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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (July 17) Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the weekly Mares $12,000 Open Handicap Pace, and Delightfully Wild remained razor sharp by delivering a gate-to-wire winning performance in 1:53.4 for her 10th victory of the season. Delightfully Wild was sent off as race favorite, as part of a 2 horse entry and she drew the outside seven post in the talented field of 7 distaffers. Driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen sent her charging hard from the gate, engaging in an early battle with last week's winner Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland). Delightfully Wild was able to establish command quickly and remained on top throughout the fractions of 27.1 and 57.2 before facing strong pressure from her stablemate Bettor Lady (Dean Magee) as they rounded the final bend and registered 1:26.2 at the ¾ pole. Delightfully Wild still had command turning in, but Kiss On The Lips was ready to pounce from the pocket, and Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) had followed the outer flow and tipped three-wide coming for home, she took a split-second lead with 70 yards to the wire but Delightfully Wild would not relent and Kiss On The Lips was surging along the inside. It was a 3 horse battle to the line, and Delightfully Wild ($4.60) kept her neck in front at the wire, with Kiss On The Lips checking in second, just in front of Whatitdo Babyboo. The winner is a 5 year old by Bettor's Delight, owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, and trained by Jessie Pacheco. The two year olds invaded the track on Tuesday night at Running Aces, kicking things off with Burning Blaze delivering on his promise showed in two sharp qualifying wins. The impressive gelding by Wind Me Up turned in an eye opening gate to wire tally in 1:57.3, in his $8,500 Minnesota-Sired event, checking in over 6 lengths ahead of his rivals. Burning Blaze ($2.40) is owned by Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte and Edward Gutin and is trained by Justin Anfinson. MD Magic ($9.80) converted a pocket trip into a debut victory in the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old Trot, trotting home in 30.2 to stop the timer in 2:04 for trainer/driver Nick Roland and owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC. MD Magic is a gelding by Braggart. Lone Pine Shuzy (James Yoder) was a very sharp second, after setting the fractions. WindmeupNwatchmego (Dean Magee) closed from off the pace, posting a sharp 28.0 final quarter to capture the win in the $8,500 Two year old filly pace, in 1:59.4, with Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) posting a strong second, beaten just a half-length. The winning filly is by Wind Me Up and is owned by Richard Davelaar and trained by Gordon Graham. This coming weekend at Running Aces is Dan Patch weekend, with The Dan Patch Historical Society on-site on Saturday, July 21, and also featuring a Horse & Driver bobble-head giveaway and Live Music. Saturday's featured races are the $25,000 Minnesota-Preferred Trot and $25,000 Minnesota Preferred Pace. Sunday (July 22) is a huge day for Minnesota Harness Racing, featuring the $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Final and also featuring a Live broadcast by NAHUpicks.com and a day full of fan giveaways with a Grand Prize of a Trip for Two to the 2018 Hambletonian Stakes at The Meadowlands. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Divas Image, sent off at odds of 31-1, charged through the stretch from near the rear of the pack to win Saturday's $189,750 Golden Girls for older female pacers by one length over 99-1 shot Inverse Hanover in 2:03.1 for the distance of 1 1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. Pure Country finished third. Shartin N took the lead soon after the start and set fractions of :25.2 for the quarter, :53.1 for the half, 1:21.3 for three-quarters and 1:49 at the mile. Divas Image and driver Joe Bongiorno were 10th at the top of the stretch, more than eight lengths behind 1-5 favorite Shartin N, before rallying on the far outside. She won for the seventh time in 16 starts this year. "The fractions were very fast," Bongiorno said. "Fourth over, being out the whole mile, I was a little concerned because she's a small mare, but she's just as tough as they come. When I flipped her out, she absolutely came out of her harness. She was pacing very strong." Divas Image, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva, is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno and owned by Joe Bongiorno LLC, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro and J&T Silva Stables. She has won 18 of 58 career races and earned $498,917. Divas Image paid $65.60 to win. By Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Milton, ON - Thursday night marked the Ontario Sires Stakes debut of the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and fans at Woodbine Mohawk Park witnessed three dominant performances by the Gold division winners. Stag Party set the bar high in the first $68,000 division, powering out from Post 10 to take lead before the :27 opening quarter. Driver Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario allowed Sunshines Finest to circle around Stag Party and set the tempo through the :56.1 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters, but when McNair opened Stag Party up in the stretch the colt laid down a :26.4 final quarter to secure the victory in 1:52.1. Sunshines Finest finished two and one-half lengths back in second while fan favourite Bettors Wish was five more lengths back in third. "From Day 1 he's always shown me he has that extra gear and winning attitude in him," said trainer Casie Coleman. "I think I got some nice colts, but he's always stood out from the rest." Cambridge resident Coleman conditions the son of Bettors Delight and My Lady Day for John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing, Ontario. The partners acquired Stag Party at the 2017 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $125,000. "I decided to downsize a lot, and a lot of my owners all wanted this horse and it ended up that I couldn't own any of him, and I own a piece of everything," Coleman told Woodbine Mohawk Park's Jason Portuondo in the winner's circle. "I had to beg and plead to be able to get a piece of this horse from them after I picked him out, and one of them let me in a little piece of him, but that's how much I like him is like, I can't train this horse and not own him." The win was Stag Party's second in two starts; he was also victorious in a July 3 overnight at the Campbellville oval, an outing that followed qualifying victories on June 15 and 25. The second division saw Bronx Seelster and driver Trevor Henry follow a similar path to the winner's circle. Moving strongly off the gate from Post 9, Henry dropped the Big Jim son onto the rail in third and was content to watch Maintenance Man roll through fractions of :26.3, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before asking his colt for another gear in the stretch. Bronx Seelster responded with a :27.4 final quarter that saw him draw away to a five and one-half length victory in 1:52.2. Coleman trainee Sporty Mcsportster finished second and Maintenance Man settled for third. "He's a nice colt, very handy and easy to drive," said Arthur, Ontario resident Henry who climbed onto the colt's race bike for the first time on Thursday and delivered a first-time Gold Series victory to trainer Wayne McGean. Sydney Mines resident McGean trains Bronx Seelster for his partners in the Capers 3 Stable of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The group offered up $22,000 for the colt at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and have already recouped their investment, plus $15,500. The final division saw fan favourite Caviart Rockland deliver the fastest mile by a two-year-old in Canada so far this season, and the third fastest in North America. Starting from Post 2 the Sportswriter son and driver Marcus Johansson landed in fifth as Cant Be Better and Sports Charm duelled to a :27.3 quarter, then tipped into the outer lane heading for the :56.3 half. Steadily reeling in the leaders Caviart Rockland was just a length back at the 1:24.2 three-quarters and then proceeded to power down the stretch in :27.2 to a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:52. The Regulator and Coleman trainee Better Earl also closed well to be second and third. "I liked this colt from the get go, and he seems like he is actually a nice one," said Marcus Johansson from the winner's circle. "He's a little green and he was running in a little bit in the turns so I actually wanted to be first up, because I didn't want to be on the inside on the turn, so it kind of worked out good, and I knew if I asked him to go he would respond," the reinsman continued. Thursday was Caviart Rockland's first start after a trio of qualifiers at The Meadowlands. New Jersey-based Nancy Johansson trains the talented youngster for owner-breeders Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. The freshman pacing colts will make their second Gold Series start on July 23, returning to Woodbine Mohawk Park. On Friday evening the Grassroots level two-year-old pacing colts will test their mettle over the Woodbine Mohawk Park surface, competing in Races 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 11. The colts kick off the Friday evening festivities at 7:30 pm. From the Ontatrio Sire Stakes

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (July 3) card of Harness Racing at Running Aces was loaded with exciting and competitive races, and the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was no exception.   A talented field of 6 went to battle for weekly top honors. The talk of the tote-board was Whatitdo BabyBoo (Steve Wiseman), who was sent of as 3/2 favorite, after an impressive season debut 3rd last week at this top level. Second choice at 2/1 was Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland), who has already recorded two wins at the current meet, and also heavily backed was Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen) at 5/2.   Nick Roland fired up Kiss On The Lips to be fast off the gate and charging hard from her outside six post, but Delightfully Wild was also pacing strong in the opening stages, and Kiss On The Lips would have to settle for the pocket. Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) floated out in fourth position on the outside but could not find a seat at the pylons, and was forced to press the pace and try to clear the leader, that resulted in a very fast 26.4 opening fraction.   The battle at the top continued for more than half a mile, (55.4 and 1:24.2) and eventually took its toll on the first-over challenger. The leader, however, appeared to get stronger as the race got longer, and widened her lead around the final bend. Whatitdo Babyboo had rallied three-wide into the final turn to take over second and Kiss On The Lips was third along the pylons.   Delightfully Wild ($7.20) paced strong in the lane to keep everyone at bay and record a solid two length tally in 1:52. She is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Jessie Pacheco. tonight's victory was the 9th win in 19 starts for the 5 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight.   The $12,500 Top-Level Claiming Handicap pace ($12,500 - $15,000 tags) went to Hard Cold Cash (Dean Magee) once again for three wins in a row, the last two both in 1:52.2, and both in gate-to-wire fashion. Hard Cold Cash ($3.20) is a talented 6 year old stallion by Dali, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   Drivers Nick Roland and Lemoyne (Mooney) Svendsen both picked up driving doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot has a carryover of $2,380.42 for Saturday night (July 7). Coming up on Sunday (July 8) we will host the eliminations for the $95,000 (total) Dan Patch Free-For-All Pacing series sponsored by Watch and Wager. The top 5 finishers in each elimination will advance to the Dan Patch Preview Pace (July 15) and the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (July 22).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 30, 2018-Barimah A (Brent Holland, $25) did it first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 2 in the field of a half-dozen, Barimah A then gave it up to the outside numbers. Even-money favorite Always at My Place (George Brennan) strung out second choice Bit of a Legend N (Dan Dube), the second choice parked into the second turn past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to take over. Bit of a Legend N did rate a 30-second next interval (:56.4 intermission) before Barimah A was out from third. Capozzo (Jason Bartlett) chased that one, with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) working from third-over. Bit of a Legend N led though a 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Barimah A was about to wear him down. The pursuer went by early in the lane, then held off Capozzo by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Bit of a Legend N held third, with Great Vintage and Always at My Place reduced to the minors. Theartofconfusion A (Mike Simons) received lovely parting gifts. For fifth choice Barimah A, an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Boss Racing USA and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his sixth win in in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $129, the triple returned $476.50 and the superfecta paid $2,027. Reminder the First of July's Sunday 'French' matinee goes at 12:40 PM, with the first four races going as the added-distance, overflow-field trots. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Chester, PA - Guardian Angel As turned in a track-record performance in his $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series trotting event on Sunday (June 24) at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Caviart Ally sprung a 35-1 upset after stalking a pressured pace in the pacing mares division.   In the Open Trot, ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson's Guardian Angel As ($3.40) rode the pocket to a track-record 1:52 victory over Broadway Donna. Tim Tetrick used inside position to protect the pocket with the 4-year-old son of Archangel, yielding to Broadway Donna (David Miller) in a :26.4 first quarter before stalking middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.2. Locked in on the far turn, Guardian Angel As took aim in the open stretch and accelerated to collar Broadway Donna by half a length in deep stretch.   Sutton (Andy Miller) held third after his first-over bid weakened in the stretch, while Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) finished a non-threatening sixth.   Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel As, whose 1:52 mile was the fastest ever by a 4-year-old trotting entire at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the Mares Pace, Caviart Ally ($72.60) stormed up the pegs to upset a softened twos-on favorite Blue Moon Stride (Corey Callahan), runner-up to Shartin N in the Roses Are Red. Andy McCarthy pressed the pace up the pegs with the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight before yielding to Blue Moon Stride in a :26.4 first quarter.   After rating a :55.4 half, Blue Moon Stride felt intensifying pressure from the first-over Agent Q (George Napolitano Jr.) up the far side. After being headed by Agent Q, Blue Moon Stride battled back for a slim lead in upper stretch, but a fresh Caviart Ally emerged up the inside to win going away by 1-1/4 lengths. Skippin By (Brett Miller) emerged off cover to narrowly claim second over Blue Moon Stride.   Noel Daley trains 12-time winner Caviart Ally for Caviart Farms.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

NLG Racing Stable's Nocturnal Blue Chip (George Napolitano Jr) went gate-to-wire in Sunday's featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday (June 17th), a pace for non-winners of $22,500 in their last 5 starts going for a purse of $18,000. Starting from post one, the 5-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight made an uncontested lead, setting fractions of :27.1, :55.3, and 1:23.1, The Gareth Dowse trainee had to withstand a first over push from Christen Me N (Tim Tetrick), but was able to turn back the challenge en-route to a one length win in a time of 1:50.4. Christen Me N was second, while Makasi (Pat Lachance) rallied for third. It was the 12th career win for Nocturnal Blue Chip, his 5th of the season. He's won 3 of his last 4. The gelding triggered a Jackpot Hi-5 payoff of $250.86, which now has a carryover of $501.75 headed into Wednesday's program. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2018 -- Stranded outside without cover past the half, Ilana Z Tam bowed her head, brushed past the leader and pulled off a 22-1 shocker in Tuesday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Seen At Rio Deo, Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover taking the other splits. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a stake double behind Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover among his four wins on the 13-race card. Ilana Z Tam followed the cover of Dark Force and Eric Goodell, but when they cleared, the daughter of Bettor's Delight-She's Rockin was in the rare air, an unenviable spot for a filly who had finished out of the money in her four previous starts this year. "She raced good last week; she had a lot of go for the first time," said trainer/driver Pat Lachance, who owns Ilana Z Tam with Z Tam Stables. "But I didn't think Eric would clear; I thought I'd be second over. I thought I was in trouble, but she showed up. She raced big." She bulled past Dark Force and scored in a career-best 1:53.4, a neck better than 3-5 favorite Dreams On Me, who was charging through the Lightning Lane. Dark Force saved show. The victory by Seen At Rio Deo also was unconventional and, at 17-1, about as unexpected. She was last at the half and sneaked up the cones rather than join the outside flow, a risky move that can yield a lack of late racing room. "The outer tier looked a little shaky when I gave it a look going down the backside," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "The horse who was first over wasn't responding, so I just took my chances. Obviously, we got lucky going up the inside. But she looked impressive last week, and they expected another big race from her." When the outside challengers retreated, as Pantaleano thought they might, he angled Seen At Rio Deo off the cones. She roared through the stretch and downed Real Fine by 3/4 lengths in 1:53, a life mark. Butchie Beach completed the ticket. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-See And Be Seen, for Alagna Racing LLC and Deo Volente Farms. Miss Hill's win was more by the book, as she quarter-poled to the top and defeated Come Get The Cash by a length in 1:52.2 -- yet another life mark -- with Pretty Proud third. "She paced home really easy and was well within herself," Wrenn said. "I don't know what stakes she has coming up, but she's a nice filly. I'm sure she can compete in anything they want to put her in." Bruce Clarke conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Ram Rocker and owns with Patricia Waldeck and John Coffey. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's hard to say who had the better night at the Meadowlands Saturday. Was it driver Jim Marohn Jr., who drove six winners on the program? Or was it All Bets Off, whom Marohn guided to a North American season's record of 1:48 in taking the featured Preferred Handicap for pacers? Tough call. All Bets Off, who upped his lifetime earnings to $2.97 million, scorched the Big M's mile oval after leaving alertly, then yielding to a headstrong Mel Mara, who hit the quarter in :26.1. Sicily, who earlier this year won at Dover Downs in what was then a season's-best 1:49.2, made a bold move to the top at the three-eighths before reaching the half in :53.1. Enter All Bets Off, who vacated the three hole at the five-eighths and made a ferocious move to pass Sicily and secure the top just after three-quarters. The 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight then sprinted home in :26.3 to stop the clock one-fifth of a second faster than Highalator (last week at the Big M) and Easy Lover Hanover (May 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park) did earlier in the year. Western Fame was 2¾ lengths back in second with Emeritus Maximus grabbing the show dough. All Bets Off returned $3.40 to win for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, F. Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable. Marohn's six-pack came with Rockinwiththebest ($6.80 to win, 1:51.3 for the mile) in the second race, The Fire Within ($3.00, 1:51.4) in the third, Feel The Need A ($5.40, 1:50.3) in the fourth, Wheels On Fire ($2.40, 1:51) in the sixth, All Bets Off in the seventh and Southern Pursuit N ($3.80, 1:51.1) in the 10th. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down once again, the result of a light entry box. On the comparable card last year, a total of 92 betting interests competed on an 11-race card (8.4 per race) that saw a total wager of $2,349,707. On Saturday, it was again an 11-race program, but only 80 horses raced (7.3 per race, a decrease of 13 percent) with betting that totaled $2,102,020 (down 10.5 percent). ... Brandon Mongiello, Burke and Scott DiDomenico all had training doubles. All were driven by Marohn. ... Victor Kirby drove a pair to victory lane. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $252,765. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety won the Gr 1 $150,000 3yo Emerald this afternoon with Pat's Delight at Cambridge Raceway.  Driven by Dexter Dunn, Pat's Delight blasted to the front early before handing up to Blair Orange and Sheriff with a lap to go.   In the straight Pat's Delight was too strong and easily beat Sheriff by a length to give Dexter a great going away present for his upcoming trip to North America. Solid Gold ran home well from three deep on the fence for third and Alta Maestro had to settle for fourth after sitting parked for the majority of the race. Dexter was euphoric after the race and gave credit to the horse. "He had a great season and although he got beaten a few times he always put up a good run.  "He deserved to get a Group One.  "Coming around that last bend I was travelling that good I was almost galloping but he was spot on  today. "Cran had him perfect," he said. Bettor's Delight managed a trifecta in the last with the first three placings all sired by the Woodlands Stud stallion. Pat's Delight paced the mile in a slick 1-52.7 with the last 800m in 55.6 and closing 400m in 27.4 seconds Harnesslink Media Interview with Chrissie Dalgety Pat's Delight DUNSTAN FEEDS 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 2 Pat's Delight 2 fr 75,000.00 2/1 1-52.7   D J Dunn C T Dalgety 2 3 Sheriff 3 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.9 1.00 B N Orange N R McGrath 3 1 Solid Gold 1 fr 15,000.00 7/6 1-53.0 1.30 J P Stormont F D Cooney & T R Hopkins 4 5 Alta Maestro 5 fr 6,375.00 5/5 1-53.7 4.90 J R Dunn R J Dunn 5 12 Sicario 12 fr 4,735.00 1/2 1-53.7 5.00 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 10 Triple Eight 10 fr 3,770.00 9/8 1-54.1 6.70 D J Butcher S G Telfer 7 11 Bettor Step Aside 11 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-54.1 6.80 D M Balle D M Balle 8 7 Hail Christian 7 fr 3,770.00 8/9 1-54.4 8.40 R T May P T Court 9 6 Funatthebeach 6 fr 3,770.00 6/7 1-54.4 8.50 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 13 Ohanzee 13 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-54.4 8.60 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 11 9 Culpeka 9 fr 3,770.00 11/10 1-54.5 8.70 B M Mangos B M Mangos 12 8 Henry Hubert 8 fr 3,770.00 10/11 1-56.5 19.10 G D Smith R J Dunn $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 4 Hundie 4                     Divs: $3.30. $1.30. $1.60. $4.60. Quinella $4.60. Trifecta $117.20. TAB Double[races-8,9]:(1,2) $4.00. TAB Conc.:(1,3) $1.80. TAB Treble[races-7,8,9]:(10,1,2) $13.50. First4 $809.10. Quaddie[races-6,7,8,9]:(5,10,1,2) $50.30. Pick6[races-4,5,6,7,8,9]:(13,1,5,10,1,2) $200.60. Margins: 1 length, neck, 3 1/2 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-52.7 Last 800m: 55.6 Last 400m: 27.4 Placed Horses:       Pat's Delight 2014 3 B c Bettor's Delight - Righteous Franco   (by Falcon Seelster)    Trainer: C T Dalgety, West Melton    Owner: Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd(P Kubala)    Breeder: Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd(P Kubala)    Sheriff 2014 3 B c Bettor's Delight - Jen Marie   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: N R McGrath, Weedons    Owner: G W Deakins, Mrs P P Gillan, R V Masefield, Small Car World Ltd    Breeder: K N Spicer,Mrs A M Spicer    Solid Gold 2014 3 B g Bettor's Delight - Aquileia   (by Falcon Seelster)    Trainer: F D Cooney & T R Hopkins, Taupaki    Owner: Mrs A F Cooney, W H Outtrim, P J Haslam    Breeder: Old Ridge Services No 4 Ltd

All Stars Stables have notched up their fourth Jewels of the day after Another Masterpiece has defeated his rivals in the harness racing Gr1 $150,000 2yo Emerald today at Cambridge Raceway. Another Masterpiece (Bettor's Delight-Elegant Art) was well driven by driver Tim Williams when he worked very hard early to take the lead from the Australian invite Petes Big Jim. Tim Williams kept the pace on and his main rival and TAB favourite Jesse Duke meanwhile had to work hard to find the parked out position after David Butcher kicked up through the middle with outsider Beaudiene Western. After a titanic battle in the straight Another Masterpiece came out on top winning narrowly by a neck from Petes Big Jim who fought on strongly for second with Jesse Duke only a nose away in third. Driver Tim Williams said after the race the horse was very honest and had great ring-craft. "He has been honest all season and today we were lucky enough to come up with a good barrier draw and the horse did the rest. "His ring-craft is great and once we found the fence he dropped the bit and relaxed beautifully. "I can not thank Mark and Natalie enough for what they have done for me. I am lucky I have been on this horse from day one and I am glad the horse is repaying the faith," he said. Another Masterpiece paced the mile in 1-53.4 with a closing 800m in 57.5 and 400m in 28.5 seconds. Harnesslink Media The owners interview Another Masterpiece   McMILLAN EQUINE 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    (Qualifying Time: 2-06.4)   For 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 5 Another Masterpiece 5 fr 77,356.25 2/2 1-53.4   T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 1 Petes Big Jim 1 fr 23,254.00 3/3 1-53.5 0.30 L R Tritton S P & Mrs L R Tritton 3 6 Jesse Duke 6 fr 15,377.00 1/1 1-53.5 0.40 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 2 Make Way 2 fr 6,563.50 10/11 1-53.6 0.80 A P T Poutama R W Green 5 8 War Dan Delight 8 fr 4,829.25 4/5 1-54.2 3.80 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 3 Major Express 3 fr 3,770.00 11/10 1-54.3 4.20 B M Mangos B M Mangos 7 12 Supreme Dominator 12 fr 3,770.00 8/7 1-54.3 4.50 R T May B Purdon 8 11 Heisenberg 11 fr 3,770.00 9/9 1-54.5 5.20 J R Dunn R J Dunn 9 7 A Bettor Act 7 fr 3,770.00 5/4 1-54.6 5.70 B N Orange M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 4 Beaudiene Western 4 fr 3,770.00 7/8 1-57.4 19.80 D J Butcher R W Green 11 9 Trojan Banner 9 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-57.4 19.90 Z E Butcher R W Green $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 10 Extreme Stride 10                     Divs: $3.30. $1.40. $2.00. $1.20. Quinella $19.50. Trifecta $54.20. TAB Treble[races-4,5,6]:(13,1,5) $38.80. First4 $1227.80. Margins: neck, nose, neck Times: Mile Rate: 1-53.4 Last 800m: 57.5 Last 400m: 28.5 Placed Horses:       Another Masterpiece 2015 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Elegant Art   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J A Gibbs MNZM, Mrs A Gibbs, G A Woodham, Mrs K J Woodham    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd    Petes Big Jim 2015 2 B g Big Jim(USA) - Foxi   (by Presidential Ball)    Trainer: S P & Mrs L R Tritton, New South Wales    Owner: P Kohlsdorf    Breeder: P T Salathiel    Jesse Duke 2015 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss, W R Feiss    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd

Bettor's Delight mare Utmost Delight has won a brutal Jewels race, finally claiming a narrow victory in stirring home stretch battle with harness racing rival Delishka. Utmost Delight had to be the best horse to win after sitting three wide and parked for most of the race while Mark Purdon took the bull by the horns and launched to the front early on All Stars runner Partyon. In the straight Utmost Delight dug deepest and beat Deliska by a half a length with a further length back to Seaswift Joy in third. Driver Ricky May gave credit to trainer Steven Reid after the race. "I have only driven her five times and she has never been out of the first two for me, so Steven always has her pretty spot on,"he said. Steven Reid said it was a great week for him. "All I can say is it has been a great week. "I had my doubts today that she could win but the way she worked during the week I thought she only needs an ounce of luck and she had no luck but still won. "I am just rapt. I am really rapt for the owners and everyone involved in the horse," he said. Utmost Delight paced the mile in 1-52.7  Harnesslink Media   Listen to owner Charlie Roberts son in law Paul Kenny Utmost Delight WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m   For 4-year-old pacing mares. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 13 Utmost Delight 13 fr 75,000.00 1/2 1-52.7   R T May S J Reid 2 5 Delishka 5 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.8 0.50 M J Williamson B K Mowbray 3 2 Seaswift Joy 2 fr 15,000.00 2/1 1-53.2 2.40 J P Stormont J P Stormont 4 11 Opoutama 11 fr 6,375.00 8/8 1-53.3 2.80 Z E Butcher B Purdon 5 12 Partyon 12 fr 4,735.00 5/4 1-53.3 3.00 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 7 Step Up 7 fr 3,770.00 9/9 1-53.9 5.60 D J Butcher S G Telfer 7 3 Juice Brogden 3 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-53.9 6.00 N A Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott 8 10 Bonnie Joan 10 fr 3,770.00 4/5 1-54.0 6.10 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 9 1 Christanna 1 fr 3,770.00 10/10 1-54.5 8.90 P A Butcher M G Berger 10 8 American Empress 8 fr 3,770.00 11/12 1-54.7 9.90 S W Abernethy J M Young 11 6 Bettor's Heart 6 fr 3,770.00 7/7 1-56.0 16.10 J R Dunn P D Bagrie 12 4 Lynbar Rose 4 fr 3,770.00 12/11 1-56.7 19.60 M W McKendry MNZM J M Young $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 9 Carlas Pixel 9                     Divs: $4.20. $1.70. $2.10. $1.60. Quinella $9.30. Trifecta $72.70. First4 $508.20. Margins: 1/2 length, 2 lengths, 1/2 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-52.7 Last 800m: 56.0 Last 400m: 28.2 Placed Horses:       Utmost Delight 2013 4 B m Bettor's Delight - Victor Supreme   (by Placid Victor)    Trainer: S J Reid, Pukekohe    Owner: C J Roberts    Breeder: C J Roberts    Delishka 2013 4 Br m Bettor's Delight - Balishka   (by Badlands Hanover)    Trainer: B K Mowbray, Russley    Owner: Nanticoke Racing Inc    Breeder: E W Knight,B K Mowbray    Seaswift Joy 2013 4 B m Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: J P Stormont, Pukekohe    Owner: M I Shinn, Mrs P G Redmond, J R Redmond, G S Redmond, D C Redmond, A G Redmond    Breeder: M J Prendergast,Mrs P G Redmond,M I Shinn

WILKES-BARRE PA - All three winners in their $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts were impressive in their own way, so we'll just follow the chronology of the evening in reporting their victories. First to the track, and to the winners circle, was the Well Said colt Done Well, who was undefeated in four starts when his freshman campaign ended after August 7. After almost ten months away, Done Well reflected the classics promise he had shown in his brief stint at the track at two, equaling his lifetime mark of 1:51.2. Tim Tetrick was content to let favored I'm A Big Deal take command in front of the stands, sitting in the pocket and then having his colt full of pace when shown the Pocono Pike, gaining into a speedy 54.2 back half to win comfortably by 1½ lengths over the chalk. It may be a while before anyone again collects $6.20 to win on Done Well, trained by Brian Brown for James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. The Bettor's Delight colt Wes Delight won the "featured" division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes here last week over seasonal debutants Lost In Time and Stay Hungry, and on Monday he added a third straight win to his record, also using the "pocket to Pocono Pike to paydirt" path with a length win in a personal best of 1:50.2. Wes Delight, now a winner of $297,573 in his short career, ranks among the top in any consideration of this division at this point, with Corey Callahan handling the driver for hot trainer Mark Harder, also co-owner with Rick Phillips and Deena Rachel Frost. The leader pro tem in the glamour division, based on quality of accomplishment, is probably the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dorsoduro Hanover, who on Monday overcame the outside post nine in posting a 1:50.3 triumph. Hustled in front of the stands by driver Matt Kakaley to get command of the point over early leader Hayden Hanover, "Dorsoduro" was able to come home in 55 to hold off the challenger from the pocket by half a length. Undefeated in three 2018 outings and with a lifetime bankroll of $160,168, Dorsoduro Hanover is trained by Ron Burke for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and the Wingfield Five LLC - three of whom, Charles, Robert, and Thomas, are also part-owners of Done Well. That trio may have the most fun of all this summer! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Could the Jimmy Takter trained and driven colt who won Saturday night's Escort Series Final at the Meadowlands be a player in the Meadowlands Pace? Who could blame his connections if they think big and dream big. Making only the second start of his career, Thinkbig Dreambig took the $47,000 series finale for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, breaking his maiden in spectacular fashion, stopping the teletimer in 1:49.2. "He's a lovely horse, a very good colt," said Takter. "I thought he was very professional." It sure looked that way. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Thinkbig Dreambig, a son of Bettor's Delight-Extreme Dream, picked up a live tow at the quarter. Takter was in no particular hurry with the inexperienced colt, racing a tad gapped off his cover passing the half and three-quarters. As Legal Power, the longshot who challenged leader Life Happened down the backstretch, weakened around the far turn, Takter hit the gas pedal on his colt as the pair surged three wide coming toward the top of the stretch. It appeared Thinkbig Dreambig would go on to an easy win from there, but with less than an eighth of a mile to go, driver Eric Abbatiello found a seam with Thor De Vie and briefly took the lead away from the favorite. Takter then got after his colt, giving him a few right-handers, and he responded by going on to a half-length win over Thor De Vie. Better Watch Out finished third. "He really doesn't know what racing is yet," said Takter. "He learned quite a bit tonight. For a very green horse, he's a professional." Thinkbig Dreambig, who returned $3.00 to his backers and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg and G. Falk, did not compete during his 2-year-old season due to breathing issues that required surgery. The rehab took time. Hence, the late start. And much catching up to do. Takter also has Lost In Time, one of the early Meadowlands Pace favorites, in his barn. Can Thinkbig Dreambig compete with horses like him? "I made Thinkbig Dreambig eligible (to the Meadowlands Pace) because I know how good a horse he is," said Takter. "I know he can go with those horses. It's just a matter of getting him ready." Takter knows it's a longshot given his horse's inexperience, but when it comes to The Pace and Thinkbig Dreambig, who knows? "It's possible he could be there," said Takter. A LITTLE MORE: K J's Justine ($6.00) won the $42,500 Rainbow Blue Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies for driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Linda Toscano in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. ... Santiago Style ($4.20) took the $35,200 Hot Lead Final for pacers of any age in 1:49.4 for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Robert Bongiorno. ... One lucky player at the Meadowlands walked away with $13,964 after being the only bettor to survive seven legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 wager. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $240,774. ... All-source wagering on the 10-race program totaled $1,949,217. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

CHESTER PA - Bettorhaveanother worked her way to the top fairly easily for driver Marcus Miller, rated the half, then sprinted home in 54.2 to equal her mark of 1:50.3 - taken in almost identical fashion two weeks before -- in winning the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs during a Friday night card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, Princess Fabulosa was favored over Bettorhaveanother, but the winning daughter of Bettor's Delight got to the half in 56.1 and then zipped home in 54.2 to withstand the grind of her foe. This week Princess Fabulosa again was the crowd's choice, but again her first-up challenge was repelled by Bettorhaveanother - who had the exact same first half (56.1) and second half (54.2) clockings in both events! Ron Burke conditions Bettorhaveanother, who now has seven wins in 15 seasonal starts and a career accumulation of $349,377, for the familiar pairing of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Driver George Napolitano Jr. was hot at both ends of the action at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday evening, winning three of the first five races and then sweeping the Late Double for a total of five wins on the card. FINISHING LINES - The next action at Harrah's Philly will be this Sunday at 12:40, when the track will host its "SUPER SUNDAY" of first-rate racing. The $150,000 Maxie Lee Trot (Marion Marauder is the early favorite), the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace (with the early nod to Shartin N), and the $150,000 Commodore Barry Pace (with Filibuster Hanover the chalk off his Confederation Cup win) will be joined by two divisions of a Pennsylvania Sire Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies, a division for each Invitational class in the Great Northeast Open Series (and these races are tough - Hannelore Hanover is in the trot), and an attempt (weather permitting) on the 1:08 world record for pacing 5/8 of a mile on a 5/8 mile track, ensuring an outstanding day of competition for the pleasure of live or simulcast fans. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

LONDON...May 22 - When the field of eight line up for the inaugural Camluck Classic this Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, trainer Peter Tritton is hoping a new tradition kicks off right where it ended. His star studded pacer Bit Of A Legend captured the final edition of the Molson Pace last season before the signature event being renamed the Camluck Classic. Tritton, who resides in Pine Bush NY, will once again make the trip north of the border with the classy nine-year-old. "He's coming into the race really well. We'll keep the same routine as we did last year, because it worked out so well. Canada has been good to use and we're happy to return. The plan is to stay for the week then head to Northfield for the Battle Of Lake Erie." The son of Bettors Delight is no stranger to half-mile track racing. In fact, from 65 starts on North American soil, the nine-year-old has raced six times outside a half-mile oval. The winner of over $2.1 million has been a regular fixture at Yonkers Raceway over the past few seasons. Last year alone, Bit Of A Legend captured signature half-mile track events such as the Molson Pace, Gerrity and Bobby Quillen with $547,070 in seasonal earnings. "I would say pound-for-pound he's the best half-mile track horse in North America. I think we have the best horse in the race and Jordan (Stratton) thinks he's better right now than last year, which is quite amazing, really." Tritton admits post position plays a major role in the outcome of the race on the half and is satisfied with beginning from the trailing tier. "I'm happy with the draw. Obviously you don't want the outside on a half and I'm content starting from the second tier. I could be an interesting start into the first turn with a lot of speed so I'm happy to be inside. "He's a special horse, that's for sure," Tritton continued. "He paces the turns so well and doesn't lose any ground. Jordan (Stratton) has done a great job looking after him and we've been rewarded." Driver Jordan Stratton will once again make the trip to Canada. The young reinsman has driven the superstar pacer in all but one pari-mutual start on North American soil. "Jordan is his regular pilot and drives all of my horses," Tritton said. "We have a great relationship and he looks after my horses very well. You have to pick your spots at the top level especially at Yonkers and he's done a great job of doing that. We're very fortunate." Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry 2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll 3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter 4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy 5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair 6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno 7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald 8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night. For more information visit CamluckClassic.com by Greg Gangle, for Western Fair  

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