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Big Jer (Dein Spriggs) goes from last to first in the stretch to capture the featured harness racing pace ($7,500), at Vernon Downs Saturday (August 12). Golden Gun (Justin Huckabone), would set the pace from the start with fractions of :26.1, :53.4, 1:22.1. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would put on heavy pressure parked out first over for most of the race. Big Jer (Cheyenne Rei) would come out of the clouds in the stretch and blow right by to win in 1:51.2. Oh My Joepa would finish second but be disqualified and placed fifth. Calvin B (Truman Gale would be placed second while Golden Gun would be place third. Big Jer ($7.20) is owned by Patricia Mulder and trained by Patti Harmon. The 8 year-old gelding would win for the fourth time this year and the 34th time in his career. Celebrity Stimulus (David Glasser) would win the CKG Billing Amateur race ($5,000), going gate-to-wire and winning by four lengths in 1:56.0. Garlandsandpearls (Dein Spriggs) would finish second with Peoplesayimnogood (Scott Woogen) settling for third. Celebrity Stimulus is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by Homer Hochstetler. The 7 year-old would notch career victory number 22. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 17), starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A hard-hitting field of Open pacing mares will go toe-to-toe in the top-pacing event on the Saturday afternoon card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 PM for the 13-dash card with the Open mares competing in the race 9 Willow Warrior retirement pace for a $2,350 purse. Sam is the favourite with Jason Hughes training and driving for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., from post 2. The four-year-old daughter of Dragon Again has been exceptional since relocating to the East Coast with seven straight wins in her first seven starts, then tasting defeat last week for the first time at the hoofs of Ramblinglily. With that foe out of the picture, Sam has been installed as the race favourite by classifier Gerard Smith and race analyst Les MacIsaac. "Her undefeated local streak finally came to an end last week but there's no shame in losing to the one that beat her," MacIsaac said of Sam. "Be prepared for her to start a new one." Also in the field is U.S. invader Taylor Rei with post 1 for trainer Bo Sowers and driver Marc Campbell. The seven-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei was racing at Scarborough Downs and Bangor Raceway in Maine. Other entries include General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), Sendmeasign (Kenny Arsenault), Best Risque (Walter Cheverie) and Brodys Leona (Corey MacPherson). The race will also see the official retirement ceremony for four-year-old mare Willow Warrior, who was a regular with this group until she was involved in a race accident in July at the Summerside Raceway and made one start back this fall before her connections decided to hang up her harness. Regular driver Mark Bradley will parade the Western Terror mare one last time before the Open Mares race. Willow Warrior was trained by Brendan Curran for owner Alby Curran of Alberry Plains. The top conditioned pace of the day lines up in race 12 with eight pacers facing off for a $2,100 pot. Bazillion rides a two-race win streak into the event for trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Kent Livingston of Cornwall with Brian MacPhee handling the driving duties. The Village Jolt gelding will have to overcome the outside post eight while handling a group of seven foes including post 2 starter The Big Bite (Arsenault) and post 6 contender Motorino (Terry Gallant). The trot class on the card goes to the gate in race 4 with Osprey Impact favoured from post 5 over Howmacs Pride (Arsenault) and Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau). Osprey Impact is coming off a qualifying win for owner-trainer-driver Paul Larabee in the eight-horse field. SUNDAY CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Dominant. That's the only word to describe All Turain's performance in last three races. The six-year-old son of Tell All has been unbeaten lately racing the best currently lining up on Canada's Eastern seaboard and will try his luck again Sunday afternoon preferred at Red Shores Charlottetown. First race post time is 12:30 PM for the 11-dash card with All Turain being assigned the outside post 9 in the race 10 feature race for a $2,350 purse. Corey MacPherson will hold the lines of the streaking pacer for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is all over All Turain to get the job done a fourth time in a row. "When a post position is assigned that should tell you just how much better a horse is than his rivals at the present time," MacIsaac said of All Turain. "He's sitting on three in a row and looking for four." Also in the field are Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault), Painted Desert (Mark Bradley) and Mach Wheel (Walter Cheverie). The open trotters put their noses on the gate in race 4 on the card. The $1,950 event has Caliban Hanover narrowly favoured over Holy Molie Maggie from post 5 and 6, respectively in the field of half-a-dozen. Caliban Hanover will have Cheverie in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall, while Gary Chappell will handle Holy Molie Maggie for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell. The trotters have been taking turns visiting the winner's circle in recent weeks and will have four other foes in Neal (Brian Andrew), I Aint No Lady (MacPherson), Majian Chester (Jim Ripley) and Parkhill Jugernaut (Ambyr Campbell). For entries, results and race programs go to By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 16, 2015 -- Do Me Honor stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hidden Land rolled through a swift 1:23.3 three-quarters but was unable to separate from the field. Do Me Honor, who was making her second start off a six-week freshening, found the Lightning Lane in time for Aaron Merriman and downed the rallying Macharoundtheclock by a nose in 1:52.1. Mamas Fallen Angel saved ground and earned show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Do Me Honor, a 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right who now boasts $655,064 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Pick 4 increase guarantee to $12,500 Tuesday The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, Nov. 17 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, The Meadows sweetened the pot after Monday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,349.48. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. Tuesday’s program also features a $1,028.40 carryover in the Pick 5, Races 11-15. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

Vernon, N.Y. -- After pouncing from the pocket in mid-stretch, the Harmon Racing Stable's That'll Be the Rei ($2.50) gamely held off a valiant stand-side charge from Damon Blue Chip to take Saturday (November 7) evening's featured $7000 top-level conditioned pace at Vernon Downs.   Mike Merton secured the pocket with the 5-year-old Cheyenne Rei gelding, drafting behind Sassy Hanover (Chris Lems) through sectionals of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23.1. Momentarily pinned to the pegs by the first-over Dodger Hanover (Jimmy Whittemore), That'll Be the Rei had room to make his move just above the eighth pole as Dodger Hanover flattened off the turn.   Upon asking, That'll Be the Rei accelerated clear of Sassy Hanover, easily doing away with the pacesetter. His main danger--Damon Blue Chip (John MacDonald)--kicked cover off the far turn and was making steady ground down the grandstand side of the course. That'll Be the Rei ultimately prevailed by a neck, driven out for the slim 1:51.4 victory over Damon Blue Chip. Shock N Rock (Justin Huckabone) rallied up the pegs to take third.   Rob Harmon trains That'll Be the Rei.   The featured victory was one of three on the 11-race program for Merton, who also teamed up with Western Legend ($8.60, 1:53) and Forty Carrots ($32.60, 1:53.1).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (November 13) evening. Post time is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

Mr Jackpot (Dean Magee) came within two-fifths of a second of the divisional track record at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces on Tuesday (August 25) capturing a $16,000 event for Minnesota-sired freshman trotters. The two-year-old son of Money Talks swept to the top of the field approaching the half-mile marker then held off late-charging RSS Express (Nick Roland) by three-quarters of a length at the finish line. Abra's Momentom (Gerry Longo) attempted a game first-over challenge before eventually settling for the show dough. Trainer Brett Ballinger co-owns Mr Jackpot with partners Glen Wilson and Carl Swanson. The consistent colt now boasts three wins and three place finishes in just seven lifetime starts. A race later a full field of nine Open pacers competed for a purse of $9600. Longshot Cowboy Cold (Luke Plano) used a perfect two-hole trip to narrowly defeat Chewy Baca (Travis Bowman) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in 1:53. Owned by K. C. Carvalho, the eight-year-old son of Cheyenne Rei got a late start on his 2015 campaign, but has now triumphed four times in his first ten seasonal outings. The victory put Luke Plano just a few thousand dollars short of reaching the coveted $10 million plateau in career purse earnings, a feat that could occur Wednesday night when the 35-year-old reinsman is listed to drive in seven of the eight races on the program. Wednesday's card also features a $1445 carryover in the track's popular 50-cent Pick Six wager on races three through eight. Post time for the first race is 7:00 p.m. (central time). Gregg Keidel

Shipping in from Yonkers after finding himself overmatched in a Levy Series preliminary, Harmon Racing's That'll Be the Rei ($7.50) vaulted clear in the final yards of Saturday (April 18) evening's $10,000 Open Pace at Vernon Downs, scoring a 1:50.2 triumph for his second win of the year.   The five-year-old gelded son of Cheyenne Rei tracked early pacesetters JK Panache (Chris Lems) and Hunchie (Truman Gale) through a strong early pace, drafting a close third through a :54.2 half mile. While 3-5 favorite Ashley's Husband (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sustained a first-over bid on the far turn, That'll Be the Rei was never in danger of traffic trouble, angled three-wide by Mike Merton in the final eighth of a mile to pounce on the softened JK Panache. That'll Be the Rei struck the front a sixteenth from home, driven clear to a three-length win. Ashley's Husband was a game--but outkicked--second, and Hunchie saved third with a mild bid after suffering traffic woes in upper stretch.   Rob Harmon trains That'll Be the Rei, who scored his thirtieth career win.   Driver Chuck Connor, Jr. and trainer Janice Connor teamed up for a Saturday night hat trick, proving victorious was Mattjesty Bluechip ($8.40, 1:55.3), impressive first-time starter Shadowmisty ($3.30, 1:56.2), and 86-1 longshot Candid Man ($175.50, 1:57.1).   Live racing returns at Vernon Downs on Friday evening, April 24, with first post scheduled for 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, March 13 -- Fashion Rocker had to survive an inquiry to do so, but she captured her second straight in the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Dream Ball scored in a career-best 1:53.2 to take Friday's other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke teamed to sweep Friday's series leg, and that's not all the duo accomplished. Palone won five consecutive races, beginning with race 4, and he completed the 12-race card with six victories -- four for Burke. Palone drove seven straight winners at The Meadows on March 2, 1993, while the North American record for consecutive victories on a single raceway program is eight. After a first-over move, Fashion Rocker eased by Skyway Hurricane in the stretch to down her by a head in 1:55.3, with Littlewhitekiddie third. After reviewing the stretch drive for possible interference, the judges left the order undisturbed. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Do Me Honor wore down Continual Velocity and defeated her by a neck in 1:53.1 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Macharoundtheclock earned show. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei - Do Me Right extended her career bankroll to $548,047. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DOVER, Del.--- Seawind Ginger, overlooked at 13-1 after a win last start and leaving from the rail with Jonathan Roberts driving, scored a 1:53.3 upset in the Monday, Feb. 16 $14,000 4&5-Year-Old distaff harness racing feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan finished with four winners. With both Velocity Sonja (Allan Davis) and Odds On Alpha (Vic Kirby), bringing three-race win streaks into the contest and drawing wagering support, Roberts used his inside post to best advantage driving the Mach Three - Seawind Gabriella four-year-old, by following Velocity Sonja from the start until the closing stages of a lifetime best 1:53.3 mile. Seawind Ginger, a wire-to-wire winner last week, closed along the passing lane to victory. Velocity Sonja was a safe second. Hit By Lightning (Corey Callahan) edged Odds On Alpha for third-place. Roberts also drove two other up-setters, a 19-1 longshot, Gerald Kelly's Zoe's Fortune to a 19-1 victory in a $15,000 Mares Claiming pace, and 6-1 Mildred's Button for Bill Mears and Janine McIlvane. Razor sharp Taylor Rei out on a strong stretch finish to win the $14,500 sub-feature for female pacers scoring a career fastest 1:53.3 triumph with Montrell Teague in the bike for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners Jonathan Klee Racing and McCoo Inc. The Cheyenne Rei - Lady Raider mare overtook Star Keeper (Callahan) and front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) in the closing strides. Meet leading driver Callahan had four wins, Roberts and Eddie Davis Jr. collected three. Tony Morgan had two wins to bring his career total to 14,967. Trainer Arty Foster Jr. also had a double. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Pompanp Beach, FL...January 24, 2015...That'll Be The Rei, driven by harness racing driver Mike Micallef, and Don't Tell Rusty, handled by Kevin Wallis were inseparable at the wire in Pompano Park's $13,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday Night.   The pair hit the wire together in 1:51.1 after That'll Be The Rei cut all of the fractions--:26.2, :54.3 and 1:22--before drifting out just enough in the lane to allow Don't Tell Rusty to sneak through along the pylons late foe the tie ballgame.   Fancyfreeshark, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, finished third while stablemate Lyons Johnny wound up fourth. Pontiac Luck picked up the nickel in sextet.   Each combatant in the "DH" won for the initial time in 2015 with That'll Be The Rei, a five year-old son of Cheyenne Rei, winning for the 29th time in 51 lifetime starts and Don't Tell Rusty, a six year-old by Tell All, achieving his 11th success in 78 career trips back of the starting gate.   In a post race interview, Micallef said, " With a lot of the early speed outside in here, I thought it best to try and go down the road since his only win here gate to wire a few starts back. He has good gate speed and I really didn't think anybody would try and tackle an opener in :26 and change. He hadn't been out in a couple of weeks so he might have been just a trifle short late in the mile but he raced very well. I w as very pleased with his performance tonight."   The other dead-heat participant, Kevin Wallis, related, "This is the first time I sent him on early...only because he drew well here and I was hoping to get a nice trip after yielding. I knew he was capable of a good final quarter and, when we found some room on the inside, well, he responded nicely. He's just a good, solid racehorse and he might have been a but tighter than some of the others that had missed a week or two.."   That'll Be The Rei, also trained by Micallef for owner Dan Courtemanche, pushed his lifetime bounty to $249,477 while Don't Tell Rusty, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Melvin Fink, sent his lifetime bankroll to just shy of $100,000--$99,636 to be exact.   That'll Be The Rei, off at 6 to 1, returned a dead-heat price of $7.80 while Don't Tell Rusty, 16 to 1 on the board, paid $16.00 to his $2 backers.   The co-feature event, the $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap went to Johnny Grippa, driven by Joe Sanzeri.   This seven year-old altered son of Cam's Card Shark took full advantage of a miscue in the lane by the 1 to 2 favorite, Canadian Touch, to take command and then hold off the furious late surge of Always N The Money, with Peter Wrenn driving, to score by a neck in 1:52.2. Ahead Of The Curve and Joe Pavia, Jr. was eventually awarded third while T's Electric was moved up a notch to fourth. Canadian Touch, third under the wire, was placed fifth due to his aforementioned miscue.   Johnny Grippa won for the 38th time during his career measuring 97 starts and now has $164,770 on his card--$18,325 of that since being claimed by Sanzeri along with Russ Guardino.   Off at 5 to 1, Johnny Grippa paid $13.60 to win.   Late Closing events also highlighted the Saturday night card with The Baron Lancer and Murdock Hanover spotlighting claiming pacers and The Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closer for claiming trotters.   The Baron Lancer, with a bulky field of 11 going to the gate, went to Coopers Beach, driven by Jason Dillander for owner-trainer Shawn Glassmeyer.   This six year-old son of Western Ideal survived a torturous opening half of :53.4 and actually pulled away from the field in the lane to score a sharp four length win in 1:52.   Milliondollartouch (27 to 1) finished second for Dan Clements while Attack Modes Billy (47 to 1) with Ed Hensley was third.   Coopers Beach, second choice at 5 to 2, paid $7.60 to win.   The two divisions of the Murdock Hanover went to In Mint Condition (Mike Micallef) and Officernagentleman (Matt Romano.   In Mint Condition, owned by Lew and Kathleen Whitaker, made a sharp quarter move to the top and just did hold off Ring Leader, charging through on the pylons, and Fearless Chip, on the outside, to score in 1:52.1 as the 3 to 2 favorite.   After the event, Micallef joked, "I guess I was the cream in the middle of the Oreo cookie in that one!"   In Mint Condition won for the 24th time in his career to send his lifetime bankroll to $149,563.   Officernagentleman, trained and driven by Matt Romano for C & F Associates, also hung on for dear life in scoring a head decision over the late charging Red Hot Yankee and Rick Plano in 1:52.2 for his 20th lifetime win. Bold Willie and Dan Clements teamed up for third.   Even money on the tote-board, Officernagentleman paid $4.20 to win.   Finally, two divisions of The Florida Amateur Driving Club Late Closer went behind the Hummer Starting Gate and South Jersey Hey and Royalty On High proved victorious in their respective events.   South Jersey Hey gave amateur driver Steve Oldford his 99th lifetime victory by rallying in the lane to score a 2:01.2 decision over American Empress, driven by Jamie Marra with Whosover and Don Glowacki teaming up for show honors.   The winner paid $5.00 as the public choice.   Royalty On High, driven by Dein Spriggs, took advantage of some hot fractions early--for the class--and then snuck through along the inside to light up the tote-board with a $49.00 mutuel in scoring a 2 1/2 length win over L F Topaz and Billy Muggleston in 2:01.1. VT's Gold Key was third for Leon Cable.   Pompano's Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Saturday night and the carry-over for Sunday's program is well in excess of $60,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Trailing by 8 lengths at the half, Do Me Honor took advantage of live cover to get into position, then brushed through the lane to capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor was sixth down the backside when Aaron Merriman moved her third over in the cover flow. She needed to go wide to do it, but the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right overtook the leaders with authority, scoring in 1:54. Rescue Team was second, 1/2 length back, with Miss Kilo third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Do Me Honor, who extended her career bankroll to $526,177. Eric Goodell and Eric Ledford each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The harness racing driver-trainer combination of Randy Waples and Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh connected for victories in two of the seven $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night (August 15) at Mohawk Racetrack. Their first winner was Big Moment, a colt by Camluck who just got up near the wire after a second-over trip to take the fourth Grassroots split by a neck in 1:55.1. Pan Street USA (Steve Condren) had taken the lead in the lane after a two-hole trip but just fell short at the finish, and heavy favourite Seaforth (Mike Saftic), the leader at the top of the stretch, had to settle for third.  Big Moment Big Moment, also a winner in Grassroots competition on July 21 at Grand River Raceway, is now three-for-five in the win column overall with earnings of $26,160 for McIntosh, who also bred the colt with C S X Stables. McIntosh’s stable of Windsor, Ontario, and partner Max Newham of Merlin, Ontario, own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Waples and McIntosh came right back to annex the fifth division with Thinkofagameplan. He moved to the lead before the :56.4 half, put away a first-over try from Supersonic Jet (Paul MacDonell) before the 1:25.2 three-quarters, and then paced a :28.4 final kicker to win by a length and a quarter in 1:54.1, which was the fastest of the seven Grassroots sections. Red Pine (Jody Jamieson) was up for second and Mac Raider (Mike Saftic) finished third. Thinkofagameplan Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his first win in four attempts and pushed his bankroll to $18,660, is a homebred for McIntosh and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. The excellent first season for sire Sportswriter also continued as he picked up two more victories. Sportsmanship was a 1:54.3 winner for driver Jody Jamieson in the third Grassroots flight, and Sports Lightning grabbed top honours in the six split, stopping the clock in 1:55.4 for driver Mike Saftic. Sportsmanship was sent out by trainer Dave Menary for the ownership group of Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland, Tom Kyron of Toronto, and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, Ontario. Parkinson Farms also bred Sportsmanship, who broke his maiden in his fourth trip behind the gate. Now an earner of $12,500, Sportsmanship is the second foal out of the D M Dilinger mare Lady D M ($634,732), a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final winner. Sportsmanship Sports Lightning posted his second victory from four starts for co-owner/trainer Alvin Bowman of Markdale, Ontario. He shares ownership with Robert Nobes of Stayner, Ontario, Veral Robert Bowman of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Donald Warden of Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Sports Lightning, who has now put away $19,600 for his connections, is the sixth foal out of the Camluck mare Cohenikova. Sports Lightning   Also winning in Grassroots action tonight were: Mybestolxfriendray (Cheyenne Rei-Baywatch-Keystone Raider), a 1:56.1 victor for driver Phil Hudon, trainer Kevin St. Charles, and owner Dr. Andrew Roberts of Lexington, Kentucky. The winner was bred by Bonley Farm Inc. Mybestolxfriendray Pair Of Deuces (Badlands Hanover-Pacific Dragonette-Dragon Again), who halted the clock in 1:55.3 for driver Rick Zeron, trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman, and owner/breeder Pinske Stables of Plato, Minnesota. Pair Of Deuces Twin B Scandal (Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue-McArdle), who tallied in 1:56.1 for co-owner/trainer/driver Joe Hudon of Acton and R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. Twin B Scandal The next Grassroots test for the rookie pacing colts and geldings is on August 24 at Georgian Downs. For full results of Friday night’s events at Mohawk, please click here. Ontario Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 4, 2014 -- Don't Mind Me thwarted the same rival twice en route to victory in 1:57.1, fastest split in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. KY Lucky, Master The Past and Plump Jack took the other divisions in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Don't Mind Me and trainer/driver Jim Raymer had the lead at the quarter when Longcat Hanover and Dan Rawlings ranged up on the outside. When Don't Mind Me refused to release him, Longcat Hanover retreated to the pocket, only to try again near the three-quarters. The result was the same, as Don't Mind Me defeated his persistent challenger by a length, with Up Front Murray third. The time was a tick off the stake record. "He's a lazy sort of thing -- he hasn't even learned to be a racehorse," Raymer said of the son of Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind, a $50,000 yearling acquisition for Harbor Racing Stable. "If I let Danny go, chances are my horse would've just backed up and not had any interest in racing at all. So I took a shot. "Physically, he's ready; mentally, he's not. He's like a 5-year-old. He loves to be out there, his manners are super. It's just that I want him to be a little bit of a racehorse." A three-race maiden entering the stake, Master The Past erased a 4-1/2-length deficit with an uncovered backside burst that carried him to victory in 1:58.4 for Mike Wilder. Wimborne Hanover, who was on the lead when Master The Past blew by, was second, 4-3/4 lengths back, with Marion Coca a rallying third. "I totally was expecting (a big race from him)," said Clinton Guitard, who conditions the Glidemaster-So Fine Kash gelding, a $15,000 yearling purchase, for Michael Guitard. "He looked like he would win his last race, but he got a little tired. I figured he could go in the stallion series." KY Lucky made it two wins in three career starts when he quarter-poled to the lead for Eric Ledford and comfortably held off Cue Hall by a length to score in 1:59. Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables campaign the Illinois-based youngster and sent him to The Meadows to trainer Tim Twaddle. Although he's had the Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding for only a week, Twaddle likes what he sees. "He's a great little guy -- I can't say anything bad about him," Twaddle said. "He's honest and game." In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, early leader Do Me Honor was shuffled to fourth but shot the Lightning Lane to notch her second straight victory for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury The time of 1:51.2 matched the career best for the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $487,858. Rescue Team was a head back in second while Novascotia Hanover earned show. Merriman won five races and Wilder three on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,985.10. In addition, The Meadows will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4, a regular feature of the track’s Monday and Tuesday cards. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program, which features a $233,008 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2014 -- Do Me Honor settled into the pocket, then blew by the leader in the lane to capture Monday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor got away first but yielded to Novascotia Hanover, who was hard-used from post 9 to make the front. When the field turned for home, Do Me Honor responded to Aaron Merriman's urging and brushed clear to score in 1:52.1. Tremor Hanover raced well from post 10 to be second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Nice Party shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Do Me Honor, a 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right who was won 18 races over the past two seasons and $476,608 in her career. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card.  For Tuesday, July 29, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased to $12,500 the pool guarantee for its Pick 4, in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Although a $5,000 Pick 4 pool guarantee is a regular feature of Monday and Tuesday cards, The Meadows sweetened the guarantee when Monday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a $3,298.27 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 23, 2014 -- Do Me Honor stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Certified Ideal, the 1-2 favorite, clocked a reasonable 56.3 half on the front. But when Aaron Merriman knifed inside with Do Me Honor, she was the fresher mare, defeating Certified Ideal by 3/4 lengths in 1:52. Ladystar finished third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Do Me Honor, a 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right who lifted her career bankroll to $455,248. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each drove four winners on the 15-race card while Merriman enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 16, 2014 -- Headed approaching the final turn, Do Me Honor dug deep to reclaim the lead and capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor seized the lead with a quarter-pole move but yielded, ever so briefly, to the strong first-over bid of Ladystar. The game Do Me Honor reasserted for Aaron Merriman and scored in 1:52.4, a head better than the rallying Shucked. Ladystar saved show. Bill Bercury trains and owns Do Me Honor, a 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right who was won 16 races over the last two seasons and $446,248 in her career. Merriman drove five winners on the 15-race card while Brian Zendt enjoyed a training/driving double. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Taylor Rei absolutely enjoyed watching a pair of mares battle in a speed duel on the front and then reaped the benefits of their hard work to win the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 8) in a seasonal best time of 1:54.3 over the fast track.   Real Joy (Shawn McDonough) and the parked Ugly Betty (Jack Flanigen) tussled to the opening half mile, posting fractions of 28.0 and 56.2. Taylor Rei (Ray Fisher Jr.), who went three-wide down the backstretch, zoomed past the tiring pace-setters, hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:25.3.   In the stretch, Taylor Rei ($15.40) and Ray Fisher Jr. enjoyed the beautiful spring air in Western New York and never had to deal with any challengers, scoring a four length victory. V'La Faire (Drew Monti) finished in second while CS Kentucky (Kevin Cummings) took third place.   Taylor Rei (Cheyenne Rei-Lady Raider), owned by Jonathan Klee Racing and trained by Ryan Swift, has now registered five victories in 15 starts, producing $27,663 in earnings in 2014 and $106,065 lifetime.   The racing action resumes on Friday evening at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

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