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WASHINGTON, PA, March 25, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan was indomitable on the front end, thwarting a strong challenge from Hillbilly Hanover to capture Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan covered the front half in a reasonable 56 before confronting the first-over Hillbilly Hanover. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding found another gear for Dave Palone, downing his rival by a length in 1:51.3 on a "good" surface. Dew N Doughnuts rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who won for the fourth time in his last six starts and lifted his career bankroll to $260,385, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Tony Hall and Palone each drove three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 17, 2015 -- Terror Of the Nite rolled to victory in a career-best 1:54.1 to notch his third straight in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Heavenly Knox scored in a sizzling 1:52.4 in the other $12,000 split in Tuesday's third leg of the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The championship legs of the Walter Russell and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 27, first post 6:55 PM. Dave Palone gave Terror Of The Nite -- the 1-9 favorite -- a comfortable 58.2 front half, and when the 4-year-old son of Western Terror-Her Odyssey sprinted home in 55.4, he assured that he would be positioned for a series sweep. The pocket-sitting Native Dude was second, 7-1/2 lengths back, with Hickory Terrific third. Ron Burke trains Terror Of The Nite for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. It was one of seven wins on the 14-race program for Palone. Tuesday's card also featured a pair of top trots. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Cowgirl Hall looked sharp off a three-month layoff, collecting a front-end victory in 1:54.4. Whata Donato, who was used hard early, held on for place, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Palone drove the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall - Centerfold Hall, who now boasts $658,993 in lifetime earnings, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Daylon Miracle relished her status as the only female in the field -- and the 7-5 favorite -- as she dueled for the early lead before cruising home for Aaron Merriman in 1:55.1, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of TSM Photo Bugger. Tamarind completed the ticket. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who extended her career bankroll to $423,197. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2015 -- Terror Of The Nite pulled the pocket down the backside but needed to survive a late challenge to capture his second straight in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Wok N Roll K and Big World Of Rock also took $12,000 splits in Tuesday's second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding pacers. Dave Palone teamed with trainer Ron Burke for a pair of Russell wins with Terror Of The Nite and Big World of Rock. Terror Of The Nite easily cleared to the lead when Palone moved him to the front, but Heavenly Knox was gaining ground on a sustained first-over bid. That tough journey in the slop took its tool on Heavenly Knox, and Terror Of The Nite prevailed by 1/2 length in 1:56. Well Bred earned show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura campaign Terror Of The Nite, a 4-year-old Western Terror - Her Odyssey gelding. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember opened a 4-length lead and held on late to down the onrushing Sweetie Hearts by a head in 1:57. Long shot Ajuama completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall - Val Lee Woman, who extended her career bankroll to $313,097, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Palone drove four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2015 -- Terror Of The Nite opened an 8-length lead at the three-quarters, then coasted home to capture a division of Tuesday's harness racing Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. The opening leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings was contested over three divisions, with Techtor Hanover and Sopravvissuto taking the other $12,000 splits. The series honors the memory of the late Hall of Famer Walter Russell, a distinguished judge at a number of tracks. Although parked the opening quarter from post 8, Terror Of The Nite disposed of the early challenge by Somekindaparty and was all by himself turning for home. He won geared down for Dave Palone in 1:56 on a "good" surface, 4-3/4 lengths better than Whoopedemaginjosey. Rollinlikeahotshot finished third. Ron Burke trains Terror Of The Nite, a 4-year-old Western Terror - Her Odyssey gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Tony Hall and Wilbur Yoder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan made it three straight at The Meadows when he strolled through a leisurely 58 half, then blazed home in 55.4 to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone was able to work out that comfortable half for Atta Boy Dan, which left the 6-year-old Western Terror - Dropitlikesitshot gelding plenty in reserve to thwart the stern first-over challenge from I'm Feelin Good. Atta Boy Dan scored in 1:53.4, 1-1/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Dew N Doughnuts, while I'm Feelin Good saved show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who extended his career bankroll to $244,560, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and trainer Paul Corey teamed for three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Benefitting greatly from an early first quarter speed duel between the two favorites, All Terror paced strongest through the lane to upset the $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway. The five-year-old Western Terror mare, owned by Mike Foote, became the seventh different winner of the weekly distaff feature in the seven weeks the track has been open for its second season. Five of the seven combatants sprung alertly when the Woebkenberg starting gate opened its wings. While All Terror was one of them, driver Kayne Kauffman found himself sandwiched between horses going into the first turn and made the winning decision to back off first and settle in fifth at the pylons. With inside leavers My Hare Lady (Kyle Ater) and Rev Me Up (Chris Page) still sprinting, favorites Betterluvnexttime (Josh Sutton) and Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) found themselves three and four wide, respectively, through a wicked open eighth of a mile. Betterluvnexttime cleared to the lead just past the :26.4 opening quarter, but other than a few seconds of a breather inside Igottafeelinfran found herself first-over the remainder of the mile. After a pedestrian second quarter in :57 the pace quickened with the third quarter clocked in 1:24.3. It was then that Kauffman eased All Terror out to second-over position around the final turn before flipping three wide in the stretch and cruising to a three-quarter length triumph. Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith) and Hoponit (Jeremy Smith), who rode the pylons most of the mile, found room in deep stretch to garner the place and show positions. The winner now sports three wins and three seconds in seven starts at Miami Valley, but this was her first tally against open competition. With ten different drivers winning on the 12-race Friday card, the dash standings remain very tight at the top of the list. Josh Sutton has forged to the head of the class, but only by the slimmest of margins. His 56 victories through the first 27 nights of the meet is one better than Dan Noble, who has notched 55 wins, followed closely by defending champion Kayne Kauffman with 54. They are followed by Tyler Smith 30, Kyle Ater 28, Jeremy Smith 27, Randy Tharps and Chris Page with 21 each, Jeff Nisonger 13, Greg Grismore and Brad Hanners with 11 each. From the press box at Miami Valley

DOVER, Del.--- Bossa Nova Baby picked right off where he left off last week scoring a 1:52.2 victory in the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap, the Sunday, Feb. 8 feature race on a Spring-like day at Dover Downs. With Hall of Famer Ron Pierce holding the reins, Bossa Nova Baby held off KR's Power Surge (Jim Morand) and Drunk On You (Eddie Davis Jr.) to win for the second-straight start for trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor. An altered son of Panspacificflight - By Faith Valaree, Bossa Nova Baby danced his way to his 15 lifetime win. In the fastest race on the card, Jerry Clark's Workandplayhard stopped the timer at 1;50.4, a career record, to win an $8,000 Male pace with Eddie Davis Jr. chalking up his second win on the day. The win was the first of 2015 for the Western Terror - Slice Of Life gelding trained by Doug Lewis. Toms Titan (Jonathan Roberts) was runner-up. Stagecoach Holdup (Roger Plante) stormed down the lane for third. Ron Pierce drove four winners, Eddie Davis Jr. had a triple, Tony Morgan and trainer Dylan Davis posted doubles. Velocity Sonja looks for her third straight victory in the Monday pace for young females feature race. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan worked out a cozy pocket trip, then brushed by his stablemate, Visible Gold, in the lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold cut out a seemingly comfortable 59 half, but the sloppy surface and a stern first-over challenge from Desperation left the leader vulnerable. Atta Boy Dan and Eric Goodell had little trouble overtaking Visible Gold, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Exactly Black was a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old Western Terror - Dropitlikeitshot gelding who extended his career bankroll to $225,560, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Burke and Goodell all fashioned three-baggers on the 14-race card. Goodell's haul lifted his career victory total to 4,994. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The game of musical chairs involving stallions moving from one state or country to another for the 2015 season is just about over. And the same goes for stud fee adjustments. Here’s a rundown of what has transpired thus far. It was just announced that fourteen-year-old Western Terror, a grandson of Delinquent Account and full brother to BC and Messenger winner If I Can Dream, will relocate within Pennsylvania at a reduced rate. He moves to Nandi Farms and will command a $5,500 stud fee, $2,000 less than last year. More Western Terror offspring were sold in Lexington than from any other stallion, but more isn’t always better. The 41 yearling consignment brought an average a shade over $15,000. Lots of red ink there. Tomy Terror (sic), Hall Of Terror and Do Your Job were his best young offspring in 2014. Up The Credit, the richest son of gyno-centric Western Terror, will take another shot at the stallion game in 2015. The seven-year-old NA Cup winner, who mined the low to middle NW class at Mohawk until mid-summer, first stood at Seelster Farms in Ontario for $5,000 in 2012. It wasn’t long before he was back racing. He’ll now be offered for $3,000 at Casimir Farm in Ontario. Six-year-old Heston Blue Chip, 2012 Dan Patch winner, and five-year-old Sunfire Blue Chip will be the first high profile sons of American Ideal to embark on stallion careers. Neither one of them lived up to their colt promise in the aged ranks; Heston won four races and earned $216,000 in 2014, while Sunfire won five and banked $168,000. Heston will stand for $4,500 at Winbak, New York and Sunfire will get $4,000 (Cdn.) at Tara Hills. Twenty-year-old Dragon Again, who now resides in Ohio, has a penchant for producing hard hitting pacers that last a long time, but he has no record as a sire of sires. His son Aracache, who ground out $1.7 million in six years of racing, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm in Indiana for $2,500. Seventeen-year-old Real Desire, the sire of Tell All and State Treasurer, will also stand at Ivy Lane in 2015. He moves from Midland Acres, where he sported a $5,000 fee. He now stands for $3,500. Lots of fee reductions for lower end stallions this year. The Well Said four-year-old Tellitlikeitis, who didn’t earn enough to be covered by Gural’s stallion rule, will also stand in Indiana, at Victory Hill Farm for $3,000. So, Indiana, which hit the lottery with Always A Virgin and Rockin Image, doesn’t get a whole lot in the way of reinforcements. The latter two stallions remained at $4,000 and $3,500, respectively. Ohio, which was already bursting at the seams, found room for a few more. The casinos in the Buckeye state are the best job plan in NA for Standardbreds. Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall, will be the most expensive trotting stallion in the state at $6,000. Fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall, still one more expatriate from Pennsylvania, will stand at Midland Acres for $5,000. That’s a third less than he was getting last year. And 2015 BC winner Rockin Amadeus will stand at Cool Winds Farm in Ohio for $3,500. Western Vintage, who only won once at three after showing much promise during his freshman campaign, will stand at Abby Stables in Ohio for $3,500. Mister Big, who failed to impress in Ontario, will also be at Abby. He stood for $4.500 at Tara Hills in Ontario last year, but will only get $2,500 in 2015. Jurgen Hanover, the Credit Winner five-year-old who looked like a budding star early in his sophomore season, also goes to Abby, for $2,500. What’s their motto, “Give us your wretched castoffs”?  Along the same lines, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who was retired to Fashion Farms at a $5,000 fee in 2012 and drew little interest, is back for another try. The nine-year-old son of Art Major will stand in Indiana for $2,500.  Wishing Stone leaves Deo Volente in New Jersey, where he stood for $5,000, for Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he’ll get $4,500. Trixton will take his place in New Jersey for a $12,000 fee. And of course Father Patrick will serve a one year residency at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, at a hefty $30,000 per. Archangel, who stood in New York for $4,000 in 2013, but drew so little interest that he returned to the track this past year, makes another run as a stallion at Winbak Canada for $4,500 (Cdn.). Betterthancheddar also relocates to Winbak Canada from New York. As is the case with just about all of the repositioned stallions, his fee takes a 22% hit, dropping from $4,500 to $3,500. Sportswriter made a splash in the Ontario Sire Stakes and saw his fee jump 38% to $6,500 (Cdn.) Kadabra’s fee has been cut 20% to $12,000 (US). E L Titan will stand for $8,000 and race as well. Ten-year-old Crazed returns to New York from Pennsylvania. He stood for $6,000 at Hanover in 2013, $4,000 in 2014 and is back up to $5,000 at Blue Chip in 2015. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow were very good in the NYSS last year and Tirade Hanover is racing very well right now. Lucky Chucky, who didn’t overwhelm us with his first crop, had his fee reduced 20% to $6,000 for 2015. Chapter Seven, whose first crop sells this year, had his fee dropped a thousand dollars to $7,500 for 2015. Twenty-year-old Artiscape drops 20% to $4,000. The high priced stuff goes to Pennsylvania, where Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou both have full books--$15,000 for The Captain and half that much for Lou. One bright spot in Pennsylvania is Muscle Massive jumping 20% to $7,500 off first crop performances by Gatka Hanover and Speak To Me. Twenty-one-year-old Yankee Glide, who has struggled of late, had his fee dropped from $12,500 to $10,000. Still, $15,000 is lower than folks expected The Captain to slot in at prior to his unsuccessful four-year-old campaign. Modest increases for Sportswriter, Muscle Massive and Crazed don’t a positive trend make. Father Patrick will get $30,000, but that’s for an abbreviated book and many of those bookings are for syndicate members. Somebeachsomewhere had his fee dropped $5,000 to $25,000 and his book is still open. Muscle Hill’s fee is unpublished. Maybe he went up. Overall, the trend is not positive. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They used two different routes but post time favorites Bazooka Terror and Second Hand News each found their way to the harness racing winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (January 21) in the co-featured events.   Bazooka Terror went from last to first to take the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace while Second Hand News showed plenty of heart in going gate-to-wire in the $10,500 Open Trot.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a lot of patience with Bazooka Terror in the opener. After sitting sixth and last past the half-mile pole, the pair went first over down the backstretch and easily cruised past Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) in the stretch to score the 1-1/4 length win in 1:56.3. The winner turned in a 28.0 final panel.   Bazooka Terror (Western Terror-Lucky Liz) is a 6-year-old mare owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. In the money 29 of 41 races in 2014, Bazooka Terror has now earned $157,987 lifetime with the victory.   In the Open Trot, Second Hand News and Milby set the fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29 and had the the usually front-running Lutetium breathing down their neck until the top of the stretch.   Second Hand News was first attacked by Lutetium on the outside down the stretch with no luck. Then midway down the lane, Cummings dropped Lutetium into the passing lane but again to no avail as Second Hand News ($4.40) and Milby opened up a 2-1/4 length edge at the wire. They went the mile in 1:57.3. City Kid (Billy Dobson) finished in third.   The 13-year-old Second Hand News (Pathway To Victory-Mohawk Super Night) is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Kent Conshafter. Ron Van Wagoner trained Second Hand News, now a perfect 2-for-2 on the young season.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race program set to begin at 6:35 p.m.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway is wasting no time in getting the 2015 live racing season off to a great start as the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is scheduled as the first race on the solid 12-race opening night card Wednesday. Post time is 5 p.m. Bazooka Terror has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opener despite being assigned the eight post. Defending Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs leading driver Kevin Cummings is slated to be in the sulky. In her last appearance on December 6th at Batavia Downs, Bazooka Teror rolled to an impressive 3-1/2 length victory in 1:57.2. Trained by newcomer Jim Clousser Jr., Bazooka Terror posted 11 victories last season and earned $85,621 for owner Leonard Seagall. The 6-year-old was named 2014 'Mare of the Meet' at Batavia Downs. Mondatta could be the main threat with David McNeight III in the bike. Starting from the rail, she has a pair of seconds and two third place finishes in her last four appearances. Mondatta is the 4-1 second choice. The remainder of the field includes Ugly Betty (John Cummings Jr.), S A Lowe (Billy Dobson), Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby), You're To Funny (Jack Flanigen), Ashlee's Cool Gal (Shawn Gray) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.). As the Buffalo Raceway season kicks off, a pair of drivers will looking to reach some lofty milestones. Kevin Cummings is just 30 wins away from 3,000 career victories while Frank Milby is just 20 away from the 2,000 plateau. "I'd like to finish like where I left off in 2014," Cummings said. He had 334 victories last season and over $1.5 million in purse earnings. When asked about nearing the 3,000-win mark, Cummings said, "I don't really think about it. I just want to stay on the roll I was on last year. It will come when it comes." Wednesday night, the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence starts in the fifth race. There will also be free racing programs, free magnetic racing schedules along with $3 food and beverage specials in the clubhouse. Racing will then resume on Friday and Saturday night with a 6:35 p.m. start time. For more information including entries, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones could head south for the Group Three $40,000 Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup (3200m) on January 24 with harness racings latest Nelson Cup winner Johnny Fox. “He’s going great. We may look at the Invercargill Cup or something like that.” “Its just a bit harder to place him as a six-win horse now,” he said. Mark Jones will attempt to extend a winning habit as a trainer in the Invercargill Cup, should Johnny Fox return south. Mark has won two of the last three Invercargill Cups, with Ohoka Texas (2012) and Saveapatrol. The latter upstaged triple NZ Cup winner Terror To Love, last year, after 13 days earlier taking out the Marlborough Cup. Johnny Fox caused concerns after a breathing problem came to a head on New Zealand Cup in November, but an overcheck and an anti-choking device (under his chin) have him racing better than ever. The Western Terror gelding ran an improver’s second to Mossdale Conner first-up at Rangiora on December 31, then went from strength-to-strength at Nelson. He sprinted a fast final 800m in 54.9s to run down Stradowan in the Cup Prelude on Friday, but was even more impressive pacing the same sectional over the longer 3000m trip to win on Sunday. Johnny Fox, second last at the 800m, swept up sharply four wide on the home turn for Blair Orange, and had a good kick when he asked him to go at the 200m. The Butterworth Racing Syndicate-owned pacer ran clear by three-quarters of a length from Stradowan, who had to settle for the bridesmaid tag again, after leading early, trailing King Cyril, and having every chance. He paced the full 3000m in 3:49.8 (2:03.2 mile rate), and outside the the Nelson track and race mark of 3:47.4, set by Jason Rulz when beating Jackaroo Bromac in the 2013 Nelson Cup. Johnny Fox, bred by the Wilson family of Winton, won his first five when racing for trainer Ian Wilson and briefly in Canterbury for Steve McRae, before being purchased by the Butterworth Syndicate. He won second-up for the Mark Jones team and Michelle Neilson in a junior drivers pace at Addington in March last year, and despite having breathing issues, had shown high speed in his races. Although the competition for him will get harder up the grades, he’s looking more relaxed and has a chance of realising his full potential. Melbourne owners, Merv and Meg Butterworth, had another good day on both sides of the Tasman with Arden Rooney, formerly in the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen barn, running third first-up for Kerryn Manning in the $A60,505 Horsham Cup. Arden Rooney enjoyed a good run through from the inside of the back row to trail on the outer. He fought solidly behind winner Philadelphia Man, who was too good after racing in the open outside a pulling favourite For a Reason. Philadelphia Man was too strong, coming clear in a track record 1:58.1 rate (2700m) from stablemate Restrepo, who maintained a good three wide run from the rear over the final 900m. Courtesy Of Jeff Scott - Mark Jones Harness Racing Stables,   

Pacer Topcornerterror and trotter Spartan Victory were both wire-to-wire winners in a pair of $7,000 Preferred 3 events co-featured on Sunday night's harness racing card at Flamboro Downs. Topcornerterror ($4.40) romped to a 10 length victory in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace for horses and geldings, stopping the clock in 1:56.1 over the "good" track. Jonathan Drury drove the nine-year-old Western Terror gelding for trainer Des Tackoor and his partners Don Lee and Tony Valentini. Justa Camilion (J.R. Plante) and Get Around Town (Bob McClure) rounded out the top three finishers. To view the rest of this story click here. Sterling Cooper romps at Fraser Downs Sterling Cooper made his first start from the Bill Davis barn a winning one as he drew away from the competition by four lengths over a sloppy track in Sunday afternoon's $10,500 Open Pace at Fraser Downs. Sterling Cooper made a quarter-pole move sweeping up from fourth to take the lead after the :26.3 opening panel. The 1-2 favourite began to separate himself from the rest of the field through middle panels of :57.3 and 1:26.1 and cruised home for the 1:57.1 triumph with Gable Blue Chip (J.F. Gagne) and Lizard King (David Hudon) following in second and third, respectively. To view the rest of this story click here.

DOVER, Del. --- For the fourth time this meet, Handsoffmycookie notched a victory in the top distaff pace of the week as Trace Tetrick came from last to overtake leader Tim Tetrick and favorite For The Ladies N for a 1:52.3 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Open pace on Monday, Dec. 29 at Dover Downs. For The Ladies N left from outside post 7 to take the early lead and led until just past the turn down the homestretch when a quartet of rivals stormed to challenge. Trace Tetrick was last to be seen until the final strides when Handsoffmycookie rush past her foes for victory #8 of the year moving seasonal earnings to six figures, $108,670 for JFE Enterprise. The Art Major-Observe Me five-year-old former New York Sire Stakes standout trained by Scott DiDomenico has now registered her 30th career win good for $1347,242 lifetime earnings. Mach A Wish closed strongly for Corey Callahan for second while Fill My Pockets and Eddie Davis Jr. took third money. Keith J. Pippi's Lounge Act got star billing in one of two $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Mare paces. Vic Kirby guided the three-year-old daughter of Cam's Card Shark-Hay Macarena to her 11th win of 2014. She has won $79,357 this season and $90,755 in two years of racing. Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) finished second and Dream N Ezy (Trace Tetrick) was third. Hit By Lightning, a sophomore daughter of Western Terror-Account Re, made it three wins in-a-row scoring a 1:55.2 conquest in the other $14,000 distaff event. Allan Davis piloted the Wayne Givens trained Legacy Racing owned winner of nine races and $58,557 this campaign. Get Real Rusty (EddieDavis Jr.) was runner-up. Pacific Wine (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Driver Corey Callahan and trainer Doug Lewis combined for their second wins on the card when Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimer came on for a 1:53.4 victory in a $13,000 Winners-Over distaff pace. Jeremes Sweetheart (Vic Kirby) took the field to late in the stretch and held on for second. We Adore Three (Ross Wolfenden) finished third. Since the meets opening week, Star Recruit has five wins and a second and is the one to beat on Tuesday, Dec. 30 in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace feature. Post time is 4:30 p.m. This week, Star Recruit and meet leading driver Corey Callahan is owned by trainer Arty Foster, who claimed the pacer after a near-wire-to-wire 1:52.3 victory. Troy and Todd Tribbett dropped sophomore gelding Ziggy Sky in a claiming race and finished second with Ross Wolfenden holding the reins. Beaver Creek Farm's Blueridge Dancer and Tony Morgan took third. Bettor And Bold, owned by Tim Tetrick and CC Racing and driven by Trace Tetrick should benefit with an inside post this week. Ken Wood and Minisink Farms' Just Bettor has upset credentials. The rest of the field is made up by Jane Ann Bell's Winbak Carl teamed with Tony Morgan, Russ Foster's Alexis Style, with George Dennis, drew post 1. Ron Lloyd's Newcomer Keystone Real Deal with Allan Davis and Brenda Ellingsworth's Pacific Western handled by Bret Brittingham. Wednesday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve is a day off for Dover Downs. Racing will resume on Thursday, New Year's Day,Jan. 1 and return to the regular daily schedule: Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Leading harness racing trainer Amanda Grieve is hoping for a pair of early Christmas presents at Hobart on Sunday. Grieve has made the trip across Bass Strait for two of the Apple Isle’s premier events – Tasmania Cup and The George Johnson. Talented pacer Im Corzin Terror will contest the Cup, with handy mare Tandias Bromac in the latter feature. “It would be nice if Christmas could come early,” Grieve said. “They are suitable targets and both runners will prove hard to beat. “With a bit of luck we Santa will smile upon us a few days in advance.” Despite his second row draw, Im Corzin Terror is the one to beat in the former Grand Circuit race. Fresh from his success in last weekend’s dismal Ballarat Cup, the son of Western Terror will thrive on the drop in class according to Grieve. “It is down on class on what he has been racing against,” Grieve said. “He’s good enough to overcome the draw and I expect him to be hard to beat. “He also likes the longer trip, so the 2579 metres will really suit him. “He’s come through Ballarat just fine as you would expect on the run he had.” Tandias Bromac will also begin from the second row, with Grieve stating the five-year-old’s run at Ballarat should be overlooked. On that occasion, the daughter of Art Major was unplaced in open company. “She just never got into it at Ballarat, so you may as well forget she went around,” Grieve said. “Before that she did well in Sydney despite the fact she didn’t travel as well as I would have liked. “She has settled in better in Tasmania and will be ready for this. “It’s also a drop in class for her and she will be right in the finish.” While a busy schedule has been mapped out for Im Corzin Terror, Tandias Bromac will enjoy a Christmas holiday. “Im Corzin Terror will race pretty much every week in January,” Grieve said. “He has his Bendigo Cup defence, the Shepparton, Victoria and Hunter Cups. “If we bypass any, it will be Shepparton. “At this stage, I will give Tandias Bromac a wee break and get her ready for the Ladyship Mile in Sydney in March on Inter Dominion day.” PAUL COURTS

Ballarat Cup winner Im Corzin Terror will head to Tasmania to contest Sunday’s $40,000 Tasmania Harness Racing Cup. Trainer Amanda Grieve said the seven-year-old’s Bray Raceway victory last Saturday night was “a surprise”, but added the geldings had been “going well”. “He had no luck at Cranbourne when he was making ground along inside,” Grieve said. “He was up to his right trip and he went really well on Saturday night.” With the Group One decimated by scratchings, Im Corzin Terror – driven by Chris Alford –worked to the lead early in the four-horse field. Given an easy time during the middle stages, the son of Western Terror sprinted home in a breathtaking 53.9 seconds, rating 1:59.7 for the 2710-metre trip. "It was a great drive," Greive declared. “We’ll go Tasmania at the weekend. Then he’ll defend his Bendigo Cup title before the Shepparton and Victoria Cups.” Thanks to his latest triumph, Im Corzin Terror is exempt from ballot in the Victoria Cup, which carries Grand Circuit status. “It just helps us plan his campaign out a bit and not worry about getting a start in the race,” Grieve said. HRV Media

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