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Moraitime humbled the harness racing field in the Winners Over Select/Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Morairtime and Northern Express both left alertly for early race position.  Jack Vernon, the 6/5 race favorite and driver Corey Callahan moved off the rail from third. They were parked to the quarter in 27.2.  Jack Vernon finally cleared and took the lead from a pesky Northern Express just before the half in 55.2. Jack Parker Jr.  and Morairtime moved off the rail from third and sprinted down the backstretch.  They  looked Jack Vernon in the eye and went on by at the three quarters in 1:23.2  Morairtime cleared easily  past the three quarter pole but now had company in the form of Northern Express and driver Russell Foster  They were in high gear.  However, Morairtime was up to the challenge.  In the deep stretch, with the race in hand, a confident Jack Parker Jr. high reigned  to the finish in 1:52.4.  Parker Jr’s  driving technique was in reverence for his grandfather Howard Parker, whom Jack would watch drive as a child.   Morairtime( Airzoom Lindy) won by three quarters of a length and was sent off at odds of 3-1. Morairtime is owned by Jack Parker’s high school friend James Moore III. Jack’s wife Carol Jamieson-Parker trains. Northern Express raced gamely and finished 2nd for trainer Arty Foster Jr. His Son Russell Foster drove. Whimsical Chapter finished 3rd for trainer Josh Green and driver Tony Morgan. Racing resumes on Wednesday  at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE - Morairtime, the lone harness racing mare in the field, was able to beat the boys in the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Driver Jack Parker Jr. took advantage of the shortened field by sending Morairtime to the top. Northern Express accepted the pocket, and the race appeared to be a carbon copy of last week’s Open. Morairtime set uncontested fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.2. Race favorite, Northern Express and Russell Foster pulled the pocket past the three quarters but made an untimely break and could not recover. Morairtime won by four and a half lengths in a blistering 1:52.3. The victory was the second in a row in the Open Trot.  She paid $5.20 to win. Morairtime is sired by Airzoom Lindy and is a half sister to NF Happenstance. She along with NF Happenstance are owned by James D Moore III. Moore and Parker Jr were classmates at Lake Forest high school in Delaware. Carol Jamieson-Parker, Jack’s wife, is the trainer. Bluebird Jesse,  who benefitted from Northern Express’s unfortunate break, saved ground on the rail, and was a non-threatening  second.  Jim King Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick drove. Need Luck N finished third for trainer Jason Johnson.  Kim Vincent picked up the catch drive. Dover Downs will again offer a $5,000 pick 5 wager on Thursday night. The wager is a fifty cent minimum bet with a 15 percent take out.  The wager begins on the 10th race. Victor Kirby won three races on the betting card. Racing resumes on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

CHESTER, PA - The Airzoom Lindy mare Morairtime opened a big lead fairly early in the $14,400 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, then held on to virtually all of that lead through the wire while taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.3. Jack Parker Jr., driving for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker and owner James Moore III, zoomed away from the gate with Morairtime, putting up fractions of :27.1, :55.4, and 1:23.3, with pocketsitter Home'N Dry not able to stay tight and other contenders having to hustle from far back. The sulky style of Parker and his father Jack Sr., seen many a time in Delaware Valley racing over the last half-century, was shown both in the frontwheeling tactics and in the "high-rein" urging to the wire, as Morairtime beat the two-holer home by 3½ lengths. The Andover Hall gelding Grapple Hanover, a candidate for "Most Improved Trotter" in the early meet at Philly, was given a fine drive by David Miller and won the $13,600 co-featured trot in 1:54.4. Miller got away third in a :27.3 opener as Captain Krupnik went up to take the lead from Macmorris Hanover, then maintained his position to the :57 half as Crossfit came out to provide cover for favored Strip It Down AS. The chalk made a break going down the backstretch, however, and Miller steered his charge out to the second-over spot by the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Captain Krupnik and Macmorris Hanover had tired themselves with their early battle, so Crossfit proved the major danger to the winner, but "Grapple"'s strong closing kick put him 2½ lengths clear of that one in 1:54.4. Trained by Bucky Angle for owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman, Grapple Hanover had been a steady performer at the Pennsylvania fairs at two and three and a useful overnight horse at four, but this year he has added extra speed to his former forte of consistency, and may be headed to higher company soon. George Napolitano Jr. had four wins on the Thursday card, one ahead of David Miller and Tim Tetrick. From the  PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Goshen, NY -- Jack Parker, Jr.'s open trotting mare NF Happenstance 4,1:52:2f ($661,321) has been retired from harness racing for the second time and has been sent to Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina. The Breeders Crown elimination winner begins her second stint at motherhood after returning to the races in 2018 from the broodmare ranks to become the 4th richest older trotting mare in North America. During her second stint on the racetrack, the daughter of SJ's Caviar competed against the best mares in her division and earned over $361,000 in the last season...and she was in very good company. Only three trotting mares earned more that NF Happenstance in 2018: Dan Patch champion Ariana G, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. Jack Parker, Jr., the 63-year-old veteran horseman bought her for the second time, in foal to Sebastian K at the 2016 Harrisburg sale. "I thought she would make a nice horse. As it turned out, she was much better than that." "My buddy Chip [Moore] owned her the first time around. We raced her with some success. She made some money and broke some track records. But then she started to make breaks so we sold her to Hall of Famer Bill Weaver. When he passed away, the mare was sold in-foal as part of his dispersal. We were excited to get her back," noted the Meadowlands hey-day regular. "As soon as Chris Coyle weaned that filly we put her back in training," Parker continued. "The mare never missed a beat once she got going again." A model of consistency, she was first or second in 24 of 36 starts with 13 wins. In fact, she only missed a check in a single start, or as her trainer would say, "She has exceeded all of our expectations." Her 2017 Sebastian K filly named Pure Happenstance is now stabled at Pinehurst and is enrolled in Gordon Corey's Institute of Equine Erudition. The Maine-native known for his talent for breaking babies and his no-nonsense demeanor stated that she was a, "typical filly with some rusty edges in the beginning but making good progress in smoothing those out." "Enthusiastic and ambitious, she makes good progress in her trotting attributes. She is pleasant to work with and intelligent on the track, despite her early filly traits." Perhaps Pure Happenstance will be sharp enough to participate in the annual Spring Matinee at Pinehurst Harness Track on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Meanwhile, her dam, NF Happenstance has a date for the 2019 breeding season with Diamond Creek Farm's Father Patrick. by Chris Tully for Olive Branch Farm

If Jack Parker Jr. was ever getting back to the Breeders Crown finals, it was going to be with the best horse he ever had. And that's exactly how it has played out, as Parker's NF Happenstance has brought him to Saturday's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot championship at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "She's really changed my life for the better, in all kinds of ways," said Parker, who has the mare in his barn for a second stint. "She got me out of debt the first time and paid off my mortgage the second time. And helped me put some money in the bank." So, this one is at the top of his list? "I think so, yes," the 63-year-old said. "I've had some nice horses before, but she made $300,000 this year and that's the most I've ever made with a horse. I've made in the hundreds sometimes but never the 300s." The 8-year-old won her elimination after going off at 9-1 and battling both horses and birds. In doing so, she put Parker in the Breeders Crown finals for the first time since 1985, when he drove Dangarvon to a third-place finish at the now-defunct Garden State Park in New Jersey. Asked if, after several years, he thought that might be his only trip to the finals, Parker said, "I was hoping not, but you never know about this business." After surviving a serious injury from a Meadowlands crash in March 1984 -- which left him in a coma for 19 days and had doctors thinking he might not survive -- Parker returned in August of that year and promptly won his first race back. A year later he was in the Breeders Crown finals. He has been going strong ever since and has 1,769 career driving victories. After facing what he did 34 years ago, Parker wasn't going to be bothered by a 33-year drought between Breeders Crown appearances. "It's nice to be back there, but I'm just out there having fun," Parker said. "I don't get hung up on (the major races). I'm 63; I've been doing this all my life. You have a lot of ups and downs in this business. There's no expectations (for Saturday). I just kind of have a lot of hope and we'll see what happens. You have to have luck in this business for sure." Parker drives fewer than 100 races per year these days, but makes them count. In 29 races with NF Happenstance this year, the duo has won 11, taken second in 10, and earned $301,895. It's like the old Sinatra song, love is lovelier the second time around. In this case, it was pretty good the first time as well. In early 2014, Parker and his wife, trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker, bought the horse for Jack's long-time friend James "Chip" Moore, a former classmate at Lake Forest High School in Delaware. Beginning in mid-March, she won eight races over the next four months and set track records at Harrah's Philadelphia and Harrington Raceway. A month later the mare was sold to harness racing Hall of Famer Bill Weaver. After NF Happenstance started making some breaks, the decision was made to breed her to Sebastian K, which was a success. But when Weaver passed away in 2016, NF Happenstance was put in the mixed sale at Harrisburg. The Parkers could not wait to buy her back, and Jack took a playful jab at his buddy. "I just want to thank Chip's wife (Mitzi) for buying her both times," Parker said, adding with a laugh, "You know, the wives have to OK the husbands to do anything. I'm pretty sure it was a group effort there. But we've had horses before with not much success. This one changed our life." The purchase was made with the idea of racing NF Happenstance again once she gave birth to her filly, which was named Pure Happenstance. "We bought her in November, she had the baby in February, and she had to raise the baby," Parker said. "The first of September they weaned her. I started to race her the first of October (2017) until now." It marked the second time Parker purchased a pregnant mare with the intention of returning her to the track. "The first time she came back just as good as when she left off," he said. "I was hoping it would work out that way with this one, and I think she might be stronger now. She grew an inch taller and about four inches wider. I thought at 4 years old they probably stop growing, but she didn't. She's had a great year. After she got weaned, she's been an amazing athlete. After 30 days, she qualified." Jamieson-Parker told in January that "Nobody gets along with her like my husband does," and Parker has proven that this year as he understands all the little nuances. "She likes to work," he said. "She likes to do it briskly and if you fight with her you're not going to get anything done. She's not going to race good for you." When it comes time to racing, she likes to get out in front, which is what happened in the Breeders Crown eliminations. "It was a muddy night and my mare likes to leave out of there," Parker said. "I left out, Tim Tetrick circled me with Pink Pistol. I was on the outside going around the first turn, there were three geese right in our pathway. Pink Pistol looked at them, and my mare looked at them, but we got through all right. The next time we came around they were gone. "I got to the top and it seemed like the other two mares, the two favorites (Dream Together and Broadway Donna), couldn't handle the track. The mud doesn't seem to bother her. A couple horses made breaks and I got a nice lucky trip." Parker conceded he had an easier division, and realizes the competition is about to go up drastically in the final. NF Happenstance will be going against three previous Breeders Crown champions -- Ariana G, Broadway Donna and Emoticon Hanover. "It's going to be real tough," he said. "Those other two horses (Emoticon Hanover and Ariana G) drew off in (1):52.4. But it's a horserace. You can't hit the ball unless you swing the bat." And Parker is going up to the plate with the best bat he has ever had. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 1, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-trot Sunday (Aug. 5th) matinee features a $54,800 Open Handicap Trot and the beginning of the French-American Trotting Club Series. Post time for the 10-race card is 12:30 PM, with all races-save for the seventh-of the 'French' theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The weekly trotting feature begins the program, with lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., post 5) with as much of a resume as any of her rivals. The 8-year-old S J's Caviar ma'am couldn't hack a second move in her last outing, but otherwise has been a cash cow ($169,225) this season. NF Happenstance, owned by James Moore and trained by Carol-Jamieson-Parker, has eight wins and a half-dozen seconds in 18 '18 tries. She's doing her damage by adroitly leaving the gate, thus won't be hard to find early here. Newly-minted millionaire Dewycolorintheline (Mark MacDonald, post 2) returns to the big table in search of a third consecutive win, while The Last Chapter (Brent Holland, post 3) and Fashion Creditor (Andy Miller, post 4) also whipped lessers in their last tries. Cash Me Out (Jim Marohn Jr., post 1) is just 2-for-20 this season, but threw in six seconds and five thirds, while Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton, post 6) was a two-move second in last weekend's trotting feature. Races 2 and 3 comprise the first of three preliminary rounds in the French-American Trotting Club Series, restricted to those French-breds were vetted overseas, then purchased by 'local' interests. Of the 19 horses entered in the two races, 11 have made purse starts since arriving, with five winning at least once. Each of the prelim races (second round is Aug. 19th, third is Aug. 26th) goes for $35,000, with a $120,000 final set for Sunday, Sept. 2nd. Note this Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of Saratoga's first race (post time 1 PM) and the third from Yonkers (post time 1:30 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is back racing tomorrow (Friday) evening with 13 live and a big $125,000 guarantee on the Pick - 5 wager spurred by a carry over of more that $30,000 from last Saturday. The bet requires a player to correctly select the winners of Races 3 through 7 and has a base wager of 50 cents. Race 3 is scheduled to go off at 7:25 pm eastern.   The guarantee is the result of a collaboration between The Meadowlands and USTA Strategic Wagering initiative. Free program pages for all Pick 5 races, as well as the $50,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (races 8 through 11) and the Race 13 Jackpot Super High five with a carryover of $120,134 are available courtesy of Track Master.   On the racetrack the $20,000 Preferred Handicap trot is the second race feature. A talented field of 7 will go forth and an interesting blend it is.   Gural Hanover (PP #7) makes his seasonal bow in his quest to advance his career bankroll to seven figures for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi. Little E and Panhellenic Stables with Yannick Gingras set to drive. Her is coupled for wagering purposes with the Opulent Yankee (PP#5 Andy Miller) who is as dependable as the Maytag repair man for his ownership group of Little E, Stolz & Geiger.   Meladys Monet is in from Yonkers for owner Melady Enterprises and trainer Kevin McDermott and Brett Miller is down to drive the career winner of nearly $1.25 million from post 6.   NF Happenstance (PP #4) has been red-hot for trainer/driver Jack Parker, Jr, a winner five times in seven starts against top competition already this year she represents the fairer sex for owner James Moore III.   LMC Mass Gem. Rossini and Zooming complete the septuplet.   It's Fiesta Friday with a cornucopia Mexican delights offered for your dining pleasure (the Tres Leche cake is divine) and you may now register for the Million Penny Giveaway through March 31 when the promotion will end.   Come early for the Survivor Pick 10 and stay late for the $120,000 carry-over in the Jackpot Hi-5.   Post time is 6:35 pm.   Nick Salvi

Aurel, DE --- In the fall of 2016, Carol Jamieson-Parker and her husband, Jack Parker Jr., certainly weren’t the only ones hoping to buy a harness racing horse at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale. They may well have been the only ones who picked a racehorse out of the sale’s broodmare entries though. The couple purchased NF Happenstance, a trotting mare in foal to Sebastian K, for longtime owner James Moore III for $42,000. “We bought her with the intention of bringing her back to the races,” Jamieson-Parker said. That probably doesn't surprise anyone who follows harness racing in the Mid-Atlantic region. It was the Parkers who campaigned the SJ's Caviar mare for much of 2014, the year in which she set multiple track records and earned more than $182,000. "Nobody gets along with her like my husband does," Jamieson-Parker said. In early 2014, the Parkers were looking for a horse for Moore. NF Happenstance, who was racing in a $15,000 claimer at Dover Downs, caught Jack Parker's eye. The owners agreed to sell her, and the mare won her first start with Parker in the sulky March 18. In just four months, she went on to win eight races, setting track records at Harrah's Philadelphia and Harrington Raceway in the process. She finished third in the Ima Lula series final at the Meadowlands behind Classic Martine and Bee A Magician. In late July 2014, Moore agreed to sell the mare to Harness Racing Hall of Famer William B. Weaver III. NF Happenstance went on to compete in New Jersey and New York, finding moderate success for her new connections as the Parkers watched each week from their home in Delaware. They noticed as the mare began to go off-stride more and more frequently. "She started making breaks and they decided to breed her," Jamieson-Parker said. The mare was bred to Sebastian K but ended up in the mixed sale at Harrisburg following Weaver's death in 2016. The Parkers were thrilled to see her in the catalog and advised Moore they'd found him a horse to buy. "The intention was she'd have the baby and we'd bring her back to the races," Jamieson-Parker said. And so they sent her to North Carolina to foal. On Feb. 12, 2017, NF Happenstance gave birth to a small bay filly, who Moore and the Parkers aptly named Pure Happenstance. Shortly after the filly was weaned, the Parkers drove down to North Carolina to pick up the mare. That was Sept. 15. On Oct. 11, Parker qualified NF Happenstance at Harrington, where she trotted a mile in 1:58.4. He qualified her again at Dover, and on Halloween, nearly two years after her last pari-mutuel start, NF Happenstance made her official return to the races. She finished second, following that up with a win the next week. She ended 2017 with two wins, one second and two thirds from eight starts. Her last start of the year, a 1:54.1 victory on Dec. 19, marked the start of what is now a four-race win streak. She's currently three-for-three in 2018. Last week, the 8-year-old triumphed in the winner's over trot at Dover, crossing the wire in 1:53.4. The mare's connections are excited about her success. "You don't know how much pleasure she's given us," Jamieson-Parker said. "Her coming back this second time is a dream." She's particularly happy to see her husband and NF Happenstance back together. Parker knows the trotter's idiosyncrasies -- her penchant for scoring down fast, her preference for little equipment -- and the two have picked up where they left off in 2014. "It just clicks between the two of them," Jamieson-Parker said. "NF Happenstance and Jack Parker are a match made in heaven."   by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

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