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John’s Dream, Hail To The Master and Cut The Beach were winner of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg filly pace preliminaries to complete the first of two weeks harness racing competition prior to the $100,000 DSBF finals the last week of the meet at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 31. The 2-year-old DSBF and Virginia champion John’s Dream recorded his sixth lifetime win in nine starts scoring a 1:53.2 success in his 2016 debut as Tim Tetrick guided the triumph in the first of three 1st leg prelims. John’s Dream, a Dream Away-March On ridgling, took the lead early on the way to sixth consecutive win. Chuck Perry Jr. owns and trains the winner of $112,327 in his career. Power To Perform (Tony Morgan) took a shot at the winner heading to the final turn but had to accept second-place. Next Success (Jim Morand) was third. Art Stafford piloted Hail To The Master home in 1:52.3 to win the second $20,000 test; The altered son of Rustler Hanover-Morepowertoya is owned by Dorothy and Chris Conner and won for the sixth time in his career in 10 races and purses of $84,300. All Artist (Jeff Fout) finished second for the fifth time nine starts lifetime. Rusty Carter (Corey Callahan) finished third. Cut The Beach, an Artzina-I Love The Beach gelding, won for the second time this season with George Dennis steering the 1:54.2 victory. Jeff Rubin, Tom Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Joe Thomson own the winner. Casino Bags Anso (Vince Copeland) finished second in front of Double Miles (Morand), third. DSBF 2nd leg events are set for next week, featuring male trotter, Monday, with fillies on Tuesday, filly trotters on Wednesday and male pacers Thursday. The top 8 point-getters in each division return for $100,000 finals the last week of the meet, April 7-14.       On Thursday’s regular program, Travon, bred, owned and trained by Brenda Teague scored his second straight victory in an $11,300 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Montrell Teague was in the bike notching his third win on the card. A son of I’m Gorgeous-Shesaknockout, Travon won in a personal best 1:52.3. The Ohio-bred was followed by Cool Reward (Morgan) and Looms The Danger (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. Leyden, who just missed in his previous two races, final got to the winner’s circle when Ross Wolfenden directed a 1:50.1 lifetime best victory in a $10,500 Male pace for breeder, owner-trainer William Moffett of the Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power gelding. $1-million winner, Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second with Shadow Margeaux (Dennis) third.  Montrell Teague and Art Stafford Jr. led all drivers with three wins each. George Dennis, Ross Wolfenden, Sean Bier and trainer-owner Brenda Teague had doubles. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Jon Kingston-Mayne gave driver Ken Rogers a 10/10 rating after Some Kinda Tactics scored a record-breaking win in the 2016 Moonta Hotel Social Club Kadina Pacing Cup (1609m) at Port Pirie. “I’m a hard marker with drivers of my horses, but no-one could have driven this horse better tonight,” Kingston-Mayne said. Some Kinda Tactics, starting at $3.30 on Ubet, raced away to a nine-metre cup win from Amajorjo ($1.85 fav) with Machtavish ($21) finishing well along the inside to be a neck away third. In winning, Some Kinda Tactics rated 1:53.5 to take 0.4 off the previous best run by Timeless Era in winning the 2014 Kadina Cup. There was an early burn for the lead in the Cup before Amajorjo, from gate four, was able to work to the lead after 200 metres but with a lap to go Rogers, who had settled back in the field from gate eight, quickly worked around to sit outside the lead. Amajorjo and Some Kinda Tactics raced side by side into the back with 29.8 and 29.9 first quarters. Dani Hill, on Amajorjo, tried to drop off her rival coming off the back with a sizzling 26.6 third quarter, and grabbed a lead of several metres before Rogers asked his horse to life in the home straight. The eight year old Dream Away gelding responded and quickly raced to the lead and won comfortably. “He wanted to knock off when he went to the lead so maybe he could have gone even quicker,” Rogers said. “I thought Dani would try and break us with a quick third quarter so rather than try and push my horse out of his rhythm I just kept him together then asked him to go on straightening and he quickly asserted his superiority.” Rogers also proved a good judge as pre-race he said he thought the track record could be in danger and so it proved. The winner is owned by harness enthusiast Lyn Proud who had a winning double on the night with Wills, which she also owns, scoring earlier in night for trainer Wayne Brodie. Kingston-Mayne said the Mildura Cup in April remained the long term goal for Some Kinda Tactics. “My job is to keep him ticking over until then so I will pick and choose races for him.” After wins in the Whyalla and Kadina Cups, the trainer is tempted to try for a country cups hat-trick with the Port Pirie Cup being run on Saturday, March 19 but the negative is that it is a standing start race with the likelihood the gelding would face a massive handicap. “It would be silly to run if he is handicapped where he couldn’t win so I will weigh up my options.” The win brought up a double for the trainer-driver combination with Maywyn’s Zephyr scoring an all the way win in the opening event, the Rose Shephard Memorial (1609m). Backed from $1.80 into $1.40 favourite, Maywyn’s Zephyr scored by 10 metres from Our Cavort ($18.60) with Kissed Flush ($4.40) three metres away third. Owned by Nick Gerace, Maywyn’s Zephyr is back to his best form after a short spell in New South Wales. The six-year-old took his stakes past $60,000 with his 16th win rating a fast 1:55.4.  by Graham Fischer

DOVER, Del. --- With a good chance of winning half of the $100,000 purse, owner-trainer Chuck Perry saw Tim Tetrick did not have a drive in the final, gave him the drive and Tetrick and his Dream Away-March On In colt did the rest scoring a 1:52.4 victory Thursday in the first of four racing day's $100,000 DSBF Finals for Delaware-sired freshmen pacers and drivers. "I was happy to get the drive and I thought the colt was the best in the race," said Tetrick. Hail To The Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., finished second ending a two-race prelim win streak. Power To Perform was third for Tony Morgan. John's Dream has now won five races in a row of his eight races with two seconds and with the win has banked $102,327 this year. "I was looking for a well-bred broodmare in foal at the Chick's Sale in Harrington," explained Perry. "She was 24-years old and carrying a Dream Away and when she dropped back home, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named for my young son, that's where John's Dream comes from. I knew he was well bred and because of her age, only had to pay $300 to buy her." Carter Racing Stable's namesake Rusty Carter, winner of last month's DSBF $100,000 Final at Harrington, had to settle for a win in the $20,000 DSBF consolation this time. Corey Callahan guided the altered son of Art Director-Rusty's Joy to his third win in seven starts for trainer Doug Lewis. JW Renegade (John MacKinnon) was a fast closing second in front of Double Miles (Vince Copeland), third. Corey Callahan and Tim Tetrick notched four wins during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Kemp had doubles. On Monday twin features: the $100,000 DSBF Male Trot Final and Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. DOVER DOWNS EXTRA                              Everything worked out well for owner-trainer (and usual driver) Chuck Perry in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Pace Final. His colt John’s Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, who did not have a drive in the final, and was winning catch-driver in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track on Thursday (11/19). John’s Dream won his fifth in a row. Including the $44,700 Virginia stakes championship, to up his seasonal bankroll to $102,327. Perry bought March On It, a 24-year-old mare from a Winbak Farm dispersal, at Chick’s Sale in Harrington, for only $300. When John’s Perry was born back home in Virginia, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named him for my young son,” smiled Perry ----------------------------------------------- Cicada’s Song leaves from outside post 8 in Monday’s $100,000 DSBF Filly Trot Final starting a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday DSBF Finals. Epic Smash will be tough from the rail. Miss Baltimore, Chestnut Chic and Triple Bottom Line lead the contenders.  -------------------------------------- Chipoffthewall, who was disqualified for interference in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington last month, is the one to beat in Tuesday’s $100,000 Male Trot Final. Elton J and Popcorn Machine won their prelims. Mondello finished second in both of his prelims.   -------------------------------- The Wednesday DSBF headliner features two-year-old filly pacers winds up the freshman Delaware stakes. Apple Bottom Jeans, who won the $100,000 Harrington Final and both of her Dover Downs prelims carries a three race win streak. Eternal Rings and Rowdy Patti won one prelim each. -------------------------------------- After an overwhelming 1:49.4 victory in his $201,900 Matron Stake, Wiggle It Jiggleit is back for his next to last start of a brilliant three-year-old season. The 2.1-million dollar winner is the one to beat in a $35,000 elimination on Monday a preview for the Nov. 30 $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Nine will start with the ninth-place finisher eliminated from the final.   ------------------------------------------------------------ With four wins Thursday (11/19) Corey Callahan lifts his first-place lead to 33 wins. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third with 18 while Tony Morgan has 13, George Dennis 11 and Vic Kirby 10 winners. ----------------------------- Dylan Davis leads the trainer standings haltering 12 winners. Jim King is second with 10. Kevin Lare has five, and Bobby Clark and Doug Lewis four winners each through the first 12 days of the current meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's (DSBF) second leg for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway with Joann Looney-King's Cougar Creek ($17.60, Victor Kirby) the fastest winner of the trio in 1:57.4. The daughter of Dream Away sat behind favorite and pacesetter Apple Bottom Jeans throughout before surging by in deep stretch to prevail. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was Cougar Creek's first win in three lifetime starts. Carter Racing Stable's Fiftyshadesofrusty ($3.60, Corey Callahan) won the first division in 1:58.1 for trainer Doug Lewis. The Art Director-sired filly earned her first career win. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Up Town ($2.10, Allan Davis) completed a sweep of her eliminations with her fourth consecutive win in 1:59.1. The Wayne Givens-trainee and daughter of Tune Town has yet to taste defeat in her career. In the overnight feature on the 13-race program, the $16,000 Open Pace, John Cancelliere's Special T Rocks ($7, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:52. Two "rickshaw rumble" races were held as non-wagering events to benefit Horse Lovers United, who is dedicated to finding homes for horses who can no longer compete. Humans took the place of their equine counterparts, pulling a sulky in a 1/16 of a mile sprint. Local television host Heather Vitale coordinated the event which was successful in raising money for Horse Lovers United. Ashley Ivory won the "fillies" division, while Tyler Davis was victorious in the "colts" division. Kirby and Allan Davis each had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino    

The $50,500 Mountain View Stud Breeders Crown final for four year old colts and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton today looked like a two horse race on paper but like any race it never quite works out as you think it will. Hectorjayjay and Simone Walker led as expected from barrier 4 and immediately tried to box in Messini who started from barrier 1 but Chris Alford on Messsini was having none of it and worked his way out into the running line. My General Lee and David Morris worked forward in front of Messini and grabbed the lead soon after leaving Messini parked and Hectorjayjay in the trail. From that point it was just a matter of weather Messini or Hectorjayjay would prevail. Approaching the turn, Messini looked to under a fair bit of pressure with Chris Alford becoming very active in the bike. As soon as Hectorjayjay found the passing lane, he quickly put the issue to bed, scooting away for a narrow but convincing win. My General Lee showed real gameness in fighting on for second while Messini was slightly disappointing in third Hectorjayjay paced the 2240 metres in 2:40.5, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 55.1 and 27.2 it was the 22nd win for the son of Dream Away at his 45th start and he took his earnings with today’s win to $228,359. Simone was rapt to have finally taken a Group 1 with Hectorjayjay. "I lead really easily but I tried to box Messini in soon after the start but Chris was having none of it" "Off the back I could see that Messini was battling a bit so I was hoping this was his chance. "He didn't want to go into the passing lane initially but once balanced he was fine." "This horse deserved a Group 1 and now he has got it," Simone said.  Harnesslink Media

The way Rockstar Temper has been racing at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks, he is quickly reaching 'rock star status' after rolling to another impressive victory in the $10,000 conditioned pace at the harness racing there on Saturday night (July 4).   After watching Mr. Perserverance do the dirty work on the front end, the pocket-sitting Rockstar Temper ($3.90) cruised on by in the stretch and registered a length win in a seasonal best 1:53.2.   It was his second straight victory in the week's featured pace.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) protected pocket position from the start and put up scorching fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:24.4 over the fast track while Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) followed in tow.   With a quarter mile to go, the duo broke away from the pack and were ready to duke it out to the wire.   Rockstar Temper had the most punch and rolled past the helpless-feeling Mr. Perservance in the lane.   Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the fifth win this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper).   The 7-year-old gelding has earned $48,520 this season and increased his lifetime mark to $337,853.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, there was no stopping Ain't No Stoppin' as driver Jim McNeight was able to take him to a gate-to-wire victory in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Starting from the pylons, Ain't No Stoppin' went to the front and posted splits of 29.1, 58.1 and 1:26.4.   After seeing Ain't No Stoppin' drop anchor in the stretch last week, the closers were licking their chops at get a shot at tracking him down.   But the flame out didn't occur this week as Ain't No Stoppin' was strong enough to barely fend off the cavalry charge that developed behind him and notch the $23.20 win.   The heavily-favored Burton Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) just missed and finished a mere head behind while Art Two D Two (Monti) took third.   Owned by Michael Calimeri and trained by McNeight, it was the fourth win of the campaign for Ain't No Stoppin' (Dream Away-Lasting Approval).   The 9-year-old horse has now put $21,746 in the bank in 2015 and $181,719 in his career.   LeReina Road scored a $82.50 upset victory in the third race with David McNeight III in the bike.   Racing will return on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Cranbourne’s harness racing community has plenty to be excited about this week with two of the best locally trained horses the hot favourites to take out their respective Group 1 assignments. Exciting youngster Cruisin Around, trained by Michael Hughes, will line up in the $60,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final, for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Melton on Friday night. Then on Saturday night the spotlight will move to fellow local Hectorjayjay, from the Simone and Bill Walker stables, when he takes his place in the $110,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final, for four-year-old entires and geldings.  Bridget Cook Read the full article at the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club's website  

Ararat freelance reinsman Michael Bellman took the honours for the night at the harness racing meeting at Terang on Tuesday June 23 with a driving treble – Babalaas Jack in the Noir Rover 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres, Four Starzzz Fella in the Welcome Computers Pace for C1 class over the same journey and Sheza Party Doll in the Phonse Hickey Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres. Babalaas Jack a fully American bred Somebeachsomwhere/Western Tingira colt bred and raced by David Carpenter and trained at Great Western by Michelle Wight, spent most of the race at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw. Despite being five wide on the final bend, Babalaas Jack was too strong at the finish for a most unlucky Mister Chomp which was all set to win approaching the final bend only to go off stride before getting going again in the straight to fail by a head in 2-00.1. Cheersbigears finished third after trailing the weakening leader Aurelius. Five year old Four Starzzz Shark/Clarenden Diva gelding Four Starzzz Fella trained at Heywood by Kevin Brough coming off a victory at Mildura on June 12, was given an easy time three back in the moving lane after also starting from the extreme draw. Moving forward three wide uncovered in the final circuit, Four Starzzz Fella outstayed his rivals to score by 6.7 metres in advance of a death-seating Smoken Fields, with the pacemaker Emma Jade third. The mile rate 1-59.9. Michael Bellman was to finish the night on a high note after Holmes Hanover/Divine Lustre 5-Y-0 gelding Our Bold Lustre landed the Murfett & Whiting Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres, as he trains the winner. Using a concession for Denbeigh Wade, Our Bold Lustre began with a rush from outside the front line, but was unable to head off the speedy Jilliby Diablo (gate four). Taking cover on Our Uptown Girl mid-race, Our Bold Lustre switched down to the sprint lane on straightening to score by 1.9 metres over Jilliby Diablo in 2-02.2, with Destined To Take (three wide last lap from last) third. Sheza Party Doll a 4-Y-0 mare by Dream Away from Lombo Party Doll trained by Bec East at the Brough property, came from near last at the bell after starting from gate three on the second line to defeat Mister Untouchable which raced parked from the bell by 2.2 metres in 2-01.9. Dayraid (one/one at bell) finished third after switching down to trail the weakening pacemaker and odds-on favourite Jilliby Passion in the last lap.   Bec East landed a training double at the meeting, when Rocknroll Hanover/Best Of Wine gelding Dancin With Elvis greeted the judge in the Talisman Floats 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with Jayson Finnis in the sulky. Starting from gate two, Dancin With Elvis angled away from four back the markers to be one/one for the last lap, before running home strongly to account for Esspee Rockstar (gate three) which galloped away before circling the field to lead at the bell. Turbo Elly finished third after easing to face the breeze from three back the markers in the last lap. The mile rate 2-01.7.   Four year old Chief Marty/Quintessa Bromac gelding Our Supreme Guy gave veteran Glenburnie (Mt Gambier) trainer Ken Dihm a happy birthday present when successful in the Cooinda Work Crew Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres at Terang. Driven by local Glen Craven, Our Supreme Guy showed blistering speed from gate five to lead easily as the mobile moved away, before surrendering to the polemarker Nobetterthanthis which moved off his back to assume control. Using the sprint lane, Our Supreme Guy raced clear over the concluding stages to register a 2.3 metre victory over Nobetterthanthis and Top Trio which followed the pair. The mile rate 2-02. It was Our Supreme Guy’s 5th victory in 39 outings. Ken Dihm had enormous success in the nineties with a fabulous mare by the name of Helens Pleasure who won 32 races including several at Moonee Valley and Globe Derby Park.   Dunnstown brothers John and David Murphy snared the Terang Co-Op Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with honest 5-Y-0 Armbro Variable/Irish Tess gelding Tommy Kay in a mile rate of 2-08.2. Coming from 10 metres, Tommy Kay was sent forward by David to park in the open with The Night Wind leading from barrier two.  Gaining cover when Bee Arr Dee dashed to face the breeze at the bell from mid-field, Tommy Kay Joined Bee Arr Dee on the home turn and finished best to register a 13 metre victory (his third) over Veegee Bentley (four back the markers), with Bee Arr Dee holding down third. Long Forest duo Andy and Kate Gath’s Kiwi bred Bettor’s Delight/We Love To Party 4-Y-0 gelding Party Boy led throughout from the pole to land the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C4 to C5 class over 2180 metres. Allowed to dictate terms to suit without any challengers, Party Boy was untroubled to win by 7.9 metres from No Bettertime along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Keayang Storm third after trailing the winner. The mile rate 2-01.1. Len Baker  

Pompano Beach, FL...June 20, 2015...No Bad Dreams, driven by Bruce Ranger, eked out a repeat harness racing victory at Pompano Park in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace on Saturday night (June 20), stopping the timer in a lifetime equalling best 1:50.3. The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, squeaked by a game Raji's Blue Line (Ben Mc Neil) to score a a half length with Abreathofreshart (Walter Ross, Jr.) third, four lengths away. Freeneasy Hanover finished fourth while G P S Legacy picked up the nickel in the quintet. When Pompano's Hummer Starting Gate sprung open, Raji's Blue Line was away sharply along with Abreathofreshart with the former out-brushing the latter through a sharp opener of :26.2. Once on top, Raji's Blue Line was well rated, reaching the half in :55.2. On the backside, No Bad Dreams, fourth for the first half mile and about four lengths away at the mid-point, began a first over jaunt, denting an official :27.3 third panel with his individually timed third panel of :27, reaching the third station along side Raji's Blue Line and 1 1/2 lengths off the leader. In the lane, No Bad Dreams drew along the stubborn Raji's Blue Line, stuck his head in front and edged forward from there to the wire on the strength of a :27.2 finale. While the win was somewhat expected by the public--No Bad Dreams was 1 to 5 on the board--driver Bruce Ranger, in a post race interview, said, "This horse (No Bad Dreams) is a gutsy thing. This wasn't a walk-over by any means. "Raji's Blue Line gave us a very strong challenge but Marc (trainer Aubin) has No Bad Dreams very sharp now and his excellent condition probably was the difference. This was a brave performance for him, going first over like that. I wanted to fish out some cover but it didn't happen that way." No Bad Dreams is now eight for 11 this year with earnings of $34,060 for the Boddie's to go along with the 1:50.3 mark. He paid $2.40 to win. The $8,500 Winner's Over 2 Pace went to Histoire Eternelle, trained and driven by Dan Harvey. Owned by the consortium of Major, Phaneuf, Dillaire and Robert, this six year-old son of Shanghai Phil, was pressured the entire route while on the lead through panels of :26.4, :54.1 and 1:22.3 before stopping the tele-timer in 1:52 for his fourth win of the year in 20 starts, good for yearly bounty thus far of $19,586. Taking the lead at the outset, Histoire Eternelle was, first, pressured by Acton Onelasttime for the first five-eighths of a mile before feeling a stiff "double-bubble" challenge by the 2 to 5 favorite, Who's Your Maddy (Bruce Ranger) the final three-eighths to hold that one at bay by three-parts-of-a-length on the wire. Zavan (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished third while Acton Onelasttime finished fourth over Stiletto Jake in the quintet. Histoire Eternelle was 9 to 1 on the board and returned $21.00 to win. Another highlight on the program came in an event for the Florida Amateur Driving club as Dein Spriggs scored his 400th career driving win with his own 12 year-old warrior Good Feeling ($5.00) in 1:58.3. In that event, Spriggs left the gate with alacrity but was out-rushed by Northern Inferno (Robert Krivelin), who did all the work through fractions of :29, 1:00 and 1:29.2 before slipping through along the pylons to score the win measuring 3/4 of a length. Barbies Korvette (Dennis Whittemore) finished third while Explosive Muscles and Total Freedom were next in the sextet. The other Florida Amateur Driving Club event went to Prairie Big John ($2.60), handled by "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman in a seasonal best 1:57. This seven year-old Florida bred, owned and trained by Jim Hysell, took the lead a few long strides after the :28.1 opener and then carded panels of :57.1 and 1:26.4 before romping home unscathed by 4 1/4 lengths over Zeitgeist (Spriggs) with Lukie Duke (Jamie Marra) third. Engagedatlexington and Rel Cash Clown also earned checks in the field of six. The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $140,000 to charitable organizations since its inception. Pompano Park continues its season on Wednesday night with a 7:30 post. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...June 13, 2015...No Bad Dreams, given a picture perfect drive by Bruce Ranger, gave his harness racing competition a nightmare of sorts on Saturday night at Pompano Park, virtually wiring a classy field in the $9,500 Winner's Over Pace in 1:52.1.   The four year-old son of Dream Away, trained by 81 year-old Marc Aubin for Dan and Jacalyn Boddie, earned his seventh win of the year in 11 starts, defeating Raji's Blue Line, handled by Ben McNeil, by a half length.   Northern Companion and driver Tom Sells teamed up to be third while Who's Your Maddy finished fourth. G P S Legacy made a miscue early on and picked up the nickel in the quintet.   No Bad Dreams, leaving from the advantageous five post, zipped out of the gate and joined Raji's Blue Line around the first turn with No Bad Dreams assuming the lead shortly thereafter and clocking an opening panel of :27.2.   With positions remaining stagnant through the next quarter, Ranger was able to rate his charge through a :29.4 panel, reaching the half in :57.1. On the backside, Ranger chirped once to No Bad Dreams and he was off on a :27.4 tangent and then sealed the deal with a :27.1 finale.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "Last week, Ben's horse (Raji's Blue Line) cut some hellish fractions so I was hoping he wouldn't try that again and opt for a two hold trip. Once I got to the half in :57 and change, I felt very confident that No Bad Dreams could go all the way from there. He's a very nice horse...VERY nice!"   In winning for the 10th time career-wise, No Bad Dreams pushed his lifetime earnings to $43,962--$29,310 this year in only 11 starts.   As the 2 to 5 favorite, No Bad Dreams rewarded his many followers with a $2.80 mutuel.   That win, incidentally, proved to be a "double" for trainer Aubin and the Boddie's, as their Abreathofreshart captured the opener on the Saturday card in a conditioned pace in 1:52, a new lifetime mark. This four year-old son of Artistic Fella also wired his foes, using a :27.4 finale to pin a defeat measuring 1 3/4 lengths on Histoire Eternelle, handled by Dan Harvey. Zavan was third for Andy Santeramo after applying some pressure on the leader around the final turn.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Abreathofreshart paid $3.40 to win.   The track also hosted the Chris Valkanoff Memorial Pace, honoring one of the most respected owners at the track who passed away some months ago.   Ranger also won that one, too, guiding Twenty Four Carrot Racing and Ciro Gentile's Freeneasy Hanover to his 25th lifetime win--2nd this year--in 1:51.2.   The Jim Mc Donald trainee, a seven year-old son of Western Ideal, also was a gate to wire winner, clocking panels of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1 along the way for the win measuring nearly four lengths.   He, too, was the overwhelming favorite--1 to 5 on the board--and returned $2.60 to win.   After the event, the vast number of friends and family gathered in the winner's circle celebrating Mr. Valkanoff's life.   Racing continues Wednesday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Hectorjayjay looks set for another big Vicbred Super Series after winning yesterday’s harness racxing four-year-old entires and geldings’ heat at Charlton. The Bill Walker-trained Dream Away/Sheer Finesse gelding is a two-time Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final winner, at two and three, and is now a two-time heat winner. Today he defeated last-start Harness Jewels placegetter Messini – from the Brent Lilley stable – by 1.6 metres over 2100m in a rate of 1:55.5. Driven by Simone Walker, Hectorjayjay crossed Messini early before handing up to Chris Alford aboard the favourite. In the straight Hectorjayjay pulled out and overran Messini late, finding the line impressively. Jilliby Jagger finished third for Glen Craven and Keayang Active fourth for Marg Lee and Jason Lee. Finishing order Video replay Who impressed you most in this heat? Tweet us @HRVnews using the hashtag #Trots >> Find out more about how the Super Series works Cody Winnell

The Saratoga Harness Racing Hall of Fame & Museum Announces it's Annual Induction Ceremony/Open House, Tuesday June 9, 2015 at the Museum- 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. Entrance to Saratoga Casino & Raceway.   This year's inductees are Dr. Richard Frank, DVM; and Kelly's Noah, horse.   Frank, a longtime Saratoga Equine Veterinarian has served the needs of the harness horse population at Saratoga for over 50 years. . See below Bio for more details   Kelly's Noah a hard racing pacer has dominated the Open Classes at Saratoga for years, earning the 2010 Horse of the Year Title, among other honors He also holds the record for most earnings per start. See attached bio for more information   In addition we will be presenting the fifth annual Virginia O'Brien Memorial 110% Award. This year we will be honoring Michael Block. This award honors individuals who devote their life to the pursuit of the sport of harness racing, such as a groom or backstretch worker, who might not otherwise be in the limelight. The nominees are chosen by their peers from the Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association.   The gates will open for the event at 5:30 pm, with the ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments and light food will be served.   For more information contact Director, Dave Oxford at 518-526-3138 or email:   Dr. Richard Frank   Dr. Richard Frank was raised in Goshen, NY. He attributes growing up near the Goshen Historic Track and what is now the National Harness Hall of Fame, helping to develop his interest in horses at a young age. He graduated from Cornell University in 1963 and started practicing as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. Early in his career a good deal of his work was at nearby Monticello Raceway. He was introduced to Saratoga as his clients would race here while Monticello was on break, and in their off season. He liked the area and thought the community had appeal with much to offer, and of course the horse population was booming.  He started out working with Dr. Vern Fobian, while also doing a bit of work for the local thoroughbred population. He gradually moved into working on his own. In the late 1960’s he purchased a farm in Stillwater, NY, this gave him a good base for working both at Saratoga and nearby Green Mountain Raceway. The farm had an airstrip and Doc enjoyed flying his plane from there both for work and pleasure.  “Doc Frank” as he is known to everyone, still resides in Stillwater with his wife Beverly, and has raised three children Kathleen, Cheryl and Gregg. He has enjoyed a career here at Saratoga that has spanned over 50 years. Kelly’s Noah   Kelly’s Noah, a bay colt by Dream Away out of Canaco Kelly, was foaled in 2006 at the Harvey family farm in Duxbury, Vt.  Owner/Trainer Jim Harvey works the talented gelding on his farm track, starting each year in March or April, as weather permits, patiently training him down for the his first Saratoga start in mid-June. It all started in 2008. Upon qualifying Kelly’s Noah for his 2 year old season, Harvey wanted to give the young pacer a start before the NYSS races began, entering him in a county fair race I Plattsburgh, NY. Jim drove him himself and he won handily to break his maiden the first time out. Kelly’s Noah completed his 2 year old campaign with a record of 5-2-1 in 11 starts, earnings of over $25,000. and a mark of 1:55.2 Despite battling allergies at 2 and 3, which had to be worked around during the summer racing seasons, Kelly’s Noah capped off his 3 year old season with a pair of Open Pace wins in the fall at Saratoga with earnings of $70,728. in 19 starts for a record of 7-3-2 on the board, and improved mark of 1:53.4. His efforts earned him the title of 3 year old Pacer of the Year at Saratoga; it was only a glimpse of what was to come next season. At four, Kelly’s Noah really came into his own, previous years of racing experience allowing him to blossom with age and compete at the highest level at his home track of Saratoga Raceway. He began the year notching 2 wins in 4 Open Pace starts, 2 wins in 3 legs of the Gerrity Open Free For All Series, and a second place finish by a head in the $124,000. Gerrity Series Final. He continued his monster season reeling off another 7 wins and 4 seconds in 14 Open Pace starts. Kelly’s Noah finished his 2010 campaign 11-5-1 in 24 starts, over $153,000 in earnings and a mark of 1:52. His outstanding performance earned him 2010 Aged Pacer of the Year, 2010 Pacer of the Year, and the prestigious 2010 Horse of the Year honors. The rock steady gelding continued his winning ways in 2011, starting 21 times for an 8-4-5 record, $118,000. in earnings, and once again an improved lifetime mark of 1:51.3 earning him Pacer of the Year recognition for the second year in a row. Although making a few less starts per year the past few years, the framework for Kelly’s success continues. Jim gets him ready, qualifies him mid-June, and he competes in the Open Pace or Winner’s Over classes in the summer and fall. Throughout his (now) eight year career, the outstanding gelding has hit the board 65% of the time, tallying 39 wins in 123 starts and just over $500,000 in earnings. Kelly’s Noah’s most impressive stat is that all but 7 of his 123 starts are at Saratoga Raceway. His Raceway earnings of $475,000+ make him the all-time money earner per start (to date). He is truly a Saratoga Raceway horse. Dave Oxford

Pompano Beach, FL...May 30, 2015...No Bad Dreams, driven by Kevin Wallis, survived a rugged opening quarter and went on to score a "three-peat" harness racing victory in Pompano Park's $9,500 "Winner's Over" Handicap Pace on Saturday night (May 30). The four year-old altered son of Dream Away pinned a one length defeat on the late surging Northern Companion (Tom Sells) in 1:51.2. Raji's Blue Line (Ben Mc Neil) finished third followed by Who's Your Maddy and Hillybilly in the quintet. At the outset, Hillybilly, leaving from post four, and No Bad Dreams, one notch further out, got into a tussle with Hillybilly hitting the opening marker in a hot :26.4 before finally yielding to No Bad Dreams shortly thereafter. Once on top, No Bad Dreams reached the half in :55 and maintained a clear lead heading into the final turn. That's when Hillybilly left the cozy pocket and moved within a length of the leader at the third station clocked in 1:23.2. In the lane, No Bad Dreams edged clear of Hillybilly with Northern Companion pinching a pylon or two before rallying late to miss by a non-threatening length. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis said, "There was a little hardball going on early and, for just a moment, I thought I could nestle in somewhere close but nothing developed to tuck anywhere so I had two choices. I could have pulled back to last or gone on. I thought I'd better go on so I wouldn't wind up five lengths back against this good field. "He was used hard but he went another courageous trip. It's a tribute to Marc (trainer Aubin), who has him very sharp right now." Owned by Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams won for the sixth time in eight starts this year, good for $23,800 to go along with his 1:50.3 mark set in his last two starts. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, No Bad Dreams paid $2.60 to win. The Aubin-Boddie connection struck again later in the program when Abreathofreshart scored a handy win for Bruce Ranger in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. This four year-old son of Artistic Fella took command after the :28 opener and proceeded to clock fractions of :56.1 and 1:24 before sprinting home in :28.1 to score by 2 1/2 lengths over Stiletto Jake (Andy Santeramo) with Avantage (Rob Hoffman) third. A non-winner at ages two and three covering 15 starts, Abreathofreshart now sports a 4-4-2 scorecard in 12 starts, good for $16,815 for this budding star. In other action, Bring On The Beach, the three year-old full brother to the great Somebeachsomewhere, made his second lifetime pari-mutuel start and kept his record perfect with a very sharp 1:54.1 win for Bruce Ranger. Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the consortium of Dan MacIssac, the Marden Stables and Paradox Farm, Bring On The Beach left sharply from his post six before yielding around turn one and sitting chilly through panels of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4 before leaving the pocket around the final turn and gunning down a tough Motorcity Pawnstar (Dan Harvey) on the strength of a :28.1 finale--the margin of victory measuring four lengths. Goldstar Kenny P (Mickey McNichol) was third in the mile. After the mile, driver Bruce Ranger quipped, "It was a good mile for him--he's still green, you know--but he's still got a bit to go to catch up to his brother!" Bring On The Beach was 1 to 9 on the board (but 1 to 20 in reality) and paid $2.10 to win. Driver Dan Harvey did get a bit of revenge on Ranger the next race when he guided Histoire Eternelle to victory in the $8,500 co-feature for the consortium of Major, Phaneuf, Dillaire and Robert in 1:52.1 over G P S Legacy (Ranger) with Fly'N With Royalty (Wallis) third. Off at 21 to 1, Histoire Eternelle paid $45.40 to win and sparked a Pick-5 carryover going into the next racing program on Wednesday. Yet another carryover developed for the next mid-week card when Kommander Hawk (Ben Mc Neil) took care of things in the Super Hi-5 finale. Off at 7 to 1, the "Hawk" was followed across the line by Cascata (26 to 1), Four Starz Kyle (60 to 1), Orator (19 to 1) and Milliondollartouch (7 to 5) with the Hi-5 combo coming back 5-7-ALL-ALL-ALL returning $201.44 with the carryover now at $2,307.48 heading into the Wednesday program. The race also produced a superfecta carryover approaching $1,500 into the next program's opener. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 16, 2015...No Bad Dreams, driven by Wally Hennessey, proved to be a nightmare for his harness racing competition on Saturday night as the four year-old son of Dream Away led at every pole in scoring a lifetime equalling best 1:50.3. Johnny Grippa, in the garden spot all the way, finished second for Bruce Ranger while Who's Your Maddy, teaming up with Robbie Hoffman, finished third. Hillybilly was fourth in the mile while Canadian Touch finished fifth, only to be disqualified after causing interference to Cartoonist, eventually awarded the minor award in the sextet. Carding fractions :26.4; :54.4 and 1:22.4 along the way, No Bad Dreams sealed the issue with a :27.4 finale prompting driver Wally Hennessey to say, upon reaching the winner's circle, "Marc (trainer Aubin) has this horse razor sharp right now...I mean RAZOR sharp!" He's very handy, you know, like last week, when he won from off the pace and, this week, on the motor. I decided to leave with him because I didn't want to spot the field six lengths as the start. You never want to do that with a talented field like this. So, I though I'd go looking for a spot...and I found one...on the lead! He raced giant." Trained by 81 year-young Marc Aubin for Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams won for the fifth time in only seven starts this semester, good for $19,050, soundly surpassing his earnings for all of the 2014 season consisting of 20 starts. As second choice in the wagering, No Bad Dreams paid $5.80 to his faithful. Pompano Park's mandatory Super Hi-5 payout is all set for Wednesday night as the 2-5-3-4-7 combo on Saturday night returned $377.58 for a 20 cent investment sending the carryover to $202,965 and setting up a mid-week pool that could grow to $400,000 or more. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for the Wednesday program and features an 11 horse field going post-ward in the Super Hi-5 10th race. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...May 9, 2015...No Bad Dreams, handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, avoided trouble around the final turn and went on to post a two length win over E Z Noah (Matt Romano) in Pompano Park's feature $8,500 "Winner's Over" Pace on Saturday night (May 9). Cartoonist (Walter Ross, Jr.) finished a courageous third after being knocked off his feet momentarily around that final turn while Who's Your Maddy, also suffering the same fate around turn three, re-composed and finished fourth while Johnny Grippa picked up the nickel, this, too, after suffering some interference around the final bend. The mile was clocked in 1:50.3, a new lifetime mark for the winner.   It was Canadian Touch, off at 9 to 2 on the board with Kevin Wallis driving, showing the most alacrity when the gate opened, taking the field to the opener in a red-hot :26 with Johnny Grippa, 4 to 1, (Bruce Ranger) third and E Z Noah, off at 2 to 5 with Matt Romano in the bike, next.   Approaching turn two, E Z Noah was out and beginning to apply some pressure on Canadian Touch with the half clocked in :55.4.   On the backside, things really began heating up again and a :26.3 third panel left Canadian Touch on top in 1:22.2 with E Z Noah still applying the tourniquet with Johnny Grippa still in the garden spot and No Bad Dreams second over and 2 1/2 lengths away.   Just past that third station, Canadian Touch made a nasty break with only E Z Noah and No Bad Dreams escaping the fray.   In the lane, E Z Noah surged to a short-lived lead but No Bad Dreams bursted on by on leaving E Z Noah in his wake.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "This was a case of just being in the right place at the right time. I followed some live cover and when the leader made that break, I shifted wide and that was that. I had driven this horse last week and he did have some pace around the final turn and to the wire. They just went a little too much at the end for him to dent any further...but he did have good pace. He probably came home under :28 tonight (he did--:27.4.) so he's turning out to be a good one."   For No Bad Dreams, a four year-old son of Dream Away, it was his fourth win in six starts this season, sending his 2015 bounty to $14,550, surpassing his earnings of last season encompassing 20 starts.   Trained by Mark Aubin for owners Jacalyn and Dan Boddie, No Bad Dreams rewarded his followers with a $21.80 mutuel.   Another noteworthy performance was turned in by the seven year-old Northern Companion as this son of Cambest relished his class relief this night and recorded his 41st lifetime win--this one for Tom Sells, who handled the lines for trainer Howard Klohr and owner Dorothy Zarza.   Known for his ferocious stretch brushes, Sells took no chances with this 1 to 5 favorite, leading at every pole--:27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.1--before a :28 sprint home sealed the issue in 1:53.1.   Northern Companion won for the fourth time this semester, sending his seasonal bounty to $21,580. He's banked $260,915 career-wise.   Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 featured several winners receiving $61.14 for their 20 cent investment on the 1-4-2-3-5 combo on Saturday night, sending the carryover for Wednesday's program to $192,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

The undisputed King of the Passover Pace is harness racing driver Alan Schwartz, yesterday Schwartz picked up his 4th win in the covenanted race for the matzos at Monticello Raceway. After a recall, the race started off with both Terrys Girl Pearl and May Night both making breaks before the gate left, leaving them both out of contention. As the gate left, Peter Kleinhans went right to the lead went aboard All Perfect, he took the field past the ¼ in a brisk 28:2. Past the paddock turn Austin Siegelman pulled the favorite Pen Drop to the outside, following him with live cover was Schwartz. Pen Drop was parked at the half in 58:1, down the backside Pen Drop's challenge was fading. Alan Schwartz was still trailing him, he put Rattle N Shake into motion as All Perfect took the filed past the ¾ maker in 1:28:4. At the top of the stretch Rattle N Shake overtook All Perfect. Alan Schwartz and Rattle N Shake prevailed by 2 lengths over Dave Yarock and Sittinginthemorninsun. A jubilant Schwartz in the winners said 'I was hoping that I could hold off Dave Yarock" when told that he is the undisputed king of wins in the Passover Pace, Alan replied "Mazel Tov". Rattle N Shake, the 4 year old mare by Dream Away is owned and trained by Ruth Calcagni. Prior to Post Time Aruba Sunset was scratched, denying Derick Giwner his opportunity to win the race. Shawn Wiles  

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