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CHESTER, PA - On a Wednesday afternoon when the Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing oval was favoring forwardly-placed horses, driver Tim Tetrick sent the pacing mare Affluent Seelster to the lead in front of the stands, then held off the inside drive of the horse they had looped early, Take Abit Of Life, by a head to post a new mark of 1:53 while winning the $12,800 distaff feature. The daughter of Mach Three now has three victories in only five seasonal outings, and she increased his lifetime earnings to $61,849 for trainer Paul Stafford and the partnership of Stafford Racing Inc. and Thomas Ceraso Jr. Setting the pace or sitting in the pocket accounted for 12 of the 14 victorious paths at Philly on Wednesday; one who won via the second tactic was the Woodstock pacing mare Bye Bye Felicia, who posted a 1:51.1 score in the $11,600 top event for the more seasoned set. In contrast to her last start, which she triumphed by a nose at Pocono, Bye Bye Felicia left her competition 6¼ lengths behind in winning for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer/sister Jennifer Bongiorno, and owner Rick Howles. The winner has now amassed a career bankroll of $359,404. Sail By, who took a mark of 1:50.4 at Lexington in her freshman campaign, made her first start as a sophomore a winning one in 1:51.2. The speed/pocket theme held in this event as well: Sail By worked her way to command past Tuapeka Jessie N past the quarter, then withstood that one's outside bid through the lane by a half-length. The winning daughter of Captaintreacherous won for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Tony Alagna, and Brittany Farms LLC.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Happy Heart (Woodstock) has been as solid as any harness racing pacing mare at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019 and on Thursday, the Melissa Beckwith trainee sprung the upset in the afternoon's feature. Happy Heart was dismissed at odds of 16-1 despite drawing the rail in what wound up being a five-horse Open for distaffers following a scratch. The Fillies and Mares Open featured a 1-9 betting favorite as last week's winner The Charging Moa N (Jay Randall) was back in town to try to defend her title from last Thursday's eye-popping effort in the ladies Open. The Charging Moa N wound up first over this week and took over the lead past three quarters in 1:25. Happy Heart got shuffled back a bit before moving off the rail and fanning three-wide around the final turn. The six year old surged in the stretch and her closing effort was enough to track down The Charging Moa N to prevail in 1:54. Larry Stalbaum catch-drove Happy Heart on Thursday and piloted the mare to what was her third win in the local Open in 2019. Paying $35.20 in the upset, Happy Heart completed a training triple for Beckwith on the afternoon as her Best Honey Hanover and Mach Of Shame won conditional races earlier on in the matinee. The Charging Moa N came up second-best on Thursday to round out a $71.50 exacta. Happy Heart is owned by Tom McTygue and the Masie Stable, both of Saratoga Springs, NY. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. There will be a Pick Five carryover of $1,361 on Saturday with the Pick Five beginning in race one. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - Up Front Flor Ida, the current Ohio Sires Stakes older harness racing pacing mares champion, turned in another gritty performance at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Oct. 25) winning the featured $17,500 Open Mares Pace. Driver Kayne Kauffman, who has guided the 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock to a majority of her ten seasonal victories, took no prisoners on this occasion. Despite firing to the front in :26.4, Kauffman asked Up Front Flor Ida to repel constant challenges throughout the remainder of the 1:52.3 mile. After leaving longshot Youlookhot on the limb through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.3, eventual runner up and show finishers Rosemary Rose (Josh Sutton) and Allbeastnobeauty (Dan Noble) came charging through the stretch. But Up Front Flor Ida dug down deep and prevailed by a neck over the two betting favorites. She paid $11.80 as the public's third choice. Tim McKoy trains the winner for Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Her bankroll has grown to $170,800 in 2019 and almost $300,000 in her career. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Bye Bye Felicia (Woodstock) sprung the mild upset in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained distaffer was assigned post three and went off at odds of 9-2 in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open. With fractions of 27 and 55.4 in lap one, the race's leader tired when confronted by a first-over Bye Bye Felicia. The five year old took over command past three quarters in 1:24 and was tasked with holding off the challenge of the favored Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) who was closing in after getting a second-over journey. Bye Bye Felicia held strong in the stretch and prevailed in 1:52.4 to win the Open for the first time in 2019. Come Get The Cash has finished in the top three in every start since the middle of summer and wound up as the runner-up in the ladies' feature for the fourth consecutive week when she came up second-best to Bye Bye Felicia. Invader Shutthefrontdoor (Phil Fluet) came on to finish third. Bye Bye Felicia paid $11.20 to win in her mild upset and led an exacta and triple that returned $35 and $112, respectively, in the $18,000 Open for fillies and mares. Mark Beckwith piloted Bye Bye Felicia to her Thursday score. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Happy Heart (Woodstock) has been occasional participant in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the last few seasons. The Melissa Beckwith-trained mare scored a victory in the feature at the Spa this year back in May and following a second-place finish in the $15,000 Open last week drew the rail for her Thursday try. Driver Mark Beckwith was in the sulky and got a pocket trip for Happy Heart as they sat behind the race's favorite Eclipse Me N (Steve Genois). Eclipse Me N worked hard early, pacing the first quarter in 27.2 before getting a half in 56.3. Untested through three quarters in 1:25.1, Eclipse Me N's strides shortened around the final turn and that is when Happy Heart made her move. All the while, Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) was closing in after tipping off cover. Happy Heart got the jump on that one and wound up prevailing in 1:54 to record her second Open win of the season. Come Get The Cash extended her "on the board" streak as she was the runner-up on Thursday while Bontz N (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third following victories in the previous two installments of the Open. H appy Heart paid $11.20 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that returned $76.50 and $269.50, respectively. Happy Heart is owned by Tom McTygue and the Masie Stable, both of Saratoga Springs. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 14-race card featuring eight finals of the Excelsior A series of the New York Sire Stakes. Each of the eight divisions will go for a purse of $55,000. First post time is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Happy Heart (Woodstock) continued her recent strong stretch in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel when on Friday night she scored a wire-to-wire win. The harness racing feature field was reduced to just four participants following a scratch and Happy Heart and driver Mark Beckwith took full advantage. The five year old mare cruised out to an uncontested lead and coasted through a first half of just 58.4. It was with about 3/8 of a mile remaining in the $16,000 Open that Happy Heart was presented with her first challenge when the winner of the last two Fillies and Mares Opens Sally Fletcher A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came rushing up to challenge. Together, Happy Heart and Sally Fletcher A comprised the exactas in three consecutive Friday features but this week, it would be Happy Heart hanging on to win and feature first-timer OK Jewel (Jimmy Devaux) coming on to finish second. Sally Fletcher A had to settle for third in the mile paced in 1:56. For Happy Heart, it was the third Open win of the season and extended her streak of hitting the board in the Friday feature to six. Despite the fact that the 3-5 favorite prevailed in just a four-horse field, the exacta with OK Jewel second returned a solid $26.80. Happy Heart, who is trained by Melissa Beckwith, has now recorded eight victories on the year. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Late Monday evening at Northfield Park in the $19,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap, the harness racing world record for four-year-old pacing mare on a half mile track was tied by Bye Bye Felcia in the 11th race on the program. The daughter of Woodstock, from the Camluck mare, Tea Time, left from post seven for driver Aaron Merriman, was parked out to the opening quarter mile in :27 and then took control of the lead to the half mile in :54.2, the three-quarters in 1:22 and pulled away to win by three and one-half lengths in 1:50.3. The world mark is now co-held with Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley), set in 2017, also at Northfield Park.   The $232,000 career winning mare is trained by William Rhodes, owned by Leah Rhodes of Clarksville, PA and was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where Woodstock stands stud. She went off as the betting favorite paying $5.00 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2015 breeding auction.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Cash Hall, Jurgen Hanover, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. The pacing gait is represented by Big Bad John, Charlie Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Dragon Again, McArdle, Mister Big, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Shark Gesture, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   New York trotters available for service are Conway Court, Lucky Chucky and Manningly with pacers Heston Blue Chip and Lislea.   Pennsylvania provides trotter Winning Mister and pacer Tuffofthetoughest.   Ontario is represented by trotting sires Angus Hall, Glidemaster and Holiday Road and pacing stallions Betterthancheddar and Big Jim.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Indiana offers trotters Encore Encore and Guccio and pacers Always A Virgin and Proper Respect.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   New Jersey offers pacing sire If I Can Dream.   Michigan is represented by trotter Colie's and pacing sire Manhardt.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, about $607,000 over the past 16 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund and helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 14, 2015.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.  

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