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CHESTER PA - A trio of $16,000 harness racing events for the developing "non-winners of 5 races" younger set were featured on a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, where a one second time allowance was given due to the weather. The single feature trot went to the Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Armageddon Seelster, who took a new mark of 1:56 despite the inhospitable conditions. Pat Berry sent the three-year-old right to the top, then yielded to sit behind the mare Zette Minx through fractions of 28.2, 58.3, and 1:26.3. No serious outer tier action developed, so Berry was able to swing Armageddon Seelster outside nearing headstretch, and he outtrotted Zette Minx to the wire by 1 1/2 lengths for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the triumvirate of Ron Coyne Stables Inc., Blair Corbeil, and Mike McAllister. In the first of the two pacing headliners, the Richess Hanover gelding Sullivan came uncovered with a personal 27 third quarter to grab an early backstretch lead he would never relinquish, withstanding a late rally from a shuffled Fox Valley Hijinx by 1½ lengths in 1:55. Anthony Morgan was in the sulky behind the promising winner for trainer Virgil Addison (who had a training double) and Lady Mardot Racing LLC. The last two races on the card had to be raced for purse money only. But the Mach Three sophomore gelding Gold Rush didn't need betting accompaniment to be impressive in his powerful 1:53.4 win, as he swept off cover and paced his own last quarter in 28 into a stiff wind to defeat California Cruisin by 2¼ lengths. Brett Miller had sulky duty behind the fast finisher for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. George Napolitano Jr. had three wins on the Wednesday card at Philly while Tim Tetrick had two, so "George Nap" doubled his lead over his main rival in the race for dashwinning honors: the score is 238-236 with eleven cards to go in the 2018 season. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

STICKNEY, IL - A fourteen race Sunday card at Hawthorne featured three divisions of leg three of the Incredible Finale Stakes. The Incredible Finale is for Illinois-bred harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A storm prior to races left the track sloppy to open the card as race three was the first division of the Incredible Finale. Favored at off time was Gabe Henry. Moving to the early lead was Fox Valley Sparty through the quarter in :29. Sork moved early on the backside to take over for driver Kyle Husted through a half in :57.4. On the turn, Sork was challenged again by Fox Valley Sparty through three quarters in 1:27.4. In the stretch, Fox Valley Sparty and Dale Hiteman were challenged by Gabe Henry and Todd Warren as Gabe Henry went on to a length and a half score. Fox Valley Jeter closed late for second while Fox Valley Sparty finished third. Final time for the mile over the sloppy going was 1:57.1. Owned by Carol Graham and trained by Thomas Graham, the colt by Henry Clay returned $3.60, $2.40, and $2.20. Fox Valley Jeter paid $3.20 and $2.20 while Fox Valley Sparty paid $3.00 to show. The second division of leg three of the Incredible Finale had Sporty Redhot as a heavy post time favorite for driver Todd Warren. Sent for the lead was Sporty Redhot but Spirited Encounter beat him to the lead through the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, Spirited Encounter maintained his lead through the half in :58. On the turn, Sporty Redhot ranged up to challenge through three quarters in 1:27. In the stretch, Sporty Redhot gained the lead but had to hold off the move of multiple horses and held on to win by a length. Fox Valley Reggie finished second while Fox Valley Inferno was third. Final time for the mile was 1:56.4. Owned by Alan Beals and trained by Kim Roth, the gelding by Sportsmaster remained undefeated from three lifetime starts and returned $2.80, $2.40, and $2.10. Fox Valley Reggie paid $16.60 and $6.60 while Fox Valley Inferno returned $2.40 to show. Race seven was the third division of the Incredible Finale as the track was upgraded to good. Sullivan took the wagering action and was sent off as the favorite. Making the early lead was Uptown Sleaze while pressed by Fox Valley Nemitz through the quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch Fox Valley Nemitz was pushed by Sullivan through the half in :59.1. In the turn, Casey Leonard and Sullivan assumed command, covering three quarters in 1:27.4. In the lane, Sullivan was all out but Fox Valley Nemitz and Dale Hiteman came back to catch him nearing the wire. Uptown Sleaze held third. Final time for the mile was 1:57.3. Owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Joel Smith, the gelding by Richess Hanover paid $9.60, $3.00, and $2.20. Sullivan returned $3.20 and $2.60 while Uptown Sleaze paid $2.40 to show. Jim Miller

The first of the stock of the former champion pacer Vintage Master 1:48.2 ($2,160,953) to hit the racetracks made her debut today in a two year old fillies division of the $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series at Mohawk Raceway. Thatsoveryverynice is trained by Tony Alagna and had qualified impressively at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4 recently but was a bit neglected in the betting with Thisorthat Hanover backed as if unbeatable from barrier one. Driver Jody Jamieson eased Thatsoveryverynice out quietly from gate five and she settled back in the running as Thisorthat Hanover and Randy Waples grabbed the lead and set a frantic pace early with the first quarter in 26.1 and the half in 55.4. There was no let up down the back as Waples kept the tempo high with Thisorthat Hanover through the three quarters in 1:23.4 and the Sportswriter filly was still in front as they turned for home. Another Sportswriter filly in Golden Idol who had been in the trail the whole way came out to challenge Thisorthat Hanover at the top of the lane and just when it looked these two fillies would fight out the finish, Thatsoveryverynice and Jody Jamieson went sailing on past  and on to an emphatic victory with Jody sitting as quiet as in the bike. Golden Idol battled on well to run second but some way from the winner with Thisorthat Hanover holding onto third. Thatsoveryverynice stopped the timer in a brilliant 1:51.2 with her last quarter in a sizzling 26.2. A filly from the first crop of Vintage Master, Thatsoveryverynice is from the the very talented mare Fox Valley Zena 1:51.2 ($294,295) and is the fourth winner from four foals for the daughter of Richess Hanover. Lightly patronized at his first season at stud with just 47 two year olds to represent him this season, Vintage Master is off to a flying start with a filly that looks a potential champion. Harnesslink Media

Freshmen pacing colts kicked off Saturday's harness racing stake action at Balmoral Park as a total of 16 youngsters were dropped in the box for the Wicked Brew Stake. Thus a pair of $5,000 divisions were carded by Racing Secretary Doc Narotsky.   The opening split went as race two on the 12-race program and the "chalk players" never broke a sweat in this one as Nicole Potts' Royale Rose, the winner of last week's Bingo Johnnie Stake in his career debut, cruised to a two-length victory in a career best of 1:55.1 for driver Brian Carpenter.   Hustled right to the front from post eight, the gelded son of Ashlee's Big Guy--Caribe Royale rattled off splits of 29.0, 59.0 & 1:27.4 while going along unchallenged on the "engine". Despite racing "greenly" and getting out a bit at the half and again through the lane, the Lyle Scurlock trainee sped home in 27.2 to remain perfect in his young career. My Man Red (Mike Oosting) rallied to finish second Silver Sage (Kyle Wilfong) came through along the pylons to get the show dough.   The 3-5 favorite despite having the outside post Royale Rose returned $3.40, $2.10 & $2.10 while running his career earnings up to $4,500.   Brian Carpenter made it a clean sweep in the second division of the Wicked Brew guiding first time starter BS Tyrrific to a hard fought neck decision in a snappy 1:55.4.   Zipped away from post position seven the Christine Buttice trainee was parked through an opening quarter in 29.2 while making his way to the front. In control of things as the field moved onto the backside the son of Richess Hanover--Fox Valley Tyra put up middle splits of 58.0 & 1:27.2 while cruising along on the lead.   Holding sway through the lane a game BS Tyrrific had just enough left in the tank to hold off the pocket sitting Sagebrush Sam (Kyle Husted) and a fast closing Red Red Redneck (Todd Warren).   Coming off a pair of winning qualifiers BS Tyrrific was heavily backed at the betting windows returning just $2.80, $2.20 & $2.20 while opening his career on a winning note for the partnership of Robert, Jeremy & Louis Buttice and Frank Santilli.   Fillies and mares were also in action on Saturday night as a field of eight assembled for the $14,000 Sue Fee Stake. Once again the favorite had problems in here as John Barnard's Ryleigh's Lilly came flying down the lane to notch her second straight Balmoral Park score, winning by 1 ½ lengths in 1:52.4 for Casey Leonard. Ducked off the gate as Rev Me Up (Ryan Anderson) led the field through early splits of 28.2, 57.2 & 1:25.3 Leonard picked up live cover approaching the half-mile mark and quickly moved into contention around the bend, looming boldly in a second over position while sitting third as the field straightened for the money.   As she's done so often in recent years, the five-year-old daughter of Western Hero--Fox Valley Chosen uncorked a wicked 27.0 final quarter as she blew by her rivals to notch her fifth win of the season for trainer Bill Crone. A pair of longshots rounded out the trifecta in this tussle as 17-1 shot Joyful Game (Ridge Warren) flew home in 26.2 to be the bridesmaid while 54-1 outsider Fox Valley Aubrey (Robert Smolin) rallied to be third.   Bet as though defeat was out of the question the 1-5 favorite returned $2.40, $2.20 & $2.10 while upping her lifetime record to 16-10-14 in 77 trips postward with earnings of $121,399. The state-bred stake action really heats up on Sunday, June 21st with a trio of events for the youngsters. Freshmen trotting fillies will get the action underway in a non-wagering test as a field of five battle in the Star Slinger Stake which will go at 6:45 p.m. (central). Their male counterparts will start the regular program with a field of seven diagonally gaited colts squaring off in the Million Dollar Bye Stake. With a total of 14 two-year-old pacing fillies entered for the Incredible Tillie Stake the youngsters have been split into two divisions which will go as races four and five and finally ICF sophomore trotting fillies will close out the action as a field of seven are scheduled to face the gate for the Xpressbet Stake which will go as race six on the 10-race program. Once again the wagering action gets underway at 7:10pm on Sunday night and as always the $1 Pick 4 features a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 4 is on races seven through 10 on Sunday night. Tom Kelley

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - When John Campbell turns Go Daddy Go to the gate in the $667,000 Metro Pace final Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, he's hoping it will prove to be another successful chapter in a partnership with trainer Bob McIntosh of LaSalle, Ont. that goes back nearly 40 years. A week after winning his Metro elimination by one-and-a-quarter lengths over Lyons Levi Lewis in a career-best 1:52.4, Go Daddy Go will leave from the two hole in an effort to deliver the first Metro title to McIntosh and the fifth for Campbell. The Metro is race 7 on a card that kicks off at 7:25 p.m. "He's a tough guy," McIntosh said of Go Daddy Go. "He doesn't mind being first up. He's versatile that way. He's maybe not the best on the front end, yet. He's a little green. But, coming at horses he's awfully impressive. He reminds me a lot of his dad, Ponder. There wasn't a tougher horse around. He was as game as they came." Go Daddy Go, who is also owned by Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, hasn't been off the board in his seven lifetime starts. He sports a 3-3-1 record, with wins in the $200,000 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway and a strong second in his $90,000 Nassagaweya test on Aug. 14 at Mohawk that convinced McIntosh to take a shot at the Metro. "He hasn't gone a bad race," Campbell said. "He's figuring it out as he goes. He's got the desire part. You can't teach that... He keeps improving and doing his work. He's just a very solid colt." Campbell, 59, and McIntosh, 62, are both Hall of Famers in Canada and the United States that have teamed up on innumerable champions. "The oldtimers are still at it - him and I," McIntosh said, laughing. "Over the years we've had some good ones. It's been a great run and John's still driving like a young guy. He's still the best. He hasn't lost a beat." Saturday, Campbell will drive all four of the horses McIntosh has entered on the stakes-rich card. He'll pilot Lasting Appeal in the $207,689 Simcoe, Thinking Out Loud in the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and Dapper Dude in the $34,000 Preferred. The first horse Campbell drove for McIntosh was a $5,000 claiming mare named Brilliant Bonnie in 1977 at Windsor Raceway. "She was an orangutan," McIntosh said. "She was no fun to drive. I do remember that," Campbell said. "She was no Go Daddy Go." Go Daddy Go is a homebred colt out of McIntosh's mare San Francine. She has also produced Daddy Mac ($600,000), Change Your Luck ($180,000) and Miss Maverick ($230,000). "She'd made me a lot more money breeding than racing," McIntosh said of San Francine. McIntosh also bred San Francine, a mare sired by Artsplace, who, in 1990, became the first of Campbell's four Metro winners. At the time, Artsplace was trained by Gene Riegle. Later in the colt's career, McIntosh trained Artsplace. In 1999, Campbell won the Metro with The Firepan and denied McIntosh his first Metro victory. The trainer was a close second and third that year with Intrepid Seelster and Richess Hanover. Two years later, Campbell and McIntosh were on the verge of winning the Metro together with Western Shooter when the talented colt made a late break in deep stretch. "That was my fault. That was a whip break," Campbell said. Further tragedy struck when Western Shooter died before he could begin a promising sophomore campaign. "Yeah, we've had a lot of success over the years and some really good horses, but I think the first one that would come to (McIntosh's) mind and mine as well is Western Shooter," Campbell said. "He passed away between his two- and three-year-old year, but that might have been the best horse we had and we never got to prove it. He was just tremendous, just so strong. He just kept getting better all year. We really had high hopes for him." Go Daddy Go might not be in Western Shooter's class just yet, but John Campbell would dearly love to win the Metro for Bob McIntosh. "I know Artspeak will be the huge favourite," McIntosh said. "But there's a reason they hook them up and race them because anything can happen." by Dave Briggs, for WEG

DOVER, Del.---- While drivers Corey Callahan and Vic Kirby dominated most of the action winning 10 races between them; Raritan Bay chalked up a 1:52.3 victory in the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Vic Kirby had his biggest day of the meet driving his five winners, Corey Callahan, who leads all drivers in the sport in 2014, also had a five-bagger. After an early speed duel between race favorite Lord Terror (Vic Kirby) and Rojette's Best (Tyler Raymer) which continued until the stretch, Bret Brittingham drove Raritan Bay down the lane to overtake Lord Terror with 22-1 Adams Hanover (Ross Wolfenden) coming on to finish a close-up third. Raritan Bay, now two for four this year, is a family win for the Brittinghams. Son, Bret, co-owned and drove Raritan Bay owned by his mother, Elizabeth, and trained by his dad, Don Brittingham. In a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claimer, Montrell Teague piloted Here Is The Future to victory in 1:53.4. The Four Starzzz Shark-Future Destiny gelding owned by George Teague and K&R Racing, bested Seerightthruhim (Frank Milby) and Cactus Billy (Allan Davis), second and third respectively. Kirby steered both winners of the two $15,000 Male Claiming Allowances sub-features. In one, Ise The By Boy came from off-the-pace in a 1:54.1 triumph. Eric Ell trains the Mach Three-Prince Lee Fiesta gelding for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Lieutenant Steve (Trace Tetrick) closed fast to finish second. Eyes Only For You (Corey Callahan) was third. The other $15,000 claimer was won by Kirby driving owner-trainer Leigh Raymer's Doubletrouble, a Richess Hanover-Fox Valley Monka gelding, home in 1:54 overtaking Roman Conqueror N (Callahan) and front-pacing Four Starz Louie (George Dennis), the leader until the last steps. While Kirby won both sub-feature paces in his five winner performance, Callahan drove both ends of the daily double among his five wins. Nick Callahan had a training double. Traverse Seelster heads Dover Wednesday feature Traverse Seelster, a winner of two $20,000 Open Handicap trots in January, returns to the week’s top trot in the Lincoln’s birthday feature on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Handicapped with starting from the outside in a field of six, Traverse Seelster, with the sports leading driver Corey Callahan, is the official program favorite. The Josh Green trainee takes on Barbara Boese’s sharp Awsome Valley, and driver Tony Morgan, who already has won three-times this meet and Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta Enrico AS, a strong second last Wednesday for Allan Davis. David Miller’s Cash On Delivery makes only his second start of the New Year with driver and Vince Copeland while $1.3-million winner Green Day, appears back in form, with Vic Kirby driving for owner Mary Raymer. Trace Tetrick drives Dawn Gannon, Yannick Gingras and Dom Costanzo’s Jersey Boy from the rail. in one of two $15,000 Winners-Over trots. Tim Tetrick will drive Powerful Charger that he owns with Jim King. Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras’ $1-million winning Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce),Walt Callam’s steady Spunky Jack (Roger Plante), Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum (Daryl Bier). Two winners last time out step up in company, Mike Mammes’ Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) and Crawford Partners’ Flyhawk Jester (Vic Kirby). by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

What a difference a year makes when it comes to the ICF trotting filly division. Last season Trot Fudge Sundae dominated the freshman division when she won 10 of 13 starts and became the first Illinois harness racing bred ever to win the American National 2-Year-Old-Filly Trot.

Brenda Watson is the perfect person to be lobbying harness racing rights and initiatives to Illinois politicians. Watson has the sport deeply entrenched in her heart. She loves horses. Always has - and she loves fighting for the little guy.

As the sire of the winners in excess of $12-million, Red River Hanover, who is slated to stand the coming season at the Karobeer Lodge, of Karleigh Raymount, Goulburn, is without question one of the most proved harness racing sires available to breeders in New South Wales.

It was a sensational night for harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno on Saturday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Richie The Clown crossed the finish line in 1:55.1, winning the ninth harness racing event on Saturday (December 15) at Northfield Park. The win is the 20th time that Richie The Clown has been triumphant in 2012. Richie The Clown a six year-old son of Richess Hanover is owned by Rhonda Conn of Northfield, Ohio and trained by Northfield Parks leading trainer, Harla 'Renee' Loney.

Friday, November 16 was a sad day at Hanover Shoe Farms. On that day Rich N Elegant, the mare which many consider to be the greatest Standardbred broodmare ever was humanely euthanized due to a severe bout with colic.

Red River Hanover, one of the best bred and best performed sons of champion sire Western Hanover, is lining up for his third season at Warwick Stud, Tallygaroopna, near Shepparton, at a reduced harness racing fee of $1,760 including GST.

The top older Illinois conceived and foaled pacers were back in action on Friday, August 24th at Maywood Park as a field of eight classy harness racing veterans were sent postward in the $30,000 Egyptian Stake.

It came as no surprise that Blazin N Cullen won at Christchurch's Addington Raceway in New Zealand last Friday (July 20) night. The 2-year-old colt has rich maternal bloodlines, so much so his close harness racing rellies have been some of North America's top pacers and stallions.

A pair of state-bred stake events were contested on Friday's (July 6th) Maywood Park harness racing program but the "King" of the state-bred pacing set stole all the headlines as James Gorman's Well To Do Guru continued his dominance with an easy 1:51.4 wire to wire victory over seven rivals in the $30,000 Cook County Stake.

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