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FRASERVILLE, AUG. 13, 2020 - Over $114,000 is up for grabs in stakes action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, Aug. 15 as Ontario's top three-year-old trotting colts arrive at the Fraserville harness racing oval for the third leg of their Grassroots campaign. Local colt Awesomedabra heads into the event with a flawless record of two wins in the first two legs for a share of top spot in the division point standings. In his most recent start the Kadabra gelding finished second in the Aug. 1 Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway, drawing in off the also eligible list after two horses were forced to withdraw from the final due to sickness, something owner-trainer Gary Lance was dealing with before the elimination. "He was sick the week before and he just wasn't himself," said Port Perry, ON resident Lance. "Luckily he drew in. He was the second also eligible and he drew in, you don't see that happen very often, and he raced good. Chris has done a great job with him." Awesomedabra will be without regular pilot Chris Christoforou, currently sidelined with injuries suffered at the beginning of the month, but top Kawartha Downs reinsman Nick Boyd will step in to steer the gelding from Post 4 in the fourth Grassroots division. The pair face a stiff test, starting in between last year's Grassroots champion and current Gold Series regular Lovedbythemasses, trained and co-owned by Peterborough resident Ed Peconi, at Post 3 and Dream Of Glory champion and division co-leader Remember Titans at Post 5. "We kind of drew in a little tough on Saturday, but you never know. That's why they give the money out after the race," said Lance with a chuckle. "Hopefully we'll have some luck." So long as Awesomedabra emerges happy and healthy from Saturday's start he will embark on a new adventure next week. The gelding was bred and raised in Kentucky and as a result he is also eligible to that state's sires stakes program. "I'm going to send him down to Anette Lorentzon. There's only 46 colts eligible and I've be been keeping track of them all spring and summer, so I think he'll be competitive. He'll go down there probably Monday or Tuesday and then he's got three races, and hopefully he'll make the final, and then he'll be back here for the (Grassroots) Semi-final (Oct. 2)," explained Lance. "I just wanted to do it for the experience. I go to the sale all the time and watch the races during the Grand Circuit and I would have just loved to go down there and race one, but unfortunately with this COVD it's not worth taking the chance." Before heading south, Awesomedabra will look to pad his Grassroots point total in Saturday's fifth race. The other Grassroots divisions are slated as Races 1, 2, 4, and 6 on the program, which also features a single $7,200 Prospect Series division for Ontario Sired two-year-old trotting fillies in Race 8. Post time for the stakes laden program is 4 pm. With on-track attendance limited to 100, fans can download a program and catch all the stakes action via the live stream on the Kawartha Downs website. In addition to Saturday's stakes action, Kawartha Downs also has three more Prospect Series legs on its 2020 calendar. The two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old pacing fillies will battle in their fourth leg on Saturday, Aug. 22 and the two-year-old pacing fillies will square off in leg four on Saturday, Sept. 5. Kawartha Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Saturday, August 8 4 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Saturday, August 15 4 pm 3-year-old Colt Trot Grassroots Series           Saturday, August 15 4 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Saturday, August 22 4 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Prospect Series           Saturday, August 22 4 pm 3-year-old Filly Pace Prospect Series           Saturday, September 5 4 pm 2-year-old Filly Pace Prospect Series           Ontario Racing Follow the OSS on Social Media!  @ONTSSNews www.facebook.com/ONTSS/

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2020 -- Arnold N Dicky overcame an awkward first quarter and powered to victory in a stake record 1:54.2 in Wednesday's $204,720 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fly Light captured the other division, giving Dave Palone a sweep of the stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Florida Pro. Both splits were conducted as off-the-card, non-wagering events. Arnold N Dicky found himself between horses early and ultimately stranded outside, forcing him to press ahead for the lead. Bu the son of Bar Hopping-Kalibrated, who was named for cousins of his trainer, Chuck Sylvester, swelled up on the front, drawing off to defeat Ethan T Hanover by 5-/2 lengths, with Padre third. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:54.4 shared by Real Cool Sam and Sutton. "I figured the next time around he'd be in the sires stakes," said Palone, who piloted Arnold N Dicky to a July 20 PA Stallion Series win. "He's just a likeable horse. His little ears were working the whole time he was on the front. There were a couple long shots in there; I wanted to see where they played out. I thought I could let them get around me and work my way back to the front." Sylvester owns the winner with Amy Stoltzfus, Neal Goldman and Gilbert Short. Following a scratch, Fly Light found himself facing only three rivals. Palone said the short field helped dictate his strategy -- get in front, slam on the brakes. "You don't get too many opportunities in a four-horse field," he said. "I thought my best chance to beat the favorite was to walk around there and, soon as I heard him coming, hit the gas. That's what we did. He finished well within himself. He'll make an awfully good colt." In Range, who saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at three, was a length back in second while Tart Tongue completed the ticket. Ake Svansted conditions the son of Father Patrick-Hustle Heart, who broke his maiden in 1:56.3 for Ake Svansted Inc. and Stable Why Not. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Sunny Crockett and Mister Boinga each won his third straight in Wednesday's subfeature while The Irishman, Lindys Booze Cruz and Killer Instinct took the other splits. Tim Tetrick (Mister Boinga, The Irishman) fashioned a stake double. Sunny Crockett was hammered down to 1-5 but had his hands full with the upstart maiden Robert's Hanover. The son of Father Patrick-Moonlight In Miami put his nose in front at the wire to eke out a 1:56 victory, with Father Pats Secret third. "I moved him a little quicker than I should have, and I thought the leader was a little emptier than he was," said Andy Miller, who drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Willow Oak Ranch. "But my horse dug in. He's been steadily improving." Mister Boinga made the point with a quarter-pole move and scored in a career-best 1:57.1 for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Ginger Tree Knox was 1-3/4 lengths back in second while Massive Matter earned show. "He pretty much did it on his own," Tetrick said. "But he has an ear hood on and a blind bridle so he can't see or hear me, so I just kind of touched him with the whip and moved the lines a little. He got home in 28 -- pretty good for a young trotter." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $186,382 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $10,874.71 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Western New York – There is a brand-new harness racing handicapping show on social media and it’s called “The Stretch Drive” and it is located out of Western New York. It’s a three-man team that boasts having 75 years of experience in the harness racing industry in some compacity. The team is comprised of brothers Erik and Mike Anderson and cousin Paul Clark. “Our families have owned harness horses since we were all very young,” said Erik Anderson. “This has cultivated an extreme passion in us for harness racing and wagering. We’ve been going to the racetracks as far back as I can remember. Local tracks like Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, and we traveled to other tracks include Northfield Park, Tioga and Vernon Downs too. “We love to talk horse racing,” Erik added. “So that’s how we plan to run The Stretch Drive. Like harness racing fans discussing their passion. We have made some good relationships with people in the harness racing world and hope to get them involved in the future also.  “We will also be giving picks weekly, mainly for Batavia Downs, NYSS racing and Buffalo Raceway when they return there again,” Anderson added. “We've already been doing short videos with our selections as well as posting them on our social media. My cousin Pauly and brother Mike have been honing their handicapping skills for the last 30 plus years.” Viewers can follow The Stretch Drive on twitter @StretchDriving, on Facebook at The Stretch Drive, and on their blog, TheStretchDrive.blogspot.com.  By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

CHAMPION Melton horseman Lance Justice could be forgiven for having an air of confidence at the moment. Justice, one of the most successful trainer-drivers seen in our country over the past three or four decades, has had a stranglehold on the $20,000 fast class events at his home track in recent weeks. His three "quicks", all geldings, have filled the top three holes over the past fortnight. At the Melton fixture last Friday week, Justice got Love Ina Chevy (Jeremes Jet-Chevyover (Holmes Hanover) home by the barest of margins over stablemates Jean Luc (Ken Tippet) and Rishi (Zac Phillips). Then seven days later Jean Luc (Bettors Delight-Sacajawea) was driven a treat by Tippet to narrowly overhaul Rishi-a short half head being the margin - with Love Ina Chevy third. And I wonder what would be the odds of them repeating the extraordinary feat at headquarters this Friday afternoon! They're obviously again in the mix, although pre-post markets have Mario Attard and his in-form pacer Dont Hold Back at $2.50 to spoil the party for Justice. The event, race seven on the program at 5.22pm, is bound to have a huge amount of interest. But win, lose or draw, Justice is entitled to be most proud of the recent purple patch! _________________________________________________________________________________________   LONGTIME harness racing media personality Len Baker is one of many enjoying the skills of rejuvenated driving great Daryl "Dasher" Douglas. The star reinsman, who has returned after a five-year break, recently took the honors with a treble at Shepparton. The Douglas brothers, Daryl (left) and Glenn                                   Bendigo HRC photo Baker was quick to label "DD's" exhibition aboard Major Joe (Art Major-Jodi Lindenny) as the "drive of the night". After restraining from outside the front to settle at the tail of the field, Douglas bided his time until the final lap. He jumped on the back of Safe Jewels to be three wide approaching the final bend. "In a winning move, Douglas switched back on the inside of Safe Jewels and gained the perfect passage between runners to go to the line with a wet sail," Baker commented. He made it a double for his trainer brother Glenn when successful with You Ninety Two (Auckland Reactor-Numismatic), an all-the-way winner in the BMW Pace. The third leg of his treble was Bring Back Leah (Art Major-Tres Bien Franco), a former Kiwi pacer, prepared by David Moran. Douglas, who is a member of a roads maintenance crew, intends to ease his way back into the harness racing scene and make himself available around his employment. _________________________________________________________________________________________   THE wonder girl of South Australia Dani Hill was on fire at Globe Derby last weekend with a bag of five winners. It's nothing new to the gifted reinswoman who has posted a quintet of victories on five other occasions, as well as going one better with six wins at a meeting on two occasions. But in typical fashion, Hill would rather talk about the huge effort of one of her wins-that being aboard the Jeremy Seal-trained trotter Foursharesmorebeers (Monarchy-Sunny Image (S J's Photo). The gelding took out the $7000 Hygain Trotters Handicap. "What a performance to come from the backmark handicap of 60 metres and win," Hill said. "It's such a pleasure to sit behind a beautiful trotter-and trainer Jeremy Seal is doing a great job." Foursharesmorebeers has certainly been a revelation since transferring from the stable of Grant Dixon up north at Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland. The seven-year-old now has two wins and two placings in five SA outings. Hill's other "five-baggers" have been at Globe Derby-twice in each of 2016 and 2017, with the other being at Victor Harbour in 2019. Her career high six wins were at Port Pirie on March 2, 2018 and then again nine days later at Launceston. She has now moved to a sensational 152 winners for the season, having the wood on her brother Wayne with 131 wins. The pair have consistently landed centuries in recent years with Dani's run of centuries beginning with 140 in the 2014-15 season and then Wayne getting into the act the following season with 124 wins.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The Irish Harness Racing Association (IHRA) has announced a new partnership agreement with Black Horse, the Finnish equine feed and supplements company. Black Horse will be offering their products to IHRA trainers at a discount and are expected to announce the first of their IHRA race sponsorships in the coming weeks. For harness racing in Ireland to secure such a well known Finnish partner and sponsor while sports sponsorship, particularly international sponsorship, has declined due to the Covid-19 pandemic is a vote of confidence in Irish racing and a tribute to the hard work of those involved. Black Horse is the equine brand of Biofarm, a Finnish manufacturer of feeds, vitamins and care products for horses, farm animals and pets. Biofarm Ltd was founded in 1988. Their first products were for cattle. Black Horse was started in 1982 by Anneli Lillkvist, who held a masters in agriculture and was a well known Finnish show jumper.  After she retired  in the late 1990's Biofarm bought the Black Horse brand and began to develop and expand its equine product line with the help of Mrs Lillkvist. Today Black Horse is one of the leading horse feed and supplement brands in Finland. They have notable customers including the leading racing stables in Finland, for example Team Ojanperä whose Finnishhorse Evartti won The King of Trotters at Seinäjoki on 2nd of August this year. Arto Lindqvist, the Blackhorse Head of Sales & Product Specialist for horse products, has been at Biofarm for 21 years and has a long history in the trotting industry having trained trotters since he was 15 and driving races at 17. He drove his last race in 2004 and drove in 230 races, with 12 wins, 5 seconds and 11 thirds. He is also a former harness race official and has co-owned a number of horses in Finland. Commenting on the partnership Arto said “Last September I had the opportunity to explore Irish horse culture while being shown around various great equine sites by Pierce and Finlay Dargan. I expressed interest in importing our products to Ireland. In May of this year Pierce contacted me and about the opportunity to partner with the IHRA. We are delighted this came to pass, that we are in Ireland and have become an official partner of the IHRA. Finland has a great history of harness racing, where the Kuninkuusravit (or King’s Race) attracts 60,000 spectators every year, and we are excited to be supporting the sport in Ireland. We have recently begun offering our products to IHRA trainers and as our presence in Ireland grows, we look forward to expanding the calendar of events we are able to support in Ireland. We would like to thank the IHRA and Mark Flanagan for their hard work as well as Pierce, Finlay and the team at Equine MediRecord for helping us to begin this partnership”.   Mark Flanagan, Chairman of the IHRA, commented:   “We are delighted to add a new international partner for the IHRA especially at these uncertain times. We have already begun discussing a range of initiatives they might be interested in. It is great to have the support of such a well known and established international harness racing brand supporting us as we look to grow the sport of harness racing in Ireland. We are very excited to have them with us as we continue to work to grow and improve our sport in Ireland.”  For further information, on blackhorse you can visit their website: www.biofarm.fi From the Irish Harness Racing Association

Harnessracing.com has reported that Bea Farber, whose 1,801 wins is the most ever by a female driver, has died at the age of 79. A member of the harness racing Hall of Fames in Michigan, Illinois and Florida, Ms. Farber's exploits were so extraordinary that in 1980 in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association, a short film was made about her titled Queen Bea.   A full obituary and more details will be announced later.    To watch a Queen Bea Film click here   From Harnessracing.com

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 11, 2020-  A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $225,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14. Ten of the top rated older pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking fame in the 27th installment of Hoosier Park's premier harness racing event. The 2020 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 15-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be supported by an all-star undercard of racing action. The purse money set to be distributed throughout the evening will push the $500,000 mark. With combined career purse earnings over $10 million, the talented field of ten includes three World Champions and four millionaires. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent of five in the field as he looks to score his third training victory in the Dan Patch Stakes. As the richest horse in the field with $2 million in lifetime purse earnings, Bettor's Wish will play the role of morning line choice at odds of 2-1 from post three. With Dexter Dunn listed to drive, the four-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star will make his Hoosier Park debut after an impressive 1:47.3 score in the Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands last week for trainer Chris Ryder. After capturing the title of 2019 Dan Patch three-year-old pacing colt of the year and the richest pacer of 2019, the World Champion has won two of five starts this season. Backstreet Shadow has been enlisted as the second choice on the morning line at odds of 3-1. With Tim Tetrick listed to drive, the five-year-old son of Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie will be looking to make amends after a gutsy second place finish to Bettor's Wish in the Sam McKee Memorial last week. Backstreet Shadow is currently the third highest earning aged horse for the 2020 season. Also included in the celebrated field of ten, World Champion Century Farroh will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn post three for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. With over $790,080 in lifetime purse earnings, Century Farroh has been tabbed 7-2 on the morning line. As the lone Indiana-sired horse in the field, Shnitzledosomethin will return to his home state for the first time this season and has drawn the coveted rail position for trainer Dylan Davis. Shnitzledosomethin will play the role of local favorite from post one in the 2020 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. (Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography.) With $764,343 in lifetime purse earnings, the son of Fred and Ginger-Summer N Sand will be looking for his first major victory of the season.   The 2020 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: 1. Shnitzledosomethin Tr: Dylan Davis Dr: Scott Zeron M/L: 20-1 2. Century Farroh Tr: Dr. Ian Moore Dr: David Miller M/L: 7-2 3. Bettor's Wish Tr: Chris Ryder Dr: Dexter Dunn M/L: 2-1 4. This Is The Plan Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Yannick Gingras M/L: 15-1 5. Workin Ona Mystery Tr: Brian Brown Dr: Tim Tetrick M/L: 12-1 6. Backstreet Shadow Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Tim Tetrick M/L: 3-1 7. Dorsoduro Hanover Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley M/L: 15-1 8. De Los Cielos Deo Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley M/L: 15-1 9. Filibuster Hanover Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley M/L: 15-1 10. Our Major Dan A Tr: Virgil Morgan Jr. Dr. David Miller M/L: 8-1   In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, the local news station WISH-TV Channel 8 out of Indianapolis will provide exclusive coverage for the Dan Patch Stakes racing action at Hoosier Park on Friday. WISH-TV will be on property to provide racing fans with exclusive coverage of all the festivities happening on and off the race track. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park throughout the evening. WISH-TV's live coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, August 14 and will include the live showing of the Dan Patch Stakes. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend". Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free prizes, VIP giveaways, and food trucks. Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $100 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Slated as the eleventh race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 9:46 p.m. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator 4500 Dan Patch Circle | Anderson, Indiana 46013

MILTON, ON - August 11, 2020 - Notorious Pink completed the harness racing sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening to give trainer Tony Alagna his third consecutive title in the event. A field of nine two-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $80,500 final of the Whenuwishuponastar and dominance is a perfect word to describe the last three weeks and years of the event. Notorious Pink was sent off as the 1/5 favourite after a pair of wire-to-wire wins in the preliminary leg. Driver Bob McClure, who celebrated a milestone Tuesday, changed tactics this week, getting away fifth while a group of rivals flashed early speed in search of a spot at the front. Adashious Hanover made the front at an opening-quarter of :26.4, allowed Extrilla Hanover to clear and then removed to lead up to the half in :55.1. Notorious Pink got her cue to go from McClure and confidently advanced first-up to within a head of the lead at three-quarters in 1:24. The Alagna trainee claimed the lead at the head of the lane and made no mistakes by kicking home in :27.2 for a career-best 1:51.2 victory. Postscript rallied from third-over to finish third by 3 1/2 lengths, while Spellcheck Hanover and Lady Midnight completed the Superfecta. "Tonight was definitely her best (race), but the first week I called on her to win and she showed me gears that nobody expected or I didn't anyways and the next week I won by as little as I could and put her to sleep," said McClure of Notorious Pink's series sweep. "This week when she had a target...she was digging in that last turn and I was coming as slow as I could and she wanted to get around them. "She just paced right through the wire like it was not even work, so she's pretty impressive." A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Notorious Pink is now undefeated in four starts and has earned $65,450. She is a $35,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate and is owned by Alagna And Grant, Big Als Stables, Riverview Racing and Fodera And Head Stable. Notorious Pink's win gives trainer Alagna his third straight Whenuwishuponastar Series victory. All three series titles have come with daughters of the legendary Captaintreacherous, who Alagna campaigned. Next up for Notorious Pink is a trip to Lexington for the Kentucky Sires Stakes. She is eligible to the Shes A Great Lady, which takes place on September 26 at Mohawk Park. Tuesday evening's card also saw driver Bob McClure surpass $25 million in career earnings. The 2019 Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner took the evening's second-race with three-year-old pacing filly Preeminence to reach the milestone. "It's a real nice feather in your cap," said McClure of the milestone. "It's a testament to a lot of people that got me here too, so I'm grateful." McClure reaches $25 million during his 12th season of driving and has surpassed the $5 million mark in each of the last two seasons, including a career high $5.9 million in 2019. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

Catch The Fire has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's (August 15) $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. The top money-earner in the field headlines an accomplished group of eight three-year-old harness racing pacers in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein, an by invitation only event, is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program that carries a 6 PM first-race post time. The feature race is slated for approximately 9:35 p.m. Catch The Fire enters the Milstein fresh off an August 1 victory in the $375,000 Adios at The Meadows, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:49.3. That time was equaled the week prior with a victory in the Adios Elimination. He has five races this year and has paced sub-1:50 in each. The John Ackley trainee has banked $468,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday's main event. Catch The Fire is Buckeye owned by C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, and is trained by Ohioan John Ackley. They will use Catch The Fire's regular pilot Mike Wilder to drive. Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake Champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. He just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana SS event. This top Hoosier performer has won eight of 13 lifetime starts and has earned $375,395 for owner Odds On Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes champion Elver Hanover drew post three and is the 4-1 third choice. Undefeated through nine starts as a freshman, Elver Hanover now has won 10 of 13 career efforts, with earnings of $422,700. Harness racing's all-time leading trainer Ron Burke conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Chris Page will drive. Ohio Sires Stakes standouts Stanford Court, 6-1 (Ronnie Wrenn Jr. / Brian Brown) and Ocean Rock, 8-1 (Dan Noble / Christi Noble), Iowa Fair Phenom Slippin The Clutch, 15-1 (Aaron Merriman / Curtis Carey), stakes veteran Manticore , 12-1 (Jordan Stratton / Bruce Saunders), and Adios runner-up Chief Mate, 10-1 (Scott Zeron / Tony Alagna) are also slated starters in the impressive field. The $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Catch The Fire-Mike Wilder-John Ackley-2/1 2-Odds On Osiris-Peter Wrenn-Melanie Wrenn-7/2 3-Elver Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-4/1 4-Stanford Court-Ronnie Wrenn Jr-Brian Brown-6/1 5-Slippin The Clutch-Aaron Merriman-Curtis Carey-15/1 6-Manticore-Jordan Stratton-Bruce Saunders-12/1 7-Chief Mate-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-10/1 8-Ocean Rock-Dan Noble-Christi Noble-8/1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. Brock Milstein and the Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. Exciting undercard This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as a $14,500 Open event. A $20,000 Early Pick-4 guaranteed pool starts in race seven and consists of both the Charna and the Milstein and a late Pick-4 begins in race 11 offering a $10,000 guaranteed pool. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Young Gippsland trainer Brad Walters has had very few starters in recent years, but he's a more than familiar face around harness racing circles in the region. The 28-year-old Warragul track curator and raceday staffer is the sort of guy that most country clubs rely on. Put simply: if there's something that needs doing or a role to fill, he's the go-to man. But last Sunday at Cranbourne, he also showed his training prowess when he landed his first winner in Petite Love (Repeat Love (Fra)-Micro Chip NZ (Pine Chip US). The brown mare, bred and owned by Yabby Dam Farms, near Ballarat, and raced on lease by Walters, took out the Aldebaran Park Trot. "We thought she would be a good chance going on her previous run at Melton. She was inconvenienced, but did well to run sixth at huge odds," he said. "I'd had Lance (Justice) on for the first time there and I was happy to have him again at Cranbourne-and it all turned out nicely." Lance Justice crosses the line with Petite Love – the first win for trainer Brad Walters Walters said it was just his fourth start with the square gaiter, who was previously prepared by his close friend Mick Hughes. "I train at Mick's place, which is out Garfield way and he's been a great help. I'm so lucky, because he's an outstanding horseman and always has a handy one in his team," he said. Walters has had just two other horses prior to Petite Love. "I mucked around a bit with them. I think they probably only had 10 starts between them, but I couldn't find the secret, so they got moved on," he said. Walters said while attending school, he always had it in his mind that he wanted to be a motor mechanic. "I did work experience, but the boss of the place sort of hinted that perhaps I may have been better suited to another trade. So I didn't pursue that career," he said. "Then I heard about the Gippsland Harness Training Centre. I liked horses so I decided to give that a go. I completed that probably 10 years ago and then got my trainer's licence about five years ago. "Jenny Lewis is in charge and I'm sometimes back at the centre whenever they need a helping hand. I'd fully recommend the training course to anyone interested in getting involved in harness racing-it's just perfect to get a good grounding." Walters later worked in north east Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges for Bill and Anne Anderson at Lauriston Bloodstock, one of Victoria's leading yearling sale vendors. "That was a great experience. I worked with their horses and also did a lot of ground maintenance and that sort of thing. In other words, whatever needed doing!" he said. Since returning to his home region, Walters has been a huge part of the local harness racing scene at the Warragul club, as well as helping out at nearby Cranbourne. Walters said he had a crack at race driving and enjoyed it. "I drive now and again at the trials, but I learnt pretty quickly that on race day it's just for the professionals," he laughed.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Apple Wise As (4f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) took the Premio Citta’ di Torino Filly (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart) at Ippodromo di Vinovo in Italy, timed in 1.14.8kr. Fed Esposito teamed the harness racing winner for Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated stablemate Amber Prad (4f Timoko-Sinead Prad) with Gocciadoro up and third finishing Allegra WF (4f Varenne-Formose Jet) handled by Mario Minopoli Jr. Apple Wise As The companion event, the Pr Citta’ di Torino Male (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart), saw Ari Lest (4m Pascia’ Lest-Natalina Wise) score in 1.12.9kr with Massimiliamo Castaldo the pilot for trainer Gocciadoro. Two Gocciadoro stablemates were second and third, A length back second was Juan Bros (4m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) with Giuseppe Lombardo driving. Third was Aman You Sm (4m Love You-Emon Santa Fe’ Sm) handled by Fed Espositio. Gaet, Ippodromo di Vinovo files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hightstown, NJ — The moments following Ramona Hill’s win in the Hambletonian Stakes were unlike any Andy McCarthy ever experienced as a driver. “The feeling I got when I crossed the wire, I’ve never had that before, that amount of joy and emotion,” McCarthy said. “I don’t want to compare it to my kids being born, because that’s a completely different thing, but it was definitely emotional. Heading back to the winner’s circle, I’ve never felt anything like it in my life on the racetrack. Embracing the moment, just the feeling of joy, it’s unbelievable.” McCarthy and Ramona Hill captured the 95th edition of the Hambletonian this past Saturday at The Meadowlands. The duo won the $1 million event by one length over Ready For Moni in a stakes-record-equaling 1:50.1 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc, and In The Gym Partners. Ramona Hill, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Lock Down Lindy bred by Crawford Farms, became the 15th filly to win harness racing’s top race for 3-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian was McCarthy’s fifth win of the day on the stakes-filled Big M card. He won four of the afternoon’s first six races, including the Shady Daisy with Reflect With Me and the Jim Doherty Memorial with Darlene Hanover, and the fast start was beneficial. “It’s good to get some good vibes going for the day,” McCarthy said. “Confidence has such a main role in how you drive, I think. When the ball’s rolling and things are going good, you feel like you can do nothing wrong. For me, anyway, confidence is definitely a major player in how I do.” McCarthy’s biggest challenge was finding a way to enjoy the wins without getting too pumped up along the way. “You want to celebrate, and you want to feel that emotion, but you also don’t want to carry that over to the next drive,” he said. “You want to stay focused and you’ve still got work to do. I like to be confident but calm at the same time. I don’t want to be carrying too much emotion with me, just really stay focused on the job at hand. There are a million things that can go wrong in a race and you have to be super focused and aware of these things.” A native of Australia, the 34-year-old McCarthy has raced regularly in North America since 2007. He has seen his purse earnings increase annually since the start of 2013, reaching a career-best $7.67 million last year, when he ranked ninth among drivers in North America. In 2019, McCarthy became the eighth driver in history to win at least four Breeders Crown finals in a year. He became the first to accomplish the feat without driving a favorite. Last year, he also made his first appearance in a Hambletonian final, finishing seventh with Pilot Discretion. This year with Ramona Hill, he was fourth after a quarter mile, moved to the front on the backstretch, and cruised to victory. Her time equaled the stakes mark set by her sire Muscle Hill in 2009. “In my mind, I had the best horse in the race,” McCarthy said. “I just wanted to be safe through the first turn. Once I got through the first turn, I thought I could win the race however it went down.” McCarthy followed the Hambletonian while growing up in Australia but became more focused on the race after arriving in the U.S. to compete. He is the 28th different driver to win the Hambletonian in the 40 years it has called The Meadowlands home. “When I was a teenager, I started following the American racing more,” McCarthy said. “Back then, it was kind of pre-social media days, so it was kind of hard to keep up with it. I always liked American racing and I loved the Hambo. As far as thinking I could win it one day, that was a different story. “Once I got over here and went to the Hambo every year and watched it, it’s become the race. It’s the race you want to win, for sure. I’m just very lucky and privileged to be able to do that.” by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Down Under horsemen headline one of the biggest days of the year for American Harness Racing, Hambletonian Day. Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands on Saturday consisted of some of the best harness racing horses in the world racing, extremely fast times and a lot of success.  Down Under driver Andrew McCarthy was the star of the show winning 5 races on the day and taking out the $1 million Hambletonian with filly Ramona Hill, for trainer Tony Alanga. McCarthy and Ramona Hill headed out favourite and backed up her huge elimination win the week prior when running her last quarter in 25.4 seconds. On Saturday night the 3yo daughter of Muscle Hill had race rivals covered by a length to win in 1:50.1. McCarthys other wins were with Angers Bayama in 1:48.3, Reflect With Me in the $90,525 Shady Daisy in 1:48.3, Caviart Eva in 1:53.3, and Darlene Hanover in the $350,300 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2yo trotters in 1:55.1. Dexter Dunn also had a successful day winning two races. Firstly he teamed up with Down Under trainer Chris Ryder who had Bettors Wish back to career best form when beating a quality field of Free For All ers. Dunn sent the Bettors Delight colt forward and worked overtime early to find the lead just after the first quarter that was run in 25.3. Race favourite Dancing Lou went up to eyeball past the half in a blistering 52.1. But Bettors Wish proved so tough to kick away and hold off late challenges from Backstreet Shadow to win in 1:47.3.  Down Under Trainers Brett Pelling and Mark Harder also picked up wins on the big day.  Pelling won the $166,550 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial Mares Open trot with When Dovescry in 1:50.0, with David Miller in the bike.  Mark Harder won the $319,000 Peter Houghton Memorial Final for 2yo trotting Colts and Geldings, with Zenith Stride in 1:55.1 and Brian Sears doing the driving. For owners Emilio and Mary Rosati of Stride Corporation, who have their own harness racing stable Down Under in Sydney, Australia with successful trainer/driver Anthony Butt. Champion Down Under mare Shartin N was also in the winner’s circle on the day after she won the $177,100 Lady Liberty Mares Open. Trainer Jim King Jr had her in fine form for driver Tim Tetrick who had her on the top end of the field for the trip and fought off all challenges to win in 1:48.2. Making it back to back wins in the Lady Liberty for her. Down Under trio of Major Occasion A, trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dexter Dunn came in 2nd.  On the day Down Under harness people and horses won 10 of the 18 races. An amazing day for Down Under Harness racing and puts in perspective the impact of Down Under harness on American Harness Racing.   Monday 3rd August   Northfield Park OH Elrama N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $5,000   Plainridge Park MA Shady Secret A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $7,500 Saratoga Harness NY Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,500   Tuesday 4th August   Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Motu Moonbeam N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $5,200 Saratoga Harness NY Two Fiftyeight N – Time: 1:55.0 Stake: $4,550 Onspeed N – Time: 1:56.3 Stake: $4,550 Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $4,800   Scioto Downs OH Executive Dash N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $4,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Kasey John A – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $8,500 Century Downs Racetrack CA Sell A Bit N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $7,600   Wednesday 5th August   Harrahs Philadelphia PA English Rose N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $8,800 Northfield Park OH Sporty Spook A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $3,800   Saratoga Harness NY Naughty Maravu N – Time: 1:54.1 Stake: $3,500 Scioto Downs OH Cyclone Kiwi N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $5,500   Thursday 6th August   Plainridge Park MA Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $14,000 Major Crisis A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $12,000 Sign To Inverell A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $5,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Ambro Courage N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $12,500 Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $18,000 Zach Maguire N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $15,500 Hundie N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $12,500 Charlottetown Driving Park CA Misty Memory N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $2,100 Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Darcee N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $5,500 Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Bute Courage N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $10,000   Friday 7th August   Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Sprinter N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $10,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Random Task A, 3rd Brilliant Strike N Tulhurstsantanna A – Time: 1:49.4, Stake: $10,500 Meadowlands NJ Love The Blues N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $9,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Mister Daytona N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $8,500 Ohoka Johnny N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Gold Orchid N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $18,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Bettor Trix N, 3rd Firebby A   Saturday 8th August   Batavia Downs NY Sir Richie N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $5,500 Stening A – Time: 1:57.0, Stake: $3,800   Meadowlands NJ Shartin N – Time: 1:48.2, Stake: $177,100   Scioto Downs OH Stars Align A – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $17,500 Flying Wingard A – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $14,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Joesstar Of Mia  A – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $14,000 Alluneedisfaith N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $14,000 Vettel N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $11,200   Tioga Downs NY Coveredndiamonds A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $5,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA General Joy A – Time: 1:49.3, Stake: $22,000   Sunday 9th August   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Somwherenbrookln N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $8,800 The Moonshadow N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $11,600 Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Billy Lincoln N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $12,000 Shes Nun Bettor N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,000 Delishka N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $14,000 Georgian Downs CA Premier Joy A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $10,000 Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Darcee N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,500   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2020 -- Harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy, who captured Saturday's Hambletonian with the fantastic filly Ramona Hill, continued his roll Monday at The Meadows when he swept the $205,032 Pennsylvania Sires Stake with the freshman filly trotters Flawless Country and Anoka Hanover. Flawless Country had a straightforward path to the winners' circle in the event known as the Delmonica Hanover, zipping to the point from post 4 and easily turning back the first-over You Ato Dream to down her by a length in a career-best 1:55. Gimme Shelter finished third. "Her connections told me she drives like a car, and she did," McCarthy said. "I think she'll go a long way. She has very good manners and high speed. I had to tell her what to do a little bit, but she responded and got the job done."   Ake Svanstedt trains Flawless County, a daughter of Southwind Frank-Aleah Hanover who has finished first or second in all four career starts, for Ake Svanstedt Inc., Wolfgang A Stable and Borje Nasstrom. Anoka Hanover's journey was more circuitous -- at least for the opening panel, when Pub Crawl looped her and left her parked out. "I really like this one," McCarthy said. "She still has a lot to learn, but she's very powerful and has a great gait and a willing attitude. I was hoping I could sink into a spot and maybe come first over with her, but it didn't work out that way. But she's a very strong filly." The daughter of Donato Hanover-Aunt Mel finally crossed over at the three-eighths and had little trouble from there, scoring in 1:55. Pub Crawl was second, 3-1/2 lengths back, while DD's Diamond earned show.   Noel Daley conditions Anoka Hanover, who notched her first stakes victory, and owns with L.A. Express Stable and Caviart Farms. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters In Monday's subfeature, Love Muffin, Kayla's Playmate and Alpine each took a $20,000 split. Love Muffin had the early lead but, thanks to a slight shuffle, needed to move wide down the backside for Jim Pantaleano to reclaim the front. She drew off late to triumph in 1:55.4, a life mark, 5-3/4 lengths better than Trend, with a rallying Mother Lin third. "I put her in a couple overnights to change some equipment on her," winning trainer David Wiest said. "One race, it didn't work so good, so we put her back to what she was. We'll just have to deal with her. She comes from a hot family, but she's one of the better ones out of the family." Edward Kimmel and Donald Wiest campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Pine Yankee, who won her second PA stallions split. Kayla's Playmate broke stride in her two most recent outings, causing trainer Julie Miller to rethink her rigging. The results showed Monday, as the daughter of Father Patrick-Lima Playtime romped to a 3-1/2-length maiden score in 1:57.4. Midpoint and R Speed Of Light rounded out the ticket. "We changed her shoes a little bit, and she seemed to behave today," said winning driver Andy Miller. "I hope she's on the improve. She's a pretty nice filly; it's just a matter of getting her hung up right" Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 15-race program features a $7,199.23 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and PA Stallion Series for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies, held Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, had a little bit of something for everybody. It had a PaSS winning streak continued, if by only the barest of margins, as the Always B Miki - Western Silk filly Grace Hill remained undefeated in three PaSS starts with a nose victory over Continualou, herself a previous Sires winner, in a career best 1:51 in one $105,067 Sires contest. Grace Hill followed the cover of first-time starter Making Waves to nearing the 1:22.2 three-quarters, went up to challenge the new leader, finally edged by her, only to find Continualou - the horse who had been passed late backstretch - clawing back up the Pocono Pike, then moved more photogenic.   Dexter Dunn drove the winner, whose lifetime record consists of the three Sires wins and a neck defeat in the Home Grown stake, good for $124,522 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill. The afternoon also had an unlucky side, as Caviart Audrey - the filly who had photoed Grace Hill in the Home Grown - crossed the wire first by a length in 1:52.3 in her Sires division, but was disqualified for bearing out late on the far turn and bothering challenger Thebeachiscalling. Placed first was the Captaintreacherous - Marinade Hanover baby Marsala Hanover, who had been right behind Caviart Audrey when the incident occurred, went up the inside to go on equal terms with her rival, then get moved up when her resurgent foe was placed back. Scott Zeron handled sulky duties for the winner, who had a second and a third (both behind Grace Hill) before winning a PA All-Stars division in 1:52, for trainer Linda Toscano and the partnership of Enviro Stables LTD, South Mountain Stables, Little E LLC, and Westminster Road LLC.   If you like close finishes, besides the Grace Hill win you certainly had plenty of them in six $20,000 Stallion Series divisions, with the only StS victress winning by more than a length being the Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover filly Odds On Whitney. She moved to the lead early for driver Dexter Dunn and was 2¾ lengths clear at the end of her 1:53 maiden victory, which also was the quickest StS contest. The Tony Alagna-trained filly, making only her second lifetime start, won for Odds On Racing. Dunn won the one Sire Stakes division, Scott Zeron won the other - and Zeron went Dunn one better by winning two Stallion Series sections. Trainer Linda Toscano and Zeron again combined successfully with the Captaintreacherous - Dolphins Can Talk filly Three Times A Lady, who nosed out Quick Six in 1:53.4 for her initial career triumph for Richard and Joanne Young (continuing the I Luv The Nitelife naming tradition). Zeron also paraded back the Betting Line - Darena Hanover filly Darby Hanover, who lowered her mark to 1:53.2 in notching her second Stallion Series score by a neck over Fighting Evil. Julie Miller trains the winner for Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Mr. Caroll Huffman. Podium Girl was looking to become the only filly in her group to have three Stallion Series victories and tried to control her own destiny by setting the pace, but the Sweet Lou - Rock Her World filly Atomic Fireball exploded home in :55.4 - :27.3 from the pocket to edge the leader by a head while breaking her maiden in 1:53.1. Perennial Pocono leader George Napolitano Jr., in a somewhat-atypical off-the-pace driving triumph, sulkysat for trainer Nifty Norman and the partnership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC. At 10-1, the Sweet Lou - Double Major filly Doubleoffthewall would be the highest-priced of all the stakes winners (there was a notable price in an overnight race - see below) when she recorded her second straight triumph while lowering her mark to 1:54. Matt Kakaley drove the Tom Fanning-conditioned miss to a head win over come-from-the-clouds Captainandtelly for David Van Wart, Falcon Racing LLC, and Joel Benson. The Brett Bittle / Yankeeland Partners LLP continued their recent hot streak with the first-time winner Skky, home in 1:54.1 after posting two seconds in her first two StS starts. Tyler Buter, handling the Somebeachsomewhere - Just Add Vodka filly, had the luxury of a full length of space when hitting the wire, a rare commodity during the contentious afternoon of stakes racing. FINISHING LINES - Summer Rock came from last at the three-quarters to first at the wire in the day's second race, paying $342.40 for a $2 win ticket - the biggest price in the five years that detailed records on "bombers" have been kept here. ... One of the "big bombers" of the "glamour" three-year-old pacing colt division, Allywag Hanover, heads the action in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes / Stallion Series competition tomorrow afternoon at Pocono. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - August 10, 2020 - Dean B Hanover found the line first in a wild harness racing finish to Monday evening's $88,500 Dream Maker Series Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of nine two-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed in the finale of the annual summer event. The Dream Maker has been the launching pad for many top pacing colts over the years. Casie Coleman-Herlihy sent out a quartet of starters in Monday final, with $340,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase Dean B Hanover prevailing as the public's choice in 1:52.4. Driver Jonathan Drury floated off the wings of the gate from post-eight and decided to glide on to the lead, clearing at about three-eighths from stablemate Captainofrocknroll and driver Bob McClure. 'Dean B' got sensible middle-half fractions, leading through markers of :56 and 1:24.3. In the stretch, 'Dean B' was confronted by Captainofrocknroll and despite allowing the rival to get close, turned him aside with less than eighth remaining. The backfield came to life in the final-quarter, as Island Beach Boy and Perfectboy Hanover charged home after sitting third and fourth-over, respectively, to cause the wild finish. Meanwhile, Ucanttouch and driver Paul MacDonell came off the rail from mid-pack at the top of the stretch and also unleashed a wicked final-quarter, coming right between rivals to force the wild finish along with the back-field closers. The finish saw 'Dean B' hang on by a head over Ucanttouchthis, while Island Beach Boy and Perfectboy Hanover were beat only a neck to round out the Superfecta. "I knew it was pretty close, I thought I maybe had them by a nose, but I wasn't 100 per cent sure," said Drury following the victory.. "He felt good getting out of there, but I was hoping I could maybe duck him somewhere in the middle and come with cover, but it wasn't looking like there was many spots and when I saw Casie's other horse (Captainofrocknroll) driving on to the front I figured I could keep coming and get there fairly easy." Drury noted that Dean B Hanover has twice now waited on challengers before digging in. "He did that in a qualifier where he felt like he was going to let one go by him and then he just stuck his nose out and kept on digging to the wire and then the same thing again tonight. I thought Bob (McClure) had a real good shot at going by me at the head of the lane, but he fought right to the wire." A son of Betting Line, Dean B Hanover is owned by Mac Nichol, John Liviakis and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. The expensive yearling purchase captured a first round division of the Dream Maker before skipping last week's second round. He is now three for three with $61,750 earned. Dean B Hanover returned $5 for a $2 win ticket. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $80,500 Whenuwishuponastar Series final is the feature on an 11-race card. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

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