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Former track champion and harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. captured the $12,000 Open Pace with Knocking Around (6.10). Sing For Me George (Corey Braden) would take charge to the first quarter. Owned by David McNeight Jr. and trained by Courtney McNeight, Knocking Around would take the lead just before the half. The 7 year-old Western Terror gelding would battle Sing For Me George all the way to the three-quarter mark. Knocking Around held off the late charging Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) to win in 1:51. Quality Closer (Rick Dane) would finish third. Live action returns to Tioga Downs on Friday starting at 6:50. For more information go to our website www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) returned to her customary winning ways on Friday night (April 28) in the $20,000 Mares Open I Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. It was the 18th win in 2016-17 and 30th of her harness racing career, boosting her lifetime bankroll to $715,207. The 5-year-old Western Terror lass worked hard to get the front end during a :27.3 initial quarter, then cruised through middle fractiions of :55.2 and 1:23.3 before closing in :28.2 and holding favored Jerseylicious (Chris Page) at bay in 1:52 flat. A Little Starstruk (Aaron Merriman), who was last week's winner, rallied for a show finish. Winchester Baye Acres LLC owns Safe From Terror, who was sidelined for a month recently. She is trained by Mike Conklin. Town Temptress (Jason Brewer) captured a $16,500 Open II for mares on the same program. The 5-year-old Artiscape mare enjoyed a second-over trip through a driving rainstorm until tipping three-wide for the stretch drive and passing Shesasmokinlady (Ray Paver Jr.) and holding off Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:53.3. Steve Bauder conditions Town Temptress for Gail and Robert Sanders. The talented lass won two of her last three starts at Dayton Raceway in 2016 and has now won two of her first three 2017 starts at Miami Valley. Due to severe weather, including major lightning in the area for a prolonged period, the final five races on the Friday night program were cancelled. Gregg Keidel    

The elevated Trots Country Cups Championship has crowned a fitting harness racing winner with Dean Braun’s cups king, Im Corzin Terror, standing alone after the 25-cup season. The championship, which for the first time gifted $25,000 to winning connections, sits snug on Im Corzin Terror’s record, with the Western Terror nine-year-old having won the Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup and placed in four of his other six cup starts to amass 11 points, one clear of Hectorjayjay and Milly Perez. “He deserves to win it,” Braun said. “There are some really nice horses going around in these races, but he was really competitive and maybe a little unlucky not to win another.” With retirement plans on the table the championship could provide a fitting finale for Im Corzin Terror’s terrific career. Snapped up by Braun from New Zealand early in the 2012-13 season, then part-owner Pauline McColgan was a little unsure about the four-year-old’s prospects. “Dean picked him out from New Zealand, I must add after his first start I was a little unsure,” she said. “He looked like he was always about to gallop because he is a bit of a funny pacer.” But Braun was adamant. “He was very funny gaited but he gave me a really good feel when I trialled him and since then he has exceeded all expectations.” His 2013-14 season saw his first dalliance in a Victorian country cup, winning at Maryborough and then adding victories at Bendigo and Terang to finish second in that year’s premiership, just two points shy of prolific competitor Arber. The 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons saw him finish equal third in the championships, adding wins at Maryborough, Ballarat and Hamilton. And then this year he advanced to the top step, adding a seventh career country cup from 30 starts, which have seen him amass 47 championship points (four are given for a win, two for second and one for third). “He’s been one of those horses who are about a rung below the very best and the country cups have been a really good niche for him,” Braun said. “He had won about $30,000 when I took him over and is now over $500,000 and been great for us.” And he’s been a joy to own, according to Ms McColgan, whose decision to increase her stake from an initial part-owner to outright owner has been well rewarded. “He always tries,” she said. “When I bought him I wasn’t expecting him to go on and earn what he has, but the cups are great. Some have great prizemoney and they are great racing.” And this latest premiership win may just be the perfect finishing note for Im Corzin Terror. While Braun said plans for the nine-year-old weren’t “100 per cent, he has done a good job and has been a good horse” and if the trainer felt it was time to draw the curtain on his racing career he would. Ms McColgan agreed. “It looks like he might be retired now,” she said. “He will go out for a spell and I can’t see us bringing him back. He will live out a peaceful retirement on the farm. He’s such a lovely little horse.” Trots Country Cups Championship leaders: Im Corzin Terror 11, Hectorjayjay 10, Milly Perez 10, Major Secret 9, Cruz Bromac 8, Cardon Merger 8, Flaming Flutter 8, My Kiwi Mate 8. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Western Terror gelding Dash Of Danger - and his driver - emerged with top honors during the opening night of the 2017 Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday, with "Dash" winning in 1:51.4 to knock a tick off his lifetime best, set last week.   The Ron Burke-conditioned four-year-old, owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Marc Reynolds, had to overcome the tough tuck-then-first-over trip, but he had more than enough power in the lane in winning by 2¾ lengths.   Dash Of Danger's driver, Matt Kakaley, was the human star of the night, as he posted six winners. He had gotten the card off to a spectacular start by reining home the longest shot on the board, Threeupthreedown, to a $119.20 payoff in the Early Double opener, then came right back with another of Burke's three winning charges on the night, Migrate Blue Chip, to complete a very rare "9-9" Double worth $501.80.   Other male Weiss winners in their first round preliminary divisions, like the ladies' worth $15,000 each, were Highalator and My Three Sons. Highalator, a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of the $900,000-winning world champion Higher And Higher, now has six wins in a row after a 1:54.4 - 56.3 - 28.1 engine effort for driver Victor Kirby and trainer Jenny Bier, who also co-owns the promising sophomore with co-breeder Charles Dombeck.   Kakaley was originally listed to drive the Real Desire four-year-old gelding My Three Sons, but he stuck with another Burke trainee, Art N Music, and settled for third, just a neck off, behind the 1:53.2 winner, who came from third-over to edge Dakota Jack by a nose for driver David Miller and owner/trainer Anette Lorentzon.   In the three Weiss cuts for distaffs, Miss Jones was impressive in what looked like the most competitive section, taking a new mark of 1:53.4 in front of Corey Callahan for trainer Joe Holloway and the ownership of Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz. The Bettor's Delight filly opened a big lead, then had more than enough to withstand previously-unbeaten Chat Snap by a length on the money.   The brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, posted five victories on Saturday's Pocono card and came back Sunday with four triumphs, one of them with the American Ideal mare I Deal In Kisses. The winner moved to the lead past the quarter and went on to equal her lifetime mark of 1:53.3 for Allard Racing Inc.   Driver Victor Kirby took another trip to the Pocono winners circle after guiding the Dragon Again filly Rewind Again to victory in 1:54.1, earning her a new speed badge by 2/5 of a second. Rewind Again, an easy wire-to-wire winner, ran her record to 3-for-4 this year and 5-for-8 lifetime for trainer Gary Simpson, co-owner with Eric Good.   Pocono's next program will be on Tuesday night, when three divisions of trotting females will open up their Weiss Series preliminary action.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Western Terror filly Chat Snap, already entered in the first leg of her division of the $750,000 Bobby Weiss Series Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, showed that she should be tough to beat with a victorious prep race five days prior to her first Weiss start, winning a $14,000 contest at The Downs Tuesday in 1:55.2 over a sloppy harness racing track.   With a well-strung-out field, driver Andrew McCarthy was able to wait in fourth with Chat Snap, and when given her head approaching the ¾, the filly took her cue, motoring right up to gain the lead before the top of the stretch. From there she methodically drew clear of her field, winning by 4¼ lengths.   Chat Snap is now undefeated in three lifetime starts, including a 1:52.3 - 26.3 victory to her credit, and she has the look of a tough filly in the making for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc. and Misty Miller.   Just how tough this filly is may be discovered in the first Weiss leg for pacing distaffs this Sunday, as Chat Snap will be starting from post six in a field of eight against what may be the best-balanced of all the $15,000 Weiss divisions Sunday. The females will do battle in races 5, 11, and 12, while the males will face off in races 6, 8, and 10.   PHHA / Pocono    

DOVER, Del.--- After finishing second by a neck and a head in her previous two starts, Dismissal finally bested Barbara's Shadow to score a 1:52 victory in the $15,000 4 & 5-Year-Old Mares harness racing feature on Tuesday, March 21 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan took control after the opening quarter and was never headed on the way to her fifth victory this year. The four-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty shook off a backstretch challenge from Barefoot Julie (Tim Tetrick) after the three-quarters then pulled away averting any conflict from Barbara's Shadow (Vic Kirby) who was three lengths back in second turning for home. In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) closed fast to miss second by a neck. Dismissal began 2017 running off four consecutive convincing wins before her two close losses. It was her 12th career victory upping her lifetime earnings to $94,890 for owner CTC Stable. Shesagamemajor, owned by Craig Birchard, a U.S. citizen who resides in Germany, made it two win in three starts in a $13,500 Mares pace. Bret Brittingham drove the Art Major-Ru In The Game five-year-old trained by his dad, Don Brittingham, to a lifetime best 1:54.1 decision. Specialcelebration (Callahan) was runner-up. The Big Bankroll (Kirby) was third. Logan's Girl, 2016 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion, prepped for her three-year-old DSBF stakes by overcoming post 9 in the second tier, to notch a 1:53.1 victory in an $11,500 Mares pace with Vic Kirby holding the reins for trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. Aunt Babe (Pat Berry) closed well to finish second. Rocknroll Fan (Vince Copeland) was the show horse. Tony Morgan, the second-leading dash win driver in North America, made the winner's circle four times. Trainer Brian Malone haltered three winners, two for owner Carrie Malone. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis and Bret Brittingham had doubles. Wind Of The North returns to meet Tough Mac, Gural Hanover and Market Share in a nine horse field in the $21,000 Open Handicap Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

Pompano Beach, FL...March 19, 2017...First Of Itskind, driven by Mike Simons, scored a three-peat victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the tele-timer in 1:51.2. The six year-old gelded son of Western Terror used a :27.2 finale to nail Drachan Hanover, handled by Wally Hennessey, in the final 16th of the mile to score by a length. Sing For Me George, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, finished third after enjoying a garden journey while Rockntouch finished fourth. Fritzie Pick Up Man picked up the nickel in the sextet, despite a miscue at the start while King Of The Crop completed the order of finish in the classy sextet. At the outset, both Sing For Me George and Drachan Hanover went in search of the lead with the latter taking command around the opening turn and then churning through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. With no threats developing on the way to the half, Drachan Hanover was able to gain a breather during that second panel with the half clocked in :56 as King Of The Crop marched up first over into third with First Of Itskind following live cover fourth. With the pace quickening on the backside, there were, still, no serious threats coming into play with Drachan Hanover reaching the third station in 1:23.2 and protecting a 1 ½ length lead, which held steady as the field turned for home. In the lane, Drachan Hanover looked comfortable on the lead but, quite simply, couldn't contain First Of Itskind, who used that explosive :27.2 closing kick to sprint by in the final 16th of the mile. After the event, Mike Simons had nothing but praise for his charge relating, "once we straightened away for the drive, I really wasn't too sure we could get there, but this horse really revved up his motor at mid-stretch. He was very sharp tonight--I mean VERY sharp!" Trained by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main, First Of Itskind earned his fourth win of the year in eight starts, good for $28,140 in 2017 earnings. Career-wise, First Of Itskind now has 20 wins in 99 starts and $194,991 on the books. As the 1 to 2 betting favorite, First Of Itskind returned $3.00 to his multitude of followers. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Pointsman, driven by Rick Plano, in 1:52.3. The seven year-old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty, won the early battle as four horses went in pursuit of the lead and carded panels of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before a :29 finale was good enough to hold off the late surging Panchester United (Wally Hennessey) by one length. Rock N Row (Mike Simons) finished third while Buddha Blue Chip and Grande Seelster picked up the final awards in the field shortened to six with a scratch. Trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for Lon Frocione, Pointsman earned his second win of the year and 17th lifetime to send his career bounty to $274,135. As the slight favorite in his field at 6 to 5, Pointsman paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with Sooo Handsome and Prairie Fortune mixing it up again in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Sooo Handsome will have owner-trainer Rick Plano back in the bike while Prairie Fortune will have the driving services of John MacDonald. So Handsome was up in the final stride last week to pin a photo finish defeat on Prairie Fortune but, despite that, Prairie Fortune has been made the 8 to 5 morning line favorite for their encounter on Monday night. Sooo Handsome has been tabbed at 6 to 1. Explosive Muscles (10 to 1), Dog Gone Lucky (5 to 1), Massive Lightning (6 to 1) and Boli (5 to 2) complete the field. The Pick-4 will offer a $10,000 guaranteed purse on Monday night--that offering conducted on races 6 through 9. First post is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

At least one thing is certain this week at Miami Valley Raceway: Kiss Of Terror will not get claimed. Already claimed five times this year, Kiss Of Terror is entered in Saturday's $22,000 Open Handicap at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror, a 5-year-old gelding pacer who has won six of nine races this season and earned $54,425, will start from post four with Kyle Ater at the lines for his father, trainer Dan Ater. Kiss Of Terror was claimed for $30,000 last week by Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing. Kiss Of Terror won that start by 10-1/4 lengths in 1:51. It was his sixth victory in his past seven races. "He's a real popular guy," Dan Ater said about Kiss Of Terror, who has won 18 of 71 career starts and earned $190,944. "I guess when any horse is winning they are popular. Hopefully we can keep him on that string. It'll be tough at that level, but we'll find out. "The owners wanted to move him up, which is what we usually do with claimers. We don't play the rent-a-horse game. We try to find something we like and hang on to him a little while. Sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad, but that's our plan anyway. We'll see what happens." In January, Kiss Of Terror won a $27,100 Claim to Fame Series championship at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror's only setback in his past seven starts came in the Open Handicap on Feb. 25 at Miami Valley. He finished seventh, beaten by 3-1/2 lengths after a first-over trip. Kiss Of Terror is a son of stallion Western Terror out of the stakes-winning Kissed By A Fool. The dam is a half-sister to millionaire I Am A Fool and was one of nine foals out of I'm No Fool to earn at least $200,000 at the races. "He likes to win," Ater said. "I like his gameness. He's not a very big horse, but he seems like a nice horse. He just looks like a quality horse and quality horses are hard to find. We'll see how he does. It's all a gamble. You try to take care of them and do the best you can and hope for the best." Saturday's Open Handicap at Miami Valley also features Night Pro, who is 2-for-2 this year and will start from post nine with Sam Widger driving for trainer/owner Dale Decker. The remainder of the field is Account Rollover, Angelo J Fra, Feelnlikearockstar, My Buddy Ninkster, Swing City, Latest Desire, and My Hero Ron. "I hope he races good this week and I hope I can keep him racing good," Ater said about Kiss Of Terror. "We try to look for horses for a little longevity, but it's a big task. Nowadays it's a tough game. "Hopefully for us you don't see him in a $30,000 claimer next week." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 13, 2017 -- Terrortina spotted the leader 4 lengths down the backside, then gobbled her up in the lane to capture her second straight Donna Dunn Memorial Pace split at The Meadows. Flight On Board, a 25-1 long shot, took the other $12,500 division in Monday's second leg of the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Terrortina was fourth when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Handover The Art. She moved into second and settled back to the pylons for a quick breather before polishing off Handover The Art and prevailing in 1:56.3. Kaks Dragon Attack rallied for second, 1/2 length back, in her first start of the year while Ashlees Cocktail was fourth-placed-third. Norm Parker trains Terrortina, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Alladorable, for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner blew by Lakeisha Hall in the Lightning Lane to down her by a neck in 1:53.4 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Christen Pantaleano and owner A Piece Of The Action LLC. Spreester earned show. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner now boasts a career bankroll of $429,691. Mike Wilder and trainer Paul Corey teamed for a pair of winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...March 12, 2017...First Of Itskind, handled by Mike Simons, took full advantage of a sizzling :25.4 opening panel by the favored Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) and wore that one down in the final stages to score a repeat harness racing  win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (March 12.) The winner's margin was 1¼ lengths at the end of the 1:50.4 mile with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) third, 3¾ lengths away. Bluehourpower was fourth while Buddha Blue Chip picked up the nickel in the classy sextet. At the outset, Sing For Me George, off as 3 to 5, zipped off the wings and blazed through the first quarter in that aforementioned :25.4. While a :29.3 breather left Sing For Me George in front half way through the mile in :55.2, First Of Itskind, away fourth, was on the move and able to sprint to within 2½ lengths of the leader. On the backside, First Of Itskind kept grinding forward, denting a :27.2 third panel and moving within 1½ lengths of the leader turning for home. In the lane, First Of Itskind, kept gnawing away, finally getting to the front a sixteenth from home and widening the margin to the line. After the race, driver Mike Simons related, "I remember driving this horse a couple of years ago and, if I recall, the track was very heavy that day and he had an outside post, so he didn't do too well. "Jason (trainer Robinson) said he was very strong in winning his last start and can brush pretty good. "He certainly did that tonight because he just had real good determination and didn't give up, even though he was out pretty much the entire last lap. "He went a very courageous mile." Trained by Robinson for owner Robert Main, First Of Itskind, a six year-old gelded son of Western Terror, pushed his 2017 scorecard to 3-1-2 in seven starts, good for $22,140. Lifetime, First Of Itskind won for the 19th time in 98 starts and now shows a career bankroll of $188,941. Off as the 8 to 5 second choice, First Of Itskind paid $5.20 to his faithful. In other action, Northern Companion, a winning fixture here at Pompano Park over the past several seasons, reached a milestone on Sunday night by winning for the 50th time during his brilliant career. The now nine year-old gelded son of Cambest, purchased for $8,500 from an Ohio sale back in 2011, Northern Companion has been a resident of the Howard Klohr Stable since then and has 40 of his 50 wins at Pompano Park. Sunday night's win, in a conditioned event was his first of the year in two starts and pushed his career bounty to $327,238. He raced this night under the banner of the Delray Duo Stable and returned $19.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Sunday Pick-5 carryover of $5,264 spawning a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The Monday Pick-5 kicks off with race one. The track is also offering a $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-4, conducted on races 5 through 8. Pompano Park's Pick-6 also went unscathed on Sunday night and has a carryover of $3,661 going into the Monday program. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Over the past decade harness racing trainer Dean Braun has worked with some exceptionally talented and sensationally spruiked horses. Names like Cruz Bromac, Chancellor Cullen, Chilli Palmer, Macha and Mustang Mach variously elicit images of glamour, speed, class and success. But as brilliant and glittering as those pacers have been, from a performance perspective, none have matched the deeds of their perpetually underrated stablemate, Im Corzin Terror. On Friday night, Im Corzin Terror claimed the second biggest win of his career in the Group 2 Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup. It was his seventh country cup win since emigrating from New Zealand in November 2012 and tipped his career prizemoney over $500,000. It’s no wonder then that Braun considers the equine battering ram one of his all-time favourites and the one he can rely on more than any other. “Everybody knows the opinion I have of Cruz Bromac; he’s the best horse I’ve ever trained, but this one (Im Corzin Terror) has the score on the board, he’s done an incredible job,” the Lara trainer said. “He’s also the most unlucky horse I’ve trained. He always either draws bad or finds bad luck in his races. I thought he was primed for the Bendigo Cup then nothing went right in the run. “He clearly still wants to win though, so we’ll head to Kilmore next and then reassess from there. The 9yo gelding by Western Terror has won over half a million dollars now so whatever he does from here is just a bonus.” Im Corzin Terror’s consistency is being reflected on the Trots Country Cups Championship standings, having advanced to within one point of championship leader Hectorjayjay for the $25,000 prize. Having contested six country cups this season, Im Corzin Terror placed at Charlton, Cobram and Terang in addition to the Cranbourne win to amass nine points, equal for second with Major Secret and one point clear of stablemate Cruz Bromac and Terang Cup winner Flaming Flutter. [fvplayer src="http://media.harness.org.au/vic/CRC03031701.mp4"] On Friday night Im Corzin Terror shared the headlines with another Kiwi living it up in Victoria. Sunny Ruby has recorded four wins from five Australian starts since flying across the Tasman for prizemoney earnings of more than $125,000. A Jewels winner at age three, nobody doubted Sunny Ruby’s ability, particularly from a snap speed perspective, but there were questions about her capacity to thrive in the deep end of the pool. Like so many Kiwi recruits before her, however, those questions have been answered with a brutal domination of feature races the Haras Des Trotteurs V. L. Dullard Cup, Aldebaran Park Maori Mile, North West Ag Services 2017 Charlton Trotters Cup and The Aldebaran Park Knight Pistol in recent weeks. “I’m so proud of her, she’s such a lovely mare and she is thriving here in Australia,” her expatriate Kiwi trainer Sonya Smith revealed. “Sam (Smolenski) her owner and trainer back home just did a magnificent job with her and we are so grateful to be riding this wave with them at the moment. “I’m not sure what will happen after the (Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting) Grand Prix this weekend, but that is definitely the next major target and we’re looking forward to another challenge.” Jason Bonnington

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

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