Day At The Track

Instructor cruised to victory in the $41,600 Standardbred pace for harness racing freshman colts in Sunday's Grand Circuit action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Mike Wilder sent the gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance from post #1 right to the lead and led the field through the first three quarters of the mile in :28 2/5, :58 2/5 and 1:27 1/5. Rock N Joe (Chris Page) mounted a slight challenge in the final turn, but Instructor was too tough and won by 1 1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5. Instructor is owned by Burke Racing Stable, David Wills, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi and conditioned by Ron Burke. Bye Hanover took the $34,800 Standardbred for two-year-old filly pacers in 1:58 4/5. When the field of three headed into the first turn, driver Chris Page sent the daughter of Well Said after the early lead, putting Tura Lura Lural (Kayne Kauffman) into the pocket spot second on the rail. Bye Hanover was able to control the fractions of :30, 1:00 4/5 and 1:31. Bye Hanover drew clear of Trura Lura Lural in the stretch to score the 3¼ length win. The daughter of Well Said is owned by Richard Lombardo, RBH Ventures, Joe Sbrocco and Hutchinson Harness and trained by Brian Brown. Driver Hannah Miller continued her dominance in the amateur driving ranks with a pair of wins on the card, the Tim Fouts Memorial Pace and the Billings Amateur Trot. In the $5,000 Tim Fouts Memorial Pace, she represented the Yonkers Harness Drivers Club and used a three-wide move in the final turn to win with Banging The Drum in 1:57 1/5. Badger Quinn (Ned Hodkinson) was second and Picasso Forever (Mitchell Walker) was third. Miller guided Pine Tab to a 1:59 4/5 win over Kween Mightus (Gregg Keidel) and Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker) to take the Billings Trot. Post time for the 13 race Monday card is 3:00 p.m. Jay Wolf

September 17, 2017 - Today at Bologna, Italy (804 meter track) featured the Grand Premio Continentale (Harness racing four years old males, purse €209,000, 2060 meters autostart) produced a resounding five length 1.11.5kr timed win for Urlo Dei Venti (4m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) driven by Enrico Bellei. The great gaited colt trotted away from his pursuers around the last bend. Unicorno SLM (4m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch) was second for Wim Paal. Third went to Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) handled by Gabriele Gelormini in his presumed final start before the Yonkers International in New York. The four year old mares contested the Grand Premio Continentale Filly (purse €77,000, 1660 meters autostart) and Une Etoile Gar (4f Varenne-Lorin-Ganymede) prevailed timed in 1.12.6kr for her 11th career win in 34 starts. Mario Minopoli Jr. teamed the winner. Second was Uma Francis (4f Explot Caf-Fashion Dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) driven by Enrico Bellei. Third went to United Roc (4f Filipp Roc-Estasi Roc-Princely Fellow) for Santo Mollo. Thomas H. Hicks

September 16, 2017 - Gyorgy Horvath piloted his (co-owner) Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) to another harness racing victory Saturday (her fourth straight win and seventh in ten 2017 outings) in the featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team defeated Ordog Hegeduse (9g Medic Hanover-Dallar-Magnus) with Ferenc Nagi II up and third was Szacharin (6f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Istvan Papp. Race time was 1.19.1kr over the extended distance and the winner (#6) is pictured. The undercard showed the Istis Jerez DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.17.6kr timed winner was Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Balazs Juhasz. Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Third was Beatrix Galindo AT (4f Tony Oaks-Boa Vista Vita-Just Has A Vision) for Tibor Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

The $353,300 Night of Champions Program closed out the 2017 Live Harness Racing season at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack in Minnesota on Saturday night (September 16) with another fantastic and enthusiastic live crowd on hand for the final event of the season.   The championship races kicked off early with three 2-year-old trotting filles squaring off for a $35,000 purse in the first of two non wagering events. Dekker (Rick Magee) picked up her first lifetime win in the contest with a 2:04.2 victory by 1 1/2 lengths over The Sweetest Thing (Dean Magee) and Floatinonthebreeze (Jenni King). Dekker is a filly by Braggart, and is trained by Justin Anfinson for owners Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long.   In the other non-bettor, It's Stormin Money made it two wins in a row to take the winner's prize in the $35,000 3 year old filly Trot Championship in 2:02.1 with Steve Wiseman at the controls for owner Bryce Jenson and trainer Brady Jenson. The victory tonight was a 13 1/2 length romp over Ritchess Brandy (Brady Jenson) and Imapixieatmidnight (Nick Roland).   Bragginade ($4.60) took the $35,000 2 year old geldings Trot Championship, with a dominating gate-to-wire victory by 2 1/4 lengths in 2:04 with trainer/driver Nick Roland in the sulky. It was the sixth victory in nine starts for the son of Braggart, who is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLC. Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) picked up second, and Stonecold Stunner (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.   Bertha Vanation ($21.60) pulled the 9-1 upset in the $35,000 2 year old filly Pace Championship, with an aggresive drive by Dean Magee. The filly by Voracious Hanover was part of the early battle for command but settled away in fourth before sweeping to the lead just after the quick 28.1 quarter. Bertha Vanation faced some heavy pressure around the final turn from Aint No Uppy Girl (Rick Magee), but was able to turn back that cahllenge, and dig in gamely to the wire as favorite Ellamennopee (Steve Wiseman) was roaring down the inside. Bertha Vanation held on for a neck victory in a lifetime best mile of 1:56 for trainer Joel Mc Danel and owner John Hendricks.   Dream Chasin ($11.00) converted the pocket trip into his first lifetime win to take the Championship in the $35,000 2 year old geldings Pace in 1:58.1 with Rick Magee in the sulky for Michelle & Gregory Budach, over favorite Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and pace-setter Here Comes Teddy (Nick Roland). The winner is a son of Fancy Schmansy.   Al Mar Foxyeclipse ($6.40) took top honors in the $35,000 3 year old Trot championship event, posting his fifth lifetime tally with a new mark of 2:01.4 this evening with Dean Magee in the sulky for trainer Joel Mc Danel and owner Mark Holtan. Liquor'skwikker (James Yoder) checked in second, while Al Mar Country-Luv (Rick Magee) was home in third.   Whatitdo Babyboo ($4.00) delivered as the public's choice in the $35,000 3 year old filly Pace, scoring her 14th lifetime win, and 7th win of the season in 1:56 with driver Steve Wiseman aboard for trainer Brett Ballinger and owners Van Oterloo Stables. Follwing her signature racing style, Whatitdo Babyboo was unhurried in the early stages of the affair, away in sixth position from post 7, but was out and moving first-over just before the half mile juncture. Wiseman had his filly in perfect striking position as they turned for home and she paced strong through the lane to take the lead and post a half-a-length victory over a tough pace-setter Exsqueezeme (Nick Roland), with Swinging Again (James Yoder) back in third.   21 year old Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson pulled off a rare feat in the $35,000 Championship for 3 year old pacing geldings, he sent out a pair of trainees in the contest, and picked up the top two positions at the wire in a ten horse field. Jenson steered Marktentwentyseven to victory over stablemate Too Much Too Quick driven by Nick Roland. Both horses are owned by the Jenson family, with Brandon, Natalie Rae & Larry Jo being the owners of the winner. The pair of sophomore pacers were both away near the back of the pack, and took full benefit of the fast fractions up front (27.4, 56.0, and 1:24) and were both charging three-and-four wide turning for home. With a sixteenth of a mile to go, it was clear that a Jenson trainee was going to be the winner, the only question was: which one. Marktentwentyseven ($33.40) was closing widest of all, and fastest of all - to get up for the 3/4 length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4. The winning gelding is by Up Front Brad.   Pa's Corn Squeezin ($23.60) pulled off yet another upset on the evening, in the $17,500 4 year olds & up Mares Pace Championship, with Nick Roland steering for trainer Timothy Brown and owner Dave Haness. The pocket-rocket style victory in 1:55.2 was win number five on the season for the 5 year old daughter of General Aidid. American Dancer (James Yoder) was just a neck back in second, and favorite Cruzin Coco (Dean Magee) was third best after cutting the mile.   The $25,000 4 year olds & Up Trot Championship went to Mr Jackpot, for his second career championship, in 1:57.2 with Dean Magee in the sulky for proud owners Marlene and Jodi Wilson and trainer Glen Wilson. Mr Jackpot ($26.60) is a 4 year old gelding by Money Talks, and tonight's vicory was career tally number ten. Whatevershesgot (Lemoyne Svendsen) was second, and race-favorite Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) was home in third tonight.   The final Championship event, and final race of the 2017 season, was the $17,500 4 year olds & up Pace, with a well matched field of ten. The night and the season closed out with another upset winner,as SwagasaurusRex and Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame member and driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen got up for a triumphant victory, worthy of a whip raised to the skies at the wire by Svenden. SwagasaurusRex ($40.80) started from post 10 in the second tier, and was well off the pace early. Svendsen had him in motion and in the flow going into the final turn, and was in striking position turning for home, taking a seam right down the middle of the track to draw away from the field by two lengths in 1:53.1 to post the fastest mile of the night and take a new lifetime mark. SwagasaurusRex is a four year old gelding by Voracious Hanover, and he is trained by Dean Magee for owner Richard Davelaar. Gravelsinmytravel (Dean Magee) was home second, completing the trainer one-two punch yet again on this historic night, and Stuckey Dote (Nick Roland) was third.   Running Aces 2017 season once again Best ever Running Aces Casino & Racetrack just completed it's 10th season of Live Harness Racing, and numbers are up in every conceivable category. Large crowds were the norm throughout the 2017 season, with a 36% increase in on track attendance over what were already very strong attendance figures from last season. On-track live wagering handle was up 11.39 %, and live export handle was up 18.24 % over 2016, which had been the best season on record until this year. The overall handle increase was 17.1 %. The new .20 cent pick 5 Jackpot wager was a success, producing large carryovers and large payouts, including a record .20 cent payout of $55,645.80 on August 26th. Magnifique, driven by owner/trainer Gerald Longo stamped her name into the record books when she hit the wire first in the $12,000 Mares open Handicap Pace on July 18 at odds of 115-1 to record a state record pari-mutuel payoff of $232.20 to win. Average field size increased yet again as well, to 7.51 and contributed to some of the best and most competitive racing around. On the racetrack, there were so many amazing performances. No less than eight track record miles were turned in this summer at the beautiful Minnesota oval. Firedrake won 9 races at Running Aces this season, for the most wins of the meet, he also won the innagural $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace on July 23 in 1:52.1 and set a new track record of 1:51.2 for 4 year old pacing geldings on September 3rd. Firedrake is owned by Jessica Johnson and trained & driven by Nick Roland. Banker Volo had an amazing season at Running Aces as well, and stamped his legacy into the history books with a new all age trotting track record of 1:54.2, that he posted not just once, but twice this season (June 27 and July 25) during his 7 trips to the Aces winners circle this year. Banker Volo is owned by Dan Roland and was trained this season by Jenni King and Angie Coleman, with Luke Plano doing the driving. Ideal Jesse became the fastest 3 year old trotting colt in Running Aces history back on June 27, with his 1:56.1 victory for owner/trainer/driver James Yoder. My Little Susie re-wrote the record for 4 year old trotting mares with a 1:55 mile on June 17 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for trainer Kathleen Plested and owners A Piece of The Action LLC. Gold Star Mysti contributed an impressive new track mark for 4 year old pacing mares in 1:51 on July 3rd for the fastest mile of the meet, with trainer/driver James Yoder in the sulky for owner Marianne Audley. Gold Star Mysti was a fierce competitor in the Mares Open all season long. And Steve's Hot Rod became the fastest 3 year old gelding pacer in Running Aces history when he turned in a sparkling 1:51.4 mile on September 2 with trainer/driver Rick Magee steering for owner Kati Sokolowski. The 2017 Leading Driver award went to Steve Wiseman, with 94 wins and an impressive win percentage of over 21 percent, he also led all drivers in purse money and UDRS. The 2017 Leading Trainer award went to Kathleen Plested, with 47 wins. Running Aces wishes to congratulate the entire Live Racing team for a job well done, and a very successfull season. We also wish to thank our loyal fans and our amazing horsemen for their continued support year after year. Remember, Running Aces is a year-round facility with Simulcasting 7 days a week,and Card Casino action 24 hours a day. Stay informed about upcoming events and promotions by visiting our website at www.RunAces.com.    Check the website early next year for information about the 2018 Live Racing season.     By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16... What The Hill, who was disqualified after winning this year's Hambletonian for interference, converted off of a similar pocket trip to find redemption with a 1:51.4 stakes record victory in the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke pupil followed behind Long Tom and driver Tim Tetrick as they posted fractions of :27.1, :55.4 for the half and 1:23.3 for three-quarters. Into the stretch, driver David Miller angled What The Hill off cover and fed the colt open racetrack where he was quick to respond. What The Hill then breezed past Long Tom to capture the rich final and also earn a new speed badge in the process. Dover Dan rallied to finish second, three lengths behind the victor. Long Tom faded to third. "I figured I would be following Timmy there (Tetrick and Long Tom) and I was only hoping that someone didn't try to remove on him," said Miller from the winner's circle. "But the trip worked out great. The horse that was first in, I believe was Bills Man. He didn't get to us so I was able to sit in right to the head of the stretch and then my horse exploded." What The Hill lowered the stakes record by three-fifths of a second which was previously held by Majestic Son (2006), Lucky Chucky (2010), Market Share (2012) and Royalty For Life (2013) for their 1:52.2 victories. The 1:51.4 clocking was also one-fifths of a second off of the track and Canadian record. "I was flabbergasted that no one came out and let them go to three-quarters in the race they did and let David get out this time," said co-owner Jerry Silva, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic with What The Hill's sire Muscle Hill. "Not like in the Hambo when they were all alongside of him and we got disqualified for the first time in 92 years, which I still have doubts about them disqualifying us in that race." What The Hill notched his fifth victory of the season and eighth lifetime. With the win, the trotting colt now boasts career earnings of $630,747 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms. What The Hill paid $7.60, $5.10, and $3.70, combining with Dover Dan ($8, $4.80) for a $ 35.70 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-7 (Long Tom, $4.20) triactor was worth $292, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-2 (Bills Man)] returned $474.80. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Stay Hungry stalked a contested tempo, swooping to a harness racing victory in one of three $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations Saturday, September 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, going a lifetime-best mile of 1:50.2. Lost In Time launched to the lead, setting a :27.3 quarter before yielding to Summer Travel into the backstretch. Shadow Moon, on his back, then brushed to the lead passing three-eighths as Lost In Time, anxious behind the pair, tipped wide to reclaim command following a :55.2 half while wide of Shadow Moon. Past three-quarters in 1:22.4, Shadow Moon retook a narrow lead from Lost In Time turning into the stretch, soon losing it as Lost In Time and Hayden Hanover, moving off cover, overpowered the leader. Stay Hungry, wide of Hayden Hanover, drew alongside the pair into the eighth pole, getting a neck in front of Lost In Time, who took second, and Hayden Hanover in third. Undefeated in three starts, Stay Hungry, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Dragon Again mare My Little Dragon, has earned $75,940 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Doug Mcnair, he paid $4.60 to win. "This is kind of where you aim for to start a season," Mcnair said. "He's coming into the Metro final in good shape - dropped two more seconds off his previous mark and he did it pretty handily. He felt pretty good [while] they were battling up front. He's green once he clears - he hesitates a bit, but he's real smart; he knows what he's doing." Stay Hungry Sent off the 1-5 favourite, Pedro Hanover launched off cover to take the first elimination of the Metro Pace in 1:51.2. Floating into fourth approaching the first turn, Pedro Hanover tipped wide to pursue pacesetter Phil The Thrill following a :27 opening quarter, picking up cover from Declan Seelster before the half timed in :56. Phil The Thrill held control around the final turn while undergoing pressure from Declan Seelster, passing three-quarters in 1:24.2. Both Phil The Thrill and Declan Seelster stalled in their duel through the stretch. Pedro Hanover edged towards the center of the track and grabbed the lead into the eighth pole, kicking clear of Springsteen, who weaved his way into second, and closers Odds On Lauderdale and St Lads Neptune, who finished third in a dead heat. Owned by Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, Pedro Hanover, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Pro Bono Best mare Paulas Best, won for the fifth time in seven starts this season, earning $260,656. Trained by Andrew Harris and driven by Andrew McCarthy, he paid $2.60 to win. "I got very lucky [when] Tim Tetrick couldn't make it up here for the Nassagaweya, and he mentioned my name, so I got to come up and race him up here," McCarthy said. "They went [fast] enough in the first quarter, so I knew that'd take a bit of the sting out of them. As long as I was handy enough at the head of the stretch, I know he's going to kick home in 26-and-change; he can really fly." Pedro Hanover Twin B Tuffenuff pulled off a minor upset in the final Metro elimination, winning in 1:51.1 at odds of 7-1. Settling into fourth through a :26.3 quarter, Twin B Tuffenuff moved first over towards Babes Dig Me, who circled by Trump That to take the lead into the backstretch. Following a :55.3 half, Twin B Tuffenuff crept closer into contention, matching strides with the pacesetter after a 1:23.3 third quarter and soon sweeping to the lead in the stretch. Taste Of History rallied up the rail to take second, while Nutcracker Sweet tipped off cover from second over to finish third. Owned by Marvin Rounick, Twin B Tuffenuff, by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Dragon Again mare In The Pink, won his first race in eight starts, earning $35,830. Trained by Steve Elliot and driven by Brett Miller, he paid $16.30 to win. "This is a very nice colt," Brett Miller said. "As you can see on his lines, at the quarter, at the half, he's been 15 lengths off - 15 lengths off at the half and pacing unreal back halves. He has troubles steering, so I knew, if I could ever get him close from the half on, he'd be tough to beat. "[Elliot] did change his equipment tonight - helped a little bit. But still, from the last turn to the wire, I was pulling on the right line pretty hard. If I could ever let him go straight, he'd be even faster. He's going to have to show his 'A'-game [next week]; I know he can go with those colts, but it's just a matter of getting the right trip and how he's steering." Twin B Tuffenuff The draw for the $816,000 Metro Pace final took place following the eliminations. Here is the field for next Saturday's (September 23) final. 1. St Lads Neptune by Mach Three 2. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere 3. Twin B Tuffenuff by Rock N Roll Heaven 4. Pedro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Lost In Time by A Rocknroll Dance 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight 7. Taste Of History by Badlands Hanover 8. Odds On Lauderdale by Western Ideal 9. Springsteen by Rock N Roll Heaven 10. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere AE: This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere Courtesy Standardbred Canada

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Hannelore Hanover got her Maple Leaf Trot redemption with an impressive 1:51.1 harness racing victory in Saturday's $594,000 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old trotting mare and driver Yannick Gingras seized the lead heading to the half and proceeded to trot away to a 4½ length victory for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. "When she's like this, in North America anyway, I'll take on any trotter," said Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's sensational performance. JL Cruze shot out to the grab the early lead and posted a snappy opening-quarter of :26.2. Hannelore Hanover settled into third in the early going, while Gingras waited to make his move. 'Hannelore' came with a second-quarter rush and secured the lead in time to post a half of :54.3. Odds On Amethyst came first up in the third-quarter and got up to the wheel of the leader, but Gingras got a comfortable third-quarter of :28.4 to lead at that station in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover waved goodbye to her rivals and trotted home strongly in :27.4 for her biggest victory to date. JL Cruze finished second, while Pasithea Face, the other mare in the field, was third. The Superfecta was completed by Warrawee Roo. "When she's like this you can race her any which you want," said Gingras about moving 'Hannelore' to the lead. "They told me how good she trained and the great week she had and they sure were right." The victory is extra special for Hannelore Hanover's connections after coming up just short in last year's event. "Last year she raced her heart out and was second to Resolve in a great race," said co-owner Baldachino. "For her to comeback a year later and actually win it, it's real sweet and very special." A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is now six for 10 this season with $634,986 earned. The talented trotting mare surpassed $2 million in career earnings with her 32nd career win Saturday. Hannelore Hanover's Maple Leaf Trot victory is the first win in the event for driver Gingras and trainer Burke. Hannelore Hanover returned $3, $2.60, $2.30. The $2 Exacta with JL Cruze ($7.50, $3.90) paid $15.70, while the $1 Trifecta with Pasithea Face ($3.40) returned $30.15. The $1 Superfecta with Warrawee Roo in the fourth-slot paid $228.10. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Blue Moon Stride converted off a perfect second-over trip to win Saturday's $256,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in a harness racing stakes record 1:48.4. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old pacing mare and driver David Miller followed up their 7-1 upset victory in last week's elimination with a mild 6-1 upset in Saturday's final. Post-ten starter Witch Dali blasted out from the outside to grab the early lead and post a :26.1 opening-quarter. Wrangler Magic and Pure Country, the 6/5 favourite, were both seeking the lead early and parked around the first turn. Pure Country cleared to the lead nearing the half, but paid a big price by pacing a :53.3 opening-half. Lady Shadow came out from fourth and committed first up at the half, providing cover for Blue Moon Stride, who was pacing sixth. Pure Country and Lady Shadow dueled by three-quarters in 1:21.1, while Miller was just waiting for the stretch in a perfect second-over spot. Blue Moon Stride rocketed off cover in the lane and surged to the lead. The Harder trainee stormed home in :27.2 to win by three-quarters of a length over a charging L A Delight. Frost Damage Blues finished third, while Darlinonthebeach was fourth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Blue Moon Stride appears to have found her best stride with Miller in the sulky. The duo have now won three races in a row when working together and the four-year-old is arguably at her best right now. "She's very sharp right now," said Miller. "I talked to Mark (Harder) last night and he assured me that she was coming into the race in great shape and he was absolutely right. "She's beaten the best ones the last three weeks pretty handily, so yes I'm pretty high on her." Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride is now four for 13 this season with $243,119 earned. The Harder trainee earned her 14th victory Saturday and pushes her career earnings over $950,000. The clocking of 1:48.4 lowered the Milton Stakes record by a full-second. The previous mark of 1:49.4 was set twice by Rocklamation in 2012 and 2013. A $2 win ticket on Blue Moon Stride returned $14.30. The $2 exacta with runner up L A Delight ($8.50, $4.60) paid $100.50, while the $1 Trifecta including Frost Damage Blues ($3.80) paid $323.20. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 16, 2017 - The Real One (Pat Lachance, $7.30) and In Secret (George Brennan, $4) were the names above the marquee Saturday night (Sept. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps. All-age track record-holder The Real One prevailed from the second-over in the weekly pacing feature. From post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch), The Real One saw Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) lead through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:23.4. Slight 2-1 choice Theartofconfusion A provided enough of a tow to get The Real One in range. Orillia Joe did have a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but The Real One went right on by. He prevailed by a half-length in 1:51.4, a tick off his season's best. Mister Daytona A (Jordan Stratton) snatched second from the pocket, with Orillia Joe, Theartofconfusion A and Gratian Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) rounded out the payees. For second choice The Real One, a 7-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for owner Helene Filion, it was his fourth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.20, with the triple returning $138. The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite In Secret-despite 20 days out-match his own fastest local mile (1:54.1) of the season. Away fourth from outside post No. 7 (he, too, in one notch after a scratch), In Secret engaged Buen Camino (Jason Bartlett) after that one put down subsections of :27, :57.1 and 1:25. Buen Camino owned a length-and-a-quarter lead in and out the final turn, but was unable to stall the people's preference. In Secret won by three-quarters of a length, with a second-up Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell) second. Buen Camino, Money Maven (Brian Sears) and Kathanka (Holland) settled for the remainder. For In Secret, a 5-year-old Dewycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his eighth win (fourth consecutive) in 19 '17 tries. The exacta paid $21, the triple returned $72.50 and the superfecta paid $170.50. Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 16, 2017 - For the second time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's seven-eighths mile oval, as the evening's 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, September 16 was highlighted by a track record performance in the featured of the event, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old colt trotters. Skyway Torpedo, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, established a new track record for two-year-old trotting colts when he powered home a winner in 1:55. The previous track record of 1:55.4 was established by Airman Batten and LeWayne Miller in 2014. The 1:55 clocking marked the sixth track record that has been re-established this season and also a new lifetime best for Skyway Torpedo. After a costly break by the publics' second choice, Fiftydallarbill, behind the gate, Wrenn wasted no time sending Skyway Torpedo to the front. River Otter and Robert Taylor also left alertly but opted for a pocket trip. Skyway Torpedo reached the front just past the first station in :27.4 and dictated fractions of :57 and 1:26 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, River Otter tipped from the pocket but Skyway Torpedo wasn't finished. Utilizing a :29 final quarter, Skyway Torpedo trotted strongly on to the wire finishing two lengths in front of River Otter. Jesmach Oasis and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the 4-5 betting favorite, Skyway Torpedo returned $3.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's basically been push button from day one," Trainer Alvin Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's a very well mannered colt and takes good care of himself. He's everything you would want in a two-year-old trotting colt." "He was the one I knew I wanted when we went to the sale," he continued. "I've been impressed with him since we started training him. He's eligible to the Breeders Crown so we'll get through these next couple weeks of stakes races and hope for the best. We'd love to give it (The Breeders Crown) a shot." With the win, the son of Swan For All-The Magic of Paris became the sport's newest $100,000 earner and recorded his fifth win from 10 seasonal starts. Skyway Torpedo is owned in partnership by T. Comerford, T. Harts, J. Lee, and A. Miller. The evening's 12-race card kicked-off with a bang as Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder equaled the track record for older trotting geldings after a 1:52.1 score in the $21,000 Invitational Trot. Natural Herbie now shares the track record for older trotting geldings with I Know My Chip who established that mark earlier this season. Natural Herbie recorded his 37th win from 100 lifetime starts and his fifth win this season from 15 trips behind the gate. Trained, owned and driven by Verlin Yoder, Natural Herbie now sports a lifetime bankroll of $1,082,426. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 19 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

DAYTON, OH. - Well traveled Secret Threat scored his most impressive harness racing victory of the year Saturday night (Sept. 16) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway winning the $18,500 Open Pace in 1:51.4. Driver Josh Sutton tucked along the pylons in the early going, allowing five of his foes to battle for position in front of him through a taxing :26.4 first quarter mile. The eventual winner was moved into second-over position in the outer flow by the :54.4 halfway point, then tipped three-wide as the field sped past the 1:23.1 third quarter clocking. Secret Threat collared frontrunning Kolt Power (Chris Page) in deep stretch while 30-1 longshot Nvestment Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) made a valiant stretch bid that fell just short but yielded a show finish. It was the fifth win of the season for Secret Threat, a 5-year-old son of Palone Ranger owned and trained by Justin Lloyd. He now has 26 career tallies in exactly 100 lifetime starts and passes the $250,000 bankroll plateau with this triumph. A race earlier, Whataboy (Chris Page) and On The Rantan N (Jason Brewer) couldn't be separated by the photo finish camera following a 1:52 mile, producing the fastest dead-heat in the brief four year history of Hollywood Dayton. The $14,000 condition race featured a full field of non-winners of ten races or $75,000 lifetime. Racing resumes next Friday night (Sept. 22) following a brief respite during Little Brown Jug week in Delaware, Ohio. Gregg Keidel  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16... Ariana G lowered the harness racing stakes, track and Canadian record with a flashy 1:51.4 score in the $385,000 Elegantimage Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot undercard. The 1-9 heavy favourite and driver Yannick Gingras got away third as Sweet of My Heart and Dream Together took turns leading the field into the backstretch. Sweet of My Heart was the earlier leader past the :26.4 opening panel. Dream Together was then pulled from the pocket and marched to the front. Before the mid-way point, Ariana G was on the move from third then past the :55.3 half she brushed to the lead and that is where she remained. The homebred filly breezed by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3 as Dream Together was pulled from the pocket. The 8-1 second choice couldn't catch Ariana G as she opened up by four and one-quarter lengths before crossing the wire. Dream Together stayed for second and Magic Presto was third. When it comes time for Ariana G to retire and become a broodmare, Gingras notes that he will always remember the Jimmy Takter trained trotting miss for her versatility. "She can do anything you want her to do and she is so smart," said he reinsman. "It also makes my job real easy. She has high speed like the top fillies I have driven. She is so easy to drive. Every time I get on the race track I know I'll see how the race plays out." Ariana G, who has finished top three in all but one of her 22 lifetime starts, notched her ninth victory of the season and 18th lifetime. With the win, the daughter Muscle Hill and Cantab It All lifts her career earnings to $1,641,772 for owners/breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who following the race were presented with a Breeder of the Year Award from Equestrian Canada. Ariana G paid $2.10 and 2.10, combining with Dream Together ($3.40) for a $4.40 (4-3) exacta. A 4-3-7 (Magic Presto) trifecta was worth $7.60, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-9 (Dream Baby Dream)] returned $18.70. There was no show wagering. Mark McKelvie

The progeny of harness racing champion Auckland Reactor are starting to emerge throughout Australasia, including a potential topliner who won his first race-day start in good fashion at Addington today (Saturday). Chase Auckland was having his first start out of the Purdon/Rasmussen All Stars Stable and ended up demolished a strong field without being fully extended by his driver Natalie Rasmussen. The race was run at a solid clip, with Rasmaussen taking Chase Auckland to the front after 600m. Despite a strong mid race attack by second favourite Ready To Rumble and Blair Orange, Chase Auckland had the field covered at the turn, and he went on to win by more than five lengths with no urging needed from the driver. The speedy Auckland Reactor gelding paced the 1950m mobile in a 1.58.8 mile rate with a closing 800m in 58.4 and 400m in 28.7 seconds. Ironically it was exactly 10 years to the day that Auckland Reactor won his first start. It was on the 16th of September 2007 at Timaru rating a 2.01.9 mile rate over 2000 metres.. Chase Auckland will now head to a heat of the Sires Stakes Series in a few weeks time. Chase Auckland winning easily in quick time. Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2017 — Like Clockwork accelerated out of the final turn and blazed through the lane to extend his career unbeaten streak to six in Saturday’s $83,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wes Delight captured the other division in the stake for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers. Like Clockwork took the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship on the front end, but winning driver Mike Wilder indicated he was hoping to chase a helmet with the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding in the Keystone Classic. “I wanted to race him out of a hole,” Wilder said. “I’ve been putting him on the lead because it’s just worked out that way. He stepped up to the plate every time. But he’s tremendous out of a hole. He just loves a target.” Like Clockwork and Wilder dropped in fourth, followed live cover and poured it on late to triumph in a career-best 1:52.2. Early leader Ideal Flip was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Iluvtomakemoney third. Angela Porfilio sent out Like Clockwork for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. Wilder noted that Like Clockwork has several stakes remaining, including the Breeders Crown. “I’m not saying he’s that kind of horse, but he sure hasn’t shown me he’s not, either,” Wilder said. “It might sound crazy, but if they would go a 1:21 (three-quarters), they would never get away from him. Who knows what he could do? Wes Delight was hammered down to 1-9 off his third-place finish in the PA Sires Stake championship, and, abetted by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, he lived up to the billing, downing Go West Go Fast by a measured length in 1:53.1, with Yupper third. “I hadn’t driven him before, but on paper, he looked the best, so I wanted to be on the front,” said winning driver Tony Hall. “That second quarter definitely helped.” Mark Harder trains the son of Bettor’s Delight-Maid West and owns with Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. Saturday’s card also featured a pair of events for The Meadow’s elite performers. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Fawn De Savage took control with a first-over surge and rolled home in 1:53.1 a life mark, for Dave Palone, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Fawn De Mon Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft now boasts $369,421 in career earnings. Lincolnjames took the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, despite a parked-out 26.3 opening panel, for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding won for the 23rd time over the past two seasons and extended his lifetime bankroll to $289,927. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman and Hall each fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows will take a week’s break from live racing to allow the track to prepare facilities and the racing surface for the fall/winter schedule. Live racing resumes Saturday, Sept. 23, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

It is expected to be a battle between a pair of Brian Brown trainees as Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon have been installed as the morning line harness racing favorites in the $590,400 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 21st at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was tapped as the 2-1 choice and will leave from post 5 and will be piloted by Brian Sears in the first heat field of eight. Downbytheseaside comes into the Jug on a 4 race win streak, and has won 9 of 13 seasonal starts, including the $500,000 Art Rooney Pace, the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and the $125,000 Jug Preview. He owns a lifetime mark of 1:49 2/5 and has earned just short of $1.6 million. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon drew post 3 and has been made the 7/2 second choice. The Dragon Again colt is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm and has earned $1.2 million during his career. Fear The Dragon will receive the services of Delaware's all-time winningest driver, David Miller. They teamed up to win the $730,000 North America Cup, the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace. He was scratched sick from the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final on September 3. He won a qualifying race at Hoosier Park on September 13 in 1:54 over a sloppy track. The eight entries are the smallest number since 8 entered the 1980 Little Brown Jug won by Niatross. Only seven horses entered the 1948 (won by Knight Dream) and 1965 (won by Bret Hanover) Little Brown Jugs. The post positions for the final heat will be determined by the official results of the $188,928 first heat. The winner of the $401,472 final heat will be declared the 72nd Jug champion. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Jay Wolf      

Johnstown, OH --- A change in venue and an alteration in format did not dissuade those in attendance at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale on Friday (Sept. 15) from investing in the harness racing sport’s future. Trotters, most notably the first yearlings from world champion and Breeders Crown winner Uncle Peter, took center stage at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio, as his daughter Tu Eres Mi Corazon went through the ring for $150,000, equaling the highest-price ever paid for an Ohio-bred Standardbred. Another daughter, Majestic Lexi, was the third most expensive horse sold at this event when she fetched the sum of $95,000, while the recently deceased Dragon Again led pacing stallions when his son, Dragon Ruler, changed hands for $100,000. The buzz prior to the sale was about the first progeny of Uncle Peter, who stands at Hickory Lane Farm for a stud fee of $6,000 and his pacing counterpart Rockin Amadeus, a full brother to top Indiana stallion Rockin Image. Rockin Amadeus provides his services from Cool Winds Farm for $3,500 and owns the distinction of defeating Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in the 2012 edition of the Breeders Crown. One of 40 yearlings by her sire originally consigned to the sale of 237 head prior to withdrawals, Tu Eres Mi Corazon was selected by Ron Burke Racing Stables as Hip No. 71 and placed in the sale by her breeders, Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard Holdings USA Inc. The striking brown filly is the second foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Corazon Blue Chip and is a half-sibling to 2-year-old Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven, $81,750). That colt brought $200,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is now owned by Courant Inc. He is a perfect four-for-four in his young career and has established a new track record at Monticello Raceway as well as equaling the track standard at Yonkers Raceway. “We bought her dam in foal (with Fourth Dimension) at the Harrisburg Sale in 2014,” said Senena Esty, the proprietor of Spring Haven Farm. “She is just a gorgeous mare and she has passed on her looks to Fourth Dimension and this filly. “This filly’s name means ‘a piece of my heart’ and she really is like that to me. She is just so classy and cool, calm and collected. It is so rewarding to see a horse like this go on to top the sale, but there is always a part of you with them when they go on. Maybe it’s a woman thing becoming emotional about it, but we follow all our horses and we have been cheering for Fourth Dimension all year long, just like we will always watch her.” The second horse to equal or exceed the $100,000 mark was the Dragon Again-Canary Island colt, Dragon Ruler. Presented as Hip No. 52 with Hunterton Sales Agency Inc. on behalf of Willow Oak Ranch, the bay colt is the first foal out of his dam who won $155,327 during her racing career and is a half-sister to Elusive Prey (Western Hanover, $802,706) Aba Daba Doo (Cam’s Card Shark, $541,037) and Duneside Perch (Cam’s Card Shark, $160,325). When asked to discuss the legacy of Dragon Again as a stallion and his immediate impact in the Buckeye State, Joe McLead, the co-owner and manager of Sugar Valley Farm, was succinct. "Ed Mullinax's (Dragon Again's owner) heart always belonged to his home state and he is the only one responsible for the success of this horse," he said. "His contributions to the sport have simply been immense." Purchased by M.K. Bencic as the agent, Dragon Ruler’s granddam, Duck Duck Goose has foaled 12 horses and every one of them is a winner. His third dam Misty Bretta, by Bret Hanover, gave birth to 20 offspring with 13 of them collecting at least one victory. Four of her foals amassed more than $250,000 in purse money. The third highest priced horse to leave the grounds under new ownership was Majestic Lexi. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Majestic Taglet was purchased by Black Magic Racing for $95,000 from the LMN Bred Stables Inc., who also bred her. “Breeding is the hardest part of this business,” said Mitchell Nault, the co-owner of LMN Stables with his wife Laura. “I’ve trained horses, I’ve driven them and I’m the tattooer for Michigan and Ohio. We are like a bunch of riverboat gamblers (breeders) every time we come down the pike. “It is incredibly rewarding to be able to come into a sale like this where people are looking for pedigree, not only to race in the Ohio Sire Stakes, but in Grand Circuit events. To be able to satisfy what people want to buy when you begin planning for something like this more than two years in advance is a great feeling. We also have a full brother to this filly that we are hoping to bring to next year’s sale, but you just never know what is going to happen. We are just very, very happy with what this filly brought today, but we felt she did have the pedigree and a lot to offer.” Majestic Lexi’s dam banked $200,116 during her days of competition and is a half-sibling to world champion Muscle Up The Goal (Muscle Mass, $348,858) and Kahoku (SJ’s Caviar, $236,965). This filly also possesses the distinction of being the first foal delivered from Uncle Peter and her arrival was heralded by Hoof Beats magazine when the image shortly after her birth was published. “She was born on Jan. 19 and was the first one of his to hit the ground,” Nault said. “We believe in breeding to foal as early as possible in the year because we think it helps in the long run when they race.” Although the three horses that accrued the largest bids nearly always receive the most attention, the entire sale was a tremendous success as other yearlings by the stallions Rockin Amadeus, McArdle, Manofmanymissions, Pet Rock, Dejarmbro, Triumphant Caviar and Yankee Cruiser were all well received. Complete sales results can be found by clicking on this link. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor