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Pompano Beach, FL...February 24...Lucky Artist A, superbly handled by harness racing driver Mike Simons, painted her way to a repeat win in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (February 23), stopping the timer in 1:51.4. The eight year-old Aussie bred daughter of Artistic Fella, took charge around the opening turn from her outside post and sawed through panels of :27.3 and :56 before a :55.4 half-mile sprint home to touch the wire 1 1/4 lengths the best over Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) with Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) next in a field reduced to six with a pair scratches. Image Of A Dream and Roll With Angel picked up the final two awards. As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal used her blazing hooves off the wings to zip into an early lead with Lucky Artist A, eaving two slots further out, now on the prowl to take charge mid-way around that opening turn. From there, no threats developed as Prairie Westerngal drafted along in the garden spot. Turning for home, the anticipated war between the two never materialized as Lucky Artist A was unscathed through that :27.4 finale.   In a post-race interview, driver Mike Simons said, "last week she was so strong when I chirped to her on the backside and she had to have paced that quarter in :26 and change (:26.4). So, I had confidence with her coming in off of her best mile ever and thought, since she's so good now, to take her to the front. She sure didn't let me down. She raced awesome." Trained by Jared Cooper for the Robert Cooper Stables, Lucky Artist A earned her 21st career win in her milestone 100th start to send her lifetime bankroll to $146,186. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Lucky Artist A paid $5.40 to win. Also of note, Wally Hennessey, who had a grand slam on Monday night, bested that by one on Tuesday night as the Hall Of Famer scored with Dads Filly ($3.60), Play To The Crowd ($4.20), Jaded Dream ($5.40), Glenferrie Blade A ($2.80) and Cenaltafirecracker )$16.60)--the latter keying a Super Hi-5 payoff of $5,881.20 for the 20 cent ticket. Racing continues on Wednesday with a guaranteed pool in the popular Pick-4 covering races five through eight. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Lake Worth, FL - The Wednesday morning qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach training center saw harness racing driver Fern Paquet, Jr., win four of the five races for trotters and pacers. The track was fast but it was a very warm 90 degrees at post time and the judges gave a one second allowance. Paquet started off the day winning the first race trot with Celebrity Liberty, going wire-to-wire and holding off the pocket-sitting Tribeca Blue (Dan Daley) by three-quarters of a length in 2:05.1, last quarter in :30.1. Trained by Sam Stathis, Celebrity Liberty is a four-year-old mare and is sired by Celebrity Maserati. She was bred and is owned by Stathis's Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. The action really heated up in the second race trot when Celebrity Miracle, a return winner from last week's qualifiers, led from start to finish for driver Fern Paquet, Jr., winning with ease by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.3. Celebrity Serena (Sam Stathis) was second with Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) third. Celebrity Miracle also trotted a :27.4 third quarter and came home in :28.2 for the score. She is also trained by Stathis and was bred and is owned by Celebrity Farms. The third race pace nearly saw Paquet score his third straight winner, but driver/trainer Dan Daley held off Paquet's Village Artist by a close head at the wire with Doyoukissfirstdate in 1:59.4. A three-year-old filly by American Ideal, Doyoukissfirstdate is co-owned by Dan Daley's wife, Ann-Mari Daley of Vero Beach with the breeder, Crawford Farms of New York. Paquet returned to the Olympia of Palm Beach winner's circle again in the fourth race pace, this time with Baggage Claim in a romp. Leaving from post three, Paquet sent Baggage Claim right to the front and pulled away from the field, eventually winning by 15 lengths over Firewater Jake (Ken Holliday) and Terlingua (Scott Zeron) in 1:57.2, third quarter in :27 and only a :30 second last quarter mile. A seven-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella, Baggage Claim is trained by Jennifer Sansome and owned by Gregory Gardner of Sheridan, MI. The fifth and final race of the day, a pace, saw Hugh Hefner N give driver Fern Paquet, Jr. his driving quadruple of the afternoon with a 1:58.1 triumph over Jimi Wind Ricks (Scott Zeron). Paquet wired the field with High Hefner N, winning with ease by four open lengths, last quarter mile in :28.3. A 12-year-old gelding by Falcon Seelster, it made it a training double on the day for Jennifer Sansome, who also owns the horse. "It always feels good winning a race," Fern Paquet said. "It's nice to be able to stay sharp driving a few horses. It also is keeping the horses sharp in the hopes we get racing soon. "I can't wait to race for some money again," Paquet added. "especially when you drive a horse like Celebrity Miracle, who really impresses me more and more. He will definitely will be fun this summer wherever he races. Till then he will continue to be ready to go." To see video and droning of the races, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

The sensational Artful Way (Artistic Fella) was at it again on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee was last year's Horse of the Year and is a two-time defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa. He is poised to take home both honors again in 2018. Artful Way is a regular favorite in the local feature but on Saturday night was dismissed at odds of 5-1 in the $20,000 Open Pace. Frank Coppola Jr. marched Artful Way out early and wound up getting a pocket ride for the local superstar. Starznheaven (Jimmy Devaux) cut the mile and set a sensible pace throughout but proved no match for Artful Way once that one popped the pocket around the final turn. Getting up to prevail in 1:53.2, Artful Way recorded his seventh win of the year and his tenth in the local Open! Starznheaven finished second while invader Hug The Wind N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way paid an unheard of, for him, $13.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $71.50 and $324, respectively. Artful Way may well be on his way to becoming the first horse in track history to earn Pacer of the Year honors in three consecutive years and perhaps just the second horse ever to be named Horse of the Year in successive seasons at the Spa. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera to declare the winner, second and third place in the Quebec Plus Series opening round for three, four and five-year-old harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The fifth race feature saw Encore Panic and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to early lead as Flashjack Soleil went off-stride before the start. Courage (Simon Delisle) grabbed the two-hole spot and they raced that way to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. As they came to the half mile in :57.3, Determinant and driver Tyler Jones came first-over with Classic Terror (Pascal Berube) second over. Then at the three-quarters in 1:28, Berube sent Classic Terror three wide and Hercule J M (Pierre Luc Roy) was flowing the flow and came four-wide around the final turn. It was then a race to the finish with Encore Panic and Gendron holding on to win by a long nose in 2:00.1. Determinant was a game second, holding off Hercule J M by a nose for third place. It was the fourth win this season for Encore Panic ($14.20) and the four-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella posted a lifetime mark for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Brian Paquet of Quebec City. For the driver Jocelyn "The Showman" Gendron, it was one of his three winners on the afternoon card. In the 11th race second division of the Quebec Plus Series the race belonged to Lune Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy as they led from start to finish with a lifetime mark of 1:58.3. Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) tried as he could, but could not catch Lune Blue and had to settle for second place with Somebeachbythesea (Richard Veilleux) third. It was the fifth win on the year for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She paid $4.40 to win. The Preferred Trot saw R Rkadabra and driver Francis Picard shoot right out to a four-length lead on the field in the third race co-feature. Past the opening quarter mile in :28, R Rkadabra spread out the field with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) second past the half mile marker in :57.4. Then the action heated up in the backstretch as Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over but right before the three-quarters in 1:28.2, Pascal Berube left the two-hold, came first-over and forced Brosseau and Seeyou Men to go three-wide around the final turn. Once starting down the stretch, Seeyou Men showed he was the strong horse, pulling away with a two-length triumph in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was second with R Rkadabra third. A six-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass, Seeyou Men is a former track record holder and Quebec-Bred Champion. It was his sixth win this year for trainer Daniel Martin. He is co-owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and breeder Chantel Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover. He paid $4.20 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday at H3R with the continuation of the Quebec Plus Series. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

A veteran presence prevailed in the Saratoga Casino Hotel Open Pace on Saturday night. The back to back defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa Artful Way (Artistic Fella) came into Saturday's tilt as a five-time Open Pace winner this harness racing season but has hit a little cold streak of late, by his standards. Despite the fact that the Jackie Greene trainee hadn't won a local Open since the first weekend of June, the classy veteran was still the public's betting favorite in the feature. Frank Coppola Jr. blasted Artful Way out early and after clearing the lead, gave way to last week's Open winner Carolina Beach (Wally Hennessey). Riding that one's coattails throughout, Artful Way surged up in the inside to score in the $14,500 feature, recording the win in 1:52.1. While the favorite prevailed, the race's longshot was the runner-up as All Artist (Billy Dobson) tipped off cover and ended up second-best in his debut in the local feature while dismissed at odds of 28-1. The winningest horse in the local Open Pace this year, Carolina Beach had to settle for third this week. Artful Way was the 6-5 favorite and led an exacta and triple that paid $61.50 and $375, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) was at it again. The Jackie Greene trainee scored another win in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night as the harness racing  five year old destined to be the track's Pacer of the Year for the second straight season prevailed in the local Open for the eighth time of the year. Artful Way blasted out to the early lead over a sloppy track on Saturday and the public's 4-5 betting favorite never had an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:53. The track's Pacer of the Year in '16, Artful Way is having an even better year in '17 as his Saturday victory was his thirteenth of the campaign, eight of which have come in the local Open. Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) finished second in the $19,500 feature as he kept a streak of his own alive. The pacer who holds the all-time track record at the Spa has competed seven times in the Open this year and finished second or third in all seven. Bet You (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot on Saturday as Artful Way cemented his Pacer of the Year status once again. The local star will certainly be a top candidate to be Horse of the Year in '17 as well. Frank Coppola Jr, who piloted the superstar Artful Way to the victory, had a sensational night. The track's top driver piled up an amazing seven victories on the card, padding an already insurmountable lead in the driver standings. Trainer Jackie Greene had four winners on the Saturday program. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) continued his sensational campaign in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Artful Way put the swoop to the group in the $18,000 Open Pace for the second consecutive weekend. The Jackie Greene trainee again got away last in the seven-horse feature and sat patiently as track record holder Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) battled it out with co-favored Deetzy (Billy Dobson). Those two checked in together to three quarters in 1:23.2. All the while, Frank Coppola Jr. was about to make his move with Artful Way who is actually having a better year already than he did in his award winning 2016 campaign. Coming from last at the half when he was still nine lengths off the lead, Artful Way powered past the dueling rivals to win in 1:52.2. Dancin Yankee was the runner-up in the Open for the second consecutive week while Deetzy earned the show spot, hitting the board for the third straight week in Saturday feature. Artful Way was co-favored at odds of 8-5 and led an exacta and triple that paid $17 and $24.40, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. There is a Monday matinee scheduled as well with the Columbus Day program also starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) put in as impressive of a performance on Saturday night as you will see in an harness racing Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee got away fifth in a six horse field in the $18,000 Open Pace while his co-favorite Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) set up shop on the front end. Dancin Yankee, who holds the all-time track record with a 1:48.4 victory in the Gerrity Pace in 2015, finished third in his return to town last week. Driver Mark Beckwith put that classy veteran on the lead in the early going on Saturday night and despite going a fast first quarter in 26.4, got to back it down a bit en route to going a first half in 56 seconds. Artful Way made his move from the back of the pack with about 3/8 of a mile to pace and when he did so, he meant business. Unleashing an eye-popping move heading to the three quarter pole, Artful Way paced right past Dancin Yankee and drew away to win the Open in 1:51.4. Highlighted by a final half in 54.2, Artful Way became the first five-time Open Pace winner at the Spa this season. Dancin Yankee won the photo for place while last week's Open winner Deetzy came on to finish third. Artful Way, the track's defending Pacer of the Year, has already matched his win total from 2016 with ten and is just shy of his earnings from last year of $115,000+. Artful Way was piloted to the Open score by Frank Coppola Jr. Greene and Coppola teamed up for a pair of victories on Saturday night as heavily favored Some Attitude (Somebeachsomewhere) moved his local record to two-for-two. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Artful Way and harness racing driver Brett Crawford takes the Vernon Downs Open Pace ($11,400) on Monday (September 4). Artful Way (Artistic Fella), would jump out to the lead and go gate-to-wire. The 5 year-old, who is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables and trained by Jackie Greene, would put up all the fractions :25.3, :53.4, 1:21.1, 1:49.0. JK Panache (Jimmy Whittemore) would follow the whole way to finish second. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take third. Artful Way ($3.50) would win for the ninth time this year and for the 29th time in his career. Leading driver John MacDonald would win four on Monday afternoon. MacDonald won with Manverick ($3.10), Mayflowermoonshine ($3.40), Dragon Fever ($6.40), and Coopers Beach ($2.60) Vernon Downs returns for live racing on Thursday (September 7), featuring the New York Sire Stakes for Freshman trotting colts. Post time is 6:45. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) did on Saturday night what Artful Way does as the Jackie Greene harness racing trainee scored an Open Pace win at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The track's defending Pacer of the Year went coast to coast in Saturday's $18,000 feature and never suffered an anxious moment. Coming in off a victory in the Plainridge Open earlier in the week, Artful Way utilized his early speed to make it to the top with relative ease. After getting a first half in 56.2, he had plenty left for the back-half and cruised to the win in 1:52.1 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Longshot Wynberg Courage N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up as the 28-1 shot got the pocket ride and held on to earn the place spot on Saturday while fellow invader Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Though Artful Way was the race's odds-on favorite, the exacta and triple in the Open paid well. The exacta returned $42.40 while the triple came back $271 in the seven-horse feature. Artful Way joined stablemate Titus Seelster as four-time winners of the Open Pace at the Spa this season. Both standouts are owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables of Queensbury, NY. Artful Way's connections also had the winner of Wednesday night's Fillies and Mares Open as Stylsh Beachwhere scored the victory in a local feature for the second time in three tries. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

On Saturday night, Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) became the first harness racing four-time winner of the Open Pace this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer loves the lead and got it with relative ease in the $18,000 feature on Saturday. After having things his own way in a first half paced in 56.2, Titus Seelster faced a stiff challenge from rival Panocchio (GerryMattison) who turned up the pressure while grinding up first over. As those two did battle, He's A Lock (Wally Hennessey) sat in the catbird seat observing the action before flying up the passing lane. It was he and Titus Seelster that would hit the line at almost the same time. Separated by the slimmest of margins on the wire, Titus Seelster got the best of longshot He's A Lock to prevail in 1:52.2 over a track labeled 'good.' Panocchio earned the show spot. Titus Seelster paid $10.60 to win in the six-horse Open leading an exacta and triple that came back $82 and $131, respectively. Titus Seelster, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, won for the ninth time in 2017. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Tuesday night with a 7:05pm first scheduled post. Mike Sardella

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) won the Open Pace for the third time in as many tries on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer rattled off back to back jacks in the Open in late May before a brief stint out of town. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the six year old gelding who in Saturday's feature was content to sit the pocket behind rival Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson). The race's favorite Long Live Rock (Wally Hennessey) was flying late and powered past Givenupdreaming before Titus Seelster shook loose up the inside to win it all. The seventh victory of the season for Titus Seelster came in a career best-matching 1:51.1. Long Live Rock was the runner up while Givenupdreaming held on for third in the $13,000 Open. It was the third win in the local Open Pace for Titus Seelster this year and it was the seventh time this season that conditioner Jackie Greene secured a win in the Open Pace (three times with defending Pacer of the Year Artful Way.) Titus Seelster paid $8.10 to win on Saturday and started an exacta and triple that came back $20 and $31.80, respectively, in the six horse feature. Greene and Coppola also scored in the $12,500 Winners Over on Saturday securing an upset victory with Memory Game (Artiscape). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella), the defending Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel, recorded the fastest mile of the year on Saturday night when he won the harness racing Open Pace in 1:50.1. Frank Coppola Jr. went pedal to the metal in the early going with the 7-5 betting favorite in the $14,500 Open and Artful Way hit the quarter in 26.3. The tempo didn't slow much and after checking in at three quarters in 1:22.3, the star pacer had enough left to draw away and win in 1:50.1. Don'tcallmefrancis (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up for the second consecutive time in the Open while JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. For Artful Way, it was the third victory in the local Open Pace this year. His trainer Jackie Greene now has recorded six wins in the regular Saturday feature at the Spa this season. It was the 26th win in just 80 career starts for the five year old Artful Way whose 1:50.1 final time served as a new lifetime mark. Artful Way, who paid $4.80 to win, led an exacta and triple that came back $16.40 and $32, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) went back to back in the harness racing Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Jackie Greene trainee went coast-to-coast for the second consecutive week. Despite being assigned the outside post in Saturday's $14,500 Open, Titus Seelster blasted out to the early lead. After a first quarter in 27 seconds, driver Frank Coppola Jr gave the standout a second quarter breather of 29 seconds. From there, the six year old pacer went a back-half in 55.1 before stopping the timer in 1:51.1 en route to his sixth win of the year. The win time was the second fastest of the year at Saratoga, second only to Titus Seelster's stablemate Artful Way who won the Open in 1:51 back in April. Don'tcallmefrancis (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket to the winner and finished second while Bettor Rock On N (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. Titus Seelster, who was the favorite in last week's Open, returned $16.40 to win this week and led an exacta and triple that paid $89 and $404.50, respectively. Artful Way gave Greene a training double on Saturday as the standout pacer dropped down into the $12,500 Winners Over level to secure a victory of his own, a win that came in 1:51.4 with Coppola in the sulky. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---After winning feature races at the Meadowlands and Saratoga Raceway in recent weeks, Artful Way ($4.20) brought his harness racing traveling road show to Plainridge Park and captured the $13,000 Open Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (May 1). It was a mad rush for the lead when the gate released the field. Marital Bliss (Chris Long), Artful Way (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and last week's Open winner Hickory Icon (Eddie Davis Jr.) all battled for the front before they settled in past the quarter in :26 flat. Hickory Icon leading, was followed by Artful Way and Marital Bliss and the rest of the field did what it could to keep up. But when they hit three-quarters in 1:21.4, it became a two-horse breakaway as Hickory Icon and Artful Way showed their superior class. At the top of the lane Artful Way pulled out and paced up next to Hickory Way and from there, Davis and Aldrich bounced in their bikes in unison down the stretch. About one hundred yards from the wire, Artful Way got stout and put his head in front for good and hung on to win in 1:50.2. It was Artful Way's third win in four weeks and included victories over three different sized tracks. And those wins tied his existing lifetime mark twice and established a new one of 1:50.2 at Plainridge Park. It was the fourth win in eight 2017 starts for Artful Way and it raised his annual income to $32,020 for owner Kellogg Racing Stables LLC. The 5-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Jackie Greene. In the co-featured $10,000 "Old Ironsides" starter event, Cherokee Hiflyzane (Chris Long) stalked the favored pacesetter Escape The News (Ron Cushing) before out-legging him down the lane in 1:52.2. It was the third victory in four starts this year for Cherokee Hiflyzane ($8.60) and his owners Roger Farrar II and Barrie Farrar, who also trains the winner. Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Greg Merton both had driving doubles on Monday and Barrie Farrar and Dan Gill each scored two wins on the training side. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (May 2) with the first post set for 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) worked hard early and hung tough late as the harness racing four year old won the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the eighth time on the season. Frank Coppola Jr. went pedal to the metal with Artful Way early on as the speedy pacer worked past his rivals to make the lead in a brisk quarter of 26.4. Without getting much of a breather, the front-runner for Pacer of the Year at Saratoga held strong throughout while faced with the challenge of first over longshot Gibson Blue Chip (Jimmy Devaux). While Artful Way has been a winning machine this year in the feature, his eighth Open score of the year was his first since September. The race's 1-2 betting favorite stopped the timer in 1:52 on a cold night in Saratoga to best runner-up Gibson Blue Chip and third place finisher Bet You (Stephane Bouchard). The exacta and triple paid $27.40 and $206, respectively. The victory was the tenth overall this year for Artful Way who has followed up his 2015 campaign very well with his second consecutive season of ten wins and over $100,000 in earnings. Artful Way is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC of Queensbury, NY. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

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