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Once again Foiled Again showed his heels to his much younger rivals, coming first-over for driver Yannick Gingras, wearing down pacesetter Sweet Lou and then holding off Warrawee Needy to win the $50,000 TVG Series Pace final leg at the Meadowlands Saturday. Bolt The Duer (Mark Macdonald) and Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) battled early for control of the lead with Golden Receiver winning out by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then Sweet Lou (David Miller) came first up and cleared to the lead in the backstretch by the half mile in :53.4. It was then that Gingras started up first-over with Foiled Again from fifth place and they started working their way towards the leaders. Past the three-quarters in 1:22, Foiled Again was poised to confront Sweet Lou with Warrawee Needy (Tim Tetrick) gobbling up the second-over trip. As they started down the stretch Foiled Again collared Sweet Lou to take the lead and then with a true grit effort, dug in and held off Warrawee Needy to win by a neck in 1:49.3. Modern Legend (John Campbell) closed well to be third. Now the richest pacer in the history of harness racing, Foiled Again posted his tenth win on the year. The nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again sports 75 wins during his career with lifetime earnings of $5,774,968, $1,148,984 of that total earning just this year. It is his third straight year of winning more than $1 in a single season. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stable. Sent off as the 3/2 betting favorite, Foiled Again paid $5.00 to win. “For me it was a Catch-22,” Burke said. “In the backstretch I got Sweet Lou on the front end and I have Foiled coming and I want them to dig in and hang on but Foiled Again is a bit tougher and I knew he would wear him down late. This horse races good in the fall, good in the spring, good in the winter. Just because he does not only win in the summer people count him out but he is so good.  He is not super fast but goes the same mile week in week out.” Burke also stated that Sweet Lou would return and race next year. But he felt that after tonight’s race, Fred And Ginger may call it a career and head to stallion duty. Fred And Ginger did not finish the race tonight and Burke said he has had some heart issues that is ending his career. Charisma Hanover hangs on in Nadia Lobell Preview Charisma Hanover was bearing out badly in the stretch but still able to hold on over a determined Aunt Caroline in capturing the $25,000 Nadia Lobell Preview for three-year-old pacing fillies. The race started off with UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) taking the early lead with Parlee Beach (Mark Macdonald) leaving hard from post ten to grab the two-hole spot. Going around the first turn saw Charisma Hanover, the 1/5 favorite, coming first over and clearing to the lead after the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Going down the backstretch, Charisma Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras settled into the lead at the half in :55.3. Then Aunt Caroline (Scott Zeron) came first-over with Mattie Terror Girl (David Miller) grabbing the second-over cover. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.3, Charisma Hanover still looked comfortable on the lead. As they started down the stretch, Charisma Hanover began to bear out and half way down the stretch Aunt Caroline moved to the inside with a burst of speed and nearly collared Charisma Hanover as she continued to bear to the outside but was game enough to hold on and win by neck over Aunt Caroline in 1:51.4. UF Dragon’s Queen was third. It was the fifth straight win and 13th victory on the year for Charisma Hanover, who is sired by Dragon Again. She is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, both of Pennsylvania. Charisma Hanover paid $2.40 to win. Next week at the Meadowlands Charisma Hanover will once again meet with world champion I Luv The Nitelife in the $200,000 final of the Nadia Lobell Pace. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Former New Zealand mare Simple Saver, who was sent to New South Wales trainer Kevin Pizutto by Motueka's Dave Neal on the advice of her former trainers' Peter & Leonne Jones, kept her perfect Australian record intact when notching up her seventh straight victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. The five-year-old daughter of Live Or Die and good producer Debbie Duck, was buzzed off the gate by Josh Willick, who has steered the talented mare to all seven of her Australian victories, before dictating terms in front and kicking too strongly in the stretch to post an impressive time of 1-52.9. The mare that possess great gatespeed has continued to step up since arriving across the ditch and is now likely to compete in the $50,000 Robin Dundee Classic next Saturday on a card which will be made up of ten group or listed races, headlined by the $750,000 Miracle Mile. "Peter (Jones) told me that this mare would do a great job in New South Wales, but I'm not sure of either of us thought she would go this good," explained Neal. "Debbie Duck has been a great producer for me over the years and we rate Simple Saver's younger brother who is by Major In Art a fair bit as well," he added. Simple Saver won three races while trained by Peter and Leonne Jones in New Zealand. Her last start in the country resulted in a third in the Nelson Cup Meanwhile, New Zealand mare Elusive Chick disappointed in the same race, fading to finish sixth after racing outside Simple Saver. By Mitchell Robertson

Delaware, OH --- All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale.  Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana-breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sire stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. The next three days contained 198 2-year-olds, 297 3-year-olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares.       The top priced yearling and ultimate sale topper was an Always A Virgin sister to Indiana champion Color’s A Virgin. Brown Color was purchased from the Emerald Highlands consignment by Dan Shetler for $43,000.   Next in line was an Ohio-bred Feelin Friskie colt from the Midland Acres consignment purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000.  Spring Haven Farm sold a Total Truth brother to top Indiana colt Totally Kissed for $37,000 and Walnut Hall Ltd sold an Ontario bred Deweycheatumnhowe filly for $32,000. Broodmares were led by the young Andover Hall prospect, Ladyfinger 3,1:59.2f, that was purchased by Black Creek Farm in Indiana for $28,000 from Marty Wollam. Hoosier Standardbred Farm stepped up at $15,000 for Sexpot Hall in foal to Deweycheatunmhowe from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment.  That farm also provided the top weanlings, a Conway Hall filly from the family of two $1 million earners and a Groton Hall half-brother to two 1:54 trotters, that each brought $20,000. Competitive racehorses are always in demand and five of them shared the spotlight at $20,000 each.  Nidaros, a Muscle Yankee non-winners of two consigned by Kjell Magne Andersen, was purchased by Jeff Clark of Maryland. Indiana Sires competitor, Fancy Colt, left Emerald Highlands Farm on a bid from Red Shaw in Ohio. Competitive $20,000 claimer Darth Quaider was purchased by Steve Richard of Massachusetts. The rugged raceway mare Athleticlyinclined, with $278,575 lifetime earnings, was picked up by John Mungillo of New York from Burke Racing Stable LLC. And Dan Kennedy added the Open pacer Lost Jewels to his racehorses in preparation for the December opening of Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park. Complete sale results are available at www.bloodedhorse.com.  The Blooded Horse Sale Company holds quarterly mixed sales at the home of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio The next sale is February 10-11, 2014.  Entries close around January 10. by Dot Morgan for Blooded Horse Sale

Officials from Horse Racing New Brunswick have announced the resignation of Jeff Malloy as Manager of Operations. Malloy has been with HRNB since its inception in 2008. “My position with Horse Racing New Brunswick has been more than just a job to me, I have been very passionate about the industry and the organization since Day 1. It was an honour and privilege to have been part of the organization and leadership team for the industry in the province.” stated Malloy. “It was a very difficult decision for my family and myself, I have two young children and a very supportive wife who have supported me over the past five years. This job is a lifestyle, it is not a 40-hour-a-week type of job. An opportunity came up that I had to consider.” HRNB President Dr. Mitchell Downey is disappointed, but understands Malloy’s decision. “I understand the pressure Jeff’s type of position puts on a young family first hand,” said Dr. Downey. “This was a personal decision Jeff had to make. He has a young family and has to put them first. He has indicated that he is committed to continue to assist and help the industry and organization going forward. We appreciate the dedication and effort Jeff contributed to the betterment of the industry both in New Brunswick and the Maritimes.” Horse Racing New Brunswick received some positive news from the Provincial Government in October when they engaged the Atlantic Lottery Corporation to study the feasibility of an entertainment facility at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John. The industry is anxiously awaiting news of the study. “We are continuing to work towards a model that will allow the industry to prosper,” stated Dr. Downey, who expects that more information will be available in the upcoming weeks. From Horse Racing New Brunswick

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2013 — Summer Indian continued his domination of The Meadows’ trotting elite, winning his Third Straight — and fifth in the last seven — in Monday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap. His time of 1:52.3 was a tick off the track’s all-age trotting record. Summer Indian was caught wide in a three-ply battle for the early lead, finally making the front in a rapid 27.2. But he was untouchable thereafter, rolling on for Dave Palone to defeat Count Me In by 2-1/4 lengths. Rembrandt Spur finished third. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Majestic Son-A Touch Of Frost gelding, who now boasts $349,636 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and RTC Stables. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Brett Miller each drove three winners on the 16-race program. With one victory on the card, Wilbur Yoder pushed his career total to 999. by Evan Pattak for the Meadows  

The growth, generosity and well wishes continue to rise as horsemen and women throughout the harness racing community and outside the Standardbred industry are coming forth with donations towards the Anthony Coletta Fund. Coletta, who was critically injured in a driving accident at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday, November 17 suffered head trauma and multiple fractions that required emergency surgery. He is figthing for his life at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Reports said he is still breathing on his own, and tomorrow he will have multiple surgeries to work on fixing his broken pelvis, hip and elbow. Horsemen and women and racetracks across the United States are rallying to help raise funds for Coletta’s massive medical expenses. Thursday there will be a special days at tracks throughout the nation as many drivers, trainers and owners are donating and matching fees to help the cause. Joanne and Richard Young, owners of the world champion pacing filly, I Luv The Nitelife, said today they will donate 10% of their filly’s earnings from her next race, which is the $200,000 Nadia Lobell Pace at the Meadowlands on November 30. If she continues her winning ways that could amount to $9,000. Driver Yannick Gingras announced earlier this week that his is donating his driving fees to the Coletta Fund on Thursday and already more than ten owners and drivers have said they would match whatever he raises. Coletta’s best friend, trainer Anthony “Pork Chop” Defrancesco, III, has visited Coletta every day in the hospital and has set up a Facebook page, “Thoughts and Prayers for Anthony Coletta,” that already has more than 4,000 likes. Defrancesco has arranged for the purchase of 6,000 wrist bands that he will have ready by Monday. “I hope 6,000 will be enough.” Defrancesco said. He is also arranging with a local bank to set up a permanent fund for his friend. “Anyone wishing to make donations can write out a check to Anthony Coletta and send it to Defrancesco at 2551 South Mildred Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148. “ Defrancesco said. “To order wrist bands or to assist in our fundraising efforts please call 215-385-6732. “We have even heard from some groups outside our industry who are sponsoring trail rides to help raise money for the family too,” Defrancesco said. “This is really great.” Tracks and organizations where fund raising efforts are taking place include Dover Downs (DE), Freehold Raceway (NJ), Harrah's Philadelphia (PA), the Meadows (PA), Lebonon Raceway (OH), Pocono Downs (PA), Yonkers Raceway (NY), The SOA/NY, Crawford Farm and many indiviual grooms, trainers, drivers and owners too. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

She may not have won the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup but for Kerryn Tomlinson, the Daily Freight Kidz Kartz Cup is the next best alternative. The thirteen-year-old won the race for the second time on Friday when teaming up with Dimmy for an emphatic win over Ricki, Frisbee and Gem. The latter was driven by Kerryn’s younger brother Zane. Tomlinson first won the race aboard Frisbee in 2011, beating Dimmy and her older sister Sheree. For 11-year-old pony Dimmy it was his first win in the race after finishing in the money twice – So, you could say he was overdue. Tomlinson, who attends West Melton Primary School, was understandably excited to have won the race for the second time. “It is a big thrill and I am so pleased for Dimmy,” said a horsemad Tomlinson. Tomlinson warned that she would be back again next year to attempt a three-peat. “I am yet to win the Cup-Prelude at Riccarton, so I might have to go for the double next season,” she added. When asked about her long term future, Kerryn said that she would love to become a Junior Driver and see where that could take her, but, for the time being, she is just pleased to be the Kidz Kartz champion –Again. Kerryn is the daughter of driver Amanda Tomlinson and the granddaughter of West Melton trainer Ken Ford. By Mitchell Robertson

If there was a horse that deserved a Group One win in New Zealand it was today’s $200,000 Woodlands Stud New Zealand Free-For-All winner Pembrook Benny. The now nine-year-old has been in and around the placings in some of New Zealand’s biggest races since he burst on to the scene as a three-year-old but, until now, he had never won one. “He really was overdue a big one,” said an ecstatic Zac Butcher. “He has been close so many times,” he added. Butcher was once again singing out praise to his boss Barry Purdon, who has produced yet another sensational training performance. “The man is an absolute genius,” claimed Butcher. “He has this horse sounder and better than he has ever been, and at the age of nine! Pembrook Benny was third-up for the season today after returning home from a winter campaign in Australia. He was a great fourth at Alexandra Park first-up before finishing an even better fourth in the New Zealand Cup on Tuesday. “We left him in Australia to race over the winter as there wasn’t much for him back home,” said Butcher. “He won a few races over there, but his form soon tapered off. “He can get a bit sour sometimes when he travels but he absolutely loves it at Barry’s. As soon as he got home he starting pricking his ears and bouncing around again. Butcher said that he was absolutely stoked with Benny’s fourth in the New Zealand Cup and that he was quietly confident going into today. “He came through the run surprisingly well and had plenty of spring in his step yesterday. I think keeping him fresh has been the key this time in,” explained Butcher. “Or perhaps he is like a fine wine and is just getting better with age,” he quipped. It was Zac Butcher’s fourth Group One driving success, and third at Addington. “I would like to pay a huge thanks to all of the owners of this horse. There have been a couple of times were I probably have pulled the wrong rein and, being a young fella, they could have easily opted for someone with more experience like the old man (David Butcher) or Tony Herlihy but they stayed loyal to me.” Pembrook Benny, by Courage Under Fire  is owned by B Purdon, T F Henderson, J C Higgins, K G Parry, D H Sixton, J B Hart and was bred by W D Power, Mrs G L Power paced the one mile journey in 1-54.3. It was a North Island quinella with Easy On The Eye finishing a game second after serving it up to Australian raider Suave Stuey Lombo, who folded in the home stretch. Fellow Australian Caribbean Blaster was herculean in third after being trapped three-wide from the 1100. Meanwhile favourite Chisten Me galloped when in tight quarters at the start and did well to recover for seven, finishing just two and a half lengths from the winner. “The one mile start at Addington is an absolute joke,” said driver Dexter Dunn. “I’m not just saying that because of what happened today, I’ve been saying it ever since it came in. Today was just the proof of the pudding.” By Mitchell Robertson      

Lindys Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday’s $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts. Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National Three-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park. Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal victory for trainer Frank Antonacci, who conditions the youngster for his family’s Lindy Racing stable of Enfield, CT. “That was my first American National win and very exciting,” said Antonacci. “We love racing in Chicago and I think it’s a great test for a horse to go to different venues, different sized racetracks and do well. It’s a good opportunity for us this late in the year.” A winner of $291,924 in his career, Lindys Tru Grit came out of his American National victory in fine shape, Antonacci acknowledged. “He seemed fine after the win,” Antonacci confirmed. “There’s only six days in between starts and he’s plenty fit, so all week we’ve just concentrated on keeping him happy and jogging.” Lindys Tru Grit made only one start at two, but did take a qualifying mark of 2, Q2:00.1 in Lexington in late fall with his trainer at the lines. “Last year he was always battling bad allergies,” Antonacci explained. “He had terrible skin allergies and then would get sick. He battled back and forth with this problem all year long and it was a real struggle to keep him healthy. When he was feeling okay, he would show quarters in :28, and those sparks of speed were enough for us to keep him over the winter and try him again this year as a three-year-old.” In the end, Antonacci used an aggressive treatment to “de-sensitize him to his allergies.” “Him getting better could just be a natural function of the aging process, too,” Antonacci admitted. “It’s hard to say. But it was really a troublesome issue to deal with.” With his allergy problem behind him now, this year Lindys Tru Grit has secured victories in the $121,737 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk; in the $75,000 Zweig at Vernon; and in a pair of Pennsylvania overnights—one at Pocono Downs and the other at Harrah’s Philadelphia — in addition to his Am-Nat triumph last week. “He’s great gaited, doesn’t wear (trotting) hobbles, and goes with a low head,” Antonacci said. “He’s got a little attitude — but just the kind that you like to see a horse have. He’s a very comfortable horse to be around and to have around in the barn.” Antonacci said he focused on getting Lindys Tru Grit confidence up early in the season, before sending him in against better horses. “For a horse like him that didn’t race at two, I look at the first half of this season like I would a horse’s freshman season,” he stated. “I let him run through the ranks at Pocono and let him progress there. It wasn’t until the third or fourth leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that we started to get serious with him and he started to get confidence under his belt. He was also just a touch below the top horses but now is really coming into himself. He’s pretty fresh, especially for this late in the season. Lindys Tru Grit has drawn post six for the Galt Stake, but Antonacci thinks his versatile sophomore will be able to handle the task over the twice-a-rounder. “He’s got plenty of gate speed or can race off the pace,” Antonacci stressed. “I think whatever David (driver Miller) wants to do with him, he‘ll be able to with him. He can win on the front, be first-over, or race from off the pace. If he’s good, he’ll do it anyway he can.” Antonacci, 30, has conditioned 307 winners to $7,233,078 in earnings, and driven 100 winners to $906,022. His family’s name is synonymous with the trotting gait, as they have owned some of harness racing’s finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including Speedy Crown, Lindys Pride and $5.5 million dollar earner Moni Maker, to name just a few. A Boston College graduate, Antonacci first stepped into the spotlight in 2008 with the world champion Crazed, who earned more than $1 million at age three and won a Hambletonian elimination and finished second in the final. His other noteworthy trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner The Lindy Reserve and world champion filly Highscore Kemp. His father “Sonny” Antonacci established Lindy’s Farm in 1965, and to date the Antonacci family has assembled one of the finest trotting broodmare bands in North America. by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park

There are two favourites for today’s $650,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup --- the public one and the horsemen’s elect. While Christen Me will start favourite on the tote in the Addington classic, almost every leading horseman spoken to has opted for Terror To Love as the horse to beat. That may come as a surprise after Christen Me has beaten Terror To Love in their only two real race clashes this season -- he galloped rendering the Flying Stakes largely irrelevant--- and thrashed him in last Wednesday’s Cup trial. Harness horseman are notorious for not wanting to take sides in such debates with many keen to initially sit on the fence this week rather than risk upsetting either the Christen Me or Terror To Love camps. But dig a bit, or a lot deeper, and every leading trainer in the country, not to mention all seven media experts on harness racing show The Box Seat, have opted for Terror To Love to win. The most public reasons given are the fact he has been there, done that in two previous Cups, as well as Christen Me’s Flying Stakes gallop raising questions over his ability to handle harness racing’s biggest occasion. And there is something else, something rival trainers believe but dare won’t discuss in public. Some think Christen Me has either mental or physical frailties, which is why he sometimes appears to be nodding in his races, or uncomfortable at full speed on the bends. He definitely doesn’t have the smooth gait of his sire Christian Cullen, who won the Cup in 1998, but trainer Cran Dalgety is adamant Christen Me is feeling no pain and at his peak. But harness people being die hard traditionalist it is easy to see why they opt for Rolls Royce safety of Terror To Love over the equine Ferrari who is Christen Me. There is very little between the pair, with Terror To Love a striking sit-sprinter while Christen Me probably has more x-factor and is better suited to taking control of a race as he is lethal when allowed to find his rhythm. But the reality is today’s race might be won inside the first 200m. The domination of Christen Me and Terror To Love is so pronounced it is hard to envisage any of their rivals not wanting to trail one of the champs today. Of the potential spanners in the works Mah Sish isn’t racing well enough, Caribbean Blaster and Suave Stuey Lombo start off the second line and Fly Like An Eagle’s driver Mark Purdon has already indicated he would be happy to take a trail. Which means, barring something going bizarrely wrong at the start, either Christen Me or Terror To Love will be in front at the halfway stage. And which ever one is, providing he hasn’t done too much work to get there, should win. In their four clashes so far the leader has always won because their last 800m sectionals have ranged from 55.7 seconds to 54 seconds flat, usually with final 400m below 26.5 seconds. Both horses can pace those sectionals against the marker pegs but neither should be able to do so coming wide or sitting parked. While Terror To Love supporters will rightly point out he can lead or swoop and be equally potent, the problem will be swooping past Christen Me if he has a decent tank of gas left at the 800m mark. As for the younger speedster handling the 3200m? He relaxes beautifully in his races and this doesn’t appear to be a Cup with a great deal of pressure so could be just as much a test of speed. So who wins that start, the race to the first bend and maybe therefore the Cup? Lost in the Flying Stakes debacle was the fact Terror To Love has habitually been slower away this season than Christen Me, with a habit of bobbling and taking a step sideways when the tapes are released. Christen Me, his one gallop aside, has tended to drop his hind quarters and fly the tapes. Whether he can do so surrounded by the hype of Cup day is crucial but he does have the advantage of the Cup starting in the back straight and he will have his ears fully plugged. So Christen Me is the horse to beat. And if Terror To Love can do that, he deserves to be only the third ever three-time New Zealand Cup winner. FACT BOX NZ CUP DAY What: New Zealand Trotting Cup day. Where: Addington, Christchurch. When: First race 11.50am. What: 110th New Zealand Trotting Cup for $650,000; $180,000 Sires’ Stakes Final; $80,000 NZ Trotting Free-For-All; $35,000 Junior Free-For-All. Who: 13 of New Zealand best pacers meet two of Australia’s in the Cup. The favourite: Christen Me. History beckons: Terror To Love striving to become only the third horse to win three NZ Cups. The Punt: 12 races, all with fixed odds, $100,000 Pick Six 7-12, Drivers Challenge, Cup market with two favourites out. Plunge horses with TAB bookies: Sundown In Paris (R3), Arden Rooney (R5), Alleluia (R7), Harry Johnson (R11). By Michael Guerin (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

“The jury is still out on this one,” said Joe Faraldo, attorney for Standardbred Breeders Association of New York in pertaining to the passage of the casino gaming legislation in New York after yesterday’s elections. “It’s sort of like a wet kiss in the night,” Faraldo explained. “The legislation has been passed but no one has really seen this legislation and not enough people paid attention to the details.” “I am very pleased for us at Tioga and for Monticello and Saratoga that the legislation passed.” Said Jeff Gural, president and CEO of Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and the Meadowlands. “It bodes well for the sport and obviously we are happy. It should give us a leg up on the competition for the future.” I was also pleased with the election results,” Gural added. “You never know how the people will turn out for an election. But the issue in New York was strong for more public jobs that the casinos will bring and it was not a moral issue about gambling.” Faraldo explained that the new legislation at best will allow Saratoga Raceway, Monticello Raceway and Tioga Downs the opportunity to have full-fledged casinos (slots and live table games). But Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Vernon Downs are excluded from any chance because they are too close to already established Indian casinos. Yonkers Raceway, as part of the legislation, is excluded from any consideration for live table games for seven years. It was also pointed out by Faraldo and Todd Haight, the General Manager of racing at Batavia Downs, that any revenue from live table games in New York, is treated the same as in Pennsylvania, and does not share a percentage with the tracks for purses or for the New York Sire Stakes program. “The legislation is wordy about a cap of agricultural and racing business,” Faraldo added. “There is a freeze at 2013 consumer pricing for purse levels and growth of the industry. Currently 25% net win sets what purse money is allotted to tracks and to the breeding program (NYSS). So when a Racino turns into a Casino and gets live table games, the cap is on 2013 levels. “This can mean that racing can get less revenue if more money is spent on live games than the slot machines,” Farado explained. “Most of the Racinos now have electronic table games for craps, roulette and some have blackjack but when those games are replaced by live games, then racing will lose out on revenue.” When might Tioga Downs, Saratoga Raceway and Monticello Raceway see their Racinos turn into Casinos? “It will take some time for the selection committees to come up with the rules and regulations,” Gural said. “At least a year or more from now and they won’t get started on it until it becomes law on January 1, 2014. I feel this will be great for us because the table games will bring a younger demographic to the casino and for racing. We still have a bidding process to go through for the three tracks but I am hopeful it will all work out in our favor.” “There is a lot of permitting and new rules that have to be developed,” Faraldo explained. “It could be one year, one and half years, even two years before the first full gaming casino comes about. That is a tough call. “I think the three racinos that could turn into full casino will most certainly benefit from it.” Faraldo added. “It may not be a home run for them but more like hitting ground balls, which is still good.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

   Balmoral Park will not only play host to some of the best horses in North America on Saturday Nov. 9th for the American National Stakes ,  but some of the sport’s leading reinsman will also be in Crete to steer the cream of the crop over the one-mile oval.      A pair of $200 million men—Hall of Famers John Campbell and Ron Pierce are slated to drive. This pair will reach half a billion combined in purse earnings—that’s right—HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, in 2014.       While many of Campbell’s accomplishments in the sport came when he was in his 30s and 40s, every single one of Pierce’s Triple Crown or Breeders Crown triumphs—41 total—have all come after his 35th birthday!  Pierce, who trailed Campbell for many years, surpassed $200 million in career earnings while competing at Lexington’s famed Red Mile this September.      Pierce is also the oldest driver to record a driving triple in Breeders Crown Finals, when he did so a few weeks ago at Pocono Downs, at age 57.  He was the first driver to win with a 2-year-old in 1:50, when he steered Badlands Hanover to a 1:50 clocking in the 1998 Breeders Crown at Colonial Downs.  He was also the only driver to defeat world champ Somebeachsomewhere, when he piloted Art Official to victory in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace.      Pierce is also the only driver to go five straight seasons winning either the Meadowlands Pace (2008, 2009, 2001) or the Hambletonian (2007, 2010)—two of the sport’s greatest events, and just missed becoming the only driver in history to win the Hambletonian from post ten in 2002 with Like A Prayer, who finished a neck back of the winning Chip Chip Hooray. Pierce also was the driver behind the sport’s last female Horse of the Year, Rainbow Blue (2004).      Campbell, 58, was the youngest person ever inducted into harness racing’ s Hall of Fame in 1990, and his dominance and presence in racing in untouchable, as he at the top of nearly every statistical list kept by the USTA.  He’s driven the winners of more than $3 million annually every year since 1982, except for 2011, when he drove the winners of $2.5 million.   He currently has $284 million in career purse earnings and 10,613 lifetime wins to his credit.      Campbell is the leading driver of Breeders Crown winners with 43 to his credit and has won six Hambletonians , three Hambletonian Oaks, six Kentucky Futurities, three Little Brown Jugs, and Sweden’s famed Elitloppe, among his endless list of accomplishments.       Campbell and Pierce are also the two winningest drivers in Breeders Crown history with 29 victories each, while Mike Lachance (also here tonight) is in third with 27 Breeders Crown titles to his credit.      Speaking of Breeders Crown triumphs, for the first time in history, the top five ranking North American drivers won every Breeders Crown Final contested this year, on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.  Pierce, Tim Tetrick, and Yannick Gingras each won three Crowns, while David Miller notched two Crowns and Brian Sears a single Crown.       With his lone 2013 Breeders Crown victory, Sears (also here tonight!) extended his streak of winning at least one Breeders Crown race now for 11 straight years.   John Campbell, no surprise, holds the record at 15 years (1984-1988).      Sears has nearly $150 million in purse earnings and was the first driver in history to earn more than $15 million in a single season (in 2005), the same year he drove Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to Horse of the Year titles, and the same year he set a world record for female pacers with My Little Dragon of 1:48.1.       Ten of Sears’ 24 Breeders Crown wins (all since 2003) have come with 3-year-old trotters (5 fillies & 5 colts each).  He has driven all of trainer Trond Smedshammer’s eight Breeders Crown winners, and is the only driver in history to have won the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks in the same year, twice—in 2009 and 2013.      Yannick Gingras (he’s here too!) had just one Breeders Crown victory prior to his start in the classic events in 2012.  That lone win, however, came with Southwind Serena in 2008 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot—when he steered her to win and return $102.80 on a two dollar ticket.  Gingras, 34, is nearly $7 million ahead of Campbell in career earnings at the same age.      Gingras also steered the 2012 American National 3-year-old Filly Trot winner Maven, to a 1:54.3 clocking here last year, and had multiple Am-Nat victories in 2011 when he piloted Princess Cruiser to win the 2-year-old Filly Pace in 1:56.1; Looking Hanover to win the Aged Trot in 1:56; and Foiled Again to win the Aged Pace in 1:51.4.      Mike Lachance, 62, who’ll be piloting Creatine tonight in the American National for 3-year-old colt trotters, just finished second with the colt at the Breeders Crown, and won the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile with the Bob Stewart-trained sophomore in September.       Lachance was the first driver to win six races on a day card and six races that same night, when he did so at Yonkers on June 23, 1987.  One year later, in 1988, he scored his 5,000th career victory at The Meadowlands, with Instrument Landing.      Lachance also became the first driver in history to win a Breeders Crown race at age 55 or older when he won three in 2006 at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto.  He won one Hambletonian (with Dream Victory in 1994) before going into the Hall of Fame in 1995, and three after going in (with Continentalvictory in 1996; Self Possessed in 1999 and Amigo Hall in 2003) and is the last driver to win the Hambletonian with a female, the aforementioned Continentalvictory.      Lachance has won eight American Nationals:  first in 1988 with Matt’s Scooter in 1:55.2 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; then in 1992 with Baltic Striker in 1:57.3 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot & with Imperfection in 1:59.3 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot & with Crouch in 1:54.4 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; in 1995 with Divine Victory in 1:57.2 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot; in 1999 with Self Possessed in 1:53 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; in 2004 with Cantab Hall in 1:55 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; and in 2009 with Lanson in 1:53.4 in the Aged Trot.      Ohio native David Miller, 48, is the fourth leading money winning driver in the sport’s history and has nearly 11,000 career victories. He is the only driver in history with eleven, $10 million seasons and is the only driver to ever have a Triple Crown and Breeders Crown winner in the same season, in 2003 with No Pan Intended.  He won the first ever Breeders Crown million dollar event, with the mighty trotter Magician in 2000.      This year he’s steered his two fastest career drives: with Pet Rock and Shebestingin, who both paced in 1:47, and was elected into harness racing’s national Hall of Fame this year as well. He was named Driver of the Year in 2003 and is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug.  He is also one of only two drivers to have won the Jug and its sister event, the Jugette, the same year.  His ranks among the top five Breeders Crown winning reinsmen, with $8.5 million in Crown earnings.      Tim Tetrick needs no introduction to Illinois racing fans. This Prairie State native has 13 Breeders Crown wins under his belt with only a few weeks away from his 32nd birthday (Nov. 22).  This is the seventh straight year he’ll sit atop the national standings in earnings (only Billy Haughton has ever gone longer; eight years—from 1952 to 1959).    Tetrick has the distinction of being the youngest member of harness racing’s $100 million-earning club, and is the only driver to win a million dollar race on a half-mile track—when he steered Southwind Lynx to win the 2007 Rooney at Yonkers. He’s the only driver in history to win the Meadowlands Pace twice in his first four attempts and if Captaintreacherous is named Horse of the Year, it will be the first time in 28 years that a driver has won that award back to back with a trotter and then with a pacer (last year he was the driver on the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven).  Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell accomplished that feat in 1984 and 1985 with Fancy Crown and the great Nihilator.   by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Kentuckiana Stallion Management is excited to announce that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.c. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2014 breeding season at Blue Chip Farms, located in Wallkill, New York. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Blue Chip Farms will manage his breeding career. With just two crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with a spectacular second season in 2013 as the current leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings. Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Motown Muscle ($445,979), Princess Lilly ($269,109), and Muscle Matters ($211,066), to name a few. Most impressive, however, is the impressive two-year-old Grand Circuit Champion Riveting Rosie ($452,618), winner of the Champlain Stakes, Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals. “We are extremely excited to bring Muscle Mass to the lucrative New York Program. He has proven with just two racing crops that he is a preeminent young stallion that has the potential to become a super-sire like his great father Muscles Yankee. He has passed on his tremendous speed and gait and his depth of pedigree has proven him to be a true Valley Victory line sire. We are confident that with the continued support of breeders throughout all of North American, Muscle Mass can become the go to son of Muscles Yankee and a perfect cross for the many Credit Winner, Conway Hall, and Cantab Hall mares to name a few,” says Tom Grossman, owner of Blue Chip Farms. “Although he has clearly earned the right to have his service fee bumped significantly based on his first two racing crops, we have worked closely with the team at Blue Chip to establish a real value play for breeders with the 2014 fee being set at $6,000. We have also created loyalty and multiple mares programs to reward breeders for their support. Based on early indications, we are confident that he will get a full book of quality mares,” says Bob Brady of Kentuckiana Stallion Management. Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start. He won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National. Muscle Mass hails from one of harness racings most prolific families. A Muscles Yankee son of Graceful Touch, 2, 1:56.1 ($161,983), a brilliant stakes winning two-year-old herself and a daughter of the sensational ill-fated Valley Victory racemare and producer Act of Grace, 3, 1:52.3 ($403,525). Before her tragic death, Act of Grace produced stakes winning Cobol, 3, 1:54.1 ($411,457) and Graceful Touch in only two foals. Submitted by Blue Chip Farms  

Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, Florida have issued a match race challenge. They own world champion pacing filly, I Luv The Nitelife, and they are challenging Myron Bell and the Captaintreacherous Stable to race their champion three-year-old colt against their filly. The date would be Saturday, November 23 on opening night of the new Meadowlands Racetrack winter meet, provided track owner Jeff Gural has no problem with the event. Joanne Young described what her and her husband, Richard, have envisioned. “There has been so much talk about who is the best this year,” Joanne Young explained. “So my husband and I both felt that our filly is in great shape so why not race her against Captaintreacherous. Whatever purse the Meadowlands would put up would go to charity. What a great event this would be for the sport of harness racing to have the best filly and the best colt in the world race against each other.” When reached via telephone at the Harrisburg, PA horse sales, it was the first that Myron Bell had heard about this challenge. “This is a complete surprise to me,” Myron Bell said. “The first I have heard about it. “My first reaction is that match races are only good for publicity. But I will have to think a little more about it and talk with the other owners and our trainer before we make a final decision. We have a race coming up this weekend at Balmoral Park in Chicago and that is our main concern right now.” “Our sport needs a major shot in the arm,” Young said. “We need to have something special that not just the people in our industry would come out for, but any horse fans who want to see a special event like this. It has not happened in years and is overdue. We get goose bumps thinking of how great a race this would be." This year, I Luv The Nitelife has made 14 starts with 13 wins and one third place finish with earnings of $1,218,000. Captaintreacherous has raced 14 times with 12 wins and two second place finishes. He has earnings in 2013 of $1,936,000. “I don’t know if I Luv The Nitelife could beat Captaintreacherous,” Young added, “But it sure would be a great race to find out and what a great way to help some racing charity groups too!.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

David Aiken enjoyed a stellar season just past, coming within three wins of the metropolitan trainer’s premiership, but he has picked up where he left off with 12 winners from just 70 runners this term. The trend is set to continue too with a strong hand engaged at Tabcorp Park Friday night and at the Maryborough Cup meeting on Sunday for the Avenel trainer. Jaccka Clive will headline his Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Gold Cup hopes and although he is coming in with the figure form of 0, 7, 7, Aiken is convinced he is starting to reach his peak. And his peak is well and truly up to this race, having run a placing in the past two Hunter Cup’s. “I’m pretty happy with where he is at and even though he is off the 20 metres I think he is going better than his form probably reads,” Aiken said. “My other runner, Composed, has been beaten a head two years in a row in the race (Maryborough Cup) so hopefully he can go one better this time around. “I thought he was good at Kilmore off the 20-metre mark so if he steps away he shouldn’t be far from them.” But first attention will turn to Tabcorp Park where brilliant trotting mare Cold Sister returns from a break in the Pryde’s EasiFeed Trotters Free For All. Having drawn two, she comes off a handy trial win at Shepparton where Aiken believed she had plenty in hand. “It’s just the start of her prep but we are really happy with where she is at. It’s a short race but the others are racing really well and they have a few runs under their belt whereas we will be an improver I think,” he said. “She’s a free-for-all class trotter now so there are a lot of races on for her and hopefully she will get to the Great Southern Star like last year.” Nominating his best for the weekend’s racing, the in-form horseman leant to stable stalwart Smudge Bromac, who has been around the money throughout recent claiming series without getting to the line in front. Drawn outside of the front row on Friday night, he gets his chance to work forward over the mile and stamp his authority on the race.  “Catch Your Breath has been getting in our way so with him not there he gets his chance,” Aiken said. “Catch Your Breath came out and beat Smoken Up in the Popular Alm Sprint so it’s proof that we’ve been racing well. “I’d say he will keep rolling forward from the wide barrier but I’ll just leave that up to Nathan (Jack, driver).” Jasper Jumping At Mares Races The win of Stylish Jasper at Tabcorp Park Melton may have been a fair while in the making, but that brilliant turn of foot suggested that despite being 12 months in the metropolitan wilderness, it won’t take that long to return to the Melton winners stall. Having done the majority of her racing at Tabcorp Park in the last year, Stylish Jasper returns to the track Friday night for the Harness Breeders Victoria Tailamade Lombo. And once again she has been underrated in the market, opening $21 with TAB fixed odds. She proved last time that the odds mean nothing as she stormed home at cricket score odds and her trainer, Vivian Tomren, will be hoping that’s the case again. “She went super last week and it was a good drive too which always helps,” Tomren said. “I’ve thought for quite a while that she would be competitive in these sorts of races but she kept getting balloted out so she never really got to prove it.” Having finished second in the mares feature race three weeks ago behind Bettor Give It, she drops back from the open class of her M1 win to mares grade but the competition isn’t lacking with Shake It Mama the favourite at $2.10. It’s been a pretty long road for Stylish Jasper, 92 starts for $92,000 in prizemoney indicates she has been a handy mare who has toiled her way to 14 wins. But with a lack of success coming earlier in her career, Tomren is convinced she is now ready to blossom. “I wouldn’t say she’s always had a lot of ability, she only fell in at her first win and as a younger horse she was probably a fat and lazy horse but as she’s got older and fitter she’s just kept on improving,” she said. That improvement has taken her a long way in a short time, but her trainer can also put the leap she has made down to a few other factors, namely having an open-class pacer to work with.  “Because we don’t have any paddocks at the training centre I probably started working her a little bit harder,” Tomren said. “Her workmate went to Queensland last year so when we lost her we needed something to work her with to get her up in the grades and we had In Monaco so we thought this will either make her or break her and it has certainly brought her on.” Josh Duggan will again be in the cart from barrier five for the first leg of the Quaddie to be run at 7.09pm. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

DOVER, Del. --- Corey Callahan seeks a fifth consecutive leading driver crown at Dover Downs as the track opens for its 45th campaign on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Trace Tetrick added to driver colony. The opening month is a “Novemberfest of Stakes Races.”  For the first time in track history, all eight Matron Stakes will be featured on the same program on Nov. 10 with eliminations and Nov. 17 with lucrative finals. The draw declaration for all eight two-and three-year-old Matron Stake divisions is set for Monday, Nov.4. All eight eliminations are set for Sunday, Nov. 10 with rich finals the following Sunday, Nov. 17. To supplement to Matron events, there is a $1,000 declaration fee for two-year-old and $1500 for three-year-olds. Matron and raceday entries must be made from 10 a.m. until 12-Noon sharp. There are no exceptions after the box is closed.  The $400,000-estimated Progress Pace, the track’s signature event is carded for Sunday, Nov. 24 with $35,000 elims and a $350,000-estimated final of Sunday, Dec. 1. Corey Callahan, who won 263 races last meet will be tested by last meet’s runner-up, Ross Wolfenden, fresh from winning his third straight Harrington Raceway driver crown sharing top honors with George Dennis, The strong driver colony includes Tony Morgan, winner of three of the last seven Dover championships and former driving titlists Tim Tetrick, Jim Morand and Hall of Famer Ron Pierce. Other top competitors are led by Roger Plante, Daryl and Sean Bier, Vince Copeland, Allan Davis and Vic Kirby. A newcomer on the opening card is driver Trace Tetrick, one of the top drivers in the mid-west. Trace is Tim Tetrick’s younger brother and he will be making his first appearance on an overnight card at the track.  Again this season on Mondays, a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace is the feature race. The top trotters vie on Wednesday in a $20,000 Open while the top pacers tangle each Thursday in a $30,000 Preferred, a $27,500 Delaware Special and a $20,000 Open paces. Again this season Dover Downs features 15 races daily; Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. while Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. On Progress Pace Final day, Sunday, Dec. 1, Dover Downs holds its popular, annual Progress Pace Cap Giveaway. Fans must show their Capital Club card in the Race & Sports Book to receive a free black with white trim 2013 cap. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) also is part of this season’s Novemberfest. The spotlight will be on the First-State sired two-year-olds with two $20,000 preliminary legs starting on Nov.11 and four $100,000 finals beginning on Nov. 25. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

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