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Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2017...First Of Itskind, giving a strong hint last week by closing fastest of all in the Open Pace, used a backstretch blitz from fifth into the lead on Sunday night (February 26) and went on to post a 10 to 1 harness racing upset in the $12,000 Open 1 Handicap, stopping the timer in 1:51.2. Handled by Tom Jackson, the six year-old gelded son of Western Terror pinned a 1½ defeat on Uncmprmising Z Tam (Mike Simons) with Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis), making his 2017 debut, third, 5¾ lengths away. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Drachan Hanover, prominent early, finished fourth while Rockntouch picked up the minor award in the field scratched down to six. At the outset, Rocky's Z Tam, leaving from the outside, zipped up early to take the lead and sizzled an opening panel of :26.1 before reaching the half in :55.3. That is when First Of Itskind began his brush from fifth and, by the time they reached the third station in 1:24, he poked his head in front and then widened his margin thereafter, sprinting home in :27.2 to seal the deal. After the race, driver Tom Jackson briefly said, "This horse was very good last week and just needed some more racetrack at the end. "Tonight, I thought I would give him the opportunity by starting him a bit earlier. "In other words, I asked and he answered. That was quite a brush and he probably paced his last half under :55." He did! In fact, he paced his third quarter in :27.2 and came home in that identical time, too. Trained by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main, First Of Itskind pushed his 2017 scorecard to 2-1-2 in six starts, good for $16,140. He's banked $182,941 career-wise to go along with his Pocono Downs mark of 1:49.4. First Of Itskind paid $23.80 to his faithful. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Fritzie Pic Up Man, handled by Kevin Wallis. This six year-old altered son of Always A Virgin left the gate with alacrity and took command an eighth into the mile and then went on to post fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:23.2 before a :28.1 sprint home sealed the issue over the fast closing Pointsman, driven by Rick Plano. Heart Felt finished third after a backside brush left him a half-length back of the leader around the final bend while Whogoesfirst was fourth. Cadillac Phil managed to pick up the nickel in the classy sextet. Trained by Richard Lareau for the JP Houle Stables, Fritzie Pic Up Man won for the second time this semester in eight starts, sending his 2017 bankroll to $19,700. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Fritzie Pic Up Man paid $5.00 to his multitude of backers. Catching up on the other weekend action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club continued their generosity in assisting worthy goodwill and charitable causes with yet another contribution to Bit-By-Bit, the organization that promotes independence for at-risk youth, persons with special needs and disabled veterans. Two F.A.D.C. events were held on Saturday night and both proved to be milestones for the winning drivers, Ron Cusimano and Troy Basista. Cusimano scored with the 14 to 1 outsider Garlandsandpearls in 1:59.1 and, in doing so, won his first race since last century--his last win coming on April 9, 1999 with Strong Vincent at Pompano Park. Cusimano, who has seen very limited action in the sulky since then--only 11 starts coming into the weekend--proved he hasn't lost the winning touch by leaving, yielding and sitting chilly before easing out turning for home and edging by at the wire for his 236th career win. Basista earned his first win in exactly five years by guiding Without Me As ($15.80) to a 1:57.4 win in the Super Hi-5 finale. Troy's last win was with Cracker Justine at Pompano Park as a member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club. His weekend success was his eighth career win. Racing continues on Monday night with the headliner being the $12,000 Open Trot. Prairie Fortune returns to the racing wars after a very sharp qualifying win in 1:54.3. Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Prairie Fortune will have the driving services of John MacDonald and is listed as the 2 to 1 favorite on the morning line. Explosive Muscles, Massacaia, Boli, Sooo Handsome, Diamond Dagger and Swan Handicap complete the talented field. Monday's card features a Pick-6 carryover, as well as a $10,000 Guaranteed Pool on the Pick-4, contested on races six through nine. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Knocking Around has been camera shy recently but that doesn't mean the 7-year-old harness racing gelding hasn't been trying.   With three runner up finishes and two shows in his last five appearances in Open competition, it was just a matter of time before Knocking Around got back into the win column.   That time came on Saturday night (Feb. 11).   Knocking Around ($6.10) got a perfect first over trip and held on at the wire to take Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace in 1:59.3 over a sloppy track. After 10 victories and $86,370 in earnings in 2016, it was the first win in four starts this year.   With Littlebitaclass setting the splits of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:30.2, the closers were ready to pounce in the final panel on the pace-setter in the stretch.   Pounce they did.   Knocking Around (David McNeight III) led the charge down the stretch and was able to hold back the valiant attempts by China Dream (Shawn Gray) and Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) who finished in second and third respectively. It was a blanket finish with just three-quarter lengths separating the top three finishers.   Owned by Courtney McNeight and trained by David McNeight Jr., Knocking Around (Western Terror-So Completely) has now won $11.200 this season and $262,603 lifetime.   Stalbaum, Kevin Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr., Shawn Gray and McNeight III all doubled on the program while McNeight Jr. and Kimberly Asher each had two training victories.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. There's a $1,291 carryover in the Pick-5 on Wednesday which starts in the second race. It's the first Pick-5 carryover of the season.   For more information including results, race replays, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror (Chris Page) captured her second harness racing 'Fillies & Mares Open' pace in the last three weeks on Friday (Feb. 3), besting American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) in 1:53. American Girl pushed Safe From Terror until just past the :27 quarter mile marker, but it wasn't enough to keep the talented 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror from cruising through subsequent middle clockings of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before completing the mile with a closing :28.1 panel for an open lengths tally. Winchester Baye Acres LLC owns Safe From Terror. She is trained by Mike Conklin. It was her 27th lifetime victory, 15 in the past season and a half, and increased her career bounty to $674,467. Both Kayne Kauffman and Trace Tetrick notched three-win "hat tricks" on the program, while Aaron Merriman and Randy Tharps scored driving doubles. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Kiss Of Terror was crowned as the first of seven "Claim To Fame Series" harness racing champions that will be decided over the next five days at Miami Valley Raceway. By winning the $27,100 final in 1:53.4 the 5-year-old Western Terror gelding is the king of the $12,500 male pacing division. Driver Chris Page pushed Kiss Of Terror hard off the gate before briefly yielding to John Jay (Simon Allard) on a quarter pole 'give and go'. Just past the halfway point longshot Poison Oak (Kayne Kauffman) was angled outside and launched a strong first-up challenge, but provided cover for even money favorite Splended Party (Mike Oosting) who was drafting right behind him. When it looked like the two challengers might swallow up Kiss Of Terror at the head of the stretch the winner found another gear and managed to hold them at bay. Kiss Of Terror, who was claimed in each of the two preliminary legs of the series, raced for new owner Eric Prevost and trainer Charlie Stewart in the final. With 14 career wins she now sports $160,000 in lifetime earnings. A $22,000 Mares Open pace was also featured on the Friday program. Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith) upset the elite nine-horse field with a come-from-behind 1:55 tally over Aniston Seelster (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Safe From Terror (Chris Page). It was the 13th lifetime victory for owner-trainer Millard Adams pride and joy, boosting her total bounty to $242,569. Smith had Cast No Shadow in second-over position at the half, then swung three-wide at the three-quarter pole. Gradually passing foes around the final bend and through the stretch, the daughter of Shadow Play just got up in the final strides to return a $31.00 win mutuel. Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley with the $34,500 championship leg for $20,000 claimers on tap as well as a $22,000 Open. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2017 -- Pressured for much of the mile, Atta Boy Dan dug in late and scored a hard-earned harness racing victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan fronted the half for Dave Palone in 28/56.4 -- responsible fractions for the sloppy conditions -- before picking up a determined challenge from Believeinthespirit. Although Believeinthespirit poked his head in front, Atta Boy Dan reasserted in the lane and prevailed in 1:52.3. Hawk's Red Chief shot the Lightning Lane for place, a head back, giving trainer Ron Burke the exacta sweep, while Dapper Dude rallied for show. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Atta Boy Dan, an 8-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who now boasts $676,742 in career earnings. Palone collected five wins -- including four for Burke -- on the 12-race card while Tony Hall fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2016....Safe From Terror, receiving perfect handling from Bryce Fenn, scored a gate-to-wire win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday, hitting the wire in 1:51.3.   The four year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, pinned a two length defeat on arch-rival Godiva Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, finished third, 4 1/2 lengths away while OK Heavenly was a length further back in fourth. Pertty Music picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of ladies.   At the outset, Safe From Terror, leaving from the vaunted post number 5, "pushed the Hummer out of the way" at the start and carded an opening panel of :27 with All Charged Up settling in the garden spot, Drea's Good Powow, leaving from the rail, next and Godiva Seelster, starting from the outside post six, also showing a bit of early speed but forced to duck in fourth as Safe From Terror seemed on a terror early in securing the lead.   Positions remained unchanged through a half in :55.2 when Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster on the prowl and reaching second, a length away, around the final turn reached in 1:23.3.   In the lane, Safe From Terror actually widened her advantage through the lane on the strength of her :28 finale, the fastest of all in the event.   In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "Ya Know what the difference was tonight? It was the draw a couple of days ago.   "Last week, she had the three and I had the four and she got the jump on me.   "This week, I drew one slot inside of her and got the jump on her. She felt very strong tonight and almost pushed the Hummer out of the way herself. These mares are both great and when one gets a jump on the other, that's usually the key.   "I am certainly not going to gain a couple of lengths on her in the lane when she is in front and I don't expect that she'll be gaining a couple of lengths on me if I get the jump.   "That was really the story tonight."   In winning, Safe From Terror won for the 13th time this year in 35 starts, good for $163,455. Lifetime, the four year-old has a 25-8-13 scorecard in 69 starts with career bounty of $647,077 to go along with her 1:50.3 mark at Scioto Downs.   Both Safe From Terror and Godiva Seelster went off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board with Safe From Terror the ever-so-slight favorite. She returned $3.80 to win.   The Open 2 Pace for the ladies went to Arodasi, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, out-dueling a game Art Frenzy, driven by Mike Simons, by a neck in 1:52.3.   Metro Glide, handled by Dave Ingraham, rallied from seventh and last turning for home to earn show honors while Memumsnotnice was fourth. Winbak Heavenly earned the final award.   Trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for Peter Shank, the AGC Stables and his own Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable, Arodasi, a seven year-old and also a daughter of Western Terror (as is Safe From Terror), earned her third win of the year in only 12 starts sending her career earnings to $376,891.   Even money on the board, Arodasi paid $4.00 to win.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club was also in action on Wednesday night in two races with Jamie Marra guiding Mario Dessureault's Pop My Buttons ($5.20) to a 1:57.3 win in the first one and Joe Pennacchio scoring a photo finish decision in the second event with Zorgwijk Impact ($7.20) in 1:59.1. It was Zorgwijk's 49 career victory in that warrior's 303rd lifetime start.   The club has donated well over $170,000 to worthwhile charities since their inception and also has a spirited "driver of the year" award. As of this night, Dein Spriggs owns a "short lead" in the standings over Marra.   Racing continues next Monday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

That Matt Kakaley is nothing if not an instigator. What Kakaley did Saturday night was blow up Yonkers Raceway's Pick 5 harness racing wager, winning three-fifths of it with double-digit numbers. First, Kakaley--with a catch-drive--bottomed out the $45,000 Open Handicap Pace with First Class Horse ($29.40). Leaving outside his six rivals, First Class Horse was strung out early by Mach it So (Jason Bartlett), then just rolled along...as in 27 seconds flat, :54.3 and 1:21.4. He owned a length-and-a-three-quarter lead into the lane before the hooves began to get heavy. However, even a slow (:28.4) last quadrant couldn't get him beat, as 7-5 fave The Real One (Pat Lachance) closed well but not well enough. The one missed by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.3, with Mach it So, Blood Brother (Scott Zeron) and the ubiquitous Foiled Again (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice First Class Horse, a 4-year-old son of Western Terror owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Tom Milici, it was his sixth win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $88.50, with the triple returning $150. As if Kakaley didn't throw enough of a monkey wrench into the Pick 5 players, he threw in Somewhere Fancy ($29.60) and Dream Out Loud N ($46.20) into the equation, ensuring much unclaimed coinage. Thus, Monday's program features a $7,260.85 double-carryover booster shot into the Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 6 through 10). Frank Drucker

Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2016 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Classic Carpet found late racing room outside, overpowered the leader and scored the harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Classic Carpet was fourth and seemingly blocked into the final turn. But when Mike Wilder angled her off the cones to the middle of the track, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Red Carpet Ride brushed past Skippin By to down her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2. The first-over Medusa finished third. Peter Stratton trains Classic Carpet, who won for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her lifetime bankroll to $157,192, for John Leggio. Dan Rawlings and Wilder each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2016 -- Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first over to wear down his stablemate, Mykindachip, and capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Pace at The Meadows. With Mykindachip on a seemingly comfortable lead, Mike Wilder moved Atta Boy Dan from fourth. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesithot gelding overtook Mykindachip in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52. Latest Desire rallied for second, a neck back, while Dapper Dude shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $651,942 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Wilder, who collected seven wins on Wednesday's card, notched five more on Saturday's 13-race program while Burke enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL…November 15…Safe From Terror, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Tuesday night (November 15), scoring a handy win in 1:52.1. The four year-old daughter of Western Terror registered her first win of the fall season in South Florida—her 10th of the year—at the expense of Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis), the margin being 1 ¾  lengths at the wire. Pertty Music (John Mac Donald) finished third in a ground saving journey while Southwind Trini finished fourth after a first up bid on the backside. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, Goldstar Rockette, leaving from the outside post, blasted off the wings searching for the top spot with Safe From Terror, leaving from post five, actually followed her live cover around the first turn before assuming control a few strides shy of the opening :27.4 quarter. Once on top, Fenn gave Safe From Terror perfect rating, reaching the half in :56.3 and then repelling the moderate first over threat from Southwind Trini as the third station was reached in  a picked up 1:24.1. In the lane, Safe From Terror continued to inch away from her foes on the strength of a :28 finale. In a post-race interview, Fenn declared, “When I saw the horse outside (Goldstar Rockette) was revved up, I decided not to get in a war with her but, rather, follow her and have the option of getting to the top or dropping in right behind her, if necessary. “Fortunately, we made the top rather easily and that breather in the second quarter really helped. “She’s a great mare, no doubt about that—she’s got ‘six and a quarter on her card—and she’s been giving hints right along, especially the last couple of starts.” Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Safe From Terror sent her 2016 scorecard to 10-5-5 in 31 starts, pushing her seasonal bankroll to $146,635 and $630,257 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Safe From Terror paid $3.20 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with the lucrative Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for Florida breds and Open pacers in action coupled with a $2,258 carryover in Pompano Park’s Pentafecta fourth and yet another carryover in the Pick-6. Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2016 -- Seeyouatthefinish blew up the tote board Monday at The Meadows when she moved relentlessly first over to pull off a 29-1 harness racing shocker in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Seeyouatthefinish was sixth down the backside when Dan Rawlings sent her after the leader, Show Runner. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Moon Scooter finally reached the front in mid-stretch and held off the rallying Spreester by a neck in 1:52.4. Aniston Seelster shot the Lightning Lane for show. Sarah Andrews trains Seeyouatthefinish, who extended her career bankroll to $196,545, for Bernie Paul and Deb Paul. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - The sizzling pacer Terror Time A won his sixth straight race Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the biggest purse race of the evening, the harness racing card's $18,000 opener, in 1:51.1 - but for the fourth time after his last seven races, he'll start his next day in a different barn. The $25,000 claimer, an altered son of Western Terror, didn't let a little thing like being parked out for 11/16 of a mile on a 45o night ruin his evening, as he ran away and hid from his opposition, scoring by eight lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner Hunter Oakes. But the connections of trainer Rene Allard haltered the horse for the $25G tag, although Team Oakes has certainly done well by the horse; for them in two different stints in this recent run, he's 5-4-0-1-$33,920, and they've gained $2000 in purchase price along the way. In fact, for the year Terror Time A is now 29-11-3-6-$109,005, despite never racing for a purse higher than tonight's $18,000. The "Terror Time A claiming duel" just might continue, too - at the top of the Pocono trainers' standings, it was Allard 95, Oakes 93 going into tonight's card, and a horse like this could be pivotal. As hard as it may be to believe, Terror Time A actually saw more of the inner pylons than did Oakes' winner in the night's $15,500 trotting feature, the Kadabra gelding Caulfield, who won in 1:55 for Synerco Ventures Inc. Although stuck with the outermost post eight, driver Sean Bier had this horse in play throughout despite traveling the overland route for just over ¾ of the mile, and he went on well to the wire to score by 1½ lengths over 56-1 shot Brookroad Knight. The $15,500 pacing feature saw Somewhere in L A, best remembered for his $500G+ sophomore season of 2014 where he was 2-3 in the Jug and second in the Adios Final, matched his trotting cohort Caulfield in overcoming the outside post eight and winning in 1:52.2. The Sombeachsomewhere gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables LLC along with Deo Volente Farms LLC and T L P Stable (you need to be an accountant/lawyer to get stable names right these days), only had to travel most of the 26.2 first quarter outside to get the lead for driver Pat Berry; they then put up middle fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.3, then fought a stiff stretch headwind and a railshooting Kid PK to prevail by a half-length to make his record 2-for-2 since invading Pocono.   PHHA / Pocono    

Batavia, NY---The temperature was cool for the final matinee card of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2016 but Drew Monti was red hot, winning five races on Monday afternoon (Oct. 10) including the special Columbus Day featured $5,000 "Run for the Cannolis" Italian driver's race. The Run for the Cannolis is an annual tradition at the Downs to honor the large Italian population in the city of Batavia. It was started decades ago and has continued each year on Columbus Day. In this year's edition, Monti drove Beechwood Wayne to a three-length win in 1:58.1. After getting away second, Beechwood Wayne followed closely as Goddess's Justin (at the pylons) and First Of Fun (outside) battled side-by-side for the lead for over a quarter mile. When First Of Fun finally failed, Beechwood Wayne popped the pocket at three-quarters and blew right by Goddess's Justin. But the race wasn't over. Rock C. Vinci, who has won this race for the last two years, had tracked Monti's move around the far turn and was now breathing down Beechwood Wayne back at the head of the lane. As both drivers went to the stick in the dash to the wire, "Drivin' Drew" had the jump and got Beechwood Wayne there first to claim the cannolis for 2016. It was the ninth win of the year for Beechwood Wayne ($3.60) and third in a row during his current streak. The 9-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. Monti also won with Big unit ($7.50, 1:58), Quick Silver ($9.40, 1:58.4), Mystical Valentine ($4.00, 1:56.4) and Girls Luv Diamonds ($4.10, 1:57) to complete the five-bagger. His wins combined with a second and two thirds saw Monti's UDR soar to .519 for the day. Ray Fisher Jr. had a driving triple on Monday and Kevin Cummings scored a double. And the wins recorded by all three drivers have made the dash competition at the meet extremely close. After Monday's races, Cummings sits on top with 62 wins, Monti is second with 60 and Fisher is third with 56. With 28 racing days left, the driving crown is definitely up for grabs. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 12) with post time set for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) has been a solid threat in the Fillies and Mares Open throughout the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare had often finished second in the local feature but had not prevailed in it before her most recent start at the Spa on August 25th. In that race, Bazooka Terror pulled off a mild upset, recording her first victory in the local Open and doing so at odds of 6-1. On Friday night, the seven year old mare was dismissed at odds of 12-1 and got away last in the six-horse Open. The backfield got in motion late and Bazooka Terror swooped the group to record the win in 1:54.2, going last to first in the $16,000 feature for distaffers. Bazooka Terror, who returned $27.60 to win, was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) came on late to win a photo for second with Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) who earned the show spot. The exacta returned $73 while the triple paid $258 in a race in which the 3-5 betting favorite was never a factor. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Atta Boy Dan and harness racing driver Mike Wilder used a first over trip and edged Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) by three quarters of a length to win the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) overcame post #8 and took control of the field of seven in the opening quarter of :27 2/5. Wilder sent the eventual winner off the rail and pressured Mykindachip past the half in :55 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24. Atta Boy Dan took the lead in the stretch and held off a closing Night Pro in 1:52 to establish a new track and stakes record. Pacesetting Mykindachip faded to third. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is conditioned by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. A new trotting track record was established in the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot when Allgrooveallthetime (Peter Wrenn) cruised to a 7¼ length victory over Barn Girl (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 2/5. The four-year-old Swan For All gelding is owned by Alvin Miller. Jay Wolf  

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