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Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, March 26, 2017...Drachan Hanover, confidently handled by harness racing driver Wally Hennessey, scored a handy 1:51 win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (March 26.) The five year-old son of Jereme's Jet, leaving from the coveted post five, darted off the Hummer's wings into an early lead, yielded at the hot :26.1 opening station to Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis), re-took a few long strides later and carved subsequent panels of :54.3 and 1;23.2 before an effortless :27.3 sprint home sealed the issue by 3½ lengths over Pointsman (Rick Plano) with Sing For Me George another nose back in third. King Of The Crop, last for much of his journey in this classy quintet, finished fourth while Rockntouch picked up the nickel, five lengths off the winner. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, "last week when I drove him, he had missed a week and was just a little short at the end. "Tonight, he felt determined behind the gate and I let him do what he does best--and that's go! "The pace was pretty hot but he felt strong the entire way. The half in :54 and a piece didn't scare me at all because, when this horse is right, he can handle that. "He was all on his own down the lane." Trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, Drachan Hanover pushed his 2017 scorecard to 3-1-0 in nine starts, good for $25,400. Career-wise, Drachan Hanover now has 15 win in 60 lifetime starts and $369,417 in bounty. As the 1 to 5 favorite, Drachan Hanover returned $2.40 to his multitude of faithful. The $10,000 Open 2 Pace went to Heart Felt, driven by Bryce Fenn, also in 1:51. This six year-old gelded son of Well Said was sent on a mission as the wings folded and thwarted all challenges with sizzling panels of :26, :54.3 and 1:22.2 before a :28.3 waltz home capped the mile. Heart Felt now has three wins in 11 starts this year and bounty of $22,635. Lifetime, Heart Felt now has $129,355 in earnings to go along with a record of 1:50.4, also achieved at Pompano Park. Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Heart Felt, off at 6 to 5, returned $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a septet of trotters mixing it up in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. Boli will be looking for a repeat win in that event but must overcome the outside seven post to do so. Boli will have the driving services of Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey and is listed as the 3 to 1 second choice on the morning line. The 5 to 2 morning line favorite is Sooo Handsome, leaving from post five for owner-trainer-driver Rick Plano. This four year-old has three wins and four seconds in 11 starts this semester and comes off a solid second in last week's Open trot. My Revenuer, Explosive Muscles, Winding Hill, Celebrity Maserati and Sailer Eddie complete a very talented and well-balanced field. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Having just faced the likes of harness racing world-class pacers such as Lennytheshark, Smolda and Lazarus has not deterred Yayas Hot Spot. Instead, since his seventh-placed effort in the Miracle Mile almost a fortnight ago, the gelding has flourished according to trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton. "Yaya worked the best he ever has this morning," Shane said on Tuesday. Subsequently Team Tritton will be packing their float with confidence as they head to Young's TAB.COM.AU Carnival Of Cups meeting with Yayas Hot Spot this Saturday night. The son of Jereme's Jet is one of the early fancies for the Group 3 Cordina Chicken Farms Young Cup and the Trittons are out for redemption following the pacer's result in last year's feature where he finished seventh. "Young is the perfect track for him," Shane said. "He should have won last year but he fired up with the hood on and since we've taken that off he has been perfect. "We want to make amends for last year." Drawn on the second row in barrier eight, the Trittons consider Yayas Hot Spot as the one to beat. "He is certainly dropping a bit in grade and not facing Lenny (Lennytheshark) this time," Shane said. "Considering his last three starts have been at Group 1 level, I'm sure he will be hard to beat." The Trittons will only have one other engaged at that meeting being the pacer Lurah after scratching Im Twice The delight and Jango Fett on Tuesday morning. "They both didn't pull up well enough after racing on Monday," Shane said. Team Tritton had a number of horses engaged at Bankstown on Monday and walked away with a double following wins with Rocknroll Legend and Eh Ef El. The later was making his debut for the stable and won by more than 43 metres. "The Carousel is the long term plan for him," Shane said. "At this stage we will look at the Honouree Stakes during the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival with him." AMANDA RANDO

Pompano Beach, Florida...March 5, 2017...Drachan Hanover, superbly rated by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (March 5), using a :26.4 finale to hold off the surging Sing For Me George, with Kevin Wallis in the sulky, to score by a neck in 1:52. King Of The Crop, driven by Dave Ingraham, was third, 2½ lengths away, while Pointsman finished fourth. Rocky's Z Tam picked up the nickel in the field scratched down to seven. At the outset, Sing For Me George left with alacrity along with Drachan Hanover and these two went at it before the latter took command right at the first marker around turn one. From there, Drachan Hanover put up numbers of :27 and, despite a 25-30 miles-per-hour wind at their backs, a well-rated :56.2 half with only nominal movement developing from the back of the pack. On the backside and into the wind, Drachan Hanover reached the third station in 1:25.1 with Sing For Me George sitting chilly in the pocket and Fritzie Pic Up Man outside, but still 2¼ lengths away and not gaining further. In the lane, Drachan Hanover was in full flight, as was Sing For Me George, but the latter fell a neck short as Drachan Hanover's 26.4 finale was good enough to get the job done. After the event, driver Wally Hennessey said, "that wind was really something out there. I think the key tonight was the breather we got in the second quarter and then nobody really wanting to commit during the third quarter with the wind in our face. "In the lane, I thought the wind might sweep us off our feet because we were flying home. "Drachan (Hanover) is a very good horse and does very well on the front end, so his performance wasn't really a surprise to me." Trained my Marcel Barrieau for owners Kenneth Rankin and Lloyd Maclean, this five year-old son of Jereme's Jet won for the second time this semester to push his 2017 bankroll to $16,440. Lifetime, Drachan Hanover has 14 wins in 58 starts, good for $360,417 to go along with his 1:50.1 mark set at Pompano last season. As the 3 to 2 second choice, Drachan Hanover paid $5.00 to win. In other weekend action, the Florida Amateur Driving Club Pro-Am was contested on Saturday night and ended in a dead-heat with each team having 63 points at the conclusion of the three race competition. Team Tetrick, led by Tim Tetrick, driving on behalf of New Vocations, got the upper hand early over Team Miller, headed by Dave Ingraham, subbing for David Miller (traffic problems on Florida's Turnpike), by winning the first event with Tony Dinges' Wire Me Cash and putting his team up 23 to 19. Tetrick came back to complete the early daily double by guiding Dennis Whittemore's New Scent to a handy win, helping put Team Tetrick up by a seemingly insurmountable 49 to 35 margin. In the final leg, Whittemore, himself, guided his own Lucas Hall to his first win of the year and, with team captain Ingraham finishing second with B Cor Thomas, the Miller team won that third and final leg 28 to 14, thereby the tie. Florida Amateur Driving Club President Dein Spriggs was joined in the winner's circle by members of the F.A.D.C. as equal checks in the amount of $2,000 were distributed for Tetrick's charity, New Vocation, and Miller's designated beneficiary, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The contributions vaulted the club's donation over the $180,000 mark plateau as all driver's donate their driving fees to charity. Said Tetrick in the winner's circle, "This sport has been very good to me and, of course, David, as well, and I am sure that I speak for both of us and echo his sentiments that we are both proud to be a part of this event. "I know David is very sorry that he couldn't be here with us tonight but, on the other hand," Tetrick laughed, "it lets me have my name first on next year's trophies! "It's a great event the Amateur drivers put on and I admire their generosity for the good of our sport." Racing continues on Monday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $2,448 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, conducted on races six through nine. First post is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 1, 2017...Pertty Music, handled by George Napolitano, Jr., scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for the harness racing ladies on Wednesday night (March 1). The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet led at every pole, clocking panels of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 before a :28 sprint home sealed the deal by 1¼ lengths over Goldstar Rockette, driven by John MacDonald. OK Heavenly, with Kevin Wallis in her sulky, was next, 5¼ lengths away while Misssomebeach Blue, making her season debut, finished fourth. Astarisontheway picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, both Goldstar Rockette and Pertty Music pushed the wings out of the way in a battle for early superiority with the latter taking charge around turn one. Three-eighths of a mile in, Jets Are On, fourth early, made a bid that turned out to be premature as she moved to within a length of the leader half way through the mile. By turn three, that move took its toll as Goldstar Rockette regained her cozy position while sitting chilly. At the top of the lane, Goldstar Rockette was tipped out, but was unable to dent the winner's margin through the lane. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr., said, "With the five post here winning at 24 or 25 percent, it was the perfect post to use her early speed. She got to the top very comfortably and kind of sprinted the whole mile pretty evenly. She won on her own." For Pertty Music, owned by Souren Hovsepian along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, it was her fourth success in seven starts this year sending her 2017 bounty to $24,670. Lifetime, she has 29 wins and $358,164 on her card to go along with a 1:50.2 mark at Pompano Park three seasons ago. While the owners were enriched to the tune of $5,500 for the win, the two dollar "punters" had to settle for a win mutual of $2.80. The $8,500 Open 2 Pace for the Mares went to Sweet Bet, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. This nine year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, who was in for a $6,000 tag less than two months ago, has steadily moved up the ladder and the victory tonight in Open 2 company was her largest payday since November 5, 2014 at Pocono Downs. Making a quarter move to the top at that first station in :27.2, Sweet Bet rolled through subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:24.2 before striding home powerfully in :27.4 to hit the wire in 1:52.1, a seasonal best and just a tick off her lifetime mark set three years prior. Miss Dollar Mam, driven by John MacDonald and leaving from the outside post, settled into the garden spot after yielding the lead to the winner, finished second while Single Me, handled by Jim Meittinis, the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, was next, 5½ back of the winner. Better Out West was next with Metro Glide picking up the nickel in the field of seven. Trained by Jason Robinson for owner Robert Main, Sweet Bet now has won six of her eight starts this year, good for earnings of $23,750. Lifetime, she has visited the winner's circle on 42 occasions and now boasts $262,692. She paid $4.80 as the second choice on the board. Also of note on the Wednesday night card, the four year-old mare Alabamashakey, with Mike Simons in the bike for trainer Rob Rittof and owner Mark De Vience, stretched her winning streak to six with a sharp 1:53 win--a new lifetime best. The four year-old daughter of American Ideal was away in good order from the rail and then made a move just past the :27.4 opener and then went on to saw through panels of :56 and 1:24.2 before a final quarter of :28.3 sealed the issue. Winless last season in five starts, Alabamashakey, a winner of a mere $1,545 last season, now has $17,450 to go along with her winning streak this season. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Alabamashakey paid $7.00 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the Pro-Am Challenge featuring Tim Tetrick and David Miller, who have selected their teams for the Saturday show-down. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

LEBANON, OH. – My Hare Lady lead a cavalry charge through the wire to capture the $15,000 championship final of a three-week harness racing “Survivor Series” for $5000 claiming mares on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 8-year-old Jereme’s Jet lass held on by a nose over Certitude (Brady Galliers), with show finisher Endeavors Ladyluck (Jeremy Smith) and a host of others all within a couple lengths at the end of the 1:55.3 mile. The ‘Brew Crew’, trainer Jeff Brewer and his son driver Jason Brewer, condition the horse for owner Chris Choros.  After winning a division of the first eliminations, My Hare Lady was second by a length in the second round to advance to the lucrative final.  Sent off at 9/2 odds, the winner returned $11.60 for a $2 ducat in the final. In the program nightcap, longshots Absolute Purity (Kayne Kauffman) and Thunder Noise (Jeff McNabb) combined for a record exacta payoff.  With Absolute Purity going off at 64-1 and paying $131.80 to win, and runnerup Thunder Noise going off at 42-1, the exacta payoff of $7020.20 was the highest in the four-year history of Miami Valley. Gregg Keidel  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 22, 2017...With much of the attention focusing on Godiva Seelster (3 to 5) and Wild Wanda (5 to 2), it was Pertty Music, handled to perfection by George Napolitano, Jr., turning the tables in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (February 22). The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, off as the fifth choice at 12 to 1 in her classy sextet of ladies, used a second over journey to take command in deep stretch and then hold off the late surging Goldstar Rockette, with John MacDonald in the bike, by a neck in a surprisingly quick 1:51.3--that time a seasonal best despite day long heavy rains that left the track sloppy and the judges giving a two second allowance. Jets Are On, the longest proposition in the field at 48 to 1, closed fastest of all to be third, just a half-length away and a scant nose better than Godiva Seelster, who was fourth. Wild Wanda picked up the minor award. At the outset, driver Wally Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster gunning for the lead and this grand daughter of Camluck took command at the opening panel in a sizzler--:26.1. That's when Gweneeee J (Jim Meitinnis) took over--but only briefly as Ricky Macomber, Jr. sent Wild Wanda on the prowl and she poked her head in front just short of the half in a blazing :54.4. On the backside with Wild Wanda on a clear lead, Godiva Seelster charged up to challenge, reaching the leader's saddle-pad past the third station in 1:22.3 with Pertty Music catching the live cover of Godiva Seelster and Goldstar Rockette third over. In the lane, it was cavalry charge to the finish as the field spanned across the track in a furious battle to the line. The photo finish camera revealed Pertty Music up in time between horses with Goldstar Rockette, last early on and surviving a couple of missteps past the opening panel, a late surging second and Jets Are On next. In a post-race conversation, winning driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "I know that this mare can go with these and the difference tonight was that we got a second over trip, instead of first over. "We really got a great trip tonight and following Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster) was a blessing. "They were all right there together at the wire, so it could have gone any way. "I was just the lucky one tonight." Owned by Souren Hovsepian along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, Pertty Music won for the third time in six starts this year, sending her 2017 earnings to $19,170. Lifetime, Pertty Music has 28 wins in 121 starts, good for $352,664 to go along with her mark of 1:50.2 as a four year-old at Pompano Park. Pertty Music returned $27.00 to win, the highest payoff of her 12 wins at Pompano Park and the second highest win payoff of her 28 wins--the highest being $41.60 at Hoosier Park on October 10, 2014. Racing continues on Saturday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park      

Emerging star Im Full of Excuses is a Cups specialist and he should maintain his unbeaten record in Cup events by proving the master of his eight harness racing rivals in the $50,000 RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Merv Butterworth and to be driven by Chris Lewis for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, the lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9). After winning at seven of his 21 starts in New Zealand, Im Full of Excuses has been a revelation in Western Australia, winning at eight of his ten starts in this State. His WA wins included effortless victories at his three appearances in group 3 Cup events --- the Kalgoorlie Cup in September, the York Cup in November and the Northam Cup in January. He has been freshened up since his most impressive triumph in the 2560m Northam Cup in which he started off the 30m mark and raced in tenth position before storming home with a brilliant three-wide burst from ninth at the bell to hit the front at the 350m mark and race away to defeat This Time Dylan by 10m at a 1.58.1 rate, with final quarters of 27.1sec. and 28.6sec. He is a grand stayer and will be ideally suited over the 2536m of Friday night’s group 2 feature event. His final sections in 28.8sec. and 27.5sec. when he scored an easy win in the 2970m York Cup simply gave the opposition no hope of figuring in the finish. Im Full of Excuses, a son of American stallion Jeremes Jet, has already been successful in a group 2 event, having won the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes over 2700m at Invercargill in April 2015. His maternal granddam Happy Hazel won two group 1 races in New Zealand, including the Great Northern Oaks by six lengths in April 1989, and she also won the group 2 Ladyship Stakes at Alexandra Park in May 1989. Our Jimmy Johnstone, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond, looms as the main danger to Im Full of Excuses. He will start from barrier eight with Ryan Warwick in the sulky. He will be making his first appearance for five weeks --- since he failed in the WA Pacing Cup, wilting from seventh (three wide) at the bell to eleventh behind Chicago Bull. But his form before that was excellent, finishing third behind Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca in the Fremantle Cup and third behind Beaudiene Boaz and Chicago Bull in the 2130m Village Kid Pace after racing without cover for most of the journey. His most recent success was in the 2569m Bunbury Cup when he rated 1.55.4 in beating Mynameskenny and Rub of the Green in November. The Debbie Padberg-trained El Machine will be attempting to win the RWWA Cup for the second year in succession. He was a 35/1 outsider when he started from the inside of the back line and Michael Tenardi brought him from three back on the pegs with a well-timed burst to win easily from Cyamach and Ti Amo Franco 12 months ago. Since then the WA-bred eight-year-old has raced 25 times without success. However, he caught the eye last Friday night when he trailed the pacemaker Red Salute and finished strongly to be second, just a neck behind the winner Major Reality in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park. Chris Voak has been engaged to drive El Machine, replacing Shannon Suvaljko, who is under suspension. Voak drove El Machine when he won the Village Kid Sprint by a half-head from Uppy Son at Northam in January 2015. Shardons Rocket, an evergreen 12-year-old will start from barrier four and Lauren Jones is expected to be in search of getting to the front in the early stages. This will be the gelding’s 296th start. He was favourite at 5/2 on in a moderate field over 1730m at Gloucester Park mon Tuesday evening when he paced roughly at the start, worked hard in the breeze, took a narrow lead 120m from home and finished second to fast-finishing outsider Canyouseeme. Byford trainer Peter Anderson will be represented by Bronze Seeker and Lisharry, sprightly veterans who are racing with wonderful enthusiasm. Bronze Seeker is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier seven. But he will be driven conservatively and should be able to unwind a typical powerful finishing burst. He will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who replaces Lewis, who has opted for Im Full of Excuses. Hall has handled Bronze Seeker only twice in his 156-start career for a fourth at Gloucester Park in February 2015 and a fourth at Bunbury in May 2015. Bronze Seeker, who has won at two of his past five starts, was most impressive last Friday night when he was last in the field of nine with 300m to travel before flooding home, out wide, to finish third behind Major Reality and El Machine. Lisharry (Nathan Turvey) came home strongly from seventh at the bell to be fifth in the same race. He will start from the No. 5 barrier this week and Anderson is hoping the nine-year-old will improve on his unplaced efforts in the past two RWWA Cups. Lisharry was an unlucky tenth behind Pacific Warrior in the 2015 RWWA Cup when he was hampered by a punctured tyre on his sulky and then was badly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit behind the tiring Uppy Son. In last year’s Cup he started from barrier seven, was eleventh at the bell and was blocked for a run in the final stages when seventh behind El Machine. Ken Casellas

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2017...Pertty Music, superbly handled by George Napolitano, Jr., pulled off a mild upset in the $11,000 Open Pace for the harness racing Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, first, got by the heavily favored Wild Wanda (Richard Macomber, Jr.) and, then, held off the late surging Metro Glide (Tom Jackson) and Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey) to score by a half-length. Wild Wanda finished fourth after cutting panels of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.3 while OK Heavenly, in the garden spot back of Wild Wanda throughout most of the journey, picked up the nickel in the sextet, though less than two lengths away at the finish. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. remarked, "this is the first time I drove this mare. Rod (trainer Lorenzo) said she was good last week but stepping up, so I really didn't know what to expect. "I was reluctant to pull on Ricky's (Macomber) mare (Wild Wanda) as she looked the best on paper and I felt that the pace was quickening, so I decided to sit a bit longer that normal. "When we turned for home, I asked and she answered. "She's got some class to her, this mare does, so I wasn't that surprised when she responded the way she did!" Trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian, Pertty Music won for the 27th time during her career with her lifetime bankroll surging over the $340,000 plateau--$343,244 to be exact. As third choice in the wagering, Pertty Music paid $11.80 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with an eight race program highlighted by the continuing heated battle among many of the nation's leading amateur drivers. Of particular interest is the third race on Saturday featuring the Florida Amateur Driving Club as the eight starters have combined lifetime earnings of $2,855,350 and 247 career victories. The $406,000 winner A Crown For Lindy, has been installed as the morning line favorite in that event and will have Dein Spriggs in the sulky, himself a winner of 425 races. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Jet ($12.40) has been a well-traveled harness racing pacer the past few months but he found a perfect landing spot at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 21) by winning the $10,000 Open in 1:57.1 over the good track.   After visiting Vernon Downs, Batavia Downs, Pocono and The Meadowlands in the past three months, Rebel Jet (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was ready to give Buffalo Raceway a try.   It was a success as he got a perfect pocket trip then used the passing lane late to hold off Knocking Around (David McNeight III). Southwind Torque (Shawn Gray) took third.   After taking the lead briefly, Rebel Jet had to settle into second place as Southwind Torque set the pace with splits of 29.2, 58.0 and 1:27.1.   Turning for home, Southwind Torque hung tough but retreated to third place. Rebel Jet, however, revved his engines in the passing lane and squeezed out the half length decision while Knocking Around came on the outside to take second.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, the 8-year-old gelded Rebel Jet (Jerome's Jet-Heart ofthe Matter) has now earned $218,224 in his career thanks to 26 lifetime victories.   Gray led the drivers with a triple with Aldrich Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. each notching a double. Trainer JD Perrin conditioned three winners and Skowyra posted two.   Action will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race program slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

DOVER, Del.--- For the fifth time this meet, Little Ben scored a victory in a top class harness racing event at Dover Downs, this week it came in the $30,000 Preferred pace on Thursday, Jan. 4. All season long Vic Kirby has been in the sulky in most-often come-from-behind triumphs. The Jim King trainee outlasted Seventh Secret and George Dennis after a tenacious late stretch side-by-side engagement stopping the timer in 1:50 with a head separating the contestants. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King own the now six-year-old Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding who won for the 25th time in his career now banking $294,767 lifetime. Argue Hanover piloted by Corey Callahan was third. Early leader Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) finished fourth in his quest nearing $2-million in purses. Art Stafford Jr. put Soto into the early lead and led the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to take the $20,000 Open Pace. Eric Ell conditions the five-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty winner of ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta who won for the third time in his last five outings. Soto has won more than a quarter-million dollars. It was his 17 career victory giving him $257,575 earnings. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) was second in from of Flem N Em N (Callahan). Dancin Yankee returned to top form delivering a 1:50.3 victory in a $15,500 Male pace giving driver Tony Morgan his fifth winner and second for trainer Josh Green. The nine-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewithebest collected his 55th lifetime score raising his bankroll to $1,535,100. Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing own the Ohio bred. Screaman Seaman A (Gingras) edged Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) for place. Morgan came back for his fifth winning drive escorting Rockinonby to the winner's circle in one of three $15,500 events. Rockinonby bested Cloud Speed (Stafford Jr.) by three-quarters of a length and Suchaseneofhumor (Morand), third, to the finish line in 1:51. Niss Allen Inc. owns the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding who has won two of his last three and now has won in three-digits, $103,948 lifetime. Yannick Gingras hit paydirt steering Rock N' Roll World home in 1:51.4 in the other $15,500 division. The five-year-old exquisitely bred Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty horse held off fast closing Toatsmygoats (Sean Bier), second, and Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) in a tight finish. After four winners Wednesday, Tony Morgan drove five wins. Meet leader Vic Kirby had four winners. Trainers Eric Ell and Jim King plus owners, Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Looney-King had two wins. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL playoff games is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

Pompano Beach, FL...December 26, 2016...Drachan Hanover, with harness racing driver Wally Hennessey aboard, captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Monday night, stopping the tele-timer in 1:50.3   The four year-old son of Jereme's Jet, trained by Marcel Barrieau for owners Lloyd Maclean and Kenneth Rankin, used Pompano Park's coveted five post to zip into an early lead before carding panels of :26.2 and :56 prior to wiring together subsequent quarters of :27.3 and :26.4 to score a one length decision over Legal Spike (Richard Macomber, Jr.) with Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) third, 4 1/2 lengths away.   Duc Dorleans finished fourth while Mystic Desire picked up the minor award in the field of seven after a ground saving journey.   In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "I thought he was well within himself last week in winning the open for three and four year-olds in 1:50.1.   "Tonight, I had to use him a bit leaving but when we got over to the half in :56, I was very confident that he could carry it all the way tonight.   "Again, he was well within himself tonight, as well, and his :26.4 final quarter was all on his own."   In garnering his fifth win of the year in 23 starts, Drachan Hanover pushed his seasonal earnings to $49,325. Lifetime, the soon-to-be five year-old has 12 wins in 51 starts with $343,977 in bounty to go along with his 1:50.1 mark taken in his Pompano Park debut last week.   Off as the 2 to 5 favorite, Drachan Hanover returned $2.80 to his multitude of followers.   In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, Whogoesfirst, handled by Wally Hennessey for the S & P Racing Stables and Luanne Case, took advantage of some hot early panels and rallied late to score in 1:52.3.   The eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, dropping down a notch from the top class to the same class he whipped three starts back, used a :28.3 finale to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Ideal Fashion (Dave Ingraham) with Respectable Dream (Aaron Byron) next. Heart Felt, prominent for the first half mile, finished fourth while the pacesetting Uncmprmising Z Tam held on for the nickel in the septet.   It was Heart Felt away with alacrity and taking the field around the opening turn before yielding to Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) at the opener in a hot :27.   Macomber kept his charge on top through a half in :55.1 before meeting up with Aloneinspades around the final turn and past the third station in 1:23.3.   Meanwhile, the field began ganging up on the leader as they straightened away and, fanning widest of all, Whogoesfirst began gnawing away, finally edging by inside the 16th pole.   The Luanna Case trainee won for the fourth time this year and 28th time career-wise, sending his lifetime bankroll to $451,478--$61,458 this semester.   As the 9 to 2 third choice in the tote-board, Whogoesfirst paid $11.20 to win.   Racing continues on Tuesday night with the headliner being the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. In that event, Tater Twister looks to repeat with Serendipitious, God Savage, Diamond Dagger, She's All In and Explosive Muscles all capable of pulling off an upset in a very well balanced field.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

The Christmas Gift is one of the very few feature harness racing events that has eluded Chris Lewis and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he will have an excellent opportunity to right that wrong by winning the $35,000 group 3 race with rising star Im Full of Excuses. Im Full of Excuses, a lightly-raced New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained by Ross Olivieri, has captured the imagination of harness racing fans with superb victories at each of his past seven starts. However, he faces a serious moment of truth on Friday night when he starts out wide at the No. 8 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event and clashes with another up-and-coming star in Rub of the Green, who has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. Lewis, who is riding on the crest of a wave with three winners at Gloucester Park last Saturday night, four at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and two at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening, has driven in more than 30 Christmas Gift finals without success. He has finished in second place five times --- behind Nippy Rendina (1990), Downtown Boy (1992), Regunya Boy (1993), Michael Leslie (1998) and Heez On Fire (2014). He has driven six Olivieri-trained pacers in a Christmas Gift without success --- Grand Canyon (third in 1995), Chequered Flag (fifth in 1996), Our Dream Scene (fourth in 2007), Few Good Men (fifth in 2010), Mon Gee (fourth in 2011) and Sensational Gabby (seventh in 2013). Lewis, who is on the doorstep of notching his 5000th winner, is excited at the potential of Im Full of Excuses, declaring the Jeremes Jet gelding is still on a learning curve, but has a high cruising speed, an asset he revealed in a qualifying heat last Friday night when he set the pace and sped over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 27.8sec. and rated 1.55.6. Rub of the Green was equally impressive in winning his heat, rating 1.55.3, and trainer Michael Brennan said at the time: “If we draw to lead in the final and Im Full of Excuses had to sit outside of us, I don’t think he could beat Rub of the Green.” Gary Hall jun. again will be in the sulky behind Rub of the Green and has a high opinion of the New Zealand-bred Mach Three five-year-old who has a splendid record of 28 starts for 16 wins, six seconds and one third. Rub of the Green started from the outside barrier in his heat and raced at the rear before Hall sent him forward, three wide, approaching the bell. Rub of the Green quickly dashed into second place at the 500m mark and he sustained his effort to hit the front 100m from the post and win by a metre from the pacemaker Bronze Seeker. “I was a little bit worried on the home bend,” Hall explained. “He’s a bit lazy and didn’t really knuckle down until I really got up him. I went from thinking I was in trouble on the home turn to knowing ‘we’re good’ within a stride. And that’s the good thing about him.” Hall has already won the Christmas Gift twice, scoring with Livingontheinterest in 2012 and Tuxedo Tour in 2014. A win to Im Full of Excuses would give Olivieri his third Christmas Gift after scoring with Savette (driven by Gary Lilleyman) in 1992 and Im A Peregrine (Stuart McDonald) last year. Gary Hall sen. Is pinning his hopes on a sixth Christmas Gift on four-year-old King Lebron, who will be driven by his elder son Clint from the favourable No. 2 barrier. King Lebron won for the tenth time from 27 starts when he trailed the pacemaker Padabing Stride and finished powerfully to win a qualifying heat from Bounty Eyre last Friday night. Hall sen. Has won the Christmas Gift with Nixons Creed (1993), Allioop (2004), McRaes Mate (2007), Livingontheinterest (2012) and Toretto (2013). Livura, one of nine New Zealand-bred pacers in this week’s final, is in top form for trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey. But his prospects diminished when he drew out wide at barrier seven. He gave a bold frontrunning performance to win his heat by four lengths from Rusty Rockets. But this week Turvey will be looking to give the five-year-old a soft run before relying on a strong finishing burst. Ken Casellas  

Spitfire Rose gave her harness racing trainer-driver Rohan Hadley his biggest win in ages when she toughed it out facing the breeze to win the $20,000 George Johnson feature for mares at Luxbet Park Hobart yesterday. Spitfire Rose ($5) raced outside of the leader Angels of Demons that was backed in to start the $1.40 favourite but when Hadley asked his charge to extend turning for home she forged to the lead and went on to score comfortably from outsiders Modern Chic ($51) and Zumba Bromac ($17) while the favourite capitulated and finished a distant last. It was Spitfire Rose's second win in the race having been successful in 2014 when driven by Gavin Lang. "She is a very good mare and I'm sure she has plenty more to give," Hadley said. "Today was more a race of tactics because I thought that if I had my mare at the favourite all the way then my mare's toughness might shine through and that's pretty much how it panned out. "We've got a few plans for this Jereme's Jet mare next year and hopefully she can win another nice race." Hadley suffered an illness about two years ago that kept him sidelined for about eight months which is why he had to call on Gavin Lang to drive the mare in the 2014 George Johnson. Peter Staples

Brilliant New Zealand-bred five-year-old Im Full of Excuses will be a strong contender in the harness racing Inter Dominion Championship at the end of 2017, according to his reinsman Chris Lewis. And Lewis should enjoy an armchair drive when the Ross Olivieri-trained Im Full of Excuses begins from the favourable barrier No. 2 in the first qualifying heat of the Christmas Gift at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Im Full of Excuses has not been fully extended in winning at each of his past five starts and the Jeremes Jet gelding will be at an extremely short quote on Friday night. Lewis was lavish in his praise after driving the gelding to an easy victory over Courage Tells and Mighty Flying Thomas last Friday week when he rated 1.55.6 after sprinting over the final 800m in 55.6sec. That followed effortless wins in the Kalgoorlie Cup and York Cup at Northam at his two previous outings. The Andrew de Campo-trained Sky Art looks a good place bet from the prized No. 1 barrier. He should enjoy a perfect sit behind Im Full of Excuses. Rub of the Green has a 56 per cent winning strike rate and he should notch his 16th win from 28 starts when he begins from the outside in the field of eight in the second heat of the Christmas Gift. Rub of the Green was not extended when he led and won from Ohoka Kentucky and Major Catastrophe at a 1.55.4 rate over 2130m last Friday night. Bronze Seeker, a winner of a Christmas Gift qualifying heat 12 months ago, should appreciate starting from the No. 1 barrier after a series of wide draws have made life tough for him. King Lebron and Livura are racing keenly and will be strongly fancied to win the third and fourth heats, respectively, of the Christmas Gift. Ken Casellas

Exciting newcomer Im Full of Excuses should continue his rapid rise by proving the bet of the night at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he contests the harness racing $23,000 Check In With TABtouch Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A convincing victory would see the highly-rated Jeremes Jet five-year-old move a step closer to running in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup in January. Im Full of Excuses, a winner at seven of his 21 starts in New Zealand, has been in superb form for eight-time premiership trainer Ross Olivieri, with his six WA starts producing a first-up failure when he met with interference and had a torrid run and then five effortless wins in a row. Those five wins were all in stands, but the gelding will have no difficulty in returning to mobile racing. Olivieri said that the standing-start runs were part of the gelding’s education. “And good stakemoney tempted me to run him in two $30,000 events at his latest outings --- when he won the Kalgoorlie Cup (beating Better Scoot) and the York Cup at Northam (beating This Time Dylan),” he said. “His greatest strengths are his strength and his speed --- he’s got both. I think he is up to Pacing Cup class, but we’ll let him tell us where we need to go. I nominated him for the Inters, but withdrew him when I considered he was too green and too inexperienced. I didn’t think he was ready for the grind of the Inters. And now the seasoning process has started.” Olivieri will also be represented by Red Salute, who is handily drawn at barrier three. Red Salute led when a sound second to Delightful Offer over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday night. He will be driven by Chris Voak, who could be involved in an early battle for the lead with Courage Tells (barrier one) and Mighty Flying Thomas (two). Stuart McDonald will handle Mighty Flying Thomas, who heads Byford trainer Peter Anderson’s three-prong attack on the race. Anderson’s other runners are Bronze Seeker, who will be driven by Luke McCarthy from barrier five, and Lisharry, who will be driven by Mark Purdon and faces a stern test from the outside barrier. Courage Tells, having his second start for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, caught the eye last Friday night when he broke after the start in a stand and was ninth at the bell before running on to be a close fifth behind Major Rush when he was hampered for room in the home straight. The nine-year-old has good gate speed as he revealed when he began fast from the No. 8 barrier and set the pace before finishing a neck second to stablemate Phoenix warrior over 2536m on July 29. Ken Casellas

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson and Jo Ann Looney-King's Little Ben ($11.60, Victor Kirby) was an upset  harness racing winner in the $17,700 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.2.  Kirby piloted the 5-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding to his sixth win of the year after reeling in leader Major Uptrend in the final stages for the win. Dancin Yankee, last week's winner, was third. Kirby is the meet's leading driver currently with 107 wins at the meet.  Little Ben boosted his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark for trainer Jo Ann Looney King.  Tony Morgan, who is second in the driver standings, had three wins on the program. Montrell Teague, Jon Roberts and Kirby each had a double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule until October 20. Matthew Sparacino

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