Day At The Track
Pastor Stephen, harness racing

Taylor Made Stallions buys Pastor Stephen

A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen will be standing at Premier Acres in Indiana for a fee of $7,500. Dennis Bontrager of Premier Acres says he is really excited about Pastor Stephen standing in Indiana. For the first time he says, Indiana breeders have a chance to breed to the best ever and most high profile stallion to stand in Indiana. For enquiries phone Dennis Bontrager (260) 585 4927 by Steve Wolf

Tyler Buter drove Big Mach to a $49.80 victory in race five,Harness racing

Brianne Good trains three winners

WILKES-BARRE PA – George Napolitano Jr. and his brother Anthony, the two winningest harness racing drivers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, captured nine of the fourteen races on the Monday afternoon card – and still they had to share the spotlight with a trainer who boosted her career win total to 32. Brianne Good, a 36-year-old trainer from Sayre PA and a former participant in the Racing Under Saddle series, is campaigning her stock at Pocono now that Tioga Downs, near her home, has closed for the season, and Good sent out three winners on the Monday card, using a different driver aboard each winner. Tyler Buter drove Big Mach to a $49.80 victory in race five; George Napolitano was behind favored $4.80 winner BJ Lorado in the very next race; and then Anthony Napolitano brought home $51.00 bomber Ev’s Girl in the thirteenth contest. Tyler Buter driving Big Mach to a $49.80 victory   Good, who has had her license for less than three years and who has never started more than 112 horses in a season, had once before had a multiple win card – and it was ironically the night she got her first and second career training victories, at The Meadowlands on February 9, 2018. As far as the $51 victory of Ev’s Girl, it was Anthony Napolitano’s third victory in the first four races of today’s Rainbow Pick 5 bet – George had the other – and the $51.00 payoff reduced to 22 the number of “live” tickets vying to be the unique winning ducat and to collect the $238,000 pool. But the last race saw Anthony win again with 2-1 shot Mighty Mr Sharkey over 3-5 favorite Rock Lights in the stretch battle, resulting in multiple winners and a carryover of over $232,000 for Tuesday’s Rainbow Pick 5 pool. Anthony’s four wins in the Rainbow bet were his “only” winners of the day, while George reported home first five times, giving him fourteen wins in the three racing days so far this week. But doubtless it will be Brianne Good who will remember the day for a long time thereafter.   PHHA / Pocono

Z's Dream went wire-to-wire,Harness racing

Z's Dream, Subban win DSBF splits

HARRINGTON, Del. - Leonard Hubbard's Z's Dream ($2.80, Art Stafford Jr.) and Mst Racing Inc. and George Teague's Subban ($3.60, Montrell Teague) each won their respective $20,000 harness racing divisions in the second leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point earners from all divisions will return to compete in the $100,000 final events on October 7. Z's Dream led in wire-to-wire fashion from the rail for trainer Andrew Stafford as the Dream Away gelding completed a sweep of his eliminations. Squeak On By was second with Marvelous Winner third.  Subban ($2.80, Montrell Teague), a Clyde Francis-trainee and son of Southwind Lynx, sat in the pocket for red hot driver Teague behind pacesetter Syndergaard - who was bidding for an elimination sweep - throughout before surging by when given clearance in the stretch. Syndergaard held second with Can't Get Right, also trained by Francis, third. Teague had 5 wins on the card, 3 for Francis. Teague, was back in the winner's circle in the next race with Legacy Racing and Reginald Hazzard II's Inforce ($5.20), who was a 1:53.3 winner in the overnight feature, a $14,000 claiming handicap for $25,000 to $30,000 claimers for trainer Wayne Givens. Teague also owns Goldberg ($4.40), whom he piloted in the sub-featured $13,500 conditioned pace to a 1:53.1 win over Calvin K and Keep On Rocking A.  Stafford Jr.  and Russell Foster had a driving double.   by Matthew Sparacino

Dancing Lew won by 1/2 length in 1:54,Harness racing

Dancing Lew breaks MASS stake record

Plainville, MA --- A fourth Massachusetts Sire Stake record was broken during only the second day of competition when the 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders hit the harness racing track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), getting the series off to its fastest start ever. And all five division winners on Monday also took new lifetime marks. In the $28,500 division for freshman male pacers, Dancing Lew (Rocknroll Dance-Love Rocks) hit the sticks fifth tracking the heavily favored Mullinax (Scott Zeron) who flashed to the front. Bruce Ranger pulled Dancing Lew in front of the stands and motored up towards the leader around the second turn. From there he got within a length of Mullinax but couldn't advance further as they hit the top of the stretch. But when they straightened out in the lane, Dancing Lew swelled up and paced right by Mullinax and won by 1/2 length in 1:54. The time was a new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer. It was the second straight win for Dancing Lew ($16.20) who is owned by Anthony Sivik Jr., Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standarbreds, who also bred the winner. Kevin Switzer is the trainer. The trotting colts and geldings went for $29,000 and New York Sire Stake finalist Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) grabbed the winner's share. For the bulk of the race it was a two-horse competition. Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) took the lead and Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) tucked in second. Positions remained unchanged until the 7/8th's pole when Incommunicado moved into the two-path and took direct aim at Beantown Madness. The two trotters battled all the way to the wire where Incommunicado got the advantage and won by 1/2 length in 1:56.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Incommunicado Incommunicado ($3.40) grabbed his second win of the year for owners Knuttson Trotting, Little E, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner who was bred by the Moni Maker Stable. The freshmen filly pacers put on quite a show in their $29,000 division with another NYSS finalist, Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah), getting the job done. Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) grabbed the lead by the quarter and then controlled the pace with Rightfully Mine (Scott Zeron) and Purameri (Drew Monti) sitting second and third. After getting to the half in :57.2, Purameri hit the gas and motored up the outside to pace alongside Suzie Blue Chip around the last turn. At the top of the stretch Purameri lost her momentum and Suzie Blue Chip drifted off the pylons allowing Rightfully Mine room to shoot the gap and win by a neck in 1:54.1, which was a career best time for the winner. Rightfully Mine Rightfully Mine ($4.00) scored her second win of the year for owners Anthony Scussel and Monique Cohen, who also bred the winner. Sheena Mcelhiney is the trainer. The trotting fillies went in two $13,750 divisions of five horses each. In the first split, Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) sat second behind the heavy 1-9 favorite Moni For Lindy (Scott Zeron) until the top of the lane where driver Shawn Gray tipped and brushed her down the stretch and right past Moni For Lindy at the wire in 1:58.1. It was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Royal Envy Royal Envy ($26.00) is owned and was bred by Alfred Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. The second division saw Matty Athearn send Me Too Baby (Muscle Hill-Baby Shaq) off the gate to the front where he opened up a four-length lead at the quarter. They maintained a gapped advantage at every station before cruising home a winner in a career best tying 1:58.2. Me Too Baby Me Too Baby ($2.80) has now won two races in a row for owner/breeder Thomas Dillon and trainer Gretchen Athearn. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 4) with the second leg of the 3-year-olds and on Monday (Oct. 5) when the 2-year-olds reconvene. Post time for both days is 2 p.m. Regular racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 1) with post time also at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 28, 2020 -- Enzio overpowered the leader near the three-quarters and went on to spring a 9-1 upset in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Whats The Word, the 3-5 favorite, was parked through an opening quarter in 27.1, leaving him vulnerable late. When Chris Shaw sent Enzio first up from third, the favorite could offer no resistance. Enzio scored in a career-best 1:54.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Foxy Trottin Stick, with Rising MVP third. Kelly Paver trains Enzio, a 4-year-old Neely Dunn-Charged Freight gelding who won for the eighth time this year, and owns with Julie Davis. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $39,521.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. Enzio By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Columbus, OH - The North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV), a group whose mission is to ensure the health and well-being of the racehorse through protecting and improving the veterinary care and welfare of the equine athlete, opposes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, believing that its enactment would do just the opposite. Last week, the group wrote to the Congressional Budget Office to provide details regarding some of the devastating economic effects to the horse racing industry that the legislation would create. The U. S. Trotting Association, which, like the NAARV, the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, and myriad other industry groups, opposes the HISA, urges all horsemen to read the CBO letter. To read the NAARV letter to the Congressional Budget Office, click here. From the USTA Communications Department    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 28, 2020 -- When As Seely Promised races Tuesday at The Meadows, she'll be vying for more than the $5,400 purse. She'll also be carrying the hopes of her 6-year-old owner, Lucy Langley, who inherited the 12-year-old mare in the most tragic way. As Seely Promised leaves from post 2, race 1, with regular driver Chris Shaw aboard. First post is 12:45 PM. Although not well known to the general public, Barry Langley was a popular figure within the harness racing community, which was shocked by his death in 2019 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Langley lived in Ohio, yet a race to honor his memory was held in California, testament to his standing in the harness fraternity. But Langley was in his 30s and hadn't made provisions for As Seely Promised, his only horse. After a number of councils, the family determined that the horse would be transferred to Lucy. That meant Lucy's mom, Jessica Delval, a groom for trainer Doug Snyder, would take care of As Seely Promised. The daughter of As Promised-Seeley Bert has been serviceable and durable, with earnings of $230,699 in 250 career starts and a mark of 1:52.4. But she also has significant physical issues, as Delval notes: "If you look at her, you say, this is your horse? This is it? Her conformation's poor, her feet are terrible. Since I've had her, she's probably blown 10 abscesses. She has a knee that's bigger than my head. The thing is, her heart's bigger than that. She has a heart as big as a 50-gallon drum. Week after week, she shows up for us. She gave us a distraction while we were grieving Barry; we had that to look forward to." Snyder, the mare's trainer, says it's never certain that 'Seely' will be sound enough to compete. "It's week to week whether she can even make it back to the races," he says, " but Jessica works incredibly hard on her." All that hard work has paid off, as 'Seely' this year has earned nearly $24,000, a boon to Delval, who is a single mom with a 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Delval, in addition to young Lucy. It's not only 'Seely's' physical woes that worry Delval. With each race comes the prospect that the mare will be claimed from the $8,000 ranks where she competes. Delval would like to protect her by moving her to conditioned races or higher level claimers, but 'Seely" has shown that she can't earn enough money there, and Delval can't afford a thousand-pound pet who isn't paying her way. "I am nervous about that," Delval says. "I feel like enough people know the story -- Barry was almost like a celebrity in the harness racing world -- that they wouldn't claim her. But there's always somebody that's out of the mix and doesn't know, and there's the potential someone could claim her. If that happens, I'll be a train wreck. The kids would not totally get it, but I understand what that horse has done for Lucy and for us as a family, both monetarily and emotionally. So I would take it hardest of anyone." For all that, Delval is certain that her family is getting the kind of help not available at your local tack shop. "I believe that Barry, in spirit form, is providing some magic," she says. "No one in the world could convince me otherwise. Between the love that we put into her and Barry's helping on the other side, I think we'll be okay. "I have the paperwork ready to file for my trainer's license. Before it's all said and done, I want to race her as her trainer at least one time. I feel compelled to finish Barry's work." by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Ft. Washingtin, MD — Harness racing driver Victor Kirby highlighted a great Sunday night (Sept. 27) show at Rosecroft Raceway by securing four wins on the 15-race card. Kirby won a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes division with BT’s Breeze for Bryan Truitt Jr. and trainer Bryan Truitt, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 as he edged out sires stakes rival Allie’s Finale in an eye pooping :54.3 back half. The Son of Nuclear Breeze picked up his 14th career win. Kirby took wins with Bo Knows for Bryan Truitt Jr. and John Dixon; Dixon’s Cole On The Beach; and won the finale with B A Rocket, boldly splitting rivals in deep stretch to win for trainer Greg Trotto, Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and VIP Internet Stable. Perennial dash champion Frank Milby is off to a strong start with six wins in the first two nights of the fall meet. Milby won Sunday with Cool Casper for Jody Cahall and it was the first of two wins for trainer Trevor Stafford as Milby won with Dance On The Beach for his barn as well. Star Messenger made Milby a winner for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. John Wagner won three races on the night, including a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes win for Lloyd’s All In. The son of Rusty’s All In handled his rivals from the far outside, wiring the field in 1:55 for Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner notched a pair of wins for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks, setting new lifetime bests for Redwood Again (1:53.1) and Precision Bluechip (1:52.1) who upset Rosecroft powerhouse Romantic Interest in the process. Eddie Davis Jr., piloted two winners, among them the popular Winbak Carl, bred by Winbak Farm in Maryland. The 11-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty won for the 40th time in his career. Eric Davis conditions the veteran pacer for Susan Baker. Davis Jr. also woke up Commander Hill who had been struggling at Harrah’s Philadelphia over the past two months, winning in 1:52.2 for trainer Eric Ell and Tribbett Racing. Allan Davis took on two claimers, rallying Ok Galahad from last to first, edging claiming king Foxland in 1:54.4 in the best betting race of the night. Foxland was the favorite as just over 4-1. Brittany Bounds owns and trains Ok Galahad who returned $12.80 to win. Jason Thompson won the pari-mutuel puzzler of the night, as Bullvilleblast scored for owner-trainer Brian Tomlinson. The winner was 7-2 on the morning line but dismissed at 17-1 and paired with Brock N Brian, equally dismissed off a 3-1 morning line at 10-1, for a $251 exacta. Jonathan Roberts took high speed honors for the night, gunning nicely from an outside post to steer Prince Clyde home in 1:52 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Jr. Rosecroft has another 15-race card on Wednesday night and has moved post time up to 6:55 p.m. (EDT). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - Hollywood Dayton Raceway reminds horsemen that the draw for Saturday night, October 3 is Tuesday morning with the box closing at 10 a.m.   The program includes the Dayton Trotting Derby, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Distaff Pacing Derby. It also features the eight championship races of the Buckeye Stallion Series.   Three undercard Opens will also be carded for $25,000 (min.) purses. The Mares Open Pace and the Open Trot look like they will feature local and regional horses as it is not likely there will be six Derby nominees in either race that do not get into the main event.   Race office phone number is 937-235-7860.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Columbus, MN - One of the standout performances of the Sunday afternoon (September 27) harness racing program at Running Aces was turned in by sophomore trotting filly SB Madam Secretary with driver Darrell Wright.   The impressive display of determination came in the $9,200 "B" division of the Minnesota-Sired trot. SB Madam Secretary was the heavy favorite from the outside six post and left alertly in search of the lead. SD Eliminator and driver Brian Detgen were fast away from post one and a big battle ensued - with SB Madam Secretary parked out through the opening half mile (:28.2, :58) before retreating to drop in third.   SD Eliminator continued to command the field and led all the way into mid stretch but SB Madam Secretary ($2.60) dug down deep launch another rally in the late stages, trotting past the leader to score a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:59.1 for her fourth win if the season and sixth career tally.   SD Eliminator was a clear second and Al Mar Spicey Talk (Brady Jenson) picked up third.       The winning filly is by Tom Ridge and is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   The $13,800 "A" division went to Hearduwhispermynam (Rick Magee, $2.80) who posted another sharp win in 1:57.4 for three in a row and six wins on the season. Susie's Sister (Brady Jenson) posted a big mile and was just a neck back in second and Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) checked in third.   The winner is a gelded son of Braggart owned and trained by Jenni King.   Shesureissomething (Nick Roland, $2.40) advanced to five wins in a row with another dominating performance in a $4,000 conditioned pace. Her mile in 1:54.3 was the fastest of the day. The very impressive 3 year old So Surreal filly is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and trained by Justin Anfinson.   Driver Jacob Cutting led the Sunday program with two winners.   The Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $17,025.29.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4, with action on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm CDT.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Ace

Humboldt, IA -- The top ten 3-year-old trotters finished the 2020 Iowa season at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Iowa-Registered Championship races held on Sunday (Sep 27).   The HAY's Standardbred Dr. Ken Harris DVM Memorial Trot included the top 3-year-old colts of the Iowa fair circuit. Poker Play drew post position one, followed by First Gunner, Exhibition Day, SV Tymal's Image and Itsonlymoneyhoney in post position five. Iowa limits it's finals' fields to five so no horse starts from the second tier. Crowd favorite First Gunner, who raced on the pace as a 2-year-old, led the season with 14 wins in 18 starts and 2020 earnings of $36,096. He was the only competitor coming off a win.   First Gunner shot off the gate followed by Exhibition Day and Poker Play. In the point of the first turn, First Gunner made an uncharacteristic break followed by a break by Poker Play. Exhibition Day took the lead and led stablemate Itsonlymoneyhoney and SV Tymals Image to the quarter in 31.4. Driver Dan Roland and Itsonlymoneyhoney moved to the front and led at the half in 1:03.1 with SV Tymals Image moving up to second challenging on the outside. Itsonlymoneyhoney held strong passing the three-quarter pole in 1:33.3 with SV Tymals Image still parked for second. As they turned into the home stretch, only four lengths covered the field with Itsonlymoneyhoney having the slight advantage. The trotters powered home with Itsonlymoneyhoney holding off SV Tylmals Image in a 2:05 mile. First Gunner finished third, but was placed fifth due to the earlier break. Exhibition Day was fourth, placed third.   Itsonlymoneyhoney is trained by Dan Roland and owned by It's Only Money Stable of Grinnell, Iowa. The 3-year-old gelding was bred by Willis Borntrager. Itsonlymoneyhoney is by Banker Volo out of the Cash Hall mare Steuben Hey Jude.   The Pete and Freda Mouw Memorial Trot was Battle Queen's to lose. Gary Liles' 3-year-old filly dominated the 2020 Iowa fair circuit with the fastest mark (2:01), the highest earnings ($25,800) and the most wins (9 in 10 starts). Battle Queen also had the rail advantage, drawing post position one. CR Valentine drew the two, followed by stablemate Lucky Playmate, Sometimes You Dont, and Passion In Paris on the outside.   Battle Queen powered off the gate, with CR Valentine contesting until settling in the pocket as they passed the quarter in :31. Lucky Playmate and Passion In Paris followed in third and fourth with Sometimes You Dont trailing the field. Battle Queen passed the half in 1:03 with the field single file in pursuit. As they turned into the backstretch CR Valentine tipped out from second and Passion In Paris from fourth. The field passed the three-quarter pole two-by-two in 1:33.1. At the head of the stretch Passion In Paris fanned to the outside and Lucky Playmate moved to the passing lane. With Battle Queen and CR Valentine in the center, the four fillies battled head-to-head charging to the wire. Driver Chad Svendsen and Lucky Playmate had never left the rail, and his patience paid off when Lucky Playmate made a last second surge to take the race in 2:02.4.   Lucky Playmate and driver Chad Svendsen      --photo by Gretchen Roland Lucky Playmate is trained by Rick Huffman and owned by Rick & CD Huffman of Sigourney, Iowa and Larry Mather of Webster, Iowa. The 3-year-old champion was bred by Winbak Farm out of the Pine Chip mare Almond Chip. Lucky Playmate is by Lucky Chucky, who stood in New York the year she was conceived. Lucky Chucky has stood in New York, Pennsylvania and currently stands in Ohio. He's sired 228 starts with over $10.3 million in earnings.   Sunday's card concludes the 2020 Iowa racing season. Iowa racing will resume in May 2021.   by Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association

Humboldt, IA -- The top ten 3-year-old pacers faced fierce harness racing competition at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for the Iowa-Registered Championship races held on Sunday (Sep 27).   Three-year-old championship races began with the John Nessa Memorial for pacing colts. From post position one-to-five the field included Slippin The Clutch, Cashncam, Always Hotspeed, Legal Liar and Yankee On The Move. Iowa limits it's finals' fields to five so no horse starts from the second tier. Pairing with leading driver Will Roland, Slippin The Clutch was the favorite leading the season in wins (12 in 14 starts) and 2020 earnings ($32,821). He also had the fastest fair mile in 1:57.2 at What Cheer at the end of August.   As he has throughout the season, Slippin the Clutch used his gate speed to capture the lead into turn one. The rest of the field quickly settled with Legal Liar dropping in second followed by Cashncam, Always Hotspeed and Yankee On The Move. The colts held their positions passing the quarter pole in 30.4 and parading by the grandstand the first time in 1:02.3 with just five lengths covering the field. Driver Adam Hauser tipped out Yankee On The Move at the half and gradually picked off contenders. Slippin The Clutch made it to the three-quarters in 1:32.4 with Yankee On The Move having taken over second. As they rounded the final turn, Slippin The Clutch switched gears and accelerated home taking the race in 2:01. Yankee On The Move was second and Legal Liar was third.   Slippin The Clutch is trained by Curtis Carey and owned by Jay Delong of Clinton, Wis, Rick & CD Huffman of Sigourney, Iowa and Jeff Carey of Columbus Junction, Iowa. He was raised by Alan and Randall Eden of Lone Tree, Iowa out of their Artsplace mare Sweet Otra. Slippin The Clutch is by the Iowa's Miilionaire Cam, sire of multiple Iowa 2- and 3-year-old champions.   The Terwilliger Family Memorial Pace featured the top 3-year-old Iowa Registered fillies. Shining Jewels drew post position one, followed by Ivy B Poison. It's Pacific Time, Jennie Ann and Supreme Dumpling. Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann had posted the fastest mile on the Iowa circuit in a 1:58.3 performance at West Liberty. It's Pacific Time led the field in wins (10) and 2020 earnings ($46,950).   Driver Chad Svendson and It's Pacific Time surged from the center of the field taking the early lead. Ivy B Poison filed in second with Jennie Ann charging on the outside to challenge It's Pacific Time up the backside. Jennie Ann captured the lead passing the quarter in 29.4 and the half in 1:00. With It's Pacific Time sitting in the pocket, Ivy B Poison made her move sweeping up to second when Jennie Ann hit the three-quarter pole at 1:29.1. At the top of the stretch Jennie Ann pulled ahead just enough for Svendsen to find racing room sneaking It's Pacific Time out in front of Ivy B Poison. With nothing but an open stretch between them and the finish line, Jennie Ann and It's Pacific Time grinded to the wire with It's Pacific Time taking the win in 1:59.4, the fastest pace of the Iowa Championships. Ivy B Poison held on for third.   It's Pacific Time and driver Chad Svendsen             --Gretchen Roland photo   It's Pacific Time won on her home track for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel McDanel, both of Humboldt, IA. Raised by Hendricks out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling and from the first crop of the Minnesota sire It's That TIme, It's Pacific Time is dual eligible to Iowa and MInnesota.   Sunday's card concludes the 2020 Iowa racing season. Iowa racing will resume in May 2021.     by Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association

Chester, PA -- Jack's Legend N ($12.40) lifted off second-over cover and used a vicious :26.4 closing sectional to overpower 3-5 favorite Rodeo Rock for a 1:49.3 score -- his second straight harness racing victory -- in Sunday's (Sept. 27) $14,400 pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. After recording a pillar-to-post win at Harrington on Monday (Sept. 21), Pat Berry changed tactics with the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding and settled into fifth behind a :26.4 first-quarter duel between Pyro (Simon Allard) and Proper One (Todd McCarthy). After rating a :55.2 half, Pyro faced intensifying first-over pressure up the far side from Rodeo Rock (David Miller), and Jack's Legend N was perched second-over off a :26.4 third-quarter duel. Rodeo Rock kept the heat on through the far turn and was able to reel Pyro in, but Jack's Legend N pounced with fresh legs in upper stretch -- drawing off to defeat the dueling pair by 1-1/4 lengths. Rodeo Rock narrowly nabbed Pyro for the runner-up spot.   Trainer Josh Green co-owns 15-time winner Jack's Legend N with Richard Lombardo, David Kryway and Eric Good. Green led all trainers with a double on the program, while drivers David Miller, George Napolitano Jr. and Tim Tetrick notched two wins apiece as well. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover is on the rise again, now standing at $2,346.64 for the return of live racing to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 30). Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Plainville, MA --- The $1.4 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicked off its 2020 season at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 27) when the 3-year-olds took center stage for their first of three legs. The harness racing track was lightning fast and the performances were as well as three stake records fell right out of the box. In the $29,000 male pacing division, Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) drafted third on the rail while R Maddy Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) and Spatterdash (Mike Stevenson) traded leads before the half. Passing the five-eighths, driver Scott Zeron tipped Wyatt J and marched up the outside towards the leading Spatterdash and paced alongside him around the last turn. At the head of the stretch Wyatt J pulled away to a 1-3/4 length lead and won in 1:52.1.   The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and a new stake record for a 3-year-old pacing colt. Wyatt J ($2.20) registered his fifth win in a row for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred the winner. Then in the $28,000 leg for pacing fillies, She's A Fireball (Western Maverick-Fire Can Fly) got away fourth behind the heavily favored Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) before pulling first-over past the half to engage the leader by the three-quarter pole. From there driver Ron Cushing urged She's A Fireball around the final turn and all the way down the stretch and his filly out-fought a very game Ry's Red Rocket to win by a neck in 1:54.1. The time was another new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 3-year-old pacing filly. She's A Fireball ($7.40) scored her second win in her last three starts for owners Ron Cushing and Adams Racing. She's A Fireball is trained by Heidi Gibbs and was bred by Lucia Les and Kenneth Clairmont. The trotting fillies went for $29,000 in their first grouping and Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) put on quite a show. After taking the lead at the quarter, Without A Warning was visited by stablemate Dramatra at the half and the two trotted stride for stride to the three quarters. At that point Without A Warning switched gears and left Dramatra in her dust. She spun off the far turn and opened up a six length gap at the wire to win in 1:54.2. As in the previous two races, the time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and a new stake record for a 3-year-old trotting filly. Without A Warning ($2.40) gave Zeron his second win of the day and now has three wins this year for owner/breeder Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. Owner/breeder Campbell and trainer Ducharme also had the winner of the $28,000 male trotting division, Double Dealing, who left from post one led the entire race by 1-1/4 lengths before turning for home and stretching out to a four length advantage at the beam in 1:56.1. Double Dealing ($6.20) now has five wins on the year for his connections. Shawn Gray drove the winner. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 28) at 2 p.m. when four divisions of 2-year-olds will vie for $114,000 in purses. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Vorst was best in the $14,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono during the Sunday twilight harness racing card, springing a 16-1 upset while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:51.3. Its Mesmerise N made two moves to control the pace while posting early fractions of :26.4 and :56, with favored Eclipse Me N going up first-over with Vorst behind her. There was a :27 major-league duel in the third quarter, with Vorst gapping her cover a bit, but she rallied steadily while wide in the stretch and caught Eclipse Me N by a head, with six of the seven entrants within a length at the wire and the other beaten only two lengths. Marcus Miller, a three-time winner on the card, drove Vorst for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.   Among the four $12,000 co-features, there was a notable stretch duel between Nicholas Beach and Tito Rocks, where Nicholas Beach set the pace and then held off the charging pocketsitter by a nose in 1:50.1. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, who won one of two starts at two then missed all of his three-year-old season, is undefeated in six seasonal outings, with co-owner Brian Sears coming to Pocono to guide the talented pacer for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. Also impressive in the quad-sub-features was the Kadabra sophomore filly P L Notsonice, who tucked early from her outside post, then came first-over and powered home in :55.2 to easily put away favored pacesetter Solar in 1:54. An Ontario Gold Sire Stakes winner at Rideau Carleton in 1:52.4 earlier this year, P L Notsonice is a tough customer when minding her manners for trainer Joe Skowyra and owner/driver Renaldo Morales III. Joining Marcus Miller as a three-time winner on the Sunday program was George Napolitano Jr., who arrived midcard after driving at Philly for most of the afternoon (Miller also participated early in the Philly card). Napolitano's three-bagger gives him nine at Pocono this weekend after his six Saturday afternoon, and twelve overall for Saturday-Sunday (he added a win at The Meadowlands on Saturday and two at Philly on Sunday). When racing resumes at Pocono tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., there will be a $227,633.67 carryover for the Rainbow Pick 5 bet, which requires a unique ticket containing the winner of the last five races for the big payoff. From the PHHA / The Downs

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A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen will be standing at Premier Acres in Indiana for a fee of $7,500. Dennis Bontrager of Premier Acres says he is really excited about Pastor Stephen standing in Indiana. For the first time he says, Indiana breeders have a chance to breed to the best ever and most high profile stallion to stand in Indiana. For enquiries phone Dennis Bontrager (260) 585 4927 by Steve Wolf
WILKES-BARRE PA – George Napolitano Jr. and his brother Anthony, the two winningest harness racing drivers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, captured nine of the fourteen races on the Monday afternoon card – and still they had to share the spotlight with a trainer who boosted her career win total to 32. Brianne Good, a 36-year-old trainer from Sayre PA and a former participant in the Racing Under Saddle series, is campaigning her stock at Pocono now that Tioga Downs, near her home, has closed for the season, and Good sent out three winners on the Monday card, using a different driver aboard each winner. Tyler Buter drove Big Mach to a $49.80 victory in race five; George Napolitano was behind favored $4.80 winner BJ Lorado in the very next race; and then Anthony Napolitano brought home $51.00 bomber Ev’s Girl in the thirteenth contest. Tyler Buter driving Big Mach to a $49.80 victory   Good, who has had her license for less than three years and who has never started more than 112 horses in a season, had once before had a multiple win card – and it was ironically the night she got her first and second career training victories, at The Meadowlands on February 9, 2018. As far as the $51 victory of Ev’s Girl, it was Anthony Napolitano’s third victory in the first four races of today’s Rainbow Pick 5 bet – George had the other – and the $51.00 payoff reduced to 22 the number of “live” tickets vying to be the unique winning ducat and to collect the $238,000 pool. But the last race saw Anthony win again with 2-1 shot Mighty Mr Sharkey over 3-5 favorite Rock Lights in the stretch battle, resulting in multiple winners and a carryover of over $232,000 for Tuesday’s Rainbow Pick 5 pool. Anthony’s four wins in the Rainbow bet were his “only” winners of the day, while George reported home first five times, giving him fourteen wins in the three racing days so far this week. But doubtless it will be Brianne Good who will remember the day for a long time thereafter.   PHHA / Pocono
HARRINGTON, Del. - Leonard Hubbard's Z's Dream ($2.80, Art Stafford Jr.) and Mst Racing Inc. and George Teague's Subban ($3.60, Montrell Teague) each won their respective $20,000 harness racing divisions in the second leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point earners from all divisions will return to compete in the $100,000 final events on October 7. Z's Dream led in wire-to-wire fashion from the rail for trainer Andrew Stafford as the Dream Away gelding completed a sweep of his eliminations. Squeak On By was second with Marvelous Winner third.  Subban ($2.80, Montrell Teague), a Clyde Francis-trainee and son of Southwind Lynx, sat in the pocket for red hot driver Teague behind pacesetter Syndergaard - who was bidding for an elimination sweep - throughout before surging by when given clearance in the stretch. Syndergaard held second with Can't Get Right, also trained by Francis, third. Teague had 5 wins on the card, 3 for Francis. Teague, was back in the winner's circle in the next race with Legacy Racing and Reginald Hazzard II's Inforce ($5.20), who was a 1:53.3 winner in the overnight feature, a $14,000 claiming handicap for $25,000 to $30,000 claimers for trainer Wayne Givens. Teague also owns Goldberg ($4.40), whom he piloted in the sub-featured $13,500 conditioned pace to a 1:53.1 win over Calvin K and Keep On Rocking A.  Stafford Jr.  and Russell Foster had a driving double.   by Matthew Sparacino
Plainville, MA --- A fourth Massachusetts Sire Stake record was broken during only the second day of competition when the 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders hit the harness racing track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), getting the series off to its fastest start ever. And all five division winners on Monday also took new lifetime marks. In the $28,500 division for freshman male pacers, Dancing Lew (Rocknroll Dance-Love Rocks) hit the sticks fifth tracking the heavily favored Mullinax (Scott Zeron) who flashed to the front. Bruce Ranger pulled Dancing Lew in front of the stands and motored up towards the leader around the second turn. From there he got within a length of Mullinax but couldn't advance further as they hit the top of the stretch. But when they straightened out in the lane, Dancing Lew swelled up and paced right by Mullinax and won by 1/2 length in 1:54. The time was a new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer. It was the second straight win for Dancing Lew ($16.20) who is owned by Anthony Sivik Jr., Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standarbreds, who also bred the winner. Kevin Switzer is the trainer. The trotting colts and geldings went for $29,000 and New York Sire Stake finalist Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) grabbed the winner's share. For the bulk of the race it was a two-horse competition. Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) took the lead and Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) tucked in second. Positions remained unchanged until the 7/8th's pole when Incommunicado moved into the two-path and took direct aim at Beantown Madness. The two trotters battled all the way to the wire where Incommunicado got the advantage and won by 1/2 length in 1:56.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Incommunicado Incommunicado ($3.40) grabbed his second win of the year for owners Knuttson Trotting, Little E, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner who was bred by the Moni Maker Stable. The freshmen filly pacers put on quite a show in their $29,000 division with another NYSS finalist, Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah), getting the job done. Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) grabbed the lead by the quarter and then controlled the pace with Rightfully Mine (Scott Zeron) and Purameri (Drew Monti) sitting second and third. After getting to the half in :57.2, Purameri hit the gas and motored up the outside to pace alongside Suzie Blue Chip around the last turn. At the top of the stretch Purameri lost her momentum and Suzie Blue Chip drifted off the pylons allowing Rightfully Mine room to shoot the gap and win by a neck in 1:54.1, which was a career best time for the winner. Rightfully Mine Rightfully Mine ($4.00) scored her second win of the year for owners Anthony Scussel and Monique Cohen, who also bred the winner. Sheena Mcelhiney is the trainer. The trotting fillies went in two $13,750 divisions of five horses each. In the first split, Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) sat second behind the heavy 1-9 favorite Moni For Lindy (Scott Zeron) until the top of the lane where driver Shawn Gray tipped and brushed her down the stretch and right past Moni For Lindy at the wire in 1:58.1. It was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Royal Envy Royal Envy ($26.00) is owned and was bred by Alfred Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. The second division saw Matty Athearn send Me Too Baby (Muscle Hill-Baby Shaq) off the gate to the front where he opened up a four-length lead at the quarter. They maintained a gapped advantage at every station before cruising home a winner in a career best tying 1:58.2. Me Too Baby Me Too Baby ($2.80) has now won two races in a row for owner/breeder Thomas Dillon and trainer Gretchen Athearn. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 4) with the second leg of the 3-year-olds and on Monday (Oct. 5) when the 2-year-olds reconvene. Post time for both days is 2 p.m. Regular racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 1) with post time also at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts
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