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Miss Irish Rose A (McArdle) sprung the upset in Thursday's harness racing feature pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino-trained distaffer who wound up getting a pocket ride in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Miss Irish Rose A sat the two-hole to Yonkers invader Sandy's Beach (Billy Dobson) who made an early beeline to the lead in the feature. The race's favorite, The Charging Moa N (Jay Randall), was last of the five pacing mares when she made her move approaching the three quarter pole but her chase proved futile. Miss Irish Rose A popped the pocket on Sandy's Beach around the final turn before coming on to score the upset at odds of 16-1. Sandy's Beach held second while Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith) came on to finish third. Miss Irish Rose A paid $34.60 in her upset win and led an exacta that returned $93.50. The win was one of two on the day for Stalbaum and Tarantino as their Gina Grace N (Bettor's Delight) made good at odds of 1-5 to record her first victory of the season. Miss Irish Rose A joins stablemate Crockets Cullen N as Tarantino trainees to win an Open during the first week of the 2020 campaign at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The 20th edition of the World Cup for amateur harness racing drivers will be held next week at Florida's Pompano Park and U.S. representative Joe Pennacchio will be aiming to make history. No American has ever won the event, which this year brings together participants from 12 countries from around the globe. "I'm honored to race under the U.S. flag and represent our country," Pennacchio said. "It's very exciting to be doing it, and it would be an incredible treat to be able to win. We're going to try to get it done. But I know all the other drivers are very capable. I'll just see how the races unfold and do the best I can to be in a good position. We'll see how it shakes out." Pennacchio, a retired CEO who spent most of his career in department store retailing, has won 186 races in his career and was the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Amateur Driver of the Year in 2018. Pennacchio won 15 of 67 races that season. His victory total was one shy of his career high. In addition to driving, Pennacchio has enjoyed success as an owner, most notably with 2004 Breeders Crown winner Yankee Slide. He is the past president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, a director of the U.S. Trotting Association, and a member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club. The club is hosting the World Cup. "I've driven internationally quite a bit and many of those drivers have multiple hundreds of wins over their careers," Pennacchio said. "They tend to drive a lot more over the course of the year than we do. But our amateur series in the United States has grown incredibly in the last five to 10 years. There are more races than any one person could want to go to at this point. The opportunities are all over the place. "We have a great club in Florida. We race three or four times every weekend. The only problem for me is I'm old. I wish I was 30 years younger. I've got more behind me than I've got in front of me. So, it's even more special for me (to drive in the World Cup) because I don't know if I would get another opportunity to do something like this." The World Cup consists of eight races, with each driver getting five starts. The first four races are Monday (Feb. 24) and the final four are Tuesday (Feb. 25). Argentina's Leonardo Agusti is the defending World Cup champion. Agusti has won more than 1,300 races in his career, which began in 1966. He has raced in the U.S. on several occasions and owns a win at Pompano Park, which he picked up in 2008. The remaining drivers in the event are Switzerland's Barbara Aebischer, Spain's Miquel Vich Capo, Canada's David Drew, Hungary's Andrea Fazekas, Denmark's Lars Munk, Belgium's Piet Van Pollaert, New Zealand's Warren Rich, Austria's Thomas Royer, Italy's Andrea Sallustio, and Sweden's Lukas Svedin. Fazekas also has a win at Pompano Park, which came in 2016. Two years later, she picked up a victory at Monticello Raceway. She and Agusti are the only non-North American drivers with wins in the States. Fazekas has won nearly 180 races since beginning her career in 2003. "It will be amazing to return to this track (Pompano)," Fazekas wrote via Facebook Messenger. "Having won there before brings me confidence. I'm looking forward to the World Cup and will try to do my best. I believe in myself and cross my fingers for good horses. "I enjoy the excitement of racing," she added. "Driving new horses, getting to know them; it's always a good experience." The drivers will arrive in Florida on Saturday and be treated to a number of excursions, including a trip to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village and boat tour of Fort Lauderdale. "Steve (Oldford) and Dein (Spriggs) have done a remarkable job putting together a great program," Pennacchio said. "People are going to have the opportunity to be busy every minute of the day. They're going to take them all over the place." He then added with a laugh, "Maybe they can get them really tired and I can win." Pennacchio, who drew posts eight and two on Monday and posts three, five, and three on Tuesday, knows it will not be that easy. "When you go on the racetrack it's incredibly competitive," Pennacchio said. "When you come off the racetrack everybody is friends and we laugh about it. We'll have a great time. We'll have a greater time if we win, but we'll have a great time no matter what." For the program pages for the Monday races in the competition, click here. For the program pages for the Tuesday races in the competition click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

ANDERSON, IN --February 20, 2020--Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2020 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and any equine related fields. The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment. Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program along with various group and charity events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog pieces, develop and maintain new marketing contests, along with public relations and social media assignments. Interns in 2020 will also have the opportunity to assist with the preparation and execution of the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown, the world championship of harness racing that will be hosted at Hoosier Park Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and evenings. Experience in the horse racing industry is beneficial but not required. This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park's 27th season of live harness racing will kick off on March 27 and be conducted through November 21. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer a very lucrative stakes program throughout the season highlighted by the return of the $6 million Breeders Crown. To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, please send resume and cover letter to: Emily Gaskin 4500 Dan Patch Circle Anderson, IN 46017 The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 13, 2020. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

A pair of $7,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and a $10,220 carryover in the 10-cent Single 6 are the highlights on Friday night's harness racing program at Cal Expo Harness, There will be 10 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:40 p.m. In addition to the Single 6 carryover, a reminder that there are two wagers offered each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 on the first five races and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick 4 comes with a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guaranteed pool on Fridays. Friday's Sire Stakes will go as the first and fifth races on the evening and there will also be a pair of $4,800 pacing events going as the co-features and occupying the second and eighth race slots. The opener is for colts and geldings and will find the Gordie Graham barn represented by Its Pointless and Itsonlymakebelieve,, while Bob Johnson will send out White Knuckle Ride and Junior Wilkinson has Good To Be Glad in the line-up. The fifth race features the distaff set and Graham also has two in that contest with Debit Or Credit and Winhavetime in the cast. Robin Clements conditions Prom Queen; Bob Johnson trains Le Montrachet and Edwin Hernandez will send out Akanay.  Drivers prove age is just a number Part Time and Fly Away were bookend winners on last Saturday's program for trainer Steve Wiseman, with Scott Ehrlich owning Part Time while Fly Away races for Ehrlich and Kathie Plested. What makes it so interesting is the fact that Part Time was guided to victory by 74-year-old Gerry Longo in the opener, while 19-year-old Jacob Cutting did the honors behind Fly Away in the finale. Part Time is a 9-year-old Illinois-bred who has an Open victory to his credit at this meet and has proven to be an excellent claim by Ehrlich, has been trained to the minute by Wiseman and Plested and has had a perfect pilot in Longo. "I sure appreciate Steve and Scott putting me up on Part Time because he's a good horse who comes home good," Longo related. "He's my kind of horse, one that can be right there when he gets the trip, and he got there for us on Saturday." As far as still doing his thing at 74, Longo said, "As long as I'm competitive and doing well, this old guy is happy to stay driving." Meanwhile, Fly Away took care of business to the tune $21 in the Saturday nitecap and this 11-year-old showed once again that he loves to sit back and blast home as he made his second trip to the winner's circle from his last three appearances. "He's a solid horse who had plenty of go with a trip like that," winning pilot Cutting stated. "I couldn't ask for any better drives from either guy," Ehrlich added. "What cracks me up is that Cutting is 8 years older than Fly Away, and Gerry is 65 years older than Part Time." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

The 2020 book for Bar Hopping has been announced as full and closed. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433) is standing his fourth season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Bar Hopping's first crop of foals sold as yearlings in 2019 and averaged an incredible seven times his stud fee, with individual prices as high as $350,000, $185,000 and $175,000. "Bar Hopping is a beautiful horse, he's tall and long and very modern looking. In my opinion, he's one of the very best looking trotting stallions at stud today. He has a flawless gait, a superior pedigree and won several of the classics. His 2019 yearlings looked and acted special and sold accordingly. We are very excited to see his first crop race in 2020 and want to thank the breeders that have supported Bar Hopping in his first 4 years at stud " says Hanover 's Executive President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. From Hanover Shoe Farms

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It's been a long time since Meadowlands' fans have been able to utter the following fabulous phrase: "Pick-6 carryover!" The carryover of $14,376 might not seem extremely impressive by itself, but what figures to transpire as a result will raise eyebrows from players, regardless of the girth of their bankrolls. First and foremost, the Big M, in partnership with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative, has created an instant guaranteed pool of $40,000, which could look small by the time the fourth race on Friday heads to the gate, marking the start of the wager. The bet has a base of 20 cents, which allows players to "spread' their action further in pursuit of winners with double-digit odds. As always, the P6 has a low 15 percent takeout. What players may not realize is the value in a bet like this with a carryover. "After a long layoff, we are excited to see a Pick-6 carryover at the Meadowlands," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The 20-cent minimum has given life to the Pick-6. In 2012, when the Pick-6 had a higher minimum, our Opening Night carryover was $1,975, and it took us four nights to get that number past the $8,000 mark. "Without the help of a carryover, the 20-cent version has an average pool this year of over $20,000 a night with 20-cent payoffs that have been excellent. With plenty of time between cards for handicappers all over the world to get ready to put money into this big pool, we obviously are expecting an enormous response to the one-day carryover of $14,376 on Friday." The mathematics prove that wagers with low 15 percent takeouts that have carryovers provide huge value for the player. In fact, there will be more money paid out than the amount of "new money" wagered Friday. In the event Friday sees $80,000 in "new money", the breakdown would be as follows: 15 percent of the $80,000 is removed for the takeout, leaving $68,000. Add the carryover of $14,376 to the $68,000, and you get a total of $82,376 left for the players with live tickets to divvy up, with 75 percent going to those who go six-for-six and 25 percent to those who have five winners. With $2,376 more going out after $80,000 comes in, that creates a rare "player's advantage" of 2.97 percent. In the event no one picks all six winners, 75 percent - just over $60,000 - would carry over to Saturday's card. Free program pages for the 20-cent Pick-6 (which begins in the fourth race), as well as the 50-cent Pick-4 (race six) and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five (13th race) will be available at and GUARANTEED GREEN: The Meadowlands will offer four big multi-race pools on the Friday card, with three offering sizable guaranteed pools. The aforementioned 20-cent Pick-6 sports a guaranteed pool of $40,000, the 20-cent Pick-5 (race one) promises $25,000 and the "signature" 50-cent Pick-4 (race six) offers $50,000. The second 50-cent Pick-4 (race 10) has no guarantee but has been doing quite well nonetheless, with a pool that's averaged just over $59,000. Racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, with a first race post time of 6:55 p.m. PICK-5 OFF TO STRONG START: Since dropping the minimum wager to 20 cents, the action has been solid in the Big M's revamped Pick-5. The average pool has been $63,382 with both Saturdays since the change registering pools in excess of $70,000. The average payout has been a healthy $1,123 for two thin dimes. Speaking of five, the green has been steadily piling up in the track's two 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Fives. The carryovers for Friday are $31,773 and $25,021 for races five and 13, respectively. SEE WILDER-FURY AT THE BIG M: A boxing match for the ages takes place Saturday night (Feb. 22), as a pair of unbeaten heavyweights will go at it in Las Vegas. Deontay Wilder, 42-0-1, and Tyson Fury, 29-0-1, will go toe-to-toe for the second time to unify the heavyweight division title. The first time the pair met, the result was a controversial draw in December of 2018. Can't get to Vegas? Then come on out to the Meadowlands, where you can watch and wager on the action in the track's FanDuel Sportsbook or Victory SportsBar. The fight is expected to begin sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight. WHHC QUALIFIER: On Saturday (Feb. 22), the Big M will host its February World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, check out the brochure at WHAT'S UP.... On Feb. 21, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. Every live racing night, place a win bet on the fourth race, and if you win, get the "winning experience" and have your picture taken in the winner's circle. Those who qualify should proceed to the winner's circle immediately after the race. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Dover, DE - The race office at Dover Downs is seeking entrants for an Aged Horse and Gelding Free For All Pace as well as a Fillies and Mares Free For All Pace. The purse will be $50,000 for each race. One race only. The Fillies and Mares FFA race will be contested on Wednesday March 4th. Entry box will close at Noon on Thursday February 27th. The Horse and Gelding FFA race will be contested on Thursday March 5th. Entry box will close at Noon on Monday March 2nd. For further information please contact the Race Office at Dover Downs. The telephone number is 302-674-4600 ext. 3633 or 3634 by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

As the Indiana harness racing industry embarks on a new decade, the Indiana Standardbred industry paused to take a look back at the year that was 2019. A night of champions was celebrated as Hoosier horsemen honored the top Indiana-sired harness racing horses in Indianapolis during the Indiana Standardbred Association's annual banquet held in January. Every year, the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) recognizes the year's top pacer, trotter, aged pacer and aged trotter, determined by total earnings in Indiana throughout the year. Two-year-old pacer Odds On Osiris took home the Pacer of the Year award after amassing earnings of $343,895 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The colt's record included seven wins in 10 starts, including the Indiana Sire Stake Super Final and the Fox Stake. Bred by Merlie Schwartz, the Rockin Image colt is owned by Odds On Racing, trained by Melanie Wrenn and was driven by Peter Wrenn. The Odds On Racing crew also took home the Indiana-Sired Two Year Old Colt Pace Championship for the horse. Glorious Nite was named the Aged Pacer of the Year after earning $74,397 at Harrah's Hoosier Park in 2019 in 20 starts and nine wins. The 4-year-old Always A Virgin mare was bred and owned by Phyllis Grozich and Paula Kind and trained by Charles Morgan. Grand Swan earned the Indiana Sire Stakes Three Year Old Filly Trot Divisional Championship, the Indiana-Sired Three Year Old Filly Trot Championship and the Trotter of the Year title after earning $411,232 in 2019 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Swan For All filly had 15 starts with ten wins during the year for trainer/driver LeWayne Miller. Bred by Larry Miller, the filly is owned in partnership with Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Bridge To Jesse's repeated as the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals and Divisional Champion in the Aged Stallion/Gelding Trot, which netted him the Aged Trotter of the Year Award. After a season where Bridge To Jesse's had seven wins in 22 starts, he earned $131,650 for owners William C. DeLong, William P. DeLong, Roger Welch and Ray DeLong. He was bred by Michael and Randy Wilt and trained by Roger Welch. Divisional Champions for the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit were announced for the horses who earned the most points up until the Indiana State Fair in August. The Indiana Sired Fair Circuit is the racing circuit for Indiana-sired and -bred two and three year olds throughout the summer. During that time, a total of $1,628,250 was awarded in purse money, including eight $20,000 championship races during the Indiana State Fair. The emotional portion of the banquet was the honoring of the four new inductees into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame. Harold Barnes and Lynn Wilfong were the human inductees. A pair of Breeders Crown Champions, Freaky Feet Pete and Hannelore Hanover, were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductee and fan favorite Freaky Feet Pete, 2015 Breeders Crown 3 Year Old Pace Champion recently retired to Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen to stand his first season as a stallion in 2020. "This is more than just our horse, he's everyone's horse," Marty Rheinheimer stated when accepting the Hall of Fame trophy on behalf of Freaky Feet Pete and the Rheinheimer family. Super mare Hannelore Hanover, two-time Breeders Crown Champion and 2017 Dan Patch Horse of the Year was also inducted. "She's the type of horse that if anyone is lucky enough to get to own, you can appreciate her presence," said a teary Frank Baldachino, owner of Hannelore Hanover. Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Indiana, repeated as the Large Breeder of the Year while Larry E. Miller, Jr., was named Small Breeder of the Year. Victory Hill Farm earned more than $2,891,000 in Indiana alone with more than 91 starters bred by the farm. While Miller only had two starters in 2019, those two earned more than $402,000 racing in Indiana. With 55 Indiana Sire Stakes starters earning more than $1,741,000, including champions Priceless, Rockin Nola and Odds On Osiris, Rockin Image earned the Indiana Sire Stakes Pacing Sire of the Year. Swan For All was named the Indiana Sire Stakes Trotting Sire of the Year. The repeat winner sired 53 Indiana Sire Stakes starters who earned more than $2,273,000 in earnings. Champion progeny from Swan For All included Grand Swan, Rock Swan, TJ's Top Pick and Swandre The Giant. Both stallions stand at Victory Hill Farm. "As always, it was a wonderful night celebrating the best of Hoosier Horsepower," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the IHRC. "Every year is exciting when it comes to horse racing in Indiana, but with the return of the Breeders' Crown to Harrah's Hoosier Park this year, the level of excitement has been elevated as we hope to see more Indiana-sired horses taking the spotlight." A comprehensive list of the award winners can be found on the ISA website ( From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission'   

Cream Ridge, NJ - 2/20/2020 - According to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF), which has been diligently working to save nearly thirty trotters and pacers from slaughter, a few wonderful new homes have been offered and three very kind sponsors have changed the lives for two others. Sadly, Princess Lola, and Thro Time, both who had homes, now have nothing, their offers have fallen through.   The thirty-one-year-old non-profit says fourteen are still without homes and it cannot financially get through the year with all of them in need. SRF is now in a tough position to avoid euthanasia for these animals; either the number of horses must be reduced with new home offers, foster homes, sponsors, or a means to raise $14,000 is a must.   Where does that leave things?   Judy Bokman, SRF's Director said, "We have been in the generous pockets of our good friends and we are exhausting them with our pleas. A few racing folks have helped with donations for horses they had owned or bred, even trained, or groomed. Racing is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but only one significant gift came in from other racing constituents. We are pleading to everyone, especially in the racing community to help. A charitable family fund, a significant relationship with a company that will step up, or an employer may even offer charitable giving opportunities. Every home, foster home, sponsorship in any amount, and donation makes the difference. People make things happen; we are asking everyone to make this happen."   The remaining horses in need are: Nod Ya Head, Victory Chief, Bamboo Hanover, Powerfulball, Princess Lola, Pleasemesleazy, Thro Time, Beat My Drums, Love's Last Storm, Logans A Winner, Airy Heir, Oxford Sport, Hoosier HH King, Hoorayforvacation.   To help please contact Tammy Cailliau at 609-738-3255, to offer a home or foster home, sponsor a horse, or make a tax-deductible gift so SRF can provide for them and avoid euthanasia for every one of these noble animals. To donate please go to   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

CHRISTIAN AUTHOR and fine OHIO HORSEMAN, TIM FINLEY, joins our Harness Racing Alumni Show to discuss the tremendous pleasure of owning shares in expensive racehorses, along with the future of Harness Racing and his personal innovative views on making the races more exciting in order to attract new fans and bettors to LIVE RACING at the tracks! To hear the show, click here.  by Fred Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show .

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Some hot fractions on the front end and a short  harness racing field helped spur the always closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 19).   With a field of six, Lougazi ($4.80) was in perfect striking range throughout the main event and rolled onto the win late as he caught the pace-setting Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) in 1:58.2 over the good track.   "It was a short field and I never thought they'd go to the half in :58.3," a surprised but pleased Fisher Jr. said after Lougazi's win. "I thought they might walk it to the half and then sprint home but it actually worked out the opposite."   Rockefeller Lindy put up stout fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 which was perfect for Lougazi. Tipping three wide, Lougazi was flying and easily cruised past Rockfeller Lindy in notching a half length triumph in 1:58.2 while Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) captured third.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the second victory in four attempts for the 6-year-old gelded Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The win increased Lougazi's yearly earnings to $17,810 and $216,293 in his career.   Bred For Greatness (Jim Morrill Jr.) has been nothing but great thus far in 2020 as he made it three straight victories in as many starts with a convincing two length win over Noble Legend in the $10,000 Class A Trot.   After settling into third off the starting gate, Bred For Greatness ($3.90) started the first over grind just before the half and finally caught the tempo-setting Noble Legend just past the three-quarter pole.   In the stretch, Bred For Greatness pulled away slowly but surely and enjoyed a two length advantage over Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) in 2:00.0 while Catch The Bouquet (Jim McNeight Jr.) finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Mike Ohol and Steven Gross, the 6-year-old gelded Bred For Greatness (Federal Flex-Wendy Woo) has produced $12,400 in earnings this season and $104,681 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the filly and mares, Sarah Cola ($10.60) produced her second consecutive wire-to-wire win with a half length score over Jag Out in 1:58.4.   Taking off from the three post, Sarah Cola (McNeight III) stuffed an early lead attempt from Jag Out (Drew Monti) and that proved to be the right move.   Posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.1, and 1:29.3, Sarah Cola was never in serious trouble on the front end and held back a mild threat from Jag Out late while Machs Echo (Morrill Jr.) rounded out the top three.   Sara Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion) is an 8-year-old mare that is co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia. It was her second victory in four attempts this year, pushing her earnings to $11,428 and $173,709 in her career.   Morrill Jr. have a four-bagger in the sulky while Davis Jr. and Fisher Jr. doubled. Swift and Ohol each had training doubles.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday evening with a 13-race program set for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Grove City, Ohio - Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman remains under the care of doctors following the five-horse accident at MGM Northfield Park Saturday night. Merriman says he is sore, and doctors advised him to take a few days off. "I have an appointment with the doctor Thursday morning and hope to be back in the bike this weekend." Merriman suffered a concussion in the crash. Merriman and Hunter Myers were injured in the 5th race at Northfield. Both were treated and the hospital and were released Saturday night. Merriman thanks his fans for their concern and looks forward to seeing them back at the track shortly. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

When it comes to earning a paycheck, Rockin Ron has never needed to worry about the harness racing venue. The 8-year-old pacer has a history of collecting money no matter the size of the racetrack, banking $1.65 million lifetime on his travels throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Ron Burke-trained gelding makes his 2020 debut Saturday at The Meadowlands in a $30,000 preferred handicap. It will be his first start since last August, when he was given time off to recuperate from small ailments that accumulated over time. "He's coming back great," said Mark Weaver, one of the horse's owners. "Ronnie trained him about a month ago and said he's as good as he's ever been. We're hoping he'll be a top, top overnight horse for us this year." Rockin Ron has won multiple stakes on the Grand Circuit during his career, including the Confederation Cup, Prix d'Ete, and Dayton Pacing Derby, but that is not what has most impressed Weaver. "To put it bluntly, it's his ability to earn money, which I think a lot of times people underestimate," Weaver said. "Twenty years ago, you just needed the biggest, most powerful horse and raced at The Meadowlands or mile tracks because that's where the money was. "The Meadowlands is still great, but there are plenty other tracks where you have to be able to go around three or four turns and a lot of horses can't do that. We definitely factor that in when we're buying horses. When a horse can get around the smaller tracks it really increases their earning power. It really is a big thing. It's a great quality to have." Rockin Ron is the second-richest offspring of stallion Real Desire, sandwiched between two Canadian Horse of the Year Award winners, State Treasurer ($1.90 million) and Tell All ($1.50 million). He has earned a paycheck in 83 percent of his 120 starts, with purses of $594,757 on half-mile tracks, $615,005 on five-eighths-mile ovals, and $428,766 on seven-eighths or mile tracks. "He's versatile," Weaver said. "He can leave the gate or come from behind; whatever the race situation calls for, he can do it." The gelding began his career in Indiana, where he won nine of 30 races at ages 2 and 3. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade near the end of his 3-year-old season and won his first 10 starts at age 4, capped by his victory over returning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Confederation Cup. "He's on a long list of Indiana-breds that we've bought and brought east that have done so well," said Weaver, who owns Rockin Ron with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi), Burke Racing Stable, RTC Stables and J&T Silva Stables. "If you can do well in Indiana, I'll take my chances; you can usually do well anywhere." Rockin Ron was not staked in 2020, but Weaver is looking forward to watching the horse compete and, hopefully, continuing to do what he's done so well. "He's just a tough horse," he said. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

There were co-features on the Wednesday afternoon harness racing card at Saratoga Casino Hotel for New York sired trotters. Each division went for a purse of $9,000. Monticello invader Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall) was the afternoon's most decisive winner as defending leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Messenger-trained trotter to a four-plus length victory in 1:59.4 in the first of the co-features. Chip Chip Conway wrapped up his 2019 campaign with back-to-back victories at Monticello and didn't wait long to put one in the win column in his '20 season as he made good at odds of 2-5 on Wednesday. The second co-feature saw Blackjack (Credit Winner) go coast-to-coast in his first start since joining the stable of Jordan Derue. Blackjack prevailed in five of the last six tries to wrap up his '19 campaign and cruised to a wire-to-wire win in 2:00.4 in his $9,000 division on Wednesday with Derue in the sulky. Blackjack paid $6.50 to win as his race's second choice in the wagering. The favored Guilty Desire (Billy Dobson) made a break after the start and wound up closing to be the runner-up to Blackjack despite coming from last following the early miscue. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratofa Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 19, 2020 -- Tamar belatedly found the wide-open Lightning Lane, barreled through and captured Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. When driver Jim Pantaleano and Tamar found themselves blocked behind dueling leaders out of the final turn, they initially abandoned the cones to look for a seam. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the duo gladly accepted the offer and scored in 1:56.2, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Long shot Cincinnati Miss completed the ticket.   Carl Cocciolone train Tamar, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-High Gear Sahbra who boosted her career bankroll to $115,309, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $6,020.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway drew a field of eight for their weekly harness racing renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace this Saturday (February 23).   An Australian invader, Major Pocket A, was assigned the outside post position for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Dan Dube. He qualified for the first time stateside on February 8, finishing second by a neck to the excellent pacing mare Imprincessgemma A in 1:55.4. Last year in Australia, he finished in the top two fifteen times in 22 starts, while earning almost $62,000.   Ozone Blue Chip will seek a breakthrough in the Preferred after numerous tries at the level, leaving from post position seven for Pat Berry and Ron Coyne. Last week, he finished second at 30/1 behind Lyons Steel. He hasn't won yet this year, but has finished second three times, while earning over $9,500.   The rest of the field consists of, from the inside out: Texican, Newbie, Rancousy, Bronskimackenzie, Art Scene, and Winning Linc. The race is scheduled as the eighth on the twelve-race program, with a listed post time of 3:10 PM EST.   The first race on the Saturday card at Freehold will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

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