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Monticello, NY - Harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. had the hot hands on Thursday January 30 at Monticello Raceway as he won 4 races on the 11 race card. The streak started with Dealin Dan in race 2, the 27-1 longshot won in 1:57.2 from post position 6, pacing his LQ in 28.4 and paid $57.00 to win for trainer John Stubits. Dealin Dan is owned by longtime Monticello Raceway patron Joe & Kathy Rea and trainer John Stubits. Aldrich came right back in the following race with odds on favorite Ladybeluckytonite who started from post position 2. The former $26,000 Goshen yearling sale graduate is trained by Rick Dane, the 4-year-old trained mare by Art Major scored in 6 length romp in 1:58.2 - $2.20 to earn her first seasonal win. Virtuous Dragon would account for win #3, the well-bred 6-year-old Dragon Again gelding went wire to wire in 1:59.2 - $5.00, Aldrich is also the trainer and owner of Virtuous Dragon. In the afternoons last race, a short field of 5 after 2 scratches, it was Zinck's Night from post 7 who scored a 2 length wire to wire finish in 1:59.3 - $6.40. Zinck's Night is owned and trained by Sarah Osmeloski . Thus far in the young season it is a tight photo for leading dash winning drivers, with the afternoons 4 wins Aldrich is tied in third place with 20 wins with the newest member of the 5,000-win club Jim Taggart Jr., leading the way is James Devaux with 22 wins, Gregory Merton is second with 21. Brandon Parker won 2 races on the afternoon and is in the sixth spot with 12 wins. Over $574,000 was wagered on the 11 race card, live racing resumes Monday February 3 with a 12:25 Post Time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway              

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For one lucky player, the 14th and final race Friday night at the Meadowlands was well worth the wait. That sharp handicapper, betting into the Oregon Express hub, held the only 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five ticket with the winning combination of 1-7-3-6-4 and cashed in for $118,148.72. The race was won by 2-1 favorite Lily Hammer and driver Corey Callahan. Finishing second through fifth, respectively, were Northern Swift (25-1), Moonshinecharleigh (8-1), Manhattan Play (3-1) and Justabitofcharm (30-1). The carryover heading into Friday night's JSH5 was $105,787. Last Friday, Major Occasion A flew home in :25.3, but because she was eighth at three-quarters while three-wide, had to settle for second at the hands of rival Sandy Win, who would win a third straight start. Driver Dexter Dunn made sure that wasn’t going to happen again. Major Occasion A, instead of racing from well off the pace as she had in her first two North American outings, was hustled to the top at the half this time around and had little trouble from there, recording an easy score in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $25,000 high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Dunn, who would go on to win four times on the program after his incredible seven-winner night last Saturday, had Major Occasion A in the four-hole early before brushing up to take command at the half while parked before settling in on the point. Ideal Lifestyle A was left first-over at this point while applying token pressure as Major Occasion A used a :27.1 third quarter to maintain a safe 1½-length lead on the pocket-sitting Odds On St Lucie. Through the stretch, no one threatened the 1-2 favorite, who reported home an easy 1¾-length winner in 1:51 after pacing her final half in 54.2. Odds On St Lucie held second with Wisdom Tree rallying for third. Sandy Win failed in her bid for a fourth straight score, settling for fourth after racing three-wide at three-quarters from mid-pack.   Major Occasion A, a 6-year-old daughter of Art Major-Fake Occasion who is trained by Nifty Norman, returned $3.00 to her backers and has now won 16 times from 51 lifetime starts for owners Enzed Racing Stable. Her earnings stand at $193,280. For Dunn, it was merely another day at the salt mine, with one – make that two – exceptions. The 30-year-old New Zealand native did score with the heavy favorite in the feature and with 4-1 Hammer Time in a mid-range conditioned trot, but he also won with a pair of longshots. The 2019 United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year guided 20-1 Bold Goddess to victory lane in a low-end conditioned trot and also scored with the night’s biggest price of the night with 26-1 chance Auteur Hanover, who hit the wire first in another low-end conditioned trot. Dunn now has 18 winners at the winter meeting and is well in front of Corey Callahan, whose driving double gave him 10 victories, good for second in the driver standings. A PAIR OF FOURS: Yannick Gingras is apparently not interested in Dunn running away with the driver’s title, as the Big M overall driver champ from 2019 also guided four to the winner’s circle. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player betting into the Oregon Express hub held the only ticket to last five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $8,596.70. The wager has now paid at least $3,526.86 during each of the last five race cards. … Chalk players took it on the chin most of the night as only two favorites won over the first 12 races, which helped bolster the payouts of the 50-cent Pick-5 ($6,292.35) and 50-cent Pick-4 ($3,155.05). … All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,416,176. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

The riches-laden racing record of Princess Tiffany is set to be added to over the next month or so with the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained mare making her first appearance this time in at Rangiora trials on Tuesday. While the trial win (the daughter of Art Major won well in an overall time of 2.29.9 over the 2000m mobile) had its usual class about it more pressing matters will be foremost in her connections minds as they plot their way towards Group racing success in both New Zealand and Australia. Immediate racing options for Princess Tiffany would seem abundant but also come with a catch as the Group 1 Breeders Stakes at Addington on February the 14th, itself a fine race to compete in and potentially win, clashes ever-so-closely with two Ladyship Mile lead-in races on Australian turf with those races all but promising Ladyship Mile starts to those finishing within the top three. The Breeders Stakes offers that carrot only for the horse first across the line.. A betting man could offer a compromise of a bob-each-way with Princess Tiffany competing at Addington and, if missing out on that prize, flying the Tasman for a tilt at The Robin Dundee on the 22nd the following week although that would seem a stern examination of the horses ability to have three major races (if you include the then following Ladyship Mile) in a little over two weeks and would be highly dependent on logistics falling into place. As things are it would seem a bounty of sorts awaits whatever racing schedule is decided and with Princess Tiffany's NSW and Queensland Oaks wins no doubt fresh in the memory bank you couldn't blame connections demanding a continued assault on group racing features on Australian soil. Buyers at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale can snare a little of the Princess Tiffany factor for themselves in the form of "Miki Diamonds" who is being offered by Breckon Farms. The colt ,lot 103 , is by Always B Miki and is a 1/2 brother to both Princess Tiffany and Rock Diamonds (22 wins) with first dam Dancing Diamonds being a NZ Yearling Sales Championship Final winner herself. The maternal line and wider family has produced wonderful racetrack results of late and include Sir Major Stride, 1.55.1 pacer Code Red and the Golden Slipper winner of 2010 in the form of Ohoka's Bondy. To say it's a family of winners would be understating it by some margin. by Ben Mcmillan, for Harnesslink    

Wiggle It Jiggleit had another tough mile in his harness racing comeback trail, finishing sixth in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace Thursday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature was won by New Zealander Billy Badger N in an upset score. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Jim Morand were able to get to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :26 over Bo Mach (Corey Callahan). Stuck on the outside from the start was the race favorite, Dealt A Winner (George Napolitano, Jr.), who started coming after Wiggle It Jiggleit with Larry Karr (Mike Cole) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Cole came three-wide with Larry Karr as Quality Bud (Victor Kirby) followed their cover and Larry Karr cleared to challenge Wiggle It Jiggleit at the three-quarters in 1:21.4. Wiggle It Jiggleit began to fade, Larry Karr took the lead and there was Billy Badger N tipping three-wide and coming on. Quality Bud overtook Larry Karr in the stretch but could not hold off Billy Badger N, who won by a slim nose over Quality Bud with Larry Karr third. The time of the mile was 1:50.   It was a lifetime mark for New Zealand import Billy Badger N, a six-year-old gelding by Art Major, who is not only driven by but is also owned by Dexter Dunn. He is trained by Nifty Norman and paid $23.00 to win. Wakizashi Hanover was reunited with trainer Jim King, Jr and driver Tim Tetrick as they captured the fourth race $15,000 pace in a photo finish. The seven-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again had been “off-the-shelf” for six months and then qualified and raced in of all place, Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, Canada (His owners live there). He won his first start and then was off for five months until returning to the King Stable. Wakizashi Hanover was given a perfect drive by Tetrick. As Bro Hanover (Dexter Dunn) cut the mile, Lyons King (Mike Cole) had the pocket seat through early fractions of :26.4 and :55.1. Then the action heated up as Abner The Great (George Napolitano, Jr.) came first-up with Wakizashi Hanover second-over past the three-quarters in 1:23.4. On the final turn Wakizashi Hanover tipped three-wide and then it was a five-horse dash to the wire with Wakizashi Hanover winning by a nose over Lyons King with 99-1 long shot Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) photo bombing the photo finish for show. The fifth place horse was a half length off the winner.   Undefeated in two starts in 2019, Wakizashi Hanover is owned by Bruce Kennedy, Percy Bonnell, Wayne Burley and Jennifer Weeks, all of Nova Scotia. He paid $8.20 to win. Slick Tony ($4.80) swept three-wide on the backstretch for driver Dexter Dunn, collared pacesetter Late Mail N (George Napolitano, Jr.) and then held off a late charge by Little Ben (Tim Tetrick) by a nose to win the $27,500 Blue Hen Open Pace.   It was the 16th win this year for the four-year-old son of No Spin Zone. He covered the one-mile race in 1:50.3 for owner and trainer George Leager of Sudlersville, MD. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2019 -- K Ryan Bluechip changed tactics but not results as he captured his third straight harness racing triumph in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While he contested the lead in his earlier wins, K Ryan Bluechip dropped in third from the gate and unleashed his big brush down the backside. He cleared the leader, Bettor Than Spring, and went on to score for Dave Palone in 1:51.2 over a "good" surface. Bettor Than Spring saved place, beaten 2 lengths, with Rock Candy third. Mike Palone trains K Ryan Bluechip, a 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding who now boasts $524,905 in career earnings, for J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. With his Friday haul, Wilder finished the four-day race week with a total of 17 wins. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $81,095.21 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2019 — Fueled by yet another carryover, The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows is approaching $80,000. The jackpot for Friday’s Super Hi-5 stands at $78,784.94. The Meadows offers the wager on the final race of each live card. On the racing front, K Ryan Bluechip seeks his third straight victory in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding leaves from post 5, race 1, with Dave Palone aboard for trainer Mike Palone and owners J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. First post Friday is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2019 -- K Ryan Bluechip overcame post 8 to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip was away third, but when Dave Palone sent him toward the front at the quarter, Do Work Son and Jim Pantaleano stretched him out, provoking an unexpectedly arduous journey to the point. Nevertheless, K Ryan Bluechip held off Do Work Son in the lane, downing him by 1/2 length in 1:50.4. Bettor Than Spring finished third. Mike Palone trains the winner, a 7-year-old Art Major -Fool That I Am gelding who now boasts $515,905 in career earnings, for J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $62,961.59 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Despite a mercury reading dancing on the edge of 50o, the three winners of the $15,000 features on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono all posted lifetime harness racing marks. The Art Major gelding Benson Boys N perforce took a new best of 1:52 in a pace for males, as the race was his U.S. debut. Unraced at two and three but now 6-for-13 in his last two seasons, Benson Boys N swept wide off cover on the far turn, was kept out wide by the pocketsitting Boys Turn moving outside at headstretch, but still won the stretch battle of the "Boys" by ¾ of a length. Tyler Buter drove the promising import for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Northfork Racing Stable and Alan Johnston. The Pet Rock sophomore filly Throwing Shade put in a big mile in her second start for Team Allard, winning in 1:52.4 by over four lengths. Simon Allard, driving for brother/trainer Rene, got a spot leaving, then moved the filly at the 3/8 to gain the lead by the half. None of her rivals in this feature split for pacing distaffs could go with her in the second half, and she looks like a good acquisition for Allard Racing Inc., Jordan Derue, and Bruce Soulsby. In the feature division for trotters, Choco Charlie steadily came on in the last quarter, wearing down leader Play It Again As by a length in 1:54.4. Tyler Buter also had sulky duty behind the sophomore altered son of Andover Hall for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Buter and Eric Carlson led the driving colony with three winners each on the Tuesday card. Pocono has only three cards remaining in its 2019 season: this Saturday and the following Tuesday, and then closing night on Saturday, November 16. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($4.20) recorded her 20th career win Tuesday in the $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph. It was one of six harness racing driving wins on the card for the meet's leading driver, Art Stafford Jr. In the feature, Delishka N led the field from post position six to the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, while Artrageous sat second. Heart Of The Ocean started the outer flow traffic towards the half-mile in 56.2 seconds, while Delishka N maintained an advantage to three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, pocket-sitting Artrageous utilized the passing lane to narrowly beat Delishka, while Cruzinforavictory closed late for third. Trained by Andrew Stafford, the 5-year-old Art Major mare notched her seventh win of the year for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Stafford and Holly Case. While Stafford Jr.'s wins were scattered throughout the card, his sixth victory came in the 13th aboard his own Calvin K ($6.40) who was a 1:56 winner in his local debut. Stafford Jr. trains and co-owns Calvin K with his father, Arthur Stafford. Stafford Jr. had long clinched his first driving title at Harrington but will formerly be recognized on closing night October 23. The training race remains undecided as Joe Columbo maintains a slim lead over Mike Hall. Allan Davis, previous Harrington driving champ, also had three wins on the card. Jon Roberts had a driving double for the second straight evening. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 19, 2019-- Harness racing pacer Allusneedisfaith N (Jim Marohn Jr., $10.40) took it the distance Saturday night (Oct. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Open Handicap. From post position No. 4--in one notch after a defection--Alluneedisfaith N slipped past Dancin' Dragon (Jason Bartlett) before a :28.4 opening quarter mile. The teletimer didn't get much more of a workout by a :57.4 intermission, which was fine by the leader. Nearing the half, Theartofconfusion A (Austin Siegelman), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Prairie Panther (Brent Holland) found themselves in an outer-tier logjam, with Prairie Panther pushed wide as the other two seemed to extricate the cones late. Meanwhile, Alluneedisfaith N continued past a 1:25.2 three-quarters, opening a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. He finished it off, whipping Dancin' Dragon by a length in 1:53.2. The above troika of The Real One, Theartofconfusion A and Prairie Panther wound up third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) never fired as the slight 2-1 choice, winding up last in the seven-horse soiree. For fourth choice Alluneedisfaith N, a 5-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding owned by Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Ross Croghan, it was his sixth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41, the triple returned $141 and the superfecta paid $376. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 21st) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,543.11 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2019 -- Harness racing pacer K Ryan Bluechip zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although the track was listed "good," K Ryan Bluechip reeled off a sharp 1:50.3 mile for driver Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners Steven Ronay, Collin Ryan, Lone Wolf Stable and J.R. Ryan. Carolina Beach stalked the winner from the pocket but had to settle for place, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, for the fifth consecutive start. Summer Travel completed the ticket. K Ryan Bluechip, a 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding, extended his career bankroll to $487,845. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each fashioned a double on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $990.65 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                              

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Artrageous ($14.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner Tuesday in the featured $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Art Major mare had little trouble making the lead from post position seven where she would stay for the mile's duration in achieving her sixth win of the season over Cruzinforavictory and Shesarocker. Trained by Andrew Stafford, it was her sixth win of the season for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case. Artrageous surpassed $400,000 in career earnings with her 19th career win. The night started in familiar fashion as current meet leading driver Art Stafford Jr. won both halves of the daily double with Dash To Freedom ($8.80) and Humble N Kind ($2.80). He won four races on the card. Mike Cole and Jonathan Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Vernon Downs will play host to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for freshmen and sophomore harness racing pacers and trotters on Sunday (September 15). Purse for all eight NYSS races is $40,000. The 6-5 morning line favorite for the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting fillies is Gobi Princess (Jason Bartlett). The filly by Muscle Mass is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Anette Lorentzon. She has two wins this season including a win in the Continental Victory Stakes at the Meadowlands (August 2). In the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies the 6-5 morning line favorite is Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter). The filly by Art Major is owned by trainer Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. She is winless so far in 2019 but has three career wins including a lifetime best mark of 1:53.0 at Vernon as a freshman. The top choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen pacing colts & geldings is the Erv Miller trained Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover is owned by Ronald Michelon and Daniel Plouffe. He has a win, two seconds, and a third in seven career starts. The Chris Ryder trained entry of Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) and Turnthefrownaround (Joe Bongiorno) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Dragon Roll (Roll With Joe-Little Miss Dragon) is owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. She has a victory in five career starts. Turnthefrownaround (Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout) is owned by Craig Henderson. She won a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs for his lone career win. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings is the Erv Miller Trained Brady Bunch (Jason Bartlett). The gelding by Muscle Mass is owned by Mary Jane Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran. He has three wins and two second in five starts this season. The NYSS consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings features the 5-2 morning line favorite Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.). The gelding by American Ideal is trained by Jessica Okusko for owners David Smith and James Gianuzzi. He has three wins this season plus an impressive third place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga. The 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old colts & geldings is Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett). The colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. He has won his last seven races including a victory in the New York County Fair final his last time out. He is now 10 for 13 in his career. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) is the 5-2 morning line choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen trotting fillies. The filly by RC Royalty-Miss Fidget has two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in eight career starts. She is owned by trainer Starks Jr., David Smith, James and Daniel Gianuzzi. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Some of harness racing's top aged pacers will battle in the 13th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial this Monday September 16 at Harrington Raceway. The race is named in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was a regular at the racetrack who enjoyed coming to the races and was a board member of Harrington Raceway. The Quillen is carded as the 8th race on a 14-race program. The field is an accomplished bunch that includes Canadian Pacing Derby champ Courtly Choice (7/1, James Macdonald). Owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Mac and Heim Stables and Touchstone Farms, the 4-year-old Art Major stallion is still revered for his impressive Little Brown Jug win and Meadowlands Pace wins as a sophomore and has elevated his game nicely as a 4-year-old. Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing's None Bettor A (3/1, Jason Bartlett) has plenty of half-mile experience and his $317,470 in seasonal earnings is second only to Courtly Choice in the field. He recently won the $100,000 Great Northeast Open Series final at Pocono Downs on September 9. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and J&T Silva's Backstreet Shadow (6/1, Tim Tetrick) hails from a barn that has won the most Quillen finals for trainer Ron Burke. Burke has had unparalleled success in the track's signature event, winning the Quillen on six previous occasions. Last year's Quillen runner up, Northfork Racing and Chuck Pompey's Scott Rocks (12/1, Eric Goodell), is back as the elder statesman in the field at age 9 and one of two million-dollar earners in the field. Local standout Slick Tony (12/1, Russell Foster) is fresh off two straight wins over the track and has racked up 28 wins in 62 lifetime starts. He is the only horse in the field who has a win over the track for owner/trainer George Leager.   Completing the field are Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters' Prairie Panther (6/1, Tyler Buter), Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry (5/2, Tyler Smith), and Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing's American History (9/2, Joe Bongiorno). The aforementioned American History has recently regained top form after a stellar sophomore season in which he banked $539,682 for trainer Tony Alagna. Sectionline Bigry may be dubbed the field's "mystery horse." The 4-year-old Pet Rock gelding has been the scourge of Open level events in Ohio and won an Ohio Sire Stakes event in a lifetime best of 1:49.2, but is relatively untested versus Monday's competition.   Racing fans will also have access to the richest Standardbred in harness racing history, Foiled Again, who will have a special "meet and greet" located in the parking lot west of the grandstand area at approximately 4:30 p.m. It is only fitting that the only 3-time winner of the Quillen Memorial be present the night of the race.   Also on the wagering card will be three $20,000 first leg divisions for 2-year-old pacers of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund. Two divisions with 15 combined male pacers will be contested in the 7th and 9th races, while one five horse filly division is on the card as the 13th, with one non-wagering event at 4:10 p.m. As is often the case with 2-year-olds, the fields feature many first time starters as only three horses have notched wins already in their career. Two Les Givens-trainees, American Nitro (Victor Kirby) and Bag Of Jewels (Kirby) and Virginia Louthan-trained Spin Sumthin (Foster) are the only freshmen with wins thus far among the lightly raced group.   Post time is 4:30 p.m.  

Vernon Downs welcomes three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday (August 30).Total purses are just over $103,000. In the $34,866 first division, the 9-5 morning line favorite is JK Finendandy (Matt Kakaley). The 2-year-old by American Ideal-JK Fine Art is still searching for her first career victory. Owned by 3 Brothers Stables and trained by Nancy Johanson, she was second in the $64,900 Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs in her last start. The second morning line choice at 2-1 is Ladyboss (John MacDonald). The filly by American Ideal-Shes A Pansation is owned by M&L Of Delaware LLC. and trained by Jessica Okusko. She has won four times in her six career starts. Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $34,866 second division. John Berger trains the filly by Art Major-Just A Glimpse for ownners Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Amesti Jr. She is two for seven in her career by winning NYSS races at Yonkers and Saratoga. The second choice at 2-1 is the Ron Burke trained Hen Party (Matt Kakaley). The filly by Roll With Joe-My Lady Day is owned by W J Donovan. She has a win, a second, and four third place finishes in her seven career starts. The top morning choice in the $35,566 third division is Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) at 2-1. The filly by American Ideal-Magic Starlight is trained by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, W J Donovan, Scott and Thomas Dillon. She has won four NYSS legs as part of her five career victories in six starts. Merga Honover has captured NYSS wins at Batavia, Saratoga, and twice at Yonkers. Her toughest rival is So Rude (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 3-1. The filly by So Surreal-I Am A Snob is trained by Scott DiDomenico for owners Geoffrey Lyons, Glen Goller, and Abraham Basen. She has won two legs of the NYSS in six career starts. So Rude clained her victories at Monticello and Tioga Downs. The 11 race card starts at 6:10. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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