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DOVER, Del. --- Yannick Gingras has a winning habit Mondays at Dover Downs driving six winners on the Jan. 17 harness racing card. Bad Boy Matt pulled a 10-1 upset in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap feature race. Allan Davis unleashed Bad Boy Matt in the stretch closing swiftly to catch front-pacing Captive Audience late in the stretch to post a 1:51.1 victory in the feature. It was the Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle six-year-old gelding’s third win of the meet to go along with a second and three thirds in his last eight starts for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Regginald Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) also closed well to finish third. The win was the 17th lifetime while banking $251,307. Yannick Gingras, who now has a six-win night to go along with five win appearances and a four in the other of his previous seven Monday appearances at the track. Gingras steered Class Six to the pacers eighth victory in nine races for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. The five-year-old altered son of Western Ideal-Vs Fu River rolled past Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) in deep stretch for a personal record 1:52 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) picked up third money. Gingras other winners were Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound in 1:52.1 in a $14,000 Male Winners-Over; Howard Taylor’s Cashendash Hanover in 1:50.4 winning a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claimer; Tom Lazzaro’s Rocknroll Jewel, a 1:51 win in a $12,500 Male pace and Grantland, owned by Rich Lombardo, C.A. Alley C.L. Atley and JJ&M Stable, in 1:54 taking an $11,500 pace for young males and completed the card guiding Absolute Return Stable’s Baby Kitty to a nose win in 1:54.1 in a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Skyway Gladiator, an 8-1 shot, got up at the wire to win the other $15,000 sub-feature for young male horses in 1:54. Twin B Stingray (Vic Kirby) and Rip N Rock (A.Davis) were in the tight photo and had to settle for second and third respectively. Meet leading trainer Dylan Davis haltered two winners. The top female pacers tangle in the Tuesday feature $20,000 Mares Open pace.   CHEYENNE R0BIN STEPS UP TO $20,000 OPEN AT DOVER TUESDAY Cheyenne Robin, an impressive winner last week, steps up a notch to the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Dover Downs​. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The Cheyenne Gang's hard-hitting four-year-old Cheyenne Robin fresh from an impressive victory a week ago, takes on the top female pacers at the track in this week's top mares pace. Chris White's fast finishing Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden has been at the top of her game in recent starts... JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tim Tetrick has been racing well. Howard Taylor's steady Shine N Shimmer will be driven by Allan Davis this time. Jeff Clark's Springforth and George Dennis closed strongly last week. The other contenders are Hearts And Flowers and No Respect leaving from the rail. A strong undercard is topped by a $15,500 4&&5-Year-Old Mares pace tops the strong undercard. Among the nine starters are Eric Becker's Flying Nun (Tyler Davis), Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) and Fashion Rocker (Wolfenden). Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- While Speed Again won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and Captive Audience the $27,500 Delaware Special, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Eric Ell, with four-win nights, at Dover Downs on a powerful Monday, Jan. 11 card. Speed Again stepped up in ranks to win for the second straight outing rolling down the passing lane for Yannick Gingras driving a 1:51.1 victory in the $30,000 top pace of the week. It was one of two wins for trainer and part owner Ron Burke, Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, and one for partner RTC Stables. The Dragon Again-Sand Speed gelding was followed by Major Uptrend (Corey Callahan), second, and Dapper Dude (Tim Tetrick), who closed well for third. Callahan made good use of leaving from post 1 with Captive Audience chalking up his second win on the card, a 1:50.2 front-end performance in the $27,500 Delaware Special. Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis own the six-year-old son of Art Major-Captiva Island who won for the 12th time in his career earning $632,710. Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) went a big trip to finish second. Little Ben (Tetrick) came on for third. Gingras, who has had hot nights at the track in recent Mondays, drove four winners. Two of the wins came with Eric Ell trainees. Beavercreek Artist, a:1:51.2 wire-to-wire winner in a $20,000 Claiming Male Allowance and Jeremes General, in 1:51.3 winning a $15,000 Male claimer, both also owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta., . Gingras and trainer Eric Ell were deprived of another win when Adventure Bound finished first in 1:51 in a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace but was disqualified for pacing inside four pylons while in the stretch. Mike Hill's Eridanus N, a veteran McArdle- Kurahaupo Dream gelding, with Ross Wolfenden driving for trainer Joe Hunderpfund finished second and at 26-1 odds was placed first. Papa Ray (A.Davis) was placed second with Adventure Bound placed third. Class Six gave Gingras his fourth win a 1:52.2 decision in a $15,000 pace for young horses. The Western Ideal-Can Du River gelding is trained by Burke for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. It was the five-year-old's second straight victory and seventh in his last eight starts. Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) was next in front of Beat Of NY (A.Davis). Soto, reined by Vic Kirby, won a $12,000 Male pace in 1:51, to give Ell and owners Wood, Dittmar and Iaquina, their third wins on the program Blazing Bobby Sox, piloted by trainer Art Stafford Jr. won for the fourth time in his last five races fashioning a 1:52.2 score in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) was runner-up in front of Quick Shot (Tony Morgan). The top female pacers duke it out in a $20,000 Mares Open in the Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. FASHION SHOWDOWN, SCANDALICIOUS, ELLIESJET N IN $20,000 OPEN  Seven top distaffs battle it out in this week’s $20,000 Mares Open pace led by last week’s upset winner Fashion Showdown on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Dover Downs.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Chris White’s Fashion Showdown has been an Open regular all meet but raised to top of the list last week when Ross Wolfenden drove a 1:51.3 longshot win at 35-1 odds. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious finished a head-back and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer and Corey Callahan may have put in the biggest trip, racing outside on the backstretch to get the lead and hold on for third only a neck behind. Bamond Racing’s Nefertiti Bluechip in her first start in nearly a month closed strongly for Brett Miller to finish fourth. Last Tuesday marked the end of Elliesjet N’s eight-race win streak since arriving from New Zealand for owners Barry Spennen, Kevin Evans, trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing. Her regular driver is Art Stafford Jr.  The race favorite last week was the highly regarded Jerseylicious, reined by Allan Davis, driving for Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing, Jeff Clark’s Springforth and George Dennis. Made her local debut and starts from post 1. A strong undercard is topped by a $15,500 4&&5-Year-Old Mares pace. One of the nine starters was a winner last time, Eric Becker’s Flying Nun (Tyler Davis) who steps up in class and leaves from post 9 in the second tier.  Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) and Fashion Rocker (Wolfenden) are the race favorites. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---Atta Boy Dan gave Yannick Gingras his 5th win of the night scoring a 1:49.4 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Monday, Dec. 28 at Dover Downs. Sweet Rock notched a 1:50.2 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap co-feature. For the 18th time this season, Atta Boy Dan recorded a victory in the $30,000 feature race, the fifth of the night for driver Yannick Gingras and second on the program for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The Western Terror-Droplikeitshot Gelding had been racing and winner all over the Northeast since the fall winning his second of his last three starts and fifth in his last nine bringing his season record to 18 wins, 6-times second with four thirds making a 33 starts and 28 in-the-money efforts in 2015. Bushwhacker (Corey Callahan) saw a two race win streak end with a second-place finish with Dapper Dude (Vic Kirby) third. Phil Your Boots was scratched. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis made good use of starting from post 1 scoring a 1:50.2 triumph wire-to-wire in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Mustang Art (Brett Miller) was second best with Don't Ya Know (Gingras) third. The win was the second for Davis driving for trainer Wayne Givens and owners G.P.Calloway, R.A. Hazzard and Legacy Racing. In the $18,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap, the fastest clocking on the fast 15-race card came when Howard Taylor's Major Uptrend, conditioned by Doug Lewis, negotiated the mile in a lifetime best 1:49.1. It was the Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding's 12th win of the year upping his season's bankroll to $147,595 Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound with Gingras at the controls never looked back in a 1:50.2 decisive victory take a $12,000 Male pace. Dedi's Dragon (Kirby) was second in front of Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan). The Camluck-Unchained Speed gelding reached three digits for the season with earnings of $100,595 and $525,434 in his career. Driver Gingras, trainer Burke, and owners Burke Racing, and Weaver Bruscemi struck earlier adding owner RTC Stables, as Speed Again (Gingras) rolled home in 1:50.3 to win a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Papa Ray (Davis) was second with Soto (Kirby) third. An altered son of Dragon Again-Sand Speed, the six-year-old won for the fifth time this season lifting his lifetime earnings to $889,535. Blazing Bobby Sox won for the third straight start scoring in 1:51.1 to win a3,4&5-Year-Old male pace for Art Stafford and son trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. A four-year-old gelding by prolific The Ponderosa-Liamatters, he has won four of his last five starts. Roll Big (Callahan) and BigSecret (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad  

Yannick Gingras, last year’s unanimous choice for Driver of the Year, tops the money list again this year, but with a few days left in 2015 he’s $3.7 million and 123 wins short of last year’s record haul—his smallest bankroll since 2011. As a result, hall of famer David Miller, who trails Gingras by more than a million dollars, was voted to the top spot this year. Miller, moved up from the fourth spot in 2014 to number two. He eclipsed the $10 million mark for a record thirteenth time, with his 2015 total of more than $12.3 million being the most the 51-year-old driver has ever earned in one year. Becoming the first driver in the 31-year history of the Breeders Crown to win five of them was the cherry on Miller’s sundae. Moving up from year to year within the top ten is no easy task. Another driver who pulled that off is Jason Bartlett. The 34-year-old Maine native, who won his 6,000 race at the end of October, made the leap from seventh to fourth. 2009 was the only year, Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, earned more than he did in 2015. Bamond Racing  provided Jason with some serious firepower: He won the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Artiscape with division winner Venus Delight; Krispy Apple won 13 times for $360,000; and PH Supercam had eight wins for $366,000. George Napolitano Jr, who was eleventh on the money list last year, has moved up four spots to number seven. He may have passed on a December battle for the dash title, but he banked $1.4 million more this year. That’s a career mark for wins and money for G-Nap. He stayed put in Pennsylvania, leading all drivers at Harrah’s and Pocono Downs. Napolitano won 100 races at those two tracks in July and 105 in August. His 0.404 UDRS is the highest on the top fifty list. Despite getting a late start on his career, he got win number 7,000 on July 15. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, Chris Oakes and Rene Allard provided many of the winners. The six drivers ahead of Napolitano participated in a lot more Grand Circuit stakes than he did. Dan Dube, who had back surgery three years ago, earned 39% more this year than last year on 120 more wins. The 49-year-old native of Quebec, who drove Gallo Blue Chip and Rock N Roll Heaven, jumped from number 21 to number 10. This was his best year since 2009. The Yonkers regular passed the $100 million mark this year and got his 8,000 win in February. Jimmy Takter, Rene Allard and Scott Di Domenico provided many of the live drives for Dube. He made 89% of his money at Yonkers. Not Afraid, Great Vintage, Daylon Miracle, Red Hot Herbie,  and the undefeated Lucky Chucky filly, Non Stick, were some of his better horses. As usual, Jim Morrill Jr is taking the winter off. The only drivers in the top 45 with fewer drives are John Campbell and Montrell Teague. Still, the Massachusetts native jumped nine spots to number 15. He had 35 fewer wins on 45 more drives, but earned $1.1 million more than he did in 2014. The King of the New York Sire Stakes crushed it again in that program, winning 44 races and earning $1.8 million—34% of his money came out of that program’s coffers. Second place Jason Bartlett was $1.2 million behind Morrill. Joe Larry N Curly, White Rolls, Soft Idea, Habitat and Crazy Wow were a few of his winners. Right behind Morrill is Michigan transplant Tyler Buter. He made 544 more drives this year and bolted from 41 on the 2014 list to number 16. He earned $4.9 million—90% of his bankroll-- at Yonkers, where he finished fifth in the standings. 234 of his 263 wins were there. He was sitting behind Autotune Hanover when he broke his maiden in the Sheppard. The old grey mare, Jonsie Jones, won nine times for $222,000. Zooming, Dream Out Loud N and Backstreet Hanover were other winners for 30-year-old Buter. Chris Page, who at age 32 is a 15-year veteran, stepped up from number 31 to number 23. His earnings on the Ohio circuit went up by $571,000. Chris did very well in that state’s refurbished sire stakes program. The Big Bad John trio, Primo Giovanni, Queen Ann M and Whataboy performed well for him. Ron Burke’s Deep Chip sophomore gelding, I Know My Chip, won seven times for $264,000. Page also drove DWs NY Yank, Clear Vision, Limelight Beach and Larry’s Dude for Burke. He drove Candy’s A Virgin for Brian Brown. Chris won number 3,000 at Dayton late in November. Mark MacDonald, who suffered numerous injuries in a bad racetrack accident in May, 2011, then relocated to Yonkers after missing more than three months at the close of 2011 and beginning of 2012, moved up from number 33 on the earnings list to number 24. He earned $647,000 more and his UDRS moved from 0.201 to 0.240. Sylvain Filion is the only WEG based driver to earn more money in 2015. Mac made 246 more starts this year, 85% of them at Yonkers. Many of his winners paid a price. The FFA trotter, Obrigado, who won the Crawford, was his most lucrative drive. Australian expatriate Andrew McCarthy, who has been driving in North America since 2007, moved up seven spots on the earnings list. He had 11 fewer wins, but banked $445,000 more. This was his best year money-wise as he earned almost $4 million. Ross Croghan, Mark Harder Tony Alagna and Tony O’Sullivan are a few of the trainers he drives for. Wicker Hanover, Outburst, Totally Rusty, She Wore Red and Captive Audience are a few of his drives. Simon Allard stepped up 12 spots, earning a hefty $947,000 more than last year. Brother Rene, the third leading trainer in North America, provided him with plenty of live drives. He was second to George Nap with 236 wins at Pocono Downs. Katie’s Rocker, Big Boy Dreams, Yagonnakissmeornot, Bodacious and National Debt are a few of the horses he drove. Bruce Aldrich Jr, a 47-year-old regular at Monticello and Saratoga, who is fourth in the dash race with 663 wins, jumped 10 spots to number 39. He upped his earnings more than $816,000, as he is having the best year of his 22-year career as a driver. Montrell Teague, who turns 25 next week, made 188 fewer starts and won seven fewer races this year, but he increased his earnings by 60%. Wiggle It Jiggleit was responsible for 60% of the $3.6 million he banked. He was active at the major yearling sales; perhaps he’ll start driving more in 2016. Many drivers remained the same, or made marginal moves: Tim Tetrick went from second to third; Sears went from five to six; Corey Callahan stepped up one spot to five; dash champ Aaron Merriman moves up one spot to 11; Dave Palone drops one to 14; Sylvain Filion remains at 17; Trace Tetrick drops one to 20; Mike Wilder remains at 25; Jordan Stratton up two to 26; Marcus Miller stays at 29; Trevor Henry up one to 38; and Dan Noble up one to 43. And then there are those that fell off a cliff….. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

DOVER, Del. --- It was more like a Spring Day with late misty drizzle at Dover Downs where four horses won 1:50 or faster. Ironically, the top purse $27,500 Delaware Special was not one of them. Just A Jolt registered his 10th win the year needing only a 1:51 performance with harness racing driver Vic Kirby holding the reins. Yannick Gingras had a big day with five winning drives. Just A Jolt won his second Del. Special in-a-row upping his seasonal bankroll to $167,930 for owner Janet Hudson. The five-year-old altered son of Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate trained by Jim King left from outside post 7 in the feature and finally took the lead after the half then cruised to victory. The only contest was for second where Don't Ya Know edged Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) for second. Rocknroll Jewel led off the fast day with a 1:49.1 triumph, the fastest win of George Dennis' career, in the 1st race a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewel eight-year-old gelding for owner Tom Lazarro. Raritan Bay (Allan Davis) closed strongly for second in front of Giant Sculpture (Yannick Gingras). Gingras' later guided Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots home, also in 1:49.1 to win a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the Shanghai Phil-Tassagh gelding's 14th success of the season and fourth win in his last five starts for trainer Andy Harris. Snap To It A (Brett Miller) was runner-up. Mister Truth (Ross Wolfenden) was third best. The next fastest clocking came when Gingras driving Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound to a 1:50 victory in a $12000 Male pace. Eridanus N (Wolfenden) was second in front of Papa Ray (Alan Davis). Earlier Gingras struck again steering Journeyman to a 1:50.1 conquest in an $18,000 Open for young horses. Ron Burke trains the American Ideal-Cosmic Journey four-year-old owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing. Roland N Rock (Morgan) closed for second with Bad Boy Matt (A. Davis) third. Bill Emmons' Good Luck, a Four Starzzz Shark-Ms Mirabelle four-0year-old, was Gingras' fifth win of the day, a 1:51.4 score over Atta Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) and I Belong With You (Callahan) in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year0Old pace. Pinearosa, a The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber homebred of Gloria Myers and Carter Racing Stable, trained by Bobby Myers with Ton Morgan driving, chalked up a 1:51.4 win in another $15,500 even for young male horses. Twin B Stingray (Kirby) was the place finisher. Rip N Rock (B.Miller) collected third. Along with Gingras' five bagger, George Dennis and the Brittingham family, owner Elizabeth, trainer Don and driver Brett Brittingham, had two wins on the program. Shine N Shimmer seeks her second straight facing eight rivals in the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday feature race. DOVER DOWNS’ CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE The traditional Christmas Holiday Break Week at Dover Downs features no live racing Dec.19 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Again this season, there is no live racing on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Racing will resume on Sunday, Jan. 3 with post time at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in January and February 2016. Weekday post time is 4:30 p.m.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please Norte: Dover Downs’ current draw schedule is: Draw Date                               Race Date Tuesday, Dec. 15        for Monday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Tuesday, Dec. 29 Thursday, Dec. 17               for Wednesday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 28       for Sunday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 29      for Monday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Dec. 30 for Tuesday, Jan. 5 Sunday, Jan. 3   for Wednesday, Jan. 6 Monday, Jan. 4         for Thursday, Jan. 7 Please Note: Draw Schedule For 5 Racing Day in Jan. and Feb. Tuesday for Sunday Wednesday for Monday Thursday for Tuesday Sunday for Wednesday Monday for Thursday $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT   Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad

One of the better trotting mares in harness racing the past three years, Handover Belle ,found the winner's circle for the fifth time this season in the $25,000 featured Open Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands.  One week after missing by just a neck at the same level and two starts removed from a third place finish in the $200,000 TVG Mares Trotting Championship, Handover Belle defeated the boys to score a 1:53.4 triumph in the featured trot. Sent to the post as the 3/5 favorite, Handover Belle sat third early, before brushing towards the three-eighths pole where the mare took over command from last week's winner Crosbys Clam Bake. Handover Belle coasted through a 59-second middle half before facing a challenge from longshot Tirade Hanover as the field left the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, the challenges came from all sides, with Opulent Yankee lunging to the wire off cover, but Handover Belle was able to dig-down and hold on by a head over that rival. Cash Me Out was a half-length behind in third. The first five finishers were covered by just one and a half-lengths. Handover Belle was driven by her long-time partner in the sulky, Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke. The iron-tough mare is owned by Burke Racing Stable, H. and J. Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. The win was the 17th in the mare's career and her earnings are now just shy of $565,000 lifetime. Handover Belle It was Miller Time early and often on Friday night at The Meadowlands. "The Buckeye" who has not slowed down since winning five Breeders Crown Championships in Canada, won four races on the card, including three of the first seven. He also scored in the 12th race for pacing mares with Icommandmyspirit. One of his four Friday night wins was a 38-1 upset in the $20,000 Dash For The "G NOTES" Trotting Final. In that race, Ulster was sent off as the 2-1 favorite and led at the first three point of calls through strong fractions of 27.1, 55.2 and 1:25, but he could not sustain that speed in the stretch. In the meantime, Massacaia was handled smartly off the gate and found a comfortable spot on the pylons stalking the speed. When the leader kicked away on the far turn, Miller was able to guide his horse to the outside and he quickly reeled in the favorite and opened up impressively to win going away for a lifetime best victory of 1:54.1. Longshot Soapy Sap, making her 97th career start at The Meadowlands, rallied up the pylons to finish second, while Fox Valley Legend overcame a tough trip where he was stacked up last with dull cover to finish third. The winner was conditioned by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main. Massacaia Cash Poor reached the $100,000 plateau for the 2015 racing season with a win in the $20,000 Open II Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Sent to the post as the 1/2 prohibitive betting choice, Cash Poor was allowed to relax mid-pack in the early going before launching a backstretch brush to the lead. The seven year old gelding reached the half-mile in a sharp 55.2, but quickly faced a challenge from the oncoming Hyway Marcus, who was racing on Lasix for the first time for conditioner Ron Burke. The pair reached three-quarters in 1:24.2 while racing on even terms. But in the stretch, Cash Poor found another gear and accelerated away for Dave Miller to win convincingly in 1:53.1, a new lifetime mark. Hyway Marcus raced well to be second, while longshot KLM Express rounded out the trifecta. The win was the 10th on the season for Cash Poor, for trainer Harold Reddick Jr., who conditions the trotter for Traylor Racing L.L.C.. Cash Poor Handle for the 13-race program was $2,720,893, an increase of $411,165 or 18-percent compared to the same Friday in 2014. Racing returns on Saturday with a first race post time of 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali

One week after being beaten a neck for all the money, Ontario Success did not disappoint those that bet him down to odds on favoritism in the top-level harness racing condition pace for $17,000 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Released as the even money choice, driver Yannick Gingras took no prisoners, sending his horse to the lead past the opening quarter in 27-seconds. He was able to work out a 57.3 middle half-mile, hitting the half-mile in 55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. On the far turn, he faced a bold challenge from 35-1 longshot Kingofthejungle, who launched a big move and was at the leaders throat latch coming off the far turn. Martini Hanover was tracking from the pylons while Rockin Wizard began to rally off the cover of Kingofthejungle. In the middle of the stretch, Kingofthejungle stumbled and Ontario Success suddenly found himself with a two length lead. Rockin Wizard was closing well down the center of the track, but the wire came just in time for Ontario Success who scored in 1:51.2 over Rockin Wizard. Martini Hanover, last week's winner in this class finished third. The victory was the sixth of the season for Ontario Success for trainer Ron Burke who co-owns the gelding with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The win was one of three on the card for Yannick Gingras. Tim Tetrick also bagged three winners on the Saturday program. Ontario Success Ashley's Husband Returns A Winner Ashley's Husband has taken his seasonal mark each of the last two years at The Meadowlands, his mark this year of 1:50, was a lifetime best effort as well. So it was fitting that he returned off the 10-week layoff at The Meadowlands and it was no surprise that he returned a winner. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Ashley's Husband tracjed a live outer flow throughout the second half of the mile for Joe Bongirono, tipped three-wide into the stretch and paced fastest of all to the wire, to score in a lifetime-best equaling time of 1:50. The win marked his seventh trip to the Meadowlands winner's circle. Ashely's Husband is trained by Kyle Spagnola who made it four consecutive starts resulting in victories at The Meadowlands with this win. He would improve on that record when Our Dragon King won the 10th race as an overwhelming favorite as well. For the meet, Spagnola's record shows 7 wins from 9 starts, following a weekend that saw him go five-for-five. Ashley's Husband is owned by William J. Donovan. This was his 22nd lifetime win and he now has earnings over $164,000. Ashley's Husband Another Takter Two Year Old Trainer Jimmy Takter continues to send out powerful two year old performers at The Meadowlands. On Saturday evening, it was a two year old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, All The Cookies, the latest Takter-trainee to grace the Big M winner's circle. The even money favorite, with Yannick Gingras in the sulky was three-wide early in the first turn, but settled and made a strong brush to the lead as the field straightened away on the backstretch. After a 27.2 first quarter, All The Cookies led the field through fractions of 55.1 and 1:24.2 before turning for home in command. Major In Life rallied well in the stretch, but not enough to threaten the winner, All The Cookies who scored in 1:53. Wegottatruckyea was a sneaky-good third. All The Cookies won for the second time in three starts to begin his career. The Jimmy Takter trainee is owned by Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, L. Camara and J. Sbrocco. All The Cookies Surick Scores with New Acquisition Pistopackinpiper, who established his career in the Midwest, made his first start for new trainer Nick Surick a winning one, when he rallied in deep stretch to win a three-horse photo in 1:52.2 for Marcus Miller. Surick also teamed up to win the $10,000 claiming nightcap with Brioni. Pistopackinpiper had ground to make up on Mullet Blue Chip who led at every point of call, but used every inch of the long Meadowlands stretch to just grab the victory on the wire. App Heaven rallied up the pylons to be third. The winner, conditioned by Nick Surick is owned by Jerry Graham and Engel Stable Of Illinois. Pistopackinpiper Handle for the 13-race Saturday program was $2,519,723. Racing returns on Friday, December 4th, with first post time at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali

A festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and track record performance for three-year-old filly pacers. After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). "I thought she (Bettor N Better) got me in the last step," said Gingras. "Sassa had to work very hard to get on top. She was tired but did everything she could to find the wire a winner." Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven - Sayo Hanover - Allamerican Native) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday's victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors' choice and returned $3.60 to win. Completing the field were Bettor N Better, Southwind Roulette, Somewhere Sweet, Purrfect Bags, Luck Be A Lindy, Triple V Hanover and Band Of Angels. Sassa Hanover $10,651.90 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Sunday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Sunday’s (November 29) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $40,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,651.90. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Sunday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

East Rutherford, NY - The buzz around the $144,000 Continentalvictory was centered around two fillies, Mission Brief and Wild Honey, hoping to earn divisional honors with a compelling performance. Mission Brief seized that opportunity and performed like a champion. Sent off as the prohibitive 1/9 choice, Mission Brief was hustled to the lead early in the mile by driver Yannick Gingras and it was a lead she would never relinquish. Sprinting past a quarter in 27.4, Mission Brief kicked away from Wild Honey down the backstretch and Wild Honey felt whip taps from her driver John Campbell just to try to keep up. In the meantime, Mission Brief was trotting smoothly on the lead past the half-mile in 56 seconds and she began to open up on the field on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.1 while leading the field by four lengths. From there, Mission Brief had the Meadowlands homestretch all to herself and she trotted a 27.2 final quarter under no urging to win the Continentalvictory in 1:51.3 in the final start of her season, a win that put Mission Brief past $1 Million this season. "She's the best trotter in training," exclaimed Gingras in a post-race interview. "No disrespect to any of the older trotters, but I wish she was in that race tonight. I don't think any of them want any part of her." Trainer Ron Burke was beaming with pride in the winner's circle as well. "She's the best horse I've ever had," said Burke. "Next year is going to be tough, she is going to face all the good ones and I am not going to duck anyone. We are going to find out if she is as good as we all think she is." With the win, Mission Brief concludes her season with 10 wins from 14 starts and earnings of $1,001,317. For her career, the star filly has 19 wins from 27 races and earnings of nearly $1.6 Million. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. Wild Honey completed the exacta with Kelsey's Keepsake and Lady Winona completing the field. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD - All The Time was last seen in The Breeders Crown winner's circle at Woodbine three weeks ago. The Muscle Hill filly picked up right where she left off winning in authoritative fashion in the $20,000 elimination for the $409,950 Goldsmith Maid Final, which will be contested next Friday, November 20th at The Meadowlands. All The Time left for position, while Ultimate Shopper appeared intent on the lead in the early stages. Yannick Gingras guided the 4/5 favorite, All The Time, to the pylons briefly through a 29-second opening quarter before showing her racetrack as the field turned down the backstretch. The Breeders Crown champion easily cleared the lead before the 58.1 half-mile and the lead would only grow from there. All The Time powered away to a three length lead on the far turn, while Double Exposure assumed the daunting task of trotting first over against the favorite. All The Time reached three-quarters in 1:56.2 and poured it on to win by a geared down two and three-quarters lengths, tripping the timer in 1:54.4. Double Exposure trotted home well despite the first over trip to finish second with Haughty third. The top nine finishers qualified for the Final, therefore all but Lindy's On Fire will move on to that Final next Friday night. All The Time is a homebred of Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and is trained by Jimmy Takter. She has now won seven of 11 starts this season with earnings of $452,240. The mares got their final tune-ups for the $200,000 TVG Free All Championships for both the pacing and trotting mares tonight. In the $25,000 Mare Trot, Shake It Cerry, adding Lasix for the first time, made a powerful first over move on the far turn and quickly trotted past pace-setter Classic Martine and drew clear to win convincingly in 1:53.3. Longshot Handover Bell was second while Classic Martine faded to third. Favored Bee A Magician was fourth. The 2014 Trotter of the Year won for the fourth time this season and she inched closer to $2.4 Million in her career. Shake It Cerry was driven by Dave Miller for Jimmy Takter and the champion is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. The pacing mares also went in the final TVG preliminary leg for $25,000. Sandbetweenurtoes was compromised by traffic in the stretch of the Breeders Crown, but she faced no such issue on this night winning in wire to wire fashion in 1:52 with Brett Miller in the sulky. Skippin By, a 24-1 longshot sat the pocket and stalked the winner throughout and mounted a strong challenge up the pylons through the stretch, but Sandbetweenurtoes was dead-game and held off the challenge for the fourth win of the season as she closes in on $500,000 lifetime. In his 40th season racing a horse at The Meadowlands, fittingly trainer Larry Remmen earned a victory on opening night for owner Bradley Grant. In other action, Penpal put forth a fine effort in her tune-up for the $385,250 Three Diamonds Final with a three and a half length victory over Albany Girl in a condition event for younger filly pacers. She scored for Pat Lachance in 1:54.2. Radar Contact returned to her favorite location, winning for the seventh time in 15 starts at The Meadowlands in a condition event for pacing mares in 1:52.3. It was not an easy victory as Radar Contact was headed in mid-stretch by Sir Jillian Z Tam, but the battle-tested mare fought back tenaciously to earn the victory for John Campbell and trainer Noel Daley. The driving star of the night was Dave Miller, winning three races, including the late Daily Double. Total Handle for the opening night program was $2,127,362, a slight increase from this same night in 2014. That is despite two less races and being up against a 13-race card that featured six Breeders Crown elimination races. The Late Pick 4 was well-received in its new eighth race slot, handling over $76,000. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program that includes eliminations for the Governor's Cup and Valley Victory as well as the final preliminary legs for the TVG Pacing and Trotting Championships. Post time for the Saturday program is 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

DOVER, Del. --- Mission Brief stole the thunder while Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominant in Thursday harness racing highlights of the Matron Stakes Series Finals at Dover Downs on Nov. 12. Crazy Wow and Mosquito Blue Chip won the other Matrons on a balmy 60-degree night. In the $187,400 Matron Mission Brief got back in winning form establishing a 1:50.2 world record over a five-eighth mile track. Yannick Gingras took the Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena brown filly past Wild Honey (John Campbell) after the opening panel and set sail to her ninth win of the season in 13 starts, along with three seconds, drawing off for a 5¾ -length conquest. Trained by Ron Burke, she now has $929,317 this season and $1,520,387 lifetime for Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents and Burke Racing stables. Wild Honey (Campbell), who set a world record winning last year's freshman Matron, was second best with Speak To Me (Brett Miller) third. I'm So Fancy (Matt Kakaley) and Juanitas Fury (Tim Tetrick) took the fourth and fifth place checks. Mission Brief Wiggle It Jiggleit continued his assault on sub 1:50 miles for a sophomore\e pacer annexing a 1;49.4 triumph in the $201,900 Matron Male pace. Montrell Teague , who drove his second win on the program, permitted Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) to set the early tempo before pulling out in front of the grandstand and annexed command at the half. The George Teague Inc.-owned and Clyde Francis trainee, then roared down the backstretch and came home in :27.4 for a 2½-length score. The win was the 20th of 2015 for the Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover gelding, who in 25 lifetime races has 21 wins and 3 second-place finishes. The dark bay pacer has now won $2,014,495 this campaign with two more starts to go later this month in the $350,000 (estimated) Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) was second and Artistic Major (Scott Zeron), third, as second-favorite Wakizashi Hanover back up and finished eighth for the first time in his career. Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller) and Dude's The Man (Corey Callahan) got the fourth and fifth place payoffs. Wiggle It Jiggleit  Tim Tetrick sent the sharp Crazy Wow to the front after the opening quarter and never looked back enroute to a 7-length victory in the $243,550 Matron Male trot giving the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke a double. The win was the ninth this season for the Crazed-No Pan No Gain colt who now goes into seven-figure earnings, $1,027,612 this season and $1,260,540 lifetime. He is owned by Deo Volente Farms, Our Hrs Cents and J&T Silva stables. Crescent Fashion (Scott Zeron) was best of the rest with French Laundry (B. Miller) third. The other purse earners were Bluebird Reverend (D.Miller) and Southwind Mozart (Ake Swanstedt). Crazy Wow In the $205,150 Matron Filly Pace, Daniel Dube went right to the front with Mosquito Blue Chip and took no prisoners chalking up a 1:49.2 success, only one-fifth-of-a-second off the track record set last year by Shebestinging. Owned by Falcicchio, Jessup and Our Three Sons Stable, the Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover distaff conditioned by Rene Allard, racked up her sixth win of the year for $373,535. She has now earned $614,086 in her two years of racing. Race Favorite Devil Child (Tetrick) saw her three race win streak come to a close finishing second. Bedroomconfessions (Gingras) was the show horse. Single Me (A.Miller) was fourth and Divine Caroline (D.Miller) fifth. Mosquito Blue Chip There were two Matron $25,000 consolations. The trot was taken by Synerco Venture's Muscle Up The Goal. It was Yannick Gingras second winning drive making good use of post-1 for a 6¾ length victory. Chris Beaver trains the Muscle Mass-Taps Goal brown colt, now a three-time winner this year for $122,766, Cue Hall (D.Miller) was second, Olympic Son (A.Miller) third. The rail also paid off for Black Horse Racing's Storm Point and driver John Campbell. It wasn't easy, as 44-1 Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague) was only a nose away at the wire in the 1:50.2 Matron Filly consolation. Luck Be A Lindy (Tetrick) was third. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

TORONTO, ON--The Jimmy Takter-trained All The Time brushed to the lead after a quick quarter set by stablemate Kathy Parker, advancing to a 1:56.2 harness racing victory in the $600,000 U.S. ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown two-year-old filly trot at Woodbine Racetrack. Going :26.4 to the first quarter, Kathy Parker held control while Caprice Hill occupied the pocket. All The Time swiftly pulled first over midway into the first turn and took the lead into the backstretch. By dictating the tempo, All The Time passed the half in :58. The lone pressure to All The Time came from Dewdle All Day heading to three quarters, passing that pole in 1:28.2. All The Time drew away in the stretch from pocket-rider Kathy Parker, who battled for second from Caprice Hill and Haughty in the final stages. Haughty, Caprice Hill, and Womans Will secured the bottom spots to All The Time at the wire. Paying $4.50 to win, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld's homebred All The Time claimed her sixth win in 10 starts this year, earning $448,010. She is by Muscle Hill, out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, and was driven by Yannick Gingras, who celebrated his 13th career Breeders Crown victory and 12 in the last four years. "The minute I hit the track tonight, she's never felt better," Gingras said. "Jimmy's [Takter] second trainer told me that he thought she was better than she was last week, and he was right. They did a tremendous job with her in the last three or four weeks to get her where she is today." Gingras also said in regards to getting a start over the track that "for the two-year-olds, I think it matters more than [for] the rest of them. The other horses have probably been here at some point in the past, but for [the freshmen] it definitely helps to get around the racetrack; there's a different toteboard, different type of things everywhere. She's a true professional. I don't think it would have mattered with her." Katz said, "This is really fulfilling of all the expectations that Al Libfeld and myself, and Sam [Goldband], and the long journey we've had. This is the idea we had many, many years ago, where we would produce champions like this for ourselves, and out of our own broodmare bed." When asked about All The Time's future, Katz said that "I really don't know; she just won a Breeders Crown, and I think we will leave it at that. We'll talk to Jimmy [Takter] in a day or two and let the dust settle, and see from there." QUOTES; All The Time 1:56.2 Yannick Gingras Walk us through this one. She is really super, the minute that I hit the track, I knew that she had never felt better.  She was awesome to drive tonight.  They have done a great job the last few starts, getting her ready. With a 2yo is more important than the other horses.  Get them on the race track and feel things out.  She is a true professional, I don’t think that it would have mattered if she got a start here, or not. By Ray Cotolo

TORONTO - Southwind Frank made it look easy for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras clearing to the lead by the quarter pole and never looking back to capture the $600,000 U.S. ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. The son of Muscle Hill has been a dominant force in the division all season long and the Crown performance was no exception as he cruised over the rain-soaked Woodbine oval in a 1:54.2 clocking under wraps. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables, Southwind Frank is out of the Cantab Hall-sired Flawless Lindy. Sent off as the prohibitive 1-10 favorite, Southwind Frank left alertly but Gingras waited for Sliding Home inside of him to clear the lead before hustling his colt to the front before the :27.1 opening quarter. With little movement behind him, Gingras took the second quarter to shut down the pace with Southwind Frank trotting a :30.2 second quarter while in complete command. The first horse to pull was Marion Marauder and Scott Zeron. Also by Muscle Hill the colt grinded up towards the winner through the third quarter as Gingras let a notch out and Southwind Frank hit three quarters in 1:26.2. With Marion Marauder in pursuit, Gingras allowed Southwind Frank to hit his best stride and the colt opened ground effortlessly cruising a final quarter in :28 and winning with ease. Marion Marauder was a determined second-place finisher, the fifth time this year in 11 starts he finished in the bridesmaid role. Early leader Sliding Home earned the final board spot. The victory was win number 11 in a dozen starts for the impressive colt trained by leading conditioner Ron Burke, who celebrated his ninth Breeders Crown victory. "He was a bit more aggressive behind the gate this week," said Gingras, who won his 12th Breeders Crown and 11th in the last three years. "Once I settled him down he was all business... From the first time I sat behind him he's been all business." Deep Impact and Milligans School earned the final checks. Southwind Frank returned $2.20 as the third consecutive Crown odds-on winner on the Woodbine program. QUOTES; Yannick Gingris driver; Any anxious moments? YG: Maybe a few moments behind the gate.  He was a bit more aggressive than he has been the last few weeks. He was like that in the beginning of the year.  So, I just wanted to get him off on the right foot, because he was not sure footed then. The rest of the way I had no problem. From the first time that I sat behind him, at Gaitway, he has been all business.  Every time that I have raced him, he has been a perfect professional. Jerry Silva: I think that he may have surpassed his father, Muscle Hill, and that is saying a lot.  No one knows until next year how good he is going to be. I had this conversation with Ron Burke, trainer,  He should be able to do a lot.  This is his last race for the year.  We are not going to do anything else with him now.  Hambo: There is something in August that we like to go to.  The Hambo.  This year we tried it, but we were not good enough.  Next year we will try it again with Southwind Frank. Nights that make it all worthwhile? It makes it all worthwhile.  1to9 makes me nervous, trotters make me nervous.  Everything makes me nervous. You saw how relaxed he was out in the Woodbine winner’s circle.  He is just the picture-perfect horse. You love them more when they are that way. By Jay Bergman

Toronto --- Yannick Gingras will have nine drives in Saturday night's 12 Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine Racetrack as he looks to continue his hot streak in harness racing's championship event.   Gingras has won 10 Breeders Crown titles in the past three years, including four last year at the Meadowlands. He captured three trophies each of the previous two years, in 2013 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and in 2012 at Woodbine. Gingras' streak began five years after he won his first --- and only other --- Crown with 50-1 long shot Southwind Serena at the Meadowlands.   Tim Tetrick is second to Gingras in the past three years with eight Breeders Crown trophies.   "It's a great thrill, not only to be in the Breeders Crown, but the last few years I've had great horses to drive in it," said Gingras, a Quebec native who now lives in New Jersey. "That definitely makes it more exciting. It's like Hambletonian Day, where everybody wants to be part of those days. To be able to win some of the races makes it very enjoyable.   "This is as big as it gets. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown; that's the old saying, but it's the truth. Thankfully and luckily, I've been able to do well in it lately."   Ironically, Gingras' success in the Breeders Crown followed a Breeders Crown night he would like to forget. In 2011, Gingras and several other drivers and trainers were unable to fly from New Jersey to Toronto for the Breeders Crown at Woodbine because of a fluke snowstorm on the East Coast.   Gingras lost the chance to drive several top contenders that year, including A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again.   "It took me a while to win a Breeders Crown (after Southwind Serena) and I thought I had a great shot that year," Gingras said. "I had a great card that night. It was very disappointing. But it's been a good run since then."   Gingras, a third-generation horseman, moved to the U.S. in 2001 and began driving at Yonkers Raceway. Two years later, he won 426 races and received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The 36-year-old Gingras now has 5,750 career wins and $128 million in purses. He was the second youngest driver to reach $125 million, behind Tetrick.   Last year, Gingras set a career high with 556 wins and led all drivers in North America in purses with $17.29 million, the fourth highest total in history. He was voted Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Gingras has enjoyed working with trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter in recent years, and eight of his 11 Breeders Crown victories have come behind horses from those two powerful stables. This year, six of his Breeders Crown finalists are from Burke and two are from Takter. The remaining one is trained by Mark Silva.   Three of Gingras' drives in this year's Breeders Crown are with past champions: Burke's Mission Brief in the 3-year-old filly trot and Foiled Again in the Open Pace plus Takter's Pinkman in the 3-year-old male trot.   Foiled Again, who won the 2013 Open Pace, heads to this year's final off a win in his elimination on Saturday at Woodbine. The 11-year-old Foiled Again is the richest horse in harness racing history, with $7.18 million in lifetime purses. He snapped a 12-race skid with his victory in his Breeders Crown elim, which was the 85th triumph in his award-winning career.   "Every win is special with him," Gingras said. "He's the greatest horse I've ever driven."   Not surprisingly, Foiled Again's Breeders Crown win at the age of 9 at Pocono in 2013 is Gingras' top memory in the championship series. Foiled Again won by a nose over Pet Rock on a sloppy track and became, at the time, the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown trophy.   "He had been so close a few times," Gingras said. "I felt really guilty when I missed here in Canada (in 2011). I thought he had a great chance that night and he finished second. To be able to get it done with him, especially the way he did it, was special. He took on all challenges and went a hundred miles an hour the whole race, for a full mile. It's not often you see a horse that can go that hard for that long and be able to finish it off."   Mission Brief, a world-record-setting daughter of Gingras' first Crown champ Southwind Serena, and Pinkman both advanced straight to their respective finals this year because eliminations were unnecessary. Pinkman's wins this year include two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown --- the $1 million Hambletonian, where the Gingras-driven Mission Brief finished second in her bid to become the first filly to win the race since 1996 --- and the Kentucky Futurity. Pinkman also won the Canadian Trotting Classic.   Other top contenders for Gingras on Saturday include Breeders Crown elimination winners Yankee Moonshine in the 2-year-old filly pace, Southwind Frank in the 2-year-old colt trot, and All The Time in the 2-year-old filly trot. Yankee Moonshine and Southwind Frank are trained by Burke, who last week topped $20 million in purses for the third consecutive year, and All The Time is trained by Takter.   "I have a lot of power this year," said Gingras, who in August captured his fourth consecutive driving title at the Meadowlands. "I train a lot of young horses during the year between Jimmy and Ronnie, and I enjoy it. I like going to the barn in the spring and watching them develop. To see them come to this point now is very exciting."   No driver has ever won more than four Breeders Crown finals in a single year, and Tetrick is the only driver to win four on a single card. Gingras is unconcerned with trying to rewrite the record book.   "I don't think about things like that at all," Gingras said. "I just take them one at a time. We'll see how it goes. But you've got to be in it to win it."   by Ken Weingartner for Breeders Crown

Foiled Again, mired in one of his worst seasons when it comes to harness racing victories turned the tables on Saturday night capturing the first of two US$35,000 preliminaries in the Breeders Crown Open pacing division at Woodbine as an 8-1 outsider. The richest Standardbred of all time, Foiled Again entered the contest with nearly $7.2 million banked throughout his storied career but this year had just one victory in 17 starts prior to Saturday night. The lack of wins didn't stop driver Yannick Gingras from giving Foiled Again a good steer as he got away third in the early stages as Melmerby Beach and Paul MacDonell sprinted out through a :26 1/5 quarter to take control. Arthur Blue Chip was a distant second in the opening quarter with Foiled Again third. Gingras waited until the :54 2/5 half had been clocked before setting Foiled Again, an 11-year-old son of Dragon Again to the outside. The gelding knew exactly what to do as he grinded his way up to the leader through a 1:22 1/5 three quarter clocking and then shifted into high gear in the homestretch scoring quite safely in 1:50 flat. The victory was number 85 in the career of Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. JK Endofanera was sent off as the heavy favorite but he trailed from the start and closed briskly for second as the 6-5 choice. Arthur Blue Chip squeezed in late for third with pacesetter Melmerby Beach and McWicked also advancing to the final. "Every win is special with him," said Yannick Gingras the winning driver. "He's the greatest horse I've every driven." The driver suggested that the wins have come with more spacing this year in parts due to Foiled Again's age and an abundance of poor post positions. "When he draws outside you have to use him too much early and he just can't finish after that. Usually I know how good he's going to be when we come through the final turn," said Gingras. "Tonight he latched on to me and I knew they weren't going to beat him."   Foiled Again  

TORONTO, ON-- Sent off the public choice at odds of 1-5, the Ron Burke-trained Southwind Frank floated to control entering the first turn and set mild fractions in his wire-to-wire performance of 1:55.2 to take the lone $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday, at Woodbine Racetrack.   Taking the lead and setting an opening quarter in :28.2, Southwind Frank led Milligan's School, Will Take Charge, and Deep Impact around the first turn. He was unchallenged when passing the half in :58.3, which was when Dupree initiated the two-wide flow and supplied cover to Marion Marauder.   Southwind Frank extended his lead to four lengths around the far turn, due in part to Milligan's School becoming rough gaited in second. With Milligan's School faltering, Will Take Charge pulled to the outside from third and circled by into the second spot as Southwind Frank passed the third panel in 1:27.1.   Will Take Charge was the lone threat to Southwind Frank, who was under wraps in the stretch regardless. Marion Marauder fanned around Dupree and rallied late in the stretch with Milligan's School, who recovered from his gait issues around the turn. Southwind Frank led to the wire about two and a half lengths clear of Marion Marauder sniping second from Milligan's School, with Will Take Charge claiming fourth.   Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Southwind Frank collected his 10th win in 11 starts this year, pushing his career earnings to $552,591. He paid $2.40 to win, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. The Muscle Hill colt, out of the Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy, was bred by Southwind Farm.   "He was good here at Mohawk about a month ago [in the $373,000 William Wellwood Memorial], but Ronnie [Burke] thought he was getting a little tired," Yannick Gingras said. "He gave him a few weeks off and freshened him up before the second week of Lexington. He was vicious there last week, and he was just as good here tonight. He completely wrapped up; he could not have done this any easier."   Southwind Frank     With the late scratch of Southern Cross, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld and Bob McIntosh's Tony Soprano received byes into the final next week, Oct. 24. The post positions for the $600,000 final were drawn after the elimination, with Andovers Choice not qualifying due to finishing ninth in the elimination. Here are the posts for the final:   Post Position-Horse-Driver-Trainer   1-Muscles For Life-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair   2-Deep Impact-Steve Condren-Bradley Maxwell   3-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Michael Keeling   4-Sliding Home-John Campbell-Jonas Czernyson   5-Southwind Frank-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke   6-Lagerfeld-Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter   7-Tony Soprano-John Campbell-Robert McIntosh   8-Dupree-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt   9-Milligan's School-Andy Miller-Julie Miller   10-Will Take Charge-Paul MacDonell-John Bax   AE-Andovers Choice-Sylvain Filion-Dany Fontaine   Ray Cotolo Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

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