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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Opening day for the Hippodrome 3R is right around the corner on Sunday, May 1 and management at Quebec's only pari-mutuel harness racing track is ready to greet fans with some big, positive changes. "From our new All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament with many of the best harness drivers in the world coming to 3R, to our redesigned website, we are ready for a very exciting race season in 2016." Said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel. The track opens with live racing on Sunday's at 1:30 pm starting May 1 and then adding Tuesday night racing (post time 7:00 pm) beginning on May 24. "We have positive changes set for this season," Trudel added. "In order to boost our simulcast signal, our track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, will be calling the races in both English and French, and we will have our changes, handicapping selections and other broadcast items in both languages as is our website. "We have also hired a new Director of Marketing, Andre Provencher," Trudel said. "To assist us for promotional events, marketing and simulcasting. He is already a welcomed addition to our staff." What Trudel is most excited about for the new season is the All-Star Driver's Tournament set for Sunday, June 5. "We have never had such a lineup of the best drivers in North America racing here at 3R." Trudel gleamed. "Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamison, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and our own Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron. What a great tournament this will be. I am so grateful for these driver's taking the time from their busy schedules to come here to Trois-Rivieres." The tournament will comprise of eight races and throughout the day there will be interviews after each race and a special Meet and Greet with all the drivers starting at 12:30 pm. "Just after we announced the tournament and the top drivers in the competition, the dining room at the track was sold out in days." Trudel said. The premier event of the season is the third annual revival of the Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers with a purse of $200,000. Set for Sunday, August 21, this year's Prix D'Ete is headlined by the nomination of the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. "We are hoping that owner George Teague and Wiggle It Jiggleit have a strong and healthy season," said Trudel, "so that they will come here and race in the Prix D'Ete. The race has had many great horses compete in prior years and the racing fans in Quebec would love the opportunity to see this world champion race on our track." Other stakes at 3R this season include the Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies on Sunday, September 11 and the very popular Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-old pacers. The Quebec-Bred Series takes place from May through September depending on age with preliminary round and finals in all divisions. Leading driver for the past two years, Denis St-Pierre, is ready for the start of the 3R racing season. "I may be living in Ontario now," St-Pierre said, "But I will be at 3R every time I have the chance to drive mainly in the stakes races. I did this last year and missed some programs but still was able to hang on for the driving title against Mario Charron. He nearly caught me on closing day. "I am so honored to be part of the upcoming driver tournament on June 5," St-Pierre added, "What a great job the management at the Hippodrome 3R has done to have these world class drivers come to Quebec. "It is so important for our race program at 3R to have a tournament of this top class for everyone in North America to have their eyes on," St-Pierre said. "I can't wait for this day as it will be great to compete again these guys. This is very positive for harness racing at 3R and important for all the horsemen and women in Quebec to support." The Hippodrome 3R's top drivers, trainers and owners will be back for the summer meet. Along with Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Louise-Phillip Roy, who is currently the leading driver at Rideau Carlton Raceway, will all be back at 3R. Top trainers returning to 3R include Maxime Velaye, who captured his first driving title last year with an impressive UDR of .443. He will be joined by Jean Tourigny, Yves Tessier, Dany Fontaine and Andre Champagne. "It is very exciting getting ready for this Sunday," Trudel said. "I know the race fans in Quebec are anxious for the return of live racing to Trois-Rivieres and we are ready to show everyone a good time." For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Mother Nature was sensational again this Sunday, with temperatures soaring to 70 degrees, with little wind and plenty of sunshine at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Also sensational was Driver Yannick Gingras, who had six wins on the card, which included four for trainer Ron Burke. Included in those four wins, were two pacing colts making their 3-year-old debuts. Check Six (Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna) drew post 8 in race two, facing NW of 5 races or $50,000 company. He went right to the front, and was able to sprint the last half home in :55.1 after rating a :57.1 front. The final time was 1:52.2, and he paid $4.80 to win. Check Six is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and James Martin. The other debuting colt was JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-What's New Pussycat). He settled in the three-hole before brushing to the front just past the quarter. He was also able to rate the front half (:57.1), before cruising home under wraps in 1:53. He paid $2.40. JK Will Power is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. Chalk up another win for the Burke-Gingras connection, this time in the featured event, a non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts on the pace. The 4-year-old horse Rock N Roll World (Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty) was able to storm to the front, and never look back, carving fractions of :28, :56.2, and 1:23.2. He won by one length in 1:51.1. He is now a perfect two-for-two this season, and has made over $375,000 in His career. He paid $5.60. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

It was a solid day for Hall Of Fame Driver Dave Miller on Sunday (April 10th) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Miller had five wins on the afternoon program, including the first two legs of the pick 4 and the late pick 3. The Ohio native has been on quite a roll as of late, winning 10 races at 3 different racetracks in a 24 hour period. Miller had 3 wins on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, and 2 wins at Pocono on Sunday night, to go along with his 5 wins on Sunday afternoon.   In other news, there was a $2,709 carryover in the pick 4 headed into Sunday's program. Despite the fact that a heavy 1/2 favorite won the first leg (Hickory Icon), the pick 4 still managed a handsome return of $833 for a .50 cent wager. The new minimum in 2016 is .50 cents, with a low 15% takeout.   Ron Burke trainee Verdad (Gingras) picked up his third straight win in the featured event of the day, a non-winners of $15,000 in the last 5 starts for pacers. The Howard and Judith Taylor owned 7-year-old horse out of Western Ideal was game in his win, grinding much of the mile first-over. The mile was timed in 1:52.3. It was his 29th career victory, as he continues to edge towards the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The red hot Toatsmygoats (Andy Miller) finished a bang-up second, despite being shuffled behind a tiring leader. The Nick Surick trainee came into this race winning 2 of his last 3 starts.   The upset of the day came in race 5, as Chris Temming's Gavin's Designer (McCarthy) came from off the pace to win at at 54-1. The 7-year-old gelded son of Camluck was able to take advantage of the tired pacesetters, after the initial quarter was ripped off by Burke trainee Allstar Legend in :25.4. The gelding prompted a 2 out of 3 Pick 3 payoff.   And in a milestone watch, millionaire pacer Versado was looking for his 50th career win on Sunday. The 9-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again was starting from post 4 in a non-winners of $10,500 in their last 5 starts event. After challenging the speedy Bestjetyet first-over in the races middle half, he tired to finish 5th beaten 5 lengths. It was his second start of 2016.   Live racing continues on Wednesday, April 13th, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The 2016 racing season at Harrah's Philadelphia got underway on Friday, April 1st. The rain held off just long enough to get the 14 race harness racing card in, although there was a consistent headwind in the stretch of 20-30 mph. The featured event, which was an upper-conditioned level filly and mare pace going for a purse of $17,500, went to Bradley Grant's Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller). The 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was coming off of disappointing efforts in the Bluechip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers. She appeared to enjoy the move to the bigger oval, as she was able to grind first-over to win by a head in 1:52.1. It was her second win of the year, and the fifteenth of her career. She paid $5.40.Driver Brett Miller also won the meet opener with favorite Mystical Nectar. He had 2 wins on the day. Yannick Gingras led all drivers with 3 tallies on the afternoon. Driver Brandon Givens won 2 races on the day, including a 44-1 shot in race 12 (Dark Pool). Driver Montrell Teague picked up his 900th career driving win, piloting 3-year-old filly Destiny'sbeachbabe to victory in the finale. The Clyde Francis trainee is a perfect 4 for 4 on the season. Harrah's Philadelphia has lowered the minimum wager on it's pick 4 to .50 cents. The takeout remains 15%. Harrah's Philadelphia races Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with a post time of 12:40 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 23, 2016 - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced they will host their inaugural All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 5 with John Campbell and Tim Tetrick headlining the top drivers that will compete. Featured will be the greatest lineup of professional harness racing drivers ever to grace the 3R half-mile oval. In addition to Campbell and Tetrick will be the Grand Circuit's leading driver Yannick Gingras, Trois-Rivieres native Daniel Dube, Ontario leading drivers Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson with 3R leading reinsman Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron completing the lineup. The eight all-star drivers will compete in eight races on the race program with a prize purse of $10,000. There will be an early meet and greet session with the drivers and interviews throughout the day. "What a superb tournament this will be," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Never before has such a great field of world class drivers ever been assembled to compete here at 3R. Racing fans around the world will be in for a special treat on June 5. This will be a big day in the history of horse racing in Quebec." For both Campbell and Tetrick, it will be the first time they have ever driven at the Hippodrome 3R. "I can't wait to come to 3R for this tournament," said Hall of Famer John Campbell. "The last time I was in Quebec was in the 1980's when I drove in the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome Blue Bonnets in Montreal. It will be great to compete for the first time at the Hippodrome 3R." "The Quebec Jockey Club is doing such a great job at the Hippodrome 3R," said Quebec native Yannick Gingras. "And this tournament will be super. The racetrack there is very good. It allows the fans to be right up close to the action - closer than any track I have ever competed at. They have also done a good job on their racing surface and their half-mile track is as good as any in the sport. I look forward to coming back, seeing my friends and family and driving in the tournament." "What an honor it is to be invited to compete against these world class drivers," said Denis St. Pierre, the leading driver at 3R the past two years. "This will be a great event for every horse racing fan in Quebec that no one should miss. I am really looking forward to June 5." From the Quebec Jockey Club

The Green Hornet (Yannick Gingras) has shot to the top of the leaderboard after a thrilling first day of the harness racing International All Star Series. US superstar Yannick Gingras drove victories in his first two starts on Australian soil and then followed up with a bold run in the last race to steal the limelight on day one. But it wasn’t all an international flavour, with Terang young gun Jason Lee claiming one for the Vics in race three on Yackandandah and then Greg Sugars winning the fourth and last, romping home late with Wardwell to overpower Gingras’ Captain Bronzie. The six-meet series, which starts and ends at Tabcorp Park Melton around meets at Echuca, Maryborough, Ballarat and Bendigo, began with Gingras driving Michael Stanley’s promising threeyear-old Spiritwriter to a thrilling win. Spiritwriter ran down a bold drive by Gavin Lang aboard Blackbird Power, who appeared to have pinched the race. “I thought I was coming second down the stretch, I always felt Gavin had it but asked the horse for a little bit more and it ran great,” Gingras said. Gingras then followed up with a 10m win on Fiery Blue Chip in race two, with Comigal (Dexter Dunn) and Illawong Bella (third) filling the placings. His run was broken when Lee, still a concession driver and the series’ youngest competitor, claimed the third race aboard Yackandandah, with ultraconsistent Dexter Dunn (New Zealand) finishing second driving Zalta and Victorian Chris Alford third on Jaccka Wilco. “I can sort of relax now,” Lee joked, having cracked through for a win. He said he felt lucky to have been picked for the event and been exposed to such champion drivers. The last race provided another ripping showdown, with Greg Sugars mowing down Gingras to salute on Wardwell, a third win for Sugars on the day having won the opening two races on the card, which were not part of the series. Gingras said he found the racing more comfortable than expected, noting with a wry smile “I was near the front as usual, so things didn’t really feel much different to home”. Harness Racing Victoria chief executive John Anderson said to be “in the presence of such greatness was quite an honour,” with the Victoria and World teams combining for 40,000 wins collectively. The racing followed a visit from Melton Specialist School students, who had superstar cards and caps signed by the drivers and were overjoyed by a visit from Captain Joy. Now retired, Captain Joy won more than $1 million in its career and is cared for by Susan Hunter through HRV’s HERO Program, which re-educates retired racehorses. International All Star Series day one leaderboard: Yannick Gingras 42 Dexter Dunn 33 Chris Alford 31 Jason Lee 30 Greg Sugars 27.5 Brett Miller 21 Gavin Lang 20.5 Corey Callahan 19 Anthony Butt 18 Kerryn Manning 15   Overall leaderboard:  World 133,  Victoria 124.    Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria

Stakes-placed Gural Hanover ($2.80, part of entry) made his return to the races a triumphant one in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, and all-sources handle topped $3 million for the eighth consecutive harness racing card on Friday (February 26) evening at The Meadowlands.   Having drawn the outside post in the field of eight, Gural Hanover took no part in the early pace, retreating to seventh as last week's Open winner Crosbys Clam Bake (Scott Zeron) sprinted to a :27.2 initial quarter before ceding the lead to Can Do (Anthony Napolitano). Midway on the backstretch, Yannick Gingras floated the 5-year-old Crazed gelding off the pegs, latching onto the live cover of B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) through a :55.2 half and slipstreaming a pressured third quarter before swinging three-wide off a stalled B Yoyo a quarter from home. Gural Hanover kicked clear in upper stretch as the pacesetters faded, holding sway in the end by a driven half-length in 1:54.4 over entrymates Bourbon Bay (Corey Callahan), who charged willingly down the grandstand side after being shuffled to last, and Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller), who negotiated traffic to stay on.   Ron Burke trains Gural Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, LLC, and the Panhellenic Stable.   Burke and Gingras teamed up as well in the sub-featured $15,500 upper-level trot, as Its Huw You Know turned in a 19-1 upset in 1:54.2, kicking third-over cover to pass even-money favorite Dewycolorintheline and chase down pacesetter Hot Type in the final yards. The Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi co-own the 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding.   The evening's top distaff event--a $15,000 top-level conditioned pace--went to Clear View Hanover ($7.80), a pillar-to-post winner in 1:51.4 who battled gamely to stave off a vicious first-over press from Gweneeee J. Tim Tetrick drove the 7-year-old Western Ideal mare for trainer Henrik Lundell and owners Joie de Vie Farm and Guidetti Racing.   Anthony Napolitano led all drivers with four wins on the card, while Tetrick and Corey Callahan took three races apiece.   Punters combined to wager $3,245,266 on the 14-race card, carrying the streak of Meadowlands programs exceeding $3 million in turnover to eight.   Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday (February 27) evening, with over $113,300 in combined Jackpot High 5 carryovers and $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. Additionally, four seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in a live-bankroll qualifier on-track tomorrow (the entry fee is $400, including a $200 contest bankroll). Post time for the 14-race program is 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Lucan Hanover withstood a tremendous closing effort from Dapper Dude to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap in 1:51.2 on the Washington's birthday harness racing card, Monday, Feb. 22 at Dover Downs. Newcomer Lucan Hanover, owned by West Wins Stable and piloted by Yannick Gingras, in his first local appearance had all he could handle in the stretch when Vic Kirby pulled last week's feature race winner Dapper Dude, from dead-last as the select field of seven top class pacers turned for home and came on sensational to within a short nose of victory in the week's top race on another strong Monday program. The win was one of three for driver Gingras and one of two for trainer Andrew Harris Lucan Hanover won his first start of 2016 and moved to $810,626 in career purses with his 19th lifetime win. Dapper Dude was followed by Sparky Mark (Jonathan Roberts), third. Bushwacker (Jim Meittinis) was race favorite but finished off the board. Blazing Bobby Sox driven by Art Stafford Jr. enjoyed a perfect rip following Apollo Seelster (Gingras) on the outside en route to a 1:52.2 victory in one of two $15,000 paces for young horses. Art Stafford, the trainer-driver's dad, own The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding, now a three-time winner in 2016. Sectionline Rocks (All Davis) came on in the lane to overtake Apollo Seelster for second-place money. Trainer Eric Ell, who often wins races in bunches was at it again, posting a triple. Soto closed strongly to win for the third time in his last four outings, a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:52.1, one of two wins for Vic Kirby. Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) a 69-1 shot was a close second with Speed Again (Gingras) third. Soto is also owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, whose Jeremes General with Allan Davis collected a 1:52.3 score in a $20,000 Male Claiming race. Earlier Ell conditioned Bill Emmons' Giant Sculpture, also driven by Davis, to a 1:51.1 victory in a $12,500 Male pace. George Dennis pulled Silver Fox J to the outside in mid-stretch and raced past leader Totally Dream (Corey Callahan) to score a 1:52.2 win in a $15,000 pace for young horses, the third win of the year for the Kenneth J-Fox Valley Backoff gelding trained and owned by Dennis, his wife Tina and The Wiz Kids Stable. Time Out I'm Tired (Montrell Teague) was the show horse. Yannick Gingras' first win came directing pacer JT to a 1:51.2 success in one of two $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Male paces for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. Go Collect (Corey Callahan) was second in front of Suchasenseofhumor (Jim Morand). It was the first win of the season for the Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach gelding. Cams Director (Roberts) won the other $13,500 edition beating Swapportunity (Morand) in a 1:52 photo. Tina and Joe Clark and breeder Kovach Stables own the Art Director-Camcarol gelding. Big Secret (Ross Wolfenden) took third money. MATINEE DRAGON, SCANDALICIOUS MEET IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Market Dragon and Scandalicious, the last two winners, both longshots, meet again in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 23 AT Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s Matinee Dragon was overlooked at 56-1 in last week distaff feature when Jonathan Roberts drove the veteran pacer to a powerful 1:52.4 upset. Two weeks before JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious came from far back with Tony Morgan driving for a 24-1 upset win.  The remainder of the talented field of six females includes Chris White’s Fashion Showdown with driver Corey Callahan, fifth last week but beaten only by three-quarters of a length, has post 1 this time.. John McGill’s No Respect, and Vic Kirby, should profit from moving inside to post 4. Allan Davis will drive Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers, a 1:52.1 winner three weeks ago. Stepping up in the top mare’s event of the week is Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, with two wins, a second and a third in her last four races. Ross Wolfenden will drive. A $15,500, a $14,000 and a $12,000 distaff pace are on a strong undercard. During February, Dover Downs has raced five days a week. Monday through Thursday at 4:30 p.m. This Sunday is the last Sunday this meet, with post time at 5:30 p.m. No Live racing on Friday and Saturday.                                                                                Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. 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  

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

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