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Fall Final Four, TVG Series draws live Tuesday

The harness racing entries and post positions will be revealed for the TVG Finals and Fall Final Four during a live post position draw on Tuesday, November 19th at 12:30 pm. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page. Fans should be sure to "Like" the Facebook page in order to view the stream.   The lineup on Saturday, November 23 for Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2-year-olds are the $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings, $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies, $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings and $411,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. In addition, some of the sport's biggest names will be on the track in four TVG Finals. They include the $350,000 Open Pace, $175,000 Mares Pace, $350,000 Open Trot and $175,000 Mares Trot. Purses for the eight races total $2,843,000. Post time is 7pm. From the Meadowlands Media Department

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It's Skyful of Lighters by a nose

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2019...On a relatively cold South Florida night, Skyful Of Lighters, handled by Dave Ingraham, was red-hot in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open II pacing feature. The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight had been knocking at the door in his two previous starts here but, on Sunday night, he out-gamed his competition in a "bang-bang" finish in 1:53.3. While the margin of victory was an officially a nose, the final clocking was not indicative of the gameness shown by the winner this night as he was outside looking in the entire mile--and, in his case, a mile and 30 yards. Four Socks, with Mike Simons in his sulky, was second after finding a seam late in the journey while Here Come William (Don Dupont) and Panocchio (Corey Braden) finished in a dead-heat for third. War-No Munn picked up the final award in the multi-million dollar field of nine. As the wings folded, Four Socks and Here Comes William both left with alacrity with the latter taking charge at the :27.4 opener with Skyful Of Lighters also on the prowl early from post 6 looking for a cozy spot that never materialized and he was hung out to dry. Meanwhile, the 3 to 10 favorite, Rebellious, away sixth, was following the cover of Skyful Of Lighters halfway through the mile in :56.4. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Rebellious went on a double-bubble binge as the pace seriously accelerated and even stuck his head in front by the third station in 1:24.2 with Here Comes William still fighting and Skyful Of Lighters still lurking in his shadow. As a cavalry charge developed to the wire, Skyful of Lighters kept digging and prevailed in the photo finish. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He beat some very good horses tonight. The time wasn't that much because of the cold but he can take a lot of air on the outside. I don't think there was more than a couple of lengths between us all at the end." (There was three lengths from first to last). Owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, Skyful Of Lighters sent his 2019 scorecard to 5-10-5 in 33 starts, good for $98,444 and $418,389 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Skyful Of Lighters paid $15.20 to win. Ingraham had a driving double on the card as he piloted Thatsjusthowiroll to a narrow win at odds of 38 to 1. Owned and trained by Dan Gassien, this five year-old altered son of Santanna Blue Chip completed the early daily double and was the key ingredient in a Pick-5 carryover for Monday night of $8,532.50. That pool is guaranteed at $30,000. The only other driving double on the card was achieved by "Sky" Walker, who piloted Thisisshe ($10.60) and Jurgen Hanover ($11.60) to wins their respective Florida Amateur Driving Club events. Walker now has 136 career wins. His Kelly Walker Stable owns both winners. Dein Spriggs' Sheer Flex took the other F.A.D.C. event. Besides the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool for the Monday program, there is a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $9,369.44. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

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Changes to the USHWA website

Akron, NY --- Please note that due to a change in our hosting package with web.com, there has been some delays in getting our .org and .com web extensions functional with the modifications we have made. As a result, www.ushwa.net is currently the only way to access our website.   We are working with web.com to rectify this issue and hope to have all three extensions up and running properly in the near future.   By Tim Bojarski, for USHWA

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Dexter Dunn owns & drives Harrah's winner

Chester, PA -- Billy Badger N ($7.20) and Sugar Factory ($4.80) proved best in their respective featured harness racing pacing events on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Billy Badger N and owner-driver Dexter Dunn slipstreamed second-over cover before rallying to a neck victory over He's Electric in his event, a $14,500 upper-level conditioned pace. After Ocean Colony (Andy McCarthy) controlled early splits of :27 and :55.4, Dunn angled the 6-year-old Art Major gelding into the outer tier behind a steadily advancing Seeing Eye Single (Yannick Gingras) up the backstretch. Turning for home, Billy Badger N angled three-wide and lifted to just prevail over He's Electric (David Miller) -- who emerged from traffic -- in 1:53.1. Letschasethedreamn (George Napolitano Jr.) saved third from the pocket. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trains Billy Badger N, whose third consecutive win was also the 15th of his career. In the co-featured $16,000 conditioned pace, John Cancelliere's Sugar Factory made every call a winning one, posting a 1:52.3 win as the 7-5 choice. George Napolitano Jr. sent the 3-year-old Sweet Lou colt to a clear lead from the outset, and the pair clicked through sectionals of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before bracing for a head-stretch challenge from Glacis (Pat Lachance), who angled out from third off the home turn. Sugar Factory held sway by a length over Glacis, while Smackitwithahammer (Tim Tetrick) chased from the pocket to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains five-time winner Sugar Factory. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 20), and will feature a $6,427.94 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5 in race five. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

Chester, PA -- Horsemen are advised of a change to the qualifying and draw schedules this week at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Qualifiers will take place on Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) at 11:15 a.m. rather than during their typical Tuesday slot.   Additionally, horsemen planning to race at Harrah's Philadelphia next Wednesday (Nov. 27) should note that entries for that card will be accepted until Friday (Nov. 22), with the box to close at 9 a.m.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2019 -- Dave Palone, harness racing's "winningest" driver, is approaching another historic milestone as the race week begins at The Meadows. With 18,997 career victories, he needs three wins to reach 19,000 -- heady territory, indeed. By way of comparison, Russell Baze, the all-time wins leader in Thoroughbred racing, notched 12,842 victories. Palone is scheduled for nine drives on the 13-race card, which begins at 1:05 PM. Palone, 57, began driving in 1982 and has amassed a number of unique accomplishments. Among his career highlights: He was inducted into the Harness Hall of Fame on July 4, 2010. On July 5, 2012, he scored career win 15,181 to break Herve Filion's longstanding North American record. On Nov. 14, 2014, he became the "winningest" driver on the planet when career victory 16,754 vaulted him past Germany's Heinz Wewering. If he wraps up the 2019 driving title at The Meadows -- he's comfortably ahead -- it will be his 30th consecutive season as the track's top dog. Along the way, Palone has earned more than $144 million in purses. Meanwhile, Monday's program also will provide plenty of excitement on the wagering front, as the jackpot in the final-race Super Hi-5 has grown to $37,849.43. For the Super Hi-5, which is offered with every live card, the jackpot is paid only if there is a sole correct ticket. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 16, 2019--Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $19.20) and Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) proved to be the best Saturday night (Nov. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $42,000 Open Handicaps. Swansea rolled from second-over in the week's marquee harness racing trot, picking off a stubborn Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). From post position No. 5, he prevailed by a length in 1:55.1. Will Take Charge won the scrum for the lead, an early battle which included Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) jumping it off and 13-10 favorite Tight Lines (Bartlett) getting stuffed back into a three-hole after he tried quarter-moving. It was Will Take Charge laying down the law (:27.4, :57) before Pat Matters (Eric Goodell) took out of fourth. That one gave way grudgingly after a 1:25.4 three-quarters as the leader opened to a length-and-a-half entering the lane. Swansea then closed widest and fastest, edging away late. Will Take Charge held second over a closing Melady's Monet (George Brennan), with longshots Stormy Kromer (Brent Holland) and Arabella's Cadet (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the remainder. Tight Lines tired to seventh. For fifth choice Swansea, a 4-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Dana Parham & Triples D Stables and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his 13th win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $195, the triple returned $1,332 and the superfecta paid $6,729. After pacing over and through adult-table rivals in his North American purse bow, Jack's Legend N--from post No. 5--was pocketed to Hoosierland invader Saying Grace N (Holland) . That locally-debut lad threw the gauntlet (:27.1, :55.4, 1:24.2) as the pair separated themselves from the rest of the gang. Jack's Legend N pulled early against his foe, who would not cooperate. The pursuer eventually did go by, the final margin a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Saying Grace N was more than four lengths in front of Runrunjimmydunn N (Stratton), with The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Western Joe (Goodell) along for the rest. For Jack's Legend N, a 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca, Barbara & James Boese, it was his fifth win in nine '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.80, the triple returned $39.20 and the superfecta paid $256.50. Special Saturday props to the soon-to-be-retiring Bit of a Legend N (Stratton, $3.30), who won the $20,000, ninth-race pace going away (1:54.3) for a 53rd career victory by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

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

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On the closing night of the 2019 harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, there were many highlights, with champions both human and equine honored. George Napolitano Jr. was honored as he continued his unprecedented dominance of the driving ranks in the 54-season history of the Downs. His seasonal sulky statistics were 1437-337-205-188-.357, which earned him his eighth straight win title and 13th overall, and his sixth consecutive UDR crown and 11th overall, which George adds to the five Pocono training titles he has won. But stealing the show was 23-year-old provisional driver Sofia Zingale, who picked a dramatic circumstance in which to record her first-ever sulky victory - in the final $15,000 Billings Amateur Driving Series Eastern Championship. Zingale looked like a seasoned pro behind the veteran Muscles Yankee gelding Inukchuck Chuck, racing him second-over behind Jacks To Open after Wygant Prince went past early leader and favorite Fiji and put up fractions of :27.4 and :58 in 27-degree temperatures. The pacesetter and first-over went at it past the 1:28 three-quarters and through the turn, with Fiji waiting for the Pocono Pike. But Zingale tipped Inukchuck Chuck three-wide and got the trotter to rally strongly to win by 2¼ lengths over Fiji, sending Zingale to Victory Lane for the first time in a sulky (she has a 1-for-3 record in Racing Under Saddle events). Inukchuck Chuck is trained by Nick Surick for owner Clifford Grundy. Even veteran Billings promoter John Manzi was unsure if the "lightly-raced" Zingale had a "Billings nickname" yet. Since this victory propels her to eligibility for the $25,000 Billings Eastern Gold Cup next Saturday at Yonkers, maybe Sofia "What A Time For A First Win!" Zingale may be appropriate. Another trotter in the limelight at Pocono Saturday was the four-year-old Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable, who formed a four-race win streak here that propelled him on to being a force in the continental free-for-all trotting ranks. Named the Trotter of the Year at Pocono, Rich And Miserable posted a 6-5-1-0-$113,750 scorecard locally, highlighted by his victory over 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in the $100,000 Great Northeast Open Series Championship. Rich And Miserable is owned by Buter Farms Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs, trained by Todd Buter and driven in all of his Pocono starts by Tyler Buter. The $17,500 closing night featured pace was, fittingly enough, to the Pocono Pacer of the Year and Claimer of the Year Atta Boy Dan, who overcame first-over to catch favored pacesetter American Prime Time by a neck in 1:51. Driven by Simon Allard for trainer Pete Pellegrino for owner Stephen Larkin, the ten-year-old Western Terror gelding won for the 19th time this year, one off the top figure in North America, and pushed his 2019 earnings to $203,090; the lifetime parallel numbers are 71 victories and $946,692. Four claims on closing night brought the seasonal total for the 134 cards to 483 horses changing hands, for a total value of $9,465,025. (Atta Boy Dan accounted for 17 claims and $670,000 himself.) From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

DAYTON, OH. - 2019 hasn't been a year to brag about for the classy veteran pacer Missile J, but on Saturday (Nov. 16) his harness racing back class prevailed in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $16,500 Open Pace. The six-year-old son of American Ideal won for just the third time in 18 seasonal starts--earning $48,955--but the 1:51.2 score was his 26th in his career and boosted his lifetime bounty to $831,902. Dispatched at 10-1 odds, Missile J (Jeremy Smith) was content to get away fourth from the rail until launching a first-over attack just after the halfway juncture. After lapping in on the odds-on favorite, Tookadiveoffdipper (Brett Miller), at the three-quarter mile marker, the winner tacked on a :27.1 final panel to sail to victory by a length and a half. Tookadiveoffdipper did hang in for the place finish while Fools Desire (Kayne Kauffman) took advantage of a pocket ride to garner the show dough. Walter Haynes Jr. trains Missile J for the Indiana partnership of Jeff Fought, Brian Carsey, Dave Fought and Chris Myers. "Missile J is a funny horse," explained Haynes following the race. "You have to keep his attention or he'll take off galloping, but when you keep his mind on business he is wicked fast!" Jazmin Arnold wins again There's an old adage which states “when you're hot, you're hot” and that could easily be applied to Jazmin “the Little Flower” Arnold, the current hottest driver in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series. Tonight the talented miss guided Celebrity Pegasus to a 1:59.1 victory in a Billings trot at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway not only scoring her fifth victory in her last six starts but making a good case for consideration as the National Amateur Driver of the Year. Despite starting from the seven-hole Ms Arnold fired her trotter to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded and they led seven others past the quarter in a soft :29.4. And with no real challenges she got the veteran Andover Hall gelding by the halfway point in a very soft 1:02.  From there it was catch me if you can as she gave her horse his head and he trotted the last half in :57.1 en route to an oh-so-easy three -length triumph. Even with a two-hole journey Utopia and Steve “You're Never Too” Oldford could not gain on the leader and finished second. Song In My Hear and Tiny Tim” Miller took home the show dough. Celebrity Pegasus is owned by Morgan Hagerman and trained by Herman Hagerman. Sent off as the even money favorite he paid $4.00 for win. But perhaps the bigger story is the emergence of Jazmin Arnold as a top notch harness driver. After starting the year competing on the Ohio Fair circuit she has now graduated to being a stalwart at the big Midwest raceways. Her incredible seasonal stats include 23 wins, eight seconds and three thirds in 56 starts for an astounding .520 UDR. From Dayton Raceway and John Manzi

Northville, MI -- LaSalle Investments LLC's Swapportunity ($5.40) gave Ohio top honors in Saturday's $25,000 Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational Pace on Saturday evening (Nov. 16) at Northville Downs, just holding the Michigan-based Top Notch at bay.   Swapportunity left strongly from post two to establish close inside position, but yielded to Still Friskie (David Lake) and OGradys First Man (Don Harmon) through a :27 first quarter before Art McIlmurray angled him first-over with five-eighths to go. Swapportunity forced middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25.1 before pressing his way to the lead on approach to the final turn.   After putting Still Friskie away and extending his lead to two lengths midway on the final turn, Swapportunity braced for a three-wide challenge from 3-2 favorite Top Notch (Darrell Wright) at the top of the stretch. The 7-year-old Mach Three gelding found the line just in time, prevailing by a diminishing half length in 1:54.3. Crusoe Hanover (Mark Headworth) emerged out of traffic to finish third, another 2-1/2 lengths back.   Ray Farmer trains the Ohio-based Swapportunity, now a 30-time winner.   The Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational debuted at Northville Downs after having been a mainstay on the calendar at the now defunct Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.   McIlmurray notched a driving hat trick on the 12-race card, as did Darrell Wright and Kim Pluta.   From the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association

The 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick 6) carryover continues to grow as multiple winning tickets sold again on Saturday, pushing the carryover to $88,004. The 20¢ Northfield Single Six offers a low 14% takeout rate and carries over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. The 20¢ Northfield Single Six is offered nightly in the 9h race. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) put his six-race local win streak on the line as he competed in Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino trainee who has thrived at the Spa over the last several months. Crockets Cullen N has shown to be versatile in winning six consecutive tries in the Open Pace heading into Saturday's tilt in which he started from post seven in a star-studded group which competed for a purse of $18,000. Stalbaum powered Crockets Cullen N out in the early going but was relegated to the pocket spot behind invader Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) who was making his local debut. Rock Diamonds N flew through a first quarter in 26.3 before backing things down in the second quarter to reach the half in 57.1 Hudson Phil (Frank Coppola Jr), the winningest horse in the Open Pace this season, moved first over on Rock Diamonds N and looked to have put the leader away around the final turn. Crockets Cullen N gapped the pocket a bit as the top two battled it out but shifted gears once again turning for home. The eight year old New Zealander once again showed that knack for the wire that he has displayed in recent months and came on in the final strides to score in 1:53.3 for his seventh consecutive win in the Saturday night feature. Hudson Phil toughed it out to be second while Rock Diamonds N had to settle for the show spot in his local debut. Crockets Cullen N paid $8.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $51 and $218.50, respectively. The last time Crockets Cullen N competed at Saratoga and did not win the Open Pace came all the way back in August. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon as Stalbaum and Tarantino's Mr Cool Seaeyre N puts his two-race win streak in the Open Trot on the line in the $18,000 feature. The matinee begins at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Starting slow and finishing fast was a winning strategy for Tullow N, who posted a convincing harness racing victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on a very cold Saturday night (Nov. 16). I'm So Handsome (Billy Davis Jr.) took command early and led the single-file field to the half in :58.2. It was there that Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) pulled first-over and motored up the outside as they made their way around the third turn. When they straightened out on the backside Tullow N was in full gear and paced right by the entire field, clearing by the three-quarters. Cummings then settled Tullow N and took a two-length lead into the last turn. In the stretch, the pocket-sitting I'm So Handsome and a three-wide Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) tried their best to reel-in the leader, but Tullow N was on a mission and won in-hand in 1:55.2. The eighth win of the year for Tullow N ($9.60) pushed his earnings to $89,260 for the season. The Blindswitch Racing Stable owns the classy 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac who is trained by Dave Russo. Despite coming off a very solid win in his last start, a jump in class shied bettors from backing Carlos Danger this week in the $10,000 Open III pace. But the game 6-year-old had the last laugh over the doubters after he went gate to wire in 1:56.3 at 10-1 for trainer/driver Ron Beback Jr. Carlos Danger ($23.40) is owned by Decker's Corner Stable, Decker's Gate Stable and Jo's Get R Done Stable. Billy Davis Jr. was the top dash driver again on Saturday adding three more wins to his total. He now has 111 wins for the meet and has long locked-up the driving title for the meet as he is 32 wins ahead of the second place Jim Morrill Jr. Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III also scored two wins apiece. There was no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Saturday night and as a result, there is an $1,134 carryover and a $4,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday evening (Nov. 20) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs at 5 p.m. The guaranteed pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and that means free program pages of the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website beginning on Sunday (Nov. 17). By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

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The harness racing entries and post positions will be revealed for the TVG Finals and Fall Final Four during a live post position draw on Tuesday, November 19th at 12:30 pm. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page. Fans should be sure to "Like" the Facebook page in order to view the stream.   The lineup on Saturday, November 23 for Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2-year-olds are the $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings, $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies, $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings and $411,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. In addition, some of the sport's biggest names will be on the track in four TVG Finals. They include the $350,000 Open Pace, $175,000 Mares Pace, $350,000 Open Trot and $175,000 Mares Trot. Purses for the eight races total $2,843,000. Post time is 7pm. From the Meadowlands Media Department
Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2019...On a relatively cold South Florida night, Skyful Of Lighters, handled by Dave Ingraham, was red-hot in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open II pacing feature. The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight had been knocking at the door in his two previous starts here but, on Sunday night, he out-gamed his competition in a "bang-bang" finish in 1:53.3. While the margin of victory was an officially a nose, the final clocking was not indicative of the gameness shown by the winner this night as he was outside looking in the entire mile--and, in his case, a mile and 30 yards. Four Socks, with Mike Simons in his sulky, was second after finding a seam late in the journey while Here Come William (Don Dupont) and Panocchio (Corey Braden) finished in a dead-heat for third. War-No Munn picked up the final award in the multi-million dollar field of nine. As the wings folded, Four Socks and Here Comes William both left with alacrity with the latter taking charge at the :27.4 opener with Skyful Of Lighters also on the prowl early from post 6 looking for a cozy spot that never materialized and he was hung out to dry. Meanwhile, the 3 to 10 favorite, Rebellious, away sixth, was following the cover of Skyful Of Lighters halfway through the mile in :56.4. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Rebellious went on a double-bubble binge as the pace seriously accelerated and even stuck his head in front by the third station in 1:24.2 with Here Comes William still fighting and Skyful Of Lighters still lurking in his shadow. As a cavalry charge developed to the wire, Skyful of Lighters kept digging and prevailed in the photo finish. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He beat some very good horses tonight. The time wasn't that much because of the cold but he can take a lot of air on the outside. I don't think there was more than a couple of lengths between us all at the end." (There was three lengths from first to last). Owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, Skyful Of Lighters sent his 2019 scorecard to 5-10-5 in 33 starts, good for $98,444 and $418,389 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Skyful Of Lighters paid $15.20 to win. Ingraham had a driving double on the card as he piloted Thatsjusthowiroll to a narrow win at odds of 38 to 1. Owned and trained by Dan Gassien, this five year-old altered son of Santanna Blue Chip completed the early daily double and was the key ingredient in a Pick-5 carryover for Monday night of $8,532.50. That pool is guaranteed at $30,000. The only other driving double on the card was achieved by "Sky" Walker, who piloted Thisisshe ($10.60) and Jurgen Hanover ($11.60) to wins their respective Florida Amateur Driving Club events. Walker now has 136 career wins. His Kelly Walker Stable owns both winners. Dein Spriggs' Sheer Flex took the other F.A.D.C. event. Besides the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool for the Monday program, there is a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $9,369.44. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA
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Chester, PA -- Billy Badger N ($7.20) and Sugar Factory ($4.80) proved best in their respective featured harness racing pacing events on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Billy Badger N and owner-driver Dexter Dunn slipstreamed second-over cover before rallying to a neck victory over He's Electric in his event, a $14,500 upper-level conditioned pace. After Ocean Colony (Andy McCarthy) controlled early splits of :27 and :55.4, Dunn angled the 6-year-old Art Major gelding into the outer tier behind a steadily advancing Seeing Eye Single (Yannick Gingras) up the backstretch. Turning for home, Billy Badger N angled three-wide and lifted to just prevail over He's Electric (David Miller) -- who emerged from traffic -- in 1:53.1. Letschasethedreamn (George Napolitano Jr.) saved third from the pocket. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trains Billy Badger N, whose third consecutive win was also the 15th of his career. In the co-featured $16,000 conditioned pace, John Cancelliere's Sugar Factory made every call a winning one, posting a 1:52.3 win as the 7-5 choice. George Napolitano Jr. sent the 3-year-old Sweet Lou colt to a clear lead from the outset, and the pair clicked through sectionals of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before bracing for a head-stretch challenge from Glacis (Pat Lachance), who angled out from third off the home turn. Sugar Factory held sway by a length over Glacis, while Smackitwithahammer (Tim Tetrick) chased from the pocket to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains five-time winner Sugar Factory. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 20), and will feature a $6,427.94 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5 in race five. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  
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