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Nichols, N.Y. -- Enjoying a pocket trip behind Bourbon Bay, but hard pressed for racing room on the far turn, Awsome Valley ($7.00) emerged up the pegs in the final 70 yards to take Saturday (July 11) evening's harness racing $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs.   Aaron Byron pressed early up the inside with the 6-year-old Valley Victor gelding, ultimately ceding the lead to track record holder Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) through a :27.3 initial quarter. Bourbon Bay would control the terms through an uncontested :58.4 middle half, but Awsome Valley ended up boxed on the far turn as I'm Fabulous (Jim Taggart, Jr.) turned up the pressure after a 1:26.2 three-quarter sectional. As I'm Fabulous closed in, 6-5 favorite Valley of Sin (Jim Meittinis) angled three-wide off cover, and Bourbon Bay was pushed to his limit, Awsome Valley was crying out for racing room with no shortage of late trot. In the final sixteenth, a lane opened up along the pegs for Awsome Valley, and he pushed through to prevail by a half length in 1:55.1. Valley of Sin mustered second honors off his belated surge, while I'm Fabulous just collared Bourbon Bay to take third.   Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. trains Awsome Valley for the Revocable Trust of Barbara Boese.   Mike Simons led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, prevailing with his own Vacation Day ($14.40, 1:57.2) along with Yolo Lindy ($5.30, 2:00) and Military Blue ($2.90, 1:55.2). His son Shawn registered a training double on the evening's program.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 10-race Sunday card. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, and fans are invited to arrive early to receive a replica Jim Marohn, Jr. colors shirt (while supplies last).   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

One thing is for certain, seven isn't a lucky number for the harness racing gelding Justgottogetthere.   With four starts in his last six outings coming from the seven post, Justgottogethere has come up empty.   But the 6-year-old gelding has been lights out when drawing from the six post inward, going a perfect 4-for-4.   Wednesday night (June 17) was a perfect example of that.   Justgottogetthere took advantage of some much appreciated post relief and went gate-to-wire to claim the featured $9,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway..   Driver Jim McNeight took the pace-setting Justgottogetthere right to the lead from the three hole and posted splits of 28.3, 59.0 and 1:28.1.   In the stretch, however, Justgottogetthere ($3.10) was begging for the finish line as BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was charging fast but finished a disappointing neck behind in 1:57. over the fast track.   Serious George (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Now victorious eight times this season in 15 starts, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC.   He has earned $46,327 in 2015 and $126,938 lifetime.   Kisses N Kicks ($10.40) ground out a first-over trip and pulled away from the field late in the $9,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   A Cameo In Life posted the fractions of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.1 but Kisses N Kicks started the slow and steady grind on the rim just before the opening half.   In the drive to the wire, Kisses N Kicks had little trouble holding off her competition and took a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:57.   Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) finished a non-threatening second while Country Delight (Jack Flanigen rallied for third.   Driven and trained by David McNeight III and owned by Courtney McNeight, Kisses N Kicks Life Sign-Kissing Rain has now won six times in 20 starts this season, putting $41,588 in the bank. It upped the 7-year-old mare's career total to $166,460.   Kevin Cummings finished the night with three victories and Jim McNeight had a driving double.   Racing returns to Buffalo Raceway on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been quite a streak for Justgottogetthere in 2015 at Buffalo Raceway and the amazing harness racing journey continued on a crisp Wednesday night (May 20).   For the seventh time in 12 starts, Justgottogetthere landed in the winner's circle after hanging on for a nose victory over the fast-closing BZ Glide in the $9,500 conditioned trot. Besides the seven wins, Justgottogetthere has finished in second place four times as well this season.   After being assigned the seven post, driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere had to battle with Talladega Hanover to get to the top. Posting splits of 28.4, 59.4 and 1:29.4, there were several in perfect position ready to pick off Justgottogetthere in the stretch.   Northern Bullet was first over heading into the stretch with BZ Glide following his live cover in hopes of catching the front-stepping Justgottogetthere. Northern Bullet was the initial threat but tailed off to finish third for Jack Flanigen.   Next up was BZ Glide. In his first pari-mutel start of the season, BZ Glide went three-wide in the lane and had plenty of trot. But unfortunately, he ran out of real estate, finishing a nostril behind the big-hearted Justgottogethere ($5.30).   Owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) tripped the timer in 1:59.1 over the fast track in registering the win. The decision upped the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $40,437 in 2015 and $178,919 lifetime. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties.   In the co-featured $9,500 conditioned/optional claimer for the fillies and mares, Eyemajet was on engine in the stretch to take a narrow head win over It's De Lovely in 1:58.0.   The favored A Cameo In Life cut the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.4 and 1:29.2 but Eyemajet, trained and driven by Shawn Gray, stalked the pace the final half mile. In the stretch, A Cameo In Life threw in the towel while Eyemajet ($12.60) roared by the pace-setter.   The triumph didn't come easy as Eyemajet had to hold off the late charge by It's De Lovely (David McNeight III). She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) took the show spot.   The 6-year-old mare Eyemajet (Jereme's Jet-Aahptometrist) has now three victories in 16 tries in 2015, earning $23,326 and upping her career bankroll to $213,603.   In the seventh race, Surfers Paradise pulled a shocker with a $222.50 win for driver Mike Caprio.   Racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

It wasn't easy but Justgottogetthere managed to narrowly 'get to' the finish line before anyone else and take the $9,500 conditioned trot at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 13th) in 1:59.1 over the fast track.   In the co-featured $9,500 fillies and mares conditioned pace, Ugly Betty continued to dominate the division with another impressive victory.   This week, she cruised to a 3-1/4 length score over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.3.   The opener saw Justgottogetthere and driver Jim McNeight use their typical tactics, racing to the top and set the fractions.   After posting panels of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4, the duo was prepared to take on challengers in the final quarter mile.   The pocket-sitting Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) gobbled up ground down the passing lane but finished in second place just a head behind the leg-weary but game Justgottogetthere ($5.10).   Northern Bullet (Jack Flanigen) had a great chance as well but drifted out badly in the stretch and settled for third.   It was the sixth victory in 11 appearances this season for Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme), who has missed the board just once in 2015.   The 6-year-old gelding is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $35,387 and $173,869 lifetime.   Ugly Betty (David McNeight III) proved to be the best once again in the co-featured pace for the ladies.   She was assigned the outside seven post, was parked the first quarter mile and that made no difference.   Once driver Kevin Cummings got Ugly Betty to the lead, it was a battle for second place.   After being given a parking ticket by A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) to the quarter marker, Ugly Betty ($6.20) cleared and registered times of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:27.3.   She enjoyed a three-length edge at the top of the stretch and never looked back.   A Cameo In Life managed to take the place position while V'La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) finished third. It was the first pari-mutuel start for Tomaszewski.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone, Ugly Betty (Camluck-Red Road Rage) has won seven times in 15 tries in 2015.   The 7-year-old mare has now won $39,439 this season and $210,912 in her career. Rex Clabaugh handled the training duties.   The racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG,N.Y. --- It may have been April 1st but Justgottogetthere wasn't fooling around at all in the harness racing featured $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night.   The heavily favored 6-year-old gelded Justgottogetthere ($2.40) toyed with the field of six and went coast-to-coast in posting a 3/4-length victory over Leave Your Mark in 1:59.1 on the fast racing strip. It was his fifth win in eight starts in 2015 to go along with three second places finishes.   Driver Jim McNeight had to go three-wide to gain the lead going to the quarter pole with Justgottogetthere but once the pair settled in, there weren't any anxious moments.   Posting fractions of 28.4, 59.3, and 1:30.1, a final panel of :29 by Justgottogethere kept the remainder of the field at bay. Leave Your Mark (Shawn Gray) tried to make a move in the passing lane but to no avail while Diamonds For Life (Kevin Cummings) and September Hall (Shawn McDonough) battled to a dead heat for third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) is co-owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties and watched Justgottogetthere increase his seasonal earnings to $26,687 and $165,369 lifetime.   In the first of the two $7,900 co-featured paces for the fillies and mares, Fiftyonefifty ($9.30) was the 'pocket rocket' and flew past It's De Lovely (David McNeight II) and The Prophet Mary (Drew Monti) to score the victory in 1:56.0.   The Prophet Mary threw up fractions of 29.4, 58.3 and 1:27.4 but became leg-weary in the stretch. It allowed the pocket-sitting Fiftyonefifty to drop into the passing lane and race to the 1-3/4 length win.   It was the second win in 11 outings this season for Fiftyonefifty (Daggs-Tj's Little Cammie). The 6-year-old mare is owned by Sidney Easton and is trained by Anthony Cummings. She increased her 2015 bankroll to $16,078 and $145,901 lifetime.   In the second $7,900 pace for the ladies, Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) was a 'jet' in the lightning lane and took off for a 1-3/4 length decision over Ivy's Good News (Ron Beback Jr.) and the pace-setting Bad Girl Vegas (Monti).   Bad Girl Vegas put up some sizzling splits of 27.4, 57.0 and 1:27.0. Basic Survival was parked to the three-quarter pole and surrendered while Eyemajet drafted in second behind Bad Girl Vegas. It the stretch, Gray found the passing lane perfect as Eyemajet had little problem strolling off to the convincing victory.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by Gray, Eyemajet has two victories in 10 starts this year, earning $12,576 and jacking up her career total to $203,100.   Kevin Cummings, Buffalo Raceway's leading driver, finished the card with five winners. Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer, JD Perrin, is now a perfect 3-for-3 this year in the sulky after posting a driving double.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race card set to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ugly Betty turned in another 'beautiful' effort while Justgottogetthere had little trouble in disposing of his competition to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 25).   Despite starting from the seven post, Ugly Betty made it three straight by circling the field in the $9,500 pace for the fillies and mares in 1:58.3.   A race later, Justgottogetthere, a hard-charging $58.50 winner last week, showed it wasn't a fluke. He used a front-running journey this time around to capture the $9,500 Open Trot in 2:01.3 over the good track.   Ugly Betty (Shawn Gray), drawing the rail the past three weeks and scoring two wins and a second place finish from there, was assigned the outside post this week. She showed it wasn't an issue.   After sitting seventh and last, Ugly Betty ($8.90) started the first over trip just before the half mile marker. She tipped three-wide to the three-quarter pole and rolled right to the lead in the stretch and never looked back. Ugly Betty registered a comfortable two-length victory over Sadie's Place (Andrew Monti) with She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) taking the show position.   Owned by Margaret Payne and Jennifer Payne, the 7-year-old mare (Camluck - Red Road Rage) is trained by Dennis Dylo. The victory moved her 2015 winnings to $18,055 and $191,548 lifetime.   Justgottogetthere ($5.20) in the meantime used a completely different method to get to the winner's circle.   After showing a late kick in last week's victory, Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) flew off the gate from the four spot and was never threatened. Posting fractions of 31.0, 1:02 and 1:32.3, there was no serious threats in the lane as Justgottogetthere smartly trotted off to a 2-1/2 length win over Flaming Yankee (Gray) while Northern Spark (John Cummings Jr.) placed third.   Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor - Mara's Theme) is owned by Antonietta Landi and North Creek Racing LLC. The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., has now won three times in four starts this season, earning $14,750 in 2015 and $152,932 in his career.   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. with a 13-race program.   For more information including the the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2015...Late Closing events continued at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with Indigo Artist and Kabu drawing first blood in their respective events. Indigo Artist, driven by Ed Hensley for trainer Rod Grady, took the first leg of the "Better Late Than Ever" Conditioned Claiming for pacers by scoring in a lifetime best 1:54.4, holding off the late determined bid by Son Day (Mickey McNichol) by a neck. Total Proof (Dave Ingraham) finished third while Directly Related and Progresive Hanover garnered the final two awards in the field of 10. It was a game of "musical chairs" early as Indigo Artist and Son Day traded places on the front end with the former leaving and yielding just past the opener in :27.4 and then retaking the lead halfway through the mile in :56.1. These two remained one-two past the third station in 1:25.1 as Indigo Artist sprinted clear at mid-stretch before holding on for the determined win as Son Day began gnawing away at the leader late. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "He's not a world champion but he's a gamer and, when he's classified right, he's gonna be competitive. He was sharp tonight and I was pleased that he was able to stay in there to the wire. I don't think he's too used to two moves in a mile." Owned by Percy Jones, Indigo Artist, a six year-old son of Arturo, was the 5 to 2 second choice on the tote-board and paid $7.00 to win. Kabu, driven by Jason Dillander for owner Trent Stohler, made his initial appearance at Pompano Park a winning one in the first leg of the "Fair Start" Late Closer for Conditioned Claiming trotters. This four year-old son of Valley Victor, making his first start of the year after a two month hiatus, rolled home quickest of all to score a handy three length win in 1:56.4--a lifetime best--over Princess Crown (Peter Wrenn) with favored Tyrone Showstopper (Dan Clements) third. Insider Access rallied from 10th in the bulky field of 11 to garner fourth while Luvnuisfun picked up the nickel. In that event, it was Muscle Massacre who was on the engine from the get-go to carve out lively panels of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before going up in the air shortly thereafter to lose all chance. After the race, driver Jason Dillander said, "I certainly didn't want to send him in his first start back so the hot fractions helped tremendously. When we found a bit of room, he responded nicely. He seems pretty handy." As second choice on the board, Kabu paid $7.20 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with the Open Handicap Trot, the second leg of the Sea Eagle Late Closing event and a near $60,000 Super Hi-5 jackpot the highlights. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park          

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen filly trotters gathered for four divisions of the Kindergarten Classic Series at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 18. The fourth preliminary of the harness racing series attracted 38 contestants for purses totaling to $40,000. Allerage Star, despite galloping at the start, recovered nearly 13 lengths to weave past rivals and get a nose in front of Saturday Mornings and Cocoacabana in 1:56.2.   Cocoacabana was the pacesetter with Sweet Thing and Fly Angel Fly sitting behind. She set fractions of :29.1 and :57.4 (:28.3). Challenged around the far turn by Sweet Thing, Cocoacabana remained in control as the backfield approached. Fanning three wide came Fly Angel Fly, with Lady Winona four wide and Saturday Mornings five wide.   After a 1:27.3 (:29.4) third-quarter, Saturday Mornings rallied down the center of the course, while Allerage Star strolled onto the scene from in-between horses. Cocoacabana battled Allerage Star and Saturday Mornings up to the finish, where Allerage Star got a nose in front, going a mile in 1:56.2 (:28.4).   Returning $3.20 to win, the daughter of Angus Hall-Starry Eyed-Muscles Yankee is owned by Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, A. Geiger and D. Stolz, trained by Jessica Okusko and Corey Callahan was aboard.   Lilu Hanover rebounded after failing as the favorite in last week's prelim with a 1:55.3 victory over 24-1 Annaliina.   Scott Zeron piloted Lilu Hanover to the front, while Aarena Hanover gunned for the pocket from post 10. Lilu Hanover set a opening quarter of :27.4. She remained uncontested through a :57.3 (:29.4) half.   Rules Of The Road was flushed first over entering the far turn, with Annaliina drafting 2 ¾ lengths off the lead. Rules Of The Road remained at Lilu Hanover's throat through a 1:27 (:28.2) third-quarter.   Kicking to a 2-length lead into the stretch, Lilu Hanover kept to her task as Annaliina gradually progressed towards the leader. Starting her bid a few yards too late, Lilu Hanover had a neck advantage at the wire over Annaliina, with Waiting Room and Lady Clarabella rounding out the top four respectively.   Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail paid $5.00 to win.   Sarcy, upon brushing to the top after the first quarter, led the field to the finish in 1:55.3.   Bright Baby Blues swept across the track to claim command around the first turn, while Josie's Joy sat the pocket and Sarcy trotted third. After a :28.2 quarter, Jimmy Takter pulled Sarcy two wide to claim command before three-eighths. She was uncontested at the half, timed in :57.1 (:28.4).   Sarcy remained unchallenged around the far turn. Bright Baby Blues, stalking from the pocket, tipped first over at three-quarters, with Josie's Joy and Armatrading tracking her move. Timed in 1:26.1 (:29), Sarcy remained in control. Despite bids from Bright Baby Blues, Josie's Joy, Armatrading and Fashion Lover in the late stages of the mile, Sarcy held command and sailed to a 1:55.3 (:29.2) victory; Fashion Lover finished second, Armatrading was third and Josie's Joy was fourth. Sarcy, sent off the second choice, is owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding and trained by Jimmy Takter. The Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire-Valley Victory daughter paid $7.20 to win. Bee The Queen, entering off a 30-1 upset in the Kindergarten last week, was victorious at odds of 1/5 in 1:56.1. Catherine's Melody showed early speed, while Bee The Queen floated towards the front, and Bright Eyes sat behind in third. The opening quarter was timed in :29.3. Bee The Queen made her move before the half, trying to sweep around Catherine's Melody as Bright Eyes, Flirting Filly and Shafina Hanover began their bids. Bee The Queen had a head in front through a :58.3 (:29) half. Although Flirting Filly broke traveling first over, Shafina Hanover made her way to Bee The Queen's wheel through a 1:26.1 (:27.3) third-quarter. Corey Callahan pulled the plugs on Bee The Queen and she kicked 3 lengths clear of Shafina Hanover, Bright Eyes and Catherine's Melody, and eventually winning by 3 ½ lengths in 1:56.1 (:30). A daughter of Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed, Bee The Queen is owned by Alfred Ross and is trained by George Ducharme. She returned $2.60 to win. Bee The Queen extended her lead on the Kindergarten leaderboard with 158 points, with Allerage Star second with 125 points and Lady Clarabella in third with 111 points. Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 25, with the Grand Circuit meeting, commencing with the $300,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. Declaration time is 9:30 A.M. on Monday, September 22. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Today's Quinte+, with a special jackpot of E10 million, went to 1.4/1 favored Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette) with Christian J. Bigeon aboard in 1.13.1kr over 13 rivals in this 2700 meter test named the Prix RMC. The exact order payoff excluding jackpot was €2,570 for a €2 wager. Q+ Prix RMC, European, E58,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13.1kr Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch.J. Bigeon up at 1.4/1 odds for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, 10th win in 40 starts for E294,800 earned Noir d'Ete (7m Ganymede-Essenza d'Ete), Eric Raffin aboard, 5.1/1 Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Antonio Wiels up, 7.8/1 Bugsy Malone also won on the Vincennes card, taking the E62,000 Prix de Montelimar for three year-olds over 2700 meters with nine starters. The consistent colt recorded his sixth win in nine starts for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The victory, by open lengths, raised his career earnings to over E101,000. Prix de Montelimar, purse E62,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.16.2kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 500, 1.15.2kr finish Bugsy Malone (3m Ready Cash-Night Captain), Yohan Lebourgeois for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 3/5 favorite, sixth win in nine starts for E101,460 earned Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), Franck Ouvrie, 10.8/1 Bajazet (3m Qwerty-Perkine), Jacques Bruneau owner/trainer/driver, 6.2/1 odds V75 action took place today at Farjestad SWE. The Gold Division with 150,000SEK to the winner, over 2140 meters autostart, went to On Track Piraten in 1.13.3kr in an easy score for Johnny Takter. Porthos Amok was second for Bjorn Goop (trained by Stefan Melander) ahead of another Melander trainee, Tidied Accelerator handled by Ulf Ohlsson. The winning six year-old gelded son of Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line took his 13th victory in 58 tries, increasing career earnings to over 5.8SEK million. The Silver Division, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the US bred Magiccarpetride and Jorma Kontio timed in 1.10.9kr. Another US-bred, Mr. Chicago, was second for Carl-Erik Lindblom. The winner earned 125,000SEK and the eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory now has 13 wins and earnings in excess of 1.6SEK million. The Bronze Division, for 110,000SEK to the winner, contested over 2140 meters autostart, resulted in a 1.11.8kr win for Jeppas Maxi and Torbjorn Jansson. He narrowly defeated Riff Kronos and Viejo Heiskanen with Pedro Bi a distant third. Jeppas Maxi is a five year-old gelded son of Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image that now has nine wins in 11 starts lifetime. This one looks to have a fine future. Thomas H. Hicks

August 16, 2014. - Tibor Hajnal teamed trainee Orifiamma Jet to a rallying victory in today's 500,000HUf Peneszvirag DIJ, the 1900 meter autostart feature on the Kincsem Park card. The six year-old daughter of Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride is owned by Illetmeny Kft. and recorded her second straight top-class victory and the third in her last six appearances, this one timed in 1.16.5kr. She was off at 3/1 odds. Amazing Lobell (6f Incredible Crafts-Us Companion) ended second. The Saturday card included other interesting winners. The Danubian DIJ went to Lucky Boy (5g Zoler Cobra-Lisa November) in 1.16.4kr over 1800 meters autostart. Josef Sagaj handled the winner for trainer owner Moleh Silvester of SLO. Another SLO invader Sanger MS (4m Victory Scream-Samba MS) was second for Mitja Slavic. The sires of these two reflect obscure horses. Zoler Cobra is a son of Danny Lad-Oleranna-Dailer. He was a winner of US$407,238 with a 1:57.1 record and winner of the Gran Premio Giorgio Jagher Memorial. Dailer was a three year-old winner of the Derby Italiano and Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli. Victory Scream was a US$95,000 yearling at Kentucky Standardbred and is by Valley Victory from Screamer by Crowning Point. He took a 1:56.4 record and earned over US$88,000. Mellby Schwim (9f Supergill-Impish Hornline) won the 1800 meter Amateur Handicap in 1.17.4kr at 1.4/1 odds for Sandor Turbucz and owner Diadoa IV. Lightly raced Ramona Vita (4f Diamond Way-Dorina Vita) took the Nyeretlenek over 1800 meters for Tibor Hajnal, also trainer, for Illetmeny Kft. This was her fourth lifetime start. Thomas H. Hicks

US-expat trainer Jerry Riordan won two on Saturday's superb card at Aby, Sweden and recorded a second place finish. Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) took the Bertil Knutssons Trot over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.8kr. Johnny Takter drove this one for owner Lisa Riordan to earn 80,000SEK first money. The half-sister to retired international star Lisa America, also developed and campaigned by Riordan, was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL and this was her seventh career win in 18 starts, now for 370,135SEK. The time was also her lifetime best and she survived a four-horse photo to win over Britt Palema (5f Adams Hall-Rapidsland Glare-Southwind Pinnacle) with trainer/driver Fredrik Persson, Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory) and Orjan Kihlstrom and Pin Kronos (5f Cantab Hall-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) that was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Riordan also had a training win with Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Euro Classic Next Year for three-year-olds worth 50,000SEK to the winner. He scored in a photo timed in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart with Johan Untersteiner up. Lisa Riordan also owns this colt that was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL. Sylvester won for third time in nine starts. Fabuleux BR was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. As previously reported, Riordan's trainee Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) was second in a three-horse photo in a fast-class four year-old mares event timed in 1.13.6kr. This mare, also owned by Lisa Riordan, was handled by Linda Allercrantz. The race was won by My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop for Stall Kennys, her seventh win in16 tries and she earned 80,000SEK, with favored Backfire home third for Johnny Takter. The Aby card also showcased the Bronze Division Final for 200,000SEK to the winner, and it went to Royal Fighter (6m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) in gate to wire fashion over 2140 meters autostart. Jennifer Tillman drover the winner, trained by Per Eriksson, that was timed in 1.12.2kr to gain his 10th win in 46 starts. The winner is owned by Per Rodert and Christina Nilsson. The opener of the day was the Aby Stora Monte Pris for 100,000SEK to the victor. The contest over 1640 meters autostart had a competitive 10 horse field and the French veteran Organdi d'Or (12g Achille-Hovillara d'Or-Vroum d'Or) emerged with the win. He's trained by rider Sofia Aronsson and scored in 1.13.2kr by two lengths for his 20th career win in 124 starts, now with 3,665,792SEK earned. He's owned in France by Armand Turquet-Lepreux. Henke Diablo with Peter Jarven aboard and Nouvelle Pelle with Asa Svensson up were next to the line. US-bred Moon Dream was fourth for Siv Emilie Lovvold and Hitchcock was a dq for rider Malin Beras. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

TORONTO, August 14 - It's been over four months since the launch of the Standardbred Alliance in Ontario on April 1 and wagering on Standardbred horse races at these tracks is already seeing a sharp increase compared to the same period last year.   From April 1 through August 9, "all-sources" wagering on Standardbred Alliance racing is $148,227,950, an encouraging 8.92 per cent rise over the $136,083,298 bet through the equivalent period in 2013.   The numbers are promising on a per race basis as well. Last year, an average of $57,347 was bet per race (2373 races). After April 1, in 2014, an average of $60,280 per race (2459 races) was recorded, also a strong 5.11 per cent increase. Number of races is up 3.6 per cent over last year.   "There's plenty of work to do, but so far the alliance concept is proving to accomplish what it had intended," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing at Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Chair of the Standardbred Alliance board. "It's helped to create some positive momentum for the industry, plus a platform for the core standardbred tracks to be partners in this new era. Racing fans are responding well at Mohawk and the other Alliance tracks under the new model with wagering up strongly both per race and overall."   Grand River Raceway, in Elora, is seeing double-digit wagering increases both per race and overall.   "We have experienced an increase in wagering of 16.56 per cent per race, leading to a 10.58 per cent rise overall on our live racing product," said Dr. Ted Clarke, General Manager of Grand River Raceway. "Total wagering on our Industry Day on August 4 was the highest since 2005. The positive wagering results and attendance indicate the fan base and interest are solid."   The Standardbred Alliance, led by Woodbine Entertainment Group, is a consortium of eight Ontario racetracks. Launched April 1, the members represent a three-tier racing hierarchy, 'Grass Roots' (Clinton, Hanover), 'Signature' (Flamboro, Georgian, Grand River and Western Fair) and 'Premier' (Mohawk and Woodbine).   The tracks have worked together to implement operational efficiencies, co-ordinate a year-round racing calendar, develop a program of racing that is attractive to foreign and domestic customers, and establish consistent purses.   The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is buoyed by the wagering rise through the early months of the Standardbred Alliance concept.   "We're glad to see wagering is up," said Sue Leslie, President of OHRIA. "Fans are continuing to embrace this wonderful sport and it's gaining new ones. The next step is to have racing fully integrated into the province's gaming strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the model."   Highlights of the season so far include State Treasurer's win at the Molson Pace at Western Fair, JK Endofanera's win in the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk, Shadows Wonder's victory in Clinton's Kin Pace, Go Daddy Go's score in the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River and Warrawee Promesse's tally in the Dream of Glory at Hanover.   The Georgian Downs meet is in full swing, with the Earl Rowe Memorial Cup Trot set for August 23, while the start of the final part of the 2014 Flamboro Downs meet is scheduled for September 2.   Several major stakes are set for the latter half of season on the WEG circuit, including the Metro Pace at Mohawk on August 30, the Canadian Trotting Classic on September 13, while the 'Fall Four' (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Governor's Cup and Valley Victory) is set for Woodbine on October 25.   by John Siscos, for WEG  

COLUMBUS, MN. - After eleven weekly Open Trots at Running Aces Harness Park, a seventh separate individual winner captured Wednesday night's $8000 edition when Wilamar Valley (Tim Maier) held off Trot Fudge Sundae (Rick Magee) and Sharpshootennorris (Steve Wiseman) in 1:56.1.   It was the 20th win in just 33 lifetime starts for the lightly raced eight-year-old gelding who spent the bulk of his early career dominating the Wisconsin fair circuit. The son of Valley Victor was bred and is still owned by Jeanne Marquis and is trained in Minnesota by Cheryl Whitsell.   Sharpshootennorris has copped five of the weekly featured trots while Franky Provolone, Trot Fudge Sundae, Rock Hollywood, Wilamar Valley and Barbazon have each reached the winner's circle once. Maier had a second victory on Wednesday with Frank The Bank, owned by Richard and Marlene Thomas and trained by George Reider.   Brian Detgen, recently relocated to Running Aces from Michigan, also notched a driving double winning with Yankee Flyer for owner-trainer Ken Sweetland; and Terror Time for trainer Gene Miller and the partnership of Mark and Steven Hodgson along with Barb and Ted Smith.   Gregg Keidel

Track record holder Margarita Bi headlines the ninth race feature trot at the Hippodrome 3R as the five-year-old mare tries for her sixth win of the year. Trained by Tiffany Staley for driver/owner Denis St Pierre, Margarita Bi loves racing at the Hippodrome 3R and has not lost at the track the entire season. The daughter of Andover Hall from the Valley Victory mare Avona Bessi, trotted the fastest mile ever by a mare on June 14 with a 1:57.2 lifetime mark. She will start from post six against eight rivals, three of them are also mares. Margarita Bi is the 5/2 morning line favorite and has won four of her last six starts. Her main competition will come from Bel Gazou in post two. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, Bel Gazou was second in his last start despite being parked out first-over for the mile race. He has two wins this year in five starts for driver/trainer Martin Gingras, who also owns Bel Gazou. Other rivals are Beer Maggs (post 1), Erge Baboche (post 3) and Caroluzzo (post 5). From the Quebec Jockey Club

Three trotters from the sophomore class of 2010 have come online with their initial crops this year; Muscle Massive is standing at Hanover, Lucky Chucky at Winbak in New York and Holiday Road in Ontario. Pilgrim’s Taj is a fourth, but he only spent one year in Canada, after which he was relocated to Ohio and ultimately exported to Finland. That being the case, we’ll look at the first three. To this point restricted races have provided the only basis for judging them, but the open portion of the season commences this week with elimination rounds for the Peter Haughton and Merrie Annabelle at the Meadowlands as well as several splits of the Arden at The Meadows. Much of the focus has been on Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky, beneficiaries of generous state bred programs who finished one-two in the Hambletonion. The former was a $450,000 yearling who was lightly raced at two but managed to win the Hambletonion as well as the Dancer at three, while Chucky was a precocious freshman, showing wins in the Valley Victory, Matron, ISS and Bluegrass. He was the 3/2 favorite in the Hambletonion and appeared on his way to victory when 6/1 Muscle Massive, piloted by Ron Pierce, ruined his day. Regardless, Chucky did win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Colonial at three, and he earned more money than Muscle Massive both years. Both sold close to seventy yearlings last year, with Chucky’s brood averaging quite a bit more. Both have seen their stud fees fluctuate before their first crops hit the track. Muscle Massive started at $10,000, only to have his fee cut to $7,500 and $6,000 in successive years. Cantab Hall, Donato Hanover, Andover Hall and Explosive Matter all command higher fees than their younger stablemate at Hanover. Chucky, on the other hand, started at $7,500 in New York, was dropped to $5,000 during a year spent in Pennsylvania, and came back up to $7,500 when he returned to Winbak, where nineteen-year-old Muscles Yankee stands for $2,500 more. Muscle Massive has benefited from the success of his older brother, Muscle Mass, sire of O’Brien winner Riveting Rosie and the successful OSS colt Muscle Matters. Thus far Muscle Massive has given us some outstanding fillies. Gatka Hanover, a big rugged gal out of the Conway Hall mare Girlie Tough, from the Ron Burke barn, has left many wondering where her ceiling is. Gatka rolled through a couple of baby races and has now chalked up three wins in the PA Sire Stakes, one each at The Meadows, Pocono and Harrah’s. Matt Kakaley steered her to an effortless four length win in 1:57 in her latest. She leaves from the five for Matt K in Friday’s first Merrie Annabelle elimination. Gatka takes on Lucky Chucky’s daughter, Lock Down Lindy, who drew plenty of attention with a very strong first over win in a Merrie Annabelle Prep at the Meadowlands Friday for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. Another Muscle Massive star in the making is Jimmy Takter’s Speak To Me, an $80,000 Harness Breeders purchase by Myron Bell. She is also three-for three in the PA Sire Stakes and has trotted in 1:55. Last time out, in a $57,000 sire stakes division at Harrah’s, Speak To Me gapped the field by ten on her way to an easy win at a stingy 1/5 price. Unfortunately this filly was not staked to the Merrie Annabelle and will be missing from the fray on Friday night. Blessings Counted is another talented filly by Muscle Massive. She was second to Speak To Me in a PASS race at The Meadows a couple of weeks ago and won a $57,000 race at Harrah’s in her latest start. She is not eligible to the Merrie Annabelle but is entered in a split of the Arden at The Meadows on Friday. Missive and Youth Gone Wild, both winners in the Stallion Series, will also race in the Arden. Jersey Strong, a talented filly with a win in the PA All Stars and a second in the PASS, isn’t entered at The Meadowlands or The Meadows on Friday. The top colt by Muscle Massive is Ake Svanstedt’s Lima Pride, who beat Jimmy Takter’s 1/9 favorite The Bank in a split of the Hickory Pride when The Bank went on a run at the three-quarters. Lima Pride, a $25,000 yearling purchase, was not nominated to the Peter Haughton. The priciest freshman trotter by any first crop stallion is Mr Lucky Luke, a $450,000 Lucky Chucky half- brother to Muscle Massive, Muscle Mass and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner, Thatsnotmyname. The Cancelliere brothers, of Detour Hanover fame, purchased him at Lexington in the fall. He has yet to make a pari-mutuel start; let’s hope he generates a better ROI than Detour has. As for the Lucky Chucky colts and fillies that have raced, there is no eye popping Gatka Hanover out there, but there are plenty of good ones. I already mentioned Merrie Annabelle candidate Lock Down Lindy, who possesses the same rugged demeanor as Gatka. She is a half-sister to 2006 HOY in Canada, Majestic Son. He has sired Harper Blue Chip, Murmur Hanover and Charmed Life. Ray Schnittker has Gabe The Bear Dean, a $105,000 Harness Breeders buy, who has an impressive wire-to wire five length win in the NYSS at Buffalo. Jonas Czernyson has a few Lucky Chucky youngsters in his barn and he’s high on all of them. At the end of June Hot Start, a half-sister to Religulous, won a $27,000 NYSS split at Vernon Downs for Corey Callahan. Next time out, at Tioga, she cut most of the mile from the outside post only to lose to paternal sister My Twisted Sister, from the Paul Kelley barn. Hot Start is entered in the second Merrie Annabelle elimination on Friday. Nunkeri is another very promising Lucky Chucky filly from the Czernyson barn. She finished second to the Muscle Hill filly Josie’s Joy at the Meadowlands the other night, race timed in 1:57.2 as the second choice. Nunkeri won her start previous to that one, a $28,000 NYSS division at Tioga. George Ducharme’s sharp looking Conway Hall filly, Concentration, pressured her all the way home in a 1:59.3 mile. On the male side Mal and Janet Burroughs’ Mambo Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harness Breeders buy, won a $28,000 split of the NYSS in 1:57.2 at Tioga last time out. Holiday Road, a $115,000 yearling who is a full brother to Ken Warkentin, was lightly raced, making only ten lifetime stars. While staying on the track was an issue, speed wasn’t; he won the Peter Haughton at two and a split of the Dancer at three. He opened his stallion career for $4,500 at Seelster Farms and now stands for $3,500. This week the Holiday Roads started to turn heads and earn respect at Mohawk as they performed admirably on the various OSS platforms. John Bax’s Hemi Seelster was long and tough winning a Grassroots division in 1:58.4 at 2/1. It was noteworthy that the gelding engaged in a head to head battle the length of the stretch with Pilgrim’s Joy, a son of first crop stallion Pilgrim’s Taj. Tony Alagna’s filly Gee O’Keeffe logged a very strong second in a $53,000 OSS Gold leg at Mohawk for Jody Jamieson, losing a length to the highly regarded Kadabra filly Juanita’s Fury. And Keith Jones’ gelding, It’s Huw You Know, was an upset Grassroots winner in 2:00.3 on Monday at 75/1, paying $159.60. And Ontheroad De Vie made a very impressive brush on the back as he came from the 10 post to finish second for Rick Zeron in a Grassroots leg. The Holiday Roads are looking good. Rock N Roll Heaven and Sportswriter are lighting it up in the freshman pacing division, but it’s expected that the trotters will take a little longer to get their bearings and hit their stride. Muscle Massive, Lucky Chucky and Holiday Road will all be prospering when they do. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

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