Day At The Track
Delightful Offer N, harness racing

Cushing 1-2 in feature; Gray wins five

Plainville, MA---Ron Cushing has been busy filling his harness racing barn with New Zealand bred horses this year and is taking no prisoners when they hit the track. On Monday afternoon (May 21) Cushing and his ownership partner Kevin Sywyk started two of their Heidi Gibbs trained bearcats in the $14,000 Winners-Over feature pace at Plainridge Park and came away finishing first and second while taking two opposite routes to the wire. Delightful Offer N (Ron Cushing) bolted off the gate and took the lead before getting the race to the quarter in a brisk :26. At that Point, Kenrick N (Mitchell Cushing) who had gotten away fifth, pulled early and was slowly making his way up the outside. Cushing tapped the brakes with Delightful Offer N and got a pedestrian :30 second quarter and as a result. Kenrick N who was floating third on the outside, was able to continue to advance in the outer flow and brought Grand Theft (Greg Merton) with him. Sitting chilly with his whip on his shoulder, Cushing rounded the final turn with Delightful Offer N and was pulling away without effort in deep stretch while stablemate Kenrick N was still game, holding off three late closers as they approached the wire. Delightful Offer N was a two-length wrapped-up winner in 1:51.2 ahead of Kenrick N. It was the second straight win at Plainridge Park for Delightful Offer N ($5.40) and also a new lifetime mark for the 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight. Shawn Gray put on a driving clinic on Monday, winning half the card. Gray was the victorious pilot with Straightoutaconsin (1:53.4, $3.00), Superbowl Party (1:52.1, $5.80), Duke Of Delray (1:54.1, $3.60), Jackson's Image (1:52.2, $3.20) and One To Draw To (1:51.1, $5.60). As a result of his performance, Gray shot past Drew Campbell into second in the dash driving derby, just behind the leading Greg Merton. With Campbell having two wins on the day and Merton getting shut out, Merton now leads with 32 wins, Gray is second with 31 and Campbell is third with 29. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday Afternoon (May 22) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Blazing Bobby Sox, harness racing

Blazing Bobby Sox decisive Monday

HARRINGTON, Del. - Blazing Bobby Sox ($4.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a decisive winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.1 in the $15,000 harness racing Delaware Special. Owned by Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr., the 7-year-old The Panderosa gelding left the gate in determined fashion from post six and cruised to the early lead where he would stay throughout in a front end romp over Little Ben and Machamillion N. It was the fifth win of the season for "Bobby," and 25th of his career. He had won back-to-back races to close out the Dover Downs meet in March and is closing in on $300,000 in career earnings, despite only 77 career starts. Earlier on the card, Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($9.40, Cody Poliseno) notched his third straight win for trainer Carlo Poliseno in 1:52.3, which equaled a new lifetime best. Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Donna Messick's Spondulicks N ($3.20, Stafford Jr.) improved to 2-for-2 on North American soil as the New Zealand-bred strolled to a 1:55.2 victory for trainer and co-owner Parker. Matthew Sparacino

Trump Nation, harness racing

Posts for $300,000 Art Rooney & $111,444 Lismore

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 21, 2018 - Harness racing Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace and $111,444 Lismore Pace. The 28th Rooney, one of Yonkers' premier event's for the sport's glamour division, offers six 3-year-old colts and two geldings. The event, which began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Rooney Sr., goes as Saturday night's (May 26th) sixth race. The open draw probably didn't bother one elimination winner (Trump Nation [Jason Bartlett, post 4]), though it cheesed off the other (Decoy [Dave Miller, post 8]). Miller, who has won this race three times, including last season with Downbytheseaside, obviously has his work cut out behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jimmy Takter trains for Brixton Medical, R A W Equine and Joe Sbrocco. Decoy won his elim going away, by 8½ lengths in a 'good' 1:54. Bartlett, the perennial leading local driver, has never won the Rooney. Trump Nation took over early a week ago, making the lead from an eventual breaker and holding sway. He won by a head in 1:53.3. his fastest purse mile of the season. The Betterthancheddar colt enters the final with new co-ownership (Evan Katz and Crawford Racing) and new trainer (Chris Oakes). The field, with declared drivers... 1-Minnie Vinnie (Tim Tetrick), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton listed), 3-Springsteen (Brian Sears), 4-Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett), 5-Jimtastic (Eric Goodell), 6-Major Authority (Yannick Gingras), 7-Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller). The 14th Lismore, companion event to the Rooney, was carded as the fifth race. Lone elimination winner Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube) landed in post No. 2 among the octet of 3-year-old pacing. The field, with declared drivers... 1-Solitary (Brent Holland), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube), 3-Believe in Me (Brian Sears), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Jason Bartlett), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan) 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick), 7-Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miler). First post for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker        

Classicality, Harness Racing

Classicality in career best 1:52.3

WASHINGTON, PA, May 21, 2018 -- Classicality rolled to his third straight win, scoring in a harness racing career-best 1:52.3, in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. During his streak, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has been ahead at every call. The 3-5 favorite left from post 6 and needed nearly the entire first quarter to reach the front. He defeated his stablemate and half brother, Trustworthy Kid, by 1-3/4 lengths, giving owner/trainer Lisa Dunn the exacta sweep, with Classic Banker third. Classicality pushed his lifetime bankroll to $591,792. In Monday's co-feature, the $18,000 Preferred Pace, Dapper Dude angled off the cones out of the final turn and brushed wide for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. to edge the first-over Lincolnjames by a nose in 1:49.3, fastest mile at The Meadows this year. Early leader Anythingforlove A saved show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, a 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who now boasts $1,232,500 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and trainer Jack Smith each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, May 22 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,763.43. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 9-13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Post Time with Mike and Mike will be airing the live post position draws of the Betsy Ross, Maxie Lee, and Commodore Barry Invitationals on Tuesday (May 22nd) at 11:30 AM Eastern Time from Harrah's Philadelphia.   The special presentation can be seen live on the duo's Facebook page (Post Time with Mike and Mike).   The trio of Invitationals will be featured on a stakes-laden program at the suburban Philadelphia oval on Sunday, May 27th.   Post Time is scheduled for 12:40 PM Eastern.   If you haven't yet, please like Post Time with Mike and Mike's Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/ptmikeandmike   Michael Bozich

Blue Moon Stride (Rocknroll Hanover-Classic Star) among the more frugal harness racing acquisitions of Emilio and Maria Rosati of Sydney, is now over the million mark in earnings with a total of $1003,852 via a 1:49.4 wire to wire win over Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere- Darlins Delight ) in the $30,000 Great Northeast series for mares at Harrahs Philadelphia on Sunday. Mr. Rosati well known for pursuing sales topper quality yearlings at the U.S. sales acquired Blue Moon Stride as a weanling for just $27,000 from the final Perretti Farms dispersal in 2013 on advice from trainer Mark Harder and Perretti’s Bob Marks “The dam Classic Star, a full sister to Bettor’s Delight and Roll With Joe was the last expensive mare I purchased for Perretti Farms at $135,000” said Marks “Blue Moon Stride was by far her best looking foal, so I suggested to good friend Mark Harder to buy her for the Rosatis and even if she doesn’t pan out, she would be a great broodmare candidate down there” Harder agreed that she was far better than her yearling sister we were also selling and the rest is history.    

Greenville, OH --- Koltin Noble, the 14-year-old son of Dan and grandson of Chip, drove in his first harness racing matinee Sunday (May 20). The matinee was held at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio. Koltin drove Light Up The Sky to a win in the Open Pace. by Cindy Austen 

Pompano Beach, FL...May 21, 2018...Dee's Rocketman, catch-driven by Ed Hysell, came from dead last to take top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's featured Open Pace on Sunday night (May 20). The six year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, last in his classy quintet once the wings opened and things settled down, collared stable-mate Sing For Me George, driven by Mickey McNichol, to stop the timer in 1:52.4 over a track labeled fast, but dulled at bit by persistent heavy rains earlier in the day. The official margin was a neck on the wire with Kotare Yael N, handled by Corey Braden, third, 1 1/4 lengths away after cutting panels of :27.3, :57 and 1:24. Fritzie Pic Up Man, in the garden spot for much of the way, finished fourth while Major Starlight picked up the nickel. At the outset, Kotare Yael, leaving from post four, burst off the wings, followed by Fritzie Pic Up, who used the rail in settling in right behind the leader with Sing For Me George next. Things began to heat up on the backside as Sing For Me George left his cozy spot in third to go into attack mode, setting up the second over journey for stable-mate Dee's Rocketman. Brushing an individual third panel a shade better than :26.4, Sing For Me George moved along side the leader turning for home, poked his head in front shortly thereafter, only to be nailed by his stable-mate, Dee's Rocketman just yards from the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Ed Hysell said, "Let me tell you, it's a pleasure to drive a horse like Dee's Rocketman. Once we had the live cover, he just knew what he had to do. I didn't ask him for anything, he did it all on this own. He must have paced his around :55 to get it done. He's got some motor in him." McNIchol, who trains both Sing For Me George and the winner, Dee's Rocketman, reflected, "I thought I better get moving once we were on the backside so I sent my horse (Sing For Me George). I knew we were in a tough spot going first up but I had no other choice since Wally's horse (Fritzie Pic Up Man) wasn't about to leave his nice spot. That helped Dee's Rocketman, I'm sure, because he had some live cover to follow. My horse had some fight in him tonight but just got nailed at the wire. I guess you could say that 'I did the dirty work and he (Hysell) picked up the pieces!" Owned by Joseph Martinelli, Sr., Dee's Rocketman won for the eight time this semester to push his 2018 earnings over the $60,000 plateau--$60,800 to be precise. Off at 3 to 5 on the tote-board, Dee's Rocketman paid $3.40 to his many faithful. That event capped an auspicious night for McNIchol as two of his trainees--Rockntouch and Blueberry Heaven--were one-two in the opener and McNIchol, himself, piloted Team Captain to victory to complete the early daily double sweep. Rockntouch, also a six year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, got a picture perfect journey from McNichol to score over his late-charging stable-mate Blueberry Heaven in 1:54 sending his seasonal earnings to $20,649 for The Fred Monteleone Stable and Salvatore Promuto. He's banked $191,288 lifetime. As second choice In the betting, Rockntouch paid $4.60 to win. Team Captain, a six year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, scored in 1:55.2, using a :28.3 closing kick to hold off F Twenty Two by a neck. Joseph Martinelli, Sr. owns the winner, who scored his fifth win of the year to send his 2018 bounty to $29,114 and $182,325 career-wise. Team Captain paid $2,60 to his multitude of backers, completing the $9.40 early daily double. Racing continues Wednesday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. for the 10 race program. The Super Hi-5 finale now has a carryover of $14,180. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Art Dancer, pushing his winning streak to five and handled by the red-hot harness racing driver Brett Miller, became the only two-time Pennsylvania Stallion Series winner in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, spurting up the Pocono Pike to take his $20,000 division of the Stallion Series in 1:53.1 Sunday at the mountain oval. An altered son of A Rocknroll Dance trained by Mark Harder, who co-owns him with Rick Phillips and VIP Internet Stable LLC, Art Dancer was content to sit behind Winston most of the mile, then made his lefthand turn in early stretch and showed sharp speed to win by 1 1/4 lengths in raising his lifetime record to 7-for-8. Ironically, he was the only of the five stakes winners not to post a new mark. Brett Miller also had the fastest Stallion Series winner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the opening section with Heartbeat Hill in a 1:51.3. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding quarter-moved to command and went on to an easy 3¾ length victory for trainer Bruce Clarke, co-owner with Patricia Waldeck and John Coffey. ... ...and Brett also had the co-second-fastest Stallion Series winner as he took three of the five divisions, this one with the Ponder gelding Yupper in 1:52. The Jacob Hartline-conditioned sophomore rode cover second-over, then tipped wide and caught Ideal Flip, who had gone first-over to the stretch lead, by a neck for Anatolia Farm LLC. Two Meadows-based trainers made the long ship east worth their while by coming away with Stallion Series wins. Norm Parker sent over the Bettor's Delight colt Return Of The Sith, who came uncovered into a 55.4 back half and used all of his force to edge out Bobby K Hill by a neck in 1:53.1 for driver Jim Pantaleano and the Megan Rogers Racing Stables Inc. In the next race conditioner Dan Altmeyer saw his Well Said gelding Daddyofemall get a great drive from son-in-law Mike Wilder, with the pair weaving through traffic and then pacing by Somebaddude by ¾ of a length in 1:52 to run his record to 5-for-9 for Ruth Altmeyer and Richard Kelson. In the top event for fast-class trotters, worth $21,500, it was (Brett) Miller time again as he gave Tyson a perfect second-over trip, the pair sweeping wide in the lane and then ending the four-race winning streak of Golden Son by catching the pacesetter by a neck in 1:54.3. The Donato Hanover gelding, raising his earnings to $151,625, is trained by Ed Gannon Jr. , who is also co-owner with Yannick Gingras and Frank Canzone. In all, Brett Miller had three Stallion Series victories among his four wins at Pocono on Sunday night; earlier in the day at Philly he visited Victory Lane five times (including a win with a $106.40 winner) to run up a nine-bagger for the most-productive day. PHHA / Pocono

The Sunday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured a milestone of sorts for one of the sport's toughest campaigners.   In the featured trot on the program, 11 year old gelding Franky Provolone (Armbro Scribe - Simply Royal) added another notch to his well-traveled racing belt.   The veteran campaigner picked up his 53rd lifetime win, and secured his 180th career top-3 finish in 276 trips to the starting gate.   He did so in front-running fashion with driver Mooney Svendsen in the sulky, holding off all challengers in 1:58.2. Franky Provolone has been a regular campaigner here at Running Aces for several years, and has been a fan favorite both here, and at Cal-Expo in California, where he races during the fall and winter months, and where he is close to his owner Robin Clements, who makes her home base in Wilton. Franky is currently trained by Denise Maier. Tonight, he was sent off as the 9-5 favorite, and returned $5.60 to his faithful pari-mutuel players. Also on the Sunday program, 3 year old trotters were featured for the $8,800 sophomore open, and Scramble Camp ($3.20) was extremely sharp in that contest, with a gate-to-wire victory from the outside 6 post in a lifetime best mile of 1:59. Scramble Camp is by Weight Lifter and out of the Conway Hall mare Hall of Beauty. The sharp-looking gelding has now won 8 of 16 lifetime races and $27,184 for Owners Daniel & Jeralene Roland and Robert K. Davis. Mooney Svendsen also piloted this winner for trainer Daniel Roland. Driver Steve Wiseman led all drivers on Sunday with a Hat-Trick, while Mooney Svendsen picked up a double tonight and those two drivers are now tied with 5 wins each through the first 2 nights of racing. The .20 Jackpot Pick 5 was hit and returned $1,099.80 to a single winner, while the $5,000 guaranteed late .50 cent Pick 4 returned a very healthy $3,850.00. The .50 cent Hi-5 wager has a carryover of $1,210.78 going into the next card of racing on Tuesday night, May 22, with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The final field is set for the 'Commodore Barry' Invitational for older pacers which will take place on a stakes laden harness racing card Sunday, May 27th, at Harrah's Philadelphia. The purse is $150,000. Among the participants are 2017 Breeder's Crown Winner Beckham's Z Tam. The 4-year-old son of Always A Virgin closed sharply in his seasonal debut against Invitational competition at Hoosier Park. Trainer Jamie Macomber won multiple Post Time Awards, including Horsewoman of the Year. Beckham's Z Tam won the Upset of the Year Award for his surprise win in the Breeders Crown as a 3-year-old. There are two double millionaires confirmed as well in Mach It So and McWicked. An 8-year-old gelding by Mach Three, Mach It So earned over $750,000 a year ago, with wins in the William Haughton Memorial and the TVG Series Championships. This season, he's won two of five George Morton Levy Preliminaries, with a solid fourth place finish in the finals.   McWicked finished his 2017 campaign with a string of solid second place finishes in the Breeders Crown Eliminations and Final, and the TVG Series Championships to Mach It So. The Casie Coleman trainee is a former Pennsylvania State Champion. Trainer Ron Burke will be well represented with Filibuster Hanover. The 4-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere had a solid campaign at age 3, which was topped by his win in the Little Brown Jug over Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside.   The final of the three 4-year-olds in the event is Western Joe. The Chris Choate trainee, like Filibuster Hanover, won his elimination for the Confederation Cup at Flamboro in his latest. The final will be held Sunday Night (after press time). Mostly quiet as a 3-year-old, Western Joe has come into his own at age 4, winning 7 races and just under $100,000.   The field also includes the always dangerous Rockeyed Optimist. The well-managed 7-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover paced one of the fastest miles (1:48.3) here last season, and is riding a solid form cycle with a win and a near-miss against multiple stakes winner Rockin Ron in his last two races. The final two confirmed for the 'Barry' include Stateside newcomer Heaven Rocks A and the red-hot Rodeo Romeo. Heaven Rocks A is 6-year-old Australian bred who is most noted for competing against superstar pacers Lennytheshark and Lazarus. His North American Debut occurred at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he came up a nose short against Rodeo Romeo in a swift 1:49.4. Rodeo Romeo has won 4 of his last 5 races against top invitational competition, with each of those wins going in 1:50 or faster. The all star card will also feature the $150,000 Maxie Lee for trotters and the $150,000 Betsy Ross for mare pacers.   The Great Northeast Pacing and Trotting Series will also continue on that Sunday with three events. One for male pacers, one for female pacers, and another for trotters. Those races will go for a purse of $30,000 each.   The card will also include Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old filly trotters and pacers, and a non-winners of $10,000 in their last 5 starts contested at the special distance of 5/8ths of a mile. The draw for the Betsy Ross, Maxie Lee, and the Commodore Barry will be shown live via Post Time with Mike and Mike's facebook page on Tuesday (May 22nd) at approximately 11:30 AM Eastern Time. Reservations are now being accepted for the Riverview Terrace for Sunday, May 27th. Please call (484) 490-2222 or (610) 874-5200. Post Time is 12:40 PM Eastern Time. Michael Bozich

Two AM (Tyler Buter) won the harness racing co-featured Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 20). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron) led the group into first quarter in :28.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) took over and controlled the next fractions (:57.0, 1:26.3) and led going into the stretch. Two AM ($5.90), who is owned by Gene Oldford Farms, L.M. Buter, and the Fuhs Stable, while trained by Todd Buter, charged late in the stretch to win in 1:54.2. Prairie Fortune held on for second with I'm Fabulous (Jim Taggart Jr.) finishing in third. Two AM is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Massive. He is one for one in 2018. It was his 13th career victory. Chantepleure (Austin Siegelman goes gate to wire to take the Open Pace ($12,000). Chantepleure ($25.60) flew out of the gate like he had wings and led by five lengths by the first quarter Owned by Rose Deluca and trained by Dawn Devaux, he controlled all the fractions (:27.2, :55.3, 1:22.2, 1:50.1). Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) came up to finish second with Doo Wop Hanover (Jim Meittinis) getting third. Chantepleure is a 7-year-old gelding by Art Major. It was his second win of the season and his20th career win. The time of 1:50.2 smashed his lifetime best by three seconds Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 25) at 6:15 p.m.. Tioga Downs will celebrate Memorail Day a day early. The will have a special Sunday night (May 27) card starting at 6:15 p.m., with firworks following the live performance. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs      

Marion Marauder ($6.40), 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, made his harness racing five-year-old debut a winning one in his $30,000 Great Northeast Series event on Sunday afternoon (May 20) at Harrah’s Philadelphia. After floating from the outside post 7 and landing in fourth behind a hotly contested pace, Marion Marauder angled out to chase a brushing Crazy Wow (David Miller) en route to a :54.1 half mile before being left uncovered up the far side.  The son of Muscle Hill sustained his gradual ascent through a :28.1 third quarter and put away Crazy Wow with ease a quarter from home before being driven out by Scott Zeron to keep the second-over Meladys Monet (Brett Miller) 1-1/2 lengths at bay in 1:52.1.  Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) overcame mid-race traffic trouble to save third, another 1-1/4 lengths back. Paula Wellwood trains 15-time winner Marion Marauder for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. In the first $30,000 Great Northeast event for pacing mares, Blue Moon Stride ($5.40) parried a strong first-over challenge from Darlinonthebeach to capture the first $30,000 Great Northeast split for pacing mares in 1:49.4.  Corey Callahan sent the five-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover to the fore immediately as the gates sprung, and the pair controlled strong early fractions of :26.2 and :54.4 before millionaire Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) emerged from fourth up the far side.  Despite being subject to intensifying pressure off the far turn, Blue Moon Stride held her ground stoutly in the final sixteenth and edged away to defeat Darlinonthebeach by a length.  Divas Image (Tim Tetrick) followed second-over cover into a third-place finish. Mark Harder trains 16-time winner Blue Moon Stride, now a career millionaire, for Emilio and Maria Rosati. In the other distaff pacing division, Agent Q ($4.80) earned a second win in as many starts as a four-year-old, once again eclipsing Pure Country but this time doing so after advancing without cover from midfield.  David Miller put the daughter of Western Terror in motion from fourth after Pure Country (Mark MacDonald) clicked off a :55.1 half mile.  The two dueled on the far turn before Agent Q asserted at head-stretch and edged away to prevail by a length in 1:50.3.  Twinkle (Andy McCarthy) rose to reach second narrowly over Pure Country. Chris Oakes trains 15-time winner Agent Q for Crawford Farms LLC, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and R. K. Muscara. Michael Bozich

Tropical Storm Bi (Yankee Glide) went the fastest mile of any trotter at Saratoga Casino Hotel this season when last Sunday (May 13th) he wired the field in 1:54.3 with harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. One week removed from that impressive score, the Tony Ciuffetelli-trained Tropical Storm Bi moved into the Open Trot on Sunday and went off as the public's 4-5 betting favorite as he looked to repeat. The six year old gelding made an easy lead in the $14,500 Open and never looked back. Tropical Storm Bi recorded his first ever win in the local feature as he stopped the timer in 1:55.4 in a wire-to-wire romp on Sunday. Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) finished second despite getting a first-over journey in the feature while the race's lone lady Consolidator (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot in the Open for the second consecutive week. It was the fourth victory of the season for Tropical Storm Bi who paid $3.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $26.20 and $83.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Smalltownthrowdown (Brian Sears, $8.50) was a two-move harness racing titan Sunday afternoon (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot The field of eight (seven with nose-to-gate, one in back of bus) went as the opener and the first of four 'French' trots. Smalltownthrowdown, three-wide from post position No. 6-in one notch after the programmed pylon number was removed-found an early four-hole. He watched Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) and longshot Bluebird Jesse (catch-driver Brent Holland) duel early, with the latter-out two turns-making the lead between a :28.1 opening quarter-mile and :57.2 half. Smalltownthrowdown was then ready for his cue, extricating himself from the cones and busting the race wide open. The lead was 3½ lengths at the 1:27 three-quarters. After a 1:55.2 milepost, Smalltownthrowdown finished the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25.4. Buen Camino found room late to grab a best-of-the-rest second, beaten 3¾ lengths. Bluebird Jesse easily held third, with Kinetic King (Jordan Stratton) and Gural Hanover (George Brennan) relegated to the minors. Seasoned Saint (Jason Bartlett) was a never-in-it sixth as the 19-10 favorite. For third choice Smalltownthrowdown, a 5-year-old statebred Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.80, the triple returned $124 and the superfecta paid $439.50. Sunday's return of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 9-Forest Blue (Belmont's 3rd race) and 1-Noble Warrawee (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $50.75 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $6,254. The next Sunday matinee is June 17th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

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Plainville, MA---Ron Cushing has been busy filling his harness racing barn with New Zealand bred horses this year and is taking no prisoners when they hit the track. On Monday afternoon (May 21) Cushing and his ownership partner Kevin Sywyk started two of their Heidi Gibbs trained bearcats in the $14,000 Winners-Over feature pace at Plainridge Park and came away finishing first and second while taking two opposite routes to the wire. Delightful Offer N (Ron Cushing) bolted off the gate and took the lead before getting the race to the quarter in a brisk :26. At that Point, Kenrick N (Mitchell Cushing) who had gotten away fifth, pulled early and was slowly making his way up the outside. Cushing tapped the brakes with Delightful Offer N and got a pedestrian :30 second quarter and as a result. Kenrick N who was floating third on the outside, was able to continue to advance in the outer flow and brought Grand Theft (Greg Merton) with him. Sitting chilly with his whip on his shoulder, Cushing rounded the final turn with Delightful Offer N and was pulling away without effort in deep stretch while stablemate Kenrick N was still game, holding off three late closers as they approached the wire. Delightful Offer N was a two-length wrapped-up winner in 1:51.2 ahead of Kenrick N. It was the second straight win at Plainridge Park for Delightful Offer N ($5.40) and also a new lifetime mark for the 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight. Shawn Gray put on a driving clinic on Monday, winning half the card. Gray was the victorious pilot with Straightoutaconsin (1:53.4, $3.00), Superbowl Party (1:52.1, $5.80), Duke Of Delray (1:54.1, $3.60), Jackson's Image (1:52.2, $3.20) and One To Draw To (1:51.1, $5.60). As a result of his performance, Gray shot past Drew Campbell into second in the dash driving derby, just behind the leading Greg Merton. With Campbell having two wins on the day and Merton getting shut out, Merton now leads with 32 wins, Gray is second with 31 and Campbell is third with 29. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday Afternoon (May 22) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  
HARRINGTON, Del. - Blazing Bobby Sox ($4.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a decisive winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.1 in the $15,000 harness racing Delaware Special. Owned by Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr., the 7-year-old The Panderosa gelding left the gate in determined fashion from post six and cruised to the early lead where he would stay throughout in a front end romp over Little Ben and Machamillion N. It was the fifth win of the season for "Bobby," and 25th of his career. He had won back-to-back races to close out the Dover Downs meet in March and is closing in on $300,000 in career earnings, despite only 77 career starts. Earlier on the card, Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($9.40, Cody Poliseno) notched his third straight win for trainer Carlo Poliseno in 1:52.3, which equaled a new lifetime best. Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Donna Messick's Spondulicks N ($3.20, Stafford Jr.) improved to 2-for-2 on North American soil as the New Zealand-bred strolled to a 1:55.2 victory for trainer and co-owner Parker. Matthew Sparacino
YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 21, 2018 - Harness racing Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace and $111,444 Lismore Pace. The 28th Rooney, one of Yonkers' premier event's for the sport's glamour division, offers six 3-year-old colts and two geldings. The event, which began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Rooney Sr., goes as Saturday night's (May 26th) sixth race. The open draw probably didn't bother one elimination winner (Trump Nation [Jason Bartlett, post 4]), though it cheesed off the other (Decoy [Dave Miller, post 8]). Miller, who has won this race three times, including last season with Downbytheseaside, obviously has his work cut out behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jimmy Takter trains for Brixton Medical, R A W Equine and Joe Sbrocco. Decoy won his elim going away, by 8½ lengths in a 'good' 1:54. Bartlett, the perennial leading local driver, has never won the Rooney. Trump Nation took over early a week ago, making the lead from an eventual breaker and holding sway. He won by a head in 1:53.3. his fastest purse mile of the season. The Betterthancheddar colt enters the final with new co-ownership (Evan Katz and Crawford Racing) and new trainer (Chris Oakes). The field, with declared drivers... 1-Minnie Vinnie (Tim Tetrick), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton listed), 3-Springsteen (Brian Sears), 4-Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett), 5-Jimtastic (Eric Goodell), 6-Major Authority (Yannick Gingras), 7-Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller). The 14th Lismore, companion event to the Rooney, was carded as the fifth race. Lone elimination winner Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube) landed in post No. 2 among the octet of 3-year-old pacing. The field, with declared drivers... 1-Solitary (Brent Holland), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube), 3-Believe in Me (Brian Sears), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Jason Bartlett), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan) 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick), 7-Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miler). First post for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker        
WASHINGTON, PA, May 21, 2018 -- Classicality rolled to his third straight win, scoring in a harness racing career-best 1:52.3, in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. During his streak, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has been ahead at every call. The 3-5 favorite left from post 6 and needed nearly the entire first quarter to reach the front. He defeated his stablemate and half brother, Trustworthy Kid, by 1-3/4 lengths, giving owner/trainer Lisa Dunn the exacta sweep, with Classic Banker third. Classicality pushed his lifetime bankroll to $591,792. In Monday's co-feature, the $18,000 Preferred Pace, Dapper Dude angled off the cones out of the final turn and brushed wide for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. to edge the first-over Lincolnjames by a nose in 1:49.3, fastest mile at The Meadows this year. Early leader Anythingforlove A saved show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, a 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who now boasts $1,232,500 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and trainer Jack Smith each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, May 22 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,763.43. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 9-13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
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