State-bred trotting colts were in the spotlight on Sunday, Sept. 29th as a field of eight youngsters looked for spots in next week’s $105,000 Lincoln Land Stake final and 46-1 long shot Ryleigh's Lilly scored a major upset in the Direct Dottie final. With four of the eight starters making early breaks in the race things were up for grabs from the word go. When the smoke cleared it was Ron Marino & David Hermann’s Nino Marino who emerged with a three-quarter-length victory in 1:59.3 for driver Dean Magee. Benefiting from a perfect pocket sitting trip as Big Bad Bob (Dale Hiteman) put up splits of 29.3, 58.2 & 1:29 the Randy Tuftie trained son of Pizzazzed—Never Ms Still overtook the pace setter with an eighth of a mile to go and eventually drew clear for his second win in five lifetime starts. Big Bad Bob held on for second while Battleshoe King (Buddy Simpson) was third. Also gaining spots in the final where they will be joined by Tour Hall, Bobby BBreeze and Fox Valley Veto were Photo Surprise, Battleshoe Crown, Polars BigSpender and Finnster. Sophomore pacing fillies were also in action on Sunday night as a field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds battled in the $14,000 Direct Dottie Stake. This test produced the biggest surprise of the night as John Barnard’s Ryleigh’s Lilly lit up the tote board at odds of 46-1 with a half-length victoryin a career best of 1:54.1. Reserved through the early going by driver Robert Smolin the daughter of Western Hero—Fox Valley Chosen moved up third over through the final five-eighths of a mile. Exploding off her cover in the lane, the Bill Crone trained miss flew home in 27.1 to secure her second win in 16 starts this year. Aliyah Maria (John DeLong), who provided live cover for the winner was a game second while Zumba (Matt Krueger) rallied from far back to be third as the early speed collapsed in the lane. Returning $95.20, $30.00 & $15.60, Ryleigh’s Lilly helped key a $7,394.00 trifectapayout. by Tom Kelley for Balmoral Park
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Ides of March, $35,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps--for trotters along with petite pacers--were won by Calchip's Brute (George Brennan, $12.40) and a season-debuting Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley, $29.20).
This time last year, St Elmo Hero, a winner of $461,300, was arguably the most talked about harness racing standardbred in North America.
She was both the star attraction and the biggest question entering Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open pacing mares. Friday night featured the 4-year-old debut of See You at Peelers (Brian Sears), and, even though she only came away with half a loaf, she a was whole lot better.
Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) set it up from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Leaving from harness racing post position No. 5, Breakheart Pass watched the early action as Qucksilvercandy A (Larry A (Larry Stalbaum), 10-10 favorite Mystical Diva (Jim Pantaleano), Bunny in the Bank (George Brennan) and Mud Pie Hanover (Cat Manzi) all wanted in.
Breakheart Pass, in the hands of harness racing driver, Jason Bartlett, needed every bit a perfect pocket trip Friday night (February 17), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.
Yonkers Raceway opened its 2012 harness racing season Friday night, with its usual pair of $33,000 co-features at the returned-to distance of a mile. The Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace saw Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) pay a stiff price to grab the big chair, then hold sway.
Pocket-sitting Breakheart Pass and harness racing driver Yannick Gingras authored the upset Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Western Hero five year old St Elmo Hero got back to winning form tonight Saturday 24th of September at Mohawk Raceway in the $50,000 Open to record his 28th win from just 38 starts in 1:49.2. The win took St Elmo Hero, driven by harness racing super driver Jody Jamieson, total stakes to $386,760.
One of the most interesting newcomers to the Canterbury breeding scene this harness racing season will be the young sire Rob Roy Mattgregor, a well performed son of influential sire Matt's Scooter. He was bought by Bromac Lodge and Queensland breeder Steve Clements and will stand at Barra Equine, Ohoka near Christchurch, of Johnathan McNeill at a fee of $NZ2,500 plus GST. Semen transport is available throughout Australia with the owners meeting the transport costs.
Pocket-sitting Breakheart Pass (Jim Pantaleano) proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from an assigned post position No. 3, Breakheart Pass went around Monochromatic (Cat Manzi), taking over before a 27-second opening quarter.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the second round of the guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 Wednesday, May 25. The harness racing promotion is part of the U. S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program, which now includes specialty wagers at 10 racetracks across the United States.
After posting his 25th consecutive harness racing victory in his most recent start two-weeks ago at Woodbine, St Elmo Hero has been entered into the $45,000 Open Pace this Saturday at the Toronto oval.
Full Picture (Jason Bartlett) did something her main harness racing rival could not Friday night...negotiate the first turn. That's the Reader's Digest version of Yonkers Raceway's $66,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.
After being scratched from the Cam Fella Stakes elimination in his most recent start, St Elmo Hero made his Woodbine harness racing debut a winning one to extend his unbeaten streak to 25 straight victories in the $28,000 Preferred 2 pace.
This Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack isn't just another typical night in the eyes of harness racing driver Jody Jamieson. The Moffat, Ontario resident will be reunited with Hypnotic Blue Chip in the $125,000 Spring Pacing Championship and Jamieson will be looking to push the undefeated streak of St Elmo Hero to 25.