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DOVER, Del.--- Cold weather could not deter Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover from scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in the Monday, Jan. 9 harness racing feature at Dover Downs. With the sport's second leading dash-win leader Tony Morgan in the bike, Gratian Hanover made the winner's circle for the first time in 2017 scoring a convincing 1:50.2 conquest. The Willard Reynold's trainee won for the 10th time in the career of the Western Ideal-Gray Major gelding. Trading Up and Corey Callahan finished second. Callahan, the track's defending champion, won four races in-a-row, the 2nd through 5th, then added a fifth in the 11th race driving Howard Taylor's Emeritus Maximum to victory in a $10,000 Claiming Allowance pace. Corey Callahan had six winners, Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, plus trainers Joe Columbo, Joe Holloway, Les Givens and owners George&Tina Dennis recorded two wins each. Marv Bachrad  

Last Saturday night at Gloucester Park the Western Australian bred trotter Reminder Call became just the second harness racing standardbred in the Southern Hemisphere to win in sub 2:00 time as both a pacer and a trotter. Reminder Call won the 1730 metre Trotters Mobile on Saturday for trainer Sarah Suvaljko and driver Dylan Egerton-Green rating 1:59.0 for the trip. It was Reminder Call’s fourth win but his first as a trotter with his previous three having been at the pace including a 1:54.8 victory at Pinjarra over 1684 metres in December 2013. With a 1:54.8 win as a pacer and a 1:59.0 win as a trotter Reminder Call has become the first Australian bred horse to take a sub 2:00 record at both gaits. A good deal of research by staff of both Harness Racing Australia and Harness Racing New Zealand reveals that the Geoff Webster trained New Zealand bred gelding Mister Zion is the only other horse to achieve the feat in the Southern Hemisphere. Mister Zion took a pacing record of 1:56.8 and trotting record of 1:58.7 but he has a record that may never be equalled as he won at Group One level as both a pacer and as a trotter. Another New Zealand bred in Locanda’s Mac has won as a trotter in the USA in 1:57.6 and as a pacer in 1:52.8 while current New Zealand trotter Scarrymcleary currently has a pacing record of 1:52.3 in Australia and has been placed second as a trotter in New Zealand in 1:57.9. Suvaljko took over the training of Reminder Call in November and Saturday night was just his fourth start for the Cardup based trainer. Reminder Call is purely pacing bred being by a son of Western Ideal in Armbro Deuce out of the Fake Left mare Classy And Smart. by Alan Parker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 18, 2016--A 'four-peating' Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) just lasted Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. The eight-hole-assigned favorite left around second choice Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), then negotiated her eight furlongs in :27, :56.2, 1:24.4 and 1:52.4. Drifting a bit through the lane, she did hold off a pair to her inside, Mach it a Par and lone filly Lispatty (Mark MacDonald). The margin over the former was scant nose, while the latter missed by three-quarters of a length. Two Kiwis--Glenferie Bronte N (Jordan Stratton) and Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland)--settled for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 10th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $32 and the superfecta paid $230. Special props for this win, the 50th of Krispy Apple's $1.8 million career. "She had some health issues toward the middle of the season and she wasn't herself, but she's had her legs back under her lately and she's been the Krispy Apple of old," Bartlett said. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 11, 2016 - A three-peating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.20) easily disposed of her harness racing rivals Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from behind the eight-ball, the 8-5 favorite worked around Tessa Seelster (George Brennan), making the lead just before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Then, she just toyed with 'em (:57, 1:25, 1:52.4), a 2½-length lead into the lane becoming three lengths at the wire. Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) snuck inside to grab second over 'Tessa,' with Regil Elektra (Brian Sears) and 41-1 rank outsider Motu Moonbeam N (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old, $1.8 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her ninth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.60, the triple returned $127 and the superfecta paid $404.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 4, 2016 - A repeating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $14.80) was up late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.  :27.3, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:53. A bit wide early from post position No. 7, the millionairess settled sixth as Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter) worked around Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) to make the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a :56.3 intermission as Devil Child (Jordan Stratton)-who had floated for a seat-moved from fourth. She went after the leader in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Moma' may have had the gun, but Devil Child had the ammo. The latter disposed of the former early in the lane, but could not stall Krispy Apple. Towed into it by Devil Child, Krispy Apple edged past, winning by a neck in 1:53. Third went to Lispatty, with Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) and Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. Moma's Got a Gun tired to sixth, while eight-hole assignee Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), as the 4-5 favorite, never fired and finished seventh. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old, $1.8 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her eighth win (as the fourth choice) in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58, the triple returned $360.50 and the superfecta paid $2,197. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 28, 2016 - Favored Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett lasted on the lead Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away quickly from post position No. 5, Krispy Apple was strung out by Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter), then made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, she finished it off (:56.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.4), getting the line a nose before 'Moma' and a head before a stretch-smokin' Mach it a Par (Jordan Stratton). Diva's Image (Mark MacDonald) and a first-up Devil Child (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 8-year-old, $1.7 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her seventh win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $158.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Oct. 29) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $2,744.27. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

Derek and James Delaney’s Oakwood Stud is ready for next week’s Brightwells Mixed Sale at Royal Welsh Showground in Builth, Wales with five top yearlings going into the auction ring.The sale takes place Monday, October 24 at 11:00 am. “This is just the beginning for us at Oakwood Stud,” said Derek Delaney. “We have five well-bred and great looking yearlings ready for the sale and by next year we will have maybe a dozen or so, many sired by our own Foreclosure N. It’s been a few years in developing but James and I are very proud of where Oakwood Stud is going.” The first Oakwood Stud yearling to head to the ring is Lot 50, Oakwood Playboy, a brown colt by McArdle from The Panderosa mare, Only Gossip. Oakwood Playboy is a full brother to McCedes p, 1:49.3 ($1.3 million); McCito p,1:52 ($125,000) and a full sister to the fastest mare in all of North America last year, Hot List p,1:48.2 ($405,000). Here is video of Oakwood Playboy Next up is Lot 51, Oakwood Writeontime, a brown colt by Sportwriter from The Panderosa mare, Abbey Won. This mare has already produced nearly $2 million in winning foals including Bettors Glass, p,1:48.4 ($489,000); On The Glass p,1:49 ($757,000); Art Glass p,1:51.4 ($257,000) and Glass In The Sand p,1:53.4 ($54,000).  Abbey Won is also a full or half-sister to pacing greats Mystical Mike p,1:51.2; Manvers Short Cut p,1:51.3; Cut Throat p,1:51.3, Artistry p,1:53.1 and Major Glass p,1:53.4. Here is video on Oakwood Writeontime Next up for Oakwood Stud in the sale is Lot 65, Oakwood Ideal, a bay colt by Western Ideal from the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare, Dreamlands Hardie. Oakwood Ideal is a full or half-brother to top performers Livestrong p,1:50.4 ($572,000); Mylivmylife p,1:50.4 ($450,000); Dreamlands Latte p,1:52.3 ($226,000). Of Dreamlands Hardie’s last 11 foals, 8 have all been winners at age 2. Here is video on Oakwood Ideal Lot 66 features Oakwood Spur, who is a bay colt sired by Share The Delight from the Life Sign mare, Olympic Sign, whose dam was none other than the great world champion mare, Nadia Lobell p3,1:53.4 and over $1 million in earnings. Oakwood Spur is a brother to Brooklyn’s Best p,1:52.4 ($150,000) and Signs of Terror p,1:57.3. Here is video on Oakwood Spur The last of the Oakwood Stud consignment is Lot 67 and the lone filly of the group, Oakwood Delight. This bay filly is sired by Share The Delight from the Four Starzzz Shark mare Oakwood Alanah. This is only the second foal from Oakwood Alanah, whose damn, Eternal Prophecy is a full sister to Immortality p,1:51.2 ($1.6 million) and the dam of top foals Captain Mo p,1:51.2 ($500,000) and McGwire p,1:53.2 ($250,000). Here is video of Oakwood Delight It should be noted that all Oakwood yearlings bred by USA stallions have been staked well in North America. Just a reminder for those of you that cannot be at the sale that you can bid by telephone or by leaving a commission. For more information email to welsh@brightwells.com “After the great results at the York Raceway Sale two weeks ago,” Delaney said, “We feel that Brightwells will be very strong. And with so many additional racing opportunities and raised purses for young horses next year, we think the yearlings this season could break all the sales records.” By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud

LEXINGTON, KY -- Check Six made his move first over heading into the far turn, eventually passing tempo-setter American Passport to win the first of three divisions for the $173,900 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:50 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. American Passport took the lead, pacing the first quarter in :27.4 and the half in :55.4. Sitting third, Check Six moved to the outside and advanced towards American Passport heading to three quarters. Timed in 1:23, American Passport sprinted to a three-length lead at the head of the stretch. As American Passport approached the line, Check Six narrowed into his lead to his outside, soon drawing alongside and passing him to win. Katies Rocker, riding the pocket for the mile, finished third. Winning his 12th race in 26 starts, Check Six, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artsplace mare Southwind Vanna, has now earned $903,804 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscmi, William Switala and James Martin. He is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Yannick Gingras. He paid $4.20 to win. "I wasn't sure if American Passport was going to keep going, but I knew I had some pace still," Yannick Gingras said. "I was just waiting to straighten up and try and let him go." "He'll be here next Sunday," Gingras also said. Sprinting to the front, Western Fame set a fast pace and battled off challengers Jj Flynn and Fine Diamond to win his division of the Bluegrass in 1:50.3. Going the first quarter in :26.3 and the half in :54.3, Western Fame's first challenge came from Fine Diamond, pulling first over out of third, around the far turn. The two were stride for stride after a 1:24 third quarter before Western Fame battled him off towards the rail. Jj Flynn fanned wide of Fine Diamond in the stretch to pursuit Western Fame, accelerating into second but running out of ground, failing to overtake Western Fame in the final strides. Western Fame, by Western Ideal out of the Artiscape mare Shyaway, won his fifth race in 22 starts, earning $316,156 for owner Brittany Farms. The Jimmy Takter trainee was driven by Mark MacDonald and paid $2.80 to win. "He's a really tough horse and can actually race anyway," Mark MacDonald said. "He races good from behind too, but I was the heavy favorite today so I took a shot and left with him. It's a tiring track, but he raced super. First quarter in :26.3 and last quarter in :26.3... can't ask for much more than that." "Myron Bell had the confidence [in Western Fame]," George Segal said. "He didn't race many times last year, but he was always a good individual with a good attitude... he just wasn't in a good place last year. But this year, everything has worked out." Lindy Beach won his fourth race in a row in the final Bluegrass split, storming down the center of the track to win in 1:50.3. Fresh Cut took the lead from the rail, pacing in front of Manny and Jk Will Power through a :27.4 first quarter. Jk Will Power pulled first over and brushed to the lead before the half, timed in :55.4. Entering the far turn, Manny edged first over from third and rushed by Jk Will Power to nearly clear command heading to three quarters. He remained off the pylons but in front by a length at three-quarters in 1:23.4. Jk Will Power flew up the rail to challenge for the lead in the stretch. Manhattan Beach, tracking Manny from second over, fanned towards the center of the track, as did Lindy Beach, who had been racing from third over. Once Manhattan Beach took the lead, Lindy Beach soon swept alongside and right by Manhattan Beach to win. Fresh Cut managed to slide into contention for second while Manhattan Beach finished third. A winner of four races in 13 starts, Lindy Beach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Real Desire mare Real Appealing, has now compiled $64,912 in earnings for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare. Trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $11.40 to win. "The plugs were in and Timmy [Tetrick] looked comfortable," Frank Antonacci said, "but the trip worked out perfect as well. When you're looking at these horses that can just flat fly, you need the trips." "He was coming back good this winter, and he had a little injury right before we were getting ready to qualify him, so we just gave him plenty of time. We knew he was a good gelding and we wanted to give him a chance to come around this time of year." "I think Jimmy [Takter] said it when he was out here; that this is a form game and when you have a horse that's coming into form, they tend to stay that way for awhile. He has got a lot of confidence, and didn't realize he was racing about six classes up today." Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, October 6 with the International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First race post is slated for 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Batavia, NY---Wednesday night (Sept. 28) was a return to form for My Tallia Ideal when she came from off the pace to take the lead and fend off a late challenge to capture the harness racing featured $9,500 mares Open pace at Batavia Downs. Kaitlyn Akeeper (Jim Morrill Jr.) left for the lead around Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) while My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) went from fifth to third and tucked. Positions remained unchanged through fractions of :27.2 and :56.2 when My Tallia Ideal pulled first over past the clubhouse with Who Says That (Shawn Gray) on her back. My Tallia Ideal eventually pulled alongside Kaitlyn Akeeper at the three-quarters before going right on by in the far turn. But just as it looked like she was going to pull away, Who Says That tipped around and came hard at her in the stretch. The two dueled head to head all the way down the lane and hit the wire near simultaneously, but the photo showed My Tallia Ideal was the victor by a nose in 1:54.1. The win was the seventh of the year for My Tallia Ideal ($2.80) and it pushed her earnings to $51,375 for owners Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. The 8-year-old Western Ideal mare is trained by Dave McNeight Jr. Ray Fisher Jr. had a driving grand slam Wednesday, winning with Wicked Elphaba ($6.40), Purple N Gold ($17.40), Prince Jubilee ($10.80) and Val's Jett ($2.60). Wade Tomaszewski and Jim Morrill Jr. both scored driving doubles. Trainers Richard Tomaszewski and Richard Lareau both sent two students to the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 30) with the first post set for 6:15 p.m. On Friday, the early Pick-5 (Races 1 to 5) starts with a guaranteed pool of $4,000.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing two-year-olds were featured on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, contesting four $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships, having earned their way in after gathering the most points among the group ranking just slightly below their "A"-list Sire Stakes brethren.   The Muscle Massive gelding Two AM waited for the smoke from a 27.1 quarter to clear, then rushed to the lead in front of the clubhouse, posted middle splits of 57 and 1:26.1, and went on to take the final for trotting males in 1:55.2 - a stakes record, a new mark, only a tick off the track record, and only 2/5 behind Correctamundo's seven-year-old divisional world record for age, sex, and gait. Longshot Almirola Hanover found a seam inside and was along for second, 4½ lengths behind; #1 pointwinner and 4-5 favorite Backstage Pass, coming off three straight Stallion Series scores, made two early moves to the lead, yielded to the winner, and fell a neck short of holding second.   Andrew McCarthy had sulky duty behind the quickly-developing, fast freshman - this was his fourth win in his last five starts - for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership combine of Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and William and Carol Fuhs. The 2-1 second choice boosted his bankroll to $53,535 after only six career starts.   Trixie Dust made a sweeping move nearing the final turn to get to make a first-over challenge of leading EZ Passer, then proved an easy passer herself by going by that rival for a 3½ length victory in a personal best of 1:56.2, with All Set Lets Go rallying from second-last at the ¾ for a distant third. Second choice Explosive Legacy went right to the lead, with favored Electric Lemonade right behind her, and put down hot fractions of 27.2 and 56.3, then surrendered the lead while EZ Passer came calling before the 1:25.4 3/4s - but in the end it was "Trixie" who left them all in the red clay Dust.   The daughter of Winning Mister, owned in partnership by trainer Richard Gillock and breeder Paula Sokol, was handled by David Miller, who added this triumph to the three Sire Stakes Championships he won over the weekend. Trixie Dust, the 6-1 third choice, now has career earnings of $53,997.   The chalk won both of the Stallion Series Championships for pacers, with Western Hill defeating the colts in 1:53 and Brazuca triumphing over the fillies in 1:53.4.   Western Hill was up first, and the son of Western Ideal, trainer by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill, was also first-up in winning. He tucked fourth behind an early battle for supremacy that resulted in an initial clocking of 26.2, and he was already on the grind well before the 55.3 half. Western Hill cleared to the top with somewhat surprising ease well before the 1:24.1 3/4s, and despite spinning out of the far turn a bit wide, he was able to stay clear in the lane, winning by two lengths over second-over Maconupwiththedragon, with third-over Classy Dragon another ¾ of a length behind - the inner tier collapsed and was shuffled in the wake of Western Hill getting by the pacesetting Ponderingjacksfame.   Western Hill, who is now 5-4-1-0 lifetime, was driven by Brett Miller, the end to quite a three days for the popular pilot, which was indirectly facilitated by the "other purple Miller," David. Brett got the catch-drive behind Always B Miki when that one tied the world record 1:47 at Scioto on Saturday, then won a Stallion Series Championship on both Sunday and Monday, the victory with Western Hill tying him for the all-time lead among Stallion Series drivers with his sixth Championship victory. For about 18 minutes.   And then Dave Palone, whom Brett Miller had just tied, guided the Bettor's Delight filly Brazuca to a 1¼ score in 1:53.4 after an exciting contest, and in the process reclaimed sole possession of the #1 slot among StS sulkysitters, with seven successes.   Palone initially tucked behind She's So Marvalous, who used her pole position to maximum advantage, then found himself third after Emily R Hanover went to the lead well after a 27.1 opener, and with the outer tier forming behind him, Palone had no choice but to go first-over with Brazuca nearing the 56.3 half. And the talented filly took it from there, g-r-i-n-d-i-n-g her way while pacing her own third split in 27 to be a half-length behind at the 5/8, a neck behind at the 11/16, and nose-to-nose with the leader at the 1:24 ¾ pole. Brazuca gained the advantage inch by inch from the game Emily R Hanover, defeating her by 1¼ lengths, with Traceuse Hanover coming up the Pocono Pike to be third, another 1½ lengths behind the winner, who ran her record to 6-3-2-0 for Team Cancelliere - trainer Tom and owner John.   Pocono will now be dark until a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, as the track holds its annual and popular Oktoberfest celebration.   PHHA / Pocono

HARRINGTON, Del. - Howard Taylor's Handsome Henry K ($13, George Dennis) won the $16,000 Open Pace feature on the Labor Day harness racing program at Harrington Raceway Monday. The 7-year-old Western Ideal gelding followed favorite Dancin Yankee, who was the pacesetter, before surging by near the top of the stretch and overpowering his rivals to a 1:51 win. Little Ben was second, while Dancin Yankee finished third. It was the fourth win of the year for Handsome Henry K, who is trained by Mike Hall. On the undercard, Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ronald Benton's Remember Me VK ($5.80, Montrell Teague) notched his third straight win in 1:52.2. Trained by Bobby Wyatt, the 4-year-old Art Director gelding set all the fractions in his 15th career win. Dennis and Tony Morgan each had a pair of wins. Matthew Sparacino  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 2, 2016 - Sent right to the front Friday night, Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett finished what she started, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 7, Krispy Apple, as the second choice, saw a couple of other ladies-Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton)-grab the early attention. However, Krispy Apple took over before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then completed her evening (:56.3, 1:24.1, 1:51.4). Sell a Bit N edged out in the lane, but missed three-quarters of a length, with Rock N Roll Xample a best-of-rest third. Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and a never-involved slight 9-5 favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees. For $1.7 million earner Krispy Apple, a 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her sixth win (46th lifetime) in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.20, with the triple returning $281.50. Saturday night's 13-race card features a pair (races 8 and 9) of half-million-dollar Triple Crown events, beginning with Yonkers Trot No. 62, led by Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron). Directly after that, it's the 61st Messenger Stakes, with Racing Hill (Brett Miller) the prohibitive favorite. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 27, 2016 — A year ago, it was Purrfect Bags. Saturday night, it was Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3) wreaking havoc for co-owner and harness racing trainer Jo Ann Looney-King in Yonkers Raceway’s Lady Maud Pace. 'Sassy' won this $109,050 edition for 3-year-old fillies, rolling past Apple Bottom Jeans (Jason Bartlett) late in 1:53. Odds-on Newborn Sassy, leaving from post position No. 3, left into an immediate two-hole behind second-choice Apple Bottom Jeans. The fave went to pull pocket, but 'ABJ' was not in a giving mood. She reseated her rival, then put up intervals of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Skinny Dipper (Brian Sears) made a move out of third, but backpedaled in a hurry. Apple Bottom Jeans did get some nighttime daylight, opening a couple of lengths entering the final turn. However, Newborn Sassy closed ranks and angled out, wearing down the leader late and winning by a half-length. Hug a Dragoness (George Brennan) photoed Cheyenne Triengel (Scott Zeron) for third, with Time on My Hands (Dan Dube) settling for the smallest envelope. Skinny Dipper faded to last among the happy half-dozen. For 'Sassy,' a Western Ideal miss also co-owned by CC Racing, it was her fourth win in 13 '16 tries. The exacta paid $5.70, with the triple returning $21.60. While King won this race for a second consecutive season, Stratton completed his own 'double," having guided Kryptos to win the Lismore Pace for this same division in late May. "I knew we had a bit of a post disadvantage (against Apple Bottom Jeans), so I took a chance at moving again," Stratton said. "I'm not surprised Jason (Bartlett) wouldn't let me go, so I just had to wait. "She's a very talented filly, and I knew it pained (regular driver) Timmy (Tetrick) not be get to drive her tonight. I'm just fortunate the connections had confidence in me." Saturday's $45,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace, Doctor Butch (Brent Holland, $6.70) in 1:50.4; --Trot, Undercover Strike (Bartlett, $2.50) in 1:54. Special Saturday props, too, to Kevin McDermott, who earned his 1,500th career training victory after Badix Hanover (Tyler Buter, $8.40) 'won the bob' in the $18,000, first-race pace (1:52.3). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---My Tallia Ideal ($5.50) let her foes do the heavy lifting for the first half of the race and then proceeded to pick up the pieces for an easy harness racing victory in the $9,500 mares open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Wanna Rock N Roll (Todd Cummings), Jann Down (Jack Flanigen) and V'la Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) went three-wide around the first turn and then up the backside, scorching a :27.2 quarter in the process. V'la Faire finally claimed the lead and led the girls to the half. My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) pulled first-over in advance of that station and floated outside the leader as they went around the clubhouse turn. When they straightened up the backside, McNeight let out the lines and his mare responded in kind. Clearing by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, My Tallia Ideal proceeded to stride away from the rest of the field and opened up a four-length lead by the time she stopped the timer in 1:54.3, pacing her last quarter in :28 flat. Who Says That (Drew Monti) rallied strong to be second and a very game V'la Faire hung on for third. It was the second win in three Batavia Downs starts for My Tallia Ideal, both of which were in the top company. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal has now earned $38,775 in 2016 for owners Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. Dave McNeight Jr. does the training. Wins came in multiples for many horsemen on Wednesday night. Drivers Dave McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. both had triples while Drew Monti and Kevin Cummings chimed in with doubles. On the training side, Dave McNeight Jr. and Angelo Nappo each sent two horses to the winner's enclosure for photos. Racing resumes on Friday night (Aug. 19) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:15 p.m.   Tim Bojarski

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 5, 2016 - Krsipy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $18.40) usually gets handicapped with an outside venue. So, what happened with a blind harness racing draw? She was 'handicapped' with an outside venue. No matter as the millionairess took it the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play from post position No. 7 (in one notch after a defection), she worked around Medusa (catch-driver George Brennan), then never had an anxious moment (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:51.3). She easily handled a three-hole-sitting Regil Elektra (Mark MacDonald) by a half-length, with Medusa clearly third. The Kiwis Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Sheeza Shark N (Brent Holland) settled for the minors. Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), the 4-5 favorite, never was close to reaching and finished sixth. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was the fourth choice's fifth win in 12 seasonal starts (career 45-for-131). The exacta paid $113, the triple returned $545 and the superfecta paid $1,461. Special Friday props to Anderlecht, the hard-knocking, 11-year-old gelding who finished second in his 250th career start. Going for a 50th win, he just about survived a first-up bid, missing a neck in the opener for bottom level ($12,500) claiming pacers. Frank Drucker

Making her local harness racing debut for new connections, My Tallia Ideal ($3.80) took a garden-spot trip and turned it into a victory in the $9,500 mares Open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 3). When the gate closed, the field got away in post-position order and remained that way until the half. Wanna Rock N Roll (Todd Cummings) cut fractions of :29.2 and :59.2 while My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) sat in tow second. As the group passed the half, Who Says That (Drew Monti) pulled first over and prompted the sluggish pace to the three-quarters in 1:28.3. That bid took a toll on the leader as they headed down the stretch when My Tallia Ideal found the passing lane and drove right by her to win by two lengths in 1:57. Who Says That toughed it out for second and Wanna Rock N Roll hung on for third. It was the fourth win of the year for My Tallia Ideal and the purse raised her annual income to $33,265. The daughter of Western Ideal-Bolero Tallia is owned by Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney Wright and is now trained by Dave McNeight Jr. Jim Morrill Jr. took up residency in the winner's circle as he registered five driving wins on the card. He smiled for the camera with Springhouse Star ($8.70), Caddy Jeff ($4.20), Lake Shark ($6.70), Mr. Avalanche ($4.40) and Kaitlyn Akeeper ($3.10). Dave McNeight III also had a driving triple and trainer Jim Graham won two on the conditioning side. The Batavia Downs annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser, held in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR), raised in excess of $6,000 for that organization. The BCCR provides support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 5) with the first post slated for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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