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The Wednesday race card at Buffalo Raceway has been cancelled due to weather and track conditions caused by a repeated thaw/freeze, which is expected again mid-week. There will now be a double draw on Wednesday for races on Friday and Saturday. The Race Office will be issuing a revised Condition Sheet so please check for the updates. Racing is scheduled to take place Friday night at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 6:00 pm.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a part-time Office Manager with in depth knowledge of social media and experience with administrative tasks, as well as general knowledge of the horse industry. The Office Manager will oversee office operations, including maintenance of HHYF website and social media accounts as well as assist with program services including camps. This will be a salaried, remote position and require 20-25 hours of work per week. Full job description below. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to ellen@hhyf.org. Office Manager Description: The Office Manager works closely with the Executive Director, HHYF board of trustees and other staff members. This individual is responsible for the daily administrative tasks which assures a well-managed and well-organized organization. He/she will oversee office operations, assist with program service including camps and other activities, maintain website, develop and manage social media programs. Individual recommends changes in office practice and procedures. The Office Manager is a critical team member whose focus is to ensure the efficient operations of the organization. As this is a remote position, independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload. Employee will need to provide his/her own personal computer with MS Office suite, printer, internet access, and phone line. Duties & Responsibilities Handle phone, email and postal mail inquiries and respond appropriately. Oversee dissemination of promotional materials and press releases on a regular basis. Assist with basic finance operations (filing, requests from accountants etc.). Manage and execute special projects as assigned. Act as a project manager for special projects which may include: planning and coordinating presentations and special event planning. Coordinate the planning of the youth camps, including camp registrations, lodging, transportation and specific details to make camps run smoothly. Maintain files, donor databases as well as other recordkeeping information. Maintain the HHYF website including posting news articles, updating contacts and links, etc. as well as managing its Search Engine Optimization. Plan, manage and implement all social media activities including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Coordinate e-newsletter compilation and distribution. All other duties as assigned. Note: The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position. An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Job Requirements The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, education, knowledge, skill and/or abilities required. Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in business administration/office management/marketing. Ability to self-manage and work with little day to day supervision. Capable of managing multiple projects at the same time. Strong interpersonal skills and work well with other staff members and trustees. Strong writing and communication skills. High level of flexibility and time management. Represents the organization in a professional manner. Comfortable speaking to clients, vendors, donors, etc. Strong knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Strong knowledge of social media landscapes, networks, toolsets. Strong knowledge of website management is a plus. Physical & Mental Demands The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. This is a largely sedentary role. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, type and engage in repetitive motion. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or grasp. The employee is intermittently required to stoop or crouch; push or pull; or kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and intermittently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. Keith Gisser    

Hightstown, NJ --- Carl Becker was barely a teenager when he provided play-by-play for a summer softball league in Altamont, Ill., but at that moment he knew he wanted a career behind a microphone. Becker’s election to harness racing’s Communicators Hall of Fame is the result of his ambitions fulfilled, although not exactly as he imagined during those early days. “I thought I was the next Cardinals baseball broadcaster; I had no doubt in my mind that’s what I was going to be,” Becker said with a laugh as he recalled his start. “Things took a little turn. It worked out the best for all of us, including the Cardinals fans probably.” Becker, who has spent more than five decades calling horse races, will be honored at the Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 25, with his official enshrinement in the Communicators Hall of Fame coming July 1 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. “It’s a tremendous honor when you think about the people that are in the Hall and the ones that are going in,” Becker said. “It’s something I didn’t expect and I really appreciate it.” Also elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame was writer Dave Briggs. Elected to the Hall of Fame were Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, two of the sport’s most successful breeders and owners. Becker’s introduction to harness racing came at the Effingham County Fair in Altamont. “I would watch the horse races and I loved them,” Becker said. “When I got to high school, my buddies and I would pick a number and play for a penny or a nickel. I couldn’t get away from it. I liked the excitement of it. I had a favorite horse named Trigger Colleen. When he raced at Altamont I was on edge the night before and couldn’t wait to see what happened the next day. It just kind of grew from there.” His path to the racetrack announcer’s booth was gradual, but his career picked up steam quickly once he headed that direction. Becker graduated from the University of Illinois, where he majored in agricultural education and minored in animal science, and spent five years as a teacher. He was 27 when he began calling races regularly at the fairs and soon found himself on some of the sport’s biggest stages. “The announcing part, I thought I could do that,” Becker said. “It all just fell into place. I just thoroughly enjoy watching horses race. We would have some very competitive races at the county fairs. “I did the Illinois State Fair, and that was a dream come true. Back then, the Grand Circuit went from Springfield to Indianapolis to Du Quoin, and The Red Mile was a few weeks later. I did the Illinois State Fair, and I did Indiana, and Du Quoin and The Red Mile. It was a six-week period and it was exciting. I saw all the great drivers, all the great horses. It just was a real trip.” Two of Becker’s many memorable days occurred in 1980. The first was Billy Haughton winning the final Hambletonian Stakes at Du Quoin with Burgomeister, a horse owned by his late son Peter, who had died in a car accident earlier that year. The second was Niatross’ 1:49.1 world record time trial at The Red Mile, which marked the first time a horse broke the 1:50 barrier. “I was very blessed,” Becker said. “Two of the greatest moments in harness racing I was fortunate to be part of. The Haughton win with Burgomeister, there were a lot of tears flowing. It was a very emotional time. “The Niatross time trial, to this day I haven’t seen anything like it. The emotion was unbelievable. When he hit the wire the crowd erupted. People were rushing onto the track wanting to touch the horse. (Trainer/driver) Clint Galbraith was so generous and so good; he spent a lot extra time on the track making sure people did get to touch Niatross.” Other top races for Becker included Workaholic’s win in the first Breeders Crown in 1984, the world-record 1:51.2 dead heat between Jaguar Spur and Laag in 1987, and Trim The Tree’s world-record 1:53.3 mile in the rain in 1982. All three were at The Red Mile. Becker’s career in harness racing has also involved owning and breeding horses as well as serving as a pedigree reader for numerous auctions. The 80-year-old remains active as a pedigree reader and still calls races at the fairs. “I do seven or eight fairs a year now,” Becker said. “I do as many as they ask me to do. It’s fun. My son Kurt does a few fairs when he’s home. Between us we do most of the fairs in the area.” Becker’s enthusiasm for harness racing has been a key to his success. “You have to be excited about what you’re doing,” Becker said. “If you’re not excited, it’s hard to call races. For two minutes, you have to put something into it. I believe it’s always come naturally because I’ve always felt that way. I’ve always been excited.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Harrisburg, PA --- The Dan Patch Awards Dinner is rapidly approaching and along with it, the annual silent auction held in conjunction with the evening's festivities on Feb. 25 in Orlando. Once again the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA's industry outreach will benefit from the sales. This year's auction features a wide variety of items so there is sure to be something of interest for everyone in attendance. Phone bidding is possible but must be arranged prior to February 24. Lots available include: 14K horsehead necklace with diamond and chain (donated by Bow River Jewelry); 2018 Preakness Stakes Package (donated by Maryland Jockey Club); The "Campbell Collection" of memorabilia including board game, posters, shirts, hats, programs and more - most autographed by the one and only John Campbell; Custom harness racing stained glass panel (donated by Barbara Dresser and Callie Davies Gooch); Signed and numbered Always B Miki mounted pen & ink print (donated by Michelle Hogan); "Night on the Meadowlands TV Set" experience; "Handicapping Session with Garnet Barnsdale"; Production of audio advertising piece by Retromedia; (PR services for audio production, script and voiceover: donated and provided by Mark McKelvie and Melissa Keith) Red Mile Package $1000 value Dinner and programs for 4 in The Red Mile Clubhouse (excluding alcohol) and Railbird Box Seats (for up to 6 people) - all during  2018 The Red Mile Grand Circuit meet! Exact location for box seats to be determined. (Donated by the Red Mile) Rosen Shingle Creek hotel vacation package (donated by same); Baseball package including tickets for Mets and Phillies games (donated by Nick Saponara); Collection of framed, vintage cigar box labels of Ashwood, Peter Manning, and Single Kay; Off & Pacing game package; Limited-edition Cam Fella print by equine artist Fred Stone: (donated by The Farm Ventures (Off and Pacing/Ryan Clements/Landon Mulhall) Set of 6 hand-painted goblets (donated by Suzanne D'Ambrose); Variety of gift baskets from Batavia Downs, Hoosier Park, Ohio Sires Stakes, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, and Hambletonian/Breeders Crown; (Canadian horse racing gift basket: items donated by Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Retromedia Publishing, and Melissa Keith) Gift certificates from Fennell's, Big D's and The Red Mile Gift Shop; And perhaps a few late entries! Proceeds from the silent auction go to fund the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Summer Programs as well as the U.S. Harness Writers Association's industry outreach initiative, which this past year made contributions to the Harness Racing Museum, Historic Track rebuilding fund, the Filion family and the Clyde Hirt Media Workshop during Hambletonian week. For complete information, item descriptions, available photos and bidding instructions, please visit www.ushwa.org or call Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029. by Ken Weingartner, for USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL...February 12, 2018...Waikiki Beach A, the harness racing Australian bred six year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (February 11). The gallant gelding, who made a successful debut at the South Florida oval in 1:51.4 one week ago, overcame the assignment of the outside eight post and seven classy foes to score in a lifetime best 1:50.2--eking out a photo finish win over another Aussie bred gelding, Hollywood Sign A, handled by Matt Krueger. Fritzie Pic Up Man, cutting fractions of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:21.4 along with way, finished third for George Napolitano, Jr. Doo Wop Hanover and Dee's Rocketman picked up the minors in the octet. At the opening bell, Waikiki Beach A "half-heartedly" left and went in search of a better spot, finally finding one in fifth around the opening turn. On the backside, Zeron tilted his charge out and began gnawing away but was still some three or four lengths away around the final bend. Once they straightened away, Waikiki Beach A was in full attack mode, sticking his nose in front right on the wire. In a post race interview, driver Scott Zeron lamented, "He had to overcome a lot in the mile tonight and I couldn't have asked for much more finishing. I will say that these were two great starts prepping for the Levy." Trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stables, Waikiki Beach A is, of course, a perfect two-for-two in the U.S. to go along with his newly established mark. Lifetime, Waikiki Beach A has banked $719,019--$11,000 of that in his two starts this year. Off at even-money on the tote-board, Waikiki Beach A paid $4.00 to win. In other Sunday action, Lyons Johnny, with Wally Hennessey handling the lines, won the $9,000 Claiming Handicap, scoring in 1:52.1 over The Onlyest One, with George Napolitano, Jr. in the bike. E R Melvyn, driven by Rick Plano, was third while Backup A finished fourth. E Y Cowboy picked up the nickel in the sharp sextet. The win was the 40th career-wise for the 10 year-old altered son of Mach Three, whose earnings leaped to just under the $400,000 mark--$399,019 to be precise. Lyons Johnny was trained by Ray Vizzi for owner Mildred Ventriglio and was promptly claimed for the $30,000 tag. Off as the second choice at 3 to 2, Lyona Johnny rewarded his many faithful with a $5.00 mutual. Another noteworthy performance was put in by A Cool Card, driven by Rick Plano. This 10 year-old gelded son of Cole Muffler toured Pompano Park's slick five-eighths mile over in 1:51, highlighted by a final half in :54 flat. A Cool Card carded panels of :27.3 and :57 before beginning his lethal sprint on the backside, reaching the third station in 1:23.3. Driver Rick Plano also trains for owner Maryann Plano. It was the first success of the season for A Cool Card, who now has 41 career wins and $473,909 in bounty. Off at 4 to 5, A Cool Card paid $3.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Super Hi-5 season high carryover of $181,597. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15, 2018 for the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for harness racing trotters and pacers (foals of 2013 & 2014).   Three Year Old payments (foals of 2015) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2018.   All stallion pedigree's, staking forms, and stake dates are now available online including a printable calendar! Please use our website www.msrfonline.com for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please remember to check and make sure you use this address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund, P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791.   Regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call 410-775-0152 (o) or my cell at 240-285-0326.   By Cheri Stambaugh

A South Jersey horse trainer indicted in 2015 on animal cruelty charges for her alleged poor treatment of horses in her care has been admitted to the state's pre-trial intervention program. Monica Thors, 57, Mullica Hill, was charged with third-degree animal cruelty in the deaths of four horses that had to be euthanized, according to a 2015 report. All four were overweight and suffered from chronic laminitis, an inflammatory condition of the connective tissue inside the hoof that causes lameness. She also faced five counts of fourth-degree animal cruelty for allegedly "causing serious bodily injury, also by failure to provide care" for an additional four horses and a goat, according to prosecutors. All of these animals were described as overweight and suffering from hoof problems. The indictment came after officers from the NJSPCA seized several horses and the goat from a South Harrison Township farm where Thors was planning to shoot a documentary about the care of harness racing horses. Over the objections of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson last Monday granted Thors admission to PTI for a period of one year. PTI is a diversionary program for non-violent offenders. If she meets conditions of the program for a year, her charges will be dismissed. Under the program, she must report to a supervisor, avoid new offenses and, if she wishes to take care of horses, must do so under the supervision of a professional, according to the prosecutor's office. If she fails to comply with the terms of the program, her case will be returned to criminal court for prosecution. By Matt Gray Reprinted with permission of the NJ.com site

LEBANON, OH. - Sandy's Victory, who was named the harness racing 2017 Aged Trotter of the Year in Ohio, shows no signs of letting up at age 7. The Dan Ater owned and trained daughter of Victory Same won for the 17th time from 51 starts over the last 13 months by capturing the $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11. Ater's son Kyle put the favorite on the engine early and led four classy geldings through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sealing the deal by open lengths in 1:56.2 over the rain-soaked five-eighths mile oval. Walter White (John DeLong) rallied for second with MJB Got Faith (Kayne Kauffman) grabbing the show dough. On Saturday night, trainer Jimmy Byers notched his 100th training win when he sent out Herlin (Josh Sutton) and won a $6500 claimer in 1:55.4. DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MIAMI VALLEY 'LEGENDS' LATE CLOSERS The nomination deadline is rapidly approaching for the first three out of nine total annual “Lebanon Legends” late closers to be raced at Miami Valley Raceway, primarily in March and early April.  Entry forms must be submitted to the race office or postmarked by Saturday, February 17.  All three series are for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime as of the entry deadline date.  The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial will feature pacing fillies and mares; the George Williams Memorial will showcase male pacers; and the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial is for trotters that meet the conditions criteria. “Due to the unfortunate current quarantine of almost 500 horses at the Warren Co. Fairgrounds and a nearby training center, we expect lower nomination numbers than usual for these popular series,” said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel.  “We still hope to get the required 18 available nominees to begin each series, however.  Additionally, owners of horses currently in quarantine are welcome to nominate and their checks will not be cashed if they are not released from quarantine in time to enter the first leg.” Deadline for entries into the other six “Legends” series, for either non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime; or non-winners of 6 pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime is March 3. Nomination forms can be found at www.miamivalleygaming.com, by using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs, or can be picked up in the Miami Valley Race Office. Gregg Keidel        

Brandon Maxwell was never much into the horses. When Brandon was young, his father was an accomplished harness-racing trainer. The Maxwells, though, lived in Ontario, and running horses outside didn’t agree with the harsh Canadian winters. They needed an escape route. The Maxwells found one in Orlando at a renowned facility on Lee Road that has faded into history. Ben White Raceway was a big deal. It is the reason why Brandon Maxwell’s birth certificate was signed in Winter Park and why the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team has a tie to this area. “All he wanted to do was play hockey,’’ said Maxwell’s father, Brad. “Go to school and play hockey. That was his whole life.’’ Maxwell is a goalie with Team USA, which will play its first match Wednesday against Slovenia in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “Being a part of the Olympic team for me is the ultimate honor and privilege you can have in sports,’’ Maxwell said by email. “It’s something you dream about from a young age.’’ The American squad is comprised of international players, collegians and players in the American Hockey League, a rung below the NHL. Maxwell, 26, is in his fifth season of playing overseas, mainly in the Czech Republic. “Embrace it. Enjoy it. It’s an opportunity that you may never get again,’’ said Mike Eruzione, captain of Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice’’ gold-medal-winning squad in 1980. “Just go out there and have fun. You can’t play any differently because it’s the Olympic Games than you do any time you play. Don’t make the stage bigger than it should be. “It’s still a hockey game, and you’ve got to go out and stop pucks and play the way you’ve played your whole life.’’ Maxwell started playing hockey in Canada when he was 6 or 7, several years after his father discovered Ben White Raceway. Ben White won four Hambletonian Stakes — the sport’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby — as a driver and a record-tying five as a trainer. White first arrived in Orlando in 1920, but he was a self-made man before then. “He was known as the dean of colt trainers,’’ said Ben White III of Altamonte Springs, who trained horses for 53 years before retiring. “My grandfather came from Canada [to near Buffalo, N.Y.] when he was 15 years old, walked on a racetrack and got a job. He knew nothing about horses. He went from the bottom to the top.’’ In 1946, area business leaders, led by L.B. McLeod, bought the land near Lake Fairview for an equestrian site. It was dedicated in White’s honor two years later. In the facility’s heyday, White’s grandson said about 550 horses trained there from around the world, mostly from Canada. White died in 1958. “There was no Disney,’’ Ben White III said. “There was no nothing. There was nothing else. I can remember that part of Lee Road was dirt, from Edgewater to [U.S. Highway] 17-92. From [U.S.] 441 to 17-92 … nothing but dairy farms.’’ Some dirt turns into fertile ground. “It was unbelievably run,’’ Brad said. “It was so great to go there. Everybody knew about it. It was tough getting into the place because it was always full. All the great horses trained there.’’ Being a part of the Olympic team for me is the ultimate honor and privilege you can have in sports.— Brandon Maxwell, Team USA goalie The raceway is known not only for the myriad championship standardbares that kicked up its dirt. It was the site where World War II hero Michael McCoy died when his B-47 aircraft crashed in 1957. The Air Force base that bore McCoy’s name is now the site of Orlando International Airport. Ben White Raceway also left behind an Olympic hockey player who spent part of his formative years there. How improbable is that connection? “Never would have dreamed in a hundred years, and I grew up in Minnesota,’’ said Bill Becker, a former City of Orlando administrator who helped oversee the raceway. Brandon Maxwell went to high school in Ann Arbor, Mich., and was a sixth-round draft pick by the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche in 2009. He instead played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before heading to the University of Guelph, about 1½ hours west of Toronto, for one year. “He demanded so much of himself, and through his effort, he just demanded that [teammates] work like he did,’’ Guelph coach Shawn Camp said. “He did that in a really positive way. We knew he was going to go pro at some point, and when he did, we knew he would be very successful.’’ Maxwell, 26, landed with a club in Sweden for the 2013-14 season, and with the exception of one game for the Utah Grizzlies the following season, he has remained in Europe. The Grizzlies play in the ECHL, the same league that includes the Orlando Solar Bears. In 36 games with Mladá Boleslav BK, a Czech team, Maxwell is 14-22-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .920 saves percentage this season. “I’m knowledgeable in Czech, Swedish, Russian and French, but Google Translate has been a highly used app,’’ Maxwell wrote. Maxwell likely will learn a few Korean words before the Olympics end Feb. 25. “When I see stories like Brandon, it’s fun,’’ said Marco Marciano, a goalie coach who has worked with Maxwell. “At the end of the day, it’s the biggest pay, you know. You spend so much time and tell them, ‘Don’t quit. Keep going,’ and push them, and after that, they call you and say they made it. That’s huge.’’ Besides training horses, Brad coached youth hockey and in the OHL, a top junior league. “You try to develop [players] slowly and bring them along and keep them happy, so they love the game,’’ he said. “The same as the horses. The odd ones are Michael Jordan, but most of them aren’t.’’ Brad and his wife, Christina, are hopeful that Brandon plays at the Olympics, which is no certainty. Team USA is assured of games against Slovenia and the other two teams in its group, Slovakia and Russia. Regardless of whether Brandon plays, the Maxwells are thrilled to experience such an uncommon occurrence. It is special really, not unlike a harness-racing facility that brought his family to Central Florida in the first place. Reprinted with permission of The Orlando Sentinel

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 10, 2018—Lone lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., $7.20) and a repeating Killer Martini (Jason Bartlett, $13.20) were the big cheeses Saturday night (Feb. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s moist, harness racing co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. NF Happenstance exacted a measure of revenge upon Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) in the weekly featured trot. In play from post position No. 6, NF Happenstance waited her turn as Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell) made the first lead The lady took over before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then was immediately flanked by 7-5 choice Rubber Duck. There would be no reverse chivalry here, as NF Happenstance hung Rubber Duck. After a 56.3 intermission and 1:25.2 three-quarters, Rubber Duck had enough while NF Happenstance was just getting started. She opened four lengths in and out of the final turn, finishing her rounds in 1:55.1…fastest local trot mile of the season. Dog Gone Lucky (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for second, beaten 3½ lengths, while Le Reveur N (Dan Dube) and Cash Me Out wound up in a heater for third. Lily’s Swan Pond (George Brennan) picked off the final pay envelope.   For second choice NF Happenstance, an 8-year-old daughter of S J’s Caviar owned by James Moore and trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, it was her fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta $39.20, with the triples returning $71 (Le Reveur N third) and $81.50 (Cash Me Out third). The week’s pacing feature saw an early scrum with a handful of leavers, all of whom found seats except for 2-1 favorite Orillia Joe (Brent Holland). Wide early, he engaged Dream Out Loud N, who gave him the back of his hoof. Early intervals of :26.3 and  :55.4 were going to set it up for someone, and that someone was Killer Martini. Patient from post No. 5, he went wide around a fading Orillia Joe and a stalled bid of All Down the Line  (Goodell). Dream Out Loud N maintained the lead through a 1:23.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half into the lane. While that one fought the good fight, he was about to get rolled over. It was Killer Martini sustaining his attempt, edging away to win by a length-and-a-quarter in a season’s-best 1:53. Thisjetsabookin’ (Stratton) rallied for second after leaving for a seat and angling out. Dream Out Loud N los the place photo, with Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Don’tcallmefrancis (Greg Merton) settling for the minors.   For Killer Martini, a 6-year-old Camluck gelding Alberta owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was—as the fifth choice--his second win in five ’18 tries. The exacta paid $147.50, with the triple returning $733. As for Foiled Again (Brennan), his 307th career start—and third attempt at a 100th victory—was not the stuff of legend. Stuck behind the eight-ball in the $20,000, ninth-race pace, harness racing’s richest-ever equine never entering contention, trailing his seven rivals throughout the soggy sojourn. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On a night that saw steady rain and heavy fog for most of the 13-race harness racing program, Western Joe emerged from the mist to explode by the field in the Meadowlands Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Pace. Starznheaven, fresh off an upset win in this event one week ago at 22-1, made his way to the lead after the quarter and was still on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.2 while being pressed by 36-1 longshot Ponyta Boy. Then the pace fell down. Awesomeness, the even-money favorite, tipped off his live cover and was raging through the lane, on the way to what appeared to be an easy win. But Western Joe had other ideas. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal, who won this race on January 20 as the even-money choice, was forgotten in the wagering this time around, sent to the gate at 14-1, the sixth choice in the seven-horse field. Driver Pat Berry handled Western Joe patiently, sitting a three hole from the outset. He swerved off the rail in mid-stretch and exploded past the field using a final quarter of :27 to catch Awesomeness by a neck. Bettor's Edge finished third. Western Joe won for the third time in four starts this year and completed the mile in 1:50.4 for trainer Chris Choate and owner Anthony Ruggeri. He returned $30.20 to his backers. A LITTLE MORE: The Early Jackpot Super High Five resulted in a single-ticket winner. Even though 6-5 favorite Big Top Hanover won the ninth race, that one bettor walked away with a payout of $15,071.64. ... There were two players who lasted six legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10, with each cashing in for $7,964.88. ... The Pick-4 saw a total pool of $78,199 and despite the middle two legs being won by favorites, the payout was $1,099.80 for a 50-cent bet. ... All-source wagering was $2,463,011. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $101,270.81. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday night at 6:35 p.m. SUPER HIGH FIVE RETURNS $15K AT BIG M  Giant payoffs are not expected when 6-5 favorites win races, but Saturday night at the Meadowlands, that trend was bucked in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five. One shrewd player wagering into the Oregon Express hub was the only ticket holder of the winning combination of 2-7-10-9-8 in race nine when post-time choice Big Top Hanover hit the wire first, and as a result, cashed in for $15,071.64. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fox Valley Veto found his way through the snow at Buffalo Raceway with relative ease on Saturday night (Feb. 10) in taking a two length harness racing victory over Lenny Mac in the $9,500 Open Trot in 1:59.0.   In the sub-featured $9,000 pace, after three consecutive second place finishes to open the 2018 campaign, Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) finally found the winners circle by rallying late to tip Mach Stockn Barrel by a neck in 1:58.0.   The opener saw Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) have a brief tussle with Kahoku to get to the lead in the opening quarter mile of action. But once he got there, it was a game of catch me if you can.   With fractions of 29.1, 1:01.1 and 1:30.1 over the good track, Fox Valley Veto ($4.40) just had to turn back the modest stretch bid by Lenny Mac (Shawn Gray) and did so easily in notching the two length win. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) finished in third.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice, Fox Valley Veto (Piazzaed-Yankee Victory Om) is a 7-year-old gelding that is trained by Maria Rice. The victory pushed his seasonal earnings to $7,885 and $402,704 lifetime.   Heaven Rocks ($5.80) got the perfect trip in the sub-featured pace as he followed the tempo-setting Validus Deo until midway down the home stretch.   The splits of 30.0, 59.0 and 1:29.0 did in Validus Deo as Heaven Rocks, Mach Stockn Barrel and Hardts Or Bettor were ready, willing and able to battle it out in the lane.   Heaven Rocks was the quickest and managed to scramble through the passing lane to just get past Mach Stockn Barrel (Gray) in the shadow of the finish line. Hardts Of Bettor (David McNeight III) got the show position.   Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, the 6-year-old gelded Heaven Rocks (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cheerful Outlook) has put $11,278 in the bank this season and $139,151 in his career.   Driver Shawn Gray made 5 trips to the winner's cricle, while Ray Fisher Jr. had 3 winners. Trainer James Clouser Jr. conditioned 4 winners on the card.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 13-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Stall Applications for the 2018 Live Harness Racing Season at Running Aces are now available on our Website, and are due by March 15, 2018. The applications can be found here. The 2018 Live Racing season is fast approaching, and preparations are now underway. Opening night is on Saturday, May 19 with 52 nights of racing which will culminate on Saturday, September 20th with the traditional $300,000 (est.) Minnesota Night of Champions. Live Racing will be conducted every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm central, and every Saturday and Sunday evenings, both with a 6:00 pm central starting time. General race conditions will be similar to those offered in 2017 but are subject to change. On-site RV campers will once again be available for rental, subject to approval, and limited hookups will also be available, subject to approval and on a first- come- first served basis. Contact info for questions regarding stall application issues are as follows: Ben Blum (651) 925-4514, email: bblum@RunAces.com Nancy Byrge (Race Secretary) nbyrge@RunAces.com In addition, Simulcast agreements are still available for 2018. If you are a Simulcasting coordinator and would like to include one of the fastest growing Harness Racing signals in North America into your track lineup, please contact Ben Blum at Running Aces.   By Darin Gagné for Running Aces Casino & Racetrack      

Four spots are up for grabs Saturday, February 17 in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's $400 February Qualifier. The qualifier has a $400 total fee ($200 entry plus a $200 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $20 Win, Place, Show or WPS wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. DerbyWars.com is hosting an online WHHC Qualifier with the winner gaining one $1,000 Final seat. Details can be found here. Twenty-nine people have already qualified for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com.  A detailed list is below: ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: Summer Survival Challenge –Brady Kosic, Bill Zvara, Bud Olejniczak  ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: December 2, 2017: $200 Qualifier: Mike Petruccelli & Guy Gerber ·         DerbyWars.com October 20: Free WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Gary Respecki  ·         DerbyWars.com October 21: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Travis Foelsch ·         DerbyWars.com October 28: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Stephen Levine  ·         DerbyWars.com November 4:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Mark Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com November 11: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Mark Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com November 18:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Russell Slader ·         DerbyWars.com November 25: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Shirley Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com December 2: $10,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with two WHHC seats: Derick Giwner & Carlos Gutierrez ·         DerbyWars.com December 9: WHHC Qualifier with two WHHC seats: Stan Koper & Stephen Pozzuoli ·         DerbyWars.com December 16:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Gregg Sheehan ·         DerbyWars.com December 23: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Rocco Dibello ·         DerbyWars.com December 30: WHHC Qualifier with two WHHC seats: Vince Sitoski ·         DerbyWars.com January 13:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Matt Minger ·         DerbyWars.com January 13:  $5,000 All Harness Contest with two WHHC Seats: Stephen Levine & Stan Koper ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: Saturday, January 20, 2018: $200 Qualifier: Ed Herr & Lee Stuckey ·         DerbyWars.com January 20: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Brian Graziano ·          DerbyWars.com January 25:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Michael Rusovick ·         DerbyWars.com January 27:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Kenneth Snyder ·         DerbyWars.com February 2:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Stan Koper ·         DerbyWars.com February 3:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Jeff Billings The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: ·         Saturday, March 10, 2018 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats ·                  Saturday, April 7, 2018 - $100 Last Chance contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats On Saturday, March 3 TVG/4NJBets is hosting an online qualifier for customers.  The contest includes 3 seats into the WHHC Final plus travel expenses.  Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24.  Tioga Downs has set qualifiers for March 3rd and 17th and Vernon Downs has qualifiers on March 10th and 24th with four people in total qualifying for the WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com Final.  Additional qualifiers from partner outlets will be announced in the coming weeks.  The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. The Meadowlands

John E. Bach, Sr., age 93, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Valley View Center, Goshen, NY. John was born July 3, 1924 in Goshen, NY, the son of the late Frederick W. Bach and the late Rebecca (Brede) Bach. He served in the U.S. Army in the 15th Air Force during World War II, as a bombardier with the 455th bomb group and later became a first lieutenant. He flew a total of 39 combat missions as a bombardier navigator aboard B-24 Liberator bomber planes. His combat took him to the Rhineland, Northern Apenines, Po Valley, the Balkans, North Africa, Italy, and Egypt. He was reported missing in action over Germany in 1944 and spent time as a POW in Germany and Poland, after his plane was shot down in Krakow, Poland. For his service, he was awarded an Air Medal and three oak leaf clusters. Upon his liberation and honorable discharge in 1945, he found work as a real estate broker and went on to establish a career in title insurance industry spanning five decades. He formed Goshen Abstract Corporation in 1959, PJ Enterprises Inc. in 1966 which was the first title insurance agency in Orange County and Hill N Dale Abstracters in 1972 with his fellow colleagues Paul G. Miller and Elmer Budd. His professional legacy lives on today through his son attorney, John E. Bach, Jr., and stepsons John and James Wood who succeeded to his ownership in Hill N Dale Abstracters, Inc. Although he retired in 1999, he was able to remain a strong presence at Hill N Dale Abstracters until his 90th birthday in 2014. John was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Monroe, VFW, the American Legion, Cataracts Engine & Hose. Most importantly, John was a 35-year member of the Goshen Historic Track and U.S. Trotting Association. He spent his entire life in Goshen, his beloved home. He was proud to be one of the last “Goshen Boys”, and loved to reminisce about the good ol’ days as a farm boy growing up at the racetrack. Harness racing was in his blood. His father worked as a teamster at Good Times Track, and John and his brothers spent their childhood summers volunteering at the track during racing season. As teenagers, they worked as ushers and valets during the Hambletonian. John worked every aspect of the sport, as a clerk, a jogger, a timer, served on the Board of Directors, and even tried his hand at driving. He loved to boast that the only years he was ever absent from the July 4th Racing Weekend was during his service in World War II. Born on July 3, he lived for this weekend, and could be found in his box seat every year up through his 91st birthday. John also owned race horses for the majority of his adult life, buying his first horse in 1973 and selling his last in 2014. He accomplished his life-long dream of winning a New York Sire Stake in Buffalo on June 19, 2010 with racehorse “Flirtinwithcowboys”. John is survived by his wife: Carol (Mesnica) Bach at home; children: John Bach Jr. of Chester, Kevin Bach and wife, Celine of Middletown, Bernice Holmbraker and husband, Peter of Goshen, Rosemarie Tveit and husband, Stanley of New Hampton, Marguerite Bach of Raleigh, NC, Jamie Neumann and husband, Joseph of Hilton Head, SC and Rebecca Columbus of Wrightsville Beach, NC; stepchildren, Cheryl Samz and her husband, Gary from Waukesha WI, James Wood and wife, Wendy of Goshen, and John Wood and wife, Marlene of Montgomery; 21 grandchildren: Jessica (Kevin) O’Shea, Michael (Kristin) Guilfoyle, Kristen (Tim) Farber, Aaron Tveit, Fr. Jon Tveit, Kayla Neumann, Bradley (Alexandra) Neumann, Bryan Columbus, Paul Columbus, Thomas Columbus, Michele Wood, Sara Wood, Ryan Wood, Jared Wood, Erin Wood, Katie Rose Duff, Brian Duff, Taylor (Matt) Raimondo, Kyle Doce, Allen Faust and Alana Buono; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers: Frederick, William, Robert, and Peter; and two sisters, Joan Cox and Rose Bach. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 12 at the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., 82 South Church St., Goshen, NY. Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road, Monroe, NY. Burial will follow in the Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery, Goshen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road, Monroe, NY 10950 or the Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Arrangements under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc. To leave a condolence visit www.donovanfunerals.com Reprinted with permission of The Times Herald-Record

Folks who play fantasy sports have been able use their credit cards to do it. Not so, for horseplayers who want to bet on the ponies online. Card transactions for horseracing fall under a particular credit card code that identifies those types of transactions as a higher risk than other types of gaming transactions. Until now. And what a boon JPMorgan Chase's latest move could be in Florida, where -- try as it may -- even the state Legislature hasn't yet managed to kill horseracing. Earlier this week the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced JPMorgan Chase has begun approving credit card transactions assigned the horse racing code with advanced deposit wagering, provided they're a licensed and regulated U.S. company and provided a player is operating out a state where such wagering is legal -- which it is in the Sunshine State. This is significant because Chase represents the largest credit card issuer in the U.S., boasting more than 80 million active cardholder accounts. Advanced deposit wagering -- or ADW -- is something that allows pari-mutuel bettors to deposit funds into an account, then place their bets through the Internet or over the phone. Some ADWs allow people to deposit into an account directly through a checking account, but especially in today’s world, it’s understandable that people are loathe to set their banking information afloat in treacherous cyberspace. The positive thing for Florida, says the NTRA, is that Chase's decision to make life easier for bettors could significantly increase the "handle" at the state's five major tracks -- "handle" being race language for the amount of money bet on a single race, day or season. More money bet, more hope for Florida's horseracing industry, threatened by Legislature-assisted death by casino takeover. Said harness racing writer Brett Sturman, "We could certainly debate separately from a responsibility standpoint if players should be allowed to fund accounts through credit cards at all -- but to be clear -- the issue for horseplayers this entire time wasn’t restricted to only credit cards. As I can attest, debit cards (cards linked directly to bank accounts) have also been restricted at times ..." Some in the banking industry suspect the Chase decision could be a testing of the waters for anticipated national legalized sports betting. But whatever the reason, a less restrictive stance being adopted by Chase is welcome news for both the ADWs and for the racing industry. It also could lead to acceptance of transactions by other leading credit card issuers that have not allowed their Visa or MasterCard customers to use their cards to bet through licensed and regulated ADW accounts. In its announcement, the NTRA praised the Chase decision as a win for the industry and it looks as if it is. Those who may have been turned off from wagering online through an ADW because of previous difficulties may now find the process not as challenging. And as a result, pari-mutuel handle in horseracing is likely to take an upward jump. Florida's five major horse tracks serviced with ADWs are Gulfstream Park West,(formally Calder race track), Miami Gardens; Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach; Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah; Sunshine Raceway, Tampa Bay area; Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa. Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. @NancyLBSmith Nancy Smith Reprinted with permission of The Suneshine State News

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