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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Agent Q moved alongside leader Brazuca on the final turn and pulled away from the field to win Saturday's $165,700 Mistletoe Shalee for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers by two lengths in a stakes- and track-record equaling 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. Idyllic Beach finished second and Awash was third. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Agent Q and driver David Miller were fourth in the race's early stages as Brazuca led the fillies to the opening quarter in :26.4 and half in :54.3. By that time, Agent Q was on the move first over and was a quarter-length from the lead when the field reached three-quarters in 1:21.4. Agent Q's time equaled the track and stakes record set by Dancinwiththestarz in 2010. "She's just been unbelievable the last few weeks," co-owner Bill Rochetti Jr. said. "It's so fun to watch." Agent Q has won five of eight races this year and earned $379,124 and her victories this season also include the Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won eight of 18 races and finished worse than third only once on her way to banking $817,828. The daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige, trained by Chris Ryder, is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing and Robert Muscara. Agent Q paid $2.60 to win. Agent Q By Ken Weingartner  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 15, 2017) - Since adding Lasix on April 1, Rodeo Romeo has taken his already considerable talent to a harness racing career-best level. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion won for the second time in three starts since adding Lasix, this time holding off the late charge of Special T Rocks to win the $18,000 pacing feature in a career-best 1:50. Andrew McCarthy moved Rodeo Romeo to the front past an opening quarter in :27. From there, the Chris Ryder-trainee controlled the action and had just enough late to hold off Special T Rocks, who got clear too late and missed by a head. Rodeo Romeo won for the ninth time in 29 career starts and has career earnings of $169,999. He is shared in ownership by Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. In Round 2 action in the Dash For The G-Notes series, Iwillmakeyousaynow won the fastest split in a lifetime-best 1:50.3 over fellow Round 1 winners Downthehighwy and So Take That. Iwillmakeyousaywow is trained by Todd Buter and driven by Tyler Buter. Alex Bullville and P L Idaho won the other divisions. The top point earners are scheduled to return next Saturday in the $17,500 final. Corey Callahan was the driving star of the night with five wins, including a natural hat trick in Races 7-9. Dave Miller won a pair of races while Chris Ryder and Mike Russo each had two training wins. Total handle was $2,040,489 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

DOVER, Del.-- Bushwacker rolled out of post 7 to take the lead and fought off a slew of harness racing challengers nearing the finish line to score a 1:51.2 victory , the third in his last four starts to win the $30,000 Preferred pace while Art Stafford Jr. notched his third win of the day in the $27,500 Delaware Special highlighting a big Thursday, Feb. 2 Dover Downs program. Defending driver champion Corey Callahan, who scored his second of a three win night, driving Henderson Farms' Bushwacker for trainer Chris Ryder, Cajon Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.), who finished second for the third straight time, with Dancin Yankee (Ross Wolfenden), a winner of $1.5-million, third. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Art Stafford Jr., who drove the winners of both halves of the daily double, completed a three-win night coming from off-the-pace with Blazing Bobby Sox to catch front-pacing Remember VK (Yannick Gingrass) in deep stretch with Captive Audience (Callahan) second and Mustang Art (Vic Kirby), the third-place horse. Engel and JL Benson stables' Toatsmygoats was at his best in a $15,500 Male pace turning back eight rivals with Golden Gun being scratched with a 1:51.3 triumph equaling his lifetime best clocking. Pat Berry was in the bike for trainer Nick Surick for Relentless Yankee-This Much Is True gelding's 17th career win. Don't Ya Know (Callahan) was runner-up in front of Ballinrobe (Allan Davis). Tony Morgan steered Niss Allen's Ima Rebel to his first win of the new year scoring a lifetime record 1:52.1 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Willard Reynolds conditions the Skydancer Hanover-Ali Cat gelding. Suchasenseofhumor (Jim Morand) was the second-place finisher. Sonny At The Beach (Kirby) an early leader, held on for third. The husband and wife team of driver Sean and Crissy Bier combined for back-to-back wins. Sean Bier's Brody won a 1:51.2 decision racing in a $20,000 Male pace. R.J.Thomas' Jet Blue Miracle came right back, also from post 1, to win a $15,000 Male Claimer. After a long climb from far back, Corey Callahan, the defending champion, jumped into first place in the meet's dash win column with three wins to now lead second-place Vic Kirby by three victories. Art Stafford Jr. and Corey Callahan had three winners. Sean Bier and Yannick Gingras had two winners each. Trainers Crissy Bier and Dylan Davis, who also had two owner wins, had doubles. The biggest win-payoff on the card was $98.80 when Arty Foster's 48-1 shot Rock Me Henry with Russell Foster driving, closed along the passing lane to beat Officer Blue Chip (Jason Lynch) ending that horses five-race win streak. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservation ns, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

TORONTO, November 19 - Thats The Ticket charged home to win the $427,000 Three Diamonds for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies at odds of 5-1 Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Chris Ryder trained pacing filly was able to convert off a perfect third-over trip from driver David Miller for her second win in 14 starts. Idyllic Beach, the 6-5 favourite, left out hard to grab command ahead of a pesky Someomensomewhere. The public's choice posted an opening-quarter of :27.2 and was unchallenged in the second-quarter to lead the field by the half in :56.4. Caviart Ally came first up just after the half and supplied cover to Candlelight Dinner from fifth and Thats The Ticket in sixth. The first-over challenger pulled up along side Idyllic Beach at three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Thats The Ticket shot off cover and delivered a stunning stretch rally to fly by her rivals with powerful strides. The Ryder trainee crossed the wire first in 1:53.4, 3¼ lengths ahead of runner-up Idyllic Beach. Candlelight Dinner edged out Caviart Ally for third. Known as a front-end favouring racetrack, Thats The Ticket completely ignored the Woodbine track bias to win the Three Diamonds. "We had planned on just racing her off the end of it there and hopefully get some cover that takes us where we needed to go," said Miller post-race. "Passed the half when they all started moving I was hoping they would get up with the leader, which they did and everything worked out good, but I moved her over at the head of the stretch and she really dug." Thats The Ticket, a daughter of Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Art Account, has shown big closing speed throughout her rookie season, including last week's :26.4 kicker to finish second in her elimination. Miller was confident victory was within reach with an eighth of a mile to go. "About half way through (the stretch) she was almost up to the leader and starting to get wound up," noted Miller, who did not drive the Ryder trained filly in the elimination. "I was feeling pretty comfortable and she won pretty handy." Owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo and Lawrence Minowitz, Thats The Ticket now has two wins in 14 starts and earnings of $331,824 this season. She paid $13.70 to win. by Mark McKelvie    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Kiss Me Onthebeach, who had never been better than third in a harness racing stakes race during her first 17 career starts, changed her luck in a huge way Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, coming home strongly after wild front-end numbers to win her division of the fourth and final preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in 1:48.3, a world record for three-year-old pacing fillies on a 5/8-mile track. Another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Darlinonthebeach, took her second Sires prelim win with a 1:48.4 victory.   The new world champion Kiss Me Onthebeach, to be fair, had been "there or thereabouts" against top fillies throughout her career before Saturday at Pocono, getting checks in 12 of 14 starts in stakes competition and winning her only three starts in overnights for trainer Chris Ryder and Bella Racing LTD. And she used every bit of Hall of Famer John Campbell's sulky magic to make her breakthrough in a big way while defeating Newborn Sassy by a neck.   2-5 favorite I Said Diamonds left strongly from midpack in the field of five, but she met resistance from East Side Hanover, with the polesitter using racetrack geometry to force her flying rival to tuck well before an astonishing 25.2 quarter. East Side Hanover had her earplugs out coming into the stretch the front time, and soon so did I Said Diamonds, who rushed out for command 5/16 and was stretched by "East Side" before making to the top into the second turn, just before the "52.3" clocking flashed and had the crowd buzzing.   Shezarealdeal was the first to move around the tiring East Side Hanover and tucked in the pocket, with Campbell and Kiss Me Onthebeach going on from behind her to challenge the leader to the 1:20.3 3/4s. When "Kiss Me" took the advantage late on the turn, Newport Sassy, who hadn't been far back, tipped outside, and that filly ate into the two-length advantage the leader still had at midstretch, but came up short in the photo, with I Said Diamonds settling for third, a total of four lengths behind.   The 1:48.3 mile lowered by a tick the world divisional standard set by I Luv The Nitelife at Pocono just under three years ago (August 17, 2013). The winner lowered her record by three full seconds, and with her first stakes victory raised her bankroll to $131,075 while returning $53.40 to win to her scattered backers.   Had Darlinonthebeach raced 17 minutes earlier, her 1:48.4 clocking would have put her name alongside that of I Luv The Nightlife, however temporarily; in any case, "Darlin" returned to the track where he had had a problem and had to be pulled up in the Lynch Final on July 2, putting to rest any "bad vibes" or whatnot with her authoritative triumph. Driver Matt Kakaley settled the winner of $488,272 in fourth early as Call Me Queen Be worked to get around Lispatty in a 25.4 quarter, then got to the front past the finish line the first time and hung up middle splits of 54 and 1:21.4.   Call Me Queen Be had stayed tight in the pocket, and after a first-over move from Lispatty was shaken off, the "Queen" mounted a strong charge in the famed Pocono Pike, but Kalaley's filly still had a 27 last quarter in her and kept her adversary at bay by 1¼ lengths, with longshot Skinny Dipper third after an inside journey. Darlinonthebeach, who was sent off at 7-5 from the outside post six against Call Me Queen Be's 4-5 favoritism, is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner/breeder White Birch Farm, and lowered her mark by 2/5 of a second.   With Pure Country off at Northfield again taking on the boys in the Milstein Pace (she was second to Betting Line after finishing fourth in the Cane Pace on Hambletonian Day), Newborn Sassy saw her 25 points earned in finishing second Saturday bring her unofficially to 100 points in the Sires preliminaries (35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1) to lead her group with a 4-1-2-1 record.   With stakes conditions limiting the $350,000 Championship, which will be held at The Meadows on Saturday, September 10, to eight, the following horses also get automatic qualification for the Championship, listed in points order: Darlinonthebeach (95), Call Me Queen Be (90), I Said Diamonds and Pure Country (tied at 85), Kiss Me Onthebeach (65), Shesasmokinlady (58), and Lispatty (35). Skinny Dipper (31) and Shezarealdeal (30) will be programmed as AEs and can draw into the race until 6 p.m. the day before. The next nine highest pointearners not in the Championship will have a $50,000 Consolation on the condition sheet for them.   Tomorrow night at Pocono, these fillies' Stallion Series counterparts will race four divisions of their final preliminary leg, going in slots 3, 4, 7, and 8. The two double winners in the three prelims so far will headline the first two divisions: Dismissal has post three in race three, while Terror At Night has post five in race four. The top nine pointwinners after tomorrow's Stallion Series racing will become eligible for their $40,000 Championship, to be held right here at Pocono on Sunday, September 11.   And while the top eight pointearners didn't change because of the results of tonight's Sire Stakes racing, we can assure you of no such certainty tomorrow: after the top five horses, who look pretty safe, there are fewer than 20 points between the horse currently sitting sixth and the two horses tied for twentieth, with sixteen of the top 21 entered for Sunday.   PHHA / Pocono

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Bushwacker prevailed after a length-of-the-stretch duel with even-money favorite Melmerby Beach to take the harness racing featured $17,000 conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night by three-quarters-of-a-length in 1:48.4, a lifetime best. After Melmerby Beach grabbed the lead at the quarter in :26.2, Odds On Equuleus made the top at three-eighths before Bushwacker quickly brushed to command at the half in :53.2. The eventual winner still had the lead at three-quarters (1:21.4) as Melmerby Beach crept closer from first-over after vacating the three hole at the five-eighths. Melmerby Beach poked a head in front at one point as the duo battled through the stretch, but Bushwacker, who won a week ago in 1:49.3, repelled his challenger to go on to a dead-game victory. Alexie Mattosie, a 68-1 longshot, finished third. As the 8-5 second choice, Bushwacker returned $5.20. The 5-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was driven by Daniel Dube and is trained by Chris Ryder for the Henderson Farms of Chicago. HIGHER AND HIGHER: Neither of the Big M's 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five wagers had a single-ticket winner, setting up one big and one enormous carryover for the next live program. The fifth-race wager now has a carryover of $15,884.81, while the 12th race JSH5 now sports a $253,827.71 jackpot. ... Greg Merton drove three winners on the night, including the 4,000th of his career with Major Buddy A in the 11th race. Andy Miller also scored three times. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

When horse owner Peter Mazzella was growing up, he looked up to his grandfather, John Nittolo. It was Nittolo, known as "Oompa," who introduced a young Mazzella to harness racing --- and ever since then it has been Mazzella's passion. And although his grandfather is no longer alive, he is still with Mazzella whenever he sends out a horse to compete. Mazzella races under the stable name Oompa's Farm Inc. in honor of his grandfather. On Sunday, two Chris Ryder-trained horses co-owned by Mazzella --- Rodeo Romeo and National Seelster --- will participate in the C$244,000 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. Rodeo Romeo will start from post one while National Seelster will leave from post six. The nine-horse field also includes Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year. "I used to hang out with my grandfather, go to the farm with him, and that's how I got into the horses," said the 57-year-old Mazzella, who as a young child gave his grandfather the name "Oompa" when he couldn't pronounce "Grandpa," and the name stuck forever thereafter. "He was like an idol. He lived for the horses. When he was dying, I made him a promise that any horse I ever owned would race under the stable name Oompa. And that's what I did. "That's something I'm kind of proud of. I haven't had any Wiggle It Jiggleits, but I've had some nice horses. It's something that means a lot to me. He got me started in the horse business. It was a love of his and it's a love of mine." Mazzella, who has a 20-acre farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., owns Rodeo Romeo with Ohio's Bob Mondillo and New Jersey's Michael Day. He shares ownership of National Seelster with Mondillo. The partners bought both horses at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against whose family includes millionaires Strike An Attitude, Delinquent Account and Artiscape, was first for $50,000. Rodeo Romeo, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Southwind Vanna and a half-brother to recent Pennsylvania Classic winner Check Six, was purchased for $30,000. Neither horse raced at age 2 as the connections gave both time to mature physically. Last year at 3, National Seelster won eight of 21 races and earned $203,402. His wins included four preliminary divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, an elimination for the Adios and a preliminary round of the Buddy Gilmour Series. He was often a victim of bad post luck in the big money races; he drew the outermost starting spot or second tier in all four of his starts for $400,000 or more. National Seelster is winless in two starts this year, heading to the Confederation Cup off a second-place finish to Mel Mara in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands on April 30. Rodeo Romeo won three of 10 races last year and earned $45,333. All three of his victories came after October and he closed the season with consecutive triumphs in conditioned races at the Meadowlands. This year, he has won four of six races, including the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series championship at Yonkers, and earned $67,660 while hitting the board in every start. He heads to the Confederation Cup off a win in a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on May 1. "When people don't see horses racing at 2 they think something happened to them, but it's better to not race if you're not quite ready," Mazzella said. "We just gave them the time they needed. Chris liked both colts. They both came back really strong. We're happy with both of them. "They can go to the front, they can come from off the pace; they're very versatile. They've raced against some really top horses in the last year or so. I think they've shown what they're made of. Obviously you need a lot of luck in this game. You have to draw well, stay sound. But I think they should have a good year." National Seelster and Rodeo Romeo are eligible to the upcoming Graduate Series, but Mazzella is taking it one race at a time. And that means focusing on the Confederation Cup. "When you're racing against horses like Wiggle It Jiggleit and these kinds of horses, you've got to take one at a time," Mazzella said. "Wiggle It Jiggleit isn't the only good horse in that race, though. There are nine horses in that race and all good horses. Of course Wiggle It Jiggleit is a champion, and he certainly deserves it. He's a great horse. When I'm not in a race with him, I root for him. "But I think our horses will race well," Mazzella added. "Chris is great at prepping horses. You just need to get a good trip and hope for the best." Post time Sunday is 6 p.m. Below is the full field for the C$244,000 Confederation Cup. C$244,000 Confederation Cup PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer 1. Rodeo Romeo (Brett Miller-Chris Ryder) 2. My Hero Ron (Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke) 3. Americanprimetime (TBA-Rick Dane) 4. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke) 5. Drachan Hanover (Randy Waples-Marcel Barrieau) 6. National Seelster (Sylvain Filion-Chris Ryder) 7. Rockin In Heaven (Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore) 8. Rock N Roll World (Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke) 9. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis) Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Westfield, IN- With the May 15 deadline approaching for students t apply for positions at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s summer camps, the organization’s stable of Trottingbred horses is being prepped for their cross-country tour. Nineteen-year-old goodwill ambassador Sweet Karen (www.facebook.com/HHYFSweetKaren?ref=hl) is being  conditioned by the Chuck Connor Stable at Goshen (NY) Historic Track when they can keep the staff of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame from doing the work for them. She will be featured at the foundation’s 40th Anniversary Brunch on Sunday, June 5. This year four Trottingbreds have been shipped to Delaware. CD’s Miss M is with Bobby Clark Stable; Ima’s Hit is with the George Teague Stable; Royal Attire returns to  the Eddie Dennis Stable; and LR Trixie is again being put through her paces by the Andrew Stafford Stable. In New Jersey, the Chris Ryder Stable is prepping I Want Another as he starts his second year with HHYF, while newcomer Sonny is being readied in Springfield, Illinois by the Nick Giberson (and family) stable. The Gibersons won the HHYF Service To Youth Award in 2014 for their work with Sweet Karen. “Just like racehorse, our horses can’t just show up at camps and be expected to work,” says HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “They need to be legged up, to be in condition. We could not possibly do the outreach we do without the voluntary work of our trainers each year. We are especially appreciative of Brittany Farms for annually providing an off-season home for our Trottingbreds.” The trainers will work with the horses for about two months before the HHYF camp season begins at the home of the Little Brown Jug, the Delaware County Fair from June 18-22. From there the move on to North Carolina, Maryland, New York and New Jersey before returning to Ohio for programs at Scioto Downs and the Van Wert Fairgrounds in August. For a complete camp schedule, go to http://hhyf.org/schedule-applications   From HHYF    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Bushwacker, under full-out assault by Cooperstown down the backstretch in the $25,000 winners-over pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, turned back that rival on the far turn, then held off second-over Badiou Hanover by a neck in 1:49.3.   Driver Larry Stalbaum had no problem w(h)acking out the pace with the altered son of Rocknroll Hanover, passing the first two striped poles in 26 and 54.3. Shortly after the half Cooperstown, gunning for his fourth straight victory, came roaring up to the leader and got a half-length by before the ¾ but could not clear as the timer read 1:21.1, a 26.3 third quarter into an atypical backstretch headwind at Pocono.   Bushwhacker fought off Cooperstown and regained the lead, then had enough left when Badiou (pronounced ("BAD-I-O-U") Hanover circled wide and menaced nearing the finish. Cooperstown settled for third; favored Bettor's Edge raced in the pocket but may have been bottomed out chasing the whirlwind front end duel, as he faded in the last quarter and finished fifth.   Bushwacker posted his first victory since February 20, but he has been facing some pretty mean hombres in the interim: foe one example, he finished third behind Wiggle It Jiggleit and Rockeyed Optimist, arguably the two best pacers at the races at this moment, on March 28 at Dover. Chris Ryder trains the winner, who raised his bankroll to nearly $460,000 lifetime for Henderson Farms.   The Angus Hall mare Allerage Star went the fastest trotting mile year at Pocono in a $15,500 conditioned event, going right to the top for driver Marcus Miller and steaming home in 56 to complete a 1:52.3 victory, also a lifetime mark. Julie Miller conditions the winner of two straight for Little E LLC (also the breeder), Arthur Geiger, David Stoltz, and Jason Settlemoir.   With a temperature reading of 72 degrees at first post time, speed was the order of the day, as three other miles in 1:50 were paced, with Achilles Blue Chip (Marcus Miller), Simply Business (Anthony Napolitano), and Allbeef N Nobull (Mike Simons) all freezing the timer at exactly the new standard for the "magic mile." The Downs seasonal pacing standard of 1:49.1, set by Eighteen on March 26, did stand up to the speed-producing card (ironically, that win came in "nw9000L5," about four classes below the winners-over level).   The third round of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacers highlights the Sunday card at Pocono, which has a post time of 7:30 p.m. Both the males and females will contest three $15,000 divisions; hoping to making their Weiss records 3-for-3 will be, for the males, Options Are Adream (race 10, looking for his ninth win of an undefeated career) and Midnight Leader (race 11, the fastest Weiss winner in 1:51), and for the females, Candy Corn Hanover (race seven, her two Weiss wins the first two starts of her career.)   From the PHHA

Bushwacker, the richest harness racing horse of 2016 won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for the second straight week at Dover Downs on Monday, Feb. 8. After Mustang Art, with Sean Bier, took the feature pacers to the quarter in :25.4, Tim Tetrick pulled Bushwacker to the outside in front of the grandstand to take lead at the half in :54.3. Bushwacker was in command through a 1:22.1 three quarters and had enough to reach the finish line in 1:50.4 with Mustang Art, second. Doctor Butch came on in the lane for Tony Morgan to finish third. The five-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk, conditioned by Chris Ryder, won for the fifth time in 2016 and sixth in his last eight, for Henderson Farms. It was his 17th career win with a $426,212 lifetime bankroll. Bushwacker has now won $71,100 already in 2016. Frank Chick's Warp Factor Three, trained by Kevin Lare, made good use of starting from post 1 with Yannick Gingras scoring a 1:52 victory in a $15,500 4&*5-Year-Old Male pace. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) was second in front of Apollo Seelster (Roberts). Russ Foster, the youngest driver in the race at 26, drove Sentencing Memo, the youngest horse in the event, a three-year-old, to a fast closing triumph in a $14,000 pace for young male horses. Suchasenceofhumor (Jim Morand) was runner-up with Roll Big (Corey Callahan), the favorite, third. Veteran Arty Foster, the driver's grandfather, owns and trains the Western Terror-Lady Annie gelding, who won for the fourth time in five outings and sixth time in seven starts. In a $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace, Owner Foulk Stable won for the first time since claiming Sparky Mark for $50,000 in December, as Jonathan Roberts, who had a driving triple, piloted the nine-year-old son of Astreos-Luckbealadytonite to a 1:51.2 triumph. It was one of two training wins for meet leader Dylan Davis. Just A Jolt (Tetrick), the race favorite, finished strongly for second with Don't Ya Know (Vic Kirby) the show horse. Rocknroll Jewell gave Gingras a double winning for the sixth consecutive time notching a 1:51.2 conquest in a $12,000 Male pace. Tom Lazzaro owns the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewell gelding trained by Dylan Davis. Gallic Beach (Callahan) went a big trip and finished second. Believe This Bob (Ross Wolfenden) was a close third. In a day of big prices, 21-1 Millennium Wheel was the biggest, scoring a 1:52 decision in a $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Trainer Jason Lynch shares ownership win Jim Jacobs in the Bettor's Delight-London Eye gelding. Beavercreek Artist (Allan Davis) and Brioni (Tony Morgan), whose seven-race win streak came to an end, were second and third respectively. Jonathan Roberts with three wins, Montrell Teague, Allan Davis, Yannick Gingras and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins each. SPRINGFORTH, SHINE N SHIMMER HEAD $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY   Springforth, a just miss second in his last two starts meets regulars Shin N Shimmer and Fashion Showdown in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 p.m. Owner-trainer Jeff Clark’s Springforth, piloted by George Dennis, has been a close-up second in three 0f his last three outings, with a win in between, takes on Howard Taylor’s hard-hitting Shine N Shimmer teamed with Corey Callahan and Chris White’s Fashion Showdown, driven by Ross Wolfenden, a two-time Open winner, who has a major change of post positions this week moving from post-8 to number-3 this week.   Jerseylicious leaves from the rail with Allan Davis driving for Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing while Tony Morgan will drive JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious from the outside in the seven-distaff field. John McGill’s No Respect with Tim Tetrick in the bike, and Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley’s sharp Matinee Dragon with Jonathan Roberts complete the highly competitive lineup. A $15,000 Mares Winners-Over pace heads the undercard.  Mildred’s Button (Montrell Teague) closed strongly to win last week’s edition. Lorie and Paul Davis’ Lady Beth (Tetrick) was a head back in second for the second straight start. Playncardswitroddy (Dennis), owned by George&Tina Dennis and Ask W stables, was used on the backstretch and was only two-lengths off at the wire. Naty (Jonathan Roberts) step up a notch for trainer Brian Malone and Carrie Stackowitz after an impressive win last week. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker recorded his third win at the meet this season scoring a 1:50.2 harness racing victory in the week’s top pace the $30,000 Preferred on Monday, Feb. 1. It was de ja’ vu all over again for 13-1 Mustang Art winning the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick tripled.   For the second straight week, Tim Tetrick who piloted Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker into the early lead but this time did not stop in the stretch on the way to a 1:50.2 success in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. The five-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk posted his sixth victory in his last eight starts with a second and a third for trainer Chris Ryder. The win pushed his career bankroll to $411,212. Doctor Butch (Tony Morgan was a fast finishing second with Dapper Dude (Vic Kirby), last week’s winner third. For Mustang Art, the only change was a driver, Sean Bier. Just as last Monday, he went off at 13-1, and the Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding left fast to get the lead, then sat second behind runner-up Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) until late in the stretch before coming on for a !:50.2 triumph for his second consecutive $27,500 Delaware Special win. Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art who won for the 42nd time. Casey At Bat made it two straight victories in $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male company to lead off the program as Allan Davis drove the four-year-old Sportsmaster-Odds On Casey gelding to victory number-5 this meet for trainer Wayne Givens and Sharon White, Denise Davis and legacy Racing. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) finished second with Twin B Stingray (Kirby) third. Blazing Bobby Sox came from off-the-pace to take the lead three-wide turning for home and rolled to a 1:54.1 decision in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Driver Art Stafford Jr. who owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding with his dad, Art Stafford, won for the fifth time this meet. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) led until the closing steps and finished second in front of Denslow Hanover (Tetrick) third. Vic Kirby put Soto into the lead and there was no catching the four-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Incredible Beauty horse in a 1:51.1 $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Contraband Hanover (Callahan) was next best wile race-favorite Just A Jolt (Tetrick) came storming down the lane from way back to finish third. The win was the second in-a-row and Third in the last four for owners ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta.         Brioni, a five-year-old Four Starzzz Shark Ambro Bahama horse, claimed last week, won for new owner-trainer Ron Davis for his sixth consecutive victory, romping to a 1:52 conquest in a $15,000-$20,000 Male Claiming Handicap to give Tony Morgan, the second leading winning driver in North America, his third win on the program. Beavercreek Artist (A.Davis) and Sir Jonathan Z Tam (Tyler Davis) were second and third respectively. Impressive winners from last week meet Hearts And Flowers and No Respect, a pair of impressive winners last week, head the 'Ground Hog' day, $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After taking the lead in front of the grandstand, Bay Pond Stable's Hearts And Flowers had clear sailing for Allan Davis on the way to a 1:52.1 victory having enough to hold off the consistent and fast finishing Springforth, owned and trained by Jeff Clark with George Dennis driving. Race favorite JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tim Tetrick, finished third. John McGill's No Respect turned in a convincing 1:52 triumph in her last start and will be driven by Vic Kirby from the rail. Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the contest, was absent last week after a near wire-to-wire victory, finishing second by a nose, in her last start. Corey Callahan will be at the controls this week. Chris White's Fashion Showdown won this event two weeks in-a-row with Ross Wolfenden, but was parked-out last Tuesday and again is burdened with post 8. Other starters are Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost piloted by Montrell Teague, and Elliesjet N, owned by Barry Spedden, Kevin Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker, who should enjoy leaving from post 2 this week. Among as talent rich assortment of top female paces is a $15,000 Mares Winners-Over pace led by last week's 1-2 finishers, Playncardswitroddy (Dennis), owned by George &Tina Dennis and Ask W stables, and Lorie and Paul Davis' Lady Beth (Wolfenden) and a $12,500 distaff pace featuring Howard Taylor's steady Shine N Shimmer (Callahan) and Foulk Stables' Valerya (Jonathan Roberts). . Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

East Rutherford, NJ --- After making two separate moves in the first three-eighths of Saturday (Jan. 16) evening's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Meadowlands, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker ($2.80) held sway for his third consecutive harness racing top-level win in New Jersey. Tim Tetrick sent the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding forward at race's outset, easing off a trio of other leavers before commencing a brush to the fore after a :26.4 first quarter. Bushwacker forged clear with five-eighths of the mile yet in front of him, taking charge from Dover invader Atta Boy Dan (Yannick Gingras) and subsequently rating a :55.3 middle half. After facing mild first-over pressure from Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller) on the far turn, Bushwacker accelerated clear in mid-stretch. He ultimately prevailed in 1:50 by 1-1/4 lengths, holding clear enough of Atta Boy Dan's late rally between rivals. Sweet Beach (Brett Miller) swung four-wide in mid-stretch off his third-over bid to pass tired pressers and stalkers in claiming third honors. Chris Ryder trains the 15-time winner. In addition to his win aboard Bushwacker in the feature, Tetrick paired up with five other winners on the night, including True Blue Hall ($8.20, 1:51.4), Moonlight Ransom ($5.60, 1:52.3), Dinner At The Met ($5.00, 1:52.1), Our Dragon King ($4.80, 1:51.3), and Arockin Hanover ($2.20, 1:53.1). In the evening's sub-featured $16,000 upper-level conditioned pace, Real Nice ($17.80) capitalized on a pocket trip, enjoying clear sailing throughout behind favored pacesetter Bettor Than You (Gingras) before kicking clear by 1-1/2 lengths for a 1:50.4 triumph. The 11-year-old veteran earned his 53rd career win in rein to Scott Zeron for owners Anthony Scussel and the Lightning 5 Racing Stable and trainer Scott Blackler. Saturday evening's total handle for the 14-race program was $2,826,048, including $156,822 in the evening's trio of guaranteed-pool horizontal wagers. Since neither 20-cent Jackpot High 5 was hit, Friday (Jan. 22) evening's seventh race High 5 will boast a $5,915 carryover, while the finale's High 5 will carry $62,725 of added money should one punter take down the entire pool. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (Jan. 22) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:35 p.m. (EST). Race 1 - Grand Theft Race 2 - Bushwacker Race 3 - Piece Of The Rock Race 4 - True Blue Hall Race 5 - Moonlight Ransom Race 6 - Dinner At The Met Race 7 - Gratias Deo Race 8 - Onedin Mach Race 9 - Our Dragon King Race 10 - Sometimes Said Race 11 - Fraternity Race 12 - Intheblinofaneye Race 13 - Real Nice Race 14 - Arockin Hanover by James Witherite

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 9, 2016) - One week ago Bushwacker emerged on the scene at The Meadowlands in the featured Open Handicap with a compelling harness racing victory. Saturday night was no different as Bushwacker steamrolled to another sharp score, posting the first sub-1:50 mile of the season, winning in 1:49.3. Despite winning last week, Bushwacker (8/5) was relegated to the second choice in the wagering behind Doctor Butch (4/5) who was making his second start off the brief layoff. Doctor Butch left hard off the gate, as did Bushwacker, but it would be the former to dictate the terms. Doctor Butch set an ambitious pace, reaching the points of call in 26.1, 55 and 1.23. While Bettor Than You rode the pocket, Bushwacker launched a bold blitz toward the lead and overtook Doctor Butch just as the field was set to turn for home. Bushwacker quickly opened up by a pair of lengths and he maintained that margin through the stretch thanks to a 26.3 final quarter to score his second victory of the year in as many starts. Doctor Butch held on to the place spot, with Kingofthejungle rallying from last to be third. Bushwacker won for the 14th time for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Henderson Farms. His career earnings surpassed $380,000 with the win. Corey Callahan scored a grand slam of driving victories on the card, including the aforementioned featured Open pace. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,935,127, a 12-percent increase over the totals for the 13-race card one year ago. Racing returns on Friday, with first post time at 6:35 P.M. Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, N.J. - Henderson Farms' Bushwacker (9-5 morning line) and Kenneth Jacobs's Doctor Butch (2-1) are poised for a Saturday night (Jan. 9) rematch in the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and the heavily favoured pair will square off against a quintet of other harness racing foes in the night's most prestigious of 14 races, carded as the second event. Doctor Butch, the lone millionaire of the septet, was assigned post 6 for his second start of the meet. The 6-year-old Art Major entire turned in a massive rally in last week's Open, kicking third-over cover late to pass all but one of his rivals. John Campbell handles the driving duties once again for trainer Linda Toscano. The one that Doctor Butch failed to pass--Bushwacker--was assigned the outside post 7 in the group by virtue of a string of four straight top-two finishes against Open company at both Dover and the Meadowlands. Last week, the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding found a seam up the pegs in the final eighth to kick clear off a pocket trip. Corey Callahan handled the driving assignment for trainer Chris Ryder last week, and "The Captain" is slated to be back aboard the 13-time winner this week. Other notable contestants include Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller, post 5), who won three straight races before facing defeat in the final sixteenth in last week's Open, and Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller, post 2), who has amassed over $920,000 in career earnings. A sub-featured upper-level conditioned pace will go as race 9 on the evening, with a field of nine vying for a purse of $15,000. Following a traffic-troubled journey last week, Ron Burke trainee Ultimate Beachboy drops down from the Open ranks for his third outing of the meet. Yannick Gingras will drive the 2-1 morning line favourite from post 7, but the pair will face their fair share of formidable foes. Mr Franklin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Rockin Wizard (Callahan, post 6) both come back off solid in-the-money finishes at this class, while Good Side (Jim Marshall, III) steps up off a third-level win and four prior top-three outings between Freehold and Harrah's Philadelphia. Punters should note that while the Pick 5 and Pick 4s still combine for $105,000 in guaranteed pools, the Pick 5 now begins in race three and the Pick 4s are due to begin in the fifth and ninth events. Likewise, the 20¢ Jackpot Super High 5 will be offered in races seven and 14, with over $50,000 in carryover money awaiting this week's players. On Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., fans who have opted into the email database can redeem coupons for $5 wagering vouchers they have received in their inboxes. Post time for both the Friday and Saturday cards this week at The Meadowlands will be 6:35 p.m. EST. For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at the Meadowlands, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

The 15-race Saturday card at The Meadowlands produced a total handle of $3,775,943, an increase of $1,178,455 over the 13-race harness racing card on this same night in 2015, or 45-percent. The per-race handle of $251,729 was a 26-percent increase over the $199,806 per-race handle on this night in 2015. In addition, on-track handle nearly doubled, increasing 95-percent from $209,066 to $407,897 and the per-race on-track handle increased 69-percent as well. The total handle of $3,775,943 was the third highest-handling program since the Breeders Crown of 2014, trailing only Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian Day of 2015. Bushwacker Ships and Scores at The Meadowlands Coming into the $25,000 Open Handicap on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, Bushwacker's Meadowlands resume was short and select. He sported just seven starts at the East Rutherford oval, with five of the seven races coming in stakes events. While Bushwacker had never won at The Meadowlands, he is stakes-placed in races like The Graduate and New Jersey Classic. On Saturday night, he found The Big M winner's circle. Getting plenty of support at the betting windows, Bushwacker, the 8/5 favorite at post time led at the first point of call, a 26.1 quarter, before yielding to the pocket behind the brushing Kingofthejungle. Bushwacker sat the pocket past the half-mile in 53.3 and three quarters in 1:22.3 as Kingofthejungle blazed the way. In the stretch, Bushwacker found a seam up the pylons and powered through to the lead. Doctor Butch, off a three month layoff rallied boldly down the center of the track, but Bushwacker was long gone and he would score in 1:50.1. Ontario Success was even off cover, finishing third. Winning driver Corey Callahan said in a pre-race interview that Bushwacker, "hits a knee at Dover and should like the bigger track." He was right, as Bushwacker won for the 13th time in his career, with earnings of $367,612. Bushwacker is trained by Chris Ryder for Henderson Farms. Bettorthanyou Impresses in Sale Audition Bettorthanyou, who is January Mixed Sale-bound on the 18th of the month, scored in the $17,500 upper level condition pacing event. Released as the 7/2 second-choice in the wagering, Bettorthanyou assumed command early in the mile and was well-rated throughout, putting up fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:24.2 before sprinting home in 27-second to score the victory for Yannick Gingras. Sunfire Blue Chip, 3/2 choice, was locked in the pocket for much of the stretch as Gingras made sure to keep his gelding glued to the pylons and didn't have clear sailing until the shadow of the wire. Mr. Franklin, who went a tough first over trip, held on gamely to finish third. Bettorthanyou is HIP #200 in the January Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls at The Meadowlands Racetrack on Monday, January 18th. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable L.L.C. and Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The win was the 13th in the career of Bettorthanyou, whose earnings went past $350,000 for his career. Campbell Wins Four John Campbell closed out his 2015 season with a five win night at The Meadowlands, the last of which pushed Campbell past $5 Million on the year. He opened his 2016 season in similar fashion, winning four races on the Saturday program, including a 27-1 upset with Mudslide. Campbell has now won nine of his last 27 races at The Meadowlands. If you had wagered $2.00 on John Campbell in each of those races, your total investment of $54.00 would have realized a return of $260.80 an Return On Investment of just shy of $10.00 for every $2.00 wagered. Bongiorno With a Hot Start On the heels of the most successful season of his young career, Joe Bongiorno began 2016 much like he ended 2015, winning races at The Meadowlands. He scored a driving triple on the card, including the 14-horse race at one and one-eighth miles. The 2015 season saw Bongiorno win 192 races for earnings of $1,973,758. Both career highs for the 22 year old reinsman. His Meadowlands numbers included 46 wins and earnings of $659,784, the highlight of which was the dead-heat victory in The Valley Victory Final with Make Or Miss. Friday racing returns on January 8th, with post time returning to 7:00 P.M. The Meadowlands racing schedule returns to each Friday and Saturday through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 6th. Darin Zoccali

Louisville, KY --- It has certainly not been the swiftest or simplest journey for Bushwacker during his 49-race career, but the 4-year-old pacing gelding is poised to relegate all those frustrating miles far in arrears and fulfill all the potential his harness racing connections were convinced he possessed as a youngster. “I liked him right when I first saw him,” said Chris Ryder, his conditioner. “He was a big, strong colt with a presence about him. He missed out in some of the races that went for big money as a 2- and 3-year old, but he is doing really well right now. I think he’s the best he’s ever been and I expect a very good performance from him on Saturday (Jan. 2) night.” Ryder is referring to the horse's appearance in a very stout edition of a $25,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands that evening. Bushwacker will attempt to collect his first win after his fifth birthday and commence his 2016 season on a winning note. Owned by Henderson Farms, the $135,000 yearling purchase will begin pacing from post position eight in the ninth race on the card and is the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Corey Callahan will be responsible for guiding him over the New Jersey oval where his primary competition will come from Kingofthejungle, Ultimate Beachboy, Doctor Butch and Shooter's Dream. “I am very pleased with him right now,” Ryder said. “He seems to have put it all together and we are looking forward to the upcoming season with him.” A son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Camluck mare Dolphins Can Talk, Bushwacker elicited high expectations from those associated with him immediately after the check for him was signed at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. Not only is he the progeny of a tremendous sire, he hails from one of the most powerful female families in harness racing. His dam, a daughter of the world champion and prolific producer Stienam’s Place, is a half-sibling to Donkeys Can Talk (Jate Lobell, $153,164), Showherthemoney (Cam's Card Shark, $871,161), Put On A Show (Rocknroll Hanover, $2,406,628), Good Day Mate (Christian Cullen, $469,189), Rockstar Stride (Rocknroll Hanover, $103,025) and The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover, $377,327). Prior to giving birth to Bushwacker, Dolphins Can Talk continued the family tradition by foaling Flipper J (Art Major, $586,182) and Talk Back (Tell All, $103,410). All six of her offspring have picked up at least one check and none of them have sold for less than $70,000. With a pedigree packed with that type of star power most participants in this business would wonder why Bushwacker is a gelding. “Right when we got him home he was very naughty,” said Ryder, who also managed the careers of Put On A Show and The Show Returns. “That is why we had to castrate him and his manners improved immediately after we performed that surgery. We just would not have been able to get along with him otherwise.” In his first year of racing, Bushwacker amassed a record of 7-2-0-3, collected just over $82,000 and paced in 1:51.4. He ended his year with a third place finish in the $534,500 Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands behind divisional heavyweights JK Endofanera and Arthur Blue Chip. After he was shut down for the winter, Ryder noticed he was having an issue with a stifle and the horse was sent to the New Bolton Center. “(Dr.) Mike Ross performed surgery on that stifle to remove bone chips,” Ryder said. “We were quite shocked when he sent us the pictures after the operation and there were 19 chips. That definitely had to be bothering him all year. We were really unsure if he would ever be able to race again after he recovered, but he never allowed it to faze him one bit. He came back as good as new and you would never even know he had the procedure performed.” As a sophomore, Bushwacker made 15 trips to the post with a resume of 2-3-2 and earned just more than $122,000. He was third in the $225,000 New Jersey Classic and fourth in the $437,325 Cane Pace, but failed to hit the board in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final, the $400,000 Adios final and the $227,000 American-National. He did, however, lower his lifetime mark to 1:50.1. “He got really tired towards the end of last year,” Ryder said. “So we just stopped on him and gave him the time he needed. He came back terrific and is an even bigger, stronger horse.” The gelding has enjoyed an excellent 2015. While competing primarily at the Meadowlands and the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Bushwacker advanced to the Open ranks after competing in non-winners contests. Since Sept. 26 he has not been worse than fourth in nine starts. He enters this Saturday's contest after a pair of triumphs in two Open events at Dover Downs and just missed to the red hot Atta Boy Dan at the same facility in his most recent start on Monday (Dec. 28). He has banked just under $150,000 in 2015, paced in 1:49.1 and his record stands at 27-8-6-4. “David (Miller) is actually a really good fit for this horse and has driven him in his last several starts,” Ryder said. “He’s out of town for this race and I’m sure Corey (Callahan) will do a top notch job with him. “It took him awhile to come around, but we plan on staking him to some of the big events over the summer. He will keep the same schedule of races over the winter until I give him a rest. It’s hard to do when he is doing so well, but it will be a long year for him and we want to give him opportunity to have an outstanding 5-year-old year, which we think he will.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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