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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick recently returned to The Meadowlands after spending the winter racing at Dover Downs, and based on Saturday night's results, the 39-year-old Hall of Famer hasn't missed a Big M beat by winning four races on the card, including both $30,000 features, one on the pace and the other on the trot. Ana Afreet N, back from an unsuccessful stint at Yonkers racing in the Borgata series where he finished no better than fourth in three starts, held off 3-5 favorite Colossal Stride A in a thrilling finish in the Preferred for pacers back at the track where he was an impressive wire-to-wire winner on March 6. Tetrick was intent on racing on the point in the seven-horse field. "If they were going to go a half in :55," said Tetrick. "I might as well be cutting it and make that horse of Dexter's [Dunn, driving Colossal Stride A] chase me, so it just worked out. My horse is a nice horse, he just didn't like the four turns at Yonkers. It just didn't agree with him and he couldn't get around there." Around two turns at The Big M, it was a far different story. Yacht Seelster was on the move early and looped Ana Afreet N to grab the lead at the quarter in :27.2. Tetrick immediately moved Ana Afreet N back to the lead and hit the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Colossal Stride A, the 3-5 favorite, moved from the four-hole just after the half and made his way closer to the leader gradually while racing first-over, and continued his constructive grind throughout the stretch drive. But at the wire, it was Ana Afreet N holding on by a diminishing nose. Vettel N was third. The time for the mile was 1:49.4. ANA AFREET N REPLAY   "I was a little nervous [in deep stretch]," said Tetrick. "Especially when you look back and have Dex coming at you. Luckily, my horse dug in and made me look good." Trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, Ana Afreet N returned $8.40 to win as the second choice in the betting. The 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight - Anna Livia has now won 24 of 50 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $198,272. In the marquee trot, Scirocco Rob stayed on a roll, as the Mark Silva trainee won for the fourth time in five starts. The 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter - Fun At Parties stopped the clock in an eye-popping 1:50.3 to lower his previous lifetime best by a full second. Things could not have gone any better for the 4-5 favorite, who worked out an ideal pocket trip behind the speedy Nows The Moment (Mark MacDonald), who cut out fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.2 before Tetrick tipped Scirocco Rob out of the pocket with an eighth of a mile to go and roared home to an easy 4¼-length score. Nows The Moment held second with Morairtime third. SCIROCCO ROB REPLAY   "My horse is very versatile," said Tetrick. "Last week, he was second-over at Dover and won. Tonight, it worked out perfect." Sitting off quick fractions in the abbreviated six-horse field (JL Cruze was scratched), Tetrick loved his spot. "I was thinking, just don't fall off," said Tetrick. "I was pretty confident. My horse was tracking so good." "I was just trying to have a little fun," said Tetrick when asked about looking back at MacDonald as he went by in the stretch. "Mark was laughing, I was laughing, so it was kind of fun." Scirocco Rob returned $3.60 to his backers in winning for the 28th time from 81 lifetime starts. His bankroll stands at $551,604 for owners Lewis and Kathleen Whitaker. WHATTA WEEKEND: With the track's two signature Pick-4s accounting for over $240,000 of action to go along with a pair of potent carryovers, all-source wagering totaled $3,782,327. When you add in Friday's $3.23 million handle, that brought the total of $7-million wagering weekends at The Big M to four on the year. CARRYOVER CRAZY: The 20-cent Pick-6 pool started out with $9,019 before $64,105 in "new money" was added for a total of $73,124. Those who hit all six winners collected $877.14. The 10-cent Pentafecta/Hi-5 had a carryover of $32,103 before $84,462 was added for a total of $116,565. Those with tickets bearing the combination of 5-1-9-3-7 cashed in for $141.84. A LITTLE MORE: After only four favorites won on the previous two programs combined, chalk players had smiles on their faces Saturday as six post-time choices hit victory lane. ... Cullipher trained three winners on the card while Bruce Saunders had two. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands

LEBANON, OH - Charlie May opened his sophomore harness racing season in style by winning an elimination heat of the James K. Hackett Memorial late closer in 1:51.4, despite a rain-soaked sloppy racing surface at Miami Valley Raceway Saturday. Brett Miller surged the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion past Heart Of Chewbacca (Dan Noble) in the final strides in the highly anticipated early season showdown between the two best Ohio-sired two-year-olds in 2020. Official Bean (Trevor Smith) , who prepped with a pair of early season wins at Miami Valley, finished third. Charlie May (McArdle) had a freshman scorecard of 9-7-2-0, good for $329,627 in earnings. Heart Of Chewbacca was nearly as impressive in his rookie racing season, compiling a 7-5-2-0 stat line and pushing $195,598 into his owners coffers. Neither horse left the gate with alacrity, but both were moved into the outer flow before the :57.1 halfway point in the mile. Heart Of Chewbacca was first to reach the front after a :26.2 third panel before Charlie May finally collared him nearing the finish line. The same scenario played out in the $300,000 O.S.S. championship tilt at Eldorado Scioto Downs last September. CHARLIE MAY REPLAY   Steve Carter trains homebred Charlie May for owner Don Tiger. The other Hackett Memorial elimination heat went just 2/5ths of a second slower as Laughagain Hanover (Dan Noble), who finished third in the aforementioned Buckeye freshman final, easily defeated Just Playing (Josh Sutton) and Third Edition (Miller). It was the fifth lifetime triumph for Laughagain Hanover and raised his earnings to $120,584 for the partnership of Cimaglio, Richardson and Gilmartin. Noble's wife Christi trains the son of McArdle. LAUGHAGAIN REPLAY   Joining the first three finishers in the eliminations will be fourth place finishers Siri Said (Mitch Cushing) and JW's Chrome (Kayne Kauffman). There was a tie for the fastest fifth place finish with both Imagine It (Sutton) and Just Marvelous (Trevor Smith) posting identical 1:54.1 clockings. If all ten horses enter there will be a coin flip between the fifth place finishers to determine who makes the nine-horse field for the $40,000 final. In a $22,500 Open I Pace Gold Digger King notched his second straight Saturday feature race victory, topping The First Step (Chris Page) and Americanfirewater (Kauffman) in 1:52. Linda Van Camp owns and Scott Mogan trains the five-year-old son of Pet Rock who now sports 14 career wins and $280,387 in earnings. Omega Cat (Tyler Smith) nosed out Yacht Week (Kauffman) and Grantmeawish (Sutton) in the $20,000 Open II. When Smith reached the wire in 1:51.3 it gave him his 100th win of the year at Miami Valley, a day after he reached the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau. Racing resumes with 2:05 14-race matinees on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Miami Valley. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- With the temperature reaching over 80 degrees at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 10), it was perfect 'beach' weather, Santana Beach ($15.40) weather that is.   Rising up through the harness racing ranks the past few weeks, Santana Beach (Kevin Cummings) found his new level, the $10,000 Class AA-Open Handicapped classification, just fine by rolling to a two length victory over Southwind Onyx in 1:54.3, the fastest time of the 2021 meet.   Back on March 6, Santana Beach paced to a four length score in the Class C division in 1:56.4. From there, it's been a steady climb onward and upwards with success found at each tougher division. After a victory last week in the Class A bracket, it was time for another jump for Santana Beach and it turned out to be another win.   Sitting third past the half, Santana Beach started his first over journey and eventually went by the pace-setting Mr Ham Sandwich approaching the final panel.   In the lane, a 28.3 final split was more than enough for Santana Beach to collect his third straight victory and fourth in his last five appearances. Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) made a mild bid late to finish second while Stratosphere (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Jason Newell and trained by Richard Roth, it was the fourth win in seven tries for the 6-year-old gelded Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip - Beachs Luck). The victory jumped his seasonal earnings to $16,614 and $192,585 in his career.   Thor De Vie romped by 4-3/4 lengths in the $8,800 Class A pace by wiring the field for driver Kevin Cummings in a seasonal best of 1:54.4.   There was little drama in the event as Thor De Vie went the middle splits in :56.3 which proved to be too much for the rest of the field. Loaded Deck (Shawn McDonough) took the runner up position with Beachy Dream (Jim Morrill Jr.) placing third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Tandlmeyer, it was the second win in seven starts this season for Thor De Vie (So Surreal - Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory took his 2021 bankroll to $14,408 and $275,058 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings led the way for the drivers with four wins with Ray Fisher Jr. adding a pair. Lee Dahn and Ryan Swift had training doubles.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set. There will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Straight Talk and Mad Man Hill are now 2-for-2 in the Bobby Weiss Series for sophomore pacing males after four $17,500 second round harness racing prelims were held Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Straight Talk was one of two Sweet Lou-sired winners trained by Ron Burke to take Weiss divisions; the colt left the field behind with a :26.4 third split under the direction of Matt Kakaley en route to taking a lifetime best of 1:51.4 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. STRAIGHT TALK REPLAY   The other Burke Brigade member to win was the gelding Emblaze Hanover, who bounced back from a break in the first leg to also reduce his mark to 1:51.4 for driver Joe Bongiorno and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. EMBLAZE HANOVER REPLAY   The Somebeachsomewhere colt Mad Man Hill, the only Weiss chalk to get home first, is perfect after two trips behind the gate this year as he came home in :55.4 to tie his mark of 1:52.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr., who had five winners on the card, trainer Chris Ryder, and owner Tom Hill. MAD MAN HILL REPLAY   The fastest Weiss winner was the American Ideal colt Trevor's Ace, who lowered his speed badge by four seconds as he impressed in 1:51 for driver Jason Bartlett, trainer Jean Drolet, and the ownership of Stephen Schneider, Bill Siegel, and Marthe Drolet. TREVOR'S ACE REPLAY   Babes Dig Me recorded the fastest mile of the season at Pocono when he posted a lifetime 1:49.4 best as he joined up with trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Eric Provost after a claim. Jim Pantaleano sent the pacer zooming to the lead late on the backstretch around hard-used frontenders and had no problem in the latter stages. Another non-Weiss race deserves mention because it created some unusual numeric situations. Rockin Inthe Hills, who had been placed first at a $174.00 win mutuel two starts back, again didn't get much respect in his first start after a claim by trainer Dan Maier - and he came up the inside to win in 1:51.2 and return $51.80, becoming the first horse to pay $50+ twice this year. Also, the four-year-old American Rebel became the largest-priced claim in Pocono history, as owner William Emmons gave $50,000 to lead him back to the barn after the race. In all, twelve claims during the card produced $316,000 changing hands, sending the seasonal claiming total over $5 million via 275 transactions. (This was card 24.) The trotting males take over the Weiss spotlight for Sunday's twilight card, with four $17,500 divisions of their second preliminary round. Post time Sunday is 5 p.m.; program pages will be available at For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs

Freehold, NJ -- A short six- horse field went to post on the bright and sunny afternoon of April 10 in the $9,000 American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign Shoemaker Hanover emerged victorious when John Calabrese guided the veteran harness racing trotter to a solid 1:59 triumph. After the starter released the field Paul Minore gunned If I Must to the lead and got away with a soft :30.3 quarter as Tony Verruso settled Masster Blue in behind the leader and they were closely followed by Calabrese with Shoemaker Hanover. When the field headed to the halfway point Calabrese moved out in front of Joe Faraldo and Always A Good Time and both trotters moved closer to the pace-setter as the half mile time flashed 1:00.3. Still If I Must showed the way but Shoemaker Hanover was on his throat-latch as they trotted by the third quarter in 1:29.4. In the homestretch they were noses apart but as they approached the finish line Calabrese's horse began to draw away and they were home free in 1:59. If I Must was was second best and Masster Blue garnered the show dough. SHOEMAKER HANOVER REPLAY   Shoemaker Hanover, an 8-year-old son of Cantab Hall, paid $4.80 for win. He is owned and trained by Tracy Tarantino. And for driver John Calabrese it was his 5th win in 25 starts this year for a solid .400UDR. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the AHDC

Northfield, Ohio --- Harnesss racing driver Eddie Miller wins again. The hot-handed youngster scored his fourth victory in seven seasonal starts when he guided Warrior Way to a 1:58.4 triumph in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trotting series tonight at Northfield Park. And racing fans are starting to take notice of the youngster's talent. Tonight Miller had the pole position and the locals sent him away as the 3-5 betting favorite and Miller didn't disappoint. When the wings of the gate folded Miller got away third as Hail To The King and Marion Chupp gunned for command and they had a short lead over Mesmerized (Darrell Rideout) as they passed the first stanza in a swift :28.1. As the field approached the halfway point trailing horses began to move up so Miller moved off the pylons with sights on the front-end. However, Hail To The King was still strong as they approached the three quarters in 1:29.2. But when they trotted into the final turn he faltered and Warrior Way took command and began to draw clear. In the deep stretch Miller was the one to beat and no one could as Warrior Way finished a length ahead of fast closing Time Outa Jail (Lonnie Graber). So Wishful with Larry Ferrari at the controls, rallied from far back to finish third. WARRIOR WAY REPLAY   The winner, an 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding is owned by Jamie Miller and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.40. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Rockinscience, who closed with a rush for an exacta completion at this level last week, gets the top harness racing billing in Sunday night's $5,000 pacing main event at Cal Expo Harness. Watch and Wager LLC will present 11 races with the headliner going as the sixth event on the evening, First post is 5:25 p.m. Rockinscience is a 4-year-old son of Rockin Image out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Secluded Beach who is owned by Nikki Hudson and Dave Haness and is reined and trained by Luke Plano. The hard-knocking gelding has returned to the charmed enclosure following five of his 13 starts this season, with the most recent score coming on February 27 when he proved a punctual 7-5 favorite with a coast-to-coast tour of this layout. In last week's assignment, Rockinscience found himself last of the quintet to the stretch, put in a nice late move but had to settle for a second-place finish Royale Big Guy in that affair. Any of the other five rivals have the credentials to get the job done, with Buddy's Hope sporting some nice lines at this stand for trainer Nathalie Tremblay with Jake Cutting in the sulky. Rounding out the line-up, from the rail out, are Bettor's Promise, Queenace Blue Chip, Ridonkuloso and Prodigal. A reminder there are three wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, with the latter sporting a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. Sherwood making most of limited opportunities The 5-year-old pacer Sherwood has only made 15 starts, but he's already had six trips to the winner's circle and many more appear to be in his future. Carrying the banner of Mark Anderson, taking his lessons from Gordie Graham and under the direction of Mooney Svendsen, he actually made 10 cents on the dollar look like an overlay last week as he romped home by nearly four lengths over a conditioned crew. "It was as easy as it looked," Svendsen related after the score. "You know, he actually went a monster race the week before, considering he'd been away for almost three months. "He was awesome last summer at Running Aces, but I believe he had some foot problems. Now he's fine and this is a very nice horse. I expect him to start climbing the ladder." Things are even-steven among the 3-year-old Sire Stakes fillies after Rockin The Dragon turned the tables on heavily-favored Doubleontherocks in last week's clash at the head of the class. These two talented performers have been taking turns collecting trophies with two each on their respective mantles, and the rubber match will come on closing weekend April 24 when they get one more chance at the big money. Interestingly, the favorite has yet to prevail in these four stakes match-ups. Rockin The Dragon has been 7-1 and 3-1 in her two tallies, while Doubleontherocks was the second choice in both her scores. Our guess is their odds will be pretty close when they leave the gate for that fifth match-up in two weeks. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Alexa Skye and driver Todd McCarthy served notice in the final of five preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night with an imposing 1:52.3 victory in her $35,000 division. The fleet-footed 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere had to work just a bit to gain control at the quarter, but from that point her four rivals chased her in vain. Alexa Skye left the gate along with Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett) from the inside, with Siesta Beach (Matt Kakaley) between those two into the opening bend. Siesta Beach settled along the pylons, but McCarthy pushed Alexa Skye to the top and cleared passing a 27.4 opening fraction. Alexa Skye maintained the lead after that, setting fractions of 56.3 and 1:24.4, with Siesta Beach moving to the outside into the final turn as Monica Gallagher lost contact with the pace-setter. McCarthy let his mare do the talking, and Alexa Skye spoke volumes, cruising home effortlessly with a 27.4 kicker to win by open lengths. Siesta Beach held down the place spot, with Soho Burning Love A (Austin Siegelman) showing decent late foot for third. ALEXA SKYE REPLAY   Sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field, Alexa Skye paid $2.40 to win. Alexa Skye won all four of the Blue Chip Matchmaker preliminary legs she participated in for co-owner Pollack Racing LLC. and co-owner/trainer Jeff Cullipher. The exacta returned $4.50, with the two favorites first and second, and the triple came back $11.40. Now a winner in seven of nine starts on the season, Alexa Skye moves into the $232,800 final on April 19 as the clear horse to beat.   In the night's first section, which was raced as a non-wagering event, Blue Ivy led a field of four wire-to-wire for driver Tyler Buter to score decisively in 1:52 3/5 over Caviart Cherie (Kakaley) and Machnhope, with Lady Dela Renta A (Jordan Stratton) fourth in the group. Blue Ivy had the pole position and discouraged leavers, blasting off into the opening bend and cutting a 27.1 quarter with no dispute. Buter was then kind to the 5-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous, allowing her to stroll the middle-half in just 58 seconds, reaching three-quarters in 1:25.1 as Machnope and Andrew McCarthy pulled to make a token bid. No one would get within a length of Blue Ivy, as Buter called on her, and she responded with a 27.2 final quarter, holding a clear advantage to the wire. Caviart Cherie had raced in the pocket throughout and fought hard enough for the place spot. Trained by Todd Buter and owned by Renee Bercury, Blue Ivy completed the five-leg preliminary round with an impressive scorecard that included three wins and two second-place finishes. Friday's 1:52.3 mile was her fastest of the series and her sixth win in 2021 in just 10 starts. Unofficially, the eight mares that advanced to the $232,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final are: Blue Ivy (325 points), Alexa Skye (300), Machnhope (237), Siesta Beach (234), Caviart Cherie (222), Snobbytown (195), Monica Gallagher (178), and My Ruebe Star N (143). The final leg of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series will take place on Monday night (April 12) at Yonkers Raceway with three $40,000 fields set, including a final preview with Leonidas A, This Is The Plan and Hesa Kingslayer N in one division. Yonkers races Monday through Friday night with first post at 7:15 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When harness racing longshot Lotus Seelster lit up the tote board in Friday night's 13th race at The Meadowlands, handicappers no doubt got right to work on the Saturday program given the opportunities that await. The 83-1 shot, driven by Simon Allard and trained by Mark Capone, paid $168.20 to win, and in the process, set up a pair of tantalizing carryovers for Saturday's card. No one had a winning ticket on the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover of $9,019. Those with five correct collected $85.90. The 10-cent Hi-5/Pentafecta also went unhit, as no one had the winning combination of 9-1-3-10-4, resulting in a carryover of $32,103. Free program pages for the Saturday card - as well as every Big M program - are available by going to the track's website, A FABULOUS FRIDAY: Thus far in 2021, handle numbers have been superb at The Meadowlands, and that trend continued Friday night, as the Big M saw its biggest night of wagering this year on a Friday as all-source betting totaled $3,237,137 on the 13 races. The sixth race served as the catalyst for yet another $3 million night of betting, the 19th out of 28 cards this year, as a total of $383,474 was put in play, $104,470 of that in the Early 50-cent Pick-4. The eighth race took in a total of $305,550 before the 10th race saw $295,705 of action, with $94,445 of that bet on the Late 50-cent Pick-4. 'ART' WINS ANOTHER: Preppy Art was claimed by trainer Kyle Spagnola for $12,500 last week and paid immediate dividends to his connections by crushing his foes in the second leg of the GSY Series on the pace. The 9-year-old gelded son of Art Colony - Electric Smile was clear of the field by 4¾ lengths at the conclusion of a season's-best 1:53.2 mile. As the 9-5 second choice, Preppy Art returned $5.80 after using a huge brush down the backside when called upon by driver Robert Hechkoff to win for the fourth time in his last five starts. PREPPY ART REPLAY   THE KIDS ALRIGHT: Tyler (T.J.) Miller made his parents proud by winning twice on the card. The 23-year-old son of Andy and Julie Miller guided Gottalovemyshadow (race eight, $12.40 to win) and Bettor Notbitter A (race 12, $7.80) to victory lane to up his numbers at the meeting to four wins from just 23 starts (17 percent) Both of Miller's victories were with horses trained by Edwin Quevedo, who finished the night with three victories. A LITTLE MORE: Mark MacDonald and Scott Zeron joined Miller with two driving victories apiece. ... Chalk players took it on the chin, as for a second consecutive card only two public choices went to the winner's circle. Favorites have won just four times over the last 26 races (15 percent). ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowland  

LEBANON, OH - Making a strong bid to be named 2021 Horse Of The Year at Miami Valley, Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) won the featured Friday night (April 9) $25,000 Mares Open Pace for the sixth time in eleven tries. Using the winner's usual come-from-behind tactic, Page managed to reach the lead at the head of the stretch and then held off a late charge by Checks On The Way (Brett Miller) in 1:52. Pansy's Image (Tyler Smith) was also flying at the finish while settling for the show spot. For Page, the win was his 100th at the current Miami Valley meet. For trainer Ron Burke, the win was number 36 at Miami Valley this year as he attempts to overcome Tyler George's meet leading 39 victories before the curtain comes down on May 3. PACE BABY PACE   A race earlier on the program, driver Tyler Smith became the fifth Miami Valley reinsman to crack the $1 million purse earnings plateau. Five of the top 13 money-earning drivers in North American have been Miami Valley regulars since early January. Trace Tetrick was the first to surpass $1 million and currently leads the sport in the category. Other southwest Ohio stalwarts are Dan Noble (2nd nationally), Brett Miller (6th), Chris Page (7th) and Smith (13th). Also on Friday, driver-trainer Bruce Sturgeon guided King Klueber to his first win in just his second lifetime start. The three-year-old son of Allamerican Native, owned by Sturgeon and Karen Heaberlin, was impressive triumphing in 1:52.4 over Sweet Oliver (Ed Hennessey) and Serious Miki (Kayne Kauffman). Although Sturgeon has won over 900 races and earned over $3 million in his sulky career, the victory was the first since 2017 for the 59-year-old driver. Racing resumes Saturday (April 10) at Miami Valley featuring a showdown between Charlie May and Heart Of Chewbacca in the second elimination division of the annual James K. Hackett Memorial late closer. The two colts finished one-two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for two-year-olds last season and both have announced intentions to venture outside Ohio to look for national acclaim when their scheduling allows this year. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

There will be qualifying race held at Sunshine Meadows on Friday, April 16 at 11am at the cost of 100 per horse. Entries may be made thru USTA online entries by 9am on Thursday the 15th. For more info call Sunshine Meadows at 561-495-1455. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village      

Columbus, OH — Starting Monday (April 12), harness racing horsemen will be welcome to ship into the Eldorado Scioto Downs paddock to train. The track will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through Tuesday, April 27. Due to billboard installation, training will not be available April 21-23. “We’ve made a significant investment into our track resurfacing this spring,” said Caesars senior vice president of racing Joe Morris. “We want to make sure the track is worked and has horses on it for the next 20 days so it can be tight and race-ready before our first qualifier.” The Scioto Downs race meet commences on May 4. Qualifiers will be held on April 28 at 12 noon and opening day at 4:15 p.m. More information about training can be directed to Scioto Downs director of racing Jason Roth at 614.295.4668. Information about the upcoming meet can be found on the Scioto Downs website. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley seeks the best Ohio-sired harness racing three year olds to showcase in four Scarlet & Gray Invitationals, each for a purse of $50,000, on the weekend of April 23 and 24. Sophomore fillies, both trotters and pacers, will be featured on Friday with the colts of both gaits going postward on Saturday. The top four finishers in each of the four $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championships a week earlier will get automatic bids with the remainder of the nine-horse fields filled by invitation of Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. Owners or trainers of horses that would like to be considered are asked to contact Keidel at 513-934-7336 or via email at: "The Scarlet & Gray Invitational fields may not be finalized until the day before the draws," explained Keidel, "but I'd like to have a list of interested parties on a list long before then." There is no nomination or starting fees for the Scarlet & Gray Invitationals. From Miami Valley Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - The pairing of "Down Under wonders," Australian Andrew McCarthy and New Zealander Kelvin "Red" Harrison, were the top newsmakers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, with McCarthy driving five straight winners on the card, and Harrison training four of them. Three of the four Harrison trainees that McCarthy guided to victory - Bigonpersonality N, Persimmon A, and Claytons Bettor N - were their race's favorite, and their fourth combination, Bettor Trix N, was a second choice. McCarthy's fifth winner, Eddard Hanover, was also a second choice for trainer Jeff Cullipher; all of the victorious quintet raced on the engine except for Bettor Trix N, who was a pocket rocket. McCarthy might have added to his totals, but he left southeastern Pennsylvania after the ninth race to drive in an early Blue Chip Series race at Yonkers. Nevertheless, he is tied with Marcus Miller at the top win spot in the drivers standings with seven triumphs; Harrison is king of the hill on the trainers side with five wins at the meet. A pair of $11,200 paces for younger horses were the top purse events of the day. In the section for distaffs, the Western Ideal mare Avaya Hanover rallied from the two-hole for driver Marcus Miller to overhaul favorite Break The Deal in 1:53.4 for trainer/owner Cote Keim, while the male group was fronted from the quarter by the American Ideal gelding Mancount, who took a new mark of 1:51.3 for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer/owner Trevor Stafford. Both Miller and Napolitano put together driving triples at Philly on Friday. AVAYA HANOVER REPLAY   The twelve-year-old McArdle stallion Mcerlean became harness racing's newest millionaire when he won for Andrew McCarthy's brother Todd. Trained by Darran Cassar for Muscara Racing Trust, Mcerlean moved his lifetime tally to $1,004,130 -- $942.507 of that for the Muscara family -- with his 47th career victory. MCERLEAN REPLAY   The best card of the young reason season will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, with half of the races not out of place as a feature event at most ovals. First post will be at 12:40 p.m.; program pages will be available at For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA - April 9, 2021 -- Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. had to use him twice, but Lunar was up to the challenge as he stretched his career unbeaten streak to four in Friday's Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Manholmes took the other $12,500 second-leg division in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series championship is set for Friday, April 23. Lunar got away fourth from post seven but didn't sit there long, moving first over after the leader, Louie. The Sweet Lou-Crescent City gelding wore down the well-meant Louie and defeated him by 1-1/2 lengths in a career-fastest 1:52.1. Twin B Edge finished third. Ron Burke trains Lunar for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&TSilva-Purnel&Libby. LUNAR REPLAY   Manholmes powered up from third past the three-quarters and drew off late to triumph for Dan Rawlings, trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Ultimate Racing Group and Jim Winske. Aime Hanover was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Phoenix of Fluzzy completed the ticket. The Betting Line- JK Isn'tshelovely gelding scored in 1:53.1, a lifetime mark. MANHOLMES REPLAY   The Meadows will be dark the week of April 12 to maintain the track and prepare the facility for the Saturday, May 1 kickoff of the 2021 stakes season. That day's festivities include the Kentucky Derby simulcast and the first Pennsylvania Sires Stake action of the year. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, April 21. For full race results, click here.  by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Austin Siegelman went into the Friday (April 9) card on a hot streak. He had won four races on each of the last three race days at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he did one better, with five victories.   His biggest victory came in the Preferred Handicap trot, where he guided Levitation to victory. Coming off a win in the A.H.D.C. Amateur Trot, Levitation was the 8/5 favorite in the field of eight. Siegelman sent him to the early lead, but Winneress wrestled back control and cleared to the front just after the opening quarter. Undeterred, Siegelman kept his drive in the pocket, letting Winneress set the pace.   Siegelman's plan worked to perfection. As they turned for home, he angled Levitation off the inside for clear sailing, and he got by in the last few strides for a half-length victory. The final time was 1:57.   LEVITATION REPLAY       Levitation has now won twelve times from 69 career starters, with earnings of more than $177,000. He's owned and trained by Franz Wolf.   Siegelman began his day with a win in race 1, scoring on Betziesbookinit for trainer Travion Jones. He took race 3 on Perseverance, for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr, then won a pair of trainer Mike Kimelman, scoring in race 4 with Loud Brazilian and race 8 on Sweet You.   Siegelman has a comfortable lead in the driver standings, with 74 wins.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Saturday (April 10) with an 11-race card starting at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway  

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