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Vernon, N.Y. -- Jinxy's Delight ($9.50) made all the pace in Thursday (September 8) evening's featured $9,100 top-level Miracle Mile distaff pacing event at Vernon Downs, capping a driving grand slam for John MacDonald on the evening's nine-race harness racing card.   MacDonald, who also owns and trains the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, wasted no time achieving the lead, clearing Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) before reaching the first turn through a :27.4 first quarter. Jinxy's Delight would face no threats to speak of through the middle half, only facing mild first-over pressure from Pancakes (Truman Gale) off the far turn before edging clear. While Jinxy's Delight had no trouble parrying the challenge of Pancakes, she was fully extended in deep stretch to stave off the late bids of Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Bettorhaveanother (Chris Lems) by a scant nose in 1:53.1.   MacDonald also accounted for three odds-on winners on the evening, prevailing with his own trainee Hailey Hanover ($2.40, 1:54.3) as well as Andy Gardner trainee Always Flash-n ($3.30, 1:53.2) and Heidi Rohr trainee Racsan Cyndee ($2.60, 1:55.2).   Byron Pineda's Shortest Distance ($19.00) scored her 93rd career victory in the sub-featured $6,100 distaff pace, pouncing from the pocket for a 1:52.3 score with Fern Paquet, Jr. aboard. Rita Polese trains the 11-year-old Park Place mare.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 9) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Hi Ho Houdini may have gotten off to a late start, not making his first trip to the post until December, but he's certainly making up for lost time having won six of his seven starts with sights set squarely on Sunday's Sire Stakes for the harness racing 4-year-old pacing males. The son of Hi Ho Silverheel's, who races for Lujuanna Lopez, takes his lessons from Gordie Graham and is regularly piloted by Luke Plano, was an impressive winner of the first stakes dance of the season for the division a month ago and has captured the Marvin Shapiro and a conditioned event in the interim. "It's a dream come true to have a horse like this," Lopez related. "This is beyond what I could have ever hoped for with Hi Ho Houdini." Lopez , who currently has five horses, first became involved with the sport when she was rescuing horses some nine years ago and started to meet members of the harness racing community. "The more people I met, the more interested I became," she explained. Lujuanna's farm was home to the Park Place mare Holls Park Place while she was carrying Hi Ho Houdini, so she has been involved with the pacer from the very beginning. "He's quite the athlete, but he can also be very mischievous," she noted. "The day he was born, that night there was a ruckus coming from the barn and I went out with my rifle, thinking it might be a fox or a coyote. It turned out he was he was racing back and fourth and it was causing Holls Park Place to throw a fit." At the moment, the only ones who are throwing a fit are Hi Ho Houdini's rivals. Sire Stakes, pair of Opens head marquee A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 4-year-old pacers featuring Hi Ho Houdini and Uringoodhands; an Open Trot headed by Northern Stormont and an Open Pace featuring I'm An Athlete head the Sunday program at Cal Expo. There will be 12 races presented by Watch and Wager LLC and the action gets under way at 5:05 p.m. The Open Pace is the third event on the evening, the Open Trot occupies the sixth-race slot and the Sire Stakes goes as the eighth race. In the first stakes dance for the 4-year-old males one month ago, Uringoodhands was the 1-5 favorite , but it was Hi Ho Houdini who prevailed while turning in a lifetime best 1:53 1/5 performance with a sparkling :26 3/5 final quarter. Uringoodhands is a Kent's On Nuke homebred who races for Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will be guided by James Kennedy. Hi Ho Houdini is another Graham trainee who represents Lujuanna Lopez with Luke Plano once again handling the lines. Since that Sire Stakes score, Hi Ho Houdini has added two more victories, including a handy decision in the Marvin Shapiro Pace two weeks ago. Sent off the 1-9 favorite in that contest, came out late on the final bend, took command early in the drive and went on to a two-length score. Suiting up for a conditioned affair last week, the sharp performer once again rewarded the chalkplayers to the tune of $4 as did the track-and-attack to perfection for Plano and won going away by two and a quarter lengths. Taking on this dynamic duo, from the rail out: Lodi Machete Man from the Pierre Girard barn; the Vickie Desomer-conditioned Musician, Sounion for Edwin Quevado; the Sal Wenceslao-trained Laissezmoipicoler and Hi Ho's Little Rev from Bob Johnson's shedrow. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Pompano Beach, FL...December 31, 2015...Just A Bee, exquisitely handled by Mike Micallef, stung her rivals at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (December 30), regaining her status as the Queen Bee with a sterling harness racing performance in 1:50.4. The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, trained by Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John McGoff and Greg Heath, led from first long stride to last, clocking panels of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.1 before her 27.3 sprint home sealed the issue by 1 3/4 lengths over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Precocious Beauty, handled by Doug McNair. Safe From Terror, with Matt Romano in the bike, finished third while Classic Carpet, prominent early, finished fourth. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the talented sextet. At the outset, Just A Bee seemed to, literally, push the starting gate out of her way from her outside post seven and immediately too command, stuffing Classic Carper in the pocket with Safe From Terror, Sandysgoldenhour and Jets Are On next with that aforementioned favorite, Precocious Beauty, away sixth and last, some seven lengths back early. With the dust then settled, positions remained the same until turn two when Precocious Beauty began her jaunt forward, sprinting her third quarter in :27 to wend her way into contention about a length away turning for home. In the lane, with both mares sprinting, Just A Bee never relented and was never in danger to the wire. After the event, driver Mike Micallef said, "my mare raced good in her first start back last week and felt very strong warming up on the track--relaxed but ready, I would say. When she grabbed on behind the gate, I thought 'we're going for the gusto tonight' and she burst out of the gate. "That probably was the difference because that put some distance between us and Doug's (McNair) mare (Precocious Beauty). She, too, of course, is one heckuva mare but maybe not seven or eight lengths better so the start I thought might be the key." Since being claimed in September of 2014 for $12,000, Just A Bee has won 19 times for Micallef, good for $153,735--$125,285 this year. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Just A Bee returned $7.60 to her faithful. Also of note, the 10 year-old Park Place mare Shortest Distance used the shortest distance to victory on Wednesday night by skimming the pylons late in the lane to score her 90th career victory--this one in 1:53.3. Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Byron Pineda, Shortest Distance was handled by Wally Hennessey and garnered her 12th win of the year in 31 starts. She took her lifetime mark of 1:53 just one week ago. Shortest Distance has lifetime bounty of $457,340--$57.294 of that banked this year as the 2015 season comes to an end. Racing continues on Saturday night with Pompano Park's five night a week schedule--Saturday through Wednesday--currently in effect with a 7:30 post time. John Berry for Pompano Park

El Azteca (Gerry Longo), a consistent money-making trotter since arriving at Running Aces almost two months ago, broke through with his first open class triumph at the harness racing meeting on Sunday night, besting Jailer (Tim Maier) and Silence Son (Nick Roland) in 1:56.4. After sitting third through an opening :28.2 quarter, the six-year-old son of Panama Hanover moved to the front before the :58 halfway station. From there he cruised home an open lengths winner for owner Marco Rios and trainer Bob Johnson. It was the eighth seasonal win for El Azteca and boosted his 2015 earnings to $38,172. A race later, Rev Me Up (Tim Maier) captured a $5500 conditioned event over a classy six-horse field of mares with career earnings of $1,275,201. The Mark P'Pool trainee topped Bad Feeling (Dean Magee) and Call Me Up (Travis Bowman) for her eighth win this year and 40th in her lifetime. The eight-year-old daughter of Park Place increased her career earnings to $594,528 with the 1:55.2 score. Drivers Steve Wiseman, Luke Plano and Gerry Longo all notched doubles on the program. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Rev Me Up, at age eight the oldest harness racing mare in the field, found room up the pylons just in time to zoom by pacesetter Shine N Shimmer and capture the $17,050 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley on Friday (March 27). Driver Randy Tharps left alertly with the winning daughter of Park Place before turning Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) loose and accepting the pocket just prior to the first quarter beam, tripped in :27.1. The field raced single file through a pedestrian :29.4 second panel until Beat The Beat (Kyle Ater) pulled from fifth and launched an outside attack just past the :57 midway clocking. With Arties Last Party (Jeff Nisonger) and Multiple Sources (Greg Grismore) in tow in the outer flow the classy mares cut through a 25 mile per hour wind and freezing temperatures to the 1:26.2 three quarters station. Double tiered around the final turn and well bunched and fanned four wide at the head of the stretch the field tried valiantly to gain ground through the final sixteenth of a mile, but only Rev Me Up could get by Shine N Shimmer for the 1:55.2 score. Beat The Beat never faltered and held for the show spot. Merl P'pool leases Rev Me Up who notched her sixth win in a dozen 2015 starts for trainer Kathy Millman. Her $41,421 in seasonal earnings brings her lifetime bounty to $575,497. Off at 9-2 odds, Rev Me Up paid $11.80 to her faithful. MIAMI VALLEY & OHHA TO HOST HORSEMENS GOLF OUTING Miami Valley Raceway and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association have announced plans to host a golf outing on Monday, April 27 at Majestic Springs Golf Club in Wilmington, Ohio.  The free outing, open to all harness horsepersons with current Ohio Racing Commission licenses, will include 18 holes of golf with power carts and dinner afterwards.  All owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers, veterinarians, licensed suppliers and track racing department employees are invited to form four-person teams for the ‘Scramble’ format round of golf or to sign up individually.   The golf will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a ‘shotgun’ start.  Those that cannot golf are welcome to sign up and join the group for the dinner at approximately 5 p.m. Interested parties should make a reservation for the free event by contacting OHHA track rep Brett Merkle (614-354-1601)before Sunday, April 19.  Eighteen (18) hole sponsorships are also available at the nominal cost of $50.  The sponsorship money will be used to provide golf skill prizes as well as door prizes. Majestic Springs is located just minutes off I-71 at exit 45 (S.R. 73). Gregg Keidel        

LEBANON, OH. - Rev Me Up, the pride and joy of the Kathy Millman Stable, captured the $16,500 Fillies & Mares Open pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday, returning $19.60 to her mutuel harness racing fans. Despite being the richest mare in the full field with over a half million dollars in career earnings, the eight-year-old was dispatched at 8-1 odds in search of her 37th lifetime win. Driver Randy Tharps abandoned his seat third along the pylons just past the :27 first quarter and raced side-by-side with pacesetting Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) the rest of the way. Following a pedestrian middle half where the teletimers were tripped in :57 and 1:26, the pace quickened the final panel with Rev Me Up gaining a slight advantage in the final strides. Shine N Shimmer held on for second with Multiple Sources (Greg Grismore) storming in the stretch to complete the trifecta. By Park Place, Rev Me Up, joined Shine N Shimmer and Igotafeelinfran as the only two-time distaff open winners during the first ten weeks of Miami Valley's second season. Buckeye Thea, Stucklikeglue, Beat The Beat and All Terror have also garnered top honors in the weekly female feature in 2015. Racing resumes Saturday night (March 7) at Miami Valley when the track will be the feature attraction in the series of free satellite tournaments to win seats in the World Harness Handicapping Contest at the Meadowlands later this year. To enter handicappers can visit www.HorseTourneys.com for rules and details. $120,000 in purses will be up for grabs over the course of the strong 13-race program. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Rev Me Up, who enjoyed considerable success at the inaugural Miami Valley Raceway meet in 2014, returned to Ohio Friday night a captured the $16,500 Mares Open pace in 1:53.2. It was one of three driving wins on the program for Dan Noble, who split rivals in the stretch to top Rescue Team (Chris Page), who was closing fast on the outside, and pacesetter Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) who finished a close-up third. It was the 34th lifetime victory from 168 starts for the eight-year-old Park Place mare leased by Merl P'pool and trained by Kathy Millman. Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith) matched Rev Me Up's 1:53.2 winning time in gate-to-wire fashion a race later in an $11,000 conditioned event. All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) and That's My Girl G (Greg Grismore) followed the winning four-year-old Metropolitan mare through the wire. Trent Stohler trains and co-owns Metro Shopping with Benjamin and Tim Graber. The first leg of the "Claim To Fame" late-closing series for $5000 trotters was also contested in two divisions. The divisional winners, each claimed from their respective splits, were Beauregret (Randy Tharps) and Pacific Wave K (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Beauregret took full advantage of a pocket trip to best JW'S Jasmine (Kyle Ater) and In The Grippers (Brad Hanners). It was the ninth career tally for the headstrong five-year-old homebred gelding owned until now by Lionel Watiker. Pacific Wave K beat Claim Jumper (Greg Grismore) and King Trut (Josh Sutton) in the second split. It was just the sixth career triumph for the five-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling who was owned by William Cantrell and trainer Gary Neafus. From the Media Department at Miami Valley

It wasn't a battle of the titans at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon (Sept 8), it was, however, a confrontation between Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance, the two harness racing horses with the most victories, (18) in North America this season. Actually the two had confronted one another back on August 25th and both finished off the board. But on Monday, Shortest Distance prevailed and her 19th seasonal triumph makes her the clear leader in races won by a Standardbred tin 2014. Bruce Aldrich Jr. was again at the controls behind the 6 year old Park Place mare as they easily scored a five length victory in 1:55.1 after starting from post position three. Future Rock Star and Zeke Parker finished second while Givemybest Hanover was third for Larry Stalbaum. After the race an excited Aldrich chirped "I did it my way" which he referred to racing Shortest Distance out of a hole. "We had the three- hole and they wanted me to go to the front around Diamond Tiara (post 2) and Jimmy's (Devaux) mare (Latin Lyric on the pole position) but they were head-to -head and wide open on the first turn so I ducked in along the pylons behind them. But as I was doing that I was thinking, if this doesn't work it would be all my fault (for not winning the race) since Al (Annunziata-the mare's trainer) wanted me to race her on the front-end." Devaux finally allowed Jimmy Taggart, Jr. and Diamond Tiara to take command as they passed the first quarter in 28.2. From there Diamond Tiara had command all the way until the three quarters where Shortest Distance zoomed by her and went on to an easy victory. In the lane Diamond Tiara had broken equipment and barely finished when Taggart got off the bike and had assistance taking the sulky off the mare who moseyed home and finished sixth. In the winners circle trainer Al Annunziata acknowledged he wanted Aldrich to race his mare on the front-end but he was smiling and happy with the results just the same. Shortest Distance, owned by Marissa Godinez, returned a $5.10 win payoff. And for Bruce Aldrich, Jr., it was one of four winners on the card for him and his seasonal total of 399 driving victories currently places him sixth in races won in North America. There must be something in the Catskill Mountain air that again this year Monticello Raceway, in the county Seat of the former Borsht Belt, has the horse with the most victories this season like it did with Tracy's Song until the final night of the 2013 campaign. But this year there are three at the top of the lists. The other, a trotter, Rose Run Nash from the Danny Gill barn, has 17 wins is tops in the trotting division. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

In what was supposed to be the confrontation between two pacers with the most victories in North America this season unfortunately didn't materialize. The often claimed duo of Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance were in to go against one another in the fifth race on the Monticello Raceway card of Monday, August 18 and that confrontation was looked forward to by the local rail birds. However, Philip Schultz', Diamond Tiara, who ships in from a training farm in Wind Gap , Pa, some 90 miles from the Mighty M, couldn't answer the call when the van she was riding in broke down en route to Monticello. The seven-year-old pacing daughter of McArdle, a 17- time winner this year and one who has been claimed four times since mid-June and currently back in the Mike Watson barn, became a late scratch. Awaiting her arrival for the clash was another 17-time seasonal winner, Shortest Distance, a 9 year-old Park Place mare again the property of Marissa Godinez after being claimed four times in her last five starts. Although many race goers were disappointed when the six-horse field of $7500 claimers was reduced to just five starters, none were more thwarted than the mares' drivers Jimmy Taggart, Jr. (Diamond Tiara) and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (Shortest Distance). Both were on the muscle expecting an exciting event, each believing their pacer would become the sole horse with the most wins this year. However, as an old adage states; the best laid plans of men and mice sometimes go awry,still the show had to go on. And on it went for Shortest Distance and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. who didn't have to contend with Diamond Tiara who had drawn the pole position. No sooner had the wings of the mobile starting gate folded, Aldrich sent the 1-9 favorite to the lead from the three-hole and after the first stanza was paced in a soft :29 it was Katie bar the door as Shortest Distance rambled to win number 18 , this time in a 1:57.3 clocking. Austin Siegelman mounted a late charge with Theron Seelster but second best was all they could muster. "We certainly had an easy time of it when Diamond Tiara was scratched but I believe it wouldn't have been ifwas in the race," Aldrich said after his victory. "I've driven Diamond Tiara a couple of times this year and I know she's gritty and no pushover. But don't get me wrong I enjoyed the victory just the same." Shortest Distance who paid just $2.30 for win, evaded another claim and remains, at least for now, in the barn of Al Annunziata who claimed her last week for Marissa Godinez. Maybe that victory lit a fire in Aldrich because after that race he won four others on the card and now with 358 seasonal driving victories he currently is sixth in North America races won. Last year his 645 winners tied him with Dave Palone for second place in North America behind Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.s 714. No photo of Shortest Distance's victory on Monday, or for that matter any pictures of the remaining winners on the card is available because strangely the Mighty M's award winning photographer, Geri Schwarz was stung by a bee before the Shortest Distance race transpired and because of an allergic reaction she was immediately rushed to the local hospital where she thankfully recovered. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

When race horses do well it creates interes and when they do really well the interest magnifies. Case in point: Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance, two of the winningest harness horses in North America today. Diamond Tiara has won 17 times this year while Shortest Distance has 16 wins. And both pacing mares compete at Monticello Raceway. Diamond Tiara, a 7-year-old daughter of McArdle-Diamond In The Rough, and Shortest Distance, a 9-year-old Park Place mare out of Camrissa, were quality mares in their youth and now against lesser talent they are stick-outs in their classes here at the Mighty M. True, each mare's number of wins is of interest and that they are one-two in races won this season on the continent adds to their appeal, but delving closer one will find that each mare has been claimed three times in the past six weeks. Now, that in itself, is not revolutionary but the fact that those doing the claiming are the same people each time. Yesterday (Mon. July 28) at Monticello Raceway Shortest Distance carried a $6,000 claiming tag in her race and went wire to wire winning in 1:56.2 with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls. When she got back to the paddock her previous owner Philip Schultz claimed her back from trainer Al Annunziata for owner, Marissa Godinez who claimed her from Schultz the previous week. That same afternoon, Diamond Tiara, who used to be Schultz's possession but currently owned by Al Annunziata, was beaten a nose in her attempt to win her 18th race when Mike Merton, with Get Your Own, stalked her and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. the entire mile and then beat Diamond Tiara in the final strides in a mile timed in 1:57. On June 10 Annunziata claimed Diamond Tiara from Schultz for $9,000 and the following week Schultz claimed her back for the identical price. But wait, on June 30 Annunziata took her home again for $9,000. Yesterday (July 28), Schultz reclaimed Diamond Tiara for $9,000 from Annunziata. But hold on, Schultz wasn't done plunking down his denero. After her 16th victory, Schultz reclaimed Shortest Distance from Marissa Godinez --whose trainer, is the aforementioned, Al Annunziata- who claimed her from Schultz last week. Mike Watson was Diamond Tiara's trainer when she won the overwhelming majority of her races this year, and now she, and Shortest Distance, will race from the Mike Watson barn, at least for next week! So, for now, Philip Shultz owns the top two horses with the most wins this year. But it's a good bet that this saga is not over yet. Stay tuned. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

For the 10th time this season Shortest Distance has been victorious. On Monday afternoon (May 12) at Monticello Raceway the 9-year-old Park Place pacing mare returned to the track where she started the season and turned back five others to score a two- length triumph in a time of 1:56.3 with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls.   With her latest victory Shortest Distance moved into second place on the North American leaderboard in races won this season and now trails another Mighty M pacer Diamond Tiara whose tops with 11 wins. With her penchant to race on the front-end Aldrich obliged and sent Shortest Distance to the lead but she didn't take command until she neared the quarter pole in a swift :28.2. As the field was heading to the half Aldrich was attempting to give his mare a breather but it was short-lived when Jason Ryan moved La Reata out to challenge as the field came off the paddock turn. After a :59 half both Aldrich and Ryan each urged their mares and they raced as a team pacing the next stanza in:28.2 to trip the three-quarter timer in 1:27.2. Even though the two gritty pacers were side-by-side around the final turn when they straightened for home Shortest Distance opened up daylight and went on to a two-length triumph when she held off a rallying Rusty's Flying (an 8-time seasonal winner) to notch yet another Mighty M victory, her sixth here this year and 10th overall. La Reata faded and finished third. (Her other four wins were at Saratoga Raceway) Shortest Distance started the season here at the Mighty M in early January. On January 20 she notched her first triumph and then she reeled- off four more consecutive victories before moving on the Saratoga Raceway in early March. "She's not very big but she's a classy old mare ( a lifetime winner of $360,000) who likes to be on the lead and she gives her best when she's on the front-end," noted Aldrich who had also driven her at Saratoga Raceway. Asked why Shortest Distance returned to the Mighty M he said, "Since she's owned in Montgomery and stabled at a farm there, it's a shorter ship here to Monticello than it is to Saratoga." The veteran mare is owned by Maria Godinez and now trained by Al Annunziata. She paid $2.70 for win by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY --- For decades the track office at Goshen Historic Track has been underneath the longstanding grandstand and recently work has been completed to move the main office to the Arden Clubhouse which has been totally restored. “The new move has been absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated,” noted Linda Myers, the longtime secretary to the Board. “It’s such an improvement and so nice to have this building restored and utilized after all these years.” The new track office, which is located near the facility’s front gate, still has the same phone number (845.294.5333) and the same fax number (845.294.3998). According to members of the Board it has been a costly move for the not-for-profit corporation but extremely necessary since the area beneath the grandstand, which previously housed the offices, has seen its best days. Since the needed move at the National Historic Landmark was expensive, donations will be graciously accepted to help defray costs. Should anyone want to make a donation please address all correspondence to: Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Memberships to Historic Track for family ($35), patrons ($100) and corporations ($200) are also encouraged and would be greatly appreciated. Membership forms can be found on the facility’s website (www.goshenhistorictrack.com) and can be mailed to the track’s address above. by John Manzi for Goshen Historic Track

Shortest Distance (Park Place) continued her winning ways on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the claiming pacer rattled off her second consecutive victory since dropping down to the $5,000 claiming level for pacing mares. Bruce Aldrich Jr.piloted the mare to the convincing 1:56.2 score, besting the race’s favorite Canamerica who was the runner up to Shortest Distance for the second straight time. The eight year old mare’s win was the 50th of her career as she continued a strong 2013 campaign that has seen her hit the wire first eight times. The Jose Godinez-trained mare will no doubt be one of the nominees for the Claiming Pacer of the Year for Fillies and Mares Award. Canamerica (Dan Cappello Jr) proved second best while Algebra (Joe Bongiorno) earned the show spot in the $4,385 pace. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

With all the preliminary action in the books it’s now “go-time” for everyone involved in Illinois’ biggest night of standardbred racing as Super Night 2013 is just six nights away at Balmoral Park. After a hectic weekend which saw 12 elimination tussles on Saturday the action slowed down just a bit on Sunday night with six more elimination’s contested for a trio of Super Night events. Kicking off the action were three-year-old trotting colts as a total of 17 diagonally gaited sophomores battled in a pair of $15,000 Su Mac Lad Stake elimination’s.The top five finishers in each division will be back on Saturday, Sept. 14th for the $121,000 final. In the first elimination “Bill” Wright and Mystical Marker Farms King Mufasa continued his domination of this division as he rolled to a one-length victory in 1:56.3 with Mike Oosting at the controls. Sent to the front by Oosting after an opening quarter in 29.1 the gelded son of Powerful Emotion—Foxy N Diamonds was in complete control the rest of the way as he rattled off middle splits of 58.1 & 1:28.1. With the “soft” middle half under his belt, the Mike Brink trainee had plenty in reserve for the stretch drive, trotting home in an effortless 28.2 for his 11th win in 12 starts this season. Semper Fit (Dave Magee) finished a nice second despite leaving from the outside post while Fox Valley Camo (Jamaica Patton) was third.Happy Balance finished fourth and Riet’s Kid was fifth. The division leader has now banked over $156,000 this year for his proud connections and he figures to be an overwhelming favorite on Super Night. In the second elimination Mystical Marker Farms and Jack & Peggy Hood’sPowerful Poe shed the runner-role he had assumed seven times already this season knocking off eight rivals by two-lengths in 1:56.2 with Todd Warren handling the driving duties. Despite leaving from an outside post the gelded son of Powerful Emotion—Fox Valley Poetry landed in a good early spot as Powerful Valor (Jared Finn) and Skyline Road (Marcus Miller) battled through splits of 30.0 58.4 & 1:28.1. After securing racing room in the lane Warren asked the Dirk Simpson trainee for his best and the gelding responded beautifully as he trotted home in a brisk 27.3 to post his third win in 14 starts this year. Fox Valley Legend (Dale Hiteman ) rallied well to be second for red-hot trainer Joel Smith while Fox Valley Dubai (Dave Magee) finished third. Skyline Road and Powerful Valor finished fourth and fifth respectively to earn the last two spots into the Su Mac Lad final. Next up were three-year-old trotting fillies as a field of 10 looked for nine spots in next week’s $106,000 Lady Ann Reed Stake. They will be joined in the finale by Divination who received a bye into the Super Night  tussle. Flashing the form that netted her divisional honors in her two-year-old season, James Bafia, Eugene White and Samuel Daddono’s Trot Fudge Sundae reported home with a half-length victory in a career best of 1:56.0 with “Mr. Super Night”, Dave Magee in the bike. Givena confident steer by Magee the Dirk Simpson trained daughter of American Native—What A Joy shot right to the front from post six putting up splits of 29.1, 59.3& 1:28.1 while under a snug hold from her Hall of Fame pilot. Fit and fresh as she straightened for the money, the long striding bay put up a 27.4 final quarter to secure her 14th career victory in her 26th lifetime start. Little Ms Chrissy (Robert Taylor) finished a game second while Sara The Spy (Todd Warren) was third. Also securing spots in the final were Just For Fun, Fox Valley Yavonne, Powerful Goddess, American Empress, Kelsey’s Star and High Stepper. A total of 25 filly and mare pacers, three-year-olds and up, were entered for the $123,000 Lorna Propes Stake necessitating a trio of $15,000 elimination tussles. The top three in each division along with one fourth place finisher,(drawn by lot) will be back for the big cash next Saturday night. In the first elimination James Strzalka, Nancy Magnus, Norma Schulfer and James Skvarla’s Fox Valley Absolut exhibited the form that has netted her more than $361,000 in career earnings as she shook off a tough first over trip to score by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:52.4 for driver Robert Smolin. Taking advantage of a nice inside draw the seven-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster was able to save ground through opening splits of 27.2 & 56.2 before moving to the outside as the field headed around the final bend. Grinding her way towards the top the Mike Schulfer trainee was right on the pace setting Tamarac Sassy’s flank as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.2. Seemingly finding another gear as the distaffers moved through the lane Fox Valley Absolut swallowed up the pace setter with a 27.1 final quarter as she began to widen her margin while scoring for the fifth time in 25 starts this year. Kimberley R (Dale Hiteman) shook loose late to be the bridesmaid while Tamarac Sassy (Casey Leonard) held on for third. Willow Gram finished fourth. In the middle split the Terry Leonard owned and trained Whistle Pig looked like a princess as she pulled off an 18-1 stunner, scoring by a neck in a career best of 1:52.0 with Casey Leonard handling the driving chores. Placed near the back of the pack despite leaving from post position three the six-year-old daughter of Park Place moved into the outer flow on the far turn as Rev Me Up (John Roberts) sped through splits of 27.2, 55.4 & 1:24.0. Moving up with live cover Leonard tipped his mare four deep turning for home and she responded beautifully, speeding home in 27.1 to put up a career best. Fox Valley Touche (Dale Hiteman) closed well to finish second while Mystical Victress (Mike Oosting), the 1-9 favorite in the race finished third. Kate The Great was fourth. In the final elimination east coast invader Let’s Go Higher made it known that she will be a force to be reckoned with next week as the Heidi Rohr trained  five-year-old posted an eye catching eight-length romp in 1:50.4 with John DeLong at the controls. Perfectly positioned in third as Party Hangover charged through splits of 26.3 & 54.2 De Long moved the daughter of Park Place to the outside as the field moved mid-way around the final turn. Leaving the others in her wake Let’s Go Higher sped by the three-quarter-mile station in 1:22.3 as she set sail for the wire. Finishing off the mile in grand fashion Let’s Go Higher sped home in 28.1 to post her eighth win of the year for owner Jesse De Long. Just By Design (Dave Magee) finished second while Tune In (John Roberts) finished fourth but was moved up to third via a disqualification of Fox Valley Hermia who was cited for interfering with several horses near the top of the stretch. Cole Blue finished fifth but was moved up to fourth because of the DQ. Sunday’s 50 cent Pick 5 wager was not hit so there will be a carryover of $10,416 into Wednesday night’s pool. There will now be a $30,000 guaranteed pool on Wednesday’s Pick 5. The Pick 5 entails races 2-6 each night. Handicappers across North America can get a headstart on their competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pool courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. Tom Kelley ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- KING MUFASA POSTED HIS 11TH WIN IN 12 STARTS THIS SEASON AS Mike Oosting STEERED THE DIVISION LEADER TO AN EASY WIN IN THE FIRST OF TWO SU MAC LAD STAKE ELIMINATIONS ON SUNDAY NIGHT. TROT FUDGE SUNDAE AND HALL OF FAMER Dave Magee TEAMED UP TO WIN THE LADY ANN REED STAKE ELIMINATION IN 1:56.0 ON SUNDAY NIGHT. LET'S GO HIGHER ROMPED TO AN EIGHT-LENGTH DECISION WITH JOHN DE LONG AT THE CONTROLS IN THE LAST OF THREE LORNA PROPES STAKE ELIMINATION'S ON SUNDAY NIGHT. THE 5YO DAUGHTER OF Park Place STOPPED THE CLOCK IN A BLISTERING 1:50.4. -----Original Message----- From: David Baum To: Tom Kelley ; Mike Paradise Sent: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 9:09 pm  

Imadragon, Shakey Slim and Go Easy On Me all scored late closer series wins at the 5/8ths mile distance Saturday afternoon (September 8) at Colonial Downs. The matinee harness racing card complemented New Kent County Fair activities on the grounds, which continue thru Sunday.

Canadian harness racing trainer Dean Nixon is sick and tired of having to re-group and start again. The 40-year-old is experiencing his most lucrative season yet but said his career could all go to custard again if Ontario politicians discontinued the slots-at-racetracks program next March.

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