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Delaware, OH - Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn swept both the elims and final of the Jugette. He also swept both divisions of the Buckette en route to a six-win afternoon at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. There were two divisions of the $82,200 (div) Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters and Dunn won them both. Caviart Eva took the first division by two lengths in 1:54 over Hannah (Andy Miller). Nancy Takter trains the Trixon lass for Caviart Farm.   The second $41,100 division went to another Trixon filly Spoiled Princess. Spoiled Princess defeated Deswanslittlelorie (Aaron Merriman) by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. Nifty Norman conditions the winner for Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Racing. Dunn is the ten-time New Zealand champion driver, who started driving in the United States full time last year. Standardbred Filly Pace to Fighting Evil The Sweet Lou filly, Fighting Evil (Mike Wilder) took the $39,406 Standardbred filly pace in 1:54.2. Tava (Tim Tetrick) and Always B Laughin (Andy Miller) was second and third. Trainer Daniel Lee Snyder co-owns the filly with Jason Ash of Delaware, Ohio. Treasure Gems K Takes Standardbred Trot Treasure Gems K (Chris Page) broke her maiden in the $43,506 Standardbred two-year-old filly trot in 1:59. Josh Joshing (Andy Miller) and Gothic Girl (Dan Noble) rounded out the trifecta. The Encore Encore filly is trained by Paul Reid for Robert J. Key. World Mark Lower Twice in OBC Three-Year-Old Colt Trot A pair of world records were established in the Ohio Breeders Champioships for three-year-old colt trotters. In the opening division $48,421, It's Academic (Chris Page) lowered the world mark to 1:53.1 with a 3 ½ length victory over Stonefire Us (Dewayne Minor) and Big Box Hanover (Dan Noble). The Uncle Peter colt won for the fourth time in 10 seasonal starts and has amassed just short of $340,000 for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. The record stood for approximately two hours as Action Uncle (Brett Miller) lowered the world mark to 1:52.4 in the second division with 5 ¾ length score over Buxton (Dan Noble). Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the Uncle Peter colt for Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills.   Action Uncle has been ultra-consistent this season with eight wins and a second in nine 2020 starts. He has won $570,035 for his career. Action Uncle already owned the two-year-old world record that he established last year at the Delaware County Fair. Firsts  There will be a trio of trainers hitching up their first Jug starter in 2020. John Ackley, Carmine Auciello and Eric Mollor all look to make their first Jug start a winning one.  The 28 year-old Austin Siegelman will be driving in his first Jug. Siegelman is nearing 1,600 career wins and $12.7 million in career earnings.  Jug Post Times  The first elimination (Race #15) is scheduled for a 4:56 PM post time. The second elimination (Race #16) should go postward at 5:19 PM. The $335,400 second heat (Race #20) is expected to go at 6:50 PM.  Baldachino to “Perform” on Jug Day  Lexi Baldachino of Millstone, NJ has been selected to virtually perform the National Anthem during the Little Brown Jug’s “Jug Day” broadcast.  Baldachino, 22, studied dance and theatre at Penn State University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.   She currently lives in NYC and her performing credits include roles in Flashdance: the Musical and The Wedding Singer.   by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

ANDERSON, IN --September 23, 2020---- Some of the brightest stars in all of Harness Racing will descend upon Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 25 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. With over $1.2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2020 live racing season on Friday with a 15-race card that includes that includes the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $221,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $120,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. A talented field of ten will be sent postward in this year's edition of the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic. Maple Leaf Trot winner Atlanta has been enlisted as the 8-5 slight morning line choice from post position eight with David Miller in the bike. Trained by Ron Burke, the five-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip has won three of seven outings while bankrolling $414,564 in purse earnings this season. Lindy The Great captured last year's edition of the Caesars Trotting Classic and will start from post ten with regular pilot Andy Miller in the bike. Trained by Julie Miller, Lindy The Great will look to become the first Caesars Trotting Classic back-to-back winner in the history of the race. The field for Friday's main event also includes seven millionaires and three Indiana-sired trotters. The Hoosier state will be well represented as Bridge To Jesse's, Fiftydallarbill, and Custom Cantab will look to capture Indiana's richest trotting event. Not to be outdone by their trotting counterparts, an accomplished field of ten will line up behind the gate for the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. After winning in the 2020 Dan Patch Stakes, Century Farroh will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park and will play the role of morning line favorite from post eight. Trained by Ian Moore, Century Farroh most recently finished third in the Canadian Pacing Derby behind Dorsoduro Hanover and Dancin Lou who have drawn post 10 and post 6, respectively in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in three special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta will be available in the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, slated as the thirteenth race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta in the $176,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the twelfth race on the program. A $15,000 Hoosier High-5 will also be offered on the last race of the program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the action on the track, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a variety of promotions and a fall festival for racing fans. The first 250 racing fans will receive a free Harrah's Hoosier Park 2020 racing t-shirt. The evening's festivities will also include free handicapping contests, family-friendly activities, free pumpkins while supplies last, live entertainment, food trucks and giveaways. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2020 Championship Meet, which features a $4 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 9 with the $200,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will be highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown October 30 & 31. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

CHESTER, PA - The Liberty Bell stakes series commenced its annual fall run at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, with over $160,000 in purses offered to two-year-old fillies on both gaits. There were three divisions for pacers, and the chalk won all three - though the heaviest favorite of all gave the crowd some tension before they could get their nickel profit for every win dollar bet. Grace Hill, second in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship behind Blue Diamond Eyes (who won the Kentucky program's final this past Sunday) looked to be sailing along for driver Todd McCarthy after setting fractions of :28.2, :56.1, and 1:24.2. However, pocketsitter Natchez Belle kept chopping into the margin - four lengths at the half, two at the three-quarters, 1¼ lengths at the stretch call and narrowing with every step towards the wire. But Grace Hill, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $1.6M+-winning Western Silk, dug down and won by a head in 1:53.1, running her scorecard to 6-4-2-0-$202,772 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill.   Another filly with a distinguished pedigree as a half-sister to Huntsville, the Betting Line - Wild West Show miss Let 'Er Buck, made two moves to control the throttle through splits of :28, :57.3, and 1:25.3, then turned back first-over Southwind Mina by 1¾ lengths in 1:53.4, a career best, for driver Mark MacDonald and owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. The fastest winner was the Captaintreacherous - Miss Kitty Hanover filly Mackie Hanover, who sped right to the top from the outside post six and hung up numbers of :28, :57.1, and 1:24.3 en route to a three length triumph in a lifetime best 1:52.4. George Brennan, a four-time winner during the card, was in the sulky for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Howard Taylor and Falcon Racing LLC. On the trotting side, it was finally the day for "the world's richest maiden," the Donato Hanover - Dream Child filly You Ato Dream, who had been second in all four of her PA Sire Stakes preliminaries and the Championship while earning $157,556. Here You Ato Dream worked her way to the lead for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory near the :28 quarter, put up midsplits of :57 and 1:25, then was kept to business to withstand potential pocket rocket May Karp in 1:54.2, a maiden mark. Jeff Gregory Inc. owns the talented miss with William Richardson, George Romanoff, and Martin Garey. Donato Hanover earned a siring double when Wixx Hanover (dam: Whispering Wind) reduced her mark to 1:55.3 in the other section. With a filly who had shown both speed and shaky manners, driver George Brennan was in no hurry to rush the baby, letting her follow the early cover of favored Myreanna, who claimed the lead midway between the :28.1 quarter and the :57.2 half, and then claimed the top going to the midrace mark. From there Wixx Hanover had total command, reaching the three-quarters in 1:26 and going off to a three length victory over the chalk for trainer Roland Mallar, co-owner with Patrick Leavitt and William Hartt. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

HARRINGTON, DE - Don and David Wiest's Rhett ($3.20, Tony Morgan) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old harness racing trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Rhett's win came in 2:01.3 via disqualification as Big Al M hit the wire first but was placed second for violation of the euro-rail rule. Big Al M was the leader throughout while Rhett sat in the pocket. Someofmygoodtime finished third. A son of Keystone Activator, Rhett notched his first career win for trainer Don Wiest.   The first filly division went to Jazzy Judy ($3.40, Victor Kirby) in a battle of attrition as only 2 of the 6 horses stayed on gait. Jazzy Judy mowed down leader Reality late for a 2:06.2 win. Amy Wil was third. It was the first career start for the daughter of Political Briefing, owned by Thestable Jazzy Judy Grp. and trained by Jim King Jr. The second male division saw Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing's Roll Juan ($14.60, Morand) hold off a hard charging Blue Devil for a 2:03.2 win. Trained by Les Givens, the Rolls Blue Chip colt prevailed in his 2nd career start. Bluestone Jackson was third. Favorite and previously unbeaten Malachi's Test broke stride near the quarter mile mark. Ed Kimmel, Don Wiest and David Wiest Stables' Azurine ($3.40, Morgan) was a wire-to-wire winner in the final division on the card for fillies, with a 2:06.1 win over Designer's Edge and Annalee third. Trained by Don Wiest, the Anders Bluestone filly was making her 2nd career start. Round two of DSBF action kicks off Monday September 28 for male pacers, with filly pacers on September 29 and all sexes of trotters on September 30. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- A pair of $8,500 Open I Handicap races topped the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 23) -- one for trotters and one for pacing mares -- and both produced gate to wire winners. Majestic Kat moved up to the Open I trot after a 4-1/2 length, 1:57.2 seasonal best win in the Open III last week and despite the jump in class, went almost the exact same mile. Billy Davis Jr. left with Majestic Kat and cut quarters of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.1 before Before I Die (Dave McNeight III) trotted alongside him in the last turn and then matched strides all the way down the lane. With less than a half-length between them for the last 1/16th of the mile, Majestic Kat managed to hold her ground and beat Before I Die at the light by a 1/2 length in 1:57.1, which was another new seasonal mark. Majestic Kat ($7.90) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. Billy Davis Jr. added two more wins during the proceedings, walking away with a driving hat trick. One race later in the top distaff pace, HP Sissy rebounded from two consecutive eight hole draws and went right to the front where she does some of her best work. Denny Bucceri sped to the quarter in :27.1 before grabbing leather in a :30 flat second panel, where the race was really decided. Blacknsweet Adda A (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled on the second circuit with Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) on her back, but HP Sissy was up to the task. She hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, rounded the far turn and opened up a two-length advantage while pacing sharply to the wire in 1:54.4. It was the fifth win of the year for HP Sissy ($7.10) who is owned by Finnocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol. Finnocchario, Ohol and Bucceri doubled their pleasure Wednesday as they also won with Mach's Echo who blew up the tote board with a $39.60 payoff. Jim Morrill Jr. had a big night in the bike, winning four races on the card. He scored with Sentimental Lady (1:57.1, $5.30), Il Mago (1:57, $4.40), Odyssey Blue Chip (1:58.1, $2.50) and You Mach Me Crazy (1:56.4, $2.30). Gerry Sarama trained the last three Morrill winners, giving him a training triple that was matched by fellow conditioner Sabrina Shaw. Drew Monti was the final multi-win horseman teaming two winners on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 26) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2020 _ Hedges Avenue A worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared through the Lightning Lane to spring a 14-1 harness racing upset victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. Always Giggling, the 4-5 favorite, took the field through three-quarters in a reasonable comfortable 1:24.4. But when Brady Brown pointed Hedges Avenue A inside, the 7-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Presidential Night was the fresher mare, downing Always Giggling by 1/2 length in 1:53.1. Greenhilldebatable completed the ticket.   J.L. Adams trains the winner for Martin Valentic, John Bednarski and Karl Malik. Tony Hall and Chris Shaw each piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $34,507.17 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,237.97 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

The following is a statement from U.S. Trotting Association President Russell Williams in response to an announcement from The Jockey Club regarding constitutionality of the Horse Racing Safety and Integrity Act of 2020. Columbus, OH -- Just a few days ago, after the USTA refused to abandon the principles it has been advancing for several years, one of The Jockey Club's minions informed us that our principles did not matter, because the bill is assured of passage. The Jockey Club's sudden fury is baffling, at first. The white paper to which The Jockey Club's lawyer refers in his editorial is not secret. We have been using it to good effect on Capitol Hill for weeks, and state attorneys general are also reviewing it. For our opponents, who included us in the bill without our knowledge or consent, who have refused to consider changes to the language of the bill, who have obstructed our interest at every turn, and who disregarded a broad body of veterinary knowledge in drafting this bill, to act shocked that we decline to hand them our work product is right out of their arrogant form book. It is worth mentioning that the unconstitutionality of the HIA was known from the time the Congressional Research Service report on the bill came out in 2015. Nothing constitutionally relevant is different in the HISA. The USTA retained Gibson Dunn, one of the most eminent law firms in the United States, to advise on the constitutional problems in the bill. Our "hired gun," led by one of its partners, a former United States Solicitor General, recently beat the federal government in a case involving a federal statute that had fewer constitutional defects than The Jockey Club's private legislation contains. This explains all the commotion coming from The Jockey Club's direction. We do not intend to try the constitutional case in a series of blustering press releases. In the event that this legislation is enacted, there will be a better forum for that. To read the USTA's press release, "USTA obtains legal advice that HISA is unconstitutional," click here. From the USTA Communications Department    

Harness racing this week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker, The Elevation and The Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Mohawk Million, Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 23) at Delaware with the $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $82,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $39,406 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $43,506 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday (Sept. 24) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $559,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $87,500 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $83,800 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old open trotters, the $54,206 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $47,006 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 25) with the $221,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $220,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $150,000 Caesars for Open trotters, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $105,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $40,000 Madison County for 2-year-old colt trotters. Also on Friday, The Meadowlands hosts the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be two $20,000 divisions for all four classes - colt and filly trotters and colt and filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 26) with the US$1 million Mohawk Million for 2-year-old colt trotters, the C$720,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$215,000 Milton final for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning victory in the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night (Sept. 19) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shot up the rail to a stunning victory in the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park. New Image Media photo. All eyes were on heavy-favorite Ready For Moni (Yannick Gingras) in the rich event for 3-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee made the front in the second quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill (Andrew McCarthy) had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The Nifty Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by a half-length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me (Jody Jamieson) made the first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo (Louis Philippe-Roy) was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure (Chris Christoforou) was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo (Bob McClure) jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof She's Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. He is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 615; 2. Andrew McCarthy - 389; 3. Tim Tetrick - 306.5; 4. Bob McClure - 297; 5. Dexter Dunn - 266. Trainers: 1. Nancy Takter - 459.5; 2. Tony Alagna - 416; 3. Ron Burke - 403; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 289; 5. Marcus Melander - 263. Owners: 1. Determination - 185; 2. Brad Grant - 152.6; 3. S R F Stable - 115.3; 4. Caviart Farms - 98.6; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 97.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a trio of Grand Circuit events for older Standardbreds - the Dayton Pacing Derby, the Dayton Distaff Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

WOODSTOCK, VA ---  When Winston Lineweaver got in the sulky behind Hillbillys All In at the recent Virginia Harness Horse Association's Matinee Meet, he was preparing to drive the two-year-old harness racing trotter in his first career start.   The September 2 outing wasn't just any ordinary start for the 78-year-old trainer/driver. That moment, at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, marked his first return to action since having a heart attack on the same track four years prior.   On October 2, 2016, --- the first year Shenandoah Downs started racing --- Lineweaver directed Outsmart Me to a third-place finish among a field of seven pacers in a non-winners of one event. The Mauertown, Virginia native crossed the finish line and continued on to the backstretch. That's when his daughter Dee knew something was wrong.   "Dad finished the race but when he went to pull the colt up, he got tangled in the stirrup," she recalled. "The colt knew that he was loose and went towards the fence. When the colt stopped, it jarred Dad out of the bike where he was stuck and he landed on track."   Through a series of fortunate and timely occurrences, tragedy was averted. Track Superintendent John Dale Thomas and his assistant Robert "Bear" Laster arrived on the scene first. "I saw him roll off his bike so as soon as we got to him, Bear started pumping his chest." said Thomas.   Joey Mapes, who finished right behind Lineweaver and was the only driver who had not yet turned around to go back to the draw gate, stopped and called for the track ambulance which was based nearby. "The attendants checked on him for a bit to try to get him aroused," said daughter Dee. "Scott Woogen, who is a doctor and also drove in the race, came to assist and noticed immediately he was in AFib (Atrial Fibrillation). "As soon as he figured out what was going on, they shocked him and brought him back."   Lineweaver was immediately transported to the local hospital, then was transferred to Winchester where he spent ten days recovering and got a pacemaker installed.   "Talking to the judge afterwards," Dee added, "He noticed that Dad dropped his leg out of the stirrup at the third fraction and kind of leaned to one side, so he thought something was wrong but didn't know for sure until he didn't turn around to go back to the paddock."   Lineweaver's health got better and better as he recovered, and his doctor finally told him he could drive again. During the Matinee Meet, he piloted Hillbillys All In to a fourth-place finish on the first day and a runner-up finish two days later during the meet finale. "I felt like I was back home again," he said afterwards.   "I watched the man take his last breath and four years later, here he is competing again," said Thomas. "Before the race started, I went to the ambulance and made them aware of his prior heart attack and they thanked me for the heads up. We were on pins and needles during the race."   "Dad was smiling all week about being back in the sulky," said Dee, who serves as Race Secretary for both the Matinee Meet and the Shenandoah Downs extended season. "His horse raced good both days and learned a lot. He was tickled pink."   Lineweaver has competed in racing most of his life, many of which were spent on the Pennsylvania fair circuit where his other daughter Joyce currently competes. Since 1977, he has driven 1,628 winners. His best year was in 1980 when he made 503 starts for purse money and had 70 wins, good for a $135,903 bankroll. Lineweaver also made 56 matinee starts that year.   This summer, he spent time with his two grandchildren --- Dee's kids --- who helped out with duties and chores at the farm. Weston turns 16 in November and Margaret is 14. "They both enjoy racing and wanted to jog Hillbillys All In at the fam, but he's just a two-year-old and they need more experience before they can do that," he said.   If either grandchild bites, it would create a fourth generation in the sport. "I remember when I was their age," said Dee. "My mother (Eileen) preached to me about finding something else to do, that horse racing wouldn't be around to make a living in. Luckily that has not been the case. It's tough being a horseman these days though. If my kids want to pursue it and it's in their blood, I'm fine with it. I've told them they need to go to school and learn a trade but no matter what they choose to do, they need to pay bills and take care of their family. Both worked at Shenandoah Downs last year and enjoyed it. Horsemen actually fought over their services on race day."   Lineweaver's pacer, who is trained by Wayne Long for Ellen Warren, will start in a Virginia Breeder's $4,000 elimination race on Saturday (September 26) and he is expected to be back in the race bike. The family's third-generation daughters will have the final say though.   "As a daughter, it's scary to think about," said Dee. "It would be scary for any daughter to watch their Dad do something he previously had a heart attack doing. And it's at the same place where he laid on the track and had to have his heart revived. It's gut wrenching to say the least. The atmosphere at an extended meet is also different than it is at a Fair or matinee meet, which tends to be more friendly and less stressful."   "You know, my daughters pretty much tell me everything I can and can't do these days, " joked Winston. Come Saturday, he's hoping both agree to let him try to reach the winners circle for the first time since 2016.   by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs        

Freehold, NJ --- Saturday's (September 26) harness racing card at Freehold Raceway is headlined by two divisions of the Homegrown for 3-year-old pacers. The race drew a total of thirteen entries, and was subsequently split up by gender. The division for the colts and geldings features a field of five, and will go as the fourth race. All five competed in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Final last Saturday, won by Rockin the Gates in a 26/1 upset. He'll seek to continue his good form from the outside post, for trainer Steve LeBlanc and driver Pat Berry.   JK Lucky Charms looked for a sweep of the series last week, but couldn't get to the lead from an outside post and ended up losing by less than a length. He's got post position one in the Homegrown, so he shouldn't have much trouble getting his ideal trip. Brett Pelling is the trainer, Todd McCarthy the driver.   Level Up, Force N Fury, and Rock N Teen round out the field.   The fillies will go in the sixth race, in a field of eight. JK Finendandy, coming off a big win in the NJSS-SDF Final, figures to once again be the favorite. She'll leave from post position five, for Jenn Bongiorno and Joe Bongiorno.   Tony Alagna sends out a pair. Caviart Heather hit the board in every leg of the series, but never won. She'll seek a rebound from post position seven, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Her stablemate, Libspeak, has post position four, with driver Todd McCarthy.   Make a Scene, American in London, Ready Set Rock, Fit Go, and Run Deo Run complete the field.   The card also features the Renaissance Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. King James Express looks like the one to beat, coming off a win in the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway. He's got post position two, for trainer Mark Harder and driver Jason Bartlett.   Captain Fancy, Not Today, Solid Alibi, and Fika Time complete the ensemble. It's scheduled as the seventh race on the program.   The first race on the card is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway      

DELAWARE OH --"He was a handful and all I did was steady him and let him ramble," Steve Oldford said citing Missile J's stunning 1:54 triumph in The Fouts Memorial at Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. "He's got a big engine and sometimes a mind of his own so instead of looking for a hole when the gate sprung I just steadied him and he did all the rest." Oldford was referring to his stunning 1:54 harness racing victory at the home of the Little Brown Jug at the  in a race that featured top amateur drivers from various US amateur clubs in what has become an annual event. "After starting from the five-hole little did I realize that I was going to get the fastest ride of my life on a double-oval," Oldford added. At the quarter Daniel Jones and Cyclone Alvie wouldn't relinquish the lead when Missile J came calling and the two trotters got locked in a speed duel by that marker in :27.1 And with Oldfield's charge in command they zipped by the half in :54.4. From there it was literally 'ballgame' as the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding opened daylight on his competitors and finished some six lengths ahead of Noah Z Tam who was driven by Jazmin Arnold. Tony Ciuffetelli garnered the show dough with The Smidge. Owned by Black Magic Racing LLC and trained by Todd Luther Missile J returned a $3.40 win mutuel by John Manzi

SMYRNA, DE -- The latest harness racing episode of The Extra Mile, a new biweekly news-magazine podcast centered around Standardbred racing, became available for streaming and download on Wednesday (Sept. 23).   The third episode avails listeners a preview of Thursday's (Sept. 24) Little Brown Jug, along with an inside look at the inaugural Mohawk Million, slated for Saturday (Sept. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Harness racing media veteran James Witherite presents the biweekly podcast, which features guests Jim Campbell, Carmen Auciello and Mark McKelvie.   Listeners can access the current episode of The Extra Mile at this link or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts, and can follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @DHNExtraMile.   From the DHN Media Group

Lexington, KY - The Red Mile welcomes harness racing owners and trainers to bring their overnight horses to Lexington and race for competitive purses during the balance of the 2020 meet.   RACING: There will be no Late Closing program this year. In its place will be a variety of overnight classes with purses similar to the closers. These races have been designed to accommodate a wide spectrum of horses with an emphasis placed on opportunities for younger horses.   "We want to encourage owners and trainers participating in stakes to bring their young horses along. We recognize the negative economic impact the pandemic has placed on owners in 2020 and are responding by eliminating the cost of nominating horses to race in the closers this year," said Red Mile shareholder George Segal. "We'll provide unique opportunities to showcase their young horses and of course there's no better racing surface to do that on than at the Red Mile," he added. The condition sheets for the balance of the meet have been posted to the web well in advance in an effort to inform trainers of the classes available.   Live racing will be conducted on the following dates; October 2, 3 & 4 and October 9, 10 & 11 with all post times set at 1:00pm.   The Red Mile is also pleased to be able to welcome owners and a limited number of fans to enjoy the racing live at the track. Long a favorite destination of harness racing enthusiasts, Lexington in the fall is a tradition that we are determined to continue for our faithful.   SALES: The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on the evening of Monday, October 5 at 7:00pm and will continue through Friday night. The mixed sale is back with a powerful catalog set to sell on Saturday night.   From The Red Mile

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway announces it is adding a new twist to its marquee harness racing night of the 2020 meet on Saturday, October 3. In addition to three Dayton Derbies ($200,000 est. Dayton Pacing Derby, $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby and $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby) the program will include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races.  The $1,000,000-plus 14-race card will be completed with three brand new invitational races with potential purses of $75,000 each. “The response from nominators to our Dayton Derbies has been fantastic and we believe more than nine will enter each of them,” said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. “Rather than returning nominating fees to those entrants that do not get spots in a Derby as one of the top nine 2020 money earners, we’re giving them the option of racing in a Derby Consolation (Invitational).  If six or more Derby-eligible horses agree to enter, the purses will be $75,000 each, with no additional starting fee.” Open non-Derby eligible horses are welcome to enter the new Invitationals to create full fields, but nominated Derby horses will receive preference.  If less than six Derby-eligible horses agree to race, their nomination fees will be returned and that particular race will revert to an Open event with an enhanced purse of $25,000. Dayton Derby entrants are asked to make online entries as soon as possible and indicate in the notes if they are interested in the $75,000 consolation if their earnings doesn’t qualify for the main event. Questions can be directed to Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 or Gregg.Keidel@pngaming.com. Updated earnings standings to determine Dayton Derby standings can be found at. https://www.hollywooddaytonraceway.com/racing/Horsemens-info    Gregg Keidel

Delaware, OH - Street Gossip and harness racing driver Brett Miller cruised to victory in the $108,190 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. At the start of the second division, the Cash Hall colt had a couple of anxious moments as he had to maneuver around a breaking Elliotstone (Dwayne Minor) in the first eighth of a mile, but once he cleared it problem it was smooth sailing. Street Gossip won by ¾ of a length over a pocket sitting Tango With Me (Aaron Merriman) in 1:57.3.   The colt is owned by Carl Howard and Steven Finkelstein's Jesmeral Stable. He is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. "I want to congratulate Steve and Carl. They are great guys and love the program here in Ohio," noted Morgan, who won for the 102nd time at Delaware. "I had no idea I had that many wins. It makes me feel older than I am," joked Morgan. Street Gossip now has four wins in eight career starts and has amassed over $171,000. The punters who like hunch plays were sure to support Winning Ticket in the first $54,095 division. Aaron Merriman guided the Triumphant Caviar colt to a neck win over a fast closing Grafenberg (Dan Noble) in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:57.2.   Winning Ticket is owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Steven Zeehandelar, Tim Homan, and Jim Burnett. He has now won four times in seven starts and $95,047 in earnings. Three $17,500 divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series went to Sabina (Ray Paver), Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith) and Boujee Girl (David Miller). Mandy Jones won the Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series final with Sports Band. Jones came into the final as the season's point's leader and used the rail position to go gate-to-wire in 1:57.4. Heather Woolums and Cenalta Power was second. Emily Hay drove the 15-year-old T Red to a third place finish in the racetrack veteran's final race. Fly Charley Fly (Luke Ebersole), Wiggleitjim (David Miller) and Atta Boy Chris (Ken Holliday) took the three divisions of the Ohio Fair Racing Conference for freshman colt pacers. On the distaff side, Beautiful Life (Shawn Barker II), McDreamy Again (Ray Paver) and Cruizin The Night (Ken Holliday) won the three divisions of the OFRC three-year-old pace. Driver Ryan Stahl swept the Ohio Fair Racing Conference two-year-old colt trot with Best Value (2:01.2) and Phineas (2:02). The 18 race Jugette Day card will start at 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Attending the Little Brown Jug has been on Blair Corbeil's bucket list for a while, but the longtime harness racing horse owner only wanted to go if he had a horse in the race. On Thursday, Corbeil will be at his first Little Brown Jug at the Delware County Fairgrounds, ready to follow the exploits of his pacer Warrawee Vital. Ironically, owning a horse in the race is the only way he could be there this year as fans are prohibited from attending the races at the Delaware County Fairgrounds because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I've been wanting to go to the Jug forever and I've said that I want to have a horse in the Jug when I go," said Corbeil, a 56-year-old resident of Beaumont, Alberta, Canada. "This is my first one. It's unfortunate the fans will not be there, but it will be exciting no matter what. We're excited about the opportunity, that's for sure. "I think everybody that's been in the business long enough dreams about having the chance of being there and winning that race." A total of 14 horses entered the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, one of harness racing's premier events for 3-year-old male pacers. The field was divided into two eliminations, from which the top-four finishers in each group advance to the same-day final. Each elimination goes for $111,800 and the final is $335,400. Warrawee Vital is the morning line's 3-1 second choice in the second elimination. The colt will start from post three with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Rob Fellows. Capt Midnight, trained by Tony Alagna, is the 5-2 favorite, starting from post two with Dexter Dunn. Adios winner Catch The Fire is the 5-2 favorite in the first elimination. He leaves from post five with Mike Wilder driving for John Ackley. Warrawee Vital, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Great Memories, has won seven of 11 career races and $107,307. He is a half-brother to O'Brien Award winner Warrawee Needy and two-time Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut, who won last year's Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at Delaware. "When we bought the colt in Lexington, he had the pedigree and breeding behind him to be this good," said Corbeil, who shares ownership of Warrawee Vital with Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Stable. "He's very versatile. He's got tremendous gate speed and he's got that kick to come home with. He seems to be the full package." Last year, Warrawee Vital was unraced until December, when he won one of two races at Mohawk. After the calendar changed to 2020, the colt won a second race in January and then two preliminary divisions of the Snowshoe Series for 3- and 4-year-old pacers before finishing second in the final. It was enough of an audition to give his connections the confidence to stake Warrawee Vital for the summer and fall. Fellows gave the colt time off to freshen up, but then hit another delay training back for the stakes season. Warrawee Vital returned to the races in August, finishing second in a conditioned race and eighth in a North America Cup elimination before putting together a three-race win streak that he brings to the Jug. His two most recent victories came in divisions of the Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere stakes. "He got to the races early enough (at age 2) but he had some problems, so I gave him time off," Fellows said. "I raced him in the winter to see if he was good enough to stake him, and he showed that he was. "Then training down in the spring, he had a little soreness problem, so I gave him time for that and that's why I'm so late in getting to the table. But he's raced well so far. His best quality is that he's smart. He's learned quickly what he's had to learn. He's caught on very well. And he's fast, very fast." Fellows is racing in the Jug for the second time in his career, but first time since 1988 when Just Bold finished third in his first heat and seventh in the final, won by B J Scoot. "I've gone there since I was a kid and it's nice to take a horse there," Fellows said. "(Warrawee Vital) has never raced on a half-mile track, but he trains on it. Hopefully, he's competitive and gives a good representation of himself." Said Corbeil, "Rob and Yolanda have done a fantastic job. They deserve something like this too. We're not the type of owners that have the opportunity to attend these big races all the time. It definitely means a lot to us to have this opportunity." In addition to the Little Brown Jug, Thursday's card at Delaware includes the Miss Versatility Series final for older female trotters, the Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old trotters, and divisions of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and pacers. Manchego is the 7-5 favorite in the Miss Versatility final while Hobbs is the even-money choice in the Old Oaken Bucket. Racing begins at noon (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

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