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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Weekend Atnannies made a step up in class at Buffalo Raceway but that didn't bother him one bit as he registered a solid 3/4 length win over Allstar Energy in the featured Class A-AA Handicapped Pace on Saturday night (March 6).   The move up the ladder was warranted as Weekend Atnannies won on February 13 by taking a Class B event by a neck in 1:56.3 in his last outing.   After relinquishing the lead for a brief moment early stage of the race to Allstar Energy, Weekend Atnannies (Kevin Cummings) retook the lead before the opening stanza and never looked back from there.   Setting splits of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.3 over the fast track, Weekend Atnannies didn't face any pressure down the stretch and easily strolled to the victory in 1:57. Allstar Energy (Ron Beback Jr.) settled for second while Falcon's Luke (Shawn McDonough) took the show position.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, Weekend Atnannies (Western Paradise-Lacoste Gal) is a 6-year-old gelding that has now won two of three starts this season. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $8,572 and $113,611 lifetime.   Drew Monti finished the evening with three driving wins while Cummings and Shawn McDonough had two apiece. Gerry Sarama had a training double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with 11 races on tap. There will be a $4,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 starting in the second race.   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Glengarry Knight N, a double harness racing winner in the preliminaries of the Game Of Claims Pacing Series for $25,000 base-claiming-price level, came off of cover and just caught American Rebel to take the richest purse of the year to date at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, $50,000, in winning his series Championship in 1:52.3. A Real Miracle streaked to the early lead in the contest, rejecting the bid of favored Melanie's Tedy for the front spot and forcing that one to tuck in, then letting stablemate American Rebel go to the top past a :27.1 quarter. The last-named pacer hit the half in :56, with Melanie's Tedy forced to accept first-over duties and Glengarry Knight N following his cover under the guidance of Anthony Napolitano. Near the 1:23.4 three-quarters the chalk stopped gaining and A Real Miracle backed off, letting American Rebel get a clear lead, but Glengarry Night N swung off his dull cover and tried determinedly to the wire, just catching the game pacesetter in the final steps, with the official margin a head.   The victorious altered son of Changeover made quite a debut for trainer William Adamczyk and owner William Emmons, as they claimed Glengarry Knight N for $30,000 last week (progressive prices in series). They are now the braintrust behind the second-richest North American harness horse of 2021 at press time, as the winner pushed his seasonal bankroll to $53,760. "A Napolitano-driven winner coming off two preliminary wins and joining a new barn" also summarized the story in the $30,000 Game Of Claims Championship for $15,000 base-priced horses, as George Napolitano Jr. kept Sunset Braydon clear in the lane for trainer/owner Jordan Derue (who claimed him for $20,000 last week) in 1:52.4. Cash Is King emerged with the early lead with Shoreview on the outside, but a major wrinkle came at the quarter when Royal Heart, the winner of this level's Championship last year, made a break at the :26.3 quarter trying to keep the pocket closed. Shoreview thus got in the two-hole, and the coast was clear for George Nap to come brushing with the favored Sunset Braydon, that horse making the lead well before the :55 half. A long uncovered move by Fernado stalled at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, and that fact coincided with Cash Is King not keeping the pocket filled, allowing the winning Always A Virgin gelding to open a clear margin on the far turn. No one could get near him in the lane, with Just Plain Loco swinging wide to get second behind the winner of half his eight seasonal starts.   The Sunday 5 p.m. card at The Downs will feature the $20,000 Game Of Claims Championship for $10,000-tagged horses and the $15,000 finale for $7500 claiming stock. On Monday, trotters will take up the Game Of Claims mantle, as $15,000-priced horses will go in four $15,000 divisions of their first preliminary. Program pages are available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. Though there was no claiming from the series Championships; nonetheless eight horses did change hands during the card for $165,000. And the Napolitano brothers dominated the driving ranks for the card as they did in the series Championships, with Anthony winning five races and George four. For full results, click here. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Freehold, NJ --- The saying that March comes "in like a lion" certainly applies to harness racing Jim Marohn Jr. He won four races on the first Saturday of March (March 6) at Freehold Raceway.   Marohn got his first win of the day in race 2, as he went gate-to-wire on Sword Ofthe Spirit for trainer Lewis Nunes. After two runner-up finishes, he got another win in race 7, as Ron Coyne-trained Ozone Blue Chip won going away.   He completed the hat trick in upset fashion, guiding Ari Allstar to a come-from-behind win in race 10 at 61/1, for trainer Julius Czermann Jr. That's the biggest longshot to win at the Freehold meet so far.       There were no surprises in race 11, as Marohn polished off his grand slam with an easy win on favored Dream on Dream On, for trainer Ray Ahto.   Marohn also won two races on Friday's card, making for a six-win week to begin March at Freehold. His 34 wins are good for second place in the driver standings, trailing only Austin Siegelman.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (March 12), starting at about 12:30 PM.   Tony Verruso takes amateur dash   For the second time in less than a month Tony Verruso and Slated To Win scored a victory in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway Today they were victorious in 2:00.1.Just three weeks prior Verruso guided the 5-year-old Uncle Peter gelding to a victory in an earlier leg of the trotting series also at the New Jersey double-oval. When the gate sprung in today's contest Verruso gunned his trotter to the lead from the six-hole and they looped Always A Good Time (Joe Faraldo) who had started from post four. “My horse leaves good and I fired him up when the gate sprung and he trotted to right around Faraldo's horse and we had command before the quarter,” Verruso said via phone after the race. “Once on the lead he was on the bit so I let him ramble.” “After a :29.4 first quarter Always A Good Time seemed content to be on the limb and Joe (Faraldo) wasn't pushing the pace so we got by the half in one-minute flat,” Verruso added. The leaders remained one-two by the three quarters as the timer flashed 1:30.3. However, when they rounded the final turn and straightened for home  Always A Good Time started to fade and Tony Beltrami hustled Big Smoove up alongside Slated To Win and the two were joined by Dark Pool (John Calabrese) and the three battled all the way to the wire. At the finish Slated To Win was a length better than his rivals and went on to a 2:00.1 victory. Big Smoove was second best and Dark Poole was a head farther back for the show dough.   Slated To Win is owned by George Beck and trained by Symon Spicer. He paid $9.60 for win. For full race results, click here. by Freehold Raceway and John Manzi

Delray Beach, FL - Four members of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) were out Saturday morning at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village, making trophy presentations to last season's winners. Due to the pandemic, the Florida USHWA Chapter was forced to cancel its 2020 awards dinner and went out to the training center to bring the trophies to the award winners at the facility. On hand for the presentations were Florida Chapter President Steve Wolf, Chapter National Director and Treasurer, Thomas H. Hicks, Chapter members Victoria Howard and Bob Marks. Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction trophies were presented to Tony Alagna, Tom Merriman and Casie Coleman Herlihy (for Ed James) for McWicked. Other awards presented went to Peter Wrenn, the Stanley Dancer Award for training trotters, Casie Coleman-Herlihy, the Frances Dodge Van Lennap Award to an outstanding female in the sport, two president's awards to Myron Bell of The Deck and to Ongait.com's Eric Cherry and Maurice Chodash. Each award winner also received a printed copy of the awards journal that was never printed as last year's dinner was canceled due to Covid-19 lockdown. The Florida Chapter of USHWA thanks Chris Tully for doing all of the photography for the chapter at Sunshine Meadows and fellow chapter member Thomas H. Hicks for providing bagels, cream cheese and butter for The Deck. For more information about the Florida Chapter of USHWA, please visit www.ushwa-florida.com/ or Facebook, click here. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

A $10,000 California Sire Stakes featuring Believe In Dragons and an Open Pace that finds Allmyx'sliventexas in search of yet another victory are the highlights on Sunday night's Cal Expo card. The Sire Stakes goes as the fourth event and the Open Pace is the eighth contest on the 12-race Watch and Wager LLC card. First post is 4:50 p.m. Believe In Dragons is a son of Custard The Dragon who races for Lorne Duffield and Rodney Hennessey, takes his lessons from Quentin Schneider and will once again have the services of Cordarius Stewart. After getting a nice prep in a qualifier on February 14, Believe In Dragons made his seasonal debut a week later in the first stakes clash of the year for this group. He was dispatched as the 8-5 second choice while doing his work from the rail slot. Stewart sat a chilly third with Believe In Dragons through the early stages, then came first-over to press the issue and dug in gamely through the drive to prevail by a head over a fast-closing Im A Magic Man. The latter is a Mystician homebred who carries the banner of Richard Schneider, hails from the Ariel Alvarez barn and has Jake Cutting back in the sulky. He got going late from the middle of the track to just miss in his debut. Taking them on Sunday are Arnie's Army, So Watch Me Now, Lodi Phillip and Chase The Gold. Meanwhile, Allmyx'sliventexas is strictly the one to beat once again in the co-featured Open Pace as he leaves from the assigned No. 10 post position in the field of six for his owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and driver Nick Roland. Fear Factor gets Wendi's heart racing When Fear Factor got the job done in last Sunday's second race, Wendi Wiener admits it was like getting a jump start on her love of racing. The 6-year-old son of Always A Virgin, who is co-owned by Wendi and trainer Nathalie Tremblay, was making his first appearance on the year with Nick Roland guiding him to the two and a quarter-length score. "Since my husband Stu passed, I've just been racing our homebreds, and after Lilbitofmama retired I really though I was done," Wendi related. "It just didn't feel the same anymore. We know racing is in our blood and we just can't quit, but I felt I would." Weiner then fast forwards to just about a year ago, when she got a call from Tremblay. "Nat called and said she found a horse she thinks she can improve on. We've been partners on many horses, but at that time it felt different and I still wasn't sure." Wendi eventually gave Tremblay the green light and Fear Factor, or Joe as the pacer has been nicknamed, became part of the barn. "Nat did a hell of a job figuring him out, and that win the other night woke up my heart. I was screaming and yelling and there were tears of happiness at the wire. I honestly didn't know if I would ever get that feeling back. "I want to thank the horse, Nat, Stretchie and Nick Roland for getting me excited about racing again." By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands management has become aware that Rene Allard is training a stable of horses in South Florida. As a result, The Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs will exclude any horse being trained or that has been trained in that stable in any stake and is actively investigating who owns the horses that are or have been in his stable this winter.   Those owners who currently have or have had horses in Allard's stable this winter are advised that all horses owned wholly or in part by them will be excluded from participation in all Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs races and that all of horses owned wholly or in part by them will be deemed ineligible to for any/all Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs administered stakes races for a minimum of three years. If owners affected by the above are a minority partner on horses with owners that are not affected by the above and are being trained by accepted trainers, they must legitimately divest their interest in those horses, which will be required to be done and demonstrated to the satisfaction of The Meadowlands before the March 15 stakes payments will be accepted on those horses. The affected owners should notify their partners on the horses that fall into the above category immediately. "This news is particularly disturbing after the indictments of March and a later superseding charge in December of last year," said Meadowlands President Jeff Gural. "We, along with the Thoroughbred Jockey Club, spent much time and money employing the Five Stones investigators to prepare a case to get the Feds interested which led to all of those indictments. We will continue to partner with the Jockey Club to fund the continuing investigation by Five Stones. We could use support in this initiative and welcome anyone who would like to aid in the funding of this necessary and important endeavor. "To learn that people actually give this guy horses to train after what was discovered by the Federal investigation boggles the mind. The only reason to do this, that I do this, is to clean up racing so we might have a future and to protect the guys that do try to follow the rules. "Horsemen seem to have this absurd unspoken bond that they protect each other. Well let me be perfectly clear, trainers that break the rules and use Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are stealing from you, not me. They are beating your horse with a PED enhanced horse then, they are buying or claiming your horse and them beating you with your own horse. I just don't get it." Meadowlands investigator Brice Cote will respond to questions at Bcote@playmeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Racetrack          

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Machnhope had not been seen at The Meadowlands for almost four months heading into Friday night's harness racing featured high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares, but she displayed no ill effects of having not raced at the mile oval since Nov. 13 when she was second to Caviart Ally, dominating her foes on a clear but chilly evening in 1:52. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, driver Andy McCarthy had Machnhope on the go early from post three in the seven-horse field. She followed 5-2 second choice Wingding Hanover around the first turn and finally cleared to the lead just before the three-eighths and clicked off a soft :57 half, leaving plenty of gas in the tank. Twenty-two to one long shot Sheikh Yabooty N rushed up to go after the leader at three-quarters as the cadence quickened during a third fraction that was timed in :27.3 as Wingding Hanover stayed patient in the pocket. Then, Machnhope turned it on. After opening a 2-length edge at the head of the stretch, Machnhope sprinted the final quarter in :27.2, and despite the late rally of second-place finisher Golden Quest N, she hit the wire a never-in-doubt three-quarter-length winner. Stellenbosch was third as Wingding Hanover weakened to fourth. "She got around the mile track good," said McCarthy of his horse, who had been racing steadily of late in the open ranks at Dover Downs. "I was actually thinking I'd like to trip her out. She finished the mile up strong. She's a little bit of a funny mare. Some nights she's better gaited than others. She was giving me a little bit of a hard time tonight. She's tricky but she definitely has plenty of go." Machnhope, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Hope For Life who is trained by Noel Daley, returned $3.40 to her backers. After winning for the first time in six tries this year, she now has 27 victories from 99 lifetime starts and earnings of $357,044 for owners Deo Volente Farms, Thomas Pontone, L.A. Express Stable and Noel Daley. A LITTLE MORE: Scott Zeron led the driver colony with three winners on the card. Mark MacDonald, Dexter Dunn and McCarthy all had two wins apiece. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,765,650. ... No one had a winning ticket in the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover of $6,225. Those with five correct collected $296.48. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

LEBANON, OH - Shards Halo N (Trace Tetrick) became the latest "newbie" to win the weekly harness racing featured $22,500 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley. The ten-year-old New Zealand bred daughter of American Ideal, at least three years older than all of her nine adversaries, scored in 1:51.4 over Play For Pay (Kayne Kauffman) and Talkaboutaqueen (Brett Miller). The mild favorite was making just her seventh start since the beginning of 2020, but increased her lifetime win total to 24 and raised her career bounty to $176,018. Shards Halo N, owned by trainer Tyler George and Scott George, was the fifth different winner of the top distaff race at Miami Valley in recent weeks. Play For Pay put up all the fractions (:26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.2) before Tetrick and Shards Halo N swept to the front midway down the stretch during the :28.2 final panel.   Favorites won both divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for non-winners of four pacing mares, setting the stage for next week's $25,000 championship showdown. Keystone Eureka (Tetrick, 1:53.3, $2.20) was a handy winner over Better Days Ahead (Mitch Cushing) and My Lady Dude (Josh Sutton) in the first split. Coupled with a second place finish in the first leg, the four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere will be highly regarded when the finalists answer the call to post. Ryan Miller trains the winner for the Miller Racing Stable, Inc. Coconut Beach (Tyler Smith, 1:52.2, $4.80) extended her win streak to three by topping Ellagator (Miller) and Anthem (Cushing). Jeff Brewer owns and trains the four-year-old daughter of Art Major who is also likely to attract the attention of a multitude of handicappers working next Friday's series finale. The nine mares who will comprise the Coven Memorial final field are: Coconut Beach, Keystone Eureka, Anthem, Real Rockin Ravi, Better Days Ahead, Ellagator, Smoknthemnbluejeans, Sara Jane and Harper. Racing resumes Saturday (March 6) at Miami Valley with a 4:05 p.m. post time. Two open paces and four divisions of the final preliminary leg of the George Williams Memorial Series will be featured. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA - March 5, 2021 -- Remember The Beach zipped the front half in a lively 55, putting the field away early and cruising home in Friday's $10,000 opening leg of the Wilbur Zendt Memorial Trot at The Meadows. The series honors the memory of Wilbur Zendt, longtime trainer/driver and patriarch of harness racing’s  successful and influential Zendt family. Sent off the 9-5 second pick, Remember The Beach was aided by the early break of the 3-2 favorite, Solarctic, who apparently disliked his trailing post position. Remember The Beach probably didn’t need the help, as he led by 5 at the three-quarters for driver Tony Hall and scored in 1:54. Heart On My Sleeve was second, beaten 3-3/4 lengths, with Aime Hanover third. Tim Twaddle trains the winner, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir gelding, and owns with Micki Rae Stables.   In Friday’s $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, the heavy 3-5 pick, Icanflylikeanangel, made short work of the short field, delivering a facile front-end score in 1:54.3 for Jim Pantaleano and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 7-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding with Pollack Racing LLC. It was his 24th victory in 100 lifetime starts and lifted his bankroll to $436,036. Final Breath and Outburst completed the ticket. Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $1,220.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

The Harness Racing Museum staff thanks all donors and bidders for a successful 2021 stallion breeding fundraiser. If you have not already booked your mares, our list of breedings now available is posted below and at www.harnessmuseum.com. Please contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser we are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. The list of stallions available by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar Pacers: Art Director, Domethatagain, Lost In Time, Mister Big, Racing Hill, We Will See, Well Said NEW YORK Trotters: Credit Winner, Deweycheatumnhowe, Manningly Pacer: Artiscape INDIANA Trotters: Don't Let'em, Helpisontheway Pacer: Let's Drink On It, Real Desire PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Celebrity Express, Possess The Will ONTARIO Trotter: My MVP Pacers: Artspeak, Sportswriter ILLINOIS Pacers: Somestarsomewhere, Stevensville KENTUCKY Trotter: Crazy Wow by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum

Dover, DE - Tiger Thompson N was a 16-1 upset harness racing winner in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. US Captain and driver Mike Cole, raced on an uncontested lead and set fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23. At the five eights marker,  Slick Tony and Victor Kirby,  launched their bid from fourth and raced 1st up and coverless into a brisk thirty mile per hour wind.  Itsrockandroll A, the even odds favorite, caught a 2nd over journey. Tiger Thompson N and Art Stafford Jr.encountered excess cover on the rim and circled four wide near the three quarters.  Tiger Thompson N  powered by everyone in the stretch and won by a measured length in 1:51 flat.  He paid $35.60 for the win.   Tiger Thompson N is sired by Big Jim and is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Joshua Parker and S. Messick.  Joshua Parker is the trainer. JJ Flynn, who was dead last at the head of the stretch, finished 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr.  Montrell Teague was the pilot. Itsrockandroll A finished third and is trained by Dylan Davis Corey Callahan was the driver. Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- Whiskey Blu stretched his harness racing career unbeaten streak to five with an in-hand victory in Thursday's Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Massive Stroke took the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The event honors the memory of Dale McConnell, who earned the nickname "Mr. Trot" for his success developing and campaigning trotters. Unraced at 2, Whiskey Blu launched his career Jan. 21 and has waltzed through conditions; the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding has rolled up a combined victory margin of 15-1/4 lengths over those five wins. In the McConnell, Dan Charlino -- his pilot for all five starts -- sent Whiskey Blu to the point at the quarter. He drew away from The Funk late and defeated him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Laramie rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Whiskey Blu for Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Palm Springs and Whom Shall I Love each took a $10,000 opening-leg split of this series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, which commemorates the longtime manager of the 2:00 Club at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Palm Springs justified the support with a facile front-end score in 1:58 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. The 4-year-old daughter of Father Patrick-Hot Springs captured her second straight, defeating Elysian Promise and Friday Night Storm. Whom Shall I Love provided the day's tote board theatrics, upsetting at 16-1 with a charge through the Lightning Lane for Aaron Merriman and trainer Charley Myers, who owns the 4-year-old daughter of Whom Shall I Fear-Bars Dutchess with Randy Stevenson, Dana Phillips and James Phillips. She prevailed in 1:57.1, with early leader Wonmyheart Hanover and Graymatter Hanover completing the ticket. In Thursday's $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it two straight for Palone, Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding triumphed on the front end in 1:51.1, extending his lifetime bankroll beyond $700,000. Palone collected five wins and Burke three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Whether driving a golf ball or driving a harness racing horse, Marianna Monaco knows the thrill of victory. The 25-year-old New Yorker has won a total of eight races as an amateur driver and her share of tournaments as an amateur golfer. In 2017, Monaco captured the New York State Women's Amateur golf championship one year after being the event's runner-up. The past two years, she has won the Women's Dutchess County Amateur. On the racetrack, Monaco got her first win in 2018 in a matinee at Goshen Historic Track. The victory came on her 23rd birthday. She notched her first pari-mutuel triumph last year in the GSY Amateur Series at The Meadowands and finished the season with six wins. Earlier this week, she won a Billings Amateur Series race at Yonkers. It was her first victory at The Hilltop, which is where Monaco and her family spent many nights enjoying the races over the years. As a child, Monaco imagined herself competing at Yonkers and accumulated a collection of whips and other items that numbered in the hundreds. "Growing up there, it was always a dream," said Monaco, a Yonkers native. "Getting a win there was a surreal experience. I was once that kid on the other side of the fence driving my imaginary horse across the wire. It was a thrill." On Friday, Monaco will be back in the GSY Series at The Meadowlands. She is starting from post one with Deerfield Beach and is 10-1 on the morning line. "Hopefully, the race will set up nicely for him and we can come a good last quarter and we should be fine in there," Monaco said. Monaco began jogging horses at a young age. Her father, Nick, owned horses and she had other family members in the business. Her involvement around the barn increased over the years until other sports began to occupy her time. It was fast-pitch travel softball at first, but a trip with her dad to a driving range changed her focus. "The pro asked my dad how long I'd been playing," Monaco said. "My dad said, 'She plays softball, she doesn't play golf.' The pro said, 'There's talent there.' My dad said there wasn't much after college for softball and asked if I wanted to keep playing. From that point on, I was going for golf lessons and practicing. It just stuck with me." Monaco got a full scholarship to play golf at Newberry College, where she was the South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year and, as a sophomore, the SAC Player of the Year. She transferred to the University of South Carolina for her final two years and graduated in 2017 with a degree in criminal justice. After finishing her collegiate career, Monaco stepped back from playing golf regularly. That's when driving entered the picture. "It's something I wanted to do," Monaco said. "I just wanted to win a race. I thought I would get that first win and I would be satisfied. But I wasn't. As soon as I got off the bike, I told my dad I wished there was another race because I wanted to get back in the bike again. It's just been something I've kept after." Monaco intends to play more golf this year, possibly with an eye toward turning pro. But she also plans to keep driving on. "I think the driving is more for fun, but as soon as I get off the bike I watch replays to see what I could have done better," Monaco said. "In golf, you can shoot 65 but you can look at the scorecard and say you left a couple shots out there. It's the same with driving; you can win a race, but it's always a learning process. I think that's why I enjoy it a lot. "Most importantly, if a trainer I'm driving for thinks I could have done something differently, I want them to speak up and tell me. That way I can learn from that and go forward. I appreciate that. They're trying to help me learn and be a better driver." In addition to driving, Monaco owns three horses. She trains one of them herself. "I enjoy the atmosphere, being around the animals," Monaco said. "It's something different every day. You see the same horses, but they have different attitudes day to day. I don't think you ever get tired of it. I look forward to seeing them. As much as you make them happy, you're just as happy to walk through the door and see them." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

MANALAPAN, NJ -- March 4, 2021 -- This is the first time the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ is offering a supplemental payment in March for 3-year-olds who nominated but made no subsequent payments to the Home Grown Pace and the Garden State Trot. Home Grown Pace and Garden State Trot supplemental payments for 2-year-olds not nominated by May 15th and for 3-year-olds who nominated but did not make subsequent payments due March 15th. Both supplemental and sustaining payments must be made in order to remain eligible. Sustaining payment for the New Jersey Trotting Futurity #55 also due March 15th. Visit sboanj.com for the full 2021 Stakes Payment Schedule and Stakes Payment Forms. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

MILTON, ON - March 4, 2021 - Woodbine Entertainment today proudly revealed the names of the slot owners for the second edition of the Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters on Saturday, September 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of nine slots were available for purchase at the cost of $100,000 (CAD) each for entry in the $1-million (CAD) Mohawk Million. The deadline to purchase a slot passed on February 15 with all slots sold. The tenth and final slot will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial on September 11. The slot owners for the 2021 Mohawk Million are listed below: Brad Grant Crawford Farms Determination (two slots) EquineX (two slots) Gino Toscani (two slots) Steve Heimbecker The owners of the slots are not required to declare a two-year-old trotter for the race until entry time and the slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. Each slot owner was required to submit $50,000 per slot by the February 15 deadline. The remaining $50,000 is due by June 1. The Mohawk Million will take place along with the $850,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers on September 25, putting the sport's two richest races for freshmen on the same card. The $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies will also take place on the Mohawk Million card, which will feature total purses of more than $2.6 million. Fans can track the march to the Mohawk Million by following @WoodbineSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag of harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds is #MohawkMillion. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- To thank fans for their loyal support, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs for The Meadows through next week. Programs are available at meadowsharnessracing.com. The Meadows currently races each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, first post 12:45 PM each day. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

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