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Kelly Ford's Something For Doc ($7.60) repelled a stout challenge from even-money favorite All Stienam to capture Sunday (May 8) afternoon's $8,200 top-level harness racing pacing event at Tioga Downs.   Justin Huckabone secured the pocket early with the 8-year-old Western Hanover gelding, brushing with a circuit to go to overtake Golden Gun (Tyler Freese) after a :27.2 initial quarter. After rating a :29.2 second split, Something For Doc was forced to accelerate by the favored All Stienam (Jim Marohn, Jr.), who applied stern first-over pressure on the backstretch. Something For Doc would not be worn down, edging away off the far turn and defeating All Stienam by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1. All Golden Gun just stayed on for third from his loose pocket trip.   Jennifer Lappe trains Something For Doc, now a 22-time winner.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 14) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Driver Jim McNeight tossed out the usualy front-running tactics of Western Alumni and tried something new in the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 9). The new strategy worked to perfection as Western Alumni notched a 3/4-length victory over Babe's I Scoot in 1:56.3 over the fast track.   After trying to cut the mile unsuccessfully in three of his last four races, Western Alumni ($4.80) went back to the drawing board and gave the come-from-behind method a chance.   Watching from third place as Mr Perserverance set the tempo with times of 28.3, 59.0 and 1:27.2, driver Jim McNeight started Western Alumni on his winning move just before the three quarter pole. Slowly but surely cutting into the lead, Western Alumni took command midway in the home stretch and held off the mild threats of Babe's I Scoot (Todd Cummings) and In The Clear (David McNeight III) who finished in second and third respectively.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) has now scored three victories in 12 tries in 2016. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $24,310 and $284,294 lifetime.   Jim McNeight had four victories on the evening while David McNeight III finished with a triple. Trainers Mike Carrubba and Rose Russo each posted two wins.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Western Alumni had a bit of a tussle to get to the front end in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 20) but that battle ended up winning the harness racing war.   Facing a stubborn Listowel to the opening quarter, Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) managed to set the fractions and hung on late to register a neck victory over Youwillwishyouhad (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) in 1:56.0 over the fast track.   It was the featured event on the 13-race card that completed a three-day race week where the handle was over $900,000.   Buffalo Raceway Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said, "It is nice to see the numbers like that for our operation in Hamburg. It was a week of hard work for the track crew with the rising temperatures playing havoc. The race secretary (Tom Agosti) has put together full competitive fields and it is starting to make a difference resulting in exciting racing in Western New York. The measure of it is more wagering. I think it will continue throughout the meet."   Back to the Open, Western Alumni ($9.30) posted fractions of 28.0, 57.4 and 1:26.3. The 8-year-old gelding then had to rebuff the late charges of Youwillwishyouhad and China Dream (Jack Flanigen) who both missed by a neck and head respectively.   It was the second straight win for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss), now a winner of $12,060 this season and $272,044 lifetime. He is owned by North Creek Racing LLC and is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr.   The finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series are set for next Saturday night with a purse of $24,000. Notching victories in the semi-finals were Flashy Trick (1:58.0) and Beechwood Wayne (1:59.3). Along with the winners, also earning a spot in the finals were Mach It Paid, Delightful Caitlin, M G Jade, Midas Blue Chip, First Of Fun and Tymal Torch.   Horses not reaching the finals will battle in the $10,000 consolation.   Racing will continue at 5 p.m. on Wednesday night with a 13-race card on tap.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The find of the stallion scene in North America this year has been the son of Western Hanover in Big Bad John. A high class two and three year old, Big Bad John is the leading first season sire in North America this year even though he stood in Ohio which put him at a disadvantage over his contemporaries. Every time Lemon Tree Stud proprietor Ross Gange checked the statistics this year the smile on his face grew wider and wider. That was due in no small part to Ross being able to look out the window at Lemon Tree Stud and see the dam of Big Bad John in Trulyawork Of Art in the paddock outside. Ross is over the moon with how it has all turned out. "I was having lunch back in mid 2012 with a dear friend of mine (the late Bruce Richards) & his daughter Belinda when  we began talking horses." "Bruce, well into his eighties,  had only recently retired from the farm he had all his life & was talking about the his use of draft horses & how the stallions used to travel the roads breeding mares for farmers in order to replace/increase farm harness working horses." "I got around to telling him about what I did & how I bought a lot of mares & stallions from the USA." "He became interested in what I had done in that area over the years & offered to lend me a considerable sum of money to buy a highly credentialed broodmare for myself." "I bought Trulyawork of Art in 2012 from the famous USA nursery 'Brittany Farms'. "I had previously bought the most famous Little Brown Jug winner of all time in Life Sign from Brittany Farms a few years before," Ross said. Ross have been very active in Southern Hemisphere breeding for 40 years, owning dozens of  top grade American stallions & mares. He has a long association with the Jug, having owned 3 Little Brown Jug winners ( Life Sign [1993]  Laverne Hanover [1969]  & Henry T Adios [1961] )  plus his ill fated stallion French Chef  that sired the 1990 Jug winner in Beach Towel. Ross and his wife were invited to the Jug by French Chefs previous owner Norman Woolworth (then owner of Stoner Creek & Meadow Skipper) & his trainer Stanley Dancer. Ross anticipated that Beach Towel would win the Jug so he had an Australian victory rug made for him & presented it at the Jug.   Years later he bought a Beach Towel daughter in Paige Nicole Q who had actually won the 3yo females Jugette. About 1997 he bought  Armbro Caprice that produced 2 world Champions incl a Senior Jug winner in Hi Ho Silverheels. Back to Trulyawork Of Art  who arrived in Australia in January 2013 and went straight to Lemon Tree Stud which has an AQIS approved facility to foal pregnant mares arriving in Australia. Trulyawork Of Art subsequently had a Rocknroll Hanover filly on April 30th, 2013. Since then Trulyawork Of Art has had a Bettors Delight colt that is Lot 112 at the Melbourne APG sale in 2016 but it has been far from smooth sailing since then. " She slipped her foal at 4 months in 2014 so  not wanting to miss having a foal from her in 2015  I bred her to Life Sign &  had a late embryo transfer done." "A surrogate mare now has an embryo transfer foal which is due in late Feb 2016." "Trulyawork Of Art is back in foal herself to a Little Brown Jug winner in Rock n Roll Heaven &  is due in late September 2016," Ross said. Ross has four other yearlings entered in the APG Melbourne sales and all have the stamp of quality about them. * Lot 164 - A Bettors Delight - Contapan colt who is a full brother to Border Control 1:50.6 ($515,435) and a half to Chasin Racin 1:51 ($763,977) * Lot 53 - A Art Major filly from Paige Nicole Q 2 1:53.8  3:1:52 ($712,801) who has left seven winners with two in 1:50 including Cue The Paige 2:1:54.2, 4:1:49.3 ($326,973) and Teenage Paige 1:50 ($379,,619) * Lot 72 - A Somebeachsomewhere filly half sister to Major Cruiser 1:56.2 ($56,970 from a half sister to It Is I - 1:56.4 ($208,575) and La Speranza 1:59 ($155,828) * Lot 123 - A Somebeachsomewhere filly from a full sister to All American Raquel 1:51.4 ($149,400) who is the dam of Honky Tonk Woman 1:50.2 ($560,138) and is a half sister to Island Fantasy 1:50.1 ($1,371,525) However at the end of the day all eyes will be on the Bettors Delight half brother to Big Bad John 1:49 ($1,000,559) when he enters the ring, none more so than those of his breeder Ross Gange. Harnesslink Media

Batavia, NY---The weather was clear but Western Alumni made it rain Saturday night (Nov. 14) at Batavia Downs when he went worst-to-first at 12-1 in the field of seven to capture the $10,000 Open pace feature. It was a jailbreak off the gate as Adversary Seelster (Ron Beback Jr.), Jokerman (Jim McNeight) and post time favorite Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) went three deep for the first two furlongs, tripping the timer in :26.4. The field settled itself just in time for Western Alumni (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull from seventh and start his outside trek towards the leader. At the half, Button Fly (Shawn McDonough) pulled out in front of Western Alumni and provided a windshield for him to the top of the lane. From there, Western Alumni tipped three-deep and Fisher proceeded to rock-n-knock to a length victory over a fast-closing Best Ears (Jack Flanigen) in 1:54.3. It was the fifth win of the year for Western Alumni ($26.20), pushing his earnings to $49,986 for 2015. Jerry Nugent Jr. trains the 7-year-old Western Hanover gelding for North Creek Racing LLC. Trainer JD Perrin widened his lead as the top dash-winning trainer of the meet by sending four horses to the winner's enclosure. Barn stars for the night included Dancin Thea ($8.40), Meadowlandcampbell E ($2.50), Youwillwishyouhad ($2.50) and Veto Hanover ($5.00). Drivers Drew Monti, Kevin Cummings, Jim McNeight and Ray Fisher Jr. all won two races. Live racing at Batavia Downs resumes on Wednesday night (Nov. 18) with post time at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs 

Two divisions of $7,700 Open II pacing mares headlined the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 7) with eleven ladies going postward. The better of the two contests turned out to be the second when Country Delight ($5.00) took a pocket trip en route to winning the seventh race by a long length. Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) got away sharply as Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) tucked in behind her as the only leaver in the race. From there, Cummings led the field through fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27 before they circled the far turn. At the top of the stretch it appeared as if Memumsnotnice had the race won, but Flanigen shooed Country Delight into the passing lane where she accelerated past the leader to win in 1:55.4. It was the ninth win of the year for the 5-year-old American Ideal mare who has now earned $57,473 in purses this year for owner James Frandsen. Country Delight is trained by James Clouser Jr. In the first division, Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) went to go in front immediately at the start and maintained that position the entire mile, hanging on to beat the pocket-sitting 1-9 favorite, Climate Hanover (Drew Monti) by a mere nose in 1:57. It was the fifth win of 2015 for Infrontigo Hanover who now has $50,444 in the bank for the year. The 7-year-old Western Hanover mare is trained by Bob Gruber, who co-owns with Summer Wind Stable of NY. Driver John Cummings Jr. was on fire Wednesday, winning five races on the card. He took his picture with LG's Pride ($65.50), Seascape Hanover ($5.10), Voltina ($10.80), Hawaiian Joe ($4.60) and Regal Beau ($4.60). Sean McDonough and Jack Flanigen each had driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with the first post set to go at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Enjoying live cover from The Filly Princess through a :27.1 third quarter, J&M Racing's Asset Management ($14.00) drew off at will in the featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace on Wednesday (September 9) evening at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs.   Dan Daley angled the 7-year-old Western Hanover mare off the pegs near the end of a :57.4 half mile, following the cover of The Filly Princess (Chris Lems) while in pursuit of 11-1 pacesetter Kardashian (Aaron Byron).   Asset Management was towed up with the live cover of The Filly Princess on the far turn, continuing her bid after her cover took over through a 1:25 three-quarter sectional.   Off the turn, Asset Management struck the front and kicked clear at will, vaulting to a four-length advantage in the end of her 1:52.3 triumph.   Express Jet (John MacDonald) emerged from the pocket to save second, while The Filly Princess was an engulfed third.   Allie Berube trains Asset Management.   Daley scored a grand slam in the bike on the first Wednesday card of the season at the Miracle Mile, teaming up as well with Summer Scent ($3.20, 1:59), Fresh Squeezed ($5.10, 1:54.1), and Cherry Crown Jewel ($5.10, 1:58).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 11) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Vernon, N.Y. -- Both aided by live cover through the far turn, Asset Management ($11.80) and Table Games ($22.40) charged past 8-5 favourite The Filly Princess in the final yards of Friday (August 28) evening's $7,000 top-level conditioned distaff pace at Vernon Downs--and they hit the line together for a shared harness racing victory.   As The Filly Princess mounted a first-over rally into a soft :57.2 half mile, Table Games chased second-over from the back of the pack, and Asset Management angled third-over on approach to the far turn after she was briefly shuffled to last. With clear sailing on the far turn and the live cover of The Filly Princess cutting into Purity's lead through a 1:25.4 three-quarter sectional, the eventual joint winners kicked cover at head-stretch, both storming home to a dead-heat 1:53.2 win. Mid-stretch leader The Filly Princess gave way in the final yards, only defeated by half a length.   Dan Daley drove Asset Management, a 7-year-old Western Hanover mare, for trainer Allie Berube and owners J & M Racing, while Frank Davis handled the driving duties of Table Games for trainer Paul Minckler and owner Edmund Namiotka, Jr.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 29) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- After she was shuffled to last on the far turn, Asset Management ($7.00) mounted a three-wide rally off the far turn, mowing down all seven of her harness racing rivals in Friday (August 7) evening's $7000 upper-level conditioned distaff pace at Vernon Downs.   The 7-year-old Western Hanover mare settled well off the pace early on, racing just worse than midfield as Anty Entity (Claude Huckabone, III) sprinted clear from the far outside to set a :27.2 first quarter before yielding to Aritzia Hanover (Truman Gale) on approach to the backstretch. As Aritzia Hanover backed the pace down through a :57 middle half, Asset Management was locked in by outer flow headed by 2-1 favourite Express Jet (John MacDonald), ultimately shuffled to last on the far turn. Fern Paquet, Jr. angled Asset Management off the pegs just before Aritzia Hanover reached three-quarters in 1:24.2, mounting a strong rally off the far turn. She would continue to overtake all of her rivals in a :27 charge home, prevailing in 1:52.3 by a scant neck over Express Jet and Aritzia Hanover.   Allie Berube trains Asset Management for J & M Racing.   Truman Gale led all drivers on the evening with three wins, prevailing with his own trainees Royal Holiday ($4.60, 2:01.1) and Crazy Over You ($11.00, 1:59.1) in addition to Gary Bryant trainee Ninepointnine ($5.00, 1:57).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a nine-race card on Saturday (August 8) evening. First post is 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Western Alumni got a perfect pocket-sitting trip from harness racing driver Jim McNeight and notched a surprising $46.40 victory in 1:54.2 over a fast track in the $10,500 Open pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 23).   With the field shortened to five due to the scratch of Jokerman, Western Alumni tried to take the top from outside. The heavily-favored and rail-riding Cobble Beach, however, was ready and willing to hand out some parking tickets.   Western Alumni was throttled down and managed to find a seat in the garden spot just before the quarter-pole as Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) was in charge of the fractions with times of 28.1, 57.0 and 1:26.0.   With a final panel to go, Western Alumni tipped from the outside and managed to wear down second place finisher Cobble Beach by a length in 1:54.2. Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) took the show spot.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) now has three victories in 2015. It moved the 7-year-old gelding's earnings to $24,226 this year and $233,714 lifetime.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, Lucky Nadotremblay ($4.10) found the front end to his liking as he went gate-to-wire in 1:54.3.   Scoring from the rail, Lucky Nadotremblay (Jack Flanigen) had no issues getting the lead and posted times of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.3. There were a line of pacers ready for the stretch drive but Lucky Nadotremblay had an extra gear and held back the remaining field of four at bay.   Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) managed to get up for the place spot with Peenie (Shawn Gray) in third.   Co-owned by Paul and Ronald Louis Viele, Lucky Nadotremblay (Blissfull Hall-Periella Hanover) has now four wins on the campaign and $31,194 in the bank. The 5-year-old horse also has made $93,583 in his career.   Racing resumes on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   The New York Sire Stakes makes its first appearance of the season on Wenesday with the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers set to square off in three divisions worth $39,000 each. There will also be several Excelsior Series events on tap as well in both the 'A' and 'B' classifications.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Western Alumni turned in the fastest mile of the season at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 11)) by going gate-to-wire to take the harness racing featured $10,500 Open Pace in 1:54.0.   Starting from the two post, Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) went right to the lead and forced the remaining field of six to try and track him down. It didn't happen.   Western Alumni ($10.80) put upsolid fractions of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:25.4 and used a final 28.1 panel over the fast track to hold off the the mild rally of second place finisher Cobble Beach (John Cummings Jr.) while Giant Sculpture (Shawn Gray) took the show spot.   Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the second victory of the season for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). The 7-year-old gelding has now banrolled $16,346 in 2015 and $226,644 lifetime.   In the quarterfinals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Jettison (Gray) had the fastest winning time of the of four divisions with a 1:57.2 tour over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval. Jettison returned $4.00 for the victory.   Dedalos ($6.20), the winner of the 'A' series earlier this season, took his bracket with a 1:58.1 clocking for driver Kevin Cummings.   Driver Drew Monti took two legs with Nora Lee ($4.30) capturing her division with a 1:58.1 mile while Full Circle Spirit ($5.40) was on top at the end in his race with a 1:58.2 mark.   The top four finishers in each division will return this Saturday night for the semi-final round.   Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening with a 12-race program slated to get underway at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

DOVER, Del.--- Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, made believers of doubters by not only winning the week's top pace, the $26,000 Delaware Special, but did it from outside post 8 racing without cover to score a 1:52.4 on a windy and raw Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan continues his strong driving with five winners. George Dennis drove the 8-1 Western Hanover - Shake Away 10-year-old gelding, trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, to his fifth consecutive victory. The streak began at the $15,000 claiming level through a $25,000 tag prior to last week's come-from-behind win. Just A Jolt with Vic Kirby came on in the stretch to finish second in front of Mustang Art and Art Stafford Jr. Jebswesternshark is now fived for six this year earning $40,350 with his 43rd lifetime win while banking $256,279 in his career. Delaware Special made it two-in-a-row winning one of two Open/Handicap paces for young horses. Corey Callahan chalked up his fifth of six winning drives taking the Dragon Again-Dashaway Hanover gelding to the top en route to a 1:54.4 triumph in the $15,500 event. Doug Lewis trains the winner for owner Howard Taylor. It was his second win in three starts while accruing second-place finishes in four other starts this meet. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) was runner-up with Elite Awards (Eddie Davis Jr.) the third horse. In a $16,000 edition, Invictus Hanover, a Yankee Cruiser - I Sparkle gelding handled by Trace Tetrick, recorded his first win of the year notching a 1:54.4 decision in the second race for 4&5-Year-Olds. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was a close second. Four Staces (Callahan) never saw the rail and still finished third. Callahan got One Stop Deal up in to win one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces for Kapildeo Singh and Yves Sarrazin. Dylan Davis conditions the Western Ideal - Artstopper gelding who posted his second straight win. Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) and Fire In The Belly (Kirby) were second and third respectively. The photo finish camera was necessary to determine the winner of the other $14,000 section. Maximum Terror had his nose on the line from among a blanket four-horse finish in 1:55.4. Owned and trained by Ben Stafford, the gelding was driven by Ben Stafford Jr. to his second win in his last three races. The Western Terror-HTF Cocoa four-year-old bested 40-1 Alexis Style (Russ Foster), second, and Mister Truth (Tony Morgan), third, with Panic Disorder (Callahan) accepting fourth. Callahan, with five winners, now has won 20 races in the last three days. Allan Davis, George Dennis and Trace Tetrick won two races each. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 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

Activator paced home for his 50th harness racing career victory, winning the 4th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (February 17). The 14 year-old veteran has 351 career starts, winning 50, and finishing second and third 50 and 58 times respectively. Activator (Western Hanover - Something Electric - Artsplace) has impressive career earnings of $871,328 and a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at Meadowlands Racetrack at age four. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $44,180 in an Open Pace at Mohawk Raceway in 2008. Activator is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 16 different racing surfaces. Activator started from post nine and rode the rail while his competition set fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27.3. He found room in the stretch and bested his competition by a quarter-length in 1:57.3. Activator was the race favorite and returned $3.20 to win. Preston Kinsey of Clayton, Delaware owns Activator. His trainer Scot Davidson called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. Davidson currently holds the highest UTRS (.611) of all conditioners in North America so far in 2015. Ayers Ratliff

DOVER, Del.--- Jebswesternshake stepped out of the claimers for a 10-1 upset victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Dover Downs. After impressive wins at the $15,000 and last week $25,000 claiming level, Jebswesternshake flashed past tiring leaders to post a 1:52.1 upset in the week’s top pace.  George Dennis was content to sit back as Just A Jolt (Vic Kirby), Feel Like A Fool (Ron Pierce) and then Nova Artist (Allan Davis) took turns leading the eight-horse field through its early stages. Dennis then attacked four-wide and zipped past the other combatants in the stretch to secure his fourth consecutive triumph. Kevin Lare conditions the winner for Frank Chick. The 10-year-old gelding has a strong license to win. Jebswesternshake is sired by Western Hanover from the one-time track record holding mare Shake Away, an early 20th century standout female pacer. Believe This Bob turned in his usual strong finish for Ross Wolfenden to finish second. Nova Artist showed flashes of his 2014 form to hold on for third. An all-Delaware bred four-year-old Elite Awards, the two-and-three-year-old DSBF champion, took the lead at the start and rolled to a 1:53.3 victory in the first of two  $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Opens. Eddie Davis Jr. was at the controls of the Powerful Toy-Silk Slip pacer for trainer Ed Walls and owner Karen Walls. Regal Mac (Dennis) closed well to finish second with Maddysonofagun (Trace Tetrick) third. In similar style, Corey Callahan and Howard Taylor’s Delaware Hanover overpowered his $15,500 contestants for a 1:52.2 conquest. Doug Lewis trains the altered son of Dragon Again  - Dashaway Hanover who won for the second time in five outings this year and 18th time in his career. He has earned $248,960 lifetime. Contraband Hanover (Pierce) had a two-hole trip with Shark Fantasy (Jonathan Roberts) the show horse. Pierce secured his third win of the day piloting Virginia Louthan’s No Spin Zone-David’s Art homebred home in 1:53 to win one of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Mister Truth (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second for the second straight time. Preparty (Dennis) took third money. Callahan driving Panic Disorder made it three in-a-row in the other $14,500 section. Trainer Sheila and Steve Daugherty five-year-old gelding by Western Terror-Jate’s Joy won for the third straight time. Shanzhai (Allan Davis) and First Of Itskind (Pierce) were second and third respectively. Lindwood Player, also driven by Pierce, overcame starting from the outside to notch a 1:52.4 win in a $13,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The Panderosa-Direct Player horse is owned by Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis. Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) was second with Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch), next. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had another four-bagger. Ron Pierce won three. George Dennis and trainer Dylan Davis won two races each.   Friday and Saturday are “dark” days. Sunday post time is 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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 10, 2014- Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.20) skimmed for success Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 3, the people's preference saw 34-1 shot O'Sundland (Larry Stalbaum) beat everyone to the punch from the far outside, making the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. While doing so, he looped Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube), forcing that one to prompt toward a :56.3 intermission and 1:25.2 three-quarters. All the while, Take it Back Terry was stuck in a three-hole, behind a pocketed Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett). O'Sundland owned a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, but was about done. Swarmed from all side, it was a deep-in-the-passing lane Take it Back Terry saving the chalkies. He whipped a second-up McErlean (Eric Goodell) by a neck in 1:53.4. BJ's Guy (Matt Kakaley) was third, with Mickey Hanover--out every step--and Flem N Em N rounding out the payees. For "Terry," a now-6-year-old Western Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his first win in a couple of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23, with the triple returning $109. The Raceway's live season continues night Sunday (post time 11:55 AM), a French-centric, trot-filled card with seven oversized fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Fred Hertrich III says he isn't a seller or a buyer. "I'm a trader," said Hertrich about his activities surrounding any horse sale. As the owner of Allamerican Harnessbreds Hertrich's yearlings go to auction every year and sell fairly well. "We had a great sale this year," Hertrich said. In 2009, after his yearlings had sold, Hertrich stayed a while longer to attend the Harrisburg mixed auction that included racehorses and breeding stock. From that large group he was able to come away with a $20,000 purchase by the name of Two Steppin Sally. "I liked the pedigree. She was from a Winbak Farm family that had done well. Robert Tribbett looks at all of the mares for me and he thought she had a solid family and stood correctly," Hertrich recalled. By Western Hanover, Two Steppin Sally was out of the Direct Scooter-sired mare Happy Doris. She had completed her racing career with a 1:55.2 mark taken at two with earnings of $44,910. Western Hanover leads all sires in Breeders Crown earnings with $7.2 million. "I own shares in about 90 percent of the major pacing and trotting stallions," said Hertrich, who left Tribbett in charge of selecting the right stallion to match with his newly acquired mare. Two Steppin Sally's first foal is Breeders Crown 3-year-old pacing filly finalist Major Dancer. A $47,000 yearling purchase by Casie Coleman for her clients West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Adriano Sorella, Major Dancer was lightly raced as a 2-year-old but blossomed this season, finishing first or second in 13 of 18 starts leading up to Friday's $593,750 final. Major Dancer's career earnings to date are a healthy $284,934. Major Dancer has shown the ability to tough it out and she may get a lot of that from a strong maternal line where a large majority of the foals blossomed into hard-hitting raceway stock. Two Steppin Sally was next bred to Bettors Delight, keeping the mare's foals eligible to the rich New York Sire Stakes program. Trainer Joe Holloway had to pay $70,000 to bring home Bettor Be Steppin for his ownership team of Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and Val D'Or Farms, but much like Coleman's purchase the year prior, that price appears to be a bargain. Holloway liked the filly from the start, and was hoping to take it easy with her early in the season and keep her primed for a long and prosperous campaign. The plan has worked out well with Bettor Be Steppin, a finalist in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile filly pacers. "She was really sharp at Hoosier (Kentuckiana Farms Stallion Management Pace) and raced very well at the Red Mile," said Holloway. "I wasn't happy with her race in the Matron but I believe she choked down in that race. Sometimes it takes a few races to get over that." With $238,643 banked in 2014, Bettor Be Steppin appears to have a very bright future that could exceed her half-sister. "I think she's in the top three or four fillies in the country," said Holloway. Interestingly, Two Steppin Sally's third foal, a Roll With Joe-sired colt named Roll With Fred, sold earlier this month at the Harrisburg sale and created quite a stir. "He was a very good looking colt," said Hertrich. "Probably the best looking Roll With Joe [of the ones I saw]," Hertrich stated. The bidding was fast and furious when Roll With Fred came into the ring and by the time the horse was hammered down it was Holloway "in the back" with the final bid of $135,000. "I had looked at the colt a few times and I was kind of torn," said Holloway. "He had this bow in his neck and I was kind of concerned about what his attitude would be like." Perhaps Holloway had also done his homework and noticed that there were plenty of geldings in the pedigree and very few, if any, colts. "I usually stay in the front at Harrisburg to see who I'm bidding against," said Holloway, "But in this case I wanted to see the colt in the back." As it turns out, Holloway was in the right place at the right time. "This other yearling in the back ring was acting out, a real bully. When he came up to Roll With Fred, he just held his ground and acted like if the colt wanted to start something he would take care of him." Holloway was no longer concerned about Roll With Fred's attitude and bid aggressively to get him. "Casie (Coleman) came up to me after the sale and said 'How much would you have bid on that colt if you had liked him?'" said Holloway. Val D'or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz, all owners of Bettor Be Steppin now also own Roll With Fred. Sadly, Hertrich revealed that Roll With Fred will be the last foal from the mare. Two Steppin Sally's life ended, along with the foal she was carrying by Bettors Delight, earlier this year during the foaling process. No doubt her name will live on with two fillies of Breeders Crown quality on the racetrack and as future broodmares, along with a pacing colt who already appears to have the toughness required to excel on the racetrack. By Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown  

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