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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

Bob Quigley, a highly respected retired horse racing executive, who was best known for his role as the head of management when the Meadowlands opened, passed away Monday at age 90. He died of natural causes. His death was confirmed by Richard Orbann, who was the general manager at Garden State Park while Quigley was that track’s president. “He was a beloved man,” Orbann said. “I don’t know anybody he didn’t like and anybody that didn’t like him. In our business, where jealously prevails, that’s a remarkable thing.” Orbann said he spoke with Quigley Sunday and he seemed to be in good spirits, but he had a setback Monday and was rushed to Aventura Hospital in Aventura, FL, where he was pronounced dead. “I spoke with him yesterday as I did most days and Bob was Bob,” Orbann said. “To be honest with you, this is a tough one. We spoke almost every day. Bob was good to me.” Quigley was born in Atlantic City and started in racing at Atlantic City Race Course, first working there as a laborer before working his way up the ladder to became the track’s executive vice president and general manager. He was lured to Meadowlands prior to the track’s opening by CEO Sony Werblin and Executive Director Jack Krumpe. He started there in 1975 and was at the helm as the Meadowlands became the premier track in harness racing and an important Thoroughbred track. To read the rest of the story, click here

LEBANON, OH - A jammed harness racing leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final. The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime. The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 divisions on Monday (Feb. 17) afternoon with Friday Night Blues and Sunshine's Finest each getting their initial wins in the series and securing spots in next week's 'big dance.' Friday Night Blues (Cam McCown) scored as the favorite over longshot Fast Track (John DeLong) and Big Bank Hank (LeWayne Miller). The 4-year-old altered son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock won ten races in 2019, but all at county fairs. After an uneventful month to start the 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway, he was returned to Ohio and the care of Jessica McCown for the Hiteman late closer. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset in the second split, topping favored Fishin For Apples (DeLong) and Velocity Komodo (Mark Evers) in 1:53.2. Owned by Thestable Sunshinesfinest, the winning 4-year-old son of Sunshine Beach also started the current campaign at Woodbine Mohawk before being shipped south to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable for this series. The nine finalists for the Hiteman Memorial, based on series earnings, will be Fishin For Apples, Sunshine's Finest, Friday Night Blues, Captain Sunshine, American Trademark, Fast Track, E R Hotshot, Farmers Only and Spoiled Rockin. The popular Survivor Series for male $5000 claiming pacers staged its final elimination round on Monday as well. The series started with 76 horses in eight divisions, was whittled to 40 in four divisions in Round 2, and reduced to ten finalists from a pair of Round 3 elimination heats. Purses in the first three elimination rounds escalated from $5000 to $6000 to $7500, while the final next Monday (Feb. 24) will chase a $20,000 bounty. Longshot Bettor Win (LeWayne Miller, 1:56, $40.60) and favored Hit And Giggle A (Brett Miller, 1:55.2, $6.40) managed narrow decisions in the final preliminary heats. The remaining finalists hoping to be crowned the King of the Bottom Claimers will be Amasa Al, Pence Hanover, Latenite Trick, River's Crest, I Am Will, A J Corbelli, Khan Blue Chip and Creighton Hanover. From Miami Valley Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 17, 2020 -- Final Breath wrested the early lead from Perlucky and kept him at bay late to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Final Breath was forced to a demanding 27.3 opening panel, Tony Hall was able to give him a 29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding held off the pocket-sitting Perlucky by a length to score in 1:53.4, with Icanflylikeanangel third.   Norm Parker trains Final Breath, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $615,058, for Duane Lowe. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $2,059.32 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

The President's Day matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was highlighted by the season's first Open Pace. The $15,000 Open featured a field of five with all of its participants coming from Australia or New Zealand. A familiar face emerged victorious as Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) lengthened his unprecedented win streak in the local Open prevailing for the tenth consecutive time in the Saratoga feature. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino trainee who was named Pacer of the Year at Saratoga in 2019 after winning the Open Pace in nine consecutive starts. Assigned the outside post on Monday, Crockets Cullen N got away last but wound up dropping in second behind leader Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) who paced a first half in 55.3. Crockets Cullen N benefited from some confusion in the race where two rivals interfered with each other allowing the track's defending top pacer to tuck into the pocket before breezing by to win in 1:54.2. Bettors Fire N finished second while Don Domingo N (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot to compete a top trio of New Zealanders. Crockets Cullen N paid $6.90 to win as his local streak grew to ten. The exacta with Bettors Fire N second returned $16.40. Live racing takes place this week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon beginning each day at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Monticello, NY - With Saratoga Raceway now open and driver's Jim Devaux and Greg Merton opting to race there, harness racing Bruce Aldrich took advantage of their absence and scored 5 winners' on the afternoon. Aldrich won the first 3 races on the program, it was the Rick Dane Jr. trained Ladybeluckytonite (PP4) the Art Major mare scored in 1:58.3 - $3.00 for her second win of the young season. Jasmin Ivory overcame the outside post from the 7 hole to win in a tight photo over The Filly Princess in 2:00.1 - $19.00 for trainer Raheim Strong, the Palone Ranger mare is owned by John DeSantis of Albany, NY. The triple came aboard the ultra-consistent Demand An Answer in a wire to wire win in 2:01.1 for trainer Laura Perino. Lily Hanover kept the banner afternoon alive when she scored a wire to wire win in 1:59 - $4.40, the win gave Laura Perino a training double on the afternoon in race 5. Storyboard would cap off the afternoon and give Aldrich win 5, Bob Lounsbury trains the well-bred daughter of Art Official who earned her first win of the year for owner Robert D Main of Leechburg, PA. Starting from the rail Storyboard won in 1:57.2 - $19.80 for her first trip to the winner's circle in 2020. This marks the 3rd time this season that Aldrich has driven at least 4 winners on an afternoon. The 5 wins puts Aldrich (39) in first place for leading dash winners, overtaking Jim Devaux (35) by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Dover, DE -   Sheez On A Cruise, trained by Brenda Teague will race against her big brother ,JL Cruze, who is trained by Eric Ell. The race is scheduled for the 12th race, the $27,500 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday February 18 The event is said to be the 1st time that full sibblings will have ever competed against one another in the same race at Dover Downs. The field is as follows:  Post Time is 4:30 pm   Jammin Jack            Sheez On A Cruise     Home’N Dry Muscle Diamond Joey Bats Tight lines Jack Vernon JL Cruze    by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Goshen, NY - Time is running out for members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame to submit Immortal nominations for the Class of 2020. All Museum members have the privilege of nominating persons and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased at least three years to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biography of the nominee and detailed harness racing career statistics, when applicable. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2020. They may be emailed on or before that date to director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. NOTE: Nominees selected by the Immortals Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 2020 will be inducted in July 2021. From the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

MILTON,ON -  February 17, 2020 - As Tuesday's (February 18) stakes nomination deadline looms, Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind connections of two-year-old harness racing trotters of the increased purse and Mohawk Million slot connected with the William Wellwood Memorial. The winner of this year's William Wellwood Memorial (to be contested on September 12) will be awarded the tenth and final slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million at no cost. The Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters will be contested two-weeks after the Wellwood Memorial on September 26. Woodbine Entertainment's marquee two-year-old trotting stakes are even more lucrative in 2020 with the addition of a Mohawk Million slot and purse increase to $610,000 for the Wellwood Memorial. Making a two-year-old trotting filly eligible to the Peaceful Way will also keep the door open to harness racing's new rich event. The connections of a two-year-old trotting filly eligible to the Peaceful Way will be able to enter the Wellwood Memorial in hopes of winning the final slot in the Mohawk Million by paying a $5,000 starting fee. Nominations for the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and all major stakes are due Tuesday (February 18), which is also the final day to submit a purchase contract and $55,000 payment for the opportunity to purchase a slot in the Mohawk Million. To view the 2020 Stakes Booklet, click here. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 18, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The second preliminary rounds of two of the levels in the Game Of Claims Series took place on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and sharp horsemen looking for potential thronetakers in the Game Of Claims Championships two weeks hence claimed all three of the night's series winners. The Game Of Claims pacing horses who went for a basic price of $12,500 drew one division of ten horses (scratched down to nine), making for a rare trailing starter at Pocono. At the wire, the field was trailing the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Grandpa Don, who after being last at the half made a huge looping move on the far turn and paced past everybody in 1:56.2 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Susan Marshall, the latter co-owner with John Marshall - and was then claimed out of the race. Both horses who won last week in the Game Of Claims group that started for a basic price of $9000 on Sunday were again victorious, but as opposed to last week both horses headed to new barns after Sunday's successes. First to Victory Lane was the Rambaran gelding Speedling, now 2-for-2 in 2020 after a 1:56 win for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Lou Pena and his Lou Pena Racing Stables Inc. Then it was the Always A Virgin gelding Always B Magic who was again to parlay a pocket journey into a victory, here in 1:55.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Daniel Renaud, and owner Alexa Renaud. With two claims from each of the $9,000 fields, four $12,500 purchases from that event, and three horses haltered out of a claiming handicap trot (perhaps looking towards the trotting Game Of Claims Series in March), 11 horses went through the box for a total of $124,125, running the totals over the four days of 2020 Pocono racing to 47 claims and $812,900 - keeping horsemen and handicappers on their toes to be in the right place at the right time. One place you didn't want to be at Pocono on Sunday was on the front end, as the speed held up only once in thirteen races. The lone horse making every pole a winning one was the very impressive four-year-old Sweet Lou mare Darn Tootn Hanover, who was sent to the top in a $15,000 distaff pace by Tyler Buter in :27.3, got a rest to a :57.1 half, then motored home in :55.3-:27.2, needing all that speed to hold off the invading Tango Dancer N by a neck in 1:52.4. Darn Tootn Hanover entered the year with only one victory to show in 17 starts as a freshman and sophomore, but this year she's turned things around and is now 3-for-3 for trainer Nik Drennan and Yankeeland Partners LLP. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

LEBANON, OH. - Three divisions of second round action in the George 'Red' Owens Memorial late closing harness racing series were featured on the Sunday (Feb. 16) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. The results of the trio of $12,000 splits determined the nine finalists for next Sunday's $20,000 championship tilt. The Owens Memorial is one of nine Lebanon Legends series that honor the memory of notable horsemen, now deceased, who were among the early heroes at nearby Lebanon Raceway which now serves as a training center for many Miami Valley participants. A total of 27 horses, all fillies or mares that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 at the start of the series, were nominated. Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) copped the first division in 1:54.4, edging Pray The Rosary (Luke Ebersole) and Valendougha (Sam Widger). It was the fifth win in 15 starts for the late-blooming 8-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway, who didn't commence her racing career until age seven. She is owned and trained by Perry Smith. Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) was the quickest of the three winners, turning the tables from Leg 1 on runnerup Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) in 1:53.4. It was the third lifetime success for the 3-year-old daughter of Pet Rock, trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway, who lowered her career best time by over three seconds. Rockinattheryman (Trace Tetrick) closed well to secure the show finish. Big Bad Mosa (Tetrick) became the only two time winner in the series when he scored in 1:55 over Onspeed N (Tyler Smith) and Sweet Ginger (Josh Sutton). Ronnie Roberts trains the 3-year-old filly by Big Bad John for the Watson Stables. She, too, lowered her lifetime best clocking with her fourth triumph in just 13 trips behind a starting gate. The field for the championship finals in the Legends series is determined by money earnings in the two preliminary legs. The 'Red' Owens Memorial finalists, in order of earnings, will be Big Bad Mosa, Crowntimerockette, Jazzie Babe, Hilary Barry N, Pray The Rosary, Onspeed N, Rockinattheryman, Lookintomyeyes and Sweet Ginger. Racing resumes Monday afternoon at Miami Valley featuring two divisions of the second round of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series, as well as the final two elimination heats in the popular Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway        

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