DOVER, Del.--- Nova Artist made it three-consecutive Thursday feature wins with a come-from-behind 1:49.2 victory in the 30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace on Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. After a torrid :25.3 opening panel, Matt Kakaley driving Valentino finally took the lead from Sunshine Superman and Jason Lynch. On the backstretch, Ron Pierce hustled Adventure Bound up on the outside as challengers bunched heading to the final In now typical style, Nova Artist came off-cover to zoom to the front for his second straight faster than 1:50 triumph. Allan Davis drove the six-year-old Real Artist-Avon Lady horse owned by his parents, trainer Eddie and Kathy Davis. The win was his ninth of the year in 27 trips and $169,850 earnings. Nova Artist's career bankroll is $768,467 with 31 winning efforts. Adventure Bound was a strong second in front of Simon's Artist with Vic Kirby the show horse. Papa Ray also was a fast finisher in the $17,500 3&4-Year-Old Open pace. Matt Kakaley was at the controls for a career fastest 1:51.3 mile. Wayne Givens conditions the Village Jolt-Liamatters four-year-old for Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing Of Del. The win the seventh of the year bringing his total purses to $129,280 and $211,500 lifetime. Rage N Ryan (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) closed for third. Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob thundered down the lane at 17-1 to win the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:51.2. Montrell Teague was in the bike for the Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal gelding's second win in-a-row and fifth win of the campaign. Main A Dieu Too (Corey Callahan) and Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively. In a $14,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace, Bobby Glassmeyer owned and trained Democracy N, a Christian Cullen-We Love To Party import, made his first North American visit to the winner's circle in 1:50.2 for Jonathan Roberts. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) was a nose back in second while People Are Crazy (Ron Pierce) was third. Eddie Davis Jr., Matt Kakaley, Allan Davis, Corey Callahan, Vic KIRBY and Bret Brittingham had driving doubles. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Marv Bachrad
If you're a regular fan of Cal Expo racing, watching Cherry Tree Nicole roll by the leaders in the stretch like she did last weekend is nothing new. The 7-year-old daughter of British Sterling was winning for 15th time from 29 appearances on the season, already topping the dozen photos she posed for last year. When she suits up Saturday night for Tim and Denise Maier, she will be seeking victory No. 55 from 160 trips to the post and she has definitely earned her $127,000 bankroll the old-fashioned way. "She doesn't like to be rushed, but she certainly knows where the wire is," driver/trainer Tim Maier related. "I don't believe Denise and I have ever raced a horse who won 30 races in two years, but she's on track to do it." Cherry Tree Nicole is out of the Cumin mare Yankee Reflection, who raced for the late Nicol Tremblay. "Alan Kirschenbaum named this one as a tribute to Nicol," Tim said. "In the past, we've taken her with us to Running Aces, but she doesn't like the smaller track so this summer we just kept her here and gave her a break." Tim and Denise also raced her sire British Sterling, who passed away recently and has been represented by some nice performers from limited opportunities. "I purchased him in Florida as a 4-year-old for Alan, because at the time he was looking for a trotter to drive in the amateur races. He turned out to be a very nice performer, and his strength was the fact he was good-gaited, honest and a big finisher." That sounds a lot like his daughter Cherry Tree Nicole, who will strut her stuff in the final race on Saturday. Not only does she do Tim and Denise proud, but the late Nicol Tremblay and Alan Kirschenbaum as well. A REMINDER THERE ARE THREE WAGERS EACH NIGHT WITH A REDUCED 16 PERCENT TAKEOUT RATE. THEY ARE THE 50-CENT PICK FIVE THAT BEGINS ON THE THIRD RACE; THE 20-CENT PICK 4 ON THE FINAL FOUR RACES; AND THE 10-CENT HI-FIVE ON THE NIGHTCAP. Sire Stakes, Open Pace hold the spotlight A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers with A Stitch In Time looming the solid choice and an Open Pace that finds Phantom Dan eyeing his fourth straight trip to the charmed enclosure are the main events on the Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo Saturday night. A 13- race program is on tap, with the Open Pace set as the second contest on the evening while the Sire Stakes follows as the third race on the card. First post is set for 5:55 p.m. A Stitch In Time looms large in the Sire Stakes as the son of Kent's On Nuke comes into the assignment with nine victories from 14 starts and a 1:53 3/5 mark. He will be challenged by Hi Ho Disguise, Bit Player, Kablooie and Me Tarzan. In an effort to level out the playing field a bit in the Open Pace, racing secretary Fred Kuebler has assigned Phantom Dan the demanding No. 10 post position for this week's gathering at the head of the class. This will mean he will have quite a bit of separation at the start between himself and his four rivals. Phantom Dan is a 5-year-old son of Little Steven who hasn't been beaten to any of the poles in his last three trips to the post. James Kennedy owns, trains and drives this razor-sharp performer who has posted two of his scores in 1:54 2/5 and another in 1:55 flat while never looking like a loser in any of those outings. Off as the prohibitive 1-2 choice in his most recent appearance, Phantom Dan never looked like a loser as Kennedy buzzed him off the gate to command and he was able to moderate the fractions to his liking, coming home with a length and a quarter over Giant Sculpture that night. The latter was making his California debut for A Piece Of The Action LLC and driver/trainer Gene Vallandingham and has every right to make a move forward with a local effort under his belt. The son of Village Jolt was a 1:52 1/5 winner at Balmoral earlier this season. One And Only has gone a series of powerful miles over this layout and will appreciate having his main rival marooned in that outside slot. Lino Pacheco conditions the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight offspring for Richard Morita and David Yamada with Luke Plano once again handling the lines. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness
Wagga will host its final meeting of the 2012-13 season on Friday with a massive 12 race program. The premierships have been decided with Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden in front from Kim Hillier, while Blake Jones will finish ahead of Paul Diebert in the driver's title. Since resuming from a disqualification, Jackson Painting has figured strongly at Wagga and will finish third in both awards. The local trainer award will go to Paul Kahlefeldt, while Adam Jenkiins is the top local reinsman. The Wagga pacer of the year title has been won by Cousin Dupreez who hit the front earlier this month. The awards will be presented at the Wagga RSL Club on Saturday night, September 7. Champion filly Frith will also be recognised with her second consecutive Southwest and Riverina pacer of the year award, while Distant Memory was the leading juvenile performer. World class magician Jonas Jost will perform his amazing show at the sponsors and awards evening. The announcement of the successful tenders for services to Empire Stallion pair Blissful Hall and Village Jolt will also be announced. Tenders will close next Friday. PREMIERSHIPS Trainers Shaun Snudden 162 Kim Hillier 125 Jackson Painting 104 Paul Kahlefeldt 100 Michael Hardy 41 Drivers Blake Jones 159 Paul Diebert 131 Jackson Painting114 Adam Jenkins 76 Michael Hardy 41 Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |
HUGHESVILLE PA – Talented youngsters in sport frequently benefit from the guiding hand of a veteran to their particular discipline. This certainly was a major theme during Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for two-year-olds on Thursday at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds, as seven of the victorious babies paraded back to the Hughesville winners circle were guided by experts 65 years old or older. The most regular visitor to Hughesville victory lane Thursday (4) and for the meet (5) was Dave Brickell (65), who won with four baby trotters, the first three of them within 50 minutes of the start of the card (the other winner in that period was 66YO Bill Daugherty Jr.). Brickell then only had one drive in the next 12 races but still, after three hours in a roasting 95-degree sunshine, he piloted home the card’s getaway winner in the 17th. Brickell is the owner/trainer/driver of the Oh So White gelding Whitey Lauxmont, who is unbeaten in four fair starts and won the fastest division of the 2CT in 2:07-30. His main competitor in that deep division may be Ruiz, now undefeated in two career starts, who repaired an early miscue that cost him 12-15 lengths, went up uncovered, and gained into a 29.3 last quarter to tally for driver Winston Lineweaver (70) and trainer Eileen Lineweaver, co-owner of the altered son of SJ’s Caviar with Bill Kreutzer. Fastest mile of the card came from the Village Jolt gelding Waitingforthisone, who reduced his mark by almost six seconds to 2:02.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer (67). The mile most threatening to a Thursday track record was the engine triumph in 2:02.2, 2/5 shy of Nuclear Photo’s local 2PF standard, by a daughter of Four Starzzz Shark (three siring credits), Above And Beyond, owned by Ronald Michelon, and trained by Erv Miller – who at 46 is still in very successful middle age, with 4221 training victories and over $60M in conditioning earnings since recordkeeping for trainers started in 1991. The driver, you ask? Erv Miller!—who last sat behind a winning racehorse at Balmoral in November of 2011. But Erv showing sulky prowess shouldn’t surprise you – in the four seasons he had 100 or more drives, 1996-1999, he won two North American UDR titles and was second in another year! (And yes, it’s no accident that this paragraph mentioning UDR championships was placed just below the previous one.) Not to say that the “young guns” of the circuit didn’t have a fine day – in fact, there were the 7 driver wins for the 65+ers mentioned above, and then 7 sulkysitting triumphs for those who had not yet reached 30. The “oldest” of the latter group is 29YO Wayne Long, who guided the fastest trotter of the day, Cantabs Lightning, to the third win of her unblemished career, in 2:06.3. The daughter of Cantab Hall is also trained and driven by Long. And the leading trainer of the meet was 29YO Jason Hall, who harnessed four winners (three Thursday), all driven by his 27YO brother Chris. Their main owner is an interesting case. Of his 14-horse stable (including 11 two-year-olds), nine started at Hughesville, and he had three winners, three seconds, a third, and two fourths, for earnings of $5419. Jason is the father of his principal owner, Mason. Chris is his uncle. And his entire stable – is older than he is. FINISHING LINES – For the first time in 23 years, harness racing returns to the Bedford County Fair, with Monday and Tuesday sessions beginning at 11 a.m. Two members of the Bedford Sports Hall of Fame – Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer – are sure to be there.
Fair Voltage and Greg Merton captured Tioga's $10,000 featured condition pace on Thursday night in front of a packed house of more than 8,500 fans.
Next Sunday afternoon SA BOTRA is holding one of its biggest harness racing fund raisers of the year when it hosts their Christmas In July function at Globe Derby Park with special guest speaker Gary Hall Senior, apart from the fun and good time to be had over lunch with Hall, breeders will have a chance to pick up a bargain at the annual stallion auction.
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $46,000 co-features--a Filly and Mare Open Pace and a welcome-to-all Open Handicap Trot--were won by a from way-out Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell, $24.80) and a perfect-trip Super Manning (Mark MacDonald, $39.80).
Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Papa Ray ($7.40, Jim Morand) made his Delaware debut a winning one Monday by capturing the $18,000 featured Open pace in 1:52.3.
With Globe Derby Park closed for track upgrade Gawler harness racing club, with its all new 950 meter track will open its doors on April 28th. The Gawler track will be available for work up until midday and Club will also provide its mobile for an education session between 9am & 10am.
Of all the people who were shocked and saddened by the news of the untimely death of champion pacer and sire Rocknroll Hanover (Western Ideal–Rich N Elegant), no one felt the loss more keenly than the young woman who experienced first-hand his two-year odyssey at the very top echelon of harness racing.
Keystone Suave came four-wide turning for home and chopped down the leaders on the way to a 1:54.4 score in the $10,500 Male pace feature on a beautiful Sunday day afternoon, March 10 at Dover Downs.
A trio of pacing feature events for young horses won by Act Of Magic, Jolt Of Fire and Kenzie's Beach Boy capped a windy Saturday harness racing card on Feb. 9 at Dover Downs.
Hasty Western got up in the stretch to win the $11,000 Male pace feature, while White Liar, one of two gray-colored horses won the $10,000 4&5-Year-Old pace at Dover Downs on a harness racing windy Saturday, Feb. 2.
The presence of a number of new well-performed well-bred American harness racing stallions has added considerable interest to next month's Victorian Premier Harness Yearling Sale.
Momma's Jolt and Mcalvin each completed sweeps of the four preliminary legs of the Stallion Series for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace with harness racing victories on Tuesday night (August 28) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Harness Racing driver Matt Kakaley won two of the four Stallion Series divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies that were held on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the four divisions carried a purse of $20,000.