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Brent MacGrath of Nova Scotia, the renowned owner and trainer of the legendary World Champion pacer, Somebeachsomewhere, is this week's guest on the Harness Racing Alumni Show.   MacGrath tells some exciting stories to Freddie, Trade, and Bob about how he developed his $40,000 yearling purchase into a world champion, who is now a Hall of Fame racehorse and one of our sports leading stallions. This is an extremely informative broadcast, don't miss it.   From the Harness Racing Alumni Show    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The highly-anticipated return of the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Nicholas Beach to Pennsylvania took place Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where he streaked a last quarter of :26.2 to win a qualifier in 1:54. Nicholas Beach, a $110,000 yearling, showed precociousness at two by following up a second in his debut with a 1:53.2 win at Pocono on August 19. But then Nicholas Beach did not get back to the races for 551 days, trying unsuccessfully to qualify once at three, and finally returning to the track and winning twice at Pocono at the end of winter 2020. Another 172-day layoff ensued (remember COVID), and Nicholas Beach came back ready, winning seven of eight starts and finishing second in the other. He took a mark of 1:49 at Philly on August 28, coming his back half in :53.3 from post eight. His last 2020 victory was at Yonkers on November 23, and his new connections, which include trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, brought him back out for a March 6 qualifier at Meadowlands where he won in 1:53.1 from post ten. The next three finishers in that mile - Backstreet Shadow, Patriot Nation, and This Is The Plan - have earned $3.8 million among them (Nicholas Beach has $70,450 on his card), and an average mark of 1:47.3. The sharp victory for driver Matt Kakaley at Pocono Wednesday again points to what seems like a vast potential in the horse if he can realize it. Two other horses broke 1:55 during the "balmy" (high 30s) Wednesday morning session at Pocono. The double stakeswinner Shouldabeenatd, now four, triumphed in 1:54.3 for Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke, and Ghost Dance, a New York Sire Stakes winner in his earlier days, was along in 1:54.2 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Scott Blackler. From the PHHA/The Downs

LEBANON, OH - Shards Halo N (Trace Tetrick) became the latest "newbie" to win the weekly harness racing featured $22,500 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley. The ten-year-old New Zealand bred daughter of American Ideal, at least three years older than all of her nine adversaries, scored in 1:51.4 over Play For Pay (Kayne Kauffman) and Talkaboutaqueen (Brett Miller). The mild favorite was making just her seventh start since the beginning of 2020, but increased her lifetime win total to 24 and raised her career bounty to $176,018. Shards Halo N, owned by trainer Tyler George and Scott George, was the fifth different winner of the top distaff race at Miami Valley in recent weeks. Play For Pay put up all the fractions (:26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.2) before Tetrick and Shards Halo N swept to the front midway down the stretch during the :28.2 final panel.   Favorites won both divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for non-winners of four pacing mares, setting the stage for next week's $25,000 championship showdown. Keystone Eureka (Tetrick, 1:53.3, $2.20) was a handy winner over Better Days Ahead (Mitch Cushing) and My Lady Dude (Josh Sutton) in the first split. Coupled with a second place finish in the first leg, the four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere will be highly regarded when the finalists answer the call to post. Ryan Miller trains the winner for the Miller Racing Stable, Inc. Coconut Beach (Tyler Smith, 1:52.2, $4.80) extended her win streak to three by topping Ellagator (Miller) and Anthem (Cushing). Jeff Brewer owns and trains the four-year-old daughter of Art Major who is also likely to attract the attention of a multitude of handicappers working next Friday's series finale. The nine mares who will comprise the Coven Memorial final field are: Coconut Beach, Keystone Eureka, Anthem, Real Rockin Ravi, Better Days Ahead, Ellagator, Smoknthemnbluejeans, Sara Jane and Harper. Racing resumes Saturday (March 6) at Miami Valley with a 4:05 p.m. post time. Two open paces and four divisions of the final preliminary leg of the George Williams Memorial Series will be featured. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

Talking to Quebec harness racing owner, breeder, trainer and driver, Guy Corbeil, is a rewarding experience because this man has his principles, his views, his ways of doing things, his philosophy. So, it is not surprising that when we discuss with him the subject of the super horse that is Enavant, he is not asked to give us the feelings that inhabit him. Enavant, now five, is sired by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare, Lady Be Great. Unraced until age four, Enavant closed out his undefeated 11 for 11 season last September, taking a lifetime mark of 1 :49.4 at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway. He was the winningest horse of the year at the Hippodrome 3R with seven straight wins before heading to Ontario. Guy Corbeil co-owns Enavant with Determination Stable. He is an easy horse "Now he (Enavant) is an exceptional horse in many ways," Corbeil stated. "His personality makes it possible to saddle and ride him, which some of my employees have done so far. It requires a minimum of maintenance. Think about it; he wears no bandages, no boot of any kind, because with him, everything is not big enough, or long enough. Currently the obstacles it carries are at its maximum. In short, the individual, the horse himself, is a kind of phenomenon. "It doesn't guarantee anything, "Corbeil added. "I've learned over the years with horses that things can change quickly. Today, everything's fine, tomorrow, we don't know. You have to be humble, keep your head cool and your feet are screwed to the ground. A necessary form of realism. I don't like to ignite. If Enavant earns $50,000 in 2021, that'll be okay. If he can race with the best and stand out, that's okay too. I'm lucky to have got my hands on such a horse, I certainly could not afford to pay for him at auction ($260,000) as a yearling. For 2021, we've paid a lot of stakes already and he'll race at that level if he can prove himself. Otherwise, it'll be okay as well. I'd love to see him race at The Meadowlands on Hambo Day. It would be for me the realization of an old dream. But maybe it won't happen. » Preparation "Right now he is in the works, " Corbeil said about Enavant. "Will he be ready in June? In July or August? He'll tell me. There is no pressure on it. When Max (Velaye) tells me we're late, I often take it back to tell him, no, Max, we're not late, we're just later! It's the horse that dictates the pace. The only decision that has been made so far is that at some point he will qualify. What happens next? I don't really know. I'm into horses to have fun. "When I stopped him last fall, many people were telling me why stop a horse that is 11 in 11? I didn't want him to start the 2021 season in the best class. I wanted at that time and I still want him to start at a lower level, such as non-winners of $50,000 for life. He's entitled to it. If I had kept him racing, he wouldn't have been allowed to. He currently has $46,950 in the bank. It'll make it a less rigorous start." Racing Enavant at H3R "In an ideal world," Corbeil explained. "I would always like my horses to race in Trois-Rivieres. I'm never in a hurry to go anywhere else and I only go if the horses can't make it home. We train several horses on the farm: sometimes I think it's too much. But hey, it's now March, the winter hasn't been too hard and spring will come soon with the adrenaline of seeing the foals we're preparing, on the track and having success. It's a beautiful time of year. "For "E" now it's time that will tell us if he's a champion or if he's capped and will just be a good horse," Corbeil added. "If that's what happens, it's going to be, period! No one will die from it and the sun will still rise the next day." For racing enthusiasts in Quebec, it's easy to imagine that it will be interesting if Enavant continues to develop as a champion. We wish it to Guy Corbeil, his team, and to us finally, because it makes us live a beautiful 'trip'. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

For the first time in 2021, Yonkers Raceway will play host to harness racing stakes action next Tuesday (March 2) and Wednesday (March 3) as the M Life Rewards Ladies and M Life Rewards Gents Series begin. Both events are for 3-year-old and 4-year-old pacers who were non-winners of four races and/or $50,000 through December 1, 2020. The fillies kick things off on Tuesday night with three $15,000 divisions. Pettycoat Business, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Major who won her Empire Breeders Classic elimination last year and also raced in events including the Breeders Crown and Courageous Lady, has drawn post six in the opening eight-horse grouping (race one), with George Brennan listed to drive for trainer Scott Di Domenico. She meets up with Even Louder (post three, Jason Bartlett/Nick Devita), a 1:53 winner this year at Pompano Park. Dragon Roll (post five, Bartlett/Ricky Bucci) heads up the second split in race three. Dragon Roll, a 4-year-old Roll With Joe mare, was a regular on the New York Sire Stakes circuit as a rookie and a sophomore, and has missed the board just once in five starts in 2021, sporting a 1-1-2 record. Her win came at Yonkers in a non-winners of three event on February 17. The M Life Rewards Ladies Series action for Tuesday concludes in race four. Trainer Ron Burke sends out Turnthefrownaround (post two, Brennan), who, like Dragon Roll, also has a win, a second, and two thirds thus far in her 4-year-old campaign. Another Roll With Joe mare, Turnthefrownaround took a non-winners of four race in gate-to-wire fashion in Westchester on the 17th of February. Somebeachsomefra (post three, Scott Zeron/Deborah Daguet), a 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, has also been performing well with a couple wins from four efforts this year. Wednesday's M Life Rewards Gents Series will see four divisions go behind the gate in races one, three, four, and five. In the first split, just one horse has a victory so far this year, that being 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding Surfer Beach (post six, Austin Siegelman/Jaymes McAssey), who prevailed in 1:52 4/5 at Dover on January 21, but Scootnroll (post four, Tyler Buter/Todd Buter) went 10-for-17 in the win column in 2020, and the 4-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe will be looking to get back to his victorious ways. Got The Mojo (post four, Matt Kakaley/Eric Ell), a 4-year-old Sportswriter gelding, posted two victories in three attempts at Dover Downs this year, and in the second section he hooks up with a couple of local winners from 2021 in 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding Odds On Brexit (post one, Tyler Buter/Chris Freck) and Retour Au Jeu (post two, Jordan Stratton/Dennis Laterza), a 4-year-old gelding by He's Watching. The third division will see a matchup between a couple of sharp horses in Cigar Smoking Tony (post four, Bartlett/Jose Godinez), a 4-year-old son of Art Major, and Lou's Sweetrevenge (post six, Brennan/Burke), a 4-year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou. Cigar Smoking Tony has two wins and a second from three starts in 2021, and Lou's Sweetrevenge sports a record of 2-0-2 from four trips behind the gate. The final flight is led by 4-year-old Roll With Joe gelding My Pal Joe (post five). Trained and driven by Alek Chartrand, My Pal Joe has three victories, a second, and a third from five starts in 2021. He took a mark of 1:49 4/5 at the Meadowlands on January 2. Dragon Said (post one, Joe Bongiorno/Jenn Bongiorno) and Sweet Truth (post seven, Zeron/Thomas Corelli) have also won races this year. The M Life Rewards Ladies and M Life Rewards Gents Series both have a total of three preliminary legs. The Ladies final is slated for Tuesday, March 23, with the Gents final the following night. Both next Tuesday's and Wednesday's ten-race cards at Yonkers get underway at 7:15 p.m. From Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, N.Y. – It’s common for harness racing horses shipping over from New Zealand or Australia to need change: a new style of racing and training, to add Lasix, or just a change of scenery. And often, there is nowhere to go but up for those horses. Take standout Nifty Norman import Let It Ride N as an example. He lost 10 straight races in Australia before coming to the U.S., added Lasix, and became the next rising star pacer. However, when Some Waratah A arrived in Amanda Kelley’s stable from Australia on a five-race win streak, she worried there was nowhere to go but down.  “That put a lot of pressure on me because I was like, ‘I don’t want to screw this horse up,’ ” Kelley said. Despite Kelley’s fears, after two races in the U.S., Some Waratah A extended his win streak to seven. First, taking a $25,000 Yonkers Raceway overnight Feb. 8 and then capturing the $30,000 open handicap pace one week later. “He’s doing everything right over there and he’s coming in and having to go up in class. That put more pressure on me,” Kelley said. “He wins that, second start in the U.S., welcome to America, here’s the Yonkers open. But he handled it.” By Somebeachsomewhere out of 3-time Group 1 winning and AU$564,770-earning mare Lady Waratah, Some Waratah A began his career in Australia in 2017. He went 4-for-13 through December 2018 before going on the shelf for just over a year. Some Waratah A returned to the races in January 2020 and through August 2020, won just two of 14 starts, including a claimer going for AU$6,120 at Tabcorp Park Menangle Aug. 10. Some Waratah A’s luck began to change Sept. 14, 2020 when he captured another claimer at the same level at Menangle. He then won two straight races at Canberra Sept. 21 and 28 before returning to Menangle Oct. 3 in thee FFA pace. By now, he had caught the eye of agents like Chris Scicluna, who Kelley and owner Fred Scheigert work with, and they were interested in Some Waratah. In that FFA pace, Some Waratah A gunned to the lead and parked rival Dee Double You through a :26.5 first quarter. Some Waratah A faced pressure throughout, getting a half in :55.9 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. The plugs came out as Some Waratah A turned for home on the lead with a wall of horses fanning out behind him to take their shots. They all missed. Some Waratah A utilized a :27.2 final quarter to kick away from the field, scoring by open lengths in a lifetime b Kelley and Scheigert struck a deal to buy Some Waratah A and bring him to the U.S., but the previous owners wanted to race him one more time. “The dreaded one more time,” as Kelley calls it.est 1:50.3. “I go through them, watch a bunch of replays, see how they move, see what we like about them and go from there,” Kelley said. “He just kept impressing us. He covers the ground effortlessly. He’s really floaty, he’s light on his feet, he’s really quick off the car and he showed that in all of his replays.” They entered Some Waratah A in a Group 3 stakes at Menangle Oct. 10. From an inside post, he again went straight to the lead and parked rival Marty Major through a blistering :25.6 first quarter. Some Waratah A got to the half in :54.2 and seemed vulnerable as Marty Major drew on even terms, Dee Double You and Escalera wound up wide, and Lets Katchmeifucan loomed in the pocket at the midway point of the final turn.  But just like last time, the plugs came out at the top of the stretch and Some Waratah A revealed another gear. He held on to earn his first stakes win. “Even the announcer didn’t think he could keep going, but he did; he dug in and won by a head. That heart in a horse really appealed to me,” Kelley said. Some Waratah A shipped to the U.S. Nov. 2, 2020. Upon arriving in her Saratoga, N.Y. stable, Kelley was impressed by how athletic the 7-year-old gelding looked, even comparing him to a Greyhound.  “When we started working with him, I was really pleasantly surprised. You never know how they’re going to come. They have such a different style,” Kelley said. “Some of them can be a little difficult or stubborn or hot. He’s just pleasant to be around. He doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s friendly, he meets you at the gate, he wants you to brush on him and pet him, he likes his cookies. Just about anybody could jog him.” Kelley worked with Some Waratah A for about two months until he was ready to qualify Jan. 23, 2021. She took Some Waratah A to the Meadowlands, where she intended to race him. Almost nothing went according to plan despite employing the driving services of Todd McCarthy, who won with Some Waratah A at Menangle in April 2020. Still, Some Waratah A finished second by a neck in 1:56.2. “It was frigid. It was one of the worst, coldest days that we had and it was bitter. The first one, you want them to come back off the car, have a nice easy qualifier, maybe kick home a little bit. It ended up just a mess in there,” Kelley said. “Todd told me he had to leave with him and retake with him. He said he was OK. I don’t think he wowed him, but he was OK. I didn’t get a good read off of that one.” Set to race another horse on the Jan. 29 program at Yonkers, Kelley decided to change plans with Some Waratah A and enter him to qualify at the Hilltop before the card. With Tyler Buter in the bike, Some Waratah A enjoyed a pocket trip before winning by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4. “He got around the track really well and Tyler said he was really good, so I decided to put him back in there to race,” Kelley said. In his Yonkers debut Feb. 8, Some Waratah A had to change tactics. Coming from off the pace, Buter saved ground the first three-quarters before shifting out behind Twin B Speedo. Some Waratah A angled three-wide into the stretch and quickly engulfed pacesetter Moonshine Kisses. He then raced Artie’s Ideal to the wire, holding the closer off by a neck to post a 7-1 upset. “We didn’t know what to expect his first start because as a general rule, when they get put in the box as a foreign horse, money doesn’t matter, you get put in non-winners of $20,000 (last five), but he had more money made than that, so we had to go in the winners over,” Kelley explained. “I was a little worried about that just off of two qualifiers. He surprised me when he got a good trip and found the wire. “That’s not really his style,” Kelley continued. “He’s a leaver. He goes to the front and he likes it there. That’s where he does his best work, so I was a little worried about him even coming off the car and trying to get a trip. He did it that way, too so I was pleased. Any horse that will do it both ways is nice.” Some Waratah A returned in the Yonkers open handicap pace and this time, got to flaunt his speed. Buter sent him to the top through a :27.1 opening panel and played catch me if you can through fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.1 on a track rated good. With Shnitzledosomethin and Rockapelo parked the mile and Pat Stanley coming from 8 1/2 lengths behind, Some Waratah was home free, earning a length victory in the Hilltop’s featured pace in 1:53.2. “I decided to put him back in because he came out of his first start pretty well and afterwards, Tyler told me he was pretty sharp and he was really good,” Kelley said. “I was pretty surprised at the effort and he got a decent trip, some of the favorites got parked and it worked out for us.” The win put Kelley in a predicament, however. She hadn’t planned on racing Some Waratah A at Yonkers and hadn’t expected to win the open handicap so soon. She certainly wasn’t thinking about the Borgata Pacing Series before that win, which came just one day before the series nominations closed. Ultimately though, she opted not to stake him. “We only had the one start going in and we didn’t have a good gauge on him,” Kelley said. “I don’t like to push them that hard when he just started racing here. We’re a three-hour ship, too, so I was a little worried about the distance for a six-week long event. I didn’t want to hurt him yet, push him that hard yet.” Some Waratah A earned a week off after his open victory, but will likely reappear in the open ranks at Yonkers and Saratoga throughout the spring. “I’ll probably bounce between them,” Kelley said. “He likes Yonkers, obviously, so we’ll definitely be seeing some Yonkers.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday through Friday with a first post time of 7:15 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25 -- Seadog Lady, the 1-9 favorite, made a shambles of the harness racing field Wednesday at The Meadows, drawing off as she pleased and capturing the featured $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace in a career-fastest 1:51.4 over a "good" surface. Once Seadog Lady turned back the early challenge of Marvalous Song, it was all open racetrack for Dave Palone and the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fionavar Hanover. She defeated Red River Jane by 6-3/4 lengths, with Dream Dancing third.   Ron Burke trains Seadog Lady, who won for the fifth time in 11 career starts, for Dale Towle. Palone and Burke each fashioned triples on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

Talbotcreekwhiskey (Somebeachsomewhere) emerged victorious in the final Open Pace of the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Monday. In what may have been the best race of any local Open this year, the Justin Sodano-trained Talbotcreekwhiskey got parked the mile to the outside of the favorite Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum). The defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Crockets Cullen N gave the cold shoulder to the invader in a race that featured first-half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3. While those two slugged it out, Olde Broadside (Alek Chartrand) came from last in the six-horse co-feature and dropped back to the inside around the final turn. It looked as if Talbotcreekwhiskey had finally had enough after being parked every step of the way but his pursuit of the leader continued in the stretch before he reached up to take over in the final strides. Talbotcreekwhiskey overcame the journey and stopped the timer in 1:54.3 to be an unlikely Open winner with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Olde Broadside closed for second while Crockets Cullen N earned the show spot in the $10,000 Open. Talbotcreekwhiskey paid $4.90 to win as the second-choice in the wagering and led an exacta and triple that came back $41.80 and $128.50, respectively.   The co-featured trotting race on the card went the way of Winning Legends (Winning Mister) who went coast-to-coast for trainer-driver Justin Huckabone. The four year old trotter had one win in his two local tries in the Open this season heading into Monday's try in which he had little difficulty scoring in 1:56.3. Gruden (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket and finished second after winning a place photo with Stone In Love (Brian Cross) who came up third-best. Winning Legends was the 3-5 betting favorite in the final installment of the $10,000 Open Trot for the 2020 campaign. The exacta and triple paid $8.10 and $25, respectively, in the trotting feature. Tuesday afternoon is closing day at Saratoga. Billy Dobson and Gary Levine will be recognized in the winner's circle with plaques recognizing their seasons as the leading driver and trainer, respectively. First post time for closing day is set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

MANALAPAN, NJ -- November 10, 2020 -- Tied as the fastest three-year-old harness racing colt pacer in the world, Cattlewash will stand at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey for the 2021 breeding season. The Somebeachsomewehere colt trained by Ron Burke has 6 wins in 16 lifetime starts, tied the world record for pacers on a mile track in a time of 1:46.4 (tying his sire Somebeachsomewhere), and has earnings of over $490,000. The 3-year-old is set to race in $350,000 Progress Pace on Wednesday (Nov, 25) at Dover Downs hoping to increase his earnings before the end of the year. Cattlewash will stand at Walnridge Farm with a stud fee of $7,500, for more information contact Walnridge farm at 609-758-8208. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANY  

CHESTER, PA -- A trio of $11,200 harness racing events for up-and-coming younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, served as the headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. On the pace, General Ward tucked third early and stayed inside, then found room midturn and overhauled the favored pacesetter Rockin The Blaze by three-quarters of a length. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore came home in :55.2 to post a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. A recent addition to the barn of trainer Scott Di Domenico, the gelding has now won two straight, with Tim Tetrick driving for Triple D Stables Inc. Michael Farro, and M G Stable Inc.   In the initial trotting headliner, the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Bang Bang Boinga tucked early, started uncovered at the half, and came her back fractions in :57 flat, just wearing down pacesetting Gerard by the slimmest of margins while taking a new mark of 1:56. Tim Tetrick also drove this winner, another of the five successes he had on the day, for trainer Joe Poliseno and owner Mary Ellen Sarama. In the other trotting feature, driver/co-owner Jackie Ingrassia rolled with the Andover Hall three-year-old filly Baby Donut, having an open-length lead from the middle of the first turn to the middle of the stretch, then held off first-over Doodle Hanover to her right and groundsaving Boom City to her left while taking a new speed badge of 1:57.3. Frank Ingrassia is the trainer of the filly, and Jackie's partners on her are Donna Francetti and Thomas Doran. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

After suffering respiratory issues earlier this season, Cattlewash is healthy and hitting his best stride. The 3-year-old harness racing pacing colt has won three of his last four races and finished off the board only once in his last seven starts as he heads to Wednesday's single $35,000 Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs, where he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Cattlewash enters the elim off victories in the Matron Stakes last week at Dover and the Monument Circle Stakes on Nov. 6 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. His stretch of improved form began at the Little Brown Jug in September, where he finished second in the final from post seven, and continued with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 victory in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last month at Red Mile. He also won an elimination of the Breeders Crown and was third in the final, beaten by only a quarter length in a race that saw the top-eight finishers separated by two lengths. For the season, the Ron Burke-trained Cattlewash has won six of 15 starts and $487,986 for breeder/owner Bill Donovan. David Miller has driven the horse since July. "He fits 2020 perfectly because it's been a challenge with him for most of the year," Donovan said. "He kept getting respiratory infections that were affecting his breathing. Apparently, by the time the Jug came, they got it under control. He's now showing us what he can do when he can breathe properly. He's been a real pleasure since the Jug." Last year, Cattlewash won four of 13 races and $311,791. He was second to Papi Rob Hanover in the Matron for 2-year-old male pacers and third behind Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover in both the Breeders Crown elimination and final. Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover finished 1-2, respectively, in voting for the division's Dan Patch Award. "There was no question that (Cattlewash) had talent," Donovan said. "Coming into this year, he was in the shadow of Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover, obviously, but I had faith in him all along that he could nip at their heels anyway. With Papi Rob Hanover and Tall Dark Stranger retired, he's moving toward the head of the class. "He's becoming a different horse. I think because his maladies are behind him, hopefully, and he's racing better, he's developed a degree of confidence. He's a handsome individual. He's got brains; he stays pretty cool, calm, and collected around the track. Not too much flusters him. On the track now, he's all business." Cattlewash is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Road Bet. Donovan bought Road Bet at the end of her 3-year-old season and raced her for two years before breeding her to Somebeachsomewhere with the hopes of getting a colt. After Cattlewash was born, he sold the mare. "I wanted to breed a daughter of Bettor's Delight to Somebeachsomewhere because I thought that was a really good cross," Donovan said. Donovan is exploring opportunities to stand Cattlewash in New Jersey to service a limited book of mares while continuing the horse's racing career at age 4, following the path of pacer Bettor's Wish this year and trotter Father Patrick in 2015. "We're going to see if we can put it together in the next couple weeks," Donovan said. "Kind of get a jump start on the interest that's there. "But Ronnie is pretty adamant that we haven't seen the best of him. He's excited to train him next year, so how could I go against that? Some of the miles he's gone this year have been pretty eye opening. If we were able to equal or exceed that next year, it would be pretty awesome." The top-eight finishers from the Progress Pace elimination will advance to the $325,000 final Nov. 25 at Dover Downs. In addition to Cattlewash, the field includes Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa and Adios winner Catch The Fire as well as Grand Circuit stakes winners Tattoo Artist, No Lou Zing, Fortify, and Captain Kirk. Post time for Dover Downs is 4:30 p.m. (EST). Click here for complete entries. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA         

Party Girl Hill may have missed Kiss Me Onthebeach’s divisional world record by two-fifths of a second, but her 1:49 performance in the $154,450 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies landed her in the Dover Downs record books. The daughter of Captaintreacherous yielded to third to stalk Priceless (Andy Miller) and Lyons Sentinel (Tim Tetrick) through a blistering :25.4 first quarter before making her move up the far side. When Lyons Sentinel edged out of the pocket at the :54.2 midway stage, Dunn slid Party Girl Hill second-over to follow live cover. Lyons Sentinel put Priceless away with five-sixteenths to go, and after losing cover, Party Girl Hill continued on to strike the front midway on the far turn before winning by a measured 1-3/4 lengths. JK First Lady (Gingras) rode the winner’s cover to finish second; Rocknificent (Scott Zeron) also benefitted from the outer tier and gained into third.   Party Girl Hill, whose only defeat in 16 career starts to date came in the Breeders Crown, has amassed $880,345 in earnings — all this season. Chris Ryder trains the Tom Hill homebred. The retirement of Tall Dark Stranger made the $179,600 Matron Stake for sophomore male pacers far more wide open than most previous events within the division, and the late-blooming Cattlewash ($2.80) had to work for every penny of the winner’s share of the purse. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had to exert himself through a :26 first-quarter duel with Tattoo Artist (Gingras) before clearing shortly thereafter — but once in control of the terms, David Miller had little opportunity to ration Cattlewash’s speed. After only managing to rate the half to :53.4, Cattlewash faced first-over pressure from Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa (Joee Bongiorno) up the far side. While Cattlewash shrugged off Captain Barbossa’s challenge on the final turn, another pair of challengers were waiting in the wings to take their shots in the final furlong: Tattoo Artist launched for the open stretch, and No Lou Zing (Dunn) vaulted off cover. Cattlewash was driven out to narrowly prevail in 1:48.3. No Lou Zing lunged late for second over Tattoo Artist, who was fully extended to stay on.   Ron Burke trains 10-time winner Cattlewash, who has now earned $799,777 for owner-breeder Bill Donovan. In the sub-featured $20,000 Open Handicap Pace, Goldberg ($3.40) earned his eighth win of the season with a 1:50.2 score over Robbie Burns N (McCarthy) and Itsrockandroll A (Callahan). Montrell Teague drove the winner for trainer Brenda Teague. From the USTA and Dover Downs

CHESTER, PA -- Aided by a drop in class to the easiest field he has faced since his 2-year-old campaign, 2019 Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi ($3.60) broke a five-race losing skid with a scintillating 1:48.4 mile on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 8) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Southwind Ozzi wasted no time establishing command of the terms in the $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace and was guided by Daniel Dube through sectionals of :27, :54.4 and 1:21.4. After dictating that fast pace while under no opposition, the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and Southwind Solara drew clear through the final turn and homestretch, amassing a 7-length margin of victory over Billy Badger (Dexter Dunn) and Put To Right (Andy McCarthy).     Bill MacKenzie trains Southwind Ozzi, whose 13th career win propelled his career earnings over the $900,000 plateau, for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice. In the afternoon's featured event, a fifth-level conditioned pace worth $11,600, Bettor Memories ($4.00) used a :54.2 closing half mile to stave off a late charge from pocket rival Vapour N by a half length in 1:51.2. Dexter Dunn drove the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the 33rd win of his career for owner Gus Dovi and trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 11); the first of 12 races is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 4, 2020 -- Sansovina Hanover left the field gasping with a 27.1 third quarter and rolled home in a career-best 1:50.3 in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Sansovina Hanover quarter-poled to the lead for Jim Pantaleano, but it was only when she threw down her sizzling third panel that she wrapped up the race. The 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up defeated early leader Amasa Arion by 5-1/4 lengths while the first-over Laughing Emoji N completed the ticket.   Doug Snyder trains Sansovina Hanover, who now boasts a career bankroll of $350,697, for Frank Poerio, Jr. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $107,976.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                                                    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Surfer Beach may be starting to pace into his considerable harness racing pedigree, as he won a $10,400 pace on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. An altered son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $2.3M+-winning Southwind Tempo, two-time divisional champion, Surfer Beach did not race at two, and he won only one of his first thirteen races at three. But he has now won two of his last four, including this 1:52.3 triumph, where he went to the front for the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., and proved much the best, winning by 5 1/2 lengths for trainer Brian Malone and owner Peter Paul Venturini.   The Napolitano brothers completed a sweep of the pacing divisions for this class when Anthony drove the Bettor's Delight mare Mossdale Lottee N to her first U.S. score. The Kiwi import came from eleven lengths back at the quarter to win the female section of the condition by 3¾ lengths in 1:53.2. The winner is trained by Jose Godinez for Godinez Racing Stable LLC. In the division of this class for trotters, the two-year-old Tricky Dick also came from well off the pace (10½ lengths behind at the half) to win by a nose over Gerard while taking a mark of 1:57.1. And whoever bet on the altered son of Winning Mister - Pictures Of Millie got a $78 return on a $2 win ticket as Tricky Dick took the Election Day victory for driver Mike Simons, the "Pocono Trot Man," and owner/trainer/voice of the PA county fairs Jim McGettigan. Anthony Napolitano bookended the card with winners and also scored with Mossdale Lottee N to emerge as the day's leading driver with three victories. There are only three more cards left in the 2020 season at Pocono, all starting at 12:30: this coming Saturday and Tuesday, and then closing night, November 15, where there will be a mandatory distribution in the Rainbow High 5 pool, which will bring a carryover of over $239,000 into play. From the PHHA / The Downs    

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Despite Tall Dark Stranger's most valiant effort, his absolute reign among 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings came to an end in Saturday night's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Breeders Crown, as 200-1 shot Sandbetweenmytoes lifted down the grandstand side to narrowly record a 1:48.3 win over the divisional leader. Sandbetweenmytoes got away ninth in the field of 10 while Cattlewash (David Miller) and Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick) threw down through a :25.3 first quarter. Upon reaching the backstretch, Yannick Gingras moved Tall Dark Stranger out from third to brush for the lead, and they cleared after being strung out by Cattlewash through a punishing :52.3 half mile. Tall Dark Stranger controlled an uncontested lead through the far turn, but after reaching three-quarters in 1:20.3 and turning for home, the odds-on favorite looked vulnerable as the outer tier had finally caught up to him. The first-over No Lou Zing (Dexter Dunn) worked to within striking range at the eighth pole, Cattlewash launched for the open stretch, and Captain Barbossa (Joe Bongiorno) took a solid shot off cover as well -- but as he had done on numerous occasions this season, Tall Dark Stranger dug deep to find more while under siege. Game as Tall Dark Stranger was, though, one of the unlikeliest of rivals had his number. Scott Zeron fanned Sandbetweenmytoes -- who was towed into contention from fourth-over -- to the five-path in upper stretch, and they found their best gear in the final sixteenth. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere lifted to collar Tall Dark Stranger by a neck, with Cattlewash finishing third and Save Me A Dance fourth. The $409.80 win mutuel yielded by Sandbetweenmytoes was the highest ever in the 37-year history of the Breeders Crown. Trainer Jim Campbell felt the race set up perfectly for his gelding, and that he had the potential to contend: "He had a good week, and before the race, Scotty and I talked it over," he said. "Where we were at, we had to hope for a hot pace up front. We got it, and Sandbetweenmytoes took advantage of it." Despite the faith he had in Sandbetweenmytoes, Campbell was just as surprised by the end result as anyone: "I wasn't confident [in the result] until they flashed his number up, because I watched one angle and thought we had a shot," he said. "Watching the race live, I couldn't tell ... it was tight; he just happened to go the right way at the wire to get his nose up." The Fashion Farms homebred has now won seven of 15 races and $487,135 in purses this season.   by James Witherite, for the Breeders Crown

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