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Freehold, NJ --- Ken Warkentin gets up early Sunday morning and hops into the car to head to a hockey rink. Although he spent the better part of Saturday calling harness racing at Freehold and the Meadowlands, finishing work around midnight, he is energized. When he arrives at the rink, he will not be playing in a game, though. He puts on black pants, a striped shirt, and gets ready to have a new kind of fun. The 58-year-old Warkentin is in his first year as a USA Hockey official. Warkentin is no stranger to hockey. He grew up in Toronto and was starting to skate at the same age he was learning to walk. He played organized hockey in youth leagues, high school and college, and for several winters was on as many as four teams at the same time. As an adult, he continues to play hockey in recreational leagues. But now Warkentin is enjoying another side of the sport. Earlier this year, at the urging of his wife, Warkentin completed an officiating class and is now a certified Level 1 USA Hockey official. He has worked 10 games so far, for ages 10-and-under (Squirt) and 8-and-under (Mite). “It’s quite challenging and intense,” Warkentin said. “But being out there with the kids, and the game, it’s just a lot of fun. It’s high-octane fun. “I’ve had nothing but pleasant experience so far. No parents have thrown rotten tomatoes at me yet.” Warkentin is paired with a more experienced official in each game as he gets more comfortable in his role. Unlike the NHL, which has two linesmen and two referees, these games are worked by only two officials. “You’ve got to skate your tail off and know the rulebook inside and out,” Warkentin said. “It’s a team effort between two guys and you have to work together. It’s really all about positioning, but you need to hustle. “The games I’ve watched experienced officials do, it looks like they’re doing nothing. It looks like they’re standing in one spot the whole game. It just comes with experience to be in the right position; to see what is going on and being in position to make the right calls. It’s a real challenge, but it’s a lot of fun.” Warkentin officiates mostly on Sundays because of his schedule. He drives up to an hour to get to the various rinks and has worked primarily travel league games. “These kids are fast and they’ve got skill,” Warkentin said. “You’ve got to be on your toes and laser focus for three 15-minute periods. It’s a fast game and split-second decisions. You can’t stop the game and ask to think about it. You have to see what you see and call it right away. It’s kind of like the races, in a way. When I call races, I don’t think, I react. “Of course, you’re going to make mistakes. The professionals make mistakes all the time. But everyone here knows you’re not only developing the players, you’re trying to develop the referees. We’re all in the same boat. You just have to be honest when you mess up. You apologize and move on.” Warkentin, who has a Level 2 USA Hockey coaching certificate and has helped at clinics in the past, would like to work his way up the officiating ladder. “I’d like to challenge myself and do higher levels,” Warkentin said. “You only get out of something what you put into it. I’m taking this seriously. This means a lot to these kids and their coaches and their parents. When I get my assignment, I can’t stop thinking about it all week. I want to do it right. “Even if I’m up at 6 a.m. after a late night working, I’m not tired. I’m excited. I can’t explain it. When I get on the ice, there is something magical about it.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 21, 2017) - Six days ago, she finished third at nearly 100/1 odds behind world champion Hannelore Hanover in the Miss Versatility. Tonight, the previously unheralded mare Oho Diamond broke that superstar's track record, winning a conditioned trot at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, one-fifth of a second faster than Hannelore Hanover's record set in that race six days ago. Oho Diamond, a 6-year-old mare by Ken Warkentin who is owned by Dan Clements and trained by Renaldo Morales III, moved to the front for driver Brett Miller after a :27 opening quarter. From there, Miller had Oho Diamond comfortably on the lead with the talented 3-year-old colt Victor Gio chasing from second. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, Oho Diamond just kept going while comfortably in front, tacking on a :27.4 final quarter to stop the teletimer in the record time. "She has always had a ton of ability but she's been a little fussy," explained Miller. "I got her going and just kept her going. When three quarters flashed up that fast, I kind of smooched at her a little bit because it felt like she was going track record time. Even though she doesn't have as much money on her card as some of those other mares, she proved she can go with them tonight." Oho Diamond has now won 18 times from 56 career starts good for $184,648 in lifetime earnings. She is eligible to the TVG Mares Trot series at the Meadowlands. Miller and Morales teamed up to win in the other division of the featured overnight trot with P L Jill, who also dropped out of the Miss Versatility on the Pace Night undercard. Takter wins three Kindergarten divisions. In second leg action in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds, Jimmy Takter won three divisions with filly trotter Dab Hanover, colt trotter Hill Street, and colt pacer Grand Teton. Takter added another win with Hambletonian-eligible Achille Duharas, to make it four wins on the card. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,010,474. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by the Tompkins Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on the road to the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Osprey Vision was in focuduring Buffalo Raceway's $8,200 co-featured trot on Friday night (July 14) as he went a lifetime best 1:57.1 over the fast harness racing track to produce a surprising $23.60 victory over Serious George.   Lucky Pablo ($18.00) kept the upsets going in the co-main event by breaking an 0-for-20 streak in 2017 with a head victory over Shawnee Magic in 1:59.3.   It was all Osprey Vision in the opener as David McNeight III sent him right to the top. Establishing fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.0, it appeared the only trotter to have a chance to catch Osprey Vision was Before I Die. But his hopes were quickly dashed as he broke stride allowing Osprey Vision to hit the wire uncontested. Serious George (John Cummings Jr.) was 3-1/4 lengths back and picked up the second place check with Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) rolling into third.   Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, the 8-year-old gelded Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie) now has six wins in 24 starts, pushing his seasonal earnings to $43,214 and $142,947 lifetime.   It was a real tussle in the second $8,200 trotting race with Shawnee Magic, Trotting R T, and City Kid all enjoying the front end before hitting the opening panel in 29.1. With Shawnee Magic (Kevin Cummings) hitting the half in 58.2, Lucky Pablo was sixth but first over and on the move.   Grinding it out to the top in the stretch, Lucky Pablo (Monti) got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the favored Shawn Magic by a head while a game City Kid (Larry Stalbaum) finished in third.   Lucky Pablo (Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess) is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and is trained by Maria Rice. The win moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $20,980 this year and to $97,317 in his career.   McNeight III, Cummings Jr., Stalbaum and Monti all produced doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was the perfect recipe for harness racing success on Friday night (April 14) for The Bronx Bumper in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,200 trot.   Drawing the pylons in a six-horse field and mixing in the services of driver Jim Morrill Jr., The Bronx Bumper ($3.10) made it look easy in posting a 2-1/4 length win over Kahoku in a seasonal-best 1:57.2 on the fast race track.   The Bronx Bumper and Kahoku were fortunate to head to lead early as the remainder of the field was scattered thanks to breaks by City Kid and Lucky Pablo. It became a two-horse breakaway as The Bronx Bumper, using fractions of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:28.0, brought Kahoku along in second.   In the stretch, The Bronx Bumper faced no challengers and was able to trot away from Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) and third place finisher Ali De Vie (Ray Fisher Jr.).   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the sixth victory in 14 starts this season for the 8-year-old gelded The Bronx Bumper (Ken Warkentin-Carolina Hall). The win pushed his 2017 earnings to $30,284 and $183,889 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Larry Stalbaum each finished the evening with three victories while Kevin Cummings had a pair. Trainers Kirk Desmond and Sarama each doubled.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There is a $488 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Meadowlands Racetrack, will conduct a workshop for those interested in learning to call races on Saturday, June 17, at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called more than 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 17 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, anchors the Meadowlands show on SNY, has also been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, www.kenvoice.com. The workshop was last conducted in 2015 with announcer Tom Durkin as the instructor. The day's events will start at 8 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2-year-olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $40 for adults and $10 for high school and college students. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. As a tribute to Sam McKee, the late Meadowlands announcer who started calling races at age 14, the USTA and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation have teamed up to provide travel grants, if needed, for high school and college students attending the class. For more information or to sign up, contact Ellen Harvey at ellen.harvey@ustrotting.com or call 732-780-3700. Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, N.J. -- In the words of racecaller Ken Warkentin as City Hall ($5.00) entered the harness racing winner's enclosure on New Year's Eve, "You can't stop him; you can only hope to contain him." Any way you look at it, there was no fighting City Hall in Saturday's (Dec. 31) featured $35,000 Auld Lang Syne Invitational at The Meadowlands, as he stalked a hot pace from second-over before vaulting clear to a 2-1/4 length victory in 1:49.3. Brett Miller floated the 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding into mid-division in the initial stages as Doctor Butch (Jim Marohn, Jr.) sprinted clear to control early splits of :26 and :54.3 over fast going. Approaching race's midpoint, City Hall angled second-over behind the live cover of 33-time winner Clear Vision (Joe Bongiorno) and worked closer through the far turn before pointing three-wide off the far turn. City Hall vaulted to the fore at the eighth pole and drew off smartly as Doctor Butch and Clear Vision dueled into defeat. Lucan Hanover (Vinny Ginsburg) rallied into second at 20-1 from third-over spotting, while 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach (Drew Monti) sustained a strong stand-side rally to narrowly claim third over his stablemate. The win was City Hall's fifth in a row after he used a :26 last quarter to evade top-level conditioned pacers in his last appearance on December 16. Amber Buter trains the now 33-time winner for Gene Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. New Year's Eve Pick 5 pays $41k Despite a 17-1 shot in So Take That being the longest-price winner in the sequence and a pair of favorites living up to their billing, the evening's 50¢ Pick 5 returned $41,671.75 on the 3-6-10-8-4 combination, over 53 times the corresponding win parlay. Thisguysarockstar (5-1, Greg Merton), So Take That (17-1, Corey Callahan), Pickwick (4-5, Brett Miller), Dash of Danger (2-1, Merton), and Alberto Contador N (6-5, Marohn) proved victorious in the sequence. Players combined to wager $2,473,933 on the 13-race card. The 2017 season at the Big M kicks off Friday, January 6; post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

6/1 odds Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candella-Armbro Goal) won today’s Konung Gustaf W:s Pokal (928,830SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International) clocked in 1.12.7kr and driven by Peter Untersteiner, also the trainer. Italy’s 34/1 Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) landed second for Enrico Bellei with third to 35/1 Payas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) with Johnny Taker driving. US import Uncle Lasse was unplaced. The fillies battled in the Gr. I International Drottning Silvia’s Pokal also for a winner’s prize of 928,830SEK. 2.3/1 second wagering choice Princess Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Mansia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) scored the victory timed in 1.13.1kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) took second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to 2.1/1 favorite Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is USA/Canada owned by Jeffrey Snyder and David Goodrow. Thomas H. Hicks

CNN Correspondent Richard Roth is a foreign affairs journalist by day, reporting from far flung war zones and the United Nations, but he’s always wanted to call a horse race.  He’s a former Standardbred owner and a long-time fan. On March 31, Roth did just that, calling a race at Freehold Raceway with the assistance of regular announcer Ken Warkentin.  The story of Roth’s day at the races can be seen on cnn.com.  The story has already run  multiple times on the CNN international feed.  The story was placed by the USTA’s Harness Racing Communications division.   

Trainer Tyler George, who has had a fantastic 2016 harness racing meet at Miami Valley Raceway (winning at a 30% clip), swept both the Open I and Open II trotting features on the Sunday (May 1) afternoon matinee. Il Mago (Josh Sutton) needed the help of Southwind Pepino (Hugh Beatty Jr.), who actually finished a neck ahead in the $20,000 Open I but who made an unfortunate break just a step from the line, necessitating a judge's official placement to second. Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) was just a length and a half behind in third. Despite being assigned the outermost post position in the $15,000 Open II, Flight Of The Kiwi was able to wear down his competition to score a 1:55.2 triumph. The altered son of Ken Warkentin never saw the pylons, yet driver Josh Sutton swung the winner three-wide around the final turn and beat Third Pat (Ed Greeno Jr.) and Boytown (Peter Wrenn) to the wire. It was the first win of the season for Flight Of The Kiwi in his fourth start. CC Racing LLC of Illinois owns both Il Mago and Flight Of The Kiwi, who are both 7-year-olds. Miami Valley enters its final week of racing for the year with matinees on Monday and Tuesday, followed by stakes-laden programs on Friday and Saturday night plus Sunday afternoon. The Friday and Saturday evening cards will feature multiple $40,000 divisions of opening leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for sophomore pacers and trotters; while the Closing Day Sunday matinee will feature a pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit stakes for the best older pacing and trotting mares in North America. Gregg Keidel

Vernon, N.Y. -- Charlene Long's Oh No Three O ($6.70) assumed command early in Friday (November 6) evening's $7000 featured trot at Vernon Downs, never looking back en route to a 5-1/4 length harness racing victory.   The 8-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding worked to clear Twice Too Nice (John MacDonald) through a :28.2 initial quarter mile, subsequently working clear and forcing his six rivals to chase him through intermediate splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2. Nearly three lengths clear on approach to the top of the stretch, Oh No Three O drew clearer yet as Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) pursued more intently, ultimately prevailing in 1:56 for his 25th career victory and second consecutive triumph. Wings of Royalty was a clear second, while Fox Valley Steffen (John Kokinos) rallied mildly to save third. Twice Too Nice broke stride upon cornering for home, checking in last of the septet after her early involvement.   Jeffrey Long drove Oh No Three O for trainer Paul Long.   Chris Lems led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race card, teaming up with Sweet Bettor ($10.20, 1:54.2), Pounce K ($5.00, 1:56.1), and Transit Hanover ($2.10, 1:57.1). Current leading driver John MacDonald's lone tally with Socks and Shuzy ($3.80, 1:57) however kept him six wins clear of Lems with five programs remaining in the 2015 season.   Live racing continues at Vernon Downs with an 11-race program on Saturday (November 7) evening. The first race is due off at 6:45 Eastern Standard Time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Pompano Beach, FL…Nov 1, 2015…Oho Diamond, the four year-old trotting mare that broke Peace Corps 25 year-old track record on opening night, overcame her outside post and seven harness racing rivals to score a handy decision in 1:54.2 for Dan Clements in Pompano Park’s Open Trot on Sunday night. The daughter of Ken Warkentin, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Clements, scored her 12th win of the season, pushing her seasonal total to $94,718, by far her best campaign ever. Her winning margin over Elin (Andy Santeramo) was one length with Escuela (Ed Hensley) a fast closing third. Pounce Hanover, in the garden spot most of the way, finished fourth with Verdi, last through the final turn, rallying to pick up the nickel in the million dollar octet. A few strides before the start, it looked Oho Diamond was going to try and sprint out with the gate but it appeared she may have bumped into it a bit so Clements had to ease her out of there gently before putting her in high gear around the opening turn to assume command and proceed to post panels of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 before sprinting home unscathed in :29.1. After the event, Clements said, “She was ready to push the wings of the gate herself so I had to be a bit careful with her so she wouldn’t have any problems. “She was really good tonight. I have had her since April and she has won 10 times for me…nine of them on the engine. The only time she didn’t go wire-to-wire—or close to it—was when we had a second tier post in a long race at Yonkers. “She’s an enthusiastic mare that loves her work.” As second choice in the betting at 8 to 5, Oho Diamond paid $5.40 to win. Other highlights on the Sunday night program included a win by Tymal Recap in the Florida Amateur Driving Club Trot and a carryover in the Pentafecta, necessitated when no bettor correctly selected the first five finishers in that same event. Tymal Recap, a recent purchase by trainer and amateur driver Billy Muggleston, won for the first time in 41 starts stretching back to a Scioto Downs win on August 5, 2014. Also by Ken Warkentin, this seven year-old scored in 1:59.1, pushing his lifetime bounty close to $180,000. P L Humanity (Dennis Whittemore) finished second while What About Brian (Laurie Poulin) annexed show honors. Off as the 6 to 1 fifth choice, Tymal Recap paid $14.60 to his faithful followers and keyed a 5-7-10 trifecta payoff of $2,479.40. The 20 cent Superfecta of 5-7-10-3 returned $1,644.08 and, with no tickets having the 5-7-10-3-2 combo in the Pentafecta, the carryover into Tuesday night’s card is $2,192. In other action, Dorothy Zarza’s Northern Companion, handled by Corey Braden for trainer Howard Klohr, cherished a slight dip in class to garner his 36th victory at Pompano Park, scoring a three length win in 1:51.4. The seven year-old son of Cambest, roared home from five lengths off the pace mid-way through the mile with a :54.4 final half to send his lifetime bounty over the $280,000 mark--$282,342 to be exact. Blueridge Dancer (Matt Romano) finished second while Freeneasy Hanover (Ed Hensley) picked up show honors over Lifeimitatesart and the pacesetting P L Hellcat. Favored at 3 to 5, Northern Companion paid $3.40 to win. Pompano's Open 2 Trot went to Count Speed, driven by Wally Hennessey--in a romp. The pride of owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Count Speed, a six year-old son of Majestic Son trained by Dan Hennessey, took command shortly after a hot opening quarter of :26.4 and went on to card panels of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before coasting home to hit the wire in 1:54.3. Gold Savage (Mickey Mc Nichol) was second, six lengths away, while Big Valley Speed (Aaron Byron) finished third. Lugar and Shawnee Magic picked up the final two awards in the field of nine. Count Speed now owns a 23-9-5-2 scorecard this semester, good for $45,055. His lifetime bounty is $243,455. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Count Speed paid $3.20 to win. Finally, Manhatten Benny ($4.20), coming into the action with a mark of 1:54.2 over the Monticello half miler, found the larger Pompano oval to his liking by making a sharp quarter move to the top for Ed Hensley and then going on to score in a lifetime best 1:51.2. Owned by Benny Eggers, Manhatten Benny is a five year-old son of Riverboat King trained by Dale Gilmour by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…October 17, 2015…Oho Diamond, the new owner of the track record for harness racing four year-old trotting mares, and Cashahallic, the victor in last week’s Open trot, are set to lock horns on Sunday night at Pompano Park in this week’s edition of the Open Handicap Trot. Oho Diamond, the excellent four year-old daughter of Ken Warkentin, stopped the timer in 1:53.3 on opening night, eclipsing Peace Corp’s 1:54.2 standard set in 1990. Trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner Dan Clements, Oho Diamond is seeking her 12th win of the year and looks to add to her season bounty of $88,333, by far the best of her career. She will start from post nine in her field with Mike Micallef expected to be in the bike. Cashahallic, the property of trainer Richard Silverman, looked very sharp in winning last week’s open, making a quarter move to the top and securing the win in 1:55.3. Aaron Byron is scheduled to drive this seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall again on Sunday night and will be leaving from post position eight. Elin, Back To Space, Verdi, My Revenuer, Escuela, Tug River Dylan and Dominum Deo complete the “million dollar winning” field. The companion Open pace features Lyons Johnny, Audrey’s Dream and Northern Companion—1-2-3 in last week’s event—along with Whogoesfirst, Raji’s Blue Line, Sir Jake’s Z Tam, King Royalty and Thebestofjoel. Lyons Johnny went a huge first over journey in his last start to eke by Audrey’s Dream in the very last stride in 1:51. Owned by the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny will have the driving services of trainer Mike Micallef. Audrey’s Dream, meanwhile, will be driven by Ed Hensley, part of the Hensley racing team with Ashleigh as the trainer. Dorothy Zarza’s Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr, has been showing his usual stout lake kick in recent events and looms as the danger off of an expected lively pace. Corey Braden will be back in the sulky again. Sunday’s card also features a $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-4, covering races six through nine. Also of note, the Florida Amateur Driving Club will be making a presentation to the Go For The Greens Foundation, an organization which takes an active role in the fight against breast cancer. F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs said, “You know, many of us are so immersed in our own little world and then, in an instant, that world is turned upside down when the doctor confronts you with the word ‘cancer.’ “This is our Club’s way of saying, ‘We haven’t forgotten those who are fighting the fight and we’ll continue to do all we can to support the ‘race for a cure.’” The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated close to $140,000 to worthy charitable causes since its inception. Post time is 7:30 with the F.A.D.C. special presentation taking place after the first race. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

August 22, 2015 - Today’s top harness racing events in Sweden were at Gavle, the E3 Finals for three year-old fillies and colts, each with 900,000SEK to the winners, raced over 1640 meters autostart, and both were Gr. I International contests. The ES Final for fillies went to Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) with Adrian Kolgjini up for owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini timed in 1.11.1kr for this length victory. This one now shows a slate of 3-3-0 in seven outings for 1,088,500SEK earned. Toohotforyou (3f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson and Ninepoints Gaagaa (3f Steinlager-Ninepoints Kelly-Scarlet Knight) with trainer Jorgen Westholm aboard were second and third in a close finish, both clocked in 1.11.2kr. The E3 for colts and geldings went to Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Roger Walmann clocked in 1.10.9kr for a three length victory. The winner is owned by AB Svensk Reklamfinans and now has a 6-2-2- slate in 10 starts for 1,681,000 earned.  Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) handled by Ulf Ohlsson and Farzad Boko (3g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) with Johnny Takter teaming were second and third in another close finish. Also on the card was the Lars Axerlssons Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner and contested over 2140 meters autostart. Italy’s Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) took this one in 1.11.4kr for trainer/driver Wim Paal, his first 2015 win and ninth lifetime in 53 starts for 2,419,480SEK earned.  Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to veteran Lord Capar (10m Varenne-Foxy’n Rowdy-Rowdy Yankee) and teamster Thomas Dalborg. Kash’s Cantab, Nothing But Class and Hard Livin were in the beaten field. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vernon, N.Y. -- After making an authoritative brush to the lead at race's midpoint, Howard Gill's War Hero ($5.60) edged clear of his four harness racing rivals, posting a 1:53 victory in Saturday (July 18) evening's $10,000 Open Trot at Vernon Downs.   A Penny Earned (Chris Lems), Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil), and Winding Hill (Truman Gale) all left more forcefully than the 7-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding, who tracked from fourth through a :27 first quarter before his aggressive push clear midway on the backstretch. Just as A Penny Earned pulled the half back to :56.1, Jimmy Whittemore worked clear with War Hero and gradually opened on his foes. After posting a :27.3 third quarter, the Jessica Okusko trainee would ultimately amass a 2-1/2 length lead over A Penny Earned, scoring in 1:53. Distaffer Mc Tiny's Hope, while detached from the top pair off the far turn, finished an isolated third.   Whittemore earned a driving double on the 11-race card, as did John MacDonald.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (July 19) afternoon, with first post at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

June 11, 2015 - Italy’s June 5th leg of the three-year old Breeders Course series (€22,000 purse, 1650 meters autostart, seven starters) went to Tornado Spritz (3m Ken Warkentin-Gold Nord Fro-Extreme Dream) clocked in 1.13.3kr for an easy harness racing victory over Taylor Roc (3m Nad Al Sheba-Ginny Roc-Lemon Dra) and Telecomando OK (3m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo). Chart follows for the event at Milan San Siro: 6 18.30 - PR. BREEDERS COURSE - condizionata E 22.000 - (bello - buono)   propr. allev.   1° 6 TORNADO SPRITZ 1650 A.Farolfi 13.3   7.820,00 2.200,00 2° 2 TAYLOR ROC 1650 A.Di Nardo 13.8   3.740,00 920,00 3° 1 TELECOMANDO OK 1650 E.Bellei 14.0   2.040,00 480,00 4° 8 TROJA D'ASOLO 1650 Rene' Legati 14.2   1.020,00 240,00   3 TIMOZ 1650 P.Gubellini R.P.       5 TOLL FREE BI 1650 M.Biasuzzi R.P.       4 TEMON YOUR SM 1650 G.P.Maisto R.P         Saturday June 13 showcases top flight trotting action that complements the Oslo Grand Prix the next day and illustrates the depth of high level performers throughout Europe. The Prix de New York headlines the Enghien FR card as shown below: Saturday June 13 at Enghien Prix de New York – €115.000 – Gr. III, 2150 meters autostart Sometine (C. Martens) Uprince (F. Nivard) Princess Grif (R. Andreghetti) Tornado Bello (T. Levesque) Beckman (E. Raffin) Amour d’Occagnes (x) Solea Rivellière (S. Olivier) Un Fille d’Amour (D.Thomain) Rapide du Digeon (x) Uppercut de Manche (D. Bonne) Roxana de Barbray (G. Gelormini) Boden SWE, the same day, showcases the Gr. I Norrbottens Stora Pris (UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, first money 1,000,000SEK. The field is a good one led by Nahar, Chelsea Boko and Panne de Moteur. Two US registered performers, Creatine and Knows Nothing, are in the field. David Sisu (Kenneth Haugstad) Chelsea Boko (Jorma Kontio) Knows Nothing (Ulf Ohlsson) Nahar (Jan Norberg) Panne de Moteur (Orjan Kihlstrom) Indigious (Erik Adielsson) Backfire (Torbjorn Jansson) Creatine (Robert Bergh) El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini) On Track Piraten (Johnny Takter) Be there, on-track or online, for this top level action. Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 25, 2015 - March Awareness (George Brennan, $5.40, part of favored entry) tagged A Cool Million (Jordan Stratton) on the money Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $66,500 harness racing final of the aptly-named YR/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 5, March Awareness chased A Cool Million as that one threw down intervals of :28, :57.3 and 1:25.4. Bentley Karan (Jason Bartlett) was sequestered second. The leader's stablemate/entrymate, Lucky Colby (Eric Carlson), was first-up, towing March Awareness in behind. A Cool Million owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but March Awareness was getting to him. The latter stuck his tongue out late, winning by a short schnozz in a season's-best 1:55.4. Third went to Bentley Karan, with Lucky Colby and Massive Talent (Andy Miller) rounding out the payees. Detroit Rapper (Jim Marohn Jr.), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Dan Dube) and ABC Crown Me Queen (Brian Sears) completed the order. For March Awareness, a 5-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his fourth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid exacta paid $14, with the triple returning $33.60. "He had a good trip, a good mile, even though I moved him earlier in the turn," Brennan said. "They added an inside head pole, and that definitely helped. It worked out very well." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Striker Ace (Tyler Buter, $48.60) in 1:57.4. Frank Drucker

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