Day At The Track
Donttellmeagain

Donttellmeagain fastest in six divisions

WILKES-BARRE PA - Six $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono produced about just as much excitement as had the Sire Stakes crew the night before - although none of the first leg winners at The Meadows added a second Stallion success here Monday.   The very first Stallion Series horse to step foot on the track Monday, Donttellmeagain, moved to the lead early for Tim Tetrick and snapped home in 27.1 to complete a victory in 1:50.2, faster than two divisions of the Sire Stakes the previous evening. But it was no real surprise that the altered son of Dragon Again, who took a new mark for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owners Paton Racing Stables Inc., could show that kind of speed - he was Stallion Series champion at two, and of his only three losses in a 12-race career, one came vs. older horses, closing from ninth and last in 53.4 to be just 1½ lengths off, and the other two have been to last night's hero, Fear The Dragon.   It wouldn't be a modern-day Pennsylvania Sire Stakes/Stallion Series pace without the offspring of Somebeachsomewhere getting good money, and indeed the sire had two of his sons report home first in these Stallion Series contests. The winningest - and possibly the gamest -- of the SBSW's Monday was Highalator, who posted his 10th victory of 2017 (in but 12 starts) with a 1:52.2 victory. That move to double-digit wins looked by no means assured in midstretch as Jo Pa's Somebeach got to dead-even up the Pocono Pike, but Highalator, a Weiss Series champion on the first of the month, refused to surrender the lead, holding on by a nose for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Jenny Bier, and owners Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.   The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Deerfield Beach won in his career-best 1:52.3 time for the second time in five days while taking another section for trainer Nifty Norman and the partnership of Sundance Stable LLC and Jay Sears. David Miller made two speed moves with the developing youngster, rated the pace, then rocketed home in 26.4 to have 5¼ lengths over his nearest rivals at the wire.   Driver Miller became the only human doubler in the Stallion Series when he rallied the Western Ideal gelding Dorel from third-over and fifth still in midstretch to equal his mark of 1:52.1, overhauling favorite Southwind Yukon by a head. Chris Ryder handles conditioning on the youngster, now 3 for 5 lifetime for owner/breeder Shelby Novick.   Another Stallion Series cut looked like déjà vu all again of an earlier contest, with Santafe's Coach in the Highalator favored pacesetting role (driven by a Napolitano, no less) and Sin City Boogie being the Jo Pa's Somebeach surrogate, giving the leader all he wanted from the Pocono Pike. And like that race the pacesetter held off his lefthand challenger by a nose, as Santafe's Coach got his third win in four seasonal starts in 1:53.1. Anthony Napolitano was in the sulky behind the Bettor's Delight colt for trainer Leo Iordan and owners Edward DeRosa, Matthew Llovardi, and Ralph Woythaler.   Bettor's Delight got another sire credit when Mike's Z Tam posted a career best and the second-fastest time, 1:52, in taking his cut. The gelding was the fourth different leader when he gained control at the half, and then responded gamely when challenged to his left by Cougar Bait late, finishing a half-length to the good for trainer/driver Pat Lachance, also co-owner with Z Tam Stables LLC, M&M Harness Racing LLC, and Royal Flush Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono

Special T Rocks

Special T Rocks Repeats

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Special T Rocks ($11, Jim Morand) was a repeat winner in Monday's $17,500 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.2 over a sloppy harness racing racetrack. Special T Rocks seized the lead from Im Supersonic A at the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Arque Hanover, who was parked the mile, applied pressure through the half-mile in 55.1 before yielding to three-quarters in 1:23.1. Poisonous forged a three-wide move but stalled and could not reel in Special T Rocks, who was three lengths the best. Arque Hanover was second with Poisonous third. It was the 46th career win for Special T Rocks, a 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Joe Hundertpfund Jr. It was also the fastest mile of the Harrington meet thus far this year. Art Stafford Jr. had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

Downbytheseaside

$300,000 Art Rooney & Lismore Final

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 22, 2017 - World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 for Saturday night's (May 27th) 27th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for harness racing 3-year-olds. Downbytheseaside, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week's lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2. Dave Miller, who won this race consecutively in 2002 (Ashlee's Big Guy) and 2003 (No Pan Intended-via disqualification), retains the assignment for trainer Brian Brown and co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. 'Seaside' has won both his seasonal starts and has been board-certified in all 15 career tries (10 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, $616,016). The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes as the 8th race during the 12-race card (first post 7:10 PM, Rooney post approximately 9:30 PM). The draw shook out as such... 1-Mac's Jackpot,g (Jason Bartlett), 2-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley), 3-Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller), 4-Rollin' About,g (Brent Holland), 5-Funknwaffles,g (Brian Sears), 6-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 7-Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague), 8-Stealth Bomber (Brett Miller). The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approx. post 8:50 PM), offers a final purse of $140,770. The list of lasses is as such... 1-Warrawee Sunshine (Tetrick), 2- Caviart Cherie (Scott Zeron), 3- Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) 4-Agent Q (Dave Miller), 5-Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), 6-Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan), 7-Tequila Monday (Sears), 8-Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube). Agent Q (1:55.1) and 'Betty' (1:55.2) won last week's $20,000 elimination races. In addition to the high-end racing program, there's an Art Rooney Pace hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). (Story shall be updated, if necessary, with program changes, happening Tuesday evening [May 23rd]).   Frank Drucker

Escape The News

Escape The News delivers; Merton wins four

Plainville, MA---After coming off the pace and missing by only a head last week, Escape The News executed the same strategy successfully on Monday (May 22) in winning the harness racing $10,000 "Old Ironsides" featured pace at Plainridge Park. Kevin Switzer Jr. sent A Sweet Ride to the front and opened up a three-length lead before anyone knew what happened. He maintained that advantage for three quarters of the mile and cut swift fractions of :26.4, :55 and 1:22.2 in doing so. At that third station, Escape The News (Ron Cushing) tipped three-wide from fifth around American Island (Greg Merton) who had stalled after leading the outer charge. A Sweet Ride was four-lengths in front at this point and it looked like Escape The News had place locked up at best. But the speedy quarters took a toll on the leader and Escape The News blew by A Sweet Ride like he was tied to a pole to win by two-lengths in 1:51. It was the third win of the year for Escape The News ($4.40) and the time of 1:51 was a seasonal best. The winner's share of the purse pushed the 8-year-old Artiscape gelding's 2017 earnings to $30,720 for owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing. Cushing also trains the winner. There were two other $10,000 conditioned paces on the card and both provided gate to wire winners. In the first race, Biggie (Greg Merton) put the field to sleep with a :30.1 second quarter before pacing home in a brisk :56.2 to win by two lengths in 1:53.3, which was his season's best. It was the third win in seven starts for Biggie ($5.40) and owner Michael Huff. Scott Rollins trains the winner. And in the fifth race Memory Game (Greg Merton) was the easiest kind of winner, seemingly wrapped up every step of the mile. He paced unchallenged on the front-end and won by over a length in 1:52.3. The time was also seasonal mark for Memory Game ($4.20) who is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Jackie Greene. Driver Greg Merton extended his meet-leading win total by four with victories by the aforementioned Biggie and Memory Game along with Imtoofastforyou ($4.20, 1:53.3) and Weekend Fling ($2.80, 1:54.3). Merton now has 40 wins at the current Plainridge session. Kevin Switzer Jr. also scored a driving double. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (May 23) at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2017 -- Breeders Crown runner-up Moonshiner Hanover, looking for a soft opening for his sophomore harness racing campaign, found it in Monday's Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where he cruised to victory in a stake-fastest 1:55.3. The $80,000 event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Two AM, Thisguyisonfire and Skaterly taking the other splits. Moonshiner Hanover earned $263,101 at 2 and was beaten only by Dan Patch Award winner Walner in the Breeders Crown final. But trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Andover Hall-Madam Hooch with Synerco Ventures and Bill Manes, said the December removal of OCDs from the colt's left hind ankle complicated the timetable for his return. "He qualified only a week ago," Beaver said. "To put him in the sires stake, I'd have had to race him back in five days and drop him five seconds. I decided to avoid that right off the bat. I think he's come back a little smoother." In the stallion series, Moonshiner Hanover waited until the dust settled before moving to the point for Aaron Merriman and drawing off by 5 lengths turning for home. Geared down, he defeated Ataboy Hanover by 1-1/2 lengths, with Perseverance third. Beaver indicated Moonshiner Hanover likely will race next in the June 3 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Two AM already knew he was comfortable in the stallion series; he captured the freshman title by a widening 4-1/2 lengths. On Monday, the Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding set sail first over after the leader, Lars Perry, who had enjoyed a slowish 59.2 first half. But Two AM had little trouble overtaking Lars Perry and downing him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56. Phi Alpha earned show. "This horse was real sharp in his qualifiers, and I was pretty confident in him," said Tyler Buter, who drove for trainer Todd Buter and owners Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. "We'll take his racing schedule week to week. He hasn't been tired yet; we haven't found the bottom." Thisguyisonfire appeared in trouble at the half, when he trailed by 8-1/2 lengths. But he surged when Mike Wilder asked him for trot, picking up the cover of Muay Hanover and going wide through the stretch to prevail in a career-fastest 1:56. Muay Hanover was second, 2 lengths back, while DD's Comet completed the ticket. "I was being a little cautious with him because they said he runs in a little bit in the turns," Wilder said. "I kind of got detached at the half, but I thought if I got through the last turn, he'd be pretty good. He just exploded. He couldn't have been better." Jim Campbell trains Thisguyisonfire, a son of Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall, for Fashion Farms. In the $13,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace, 9-1 upstart Hurricane Calleigh, a $10,000 claimer only two races back, sustained an uncovered move to score in 1:53.1 for David McNeight III, trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. It was the fastest win ever for the 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness. Merriman collected four wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Michael's Power, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2012, has been retired, co-owner Michael Snyder said Monday. The 8-year-old harness racing gelding last competed in September 2016. A son of stallion Camluck out of the mare Michelle's Jackpot, Michael's Power was bred and co-owned by Snyder's father, Jeff. The horse won 37 of 98 career races and earned $1.90 million. In 2012, Michael's Power captured 14 of 20 starts on his way to O'Brien Awards in Canada for best 3-year-old male pacer and Horse of the Year. His most memorable victory came in the 2012 Little Brown Jug in Ohio, where he defeated Sweet Lou by 1-3/4 lengths to give trainer Casie Coleman her first Jug triumph. Additionally, then 23-year-old Scott Zeron became the youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug. "That was my favorite race," Michael Snyder said. "It was very exciting. He put all his effort into winning. He tried his heart out." In addition to winning the Little Brown Jug, Michael's Power won the Confederation Cup, Upper Canada Cup and Ontario Sire Stakes championship in 2012. Michael's Power, who was named after Michael Snyder, was preparing to return to the races this season in an attempt to reach $2 million in lifetime purses. The decision to retire the horse came after it was determined it might risk his long-term health. "We wanted to take care of him," Snyder said. "We wanted to make sure he could be a hundred percent sound to be a riding horse in the future. He's the sweetest, friendliest horse." Michael's Power is a full-brother to millionaire Michelle's Power and his second dam, Jef's Magic Trick, is the mother of 1994 Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark. Jeff Snyder also owned Cam's Card Shark. Ken Weingartner

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Racing fans are being given a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at harness racing and jog a Standardbred when Rosecroft plays hosts to "I Want to Be a Driver" Tuesday, May 30. Two packages are available for the event, which begins at 3 p.m. and includes an evening of live harness racing at Rosecroft. The "I Want to Be a Driver" package includes a jog around the five-eighths mile track on a two-seated sulky, paddock tour, barbecue on the track apron, a group winner's circle photo, and a meet-and-greet with hors d'oeuvres. The package costs $90. The Spectator Package includes all of the above without the jog for $45. For more information on "I Want to Be a Driver," sponsored by the Cloverleaf Standard Owners Association, contact Gina Maybee of Cloverleaf at 301.567.9636. David Joseph          

Hopes and optimism ran high in 1965 when the Phoenix Trotting Park, a futuristically-designed harness racing track that opened in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility, which opened on Jan. 11, 1965, seemed to be doomed from the start. Originally budgeted at $3 million to build, the track ended up costing around $10 million. The track was the vision of New York businessman and entrepreneur, James Dunnigan, who also owned Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, New York. Even though 12,000 people packed the facility on opening day, the racetrack struggled, with a variety of factors – the desert heat, and the fact that the park is also located about 20 miles outside of Phoenix, and was built long before any major roads made the area easily accessible to those in the city. So, as the Arizona Republic reports, racing was abandoned after 2 1/2 years. Since 1966, the grandstand and surrounding property have remained vacant. Over the years, proposals for the land have been floated, but none of them ever came to fruition. Crews are currently completing the process of removing asbestos from the building, and it will then be demolished. Not everyone is happy to see that happen, however. Sharon Girulat, a Goodyear resident, has advocated to preserve and re-purpose the building, for something like a performing arts school, with outdoor places for concerts and indoor practice halls and a performance hall. “It works because that physical structure is iconic, it's so unique, so beautifully built,” she said. “It's magnificent.” Read more in the Arizona Republic Reprinted with permission of The Paulick Report

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing schedule for the 2017 Molson Pace at Western Fair.   Mike and Mike will bring extensive coverage of the Molson Pace beginning at 9 PM and run their show until 11:30 PM. The duo will cover the late Pick 4 wager and the Super Hi-5 which will feature a mandatory payout.   Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will be live on site to help cover the race and provide analysis and coverage of the happenings at Western Fair.   For those in attendance on track there will be a chance to win an Aaron Merriman whip that was donated to the show by Aaron. Those on track who tweet a picture of themselves at Western Fair with #MolsonPace will automatically be entered to win the whip. You must be on track to win the prize, tweeting begins at 7:00 and the winner will be selected at 10:00!   Our sponsor BetAmerica will also have a fantastic promotion on Molson Pace night with their Second Chance Promotion all night long. All night you can bet on a horse to win via their website and if your horse wins you win. If your horse finishes second, BetAmerica will refund your bet up to $20.00 on each race. If you don't already have an account sign up with www.betamerica.com.   Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike    

He started out his career racing in the New York Sire Stakes Fair Circuit and now J A T O has received and accepted the biggest invitation of his life. He is going to race in Sweden at Solvalla Racetrack the day before the Elitlopp Day this coming Saturday, May 27. He will be competing in what is called the "Little Elitlopp" for horses that nearly were invited for the big event. The Little Elitlopp is also raced in two heats.  The five-year-old gelding by Big Apple Deli from the Credit Winner mare, Highwaytoheaven, is currently being trained and will be driven by the world renowned Swedish horseman, Ake Svandstedt. J, A T O is co-owned by the Our Horse Cents Stable of Melville, NY with Rossie Smith of Greenville, NY. Longtime owner, Eugene Kurzrok, of The Horse Cents Stable, confirmed this morning that J A T O is leaving today for Sweden. “He (J A T O) will be racing in an undercard event for a purse of $180,000,” Kurzrok said. “and this is the first time I have ever had a horse race in Sweden. This is very exciting; the whole sport of harness racing is exciting. Unfortunately, I will not be going over to watch him race.” A career winner of $157,808 and a record of 1:54 at age four, J A T O has come a long way since the NYSS Fair Circuit. This year he already has two wins, three second place and two third place finishes in just seven starts. He recently won at the Meadowlands, beating Melady’s Monet in 1:54.1 and the week prior, won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:56.3. Growing up, J A T O was the stablemate with the top trotter, Dayson, and now travels to Sweden with the great Resolve as his new stablemate. At age two and three, J A T O was a terror on the New York Sire Stakes Fair Circuit, winning 25 of his 27 starts. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

WILKES-BARRE PA - Fear The Dragon used a huge backstretch spurt to flash by divisional leader Huntsville nearing the 3/4, then went on to easily defeat last year's harness racing freshman champ by 2½ lengths in 1:49.1 while winning one of three divisions of the $148,492 second leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver David Miller held the victorious son of Dragon Again in reserve early in fifth, with the 1-9 Huntsville tucking third early then coming out soon off the first turn to brush to the lead past the wire. Huntsville looked a little sideways late on the turn at the 54.4 half, and that's when Miller made his move with Fear The Dragon.   The wind aided horses down the backstretch at Pocono Sunday, and when Miller tipped Fear The Dragon out he sent him up to the leader full throttle, with the third quarter officially timed in 27.3 and the Dragon, officially four lengths out at the half, knocking almost a second off that fraction to make the front easily late backstretch and open a clear margin. Huntsville gave pursuit but could not find any extra steps to get him closer, and Miller guided the winner under the line in hand to take a new mark and send his earnings to $276,298 for trainer Brian Brown.   Fear The Dragon     Owner Emerald Highlands Farm now has a colt (who defeated Huntsville at Philly last year) dead-square in the sophomore spotlight with Huntsville and another Brian Brown trainee, Downbytheseaside - and they also have the only double Sires winner in this division as well as the fastest winner at Pocono this year.   Trainer Jimmy Takter sent out the winners in the other two Sire Stakes divisions, both Somebeachsomewhere colts posting clockings of 1:50.3. Ocean Colony salvaged some pride for the chalkplayers in winning his division, with the 1-5 favorite coming out of the two-hole midturn for driver Yannick Gingras and then going by strong pacesetter Eddard Hanover midstretch, winning on his own by ¾ of a length for the ownership of Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, and MKatz ALibfeld SGoldband.   Ocean Colony     Blood Line sprung a 12-1 surprise in his Sires division, with driver Mark MacDonald sending the colt directly to the lead despite the outside post seven and then guiding home in 54.4 to take a new lifetime mark of. Favored Filibuster Hanover pulled outside late on the backstretch and narrowed in on the leader, but Blood Line was tough on the engine and resisted the first leg Sires winner by a half-length for trainer JTakter and owners Diamond Creek Racing.   Blood Line     There were also a pair of $25,000 winners-over events for top older pacers on the Sunday card. In the event for pacing mares, the McArdle distaff Nike Franco N posted her second straight triumph, brushing to the lead in front of the stands and then stepping her last half in 54.4 - 26.4 to earn a new mark and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $402,743 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, and owner Richard Poillucci.   Nike Franco N     In a trotting contest, Rubber Duck and Melady's Monet received the same win pool backing to the dollar, and their second half duel was just as close, with the first-over Rubber Duck, a son of Muscle Mass, grinding on very gamely to inch away late from the pacesetting Melady's Monet, getting a half-length decision in 1:53 for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Richard Johnson, and owners Blair and Ema Corbeil.   Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana stopped by the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for a special Sunday meet and greet with fans. After the signing, he toured the paddock, met and had pictures taken with drivers and other horsemen, and rode in the starting gate.   PHHA / Pocono  

The Sunday harness racing card at Hawthorne Racecourse opened with a field of six for the second leg of the Peter Galassi for filly and mare pacers. The 3-5 favorite was Leg one winner Lakeside Ms Queen at 3-5 and driven by Dale Hiteman. The filly by Rockin Image broke prior to the start and spotted the field seven lengths. Dali Delight took advantage and set the fractions through a comfortable :29.4 quarter and :58.4 half. On the turn, Dali Delight maintained her advantage as Lakeside Ms Queen picked up the chase while three wide. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Lakeside Ms Queen came to challenge Dali Delight. At the wire, Lakeside Ms Queen overcame the break at the start and won by a neck in 1:56.3. Dali Delight was second while Rear View finished third. Lakeside Ms Queen is owned by Jace Sundeen and Denise Jarka and trained by Jace Sundeen. Race five on Sunday was an open handicap for filly and mare pacers as OK Heavenly looked for her second consecutive victory at this level. Leaving for the lead was Seeyouatthefinish for Kyle Husted as she covered the quarter in :28.2. Moving to take over on the backstretch was Fox Valley Charm, through a half in :57.1. On the turn, Fox Valley Charm maintained her lead through three quarters in 1:24.4. In the lane, they lined up six across as favored Sportswriter mare OK Heavenly and driver Casey Leonard rolled by, winning in 1:53.4. Owned by Dandy Farms, Inc. and Mark Winship, OK Heavenly is trained by Angela Coleman. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Dale Hiteman (2 Wins) Trainers - Angela Coleman (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Lakeside Ms Queen (1:56.3) Race 2 - Schwarber (2:00.3) Race 3 - Real Sheila (1:56.3) Race 4 - Louscipher (1:58.3) Race 5 - OK Heavenly (1:53.4) Race 6 - Quantum Uptown Boy (1:57.4) Race 7 - San Antonio Rose (1:55.2) Race 8 - M T Ur Pockets (1:57.2) Race 9 - Pretty Image (1:54.4) Race 10 - PJ Boy (1:59.2) Race 11 - Bucklegirl Bobette (1:55.0) Jim Miller

The Sunday night May 21 Running Aces harness racing card featured the return of local favorite Roland N Rock to the Minnesota oval to headline the $11,000 Open Handicap pace. He did not disappoint his loyal fans and pari-mutuel backers as he turned in a dazzling performance as expected. Assigned the outside post in the 8 horse field, driver Nick Roland sent “Rocky” out quickly in search of the lead, but found plenty of competition for the top spot, and opted to float back into the four hole as they checked in at the quarter in a swift 26.4. From there the duo sat patiently through the half in 56.1 before launching their attack, first with a second over position nearing three-quarters (1:24) and then a quick 3 wide brush to take command turning for home, pacing away from the field to score by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.2 with a 28.0 final quarter and a final half in 55.3 SF Donttellonme (J. Casagranda) rounded out the exacta off of an early pocket trip, while pace-setter Easy Again (R.Magee) checked in third. Roland N Rock (by Rocknroll Hanover) returned $3.60 for a $2 mutuel, after posting his 3rd win of the season and boosting his seasonal bankroll to $117,450 for Owners Duane and Connie Roland. Firedrake ($5.20) did not disappoint in his 2017 debut as well, delivering as co-favorite in a nice $6,400 conditioned pacing event. Firedrake and trainer/driver Nick Roland secured a pocket trip behind Bo Master and found his way up the inside of the track late to score a nice win by 2¼ lengths in 1:56.1 Firedrake is owned by Jessica Johnson, and the 4 year old gelding by Dragon Again now sports 7 wins in 16 lifetime tries. The win also completed the back-to-back double for Roland. Steve Wiseman posted a Grand Slam with 4 wins on the Sunday night card, Wiseman fans were rewarded in the opener as he scored aboard Art Genta paying $3.40, race 3 ($2.60) with Muscle Beach, race 4 steering Cenalta Diesel ($7.60) and race 10 with a $4.80 mutuel aboard Magnifique. Wiseman had a triple on the opening night card, and jumps out to the early lead in the driver standings. Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen picked up his second driving double in a row with the two biggest prices of the night, Losira in race 5 ($18.60) and Hi Ho’s Little Rev ($21.00) in race 9. Live Racing returns to Running Aces this coming Tuesday, May 23 with a first post of 7:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, May 21, 2017... Arsenal, given perfect rating by Dave Ingraham, fired bullets start to finish at Pompano Park on Sunday night (May 21), easily handling a quartet of harness racing rivals in a 1:53.4 victory. The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape, leaving from the coveted post five, won a brief early tussle with Stirling Cadillac (Bryce Fenn), post four, and went on to card panels of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before a :28 finale was more than sufficient to hold off the late surging Stirling Cadillac to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Surge Seelster (Kyle Bolon driving), finished third, 2½ lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Goldstar Raider picked up the nickel after a brief bid on the backside. In a post-race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "This is one tough bugger. Everyone knows it because he's gone back and forth between owners over the past several starts and he loves to race on the front end. "Once we got to the lead, he was well relaxed and I was quite confident in his chances once we got to the half in :57.1, which is soft for a horse of his caliber." Owned and trained by Kelly Case, Arsenal now has a scorecard reading 6-7-1 in 18 starts, good for $38,439. Lifetime, Arsenal has 35 wins in a career measuring 207 starts with earnings of $458,180 to go along with his Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. Off at 1 to 2, Arsenal paid $3.00 to win. Also, the brilliant Florida bred champion, Gold Star Briana, undefeated at ages two and three with 16 straight victories, made her four year-old debut and promptly put a new lifetime mark on her card--1:56--in scoring a handy win for Wally Hennessey. The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was away "gingerly" before taking command after the opening quarter and then easily held off Thundercrest (Dave Ingraham) for win number 17. PC's Alleyway (Tony Kerwood) was third while Deli-Craze and All Star Fame picked up the two final awards in the sextet of four year-old trotters. Hennessey was thrilled with Gold Star Briana saying, "She qualified nicely last week and, with the outside post tonight, I wanted to take good care of her leaving. She can grind a long way and, once she made the top, she seemed strong and willing the rest of the way. "I was very happy with her performance." Off at 1 to 5, Gold Star Briana paid $2.40 to win and sent her lifetime earnings to $125,913 in the process. In other Sunday night action, the 11 year-old warrior A Crown For Lindy, driven by Tom Eichas, stormed from eighth turning for home and used a :29.2 closing kick to score his second straight win in the Florida Amateur Driving Club trot. With the situation looking hopeless for the 3 to 2 favorite during the first three-quarters of the mile, A Crown For Lindy unleashed a late burst, coming from 7¼ lengths off the leader at the stretch call to win by a neck in 1:59. Revrac Harbour (Troy Basista), was second after taking command just past the opening :28.4 quarter and then proceeded to carve out panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2. The early leader, New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) finished third, 1¼ away, while Saint Patty's Doll held off Thekeptman for the fourth spot on the board. Trained by Allen Saul for owner Dein Spriggs, A Crown For Lindy won for the eighth time this season and 58th time career-wise, sending his career bounty to $426,798--$23,939 this year. The victory meant another $1,125 going into the coffers of Equine-Assisted Therapies, the hand-picked charity by owner Spriggs to benefit from half of the gelding's earnings through the end of the Pompano Park meet. Executive Director Molly Murphy was on hand for the win and "got chills" as the 11 year-old thundered down the lane for the narrow win. "This is unbelievable," she said, "and I absolutely got chills watching 'Lindy' tonight. It means so much for our organization to be able to continue our work helping those in needs with therapeutic programs. "Dein (Spriggs) is a saint for helping us and we appreciate him so much!" The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $185,000 to charitable causes since its inception. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Layer Cake looking for a repeat win in the Open Handicap Pace for Mares and My Revenuer and Commentary hooking up in the Open Trot. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

The Last Chapter (Drew Monti) takes the harness racing featured Williams Auto Trot at Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (May 21). This exciting race showed many lead changes until the top of the stretch. The 3 year-old Chapter Seven gelding took over and won with ease. Chapter Seven ($2.90) owned by Richard Gutnik, Joe Losito and the TLP Stable turned the mile in 1:56.2. Royal Casanova (Jim Taggart Jr) came up to take second. TT Conway (Jim Marohn Jr) finished third. Tioga Downs is dark this Friday and returns to live action on Saturday night (May 27) at 6:50pm. There is a special Sunday (May 28) start time of 6:50pm. New York Sire Stakes return Sunday night as 3 year-old trotting fillies take center stage. Memorial Day Monday (May 29) post time is 1:00 pm.   For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

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WILKES-BARRE PA - Six $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono produced about just as much excitement as had the Sire Stakes crew the night before - although none of the first leg winners at The Meadows added a second Stallion success here Monday.   The very first Stallion Series horse to step foot on the track Monday, Donttellmeagain, moved to the lead early for Tim Tetrick and snapped home in 27.1 to complete a victory in 1:50.2, faster than two divisions of the Sire Stakes the previous evening. But it was no real surprise that the altered son of Dragon Again, who took a new mark for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owners Paton Racing Stables Inc., could show that kind of speed - he was Stallion Series champion at two, and of his only three losses in a 12-race career, one came vs. older horses, closing from ninth and last in 53.4 to be just 1½ lengths off, and the other two have been to last night's hero, Fear The Dragon.   It wouldn't be a modern-day Pennsylvania Sire Stakes/Stallion Series pace without the offspring of Somebeachsomewhere getting good money, and indeed the sire had two of his sons report home first in these Stallion Series contests. The winningest - and possibly the gamest -- of the SBSW's Monday was Highalator, who posted his 10th victory of 2017 (in but 12 starts) with a 1:52.2 victory. That move to double-digit wins looked by no means assured in midstretch as Jo Pa's Somebeach got to dead-even up the Pocono Pike, but Highalator, a Weiss Series champion on the first of the month, refused to surrender the lead, holding on by a nose for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Jenny Bier, and owners Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.   The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Deerfield Beach won in his career-best 1:52.3 time for the second time in five days while taking another section for trainer Nifty Norman and the partnership of Sundance Stable LLC and Jay Sears. David Miller made two speed moves with the developing youngster, rated the pace, then rocketed home in 26.4 to have 5¼ lengths over his nearest rivals at the wire.   Driver Miller became the only human doubler in the Stallion Series when he rallied the Western Ideal gelding Dorel from third-over and fifth still in midstretch to equal his mark of 1:52.1, overhauling favorite Southwind Yukon by a head. Chris Ryder handles conditioning on the youngster, now 3 for 5 lifetime for owner/breeder Shelby Novick.   Another Stallion Series cut looked like déjà vu all again of an earlier contest, with Santafe's Coach in the Highalator favored pacesetting role (driven by a Napolitano, no less) and Sin City Boogie being the Jo Pa's Somebeach surrogate, giving the leader all he wanted from the Pocono Pike. And like that race the pacesetter held off his lefthand challenger by a nose, as Santafe's Coach got his third win in four seasonal starts in 1:53.1. Anthony Napolitano was in the sulky behind the Bettor's Delight colt for trainer Leo Iordan and owners Edward DeRosa, Matthew Llovardi, and Ralph Woythaler.   Bettor's Delight got another sire credit when Mike's Z Tam posted a career best and the second-fastest time, 1:52, in taking his cut. The gelding was the fourth different leader when he gained control at the half, and then responded gamely when challenged to his left by Cougar Bait late, finishing a half-length to the good for trainer/driver Pat Lachance, also co-owner with Z Tam Stables LLC, M&M Harness Racing LLC, and Royal Flush Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono
HARRINGTON, Del. - Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Special T Rocks ($11, Jim Morand) was a repeat winner in Monday's $17,500 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.2 over a sloppy harness racing racetrack. Special T Rocks seized the lead from Im Supersonic A at the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Arque Hanover, who was parked the mile, applied pressure through the half-mile in 55.1 before yielding to three-quarters in 1:23.1. Poisonous forged a three-wide move but stalled and could not reel in Special T Rocks, who was three lengths the best. Arque Hanover was second with Poisonous third. It was the 46th career win for Special T Rocks, a 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Joe Hundertpfund Jr. It was also the fastest mile of the Harrington meet thus far this year. Art Stafford Jr. had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  
YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 22, 2017 - World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 for Saturday night's (May 27th) 27th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for harness racing 3-year-olds. Downbytheseaside, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week's lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2. Dave Miller, who won this race consecutively in 2002 (Ashlee's Big Guy) and 2003 (No Pan Intended-via disqualification), retains the assignment for trainer Brian Brown and co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. 'Seaside' has won both his seasonal starts and has been board-certified in all 15 career tries (10 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, $616,016). The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes as the 8th race during the 12-race card (first post 7:10 PM, Rooney post approximately 9:30 PM). The draw shook out as such... 1-Mac's Jackpot,g (Jason Bartlett), 2-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley), 3-Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller), 4-Rollin' About,g (Brent Holland), 5-Funknwaffles,g (Brian Sears), 6-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 7-Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague), 8-Stealth Bomber (Brett Miller). The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approx. post 8:50 PM), offers a final purse of $140,770. The list of lasses is as such... 1-Warrawee Sunshine (Tetrick), 2- Caviart Cherie (Scott Zeron), 3- Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) 4-Agent Q (Dave Miller), 5-Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), 6-Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan), 7-Tequila Monday (Sears), 8-Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube). Agent Q (1:55.1) and 'Betty' (1:55.2) won last week's $20,000 elimination races. In addition to the high-end racing program, there's an Art Rooney Pace hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). (Story shall be updated, if necessary, with program changes, happening Tuesday evening [May 23rd]).   Frank Drucker
Plainville, MA---After coming off the pace and missing by only a head last week, Escape The News executed the same strategy successfully on Monday (May 22) in winning the harness racing $10,000 "Old Ironsides" featured pace at Plainridge Park. Kevin Switzer Jr. sent A Sweet Ride to the front and opened up a three-length lead before anyone knew what happened. He maintained that advantage for three quarters of the mile and cut swift fractions of :26.4, :55 and 1:22.2 in doing so. At that third station, Escape The News (Ron Cushing) tipped three-wide from fifth around American Island (Greg Merton) who had stalled after leading the outer charge. A Sweet Ride was four-lengths in front at this point and it looked like Escape The News had place locked up at best. But the speedy quarters took a toll on the leader and Escape The News blew by A Sweet Ride like he was tied to a pole to win by two-lengths in 1:51. It was the third win of the year for Escape The News ($4.40) and the time of 1:51 was a seasonal best. The winner's share of the purse pushed the 8-year-old Artiscape gelding's 2017 earnings to $30,720 for owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing. Cushing also trains the winner. There were two other $10,000 conditioned paces on the card and both provided gate to wire winners. In the first race, Biggie (Greg Merton) put the field to sleep with a :30.1 second quarter before pacing home in a brisk :56.2 to win by two lengths in 1:53.3, which was his season's best. It was the third win in seven starts for Biggie ($5.40) and owner Michael Huff. Scott Rollins trains the winner. And in the fifth race Memory Game (Greg Merton) was the easiest kind of winner, seemingly wrapped up every step of the mile. He paced unchallenged on the front-end and won by over a length in 1:52.3. The time was also seasonal mark for Memory Game ($4.20) who is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Jackie Greene. Driver Greg Merton extended his meet-leading win total by four with victories by the aforementioned Biggie and Memory Game along with Imtoofastforyou ($4.20, 1:53.3) and Weekend Fling ($2.80, 1:54.3). Merton now has 40 wins at the current Plainridge session. Kevin Switzer Jr. also scored a driving double. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (May 23) at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts
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