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Many harness racing fans will remember an incredibly successful North Island family of horses from the eighties and nineties that trace back to the broodmare Birdie. Birdie, of course, earned fame as the dam of Dillon Dean and Dillon Dale, who, between them, won 37 races and were placed 31 times, she also left My Double Birdie (1:57.4) who left Two Under (1:53.2 in USA) Dillon Dean's main wins included the NZ Messenger and Derby titles alongside the NZ Free For All. Dillon Dale also won the NZ Free For All, the NZ Juvenile Championship and Thames Cup. Birdie's Belle, a Berry Hanover daughter of Birdie, produced the outstanding pacer Elmer Gantry, winner of 18 races and 29 times placed. The dam of Lot 31 at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is out of a half sister to Elmer Gantry giving buyers a chance to buy in to a family that has left an indelible mark in harness racing annuals. Lot 31 Simply Sam is by outstanding sire American Ideal out of Simply Stunning and is being offered on behalf of Breckon Farms. American Ideal served a full book of 220 mares this past season in Australia standing at a stud fee of A$10,000. American Ideal is the sire of over $105,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America including 12 millionaires. His progeny has average earnings of over $123,191 per starter. In New Zealand, American Ideal has bred 298 winners and his progeny earnings are over $9,000,000 including the likes of The Orange Agent $516,972), Ideal Scott ($388,689), Besotted ($255,744) and recent top three-year-old Copy That ($107,334)   In Australia, American Ideal has 189 Australian bred winners of $12,509,442 to date. He has amazing per starter average earnings of $50,239 per starter. These winners include the super stars Bling It On ($1,830,597) and Soho Tribeca ($1,103,854). Top two-year-old in Australia last season was Pelosi 1:52.6 ($254,236) another daughter of American Ideal. A simple stunning story so far and a compelling future ahead for American Ideal and Simply Sam!  Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 7, 2019-- A last-to-first Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) picked off her four harness racing rivals Friday night (Feb. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Watching from the outside post position in the quintet, favored Kaitlyn N was at the rear as Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) led through early intervals of :27.3 and :57.2. Pole-sitter Wishy Washy Girl (Joe Bongiorno) was pocketed and Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) eventually moved first-up from fourth. The later engaged the leader in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with a second-over Kaitlyn N getting dragged into contention. The people's preference then moved widest and fastest through the lane, prevailing by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.4.   A reserved Sandy Win (Eric Goodell) did get into second, with Wishy Washy Girl, Itty Bitty and Feelin' Red Hot rounding out the order of finishers/payees. For Kaitlyn N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca and James & Barbara Boese, it was a winning seasonal debut. The exacta paid $25.20, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2020 -- Harness racing pacer Touchamatic stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then powered past her in the lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic and Lakeisha Hall distanced themselves from the rest of the field, effectively turning the stretch drive into a two-mare duel. Touchamatic had little trouble overtaking her rival, downing her by 2 lengths in 1:52.2 in the slop for Aaron Merriman. McDazzle rallied for show.   Bill Bercury trains Touchamatic, a 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch who boosted her career bankroll to $447,522, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $7,002.59 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,150.29 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Standardbred Canada reports that round one of the Snowshoe Series went postward Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with three divisions on tap for three- and four-year-old male pacers. The betting public hammered away at Bettor B Going, and the 1-9 favourite came through for his army of pari-mutuel supporters. The four-year-old son of Bettors Delight-JK Letitgo got away third for driver Chris Christoforou while Side Hill Gouger shot to the lead and carved out an opening panel clocked in :28.2. As soon as the field straightened into the backstretch Christoforou called on Bettor B Going to brush to the front. The Wilford Perrault pupil cleared to the engine in an effortless manner, and from there he went on to post middle splits of :58 and 1:27.2. A :27-second closing quarter earned Bettor B Going to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Side Hill Gouger in 1:54.2. Excavator was third. Grant and Joanne Curnow of Pefferlaw, Ont. share ownership on the six-time winner who pushed his overall cash stash to $63,239 with the victory. American Risk pulled off a mild upset in the second division thanks to his gate-to-wire triumph over race favourite Conboyville. Bob McClure hustled American Risk to the lead from Post 1, and together they fronted the field through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.4. Conboyville applied first-over pressure on the leader at the mid-way point of the final turn, but American Risk used a :27.3 closing quarter to prevail over that foe by a half-length margin. Blu Crew rallied to grab third prize. The mile for American Risk was a career-best clocking of 1:53.2. Melissa Lamoureux trains the four-year-old son of American Ideal-Kissing Bandit for 8113564 Canada Ltd of Sherwood Park, AB and Jeff Boyd of Cambridge, Ont. The victory was the third straight score for the gelding who is now a six-time winner with earnings in excess of $48,000. Warrawee Vital used last second heroics to come through as the heavy favourite in the third – and final – division. Trevor Henry rallied the Rob Fellows trainee to the narrow triumph over longshot Bernie. Warrawee Vital got away fifth while Lyons Coppertop and Bernie battled to the quarter pole in :28.4. Bernie eventually cleared to the top, and he went on to carve out middle fractions of :58 and 1:26.1. Warrawee Vital commenced a rally going into the final turn, and despite spotting the leader a number of lengths he managed to use a :26.2 closing quarter to get up for the neck decision over Bernie in 1:54. D Gs Shallwedance was third. Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Stable share ownership on the three-year-old son of Captaintreacherous-Great Memories. The colt is 2-for-2 to start the season and 3-for-4 in his career. The $9,000 payday bumped his overall bankroll to $25,500. To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Friday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Tom Pollack calls Endeavor one of his favorite horses and it is not difficult to understand why. The 7-year-old male harness racing pacer possesses a tough-guy attitude and never-give-in style. "I call him The Big Boy," said Pollack, who owns Endeavor with trainer Jeff Cullipher. "He's kind of a hard-hitting blue-collar lunch-pail-type horse. He's the big, strong, grinding type. He's had very few clunkers, he just gives his all every time." Endeavor has won 19 of 49 races and $419,905 in purses for Pollack and Cullipher since they purchased the son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond privately in May 2018. He rose through the conditioned ranks to compete on the Grand Circuit, winning last year's Potomac Pace to go with a second in the Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and third in the Dan Patch Stakes. On Saturday, Endeavor races in the preferred at The Meadowlands. He won his seasonal debut on Jan. 4 at the Big M after finishing an outside-trip second in his 2019 finale. "He's been sharp, and you hate to shut him down," Pollack said. "We're giving him until he tells us (to stop) and then he'll have a month or two off before we get into the stakes season." Last year, Endeavor raced in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, now called the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but is unlikely to head to Yonkers Raceway for this season's event. "We probably did him a disservice putting him in the Levy," Pollack said. "He's a bigger horse and runs in some in the turns. It's not that he can't get around Yonkers, he won a leg of the Levy, but that's not really the best place for him." Endeavor caught Pollack's eye two years ago when he won a preferred handicap at The Meadowlands. Four months later when the horse became available, he made the purchase. Endeavor was sent to Harrah's Hoosier Park and worked himself up the class ladder. After a seventh-place finish in his debut for his new connections, he won six of his next seven. That included a five-race win streak in which he won each start in 1:49.2 or faster. "Jeff did a great job with him," Pollack said. "(Endeavor) took a liking to Hoosier Park and our program. He went on a heck of a run. That's when we knew we were really on to something. Since then, he's been a top-class horse. Capping the year off winning the Potomac Pace was really cool. "We thought we were buying a nice conditioned racehorse. He just got super sharp and confident and was able to maintain that. It's been great. You love to have horses like him. He gives it his all every time out. There's no cheating in him, that's for sure." For his career, Endeavor has won 32 of 110 races and $673,937. Pollack said he expects Endeavor to have a limited Grand Circuit schedule similar to 2019, minus the series at Yonkers. "He's in the class," Pollack said. "He's probably still a little 1A-ish, but we're looking forward to this year. A lot of the free-for-allers retired so we're going to give him shots, especially on the five-eighths and the mile-track races. "We'll see how he does this year. We know that as age creeps in it gets tougher. But based on how he's racing now and how he raced at the end of last year he's still got tread on the tires for sure." Another of the Pollack-Cullipher duo's stakes-winners will be in action Friday at The Meadowlands. Wisdom Tree, a 5-year-old female pacer who was a 2018 New York Sire Stakes champion, is in a conditioned race for fillies and mares. She has won 18 of 49 races and $618,181 in her career. "We're probably getting ready to shut her down for a little bit," Cullipher said. "We won't be at every (stakes) dance, but we're going to try to hit our share." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2020 -- Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his harness racing class and huge heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to down Icanflylikeanangel by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Cherry Peep finished third.   Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts career earnings of $1,085,908. Speaking of winning off the bench, Touchamatic was inspired by "Windy," her stablemate, to take Tuesday's co-feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, off a five-week layoff. She prevailed in 1:53.3 on the front end. Long shot Magic Forces rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dark Force completed the ticket. Touchamatic, an 18-time winner last year, triumphed for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury, giving the trio a sweep of Tuesday's features. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch lifted her career bankroll to $436,122. Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card.   Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $900.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 8-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, will stand his second harness racing season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York. His stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. Several weeks prior he won an elim. and Final of the Art Rooney at Yonkers, his elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, as well as a div. of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in October. Despite locking bridles with some of the gamest individuals of the decade, In The Arsenal still finished the season with over half a million in earnings and was 1-2-3 in 11 of 17 starts in 2015, with 7 wins. From the multiple stakes winning mare LADYOTRA p,2,1:53.2 ($115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

Away since scratching lame seven months ago from the $157,000 Camluck Classic, Sintra returned to the harness racing track a winner in the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on the opening card of the year Saturday (Jan. 4) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Jody Jamieson positioned the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding in fourth while Nirvana Seelster led to the first quarter in :27.3. Pocket-sitter East End soon circled to the front into the backside as Easy Lover Hanover floated first over, carrying Sintra second over into a :56.2 half. Nirvana Seelster faltered around the final turn, leaving a seam for Easy Lover Hanover to duck into the pocket. Sintra raced uncovered to three-quarters in 1:24 and drew closer to East End through the stretch. At the finish the 1-2 favourite finished two-and-a-quarter lengths in front of Real Surreal snagging second from East End in a 1:52.1 mile. Owned by Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo, Sintra won his 25th race from 58 starts, earning $1,126,436. Dave Menary conditions the $3.00 winner. Youaremycandygirl rolled from off the pace to take the $32,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:53.1. Double A Mint took command towards a :28 first quarter as Cousin Mary made a break, interfering with So Much More and Youaremycandygirl. Double A Mint continued on the front unchallenged into a :57 half but faced pressure around the far turn from 9-5 favourite Kendall Seelster. Youaremycandygirl launched wide to catch cover from Kendall Seelster past three-quarters in 1:25 but swooped to the lead in the stretch. The Richard Moreau trainee strolled two-and-a-half lengths clear of Kendall Seelster heading to the finish to win while So Much More closed for third. A five-year-old mare by American Ideal, Youaremycandygirl won her 23rd race from 45 starts, earning $1,644,349. Sylvain Filion steered the $6.40 winner for owner William Donovan. Trainer Carmen Auciello sent three winners on the 11-race card. He began the evening with Dreamfair B J ($8.40) coming from second over to win a $21,000 conditioned pace and, a few races later, took a $20,000 conditioned pace with High Rolling A ($19.70) popping pocket to win by a neck. Auciello completed the hat trick with Points North ($4.60) holding on by a neck to win the $21,000 nightcap. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbred Canada

MILTON, ON - December 12, 2019 - Winter Series harness racing action finally got underway Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with first round action in the Valedictory and Niagara Series. Each series featured two $17,000 divisions with three-year-old colt and gelding pacers dueling in the Valedictory and sophomore pacing fillies contesting the Niagara. The Valedictory Series launched with Windsun Ricky rallying from sixth at the head of the lane to reach up and defeat Lyons Pegasus, who led from the second-quarter on, by half a length in 1:51.4. What Up Mo was third, while Conboyville was fourth. Sent off as the even-money choice, Windsun Ricky was driven to victory by Sylvain Filion for trainer Murray Brethour. The gelded son of American Ideal now has five wins in 15 starts this season, with three of those victories coming in six starts since a break from the track in August and September. Windsun Ricky is now five for 20 in his career and has banked $69,080 for owners Brethour, Windsun Farm and Noblock Racing Stable. He paid $4.10 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. No rallying was needed in the second division, as Virgin Storm went coast-to-coast on the lead to win in 1:52.4. James MacDonald guided the Nick Surick trainee to his fourth win in 25 starts this season. Jknr Liketell rallied for second, beat a length. Dreamfair Charro was third, while Legion Seelster was fourth. Unraced at age two, Virgin Storm entered Thursday's race having not scored a victory since his fifth start of the season. The gelded son of Always A Virgin now displays totals of four wins, $57,555 earned and a mark of 1:52.4 for owner M Spacc Stables. Virgin Storm paid $11.30 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. The Niagara Series started with Sunfire Blue Chip filly Dreamfair Zenfire scoring at odds of 4-1 for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Jodie Cullen. Dreamfair Zenfire rushed up from third to claim the top at the half and went on to pace a :56.2 back-half to win by a length and a quarter in a career-best 1:53. Cranberry Brie took second, while Erikas Shadow and Mary Goodnight completed the Superfecta. The most experienced competitor in the Niagara, Dreamfair Zenfire is now six for 37 on the season after going winless in four starts as a rookie. She is a homebred for John Lamers that has now earned $64,131 during her racing career. Dreamfair Zenfire paid $11.40 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. Arya Stark closed out Thursday's series action in exciting fashion, winning by a neck over Giggle Hanover in 1:53.4. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Arya Stark angled out from fourth heading to three-quarters, collecting cover from a two-hole pulling Passport Hanover. Trip Aces Hanover, who led into the stretch, surrendered the lead late to Arya Stark, while Giggle Hanover charged up the rail late. Passport Hanover was fourth. A daughter of Royal Mattjesty, Arya Stark picked up her fifth win 34 starts this season and sixth career win overall with the upset score. Melissa Lamoureux trains the sophomore and co-owns with Jeffrey Boyd and Jefferson Davis. Arya Stark, who paid $23.80, now has career earnings of $68,537. To watch the race replay, click here. The Valedictory and Niagara Series were open to three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2019. Each event will resume next Thursday (December 19) with second-round action. The series finals will be contested on Boxing Day (December 26). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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 Redshores.ca. 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 Redshores.ca. 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 www.Redshores.ca. 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  

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