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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  

The Badlands Hanover Syndicate, in conjunction with Winbak Farm of Canada, has announced that the proven sire Badlands Hanover, will remain in Ontario for the 2015 breeding season at a reduced fee of $3,500. "Ontario is still one of the best racing programs in North America", stated John Celii, Badlands Hanover Syndicate Manager. "Badlands has performed very well since moving to Canada and has become a leading Ontario sire including being the sire of 2014 two-year-old ONSS performers, Manny In Sports, p, 2, 1:53.4s ($115,014), and Ms Mac N Cheese, p, 2, 1:53.2s ($57,626)." "We are encouraged by some of the recent improvements to the ONSS programs", stated Larry Dysdale of Winbak Canada. "In addition, we believe that the 2014 Badlands yearlings sold were clearly the best group we have seen to date". Find more information on Badlands Hanover at www.winbakfarm.com. For breeding inquiries, contact Larry Drysdale at Winbak of Ontario, 905.838.2145, or email winbakcanada@bellnet.ca. From Winbak Farm

Batavia, NY---Western Alumni ($11.40) took full advantage of a perfect pocket trip to score in the featured $9,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 15). Driver Jim McNeight left hard from post seven with Western Alumni and took the lead from rail-rider American Bull (Kevin Cummings) by the eighth pole. But as soon as they crossed over to the pylons, American Bull completed the give-and-go by regaining the lead at the quarter in :28.4. After a more than pedestrian :59.3 half, the outer flow came fast led by Burton Blue Chip (Lee Dahn) first up, but not as fast as American Bull who upped the tempo with a :28.1 third panel. At that point the leader looked solid. But at the head of the stretch when the passing lane opened up, Western Alumni ducked inside and responded to McNeight's highly animated urging to gain a head victory over a game American Bull in 1:56.3. Just Frank (Rock C Vinci) bested the rest for third. It was the eighth win of the year for the 6-year-old Western Hanover gelding and the purse raised his 2014 earnings to $67,739 for owners North Creek Racing LLC. Western Alumni is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. The Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, followed up his five-win Friday night with a four-win effort on Saturday. He tallied with Tymal Torch ($29.00) and Union Man Hanover ($7.00) (to complete the $242.50 early double) as well as Flashy Trick ($4.80) and Fast Fool ($8.40). Drew Monti, Jim McNeight and Jack Flanigen all registered driving doubles. Live racing reconvenes on Wednesday night (Nov. 19) with a 6:35 post time. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY---After being victorious in the first Open pace of the season at Batavia Downs on July 26, Western Alumni hasn't visited the winners circle since. But that drought came to an end on Saturday night (Oct. 11) when he put on a powerful harness racing performance in winning the $9,250 pacing feature at the Downs. Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) left sharp and took the lead before Best Ears (Jack Flanigen) brushed by to unseat him at the quarter. The rest of the field stayed single file to the half before Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) came off the wood and started motoring. As the group went up the backside, Peenie (Mickey Holliday) pulled underneath Fireyourguns and went backward, causing Fireyourguns to tip three-deep. Then around the far turn the top two broke away from the field and it appeared obvious the race was going to one of them. Western Alumni tipped and out-dueled Best Ears to the wire, winning in a sparkling 1:53.2. The time was a seasonal mark for Western Alumni. Best Ears hung on for second and What The Sheik brushed home to be third. It was the seventh win in 30 starts for Western Alumni ($13.80) and pushed his 2014 earnings to $61,517 for owner North Creek Racing LLC. The 6-year-old son of Western Hanover is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. Drew Monti, Shawn McDonough and Jim McNeight all scored driving doubles on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a special Columbus Day matinee card on Monday (Oct. 13) with a 1:15 post time. By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Lexington, KY --- The Kentucky Horse Park will host a book signing for Standardbred Old Friends with author Ellen Harvey on Wednesday (Oct. 1) from 10 a.m.-12 noon. A collection of endearing stories on the lives of legendary Standardbred horses, this book is a collaboration with award-winning equine photographer Barbara Livingston, whose popular books Old Friends and More Old Friends, painted a sentimental portrait of champion racehorses long gone from the spotlight. Guests who purchase a copy of the book will receive half off admission to the park on Oct. 1 and the special all-Standardbred Hall of Champions Show at 1:15 p.m. organized for the occasion. A collection of Standardbred sulkies will also be put on display this day for guests to view, including a rare tandem sulky and a sulky used with Hall of Fame pacer Rambling Willie. Guests may pre-order the book through the park’s online gift shop, atwww.kyhorsepark.com/shop, or at 859.259.4234, to ensure they have a copy, or to have a copy held for them if they are unable to attend the event. The first 50 books pre-ordered will also be signed by the book’s photographer, Barbara Livingston. Books may be picked up anytime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 12, or shipping can be arranged. Standardbred Old Friends focuses on the distinctly American breed that evolved from a horse that carried the family to church, raced at the county fair and now competes world-wide at a trot and pace.  Standardbred Old Friends portrays 43 horses, ages 19 to 37, most of them millionaires with Hall of Fame membership, but some of more modest distinction -- occupied as show horses, in law enforcement or as hardworking, blue-collar performers. With Harvey telling the rich tales of horses from Sweden to Southern California, from Maine to Florida, Livingston has captured images of horses whose achievements are now decades past, but whose memories will last a lifetime.  Standardbred Old Friends looks at the lives of horses like the Kentucky Horse Park’s own champion Standardbred pacers, Staying Together and Western Dreamer. Staying Together was foaled in nearby Georgetown, and won 21 of 26 starts in 1993, setting a speed record, in one of harness racing’s most memorable seasons. Stanley, as he is known, is now blind due to an incurable eye disease, but he has been able to adapt due to his own tenaciousness and his handlers’ care of him. Western Dreamer, or Dreamer, is the park’s resident Triple Crown winner, winning pacing’s Triple Crown in 1997 and becoming the first gelding of any breed to win a Triple Crown. Born just three miles from the Kentucky Horse Park, Dreamer is the son of Western Hanover, one of the most influential Standardbred sires in history.  Other Standardbred horses featured in the book include North American and European superstar Mack Lobell, now 30, at his home along the shores of Lake Malaren in southern Sweden, 2004 Horse of the Year Cam’s Card Shark at historic Hanover Shoe Farm in central Pennsylvania, and mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie among the live oaks at their home in central Florida. For a video sample of the photos in the book and a look at the making ofStandardbred Old Friends, featuring 30-year-old champion Standardbred roadster Autobahn at Cane Run Farm in Kentucky, go to this link. The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 2. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12, and includes the next day free. Children 6 and under are always admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate; and the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” -- The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop. From the Kentucky Horse Park

The father-son team of harness racing trainer Carl Jamieson and driver Jody Jamieson won two of the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series contests for rookie colt and gelding pacers on Tuesday night (September 16) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jamiesons' first victory came in the second division with Sporting The Look, who now leads the point standings for the group. Sporting The Look shot to the front in the early going and was ahead of a parked-out Sportskeeper (Randy Waples) by a nose at the :27.2 opening quarter. Sportskeeper would clear to the top past that post, and he would go on to reach the half in 57 seconds. Sportskeeper was under attack from a first-over Lancaster Park (Doug McNair) at the half, and those two would continue to slug it out over to the 1:24 three-quarters. In the stretch Sportskeeper put away Lancaster Park’s bid, but the fight to hold the lead took its toll inside the final eighth, and he began to drift off the rail, which gave Sporting The Look clearance to come through. Sporting The Look had plenty of pep to go with the room, and he would go on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53. Seaforth (Mike Saftic) rallied from fifth to second in the final quarter, and Sportskeeper had to settle for third. The elder Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, also co-owns Sporting The Look, who has been victorious four times from nine starts, with breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Tom Kyron of Toronto, Ontario. Sporting The Look, the third foal out of The Panderosa mare Lyons Mandi ($162,482), did go through last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he brought $72,000. The victorious Sportswriter colt, who also won Gold Series events on July 7 at Mohawk and on August 10 at Georgian Downs, has now banked $178,594. Jody and Carl also prevailed in the Gold Series nightcap with Make Some Luck. Jody sent him to the point from his post two starting spot, and he was unchallenged through the :27.2 first quarter and the :56.3 half. Public choice Drachan Hanover (Rick Zeron) then rolled the dice first-over out of third on the far turn, but Make Some Luck was able to keep him just over a length behind at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Drachan Hanover kept trying to get to Make Some Luck through the lane, but it was no avail as Make Some Luck maintained his lead on his way to a one and a quarter length victory in a final clocking of 1:53 flat. Bob Ben And John (Chris Christoforou) was third after a two-hole trip. Carl trains Make Some Luck, a gelded son of Camluck, for owner 1140545 Ontario Ltd. of Moffat, Ontario. Make Some Luck, who won at the Grassroots level on July 8 at Mohawk, has a pair of victories from four trips behind the gate, and he has pocketed $62,700. Make Some Luck was bred by Stan Klemencic and fetched $19,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Make Some Luck is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Mustang Kensley, a half-sister to horses such as Shake That Junk (Camluck, $388,610), a six-time OSS winner during her time on the racetrack. If interested, Make Some Luck has a Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. The non-Jamieson winner on the night was Reverend Hanover (Chris Christoforou) in the Gold Series opener. Reverend Hanover, making his first appearance in the OSS, led through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3 on his way to a one length victory in 1:51.1. Manny In Sports (James MacDonald) tracked the eventual winner the whole way from the pocket and finished second with Moonwriter (Randy Waples) back in third. Casie Coleman trains Reverend Hanover, a colt by Sportswriter, for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatam, and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario. Reverend Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. and was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a perfect two-for-two in his life with earnings of $41,000. He’s the fifth foal out of the Cams Card Shark mare Razzle My Tazzle, who is a half-sister to the likes of Manvers Short Cut (Astreos, $263,021), a one-time OSS winner in her career. This was the next-to-last regular season event for the two-year-old male pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. They will head back to Mohawk Racetrack on September 29 to conclude things and set the field for the Super Final. For full results of Tuesday night’s races at Mohawk By OSS News .

Fifty-four of the 68 winners of the Little Brown Jug go back to Hal Dale. Two of those winners, Keystoner and Good Time, were his sons, while all the rest are linked to either his son, Adios, or his grandson Meadow Skipper, neither of whom won the Jug. Adios, who was born in 1940, pre-dated the Jug, which started in 1946. Meadow Skipper did participate, but he was parked most of the mile in the 1963 final and finished third to Overtrick, who set an all-age world record of 1:57.1. While Adios, who was twenty years older than Skipper, got a head start; eight sons and a grandson—Romeo Hanover—by Adios had won editions of the Jug before the principal of Skipper’s first crop, Most Happy Fella, won in 1970. Meadow Skipper certainly made up for lost time. Thirty-four of 43 Jugs since 1970 have been won by sons or other descendants of his—that’s about 80%. The only gap larger than one year during that run was the three year stretch at the beginning of the run, between 1971 and 1974, when Nansemond, Strike Out, Melvin’s Woe and Airliner were victorious. Between Hot Hitter’s win in 1979 and Abercrombie’s in 1993, there was a 13 year dry spell for Adios and any other progenitor not named Meadow Skipper. The last Adios line colt to win the Jug was Real Desire in 2007. Beyond his own failure to win the Little Brown Jug, Skipper’s prolific band of sons, grandsons and great grandsons, as successful as they have been at producing Jug winners,  have a spotty record when it comes to winning the race. Yes, Most Happy Fella, Niatross and Bettor’s Delight won, but the list of Skipper’s descendants who produced winners but didn’t win it themselves is much longer: Cam Fella, Western Hanover, Falcon Almahurst, Western Ideal, No Nukes, Cam’s Card Shark, Rocknroll Hanover, The Panderosa, Tyler B, French Chef, Oil Burner, Tyler’s Mark…. While Adios had nine sons win the Jug, Meadow Skipper only had four. The difference is that while Adios only got four from his greatest son Bret Hanover and three via his great grandson Abercrombie, Skipper got twenty from the Most Happy Fella branch, eleven from the Cam Fella branch, and seven through Albatross.   Since the turn of the century only three Adios Line colts have won the Jug—Astreos, Mr Feelgood and Real Desire—and none of those victories have come in the last six years. The other dozen were won by Skipper line stallions. This year’s Jug may prove to be a game changer, and there are a couple of ways that can happen. The field won’t be drawn until Saturday, but in his latest edition of Road to the Little Brown Jug, Delaware PR man Jay Wolf rates McWicked as the top contender. He, of course, is from the Adios line, being a son of McArdle, who has been keeping the Bret Hanover artery on life support in recent years. McArdle’s daddy, Falcon Seelster, wasn’t in the Jug, although he did set a world record of 1:51 at Delaware as a sophomore on Jug Day 1985. The call of that race by Roger Huston trumped the Jug itself, where Nihilator won in a time that was more than a second slower. A win by McWicked would prevent a seven race losing streak by Team Adios. Another way in which the 2014 Jug could be a game changer would be a win by a son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jay lists four possibilities on his Top Ten list: Ron Burke’s Limelight Beach, who just finished second to McWicked in the $260,000 PASS Championship Final; Jimmy Takter’s Cane winner, Lyonssomewhere; Bob McIntosh’s gelding, Somewhere In LA, who finished third to McWicked in the PASS Final; or Brent MacGrath’s Melmerby Beach, who won a split of the Simcoe over the weekend. This would represent a dramatic change because no member of the line running from Volomite through Sampson Hanover has ever won the Little Brown Jug, and no top line descendant of Volomite has won in 38 years, since Stanley Dancer’s Keystone Ore beat Joe O’Brien’s Armbro Ranger in 1976. The other two winners going back to Volomite are Overtrick in 1963 and Rum Customer in 1968. SBSW skipped the Jug, and last year Captaintreacherous, the star of his first crop, did the same. There may be no Jug winners on the branch he is now the figurehead for, coming down from his great, great, great grandsire Sampson Hanover, but that one was very handy on a half. In September, 1951, 4-year-old Sampson Hanover, who was converted from the trot as a three-year-old, became the first pacer or trotter to win a race in under two minutes on a half mile track. He accomplished that historic fete in the Almahurst Pace at Delaware, Ohio. So, we have the inspiration of Sampson Hanover’s Delaware heroics for the sons of SBSW and for McWicked his granddaddy Falcon Seelster’s world record mile over that track and his great granddaddy Bret Hanover’s world record of 1:57 in the Jug. Either way, it’s time for a colt not tied to Meadow Skipper to step up and take the prize. He’s Watching is quick as a cat around those turns and his pilot Tim Tetrick is no slouch. It won’t be easy, but it’s about that time. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/    

The Thursday night $8,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs had a tough field of five that was led by morning-line favorite Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore), but when all was said and done, the winner was Asset Management (Western Hanover-Serious Comfort) in a time of 1:53.   Love You Bye had set the early pace through a quarter of 27.2 and a half of 56.1 before Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) grabbed the lead on the backstretch and led past three-quarters in 1:23.1. Ugly Betty actually led into the stretch before the closers came calling.   Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.) had to go four-wide when the field hit the top of the stretch, but had momentum built up as the field reached deep stretch. She surged past longshot Ubettorbeturlife (Chris Lems), who had taken the lead shortly before the wire, and was up in the nick of time for a win. Love You Bye had actually been relegated to last before re-rallying up the inside to get third.   The complete order of finish was: Asset Management, Ubettorbeturlife, Love You Bye, Ugly Betty, and Seascape Hanover.   Asset Management is owned by J&M Racing of Finksburg, Maryland. The trainer is Alexandra Berube.   Asset Management was just one of three winners for driver Fern Paquet Jr. on the Thursday night program. He also won the seventh race with Fresh Squeezed (American Ideal-Squeeze Me) and the tenth race with Grand Majorette (Art Major-Grandiose Gal).   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs with a 12-race program. The seventh race is the $10,000 feature, an Open I Trot. The 5-2 morning-line favorite is Evil Urges with Jimmy Whittemore slated to drive. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

Millstone, NJ -- This is real: Ten Standardbreds with collective earnings of more than one million dollars are in trouble.   The horses are: All American Daddy, who has earned $489,000; Big Money by Western Hanover; Chuckie Two; Desired Goal by Malabar Man; Third Down Delight, formerly named Spensor Hanover; 8 year old Barretts Toy by Playful Toy; Evil Grin by Die Laughing; Second Thought by Mr. Vic (who may be in foal); and 12 year old Dusty Lane Ralph and Windsong Fortune, with earnings of $272,000. The tagging for a trip to slaughter has already begun as they stand in pens in New Holland, PA. While it appears that at least 2 will need full retirement based on photos of their worn legs, particularly All American Daddy, others may also. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) desperately wants to help them, but taking on the risk of having to retire all the horses for life is a huge undertaking, financially and otherwise. SRF recently took in seven from the same situation and another ten from similar circumstances in 2014; of these, only one was adopted and one humanely put at peace. Fifteen remain in need of homes, now bringing SRF's financial commitment to paying for the full care of 188 horses every day. "We are struggling to meet our budget this year already," explained Judy Bokman, SRF's Executive Director. " We will be putting all the horses at risk if we were to take in more at this time. This is how organizations turn good intentions into starving animals. Being involved in the day to day and looking these horses in their eyes makes it so very difficult to say we do not have the funds to do the right thing. Caring for these ten horses until they pass could turn into a lifelong commitment of more than $40,000 annually should they all need full retirement or are not adopted." The cost to take in one horse and to provide all the necessary steps of paying their fees, shipping, quarantine, rehabilitation, veterinary care, and blacksmith and dental care is approximately $1500. But then what? That is where SRF hits the wall. SRF is not giving up and is looking for other options for the ten. Their deadline is tonight, and SRF is asking the breeders and owners of these horses to step up and provide a home for their horses in order to keep them from this horrific end. One particular gelding had 23 owners in his career, so chances are 150 people have been involved with these horses during their racing and breeding days. Think about the money earned. And with several states providing Breeders Awards, perpetual monies were enjoyed by the breeders throughout their careers. It didn't matter who the owner was or how many times the horse changed hands. Here's an opportunity to give back, to do the right thing, and it is urgent. In addition to asking those who owned and bred these horses, SRF is also asking anyone with an interest in helping but do not have a farm, to consider that for a mere cost of a cup of coffee and a donut a day they can provide one horse with a life in pasture. SRF is familiar with retirement farms offering reasonable rates and will facilitate all offers of help. Today, for the next 12 hours or so, this situation needs attention. To offer a home, or for information on retiring one at a farm, please contact SRF at 732 446-4422, or email judejude2000@aol.com before this evening, Wednesday, September 3, 2014. From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 30, 2014- Rank outsider Fameous Western (Larry Stalbaum, $67.50) had everything go his way Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace . Assigned post position No. 2, Fameous Western watched the floor show from a primo table. Pole-given Russley Rascal N (George Brennan), as the tepid 2-1 favorite, parked Heston Blue Chip (Brent Holland) through intervals of :26.4 and :55.1. Fameous Western was pocketed, with Handsome Henry K (Eric Goodell) out, then back in. Frankie's Dragon (Brian Sears) wound up second over, with Pancetta (Jordan Stratton) behind him. It was "Russley" leading in and out of the 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. The leader was about to throw in the towel, with Fameous Western awaiting his turn. He ducked in, whipping the horse on his back--Dallenbach Hanover (Eric Carlson)--by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.1. "Frankie," Pancetta and Russley Rascal N rounded out the payees. For Fameous Western, a 6-year-old Western Hanover gelding co-owned by Anita Fialkow & Sandra Presciti and trained by Lance Hudson, it was his 11th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta (two biggest prices on the board) paid $735, with the triple returning $3,594. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

This Week: Canadian Pacing Derby final, Metro final, She's A Great Lady final, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Zweig Memorial, Zweig Memorial Filly and Crawford Farms Trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; and Cane Pace, Shady Daisy and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Aug. 28) at Mohawk Racetrack with three divisions in the C$253,114 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Aug. 29) card at Mohawk features two divisions in the C$249,242 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the C$209,189 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. The big Saturday (Aug. 30) program is highlighted by the C$667,000 Metro final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the C$634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final for open pacers, the C$480,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, the C$218,076 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$207,689 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action will take place at Vernon Downs on Friday night (Aug. 29) with the $340,000 Zweig Memorial main event and $60,000 consolation for 3-year-old male trotters, the $150,000 Zweig Memorial Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters. On Monday (Sept. 1), Tioga Downs will host a trio of Grand Circuit events, led by the $437,325 Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Tioga will also feature the $125,000 (est.) Shady Daisy for 3-year-old filly pacers and the $40,000 (est.) fourth leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday night with eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Metro Pace and the She's A Great Lady. Sweet Lou was a 1:48.1 winner in his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination. Leaving no doubt as to his current superiority, Sweet Lou powered his way to victory in the first Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in preparation for this week's Canadian Pacing Derby final. With Ron Pierce simply a passenger, Sweet Lou, the prohibitive 1-9 choice, was initially tucked in third as Thinking Out Loud clocked the first quarter in a blistering :25, before blowing by the leader and taking the field to the half in :53.3. After opening a couple of lengths on his pursuers while reaching three-quarters in 1:22, Sweet Lou easily prevailed by one length in a stretch drive over the determined veteran Foiled Again, the world's richest pacer, and Domethatagain in 1:48.1. It was Sweet Lou's 10th consecutive win of the year on a 2014 resume which includes victories in the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, U.S. Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs. Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou, a 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, has banked more than $3 million, but has enjoyed more success this year than in past seasons, including his 2-year-old campaign in 2011 when he won 10 of 12 starts, capped by the Breeders Crown, and was named divisional champion. Clear Vision, with Brett Miller, nailed stablemate Bettor's Edge at the wire to take the second elimination. The top two finishers are both trained by Ron Burke. Bettor's Edge, the even money choice, had things all his own way for all but the final strides, cutting out leisurely fractions of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.3. But somehow Clear Vision, who finished second by a nose to A Rocknroll Dance in last year's Canadian Pacing Derby, came flying late from last for the nose win in a three-horse photo in 1:50.3. State Treasurer finished a neck behind the winner in third. It was only the fourth win in 19 starts this year for the 8-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover, but by doing so, he went over the $2 million mark in career earnings with his 27th lifetime victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 826; 2. Tim Tetrick - 514; 3. Ron Pierce - 396.5; 4. David Miller - 369.5; 5. Brian Sears - 245. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,171.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 569; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 199; 5. Julie Miller - 180. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 258.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 231.1; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 162; 4. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 5. Robert Key - 125. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Tioga Downs and Mohawk Racetrack. Tioga will host the Reynolds Memorial events for 2-year-old trotters. Mohawk will offer the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers, Champlain Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage for 3-year-olds and William Wellwood and Peaceful Way for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

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