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According to owner Richard Young, world champion and multiple award winner I Luv The Nitelife has passed away after complications from foaling. She was 10 years old. "During foaling Nitelife experienced a dystocia where the foal was abnormally positioned," said attending farm veterinarian Dr. Courtney Pink. "Through great efforts we were able to deliver the foal, but unfortunately we lost them both. We are terribly saddened by the loss. May her legacy live on through her foals. She was a tremendous mare and will be greatly missed by all." As a two-year-old, I Luv The Nitelife (Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune) put together a record reading 4-4-1 in 10 freshman starts to bank $682,574 in purses for owners Richard & Joanne Young and trainer Chris Ryder. In addition to setting a world record of 1:50.1 in an elimination of the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk Racetrack, she also won the final along with divisions of the Eternal Camnation and Bluegrass Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife was also a runner-up in the Champlain Stake, International Stallion Stakes and Breeders Crown. The O'Brien voters gave her the nod as their choice for Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2012. The voters had no doubt who was the best three-year-old pacing filly in 2013. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races that year and $1.25 million en route to divisional honours as Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in Canada and in the U.S. Her sophomore triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Valley Forge, Lynch Memorial, Jugette and Mistletoe Shalee. Her 1:48.4 time in the Valley Forge established a world record for a three-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track. I Luv The Nitelife won 17 of 27 races and $1.94 million in purses. No female pacer in harness racing history has won more money at ages two and three. The Youngs sold I Luv The Nitelife as a four-year-old to Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm in 2014. She had three foals: Blacklight, a 2016 foal by Somebeachsomewhere; Millennial, a 2017 Sweet Lou colt and a 2019 Always B Miki yearling named Broadway. "When we agreed to do the live foal cameras this year, we knew there would be a chance that something would go wrong," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "We feel it is important to show not just the highs but also the lows of life on a breeding farm. Unfortunately, this is one of the lowest moments, not only losing a mare of her caliber in the industry, but also her loss as a much-loved member of the farm." From Richard Young and Diamond Creek Farm

WASHINGTON, PA, March 6, 2020 -- Rock N Teen let Zanetti do the heavy lifting on the front end, then blew by him in the lane to score in a career-best 1:53, fastest harness racing division in Friday's Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Gumption and Arrhythmic Storm also captured $12,500 opening-leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The series honors the memory of Zendt, a trainer, driver and patriarch of one of The Meadows most prominent and successful clans. It's one of four late-closing events that kicked off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Zanetti reeled off a blistering 1:23.3 three-quarters, making him vulnerable to the pocket-sitting Rock N Teen. Indeed, when Mike Wilder cut him loose, the 3-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Dance With Me Tina gelding roared passed and defeated Zanetti by 1-3/4 lengths. Chicken Nugget completed the ticket. Norm Parker trains Rock N Teen for owner/breeder Bob Key.   Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Scott Betts, while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $18,605.15 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two harness racing horses who had been in very sharp form during the preliminaries in their respective Game Of Claims series - Charger Blue Chip and Always B Magic - continued their winning ways right to the throne as the winner of their Championships, with the former taking his $20,000 event for $10,000 base-priced horses and the latter victorious for the $15,000 bounty offered for $7,500-based priced pacers at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. Considering he had two wins and a third in his only three seasonal starts, all in the GOC Series, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Charger Blue Chip was overlooked by the bettors at 9-1, probably because of his difficult outside post nine. But driver Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the quick veteran to command, yielded but was on the retake before the second turn, and from there kept favored Grandpa Don at bay by an easy 2¼ lengths in 1:54.1. Claimed for $10,000 in the first leg of the series, Charger Blue Chip has already earned $16,200 in just three starts for trainer Marc Mosher and owners Edward and James Hall Jr. Trainer Susan and co-owner John Marshall may have been denied a Game Of Claims sweep on Sunday with Grandpa Don's second, but earlier they had kept driver Marohn from that same double victory, as their Always A Virgin gelding Always B Magic was always off the pylons throughout the GOC finale, but still dug in to hold off Naked City (Marohn) by a nose in 1:55 for driver George Napolitano Jr. The timing was good for the connections and the horse. The Marshalls claimed Always B Magic for $9000 out of the second leg, and with two wins and a finals place assured, they kept him out of the third prelim so he wouldn't get claimed - and the week off did nothing to take off his edge. As for Always B Magic, before the Game Of Claims he had amassed a 60-race losing streak, back to June 18, 2018; he then went three-for-three in the series, all the series wins for Napolitano. (Who drove him on June 18, 2018? George Nap, of course!) Driver Matt Kakaley visited Victory Lane five times on Sunday, three times with a Ron Burke trainee, including the Yankee Glide gelding Max in a $17,500 fast-class trot. Leaving from post six, Max got the entire field in behind him before the quarter, then put in twin :28.2 back splits to win handily in 1:54.3 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Frank Baldachino. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The second preliminary rounds of two of the levels in the Game Of Claims Series took place on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and sharp horsemen looking for potential thronetakers in the Game Of Claims Championships two weeks hence claimed all three of the night's series winners. The Game Of Claims pacing horses who went for a basic price of $12,500 drew one division of ten horses (scratched down to nine), making for a rare trailing starter at Pocono. At the wire, the field was trailing the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Grandpa Don, who after being last at the half made a huge looping move on the far turn and paced past everybody in 1:56.2 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Susan Marshall, the latter co-owner with John Marshall - and was then claimed out of the race. Both horses who won last week in the Game Of Claims group that started for a basic price of $9000 on Sunday were again victorious, but as opposed to last week both horses headed to new barns after Sunday's successes. First to Victory Lane was the Rambaran gelding Speedling, now 2-for-2 in 2020 after a 1:56 win for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Lou Pena and his Lou Pena Racing Stables Inc. Then it was the Always A Virgin gelding Always B Magic who was again to parlay a pocket journey into a victory, here in 1:55.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Daniel Renaud, and owner Alexa Renaud. With two claims from each of the $9,000 fields, four $12,500 purchases from that event, and three horses haltered out of a claiming handicap trot (perhaps looking towards the trotting Game Of Claims Series in March), 11 horses went through the box for a total of $124,125, running the totals over the four days of 2020 Pocono racing to 47 claims and $812,900 - keeping horsemen and handicappers on their toes to be in the right place at the right time. One place you didn't want to be at Pocono on Sunday was on the front end, as the speed held up only once in thirteen races. The lone horse making every pole a winning one was the very impressive four-year-old Sweet Lou mare Darn Tootn Hanover, who was sent to the top in a $15,000 distaff pace by Tyler Buter in :27.3, got a rest to a :57.1 half, then motored home in :55.3-:27.2, needing all that speed to hold off the invading Tango Dancer N by a neck in 1:52.4. Darn Tootn Hanover entered the year with only one victory to show in 17 starts as a freshman and sophomore, but this year she's turned things around and is now 3-for-3 for trainer Nik Drennan and Yankeeland Partners LLP. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Game Of Claims Pacing Series, which will offer rich paydays to those who can claim the harness racing throne as best in the respective price divisions, continued on Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two sections each of first round preliminaries, offering $7,500 for $7,500 claimers and $10,000 for $10,000-tagged horses. Remarkably, six of the eleven horses in the $10,000 action will be racing for new barns next week after being claimed, including divisional winner Charger Blue Chip, who won his debut as a 10-year-old in 1:58 over a tiring track rated "good." The Rocknroll Hanover gelding rallied from the pocket to overhaul pacesetting favorite Midnight Dylan N for driver Tom Jackson and owner/trainer Emily Bost. No claim was entered on the Mach Three gelding Mr Carrotts despite his being the second choice, and trainer Dan Morrissey and owner Leona Morrissey got to "walk him home" after he one-geared up raw and held off Master The View in 1:57.4. No one was haltered out of either division of the $7500s first prelim - so the claiming count stopped at 24 horses changing hands for $410,000 during the opening weekend. Emerging first at this level were the Always A Virgin gelding Always B Magic, a pocket rocket in 1:56.3 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Alexa Renaud while emerging victorious for the first time in 613 days, and the Rambaran gelding Speedling, who was quarter-moved by driver Jim Morrill Jr. and held on in 1:58 for trainer Lou Pena and Lou Pena Racing Stables Inc. The top purse events were a pair of $15,000 paces. The first, for females, went to perhaps the most impressive winner of the night, the Sweet Lou four-year-old mare Darn Tootn Hanover, who followed up on a 1:51.2 Meadowlands victory with a 1:54 victory here, coming her last quarter in 28.1 on a night when only one other race beat 29.2 home to be 6¾ lengths to the good for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Nik Drennan, and Yankeeland Partners LLP. Darn Tootn Hanover paid $2.20 to win; in the male sector of this class, Ben Rockin, an altered son of A Rocknroll Dance, motored home from last to win in 1:55.4 for driver Eric Goodell and return $171.40 to the scattered backers of the Robert John Becker-owned horse. The key to this one may have been the history of trainer Bill "Moon" Mullin - his Trixar paid $166.80, which stood as the 2019 local high payoff, in the second week of last year, and now Ben Rockin is another early-season toteboard demolisher for Mullin! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs      

Redbank Blaze A (Rocknroll Hanover) made his first start outside of Open company at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night. The Jose Godinez trainee had three races under his belt at the Spa and all three had come in the $18,000 Open Pace. On Saturday, the six year old dropped down to the $15,000 Winners Over, a race that with no Open on the docket served as the evening's feature. Redbank Blaze A drew the rail and was subsequently the public's 3-5 betting favorite with Frank Coppola Jr. sitting behind. The favorite wasted little time moving out to the front-end after retaking the lead from In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) approaching the quarter. Redbank Blaze A cruised unopposed for the majority of the mile and started to pad his lead past three quarters. In A Single Bound began to tire a bit in the pocket as longshot Shady City came on in the stretch in what turned out to be a battle for the place spot as Redbank Blaze A drew away to win decisively in 1:53.2. Shady City went off at odds of 41-1 and endured a difficult trip from post eight to be the runner-up in the feature while In A Single Bound held on for third. Redbank Blaze A, who is owned by Marissa Godinez of Bloomingburg, NY, led an exacta and triple that paid $100.50 and $473.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA -George Napolitano, Jr. was at his best Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, scoring eight winners on the night, including with the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Scott Rocks, who rallied for his second straight victory in the $21,500 Saturday night featured harness racing pace. A winner of $1,033,974, Scott Rocks was sent to the lead before the :26.3 quarter by Napolitano, and the pair then yielded to Western Joe, the favorite off a fast win in the subfeature last week, and Western Joe led the field past a :55.1 half, a 1:23.1 three-quarters, and into the stretch. But Scott Rocks started to angle to the outside after turning into the lane, and in the final strides he was able to put a nose ahead of the pacesetter in a 1:50.2 mile with the temperatures in the mid-40s at the mountain oval. Hunter Oakes trains the winner, who now has a lifetime win percentage over one-third with 59 victories in 175 starts, for owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. One other note from the feature is that Atta Boy Dan, racing for a $40,000 claiming tag, will NOT be changing barns after his race, after being claimed out of fourteen straight starts at Pocono. Atta Boy Dan was all but invincible when in claiming company, but with the top selling level not filling the last couple of weeks, "Dan" has had to face a very tough collection - he held for fifth here after going the tough first-over trip -- but there were no takers for him, breaking his unofficial local record for barn changes. Dealt A Winner, who had missed a nose to Western Joe last week in the $17,500 sub-feature, celebrated that rival's absence with a 1:49.2 victory in this week's $17,500 class, making a quarter move then storming home in 54.2 for a four length victory as the 1-20 favorite. George Napolitano Jr. also handled the winning Cam's Card Shark gelding for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeffrey Snyder, who raised his lifetime bankroll to $1,264,864 - the now seven-year-old was the fastest sophomore of a year that included Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, Freaky Feet Pete, and Artspeak. For full results or entries, click here. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The nine-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Scott Rocks returned to his "hometown" track of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night and won the $21,500 featured harness racing pace in 1:49.3 - the 58th win of his career, and his 30th victory at Pocono over the years. George Napolitano Jr. left sharply with Scott Rocks, let Anythingforlove A get to the lead by the :26.3 quarter, then made a lead-reclaiming move right away. When the timer read ":55.4" to the half, the local faithful knew that the favored veteran would be tough to overhaul, and indeed Scott Rocks rolled a :27 third quarter as Our Max Phactor N moved up to challenge, then tacked on a :26.4 kicker to keep that rival safe to the line by a length. Hunter Oakes trains the iron horse for the Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. The victory marked a personal milestone in the career of Scott Rocks - the winner's share of the purse boosted his seasonal earnings to $180,675, the most he's won in one campaign en route to lifetime earnings of $1,023,224. Unraced at two, Scott Rocks has taken his seasonal mark in every one of his seven racing years at Pocono, the last six years in sub-1:50, including his 1:48 record at age six. George Napolitano Jr. was dumped to the track in last Sunday's fourth race at Harrah's Philly as his breaking horse hooked wheels; unfazed, since then "George Nap" has won 23 races, including four on this Pocono card. In a $17,500 co-feature, Western Joe, the winner of the Great Northeast Open Series Championship here last year, pushed Dealt A Winner to a :26.1 opener before yielding the lead, sat behind him through midfractions of :54, and 1:20.4, then rallied in the Pocono Pike to get by the game pacesetter by a nose in 1:48.2. The Western Ideal gelding was driven by Pat Berry for trainer Chris Choate and the ownership of Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies while boosting his career bankroll to $573,233. For full results and entries click here. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Aggressive handling by driver Eric Carlson helped the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Sweet Rock to defeat 2-5 favorite Springsteen in 1:50.1 to take the $21,500 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. Sweet Rock left hard from the rail and would not let Atta Boy Dan (more on him in a minute) go by early; once putting that rival behind Carlson started to hit the brakes, bringing Springsteen out of last in the field of four to quickly grab the lead past a :27.2 quarter. Springsteen then went his middle half in :53.4 (:54.2, 1:21.1) trying to get away from the field, and indeed he had an open length lead from shortly into the backstretch until turning for home. But Springsteen began to tire after the huge numbers, and Carlson managed to get his pacer up on the bit, shifting outside nearing midstretch and getting by the chalk by a head. The winner of $778,906 is trained by Wayne Givens and the ownership of Legacy Racing of Delaware Inc., Reggie Hazzard II, and Gary Calloway. As for Pocono's "King Of The Claimers," Atta Boy Dan - the highest level of claimer was not filling, so an optional $40,000 claiming price was added to the conditions of the feature. Atta Boy Dan had won his last five starts and ten of his last eleven races, but he had to settle for third in this higher company after a week away. However, he was claimed for $40,000 out of his 14th straight race, beating the unofficial local record of R Gauwitz Hanover set in 2015. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Somebeach Baron laid off of a hot pace, moved to contention on the far turn, then paced away from his field for a 1¼ length victory in the $17,500 co-feature, equaling his lifetime record with the 1:50.3 victory. Somebeach Baron has now taken three of his last five starts for trainer Marta Piotrow and owner Ameer Najor. Somebeach Baron was driven by Anthony Napolitano, who had four victories on the card, as did his brother George. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 14, 2019- Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing, $17.20) and Benhope Rulz N (Shaun Vallee) were a two-speed dance number Saturday night (Sept. 14th), the former winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Open Handicap Pace. Rock Diamonds N, the Master of the Maritimes by virtue of his win in last month's Gold Cup & Saucer, had no issues in his first appearance since early summer. From post position No. 5, he cleared his four inside foes well before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. It was a rated :56.4 intermission, with Benhope Rulz N pocketed and San Domino A (catch-driver Dan Dube) offered a weak, first-up bid from third. Rock Diamonds N threw down a 27-second third quarter (1:23.4) to keep the wolves at bay, taking a length-and-quarter lead into the lane. He then held his pocket pursuer by that same margin in 1:51.3, with The Real One (Pat Lachance), 19-10 fave Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) and San Domino A settling for the minors. For fifth choice Rock Diamonds N, a 6-year-old Down Under Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by his escort, Kevin Sywyk and Frank Ranaldi & trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was his eighth win in 18 seasonal starts The exacta paid $90, the triple returned $337.50 and the superfecta paid $1,237. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 8, 2018 -- Anythingforlove A opened up a 4-length lead at the three-quarters and cruised home to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After four consecutive pocket trips had produced seconds and thirds, Anythingforlove A took matters into his own hands by blasting to the front for Aaron Merriman and settling matters early. He scored in 1:53.1, 3/4 lengths better than the first-over Hawk's Red Chief, with Dapper Dude third. Bill Bercury trains the winner, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-The Perfect Mona gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $1,875.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows        

A week away from the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational and the harness racing local horse couldn't be any sharper. Rock N' Roll Jet has certainly earned his opportunity, winning Sunday night for the fifth time in his last six Open starts at Rosecroft in 1:51.3. The nine-year old son of Rocknroll Hanover could not be any sharper. Winning for the ninth time this year and 46th time in his career, driver Kim Vincent floated out from handicapped post nine and tucked ever so briefly fifth on the pylons at the opening quarter. 1-5 Favorite Options Are A Dream (Ross Wolfenden) cleared from post and yielded the lead for a short time to Kiss A Dragon (Russell Foster) but ultimately reclaimed the lead by the half. Vincent by then was within a length of the leader on the outside and they raced as partners until the last eight of a mile when Sams Triple Crown and John Wagner looked poised breeze on by only to see Rock N' Roll Jet dig in and hold him off by a head for the win. Sent off as the 9-2 second choice, Rock N' Roll Jet is likely for the $100,000 Potomac Pace next Sunday night at Rosecroft. Dawn Webb and trainer Buddy Bright own the winner who now has seasonal earnings of $73,975. Driver Jonathan Roberts had three wins on the card, winning with Pace Car ($14.00) for Deborah and Jamie Bozman and trainer Walter Bozman Jr. Roberts sat the son of Foreclosure N in the pocket behind pace setter B A Rocket (Russell Foster) and blasted up the passing lane holding off 48-1 long shot Seen Before Heard who closed stoutly from the back for Allan Davis in 1:54.3. Roberts picked up an easy win for Donald Fowler as Rock N Row ($3.20) wired the field in 1:54.4. Willard Reynolds conditions the winner who won for the eighth time this year. His final win of the night came with A Major Impulse who went coast to coast in 1:53.4 for Joseph Karrat and trainer Luis Collazo. John Wagner took the $9,000 featured trot with Southwind Ferrari for Scott Woogen and trainer Arlene Cameron. It was the ninth win in 23 starts for the four year old son of Chapter Seven who returned a surprising $15.80. The time of the mile was 1:55.4. Wagner and Cameron gained a double as Choreographer ($11.40) won upon first calling for his new barn, in 1:55. Rosecroft will play host to the $100,00 Potomac Pace next Sunday at 4:40. Horses that are expected as of now include Dealt A Winner, who finished second in Saturday's TVG Final to McWicked. Trainer Mark Silva will be sending Dealt A Winner to his Third Potomac Pace. Filibuster Hanover who was third is expected for trainer Ron Burke and Endeavor who won Saturday's Tom Horner Memorial at Dayton in 1:50 for trainer Jeff Cullipher. There will be a $25,000 Maryland Invitational which is expected to include Slick Tony, Hickory Aloha, Sam's Triple Crown, All The Cookies, a winner last night for Tyler Davis in 1:51.4, and Rocktavious among others who have been invited. Harness Racing's richest horse ever Foiled Again will stop at Rosecroft on his farewell tour in the $15,000 Foiled Again Invitational for horses 10 and older. That field is expected to include Real Flight, who last week at Rosecroft in 1:53.4 for trainer Jody Dunning, 14-year old Arts Blaze who won last night at Rosecroft in 1:54.2 for owner-trainer John Urbanski. It was the 54th career win for Arts Blaze as Urbanski teamed with Jason Thompson for a double as Andwin Hanover scored in race 3.   Pete Medhurst

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 9, 2018- Favored Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $4.60) continued her form spree Friday night (Nov. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's wet and windy $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap harness racing pace. From assigned outside post position No. 6, Rockstar Angel A left into a three-hole behind Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno) and Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett). The former made the lead before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then found a :57.1 intermission. Rockstar Angel A bided her time until she came out of third turn, engaging Call Me Queen Be past a 1:24.2 three-quarters. The 'Queen' and the 'Rockstar' held their own private battle from there, with Rockstar Angel A getting the better of her rival late in the lane. The final margin was a hard-fought neck in 1:53.2. Mach it a Par lost touch with those but was a clear third, while Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) and Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the minors. Bettorhaveanother (George Brennan) was always outrun For Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her 11th win (fourth consecutive) in 27 seasonal starts The exacta paid $12.40, the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returned $35.60 and superfecta paid $136.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 2, 2018-Tepid favorite Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $5.30) continued her form spree Friday night (Nov. 2nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's moist $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. From outside post position No. 5 (in one notch after a defection), Rockstar Angel was stuffed into a pocket behind Medusa (Jason Bartlett) as that one led through intervals of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.4. Rockstar Angel A was out to engage by the three-quarters, finally disposing of Medusa early in the lane. She then widened to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:54.2. Sophomore statebred Alexis Faith (Brian Sears) was second, with Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.)-who broke late-surviving an inquiry to stay third. Medusa faded to fourth, with Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) distanced after jumping it off early. For Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her 10th win (third consecutive) in 26 seasonal starts The exacta paid $25, with triple and superfecta wagering refunded due to the short field size. The Raceway is offering full-card Breeders' Cup wagering Saturday (Nov. 3rd), opening at 10 AM in advance of Churchill Downs' first post of 10:45 AM. Empire Terrace lunch reservations may be made at (914) 457-2454. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Charlottetown, PE - The live harness racing program slated for Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm will now go Monday night at 6pm at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Red Shores, along with harness racing officials, made the announcement as Prince Edward Island deals with heavy rain in the forecast. The Sunday program will go as scheduled at 12:30pm. Stallions will outnumber the geldings as the top pacers head to the gate in the preferred pace Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 14-dash presentation kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the Preferred pace lining up in race 13 for a $2,650 pot. Rollwithitharry gets top billing from post 4 in the compact field of five. Walter Cheverie gets the catch driving call behind the 10-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield, P.E.I. Absent from the racing scene for over three years, Rollwithitharry has been standing stud on P.E.I., and returns to racing after successfully selling his first crop at public auction this past month. The pacer was a convincing winner in 1:56.2 in his latest start but goes up a notch on the class ladder to find some warhorses that have been slugging it out every week. Winter Blast defeated his foes in last week's Preferred pace and gets the rail to work from this week for driver Jason Hughes and conditioner Jennifer Doyle. Three Truths saw his hot streak come to an end last week with a sixth place finish ending his top three streak. Kenny Arsenault will again drive the son of Shadow Play with an improved post this week as he scores 2. Not to forget Czar Seelster, who has been a force on the Invitational circuit all season and will look for revenge after a fourth place finish in his latest with Mike McGuigan at the lines. IC True Grit rides a trio of top three finishes into the event with post 3 for driver Ron Matheson. Race analyst Les MacIsaac like the fresh demeanour of Rollwithitharry to put it all together. "His back class really showed up last week when he left an excellent field in the dust," MacIsaac said of Rollwithitharry. "These will be tougher but off that performance and with the aforementioned back class, it's hard to rule out a repeat." The back-up pace on the program hits the track in race 10 for a $2,350 pot with Pictonian Storm leaving off the rail, looking to help rookie driver Austin Sorrie knock off Corey MacPherson and make history. The 19-year-old Montague driver is in the midst of a red-hot first season in the race bike with 28 wins going into the weekend while MacPherson holds the record for most wins by a first-year driver on P.E.I. with 31 wins in his 2009 rookie campaign. Sorrie, who already holds the distinction of recording the fastest win by a rookie driver on the East Coast, has 12 drives between the Saturday and Sunday programs at Red Shores Charlottetown to help his drive to the history books. Prettyndangerous Aims For Repeat In Open Mares Monday Night The top pacing mares on Prince Edward Island convene for a rare Monday meeting with some young talent in the mix at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Monday night program kicks off at 6 P.M. at the capital oval. Race 11 has the $2,350 fillies and mares Open pace with Prettyndangerous looking for a repeat performance from post 3. David Dowling will look to add to his solid first full season driving on the East Coast with the Bo Ford trained mare.  The daughter of Armbro Deuce rides a quadruple of top three finishes into the event for owners Ford and Arnold Myers of Charlottetown, P.E.I., but races in an event with some new blood this week. R Es Shabla's stakes career is officially over and now the talented sophomore daughter of Pang Shui will move into aged competition, getting post 1 for the biggest test of her career with Mike McGuigan in the bike. Collective Wisdom has been knocking on the door in each of her Open starts but loses regular pilot Gilles Barrieau, who has moved his stable back to New Brunswick. That gives the opportunity to rookie driver Drew Neill to pick up the lines of the 3-1 second choice in the morning line for trainer Jackie Matheson. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees a repeat performance of last week in the future of Prettyndangerous. "Prettyndangerous has been looking more like her old self in recent weeks and last time out was a fairly comfortable winner," MacIsaac said. "Since she's facing many of the same rivals today from an improved post we won't rule out a repeat." Other entries include Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers), West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd) and Killean Finale (Ken Murphy). The $1,950 Open trot hits the track in race 6 with Majian Tango looking to rectify his break as the betting favourite in last week's edition of this race. Jim Ripley trains and drives the son of Tad The Stud from post 2 and is again installed as the morning line favourite. Maritime Champion Buddy White has drawn post 1 as he moves out of stakes competition into the Open ranks for driver Adam Merner and trainer Blayne White of Belle River, P.E.I. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 26, 2018-Favored Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $5.90) went from first-up to first home Friday night (Oct. 26th), handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, the lass watched Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead, doing so before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Artrageous (Mark MacDonald) was not happy with that arrangement, having to work as she moved from the pocket before a quick :55.4 intermission. Meanwhile, Rockstar Angel A began her assault, and she did it with purpose. Moving from fifth, Rockstar Angel A blew by, grabbing the gauntlet well before a 1:24.1 three-quarters. She opened to 3½ lengths in and out of the final turn, widening to four lengths at the (1:53) wire. Second went to Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland), with Vorst (George Brennan), Artrageous and Medusa (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees. For Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her ninth win (second consecutive) in 25 seasonal starts The exacta paid $59.50, the triple returned $490 and the superfecta paid $2,663. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

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