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It is with great sadness that Hanover Shoe Farms announces that millionaire pacing mare and 2019 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Tricky Tooshie p,1:52.1 ($1,005,556) has died at the age of 31. Tricky Tooshie had her last foal, Techino Hanover, in 2015 and has been a beloved member of Hanover’s retired mare band since.  Born April 22,1990 in Mercier, Quebec, Tricky Tooshie was the daughter of Rumpus Hanover and she was a dominant performer in Quebec Sire Stakes Action as a 2 and 3-year-old for owner Laurent Bergevin and trainer Jean-Louis Deblois. As a 4-year-old she was shipped to Ontario and for the next 5 seasons regularly competed against and defeated the best distaffers in that province. Described by trainer Rick Zeron as “thriving on winning” Tricky Tooshie certainly left that in her foals and particularly in a well-known granddaughter named Lyons Sentinel. Bred by Hanover, Lyon Sentinel p,3,1:49.2($1,236,361 ) is a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of  Tricky Tooshie’s daughter Tutu Hanover and was the 2019 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly Of the Year (the same year her illustrious grandmother was inducted into the Hall Of Fame).  “Tooshie was genuinely a favorite of mine “says Hanover’s Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. “She had her quirks but she was tough and all business. She has passed that on to her foals and her grand-foals. Coincidentally, we just purchased her granddaughter, Trillions Hanover p,1:49.3 ($344,741), the Somebeachsomewhere sister to Lyons Sentinel and hope she will continue Tooshie’s legacy.” Hanover would like to send their condolences to Tricky Tooshie’s caretaker Linda Bedard who visited Tooshie in Hanover during her retirement and clearly loved her.  From Hanover Shoe Farms      

HARNESS RACING UPATE's Dave Briggs  reports that Rick Zeron's suspension was cut in half to 90 days, but the $10,000 fine remains. Ontario's Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP) has ruled trainer/driver/owner Rick Zeron will serve a 90-day suspension (to begin Jan.24,2020) and pay a $10,000 fine for a series of infractions..The fine was upheld, but Zeron's suspension was reduced to half of the 180-day suspension he was initially facing. The case stems from an inspection of Zeron's Ontario barn at Classy Lane Stables in July of 2018. Through his lawyer,Larry Todd, Zeron did not contest the following two charges: - Possessing improperly labelled medications. - Failing to have proper prescription for medications. He did contest the other three charges: - Attempting to avoid detection by using counterfeit medication labels. - Attempting to bribe another licensee to adjust their statement to help hide his use of counterfeit medication labels - Using "shockwave"therapy within the prohibited 96 hour period on horses Lady Ellaand and Urban Legend prior to qualifying races. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Prominent harness racing owner, breeder and equestriane Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms in Durhamville, New York, was the succefull bidder for top trotting mare, Atlanta, winner of the 2018 Hambletonian and voted the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. The sale took place via the internet on In order to buy out part owner and trainer Rick Zeron, who had received a six month suspension stemming from instances in Canada this past year, Atlanta was put up for auction.  The daughter of Chapter Seven, who has already earned $1,140,000, was started at $500,000 as the opening bid. Over the four-day period the bidding continued to increase. During the final five minutes of the auction, she remained at $1,550,000 until the auction was closed.  "This is a real deal," said Eric Cherry, co-owner of "The other partners weren't sure how to disolve the ownership of Atlanta. Rick Zeron was speaking to me about it and one of the co-owners, Howard Taylor, has successfully sold a number of horses and that led them to us at OnGait. I understand that at least two or three of the partners wanted out on the horse and Michelle Crawford and Brad Grant wanted to keep the mare. "Once we got the page up," Cherry continued. "I started getting phone call from people wanting to know if this was for real. There were more than 23,000 views on the page. We were able to get a fair value on Atlanta as we have people around the world that were interested in her. Using was perfect for this special sale." Brad Grant then confirmed the deal. "Howard Taylor, Bill Holland (Holland Racing), the Crawfords and myself, we were all in to keep the mare and i thank them all." by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Mississauga, ON — On Jan. 9, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued harness racing trainer-driver Rick Zeron a fine of C$10,000 and suspension of 180 days. As a result, Standardbred Canada has disqualified Mr. Zeron as a finalist for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship, as well as 3-year-old trotting filly Atlanta, trained and co-owned by Mr. Zeron. Standardbred Canada’s O’Brien Award eligibility policy states: “An O’Brien Award will not be presented to any individual or entity who has served, or is currently serving a penalty for a continued period of 180 days or more during a calendar year. If the penalty continues through any part of the following calendar year, said individual is also ineligible for an O’Brien Award in the second year of the penalty. Outstanding appeals and/or stays do not alter the conditions of eligibility for O’Brien Award consideration.” “This is a very unfortunate situation for all those involved, that clearly no one is happy about,” said Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada. Guy Gagnon, the other finalist in the Horsemanship category, has been acclaimed as the winner, and Illusioneesta, the other finalist in the 3-year-old trotting filly category will be honored as the O’Brien winner on Saturday (Feb. 2) at the O’Brien Awards Gala. Standardbred Canada

LEXINGTON, KY--After finishing second in the first heat to Plunge Blue Chip in a world-record equaling mile, Hambletonian winner Atlanta took command early and drew clear of her competition to take the $224,000 second heat of the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms, in 1:51.1. Plunge Blue Chip, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Mass filly, bested Atlanta in the first heat of the Filly Futurity, sprinting to victory at the wire to equal her 1:49.4 world record. Atlanta, setting the first quarter in :28.2, yielded the lead to Manchego, leaving from post eight, and sat as she sped to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Driver Scott Zeron angled Atlanta out of the pocket into the stretch and overtook Manchego with ease but could not withstand Plunge Blue Chip's three-wide stretch bid through the wire, settling for second. Manchego, faltering in third, scratched out of the final while Piranha Fury and Top Expectations advanced. Plunge Blue Chip, a $7.40 winner, races for Ake Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. She won her 16th race from 22 starts, earning $913,791. Following the second-place effort, trainer Rick Zeron decided, despite hesitation, to pull Atlanta's shoes. "Everybody I noticed today was pulling shoes and I didn't want to pull the shoes and race her two heats. So I said to Scott 'If you can get us through the first heat and get into the final I'll pull the shoes off her.' [Trainer] George Ducharme came by and gave me a perfect set of bell boots for her because we didn't have any." Scott Zeron sent the Chapter Seven filly for the lead in the final while Plunge Blue Chip tucked into the pocket ahead of Lily Stride trotting into third. By the quarter in :28.2, Atlanta faced no pressure and rated to the half in :56.1. Plunge Blue Chip continued to track from the pocket. Atlanta's lead opened rounding the final turn as Plunge Blue Chip hit a wall and faded at the pylons, forcing the backfield wide. Seviyorum, pulling first over past the half, rushed into second with about a three-length deficit past the 1:24.3 third-quarter and continued to gain ground chasing through the stretch. Atlanta remained strong on the lead and hit the wire a length in front of Seviyorum at the wire. Nixie Volo closed for third and Top Expectations took fourth. "[Pulling the shoes] worked out so well," Rick Zeron said after the race, "and when Scott called on her around the last turn, I was in the paddock. Gone." "For him, it was a big move to make," Scott Zeron said. "But he was confident talking over it with me and we put some bell boots on her--I really think that helped her just that little bit more." Winning her seventh race from 11 starts this year and her 11th from 21 overall, Atlanta surpassed $1 million in earnings for owner-trainer Rick Zeron along with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. She paid $4.20 to win. The other elimination for the Filly Futurity went to Lily Stride in a 1:50.2 lifetime-best performance. Courtney Hanover cleared to the cones moving into the first turn as Supergirl Riley moved into second and Nixie Volo wide from third. Supergirl Riley edged off the rail and forced Nixie Volo three wide heading to the quarter, timed in :27.4, and snagged the pocket once Nixie Volo took the top. Lily Stride, sitting fourth, stalked the early shuffle and angled first over into a :55.3 half. Nixie Volo endured first-over pressure from Lily Stride passing three-quarters as the two trotted in tandem to the 1:23.3 station before Lily Stride powered to the lead. Pat Matters, from second over, kicked off cover and chased Lily Stride to the wire, cutting into her margin but finishing a neck away in second at the wire. Seviyorum, veering to an opening at the pylons, closed for third ahead of Nixie Volo holding off Supergirl Riley, who also scratched from the final, in a photo for fourth. Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati and trained by Mark Harder, Lily Stride won her second race from 13 starts this season and her sixth from 26 overall, earning $445,608. Tim Tetrick drove the Muscle Hill filly and returned $7.40 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile        

Dream Together (Rick Zeron) will lead a field of seven in Leg Four of The Miss Versatility ($40,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 7). The last time Dream Together (Muscle Hill) raced at Tioga Downs it was the Joie De Vie ($141,000). The race was promoted as the first matchup between trotting heavyweights,Hannelore Hanover and Ariana G. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, Dream Together charged late down the stretch and stole the show to win in 1:53.1. he 4-year-old mare is the 5-2 morning line favuld be the second morning line choice, the Ake Svanstedt trained Ice Attraction (Simon Allard) at 7-2. Owned by Little E LLC., Svanstedt, Douglass Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs, she won the third leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs (August 1). The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill has 10 career victories. The rest of the field includes Celebrity Ruth (Jim Meittinis) at 4-1, NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) at 9-2. Millionaire, Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) is the fifth morning line choice at 5-1. The two longshots are Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) at 8-1 and The Erm (Charlie Norris) at 10-1. The 13 race card on Friday (September 7) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 - Hambletonian champion Atlanta is set to return to action following her Hambletonian victory in this Friday's (August 24) $136,000 Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Rick Zeron trained three-year-old filly won't be able to ease back into competition, as she will dance with nine rivals, including Hambletonian Oaks champion Manchego. The Casual Breeze will be the first meeting of the season between Atlanta and Manchego, a matchup racing fans have been anxiously waiting to see. Atlanta has been enjoying well-earned relaxation since becoming the first filly in 22 years to capture the Hambletonian. The daughter of Chapter Seven had an adventurous Hambletonian experience, finishing second in the first-heat after setting unheard of fractions and then coming back to go coast to coast and win the $1 million final. Capturing the Hambletonian guarantees a trotter's place in history, but Atlanta's bounce back performance following her draining first-heat will go down as one of the most memorable performances in the history of the event. "She came out of the Hambletonian really good," said Zeron Monday evening ahead of the Casual Breeze draw. "She dove right into her feedbox the night we brought her back home from The Meadowlands. She's Atlanta, she just does her own thing and we just jogged her up for a week and gave her a little down time." The magnitude of winning the Hambletonian has been striking Zeron in stages and he expects it'll continue to sink in over time. "It's there, but it hasn't really sat me down in the chair yet. It's a big feat for the girls to beat the boys, so I was very happy about that." Atlanta returned to Zeron's Ontario barn on August 12 to prepare for a stretch of stakes action at Mohawk Park, beginning with Friday's Casual Breeze. "We trained her up pretty good last Saturday and we'll train her again on Wednesday morning," said Zeron. "I'll go with her myself and see how she is. We're expecting Atlanta to show up like she always does." The return to Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Park is full-circle for Atlanta, who's first stakes victory came nearly a year ago on August 31, 2017, kicking off a tremendous run that continues today. "I always saw something in her as a two-year-old," recalled Zeron. "Courtney Hanover was always better than (Atlanta) was, but as the year progressed Atlanta stepped over Courtney. "When she won the Champlain she was really good and then we sent her over to Vernon Downs and she won in 1:54 out of the eight-hole, mile in front, and that's when I said, 'She's got it now, she understands what she has to do.'" Atlanta's two-year-old season saw her win four of 10 starts and earn $135,075. Her sophomore campaign has been nearly perfect with six wins in seven starts and earnings of $703,234. The ownership group of Atlanta consists of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Zeron has the Elegantimage Stakes on September 15 as his next big target and isn't lacking opportunities to race Atlanta at Mohawk Park over the next four weeks. "We got the Casual Breeze, the week after the Simcoe and then the Elegantimage elimination and final," said Zeron. "We'll probably go week by week. I'll speak to Scott about it and we'll make a decision where will race her for four-weeks or we'll give her a week off in between." Atlanta will start from post-three in Friday's Casual Breeze, while Manchego has drawn post-eight. Zeron doesn't have any plans currently to face the boys again. This year's group of three-year-old trotting fillies has been deemed the deepest in years and many intriguing battles appear ahead for Atlanta, beginning with Friday's start against Manchego. "I don't think I have to go back against the boys," said Zeron. "She's beat the boys and won the holy grail. There is nothing bigger than the Hambletonian." Zeron has full confidence in Atlanta to continue her outstanding season. The veteran trainer is excited for the battles ahead and isn't worried about any outside noise. "I don't really criticize or comment or boast up on Atlanta or whatever it is. I just let Atlanta do her talking on the racetrack and everybody else in the newspapers." by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - July 21, 2018 - Superstar harness racing trotting filly Atlanta will attempt to make history by tackling the boys and competing in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday, August 4 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Trainer Rick Zeron made the official announcement on Saturday evening (July 21) regarding his decision to race his three-year-old filly Atlanta against the boys rather than against fillies in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. A daughter of Chapter Seven, Atlanta has taken the racing world by storm and is currently undefeated in five starts this season. Zeron was not required to make a decision regarding which route Atlanta would take until this Tuesday (July 24), but noted he and his son, Scott, made their decision weeks ago. "Scott and I decided this about a month ago, but we just kind of kept it all to ourselves and mulled everything all over and did all the right do's and don'ts," said Zeron, who shared the news while preparing to race Saturday at Georgian Downs. "We came up with she's competitive enough to race against the boys." Atlanta was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale in November of 2016. The Chapter Seven filly had a solid rookie season, winning four of 10 starts and earning $135,075, but was in the shadow of then-undefeated Manchego. Zeron wasn't shy about declaring high hopes for Atlanta's sophomore season during the winter training months at Sunshine Meadows in Florida. The filly immediately backed up her trainer's statements in her season debut. "We qualified her (April 28) and I told Scott to qualify her around 1:55 and he went 1:54 with her," said Zeron. "He got off the bike and said, 'She's serious.' " "10 days later we tried to get her in a three-year-old filly class at The Meadowlands and they didn't have one. They said 'There is a class, non-winners of $11,500 last five, but you'll be in against colts and a couple of aged trotters.' and I said 'Go ahead'. She sat seventh and Scott moved her at the head of the lane and she won her first start in 1:52." Atlanta's dazzling debut caught the attention of many and proved to Zeron exactly what he had thought for months about his filly. "That's when we knew that she was really special." In just her third start of the season, Atlanta established a Vernon Downs all-age track record of 1:50.3 in the Empire Breeders Classic. The victory vaulted the filly into superstar status and created a buzz among racing fans. Atlanta has since added two more victories to her career totals, which sit at nine wins and $313,309 earned. Her most recent victory occurred Thursday evening in a New York Sires Stakes event at Vernon. Zeron described the victory as a "training mile". The Hambletonian will require Atlanta to race multiple-heats on the same day, unlike the Hambletonian Oaks which has eliminations the week prior to the final. "I'm not that worried about it," said Zeron about racing heats. "She recovers about 12 or 14 minutes after each race." Zeron co-owns Atlanta with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. He noted that his partners have provided full support. "All of my owners are on board with my decision to race her in the Hambletonian." Atlanta will become just the fifth filly since the year 2000 to race against the boys in the Hambletonian. The last filly to capture harness racing's most prestigious trotting event was Continentalvictory in 1996. Zeron's decision to race Atlanta in the sport's biggest trotting event adds tremendous hype to the 93rd Hambletonian and the veteran horseman expects to leave a lasting mark. "This will go down in history." by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) won the second of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore harness racing trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 19). Repentance (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first to the quarter in 27.0. Atlanta ($2.10) who is trained by Rick Zeron, stormed to the front just after the quarter and controlled the race the rest of the way (:57.0, 1:26.4, 1:53.4). Her win in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) was never in doubt. Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) was second best with Repentance getting third money. Atlanta is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven and is owned by the team of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Howard Taylor, Holland Racing Stable, and Bradley Grant. She is now five for five this season and nine for fourteen in her career. Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) holds off Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) to win the NYSS first division ($60,200). Ciao Dolce led to a first quarter in :27.3. Lima Novelty ($3.00) went first-over from fourth and brushed by to take the lead before hitting the half in :57.0. She continued to lead, hitting three-quarters in 1:26.1. Ciao Dolce followed in the pocket until mid stretch. She would go first over and battle down the rest of the stretch but Lima Novelty dug in and held on to win in 1:54.1. Ciao Dolce settled for second while Tribute To Seven (Matt Kakaley) fired late to finish third. Lima Novelty is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, she won for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in her career. Scott Zeron won three on the night as he added a win with the Russian Spy ($4.40). Matt Kakaley visited the winner's circle three times on the night as well. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($48.00), Byway ($10.20), and White Cheetah ($5.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 20) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (July 19). Including the anticipated return of Atlanta the track record holder for all trotters at the Miracle Mile. Atlanta (Scott Zeron) will compete in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) and is installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The last time the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven took to the track at Vernon she won the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final. She trotted the fastest mile ever at Vernon Downs in a time of 1:50.3, easily beating Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass) by four and a half lengths. That is significant because Plunge Blue Chip just posted a world record time of 1:49.4 for 3-year-old trotters of either sex at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 1$) in the second of two Del Miller Memorial races ($128,500). Atlanta who istrained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant, is four for four as a sophomore. Her last time out she won a leg of the NYYS ($40,600) at Tioga Downs where she once again easily beat Plunge Blue Chip, setting the track record for 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.2. Her toughest competitor will be 3-1 morning line second choice, Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt). She is part of the Svanstedt trained entry along with Fury Road (Dan Dube). Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky) is owned by Savanstedt, Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting Corp. She has four wins in seven starts so far this season. She has won NYSS races at Yonkers ($42,975), Monticello ($30,450), and Buffalo ($29,250). In the first division of the NYSS ($60,200), the Morning line favorite is Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) at 2-1. A 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven, she is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. She has three wins in 2018. She has won the Mary Reynolds Stakes ($66,200) at the Meadowlands and a NYSS race at Buffalo ($30,450). The second Morning line choice in the second division is Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. Owned by Kjell Anderson and trained by Svanstedt. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($29,850) and Buffalo ($29,850). The nine race card starts at Venon Downs starts on Thursday (July 19) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

YONKERS, N.Y. – The last time Fearless Man tried the 1 ¼-mile Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway on February 25, the result wasn’t inspiring. After getting away third, Fearless Man became hot and aggressive as horses passed him on the outside. He faded from the scene and finished eighth beaten 22 ½ lengths.  Since then, harness racing trainer Andrew Harris says the Fearless Man has become more manageable on the track and in the morning. He’s won two local Open Handicaps this year and Harris believes the 8-year-old gelding has earned another chance at the 10-furlong distance. Fearless Man will start from post six in the $54,800 trotting feature Sunday (June 17). “It seems like he’s learned. We can back down the half and Jason (Bartlett) sat him in a two-hole and said he can absolutely relax in the two-hole, so now I’m very confident he can handle the mile-and-a-quarter,” Harris said. “I avoided a couple of them; when there was a mile-and-a-quarter race I just didn’t race him that week. We’ve got a summer full of them coming up, so we’re going try him again and see what happens.” Fearless Man, owned by Rick Zeron Stable, Noblock Racing Stable, Murray Greenfield, and Cool Cat Racing, came to Harris this winter. As Zeron headed to Florida to train babies, he approached Harris with the unexpected offer. “Rick Zeron called me earlier in the year and just said, ‘hey, I got a trotter with a lot of back class. Would you mind taking him and trying him at Yonkers? I think he’d be a real good fit over there.’ So obviously you don’t turn down a horse like that,” Harris said. Fearless Man was a stakes-winning 2- and 3-year-old in Indiana for Bobby Brower before posting a lifetime mark of 1:52.1 for Monte Gelrod at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 2014. In his career, Fearless Man has won 37 races and earned $618,249. Although the son of Elegant Man had been racing in the conditions on the Woodbine Circuit the last couple years, Harris saw the potential for Fearless Man to become an open-type at Yonkers. “I had seen before Rick had even gotten him that he’d gone a 52-mile at Chester. I knew there was definitely some real talent there, but he is 8 years old and coming off a couple seasons when he wasn’t at the open level, I didn’t know which way he’d go,” Harris said. “For him, that shorter stretch is a benefit to him where at Woodbine, that long stretch, he’d be real dominant that first eighth of the stretch, but the last eighth, he got a little weary. I think the half-mile track has really picked him up.” When Fearless Man first came to Harris’ stable, he was overly aggressive and behaved more like a high-strung thoroughbred than a standardbred gelding. Harris took advantage of the facilities at White Birch Farm to help manage the trotter’s excitable attitude on the track. “He was actually a very aggressive horse, so the first time I sat behind him, I was like, ‘woah.’ He was really grabby,” Harris said. “His gate speed is unbelievable, that’s why he’s so good at Yonkers. It’s just so easy for him. By nature, he’s an aggressive horse. “We do approach him a little differently because we don’t train him as much as the other ones,” Harris continued. “When I first got him, I trained him a little bit more just trying to get some spit and vinegar out of him, but I realized that wasn’t going to be the key for him. We’re lucky we’re at White Birch and we have a big, huge sand track. They just don’t seem to pull on that. After about a lap, they realize that’s work and they back off a lot. He really calmed down a lot jogging that sand track.” Training in the deep sand track at White Birch hasn’t just settled Fearless Man’s demeanor, it’s also meant the trotter is much more fit. He has bulked up and put on weight since he’s came to Harris. “Obviously the sand track has just put a massive amount of muscle on him,” the trainer said. Fearless Man has won five of 14 starts since coming to Harris’ stable and Jason Bartlett has been in the sulky for four or those wins. Harris says the unlikely pairing between the horse and driver has played a key role in the trotter’s local success.  “Jason just gets along with him unbelievable,” Harris said. “Jason is kind of an aggressive driver and this is an aggressive horse. Nine times out of 10, that doesn’t work, but Jason gets along with him really well. He just has him figured out. Sometimes horses just fit certain drivers and he just fits Jason.” Bartlett will drive Fearless Man as a 7-1 shot in Sunday’s Open Handicap Trot, his first time sitting behind the trotter since May 5, when Fearless Man last won. He’ll face nine rivals, including 3-1 favorite In Secret, who finished second in the Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto last out, and 7-2 second choice Tight Lines, who won last week’s local trotting feature in 1:54.0. For complete entries, click here. “It’s a mile-and-a-quarter race which is always a question with a hot horse, but for whatever reason in these mile-and-a-quarter races they don’t seem to go to the quarter as fast,” Harris said. “I don’t know what Jason will do, but he might be able to secure the front easy. He’ll definitely get to dictate what he wants to do because that’s just how this horse is. I’m sure Jason will put him in contention, that’s for sure.” Sunday’s 10-race card at Yonkers features four French trots with the Open Handicap slated at race one. First post time is 12:35 p.m. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) dominates 3-year-old trotting fillies in the Empires Breeders Classic (EBC) Final (238,613) at Vernon Downs on a spectacular Memorial Day matinee. She not only set the mark for sophomore trotting fillies. Her time of 1:50.3 is the fastest mile ever by a trotter at the Miracle Mile. More records fell on this day as well. After Seven Karats (Yannick Gingras) led going into the first quarter that went in :26.4, Atlanta ($2.60) blew by to take over. Owned by H A Taylor, B J Grant, and trainer Rick Zeron, the sophomore filly would cruise into a second quarter of :53.3. She would start to pull away heading for the final turn. Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) would pull first-over from third and try to chase her down. Atlanta led them to three-quarters in 1:24.0. As she made the turn for home she kept getting faster and faster. She would cruise home in a last quarter of :26.3 and set the overall track record in 1:50.3 beating out the old record set by Intimidate in 2013 (1;51.0) . Plunge Blue Chip would be four lengths back and finish second. Super Girl Riley (Marcus Miller) finished third. Atlanta is a three-year-old filly by Chapter Seven / Hemi Blue Chip. She is now three for three in 2018 and seven for twelve lifetime. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) narrowly holds off late charge by Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron), to win the EBC Final ($223,673) for sophomore trotting colts. Six Pack ($2.90) would take over the lead from Clive Bigsby (Andrew McCarthy) just before hitting the first quarter mark in :26.2. Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick) would go first-over and pressure Six Pack all the way down the back stretch. Six Pack who is owned by Little E LLC., Stall Kalmer, and trainer Svanstedt , hit the halfway mark in :54.0. He would shrug off Helpisontheway and hit three-quarters in 1:22.2. Six Pack would slip away and looked to be an easy winner, but Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) would gobble up ground with every stride in deep stretch, but fell just short and settled for second . Clive Bigsby finished third. Six Pack who is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass / Pleasing Lady, tied the track record for sophomore trotting colts set earlier in the day by The Veteran (Scott Zeron), winning in 1:51.2. It is the third time in the winner's circle in three starts this season and it was career win number seven. The Veteran (Scott Zeron) won the EBC Consolation for trotting colts. Owned by W. Donovan, S. Michaels, J. Winske, and trainer George Ducharme, The Veteran ($4.90) went gate-to-wire to win in 1:51.2. Don (David Miller) was second best with Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) getting third money. The Veteran is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his first win of the season and it was his third career victory. His time of 1:51.2 set the record that was later tied by Six Pack. Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) flew late down the stretch to beat her entry mate Fury Road (Andrew McCarthy) to win the EBC Consolation for sophomore trotting fillies. Owned by Little E LLC., Van Camp Trotting Corp and trainer Svanstedt, Lucky Ava ($3.40) ran down Fury Road to win in 1:53.4. Mooshka Stride (Tim Tetrick) finished third. The Miracle Mile also welcomed three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt pacers. Courtly Choice (David Miller) took the first division of NYSS ($40,600) with a track record time of 1:48.4. Rockapelo (Tim Tetrick) had a slight lead hitting the first quarter in :26.3. Courtly Choice ($4.10) went off stride right after the start but quickly recovered to lead just after the first quarter. He put down all the rest of the fractions (:55.1, 122.3, 1:48.4). Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) finished second with Real Surreal (Scott Zeron) getting third. Courtly Choice is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Touch Stone Farms, and trainer Blake Macintosh. The 3-year-old colt is by Art Major. He is now two for two as a sophomore and has won four races overall. The second division of the NYSS ($40,600) went to American History (Yannick Gingras).   American History ($3.00) took over before the half and cruised home to win in 1:49.1. Rock Lights (Scott Zeron) was second best with Heavenly Sound (Andrew McCarthy) finishing third.   American History is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. He is owned by Brittany Farms LLC., Marvin Katz and American History Racing while trained by Tony Alana. It was his first win this season and it is career victory number four.   My Delight (Marcus Miller) charged late to win the final division of the NYSS ($40,600).   My Delight ($30.80) passed second place finisher Lyons Steel (Corey Callahan) to win in 1:49.4. Ostra Hanover (Jim Taggart Jr.) was third best.   My Delight is a 3-year-old colt by Betterthancheddar. Owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Homer Hochstetler, he won second time this season and the fourth time in his career.   Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 1) with a post time of 6:10.   For more information go to   by John Horne, for Vernon Downs                

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Maybe Rick Zeron was right. The harness racing trainer of Atlanta has been quoted as saying his 3-year-old trotting filly will give unbeaten Manchego "a run for her money" during the upcoming stakes season, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Chapter Seven did nothing to make anyone think otherwise. In the feature, a conditioned event for trotters that included 3-year-old colt (and Hambletonian hopeful) Fashionwoodchopper, 4-year-old mare (and 2017 New York Sire Stakes standout) Celebrity Ruth as well as several older male trotters, it was Atlanta who reigned supreme in an eye-popping effort. In the early going it was P L Icabod on the front as Atlanta sat sixth along the rail. D Ws Revenge vacated the five hole at the five-eighths, giving Atlanta a live tow heading to three-quarters. Scott Zeron, driving Atlanta for his dad, had the eventual winner in a third-over flow before swinging four wide at the head of the stretch. Atlanta's explosive final quarter of :27.1 then carried her past the field with ease, as she went on to win by 1½ lengths in 1:52, which lowered her previous lifetime best by two seconds. Celebrity Ruth was second with even-money favorite Fashionwoodchopper third. "Was I surprised by her effort?" asked Scott Zeron in the winner's circle. "No. But I was impressed." Atlanta paid $12.20 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering for owners R. Zeron Stables, Holland Racing Stables, H. Taylor and B. Grant. She's now 5-for-10 lifetime. A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering on the program dipped to $1,622,801 (as compared to $2.4 million on the comparable 2017 card), due to short fields - the result of a lack of entries - throughout the nine-race program. As compared to the comparable card from last year, not only did the Big M have one less race, it had but 66 starters (as compared to 85 the year before) and an average number of starters of 7.33 per field (as compared to 8.5). Friday's card included five 7-horse fields and one that had but six betting interests. ... One lucky bettor had a huge night, cashing in for $25,476 for being the only player to survive eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-9. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $218,567. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 31 - The Rick Zeron stable stepped into the harness racing spotlight by sweeping Thursday evening's Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 17 rookie trotting fillies competed over the course of two $86,940 Champlain divisions to start Grand Circuit week. Rick Zeron sent out three starters in Thursday's stakes and came away with victories in both events. Cantab Hall filly Courtney Hanover extended her current win streak to three with a 1:56.4 score in the first division for trainer/driver Zeron. Sent off as the 3/2 favourite, Courtney Hanover got away third heading into the first turn, but quickly inherited second due to a break and was moved to the lead at three-eighths. After taking over the lead from Miss Mimi, the Zeron trained filly led through middle-half panels of :58 and 1:28.1. Poised to seal the deal in the lane, Courtney Hanover opened up a lead of at least three lengths with an eighth of a mile to go. Blonde Magic, who was 28-1, made things interesting by uncorking a strong stretch rally, but came up a head short at the line. Bella Glos finished third, while Miss Mimi was fourth. A $47,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Courtney Hanover is now three for six with $71,570 earned for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. "This was the first time I moved her and raced her on the front," said Zeron. "She loves chasing horses...she's more of a fighter than a leader, so I was very happy that she trotted right home for me tonight." A $2 win ticket on Courtney Hanover returned $4.90. Courtney Hanover The Zeron barn went right back to the winner's circle in the second split, as Atlanta pulled off a 9-1 upset in 1:56.1 A Chapter Seven filly, Atlanta turned in a big final-quarter to nail race-favourite Jordan Blue Chip at the line for a career-best victory. The Zeron trained filly was trotting along fifth at the half, while Jordan Blue Chip had just secured the lead and proceeded to post fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.2. In the stretch, Jordan Blue Chip turned aside challenger Apprentice M and looked to have victory in her sights, but Zeron tipped Atlanta off cover from third-over and the filly took off. Atlanta got up to win by a nose with a :27.4 final-quarter. "When I moved her coming down the lane, I knew I needed a lot to come and catch Paul (MacDonell - Jordan Blue Chip)," said Zeron. "Paul heard me coming and I was barking at my filly pretty good and we went across the wire and Paul said 'You didn't beat me again' and I said 'I don't know if I did or not, but I'm pretty happy'. "She raced really good. She dug right in where she had to and got the job done." Atlanta was one for four coming into Thursday's contest. Zeron had initially tried the Chapter Seven filly in the New York Sires Stakes, but the small tracks weren't to her liking. "She would get to the first turn and look at it and say 'I'm not going to do this', so she let me know 'I want to be on a big track', so here we are and she's doing her own thing." A $60,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Atlanta is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. The rookie trotting filly now has $55,025 earned in five starts. Atlanta The top four-finishers in the second Champlain division were rounded out by Swing It Cathy in third and Ciao Dolce in fourth. A $2 win ticket on Atlanta returned $20.90. Courtney Hanover and Atlanta are both eligible to the upcoming Peaceful Way Stakes eliminations on Monday, September 11. Grand Circuit action continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the $187,760 Champlain for two-year-old trotters (two divisions) and the $166,872 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 21 - Cantab Hall filly Courtney Hanover and harness racing trainer/driver Rick Zeron came out on top in a tight Photo Finish to win Monday's $35,200 Pure Ivory Series Final at Mohawk Racetrack. Courtney Hanover fought off an outside charging Jordan Blue Chip, who was the 3/2 favourite, to score the series finale victory at odds of 6-1. Zeron blasted his filly off the wings of the gate from the rail and fronted the field by the opening-quarter in :29. Shazamm, who won a first leg division, was moved to the lead from third and led the group by the half in :58. Courtney Hanover sat in the two-hole on the far turn, while Shazamm showed the way to three-quarters in 1:27.3. Outside challengers developed on the far turn and Jordan Blue Chip was situated third-over and ready for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Zeron was able to angle off the pylons and find clear racing room for his filly with an eighth of a mile to go. Meanwhile, Jordan Blue Chip was in full flight on the far outside for driver Paul MacDonell and looking to power by Courtney Hanover in the final stride. The two fillies hit the line together in 1:56.2 and it took a Photo Finish to determine Courtney Hanover had prevailed by the narrowest of margins. "No I didn't think I won," admitted Zeron post-race. "I knew my filly was digging real hard down the lane when I shook loose, but I didn't think I got up to beat Paul (MacDonell) because Paul had real good momentum going, but my filly dug in like the last time I raced her here." Courtney Hanover won an opening leg division of the Pure Ivory on August 7, but was scratched from the second leg due to sickness. "She cleared up real good and Dr. Malone I take my hat off, he took care of this filly and got her prepped up to where she is tonight," noted Zeron. "I'm real happy with her, she's a real nice filly." Courtney Hanover was a $47,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. She now sports a record of two for five with $28,100 earned for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. The clocking of 1:56.2 lowered the Cantab Hall filly's career-mark by a fifth of a second. Zeron noted that Courtney Hanover's next start will be in the Champlain Stakes on August 31 followed by the Peaceful Way eliminations in September. The top-five finishers in Monday's Pure Ivory final were rounded out by Alloveragain, Ex Hanover and Strength Of A Woman. A $2 win ticket on Courtney Hanover returned $14.20. Courtney Hanover Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Shamballa has clashed with Always B Miki and/or Wiggle It Jiggleit in his six most recent starts, each time finishing behind harness racing's highly celebrated superstars. With Always B Miki recently retired and Wiggle It Jiggleit on a much-deserved vacation, Shamballa will assume the starring role in Tuesday evening's $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. Trainer Rick Zeron, who owns the 6-year-old gelding in a partnership with Tao Racing, Howard Taylor and Cool Cat Racing, looks forward to participating in the inaugural Potomac Pace but expresses no feelings of frustration over Shamballa's fate in his last six outings. "I always looked at it as an honor to have a horse that good to be able to phone a racing secretary up and enter my horse to take on those horses," Zeron said. "I never ever took it as being frustrating. I looked at it as a challenge as in, 'Can we beat the big boys today? Or are we going to be second or third best.'" Of course, it's not like Shamballa always had to settle for second or third behind Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, in fact, is the only horse to beat both Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit in the same race, capturing the $225,000 U.S. Pacing Championship at Meadowlands Aug. 6. The trainer's son Scott Zeron was at the controls for that day and will drive him once again at Rosecroft. "The race set up quite well, because Wiggle It Jiggleit went out there with Always B Miki. Miki didn't back up; he didn't get in the hole; he wanted the front end and Wiggle It Jiggleit didn't want to give it to him. So they were fighting, scrapping, pretty good going to the quarter-pole right through to the half," Rick Zeron recalled. "My son was sitting back about fifth with Shamballa and moved him to the inside going to the half. Freaky Feet Pete came out of the 3 Hole and took a run at Always B Miki on the front end. We just followed him, second over, and halfway down the lane Scott tipped him out and got the jump on Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki. Wiggle It Jiggle It at the time was caught in a hole. When Wiggle It Jiggleit broke loose, we were too far gone. We were at the wire." Shamballa's victory over 'The Big Three' was a big one but the most memorable race of the year for his trainer was his gelding's second-place finish at the Red Mile Oct. 9, when Always B Miki beat him by 1¼ lengths while pacing the fastest mile in harness racing history with a 1:46 clocking. "The big race obviously was the U. S. Pacing Championship, but the highlight of the year was when we raced in the Allerage in Kentucky with Always B Miki," Zeron said. "Wiggle It Jiggleit wasn't there that week. I told Scott, "You go on out of there. Always B Miki will come and pace around you. See if you can stay with him and try to beat him down the lane. The race went in 1:46 flat and my horse went in 1:46-and-1. We came home in 26-and-1." Shamballa has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of eight pacers that includes Mel Mara, rated second at 3-1 on the strength of back-to-back Open Preferred victories at Yonkers following a third-place finished behind Wiggle It Jiggleit in a $250,000 Yonkers Invitational Oct. 15. Rated third at 4-1 is Mach It So, who finished second in the Nov. 14 $400,000 TVG Pace, in which Always B Miki called it a career on a winning note. Corey Callahan is scheduled to drive Mel Mara, while Tim Tetrick is slated to guide Mach It So. Tetrick's younger brother Trace Tetrick has been named to drive Wakizashi Hanover, who is rated at 10-1 but rates consideration looking to an upset victory over Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $1 million North America Cup at Mohawk last year. The 4-year-old gelding, who was subsequently sidelined with a breathing problem that required two surgeries, returned to winning form last time out with an Open Handicap victory at Dover Downs in 1:49.2. All Bets Off, Keystone Velocity, Split the House and Dealt a Winner round out a well-balanced field. The Potomac Pace has been carded as the 10th race on a 13-race program with a first-race post time set for 6:40 p.m. Admission and parking are free. David Joseph  

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