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YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 20, 2015 - Icommandmyspirit and harness racing driver Brian Sears,  rallied from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 6, Icommandmyspirit saw UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) worked around polester Palm Patrol (Dan Dube). After a :28.2 opening quarter-mile and 58-second intermission, Camille (George Brennan), as the 7-5 choice, moved from fourth. That was all the incentive Icommandmyspirit needed, as she tagged that's one rear going to the 1:27 three-quarters. UF Dragon's Queen owned a tenuous lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. Palm Patrol ducked inside, but "Icommand" was both wider and faster. The latter whipped the former (a bridesmaid in five of her six races this season) by a neck in a brisk 1:56.1. Camille held the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For third choice Icommandmyspirit, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Western Ideal trained by Chris Ryder for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $47.40, with the triple returning $160. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and Sunday (post time 12:10PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 20, 2015 -- Returning from a layoff of more than three months, Continual Velocity still was the best at The Meadows as she notched a front-end harness racing victory in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone hustled Continual Velocity to the front, where she enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half on a "good" surface. Palone had to chase Continual Velocity in the lane, but the 7-year-old daughter of Real Artist - Extreme Velocity responded and held off Macharoundtheclock by 1/2 length in 1:55. The pocket-sitting R Marie Hanover was third. Ron Burke trains Continual Velocity, who now boasts $542,275 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. It was one of three wins on the 12-race card for Palone. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Harness racing driver Billy Dobson is battling for the top spot in Buffalo Raceway driver's standings and he helped himself by recording four victories on Friday afternoon (February 20).   Dobson, who trailed defending champion Kevin Cummings 43-36 entering the day, posted wins with Fox Valley Lena ($9.50), Francessa ($10.40), Diamonds For Life ($7.00) and Donegal Jim ($4.30) to narrow the gap.   Cummings had a double on the card, however, and enjoys a 45-40 advantage.   Ron Beback Jr. had a driving triple and a training double. He drove and conditioned That Horse JD ($7.80) and Tymal Viva ($9.40) to wins and steered Dont Sweat My Swag to a $4.80 victory for trainer JD Perrin.   Jim McNeight also had a pair of wins on the 13-race program.   The racing will resume on Saturday afternoon when another 13-race card will be presented at 2:30 p.m.   The quarterfinals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series will be contested in the first, second, seventh and ninth races. The top four finishers in each leg will return next Saturday night for the semi-finals.   Also, the featured $9,500 pace will go off as the third race as Rude Boy, a winner of 3-for-4 races this season, will score from the six post as the 3-1 morning line favorite. Dobson will be in the sulky.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday's weather forecast is for warmer conditions and the harness racing action heats up in kind as three Winter Series' finals and the opening leg of the William "Buddy" Gilmour late-closers lead the thirteen race Meadowlands card.   The $49,000 Charles Singer trotting final opens the stakes action in race two with Super Bowl series champ JL Cruze taking on six rivals for John Campbell. A model of consistency throughout the winter racing, JL Cruze as won four of six and $52,500 for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr and Steve Iaquinta.   The $59,000 Sonsam final for three and four year old pacing males (race six) pits the speedy Rockeyed Optomist against potential series sweeper Major Uptrend.   Rockeyed Optomist closed out his 1:50.3 leg two win with a searing 25.4 final panel last week, his first race with The Meadowlands hottest reinsman Brett Miller aboard. Steve Elliott trains the talented four-year-old for Anthony Perretti, Ginny Berkner, A&B Stable and Joe Battaglia.   Major Uptrend has captured both leg starts in forwardly placed fashion for Meadowlands leading trainer/driver combo of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras and owner Howard Taylor.   A very competitive field of six pacing mares will contest the $50,600 Burning Point final (race eleven) with Empress Deo seeking the series sweep and finally earning the respect of the oddsmaker and horseplayer alike. After having returned a $30 mutuel in leg one, then $12 last week, she goes into the final as the morning line choice. Brett Miller drives for trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing of Delaware.   The Buddy Gilmour series is restricted to sophomore pacing colts & geldings and offers a look at two of the more exciting prospects we've seen thus far in 2015. They drew apart for the opening $17,500 Gilmour divisions, heightening the anticipation of an eventual match-up down the road.   National Seelster was unraced at two, but has certainly caught the eye of racing fans this winter with an impressive pair of wins against overnight company. He starts from the rail in race five with Andy Miller at the lines for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Bob Mondillo and Oompa's Farm.   The lightly raced Wiggle It Jiggleit came to The Meadowlands for a leg of the Sonsam two weeks ago with some pretty imposing lines on his card and left with the respect of his peers after a crushing first-over 1:49.4 win against older horses.   Owner George Teague Jr skipped leg two of the Sonsam and bypasses the final of that series to race against his age group in this late-closer. That is good news for those racing in the Sonsam final but not such good news for his rivals in the Gilmour. Montrell Teague drives and Clyde Francis trains the Mr Wiggles gelding.   On the wagering front, Saturday offers a qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship along with the Jackpot Hi-5 carryovers and various guaranteed wagers available for horseplayers seeking value.   Post time is 7:15.   From Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 20, 2015) - At his best, Master of Law was good enough to beat an all-star field in the Centaur Trotting Classic last summer that included world champion Sebastian K. The problem was that he subsequently suffered through seven straight losses for Dan Patch harness racing Trainer of the Year Jimmy Takter. Takter added trotting hobbles to Master of Law's equipment earlier this year and the gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe responded with two straight wins. He is owned by the partnership of Lindy Racing, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Son and Christina Takter. Master of Law steps up in class to face seven other rivals in Friday's $30,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Meadowlands. Master of Law will be coupled in the wagering with Lindy's Tru Grit. The entry has been installed as the 5/2 second choice behind favorite Melady's Monet. Friday's 13-race card also features large carryovers in the Jackpot Super High Five wagers. After going un-hit again on Thursday night, the Race 5 carryover stands at $26,227.69 and the last race carryover now sits at $129,346.68. Rachel Ryan  

On the heels of a ten win week at The Meadowlands, Brett Miller picked up right where he left off, winning a pair of harness racing events on Thursday night at The Meadowlands. First, he guided Summer Snow to the winners' circle with a win in a division of the Dash For The "G" Notes in race six, returning $11.00 to win for trainer Jennifer Lappe, who co-owns the mare with Squawk Box Stable. It was Summer Snow's first victory of the season, timed in 1:56.4. Miller also guided Triple Major to a mild 5-1 upset in the eighth race Thursday night, a $10,000 Claiming Pace. Not only did that win mark a driving double for Miller, but a training double for Jennifer Lappe, who also co-owned this gelding with John Carrington. Lappe wasn't done either. In addition to her two wins teamed up with Brett Miller, she also won with Lightning Strike in the nightcap with Scott Zeron. Triple Major came into the race with a record of being 0 for his last 44 and 1 for his last 61, making the win for Miller even more impressive. In other "G" Note action, Ace Of Pace scored in the second race in 1:55.2 at odds of 5/2 for John Campbell, one of two wins on the card for harness racing's all time leading driver. The Final division was captured by Bring Them Home with Yannick Gingras at odds of 9/2, one of two wins on the card for Gingras as well. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover went unclaimed and resulted in a carryover into the Friday program of $26,227, while the last race carryover stands at $129,347. Darin Zoccali

DOVER, Del.--- Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, made believers of doubters by not only winning the week's top pace, the $26,000 Delaware Special, but did it from outside post 8 racing without cover to score a 1:52.4 on a windy and raw Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan continues his strong driving with five winners. George Dennis drove the 8-1 Western Hanover - Shake Away 10-year-old gelding, trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, to his fifth consecutive victory. The streak began at the $15,000 claiming level through a $25,000 tag prior to last week's come-from-behind win. Just A Jolt with Vic Kirby came on in the stretch to finish second in front of Mustang Art and Art Stafford Jr. Jebswesternshark is now fived for six this year earning $40,350 with his 43rd lifetime win while banking $256,279 in his career. Delaware Special made it two-in-a-row winning one of two Open/Handicap paces for young horses. Corey Callahan chalked up his fifth of six winning drives taking the Dragon Again-Dashaway Hanover gelding to the top en route to a 1:54.4 triumph in the $15,500 event. Doug Lewis trains the winner for owner Howard Taylor. It was his second win in three starts while accruing second-place finishes in four other starts this meet. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) was runner-up with Elite Awards (Eddie Davis Jr.) the third horse. In a $16,000 edition, Invictus Hanover, a Yankee Cruiser - I Sparkle gelding handled by Trace Tetrick, recorded his first win of the year notching a 1:54.4 decision in the second race for 4&5-Year-Olds. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was a close second. Four Staces (Callahan) never saw the rail and still finished third. Callahan got One Stop Deal up in to win one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces for Kapildeo Singh and Yves Sarrazin. Dylan Davis conditions the Western Ideal - Artstopper gelding who posted his second straight win. Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) and Fire In The Belly (Kirby) were second and third respectively. The photo finish camera was necessary to determine the winner of the other $14,000 section. Maximum Terror had his nose on the line from among a blanket four-horse finish in 1:55.4. Owned and trained by Ben Stafford, the gelding was driven by Ben Stafford Jr. to his second win in his last three races. The Western Terror-HTF Cocoa four-year-old bested 40-1 Alexis Style (Russ Foster), second, and Mister Truth (Tony Morgan), third, with Panic Disorder (Callahan) accepting fourth. Callahan, with five winners, now has won 20 races in the last three days. Allan Davis, George Dennis and Trace Tetrick won two races each. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. 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 the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---- From Monday-Thursday, Corey Callahan won 24 race. Dover Down's leading driver since the 2009-10 meet, has racked up 204 wins through 72 racing days. His UDRS (similar to a batting average) is an outstanding .415. His drives this meet have earned nearly $1.7-million in purse for the horses he has driven. After winning seven races on Tuesday (2/17), Callahan followed with an eight-win night, one fewer than the track record of nine wins (2/ 27/11) by Tim Tetrick. Callahan, the track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. ---------------------------------------------- The latest long win-streak ended at five when trotter Joyeux Dream finished second on the Wednesday (2/18) card. The current leader is trotter Razor Ramone, winner of five wins in-a-row. JS McFlash has won three in succession -------------------------------------------------- Two popular area harness favorite drivers, Ross Wolfenden and Tim Tetrick, are among the missing these days. Wolfenden is vacationing until mid -March with his family in New Zealand. Tetrick is also Down Under, competing in the World Driver Championship in Australia starting this weekend, Tetrick represents the U.S.A. against the best in Europe and Australasia in the week's competition. --------------------------------------------------------------- While Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver competition, his brother Trace Tetrick, drove Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, for the geldings first victory of the year in the sub-feature trot on Wednesday. ------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Ell lifted his outstanding UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this meet, buoyed by with third training wins Wednesday (2/10); by Razor Ramone, Enrico AS and Go Go Red Marty. Owners Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own all three, with Ken Wood, a partner, on two. --------------------------------------------- The biggest social night in harness racing takes place on Sunday, in Orlando, Fla., at the annual U.S.Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards-Dinner. The top horses and individuals during the 2014 season will be saluted. JR She'salady won the writers balloting for "Horse of the Year," the first two-year-old in years to win the coveted title. --------------------------------------------------- Among the honorees at the USHWA Night of Champions is Heather Vitale. She a double 2014-season winner in the broadcasting category. for her TV feature on Canada's top trainer Casey Coleman on CBS Sports Network and for a feature on harness racing in Ireland shown on her Post Time show on Delmarva station WBOC-TV. ------------------------------------ Aaron Merriman is the leader, with Corey Callahan, second, in wins among leading drivers during 2015 in North America. Ron Pierce is presently fourth in winning drives. Ron Burke, is again, the leading trainer, in wins and money won. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis, have moved up to the top 5 trainers in North America. ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 203 races. Allan Davis has reach three-digit wins, second with 100. Ross Wolfenden is third, with 91 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth, 86, and Tony Morgan, 72 , completes the top five. ---------------------------------------------- There is a two way tie for first-place among trainers. Doug Lewis and Dylan Davis, the meet's defending champion has tied with each haltering 42 winners. Wayne Givens is a close third with 40 wins. Jim King is fourth with 35 winners. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 34 winners. ----------------------------------------- Harness Horse International (HHI) annual meeting and awards presentation is set for March 1-March 5 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Sal DeMario, executive director of Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is representing local horsemen. The HHI Dominic Frini Person of the Year,'will go to past president, Gene Oldfield. The HHI Appreciation Award to Jerry Knppenberger, recent Ohio Hall of Fame inductee, and former Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assoc. GM, and harness horse editor of the Daily Racing Form, Derek Giwner, receives the Clyde Hirt Media award. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Marv Bachrad    

Last May, trainer Chris Ryder looked at his then 3-year-old trotter Walk The Walk and said he thought the horse might be better at age 4. Walk The Walk won three of 11 races last year, earning $27,250, but was shut down in July because of soundness issues. He returned in January for his 4-year-old campaign, finished second in his seasonal debut and has since won back-to-back starts as he heads into Saturday's $49,000 Charles Singer Memorial Series final at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "Am I right?" Ryder said with a laugh when reminded of his comments last spring. "Well he's won his last two starts, so that's better. I like him. He's sounder this year. The poor guy was pretty sore (last year) and now he's not sore. He had quite a lot (of issues) and the whole lot have gone away." Walk The Walk will start from post six in the Singer final, with David Miller at the lines. He is 3-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind favorite JL Cruze (6-5) and the three-horse entry of Opulent Yankee, Blocking The Way, and Propulsion (8-5). JL Cruze won the Super Bowl Series on Jan. 24 at the Meadowlands. He has four wins in six starts this year, with both losses being second-place finishes to Opulent Yankee. The Singer is part of a Big M card that includes the finals of the $59,000 Sonsam Series for male pacers and the $50,600 Burning Point Series for 3- and 4-year-old female pacers, as well as the opening round of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers. Walk The Walk, who was unraced at age 2, is owned by Ryder, Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Letsjustalkaboutme, Walk The Walk was purchased for $20,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. He competed in only the first round of the Singer Series, winning by one length over Detroit Rapper in 1:55.4. Following the Singer, Walk The Walk will compete primarily in overnight races, but Ryder made the horse eligible to the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, which concludes on July 11 with a $250,000 final. "It might be a little ambitious, but what the heck," Ryder said. "We'll give it a go. He's doing good." Ryder also sends out National Seelster in the first round of the Gilmour Series. National Seelster was unraced as a 2-year-old and is 2-for-2 this season, with both victories coming in conditioned races. He is a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare No Strikes Against and was purchased for $50,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. His family includes millionaires Strike An Attitude, Delinquent Account and Artiscape. National Seelster is owned by Mondillo and Peter Mazzella's Oompa's Farm. "He was ouchy last year," Ryder said. "It was nothing serious, but he just wasn't ready to push on. We kind of liked him, but never really got to go much with him until now. He's a nice horse. We (staked) him to most races." Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

After closing out his 2014 campaign in style at Yonkers, Pancetta has returned to California for harness racing trainer Lino Pacheco and will make his seasonal debut in Saturdays featured Open Pace. The 6-year-old son of No Pan Intended races for Richard Morita and David Yamada and will be guided by Luke Plano, who has gone many a winning mile with the pacer. A 1:51 1/5 winner at Pocono Downs two years ago, a first-place check on Saturday would put Pancetta at the $400,000 earnings plateau. He got back here in early November and everything has been on schedule, Pacheco related. He had an easy qualifier with Jen (Sabot), then picked it up nicely in last weeks qualifier with Luke, who said he was very sharp. Pancettas most recent victory came in mid-October over the half-mile Yonkers oval, getting the job done from the difficult No. 7 post while racing against some of the best pacers on the grounds. He can go from anywhere and do anything you ask, Pacheco noted. Thats one of the things that makes him such a tough horse. Hes small, but hes got a very big heart and hes one of the best weve ever had at the barn. Pancetta will leave from the rail Saturday night while taking on a pretty tough group, including the streaking A Real Miracle, and will be spotting his rivals the edge when it comes to recent activity. When asked for a prediction, Pacheco was very diplomatic. Lets let the horse speak for himself, he said. Duly noted. Open Pace brings out A Real Miracle A Real Miracle, who has posed for pictures following four of his last five appearances; gets top billing in Saturday nights featured Open Pace at Cal Expo. There will be 10 races with a first post of 6:40 p.m. The headliner is set to go as the third event on the card with A Real Miracle squaring off against Pancetta, China King, Windsong Jack J C Onthebeach. A Real Miracle is a 5-year-old homebred son of Real Desire out of the Givemewhatineed mare I Need A Miracle who races for Junior Wilkinson, Billie Schwartz and Ivan Axelrod with Wilkinson the conditioner and James Kennedy in the sulky. The razor-sharp performer comes into this assignment eyeing his fourth straight trip to the winners circle, the first two with Luke Plano and most recently with Kennedy at the helm. In his most recent outing at the head of the class, A Real Miracle sat last in the compact field for a half, rallied second-over on the final bend and then ignited when the question was asked to be up a neck over favored Windsong Jack while lowering his mark to 1:51 2/5 in the process. Windsong Jack is a 5-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip who was making his first start of the year in that February 14 affair and lost a heartbreaker after carving out all the fractions. Gene Vallandingham trains for Little Bapa LLC with Chip Lackey handling the lines. ********* This week finds the trotters and pacers in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, February 20-22. By Mark Ratzky        

The 50th Anniversary Season of Pocono Downs kicks off Saturday, March 21st, and the harness racing season promises exciting stakes action; fun fan events; and an anniversary week celebrating the rich history of the track. The Bobby Weiss Late Closing Series, named for the former Director of Track Maintenance, opens the meet, with the finals set for April 18-22. Kentucky Derby Day, May 2th, traditionally a huge celebration of racing and partying, will also boast a double-header with two Pocono live race cards.  Post Time for the first will be at 11 a.m., and the second will be immediately following the 141st running of the Derby.  In between, there will be the Run for the Roses Hat Review; a luscious Champagne Brunch in Pacers Clubhouse; a souvenir photo booth; and Spa Sapphire’s makeup booth. The $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday is set for July 4th, with the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot; the Ben Franklin Free For All Pace; Max Hempt Memorial; and the James Lynch Memorial contested on this prestigious night of racing.  Eliminations are set for June 27th. Super Stakes Saturday returns to Pocono on anniversary night, August 22, with nearly $2.1 million in purses and the Colonial; the Battle of the Brandywine; and the Valley Forge, along with two consolations for each.  Other festivities are planned for the anniversary, to be announced soon. Racing in the month of March will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, with Sundays added April through June; Fridays jump in the mix in July, August, and September; and from mid-October through closing on November 21, racing nights will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The schedule is at http://mohegansunpocono.com/racing/schedules.html. A 50th Anniversary Souvenir Book will be on sale starting March 21st, featuring a look back at 50 years of racing; events; and photos from Pocono Downs.  The book is $3 and is available at the Program desk.   Jennifer Starr

The veteran harness racing pacer Don’t Worry B Happy looks to get revitalized Friday night with a drop to a mid-level conditioned when he revisits Maywood Park. The 7-year-old Nelson Willis trainee faces an above average field in the eighth race for non-winners of $4,000 last five but if you go by past history Don’t Worry B Happy looms large for his driver Brian Carpenter. Maywood Park is what I like to call a “get-well” track for Don’t Worry B Happy. Every time the son of The Panderosa can’t find a winner’s circle for Barrington Hills, Illinois owner Shirley Le Vin, his trainer ships the horse to Maywood Park where Don’t Worry B Happy usually “gets well.” Don’t Worry N Happy didn’t make his Maywood Park debut until 2013 as a 5-year-old. The horse had won an $18,000 Hoosier Park Open that April and then went into a long slump, dropping 11 straight races in either Indiana or at Balmoral Park. However in October of that year he ended the losing streak in his initial Maywood start. The horse would make 3 more starts in 2013 at Maywood and hit the board each time. After a winter break of 3 and 1 1/2 months off Don’t Worry B Happy started off his 2014 season at Maywood and was a winner, this time with Sam Widger at his lines. The horse then dropped his next 9 decisions but “got well” in a late July starts with driver Todd Warren, when the pacer returned to—you guessed it—Maywood Park. Don’t Worry B Happy then raced at Balmoral in August, September and into October, this time take a licking 8 races in a row. However, the horse as expected “got-well” in a mid-October race at Maywood. The gelding then went back to his home base at Balmoral and dropped 5 uninterrupted decisions before taking the hour-plus long van ride from Balmoral to Maywood where, to no one’s surprise, won two December starts after a second place finish in late November. With three successive losses at Balmoral to start the 2015 season, the horse is back on the circuit’s half-miler where he hopes to “get well” against a nice field comprised of Total Sin (programmed 6-1), Silver Devil (7-2), Cotton Eyed Joe (10-1), So Be It (8-1), Fox Valley Norman (3-1) and Montero Blue Chip (12-1). Silver Devil (John De Long) is making his 2015 debut for trainer Nick Giberson. Last year the son of Duneside Perch captured the $34,380 Aged Cardinal and was second to Fort Silky in the Cook County stake, the opening leg of the Maywood Pacing Series. As a freshman Silver Devil won a Betzotic stake at Maywood and followed that up with victories in the Circuit City and Grey Ghost at Hoosier Park. Cotton Eyed Joe (Bobby Smolin) took the Orange and Blue Colt Championship as a freshman on Super Night 2013 and opened his 2014 season with back-to-back wins in small Maywood Park ICF stakes. The Bob Philips trainee was second-best to Unlocked in last year’s Super Night Langley Final. By Mike Paradise

Pompano Beach, FL...February 18, 2015...Bloodstockshalltab, a recent purchase by harness racing trainer-driver Ed Hensley, paid a big dividend on Wednesday night as he trotted the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 on a blustery cold (mid-50's) night by South Florida standards. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall accomplished his feat in the $15,400 Open Handicap Trot, pinning a defeat measuring 5 3/4 lengths on Dukester (Rick Plano) with My Revenuer (Tom Sells) third under the wire--but moved up one notch to second after the judges "dq'd" Dukester for a pylon violation turning for home. Lugar finished fourth, 10 lengths away, while Adenium picked up the nickel in the full field of 10. At the outset, the 9 to 5 second choice, Its Payday Friday, made a miscue so it was Adenium and Winemaster Hanover vying for supremecy with the latter taking command at the :27.3 opener, the exact spot where Buddy Hally, away third from the rail, made a quarter move to the top and reached the half in :56.4 with Bloodstockshalltab already on the move from fifth and brushing strongly as the field moved on to the backside. Bloodstockshalltab used a :27.4 blitz on the backstretch to secure the lead around turn three--timed in 1:25.1. From there, Hensley's charge was unthreatened during a :28.2 finale, reaching the finish in an officially timed mile of 1:53.67, edging Baseball Express (1:53.70),  Hellava Hush (1:53.71), Tug River Dylan (1:53.74), Tweedle Dum (1:53.77) and Ahijuna Chucaro (1:53.79) for the second fastest trotting mile in track history. The track trotting record is 1:52 4/5 by Southwind Vavoom set in 2011. After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "I bought this horse privately a few weeks ago. I thought he had talent and, while I wasn't surprised that he won, I was surprised that he trotted this much on this kind of night. I think it might be a new mark for him, too." (It is, with his old mark being 1:54 in a Meadowlands qualifier as a three year-old.) Hensley now has two wins in four starts with his new purchase and Wednesday night's win was the gelding's 12th in 61 career starts and sent his lifetime earnings to $195,645--$7,200 of that since the Hensley acquisition in mid-January. The winner paid $5.40. Pompano Park's $11,000 co-featured trot went to R G Rocket, driven by Dave Ingraham, in 1:56.1. This seven year-old altered son of Cincinnati Kid, trained by Mario Dessureault for owner Jamie Marra Racing, showed some early foot from post six to land in fourth early, followed live cover on the backside to take command from Arriba Amigo around the final turn and went on to score a 5 1/2 length win over Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey) with Pop I (Harry Landy) third. Arriba Amigo did finish fourth while Dream Lake earned the final award in the field of 10. Knocking at the door with a 0-3-3 scorecard in six starts coming into the action, R G Rocket finally got his first win of the season--21st lifetime--and sent his lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--$203,449 to be exact. As the 7 to 5 favorite, R G Rocket paid $4.80 to his faithful. John Berry

DOVER, Del --- Nine starters including last week's upset winner Jebswesternshake, meet in the $26,000 Delaware Special, Thursday, Feb 19 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The sharp Jebswesternshark stepped up after three consecutive wins in claiming races, closed from seventh at the half to pass all rivals for a fourth straight win in last Thursday's feature race. George Dennis drove the winner for owner Frank Chick. Trace Tetrick will drive Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob, who finished second in front of Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist piloted by Allan Davis. The fast Bandolito, owned, trained and driven by Daryl Bier, leaves from the rail. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt, makes his second start in a month. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo extremely sharp Mustang Art and Ron Pierce starts from post 9 in the second tier. Not to be overlooked, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray with Eddie Davis Jr., Kovach Stables' Feel Like A Fool, will have meet leading driver Corey Callahan and upset minded Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch complete a highly qualified field. Two winners last time, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis's Four Staces (Callahan) and Jerry Clark's Workandplayhard (Davis Jr.) head the $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap. In another sub-feature, a 4&5-Year-Old $15,500 Open/ Handicap led by Howard Taylor's Delaware Hanover (Callahan), Karen Walls' Elite Awards (Davis Jr.) and Tom Lazzaro's Contraband Hanover (Pierce). Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beauty' of a victory and Justgottogethere pulled a shocker to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 18).   It was an easy gate-to-wire win for Ugly Betty in the $9,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares while Justgottogethere used a perfect pocket trip to register a $59.50 surprise in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned trot.   The program wasn't completed, however, as Buffalo Raceway was forced to cancel the races after the fifth race due to electrical issues.   Ugly Betty ($6.10) started from the rail and never looked back in cruising to her second straight win, an impressive 4-1/2 length decision over Memumsnotnice. Shawn Gray set sail from the rail with Ugly Betty and posted splits of 29.0, 58.0, 1:27.3 in posting a seasonal best time of 1:57.0. Memumsnotnice hung on for place (Frank Milby) while Sadies Place (Draw Monti) finished in third.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is a 7-year-old mare who is trained by Dennis Dylo. With the win, Ugly Betty has now earned $13,425 this season and $186,798 lifetime.   It was a perfect game plan used by driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere to get the victory in the featured trot.   Dropping into the garden spot at the start behind the pace-setting Lutetium, Justgottogetthere and McNeight waited patiently until the top of the stretch. They then roared by the leg weary Lutetium to pull away for the stunning 2-1/2 length win in 2:02.1. Fiorentina (Milby) showed late kick for second while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   The $59.50 win price by Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) spurred a $480.50 exacta and $4,390.50 trifecta.   Justgottogetthere is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. trained the the winner, now 2-for-3 on the season. It pushed the trotter's earnings to $10,000 in 2015 and $148,482 in his career.    Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — File this under “No Rest for the Weary.” Beginning Thursday evening, Yonkers Raceway shall race six consecutive days of harness racing…Mother Nature permitting. Thursday (first post 7:10 PM) – 12 races and some free money ($1,307.06, to be exact) as carryover into the Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Friday (first post 7:10 PM) – 12 races, with a $35,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace (6th race). Saturday (first post 7:10 PM) – 12 races, with a $35,000 Open Pace (6th race) and the last three (count ‘em, three) previous winners of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series dotting the card. Atochia (2012 winner) drew post position No. 4 in the fifth race, with Matt Kakaley driving. Razzle Dazzle (Eric Carlson), who won the 2013 edition, wound up behind the eight-ball in the eighth race and last season’s champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) landed post No. 6 in the 10thrace.   In keeping with that theme, 2011 Levy winner Real Nice (Kakaley) landed the pylons in Friday’s ninth race. Sunday (first post 12:10 PM) – a French-themed 12 races, with the first seven featuring oversized trotting fields (12, 12, 10, 10, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). Including is the $46,000 Open Handicap Trot (3rd race),  with the formful Not Afraid (Dan Dube, post 8) looking for a fourth win in six seasonal starts. Note that after a dark Sunday next week, live racing is scheduled for March 8 and 15. Monday (first post 7:10 PM) – 11 races, including a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (races 7 through 11), with program pages available (after finalized) at www.yonkersraceway.com. Tuesday (first post 1 PM) – card to be drawn Thursday (Feb. 19). Frank Drucker

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