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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing driver Andy McCarthy was on fire at The Meadowlands Friday night, guiding four winners on the card, including Machnhope to a second consecutive win in the weekly $30,000 pacing feature for fillies and mares. One week after scoring as the fifth choice in the betting in the Winners Over/Preferred Handicap, the wagering public sent Machnhope, a Noel Daley trainee, to the gate as the second choice this time around, and once again she brought her "A" game. Away quickly from post seven in the seven-horse field, the 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Hope For Life was intent on making the front in search of a second straight speed score, and hit the quarter in a quick :26.1. McCarthy was able to rate the second fraction in :28.4, which left enough in the tank for later on. "There were some high-quality mares in there," said McCarthy, "and I wasn't sure how it was going to play out. I figured I might as well put her in play. We got a pretty good break down the backside." The pace picked up some heading to three-quarters, as JK First Lady started to roll while uncovered and was at the leader's throat at three-quarters (1:22.4). At mid-stretch, JK First Lady was right alongside Machnhope as the two went at it nose-to-nose, but in the final 50 yards, Machnhope paced clear to win by a length to break the 1:50 barrier for the first time in her career, stopping the clock in 1:49.1. JK First Lady, the 8-5 favorite making her seasonal debut for Nancy Takter, was a length back in second, with Lyons Sentinel finishing third. "I had to be careful with her on the turn," said McCarthy, "but once she straightened up, she paced home strong. She's been terrific lately. 1:49.1 is pretty special for her."   MACHNHOPE REPLAY   The winner of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, Machnhope has now won three straight and six of her last eight for owners Deo Volente Farms & T. Pontone, A. Express Stables and Noel Daley. Lifetime, she's been victorious 32 times from 106 starts and earned $551,394. She paid $8.40 to win after going off at 3-1. McCarthy's other winners on the card were Staycation Hanover ($3.00 to win) in the fifth race, Deltasun A ($22.40) in the 10th and Lovely Donna ($3.40) in the 11th. THE STREAK LIVES: The Big M's handle streak of wagering at least $3 million increased to 11 as a total of $3,318,763 was put in play on the 13 races. The 50-cent Pick-4 continued to be a hot ticket, as the Early P4 saw $122,687 in action and the Late P4 took in $107,211. Fourteen of the last 16 Pick-4s have seen pools of over $100,000. A LITTLE MORE: James MacDonald, who got his first-ever win at The Big M last Friday with Majestic Virgin, won again with the Carmen Auciello trainee in the ninth race as the 2-1 favorite. ... Andrew Harris trained a pair of winners on the card. Both were driven by McCarthy. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

American Courage, who started his harness racing career seven-for-seven before an out-of-character seventh-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes final last September, began his 3-year-old campaign in style with an authoritative 1:52 victory in one of four W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions for sophomore pacers of both sexes that took place on Friday night (May 7) at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Matt Kakaley in the $23,750 event, American Courage gunned out from post six and was able to clear 1-5 choice I'll Drink To That (Dexter Dunn) before the 27.1 opening quarter. American Courage remained the boss through the 56.1 half and the 1:24.3 three-quarters, then paced home in 27.2 to defeat I'll Drink To That by a length and three-quarters. Shakespeare (Todd McCarthy) followed along in third throughout and ended up finishing in that spot.   AMERICAN COURAGE REPLAY The victorious American Ideal colt is trained by Travis Alexander for owner/breeder Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC. American Courage has put away $192,133 in his eight wins, half of which have come at Yonkers, and he returned $9.40 to win as a 7-2 shot. The exacta was $16.80, and the trifecta paid $34.80. In the other $23,250 split for the colts and geldings, Coalition Hanover (Kakaley) made front from post five and had command through fractions of 28, 56.3, and 1:24.4, but 1-5 favorite Whichwaytothebeach (McCarthy), who bided his time in the third position, wore the pace-setter down from first-up on the final turn and then pulled away to prevail by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:53. Coalition Hanover held second over He's A Snob (Mark MacDonald).   WHICHWAYTOTHEBEACH REPLAY A Somebeachsomewhere gelding, Whichwaytothebeach is trained by Brett Pelling for owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. Whichwaytothebeach now has a record of 6-2-2 from ten starts, and he pushed his earnings to $135,733. Whichwaytothebeach paid $2.40 to win and led a $4.20 exacta and a $12.80 trifecta. As far as the fillies, the first of their flights, worth $28,500, went to 1-5 choice Heart Of Mine (Scott Zeron) in 1:55. The runner-up in the New York Sire Stakes final a year ago, Heart Of Mine lined up her foes in post position order and then stepped off panels of 28.2, 58.1, and 1:26.4 on her way to a two length decision. Pocket-sitter Shania Blue Chip (McCarthy) was next, followed by Natchez Belle (Tyler Buter).   HEART OF MINE REPLAY Linda Toscano trains Heart Of Mine, a daughter of Roll With Joe, for owners The Bay's Stable LLC., Radio Racing Stable, Fred Wallace, and Camelot Stable Inc. Heart Of Mine is now a three-time winner from 13 efforts, and she has pocketed $152,655. She returned $2.50 to win and was atop a $16.20 exacta and a $45.00 trifecta. Easy To Please (Jordan Stratton) trailed through stations of 27.2, 56.4, and 1:25.2 in the second $29,000 tilt for the ladies, but she went widest from fourth-over on the final bend and then powered home strongly to get up in time to prevail by a neck in a 1:55.1 mile. Carrington (MacDonald) was the runner-up from second-over, and DC Batgirl (George Brennan), who wore down leader Podium Girl (Dunn) from first-over through the stretch, got third.   EASY TO PLEASE REPLAY Trainer Michael Hall also co-owns Easy To Please, another Roll With Joe filly, with partners Our Three Sons Stable LLC., Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. Easy To Please has five victories from 11 lifetime appearances, and she has now banked $64,150. Easy To Please paid $38.00 to win, the exacta kicked back $172.00, and the trifecta was worth $628.00. On the undercard, 4-5 favorite Melady's Monet (Stratton) picked up his fifth straight win overall and continued to close in on $1.8 million in lifetime earnings, as the 12-year-old took the $37,000 Open Handicap Trot from the pocket in 1:55.3 for trainer Hermann Heitmann and owner Melady Enterprises LLC. There was also a $24,000 Preferred Trot that went to 5-2 second choice New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.) after he found room between foes from the two-hole in the lane and scored in 1:55.3 for trainer Eric Abbatiello and owner Allister Stables LLC. Live racing resumes at Yonkers Raceway on Monday night (May 10). For full race results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway

Plainville, MA --- Eurobond made his last pari-mutuel start on November 23, 2020 when he scored a 2-1/4 length harness racing victory at Plainridge Park. Now 165 days later it was "deja vu all over again" after the 6-year-old horse won the $17,500 Winners-Over Handicap trotting feature at The Ridge on Friday (May 7). Eurobond (Bruce Ranger) got away a distant sixth while two-time feature winner Pappy Go Go (Jay Randall) grabbed the front in a quick :27.2. Positions remained unchanged to the five-eighths when Majestic Marvel (Shawn Gray) pulled first-over followed by Smooth Acceleration (Matty Athearn) and Eurobond, who started his big move. As the race made its way through the final turn, Majestic Marvel took the lead from Pappy Go Go and Smooth Acceleration then drew alongside him to challenge. But Eurobond was revved up three-deep and trotting under full throttle, looking past his competition. Ranger sat chilly and let Eurobond trot home on his own in a snappy :28.3 final split to win by a length in 1:55.2. EUROBOND REPLAY   It was the 13th lifetime win in only 52 lifetime starts for Eurobond ($6.00) and it pushed his total earnings to $316,650 for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere is the trainer. There were two $12,500 co-featured divisions of the conditioned trot for 6-year-olds and under and both were won by Massachusetts-bred trotters. The first division was won by Royal Envy (Shawn Gray) who got away fifth before pulling at the quarter and grabbing the lead as they crossed the wire the first time. From there Royal Envy led the rest of the way while fighting off challenges from I Have A Dream (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Big Weezy (Jay Randall) before winning by 1/2 length in 1:57, which was a new lifetime mark. Royal Envy ($4.40), who went undefeated in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes last year to become the 2-year-old trotting filly champion, is owned by Al Ross and Ray Campbell Jr., who also bred the filly. George Ducharme does the training. The second division saw the combination of Ranger and Cecere strike again with Marquis Lafayette, who made a first-over move from fourth before the half, then eventually draw alongside the leading Crazy Money De Vie (Jay Randall) around the far turn and then out-trot that one down the lane to win by 1/2 length in 1:58.2. Marquis Lafayette ($4.00), who finished second in the 2020 MASS final for 3-year-old male trotters, is owned and was also bred by K R Breeding. Ranger added two more wins during the card with Broadway Giant (1:58.4, $5.60) and Sortie Hanover (1:57.1, $10.40) to register a Grand Slam on the day. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 10) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Beyond Kronos (Dylan Huckabone-Miller), Sheer Talent (Justin Huckabone), and Badix Hanover (Leon Bailey) all captured the harness racing tri-features at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 7). Beyond Kronos ($4.60) breezes to easy win in the $5,000 featured trot. Beyond Kronos jumped out of the gate and led to the first quarter in :27.4. Used a :28.4 second quarter to lead to the half in :56.3. As they headed around the final turn Frisky Joe (Truman Gale) was the first to make a move as Beyond Kronos led to three-quarters in 1:25.2. As they made the turn for home Beyond Kronos shook free and won easily in 1:55.3. Bet Big On Blue (Leon Bailey) made a late bid to finish second. Cash N Chrome (John MacDonald) was third best. BEYOND KRONOS REPLAY   Beyond Kronos is a 4-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. Owned Ecurie CSL, Michael Sergi as well as trainer Sam Sergi. It was his second win of the season and the fifth win of his career. Disqualification gives Sheer Talent ($5.00) the win in the $5,000 featured fillies and mare's pace. Sheer Talent went right to the front and was followed by co-favorite Purameri (Leon Bailey). Sheer Talent controlled things with all the early fractions (:28.2, :58.0, 1:26.0). All the action came in the stretch. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) came first-over while Purameri, who had plenty of horse but nowhere to go. Purameri squeezed her way through a tight opening and went to the front. However, she interfered with Under The Bus in deep stretch and Sheer Talent was awarded the victory. Unusual Clarity (Ron Harp) came flying late finished third and place second. Under The Bus was fourth and placed third. SHEER TALENT REPLAY   Sheer Talent is 7-year-old mare by Badlands Hanover. She is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Bruce Lauer. It was her third trip to the winner's circle this season. She now owns 25 career victories. Badix Hanover ($3.30) holds firm to win the $5,000 featured pace. Badix Hanover claimed the lead and went to the first quarter first in :27.2. He continued to control the pace and led to the half in :56.3 and to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Badix Hanover led to the stretch and was challenged by Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) from the inside and Napper Tandy (Jimmy Whittemore) from the outside but in the end Badix Hanover was too strong and won in 1:53.1. Lucky Nadotremblay finished second while Napper Tandy had to settle for third. BADIX HANOVER REPLAY   Badix Hanover is a 9-year-gelding by Western Ideal. He is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Bruce Lauer. It was his third win of 2021. He now has 32 career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 8) with a 10-race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com For full race results, click here. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs                          

WASHINGTON, PA  May 7, 2021 -- Joey zipped to the lead from post 5 and thwarted a pair of late challenges to capture Friday's $17,600 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2 in the wagering, Joey was threatened inside and outside in the stretch. But the 6-year-old Yankee Glide - Jodie's Jayme gelding responded for driver Brian Zendt, holding off the Lightning Lane charge of the pocket-sitting Mind Yown Business by three-quarters of a length in 1:55 over a sloppy surface. Rising MVP. Who loomed menacingly outside, settled for show. Leslie Zendt conditions Joey, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $135,133, and owns with Bill Zendt. JOEY REPLAY   Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday when the 12-race program features a $1,232.46 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

CHESTER, PA - Young and developing harness racing horses are in abundance in the Mid-Atlantic area, and Harrah's Philadelphia had $12,600 quad-features for their various divisions on Friday. Kiss The Captain won her second straight start - her previous one came on August 27 of last year - as she paced to a new mark of 1:51.4, with Andrew McCarthy gunning her through wild fractions of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22, successfully bottoming out the field. Trained by Andrew Harris for A Harris Racing LLC and Martin Budkey, Kiss The Captain is a Captaintreacherous three-quarter sister to Kissme On the Beach - who still holds the world record she set almost five years ago for this winner's division, three-year-old pacing fillies on a 5/8-mile oval. KISS THE CAPTAIN REPLAY   In the other distaff pacers feature, Captains Maid, recently coming under the care of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, was guided by her brother Joe to a smart 1:52.3 lifetime best, making the lead at the quarter and staying in control as the favored Skyy closed inside but did not reach. Another daughter of Captaintreacherous, and out of a dam whose half-brother was $2M+-winning Art Official, the sophomore is owned by Brookside Stables. A feature contest for male pacers also saw the Bongiorno sister-brother team enjoy success with a new acquisition, as the Big Jim gelding Springbridge Duel was put on the lead early by Joe (who won three races in all on the day), and the pair rolled to a 1:51.2 lifetime mark in the sophomore's 2021 bow. Springbridge Duel, owned by Glenn Goller, Abraham Basen, and Mark Harder, now has won half of his six lifetime trips behind the gate. The trotting section of the features saw the Johnny William gelding Cavalier George sit a great pocket trip behind longshot Boom City, then come and pick that one up in the stretch while winning in 1:54.4, the fastest time of his career. Todd McCarthy, also a three-time winner during the program, guided the winner for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. An $11,200 pace for quality older horses saw Somewhere Fancy edge out Nutcracker Sweet in 1:52, as driver Simon Allard had the son of Somebeachsomewhere involved early and late and still got his nose to the wire first. The Lou Pena trainee, owned by John Mehlenbacher, raised his bankroll to $778,287 with his 53rd career victory. The Sunday card at Harrah's, which begins at 12:40 p.m., has a pair of $16,200 contests for fast-class pacers which may give the fans as much trouble to establish the favorite as the horses will find facing the competitive opposition. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Freehold, NJ --- Patience was a virtue for Drazzmatazz, as he waited for the right moment and capitalized to win the Preferred Handicap harness racing trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (May 7) in an upset.   Off a win in the American Harness Drivers' Club amateur trot last week, Drazzmatazz was sent off at 10/1 in the six-horse Preferred Handicap field. Luke Hanners kept his drive in the pocket early, letting Windsong Pioneer set fast fractions right in front of him. The opening quarter was a swift 27 2/5 seconds, the first half in 57 seconds.   Heading towards three-quarters, Windsong Pioneer opened up a bit, but Hanners continued to rate with Drazzmatazz. He drew a bit closer as they turned for home, but Windsong Pioneer remained in front, with favored Obrigado looming first-over. In the stretch, the passing lane opened up for Drazzmatazz, and he shot through and took charge. He crossed the line a neck in front in 1:55 3/5, a new lifetime mark.   DRAZZMATAZZ REPLAY       Drazzmatazz (RC Royalty) is owned by Danbry Racing Inc and trained by Vincent Stallworth. He's now won 24 times from 145 career starts, with earnings north of $313,000.   Windsong Pioneer held on for second, while Obrigado was third. Top Flight Angel, Winneress, and Allindotime completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (May 8), with a 13-race card starting at about 12:30 PM. There will be a double pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $1,139.84.   For full race results, click here. From Freehold Raceway    

Columbus, MN - The harness racing condition sheets for opening week have been posted by the Running Aces racing office. They are available on the U.S.T.A. website and are also available in the race office building near the M.H.R.I. office.   All trainers are reminded that all paperwork must be submitted to MRC before entry to race. All trainers and drivers (including ship-in -only stables) must have current, completed Racing Applications on file with Director of Racing Steve Carpenito.   The live racing season kicks off with opening night on Sunday (May 16) with first post at 6:05 pm central time. Racing will be offered on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings all summer long, and the 56 day meeting will close on Saturday, September 18. There are three special racing cards on the schedule: Monday (July 5), Friday (September 17) and Saturday (September 18) and there is no Live Racing on Sunday (July 4).   There will be a special Qualifying session on Wednesday (May 12) at 11:30 am; enter by 9:00 am on Tuesday (May 11).   The first regular draw will take place on Wednesday (May 12) with box closing at 9:00 am for Sunday's opening night card.   Racing Questions should be directed to Steve Carpenito (scarpenito@runaces.com)   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Harness racing trainer Marcus Melander is enchanted with Hypnotic AM, and it is easy to understand why. Now ready to begin her 4-year-old season, the trotting mare has earned $1.15 million in her 22-race career, winning 12 times and finishing off the board only once. Hypnotic AM launches her campaign Saturday in the first of two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters at The Meadowlands. She is 7-2 on the morning line, third choice behind Breeders Crown champion Next Level Stuff at 5-2 and 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry at 3-1. "She had a good winter and I'm very happy with how she's coming back," said Melander, who trains the homebred mare for Courant Inc. "She's always been a nice horse, from day one, honestly. You don't make over $1 million if you're not a good horse. She's always produced. I couldn't be happier with what she's done in her career." Hypnotic AM's career wins include the 2019 Jim Doherty Memorial, 2020 Empire Breeders Classic, two New York Sire Stakes championship, and a Kentucky Sire Stakes title. Last year, she finished second in the Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Filly Futurity, and Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old fillies. She was third in the 2019 Breeders Crown. "She maybe is missing that big, big win, but it's hard to complain about her," Melander said. "I thought she was very good in the Oaks, she just had a bad post (starting from the second tier, post 12). She's always right there." The daughter of Chapter Seven - Daydream AM S goes to the Miss Versatility's opening round off a 1:54.4 win in a qualifier April 24 at The Meadowlands. She will have regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky. "She had just one qualifier, but I think it's enough," Melander said. "We trained her a couple of times at The Meadowlands. She's not going to be in top form but she's a nice horse and she should be all right to race. "She can do everything you ask, and she is so professional out there. You can leave, you can sit behind a horse, she's so versatile. She has a lot of speed, she's strong. She's just a sweetheart." Next Level Stuff, who won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old fillies last year, heads to Saturday's start off a second-place finish against mostly male foes in a high-level conditioned trot in her seasonal debut on May 1 at The Big M. The second division of the Miss Versatility features 2020 Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Ab'sattitudexpress. Ab'sattitudexpress, trained by Lucas Wallin, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite after capturing the New Jersey Breeders Maturity last week. Sorella, who had five Grand Circuit victories last season for trainer Nancy Takter, is 3-1. She is making her seasonal debut. Saturday's 13-race card also includes the first starts of the year for Meadowlands Pace hopefuls Abuckabett Hanover and Exploit plus 4-year-old Grand Circuit stakes winners Fortify and No Lou Zing. Tattoo Artist, an O'Brien Award winner in 2020, is making his second start after a fourth-place finish in a division of the Graduate Series for pacers. Racing begins at 6:20 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at The Meadowlands. The Big M and TrackMaster have teamed to regularly provide free past performances for each race card. Past performances can be found here on The Meadowlands website. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Columbus, Ohio--Young harness racing driver Eddie Miller just keeps rolling along. Tonight at Scioto Downs the talented youngster defeated nine others when he guided Bold Strategy to a gate to wire 1:56.3 tn the $7500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association series. Sent off as the betting favorite in the contest, Bold Strategy returned a $3.80 win mutuel. With the crowded field Miller had little choice other than sending his trotter to the front from post five and they got first call at the quarter in :28.1. Surprisingly most drivers had found a seat for their steeds along the pylons and Miller was unchallenged as he led the competition by the half in :58.2 Gregg Keidel was the first to move when he tipped Cruzen Cassi to the outside as Miller showed the way by the three quarters in 1:27.4. But when the field turned for home Bold Strategy put it in another gear and cruised away to a four length triumph. Cruzen Cassi finished second while A Royal Line garnered the show dough for Steve Oldford. BOLD STRATEGY REPLAY   It was Eddie Miller's sixth driving victory in just 11 starts this season.. Bold Strategy, a 4-year-old Break The Bank K gelding, is owned by Rebecca Sugg, Watson Harness Racing and Mary Stucky and trained by his driver. For full race results, click here. by John Manz,i for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 7, 2021 -- Yearling nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored stakes due May 15, 2021. Garden State Trot #4 and Home Grown Pace #4 sustaining payments for 2YO due May 15, 2021. Garden State Trot #5 and Home Grown Pace #5 yearling nomination payments are due on May 15, 2021. From Courtney Staffford, for the SBOANJ

It’s Academic and driver Yannick Gingras had little trouble handling the field as they led from start to finish in winning the $135,000 Charlies Hill Memorial for older trotters Thursday at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Leaving from post two in the ninth race feature, Gringas settled It’s Academic on the lead and pretty much let the trotter do his own thing from there. With stablemate race favorite Mission Accepted (Chris Page) sitting in second place, It’s Academic cut fractions of :28, :56 and 1:25 before pulling away in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.3. Mission Accepted held for second with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) third. IT’S ACADEMIC REPLAY   A four-year-old stallion by Uncle Peter, It’s Academic is trained by Ron Burke for owner Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. It was the third win in seven starts this year for It’s Academic, who paid $6.00 to win. “Obviously, I liked the fractions,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “They were in my favor. When Chris (Page) at us I thought we would have a good run to the finish but my horse is too good right now. “I drove him once last summer,” Yannick added. “And I really liked him. I’m lucky to get back on him. He is just beautiful to drive. You can drive him with two fingers.” In the sixth race $30,000 Open Trot, Lane Of Stone and driver Jeff Nisonger pulled off the mild upset at nearly 5-1 odds. It was Icanflylikeanangel (Dan Noble), the favorite in the race, shooting to the lead from post five and taking the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Jeffery P (Chris Page) took a tuck in second place with no one else in the field yet to challenge. Then going to the half mile marker, Nisonger came first up slowly from seventh place as the field past the half mile marker in :56.2. Nisonger had Lane Of Stone in full stride and they were able to move into second place on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:25.2. Finally able to collar Icanflylikeanangel by the top of the stretch, Lane Of Stone easily held off the race favorite to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Jeffery P was third. LANE OF STONE REPLAY   It was the third win in ten starts this year for Lane Of Stone, a five-year-old stallion by Wishing Stone. He is trained by Mark Winters for owner Henry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY and paid $11.40 to win. For full race results, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Eldorado Scioto Downs will host a non-winners of one series for 3-5 year old Ohio sired horses starting next week. Named for past presidents and general managers of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, each series will consist of two legs and a final:   The Jerry Knappenberger for horse and gelding pacers - starts Tuesday (May 11) The Kevin Greenfield for horse and gelding trotters - starts Wednesday (May 12) The John Konesky III for filly and mare trotters - starts Thursday (May 13) The Steve McCoy for filly and mare pacers - starts Friday (May 14).   An entry fee of $100 is due for horses entering the first leg. Horses that miss the first leg and enter the second must pay a $200 entry fee. Each leg will go for $8,000G and the final for $13,000A.   Also written on each day is the standard non-winners of one, Ohio sired preferred, for horses that do not want to or cannot race in the series because they are not Ohio sired.   The box closes at 2 p.m. Friday (May 7) for the Tuesday (May 11) card that carries The Jerry Knappenberger.   Live racing is held at Eldorado Scioto Downs each Tuesday-Saturday through Saturday, September 18. Special cards will be held on Memorial Day and 4th of July. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Snobbytown drove on to the lead and never looked back in a Thursday night harness racing score in the $37,000 Yonkers Raceway Open Pace.   George Brennan exemplified his "Minister of Speed" moniker by sending Snobbytown four-wide into the first turn from post five to contest the early pace. The pair fought their way forward and settled on the engine prior to the completion of the :27 opening quarter. Brennan didn't let off the accelerator through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters and turned for home with a two-length cushion.   Snobbytown maintained her gap to rivals in the stretch and crossed the finish line victorious ahead by two and a half lengths in 1:53. Norman's Madeline (Brent Holland) rode the pocket to a place cheque, and Surreal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) picked up ground late for show.   SNOBBYTOWN REPLAY     Snobbytown's victory avenged her loss in the prior week and improved her career record to 20-for-53. The five-year-old Nob Hill High mare has earned more than $430,000 lifetime. Ron Burke trains and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC alongside Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg and Jason Melillo of Powell.   Yonkers Raceway will conclude its week of action on Friday, May 7. That night's 10-race card will begin at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Stickney, IL  -- On Friday, May 7th Standardbred race horses will return to the harness racing track at Hawthorne Race Course for a summer of live harness racing.  “Chicago’s hometown track” will host racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night beginning at 7PM.  Capacity is currently limited to 50%, but now includes expanded outdoor seating in the new First Turn Terrace. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand for live sports entertainment and with harness racing you can get so close to the action,” said Tim Carey, president and general manager of Hawthorne Race Course.  “The view from the new First Turn Terrace is amazing because the horses are coming right at you and then go spinning away through the turn.” In addition to the trackside views, the outdoor space, including along the railing, provides for easy social distancing and pod seating at picnic tables.  Night racing at Hawthorne also features outdoor barbecue and bars. Founded in 1891, Hawthorne is celebrating its 130th year of live racing.  Harness racing first debuted at Hawthorne in 1970 and the track is now the only one in the United States to host both thoroughbred and Standardbred horses.  In harness racing, drivers--as opposed to jockeys--sit in a chariot-style cart called a sulky that is pulled by the horse, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour in tightly packed groups of up to 10 horses.  Hawthorne features the longest homestretch in North America for harness racing allowing drivers and horses to rally late in come-from-behind victories. Admission and parking is free at Hawthorne Race Course. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Raceway

Major Escape edged clear on the end of a front-end trip on Thursday to take the Monticello Raceway harness racing feature pace.   Driver Jim Devaux was intent on getting the lead with the gelding, and he did so by advancing on the rim from post three through the first quarter in :29. Major Escape then led to the half in :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.3, after which he drew the encouragement of Devaux as the field of eight inched closer.   Major Escape turned for home with the lead and outpaced two challengers to score by a length and a quarter in 1:58.2. Kj Michael Gary (Jim Taggart Jr.) found a seam up the rail and took second. Pocket-sitter Uncle Qwackers (Michael Merton) finished third. The winner paid $2.80.   MAJOR ESCAPE REPLAY     Major Escape took his fourth win in his 80th lifetime appearance and increased his earnings to more than $90,000. Dawn Devaux trains the five-year-old son of Art Major for Lisa Zabielski of Ballston Spa.   Monticello will adjourn for the weekend and return on Monday, May 10 with eight dashes starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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