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Six Pack, harness racing

Hannelore Hanover, Six Pack retirement ceremonies

Harness racing's biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday, November 23rd in the TVG & Fall Final Four Finals at the Meadowlands Racetrack. This year will be extra special with two of the sport's biggest names - Hannelore Hanover and Six Pack retiring following their starts in their TVG Finals. The great Hannelore Hanover's retirement ceremony will be held following the final start of her career - the TVG Mares Final on Saturday, November 23. The 2017 Horse of the Year has amassed over $3 million in earnings including wins in the Hambletonian Maturity, TVG (2 times), Armbro Flight (three times), Breeders Crown (two times), Maple Leaf Trot (two times) and the Cutler Memorial. A commemorative video will be shown during the ceremony and the first 500 fans will receive a movie-style Hannelore Hanover poster that details her major victories. Her shoes will also be pulled in the winner's circle with one of them being given to the Meadowlands Racetrack for the new "Walk of Fame" that will be unveiled during the 2020 Championship Meet. "Hannelore Hanover is one of the greatest race horses of all time," stated Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "She had so many major victories here - the 2016 Hambletonian Maturity and TVG Final and the 2018 Cutler just to name a few. She created so many great racing memories here and we are honored Ron Burke and her ownership agreed to retire her in our winner's circle." 2018 3-year-old trotting Colt of the Year Six Pack will also retire following his TVG Final on November 23rd. This outstanding trotter had three world record performances including the 1:50 in the 2018 Stanley Dancer, 1:49.1 in the Kentucky Futurity and 1:49.2 in the Allerage Farms Open Trot. He also posted wins in the Yonkers Trot, Empire Breeders Classic and The Matron to earn close to $2 million. Six Packs shoes will also be pulled in the winner's circle with one of them begin added to the Meadowlands Racetrack Walk of Fame. "Six Pack gave us a 1:50 world record performance in the 2018 Stanley Dancer," said Settlemoir. "It's only fitting that he is added to our Walk of Fame." Details about the new conceived Meadowlands Racetrack Walk of Fame will be announced in the coming months. Management will be asking the winning connections of some the track's biggest races including the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, TVG Finals to contribute a shoe to the display. "I would like to thank Dean Hoffman for reaching out to me with an idea about the Walk of Fame," said Settlemoir. "I thought it was a great way to honor the champions that race on our track." TVG night details can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

Pat Lachance, harness racing

Co-features both won by Pat Lachance

CHESTER, PA - The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn't have to move out of third until the ¾ for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW's NY Yank going wide early and surging to the lead before a :27.2 quarter. Mississippi Storm had been looped in the early action, but he stayed on and went to the lead in front of the stands, getting a bit of a breather with middle fractions of :57 and 1:26.2. But it was nearing the latter station that Ooh Rah made his move, and he closed determinedly to get past the pacesetting chalk by a neck, raising his lifetime earnings to $210,055 for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, co-owner with Donald La Montagne. In a co-featured $14,500 trotting contest, driver Pat Lachance also reported home first, here with the Italian import Sylvesteramericait, who never looked back from the rail in putting up a winning clocking of 1:54.3 Bob Baggitt Jr. trains the Varenne gelding, now a winner of $297,007 on both sides of the Atlantic, for owner Christine Baggitt. Lachance and George Napolitano Jr. tied for the day's honors with three driving victories apiece. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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NAADA Trot to Bob Heckkoff

MONTICELLO, NY-- A short five-horse field assembled behind the harness racing mobile gate for the first race, a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Series, at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov 14) and when the starter said "go" Bob Hechkoff immediately sent Five Towns to the lead and they led Lady's Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. In hot pursuit of the leaders were Muzzy's Muscles (Joe Faraldo); Cheeky Little Miss (Tony Verruso) and ER Shane ( Joe Lee) and once the horses passed the by the first quarter, strangely the order never changed as Five Towns showed the way to the finish line to score a 2:00.3 triumph. Schwartz's trotter was second and Muzzys Muscles took home the show dough.Cheeky Little Miss finished fourth and earned fifth money "It's certainly an oddity when the horses finish in the exact order that they lined-up after the start," acknowledged NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "Obviously the short field played a part." Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns, a 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, notched his eighth seasonal victory and paid a paltry $3.50 for win. He's owned by RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing LLC and trained by Kyle Spagnola. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

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Countdown to Big M's big stakes

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The final major date for big-time stakes racing in 2019 on the harness racing calendar is just nine days away as the sport's top venue, the Meadowlands Racetrack, will host eight events certain to have impact on many divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - on Saturday, Nov. 23. The lineup on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2-year-olds are the $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings, $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies, $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings and $411,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. In addition, some of the sport's biggest names will be on the track in four TVG Finals. They include the $350,000 Open Pace, $175,000 Mares Pace, $350,000 Open Trot and $175,000 Mares Trot. Two of the stars expected to compete are presumptive Horse of the Year front-runner Shartin N (Mares Pace) and the top horse in training right now - the great mare Manchego - who is likely to get an invitation to the Open Trot as she seeks a seventh straight score in her quest to beat the boys. Purses for the eight races total $2,843,000. Not only will there be plenty of action on the track, but there will be off it as well. There will be a special early post time of 7 p.m. and they'll also be an enhanced wagering menu, which includes: 20-cent Survivor Pick-6 (Races 1-6) $40,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7)  $75,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11)  Rolling Pick-3s "All of us at the Meadowlands are looking forward to Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Our loyal fans are sure to enjoy our expanded wagering menu on what promises a spectacular card of racing, where divisional honors and Horse of the Year will be decided on the track. In addition, we'll expand our simulcast presence by adding Gabe Prewitt of Pompano Park and the Red Mile and Ft. Erie Racetrack's Ashley Mailloux, who has also done work for TVG, the Breeders' Cup and 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' to our TV team that night." BUILD YOUR BANKROLL: This weekend, the Big M will have its usual live race cards on Friday (Nov. 15) and Saturday (Nov. 16), with post time at 7:15 p.m. Faithful players will have plenty of opportunities to hit big throughout the 26-race weekend, as 17 of the races will have full 10-horse fields, while six others will have nine behind the gate. The three remaining races will have eight-horse fields. The average field size, assuming there are no scratches, will be 9.54 horses per race. BUILD YOUR HAND: "Free Poker Fridays" at the Big M continue Nov. 15. The event, which is sponsored by World Free Poker, begins trackside at 7 p.m. Players must be 21 years of age. GOBBLE, GOBBLE: On Saturday (Nov. 16), enter to win one of 25 vouchers (worth $20) to get a Thanksgiving turkey. Entry forms will be in the live racing program. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday, Dec. 2 and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between Friday (Nov. 15) and the night of the event. MORE ACTION: In addition to the world's best harness racing, Big M fans can also bet all NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball and football games in the track's FanDuel Sportsbook. This weekend's local gridiron action finds the Jets traveling to take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday (Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. while the Giants have a bye week. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

DOVER, DE - On a freezing, cold evening, a field of seven were set to dethrone the queen of harness racing, Shartin N.  The combined lifetime earnings of the participants was over $6 million dollars. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in her last two starts.  Trainer,Jim King Jr. could not tell which Shartin N would show up after her warm up drills.  All except Shartin N’s sole driver Tim Tetrick.  As the race unfolded, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) left alertly through a 26.4 opening quarter.  Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) lingered on the outside then made her move as Apple Bottom Jeans yielded the lead.  Shartin N settled in fourth through a pedestrian 55.3 half. At the five-eights pole Shartin N took her cue, as Tetrick stormed past Caviart Ally reaching the three quarters in 122.1. It was all over from there for the field as Shartin N glided to a powerful victory in 1.49.4. The well respected field and fans tipped their cap to the queen Shartin N. Kissin In The Sand( Nancy Johansson) and driver Dexter Dunn bravely tested Shartin N, pulling first up took the place spot. Caviart Ally (Brett Pelling) and driver Andrew McCarthy held for third. The next chapter will be in the TVG Classic for Mares at the Meadowlands.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Harrisburg, PA - Harness racing horsemen must remember two important February deadlines to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program. The State Horse Racing Commission Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today announced that owners must register their stallions for the 2020 breeding season by February 1. Additionally, owners looking to register their broodmares for the Breeders Fund Award Program must have their mares registered as Pennsylvania residents by February 15 to ensure their foals are eligible for the breeder awards. A stallion must remain in the state at a declared facility from February 15 to July 4. Breeding can take place within a couple of weeks of either date. If a stallion is intended to be both a stud and a race horse in 2020, approval must be gained from the Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing. If the horse competes out-of-state, the horse must return to his declared Pennsylvania facility after each out-of-state race. Broodmares whose owners want them to qualify for resident status must submit registration to the commission office in Harrisburg postmarked by February 15, 2020. Broodmares must reside in Pennsylvania for at least 180 consecutive days, including foaling, and be in foal to a registered Pennsylvania stallion for their offspring to be eligible for breeder awards. No registered broodmare is authorized to leave the state for any reason during that 180 days, except for a medical emergency. If that occurs, the commission must be notified as soon as possible. Stallion Registration Forms and Breeders Fund Registration Forms are available online at agriculture.pa.gov or by contacting Ryan Kell at 717-214-9053 or rkell@pa.gov. From the PA Horse Racing Commission

Opening night harness racing victor Gorgeous For Real and the classy returnee Allmyx'sliveintexas head the cast for Friday night's featured $6,700 Open Pace at Cal Expo Harness.. Racing will now be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings and first post for Friday's nine-race card will be 6:40 p.m. Allmyx'sliveintexas and Gorgeous For Real have been assigned the outside two posts in the field of six and figure to attract a majority of the betting action. The former is a son of Hi Ho Silverheels who carries the banner of Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson training and Mooney Svendsen at the controls. He spent the summer at Hoosier Park, where he set a new lifetime mark of 1:50 3/5, and comes into this assignment on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings plateau. Gorgeous For Real proved a punctual 1-5 favorite on the opening night card and will leave from just inside his main rival with Chip Lackey guiding. He is owned by the partnership of Schwartz, Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Jim Wilkinson training. Looking ahead to Saturday's program, the $8,900 Bill Conlin Pace will hold the spotlight with last week's elimination heat winners Rue Hanover and California Rock among the major players. California Rock proved a punctual 3-5 favorite as he brushed to the lead past the quarter and was never seriously threatened thereafter in his score, while Rue Hanover was sent off the 8-5 second choice in her elimination and came home by two and a half-lengths after withstanding a strong challenge on the final turn while carving out the fractions. George Reider eyeing charmed enclosure Trainer George Reider is back at Cal Expo after what he describes as a nice summer up in Minnesota and is looking forward to making his share of winner's circle appearances. "Every year I try to bring some new horses back to California and you should see three or four coming out of the barn," he related. Saturday's Bill Conlin Pace will find Reider sending out the 3-year-old mare Brooklyn Moonshine, who was fourth in one of last week's elimination heats while making her Golden State debut. She competes for George and longtime clients Dave, Rob and Kimberly Haness, while the conditioner is also looking forward to sending out performers for two other stalwarts of his barn in Rick and Marlene Thomas. Tiyaga has qualified for Reider and could make some noise, according to the trainer. "I had him here last year and it just took him some time to mature." George is also looking forward to a promising yearling filly whose brother is the multiple Sire Stakes winner Pride of the Sierra. That, as they say, is the stuff dreams are made of. "A safe and fulfilling meet," is George's hope for the session. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness          

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The three-year-old harness racing pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick has been named the Unites States Trotting Association District 8 Horse of the Year. The award was presented to trainer Ray Schnittker at the New York Sire Stakes & USTA District 8 Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 10. The So Surreal-My Girl's A Star colt has earned $500,136 this year and won 11 of his 15 starts. His sophomore season featured wins on the New York Night of Champions and in the Empire Breeders Classic. Bred by Steve Jones, he has banked $638,677 lifetime for owners Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Tyler Buter was also honored at the banquet as USTA District 8 Pari-Mutuel Driver of the Year. Buter is about to cross the career milestone of $40 million in earnings and has solidified himself as a leading driver on the New York circuit as well as the Grand Circuit. As the regular driver of American Mercury this season, Buter won the $500,000 Messenger Stakes and five legs of the NYSS. The pair was also third in the Little Brown Jug. So far in 2019 the driver has recorded $5.27 million in earnings and 313 trips to the winner's circle. George Ducharme took home the USTA District 8 Trainer of the Year award. He had a career-best season with $1.9 million in earnings and 94 training victories. He also had the leading money-winning stable at his home track of Vernon Downs. In addition to earning more than $700,000 in the NYSS and starting three finalists on the Night of Champions, he won four Massachusetts Sire Stakes finals this year. Other honorees at the event were Claude Huckabone Jr., who was named both County Fair Driver and Trainer of the Year; Jason Bartlett as NYSS Driver of the Year for leading the series in earnings; Trond Smedshammer as NYSS Trainer of the Year; and Winbak Farm as NYSS Breeder of the Year. From the New York Sire Stakes

All 3-year-old trotters not eligible to the 2019 Hambletonian or Oaks have the option to supplement to the 2020 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds, with a supplemental payment of $2,000 on Nov. 15. The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity is raced at The Meadowlands at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters receive money. It is typically the richest 4-year-old Trot offered. There is an additional supplemental window of $5,000 on February 15, 2020. Eligible trotters to the Oaks or Hambletonian in 2019 make a sustaining payment of $2,000 (fillies pay $1,500) on February 15, 2020 to start, as do supplemental entrants. The Hambletonian Maturity of 2020 will be the seventh edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide a racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. All supplemental nomination fees are made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. and are added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. For more information go to https://www.hambletonian.com/formsinfo or call David Janes at 609-371-2211. From the Hambletonian Society

United States and Canadian Hall of Fame member, the former PR Director of Hanover Shoe Farms, and veteran journalist, Murray Brown, speaks his mind and 'tells it all' during his captivating interview on the Harness Racing Alumni Show. This weeks show brought to you by Joe Ricco Century 21 Long Island To hear the broadcast, click here. From Freddie Hudson  

Batavia, NY --- The severe winter storm that hit western New York over the last two days caused many cancellations in the area due to bad driving conditions. Even though we are one day removed from the brunt of the disturbance it's impact left the track at Batavia Downs unsafe to race over and as a result, management decided to cancel live racing for Wednesday (Nov. 13). "Our first and foremost consideration at Batavia Downs is the safety of our horses, horsemen and horsewomen and after speaking with our drivers and trainers, it was a unanimous decision to cancel tonight's card," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. Batavia Downs had a guaranteed pool of $6,000 in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday and it was announced that the same guaranteed pool will be moved to Friday's card (Nov. 15) when live racing resumes. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages will be available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA's website starting tomorrow morning. The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren't selected, the carryover amount will move to the Saturday (Nov. 16) program. Post time on Friday (Nov. 15) is at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit qualified at Dover Downs Wednesday morning an doing the driving was none other than George Teague, Jr.   Wiggle It Jiggleit left quickly from post eight and cut fractions of 28.1 57.2 125.3 155.1.   George Teague Jr. was in the bike replacing son Montrell, who sustained a broken wrist loading horses last week.   The win was a well measured length. The race time temperature was 29 degrees and prompted the Judges to allow 2 seconds.   The only other time owner George Teague had ever been up behind the great Wiggle It Jiggleit in a charted race was on January 14, 2015   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Wanda Polisseni is the type of person who, in her own words, prefers to fly under the harness racing radar. But after her Winndevie won last month's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, providing Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables with its first trophy, that became a little more difficult. Not that Polisseni has any complaints. "I was surprised at the number of people that congratulated me and follow my horses; I'm very appreciative," Polisseni said. "I'm not infatuated with the winner's circle. That's not what I'm all about. But I fully appreciate it. Winning a race like the Breeders Crown makes it all worth it. "There are so many people that have been in (the sport) so much longer than I have and I'd like to see these other people win too. I feel like I've had more than my share of blessings and good fortune. I just love to see my horses race, no matter where they end up, as long as they're healthy and happy." Winndevie returns to the races Thursday in the $176,150 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs. In fact, all four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions - with Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, and Warrawee Ubeaut joining Winndevie in that group - will be in action in the Matron events for sophomore pacers and trotters. Trained by Trond Smedshammer and driven by Brian Sears, Winndevie is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry, who was second in the Breeders Crown, as well as Crown third- and fourth-place finishers The Ice Dutchess and Only Take Cash, not to mention Elegantimage Stakes winner Evident Beauty. Winndevie, by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie, has won six of 14 races this year and hit the board a total of 13 times. Her earnings of $559,804 lead all 3-year-old filly trotters. For her career, Winndevie has won 12 of 21 starts, including the 2018 New York Sire Stakes championship, and $787,682. Her trip to the Breeders Crown was her first Grand Circuit appearance after spending her career to that point on the New York circuit. Polisseni called the filly's Breeders Crown triumph at Woodbine Mohawk Park, "really a very nice surprise." It is probably fitting because her arrival in Smedshammer's stable was a surprise as well. Polisseni thought she had completed her shopping for yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale two Novembers ago until she looked over her list of purchases and realized she did not get a Credit Winner-sired filly. So, after a review of the remaining possibilities, she bought Winndevie (then named Hello Dolly De Vie) for $45,000 on the final day of the yearling auction. "I never told Trond I was going to buy her," Polisseni said, laughing at the circumstances surrounding the purchase. "I knew I wanted a Credit Winner filly and she was the best one that I liked that day. I liked the way she looked on the floor, the way she moved, and the video. I loved her. She's a beautiful filly. "I put her on the truck to go down to Trond's (stable). It was a surprise to him. But he's told me many times in the winner's circle that he's so glad I bought her." Polisseni, who lives in upstate New York, got her start as a harness racing owner about 15 years ago. Smedshammer has trained her horses for a decade. Her Purple Haze Stables has ranked among the top 10 in earnings for owners on multiple occasions, including in 2018 and 2019. "I feel really blessed with the success that I've had and having Trond as a trainer," Polisseni said. "He's the best. He knows how I want my horses treated and it's always the horse comes first. I never have to worry with Trond, there is no stress. That makes the racing so much more fun. "(The Breeders Crown) was all for Trond. That's how I felt. I wanted him to get all the attention and accolades. I was thrilled." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Dover, DE  - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies went to post as the sun dropped behind the NASCAR stands and the mercury dropped. The first division was a non-wagering event before the regular card and it was all Bag Of Jewels (Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) in rein to Victory Kirby in 1:57.4. She is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bonuccelli Racing, and Bay Pond Racing. Trained by Les Givens and bred by Winbak Farm. She’s Got The Lynx got up for second and Sprinkles On Top was third. The second division was the first half of the Daily Double on the wagering card. Cinder Block (Rockabillie-Cinderella), the final winner at Harrington eased to the front past the quarter and pulled away in the stretch to win by 5 and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2 for reinsman Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and the breeder is Elam Esh. Emma got the place and Spin Sumthin was 3rd. The second leg of the Dover series starts Monday the 18th with the 2-year old pacing colts. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

CHESTER, PA - Before driver Tim Tetrick headed south to Dover Downs for some stakes competition later today and tomorrow, he got himself a nice little warmup at Harrah's Philadelphia during the Wednesday afternoon card, visiting Victory Lane six times before going to the First State. Tetrick's six victories give him a 299-266 lead over George Napolitano Jr. with eighteen cards left in the 2019 Philly season. Should Tetrick retain his lead, he would win his sixth driving victory title at Harrah's Philadelphia, and bring him to within one of Napolitano's seven local win crowns. Tetrick was not victorious in either of the day's $16,000 featured events - he was gone before the trotting contest was held, and in the pace he was second with Missile Seelster behind 12-1 upset winner Cecil Casanova, who rallied from far back to post a 1:53 triumph by a half-length. Scott Zeron drove the winning sophomore Ponder gelding for trainer Peter Foley and All Star Racing Inc. In the top trot, Hatkivah came along well late to hit the wire first in 1:56.1. Driver Mattias Melander also chose off-the-pace tactics with the Chapter Seven three-year-old colt, and the youngster responded to overhaul longshot pacesetter Mystical Wynn by a length for trainer Marcus Melander and the partnership of Richard Gutnick, Thomas Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr., and Ted Gewertz. The high off-the-pace success rate is unusual for Philly, which has seen speed hold up well, but as temperature approached the freezing mark, only four of twelve horses leading at the half held on to the finish. All four of them were driven by Tim Tetrick. -30-

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Harness racing's biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday, November 23rd in the TVG & Fall Final Four Finals at the Meadowlands Racetrack. This year will be extra special with two of the sport's biggest names - Hannelore Hanover and Six Pack retiring following their starts in their TVG Finals. The great Hannelore Hanover's retirement ceremony will be held following the final start of her career - the TVG Mares Final on Saturday, November 23. The 2017 Horse of the Year has amassed over $3 million in earnings including wins in the Hambletonian Maturity, TVG (2 times), Armbro Flight (three times), Breeders Crown (two times), Maple Leaf Trot (two times) and the Cutler Memorial. A commemorative video will be shown during the ceremony and the first 500 fans will receive a movie-style Hannelore Hanover poster that details her major victories. Her shoes will also be pulled in the winner's circle with one of them being given to the Meadowlands Racetrack for the new "Walk of Fame" that will be unveiled during the 2020 Championship Meet. "Hannelore Hanover is one of the greatest race horses of all time," stated Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "She had so many major victories here - the 2016 Hambletonian Maturity and TVG Final and the 2018 Cutler just to name a few. She created so many great racing memories here and we are honored Ron Burke and her ownership agreed to retire her in our winner's circle." 2018 3-year-old trotting Colt of the Year Six Pack will also retire following his TVG Final on November 23rd. This outstanding trotter had three world record performances including the 1:50 in the 2018 Stanley Dancer, 1:49.1 in the Kentucky Futurity and 1:49.2 in the Allerage Farms Open Trot. He also posted wins in the Yonkers Trot, Empire Breeders Classic and The Matron to earn close to $2 million. Six Packs shoes will also be pulled in the winner's circle with one of them begin added to the Meadowlands Racetrack Walk of Fame. "Six Pack gave us a 1:50 world record performance in the 2018 Stanley Dancer," said Settlemoir. "It's only fitting that he is added to our Walk of Fame." Details about the new conceived Meadowlands Racetrack Walk of Fame will be announced in the coming months. Management will be asking the winning connections of some the track's biggest races including the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, TVG Finals to contribute a shoe to the display. "I would like to thank Dean Hoffman for reaching out to me with an idea about the Walk of Fame," said Settlemoir. "I thought it was a great way to honor the champions that race on our track." TVG night details can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department
CHESTER, PA - The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn't have to move out of third until the ¾ for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW's NY Yank going wide early and surging to the lead before a :27.2 quarter. Mississippi Storm had been looped in the early action, but he stayed on and went to the lead in front of the stands, getting a bit of a breather with middle fractions of :57 and 1:26.2. But it was nearing the latter station that Ooh Rah made his move, and he closed determinedly to get past the pacesetting chalk by a neck, raising his lifetime earnings to $210,055 for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, co-owner with Donald La Montagne. In a co-featured $14,500 trotting contest, driver Pat Lachance also reported home first, here with the Italian import Sylvesteramericait, who never looked back from the rail in putting up a winning clocking of 1:54.3 Bob Baggitt Jr. trains the Varenne gelding, now a winner of $297,007 on both sides of the Atlantic, for owner Christine Baggitt. Lachance and George Napolitano Jr. tied for the day's honors with three driving victories apiece. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia
MONTICELLO, NY-- A short five-horse field assembled behind the harness racing mobile gate for the first race, a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Series, at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov 14) and when the starter said "go" Bob Hechkoff immediately sent Five Towns to the lead and they led Lady's Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. In hot pursuit of the leaders were Muzzy's Muscles (Joe Faraldo); Cheeky Little Miss (Tony Verruso) and ER Shane ( Joe Lee) and once the horses passed the by the first quarter, strangely the order never changed as Five Towns showed the way to the finish line to score a 2:00.3 triumph. Schwartz's trotter was second and Muzzys Muscles took home the show dough.Cheeky Little Miss finished fourth and earned fifth money "It's certainly an oddity when the horses finish in the exact order that they lined-up after the start," acknowledged NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "Obviously the short field played a part." Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns, a 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, notched his eighth seasonal victory and paid a paltry $3.50 for win. He's owned by RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing LLC and trained by Kyle Spagnola. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The final major date for big-time stakes racing in 2019 on the harness racing calendar is just nine days away as the sport's top venue, the Meadowlands Racetrack, will host eight events certain to have impact on many divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - on Saturday, Nov. 23. The lineup on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2-year-olds are the $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings, $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies, $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings and $411,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. In addition, some of the sport's biggest names will be on the track in four TVG Finals. They include the $350,000 Open Pace, $175,000 Mares Pace, $350,000 Open Trot and $175,000 Mares Trot. Two of the stars expected to compete are presumptive Horse of the Year front-runner Shartin N (Mares Pace) and the top horse in training right now - the great mare Manchego - who is likely to get an invitation to the Open Trot as she seeks a seventh straight score in her quest to beat the boys. Purses for the eight races total $2,843,000. Not only will there be plenty of action on the track, but there will be off it as well. There will be a special early post time of 7 p.m. and they'll also be an enhanced wagering menu, which includes: 20-cent Survivor Pick-6 (Races 1-6) $40,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7)  $75,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11)  Rolling Pick-3s "All of us at the Meadowlands are looking forward to Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Our loyal fans are sure to enjoy our expanded wagering menu on what promises a spectacular card of racing, where divisional honors and Horse of the Year will be decided on the track. In addition, we'll expand our simulcast presence by adding Gabe Prewitt of Pompano Park and the Red Mile and Ft. Erie Racetrack's Ashley Mailloux, who has also done work for TVG, the Breeders' Cup and 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' to our TV team that night." BUILD YOUR BANKROLL: This weekend, the Big M will have its usual live race cards on Friday (Nov. 15) and Saturday (Nov. 16), with post time at 7:15 p.m. Faithful players will have plenty of opportunities to hit big throughout the 26-race weekend, as 17 of the races will have full 10-horse fields, while six others will have nine behind the gate. The three remaining races will have eight-horse fields. The average field size, assuming there are no scratches, will be 9.54 horses per race. BUILD YOUR HAND: "Free Poker Fridays" at the Big M continue Nov. 15. The event, which is sponsored by World Free Poker, begins trackside at 7 p.m. Players must be 21 years of age. GOBBLE, GOBBLE: On Saturday (Nov. 16), enter to win one of 25 vouchers (worth $20) to get a Thanksgiving turkey. Entry forms will be in the live racing program. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday, Dec. 2 and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between Friday (Nov. 15) and the night of the event. MORE ACTION: In addition to the world's best harness racing, Big M fans can also bet all NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball and football games in the track's FanDuel Sportsbook. This weekend's local gridiron action finds the Jets traveling to take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday (Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. while the Giants have a bye week. From the Meadowlands Media Department  
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