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Lima, OH - World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) has been retired from harness racing and will stand for stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2020 breeding season. A perennial iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings while copping his 11th victory of 2019. "He's the best blue collar horse I've ever driven," exclaimed driver Chris Page. "He shows up every single week and gives you everything he's got every time out!" Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono in May with Tyler Buter driving. He returned six weeks later to win the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. As of late, Dancin Yankee has been owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson and Larry Karr. "Dancin Yankee has been the perfect horse on the racetrack and he checks all the boxes as a stallion. Correct, versatile, handles any sized track and can race any way you want. He is from an outstanding family, is a double millionaire, and is tough, durable and classy." noted prominent owner Mark Weaver. "We expect him to pass on all of those traits to his offspring and feel that Ohio is the perfect place for him as it's quickly becoming the most lucrative sire stakes program in the country. We look forward to fully supporting him in the breeding shed and at the yearling sales." He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. In fact, not only is his sire Yankee Cruiser p,3,1:49.3 ($1,150,123) the sire of the fastest 2-year-old pacer of all time, Elver Hanover p,2,1:48.3-'19 ($363,450), but he is also the sire of prominent Pennsylvania stallion Sweet Lou. The connections of Dancin Yankee have decided to send the horse to Kim and Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm to manage his stud career. "He is an outstanding individual," Randy said. "Big, strong and was a very fast and gritty racehorse. Dancin Yankee is also incredibly fertile. We look forward to offering him to breeders in the Buckeye State." Dancin Yankee will stand for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, with a limited number of lifetime breedings available for $6,000 (or $3,500 in 2020 and $3,000 payable in 2021). For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm

DAYTON, OH. - Dancin Yankee, one of the best Ohio-sired horses ever, triumphed for the 79th time in his illustrious career on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a $12,000 top condition event. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, now just $11,000 shy of $2 million in earnings, scored in 1:50.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Ron Burke over Town Icon (Brett Miller) and Feelnlikearockstar (Trevor Smith). The win was won of four on the card for Tyler Smith. He also guided winners Starlight AS (1:56, $11.80), Letitrock (1:51, $6.80) and Jigtime Jones (1:51, $7.00) to impressive scores. Not to be outdone, drivers Kayne Kauffman and Jeremy Smith also notched "grand slams" on the 14 race program. Kauffman won three straight from races two through four with Prince Bayard (1:52, $20.60), Rainbow Design (1:55.1, $7.00) and Sesame (1:55, $17.20) then tacked on his fourth with 12-1 longshot True To Mach (1:52.4) in the thirteenth. Jeremy Smith captured a natural hat trick in races five through seven before adding another victory in the nightcap. His winners were Starting Something (1:52.1, $4.60), M G Kid (1:52.2, $3.00), Arch O Magic (1:53.1, $6.60) and Cambassador (1:54.1, $4.80). From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LEXINGTON, KY--Elver Hanover stayed unbeaten when popping pocket to win the $80,950 first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace--sponsored by the Stay Hungry Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms--with a world-record 1:48.3 effort on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Catch The Fire led through a quarter in :27, half in :54 and three-quarters in 1:21.2 before Elver Hanover popped the pocket on the final turn and swept by to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Put To Right tipped three wide off of the winner's cover as the field entered the stretch and passed Catch The Fire for second. "[Elver Hanover] felt really really good in the hole," winning driver Yannick Gingras said after the race, "and [Catch The Fire] put up some hot fractions so I was content to sit there. When I called on him up the stretch, he was still full of pace." The son of Yankee Cruiser, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is now eight-for-eight for trainer Ron Burke and his racing stable, as well as the partnership group of Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J & T Silva and Purnel & Libby. The victory today brings the gelding's earnings above $325,000. He equaled the world record for a pacing two-year-old, set by stablemate Warrawee Ubeaut last year, and set a new mark for a two-year-old male. A win ticket returned $6.20. Captain Barbosa took the $80,950 second division by a one-length margin. A Positive Hanover went forward early and grabbed the lead as they hit the quarter in :28.1. Captain Barbosa then brushed past on the backside and led every remaining step, hitting the half in :56.3, three-quarters in 1:24.4 and crossing the line in 1:51.2 under mild urging from driver Andrew McCarthy. Opportune Hanover slid up the pylons from the backfield and snatched second from A Positive Hanover. Seeyou At Thebeach, sent the 1-5 favorite, broke stride while moving into the outer flow at the five-eighths and finished last. "Early in the [year] he was balking at the gate a little bit, and he was out of position, and I had the same trouble with him," McCarthy said after the race. "But he's getting smarter about that and I can get him a little more forwardly-placed now. He definitely wants to go to work and do his job; I think it's more the fact that he's getting into the race a little bit now that he's getting off the gate better." The Tony Alagna trainee adds a second win from ten starts to his tally, and has now earned more than $90,000 for owners Alagnafrankinthegym Stables and Robert J. The Steiner Stock Farm-bred colt paid $15.30 to win. Alagna confirmed that the Breeders Crown is a possibility for the colt. "We'll race him back next week in the Grand Circuit and see how he is," Alagna said after the race. "If he seems okay, and we're still going forward based on what else we're going to take to Canada, we'll take [him into] consideration for the Breeders Crown." Cattlewash won in the $80,950 third division after taking command in the second quarter and gliding home. Esai Hanover floated off the gate and hit the top through the first fraction in :27.1, but soon yielded command to Cattlewash. Driver Yannick Gingras managed the tempo from there, bringing the group of eight to the half in :55.1, three-quarters in 1:23.1 and finished the job in 1:50.3. Manticore came second over as the backfield got moving in the third split and rallied for second, two lengths adrift of the victor. Fortify also came past tired foes, finishing third. Father Nuno challenged first-over into the final turn but did not bother the eventual winner. Cattlewash's earnings now total just under $150,000 with his fourth win from eight outings for owner-breeder William Donovan and gave the Burke-Gingras team two wins on the day. He paid $7.40 to win. In the $81,950 fourth division, Roll With JR fended off late challenger Team Best in a wire-to-wire win. Driver Doug McNair sent the colt to the front in a :27 opening clip and was unhurried to a :55.3 half. He then repelled a first-up bid from favorite Chief Mate through three-quarters in 1:23.2 and battled to the wire for a 1:50.4 lifetime-best victory. Team Best sat in the pocket for most of the mile and had his go in the lane, finishing second behind a half length. Tell Them Lou charged from the backfield late and finished third. "[The horses] relax, and the track is second-to-none," winning trainer Jeff Cullipher said of the track after the race. "This is a really big colt, and he was able to stretch out a little bit here." He co-owns $15,000 yearling purchase with Tom Pollack. The son of Roll With Joe has now amassed more than $140,000 in earnings and won three of his nine races. The colt bred by Robert Brady, Rebecca Brady, Kenneth Jackson and Lisa Jackson paid $10.00 to win. Cullipher recalled giving Pollack free reign on making the purchase. "I was eating a sandwich and I looked up and he was buying the horse," he said. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Sept. 28 with seven total Bluegrass dashes. The sophomore pacing colts compete in three divisions of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes while the three-year-old trotting colts race in two divisions of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes and the three-year-old trotting fillies race in two divisions of the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Nicholas Barnsdale, for The Red Mile                      

LEXINGTON, KY--Four harness racing divisions for the $324,800 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace headline the Saturday, Sept. 28 program at The Red Mile with a single 12-horse dash for the $163,100 Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace also featured. Ohio Sires Stakes champion Elver Hanover, entering undefeated, competes against Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Catch The Fire in the first Bluegrass division for frosh pacing colts. Elver Hanover, a gelded son of Yankee Cruiser, has accrued $288,600 from seven starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables and Purnel & Libby. Yannick Gingras drives the Ron Burke trainee from post 2. Catch The Fire, a Captaintreacherous colt, scooted to a three-length victory in 1:49.4 when winning the Kentucky Sires Stakes Final in his most recent start. The John Ackley trainee has earned $237,333 from nine starts for owner Ct Stables LLC, missing the board in only one race. Mike Wilder drives the $15,000 Lexington purchase from post 4. Seeyou At Thebeach tops the second Bluegrass colt split off a fourth-place finish in the $562,500 Metro Pace. The Brian Brown-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere has two wins on his eight-race record--a 1:51.2 victory in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and a 1:52.2 win in a division of Arden Downs. He has earned $100,930 for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Chris Page. Tim Tetrick will drive from post 3. Western Ideal colt Manticore leads the third Bluegrass colt dash. Hitting the board in every start, the Bruce Saunders trainee exits a runner-up finish in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship to Papi Rob Hanover, who finished second in the Metro Pace Final. M&L of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC own him while Brian Sears will sit in the bike. Kentucky Sires Stakes runner-up Roll With Jr contests Kentucky Sires Stakes Consolation winner Chief Mate in the final Bluegrass colt split. Roll With Jr, in his first start on Lasix, rode the pylons to a second-place finish behind Catch The Fire in his most recent mile. He has two wins from eight starts and $101,916 earned for owners Pollack Racing LLC and Jeff Cullipher, who also trains the Roll With Joe colt. Doug McNair handles $15,000 Lexington purchase from post 2. Chief Mate, winning in his first two pari-mutuel starts, shipped to Canada from the Meadowlands in late July before venturing south to the Kentucky Sires Stakes. Off a sixth-place finish as the odds-on favorite, the Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous colt won the $50,000 consolation by four-and-a-quarter lengths going wire to wire in 1:51.4. Montrell Teague, who drove him to victory in his last start, retains the drive and starts from post 3. In the lone Bluegrass division for sophomore pacing fillies, Kentucky Sires Stakes winner Beautyonthebeach ascends into Grand Circuit competition off a 1:49.2 mile to secure a series sweep. The Gregg McNair-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere approaches $500,000 in earnings for owner-breeder James Avritt Sr. and starts from post 6 with Doug McNair in the sulky. Current division leader Tall Drink Hanover starts outside of the state-bred champ, racing from post 8. The Captaintreacherous filly won a $128,103 Simcoe split in 1:49.1 on Sept. 7 and has not raced since, but qualified on Sept. 22 at Lexington with a 1:52.1. Tony Alagna conditions the winner of 14 races in 22 starts and $637,807 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy will drive. The eight-race card Saturday includes two late-closing events for two-year-old pacing colts and a 13-horse late-closing race for trotting fillies and mares. The card begins with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Cruiser mare Baron Remy, who had equaled a world record at Northfield Park two starts ago, came to Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon and promptly took the $18,000 featured pace in 1:51. Come-from-behind horses had not been fairing well at Philly this week, but driver Brian Sears, seeing many horses out for early spots, had Baron Remy, who drew the outside of the eight-horse field, near the back with cover for most of the mile. He then got her in gear behind the second-over cover of Sidewalk Dancer when first-over Scuola Hanover cleared to the lead before the  three-quarters. The four-year-old had plenty of work still to do at the top of the stretch, but she turned on the afterburners and won going away by 1¾ lengths over Keene Olivia, who came clear to the inside, with Sidewalk Dancer third and Scuola Hanover fourth. Baron Remy, whose 1:50.3 mile at Northfield equaled the half-mile track standard for four-year-old pacing mares, has earned the bulk of her $556,232 in Ohio, where she was the Sire Stakes champion at three - in fact, in winning for the 12th time in 36 career starts, the Ron Burke trainee notched her first win away from the Buckeye State in her 14th attempt. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr own the sharp mare. Sears also included the $17,000 co-featured distaff pace among his four triumphs on the day, guiding heavy favorite Philly Hanover to an easy win in 1:52.1. Moved to the front early, the victorious daughter of Captaintreacherous did not look like a horse who had had only one start in the last 34 days, coming home in :55.4 with Sears quietly sulkysitting for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the partnership of Blair Corbeil and Ron Coyne Stables Inc. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, DE - Q's Cruise ($4.80, Ross Wolfenden) captured the Monday harness racing feature at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51:3 triumph in an $11,000 Open II for pacers. Owned by Jo Ann Looney-King, it was the second win of the season for the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser gelding. "Cruise" set all the fractions from post position three and held off a fierce charge from Hi Sir for the win, the 11th in his career for trainer Jim King Jr. Trainer Clyde Francis teamed with driver Montrell Teague and owner George Teague Jr. with three wins on the card as GWT ($3.40), Transitioning Joy ($4) and Daiymir ($2.20) were all victorious as popular public betting choices. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until October 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

On Your Six (Ross Wolfenden) wins the featured fillies and mare pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 17). On Your Six ($3.00) took over just before the first quarter and controlled all the fractions (:27.4, :56.4,, 1:24.3, 1:52.2). Owned by David Banks and trained by Wolfenden, she never had an anxious moment as nobody ever came close. Embassy Seelster (Fern Paquet Jr.) was second best with Northern Dali (Mike Simons) finishing third. On Your Six is a 5-year-old mare by Yankee Cruiser. It was win number five this season and career victory number 19. Fern Paquet Jr. won two on the night. His wins were with A Wish For Wings ($5.10) and Gold Star Aurora ($7.30). The Driver's win title remains tight. Jim Meittinis and Aaron Byron are tied with 47 wins each. Mike Merton is third with 46 wins. Jim Taggart Jr is fourth with 45 wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p. m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Denslow Hanover (Yankee Cruiser) stayed razor sharp on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Billings trainee is riding the streak of his life and made his first career start in the Open Pace on Saturday. Finishing first or second in eight consecutive starts heading into his try in the $14,500 feature, Denslow Hanover drew post three in the Open for his red hot connections of trainer Don Billings and driver Jimmy Devaux. Defending Horse of the Year and regular Open force Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) moved out to the early lead on Saturday and though he felt no pressure throughout the first three-quarters of a mile, Artful Way set sizzling fractions. After pacing a first half in 55.1, Artful Way clicked off three quarters in 1:22.2. Denslow Hanover began to make his move and surged off cover in the stretch taking dead aim on Artful Way. The six year old Denslow Hanover got up in time to prevail in a career-best 1:51.4 and register his first Open victory. Artful Way was a solid second while longshot Newbie (Harry Landy) earned the show spot. Denslow Hanover paid $21.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $72 and $604, respectively. Devaux piloted six winners on the Saturday program, three of which coming for trainer Don Billings. Devaux and Billings also teamed up for the win in Friday's feature as Bye Bye Michelle prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Quid Pro Quo (Yankee Cruiser) went coast to coast in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Kim Myers manages a small size stable and has had a terrific season in 2018 thus far. On Thursday, her Quid Pro Quo drew the rail in the $7,250 feature for fillies and mares on what was the final matinee card at the Spa until the second week of September. The four year old distaffer wound up as one of the co-favorites as she looked for her third victory in the last four starts. Leading driver Billy Dobson powered the mare out to the early lead aided by her inside post and Quid Pro Quo cruised to a wire-to-wire win in 1:55.4, matching the lifetime mark she set earlier in the season. The victory was the fifth on the year for Quid Pro Quo in fifteen tries. Trainer Kim Myers now has six wins this season and has seen her trainees hit the board nine times in just seventeen starts in '18. The live racing schedule moves to all evenings beginning this weekend with racing taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights with first post time set for 7:05pm each evening. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Nesh Cruiser (Yankee Cruiser) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the four year old pacer in the evening's $9,500 top level condition race on a Saturday evening in which the regularly featured Open Pace was not contested. Nesh Cruiser sat the pocket to the favored Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) who faltered late after enjoying an easy lead throughout. Nesh Cruiser pounced in the stretch and stopped the timer in 1:53.1, matching the lifetime mark that he set earlier this year. Espen De Vie (Jim Devaux) shook loose for second while Sassy Hanover had to settle for third. Coppola, who has surged into a big lead in the driver standings in the last month, piloted the winner for a red hot Kyle Spagnola stable. Nesh Cruiser upset at odds of 11-1 and led an exacta and triple that paid $267.50 and $$350.50, respectively. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

DAYTON PA - For the second time in seven days, the Yankee Cruiser three-year-old pacing filly Singalongwithbing made a contribution to 2016's all-out assault on the harness racing track record books at Pennsylvania's county fairs, on Wednesday winning at the Dayton (PA) Fair in 1:59.4.   That clocking was a fifth faster than the previous Dayton standard first set by Caramel Chinno five years ago to the day, and then tied by Keystone Wanda in 2013, and it came a week after Singalongwithbing (maybe they though the sire's name was Yankee Crooner) had equaled the divisional standard of 2:00.4 at Honesdale. At Dayton Singalongwithbing notched her fifth PA fair circuit victory by defeating stablemate Gymnast Hanover for driver Chris Shaw and trainer/owner Jason Shaw.   The Shaws would then go on to sweep the Sire Stake for this age/sex/gait with the Moon Beam filly Unbeamlieveable, who crossed the wire in 2:01 for her sixth win at the fairs, with driver Shaw and trainer Shaw joined by Jason's son and the filly's owner Mason as Team Unbeamlieveable. This is the filly who was the winningest freshman filly in North America during 2015, and the track record that Singaongwithbing tied at Honesdale had been first set by --- Unbeamlieveable, during a short meet at Honesdale earlier that week!   In fact, the fair records achieved by these three hard-hitting sophomores is amazing: Unbeamlieveable is 9-6-3-0, Singalongwithbing is 9-5-3-1, and Keystone Gymnast is 9-3-4-2, meaning that the threesome has not been off the board in 27 trips to the gate this summer!   In this day dedicated to sophomores, it is surprising that the Shaws' star pacing gelding Star Of Terror did not have the fastest time of the day, but not only did he not have that distinction, but he wasn't even the fastest winner in two divisions of pacing males! However, the son of Western Terror was victorious in a mile in 2:00.1, his fifth straight win and his seventh at the fairs (second only to 2PF Camera Lady, who will try to add her 10th Keystone fair win here tomorrow) for Fortunate One LLC.   The day's other magic mile went to the Art's Card Trick gelding Captain Dinger, who stopped the clock in 2:00 for his co-owners, driver James Dodson and trainer Ron Lineweaver.   In all, Chris Shaw drove five winners on the ten-race card, and Jason Shaw harnessed four triumphant horses, to add to their season-long leads; driver Steve Schoeffel, with three wins, and trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., with two victories, were next in line, the two combining for a trotting winner from both sexes: Rail Kat (2:03.4), a gelding who is now five-for-five at the fairs, and the filly Waterview Hanover (2:03), who set her division's track record of 2:01 in a stop earlier this year at Dayton.   The Wite-Out, Sharpies, and pencils with big erasers (there have now been 28 track records set at the PA fairs so far this season) will get a rest until high noon on Thursday, when they will be called to stand ready for the taking of the Dayton track by the two-year-olds.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, April 11, 2016 -- Hooves On First shot the Lightning Lane to capture a division of Monday's second leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. Sweet You took the other $17,500 split in the event for 3-year-old fillies. The championship leg of the series is set for Monday, April 18. Away third for Aaron Merriman, Hooves on First waited patiently until the Lightning Lane beckoned. She shot past the leader, Stirling Euphoria, and defeated her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2 in the slop. Wasaga Beach earned show. Dean Santantonio conditions the daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Modern Medicine and owns with Absolute Return Stable and Regency Group Stable. In the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester made it two straight when she moved three wide into the final turn and powered home in 1:53, a neck better than 60-1 outsider Fox Valley Charm. Early leader Show Runner was third. Merriman drove the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree, who extended her career bankroll to $443,671, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder piloted four winners, including a pair for trainer Ray Romanetti, while Dave Palone fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Diamond Creek Farm announced today that the book for harness racing World Champion and "Pacer of the Year" Sweet Lou is now full and closed for the upcoming breeding season.   "He closed just as quickly this year as he did last year, during his first season at stud," said Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden. "I think it speaks very well of the confidence breeders have in him, not only in regard to his siring potential, but in the enthusiasm that's expected from buyers when his foals sell as yearlings," he added.   Sweet Lou p,1:47f ($3,478,894), by Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, is the only horse in history to pace six consecutive winning miles faster than 1:48. He was a World Champion and Dan Patch Champion as a 2-year-old and was voted "Pacer of the Year" as a 5-year-old in 2014. He has stood for a fee of $7,500.   He booked full in 2015--his first season at stud in the U.S.--and repeated the feat Down Under. Those mares from Australia and New Zealand included the 3 and 4-year-old champion Adore Me, a winner of A$1,677,032 and 1:47.7 mile track record holder.   With this year's book including big names like I Luv The Nitelife, Somwherovrarainbow, Ginger And Fred, and the dam of the undefeated 2015 Dan Patch Champion 2-year-old filly Pure Country, Sweet Lou's popularity continues to shine.   "We'll start seeing his first foals any time now," Bowden said. "We look forward to welcoming the 'baby blazes' and expect them to be just as athletic and charismatic as their sire."   Breeders and fans may follow the siring career of the original "Great White Blaze" on Twitter @greatwhiteblaze.   Diamond Creek Farm   For further information contact Adam Bowden: (859) 707-5987, email bowdenmaine@gmail.com    

Freehold, NJ --- Scott Blackler had a pretty good day on the golf course one recent fall afternoon and it had nothing to do with the way he played. Blackler, a harness racing trainer based in Middletown, N.Y., went out to shoot a round with a friend and ended up with a horse. That horse --- the now 4-year-old pacer Unix Hanover --- has won five of eight races since joining Blackler’s stable and is being pointed toward March’s Sagamore Hill Series at Yonkers Raceway. It all started with a phone call from Blackler’s friend Marc Reynolds, a horse agent from Maine, as Blackler was getting ready to tee off. Reynolds told Blackler, a Maine native, that a horse in Ontario named Unix Hanover was available, but Reynolds needed to know whether Blackler wanted the horse within an hour. Blackler quickly contacted owner Bill Ethier and told him about the opportunity. Ethier watched a replay of one of the horse’s races and liked the breeding and gave the go ahead for the purchase. “I’ve always liked horses that can work their way up the (conditions) ladder at Yonkers,” Blackler said, referring to Unix Hanover having only two wins and $10,572 on his card at the time of the Oct. 9 sale. “It’s hard to find those horses. I trust (Reynolds) quite a bit. He told me he was a clean-legged horse; there was nothing wrong with him. Murray Brethour had the horse in Canada and he likes to turn over anything turning (age) 4. It worked out for us.” Unix Hanover is a son of stallion Yankee Cruiser out of the Western Hanover mare Up Front Rose. Unix Hanover sold for $40,000 as a yearling and is a half-brother to Union Man Hanover, who won the 2011 New York Sire Stakes Fall Harvest championship at Yonkers. “(Ethier) always wanted a Yankee Cruiser (offspring) and he loves Western Hanover,” Blackler said. “He decided to jump right in on it. “The first time I jogged the horse I couldn’t believe it. He’s a good-looking horse and he’s a pleasure on the track. He always feels good, in fact he acts like a colt still. He’s not that difficult to take care of, really. He jogs, he trains, and we go to the races.” Unix Hanover has made all eight of his starts for his new connections at Yonkers’ half-mile oval. He finished seventh from post eight in his debut for his new barn, but has finished worse than second only once since then. “We didn’t really change much on him,” Blackler said. “He’s drawn good and everything has just worked out. He gets around a half so well, which is why we haven’t taken him to the Meadowlands. We have him lined up for the Sagamore. We’ll see what happens.” Blackler, who has 12 horses at Mark Ford’s training center in upstate New York, hopes to also send Secret Delight and another recent acquisition, Santanna Star, to the Sagamore Hill Series. Of that group, Unix Hanover is the only one to have raced so far this season --- winning in 1:57 on Jan. 12. “He’s talented,” Blackler said. “Wherever it takes him, it takes him. I don’t know what he could be. Could he be a 4-year-old open horse, could he be the Sagamore champion, I don’t know. But he’s tough when he gets to the front. He doesn’t let horses go by him when he gets to the front.” The 77-year-old Ethier, who lives in Delaware and owns Unix Hanover with his wife Barbara, has turned down several offers for the pacer. “He says he’s never had a horse like him, so he’s not for sale,” Blackler said. “They enjoy it. They travel to the races. They drove five hours to Yonkers to watch him race. They love to watch their horses.” And so far Unix Hanover has made those trips --- not to mention taking phone calls on the golf course --- more than worthwhile. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Following two consecutive second-place finishes, the daughter of Yankee Cruiser won the first $25,927 Breeders Crown division for harness racing two-year-old filly pacers Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. With Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke, Yankee Moonshine emerged from far back and unleashed a furious kick down the stretch, seizing control late and emerging with a two-length victory in a time of 1:53 4/5. It marked the third win in 11 starts for the $42,000 Harrisburg graduate.   Given the fact that she has been facing the undefeated Pure Country several times in her first season, including a week ago in the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile in Lexington, Yankee Moonshine has done quite well. The fact Pure Country drew in the second division, didn't hurt her chances.   Yankee Moonshine was the race favorite at just under 8-5, but she had work hard for the win.   "She's a really nice filly," Gingras said. "She was good in (Pennsylvania) and then she tailed off a little bit, but the last three weeks she's been really good. She was good in Indiana. She was vicious last week in Lexington. She was first up against a really good filly, but she never quit. She was still trying in the stretch. She proved tonight she belongs with the top of the class."   The race featured several lead changes, but it was Yankee Moonshine, seemingly emerging from nowhere, that finished on top.   "I was in a pretty back spot there," Gingras said of his position heading into the stretch. "But she was running in pretty hard around the last turn, so it was hard for me to get her out three wide around (Rock Me Baby), so I took a chance to go back to the inside and hoping to be fifth.   "But they weren't pacing that strong up front and she was loaded with pace, so once I got daylight she did the rest."   Call Me Queen placed second, followed by Soft Idea. Blue Moon Stride and Skinny Dipper rounded out the top five that will move on the final.   Yankee Moonshine paid $5.50, $2.60, $2.60. Call Me Queen Be paid $2.60, $2.50. Soft Idea paid $3.80.   With her third win in 11 starts, Yankee Moonshine raised her career earnings to just shy of $140,000.   Call Me Queen Be led at the opening quarter in 27 flat, then Soft Idea made an outside move to inherit first place. But Blue Moon Stride then made a move and had the lead after three quarters in 1:24 flat.   Yankee Moonshine     Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2015 -- Dismissed at 37-1, Toddler Tantrum blew up the tote board Friday at The Meadows when he roared by the favorite in the lane to capture a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows. The $108,000 stake for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Fernando Hanover and Allie's Cruiser taking the other splits. Toddler Tantrum saved ground for most of the mile and trailed the 1-5 favorite, Ideal Jimmy, by 4 lengths turning for home. But the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think brushed wide through the lane for Eric Goodell and scored in 1:53.2. Bank Shot Hanover rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Ideal Jimmy, weary from an extended first-over move, saved show. "I really thought he had a chance," said Tim Twaddle, who trains Toddler Tantrum for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "This was the toughest division on paper, and I thought he'd need some luck to win. But he was outstanding. He'll go to the Simpson at Vernon Downs, and that will be it for him this year." Sent off at 8-1, Fernando Hanover got the jump on favorite Sam McSmith when he pulled the pocket down the backside for Mike Wilder and defeated his rival by 6-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:52, fastest of the stake. Early leader Blake North finished third. "He felt very nice in the two hole; I was hoping he wasn't playing possum with me," Wilder said. "With the conditions today, windy and cool, I thought that was a heckuva mile." Ron Burke conditions the Dragon Again-Fashion Ecstasy gelding, who collected his first stake victory, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and JJK Stables. Burke notched another Keystone Classic victory when the pocket-sitting Allie's Cruiser kicked by the favorite, McDave, in the stretch to down him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54. Safensound Hanover earned show. "He's a little more aggressive than he was early in the season, but I've loved this colt," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I think he'll make a top 3-year-old. He has a great attitude, and he's great gaited." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Larry Karr campaign the son of Yankee Cruiser-Santastic's Filly. $122,800 Keystone Classic, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Southern Cross, Major Matter, Iron Mine Bucky and Treasure Keys K each took a division of Friday's co-feature, a $122,800 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Southern Cross hadn't been on the lead at any point in his three-race career, but he blasted to the top for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden handily in a stake-fastest 1:56.4. Nathaniel was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Mr Right third. "They told me he might be a little grabby in the post parade; he was pretty grabby all the way around," Merriman said. "But his gait is flawless. He dragged me right out of there, and I let him do his thing." Ake Svanstedt trains Southern Cross, a Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven gelding, for Vanersol Inc. Iron Mine Bucky converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:57.1 for George Dennis, and he also may have punched his ticket to a pair of rich late-season stakes. "He's come a long way," said Greg Haverstick, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream for Iron Mine Branch. "He's getting better, faster, stronger. He has the Breeders Crown and the Matron, and if George says he's good enough to go, we'll go." Cufflink Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Can We Have Fun completed the ticket. When Alexander Hanover drifted off the pylons down the backstretch, Major Matter shot through the opening -- a bold yet risky move that paid off when Major Matter defeated Alexander Hanover by a length in 1:57.2. Roccos Tacos was third. "If a man moves over, I'll certainly try to take advantage of it," said winning trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who bred and owns the Explosive Matter Tahiti Springs gelding with Regina Beinhauer. "You could have got two horses up inside. I'll take my chances when I get them." Goodell and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows feature a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $91,800 trot and a $69,000 pace. The card also offers a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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