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Orlando, FL --- Shartin N on Sunday night became the first pacing mare to be named Horse of the Year, receiving harness racing's top honor to cap the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek resort. The New Zealand import also became the first horse bred outside North America to receive the award. Shartin N, who also was named Pacer of the Year, captured 83 votes in Horse of the Year balloting. Three-year-old colt pacer Bettor's Wish was second with 42 and 3-year-old colt trotter Greenshoe, the Trotter of the Year, was third with 14. Also receiving Horse of the Year votes were Manchego (three), Warrawee Ubeaut (two), and Atlanta, Six Pack, and When Dovescry (one each). In balloting for Pacer of the Year, Shartin N received 94 votes while Bettor's Wish got 48. Warrawee Ubeaut (three) and Lather Up and McWicked (one each) rounded out the Pacer of the Year voting. Greenshoe led Trotter of the Year balloting with 95 votes, followed by Manchego with 23, Atlanta with nine, and Gimpanzee and Six Pack with six each. Real Cool Sam (three), Bold Eagle and When Dovescry (two each), and Guardian Angel As (one) completed the balloting. Shartin N, who was a 6-year-old in 2019, is the fifth female pacer to be named Horse of the Year and first since 2-year-old filly JK She'salady in 2014. The others were 3-year-old fillies Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001), and Fan Hanover (1981). Trained by Jim King Jr. and driven by Tim Tetrick, Shartin N won 15 of 19 races and finished worse than second only once. She earned $982,177 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. She is the first Horse of the Year for the ownership group and trainer King. She is the third Horse of the Year for Tetrick as a driver. Shartin N's wins last year included eight races worth six figures --- the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship, Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Golden Girls, Artiscape, Clara Barton, Betsy Ross, and Sam "Chip" Noble III Memorial. Her 1:46.4 victory in the Lady Liberty on Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands is the fastest mile by a female pacer in history. "It's crazy good," King Jr. said. "It's unexplainable. It's one of those feelings that everybody should get the chance to experience. Unfortunately, everybody can't do this. "I was pretty confident, but I was pretty confident last year and it didn't work. I've got special feelings toward her. If I don't think so, who would?" Shartin N, a daughter of Tintin In America out of Bagdarin bred by Grant (G J) Crabbe, was runner-up to McWicked in Horse of the Year voting in 2018. "I wasn't a voter; she would have gotten my vote," King Jr. said with a laugh. "She had a tremendous season (in 2018) and to come back and do it again is special. Life is great." Trotter of the Year Greenshoe won 10 of 13 races and never was worse than second. His victories included the Kentucky Futurity and Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial. He was second in the Hambletonian, Breeders Crown and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Greenshoe was trained by Marcus Melander, driven by Brian Sears, and owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli. A son of Father Patrick out of Designed To Be, he was bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. Greenshoe connections                            --Mark Hall USTA photo "It's great," Melander said. "Of course, we had our hopes that we could be that. It was fun. "He had a good season. Missing to win the Hambletonian was the biggest disappointment, but we can't go back in time. That race is done. We're happy that he won some other big races and performed as well as he did all year. It was a privilege to train the horse and hopefully I'll train some of his babies in the future." The announcements of Horse, Pacer, and Trotter of the Year were made during Sunday's banquet. Previously announced divisional champions also were honored at the event. Division-winning pacers were 2-year-old colt Tall Dark Stranger, 2-year-old filly Lyons Sentinel, 3-year-old colt Bettor's Wish, 3-year-old filly Warrawee Ubeaut, stallion McWicked, and mare Shartin N. Division-winning trotters were 2-year-old gelding Real Cool Sam, 2-year-old filly Ramona Hill, 3-year-old colt Greenshoe, 3-year-old filly When Dovescry, stallion Six Pack, and mare Atlanta. Other honorees included Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award winners Joe Faraldo and the Libfeld-Katz partnership, Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn, Trainer of the Year Marcus Melander, Owner of the Year Courant Inc., Breeder of the Year Brittany Farms, and Rising Star Bob McClure. Also recognized Sunday at the banquet were the members of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, which will be inducted in July: Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Bill Popfinger, and Tetrick. For a list of winners, visit the U.S. Harness Writers Association's website.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Shartin N, the fastest female harness racing pacer of all time has won US Pacer of the year and Horse of the Year for 2019. The Tintin In America mare is the first horse bred outside of North America to pick up the prestigious honour. McWicked took out the Pacing Horse of the year award. Click here to see more results!   Harnesslink Media

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing co-favorites Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) finished one-two in the $20,000 championship final of the George "Red" Owens Memorial Series for green pacing mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Feb. 23). Big Bad Mosa (Trace Tetrick) was next to cross the line in a 'chalky' finish to the three week series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Crowntimerockette returned $5.20. With fellow 8-5 shot Hilary Barry N second, the exacta was worth $14.20. Big Bad Mosa was a strong third in the betting resulting in a paltry 50-cent trifecta payoff of $9. After letting a pair of longshots battle up front through the opening :28.1 panel, Miller sent the winner to the front and stopped all three remaining quarter mile timers (:57, 1:23.1 and 1:53 flat). Sired by Ohio stallion Pet Rock, Crowntimerockette now boasts four wins and $34,505 in earnings following her two triumphs and a runnerup finish in the Owens Memorial Series. She is trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway. For Miller, the feature race score was one of five on the matinee program, increasing his meet total to 70. Tetrick managed a driving triple, giving him 74 victories after 37 programs to remain the meet leader--averaging a pair of wins per day. Next up for Miami Valley is a Monday matinee at 2:05 p.m., which will feature the $20,000 championship of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and the $20,000 final of the month long Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers.   Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, February 23, 2020--Yonkers Raceway is offering a nearly across-the-board purse increase of approximately 10 percent, effective with the harness racing week beginning Monday, March 2nd. The aforementioned increase goes for all overnight classes, save for the bottom-level claimers and bottom-level conditions. The Raceway's new purse structure ranges from $10,000 to $44,000. "We understand horsemen have options and our goal is to maintain five programs a week of the best racing possible," race secretary Bob Miecuna said. For further information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   BY FRANK DRUCKER

Sunday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel was the $15,000 Open Trot and it went the way of an Open first timer. Certify (Credit Winner) was a winning machine in 2019 spending much of his year competing in New York Sire Stakes races. Whether it was traveling the Fair Circuit or racing in Excelsior competition, Certify thrived throughout his three year old campaign. A late season purchase by owners William Hartt and Marc Reynolds, Certify paid immediate dividends for his new connections when he won the $50,000 Excelsior Final contested here at Saratoga in September. Following a win last Sunday in his seasonal debut, Certify was up into the Open this week and wound up as the public's 1-2 betting favorite with Jay Randall in the sulky. The four year old trotter cruised out to the early lead in the six-horse feature and traveled unopposed for the majority of the mile before Randall asked the budding star to crank up the speed around the final turn. Certify's response was instant and he drew away to be a decisive winner in the Open stopping the timer in 1:55.4 to move his local win streak to six and record his first career Open Trot victory. Volare (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket to the winner before finishing as the runner-up while Cash Me Out (Brett Crawford) came on to earn the show spot. The exacta and triple in the feature paid $14.20 and $61, respectively. Certify is trained by Lance Hudson who has six wins and a second in his seven starts since acquiring the talented trotter in September of last year. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12 Noon.   Mike Sardella

The name of the 2019 Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night (Feb. 23) at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren’t among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA’s YouTube page. After a one-hour cocktail hour, the awards ceremony gets underway at 6:30 p.m.(12:30pm NZ time) and will be available via the U.S. Trotting Association’s YouTube page. At approximately 9:30 p.m (3:30pm NZ time), emcees Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir will announce the winner of the E. Roland Harriman Horse of the Year trophy, which follows the revealing of the names of the Pacer of the Year and Trotter of the Year. To access YouTube page, please click here. The entire video will also be available on the U.S. Trotting Association’s YouTube page on Monday (Feb. 24). Post time for the evening is 5:30 p.m., with a one-hour Red Carpet cocktail reception sponsored by Shartin N. Also starring on the Red Carpet will be Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder, with the two Heathers broadcasting live on their individual Facebook pages. It’s your guarantee to see who’s wearing what and what the attendees have to say about the festivities. Heather Vitale’s Facebook page can be found here. Heather Wilder’s Facebook page can be found here. (USHWA)   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

WILKES-BARRE PA – The Game Of Claims Series for pacers base-tagged at $10,000 and $7500 conducted their third and final preliminaries during the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, giving indications of form ahead of their $20,000 and $15,000 Championships in seven days’ time. The Rocknroll Hanover gelding Charger Blue Chip established himself as most likely to sit on the Championship throne with a 1:54.4 victory in Sunday’s single $10,000 division for the higher-priced series horses. Eric Goodell quarter-moved with the Marc Mosher trainee, who notched his second GOC victory for owners Edward and James Hall Jr. "Charger" held off the late kick of favored Grandpa Don, the second prelim winner who was reclaimed by the Marshall barn ahead of the Championship event. The unofficial top nine pointwinners going to this $20,000 Championship are Charger Blue Chip, Grandpa Don, (tie) Midnight Dylan N and Sharknado, (tie) Carmens Best and Corner Con Artist, Achilles Blue Chip, Master The View, and Mr Carrotts. There were two $7500 divisions for the other Game Of Claims group battling for Championship spots, both producing mild upsets. The Art Major gelding Autotune Hanover punched his ticket to the finale with a 1:55 triumph for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Robert Lounsbury, and owner Rick Howles, while in the second cut the Bettor’s Delight gelding Mystery Island won in identical time for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Darren Taneyhill, and owner Chelsey Wibert. Always B Magic and Speedling, both double winners before not competing in the last prelim, tied as the unofficial points leaders for this group, with the next seven lined up behind them in the pursuit of the throne in the $15,000 final are Mystery Island, Some Gold, (tie) Dafinity and Naked City, Smart Talker, Autotune Hanover, and Tough Mudder. Claiming activity, largely generated by the series: Sunday, six for $77,250; for the week, fifteen for $287,250; and for the six-day meet, sixty-two for $1,100,150. Jim Morrill Jr. had four wins Sunday to lead the drivers colony for the night.   PHHA / Pocono

ORLANDO, FL - Two veteran harness racing journalists - Jay Bergman, longtime editor / writer / handicapper in the Sports Eye / Daily Racing Form publication family, and Joe Kyle, a noted photographer / writer primarily associated with the Horseman and Fair World magazine, were selected to be ballot candidates for this summer's voting for entrance into Communicators Hall of Fame. Their selection was determined by the result of a vote of the Directors of United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading media organization, at their annual meeting on Saturday. Jay Bergman established his excellence in harness racing as the longtime editor and columnist for Sports Eye, where he highlighted both the equine and human star performers of the sport, featured horses that bettors might keep an eye on for future profit, and also took to task those not adding to the forward movement of harness racing. He served as a freelance correspondent or columnist for many of the sport's major publications, and also did television commentary for a number of harness racing's top tracks and races. A 1984 winner of a John Hervey Award for writing excellence, Bergman is currently a columnist for DRF Harness. Joe Kyle is primarily associated with the Kentucky-based Horseman and Fair World, and was its "go-to" man for both writing and photography when the Grand Circuit made its annual tour of the mile ovals at Indianapolis, Springfield and DuQuoin (IL), and the Red Mile in his publication's base of Lexington KY - a natural association for Joe, who grew up in the Midwest. Kyle saw, wrote about, and captured on film most of the sport's stars in many of the industry's top races, and he won the inaugural George Smallsreed Award for photography in 2001 for a picture of Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight and trainer/driver Stefan Melander - himself a noted photographer in Europe. Bergman and Kyle will be voted on by the membership of USHWA during midsummer balloting, which is held in conjunction with balloting for the sport's most prestigious honor, election to the Hall of Fame of the sport. Those Hall of Fame candidates will be determined by the Screening Committee of USHWA at a meeting held in conjunction with the previous year's Halls of Famers formal introduction into the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen NY the first Sunday in July. Having conducted its Directors' meeting on Saturday, USHWA will hold its annual General Membership meeting on Sunday morning; on Sunday night, USHWA will host the annual event honoring the sport's best and brightest, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet. The Banquet will also be the first public gathering of the new crop of Hall of Famers - Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Bill Popfinger, and Tim Tetrick - as well as Communicators HOFers Ken Weingartner and Phil Pikelny. The Dan Patch Banquet can be seen live starting at 6:30 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters/. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

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

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway harness racing veteran driver, Eric Abbatiello, had a big afternoon on Saturday (February 22), booting home four winners on the 12-race program, including the feature race of the day.   Abbatiello got his first winner of the afternoon in race 2, sending Ultimate Flyer up the passing lane for the win, for trainer Mark Infante. He found the winner's circle again in the third race driving Dalton Did It for trainer Ted Suleski.   After coming up short in races 4, 5, and 7, Abbatiello completed the hat trick with Winning Linc in the $12,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Well behind early on, he closed stoutly from behind and got up to win over Newbie. Sent off at 9/1, he went the mile in 1:54 for owners D'Elegance Stable, Carmen Iannacone, TLP Stables, and Gandolfo Stable.     Following that big win, Abbatiello had one more drive, in race 9. He made the most of it, as Rockinwiththebest came rolling up the passing lane to win and complete the grand slam. The winning horse is owned and trained by Brandon Mongiello.   On the calendar year, Abbatiello now has 23 wins from 169 drives, putting him in fourth place. No one has more drives at Freehold than Abbatiello.   Live racing at Freehold resumes on Friday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a second straight night, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras recorded five wins and won the feature at the Meadowlands, as he scored with Trump Nation in Saturday night's Preferred Handicap for pacers. Trump Nation, sent to the gate as the 4-5 public choice, blasted away from post seven in the field of eight along with Atta Boy Dan and Americanprimetime. Endeavor was in the early scrum but driver Corey Callahan decided to back off into the four-hole as Atta Boy Dan led at the quarter. Trump Nation continued on until surging to the top at the three-eighths. Endeavor, the 2-1 second choice, was on the move at the half racing on the rim and chipped away at the leader's edge, drawing to within a length at the head of the stretch. The rivals battled through the lane as Endeavor continued to inch closer, but at the wire, it was an ultra-determined Trump Nation out-gaming Endeavor by a neck in 1:49.4. Harambe Deo was third.   Gingras wasn't worried as his primary foe was closing in. "I was pretty confident I was going to be able to hold him off," said Gingras. "This horse was super again." Trump Nation, a 5-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N who is trained by Ron Burke, returned $3.80 to his backers. He's now won 15 of 40 lifetime starts and earned $432,446 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Evan Katz, Weaver Bruscemi and Purnel & Libby. THE NEED FOR SPEED: A fast track and comfortable-for-the-time-of-year temperatures in the 40s on a clear night led to some rock-the-clock times on the program. The red-hot Bell I No, who won a week ago in 1:49.1 despite cold conditions and a -1 track variant, recorded the second fastest mile in North America of 2020 when he ripped through fractions of :26.4, :54.1 and 1:22 before completing the mile in a lifetime-best 1:48.4 to record his third win in four starts in the sixth race high-end conditioned pace. Andy Miller drove the Andrew Harris trainee. Just two races later, the Ron-Burke trained Covered Bridge equaled Effronte A's national season's-best of 1:48.3 by coming from off the pace in taking another high-end conditioned pace. Driven by Gingras, Covered Bridge lowered his previous lifetime mark by two-and-one-fifth seconds while making his seasonal debut. A LITTLE MORE: Chalk players ruled the night, as eight winning favorites scored on the card. ... Wagering on the track's four popular multi-leg puzzles was vigorous as the 20-cent Pick-5 ($75,544), 20-cent Pick-6 ($29,150), 50-cent Early Pick-4 ($89,159) and 50-cent Late Pick-4 ($74,289) accounted for total bets of $268,142. ... Gingras, Dexter Dunn (three winners), Andy McCarthy (two) and Marcus Miller (two) combined to win 12 of the 13 races. ... Burke recorded three wins on the night. ... All-source handle on the card totaled $2,687,050, the eighth time in the last nine programs that wagering has exceeded $2.5 million. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:55 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 22, 2020--The next time Melady's Monet (George Brennan, $3.90) throws in a bad race would probably be the first time Melady's Monet throws in a bad race. It was harness racing career win No 63 (in start No. 207) for 'Melady' Saturday night (Feb. 22nd), taking down Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Melady's Monet--the odds-on favorite from assigned post position No. 7--left around both Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube). Once on the point, Melady's Monet finished what he started (:27.2, :57.3, 1:26, season's-best 1:54.3). Pappy Go Go (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from last among those trotting, but tired. Meanwhile, Melady's Monet owned a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn, then whipped Lean Hanover by a length. Third went to Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman), with Smalltownthrowdown and Money Maven (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees.   For Melady's Monet, an 11-year-old homebred Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Hermann Heitmann, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts (career earnings in excess of $1.63 million). The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $101.50. Saturday night's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace saw outsider Tookadiveoffdipper (Jordan Stratton, $37.80) beat both the gate and his half-dozen rivals. From post No. 6, Tookadiveoffdipper left to immediate command, well before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Season-debuting Mac's Jackpot (Holland), as the 19-10 second choice, was able to get into a chasmic pocket. It was an antsy two-hole that 'Mac' tried to vacate between a :56.2 intermission and 1:24 three-quarters. However, Tookadiveoffdipper stood his ground, taking a length-and-a-three-quarter lead into the lane. He held Mac's Jackpot at bay, the final margin a half-length in a '20-best 1:52.2. San Domino A (Dube), the 17-10 choice was a belated third, with Jack's Legend N (Bartlett) and Rockapelo (Brennan) settling for the smaller envelopes.   For sixth choice Tookadiveoffdipper, a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned by Jane &Mark Cross and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., it was his third win in six '20 tries. The exacta paid $92, the triple returned $433 and the superfecta paid $850. Saturday props as well to 12-year-old, $1.4 million number Great Vintage (Holland $8.30), who earned his 53rd career win in the $22,000, fourth-race pace (1:53.1). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Im So Handsome (David McNeight III) had to battle to be the boss on the front end and then ended up winning the harness racing war in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 22).   Getting parked for over a quarter mile, Im So Handsome ($11.80) finally got to the pylons and paced home in scoring the length victory over Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) in 1:55.0, the fastest of the 2020 meet thus far.   Hold The Gold, who finished in third, parked Im So Handsome through a quarter in :28.3. It was then 'catch me if you can' for Im So Handsome as went the half in a sizzling :56.3.   No one had the answer, however, as Im So Handsome stayed strong in the stretch to collect the win.   Owned and trained by Tessa Perrin, it was the second win in four starts this year for Im So Handsome (Hot Pans-Cheyenne Rose). The decision moved his seasonal earnings to $13,000 and $273,240 lifetime.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) found the top to be the best spot for him with a 1-1/2 nod over the favored Weekend Atnannies in 1:57.1.   It was a three-way scrum at the start between Southwind Onyx, Weekend Atnannies and Utah Beach. When things finally sorted themselves out, Southwind Onyx ($10.60) set the fractions of :28.0, :57.2 and 1:27.2.   There were no problems in the stretch for Southwind Onyx as the 5-year-old gelding was able to turn back Weekend Atnannies (Renaldo Morales III) and Carlos Danger (Mike Baumeister).   Co-owned by trainer Tammy Cummings and Michael Blidy, it was the first win in four attempts in 2020 for Southwind Onyx (Bettor's Delight-It's Only Rocknroll). The win jumped him seasonal earnings to $8,700 and $88,61 lifetime.   In the second division, Lucky McTrucky (Ray Fisher Jr.) watched the pace-setting Burning Shore do all the dirty work then blew on by in the passing lane to register the neck win in the four-horse photo.   Burning Shore, who set the split of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:27.3, couldn't hold off the late charge of Lucky McTrucky ($21.40), Blue On Black (Shawn McDonough) and Don McWhite (Davis Jr.) who took the top three spots respectively.   Co-owned and trained by Perrin, Lucky McTrucky (McArdle-Truculent Lady) is an 11-year-old gelding who captured his first win of the campaign in three tries. The victory increased his earnings to $5,880 and $559,508 in his career.   Morales had a four bagger in the bike while Davis Jr. tripled and Denny Bucceri doubled. Maria Rice, Perrin and Angelo Nappo all posted a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Game Of Claims Series for the highest two levels of harness racing pacers raced their third and final preliminary round on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the top contenders for the thrones to be won in the rich Game Of Claims Championships next week were not exactly clarified by the twilight card's action. The highest-level horses, going here for a base claiming tag of $30,000 in the weekly-progressive pricing rules of the series, raced two $25,000 preliminaries, with neither winner being claimed. Those winners were Classy Hill, an Art Colony gelding who took the field coast-to-coast in 1:53 for driver George Napolitano Jr. (a five-time winner on the card) in his first start for trainer Dan Maier and owner Ameer Najor, and the longest shot on the board, the Quality Western gelding Mister Indiana, who decisioned the second-longest shot, Half A Billion, in 1:52.3, for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Michael Posner, and owner Austin Siegelman. An unofficial totaling of the points for this group yields the following as the top nine, in points order and in position for next week's $50,000 final: This Is My Song, Polak A, Trente Deo (a winner in the first two prelims who took this week off), Mister Indiana, Classy Hill, Whats Goin On, Beach Pro, Half A Billion, and Western Hill. The three $15,000 prelims for horses base-valued at $20,000 Saturday saw a division yield the fastest mile of the year at Pocono, 1:51.1, by the Shadyshark Hanover gelding Horsing Around, who won his second straight for driver Simon Allard, trainer Rene Allard, and the partnership of Allard Racing Inc. and Neal Moase. But here's the big unknown factor relating to next week - Horsing Around will be departing the Allard barn after being the only Game Of Claims winner on the night to be purchased via the box! Driver Simon Allard and trainer/owner/brother Rene do get to keep the Royal Art B gelding Royal Heart, who won at first asking for his new connections in 1:54. The third winner in this price group produced the biggest mutuel shock of the night, as Matt Kakaley put the Jereme's Jet gelding J M Jet Set on the lead and withstood the late chargers in 1:54.3 for trainer Steven Brabrook and owners Rod Lorenzo and Brian Running while paying $53.80. The listing of the unofficial top nine pointwinners heading into next Saturday's $30,000 Championship needs though a clarification. Even with losing this week's fastest winner, Team Allard still has three of the nine highest pointgetters, and series conditions allow for an owner or trainer to have only two entries in the final. So while this is the list of the top nine - Ancle and Horsing Around (tied), Royal Heart*, Cheyenne Reijane, Stirling Escort*, Machine Team, Concur, American Music, and Pop's Romeo* -- one of the three asterisked competitors, all Allard horses, will if this list is verified not be going. Thus the two tied for tenth now, Drunk On Your Love and Always A Diamond, will certainly have an interest in Monday's draw for next Saturday's card of two GOC Championships. In anticipation of those Championships, nine horses were claimed Saturday for $210,000, bringing the totals for the five-card-long meet to 52 claims aggregating $1,022,800. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, had his first two foals arrive in New York this past week. The first foal ever to be sired by In The Arsenal arrived late in the evening on Wednesday, February 19, a colt out of the ultra tough racemare Natural Woman N p,1:52f ($570,886). The handsome and strapping young lad was foaled at Crawford Farms of Durhamville, NY. The second In The Arsenal foal arrived the very next day, born on Thursday, February 20. This foal was a beautiful filly out of the impeccably bred and 100% producing mare Docdor Valentia. She a Western Hanover daughter of World Champion & Hall of Fame mare Eternal Camnation p,1:49.2 ($3,748,574). The filly was foaled out at Pine Hill Stables of Cohocton, NY. Standing his second season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York, In The Arsenal's stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Yannick Gingras was the star of the night at the Meadowlands Friday, guiding five winners on the harness racing card, including Dayson, who won the featured high-end conditioned trot in 1:52.3. The 7-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus emerged from a first-turn scrum in perfect position, racing in the pocket behind the speedy Nows The Moment, who was on the point to the head of the stretch despite being pressed around the far turn by Kenziesky Hanover. Through the lane, Nows The Moment weakened, and as he did he bore out, creating more than enough room for Dayson to cruise under the wire first racing along the inside. It was a half-length back to 8-5 favorite Eye Ofa Tiger As. Elysium Lindy, who won this race a week ago, was trip compromised when pushed wide around turn one and raced from the back of the field before charging home to get third. Nows The Moment was fourth. "He raced great," said Gingras of Dayson. "He's such a game horse and tries hard." Dayson, who returned $8.20 to his backers as the second choice in the wagering, races out of the Ron Burke barn and is owned by Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and L. Karr. He now has 38 victories from 89 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $1,181,127. Burke had a huge night, winning four races. He hooked up three times with his go-to pilot Gingras. PICK-6 REPORT: A total of $76,682 in "new money" was added to the carryover of $14,376 in the 20-cent Pick-6, meaning that players were betting into a rare "player's advantage" pool. A total of $79,555 was paid out, almost $3,000 more than was pushed through the windows. There were many winning tickets in the Pick-6, as the payoff of $238.98 was the result of a sequence that saw winner's odds of 7-2, 1-1, 5-2, 5-2, 6-5 and 6-5. The action was big in all four of the Big M's multi-leg wagers, as a total of $290,158 was wagered in the 20-cent Pick-5, 20-cent Pick-6 and two 50-cent Pick-4 pools. The Late Pick-4 took in $75,592, by far its best showing in five tries since debuting earlier this month. A LITTLE MORE: The Nancy Takter-trained JK American Beauty - who now has lifetime earnings of $422,790 - made her 4-year-old debut a winning one, taking the fifth race high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:50.2 with Gingras driving. ... All-source handle totaled $2,689,916 on the 13-race program, the best Friday night thus far in 2020 and third-best overall. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

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