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Batavia, NY --- Starting slow and finishing fast was a winning strategy for Tullow N, who posted a convincing harness racing victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on a very cold Saturday night (Nov. 16). I'm So Handsome (Billy Davis Jr.) took command early and led the single-file field to the half in :58.2. It was there that Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) pulled first-over and motored up the outside as they made their way around the third turn. When they straightened out on the backside Tullow N was in full gear and paced right by the entire field, clearing by the three-quarters. Cummings then settled Tullow N and took a two-length lead into the last turn. In the stretch, the pocket-sitting I'm So Handsome and a three-wide Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) tried their best to reel-in the leader, but Tullow N was on a mission and won in-hand in 1:55.2. The eighth win of the year for Tullow N ($9.60) pushed his earnings to $89,260 for the season. The Blindswitch Racing Stable owns the classy 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac who is trained by Dave Russo. Despite coming off a very solid win in his last start, a jump in class shied bettors from backing Carlos Danger this week in the $10,000 Open III pace. But the game 6-year-old had the last laugh over the doubters after he went gate to wire in 1:56.3 at 10-1 for trainer/driver Ron Beback Jr. Carlos Danger ($23.40) is owned by Decker's Corner Stable, Decker's Gate Stable and Jo's Get R Done Stable. Billy Davis Jr. was the top dash driver again on Saturday adding three more wins to his total. He now has 111 wins for the meet and has long locked-up the driving title for the meet as he is 32 wins ahead of the second place Jim Morrill Jr. Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III also scored two wins apiece. There was no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Saturday night and as a result, there is an $1,134 carryover and a $4,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday evening (Nov. 20) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs at 5 p.m. The guaranteed pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and that means free program pages of the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website beginning on Sunday (Nov. 17). By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a preferred handicap harness racing pace and a preferred handicap trot on Saturday (November 16). Lean Hanover and Lyons Steel were the respective winners.   Sent off as the 4/5 favorite in the preferred handicap trot, Lean Hanover was sent after the early lead, but dropped into the pocket as they approached the half mile. Turning for home, Money Maven held on to the lead, but Jim Marohn Jr. angled Lean Hanover out for clear sailing, and he slingshotted by for a 1 3/4 length victory in 1:58.   The winner is owned by PC Wellwood Enterprises Inc and Karen Carroll, and trained by Linda Toscano. This is his fifth win of the year, and his third in his past five starts. Both of those earlier victories came at Yonkers Raceway.    Lyons Steel, off a win in the preferred pace last week, was sent off as 5/2 second choice in the field of seven. Jack Baggitt Jr. blasted off from the outside post, and put him on the lead through fast fractions. Approaching three-quarters, Lyons Steel and Born to be Bad, who rated off the leader throughout, had drawn seven lengths clear of third place.   Turning for home, Lyons Steel began to get leg-weary, and favored Ginger Tree Marty was rallying strongly in the center of the track. Lyons Steel was all-out, but the wire came just in time, and he won by 3/4 of a length in an impressive 1:53.1.   The winner is owned by BD Racing LLC and trained by Dennis Watson. This is the fourth win of the meet for the gelding, who has the fastest mark of anyone at Freehold this meet: 1:52.2.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a listed first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Interesting article here on US Racing regarding harness racing at The Meadowlands. Skimming can be dangerous and it’s easy to tell when people elect to skim rather than read. On Facebook, I’ll post a thought, and will get several reactions. A full-length column generates few responses. Our attention spans have eroded mainly because of the smart phone and reading feature articles has become the victim. We read the headlines, believe that to be truth and then react accordingly on social media. So, when the headline read “No Fall Harness Meet at The Meadowlands in 2020,” harness racing fans reacted angrily and vocally. They deduced that the Meadowlands, flush with a $6 million race subsidy from the state was looking to cut back on racing and its overall commitment to harness racing. Those that read on learned why. There is an agreement in place between New Jersey, the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park that allows a fall thoroughbred meet to be contested at the Meadowlands from mid-October to early December. In essence, Monmouth has the right of first refusal. But converting a harness track to a thoroughbred track requires intense labor and for the last few years, it was cost prohibitive for Monmouth to remove the limestone used by harness tracks and bring in tons of sand for thoroughbred racing. Monmouth has held a turf only meeting in recent Octobers — this year it was seven days — and because the dirt track was left untouched, the Meadowlands filled in with a fall meet of its own in October and November. It was a good fall meet that featured the Kindergarten finals for 2-year olds as well as the TVG Free for Alls for pacers and trotters. Like the Meadowlands, Monmouth also received a purse subsidy to the tune of $10 million. Guess what? They are exercising their right to have a full fall meet from early October until December 2, 2020. Monmouth wants to do what other states do if they can — race more, attract more gambling dollars and increase their revenues. The Meadowlands understands. They were happy to fill the void to the delight of the harness racing fan. But now, Monmouth wants back in and because that’s the signed agreement, there is no ill-will whatsoever. New Jersey law states that the Meadowlands must have 76 dates and losing the fall meet means they will fall short of that requirement and the track expects to race 90 days in 2020; the same number as they have done this year. In recent years, the track has run from January to the first Saturday in August, ending their meet on Hambletonian Day. With the resurrected Monmouth plan, the track would race after Hambo Day into mid-September; then, the track would be converted over for the thoroughbreds to come in and take over in October, November and a sliver of December. The harness meet would then start again in December and run through September. And, like it currently does, race days would be Fridays and Saturdays with some Thursdays. The one drawback is what to do with the TVG Free for Alls. They have been run at the end of November, but that can’t happen next year. Track officials have indicated that they will be run before the meet ends in September, but that’s before the Breeders Crown which would cause those that own and train standardbreds to alter their plans. Most harness fans don’t like this. The great thing about the FFA is it usually is the time where 3-year olds run against older horses but, with the Breeders Crown in October, the incentive goes away. Most trainers want to race against 3-year olds entirely before taking on older horses. This makes it impossible, so as a result, we might see only older horses in the FFA pace and trot. At the end of the day, we’re probably overthinking things. If the FFA pace and trot is comprised of just older horses, the earth will continue to rotate on its axis. The FFA could be moved, but that hasn’t been discussed as of yet.  The other drawback is the Breeders Crown. If this schedule stays intact for the foreseeable, the Meadowlands would be out of the mix for the so-called Super Bowl of the sport. Again, there are other great tracks able to host, but the Meadowlands is an iconic venue and really should be in the mix. Headlines are written to capture attention and this one certainly did with people assuming that the fall meet was being canceled for economic reasons, which is not the case. There will be plenty of racing at The Big M next year, with different dates. We’ll see what impact the move will have on handle, but no track handles more money than the Meadowlands and once fans find out that the track is staying open after Hambo Day, the money will eventually follow. By John Furgele Printed with permission of US Racing John Furgele As a kid growing up in the Buffalo suburbs in the 1970s and 80s, the radio was one of John Furgele’s best friends. In the evenings, he used to listen to a show on WBEN radio called “Free Form Sports,” hosted by Buffalo broadcast legend Stan Barron. The show ran weeknights from 6 to 11 pm and featured every kind of sport you could imagine. One minute, Mr. Barron was interviewing a Buffalo Sabres player; the next, he was giving high school field hockey scores. But there was always one thing that caught John’s ear. During those five hours, Barron would give the results from Western New York’s two harness racing tracks — Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs. This is where John learned what exactas, quinellas, trifectas and daily doubles were all about. From then on, he always paid attention to harness racing, and when Niatross (a legendary Western New York horse) hit the scene in 1979, his interest began to blossom. John believes harness racing is a sport that has the potential to grow and he will explore ways to get that done via marketing, promotion and, above all, the races themselves. When he’s not watching races, John is busy with his family and his job in sales. Like the pacers and trotters, he does a little running himself and you’ll occasionally find him “going to post” in a local 5K race.  

Lather Up’s ownership announced on Friday (Nov. 15) the decision to stand their world champion at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio rather than at the new Diamond Creek farm in New York. “When we saw the overwhelming reception on the part of Ohio breeders coupled with that of top breeders from other states who appreciate the convenience of shipped semen, Adam [Bowden] and I thought it best to stand the horse in Ohio,” said Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Farm. “He will be standing at Sugar Valley Farm as a Diamond Creek / Taylor Made Stallion. “We could not be more excited about the addition of Lather Up, the co-fastest horse on the planet, to our stellar roster,” Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm said. “With Ohio re-establishing itself as a top state in the industry with a top notch stakes program and opportunities galore, it became more apparent to us at Sugar Valley to continue the full court press to bring Lather Up back to Ohio. “Our industry has the appeal of the most prolific thoroughbred operation, in Duncan Taylor & Taylor Made Farm, wanting to be a part of Ohio’s program. It is quite humbling to be working alongside of them, standing the fastest pacer in Lather Up and a champion trotter in What The Hill. Working with Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farm while standing Downbytheseaside has been tremendous.” Lather Up was described by the Daily Racing Form as “the fastest horse in harness racing history” when he equaled Always B Miki’s world record time for the mile in 1:46. He also set multiple track records from ages 2 to 4. Lather Up established a new track record in one of every five starts, an achievement that will likely define him as one of the most accomplished Standardbreds . All inquiries regarding season or share purchases should be directed to Diamond Creek Farm. Lather Up in The Haughton Final  The $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial for free-for-all pacers on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands was one more sizzling showcase for Lather Up as the pacer broke the 1-1/8 mile record, winning in a world record 1:59.2. Hear from Montrell Teague and Sam Mckee's family On July 6, 2019, Montrell Teague drove the four year old pacer Lather Up to a winning victory in 1:46 flat. That time equals the fastest mile in the history the sport! Lather Up, who resides in Delaware, is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Harrington residents Gary & Barbara Isles. In this segment was talk with Montrell about this eye popping mile!

FREEHOLD, NJ - November 16, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's annual board of director's meeting and election was held on Friday (Nov 15) at Freehold Raceway. The board would like to thank all those who attended and their input. The committee summary reports were given by the board of directors. Tom Pontone reported that the Pension Funds continue to benefit from the change of investment managers. Both the Pension Fund and Insurance Fund have a positive gain of over 10%. Mark Ford reported that racing days in New Jersey are still in negotiations however, he is hopeful that 2020 race dates will be similar or better than 2019 dates. Al Ochsner reported that the Benevolent Fund continues to assist many members and horsemen with special needs and health issues. Mike Klau reported that breeding in New Jersey is on the rise and is projecting that 1,000 mares will be bred in 2020, the most since 2008. Insurance committee chairman Anthony Romano announced that there should not be any changes to the current insurance program or increased premiums for 2020. However, coverage and benefits will be reviewed to keep up with rising prescription costs. Anthony Perretti expressed the importance of maintaining the relationships that TrotPAC has built with legislators that helped passed the appropriations bill. Perretti stated that "now is a crucial time for our industry we must stay proactive with legislators to continue to receive the appropriations that we were awarded." The board of directors election results were announced; Mike Klau and Mark Mullen were each re-elected in the breeder category as they ran unopposed. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Misslarose is a harness racing veteran who knows what the winner's circle at the Meadowlands looks like, and the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata found her way there again Friday night after winning the Big M's featured event, a high-level $20,000 conditioned trot. Gemologist, the longest shot in the field at odds of 79-1, was on the go early and led the field past the quarter before yielding the top to 3-2 favorite Very Very Fast. Misslarose was also in the early scrum and quickly brushed up to the top just before the half, stopping the clock there in :56.2. The Jenn Bongiorno trainee, who won at the Big M seven times a year ago, showed her home-field advantage from there, hitting three-quarters in 1:25 before reporting home an easy winner, 1¼ lengths in front of Very Very Fast, in 1:53.2. Uncle Hanover rallied for third. With Dave Miller doing the driving, Misslarose returned $7.20 to her backers as the second choice in the wagering. She now has three wins in seven Meadowlands starts this year, and over the last 23 months, has won at the Big M 10 times. "What a solid edition to the stable," said Bongiorno of the winner, who was making only her fifth start for the conditioner. "She absolutely loves the Big M. Once she got to the front tonight, I knew it would be tough to catch her. She just loves to do her work. I'm proud she can beat a solid field of aged male trotters." Owned by Wish Me Luck Stables, Misslarose has now amassed 18 wins from 72 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $214,790. CHURN, BABY, CHURN: A formful night of racing led to many tickets cashed on the Big M's popular multi-leg wagers. There were six winning favorites on the program, while nine of the 13 races on the card resulted in win payouts of $7.20 or less. The 50-cent Pick-5 returned $161.20 while the 50-cent Pick-4 came back $67.15. A LITTLE MORE: You can't stop Dexter Dunn, you can only hope to contain him. The 30-year-old New Zealander, who leads the Big M driver's colony with 18 victories, won three on the Friday program. Dunn loves to win in bunches, as in the early stages of the Fall Meeting, he's won four on a card twice and three on three occasions. ... Yannick Gingras also won three on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,314,260. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 15, 2019 -- With not a distaff derby in sight a harness racing Friday night (Nov. 15th), Yonkers Raceway offered $22,000 tri-features. Using some editorial discretion, we went with the trotters. Odds-on favorite Icanflylikeanangel (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) has no issues whatsoever. From post position No. 5, he worked around Majestic Brayden (Joe Bongiorno), making the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. From, there, it was a :58.2 intermission and 1:27 three-quarters, with pole-sitting Lord Cromwell (Matt Kakaley) not getting close first-up from third. Icanflylikeanangel owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane, needing only to hold off his immediate stalker. He did, defeating Majestic Brayden by a couple of lengths in 1:55.2. Third went to Lord Cromwell, sharing the minors with Sumatra (George Brennan) and I'm the Muscle (Dan Dube). For Icanflylikeanangel, a 5-year-old Archangel gelding co-owned by Pollack Racing & Randy Bendis and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $31, the triple returned $90 and the superfecta paid $332. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Nov. 16th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,858.09 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Saturday’s Pick 5 program pages accompany this release.       YR Sat., 11-16-19 P5 program pages.pdf 212K View as HTML Download BY FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2019 -- When You Dance relentlessly wore down the harness racing leader, Bettor Than Spring, and edged him at the wire to pull off an 11-1 upset in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. When You Dance was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him first over. When You Dance and Bettor Than Spring dueled through the stretch before When You Dance surged late to score the head victory in 1:52.2. Real Peace shot the Lightning Lane for show. Christen Pantaleano owns and trains the winner, a 4-year-old Mach Three-Armbro Dancer gelding who pushed his career bankroll to $172,047. Dave Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card while Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. With his haul, Palone lifted his career victory total to 18,997. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $37,849.43 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Plainville, MA --- The 3-year-old Massachusetts Sire Stake Champion Crystalline looked in top harness racing form two-weeks removed from her $100,000 final victory after cruising to an easy win in the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov. 15). Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. took Crystalline to the wood fourth and waited for everyone to seat behind Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) moving to the quarter. When they did, he pulled the classy trotter off the pegs and rushed her to the lead she would maintain for the remainder of the mile. Crystalline hit the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:27.1 while the competition stacked up behind her. The group then rolled off the far turn with Crystalline opening up a two length advantage under her own terms and won without issue in 1:57.1. Crystalline ($5.20) captured her eighth win of the year and boosted her earnings to $141,465. Ray Campbell Jr. bred and owns the daughter of Chapter Seven-Royalty Free who is trained by Scott Renz. After spending the last two months competing in stake engagements in Kentucky and Indiana, Lindy Pearl (Drew Monti) returned to Plainridge Park and made a strong move from the back of the pack to score a convincing 4-¼ length victory in 1:58.1 in the $10,000 trotting sub-feature on the card. It was the first seasonal win for the heavily favored Lindy Pearl ($2.20) who is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trained by Domenico Cecere. Matty "Ice" Athearn and Bruce Ranger were the top winning drivers on Friday taking two races each. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov. 18) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Wheels A Turning scored a narrow come-from-behind win in the feature harness racing trot at Batavia Downs last week. This week she took control off the gate and provided the same outcome in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot over a sloppy track at the Downs on Friday night (11-15). The feature field was scratched down to five and the lone mare, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) was the best off the gate, hitting the quarter in :30 flat. With no one applying any pressure, McDonough kept the fractions tepid; 1:00.4 to the half and 1:30 to three-quarters. Rounding the far turn the pocket-sitting Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) and outside rusher Lougai (Ray Fisher Jr.) had the best shot for top honors and both were looking strong in pursuit. However under meaningful urging from McDonough, Wheels A Turning maintained her position and won by 1-¼ lengths in 2:00.1. Wheels A Turning ($4.20) hit double-digit territory, scoring her 10th win of the year and hitting the $85,560 mark for purses. Allan Schmucker Jr. owns the mare that is trained by Sabrina Shaw. Despite his name, everyone apparently knew how this story would end in the $11,000 Open II Handicap trot as the heavy 3-5 favorite Spoiler Alert (Renaldo Morales Jr.) led every step of the way to score an impressive 1-½ length win in 1:59.3. Celebrating the eighth win of the year by Spoiler Alert ($3.20) were owner Jeffrey Hayes and trainer Misty Carey. Billy Davis Jr. remained hot and extended his already insurmountable dash win lead for the meet by winning four races on Friday. He now has 108 wins for the session. Renaldo Morales Jr. also had three wins in Friday. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 16) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

CHESTER, PA - Harness racing drivers Dexter Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. won the feature races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon - and red-hot Tim Tetrick won about everything else. Dunn guided the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Philly Hanover to her second straight victory while winning the $18,000 top-billed distaff pace in 1:51.4. The "hometown horse" had to go the first-over route, but the uncovered journey did not faze the heaviest of favorites at all as she won by 2¾ lengths over Modesta, who tailed her cover, for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the partnership of Ron Coyne Stables Inc. and Blair Corbeil. Napolitano was the driver behind the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Jive Dancing A, who has now won four of her last five starts after tallying in 1:52.2 in the $17,000 co-feature. The Mike Hall trainee set the pace with two moves and had second-place Privacy Hanover three lengths in arrears of her as she ran her win record to 12 for 21 this season, to the pleasure of owners Blindswitch Racing Stable. Tetrick came out of the box smoking on Friday, winning five of the first six races (and missing a head in the other), and added a sixth victory later in the program to give him "boxcars" - a pair of sixes on the Wednesday and Friday cards (he drove at Dover on Thursday with the Matron sophomore stakes). During the month of November Tetrick has a 65-23-16-4-.511 log just at Philly, and he has won 41 races overall in the month's first 15 days, despite not competing on three of the days. He is second in North America in victories, first in money, and was tenth in UDR as the day started; at Philly, Tim is tops in all three categories. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Jim Wilkinson has a good chance to be posing in the harness racing winner's circle following Saturday night's featured Bill Conlin Pace, as California Rock will be representing his shedrow. Wilkinson trains and co-owns the sophomore and he made short work of the opposition at 70 cents on the dollar in one of last week's eliminations with Luke Plano guiding, coming to the line with plenty in the tank in a 1:55 4/5 performance. "We bought him as a yearling and he was racing against some pretty stiff competition this summer at Hoosier Park," Jim related. "He paced in :51 and change there, but those were some tough horses. "I think he's got a real good chance to climb the ladder here, he just needs some confidence." That climb begins with Saturday's Conlin, where he will face the other elimination winner Rue Hanover, who was also impressive for driver/trainer Chip Lackey. The opening night card also saw Wilkinson sending out Gorgeous For Real in a coast-to-coast performance as the odds-on choice, with that 5-year-old pacer also going about his business for the Schwartz, Axelrod, O'Neill and Wilkinson partnership. The son of He's Gorgeous, who was a 1:50 3/5 victor at Hoosier this year, is working his way toward $100,000 mark in earnings and never looked like a loser last week after flying from the gate from the outside post for Plano. "He got some class relief from those Indiana races and found a real good spot," his conditioner noted. "He's won at the top level here and I'm looking forward to racing him." Gorgeous For Real was scheduled to suit up in Friday night's feature. Rue Hanover, California Rock head Bill Conlin The $8,900 Bill Conlin Pace heads the harness action Saturday night at Cal Expo, with last week's elimination winners California Rock and Rue Hanover getting the marquee treatment. A 10-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:40 p.m. California Rock is a 3-year-old son of Rockin Image out of the Bettor's Delight mare Tia Maria Hanover who is owned by Schwartz Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Jim Wilkinson the conditioner and Jim Lackey at the controls. In last week's elimination leg with Luke Plano at the helm, California Rock proved a punctual 3-5 favorite as he brushed to the lead past the quarter and was never seriously threatened after that, coming to the wire with three and a half-lengths to spare in a 1:55 4/5 tour. Rue Hanover should have an equal amount of supporters Saturday night for driver/trainer Chip Lackey, who also co-owns the distaffer along with Kenneth Seastrom. The 3-year-old Betterthancheddar filly was sent off the 8-5 second choice in her elimination and came home by two and a half lengths in a 1:55 3/5 performance after withstanding a strong challenge on the final turn while carving out the fractions. Completing the field are Joltin Joe, Intrepid Byrd, Joker John, Budgie Smuggler, Lakota Law, Red N Hotallover and Custards Dungeon. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness            

Freehold, NJ --- Ever since coming to Freehold Raceway, Lucius Vorenus has excelled over the half-mile oval. He continued his winning ways on Friday (November 15), as he took the harness racing $50,000 final of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owner's Association of New Jersey trotting series.   Sent off as the even-money favorite, he was put right on the lead by driver Jason Bartlett. French Cafe, the clear-cut second choice, drafted in the pocket, but Lucius Vorenus was still able to set steady fractions of 28.4 for a quarter and 59.0 for a half.   Nearing three-quarters, Lucius Vorenus began to pull away, as he set the fraction in a slow 1:28.2. French Cafe had to settle for second, as Lucius Vorenus cruised under the wire in 1:56.3.   This is the third win in the last four starts for the Crawford Farms-owned gelding, who is sired by Father Patrick and trained by Nick Surick. He won the Garden State trot for colts & geldings in his Freehold debut on October 26, then added a win and a runner-up in the first two legs of the series. He's now earned $109,655 in his career; $74,375 of that total has come in his last four races.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

Winbak Farm of New York, in conjunction with Perretti Farms, has announced the retirement of legendary trotting stallion Muscles Yankee. Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2 ($1,424,938), was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. He was inducted as both an outstanding racehorse and a standout stallion. Muscles Yankee was born at Yankeeland Farms, Inc. (of Frederick, Maryland) in 1995. Muscles Yankee was trained by Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester during his career and driven by Hall of Famer John Campbell. “He was a dominant horse in his two years of racing,” said Sylvester. “He had a foot that bothered him some, but when it didn’t, they couldn’t beat him.” At two, Muscles Yankee won the Bluegrass, Breeders Crown elimination, Champlain, International Stallion Stakes, Standardbred elimination and Valley Victory elimination. He won six of nine starts and equalled the two-year-old record of 1:56.3 in his Valley Victory elimination. “He was a pleasure to deal with training and racing. He did everything you wanted,” said Sylvester. At three, Muscles Yankee won the Beacon Course elimination and final, Bluegrass, Breeders Crown elimination and final, Yonkers Trot and Hambletonian elimination and final. His Hambletonian winning time of 1:52.2 was the fastest record of a three-year-old trotter in 1998. For his winning efforts, Muscles Yankee was awarded the USHWA three-year-old colt trotter of the year award. With $1.25 million earned, he was the richest performer of that year. Once retired from racing, Muscles Yankee went on to a productive stud career at both Perretti Farms in New Jersey and Winbak Farm of New York. To date, he has sired 1,474 registered foals. “He was a good size horse that went on to be a good producer,” said Sylvester. “He was definitely a pleasure to have.” He is the sire of 12 millionaires, including: • Mr Muscleman, 1:51.1s ($3,582,823) • 2009 US Horse of the Year, Muscle Hill, 3, 1:50.1 ($3,273,342) • Deweycheatumnhowe, 3, 1:50.4 ($3,155,178) • Strong Yankee, 3, 1:50.3 ($1,434,351) • Costa Rica, 3, 1:54.3s ($1,394,757) • Neighsay Hanover, 1:52.2f ($1,276,548) • Muscle Massive, 3, 1:51 ($1,239,138) • Little Brown Fox, 3, 1:51.2 ($1,192,403) • Housethatruthbuilt, 3, 1:52.4 ($1,164,931) • Looking Hanover, 1:53.2f ($1,125,136) • Muscles Marinara, 1:52.1 ($1,057,700) • Blur, 3, 1:55.1s ($1,022,268) Sons of Muscles Yankee won the Hambletonian three years in a row from 2008 through 2010. His offspring have earned over $98 million. His impact is also being felt as an impressive broodmare sire and sire of sires. Muscles Yankee will be returning to his home at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, New Jersey for his retirement. “It was a great honour to work with such an outstanding sire,” said Noelle Duspiva, Winbak of New York manager. “He will be missed here at the farm, but his retirement is well deserved at the age of 25.” From Winbak Farm/Perretti Farms

Anderson, IN - Robert (Bob) Lasky has been selected as the recipient of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2019 Service To Youth Award. He will accept his plaque at the Dan Patch Awards on February 23, 2020 in Orlando. "Without Bob's willingness to assist with the trucking, this past summer's programs would likely have been very limited. Bob stepped up to get the organization shipped through the first few weeks in the Midwest and got the horses safely to the East coast so we could continue our travels," explained HHYF President Adam Bowden. "He then put us in contact with others in the horse transportation field so we could get to each of our locations in July and August. Bob epitomizes a caring guy who is willing to help whenever and wherever he can." When informed of his honor, Bob was humbled. "I am very pleased. My time this summer with HHYF was fantastic. Seeing the participants around the horses renewed my appreciation for the importance of introducing young people to harness racing. I thoroughly enjoyed 'living life on the HHYF edge' (our informal summer slogan)," he joked. The Service To Youth Award is given annually to an outstanding individual, group, or farm who has contributed significantly to the mission of HHYF. The award depicts old-time trainer Curly Smart sitting on a bucket in a shed row as he gives instruction to an attentive young student. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to or call 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation    

Lexington, KY --- On Thursday (Nov. 14) the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) announced the selection of Rick Goodell to chair the organization's Regulatory Attorney's Committee. The appointment was made by RCI Chair Dr. Corrine Sweeney. Goodell, currently Associate Counsel for the New York Gaming Commission, a position he has held for a decade, brings more than two decades of experience to his new post. A longtime prosecutor, Goodell is a recognized expert in prosecuting racing drug violations. He was Co-Chair of the Model Rules Committee and is currently Chair of the National Racing Compact, an interstate agency of racing regulatory agencies that facilitates the multi-jurisdictional licensing of owners and trainers. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from William College in Political Economy, Goodell procured his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1987. Sandwiched between two stints practicing privately, Goodell was a prosecutor for the Chautauqua County (NY) District Attorney's Office. In 1995, Goodell became Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Attorney General's Office where he was responsible for managing defense litigation involving New York State in Court of Claims. Goodell took his current position in 1999 and his duties involve equine drug and other gaming adjudications, equine drug rules and providing legal advice. He is also responsible for daily horse racing legal issues for regulation of Standardbred and Thoroughbred racetracks including oversight of rulings and investigations. A recipient of the ARCI Exemplary Service Award, Goodell is the co-author of the 2013 Travers Stakes and 2015 Asmussen reports and 2010 S3022A and KRS § 230.3761 (Interstate Compact). Goodell has also been a guest speaker on a number of equine issues at various venues for the last 10 years. "This is a key position within the ARCI and we are honored Rick has agreed to accept it," said ARCI President, Ed Martin. For more information about the role of the Regulatory Attorney's Committee and/or ARCI, please visit From the ARCI            

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