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LEBANON, OH. - Three divisions of second round action in the George 'Red' Owens Memorial late closing harness racing series were featured on the Sunday (Feb. 16) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. The results of the trio of $12,000 splits determined the nine finalists for next Sunday's $20,000 championship tilt. The Owens Memorial is one of nine Lebanon Legends series that honor the memory of notable horsemen, now deceased, who were among the early heroes at nearby Lebanon Raceway which now serves as a training center for many Miami Valley participants. A total of 27 horses, all fillies or mares that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 at the start of the series, were nominated. Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) copped the first division in 1:54.4, edging Pray The Rosary (Luke Ebersole) and Valendougha (Sam Widger). It was the fifth win in 15 starts for the late-blooming 8-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway, who didn't commence her racing career until age seven. She is owned and trained by Perry Smith. Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) was the quickest of the three winners, turning the tables from Leg 1 on runnerup Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) in 1:53.4. It was the third lifetime success for the 3-year-old daughter of Pet Rock, trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway, who lowered her career best time by over three seconds. Rockinattheryman (Trace Tetrick) closed well to secure the show finish. Big Bad Mosa (Tetrick) became the only two time winner in the series when he scored in 1:55 over Onspeed N (Tyler Smith) and Sweet Ginger (Josh Sutton). Ronnie Roberts trains the 3-year-old filly by Big Bad John for the Watson Stables. She, too, lowered her lifetime best clocking with her fourth triumph in just 13 trips behind a starting gate. The field for the championship finals in the Legends series is determined by money earnings in the two preliminary legs. The 'Red' Owens Memorial finalists, in order of earnings, will be Big Bad Mosa, Crowntimerockette, Jazzie Babe, Hilary Barry N, Pray The Rosary, Onspeed N, Rockinattheryman, Lookintomyeyes and Sweet Ginger. Racing resumes Monday afternoon at Miami Valley featuring two divisions of the second round of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series, as well as the final two elimination heats in the popular Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway        

Plainville, MA---After experiencing broken equipment in his first start of the year last week in a Free-For-All harness racing event at Scarborough Downs, A Sweet Ride bounced back with a gutsy gate-to-wire effort in the $10,000 conditioned pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (April 17). A Sweet Ride (Jimmy Whittemore Jr.) left hard to take the front and got there with no problem. While Whittemore laid-out flat in the bike grabbing leather, the leader tripped the timers in :27.2 and :55.2, dictating from a loose two-length advantage. Sinners Prayer (D.T. Sumner) who had been getting the trip in second to this point, pulled pocket up the backside to challenge the leader. But when he did, Shinobu Hanover (Greg Merton) snuck up the rail and into the void and was now on A Sweet Ride's back. Coming off the turn, A Sweet Ride held Sinners Prayer at bay on the outside and had Shinobu Hanover locked in tight behind him and it remained like that all the way down the stretch. With only a few hundred feet to the wire, Shinobu Hanover found daylight at the pylons and flew alongside the leader. But A Sweet Ride had enough left in the tank to tough out the victory in 1:52.4. It was the first win of the year for A Sweet Ride ($10.20), the 45th of his career and it pushed his lifetime earnings to $469,032. The 8-year-old gelded son of Dontgetinmyway is owned by Philip Scott McKenzie and is trained by Jamie Gerard. There were major payouts coming and going on the card today at The Ridge. In the first race, Feel My Pain (Jim Hardy) was overlooked by the betting public but won by six-lengths in 1:55.1 and paid $23.20. The win also triggered a healthy 4-7-3 trifecta payout of $2,198.00. And in the last race, Wheelaway (Steve Nason) came flying late on the outside to win by a nose in 1:54 at 40-1 and paid $82.80. The 2-4-5 trifecta combination sent the fans who had it home happy with a $1,169.80 payout. Steve Nason, Jimmy Whittemore and Ron Cushing all had driving doubles on the afternoon and trainer Jamie Gerard scored two victories for his stable as well. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (April 18) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Moveoutofmyway (Dontgetinmyway) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in the harness racing 2016 Holiday Pace Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Driver Billy Dobson yielded to the favored Mayfield Hanover (Dragon Again) in the early going and Moveoutofmyway rode the leader's coattails throughout before pouncing on him in the final 1/16 of a mile. Mayfield Hanover, the 3-5 public choice, was looking for a clean sweep of the series which consisted of two legs that led up to the $16,050 Friday final. Moveoutofmyway, who is trained by Monica Krist, stopped the timer in 1:55.4 on a cold night at the Spa. Mayfield Hanover (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for second while JK Pearls Delight (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Moveoutofmyway paid $7.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $8.80 and $44.80, respectively. The $10,000 Holiday Pace Consolation was won by RD Donethat for trainer George Merton and driver Dan Cappello Jr. It was the third winner on the card for the Saratoga Hall of Famer Cappello. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Veteran harness racing horseman Gerry Longo seems to be getting better with age. Now 70 years old, but still going strong with a string of ten horses in his stable, driver Longo swept to victory in the last three races on the Saturday night card at Running Aces. With the triple, Longo leaped back into fourth place in the current driver's standings sporting 30 wins in the first 29 nights of the 53-night meet. He also ranks fourth in the local trainer's standings with 20 wins from 70 starts. Longo won both feature races on the Saturday program guiding his own Kiss On The Lips to a 1:54.3 half-length score in the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open; and steering trainer Gene Miller's It's Getting Hairy to a 1:54.2 tally in the $6500 Open II for males. Longo concluded his "turkey" by capturing the $3000 condition race nightcap with longshot Barbosa, a four-year-old gelding which he also owns. Kiss On The Lips came first-up before the quarter and cleared to the front well before the half, then held off favored Party Hanover Two (Steve Wiseman), Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) and De Valeria (Tim Maier) in a driving finish that resulted in all four mares being lapped-on to one another at the wire. The win was the 16th in 59 career tries for Kiss On The Lips, a five-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway who inched closer to the $100,000 earnings plateau-currently at $97,264. It's Getting Hairy is owned by Wolfswinkel Pacers Inc. and now sports 22 victories and a bankroll of $109,003. The Minnesota-sired six-year-old son of Relentless Yankee topped stablemate Bunkerhill Bill (Tony Succarotte), the runnerup who was uncoupled in the wagering, Major Hottie (Kim Pluta) and Greybeard (Brian Detgen). Barbosa kicked back $22.40 to his $2 supporters, upsetting fellow longshot Kablooie (Kim Pluta) and favorite Goody Two Socks (Rick Magee) in a very tight three-way photo finish. Unraced at two, it was Barbosa's ninth win over the last two seasons. If Longo can maintain his present 30% win percentage with starters from his current hard-hitting stable, this will be his finest and most productive season at Running Aces. One of just a handful of trainers who have called Running Aces their summer home since the track's inception eight years ago, Gerry shows no signs of letting up any time soon. "I've been training horses my whole life," Longo exclaims, "and I want to race as long as I'm able and competitive." There seems to be no reason to start planning a retirement party anytime soon! Gregg Keidel Director of Racing  

With an impressive showing by Indiana's three-year-old trotting fillies last evening at  the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in stakes action, their male counterparts were not to be outdone in their turn of Indiana Sires Stakes on Thursday, July 23. A field of ten sophomore trotting colts lined up behind the gate in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and once again, the race left no doubt as to who was the best on this night. With a seven race win streak on the line, Homicide Hunter continued his divisional dominance to score impressively in 1:53.4. With regular driver John DeLong in the sulky, Homicide Hunter equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with the win and remains undefeated in his sophomore campaign. Starting from the trailing post position ten, Homicide Hunter was unhurried in the early stages of the race to settle along the rail in fifth. Shawnee Valley and Jason Dillander left the gate firing to rattle off splits of :27.1 and :56.4 while Hominy Hill and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip. As the field approached the final turn, DeLong gave Homicide Hunter the green light and he quickly engaged the leader at the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2. Homicide Hunter reached the lead as the field turned for home and simply sprinted away from the field to cruise on to the wire under a hand drive, winning by five lengths. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Hominy Hill rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.00 at the betting window. With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action in 2015. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the homebred son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 11 of 18 lifetime starts. The stakes action opened up for the evening with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander used a well-timed rally to score their second consecutive victory, this time in 1:53.2. Downthehighwy was able to track down the pacesetting Granite and Peter Wrenn before holding off a late charge late in the lane from Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith to get the win. The victory was the second of the season from five tries for the son of Dontgetinmyway-Happy Tears and a lifetime best effort. Trained by Robert Taylor, Downthehighwy has now earned $70,375 for his connections at Mack Racing Stables, LLC. Emily Gaskin

Scarborough, Maine (June 20, 2015) - Fast miles have become the order of the day at Scarborough Downs this season so harness racing fans could have been forgiven if they viewed A Sweet Ride's 1:53.2 win in Saturday's (6/20) $6000 feature pace as just another "day at the office" event. At second glance though something special had transpired on a rather chilly late spring day in Maine as the six-year-old son of Dontgetinmyway effortlessly paced to the fourth fastest mile ever recorded in the 65 year history of the Downs. After being locked in with pace during a fourth place finish last weekend, driver Kevin Switzer, Jr sent his charge with sharp determination to the early lead on Saturday, clipping through zippy panels of 27.1, 56.1 and (the seldom seen) 1:24.2 while holding solid sway over a determined bunch en route to cruising to the 2-1/2 length margin of victory. The win was the 4th of the season for the Jamie Gerard trainee who was recently purchased by owner Scott McKenzie of Saco, Maine. BP Diet Food (Dan Deslandes) rode the perfect pocket trip to runner up honors while JJ's Jet (Drew Campbell) parlayed a first over challenge to the third place showing. A Sweet Ride's sterling effort was just 1/5th of a second off the track standard for older geldings. Impressively, only existing track record holders have ever paced faster at the Downs included therein the older gelding standard bearer Wholly Louy's 1:53.1 mile in 2012, Shady Sabrina's epic mare record of 1:53.1 taken in 2010, and Hotrod Falcon's immortal overall track record of 1:52.4 taken during the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace with Walter Case, Jr steering the course. "And that's on a chilly night! He'll pace 1:52 or better on a warmer day!" Kevin Switzer, Jr could be heard exclaiming as he guided the speedy steed into the Scarborough winner's circle. If that is indeed the case, the harness fans in Maine are in for the time of their lives this season. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

When last seen, Radar Contact was winning the Betsy Ross for Open Mare Pacers at Harrah's Philadephia over some of the best older harness racing mares in training. She returned to The Meadowlands Friday night and it should come as no surprise that she called the Winners' Circle her home again.   Leaving from post position nine in the $28,500 Open Handicap for the pacing mares, Radar Contact was overlooked in the wagering despite her excellent form, escaping at 4-1. With her typical partner, John Campbell in the bike, Radar Contact left for position while her rival Inittowinafortune established the early lead through a 26.4 opening quarter with Weeper in the pocket and Radar Contact stalking the speed from mid-pack. Down the backstretch, Radar Contact began to make her move, but Weeper was also in gear as that mare pulled the pocket and Radar Contact found herself three-wide briefly nearing the half-mile pole. Radar Contact grabbed the lead as the field passed the half-mile in 54.2 and he led the mares passed three quarters in 1:22.2. Weeper remained just behind her throughout with Katie Said applying pressure first over. In deep stretch, Radar Contact was able to keep Weeper in the pocket as she powerfully paced to the wire for her 7th victory of the season in 1:49.2, a new lifetime mark for the seven year old daughter of Dontgetinmyway. Weeper was second and Katie Said was third.   Radar Contact has been first or second in 15 of 17 starts this season, earning over $195,000. She is owned by Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott and trained by Noel Daley.   Radar Contact     In other action, Iron (Cantab Hall)scored in his three year old debut, one of two wins on the card for trainer Frank Antonacci. A Hambletonian hopeful, Iron displayed a strong turn of foot winning in a sharp 1:53.4 while rallying without Tim Tetrick asking him for his best. The win was one of three on the card for Tetrick.   Trainer Chris Ryder also scored a hat-trick on the card and his was of the natural variety as Ryder trainees won races four, five and six. Among those wins was Southwind Poseidon (Muscle Hill) who trotted to a lifetime best 1:52.3 performance.   Dave Miller also won three races on the card, with John Campbell and Yannick Gingras both winning a pair.   Friday night marked the first round of the Cathedra Dot Com series for fillies and mares meeting the condition of non-winners of $5,000 in their last five starts, or those that have started more than six times at Freehold in 2015. The first leg was split into three divisions, with Oceans Motion (Camotion) pulling off the upset in the first division, Candy Styx N (Christian Cullen) scoring a mild upset in the middle division and Real Drama (Real Desire) making it back to back victories in the third grouping.   Table Talk (Bettor's Delight) paced to a sub-1:50 performance, winning an upper-level condition event for pacing mares in a lifetime best 1:49.3 for Tim Tetrick.   On the wagering front total handle for the Friday program reached $2,990,467, a near 15-percent increase over 2014, with the on-track handle growing by nearly 20-percent. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryovers continued to grow Friday night. The 5th race carryover now stands at $146,080 while the last race carryover grew to $121,232.   The 13-race Saturday program features four divisions of the Graduate series, two for the four year old pacers and two for the four year old trotters, a series that Father Patrick will headline.   The Saturday action begins at 9:30 with Breakfast with the Babies and the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes in which the gates open at 10:30 A.M.   Darin Zoccali

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - (Friday, April 10, 2015) Radar Contact entered the $27,500 Mares Open Handicap Friday Night at The Meadowlands on quite a roll. In fact, she had not been worse than second in her last six starts. That would not change as the seven year old daughter of Dontgetinmyway took the field wire to wire score back to back wins at the top level for the mare harness racing pacers in 1:50.3 as the even money favorite. John Campbell wasted no time with his mare, establishing the early lead instantaneously off the gate. She would soar through fractions of 27.1, 55.4 and 1:24 with no pressure. Just like the week before, Inittowinafortune sat the pocket throughout behind the favorite. Meanwhile, Rocklamation making her first start of the season, was relegating to the trailing position from her outside post. That is where she remained throughout the mile, unable to launch a rally upon her return. Through the stretch, Radar Contact was able to keep Inittowinafortune at bay, powering home in a 26.3 final quarter to win impressively. Cherry Bliss, making her Meadowlands debut maintained her position flashing good pace to be third. Radar Contact is trained by Noel Daley for Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. The win was the fourth on the season for Radar Contact, bringing her earnings this season to $78,200. Radar Contact The $27,500 Open Handicap Trot featured Melady’s Monet who had won three consecutive editions of the top-level trot, but six year old gelding did not fire tonight, finishing a distanced last.  Tonight, Wind Of The North brought his A-game, following a wire to wire performance at Dover.  The five year old gelding did the same thing at The Meadowlands tonight, trotting through fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:25.1.  On the far turn, he received a challenge from the other Dover invader, Tough Mac, and the pair sprinted away from the field, opening up several lengths on Rolls Blue Chip who had been sitting the pocket.  At the mid-point of the stretch, Wind Of The North put away Tough Mac, but was faced with a monstrous rally by Lindy’s Tru Grit who came from well-back and sprinted a final quarter in 26.3, but was simply left with a bit too much to do and would finish second to Wind Of The North.  Master of Law rallied to be third. The winner was driven by Dave Miller for Daryl Bier who trains and co-owns the gelding with Joann Dobeck.  Wind Of The North completed the mile in 1:53.1 Wind Of The North Tonight’s GSY Amateur trotting event went to Robert Hechkoff and Bambino Hall in 1:57.3.  Hannah Miller put forth another good effort in the series finishing second with Casanova Lindy. Bambino Hall Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers continued their carryovers, with the fifth race carryover growing to $76,092 and the last race carryover reaching $41,497.  Both carryovers will roll into the Saturday program which features a 13-race card that begins at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Bruce Clarke has returned for another winter stay in California, bringing along his top trotter I Love New York and a dozen other assorted performers. You can say that Im hoping to rebuild, said Clarke, an accomplished driver/trainer who has driven over 2,900 winners in his career and recently went over the $12 million mark as a chauffeur. I Love New York is owned by Clarke along with longtime clients Jack Coffey and Patricia Waldeck and the 6-year-old Broadway Hall homebred is nearing $250,000 in earnings while sporting a 1:54 3/5 career standard that was established here last season. His most recent victory came in late August over the five-eighths Tioga Downs oval in the state hes named after and the dark-hued trotter has gone some big miles for Clarke since his introduction to the game. Im out here for the winter and its nice to get away from the cold, Bruce related. This wasnt the best of summers for the barn, because we had a lot of bad luck, but Ive got some young ones here that Ill be getting ready. The one thing missing from his arsenal this year would be some Sire Stakes performers, which has been a mainstay of the shedrow over the years, but Clarke still figures to make his presence felt during the course of this meeting. A reminder that there are now four wagers here that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6; the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap.    High Bet Hanover High Bet Hanover, who has fired nothing but bullets at this meet in five appearances, heads the cast for Sunday evenings featured Open III Pace for fillies and mares. An 11-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a first post of 4:45 Pacific. The headliner will go as the second race on the evening with a field of six set to face the starter. High Bet Hanover has recorded two victories and three seconds from her five starts at the stand for owner Kc C Cavalho, trainer Tim Brown and driver Luke Plano. Overall, she is going for her eighth snapshot on the season from 41 trips to the post. The 6-year-old Bettors Delight established a new lifetime mark three starts back when she captured the finale of the Annette Funicello Series on October 18 in 1:53 4/5. She came back to be the runner-up in a conditioned affair and then returned to her winning ways in her most recent tour. Sent off the even-money choice in that contest, High Bet Hanover sat a tracking trip for a half, then attacked to the final bend and went on to a two and three-quarter length score with Plano This time around, Director of Racing Robin Schadt has assigned the mare the outside post. Dont Hurry Love completed the exacta behind High Bet Hanover last week and will be looking to turn the tables. The 5-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway races for Ed Actkinson, takes her lessons from Bob Johnson and will be guided by Mooney Svendsen. She boasts $135,000 in earnings and a 1:54 1/5 career standard. Completing the cast are Free Girl, who gives the Brown barn two looks at the outcome; the Steve Wiseman-trained duo of Surprisingly Sweet and Razzle Be Dazzled; and Rag Doll, who hails from the Lino Pacheco barn and leaves from the inside slot. Mike Ratzky - Cal Expo Harness

COLUMBUS, MN. - 69-year-old Gerry Longo, the senior reinsman in the Running Aces driver's colony, scored a couple of upsets on Tuesday night's program. Not only was Longo the only multiple winning driver on the night, but he owned and trained both horses as well.   Kiss On The Lips survived a long first-over journey on the outside to sweep from last to first in a $4500 conditioned and claiming race for mares. With an impressive :28.1 final panel the four-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway bested Surprisingly Sweet (Steve Wiseman) and RD IOU (Tim Maier). Dispatched at odds of over 7-1, Kiss On The Lips paid $17.80 to win and headed a $61.80 exacta and $216 trifecta.   Three races later it was Dragons Wail lighting up the toteboard for Longo. Despite moving up a class and starting from the seven hole in a nine-horse field, the four-year-old Dragon Again lass outlasted Chilly Breez (Nick Roland) and Ksmewithurizclosed (Wiseman) for a one-length 1:57.1 tall. Longo's second longshot winner returned $29.20 to win and topped a $65.60 exacta and $242.20 trifecta.   Longo is occasionally permitted to announce a qualifying race at Running Aces and his fellow drivers mused that his mares raced alot like Gerry's favorite phrase he uses in his calls: "They raced like hares who just backed up to a porcupine--they were gone!"   From the Running Aces Press Box

Cyclops, a 3-year-old pacing colt by Dontgetinmyway out of Nuke Warm, earned his name honestly. He only has one eye, but that hasn't stopped this colt from doing his job. The colt lost his eye when he was only 2 weeks old. The colt and his mother got turned out to play for a few hours and when they went to bring him in the accident had already happened.   Cyclops was bred and is owned by Jerry Zosel of Columbus, Ohio and trained by Ohio native, Jim Dailey.   The colt was lightly raced at two. Only having 8 starts, but he earned two wins and a mark of 1:56.2 and a bankroll of $5,085.00. A great start for this homebred colt.   His 3-year old year has started well, with a win, a third and a fifth place check, a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 and has already earned $5,400.   Jim says "he was good to break, but just like any baby he had good days and bad days." "As he got older he never got over the good days and bad days", but Jim also stated" he know his job and he's consistent."   His caretaker, Stacy quoted "his worst habit is going in and out of his stall, but he's a sweetheart to take care of besides that."   Cyclops comes in to Scioto on Thursday, May 15, off a seventh place finish at Hoosier Park. He had the nine hole last week and Dailey says, "he doesn't like to come from that far off the pace, I look for him to get a better trip tonight."   Cyclops was in the 8th race on the Thursday's thirteen race-card and started from the five post with driver, Greg Grismore. Cyclops didn't disappoint his connections. Grismore gave him a perfect pocket trip and waited for the super stretch to get up in time. He stopped the timer in 1:56.4 and paced a last quarter in 28.3.   Racing continues, Friday, May (16) and Saturday, May (17) with a 6:30 p.m post time.   Saturday, May (17) is Preakness Day and the live 13 race-card will feature the Laverne Hill Memorial Pace for Open Mares and a purse of $50,000.00.   Be sure to get to the track early on Saturday to meet and greet with the leading trainers of Scioto Downs. Trainers, Virgil Morgan Jr, Scott Mogan and James Arledge Jr will be available for autographs, pictures and questions until 6:15 p.m.   From Scioto Downs Racino

Taylor Spitzig, 23, of Courtright, Ont., celebrated her first ever career win, as a trainer, this past Tuesday at The Raceway at Western Fair District, In London, Ont.. Taylor is the owner and trainer of Windwood Nick who would roll gate-to-wire at 11/1 for driver Lorne House in 2:00 flat.   When asked about her background in racing, she says she’s been involved her whole life. “My dad (Rusty) has always had horses and back before harness racing was popular he was racing ponies in Sarnia and in Indiana, Michagan and Ohio,” shes says. “As a young child I’d bring my colouring books to the track - while my dad drove or looked after the horses we had racing that night. I was ten when I picked up my groom’s license just so I could actually be in the paddock with my dad.” “Dad has been my biggest influence, but I also look at trainer Casie Coleman and the success she has had in the business,” continued Spitzig. “Not only is she the top female trainer, but she’s a top trainer in a male dominated industry.” Together with her dad, the Spitzigs look after sixteen horses  - a mixture of race horses, two-year-olds, yearlings, broodmares and retired horses. “I have a two-year-old of my own that I’m getting ready for O.S.S. action this year - Casimir Ozzy aka Ozzy - and then I’m training two Dontgetinmyway two-year-olds to go back to Indiana for their sire stakes this summer,” she explains. “Some other ‘project’ horses I have are my two three-year-olds and my old trotter Twin B Rawley. I’m hoping to have those three qualified by mid-April.” Going into Tuesday’s race with Winwood Nick, Taylor said there was no need to be any more confident about her chances of winning. “Whenever I am confident it seems to backfire on me... All I said to Lorne (House), before the race, was - I hope ‘Woody’ has his game face on... I figured I was good enough for a cheque but not the win. Being in against my dad’s horse (Birkdale) and my pet, I was just hoping they could both finish in the money - which they did!” When asked if she had purchased a win ticket on Winwood Nick, for that first training win, Taylor was quick to admit that she’s very superstitious. “No I didn’t have a ticket on him,” she says. “I won’t bet my horses... I won’t Tweet about them or go on Facebook to talk about them until after they race. I feel like I jinx them when I do any of that,” she continued. “You may just see me in the same jeans, tank, sweater and sneakers next time ‘Woody’ is in to race because that’s how superstitious I am!” Here’s Taylor describing the feeling of watching and winning her first race... “When they got past the half and ‘Woody’ was still on top – the excitement started to kick in... I was yelling at the top of my lungs from the fence hoping he would keep going. I don’t even remember seeing the finish I was just way too excited. And then I questioned myself thinking he may have got nipped at the wire - because it was close - but then I heard Brad in the starting car say ‘test the winner #3’ and I started walking to the winner's circle with probably the biggest, goofiest, smile on my face ever. All the guys going out to warm up horses kept congratulating me... It felt amazing! All I could think was 'I finally won my first race!’ and that smile hasn’t left my face yet... My dad keeps teasing me - asking how many copies of the win photo I'm going to have made.” by Shannon "Sugar" Doyle, for the Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dont Say Goodby said 'hello' to the winner's circle once again after registering a three-quarters of a length victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace at a blustery Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 25) in 1:59.1 over the good track.   The victory was the fourth straight in Open competition in Western New York for Dont Say Goodby ($3.30) since arriving from Indiana in late November.   The start was delayed by nearly 45 minutes after a power failure occurred during the stretch run of the seventh race. The wait didn't have any affect on Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) as he had plenty of energy in the passing lane to run down Stonebridge Rocket (Shawn McDonough).   Sand Summerfield (Dan Rawlings), who went on a brief break around the opening turn, regrouped and had the lead at one point, but had to settle for third place.   The win was the second in as many starts in 2014 for the 6-year-old Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albatross). It was his 15th career win and jacked his career earnings to $172,077.   Saturday night's card completed a stellar week in the handle department at Buffalo Raceway. The track took in well over $900,000 during the four-day race week.   Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said, "We haven't seen a handle like this week in Western New York in over 10 years. There were three reasons for the big handles I believe. There were some cancellations during the week at other tracks, we have some good drivers here competing and we've had some well-balanced and wide open fields which leads to increased handles."   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Wednesday night with a 12-race program set to get underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, promotions, race replays and statistics, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) continued his winning ways in Western New York as he made it three straight locally by capturing the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 18).   Since arriving from Indiana in November, Dont Say Goodby ($4.20) has been a perfect three-for-three, all coming in the Open paces.   The 6-year-old gelding won two Opens at Batavia Downs in November and found his new surroundings at Buffalo Raceway to his liking as well. He registered an impressive 5-1/4 length victory in 1:56 over the pace-setting Sand Summerfield (Dan Rawlings) while Sand Savage (Ray Fisher Jr.) placed third in the field of seven.   Sand Summerfield put down fractions of 27.4, 56.4 and 1:27 over the fast track. But by the time he had reached the three-quarter pole, Dont Say Goodby was winging it on the outside and used a 29-second last quarter to easily pace away from the field.   Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albratross) is owned by Derek Menchhofer and is trained by Charles Stewart. It was his 14th career victory and moved his earnings to $170,987 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway moves to a four-day schedule this week with racing Wednesday and Thursday nights at 5 p.m. while Friday and Saturday nights will have action getting underway at 6:40 p.m. The $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 will be Wednesday night starting in the fifth race.   For more information including race replays, schedule, news and promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- It looked like things weren't going to go well for Dont Say Goodby at the top of the stretch, but by the time he reached the wire, he was saying "hello there" in posting a surprising $29.00 victory.   Dont Say Goodby (Shawn McDonough) rallied from fifth place in the passing lane and stunned the pace-setting OK Braveheart by three-quarters of a length in the $8,500 Open Pace at Batavia Downs Saturday night (Nov. 30).   Ok Braveheart (Kevin Cummings) as expected set the fractions with times of 29.1, 57.3, 1:25.4. It appeared that OK Braveheart was ready for a battle with a stubborn Unicorn Hanover down the stretch for the victory. But sitting fifth and 4-1/4 lengths off the lead, Dont Say Goodby found plenty of room in the passing lane and roared past the front runners to notch the upset win in 1:55.3.   OK Braveheart finished second while Unicorn Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) finished in third.   It was the sixth win of the season for Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albatross) who is owned by Derek Menchhofer and trained by Charles Stewart. The 5-year-old gelding has now earned $62,577 in 2013 and $161,137 lifetime.   Reinsman Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. had triples on the night while Ron Beback Jr. scored a double.   The final week of racing for 2013 starts on Wednesday night with a 12-race card beginning at 6:30 p.m. The feature is the seventh race with the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace to take center stage.   For more information including upcoming promotions, latest news, statistics and race replays, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 12, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's pair of soggy Friday night harness racing $46,000 co-features--a Open Pace for the ladies and an Open Handicap Trot for everyone--were won, respectively, by Radar Contact (Mark MacDonald, $19.40) and people's choice Tall Cotton (George Brennan, $3.70).

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