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Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel played host to a new Mini Series for Kentucky Sire Stake or Fair Stake eligible 3 year-old trotters on November 4.   Eight trotting fillies lined up behind the gate on a warm, sunny fall afternoon in the first of the two $15,000 elimination races. Graceful Winner with driver Elliott Deaton got up in time to beat Delovely Hall and driver Randy D Crisler by 3/4 of a length in 1:54.4. The 3 year old daughter of Manofmanymissions is trained by Anette Lorentzon and is owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable.   The second class, for 3 year old colt trotters saw Elliott Deaton steer Some Chapter to a wire to wire win in 1:55.3. The gelding by Chapter Seven dug in to hold off Golden Genes with driver Kyle Wilfong by 3/4 of a length to earn the victory for trainer Anette Lorenzton and owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson.   The $25,000 finals will be held on November 15th.   by Amanda Stephens, for Oak Grove Racing    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2020 -- Globetrotting quarter-poled to the front and jogged off to a convincing victory in 1:54.2, fastest of her harness racing career, in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Once Dave Palone sent her to the top, the 3-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville opened a 4-length lead after three-quarters before downing the rallying Tamar by a length. Kellie's MVP shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Tim Twaddle trains Globetrotting, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $205,239, for Thestable Globetrotting. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the 13-race program features a $31,287.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Harness racing driver Anthony Napolitano, who won one of the two divisions of the first prelim of the Game Of Claim Series for pacing mares on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, went himself one better by sweeping the two $15,000 divisions of the first prelim of the Game Of Claims Series for $15,000-base trotters Monday. Tactically "Anthony Nap" was well-diversified. In the first division, he sent Manwithamission, a gelded son of Manofmanymissions (a 2010 Breeders Crown winner here) to control the pace with two moves, then stepped home in 1:56.3 for trainer Steve Salerno and owner Jack Piatt III - who promptly lost the horse to a claim in the chess game that is the Game Of Claims prelims. For Manwithamission, it was his fifth winning effort in seven 2020 starts. Steve Salerno had even better luck in the second Game Of Claims divisions - the Uncle Peter gelding ELO Hanover, whom he co-owns with trainer Emily Bost, not only won in 1:57.2, but they did not lose him to a claim. Napolitano brought this one from far back off of cover, tipping wide and getting by a contentious bunch late. The most impressive winner on the Pocono card was a maiden pacer making his second career start 236 days after making his first. But the Somebeachsomewhere - Allamerican Memoir sophomore colt Remember The Beach (a full brother to $900G+-winning world champion Beach Memories) certainly had the pedigree to improve from freshman to sophomore status, as indeed he did, winning in 1:52.4 for driver Josert Fonseca, trainer Nancy Takter, and owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, and Caviart Farms. Fonseca put rivals in behind in a hot :26 opener, yielded to favored Devil Or Angel and sat on his back through middle splits of :54.4 and 1:23.2, then came out nearing headstretch and took right over, suggesting more success may be in his immediate future. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Grove City, Ohio - Ohio-bred Mission Accepted raced at 11 different tracks in two countries, winning five times on the way to being named 2019 Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Mission Accepted, the daughter of Manofmanymissions - Witty Girl by S J's Photo won three of her five Ohio races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Knox Services, David B. Wills and Weaver Bruscemi LLC earning $422,595. Mission Accepted scored his biggest win of the year in the $ 250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Mission Accepted was bred by Knox Services in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. "What a nice horse," said driver Chris Page. "I'm truly blessed to sit behind him. He does everything right." Page says it cool having an Ohio bred that can venture out on the Grand Circuit races. Mission Accepted will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Heather Vansickle's Weslynn Quest set a new harness racing track standard of 1:53.3 in her $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Friday night, August 16 at Scioto Downs. Reined by Tyler Smith for trainer Chris Beaver, the 16-1 longshot bested seven rivals in the second of two OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Manofmanymissions had finished third, sixth and fifth in her previous OSS contests. Weslynn Quest, who was unraced as a freshman, picked up her fifth career victory in 12 starts and upped her lifetimei bankroll to $61,250 for her connections. "She's had some issues in the past and has been a little tough to manage at times," noted trainer Chris Beaver. "We switched her to an open bridle tonight and that seemed to help." Aunt Percilla, who had held off her rival until the final strides after taking command of the race just past the half, put in a game performance to be second by a neck at 4-1 for driver Danny Noble, while 7-2 Aunt Rose was third, another length back, for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Weslynn Quest is the second foal out of the Windsong's Legacy mare Weslynn Legacy 4, 1:56.4s ($105,006) and is a half-sister to Weslynn Dancer (by Deweycheatumnhowe 5, Q1:53.2 ($398,898). In the first OSS division Only Take Cash, the 1-5 public's choice, was an easy winner for Aaron Merriman in 1:54.2, using wire-to-wire tactics to notch her fourth win of the season and 12th lifetime victory. The daughter of Cash Hall, who is trained by Bob McIntosh for Robert McINtosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, was last season's 2-year-old champion and now has $117,250 in seasonal earnings and $389,390 in her career coffers. "She's awesome," said an impressed Merriman after the win. "She's simply push-button and there's no end to her. Last year we raced her from behind a lot and I really didn't want to give her that much air tonight and would rather have had an easier trip but that was the way things worked out. She's solid and seemed to handle it well." Only Take Cash held off second-place finisher, 5-1 Refined (Brett Miller) by 1¼ lengths, with 45-1 longshot Buckeye Starlet notching show honors for Chris Page. The bay filly by Cash Hall is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4s ($430,997) and is a half-sister to Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968); A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2f ($33,866) and Fit Bit (by Muscle Mass) 2, 2:00.3f ($22,173). With the four legs of this series now complete, the top eight point and money earners of the 3-year-old trotting fillies are: Only Take Cash (141 points, $68,500); Pure Chance (109 points, $52,500); Aunt Rose (103 points, $49,500); Refined (78 points, $37,500); Weslynn Quest (71 points, $33,500); Back Splash (65 points, $31,000); Bella's Rose Power (54 points, $25,000); and Stone In Love (50 points, $25,000). Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, August 17 at Scioto Downs with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts in races two, four and six. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio State Development Fund Administrator              

The main action during the two-day meet at St-Aimé-des-Lacs, Quebec on Saturday/Sunday came on the latter card, with the most spectacular event being the obliteration of the track trotting record, as 21st century-born Bermudian Kiwon Waldron guided Missionoftheheart, a five-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions, to a 1:59.4 victory in the Invitational handicap trot.   The mare, who won by 18 lengths, knocked two seconds off the old SAdL standard of 2:01.4, set by Revonah Hanover in 2013.   Waldron, who was discovered racing ponies in his native land by vacationing members of Team Allard, won twice on the Sunday card, and now has a driving record of 10-7-2-0, which translates to a UDR of .811.   The $10,000Cl five-mile Casino Charlevoix event was won by Appleby Hanover and driver Dany Mainguy, completing a big day for trainer Michel Allard, who is also the trainer of Missionoftheheart.   Dany Mainguy and the six-year-old son of Well Said led the entire five-mile journey, drawing clear of Bet I Can Fly to win by 15 lengths in 11:31. It was a repeat victory for Appleby Hanover in the 5 Milles after being elevated to victory over a disqualified Montana Ben in last year's race.   by Jerry Connors, for the Quebec Fair Regional Circuit

East Rutherford, NJ -- Mission Accepted and driver Yannick Gingras converted on a perfect pocket trip to capture the $60,000 Vincennes Trot on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old by Manofmanymissions scored in a 1:50.2 clocking, his fastest in 16 career victories.   Mission Accepted left strongly from the start and cleared the lead before the :26.4 opening panel. Gingras allowed Lindy The Great to secure the top on the backstretch, and that one carved out middle fractions of :54 and 1:22.1 in front of a stalled outer tier.   Mission Accepted rallied from the pocket into the stretch and drew off from former Hambletonian winner Pinkman, who had to settle for second. World champion Homicide Hunter put in a solid late rally, just missing the place spot and settling for third.   Ron Burke trains Mission Accepted for owners Knox Services Inc. and David Willis. Sent off as a 5-1 offering, Mission Accepted returned $12.60.   Favorite Rich And Miserable made a break early in the race and was no factor.   Of note, the first- and third-place finishers -- both trained by Ron Burke -- raced without shoes in the Vincennes.   by Jay Bergman

Pompano Beach, FL - On Thursday night the North American harness racing record for trotters going five-eighths of a mile was both set and tied in the Dash For The Cash Series at Eldorado Pompano Park. The North American record that was set was done so by Sam Stathis's Celebrity Eventsy ($7.00) in the third race trot, the third of three $10,000 Dash For The Cash divisions on the program. With trainer/driver Sam Stathis in the sulky, Celebrity Eventsy was able to grab the early lead away from Katch Kanna (Aaron Byron) by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Celebrity Eventsy and Stathis then held the field at bay as they led at the half mile in :55.4 and then won by one and one-half lengths in 1:10 over Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham) with Railee Workable (Bryce Fenn) third. A five-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions, the 1:10 clocking was the fastest ever by a mare going five-eighths of a mile. It was her second win this season. She is a career winner of $581,000 and is owned by Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. Earlier on the card, in the first race, second trot division of the Dash For The Cash, Bioness, with trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, also wired the field, going in a speedy 1:09. That time tied Bioness with Sooo Handsome, who set the mark in February of this year, also at Pompano Park. Bioness defeated Sooo Handsome (Rick Plano) with Fleetwood Hall (James Hysell) third. It was the second straight win and seventh of the season for Bioness, a seven-year-old gelding by Sam Bourbon, who is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable of Wilkes-Barre, PA and paid $7.40 to win. There was a pacing division of the Dash For The Cash Series in the second race and that took the photo finish camera to decide the winner. Polak A and Hunter Oakes went right to the lead and sizzled to the opening quarter mile in :26.2, then cut the mile to the half in :54 and had the lead starting down the stretch. Meanwhile, Feelin Lika Winner and driver David Ingraham got away in fifth place, then moved up to third place at the top of the stretch and keeping to the inside, gained ground with every stride and nipped Polak A at the wire by a nose. Bowedfortyova (Gregory Merton) was third. The time of the mile was 1:08 as Feelin Lika Winner posted his eighth win of the year. The eight-year-old gelded son of Feelin Friskie is trained and co-owned by Casandra Uppal with Rebecca Uppal of Middletown, IN. He paid $11.20 to win. By Steve Wolf  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's Sunday (Dec. 2nd) harness racing matinee saw a down-the-road Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman, $11) winning the featured-and 'sloppy'--$44,000 Open Handicap Trot The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. The intervals were :27.3, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:55.4 as Mostinterestingman-from post position No. 4--never had an anxious moment. Jack Vernon (Dan Dube) rushed up around a breaking 8-5 favorite Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) to grab the early pocket around another misbehaver in Crazy About Pat (Jordan Stratton). New Heaven (Joe Bongiorno) did not get close moving first-up from fourth as Mostinterestingman had 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished it off by three lengths, with Jack Vernon coming back to get second. New Heaven, Royal Bachelor (Eric Abbatiello) and Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) picked off the minors. For third choice Mostinterestingman, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions gelding co-owned by (trainer) Ricky Bucci and Richard Solano, it was his eighth win in 38 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, the triple returned $860 and the superfecta paid $5,358. Aqueduct was 'fogged out' Sunday, and with it this week's scheduled revival of the 'New York, New York Double'. The next Sunday matinee is Dec. 16th (final program of season, post time TBA). YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $1,500 CARRYOVER, 10G GUARANTEE                         A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Dec. 3rd ) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,540.12 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2018 -- PL Jerico stalked Wind Of The North from the pocket, then kicked by him in the lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a sharp 1:53.3. Hammered down to 1-2. Wind Of The North was seeking his fourth straight win; when he got a 29.4 second-quarter breather, it appeared he would extend that streak. But when Dave Palone tipped PL Jerico off the cones at the top of the lane, he inched past the favorite and downed him by a neck. Chef Lee completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains PL Jerico, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding who now boasts $228,480 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Thursday, Oct. 11 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $7,500 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,306.51. In addition, Thursday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 as well as the Super Hi-5; each is a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), Pick 5 (races 9-13) and Super Hi-5 (race 13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for the special Thursday card is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Northmedo Mission became the fasted harness racing sophomore gelding trotter in the history of Northfield Park when he won a $10,500 conditioned trot in 1:53.3 on Tuesday (October 9). The previous mark was 1:54.3 and held by both Star Buster (Aaron Merriman) in 2017 and Get The Cash (Greg Grismore) in 2018. Mike Medors trains the trotter for owner Northmedo Stable of Painesville, Ohio. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Northmedo Mission (Manofmanymissions-Northmedo Blessing-Striking Sahbra) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3, destroying his competition by 11 ¼-lengths. Northmedo Mission now has six wins in 18 starts this year. Tuesday's victory represents his 10st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $115,778. He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (October 10th) program.  Offered in Race 13, the $35,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,634.77. Northfield’s 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Mission Accepted made it three straight victories when he demolished the field by 6-1/2 lengths in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Mission Accepted got away fourth for Dave Palone and reached the top with an extended quarter-pole move. The 3-year-old son of Manofmanymissions-Witty Girl drew off as he pleased, scoring in a sharp 1:52.3. Classic Banker raced well first over for second while early leader Southwind Cobra completed the ticket. Jeff Conger trains Mission Accepted, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $328,524, and owns with Knox Services and David Wills. Aaron Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2018 -- The only 3-year-old in the field, Mission Accepted took it to his elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried him to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Mission Accepted entered the race off a victory in the $53,100 Ohio Breeders Championship and was hammered down to 3-5 as a result. He looked every bit the part, blowing by Top Dollar for Dave Palone mid-way down the backside and defeating him by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:54.1. Media Buzz completed the ticket. Jeff Conger trains the son of Manofmanymissions-Witty Girl, who now boasts $322,024 in career earnings, and owns with Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Delaware, OH - The $129,706 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters highlighted the Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. Delaware's all-time leading driver David Miller made his presence known early this week when he piloted Pattis Main Man to victory in the first division. Pattis Main Man led gate-to-wire, but had to hold off a late rush by the bettor's choice, Wittyville (Chris Page) by a neck in 1:56 3/5. The freshman son of Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Mike Sowers of McArthur, Ohio. Pattis Main Man was bred by Midland Acres and has five wins on the season. Never Say Uncle (Aaron Merriman) and Rose Run Urban (Peter Wrenn) completed the superfecta. With the win, David Miller increased his all-time win total at Delaware to 224. In the second $64,853 division, Kayne Kauffman used a patient drive with Cumberland Gap to win in 1:57 1/5. When the gate wing opened, Oh So Pine (Dan Noble) and Cumberland Gap battled for the early lead. The eventual winner yielded to Oh So Pine through the opening fractions of :28 2/5 and :58 2/5. Cumberland Gap took the lead just before the ¾ mile pole in 1:27 3/5. Oh So Pine tried to rally one more time in the lane but came up a ½ length short. Cumberland Gap won for the sixth time in 11 seasonal starts for owner/trainer Renee Bauslaugh of Delaware, Ohio and breeder Charles Stillings of DeLeon Springs, Florida. The final time equaled the Wishing Stone colt's lifetime mark. The 20 race Jugette Day card on Wednesday will kick off at 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair featured the $101,700 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters. In the second $50,850 division, Impinktoo and Kayne Kauffman took the lead before the ¼ mile pole and cruised to a 2 1/2 length win in 1:55 4/5. Sesame (Ryan Stahl) and Non Smoker (Dan Noble) rounded off the top three. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has earned $401,610 in her career for William Walters, Joe McLead and RTK Racing. Impinktoo is trained by Ron Burke. Risky Deal with trainer Crist Hershberger in the bike edged California Love (Aaron Merriman) by a neck in the first division. The Break The Bank K lass scored for the fifth time this season in a lifetime best 1:56. To Russia (Ryan Stahl) rounded out the trifecta. Risky Deal owned by Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, Kentucky. The Monday undercard featured six divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Dancin Dragon (Dan Noble) took the fastest of the three $15,000 colt divisions with his 1:53 win over Mcwiz (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock On Creek (Ryan Stahl). The Dragon Again gelding is owned by trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and breeder Mark Marroletti. The other sophomore colt paces went to Long Train Runnin (Chris Page) in 1:53 2/5, Bambino Joe (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53 2/5 and Medoland Brutus (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55 1/5. The two filly divisions were won by Our Miss Reese (Hugh Beatty) in 1:56 2/5 and Bringhomethemail (Dan Noble) in 1:57 1/5. Tuesday's 13 race card will start at 1:00 PM. The simulcast show will begin at 12:30 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Kentuckiana Farms announces the retirement of Yankee Glide from active stud duty. Yankee Glide (Valley Victory – Gratis Yankee, 3, 1:55.1M, $506,904). At 2, winner of an elim. and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial, leg and final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. At 3, winner of the Zweig Memorial and Hambletonian elim.; second in a Kentucky Futurity heat. It was in the breeding shed where Yankee Glide made his greatest impact as a regular at the top of all stallion categories throughout his stallion career. To date, his offspring have earned $93,463,131 and have averaged over $89,000 per starter. Yankee Glide has produced nine millionaires including Passionate Glide ($2,060,447), Glidemaster ($1,968,023), Mystical Sunshine ($1,793,755), Falls For You ($1,311,152) and Manofmanymissions ($1,215,000) to name a few. His offspring consistently topped the yearling sales with 18 crops having sold for over $40 million. Yankee Glide has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Market Share ($3,792,101), Shake It Cerry ($2,786,104), Flanagan Memory ($1,609,330), and Lifetime Pursuit ($1,065,586) to name a few.  From Kentuckiana Farms

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