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Shake That House, at odds of 9-1, was able to shake up the house, collaring harness racing favorite Captain Crunch at the wire to win the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace Final Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature for three-year-old pacing colts saw American Mercury (Tyler Buter) out leave Captain Crunch to the the early lead and then sting Captain Crunch and driver Yannick Gingras a little as they went by the first quarter in :26. Captain Crunch then sat comfortably on the lead past the half mile in :53.4 as Dancing Lou (Andy McCarthy) came first-over with Shake That House and driver Tim Tetrick were second-over and then by the three-quarters in 1:21, was first-over and gaining ground on Captain Crunch. As they came down the stretch, Shake That House proved to be the strong horse, beating Captain Crunch to the wire by a long neck in 1:50.1. U S Captain (Dexter Dunn) was third. A colt by American Ideal, Shake That House paid $20.20 to win. He is trained by Chris Oakes and is co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing, A J Johnston, and the Northfork Racing Stable. It was his seventh win on the season. “When got away from the horses inside of me,” said driver Tim Tetrick. “that was my objective, not to get away last. My horse actually closed well last week with a :25.4 last quarter and I thought if there was enough speed early on, we could be right there. “When I tipped him off the rail,” Tetrick explained. “and got some good cover he felt really good. Once I got around Andy (Dancin Lou) I knew my horse could track down Captain Crunch and he did.”   There were two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for two-year-old pacers. The finals were named in memory of long time Dover publicist and Hall of Famer Marv Bachrad. The sixth race final for the pacing fillies saw the 1/9 favorite, Cinder Rock and driver Allan Davis shoot right out to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:25.2. In the backstretch, rival Bag Of Jewels (Victor Kirby) came first-over but lacked any true grit and faded after the three-quarters. Cinder Rock then pulled away in the stretch to win in a romp by ten and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Sin Sumthin (Russell Foster) was second with Emma (Art Stafford, Jr.) third. It was the sixth straight win for Cinder Rock. The daughter of Rockabillie is trained by Wayne Givens for the Legacy Racing Of De, Inc. of Seaford. She paid just $2.20 to win and now has won six of her seven lifetime starts. “It was my plan all along to get to the front,” said Allan Davis. “I got there with her easy. It all worked out good today. “Early in her career,” Davis said, “Wayne (Givens) told me he was so close to just turning her out. He decided to bring her to the track with another horse and once she got behind the gate she was all business.”   In the 10th race $100,000 colt final, it was Bebop On The Block, making three moves starting from post eight to get what seemed to end up being an easy victory in 1:54.2. American Nitro (Victor Kirby) left from post seven and was stung a bit getting to the lead by Leonard’s Legacy (Corey Callahan) at the opening quarter mile in :26. Past the half in :55.3, there was no movement until the backstretch when driver Dexter Dunn moved from fourth place with Bebop On The Block, coming after pacesetter American Nitro at the three-quarters in 1:24.2. He collared the race leader and then with another gear, Dunn pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by two and three=quarter lengths. American Nitro held for second place with Undercovershamrock (Ross Wolfenden) third. It was the fourth straight win for Bebop On The Block, a gelded son of Gamblers Dream. He is trained by Josh Green for owners Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly. He paid $5.20 to win. “We had the eight-hole so I knew we had to get out a little for position,” said Dexter Dunn. “Once I moved him to the outside, he felt really good. He’s still immature but last four races he has been really good.”   “Very happy, what a great night,” said trainer Josh Green. “We came along slowly with him at first, preparing him for the Dover meet. Then we got Dexter to drive him and what a fabulous driver he is. We made a bit change tonight on him to try and get a little bit more leverage with him. It was Dexter who suggested it last week. It was a great idea. He was able to leave with him, get the four-hole,  made three great moves and Dexter got him home.” by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

DAYTON, OH. - 2019 hasn't been a year to brag about for the classy veteran pacer Missile J, but on Saturday (Nov. 16) his harness racing back class prevailed in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $16,500 Open Pace. The six-year-old son of American Ideal won for just the third time in 18 seasonal starts--earning $48,955--but the 1:51.2 score was his 26th in his career and boosted his lifetime bounty to $831,902. Dispatched at 10-1 odds, Missile J (Jeremy Smith) was content to get away fourth from the rail until launching a first-over attack just after the halfway juncture. After lapping in on the odds-on favorite, Tookadiveoffdipper (Brett Miller), at the three-quarter mile marker, the winner tacked on a :27.1 final panel to sail to victory by a length and a half. Tookadiveoffdipper did hang in for the place finish while Fools Desire (Kayne Kauffman) took advantage of a pocket ride to garner the show dough. Walter Haynes Jr. trains Missile J for the Indiana partnership of Jeff Fought, Brian Carsey, Dave Fought and Chris Myers. "Missile J is a funny horse," explained Haynes following the race. "You have to keep his attention or he'll take off galloping, but when you keep his mind on business he is wicked fast!" Jazmin Arnold wins again There's an old adage which states “when you're hot, you're hot” and that could easily be applied to Jazmin “the Little Flower” Arnold, the current hottest driver in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series. Tonight the talented miss guided Celebrity Pegasus to a 1:59.1 victory in a Billings trot at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway not only scoring her fifth victory in her last six starts but making a good case for consideration as the National Amateur Driver of the Year. Despite starting from the seven-hole Ms Arnold fired her trotter to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded and they led seven others past the quarter in a soft :29.4. And with no real challenges she got the veteran Andover Hall gelding by the halfway point in a very soft 1:02.  From there it was catch me if you can as she gave her horse his head and he trotted the last half in :57.1 en route to an oh-so-easy three -length triumph. Even with a two-hole journey Utopia and Steve “You're Never Too” Oldford could not gain on the leader and finished second. Song In My Hear and Tiny Tim” Miller took home the show dough. Celebrity Pegasus is owned by Morgan Hagerman and trained by Herman Hagerman. Sent off as the even money favorite he paid $4.00 for win. But perhaps the bigger story is the emergence of Jazmin Arnold as a top notch harness driver. After starting the year competing on the Ohio Fair circuit she has now graduated to being a stalwart at the big Midwest raceways. Her incredible seasonal stats include 23 wins, eight seconds and three thirds in 56 starts for an astounding .520 UDR. From Dayton Raceway and John Manzi

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - This harness racing season has seen non-stop action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and it is not going to let up anytime soon as Horse Persons Day takes the stage Saturday afternoon. The annual event presented by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association will feature a number of second chances draws for race patrons, prizes for winning owners, trainers and grooms as well as the Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 12-dash program. The Driving Championship will be featured in eight races on the program starting in race 2 with a field of eight talented reinsmen from three different categories competing. The annual challenge takes the top four dash-winning drivers from combined Charlottetown and Red Shores Summerside statistics which are Gilles Barrieau, David Dowling, Corey MacPherson and Jason Hughes. The top percentage drivers with over 75 drives in the challenge are Mark Bradley and Mike McGuigan, while the final two spots go to the top percentage drivers with between 40 and 75 drives which will see veteran drivers Earl Smith and Brian MacPhee in the competition. The driver with the most points at the end of the day will receive the MacDonald Memorial Trophy. All drivers must hold current memberships with the PEISHOA to be eligible. For the second chance draws for the fans, patrons can simply fill out their name and phone number on the back of any un-cashed wagering tickets and enter for a chances to win a variety of prizes. Also on the Saturday afternoon card, the top mares on the Eastern Seaboard will again butt heads in the $2,600 feature in race 12. Collective Wisdom earns top billing in the event from post 6 with Barrieau in the bike for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield and trainer Jackie Matheson. The American Ideal lass was a two-length winner in her latest. Dancers Pass has been the model of consistency lately and gets post 2 this week for driver Dowling and trainer Philip Kelly, while fellow Matheson trained The Time To Win (Driven by Ron Matheson) leaves from post 7. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will take the advantage of post position as he puts Dancers Pass on top. "Dancers Pass has got the versatility to handle any racing style and from this favourable post the trip of her choosing could be in the cards," MacIsaac said. "She's a potential sleeper." Also in the field are Mrs Dragonfire (MacPherson), Rocknrols Image (Hughes), Arc Light (Marc Campbell), Imagine Speed (Bradley) and Julep Hanover (Wade Myers). For more information go to the newly redesigned Euchred Returns To Red Shores CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The last time they met Rose Run Quest easily prevailed but Euchred will come off a nearly month long break as he takes another crack at his top foe in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in the finale. Rose Run Quest has a four-race win streak on the line but has been assigned post 7 in the field for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream has 12 victories this season from 22 starts and has only missed the top-three four times in 2019. Euchred has not seen action since Oct. 19 and moves back into the Walter Walker stable for owner Kayla Habicht-Walker of Inverness. Gilles Barrieau gets the catch driving call behind the 51-time winner. Nogreatmischief won the top class last week but will have to work out a trip from post 6 on Sunday for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits going against Rose Run Quest for the winning position is far from a safe play but he likes a rejuvenated Euchred on top of his tickets. "With Euchred's gate speed he should be able to secure an uncontested lead and with the dominant horse in this class assigned the outside post, this guy is a suitable option if you're trying to get the heavy favourite beat," MacIsaac said. Rounding out the field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), JJ Powerball (Myles Heffernan Sr.), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes). After an unsuccessful run at the top class last week at Red Shores, Well Did will move into the back-up class on Sunday afternoon and the top Truro Raceway pacer gets rail control in the $2,500 event. Paul Langille of Lower Onslow, N.S., owns, trains and drives the Well Said pacer, who knocked off the top class at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S., two starts in-a-row before competing at Red Shores last week in the preferred. Creepin (David Dowling) is the morning line favourite in the class from post 2 while veteran pacer Eagle Jolt (Campbell) is another top entrant from post 5. For race programs, live video and more go to the newly redesigned By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

With the late scratches of both McWicked and This Is The Plan, all eyes were on harness racing favorite American History in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway Sunday night. Racing fans were treated to an exciting upset finish as the starting gate pulled away for the start of the ninth race feature. It was Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) first to show with Dealt A Winner (David Miller) grabbing the pocket spot and American History (Joe Bongiorno) moving up on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. American History cleared to the front and led the field to the half mile in :54.2. Then in the backstretch, Endeavor and driver Tim Tetrick) came first-over and starting grinding his way towards the leaders at the three-quarters in 1:21.2. At the top of the stretch, American History still had a one length lead with Endeavor coming on. Then in a classic stretch drive, Endeavor and Tetrick got by American History and then held off Dealt A Winner to win by a neck in 1:49.4. American History was third by a half length in the three-horse dash to the wire. Sent off at odds of 11-1, Endeavor posted his sixth win of the season. The six-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns him with Pollack Racing, LLC. He paid $24.60 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 8, 2019--A pocketed Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $10.60) picked off Write Me a Song (George Brennan) nearing the wire Friday night (Nov. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 4, Kaitlyn N stung Write Me a Song, releasing that one before a chilly, 26-second opening quarter-mile. Odds-on pole-sitter Lady Dela Renta A (Matt Kakaley) was cutting her own mile in third. It was after a :55.1 intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarters when Kaitlyn N edged from the pocket, Lady Dela Renta A in behind. Write Me a Song had a diminishing three-quarter-length lead off the final turn, with Kaitlyn N closing. The former whipped the latter by a length in 1:53.3. Third went to Sudden Change N (Austin Siegelman), ahead of an empty, 4-5 fave Lady Dela Renta A. Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.) was fifth, while returning Wisdom Tree (Jordan Stratton) trailed. For Kaitlyn N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca, Barbara & James Boese, it was the third choice's fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, the triple returned $383 and the superfecta paid $934. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness rcing mares on the East Coast will again meet for the Saturday afternoon feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,400 top class lining up in race 11. Collective Wisdom is pegged as the morning line favourite from post 4 with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The daughter of American Ideal has made six trips to the winner's circle this season for $11,408 in earnings. Maritime champion Arc Light will leave from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while last week's top class winner, Imagine Speed, will leave from post 8. Adam Merner will drive Imagine Speed this week as regular driver Dale Spence has made the move to Florida for the winter months and will not be back in regular competition on P.E.I. until the spring. MacIsaac also places Collective Wisdom on top of his selections. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles and it looks like the front could be hers for the taking," MacIsaac said. "There could be nothing to stand in her way." Also in the field are West River Ambyr (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Paythelinebluechip (Ken Murphy), Mrs Dragonfire (Jason Hughes), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers), Private Di (Kenny Arsenault) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). An early break in stride sealed the fate of Star Photo in last week's Open Trot but he gets another crack at those top trotters in Saturday's Race 6 Open Trot for a $2,250 purse. Jason Hughes is back in the bike behind the post 4 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. The veteran son of Classic Photo will again face off with Freddie (Campbell) from post 5 and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) with post 3. Woodmere Ideal Art set take on Red Shores' Best CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After demolishing his foes his last time on P.E.I., Woodmere Ideal Art will look for more of the same in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with Jason Hughes at the lines of Woodmere Ideal Art from post 4 in the race 13 top-class for a $2,900 purse. The preferred pace has the son of Articulator as the morning line favourite for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. His last start was a three-length victory in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown on Oct. 26. Well Did draws post 5 in the field for trainer-driver Paul Langille with the horse coming into Sunday's contest with a pair of victories in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Nogreatmischief has rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie after having not seen the pylons behind the starting gate since Aug. 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Woodmere Ideal Art as his top pick. "Woodmere Ideal Art has been a top three finisher in 75 per cent of his starts the past two years, 2018 on the tough stakes circuit and this year against the best free for allers on the east coast," MacIsaac said. "It will take a big effort from one of his rivals to knock him off." Also in the preferred field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy), Rockin Indy (David Dowling), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and JJ Powerball (Adam Merner). The Lester Chappell Memorial pace is carded as race 2 of the program for a $1,700 purse. Heart And Soul is the top selection from post 2 for trainer-driver Cheverie and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The champion son of Western Paradise has visited the winner's circle only once this season with a 1:59.2 win over Red Shores Summerside. Other top selections in the race are Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Complete Player (Mark Bradley). For more information visit By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Pacing colt Make My Deo was the top-selling yearling at Tuesday's (Nov. 5) second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $280,000 by Robert Cleary as agent for Bill Peshina's Royal Wire Products. Through two sessions at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, a total of 468 horses sold for $32.65 million and average of $69,769. The gross is up 16.6 percent from 2018 when 473 horses sold for $27.99 million. The average is up 17.8 percent compared to last year's $59,182. Make My Deo, by American Ideal out of Electric Fool, is a half-brother to Rodeo Rock, who has earned more than $700,000 in his career for Royal Wire Products. The family also includes millionaire Western Shore. The colt was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing and bred by Deo Volente Farms. "He's a nice horse," Peshina said about Make My Deo. "We bought Rodeo Rock as a yearling too and he's done just fine for us. This is a very nice colt, so we were happy to get him. I liked just about everything about him; he's just a nice horse all around. And it's a good farm we bought him from, they're good people. "It's a big expense for us, we've never gone that high before. We're going to see what happens. Hopefully it works out. We'll find out next year." Second on the bestsellers list was trotting colt Delayed Hanover, by Southwind Frank out of Don't Wait Up, who was purchased for $230,000 by Ake Svanstedt for owner Melby Gard. He is from the family of international winner Order By Keeper as well as mare Amour Heiress, whose colt Spy Booth sold for $460,000 Monday. The family also includes 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton. He was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. "I liked everything, it was good," Svanstedt said. "He is a good-looking horse. It will be interesting to see how he does on the racetrack. He has good conformation and the family on the mother is also very good. He is a good colt." Next was trotting colt Ghetto Boy, by Cantab Hall out of Galloway, who went for $200,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. His family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Maven. The colt was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Order By Stable. Filly trotter Donna Soprano, by Donato Hanover out of O'Brien Award-winner Windsong Soprano, was purchased for $190,000 by Serge Godin's Determination stable. She is a half-sister to Ontario Sire Stakes champions Jula She's Magic (2019) and Tony Soprano (2015). She was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing and bred by White Birch Farm. Sun B Kini, a pacing filly by Always B Miki out of One For The Beach, was purchased by Dana Parham for $170,000. Her family includes the dams of stakes-winners Divine Caroline and This Is The Plan. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by S R F Stable. Team Allard bought trotting filly Oh My Goodness, by Andover Hall out of Oh My Darlin, for $160,000. She is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Cedar Dove, who is the dam of Team Allard's Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovecry. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Windsong Stable. Also selling for $160,000 was pacing colt Abuckabett Hanover, by Betting Line out of All Tucked Up. He was purchased by Tony Alagna as agent for Cousins Stable. His family includes stakes-winner Thong. The colt was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Wednesday. The final session begins at 10 a.m. (EST) at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The two-day mixed sale begins Thursday morning at 10. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Joe Bongiorno took a route up the rail late to win the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace Final on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The time for the harness racing win was 1:48.3. This Is The Plan stormed to the top from post 10 off the gate, passing American Hisoty, who also showed some early foot, and taking the top. Dorsoduro Hanover took a spot on the rail third in front of McWicked. American History, bred by Brittany Farms, sat patiently through a swift quarter in :25.4 before taking the lead from This Is The Plan, with Dorsoduro Hanover poised to attack. Taking to the outside, Dorsoduro Hanover brushed to aim for an all-out charge as he had done in the elim. The half was sizzling in :53.4 as McWicked staged a challenging route near Jimmy Freight, passing him for a chase at Dorsoduro Hanover at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Into the stretch, Dorsoduro Hanover began to struggle as Always A Prince was using saved ground to get to McWicked, but on the inside, Bongiorno had a winning path before him and his charge as he passed Dorsoduro Hanover and won in 1:48.3. Always A Prince passed McWicked for third. "No words can describe how I feel winning," said Bongiorno. "I'm grateful for all the help from Tony [trainer Tony Alagna]." Alagna said he was confident about American History. "He's matured and now he is able to go with these guys." Co-owner Marvin Katz was joyful for the win and said hello to his partner George Segal, who was watching from out of town. Myron Bell of Brittany Farms said they liked American History as a yearling so much they, "bought him for a hundred-fifty thousand with one bid." American History (American Ideal--Perfect Touch) paid $12.10 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Saturday night, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono honored its 2019 harness racing Horse of the Year and Claimer of the Year, who happened to be one and the same horse - the Western Terror 10-year-old gelding Atta Boy Dan. So far this year at Pocono, Atta Boy Dan has posted a record of 22-13-2-3, with earnings of $151,575. He was all but invincible in the top claiming ranks through most of the summer, taking ten of eleven starts, and he was claimed out of fourteen straight races, an unofficial local record. Peter Pellegrino, training the horse for owner Stephen Larkin as the last of the long line claiming Atta Boy Dan, was among those in the Pocono winners circle for the ceremonies. Atta Boy Dan is the first horse in recent memory to be a double honor winner for a season. Funknwaffles made a brush to the lead at the half, fought off pressure, then drew away to a 3½ length victory in the $17,500 featured pace, tallying in 1:50.2. The American Ideal gelding won over Ourlittlegeneral A, who challenged the winner of $952,534 without cover down the backstretch, couldn't get by him, but did hold for the deuce. Funknwaffles missed less than a length in this class last week from the outside post nine, and the move all the way in to the rail may have made the difference for the veteran, who is trained by Deborah Brunet for Crawford Farms Racing. George Napolitano Jr. drove Funknwaffles, one of four victories he had on the Saturday card at the mountain oval. Burning Midnight and driver Pat Berry got good racing fortune in taking the $16,000 top claiming handicap pace. The Mach Three gelding was on the move early behind Talent Soup, then got to retuck in the pocket behind his cover as the early leader broke and bothered the horse behind him. Talent Soup was joined by first-over Palomar down the back and on the far turn, with Berry able to slip out behind the dueling pair and then catch Palomar by a neck in 1:52 for trainer Lou Pena and the ownership of Joe P Racing LLC. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Plainville, MA --- After getting scorched in a :25.4 opening panel last week, Opus Blue Chip bounced back nicely with a gate to wire win in the $15,000 Open Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 24). Opus Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger) left sharply once again from post five this week in :26.3 and opened up a three-length advantage. But Ranger was able to wrangle him in for the second split as the short field of five motored past the stands to the half. But the breather was short lived as JK Will Power (Drew Campbell) pulled first-up and pushed the pace in the third quarter with a :27.2 clocking. JK Will Power and Sailor Jerry (Nick Graffam) continued to peruse and tried to keep up with Opus Blue Chip around the far turn as the rest of the field was out of play, but the leader opened up a 1-1/2 length lead heading into the stretch and looked strong doing it. Ranger kept working on Opus Blue Chip all the way to the wire and he maintained his lead and won by 3/4 of a length in 1:51.4. It was the seventh win of the year for Opus Blue Chip ($6.20) who is now 22 out of 27 in the money with $83,780 on the card for owner Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the 5-year-old gelded son of American Ideal-Pedoozle. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Oct. 25) with post time at 2 p.m. Also take note that the finals of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sires Stakes will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 28) when eight divisions go for $100,000 each. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The final regularly scheduled harness racing evening program of the 2019 calendar goes postward this Thursday and Collective Wisdom will look to deliver in her last seasonal race under the lights at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card has a 6:30 P.M. post time and will be the final scheduled evening card of the meeting as action shifts to a Saturday-Sunday schedule with afternoon post times the following week. Collective Wisdom is the favourite in the race 11 top pace for a $2,200 purse with Gilles Barrieau back in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The six-year-old daughter of American Ideal was a front end victor in her latest start in 1:58.1 and climbs up a class for this week but her competition still falls short of the Open Mares she has been banging heads with all season. Innocent Kiss has post 3 in the field fresh off an eight-length romp in her latest for driver Adam Merner and trainer Chris Davies. Post 5 belongs to Dancers Pass (Driven by David Dowling) who scored a large upset in her last start while racing against the boys at 14-1 odds. Race analyst Les MacIsaac takes Collective Wisdom for the top spot. "Collective Wisdom gets a post that should allow her to exploit that gate speed and get spotted on the lead or at the very least in position to sit and stalk all the way," MacIsaac said. "She'll be hard to deny." Also in the field are Killean Finale (Ken Murphy), Bettim Vicky (Marc Campbell) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). The $2,250 Open Trot hits the track in race 7 with Freddie assigned the outside as he looks for win number 11 of the season in his 20th start this year for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries in the Open Trot include Summit City Nate (Barrieau) from post 1 and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) from post 3. Race 4 is the Lowther Refrigeration Ltd., pace with Narragansett favoured off the rail in the $1,400 class for driver Hughes and owner-trainer Ashley Gamester of Hunter River. The veteran son of Rocknroll Hanover will look for his first top three finish of the season after just returning to racing in September. For live video, promotional plays and more go to by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

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  

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