Day At The Track
Kaitlyn Rae, harness racing

Kaitlyn Rae nabs 14th win of the year at Batavia

Batavia, NY --- Who has 63 lifetime wins, 14 of which were taken this year and is currently the fourth winningest mare in North America? That would be Kaitlyn Rae, who bested the top female pacers in western New York once again on Wednesday evening (Nov. 21) after she won the $10,400 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Out-stepping Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the front, Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) took a comfortable lead to the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29 through 20-degree temperatures and a biting wind. Coming off the far turn, she opened up a two-length advantage and looked to be home free. Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) who was last at the half, made a second-over move off cover and was barreling down the lane full of pace. Kaitlyn Rae needed the wire with Sportsmuffler gaining quickly and it came just in time as Kaitlyn Rae hung on by a head in the photo and won in 1:58.2. Kaitlyn Rae ($7.50) is flush this year, earning $75,421 for her owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. She is also currently tied with her well-known win machine stablemate Quicksilvercandy A for wins in 2018. In the $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Mean Pauline (Shawn McDonough) followed A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) for seven-eighths of the mile before pulling and brushing past the pace-setter to win her fourth race of the year, timed in 1:57.3. Harry Wortzman owns Mean Pauline ($9.40) who is trained by her driver McDonough. The two hottest drivers currently competing at Batavia Downs are Denny Bucceri and Billy Davis Jr. Over the last five cards of racing Bucceri has won 13 races, including two Grand Slam performances, the second of which was on Wednesday. Bucceri rewarded his backers with scores by Donegal Jim (1:58.4, $3.70), Ciro (2:02, $36.20), Ugly Betty (1:59.4, $6.00) and Wallflower (2:00.1, $4.30). Billy Davis Jr. also won 13 races during that span and not to be outdone by Bucceri, had a driving Hat Trick on the card Wednesday. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 23) with post time at a special early time of 4:45 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Dr Grinch, harness racing

Freshman trotters in DSBF action at Dover

Dover, DE - The final leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes for 2-year old trotting fillies went to post early at 4:10 in non-wagering events at Dover Downs on Wednesday. COMMAND THE DAY (CR Commando-Deanna Troy) did command the way as last week’s winner went off stride at the ¾ pole. This was her first win for trainer Syl King,Jr and driver Victor Kirby. DARK DUTCHESS (He’s Spooky-Designable) got up for second and the time of the mile was 2:02. The second non-wagering race for the fillies was certainly a sentimental favorite at Dover Downs. STAR TIME (Anders Bluestone-Political Starlet) crossed the wire in 2:02.4 for her Maiden win. Trained by Tui Stone and now owned by her mother, Shirley Shand, the filly was bred by Marv Bachrad’s Serendipity Stable. She was driven by Kim Vincent. ROYAL LOCKET (Yankee Royalty-Sprocket Hanover) was second. The colt and gelding trotters made the wagering card beginning with the first half of the daily double.where the 1-5 shot EMBRACE THE GRIND (Keystone Activator-My Embrace) scratched, the field was wide open. At the wire it was GO JETEM (He’s Spooky-Special Mist) in 2:04.1 lowering his lifetime record for driver Art Stafford,Jr. He is owned the Mist Stable of Hartly which is the family of long time Delmarva horseman Carl Thompson and trained by his son, Jim Thompson. Last week’s winner, RICH N ROYAL (Yankee Royalty-Adore Eleanor) got up for the place. The second half of the Daily Double went to DR GRINCH (Giant Hit-Runaway Madonna) in 2:03.2 earning his maiden win for trainer/driver, Jeff Fout and Joe and Joann Thomson’s Bay Pond Racing. JUST AS STRIKING (Anders Bluestone-Ringside Katie) got up for second for trainer/driver/owner Eddie Dennis. The $100K finals will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund  

Andrew McCarthy, harness racing

Andrew McCarthy on fire in Harrah's co-features

CHESTER, PA - With the "Trottin' Thursday" program usually featured weekly at Harrah's Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots was driver Andrew McCarthy, who took both top-end purses and guided a freshman in an impressive debut. The driver who was on fire teamed with a son of Yankee Glide named Thisguyisonfire to record his third straight victory while taking the $18,000 top trot in 1:55.1. McCarthy had the winner well-positioned in the two-wide tier behind the game veteran Crosbys Clam Bake, who moved to the lead in the lane, only to be caught in the latter stages by a half-length after a good stretch battle. Chris Lakata conditioned the streaking winner for Fashion Farms LLC. The co-featured $17,000 trot was taken in strong fashion by the Kadabra mare Tymal Reign, who was reined by McCarthy to victory in 1:55.2, just a tick off her lifetime best. The favorite was sent right to the top, coming home in 57.2 to easily withstand pocketsitting Exarch by 1¾ lengths for trainer Noel Daley and Harbor Racing Stable LLC. A pair of Muscle Hill freshman colts costing $530,000 at the Harrisburg sale made their debuts and finished 1-2. The $320,000 purchase Sheer Muscle was limbed out four-wide to the 3/16, but driver McCarthy knew what he had under the hood, and the colt went on to the top and won in 1:58. Sheer Glide, his dam, is a full sister to $950G+ winner Flex The Muscle (and Duchess Faye is back in the pedigree a couple of generations), and trainer Lucas Wallin and owner Mario Mazza have a colt to keep an eye on. Finishing second was the $210,000 purchase Hillofamistery, a son of the $480G+-winning mare Mistery Woman, and he raced steadily in his bow, and should benefit from the start for Team Takter. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Rene Allard, harness racing

Rene Allard sends out two winners at Saratoga

Trainer Rene Allard scored a pair of wins with the two trotters he brought to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Volare (Conway Hall) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory score as the fastest of the winners of three co-features for New York sired trotters on the chilly afternoon at the Spa. Allard brought Volare to town as the trotter looked to shake what had been some second and third-itis over the past couple of months. Leading driver Billy Dobson wasted little time moving the race's favorite out to the early lead and once the four year old got there, he had no trouble coasting to victory in 1:57.3. Volare's win came in one of the three $11,000 co-features and was the fastest among them on the matinee card. Allard's other victory came with Haveitalltogether (Cantab Hall) who toughed it out first over in a $9,000 event for young trotters. Volare was the by far the fastest of the three winners of the Wednesday co-features but John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) and Notmeitsyou (Chapter Seven) also secured victories in the $11,000 trio of features on the matinee card. Miss Muscle went coast-to-coast for Stark as the three year old filly continued her solid sophomore campaign with what was her fourth victory of the '18 season. Miss Muscle stopped the timer in 2:00.1 as her race's 2-1 favorite. The third co-feature went the way of Notmeitsyou who lived up to the hype as a 1-5 betting favorite on Wednesday as the three year old drew away late to prevail in 1:58. It was the second win for Notmeitsyou in as many weeks in the $11,000 co-feature as the sophomore continues what has been a terrific run since coming to Saratoga in September for trainer-driver Phil Fluet. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2018 -- Trailing by 6 lengths at the three-quarters, My Cherry Pie turned on the jets in the lane and pulled off a 7-1 upset in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Making her Meadows debut for trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Vicki Gordon and Liz Flohr, was content to sit in and let Ready Any time front a comfortable 58.1 half. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-CR Ms American Pie found another gear and edged Ready Any Time by a head in 1:56.1. Expose Yourself finished third. My Cherry Pie extended her career bankroll to $143,666. Dave Palone, trainer Spencer Kahrig and Wilder each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 McWicked and No. 2 Shartin N, head to their respective TVG Series championships Saturday at The Meadowlands Racetrack looking to bolster their Horse of the Year credentials while closing out historic seasons. The Meadowlands hosts four TVG Series finals Saturday, with events also for male and female trotters, and four stakes races for 2-year-olds - the Governor's Cup for colt and gelding pacers, Valley Victory for colt and gelding trotters, Three Diamonds for filly pacers, and Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters. McWicked faces six foes in the $350,000 TVG Series final for male pacers. He starts from post one with Brian Sears driving for trainer Casie Coleman. Shartin N meets seven rivals in the $175,000 TVG Series final for female pacers. She also starts from post one, with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Jim King Jr. Shartin N, who has won 18 of 23 races this year, has already set the record for single-season earnings by an older female pacer, with $968,361, and is attempting to become the first pacing mare to reach $1 million. The New Zealand-bred 5-year-old is owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King. McWicked has won 11 of 18 races and earned $1.40 million in 2018. The 7-year-old stallion leads all horses in North America in purses and will be the first horse older than the age of 5 to finish atop the annual money standings since 7-year-old trotter Savoir in 1975. He is owned by Ed James' S S G Stables. Last week, McWicked won the five-horse preferred handicap at The Meadowlands by 2-1/4 lengths over Filibuster Hanover in 1:47.3. He brings a four-race win streak to his TVG final. "I couldn't be any happier," Coleman said. "He was off for three weeks and when we drew the five hole in a five-horse field I expected they would go slow fractions trying to get away on him late. When they hit the half in :53.4 I was pretty happy. I wasn't expecting that fast a mile out of him, but he did it real easy. "He came out of it really good. He was feeling good the next day. Everything seems good. Hopefully we can have a little bit of luck with him on Saturday." McWicked, who was a Dan Patch Award-winner at the age of 3, counts the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Ben Franklin Pace, William R. Haughton Memorial, Canadian Pacing Derby, Dan Rooney Invitational, and Allerage Open Pace among his wins this year. Two fourth-place finishes are his only off-the-board results in his 18 starts. If he were named Horse of the Year, McWicked would be the oldest pacer to ever receive the honor. "To think he was going to do what he did this year would be impossible," Coleman said. "I felt confident he would have a big season, but he's made almost $1.5 million and barely missed the top three. In the starts he got beat, he only got beat from the way the trip went. I've never seen anybody as consistent as he's been week in and week out. "It's not like he has easy miles and he's been at the top of his game since the time he started the season. The horse is 7 years old and racing against the best of the best in the open (class) every week. It's fun every time he goes to the gate. As long as he's healthy and sound we're definitely planning to race him next year." Shartin N prepped for her TVG final with a 1:52.2 win in a qualifier Nov. 14 at Dover Downs. She last raced Oct. 27, winning the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. She also brings a four-race win streak to her TVG event. "She qualified really good the other day, very pleasing," King said. "She doesn't seem to mind the time between races. I think she's OK." In addition to the Breeders Crown, Shartin N's victories this year include the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship, Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Artiscape, Betsy Ross Invitational, Chip Noble Memorial, and Allerage Farms Mare Pace. If she were named Horse of the Year, Shartin N would be the first pacing mare to ever receive the honor. "I think that's a pretty tall order; McWicked is so sharp right now," King said. "A few weeks ago, I thought it was going to be all about (3-year-old trotting filly) Atlanta, but people have short memories. It's really something just to be even considered, to be in the running. She's gone all year since the Matchmaker (beginning in March) and she hasn't missed yet where she didn't have an excuse or real good reason. Every time she didn't win, something went wrong. "There are so few things through the year that didn't make me smile. It's just a thrill to be around one like her and to think you were a part of it. I'd really love to get over that million-dollar mark; that would be something. You never want to see a year like this end, but she's had quite a year. She's just a horse of a different color. She's pretty damn special." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. First-race post time is 7:15 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Monticello, NY - Name a committee, executive board or organization in all of Harness Racing and chances are that Moira Fanning is or has been on it. In fact, her name has become synonymous with getting the job done in Standardbred Sport. On Sunday, December 2, USHWA's Monticello-Goshen Chapter will present Fanning with its second highest honor, the John Manzi Leadership Award. The award was established in 2016 and first given to its namesake, John Manzi. Future recipients are chosen from industry individuals who have made an indelible and far-reaching impact upon the entities which they have led; given in Mr. Manzi's honor for his four decades of contributions to Monticello Raceway and the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Moira Fanning is a perfect example of why this honor was established: fearless leadership. Fanning has been with the Hambletonian Society for 30 years and was recently named the stakes administration organization's Chief Operating Officer. She has earned this title from the ground up, providing publicity and event planning for decades to both the time-honored Hambletonian Day events and the prestigious Breeders Crown. In fact, anyone who has ever worked alongside Fanning at these iconic affairs knows that she is the fuel that keeps all the engines running smoothly. New Hambletonian Society president John Campbell, a guy who knows a few things about winners, praised Fanning's promotion. "This is a well-deserved promotion for Moira," said Campbell. "She has been a tremendous asset for the Society for many years and her professionalism, talent and commitment are unparalleled in our industry. It has been a pleasure working with and learning from her these last few months and I feel fortunate we will be working together for the foreseeable future." Raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, she was bitten by the horse bug at an early age. Fanning went from giving riding lessons at a local farm to working with Standardbreds. Her duties took her from the East Coast to California, and along the way has been a caretaker for Hall of Famers Howard Beissinger and Billy Haughton. Eventually she found her way to the "front side" of Brandywine Raceway, working publicity for Communicators Hall of Famer Marv Bachrad. Already a member of the Communicators Hall of Fame herself, Fanning is an oft-sought expert of the big races of our sport. Shunning attention and deflecting fame to others, her humble nature and sense of humor has assembled Fanning a 'who's-who' list of friends and admirers on both sides of the Atlantic. Also a big fan of harness racing, Fanning enjoys traveling to Paris for the Prix d'Amerique and Stockholm for the Elitloppet. Luckily for us, this only temporarily quenches her insatiable thirst for great racing and premier events. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor John Manzi (Lifetime Achievement Award); Chuck Connor (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Salt Hill Farm (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Peter Gerry (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Jennifer Lappe (Amateur Driver); Debbie Little (Phil Pines Award); Shane Darish (Rising Star); and Arthur Robinson (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event to be held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA    

After having to cancel last week due to heavy smoke from the Paradise fire, racing is set to resume at Cal Expo Friday night with Mr Varsity heading the $4,800 pacing feature from the outside slot. First post for the nine-race Watch and Wager LLC program is 7:10 p.m. Mr Varsity is a 4-year-old son of Roll With Joe who is owned by Nikki Hudson and Dave Haness and is reined and trained by Luke Plano. His first start at the meet came at the Open level and he had to settle for a third-place check after sitting a pocket trip as the 7-5 choice. Mr Varsity was a winner this year at Hoosier Park and sports a 1:50 mark that was established last season at the Meadowlands. He should be very much at home in this conditioned affair, but the No. 9 post will certainly make things more challenging. The Plano barn will also be represented by Why Ask Why in the headliner with Chip Lackey guiding. The gelding has eight victories on his card from 35 trips to the post this season, including a lifetime best-equaling 1:53 2/5 tour here early in the year. He was last seen taking bows following a victory on September 21 at Hawthorne where he lit up the board at 46-1 after getting up by a neck that evening. The missed time is the biggest question mark with this pacer. Cantholdmebackmack looms a major player with a race under his belt and a positive switch from the 9 post to the No. 3 slot for this assignment. Jessie Pacheco owns and trains and Steve Wiseman will once again be doing the honors. Completing the field are General Time, Almost Cut My Hair, Bettor in The Bank, Mister Hat, Crusin For You and Swagsasaururex. By Mark Ratzky,for Cal Expo Harness

Cream Ridge, NJ - 11/21/18 - For 29 years the most important annual fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) is the donation, and sale of harness racing breedings.   Dedicated to Standardbreds exclusively, SRF has 400 trotters and pacers under it's care and expense in need of homes; nearly 350% more than any other organization, and prides itself on securing homes for life so no adopted horse from SRF is ever at risk.   Donations are tax-deductible and help rehabilitate, rescue, retrain, adopt, and follow-up every adoption for life, as well as support SRF's Youth Programs. To gift breedings please contact Tammy at 609-738-3255, via email at SRFhorsesandkids@gmail.com, or visit SRF's website at AdoptaHorse.org.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

A reminder that today (Nov. 21) is the deadline to RSVP for the New York Sire Stakes & US Trotting Association District 8 (Upstate New York) Annual Awards Banquet. Please RSVP via phone or email to Judy Spadaro at 518-694-5002 or jspadaro@caphill.com. The banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel. The cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., hosted by USTA District 8 Tracks. The awards banquet will follow immediately at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandstands Banquet Room. Tickets are $35. Payment should be made out and sent to: Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund C/O CHMS 230 Washington Avenue Extension, Suite 201 Albany, NY 12203 A special room rate of $99 has been arranged for all banquet attendees at the Hotel at Batavia Downs. Reservations can be made online by using Code NYSS2, or by calling 585-815-7000. Tell the desk you are making a reservation for the New York Sire Stakes banquet to receive the discounted rate. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the banquet. From the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund  

This Week: Fall Four and TVG finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Wednesday (Nov. 21) for a $35,000 elimination in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old open pacers. A field of 10 will compete for eight spots in the final slated for Nov. 29. On Saturday night (Nov. 24) Meadowlands Racetrack will host finals in each of the Fall Four events for freshman pacers and trotters and the TVG series for open pacers and trotters. The Fall Four features the 435,900 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $469,300 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers and the $391,250 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. The TVG finals consist of the $350,000 Open Pace, the $350,000 Open Trot, $175,000 Mare Pace and the $175,000 Mare Trot. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: A pair of longshots in This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus stole the show in the $193,750 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Dover Downs, tag-teaming in deep stretch to nose out Jimmy Freight in a 1:49.1 dead heat. This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus emerged in the final stride to simultaneously nose out Jimmy Freight in a dead heat. Fotowon photo. After Ontario standout Jimmy Freight was tasked with the heavy lifting through strenuous fractions and sternly dismissed the challenge of 4-5 local favorite Lather Up, This Is The Plan ($17.00, Tim Tetrick) and The Downtown Bus ($20.60, Corey Callahan) emerged in the final stride to simultaneously nose out Jimmy Freight in a dead heat in the glamour boys' division of the Matron. Jimmy Freight and driver Scott Zeron let This Is The Plan clear before taking charge midway on the first turn and reeling off a :25.3 initial quarter. A determined advance from Lather Up (Montrell Teague) out of fourth with a circuit to go kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half, but Jimmy Freight remained undeterred with three-eighths to go and shrugged off that rival. Meanwhile, This Is The Plan remained close from the pocket and The Downtown Bus followed the three-wide cover of Breeders Crown winner Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Turning for home, Dorsoduro Hanover stalled and Jimmy Freight was driven out to maintain a two length lead, but it began to shrink in the final sixteenth. This Is The Plan lunged up the open stretch and The Downtown Bus surged widest of all, and they both reached the winning post simultaneously in 1:49.1, a nose better than Jimmy Freight. Dorsoduro Hanover found more in the stretch, but missed by a neck to finish fourth. Ron Burke trains This Is The Plan, a six-time winner by Somebeachsomewhere, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. Trainer Jeff Gillis co-owns 11-time winner The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,487.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,480; 3. David Miller - 1,209.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 724; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 658.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,399.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,170; 3. Tony Alagna - 726.5; 4. Julie Miller - 481; 5. Jim Campbell - 442. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 325; 2. Diamond Creek Racing - 294.6; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 293.1; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 271.6; 5. Bill Donovan - 241.2. Looking ahead: The 2018 Grand Circuit season comes to a close on Nov. 29. Dover Downs will host the final stake of the season in the $260,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit  

Plainville, MA --- If anyone doesn't want to see the current Plainridge Park meet come to a close its Janet Davis; owner and trainer of Iheartquestionmark who won the $12,000 Abigail Adams conditioned feature race for distaff pacers on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 20). The win was the mare's second in a row and fourth in her last five starts as she has found some of her best foot of her year just as it is winding down. With a cold wind blowing a steady rain and the track rated as sloppy, Twist Of Fate (Nick Graffam) was calling the shots on the point in the feature and took the field to the half in :59.2 through the storm. Iheartquestionmark (Steve Nason) who had gotten away sixth, was now motoring up the outside second-over behind Angel Or Terror (Ron Cushing) who had pulled past the three-eighths. As the race progressed up the backside and the outer flow stalled in the mud, Nason tipped Iheartquestionmark three-high at the three-quarters and put a circle around the girls by the time they hit the top of the stretch. From there Iheartquestionmark paced home with authority under mild urging from Nason to win by a length and one-half in 1:57.3. It was the ninth win of the year for Iheartquestionmark ($3.40) who now has $60,750 on the card in 2018. THe 9-year-old daughter of General Aidid was driven by Nason for her last two victories. There was an eye-popping instant jackpot in the tenth race at Plainridge Park on Tuesday. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta combination of 3-4-1-5-2 returned $32,824.60 for a $1 wager. There will be no racing on Thursday this week at Plainridge Park in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Live racing will resume on Monday (Nov. 26) at 1 p.m. to kick off the final week of racing for the year. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2018 -- Last by 8 lengths at the half, Cracklin Rosie followed a line of cover to the final turn, then roared wide through the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Cracklin Rosie was third in a cover flow that seemed excessive. But when Jim Pantaleano tipped her wide for the drive, she showed she's no "store-bought woman" -- as Neil Diamond's 1970 chart-topper Cracklin Rosie had it -- and erased the last 3-1/2 lengths of her deficit, scoring in 1:55.4 over a sloppy surface. Jewels Forreal shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the first-over McDazzle finished third. Scott Betts trains the 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey's Bud Lite, who extended her career bankroll to $225,846, for Tim Betts, Stephen Moss, Nicholas Catalano and Pedro Baez III. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Pantaleano. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is holding its 15th Annual Toys for Tots Collection Drive November 23rd through Saturday, December 8th. This year the Meadowlands has teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. For additional information, please visit www.HarlemGrown.org. Enunwa will be at the Meadowlands on Monday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30pm. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio is scheduled to emcee the event. Anyone that brings in a new unwrapped toy will be able to meet and grab a selfie with Enunwa. "We are proud to host a Toys for Tots drive each holiday season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "Harlem Grown is a terrific organization and we are grateful to be able to assist Quincy Enunwa in his Toys for Tots drive." Complete Meadowlands Racetrack Holiday Toy Drive information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/home.aspx by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 20, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 25th) shall offer a first post of 11:10 AM. Races 1 through 7 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 1st - 11:10 AM 2nd - 11:40 AM 3rd - 12:10 PM 4th - 12:40 PM 5th - 1:10 PM 6th - 1:40 PM 7th - 2:10 PM Post time for the finale is 3:10 PM, 3:30 PM or 3:50 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn later Tuesday afternoon). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA). by Frank Ducker, for Yonkers Raceway

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Batavia, NY --- Who has 63 lifetime wins, 14 of which were taken this year and is currently the fourth winningest mare in North America? That would be Kaitlyn Rae, who bested the top female pacers in western New York once again on Wednesday evening (Nov. 21) after she won the $10,400 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Out-stepping Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the front, Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) took a comfortable lead to the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29 through 20-degree temperatures and a biting wind. Coming off the far turn, she opened up a two-length advantage and looked to be home free. Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) who was last at the half, made a second-over move off cover and was barreling down the lane full of pace. Kaitlyn Rae needed the wire with Sportsmuffler gaining quickly and it came just in time as Kaitlyn Rae hung on by a head in the photo and won in 1:58.2. Kaitlyn Rae ($7.50) is flush this year, earning $75,421 for her owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. She is also currently tied with her well-known win machine stablemate Quicksilvercandy A for wins in 2018. In the $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Mean Pauline (Shawn McDonough) followed A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) for seven-eighths of the mile before pulling and brushing past the pace-setter to win her fourth race of the year, timed in 1:57.3. Harry Wortzman owns Mean Pauline ($9.40) who is trained by her driver McDonough. The two hottest drivers currently competing at Batavia Downs are Denny Bucceri and Billy Davis Jr. Over the last five cards of racing Bucceri has won 13 races, including two Grand Slam performances, the second of which was on Wednesday. Bucceri rewarded his backers with scores by Donegal Jim (1:58.4, $3.70), Ciro (2:02, $36.20), Ugly Betty (1:59.4, $6.00) and Wallflower (2:00.1, $4.30). Billy Davis Jr. also won 13 races during that span and not to be outdone by Bucceri, had a driving Hat Trick on the card Wednesday. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 23) with post time at a special early time of 4:45 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
Dover, DE - The final leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes for 2-year old trotting fillies went to post early at 4:10 in non-wagering events at Dover Downs on Wednesday. COMMAND THE DAY (CR Commando-Deanna Troy) did command the way as last week’s winner went off stride at the ¾ pole. This was her first win for trainer Syl King,Jr and driver Victor Kirby. DARK DUTCHESS (He’s Spooky-Designable) got up for second and the time of the mile was 2:02. The second non-wagering race for the fillies was certainly a sentimental favorite at Dover Downs. STAR TIME (Anders Bluestone-Political Starlet) crossed the wire in 2:02.4 for her Maiden win. Trained by Tui Stone and now owned by her mother, Shirley Shand, the filly was bred by Marv Bachrad’s Serendipity Stable. She was driven by Kim Vincent. ROYAL LOCKET (Yankee Royalty-Sprocket Hanover) was second. The colt and gelding trotters made the wagering card beginning with the first half of the daily double.where the 1-5 shot EMBRACE THE GRIND (Keystone Activator-My Embrace) scratched, the field was wide open. At the wire it was GO JETEM (He’s Spooky-Special Mist) in 2:04.1 lowering his lifetime record for driver Art Stafford,Jr. He is owned the Mist Stable of Hartly which is the family of long time Delmarva horseman Carl Thompson and trained by his son, Jim Thompson. Last week’s winner, RICH N ROYAL (Yankee Royalty-Adore Eleanor) got up for the place. The second half of the Daily Double went to DR GRINCH (Giant Hit-Runaway Madonna) in 2:03.2 earning his maiden win for trainer/driver, Jeff Fout and Joe and Joann Thomson’s Bay Pond Racing. JUST AS STRIKING (Anders Bluestone-Ringside Katie) got up for second for trainer/driver/owner Eddie Dennis. The $100K finals will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund  
CHESTER, PA - With the "Trottin' Thursday" program usually featured weekly at Harrah's Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots was driver Andrew McCarthy, who took both top-end purses and guided a freshman in an impressive debut. The driver who was on fire teamed with a son of Yankee Glide named Thisguyisonfire to record his third straight victory while taking the $18,000 top trot in 1:55.1. McCarthy had the winner well-positioned in the two-wide tier behind the game veteran Crosbys Clam Bake, who moved to the lead in the lane, only to be caught in the latter stages by a half-length after a good stretch battle. Chris Lakata conditioned the streaking winner for Fashion Farms LLC. The co-featured $17,000 trot was taken in strong fashion by the Kadabra mare Tymal Reign, who was reined by McCarthy to victory in 1:55.2, just a tick off her lifetime best. The favorite was sent right to the top, coming home in 57.2 to easily withstand pocketsitting Exarch by 1¾ lengths for trainer Noel Daley and Harbor Racing Stable LLC. A pair of Muscle Hill freshman colts costing $530,000 at the Harrisburg sale made their debuts and finished 1-2. The $320,000 purchase Sheer Muscle was limbed out four-wide to the 3/16, but driver McCarthy knew what he had under the hood, and the colt went on to the top and won in 1:58. Sheer Glide, his dam, is a full sister to $950G+ winner Flex The Muscle (and Duchess Faye is back in the pedigree a couple of generations), and trainer Lucas Wallin and owner Mario Mazza have a colt to keep an eye on. Finishing second was the $210,000 purchase Hillofamistery, a son of the $480G+-winning mare Mistery Woman, and he raced steadily in his bow, and should benefit from the start for Team Takter. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  
Trainer Rene Allard scored a pair of wins with the two trotters he brought to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Volare (Conway Hall) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory score as the fastest of the winners of three co-features for New York sired trotters on the chilly afternoon at the Spa. Allard brought Volare to town as the trotter looked to shake what had been some second and third-itis over the past couple of months. Leading driver Billy Dobson wasted little time moving the race's favorite out to the early lead and once the four year old got there, he had no trouble coasting to victory in 1:57.3. Volare's win came in one of the three $11,000 co-features and was the fastest among them on the matinee card. Allard's other victory came with Haveitalltogether (Cantab Hall) who toughed it out first over in a $9,000 event for young trotters. Volare was the by far the fastest of the three winners of the Wednesday co-features but John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) and Notmeitsyou (Chapter Seven) also secured victories in the $11,000 trio of features on the matinee card. Miss Muscle went coast-to-coast for Stark as the three year old filly continued her solid sophomore campaign with what was her fourth victory of the '18 season. Miss Muscle stopped the timer in 2:00.1 as her race's 2-1 favorite. The third co-feature went the way of Notmeitsyou who lived up to the hype as a 1-5 betting favorite on Wednesday as the three year old drew away late to prevail in 1:58. It was the second win for Notmeitsyou in as many weeks in the $11,000 co-feature as the sophomore continues what has been a terrific run since coming to Saratoga in September for trainer-driver Phil Fluet. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  
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