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CHESTER, PA - The crowd settled on the right favorite in a well-matched, hard-to-handicap $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, as the Yankee Glide gelding Max held off a late charge by the mare Kenziesky Hanover by ¾ of a length in 1:54.3. Yannick Gingras hustled the winner away quickly and forced Kenziesky Hanover to tuck behind him, then yielded to the $900,000 winner Top Flight Angel past a :27.3 quarter. Top Flight Angel guided the field to the half in :57, then increased the tempo to 1:25.2 at the three-quarters, with Cruising In Style coming first-over and Kenziesky Hanover slipping out behind that one's cover. Through the stretch Max slipped up the inside and Kenziesky Hanover tipped wide, with both widely-separated foes giving their all, but Max took the advantage midlane and kept it to the wire. The Ron Burke trainee is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC along with Frank Baldachino. The heavy favorite Hill Of A Horse looked to be in good position nearing the far turn of the $17,000 co-featured trot, advancing second-over behind cover, but it certainly didn't hurt him when the leader, third-over, and fourth-over all made breaks on the final curve. The victorious altered son of Muscle Hill overhauled his cover, Mystical Wynn, by 2¼ lengths in 1:55.2, posting his tenth lifetime win in but 28 starts for driver Marcus Miller, trainer/father Erv Miller, and Andray Farms. Drivers Gingras and George Napolitano Jr. each won three times during the Thursday afternoon action. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Live harness racing at the Meadowlands will increase during the month of December, and based on how successful he was during November, that likely suits Dexter Dunn just fine. Thursday racing makes its debut this evening (Dec. 5) as the Big M will up their number of live racing nights from two to three during December, with live action being offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m. Dunn, whose career has been on a meteoric rise since coming to America in the summer of 2018, drove 23 winners during November to lead the Big M driver colony. The New Zealand native, who was the regular driver for such standouts as Bettor's Wish and Manchego, piloted three winners on a card five times during the month and won four on one occasion. Following Dunn on the November driver's hit parade were Yannick Gingras (16 wins), Tim Tetrick (13), Tyler Buter (11), Andy Miller (10), Dave Miller (10) and Andy McCarthy (9). The depth of talent of the Big M driver colony - and how evenly matched it is - is confirmed by a look at what's transpired over the last two weeks at the mile oval. The top four in terms of Universal Driver Rating System (UDRS) with at least 15 drives are Gingras (.279), McCarthy (.278), Tetrick (.270) and Buter (.268). The trainer colony is also stacked as five conditioners had two wins last weekend (Nov. 29-30): Trish Adams, Juan Cano, Tom Fanning, Patti Harmon and Andrew Harris. SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: Just like last year, Thursdays in December will feature guest announcers who will "Borrow Ken's Binoculars", as Big M voice Ken Warkentin will open his track announcer's booth to four different callers. This evening (Dec. 5), Big M TV regular fill-in and longtime harness and thoroughbred announcer Peter Kleinhans will call the races. The colorful Larry Lederman will be up next on Dec. 12, followed by the USTA's Michael Carter on Dec. 19 and "Racing from the Meadowlands" regular Dave Little on the 26th. TOP 10 TITANS: Shartin N, who has the inside track on being named Horse of the Year, sat atop the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly Top 10 Poll that was released Tuesday. The Jim King Jr. trainee, who won 15-of-19 starts and banked just over $982,000 during the year, was No. 1 in the poll each of the 28 weeks it was posted. Bettor's Wish finished in the second spot while Greenshoe was third. According to USTA Media Relations Manager Ken Weingartner, that threesome were the only horses to appear in every Top 10. The remainder of the Final Top 10 in order were Manchego, Warrawee Ubeaut, Gimpanzee, Caviart Ally, Papi Rob Hanover, Real Cool Sam and Tall Dark Stranger. All 10 raced at the Meadowlands during 2019, with seven of the top eight having raced on TVG/Fall Final Four Night on Nov. 23. THIS WEEKEND: On Dec. 6, poker players who are 21 and older can hold'em and fold'em on "Free Poker Friday". The free Texas Hold'em tournaments begin at 7 p.m. track side. ... Also on Friday, get some help with holiday shopping by entering a chance to win a gift card to a major department store. $1,500 in gift cards will be up for grabs. An entry form will be in the live program. ... On Saturday (Dec. 7), the Meadowlands and Peter Grandich and Company will host "Football Night". Longtime New York Jets standout Joe Klecko and his son, three-time Super Bowl winner Dan, will be available for autographs and pictures from 6:30-7:30 p.m. TOYS FOR TOTS NEW DATE: Due to the bad weather that hit the Metropolitan area, the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception that was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown, a charitable organization in Harlem. If you do, not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates will also be on hand. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Hannelore Hanover enjoyed many big moments in many of harness racing's biggest races during her illustrious career, but when co-owner Frank Baldachino looked back on the trotting mare's accomplishments, it was her performance in an open handicap at The Meadowlands in July 2016 that came to the forefront. Late on a Friday night, the then 4-year-old Hannelore Hanover faced older male rivals with Grand Circuit credentials for the first time since leaving her home state of Indiana. She went off stride just after completing the first quarter of the race but rallied down the stretch with a :26.1 final quarter to beat returning Dan Patch Award-winner JL Cruze by a half-length in a track-record-equaling 1:51.1. "That just stands out as a great race to me," Baldachino said Saturday night (Nov. 23) during Hannelore Hanover's retirement ceremony at The Meadowlands following a third-place finish in the TVG Mare Trot. "It doesn't get a lot of accolades, but it was a super mile. That's when I knew she really, really arrived." That arrival in 2016 foreshadowed more great moments to come. She ended 2016 with 17 wins in 20 races and took home the Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter. A year later, Hannelore Hanover became the fastest female trotter in history with a 1:49.2 win at Lexington's Red Mile, beat the boys in both the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Maple Leaf Trot, and became the first trotting mare since Moni Maker in 1999 to be named U.S. Horse of the Year. The 7-year-old Hannelore Hanover, by Swan For All out of High Sobriety, was trained by Ron Burke and finished her career with 46 wins in 87 starts and $3.06 million in purses. She was owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. In addition to her Breeders Crown Open and Maple Leaf Trot victories, she won a Breeders Crown Mare Trot, a record three Armbro Flight finals, two TVG Mare Trot championships, the Hambletonian Maturity, Centaur Trotting Classic, Fresh Yankee, Cutler Memorial, Muscle Hill, Allerage Open Trot, and Miami Valley Distaff. She was an Indiana Sire Stakes champ at age 3. "She's a tremendous horse," regular driver Yannick Gingras said. "She's one of the best ones I've ever driven; she's definitely right there at the top. What I really liked about her is that every time you went on the track you knew what you were going to get. You got behind her and you knew she was going to give you 110 percent. Most nights, 110 percent was enough." Gingras pointed to the 2017 Maple Leaf Trot win as his favorite. "I had never won the Maple Leaf Trot before, and the year before we got beat right on the wire," Gingras said. "I thought maybe we could have won it that year and (it was great) to come back the following year and win it. It was a dominant year for her. If I had to pick one race, it would definitely be my favorite." Hannelore Hanover's 1:49.2 win in the 2017 Allerage Open Trot was not far from the top, either. "That's right up there too," Gingras said. "She had so many great performances, it's hard to pinpoint one or two or three. She's been a pleasure all throughout." Added Baldachino about her 1:49.2 mile, "She was the first mare to ever go under 1:50 and they can never take that away from her. That's pretty special." Hannelore Hanover, named in honor of top female amateur driver Hannelore Würzinger of Germany, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and will return there to begin her broodmare career. She will be bred to Greenshoe in 2020. "We have a great business relationship with Hanover Shoe Farms, and it was just the right fit for her to go back home and start her broodmare career," Baldachino said. "Hopefully it's real successful. We all can't wait to see the first one on the ground." Gingras said he would like the chance to drive Hannelore Hanover's first foal by Greenshoe. "I'd put my name in the hat," he said with a laugh. "Hopefully my name would come out first." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

JK First Lady and driver Yannick GIngras used outside cover and came on in the stretch to best Rocknificent at the wire in the $411,000 Three Diamonds Final for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. The daughter of Western Ideal, the first foal from the Harness Horse of the Year mare, JK She's A Lady, who also won this race in 2014, covered the one mile race in a lifetime best record of 1:49.2, which was also the track and stakes record. She is trained by Nancy Takter and owned and was bred by the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, NY. She paid $8.20 to win. Rocknificent was second with Lyons Sentinel third. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Always A Prince and driver Yannick Gingras stole the show in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace Final Saturday at the Meadowlands. Starting from post eight, Yannick sent the four-year-old gelding by Always A Virgin right to the front and never looked back. The duo held the field at bay and then pulled away in the stretch for a 1:48.2 triumph. He is trained by Tyler George and is owned by Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio. He paid $12.00 to win. Bettor's Wish was second with American History third. "It was the first time I ever drove him was tonight," said Yannick Gingras. "He was really nice to drive." by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

CHESTER, PA - The millionaire racing racehorse Dayson overcame adversity in starting position and racing fortune to win the $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, able to rally after a fast half to win in 1:54.1. The victorious Conway Hall gelding was part of the quick early tempo, as driver Yannick Gingras had him four-wide early, then backed off and tucked midpack as Sylvesteramericanit wound up on the lead after a :26.4 quarter, Armageddon Seelster wound up in the pocket, and Izoh had to take a lot of fresh Philly air in the two-path. Things proceeded in that fashion to the :55.4 half, and then Gingras moved his trotter quickly two- and three-wide to get by the embattled leaders before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Dayson continued on authoritatively to win by two lengths over Armageddon Seelster, who came through between horses to claim second place. Dayson pushed his career earnings to $1,136,677, and he furthered his reputation as a frequent winner, scoring for the tenth time this year and the 35th in his career, putting up a success ratio in the vicinity of 45% in both categories. Ron Burke conditions the talented veteran for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. The Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm, who actually was the favorite in last week's top class while finishing second, saw the earnings combination break right for him, and he took advantage of a single-level drop to win the $14,500 co-feature trot in 1:54.2. Like Dayson, Mississippi Storm did not have it easy - parked early before tucking in for driver Marcus Miller, then having to move uncovered late in the backstretch - but he stayed on to get the job done by 1¼ lengths over closing Kinda Lucky Lindy. Mississippi Storm has now earned six figures in each of the last two seasons for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. Marcus Miller and George Napolitano Jr. each recorded three wins on the Thursday card at Philly. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Dover, DE - Captain Crunch punished the harness racing field he faced in an all-age track record performance, capturing the elimination round for next Wednesday’s $335,000 Hap Hanson Progress Pace for three-year-old colts and geldings, at Dover Downs. Captain Crunch, recovered from last week’s break in the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. Driver Yannick Gingras cut fractions of :26.4, :54, and 1:21.1 before stopping the teletimer in 1:47.3. The previous all-age track record at Dover was 1:48 and was co-held by Heston Blue Chip (2012) and Bandolito (2014). Captain Crunch, sired by Captaintreacherous, is owned by 3 Brothers Stables, C.Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Trainer Nancy Takter Johansson, was involved in a vehicular accident, traveling to Dover Downs, earlier in the evening.  She arrived about twenty minutes prior to her race and was ok. US Captain finished second and American Mercury finished third. Race favorite Southwind Ozzi finished last and did not qualify for the final. The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund for two-year-old filly pace was contested in two $20K divisions as the Daily Double on the evening card at Dover. Members of USTA District 11 who had attended the district meeting flowed over to enjoy dinner and watch. The first division was a repeat of last week as Bag Of Jewels (Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) led from the rail post from start to finish in a lifetime record mile of 1:57.1 for driver Victor Kirby and trainer Les Givens. Spin Sumthin followed in second and I’m Two Soxy got up for show. The winner is owned by the group of Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bay Pond Racing and Bonuccelli Racing. The breeder is Winbak Farm. The second division was another repeat of the first leg with Cinder Rock (Rockabillie-Cinderella) cruising home easily in 1:56 for driver Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and bred by Elam Esh. Top 8-point getters will race in a $100K final on Wednesday, November 27th. There is a combined $15,000 consolation for fillies and the qualifying pacing colts. From Dover Downs and the DSBF

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Atlanta tuned up for next week's TVG Mares Trot by winning the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands in dominant fashion. The fastest trotter in Big M history by virtue of her 1:49.1 clocking on July 6 of this year, Atlanta toyed with a talented field in the mile oval's featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, driver Yannick Gingras put Atlanta on the early lead, hitting the quarter in :27.3. After a sleepy second fraction of :29.4 followed, it was all but over right then and there. The 4-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip never had an anxious moment, hitting the finish 2¼ lengths in front of the pocket-sitting-throughout Guardian Angel As in 1:52.2. Southwind Chrome rallied for third. The winner returned $3.40 to her backers. "I couldn't be happier with her," said Gingras. "She trotted right to the wire better than she has in a little while." "The track wasn't playing super fast," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "There might have been a bias against horses racing on the front end. It's the best performance Atlanta has had on the front this year. We could not have asked for anything more. She was straight all the way to the wire. I can't take anything bad out of the race." Atlanta has now won 20 of her 38 career starts and earned $1,866,889 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. Atlanta's stablemate, Hannelore Hanover, raced first over at the half but never threatened before weakening and finishing last in the field of eight. The lifetime earner of more than $3 million, who will face Atlanta when she makes her final career start in the TVG Mares Trot on Nov. 23, had some problems in her next-to-last race. "She bled again," said Burke of Hannelore Hanover. "It happens intermittently. That's why she's not who she was before. She's not the same because of it. That's why it's time to call it quits. We'll treat her this week and she'll be better on Saturday." A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick drove four winners on the card. ... Dexter Dunn stayed hot, as after winning three on the Friday card, he won three more on Saturday. ... Favorites ruled for a second straight night as eight post-time choices won Saturday after a half-dozen scored on Friday. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 paid $4,060.24 to the pair of players who lasted eight legs. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,412,658. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Warrawee Ubeaut had to work a bit hard to gain the front but the Sweet Lou-sired filly was again much the best in the $550,000 (US) Breeders Crown for her second consecutive harness racing Crown title. Yannick Gingras let others do the work early as he left with purpose with Warrawee Ubeaut and watched as Stonebridge Soul first sprinted to the lead and then released Treacherous Reign through a wicked :25 3/5 opening quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut then made a bold bid on the backstretch into a light wind to secure the front in :54 4/5. From there only Tall Drink Hanover made a race of it attacking at a distance from the winner through three quarters in 1:23 1/5. Gingras took nothing for granted as Warrawee Ubeaut bore out some in the homestretch keeping the Ron Burke-trained filly to task. Without question she was once again up to it in capturing her second straight Breeders Crown trophy while sprinting home in :27 1/5 final quarter. The mile was paced in 1:50 2/5 by Warrawee Ubeaut who was an overwhelming public choice at 1-5 paying $2.40 for the victory. Tall Drink Hanover kept her momentum through the homestretch to gain the place spot with Stonebridge Soul advancing late for third. Sunny Dee and Treacherous Reign completed the top five in the field. Bred in Ontario by Warrawee Farm of Rockwood, it was the 12th win on the season for Warrawee Ubeaut who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J & T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. "I talked to Ron (Burke) before the race and we didn't want to have to go hard into the wind. It didn't work that way," said Gingras. "She relaxed so good in the third quarter and I think that's what won the race for her." To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 25, 2019 - The $600,000 (US) Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace was expected to be a battle between elimination winner Papi Rob Hanover and Metro winner Tall Dark Stranger. That the two crossed the wire that way was just the beginning of a harness racing story that changed radically after the finish. Driver Yannick Gingras placed an objection on behalf of Tall Dark Stranger against David Miller on Papi Rob Hanover and after a long period the judges agreed, placing Tall Dark Stranger first and race-winner Papi Rob Hanover second in the final of four $600,000 juvenile Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night. Tall Dark Stranger left alertly going past Cattlewash into the first turn with 6-5 favorite Papi Rob Hanover settling in third for Miller. Tall Dark Stranger cut effective fractions of :27 3/5 and :55 1/5 for the opening half as the field was spread out with passing that station. Miller went on the offensive midway on the final turn with Papi Rob Hanover but by that time it appeared as if Gingras had gotten the fractions he needed crossing three quarters in 1:23 2/5 with Tall Dark Stranger. A bitter battled ensued in the homestretch as the two colts battled head to head right to the wire with Papi Rob Hanover getting his head in front at the wire in the 1:51 mile. The inquiry sign went up quickly and the judges determined that Papi Rob Hanover had made contact with Tall Dark Stranger causing that one to lose his momentum. "My colt was fighting back," said Gingras after the race. "I haven't made an objection since Yonkers in 2002." Sent off as the second choice in the field Tall Dark Stranger returned $5.80 while notching his eighth win in nine career starts for trainer Nancy Johansson. Marvin Katz, Crawford Farms, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor share ownership in Tall Dark Stranger who was bred by James Avritt Sr. Cattlewash finished third with original fourth place finisher Mayhem Hanover also getting disqualified for getting in the path of Capt Midnight in the late stages and causing that one to break. The judges placed Capt Midnight fourth with Mayhem Hanover revised back to fifth. A disqualification of a Breeders Crown race winner had only happened twice before (That Fabulous Face in 1998 and Corleone Kosmos in 2007) , with both being by trotters that made a break. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society        

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Odds-on favourite Warrawee Ubeaut took command midway through the mile and scooted away from her competition under minimal encouragement on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park to take the lone $32,500 (CAD) Breeders Crown elimination for three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. Beautyonthebeach blasted to the front from post 10 while Tall Drink Hanover floated into second but then circled to the lead passing a :26.4 first quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut tracked Tall Drink Hanover to the backside and swept past the brief pacesetter before a :55.3 half. Rolling to the far turn Warrawee Ubeaut faced little pressure as she decelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Queen Of The Pride tipped first over into the final turn but stalled through the stretch as Warrwee Ubeaut sprinted to the finish while widening her lead on Tall Drink Hanover in progress to a 1:50.2 win. "She's great--there's no other words to describe her," winning driver Yannick Gingras said after the race. "She's perfect to drive and when I called upon her at the top of the stretch she was like coming out of her skin pacing so strong." Warrawee Ubeaut races for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke conditions the Sweet Lou filly who collected her 18th victory from 28 starts--her 11th from 16 this year--and earned $1,329,555. "Now we've got her pretty much dialed in that we just keep doing what we're doing," Burke said after the race. "When we were teaching her to become this mare it was a little bit harder. Sometimes she took losses that you were thinking maybe you should just roll her all out and she can hang on. But we knew it would come to the day where she would learn to do this or at least we hoped. And now she's become a complete horse." Warrawee Ubeaut returned $2.50 to win. To see the race replay, click here. The top eight finishers from the 10-horse elimination advance to the final. Sunny Dee and Treacherous Reign took byes while Warrawee Ubeaut gets to draw between posts 1 through 5 after winning the elimination. 1 Beautyonthebeach 2 Sunny Dee 3 Treacherous Reign 4 Tall Drink Hanover 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 6 Ideation Hanover 7 Philly Hanover 8 Stonebridge Soul 9 Queen Of The Pride 10 Best Seller Hanover From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Yannick Gingras drove Dont Letem to a 1:51.3 win in the $32,500 (CAD) Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot elimination on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of 10 competed with the top-eight finishers advancing to next Saturday's $600,000 final. Forbidden Trade and Greenshoe received byes to the final. The Nancy Johansson-trained Dont Letem fired early for the lead and made the rest of the field chase him through fractions of :28.1, :56.4, 1:24.2 and matched the track record for sophomore trotters with a 1:51.3 mile. Green Manalishi S sat in second for three panels and Chin Chin Hall rolled along in third. Soul Strong came out to lead a second tier that stalled down the stretch. Chin Chin Hall took his best steps late to get second, with Green Manalishi S holding third, those three a few lengths ahead of the rest of the pack. Gimpanzee closed strongly to pick up fourth. "They all left so slow out of the gate," said Yannick Gingras, "I had to take him to the front." Dont Letem (Muscle Hill--Passageway)was bred by Brittany Farms, which co-owns with John Fielding. His win price was $9.10. Spots fifth through eighth to qualify for the final were secured by Soul Strong, Goes Down Smooth, Marseille and Super Schissel. The post position draw for next Saturday's final took place following the elimination. Dont Letem drew first for posts one through five based on winning his elimination. 1 Green Manalishi S 2 Dont Letem 3 Marseille 4 Greenshoe 5 Chin Chin Hall 6 Gimpanzee 7 Goes Down Smooth 8 Forbidden Trade 9 Soul Strong 10 Super Schissel From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Sophomore harness racing trotting fillies launched the second night of Breeders Crown eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (October 26) $600,000 final. Yannick Gingras picked up where he left off a night earlier sending The Ice Dutchess to the front shortly past the quarter pole and rolling to an easy 1:53 score in the first elimination. Grimmie Hanover left alertly to gain control into the opening bend for Corey Callahan with The Ice Dutchess getting looped initially and then driving forward. Grimmie Hanover cut the quarter in :28 1/5 but yielded to The Ice Dutchess in short order and then followed from a distant pocket. Evident Beauty, the 3-2 betting choice sat third and was patient past the half in :57 flat and it wasn't until midway on the final turn as The Ice Dutchess drew clear from Grimmie Hanover that David Miller sent Evident Beauty out on the offensive followed closely by Only Take Cash. The Ice Dutchess passed three quarters in 1:24 3/5 and had a sizable advantage heading into the homestretch when Evident Beauty appeared to be closing the gap but in midstretch Evident Beauty made a miscue that she wouldn't recover from and Gingras sat idly in the bike and allowed his filly to march home in a :28 2/5 final quarter to complete the mile. Only Take Cash was a solid closing second as Winndevie with Brian Sears made up a huge amount of ground in the late stretch to finish third. Early leader Grimmie Hanover held on for fourth while Seaside Bliss closed out the qualifiers from this division. The Ice Dutchess is owned by Coyote Wynd Farms and trained by Nancy Johansson. It as the fifth win in 2019 for The Ice Dutchess who paid $8.80 for the win. "Nancy (Johansson) has got her figured out. When she's on her game she can do it any way," Gingras said of The Ice Dutchess. "We've had trouble getting her around this track," said Johansson. "I think we've found the right shoe combination." To watch the race replay, click here. Millies Possession and driver Dexter Dunn made a bold move on the backstretch to gain control and then easily held off Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry in the stretch to post a 6-1 upset in the second elimination. When Dovescry and driver Simon Allard left alertly from post two to gain control and managed to force a host of leavers into holes with Cambridge Kate taking a seat and Kentucky Futurity filly champion Beautiful Sin dropping in fourth before entering the first turn. Millies Possession got away in fifth and after When Dovescry hit the quarter in :27 flat Dunn wasted little time and sent the homebred Millies Possession and a brisk backstretch bull rush that saw her take command well before the :56 1/5 opening half clocking. Dunn kept Millies Possession engaged on the front end and had her hit three quarters in 1:24 as Ake Svanstedt and Beautiful Sin languished on the rim unable to make up ground on the leaders. It was a two-filly race in the homestretch and Dunn kept Millies Possession to her task as When Dovescry angled and drifted out through the stretch but didn't make up ground. Sweet Chapter held her ground inside and finished third ahead of a solid closing Asiago with Miss Trixton gaining the final berth. Millies Possession trotted the mile in 1:53. Millies Possession was a winner for the 11th time in 14 career starts all in 2019 for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm LLC. "She's a great filly," said Dunn following the race. "She felt good when I warmed her up. That move down the backstretch was the best she's felt all year." Millies Possession bounced back from her worst performance of the year, a seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. "She had a legitimate excuse," said Campbell for The Red Mile disappointment. "She scoped sick after the race. We got her back to New Jersey and on antibiotics and she bounced back." To watch the race replay, click here. The post positions for the $600,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. Elimination winners drew for post one through five. 1 The Ice Dutchess 2 Millies Possesion 3 Miss Trixton 4 Asiago 5 Sweet Chapter 6 When Dovescry 7 Winndevie 8 Grimmie Hanover 9 Seaside Bliss 10 Only Take Cash Dorsoduro Hanover, with Matt Kakaley in the bike, won the $34,000 Preferred for trainer Ron Burke at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday in 1:49.4, topping four others eligible to next week's Breeders Crown Open Pace. Youaremycandygirl and Courtly Choice left alertly, with the mare taking a short lead until Courtly Choice got the lead, followed by favorite Geez Joe and Dorsoduro Hanover in a first quarter of :26.1. Geez Joe took to the outside and rushed to the top, keeping the pace through a :55.1 half. Dorsoduro Hanover came out and fired first over, reaching Geez Joe around the second turn in three-quarters timed in 1:23.1. Dorsoduro Hanover plowed ahead to take command as Geez Joe was overtaken by a closing Jimmy Freight and a persistent Youaremycandy girl, crossing the wire in 1:49.4. Dorsoduro Hanover (Somebeachsome--Deer Valley Miss) was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm, is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dorsoduro Hanover paid $22.50 to win. Post positions for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace were drawn on Saturday evening. 1 Easy Lover Hanover 2 Jimmy Freight 3 American History 4 Geez Joe 5 Courtly Choice 6 Always A Prince 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 8 McWicked 9 Filibuster Hanover 10 This Is The Plan To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society            

MILTON, ONT, October 18, 2019 - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras set up shop in the winner's circle to launch the Breeders Crown elimination weekend festivities on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A pair of eliminations for the 2-Year-Old Filly Trot and a single elimination for the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot were contested. Gingras drove Synergy to a 1:55 win in the $32,500 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot elimination. The field left evenly except for Chestnut Hill, who galloped off the gate while mid-pack Beads went to the front as the rest of the field found early spots. Back Of The Neck sat behind the leader into a :27.2 first quarter while Synergy sat in fourth. Synergy was in a good spot going into the half as favorite Amigo Volo and outsider Horse Trader jumped, leaving a big lead for Beads and a clear path for Synergy on the inside through a half in :57. By the 1:25.4 three-quarters, Beads was being chased strongly by Third Shift, who went four wide into the stretch, along with Rome Pays Off charging up the middle and Synergy riding the rail. Those three left Beads behind and as Third Shift dueled with Rome Pays Off, Gingras glided by them to win by a length in 1:55. Synergy (Father Patrick--Southwind Sauna), is trained by Per Engblom. The colt was bred by Southwind Farms and is owned by Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and David Anderson. Third Shift nosed Rome Pays Off for the place. Chestnut Hill recovered from the early break and finished fourth. The top-seven finishers from the elimination advanced to the final to join the trio of Capricornus, Port Perry and Real Cool Sam, who all took byes to the final. Moon Bridge, Beads and Amigo Volo finished fifth through seventh to qualify for the next Friday's (October 25) $600,000 final. Synergy paid $36.90 to win. To watch the replay, click here. Sister Sledge regained her winning form and in the process ended the undefeated reign of Hypnotic AM in capturing the first of two $32,500 eliminations of the Breeders Crown for juvenile trotting fillies. Gingras guided Sister Sledge to the lead in the early stages and released 1-5 favorite Hypnotic AM and driver Brian Sears well before the :27 2/5 opening quarter marker. Those two continued in that order through middle fractions of :56 1/5 and 1:24 4/5 as only Violet Stride attempted to rally on the outside without cover but couldn't get reasonably close to the top pair. In the homestretch Gingras tipped the daughter of Father Patrick to the outside and Sister Sledge rolled right by the favorite to score by a length. Hypnotic AM entered the Crown elimination unbeaten in seven prior starts but had to settle for second here. Shishito saved ground most of the way and finished third with Violet Stride and Madame Sherry earning final berths. Burke Racing Stable, Jason Merillo, J & T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC share partnership in Sister Sledge now an eight time winner in 10 starts as a freshman. "I rushed her a bit out of the two hole at The Red Mile," said Gingras, "And she got rough. Here I waited a bit and she was strong." Trainer Burke was frustrated with a second and third place finish in Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile but found the answers he was looking for. "We decided to change her bridle after the Pennsylvania Championship," Burke said of the mistake. "She's as good a filly as there is out there." Sister Sledge returned $13.80 to win. To watch the replay click here.  It was Gingras once again putting the end to another unbeaten streak in the second $32,500 Breeders Crown elimination for juvenile trotting fillies when he guided Ms Savannah Belle to victory with previously flawless Ramona Hill had to settle for third. Ms Savannah Belle started from post eight but Gingras was quick to energize her at the outset grabbing the early lead then yielding to Indiana-based filly May Baby before the :27 3/5 opening quarter was clocked. Ms Savannah Belle stayed close up in the pocket as May Baby carved out lively fractions of :56, 1:24 4/5 for James Yoder. Gingras wasted little time and angled Ms Savannah Belle to challenge into the homestretch and the daughter of Muscle Hill took off quickly rolling past the leader and drawing clear from other rivals to post a 1:53 2/5 clocking. Wine Rack Hanover rallied along the inside after a pylon-sitting trip for second just ahead of Ramona Hill who went a long way on the outside without cover in a difficult grinding effort. May Baby settled for fourth after doing the early leg work and Peaceful Way champion Dip Me Hanover rallied late for the final berth. Sent off as a 4-1 offering Ms Savannah Belle returned $10.60 winning for the fourth time in 8 career starts for owner-breeder Al Libfeld and trainer Per Engblom. "We decided to race her just the first week at The Red Mile and get her ready for this," said Engblom following the victory. "I think she'll be even better next week. "She had some bad luck early she drew outside (post 10) in the Doherty and raced well there." Ms Savannah Belle paid $10.60 to win. To see the replay, click here. Post positions for the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot and 2-Year-Old Filly Trot finals were drawn following the eliminations. Elimination winners drew for inside post positions one through five. $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot 1 Beads 2 Synergy 3 Moon Bridge 4 Amigo Volo 5 Chestnut Hill 6 Rome Pays Off 7 Third Shift 8 Capricornus 9 Real Cool Sam 10 Port Perry $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot 1 Hypnotic Am 2 Sister Sledge 3 May Baby 4 Dip Me Hanover 5 Ms Savannah Belle 6 Wine Rack Hanover 7 Madame Sherry 8 Shishito 9 Violet Stride 10 Ramona Hill From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 1, 2019--"She passed." That was driver Yannick Gingras' post mortem after the harness racing trotting mare Atlanta worked out over Yonkers Raceway for the first time. The world champion 4-year-old trotter went through her paces prior to Tuesday night's (Oct. 1st) regularly-scheduled program, doing so in preparation for $1 million Yonkers International Trot here a week from Saturday (Oct. 12th). "I was very happy with her," Gingras said, adding Atlanta's negotiated her mile-and-a-quarter International Trot distance "in 2:26 or so". "She did everything I wanted, especially around the turns. I made sure to buzz her around the turns." The statebred daughter of Chapter Seven, who has never raced over a half-mile oval, has seven wins and three seconds in 11 seasonal starts ($658,400). Her last purse try was a win in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto (1:51.4) about four weeks ago. Gingras and trainer Ron Burke took Atlanta to Westchester in part having learned from not-too-ancient history. "We didn't bring Hannelore Hanover here before the (2016) International, and that was a mistake," Gingras said of the fast miss who broke in the turns. "I know (the International) is going to be tough, but (Atlanta) has held her own against some very good older horses. "At the end of the day, there aren't many million-dollar races in the sport," Gingras said. "I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't want to win it." Here is the video of her work out. https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0ngsmp098hcg07/yannick%20ruff2.mp4?dl=0 Post time for the International Trot matinee card is 1 PM. Post positions for 10-horse, nine-nation field shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8th. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Yannick Gingras will head to Hollywood Dayton Raceway looking to sweep Friday's harness racing Grand Circuit stakes at the Ohio oval with morning-line favorite Mission Accepted in the Dayton Trotting Derby and second choice This Is The Plan in the Dayton Pacing Derby. It will be Gingras' first time behind Mission Accepted since the duo lost the Crawford Farms Open Trot by a nose on Aug. 11 at Tioga Downs. The 4-year-old stallion has not won since the Vincennes on Aug. 3, Hambletonian Day, at The Meadowlands, but Gingras has been impressed with the horse's efforts in his recent starts. Mission Accepted enters the Dayton Trotting Derby off a second-place finish to Lindy The Great in last week's Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park. Mission Accepted was eighth in the outer flow for the first three-quarters of a mile before fanning four-wide off the final turn and rallying for the place spot. Two weeks earlier, he was third, beaten only a half-length, in the Charlie Hill Memorial won by Atlanta. Trained by Ron Burke, Mission Accepted is 2-1 on the morning line in the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby. "He's been super sharp," Gingras said. "Last time, he was loaded with trot finishing. I was really impressed with how much trot he had. And the race before, he was loaded that day too. He couldn't be coming into the race in better form. I think he's coming into the race in the right way." For the season, Mission Accepted has won four of 17 races, hit the board a total of 11 times, and earned $244,345. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, breeder Knox Services Inc., David Wills, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. "He's very versatile and sweet to drive," Gingras said. "He's not the biggest horse, he's not the most powerful horse, but you know he's going to go on the track and give you everything he's got." This Is The Plan enters the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby off a win in last week's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. After racing from the front in most of his starts this season, Gingras decided to race This Is The Plan from off the pace at Hoosier and got a second-over trip behind favorite McWicked en route to victory. "I did go into the race wanting to change tactics," Gingras said. "He had several tough starts in a row, and I figured it would be nice to try to get him covered up. You always have to respect McWicked and I thought that maybe if I could get McWicked in front of me, that might work out. Usually it doesn't work out that way, but for one time the plan worked out to perfection." McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, is the 5-2 favorite from post one in the Dayton Pacing Derby. This Is The Plan is 3-1 from post five. This Is The Plan has won three of 16 races this year and finished second on six occasions, earning $743,598. He ranks third in purses among all older pacers in North America, trailing only Shartin N and Lather Up. For his career, the 4-year-old gelding has won 10 of 49 races and earned $1.38 million. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. Gingras hopes last week's change in style and subsequent victory results in more versatility down the road. "He's been super consistent," Gingras said. "He's got crazy gate speed and puts himself into the race. I really didn't know how he would race from behind. Heading to the Breeders Crown and the other big races coming up, I wanted to see how he would respond. Hopefully now he will be a little more well-rounded. Last week he showed he was able to do it. Hopefully he can continue in that direction." Racing begins at 6:15 p.m. (EDT) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. For complete Friday entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

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