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Settlemoir (Western Ideal) went coast to coast in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In his local debut last week, the Rene Allard-trained Settlemoir finished second in the $12,500 Winners Over and subsequently was the 8-5 betting favorite this week as he looked to wire the feature field. Wally Hennessey sat behind the four year old pacer as he clicked off a first quarter of 27 seconds flat. Following an effective breather in quarter two that led to a half in 56.3, Settlemoir wound up having just enough left to hold off the late bid by pocket-sitter Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who had to settle for second. Bet You (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Settlemoir, who stopped the timer in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season, prevailed in just his second start following the claim by Allard at Yonkers in May. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee first post set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

HARRINGTON, Del. - Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Class Six ($23.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:52 winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open Pace. Trained by Ron Burke, it was the second win of the season for the 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding. Class Six fought gamely first over versus pacesetting favorite Dancin Yankee before clearing at the top of the stretch for a powerful triumph. Arque Hanover closed ground late for second while McKenry was third. The first round of $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old stakes will be held next Monday June 12. The pacing colts and geldings will be the first in action with the draw scheduled for June 6. Pacing fillies will start their first leg on June 13 with the trotters in action June 14. The $100,000 finals will be held on July 27 on Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. Matthew Sparacino

WILKES-BARRE PA - If you ever look up the term "horses for courses" in the dictionary, it's 1-20 odds that you find a picture of Luck Be Withyou harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as the illustration.   The six-year-old son of Western Ideal was 1-20* in Saturday's $20,000 pacing feature, and he yet again justified the fans' faith by going wire-to-wire in 1:49.3, equaling his season's mark taken last week - in fact, Luck Be Withyou has recorded his seasonal best here in each of his five years of racing. He has won 15 of 22 times racing at the mountain oval, and his lifetime bankroll over the brick-red surface went over $700,000 with Saturday's victory, boosted substantially by wins in the Breeders Crown at two and the Franklin Final at four.   Luck Be Withyou was sent straight to the top as usual by George Napolitano Jr., and after making the lead before the withering 25.4 opener, "Luck" had better luck with the fractions, posting middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.4. A last quarter in 27.4 and patented Napolitano rocking were enough to keep the winner clear of an onrushing Anwar Hanover by a length as he triumphed once more for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig.   Luck Be Withyou     In an $18,000 claiming handicap pacing co-feature, the Tell All gelding Tell Us More went wire-to-wire to win in 1:50.3, equaling his lifetime best, and giving him 11 victories in the 2017 season, that total tying him at the top of all North American racehorses for the season with two others. Both of his co-leaders have a chance to reclaim some part of the lead tomorrow: Private Interview will look to extend his own winning streak to ten at Rideau Carleton, while Cousin Mary will attempt to make it nine straight, but in a very difficult circumstance - starting from post eight against Lady Shadow and the fastest females in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Top trot on the Saturday card was a $16,500 contest taken by the four-year-old mare Celebrity Eventsy, a starter in the Breeders Crown Final against Broadway Donna last year, rallying to catch pacesetting Skates N Plates in 1:54.2. The daughter of Manofmanymissions is now 2-for-4 on the season for driver Christian Lind, trainer/father Staffan Lind, and owners Celebrity Farms.   Celebrity Eventsy     Simon Allard had three sulky wins on the Saturday card, allowing him to regain second in the local drivers derby ahead of Matt Kakaley, and moving his lifetime total to 2996 victories. Simon had a fourth driving win at Pocono Saturday, so he is now at 2997 -- three away from the milestone 3000th win.   PHHA / Pocono

HARRINGTON, Del. - CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy ($2.40, Victor Kirby) improved to 2-for-2 in 2017 with a 1:53 harness racing win in the $15,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Hostess Lisa marched to the early lead from post four in 28.1 seconds to the opening quarter mile mark and led the field of six to the half-mile in a leisurely 57.2 seconds. Favorite Newborn Sassy mounted a first-over attack to three-quarters in 1:25.3. Hostess Lisa and Newborn Sassy were heads apart at the top of the stretch until the latter finally edged clear near the finish. A daughter of Western Ideal, "Sassy" notched her 17th win in 31 career starts for trainer Jim King Jr. Both of her seasonal wins have come at Harrington. On the undercard, George Teague Jr., and Teague Racing Partnership's Miss Me Yet ($8.40, Montrell Teague) won a $10,000 conditioned pace in 1:53.1 for trainer Brenda Teague. Jon Roberts had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2017 - Jerseylicious and Trace Tetrick found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured harness racing event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 15. Racing from off the pace this week, the seven-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and just missed her lifetime mark by a two fifths of a second. Jerseylicious was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth while Shady Caroline and John DeLong came away firing. Shady Caroline reached the front at the first quarter in a snappy :26 while Mischief Maker N and Todd Warren benefitted from a pocket seat. Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third as Shady Caroline continued to dictate fast fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2. As the field rounded the final turn, Wild Wanda began the first-over attack and Tetrick quickly grabbed the cover with Jerseylicious. Shady Caroline appeared to be up to the task but Jerseylicious wasn't finished. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Jerseylicious powered past her rivals to get the win by a length and a half. Wild Wanda rallied for second place honors while Shady Caroline held on gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Jerseylicious returned $3.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained by Timothy Lane, the daughter of Western Ideal-Jet Lag N recorded her sixth win of the season from 11 starts. Jerseylicious has now won 24 of 87 lifetime starts while increasing her lifetime bankroll to $733,870 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The Tetrick, Emerald Highlands Farm combination had another winner on the program as Tetrick guided Blazin Britches home a winner in the very next race to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park win in a new lifetime best of 1:52. Jerseylicious Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 18 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Western Ideal gelding Orillia Joe paced the fastest mile of the young 2017 harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1:49.4, in taking the featured $25,000 winners-over pace on Saturday.   Driver Eric Carlson gets major points for his handling of the Yonkers shipper, leaving strongly from the rail and parking Casimir Jitterbug to a quarter in 26 before letting him go to sit in the two-hole. Awesomeness, the 9-5 favorite, was right behind Casimir Jitterbug the first split and went up to challenge, but the parked challenger got the cold shoulder from the pacesetter through middle fractions of 54.1 and 1:22.   Turning for home, Carlson sent Orillia Joe to the famed Pocono Pike, and after a great trip the 20-1 "Joe" knew just what to do, pacing strongly up the inside to win by two lengths. Book Binge, dismissed at 40-1, had been third-inside most of the way, then found midstretch clearance between horses and finished second, a neck ahead of Casimir Jitterbug, with Awesomeness holding for fourth.   Orillia Joe shattered the $400,000 lifetime earnings barrier with the crisp victory, which also gave him a brand new speed mark at the age of seven. Matias Ruiz conditions the winner for Joe P Racing LLC.   Orillia Joe     Migrate Blue Chip now has six lifetime victories - and three of them have come in April 2017, just before which he was acquired by the Burke Brigade. The son of Rocknroll Hanover survived the rough "tuck-then-first-over" route in taking the $18,000 co-featured pace, finishing two lengths clear in a personal best of 1:51.3. Eric Goodell handled the sulky duties for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phil Collura.   Pocono will be dark on Sunday so that fans, workers, and horsemen might have the chance to spend the Easter holiday with their fans. The track will be in action on Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with both nights featuring continuing preliminary round action in the $750,000 Bobby Weiss Series, with the pacers heading the Monday card and the trotters spotlighted during the Tuesday action.   PHHA / Pocono  

LEBANON, OH. – Jerseylicious avenged a narrow defeat last week by capturing the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 24).  Leaving alertly from an outside post, harness racing driver Trace Tetrick put the money-making machine on the front end early and dictated all the fractions before pulling away in the stretch to an impressive 1:51.1 triumph.  The 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal now has 22 career wins in just 84 starts and surpassed the $700,000 earnings plateau with the victory.  Endeavors Fantasy (Mike Oosting) used the innermost post position to full advantage to finish second, while White Metro (Tyler Smith) also saved ground along the pylons to manage a show finish.  Jerseylicious is now owned by Emerald Highlands Farm and has been conditioned by Tim Lane to a 4-1-2 scorecard in eight 2017 starts. The victory was one of five on the program for Tetrick, who now leads the local dash derby by over 20 victories.  The defending Hoosier Park driving champion will be returning to Indiana for their opening card next Saturday, but does plan to return to Miami Valley on Sundays and Mondays through the end of the meet in early May. The Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late-closing series also kicked off on Friday in two divisions.  Twin B Honour (Tetrick) and Youlookhot (Josh Sutton) captured their respective $12,500 splits.  Twin B Honour topped Backwoods Barbie (Brandon Bates) and Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.2.  The 5-year-old Sportswriter lass, owned by Wilbur Langacher and trained by Brett Selby, returned $21.00 to her $2 backers.  Youlookhot, racing for owner Charles Stovall and trainer Joseph Essig, bested Gypsy Bellevue (Aaron Merriman) and Stirling Euphoria (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.3, returning $19.80. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2017 -- Grand Priority pulled the pocket just in time to get clearance and powered home to pull off a 23-1 upset in Saturday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Art N Music took the other $12,500 division in the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame judge Walter Russell, who served with distinction at a number of venues. Grand Priority was stalking Louie's So Bossy down the backside when the outside flow started to close in. Brad Provost angled Grand Priority off the pylons, and the 4-year-old Western Ideal-Joy Luck Hall gelding opened a daylight lead in an instant. He scored in 1:56, 2 lengths better than the 2-5 favorite, Indigo Art, with Gossip Boy third. William Provost trains Grand Priority and owns with Mary Smith and Trotwood Farms. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames wore down his stablemate, Mykindachip, with a relentless uncovered bid and downed him by a length for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Believeinthespirit earned show. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding extended his lifetime bankroll to $169,387. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings and trainers Dirk Simpson and Burke each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Jerseylicious isn't just back...she's all the way back! The harness racing 7-year-old Western Ideal lass, who once was as feared as any older distaff pacer in the sport, captured the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 10). The Tim Lane-trainee paced a mile in 1:52.3, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for driver Trace Tetrick, upsetting Safe From Terror (Chris Page) and Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith). Purchased by Emerald Highlands Farm primarily for her breeding value after a 2016 season with just twelve starts and two wins for $19,970 in earnings, Jerseylicious now has a half dozen starts under Lane's tutelage and has marched through the condition ranks with two wins and two show finishes before beating Miami Valley's best. Tetrick sent Jerseylicious directly to the front from post position seven, relented to Safe From Terror after the :27.3 first quarter, then waited through fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before popping the pocket at the head of the stretch and sealing the deal with a :27.1 final panel. With just 82 lifetime starts she now has accumulated $691,370 in earnings. Among her 21 lifetime wins are some in the game's most prestigious events for older female pacers. She took her record of 1:50.1 at age four at The Meadowlands. Gregg Keidel      

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

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