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Rockin Wizard got his nose on the wire, literally in a thrilling photo finish in the $22,500 featured condition pace at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. With four horses across the track on the wire, Rockin Wizard just got to the wire in time, holding off the fast closing harness racing longshot, Fool Me Once, who was rallying up the pylons. Sweet Rock was launched to the lead and reached the opening quarter in 27.2, but on the backstretch David Miller guided Rockin Wizard to the outside and launched their bid for the lead, which they would claim shortly before the 55.4 half mile. The son of Rocknroll Hanover led the field around the far turn, with Sweet Rock in the pocket and Ontario Success advancing on the outside. Sweet Rock pulled pocket through three-quarters in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rockin Wizard was called on for everything he had, Sweet Rock was trying to get to the leader, Fool Me Once found room at the pylons and Smart Rokker rallied off cover. The four of them would race to the wire together, with Rockin Wizard gamely holding onto the lead and earning the victory in 1:51. The win was one of three on the program for David Miller. Rockin Wizard is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie Tucker and RBH Ventures Inc. Rockin Wizard That's My Opinion, the $350,000 yearling, made his first start of his four year old campaign a winning one, scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in non-winners of four company. Released at 5-1 in his comeback, the Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old showed good speed off the gate, securing a pocket position behind the speed of Murder He Wrote. Driver Scott Zeron was content to remain in a stalking position from the pocket with his four year old gelding throughout the mile, allowing Murder She Wrote to establish the early pace, posting fractions of 27.2, 54.4 and 1:22.4. Murder She Wrote carried That's My Opinion all the way into the stretch, when the first over bid from FF Bigshow stalled, allowing That's My Opinion to rip out of the pocket and wear the down the early leader to grab the victory. The win was the sixth for That's My Opinion who was sent out by trainer Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and Little E L.L.C. Windsong Gorgeous found the winners' circle for the fourth consecutive week. After back to back wins for the Virgil Morgan stable, 'Gorgeous picked up the victory for Mike Watson tonight, the eighth victory for the eight year old Rambaran gelding already this season. He was claimed once again for $35,000 and will return the Morgan barn once again. On the track, 'Gorgeous was a one-horse show, going right to the top, leading through fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:24 before turning for home and accelerating once again when Ballinrobe came out of the pocket to challenge the leader. But Windsong Gorgeous promptly dismissed Ballinrobe and then fended off the late rally of Panchester United to win in 1:51.1. Windsong Gorgeous got his picture taken with owners Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy tonight. You Bet Your Glass rebounded in the $10,000 Claiming Dash for the "G" Notes Final, scoring a victory out of the pocket for Corey Callahan, who had a big night winning five races on the program. The win was timed in 1:51. Trained by Robert Breshnahan Jr. for Lee Cotroneo, the twelve-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding scored his third victory of the season and made amends for his defeat as an overwhelming favorite the week before. You Bet Your Glass The fifth race Super Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, with the carryover pool now at $71,506 and the last race carryover is now $35,827. Racing returns on Friday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2015...It's not often that a $4,000 claimer takes the top headline over any Open event but that was the scenario at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) as Acton Onelasttime took the $11.500 final of the "Optimist" Late Closing Final for $4,000 claiming pacers in the astounding time of 1:51.3.   The six year-old son of Rambaran, claimed just one week ago by Kevin Wallis, let American Gold and W F N battle for supremacy through a :26.4 opener and then made a sharp quarter move to the top and recorded panels of :54.3 and 1:22.4 en route to a :28.4 finale to score by 8 1/4 lengths over W F N (Mickey Mc Nichol). Allamerican Extra (Aaron Byron) was third with American Gold and Elkhorn Damien annexing the final two awards in the field of nine.   The victory was the 26th in 89 lifetime starts for Acton Onelasttime and proved to be his richest career payday. The time of 1:51.3 also annihilated his former mark of 1:54.   Mused Kevin Wallis after the race, "Gee, he won himself out in one week--1:51.3! He had been off for some time" (since last July) "and was just getting back. He won two starts back in a '4' (claimer) in 1:54.3 so I decided to take a chance and claim him in his next start. The early pace was hot so I thought there might be a breather during the second quarter so that's when I sent him. When he got started, he forgot to stop...pretty amazing!"   Acton Onelasttime pushed his 2015 scorecard to 4-2-1-0 with the win, good for earnings of $8,950 and $82,118 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.20 to win.   In the $12,500 Open Trot, Bloodstockshalltab, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, took top honors for the second week in a row with a 1:54.4 win measuring three-quarters of a length over the fast closing Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements).   This five year-old son of Cantab Hall left "half-heartedly" letting Holy Halibut rush to the top early before going into full throttle around the initial turn to secure the lead prior to the :28 opener. A :30 second quarter breather actually sealed the deal as Hensley sent his charge grinding through a final half of :56.4 for the repeat.   Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) finished third after trying to apply a tourniquet on the leader around the final turn. Holy Halibut did finish fourth in his first start back in four months. Coco Lindy picked up the nickel in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "When I was able to grab a hold of him once we got to the top, that helped a lot. When a trotter of his caliber gets to the half soft like that (:58), it's usually a good sign...for the leader, that is! He was getting stronger and stronger all the way home."   A recent purchase by Hensley, Bloodstockshalltab now is 5-3-1-0 for the new owner, good for $20,842. The win also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$201,587 to be exact.   Bloodstockshalltab paid $3.40 to his many faithful.   The co-featured $10,000 trot went to Winemaster Hanover, with Dave Ingraham, pulling off gate-to-wire upset at 16 to 1.   The five year-old son of Donato Hanover had a clear lead throughout much of the journey--the winning margin a half length over the late surging And Heez Perfect (Bruce Ranger) in 1:55.   My Revenuer (Tom Sells) was a fast closing third while Buddy Hally rallied form a miscue early to finish fourth. Majestic Won finished fifth in the octet after a backstretch brush that left him two lengths back of the Winemaster around the final turn.   Trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, Winemaster Hanover now has $16,012 on his card after his third win in six starts this year. He has banked $86,268 lifetime.   Winemaster Hanover paid $35.40 to win.   by John Berry

August 31, 2014 - Harness racing driver Donnie Ranking Jr. made four trips to the winner’s circle today at Dresden Raceway. Rankin’s first winner of the day was MUST BE PAIGE in the fifth race.  The three year-old BADLANDS HANOVER filly is owned by trainer Joe Santarossa and his wife Bev. MUST BE PAIGE won her third in a row in 2:01.2. Rankin struck again in the seventh race with RAMMATTIC in 2:00. The six-year-old RAMBARAN mare is owned by Tom Jacobs and Dom DeSantis while Greg Price does training. The man in the blue and yellow checkerboard made his way to the winner’s circle in the eighth race while at the controls of PCS WILCARD. The five-year-old SAND CHASER gelding trotted the mile in 2:02 and is co-owned by trainer Pat Sweeney and his partner Jeff Lemmer. Rankin rounded out the day by guiding SAMILLION DOLLARS to victory in 1:58.2 for owner Amber Robinet and trainer Price. The handle for the Kid’s Day card of racing was $14,475. Monday will feature the revival of the Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace. Goodreau grew up near Dresden and was one of North America’s premier harness drivers but was killed in a racing accident at Hollywood Park in California in 1982. The morning line favourite is LEAFS AND WINGS while the race is expected to be hotly contested by KENDAL GUSTAV and CALGARY SEELSTER. There will also be lots of draws and giveaways on Labour Day. Post time is 1p.m. and admission is free. by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway

While William Hamm's homebred mare Insincerity was forced to share the winner's circle last time out after a dead-heat victory, the spotlight was all hers on Wednesday night as she went wire-to-wire with her nearest rival nearly three lengths behind in the $7,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Pace featured at Grand River Raceway. With the inside post advantage, the milestone pursuing Scott Coulter put the five-year-old Rambaran mare on the lead and carved out fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.3 en route to the 1:56.3 triumph over the track rated 'good.' Sent postward as the 5-2 second choice in the field scratched down to seven, Insincerity paid $7.40 to win. Rachel Olivia and Private Performanc rallied home from the backfield to finish second and third, respectively. A 23-time career winner, Insincerity has earned over $150,000 in purses. To read the rest of this story click here.

Hall Bro continued his domination of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-olds, posting his third straight victory in the series Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The gelded son of Blissful Hall is the only horse left in the series that could make it a clean sweep of all four preliminary rounds and then the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 7. He has just one more elimination round to win and then the final. Starting from the rail in the seventh race second division for pacing colts and geldings, driver Stephane Brosseau was content to leave at the start of the race and get a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre). Hall Bro followed My Lucky Bluejeans through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before coming on the attack, collaring My Lucky Bluejeans in late stretch and blowing by him for a one and one-quarter length triumph in 1:56. My Lucky Bluejeans held for second place with Bali (Marie Auger) third. It was the fifth win in ten starts this year for Hall Bro. He is trained by Antonio Valente for owner/breeder Fernard Broduer of Laval, QC and paid a generous $3.40 to win as the betting favorite. The first race, first division for colt pacers saw Jefferson Tare (Pascal Berube) return to his winning ways after two straight photo finish losses to Hall Bro. Jefferson Tare ($3.00) led from start to finish for his seventh win in ten starts this year in 1:57.1. The pocket-sitting D Gs Machbeach (Denis St Pierre) was second with Bad Magic (Mario Charron) third. The closest finish in the series took place in the 6th race division for trotting colts for a purse of $8,250 with nine starters in the field. Monster Mass, who raced along the rail in fifth place nearly the entire mile, was able to weave his way through the field at the top of the stretch for driver Claude Larose and post a head triumph in 2:03.3 at odds of 11-1. Helping the situation was that four of the nine starters made breaks, enabling Larose and Monster Mass access to mount their attack in defeating Jardinier (Marie Auger) in the photo. Pacetter Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) was third. It was the fourth win on the year for the son of Muscle Mass and his first victory in the series. He paid $24.10 to win. Another long shot prevailed in the second race first $7,500 division for three-year-old pacing fillies as Thrill Chaser, who was saddled with having to start from the far outside in post position eight, made a superb three-wide move in the backstretch for driver Marie Auger, collared race leader Canaco Xenia (Sylvain Lacalle) at the top of the stretch and then blew the field away in the stretch to win by four and one-half lengths. Sent off at odds of 13-1, Thrill Chaser certainly lived up to her name, paying $28.80 to win and scoring a lifetime mark of 1:59.4 for Auger, who also owns and trains the daughter of Rambaran. Delirium (Stephane Gendron) was second with C L Infinite (David Pilon) finished third. The ninth race second filly division saw an oddity of sorts as the race favorite and pacesetter Champagne Shower (Denis St Pierre) took the field to the opening quarter mile in :28, they then cut perfect :30 seconds fractions the rest of the one mile race of :58 and 1:28 to finish the mile in 1:58 and winning in a romp by eight open lengths. Raiponce (Marie Auger) sat the pocket trip to be second with Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) third. It was the third win this year for the daughter of Santana Blue Chip, who is trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Sotirious Anastaopoulos of QC. Champagne Shower paid $2.80 to win. The third race filly trot division saw Lucyll Bro ($5.60) and driver Stephane Gendron lead from start to finish by four open lengths in 2:07.1. Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) sat the two-hole trip and finished second with Victoria D Morgan (Marie Auger) third. It was the maiden victory for Lucyll Bro, a daughter of Federal Fleet. She is trained and owned by Marc Lemay of Quebec, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. ' From the Quebec Jockey Club

JULY 20, 2014 (DRESDEN) – Nick Steward was once again the main man with the golden hands at Dresden Raceway as he knocked off four wins including the second in a row for Callmeinthemorning. Steward started the day driving Mack Baran to the winner’s circle for owners Dominic DeSantis of Windsor and Tom Jacobs of Kingsville. The 10-year-old Rambaran gelding is conditioned by Greg Price and paced in 1:59.1. Dresden’s dash leader then picked up first prize while driving Junior Pride in the third race. The four-year-old Banlands Hanover horse is owned by Betty Grove of London and trained by Larry Johnson. Junior Pride paced the mile in 1:58 flat. Steward scored the hat trick in the fifth race with Gracies Harmony. Al Steeves of London is the owner/trainer of the seven-year-old Hard Rocknroll mare. Gracies Harmony trotted the mile in 2:01 flat. Callmeinthemorning was the fourth winner of the day for Steward for her second win in a row at Dresden. The nine-year-old Western Hanover mare is owned and trained by Brittany Kennedy of Ingersoll. Callmeinthemorning paced the mile in 1:58 flat after being parked out for the first half of the mile. Just over 700 people today be $20,630.  TRACK TIDBITS…The largest payout of the day was the ninth race triactor. The 6-1-ALL combination paid $1,205.70…The fastest mile of the day was shared between Junior Pride and Callmeinthemorning…They both paced in 1:58 flat…Kesons Reign and Stimuls Spending both won their second in a row…Kilmartin Liberator made a breakthrough today, winning for the first time in two years… by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway

COLUMBUS, MN. - R Gauwitz Hanover won the $10,000 Open Pace at Running Aces Sunday night to become the first double winner of the weekly feature in the first six weeks of the meet.   The five-year-old Modern Art gelding, who lowered his lifetime record to 1:51.3 with the victory, had also won in week four of the meet for owner Laurie Patistas. Rick Magee was in the sulky this time around as trainer Jason Ryan had an uncoupled stablemate, Silver Spir, in the race and finished second by three-quarters of a length. Smarter Yet (Kim Pluta), last week's winner, was a close third.   Ryan also trained and reined another swift winner when Threestepstoheaven captured a $9000 undercard event which featured a mix of conditioned horses and $12,500 claimers. Anthony Artuso owns the son of Rambaran who just edged It's Getting Hairy (Rob Dinning) and Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) in 1:52.   Owner-trainer Jesse DeLong also had a nice night winning back-to-back races. Mister Virgin (Nick Roland) captured a $5000 condition-claimer in 1:54.3 and I'm Blue Too (Steve Wiseman) followed up with a 1:53.2 tally in a $6000 condition and $7500 claimers race.   The driving star of the night was Rick Magee, who won the final four races on the program, including the Open. The 36-year-old Wisconsin native now has 24 wins at Running Aces in 2014 to secure his fifth place position in the dash standings and narrow the gap on the leaders. Defending champion Nick Roland has the slight edge with 33 wins, followed by both Jason Ryan and Steve Wiseman with 31, Tim Maier with 26 and Magee with 24.   Racing resumes Tuesday night at Running Aces and will feature an estimated $4000 50-cent Pick Six wager on races three through eight. Post time is 7 p.m. central time.   From the Running Aces Press Box

The 7-year-old gelding pacer Windsong Gorgeous continues to display sharp form by tallying another victory in Thursday's tenth race at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $15k claiming pace.  The son of Rambaran stormed off the wings from post eight and never looked back, living up to his 1/2 billing. He has now won nine races in 2014. He was driven by George Napolitano, who had two wins on the card. He was claimed for the second consecutive race, this time by Brenda Ellingsworth. Woodmere Ultimate closed mildly for place, while pocket sitter Odds on Demi-Queue finished third. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Thrill Chaser most certainly lived up to her name Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R as the ably named filly gave harness racing fans a real thrill with her dramatic finish in the ninth race $3,600 pace. Racing over a sloppy, rain-soaked track, the action started off with R L Play Boy (Mario Charron) going to the early lead with World News (Pascal Berube) leaving from post seven and getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :30.1. Then it was time for the 8/5 race favorite, Iron Phil, and driver Louis Philippe Roy coming first-over and taking command by the half mile maker in 1:02. It was then that owner/trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger started up first-over with Thrill Chaser, who was one of only three females racing against six male rivals. As they raced down the backstretch, Auger rated Thrill Chaser and she worked her way up to the race leaders by the three-quarters in 1:34.3. On the final turn, Thrill Chaser kept grinding it out on the outside against Iron Phil and collared him as they started down the stretch. Then the two horses, despite the inclement weather, locked horns, going neck and neck to the finish with Thrill Chaser winning by a head in 2:04 over Iron Phil with R L Play Boy, who had snuck up the passing lane, a close third. It was the first win in four starts this year for Thrill Chaser. The daughter of Rambaran is co-owned by Auger with Gaston Bibeau of Quebec and paid $7.40 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

COLUMBUS, MN. - Threestepstoheaven, the longest shot on the board at 16-1, captured the $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces on Sunday night.   The eight-year-old Rambaran gelding, trained and driven by the meet's second leading reinsman Jason Ryan, bested Canadian Touch (Steve Wiseman) and Restless Yankee (Nick Roland) in 1:52.2.   The longshot winner was last in the field of six until the top of the stretch when he swung four-wide and exploded past the others with a :28.3 final panel. Threestepstoheaven paid $34.40 to win.   Quickest mile of the evening, however, belonged to Del Rio Seelster who won a $7,500 race mixing non-winners of $5,000 last five starts with $12,500 claimers in 1:52.1. With leading driver Tim Maier guiding his son Daniel's six-year-old son of Western Maverick, the pair downed R Gauwitz Hanover (Kim Pluta) and Mystical Valentine (Ryan) with a brush from fourth to first in the third panel and a closing :27.3 panel to seal the deal.   Maier visited the winner's circle four times on Sunday while Ryan managed three triumphs and Nick Roland scored a double.   A pair of $6,500 Minnesota-sired races for trotters were also featured. Chewy Dunkerton (Roland) won the colts and geldings split with a 2:01.2 clocking to beat TURB (Ryan) and Al Mar Passion (Rick Magee). The fillies division was captured by Al Mar Pizzazz (Maier) over Majestic Lady Jo (Brett Ballinger) and Montana Eclipse (Lemoyne Svendsen) in 1:59.3. Benjamin DeLong owns Chewy Dunkerton and the partnership of Ulf Holm-Johansen and Vernon Devine own Al-Mar Pizzazz.   From the Running Aces Publicity Department

LONDON, Ontario . . . Mark MacDonald, one of harness racing's most talented drivers, made his return to The Raceway at Western Fair District where he made his start and was leading driver for several seasons, and captured two of the four City Of London finals tonight, part of the Molson Pace undercard. The third and fastest City Of London final, a $38,200 contest for pacing distaffers, had tons of action with MacDonald, now a regular on the New York circuit, scoring a victory. As the race got underway Trevor Henry and Face To Face overtook Miss Brandi K by the :27.3 opening panel. She hit the half in :55.3 with pressure from favourite Milliondollar Babe who was neck and neck with the leader down the backside but they were both overtaken by Lyons Katrina and MacDonald, who’d been stalking second over, and were absolutely flying by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Lyons Katrina slowed in the stretch but held on to win in 1:57.1. Played By Anangel was a close second followed by Miss Brandi K. It was first lifetime win for Lyons Katrina, a three-year-old daughter of Major In Art owned by Geoffrey Lyons of Burford, Ontario and trained by James Morrison. Bred by Bill Loyens of London, Ontario, the filly is the second foal from $457,000 winner Milliondollarsmile, her first being $482,000 winner Windsong Jack. The fourth and final City Of London final, the $39,000 test for pacing horses, saw MacDonald and Fortune Playboy cutting the pace early as he hit the opening quarter in :27.3. He had pressure from Teranadawn at the :57.2 half but rebuffed that challenge and hit the three-quarters in 1:26 and held his position through the wire in 1:57.3. Hussys Blu Boy was second with Decroft Havaball third. Fortune Playboy, a four-year-old gelding by Rambaran, was recording his seventh win in 10 starts this year for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Holland Racing Stable of Niagara On The Lake, Ontario. In the $35,600 final for male trotters it ended up being a four horse race thanks to a late scratch and several breakers in the early going. That allowed Trevor Henry and Shadywood Kid easy access to the front end early and they never relinquished it. The three-year-old gelding by Pegasus Spur tripped off splits of :29, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 and was a comfortable winner in 2:01.3 over Crime Novel and Kdazzle. Henry, the leader driver at The Raceway, co-owns the winner with John MacLeod who bred the Shadywood Kid with Henry's father Ross. Trained by Shannon Henry, Shadywood Kid was recording his first lifetime win in his 11th attempt. An exciting photo finish took place in the $34,800 final for mare trotters which saw Ja El Diamond setting the early tempo for Steve Byron through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1. Heroine Seelster sat the pocket the entire mile and was trapped in that spot until late going when she finally found racing room and trotted up quickly but was just a nose short at the wire in 2:02.1. Oaklea Wand was third. Pat Hunt trains the winner, a three-year-old daughter of Angus Hall owned by Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Ontario. Unraced last year at two, Ja El Diamond now has three wins in six starts this year for $31,000 in earnings. From the Raceway Media Department

The beat goes on for Diamond Tiara. On the warm, but windy, Monday afternoon (April 14) Diamond Tiara scored her 10th seasonal triumph and now leads all other standardbreds in races won in North America this year. Once again trainer Mike Watson availed himself of the services of Jimmy Taggart, Jr. and Taggart responded by guiding Diamond Tiara to a 1:58.1 triumph which was the mare's sixth consecutive victory. In the seven times that Taggart has driven her, Diamond Tiara has had six wins and a second place finish. However, according to Taggart, this victory today was a little tougher than the last five. "This was the first time that she had drawn the outside (post seven) and I had to use her harder than usual to get to the front," Taggart said. "She leaves like a runner and we had command on the first turn but that during that first eighth (of the mile) she was smokin'. I was able to get into her a bit as we headed to the (first) quarter but we still were there in :28.3." After they paced by the first stanza Taggart had Diamond Tiara settled and she showed the way past the half in :59 but she had lots of company when three others moved out to take a shot at her. So on the clubhouse turn Taggart allowed his mare to step it up and they opened daylight as they passed the three quarters and they had two lengths on the field as they paced into the final turn. With Temptation Queen and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. keeping the pressure on, both mares dug in as they headed for paydirt and into a strong head-wind. However Diamond Tiara held on to score a length victory over Temptation Queen. "She wasn't as strong finishing today as she had been in her last few starts but that first quarter took a little sting out of her, and the wind in the stretch was strong, too. Still, she's gritty," Taggart added. Owned by Philip Schultz, Diamond Tiara paid $4.20 for win. With her 10th victory she currently has first place all to herself on the North American leaderboard with one more win than Rockin Rambaran, a Canadian pacer who's been winning consistently at Rideau Carleton. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

It's deja vu all over again at Monticello Raceway with a local pacer, Diamond Tiara, vaulting to the top of the North American leaderboard after she notched her ninth seasonal triumph yesterday (April 7) at the Sullivan County (NY) oval. With Jimmy Taggart, Jr. again at the controls Diamond Tiara wired the field to score in a time of 1:58.1. Last year another Monticello-based pacer, Tracys Song, led the North America in wins at this time, and nearly all season-long, and finished the season with 21 victories-- 18 of them consecutive. Not to say that Diamond Tiara will win 21 races this year but at this time her prowess can be compared to Tracys Song's proficiency last year when she, too, led the continent in races won. On Monday, after starting from the two-hole Diamond Tiara was looped on the first turn by Red Eye Blue Chip (Jimmy Devaux). But no sooner did Devaux and his pacer take command Taggart was out and going with Diamond Tiara and they had the lead at the field passed the first stanza in :28.2 When the field headed to the halfway point, Jason Ryan moved May Night out to challenge Diamond Tiara and the two pacers raced as a team around the clubhouse turn and up the backside. But on the final turn Diamond Tiara put it in another gear and opened daylight on her competition and coasted home an easy two-length winner in a seasonal best of 1:58.1. Red Eye Blue had the benefit of a two hole journey but she couldn't make up any ground on the leader in the lane and finished second. May Night was a close third. It's usually hard to get Jimmy Taggart, Jr. to say much but he did offer; "She (Diamond Tiara) raced good again today. She's got quick speed and likes to be on the front-end." He hesitated for a moment and as he was walking away he added; "She's better than these (her competition)" Owned by Philip Schultz and trained by Mike Watson, Diamond Tiara paid $3.30 for win. With her latest victory--her fifth consecutive-- Diamond Tiara, a 7 year -old daughter of McArdle, is joined at the top of the charts by Rockin Rambaran another pacer who has nine wins in Canada at Rideau Carleton Raceway. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

North America's 2014 win leader Rockin Rambaran continued his current streak on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway for trainer and owner Luc Loyer. Rockin Rambaran ($2.60) front-stepped his way to a 1:57.4 victory -- his seventh in a row -- in the evening's ninth race with Guy Gagnon in the sulky. With his ninth of the year, the four-year-old Rambaran gelding emerged from a five-way tie to take sole ownership of the top spot in the North American win standings. To read the rest of the story click here.

Fresh off a front-stepping score in the Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Leafs And Wings used his come-from-behind skills to notch an impressive tally in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 & 3 at the London half-miler. Sent off at odds of 6-1 in the eight-horse affair, Leafs And Wings got away seventh for driver Scott Wray while Smokin Bear shot to the front and supplied the field with fractions of :28, :57 and 1:27.1. Leafs And Wings was third-over and covered up through the middle stages of the mile, but his :30.1 closing panel propelled him to the top and he drew clear to win by 1-1/4 lengths over race favourite Smokin Bear in 1:58.1. Thats The Life finished third. Mike Rogers trains the seven-year-old son of Rambaran-Rockton Road for owner/breeder Gregory Rogers of Auburn Hills, Michigan. It was the second win of the season and the 25th lifetime tally for the career winner of $283,766. Monday’s card also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 events, with My Man Charley and Winzel taking home weekly bragging rights in their respective assignments. Alfie Carroll manufactured the winning trip My Man Charley in his tilt, and in doing so the pacer cracked the goose egg that had been residing in his 2014 win column. After going 0-for-3 to start the year, the six-year-old son of Mach Three-Break Of Day survived a first-over trip to win today’s effort by 2-1/2 lengths over Stoney Durkin in 1:57.4. Judge Jon took home the show dough. The 19-time winner, who hangs his harness bag in the barn of trainer Victor Puddy, is owned by Susan Strongman, Jerome Voldock and Limco Inc. His share of the loot lifted his lifetime earnings to $274,040. Winzel demolished the trotting foes he faced in his $7,000 test. Nick Steward sat third with the Todd Kennedy trainee for the first half of the mile before brushing to the lead in the third quarter. The gelding eventually drew clear to win by 7-1/2 lengths in a time of 2:00.3. Sonny Vale was next best, with Elmo Rockbottom taking home third prize. It was the first win of the year for the nine-year-old son of Royal Strength-Worthy Outlaw, who is now a 34-time winner to date. Janet Fairall, Britt Kennedy and Nancy & Jack Holmes share ownership on the career winner of $217,007. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

After surviving late pressure from a first-over foe, Thats The Life then had to survive a Judges’ inquiry and a driver’s objection to take home top prize in Monday’s featured $11,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Thats The Life, who was sent off as the 9-5 favourite, got away third in the eight-horse affair while Clic K powered the field through first-half panels of :28.4 and :59. Thats The Life and Alfie Carroll moved to the outside halfway around the second turn and managed to drop into the two-hole nearing the mid-way point. Kendal Gustav was left first-over, and shortly past the half-mile marker he and Thats The Life raced in tight quarters and made contact with one another when Thats The Life manoeuvred out of the pocket position. Thats The Life brushed to the front in the backstretch and led at the three-quarter pole in 1:29. He then used a :30.2 closing quarter to stave off a determined Kendal Gustav by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Smokin Bear was third. Lorne House, the driver of Kendal Gustav, filed an objection against Alfie Carroll, the driver of Thats The Life, claiming interference was caused by that foe shortly past the half. The ORC Judges disallowed the objection and let the original numbers stand. Victor Puddy trains Thats The Life for owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The six-year-old son of Life Sign-All That now owns a 2-3-0 record from five trips to the track this season. The 19-time winner has banked more than $225,000 to date. Monday’s card also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 affairs – one for pacers and one for trotters. Leafs And Wings was a front-stepping winner in the pacing affair for the tandem of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Michael Rogers. The seven-year-old son of Rambaran-Rockton Road parked past the quarter pole in :28.2 before clearing to the lead and tossing out middle splits of :59.4 and 1:29.2. The public’s top choice then used a :30.2 final frame to win by one-quarter of a length over Twin B Brat in 1:59.4. Judge Jon survived a tough, first-over trip to finish third. Gregory Rogers of Auburn Hills, Michigan bred and owns the 24-time winner who broke into the win column for the first time this season. The lion’s share of the purse increased his career cash stash to $278,266. The $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters went to Joyful Road, who erupted for a 38-1 upset in her assignment for driver Lorne House. The five-year-old daughter of Thunder Road-Hasty Image rallied into the slowing tempo and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Winkys Pride, with the show dough going to House Of Cash. Peter Core of Sarnia, Ontario shares ownership on the mare with partners Raymond Core, Daniel Diebold and Don Allensen. The homebred improved this year’s record to 2-1-0 from five starters while her overall bank account climbed upwards of $77,000. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

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