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DAYTON, OH. - Penn made it "two straight harness racing wins in the Buckeye state," to quote Hollywood Dayton Raceway announcer Barry Vicroy, closing impressively on Thursday night (Oct. 12) to cop the $18,500 Open Trot in back-to-back weeks. Utilizing a totally different strategy, driver Josh Sutton dropped in third in the early going after realizing a couple others were intent on the front end in a speedy :26.3 opening panel. Last week's gate-to-wire winner then sat patiently along the pylons as Cantab Lindy (Chris Page) sped to the half in :56 and the three-quarter marker in 1:24.2, with Another Breath (Randy Tharps) pressuring the leader on the outside and Banker Volo (Dan Noble) headstrong in the pocket. When second-over Dnieper (Brady Galliers) faded as the horses began rounding the final bend, Sutton got room to angle Penn out and swing three-wide midway through the turn. The 7-year-old Master Glide gelding trotted home in :28 and change to pick off the leaders one at a time before prevailing by half a length in 1:53.2. As co-favorite Penn returned $4.80 to win; coupled with runnerup Another Breath the exacta paid $37.20; and 25-1 longshot show finisher Angels Ransom (Ken Holliday) boosted the $2 trifecta payoff to $333.80. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - It hasn't taken long for Penn to return to his consistently sharp form. The open trotter is now two-for-two at Miami Valley Raceway. following a 3-1/2 month layoff. after copping the weekly $22,000 feature on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 21) over a rain-induced sloppy track. Driver Jason Brewer was content to get away fourth as Boffin (Chris Page) lead the classy field to the quarter-mile marker in :28.4 and then Don't Rush (Dan Noble) did rush to the lead prior to the :56.4 midway point. Penn launched a strong first-over bid during the third split and stuck his head in front at the 1:25.3 three-quarter station. A :29.2 closing panel was enough to hold off a fast-closing runnerup Walter White (John DeLong) with Don't Rush garnering the show dough. It was the 37th lifetime win in just 87 starts for the 7-year-old son of Master Glide, who is owned by Barkley Counts of Tennessee. Bobby Brower trains the career winner of $328,573, who returned $3.80 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A pair of penultimate third round elimination heats of a four week Survivor Series for $5000 claiming horse and gelding pacers were also presented on Tuesday, with the top five finishers from each slated to return for a lucrative $20,000 championship tilt on Feb. 28. In the first elimination, favored Mosh Pit (Kayne Kauffman) successfully employed the "quarter move" to clear to the front and then lead his adversaries the rest of the route to a 1:55.2 triumph. Owned and trained by Deborah Swartz, the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding started the series with a place finish and has now reeled off two consecutive wins to establish himself as one of the favorites in next Tuesday's ultimate showdown. Others punching tickets into the final were Ricky Tidwell (Simon Allard), Munndutch (Jeremy Smith), Rock Of Luck (Andy Shetler) and Wilbur's Z Tam (Jason Beattie). Amasa Al (Randy Tharps) captured the second elim with a 1:55.1 triumph over Shakerattlenrock (Brady Galliers), Hay Goodlooking (Greg Grismore), Volo (Simon Allard) and Jagger Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman). The 11-year-old gelding, who also scored a runnerup finish and two wins in the eliminations, will be racing for new connections as Chris Choros claimed Amasa Al for $7200 for the Jeff Brewer Stable. He has changed hands after each of the three preliminary weeks and was owned and trained by Robert Cook for this victory. From the Press Box at Miami Valley

LEBANON, OH. - Penn pinned his sixth defeat in eight 2016 tries on the best trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 24), winning the $20,000 Open Trot to increase his seasonal earnings to $63,700. Trainer Bobby Brower has been starting Penn every other week for the past two months in an effort to keep the 6-year-old Master Glide gelding fresh and the plan has worked to near perfection. Driver Josh Sutton hustled Penn off the gate, as has been his custom, reaching the quarter on top in :27. Lady's Dude (Chris Page), who set the all-age Miami Valley track record with a 1:52.1 score in last week's feature trot, also left alertly and dropped into the two-hole early. Penn got a breather the second quarter but once the :56.2 half was reached Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) came calling on the outside. Southwind Pepino was still lapped on to Penn as they sped past the 1:24.3 three-quarter pole and kept up all the way to the wire in 1:53.1. Boffin (Tyler Smith) found a seam late to edge past Lady's Dude for third. Barkley Counts of Tennessee owns Penn, who has won 34 times in just 71 career starts. The $15,000 championship leg of the R. J. Brown Memorial trotting series, for non-winners of two races or $15,000 lifetime at time of nomination, was also contested on Sunday. Heavily-favored Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) completed a three-week sweep with a 1:55.1 score, a tick better than his own divisional track record taken a week ago. Owner-trainer Mike Sowers' prize possession topped Chip Or Don (Tyler Smith) by open lengths with Simplyamonster AS (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. Fantasy League's next start is expected to be in first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday, May 7. The first Billings Series race of the season in the Midwest region as contested over Miami Valley Raceway’s five-eighths mile oval and to no one’s surprise the 9-10 betting favorite, Heza Rube, lived up to his expectations and cruised the an easy three-length triumph  with  Bob “The Lumberman” Troyer at the controls. When the wings of the mobile starting gate folded a speed duel ensued between Celtic Merchant (Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford and Speed Hanover (“Slick Rick” Braun) as the two trotters raced as a team to the quarter in :27.4 and they were still battling as they headed to the half. But at that point Troyer moved Heza Rube off the pylons and up behind Speed Hanover as Celtic Merchant got first call as they passed the half in :57.3.  Once the field headed up the backside Troyer moved three-deep to the lead which he got without any trouble and then played catch me if you can. And no one could as Heza Rube chugged home an easy winner in a time of 1:573 over Oldfield’s Celtic Merchant. “I knew they were going at a good clip upfront and I figured they’d come back to me and I didn’t want to get pinned in so I moved up behind Speed Hanover as we were going to the half. And just as soon as we rounded the (clubhouse) turn I was out and going and my horse easily made the front end and we didn’t have a bit of trouble from there to the wire,” Troyer said by telephone after the race.    Third place went to 20-1 shot Unlimited Winner, driven by Northfield Park’s outrider Nadine “the Queen” Habke who was driving for the first time in the C.K.G Billings Amateur Series. Heza Rube, a 6-year old altered son of Master Lavec, scored his second seasonal victory. He’s owned by Deborah Kvernmo and trained by Marty Wollem. For Troyer it was his 77th career driving victory. From the Miami Valley Media Department

A long awaited stretch showdown between the two most dominant harness racing trotters at the current Miami Valley Raceway meet finally took place in the $20,000 Open Trot on Sunday (March 13). Actually Penn and Il Mago were pitted against each other (and seven other classy squaregaiters) two weeks ago, but a suicidal :26.3 first quarter speed duel between the two ended the anticipation early as Blackwolf Run, Martz Time and Dancing Dynamite swept past the tiring favorites around the final bend to complete an unlikely trifecta. Il Mago returned last Sunday and used a successful come-from-behind strategy to top Martz Time and Tag Up And Go in 1:55. Penn's ill-fated parked-the-mile trip the final weekend in February, which snapped a five race open company win streak, prompted trainer Bobby Brower to give his stable star a week of rest before tangling with the area's top trotters again. Starting from post positions seven and eight over a sloppy track, Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) and Penn (Josh Sutton) again left the gate fearlessly in search of the front end or a forwardly-placed seat along the pylons. With Martz Time (John DeLong) intent on good early position as well, and the others keeping all the holes behind him filled, it looked briefly like a replay of their last encounter with the two titans parked out, but advancing, around the first entire bend. Just past the :27.3 first quarter clocking, though, Penn was able to clear to the front with Il Mago moving alongside him. As the pair approached the :57 halfway station Sutton made the difficult decision to allow Tetrick to cross over to the pylons down the backstretch of the five-eighths mile oval. The move turned out to be the winning one as Penn regained his bravado in the pocket and eventually wore a game Il Mago down in a classic stretch duel. Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) also joined the fray and finished a close-up third, just a nose better than Martz Time who held strong for fourth. Tag Up And Go (Don Irvine Jr.) recovered from an early break in stride to pick up fifth money. Barkley Counts is the proud owner of Penn, a six-year-old Master Glide gelding, who surpassed $250,000 in career earnings with his 32nd win. A pair of top conditioned trots, for $12,000 purses, were also contested on Sunday with Revenue Agent (Andy Shetler) topping Sam's Princess (LeWayne Miller) and Team Zordin (Chris Page) to win the first division in 1:55.1. Dancing Dynamite (LeWayne Miller) eeked out a neck victory in the second split over Rehab Mountain (Chris Page) in 1:56.3, with Celebrity Hercules (Josh Sutton) garnering the show dough. Gregg Keidel

Penn put forth another monster effort in Miami Valley's $20,000 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon (February 21), notching his fifth straight harness racing triumph in southwest Ohio over the last ten weeks. Trainer Bobby Brower is racing the six-year-old gelded son of Master Glide sparingly in an effort to keep him sharp through a long 2016 campaign he has charted out for him. To date the plan is working to perfection. Despite a four-week respite prior to his latest victory, Penn was fired out from behind his assigned outside post position behind the gate by leading driver Josh Sutton. Despite being three-wide much of the first quarter, Penn collared Blackwolf Run (Randy Tharps), who had left alertly, as the quarter was reached in :27.3 and crossed over to the front just steps thereafter. Sutton was then able to 'steal' a relatively pedestrian :58.2 middle half before sealing the deal with a :28.4 closing panel for the 1:54.4 victory. The even-money favorite did get quite a scare from the only mare in the field, longshot Dancing Dynamite (LeWayne Miller), who made a valiant stretch bid that fell just a head short. Martz Time (John DeLong), who was last week's feature race winner, rallied for the show spot ahead of Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) and Blackwolf Run (Randy Tharps), who picked up the minor spoils in the full field of ten. Penn returned $4.00 to his faithful with a $2 win ticket; the $2 exacta returned a healthy $58.00; and correct $2 trifecta tickets paid a handsome $300.80. Barkley Counts of Tennessee owns Penn, who now boasts 31 career triumphs and $241,294 in earnings. Gregg Keidel

Despite being firmly entrenched in the Hoosier State, Bobby Brower never forsakes his Kentucky roots. He competes regularly at the fairs and is a fixture in the Sire Stakes. In fact, he has captured the lucrative final on several occasions over the last five years, but when he witnessed Penn’s performances as a juvenile he literally turned green with envy that the harness racing gelding was not a resident of his shedrow. “I watched him tear it up at the fairs,” he said. “He won like eight races in a row as a 3-year-old and then I saw him at The Red Mile. I told my wife how much I wanted to buy him, but I knew he would probably be at $100,000 and that’s too much for my budget. I had known Mr. (Barkley) Counts (Penn's owner) for a number of years and shortly after I said that, I received a call from him asking if I would train this horse. That’s when I told my wife how funny it is things work out this way. We would have him, but we just wouldn’t own him.” A son of Master Glide and the S J’s Photo mare Photo Queen, Penn,was purchased by Flintville, Tenn. resident Barkley Counts for $4,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. Counts, who is 77 years young, has been involved in harness racing for more than four decades and still gets up every morning, rain or shine, to jog all his own horses. He enjoys competing at the fairs in Kentucky, as Tennessee is not a hot bed for harness racing, and this horse might be the very best he’s ever had. “Poppa has always been around horses his whole life,” his grandson, Dusty Syler, said. “My mom was an only child and he made sure she had a riding horse. He got involved with racehorses through a friend of his, but when his friend got out of the business, he stayed in. We train the horses over the only track I think they have in Tennessee. It’s a half-mile and a little rough, but he never misses a day taking them out there. “I drive him to all the races, because his eyesight is not very good anymore, but he still works the horses every day. He sits next to me and my granny sits in the back seat. She will never miss a race. It doesn’t matter to them what is going on. They will be there to watch their horses and they just love the heck out of it.” Now age six, Penn has compiled a record of 65-30-11-8, banked $231,294 and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park of 1:53 for older male trotters in 2014. He also established the all-age track standard at Dayton Raceway on Dec. 12, 2015, when he lowered world champion Market Share’s time of 1:52.4 to 1:52.3. That clocking is his lifetime mark. The horse is currently on a four race win streak and has been excelling on the Ohio circuit since last fall. While his connections are thrilled with his recent appearances, they are looking forward to the rest of this season. “We have always had good luck with Master Glide horses,” Syler said. “We had another horse by him, Master Host ($88,546), that was also really fast, but he had some problems keeping it together without jumping it off. He also did not have the same kind of heart as Penn. This horse wants to do it and gives it his all every time. Master Host did not seem to have the same attitude. “Poppa has turned down a lot of nice offers for Penn, but he will never sell this one although he did Master Host and a lot of his other horses when they did not quite pan out. I just finished paying the stakes payments to make this horse eligible to all the big races in Indiana and Ohio. I will drive us to every one of them, especially since we have not seen him in awhile. It’s five hours for us to get to Lexington and seven to get to Hoosier Park. We have just allowed Bobby to take care of him.” And that’s exactly what Brower has done. Penn is in the best form of his career and the Browers are also anxiously awaiting the gelding’s future miles. “I liked Master Host and bought him before I had Penn,” Brower said. “He was also a nice horse, but this one is different. He is so perfect and does nothing wrong. If you go to his stall and sit down he will put his head right on your shoulder. “People might think he needs to be on the lead, but he will do anything you ask him to. He’s just a very, very nice horse in every way. “He did have a hock problem though and even when I saw him race at Lexington after all those wins at the fairs you could see him hiking in the back. We went over him with a fine tooth comb, scanned him and everything, but we could never find anything wrong. I think we finally have him perfectly sound now and although I don’t normally race in the winter, he’s so good at the moment that it doesn’t make sense not to for the purse money we are going for at Miami Valley. “He will be in all the big races at Hoosier, Scioto and the other Ohio tracks. I usually race young horses and have never really had an Open horse of this caliber. He is my chance to be in these races and we are very excited about what he will accomplish this season.” Brower has been told Penn could race out East and be quite the breadwinner, but he has no inclination to travel outside the confines of the Midwest with this horse. “People have told me he could get around the half great at Yonkers,” Brower said. “I think they would all be watching his rear all the way around the track, because he would like it that much, but that is not what we will do with him. We are keeping him home. We are not going to beat up on him. I’m just thankful we did get him in the barn and we think he is really going to make some noise this year, plus provide opportunities for us we have not experienced before. “This is one great horse and we think he’s going to show a lot of people that over the course of this season.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

LEBANON, OH. - Penn continued his domination of the open trotting ranks in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday afternoon (January 24) with an overpowering 1:57.1 triumph over a harness racing track rated 'good' due to a partial thaw during the matinee. Despite racing on an every-other-week schedule, the six-year-old Master Glide gelding has remained razor sharp since showing up in southwest Ohio following the completion of the Hoosier Park meet in mid-November. Five of the nine classy trotters left the gate in the $20,000 feature event, including Penn who was saddled with an assigned outside post position. Driver Josh Sutton pressed forward confidently until all the inside leavers settled, then crossed over to the front well past the quarter, which was reached in :27.2. Without the ability to take a second quarter breather due to immediate pressure from It Really Matters (Dan Noble) Penn stopped the middle teletimer beams in :56.3 and 1:25.3 before holding off a trio of closers in the lane. Boytown (LeWayne Miller) nosed out Martz Time (Trace Tetrick) for runnerup honors with Herbies Wildflower (Doug Rideout) racing creditably as the only mare in the full field finishing fourth. Bobby Brower trains Penn for owner Barkley Counts of Tennessee. Four $17,500 preliminary divisions of Claim To Fame Series action for $20,000 claiming horses and geldings were also presented on Sunday with the results determining the finalists for the $35,000 championship race next week. Winners were Bolero Andrew (Chris Page, 1:54.1), Double Dribble (Jeff Nisonger, 1:56.1), Blueridge Doc (Josh Sutton, 1:54.1) and Supreme Z Tam (LeWayne Miller, 1:56.1). That quartet will be joined by Major Marcus, Master Of Desire, Mr. Dennis and M G Kid in the lucrative final, plus the winner of a random draw for the final spot between Johnny Come Lately, Mach To The Max, Machin Music and Montana Pablo A. A total of 45 nominees started in the series with five changing hands at the claim box during the first two legs. Racing resumes Monday and Tuesday with 2:05 p.m. matinees at Miami Valley. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Penn, Somenicebeach and Freddyscooter won the three featured Open races during the Saturday night (December 26) harness racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Track record holder Penn (Josh Sutton) topped the Open trotters in 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface, topping Rehab Mountain (Tyler Smith) and Martz Time (John De Long) in relatively easy fashion. After working hard to get the front from the assigned outside No. 7 post position just before the :26.3 quarter station, the five-year-old son of Master Glide raced evenly throughout the remainder of the mile stopping the subsequent teletimers in :55.4, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3 for his ninth win in 20 starts this season. His seasonal earnings end at $97,860 with his lifetime bounty increased to $211,294 for owner Barkley Counts. The weekly top distaff pace went to Somenicebeach, giving meet-leading driver Josh Sutton his second feature win on the program. In her first start at Hollywood Dayton, the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass narrowly edged Albanian Era (Dan Noble) with Sectionline Aqua (LeWayne Miller) also looming large in the stretch. The 1:53 score was the winner's sixth in 2015 and twelfth lifetime. She was claimed at Yonkers Raceway six months ago by Carl Howard and Bruce Soulsby and entrusted to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., who laid her up for a couple months, put her on lasix and qualified her twice before her winning debut pari-mutuel effort. Freddyscooter (Tyler Smith) beat the best boys at the meet in 1:51.2, giving the ten-year-old gelding his 49th career visit to the winners circle and upping his earnings to $894,895, all for trainer and co-owner Steve Brannan, who also bred him, and partner Frederick Shiery. Freddyscooter benefitted from a two-hold trip behind eventual runnerup PQ Three (Jeremy Smith), who set early fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.2 before begrudgingly giving way to the winner in deep stretch. E R Oliver (LeWayne Miller) closed well to finish third in the $12,000 race. Just three nights remain in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet with 6:35 post times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Penn dominated the $12,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (December 12), speeding to the quickest trotting mile in the two-year history of the five-eighths mile harness racing oval. With his 1:52.3 clocking, Penn shaved a tick off Market Share's previous standard of 1:52.4 taken in the 2014 Dayton Trotting Derby. Driver Josh Sutton set sail when the wings of the gate folded, clearing to the front just before reaching the first quarter station in :26.1. The five-year-old son of Master Glide, who had made a miscue in last week's feature, had no such problems on this warm evening. Penn coasted through subsequent fractions of :55 and 1:23.1 before arriving in-hand at the wire in 1:52.3. Chips (Trace Tetrick) made a mild bid in the stretch to finish second with Martz Time (Chris Page), who was last week's winner, finding room late to rally for third. Barkley Counts of Tennessee owns Penn, who now has 27 career wins and $205,794 in earnings from just 62 lifetime starts. Bobby Brown conditions the new Dayton Raceway track record holder. Three races later Sports Sinner returned to the winner's circle after winning the $12,000 Open Pace in 1:51. The four-year-old Western Ideal gelding has now captured the week's top race three of the last four tries for driver Dan Noble, trainer Christi Pokornowski and owner Perkins Racing Stable LLC. It was the ninth seasonal triumph for the late-blooming winner and pushed his career bankroll over the $100,000 plateau. Fancy Creek Elusiv (Chris Page) raced gallantly to finish a lapped-on second, while PQ Three (Jeremy Smith) made a furious stretch charge from far back to garner the show money. Racing will be conducted six consecutive nights next week as Hollywood Dayton begins winding down towards closing night on December 30. Excitement is building for the Tuesday night program, which features the "Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Driver's Challenge." Five of Hoosier Park's top reinsmen will battle with Dayton's top five in the current dash standings over six races borderline bragging rights. The two tracks, despite being in separate states, are only a little over an hours drive apart. The Buckeye team has 13,918 combined wins and earned $72,825,298 in their careers. The Hoosiers have 8,262 total victories good for $73,298,825 in earnings. The Ohio squad is comprised of Kayne Kauffman, Josh Sutton, Chris Page, Dan Noble and Jeremy Smith; while Indiana will be represented by Trace Tetrick, Tyler Smith, LeWayne Miller, Ross Leonard and Andy Shetler. Post time every night is 6:35 p.m. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Sports Sinner captured the $11,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (November 21), his third tally in the weekly feature in his last four tries. Driver Dan Noble left alertly from the No. 1 post position, but yielded to notorious frontrunner Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) before the first quarter beam was tripped in :26.4. Enjoying a pocket ride through middle splits reached in :54.4 and 1:23, Noble found a narrow opening at the three-quarter station and paced a final panel in :29.1 on a cold, windy night to complete the 1:52.1 triumph. Longshot Red Scooter (Lewayne Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish third. Sports Sinner is owned by Perkins Racing Stable and trained by Christi Pokornowski. The four-year-old Western Ideal gelding eclipsed the $50,000 seasonal earnings barrier with the victory and is rapidly approaching $100,000 in his career. The win was one of three on the night for Noble as he also scored with Allthatgltrsisgold (1:53.3) and JJ Shooter (1:55). Penn, a newcomer to Hollywood Dayton, beat the Open Trotters in 1:56.2 with Josh Sutton on his lines. The five-year-old Master Glide gelding's next check will push him over the $200,000 lifetime earnings plateau for owner Barkley Counts and trainer Bobby Brower. As the heavy favorite, Penn opened an eight length lead early in the stretch and coasted home ahead of a fast-closing Martz Time (Chris Page) and last week's winner Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith). Sutton also fashioned a hat track with other wins behind Gear Box for trainer Derek Menchhofer and The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. From the press box at Dayton Hollywood Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 3, 2015 -- Mistress Valentine pulled the pocket past the half and romped to an easy harness racing victory -- her third straight -- in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mistress Valentine was stalking the leader, Barn Girl, when Mike Wilder tipped her off the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine cleared in a heartbeat and rolled home in 1:54.1. Barn Girl saved second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Whata Donato third. Tyler Stillings trains Mistress Valentine, who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, and owns with Rags To Riches of PA. Wilder piloted six winners, including a pair for trainer Ray Romanetti, on the 15-race card. THE MEADOWS WEDNESDAY CARD OFFERS PAIR OF POOL GUARANTEES On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer two total-pool guarantees — a $10,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While the $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, The Meadows added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,780.76. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 11-15) 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 Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 12, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted a 14-race card on Friday, June 12 that was highlighted by the $21,000 Invitational Trot and $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares. Both of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as Penn and Montenegro scored decisively in their respective divisions. Penn, with Darrell Wright in the bike, rebounded from a second place finish in his last outing at Hoosier Park to score his fourth win of the season in the top trot with a final time of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Penn used his quick gate speed to fire from the wings from post eight. The Bobby Brower trainee dictated fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. made a strong bid at the leader late in the lane but Penn was too strong on the front. Using a :28.3 final quarter, Penn held off a late charge by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder to win by a length. Rose Run Parker rounded out the trifecta. Penn returned $4.20 to his backers at the window. With the victory, Penn scored his fourth seasonal victory from seven starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 23rd career victory and has now earned $165,934 for owner, Barkley Counts. In the featured pace for fillies and mares, it was Montenegro and Jason Dillander who came out on top scoring their fourth victory of the season at Hoosier Park, this time in 1:53.2. Montenegro, who also finished second in her last outing at Hoosier Park, rallied late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile. Lease Ness Monster and Peter Wrenn fired away from the gate through the opening quarter in :27.1 but their lead was short lived as Just A Bee and Mike Micallef were on a mission to the front. Just A Bee continued to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.1 before Tyler Smith and Miss Kilo would apply pressure first-over. As the field turned for home the race appeared to be wide open with horses fanning out across the track. Dillander tipped Montenegro off tiring cover and she responded with a :28.2 final quarter to get the win over Wild Wanda and Andy Shetler. Miss Kilo finished third. As the bettors' choice, Montenegro returned $5.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the seven-year-old Camluck mare has now won 31 of 146 lifetime outings. Owned by Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack, Montenegro has earned $71,385 this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $566,914. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 30 with a 14-race card. Saturday's program will feature the $21,000 Invitational Pace and two divisions of the "Tubby Trimble Series". With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 2, 2015 - Penn used a decisive front, running effort to find the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the $21,000 Invitational Trot on Saturday, May 2. Once again dismissed at the betting windows, Penn pulled a mild harness racing upset to score at odds of 10-1 in 1:53.4 with Darrell Wright in the sulky. The Bobby Brower trainee fired from the wings of the gate from the outside post nine to reach the front through an opening panel in :27.0. Martz Time and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip while the betting favorite, Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder, were parked to the outside for much of the mile. Penn dictated fractions of :57.1 and 1:25.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Lady Blitz and James Yoder were the first to apply pressure to the leaders as they began their first-over journey approaching the final turn with Natural Herbie in tow. Just as Lady Blitz reached the leader's wheel, Penn found another gear. Using a :28 final panel, Penn coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish three lengths to the good. Allie Labrook and Dan Shelter staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Martz Time held on for third. Penn returned $22.60 to his backers at the betting window. With the victory, Penn scored his second seasonal victory from just three starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 21st career victory and has now earned $134,434 for owner, Barkley Counts. On the pacing side of things, Let's Drink On It took advantage of a pocket trip to score his first win of the season in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, in 1:50.1. Guided by Tyler Smith, the Joe Seekman trainee dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off the heavily favored, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn. Let's Drink On It secured a pocket seat behind the pacesetter Ice Scraper and Trace Tetrick through an opening panel in :27. The field remained in single file line down the backside as Ice Scraper continued to call the shots through :55.4 and 1:23.1 fractions. ItrustYou and Ricky Macomber Jr. began the first-over attack approaching the final turn and Night Pro tabbed the cover. Ice Scraper continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but Let's Drink On It loomed large in the pocket. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Let's Drink On It exploded from the pocket to finish two lengths in front of Night Pro. Ice Scraper held on gamely to round out the trifecta. With the win, Let's Drink On It notched his first victory of the season from three outings. The four-year-old son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy has now amassed $617,089 for owners T. Seekman, L. Bond, H. Hewitt, and V. Boido Jr. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 5 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 25, 2015 - Penn turned in a sharp, front-running effort to pull off the 24-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Darrell Wright at the lines, Penn wired the field in 1:55.2 to earn his first victory of the season over a track rated good. In a talented group of ten, the Bobby Brower trainee wasted no time as he fired off the gate from post three to reach the first quarter in a soft :28. Escuela and Jason Dillander protected their rail position to find a spot along the pylons in second with last week's winner, Lady Blitz and James Yoder, parked to the outside in third. Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder, sent off as the 4/5 favorite, were fourth along the rail for much of the mile. Penn carved out fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2 while Lady Blitz continued to apply pressure to his outside. Natural Herbie tabbed the cover and was well placed second over as the field turned for home but would have his work cut out for him as Penn looked strong on the lead. Wright asked Penn for more and the five-year-old gelding used a :29 final panel to hold off a late charge from Boffin and Tyler Smith. Allie Labrook and Dan Shetler rallied late in the lane but had to settle for third place honors. Penn returned $51.60 at the windows. "Tonight, that was the plan," Brower noted after the victory. "We didn't want to have any trouble so we went right to the front. He's a really nice horse. My wife (Debbie Brower) and Skip White do great job taking care of him in the barn. They keep him happy and he's just a great horse to have around. I look forward to racing him here all summer." With the victory, Penn scored his first seasonal victory from just two starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 20th career victory and has now earned $123,934 for owner, Barkley Counts. Live Racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 28 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 24, 2015 -- Mistress Valentine overpowered the field with a strong first-over move that carried her to a harness racing victory in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mike Wilder hustled Mistress Valentine to a seat fourth from post 8. When no cover materialized down the backside, the 6-year-old daughter of Master Glide - Patsy's Valentine did the heavy lifting herself, gobbling up the leaders and scoring in 1:55.3. Anaffairtoremember was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Kandian Klub third. Tyler Stillings conditions Mistress Valentine, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $256,354, and owns with Rags To Riches Of PA. It was one of five wins on the 14-race card for Wilder. In the companion feature, the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality moved first over from fourth to capture his initial 2015 win in 1:54.3, 1-1/4 lengths better than Crazolo. Tall Cotton shot the Lightning Lane for show. Lisa Dunn-Adams trains Classicality, a 5-year-old Classic Photo - Penn Worthy Lane gelding who extended his career bankroll to $196,262, for Dunn Stable. Aaron Merriman enjoyed a four-bagger on the day. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino       A world-class entertainment destination, The Meadows features over 80 table games and more than 3,300 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and an exclusive high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting.       For more information, please see:       Cannery Casino Resorts       The Meadows is owned by Las Vegas-based Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR). CCR conceived, built and operates two highly regarded resorts in Las Vegas: the Cannery Casino & Hotel and the Eastside Cannery. For more information, please see:           # # #       Gambling Problem? Call (800) 848-1880                      

Master Glide, the full brother to Passionate Glide 3,1:52.2 ($2,060,447), has been sold by Brittany Farms to Max Grant and Arcadia Harness Racing Group, with Paul Davies acting as agent for the buyers. Master Glide is to stand at Wai-Eyre Farm in Christchurch, New Zealand. Wai-Eyre Farm is where the illustrious Christian Cullen began his stallion career. According to the new connections, Arcadia Harness Racing Group is dedicated to creating a select band of pacing and trotting mares to produce elite racehorses to compete on the world stage. "It was was definitely a tough decision as he is such a farm favorite," said Brittany Farms manager Art Zubrod."We did not even have Master Glide on the market as he would have had a good home for life here at Brittany. However, it was evident from first contact that at Wai-Eyre, he would be provided the chance that he really never had here." From very limited opportunity, Master Glide has sired horses including Banco Solo, who was considered a bona fide Hambletonian contender heading into the 2013 season. His older horses are now proving to be rugged racehorses with several holding track records. From Brittany Farms

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