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Dover, DE - World Champion pacing mare, Shartin N, with harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky, made her return to racing in 2020 with a super sharp qualifying win Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. Tetrick left alertly with Shartin N  from post 6 and settled into third position. Highalator carved out the fraction of :28.2, :55.3 and 1:23.2 with Apple Bottom Jeans sitting the pocket trip. Both Apple Bottom Jeans and Shartin N surged off the rail in the deep stretch.  Shartin N won by a neck over Apple Bottom Jeans in 1:51.2 with Highalator was third. It was just last year when Shartin N became fastest harness racing mare in history at a distance of one mile with her amazing 1:46.4 victory on August 3, 2019 at The Meadowlands.     by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Even as a certain well-regarded harness racing mare qualified at Dover in what was likely preparation for early season work, two horses who were very prominent in last year's Levy Series action turned in top qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Series winner who would go on to take a Franklin elim and finish third in the Franklin Championship here at Pocono, went straight to the lead for driver Simon Allard and trainer/brother Rene Allard, winning in 1:57.1. A last quarter of :28.4 made the winner of $1,745,185 clear at the wire for Go Fast Stable, Stephen Klunowski, B & I Stables LLC, and Gilbert Short. Later, former Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Champion Ideal Jimmy, a three-time Levy prelim winner last year, put in a sharp 1:53.4 mile on the engine, with a :27.3 last quarter leaving him 8¼ lengths in front of his field for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Erv Miller, and the Van Witzenburg stable. Also deserving mention are the team of driver Eric Carlson and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who combined on the first three qualifiying winners. Garcia-Herrera sent out a total of eleven horses in the prep races, a few times with two in the same race, and in addition to the three wins he had four second-place finishers and two third-place finishers. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday night, Feb. 23? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can't make the trip. For the third year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet, sponsored by Shartin N, and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages. The Facebook Live shows will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m., when the awards dinner will commence. "If you can't make the banquet we are going to bring the party to you!" said Wilder. "And it's going to be some party!" Heather Vitale's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/PacinHeather. Heather Wilder's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/heather.k.wilder. Vitale has hosted two popular television shows: Post Time and PA Harness Week. In addition to her local weekly productions, the charismatic personality has covered the sport nationally on espn2, CBSSN and MAV-TV. Vitale loves communicating with Standardbred enthusiasts around the world via social media and her unconventional interviews with a "when in doubt, add glitter" attitude has brought a unique sparkle to the sport and grabbed the attention of new fans. She was the 2018 USHWA Member of the Year. Wilder is currently known for her handling talent management for the Delaware County Fair during the live TV broadcast of the Little Brown Jug. While working as public relations and marketing director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association she became a pioneer of reporting on racing on Facebook Live and coordinated the promotion of countless on-track events. She was the 2013 recipient of USHWA's Lew Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award. The entire awards dinner, hosted by Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir, will be broadcast live on the USHWA Facebook page and available on the U.S. Trotting Association's Youtube page the following day, Monday, Feb. 24. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

Dover, DE - Tight Lines equals a track record and captures the Open Trot at Dover Downs Tuesday night. JL Cruze blasted off the gait and appeared to intimidate the field as he was allowed to set fractions of 26.3, 55.2 and 1:23.1. Joey Bats, the even odds race favorite, settled in the pocket.  The field remained in single file until Tight Lines was hustled off the rail and raced 1st up for driver Corey Callahan nearing the three quarter pole.   Tight Lines pressured Jl Cruze to a 27.4 third quarter. Tight Lines cleared and took the lead at the top of the stretch.   Jack Vernon followed 2nd over.  Race favorite Joey Bats remained trapped on the rail and was screaming for room in the stretch.  Sheez On A Cruz, the full sister to Jl Cruze made an early break.  Jammin Jack, Home’N Dry and Muscle Diamond were all in futile chase and could not gain on the leader. JL Cruze, the pacesetter, tired and finished 7th.  His full sister Sheez On A Cruz was 8th. At the finish, Tight Lines prevailed for his 2nd consecutive win by one and three quarter lengths.  He was sent off at odds of 9/5. The 7-year-old Yankee Glide sired trotter equalled a track record of 1:51.2 for aged, altered trotters at Dover Downs.  He was bred by P.E, P.F and J.F. Spears.   Tight Lines is owned by Jeff Gregory, Jesmeral Stables and W.H. Richardson and trained by Jeff Gregory. The race favorite, Joey Batts found room late and finished 2nd for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Andrew Harris. Jack Vernon finished 3rd for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dylan Davis. Tim Tetrick won 4 races and Corey Callahan won 3 races on the card. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

On the strength of his second consecutive harness racing record-setting year MD Magic grabs the headline heading into this Saturday's (Feb 22) Annual MHRI meeting and Awards Banquet.   MD Magic will pick up the hardware as the 3 year old colt Trotter of the Year for 2019 with seven wins in sixteen starts and a new record of $74,950 earned in a single season in the Minnesota program. He was the first horse to break the $70,000 barrier when he recorded earnings of $70,300 as the freshman champion in 2018. The talented son of Braggart is owned by Set The Pace Racing and trained and driven by Nick Roland. Major Al Mar (G,M & J Wilson/Alexia Kehl) is the runner-up award winner in the category.   Three year old colt Pacer of the year will go to SB Bodacious (Mikaela Del Giudice/Rick Magee) with runner up Burning Blaze (A,C Sandbulte & E Gutin/Justin Anfinson). On the females side of the sophomore awards it will be pacing filly Windmeupnwatchmego (Richard Davelaar/Gordon Graham) for the top award, with Sweet Vivian (Timothy Lems/Robert Lems) as runner-up. Al Mar Humdinger (Aimes Racing/Elvin Zimmerman) and Lone Pine Shuzy (Wendy Haberburg) will share the award as 3 year old trotting filly of the year.   The two year old filly Trotter of the year goes to Double My Dekker (J,B & E De Long/Justin Anfinson) with Susie's Sister (Lynchris, LLC/Don Harmon) as runner-up. Freshman colt trotter of the year is Hearduwhispermynam (Jenni King) and the runner up award goes to Trotterlicious (Rick Bertrand).   Freshman pacing awards will go to fillies Catchmeinadream (Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte/Justin Anfinson) and Huftalookatdatfany (Van Oterloo Stables/Gordon Graham) as runner-up. The winning freshman colts are Bunkerhill Phil (Gene Miller) and Alright Frankie (J J, A P, K M De Long & T J Carrey/Justin Anfinson) is the runner-up.   The 4 year old & up award winners include All Mar Bon Bon (Cara Hauser/Alexia Kehl) as champion trotting mare with Al Mar Reba Babe (Richard Davis) as runner-up, while Bringoverthemoney (Joshua Horvat/David Ginter) scores the win as top aged male trotter over runner-up French Eclipse (Jenni King). Place N First (Jenni King) is the winner for aged pacing mares with Peekaboo Tattoo (Fabiola Quevedo/Edwin Quevedo) as runner-up, and the final divisional category goes to DeweydiddoneGood (Fredi Herrera/Edwin Quevedo) as top aged male pacer with Buzz Light (Cathy & Bill Dessert/Nick Roland) as the runner-up.   Awards will also be presented for the top performers at the Minnesota Fairs in 2019, with Double My Dekker (J, B, E De Long/Justin Anfinson) as the fairs Trotter of the Year and The Boss' Wife (Cathy Dessert, Set The Pace Racing/Nick Roland) picking up the hardware as the 2019 fairs Pacer of the Year. Brian Detgen will take the fairs Driver of the Year award for the second year in a row and Justin Anfinson is the 2019 fairs Trainer of the Year.   The 2019 Minnesota Harness Racing awards will be presented this Saturday (Feb 22) at the MHRI Annual meeting and Banquet, at Vanelli's by the Lake in Forest Lake, Minn. Check in time starts at 1 pm for the Annual meetings, with Cocktail hour begining at 4 pm followed by Dinner and Awards. There will be a traditional Banquet Raffle as well as a Live Stallion Auction. Banquet attendees will get the chance to nominate and vote for 2019 Minnesota Harness Racing Horse of the Year.   by Darin Gagne, for the Minnesota Harness Racing Industry    

LEBANON, OH. - Three races shared the  harness racing spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (Feb. 18) afternoon as the five-eighths mile oval hosted a $24,000 Open Trot, the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series and the $15,000 championship of the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares. Majestic Player A (Brett Miller), a recent import from Down Under, surged past Party At The Banks (Chris Page) midstretch and held for a narrow 1:54.2 victory. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) benefitted from a pocket ride and grabbed the show dough. Junior Haynes trains the 6-year-old winner for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) sat patiently in fifth in the early going of the Robert J. Brown Memorial final for non-winners of two or $20,000 trotters. After the halfway juncture was passed in :57.3 the 5-year-old daughter of Dejarmbro was angled to the outside. Moved up to second-over in fourth at the 1:27.1 three quarters, Beatty and Mary Mag Delene had the most trot in the lane, topping Stone Cold Blue (Tetrick) and stablemate B Threeseven (Brett Miller) in 1:57.4. "I thought the other half of my entry had a little better chance!" exclaimed an excited Beatty in the winner's circle, but this is a good looking mare who seems to be at the top of her game right now." Unfortunately, Beatty's other entrant (B Threeseven) made a break nearing the three quarters marker which eliminated his chances of winning although he recovered nicely to come back for third. Beatty co-owns Mary Mag Delene with Mazing Racing Stable. Her clocking was a new lifetime best. The ten mares who lined up for the Survivor Series final had survived two elimination heats to reduce the field from a group of 38 hopefuls. When the gate swung open it was Rock The Baby and driver Josh Sutton who sprinted to the front and then throttled back to a :28.3 opening panel. When favored Nice Trip (Tetrick) came calling early Sutton decided it was his mare's race to win or lose and pressed forward to a :56.4 halfway split. With Nice Trip still pressing on the outside, Rock The Baby still had the advantage as the pair sped past the three quarter station in 1:25.2. In the stretch the 5-year-old Rockin Image lass was able to pull away from the competition and triumphed handily in 1:54.4. Rock The Baby was claimed for $6000 from the first elimination heat of the Survivor Series by trainer Larry Finn and his partner Chad Stone. After a runnerup finish in the second elimination and the victory in the final, she has now produced a nifty $11,250 return on investment in two weeks . From Miami Valley Raceway

Running Aces management is happy to announce that stall applications for the 2020 live harness racing season are now available, and are due by March 15. Applications may be downloaded from the Running Aces website, or can be accessed by the direct link below.   The 2020 season at Running Aces will open on Saturday, May 16 and run through Sunday, September 13, with a total of 55 Live Racing nights, which will be the most to date in track history.   In addition to the added race dates, other notable changes for 2020 include 6:00 pm post times for all racing nights and the addition of 3 Friday race cards in the month of July. Qualifiers will be scheduled for mornings and the Annual Minnesota Night of Champions will be held on Saturday, September 12 on closing weekend, but for the first time that will not be closing night as the final Live Racing card of the Running Aces season will take place on Sunday, September 13.   Stall Allocations are projected to be posted on April 6. The backstretch/ stable area will open on May 1.   For more information or questions about stalls for 2020 at Running Aces, please contact Race Secretary Nancy Byrge via email at nbyrge@runaces.com or Ben Blum at bblum@runaces.com.   The 2020 Stall Application can be found here: https://www.runaces.com/sites/default/files/stall_application_2020.pdf   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their annual meetings from February 24-27, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Florida, beginning with an opening reception at 5:30 pm, meet and greet, on Monday evening, Feb. 24.   HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning, Feb. 25 at 9:00 am as HHI President Tom Luchento welcomes all associations from throughout North America to the General Session, with presentations by the American Horse Council, the United States Trotting Association and the Standardbred Transition Alliance.   On Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at 9:00 am, the featured speaker, Dr. Clara Fenger, will enlighten HHI members with a presentation entitled "Collision of Ultra-Sensitive Drug Testing and the Absolute Insurer Rule, time to bring back common sense." Other topics slated to be discussed include the recent threat to the Pennsylvania Racing Fund, and the recent approval of slots at Illinois racetracks, followed by Association Reports.   Following Wednesday's morning session, the HHI Standing Committees will meet: HHI Budget Committee; Dues & Finance Committee; Convention Committee; HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee; and the HHI Legal Committee, with a pending application for membership by the Nevada Standardbred Association.   Thursday, Feb. 27th activities begin at 9:00 am and include a General Session, followed by HHI Elections and the HHI Awards Luncheon, honoring Tony Somone as the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Dot Morgan of New Vocations with the HHI Appreciation Award; and Dawnelle Mock with the HHI's Clyde Hirt Media Award.   From Harness Horsemen International  

Louis-Philippe Roy recently received his second straight Canadian Driver of the Year Award, but it was his success with two other 2019 O'Brien Award winners that most pleased him. The 30-year-old Roy was the regular driver of 2-year-old filly pacer Alicorn and 2-year-old male trotter HP Royal Theo, who each captured divisional O'Brien honors earlier this month. "I'm proud of my season with the young horses," said Roy, who was a standout in Quebec before moving to Ontario's Woodbine-Mohawk circuit in 2017. "I never raced on a big track until I came here, so that was the first adaptation for me. Then after, driving a lot of young horses in the summer, stakes horses, 2-year-olds. That was something I didn't do a lot in my early years. "I learned a lot of it by moving here when I started driving more 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds and teaching them how to race. I feel like I've learned a lot and improved a lot in my last two years with stakes horses. I'm proud of that." Roy has driven four O'Brien winners in the past two seasons, with female pacer Shower Play and male pacer Jimmy Freight both receiving honors in 2018 at age 3. He was the leading driver on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit in 2018. "You need to get those special horses to drive to step up to the Grand Circuit," Roy said. "Any type of competitive guy would tell you that he wants to compete at the highest level. That's for sure something I would like to do. To get there, you need the opportunities. I just want to keep doing good and take any of the opportunities I can get." Roy, who received Canada's Rising Star Award in 2016, won four times on the Grand Circuit in 2019, with four different horses: HP Royal Theo in the William Wellwood Memorial, Lindy The Great in the Caesars Trotting Classic, Alicorn in a division of the Eternal Camnation, and YS Mathis in a division of the Champlain. He finished second in purses among Canadian drivers and third in wins. In 2018, Roy led both categories. Roy is a graduate of the University of Quebec at Rimouski. For the first two years of his driving career, he also worked as a financial analyst for a telecommunications company. For the past three seasons, he has donated a full card's earnings to a food bank in his hometown. For his career, Roy has won 1,467 races and $16.4 million in purses. He is the fourth driver this century to receive Canada's Driver of the Year Award in consecutive years, joining Chris Christoforou, Mark MacDonald, and Sylvain Filion (who did it twice). "It's something I didn't expect to achieve yet but I'm very happy with it," Roy said. "I feel like I realize it more on those kinds of nights, when the awards happen, because in your everyday life you don't realize all the roads you've traveled to get where you're at now. When I look back to where I was five years ago, I'm pretty proud of all the traveling I did." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Goshen, NY - Spring into the season with the Harness Racing Museum's latest edition of its popular Learn & Create series. On Thursday, March 19th enjoy an Italian style luncheon with dessert and then sit back and listen to stories of New York's Harlem River Speedway and the Gilded Age, presented by museum curator Rebecca Howard. From 1898 to 1919 the picturesque Speedway, now the site of Harlem River Drive, provided a playground for New York City's wealthy trotting horse enthusiasts and a venue for "public enjoyment of the spectacle." A perfect setting for rivalries and romance, the Gilded Age drive drew crowds of onlookers as well horsemen eager for contests of speed. Adding an element of whimsy and creativity to the afternoon, the presentation will be followed by craft time. Led by museum educator Kristin Roberts, participants will have the opportunity to make and take home their own Spring themed decoration. Tours of the Museum's beautiful displays, including an exhibit of postcards, photographs and fine art highlighting the history of the Harlem River Speedway are open to everyone during regular museum hours. Tickets for the Learn & Create program, including a hot buffet lunch with soft drinks and dessert as well as all craft supplies, are just $25 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, March 13th. Call (845) 294-6330 early to secure your place at the table. The Harness Racing Museum is a 501(c)(3) institution and programs are made possible with support from the United States Trotting Association and the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. For further information on the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department (845) 294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York and is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. From the Harness Racing Museum

STICKNEY, IL - The 92 night extended harness racing season at Hawthorne kicked off last weekend as numerous state-bred champions were on the track to make their first starts of the year. The two nights of opening weekend saw chilly temperatures, but a fast track made for solid times, big performances, and some upsets along the way. The Saturday card opened with a strong field of trotters as trainer Steve Searle had a pair entered. Lousraptor was the heavy favorite off a strong showing during last year's Night of Champions but it was the second Searle entrant, Louscardamon who kicked off the season with the win at 27-1 in 1:57.2 for owners Flacco Family Farms, LLC and Dr. Patrick Graham. A quality field of Open trotters took to the track in Saturday's fifth race. A pair of horses with a few races on the year battled through the lane as Lindy's Big Bang (1:55.4) was able to catch Pine Dream for driver Casey Leonard. Three races later an Illinois champion took to the track as Fox Valley Gemini made his 2020 debut. Coming in off just one qualifier, the champ was game, rallying in the lane to finish second, beaten only a neck to Account Rollover in 1:51.2. Opening night ended the same way it began, with a pair of Steve Searle trained trotters finishing one-two past the wire. This time the favorite was much the best, as another Illinois champion in Louzotic was a clear winner over Skippymalou. Sunday brought about another 11 race card, featuring more talented state-bred pacers. In the third race on the card, one of those horses in Valar Morghulis was game, carving out the early fractions before being caught late by Queens N Tens in 1:56.1. Trainer Steve Searle sent another to the winner's circle in Sunday's fifth race as Illinois-bred Coming Up rallied for driver James Molitor to win by a neck in 1:57.0. Female Open pacers were the focus in the Sunday feature. Favored Pretty Image didn't disappoint, rolling out to the lead and digging in to win by a length over Tarport Belle in 1:54.2. Casey had the winning drive for owner and trainer Rodney Freese. While the horses were the focus on the racetrack, our horsemen did a great job of having their athletes ready for the opening weekend. Driver Brandon Bates had success at Hawthorne last summer in limited action while driving mainly at Hoosier Park. With Hoosier still over a month away, Bates got off to a hot start at Hawthorne, leading all drivers for opening weekend with five wins and 10 of his 14 drives finishing in the top three. Casey Leonard, Mike Oosting, and Todd Warren all had strong starts, each guiding home four winners in the first two cards. Trainer Steve Searle's big weekend led the way as he sent out three winners and four second-place finishers from nine starters. 2020 leading trainer Terry Leonard had two victories, along with Ronnie Roberts, Harold Herrera, Hector Herrera, and Jace Sundeen. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday, September 20. Post time nightly is 7:10 PM. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 2 through December 26. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

Monticello, NY - Monticello Raceway Race Secretary Eric Warner announced today the purse's at Monticello Raceway have been increased 15% on this week's condition sheet. According to Warner "We are hopeful that this will attract more horse's, in addition to the purse increase we also changed some conditions to reflect purse increase" The increase will go into effect for horses racing on Monday February 24th. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2020 --Our GG unleashed a relentless first over more that carried her to victory in Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Our GG was fifth by 6 lengths when Tony Hall sent her after the leader, Circle The Page. The 5-year-old daughter of World Of Rocknroll-Our Gray Girl overtook Circle The Page in mid-stretch and held off Pappy Rocks by 1/2 length in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Sansovina Hanover rallied for show.   Steve Owens trains and owns Our GG, who now boasts $111,221 in career earnings. Brady Brown and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $3,304.26 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

The name of the 2019 harness racing Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night, Feb. 23, at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren't among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA's Facebook page. After a one-hour cocktail party, the awards ceremony will get underway at 6:30 p.m., and will be available via the Facebook page. At approximately 9:30 p.m., emcees Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir will announce the winner of the E. Roland Harriman Horse of the Year trophy, which follows the revealing of the names of the Pacer of the Year and Trotter of the Year. To access USHWA's Facebook page, please click here. The entire video will also be available on the U.S. Trotting Association's YouTube page the following day, Monday, Feb. 24, by clicking here. Post time for the evening is 5:30 p.m., with a one-hour Red Carpet cocktail reception sponsored by Shartin N. Also starring on the Red Carpet will be Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder, with the two Heathers broadcasting live on their individual Facebook pages. It's your guarantee to see who's wearing what and what the attendees have to say about the festivities. Heather Vitale's Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/PacinHeather. Heather Wilder's Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/heather.k.wilder From the United States Harness Writers Association      

On Saturday (Feb 22) Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc. will bestow it's highest honor upon one of the most prolific and successful pacers to ever compete in the land of 10,000 lakes when the gelding Restless Yankee is installed into the equine Hall of Fame at the MHRI Annual meeting and Banquet in Forest Lake, Minn.   The now 13 year old honoree is a prodigy of Relentless Yankee and is out of the Big Towner mare Towner's Love Dove. He was bred by Ronald Emerson of Iowa and began his career under the tutelage of Emerson and ownership partner Mark Holtan, before training duties were turned over to Robert Lems of South Dakota, Lems would handle the conditioning duties for the talented Pacer over most of his career, and Robert Lems, along with his son Ryan Lems would also become the owners of Restless Yankee for several years.   Restless Yankee had success right out of the gate, and won his very first race at the Humboldt, Iowa fair before invading the Minnesota oval with back-to-back wins in 2 year old events. The early success for Restless Yankee quickly proved to be no fluke, as he continued to make frequent trips to the Winner's Circle year after year.   He was the 3 year old colt Minnesota state Champion Pacer of 2010, and the 4 year olds & up state Champion in both 2011 and 2012. He won races at Running Aces each and every year from 2009 through 2016, an amazing feat in itself, but far more impressive is the cumulative number of those Running Aces victories, which stands at 34. That is correct - 34 wins at Running Aces which is a record number that quite possibly may never be beaten.   Restless Yankee also set the all-age Track Record at Running Aces on June 12, 2012 with a 1:51.2 dominating victory with Nick Roland in the bike. That performance shaved 3/5 of a second off of the previous track record and remained fastest for two years.   In addition to all of his success in Minnesota at Running Aces, Restless Yankee was also well traveled and displayed his pacing talents with victories all over the United States, from Iowa to Florida and all along the east coast too, he racked up wins at Prairie Meadows, Maywood, Saratoga, Dover, Harrington, Pompano and took a 1:50.3 mark at Vernon Downs in 2014 in a Miracle Mile event and has 53 career wins from 195 starts, with 27 seconds and 27 thirds and $303,809 in the bank.   The Hall of Fame Induction will be one of the highlights of the MHRI Annual meeting and Banquet at Vanelli's by the Lake on Saturday (Feb 22) with check-in starting at 1pm and Hall of Fame induction at approximately 4:30 pm, followed by dinner and divisional awards. You still have time to come out and join the celebration this Saturday. For more information about attending the Banquet, contact MHRI Executive Secretary Patty Strand at: patti.strand@mnharness.com.   By Darin Gagne, for Minnesota Harness Racing

East Rutherford, NJ - Harness racing fans can get in on the qualifying action this Saturday, February 22nd when the Meadowlands hosts its second World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier of 2020. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 Win/Place/Show or combo WPS bets on ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. DerbyWars hosts online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Hawthorne is hosting a WHHC Qualifier with two spots up for grabs on Saturday, February 29th and Buffalo Raceway's qualifier with one spot into the Final will be held on Saturday, March 21st. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. All WHHC details can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 From the Meadowlands Media Department

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