Day At The Track

Grove City, Ohio – Action Uncle picked up in 2020 where he left off, winning nine races on the way to being named the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, started ten times in 2020, winning nine and finishing second once.  He earned $351,960 for harness racing trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Wills. In 16 career starts, Action Uncle has 12 wins, three second place finishes and one third place with earnings of $577,535. It is the second straight year that Action Uncle has won the year-end award as the top trotter in his division. Last year he was named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.  An Ohio Triple Crown winner in 2020, Action Uncle set a world record in the Ohio Breeders Championship on the Delaware County Fairgrounds half-mile track tripping the wire in 1:52.4. “It’s a thrill to train him,” said Morgan.  “He is a special horse, arguably the best trotter I have ever trained, and I have trained some very nice trotters including his mom.” Action Uncle will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Pompano Beach, FL...January 13, 2021...While Cult Icon took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall-of-famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies. Wally Hennessey and David Miller shared the spotlight as Happy Heart, handled by Hennessey, and Glenferrie Blade. with Miller in her sulky, hit the wire with no separation. Both mares are trained by Melissa Beckwith with Happy Heart owned by Thomas Mc Tygue and Glenferrie Blade owned by Mark Beckwith. At the outset, these two were involved in a three horse duel for the top spot as Evas Sports Czech, handled by Walter La Freniere, Jr., joined Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade in that early scuffle. At the :27.1 opener, Happy Heart made the top with Glenferrie Blade pressing on to take charge shortly thereafter, taking the field to a half in :56. On the backside. Odds On Cheddar, outside every step thus far, reached third while Northern Swift was on a double-bubble binge from last, reaching second around the final turn with Glenferrie Blade patiently waiting for some room to roam turning for home after the 1:24.4 three-quarters. In the lane, Happy Heart fought on gamely but drifted out slightly allowing Glenferrie to shoot on through along the pylons and get up for the tie in the last stride. Evas Sports Czech did finish third while Northern Swift and Big Bad baby were next in the octet. Happy Heart, Glenferrie Blade A Both Hall of Famers had something to say about the rare event with Miller saying, "you know, I thought I might have gotten there but it was too close to call. Mark (Beckwith) said his mare likes the front end so I tried to put her there but when Wally (Hennessey) retook, I thought a two-hole trip wouldn't be so bad, after all. I guess my patience paid off and was happy to share the winner's circle in the win." Hennessey said, "I didn't know...I was hoping we held on but wasn't sure. Dave's (Miller) mare is a lot bigger than mine, so I didn't know. Happy Heart might be a smaller horse but she has a very big heart!" Happy Heart is an eight year-old daughter of Woodstock and achieved her 30th lifetime win, sending her career bounty to $43,889 while Glenferrie Blade, the Aussie bred, is the 10 year-old daughter of Mach Three. She got her 23rd career victory with her career earnings vaulting to $266,296. In sharing the win pool, both mares paid $2.10 to win. A few minutes earlier, Cult Icon, with Hennessey at her controls, put in a gritty performance, scoring in 1:51.4 in the $11,000 Open Handicap for Mares after taking charge just after the :27.1 opener and carding subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 along the way. Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was second, 1 3/4 lengths away, while favored Crisp Mane (David Miller) was third. Another Beach Day and Image Of A Dream also picked up checks in the classy sextet. Cult Icon, a six year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, is trained by Trent Stohler, who trains for the Stable. She now has 20 lifetime wins and earnings of $278,407. As third choice in the betting, Cult Icon paid $8.80 to win. Cult Icon Racing continues on Wednesday night with a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $93,236.75. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) has added three stallions to the Stallion Auction to benefit P.A.C.E.R. (Political Action Committee for Equine Racing).  Catch The Fire, Lather Up and Well Said join the list of 22 stallions up for bid.   The three additions stand at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio. P.A.C.E.R. helps the OHHA to support candidates and initiatives that impact Ohio harness racing. On-line bidding is available until Saturday January 16th at 5:00 p.m.  For information on how to bid visit https://hoofbid.com/OHHA. Bidders can create an account in the HoofBid app.  Phone bidding will also be accepted on the final day of the auction beginning at 1:00 PM EST.  The on-line bidding time for each stallion auto-extend in one-minute increments until the bidding activity stops for one full minute.  All contracts are subject to P.A.C.E.R. and farm approval and are not transferable to another mare or individual without the consent of both.  P.A.C.E.R. helps the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association to support legislative quests for expanding gaming and other issues that could positively impact Ohio harness racing.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Harness racing fans, harnesslink community, we have some important and exciting news to share with you. The current iteration of our website is now over ten years old and while it has done it's job incredibly well, the time has come for an upgrade.  Due to a number of technological changes, our current website has started to experience several problems behind the scenes which need to be solved. This has also fortunately given us the chance to review our current design as website design has changed a lot over the last ten years.  Our new website will be coming sometime in the next few weeks and should bring with it a faster, cleaner, more modern design. We know that change is hard but we also hope that you will keep an open mind and enjoy our new look when it is launched. Here's to the next chapter! John and the Harnesslink team Here is a picture of our original Website dated 2002

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has awarded Steve McCoy the Association’s Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award for 2020.  McCoy, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his Wife Brenda, has been involved in harness racing since 1982.  He joined the OHHA Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the Association’s president for seven years, from 2009-2015.  During his tenure as President, McCoy gave selflessly of his legal talent and acumen.   Among his accomplishments, too numerous to detail, McCoy was instrumental in developing and passage of the legislation resulting in VLT’s at Ohio’s pari-mutuel racetracks.  McCoy also led the negotiations and brought to final agreement, the four pari-mutuel harness racetracks’ VLT Horsemen’s Agreements from 2012-2015. As a past president, McCoy serves on the Advisory Committee for the OHHA and is the Vice Chairman for the OHHA Breeders section.  McCoy is also a member of the United States Trotting Association Board of Directors serving for District 1, a position he has held since 2015. McCoy currently works as the General Counsel for the Showe Companies of Columbus, Ohio. The Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award is awarded to an individual that has made a significant life-long contribution to Ohio harness racing.  The individual must possess a passion and advocacy for Ohio harness racing.  The award is based on the importance of educating and involving local and state legislators to the importance of the harness racing industry. McCoy will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. For more information:   Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 total pool for Wednesday's (January 13) race card. Beginning in Race 2, the $100,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $25,032. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $4,774 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Jack Vernon upsets,  in the Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. With the scratches of Eye OfA Tiger As and Scirocco Rob, the open trot was relegated to a harness racing field of six quality trotters. There was a 3 horse scramble for the early lead.  Warrior One, Pat Matters and JL Cruze all left in a line, for the early lead. JL Cruze muscled his way to the top. Pat Matters, the even odds race favorite, accepted the pocket and Warrior One dropped into the three hole at the quarter. JL Cruze led the field to a hard fought quarter in 26.4.  Then raced uncontested on the lead, through a 55.1 half. Jack Vernon and Corey Callahan picked up a second over trip as Warrior One attacked 1st up nearing the three quarter pole.  The three quarters were trotted in 1:24 as JL Cruze,  the leader, became leg weary and started to fade. Midway in the stretch,  Jack Vernon was able to storm past Warrior One and won by three quarters of a length in 1:53.  Jack Vernon was sent off at odds of 5-1   Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove. Warrior One, finished second for trainer Ron Burke.  Yanick Gingras drove All Champy was third for trainer Sofia Zingale. Ross Wolfenden was the driver. Pat Matters, the even odds favorite was fourth. JL Cruze finished sixth Corey Callahan won four races on the card. There is a $28,600 pic 5 carry over for tomorrow’s races.   The pic 5 is a fifty cent minimum bet and is wagered on the last five races. Racing continues Wednesday at Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm..   Alex Kraszewski

LEBANON, OH. – Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) narrowly defeated Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) in the Tuesday (Jan. 12) featured $22,500 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  The 1:53.4 clocking was the quickest of the eight day old 2021 harness racing meet thus far. The winner was on top at the quarter mile marker, but yielded to last week’s winner Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) shortly thereafter.  A first-over bid by Pass The Vape had Swan Chase pinned in the pocket when the full ten horse field reached the three quarter beam, but Tetrick found room coming off the final bend and assumed command early in the stretch.  From there it was up to the 7-year-old son of Swan For All to hold off the persistent Pass The Vape, which he accomplished,  The victory was the 30th of Swan For All’s career and pushed his earnings to $547,517.  Luis Quevedo trains the victor for owner John Barnard. Four divisions of first leg action in an $8000 Claim To Fame series for male pacers also went postward, as did a pair of divisions for $12,500 mares in a similar series. Believeinthespirit (Dan Noble) won the quickest split for the $8000 hopefuls by stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and returning $5.60 to win.  Other winners were Gallery Opening (Noble, 1:54, $10), Tyber Tyke (Tetrick, 1:54.2, $6.20) and Cool Like That (Page, 1:55, $10.60).  A total of nine of the 40 combatants were claimed from the initial leg, including Believeinthespirit and Gallery Opening. Bellini Seelster (Josh Sutton) captured the fastest division of $12,500 ‘girls’ races in 1:54.2, returning $2.60 as the heavy favorite.  Glenfame Bronte N (William Mann, 1:55.1, $20) copped the other division.  Bellini Seelster, a winner of eight of her last nine races was the only mare collared via the claim box among the distaffers. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Friday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. post time.   Gregg Keidel

Freehold, NJ --- The Friday (January 15) harness racing card at Freehold Raceway once again includes the Preferred Handicap trot. A field of eight will line up, with an east coast trotting veteran serving as the headliner.   Melady's Monet, for trainer Hermann Heitmann, was assigned the outside post for his 12-year-old debut. Although he's won at tracks all over the east coast, his greatest success has come at Yonkers Raceway. All six of his wins in 2020 came at Yonkers, including two victories in their Open Handicap trot. In his career, he's won 67 races, while earning north of $1.7 million. Perhaps his greatest moment came in 2016, when he finished the Yonkers International Trot by half a length.   This will be his first start at Freehold since 2012, when he swept his way through the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres series. Eric Abbatiello has the drive on Friday afternoon.   Although trainer Paul Kelley did not send his best trotter, Obrigado, he still looms a threat with The Veteran. He won twice in upper-level conditioned races at Yonkers in the fall, and finished fourth in the Open Handicap at that track. Last out, he showed speed against tough conditioned trotters at the Meadowlands, and looks for a rebound from post position seven. Current leading driver Daniel Dube will be in the bike.   This race will go as the ninth race, with a scheduled post time of 3:10 PM.   The Friday card also features the second leg of the Vinny Fusco Jr Memorial Pacing Series, for NJ owned, sired, or foaled fillies and mares. The first division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating of 68.00 and 71.50, features a full gate of nine, and will go as the fifth race. Southwind Tsunami, who won the first leg last week, will look for a repeat from post position one, for trainer Mark Capone and driver Jack Pelling.   The second division, for horses with a TrackMaster rating between 71.50 and 75.00, drew fourteen entries, and was split into two races. First leg winners Always Be Lucy and Tall Poppy N drew separate races, and will seek to win for the second time in a row. Always Be Lucy has post position five in race four, for trainer Kelly Hastings and driver Luke Hanners. Tall Poppy N will leave from the three-hole in race eleven, for trainer Kelvin Harrison.   Post time for the first of twelve races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2021 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Chapter Seven and Father Patrick, and racemare Peaceful Way. The other nominees were, Andover Hall, Mission Brief and Yankee Glide. Chapter Seven, Father Patrick and Peaceful Way will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 4th, 2021 along with the class of 2020: Always B Miki, Bee A Magician, Sweet Lou, Danae and Precious Beauty. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2021 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924, phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing’s highest accolade if they comply with the following criteria: AS A RACEHORSE: Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $3 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible.   AS A RACEMARE: Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible.   AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR Have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR Been the leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.     CHAPTER SEVEN (Nominated as Racehorse) 4,1:50.1 ($1,954,966) Bay Horse, 2008 (Windsong’s Legacy – La Riviera Lindy – Dream Vacation)   2012 Dan Patch Horse of the Year Chapter Seven was foaled on April 2, 2008 in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. The world champion trotter’s lifetime race record is 28-20-4-1 with total career earnings of $1,954,966. In 2010, two-year-old Chapter Seven finished on the board in all of his 8 starts, winning 7 and earning $211,549. Victories included two legs and the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, the Harold Dancer Memorial and the Matron Stakes (in a stakes record 1:55.2f). Three-year-old Chapter Seven earned $720,392 while winning 5 of 10, including the elimination and final of the Breeders Crown, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Bluegrass, and Matron Stake elimination. As a four-year-old in 2012, Chapter Seven won 8 of 10 with 2 seconds (Maple Leaf Trot, Credit Winner), while recording 4 sub-1:51 miles. Chapter Seven opened his season with back-to-back world-record miles, winning in 1:50.4 in both the Titan Cup Prep and Titan Cup. He went on to victories in his second Breeders Crown, the Nat Ray (in a world record 1:50.1), Maxie Lee Memorial (setting a stakes record 1:52.1), the Allerage and the American-National. Chapter Seven earned $1,023,025 and was voted 2012 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Older Trotting Horse of the Year. As a stallion with five crops racing, Chapter Seven has sired winners of over $28 million, including 2018 Trotter of the Year, 2018 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and 2019 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare, world champion Atlanta 4,1:49.1 ($2,450,203), winner of the 2018 Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, 2019 Graduate and 2020 Maple Leaf Trot; and 2018 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Gimpanzee 4,1:50 ($2,438,575), winner of the 2018 Breeders Crown, 2019 Breeders Crown and Yonkers Trot, and 2020 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Maturity and John Cashman Memorial.    FATHER PATRICK (Nominated as Racehorse) 3,1:50.2f ($2,558,133) Bay Horse, 2011 (Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec)   Foaled on March 12, 2011 in Versailles, Kentucky, two-time world champion trotter Father Patrick has a lifetime race record of 33-23-6-0. In 2013, two-year-old Father Patrick won 10 of his 11 starts with 1 second, earning $744,057. Victories included the Breeders Crown, William Wellwood and Peter Haughton Memorial. In his Breeders Crown elimination, Father Patrick set the still-standing world record 1:52.1 for two-year-old trotting colts on a five-eighths mile track. The second-leading two-year-old moneywinning Standardbred of 2013, he was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Three-year-old Father Patrick finished on the board in 15 of 17 starts while earning $1,693,081, the most of any Standardbred in 2014. Major victories included the Breeders Crown in a stakes record 1:51.4, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial in a still-standing world record 1:50.2 for three-year-old trotters on a five-eighths mile track, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship and American-National. Father Patrick was voted 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. In 2015, four-year-old Father Patrick had one victory in 5 starts – the Maxie Lee. As a stallion with three crops racing, Father Patrick has sired winners of over $11.5 million with two millionaires: 2019 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year and Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the year Greenshoe 3,1:49.4 ($1,353,772), winner of the 2019 Kentucky Futurity and Zweig Memorial; and 2019 Breeders Crown and 2020 Kentucky Futurity winner, world champion Amigo Volo 3,1:51 ($1,206,369).     PEACEFUL WAY (Nominated as Racemare) 4,1:51.4 ($2,746,240) Bay Mare, 2001 (Angus Hall – Royal Bait – Royal Prestige)   Foaled on February 27, 2001 in Arva, Ontario, world champion trotting mare Peaceful Way garnered a career race record of 52-33-3-2 and earnings of $2,746,240. She retired as the third-leading North American moneywinning trotting mare of all time, behind Moni Maker and Peace Corps. In her 2003 freshman season, Peaceful Way finished on the board in 9 out of 10 starts with 8 wins and earnings of $733,726. Major victories included the Goldsmith Maid, Oakville and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final. The season’s leading two-year-old moneywinning trotter, Peaceful Way was voted O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Three-year-old Peaceful Way won 11 of 15 starts with 1 second and earnings of $601,762 - second among trotting fillies in 2004. Victories included the Delvin Miller Memorial, Ontario SBOA Trotting Stakes and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final. Peaceful Way was voted O’Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. As a four-year-old in 2005, Peaceful Way earned $660,804, with 9 wins in 10 starts. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Armbro Flight, American-National and Classic Oaks, where she tied the world record 1:51.4 for four-year-old trotting mares on a mile track. Peaceful Way was voted 2005 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year. In 2006, five-year-old Peaceful Way’s victories included the Maple Leaf Trot, Armbro Flight and Matchmaker. In addition to $709,763 in earnings, she received her second consecutive Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year Award.    

The Ohio Chapter will honor Louise and Jay Weller as the recipients of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Chris Presley as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness racing horsemen; Jim Dailey into the Immortal Hall of Fame; Dancin Yankee into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and Kurt Sugg as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. The Weller’s were the owners of Designer Specs, the two-year-old filly trotter who completed her freshman season a perfect 14-for-14 and was the winningest two-year-old in all of North America. The daughter of Full Count concluded her season with a gutsy victory in the $40,000 Ohio Fair Championship at MGM Northfield Park in a lifetime best 1:57.4. Presley is a 25-year-old native of Michigan and resident of Heath, Ohio. He is enjoying a great year with 76 driving wins and seasonal earnings approaching $600 thousand million in purse money. Presley currently sits just outside the top 10 in the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway driver’s standings. As a driver, James “Bill” Dailey made 2,301 trips into the winner's circle. He trained multiple Ohio Triple Crown winners and numerous Ohio and Indiana Sire Stake champions. He conditioned at least 1,200 winners and in excess of $12.3 million in earnings. He was awarded the Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Award as the OSS’s top trainer on three occasions. Dailey passed away suddenly in 2018 at the age of 57. Dancin Yankee is a double World Champion and a three-time Ohio ‘Older Pacer of the Year.’ The son of Yankee Cruiser recorded 80 career wins and over $2 million in earnings. Dancin Yankee had several ownership groups and is currently owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson and Larry Karr. Next spring Dancin Yankee will stand his first season at stud at Cool Winds Farm. Driver/trainer Kurt Sugg was born into a harness racing family – the son of Hall of Fame trainer Ivan Sugg and Patty Sugg. A veteran of 34 years, Sugg has won more than 4,600 events as a driver and has over 1,000 victories as a conditioner. His career earnings are more than $26 million. He has been supportive of all levels of Ohio racing. Sugg will finish 2020 with more than 375 driving wins and $2.9 million, both are career highs, despite missing a significant amount of time due to the COVID shutdown. The award winners will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual banquet on Saturday, January 16.   Jay Wolf

Grove City, Ohio – As a two-year-old, the connections of Ocean Rock knew he was special, but they did not realize how special until his first start as a three-year-old when he rallied down the stretch for his first harness racing win of the year on the way to being named Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Ocean Rock, the son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl hit the board nine times in ten starts, winning six and earning $363,360 for his owner and breeder Sandra Burnett.  Trained by Christi Noble, Ocean Rock won the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stake Final at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio Breeders Crown at Delaware, and the Ohio Fair Finals, earning the Ohio Triple Crown. “He’s kind of cocky, he has a presence about him.  He knows he is a good horse,” said Noble.  “He is very versatile.  He is quick off the gate, but he can also race from behind.” Ocean Rock will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host a special harness racing Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show, on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. This Virtual Awards Show has been made possible in large part by Jason Settlemoir and The Meadowlands, Roberts Communications Network, and the United States Trotting Association (USTA). The Dan Patch Awards Show can be watched live on USHWA's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters), as well as through the Meadowlands simulcast signal, on the track's website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and through the RTN broadcast network. The next day it will also be archived and available on USHWA's website (www.usharnesswriters.com) and Facebook page as well as the USTA's YouTube channel. To be announced on the Virtual Awards Show will be the 12 divisional winners in the racehorse categories, along with Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and the prestigious E.R. Harriman Harness Horse of the Year. Also to be announced are the Norman Woolworth Owner, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, the Trotting and Pacing Broodmares of the Year, and the Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year. A unanimous selection by all the USHWA chapters, Nancy Takter has already been announced as the winner of the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year. Here are the finalists for the human awards and broodmares: Driver: Dexter Dunn, David Miller Owner: Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms, Pinske Stables Breeder: Brittany Farms, Order By Stable, Runthetable Stables Trotting Broodmare: Dunk The Donato, Nantab, Margarita Momma, Steamy Windows Pacing Broodmare: Beachy Girl, Great Memories, JK She'salady, Swinging Beauty   (USHWA)

Pompano Beach, FL...January 12...Rebellious and DG's Caviar were the harness racing stars under the moonlight at Pompano Park on Monday as these two captured their respective Open Handicap events as handle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the third time since the beginning of the new year. Rebellious, the splendid seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, won the major share of the $11,000 purse as he zipped off the wings and carded panels of :27, :55.1 and 1:23 before a :27.3 finale brought him to the wire in 1:50.3. Wally Hennessey was in the bike for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner. Southwind Amazon (Matt Kakaley) was a fast closing second, a half-length away, while Skip To My Lou (Joe Chindano, Jr.) was next, four lengths off the winner. Seeing Eye Single and McMach picked up the final awards in the classy septet. In a post race interview, trainer Deters related, "I thought it was a big effort, especially after a week off. He was used a bit in the opener--:27--and came home in :27.3. Wally (Hennessey) gave him a great steer and, when you have a horse as great as Southwind Amazon haunting you all the way around, it makes the accomplishment even more special. For Rebelious, it was his 42nd career win, vaulting his earnings to $329,456. As the 9 to 5 favorite, Rebellious paid $5.60 to win. Rebelious DG's Caviar, who made an early miscue last week after being "jammed up" but still finishing second, was relentless this night in yet another confrontation with arch-rival Muscles For Life, playing a bit of "tag" before taking charge and drawing away late for the 4 1/2 length win in 1:53.1 for trainer-driver Andy Shetler. Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) did finish second with Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) next. Bucketlist Hanover and Everyone's Talkin were next in the field of seven. At the outset, Muscles For Life left with his usual alacrity from his outside post seven and zipped into the early lead with DG's Caviar, post six, away cautiously and charging forward, taking charge at the opener in :27.2 and carding fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 before a :28.3 finale soundly sealed the issue. The altered son of Prime Time Caviar, who set a track record for four year-old trotting geldings (1:53) as the sun set on the old year, got his first win of the new year and now has won five of six since his arrival here at Pompano Park. After the race, Andy Shetler reflected, "He's just a determined bulldog right now--the best he's ever been. I never asked him for anything in the mile, he just did it all on his own. I know these things don't last forever but I am thankful for his success up to this point." Owned by Daniel Graber, DG's Caviar has 15 wins in 40 lifetime starts, good for $126,700. Off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, DG's Caviar paid $3.80 to his multitude of faithful. DG's Caviar Drivers Wally Hennessey and David Miller, making his first Pompano appearance of the season, each had driving doubles on the program--Hennessey scoring with the aforementioned Rebellious and Make A Statement, while Miller hit the winner's circle with Real Peace and B Like Cruiser. With a pair of $30,000 guaranteed pools on the Pick-4 wager, handled vaulted over the $1 million for the third time in his young year of 2021--the Monday total being $1,157,231. On Tuesday, mares will be in the limelight as Image Of A Dream seeks a repeat win in the $11,000 Open Handicap against Ask Me Ifi Care, Cult Icon, Crisp Mane, Casie's Believer and Another Beach Day. On the wagering side of the ledger, there is a $20,000 guaranteed pool the Tuesday Pick-4 with an industry low 12% takeout. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $87,689.51. Free programs are available on the isle casino racing website. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2021 -- The Meadows has added a $10,000 guarantee for Wednesday's harness racing Pick 5, which begins with race 8 and features a 50-cent minimum wager. The guarantee is offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Wednesday's 13-race card also includes two other carryovers: $3,068.87 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $2,792.64 in the Early Pick 4 (race 4). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

New Zealand harness racing import Let It Ride improved his record since coming to the United States to six-for-six with a 1:52.1 victory from post position eight in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway as the 2021 meet kicked off.   Let It Ride had regular pilot Dexter Dunn at the controls, and Dunn floated away from the outside draw, landing a seat in sixth in the first turn. Meanwhile, Bettor Memories (George Brennan) shot out to the lead from the pole position and cut the opening quarter in 27 seconds. Bettor Memories would continue to show the way to the 56.3 half-mile marker, but Hesa Kingslayer (Jim Marohn Jr.), another New Zealand-bred, went first-over from fifth just prior to that marker, giving Let It Ride cover to track.   Bettor Memories remained in the lead at the 1:24.3 three-quarters and was able to keep Hesa Kingslayer at bay around the far turn as well, but Dunn turned Let It Ride loose three-wide before they entered the stretch, and he would out-finish his competition while not asked by Dunn, winning by a comfortable length. Speed Man, a Kiwi transplant driven by Scott Zeron, slid out off the cones to follow Let It Ride after three-quarters and wound up closing for second at 99-1, while Hesa Kingslayer came in third, giving the race an all-New Zealand trifecta.     An 8-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven and out of the Bettor's Delight mare Love A Gamble, Let It Ride is trained by Nifty Norman for owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. Let It Ride, who was a two-time Group 1 race winner in Australia in 2018, has a record of 24-6-8 from 60 career starts and has now earned $375,959. He paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. The exacta with Speed Man kicked back $61.50, and the trifecta of 8-3-5 was worth $129.50.   On the wagering front, the first edition of the new $1 Pick 6 at Yonkers had a pool of $2,839, and the sequence of 1/1/2/1,2/8/5 returned $355.50. The 50-cent Pick 5 handled $13,964, and the winning combination of 2/1,2/8/5/1 paid $122.00. As a reminder, the takeout on the Pick 4’s, Pick 5’s, and Pick 6’s at Yonkers is now 20 percent.   Racing at Yonkers will resume on Tuesday night with first post at 7:15, and the track will continue on a Monday-Friday schedule throughout 2021.     Yonkers Raceway