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Gun mare Gumdrops remains undefeated since joining the Emma Stewart harness racing stable with victory last night in the Harness Breeders Victoria Make Mine Cullen at Tabcorp Park Melton. The 2014 Queen of the Pacific champion, who also won aged mare of the year in 2014 at the Victorian industry awards, picked up her 18th career victory in the 1720-metre Make Mine Cullen in a mile rate of 1:53.1. She did it in true Gumdrops fashion, coming from near last at the home bend before an electric final 200-metre dash wide in the Tabcorp Park straight. The eight-year-old by Western Terror out of Awesome Powers hit top gear and chewed up the ground, motoring by the tiring My Willow and grabbing Milly Perez and Quick Draft on the line for a short half-head win. Gumdrops has only been at the Smythes Creek stable for two runs and has won them both, tonight’s win following a Decron Westburn Grant Free-for-All win in April when she went 1:55.2 over 2240m. It is just the third time in her career that Gumdrops has been able to register successive wins. WATCH GUMDROPS POWER HOME IN THE MAKE MINE CULLEN Given the final half-mile last night was covered in 56.1 – and Gumdrops came from last – her sectionals would have been supersonic. “She was really great tonight. I thought she might not be able to pick them up but she proved that she could,” winning reinsman Mark Pitt said. Pitt has piloted Gumdrops to both her wins this time in. “It’s a good feeling,” he said when asked how it felt to zoom over the top of a quality field of mares to win. “I thought being back there it was going to be pretty hard because I thought they were going to run a bit of time up front, but she proved she is getting back to her best.” Larry Eastman’s talented five-year-old Milly Perez was game in defeat running second, while Quick Draft covered plenty of ground but still got past early pacesetter My Willow in the run to the line to finish third. My Willow’s early splits of 29.2, 28.2 and 28.4 appeared to bring her undone, the $1.50 favourite wilting at the finish to run fourth. But she was only beaten 2m. Once mighty mare Steam Washed finished well back in ninth place of the 10, and the Shinn camp will be hoping the longer mares’ races will see her recapture form. The mares’ circuit continues next Friday night at Melton with the running of the Group 3 Angelique Club Cup, followed a week later by the $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific over 2760m. Cody Winnell

You didn't have to go beyond the pointstandings of the preliminary legs of the two $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night to get to success - in the distaff pacing section, Southwind Tango, the leading pointwinner entered in her Championship, was home first, and the pacing males saw the two horses tied at the top of the harness racing standings, Sentencing Memo and Iwillmakeyousaywow, finish 1-2 in their Championship.   The females took to the track first, and it should be clarified up front that Southwind Tango was only tied for second in points after the four Weiss prelim legs. But #1 Candy Corn Hanover and #T-2 Some Fancy Filly opted to try their luck in the Miss Pennsylvania preliminaries (as it turned out, neither made that final), and Southwind Tango, driver David Miller, and owner/trainer Chris Ryder didn't mind their defection a bit, as Southwind Tango took a new mark of 1:53.4 over a sloppy track for her second lifetime victory.   Miller sent the Bettor's Delight filly first-over approaching the half to challenge leading Black Widow Baby, and those two battled from late backstretch onward, with 5-2 second choice Southwind Tango finally claiming a neck victory. 3-5 favorite Heavenly Bet, a strong closer in winning last week, had a little too far to come this week and had to settle for third. (But since Black Widow Baby and Heavenly Bet were the two who made the Weiss Championship only because of the other two trying the Miss Pennsylvania, certainly minor spoils are better than being on the outside looking in.)   The Western Terror sophomore gelding Sentencing Memo, coming off a 4-2-2-0 record in the Weiss prelims including a strong-closing victory last week, used similar tactics Sunday, exploding in the stretch from second-over to win going away for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Eric Foster in 1:52 over the off going. Sentencing Memo was the 7-5 favorite in the Championship for males, but his fellow #1 pointearner Iwillmakeyousaywow, with the same 4-2-2-0 record, was dismissed at 26-1, mostly because of post nine (and perhaps partially because he was second to Sentencing Memo last week). But Iwillmakeyousaywow hustled out for the lead, yielded to early mover Bettor Memories, and then beat him up the Pocono Pike for a good check and a healthy return to underside backers ($60.40 Exacta).   Sentencing Memo's owner, 86-years-young Arty Foster, is the living embodiment of the expression "The harder I work the luckier I get." Foster got in the business wanting to halter a mid-level claimer at Liberty Bell in the early 80s, and was undecided between two until near time for the claiming box to close. The one he didn't pick unfortunately ruptured a blood vessel and died during the race - while the one he did take was Arion Lobell, who under Arty's care went on to win over $400,000, set a world record at Brandywine, and was still racing at age 14 for Foster when he was winning training titles at Rosecroft in the early 90s.   And Arty's still sharp. Western Terror is doing very good things as a sire, and Sentencing Memo's dam, Lady Annie, won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship in 2007 - and yet Foster still could buy this horse as a yearling for $2200. Turning $2200 yearling purchases into winners of $30,000 Championships will keep you as spry-looking as Arty did in the Pocono winners circle.   PHHA / Pocono  

The fourth and final preliminary rounds for the two Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacers were featured at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night, with two $15,000 divisions in both the male and female categories looking to earn or solidify their spots in next Sunday's $30,000 Championships..   In the first division for males, Sentencing Memo was dismissed at 7-1 despite a win and two seconds so far in the Weiss, and at the ¾ he was still fifth as third-over. But Maxdaddy Blue Chip (7-5*), Iwillmakeyousaywow (9-5), and Options Are Adream (7-2 trying to rebound from his first lifetime loss last week in his ninth start) had mixed it up through scintillating fractions of 27, 54.2, and 1:21.4 (in a series for "nw 2 races lifetime as of 1-1-16," remember), and Sentencing Memo was full of pace when turned loose by driver Corey Callahan turning for home, striding home 2¾ lengths better than Iwillmakeyousaywow in 1:50.2, 1 3/5 seconds faster than his lifetime mark taken in a Weiss win, and three ticks faster than the 2016 series standard. Eric Foster conditions the sophomore altered son of Western Terror for shrewd owner Arty Foster, who paid all of $2200 for the horse as a yearling.   The only Weiss favorite to win in the night came in the other division for males, as Perfect Bet, who won his series debut in 1:51.2, was put on the lead by driver Scott Zeron and got a cheap half of 56.4, then scurried home in 55.1 to complete a 1:52 package that put him 1¼ lengths ahead of Connecting Flight. This four-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding seems to be peaking at the right time for trainer Jeffrey Smith and owner Aimee Scheid.   Iwillmakeyousaywow and Sentencing Memo, with two wins and two seconds in the four Weiss prelims, are tied for the top of eligibles for the Weiss Championship next Sunday, followed by Midnight Lightning, Options Are Adream, Bettor Memories, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, Perfect Bet, Rollaroundtheworld, and Connecting Flight as part of the nine "automatics."   It was clear from draw day that the final Weiss Series female prelim was going to have an alternate look from the previous three weeks, as Candy Corn Hanover, who had taken her first three career starts in three Weiss wins, was not entered. But the change in look was more radical than imagined - the two winners had one lifetime win between them entering the night, and after their victories, neither was an automatic qualifier for their Championship!   In the first distaff cut, Heavenly Bet came off a hard-charging third last week in a Weiss division that was her seasonal debut, and she had red-hot Anthony Napolitano behind her - and she still was sent off at 12-1. But the filly by Bettor's Delight (ironic name for the sire of an overlooked horse) got into a fine cover flow and charged home in 1:53.1, lowering her baby mark by 2/5 of a second, in defeating Southwind Tango and American Image, in that order - with those finishes earning them a Weiss Championship spot after each having a 1-2-3 finish in the three other Weiss legs. The highly-regarded Ava N Ella, unraced at two but opening her sophomore campaign with four straight wins, made a miscue going to the ¾ as the favorite and in her initial Weiss appearance, and thus will not get in the Championship; Heavenly Bet, owned and trained by Michael Sinclair, will now have to hope for a defection or two above her if she is to get in the nine-horse open draw Weiss finale.   In the second section, the Rocknroll Hanover filly JK Fannie was thought by many in attendance to have the proverbial snowball's chance in the fiery underworld when she was eighth and last at the stretch call, but Hall of Famer John Campbell rallied the three-year-old, a winner of $60,000 at two with five board finishes, into a slowing pace to post her first career win in her first seasonal (and obviously Weiss) start, getting a nose up on pocketsitting Black Widow Baby in 1:53. Favored pacesetter Some Fancy Filly, unbeaten in two seasonal and Weiss starts then taking last week off, was just a head away in third on the money. Nancy Johansson, who knows a little about pacing fillies whose name begins with "JK," is the winner's conditioner for the 3 Brothers Stables.   The top nine Weiss fillies after the four prelims are Candy Corn Hanover, (tie) Some Fancy Filly and Southwind Tango, (tie) Mystery Writer and American Image, Albany Girl, Winners Over, She Can Cruse, and Pandaman Sea; Heavenly Bet is tied for tenth, and JK Fannie is twelfth.   PHHA / Pocono    

LEBANON, OH. - Despite the fact Safe From Terror had won three of the last five $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open paces at Miami Valley Raceway, all as an odds-on favorite, the faithful thought her assigned No. 9 post position might be insurmountable and dispatched the razor-sharp 4-year-old at odds of 7-2. Driver Chris Page, however, didn't believe the task was too daunting and worked out a trip that resulted in Safe From Terror emerging from a stretch cavalry charge to again reach the wire first-this time in 1:52.4. Aqua Artist (Kyle Ater), the longest shot in the 10-horse field at 61-1, raced gamely to finish second with favored Addy's Way (Dan Noble) the third to trip the beam. Safe From Terror was purchased at the Harrisburg sale last Fall by Winchester Baye Acres and has paid handsome early dividends. The daughter of Western Terror, who is being pointed towards the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Grand Circuit race at Miami Valley on closing day (May 8), has earned $67,640 already this year for her new owners and over $551,000 lifetime. A trio of James K. Hackett Memorial elimination divisions, featuring Ohio-sired sophomore pacing fillies, were also contested with the top three finishers from each $10,000 split advancing to next Friday night's $35,000 championship event. My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) captured the first elim in a track-record equaling time of 1:53.1 for sophomore fillies. The Carl Atley-owned daughter of Manhardt, who made $132,252 as a freshman, topped It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman). Jim Dailey conditions the winner, who now boasts five wins in her first eight career starts. JL Wonder Woman (Kayne Kauffman) picked a good time to break her maiden, winning the second division in 1:54 for trainer and part-owner Scott Mogan and his partners. The Feelin Friskie lass bested Feelin Lilly (Chris Page) and Big Bad Bertha (Dan Noble) to advance to the 'Big Dance' next week. The final elimination was garnered by She Gone (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:55.4, benefitting from soft early fractions and upsetting Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Im Feelin Fine (Josh Sutton). Trainer Brian Brown also co-owns the winner, who is now two-for-two since returning from winter training in Florida recently. Driver Dan Noble had the hottest hand on Friday winning five heats. Noble's successes came behind Igotafeelinfran, Yankee's Lady, Lindysbathinbeauty, Edita Hanover and Herzon. From the Miami Valley Media Deaprtment

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Chris Page equaled the harness racing record for victories on a single card Friday night (April 15) at Miami Valley Raceway by capturing seven of the first eleven races on the 14-race program. The 32-year-old Mt. Vernon, Ohio native now shares the mark with Josh Sutton, who managed the same feat on Saturday night, April 2, less than two weeks ago. Page guided odds-on favorite Safe From Terror to a 1:52.2 score over American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Addys Way (Dan Noble) in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, her fourth win in seven tries against the best distaffers at the meet. The 4-year-old Western Terror daughter is being pointed towards the $100,000 (est.) Chip Noble Memorial Grand Circuit race scheduled for closing day, May 8, at Miami Valley. The 17 time winner, owned by Winchester Baye Acres and trained by Jim Arledge Jr, now boasts lifetime earnings of $541,262. Page's other triumphs came behind Made Of Jewels AS (1:54.4, $3.80), Duel Of Truth (1:54.1, $2.80), Ginger Spice N (1:52.4, $13.00), Edita Hanover (1:54.4, $38.20), Canttakeitwithyou (1:54.1, $21.40) and Miss Princess Leah (1:54.3, $4.00). When asked if he was having fun near the end of the night, Chris smiled and quietly said "Oh Yeah!" A fellow driver nearby was overheard chuckling "Oh yeah, he's a real ladies man!," a good-natured reference to the fact that six of Page's seven triumphs were with female pacers on his record-equaling night. The championship leg of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial Series was also contested with Ginger Tree Alexis (Sutton) winning the $25,000 race in dominating fashion over Townlinedaliscard (Kayne Kauffman) and Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith). Owner Howard Taylor sent the 4-year-old Dragon Again mare to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. specifically for this series, which was limited to distaffers who had won less than six pari-mutuel races or $50,000 lifetime as of the series' start. From the Miami Valley Media Department

WILKES-BARRE PA - Second round action for pacers of both sexes in the Bobby Weiss Series of contests at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono brought some fast times and spirited racing to the Sunday night card. The first division for males had end-to-end action, with Settlemoir leaving to the top and Iwillmakeyousaywow, the fastest winner at 1:51.4 last week, having to go three-wide well past the 1/8 and two-wide past the scorching 26 opener to take command, keeping the lead through middle splits of 54.1 and 1:22.2. But underway from midpack was the Camluck gelding Midnight Lightning, who had been reserved off that swift pace, and the battle between two of the first-round winners became joined as Midnight struck on the far turn and into the stretch, finally wearing down the game Iwillmakeyousaywow, gallant in defeat, by a head in 1:51, with Settlemoir, who had swung wide in the stretch, missing taking the whole shebang by a half-length while moving fastest of all at the wire. Matt Kakaley guided the four-year-old Midnight Lightning to a new mark by a full second in the hard-fought triumph for trainer Shaun Vallee, co-owner with D P V Racing Stable. Driver Corey Callahan took the other two Weiss divisions for "the boys," using fast last quarters to guide sophomore geldings back to Victory Lane. In the first, Options Are Adream kept his record unblemished in eight career starts, going to the lead off the first turn and then coming home in 27 flat to turn back early leader Rollaroundtheworld in 1:52. The son of If I Can Dream joined Midnight Lightning as a two-time winner in the Weiss for trainer Dick Lewis and owners David Banks and Layfield Horses LLC. Callahan and Sentencing Memo came home even faster in the other Weiss male division, sprinting home in 55.1 - 26.4 to defeat first leg winner Maxdaddy Blue Chip while equaling his career best of 1:52. The son of Western Terror used a more favorable draw this week to turn the tables on his conqueror of seven days previous for trainer Eric Foster and owner Arty Foster. In the four divisions of the female sector, the only division that matched two first-round Weiss winner saw Candy Corn Hanover remained undefeated in her two-start career, sitting second-over while first-up Southwind Tango, the other winner last week, battled pacesetter Nip's Beach Girl through a 27.4 third quarter, then rolled by them both late in 1:52.3, reducing her mark by 4/5 of a second. The Dragon Again filly was again handled by Anthony Napolitano for trainer Travis Alexander and the Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC. Candy Corn Hanover paid $32.80 in her debut victory, but the fans caught on quickly and she paid only $4.80 tonight. Similarly, Some Fancy Filly went from a $50 win mutuel last week to a $3.20 for $2 proposition in her Weiss cut, and she too made it two straight in the series while lowering her mark 2/5 of a second to 1:53. David Miller, who added two winners at The Downs to the five he brought home at Harrah's Philadelphia in the afternoon, was sulkysitting behind the Somebeachsomewhere-Fancy Filly filly for trainer Nancy Johansson of JK She'salady fame and owners Courant A B. Mystery Writer, who had to settle for second last week behind Some Fancy Filly, bounced back to record her sixth win of the year in another division for the females, going out in 26.4 then coming home in 56.3 - 28 and needing every bit of her 1:54.2 clocking to withstand American Image by the shortest of margins. Jim Morrill Jr. drove the Sportswriter mare for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. The final Weiss cuts for the ladies saw the Somebeachsomewhere filly Albany Girl parlay a pocket trip to a career-best win in 1:55 while winning an exciting three-way stretch duel with Winners Over and Q T Pie Hanover. Brett Miller got the sulky call from trainer Jimmy Takter as Albany Girl won for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Joe Sbrocco. Tomorrow night Monday racing returns to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with a post time of 6:30 p.m., completing the basic four-day-a-week Saturday-through-Tuesday schedule that The Downs will be using for the greater part of the year. Highlighted on the Monday card will be the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing male trotters - the platform which helped spring JL Cruze to North American divisional honors last year and a 1:49.4 record. From the PHHA  

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fourth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 8) in the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 9) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the fourth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (April 2) brought with it the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four $50,000 divisions featured something for everyone, as in a pair of series hat tricks, a Ron Burke double, the fastest local mile of the season and a locally-debuting Harness Horse of the Year. Let's start with apropos props for the series co-leaders, with Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) winning from an impossible locale and Take It Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.10) going down the road. Bit Of A Legend N found some room between rivals, then whipped Phil Your Boots by a half-length in 1:51.2.  The former, stuck behind the eight-ball, found himself last turning for home in the second division. Instead of fanning widest, Stratton found some room between rivals, then whipped Phil Your Boots by a half-length in 1:51.2. Fourth choice Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won five of his six North American starts. As for favored Take It Back Terry, he did his damage from post position No. 4 in the final division, holding off pocket-prowling Mach It So by a half-length in 1:51.4. Take It Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, won his third race in four seasonal starts. Burke's first win of the Levy evening came when All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, $17.60) bottomed out his foes in 1:51.3. From post No. 6, he gave himself enough separation to whip a storming home Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) by a length. Wiggle It Jiggleit, stuck seventh (from post No. 7) until the backside the second time, unleashed a torrid wide move but couldn't get to the winner in a very good local debut. Fourth choice All Bets Off, a 5-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable, is now two-for-five this season. The evening's first division found Santa Fe Beachboy (Jason Bartlett, $15.20) go up and over pole-sitting, pace-setting Bettorever, then whip him by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2, fastest eight furlongs of the local season. Fourth choice Santa Fe Beachboy, a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Santa Fe Stable and trained by Richard Banca, is now two-for-seven this season. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 1). Three compacted, $40,000 legions of lasses comprised a 'sloppy' third of five preliminary rounds and driver Jordan Stratton found his way to the winner's circle in each of the divisions. For The Ladies N ($40.40) won the first division in 1:53.1. The longest shot on the board -- from post position No. 5 -- won by a neck over Regil Elektra. For The Ladies N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Jereme's Jet owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, is now one-for-five this season. Friday's second Matchmaker event had owner, trainer and driver double-up with Sell A Bit N ($7.10), who herself made it a series two-fer. Negating her outside six-hole, the second choice worked around Skippin By, then laid down the law in 1:53. Sell A Bit N won by 1-1/4 lengths, with Venus Delight second and Skippin By third. Sell A Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar, is now two-for-six this season. The evening's final series soiree saw Stratton and just-over-even-money Al Raza N ($4.10) complete an evening/series hat trick, respectively. Al Raza N moved widest in the lane and defeated the lass on her back, Mach It A Par, by a half-length in 1:53. For Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her fourth win in five starts. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 102; 2. George Brennan - 79; 3. Jason Bartlett - 51; 4 Matt Kakaley - 36; 5t. Daniel Dube - 34; 5t. Tim Tetrick - 34. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 70; 2. Ron Burke - 66; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 61; 4. Andrew Harris - 37; 5. Agostino Abbatiello - 30. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 70: 2. Bamond Racing - 35.5; 3. Durazzano Stable - 30; 4. West Wins Stable - 20; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 18.20; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 18.20. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with the final preliminary leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy next weekend. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 23. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Safe From Terror pleased a majority of the harness racing punters on Friday night (April 1) at Miami Valley Raceway as the even-money favorite won the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace for the third time in her last four tries since returning to Ohio from Pompano Park two months ago. Driver Chris Page floated out from behind the gate, waited for her main rivals Native Dream (Dan Noble) and American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) to settle on the front end, then burst up to take the lead at the :27.3 first quarter station. The four-year-old daughter of Western Terror had little difficulty maintaining her position on the point through remaining teletimer stoppages of :56, 1:24.3 and 1:53 at the finish. The pride of the Winchester Baye Acres stable, trained by Jim Arledge Jr., returned $4.20 to her faithful with the convincing score over runnerup American Girl and show finisher Ken Doll J (Josh Sutton). Safe From Terror, a Harrisburg sale purchase last November, now has 16 career victories and $526,262 in earnings--$42,640 of the total in eight 2016 starts. A pair of first leg divisions of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial trotting series were also contested with Southwind Roulette and Tucson Breeze copping the lion's share of the $12,500 purses. Southwind Roulette (Chris Page) lived up to her favorite status, prevailing over Cool Desire (Randy Tharps) and Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith) in 1:53.3. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Frank Poerio Jr and trained by Kris Hinchcliff, she returned $4.60 for a $2 win bet. Although just a five-time winner, thus fitting the series conditions (N/W 6 pari-mutuel races or $50,000 lifetime), Southwind Roulette now has over $530,000 in lifetime bounty. Tucson Breeze (Dan Noble), on the other hand, did not garner the same kind of pre-race support but nevertheless paced home a fast-closing 1:53 winner, returning a handsome $31.80 mutuel. Heavily-favored Ginger Tree Alexis (Josh Sutton) cut the mile throughout before finishing second, while Dandy's Beauty (Randy Tharps) got up for third. The winner is owned by Aimee Hock and is trained by her father Bill Mt. Pleasant. The win was the daughter of Nuclear Breeze's seventh and pushed her career earnings to $55,483. Rose Run Quasar (Chris Page) won her fifth consecutive race at her third different track over the past five weeks. The four-year-old Explosive Matter mare, owned by Jeffrey Porter and trained by Dale Edwards, started her streak with a pair of triumphs at Northfield Park, captured two more at The Meadows, and garnered her first at Miami Valley in 1:57.4. Her next start is expected to be in the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series at Miami Valley on April 12. Both Cincinnati Gal (Josh Sutton) who was second and Vin (Roy Wilson) who grabbed the show loot are also nominated to the Mossbarger. Gregg Keidel  

Safe From Terror scored her second straight win in Miami Valley's Friday (March 11) $20,000 harness racing mares Open, besting bridesmaid Native Dream (John DeLong) for the second straight week with Aqua Artist (Trace Tetrick) holding on for third after showing the way to the first quarter pole in a quick :26.3. Driver Chris Page elected to move the winner from fourth to the lead during the second quarter, with the half reached in :55.2. Never seriously challenged in the payoff half-mile, Safe From Terror tacked on :28.1 and :28.4 closing panels to complete her mission. It was the 15th career win for the four-year-old daughter of Western Terror, who has banked $513,862 in her first forty starts. Jim Arledge Jr. trains the triumphant lass for Winchester Baye Acres. Earlier on the card, a pair of first leg divisions of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series were contested for distaffers who were non-winners of four races or $30,000 lifetime. Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) copped the first split by beating Powered By Pink (Ken Holliday) and ER Lila (LeWayne Miller) in 1:54.1. Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith) sped to a 1:53.2 victory in the second division, topping Gray Shadow (Kyle Ater) and Miss Princess Leah (Chris Page). Gregg Keidel  

Atta Boy Dan on the inside and Phil Your Boots on the outside wagered a side-by-side battle the length of the stretch before harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy got Atta Boy Dan’s nose first to the finish line in win the $36,000 Preferred/Handicap pace on the big Monday, March 7 card at Dover Downs. After twice being handicapped to post 8, Atta Boy Dan finally had a better post position starting from number 3 in the week’s top pace. The Ron Burke trained Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding responded with his second win in six starts this season for Weaver Brucsemi and Burke Racing Stable. Phil The Boots, steered by Tim Tetrick was a game second for the second consecutive start losing by a nose in the Yonkers feature a week ago. Phil Your Boots is also from the same barn as last week’s winner Lucan Hanover, trained by Andrew Harris. Third place in this week’s feature belongs to the Tony Morgan driven good closer, Doctor Butch. Sean Bier Mustang Art steamed from the outside to take the early lead and set fast fraction before Atta Boy Dan finally took the lead on the final turn. In the last of 15 races, 13-1 Casey At Bat never got a call until late in the stretch when Allan Davis got him off the rail fifth and closed with a rush nearing the wire in time to catch apparent winner Apollo Seelster (Tetrick) in the finals strides for a 1:53.1 win in a $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners pace. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) finished third. Soto found the passing lane to his liking to catch front-pacing favorite Just A Jolt (Tetrick) at the wire in 1:51 for his second straight victory and third in four and fourth in six starts for trainer Eric Ell and ‘Big Three’ owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. A brown four-year-old by Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty, Soto won for the fifth time this year in eight starts with a second for $38,875 and $151145 lifetime. Sicily (Allan Davis) took third money, Swapportunity finally broke through consecutive seconds to score a 1:52.1 triumph in a $16,000 race for young pacers with Jim Morand winning of his two decisions. The Mach Three-Swap Blue Chip four-year-old gelding held off a fast finishing Grantland (McCarthy) in a photo. Owned by Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke racing, the former Woodbine Raceway regular made the winner’s circle for the first time in 2016. Big Secret (Jonathan Roberts) was the show finisher. Tim Tetrick scored a four-bagger. George Dennis had a triple. Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan had two wins while trainer Kevin Switzer, Dylan Davis and Brian Malone had trainer doubles and owner KDK Standardbreds had a owner double.  FASHION SHOWDOWN GOES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Fashion Showdown, a winner of two-in-a-row, is the one to catch in the $24,000 Mares Open Handicap faces seven rivals on Tuesday, March 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Chris White's Fashion Showdown has been an impressive winner of the last two female Opens. This week, in the absence of Corey Callahan, Allan Davis will be at the controls for trainer Craig McInnis. Owner-trainer Bob Bailey's Duneside Chella with driver Tony Morgan has been in the money with two wins, two seconds and two thirds in his last six starts. Jeff Clark's Springforth piloted by George Dennis, has been right there in recent starts with a win, three seconds and a third is another starter with a standout record and has not been off the board in her last eight starts. Scandalicious, owned by JFE Enterprises, with Tim Tetrick in the bike, finished a good-closing second last time following a win the week before, starts from post 4 this time, and improvement from outside posts. John McGill's No Respect draws the rail with Ross Wolfenden driving. Returning following a short respite is The Cheyenne Gang's fast Cheyenne Robin with Jim Morand holding the rains. Thus far in 2016, the only four-year-old in the lineup has already had two wins, a second and close-up fourth in her first starts of the New Year. Lou Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon and Jonathan Roberts also has an excellent record this meet. There is a strong undercard on a top female pacing loaded card. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

The first Open of the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway yielded by far the biggest payout of the young campaign. Saturday night's $15,000 Open Pace was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles and there were several leavers who slugged it out in the early going in the year's first feature. Texas Terror N (Western Terror) was the race's favorite and powered out to the early lead. Immediately met with the challenge of a parked out rival, Texas Terror N endured fractions of 27 and 54.3 in the first half. The field bunched up after three quarters in 1:23.4 and it was longshot Donau (American Ideal) who surged past his rivals and drew away to win by four and a half lengths. Stephane Bouchard piloted the longshot winner who lit up the board returning $99.50 while covering the 1 1/16 mile in 2:00 at odds of 48-1. Titus Seelster (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up and completed a $1200 exacta while City Hall (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. The Andrew Adamczyk-trained Donau's upset victory came in the seven year old pacer's Saratoga debut. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. There will be a t-shirt giveaway in recognition of the 75th anniversary of racing at Saratoga Raceway. Mike Sardella  

Safe From Terror captured the $20,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 4), surpassing the half-million dollar earnings mark with the 1:53 score. Harness racing driver Chris Page was content to get away fourth in the ten-horse field with the favored four-year-old daughter of Western Terror. Inching closer at each call, Safe From Terror moved up to third at the half, second at the three quarters and finally collared pacesetters Lease Ness Monster and Aqua Artist at the head of the stretch. Page completed the successful journey by holding off closers Native Dream (John DeLong) and Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith) by a length and a half at the wire. Jim Arledge Jr. now trains the winner, who was making her second start at Miami Valley since her owner Winchester Baye Acres shipped her back north from Pompano Park a month ago. The feature race was the closing leg of the 50-cent Lucky Pick 5 as the exotic wager made its debut in the USTA's Strategic Wagering program with a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The experiment was a rousing success as over $13,700 in new wagers were added to the $4000 carryover. After deducting the 12% industry-low takeout from the new bets, a total of over $16,000 was divided by eleven winners who each received $1462.05 for their half-dollar wagers. Winners in the Lucky Pick 5 were Western Empress (Jeremy Smith, $4.00 to win), Rehab Mountain (Chris Page, $7.20), Alibi Seelster (Randy Tharps, $18.60), A Little Starstruk (John DeLong, $10,000) and Safe From Terror (Chris Page, $4.60). Gregg Keidel    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wicked Elphaba used a 'wicked' brush at the three-quarter marker and bolted away from the field in the $10,000 Open Pace for the filly and mares at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 2).   For the second straight race, Wicked Elphaba rewarded her supporters with a big win price. She returned $42.60 for the upset win this week after notching a $31.40 score in her previous start seven days earlier against softer company.   Sitting fifth at the half-mile pole, Wicked Elphaba (Ray Fisher Jr.) shook free down the backstretch and zipped past the pace-setting Ugly Betty.   It was all over at the top of the stretch as Wicked Elphaba opened it up in the lane, using a 27.4 final panel to leave the other seven ladies in her wake.   She finished the mile in 1:58.3 over the good track and was 5-3/4 lengths ahead of her nearest rival.   The only battle left in the feature was for the minor rewards and Kesons Silhouette (Truman Gale) skimmed the pylons for second with Little Santamonica (Shawn McDonough) taking third place.   The victory was the second in six appearances this season for Wicked Elphaba (Western Terror-Melajusted). She is owned by the Tanah Merah Farms LLC and is trained by Ryan Swift. The 6-year-old mare has now earned $14,932 this season and $129,271 lifetime.   Jim McNeight finished the night with four victories in the sulky, Todd Cummings tripled while Billy Davis Jr. and Jack Flanigen doubled. JD Perrin had a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Healthy dividends--including a late Pick 4 which paid nearly $4,000 on a 50¢ ticket and a 52-1 upset from Fan of Terror in the featured ninth race--contributed to a ninth consecutive harness racing card with over $3 million in handle at The Meadowlands on Saturday (February 27) evening.   A total of $3,342,144 was wagered on the 14-race program, extending the streak of racing programs with over $3 million in handle to nine. Over seven cards in the month of February, total turnover on Meadowlands races exceeded $22.4 million.   In the featured $20,000 top-level conditioned pace, Louis Frascella's Fan of Terror ($106.00) stunned at 52-1 odds, overcoming traffic trouble in mid-stretch to narrowly prevail in 1:51 over the favored pair of Jet Airway and Ashley's Husband. Andy Miller prompted the pace with the 4-year-old Western Terror gelding before yielding to dueling leaders Itrustyou (Yannick Gingras) and Aslan (Andy McCarthy) through a :27.3 initial quarter. As Jet Airway (Marcus Miller) commenced outer flow through a :55.1 half, Fan of Terror found himself hard-pressed for racing room, only able to shake free in the final 150 yards when he split mid-stretch leader Jet Airway and a flattening Calvin B (Corey Callahan). Fan of Terror lunged to the line to just collar Jet Airway, and 8-5 favorite Ashley's Husband (Tim Tetrick) charged down the grandstand side off a fourth-over trip to claim third. Dovuto Hanover (Scott Zeron), who made his seasonal debut in the race, rallied up the pegs late for fourth, just missing Fan of Terror by a length.   Andrew Harris trains Fan of Terror, now a 14-time winner.   The featured win was one of two for Miller, who took the finale as well with Rockin Jimmy ($6.80) in 1:53.2. Top driving honors on the night went to Marcus Miller, who captured three of the evening's 14 races. Andy McCarthy, Anthony Napolitano, and Tim Tetrick each also notched driving doubles.   Earlier in the program, the KJ Stables and Purple Haze Stables' Missile J ($2.60) earned his second consecutive win, holding pocket rival Connecting Flight at bay for a 1:52.2 win in a $10,000 event for non-winners of two races or $20,000. Tetrick drove the quickly developing 3-year-old American Ideal gelding for trainer Linda Toscano.   As the seventh race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 was hit for the second time in three cards--this one paying $8,016.64, only one pool carries over to next Friday's card. The final race Jackpot High 5 will see $116,448 added to the pool on Friday evening should one lone player prove successful.   Live racing returns on Friday, March 4. First post for the next two weekends of racing at The Meadowlands will remain 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

It was just two weeks ago that Dontch Remember put in a harness racing winning performance over a sloppy track at Buffalo Raceway. She didn't forget how to do it again.   Taking the lead just before the opening marker, Dontch Remember ($5.80) splish-splashed her way to the winner's circle with a convincing 1-3/4 length decision over Ding in the featured $7,400 pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 24).   Playing give-and-go with Ding, Dontch Remember (Ray Fisher Jr.) cut the fractions with splits of 31.0, 1:01.3 and 1:32.1. In the drive to the wire, no one had the answer for the front-running winner as Dontch Remember easily sailed home in 2:01.4 over the sloppy track. Ding (Ron Beback Jr.) held on for second with Kisses N Kicks (David McNeight III) finishing third.   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second victory in five tries in 2016 for Dontch Remember (Western Terror-Dreamside). The win moved her seasonal earnings to $7,000 and to $132,163 lifetime.   Fisher Jr. led the way in the sulky on the soggy night with five victories while Jack Flanigen and Truman Gale each had two wins.   JD Perrin led the trainers with three victories while Ryan Swift and Jerry Nugent Jr. each produced a pair.   Racing will continue on Friday night when a 12-race program goes to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Maximum Terror closed with a rush at 31-1 for harness racing driver Ben Stafford Jr. while Montrell Teague piloted Race Me Villa to victory in Thursday, Feb.18 feature races at Dover Downs. Ben Stafford Jr. came from out of the pack on the outside to overtake the leaders at the wire for a 1:53.3 triumph for the longest price payoff of the day $64.20 for a $2 win ticket. T's Electric (Tony Morgan) found room along the passing lane and got up for second in front of Laughing Matters (Corey Callahan). It was the third win of 2016 for the Western Terror-Hit Cocoa gelding, who won for the 12th time in his career while banking $105,281 for owner-trainer Ben Stafford. In the other division, an altered son of Village Jolt-Out Of The Shadows, Race Me Villa, a game second last start finishing second by a nose, was at the top of his game in this one, rolling home in 1:52.1 for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners Kathleen Mofield and John Dickens. This was his 20th career victory upping his lifetime earnings to $98,044. Rockin Rambaran (Allan Davis) closed to finish second for the second straight time. Summer Camp (Callahan) was third. Corey Callahan and Tony Morgan won three races while Ross Wolfenden had a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.  Marv Bachrad  

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