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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Odds On St Lucie gave harness racing driver Vinny Ginsburg quite a workout Friday night. And that was just in the post parade. Before the featured $31,250 high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands, the 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure was rank in the pre-race lineup and would not calm down until the outrider intervened. "Headstrong doesn't quite describe her," joked Ginsburg. Given how she raced, the amount of difficulty she brought was well worth it. Odds On St Lucie saw her two-race win streak end last week at the hands of odds-on favorite Major Occasion A, but got back on the winning track Friday by beating a top-flight field in 1:50.2. Wisdom Tree, the 4-5 favorite, made her way to the top while parked at the half in a demanding :54.4. Once Wisdom Tree cleared, Odds On St Lucie was left first-over, and while she did inch her way closer to the leader down the backstretch, she was still 2¼ lengths behind in third with just three-sixteenths to go. But she was up to the task at hand. "She's wicked fast and becoming versatile and improving every time she goes on the track," said Ginsburg. Odds On St Lucie Through the stretch, 'Lucie' kept on coming, and after having to swerve a bit to avoid contact with Sandy Win as that one vacated the pocket, went on to a neck victory. Sandy Win finished second with Wisdom Tree third. "She really dug in tonight off a tough trip against some nice mares," said Ginsburg. "I thought I'd be second-up but when Timmy (Tetrick, driving Wisdom Tree) went to the lead I just rode and she did the rest." Odds On St Lucie returned $8.00 to her backers as the 3-1 second choice in the betting. She races out of the Tony Alagna barn for owners Odds On Racing and has now won 10 of her 27 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $231,217. ALL HAIL THE CAPTAIN: Corey Callahan had the hot hand among the drivers, steering five to the winner's circle. 'The Captain' piloted the winners of four in a row beginning in the sixth race before taking the 13th and final to cap his five-bagger. ... Muscle Fashion and Pat Berry Pat Berry had three winners, including 5-1 and 16-1 shots, respectively, in the 10th and 11th races, to complete the Pick-4, which paid $285.40 despite Callahan winning the first two legs at 3-5 and 3-2. ... Ginsburg also handled three winners on the card, meaning Callahan, Berry and Ginsburg combined to win 11 of the 13 races on the program. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player betting into the Kentucky hub was the only bettor to last eight legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and collected a healthy payoff of $7,538.82. That makes seven straight SP10s that have paid $3,000 or more. ... All-source handle totaled $2,290,954. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Odds On St Lucie Muscle Fashion Tt`s D-jay By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 24, 2020 -- A season-debuting Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr., $11) proved best Friday night (Jan. 24th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Filly and Mare harness racing Preferred Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 5, Robyn Camden was able to plotz into a early pocket after 11-10 favorite Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) made a nasty break. From there, Robyn Camden was stalking Cay's Blessing (Jason Bartlett) through the latter fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3. It was an antsy two-hole for 'Robyn,' who edged out early to take her shot. Robyn Camden did go by mid-lane, the final margin a half-length in 1:54.2. Rockin' the Boys A (Jordan Stratton) was a three-hole third, with Made of Jewels AS (Eric Goodell) fourth around the oval. Misbehavers She's Pukka N (Dan Dube) and the aforementioned Feelin' Red Hot were fifth and last among the half-dozen. For fourth choice Robyn Camden, a now-5-year-old daughter of Art Professor owned by James O'Sullivan and trained by Rene Allard, she's off a 14-win, $192,000 season in 2019. The exacta paid $50, with the triple returning $178. Robyn Camden The Raceway's mutuel windows open at 11 AM Saturday (Jan. 25th) for Gulfstream Park's Pegasus Day program, with first post of 11:30 AM. The $3 million Pegasus World Cup and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf go as races 11 and 12, respectively. Frank Drucker

 LEBANON, OH. – When you are good, you are good!  When you are hot, you are hot!!  A pair of five-year-old harness racing pacers, Hal N Sammy and Danikova, fit both clichés to a T on Friday night (Jan. 24) winning their respective lucrative championships in the first pair of finals in the popular Claim To Fame series’ currently underway at Miami Valley Raceway.  Both swept their series undefeated by winning a pair of preliminary legs leading up to the final as well. Hal N Sammy (Brett Miller) scored in 1:54.1 on the rain dampened oval over Hell On Wheels (Aaron Merriman) and Hopetobefirst (Trace Tetrick) in the horses and geldings division for $12,500 claimers.  The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser banked $26,250, including the winner’s share of the $25,000 final, in the three week span after winning just $22,673 in 29 starts last season.  Owner Gregory Gardner and trainer Brandon Piguet were racing the champion in $10,000 claiming events leading up to the start of the $12,500 series. The improving winner paid $7.00 after exploding from the pocket to collar pacesetting Hell On Wheels in midstretch. Danikova (Chris Page) was crowned queen of the division for $20,000 claiming mares when she also completed a sweep of her series with a nose decision over Velocity Lana (Aaron Merriman) and longshot Model (Trevor Smith).  The daughter of Bettor’s Delight overcame an overland journey from far back to nip the pacesetting runnerup in the final stride of the exciting 1:55 mile.  Danikova getting a nose decision in 1:55                           --Conrad photo The winner’s share of the $30,000 final boosted Danikova’s series earnings to $36,250 and her lifetime bankroll to $163,947.  She was bred and is still owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable.  She returned $8.80 at the mutual windows. The $25,000 Mares Open also featured a repeat winner in Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick).  Sitting the pocket trip throughout, the six-year-old mare wore down the frontrunners and then held off closers Sandy Sue (Chris Page) and Debt Motivated (Brett Miller) to cop the 1:53.4 victory.  Golden Paradise’s bankroll swelled to over a quarter million dollars with the triumph for trainer Tyler George and his partners Sam Schillaci and Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC. Golden Paradise winning the Mares Open                        --Conrad photo Racing resumes Saturday night (Jan. 25) with a 14-race card highlighted by a $25,000 Open Pace and the $32,500 final of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 male pacers.   Gregg Keidel

Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. has announced that it has purchased 2017 harness racing 2-year-old Pacing Filly of the Year and world champion Youaremycandygirl p,3,1:48.2 ($1,566,292). Winner of the Breeders Crown, She’s A Great Lady and Three Diamonds at 2 and the Empire Breeders Classic and Matron at 3, Youaremycandygirl is from harness racing’s most productive pacing family. Not only is Youaremycandygirl a star in her own right, she is out of a sister to young stallion sensation Sweet Lou p,2,1:49s; 3,1:47.4s; 1:47f ($3,478,894), Bettor Sweet p,3,1:49.3; 4,1:47.2 ($2,782,353) and the dam of the sensational Captain Crunch p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:47.2s ($1,561,940). “The purchase of Youaremycandygirl is another huge step in our plan to add the best of the best to our broodmare ranks. Hanover has always prided itself in having the most productive broodmare band in the business and by purchasing mares such as Candygirl we show our commitment to staying on top. I believe that by purchasing Youaremycandygirl and Hannelore Hanover we have added the most exciting pacing and trotting broodmare prospects to come off the track in 2020 and probably in quite some time,” says Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Plans call for Youaremycandygirl to be bred to Bettor’s Delight in 2020. Youaremycandygirl winning the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady Final (Two-year-olds) Hanover Shoe Farm

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 24, 2020 -- Mister Spot A pounced on the weary leaders to spring a 14-1 upset in Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. Do Work Son, Independent One and Statham N dueled for the early lead, resulting in a demanding 26.4 opening panel in the slop. Mister Spot A sat last at the half, taking it all in, when Tony Hall sent him after the leaders. The 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding advanced steadily and surged by Do Work Son in mid-stretch, downing him by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:52.2. Independent One saved show. Scott Betts trains Mister Spot A, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Arrhythmic LLC. Dave Palone and Hall each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at the Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $12,943.01 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,220.98 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

(TRENTON) - The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new events for 4-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020. The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders' Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. "We are pleased to offer this set of races to the Standardbred industry," said New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher, who is also a Trustee of the Sire Stakes Board. "New Jersey has a wonderful tradition in horse racing and we believe these new races will be a great addition to the sport in our state." The races will be conducted at The Meadowlands on March 20 and 27 and April 17 and 24 and will consist of a preliminary leg and a final. Preliminary legs will go for $12,500 or $15,000 depending upon the number of entries, with the top 10 point earners advancing to the finals. All preliminary legs will be contested, regardless of the number of entries. Purses for the finals shall be tiered based upon the number of entries. If less than five horses enter, the purse for the final will be $30,000; if five to seven horses enter the purse for the final will be $40,000; and if more than seven enter the purse will increase to $50,000. To remain eligible, a nomination fee of $200 must be made for each horse by February 15, 2020. A $200 starting fee will be required to enter the preliminary leg. There will be no additional starting fees for horses that qualify for the finals. ### To learn more about the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJDeptofAgriculture and www.facebook.com/JerseyFreshOfficial or Twitter @NJDA and @JerseyFreshNJDA.               Jeff Wolfe   Public Information Officer   New Jersey Department of Agriculture   Office: 609-633-2954   Cell: 609-433-1785   jeff.wolfe@ag.nj.gov       CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in this communication from New Jersey Department of Agriculture is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this email, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the sender of this email message to arrange for the return of this information.

Bunkerhill Bill and China King, winners of their respective elimination divisions last week, head the cast for Saturday night's harness racing featured $8,700 Shelly Goudreau Final. First post for the Watch and Wager LLC 12-race program is 6:10 p.m. Bunkerhill Bill looks like the Goudreau favorite after posting a coast-to-coast decision last weekend in a snappy 1:53 2/5. The 9-year-old son of Veracious Hanover is owned by Haness, Haness and Reider with George Reider the conditioner and Dean Magee back at the controls. After facing tougher competition in his first two starts of 2020, Bunkerhill Bill was dispatched as the 7-5 choice in last week's Goudreau elimination and made every pole a winning one, holding safe by a half-length over Mystery Dragon. He has the rail for this go-around. Mystery Dragon sat the pocket journey and was trying hard to end in a solid effort last week. The 6-year-old gelding is owned and trained by Richard Schneider with Nick Roland once again doing the honors. China King accounted for the other elimination last week and this classy veteran comes into the final with 36 wins, $341,000 in the bank and a 1:50 lifetime standard. Gary and Jennifer Sabot own, Jennifer trains and Luke Plano has the return assignment. Completing the field are Murder Mystery with Braxten Boyd; Burntisland Billy, Gerry Longo; Ethan Hanover for Jacob Fox; Gene Eugene, James Kennedy; and Jazzmanian Devil, who leaves from the outside slot with Mooney Svendsen guiding. Welcome USTA members; Race honors John Pawlak Cal Expo welcomes all United States Trotting Association members, who are here for the joint USTA/ California Harness Horsemen's Association meeting. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Cal Expo Clubhouse and all members are welcome with a free brunch being offered. *** Saturday night's co-feature is named for John Pawlak, the former USTA Director of Publicity who passed away on December 27 at the age of 71. Mr. Pawlak joined the USTA in 1985 as the director of publicity. For his work at the USTA, he was well known for both his writing and editing as well as his broadcasting. He retired in 2013. He was responsible for compiling and editing The Trotting & Pacing Guide, the definitive annual f The Trotting and Pacing Guide act book on North American harness racing and the historical USTA Directors book. With his television background, Mr. Pawlak was the face of the USTA and led the organization into the age of online video and served as the host of the USTA's popular "Eye on Harness Racing" series Mr. Pawlak was ever present at many harness racing events including the Little Brown Jug, the annual USTA Board of Directors meetings, district meetings and county fairs. He also was known world-wide for his work coordinating the biennial World Driving Championship and the World Trotting Conference. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

Freehold, NJ --- A change of tactics and a great trip proved the keys for Dot Dot Dot Dash, as the harness racing veteran mare won Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap trot on Friday (January 24).   Usually a deep closer, driver Chase Vandervort elected to try something different, and send her to the lead. She eventually tucked in the pocket behind pace-setting Lily's Swan Pond, who got through a quarter in 28.2 and a half in 58.3. As they rounded the final turn, Chase kept his drive on the inside, while Lily's Swan Pond remained clear. In the stretch, he shot "Dot" up the passing lane, and it proved the winning move. She crossed the wire a length in front, going the mile in 1:57.2.   The 10-year-old is no stranger to Freehold. Last year, six of her nine victories came at the Jersey half-miler, all of them at the Preferred level. In her career, she's won 32 times from 165 starts, and earned more than $523,000. She's owned by Bill Vandervort, and trained by Leah Vandervort. The second choice in the win pool by just $8, she returned $6.20 to win, $4.20 to place, and $3 to show.   Lily's Swan Pond held on to second, while Magic MVP, who won the Preferred last week, rallied wide and finished third. Drazzmatazz, Mugshot Jess, Zagster, and Armagedon Seelester rounded out the order of finish.   Dot Dot Dot Dash     Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled start time of 12:30 PM EST.      

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 24, 2020 - The SBOANJ is in the process of collecting data to complete the state required status report on the harness racing industry. The state has requested an end of the year report be submitted to determine whether or not the state appropriation funding has helped the horse industry as a whole. The state will review the report and determine the status of future funding. We need cooperation, from all trainers stabled at New Jersey training centers, to gather information which is vital for the future of our industry. It is very important to the final report that we receive the two forms back by February 1, 2020. Click on links below for the two forms: a historical data form and a quarterly data form which is for 2019. Please fill them out to the best of your ability. If you are unable to complete the historical data questionnaire information, fill in as "NA". Please return the forms to the SBOANJ by one of the following means Email: mlauer@sboanj.com  Fax: 732-409-0741  Mail: 64 Rt. 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at 732-462-2357. Historical Data Form - http://sboanj.com/pictures/Trainers_Historic.pdf Current Data Form - http://sboanj.com/pictures/Trainers_Current.pdf Courtney Stafford  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has published its list of eligible stallions for the 2020 harness racing breeding season. The list includes 39 registered standardbred stallions, of which seven are new this year. The full Stallion Directory, featuring pedigrees, career statistics and earnings of the eligible stallions, will be available online in the coming days. Hard copies of the Stallion Directory will be mailed to owners of mares and available through the Fund upon request. The new stallions in 2020 are: Courtly Choice Lightning Storm Made By Design Major Moe Pride Master Semalu Express Stella's Phella Eligible stallions are those stallions have met the ownership or leasing requirements of the Fund and were registered by the Jan. 1 deadline. Copies of the 2020 New York Stallion Directory can be requested by calling 518-388-0178 or emailing info@nysirestakes.com. The racing schedule and updated conditions for the upcoming New York Sire Stakes racing season are available at www.nysirestakes.com. The NYSS "Day of Champions" will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations    

Nichols, NY - The 15th season of live harness racing at Tioga Downs begins on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2 as has become the custom at the Jewel of the Southern Tier. The racing season will cover 58 days, racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week until the NY Excelsior finals will bring the curtain down on September 19.   Along the way the racing will continue to provide a solid option in the northeast with competitive overnight purses, a dependably safe and consistent racing surface and a comfortable environment for horsemen including the beautiful Tioga Downs casino & hotel.   The headlining stakes for the 2020 season are the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic 3-year-old pacing stakes, a leg of the Graduate Series and the annual editions of FFA stakes for the older set.   While the Artiscape for pacing mares and the Crawford Farms and Joie De Vie trotting stakes remain in mid-August, the Roll With Joe FFA pace has been moved to June 14. While that date puts the Roll With Joe in direct conflict with the Graduate, it also falls into a spot to serve as a useful prep for the Ben Franklin elims a fortnight hence.   The 2020 Racing Application is available for download on the web and must be submitted by March 15. Nomination forms for the above mentioned stakes, all with a closing date of March 15, are also up on the site.      

Cream Ridge, NJ - 1/23/20 - Monday, January 27, 2020, the online harness racing auction of breedings will open at 12pm noon and runs through Wednesday, January 29th at 8pm.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) has breedings available to bid on directly on the website at OnGait.com, or by calling Tammy at 609-738-3255, who will place your bids for you. Here is a preliminary list https://www.adoptahorse.org/   Winning bidders will be notified by email within 24 hours, and a 10% deposit is required at that time with the balance due at the time of live foal.   For 31 years the most important annual fundraiser for SRF has been the donation and sale of breedings. Dedicated to Standardbreds exclusively, SRF has nearly 400 trotters and pacers under its expense and care, approximately 380 more Standardbreds than any other organization. Your support of this is very much needed. (These are breedings that would be sold whether they benefit SRF's horses in need, or benefit those who donate the breedings. Thank you to our donors for having these breedings benefit the horses in need.)   Breeding donations are appreciated throughout the season and will be available for sale if received after the auction closes. To gift a tax-deductible breeding, to purchase breedings, or for other inquiries on the auction process, please contact Tammy at 609-738-3255, or email SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com.   Donations of breedings are tax-deductible and help to rehabilitate, rescue, retrain, adopt and follow-up every adoption for life, as well as assist in SRF's Youth Programs. Support of this vital fundraiser is greatly appreciated. www.AdoptaHorse.org   SRF is Different: * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S. * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused. * Is feeding and caring for more than 380 trotters and pacers. * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 200 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.   About Standardbred Retirement Foundation   Standardbred Retirement Foundation provides human care and services for horse in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, life-long follow--up or life time sanctuary and offering therapeutic equine opportunities for children and adults.     Tammy Cailliau Phone: 609-738-3255 Email address: SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com   !

Eddard Hanover blasted out of the gate and Bo Mach was allowed to gain the pocket at the quarter pole.  Harness racing driver Tony Morgan and Bo Mach set fractions of 27 55.3 1:23. Nearing the half, the 8/5 race favorite, Slick Tony, pulled in hopes of finding cover, but Larry Karr went back to the rail.  Slick Tony was then forced to grind 1st up and coverless.  Eddard Hanover remained stubborn and would not let Slick Tony clear. Bo Mach and Corey Callahan drove a perfectly as the pocket rocket.  They were able to sneak along the rail and won by a length in 1:50.4.The performance was a lifetime mark and went off at odds of 25-1. Bo Mach is owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Dylan Davis. Eddard Hanover cut the mile and finished 2nd for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Tony Morgan. Rock the Nite was forced three wide in the stretch and finished 3rd. Dexter Dunn drove for trainer Andrew Harris. Bo Mach ...................................................................................... Hallie’s Comet wins the Blue Hen Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Late Mail N. left quickly, but allowed Grantmeawish an opportunity to control the race fractions. Dexter Dunn and Grantmeawish cut fractions of 26.3  55 1:22.1 Hallies Comet pulled at the half and pressured Grantmeawish through a 27.1 third quarter. Late Mail N remained in the pocket. Beach Art was towed into a 2nd over journey, then tipped three wide entering the stretch. Little Ben the 6/5 race favorite, was forced 4 wide in the stretch and closed to finish 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Beach Art, last week’s winner, finished third for trainer Arty Foster Jr. and driver Russell Foster. Hallie’s Comet held on to win the race by a neck in 1:51. Race odds were 6-1. The winning owners are Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke was the trainer and Yannick Gingras was the winning driver. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday Post Time is 4:30 pm   Alex Kraszewski  

Growing up together in southeastern Illinois, Jazmin Arnold and Alesha Binkley were inseparable during their summers off from school. "If you saw me, you saw her; if you saw her, you saw me," Arnold said, laughing. "We were together so much that we would take turns staying at each other's house," Binkley said. "Our parents were good friends and we ran around together at all the county fairs while they were racing. We would go to the carnivals, ride rides, go swimming, hang out all summer long. That way our parents didn't have to worry about us too much." After graduating from their respective high schools, Arnold and Binkley went their separate ways. But last year, the two friends, now both living in central Ohio, reunited on harness racing's amateur driving circuits. Arnold, in her first full season, won 23 of 59 races in 2019 and was named the National Amateur of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Binkley won eight of 38 races. On Saturday, the 25-year-olds both have multiple drives in the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Series at Northfield Park. The series, which began Dec. 7, concludes a week from Saturday. "We would have never thought when we were younger that we would be doing this," Arnold said. "I trained my first horse at 8 years old. She played a lot of sports. I played sports, too, but I was more into the horses. When her dad got her into the horses, she would jog a little bit, but she was never gung-ho about it like I was." Binkley, who played on high school and travel teams for softball, volleyball and basketball, agreed she had little interest in racing at that time. But after high school, she discovered she enjoyed going to the races and working around the horses. "I always kind of thought about driving," Binkley said, adding with a laugh, "I'm a professional sideline driver, I will say that. I critique everybody from the sidelines. So, I thought maybe I should try it myself." Binkley has worked for trainer Trent Stohler for six years. In 2018, Stohler encouraged Binkley to give driving a shot in the Ohio Ladies Pacing Series. Binkley won her debut and never looked back. Alesha Binkley "I was hooked," said Binkley, who won 10 of 20 starts her first year. "I was like, I want to do this all the time. I really love the adrenaline rush. A bunch of people say I'm so serious on the racetrack. At that point, I'm just trying to contain my excitement. I get so excited, I don't want to overdo it, overdrive, or drive bad. "Leaving the gate is probably my favorite thing. I just love flying out of the gate." Arnold was encouraged to begin driving by her boyfriend, trainer Adam Short, and given an additional boost from trainer Herman Hagerman. She was pleasantly surprised by her success. "I didn't expect it at all," said Arnold, who competed at 26 different tracks last year. "It was fun for me at first and then it became very competitive. Once I got kind of rolling, I had a goal and I just kept on going. It was tough, it was tiring, but it was worth every minute of it. "We'll see where it goes. It was a goal of mine to win an award for driving, but I never knew how it was going to go or when it would happen. I don't really have a plan for this year. I would like to succeed and go forward, but everybody would like to have everything." Arnold works with Short and also trains a 5-year-old female pacer, Knockout Queen, that she owns. Knockout Queen races Friday in the fillies-and-mares open handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. "I'm happy having one horse," Arnold said. "If I can have one and I can train her to my best ability and take care of her the best I can, that's enough." As close as Arnold and Binkley are as friends, they are equally competitive when it comes to facing each other on the racetrack. "We have to do what's best for us to win," Binkley said. "But if I get beat by her, I'm OK with it. Anyone else, and I'm kind of mad at myself." Said Arnold, "If I'm going to get beat by anybody, I'd rather get beat by her." On five occasions, Arnold and Binkley have finished 1-2 in races. Only a dead heat for win might be a more fitting outcome. Inseparable, again. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

RACING REGULATORY LAB FIRST TO UNCOVER MAJOR DOPING THREAT TO BOTH RACING AND HUMAN SPORT The New York Equine Drug Testing Programs Director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway. The New York horseracing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA network of human testing labs, to screen for and confirm the presence of IOX-2.    IOX-2 is both a blood and gene doping agent that is the type of emerging small molecule synthetic doping agent that Dr. Maylin warned about at last year’s ARCI annual conference in Arcadia, California. Dr. Maylin, a member of the ARCI Scientific Advisory Group, has stressed that the more serious threat to the integrity of the sport lies in these types of doping agents rather than the misuse of therapeutic medications which have commanded the majority of attention by racing industry organizations and represent the majority of drug violations detected by racing commissions. In human sport, athletes can receive permission to compete with substances in their system that are banned in horse racing. All RCI member jurisdictions have been put on notice of the details of this development. IOX-2 is an HIF stabilizer that can trigger EPO like effects as well as overall stimulation of an athlete. “The New York Gaming Commission and Dr. Maylin specifically, should be commended for their work and focus on finding new and emerging threats to clean sport.   Dr. Maylin has worked long and hard looking for these type of substances and his work will benefit all ARCI member jurisdictions. “Unfortunately IOX-2 is just one doping agent and we are not naive to believe that others are not finding their way into professional sport.  Whether it be a racing lab or a WADA lab, we share a common mission and can never let our guard down.  Today, it’s IOX-2, tomorrow it’s going to be something else,” said Ed Martin, ARCI President.  “Horse racing is blessed to have experts like Dr. Maylin in our regulatory network.” Regulatory actions taken by the New York Gaming Commission are posted online at https://rulings.gaming.ny.gov #### For additional information on IOX2 click on this link. CONTACT: Ed Martin 859-224-7070. ASSOCIATION OF RACING COMMISSIONERS INTERNATIONAL  

With no winning tickets last Saturday night, there will be a carryover of $6,146 in Friday night's harness racing 20-cent Hi-Five with a $20,000-guaranteed gross pool. In addition, a reminder that both the 20-cent Pick 4 and 20-cent Pick 5 come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate each night. On Saturdays there is a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool, with a $40,000 guarantee on Fridays. There are 12 races on tap Friday night under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The main event is the $8,100 Open Trot headed by Mandeville and Its a Horse. Mandeville is an 8-year-old son of Majestic Son who is owned, trained and driven by Gerry Longo. He comes into this assignment with 23 wins from his 120 lifetime appearances with $219,000 in the bank and a 1:54 2/5 standard. After encountering tough journeys in his previous three outings, including the Joe Lighthill Trot, Mandeville had smoother sailing in the most recent mile and one-half clash at the top rung as he prevailed by a length over favored Its A Horse, who was doing his work from the demanding No. 10 slot. Its A Horse is having an outstanding meet for owner Ray Alan Miller, trainer Marco Rios and pilot Dean Magee. He recorded a three-bagger between November 23 and December 13, including a convincing victory in the Lighthill and is always reliable for a strong finish. Horsemen remember Shelly Goudreau Saturday evening's Shelly Goudreau Pace is named for one of the most talented drivers to ever ply the trade. He passed away in a racing accident at Hollywood Park in 1982 at the age of 34. Steve Desomer drove with Goudreau during the six years that he raced in California and was competing with him in that fateful race at Hollywood Park. "I had the utmost respect for Shelly as both a great driver and a kind and personable man," Desomer said. "His brilliant career was cut way too short." Trainer George Reider will send out likely favorite Bunkerhill Bill in Saturday's headliner and recalls being impressed with Shelly Goudreau. "I was just a groom back then, but Shelly was a true gentleman and treated me as an equal. "He drove one horse I was taking care of by the name of Dalmead who was trained by Chip Lackey, and he beat the best horses on the grounds by open lengths." George also has another story to tell that still brings tears to his eyes all these years later. "The night before that terrible race, I had a horse racing named Kiwi Jane and I borrowed a piece of equipment from Joe Anderson called a jawbreaker, which goes through the bridle to help control the horse. "After the race, I gave it back to Joe. It turns out (trainer) Frank Ferrante borrowed the same bit the next night and used it for Reagan's Lad, which is the horse Shelly was driving. It broke and he fell off the back of the cart. It was so sad for everybody." By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

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