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WILKES-BARRE PA - Si Semalu became the harness racing newest member of the quarter-million-dollar club when he won the $20,500 featured pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono, plowing through "sloppy +2" conditions to post a 1:52.3 triumph. Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the Modern Art gelding to command in front of the stands and held sway the rest of the mile, although needing every bit of a 56.1 last mile to hold off a stubborn first-over challenger in Andrieos Kardia, who finally came up a neck short. Bruce Clarke trains the winner of $253,926 for owner John Coffey The Mach Three gelding Archangel Three sat a great pocket trip, came clear along the inside, went to the lead, and then held off good closing bursts from Ginger Tree Crash and Phil Your Boots to take down a $17,000 co-featured pace. Matt Kakaley, who had four sulky victories at press time, got the winner of $118,504 home in 1:53 in the messy conditions for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stables LLC. Archangel Blue Chip was second choice in his event to the great local favorite Luck Be Withyou, who set all the pace but couldn't make his lead stand up in the drive in his 89th and final career start. The son of Western Ideal, usually handled by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Chris Oakes and owners John Craig and Northfork Racing Stable, will now begin a new career as a stud at Maple Lane Farm, Grabil IN, after being the living definition of the term "Horse for the course," as this graphic shows: LIFETIME 89-28-15-5  $1,454,166 POCONO 31-17-7-1  $760,230 --won his Breeders Crown elim and final at age 2 here --won his Franklin elim and final at age 4 here --took his lifetime mark of 1:47.4 in winning his Franklin Consolation here at 5 --won in 1:50 or better each of his five racing years here   Balmoral, Batavia, Dayton, Dover, Flamboro, Harrington, 58-11-8-4-$693,936 Hoosier, Meadowlands, Mohawk, Northfield, Philly, Pompano, Saratoga, Scioto, Tioga, Yonkers PHHA / Pocono

DAYTON, OH. - Its been a very exciting week for harness racing driver Travis Seekman, to say the least. His wife Desiree presented the 27-year-old reinsman with their first child, a healthy 8 pound 1 ounce baby girl they've named Raegyn, on Thursday morning; and Saturday night (Nov. 18) he won the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace with Let's Drink On It at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Despite persistent night-long rainfall and strong gusting winds, the 6-year-old son of Art Official, trained by "Grandpa" Joe Seekman and taken care of by "Grandma" Tina Seekman, overcame the dreaded 9-hole and swept to a convincing 2-1/4 length 1:54.1 score over the sloppy surface. Go Daddy Go (Randy Tharps) and Dreamfair Mesa (Josh Sutton) battled through the first quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3 before Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) ranged up to challenge the leaders at the 1:25.2 three-quarters with Let's Drink On It in tow in the outer flow. It was at that point that "Daddy" Seekman swung his charge three-wide and got the response he hoped for. "That wind was brutal on the last turn and I was out three wide, but Let's Drink On It raced big tonight and went a big mile," beamed Travis. "I'll have enough for my first load of diapers now," he laughed. Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman) and Dont Say Goodby (Trace Tetrick) were also near the back of the pack in the early going, but also responded well throughout the second half to garner runnerup and show finishes, respectively. Let's Drink On It has now scored 33 triumphs and pushed his lifetime earnings past $850,000 with the win. Gregg Keidel

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) was at it again. The Jackie Greene trainee scored another win in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night as the harness racing  five year old destined to be the track's Pacer of the Year for the second straight season prevailed in the local Open for the eighth time of the year. Artful Way blasted out to the early lead over a sloppy track on Saturday and the public's 4-5 betting favorite never had an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:53. The track's Pacer of the Year in '16, Artful Way is having an even better year in '17 as his Saturday victory was his thirteenth of the campaign, eight of which have come in the local Open. Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) finished second in the $19,500 feature as he kept a streak of his own alive. The pacer who holds the all-time track record at the Spa has competed seven times in the Open this year and finished second or third in all seven. Bet You (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot on Saturday as Artful Way cemented his Pacer of the Year status once again. The local star will certainly be a top candidate to be Horse of the Year in '17 as well. Frank Coppola Jr, who piloted the superstar Artful Way to the victory, had a sensational night. The track's top driver piled up an amazing seven victories on the card, padding an already insurmountable lead in the driver standings. Trainer Jackie Greene had four winners on the Saturday program. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Batavia, NY---Blustery winds driving a hard rain made the harness racing track conditions at Batavia Downs less than desirable on Saturday night (Nov. 18), but In Runaway Bay embraced the mailman's philosophy to win the $10,000 Open Handicap pacing feature at the venerable Genesee County oval. In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) took the lead from post five as soon as the gate released the field and when everyone else went to the pylons, single file was the pacing order through splits of :29, :58.3 and 1:28. Just before that last station, Focus Power (Drew Monti) who had gotten away last, swung three-deep around mid-pack stalling horses and powered up into the mix before the race entered the last turn. From there In Runaway Bay held off Focus Power and Show Stopping (John Cummings Jr.) who had been in the pocket the entire trip, around the fourth bend and into the stretch; neither could gain any ground on him. And the same held true all the way to the wire. In Runaway Bay was strong under urging and paced home sharply to win by a length in 1:57. It was the eighth win of the year for In Runaway Bay ($4.00) who has now made $44,360 for owner Super Mile LLC and trainer Angelo Nappo. In the $9,000 Open II pace, Littlebitaclass (Drew Monti) got away sixth before coming third-over in the outer flow and eventually found himself back at the rail third at the seven-eighths pole where he then shot up the passing lane and ran-down the leading Hardts Or Bettor (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by a length in 1:57. Owned and trained by Tessa Roland, Littlebitaclass ($5.90) captured his seventh win of the year and eclipsed the $60,000 mark in earnings, now with $61,034. All the leading drivers registered victories on Saturday. Larry Stalbaum and Drew Monti both had three wins while Ray Fisher Jr. had two and Kevin Cummings one. The leader board at the end of the week now reads Stalbaum 109, Monti 107, Fisher 105 and Cummings 89. There was no Pick-5 winner again on Saturday so there is a $7,270 carryover to Wednesday's card and Batavia Downs will once again be a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program with a guaranteed $12,500 pool on the early Pick-5 wager. Free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster will be available at handicapping.ustrotting.com starting on Monday. Racing resumes on Wednesday (Nov. 22) with post time at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 18, 2017— Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.60) won the scrum for the lead and eventually the ‘moist’ race Saturday night (Nov. 18th), annexing Yonkers Raceway’s harness racing $40,000 Open Pace. With half the field leaving the gate, it was Bit of a Legend N—from post position No. 4--making the lead around Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) left outside Bit of a Legend N and settled for a three-hole, while Dr. J Hanover (Dan Dube) left outside of everyone and broke. Bit of a Legend N found a :57.2 intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:24.4) to fend off the second move of Scott Rocks. The people’s preference had a couple of lengths into the lane, then disposed of ‘Joe’ by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1. Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett), Scott Rocks and a flat-from-second-over The Real One (Pat Lachance) rounded out the payees. For Bit of Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.60, with the triple returning $263.50. Reminder that first post for Sunday’s (Nov. 19th)  matinee goes at 11:45 AM. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Robert "Rapid Rail" Krivelin is no stranger to fans who follow the amateur races, especially in the granddaddy of them all, the CKG Billings Harness Racing Driving Series. Although he's slowed his participation in the many other amateur series events Krivelin, a food purveyor in New York City, makes sure he competes in the Billings. And why shouldn't he? He's been so successful over the past two decades that he has earned National Amateur Driver of the Year honors three times. And after his triumph tonight at the Meadowlands he may be in consideration for a fourth national title At the Meadowlands tonight Krivelin scored an upset victory with his old war horse, Permanent Joy, turning back seven others in a 1:58 contested mile over racetrack rated good. Overlooked by the betting public and sent off at odds of over 12-1 Krivelin worked a perfect cover trip for Permanent Joy. After starting from the pole position Krivelin allowed David "Poppa" Glasser and Celebrity Stimulus to take charge in the :28.3 first quarter and then shadowed the leader throughout. Glasser and his trotter .passed the halfway point in :58.1 and they were still comfortable on the lead as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27.4. But at that top of the long lane company began joining Celebrity Stimulus. Krivelin was the first to move and his trotter joined Glasser's as the field headed for paydirt. When they straightened for home Permanent Joy hung tough and rebuffed all challenges to go on for a one length triumph over Dizzy Rizzy, driven by "Buffalo Bob" Davis. Landonfitz came from far back to garner the show dough for Dave "Steady As" Yarock. Krivelin's Hero Stable declares ownership of Permanent Joy and Krivelin is the registered trainer. Permanent Joy paid $27.80; $8.80 and $5.20 across the board. For Krivelin it was his 212th driving victory since he began his amateur career in 1996. The Billings Gold and Silver Cup Finals will be contested over Yonkers Raceway's double oval on Sunday,November 26. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2017 -- Dapper Dude attacked the leader, Stride Of Pride, first over, passed him in deep stretch and captured Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after Stride Of Pride. Despite a sloppy racing surface, the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest gained steadily and downed Stride Of Pride by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting A Real Miracle finished third. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts $1,168,280 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins, including a pair for trainer Kyle Bolon, on the 12-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features a pair of carryovers -- a $2,146.60 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $713.21 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- in addition to a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) that is a feature of each live card. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP) shapes up as one of the biggest events of the late season. This Thursday, the two $2-million pacers, both from the Brian Brown barn, meet head-on in the $35,000 HHPP elimination. Downbytheseaside, the Matron winner last Thursday and Fear The Dragon, the #1 rated horse via the Hambletonian Society poll for much of this season was paid into the HHPP via a $25,000 supplemental payment. There are 11 in the field this Wednesday with the first eight finishers qualifying for the $300,000 (est.) final. ------------------------------------------------------------- The Matron Stakes, harness racing's longest continual stakes in the sport dating back to the 19th century. Dover Downs has been home base since the 1997 season.Thursday's card provided fans with an outstanding showcase of racing on Nov. 16. Downbytheseaside became a $2-million winner, Bill's Man closed strongly for Tim Tetrick's first of four wins, Agent Q got up for Hall of Famer David Miller and Dream Together -led off the four Matron Stakes championships on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick added to his current leading driver total scoring four winners ------------------------------------------------- Trotter Bill's Mann with catch-driver Tim Tetrick was surprise winner of the $201,900 Matron 3-Year-Old Trot. M&L of Delaware, the nom de course of Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul of Greenville, longtime horse owners, who formerly were noted for owning stake pacers, won their first major trot. Also, Agent Q, the dam of winner of the $182.700 Matron Filly pace was bred by Dover Down's horsemen Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Finding they had too many broodmares, they sold the dam of the Matron winner, Teenage Paige-A costly mistake. ----------------------------------------------------- Two Delaware horsemen had The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes at Dover Downs head into is second and final week of pacing and trotting preliminaries for both sexes with the top eight point-getters qualifying for the four $100,000 finals on Nov. 30. It's the same day the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace tops off the biggest day in Delaware harness racing this year. ----------------------------------------------- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) got off to a fast start on Nov. 13 when Slick Tony and Evolution Tour scored impressive victories in $20,000 first leg action. Russ Foster and Tim Tetrick notched three driving wins. --------------------------------------------------------------- Gracefullyforgiven and Go Sandy Go won DSBF $20,000 two-year-old filly paces while Corey Callahan notched five wins on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Art Stafford Jr., trainers Bobby Reeser and Nick Callahan made the winner's circle twice. ------------------------------------ Star Sapphire and Vandalous won $20,000 DSBF 1st leg filly trotter preliminaries while Super Fly took the $20,000 male prelim. Enhance Your Mind, last season's Horse of the Meet scored a 1:52.1 triumph in the $25,000 Mares Open pace. Tim Tetrick had three wins, Corey Callahan and Art Stafford Jr. had two driving wins. Nick Callahan had two wins to move into second-place among trainers. Josh Green also had two winners. ------------------------------------------- On Nov. 11, Dover Downs horsemen, Kim and Justin, were involved in a real rarity. He father-son team finished in a dead-heat for win at Rosecroft Raceway. An old-time horseman remembered a similar feat a dead-head race finish between a father and son racing at Harrington when the photo finish camera could not separate horses driven by Pat Hubbard and Charley Tribbett. ------------------------------------------ Tim Tetrick is currently leading driver at the track. After several multi-win days, Tetrick has registered 28 winning drives. Art Stafford Jr, is second in the standings with 19 wins two more that defending champ Corey Callahan and Vic Kirby, tied for third with 17 each. Russell Foster completes the top 5 with 13 triumphs -------------------------------------------- Jim King tops the trainer stats with 11 winners. Wayne Givens is second with seven. Josh Green, Bob Reeser, Eric Ell, Jason Skinner and Joe Columbo of the George Dennis Stable are all tied with five wins each, and tied for third place. Marv Bachrad

Anderson, Ind.-November 17, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2017 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Friday, November 17. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fourth consecutive and sixth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2017 leading driver with 366 victories while amassing over $4.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 331 victories with John DeLong in third with 223 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $44 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick also captured two Breeders Crown titles at Hoosier Park earlier in October. "This year was incredibly special for me, especially with the two Breeders Crown wins," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I want to thank the owners and trainers for believing in me and giving me the opportunity, without them, I wouldn't be here." "I've had a lot of momentum all year," he continued. "That certainly helps. The support of my family and friends has been great. I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." For the first time since 2005, the battle for winning trainer resulted in a tie. Jamie Macomber and Jeff Cullipher each ended the season with 92 wins to earn the honors as the season's top trainers at Hoosier Park. Don Cromer and Dan Perdue tied for leading trainer honors in 2005 with 31 wins. It was the first leading trainer title for both Macomber and Cullipher. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just one win separated the top pair. Macomber's Ramblingamblinman found the winner's circle with Peter Wrenn in the bike. Just a few races later, Cullipher evened the score after back to back wins with Coal Hanover and Ideal Rocky, respectively. After 10 years managing Ron Burke's Indiana stable, 2017 was Macomber's first season operating a public stable with her husband, Ricky, Macomber. The daughter of Ohio-based trainer Tim Rucker and his wife, Debbie, now finds herself with a leading trainer title and a Breeders Crown champion to her credit. Macomber trained Beckhams Z Tam who was victorious in the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers earlier this month at Hoosier Park in 1:51.1. In addition to the Breeders Crown victory, horses from the Macomber stable earned over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day meet at Hoosier Park. "What an unbelievable year, I just have to keep pinching myself," Macomber noted. "With a win in the Breeders Crown and now standing here for leading trainer alongside Jeff, it's been truly unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough that has supported me this year, my owners, my team, everyone." Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 46-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After finishing fourth in the trainer standings last year, his stable earned over $1 million throughout the 2017 season to find him atop the standings. "It's been a great year," Cullipher said. "This is one of the toughest places to race in the country so if you can make it here, I think you are doing alright. I have to thank my owners and my team who have helped me get here, it really is a team effort." The Friday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2017 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2017 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season." For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Hollywood Dayton harness racing horsemen and employees collected 100 new and gently used coats in the past couple weeks, plus numerous hats and gloves, and presented them Friday night between races to Christina Heaton, representing the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Dayton, for distribution to needy families in the Dayton area during the coming holiday season. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Juslikeaqueen staked her claim to being the Queen of the current collection of Hollywood Dayton open pacing mares, capturing the feature race for the harness racing distaff set on Friday night (Nov. 17) in 1:51.1. It was the fifth win in the last six starts for the 3-year-old Palone Ranger-sired filly and ninth of the season after a winless freshman campaign of just three starts. The winner's share of the $18,500 purse pushed Juslikeaqueen's 2017 bankroll to $75,000. Driver Jeremy Smith, named the sulky sitter for the first time by trainer Daniel Maier, sped from the gate to drop in second behind favored American Girl (Jason Brewer) who clocked a quick :26 opening panel. Content with the pocket ride through a :54.4 half-mile, Juslikeaqueen sat chilly as east coast invader Rock Me Baby, making her first start for new trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and driver Josh Sutton, ranged up to challenge the pacesetter at the 1:22.1 three-quarters station. Rounding the final turn Smith found room to back out from the pocket and swing three-wide around Rock Me Baby. American Girl hung tough through a grueling stretch drive, but Juslikeaqueen forged ahead of the runnerup steps from the wire. Jerseylicious (Tyler Smith), who was saddled with an outside post position draw, rallied ferociously to garner the show dough. Antonia Storer owns the winner, who was the only filly in the talented field of older mares--who collectively had 196 victories under their girths for total earnings of $3,289,627. Driver Kayne Kauffman had a pair of impressive triumphs in $12,000 purse events on the undercard. He guided Stirling Euphoria to a 1:52.4 tally in the highest condition race for mares, besting Mischief Maker N (Trevor Smith) and Tiene's Leche (Aaron Merriman). Three races later Kauffman steered the pacing colt Camwood to his sixth win in his last eight starts, stopping the clock in 1:51.3, just two-fifths of a second off the track record for sophomore geldings. Chris Page, Tyler Smith and Jason Brewer also notched driving doubles on the program. Gregg Keidel

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) continues to dominate the harness racing competition in the Friday night Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury-trained mare was assigned post position eight for Friday's try in the $19,500 feature after winning the Open three times in the last five weeks. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. was patient while piloting the five year old mare on Friday as they got away last in the eight-horse field of distaffers. Truth And Liberty got in gear approaching the half and wound up first over once again this week- a trip that the razor sharp mare loves. Front-running Wishy Washy Girl (Phil Fluet) fought gamely but proved to be no match for Truth And Liberty in the stretch as track's sharpest mare went on to win in 1:54. Wishy Washy Girl was the runner-up while Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The win for Truth And Liberty was her twelfth of the year as she has proven that her breakout 2016 campaign, in which she won eleven races, was no fluke. On Friday night, the winner was the 6-5 betting favorite despite the difficult post position. The exacta and triple paid $29.20 and $197.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 17, 2017—Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell, $8.20) retook the lead early and grudgingly held it late Friday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s blindly-drawn (by modern technology) $40,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Pace. Away second from post potion No. 2, ‘Queen Be’ at first was pocketed to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) then retook before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission when Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) offered a fruitless, first-up bid from fifth. Meanwhile, Call Me Queen Be maintained her social status in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. She would need just about all of it. Slight 5-2 favorite All About Madi (Brian Sears), who won the draw but sat a loose three-hole, stormed home inside. ‘Madi’s’ memo arrived a tad late as she missed a scant nose in 1:53.3. Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) left the cones to snatch third, beaten a half-length. HP Sissy and She’sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) settled for the pre-turkey leftovers. For tepid second choice Call Me Queen Be, a 4-year-old millionairess daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Let it Ride Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan, it was her fourth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.40, with the triple returning $63.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Nov. 18th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,867.20. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker  

Batavia, NY---Patience was a virtue for Kahoku on Friday night (Nov. 17) at Batavia Downs as his come from behind effort earned him a his sixth harness racing win of the year in the $10,000 Open Handicap trot.   BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) shot right to the front and opened up a three length lead while taking the field to the quarter in :28.2 and with everyone settled behind him, the half in :58.4.   As the group entered the second circuit, Kahoku (Kevin Cummings) came first-over and eventually worked his way next to the leader. The pair then matched strides to the three-quarters with neither one giving an inch. Around the last turn BZ Glide was inside with Kahoku to his right with Caprio and Cummings sparring in the bike like boxers in the ring.   As the race and it's way down the lane the pair continued to trot in stride until 20 yards from the wire when Kahoku finally wore BZ Glide down and gained a length advantage under the wire in 1:57.4.   It was the second win in the last three starts for Kahoku ($12.80) who is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trainer by Priscilla "Sis" Mooney.   The combination of Cummings, Mooney and Girdlestone also took the major share from the co-featured $8,500 Open II trot one race earlier when Lutetium went wire to wire in handy fashion to win by a length in 1:57.2, which tied his seasonal mark.   It was the 57th lifetime win for Lutetium ($13.40) who is creeping up on a half-million in earnings for his career, now sitting with $446,087 in the bank.   As a result of no winning ticket again in the Pick-5 on Friday, there will be a guaranteed $6,000 early Pick-5 on Saturday night as part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Pool. The early Pick-5 runs from race one to race five.   Free past performance pages will be available at www.handicapping.ustrotting.com.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Nov.18) with post time do the first race at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY --The final preliminary contests prior to the series finale in the NAADA Fall Trotting Series were staged before the harness racing betting card at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night(Nov. 17) and when the judges hung the official signs Paul Minore and Joe Faraldo emerge victorious in their respective divisions. Minore won with his old warhorse Wygant Prince in 2:01 while Faraldo scored behind Tough Get Going in 2:00.1. In his contest Minore worked out a perfect two-hole journey behind Bobby Krivelin's Connie Keeper. "Krivelin had to pole position and he raced to the lead and since I had the two hole I fell in behind him on the first turn," Minore explained. Once the field settled Minore just played follow the leader which he did until the homestretch. "When we rounded the final turn I eyed the passing lane and then angled Wygant there and he trotted on to one length victory over Krivelin's horse.," Minore added. Peter Kleinhans and Toss Cartwright finished second with the pacesetter Connie Keeper third. Minore owns the 10-year-old altered son of SJ's Photo who's trained by Taylor Gower. It was Wygant Prince's second consecutive victory and fifth this season." It was also the 93rd lifetime driving victory for Minore, a retired New Jersey high school track and field coach whose most famous pupil was world champion Carl Lewis. In the other split NAADA president Joe Faraldo smoked 'em with a solid 2:00.1 wire to wire triumph with Tough Get Going, a 4-year-old Kadabra gelding he co-owns with trainer Richie Banca. The hardworking barrister sent his charge to the lead from the three-hole and despite the short field they were constantly challenged. But Tough Get Going lived up to his name and turned back all challengers despite being looked in the eye from the half to the finish. "We made some equipment changes", Faraldo said referring to his trotter. "He was breathing funny, making noises like he was gasping for air at the end of the mile the last few times I drove him so we put on a throat plate and tied his tongue and it seemed to do the job " At the wire Tough Get Going was a neck better than runner-up Mr. Ridgetaker ,d driven by Dave Yarock. Tim Lizzie and driver Joe Lee were three lengths back in third. by John Manzi for NAADA

Led by a powerful harness racing consignment from Walnut Hall Ltd, the 70th Annual Blooded Horse Sale held Nov 13-16 in Delaware, OH, was the strongest in its history. The sale opened with black type yearlings on Monday followed by racing and breeding stock the other three days. Yearlings, racehorses and breeding stock proved to be in high demand across the board. Walnut Hall Ltd brought an 8-horse consignment led by the sale topping mares Debbie Hall and Danica Hall at $120,000 and $115,000 respectively. Danica Hall, a fast stakes winning daughter of Danica Hall in foal to Cantab Hall, was purchased by Andrew Wengerd of Middlefield OH, and Grand Circuit winning Debbie Hall, already the dam of an Ontario champion and in foal to Muscle Hill, was purchased by Dunroven Stud. Walnut Hall also consigned the two $65,000 sale topping weanlings with the Donato Hanover son of Grand Circuit winning Ma Chere Hall going to James Kunkel of MA and the Kadabra son of Danica Hall secured by Dan Kuhns and Bob Farmwald of Kentucky. The yearlings were led by a McArdle first colt from stakes winning Chica Hanover for $45,000. Consigned by Abby Stables, the strikingly handsome individual was purchased by Kelley O'Donnell of Ohio. Sam Beegle got the nod at $31,000 for the popular Captaintreacherous son out of Good News Lady consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm. Dragon Again was well represented by the colt Forum's Diamond from Spring Haven Farm that was purchased by Scott Cox for $30,000 and a colt out of the fast Mississippi River for $25,000 by Mark Evers from Emerald Highlands Farm. Indiana breds dominated the top end of the racehorses. That group was led by the Indiana Sires Stakes winning Rockin Serena from the Eash Racing consignment. The 3-year-old daughter of Rockin Image was purchased by Emerald Highlands Farm to breed to Fear The Dragon. Eash Racing also consigned the upper level conditioned pacer Undertaker and ultra-consistent trotter ER Ben that were both purchased by Rene Allard for $45,000 and $42,000 respectively. A pair of Indiana breds from Eleven Star Stables created spirited bidding, as well. Sires stakes winner Bluebird Pacific brought $45,000 from Jeff Cullipher and winning $40,000 claiming pacer Freedomformysoul was purchased by Herman Hagerman for $43,000. "We sure appreciated Walnut Hall Ltd bringing such a nice consignment," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "However, we had a lot of good consignments, and even without the Walnut Hall horses, it was the best Blooded Horse Sale in our 70 year history." View complete sale results at bloodedhorse.com. The next sale is February 12-13. Entries close in early January and can be made online. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

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