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Charlottetown, PE - He is the man on the move. Corey MacPherson has been winning multiple races since his return to the track in November and takes over the top spot in the driver standings at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13 victories. The legendary harness racing oval has 13 races on Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. "I'm feeling really good right now and my confidence is up because I'm driving better horses too," said MacPherson. "It really comes down to the horses but I'm driving with a bit more patience and I try to put each horse in a position to win." One of those horses is Idealic Life. The 12 year-old son of Western Ideal is trained by Trevor Hicken and goes for his seventh straight score Saturday in race 12. MacPherson said he's a pleasure to drive. "You can hold him with two fingers in the post parade but once you turn him behind the gate he's like a race car. He likes the front but he can come off a helmet and once I move him he delivers such a burst of speed. He's a nice horse." Best Risque goes after her fifth in a row on the open mares handicapped for MacPherson and trainer Brian Ladner. "I got into a little trouble with her last week and had to go three high to the opening quarter but she proved how tough she is. That was a big win." The roster also includes A Fiesty X Ample off the rail for driver Stephen Quinn and conditioner Nickolas Oakes. Quinn is third in the standings with 4 winners in the first month of 2016 three behind Marc Campbell who sits in second with seven. Campbell only needs one more trip to victory lane to notch 1,500 in his career. A familiar name returns to Charlottetown. Smokin Bear, who appeared in the 2013 Gold Cup & Saucer, is entered to compete in race 10 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Kenneth Wilkie and owner Jamie Whelan. Customers still have a chance to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package in the Classy Lane fundraiser. Tickets are $10 dollars and are available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown and Summerside. The last chance to buy tickets will be January 30th. The harness racing fan choice awards ballot will be in the race program on Saturday. Fans will have an opportunity to select their favorites and be entered for a chance to win a Red Shores prize package. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

One of the oldest lines used by harness racing breeding students worldwide up till the last few years was never write off a stallion's chances even if it is dead. It was not uncommon prior to the widespread use of frozen semen for a young stallions progeny to fire up on the track as soon the stallion died in the early stages of their siring career. These days breeders have the luxury of having access to the frozen semen of a number of the stallions that die prematurely and the biggest example in the last few years has been Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 ($2,754,038) The son of Western Ideal was a star on the track and took that straight to the siring barn where he was an instant success. Just when he was establishing himself as an elite sire, he ruptured his stomach at age eleven and had to be euthanized in March 2013, his premature death sending a shock through the breeding business worldwide. Fortunately, he had plenty of his frozen semen stored and he has continued to produce foals in the years after his death. The success of Rocknroll Hanover's crop of two year olds in Australia last season where he was a close third behind Bettor's Delight on the sires list was a timely reminder of his quality in the siring barn. This year Rocknroll Hanover has seventeen yearlings in the two major sales in New Zealand with his ten offerings at Karaka all having plenty to recommend them on the pedigree page Lot 113 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale on February 22nd at Karaka is typical of the quality that is being offered. A colt named King Of Swing, he is the first foal of the former top Artsplace three year old filly in Twist And Twirl 1:56.8 ($283,258) who won both the Great Northern Oaks and the New Zealand Sires Stakes Three Year Old final as well as running second in both the New Zealand Oaks and the Australasian Breeders Crown Three Year Old Fillies Final. The second dam Giveitawhirlgirl 2:00.4 has been doing a great job at stud having already produced Feels Like Magic 1:52.2 ($217,783) and Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061) as well as Twist And Twirl while the third dam is the former top class filly Impish 1:54.9 (6 wins) who is now the dam of The Fascinator 1:53.9 ($155,162) and the grand-dam of smart West Australian mare Opulent 1:54.9 ($249,085) The fourth dam is the former star New Zealand mare in Smarty Pants (10 wins) so the maternal family has strength going back generations while still churning out star performers today. King Of Swing looks to have all the bases covered for those looking for a Rocknroll Hanover yearling. To view the catalogue for the Australasian Classic Yearling sale click here. Harnesslink Media

Charlottetown, PE - Idealic Life has been established as the morning line favorite in the Saturday afternoon top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The race is in honour of Mr Salming, a former Maritime bred record holder on a half mile racetrack when he scorched Yonkers Raceway in 1:52 flat. Post time for the 14 dash card is 12:30pm. Idealic Life, who is riding a four win race streak, is trained by Trevor Hicken and will be driven by Corey MacPherson. This trainer-driver combination is one of the hottest on the Island. The 12 year-old son of Western Ideal is coming off a 1:56.3 score and leaves from post 6 in race 13. The other triactor candidates include DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) who has hit the board in his last six starts for owners Wendell and Robbie Shaw of Summerside and Derek Folland, Kensington while Putmans Power (Walter Cheverie) has shot in the top three from post 5. The talented field also includes The Big Bite (Shane Bernard), Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and Likely To Win (Ken Murphy). The program will also pay tribute to Mr Domi, the first Maritime bred sub 1:50 performer who stopped the clock in 1:49.4 over Woodbine Racetrack. Breeder Eldred Nicholson will be trackside with the cooler presentation as Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass) go after the top prize. The power packed line up has Rash B Havior (Walter Cheverie), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell), Fightmaster (Michael McGuigan) and My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy). Driver Marc Campbell is only five victories away from career win 1,500. Campbell is booked on eight horses Saturday. The Island harness racing community is coming together to launch a fundraiser for the Classy Lane training center in Ontario after a tragic fire on Monday night. Customers will have a chance to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package. Tickets are $10 dollars and will be available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown and Summerside. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The driving title at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will be tight going into the final harness racing card of the calendar year on New Year's Eve. Jason Hughes went into Saturday afternoon's card with a one-race advantage over Marc Campbell and scored wins with Stayoutofmyaffair and Timely Finesse but then Campbell came back swinging in the next race. He scored a win with Casimir Luciano in race 8, then came back to the winner's circle in race 11 with Rash B Havior in a blistering 1:57.1 victory over the off track, before finishing off his driving triple with Eagle Jolt in 1:58.4. Hughes and Campbell tied for the dash title in 2014 and will go into Thursday evening's card tied at 111 wins each. Idealic Life remained perfect off the claim in the Saturday afternoon top class. The 11-year-old son of Western Ideal now has three victories since being claimed by owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke and Kent Livingston. Corey MacPherson engineered the winning trip in 1:58.1 behind the Trevor Hicken trainee, with Lucky Encounter (Walter Cheverie) finishing second and Likely To Win (Ron Matheson) third. MacPherson had a total of five wins on the 15-dash card including wins with Spectacular Future, Hurricane Hill, and Cloudy Bay. The 26-year-old driver captured his other victory in the $2,350 Open Mares Pace in 2:01 with Best Risque for co-owner and trainer Brian Ladner and co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, all of Charlottetown. Whitesand Artist (Gary Chappell) came up large to finish second while Outrageous Spirit (Gordie Hennessey) got the show prize. Chappell won the Open Trot class with Holy Molie Maggie in an eight-length romp in 2:02.1 over Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) and Caliban Hanover (Cheverie). Holy Molie Maggie is owned and trained by Jeff Holmes of Orwell. It was one of three wins on the program for Chappell. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

TORONTO, December 26 - The 2015 harness racing season wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack with the annual Boxing Day matinee card. The 221st and final racing day was action-packed with series finals, milestones and meet titles all being handed out. The feature race of the day was the $34,600 Valedictory Series final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mohawk Warrior, who was aiming for a series sweep, led a trio of starters sent out by trainer Richard Moreau in the eight-horse contest. Rockinonby, Moreau's newest recruit, sprinted off the gate to the front and posted a sizzling opening-quarter of :25.2. Mohawk Warrior and Cajon Lightning lined up in behind their stablemate to situate the Moreau trainees in the top-three spots entering the backstretch. Mohawk Warrior made a backstretch move to take the lead at the half in :53.3, but Cajon Lightning quickly overtook his stablemate and carried the lead into the final turn. Shades Of Bay, who was pacing fifth, was angled out in the final turn by driver Phil Hudon and was first-up in fourth. After a three-quarter time of 1:22, Cajon Lightning led the field into the lane, while Shades Of Bay grinded towards the leader on the outside and Mohawk Warrior looked for room up the rail. Shades Of Bay had the most to offer in the lane and powered by the leader in deep stretch to score a 5/1 upset by a length in 1:50.3. The Moreau trainees rounded out the top-three, as Cajon Lightning held on for second ahead of Mohawk Warrior. A son of Art Major, Shades Of Bay came into the Valedictory final off a victory Monday night in an overnight event. The Sean Mehlenbacher trainee finished third in the opening leg of the series on December 12. Shades Of Bay now has three wins in four starts since being purchased by Timothy Kim of Toronto in November. The sophomore pacing colt was winless in three starts as a rookie, but now has four wins in 11 starts this season for earnings of over $51,000. The clocking of 1:50.3 established a new Valedictory Series record, breaking Lucky Terror's mark of 1:51 set in 2010. Shades Of Bay paid $13.60 to win. Shades Of Bay In the Niagara Series final, Wanda Bayama completed the series sweep with a dominating victory in the $33,400 contest. A field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies lined up, but all eyes were on Wanda Bayama, the 1/5 favourite. The public's choice paced out comfortably into second, but driver Sylvain Filion quickly right-lined and circled the filly to the lead in the second-quarter. After posting fractions of :56 and 1:25.1, Wanda Bayama waved goodbye to her rivals and opened up more than nine-lengths of separation in the stretch. The Stephane Larocque trainee cruised home under wraps to win by 7¼ lengths in 1:53. Pinky Tuscadero finished second, while Amazing Control was third. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama swept the Niagara Series with a trio of impressive victories. Owned by Bayama Farms Inc, the sophomore pacing filly now has seven wins and over $72,000 earned this season. Wanda Bayama paid $2.70 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the Valedictory and Niagara Series, the three-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Also on Saturday's card, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau completed their impressive seasons by capturing the driving and training titles for the 2015 season. Filion led all drivers on the WEG circuit in 2015 with 320 victories, 101 more wins than Doug McNair in second-place. He capped off his season with a three win performance Saturday afternoon. Richard Moreau was also a run-away winner in the trainer category, as he led all conditioners with 149 victories in 2015. Filion and Moreau will be recognized for capturing the WEG driving and training titles on Saturday, January 4. The busy Saturday also included milestone victories for a pair of veteran trainers. Ben Baillargeon celebrated his 2,000th career training victory Saturday, while Dustin Jones recorded his 1,000th training victory. Trotter Musical Rhythm went gate-to-wire in the sixth-race to record the milestone victory for Baillargeon. Baillargeon, 57, finished third this season in the WEG Trainer Standings with 73 victories. The veteran trainer has sent out the winners of over $1.8 million in 2015. Over the course of his career, Baillargeon's horses have won over $32 million. Four-year-old pacing mare Nat A Virgin captured the afternoon's eleventh-race to give Jones his 1,000th training victory. Jones, 54, has won 39 races and sent out the winners of over $1 million this season. His 39 victories is his highest win total since a 43 win season in 2007, while 2015 marks the fifth-time Jones has topped the $1 million mark in seasonal earnings. The Standardbreds will now take a short-break, but live racing resumes with the first card of 2016 next Saturday, January 2. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 18 - A week after a 6-1 harness racing victory, Wanda Bayama was back in the winner's circle Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-year-old Stephane Larocque trainee defeated nine rivals in the $18,000 second leg of the Niagara Series. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama, the 6/5 favourite, got away seventh in the early stages and sat along the pylons until the midway point. Much Adoo, the 2-1 second choice, made a second-quarter brush from third to take command at the half in :57.1. Around the final turn, Wanda Bayama got into the outer flow and sat third-over at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Filion brought his filly to the far outside and she surged by Much Adoo in the final-eighth to win by 2½ lengths in 1:54. Much Adoo held on for second, while Amazing Control finished third just ahead of Pinky Tuscadero. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama now has back-to-back victories and six overall in 2015. The sophomore pacing filly increased her career earnings to over $55,000 for owners Bayama Farms Inc. Wanda Bayama paid $4.70 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the Niagara Series, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Wanda Bayama will now look for the series sweep in the $33,400 series final on Boxing Day. The Niagara Series final will be joined by the Valedictory Series final on the matinee Boxing Day card. Post time December 26 is 1 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 11 - Wanda Bayama came into the "Six" Friday night and ran out of town with a 1:52.4 victory in the first round of the harness racing Niagara Series. A field of ten sophomore pacing fillies contested the $18,000 first leg of three-week Niagara Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Dustylane Msvickie sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab the front and post an opening-quarter of :27.1. However, Trevor Henry was not content to sit the in the two-hole with Much Adoo, the 8/5 favourite, and circled to the front. Wanda Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion sat back in third at 6/1, while Much Adoo caught a breather and took the field by the half in :57.1. Amazing Control came charging first up from mid-pack around the final turn to battle with Much Adoo. The tempo picked up in the third-quarter, as Much Adoo paced a :27.3 quarter to lead the field into the stretch. Filion was able to slide Wanda Bayama, who continued to pace third along the rail, off the pylons at the three-quarter pole for the stretch drive. Much Adoo continued to battle with a stubborn Amazing Control in the stretch and although it appeared the favourite had the victory in reach after putting away the challenger, Wanda Bayama surged by on the far outside to score a 2½ length victory. Much Adoo had to settle for second, while Amazing Control turned her first-over trip into a third-place finish. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama had been racing at Rideau Carleton for Yves Filion before shipping into the Stephane Larocque barn for Friday's starts. Wanda Bayama now sports a record of five wins in 16 starts this season. She made only one start as a rookie and finished off the board. Friday's victory pushes Wanda Bayama's career earnings to over $46,000 for owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, Quebec. She paid $14.90 to win. The second leg of the Niagara Series will take place next Friday (December 18). Winter Series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the first leg of the Valedictory. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

DAYTON, OH. - Sports Sinner captured the $11,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (November 21), his third tally in the weekly feature in his last four tries. Driver Dan Noble left alertly from the No. 1 post position, but yielded to notorious frontrunner Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) before the first quarter beam was tripped in :26.4. Enjoying a pocket ride through middle splits reached in :54.4 and 1:23, Noble found a narrow opening at the three-quarter station and paced a final panel in :29.1 on a cold, windy night to complete the 1:52.1 triumph. Longshot Red Scooter (Lewayne Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish third. Sports Sinner is owned by Perkins Racing Stable and trained by Christi Pokornowski. The four-year-old Western Ideal gelding eclipsed the $50,000 seasonal earnings barrier with the victory and is rapidly approaching $100,000 in his career. The win was one of three on the night for Noble as he also scored with Allthatgltrsisgold (1:53.3) and JJ Shooter (1:55). Penn, a newcomer to Hollywood Dayton, beat the Open Trotters in 1:56.2 with Josh Sutton on his lines. The five-year-old Master Glide gelding's next check will push him over the $200,000 lifetime earnings plateau for owner Barkley Counts and trainer Bobby Brower. As the heavy favorite, Penn opened an eight length lead early in the stretch and coasted home ahead of a fast-closing Martz Time (Chris Page) and last week's winner Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith). Sutton also fashioned a hat track with other wins behind Gear Box for trainer Derek Menchhofer and The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. From the press box at Dayton Hollywood Raceway

Hanover Shoe Farms management has announced the 2016 stallion service fees for their horses. Andover Hall (to be announced) Artspeak  $5,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous  $15,000 Donato Hanover  $15,000 Explosive Matter  $7,500 Muscle Massive  $4,000 Sebastian K  $6,000 Somebeachsomewhere  $20,000 Well Said  $7,500 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farm

DAYTON, OH. - An $11,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $12,000 Open Pace shared the spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (November 14). Upset winner in the trot was Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith) who upset favorites Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble) and Cantab Linday (Josh Sutton) in 1:55.1. In just his third local start for owner Howard Jacobs and trainer Sherif Cunmulaj, the five-year-old Keystone Nordic geldings sat chilly in the pocket behind frontstepping Rehab Mountain throughout fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:25 before angling out in the lane for his tenth win on the season. The clocking was a new lifetime best for Winwood Scout even though he has won 21 races and $209,413 to date. The feature race victory was one of four on the program for Jeremy Smith, vaulting him into sixth place in the Dayton dash derby. Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) captured the week's top pace by also conserving energy early, then swinging four-wide off the final bend and picking off adversaries one by one to the wire, reached in 1:51.4. Perkins Racing Stable owns the four-year-old Western Ideal gelding who bested fellow closer Doctor Carter (Josh Sutton) and Ice Scraper (Jason Brewer), who dictated the fractions, for his his seventh 2015 score, second in open company. Christi Pokornowski conditions the winner, who now sports $45,000 in seasonal earnings. From the Dayton Raceway Press Box

Pacers Newborn Sassy and Big Top Hanover along with trotters Dog Gone Lucky and Womans Will turned in winning efforts in the 2015 Matron Stakes for two-year-olds at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 5. The richest Matron stake, the $216,300 male trot was won by Dog Gone Lucky. Fresh from victory in the Kindergarten Stakes at Vernon Downs the freshman notched his fifth win of the season for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley scoring a 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan guided the Lucky Chucky-Ebbtide Hall colt, conditioned by Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester, to the easy victory. Milligan's School ((Andy Miller) closed quickly between horses to finish second with front-trotting Love Matters (Yannick Gingras) third. Dog Gone Lucky, a New York Sire Stakes contender, has now banked $321,493 in her first year of racing. The husband-wife team of Andy Miller and Julie Miller collaborated as Womans Will recorded a 1:54.2 triumph in the $185,400 Matron filly trot. Canadians Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, two of the sport's leading breeders own the Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman consistent first year performer. The bay filly now has five wins and nine times in the money in 12 starts good for purse money of $353,881 Kathy Parker (Gingras) led for most of the mile before relenting to Womans Will at the top of the stretch. Radian Beam (David Miller) picked up third money. The powerful Jim King Stable showed off in front of the local track patrons when Newborn Sassy scored her eight win in 10 starts to win the $183,400 Matron Filly event. Tim Tetrick, who had a banner three-win night during the program, steered the Western Ideal -Sass Newton distaff to an impressive 1:52 victory. Penpal (Pat Lachance) closed sharply for second. The win was the seventh in-a-row for Newborn Sassy, bringing her bankroll to $$216,284 this season. Big Top Hanover completed the Matron freshman festivities rolling to a 1:51.4 conquest in the $201,400 male pace. Yannick Gingras piloted the Jt45 and Burke Racing Western Ideal Blind Ambition colt to his third win of the campaign for the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke. The win was the third of the year for the winner who has been in the money in eight 13 starts. There were two $20,000 Matron consolations. In one, Bobby Myers and Frank Condurso's Moolah Moolah and David Miller came on in the lane to catch Black Broadway (Callahan) in deep stretch for a 1:56.2 filly trot win. The $20,000 Matron colt consolation went to Yannick Gingras-driven All The Cookies, a 1:52.4 winner in his first lifetime pari-mutuel race. Christine Takter, Joe Sbrocco and Brixton Medical own the Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Ota gelding. Tim Tetrick won three races, David Miller, Yannick Gingras and Ross Wolfenden had two wins apiece. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Mach Bachrad  

Artspeak p,2,1:50.2, 3,1:47.4 ($1,625,869), last year's Dan Patch and Joe O'Brien Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, and this season's fastest 3-year-old pacing colt, will stand his first season at stud in 2016 at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. His fee has been set at $5,000. He is presently being syndicated, and shares will be available to breeders on a first-come, first-served basis. In making today's announcement, Hanover president Jim Simpson said that Artspeak makes a perfect addition to Hanover's stallion lineup. "The fact that he's among the best sons of Western Ideal played a lot into the decision," Simpson said. "Although Western Ideal is still siring at the highest level, it's nice to have a great son of his to carry on a breeding cross that's worked so well for so many through the years. "Western Ideal is already a proven sire of sires, and we think Artspeak can take that siring ability to the next level." Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, was trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron throughout his career. He was 2014's richest 2-year-old pacing colt, with $742,185, and took wins in the $667,000 Metro, $565,000 Governor's Cup, Bluegrass and four other stakes that season en route to his championship title. His signature win came perhaps this year in the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace in Lexington, where he defeated a stellar field in 1:47.4 to secure his lifetime record and just miss the year's fastest mile by a fifth of a second. After winning his Breeders Crown elim, he ended the season with a second-place finish in the $531,250 final. Those interested in purchasing shares or breeding for 2016 should contact Hanover Shoe Farms at (717) 637-8931 or email hanover@hanoverpa.com. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 30, 2015 - Favored Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.40) was too good for the rest of the harness racing ladies Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Seated an early fifth from an assigned eight-hole, Krispy Apple watched as Cinamony (George Brennan) worked around Sensationalgabby A. After a :27.2 opening quarter-mile and cheapy :57.2 intermission, it was Krispy Apple moving again. She encountered no resistance in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters, taking a 2¼-length lead into the lane. Three lasses across took up the chase, but Krispy Apple finished it off. She defeated Al Raza N (Eric Carlson) by a couple of lengths in 1:53.2 Third went to Cinamony, with Jonsie Jones and Stormunn (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 11th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.60, with the triple returning $82. Frank Drucker

Vernon, N.Y. -- After directly tracking a fast pace, Card Knock Life ($6.40) pounced from the pocket and kicked clear for a 4-1/2 length win in Saturday (October 17) night's harness racing featured $8,000 Open II Pace at Vernon Downs.   Trainer-driver Truman Gale situated the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding in the pocket to track a rapid pace set by Sassy Hanover (John MacDonald). With the other four contenders well detached through sectionals of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23, Card Knock Life was able to vault clear from the pocket with ease just upon straightening for home. As soon as he passed the tiring Sassy Hanover, he kicked away at will, staying well out of reach of No Monkeys Allowed (Greg Merton) and Shock N Rock (Justin Huckabone), both of whom rallied late to round out the top three positions.   Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell own Card Knock Life, whose 1:51.3 victory was his second consecutive local triumph in the Open ranks.   John MacDonald led all drivers with four wins on the 11-race program, teaming up with Western Legend ($6.40, 1:52.4), Tarport Andy ($4.30, 1:55), Flying Cowboy ($4.20, 1:52), and Feel the Heat ($7.60, 1:53.2).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a nine-race program on Wednesday (October 21). Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 16, 2015 - Odds-on harness racing favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) was able to get past a stubborn Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) late, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Remanded outside her seven rivals, Krispy Apple settled fifth as Sell a Bit N and Cinamony (George Brennan) took early turns leading the lasses. After a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and a :56.2 intermission, the fave took her shot. It was Krispy Apply engaging Sell a Bit, who had already made two moves. The latter maintained her lead in and out of the 1:24.3 three-quarters, with a length advantage into the lane. However, Krispy Apple wouldn't be dismissed, edging past her tough foe by a length in 1:52.2. Cinamony, who once again couldn't match strides in the pocket, held third, with Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) and Carobbean Pacetry (Brent Holland) earning the lesser loot. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 11th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $38.40. Frank Drucker

DAYTON, OH. - Top trotter Rehab Mountain and top pacer One Lucky Dragon were repeat harness racing winners in their respective Open class races at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (October 10), but a blistering 1:51 divisional track record mile in a $7000 condition pace stole the show.   Sports Sinner became the fastest four-year-old in the two year history of the sport's newest venue when driver Chris Page sat a pocket trip through fractions of :25.4, :54.4 and 1:23 before unleashing a :27.3 closing panel with the son of Western Ideal to best St Lads Zoom Zoom (Jason Brewer) and Straight Comic (Ken Holliday) by over six lengths in the record performance. Deborah Swartz now trains Sports Sinner, who took his record of 1:50 at The Red Mile six weeks ago, for owner Perkins Racing Stable LLC.   The track record was the 20th one lowered in the first 17 nights of racing during Hollywood Dayton's second season.   In his next start Sports Sinner may well have to face One Lucky Dragon, who won his second straight Open over the swift five-eighths mile oval in 1:52.3. Driver Randy Tharps got away fifth with the six-year-old Dragon Again gelding, then launched a sustained first-over attack just before reaching the quarter pole. After racing side-by-side for almost all of the remaining three quarters of the mile, One Lucky Dragon finally wore down pacesetting Ardyne Ace (Kayne Kauffman) to win by a half length. Westport (Dan Noble) rallied for an impressive third place finish. Partners John McGill and Brian Carsey own the winner and entrust the training to Chris McGuire.   The track partnered with The Breast Cancer Foundation of Dayton to present a day-long "Join The Fight & Raise Awareness" campaign. Highlight of the activities was the $15,000 Pink Ribbon Open Trot won by Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble), an incredible eight-year-old gelding who has now won 11 races to go with 7 place finishes and earned $132,376--all in overnight races in Ohio--in 2015. Trained and driven by the late Brad Hanners until six weeks ago, Travis Redden has now taken over the conditioning duties of the pride of the B6 Racing Stable.   In addition to the Pink Ribbon Trot, the day's activities included a 5K morning run as well as fund-raising raffles and auctions to benefit The Breast Cancer Foundation.   Gregg Keidel

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