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Monticello, NY - Bliss And Luck notched her 6th consecutive harness racing victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday December 21. Her first start at the Mighty M was November 16, at the time the 7 year old Rockin Image mare was trained by Andrew Adamczyk, while under Andrews care the aged mare won 4 races before being claimed by Jim Doherty Jr. on December 7th. While in the barn of Jim Doherty Jr. Bliss And Luck has won back to back races. True to her past performances the mare went wire to wire from the rail to score in 2:00.1. Bliss And Luck Drivers Bruce Aldrich Jr and Greg Merton each scored a driving triple and Cory Stratton had a double. Trainer Candance Brandstatter enjoyed a banner day with 3 winners from her barn. Shawn Wiles

La Grange, IN — Victory Hill Farm has announced that the 2021 harness racing stallion books of JK Endofanera and Rockin Image are full and closed.

Fox Valley Hoss, coming off a near-miss last week; and Mystic Ruler and King Of The Crop, one-two in a solid heat at most recent asking, are among the major players in Saturday night's wide-open harness racing pacing feature at Cal Expo Harness. There will be 11 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with things getting underway at 6:10 p.m. Fox Valley Hoss is a 6-year-old son of Sportsmaster who is campaigned by Shane Bertrand and Doug Flores, and hails from the Richard Bertrand shedrow. A 1:52 4/5 victor here last year, he has captured two of his nine starts this season and came within a neck of pulling off a 14-1 upset in last week's appearance under these conditions with Luke Plano at the helm. King Of The Crop likewise just missed to a game Mystic Ruler as the 4-5 favorite in his most recent trip to the post while leading until very late in the game. He races for Don and Barbara Arnstine and Tyler Wiseman with Steve Wiseman training. A lifetime winner of 29 of his 166 starts, King Of The Crop recorded his career standard of 1:50 4/5 three years ago at Pompano Park and will be looking to add to a $212,000 bank account this weekend. Mystic Ruler will look to an encore in the main event while gunning for his fourth win from his last five trips to the post. The 8-year-old Canadian-bred is owned by Qks Racing and takes his lessons from Quentin Schneider. California Rock rolling for Wilkinson Trainer Junior Wilkinson continues to be a sharpshooter at this session, greeting 11 of his last 26 starters in the winner's circle, and California Rock has been a big part of that impressive batting average. A 4-year-old pacing son of Rockin Image, California Rock is owned by Billie Schwartz, Ivan Axelrod, Richard O'Neill and Wilkinson and has been a gem of consistency at this session with Luke Plano giving direction. California Rock has made seven trips to the charmed enclosure since the meet got underway, with his biggest win coming in the Bob Gordon Final back on January 3. In that affair, he brushed to command on the backside and took complete control of things for Plano, coming home with three lengths to spare while lowering his career standard to 1:53 3/5 in the process. Last week saw the hard-hitting performer getting the job done as the odds-on favorite for the second time in a row, igniting when it counted to prevail by two and a quarter-lengths in a 1:54 tour. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness          

As the Indiana harness racing industry embarks on a new decade, the Indiana Standardbred industry paused to take a look back at the year that was 2019. A night of champions was celebrated as Hoosier horsemen honored the top Indiana-sired harness racing horses in Indianapolis during the Indiana Standardbred Association's annual banquet held in January. Every year, the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) recognizes the year's top pacer, trotter, aged pacer and aged trotter, determined by total earnings in Indiana throughout the year. Two-year-old pacer Odds On Osiris took home the Pacer of the Year award after amassing earnings of $343,895 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The colt's record included seven wins in 10 starts, including the Indiana Sire Stake Super Final and the Fox Stake. Bred by Merlie Schwartz, the Rockin Image colt is owned by Odds On Racing, trained by Melanie Wrenn and was driven by Peter Wrenn. The Odds On Racing crew also took home the Indiana-Sired Two Year Old Colt Pace Championship for the horse. Glorious Nite was named the Aged Pacer of the Year after earning $74,397 at Harrah's Hoosier Park in 2019 in 20 starts and nine wins. The 4-year-old Always A Virgin mare was bred and owned by Phyllis Grozich and Paula Kind and trained by Charles Morgan. Grand Swan earned the Indiana Sire Stakes Three Year Old Filly Trot Divisional Championship, the Indiana-Sired Three Year Old Filly Trot Championship and the Trotter of the Year title after earning $411,232 in 2019 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Swan For All filly had 15 starts with ten wins during the year for trainer/driver LeWayne Miller. Bred by Larry Miller, the filly is owned in partnership with Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Bridge To Jesse's repeated as the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals and Divisional Champion in the Aged Stallion/Gelding Trot, which netted him the Aged Trotter of the Year Award. After a season where Bridge To Jesse's had seven wins in 22 starts, he earned $131,650 for owners William C. DeLong, William P. DeLong, Roger Welch and Ray DeLong. He was bred by Michael and Randy Wilt and trained by Roger Welch. Divisional Champions for the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit were announced for the horses who earned the most points up until the Indiana State Fair in August. The Indiana Sired Fair Circuit is the racing circuit for Indiana-sired and -bred two and three year olds throughout the summer. During that time, a total of $1,628,250 was awarded in purse money, including eight $20,000 championship races during the Indiana State Fair. The emotional portion of the banquet was the honoring of the four new inductees into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame. Harold Barnes and Lynn Wilfong were the human inductees. A pair of Breeders Crown Champions, Freaky Feet Pete and Hannelore Hanover, were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductee and fan favorite Freaky Feet Pete, 2015 Breeders Crown 3 Year Old Pace Champion recently retired to Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen to stand his first season as a stallion in 2020. "This is more than just our horse, he's everyone's horse," Marty Rheinheimer stated when accepting the Hall of Fame trophy on behalf of Freaky Feet Pete and the Rheinheimer family. Super mare Hannelore Hanover, two-time Breeders Crown Champion and 2017 Dan Patch Horse of the Year was also inducted. "She's the type of horse that if anyone is lucky enough to get to own, you can appreciate her presence," said a teary Frank Baldachino, owner of Hannelore Hanover. Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Indiana, repeated as the Large Breeder of the Year while Larry E. Miller, Jr., was named Small Breeder of the Year. Victory Hill Farm earned more than $2,891,000 in Indiana alone with more than 91 starters bred by the farm. While Miller only had two starters in 2019, those two earned more than $402,000 racing in Indiana. With 55 Indiana Sire Stakes starters earning more than $1,741,000, including champions Priceless, Rockin Nola and Odds On Osiris, Rockin Image earned the Indiana Sire Stakes Pacing Sire of the Year. Swan For All was named the Indiana Sire Stakes Trotting Sire of the Year. The repeat winner sired 53 Indiana Sire Stakes starters who earned more than $2,273,000 in earnings. Champion progeny from Swan For All included Grand Swan, Rock Swan, TJ's Top Pick and Swandre The Giant. Both stallions stand at Victory Hill Farm. "As always, it was a wonderful night celebrating the best of Hoosier Horsepower," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the IHRC. "Every year is exciting when it comes to horse racing in Indiana, but with the return of the Breeders' Crown to Harrah's Hoosier Park this year, the level of excitement has been elevated as we hope to see more Indiana-sired horses taking the spotlight." A comprehensive list of the award winners can be found on the ISA website ( From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission'   

LEBANON, OH. - Three races shared the  harness racing spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (Feb. 18) afternoon as the five-eighths mile oval hosted a $24,000 Open Trot, the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series and the $15,000 championship of the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares. Majestic Player A (Brett Miller), a recent import from Down Under, surged past Party At The Banks (Chris Page) midstretch and held for a narrow 1:54.2 victory. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) benefitted from a pocket ride and grabbed the show dough. Junior Haynes trains the 6-year-old winner for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) sat patiently in fifth in the early going of the Robert J. Brown Memorial final for non-winners of two or $20,000 trotters. After the halfway juncture was passed in :57.3 the 5-year-old daughter of Dejarmbro was angled to the outside. Moved up to second-over in fourth at the 1:27.1 three quarters, Beatty and Mary Mag Delene had the most trot in the lane, topping Stone Cold Blue (Tetrick) and stablemate B Threeseven (Brett Miller) in 1:57.4. "I thought the other half of my entry had a little better chance!" exclaimed an excited Beatty in the winner's circle, but this is a good looking mare who seems to be at the top of her game right now." Unfortunately, Beatty's other entrant (B Threeseven) made a break nearing the three quarters marker which eliminated his chances of winning although he recovered nicely to come back for third. Beatty co-owns Mary Mag Delene with Mazing Racing Stable. Her clocking was a new lifetime best. The ten mares who lined up for the Survivor Series final had survived two elimination heats to reduce the field from a group of 38 hopefuls. When the gate swung open it was Rock The Baby and driver Josh Sutton who sprinted to the front and then throttled back to a :28.3 opening panel. When favored Nice Trip (Tetrick) came calling early Sutton decided it was his mare's race to win or lose and pressed forward to a :56.4 halfway split. With Nice Trip still pressing on the outside, Rock The Baby still had the advantage as the pair sped past the three quarter station in 1:25.2. In the stretch the 5-year-old Rockin Image lass was able to pull away from the competition and triumphed handily in 1:54.4. Rock The Baby was claimed for $6000 from the first elimination heat of the Survivor Series by trainer Larry Finn and his partner Chad Stone. After a runnerup finish in the second elimination and the victory in the final, she has now produced a nifty $11,250 return on investment in two weeks . From Miami Valley Raceway

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. Bids on the listed breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by this Saturday, February 15, 2020. The breedings that do not receiving successful bids by the close of the auction may be available after that date. This is your opportunity to breed to Rockin Image whose book is full and closed for 2020. Rockin Image was Indiana's Leading Money-Winning Sire of All-Age, 3-Year-Old and 2-Year-Old Pacers in 2019, including three Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final winners. He is also the sire of Breeders Crown winner and World Champion Freaky Feet Pete. The list of stallions by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Coraggioso, Lucky Chucky, Sebastian K, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar, Victory Sam Pacers: Art Director, Big Bad John, Domethatagain, Mister Big, Racing Hill, We Will See, Well Said, Western Vintage, Yankee Cruiser NEW YORK Trotters: Conway Hall, Crazy Wow, Deweycheatumnhowe, Whataworkout Pacers: Artiscape, Bolt The Duer, Dude's The Man, So Surreal INDIANA Trotter: Musclesprinctonian Pacer: Always A Virgin, JK Endofanera, Rockin Image PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Andover Hall, Possess The Will Pacers: Captain Ahab ONTARIO Pacers: Artspeak, Royal Mattjesty, Sportswriter, Thinking Out Loud DELAWARE Trotter: Glidemaster Pacer: Dream Away MARYLAND Trotter: Charlie DeVie Pacer: Rusty's For Real ILLINOIS Trotter: Class Included Pacer: Time To Roll A complete list of the 2020 stallions, conditions and bid form is posted on Weekend Preview and We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at 845-294-6330 or From the Harness Racing Museum

LEBANON, OH. - Highlights of the Monday afternoon (Feb. 10) harness racing matinee at Miami Valley Raceway were three divisions of the first leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and four splits of second elimination round action in the Survivor Series for $5,000 male pacers. American Trademark (Trace Tetrick) captured the first division of the Hiteman for green pacing horses in 1:55.1 over a track rated good, topping ER Hotshot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and Sundown Showdown (Brady Galliers). The Tyler George owned and trained 4-year-old son of Rockin Image paid $11.60 for his second lifetime win in just seven starts. Fishin For Apples (John DeLong) proved worthy of his even money favoritism, besting Farmers Only (Tetrick) and Letsmakithapncapn (Trevor Smith) in 1:54.4. The impressive late-blooming 4-year-old gelding by Mr Apples, owned by Kathleen Prickett and trained by Rob Cook, now has triumphed in half of his first six career tries. Captain Sunshine (Cameron McCown, 1:55.3, $3.60) remained undefeated in four lifetime trips to post beating Spoiled Rockn (Kayne Kauffman) and Sunshine's Finest (Miller). The 4-year-old gelded son of Captaintreacherous is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. The Survivor Series field was narrowed from 40 to 20 for a pair of $7500 third round final elimination races next week. The $20,000 championship tilt is scheduled for Monday, February 24. Winners of this week's four elimination heats were A J Corbelli (Kayne Kauffman, 1:56, $4.40), Hit And Giggle A (Brett Miller, 1:56, $3.80), Star Guitar (Miller, 1:56.4, $3.60) and I Am Will (Jason Beattie, 1:55.1, $35.80). Three of the four winners were claimed for the second week in a row and will race out of new homes in the final elimination. Rules called for all horses to carry $5000 claiming tags in Round 1, then only horses claimed in Round 1 eligible to be claimed for an enhanced tag of $6500 in Round 2. The price tags escalate to $8500 in Round 3 on just the four horses that were collared in Round 2 and advanced with a Top Five finish. From Miami Valley Raceway  

California Rock, a winner of five of his seven starts at the harness racing meet, looms the overwhelming favorite in Friday night's featured $9,700 Robert Gordon Pace at Cal Expo Harness. The main event is named for the noted driver/trainer and track executive who passed away at the age of 65 in 2006. A 13-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 5:50 p.m. There will also be an Open Pace featuring a full field and a mile and one-half Open Trot headed by Its a Horse. California Rock is a now 4-year-old son of Rockin Image who competes for Schwartz, Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Junior Wilkinson the conditioner and Luke Plano at the controls. In last week's Robert Gordon Prep, he proved a punctual 4-5 favorite over the track labelled "good" as he was used to the lead past the quarter and took control of things from that point, reporting to the wire with four lengths to spare. Taking him on Friday are Rue Hanover with Chip Lackey; Lickcreek Speedway, James Kennedy; Cenalta Dragster, Mooney Svendsen; Explainotcomplain with Nick Roland; and Platinum Time, who leaves from the outside slot with Steve Wiseman at the helm. There are two wagers offered each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 will now feature a $40,000-guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays. Part Time turns into overtime Part Time came from left field both literally and figuratively when he flew home with veteran Gerry Longo to post a $45 upset in last week's Open Pace. He goes about his business for owner Scott Ehrlich and trainer Kathie Plested. "Back in 2015, I would always watch the races from one of my old stomping grounds, Balmoral Park, and every week, Part Time would be closing fastest of all," Ehrlich noted. "So, I put him in my virtual stable so I could follow him, which included Hawthorne, where he would also close well. Since I love to own closers, I wanted to have him for myself, but he was never in a claiming race. "When I did check into purchasing him privately, I was told the owner, who was also the breeder, wouldn't sell. As a result, the horse would be forced to move up in class, which resulted in his being overmatched a good amount of the time." Fast forward to early January of 2019, where Part Time shows up in a $4,000 claimer at Pompano. "Okay, why, after all these years, is he in the lowest claimer he can be?" Scott mused. "He finished third, and the next week he's in for a $5,000 tag, so we didn't claim him. The following week, he's back in for $4,000, and we did." In May the decision was made to send him from Hoosier Park to Running Aces, into the Kathie Plested/Steve Wiseman stable. After a well-deserved rest and a change of scenery, he became the closer that had caught Ehrlich's eye a few years earlier, included three wins where he dramatically came from last over that five-eighths mile oval with a stretch that isn't that long "With Cal Expo on the horizon, Steve suggested I not race him the last three weeks of Running Aces, for two reasons," Scott explained. "First, we heard he was going to get claimed and second, Steve wanted me to not only see this horse on the mile track where we all knew he'd excel, but he also wanted me to get to know him, as Part Time is a very sweet animal. "And now, I'm lucky enough have a horse who has won the Open. I can't be thankful enough to Kathie, Steve, and their solid crew of dedicated hard workers." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

The 72nd Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 19-21, at the Champions Center in Springfield, OH, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition. The harness racing horse sale was topped by leading Ontario Sires Stakes Grass Roots filly Splurge On Me at $82,000. Consigned by Robert McIntosh, the 3-year-old daughter of Kadabra, had 12 wins and $102,000 life. Mahlon Hochstetler of Loudenville, OH, prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to secure the classy trotter. Hochstetler plans to give the filly to LeWayne Miller to race this winter in Ohio and hopefully next year in Indiana before eventually breeding her. Sale runner-up honors went to Letme Fly Low from the strong Alvin Miller consignment. The competitive upper level 4-year-old Rockin Image mare was purchased by John Ackley to race in Ohio. Indiana Sires Stakes finalist Pure Rock was hammered down to Tom Ceraso, Jr of CT for $52,000. The Rockin Image son, consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, earned $66,000 this year. Also hitting the board at $52,000 was the beautiful 4-year-old broodmare Bubblesnritz who was carrying her first foal by Crazy Wow. The daughter of Chapter Seven was part of the highly popular Crawford Farms reduction with Spring Haven Farm acting as agent. Allard Racing consigned the competitive conditioned pacer Beyond Delight who sold to Mitchell Standardbreds for $45,000 on Wednesday. Allard then reinvested the proceeds back in the Open pacing mare Berazzled for $45,000 at the end of the sale on Thursday. Consigned by Abby Stables, agt, Berazzled was runner up in the aged Ohio Sires Stakes championship. Bidding was spirited for the beautiful black trotter Milford's Z Tam with William Hartt of ME getting the nod at $43,000. The son of Swan For All was consigned by Z Tam Stables LLC. The Uncle Peter colt Credit Ace and the Pet Rock colt Rocksursocksoff shared top honors at $23,000 among the 150 yearlings that sold on Tuesday. Credit Ace was purchased by Winterwood Farm from Spring Haven Farm acting as agent for Winklepleck Farm. The latter also consigned the handsome Triumphant Caviar son American Scandal that was purchased by Joe Kramp of OH for $20,000. Visit for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled for February 11-12. From the Blooded Horse Sale

Jim Wilkinson has a good chance to be posing in the harness racing winner's circle following Saturday night's featured Bill Conlin Pace, as California Rock will be representing his shedrow. Wilkinson trains and co-owns the sophomore and he made short work of the opposition at 70 cents on the dollar in one of last week's eliminations with Luke Plano guiding, coming to the line with plenty in the tank in a 1:55 4/5 performance. "We bought him as a yearling and he was racing against some pretty stiff competition this summer at Hoosier Park," Jim related. "He paced in :51 and change there, but those were some tough horses. "I think he's got a real good chance to climb the ladder here, he just needs some confidence." That climb begins with Saturday's Conlin, where he will face the other elimination winner Rue Hanover, who was also impressive for driver/trainer Chip Lackey. The opening night card also saw Wilkinson sending out Gorgeous For Real in a coast-to-coast performance as the odds-on choice, with that 5-year-old pacer also going about his business for the Schwartz, Axelrod, O'Neill and Wilkinson partnership. The son of He's Gorgeous, who was a 1:50 3/5 victor at Hoosier this year, is working his way toward $100,000 mark in earnings and never looked like a loser last week after flying from the gate from the outside post for Plano. "He got some class relief from those Indiana races and found a real good spot," his conditioner noted. "He's won at the top level here and I'm looking forward to racing him." Gorgeous For Real was scheduled to suit up in Friday night's feature. Rue Hanover, California Rock head Bill Conlin The $8,900 Bill Conlin Pace heads the harness action Saturday night at Cal Expo, with last week's elimination winners California Rock and Rue Hanover getting the marquee treatment. A 10-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:40 p.m. California Rock is a 3-year-old son of Rockin Image out of the Bettor's Delight mare Tia Maria Hanover who is owned by Schwartz Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Jim Wilkinson the conditioner and Jim Lackey at the controls. In last week's elimination leg with Luke Plano at the helm, California Rock proved a punctual 3-5 favorite as he brushed to the lead past the quarter and was never seriously threatened after that, coming to the wire with three and a half-lengths to spare in a 1:55 4/5 tour. Rue Hanover should have an equal amount of supporters Saturday night for driver/trainer Chip Lackey, who also co-owns the distaffer along with Kenneth Seastrom. The 3-year-old Betterthancheddar filly was sent off the 8-5 second choice in her elimination and came home by two and a half lengths in a 1:55 3/5 performance after withstanding a strong challenge on the final turn while carving out the fractions. Completing the field are Joltin Joe, Intrepid Byrd, Joker John, Budgie Smuggler, Lakota Law, Red N Hotallover and Custards Dungeon. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness            

Harness racing under the Watch and Wager LLC banner returns to Cal Expo Saturday night with a 12-race program headed by the opening leg of the Bill Conlin Series. First post will be 6:10 p.m. and beginning next week there will be Friday and Saturday action each week. The wagering menu includes the return of the low 16% takeout Pick-4 and Pick-5 wagers. Last season's Pick-4 pool averaged over $46,000 nightly. In addition to the Pick-4, fans will able to wager on the Pick-5 this season in 20-cent denominations. The Bill Conlin will go as the fourth race on the program with a field of seven set to face the starter and a solid case can made for each of the pacers. California Rock has been facing tougher company at Hoosier Park this summer and had a solid tune-up in a qualifier last week with Luke Plano at the controls. The son of Rockin Image is owned by Billie Schwartz, Jim Wilkinson and Ivan Axelrod with Wilkinson the conditioner. Red N Hotallover has the cozy rail post for owner Edmund Martin Knapp and driver/trainer Nick Roland and this 4-year-old mare looms a major player. Completing the cast are Custards Dungeon, Fox Valley B Gump, Brooklyn Moonshine, Nightgirl and Lakota Law. On track fans will be treated to a special Family Value night on Saturday. Hot Dogs, Beer, Wine, and Soda are each $2 from 6 to 9. As always, parking and admission are free after 4:30. Rebuilding process for Robin Clements Robin Clements sent four performers to Running Aces this summer, eventually selling two and retiring the other pair, and now starts off this meet with a new quartet under her direction. "I claimed Crusin For You for $10,000 in Minnesota because he's a hard-knocking little horse who seems to do well both at Running Aces and Cal Expo," Clements related. A familiar name in the barn is Shock N Awe, who has been with trainer Bruce Clarke for many years back east. "I just happened to call him and say I was looking for a mare to race at Cal Expo and he had her for sale. She was a barn favorite of Bruce's wife Megan, so they were a little fussy about her going to someone they knew would take good care of her." Using an on-line auction site called On Gait, Robin was able to find a mare named Plain Old Jane who she felt would be a good addition to the barn. "I went into her past history and noticed she seemed to like the bigger track, having taken her 1:53 1/5 mark at The Meadowlands as a 3-year-old." Looking for a gelding to round out the shedrow proved to be a more difficult task for Clements. "I didn't really see anything worth claiming until I found Marced Magic," she noted. "He had been racing at Yonkers. I reached out to a friend of mine who owns a full brother and he loved the horse and told me to check out the history. Being an Iowa-bred, he fits into the DHA program and I was able to buy him because they were dissolving a partnership." Robin added she was pleased with the way each pacer qualified last weekend and is looking forward to finding out more about her new proteges on the opening night program. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 18, 2019- Coming off the heels of the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted another round of harness racing Grand Circuit action on Friday, October 18. The Pegasus Stakes for three-year-olds were the featured events of the evening, with two divisions for each sex and gait. With the exception of an upset by Yes, favorites prevailed with wins from Rockin Nola, Pure Chance, Highlandbeachlover, Thunder, Grand Swan, Jk American Beauty and Hickfromfrenchlick. Rockin Nola and Grand Swan defended their home turf with wins in their respective divisions and six of the eight stakes races saw at least one Indiana sired horse on the board. It was also another big night for Harrah's Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick who scored five wins on the evening. The night kicked off with the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing filly champion, Rockin Nola scoring her second consecutive victory for driver Joey Putnam. Using her customary late rallying style, Rockin Nola found a spot mid-pack in sixth and waited patiently through fractions of :26:4, :56:2 and 1:24:1, eventually moving to the outer flow to make her bid. Once the wire was in sight, Rockin Nola dug in with a final quarter of :27:0 and grabbed the win, a length to the good. She stopped the clock in 1:51:2, followed by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting. Rockin Nola paid $3.80 at the betting windows. Rockin Nola is the daughter of Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore and was bred by Mahlon Lambright. With tonight's win, the Joe Putnam trainee has won 11 of 25 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $415,672 for owners Joe Putnam, Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot. After winning the early double, Trace Tetrick would return to the winner's circle with three-year-old trotting filly Pure Chance who turned in an impressive effort in 1:53:0. Tetrick eased the filly off the gate and she settled along the rail in fourth but it didn't take long for Pure Chance to move to the lead. At the half in :56:3, Tetrick guided the filly to the front, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:25:1. Turning for home, Pure Chance bolstered her lead on the field, eventually crossing the wire two lengths ahead of her competition, leaving Sensibility with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to settle for second. Pure Chance paid $4.40 to win. Pure Chance, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Jewell Creek, has won nine of 22 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime best with the win. Trained by Christopher Beaver, the filly sports a lifetime bankroll of $269,488 for owners Christopher Beaver and Steven Zeehandelar. Pure Chance was bred by Jonas Schlabach. Stakes action for the pacing colts began with a victory from Highlandbeachlover and Brett Miller. The Ernest Gaskin trainee grabbed a pocket seat from the start and held it through the first split in :27:0. Miller gave Highlandbeachlover the green light down the backside and he moved to the outside, passing his competition through fractions of :54:3 and 1:21:4. The heavily favored Dealer's Table and Sam Widger made a strong bid at the leader but Highlandbeachlover dug in gamely to get the win over a fast-closing Rose Run Ulysses and Trace Tetrick in 1:50. Highlandbeachlover paid $6.80 for his backers at the betting windows. Highlandbeachlover is the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland and has won eight of 25 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime mark with the victory. Owned by Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck, the gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $144,314. Highlandbeachlover was bred by High Thoroughbred Farm. In the very next race, Tetrick continued his winning ways, this time with the John Butenschoen trainee, trotting colt Thunder. Thunder spent the first quarter of the race trading positions with Mass Fortune K and Brett Miller, the latter leading at the opening split in :27:1. Thunder grabbed the lead soon after, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:26:1. Digging in with a final quarter of :27:3, Thunder finished just a head in front of Smooth Acceleration and John De Long in 1:54:1, paying $3.40 to win. Thunder, the son of Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna, scored his first win of the season and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $255,171 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Day Dream Racing and VIP Internet Stables. He has now won six of 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Grand Swan found the winner's circle for the third consecutive time for trainer, driver LeWayne Miller. Uninvolved through the early stages of the race, Grand Swan sat fifth through opening fractions of :28:1 and :56:3. When the field reached the third quarter in 1:25:1, Grand Swan began to make her move and was closing in fast on the leaders. With a final quarter of :28:2, Grand Swan tracked the leaders down and coasted to the wire two lengths to the good with a final time of 1:53:4 paying $2.80 to win. She was followed by American Kronos with Trace Tetrick. The recently crowned 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting filly champion, Grand Swan is the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum and was bred by Larry Miller. She has won 17 of 24 lifetime starts and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $559,750 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. Just when it seemed a favorites trend was forming, a price finally scored when Michael Oosting guided Erv Miller trainee Yes to the winner's circle, lighting up the tote board and paying $70.20 to win in their split of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts. Yes grabbed a pocket seat and held it through and opening fraction of :27:3. Oosting waited patiently for much of the mile and found late racing room and Yes responded. Charging home with a final quarter of :26:4, Yes crossed the wire almost two lengths to the good, besting the field in 1:53:3. He was followed by Indiana Sires Stakes champion and post time favorite, Swandre The Giant with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. "It worked out better than I thought," driver Michael Oosting had to say about the upset. "I wanted to get out close and make sure we didn't have any trouble. Once we found late racing room, he was full of trot." Yes, the son of Manofmanymissions-Fantasy Yankee has now won six of 24 lifetime starts and brought his lifetime to $208,903 with tonight's win. He was bred by Edward Lohmeyer and has international connections being owned by Thestable Yes Group out of Ontario, Canada. The second pacing filly to take home a win was the Nancy Johansson trainee Jk American Beauty who delivered as the heavy betting favorite in her split of the stakes action. Driven by Brett Miller, JK American Beauty made her move to the front down the backside and was able to hold off all challengers to stop the timer in 1:52.1. Summer Charm and Drew Monti surged late in the lane but were forced to settle for second place honors. Jk American Beauty paid $5.40 to win for her betting backers. Jk American Beauty is the homebred daughter of American Ideal-Jk Black Beauty and is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. With the win, Jk American Beauty has won 5 of 28 lifetime starts and holds a lifetime bankroll of $370,523. New York Sires Stakes Champion, pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one and extended his win streak to seven in impressive fashion in the final leg of stakes action. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Hickfromfrenchlick reached command just past the half and never looked back. Finishing under a hand drive from Tetrick, Hickfromfrenchlick was an open length winner and stopped the timer in 1:49.4, the fastest stakes time of the night. Hickfromfrenchlick paid $2.80 to win. "He's a great horse and he's so tough," trainer Ryan Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's been well traveled this season and he can race on any size track. He's got a few races left here at Hoosier Park this season, like the Monument Circle." Hickfromfrenchlick is the son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star and was bred by Steve Jones. He has now won 14 of 20 starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $561,927 for owners Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Friday, October 25 with the Circle City Stakes, followed by the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-olds on Saturday, October 26. Grand Circuit racing will wrap up at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, November 1 with The $200,000 Monument Circle, The $200,000 Carl Erskine, The $100,000 USS Memorial and The Crossroads of America. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 19 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

Brandon Bates has a horse in the Breeders Crown for the first time, and it's Priceless. Priceless, who last week won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship for her sixth victory of the season, was among the 21 horses entered in Friday's (Oct. 18) Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 44-year-old Bates trains and drives Priceless for owners Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung, who also are starting a horse in the Breeders Crown for the first time. It will be Priceless' second Grand Circuit start of the year (she won the Kentuckiana Stallion Management on Sept. 20 at Harrah's Hoosier Park) and she is the 7-2 third choice on the morning line in the first of three eliminations. Baby Your The Best, the runner-up in both the Kentucky and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships, is the 5-2 favorite followed by two-time Grand Circuit winner Reflect With Me at 3-1. The field also includes International Stallion Stakes division winner Peaky Sneaky (4-1) and Kentucky Sire Stakes champ Gai Waterhouse (9-2). Ontario Sire Stakes champion Alicorn is the 4-5 favorite in the second elimination and She's A Great Lady winner Lyons Sentinel, who brings a six-race victory streak to the event, is the 3-5 chalk in the third. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest earnings as calculated by Standardbred Canada will advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 25 at Mohawk. Priceless, a daughter of Rockin Image out of Btwnyurheartnmine, has earned $328,662 in nine starts, with an average margin of victory of five lengths in her six wins. She has finished second once and gone off stride twice, the first of which Bates attributed to a bad night and the second to interference. She heads to her Breeders Crown elimination off her 1:52.2 score in the Indiana championship, where she paced her final quarter-mile in :26.1 and won by 6-1/2 lengths. "I don't know that she's been any better all year," Bates said Tuesday. "She's really matured and attitude wise she seems as happy as she could be. I couldn't be more pleased." Bates and Priceless did not get off on the best foot. "The first three days I didn't like her at all," Bates said with a laugh. "She laid down three days in a row. The first day I was brushing her and she laid down in the crossties. The second day I was putting hobbles on her and she laid down in the crossties. The third day, just before we were coming off the track, she kind of folded up and laid down in the jog cart. "But when she got her mind on her business and her work, she just blossomed and excelled. She showed a lot of talent." One thing Bates has never had to worry about is Priceless missing any meals. The filly's nickname is "Pudgie." "She likes to eat, and she looks like she's a little fat," Bates said. "Her race-night groom, Dani Copeland, gave her the nickname the first time we raced her down here. She's a great eater." Bates would like to see Priceless eat up the racetrack Friday and advance to the Breeders Crown final. "She's got a lot of personality," Bates said. "She gets turned out every day for as long as she wants to be out. She really likes that. She's the first one out of the barn in the morning and then she gets back out and she likes to watch the other horses jog. She'll pace some of them down the fence line and just really enjoys herself." An Ohio native who 20 years ago moved to Indiana, Bates has won 926 races as a driver and 194 as a trainer. He is on the board of the Indiana Standardbred Association and has worked full time in racing since the mid-2000s. Prior to then, he split his time between the horses and a job in a soybean processing facility. Over the years, Bates thought he had two previous hopes of making it to the Breeders Crown, with trotters Haulin Laser (who got sick) and Swandre The Giant (who was sold). "Hopefully the third time is the charm," Bates said. Racing begins at 7:50 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for all 2-year-old Breeders Crown divisions are on the card. Eliminations for 3-year-olds and up are Saturday, with a 7:10 p.m. post time. For Friday's complete entries, click here. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. By Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind.--October 4, 2019 -- Indiana's top three-year-old colt trotters and two-year-old colt pacers wrapped up their harness racing preliminary rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, October 3. With two divisions for each featured on the evening's card, the divisional stars padded their division leading point totals and looked primed heading into Indiana's biggest night of racing. With over $2 million in purses on the line, the Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate on Friday, October 11 with the annual Hoosier Champions Night. In the opening division of the stakes action, two-year-old pacing colt Clever Character continued his winning ways and used a gate-to-wire effort to score in 1:53. With Dale Hiteman in the bike, Clever Character left assertively from post nine and stayed game all the way to the wire to record his fourth straight stakes victory. "He really is getting better with every start," Hiteman noted. "I think it's easier on him on the front but he can race any way really--he makes it look easy." Trained and owned by Timothy Smith, the gelded son Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight has now won six starts and has yet to finish worse than second in eight lifetime starts. With the win, Clever Character now sports a lifetime bankroll of $162,875. Not to be outdone, Odds On Osiris turned in a decisive performance of his own to capture the second division for the two-year-old colt pacers and deliver as the heavy post time favorite. With driver Peter Wrenn in the bike, Odds On Osiris moved first-over and employed a :25.2 final panel to get the win by two lengths in 1:53. "He was pretty good tonight," Wrenn noted. "His blood was off last week and I think he lost a little bit of his edge but he was much better tonight. That was a big effort. I feel pretty good going into next week." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Odds On Osiris sports a 8-5-1-1 record while earning $188,145 in purse earnings this season. The son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover is owned by Odds On Racing. A total of 15 sophomore trotting colts and geldings squared off in two $47,500 divisions. What A Swan and Casey Leonard turned a pocket trip into a 1:55.2 victory in the opening division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Using a :27 final quarter, What A Swan tracked down Swan On A Mission and John DeLong to get the win by a neck. Trained by William Crone, What A Swan recorded his fourth win from 18 trips behind the gate this season. Owned by John Barnard, the son of Swan For All-Tanya's Legacy sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win. In the second division, Swandre The Giant and David Miller looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite as they powered away from the gate and never looked back en route to a 1:54 victory. The Ron Burke trainee used a :26.4 closing kick to get the win by a length and a half over the pocket-sitting Martini Show and Sam Widger and record his second straight stakes victory in doing so. "I think he gets over this track a little better than other places," Miller noted after the win. "He's pretty handy. He gets out, he can rate his own mile and he does his job well." Swandre The Giant With the win, Swandre The Giant recorded his fifth win of the season from 13 outs. With the win, the sophomore son of Swan For All-Adagio pushed his lifetime bankroll to $520,743 for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and H.A. Taylor. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a stakes-filled 14-race card on Friday, October 4. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Little Rocket Man might be on the small side, but it has not prevented the 3-year-old harness racing pacer from coming up big for trainer Missy Essig and owners Russ Beeman and Jack Freeman. The gelding, unraced at age 2, has won 10 of 14 races this season and earned $137,630 as he heads to his first career Grand Circuit event, Friday's (Sept. 20) $170,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "He has no idea he's small," Essig said. "He's full of himself." Entering this season, Essig expected "absolutely nothing" from Little Rocket Man. Last year, the horse was sidelined longer than expected following surgery to be gelded and his connections decided to skip the season to give Little Rocket Man additional time to heal and, perhaps, grow. He did not grow much and training down for his 3-year-old campaign showed little interest in breaking the two-minute barrier. It seemed the horse was destined for the Indiana fair circuit, until he got behind the starting gate with a field of horses. "Then, he woke up," Essig said. "He's got his own personality. He's kind of aggravating in the barn; he can be a little ornery. But on the racetrack, he's great. He's very versatile. He can leave, he can sit in the pocket; he's very easy to control that way. You can put him where you want to put him in a race. That's the best thing about him, just the way he races." Little Rocket Man is by Rockin Image out of GT Miss Royal. Essig trained GT Miss Royal for part of her 10-year career on the racetrack. "My dad (Beeman) always said he wanted a baby out of her," Essig said. Little Rocket Man, bred by Victory Hill Farm, was GT Miss Royal's first foal. Freeman signed for Little Rocket Man, then named Just Like Pete, after purchasing the horse for $18,000 at the 2017 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. "He's been a nice one to have in the barn, that's for sure," Essig said. Little Rocket Man has picked up four victories on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit and swept the Jerry Landess Series as part of a four-race win streak in April. He is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line in the Jenna's Beach Boy, leaving from post five with driver Trace Tetrick. Century Farroh, who has won 11 of 13 races this year including the Simcoe Stakes over Meadowlands Pace champ Best In Show and North America Cup winner Captain Crunch, is the 3-1 favorite. "We're really pleased with the post position," Essig said. "I have a good feeling. I hope it all pans out. You don't know until the gate folds." The Jenna's Beach Boy is part of a stakes-filled card Friday at Hoosier Park. Maple Leaf Trot winner Guardian Angel AS is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $230,000 Caesars Trotting Classic for older trotters. The field also includes 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, and stakes winners Crystal Fashion, Six Pack, and Fiftydallarbill. McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, is the 3-1 favorite in the $176,000 Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers. This Is The Plan is the 7-2 second choice followed by Jimmy Freight at 4-1. Evident Beauty, coming off a victory in the Elegantimage Stakes, is the 9-5 favorite in the $135,000 Moni Maker Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. There also are Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers and trotters and the Elevation for 2-year-old male pacers. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 12, 2019-- Heavy rains and a sloppy track would not deter freshman pacing colt Odds On Osiris who became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder after an impressive, open length 1:50.3 score in the co-featured event of the evening, the $69,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Peter Wrenn in the bike, Odds On Osiris re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing geldings by a fifth of a second over a sloppy rated track and extended his win streak to four in the process. Leaving from post eight, Odds On Osiris left just enough to get a spot along the rail in fourth. Stellar BB and Ronnie Gillespie were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.3 before yielding the lead to Always And Again and Trace Tetrick just before the half in :55.1. When the field reached the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Odds On Osiris had ranged up and was ready to strike from first-over. Turning for home, Wrenn asked his mount for more and Odds On Osiris found another gear. Utilizing a :26.3 final panel, Odds On Osiris finished seven lengths to the good under a hand drive. Straight Up Cool and Mike Oosting along with Francis Underwood and Sam Widger rallied well late to get up for second and third, respectively. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Odds On Osiris returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "To be honest, I haven't really figured him all the way out," Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "I don't know how he races best just yet. At this point, he's still very green. I don't think he knows how he likes to race best. He just never gets tired, let's hope he never figures out how to get tired." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover recorded his fourth lifetime victory from six trips behind the starting gate. Odds On Osiris was a winner in the 2019 Fox Stake and has now bankrolled $123,395 for Odds On Racing. In the second division of the stakes action, Clever Character extended a win streak of his own to three after a 1:53 score. With regular pilot Dale Hiteman in the sulky, Clever Character utilized a second-over trip and a :26.3 closing kick to get the win by a head over Northern Cadilac and Trace Tetrick. Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. also paced strong to the wire to round out the trifecta. As the 1-2 favorite, Clever Character returned $3.00 at the betting windows. Trained and owned by Timothy Smith, Clever Character has now won five of seven lifetime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. The gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight now sports a lifetime bankroll of $129,375. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 13 with two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

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