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WILKES-BARRE PA - The A Rocknroll Dance mare Lady Rocknrolla A was tighter in her second start at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a $11,200 harness racing feature for pacing distaffers in 1:54.2 during a soggy Sunday twilight card where the temperature did not exceed 45 degrees. The recent Canadian import and driver James MacDonald were intent on setting the pace in this event, with the favorite putting second choice Royaltywestho (Matt Kakaley) in behind her by the :27.2 quarter. A breather to the half in :57.3 was followed by a challenge from Topville Angelina (George Napolitano Jr.) nearing, at and past the 1:25.4 three-quarters, but Lady Rocknrolla A dug in gamely to defeat that challenger for trainer Carmen Auciello and owner Stephen Klunowski.   LADY ROCKNROLLA A REPLAY   Another $11,200 contest, this one for trotters, saw Nextroundsonme cover a ton of Pocono real estate yet still emerge victorious in 1:56.1. Four-wide to the eighth before tucking, the Cantab Hall gelding then moved second-over, had to go three-wide around the far bend, yet still summoned enough for driver Tyler Buter to hold off the inside move of Consus Victory (Jason Bartlett), winning for trainer Jenny Melander and owner Jose Cervantes.   NEXTROUNDSONME REPLAY   The meet's leading trainer, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, sent out three winning horses, driven by three different drivers; two of them were Tyler Buter and the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., who also each recorded a three-bagger. The top claiming trotters at the track will be featured in a pair of $12,800 contests on the Monday card at Pocono, with Thisisshe looking for her fourth straight win upon being reunited after a claim with owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Monday's action begins at 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From PHHA/Pocono

CHESTER, Pa. -- San Domino A ($6.40) and Marloe Hanover ($4.60) proved victorious in Sunday afternoon's (May 9) co-featured $16,200 harness racing events at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the week's top event for male pacers, San Domino A and driver George Napolitano Jr. angled out of the pocket to challenge pacesetter Pyro (Simon Allard) at the end of a :27.1 first quarter, but ultimately were forced back into the pocket with a lap to go. The 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding was boxed up the backstretch in pursuit of a :26.4 third sectional, but reached up the open stretch to prevail by a scant nose over Pyro in 1:50.4. Carlisimo (Dexter Dunn) rallied off cover for third, two lengths back.   SAN DOMINO A REPLAY Andrew Harris trains 29-time winner San Domino A for Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC. The featured distaff event went to Marloe Hanover, who, in line to Todd McCarthy, cleared for control just beyond a :27.2 first quarter and withstood sustained pressure from Eclipse Me N (Simon Allard) through middle splits of :55.3 and 1:23 before also holding off eventual runner-up Crazy Cute (David Miller) by a length to win in 1:50.4. Eclipse Me leveled off in the stretch but maintained third.   MARLOE HANOVER REPLAY   Richard "Nifty" Norman trains 12-time winner Marloe Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous, for the Let It Ride Stables and J L Benson Stables. A string of beaten favorites in the afternoon's first four races sparked an Early Pick-4 which returned $4,246.00 for every 50 cents invested on the winning 4/2/1/5 combination. Harrah's Philadelphia offers players two Pick-4 wagers on each card, along with a Pick-5 and three Super Hi-5 wagers. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 12); post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. For full race results, click here. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Driver Wally Hennessey and trainer Mike Deters teamed up to win the $9,000 harness racing features at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 9). Rebellious ($3.00) is repeat winner in the Open Pace. Rebellious went right to the front and hit the first quarter first in :27.0. Ideal Jimmy (Jody Jamieson) goes first-over from third and takes the lead with one lap to go. He led to the half in :56.2. Rebellious popped out of the pocket and went to the front right after Ideal Jimmy hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. As they reached the stretch it was all Rebellious as he won for fun in 1:52.0. Caviart Reagan (Braxten Boyd) finished second. Ideal Jimmy had to settle for third.   REBELLIOUS REPLAY   Rebellious is a 7-year-old gelding by Mach Three. He is owned by Joel Warner along with trainer Mike Deters. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 47 career victories. Burn Notice ($5.80) captured the Open Trot. Rose Run Rudi (Jody Jamieson) goes three-wide and takes the lead before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. Burn Notice takes control as they go by the stands for the first time. He was first to the half in :56.0. BJ Larado takes the first shot going first-over on the backstretch. Burn Notice would have none of that and pushed him away hitting three-quarters first in 1:25.0. As they made the turn for home Burn Notice breezed to an easy win in 1:54.4. Rose Run Rudi won the battle for second. BJ Lorado had to settle for third.   BURN NOTICE REPLAY   Burn Notice is a 6-year-old gelding by Cayenne Turbo. He is owned by WHR Trust. It was his fourth win of 2021. He now owns 17 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to Live racing on Saturday (May 15) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. For full race results, click here. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

THE PAULICK REPORT reports that trainer Bob Baffert announced Sunday morning that Medina Spirit, winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on May 1, has tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, and faces a possible disqualification from the race – the first medication DQ since Dancer's Image lost his Derby victory in 1968 after a disputed positive test for the anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone. If the drug is confirmed in a split sample it would be Baffert's fifth medication violation since May 2020. Speaking from his barn at Churchill Downs, Baffert said his assistant, Jimmy Barnes called Baffert yesterday while he was en route to the airport in California for a flight to Kentucky, notifying him that he had been served by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission after the post-race sample came back positive for 21 picograms of the medication. Baffert insisted Medina Spirit has never been treated with betamethasone. “I don't know what's going on, but there's something that is not right,” Baffert said. To read the rest of the story, click here.

A determined Ab'sattitudexpress held off Sorella, Canada's 2020 female three-year-old harness racing trotter of the year, to take the second of two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series first leg on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.   Tim Tetrick gave Ab'sattitudexpress her marching orders from post six, and they reached the front at the quarter in :27.3. The four-year-old mare continued on to hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. Sorella (Yannick Gingras) loomed in the pocket turning for home and angled out as the two entered the straight.   Sorella chipped away at the leader's advantage in the stretch and found another gear in the final yards, but Ab'sattitudexpress was a nose too good and found the line in time for a 1:52.3 victory. Sorella settled for second, and Miss McKee (Mark Macdonald) was third in the seven-mare field. The winner paid $3.40.   AB'SATTITUDEXPRESS REPLAY     Ab'sattitudexpress has won nine of her 18 career starts, and she surpassed the $300,000 mark in career earnings with Saturday's win. Lucas Wallin oversees the homebred four-year-old Trixton mare for owner Stop The Jade Farm LLC of Pemberton.   Next Level Stuff shone in a star-studded first division field of seven and gave Tetrick the stakes double.   The mare dropped in fourth leaving the gate and Tetrick was content with that spot though the opening splits of :27.4 and :56.3. Tetrick fished out the cover of When Dovescry (Dave Miller) at five-eights and assumed second-over position before completing three quarters in 1:24.4.   When Dovescry had no trouble dispatching the leader, but her problem arose when Next Level Stuff barreled up in the final 1/16th. Next Level Stuff was brimming with trot and rolled past When Dovescry for a 1:52.2 score. The latter was second, and Felitiyshagwell S (Ake Svanstedt) battled for show.   NEXT LEVEL STUFF REPLAY     Next Level Stuff is a four-year-old Sebastian K mare with 14 wins and more than $665,000 in bankroll across 24 career tries. Jim Campbell trains her for owner/breeder Runthetable Stables of Montvale. The horse paid $3.40 to win.   The Big M also hosted a $30,000 Preferred Handicap in which Wheels On Fire caught a spark late and shot past the leader to prevail in a mild upset.   Wheels On Fire grabbed front-end control from the five-hole going into the first turn for driver Yannick Gingras but was soon relegated to the pocket as Nicholas Beach (Joe Bongiorno) drove on to the lead. The latter maintained the top spot through :26:4, :54.2, and 1:21.3 splits and attempted to kick away as the field of 10 angled for the lane.   Nicholas Beach was flat out in the final eighth, but Wheels On Fire pulled out mid-stretch with a surplus of pace and bore down on him. Nicholas Beach laboured late and surrendered several yards short of the wire to Wheels On Fire, who won by half a length in 1:48.1.   Nicholas Beach was second, and Angers Bayama (Andrew McCarthy) easily took show. A correct $2 win ticket returned $17.40.   WHEELS ON FIRE REPLAY     Wheels On Fire is now 26-for-75 lifetime with more than $450,000 in earnings. Ron Burke conditions the six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding for Brad Grant of Milton.   McCarthy was the most successful driver of the evening, piloting a quartet to victory lane: Abuckabett Hanover (1:49.1) in the first, Keep Rockin A (1:51.1) four races later, American History in 1:48, the quickest mile on the card, and Western Redhot (1:53.3) in the getaway pace.   The second leg of the Miss Versatility is set for Saturday, May 29. The Meadowlands will return on Friday, May 14 with a 6:20 p.m. EDT first post.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink    

CUMBERLAND, Maine - Saturday's opening day at First Tracks Cumberland enjoyed a large harness racing crowd and widespread support from on-track punters, as well as simulcast outlets, for the nine-race card. The first extended pari-mutuel meeting to open in over twenty years that was not owned by a casino enjoyed mild temperatures that brought several hundred people to the Cumberland Fairground's apron to enjoy a full day of harness racing. Over nine races, the swiftest of the day went to iconic driver and Maine-native Bruce Ranger, who steered 12-year-old Ira Chief to victory for trainer Dennis Whittemore and owner Diane Whittemore in 1:57.2. Six races went faster than 2:00 on the half mile oval and only two races were won by the betting favorites. IRA CHIEF REPLAY   First Tracks Investments CEO Mike Cianchette was pleased that the Maine owners, trainers and drivers supported the inaugural event. "I am also very grateful to the team at Black Bear Racing and the fans that turned out to enjoy the races. None of this happens with any one person. It's only a success if we all work together." Race Secretary Marc Reynolds was equally excited about the energy in the air and enthusiasm of the horsemen. "The turnout for the crowd was more than anyone expected. You can feel the electricity in the air with the momentum of Maine harness racing. Racing from Cumberland continues Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11 & 12, first post 4:15 pm. For more information go to our website firsttrackscumberland.com and follow us on Facebook at @FirstTracksCumberland. For full race results, click here. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Favorites won seven of the first eight races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday afternoon, but then the first three of four harness racing divisions of a $120,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts saw the chalk go down to defeat. However, a familiar name, very popular with the crowd, took the final division. One Eight Hundred, the $800,000 yearling by Somebeachsomewhere - Economy Terror, rebounded from his bad-luck loss in the Weiss Final, taking a new mark of 1:50.1 in 46-degree weather. Driver Tim Tetrick moved One Eight Hundred frontwards past the :27.2 quarter, reached the lead and posted middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.1, then saw the colt pace home strongly in :27 with only a few taps. One Eight Hundred is now 3-for-4 in 2021, and he seems ready to take on Sire Stakes competition here next Sunday for trainer Nancy Takter, co-owner with Brixton Medical Inc. ONE EIGHT HUNDRED REPLAY   The Captaintreacherous gelding Gamblin Mo was outstanding in his section, posting a 1:50.1 clocking for a new mark and equal honors in the stakes speed competition on the day. The teaming of driver Tyler Buter and trainer John Butenschoen has been red-hot at Pocono in recent days, with the Butenschoen barn winning at a 38% clip, and this one went down the road while leaving little doubt who was best for David & John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. GAMBLIN MO REPLAY   A pair of sons of Sweet Lou triumphed in the other two All-Stars cuts. The gelding Emblaze Hanover showed good rallying ability off a hot pace, drawing clear late while earning a news speed mark of 1:50.2 for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. EMBLAZE HANOVER REPLAY   The last division came down to a battle between the McCarthy brothers, as Andrew and the colt Hellabalou came out of the pocket to catch Komodo Beach and Todd by a neck in 1:52.1. The Eddie Dennis trainee, a 1:51.1 winner in his seasonal debut at Philly, is owned by Eric Good. HELLABALOU REPLAY   The fastest mile of the season at Pocono was rung up by the Western Ideal gelding Western Joe, who went over $800,000 in career earnings while pacing in 1:49.1. Hesa Kingslayer N grabbed the early lead in a :26.2 opener, and then Western Joe went on to command, posted midfractions of :54.1 and 1:21.4, and then held off his game pocketsitting rival by three-quarters of a length for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Christopher Choate, and owners Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosias. A pair of $11,200 contests, one for distaff pacers and one for trotters, heads Sunday's card at The Downs, which begins at 5 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs                   CURTIS SALONICK PHOTO   One Eight Hundred rebounds to his winning ways with a 1:50.1 victory on a cool Saturday in PA All-Stars action at Pocono.

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been nearly six months since Black Is Back ($4.70) went to the winner's circle but he made it 'back' there on Saturday night (May 8) after taking a three quarter length harness racing win over Mr Ham Sandwich in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class AA-Handicapped Pace.   The previous time Black Is Back had a photo opportunity was on November 28, 2020 when he won the $8,500 Open I Pace at Batavia Downs. Last week, Black Is Back suffered a tough three-quarter loss to Mr Ham Sandwich but was able to turn the tables on him this time around.   Taking control from the start, Black Is Back (Shawn McDonough) put up splits of :29.0, :57.2 and 1:26.2 over the fast track. Things got interesting in the stretch drive with Mr Ham Sandwich (David McNeight III) taking dead aim on the leader but Black Is Back gutted it out to hit the wire first. Endeavors Pride (Wade Tomaszewski) took the show position.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. and conditioned by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., it was the first win of the campaign in three outings for Black Is Back. The 8-year-old gelding (Western Terror - Magic Moments) has produced $7,900 in earnings this year and $296,775 lifetime.   In the co-featured $10,200 Class A-Open Handicapped Trot, Stormont Rare ($4.70) continued his dominance as he captured his fourth straight victory at Buffalo Raceway with a three-quarter length win over Mugshots Bro in 1:57.4.   A field of five were slated to battle in the trotting main event but Before I Die was scratched which moved it down to four. At the start, Mr Quaker jumped it off, leaving Majestic Kat, Mugshot Bro and Stormont Rare left to duke it out.   Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) showed the way through the first three panels with splits of :29.0, :58.4 and 1:28.2. Turning for home, Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) broke stride which evaporated her hopes. Stormont Rare (Jim Morrill Jr.) now inherited the lead he had no problem in beating Mugshots Bro (McDonough). Majestic Kat regrouped to take third place.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the fourth win in 11 starts for the 5-year-old gelded Stormont Rare (Glidemaster - Stormont Fried). The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $19,805 and $20,379 in his career.   Morrill Jr. had four victories in the bike, McNeight III picked up three with McDonough getting a pair. Sarama had four training victories while Cassandra Johnson notched her first career win as she conditioned Daylight Rush ($4.90) to the decision in the fifth race.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program set. There will be a $5,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA  May 8, 2021 -- Macadoodledoo followed live cover into the final turn, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Saturday's $16,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows -- his second straight harness racing victory. When Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. moved Macadoodledoo behind the first-over Wild Wild Western, the 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere - Pirouette Hanover took full advantage of the cover trip, roaring past Wild Wild Western late and defeating him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:51. Whos Better finished third. Ron Burke trains the winner, who extended his career bankroll to $255,574, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. MACADOODLEDOO REPLAY   Dave Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a pair of carryovers -- $2,475.27 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $1,674.89 in the Early Pick 4. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Freehold, NJ -- Harness racing amateur driver Bob Hechkoff took no prisoners and sent Southwind Frost down the road for 1:58.4 victory in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway this afternoon and in doing so kept his main competition out in the fresh air. Hechkoff grabbed command when the gate sprung and then played hardball keeping John Calabrese and Ooh Rah parked all the way and the overland route took its toll. And when they trotted side-by-side past the half Ooh Rah was all-in. Up the backside Southwind Frost opened daylight on his competition and when he trotted by the three quarters he was 3-1/2 lengths ahead of Masster Blue(Tony Verruso) who was second along the pylons the entire way. Southwind Frost held command all the way to the wire. Masster Blue finished second. Third place went to French Moni, driven by Paul Minore. SOUTHWIND FROST REPLAY   Southwind Frost, a 5-year-old altered son of E L Titan, is owned by R.B.H Ventures and trained by Vincent Stallworth. Sent off as third choice in the eight-horse field he paid $9.80 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the American Harness Drivers Club        

Prairie Westerngal with harness racing driver Wally Hennessey were able to hang on to win the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 8). Prairie Westergal ($4.40) went straight to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.1. She slowed down the pace with a second quarter in :30 to hit the half in :57.1. Arnie's Angel (Jim Meittinis) came first-up and pressured her all the way down the backstretch. Prairie Westerngal fought her off and led to three-quarters in 1:24.2. As they made the turn for Theyhome Persistent Bettor (Jody Jamieson) popped out of the pocket and came after her. Alii Nui (Marcus Miller) squeezed in at the rail. They were three across the track but Prairie Westerngal dug in and held on to win in 1:52.4. Persistent Bettor had to settle for second. Alii Nui finished third. PRAIRIE WESTERNGAL REPLAY   Prairie Westerngal is a 5-year-old mare by Western Ideal. She is owned by Laurie Poulin, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters. It was her fourth win in 2021. She now has 17 career victories. Hennessey had three wins on the card. He teamed up with Deters again to win with Chart Topper ($18.00). His final win was with Olympic Glory ($3.40). Tioga Downs returns to Live racing on Sunday (May 9) with an 11-race card starting at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. For full race results, click here. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Chatelroll (Frank Affrunti) and Credit List (Justin Huckabone) capture the harness racing co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 8). Chatelroll ($3.40) was impressive in the $7,000 Open Pace. Bruce's Magic (Leon Bailey) took control and hit the first quarter in :27.0. He remained in charge and hit the half first in :56.3. Wind Blast (Justin Huckabone) came first-over as they approached the final turn. Chatelroll made his move going three-wide as Wind Blast hit three-quarters first in 1:24.1. As they made the turn for home the race was over as Chatelroll came flying down the stretch to secure his second straight Open win at Vernon in 1:52.1. Bruce's Magic was second best with Wind Blast getting third. CHATELROLL REPLAY   Chatelroll is a 5-year-old horse by Roll With Joe. He is trained by George Ducharme for the Purple Haze Stables. He is now two for two in 2021. He now has 13 career victories. Credit List ($5.10) runs down Spoiler Alert (Truman Gale) to take the $7,000 Open Trot. American JJ (Michael Miller) was the first to get a call but Spoiler Alert took control before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. He used a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.4. Bourbon Express (John MacDonald) was the first to make a move as they headed for the last turn. Spoiler Alert would shake him off and led to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Credit List found himself last at the half and was fourth after three-quarters. He would make his move down the stretch. Spoilert Alert was game but Credit List was too strong in the end and won in 1:54.1. Spoiler Alert settled for second with Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) coming up to get third. CREDIT LIST REPLAY   Credit List is a 6-year-old gelding by Credit Winner. He is owned by Jonathan Applebaum and trained by Huckabone. It was his fifth win in a row and seventh of the season. He now has 18 career victories. Brennan Enos (pictured) is the Bourbon Express Groom of the week at Vernon Downs. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 14) 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

Keith Waples, one of the greatest horsemen in the history of harness racing, has passed away at the age of 97. Waples was born December 8, 1923 in Victoria Harbour, Ontario. In 1959, Waples became the first driver to record a sub two-minute mile in Canada and the first to win a $100,000 race in Canada. In 1962, Keith Waples drove Tie Silk to victory in the International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway, and in 1972 with the colt Strike Out, he won the Little Brown Jug, the Adios Pace and Prix d'Été. Keith Waples was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1978, and the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2008, Waples was an inductee (Athlete category) of the Midland (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame.  He will be sadly missed by Eileen, his loving wife of almost 75 years, and his four children, Barbara Lennox, Donna Galbraith (Mac), Karen Hauver (Maurice) and Gord (Denise), as well as his 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Keith was the son of the late Jack and Bertha Waples and was predeceased by sisters, Jean Swan and Annabelle Caffry, and by his grandson Jason (Jay) Waples. He is survived by sisters Dorothy Rumney of Wasaga Beach, Peggi Diebel of Squamish, B.C. and Mary Jane Burnett of Orangeville, and brother Murray of Barrie. As per his wishes, his body has been cremated and a small private funeral will be held at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home in Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be live streamed and a link is available on the funeral home website. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Guelph General Hospital would be appreciated by the family in recognition of the excellent care that he and Eileen have received there over the years. Donations/online condolences can be made through the Funeral Home at gilbertmacintyreandson.com. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Northfield, Ohio -- After a contest last night at Scioto Downs members of GLADA traveled to Northfield Park for two harness racing trotting divisions in the year-long series and when the judges posted the official signs Don Sherman and Larry Ferrari each emerged victorious in the respective $7800 splits; Sherman won with Palmers Pride in 1:56.4 in the first division while Ferrari copped the second one behind So Wishful in 1:57.1. In his split Sherman gunned Palmers Pride to the lead from the four-hole and the veteran trotter needed a :27.4 first quarter to take command. But once on top pressure continued as Joggintothebank (Matt Burkholder) took up the chase and they raced one-two to the three quarters but Palmers Pride was game and rebuffed the challenge. But pressure kept coming as Joggingtothebank (Matt Burkholder) moved to challenge Palmers Pride and the two raced head-to-head by the three quarters and into the stretch. But when Sherman's trotter headed for paydirt he had company in the presence of Go Go George (Larry Ferrari) and the two raced heads apart to the finish. However, Palmers Pride held tough and eked-out the victory. Rockefella Lindy finished third for Manny Miller. PALMERS PRIDE REPLAY   Palmers Pride is owned by Judy Roegner and trained by Jessica Roegner. He paid $18.60 for win. After being bridesmaid in the first division Larry Ferrari made amends and copped the second division behind So Wishful in 1:57.1. After a slow start where he got away seventh Ferrari bided his time and moved slowly up the pylons as Impressive Chief (John Payne) showed the way. But at the three quarters Quadrangle and Vernon Beachy assumed command as Ferrari had So Wishful out and winging. When the trotters rounded the final turn and headed for home So Wishful was the strong horse and rallied to a head triumph over Quadrangle in 1:57.1. Don Sherman took home the show dough with Ubanji. SO WISHFUL REPLAY   The winner, a 5-year-old Wishing Stone gelding, is owned by Kiesha Ferrari and trained by his driver. He paid $14.20 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

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

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