Day At The Track

The Saturday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers. The $8,000 filly division drew a full field of nine young distaffers and was headlined by last week’s winner, and 2016 champion 2 year old filly Whatitdobabyboo(Rick Magee), conditioned by David Flinn for The Van Oterloo Stables. The favorite filly was saddled with the outside 9 post this evening, and made a big move past the 5/8 marker to take the lead, but it would be Swinging Again with James Yoder in the sulky for trainer Gene Miller and owners Wolfswinkel Pacers, Inc. who would ultimately prevail. Both of these fillies are by Voracious Hanover, and Swinging Again followed the big move made by Whatitdobabyboo, and then tipped off that cover with plenty of pace in the lane to go past her and get the victory in a lifetime best mile of 1:54.1, it was just the second lifetime win for Swinging Again ($10.20) in 8 starts. The $8,000 colts & geldings division attracted a field of 7 sophomores and was headlined by Wonder Bull, who came into tonight’s contest with 3 wins in his 6 local starts this year. Tonight he did not disappoint once again, as he left sharply from post 1 for the pocket trip, before exploding in the final quarter to draw away from the field by 5½ lengths and post his 7th lifetime win, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Wonder Bull ($3.80) is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters, and trained and driven by Nick Roland. Leading Driver Nick Roland led all drivers on Saturday, with a double on the card. One lucky patron correctly selected all 5 winners in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick 5 tonight, to collect $20,306.64 on the 7-1-3-3-6 combination, which included only 1 post time favorite (# 3 Dakota Sleek in race 6 at 3/5) the winning ticket was sold through Xpressbet and reportedly was a $112 wager. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, June 25 at 6:00 pm CDT with a nice 12 race program. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was trainer Maria Rice's birthday on Saturday evening (June 24) and her trainee, China Dream, gave her a great present by winning the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace at Buffalo Raceway in a seasonal best 1:54.1 over the fast harness racing track.   China Dream (Drew Monti) led at every quarter mile station and held off a pesky Lucky McTrucky (Kevin Cummings) by a half length. Show Stopping (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Starting from the rail, the favored China Dream ($4.40) played the give-and-go with Lucky McTrucky and set the fractions with a 28.3, 56.4 and 1:25.2.   China Dream started to drift out in the charge for the wire but stayed the course long enough to turn back the threat of Lucky McTrucky.   Co-owned by Jack and Maria Rice, the 6-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art) has won five times in 19 outings in 2017. The win upped his seasonal earnings to $40,770 and $213,443 lifetime.   Cummings notched a driving triple while Monti and Jim Morrill Jr. had doubles.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the action with the 3-year-old trotting fillies set to do battle in a pair of events worth more than $58,000 each. Barn Bella, the defending NYSS champion, headlines the fifth race field. She arrives riding a 10-race win streak.   There will also be races contested in the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Scarborough, Maine - June 24, 2017 ... Just as June heralds the beginning of summer, the arrival of Maine Sire Stakes season marks a certain regeneration of hope and a renewal of vigor, as anxious harness racing breeders, owners, trainers and grooms bring their young equine charges to the raceway for the very first time. Under ideal twilight conditions on Saturday (6/24) the freshman filly pacers were the first of the Maine Sire Stakes combatants to arrive at Scarborough Downs this season. They were split into near-twin divisions and sent post-ward for purses of $10,007 and $10,182 respectively Shes A Maverick responded handsomely at every asking in the first stakes division as the daughter of Western Maverick-Fiber Art held off a determined cavalry charge en route to scoring her her first career victory, timed in an in-hand 2:04, much to the delight of her owner, Carolyn Corso of Henderson, Nevada. Driver/trainer John Nason pushed many of his filly's buttons on Saturday with the freshman pacer responding like a veteran campaigner at every asking. When urged to leave from the gate, she quickly made the top. When Nason reined her back to get a parked horse out of his way, she graciously complied. When asked to retake the lead at the half, she accomplished the task so quickly it hardly seemed real. The effort was, all in all, a very polished performance for a filly making only her second career start. Little Honey Badger (M. Graffam) threw in a strong rally bid to secure runner-up honors, while A Thousand Wishes (G. Mosher) held firm for the show. With her premier victory lap now practiced and perfected, Shes A Maverick sets her sights on the summer horizons here in Maine. With nine more $10,000 stakes elimination rounds and a rich $50,000 freshman final in wait in September, who can blame her? Saturday's second stakes division saw JustCallMeDee extend her unbeaten record out to a perfect two for two after seemingly pushing the starting gate out of her way while staking her claim for the early lead. She and driver Mark Athearn had everything their own way until Pembroke Passionly (H. Campbell) took flight to engage as they approached the 3/4-mile station and from that point home the dashing divas matched strides to the wire with Just CallMe Dee extending out to a narrow 3/4-length advantage at the finish. A daughter of Deuce Seelster-Justcallmerosie, JustCallMeDee is owned by William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine. Pembroke Passionly held for the place while Where Does Time Go (E. Davis, Jr.) finished third. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on Thursday through Saturday at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

For 36 years the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series has been, and still is, considered the Grand Circuit of Amateur Harness Racing, not only for its traveling roadshow but for bringing amateur racing to the forefront. And because of the series' success over the years amateur driving clubs now dot the harness racing landscape in North America. Yesterday, (Fri. June 23), two races were contested at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ontario, Can. and tonight (June 24) the Billings Series moved back to the States with a race at Tioga Downs. and when that event was finalized David "Poppa" Glasser made it look easy when he guided his Celebrity Stimulus to a 1:57.4 victory over six rivals. When the official starter said 'go' Glasser hustled his trotter to the lead from the seven-hole and they had command at the first stanza in :28.2. With just a short breather Celebrity Stimulus led his competition by the halfway point in :58 seconds flat. Up the backside Glasser let his charge ramble and they had five lengths on the field as they passed the three quarters in 1:27.1 . From there it was catch me if you can and nobody could as Glasser and veteran trotter coasted home a 3-1/4-length winner. Tony "the Capo" Verruso came from far back with Sam's Honeybee to garner the place money and Jelectric finished third for "Buffalo Bob" Davis, who, by the way, returned to the States after he raced in the Billings at Grand River Raceway on last night. Needless to say, after the race Glasser was a happy man and responded with this email: "I've had Stim parked and been unable to get him to the front where he likes it best. Tonight we were able to get there. In the third quarter I tried to open up some distance and tonight we had the racing luck and he was ready. Team Butenschoen always sends him ready to go, I just am not always able to get him his best trip. Tonight I was!" For the president of a litigation support company it was his third winner this season and his 35th of his amateur driving career. Glasser owns the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding who paid $4.80 for win. John Butenschoen is the horse's trainer. Next Billings action will be at the Cradle of the Trotter on Monday, July 3rd over Goshen's Historic Track. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

East Rutherford, NJ - After very early morning rains, Saturday's Breakfast With The Babies began just as the clouds parted and the sun shone brightly on the 20 (plus three qualifiers) harness racing card at The Meadowlands. The flags wafted in a slight wind with the track wet fast to start to begin, though it was a bit muggy with temps in the mid-70's.   The day's opener was also the debut of Mooshka Stride, first foal of the grand champion trotting mare Check Me Out, and she did not disappoint. Sent right to the top by Tim Tetrick from the start, the Credit Winner filly set all the fractions and finished the impressive 1:59.2 mile with a 28.2 final quarter on her own. Emilio and Maria Rosati paid $260,000 for the filly at Lexington last fall and Mark Harder is the trainer. Smoke And Mirrors (David Miller) was second and Cousin Bea (Marcus Miller) third.   Hey Blondie won race two despite making a slight miscue through the first turn. Driver Dave Miller settled the Cantab Hall filly then came first over, gradually wearing down the leader and holding sway in 2:02.2. Chuck Sylvester trains the $125,000 Lexington buy for Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey, Paul Bordogna and Dave McDuffee. Fuel Her Flame (Jimmy Takter) was gaining late to get second and Chapter's Lady (Tetrick) third.   The grey Cantab Hall filly Tiffany's Flash was another front-end winner for Tetrick in 1:57.3 getting home in 28.1 to hold off the rally of Top Expectations (M. Miller). Tiffany's Flash is from the Linda Toscano barn, she owns the $72,000 Harrisburg purchase via her Camelot Farms with partners R & I Farms and Highland Farms.   Trond Smedshammer won the fourth with the Purple Haze stable's $55,000 Harrisburg buy Velvatter. She put up all the numbers and finished the 1:59.3 mile with a 27.4 final quarter to hold off Holy Bones (Tetrick) with Special Hill (Yannick Gingras) closing it up late to be third.   Trainer Mark Harder sent out another beautiful filly for the Rosati's in Lily Stride (Tetrick) who won easily in 1:58.2 trotting strongly through the 29 flat final quarter. She's a daughter of Muscle Hill who commanded $220,000 at the Kentucky sale last fall. Lucky Rainbow (D. Miller) was a good second and Girl Talk (Troy Beyer) flashed late trot to be third.   The stretch head-winds began to pick up as Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller) took the sixth in 1:56.4. She cut the mile, took high heat from Air Quote Hanover (Gingras) through a 28.3 third panel then widened as she please through the 28.1 final quarter. Repentance (Tetrick) had good late trot to be second with Air Quote Hanover staying on for third. The winner is trained by Erv Miller for Paymaq Racing, GT Golemes and Harvey Eisman who gave $32,000 for the Muscle Mass lass at Lexington Select.   Right around a million dollars' worth of horseflesh lined up for race seven and the most expensive colt won. Story Time Hanover brought $410,000 from owner Melby Gard at Harrisburg and this morning trainer Jimmy Takter drove the Muscle Hill colt to a come from behind 1:59.1 win. Tokarov ($210,000 / Marcus Melander) went well today to be second and Go To Hill ($350,000 / Gingras) closed for third.   Maxus took the eighth for Takter. Another good looking Muscle Hill colt, this one from noted producer Gerri's Joy sat just off the lead, took over as they straightened up and trotted away through the 29.2 end to the 2:00.4 mile as he pleased. Godspell Hall (Scott Zeron) was a willing second.   My Man Stony (Corey Callahan) was an impressive 1:57.2 winner this morning. Callahan settled him mid-pack through the 59 half and 1:28 three quarters then sent the colt after Storming Mist (Gingras) who has opened a stretch lead of several lengths, tracking that rival down easily. Captain Morgan (Christian Lind) was third. William Wiswall and Pinske Stable paid $120,000 for My Man Stony, a son of Yankee Glide, at the Lexington Select Sale.   The tenth race winner was Unforgettable (Zeron), a Cantab Hall colt from Britany Farms. He went a very professional trip, leaving to the top from outside, releasing Hill Street (Takter) through the middle fractions then brushing by that rival in the stretch for the 1:58.3 win in his very first try. Lindsey's Pride (Marcus Miller) was second. Unforgettable brought $22,000 last fall in Lexington.   Don won today in 1:58 for Andy Miller. The Credit Winner colt rolled up on leader Zephyr Kronos (Takter) as they passed the third quarter station in 1:28.3, took command when that rival went off stride then held off a stretch rally from Farsetti Hanover (M. Miller) for the score. Andy owns Don, a $50,000 Lexington yearling, with Jeff Gural's Little E LLC and wife Julie is the trainer. Fourth Dimension (M. Melander) was third.   Yannick Gingras drove Samo Different Day to a 1:59.1 / 29.4 win for Jimmy Takter in race 12. Canaletto Hanover (DR Ackerman) set the fractions until headstretch when pocket sitter Levitation (Zeron) went to the inside off stride and Samo Different Day trotted up on the outside to win. Christina Takter and Samo Partners share ownership of the Cantab Hall colt, $130,000 Lexington buy.   The Somebeachsomewhere filly Eden (Gingras) opened the pacing races with a 1:57.2 win. She cut the mile and had enough left to hold No Mo Fo Joe's (Tetrick) stretch bid at bay with a 28.3 final stanza. Eden was an $87,000 Harrisburg purchase by Diamond Creek Racing and is trained by Nancy Johansson.   Sand Artist (Tetrick) was a 1:56.4 winner for the Toscano barn converting a pocket trip and fighting off a determined bid by Michelle's Jazz (George Dennis) through a 27.4 final quarter. She is owned by the partnership of South Mountain Stable, Little E and Highland Green Farms who invested $85,000 in her at the Lexington Yearling sale.   Hurrikane Shorty (Jimmy Marohn, Jr) an $8,000 Goshen yearling held off the explosive late bid of the $550,000 Lexington filly Come See The Show (Tetrick) in this morning's version of Davidia vs. Goliathess. Marohn sent his filly to the top through easy fractions them kicked in with a 27.3 last quarter to last over Come See The Show who was reserved until late stretch but had plenty when asked. Hurrikane Shorty is trained by Kevin Mc Dermott for the partnership of Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC, Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger.   Perry Soderberg's California Cruisin (Gingras) just got up in the last few steps to catch Suddenly Sam (M. Miller) in 1:55 / 29. Yannick gave him a nice trip and the colt kicked in when called upon for the win. The big Somebeachsomewhere colt from the million dollar winning dam of Jeremes Jet, Ohyouprettything, was a $65,000 Harrisburg yearling.   Southwind Grizzly (Brett Miller) cut the mile and finished strong into the wind with 1:55.1 / 28 score for the Tony Alagna barn. Huntsville's little brother Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker) rallied well into the wind to get up for second. The winner is a Sportswriter colt that cost John Fodera, Steve Wienick, Robert LeBlanc and trainer Tony $85,000 at the Harrisburg sale.   The Bob Key homebred Rock Lights went a nice mile for Jason Bartlett today, cutting the fractions then sprinting home in 27.3 under pressure from Somebaddude (M. Miller) the mile in 1:55.4. Andrew Harris trains the Rock N Roll Heaven colt.   Speed To Market (Corey Callahan) posted a 1:56 win in his first try over the big track for trainer John Butenschoen. He's from the first crop of Betterthancheddar and cost Wiswell, Goehlen and Schick $85,000 at the Lexington sale. Bodega Bay (Zeron) cut the mile and skipped off stride as they turned into the stretch but recovered nicely to get second. Spear Point (Brett Miller) was third.   The Erv Miller barn wrapped up another good day with Karpathian Kid winning out of the pocket for Marcus in 1:55.1. It marked the second good effort for the homebred Somebeach colt from the good race mare Vysoke Tatry for the Prushnoks, David Miller and Lawrence Means. Heavenly Sound (Andy McCarthy) was second in the last of today's baby races.   Walner wins back   Top rated three-year-old trotting colt Walner made another appearance today and toured the oval in 1:53, trotting home in 28.2 into a significant headwind. Kenny Jacobs owns, Linda Toscano trains and Tim Tetrick drives the colt who is on course for the August 5 Hambletonian.   Nick Salvi        

Regally-bred daughter of harness racing champion Rainbow Blue wins in 1:52.4. Nearly five years after her world-champion full sister Somwherovrarainbow won her first career start, Rainbow Room debuted with an eye-catching harness racing victory Friday night in the first two-year-old race of the season at the Meadowlands. Rainbow Room, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Rainbow Blue, had been the talk of the morning after a pair of impressive Meadowlands baby race victories earlier this month. She backed up the hype in her first appearance under the lights in a $10,000 maiden event. David Miller put the 1/9 favorite on the front end and led the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.3. That's when All On Top Hanover ripped off her cover and pulled nearly even to Rainbow Room midway down the stretch. Rainbow Room found another gear and held off the Erv Miller trainee to stop the teletimer in 1:52.4 to win by a length. Despite the loss, All On Top Hanover deserves watch moving forward as she was charted with a last quarter mile in :25.3. Rainbow Room was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned in partnership by Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz. She is trained by Joe Holloway. Rainbow Blue The big night for Crawford Farms continued in the $17,500 trotting feature when their Cufflink Hanover converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:51.1 over pacesetter In Secret. Cufflink Hanover had most recently finished third behind Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder in a division of the Graduate at Tioga Downs. Cufflink Hanover Fellow Graduate leg winner Trolley also tuned up for the $250,000 Graduate Final on July 8 with a 1:51.4 win in a $13,000 conditioned trot. The Erv Miller trainee had equaled the all-time track record at Tioga Downs of 1:52.1 in his previous Graduate victory 12 days ago. Trolley Corey Callahan and Tyler Buter each posted driving doubles. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,836,992. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

Chris Lems would rack up four wins on Friday including the Fillies & Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) with Little Santamonica (Little Steven). Owned by Courtney Crawford and trained by Jordan Hope, the 9-year-old mare would go gate-to-wire in 1:51.1. Little Santamonica ($2.80) never had a tense moment as she won her 53rd career victory. Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) would follow the whole way to finish second. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) was a distant third. Lems would begin the night getting the first race victory with 2-year-old first time starter Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass). Clive Bigsby ($3.80) would take over right before the top of the stretch and win easily by four lengths in 1:58.1. Missus Mia Wallace (Homer Hochstetler) would finish second with Ladydini (Howard Okusko Jr,.) getting third. "Lemsy" would also get a win driving Without A Clue ($18.20) going gate to wire in 1:54.4, just holding off the late charge by Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil). Walk The Floor (Angus Mac Donald) was third. Lems got his other win during race number eight with He's Gone ($3.80) running past Atoastandcaviar (John MacDonald) in 1:55.1. Jackson's Gold (Jimmy Wittemore) was third. Vernon Downs returns to live racing Saturday night (June 24) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Harness racing driver Brent Holland won the 5,000th race of his career Friday night (June 23th), doing so at his place of residence, Yonkers Raceway. Holland and Delightful Dragon ($7.40) lasted on the lead by a scant schnoz in the 6th race $40,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, giving the 46-year-old (as of this past Sunday) the milestone (season's-best 1:53.2) mile. The affable Holland is a native of Wilmington, OH, who began working with horses for a neighbor, Maynard Hagemeyer. "He and Bob Farrington in Chicago both taught me a lot," Holland said. His first winner came in in his first parimutuel start, as an 18-year-old with longshot E C's Best in 1989 at Lebanon Raceway..."pouring down rain," he said. "When I won my first, I used to look up to all the great drivers and never thought about a number like 5,000," Holland said. Asked for some winner's circle wit, Holland offered that 'The horse did all the work.' In the case, the hard-working lass-now 4-for-18 this season-is a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned and trained by Noel Daley. Holland, who migrated east from the Chicagoland circuit not quite a decade ago, has more than $54.2 million in career purses. He was joined by his wife, Dee, and friends for a winner's circle presentation. Holland and Delightful Dragon Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Freeze Out (George Brennan, $13.60) did just that to her harness racing rivals Friday night (June 23rd), administering a beating in Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The field was pared to seven after Betabcool N was scratched-lame after the post parade. Away an early second from became post position No. 2, Freeze Out found herself third after last week's victress, I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley), two-moved to the lead. Settled though early intervals of :27.1 and :55.3, Freeze Out challenged and conquered down the backside the second time. She ground down 'Diamonds' well before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, slapping a half-dozen length on the lasses in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a wrapped-up three lengths in life-best 1:52. Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube) did get into second, with Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) third. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Hidden Land (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees, while the 9-10 fave I Said Diamonds walked home sixth. For fifth choice Freeze Out, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Ricky and Sean Bucci, it was her eighth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $199, the triple returned $991 and the superfecta paid $2,347. Freeze Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,660.17.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to win the Fillies & Mares harness racing open 2 handicap ($9,000) at Tioga Downs Friday (June 23). The 5-year-old Total Truth mare found herself fourth all the way to the top of the stretch. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) set the pace for the field of seven putting up the early fractions :26.2, :55.1, 1:23.1. Once they turned for home Truth and Liberty ($6.80) who is owned by Tracy Moss and trained by Robert Lounsbury blew by them all, winning going away by three lengths in 1:52.4. KJ's Caroline gutted it out to hang on for second. Goldstar Rockette (Aaron Byron) finished third. Simon's who picked up wins 35 and 36 on the night, won the nightcap with Iaquinta ($8.60). The 5-year-old Artzina mare was last until just after the first half. By the top of the stretch Iaquinta who is owned Brian Calvert and trained by Fred Cohen was heads apart with front-running Sinspirational (Tom Jackson). Iaquinta would fly right by to win in 1:54.0 for her fourth victory of the season. Sinsperational was second with Watt A Funny Face (Doug Bowins) getting third. Mike Merton remained hot with two more wins himself. He would win with Celebrity Lampert ($6.10) in race number four. He would win race number 6 with Pokerface ($7.40). His 21 wins on the season are second to Simons. Tioga Downs returns to action Saturday night (June 23) with a 10 race card starting at 6:50p.m. For more information go to John Horne For Tioga Downs.

On a night filled with longshot winners at Saratoga Casino Hotel, Tataria (Four Starzzz Shark) upset in the harness racing $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open. One of three winners on the card for driver Mark Beckwith, Tataria sat the pocket behind Tipitina (Frank Coppola Jr) who set fast fractions on the front end. Surging up the inside in the stretch, Tataria stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:52, scoring at odds of 7-1. Tipitina wound up second best while the favored Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) had to settle for third. It was the first Open victory for Tataria who debuted at Saratoga for trainer Melissa Beckwith earlier in the meet. It was win number six in twenty tries in 2017 for the five year old mare who paid $16.80 to win. The exacta and triple with the favorites underneath returned $111.50 and $329.50, respectively. Six of the winners on the ten race program paid $14 or more to win with one paying as much as $58.50. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

The granddaddy of all amateur harness racing organizations, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, moved north of the border on Friday night, June 23, for two contests at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ontario. The first, a trot, saw Sherwin "the Magician" Edwards rein Willyorwonthe to a 1:58.4 triumph while the second, a pace, went to Shane "the Freelton Flash" Arsenault and Lulu's Boy in a 1:58.2 clocking. Being that the Billings races were in Canada most of the participating drivers were Canadian except for Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and "Buffalo Bob" Davis. In his contest Sherwin Edwards sent Willyorwonthe to the lead from the three-hole and quickly gained command and in doing so he played hardball with Natasha "Lady" Day who was up behind the betting favorite Hldontghtoyurdrms. Edwards parked her through fractions of :28.1; :58.1 and 1:28.2 until Ms. Day's trotter began to get leg weary after they passed the third stanza. However, Willyorwonthe still had on his trotting shoes and began to draw clear of the competition. When the field straightened for home Shane Arsenault and Lexis DJ who were traveling along with cover, took aim at the leader after enjoying a two-hole journey. But Edwards' trotter was up to the task and he rebuffed the challenge and charged home a 1-3/4 length victor over Lexis DJ. Hldontghttoyurdreams held on for the show dough. The winner, an altered 4-year-old son of Angus Hall, is owned and trained by William Megens. He returned a $6.60 mutuel to his backers. In the pacing contest, Shane Arsenault aped Sherwin Edwards' journey in the first event and sent Lulu's Boy down the road and they made every pole a winning one. Although pressured in the deep stretch Arsenault's pacer dug in and held off a late charge by Bet on Art and driver by Dave "Modern Legend" Drew. Every Girl's Desire, with Brent Hollingsworth is the pilot's seat, rambled home two lengths behind the winner in third place. The veteran 10 year-old Art Major Gelding is owned by Louis Sorella and Gene Miller and trained by Robert Fellows. He paid $9/90 for win. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 23, 2017 - Enoch, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, provided a slight upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 23. With a final time of 1:49.2, Enoch recorded his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and established a new lifetime mark in the process. Tetrick elected to use off-the-pace tactics with Enoch as he was uninvolved in the early stages of the going to settle along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front but would have to work for position as New Talent and Todd Warren also left aggressively. Night Pro was able to grab the lead through a snappy opening panel of :25.3 while New Talent opted for the pocket seat. Night Pro continued to call the shots down the backside as the hot pace continued through the second station in :53.2. As the field approached the final turn, John DeLong had Shooter's Dream on the attack first-over and Enoch quickly grabbed the cover through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.3. Night Pro was still in charge turning for home but the torrid pace was beginning to take its' toll. Shooter's Dream was able to wear down the leader but Enoch was poised to strike. Using a :26.2 final panel, Enoch coasted on to the wire a length in front of his competition. New Talent rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors. Shooter's Dream held on for third. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Enoch returned $10.80 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the four-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-Kienna's Angel has now won three of seven seasonal starts. Recording his tenth lifetime victory from 32 outings, Enoch pushed his lifetime bankroll to $134,740 for his owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura, and F. Baldachino. It was a Trace Tetrick early double as he also found the winner's circle in the second race of the evening behind Gerries Sport for trainer Tyler George. Stopping the timer in 1:49.1, Gerries Sport recorded his fourth seasonal victory and also a new lifetime mark. Enoch Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Kelvin Harrison knows Lynch Memorial hopeful Concerto is stepping up in class, but he thinks it could be a stepping stone. Unraced at age 2, Concerto has won four of eight races this season as she prepares for Saturday’s eliminations of the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. All of Concerto’s victories have come in conditioned races, but the filly held her own in one start in state-restricted stakes action and has Harrison looking forward to her future. “It’s just an experience thing with her,” Harrison said. “Each time she races she seems to get a little bit better. I think this is pretty wishful thinking this week going in against these fillies, but eventually I believe she’ll be up to that level.” Concerto competes in the third of three Lynch eliminations. The six-horse field features the top two finishers from last week’s Fan Hanover Stakes --- nose winner Bettor’s Up and runner-up Agent Q, with Agent Q getting the 2-1 nod in morning line favoritism over 5-2 Bettor’s Up. Concerto is 10-1. The first elimination is led by Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday (2-1) and returning Dan Patch Award winner Idyllic Beach (3-1). In the second elimination, multiple stakes winner Roaring To Go (2-1) and Pennsylvania Stallion Series standout Brazuca (5-2) are the top choices. The top three finishers from each elimination advance to the $300,000 Lynch final July 1 at Pocono. Saturday’s card at Pocono also includes eliminations of the Ben Franklin for older male pacers, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, and Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers. Concerto is a daughter of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the Badlands Hanover mare Born Storyteller. The filly is owned by breeder Ron Mario, who also bred and raced Born Storyteller. Born Storyteller won an elimination of the Lynch in 2005 and finished fourth in the final. A year later, she finished second to Burning Point in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Concerto’s half-sister Beach Story was third in the 2014 Jugette. Concerto suffered from soreness as a 2-year-old and was turned out. She made her debut in March with a 10th-place finish at the Meadowlands, but since then has finished worse than second only twice. One time was on a sloppy track at Harrah’s Philadelphia, where she went off stride, and the other was a fifth-place finish in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, where she was beaten by only 1-3/4 lengths. She has two wins and a second in her most recent three starts. “We brought her back late last year and got her ready to race,” Harrison said. “She wasn’t the fastest learner; she was a little aggressive. But she’s settled in good. “When they don’t race at 2 and they have to go against these horses at 3 it’s a little harder for some of them. She raced once in the sire stakes at (Philly) and she was really pretty good and I think she’s improved since then. This is a tall order, but I think she can develop into being this type of filly.” For a look at all the entries for Saturday at Pocono, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Columbus, OH --- He is a harness racing world champion and one of the few horses to possess the distinction of besting Always B Miki and Sweet Lou, yet Mel Mara has not visited the winner’s circle for a stakes race since he captured the 2012 edition of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final at Flamboro Downs over that year’s Little Brown Jug winner Michael’s Power. His connections are hoping this is the year the 8-year-old stallion collects his fair share of hardware beginning with a victory in his $35,000 Ben Franklin elimination on Saturday (June 24) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “We have a different plan with him for this year,” said Robert Cooper, his co-owner. “We supplemented him to this very same race last year, but he already had a number of starts in him. We would like to space his races out a bit more throughout the year so we have a fresh horse. Right now he is a happy horse and Dylan (Davis, his trainer) is very happy with him. We think he’s coming into the race very well off his win in 1:48 at The Meadowlands last weekend.” With his regular pilot Corey Callahan at the controls the son of Lis Mara-M L Revrac will commence his journey on Saturday evening in what should be the first of many 2017 stakes engagements. Mel Mara will leave from the rail in the third of three eliminations. He is the 2-1 morning line selection, but faces a field that includes the ever dangerous Rockin Ron (7-2, Yannick Gingras), Rock N' Roll World, who paced the swiftest mile of the season (1:48.3) at Hoosier Park (5-1, Brian Sears) and a potent horse-for-the course in Luck Be Withyou (3-1, George Napolitano Jr.). “We know there are a lot of very nice pacers in this race,” Cooper said. “And not just in Mel’s elimination but all three of them. The difference this year is we don’t have Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, so there is no clear leader in the division but with those kinds of horses in this race, we know we are going to have to be very fast to win.” Mel Mara was privately purchased by Cooper and J&T Silva Stables in April 2016 from Brittany Farms and Riverview Racing. Prior to competing for his new connections, Mel Mara had amassed $468,364 from 51 trips to the post. Since switching barns, the stallion has earned $265,600 and his lifetime record now stands at 74-20-12-7. In just three starts this season, he is just a nose from being undefeated and has been visually impressive in all three of his miles. “We gave him a nice long turnout over the winter down at Hunterton Farms in Kentucky with Steve Stewart,” Cooper said. “Steve does such a terrific job and Mel came back to us looking like a million bucks.” There are several other differences for Mel Mara than when he was in the same position last year. In fact, 2016 marked the first full year of campaigning for him after a layoff of nearly 16 months and the stallion also struggled through some issues with his feet that certainly hampered his performances. “He is absolutely sound and knock on wood his feet are perfect,” Davis said. “We are also going to ship him really early to Pocono so he will have some time to adjust. We are also going to race him more rather than train him all this year. Like he didn’t train hard this week and did a lot of swimming. That’s not because he’s not healthy, but he’s a hard horse for me to train. He just wants to go fast all the time and can be headstrong. “That’s why I like to warm him up a couple of trips before each of his races. The first time he goes out and goofs around being a show-off. Then the second time he starts to settle down when he gets his mind on business. “You can do anything you want with him in a race and he’s great to drive, but ideally we would like to have a prep race, if you want to call it that, before he goes into a stake so he’s not off for three weeks or so before, like he was at certain times last year. I just think that kind of program will work best for him. “That is one of the advantages of having a smaller stable in that you can take all the time to find out what you need to do that works for the horse, what they like and they don’t like, and that’s what we are doing with Mel.” The Davis family also spends many hours just lavishing affection on the horse. “He just has so much personality,” Davis said. “My wife and my 6-year-old feed him bags of carrots every Sunday and he’s such a smart horse that you don’t hear a sound out of him when my six-month-old is around. “Mel is the kind of horse that screams and hollers and tosses his head around to get attention. He wants people to look at him and it’s hard not to because he does have that personality. He’s also such a beautiful horse and when you look at other horses, then look at him, you see the difference. “He is definitely spoiled, but he is the kind of horse that deserves it. I’m really looking forward to this year with him because he is such a happy, healthy horse right now.” Like Davis, Cooper has a tremendous amount of faith in the stallion and is eagerly anticipating his appearance at Pocono Saturday night. “I just want the horse to have the opportunity to really show himself,” Cooper said. “He’s had some tough luck in big races and has always went up against the best horses. Then he didn’t race for a year and a half. “We think he deserves to win a race like the Franklin, the Haughton or the U.S. Pacing Championship. Sure Dylan and I would like to win those races too, but when I say this, it’s really about the horse. Mel is a world champion and he should have his picture taken in one or more of these races because of the kind of horse he is. We are hoping this is his year.” For a look at all the entries for Saturday at Pocono, click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

WASHINGTON, PA, June 23, 2017 -- Fifth by 6 lengths when he launched his relentless uncovered move, Dapper Dude nailed Lincolnjames in the shadow of the wire to capture Friday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lincolnjames opened a 2-length lead turning for home, but a 26.2 opening panel over a sloppy surface left him vulnerable to Dapper Dude's pressure. The 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest edged Lincolnjames by 1/2 length in 1:50.2 for Aaron Merriman, with the rallying Knocking Around third. With the victory, Dapper Dude vaulted over $1.1 million in career earnings for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Dapper Dude Dave Palone collected five wins, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino