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Batavia, NY --- With the final weekend of harness racing at hand, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has announced the horses of the meet for 2019. Pacer of the Meet-Back Is Black (Western Terror-Magic Moments) 1:52.1 ($242,850) Black Is Back started his year with a tag and ended up a top-class pacer. After being claimed for $20,000 at Saratoga Raceway back in May, Black Is Back found his way into the barn of trainer Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. through a private purchase by his current owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. He made his first start at Batavia Downs in July, soon won the $12,500 Open I pace and then never looked back. For the season at Batavia, Black Is Back made 13 starts with five wins, two seconds and three thirds, all in Open I company and did not miss a single check the entire meet earning him $44,565 in the process. He finished in the money 77% of the time and his best win time at the Downs was 1:53.1. For the entire year Black Is Back has made 26 starts with 10 wins, four seconds and four thirds for $79,765 in purses with a mark of 1:52.2. Trotter of the Meet-Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade) 1:56.1 ($198,483) Lougazi made an encore performance this year as he was the 2018 Batavia Downs Trotter of the Meet. During the 2019 season in Genesee County, Lougazi made 16 starts with five wins, four seconds and three thirds and much like his side-wheeling counterpart Black Is Back, Lougazi made all his starts in Open I company as well. Lougazi had a very high 75% in the money average too and his $50,500 in purses was the highest amount earned by any overnight Standardbred competing at the meet this year. His career best year also included a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 taken at Batavia in September. Overall in 2019 Lougazi has made 34 starts with nine wins, 10 seconds and five thirds with $94,000 in earnings. Mary Warriner owns Lougazi who is trained by Ryan Swift. Mare of the Meet-HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) 1:52.1 ($367,629) HP Sissy was purchased privately in January by John and Sally Finnocchario and became the star of the Finnocchario's Dream Stable. She went on to win 13 races out of 37 starts and made $116,493 racing at tracks across New York State. In July HP Sissy made her first of 13 starts at Batavia Downs and ended up winning four Open I paces for fillies and mares, besides finishing second three times and third four more and made $41,375 in purses along the way. She wound up in the money 85% of the time which was the highest percentage of hitting the board of any horse racing at the meet. Her fastest win time at the Downs was also her seasonal mark; 1:53.3. Mike Ohol is the trainer of HP Sissy. All the connections of Black Is Back, Lougazi and HP Sissy will receive their awards in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs between races on Saturday (Dec. 14) during the UNY USHWA Night of Distinction. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby were able to lead nearly from start to finish in capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Trained and owned by Bryan Truitt of Delaware, Moments Of Joy left from from rail for driver Victor KIrby and ended up parked out first-over against Delishka N (Allan Davis) to an opening quarter mile in :27. Once cleared to the lead, Moments Of Joy then cut the mile with fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before holding off a late charge by race favorite Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick) to win by a neck in 1:51.4.  Rockin the Boys A. for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Andrew Harris finished third. The five-year-old mare by Western Terror went off at odds of 5-1 and paid $12.80 to win.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Saturday night, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono honored its 2019 harness racing Horse of the Year and Claimer of the Year, who happened to be one and the same horse - the Western Terror 10-year-old gelding Atta Boy Dan. So far this year at Pocono, Atta Boy Dan has posted a record of 22-13-2-3, with earnings of $151,575. He was all but invincible in the top claiming ranks through most of the summer, taking ten of eleven starts, and he was claimed out of fourteen straight races, an unofficial local record. Peter Pellegrino, training the horse for owner Stephen Larkin as the last of the long line claiming Atta Boy Dan, was among those in the Pocono winners circle for the ceremonies. Atta Boy Dan is the first horse in recent memory to be a double honor winner for a season. Funknwaffles made a brush to the lead at the half, fought off pressure, then drew away to a 3½ length victory in the $17,500 featured pace, tallying in 1:50.2. The American Ideal gelding won over Ourlittlegeneral A, who challenged the winner of $952,534 without cover down the backstretch, couldn't get by him, but did hold for the deuce. Funknwaffles missed less than a length in this class last week from the outside post nine, and the move all the way in to the rail may have made the difference for the veteran, who is trained by Deborah Brunet for Crawford Farms Racing. George Napolitano Jr. drove Funknwaffles, one of four victories he had on the Saturday card at the mountain oval. Burning Midnight and driver Pat Berry got good racing fortune in taking the $16,000 top claiming handicap pace. The Mach Three gelding was on the move early behind Talent Soup, then got to retuck in the pocket behind his cover as the early leader broke and bothered the horse behind him. Talent Soup was joined by first-over Palomar down the back and on the far turn, with Berry able to slip out behind the dueling pair and then catch Palomar by a neck in 1:52 for trainer Lou Pena and the ownership of Joe P Racing LLC. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Veteran pacer Betterlatethnnever (Western Terror) has been a winning machine over the course of the last several years. The Jimmy Nickerson-trained pacer got his career off to a late start but once he started, he has never stopped. On Saturday night at Saratoga Raceway, the ten year old was the longest shot on the board in the evening's $15,000 Open Pace with reinsman Mitch Cushing in the sulky. After the race's favorite traveled unopposed on the lead in a first half in 56 seconds, he faltered heading to three quarters and a host of closers swallowed up the favorite around the final turn. Betterlatethnnever closed with a power surge on the far outside and emerged victorious after a scramble in the stretch, stopping the timer in 1:53.1 to record the upset at odds of 9-1. The win was the tenth of the season for the Nickerson trainee and though it was the first in the local Open in 2019 for Betterlatethnnever, it wasn't his first career victory in a Saratoga Open. Back in the '17 season at the age of eight, Betterlatethnnever won an Open in a career-best 1:50.1, a mark that still stands as a lifetime mark for the classy pacer. Century Endeavor (Gerry Mattison) finished second in the Saturday feature while Lord Willoughby A (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. Betterlatethnnever paid $21.20 to win and led an exacta and triple in the six-horse feature that returned $110 and $307.50, respectively. The Open win was the first at Saratoga in the young career of driver Mitch Cushing. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Fan Of Terror (Dan Noble) notched the first sub-1:50 mile of the young season at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, scoring in 1:49.3 in the initial $17,500 Open Pace of the meet. The razor-sharp 7-year-old gelded son of Western Terror has had a sensational harness racing season winning half of his 28 starts and banking $179,475. Second choice My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) fired off the gate for early command, stopping the initial quarter timer in :26.2 with Tookadiveoffdipper (Brett Miller) in tow and Fan Of Terror dropping in third. In the stretch the first time, Noble shot the winner to the lead before hitting the halfway beam in :53.3. Never seriously challenged thereafter, Fan Of Terror tripped the three quarter station beam in 1:22 before tacking on the final :27.3 panel. My Hero Ron hung tough for second with Tookadiveoffdipper garnering the show dough. Therl Hensley owns Fan Of Terror, who now sports 38 career wins and is nearing $400,000 in career purse winnings. He is conditioned by Peter Redder. For Noble, the Open Pace triumph was his sixth on the program. His other winners were Guns And Roses (1:52.2, $3.20), Trixsen Gram (1:52, $6.40), Mr Julian (1:52, $3.80), Shagnwiththedragon (1:51.2, $5.40) and Hash Tag Swag (1:51.2, $3.40). Hollywood Dayton Raceway will be dark Monday through Thursday, in deference to Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio county fairgrounds. Racing will resume Friday night, September 20 with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Batavia, NY --- If last week's seven-length romp wasn't proof enough he's on top of his game, Black Is Back beat the best harness racing pacers on the grounds again on Saturday (Aug. 31) in the $12,500 Open I Handicap at Batavia Downs. In a no-nonsense move, Dave McNeight III pushed Black Is Back off the gate and to the lead and set down the marching orders from there. With the field in post position order behind him, Black Is Back cut the quarters in :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 with the only horse staying close to him being the pocket-sitting In Runaway Bay N (Drew Monti). Rolling off the far turn Monti pulled In Runaway Bay N off the pylons and took dead aim at Black Is Back and momentarily put a nose in front at the top of the stretch. McNeight asked for more from his horse and Black Is Back was up to the task; surging back to the lead and winning by a half-length in 1:54. Black Is Back now has eight wins and $56,360 earned in 2019. The 6-year-old gelded son of Western Terror-Magic Moments is owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and is trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. In the $11,000 Open II pace Race Me Rocky (Shawn McDonough) got away fifth off the gate before pulling with cover behind Iammrbrightside N (John Cummings Jr.) past the half, tipped three-wide in the last turn and out hustled the competition to the wire to win in 1:53.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Race Me Rocky ($12.40) who is owned by Delmis Esquivel and trained by Pat Galbraith. The fastest circuit of the night came in a $9,000 mid-level condition race where Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) went gate to wire by a gapped advantage and won by two in 1:52.3 which tied his seasonal mark for 2019. Mr. Euroman N ($3.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Mr. Euroman N was only one of three winners for driver Billy Davis Jr. Saturday, who extended his lead as the top dash driver of the meet. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 2) with a special 1:15 p.m. post time for the annual Labor Day matinee. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

STONEBORO, PA --- The 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Circuit completed the "western part" of its journey during two days of racing at the county fairgrounds in this city in the northwestern part of the state. Friday's racing of sophomores saw the "glamour division," the pacing colts, swept by the circuit's leading stable so far this year, that of Todd Schadel. The two winners, the Western Terror gelding Find One More (2:00 here) and the Well Said gelding Motive Hanover (2:00.4), are also the only two fair competitors with a pair of 2:00 miles over the Keystone twicearounds, and interestingly they both hung up a magic mile during both "A" and "B" level competitions. Todd trains and drove both; he shares ownership of Friday's faster winner with wife Christine, and of the other with his son Cody. Todd's brother Tony co-owns with wife/trainer Linda the sophomore Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset, whom he guided to his sixth victory of the fair campaign in 2:05, tying him for top winner among all "A" level competitors. A sophomore trotter aiming to take the lead by herself with a seventh fair victory, the filly RT Gloria De Dios, unfortunately had to be scratched out of her race - their van was in an accident coming to the races, but all concerned were reported uninjured. On Thursday two freshmen joined the tie for winningest "A" level fair horse: the pacing filly Dream Dancing and the trotting gelding Penance. The A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy miss Dream Dancing, a 2:03.4 winner, is brought to you by the team behind frequent fair winners of recent years Camera Lady and Crew Sox Hanover, co-owner/trainer Dave Brickell and co-owner/driver Mitchell York, while the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta gelding Penance , a 2:08.1 winner at Stoneboro, was driven Thursday by Kyle Bolon for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Within the circuit's pointscoring system that makes participants eligible to their respective Fair Sire Stakes Championships on October 5 at The Meadows, the overall lead has been taken by the Explosive Matter - Dreamgirl Lindy freshman trotting filly Lindy Pretty Lady, home in 2:08.4 for the Bolon/ Rougeaux / Brocious combine. Lindy Pretty Lady has been ultra-consistent , with a 13-4-6-3 scorecard at the fairs earning her the top point spot at this juncture. And so as not to slight the "B" Fair Sire Stakes racers, we mention that the A Rocknroll Dance - Real Expresso colt Caffeine Buzz now leads all fair competitors after posting his seventh fair win, all at the "B" level, in 2:08.3 for owner/trainer Roger Hammer and trainer Branden Smith. The fair rules have statutes regulating both the "winning out" from the "B" level and possible return if not high-up in the "A"s, and Caffeine Buzz obviously has found his winning level in the lower class - but he still has $11,562 on his card. Wayne Long drove five winners during the 2-day Stoneboro stand to take top honors for sulkysitters, while three trainers - Long, Bob Rougeaux, and Todd Schadel - tied for top in their category with a trio of winning charges. The state's fair action shifts to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this Sunday and Monday, where a two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet will host two-year-olds the first day and three-year-olds the second. Post time for both days is scheduled for 1 p.m From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the MSOA oartnership

LEBANON, OH. - Fan Of Terror is officially the 'King of the Hill' among $20,000 harness racing claimers at Miami Valley Raceway after capturing the $32,500 Claim To Fame final for that division on Saturday night (Feb. 2). For trainer Brady Galliers it was the second lucrative Claim To Fame final in as many weeks having copped the $12,500 split with RHP. In both cases, Galliers welcomed the winners into his stable just prior to the finals via the claim box. Galliers wisely chose red-hot Dan Noble to steer Fan Of Terror in the championship tilt. The result was a front-stepping 1:52.3 score for the son of Western Terror's seventh straight victory in southwest Ohio. The 4-5 favorite beat second choice Latest Desire (Trace Tetrick) and longshot Whiskey Friskie (Tyler Smith). New owners Brian and Ira Wallach recouped the majority of their purchase price for Fan Of Terror in just one week. Noble was right back in the winner's circle for the fifth time on the night-and ninth time on the weekend-following the $25,000 Open I Handicap Pace. Nuclear Dragon, making just his third start after a three-month vacation from the racing wars, pushed the starting gate out of the way at the start and pulled Noble around the five eighths Miami Valley oval on the front end in 1:51.2. The odds-on favorite topped longshots Whatchyastarinat (Kyle Ater) and Shagnwiththedragon (Mike Oosting) in the top weekly feature race. It was Nuclear Dragon's tenth triumph in the past year and pushed his earnings over the last 12 months over $200,000 for owner Richard Mishkin. A $20,000 Open II Pace on the Saturday card wasn't nearly as chalky. The longest shot in the race, 87-1 Mojoto Hanover (Elliott Deaton) made an ultra impressive three-wide rally around the final turn and through the lane to score the 1:53.3 tally and return $176.80 for a $2 bet. Cruise Patrol (Trace Tetrick) also made up a huge deficit to come from last at the half to second at the finish. Whataboy (Tyler Smith) nabbed the show dough. Mojoto Hanover is trained by Zachary Miller for owner Edward Dobrowolski. Two divisions of the second leg of the $30,000 Claim To Fame Series also went postward to determine the nine finalists for their $37,500 championship final on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tetrick guided both winners in an identical clocking of 1:53.1. In the first division, Swapportunity bested IYQ YQR (Chris Page) and Evergreen Elite (Kyle Ater). Claimed out of the first leg of the three-week series, Swapportunity was making his initial start for Lasalle Investments LLC and trainer Becky Zubkoff. Cyclone Kiwi N notched his second straight win in the second division, racing for new owner-trainer Adam Short who also plucked the winner from the leg one claim box. Indiana Cam (Todd Warren) raced huge from an outside post for his second consecutive runnerup finish, while Sammy The Bull N (Josh Sutton) proved best of the rest. Cyclone Kiwi N and Swapportunity will be joined in the lucrative final by JM Jet Set, Indiana Cam, Coal Hanover, Backstreet Lawyer, IYQ YQR, Prejudice and Sammy The Bull N. Miami Valley Raceway will be dark on Super Bowl Sunday. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 1, 2019 -- New Evidence stalked Stride Of Pride from the pocket before using the Lightning Lane to perfection to complete the 6-1 upset in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride had plenty of pace left turning for home but couldn't match the 27.3 final panel of New Evidence, who prevailed in 1:52.2 over a "good" surface for Aaron Merriman. Dapper Dude also shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Stride Of Pride saved show. Herman Hagerman trains the 6-year-old Western Terror-Bouncing Hanover gelding, who lifted his career earnings to $122,630, for Northwind Farm. With his place check, the 10-year-old Dapper Dude vaulted over $1.3 million in lifetime purses. Dave Palone, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. In other highlights of the racing week at The Meadows: Wind Of The North Survives Late Scare In $20,000 Trot Wind Of The North had things his way on the point but had to hold off a late charge from the pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger to capture Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. As TSM Photo Bugger closed in, Merriman asked the millionaire for more. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding responded, downing the challenger by a neck in 1:56.1 over a "good" surface, with Explosive Leggs third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,063,508. Jim Pantaleano and Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. White Metro Pulls Off 16-1 Shocker In Top Distaff Pace Dismissed at 16-1, White Metro followed the live cover of Bontz N, then roared past her in the lane to score in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Pace for Mike Wilder, trainer Randy Bendis and owner Tom Pollack. The 7-year-old daughter of Metropolitan-Bye Bye Peachy Pie triumphed in 1:54.3 over a "good" surface, 1-1/2 lengths better than Bontz N, who was returning from a 4-1/2-month layoff and suffered her first U.S. defeat in four domestic starts. A trapped-in Camera Lady shook loose late to claim show. White Metro has banked $347,716 in her career. Palone fashioned a triple on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2018 -- Atta Boy Dan moved relentlessly first over to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Atta Boy Dan was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Nitro Seelster. The two dueled for nearly one-quarter mile before Atta Boy Dan edged away and downed his rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:52, with Gallant Seelster third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 9-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who won for the 49th time and extended his career bankroll to $720,202, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

HARRINGTON, DE - Nanticoke Racing, Ed Maas and Arlene Paisley's Terror At Night ($5.80, Jim Morand) was a 1:53.2 winner in the $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Terror At Night took the lead at the quarter mile from Artrageous through an opening panel of 27.2 seconds. It would stay that way through a half-mile in 56.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:25. In deep stretch, Terror At Night was full of pace and held off the pocket sitter by a half-length. Artrageous was second with Shesarocker third. Trained by Les Givens, "Terror" is a daughter of Western Terror and achieved her 8th win of the year. In the sub-featured $11,000 Mares Open II, Rushcreek Stables' Clarebear ($3, Tony Morgan) was a 1:53.3 winner for trainer Sheldon Powell over Springforth and Skateboard Chic. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2018 -- Forced three wide prematurely when his cover stopped, Royaltyhasarrived roared wide through the lane to capture Saturday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Royaltyhasarrived was following the first-over cover of Modern Reflection in pursuit of The Dark Shadow, who was enjoying an easy lead. When Modern Reflection stalled, Brady Brown was forced to swing Royaltyhasarrived further out. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Her Mattjesty gelding needed most of the stretch, but he nailed The Dark Shadow by a neck in 1:51.3. Atta Boy Dan, frustrated in his quest for $700,000 in career earnings, raced well for third. Steve Schoeffel trains Royaltyhasarrived, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $249,581, for Virginia Schoeffel and Kathy Schoeffel. In Saturday's co-feature, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot, Bella's Punkett, aided by the early break of 1-2 favorite EZ Passer, rolled to a front-end score in 1:55.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owner Howard Taylor. The 6-year-old daughter of Super Punk-Nubella extended her career earnings to $122,154. Jim Pantaleano, Burke and Palone each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $25,000 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as $2,072.40 jackpot in the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 13, 2018 -- He's battling back from an injury that forces many horses to retire, but if Atta Boy Dan wins Saturday at The Meadows, he'll achieve a significant milestone -- $700,000 in career earnings. He'll go from post 5 in race 8, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace, with Mike Wilder aboard. Since Atta Boy Dan enters the contest with a lifetime bankroll of $693,802, only a win will get him to $700,000. First post is 1:05 PM. A 9-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding, Atta Boy Dan sold for a more-than-respectable $70,000 as a yearling but had limited stakes success, winning a PA Stallion Series split and earning checks in other events. After Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC acquired him privately in 2013, he began putting together his sparkling resume. "We got him as part of a package deal," recalls trainer Ron Burke. "He turned out to be worth more than the rest of the package combined." In 2015-16, he won 26 races and more than $450,000. He took his mark of 1:48.4 at Pocono in 2015. That same year, he won at The Meadows in 1:49.1, fastest ever by an older gelding. (He shares that mark with Escape The News and Reggiano.) But sometime after his Jan. 23, 2017 victory at The Meadows, disaster struck in the form of a broken coffin joint. He managed only four more starts last year and five so far this year. "With that coffin joint bad, it's had for him to push off," Burke says. "He's had numerous flare-ups, so we've had to shut him down a number of times. I would never race him lame. I'd like to be able to give him eight or nine starts in a row and get a better feel for him. Right now he's a little overweight, so we're letting him race himself into shape." Although he's without a win since that Jan. 23 victory last year, Atta Boy Dan has shown some promising signs, including two seconds and a third in his most recent outings, beaten no more than 3/4 lengths. Burke indicates he has no plans to instruct Wilder to take it easy on the gallant gelding. "He's raced a couple weeks in a row now, and he's starting to get it back," Burke says. "I think he can still rough it." Saturday's card offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7 -- as well as a $1,864 jackpot in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

HONESDALE, PA - On Sunday and Monday, the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this far northeastern of Pennsylvania towns staged the first half of their unique doubleheader - they have their "two-day Sire Stakes meet," permissible at five locations under Pennsylvania law, and then on Wednesday and Thursday they will have the "agricultural fair meet" two-day harness racing stand. The two-year-olds proved to be a bit quicker than their three-year-old counterparts in terms of accomplishments lining up against previous standards, with two divisional track records equaled on Monday, while Sunday's three-year-old competition naturally produced the faster raw times. It didn't take long for the Honesdale record book see its first alternation Monday, as in the opening contest the Western Terror-Tootsie J freshman pacing gelding Way To Close reported home in 2:01.4 for trainer Todd Schadel, co-owner with Christine Schadel. But it was not Todd in the sulky behind the winner, as he handled stablemate Motive Hanover, who finished second, while Roger Hammer drove the new standard sharer - fitting in that Roger campaigned the first of the division's standardbearers, Artist's Falcon, when that colt entered the annals two years ago. The other horse equaling a Honesdale standard was the Muscle Massive - Missing Dough trotting filly Touch Of Dough, who ran her fair record to three wins in five starts by trotting her mile in 2:07, equaling the local mark first reached by AJ Peyton Rose in 2009. Eric Neal, who drove five winners at the meet, guided the baby for his father Randal and the Neal Racing Stable LLC. The real star of the day, and the meet, was two-legged - Todd Schadel. The Schadel barn sent out seven of the eleven winners on the Monday card, with Todd guiding five of them; Vivid Photo co-owner Hammer handled the other two, and Todd finished second behind him in both incidences. Combined with a trainer/driver triple on Sunday, Todd's two-day totals were 18-10-4-1-.697 as a trainer, while on the sulky side his stats were 18-8-6-1-.648. The sophomores on Sunday produced a pair of magic miles, with the Real Artist gelding Cirrus De Vie the only PA fair horse to have six wins as he continued his undefeated twicearound ways with a 2:00 mile. Trainer/driver Roger Hammer co-owns the in-form sidewheeler with Vicki Fair. Last year Cirrus De Vie had four seconds and two thirds behind Venier Hanover, who was sensational at the fairs at two; this year Cirrus had finished ahead of Venier in five straight starts - but Venier finally drew apart from Cirrus this week, and he celebrated by not only winning but by going a tick faster than Cirrus De Vie. Trained/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, is certainly hoping this win may augur a change of 2018 fortune for the winning son of Well Said. Fastest sophomore trotter was the Donato Hanover gelding Show Me The Magic, making his first fair start of the season a successful one in 2:03.3 while in reign to Drew Chellis. Todd Schadel's father Bruce is the trainer and owner of the sophomore, who has now won two of his last three. Honesdale will now draw on Tuesday for its Wednesday-Thursday "second meet"; there was a draw Monday for fair action on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA, 358 miles from Honesdale (and Dave Palone's hometown). From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After toying with his rivals last week, Likely To Win has a target on his back against some freshly qualified foes Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash card with the Melissa Rennie trained Likely To Win pegged as the morning line favorite in the race 9 featured event. Adam Merner drives the son of Western Terror for Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell, along with co-owner Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. Leaving from post 3 in Thursday's $2,000 featured pace, Likely To Win is fresh off a 1:56.1 win last Thursday in Charlottetown but has some returning faces to go bridle-to-bridle with this week. Dial The Bossman is makingthe first start of his four-year-old season in the Thursday night feature from post 2 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Tom Weatherbie, while Machinthesand is making just his second start of his nine-year-old campaign from post 5 with Ken Murphy at the reins. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Likely To Win to make a return to the winner's circle. "Likely To Win comes into this one off an impressive win where he was perfectly rated by Adam with all quarters in 29 seconds," MacIsaac said. "He might be headed back to the front again and if he gets there without being used too hard we won't rule out a repeat." Other entries include The Big Bite (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Keep Coming (Corey MacPherson) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell). The top distaffers on the East Coast line up in race 8 for the first $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace of the season. Atlantic Aged Pacing Mare's champion Brodys Leona will have rail control in the contest with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Kerry Taylor, while Malabrigo has the support of classifier Gerard Smith as the morning line favorite from post 4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. West River Ambyr ships in from Nova Scotia into post 3 for driver Steven Shepherd and new trainer Harold Shepherd while Shadows Mystery (Gilles Barrieau) makes her first start back on red soil after racing the Ontario Circuit late in 2017. The action packed program also has the first trot race of the season in race 7 with Freddie the undisputed favorite saddled with post 7 in the $1,600 Open Trot. Campbell trains and drives the son of Majestic Son for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries include Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Holy Molie Maggie (Walter Cheverie). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2017 — Safe From Terror won for the 18th time this year when she drew off late to capture Monday’s $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. After stretching out Tessa Seelster and Spreester before yielding the early lead, Safe From Terror roared to the top at the three-eighths for Jim Pantaleano and had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Tempus Seelster. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place prevailed in 1:52.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Fox Valley Charm, while Tempus Seelster persevered for show. Bruce Riegle trains Safe From Terror, who extended her career bankroll to $853,457, for Winchester Baye Acres. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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