Day At The Track

STICKNEY, IL - A busy return to live racing continued at Hawthorne Race Course as races continued to fill very well. With claiming series coming to their conclusion and Night of Champions action moving forward, there was an abundance of competitive racing for the top horses on the grounds. Over the three day weekend, between added non-wagering events and live racing cards, 45 races were conducted around the Hawthorne oval. The 15 race Friday card had its share of features with two divisions of leg two of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial, leg one action in the Incredible Finale, as well as a fine field of open pacers. The Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for Illinois-bred three-year-old male pacers was raced in two divisions over a sloppy racetrack. The first division was won impressively by Megan Rogers Racing Stables Inc.'s Fox Valley Ren. Sent off as the heavy 1-9 choice, Fox Valley Ren was in full control for driver Kyle Wilfong, extending his margin at each call. He would go on to win by eight-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:54.1 for trainer Nelson Willis. Illini Force finished second while Bagman was third. The second division of the Carey was also won by the heavy choice. This time it was Triple Zzz Stable's He'zzz A Wise Sky, rolling home for Robert Smolin. Settling early, He'zzz A Wise Sky took over in the stretch and drew clear through the wire in 1:53.4 for trainer Don Filomeno. Rg's Tracer was second while Ryans Ambassador finished third. A field of seven two-year-old Illinois-bred male pacers lined up in leg one of the Incredible Finale. Owned and bred by Flacco Family Farms LLC, Ryans Loan Shark controlled the pace from the start for driver Cordarius Stewart, holding sway to win in 2:01.2. Trained by Roshun Trigg, Ryans Loan Shark pulled off the slight upset as the third choice in the race. Partyatmosasplace was second while Prince of Style finished third. Perennial Illinois-bred champ Fox Valley Gemini capped the night as he returned in fine fashion in the night's open pace. Settling at the back of the pack early, driver Casey Leonard tipped out Fox Valley Gemini in the lane as he rolled home to a win in 1:53.3. Trained by Terry Leonard, Fox Valley Gemini is owned by Jim Ballinger. With clear skies returning on Saturday, more stakes legs continued. Before the stakes legs were contested, open trotters took to the track early in the evening. Chupp Racing Stable Inc.'s Pine Dream was in full control, leading from start to finish while winning in 1:55.0. Todd Warren drove for trainer Merv Chupp. A pair of divisions of leg two of the Plum Peachy followed. The Plum Peachy is for Illinois-bred three-year-old filly pacers. The first division had a heavy favorite as 1-9 shot Sleazy Gal narrowly held off longshot Amazon Princess to win by a head in 1:56.3. Owned by Engel Stable of IL LLC and trained by Erv Miller, Sleazy Gal was driven by Casey Leonard. The second division of the Plum Peachy had another heavy favorite. This time it was Fox Valley Exploit for owners David Brigham and trainer Kyle Husted. With Husted in the bike, Fox Valley Exploit moved early to the lead and held off the late rally of Sign Her Up to win by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.2. Illinois-bred two-year-old filly pacers made their Hawthorne debuts in leg one of the Incredible Tillie. Driver Ridge Warren guided Connie On The Go to a late closing victory by a head over Princess Mooss in 1:59.3. Clearly the Bomb was a game third. Connie On The Go is owned by Ronald Phillips and John Carver and trained by Jamaica Patton. Sunday kicked off with three non-wagering events as Night of Champions legs continued. First off was the first leg of the Fox Valley Flan for Illinois-bred two-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Steve Searle swept the trifecta as Lous Voodoo Woman won for driver Kyle Wilfong in 2:01.3. She was followed by Searle trainees Loulita and Lou Lou Lamour. Lous Voodoo Woman is owned by Steven Renard. The second of the non-wagering events was for three-year-old Illinois-bred filly trotters in the first division of the Beulah Dygert Memorial. It was another Steve Searle trainee who was victorious as Lous Abigail held off Fox Valley Extacy in 2:58.1 for driver Casey Leonard. Lous Abigail is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC. The final non-wagering event had Illinois-bred two-year-old male trotters taking to the track in leg one action of the Kadabra. Driver Casey Leonard found himself in the winner's circle again, this time with Coco D' Lascito for trainer Jenna Lubeck. In full control from start to finish, Coco D' Lascito won by five lengths in 2:01.4 for owner Samuel Daddono. Shady Maple Spirit was second while Rndmnunpredictable finished third. The Sunday pari-mutuel card had three more Night of Champions events with a pair of divisions of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial as well as the second division of the Beulah Dygert Memorial. Illinois-bred three-year-old male trotters were the focus in the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial. The first division saw the favorites finish one-two as Ed Teefey's Crooked Creek held off On Higher Ground to win in 1:57.0. Crooked Creek was driven by Mike Oosting. Both of the top two finishers were trained by Mike Brink. Lous Paisano would go on to finish third. The second division of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial went to heavy favorite Fox Valley Quest. Trained by Tom Simmons and driven by Casey Leonard, Fox Valley Quest won by nearly five lengths in 1:58.0 over Desert Sheik and Mr Red Thunder. Fox Valley Quest is owned by Carl Lacy and Benita Simmons. The second division of the Beulah Dygert Memorial was won in fine fashion by Bee See. Owned by Molly Baldes, Steve Searle, Michael and Chris Paloma, Bee See took advantage of a break at the start by favorite Fox Valley Lush as was in control throughout. Driven by Kyle Husted, Bee See won in 1:59.0 for trainer Steve Searle. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday, September 20. Post time nightly is 7:10 PM. Hawthorne races live during the summer harness meet every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 2 through December 26. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies takes place this Friday, July 3 with 9 am post at the Meadowlands. The New Jersey SBOA is again generously sponsoring the bagels, muffins and refreshments provided for all those in attendance. Baby race proofs will be provided to all guests. The East Deck will be open to owners at 8:30 am with all tables properly social distanced and the races will get underway at 9:00 am with an announcer calling the action. All owners will have access to hand sanitizer and restrooms. Reservations are needed and can be made by emailing Marianne Rotella at MRotella@playmeadowlands.com. All owners must enter from the open gate located on the east side of the building. Owners will have their temperature taken upon entrance and must have a mask on when not seated at a table. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed entrance. No outside food and beverage is allowed on property. The grandstand will remain open following qualifiers for day and night simulcasting and live racing at 7:15pm. Capacity remains at 25%. Details at PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Fastest of the two-year-olds learning their early lessons at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Wednesday morning was the Art Major - Brownsville Bomber pacing colt Frazzleberry, who posted a clocking of 1:57. Chuck Connor Jr. had Frazzleberry in last early, but the freshman responded when asked for speed, pacing his individual last half in :57 to win for trainer Janice Connor and the partnership of Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. An intriguing winner during the morning session was Derailed Hanover, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the notable mare D Train, the dam of champion racehorse and sire Donato Hanover. The $150,000 yearling let nothing get in her way in the 1:59.4 victory, heading straight for the lead and snapping home in :29.1 for driver Mark MacDonald, trainer Paul Kelley, and the ownership of P K Racing Stable, Hall of Famer James Simpson, and Thomas Pontone. Driver Tyler Buter took the other three freshman trots, with Mister Boinga, an altered son of Bar Hopping - Boinga, in 2:02.3 and with the Credit Winner - Jesse's Con gelding Credit Con in 1:59.3; he also was successful with the Credit Winner - Mischief Lady filly Shady Shenanigans in 2:03. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

East Rutherford, NJ - Fans can return to the Meadowlands Racetrack this Thursday, July 2 when onsite simulcasting and sports wagering is permitted to resume in New Jersey. The grandstand will open to 25% capacity. The Backyard and Apron areas will also be open with teller machines available for wagering. To adhere to all COVID-19 protocols the Meadowlands has instituted the following measures: All guest seating has been 6 ft social distanced Hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the grandstand All high touch surfaces will be frequently wiped down throughout the day including all self-service machines, door handles and counter-tops No food or beverage is permitted inside the grandstand. Guests are able to order from a waitress and eat and drink outside on the apron tables. Smoking is only permitted on the outdoor apron All guests will be required to enter via the simulcast entrance on the west side of the grandstand. All are required to wear a face covering, have their temperature checked and complete a brief health questionnaire. No one with a temperature exceeding 100.4 will be allowed to enter. There will be no valet parking available for live racing this weekend. Outdoor dining will also resume on Friday and Saturday nights for live racing (7:15 pm post). The West Deck will be open for dining with a $29.95 pre fixe menu featuring a variety of cold salads, grilled chicken, burgers and hot dogs, NY Strip steak and baked cod. A selection of pre-packaged desserts will also be available. The full menu can be viewed at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/dining/backyarddining-copy-copy.html. Reservations are required and dining must be prepaid. Reservations can be made by calling Marianne Rotella at 201-842-5059 or emailing mrotella@playmeadowlands.com. The Backyard BBQ & Grill along with the Rooftop Terrace will also be open weather permitting. Grilled items including burgers, sausage and hot dogs will be available at both areas and the Backyard BBQ will also have brisket, ribs along with mac and cheese. All racing and dining information can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com and the health questionnaire can be downloaded and filled out prior to arrival at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/Home/M1_Revised_Questionnaire_Procedure_Patrons.pdf From the Meadowlands Media Department

Since the indictment of more than two dozen thoroughbred and harness racing trainers, assistants, veterinarians, and pharmacists in connection with a horse doping ring this March, rumors have swirled that more names could be forthcoming in connection with the federal investigation. Speaking at a status conference for the case on Tuesday morning, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Adams told U.S. District Judge Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil that a superseding indictment could be around the corner, but did not provide details as to the timing. “We are looking seriously at superseding indictments,” said Adams. “For the moment, and I made this point at least to some defense counsel previously, the nature of what we're looking at is largely in the same kind of criminal conduct as what is in the current indictment. We're looking at expanding timeframes for certain of the conspiracies. We're looking at potentially adding different statutory charges with respect to certain of the defendants. What I do not anticipate for the moment is that those superseding indictments, if and when they come, would require the production of some substantial large set of materials not already produced to date or already in the queue of things we expect to produce.” A superseding indictment is one which replaces an existing indictment, and could add charges against already-named defendants and/or could name new defendants. Vyskocil reminded Adams that the court would not hold things up while the government finishes its investigation. Adams said he understood and that he would not ask to hold up the proceedings for that reason. The charges on the current indictments, which names former top trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis, among others, focus on drug adulteration, misbranding, and conspiracy. The indictments claim a network of horsemen, veterinarians and pharmacy reps sold, distributed and used drugs in racehorses for the purpose of performance enhancement. Other than a potential superseding indictment, there are not likely to be many updates in the case until late fall. Currently, attorneys are going through the discovery process, meaning each side is requesting and providing requested evidence in the case. Adams said he believes his office will be able to provide the last of the discovery material requested by defendants by the end of September. Already, the office has provided some 90 gigabytes' worth of data to all defendants in three different volumes, and has fielded 20 additional individual requests. That data includes the results of 30 different search warrants, intercepted phone calls and text messages, geolocation information for various devices, email accounts, file transfer accounts, inventory lists, shipping records, veterinary records, drug promotional and marketing material, and much more. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still extracting data from devices like cell phones and tablets seized from defendants at the time of their arrests. Adams mentioned that labs inside and outside the United States had been asked to conduct testing on samples related to the case, although it was not immediately clear whether that referred to samples of substances seized in searches of pharmacies or biological samples from horses, or both. Those results were not all known to the federal government as of yet, and some defense attorneys expressed a desire to work out some sort of split sampling process where possible, acknowledging there was a finite amount of some samples available to test. After the government produces requested evidence, it is sent to a coordinating discovery attorney for organization and distribution. One defense attorney pointed out that it generally takes the coordinating discovery attorney roughly a month to process large document releases before they are given over to defense counsel, so a late September target for discovery completion means they will get a look at the last of the evidence in early November. Vyskocil scheduled a status conference for Nov. 19. Most participants on the call agreed it would be impractical to set a trial date or motion schedule until the defense has seen all the government's evidence against their clients. Read more about the federal indictments in this March 9 piece from the Paulick Report. By Natalia Ross Reprinted with permission of The Paulick Report

History is about the past. It could be from years past or it could be yesterday. Harness racing has a lengthy history. From world record horses and drivers to equipment changes and new race bikes, harness racing has evolved into the sport it is today and will continue to evolve as time continues to go on. Today and every day is history in the making; however, to really be part of history and to make history is one of the greatest accomplishments in a life time. In harness racing, to make history is anything from winning a big race to setting a record through number of wins as a trainer or driver, lifetime earnings, or setting a track record. Each of these stories has a starting point. In harness racing, the starting point is the first steps on the track where you first smell the fresh air, hear the thundering hooves against the ground, see the legs swiftly glide in a rhythmic pattern, feel the racing of your heart as the horses turn for home, and get a taste of the freedom that comes within the sport. However, no one just picks up a set of lines and wins the Hambletonian. The historical victories begin with a pitch fork in hand and two feet on the ground, ankle deep in sawdust. Bruce Aldrich, Sr. has been a part of harness racing history in the making for 58 years. His journey through harness racing began at the age of 12 because he lived in close proximity to a track in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. At Hinsdale, Aldrich cleaned stalls for Bob Tisbert. Aldrich is not the only of his family in the horse racing business. He ran his own stable with his first wife, Linda, for over thirty years. His brothers Basil and Bernie are also horsemen as well as his son, Bruce Aldrich, Jr., and daughter, Michelle Hallett. “My dad has taught me everything I need to know to be successful in this business,” Aldrich’s son, Bruce Aldrich, Jr. states. “When I was younger, I won six races driving at Maine. On the seventh horse, I hit the gate and the horse made a break. That horse was a 3-5 favorite. Dad said I needed to pay attention. I never made that mistake again,” Jr. laughed. Michelle Hallett agrees that she has learned anything and everything there is to know about horse racing from her parents. “He always taught me that if you do it right the first time, you don’t have to do it again,” Hallett says. “These life lessons in horse racing were always repeated to me throughout my childhood. Some of those life lessons were hard lessons to learn,” she joked. “He would always send me out with a horse and tell me the horse was two fingers. Next thing you know, I’m on a dead gallop around the track and can’t hold the horse. But, these lessons made me into the horseman I am today.” Today, Aldrich runs a stable of over ten head with his fiancé, Linda Boyd (whose name, ironically is the exact same as Aldrich's first wife). A year ago, after medical complications, Aldrich had part of his left leg amputated. Despite these challenges, Aldrich is still able to manage this stable of twelve horses with great success. He is at the barn everyday with Linda to ensure all of his horses are well taken care of and well trained. “As surprising as you may find it, not that much has changed since the operation in terms of my participation in the harness racing business,” Aldrich claims. “I am unable to sit behind one in a race bike or jog cart, at least until I get my prosthetic leg. However, I am still able to run a successful stable of twelve horses with the help of my fiancé, Linda.” As many horsemen stories go, Aldrich had no other interests in any other careers once he started in the horse business as he was hooked. This business gets in your blood. Bruce Aldrich had worked as both a driver and trainer, traveling to numerous tracks across the country. He has traveled up and down the East Coast and West Coast for grand circuit races, including to Canada. His favorite track was Rockingham Park. He has worked for John Simpson, Jr., Carl Allen, Mickey McNichol, and Joe Caraluzzi as a second trainer. He has now had numerous horses with Woody Hoblitzell. The idols Aldrich looked up to include Walter Case, Jr., Billy Parker, Mickey McNichol, and Carl Allen. Dr. Marty Allen, one of Carl Allen’s sons, recalls memories his family had with Bruce Aldrich as a trainer for his dad. “One time, there were these criminals that had broken into our new home. I saw someone running through the field and so, I took off after him. I was about to tackle him when he started yelling ‘it’s me! Bruce!’ Turns out, Bruce was chasing after those criminals, too. If he didn’t yell, I definitely would have jumped on him,” Dr. Allen laughed. Rod Allen, another one of Carl’s sons, said that he remembered what a good horseman Bruce Aldrich was when he was with their family. “He worked so hard and my dad depended on him and his wife, Linda, for everything.” Mickey McNichol stated, “Bruce Aldrich is an all-around great guy and all-around great horsemen.” Finally, Walter Case said, “He is a great man. I have nothing but respect for him. He is always willing to help people. He has a heart of gold and gave me many wins. His horses were always ready.” Aldrich’s first win was Sirus O Brien for his brother, Basil. His proudest moments in horse racing have been working with Jazz Cosmos for Mickey McNichol and Sundance Skipper for Carl Allen. His favorite horses were Samsawinner with over 64 wins and Witch and Famous. “My first driving win with Sirus O Brien was surreal. This win, along with my first training win, were a couple of my proudest moments, too. They were the true breaking of the ice into harness racing as a driver and as a trainer,” Aldrich said. Working in the business for as many decades as Aldrich, he has had the opportunity to see the transformation of history in the making. Harness racing has evolved from years ago in that before, the races were single file and no one moved out to two- and three-wide like they do today, Aldrich claims. Now, there is no hub rail and there is a passing lane, allowing more movement. The track surface is a much better and the equipment is lighter, allowing for faster horses today. Back then, however, Aldrich describes that it seemed as though horsemen made more money as people on the racetrack were like family. Aldrich believes, though, that the horse racing business is going as strong as it was in the past as he watches the sales of horses at $100,000 and climbing. Today and every day, Aldrich and many other horsemen continue to write history through the lens of our horse racing business. by Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink

Shartin N, the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, returned to defend her harness racing title in winning form once again, capturing the $33,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Yonkers Raceway. It was just the second start of the 2020 season for Shartin N as she remains undefeated for trainer Jim King. Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick.  The fifth race feature started off with Snobby Town and driver George Brennan shooting out to the early lead with Cavairt Ally (Andrew McCarthy) leaving from post seven and settling on the lead as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. They raced single file until the half mile marker in :57.2 and that is when Tetrick made his move from fourth place with Shartin N. The world champion mare moved up to collar Caviart Ally and start to pass her by at the three-quarters in 1:24.3. Unable to completely clear to the lead on the final turn, Shartin N kicked in another gear in the stretch and went on to win by one and one-half lengths over Snobbytown in 1:52. Caviart Ally was third.   Owned by Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N is a seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America and she paid $4.20 to win as the even money favorite. 2019 was a banner year for Shartin N as she won 15 of her 19 starts and $982,177 in purse earnings, leading toward her being named the Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Lifetime Shartin N has 43 career wins and $2.1 million in earnings. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

HARRINGTON, DE - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($2.20, Allan Davis) was the fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg divisions for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Wayne Givens, the Rockabillie-Cinderella filly left little doubt in her 10 length score over Kit Kat Joy and Spin Sumthin. It was her 7th lifetime win in 9 starts. After being upset in her round one elimination, Cinder Rock quickly rebounded this week to establish herself as the one to beat in next week's $100,000 final. George Minner's Sweet Lil ($5.20, Tony Morgan) completed a sweep of her eliminations with a narrow win over She's Got The Lynx in 1:58 in the first division. The Art Director-Blissful Lil mare regained the lead in deep stretch for a slim victory. Emma was third. Trained by Sheldon Powell, the lightly raced sophomore remained unbeaten in two career starts. The win also gave Morgan, who had three wins, a sweep of the early daily double. Tina Clark's Dragon My Fannie ($9.40, Art Stafford Jr.) was a front end winner in 1:59 in the third and final division over Spinferno and Bashful Smile. The Art Director-Dragon Woman led throughout for her first career win for trainer Bobby Clark. It was one of three wins on the card for Stafford Jr., two of which were trained by his brother Andrew. Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had two wins. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be the week of July 6-8. The pacing colts/geldings will be up on Monday (July 6), the pacing fillies on Tuesday (July 7) and trotters on Wednesday July 8. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Harness racing fans will get their first look at the next generation of champions when eight $40,000 divisions of 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes trotters go postward in the first leg of the four-round series on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park. The Cleveland half-miler will play host to three divisions of diagonally gaited Buckeye-bred colts and geldings and five divisions for fillies, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these OSS events include 19 sired by Uncle Peter; 11 by Triumphant Caviar; six by My MVP; four each by Break The Bank K and Full Count; three each by Dontyouforgetit and Southwind Spirit; two each by Cash Hall, Coraggioso, Dejarmbro and Deep Chip; and one each by Big Rigs, Credit Fashion, Jitterbug, Winning Fireworks, Wishing Stone and Victory Sam. Swizzle Hanover in the first OSS filly division (Race 1) deems watching. The daughter of Uncle Peter, out of the Chocolatier mare Seducedbychocolate, 3, 1:54.3M ($174,558) has the pedigree credentials to be a good filly. Co-owned and trained by Randy Bendis for Reed Broadway, Swizzle Hanover scored a pair of winning qualifiers at The Meadows on June 11 and 25 with Mike Wilder at the lines, clocked in 2:03 and 2:00.1 respectively. She is a half-sister to North Express (by Muscle Massive) 4, 1:54.1f ($61,573); Sweettooth Hanover (by Donato Hanover 2, 1:58.1f ($48,367); and Sweet Tart Hanover (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:57f ($11,280). The second OSS filly division (Race 5) is a bit more wide open, however the Cash Hall filly She Loves To Jiggle bares a look after having scored an impressive, front-end winning qualifier in 2:02 at Hawthorne on June 21 under the watchful eye of trainer Jim Eaton. She Loves To Jiggle is out of the Conway Hall mare Jiggles ($4,657) and is owned by her trainer, Robert Silberberg, J. Schwartz, and the estate of Phil Langley. Mama Knows Best hails from the powerful Canadian-based stable of trainer Jason McGinnis and heads up the third filly division (Race 7) for owner Thestable Mamaknowsbest. This daughter of Uncle Peter finished third in a Woodbine qualifier on June 11 before winning her debut on June 23 at Northfield in 1:58.2 as the favorite with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the controls. She draws the rail in this OSS contest with Wrenn, Jr. in the bike again and will be the one to beat. Mama Knows Best is the eighth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Europass 3, Q1:58.2F ($6,050) and is a full sister to Uncle Amos 3, 1:59.1 ($26,127) and a half-sister to Passing Jetta (by Lear Jetta) 3, 1:55.4f ($144,199); Money Crazed (by Crazed) 3, 1:57.3f ($30,738). Owner-breeder Sandra Burnett's Ozma looks serious in the fourth OSS filly division (Race 9). Trained by Chris Beaver, this Triumphant Caviar Lass is the second foal out of the former OSS winner Evanora 3, 1:56.3h ($115,348), herself a daughter of Pilgrim's Taj. Ozma scored a winning qualifier at Delaware on June 11 in 2:02 before posting a 2:02.4 clocking in a third-place finish in a Northfield qualifier on June 25. She benefits from the rail in this eight-horse field and will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky. Rose Run Whitney is the most experienced freshman filly that will line up behind the Northfield gate on Friday in the final OSS filly contest (Race 11), having scored two impressive qualifiers at The Meadows for trainer Ronnie Burke before winning a conditioned event at Northfield on June 28 in 2:01.2. The daughter of Uncle Peter will be steered by Kayne Kauffman from post three. Rose Run Whitney is the ninth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3F ($34,902) and is a half-sister to: Rose Run Sydney (by Triumphant Caviar) 4, 1:54.1 ($597,703); Magic Dancing (by Kadabra) 3, 1:59.3f ($52,664); Rose Run Ida (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 2:00.1h ($53,736); Rose Run Urban (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 1:57f ($43,709); Magic Hat (by Kadabra) 4,Q1:57.3s ($38,951); and Whitegloves (by Kadabra) 4, 1:57s ($33,145). In the first of the three OSS colt trotting divisions (Race 3), Admiral Allstar starts from post three for trainer Edward Miller. This son of My MVP is the only youngster in this contest with pari-mutuel raceway experience, having finished in a dead-heat for third on June 17 in a Northfield overnight for driver Kurt Sugg after having won his Northfield qualifier on May 28 in 2:03.2. Bred by the Lmn Bred Stables, Admiral Allstar was clocked in 1:59.2 in that start for owners Beccy Sugg, Watson Harness Racing and Mary Stucky. This gelding is the seventh foal out of the unraced Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish and has half-siblings in: Kerfuffle Cookie (by Chip Chip Hooray) 3, 1:56.1h ($153,840); Allie's Gift (by Holiday Road) 5, 1:54.4f ($138,842); Susie D (by Uncle Peter) 3, 1:55.4h ($57,741); Special Agent Man (by Federal Flex) 3, Q1:59.1s ($45,037); Bofracas (by Dejarmbro) 2, 2:05.4h ($14,384); and Mybigbrowneyedgirl (by Chip Chip Hooray) 2, Q2:05.2h ($11,914). Shouldaknownbetter, a gelded son of Deep Chip bred by the Gbw breeding farms and owned by Canadian trainer Shane Arsenault, is the clear standout in the second OSS trotting division (Race 6) for colts and geldings. This youngster qualified at Woodbine on June 12 and followed that up with his pari-mutuel debut at that same oval, where he trotted to 1:57 triumph, drawing off by four lengths over his nearest rivals. Shoudaknownbetter is the fourth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Lexis Electra 5, 1:59h ($86,195), and is a half-brother to TT's D-Jay (by Dejarmbro) 6, 1:54.3 ($98,447) and Urs Ifu Want It (by Uncle Peter) 2,Q, 2:04.3s ($15,674). Finally, in a near wide-open third OSS colt division (Race 12), both Phineas and Fire Cross appear to be well-placed to earn their first career triumphs. Phineas, who is owned by breeder Ray Hephner, scored a pair of impressive qualifiers at Northfield, winning his last one on June 18 in 2:03. Sired by Uncle Peter, he is the second foal out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Baba S, 7, 1:59.4h ($57,914) and is a half-brother to Erie (by Chip Chip Hooray) 5, 1:58.1h ($18,645). Fire Cross had back-to-back qualifying victories at Scioto Downs, clocked in 2:01.4 and 2:02.1. He was bred by Steve Stewart and is owned by Miller Racing Stable, Horseplay Racing Stable, M. Hayes and Darmofal Racing Ent. Fire Cross is a son of Triumphant Caviar and the fifth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary, 3, 1:55.2 ($207,811) and is a full brother to Fraser Ridge 4, 1:52.1f ($522,479) and a half-brother to Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($143,656) and to Willoughby (by Dejarmbro) 3, Q 1:59.1f ($25,749). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Columbus, MN - One of the featured harness racing events on the Tuesday afternoon program at Running Aces was the $10,000 Mares Open Pace, with a talented field of eight distaffers going into battle.   The talk of the tote-board (6-5) was Amasa Arion (Rick Magee) who drew post seven and was up in class after a decisive win in conditioned company last out. Last Flight In (Chris Scicluna) was well supported at the windows (2-1) from post eight and Always Be Lucy (Nick Roland) took some action as well and was sent off at 7-2 from post four.   Amasa Arion blasted fastest from the gate and took immediate control while registering a very fast early pace in :26.4 with Always Be Lucy leaving fast and easing into the pocket in front of Pull The Shade (Brady Jenson) and Last Flight In.   Rick Magee slowed things down just a bit in the next panel to turn in a half mile in :55 seconds while keeping the field lined up behind his mare. There were no challengers for Amasa Arion as they rounded for home and stopped the timer in 1:23 with a 2 length cushion, but as they turned into the lane Always Be Lucy was inching closer in the pocket.   In deep stretch it was Always Be Lucy ($9.40) pacing strongest to the wire, just enough so to get up right on the line by a neck over Amasa Arion in 1:52., establishing a new lifetime mark. Last Flight In was home third over Pull The Shade who took fourth. The winner is a five years old daughter of Always A Virgin, owned by Karma Racing Inc. and trained by Don Harmon. Tuesday's victory was career win number fourteen and boosted her earnings to $97,486.   The $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings was also a featured event on Tuesday, and saw heavy-favorite and part of an entry (with Hoo Nien A) Keep On Rocking A (Pat Berry, $2.40) score for the second straight week in the top pace, leading every step and fighting gamely through the lane to keep a neck in front of Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) at the wire in a sharp 1:51.2 mile. It was the fifth win from 8 starts in 2020 for Keep On Rocking A, who is owned and trained by Chris Scicluna and now has career earnings of $248,742.   Other impressive winners on Tuesday included last year's three year old Minnesota-Sired pacing colt of the year SB Bodacious (Rick Magee, $8.20) who powered to the front early and never looked back to score a one-length tally in 1:52.4, while perennial top Minnesota aged pacer Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee, $2.80) picked up his first Aces win of 2020 in 1:52.4 as well. Haulin'Oats (Nick Roland, $3.60) became the first horse to win three races this year at Running Aces - with his third consecutive dominating performance, stopping the timer today in 1:55.1.   Rick Magee led all drivers at Running Aces on Tuesday, with 3 wins, while Nick Roland scored a double. On the training side both Rick Bertrand and Don Harmon had two winners on the day.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces with a special Friday card on July 3 at 1:00 pm (CDT). There is no live racing on Saturday July 4. Friday's program will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $3,509.87.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Kerford Road A (Mike Merton) swooped late to capture the $8,000 open pace at Tioga Downs on Tuesday (June 30). The open pace had plenty of harness racing action. Jins Shark (Jim Taggart jr) grabbed the early lead and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) took a short lead right after the quarter. With a circuit to go Mister Daytona N (Mike Simons) became the next pacer to lead. He was first to the half in :55.2. Mac Andover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took over on the back stretch and led to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Kerford Road A ($4.20) was fifth after three-quarters and fourth as they reached the stretch. The 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsowewhere came flying down the stretch like a rocket and blew right on by to win going away in 1:52.1. Mister Daytona N finished second. Harry Terror came up to take third.   The Australian bred Kerford Road A made his US debut a winning one. He is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Harmon Racing Stable, Winners Circle Racing, and John Campagnuolo. He now has 14 career victories. Red Hot Mike Merton won four more on the night. His other wins came with Barrys Shelby, Catcha Lefty A, Fritzie Pic Up Man, and Too Much Duncan. It's A Herbie smoked the field in $8,000 open trot. My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead but went off-stride. Karets (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took command and led to the first quarter in :28.0. It's A Herbie ($2.90) was parked as they headed for the stands and forged ahead with a lap to go. He used a :28.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. He contiuned to be well in control as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. As he made the turn for home he made it a one horse race breezing to a lifetime best of 1:52.2. The only thing in doubt was for minor spoils. Beguin Dugotier F (Coredy Braden) came up to take second money. Uncle Hanover (Kyle DiBennedetto) finished third.   It's A Herbie is a 4-year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie. He is owned and trained by Yoder. The gelding won for the second time this season. He now has 12 career victoies in 24 lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July4) with a 4 p.m. start time. They will race on Sunday (July 5) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, June 30, 2020 -- Rebounding from last week's uncharacteristic break, Perlucky exploited a pocket trip and captured Tuesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career best 1:52.4. Perlucky shot to the lead for Dave Palone and stretched out Icanflylikeanangel to a demanding 26.3 opening panel before releasing him. The 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding kicked by the vulnerable leader in mid-stretch and downed him by a neck, with long shot Tequila Talkin third.   Ron Burke trains Perlucky, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $370,066, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Mike Wilder and Palone each collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 15-race program features a $6,400.77 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,357.00 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania fair harness racing season will get underway on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 with a two-day Fair Sire Stakes event at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville PA. The "A" and "B" level PA Fair Sire Stakes for two-year-olds will be held on Wednesday the 8th, with the contests for three-year-olds to be held the next day. First post for both cards will be at 4 p.m. The draw for both days at Hughesville will take place this coming Monday, July 6, with the box closing at 10 a.m. Entries can be made using the online entry system, or by calling entries in to 610-513-7957. Information on upcoming racing dates on the PA fair circuit should be announced within the next couple of days as arrangements are finalized. From the PHHA, MSOA and PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

CHESTER, PA - 2019's Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, Lyons Sentinel, continued her preparations for the imminent stakes season with a 1:54.3 qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon. The daughter of Captaintreacherous, who was also last year's leading moneywinning freshman at $801,809, made a frontward move at the half and hung up successive :28 quarters to post an easy 2½ length victory, giving her now two wins and a second in preseason qualifying action. Threelyonsracing owns the Jim King Jr. trainee, who was driven as usual by Tim Tetrick. In two-year-old qualifying action, two pacing colts tied for fastest mile of the day by winning in 1:57.2. The Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach went down the road from the rail, stepping home in :57.2 - :28.1 for trainer/driver Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston, Northfork Racing Stable, and John Craig; matching that clocking was the Always B Miki - Don't Deny Me gelding Dontpassme Hanover, a pocket rocket for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Mark Harder, the latter also co-owner with Rick Phillips. In the trots for babies, speed honors went to the Bar Hopping - Up Front Annika gelding Ginger Tree Knox, who made every pole a winning one in 2:00.4 for trainer/driver Steve Cook and the partnership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Double D Racing Stable and the Reber-Chasen Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

Luca Balenzano, 82, of Pompano Beach, FL died peacefully on June 30, 2020. Mr. Balenzano was born into a family of horsemen and because of fate, he himself owned many standardbreds throughout the years. Most recently he was the breeder of millionaire Melady’s Monet along with his wife of 46 years. Originally born in the Bronx, he settled on Long Island to be near Roosevelt Raceway where he could spend the day watching his horses jog, train and race. In 1998 he moved to South Florida where he got involved again racing at Pompano Park but always said “it doesn’t feel the same.” Nevertheless, he raced a trotter that he eventually bred to Revenue S and along come’s Melady’s Monet. Mr. Balenzano is survived by his wife, Ester, many nieces and nephews and his closest friend, Robert “Bobby” Hiel, whom he considered his best friend and brother. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers. His burial will be at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, NY.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Condition Sheet for the Chenango County/Afton Fair, scheduled to race July 9, is now posted on the New York Sire Stakes website. The draw will take place on Saturday, July 4. The box closes at 10 a.m. on that day. Participants are reminded that all entries for New York County Fair Events are made through the NY County Fair Entry Hotline at (518) 388-0964 or online through the USTA. If you are entering online, be sure to add the fair tracks to your account in advance. All New York County Fair division post positions will be done by USTA's electronic draw system. Entries for ALL OVERNIGHT events should be made by calling the fair race secretary directly. This number is included on the condition sheet. You are also encouraged to register for the newly implemented NYSS Text Alert System, which sends updates directly to your phone. To receive the latest updates from NYSS via text message: TEXT "NYSS" to 31996. International Numbers TEXT "NYSS INT" to (833) 498-1158. From the New York Sire Stakes