Day At The Track

Goshen, NY - Time is running out for members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame to submit Immortal nominations for the Class of 2019! All Museum members have the privilege of nominating persons and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased at least three years to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biography of the subject and detailed harness racing career statistics, when applicable. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2019. They may be emailed on or before that date to director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. NOTE: Nominees selected by the Immortals Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 2019 will be inducted in July 2020. From the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Maureen D. Ryan, 75, wife of Yonkers Raceway's long-time track superintendent, Ed Ryan, passed away peacefully last Wednesday (Feb. 6th), surrounded by family at her daughter's home in Boca Raton, FL. Mrs. Ryan was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Theresa (Bartletta) Carmody, and her sister, Eileen Carmody. She was born Feb. 26th, 1943, in Hoboken, NJ, where she was raised. Mrs. Ryan graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. While spending summers in Monmouth Beach with her family, she met her future husband. They were married in 1964, moving permanently to Monmouth Beach the following year. Maureen Ryan was known for her gracious spirit and beautiful heart. She had an unforgettable smile and an enthusiasm for life that touched everyone in her presence. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, nothing was more important in her life than her family. She was one of a kind, whose light, laughter, and love continue to guide us forever. In addition to her husband of 54 years, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Erin Ryan and Nancy Segall of FL, Kelly and Felipe Benedit of Monmouth Beach, Kathrine and Philip Sciortino of Monmouth Beach, Tara and Ralph Beltran of OH and Edward and Elsa Ryan of Monmouth Beach, and all seven of her beloved grandchildren, Katelyn, Lauren, Philip, Thomas, Padraic, Isabel and Juliana. Visitation will take place Friday (Feb. 15th) from 4-8 PM at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701. A Mass of Christian burial takes place Saturday (Feb. 16th) at 10 AM at Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet (Middletown, NJ). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Maureen Ryan's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Family and friends may visit Mrs. Ryan's memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - First there were 40, then 20 and now 10 $5000 claiming mares still hopeful of becoming "Queen of the Hill" in the popular annual Survivor Series at Miami Valley Raceway. The ten finalists, who have survived by finishing in the top five during both preliminary elimination rounds, will chase a $15,000 championship harness racing purse next Monday afternoon (Feb. 18). Likely favorite in the final will be Grimalkin, who has won in both preliminary elimination rounds. The 4-year-old daughter of Pet Rock won the quickest of the two second round elims in 1:55.3 for driver Trace Tetrick, narrowly topping Star Of The Show (Tyler Smith) with Rockin Zendaya (Brett Miller) finishing third. Also advancing from that heat were My Shiyen (Trevor Smith) and Fancy Jess (Josh Sutton). The top three finishers were all claimed in both elimination rounds, despite a 30% base claiming price increase in the second week of the series, and will race for new connections in the final. Mystical Thread (LeWayne Miller) upset the other Survivor Series field at 25-1 odds to move on to the lucrative championship. Others who earned the right to advance were Karlee Sue (Sutton), Real Diva (Tetrick), Woo's Princess (Dan Noble) and Friskie Teddy (Brett Miller). The tandem Survivor Series for minimum tag male pacers will go postward on the Tuesday (Feb. 12) matinee program when two divisions will be whittled down to one championship field for the following week. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 11, 2019-Ahead of what's predicted to be treacherous weather in the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live program for Tuesday evening (Feb. 12th). It's the third cancellation of 2019. Evening simulcasting has also been cancelled, with no afternoon simulcasting scheduled. After this evening's (Monday, Feb. 11th) program-in progress as of this writing-live racing is set to resume Thursday evening (Feb. 14st), with Valentine's Night first post of 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. Bids on the following breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by Saturday, February 16, 2019. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date. The list of stallions by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Cash Hall, Coraggioso, EL Rocket, Lucky Chucky, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar Pacers: Art Director, Big Bad John, Bring On The Beach, Domethatagain, Manhardt, McArdle, Mister Big, Semalu Express, Well Said, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock, Yankee Cruiser NEW YORK Trotters: Conway Hall, Manningly, Whataworkout Pacers: Artiscape, Dude's The Man, So Surreal, Third Straight INDIANA Trotter: Class Included Pacer: Always A Virgin, JK Endofanera PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Donato Hanover, Possess The Will, Sebastian K Pacers: Heston Blue Chip, Pacific Renegade ONTARIO Trotter: Angus Hall Pacers: Royal Mattjesty, Sportswriter DELAWARE Trotter: Glidemaster Pacer: Dream Away MARYLAND Trotter: Charlie DeVie Pacer: Rusty's All In NEW JERSEY Pacer: Lis Mara ILLINOIS Pacer: Yankee Skyscaper FLORIDA Trotter: Diamond Goal A complete list of the 2019 stallions, conditions and bid form is posted at www.harnessmuseum.com and on HarnessRacing.com Weekend Preview. We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330. From the Harness Racing Museum

Due to the timing of the snow that is expected to canvass the areas tomorrow morning, which will make for hazardous conditions for horses located at nearby training centers and farms, live racing has been cancelled for Tuesday February 12. Live racing will resume on Wednesday February 13. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

It is with great sadness that the family of Anthony Joseph Minore, Sr. announces his sudden death on February 7, 2019. He was 27. The son of Paul and Sharon Minore Anthony was born in Mt.Holly, N.J. but spent his youth in Yardville, N.J. He enjoyed football, martial arts, skateboarding, and trekking in the woods. Anthony graduated Steinert H.S. and went on to Palm Beach State College. He spent the last 10 years in Delray Beach, Florida. He loved working out in the gym, cooking, spending time at the beach and pool, and hanging out with friends. He was charming, charismatic, and kind, with the gift of 'Irish gab'. His family often referred to him as 'The Mayor'. Anthony was loved by many and will be sorely missed. He is predeceased by: his paternal grandparents, Mary and Anthony Minore, his maternal grandparents, Marie and Joseph Cantwell, his Aunt Eileen Beykirch, and Cousin Joseph Cantwell. He is survived by his parents, Sharon and Paul Minore, his beloved brother Paul Minore, Jr and his wife Alyssa and nephew Braydon Paul, his beautiful son Anthony Joseph Minore, Jr., and his Florida brother John Damico. He had numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins that loved him dearly. Anthony's Memorial Gathering in Florida will be: From 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 At The Del Lago Chapel 131 S.Lakeside Dr. Lake Worth, Fla. Anthony's Memorial Gathering in New Jersey will be: From12-2pm. On Saturday, February 16 at Saul Colonial Home followed by A Memorial Service at 2:30p.m. Crosswicks United Methodist Church 535 Ward Avenue Crosswicks, New Jersey 08515 In lieu of flowers, donations will go towards Anthony Jr.'s Educational Fund:

The United States Harness Writers Association Dan Patch Awards Night has received some great New York Yankees memorabilia and game tickets for the silent auction on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. A very rare Mariano Rivera autographed baseball heads the list. Rivera played 19 seasons for the Yankees and was a 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion. He was recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, becoming the first player ever to be elected unanimously. There is also a baseball autographed by current Yankees star, Dellin Betances. He made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2011, and was an All-Star in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Both baseballs were secured by Joe Lee, who works for the Yankees and is also a very good amateur harness racing driver. There are also two tickets for the New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays game on Monday, June 24. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and the seats are in Section 115/Row 2/Seats 1 and 2, which is on the Yankee/first base side and within 10 rows of the field. The seats are padded and also provide access to the MVP Club lounge which offers complimentary food and beverage as well as entrance to the Audi Club Restaurant and Bar in left field. These tickets are donated by Bob Boni/Northwood Bloodstock Agency, Mitchel Skolnick/Bluestone Farms and retail for $500. The Dan Patch Awards will offer its biggest silent auction ever with more than 30 items to bid on. Bidding can also be done over the phone. Items will be on display and available for bidding for those at the dinner on Feb. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 8:15 p.m. Final call for bidding will be announced just prior to dinner break. Phone bids must be made before 5:30 p.m. the day of the dinner. For more information on the silent auction or to purchase dinner tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Night, visit www.ushwa.net. To submit an advance bid, please contact Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA. From the United States Harness Writers Association  

DELAWARE, OH--Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2016. The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, September 19 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, September 18. The 2019 Delaware Grand Circuit meet will continue to feature five days of racing (Sunday, September 15 through Thursday, September 19). Monday's card will have a special 3:00 PM post. Sunday and Tuesday will go postward at 1:00 PM. The Jugette and Jug cards will retain their traditional 11:00 AM start time. For payment amounts and more information, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com/racing/horsemen.cfm. Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands slate of harness racing Grand Circuit stakes for 2019 has a nomination close of February 15.   All pertinent information is available on the track website. Questions may be directed to the Racing Office at 201-842-5130.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - The richest race of the season thus far at Miami Valley Raceway, the $37,500 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers, produced unexpected results when three longshots with outside post positions completed the trifecta and lit up the toteboard. J M Jet Set (Dan Noble) went gate-to-wire in 1:51.4 at 22-1 odds followed at the finish by 20-1 Swapportunity (Mike Oosting) and 38-1 IYQ YQR (Chris Page). The win mutuel was $46.80, the $2 exacta paid $917.60 and the 50-cent trifecta returned a whopping $3,964.30. Despite drawing the 7-hole, Noble was intent of controlling the championship tilt-zooming off the gate and crossing over to the pylons early in the mile. Following a :26.2 opening panel, J M Jet Set was throttled back to a :55 halfway clocking before tripping the third beam in 1:23. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding coasted home an open lengths winner for his 35th career triumph, missing his lifetime best time by just two-fifths of a second. Noble also trains J M Jet Set for owners Rodney Lorenzo and Brian Running. A pair of Open trots were co-featured on the Sunday (Feb. 10) matinee. In the $24,000 Open I Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) scored a thrilling upset victory in a race where all eight stellar trotters were within three lengths at the wire. The no-nonsense closer, who is owned by Shayne May and trained by Jeff Olsen, won the cavalry charge to the finish line over All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) and Another Breath (Noble) in 1:55.1. Although the winning son of Donato Hanover has been highly competitive in the top trotting class over the past four months, he was sent off at 15-1 by the public. The $20,000 Open II was captured by Hominy Hill, trained by Sandy Tetrick and driven by her husband Trace. The 7-year-old black gelding bested Classic Venture (Noble) and Impressive Chief (Brett Miller). From the Miami Valley Media Department

Amora Beach, a winner of its last nine harness races, will try to push his streak to double digits on Monday night, February 11, at Northfield Park.   The seven-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line from post #3 in the 13th race, a $13,000 Open 2 Pace.   Amora Beach started his winning ways in the $6,000 claiming ranks back on December 9. He has been claimed seven times in his last 10 starts and has had seven different trainers during that stretch.   Current owners L'Emmur Stable, LLC of Hudson, OH and James Ryan of Warren, OH plucked him out of a $10,000 claimer when he tallied his 7th straight victory on January 21. Keith Kash, Jr. has trained and driven the streaking pacer to triumphs in the $15,000 and $20,000 claiming ranks in the past two weeks to make it nine in a row in O-HI-O. Monday night he will race in the Open ranks for the first time in his career.   Amora Beach did race in major stakes company as a two-year-old, finishing fourth in his elimination and eighth in the $613,640 Metro Final to Artspeak at Mohawk in 2014. He also finished third in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes leg at Pocono in 2015.   Northfield Park is announcing the addition of multiple total pool guarantees to its card on Monday (Feb. 11). The Pick-5 in Race two, will feature a $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,564. The early Pick-4 beginning in Race seven will feature a $35,000 guaranteed total pool, which includes a carryover of $12,214. The Super High-5, offered in Race 13, will also feature a $35,000 total pool guarantee which includes a carryover of $11,805. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4's, Pick-3's, and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout of just 14 percent. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m.   by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing trainer Mark Silva purchased Tuxedo Bay last fall and started out racing the 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Spring Break in middle of the road conditioned classes at Harrah's Philadelphia. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Tuxedo Bay proved that Silva has a sharp eye for talent by winning the weekly pacing feature at the Big M, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap, for a second straight start in a lifetime-best 1:50. New Talent grabbed the track early and put Tuxedo Bay in the two-hole. After a quarter of :27, driver Eric Carlson hit the gas in an attempt to put Tuxedo Bay on top but was rebuffed by the leader and had to go back into the pocket. But his time would come. New Talent hit the half in :55.1 before being pressured by the first-over Odds On Lauderdale, which quickened the tempo and forced New Talent to go a :27.3 third fraction as three-quarters was reached in 1:22.4. For a second straight start, New Talent was game to the wire, but in deep stretch, he could not hold off an explosive Tuxedo Bay, who sped up the inside once clear to record a 1½-length win. New Talent held second with Mindtrip third. As the 4-5 favorite, Tuxedo Bay paid $3.60 to win and now has 13 lifetime victories in 61 starts, good for earnings of $167,018. Since being acquired by Silva, Tuxedo Bay has won five of eight starts and banked $49,160. HO-HUM, FIVE FOR GINGRAS: The amazing Yannick Gingras kept winning at a breath-taking pace, scoring five times on the program. According to the Meadowlands' Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, Gingras' 23 winners (in only 49 starts) over the last four race cards are easily a Big M all-time best for such a span. ... Dexter Dunn won three times on the card while Carlson scored twice. A LITTLE MORE: Betting in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 pool was a 2019-best $21,633, and one lucky simulcast player in Ohio raked the pot. After surviving eight legs, he or she walked away with $18,388.12. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was a big hit with bettors for a second straight Saturday, as $108,063 was poured into the pool. Last week, the number was just over $110,000. ... Overall wagering remained strong, as all-source betting totaled $2,751,957. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 9, 2019 -- DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.60), as the harness racing wagering favorite, held off Melady's Monet (Jordan Stratton) Saturday night (Feb. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. Awa third from assigned post position No. 5, DW's NY Yank saw Mostinterestingman (Jason Bartlett) lead though intervals of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3. Having taken out of third before the three-quarters, 'DW' began to close the gap. With Mostinterestingman leading by a length-and-a-quarter in and out of the final turn, DW's NY Yank did eventually collar him late in the lane. He then found the line in time, whipping a from-seventh Melady's Monet by a nose in 1:56.1. Third went to Mostinterestingman, with Lily's Swan Pond (Joe Bongiorno) and Chestnut Schofield (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. For DW's NY Yank, a 10-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.80, the triple returned $36.80 and the superfecta paid $188. The Saturday feature was one of Brennen's four wins during the dozen-race card. Frank Drucker

Washington, PA - Veteran horse racing executive Mark Loewe has been named Vice President of Racing for the Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel, subject to customary regulatory licensing requirements. Loewe has over forty years of experience in the horse racing industry, working both on the backstretch and in the boardroom at many varied locations. A New York City native and graduate of St. John's University, Loewe rose in the racing ranks from groom to successful trainer in the 1980s and 1990s and then made a seamless transition to the management side at Pompano Park in 1991 where he worked until 2014. Loewe joined Penn National Gaming, Inc. ("PNGI") in February 2008 as General Manager of the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in Longwood, Florida and since then has assumed racing leadership roles at five other PNGI horse racing facilities (Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Beulah Park, Raceway Park, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.) Loewe was actively involved in the development of the overall racing facilities at Dayton Raceway and Mahoning Valley Race Course and since late 2014 has served as Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for PNGI. Loewe will retain his oversight of the Mahoning Valley Race Course racing operations as part of his new assignment. "I'm excited by the opportunity and challenges presented by the Meadows racing operation. I was already familiar with many of the employees and horsemen at the facility and I'm looking forward to positively impacting the racing operations," Loewe said. "I have the utmost confidence in Mark and his abilities and look forward to his active involvement in the Meadows racing program. He has a proven track record at multiple operations and we are excited to add the Meadows to our stable of 13 owned or managed pari-mutuel racetracks," added Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for PNGI. From the Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A pair of $100,000 harness racing earners from 2018 locked horns in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open II Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 9) and the two did not disappoint in the main event tussle.   With both Lucky McTrucky and Shady City hitting six figures last season, the betting public figured it was going to be a two horse race. They were right.   It was Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) however who proved to be the best on the frigid night, topping rival Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) by a half length in a impressive 1:56.0 over the fast track. Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Scoring from the rail, Shady City registered rather soft fractions of :29.1 and :58.2 to the half, parking Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) along the way.   With the cover starting to fad heading to the three-quarter marker, Monti got Lucky McTrucky ($4.80) into gear and stared Shady City into the eye turning for home. It seemed like Shady City might hang tough but he just couldn't keep up as Lucky McTrucky used a :27.1 final panel to secure the decision.   Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is a 10-year-old gelding that has won twice this season in six attempts, earning $19,900. Owned by Tessa Roland and conditioned by JD Perrin, the victory pushed his career earnings to $519,287.   In the $10,500 co-featured Class A-AA Handicap Pace, Beachy Dream ($9.20) made it two straight at Buffalo Raceway with a come from behind 3/4-length score over the pace-setting Southwind Torque in 1:56.2.   After sitting in third until the top of the lane, Beachy Dream went three-wide down the stretch and zoomed past Southwind Torque (Davis Jr.) who had posted solid splits of :284, :57.4 and 1:27.0.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the second win in three tries in 2019 for 8-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl). The victory upped his seasonal winnings to $11,500 and $191,640 lifetime.   Gray finished the evening with four driving victories while Monti added three and Stalbaum two. James Clouser Jr. had three training wins with Sarama and Perrin doubling.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway