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Following nearly nine months on the sidelines, Martin Scharf's Dovuto Hanover prepared to commence his 6-year-old harness racing season with a pair of qualifiers earlier in the month. In Saturday (February 27) evening's featured $20,000 ninth race at The Meadowlands, he will tackle nine others on debut for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman.   "He had some issues last year, only having six starts, but he's been so far, so good," said Norman of his new acquisition. "I'm pretty happy with him so far."   While installed the 3-1 morning line favorite, a tall task awaits the gelded son of Dragon Again. Among those facing Dovuto Hanover are Erv Miller trainee Jet Airway (Marcus Miller, post 7), who rises off a decisive 1:50 win, the stout closer Ashley's Husband (post 4) who reunites with Tim Tetrick after a ferocious :25.4 closing quarter propelled him to victory two starts back, and Aslan (Andy McCarthy, post 9), who charged off cover on local debut last week after solid bids in top-level fields at Yonkers.   Scott Zeron will handle the driving duties aboard Dovuto Hanover, who took his mark of 1:48.4 at The Meadowlands as a 3-year-old. His greatest accomplishments came in 2014 where, as a 4-year-old, he won nine of 31 races--including top-level events at The Meadowlands, Pocono Downs, and on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit--and banked over $200,000.   "In this position we'll probably race him off the pace--he's raced well that way in the past," continued Norman. "A third-over trip would be great. If he can finish up well and with some pace, I'll be happy with him. The thing against him is probably tactical speed, but I think the run will do him some good."   The featured event kicks off the late 50¢ Pick 4, which carries a guaranteed pool of $50,000. As is customary, the earlier Pick 4 (beginning in race 5) and Pick 5 (in race 3) offer a combined $55,000 in guaranteed pools. Two 20¢ Jackpot High 5 wagers await punters in search of a large score, occurring in races 7 and 14. While the early High 5 was hit last Saturday, the late High 5 will boast a jackpot in excess of $106,000 should it not be captured by a lone ticket on Friday.   Saturday evening's card also features a World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier, with the top four finishers guaranteed spots in the April 30 final. The entry fee is $400, split evenly between the prize pool and a live-money contest bankroll.   For further details, click here.   Post time for Saturday's 14-race card is 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Soboro Hanover moved to the lead after the initial quarter, then had an open-length lead most of the way to the wire in winning the harness racing $30,000 feature for Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotters Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:54.4.   Matt Kakaley was in the sulky for trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership triumvirate of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Murray Brown as Soboro Hanover, an altered son of Donato Hanover, scored by three lengths over Wouldn't Itbesweet, with Doc Simon's Dream taking third in a three-horse photo. Soboro was sent off as the 9-5 co-favorite with Setubal, who had early traffic woes and then made a break.   Pocono is now racing a basic three-night-a-week schedule, with the trotters and pacers under the lights on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings through the close of the meet on November 21.   PHHA / Pocono        

New York, NY --- Following the draw for Saturday afternoon's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway, the phrase of the day is "Girl Power." Converting the expression into multiple languages might prove tricky, but it is unlikely Bee A Magician's prowess gets lost in translation for the world's harness racing fans. Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old mare who was North America's Horse of the Year in 2013, today drew post No. 5 and was made the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's International Trot, which returns to Yonkers after a 20-year hiatus. Bee A Magician, who will represent Canada in the invitational event, faces nine male rivals from five other countries in the race. Post time is 2 p.m. for Saturday's first race at Yonkers, with the International Trot set for 3:10 p.m. approximately. The winner of 41 of 61 career starts and $3.62 million, Bee A Magician will have Brian Sears in the sulky for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. Bee A Magician enters the International Trot, which will be contested at 1-1/4 miles rather than the traditional one-mile distance, off consecutive victories over the boys in the Maple Leaf Trot and Centaur Trotting Classic. She became the first mare to win the Centaur Trotting Classic in the six-year history of the event and the first female to win the Maple Leaf Trot since 2006. "I think we got a good spot," Norman said about the International Trot draw. "I said to Brian the other day that I thought we wanted to draw somewhere in the middle - three, four, or five would be perfect. I think there will be a lot of early speed and I don't know if you want to be involved in it." For her career, Bee A Magician has been among the top-three finishers in 55 of her 61 races. This season, she has won 10 of 14 starts and finished no worse than second while earning $888,545. "She's been good lately, so I don't see why she wouldn't be good again," Norman said. "She's facing tough competition, but she'll be fine." Bee A Magician has won three of four career races at Yonkers and set the track record of 1:54.3 for an older female trotter on Aug. 1 in winning the Open. The mare is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. "We have a little bit of a home-field advantage," Norman said. "I think I've got the best driver and we've been there before and not many of the others have. I don't know (the European horses). From what I gather, some of those horses can really leave good. But none of them have been to Yonkers before and that's a different kettle of fish." Creatine and Natural Herbie, the U.S. representatives in the International Trot, drew posts No. 1 and No. 7, respectively. Creatine was established as the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Natural Herbie, trained and driven by owner Verlin Yoder, won last year's International Trot Preview at Yonkers in a world-record 2:24.4 for 1-1/4 miles. He has won 27 of 63 lifetime races and earned $899,161. The 5-year-old gelding won his elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot and finished third in the final. He prepped for the International Trot with a 1:55.1 qualifier win on Sept. 30 at Hoosier Park, trotting his last quarter-mile in :26.3 to pull away from the field by 20-1/2 lengths. Creatine, a 5-year-old horse, has won 16 of 50 career races and earned $1.71 million. The winner of the 2013 Kentucky Futurity, Creatine has raced this year in Europe, where he posted two Grade 1 victories and finished second in the UET Masters Trot final on Sept. 13 in Belgium. Creatine, owned by the Lexington-based Big C Racing group, is trained by Jimmy Takter and will be driven by Takter's brother, Johnny. Timoko, an 8-year-old from France and the winner of the 2014 Elitloppet, drew post four for the International Trot. Timoko, who has two Grade 1 victories this year in Europe and finished third in the Prix d'Amerique, has captured 19 of 57 career starts and earned $3.72 million. Bjorn Goop will drive for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Sweden's Mosaique Face, the winner of the UET Masters Trot final and runner-up in this year's Elitloppet, drew post eight - the most outside spot - for the International Trot. The 6-year-old will be driven by trainer/owner Adrian Kolgjini. He has won 14 of 54 lifetime starts and earned $1.57 million. BBS Sugarlight, a 6-year-old from Norway, counts this year's Oslo Grand Prix and Olympic Trot among his 19 career wins. He will start the International Trot from post nine - the trailing spot behind Creatine - with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Fredrik Solberg. The earner of $827,607 in lifetime purses, BBS Sugarlight is owned by Knut Groenlie and Gunnar Jarlsen. Italy's Oasis Bi, who finished second in the Oslo Grand Prix, drew post 10 for trainer Stefan Pettersson and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The 7-year-old has earned $1.01 million in his career and is owned by Frackstad Lantbruks AB. On Track Piraten, a 7-year-old from Sweden with $1.31 million in lifetime earnings, drew post six. Erik Adielsson will drive for trainer Hans Stromberg and owners Stall CK HB and Stall Morkermasse. Papagayo E, a 5-year-old from Norway, will start the International Trot from post No. 2 for trainers Jan Waaler and Egil Stensrud and driver Ulf Ohlsson. He has earned $508,624 lifetime and is owned by Tom Andersen and Claes Sjolin. Five-year-old Rod Stewart, from Italy, drew post three. He finished second in this season's Grade 1 European Championship for 5-year-olds and is trained by Jerry Riordan, a Rhode Island native who has spent the past two decades in Europe. Enrico Bellei will drive the $467,260-earner for owner Graziano Ceccaroni. For more about the International Trot and its participants, please visit the event's special website here. Following is the field in post order for the International Trot with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Creatine, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 2. Papagayo E, Ulf Ohlsson, Jan Waaler, 5-1 3. Rod Stewart, Enrico Bellei, Jerry Riordan, 12-1 4. Timoko, Bjorn Goop, Richard Westerink, 6-1 5. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 3-1 6. On Track Piraten, Erik Adielsson, Hans Stromberg, 10-1 7. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder, 8-1 8. Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini, Adrian Kolgjini, 6-1 9. BBS Sugarlight, Johan Untersteiner, Fredrik Solberg, 6-1 10. Oasis Bi, Orjan Kihlstrom, Stefan Pettersson, 8-1 Note: BBS Sugarlight and Oasis Bi start from the second tier. Yonkers' historic half-mile oval last hosted the International Trot in 1995, that edition captured by Sweden's His Majesty. This will be the 37th edition of the International, which has been revived by raceway president and CEO Tim Rooney, and the one-million dollar purse equals the richest in Yonkers history. The International was inaugurated in 1959 at Roosevelt Raceway and moved to Yonkers by Rooney in 1988 when Roosevelt closed. Mares won five in a row and seven of eight International titles from 1967-74. The U.S. and France have dominated the International with 15 and 13 victories, respectively. Sweden is third with three, and Canada has captured a pair. Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands trotters each had one win in the International Trot. The 10 drivers in Saturday's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway have a combined total of 42,500 career dash wins, and this year alone have earned $30,166,353 in purses. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2015 - Bee A Magician made Hoosier Park history as she became the first mare to ever win the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 26. With harness racing driver David Miller in the bike, Bee A Magician dominated a field of nine male counterparts to win by a length in 1:53. The World Champion mare was able to overcome a long, first over trip to score her second consecutive victory and first victory at Hoosier Park. When the talented field of ten left the gate, Lindy's Tru Grit and Andy Miller fired from the wings to reach the opening panel in a snappy :26.4. Wind Of The North and Dave Palone grabbed the pocket seat while Bee A Magician let just enough to grab a spot next in line, third. Yannick Gingras pointed Gural Hanover to the front and they were in command just before the half in :55.3. Miller gave Bee A Magician the green light approaching the final turn and she ranged up to reach the leader's wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.4. As the field turned for home, Bee A Magician began to put her talent on display as she found another gear to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Gural Hanover held on for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Bee A Magician returned $3.20 at the betting window. "She's an amazing animal," winning driver David Miller noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "She was able to overcome a bad post and unfavorable trip to win that race tonight. There was enough early speed that I didn't have to move her till late in the mile so I felt pretty good about it coming around the last turn. She raced great again." "She really is something though," he continued. "To be able to continually dominate at this level and take on the boys week after week is pretty special. She's a pleasure to sit behind." Trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman, the five-year-old Kadabra mare scored her 41st career win and 10th seasonal victory from 14 starts. With the win, Bee A Magician pushed her career bankroll to $3.6 million for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. The victory was also one of four wins on the 14-race card for driver David Miller. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 29 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Bee A Magician became the first trotting mare since Peaceful Way in 2006 to win the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old trotting mare and 2013 Horse of the Year turned in a furious final-quarter to capture the 64th edition of the Maple Leaf Trot over elimination winners Resolve and Natural Herbie. JL Cruze sprinted to the front for driver John Campbell, posting an opening-quarter of :26.4. From post two, Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears got away third, behind Resolve, the 7/5 favourite. There was a little movement in the second-quarter and JL Cruze was able to take the field by the half in :55.3. Around the final turn, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt came out of the two-hole to challenge JL Cruze, which allowed Sears to sit in a perfect second-over striking position turning for home. In the stretch, Resolve had the jump on Bee A Magician and the two trotters went toe-to-toe down the lane. Bee A Magician showed her heart by powering by in deep stretch to prevail by half a length over Resolve in 1:52.3. "We were following two of the best horses and the trip worked out great," said Sears following the race. "Ake's (Svanstedt) horse raced super, but she beat a stellar field tonight and I'm very proud of her no doubt about it." Trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman, Bee A Magician scored her ninth victory of the season and 40th in 60 career starts Saturday night. Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician increased her career bankroll to over $3.7 million with the Maple Leaf Trot victory. "Unbelievable. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Norman post-race. "I'm really happy for the owners, they are a bunch of great guys and she's just a champion and we are lucky to have her." Over the course of her remarkable career, Bee A Magician has won 17 of 20 starts at Mohawk Racetrack. Last season, Bee A Magician had a quiet season by her standards with four victories, but she has comeback at age five to win nine of 12 starts for earnings just shy of $900,000. "Just maturity, bigger, stronger," said Norman, regarding Bee A Magician's fantastic five-year-old season. "She sure loves coming here and we couldn't have got a better trip than that." Bee A Magician paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.40. The $2 Exactor with Resolve paid $15.70, while the $1 Triactor with Natural Herbie finishing third paid $56. The 2-1-3-8 Superfecta with Whiskey Tax finishing fourth paid $108.22 for $0.20. Mark McKelvie

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 7, 2015 - You can call Don'tcallmefrancis a winner now. The two-year-old pacing gelding posted his first career victory in his third start, the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres - on Monday, September 7, 2015 in the third race at Freehold Raceway. Don'tcallmefrancis, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Nanny WIthafanny, got up in the final sixteenth of a mile for a three-quarter of the length victory over Perchance To Dream [If I Can Dream] with Nullity [If I Can Dream] in third by four and a quarter lengths. Irish Joe Hanney guided the Nifty Norman trainee who races for Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ, Don'tcallmefrancis was a $25,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase. He now has earnings of $7,460 with a win and a second in three starts. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2015 -- Cufflink Hanover notched his third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series win in spectacular fashion, when he blazed home in a stake-record 1:55.1 at The Meadows. Wednesday's $100,000 harness racing event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Multitaskr Hanover, Petrossian AS, Asta La Pasta and Twin B Ammunition also taking splits. Andrew McCarthy enjoyed a stake double behind Petrossian AS and Asta La Pasta. Cufflink Hanover roared to the front from post 6 for driver and co-owner David Miller and never suffered an anxious moment, downing the pocket-sitting Nathaniel by 1-3/4 lengths. Air Glider earned show. Miller paid $30,000 for Cufflink Hanover at the Harrisburg sale and later sold part of him to the Enzed Racing Stable of Nifty Norman, who trains the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding. "I liked his breeding -- it was a good cross," Miller said. "He had two brothers and sisters who raced, so we took a shot. I'm very happy with him. He surprised the hell out of me." The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman gelding on a five-eighths-mile track and just a tick off Correcttamundo's world record. Multitaskr Hanover came from off the trot to set the previous stake mark of 1:56.1 -- it lasted about 20 minutes -- but it still was a great maiden-breaker for the son of Explosive Matter-Mrs. Ronerail, who was unsuccessful in five previous tries. Chuck Sylvester trains the youngster for Four Aces With A Kicker, Neal Goldman, Charles Stansley and David Reid. "We wanted mainly to get him to finish up good," said winning driver Dave Palone, "so we were just kind of rating our own mile. Fortunately, they were going fast." The first-over Moneycounts De Vie was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Bombardier third. Although it took him more than a quarter on the outside to grab the lead, Petrossian AS became a two-time stallion series winner when he triumphed in 1:57.3 for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri. Can We Have Fun was 1-1/2 lengths back in second, while HOV Lane Hall completed the ticket. "He is a little special -- you never know what you'll have with him," Lorentzon said of the SJ's Caviar-Elegant Dame gelding. "Last winter, he was sometimes a dead runaway and you couldn't hold him. Next second he can be lazy, so you have to chase him. But so far, so good. We might try him at Lexington." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner made it three straight when she roared to the front from post 8 for Eric Goodell and bested Certified Ideal by 1/2 length in 1:52. Stucklikeglue held third. Mike Watson trains the 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner, who boosted her career bankroll to $267,850, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows features the Florida Pro, a $208,577 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 26, 2015--After two decades, the return of Yonkers Raceway's International Trot is within sight, thus it makes perfect sense that the field of world-class harness racing participants is beginning to take shape. With just under seven weeks until the million-dollar event--Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th, to be precise--the connections of Bee a Magician and Magic Tonight have offered unqualified commitments. Bee a Magician, the triple millionairess and 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, has found herself right at home in Westchester. In four Yonkers' starts, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra won three of 'em, setting an aged-group track record each time. "We're honored to be invited," Richard (Nifty) Norman, Bee a Magician's trainer, said. "She's proven she gets around Yonkers very well and we have no reason to think that won't continue." Magic Tonight has "2015 Elitlopp winner" stamped on his business card, so obviously, he means business. The 6-year-old son of Andover Hall has earned more than $1.3 million, taking into account his both-sides-of-the-ocean performances. Yonkers' International Trot Selection Committee (no relation to that of the NCAA) is continuing its due diligence, with further invitations/acceptances to be announced in the not-too-distant future. Again, this is a special Saturday afternoon card, with a proposed first post of 2 PM (pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission). As of this writing, the International--scheduled for 10 starters at a distance of mile-and-a-quarter--would go as the program's fourth race (approximate post time 3:25 PM). The International Trot would also be the main cog in a high-end, Pick 5 guaranteed pool (exact number TBA), while Yonkers is surrounding the event with an Oktoberfest on the track apron as well as a hat giveaway (while supplies last) and drawings for terrific prizes, including a vacation to the winning horse's home country. Purse distribution would be the same as all events (winner-50 percent, 2nd-25 percent, 3rd-12 percent, 4th-8 percent, 5th-5 percent). Non-cashing overseas entrants receive $37,500 via a purse supplement, while non-cashing North American entrants receive $10,000). "It's our pleasure to bring back the International Trot," Raceway president Timothy J. Rooney said. "It's been a signature New York race since it debuted at Roosevelt Raceway back in 1959. We took over the race after Roosevelt closed, and it was very well received. "With Yonkers now a major player in the overseas simulcast market, we feel this is the best time to showcase our track to the world by again inviting the best trotters in the world to race here. We have had tremendous cooperation from our horsemen, and all of us are looking forward to it." Frank Drucker

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies journeyed to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening for their fifth Grassroots test and Traviata picked the perfect time to earn her first lifetime victory, touring co-owner Mel Hartman's local oval in 1:59.3. In rein to Greely, ON resident Ted McDonald, Traviata lined up behind Post 1 in the third Grassroots division and landed fourth on the rail, watching Shezastrikin Loral put up a :30.1 opening quarter. Heading for the 1:01.1 half McDonald sent Traviata after the lead and the filly led the field by the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Bahama Mama AS mounted a late challenge, but Traviata dug in to post a three-quarter length win. Bahama Mama AS finished second and Dayliner was third. "She's a nice little filly," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She's just nice and solid, doesn't do anything special, but very solid and very reliable." Norman selected the filly out of the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, offering up $35,000 for the daughter of Kadabra and $181,741 winner Nirvana Blue Chip for his own Enzed Racing Stable Inc., and then sold a share to Ottawa resident Hartman.   "I just liked the look of her, and she wasn't crazy expensive or anything," recalled the New Zealand native, who currently resides in Allentown, NJ. "And Mel Hartman, one of my good owners, went partners with me on her." Traviata made her debut in the July 7 Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs and looked poised to collect a cheque when she made a late break in stride, finishing seventh. After missing the next two Grassroots events due to a bout of sickness that went through Norman's barn, Traviata returned to action in the Aug. 8 event at Georgian Downs and logged a second-place result. Anticipating another solid effort from the young trotter, Norman decided a local driver was his best option for Sunday's test, and handed the lines over to McDonald. "Teddy's been one of the solid drivers there for a long time, and I've met him a few times. It's always good to use a local guy I think," said Norman of his selection. "Teddy always does a good job." Sunday's win boosted Traviata's Grassroots point tally to 77, which will give her a shot at a Semi-final berth if she can earn a few more points in the last regular season event at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8. Liseberg and Cadillac Sally virtually assured themselves of a spot in the Sept. 17 Semi-final with their second Grassroots wins in the first and second divisions on Sunday. Fan favourite Liseberg opened the evening with an impressive gate-to-wire score from Post 4, halting the Rideau Carleton Raceway teletimer at 1:58.2. The Johnny William daughter hit the wire six and one-half lengths ahead of Windsongmusclelady and Onatopp. Owned, trained and driven by Peterborough, ON resident Dagfin Henriksen, Liseberg finished third in her July 30 Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack and then posted her first lifetime victory in the Aug. 8 event at Georgian Downs. She currently sits in a tie for sixth in the standings with 112 points. In the second $18,000 division, driver Alfie Carroll let favourite Cadillac Sally float away from Post 3 and watched from the pocket as Females Rule rang up fractions of :29, :59.3 and 1:28.4. Tipping out of the pocket heading by the three-quarters, Cadillac Sally accelerated away to a one length victory over Mariana and T C Sno Massive, stopping the clock in a personal best 1:58.1. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll engineered the Muscle Mass filly's second Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. With two wins, one second and one third in four Grassroots starts, Cadillac Sally has 137 points and sits fourth in the standings. Like Traviata, Very Classy earned her first lifetime victory in the last Grassroots division. Starting from Post 3, the Manofmanymissions daughter got away third and driver Steve Byron tipped her into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. When first-up The Muscle Touch made an error turning for home, Very Classy had a clear lane to the finish and trotted down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory over Myretirementticket and Tala Seelster in 2:01. Byron, who makes his home in Thornton, ON, drives Very Classy for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, ON, breeders Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Happy Trails Stables of London, ON and Kenneth Andrews of Peterborough. With one second, one sixth and one eighth in her first three Grassroots outings, Very Classy has now accumulated 79 points. The freshman trotting fillies were the final Ontario Sires Stakes division to visit Rideau Carleton Raceway this summer, and they will wrap up their own regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8. Ontario Horse Racing

Ontario's elite trotting fillies continued to impress fans as they battled in their third Gold Series event at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. More than half of the fillies entered in the trio of $70,000 Gold divisions were sired by Kadabra and when the evening was over, all three trophies had been awarded to daughters of North America's leading trotting sire. Starting the sweep was Ready Any Time, who sprinted out of the back field to catch heavy favourite Caprice Hill in the stretch, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:56.4. Bested by one-half length, Caprice Hill settled for second and Krafty finished third, three and three-quarter lengths behind the leaders. All three fillies are by Kadabra. "It didn't really surprise me, I know this filly is a good filly," said driver Rick Zeron of the upset. "She was scratched her last start because she was sick, and the start before that she was second, Sylvain Filion, Luc Blais' trotting filly (Emoticon Hanover) nailed her at the wire up at Georgian Downs in 1:56.3." Oakville, ON resident Zeron drives Ready Any Time for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, who felt the filly was back to herself after the bout of sickness, but expected her to be a bit shy of peak fitness after three weeks away from the racetrack. "I took her off the gate and let her settle," said Zeron, who lined up behind the number 5 on the Mohawk starting gate. "And when I moved her coming down the stretch, boy... well I didn't have to pull the plugs until halfway down the stretch." "Halfway down the stretch I knew I had (Tim) Tetrick dialed in and then this trotting filly just trotted right on by." "Nifty's done a great job with her," added Zeron. "He's always been high on this filly and she showed it tonight." The win was Ready Any Time's first in three starts and bumped her earnings to $49,805. A $62,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the filly is owned by Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, breeder Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. "The connections of all these horses, I can't say enough about them," said Zeron. "They enjoy the sport and they like to see the sport, the racing, going forward and they do the best they can to keep it going forward by using their own broodmares and breeding horses to keep this industry alive." "They do a great job those guys." The second Gold division saw Sylvain Filion and Emoticon Hanover pick up their second win of the season after missing three weeks due to sickness. The duo cruised home four and one-quarter length winners in 1:58.2, besting Devils Advocate (Manofmanymissions) and High Heels (Kadabra). Milton, ON resident Filion pilots Emoticon Hanover for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC, who offered up $165,000 for the daughter of Kadabra and Emmylou Who at last fall's Harrisburg Sale. The talented youngster was also a winner in the Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs on July 12, where she caught Ready Any Time in the stretch and hit the wire in 1:56.3. The final division also saw a repeat performance from a July 12 winner. Could It Be Magic and trainer-driver Wayne Henry fired directly to the front from Post 4 and never faced a challenge, rolling under the wire three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Levitator (Kadabra) and Northern Sweetie (Deweycheatumnhowe).   Arthur, ON resident Henry shares ownership of the Kadabra-In The Mean Time daughter with Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON. The partners acquired Could It Be Magic for a relatively modest $18,000 from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Through four starts the filly has tallied three wins and one fifth for earnings of $71,750. With her win, Could It Be Magic jumped into second spot in the division standings with 105 points, 20 behind leader Caprice Hill. Devils Advocate and Emoticon Hanover share third spot with 100 points and Ready Any Time rounds out the top five with 75 points. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 15. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday, Aug. 7 with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2 and 6 on the 7:25 pm program with Race 1 featuring the debut of Bee A Magician half-brother Bee In Charge from Post 2. Ontario Horse Racing Video Oakville resident Rick Zeron and two-year-old trotting filly Ready Any Time catch favourites Tim Tetrick and Caprice Hill in the stretch to win their August 4 Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:56.4. https://youtu.be/EmC92wrMi9M

We offer up the old harness racing idiom, "Give them an inch and they'll take a mile." We do so because after Texican N (Eric Carlson, $7) won the first of Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 co-features by an inch, Her Highness, Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $2.50), won the other by a mile. Bee a Magician, as the 1-4 favorite, took no prisoners from an assigned eight-hole in the Open Handicap Trot. Making the lead just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile, she completed her night's work as she pleased (:57.1, 1:25.4, 1:54.3). The final margin was an effortless 3½ lengths, while the final time knocked a tick off her own track record for aged mares. Take My Picture (Larry Stalbaum) was second from a loose pocket, with Not Afraid (Dan Dube), Cashontherocs (George Brennan) and Fort Valley AS (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For triple millionairess Bee a Magician, a 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners, Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, it was her eighth win (sixth consecutive) in nine seasonal starts (39-for-56 lifetime). The exacta paid $19.40, with the triple returning $60. Texican N, from post position No. 3, won the weekly pacing feature. Sitting pocketed to 17-10 choice Michael's Power (Bartlett), he then held off a three-hole The Real One (Pat Lachance) by a nose in 1:52.3. The favorite decided to retake from the eventual winner (:27, :56.2, 1:24.4) passing the first substation, but faced in the lane. Frankie's Dragon (Sears), Michael's Power and Take it Back Terry (Brennan) came away with the lesser loot. For second choice Texican N, a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding trained by Peter Tritton (three winners Saturday) for owner Harry von Knoblauch, it was his fourth win in 22 '15 tries. The exacta paid $30.40, with the triple returning $274. The Raceway's live season continues Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (all at 7:10 PM), with a Tuesday matinee (first post 1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The result was never in doubt. That was the consensus of the $26,000 Open Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Released as the odds-on favorite at twenty-cents on the dollar, Bee A Magician went straight to the lead off the wings of the gate and that was all she needed to do. While the 2013 Horse of the Year had to sprint to the opening quarter in 27-seconds, that wasn't the case for the middle-half mile of the race, as Bee A Magician was allowed to stroll through a 30.2 second quarter, picking it up a bit through a 28.4 third panel. But, give Bee A Magician a 59.1 middle half-mile and you simply are not going to catch here. The world champion sprinted to the wire with a 26.2 final quarter to score in 1:52.4. DW's NY Yank held second throughout the mile while Appomattox checked in third. Market Share was too far back and couldn't threaten with the slow fractions, but did trot the fastest final quarter in the race, 26-seconds flat. Bee A Magician won for the 38th time in 55 starts with earnings now standing at $3,143,340. The magnificent mare is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee and is trained by Nifty Norman. Her usual partner, Brian Sears, was in the sulky. Bee A Magician New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Driver Yannick Gingras scored two victories, including a stakes record with Southwind Frank, in a quartet of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Boston Red Rocks, sent off as the 1-5 favorite, controlled the pace but in the end he had to fight off two challengers and one of them, Ideal Rocky, got by him in the final strides to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts, the second race. Ideal Rocky [$10.20], driven by Corey Callahan and trained by John Butenchoen, brushed three-wide to win by head, handing Boston Red Rocks his first loss in three starts. It was half a length to Winning Linc in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Rocky did not get off to an auspicious start, refusing to put his nose anywhere near the gate. "He decided the last couple of starts when we had the five-hole that he doesn't want to be close to the darn thing [the starting gate car]," said Butenschoen. "I guess we'd better go back to the drawing board to make sure he knows what to do when he's behind the car itself [and not the wings]. But he was able to overcome that. I was tickled. "The owner, Bill Wiswell, we were watching on the backstretch, and we were in an impossible spot here right now off of those soft fractions [27.3 to the quarter and 57.2 to the half]," Butenschoen noted. "If we got a check here, we'll be in good shape. Then he started motoring up around the last turn and mowed them down. That was great." A $47,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase, Ideal Rocky paced a lifetime best of 1:53.1, with a last quarter in 26.2 seconds. He was bred by Fashion Farms LLC. He races for Bill Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Jean Goehien of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. He now has two wins and one third in three starts for earnings of $63,000. Ideal Rocky All The Time, handled by Yannick Gingras, was the best of three Jimmy Takter trainees in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting fillies, the fourth race. All The Time [$3.20] trotted the mile in 1:55.4, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Silent Blessings [by Muscles Yankee]. It was four lengths to Gifted Lady [Muscle Hill] in third. Takter also trains Gifted Lady and Hollywood Hill [Muscle Hill], who finished fifth. "All the credit to Jimmy Takter," said Marvin Katz, the Toronto-based co-owner and co-breeder of All The Time. "He developed this filly and was careful with her through the winter. Of course, she's a homebred. Jimmy Takter trained the mother [Cantab It All] and was kind enough to sell her to myself and to Al [co-owner and breeder Al Libfeld]. We bred her to Muscle Hill, and this is a topflight filly." All The Time has two wins in three career starts and has earned $52,400. All The Time Gingras was back in the winner's circle with Southwind Frank [$9.00] in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race. The son of Muscle Hill, bred by Southwind Farms, trotted the mile in a stakes record 1:53.4, supplanting Hill I Am [Muscle Hill, who set the mark of 1:55.3 in 2013. Southwind Frank controlled the tempo through fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:26.2, covering the final quarter in 27.2 for a length and a half victory. Rallying for second was Bar Hopping [Muscle Hill] with Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill] third by a length and three-quarters. "I wanted to cut the mile; I thought he was the horse to beat," said Gingras. "I just wanted to have a clear path. My horse was a little bit shaky tonight, and I had to wait on him [to settle]. But I knew if I could keep him trotting, there was no one who would get near." Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, won his opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes but broke stride last week. He has banked $60,000 with two wins in three starts for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Southwind Frank In the final division, 3-5 Blue Moon Stride [$3.40] popped out of the pocket at the top of the stretch, claimed the lead in deep stretch and held off Show Time Hill to win the $100,000 New Jersey Stakes for pacing fillies, in the 11th race. Andrew McCarthy guided the Mark Harder trained Blue Moon Stride, who paced the mile in 1:53.1, finishing a neck ahead of Show Time Hill. It was a length and a half back to Sonoma Valley in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. "They're all good in March, April and May but you just really don't know until you start racing them," said Harder. "And she's shown up good now." Blue Moon Stride was bred by Perretti Farms and races for Emilio and Maria Rosati of Condell Park in Australia's New South Wales. She has two wins in three starts for earnings of $68,750. Blue Moon Stride All-sources handle for the Friday card of $2,397,254 yielded a 17-percent gain over this same night last year. Both programs included 13-races. The $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 in the last race went unclaimed and the carryover into Meadowlands Pace night will be $202,817. Post time for Meadowlands Pace night is 7:15 P.M. The 14-race blockbuster card features 8-stakes races, highlighted by the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, slated as race 10. There are also four guaranteed pools on the program including the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 encompassing races 7 through 10. Post time for The Meadowlands Pace is 10:39 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

One of New Zealand's better performed harness racing exports to North America in the last few years is finally starting to turn his form around in his new homeland. Mah Sish had a stellar career down under and was closing in on a million dollar in stake earnings when he was exported to North America last May. A free going son of Mach Three, Mah Sish looked perfectly suited to mile racing and big things were expected of him in North America. However all that came to nothing when in his first qualifying race in June last year he was very scratchy in his action and that would be his only look at a race track for nearly twelve months. His Kiwi born mentor, "Nifty" Norman has nursed him back to the track and he is slowly starting to show the kind of form that he showed in the Southern Hemisphere. Although it is still early days there are signs that the old Mah Sish is back and several of his recent runs have been more like his old self. Mah Sish had a nice win on the half mile Freehold track in early May in 1:55.2 before a couple of placings at the Meadowlands in good time hinted he was on his way back. He then had three runs at the leading track in Canada at Mohawk Raceway and although not winning efforts he did break 1:50 in one of those runs and was a certainty beaten at his third start there. Therefore when he lined up at The Meadowlands last Saturday, Mah Sish was well supported on the tote to win his second race of the year. Driver David Miller settled him fourth early as the first quarter went by in 26.2 and the half in 54. Passing the half Mah Sish was flushed out and from there David Miller just let him run and Mah Sish grabbed the lead before the corner and shot away and hid from the opposition in a very smart performance. Mah Sish stopped the timer in 1:49.2 and seemed to do it with a fair bit in reserve. There are plenty of options for Mah Sish race wise over the next few months but the pleasing thing is he finally got to show the North Americans a little bit of his class. Harnesslink Media  

Cufflink Hanover enjoyed a dream career debut Monday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Not only did he capture a division of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, but he also trotted to a stake record 1:57. The stake for 2-year-old colts and geldings was contested over five divisions, with TNT Rusty, Soda Pump, Love To Glide and Will Self taking the other splits. Cufflink Hanover had a pair of qualifiers to prepare for his debut, but in neither was he asked to take air. Winning driver David Miller, who co-owns the Nifty Norman trainee with Enzed Racing Stable, required just that of him, sending him first over from third down the backside. The youngster responded beautifully, wearing down Mr Right and defeating him by 1-1/4 lengths. Meadowbranch Memo finished third. "He felt real good or I wouldn't have moved him," Miller said of the $30,000 yearling acquisition, an Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding." "But he felt like he was ready to go." "He tried to come out of a hole on his own down the backstretch." The second time he did it, I just pulled his earplugs." "We kept him eligible to a couple nice races next year, but this year he'll stay in Pennsylvania." The time eclipsed the old mark of 1:57.2 established by Pekoe Fashion in 2011. Speaking of moving first over to win at first asking, TNT Rusty duplicated that feat when he erased an 8-1/2-length deficit to down the rallying Petrossian AS by a neck for Dave Palone in 1:58.1. Early leader Fiji saved show. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Palone. "I was looking to go out of there with him, but there were a couple guys inside me leaving," Palone said. "I just wanted to give him a good experience most of all. It couldn't have worked out any better." "He fired home pretty good. He's a real likeable colt." George Ducharme conditions the Explosive Matter-Rusty's Twizzted T gelding and owns with Paul Fontaine and Alfred Ross. Soda Pump didn't have to tough out an uncovered move, as he dominated on the front, triumphing convincingly in 1:57.4 for Aaron Merriman and lessee/trainer Clifton Green. Muscle City was second, 5-1/4 lengths back, with Simplyamonster AS third. "He's been a natural from Day 1," said Green of the son of Cantab Hall-Alot Of Pump. "He's like a spoiled brat kid -- just plays all the time." "He probably needs to be castrated, but we'll decide that later." "I don't know where his end is. He doesn't pay attention, but he keeps going. We'll see how far he goes." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tamarind made it four straight with a persuasive victory in 1:52.2, matching Sharp Edge's track record for older horses. The first-over Major Athens was second, 1-3/4 lengths in arrears, while Tall Cotton completed the ticket. Merriman piloted the 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, who now boasts $674,044 in lifetime earnings, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features six divisions of the Hickory Pride, a $216,980 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM: Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 3 - A determined Riveting Rosie turned in a career-best effort for an upset harness racing victory Friday night in the $40,000 Miss Versatility second leg at Mohawk Racetrack. A talented field of seven older trotting mares contested the second round of the Miss Versatility under perfect conditions at the Campbellville oval. The public placed the bulk of their support behind Indiana invader Allie Labrook, who was sent off as the 4/5 favourite, and the Dave Menary trainee Charmed Life, who was the second choice at 8/5. However, Riveting Rosie at odds of 23/1 played the role of spoiler in Friday's second leg. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Riveting Rosie sprinted to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :27.4. Allie Labrook got away in second, while Charmed Life followed her in third. The two favourites followed along through the middle-half, as Riveting Rosie posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:25. In the stretch, Allie Labrook tipped to the outside and Charmed Life swung out to the far outside to take their best shot at the leader, but Riveting Rosie showed her grit and dug in to fight off the favourites and win by a neck in 1:52.4. Charmed Life edged ahead of Allie Labrook in the final strides to finish second. A star graduate of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Riveting Rosie has now won two of six starts in her four-year-old season for trainer John Bax. She is owned by Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm, Don Allensen, J And T Stable and John Hayes. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Riveting Rosie now has career earnings of $943,153 and 13 career victories. The clocking of 1:52.4 established a new career-mark for Riveting Rosie. She paid $49.30 to win. Riveting Rosie The Miss Versatility Series will now shift to The Meadowlands for the third leg on July 18. The series will also make a stop at Tioga Downs on September 7, before wrapping up with the final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug day. Caviart Scarlett delivers 105-1 shocker in Town Pro Series The Canada Day fireworks may have been Wednesday, but Caviart Scarlett put on her own fireworks show Friday night at Mohawk with a 105-1 upset victory in the second leg of the Town Pro. A field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies battled it out Friday in the $18,000 second leg division. The Frank Antonacci trainees Lindys Old Lady and Imagine Dragon captured the first leg divisions, but just a single division was a necessary Friday night. Lindys Old Lady was sent off as the 8/5 favourite and made a second-quarter move to the front. The favourite posted middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.3 with Southwind Geisha pressing at her first over and Fan Hanover elimination winner Moonlit Dance placed second over. Meanwhile, Caviart Scarlett paced along in seventh for the majority of the mile, but was angled to the far outside for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Moonlit Dance did not fire off her cover and it appeared Lindys Old Lady was going to go all the way, but in the late stages of the mile Caviart Scarlett came charging from the back to pick off the public's choice and deliver a stunning upset in 1:52. Lindys Old Lady had to settle for second, while Moonlit Dance was third. A daughter of Sportswriter, Caviart Scarlett is trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman for owner Caviart Farms. The sophomore pacing filly was unraced at age two and was coming into her fifth career start Friday off a maiden breaking win on June 23 at Mohawk. The second leg victory established a new career-mark for Caviart Scarlett and doubled her earnings to $18,640. A $2 win ticket on Caviart Scarlett paid an incredible $211.20. Caviart Scarlett The $48,600 final of the Town Pro Series will take place next Saturday (July 11) at Mohawk, along with the $50,400 Summertime Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mark McKelvie

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