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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2020 -- The jackpot for Friday's Super Hi-5 at The Meadows remains at $93,764.44 after Wednesday's Super Hi-5 was cancelled when scratches reduced the number of harness racing wagering interests below the minimum requirement of eight. The Meadows offers the Super Hi-5, with a 20-cent minimum wager, on the final race of each live card. First post for Friday's 13-race program is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Grantville, PA  - Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of pari-mutuel racetracks in North America, is currently seeking applications for Director of Racing positions at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, Ohio and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA. "With the announced retirement of current Vice President of Racing Mark Loewe from our Mahoning Valley and Meadows operations we are now looking at Director of Racing positions at those individual properties, said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. "We are seeking individuals who can bring a strong racing background while combining exceptional leadership and business skills in overseeing the entire racing and wagering operations at those respective locations." "I do want to thank Mark for his outstanding contributions to the Penn Gaming racing team since coming on board in 2008 and being a leader at seven different racetracks during that time," added McErlean. Mahoning Valley Race Course is a thoroughbred racing facility offering 100 days of live racing, stabling for nearly 1,000 horses and conducts year-round simulcasting. The facility commenced operations in 2014 and has quickly established an enviable niche in the Ohio and regional racing circuit as well as the national simulcast marketplace. The Meadows is one of North America's premier harness racetracks with nearly 190 live harness race dates conducted year-round. The five-eighths mile track has a barn area for nearly 800 horses and is home to one of the top three-year-old pacing events in the sport, "The Adios," conducted each summer. The Meadows also offers year-round simulcast wagering. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for these positions at the following links: Director of Racing Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course Director of Racing Meadows Racetrack and Casino From Penn National Gaming  

Washington, PA, Oct. 28, 2020 -- Sixth by 3-1/2 lengths turning for home, Tuesday Morning swung to the middle of the track and roared home to pull off the 31-1 harness racing shocker in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot. As the leaders tired on the sloppy surface, Tuesday Morning found his best foot for Dan Rawlings, scoring in 1:57. Rev It Up Man was second, beaten a length, with long shot Willie B Worthy third.   Ray Romanetti trains Tuesday Morning, a 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Taboo Yankee, for Lori Romanetti and Bernadette Luketich. Rawlings and trainer Tyler Stillings each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $93,764.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Batavia, NY --- On a damp Wednesday evening (Oct. 28) at Batavia Downs, a pair of $8,500 Opens produced runaway harness racing winners while the meet's third winningest driver inched closer towards the leaders. The night opened up with the fillies and mares Open I Handicap where Tellawoman (Jim Morrill Jr.) left with the gate and led at every point of the mile. After escorting the short field of five to the half in :58, Morrill stepped on the gas and Tellawoman sped away in a :28.1 third panel, stretching out to a 3-1/2 length lead at the point. As they rounded the last turn Tellawoman kept on going and kicked-away to a 5-3/4 length advantage at the wire in 1:56.1. It was the third win in the last four starts for Tellawoman ($8.00) who is owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Russell Bratt. Later in the program, Morrill also won the co-featured Open I Handicap trot with Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) who was utterly peerless this night. Il Mago left and established a six length lead at the quarter in :27.2. He extended that to 12 lengths at the half in :56 and 15-lengths by three-quarters in 1:25.2. Morrill had Il Mago wrapped up at that point and he just sauntered across the wire by 6-3/4 lengths in 1:57.4. It was the sixth win of the year for Il Mago ($4.20) and owner Mike Torcello. Gerry Sarama trains the venerable 11-year-old who has now won 52 races lifetime. Driver Drew Monti won five races on the card including a natural hat trick in races five through seven. Monti scored with Lucky Guess (2:01.2, $5.00), Keystone Keen (1:57.2, $4.70), Barn Beast (1:59, $11.00), Mean Pauline (1:58.1, $5.40) and Carly Girl (1:57, $5.00). Monti currently has 57 wins and sits in third place behind the leading Jim Morrill Jr. who has 70 wins and Billy Davis Jr. who is second with 61 wins after tonight. Kevin Cummings led all trainers on Wednesday winning three races during the proceedings. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 31) with a special Halloween matinee post time of 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

CHESTER, PA - The John Simpson Sr. stakes for three-year-old colts, the Ayres for trotters and the Albatross for pacers, were each conducted in three $33,067 divisions on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with driver David Miller continuing his hot hand from Breeders Crown elimination weekend by piloting two of the successful pacers, while trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt accounted for a pair of the trotting winners. Miller's first winner was the only favorite among the six stakes and started a Sweet Lou gelding, as Tru Lou followed up on his recent Liberty Bell stakes success by coming home first Wednesday in 1:50.2. Tru Lou made the front past the quarter and withstood stablemate Warrawee Veloce by 1¾ lengths to take his earnings to $114,092 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and Slaughter Racing Stable LLC.   Tito Rocks, who caught heavy favorite Patriot Nation from the pocket in their Liberty Bell action, was much closer in the tote with that one today but still the second choice. And he did repeat his Liberty Bell triumph, coming from the two-hole again and running down pacesetting Patriot Nation by a half length at the end of a 1:51.3 mile. Miller guided the winner of $128,385 for trainer Robert Cleary and Royal Wire Products Inc. The third Albatross winner was also a pocket rocket, the American Ideal colt Ideal Perception, who came out of the golden seat to get a stretch lead and then withstand gritty first-over favorite Diamond Head by a neck in 1:51.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the Andrew Harris trainee, who now has $131,444 on his card for the S S G Stables of McWicked fame. A Svanstedt horse accounted for the fastest of the three divisions of the Ayres, as the Cash Hall gelding Coventry Hall dashed out to early command and widened his advantage throughout the last half, coming to the wire seven lengths ahead while taking a new speed badge of 1:52.4. Coventry Hall has now earned $105,055 for Enghavegaard Aalborg APS. Svanstedt also was responsible for the biggest surprise in the day's stakes, as 12-1 shot Harley K rallied up the inside to catch favored Rome Pays Off in 1:54.3. The altered son of Sebastian K S is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Little E LLC, and Kenneth Kjellgren. A pair who also did very well in the Breeders Crown elims - driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter - were the braintrust behind the Andover Hall gelding Paulie Walnuts, who took a long time to get to the lead but could not be dislodged thereafter while taking a new mark of 1:53.1. Howard Taylor's sophomore was on his best behavior today and got the job done to make it two wins in his last three outings. Also a part of the top-level action on this Wednesday card at Philly was a $14,400 distaff handicap pace, taken by the Betterthancheddar mare Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan in 1:51.3. Shes Pukka N went away quickly, keeping Eclipse Me N outside until the quarter and forcing favored Machnhope to accept the three-hole, then sat the perfect pocket trip and rallied inside the pacesetter to catch her by a half length, with the chalk settling for third, another neck back. Shes Pukka N, a career winner of $171,241, is trained by Brian Malone for owner Peter Paul Venturini.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Six weeks ago, harness racing trainer Nifty Norman said he couldn't be happier with the way Amigo Volo looked heading into the rest of the season. As the horse prepares for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, it's safe to say he remains enthusiastic. Amigo Volo, who was the Breeders Crown champion at age 2, won the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 11 at Red Mile and followed up with a track-record victory in his Crown elimination last Saturday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Going back to mid-August, he has won five of six races and finished second in the other. "He has not let me down," Norman said. "Even last week, I was kind of mildly shocked at how good he was. He's just solid. He's raced in just about every race there is, and he's as good now as he was at the start. He maybe even better. That's a good sign for a horse." Amigo Volo won his elimination in 1:51.2, the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old trotter at Hoosier Park. The time was just one-fifth of a second off the track's overall record. In Saturday's Breeders Crown final, Amigo Volo will start from post two with driver Dexter Dunn. He is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. Three male trotters this century have won Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3: Gimpanzee, 2018-2019; Father Patrick, 2013-2014; and Muscle Hill, 2008-2009. Amigo Volo is by Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma. For the year, Amigo Volo has won seven of 13 races. Lifetime, the multiple world-record-setting gelding has won 13 of 25 starts and $1.21 million in purses for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. "It won't be easy, but I think that at the moment he's probably the best horse," said Norman, who has won four Breeders Crown finals. "I've got a good driver, a good draw, so I've got as good a shot as anybody." Norman also sends out Chestnut Hill in the event. Chestnut Hill finished second by a neck to Capricornus in the other Breeders Crown elimination. For the year, Chestnut Hill has won three of 14 races, including the Canadian Trotting Classic. The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Poof She's Gone, a filly that provided Norman his first Breeders Crown trophy in 2009. He is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E. Hartman and McDuffee bred Chestnut Hill with Herb Liverman. Chestnut Hill will start from post nine, the outermost spot on the gate, with David Miller in the sulky. The colt is 15-1 on the morning line. "I thought he raced really good last week, but then the draw just crushed him," Norman said. "Now you're really relying on luck. But you know what, he's had some bad draws or rough trips and got good finishes out of them. A few things went his way, and he always gets home good. The horse himself is in good shape." Ready For Moni, who won the Goodtimes Stakes and Harry M. Zweig Memorial after finishing second in the Hambletonian, is the 7-2 second choice. Capricornus is 6-1. Norman's Breeders Crown weekend begins Friday with Fire Start Hanover in the $600,000 final for 2-year-old female pacers. The filly had a five-race win streak snapped with a second-place finish to Continualou in her elimination. Fire Start Hanover is the 3-1 favorite, starting from post seven with driver Dunn. "I was very happy with her run," Norman said. "She was sick after Lexington, we brought her home, she had five days off. I only trained her once. I thought she would be kind of short, but she was actually really good. Even though she's drawn seven, I think she'll go really good. I think that run last week will really help her and she's good either way, she can leave or she can race from off the pace. "She's a nice filly and I think she's got a good shot. She's a big, strong thing, and has just gotten better as the year has gone on. I've got a lot of confidence in her." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Capricornus-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-6/1 2-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman-6/5 3-Ready For Moni-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 4-Play Trix On Me-Joe Bongiorno-Linda Toscano-20/1 5-Hillexotic-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-20/1 6-Maesteraemon-Scott Zeron-Marcus Melander-15/1 7-Back Of The Neck-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 8-Beads-Brian Sears-Per Engblom-8/1 9-Chestnut Hill-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-15/1 10-Gangster Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

At a recent telemeeting, the executive committee of the Hambletonian Society reluctantly accepted the resignation of long-time member and Harness Racing Hall of Famer Charles E. Keller III.   Keller was named to the board of directors in 2000, and to the executive committee soon after. As chairman of the executive committee he was the driving force in establishing a three-year host track rotation for the $6 million Breeders Crown Championship series, which included first-time host venue Hoosier Park in 2017, as well as the last two Hambletonian contract extensions with the Meadowlands.   "Charlie has served the Society and our industry with class and distinction and his body of work is to be commended," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society.   "He has been a valuable contributor to the Society board for 20 years and he will join Dr. J. Glen Brown, P.J. Baugh and Mrs. Alice Johnston as director emeriti." continued Campbell.   Keller continued the legacy of the Maryland-based Yankeeland Farms, started by his father, New York Yankees star outfielder Charlie Keller, and built it into one of harness racing's premier nurseries. He has been a key figure in many of the industry's top organizations, including the U.S. Trotting Association, as a director of and an active member of its important Financial Committee. He is also a long-time trustee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and former chairman of its Audit Committee and Planned Giving Committee.   From the Hambletonian Society

JK She'salady was a Breeders Crown champion in 2014 and as a mom she might have two daughters equal that harness racing accomplishment by the time this weekend is over. Six years ago, JK She'salady went undefeated in 12 races and became the only 2-year-old filly pacer in history to be voted Horse of the Year. Flash forward to this weekend, when her first two foals will be in the Breeders Crown finals at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. JK Alwaysbalady is in Friday's $600,000 final for 2-year-old filly pacers while JK First Lady will go against Horse of the Year candidate Party Girl Hill in Saturday's $500,000 final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Both were bred and are owned by 3 Brothers Stables. "It's fantastic, we look forward to it," said Alan Katz, who with brothers Ron and Steve comprise the breeding and ownership group. "We foaled the whole family so to have two in the Breeders Crown from the same mare is unbelievable. She was a fantastic filly and her first two foals are fantastic." Adding to the close-knit environment is the fact that Nancy Takter has trained both JK She'salady and her fillies. As always, Takter provides the good vibes heading into the race. "I've known Nancy for seven years and she is super optimistic," Katz said. "Everything is wonderful, terrific, couldn't be better. She's optimistic at all times. But you need racing luck, everybody knows that. There are no locks in this business. Every week something different can happen. You've got to draw lucky, don't get sick and have a good race." JK First Lady, by Western Ideal, has had her share of good races, having won nine of 22 career starts, hitting the board a total of 19 times, and earning $623,231. She has been no worse than second in her last nine races, winning four. Her losses have come against either Party Girl Hill or returning Dan Patch Award winner Lyons Sentinel. She finished second to Lyons Sentinel in their Breeders Crown elimination. She is 10-1 on the morning line in Saturday's final, where unbeaten Party Girl Hill is the 2-5 chalk. JK Alwaysbalady, by Always B Miki, won her elimination and has two firsts, two seconds, two thirds and $79,407 in purse winnings in eight starts. She is the 7-2 second choice behind Fire Start Hanover (3-1) in Friday's final. In comparing the two, there is no comparison according to Katz. "They're completely opposite horses," he said. "Nancy explains to us that First Lady is aggressive, she's got a great attitude. "The other one is lazy. You've got to ask her to go. But she's getting better and better. The last three starts she's starting to catch it. In the beginning she was a little slow learning. She's big, she was overweight, but the hot weather, racing every week gets her in better shape. Now she's as good as we were hoping she was going to be. We're happy going into the race with both of them, but they are completely opposite." Physically, JK First Lady is not as big as her sibling, but both are well bred and will join the 3 Brothers broodmare band when they retire. Katz is careful when making comparisons between the fillies and their dam. "It's hard to do," he said. "JK She'salady won 12 out of 12, that doesn't really happen. I know Party Girl (Hill) obviously has done it, but that's a once in a lifetime horse. When do you get a horse that goes 12 for 12? It's hard to compare them. You're only going to be disappointed if you try to compare anyone to JK She'salady." When asked to compare their racing styles, Katz said, "JK She'salady could do anything. Alwaysbalady we're very careful with, to make sure we don't leave with her too much and keep her nice and quiet. In fact, we make sure to do that with both of them, and not get them too hot." As for their attitude, JK First Lady easily has more of her mother's traits. "With Alwaysbalady, you've got to make her do it," Katz said. "The other filly, she's aggressive, she's on the iron." One thing they have in common is good health. "They've both been pretty sound," Katz said. "They've gone through the whole year and they haven't really been sick and stuff like that." When it comes to who has the better chance of winning this weekend, the owner gives his 2-year-old the nod. "Truthfully, anyone could win it," Katz said. "Without (Test Of Faith) in there it's an open field. There's no standout. Some of those fillies that were good a month ago haven't been racing that well in the last two starts, so . . . "You need the luck, you need the right trip. Whoever gets the right trip and the racing luck will win. It's a very competitive field, anyone can win." As for JK First Lady, Katz said, "We know it's going to be tough to beat Party Girl Hill. Unless she has a bad day, I don't think any filly can beat her. Obviously, Party Girl Hill is in another league right now. We'll be tickled pink to get a good check in there. "But nothing's ever a lock. You never know how a horse is going to wake up that day. It's tough to stay undefeated. Like in any sport, it's tough to win them all. You've got to be really, really lucky to be undefeated." The Katz brothers hope good fortune finds them this weekend. With Takter, they have a four-time Breeders Crown winner whose stable this season ranks No. 2 in North America with a career-best $5.77 million in purses. "Nancy's having a great year," Katz said, "so we're hoping her luck continues." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Friday's Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Continualou-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-8/1 2-JK Alwaysbalady-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 3-Caviart Audrey-Andrew McCarthy-Nancy Takter-20/1 4-Paulas Bet Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-20/1 5-Scarlett Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 6-Blue Diamond Eyes-David Miller-Ron Burke-9/2 7-Fire Start Hanover-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman-3/1 8-Nashville Elgenna-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Notorious Pink-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-5/1 10-Somethingbeautiful-Scott Zeron-Dylan Davis-15/1 Somethingbeautiful starts from the second tier. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Drama Act-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 2-Party Girl Hill-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-2/5 3-Lyons Sentinel-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/2 4-Peaky Sneaky-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-5/1 5-Pettycoat Business-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-30/1 6-Rocknificent-Scott Zeron-Linda Toscano-12/1 7-JK First Lady-David Miller-Nancy Takter-10/1 8-Lady Lou-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Hen Party-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-30/1 10-New Year-Joe Bongiorno-Chris Ryder-30/1 New Year starts from the second tier. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA    

Harness Racing This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Madison County and Pegasus, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and Kindergarten Series fourth leg, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week commences on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28) at Harrah's Philadelphia with three divisions in the $99,201 John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and three divisions in the $99,201 John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Hoosier Park on Thursday (Oct. 29) will host the $70,000 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters. Breeders Crown finals at Hoosier begin on Friday (Oct. 30) with $600,000 races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Also on Friday, Hoosier will contest the $60,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $50,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Saturday (Oct. 31) card at Hoosier features four $500,000 Breeders Crown finals for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits; the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace and Open Trot; and the $300,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace and Open Mare Trot. In addition, Hoosier will offer the $60,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old colt pacers and the $55,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old colt trotters. The Meadowlands on Friday (Oct. 30) will host the fourth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be a pair of $20,000 divisions for the colt and filly trotters and a single $20,000 division for the colt and filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Charging to his 11th win of the season, Tall Dark Stranger and regular driver Yannick Gingras fought off a late charge by Warrawee Vital to win the second Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:48.4 on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Tall Dark Stranger dug in late to repel a late challenge from Warrawee Vital in the second Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Dean Gillette Photography. Warrawee Vital tried to get a hold of the pace right off of the gate, leaving quickly and taking the lead over Captain Barbossa, with Tall Dark Stranger dropping in third into a fiery :25.4 first panel. Gingras shifted to the overland route to take over the lead, guiding the other six colts to three-quarters in 1:23. From the back, Captain Kirk failed to sustain an outer-tier advance while Elver Hanover stayed in fourth. Meanwhile, the original trio in front wrestled for the finish line. Warrawee Vital came out gallantly down the center of the track for a charge at Tall Dark Stranger, making Gingras urge the leader to shake off the challenger - as he has done through the season when faced with a possible duel to the wire. Tall Dark Stranger responded again with a :25.4 closing quarter, winning by a neck in 1:48.4. Captain Barbossa held on for third, while Elver Hanover and Sandbetweenmytoes followed to make the final. "I just trust (Tall Dark Stranger) and let him fight off horses in the stretch," Gingras said. "Last week in Lexington, I knew he was in the best shape he's ever been." Nancy Takter trains the James Avritt-bred son of Bettor's Delight and Precocious Beauty. Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor own Tall Dark Stranger. Cattlewash equaled the all-age track record for pacers at Harrah's Hoosier Park with a 1:47.2 victory in the first Breeders Crown elimination for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Dean Gillette Photography. Leaving fast and finishing faster, Cattlewash won the first 3-year-old colt pacing Breeders Crown elimination. The mile, clocked in 1:47.2, equaled the all-age track record and set a sophomore colt pacing mark. Driver David Miller left alertly from the rail with Cattlewash and rebuffed an early outside challenge from No Lou Zing, who settled in second through a :26 first quarter. Longshot The Greek Freak followed in third and favorite Capt Midnight sat in fourth. Miller sat comfortably with Cattlewash as he cut a :54.1 half. Heading into three-quarters, Capt Midnight took to the outside and started a strenuous chase for the leader, but one that saw him fade as Cattlewash excelled to three-quarters in 1:20.3. Allywag Hanover took his shot off the sizzling third panel and swung wide into the stretch, but he could not rally off weakening cover. Meanwhile, Cattlewash remained strong to the line, holding off No Lou Zing by 1-1/2 lengths. The Greek Freak, who drafted behind the leading pair, finished third, followed by Save Me A Dance and Manticore. "He's real sharp right now," David Miller said, adding that he had no strategy when leaving from post one. "If a lot of horses left, I would've raced him differently, but no one did. It's an awfully long stretch, but he (was going easily)." Cattlewash, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Road Bet, is trained by Ron Burke for owner and breeder William Donovan. Complete recaps of all the 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 - 1,026; 2. Dexter Dunn - 812; 3. Tim Tetrick - 620.5; 4. David Miller - 575; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 556. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 966; 2. Nancy Takter - 955.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 642; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 587; 5. Marcus Melander - 450. Owners: 1. Caviart Farms - 211.4; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 209.1; 3. Determination - 200; 4. Brad Grant - 196.5; 5. S R F Stable - 182.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs, Harrah's Hoosier Park, and The Meadowlands. Dover Downs will feature the Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Harrah's Hoosier Park will host the Carl Erskine, Monument Circle, Crossroads of America and USS Indianapolis for 3-year-olds. The Meadowlands will feature the finals of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

For the safety and protection of customers, consignors, and sale employees at the 2020 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale in Timonium Maryland, Standardbred will strictly enforce COVID-19 precautions required by the Maryland Department of Health. Paul Spears, President of Standardbred, states: “Because of age and serious medical conditions, many sale attendees are at high risk for the complications of COVID-19 infection. For their protection, and for the safety of all sale attendees, Maryland State Fairgrounds officials and their security team will actively enforce COVID-19 guidelines from the Maryland Department of Health, including COVID-19 screening, mandatory masks, social distancing, hand sanitization, and avoidance of loitering in high-traffic areas.” Spears added, “Abundant signage will be posted about these guidelines. Free masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed at the Information Booth. Attendees whose physicians have counseled them that their medical condition requires them not to wear masks are instructed to wear full face shields, and to inform security personnel of their situation during initial screening at the entrance gate. Attendees not observing COVID-19 restrictions will be asked to co-operate with these necessary safety measures. If an attendee does not co-operate with the security team, he may be asked to leave the Fairgrounds. Standardbred appreciates the co-operation and concern for the safety of others by our customers and friends.” “For those customers who are at high risk and do not want to attend the sale in person, Standardbred is offering online and telephone bidding options. Standardbred urges anyone interested in remote bidding services to contact Gunjan Patel at immediately to begin the registration process. Standardbred can also assist customers who require an Authorized Agent to evaluate prospective purchases on site, and to bid for them if needed. We look forward to a safe and successful 2020 sale.” From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

Atlanta has done plenty to impress harness racing trainer Ron Burke in the two seasons she has been in his stable, including win eight Grand Circuit finals, set speed records in the U.S. and Canada, and receive a Dan Patch Award. Yet as she prepares to take on nine male rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Burke has never felt better about the 5-year-old mare. Atlanta heads to the race off a 1:50 win over a "good" surface in the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Oct. 11 at Lexington's Red Mile. Only a half-length loss to Gimpanzee in the Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier in September keeps her from a four-race win streak. "I could not be happier with her, she's the best she's ever been for us," said Burke, who took over the training of Atlanta at the beginning of 2019. "I like getting the week off because she loves to race off multiple weeks off, so she's going to come in sharp for the final. I'm thrilled." What has made Atlanta even better? "I think she's matured a little bit more," Burke said. "I've always worried about her weight, and it's really not an issue now. She looks great. And maybe the year, the way her schedule has been, it's really helped. She hasn't raced that much, and I don't think she really wants to race a lot, because when she races she gives everything every step every time." Atlanta has won five of 10 races this season. In addition to the Allerage, her victories include the Maple Leaf Trot, Dayton Trotting Derby, and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. She will attempt to become the fourth mare to win the Breeders Crown Open Trot, joining Hannelore Hanover (2017), Moni Maker (1998) and CR Kay Suzie (1996). Atlanta, the Trotter of the Year in 2018 and Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter in 2019, is seeking her first Crown. Last year, Atlanta finished third in the Open Trot behind Bold Eagle and Six Pack. Burke leads all active trainers in Breeders Crown hardware with 17 trophies. Jimmy Takter holds the record with 34. Atlanta, who has won 25 of 49 career races and $2.52 million, will start Saturday from post five with driver Yannick Gingras, a 23-time Breeders Crown winner. The mare is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. With the way Atlanta is racing, Burke cannot help but think ahead a bit to 2021. "I think it points to next year being her best year," Burke said. "I'm excited. Right now, it's all go to race next year again. I think we can do special things next year." Atlanta is not alone in looking to add her name to the Breeders Crown record book Saturday. Four-year-old stallion Gimpanzee is aiming for his third win in a Crown final. Only three trotters have captured three or more Breeders Crown trophies in history. Female trotter Peace Corps holds the record with four. Grades Singing, another female, won three as did male trotter Mack Lobell. Gimpanzee, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, has won seven of 10 races this year, including the John Cashman Memorial, and 24 of 33 lifetime. He has earned $2.45 million for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He enters the Crown final off a 1:52 win last Saturday in an invitational at Hoosier. He starts from post three with Brian Sears in the sulky. Sears has won 32 Crown finals, second most in history behind John Campbell's 48. Prior to winning the invitational, Gimpanzee was sixth in the Allerage, his only off-the-board finish of the campaign. "The result in Lexington was a little disappointing, even if I wasn't disappointed in the horse, but the result," trainer Marcus Melander said. "I could feel in the warmups (Saturday) that he was in form. I told Brian that too. "We were both very excited that he bounced back the way he did. It was a perfect prep race for him. Brian drove him perfectly and he didn't have to chase him hard down the lane, he did it very easily. I couldn't have been happier." The Open Trot field also includes Fiftydallarbill, who won a Breeders Crown at age 2 in 2017 at Hoosier, as well as Lindy The Great and Majestic Player A, who are among three horses sharing the Hoosier track record of 1:51.1 for a trotter, and millionaire Crystal Fashion. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mission Accepted-Chris Page-Ron Burke 2-Majestic Player A-Brett Miller-Walter Haynes Jr. 3-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 4-Reign Of Honor-David Miller-Marcus Melander 5-Atlanta-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6-Lindy The Great-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 7-Soul Strong-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 8-Katkin American-James Yoder-James Yoder 9-Crystal Fashion-Jordan Stratton-Jim Campbell 10-Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-Luis Quevedo Fiftydallarbill starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Dover DE - The Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) opposes U.S. Senate Bill 4547, Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020. Earlier this month, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission (DTRC) voted to unanimously oppose this bill.   "This bill appears to establish a governing body which is not accountable to the general public or regulated community," stated DHRC Chair Beth Steele. "It is an unnecessary burden that could be potentially harmful to the entire horseracing industry."   Delaware's horse racing commissions are concerned with the complete lack of financial information and accountability outlined in this bill. Additional unknown costs will be detrimental to an industry that is already challenged to keep margins profitable. There is significant concern that another layer of government oversight will cause increased costs.   The organizational structure proposed appears to lack the financial accountability or transparency procedures required of government agencies, such as open meetings, financial disclosures, FOIA protocols and due process procedures. Furthermore, DHRC specifically notes that the governing body established by the S. 4547 would not necessarily include individuals with experience in either thoroughbred or harness racing, and the control of drugs used in the sport.   DHRC recognizes one of the objectives of S. 4547 is to establish standard drug testing rules to be followed by all racetracks; however, nearly all state harness racing commissions follow the standard testing, racing, and safety rules established by the United States Trotting Association (USTA) and the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). In addition, DHRC has worked with the USTA for the past two years to develop harness racing specific regulatory thresholds for certain therapeutic drugs necessary to properly treat our equine athletes. There are times that national standards are not effective in a particular locale; and as a result, each jurisdiction needs the ability to enforce local rules within the spirit of national standards.   Delaware's racing commissions work diligently to ensure the integrity of racing and the welfare of participating horses. They coordinate activities, rules, and standards through the ARCI and USTA, to prevent and eliminate corrupt practices that would undermine the public trust, and bring violators of commission rules, regulations, and Delaware law to justice.   From the Delaware Harness Racing Commission    

Surreal Feeling (So Surreal) continued a super stretch for her harness racing connections on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Raceway as the five year old distaffer prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open. Owners Chris and Dale Lawton won last week's Open with their star sophomore Racine Bell. Dave Dewhurst trains that filly who had another terrific season in the New York Sire Stakes this summer before winning her first local Open last Tuesday (Oct 20). This week, the Lawtons' Lindas In Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) won his fourth consecutive race at Saratoga. The young pacer went coast-to-coast with reinsman Jimmy Devaux in the sulky on Tuesday to complete a grand slam for the three year old colt. In the afternoon's $9,350 feature, Surreal Feeling went wire-to-wire with Devaux in the bike. The five year old was coming off a qualifier in which she won by fifteen lengths. Surreal Feeling, who won her first local Open last July, registered her second local score in decisive fashion stopping the timer in 1:54.3. The mare finished second or third in her three previous tries in the Open contested this summer before heading to race at Yonkers for a month. On Tuesday, the mare proved dominant in recording her fourth victory in eleven seasonal starts. Birch Island Betty (Mitch Cushing) closed to be second while Bontz N (Billy Dobson) lengthened her "on the board streak" when she came on to be third, finishing "in the money" for the sixth consecutive start.   Surreal Feeling paid $9.20 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that came back $43.80 and $223, respectively. Dale Lawton trains both Surreal Feeling and Lindas In Heaven who were two of Devaux's four winners on the Tuesday card. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2020 -- In a 7-length hole at the half, Petey Sarah rallied wide to capture Tuesday's  harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Petey Sarah was seventh when Dan Charlino sent her on her way. The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter-Maxine The Mighty picked up the live three-wide cover of Courtney Hanover and outkicked her to the wire, downing her by 1/2 length in 1:55.3, matching her career best. Casey T finished third.   Ron Burke trains Petey Sarah for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In Tuesday's other co-feature, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, first-time Lasix user Summer Charm pulled the pocket into the final turn and triumphed in 1:51 for Tony Hall, trainer Scott Betts and owners Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art lifted her lifetime bankroll to $354,150. Dave Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a $93,764.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WILKES-BARRE, PA - They tried battling the pacesetter Crossfit at several stages of the $11,200 claiming handicap trot feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon, but the Donato Hanover four-year-old gelding is currently quite fit and turned back all challengers in a career-best-equaling 1:54.2. The victorious favorite went to the lead around Cash For Gold just past the :28 quarter, then got no respite as Pilgrims Tide moved early and pressured Crossfit, forcing midfractions of :56.2 and 1:25. When the parked horse faded, Cash For Gold came back out of the pocket, but could get no closer than 1 1/2 lengths at the wire.   Tyler Buter drove the winner, who is trained by Susan Marshall, the co-owner along with John Marshall. Crossfit has now won two straight and four of his last seven, and in three of those miles he went his lifetime best clocking of 1:54.2 - a mark which he also recorded at three last year. George Napolitano Jr. brought in six winners on the Tuesday afternoon card. With five cards left in the 2020 racing season, "George Nap" has the lead among winningest drivers, 194-144, and has all but mathematically captured his ninth straight Pocono crown, and his fourteenth overall dating back to 2003. Napolitano also figures to take home the track's UDR title, unless Dexter Dunn, David Miller, or Jim Morrill Jr. would come in and one would win about 20 races in the last five nights - the percentage title will give George seven in a row and twelve dating back to 2001. And Napolitano was also the track's winningest trainer in five of six years between 2001 and 2006. From the PHHA / The Downs

Hightstown, NJ — Breeders Crown elimination harness racing winners Tall Dark Stranger and Party Girl Hill remained 1-2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but Party Girl Hill took two first-place votes from Tall Dark Stranger and narrowed their gap from nine points to four. There were no new horses in the top 10. Atlanta and Ramona Hill, both idle, swapped places three and four while Gimpanzee, who won an invitational trot, remained fifth. Breeders Crown elimination winners Perfect Sting and Kissin In The Sand, and invitational pace winner Bettor’s Wish, owned spots six through eight. Shartin N, who finished second to Kissin In The Sand, was ninth and idle Test Of Faith was 10th. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 16 – 10/27/2020 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Tall Dark Stranger (19) 3pc 12-11-0-0 $1,190,181 333 1 2 Party Girl Hill (16) 3pf 14-14-0-0 $749,120 329 2 3 Atlanta 5tm 10-5-3-0 $613,814 209 4 4 Ramona Hill 3tf 9-6-1-1 $915,615 203 3 5 Gimpanzee 4th 10-7-1-1 $730,964 200 5 6 Perfect Sting 2pc 9-9-0-0 $316,800 178 6 7 Kissin In The Sand 5pm 10-6-1-0 $269,984 144 7 8 Bettor’s Wish 4ph 10-5-1-2 $384,732 96 9 9 Shartin N 7pm 9-5-3-0 $334,319 59 8 10 Test Of Faith 2pf 9-8-1-0 $500,000 41 10 ALSO: Amigo Volo 36; Venerate 19; Cattlewash 16; Sorella 15; Action Uncle 9; Ready For Moni, Warrawee Vital 7; Peaky Sneaky 5; Charlie May, Manchego 4; Hey Livvy, Pemberton, Tattoo Artist 2; Captain Corey, Hypnotic AM, Scootnroll, So Much More, Southwind Gendry 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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