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WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2020 -- An ultra-game Sansovina Hanover endured a parked-out 26 opening quarter yet had enough to hold off all challengers in capturing Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Sansovina Hanover had to deal first with the uncovered bid of Greenhill Hanover, who could not reach. Then, in deep stretch, the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up found just enough for Mike Wilder to prevail in 1:51.4. Vibrent Kelly was second, beaten a neck, with Ask Me Ifi Care third. Greenhill Hanover, who had won three straight since being imported from Great Britain by the Ron Burke stable, finished fourth and suffered her first domestic loss.   Doug Snyder trains the winner, who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $326,543, for Frank Poerio, Jr. It was one of five wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Elsewhere on Tuesday's program, Just Wanna Feel, who triumphed on Nov. 7, 2018 and followed it up with 54 straight losses, snapped her futility streak when she won for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. Jeremy Indof kept the 6-year-old mare near the lead, and she responded with a 1:56.1 mile, taking a $5,400 Conditioned Claiming Pace by 1-1/4 lengths. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Chester, PA — Harness racing river Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Takter teamed up to capture two of the three featured $20,000 winners-over events on Sunday afternoon (July 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the week's top trot, Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph's Eurobond ($5.60) controlled every step of a 1:51.2 mile, evading a late challenge from Ontario invader Run Director by 2-1/4 lengths. The 5-year-old Love You   stallion notched his ninth career win and his first of the season.   JK American Beauty ($4.00) completed Gingras and Takter's double in the feature for distaff pacers. With Shartin N scratched due to injury, JK American Beauty was dispatched the even-money choice, and she lived up to that billing. After brushing to the fore with a circuit to go, the 4-year-old American Ideal mare turned aside the first-over threat of Gold Orchid N before stepping 1-1/2 lengths clear of a three-wide Philly Hanover in 1:50.3 for her second consecutive win.   The afternoon's top event for male pacers saw San Domino A ($11.80) draft behind dueling leaders Highalator and Dorsoduro Hanover on the final turn before setting sail up the open stretch to win by a widening 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51. George Napoliatno Jr. drove the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding to the 23rd victory of his career — and seventh since arriving in the States last summer — for trainer Andrew Harris and the partnership of Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing.   Takter completed a training triple on the 14-race card with No Lou Zing ($4.20), who impressively won an $11,200 conditioned event in 1:53.2 in rein to Josert Fonseca.   Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 8). The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which is offered daily in the fifth race, boasts a $6,183.54 carryover. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Kerford Road A (Mike Merton) swooped late to capture the $8,000 open pace at Tioga Downs on Tuesday (June 30). The open pace had plenty of harness racing action. Jins Shark (Jim Taggart jr) grabbed the early lead and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) took a short lead right after the quarter. With a circuit to go Mister Daytona N (Mike Simons) became the next pacer to lead. He was first to the half in :55.2. Mac Andover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took over on the back stretch and led to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Kerford Road A ($4.20) was fifth after three-quarters and fourth as they reached the stretch. The 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsowewhere came flying down the stretch like a rocket and blew right on by to win going away in 1:52.1. Mister Daytona N finished second. Harry Terror came up to take third.   The Australian bred Kerford Road A made his US debut a winning one. He is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Harmon Racing Stable, Winners Circle Racing, and John Campagnuolo. He now has 14 career victories. Red Hot Mike Merton won four more on the night. His other wins came with Barrys Shelby, Catcha Lefty A, Fritzie Pic Up Man, and Too Much Duncan. It's A Herbie smoked the field in $8,000 open trot. My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead but went off-stride. Karets (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took command and led to the first quarter in :28.0. It's A Herbie ($2.90) was parked as they headed for the stands and forged ahead with a lap to go. He used a :28.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. He contiuned to be well in control as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. As he made the turn for home he made it a one horse race breezing to a lifetime best of 1:52.2. The only thing in doubt was for minor spoils. Beguin Dugotier F (Coredy Braden) came up to take second money. Uncle Hanover (Kyle DiBennedetto) finished third.   It's A Herbie is a 4-year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie. He is owned and trained by Yoder. The gelding won for the second time this season. He now has 12 career victoies in 24 lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July4) with a 4 p.m. start time. They will race on Sunday (July 5) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

SYDNEY, N.S. — As a writing coach, Marjorie Simmins searched for a book that had everything in it, in terms of the essential elements of crafting a memoir, but she wasn’t able to find it. So, she decided to write it. “I wanted certain things — I wanted history in there, I wanted inspiration in there and I wanted a fair bit of how-to,” Simmins said in an interview. The result is “Memoir: Conversations and Craft,” released in March by Nimbus Publishing. It includes seven interviews with memoir authors Linden MacIntyre, Edmund Metatwabin, Donna Morrissey, Claire Mowat, Lawrence Hill, Diane Shoemperlen and Plum Johnson. Each interview is followed by a passage reflecting on the interviews and suggestions for writing exercises. Simmins described her own collection of memoirs penned by others “pretty gorgeous,” noting it requires culling from time to time to keep it to a manageable size. But she returned to some of her favourites in determining who she wanted to interview for her book. “The writers I chose, I thought, ‘Who would I want to talk to, who do I think would really have a lot to say about memoir?’” For example, in Port Hastings native, author and journalist Linden MacIntyre she noted he brings to the table humour, and people from across the country can appreciate his anecdotes which are both funny and filled with information. “I was fortunate that nobody said no,” Simmins said. “You don’t know, people are busy or don’t care to be part of a project, whatever it might be. Everybody said yes, everybody was enthusiastic and everybody was very honest in what they gave me. I found that very touching. “You can’t hide in a memoir and ideally you shouldn’t be hiding in how you talk about the memoir you’ve written. You have to be honest.” When asked if she continued to learn more about the craft of the memoir through conducting those interviews, Simmins noted that anything that is interesting is an endless learning experience. “You never know it all, and the day you think you know it all, you’d better stop,” she said. Marjorie Simmins, an award-winning author and journalist, living D'Escousse, had her third book, Simmins also acknowledged that the writers she interviewed sometimes offered contradictory advice, because what works for one writer doesn’t necessarily work for another. She believes that anyone picking up her book will find some advice that will work for them. “That’s the kind of moment that I see when I teach workshops that I really love, looking around the table and all of a sudden a person down the far end who has been having trouble getting their thoughts down on the page or whatever and they’ve come to the class for inspiration and, all of a sudden, you look at them and their eyes are just lit up like stars,” she said. Simmins said she also wanted to include "a fair bit of how-to,” including writing prompts and tips. “I made sure that my books had loads of writing prompts because that’s what people want,” she said. The events planned to launch the book — including two launches and a number of signings — have had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While she understands the realities of everyone having to significantly adjust their lives to deal with the current realities, she admits that it “did take the wind out of my sails.” However, on a positive note, having to change track has also meant that she is now ahead of schedule on her next book — “Somebeachsomewhere: A Harness Racing Legend from a One-Horse Stable,” scheduled for the spring of 2021, with Nimbus Publishing. She also believes there will be a timelessness to “Memoir: Conversations and Craft,” because it contains the sort of information that doesn’t change. “We want to know how to convey the stories of our lives,” Simmins said. To order a signed copy of “Memoir: Conversations and Craft,” go to the online bookstore or order from Nimbus publishing, Nancey King Reprinted with permission of The Chronicle Herald

On Sept. 1, 2007, Somebeachsomewhere paced the fastest mile in history by a harness racing 2-year-old to win the Metro Pace by two lengths over Moon Beam at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. It was the day, for all intents and purposes, when Somebeachsomewhere became The Beach. Winning driver Paul MacDonell, who earlier this week was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, recently looked back at that memorable performance as well as the memorable career and legacy of Somebeachsomewhere. THE FIELD Somebeachsomewhere's nine rivals in the 2007 Metro Pace final were (in alphabetical order) Alard Hanover, Dali, Deuce Seelster, Its That Time, Lonestar Legend, Moon Beam, Santanna Blue Chip, Shadow Play, and Weekend Gambler. Dali, Deuce Seelster, Santanna Blue Chip, and Shadow Play all earned more than $1 million lifetime. Dali, who prior to the Metro won the Woodrow Wilson, and Shadow Play were world-record-holders during their careers. Moon Beam was the runner-up in both the Metro and Woodrow Wilson. He won his remaining four races that year. "There were some nice horses in there," MacDonell said. "There was quite a bit of hype about (Dali). He was a nice horse in his own right, no question about it. Deuce Seelster turned out to be a really nice horse in the long run. Moon Beam, I remember him as a 2-year-old, and he was a good colt. It wasn't an easy season, that's for sure." THE LEAD-IN Owned by a group from Nova Scotia, Somebeachsomewhere was trained at age 2 by co-owner Brent MacGrath and Jean Arsenault. He made his debut on July 30, 2007, in an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and won by three lengths in a track-record 1:54.2 at half-mile-oval Grand River Raceway. He won the final by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55. "I got to train him before the Battle of Waterloo elimination and I could tell right away he had some serious power to him," MacDonell said. "But you never know how they're going to perform in a race. His first start, he showed he was special right off the bat. He had power and that fluid gait. He stood out." It was 19 days from the Battle of Waterloo final to the Metro Pace eliminations. Despite his early success, Somebeachsomewhere was the second choice in the third of the three elims, sent off at 5-1 odds. Woodrow Wilson champ Dali was the 1-9 favorite. Somebeachsomewhere won by 3-1/2 lengths over Dali in 1:52.1, the fastest of the three divisions. It was the last time Somebeachsomewhere was not the favorite in any race in his career. After going off as the 8-5 chalk in the Metro final, he never was higher than 2-5 in his remaining 17 lifetime starts. "The punters never got another ticket on him like that again," MacDonell said with a laugh about the Metro elimination. MacDonell drove two of the three Metro elim winners. One race prior to Somebeachsomewhere's score, he guided Deuce Seelster to victory in 1:52.2. Deuce Seelster was undefeated in six career starts to that point, with MacDonell notching four of the wins in Ontario Sire Stakes action, but there was little question which horse MacDonell would drive in the Metro final. "(Somebeachsomewhere) was fresh and ready," MacDonell said. "The choice became very clear after the elimination; he was very strong. I didn't want to give Deuce Seelster up by any means, but it was kind of a no-brainer when I did have to make that choice." Moon Beam was the remaining elimination winner, also in 1:52.2. THE METRO PACE FINAL Somebeachsomewhere started the Metro Pace final from post four. MacDonell wasted no time in putting Somebeachsomewhere in front, taking the lead in the race's opening strides. Somebeachsomewhere reached the quarter in :26.3, half in :54.2, and three-quarters in 1:21.4. The colt separated himself from the field in the stretch and won in a world-record 1:49.3. The time took one-fifth of a second off the previous record for 2-year-old pacers, which was established by Rocknroll Hanover in the 2004 Metro at Woodbine. "After I watched all the eliminations and figured things out, to me it was apparent (Somebeachsomewhere) was the best horse, and I drove him that way," MacDonell said. "I didn't really expect him to pace (1):49 and change but he did it and did it quite easily. "I was probably in just as much awe as everybody else that was watching him. You look and you're like, did he really just do (1):49 and a piece? The way he came to the wire, he was strong. I think that's when the legend really began of The Beach. That was his coming-out party, no doubt." To view a replay of the race, click here. Several months after the win in the Metro, MacGrath reflected on its significance. "It was a pretty big deal for us," MacGrath said. "There's never been a Maritimer to win a million-dollar race. For us little guys in Truro to find the winner, it was a big deal. He's created an awful big stir here. It makes people feel good that a horse can be trained here on the east coast of Canada with the rough winters and go on and do what he did." EPILOGUE Following Somebeachsomewhere's win in the Metro, "beach parties" started in the Maritimes as hundreds of fans would gather to watch the colt race on simulcasts. Somebeachsomewhere started twice following the Metro, winning a division of the Champlain in a stakes-record 1:51 (with a :26 final quarter) and a division of the Nassagaweya in 1:51.4. Somebeachsomewhere was not eligible to the Breeders Crown or Governor's Cup, so MacGrath decided to bring the horse home and prepare for his 3-year-old season. "When he started doing what he was doing, then it got to be more about (the) next year," MacGrath said at the time. "Typically, the weather in the Maritimes is nice in September and October. We brought him home and it was, it was terrific. He had one day in the five weeks that he didn't get in the field. The grass was nice and green and lush. It was just what he needed. He loves that life anyway." At the end of 2007, Somebeachsomewhere was voted the best 2-year-old male pacer in both Canada and the U.S. and shared Canada's Horse of the Year honor with Tell All. His 3-year-old campaign stamped Somebeachsomewhere as one of the sport's all-time greats, with only a neck loss to Art Official in the Meadowlands Pace separating him from perfection. Ironically, many consider it The Beach's top performance. "I've had millions of people tell me it was probably his best race," MacDonell said. "He didn't disgrace himself anywhere he went." Memorable victories from 2008 included his 1:46.4 score in a division of the Bluegrass, a clocking that equaled the fastest race mile in history and established the world record for a 3-year-old pacer. He also won the North America Cup, Breeders Crown, Confederation Cup in a half-mile world-record 1:49.2, and Messenger Stakes in torrential rain. Somebeachsomewhere was the 2008 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. He finished his career with 20 wins in 21 races and $3.22 million in purses. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009 and U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2015. "He had all the physical abilities, he had that strength and size, but I think the one thing that set him apart was his intelligence," MacDonell said. "The ones that are hard to get along with are wasting energy for no reason. You need every bit of energy these days to stay competitive. He was like driving a sports car, and when you asked him to go, he was gone. "He had that ability to show up at the racetrack and he knew what he was there for. He was just great all around in every category." Somebeachsomewhere enjoyed great success as a sire before his untimely passing in 2018 as the result of cancer. His offspring include 10 horses to receive year-end honors (Dan Patch and/or O'Brien awards) including two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous and three-time Dan Patch honoree Pure Country. The 10 award-winners are among 17 Somebeachsomewhere-sired millionaires to date. "His legend status I think is growing even more," MacDonell said. "Even as a sire, what he's done, people realize how great he was. He had that gait that was so fluid, and I see a lot of that in his stock. It brings back memories just watching those horses." Now, MacDonell will join Somebeachsomewhere in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. "It was pretty cool when I got the call," MacDonell said. "It was mind-blowing, really. It's something you don't even think about when you're starting out, you just go about your business. Now, here we are at 57 years old and being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'm truly honored, truly honored." His association with The Beach will likely remain a topic of discussion forever. "Not too many weeks go by where someone doesn't come along and want me to sign a poster, or even just talk about him," MacDonell said. "He's always mentioned to me. It's been that way for the past 12 years. I'm forever grateful to him, let me tell you. "And I had the best seat in the house." by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

RYONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 7, 2020--Down-the-roaders I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan, $6) and Elysium Lindy (Dan Dube, $27.40) proved best Saturday night (March 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps. I'm Some Graduate, from assigned post position No. 5 in the adult-table pace, had few issues in maintaining his current form. He worked around pole-sitting I'marocknrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno), then finished what he started (:27.1; :57, 1:24.2; 1:52.2) after a weak, first-over attempt by Tremendous Play (Jason Bartlett). 'Legend" chased in vain, beaten a couple of lengths, with Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) a non-threatening third.   Luciano N (Austin Siegelman) and Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For I'm Some Graduate, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Larry Karr, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (fourth in last five tries). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $18, with the triple returning $68. Elysium Lindy also went the distance in a strange week's marquee trot. From the pole, he was seemingly content to sit behind Weslynn Dancer (Bartlett)...until the latter "wanted to go back to the paddock or something," Bartlett said. At any rate, after two-moving to the lead, Weslynn Dancer found herself out in the air, serving as a fortuitous 'pick' for Elysium Lindy. That one was more than accepting of the largesse, completing his appointed rounds (:27.1; 56.4; 1:25.1; 1:55) a length in front of cone-skimming Mostinterestingman (Siegelman). Third went to Stormy Kromer (catch-driver Bongiorno), with even-money choice Melady's Monet (Brennan) fourth after having to go wide early around Weslynn Dancer.   Arabella's Cadet (Stratton) picked off the final envelope, ahead of the self-imposed grief of Weslynn Dancer. For fifth choice Elysium Lindy, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owned Panic Stable and trained by Andrew Harris, it was his fourth win in eight '20 tries The exacta paid $178.50, with the triple returning $713. From Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Monticello, NY - Leading Monticello Raceway harness racing dash winner driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. padded his lead with 5 wins on the afternoon Thursday March 5 at Monticello Raceway, Mike Merton also drove 3 winners on the card. Aldrich won 3 consecutive races in the beginning of the card, the first win came aboard Western Bay Bay 1:58.4 - $3.60 in race 2 for trainer Robert Lounsbury, it was the 3rd seasonal win for the 4-year-old Art Official gelding in 9 starts, Aldrich scored with Lucky Leonard in 2:00, Bruce was content to sit the pocket while Giddyallyougot (Mike Merton) cut the mile his best winning time in 2 years for trainer Laura Perino and returned a healthy $40.80 win pari mutual. Someboysomewhere would account for win # 3, trained by the 3rd leading trainer on the grounds Jim Doherty Jr. the son of Somebeachsomewhere scored a 5 length romp in 2:00 for his first win of the 2020 season. The next win came aboard the favorite Regil Tiger, Aldrich worked hard for this win as the co-favorite Drive Em Cowboy (Jim Taggart Jr.) started to skip away from the field down the backside the second time, Aldrich did some serious urging to get the win with the 14-year-old gelding in 1:58. John Dally would account for Aldrich's 5th win of the afternoon for trainer David Dziengiel. It marked the 5th time this season that Aldrich won 4 or more races on the same day. Mike Merton who recently returned back in the bike after a prolonged absence due to a racing accident, brushed off the dust and won 3 races with Hot Seat - 1:59.2 - $2.80, Catcha Lefty A 1:57.3 - $2.70 and Upfront Countryboy 1:58 - $3.20 $724,787 was wagered on the 10 race card, for an average handle per race of $72,478 Live racing resumes Monday with a 12:50 Post Time by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A pair of three-year-olds making successful career harness racing debuts were the highlight performers of the first Monday twilight card of 2020 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In a 1-2 finish for six-figure yearlings, Rouser Hanover, a Captaintreacherous colt out of the million dollar-winning mare Romantic Moment, overcame broken equipment to tally by three lengths in 1:54.4, last half :56 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Tony Alagna, and the partnership of Brittany Farms LLC, Big Als Stables, Brad Grant, and Riverview Leblanc Vj Stable. Finishing second was Lyons Friends, a Western Ideal gelding out of the Hall of Famer Artistic Vision, the dam of Clear Vision and Rock N Roll Hanover. Another successful "firster" was Somebeachsomefra, a daughter of Sombeachsomewhere out of the 1:49 mare Ms Caila J Fra. Driver Simon Allard took command with the filly on the far turn and finished 3½ lengths clear in 1:55.4 for brother/trainer Rene Allard, also co-owner with Stephen Klunowski and Gil Short. This was the first Monday card of the year at Pocono. This coming week will set three-quarters of the standard pattern schedule in motion, with racing on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 4 p.m.; in April, Tuesdays at 4 p.m. will be added, and will remain the basic schedule until September at Pocono. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Standardbred Canada reports that harness racing trainer Richard Moreau recorded four victories on the 10-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday (Feb. 22), one of which came with Wheels On Fire in the $36,000 Preferred Pace. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy landed Wheels On Fire on the front from post 7 in the evening’s feature and faced little challenge. Through opening splits of :27.3 and :57.1, Wheels On Fire cruised on the helm before accelerating the pace towards three-quarters in 1:24.2. At that point Easy Lover Hanover gave first-over pursuit to the pacesetter circling into the stretch but finished two lengths short of victory in a 1:51.2 mile. Pocket-sitter Matticulous Gb finished third. A five-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, Wheels On Fire won his 17th race from 45 starts, earning $246,983. William Donovan owns the $3.90 winner. Following his win in the feature, Moreau a few races later scored a natural hat trick starting in Race 6 with U Need Stones ($4.20) wiring his competition. Wins from Legion Seelster ($6.10) and Sylph Hanover ($6.70) completed Moreau’s grand slam. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

LEBANON, OH. - Lifeonthebeach A, despite drawing the outermost post position, dominated the $25,000 championship leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley on Saturday (Feb. 22) at Miami Valley Raceway. Contested over a mile and a quarter, the 7-5 favorite was sent on his way from the get-go by driver Chris Page and cruised through fractions of :28.3, :58, 1:27 and 1:55 before tacking on a :28.1 final panel to score handily in 2:23.1. Stablemates Champion Rock (Tyler Smith) and Royale Rose (Brett Miller) from the Dan Stone Stable finished second and third. The winner is a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere now sports 18 career wins in 55 tries and increased his lifetime earnings to $129,652 with the triumph. He won the initial Dailey Memorial leg, which was a 5/8ths mile dash, in 1:08.3, then suffered an unfortunate incident in leg two at one mile when his crupper snapped and Page was forced to pull him out of the race. His confidence wasn't compromised, however, as he won for the fourth time in six 2020 seasonal starts as the 7-5 favorite. Lifeonthebeach A is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Two races later, the weekly $25,000 Open I Pace was won by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who topped Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and Shagnwiththedragon (Sam Widger) in 1:50.3. It was the second win in 2020 for My Hero Ron, but the first in Open company. Danny Dubeansky trains the 8-year-old son of Well Said for owner Brian Witt. A $20,000 Open II Pace was captured by Street Boy (Brett Miller) over Big Bad Mike (Trevor Smith) and The Dark Shadow (Widger) in 1:51.3. Frederick Linz owns the 5-year-old son of American Ideal, who now has five victories in eight starts this meet, the others all coming in $30,000 claimers, and a 2020 bankroll of $56,825 already this year. Miami Valley will race three consecutive matinees at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 23), Monday (Feb. 24) and Tuesday (Feb. 25). From Miami Valley Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Maybe the trip didn't go exactly as driver Yannick Gingras had hoped, but he made it work nonetheless in the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, scoring with I'm Some Graduate in a $31,250 high-end conditioned pace. The 7-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate, dismissed by the bettors at odds of 14-1, was away in good order, sitting second to the quarter behind 9-5 second choice McThriller in :27.2. Brushing to the top before the half was Eddard Hanover, pushing I'm Some Graduate back into the three-hole, and as the train developed on the rim with Stonedust providing a live tow for 8-5 favorite Americanprimetime, I'm Some Graduate was in a tough spot approaching the head of the stretch. Off the far turn, Gingras guided I'm Some Graduate into the three-path as Eddard Hanover and Stonedust weakened. Americanprimetime tipped off his cover and grabbed the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and looked like the winner, but I'm Some Graduate swung to that one's outside late and with a final burst of speed, nailed the favorite by a head in 1:50.3 on a 28-degree night with a track variant of -1. Decision Day rallied to grab third.   I'm Some Graduate returned a healthy $31.40 to his backers as the fifth choice in the seven-horse field, but clearly belonged if you take Gingras' word for it. "I believe he won the last time he raced [at the Meadowlands] at a higher class." Gingras was right, of course, as I'm Some Graduate won the Preferred for pacers in his last Big M appearance in December of 2018. "They race him at Yonkers most of the time but he loves this track," said Gingras. "He's just a nice horse." The Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Lawrence Karr, has now won 21-of-98 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $453,383. A LITTLE MORE: It only took two weeks to create some 20-cent Pick-6 buzz. The new wager was not hit, creating a carryover of $14,376 heading into the next race card. Those who had five out of six cashed in for $165.24. ... Driver Andy Miller had a natural hat trick, winning the sixth, seventh and eighth races. Corey Callahan also recorded three wins on the card. ... The remarkable Preppy Art won the 13th and final race of the night, giving him 10 wins in his last 15 starts after registering zero victories in his previous 59 tries. He was claimed out of the race for $10,000 by trainer Nick Surick. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,665,111, marking the sixth time in the last seven cards that wagering exceeded $2.5 million. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

LEBANON, OH. - Thrilling finishes and quick harness racing miles were prevalent on Saturday night (Feb. 15) at Miami Valley Raceway, highlighted by a $22,500 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and the final two preliminary divisions of the second annual Bill Dailey Memorial Medley. I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset over Windsong Leo (Chris Page) in the Open I, managing a 'head' decision in 1:51.1. Windsong Leo, a winner in six of his last seven outings versus Open company, cut the mile with I'm A Big Deal sitting snug in the pocket throughout the contest. After fractions of :26.3, :56.1 and 1:23.3 the favorite was still able to close in :27.3, but the winner was a tick or two quicker to gain the slight advantage in the final two strides. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) was forced to race first-over on the outside much of the mile and finished third. It was the first win in nine local starts since I'm A Big Deal was plucked from the Harrisburg sale last November by owner Bottom Line Racing of Boca Raton, Florida, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. However the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere has managed a win in a top condition pace and three runnerup finishes in the weekly features to earn about $40,000 in his first three months in Ohio. The Open II event was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Rose Run Uriah (Jeremy Smith) and The Dark Shadow (Sam Widger) in 1:51. Dropping out of the Open I after a month of fourth and fifth place finishes, the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again flashed a huge closing kick to secure his 20th lifetime triumph. J. D. Perrin trains the winner for his wife Tessa and her partner Eim Racing Stable. The Bill Dailey Memorial Medley started with 5/8ths mile dashes in three $12,500 divisions in the first leg, then followed up with two $17,500 divisions going a mile on Saturday. The top nine money winners from those first two legs will assemble next Saturday night for a $25,000 championship tilt at 1-1/4 miles. Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) was a 'nose' winner in 1:52.4 in the first split at one mile, edging Angelo J Fra (Page) with Manny (DeLong) finishing third. Daniel Stone conditions the 7-year-old Ashlees Big Guy gelding for S & S Racing Stable and Bert Turner. It was the 27th career tally for the lifetime winner of $333,932. Just N Ace (Widger) edged stablemate Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr.) by a neck in the second division, clocked in 1:51.1. Champion Rock (Smith) grabbed the show dough and a ticket into the championship dance. Jamie Macomber trains the winning 5-year-old son United Ace for the Eleven Star Stables. The lineup for the $25,000 Bill Dailey Memorial Medley championship consists of Royale Rose, Just N Ace, American Dreamer, Dave And Dennis, Life On The Beach A, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Angela J Fra, Stormy West and Champion Rock. From Miami Valley Raceway    

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2020 -- Carolina Beach worked hard for the early lead, then held off the Lightning Lane charge of K Ryan Bluechip to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip stretched out Carolina Beach to a 27 opening panel before settling into the pocket. In the stretch, however, Carolina Beach had just enough of his diminishing lead to down K Ryan Bluechip by a neck in 1:51.2 for driver Aaron Merriman. Do Work Son, who was out without cover before the half, was a well-meant third.   Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $331,093, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card while trainer Ron Burke fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $3,626.95 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

LEBANON, OH. - The seventh season of live harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off with five straight days of 14-race programs on Friday night, Jan. 3 at 6:05 p.m.   Opening weekend is chock full of nine and ten horse fields with a trio of enhanced $30,000 purse Open events highlighting the cards. With an estimated total purse account nearing $15 million for the 87-day meet, Miami Valley will race for some of the highest purses in North America over the next four months.   My Tweed Heart (Brett Miller) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Friday's $30,000 Mares Open Handicap by handicapper Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Allbeastnobeauty (Tyler Smith, 7-2), Always Giggling (John DeLong, 4-1), Rosemary Rose (Chris Page, 9-2) and Newsday (Kayne Kauffman, 6-1).   The 7-year-old favorite My Tweed Heart, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., is the richest mare in the field with $556,678 in career earnings. The daughter of Manhardt is owned by Winners Circle Stable LLC and Phil Harris of Columbus, Ohio.   I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) got the 5-2 nod over Fan Of Terror (John DeLong, 3-1) in Saturday's $30,000 Open Handicap for horses and geldings. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere won his first start at Hollywood Dayton after being plucked from the Harrisburg sale by owner Dana Parham and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Since he has reeled off three straight runnerup finishes in the weekly Southwest Ohio feature, the last two to Fan Of Terror who is assigned outside this week.   Other stalwarts given a good chance are My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith, 4--1), Granite (Jeremy Smith, 5-1) and Tyd Theglyde (Trace Tetrick, 8-1).   The $30,000 Open Trot will be presented on Tuesday afternoon and is sure to include most of the Midwest's top squaregaiters.   Three of North America's winningest drivers will compete throughout the opening week at Miami Valley--Brett Miller, Trace Tetrick and Chris Page.   The regular schedule from Jan. 3 through May 3 will be Friday and Saturday evening programs followed by Sunday, Monday and Tuesday matinees.   "Track Superintendent Jimmy Shelton has done a great job getting the racing surface in the best possible shape," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "With the abundant horse supply, outstanding purses and elite drivers colony here at Miami Valley, I expect our seventh season to showcase some of the best racing you'll find anywhere! Let the good times roll!!!"   From Miami Valley Raceway    

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2019 -- Breaktime Hanover waited patiently inside, then charged through the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild 5-1 upset in Thursday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. Breaktime Hanover grabbed the early lead from post 7 but found himself shuffled to third at the three-quarters. The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Best Chance Hanna gelding surged when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. pointed him inside and scored in 1:53.1. Statham N was second, 1/2 length back, with the first-over Bit Ofa Tiger N third. Ron Burke trains Breaktime Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $175,337, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Breaktime Hanover Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Pat Berry let the race come to him, and his patience and decision-making led to San Domino A winning the Saturday night harness raing feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for pacers. Berry, who won his 4,000th career race at the Big M last week, had San Domino A racing in sixth to the quarter as the speedy Wheels On Fire was cutting out tepid fractions of :28.1 and :56.4. But Wheels On Fire - the 5-1 second choice - was not at his best, bearing away from the rail at the half while causing a bit of a traffic jam on the way to a fourth-place finish. Things did not go swimmingly for 4-5 favorite Franco Totem N, either. He never saw the rail, racing first-over to the stretch before weakening and finishing seventh in the field of nine. San Domino A, who scored at the Big M on Nov. 30 before a Yonkers win Dec. 14, was in a live flow racing third-over, and when second-over Endeavor went around a tiring Franco Totem N, San Domino A moved with that one, racing second-over in a three-wide flow around the far turn. The Andrew Harris trainee then powered by Endeavor in mid-stretch on the way to a three-quarter-length win in 1:51.3 to record a third straight score. Endeavor held second, with Lyons Steel rallying for third. A 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, San Domino A paid $16.80 as the fourth choice in the wagering. He's won eight-of-22 starts this year, and lifetime, has 20 wins from 64 attempts and earnings of $209,588 for owners Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing. A LITTLE MORE: For the second consecutive Saturday, there was only one winning ticket sold in the 50-cent Pick-5. The combination of 6-10-2-5-2 returned $29,478. ... Favorites took it on the chin, winning only twice on the card. ... Leading driver Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card, upping his Fall Meet total to 47. ... Yannick Gingras guided 10 to victory lane over the course of the three-day race week and now has 42 wins. ... All-source handle totaled $2,416,400 on the 14-race card. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... The Big M will be closed for simulcasting on Dec. 22, 24, 25 and 29. ... The FanDuel Sportsbook will be open on Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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