine year-old son of Bettor's Delight, won for the 30th time during his career with the victory worth $4,000 to his owner and $74.20--certainly a Bettor's Delight--to his faithful followers. He's banked $217,581 lifetime.   Next on the card was the $13,500 Open Handicap Pace, which, last week, ended in a dead-heat between Don't Tell Rusty and That'll Be The Rei. This week, the margin was a scant nose with Don't Tell Rusty driven by Kevin Wallis, also up in the very last stride to score a 1:51.2 decision over the stubborn Lyons Johnny, handled by George Napolitano, Jr.   Duc Dorleans finished third for Donald Dupont while Pontiac Luck finished fourth. Shanderock picked up the nickel in the septet.   At the outset, a war developed developed between Duc Dorleans and Lyons Johnny, with "Johnny" extremely hard pressed to stick a head in front at the opening marker in :26.4. Finally clearing after three-eighths of a mile, Lyons Johnny was forced into a half in :54.3 and, then, on the backside, the leader was involved in another war, this one with Don't Tell Rusty. Turning for home, it looked as though Lyons Johnny edged clear but Don't Tell Rusty kept digging away, eking out the victory by the narrowest of noses.   After the race, driver Kevin Wallis related, "To tell you the truth, I didn't know who won. We were both going as much as we could go. You have to give both of these horses credit. Nap's (George Napolitano) horse (Lyons Johnny) was dead game, especially after the opening stages. And my horse was terrific, too. He just has a great will about him!"   Trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, Don't Tell Rusty earned his second win of the year in five starts with this success pushing his lifetime bounty over the $100,000 mark--$106,386 to be exact.   Third choice in the betting, Don't Tell Rusty paid $8.40 to his faithful.   The $18,000 Baron Lancer Final went, as expected, to Coopers Beach, driven by Rick Plano. This six year-old son of Western Ideal, kept his 2015 perfect in tact--now four-for-four--with a wire to wire win in 1:51.3 measuring just short of three lengths over Major Stone, driven by Jason Dillander. Remission Of Sins was third for Wally Hennessey while Attack Modes Billy and St Pete Star picked up the minors.   In a post race interview, Driver Rick Plano said, "I'll tell ya, I really liked the way he had been racing the past few weeks so we claimed him last week. He was just an "8" (claimer) a few weeks ago--we claimed him for twice that--and he justified our confidence. He raced giant tonight. I hope he keeps going!"   Now owned by John Darrah along with Lawrence Keethe, Coopers Beach now has lifetime bounty of $148,147--$23,500 of that in the first month of the new year.   Even money on the tote-board, Coopers Beach paid $4.00 to win.   Steve Oldford 100th career driving win   In a milestone event for driver Steve Oldford, South Jersey Hey, formerly owned by the Oldford Stable but claimed last week by Susan Oakes, won the final of the Florida Amateur Club Late Closer, giving Oldford his 100th career driving win.   Laying off the exceptionally hot pace--:28 and :56.3--set by perennial front-stepper Prairie Big John, Oldford send his charge on a mission on the backstretch, wearing down the leader turning for home and then sprinting away in the final stages for a 4 3/4 length victory over Explosive Muscles, also given a superb drive by Teddy Bowman from the outside nine post. Jam and Jelly finished third for "Sky" Walker while VT's Gold Key and American Empress also picked up awards in the field of nine.   Now trained by Chris Oakes, South Jersey Hey paid immediate dividends this night, with the biggest chunk of the $10,500 purse sending his 2015 bankroll to $10,250 in three starts and $67,746 lifetime.   After the event, a jubilant Oldford said, "you know, it was great that Chris (trainer Oakes) allowed me to get my milestone victory with 'Hey.' On the other hand, nobody knows this one better that I, so it was kind of great for both of us!"   The winner was 1 to 5 on the tote-board and paid $2.60 to win.   Finally, the Super Hi-5 had multiple consolation winners again on Saturday night with the jackpot now over $90,000 going into the Monday night racing program, which begins at 7:30 p.m.   John Berry for Pompano Park

The feature race on the Saturday Night harness racing program at The Meadowlands was the $20,000 B-1/A-2 Handicap Pace. The race favorite was Ultimate Beachboy leaving from the outside post, sent off as the 3/2 choice. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Ultimate Beachboy was asked for speed throughout the first quarter of a mile and cleared the lead nearing that first quarter in 27.1. Gingras and his gelding settled into a high-cruising speed and the 5yr old Somebeachsomewhere gelding reeled off solid fractions, including a 54-second half-mile and hitting three-quarters in 1:22.1. Ultimate Beachboy turned for home clinging to that lead while facing a challenge from pocket sitting Capozzo. When it was clear that Capozzo was not going by, a new challenge emerged in the hard-charging Ontario Success who rallied boldly on the far outside, but narrowly missed to a game Ultimate Beachboy, who completed the mile in 1:49.4 on a cold, windy night in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The win was one of five on the card for Yannick Gingras. Ultimate Beachboy is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable and J Piatt III. The Saturday program also included six division of the Dash For The "C" Notes for the pacers. Only a win would guarantee a berth into the $25,000 Final next Saturday. The six winners were, Why Don't U Stay (1:52 - Gingras), Hare Craft (1:52 - D. Miller), Hunchie (1:51.2 - Gingras), Rock Star (1:52 - Tetrick), Road Untraveled (1:52.1 - Simons) and Dragon Lore (1:50.3 - Gingras) There were six second place finishers, of which four will make the $25,000 Final, drawn by lot. Those six were Jack Attack, Bakersfield, Abelard Hanover, Magic Tricks, Sir Melo's Z Tam and New Kind. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5's went unclaimed Saturday. The fifth race carryover stands at $7,487.21 while the last race carryover grew to $82,698.99. Racing resumes on Thursday, featuring the first round of the Charles Singer Series. Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Sapphire City  and harness racing driver Eric Carlson, and Count Me In (George Brennan, $4.80) divided Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory, winning the co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps. Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 6, he was chasing 4-5 choice Doctor Butch (Brian Sears). That one had to wait his turn before making front (:28.2, :58.1), getting around second choice Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) Sapphire City, towed in behind Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard), was able to slip to the cones when "Mickey" dropped anchor before a 1:27 three-quarters. Doctor Butch owned a short lead into the lead, but was in trouble from both sides. Sapphire City ducked inside, getting the jump on a from-last Take it Back Terry (Brennan). The former whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:55.1. Doctor Butch faded to third, with Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett) and Classic Gent rounding out the payees. For fourth choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut, it was his first win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $108, with the triple returning $334.50. Second choice Count Me In left nothing to chance in the week's marquee trot, going the distance from post No. 3 in equal halves (:27.3, :58, 1:26.4, 1:56). With pole-assigned In Nomine Patri (Jim Marshall III) doing just enough to keep the pocket, two-time defending champ Not Afraid (Dube) was wrangled back in third. The 4-5 fave saw Count Me In widen down the backside, taking a four-length lead in and out of the final turn. Count Me In was a safe winner, holding off Not Afraid by a never-threatened half-length. In Nomine Patri, Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Dancehall Mistress (Sears) settled for the remainder. For Count Me In, a 6-year-old Full Count gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he's now 3-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $10.80, the triple returned $36.60 and the superfecta paid $109.50. The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). YONKERS RESCHEDULES FRIDAY DRAW Due to more impending bad weather supposedly descending upon the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has rescheduled its draw for the Friday (Feb. 6) program. That draw, originally going Monday (Feb. 2), is now taking place Sunday (Feb. 1). Box closes at 10 AM. Please be advised that as of this writing, there are no other changes to the live racing and draw schedules (updates if/ when necessary). For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire didn't just capture the $14,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (January 31), but he tied the all-time all-age harness racing track record in 1:51.1 on a wintry night in southwest Ohio. Driver Dan Noble allowed favorites Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) to mix it up through brisk opening panels of :25.4 and :54.1. Still sitting seventh at the 1:22.3 third quarter station Noble began to wind the winner through traffic in the stretch, eventually splitting tiring horses and pulling away by a 1-1/2 length margin. Mykindachip held for second with longshot J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) putting in a strong effort to finish third. It was just the 13th career win for the five-year-old son of The Panderosa, but boosted his lifetime earnings to just shy of $1 million--$986,295 to be exact. Owner Robert Key sent Twilight Bonfire to Ohio-based trainer Danny Collins in mid-November and he has responded with five on-the-board finishes in six tries, including three wins. The final "Claim To Fame" series championship was also decided on Saturday night as the nine top $12,500 claiming pacers went postward chasing a $20,000 final purse. It was anybody's race at the three-quarter pole, but when the smoke cleared it was Master Stroke (Josh Sutton) with the most late pace, topping Kyron (Chris Page) and Winchester's Punch (Dan Noble) in 1:53.2. The nine-year-old altered son of Art Major couldn't find racing room until very late in last week's final preliminary leg, but closed with a fury to finish second a half-length back. In the final, Sutton faced the same predicament until finding room to swing four-wide down the homestretch and sprinting past the others in convincing fashion. Barry Langley trains Master Stroke for owner Keith Pippi. It was the 34th victory in a lengthy and rewarding career and pushed the winner's lifetime bounty past $450,000. Miami Valley Raceway will present the only live harness racing in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday with a 3:00 PM post time. The 12-race program should conclude about a half an hour prior to the Patriots-Seahawks kickoff. Gregg Keidel    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Youwillwishyouhad has become a regular harness racing customer of Buffalo Raceway track photographer Steve Roth in the winner's circle.   There was yet another photo session with him on Saturday night as Youwillwishyouhad continued the 2015 campaign with another victory in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night.   Now a perfect 3-for-3 this season and in the money 25 of 31 starts since the beginning of 2014 including 14 wins, Youwillwishyouhad (John Cummings Jr.) came charging down the lane to take a neck decision over Nothingbutmach in 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Surprisingly sent off the third choice in the field of seven at 3-1, Youwillwishyouhad ($8.60) was assigned the seven post and sat back and watched the action on the front end for more than a half-mile.   But down the back stretch the final time, Cummings Jr. gave Youwillwishyouhad the green light to go and he responded perfectly, winging it three-wide to the three-quarter marker. Through the stretch, the 4-year-old gelding paced smartly past the remaining field and notched the head decision over a late driving long-shot Nothingbutmach (Shawn Gray). A 28.4 last quarter by Youwillwishyouhad proved to the crushing blow to the field.   King Otra, the post time favorite, finished third with Billy Dobson in the bike.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (Artiscape-Dawn's Ideal) has now earned $15,750 this season and $81,917 lifetime.   Dobson and Kevin Cummings each had three victories on the card while Cummings Jr. doubled.   The harness racing action will resume Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a solid 13-race program to be presented starting at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, the latest news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Jupiter, Florida – Harness racing Hall of Famer, Louis P. Guida, passed away on Friday according to family members. He was 82 and had been ill for a number of months. He had owned all or part of 21 harness horses that have each won a million dollars, not bad for a kid from Jersey City who first worked shining shoes in his father's barber shop, and wound up a vice president of Merrill Lynch, the first broker ever elevated to that executive position. Not bad either for an executive who did not earn an MBA at Harvard or a doctorate at Princeton, but instead dropped out of high school and worked days as a laborer and nights learning television repair.   That was 1952, and Guida, then 19, soon opened a TV repair shop with $800 he earned working the day shift. He soon expanded into multiple shops, and invested the profits into a state-of-the-art car wash. Both businesses flourished, and Guida sold them and founded Fidelity Finance, which ultimately employed a staff of more than 100. He sold Fidelity in 1966, after a customer whose Cadillac was damaged when another car jumped the track at his car wash and  injured Guida, told him he didn't need that kind of hassle and persuaded him to sell the wash and join Merrill's Trenton office. That was 1967, and Guida began in mergers and acquisitions. In 1970, his fourth year in that job, he got a $250,000 finder's fee for his work on the $90 million merger of Caesars Palace and Lum's Restaurants, and he began looking for a tax shelter. "I found the perfect one," he told Sports Marketing News years later. "I tried harness racing, and it was the greatest tax shelter in the world. I lost everything I owned." But not for long. Instead of buying cheap claimers or using 90-second decisions to buy yearlings costing hundreds of thousands, Guida formed Louis P. Guida Enterprises, applied sound business practices, and interested new investors. “I’m selling all my 5’s and 6’s,” Guida once said, “and I am only buying 9’s and 10’s from now on.” Then 35 years ago, with his stable dominating both the trotting and pacing gait in North America, Guida owned, partnered and syndicated horses that won 14 major divisional championships and most of the sport's major stakes races.  In 1979 Guida purchased half of the undefeated two-year-old pacing colt, Niatross, from trainer Clint Galbraith and co-owner Elsie Berger for an unheard of price of $1 million. At age three Niatross won the Pacing Triple Crown and Guida then stamped the term “syndication” in harness racing as the colt went on to breed numberous world champions. Guida and his associates won the Pacing Triple Crown with Niatross and then went on to become world renowned with champions Mack Lobell,  Chairmanoftheboard, Nihilator, Pershing Square and a host of other great horses. Over the years Guida was honored by the industry with the United States Harness Writers Association Good Guy Award, the USHWA President's Award, and the 1991 Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award. He was then inducted in the sport’s Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY in 2008. He had been involved with various sports since childhood. As a young baseball player, he was scouted by the NY Giants and asked to join their farm team in Jersey City, NJ; however, due to his mother's disapproval he declined the offer. He claimed that the smartest move he ever made in sports was to purchase the Philadelphia Eagles football team, and his dumbest move was selling it. Guida also dabbled in in the Thoroughbred business in the US in partnership with Dr. Philip McCarthy, a prominent veterinarian. He also formed a group called the Laurel Guida Group, and purchased 50% interest in Laurel Racetrack and a percentage of ownership in Pimlico Racetrack, where the Preakness, part of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown, is raced. The group later sold their interest to Magna Entertainment; however, they retained rights to future gambling outlets. But Guida did not stop there, moving to Italy and taking young trainer Jerry Riordan with him, he began breeding and racing harness horses in Europe and his success continued. He owned Lisa America, who won 22 times, including the European Grand Circuit series and retired from racing with $1.9 million in earnings. Lou Guida is survived by his wife Rose, and three children; Mark (Sharon), Jayme (David Marad), and Cindy (Mark Deleo) and there are four granddaughters. Service arrangements will be posted when finalized. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Associations held their 24th annual Hall of Fame awards banquet Friday evening with a crowd of nearly 200 present at the Pompano Beach Elks Club. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, were owner, breeder, trainer, Tom Audley of Bell, owner/breeders Anthony Amante & Christine Garrity of Amante Standardbreds of Delray Beach and owner/trainer Lou Rapone of Pompano Beach. Also being inducted on the equine side into the Hall of Fame was Amante Standardbred’s great Florida-sired pacer, Hearty Fellow. He raced only at Pompano Park his entire career, nine straight years with 50 wins and earnings of over $380,000. The evening featured a superb job by national Hall of Fame Communicator, John Berry, who the crowds interest with his witty introduction of all the award winners and he also was the auctioneer for the live auction where all of the money was donated to the Florida USHWA Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Fund, the The Aime Choquette Sunshine Fund and the Lester & Eunice Vance Scholarship Fund. Other awards presented by the Florida USHWA Chapter included the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, went to former harness racing driving great Lucien Fontaine of Margate. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, went to trainer Lou Ginesi of Deerfield Beach and the co-presenter of the award was Stanley’s wife, Jody Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers went to trainer Mike Deters of Coconut Creek and there to help present the award was none other than Bill “Hollywood” Popfinger.   The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, went to Carol Macomber of Fort Lauderdale. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizing an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year was Victoria Howard of Boca Raton. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, went to Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2014 was presented to Kim and Jay Sears of Osteen. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park went to Canadian Aaron Byron of Canada who is now one of the leading drivers at Pompano this season. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, went to Dr. Marah Lee of Lauderdale By-The-Sea. The Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to longtime owner Heddy Nelson of Tamarac. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award, which is presented to one of the 12 monthly Caretakers selected during the race season in 2014 went to Donna Richards. The award goes to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations were made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2, 3 and older state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2014 season. The annual FSBOA Breeder of the Year Award went for the fifth time to Kim and Jay Sears and the Florida Amateur Driving Club also present their year-end Driver of the Year award which went to Ted “Touchdown” Bowman. The divisions FSBOA Crystal Awards went to the following horses: 2YO Pacing Filly – Gold Star Dynasty 2YO Trotting Filly – Brandy 2YO Pacing Colt – Owosso Flash 2YO Trotting Colt – Railee Workable 3YO Pacing Filly – Limelight 3YO Trotting Filly – Markie 3YO Pacing Colt – Gold Star Kenny P 3YO Trotting Colt – Showing Off Older Pacing Mare – Don’t Spank Me Older Trotting Mare – Tyree’s Teasure Older Pacing Horse – Prairie Jaguar Older Trotting Horse - Lugar By Steve Wolf, for the Florida Chapter USHWA

The Meadowlands has added several important new stakes to its existing harness racing menu for 2015 with the nomination payment due by February 17 (February 15 falls on a Sunday, so postmarked by the 17th is acceptable) on the whole slate.   Leading the parade of new races is the return of the $1,000,000E Graduate Series, resurrected to provide an opportunity for four year old trotters and pacers to compete against horses of their own age before taking on older. The series opens at Tioga Downs on Monday, May 25 then moves to The Meadowlands for legs two and three in June with the $250,000G finals at The Meadowlands on July 3 (Pace) and July 11 (Trot).   Mare divisions have been added to the TVG FFA Championships for 2015 with each purse (Trot & Pace) set at a Guaranteed $200,000. The trotting mares also pick up another big purse opportunity with the Fresh Yankee set to go on Hambletonian Day for $175,000E.   The fall meet will see the addition of a pair of new races for three year old fillies with the purse for each estimated at $175,000. These stakes have been named for a couple of the greatest mares in Meadowlands history, Continentalvictory and Tarport Hap.   A new web page has been added to The Meadowlands site with all pertinent stakes information and nomination forms available. Questions may be directed to the Racing Office at 201-460-4214.   Nick Salvi

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2015 -- On their 2nd annual "Night of Champions," The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) honored locally based horsemen Dave Palone and Ron Burke, who have become two of harness racing's most celebrated champions. Burke, the sport's leading trainer for six consecutive years, in 2014 smashed his own record with more than $28.3 million in earnings. "It's pretty well documented that we're a family operation . . . I couldn't do it without any of them," Burke said. "There's a whole other crew that we consider just like family. Thank you, and let's make this year special." Palone, a harness Hall of Famer, in 2014 collected career victory 16,754, which made him the world's "winningest" harness racing driver. Noted equine artist Thomas Allen Pauley captured that historic moment in a painting; on Friday, he presented the work to Palone. Palone also accepted congratulations from Pennsylvania Rep. Brandon Neuman; Bill Paulos, principal of Cannery Casino Resorts, which owns The Meadows, and Phil Langley, president of the United States Trotting Association. Langley said he hopes to be present for Palone's 20,000th victory. When asked about that, Palone smiled but said emphatically, "No shot." Few in attendance, however, doubted the possibility. Before the ceremony, fans were able to meet the two champions and take away Palone- and Burke-themed premiums. The festivities also included presentation of awards to The Meadows' 2014 equine champions, as voted by MSOA members. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2015 -- In her characteristic Silky Sullivan fashion, Macharoundtheclock rallied from sixth to capture Friday's $15,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock followed the live cover of Novascotia Hanover into the final turn, then swung wide for Eric Ledford for the drive. She defeated 51-1 long shot Nutmegs Yankee by a neck in 1:55.1, with Doubelieveinmagic third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $395,577 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Evan Pattak

The trotter that had stolen the show this winter at The Meadowlands had been conspicuous by his absence for the last four weeks. Melady's Monet had not been seen since winning the top-level trot on January 2nd. Harness racing trainer Kevin McDermott reported the gelding suffered a quarter crack and was given time to heal and freshen up. There was no evidence of any lingering affects of that quarter crack Friday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, the Revenue S gelding was allowed to settle in last in the field of seven and remained there as the field rolled through tepid fractions of 28.2 and 57.1, established by Modest Prince. Still last turning for home through three-quarters of 1:25.1, Melady's Monet saw Lindy's Tru Grit, who he was tracking the outer flow go off-stride directly in front of him. That was no problem either as the Tim Tetrick driven trotter towered up and powered home through the stretch while Tetrick remained motionless at all times to win going away into extremely strong headwinds, completing the mile in 1:55.1. Take My Picture rallied to be second while Team Six raced well uncovered finishing third. Melady's Monet is trained by Kevin McDermott for Melady Enterprises LLC. The Dash For The "C" Notes for trotters returned Friday night at The Meadowlands as well, featuring six divisions, providing very competitive racing as only a win in your division guaranteed a spot in the $25,000 Final next week. The remaining four finalists are to be drawn by lot from the second place finishers in the six divisions. The divisional winners were Captain Primeau (1:57.3 - Pierce), Perfect Picture (1:57.3 - Pierce), My Muscleman (1:55.3 - B. Miller), Bluebird Kidsqueen (1:56.4 - Abbatiello), Rock Of Cashel (1:55.3 - Richardson) and Scorcher Hall (1:56 - A. Miller). The second place finishers were comprised of Walltocousins, Mr Fenwick, Grey Ice, Worth The Money As, Most Wanted Lindy and Lauderdale. Four of these six runner-up trotters will complete the field of 10 for the $25,000 "C" Note Final next week, with the four being drawn by lot. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5's went unclaimed, with the fifth race carryover at $4,611.57 and the last race carryover standing at $76,077.56. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

LEBANON, OH. - Shine N Shimmer slid into town Friday night and captured the $16,500 Mares Open pace at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the harness racing track record for aged pacing mares despite 26 degree temperatures and gusting winds. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the 2014 national dash champion, pushed the seven-year-old American Ideal mare right to the front when the wings folded and was able to maintain the lead through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.1. The winner, shipping in from the east coast where she earned $95,413 with eight wins in 2014, beat Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble)-the winner of last year's Ohio Sires Stakes championship for older mares, making her first seasonal start-and Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith), who got the show dough. Jim Ellison trains now trains Shine N Shimmer for the partnership of Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor. She paid $8.80 to win. Earlier on the program the $8200 championship final of the "Claim To Fame" series for $5000 claiming trotters was contested. Upset winner was JW's Jasmine (Kyle Ater), who topped King Trut (Josh Sutton) and Pacific Wave K (Ken Holliday) at odds of 14-1. The winner got away third as Beauregret carved wicked trotting fractions of :27.2 and :56.1 to the half. Ater came first up headed to the three-quarters where his nine-year-old mare stuck a head in front in 1:25.4. Her :30.3 final panel was enough to garner the championship for the pride of the Baron Racing Stable and trainer George Anthrop. The Saturday night card at Miami Valley will feature a $14,500 Open Pace as well as the $20,000 championship leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 horses and geldings. Miami Valley will also provide the only live harness racing action in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. post time. The matinee program should wrap-up about a half hour before kickoff of the Patriots-Seahawks clash, which will be shown throughout the Miami Valley casino and bars on dozens of large-screen television monitors. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 23, 2015 - Favored Carolsideal and harness racing driver Dan Dube, offered up some first-over fisticuffs Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly (literally and figuratively early from post position No. 5, "Carol" saw Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) stepped over Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. After a wind-compromised :59.1 intermission, Carolsideal moved from fourth...and did so with purpose. She busted the race wide open before the 1:26.3 three-quarters, opening up 6½ lengths entering the lane. The final margin was sixth lengths in 1:55.2. Palm Patrol, stuck behind a tiring leader, won the "other" race for second, with last week's victress, Set Me Up (George Brennan), Spirit of Desire (Jason Bartlett) and Robin Cruiser earned the smaller pay envelopes. Note that scheduled outside assignee Voelz Hanover was a judges' scratch for a second time this month as the millionairess has not made her 2015 parimutuel debut. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Shawn Christner for co-owners Allard Racing, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win (each in same time) in as many seasonal starts (and purchase/barn change). The exacta paid $24, with the triple returning $128.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22 (post time TBA). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The popular Niatross Knockout Claiming Series begins next Saturday at Buffalo Raceway and some of the pacers slated to participate got to eyeball their competition in four divisions of harness racing prep races on a frigid Friday night (January 30).   Legerdepan ($4.90) produced the best time of all four winners as he went gate-to-wire for driver Billy Dobson in 1:59 over the fast track.   Emmys Junior Grin posted a popular $3.40 victory for Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings in 1:59.2 to take a leg.   Donegal Jim ($5.50) remained razor-sharp with a 2:00.1 decision. It was the second win in three starts this year for Donegal Jim, a 14-time winner in 2014.   Dave Panlone ($5.80) captured his prep race with a nose victory in 2:01 for Dobson.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with a 13-race program scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m. The $10,500 Open Pace will go as the eighth race. Youwillwishyouhad has been installed as the 2-1 morning line choice from the seven post with John Cummings Jr. in the sulky.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

DOVER, Del. ---- Two longtime contributors to the Delaware Standardbred industry passed away recently. Ruth Bower Davis, 89, wife of the late reknown horseman Olin Davis, formerly of Harrington, Del., died peacefully in her sleep (1/17). A University of Delaware graduate, she drove horses as a hobby and was one of the early women to secure a USTA driver’s license. She was renown during the mid 20th century for helping to develop the famed stakes winner Quick Lady. Mrs. Davis served as Clerk of Course and Program Director at Harrington, Georgetown, Brandywine, Rosecroft and Laurel on-and-off for 40 years and was a Director of the Delaware Standardbred Development Fund until it ended. She was a runner at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg for many years. In addition, she was a substitute teacher in the Harrington (later Lake Forest) school district, well into her 70s and had perfect attendance volunteering at Milford Hospital for many years. ----------------------------------------------------- Harold Snyder, 91, founder of International Sound Co., headquartered in Pikesville, Md. a leading provider of video and sound at many racetrack in America and a company which enjoyed an enviable reputation for integrity, died (1/ 26).For nearly 60 years, he providing video and audio at a large number of harness and Thoroughbred racetracks in America, In addition to Delaware tracks (Dover Downs, Harrington and Delaware Park), the International Sound product was featured at all three Triple Crown tracks, Churchill Downs, Pimlico Race Course and Belmont Park plus more than 75 others including  the Meadowlands. Last fall, Mr. Snyder received the Humphrey S. Finney Award for "lifetime achievement” from the Maryland Racing Media Association. ---------------------------- Heather Vitale is a 2014-season double winner at the upcoming U.S.Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards-Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 22 in Orlando, Fla. On Feb. 22 where the top honors are passed out to top horses and individuals. I n the broadcasting category, Ms. Vitale’s feature on top trainer Casey Coleman on CBS Sports Network and the other, a feature on harness racing in Ireland shown on her Post Time show on WBOC-TV were winners.   . --------------------------------------------------- Tickets for the USHWA Night of Champions gala are now available. Contact Judy Davis-Wilson by phone 302-359-3630 or e-mail:zoe8874@aol.com. Next week, Canada’s best will be honored at the black tie O’Brien Awards-Dinner, Feb. 7. ---------------------------------------------- Al “Rusty” Carter, who has bred, owned and raced harness horzses for the past two decades, also doubles as a race car driver. A cancer survivor from Greenville, Del., Carter became a Rolex 24 at Daytona champion. It took Carter only four Rolex 24 at Daytona participations to win the greatest endurance race in North America when Carter's No. 93 SRT Viper race car started last in the GTD class field of the Daytona race Saturday afternoon (Jan. 25).  In harness racing, Carter has owned around 100 horses including Totally Rusty p,2,1:52.f ($129,250), a homebred filly he bred from his stallion Rusty’s For Real and his mare Rusty’s Joy. Most of Carter’s horses have his nickname “Rusty” in their names. ------------------------------------- Corey Callahan and Aaron Merriman continue to battle for leading drivers during 2015 in North America with Merriman holding an eight-win lead as of Thursday (1/22). Ron Pierce is presently third in winning drives. Listed in the top 50 list are  Trace Tetrick, Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and Jonathan Roberts. Callahan with $575,000 and Pierce $440,000 are first and second in the sport among money-winning drivers in the New Year. Ron Burke, is again, far and away the leading trainer, in wins and money won. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis, have moved up to the top 5 trainers in North America.  ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 150 races. Allan Davis is second with 89 wins. Ross Wolfenden, third, with 78 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth with 73 in fourth place. Tony Morgan completes the top 5 with 59 wins.  ----------------------------------------------  Wayne Givens leads Doug Lewis by three wins, 38- 35. Jim King is third with 29 winners. Defending champion Dylan Davis  is fourth with 29. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 27 wins. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Christmas is long gone but Jingle Bell Rocker continues in a holiday spirit adding another victory to his current longest winning streak at the track. The claiming pacer won his sixth straight race, last week and puts the streak on the line on Tuesday. Among trotters, trainer John Cabot has two trotters with four-race win streaks, Classic Belisima and Hey Pancho. Razor Ramone and Mr. Truth have three-win streaks.    Marv Bachrad

Marvin Kaufman was born in The Bronx, NY. The lovable curmudgeon was a Yonkers harness racing  fixture for decades, a diehard NY Yankee fan and Civil War aficionado. He was a lifelong native of the Bronx though the ritzy residence of Riverdale, NY, disguised where his heart always resided.   Marvin served in the US military and served two years in Korea. He loved, and owned standardbred harness horses and enjoyed going to the races, especially Yonkers Raceway watching his son who campaigns a stable at the Hilltop Oval. Marvin and Sandra travelled with their horses on the NY Sire Stakes Circuit and to other states where they competed. No trip was too long for this veteran and his family.   Marvin, before and after his retirement, enjoyed American History, especially the Civil War era, and spent his vacations traveling to almost every one of battleground sites of the War. He adored general Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War. Chamberlain later became the Governor of Maine. Marvin would get angry when he visited General Chamberlain's home in Maine and people would not know who Chamberlain was and how he served his country. Marvin also loved his Bronx based Yankees and especially his favorite - Mickey Mantle. Many times Marv would insist on visiting and revisiting Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and the Mickey Mantle Museum, family in tow.   Marvin was always interested in the affairs of the SOA of NY and the only annual meeting he missed was the last one in December. Marvin also volunteered at the Yonkers Fairs, the Westchester Food Bank, distributing USTA information pieces for prospective owners and handing out handicapping aides on site. Marvin has already been, and will continue to be, greatly missed by his family, all his friends, the SOA Board members and those fans at the track who have noticed his absence already and shared their condolences.   Marv was 81 years old when he passed on January 17th, 2015. He is survived by his beloved wife Sandra, his constant companion of 50 + years. Sandra serves on the Board of Directors of the SOA. Marvin left three children, two daughters Melissa, Michele and son Ian, who is a trainer/driver.   Marvin Kaufman served his country, was a devoted family man, civil war buff and a crazy, crazy NY Yankee fanatic. Most of all he loved harness racing. Marvin was a true friend to all with the exception of NY Mets fans and anyone unfamiliar with General Chamberlain.   Rest in peace our dear friend.   Joe Faraldo, SOA of NY President  

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