Day At The Track

Brent MacGrath told Harness Racing Update on Saturday that Somebeachsomewhere has begun chemotherapy to battle cancer and is being treated by Dr. Rodney Belgrave an internal medicine specialist at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ. MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the 12-year-old Hall of Fame pacer and leading stallion, said the good news in a scary diagnosis is the cancer was caught early and the tumor, which has been removed, was quite small. An issue with colic and the decision by Hanover Shoes Farms’ farm manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky to send Somebeachsomewhere to the equine hospital to get thoroughly checked allowed veterinary surgeons to find the cancer early, MacGrath said. To read the full article on Harness Racing Update click on this link.  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 19, 2017—Odds-on Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $3.50) slapped the harness racing boys silly again Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s windy $40,000 Open Trot. With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile, the late-morning opener First-up a week ago, Charmed Life was in play early here. From post position No. 5, she found front well before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Lookslikeachpndale (Dan Dube), who left directly outside of the lass, was hard-used just to cram into the pocket. Once Charmed Life made the lead, there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense. She finished off her pre-noon rounds (:58.2, 1:27.3, 1:56.3), with only minimal outside grief from Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett).  That one moved from fifth and challenged to the final turn before backing away. The margin was a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn and three-quarters of a length at the wire. ‘Chpndale’ easily saved second, while DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan) Buen Camino (Brian Sears) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) were relegated to the minors.   For Charmed Life, a 7-year-old millionairess daughter of Majestic Son co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $81.50. The scheduled ‘New York, New York Double’ was cancelled after Aqueduct scrapped its card. Sunday matinees, along with the weather-permitting ‘New York, New York Double,’ return Nov. 26th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

Huntington Station, NY - Freddie Hudson and Bobby Rahner have been invited to have a book signing at the prestigious and world famous Book Revue, that is located in Huntington, New York. At the signing they will speak and sign copies of their newly released book, “Momentous Racing To Glory”. The scheduled date of the event is Tuesday November 28, at 7 PM.   Their book tells the story of Momentous, a pacer that was considered dangerous and unmanageable. He had put many people in the hospital and at one time, had killed his groom. Bobby Rahner would take the horse over and campaign him on the New York racing circuit for 8 years. The horse, because of his reputation and on track antics, brought out many fans.   The Book Revue is a sought after venue for many of the world’s best-selling authors and celebrities. This will be Hudson's second signing there. Other authors who have signed their books at the Book Revue include Presidents’ Trump, Carter, and Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Mitt Romney, Andy Cohen, Dick Francis, Al Roker, Jane Fonda, Yogi Berra, Christie Brinkley, Joe Torre, William Shatner, Lauren Bacall, Mary Higgins Clark, Joan Rivers and hundreds more.   Long Island’s number one newspaper, Newsday, with a weekly print and digital audience of 1.3 million will be publishing an article about the authors and the upcoming book signing.   Century 21, American Homes of Westbury, NY, will be sponsoring the wine, cheese and refreshments for the attendees. Century 21's Westbury office is owned by former harness driver, Joe Ricco, who is also the step-dad of current driver, George Brennan.   Anyone who cannot attend the signing can order a signed copy directly from the Book Revue by calling them at 631 271-1442. The book is also available worldwide at Amazon and through bookstores nationwide. 10% of the books royalties will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   by Fred Hudson

November 19, 2017 - Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) held gamely and scored in today’s harness racing Gr. II Grand Prix de Bretagne (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, International) timed in 1.13.2kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. The 1.1/1 favorite defeated peg hugging stablemate 12.6/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) with David Thomain driving for owner Philippe Dauphin and trainer Guarato. 21.9/1 Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. These top three earned qualification for the Prix d’Amerique in late January. 5.3/1 second choice Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) was fourth for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, ahead for fifth finishing 66.1/1 outsider Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with owner/trainer Pietro Gubellini up. Belina Josselyn finished ninth racing with shoes and UIza Josselyn was tenth. Bold Eagle was a late scratch. Fractions were conservative (1.14.1kr with 1500 meters remaining, 1.14.4kr at the 1000, 1.13.8kr with 500 to go). A sizeable crowd was on hand at Paris-Vincennes this day for a superb racing program. Thomas H. Hicks

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The annual Champions Gala, honoring the top horsemen and women and the leading horses of the 2017 harness racing season in Quebec, was held Saturday, November 18 at the Hippodrome 3R. The event was sold out well in advance. There were numerous special awards honoring the top men and women in harness racing this past season plus the crowning of the champion horses in stakes races and overnight events. A great time was had by all as track announcer Guy Lafontaine was again superb as the evenings Emcee along with his associate, Daniel Delise. Female Groom of the Year Award went to Joanie Leonard, a member of the Maxime Velaye Team Stable. She was very present throughout the summer to paddocks for the horses of the team. This young woman is very good at her business, efficient and competent. Male Groom of the Year is Maxim Dubuc, a member of the Simon Delisle Team. Highly visible at the paddock in virtually every program, you will see him working on one or more horses with speed, efficiency and skill. A sure bet that Simon Delisle relies on this man. A 4th Star Award went to Sylvain Fontaine. The 4th Star is awarded to a person from the business of harness racing that we do not often talk about, which often goes under the radar, but which is no less deserving. The honor goes to Fontaine, a driver, trainer, busy at the paddock on race days. Rarely one word higher than the other, he does well what he has to do and positions his horses well in the race without brutalizing them. Nicknamed "Balou" for friends, his friends in the paddock cannot be counted anymore. A 4th Star Award went to driver Steeven Genois. He is never discouraged, despite sometimes long periods without a trip to the winner's circle. With the confidence of some trainers helping, he persevered and finally earned his share of victories. With the support of his wife Melanie, Steeven finally sees better days dawning on the horizon. The Excellence Media Award was presented to Carole Dumont for the launch and production of the program "On Track" presented on Videotron as part of the Ma TV series. Carole gives all his heart and all his expertise in the realization of this series of broadcasts that were intended to open to a wide audience the doors of an unknown universe, harness racing. The show was hailed by the industry and the general public. A must see. Trotter of the Year, Lucky Promesses, owned, bred and driven by Jerome Lombart, trained by Andreane Lapierre. Her record at H3R was absolutely sensational. It reads: 22 starts (8-1-0) $ 20,832, record of 1.58.2 taken at Rideau. At home it was 2.00.4. She has had nine straight wins, including Bedford and Rideau. Hats off to Jerome Lombart, who with his patience brought the mare to this high level of performance. The Pacer of the Year, Rainbow Palace, owned and driven by Francis Picard, trained by Dominique Picard, bought for C$7,500 at the Forest City Auction, this daughter of Royal Mattjesty had a year of dreams in 2017 while producing only at home, Her record with us: 21 starts (7-2-5) C$24,102, and especially a record of 1.54.3. Owner of the Year, Kevin Maguire. New category introduced this year. Who other than Kevin Maguire to illustrate the investment in time, money in the industry, which gave him a little this year by crowning his mare Magestic M, winner of the Breeders Cup. A great success that Kevin had in 2017. Previous years have not always been rewarded like this one. Our man nevertheless continued to devote himself to his passion. His statistics at H3R also impressive in 2017, under a record of 75 starts (11-14-8) and C$94,094 in earnings. Trainer of the Year, Francis Richard. New generation, new approach, great talent and extremely friendly personality, a big plus for the industry from the contribution of Francis this year. And the number of owners who trust him is a testament to his talent and expertise. A well-deserved title under a record of 109 (26-16-11) C$142,139. Driver of the Year, Stephane Brosseau. Another outstanding ambassador for the industry. 2017 was the year of the great return to the summit, that of the recognition of many trainers in his talent out of the ordinary to drive with skill the young horses. A combination of events and people will have allowed Stephane to experience a dream year, in a job he loves. His record: 277 (53-55-44) C$297,817, average URS of .355. Personality of the Year, Claude Hamel. HP here, HP there, the HP of Claude Hamel the breeder is now known throughout Canada. The man has given a lot to the industry in recent decades. With his wife Celine Paquin, he has set up a farm which they can be rightly proud. This year again, the HP horses have shone, the most beautiful flagship being so far, the incredible HP Sissy, winner here and in the USA at the highest levels at Yonkers Raceway. And we're not talking about the many horses that Claude is associated with in Ontario, and they too race at the highest level. The Special Achievement Award was presented to François Carignan, the Director of Operations at H3R. The Quebec Jockey Club paid tribute to the man who has worked the Trois-Rivières racecourse throughout the region and in Quebec over the last fifty years. To speak about François is to talk about his passion for the racetrack, the races, the horses and the customers with whom he has developed great relationships over the years, a complicity that is rarely seen. It was a superb way to close a very successful gala. The fifth annual since the revival of the industry by the Quebec Jockey Club. 2017 Champion Horses 2-year-old Filly Trotter Precious CC (Angus Hall - Marion Chocolate - Chocolatier) 2:03.3 Owner: Marie-Andrée Cornoyer Breeder: Raymond Larose Trainer-driver: Claude Beausoleil 2-year-old Colt Trotter Ganymede Lavec (Ganymede - Promising Lavec - Mr Lavec) 2.07 Owner and breeder: Jerome Lombart Trainer: Andrene Lapierre Driver: Jerome Lombart 2- year- old Filly Pacer Rose Bed (Bayama Leader - Intense - Shanghai Phil) 2:02 Owner-breeder: Guy Corbeil Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 2-year-old Colt Pacer Stock (Sportswriter - Whycantiforgetyou - The Panderosa) 1:57 Proprietors: Sotirios Anastasopoulos, Gaetan Bono Breeder: Sotirios Anastasopoulos Trainer: Dany Fontaine Driver: Stephane Brosseau 3-year-old Filly Trotter Magestic M (The Majestic Son - Striking Sybil - Striking Sahbra) 2.03.1 Owner - Breeder: Kevin Maguire Trainer: Kevin Maguire Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy 3-year-old Colt Trotter Dream Sensor (Muscle Mass - Nobility - Monte Hall) 2.00.1 Owner-Breeder: Provocative Stable Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Filly Pacer YS Tallia (Western Ideal - Tallinn Bolero - Arts Conquest) 1.58.4 Owner - breeder: Yves Sarrazin Trainer: Michel Allard Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Colt Pacer Wildriverbumblebee (Sportswriter - Alcor Semalu - Mach Three) 1.59.1 Breeder owner: Dr. John Bradbury Coach: Francis Richard Driver: Stephane Brosseau Older Mare Trotter Artemis Duharas (Andover Hall - Athena Duharas - Victory Force) 2.03.1 Owner - breeder: Haras De l'Estrie Trainer: Manon Levasseur Driver: Raymond Gingras Older Horse Trotter Wildwild Men (Muscle Mass - Seeyouinthecircle - Angus Hall) 1.59.1 Owner: Catheline Pelletier Breeder: Chantal Gravel Coach: Isabelle Darveau Driver: Rob Shepherd Older Mare Pacer HP Sissy (Up The Credit - Monica Blue Chip - Cams Card Shark) 1.55 Owner - breeder: Claude Hamel Trainer: Jean Tourigny Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy Older Horse Pacer Half Billion (Sportswriter - Racey Date - Western Hanover) 1.52.2 Proprietors: Michel Letarte, Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire, Corey Giles Breeder: Hudson Standardbred Trainer: Francis Richard Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy New Track Record Windsun Cheyenne Trainer and owner, Gina Bragagnolo Driver: Stéphane Brosseau 1½ mile, 2.58.1, August 27th, 5th race By Daniel Delisle for the Quebec Jockey Club  

November 19, 2017 - Harness racing Groupe action began this day with the Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge (purse €120,000. 2700 meters) and 16/1 Easy des Racques (3m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) scored timed in 1.14.4kr for driver J.Ph. Monclin. 3/5 favorite Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) was second for pilot Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. 3.6/1 Express Jet (3m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) rallied to gain third for driver/trainer Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale. The Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (purse €130,000, 2700 meters) and the 1.14kr timed winner was 3/10 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) with Mathieu Mottier up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 27.3/1 Exotic Destination (3f Love You-Quiromantica) was a fast rallying second for Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this one for breeder/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 28.7/1 Estelada de Font (3f Orateur-Quibala Street) and trainer/driver Emmanuelle Allard finished third. Fractions were even. The Prix de Cosse le Vivien (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters), a solid conditioned event, went to 1.12.3kr timed and 7/10 favorite Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Marie) with J-M Bazire up for legendary Wildenstein Stables Ltd Ireland. 12.5/1 Blues d’Ourville (6g Password-Pursuit of Charm) and 10.8/1 Blue Story (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) were second and third. The Gr. III Prix de Bossy Saint Leger (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, European), the last of the day’s groupe events, went to 51.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) reined by trainer Sylvain Roger for breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Race time was 1.12kr off quick and steady fractions. 4.7/1 Tessy d’Ete (5f Ganymede-Love me Tender) held second closely for J-M Bazire, trainer Philippe Billard and Scuderia Eurocolor Srl. Third was 6.5/1 Comtesse du Chene (5f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) with David Thomain up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Thomas H. Hicks  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 18, 2017) - Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race harness racing card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination. Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week's $381,200 final. "Kissin raced great and was well in hand," said Johansson. "The ear plugs were never pulled. We're happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they're both on their game." Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc. Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week's final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter. Also on the card tonight, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before next Saturday's finals. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3. "When Darlin is on her "A" game I don't think many can go with her," said Johansson. "It's just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn't get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she'll get over the million-dollar mark next week." The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88. Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. The card features the Fall Final Four and four TVG Free For All Finals with total purses in excess of $2 million. Justin Horowitz

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - Si Semalu became the harness racing newest member of the quarter-million-dollar club when he won the $20,500 featured pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono, plowing through "sloppy +2" conditions to post a 1:52.3 triumph. Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the Modern Art gelding to command in front of the stands and held sway the rest of the mile, although needing every bit of a 56.1 last mile to hold off a stubborn first-over challenger in Andrieos Kardia, who finally came up a neck short. Bruce Clarke trains the winner of $253,926 for owner John Coffey The Mach Three gelding Archangel Three sat a great pocket trip, came clear along the inside, went to the lead, and then held off good closing bursts from Ginger Tree Crash and Phil Your Boots to take down a $17,000 co-featured pace. Matt Kakaley, who had four sulky victories at press time, got the winner of $118,504 home in 1:53 in the messy conditions for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stables LLC. Archangel Blue Chip was second choice in his event to the great local favorite Luck Be Withyou, who set all the pace but couldn't make his lead stand up in the drive in his 89th and final career start. The son of Western Ideal, usually handled by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Chris Oakes and owners John Craig and Northfork Racing Stable, will now begin a new career as a stud at Maple Lane Farm, Grabil IN, after being the living definition of the term "Horse for the course," as this graphic shows: LIFETIME 89-28-15-5  $1,454,166 POCONO 31-17-7-1  $760,230 --won his Breeders Crown elim and final at age 2 here --won his Franklin elim and final at age 4 here --took his lifetime mark of 1:47.4 in winning his Franklin Consolation here at 5 --won in 1:50 or better each of his five racing years here   Balmoral, Batavia, Dayton, Dover, Flamboro, Harrington, 58-11-8-4-$693,936 Hoosier, Meadowlands, Mohawk, Northfield, Philly, Pompano, Saratoga, Scioto, Tioga, Yonkers PHHA / Pocono

DAYTON, OH. - Its been a very exciting week for harness racing driver Travis Seekman, to say the least. His wife Desiree presented the 27-year-old reinsman with their first child, a healthy 8 pound 1 ounce baby girl they've named Raegyn, on Thursday morning; and Saturday night (Nov. 18) he won the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace with Let's Drink On It at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Despite persistent night-long rainfall and strong gusting winds, the 6-year-old son of Art Official, trained by "Grandpa" Joe Seekman and taken care of by "Grandma" Tina Seekman, overcame the dreaded 9-hole and swept to a convincing 2-1/4 length 1:54.1 score over the sloppy surface. Go Daddy Go (Randy Tharps) and Dreamfair Mesa (Josh Sutton) battled through the first quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3 before Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) ranged up to challenge the leaders at the 1:25.2 three-quarters with Let's Drink On It in tow in the outer flow. It was at that point that "Daddy" Seekman swung his charge three-wide and got the response he hoped for. "That wind was brutal on the last turn and I was out three wide, but Let's Drink On It raced big tonight and went a big mile," beamed Travis. "I'll have enough for my first load of diapers now," he laughed. Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman) and Dont Say Goodby (Trace Tetrick) were also near the back of the pack in the early going, but also responded well throughout the second half to garner runnerup and show finishes, respectively. Let's Drink On It has now scored 33 triumphs and pushed his lifetime earnings past $850,000 with the win. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 18, 2017— Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.60) won the scrum for the lead and eventually the ‘moist’ race Saturday night (Nov. 18th), annexing Yonkers Raceway’s harness racing $40,000 Open Pace. With half the field leaving the gate, it was Bit of a Legend N—from post position No. 4--making the lead around Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) left outside Bit of a Legend N and settled for a three-hole, while Dr. J Hanover (Dan Dube) left outside of everyone and broke. Bit of a Legend N found a :57.2 intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:24.4) to fend off the second move of Scott Rocks. The people’s preference had a couple of lengths into the lane, then disposed of ‘Joe’ by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1. Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett), Scott Rocks and a flat-from-second-over The Real One (Pat Lachance) rounded out the payees. For Bit of Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.60, with the triple returning $263.50. Reminder that first post for Sunday’s (Nov. 19th)  matinee goes at 11:45 AM. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2017 -- Dapper Dude attacked the leader, Stride Of Pride, first over, passed him in deep stretch and captured Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after Stride Of Pride. Despite a sloppy racing surface, the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest gained steadily and downed Stride Of Pride by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting A Real Miracle finished third. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts $1,168,280 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins, including a pair for trainer Kyle Bolon, on the 12-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features a pair of carryovers -- a $2,146.60 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $713.21 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- in addition to a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) that is a feature of each live card. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

November 17, 2017 - Friday’s Paris-Vincennes’ featured  Q+ Prix du Salon du Chaval (purse €52,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Global Response (6g Credit Winner-Com Mimm) with Christophe Martens up.  Vincent Martens trains this property of J.A.C. Vanduffel. 31.5/1 Siebella Park (6f Varenne-Grandera Park) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 26.8/1 Bariane James (6f Goetmals Wood-Ma Sissi James) landed third for J-M Bazire, who won three on the card. 13.8/1 Emmett Brown (6g Muscle Hill) and 18.5/1 Bomina (6f Quick Wood) were fourth and fifth.  Thursday Paris-Vincennes featured Prix de l’Ile d’Oleron (Gr. III, purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 19 monte starters) went to 1.14kr timed and 3.3/1 odds Caduceus des Baux (5g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) with jockey Damien Bonne in the irons. Jack Dowie is the owner/breeder. 2.1/1 Cassate (5f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was second for Adrien Lamy and 7.2/1 Valoe du Banney (8g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) Also on Thursday was the Prix de Belfort (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) and Cash Maker (5g Quaker Jet-Salt Lake City) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault. Global Response Thomas H. Hicks

ON Wednesday 15 November 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry in relation to complaints reported to HRNSW Stewards at the Newcastle meeting on Saturday 5 August 2017. Licensed trainer Mr Robin Hosking (Snr), licensed stablehands Mrs Christine Hosking and Mr Rex Spencer attended and presented evidence to the inquiry. Additional evidence was also presented by the following persons: Ms Laura Spencer (licensed trainer/driver) Mr Peter Allen (licensed trainer) Mrs Pamela James (licensed stablehand) Mrs Sandra Smith                            After considering the evidence HRNSW Stewards issued two (2) charges against Mr Rex Spencer pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 231(1)(d): AHRR 231(1)(d) A person shall not (d)          abuse… anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry or otherwise having a connection with it The details of the charges related to Mr Spencer abusing Mr Hosking (Snr) and Mrs Hosking at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club on Saturday 5 August 2017. Mr Spencer was found guilty of both offences and was disqualified for a period of three months to commence immediately. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The nature of these offences; Mr Spencer’s not guilty plea; Previous offences of this nature; Mr Spencer’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Spencer has appealed these decisions.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 • GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •

Anderson, Ind.-November 17, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2017 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Friday, November 17. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fourth consecutive and sixth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2017 leading driver with 366 victories while amassing over $4.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 331 victories with John DeLong in third with 223 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $44 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick also captured two Breeders Crown titles at Hoosier Park earlier in October. "This year was incredibly special for me, especially with the two Breeders Crown wins," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I want to thank the owners and trainers for believing in me and giving me the opportunity, without them, I wouldn't be here." "I've had a lot of momentum all year," he continued. "That certainly helps. The support of my family and friends has been great. I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." For the first time since 2005, the battle for winning trainer resulted in a tie. Jamie Macomber and Jeff Cullipher each ended the season with 92 wins to earn the honors as the season's top trainers at Hoosier Park. Don Cromer and Dan Perdue tied for leading trainer honors in 2005 with 31 wins. It was the first leading trainer title for both Macomber and Cullipher. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just one win separated the top pair. Macomber's Ramblingamblinman found the winner's circle with Peter Wrenn in the bike. Just a few races later, Cullipher evened the score after back to back wins with Coal Hanover and Ideal Rocky, respectively. After 10 years managing Ron Burke's Indiana stable, 2017 was Macomber's first season operating a public stable with her husband, Ricky, Macomber. The daughter of Ohio-based trainer Tim Rucker and his wife, Debbie, now finds herself with a leading trainer title and a Breeders Crown champion to her credit. Macomber trained Beckhams Z Tam who was victorious in the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers earlier this month at Hoosier Park in 1:51.1. In addition to the Breeders Crown victory, horses from the Macomber stable earned over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day meet at Hoosier Park. "What an unbelievable year, I just have to keep pinching myself," Macomber noted. "With a win in the Breeders Crown and now standing here for leading trainer alongside Jeff, it's been truly unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough that has supported me this year, my owners, my team, everyone." Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 46-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After finishing fourth in the trainer standings last year, his stable earned over $1 million throughout the 2017 season to find him atop the standings. "It's been a great year," Cullipher said. "This is one of the toughest places to race in the country so if you can make it here, I think you are doing alright. I have to thank my owners and my team who have helped me get here, it really is a team effort." The Friday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2017 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2017 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season." For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 17, 2017—Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell, $8.20) retook the lead early and grudgingly held it late Friday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s blindly-drawn (by modern technology) $40,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Pace. Away second from post potion No. 2, ‘Queen Be’ at first was pocketed to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) then retook before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission when Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) offered a fruitless, first-up bid from fifth. Meanwhile, Call Me Queen Be maintained her social status in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. She would need just about all of it. Slight 5-2 favorite All About Madi (Brian Sears), who won the draw but sat a loose three-hole, stormed home inside. ‘Madi’s’ memo arrived a tad late as she missed a scant nose in 1:53.3. Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) left the cones to snatch third, beaten a half-length. HP Sissy and She’sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) settled for the pre-turkey leftovers. For tepid second choice Call Me Queen Be, a 4-year-old millionairess daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Let it Ride Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan, it was her fourth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.40, with the triple returning $63.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Nov. 18th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,867.20. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. 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. Frank Drucker