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LARKSPUR, CALIF. (December 4, 2019)--The board of Webis, the Group specializing in pool wagering and the operators of Cal Expo, the Californian harness track, is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, Dec. 3, its US-based Advanced Deposit Wagering business, WatchandWager.com LLC ("WatchandWager") signed an extension with the Board of Directors of the California Exposition & State Fair in Sacramento to continue its Cal Expo Harness Racing operations through to May 1, 2025. The extension reflects the good standing that WatchandWager holds with the track landlord and the regulators in California. The renewal also includes a clause to extend the lease until 2030, should both parties wish to pursue it. The renewal is especially significant given the recent positive momentum behind the introduction of regulated sports betting in the Golden State. Recent initiatives to drive this forward include California racetracks as being eligible to be licensed for sports betting. WatchandWager has been operating live racing at Cal Expo since 2012. The 2019-2020 Cal Expo Harness Racing season began on Nov. 9, 2019, and will run 47 race dates on Fridays and Saturdays through to Saturday, April 25, 2020. Cal Expo is the only harness racing racetrack in California, and WatchandWager's operation of it is vital to supporting the breed and horsemen in the state. In addition to the racing, WatchandWager makes financial contributions to the California horse industry to promote breeding and racing in the state. Harness Racing at Cal Expo also enjoys an excellent health and safety record for many years, with the welfare of the horses and all participants of upmost importance to the Board and Management at Cal Expo. The initial performance of WatchandWager Cal Expo has been slightly above average through the first weekends of live racing this season. With a current horse population of 290 Standardbreds stabled on the backstretch, it is a strong sign of a successful season featuring fully filled races, competitive fields, and many wagering opportunities for harness racing fans. WatchandWager President and Webis CEO, Ed Comins, stated that the extension approval is a significant step for the long-term future of both Cal Expo and WatchandWager: "This approval is a significant milestone in WatchandWager's license presence in the US and the state of California," Comins said. "We believe that WatchandWager will continue to run safe and successful race meetings at Cal Expo, which is good for both harness racing fans and the horsemen of the state. At the same time, our commitment to Cal Expo and racing ensure that WatchandWager will remain a major stakeholder in the positive expansion of gambling in the state of California for many years to come." From WatchAndWager.com

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2019 -- The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows has jumped once again. Following another carryover, Wednesday's Super Hi-5 jackpot stands at $74,304.52. The Meadows offers the Super Hi-5 on the final race of each live card. Wednesday's program also features a $3,536.66 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                            

For the first time in the history of the Top Ten Poll the same horse stayed #1 all season long and that horse is none other than Shartin N. This is the final Top Ten Poll for the 2019 season. Shartin N closed out the year with 23 first place votes out of 35 voters. The final Top Ten Poll did not change at all from last week. Thanks to the USTA's Ken Weingartner for conducting the Top Ten Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (23) 6pm 19-15-3-0 $982,177 322 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (8) 3pc 19-13-6-0 $1,643,745 306 2 3 Greenshoe (3) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 253 3 4 Manchego (1) 4tm 17-8-1-0 $585,788 204 4 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 19-12-2-3 $950,610 173 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 14-8-1-2 $1,128,753 135 6 7 Caviart Ally 5pm 19-9-7-3 $672,215 114 7 8 Papi Rob Hanover 2pc 12-6-4-2 $754,774 71 8 9 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 56 9 10 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 51 10 ALSO: Atlanta 48; McWicked 41; Six Pack 39; Lather Up 38; Emoticon Hanover 10; When Dovescry 9; Captain Crunch, Forbidden Trade, Senorita Rita 8; Southwind Ozzi 6; Lyons Sentinel 5; Amigo Volo 4; Blue Ivy, Sister Sledge 3; Easy Lover Hanover, Elver Hanover, JK First Lady 2; Always A Prince, Bold Eagle, Shake That House, Winndevie 1. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown/USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2019 — Enjoying a bit of class relief, Art Of Norma moved impressively first over, made short work of the leader and captured Tuesday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Art Of Norma had been collecting checks, but no wins, against the track’s elite pacers, and the drop in class was just what the doctor ordered. When Brady Brown moved her down the backside, she easily overtook the leader, Our G G, and prevailed in 1:55, 1-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Ms Cheesman. Danikova Hanover finished third. Paul Kennedy trains Art Of Norma, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Up Front Norma who now boasts $124,261 in career earnings, and owns with Keith Pippi. In Tuesday’s other co-feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Matterlei extended her winning streak to three for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Jason Robinson. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $74,304.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $3,536.66 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway management and racing officials are busy preparing for the kickoff of their seventh harness racing season on January 3, 2020. Condition sheets for the first week of racing have already been posted to the U.S.T.A. website; and Late Closing Series nomination forms are available at the website: www.miamivalleygaming.com, then clicking on Racing in the scroll down menu followed by clicks on Horsemens Info and scrolling down to "Forms." In addition to nomination forms for the January Claim To Fame series, February events include the Bill Dailey Memorial, Howard Beissinger Memorial trot and Survivor Series. Late February through March will feature Lebanon Legends series for green pacers and trotters that are non-winners of two, four or six pari-mutuel races. The popular James K. Hackett Memorials for sophomore colts and fillies on both the pace and trot are also scheduled for April. The MVG website also provides ship-in application forms, waiver of liability forms, purse authorization forms and information on race office hours and phone numbers. "We anticipate slightly higher purses for the overall meet with an estimated purse account in excess of $14 million," stated Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "Business remains brisk at Miami Valley, horse supply should be good again this year, and I see no reason we won't have our biggest and best season so far." A pre-meet qualifying races session is scheduled for Monday, December 30 at noon. Trainers are encourage to enter the qualifiers online, or can call the Miami Valley race office from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 28. Opening week will feature a trio of enhanced $30,000 Open events--one for male pacers, one for female pacers and one for trotters. Due to the New Years holiday, a double draw for Friday, January 3 and Saturday, January 4 will be conducted on Monday, December 30 following the initial qualifiers, with the box closing at 2 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway

Joey Bats outlasts the open trotters at Dover Downs on Tuesday night once again. Joey Bats circled the field at the quarter pole and did not look back as he won in wire to wire fashion. The outside post did not deter Joey Bats and driver Anthony Morgan for trainer Andrew Harris as they cut fractions of :27, :56, and 1:24.1 before stopping the teletimer in 153.1. Home’n Dry, an upset winner last week, went off stride nearing the half. Royal Becca J and driver Jack Parker Jr. for his wife trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker finished a fast closing 2nd. Lagerfeld, and driver Corey Callahan for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. finished third. World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit  is scheduled to qualify tomorrow morning  at Dover Downs Post time is 4:30 pm for the live racing card at Dover Downs. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Pompano Beach, FL…December 3, 2019…Word comes that Italy is planning to invade the United States—specifically Pompano Park—on Sunday, December 8 and Monday, December 9 in an amateur series featuring many of the best amateur drivers in the sport. The American contingent will be headed by last year’s Amateur Driver of the Year, Steve Oldford, and complimented by the appearances of Dein Spriggs and Joe Pennacchio, among others. Team Italy will feature Gian Luca De Venti, Daniele Orsini, Pier D’Angelo, Alessandro Manfredi. Gian Luca De Venti, a native of Palermo, Italy, is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Pompano Park, having won here with the trotter Bad I Am in a 2018 performance. Daniele Orsini, from San Casciano, has competed with regularity in the States and, over the past two seasons, has been “on the board” in seven of 11 starts, many at Pompano Park. Pier D’Angelo, from Naples, also has participated in South Florida with his last appearance being in 2016. Alessandro Manfredi will be making his U.S.A. debut in Pompano’s second race on Sunday night. The American contingent features Spriggs, who has won 471 races, tops among all U.S.A. amateur drivers competing in the event. Pennacchio and Oldford, have reached the winner’s circle 183 and 161 times, respectively. Speaking of the event, Spriggs said, “No doubt that this will be a highly competitive—but friendly—event with the winner owning the bragging rights until we meet again. The main thing is that all of us do our part in showing how harness racing can benefit so many worthwhile charities and organizations that need help to keep doing their great work. “We want our sport to reach out to our communities, cities and the world with our good will. That’s what we are all about!” by John Berry, for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack & Quincy Enunwa have rescheduled their Toy Collection Drive for Saturday, December 14th. Once again the racetrack has teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. For additional information, please visit www.HarlemGrown.org. Enunwa will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, December 14th from 6:30-8:30pm. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee the event. Anyone that brings in a new unwrapped toy will be able to meet and grab a selfie with Enunwa. "I look forward to this toy collection drive each year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "We are excited to help Quincy Enunwa and Harlem Grown bring some holiday cheer to those in need." Details at PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

This Week: The 2019 Grand Circuit season has come to a close. The 2020 schedule will be released in January. Last time: After working to catch cover up the far side, Shake That House ($20.20) vaulted three-wide off the final turn to collar Captain Crunch in the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Wednesday night (Nov. 27) at Dover Downs. Shake That House tracked down Captain Crunch to prevail by a widening neck in 1:50.1. Fotowon photo. The sophomore son of American Ideal landed in sixth early while 3-5 favorite Captain Crunch (Yannick Gingras) worked to clear American Mercury (Tyler Buter) through a :26 first quarter. As Captain Crunch, who won the elimination heat, sped along through a :53.4 half, Tim Tetrick angled Shake That House third-over - but the pair lost their cover upon reaching the backstretch. While the first-over Dancin Lou (Andy McCarthy) sustained gradual headway up the far side, the second-over Semi Tough (David Miller) angled back to the pegs upon straightening, forcing Shake That House to close a three-length gap in the outer tier into a 1:21 third split. Despite the extra work he endured, Shake That House had ample energy to swing three-wide around a stalled Dancin Lou well above the eighth pole and tracked down Captain Crunch to prevail by a widening neck in 1:50.1. U S Captain (Dexter Dunn), who was locked in from mid-division, rallied up the open stretch to take third. Shake That House, who also won the Max Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in June, eclipsed the $500,000 mark in seasonal earnings with the 10th victory of his career. Chris Oakes trains Shake That House for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston and the Northfork Racing Stable. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the final leaders. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,416.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,373; 3. Dexter Dunn - 1,054; 4. David Miller - 960; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 828. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,322; 2. Tony Alagna - 892; 3. Nancy Johansson - 727; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 677; 5. Marcus Melander - 628. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 289.5; 2. Brad Grant - 273; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 242.5; 4. Robert Key - 226; 5. Fashion Farms - 224.5. Looking ahead: The 2020 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 12/3/19 - See who the 377 harness racing trotters and pacers under the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's, (SRF) expense and care today that are in need of your generosity on #Giving Tuesday, AdoptaHorse.org.   An anonymous donor will match every dollar donated up to $12,500, giving $25,000 to these horses that she, you, and so many others have given so much.   These are the horses with have earnings of over $10,000,000. but, not for them. As of this morning SRF has received $5,250 of the $12,500 match gift offer leaving $7,250 in donations so desperately in need. Please make your day of giving one that will help a horse in need at SRF; the whinnies will resonate with thanks.   Gifts, and sponsorship of a horse may be made through SRF's website at Adoptahorse.org or directly by contacting Tammy at 609-738-3255. For questions by email at SRFHorsesandKids@gmail.com. Thank you so very much for your support. Donate to SRF Today   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 3, 2019-- Every racetrack has them, folks whose names don't appear in the program, but without whom the harness racing program doesn't come close to getting off the ground. Yonkers Raceway is no exception. The joint doesn't conduct 230-odd cards a year with very few hitches without them. Do not refer to them as innominate. Do refer to them as invaluable. Arthur Webb is one such person. To friends, of which he counts many, he's just 'Zeke,' and Zeke the caretaker is retiring after 50 years when Yonkers' 2019 season ends Tuesday night, Dec. 17th. "It's time," Zeke said. "At least that what my wife (Mary) told me." It seems Zeke, a 67-year-old native North Carolinian ('Running Rapids, near the Virginia line'), had no choice but to end up with horses. His grandparents worked with them, while his two sisters and seven brothers--all older--were part of the Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceways circuit. As for Zeke, who still resides in dearly-departed Roosevelt's Long Island locale of Westbury, his half-century of keeping the trotters and pacers healthy and racing began with Frank Popfinger. After Popfinger ("I took care of his first 2:00 pacer, Goodnuff"), it was John Paton ("26-27 years"), then Mike Sorentino Jr. and, eventually, Don Sider. Ask Zeke what's changed in the industry and he mentions the sort of horses now filling the entry box. "It's a lot of claimers now," he said. "When I first started, there were the ('letter-classified') horses. Trainers had them longer. Now, so many more claimers and we don't have a bonding with them the way we used to. It's lost some of the sport." Then, there's the equipment. "Everything was so much heavier then," he said. "The hopples, the bike, everything. Now, with the quick hitch and the other improvements, it's so much easier for the horse, especially young ones. "They're able to be 'broken' quicker so they don't have to think as much. They get more confident, and I really think they sense if you like them." It's the affection that Zeke made a point of reinforcing to his inquisitor. "You have to love the animal," he said. "I didn't choose to do this for the money. For me, happiness is more important than money." (For his part, Zeke, along with late brother, Van (Sylvanious), enjoyed modest ownership success with the pacer Redd Fox during the last half of the pacer's decade-long [1997-2007] career.) "He even won a (Yonkers) race on my 50th birthday, Sept. 26, 2002. Ask Zeke what he's going to miss and "It just being here. We're going to the Carolinas to be with our daughter, Yolanda, but when the weather warms up, I'm going to come back Ask Zeke if he'd choose this work all over again, he politely offers a correction. "I haven't been working," Arthur Webb said, "I've been enjoying myself." One last question before we go..."Zeke?" "I was growing up and there was an older guy, Zeke Butler, who ran a tobacco tractor. He didn't move too fast and everyone said I was as slow as old Zeke Butler. "I didn't much care for the nickname at first, but since everyone starting calling me Zeke, I sort of went along with it." Alrighty then. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Josh Sutton slugged a 'Grand Slam' at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon (Dec. 2), scoring with three harness racing favorites and polishing things off by guiding a longshot to the winner's circle in the nightcap of the 14-race matinee.   Sutton started his strong day steering Rockaholic to a 1:55.4 score in a minimum claiming event for trainer A. J. Carlo, kicking back $5.60 to his mutuel backers. Next up was a 1:54.1 tally with Always A Fighter ($4.40) for owner-trainer Clint Binkley; followed by a winning 1:55.2 clocking with Overlord ($3.20) in a mid-range condition-claiming event for conditioner Jeff Cullipher.   Not content with a hat trick, Sutton surprised with a $36.60 winner in the 1:56.2 finale for bottom claimers. It was just the second seasonal triumph in 28 starts for Krusty The Clown, trained by Jeff Brewer.   Sutton was recently named to Team Hollywood Dayton, a quintet of local top drivers who will face off against Northfield Park's best on Friday, December 13 in the 'Buckeye Battle', an eight-race contest to benefit the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund and determine bragging rights for 2019 between northern Ohio and southern Ohio's best drivers.   The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway have put up $3000 in prize money for the contest, which all ten competitors from both sides have agreed to donate to the Relief Fund, which has been busy rebuilding neighborhoods following catastrophic tornados that ravished parts of Dayton in May; and aiding families affected by the horrific mass shooting in the Oregon District of the city in August.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2019 -- Icanflylikeanangel relentlessly pressured the harness racing leader, Final Breath, passed him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Monday's $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Icanflylikeanangel was fifth past the half when Mike Wilder sent him first up. Despite having to negotiate a "good" surface, the 5-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding wore down Final Breath and prevailed in 1:54, matching his career best. Whats The Word shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Final Breath saved show. Randy Bendis trains Icanflylikeanangel, who extended his career bankroll to $291,776, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Tony Hall and Wilder each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $68,077.56 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

YONKERS, NY, Monday, December 2, 2019--With inclement weather around the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live harness racing program for Monday evening (Dec. 2nd). It's the fifth cancellation of 2019. Evening simulcasting has also been scrapped (afternoon simulcasting was not scheduled). Live racing is set to resume Tuesday evening (Dec. 3rd), with the usual first post of 6:50 PM. Horsemen note that the double-draw for Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6th and 7th) continues as scheduled, with the entry box closing at 3:30 PM. With Monday evening’s (Dec. 2nd) card a casualty of the weather, Yonkers Raceway’s Tuesday night (Dec. 3rd) Pick 5 wager now starts with a carryover of $3,942.61 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Tuesday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

Pompano Beach, FL...December 2, 2019...Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday (December 1) with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top tharness racing wo and three year-olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand three year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace for the boys. A complete wrap follows: $55,325 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) The splendid Six of Diamonds filly Natasha took home the top prize for driver Wally Hennessey, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53. Trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay, Natasha survived the outside post and a sizzling opening panel of :26.2 before subsequent fractions of :57 and 1:24.3 precluded a :28.2 finale to hit the wire two lengths clear of Prairie Cougar (Peter Wrenn) with Prairie Westerngal (Kevin Wallis) next. Caleb's Diamond T, closing fastest of all, finished fourth while Rockin Ellie picked up the final award in this classy septet of fillies. Said Hennessey after the race, "I have always said this filly is a 'freak' and she really proved her merit tonight after facing tough rivals like this, the outside post and a trying first quarter." Natasha Is now 7-for-7 this semester with her career earnings vaulting to $129,956. Interesting to note that the first three finishers all had drivers with more than 10,000 wins each with the total number of driving wins for all seven drivers totaled 46,502. $52,075 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a race where the final chart looked like a "tic-tac-toe" board with all the "x's," Rhinestone Cowboy, handled by Mike Micallef, rallied from a miscue of his own on the backstretch to win in a lifetime best 2:01.2. The son of Proud Bushy, trained by KIm Sears for owners Jay Sears and John Campagnuolo, came from 10 lengths out of it around the final bend to, first, collar the leading Prairie Romeo (Dave Ingraham) and, then, hold off the surging Prairie Gold Mine (Wally Hennessey) to score by three-parts-of-a-length over the latter with Prairie Romeo next. Prairie Tornado and YD Dream Machine completed the order of finish. As the wings folded, Prairie Romeo used his inside post to perfection and roared through an opening panel of :28.1 while building a five length lead over YD Dream Machine. That's when things began to get interesting as YD Dream Machine made a miscue bothering Prairie Gold Mine with Rhinestone Cowboy taking up the chase in second but four lengths away halfway through in :59 with Prairie Tornado improving his position two spots to third. On the backside, Rhinestone Cowboy made a break and found himself 10 lengths away around the final bend. But, after regaining his composure, Rhinestone Cowboy kept churning along, collaring the leader at mid-stretch and then holding off a furious late surge by Prairie Gold Mine. A smiling Micallef said after the race, "This proves the old adage 'you never give up!' When he made that jump on the backside, I thought we were out of the ballgame but you never know. He caught pretty quickly and raced very well after that...and that's what really counted here." Rhinestone Cowboy now has a 2-2-3 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $444,481. $52,500 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (NB) Laurie Lee, driven by Wally Hennessey, led every long stride of her mile to score a handy win in 1:56.4--this after carving up panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.3 along the way. The daughter of Royel Millennium hit the line 3 1/2 lengths clear over the pocket-sitting Pocahontas Cam (Kevin Wallis) with Prairie Fashion (Dave Ingraham) next. Alil Touch Of Pink and Gold Star Igotdis followed. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, Laurie Lee, named after one of the more prominent breeders in Florida, scored her fourth win of the year in nine starts, pushing her earnings just under the $50,000 plateau--$49,975 to be precise. $51,540 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Prairie Delight, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetter until the final bend before tilting out and overtaking the leader turning for home and on to a 3 1/4 length score in 2:03.4. Trained by Jim McDonald, who co-owns with wife Dona and Bill Bigler, this daughter of Shibboleth Hanover allowed Callin On Sunday, handled by Mike Simons, cut the mustard through panels of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30.2 before swooping by to the handy score--her sixth of the year in seven starts. Whitney Annette (Dave Ingraham) was next while Proud Money and Brasen Bo completed the field. Prairie Delight now sports earnings of $54,091. $50,750 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING GELDINGS (NB) Pacing Pretty Stables' Damien Hall, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for trainer Jim McDonald, led gate-to-wire to keep his 2019 season unblemished--now six-for-six--with a lifetime best 1:58 performance. This altered son of Cash Hall, once again, led at every pole through panels of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:284 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal over Savin Park (MIke Micallef), Prairie Gem (Peter Wrenn) was next, followed by McGoldrick. Damien Hall shows all "1's" in his 30 charted points of call and has banked $53,024 lifetime--$42,631 this semester. $49,250 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (NB) Proud Sophie, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, used her individual final half in :57.4 to squeak by a stubborn Kerry B (Wally Hennessey) in 2:00.4. Pocket-sitting Crown Bushy (Bryce Fenn) finished third in this trio. The winner, a daughter of Proud Bushy, was away last allowing Kerry B the advantage of carding soft panels of :30.2 and 1:02.2. On the backside, the pace quickened as Proud Sophie tilted out and began gnawing forward, drawing on even terms with Kerry B around the final bend with three-quarters clocked in 1:31.2. From there, it was a war all the way home as Proud Sophie edged by once they straightened away and gutted out the game win on the wire. Trained by Kim Sears for Jay Sears and Dr. David Fishman, Proud Sophie has never been worse than second in her 12 lifetime starts (seven wins) and now sports bounty of $108,740. $49,380 BREEDERS STAKE FOR TWO YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS (NB) In a war that lasted just about the entire mile, Hurrikaanekingjames, with Carl Garofalo in his sulky, held off the furious late binge of Repeal Or Replace (Andy Santeramo) to win in 1:53.4, a new lifetime best. Shuldahadahunemoon (Mike Simons) was third in this trio. At the outset, both Hurrikanekingjames and Repeal Or Replace went in search of the lead and, at the opener in :27.1, the latter stuck his head in front but was forced back in the pocked as he couldn't clear. On they flew through fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 with Hurrikanekingjames now encountered by Repeal Or Replace turning for home. They went tooth and nail right to the wire with Hurricanekingjames surviving the onslaught to prevail by a half length. John McDermott, Jr. trains the son of So Surreal for Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno with the winner now showing earnings of $103,780. Driver Carl Garofalo, by the way, drove in six races since Pompano Park opened one month ago and has won all six! $54,090 BREEDERS STAKE FOR THREE YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS/GELDINGS Zaza Boy, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, stalked the pacesetting Mister Marvalous (Wally Hennessey) and went on to score a handy win in 1:53.4 over the late charging Gold Star Yoder (James Yoder). JB's Boomerang (Bryce Fenn) was third over Mister Marvalous while Gold Star Hefner earned the minor award in a field scratched down to five. Zaza Boy and Mister Marvalous went warring as the gate sprung clear with the latter taking command just short of the opener in a hot :26.2. Hennessey then got a bit of a breather as he reached the half in :56.3. On the backside, the pace began to quicken with Mister Marvalous still in front past the third station in 1:25.1 with Zaza Boy now looming boldly along side. Once they straightened away, Zaza Boy opened daylight and was never in danger as Gold Star Yoder closed with sharp pace to finish 1 1/2 lengths away. Micallef had high praise for the winner saying, "Michile and Rod (Lorenzo) have had him sharp for a good, long time and he was become very handy to handle--not headstrong. I think the fact that he's learned to relax has helped his game immensely." Rod Lorenzo owns Zaza Boy in partnership with Souren Hovsepian. The sophomore gelded son of Rockingcam now has $68,530 in 2019 and $93,707 lifetime. As the 2 to 1 second choice, Zaza Boy paid $6.20 to win. Driver Wally Hennessey had a six-pack on Super Night while Kim Sears had a grand slam on the training side of the ledger. Racing continues Monday with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for the FSBOA and Pompano Park                      

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Dave Brower will receive the Phil Pines Award for his outstanding media coverage of the sport of Harness Racing. No stranger to the bright lights of Metropolitan area Standardbred sport, Dave Brower has been a fan of harness racing since childhood when his dad would bring him to the original "new" Big M back in the late 1970s. Growing up in nearby Passaic, New Jersey, just five minutes from the Meadowlands Racetrack, the ace handicapper and television personality has always had his finger on the pulse of the industry. While attending classes at St. John's University he also rubbed horses on the backstretch for Rick Farrington, John Conte and Randy Perry during the late 80s and early 90s along with working as an intern in the publicity department under Ellen Harvey. After graduating with a degree in journalism in 1991 he has held many positions in and around the top floor of the Meadowlands. "I operated the teletimer, was a chart caller for Sport's Eye and then became the morning line odds maker and program comments producer...all while sitting two seats to the left of Ray Brienza in the press box," Brower recalls with pride. "There was a lot of action in the press box in those days." As the in-house television and simulcast broadcasts grew, Brower got more opportunities to work in front of the camera. Brower, along with Gary Seibel, were the first hosts of TVG's Drive Time at the Meadowlands. Focusing on racing at the East Rutherford mecca, the duo provided on-site analysis and interviews during the Campbell-O'Donnell era. That experience proved to be serendipitous as the pair now team up annually for CBS Sports Net to host the live Hambletonian Day television coverage. "Live broadcasts are a true test of your abilities. You have to have faith in yourself, you gotta get it right. It's quite an adrenaline rush," Brower exclaims. "It is one of my favorite parts of the job." Dave Brower is good at it too! In fact, the right people have taken notice. He also anchors the Jug Week simulcast show and was brought in to provide color at the Red Mile this past season. But Brower is quick to give credit to his colleagues for planning and executing the broadcasts. "The TV department develops replays, we have voice checks, camera checks, the announcer adapts the content into the program sequence and preview highlights, and so on. There are hours, sometimes days, of advance notes and preparations." To this day, aside from his current handicapping duties he still anchors the Racing from the Meadowlands broadcast. His past and present colleagues read like a who's who in harness communicators: Sam McKee, Hollywood Heyden, Ken Warkentin, Dave Little, Gabe Prewitt, etc. Also very active on social media, many folks get their first breaking news about the night's racing card from Brower's Twitter and Facebook feed. Drivers changes, scratches, special guests...Dave sees it all first and then informs the public. But it's all in a day's work and the harness racing lifer takes it all in stride. "A lot has changed since we opened the Star Ledger to see what Ray Brienza had to say." In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA  

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