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DOVER, Del.--- Sonofa Sizzle edged Smoking Joey to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace event-record breaking time of 1:50.2 while Just A Jolt put on a wire-to-wire 1:49.2 performance in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap on closing day of the 46th Dover Downs season, Thursday, April 9. Corey Callahan rushed Smokin Joey away from the starting gate to beat KJ Ben (Art Stafford Jr.) to the front with race favorite Sonofa Sizzle and Vic Kirby getting away third. When the field reached the half in :54.1, Kirby sent Sonofa Sizzle up on the outside and initiated a two-horse battle for the lead. In the lane, Sonofa Sizzle edged to the front and to victory in 1:50.2, the fastest time recorded by a Delaware-sired sophomore in DSBF competition. Smoking Joey was a game second in front of Byby Landon and Tim Tetrick. Floridian Mike White owns the Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like colt who pedigree shows relationship to 2014 Harness Horse of the Year JK She'salady. Josh Green trained the three-year-old who now is undefeated in three starts this year and whose record shows seven wins in 13 races with three seconds and a third. He has now banded $70,000 this year and $185,516 in his short two-season career. Trainer Shawn Hanley's Bobby The Greek, in only his second lifetime start, racked up a 1:52 mile to win the $20,000 DSBF consolation. The Artzina-Anastasia Hanover gelding was followed by Da Chief (Jonathan Roberts) second, and Quick Art (Jim Morand), third. Just A Jolt, an ultra-consistent five-year-old gelding conditioned by Jim King, by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate. and owned by Janet Hudson, was all front speed in a lifetime best 1:49.2 score in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap pace. Vic Kirby took Just A Jolt right to the front in a speedy :26 seconds and then was in control the rest of the mile, pacing the last panel in :26.4 to ensure his second win of the year in 11 races with four seconds and two thirds. Bandolito came from last in the six-horse field and came on strongly but could not overcome Just A Jolt's advantage in deep stretch. Jebswesternshark was third for George Dennis. Earlier in the program, Bandolito was presented the Horse Of The Meet plaque choses by Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association. Corey Callahan with 284 winners was Leading Driver for the sixth consecutive campaign and Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer award for the second-straight meet. Elite Awards became the second Delaware sired winner scoring a 1:50.4 victory at 22-1 reined by Eddie Davis Jr., to win an $18,500 4&5 Open. Karen Walls owns the Powerful Toy-Silk Slop four-year-old gelding who won for 17th time in his career. Fire In The Belly (Kirby) closed strongly for second with race-favorite Sir Richard Z Tam (Tetrick) third. In the other $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap, Dan Keeler's Mister Truth, trained by Vic Keeler, won for the third week in-a-row as Tony Morgan got the four-year-old altered son of Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda. to victory in 1:52. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was runner-up in front of Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) in a tight three- horse photo. Little Ben and Eddie Davis Jr. turned in a lifetime fastest 1:51.2 effort to win the first of two $17,500 Winners-Over paces for young male horses to give trainer Jim King the first of two wins. The Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Light gelding held of Getitoffyourchest (Jonathan Roberts) and Flirtnwithdisaster (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. The other $17,500 division went to another longshot, 20-1 Panic Disorder handled by Allan Davis. Steve and trainer Sheila Daugherty own the Western Terror-Jate's Joy gelding. One Stop Deal (Callahan) was next with Star Messenger (Tetrick) third. Believe This Bob closed strongly to insure a 1:51 victory in a $16,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Owned by Mary Ann Larrimore and conditioned by Joe Skowyra, the Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal homebred recorded his third win of the year. Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second for the third straight start. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) came on for third. Apollo Seelster, driven and trained by meet leaders Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, scored another lifetime best 1:51 triumph in another $15,000 event for young male horses. The Camluck-April Three gelding won for the fourth straight time catching New Patrol (George Dennis) in the final strides. Giant Slayer (Tetrick) finished third. The second race of the day, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap resulted in a stunning 1:50.3 victory by J&M Racing's Tauranga (Roberts), a No Pan Intended-Thereal Ideal gelding. Guns An Roses (Allan Davis) was second in front of Arsenal (Kirby). Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Eddie Davis Jr. and Vic Kirby had doubles. There is no charge for admission or for parking at Dover Downs. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

A trio of top-notch harness racing two-year-olds took out yesterday's Australian Pacing Gold two-year-old colts’ and geldings’ heats at Tabcorp Park Melton. Christmas Jolt (Village Jolt / Christmas Cullen), Goodtime Sammy (Somebeachsomewhere / Graces Beach) and Kingofthestars (Sportswriter / Kirrilee Joy) all impressed and have ticked off the first important box ahead of the $322,000 final later this month at Menangle. Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart trains both Goodtime Sammy and Kingofthestars. The jury’s out regarding which of Stewart’s strong crop of two-year-old pacers is the best, but several have impressed, including today’s winners. Goodtime Sammy was particularly impressive. The colt – a half-brother to Goodtime Bobby – worked to the lead early doors in the 1720-metre race before putting a gap on his rivals down the back straight, racing about 30 metres clear. When he swung for home Goodtime Sammy was still well in front and, while runner-up Most Happy Cullen cut into the final winning margin late, reinsman Greg Sugars hardly moved a muscle aboard Goodtime Sammy who coasted home by 4.7 metres in a mile rate of 1:56.8. It was the winner’s third triumph from three starts following a debut victory over Brallos Pass at Charlton and a last-start 7.9-metre triumph over Rocknroll Gold. As good as Goodtime Sammy was the murmurs around the traps are that stablemate Kingofthestars might be even better. Driven by Nathan Jack, Kingofthestars was able to work to the lead and hold off all comers late for a 13.5-metre win over Brallos Pass in a mile rate of 1:56.5. Today’s meeting opened with Christmas Jolt taking out the first heat of the APG for Peter Manning and reinswoman daughter Kerryn Manning. Christmas Jolt, who won his first four races before running second to Don’t Holt Back in blistering time at Melton, bounced back today to make it five from six with a nine-metre win over Herehecomes in a 1:57 flat mile rate. Christmas Jolt dictated out in front before cruising home, punters who took the shorts – $1.60 – at no point nervous. It was a good day for favourite punters, with Goodtime Sammy ($1.04), Kingofthestars ($1.80), Glenferrie Burn ($1.80), Bettor Downunder ($1.50), Wingara ($1.10) and Kyvalley Vice ($2.10) all prevailing. >> Video Replays Goodtime Sammy runs his rivals off their legs! Christmas Jolt bounces back to winners' list Kingofthestars makes it two APG Heat winners for Stewart by Cody Winnell

DOVER, Del. ---- Just A Jolt won the $26,000 Delaware Special/Handicap for the first time this meet on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Harness racing trainer Dylan Davis moved back into first place in the trainer standings with four wins. After being favorite in the week's top pace the of the last five starts, Just A Jolt, a 5-2 favorite again, paid off with an impressive 1:51.1 victory beating a field of nine in the feature race. Vic Kirby blasted Just A Jolt away from post 6 to get the lead and the final result was never in doubt sealed by a :27.1 final panel. It was the five-year-old gelding by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate fifth seventh start of 2015 and first win to go with three seconds for trainer Jim King and owner Janet Hudson. The 'Pacer of the Season' at Harrington Raceway last year won for the 21st time in his career bringing his lifetime earnings to $$317,607. Full Of Sand with Jonathan Roberts was second. Mustang Art (Art Stafford Jr.) took third. One race later Adventure Bound went even faster. The Camluck - Unchained Speed gelding, overlooked at 6-1, cut out all the fractions in a 1:50.3 mile for Art Stafford Jr. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the Eric Ell-conditioned seven-year-old. The win was Adventure Bound's second of year, to go with three seconds and a third in eight starts earning$27,335 this year and $452,174 lifetime after 26 wins. People Are Crazy (Kirby) dash down the passing lane for second money with Nova Artist (Allan Davis) third. Tim Tetrick drove his third winner, Contraband Hanover, to a 1:52 triumph in one of two $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open paces giving owner Tom Lazzaro a double and trainer Dylan Davis his fourth win on the card. Framed Art (Stafford Jr.) was next while Go Big Spinder (Corey Callahan) was the show finisher. For Contraband Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere-Castaway Hanover gelding, it was a fourth win in five 2015 starts. He has banked $34,400 this year. The other, an Open/Handicap was an impressive victory, also in 1:52 turned in by Sweet Rock, driven by Allan Davis for Reg Hazzard, G.P.Callahan and Legacy Racing, one of two training wins for Wayne Givens. Sweet Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding, won for the third consecutive start Troy and Todd Tribbett's Ziggy Sky, a Stonebridge Real-Bubeleh gelding, was an 8-1 winner in one of two $14,000 Male 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over races. Allan Davis picked up his third win of the night. In The Clear (Kirby) was a tight second. Little Ben (Trace Tetrick) was third. Tim Tetrick and Allan Davis won three races each. Eddie Davis Jr. had a double while trainer Dylan Davis haltered four winners and won two as an owner and Tom Lazzaro also won two as an owner. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. This Sunday, March 15 is the last Sunday card of the season with post time at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- It was another big Monday for Corey Callahan. The six consecutive meet leading-driver at Dover Downs made the winners-circle seven-times on March 9. One of the wins came guiding Spin Vision to her fifth straight win in the $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Filly and Mare pace. Spin Vision enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip behind McArma and Vic Kirby cutting out the early fractions. Callahan. McArma held on for second with Yanklet Hanover (Tony Morgan) closing fast for third. Spin Vision, the only three-year-old in the race, is a complete Louthan product. No Spin Zone is the stallion. David's Art is the dam. She has now won eight of 16 races with four seconds and earnings of $72,345. Callahan also drove public-choice Chris White's Fashion Showdown to victory in 1:54.2 in another $14,000 female co-feature. It was the Village Jolt - Catch The Show mare's third win in her last five starts. Megginspin (Allan Davis) was second with Hit By Lightning (Trace Tetrick) third. Valerya, who had traffic trouble last start, uncorked a 1:52.3 front-pacing victory in a $13,000 Mares Winners-Over edition. Jonathan Roberts was at the controls for trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables giving the Dream Away-Veneer seven-year-old her fifth win of the season in seven starts with two seconds. She won for the 18th time in her career banking $126,537 lifetime. Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) was a game second in front of Springforth (George Dennis). In addition to Callahan's seven winning drives, Jim Morand, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables also had doubles. Bettor And Bold, last week's winner, takes on Just Bettor and PL Hoofhearted in the Tuesday $20,000-$25,000 Claiming/Handicap feature race. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Papa Ray came from off the pace to win the $25,000 Delaware Special while The Triple Lindy made it from last to first in the $18,500 Open trot, the double-feature harness racing handicaps on the first day of the New Year card, Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each had four wins. For the second time in three starts and third victory of the meet, Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray took top honors in the $25,000 Del. Special Handicap as Eddie Davis Jr. came between horses to get up in 1:51.3. Wayne Givens conditions the Village Jolt-Liamatters horse, now six in 2015, won for the 22nd time in his career while banking $369,128 lifetime. Believe This Bob (Ross Wolfenden) closed strongly for second while Simon's Artist (Trace Tetrick) zoomed down passing lane to finish third. One race earlier, The Triple Lindy came from last passing horses to pull away in the deep stretch for a 1:55.2 conquest in the week's top trot, the $18,000 Open Handicap. Vic Kirby trains and drives the C&G Racing stable's Credit Winner-Measure Up gelding to his second win in a row and third since arriving at the track in December. For the second straight week Tirade Hanover (Callahan) finished second, after cutting the mile. Baximum (Allan Davis) took third. The Triple Lindy notched his 21st win in 85 starts earning $$278,101. Corey Callahan found room in the stretch to get Cam B Skipper home in 1:53.3 in the $18,000 Winners-Over Handicap. MIllenium Wheel (Jason Lynch) was next with Bettor's Arena (Trace Tetrick) third. Doug Lewis conditions Cam B Zipper, a Cammibest-Kellycrombie gelding, one of three winners for owner Howard Taylor. Spinfiniti was another Taylor-owned winner. The five-year-old son of No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna was one of Ron Pierce's four wins and came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old pace with a 1:54 victory via a strong final quarter burst. Cherokee Hunter (Callahan) was runner-up. Rock Absorber (Kirby) was the show horse. Pierce also drove Wade Wyatt's Flying Cowboy, a Brandon's Cowboy-Flower Art gelding, to victory in 1:54.1 to win the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Open. Framed Art (Art Stafford) finished second. Star Messenger (Tetrick) was the show horse. Callahan circled the field for a 1:52.3 triumph in the $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming pace. Bill Emmons owns the Eric Ell trainee by Bettor's Delight-Western Duel. The win was his forth in his last five outings. Eridanus N (Kirby) and Izzy Real (Tony Morgan) were the second and third place finishers. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce had four wins each. Owner Howard Taylor had a triple. Eddie Davis Jr. and Vic Kirby, who also had two training wins as did meet leading trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing. Friday and Saturday are 'dark day.' Racing resumes on Sunday with post time at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Eddie Davis Jr. driving Papa Ray followed the flow until reaching the stretch and then pulled out and flew by the leaders for a 1:51.2 victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Dover Downs. Bandolino scampered away to take command after leaving the starting gate and Daryl Bier kept him there through early fractions. Heading to the far turn Allan Davis turned last week's winner Nova Artist loose from fourth and moved up to challenge. In the lane it appeared a free-for-all with contenders stacking up with ultra-consistent Papa Ray coming fastest of all for a decisive victory, his sixth of the year. Wayne Givens conditions the Village Jolt-Liamatters five-year-old for Reg Hazzard II and Delaware's Legacy Racing. Just A Jolt was best of the rest finishing second with Vic Kirby in the bike. Ron Pierce and Simon's Artist made up a lot of ground to finish third with Nova Artist fourth. Papa Ray has now won $119,570 in 2014 and $342,828 in his career. Don't Ya Know won the $16,000 Open pace for the second straight week. George Dennis teamed with trainer Jason Skinner's Western Ideal-Caviart Vegas four-year-old gelding for a 1:52 triumph. Only The Lonely (Ron Pierce) was second. People Are Crazy (Trace Tetrick) was placed third replacing the disqualified A Sweet Ride (Kirby). Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws own the winner of six races and $62,316 this season and $205,965 lifetime. Trainer Bill Moffett's homebred Leyden received a 2-hole trip behind front-pacing Ballinrobe (Allan Davis) until the top of the stretch when Corey Callahan urged the only three-year-old in the race,Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power, a soph gelding past for a 1:52.2 score in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace for young horses. Laughing Matters (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for third. In another $14,000 division, P L Hoofhearted made it four-wins-in a row for trainer Nick Surick and owner Black Magic Stable. Hit was win #8 for the Mach Three-Finally Focused three-year-old gelding. Cruising West (Jonathan Roberts) was runner-up. Maximum Terror (Ben Stafford Jr.) was the show finisher. There is no live racing Friday and Saturday. Sunday Racing starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins with a 4:30 p.m. post. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del --- Just A Jolt never looked back last week to win the $25,000 Delaware Special. Bandolito and Nova Artist head the opposition in the Thursday, Nov. 13 feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Vic Kirby has driven John Dayton's fast four-year-old Just A Jolt in recent victories at Harrington and Rosecroft among his 16 wins this year. Nova Artist, twice Track Horse of the Meet moves to post 1 with Allan Davis driving for his brother Martin, trainer, and Eddie and Kathy Davis, owners. Bandolito, owned by trainer-driver Daryl Bier, is holder of the track's all-time fastest clocking, disappointed last week with a fourth-place finish after spending much of the middle mile on the outside. Ringler Stable's Simon's Artist and Ron Pierce was second, a head back, last Thursday. The other starters are Papa Ray, handled by Jim Morand, Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror with George Dennis, Tritton Inc.'s Malak Uswaad N, driven by Tim Tetrick and Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool with Corey Callahan. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

A natural in several equine fields, John Oldroyd, like so many harness racing participants, was destined for a life with horses. Setting Oldroyd apart from the vast majority of horseman and woman, however, is the fact the veteran had no family background with horses. What a young Oldroyd did have was an insatiable curiosity for the stock at local trainer Hurtle Webb’s property. “My family had nothing whatsoever to do with horse,” Oldroyd explained. “I was about eight when I took an interest in the horses at Hurtle’s place. “For some reason I was just drawn to them and became horse mad from then on. “I use to ride my bike to his place before school to work horses and was back after school…I just about lived there. “I was with Hurtle for years and learnt so much off him and have been around horses ever since.” Along with breaking in and training standardbreds, Oldroyd developed into an accomplished rodeo competitor. The latter came to a halt when Oldroyd’s new bride, Val, pointed out the dangers of the sport, particularly when their son, Brad, arrived. “I rode in the rodeos during my younger days, but my wife didn’t like it as she felt it was too dangerous,” Oldroyd said. “So I gave that up and continued with harness racing. “I’ve been training standardbreds for about 46 years now.” Limited in his involvement due to his employment as a truck driver, Oldroyd has enjoyed his share of success throughout the years, with Mynameskenny his latest star. A son of Village Jolt, Mynameskenny boasts three wins and a third from seven starts, with his latest triumph coming at Pinjarra earlier this week. “He is quite a nice horse actually,” Oldroyd declared. “He is very, very quick and can sustain his run as he has a lot of stamina. “I was happy with his run at Pinjarra as he was a fraction underdone and is going to get better as the season goes on. “At this stage I will only give him one more run, then give him a spell before bringing him back again around Christmas. “If he comes up like I reckon he will I will have a look at the Westbred series and the Derby. “The plans was always just to give him a couple of runs then tip him out again.” Mynameskenny found his way to Oldroyd’s property on the recommendation of stable client Graeme Turner. “I break in a lot of horse and have always got eight or 10 on the property and have done a few for Graeme,” Oldroyd said. “Mynameskenny was spelling at his property and when the owners asked for someone to send him to Graeme recommended me. “After I finished breaking him in, the owners were happy for me to train him and we’ve been travelling along since.” While Mynameskenny has the potential to reach grand heights, Oldroyd rated little-known mare Myheidi as the best he has prepared. Winner of her two starts last season, the daughter of Courage Under Fire had her career cut short through injury. “She is the best horse to pass through here,” Oldroyd said. “She had so much ability and could have won $100,000 this year. “She has been served by Art Major and that’s a foal I am looking forward to.” PAUL COURTS

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($5.20, Victor Kirby) recorded his 15th win of the season Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $18,000 Open Handicap in 1:51.4. Trained by Jim King Jr., the massive win total for 'Jolt' is the best in North America this year for 4-year-olds. Kirby placed the 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding first over after pacesetter Mojo Terror after fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:24.4, and edged clear in the stretch for the win. Mojo Terror held second while People Are Crazy closed ground late for third. Just A Jolt boosted his seasonal bankroll to nearly $190,000. It was one of three wins on the card for Kirby. Meanwhile, driver Jon Roberts was on fire with five wins on the program, including four consecutive in races two through five, two of which were behind Josh Parker-trained horses Invictus Hanover ($2.20) and Shark Fantasy ($2.80). Roberts also brought in long shots Intrepid Hall ($28.60) and Cruising West ($19.20). Earlier on the program, two "Rickshaw Rumble" races were held to benefit Horse Lovers United, which finds homes for horses who can no longer compete. Tiffany Cooper and Montrell Teague won the first division while Cody Poliseno and Emily Thompson won the second. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

It was strictly a race for place in the Monday night feature at Red Shores Summerside. Eagle Jolt and driver Marc Campbell meant business. Scoring from Post 6, the year-old son of Village Jolt was fired off of the wings by Summerside's leading driver, Campbell, clearing to the lead approaching the quarter, the duo never looked back winning in 1:57. Eagle Jolt laid down fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:27.1 in picking up his 25th lifetime victory for his owners Wilbur and Marie Macdonald. It was only his second win on Island soil since moving to the Campbell stable earlier this year. He has yet to miss the top three in his last seven outings. Narragansett finished second and Blissful Bro nailed the show. Driver Corey MacPherson enjoyed a rare Monday card at Red Shores Summerside. He picked up a hat-trick on the 13-dash card and he didn't wait long to get it started. In fact it was a MacPherson early double winning the first race with Letgoofmyhalo in 1:59.3, he followed up in the second with Elm Grove Holister. Life Savior completed the hat trick winning in 1:57.1 for owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern. Jason Hughes continue to put up big numbers this season, he landed a driving and training double on the card. He started things off with Rocks Confession, winning in 2:01. The old veteran Blue Star Outlaw picked up the second win from the stable in 1:58. With the two victories Hughes continued to gain on Bill Davis for seventh in Canada among wins as a trainer. Driver Walter Cheverie picked up a driving double of his own winning with his own trainee Zingers Laugh in 1:59.1. He doubled up in the last race with Astor Shark in 1:57.4 The card was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon but race officials deemed there were un-safe track conditions due to heavy rainfall. The track was lightning fast on Monday with 10 sub 2:00 miles on the card. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

A solid looking top-class will headline the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1 p.m. Narragansett has been listed as the morning-line favourite from Post 5 for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. A winner in 1:54.3 three starts back, he has five wins this season from 19 starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover races out of the Jason Hughes stable, Hughes currently sits fourth among UTRS trainers in Canada with a .364 batting average, he is also eighth amount wins as a trainer sitting with 65. Hughes will also handle the driving duties.   Narragansett will have to do battle with Eagle Jolt, a second place finisher in his last two, the seven-year-old son of Village Jolt will look to shake the monkey off of his back from post 6. He will get the driving services of Red Shores Summerside's leading driving Marc Campbell who also handles the training duties for owners Wilbur and Marie Macdonald.   The veteran free-legged pacer Blu Meadow Willie will have his work cut out for him from Post 8, but the 10-year-old will look to find himself back into the winner circle on his home track. After four straight starts in Charlottetown, which seen two firsts a second and a third, 'Willie' will return home and once again receive the driving services of Walter Cheverie. Bob Macinnis does the training and also co-owns with his wife Brenda. Carrera Angel will look to keep his win streak alive from Post 3 for owner, trainer and driver Rocky Schurman. Pictonian Press, Blissful Bro, Dance Hanover and Mcmaverick complete the power packed field.   Summerside native Gary Chappell sits two wins away from career win number 2, 500 heading into the weekend cards at both Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside, He will look to pick up 2, 500 with nine drives on the card Sunday. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

PORT ROYAL PA - The rainy season that has plagued the Pennsylvania fair circuit in the last month struck again during the two days of racing at the Juniata County Fair in Port Royal - but for the first time this summer, it was the card featuring the two-year-olds that suffered the water damage, with 12 of the 15 races on Tuesday having to be canceled; all 1¼-dozen events for sophomores on Wednesday were conducted. Fastest race of the week was saved for next-to-last, as the Real Artist gelding Ruffle Up started a sweep of the 3PC events for trainer Roger Hammer (and breeders Arlene and Jules Siegel) with a win in 2:00.1, a new mark. Hammer also owns and drove Ruffle Up, who emerged victorious after a very strange sequence of fractions: 31.3, 1:01, 1:30.2, and 2:00.1 - how often do you see the first quarter being the slowest in a race, the last quarter the second-slowest, and the middle two the equal-fastest? Hammer turned over the lines to Chris Shaw to finish the sweep of the glamour division from his barn, and Shaw got a new mark of 2:02 for the Village Jolt gelding Waitingforthisone and owner Vicki Fair. The triumph in the getaway race also earned meet titles for driver Shaw (5, one more than Steve Schoeffel) and trainer Hammer (3, one more than Syl King Jr. and Bob Krenitsky Jr.) Schoeffel provided several driving highlights on Wednesday. For one, he had the fastest winner of the 3PF stake, the Western Terror filly Sew Psyched, who stopped the watch in 2:00.2; the Schoeffel-trained filly is owned by Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, and Jerry Dedoszak. Steve also guided two of the three 3TC winners, Fly Past Hanover (2:04) and Millertown Road (2:03.1), but missed a "sweep" when Broadway Charm had to settle for second behind Mr Weaver, who earned his sixth straight victory for driver Bryce Truitt and trainer John McMullen, the latter co-owner with grandson Owen. The 2:01.3 victory missed the all-age Port Royal track record, shared by (in order of longevity) Lindmeyourpajamas, Mablesimamazed, and RT Sun Poco, by 3/5 of a second; speaking of longevity of records: Mr Weaver's dam, KT Troublein Dixie, still holds the local standard for older trotting mares of 2:02.4 - after 13 years! Fastest sophomore trotting miss was also Schoeffel-driven, the SJ's Caviar miss She Nuit, who went around the .46-mile oval (they start a ways up the stretch at Port Royal, which is primarily used for car racing) in 2:02, fastest time for the division on the local fair circuit this season, for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Five different trainers and drivers were victorious in the divisions of this entry-laden event. Before the downpour Tuesday, Port Royal graciously honored the well-deserving legendary Pennsylvania horseman Boots Dunn for his many years of success in racing, and especially for his help, in countless ways, along the local fair circuit. The third-to-last regular season stop on the Pennsy fair circuit will come this Monday and Tuesday at York, with racing starting both days at 10:30 a.m., and horses (and their connections) anxious to add more points in trying to ensure themselves spots during the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4 at The Meadows. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

Shepparton, Victoria, Australia --- Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner and Hall of Fame member, died at Morley Park stud near Shepparton, Victoria, Australia on Aug. 14, 2014, at the age of 24. A son of the incomparable Abercrombie and world champion filly Three Diamonds, Life Sign raced only as a 2- and 3-year-old, amassing $1,912,454 from 18 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds in 35 starts. Besides his record-breaking Little Brown Jug success, he won such prestigious classics as the 3-year-old Breeders Crown, Art Rooney Memorial, International Stallion Stake, Burlington Pace, Governor’s Cup, American-National and the Bluegrass Stake. At the stud Life Sign left the winners of more than $113 million in stakes in North America, placing him among the top ten money-winning sires at his gait of all-time. While in Australia his stock has earned $12.4 million and in New Zealand, they amassed almost $2 million. Real Desire 1:48.2 ($3.1 million), the 2002 Horse of the Year; Peruvian Hanover 1:49.4 ($1.8 million); the Meadowlands Pace winner Day In A Life 1:49.4 ($1.8 million); and the 2-year-old pacing colt of the year I Am A Fool 1:51.2 ($1.1 million) were among the seven millionaires sired by Life Sign. He was the broodmare sire of the winners of more than $97 million and eight millionaires including Loyal Opposition 1:48.4 ($2.6 million) and Breeders Crown winner Village Jolt 1:50.4f ($1.6 million). Life Sign was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2013. by Peter Wharton

When Bulla harness racing trainer Kerry O’Riley entered Ourboyjay in Saturday night’s Goldfields Catering 2YO Pace at Bendigo, he was under the impression his gelded son of Village Jolt would be a fair show of recording a second win at career start number seven. The pacer scored an impressive win at Yarra Valley two starts back in a 2C0 event before a luckless eighth of 11 at cricket-score odds in the Tatlow Stakes at Tabcorp Park Melton when he got carted back at a vital stage. But O’Riley was shocked when he realised who his competition would be in Saturday night’s $6,505 race -- none other than Australasia’s best two-year-old Follow The Stars and his highly rated stablemate Linda Lovegrace. Both Follow The Stars and Linda Lovegrace are trained by Mark Purdon and will be using Saturday’s race as a hit-out ahead of the rich Breeders Crown series. For good measure, another Kiwi in My Field Marshall – who has won three from six and hails from the smart Tim Butt camp in Christchurch – will also line up on Saturday night. “It’s a lot stronger a field than I thought it might be,” O’Riley chuckled. “Let’s just hope he can run a personal best on Saturday night. It’d be the stuff of fairy tales to think you could beat Follow The Stars.” But Daryl Douglas, who drives Ourboyjay, is somewhat more upbeat about the horse’s chances, according to O’Riley, even if it was just Douglas’ natural optimism shining through. “Daryl’s always pretty optimistic but he said to me, ‘If you’re not in it, you can’t win it’,” O’Riley said. While simply hoping for a positive run this weekend, O’Riley believes Ourboyjay will develop further next season. “He’ll make a better three-year-old and he hasn’t much luck as a two-year-old,” he said. “He locked wheels in the Vicbred semi-final and got knocked over on the top turn and then in the Tatlow he got caught behind a tiring horse.” Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria   Related Links Fields for Bendigo, Saturday 09 August 2014 Form guide for Bendigo, Saturday 09 August 2014  

Winbak Farm of New York has reported in sadness that the pacing stallion Village Jove has passed away. Village Jove’s pedigree, race record and offspring performance made him a strong member of Winbak Farm’s stallion lineup. He was a half-brother to Village Jiffy, p, 2, 1:53.2f; 3, 1:52.4f; 1:50 ($1,527,683), and a half-brother to Village Jingle, dam of Village Jolt, p, 2, 1:51.1s; 3, 1:50.4f ($1,634,220). Village Jove p, 2, 1:51.4; 3, 1:49.4 ($284,365) was a stakes-winner at two and three. His wins included the Governor’s Cup elimination at two, and the American-National elimination (in a divisional track record) and Meadowlands Pace consolation at three. As a stallion, he has sired several stakes winners, including 61-time race winner, Golden Receiver, p, 3, 1:51.4f; 1:48 ($2,160,911), Winbak Speed, p, 2, 1:54.4; 3, 1:52.2f; 1:49 ($879,682), and Winbak Dimensions, p, 2, 1:55.3h; 3, 1:53.2h; 1:50.4f ($631,032). Winbak Farm will be selling two Village Jove yearlings at the Morrisville College Yearling Sale on September 21. His last crop will be foaled in 2015. For more information, visit winbakfarm.com. From Winbak Farms  

Western Tsunami (Western Hanover-Rons Girl) rallied past the competition to extend his winning streak to four in a row in the $6,500 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.   Donna's Scape (Chris Lems) was the early pacesetter through a quarter in 27.2 and a half in 57 seconds. Once the field made the top of the stretch, however, there was a host of challengers to the leader.   Western Tsunami had sat in mid-pack through the early stages, but got into the clear in the lane and charged past his rivals to win in a smart time of 1:52.3, courtesy of a well-timed drive by Roman Lopez. There was a dead-heat for the second position with Ashton Seelster (Gary Clark) and Moonlight Ransom (Jimmy Whittemore) involved.   The complete order of finish: Western Tsunami, Ashton Seelster and Moonlight Ransom (Dead-Heat), Whitemountainpower, Donna's Scape, Some Or Lis, Sovereign Wealth, Gallic Warrior, and Midas Blue Chip.   Western Tsunami is owned by Scott West of Vernon, New York and Katie Currie of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Scott West is also the trainer.   Claude Huckabone III was the driving star on the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs, winning three times. He scored in the third race with My Edward (Village Jolt-Undercover Woman), the fifth race with Pedro's Dream (Dream Away-Twinkie Lo), and the ninth race with Willies Big Mac (Whelan Willie-Mac's Only Iris).   Live racing will resume on Thursday night at Vernon Downs with a 10-race program. Post time on Thursday will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs     

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