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YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 18, 2019--Harness racing favorite--and lone leaver--Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell, $3.90) finished it off Friday night (Oct. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. From post position No. 6, Tequila Monday worked around pole-sitting Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the Raceway's fastest-ever femme (a 1:50 flat effort in late June) was sufficiently swift through intervals of :56.1, 1:24.3 and 1:52.2. Tequila Monday held off a second-over I'mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno) by a half-length, with Robyn Camden third. The small envelopes went to a first-up Write Me a Song (George Brennan) and Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton). For Tequila Monday, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing & Chuck Pompey and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her 10th win in 13 seasonal starts (career 27-for-57). The exacta paid $12.60, the triple returned $29.20 and the superfecta paid $74.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Clear Idea (American Ideal) returned to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon to compete in the local Fillies and Mares Open. The Blake Macintosh-trained mare has been a winning machine throughout her career and prevailed in her lone try in the local Open back in August. On Thursday, Clear Idea had Phil Fluet piloting and was the public's odds-on choice in the wagering despite being assigned post six in the six-horse feature. With several leavers in the race, Clear Idea had to be taken back to last in the early going. She remained there in a first half that went in 57.1. The tempo quickened heading to three quarters and when it did, Clear Idea had a hard time keeping up to her cover while second-over. Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) closed in first-over on the race's tiring leader and when pocket-sitting Bye Bye Felicia, last week's Open winner, flew up the passing lane, it appeared those two were poised to tell the tale. Classy distaffer Clear Idea shifted gears a bit again in the stretch and surged up on the outside approaching the wire. When the dust settled, it was Clear Idea that emerged victorious in 1:55.3 over a track labeled 'sloppy.' Bye Bye Felicia was the runner-up while Come Get The Cash earned the show spot to keep her sensational "on the board" streak alive. The victory for Clear Idea was number 21 in 83 career starts for the five year old Macintosh trainee and was the second on the day for Fluet who won the undercard to the feature guiding longshot Surreal Feeling (So Surreal) to an upset score in the $14,000 Winners Over for fillies and mares. Surreal Feeling paid $33.40 to win while hanging on in 1:56.1. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2019 -- Touchamatic collected her 16th harness racing win this year when she barreled through the Lightning Lane and captured Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sea Shadows, seeking her sixth straight victory, looped the field from last and grabbed the lead near the three-eighths but tired in the stretch. That enabled Touchamatic and driver Aaron Merriman to shoot the Lightning Lane and score in 1:51.1, a head better than the rallying Camera Lady. Sandy Win finished third at 30-1. Bill Bercury trains Touchamatic, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Merriman piloted five winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $1,951.06 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

These early fall days, harness racing trainer Nancy Johansson might be shuttling around North America at a speed that out paces the harness horses that she trains. Johansson was in Kentucky last weekend to race at the Red Mile and to also take the rubber band off the bankroll at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She’s since returned to her home base in New Jersey, but will be in Toronto this weekend to prepare members of her stable for the upcoming Breeders Crown races at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. And then there’s JK American Beauty, a moderate brown 3-year-old filly pacer that Johansson trains and will send postward as the 5-2 morning line favorite to win Saturday’s $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park “I can’t be there, but I’ll be watching on my phone or my computer,” said Johansson. “We call JK American Beauty our ATM machine. She always gets a check.” The daughter of American Ideal, a homebred for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York City, has finished no worse that third in 20 of her 26 lifetime   Only four of the placings are victories, none for more than a $60,000 purse, but Johansson takes the lack of winner’s circle visits in stride. “It’s a little frustrating, and yes the seconds and third do pile up, but in the long run, she’s been consistent. She always tries and I’m fine with her record.” JK American Beauty drew the No. 5 post position for the Courageous Lady and will be driven by Brett Miller. Their main foe might be So Awesome, the race’s richest entrant with a bankroll of $446,113. A winner of eight of 23 career starts, she drew the No. 3 and will be driven by Dave Palone, harness racing’s all-time winningest driver with 18,953 victories. The Courageous Lady is the ninth race on the 14-race Northfield Park card that also includes a pair of $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals and two divisions of “The Pace for the Cure,” featuring all female drivers.   As for Johansson, she collected a world record Sunday at the Red Mile when her pupil Manchego won the $69,500 What the Hill Allerage Farms Mare Trot in 1:49, an all-age mark. The previous record was 1:49 1/5 set earlier this year by Atlanta at The Meadowlands. The night before, Johansson led all buyers at the Lexington standardbred sale, spending $1,980,000 for eight yearlings for various owners. Her most expensive purchase was $800,000 for Some Terror, a son of Somebeachsomewhere. The Courageous Lady Lineup: Horse                               Trainer                          Driver                      Odds 1    She’s Allright             Ron Burke                   Ronnie Wrenn Jr      10-1 2    Skater Chick               Mark Harder               Corey Callahan          9-2 3    So Awesome               Scott Di Domenico     Dave Palone              3-1 4    Under The Hood         Nick Surick                 Brady Galliers          15-1 5    JK American Beauty  Nancy Johansson        Brett Miller                 5-2 6    Crazy Cute                  Mark Harder               Aaron Merriman       12-1 7    Rose Run Uptowngal  Ron Burke                   Chris Page                6-1 by Bob Roberts, for the Cleveland Plains Dealer

Plainville, MA --- The harness racing records continued to fall at Plainridge Park after five divisions of 2-year-olds competed in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). Five more track and/or stake standards were either matched or reset when the action concluded in the second leg of the series. In the first $22,450 division for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) left from post four and dictated the race. After splits of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1 he was firmly in control of the race with Mcbeantown (Mitchell Cushing) being the only horse with a legitimate shot after drafting second the whole way. At the top of the stretch Mcbeantown took his best shot but it wasn't enough as Monti high-lined R Maddy Blue Chip down the lane to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan), a new stake record and a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. It was the first MASS win for R Maddy Blue Chip ($4.20) who is owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Blue Chip Bloodstock bred R Maddy Blue Chip. The $39,200 division for 2-year-old trotting fillies saw the heavy 1-9 favorite Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) out-tussle Pembroke Whisper (Heath Campbell) past the quarter where she cleared and never looked back. She continued on at her own pace, tripping the next two timers in :58 and 1:27.3 without any pursuit to deal with. At the top of the stretch Gray sat chilly as Without A Warning knew what to do and pulled away to a handy 4-1/4 length win in 1:57.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) and it tied the stake and track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Without A Warning ($2.10) is now two for two in MASS action this year and those wins inflated her bankroll to $117,260 in 2019 for breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. The lone non-betting event was the $38,500 trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings and Crazy For Luca (Jimmy Whittemore) earned a hard fought victory over Life Is A Feast who was coming in on a three-race winning streak. Double Dealing (Shawn Gray) cut the quarter in :27.4 before Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) pulled first-over from fourth with Crazy For Luca on his back. Life Is A Feast eventually cleared but still had Crazy For Luca to his outside and pushing hard to the three-quarters. Still 1-1/2 lengths off, Crazy For Luca continued to dig and cut the lead to 1/4 length at the top of the stretch and from there, never gave up down to the wire where he gained a nose advantage and won in 1:57.3. It was the first lifetime win for Crazy For Luca (Crazed-Teachmehowto Lindy) and the time set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. Crazy For Luca is owned by Dale Hein, Tessa Roland and Royal Roland and is trained by Marissa Chadbourne. K R Breeding bred Crazy For Luca. In the $41,300 pace for 2-year-old fillies, Odds On Orlando (Drew Monti) stayed perfect in Massachusetts since shipping in from Lexington. After pulling from second at the quarter to take the lead from Rojas Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.), Odds On Orlando took control the race and from there, put on quite a show. After getting to the three-quarters only 1/2 length in front of Bold N Sporty (Mitchell Cushing) and Rojas Blue Chip, Odds On Orlando swelled up at the head of the lane and paced away in a :28.2 final panel to a wrapped-up five length win in 1:56, which was a new lifetime mark. Odds On Orlando ($3.60) is owned by Odds On Racing and is trained by Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). The second $22,450 division of the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned the biggest surprise of the day after the 45-1 Kevmarvalous (Mitchell Cushing) upset the current track record holder Han Solo, who came into the day with a four-race winning streak. Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away fourth but pulled at the quarter and took the lead from Mister Puzzles (John Nason) before the half in :56.2. At this point Kevmarvalous was last by 7-1/2 lengths. Han Solo then took the race to the three-quarters while Kevmarvalous was pacing third-over in the breeze before pulling three-deep into the final turn. Han Solo took a three-length lead into the stretch but Cushing was methodically urging Kevmarvalous all the way to the wire and got there first by a nose in 1:56.4. It was the first lifetime win for Kevmarvalous ($92.80) who owned by KDK Standardbreds and is trained by Kevin Switzer. KDK Standardbreds also bred Kevmarvalous (Delmarvalous-Shady Sabrina). There are no Massachusetts Sire Stakes scheduled for next week. The series will resume at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) for the 2-year-olds and Monday (Oct. 21) for the 3-year-olds. All eight finals will be held on Monday (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2019 -- Touchamatic held off challengers inside and out to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was the 15th victory this season for Touchamatic, who was driven by Aaron Merriman for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch took the field through a swift 1:21.4 three-quarters but still had enough in the tank to turn back the outside brush of Camera Lady and the Lightning Lane charge of Suddenly Royal. She prevailed in 1:50.2, 1/2 length better than Camera Lady, while McDazzle rallied for show ahead of Suddenly Royal. Touchamatic now boasts career earnings of $388,572. Dave Palone and trainer Scott Betts each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $3,698.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Plainville, MA --- The 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will get underway on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park, but the 2-year-olds won't convene for their first leg until Monday (Sept. 30). There are 96 eligibles that make up this first-year harness racing group of competitors and some have already been performing at a high level. 2-year-old pacing colts Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) would have to be considered the favorite of this group going in. He finished second in an elimination of the Lawrence B. Shepard stake at Yonkers in July and was defeated by only 2-1/2 lengths in that final. Since coming back to Plainridge he won two out of three legs of the Nauset Light series plus the final and set a new track record for 2-year-old pacing colts in the process (1:54.1). With four wins in eights starts, he is ready to take on all comers. Monique Cohen trains Han Solo. R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan) has been racing on the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) circuit against some very tough competition this summer. He did get checks in three out of those four starts and showed good speed both leaving and closing. He had been off since mid-August but qualified handily at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and has since won in 1:58.4 by four lengths in a tightener at Farmington, Maine. He looks ready to compete. R Maddy Blue Chip is trained by Joe Nelson. Corporal Cole (Sunshine Beach-Get A Cab) has only four starts lifetime but the last two sent some notice. After taking his maiden win in a come-from-behind effort of 1:57.1, Corporal Cole came right back on the front-end and dropped almost two-seconds, winning in 1:55.3 by open lengths. If he continues to progress it could make this division a little more interesting. Corporal Cole is trained by Charlene Cushing. Wesley Snoops (Western Maverick-Secure Hanover) has been busy in the Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) this summer and is currently third in the points standings there. Although his lifetime mark of 2:00.2 taken at Farmington in his last start doesn't seem too speedy, he has yet to hit the big track and it's there he could move to that next level. Wesley Snoops is trained by Ivan Davies. 2-year-old pacing fillies Ry's Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) got her first win at Windsor, Maine in a sharp 1:57.1 on September 1 right after finishing third in 1:54.2 at Plainridge in the Nauset Light series. She had an unfortunate equipment break in the next leg before finishing a strong second to Han Solo in the final, pacing in 1:56 in the process. She will take that effort right into this first leg of the MASS. Ry's Red Rocket is trained by Gretchen Athearn. Bold N Sporty (Sportswriter-Murrayfield) made two starts in the Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) in July grabbing only one fifth place check. But she was race-timed in 1:53.3 and 1:54 in those two efforts at Mohawk. After winning at Georgian Downs the end of August, Bold N Sporty shipped to Plainridge and closed sharply to be third in 1:55.4 after being parked out the better part of the mile. She is now familiar with the track and that may be helpful moving forward. Jimmy Nickerson trains Bold N Sporty. Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady) has only three lifetime starts but has made forward strides in each. In her last effort at the Red Mile she closed very strong from fifth to finish third in 1:53.1 with a last quarter in :28. She had previously come home in a blistering :26.4 in a qualifier but also shows some gate speed when asked. Odd On Orlando is an interesting prospect. Tony Alagna trains Odds On Orlando. 2-year-old trotting colts Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) had a breaking problem earlier in the year that he seems to have gotten over. Proof of that is his 14-length romp in the third leg of the Wood End Light series followed the next week by his track record tying, 3-1/2 length winning effort of 1:56.3 in the series final at Plainridge Park. If he continues to mind his manners, the sky seems to be the limit for this gelding. Life Is A Feast is trained by George Ducharme. Double Dealing (RC Royalty-Heather Spur) has similarly progressed in his last two races. After finishing a distant third in the third leg of the Wood End Light, Double Dealing finished a close second to Life Is A Feast in the final and was race timed in 1:57.1. The improvement in time and performance is something to take notice of. Double Dealing is also trained by George Ducharme. 2-year-old trotting fillies Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) comes into the MASS after a big year on the NYSS circuit. She hit the board in three out of her six starts in the series, while making a break in the other three. She did come up big in the $225,000 final at Batavia, minding her manners in a first-over trip that saw her finish third at 91-1. And it was the third straight start she stayed flat. She'll come into the MASS still looking for her first lifetime win, but her wallet has $77,710 in it and that makes her by far the richest filly in this event. She has been race-timed in 1:56.4 at Vernon Downs. Without A Warning is trained by George Ducharme. Pembroke Whisper (Noble Venture-Spring Laughter) has five wins in seven outings and hasn't missed the board in MSS action, making her the points leader in that division to date. She has the consistency, but the question is will the switch to the big track at Plainridge help her develop her speed. That is an unknown. Pembroke Whisper is trained by Valerie Grondin. Sophia's Express (Crazed-Snowblind Lindy) was a win machine in the NYSS Excelsior B series this year. She won six out of seven starts there with her only loss a secret be place finish coming up a head short. Her lifetime mark (1:59.4) and biggest margin of victory (3-1/2 lengths) came at Vernon Downs so she should feel at home over the three turns at Plainridge as well. Sophia's Express is trained by Marissa Chadbourne. Here is the complete 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stake Schedule: Sunday (Sept. 29) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Monday (Sept. 30) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Sunday (Oct. 6) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 7) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Sunday (Oct. 20) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 21) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 28) 2- and 3-year-old Finals $100,000 (est.) By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Bontz N (American Ideal) continued to show that she is a force among the lady harness racing pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The eight year old New Zealand-bred debuted at the Spa with a win in August and immediately vaulted into Open company. Bontz N came into Thursday's try with two victories in her four starts in the $15,000 feature and wound up as the 7-5 top choice in the wagering as started from her assigned outside post position six. Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Levine trainee in the Open and powered her out to an easy lead. Over a track labeled 'good', Bontz N cruised unopposed in a soft first half of 58.3 but had two challengers closing in past three quarters in 1:26.3. Itty Bitty (Jordan Derue) was first-over and got to drop in around the final turn as Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) closed in from the back of the pack. Bontz N faced a two-pronged challenge in the stretch but had enough to prevail for the third time in her last four starts in the Open, stopping the timer in 1:55. Come Get The Cash has become a force at the Spa as well since debuting here in July and finished second to Bontz N in the feature to extend her "on the board" streak that has now lasted almost three months. Itty Bitty earned the show spot. Bontz N paid $4.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $20.20 and $57, respectively. Her win was one of two on the day for her connections as trainer Gary Levine and leading driver Billy Dobson teamed up for another victory on Thursday with low-level condition mare Baddabingbaddabang. The Pick Five carryover at Saratoga on Saturday will be the largest it's been in years as a $10,950 carryover will be there for the taking. The Pick Five begins in the evening's first race on Saturday which is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - Despite an absence from harness racing of 33 days, the Cantab Hall gelding Final Dream showed he was ready for his opposition in the $16,000 trotting feature on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, going by late to post a 1:56.2 victory. Driver George Napolitano Jr. positioned Final Dream in a lively outside flow, followed cover to the stretch, then tipped wide to catch Miss You Kelly in deep stretch and go on to a one length success for trainer Christie Collins and owner Howard Jacobs. The victory continued a hot streak for "George Nap," who is currently third in North America with 482 driving wins this season, third behind Aaron Merriman and Tim Tetrick. Between Pocono and Philly, Napolitano has visited Victory Lane 28 times since last Wednesday's program at Harrah's, including four times on this card. A $14,000 co-featured pace saw the American Ideal gelding Warrawee Total sit a pocket trip, gain into a :55.2 last half to take a short stretch lead, then photo out a late-kicking Walleywalleyinfree in 1:53.3. George Brennan guided Warrawee Total to his second victory in three starts for trainer Eddie Sager and The Right Move Racing LLC. The more seasoned performers contested $12,500 events on both gaits. On the trot, Di Oggi forced a fast early pace, then sat in reserve until the stretch when he came up the inside to win in 1:55.3. Trainer Francisco Del Cid also drove the victorious son of Crazed for Whiskey Trail Stables LLC. On the pace, the favored Panspacificflight gelding Control Tower got away in the two-hole for driver George Brennan, stalked pacesetting Maroma Beach, then outrushed him home to win by a length in 1:51.1. The winner of $368,541 is trained by Nick Surick for Dynasty Racing South. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, Del. - American Nitro ($2.10, Victor Kirby) and Leonard's Legacy ($2.40, Jon Roberts) each completed a sweep of their $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old harness racing pacing eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway with dominant victories. Owned by Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, "Nitro" cruised to an easy win over White Lands and Bebop On The Block in 1:56.1, just one-fifth of a second faster than Leonard Hubbard's Leonard Legacy's 1:56.2 win over Aidan and Elite Retreat. A son of Badlands Nitro for trainer Les Givens, American Nitro is now 3-for-4 in his career, while Tobago Cays-sired Leonard's Legacy notched his second career win for trainer NIck Callahan. The two pacers are set to square off in the $100,000 final on Wednesday October 2, when all four DSBF finals will be contested. In the $17,000 overnight feature, the Open pace, Jane Ramsey and David Amos' Ideal Kiss ($6, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner over Late Mail N and Highland Beach Boy. Trained by Don Brittingham, it was the fifth win of the year for the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding. Tony Morgan had a driving triple, while Mike Cole and Roberts each had driving doubles. On Tuesday September 24, there will be a pair of $20,000 DSBF eliminations for filly pacers, while both sexes for trotters on Wednesday September 25 will compete in four divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

There were eight harness racing Excelsior A Finals contested on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The culmination of the summer-long Excelsior series saw eight divisions which each went for a purse of $55,000 on a beautiful late summer evening in the Spa City. Two and three year old trotters who competed starting in late spring and through the summer saw their stakes campaigns culminate on Saturday night. It was "Miller Night" at Saratoga as reinsmen Andy and Marcus Miller prevailed in three of the eight Finals. Marcus Miller piloted Century Ferrari (American Ideal) to victory in the three year old colt and gelding pace in a sizzling 1:52.4 for his father trainer Erv Miller. Century Ferrari got the jump on his race's favorite Rickybobbynthehaus (Tyler Buter) and held that one off in the stretch before securing his fourth win of the season. Marcus Miller also sat behind the Anette Lorenzon-trained Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip) in the two year old filly pace as she went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2. Andy Miller recorded a win on Saturday night as his Book Seven (Chapter Seven) went wire-to-wire in the two year old colt and gelding trot Final, stopping the timer in 1:59.4. Julie Miller trains the freshman trotter who moved his seasonal record to five for nine with the victory. Scott Zeron was the other out-of-towner to pilot a winner in a $55,000 Final as he guided the Blake Macintosh-trained Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe) to a 1:53.4 score in the three year old filly pace. Four local drivers logged victories among the eight Finals on Saturday night as well. Jimmy Devaux got the evening started for the Spa regulars by guiding Ideal Perception (American Ideal) to a front-running score in 1:54.2 in the two year old colt and gelding pace. Tony Alagna trains the freshman pacer whose victory was his third of the season. John Stark Jr. trains and drives C And T's Credit (Credit Winner) who cruised to a first-over win in the two year old filly trot, stopping the timer in 2:00 for an open-length score. Mark Beckwith and Frank Coppola Jr. each catch-drove a Finals winner on Saturday as Beckwith guided Certify (Credit Winner) to a career-best victory in 1:55, paying immediate dividends for his new connections as the three year old gelding went coast-to-coast in his first start out of the Lance Hudson stable. Coppola's win came while sitting behind George Ducharme's Hanna Dreamgirl (Chapter Seven) in the three year old filly trot. Hanna Dreamgirl sprung the biggest upset of the night, swooping the group in 1:58.3 and doing so at odds of 19-1 with Coppola at the controls. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, the owners of American History ($10.20, Joe Bongiorno) saw their top pacer win the 13th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway Monday in 1:49.3. The half-mile racetrack named their richest race in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was an avid supporter of harness racing and was also a board member at Harrington Raceway. American History, a 4-year-old American Ideal stallion wore down pacesetter None Bettor A in deep stretch for a narrow win. Sectionline Bigry was third. It was the 4th fastest mile ever at Harrington, behind Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49), Betterthancheddar (1:49.2) and Clear Vision (1:49.2). American History was forced three-wide after cover stalled near three-quarters and continued a steady gain on None Bettor A before out kicking him late. None Bettor A set fractions of 26.4, 55 and 1:22.4 while Backstreet Shadow pressured first over before retreating. Tony Alagna trains American History.  A huge crowd was on hand in the winner's circle to greet American History Delaware Governor John Carney was in attendance, in addition to several other legislators and Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse. Four $20,000 divisions for 2-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) pacers also helped comprise the 15-race card, including the early non-wagering event won by Henry Faragalli, Arthur Feeney, Bay Pond Racing Stable and Bonnuccelli Racing's Bag of Jewels (Victor Kirby) in 1:57.4. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her second career win over Sprinkles On Top and I'm Two Soxy. The winner was trained by Les Givens. Givens and Kirby was back in the winner's circle in the first division for male pacers as American Nitro was an easy winner over Apple Valley Art and Aidan in 1:56.2. Owned by Farragalli, Nanticoke Racing Stable, Feeney and Daniel Doane, it was the second win in three career starts for the Badlands Nitro gelding. The third DSBF division on the card was the second for male pacers as Leonard Hubbard's Leonard's Legacy ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was a dominant winner in 1:56.4 for trainer Nick Callahan. The Tobago Cays colt was a front end winner over White Lands and Bebop On The Block. The final DSBF division was for fillies as Brenda Teague's She's Got The Lynx ($2.80, Montrell Teague) was a 1:59.1 winner over Dragon My Fannie and Spin Sumthin. The Southwind Lynx filly improved to 2-for-2 in her career after breaking her maiden in an overnight event on September 10 for her owner/trainer. In the $18,500 Open, Bryan Truitt's Highland Beach Boy ($35.80, VIctor Kirby) was a 1:52.3 winner over Q's Cruise and Ideal Kiss. The Bryan Truitt-trainee notched his 8th win of the year. Racing fans were also treated to the presence of three-time Quillen Memorial winner, Foiled Again, who was available for meet-and-greet trackside. Foiled Again, the richest standardbred of all-time, is now enjoying retirement but has a generous temperament that has lent itself to a number of continued racetrack interactions with fans thanks to his generous connections which include trainer Ron Burke. Local television host Heather Vitale was instrumental in scheduling Foiled Again's visit. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Bontz N (American Ideal) recorded her second consecutive harness racing win in the local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday. On a chilly fall-like afternoon, the Gary Levine-trained Bontz N went off as the public's 3-5 betting favorite as she looked to follow-up last week's win in the $15,000 Open for distaffers with another victory. Leading driver Billy Dobson was in the bike behind Bontz N who showed early speed in each of her first three starts at the Spa leading up to Thursday's try in the feature. Though the eight year old New Zealand-bred did leave a bit, she was forced to take a seat in the fourth spot in the early going which led to what would be a first-over bid in the Open. Closing in first-up on a tiring leader, Bontz N took over command past three quarters in 1:24.3 and was immediately met with the challenge of rival Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith) who followed the favorite's cover to get into a striking spot in the final quarter of a mile. Bontz N was headed by Happy Heart in the stretch but she dug in to turn that one away late before winning a photo in 1:53.4. Happy Heart was a strong second to the back-to-back Open victor while Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Bontz N paid $3.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $16 and $52, respectively. The win was one of four on the day for Dobson who is having another sensational season at the Spa while in pursuit of what would be his seventh local driving title. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Middletown, NY --- A large crowd of 1,500 eager harness racing horse buyers convened at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 8) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 107 available Standardbred yearlings up for sale at the annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania and those attending reflected many connections from those racing jurisdictions. The total gross of the sale was in excess $1.6 million, up 15% from last year's total. The 52 colts and 55 fillies exchanged hands for a sales average of $14,964. 37 pacing colts averaged $20,681 each, 38 pacing fillies averaged $12,395 each, 15 trotting colts averaged $10,33 each and 17 trotting fillies brought an average of $12,353 each. Cameo Hills Farm had a banner day, selling the top three horses in the sale and came away with the highest average sale price for their 14-horse consignment ($41,214). The sales topper was pacing colt (Hip 16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) who was purchased for $95,000 by Ray Schnittker of Middletown, New York. Cameo Hills also sold pacing colt (Hip 51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) and pacing colt (Hip 90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) for $75,000 each and both were purchased by Paul Kelley of Ganesvoort, New York. The top seller from the 25-horse Hanover Shoe Farm consignment was pacing colt (Hip 72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) who went for $32,000 to Ken Solomon of Coral Springs, Florida. He was followed closely in price by pacing filly (Hip 71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonette Hanover) who was purchased by Megan Beauchamp of Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania for $31,000. Winbak Farm's 38 yearlings were headed by pacing filly (Hip 9) Tide Her Over (Roll With Joe-Tidewaterdragonfly) who brought $22,000 from Blake Macintosh of Cambridge, Ontario. They also sold trotting filly (Hip 11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) for $20,000 to the WTB Stable of Middletown, Delaware. Blue Chip Farm's top sale from their 5-head consignment was the pacing colt (Hip 14) Sauvignon Bluechip (Art Major-Some Girls Do) who was purchased by Robert Sholes of Bloomingburg, New York for $27,000. "It was a perfect day for this sale and the large and enthusiastic crowd of buyers were bidding strong all day," said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "Everyone there was blissfully happy with our location and the ease of access to information through our catalogs and app. The only problem we had was parking because so many people came out. But we'll have more room available next year as this sale continues to grow." You can view the complete sale results in a searchable database by clicking this link. ( ) By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $14,000 featured paces bookended the harness racing Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the first contest, driver David Miller and Voyager were blindswitched by a brushing So Much Bettor on the far turn, but Miller found a sliver of room with the sophomore gelding of Captaintreacherous-Shebestingin and got through to the inside of that rival to take a nose decision in 1:52.3. Joe Holloway trains the four-time winner for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms, and the triumph was the first of five on the day for Miller. The second headliner had another driving Miller, Marcus, guide the American Ideal gelding Warrawee Total into an early pocket seat behind favored Actor Hanover, then came out and on in the lane to beat out that foe by two lengths in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Eddie Sager conditions the winner for The Right Move Racing LLC. A $12,500 pace for experienced pacers saw the veteran K Ryan Bluechip go right down the road for driver David Miller, posting fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:22.3 en route to stopping the timer in 1:50. The Art Major gelding, now a career winner of $470,585, is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owners Carl Howard and Brian Witt. The Wednesday card was the first in a week which will climax in Sunday's $1.3 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Day for the best of the Keystone State-sired two-year-olds. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

With no Open on the docket, the $12,500 Winners Over for fillies and mares was the harness racing feature on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bontz N (American Ideal) was making her local debut for trainer Gary Levine as she went off as the public's 1-5 betting favorite in the Friday feature. The New Zealand invader was coming off a decisive victory at Yonkers and once again was pointed out to the front-end in her local debut. Bontz N got a second quarter breather after clicking off a first quarter of 27.4 before the favorite got her first test as she led the charge to three quarters, a challenge that came from Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall). The long first-over journey for Come Get The Cash resulted in a second-place finish as Bontz N paced home in 27.2 to stop the timer in 1:53.3 to prevail in her first start at the Spa. Come Get The Cash was a strong second while Poppy Drayton N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Bontz N paid just $2.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $14.60 and $25.40, respectively. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Bontz N to her victory in the feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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