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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Joe Bongiorno waited patiently for his opportunity, and when it came, he unleashed B Yoyo, who rallied furiously through the stretch to take the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. The 7-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra, who won this race a week ago as the even-money favorite, was away well and sat in the three hole from the quarter to the stretch. The conditions of the race may have been the same as a week ago but the task was far tougher this time around with the field including the likes of Opulent Yankee, who was off a dominant score at Yonkers, and 2016 Townsend-Ackerman winner Dayson, who was sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice. After an energetic opening quarter of :27.3, Opulent Yankee yielded the front to Dayson, who seemingly had everything under control after rating the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. But at crunch time, he came up empty. Enter B Yoyo, this time a 10-1 outsider who was sitting in a tough spot before swerving off the rail with three-sixteenths to go and out into the five path. He then charged home in a final quarter of :26.2 to win by a widening 2 lengths. Broadway Donna, the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champion from a year ago, was second in her seasonal debut. Opulent Yankee was third with Dayson fourth. "This horse is razor sharp and loves the Meadowlands," said Richard Johnson, trainer of B Yoyo. "He has a shot to be as good (as Dayson and Opulent Yankee). He is a very versatile horse." B Yoyo returned $22.80 to his backers and upped his seasonal stats to five wins in 16 starts after completing the mile in 1:52.3. A LITTLE MORE: A reminder to Meadowlands fans, the second annual Spring Beer Fest has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 10. The rainy weather expected to hit the Big M caused the postponement of the event, which had been slated for Saturday, May 13. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,449,987. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, February 26, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's fourth Sunday harness racing card of the season included seven 'French' trots, though the featured $50,000 Open Handicap wasn't among them. A field of seven (after a defection) were all nose-to-gate going the flat mile, with second choice B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno, $7.90) picked off 11-10 choice Rose Run Parker (George Brennan) at the wire in 1:56.1. The eventual winner-from post position No. 2-was part of an early, three-way scrum also involving Zooming (Tyler Buter) and Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett). It was 'Herbie' making the lead (but not the cones) right around a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Soon after, Rose Run Parker, who had tucked in behind the early speed, made his second move, taking his turn by a :58.4 half. It was :28.2 down the back (1:27.1) as B Yoyo went after the leader from third. Entering the stretch, Rose Run Parker owned a length lead, but the pursuer was relentless. B Yoyo was up by a nose, with Red Hot Herbie, Luck O The Irish (Jordan Stratton) and rank outsider Lou Man (Dan Dube) completed the cashers. The winner hadn't been seen in Westchester since October of 2015, while the runner-up jump it off in his only previous local try (July, 2016). For B Yoyo, a 7-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding trained by Richard Johnson for co-owners Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos, is was his third win in eight seasonal starts.. The exacta paid $25.80, with the triple returning $79.50. The Sunday 'New York, New York Double' offered up a winning combo of 2-Shesmyheartandsoul (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 1-Ontheroad De Vie (Yonkers' 6th race), which paid $25.50 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,769. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - Somebody AS, a daughter of Striking Sahbra who shares a name with a nutrition/health company in Scandinavia, showed her fitness Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by winning the harness racing $20,000 featured trot in 1:54.1.   George Napolitano Jr. left from post two with the Anette Lorentzon-trained mare, gave up the lead to Classicality just past the 27.1 quarter, retook immediately from that one and coasted to the half in 57, then put up a 1:25 time at the ¾ before holding off the potential pocket rocket by a half-length on a cool (51o) night in the mountains. Tweet Me, who had to come first-over, finished third, a length behind Classicality.   Somebody AS, winning for the seventh time in 22 starts this year, has now assembled a very healthy lifetime bankroll of $558,163 for international owners ACL Stuteri AB of Paris (Kentucky, y'all) and Kjell Johansson of Sosdala, Sweden.   Earlier, Chuck Connor Jr. guided a horse back to Pocono's Victory Lane for the first time in eleven years and nine days when he scored a maiden victory behind Claire, a filly with a pedigree (by millionaire Breeders Crown winner Chapter Seven out of millionaire Breeders Crown winner Housethatruthbuilt) that suggests many more good things to come.   Connor, who usually races at Pocono only a couple times a year, posted career victory 1894 behind Claire, and marked his first visit to the local winners circle since he arrived there behind Bet On The Grey on September 16, 2005.   PHHA / Pocono

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night $45,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Tyler Buter, $43.60) and Sapphire City (Brent Holland, $8). Undercover Strike, from post position No. 5 in the weekly featured trot, closed from third-over in the lane to pick off a solid, first-over Shake it Cerry (Dan Dube) by a half-length in 1:54.1. Invading Muscle Up the Goal (Brian Sears) led through early stations of :27.2 and :56.3 before 'Cerry' upended him. She owned a length lead into the lane, only to be nailed late. Resolve (Ake Svanstedt), in his first local start since the 2014 Yonkers Trot, was third. It wasn't the smoothest of trips for the 3-5 choice. Assigned outside his six rivals, he floated from the gate, but found no seat and took back to last. Out and moving by the half, he wound up second-over behind Shake it Cerry, who left the cones right at the same time. Resolve wound up gapping the lass, then flattening late to be beaten two lengths, with E R Ellie (Larry Stalbaum) and Lady's Dude (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For sixth choice Undercover Strike, an 8-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding owned by Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Tom Milici, it was his ninth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $164, with the triple returning $622. The week's featured pace saw Sapphire City, put in play from post No. 6, stalk Great Vintage (Dube). After subsections of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.1, Great Vintage was about to wear out his welcome. Before he did, he towed Sapphire City to the passing lane, which he used to whip a second-over, slight 2-1 choice Keystone Velocity (Sears) by a nose in 1:52.2. Polak A (Andy Miller) was a credible, first-up third off the layoff, with Dream Out Loud N (Buter) and UF Rockin' Dragon (Eric Abbatiello) settling for the remainder. For second choice Sapphire City, an 8-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, he's now 5-for-20 this season (50 career wins). The exacta paid $38.40, the triple returned $153 and the superfecta paid $852. Frank Drucker

JULY 16, 2016 - Mohawk Racetracks fans enjoyed a double feature of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday evening as both the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing colts competed in a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. First up were the trotting fillies and 2015 division champ Caprice Hill was an easy winner in the opener. The Kadabra daughter and driver Randy Waples took command before the half and were on cruise control for the remainder of the mile, reaching the finish in 1:54. Pocket-sitter Emoticon Hanover was one length back second and Flowers N Songs was three more to the rear in third. "She's just a one of those special animals that just come around every once in a while in a guy's career," said Milton, ON resident Waples from the winner's circle. "She has no flaws; she's perfect gaited, she does everything you want her to do, and she loves her job. And she's got a big motor in her." Waples engineered Caprice Hill's third win in four sophomore starts for New Jersey-based trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. The winner of $754,377 has only been bested once in seven Ontario Sires Stakes starts and only four times in 14 career starts. While Caprice Hill picked up her sixth Gold Series trophy, the second division went to a filly earning her very first. Starting from Post 7 in the seven-filly field, driver Jody Jamieson allowed Jarette AS to ease away from the starting gate and settle in at the back of the pack while Radiant Beam, Jangone and Tymal Tempest skirmished for position at the front. Radiant Beam won the early battle, reaching the quarter in :28.2, but fan favourite Tymal Tempest took over before the :56.3 half. Catch A Mission started the forward march from the backfield, pursued by Jarette AS and Royal Charm and it was those two fillies who thrilled fans with their late stretch combat, battling through the wire in 1:53.2. Jarette AS emerged the winner by a head, leaving Royal Charm with the second-place finisher's spoils. Catch A Mission was three and one-half lengths back in third. "She's a nice little filly. She wasn't the smoothest until she got into full gear in the stretch, and then she just trotted by," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "I was real impressed" Jamieson added that he felt fortunate to be asked to drive Jarette AS for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, KY and Kjell Johansson of Sosdala, Sweden. The Striking Sahbra daughter made her first five sophomore starts south of the border, shipping north after a July 10 contest at Pocono Downs. A Grassroots winner at two, Jarette AS now boasts a sophomore record of three wins, one second and earnings of $70,675 through six starts. The second OSS feature saw Streakavana kick things off with an impressive victory for new owners Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton and trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON, who acquired the two-year-old pacing colt on July 10. In rein to Sylvain Filion, Streakavana left smartly from Post 2, allowed The Dark Shadow to control the pace to the :27.1 quarter, but then went straight back to the front. Brave World and driver Doug McNair came calling heading for the :56.3 half, but Filion opted to maintain his position and urged Streakavana forward to the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Once the Big Jim son had shifted into overdrive he simply pulled away from the field, reaching the wire four and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:52.2. "I was hoping to get covered up by one of the favourites, but nobody showed up, just Dougie (McNair) kind of come late and his horse got a little steppy, so I decided to keep going," explained Filion. "And when I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch, he just took off." The Dark Shadow followed Streakavana into second and Yogi Bayama was driven into third-place by Yves Filion, Sylvain Filion's father. The Milton resident had driven Yogi Bayama to a Grassroots victory at Mohawk on July 7 and encouraged his father to move Yogi Bayama up to the Gold Series level. "He was a little upset when I told him I was going to try the other colt, but he understands," said Filion of the conversation with his father, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on August 3. Similar conversations may continue to take place over the remainder of the season, as Filion also captured the second Gold Series division with Tony O'Sullivan trainee Happy Trio. The colt fired away from Post 5 to reach the quarter in :27 and then allowed Sports Column to take command heading for the :57 half. Sports Column continued to lead the field through the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but when Happy Trio stepped out of the pocket he was able to accelerate past the heavy favourite and claim a neck victory in 1:53.2. Sports Column settled for second and Big Bad Bill was well back in third. "My horse raced great," said Filion of Happy Trio, who had finished second to Sports Column in the Gold Series season opener. "I couldn't get to him(Sports Column) last time, and tonight we were able to go by him. It's either his wasn't 100 per cent or mine's getting better." Puslinch resident O'Sullivan conditions the Mach Three colt for his partners Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. In three starts Happy Trio has tallied one win, one second and earnings of $79,870. "They're both nice colts, they're both very nice colts," said Filion of Streakavana and Happy Trio. "They're still green, they're still learning, so I expect they'll go even faster miles next time out." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 11, while the three-year-old trotting fillies head to Georgian Downs on August 7. On Monday evening, July 18, the two-year-old pacing fillies will return to Mohawk for their second Gold Series event, facing off in Races 2, 4, and 9. The first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night harness racing $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) and a repeating Mach it So (Bartlett again, $15.40). Undercover Strike, caught three-wide early from assigned post position No. 6 in the weekly marquee trot, nevertheless went the distance (:28, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:55.3). He held off the cavalry by a half-length, with E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton) a second-up second. Third went to a skimming Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube), with 9-5 choice Lady's Dude (George Brennan) and Summers Windsong (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder. The quintet of cashers were separated by just a length-and-a-half at the wire. For second choice Undercover Strike, an 8-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding owned by Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Tom Milici, it was his eighth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $43.40, with the triple returning $232.50. The week's featured pace saw Mach it So overcome an eight-hole with an adroit, ground-saving trip. Slight 2-1 choice Scott Rocks (Eric Abbatiello) and pole-sitting Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) were in play early (:27, :56) before a jammed-in Somewhere in LA (Brennan) moved from third. That one offered nothing first-over going toward the 1:23.4 three-quarters, helping no one in the outer tier. Meanwhile, Mach it So was improved along the cones down the backside. Scott Rocks owned a length lead into the lane, then saw Dream Out Loud N eschew the passing lane to angle out. That cleared the field for Mach it So, who zipped up the cones to win by a length in 1:52. Long Live Rock (Dube) was a wide second in good effort, photoing Doctor Butch (Brent Holland). Dream Out Loud N could no better than fourth off the two-hole trip, with Scott Rocks fading to fifth. For fourth choice Mach it So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., he's now 6-for-13 this season. The exacta paid $132, the triple returned $1,634 and the superfecta paid $7,875. Frank Drucker

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 14, 2016 - Despite making a break at the start of the race, then having to brush three-wide in the backstretch from seventh place, SOS Striking Monte and driver Pascal Berube would not be denied at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. Competing in the fourth and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares, it was a rough start from the beginning for SOS Striking Monte. Breaking stride right out of the starting gate, along with race favorite SOS Revange (Gaetan Lamy), is a tough start for any horse. Double Chance (Sylvain Lacaille) went right to the lead with Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) in the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. Then at the half mile in 1:01.1, National Trace (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over with Beauty Road (Guy Gagnon) following second-over and then came SOS Striking Monte and Berube third-over after recovering from the early break. Turning into the backstretch, Berube turned SOS Striking Monte loose and the mare came flying three-wide and her momentum carried her to the lead at the three-quarters in 1:32.1. Then down the stretch SOS Striking Monte could not be caught, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Double Chance held for second with Kim Sorel third. A five-year-old daughter of Striking Sahbra, it was SOS Striking Monte's second win in five starts this year for trainer Guy Roy and owner Francis Prouix of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC. She paid $9.20 to win. In the non-wagering horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron was able to hold off rival Meet The Boss (Louis-Phillipe Roy) in posting a 1:58.2 triumph. Last week it was Meet The Boss upsetting Maximuscle with a neck triumph, but this time Charron was able to back down the early pace (:29.4 opening quarter) to a 1:01 half mile. It was then that Roy made his move, just like last week, with Meet The Boss and he kept grinding it his way towards the race leader through the three-quarters in a mild 1:30.2. The difference in the race this week was that Maximuscle kicked in a :57.2 last half mile and :28 second final quarter mile to hold off Meet The Boss by three-quarters of a length. The pocket-sitting Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) was third. For Maximuscle, a five-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, it was his second win in three starts this year for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. On Sunday, June 26, Maximuscle will seek to become the first horse ever to win all four finals of the Quebec-Bred Series in his age and gait division. TRACK NOTES: The field for the 2016 Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship, scheduled for Tuesday evening, July 12 at the Hippodrome 3R has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: Jacques Beaudoin (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Pascal Berube (Hippodrome 3R) Gord Brown (Kawartha Downs) Guy Gagnon (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Sylvain Lacaille (Hippodrome 3R) Gaetan Lamy (Hippodrome 3R) Brett MacDonald (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Louis Philippe Roy (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Invitations were extended to drivers based on several criteria including their 2015 and 2016 statistics on their circuit. "This promises to be an extremely exciting and competitive drivers' challenge," commented Vincent Trudel, General Manager at 3R. "We have just hosted a very successful All-Star Drivers Tournament which drew a huge crowd. Our fans love these types of events and we look forward to having another driving competition, this time featuring many of our local drivers." The Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec Regional event for the third time after serving as host track in 2008 and 2014. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with the fourth and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. First race post time is 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live racing via the internet, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 13, 2016 - Nine high stepping harness racing trotting mares will battle it out in the fourth and final preliminary round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. This is the final round for four and five-year-old mares and horses. The top eight point earners from the four preliminary rounds will return to 3R on Sunday, June 26 for their respective $35,000 finals. Featured in the 8th race division for mares are four ladies whom all have won preliminary rounds. The morning line favorite is trainer Jean Tourigny's SOS Revange, who has won three of her four starts this season for driver Gaetan Lamy and starts from post five. Last week she suffered her first defeat in 2016, a tough neck loss to rival Viva Bayama. Starting from post three, Viva Bayama last week was able to grind it out against SOS Revange in the stretch for her first victory of the season, insuring her a spot in the final June 26. She is trained and driven by Carl Duguay. Second choice in the race is SOS Striking Monte from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. This daughter of Striking Sahbra, trained by Guy Roy, won an opening round of the series in 1:59.4 and was second and third in her other two starts in the series. Making it three "SOS" horses in the race, all different owners and trainers, is SOS Afterthestorm. She was an upset winner last week in the series at odds of 12-1 and led the field from start to finish, romping by five open lengths for her first win this year for trainer/driver Francine Morrissette. The horses do battle in a non-wagering race that will be held between the 5th and 6th races on the program as there are only five starters in the field. The race still holds plenty of excitement after last week's division saw Me The Boss outkick three-time series champion Maximuscle to the wire in a photo finish. Me The Boss starts from post five for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and last week was able to come on the outside against race leader Maximuscle and collar him around the final turn and then close in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:59.2. Francis Richard trains Me The Boss, who now boasts four win on the season. Maximuscle starts alongside Me The Boss from post four for driver Mario Charron and trainer Maxime Velaye. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 6, 2016 - The trotters own the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with the third leg of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. Of the three divisions, just one was able to make it on the wagering program. That is the third race for trotting mares. SOS Striking Monte and driver Mario Charron are the morning line favorite and rightly so. In her first two starts in the series, the five-year-old daughter of Striking Sahbra has been first and second. Two starts back she won with ease in a lifetime best clocking of 1:59.4. Then last week she was beaten in the stretch by SOS Revange. SOS Striking Monte goes from post six on Tuesday and faces competition from National Trace (post 4) and Bambie Benjo (post two). The first division for mares is a non-wagering race at 6:30 pm that features last week's winner, SOS Revange. She starts from post four for driver Gaetan Lamy and takes on former series champions Viva Bayama (post two) and Meganou (post three) in what should be a very good matchup. The horses take center stage in a non-wagering race carded between the 5th and 6th races on Tuesday. Featured is the return of Maximuscle in post three for driver Mario Charron and trainer Maxime Velaye. During the opening round of the series, Maximuscle broke stride after the start and came back to win the race, but still had to qualify against last week, missing the second round that was won by Seeyou Men. Seeyou Men has taken this week off, so Maximuscle should have it things his own way provided his minds his manners and stays on stride for the entire mile race. Other contenders in the field include Promesses Imperial (post 4), Me The Boss (post one) and Victorycari (post two). TRACK NOTES: Here are the final standing from the All-Star Driver's Tournament at 3R on Sunday. Jody Jamieson 160 pts John Campbell 135 pts Sylvain Filion 128 pts Daniel Dube 123 pts Tim Tetrick 116 pts Yannick Gingras 83 pts Mario Charron 60 pts Denis St-Pierre 11 pts From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 30, 2016 - Both trotting mares and horses are in the limelight Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R in the second round of the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. The ladies take center stage in the seventh race with a full field of ten going to post. SOS Striking Monte is the morning line favorite from post four for driver Mario Charron and trainer Guy Roy, having looked very impressive in the opening round last week for owner Francis Proulx of Saint-Pie-De-Guire of QC. A five-year-old daughter of Striking Sahbra, SOS Striking Monte took command last week after the half mile marker and never looked back, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:59.4. Also in the field is another return winner in the series, SOS Revange, who has drawn the rail for driver Gaetan Lamy. This four-year-old mare by Kadabra is trained by Jean Tourigny for owner Monalisa Pagliericci of Stanbridge Station, QC and last week drew off in winning her division in 2:01.4. She is now undefeated in two starts this year. Two-time series champion (2015 & 2014) Viva Bayama returns in post three for trainer/driver Carl Duguay and last week was parked out the entire mile against SOS Revange but held game for second place. The horses do battle in the second round but will be featured in a non-wagering race that will be held between the fifth and sixth races on the program. Featured will be track record holder and 2015 series champion, Seeyou Men, starting from post one for driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. Last week Seeyou Men was in the control of the race but could not hold off a game Maximuscle, who bested him by a neck in 1:59.4. Maximuscle is not back in the race because he broke stride at the start last week and despite winning, had to qualify again in order to be entered. It will not be that easy for Seeyou Men as he faces two newcomers to the Hippodrome 3R in Me The Boss and Notrouble Dechafra, who are shipping in from racing at Flamboro Downs. Me The Boss was second in his last start, race timed in 1:58, who in his prior start he won in 1:58.2. He will start from post three and will be driven by Stephen Charlton. Notrouble Dechafra is winless in 13 starts this year but shows being race timed in 1:57.4 back in April at Mohawk Raceway. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit TRACK NOTES: This Sunday, June 5, 3R will host its first All-Star Drivers Challenge featuring many of the top drivers in the world coming to Trois-Rivieres. Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube, Jody Jamieson, Sylvain Filion and 3R leading drivers from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron. They will all compete in eight tournament races with $10,000 in prize money. All of the drivers will be at a meeting and greet with race fans starting at 12:30 pm in the clubhouse area. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The first Tuesday night live race program of the 2016 season at the Hippodrome 3R provided race fans with plenty of excitement, especially in the $120,000C opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. While the older horse division may not have featured pari-mutuel wagering with just a three-horse field, it ended up being the best race of the season at the Hippodrome 3R. Heading the field was three-time series champion, Maximuscle, taking on series champion and track record holder, Seeyou Men with Promesses Imperial rounding out the field. Held between the 5th and 6th races on the program, the race began as a near disaster for driver Mario Charron and Maximuscle, as the five-year-old son of Angus Hall went off-stride after the start. That gave way for Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd to have things their own way on the lead with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) sitting in the pocket-trip. They went to the opening quarter in :29.3 and then to the half mile in 1:00.3, but when Shepherd looked over his shoulder, there was Charron and Maximuscle back on stride and coming after the race leader. By the three-quarter mile marker in 1:30.2, Maximuscle had not only collared Seeyou Men, but had the lead by a neck. Then at the top of the stretch, Seeyou Men was back in the lead by a slim head and in a dramatic stretch drive to the finish, Maximuscle came on in the final strides to the wire to win by a neck over Seeyou Men in 1:59.4 with Promesses Imperial the obvious third place finisher. It was the first start of the season for Maximuscle, who is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. "I thought after driving this horse for most of his career he would be OK behind the starting gate tonight." Said Mario Charron of Maximuscle. "But even at age five I still must treat him like a two-year-old and talk to him and make sure he is clam getting out of the starting gate. He has done this every year of his career but towards the end of last season at age four he was much better, but not tonight. "Once I had him back on-stride I saw that Robert (Shepherd) was going to back down the pace even more after the half mile," Charron explained, "and my horse wanted to go so I let him move to the outside and he was just great. By the three-quarters I knew we had him but what a great finish for just a three-horse race. Robert's horse was game down the stretch but Maximuscle was the better horse tonight. Because Maximuscle broke stride off a qualifying race, he must qualify again before the judges in order to enter next week's second round of the series and with no opportunity to do so, it is likely that Maximuscle will not be able to race until the third round. For Charron, it was his first win after four race cards held at 3R this season. That is uncharacteristic for Charron, who last year was second by one win to Denis St-Pierre for the driving title. "That's Mario Charron," Charron laughed. "With so many new drivers at 3R this year, I really do not get that much opportunity nor some of the better horses to drive early in the season. But now that the stakes season is underway I will do better as many trainers are just getting their young horses to the races. But I am glad to get that first win finally." There were two mare divisions of the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series Tuesday. The third race first division saw SOS Revange and driver Gaetan Lamy sit patiently in fourth place as Beauty Road (Guy Gagnon) parked out race favorite Viva Bayama (Carl Duguay) for most of the mile race. Then with a strong move on the final turn, Lamy was able to turn SOS Revange loose and the mare kicked in a :29.3 last quarter mile to win going away by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. Viva Bayama was second with the pocket-sitting National Trace (Stephane Brosseau) third. Now undefeated in two starts this year for trainer Francine Merrissettel and owner/breeder Monalisa Pagliericci of Stanbridge Station, QC, SOS Revange, a four-year-old mare by Kadabra, scored a lifetime mark and paid $6.60C to win. In the 6th race second division, Mario Charron made it a driving double on the night with SOS Striking Monte. Kim Sorel (Martin Gringas) left sharply from post six to take the early lead and gave way to SOS Harddrive (Pascal Berube) after the opening quarter mile in :29.1. SOS Harddrive then led to the half mile in :59.1 and it was then that Charron made his winning move with SOS Striking Monte, brushing to the lead and in command at the three-quarters in 1:29 and then holding on through the finish to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:59.4. Bamie Benjo (Louis-Philippe Roy) closed well from fifth place to be second with Kim Sorel third. A five-year-old mare by Striking Sahbra, it was the first win in two starts on the year for trainer Guy Roy. SOS Strking Sahbra is owned by Francis Prouix of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC and paid $6.10 to win. "This is a very nice mare," Charron said. "I think she will do very well in this series." Live racing resumes Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

There were three divisional track record holders in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 20) but their past credentials didn't impress Striker Ace ($22.40) as he rallied to a half length stunner over Lutetium in a harness racing seasonal best 1:56.4.   Striker Ace (Todd Cummings) had to battle the likes of BZ Glide, Lutetium and Strong Hope who all have their names in the Buffalo Raceway record book. But the only one who really was involved was the pace-setting Lutetium as the other two were non-factors.   At the start, as expected, Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) fired right to the top with Striker Ace and Red Clay in tow. Hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:27.0, the threesome pulled away from the remainder of the field and were left to see who was best in the stretch.   Lutetium was on the inside with Red Clay and Striker Ace attacking from the outside. It was the late kick of Striker Ace who was the king as he turned back Lutetium while Red Clay (Shawn McDonough) took third.   It was the second victory in four seasonal starts for Striker Ace (Striking Sahbra-No Sugar Tonight). The 6-year-old gelding is owned by trainer John Mungillo and Finish Line Investors. The win upped his 2016 earnings to $8,854 and $117,810 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Saturday at 7 p.m. with 11 races scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Trotters dominated a rainy, cold afternoon on Thursday (April 28) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The featured event was a non-winners of $21,000 in their last 5 starts, going for a purse of $17,500. The 4/5 favorite was the 5-year-old gelding Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller). The son of Muscles Yankee has been facing open company at The Meadowlands as of late, and drew post 3 for this affair. He was perfectly placed in the pocket, behind the speed of Crosby's Clam Bake (Brett Miller). They came to the top of the stretch still in that order, but longshot Watkins (Dave Miller) had other plans. The 9-year-old son gelded son of Striking Sahbra circled up 3 wide to gun down Crosby's Clam Bake to win by a nose in 1:53.4, over the sloppy going. Opulent Yankee settled for third. It was the 3rd win in the last 5 starts for the Jack Franklin trainee, who is owned by Tom Ceraso Jr. He paid $56.40. There were also two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in the last 5 starts on the trot. Division one went to the lightly raced Kelsey's Keepsake (Joe Bongiorno). She was making her second start of the year, after going 4 for 14 in the win column in 2015. The Ron Burke trainee brushed powerfully passed the quarter, and never looked back, scoring a 5 length victory in 1:55.1. She paid $3.20. In the second division, it was Leonard Buckner's Picture This (Andrew McCarthy) scoring the victory. This 6-year-old gelded son of Classic Photo brushed to the point after the quarter, and was able to hold off the pocket-sitting longshot Deacon's Valley (Corey Callahan) to win by a head in 1:56.4. It was the Charlie Norris trainee's 2nd straight triumph, and the 15th of his career. He paid $4.40 to win. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan and Somebody As made it look easy rolling to a second consecutive victory in the $24,000 Open/Handicap trot on a windy and chilly Wednesday, March 2, at the harness racing meeting at Dover Downs. Somebody As and Callahan got away quickly from the outside to take the early lead and continued to extend the margin until turning for home when War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick picked up the pace in the stretch to close within a half-length at the wire in 1:54.3. Owned by Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri, the seven-year-old altered son of Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS, conditioned by Anette Lorentzon, recorded his third win in four starts this season and victory number 24 and $475,583 in lifetime earnings. Winemaster Hanover (Toby Lynch) edged Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) for third money. Jack Parker Jr. found room along the passing lane and led a cavalcade of trotters to the finish line in a lifetime record 1:55.4 clocking to win the secondary feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old event. It was the third win of the year with three seconds in eight starts for the RC Royalty-Becca J gelding, who now has banked $34,700 for owner Jim Moore III. Stirling Diva (Tetrick) closed for second in front of Kolbee's Star (Callahan), third. Ragazzo Dolce. a classically-bred Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce gelding driven by Jim Morand for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, returned to the winner's circle for the first time since January when he won eight races in-a-row, poured it on in the stretch on the way to a 1:55.1 triumph in one of three $12,000 trots on the supporting card. Enrico AS (Allan Davis) was next best with Awsome Valley (George Dennis) the third-place finisher. Tim Tetrick drove PL Incoming to a lifetime best 1:57 score in a second $12,000 trot, this one for 4&5-year-olds. Winsun Cobra (Pat Berry) and Dance For Me Sasha (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable own the Kadabra -Kaparah gelding trained by Josh Green, who won for the first time in 2016. Tetrick returned in the final $12,000 trot, to guide odds-on favorite Maestro Blue Chip to his fourth-straight victory in 1:54.1. The Credit Winner-Up Front Holsey horse is trained by Jim King for Richard Pollucci. A 29-1 shot Brew Master (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Eskimo Joe (Callahan) was the show horse. Tim Tetrick drove three winners and Corey Callahan had a double, Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad

Newcomer Somebody AS, the race favorite, was never challenged en route to a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open/ Handicap trot on a longshot filled Wednesday, Febrary 24th harness racing card at Dover Downs. George Dennis drives three winners. Corey Callahan left quickly from the middle of an eight horse field to get the lead and never was tested on the way to his second win in four starts this year cruising to his 23rd lifetime success banking $465,583in purses. The seven-year-old Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon was all alone at the wire for owners Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri AB. 18-1 Five Towns (Jonathan Roberts) came into the race with two wins in a row but had to settle for second. Si Gun Hall (George Dennis) in his first start of the year finished third. Ware Cry Hall (Vic Kirby), a winner of the last two Opens, was troubled by starting on the outside, but closed to finish fourth. In the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old sub-feature trot, in mid-stretch, Inner Peace (Pat Berry) appeared on the way to victory when the gelding broke stride. Eskimo Joe , a 9-1 shot, then came on to record his first win of 2016 closing fast to nip Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) at the wire in 1:56.2. Joe Skowyra conditions Eskimo Joe, an altered son of Credit Winner-New Hampshire Girl, for Barbara Boese Trust. Marzipan (Dennis) came storming on the outside to take third. In other trots, Lou Man (Kirby), owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey was a winner in 1:55.2, in one $12,000 contest while Angela Coombs' 12-1 Phantom Rusty (Roberts) won a second in 1:57; Robbins Nest Farm's Keystone Orion (Roberts) won at 12-1 to win a $9,500 event. Rosemary Smutz' Man Of Muscle (Berry) closed strongly at 18-1 to win a $9,000 trot. Jay Baxter's Bella's Punkett (Wolfenden) was a 1:57 winner at 6-1. Eddie Davis' 30-1 Eurocan (Allan Davis) got up in 1:57 to win a $7,500 trot and Abrcadabra Hanover (Davis), off at 9-1, nipped favorite Winbak Red (Callahan) at the wire in 1:57.4 to win a Delaware $5,000-$7,500 Claiming Handicap trot. George Dennis had a driving triple two with horses trained by Kevin Lare for Frank Chick; Vic Kirby had a double. RACE ME VILLA ONE AND ALL GOLD THURSDAY FEATURE FAVORITES Race Me Villa and All Gold, both winners in their previous starts are the favorites in the Thursday, Feb. 25 twin-features at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Montrell Teague drove Race Me Villa to a wire-to-wire 1:52.1 victory last week for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners Kathleen Mofield, John Dickens and KDK Standardbreds. Arty Foster’s Rockin Rambaran is in top form after consecutive seconds. Feel Like A Fool heads the opposition. Owned by Kovach Stables, Vic Kirby will drive the $1.1-million winner from the rail after a big trip last time from post 8 finishing fourth beaten only three-quarters of a length. Driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art is another classy veteran dropping down.    The rest of the competitive field includes PT Stables Summer Camp with Jonathan Roberts, Allstar Preview trained by driver George Dennis racing for George and Tina Dennis, Rockin The House, newly acquired by Howard and Judy Taylor and Dandy Farms with Corey Callahan and GRJ Partners’ Disarrei with Tony Morgan from post 8. In the other co-feature, All Gold (Ross Wolfenden), fresh from two wins-in-a-row takes on the sharp Cambassador (Morgan), owned by Bill Lutz, LeBlanc Racing and Coun0t De Money Stable and Ask W Stables and the Dennis’ homebred Roddy’s Hot Again (Dennis), also winners last time out. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. This is next-to-last Sunday of racing this season. Post time is resumes at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. By popular demand the Winner’s Circle Buffet is now back in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call for reservations 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 30, 2016 - A pocketed Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton, $13.40) and a down-the-road Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $5.40) earned the glory Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $32,000 Open Handicaps. The weekly featured trot saw Somebody AS from assigned post position No.3 watched invading Major Athens (George Brennan) led the way. The slight 2-1 choice threw down the anvil (:28.1, :57.2, 1:26), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears), who found an early three-hole, loomed at the leader in and out of the final turn, but flattened. Somebody AS though, was waiting for his shot. He ducked inside and bested a rallying Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) by a neck in 1:54.4, fastest local mile of the season. Red Hot Herbie settled for third, with Major Athens Zooming (Buter) completed the cashers. For third choice Somebody AS, a 7-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, it was his first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $102.50, with the triple returning $703. The week's pacing feature had 17-10 choice "Phil" leave from post No. 5, steal away with a cheap (:28.0, 57.4) half. From there, the pursuers had no shot, with a :55.4 back portion (1:25.4; 1:53.3). The final margin was a length-and-three-quarters over a good effort from Melmerby Beach (Bartlett), with Texas Terror N (Matt Kakaley), Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Phil Your Boots, a 6-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Andrew Harris for owner Louis Frascella, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $12.60, the triple returning $129.50 and the superfecta paid $949. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

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