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Out of 31 races last week, a grand total of three were won in coast-to-coast fashion, and one of those was turned in by China King and harness racing pilot Chip Lackey while capturing the Open Pace at juicy 19-1 odds. The East Coast invader, who races for Gary and Jennifer Sabot and trainer Gene Vallandingham, had suffered brutal beats at the hands of the streaking St Lads Lotto in his previous two efforts, but was able to turn the tables last weekend with his 1:52 1/5 tour. To be honest, I didnt go into that race with the same confidence I had the previous two starts when he was just nipped, Lackey explained. Hed missed a couple of starts, it looked like there was plenty of other speed in there and after a night and a half of racing to that point, there hadnt been a horse win on the front end. On top of that, Id been having some pretty bad luck with my drives. That said, I always try to be optimistic when I go out there and I will say that Jen (Sabot) and Gene were pretty confident about China Kings chances and did a terrific job to have him ready. Lackey was able to buzz the pacer right to the front and cut out fractions of :27 2/5, :54 4/5 and 1:22 3/5 en route to the three-quarters of a length upset over the 1-2 St Lads Lotto, who had his seven-race win streak snapped in the process. This is a very nice one, Chip noted. There are a lot of horses who like to roll away from there and then you have to wrestle with them, but hell pretty much do anything you want and is very ratable. Everything considered, I thought they might want me to take back with him last week, but they said to let him fire out and thats what we did. It was a tremendous effort when you remember he hadnt raced in three weeks, and it also did a lot to raise my spirits after some tough luck. High Bet Hanover eyes another snapshot Sundays distaff pacing feature goes in two divisions, with High Bet Hanover and Js Littlerockstar heading their respective races. A 10-race card is set with first post at 4:50 p.m. High Bet Hanover comes into her contest having posed for pictures following four of her last five starts, with her only setback coming two weeks ago when she took on some very tough male rivals. The Bettors Delight mare, who races for Kc C Carvalho, is conditioned by Tim Brown and will have Luke Plano guiding, rattled off three straight victories here between December 22 and January 2, then had her work cut out versus the likes of A Real Miracle at next asking. Returning to face fillies and mares last week, High Bet Hanover was hammered down to 1-2 and did not disappoint her many supporters. Plano left into a tracking trip with his charge, took aim on the leaders in the stretch and swept by when it counted for a length and a half score. Js Littlerockstar has been a gem of consistency and will be well backed in the co-feature. James Kennedy owns, trains, drives and bred the Little Steven mare, who has multiple Sire Stakes trophies on her mantle. The bay miss has accounted for the last two stakes engagements for her division, getting the January 4 score after the disqualification of arch-rival Brewski, then hung a head decision on that foe in last weeks Sire Stakes clash in another big mile. Next week will find the trotters and pacers in action under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday and Saturday nights, with no racing on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1. By Mark Ratzky, publicty Cal Expo Harness                                          

A contentious Open III event for pacing fillies and mares headlines the first Sunday program of the Cal Expo meeting. Racing is now being conducted here under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Saturday and Sunday nights with a first post of 4:45 Pacific on Sundays. Plans call for an expansion to a three-night-a-week schedule on December 26 with Friday action being added to the mix. Looking at the feature, High Bet Hanover is a 6-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight out of the Artsplace mare Highland Dexter who is owned by Kc C Carvalho, conditioned by Tim Brown and will once again have the services of Luke Plano. The bay miss was a close second in the first two legs of the aforementioned Funicello Series, then rode a second-over journey to victory in the October 18 finale of the event as she showed the way home by a length and a quarter over Wild About Eagle in that event while lowering her mark to 1:53 4/5 in the process. Wheeled back in a conditioned contest last weekend, High Bet Hanover was sent off the 4-5 favorite. She found herself well back early and with too much to do, but did come calling late to finish second while missing by three-quarters of a length in another big mile. Wild About Eagle will be looking to avenge her loss to High Bet Hanover in the Funicello final. The 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa is owned by Kathy Plested and Mark Benvenga with Steve Wiseman doing the driving and training. In last weeks tour she drew the tough 9 slot, but was able to leave strong and eventually settled into the two-hole by the quarter. Once straightened for home, she took aim on favored pace-setter Windsun T Bird and overhauled that one by a neck while recording a 1:55 flat mile. High Bet Hanover goes for solid trio High Bet Hanover figures to have her share of backers in Sundays filly-mare main event as she goes postward for the productive team of owner Kc C Carvalho, trainer Tim Brown and pilot Luke Plano. The 6-year-old Bettors Delight mare captured the finale of the Annette Funicello Series two starts back while lowering her lifetime mark to 1:53 4/5 in the process, then finished gamely be second while taking on males in last weeks assignment. "We bought her privately last year to fill a spot we needed with our Minnesota barn," Brown related. "She had a good meet, but then she started hitting herself and there were some shoeing issues that had to be worked out." High Bet Hanover lost tough decisions in the first two legs of the Funicello, but got the job done in the finale while changing tactics to ride a second-over journey to the stretch. "Luke used to have her, so he knows her real well and drives her great," Tim said. "I actually think shes better when she can sit near the pace, but she got a perfect trip in the final and it all worked out." Sundays headliner is a chance for High Bet Hanover to renew acquaintances with Wild Wild About Eagle, who hung a nose decision on her earlier in the meet before completing the exacta behind her in the Funicello finale. Tim Brown and Kc C Carvalho have formed one of the more lucrative owner/trainer relationships on the Cal Expo backside in recent memory. Ive trained for him for three years now, and hes more like a brother to me than an owner. Hes very much involved in everything to do with the horses. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness                           

COLUMBUS, MN. - A newcomer trotted into Minnesota on Wednesday night and quickly gained everyone's attention with a 1:56.4 triumph in Running Aces' $9000 Open Trot.   Trot Fudge Sundae, a four-year-old daughter of American Native who had been toiling at both Balmoral Park and Hoosier Park, was the only mare in the distinguished field of classy squaregaiters, and she quickly showed her heels to the field of geldings who watched her sweep from fourth in the early going to a three-quarter length victory over Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) and Franky Provolone (Jason Ryan).   New trainer Rick Magee was also the sulky-sitter for the winner's 19th career win in just 42 starts, increasing her earnings to $313,517 for partners James Bafia, Eugene White and the Dirk Simpson Stable, who got an immediate reward for sensing a change of scenery to Minnesota would do the mare some good.   It was one of two victories on the program for Magee, who also guided KDK Bellagio to a narrow neck victory over Sgt Charlie (Ryan) and Emery Vern (Tim Maier). It was the fourth consecutive win for the 12-year-old gelding owned by K C Carvalho and trained by Tim Brown, the last three in $4500 claiming company.   The most thrilling race of the night came in the nightcap, however, when a full field of nine $3500 claimers finished within four lengths at the wire, eight of them within 2-1/4 lengths. The photo finish camera determined that Haroun Hanover (Ryan) had edged Johnny Walker (Rob Dinning) and Hiho Legacy (Wiseman) to complete a $196.20 trifecta.   From the Running Aces Press Box

Silver Spir comes into this weeks action having rattled off back-to-back victories for harness racing owner Maureen Pittaro and trainer Gretchen Smith, equaling his lifetime mark of 1:54 1/5 on both occasions. The 5-year-old Michigan-bred son of Cheyenne Rei was handled by Tim Maier in the first of those scores, with Gretchens son Sean Smithpeters handling the lines in the most recent outing. I cant say enough nice things to say about this horse, Gretchen related. He is such a pleasure to have in the barn. He is very quiet for a stud and he takes very good care of himself. He takes his morning nap everyday as well as one in the afternoon. He doesn't get in much of a hurry jogging either. Im certain that is the reason for his soundness. He only puts out an effort when duty calls. Even right after a race he just moseys back down to the paddock to be hooked back to the jog cart for his return to the barn area. According to Smith, Silver Spir is the kind of horse that makes a very difficult job much easier. He is every trainer and owners dream because what you see from him on the track is all him. No expensive vet bills, no fancy rigging, he isn't even a picky eater. How can anyone ask for any more than that? Hes definitely a special kind of horse. Silver Spir will step up in class for Saturday nights Open Pace with Smithpeters once again doing the honors. Dont let those easy-going ways around the barn fool you, hes all business when its starter call for the pacers. Open Pace entices Shax, Smith pair Shax, a winner of two straight for trainer Tim Brown; and the sharp Gretchen Smith-trained pair of Im An Athlete and Silver Spir get the marquee treatment in Saturday evenings $5,000 Open Pace. Shax races for Kc C Carvalho and David Siegel will once again handle the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Red River Hanover. He got the job done two weeks ago under Open 3 conditions stalking the pace to the lane and then finding a path along the cones to motor through for the score. Racing at the Open 2 level last week while racing over a sloppy track, Shax sat last in the early stages, rallied second-over to the stretch and hung a neck decision on Haggin Oaks, who was making the final start of her career. Im An Athlete is a 4-year-old son of Art Major who carries the banner of Ronald Retting-Zucchi and will have the services of Tim Maier. The Smith trainee is looking for his fourth trip to the charmed enclosure from his last seven trips to the post. His most recent decision came on April 11 in the Open 3 with Pat Galbraith at the controls, with his 1:53 2/5 clocking not only being the nights fastest but a new lifetime standard. He was second to One And Only at next asking and third as the 4-5 choice behind Shax at most recent asking. Silver Spir gives the Gretchen Smith barn two solid looks at the outcome. He has captured his last two starts in sharp style, doing the track-and-attack to perfection on both occasions with identical 1:54 1/5 final clockings. Sean Smithpters has the return assignment. Rounding out the field are A Real Miracle, who leaves from the cozy rail slot with Chip Lackey giving directions; and Laissez Moi Passer with Williams Hernandez in the bike. First post is 6:15 p.m. By Mark Ratzky

Laissez Moi Passer has developed into a solid 3-year-old pacer for Sal Wenceslao and driver Williams Hernandez and will attempt to earn his second straight Sire Stakes trophy in Saturday nights main event." "I won a Sire Stakes with Exquisite Gem as an owner five years ago, but this is my first as an owner and trainer," noted Sal, who took out his conditioning license a little over a year ago and races his stable with his wife Georgette. "It was quite a thrill nd it would be nice to do it again." Laissez Moi Passer is by Disco Devil out of the stakes-winning Nirvana mae My Passing Fancy and Wenceslao has had both the pacer and his dam since the day he was born. "He was something special right from the start and I didnt want to rush him," Wencesiao said. "I remember driving Williams out of the farm one day when Laissez was just six months old and I told him this was going to be his first stakes winner." After making menacing noises behind divisional leaders King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdwn, the most recent stakes together found the Wenceslao performer doing the track-and-attack to perfection for Hernandez, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in a lifetime-best 1:55 clocking. "Turning for home that night," Wencesiao recalled, "I knew those other horses were in trouble because my horse has a real nice closing kick. He finished very strong." Sal also related that he is currently putting a full brother through his paces, with Laissezmoipicoler expected to make his debut near the end of the year. Its the stuff dreams are made of, and so far so good according to his mentor. Sire Stakes entices top pacing colts A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts is on tap Saturday night at Cal Expo, with Laissez Moi Passer, King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdwn looming the major players. Laissez Moi Passer picked up his first stakes victory when he did the stalk-and-pounce to perfection two weeks ago and prevailed by three-quarters of a length. The 1:55 clocking shaved a full second off his previous mark. The Disco Devil offspring is owned by Salvador and Georgette Wenceslao with Salvador the conditoner and Williams Hernandez in his usual place in the sulky. King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdown have three stakes trophies each and were second third, respectively, behind Laissez Moi Passer in that last big-money gathering. King Of The Crop is by Little Steven and is owned, trained and driven by James Kennedy, while Rikybrnthegaragdown carries the banner of Maryann Plano with Tim Brown training and Rich Wojcio at the controls. King Of The Crop picked up his most recent stakes tally on March 15, sitting a pocket trip and then exploding in the stretch to win going away for Kennedy. He made a break in the slop in the next added-money affair and set all the fractions in that last stakes before getting overhauled and having to settle for second. King Of The Crop returned in a conditioned affair last week and was a dominating winner six and a half-length winner, lowering his lifetime standard to 1:54 3/5 in the process. Rikybrnthegaragdwn is a son of Livin It Up out of the Sportsmaster mare Sports Bra he last posed for pictures following a stakes race on Marcy 29. He had no trouble with the off going that evening and made every pole a winning one, coming home with five and a half-lengths to spare. Holme Base and Tony Cheesecake complete the field. There will be an 11-race card with first post at 6:15 p.m. and the headliner goes as the second event on the evening. by Mark Ratsky, for Cal Expo Harness

One of the recent additions to the Cal Expo drivers room is Sean Smithpeters, a 31-year-old native of Illinois who drove two winners last weekend for his mother, owner/trainer Gretchen Smith. "I first got involved with harness racing at the same time my mom did", Sean explained. "She took over a boarding facility at the Champaign County fair grounds back home in Illinois when I was in high school. "At the time, we only had riding horses, but on the grounds was a half mile limestone track and several Standardbreds were training there. We decided to try our hand and I began driving on the fair circuit the few horses we had. In 2008 we had enough horses that I was able to get the qualifying drives to obtain my "P" license. I actually made my first starts here in 2009 while out on vacation." As can happen, Smithpeters explained that soon after events in his life conspired to keep him from perusing this driving ambition, but now things have come full circle and he is back in California and the sulky. "Recently my family and I decided it was time for a change of scenery and made the move out here from Illinois," Smithpeters said. " A few weeks back, after a couple weeks here jogging and qualifying a few, I made my first starts since 2009. "Everyone here has been very helpful and kind while I'm trying to shake off the rust and hit my stride driving," Smithpeters said. "Hopefully everything keeps moving forward well and I'll be driving here for quite some time." And so far for Gretchen, shes happy to be joining forces on the racetrack once again with her son. "Its exciting for me to see him back in the bike and watch him develop his skills," Gretchen Smith said. "Being able to see him everyday again is great. I'm very happy he and his family have come to California." Sire Stakes, Open Trot, Open Pace on tap A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for pacing males headed by Rikybrnthegaragdwn and King Of The Crop; an Open Trot featuring Hellogottagobuhbye and Sharpshootennorris and an Open Pace share the spotlight at Cal Expo Saturday night. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:15 p.m. The Sire Stakes will go as the second event, with the Open Pace the third race and the Open Trot the fourth on the evening. Rikybrnthegaragdwn is a 3-year-old son of Livin It Up out of the Sportsmaster mare Sports Bra who has accounted for three of the stakes events decided for the division with King Of The Crop capturing the other three. He is owned by Maryann Plano and is now conditioned by Tim Brown with Rich Wojcio handling the lines. In the most recent big-money clash two weeks ago, Rikybrnthegaragdwn took advantage of a mid-race break by his arch-rival over a sloppy track and made every pole a winning one. With former driver/trainer Luke Plano at the controls, he waltzed home by five and a half lengths that evening. His 1:55 standard was established in a February 22 conditioned affair. King Of The Crop is son of Little Steven who is owned, trained and driven by James Kennedy. He comes into this assignment having posed for pictures following five of his 10 trips to the post. He has been alternating stakes scores with his main rival, picking up his most recent trophy on March 15 and then losing his chance in that last get-together two weeks ago with the break over the off going. He established his lifetime mark of 1:55 1/5 with his February 1 score. Completing the field are Laissez Moi Passer, who leaves from the rail with Williams Hernandez; Holme Base with Steve Desomer at the controls; and Tony Cheesecake, who will have the services of Chip Lackey. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness        

The opening leg of four California Harness Legends late-closing series events; an Open 2 Trot and an Open 2 Pace share the spotlight Saturday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap with first post set for 5:55 p.m. There will Saturday racing throughout October, with the schedule shifting to Friday and Saturday night action starting in November. All four of the series openers on Saturday are for the pacing set. The Bill Conlin kicks off in the seventh race; the Annette Funicello will go as the ninth; the Jim Dennis occupies the 12th race on the evening and the Mike Corley will be decided as the nightcap. The second legs will be next week and the finales are set for October 26. The Open 2 Handicap Trot will find a rematch between the popular performers Franks Best and Alpine Hawk, who have been giving the outside posts in the field of six after finishing one-two in the opening week headliner. Franks Best races for owner/breeder/trainer Bob Johnson and will once again have Mooney Svendsen at the controls, while Rich Wojcio guides Alpine Hawk for owner Jim Winske and conditioner Gordie Graham. The Open 2 Handicap Pace for fillies and mares finds a solid field of eight doing battle. Twin B Heartland, who hails from the Junior Wilkinson barn, will set sail from the outside post with the Gene Vallandingham trained-and-driven That's Maria one of her main rivals and drawn just to her inside. Completing the cast are Wild About Eagle and Scooter Babe from the Steve Wiseman barn; the Tim Brown-trained pair of Blessingfromabove and Mousseline Hanover; Lil Miss Nylation for Tim Clevenger and the Rick Cisco representative Hi Fidelity. A reminder that next Saturday will find a complete simulcast of the Breeders Crown from Pocono, with such superstars as Captaintreacherous and Bee A Magician set to strut their stuff on what promises to be an outstanding card of trotting and pacing. Trotting pros put on a good show Last Saturday's opening-night feature saw two of the most popular trotters in recent memory completing the exacta, with Franks Best and Mooney Svendsen showing the way home over a fast-closing Alpine Hawk and Rich Wojcio. Franks Best is a multiple stakes winner who pushed his career bank account to $175,00 for his owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson. "Frank is just tough, honest horse who is glad to be home, because he races better in California than back East," Johnson noted. "It's tough in Indiana, where every field has 10 across with a trailer. He has his problems, but he loves to race." At age 6, Franks Best is just a pup compared to the 12-year-old Alpine Hawk, who carries the banner of Jim Winske and hails from the Gordie Graham barn. The veteran sidewheeler and Wojcio have became a fixture at this track and combined to win half of their 22 teamings last season. Another nice paycheck and he'll go over the $200,000 earnings plateau with a 1:56 4/5 mark. "He raced very well and I thought the track was in excellent condition," related Wojcio, who found his charge shuffled past the half and then ignited when given open space to get the second money. "He had a long time off this summer and I think he actually got a little depressed. He stayed at Kathy Jones farm for three months and I believe he thought he was retired. "When we brought him back to the track at the end of August, you could gradually see a change in his attitude. When I went to the main track to warm him up for his qualifier, he actually whinnied as he stepped on the track. "He is a good honest horse who likes to race and always gives his best, you cant ask for any more than that. As I have said many times before, my girlfriend Meredith Ann Higgins is really the main reason the horse has stayed as good as he is." Franks Best and Alpine Hawk get another chance to settle the score in Saturday evening's eighth event, with racing secretary Fred Kuebler assigning the Johnson performer the outside slot in the field of six, while Alpine Hawk leaves just to his inside. As always, it should be interesting. by Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

FRASER DOWNS Sea Deuce fought off favourite Big N Bad to win the $50,000 Tom Burke Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Fraser Downs. With the inside post advantage in the field of eight, Sea Deuce and driver Serge Masse set up shop on the front end. The Gord Abbott trainee led the way past fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:25.4 with Big N Bad and Bill Davis pulling the pocket down the backstretch. The top two were head-to-head at the third quarter mark and continued to wage war down the stretch with Sea Deuce prevailing by a head in 1:55.4. Big N Bad settled for runner-up honours while the winner's entrymate, Ideal Art and John Abbott, followed two lengths behind in third. Sea Deuce paid $6.10 to win as part of the Abbott entry sent off as the 2-1 second choice. Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C. owns both Sea Deuce and Ideal Art with B. Michael Timpano of Phelpston, Ont. also sharing ownership of the winner. Sea Deuce is a homebred gelding sired by Armbro Deuce out of Cassidys Grin. Unraced as a freshman, Sea Deuce earned his first B.C. win from two provincial starts. He started his sophomore campaign in Ontario, where he earned his other victory at Woodbine Racetrack in February. Masse drove a total of four winners on the 12-race card. His other victories were with his own trainees, including the maiden-breaking freshman colt Great Quote ($12.80) in another close race in 1:59.1, the repeating Mares Open champion Phone Terror ($5.90) in 1:55.2, and open length winner Panic At The Disco ($3.20) in 1:57.3. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Fraser Downs. ALBERTA DOWNS Driver Philip Giesbrecht steered a pair of popular Alberta Stardust winners on Saturday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Nighttraintovegas came close to the two-year-old pacing filly track record. Giesbrecht worked out similar trips for Triple Action and Sweet Sugar in their respective $18,767 Alberta Sires Stakes divisions, sending both favoured fillies to the lead past the opening quarter mark. Triple Action (Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us) took the lead down the backstretch and cruised to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:57.3 for trainer Joe Ratchford and owner Raggs To Riches of Aidrie, Alta. while Tim Brown trainee Sweet Sugar (Tajma Hall-Hide The Candy) was on the move at the quarter mark and romped to a three and three-quarter length score in a career-best equalling 1:58.3 for owners Sandra Brown of Langley, B.C. and Archie Melnyk of Sherwood Park, Alta. Triple Action completed a sweep of all three ABSS legs for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sweet Sugar is also undefeated in ABSS action although she has only competed in the last two events. With Brandon Campbell in the bike, Nighttraintovegas left from the outside post position in the fastest $18,467 division and drew off to a seven and three-quarter length victory in 1:55, just missing the track record for freshman fillies by one-fifth of a second. Richard Schneider trains Nighttraintovegas, a daughter of Camystic out of Midnight In Vegas who is five-for-six in her career. The near perfect filly boasts two wins in ABSS legs with her only blemish a second-place finish in the second round. She is owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Edmonton's David Halmosi. The Alberta Stardust is the final leg of the Alberta Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The top performers of the season will face off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Northlands Park. Top training honours on the day when to Kelly Hoerdt, who won three consecutive races with four-year-old gelding My World ($9.50), ABSS sophomore filly Emotions Run Wild ($5.30) and the streaking five-year-old mare Just Saucy ($2.30). To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Alberta Downs. NORTHSIDE DOWNS Barefoot Contessa survived an overland journey to pull off an 11-1 upset the $2,200 New Waterford Centennial Pace as the only mare in a field of eight on Saturday afternoon at Northside Downs. Barefoot Contessa and driver Ryan Campbell wore down the 3-2 favourites, Grandtacular and trainer-driver Russell MacDonald, to win the featured finale by a head in 1:59 flat. Cloudy Bay followed the winner's cover to a third-place finish two and a half lengths behind for Adam Merner. New Waterford trainer Andrew Campbell claimed the seven-year-old Western Terror mare two starts ago on Sept. 14 at Northside for $2,400 following back-to-back winning efforts. Saturday's victory was her fifth of the season in 21 starts and 17th lifetime. She paid $24 to win. Ryan and Andrew Campbell also teamed up to win an earlier race with four-year-old pacing mare R Es Sobrina in 2:00.1. First-time starter Majian Magic took the non-wagering $3,200 Nova Scotia Series Stakes for two-year-old trotters as her only rival in the race, the Danny Romo-trained and driven Dunmore Bravo, broke stride and finished a distant second. The time of the mile was 2:18.3 for the homebred Northern Bailey filly, who is owned, trained and driven by James Ripley of Amherst, N.S. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs. CHARLOTTETOWN DRIVING PARK Sent postward as the longest shot on the toteboard, Bunny Mach defied her odds with a four and a half length victory in the featured $2,200 Fillies & Mares Open Pace on Saturday at Charlottetown Driving Park. Gary Chappell worked out a second over trip aboard 14-1 longshot Bunny Mach and once her cover cleared she sprinted home in :28.3 for the 1:55.1 upset victory. Favourite Veronicavermillion and Brodie MacPhee finished second after advancing first over and pocket-sitter J K Special, with Walter Cheverie aboard, was third. Bunny Mach produced a win payout of $31.90. The victory was the 30th lifetime for the eight-year-old Mach Three mare, who is currently trained by Stephen Quinn for Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. owners Donald MacRae and Steven MacRae. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following links: Saturday Results - Charlottetown Driving Park. (reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)

COLUMBUS, MN. - Driver Steve Wiseman captured four races on the Sunday night program at Running Aces, moving him into fifth place in the local dash standings and leaving him just 13 wins short of the coveted 2,000 triumphs plateau. Two of Wiseman's victories came behind horses from his own barn.  Silver Spir used the passing lane to nip Somecam (Gerry Longo) and Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) in a conditioned-claiming event for a $6000 purse.  It was the fifth seasonal win for owner Maureen Pittaro's four-year-old who now has $21,000 in 2013 earnings.   Hiho Legacy swept from eighth to first in the final quarter-mile to best a field of $3500 claimers.  It was the second straight win for owner Paul Welence's gelding who bested Funny Guy (Don Sherman) and Big Guy Two Win (Lemoyne Svendsen). Wiseman also won for vacationing fellow California trainer Tim Maier, guiding Dani California in a bottom trot, clocked in 1:58.3 to top Viking Mia (Svendsen) and Jessie Ann (James Yoder).  Son Jason Maier owns the mare who has notched three wins in her last four starts. Eternal Overdrive gave Wiseman his other win in a $3000 claimer timed in 1:54.4.  Tim Brown trains the winner for lessee Brandon Bragg.  Western So (Evan Coblentz) was a fast-closing second with Kennan's Jerry (Rocky Stidham) getting the show dough. There are eleven nights remaining in the 2013 season at Running Aces, so Wiseman needs to average just over one win a night to reach the milestone in his career while at his summer home in Minnesota. Gregg Keidel

Trainer Lance Ward celebrated a pair of stake wins in the Horizon Pace with two-year-olds Comes Home First and Need You So Bad on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Tim Brown trainee Jet Tracker debuted impressively in 1:55.3 in the fastest and final division. Jim Marino drove both of Ward's winners, who are owned by the J J J Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. Comes Home First romped to a wide-open victory in the first of three $16,667 divisions. The early leaver retook the lead after the :28-second opening panel and fronted the field through fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.4 before drawing away by 10-3/4 lengths to win in 1:56.4. Longshot Shyloh Changerluck (James Jungquist) and Blue Eyed Cowboy (Bill Tainsh Jr.) came on from the backfield to round out the top three finishers. The Brandons Cowboy colt now has two wins in two pari-mutuel starts. Need You So Bad led at every pole to remain perfect in his young career.Also making his second pari-mutuel start, the American Ideal gelding carved out fractions of :28, :58.4 and 1:28.1 before battling back against an on-rushing Ghost Pine (Kelly Hoerdt) to prevail in 1:58. Ghost Pine finished two lengths behind in second while The Big Heist (Rene Goulet) closed from the back of the pack to show. Jet Tracker proved to be the best of the bunch with his 1:55.3 speedy score in the other division for owners Albert and Lois Branham of Sherwood Park, Alta. Driven by Brandon Campbell, the Jeremes Jet colt sat a two-hole trip through early fractions of :27.4 and :58.1 before blasting to command. He quickly opened up six and a half lengths on his rivals by the 1:25.3 third quarter station and more than doubled that margin to 14-1/4 in the final panel. Cowboy Mathis (Keith Clark) came from last to place while early breaker Pass The Port (Paul Davies) finished third. In regular racingaction, nine-year-old pacer Trust The Artist earned his second consecutive victory in the $8,500 Open for trainer/driver Kelly Hoerdt after turning back challenger Smooth Criminal (Bill Tainsh Jr.) around the final turn during a 1:53 mile. The 53-time career winner is owned by Hoerdt and partners Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister, all of Beaumont, Alta. Mr Saratoga (Quentin Schneider) and No Fear (Brandon Campbell) came on for second and third-place honours. (reprinted with permission by Standardbred Canada)  

COLUMBUS, MN. - The $9500 Open Trot produced a new winner for the fourth consecutive week on Wednesday night at Running Aces when Keystone Swagger (John DeLong) benefitted from a perfect pocket trip to win in 1:55.4, equaling the track record for older horses.  The standard the son of Angus Hall tied was less than two hours old as Salutation Hanover (Nick Roland) had also stopped the teletimer in 1:55.4 in a $4500 conditioned trot earlier in the program. Keystone Swagger is owned by Dandy Farms and trained in Minnesota by Jim Ellison. It was just his eighth career triumph, but did increase his lifetime earnings to $212,000.  Silence Son (Craig Banks) was a game second after cutting all the fractions and favored Shelby County (Moonie Svendsen) just nipped B C Lulu (Jason Ryan) for third. With the 2013 summer meet just slightly more than half over, the driver and trainer standings at Running Aces are extremely tight and no one has emerged as a clear-cut favorite in either race.  On the drivers side, Jason Ryan and Rick Magee are deadlocked at the top with 30 victories each in 28 nights of racing.  Luke Plano has 29, Nick Roland 28, Steve Wiseman 25 and John DeLong 24. Jason Ryan had a big week to move to the top of the conditioner standings with 16 trips to the winner's circle from his stable.  Close on his heels are David Flinn and Tim Brown with 15 each, then Don Sherman, Tim Maier and Nick Roland all with 14. Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend with a 50-cent Pick Six carryover of $743.65.  Post time Saturday is 7:00 PM (CDT). Gregg Keidel

K D Amazin Spirit, who has rattled off four straight harnss racing victories for Keith Willey and Scott Cisco; and I Love New York, a dangerous invader from the Bruce Clarke barn, get the marquee treatment in Friday night's (February 22) $6,000 Open Handicap Trot at Cal Expo.

Dreaming Of Amy, who has captured six of her last eight appearances, gets the top billing in Thursday night's opening leg of the Richard Staley Trotting Series at Cal Expo. The race carries a $3,500 purse and will go as the eighth event on an eleven race harness racing program.

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