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DOVER, Del. --- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) spotlights harness racing two-year-old filly pacers on Tuesday, Nov. 21 with two $20,000 first leg preliminaries at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Both 1st leg winners -Gracefullyfogiven and Go Sandy Go meet in the 6th race, the first of two $20,000 DSBF prelims. Gracefullyforgiven , a winner of all five of her races was an easy 1:54.2 last week with Art Stafford Jr and owner-breeders Jeff and David Clark. Go Sandy Go made a successful debut in DSBF action winning her maiden start also in 1:54.2 with Jason Green in the bike. Brent Outten and trainer Josh Green own the Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick filly. Tim Tetrick drives for Darrell and Leah Lewis' Pedal Power, a third place finisher last Tuesday. She drew the rail. Bay Pond Racing's Bunker Away, a second-place finisher in the DSBF Consolation at Harrington, scored a wire-to-wire win last week with Corey Callahan in the bike. George Teague's homebred Nozy Neighbor, a half-sister to fame Wiggleit Jiggleit, handled by Montrell Teague, raced gamely to finish third after trouble at the starting gate last time. After two legs, the top eight DSBF point getters make the $100,000 finals for colt and filly trotters and pacers next Thursday, Nov. 30, along with the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for three-year-olds. On Tuesday the regular card feature is a $25,000 Open Handicap trot with mare assigned inside posts. This week, three newcomers from Yonkers Raceway are among seven starters. John DeVito's Ameliosa (Allan Davis) starts from post 1, while B Yoyo (Corey Callahan), owned by Bill K Lambos and Dion Liberatos, has the outside. Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) has raced at Dover last season, and leaves from post 3 for Martin Steinberg and Stake Your Clam Stable. Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Therisademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) won this event last week and takes on Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) , Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) and Jim Moor's Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.). There is no live racing this Thursday, Nov. 23, Dover Downs Harness wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs normally races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Plainville, MA---Cougar Bait completed his harness racing 2-year-old campaign in impressive style, winning four of his last five starts. But too many inconsistent outings and only one win this year led to him become catalog number 1575 in the Black Book at Harrisburg earlier this month. That is where Joel Wheeler cast the winning bid and brought the altered son of Western Terror home to Plainridge Park. In his first start in his new barn, Cougar Bait certainly turned some heads as he went from dead-last to victory in a quarter mile in the $12,000 conditioned pace at The Ridge on Monday afternoon (Nov. 20), setting a new seasonal mark for himself in the process. Horses left four-deep off the gate and remained three-deep to the quarter before Beachchip Hanover (Chris Long) finally found the pylons. But as soon as he cleared, Forever Worth It (DT Sumner) was right at him and the two battled to the half in :56. As they motored up the backside, Forever Worth It packed it in and the outer flow that had formed behind him went three deep around. Third-over and still ninth in that grouping was Cougar Bait (Wally Watson). In the far turn Beachchip Hanover was starting to tire, so everyone behind his had tipped out around him and Cougar Bait was widest of all; five deep and near the I-495 ramp. With horses coming from everywhere in the stretch, Cougar Bait was in the middle of the track pacing like a machine and simply blew by everyone to win by a half-length in 1:53.3 with a sharp :28.2 last quarter into a stiff wind. Six of the nine horses hit the wire withing two lengths of each other. Looking much like he did at the end of last year, Cougar Bait ($12.20) scored his second win of this year for new owner Wheeler and trainer Lisa Watson. With the heavily favored Treasure Mach (Greg Merton) finishing fourth, Cougar Bait's mild upset triggered a 9-2-7-6 Superfecta that paid an instant jackpot of $22,090.20. In the co-featured $10,000 conditioned pace, Grand Galop Semalu (Shawn Gray) got a perfect two-hole trip behind BP Diet Food (Mike Stevenson) before shaking loose in the lane and outpacing Rooster Rabbit (Mike Eaton) to the wire to win by a half-length in 1:53.1. William Mc Elvain Jr.'s Grand Galop Semalu ($9.80) scored his tenth win of the year for trainer James Dunn and has benefited the amount of $44,266 earned as a result of those outings. Shawn Gray led all drivers on Monday with three wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 21) with post time set at 1 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Surviving a brutal 26.1 opening panel, Safe From Terror won for the 20th time this year in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, moving her back into a tie with Quicksilvercandy A for "winningest" North American harness racing horse in 2017. When Jim Pantaleano eschewed an early seat for Safe From Terror, she continued outside well past the quarter before making the top. But when Medusa pulled the pocket into the final turn and seemed sure to sail by, Safe From Terror dug deep and downed her by a neck in 1:51.4. Miss Mady finished third. Bruce Riegle trains Safe From Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place who won her third straight and pushed her career bankroll to $872,457, for Winchester Baye Acres. Dan Rawlings piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Dirk Simpson.  THE MEADOWS ADDS $10,000 GUARANTEE FOR TUESDAY PICK 5 On Tuesday, Nov. 21, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,188.50. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 9-13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Ariana G has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes harness racing 'Horse of the Year' for 2017. Ariana G won both of the New Jersey-restricted races that she entered, including the final of the Sire Stakes' Premier Division at the Meadowlands where she took her lifetime mark of 1:51.1. The three-year-old trotting filly used those races as a springboard to the rest of the season which saw her victorious in major stakes such as the Del Miller Memorial, the Hambletonian Oaks, the Simcoe, the Elegant Image and the Breeders' Crown, earning $1,123,690 during the course of the season. Regular driver Yannick Gingras handled Every Way Out in all of her starts for trainer Jimmy Takter With lifetime earnings of $1,867,657, the remarkable filly is owned by Marvin Katz and Al J. Libfeld of Ontario who also were responsible as breeders for the mating of Muscle Hill to Yankee Blondie. Ariana G's connections will be honored at the 61st annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 28, 2018 at O'Connor's Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830      

Outstanding news from Yonkers Raceway today. Word came down this afternoon that Robert (Cammie) Haughton has been appointed to the newly-created position of Director of Racing at the historic Westchester half-mile harness oval. Cammie is an astute harness racing executive, former horseman, stout advocate of the game, and a good guy. In a phrase: highly qualified.   Haughton, 57, had been serving as the Raceway’s racing consultant, and is a former presiding judge at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers.   The son of Hall of Famer Billy Haughton, thus has been part of the fabric of the harness game since boyhood. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.   He also worked as assistant race secretary at Saratoga Raceway following his career as a trainer-driver, and we remember it well during the heyday of Yonkers and Roosevelt. It’s always a joy to reminsce with Cammie about his legendary dad, his late great brother Peter, and check in to see how his mother Dorothy is doing.   JC and Cammie on this year’s Yonkers International Trot cruise “Cammie’s job is to improve our handle,” Yonkers COO Bob Galterio said. “We value his experience, and I would expect him to work in tandem with race secretary Steve Starr, presiding judge Nick Ferriero and the horsemen to do just that.”   “I’m looking forward to starting my new position,” Haughton said. “I definitely believe Yonkers’ product is as good as any in the sport, and all of us are committed to getting the racing fans to take notice.”   Cammie led the world class trotters onto the track for this year’s Yonkers International

Pompano Beach, FL...November 20, 2017...Pompano Park played host to the FSBOA sponsored Melvyn Aylor Memorial Stakes on Sunday night with two year-olds in the harness racing spotlight seeking a share of over $60,000 in purses. I Rhoda Daley, Brian, Gold Star Diablo and Starcasim took home the major share of their respective events with the latter pulling off a major upset in the lone event on the pari-mutuel program. Starcasim, a two year-old daughter of Mysticism owned by Russ Guardino along with trainer Joe Sanzeri, got up in the final stride to edge past Prairie Easter, handled by Corey Braden, by a neck in 1:56.3 in the $16,050 Aylor division for pacing fillies. Prairie Foolish, with Jim Meittinis in the bike, rallied from an early miscue to finish third while Diamond Eyes was fourth. The 1 to 5 heavy favorite, Krinda, had an extraordinarily difficult journey and was only able to pick up the nickel in her quintet. At the outset, Prairie Easter, leaving from the advantageous post five, left with alacrity to command right from the get-go with Starcasim away very well from post one and Krinda, appearing rough gaited, third but on the move forward as the leader reached the quarter in :28.3. With Krinda still pressing forward, an identical second panel in :28.3 left Prairie Easter and Krinda racing as a team halfway through the mile in :57.1. On the Pompano backside, Krinda, still rough gaited continued to press Prairie Easter with driver Sanzeri having to make a decision whether to move three wide or sit cozy along the inside past the third station in 1:26.2. He chose the latter and found room turning for home and began gnawing away at the leader, finally edging by in the final stride or two. In a post race interview, driver Joe Sanzeri related, "Well, this was a great time for Starcasim to break her maiden. "Wally's mare (Krinda) just wasn't herself and she obviously was the one to beat here. My filly left a bit more alertly than she usually does and I was in a great spot all the way. On the final turn, I knew I had to make a decision to wither sit tight or go around. I decided to sit tight hoping I could find some room. "Fortunately, for me anyhow, I had the opportunity to come out from the pocket and she responded. She's a game thing and I am very proud of her performance tonight! "Super Night," which is next Sunday at Pompano Park, "should be very interesting," he concluded. In garnering her maiden win, Starcasim more than doubled her earnings, which now stand at $14,230 on the strength of her 1-2-2 scorecard in eight career starts. Off as the 14 to 1 third choice in the betting, Starcasim paid $31.00 to win and, with the vast majority of the place pool wagered on Krinda, an even healthier $39.80 to place. Prairie Easter, off as the 5 to 2 second choice, paid $17.80 to place. There was no show betting. The Aylor Memorial festivities began with three non-wagering events, the first one going to I Rhoda Daley, capturing her $14,700 event for trotting fillies for Wally Hennessey in 2:05.1. The sharp daughter of Desperado Dan took command a couple of steps after the wings folded and carved up panels of :32.2, 1:04.1 and 1:35.3 before a :29.3 finale closed the door on a game Jennifer, driven by Dave Ingraham, who recovered from an early miscue to finish second. Ms Katie B was third for Gary Braden. Owned by Lee Clarke along with trainer Jason MacDougall, I Rhoda Daley now has 6 wins and 2 seconds in eight lifetime starts and earnings of $33,366. The $15,500 Aylor for juvenile trotting colts and geldings went to Brian, who wired his competitors for Wally Hennessey in 2:03 off of panels of :31, 1:02.2 and 1:32.1. The gelded son of Proud Bushy, owned by trainer Kim Sears along with husband Jay, held off a game Prairie Eclipse, with Mike Deters in the sulky, to score by a length--the latter recovering from a miscue leaving the port. Jiro Dangerous, driven by Mickey McNichol, enjoyed a trouble free mile to finish third while Captain Thomas and Treasure Chest were next in the field of five. Brian now has $30,404 in bounty on the strength of his 8-4-2-1 scorecard. The pacing colts and geldings were in the spotlight in the $15,500 Aylor Memorial and Dan Clements' Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, made an early sprint to the front and wired together panels of :28.3, :58 and 1:27 en route to a 1:55.3 win for Wally Hennessey. The Mike Deters trainee pulled away from the pocket sitting Silver Wings, driven by Corey Braden, to score by 4 1/2 lengths. Jay Jay was third for Dave Ingraham while Mister Special T finished fourth. Dontblevmejustwatch earned the minor award in this quintet. Gold Star Diablo stretched his winning streak to five with the win and now has 6 wins in 8 career starts to go along with a mark of 1:54.3f and $35,530 in bounty. The $11,000 Open Handicap Pace went to the New Zealand bred Mister Daytona, driven by trainer Mike Simons , in 1:51. The five year-old son of American Ideal, away third in his septet as Duc Dorleans (Wally Hennessey) sizzled opening panels of :26.3 and :55.1, made a bid from two lengths off the pace to the lead, pacing his backside quarter in :26.2. From there, Mister Daytona widened his margin through the lane to score by 3 1/2 lengths over the late-charging Sing For Me George (John MacDonald) with Duc Dorleans next. Rockntouch finished fourth while Hollywood Sign picked up the nickel in the field of seven. Owned by Albert Abdala III, Mister Daytona won for the 10th time this semester, pushing his 2017 earnings to $142,722. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Mister Daytona paid $4.40 to win. In the "better for the bettor department," Monday's program features four carryovers including the Pentafecta fourth ($3,179.03), Pick-5 ($2,504.33), Pick-6 ($1,624.79) and Super Hi-5 Finale ($13,743.92) Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Multiple Carryovers Highlight Pompano Monday Only two betting favorites emerged victorious on Sunday evening (Nov 19) at Pompano Park, leaving a slew of carryovers for patrons on Monday night's eight-race card. The 50-cent Pick 5 begins in the first race with a carryover of $2,504. Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an 'instant' guarantee of $7,500 on Monday night's total pool. Free PP's can be found at ustrotting.com. The pentafecta was also missed on Sunday, resulting in a $3,179 carryover. The pentafecta is held nightly on the fourth race, featuring a 20-cent minimum. The 50-cent Pick 6 will offer a $1,625 carryover in race three, with the jackpot hi-five carryover ballooning to $13,743 for the finale. Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings with a first post of 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

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Back when harness racing was one of America’s top spectator sports, the goings-on at a horse-breeding farm and racetrack in the Midway was the stuff of front-page news. This was Kittsondale in the 1880s, a sprawling operation that stretched between University Avenue and today’s I-94, and from Pascal Street almost to Lexington Parkway, the western city limits of St. Paul at the time. Millionaire Norman Kittson had gradually withdrawn from his business activities and plunged into horse raising, purchasing the former St. Paul Driving Park (a term used in the day for race track) in 1881. (He also acquired Erdenheim, a similar but more substantial facility, near Philadelphia.) By the time Kittson took over, the St. Paul track was neglected and run down, but it had been a busy place in the 1870s and not just for horse racing. In seven of those years, it was the site of the Minnesota State Fair before the annual festival found a permanent home. Horace Greeley and President Rutherford B. Hayes were among the luminaries who appeared there. Recalled one old-timer of that 1878 appearance, “President Hayes spoke to the greatest crowd I ever saw packed together on the hottest day in my memory.” Kittson renamed the track Midway Park, but Kittsondale was the name associated with property he owned in the area and that was the name that stuck. It was an elegant facility, its stables built of wood and brick, with almost 100 stalls and sleeping quarters for trainers. The clubroom with a fireplace was well-suited for deal-making and wagering by horse owners. In a short time, Kittson acquired a stable-full of fine trotters, among them, a horse named Johnston, “King of the Turf,” for whom he paid $20,000, and Little Brown Jug, who ran the fastest heat in history to that point. There was also So-So, the dam of Oh-So, who won first place at the Chicago World’s Fair. But Kittsondale’s glory days didn’t last long. “If Commodore Kittson had been 20 years younger when he began to develop his grand idea of a breeding farm, we would have here today probably the finest one of the kind in the world,” a veteran horseman lamented. Instead, after only seven years of ownership, Kittson succumbed to an apparent heart attack while on a train returning to St. Paul. His heirs did not share his enthusiasm for horse breeding, and a month after Kittson’s death, his trotting stock of 42 horses was auctioned off. The same thing happened in Pennsylvania. King of all the harness racers was Minnesota’s own Dan Patch. In 1905, he set a record for the mile—1 minute, 55 ¼ seconds, that stood for 30 years. The terms of his will precluded the immediate sale of the Kittsondale land and a lessee staged weekly trotter races there in the 1890s. Kittsondale was also the site of bicycling events, trap shooting, track and field, and cricket and baseball games, until at least 1910. In 1898, the 14th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry camped there after returning home, having never gotten any farther than Georgia during the Spanish-American War. The property began to be converted to industrial use around 1900. A refrigerator manufacturer acquired the track property in 1903. The Twin City Motordome, a motorcycle-racing venue, opened at the west end of the former track in 1914. That same year, construction began on the Brown & Bigelow headquarters on University Avenue just east of Hamline Avenue. The stables had been built so solidly that they were repurposed a number of times over the years before finally being torn down in 1942 to make way for a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. Legend has it that the Turf Club, the venerable music bar just up University, was named in memory of Kittsondale. If so, that’s the only trace left. By Roger Bergerson Reprinted with permission of The Park Bugle

Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) scored for the second time of the harness racing season in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Rene Allard trainee won his first local Open back in July before spending the next two months winless. The four year old trotter returned to the Spa last week after winning four consecutive races at Pocono Downs. Smalltownthrowdown romped in last Sunday's $15,000 Winners Over at the Spa before going off the 1-5 betting favorite in this week's feature. Driver Billy Dobson moved the big favorite out to the early lead in the $19,500 Open and the former Sire Stakes star took it from there. Smalltownthrowdown cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:56.1 on Sunday. Can I Say (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second while last week's Open winner Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Smalltownthrowdown, whose Sunday win was his sixth consecutive, has now recorded 16 wins in 39 lifetime starts. Live racing resumes on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Rubber Duck, who has done his best harness racing on the front end in recent starts, worked out a pocket trip on a 34-degree night and came on to get a half-length decision over tough pacesetter Classicality while taking Sunday's $25,000 winners-over handicap trot in 1:53.2 Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Jim Marohn Jr. sat with the Muscle Mass ridgling behind favored Classicality as that one set fractions of 27.1, 56.1, and 1:25.2, then gained into the 28 last quarter to get his third straight victory for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Blair and Ema Corbeil, who saw their talented trotter cross the $400,000 mark in his last start, and now has a bankroll of $413,301. There are only two more days of racing left in the 2017 season at Pocono - the track will be dark tomorrow, then will race on Tuesday and Saturday at 6:30, with the Saturday after Thanksgiving action the final of the year at the mountain oval. PHHA / Pocono

DOVER, Del...Two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen colt and gelding paces begin the 2nd leg harness racing action on Monday, Nov. 20 with a $14,000 trot topping the overnight card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Both winners of last week's prelims drew separate divisions. In the first race, JoAnn Looney King's Evolution Tour with Tim Tetrick was a 1:53.3 winner last Monday. He has three wins and three seconds in six starts this year. His biggest concern appears Jay Shore's Sea Bags with Tony Morgan and Mingo, a George Teague bred and owned colt.' In the 2nd $20,000 DSBF section, owner-breeder George Leager's Slick Tony puts his seven wins in nine races record on line with Russ Foster at the controls. Two of his contenders finished second last week. George Teague and wife Joy saw their homebred Transitioning Joy reined by Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis. Bay Pond Racing's Own It also was second with trainer-driver Jeff Fout. Arty Foster's Petrossian AS (Russ Foster) carries a two-race win streak into the $14,000 Winners trot on the undercard. Both wins have been impressive. This week's stiffest challenge is expected from Risto Vidgren's Indiana invader Nothing But Nice (Callahan) trained by Bob Reeser. Iron Mine Branch's Trust Fund Baby (Art Stafford Jr.) and Common Parlance (Sean Bier) finished second and third last Monday. Dover Downs now presents a 50-cent Pick 5 wager which starts with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double can be found on the 12th and 13th races. On that same Nov. 30 program, four $100,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old finals will be carded. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking and admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Brent MacGrath told Harness Racing Update on Saturday that Somebeachsomewhere has begun chemotherapy to battle cancer and is being treated by Dr. Rodney Belgrave an internal medicine specialist at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ. MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the 12-year-old Hall of Fame pacer and leading stallion, said the good news in a scary diagnosis is the cancer was caught early and the tumor, which has been removed, was quite small. An issue with colic and the decision by Hanover Shoes Farms’ farm manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky to send Somebeachsomewhere to the equine hospital to get thoroughly checked allowed veterinary surgeons to find the cancer early, MacGrath said. To read the full article on Harness Racing Update click on this link.  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 19, 2017—Odds-on Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $3.50) slapped the harness racing boys silly again Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s windy $40,000 Open Trot. With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile, the late-morning opener First-up a week ago, Charmed Life was in play early here. From post position No. 5, she found front well before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Lookslikeachpndale (Dan Dube), who left directly outside of the lass, was hard-used just to cram into the pocket. Once Charmed Life made the lead, there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense. She finished off her pre-noon rounds (:58.2, 1:27.3, 1:56.3), with only minimal outside grief from Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett).  That one moved from fifth and challenged to the final turn before backing away. The margin was a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn and three-quarters of a length at the wire. ‘Chpndale’ easily saved second, while DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan) Buen Camino (Brian Sears) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) were relegated to the minors.   For Charmed Life, a 7-year-old millionairess daughter of Majestic Son co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $81.50. The scheduled ‘New York, New York Double’ was cancelled after Aqueduct scrapped its card. Sunday matinees, along with the weather-permitting ‘New York, New York Double,’ return Nov. 26th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

Huntington Station, NY - Freddie Hudson and Bobby Rahner have been invited to have a book signing at the prestigious and world famous Book Revue, that is located in Huntington, New York. At the signing they will speak and sign copies of their newly released book, “Momentous Racing To Glory”. The scheduled date of the event is Tuesday November 28, at 7 PM.   Their book tells the story of Momentous, a pacer that was considered dangerous and unmanageable. He had put many people in the hospital and at one time, had killed his groom. Bobby Rahner would take the horse over and campaign him on the New York racing circuit for 8 years. The horse, because of his reputation and on track antics, brought out many fans.   The Book Revue is a sought after venue for many of the world’s best-selling authors and celebrities. This will be Hudson's second signing there. Other authors who have signed their books at the Book Revue include Presidents’ Trump, Carter, and Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Mitt Romney, Andy Cohen, Dick Francis, Al Roker, Jane Fonda, Yogi Berra, Christie Brinkley, Joe Torre, William Shatner, Lauren Bacall, Mary Higgins Clark, Joan Rivers and hundreds more.   Long Island’s number one newspaper, Newsday, with a weekly print and digital audience of 1.3 million will be publishing an article about the authors and the upcoming book signing.   Century 21, American Homes of Westbury, NY, will be sponsoring the wine, cheese and refreshments for the attendees. Century 21's Westbury office is owned by former harness driver, Joe Ricco, who is also the step-dad of current driver, George Brennan.   Anyone who cannot attend the signing can order a signed copy directly from the Book Revue by calling them at 631 271-1442. The book is also available worldwide at Amazon and through bookstores nationwide. 10% of the books royalties will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   by Fred Hudson

Batavia, NY---Harness racing horsemen racing at Batavia Downs are reminded of the draw schedule changes for Thanksgiving week. A double draw will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 21) for race cards to be held on Friday (Nov. 24) and Saturday (Nov. 25). The entry box will close at the normal time of 9 a.m. All program information, including driver changes for Friday's card, must be submitted to the judges by 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 21). Saturday's program changes must be received by the Judges no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 22). There are only 11 days of racing remaining in the 2017 at Batavia Downs season which concludes on Saturday (Dec. 16). For more information please visit the horsemen's link at www.bataviadownsgaming.com.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 18, 2017) - Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race harness racing card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination. Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week's $381,200 final. "Kissin raced great and was well in hand," said Johansson. "The ear plugs were never pulled. We're happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they're both on their game." Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc. Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week's final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter. Also on the card tonight, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before next Saturday's finals. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3. "When Darlin is on her "A" game I don't think many can go with her," said Johansson. "It's just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn't get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she'll get over the million-dollar mark next week." The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88. Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. The card features the Fall Final Four and four TVG Free For All Finals with total purses in excess of $2 million. Justin Horowitz

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