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Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Artspeak, the outstanding son of the sire of sires Western Ideal, will stand at Winbak Farms in Ontario for the 2018 harness racing breeding season. Artspeak's oldest foals will be yearlings in 2018. "From the ones we can see here at Hanover, and from what we hear from other breeders, Artspeak's foals are exceptionally good-looking," said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Artspeak's syndicate manager. "We intend to continue breeding to him and expect that he will prove to be one of North America's leading sires." Artspeak's service fee will be $4,000 Canadian. Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Muscle Massive, winner of the 2010 Hambletonian, will stand at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana for the 2018 breeding season. From only four crops of racing age, Muscle Massive has already sired numerous stake winners, including 2016 Valley Victory and 2017 Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, and the European sensation Cruzado de la Noche. “The Indiana program is one of the very best in harness racing,” said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Muscle Massive syndicate manager, citing the results of the Indiana sale and the fact that three Indiana-sired horses won Breeders Crown finals this year. “We want to be part of this lucrative and growing program. Swan For All is proving to be an important sire, and we think that the blood of Muscle Massive will complement his through his daughters. We intend to continue breeding to him in Indiana.” Muscle Massive will stand at Victory Hill Farm at a service fee of $4,000.      James W. Simpson Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.    

YONKERS, N.Y. - As the longtime trainer and driver of $904,593-earner The Real One, Pat Lachance could easily take credit for much of the Mach Three gelding’s success. Instead, the harness racing horseman defers praise to owner Helene Fillion, who is understanding of The Real One’s off-the-pace style and doesn’t pressure Lachance to take the horse out of his comfort zone. “I think the key is the owner. We’re on the same page, we understand how he races and we understand that sometimes you’re at the mercy of the pace and it’s not going to work out, but you also know that if you fire him up and send him out of there, it’s not going to work either, so you try to race him the way he likes to race and try to win the race,” Lachance said. “That’s the biggest asset. I give her a lot of credit because she never puts pressure on him. He’s the kind of horse that if you had put pressure on him, he never would have been The Real One, he’d never be what he is, no question in my mind,” Lachance continued. “He’s the type of horse that if you put pressure on him, it’s not good. He wouldn’t be racing right now if that wasn’t the case.” Fillion bought then 3-year-old The Real One online for $10,000 in 2014 and initially trained him herself. After a slow start at Rideau Carlton, where The Real One failed to finish in the trifecta, Fillion campaigned her budding star to a win and three more placings at Hippodrome 3R. Recognizing his talent, Fillion sent The Real One to Lachance to compete for the rich purses at Yonkers Raceway. “She lives maybe 10 minutes from where I was raised as a kid until I was 10 on the farm in Montreal,” Lachance said. “I never knew her until this horse and she was looking for somebody who’s French-Canadian who she can communicate with and she knows I take care of my horses and I have a good reputation for taking care of them and she wanted to send them to somebody that she trusts. “It means a lot to me because you don’t see that as much anymore and obviously there’s not a lot of trainer-drivers around, I’m one of the few and people still like that,” he continued. “People still come to me because of that, so it makes me feel great, no question.” The Real One blossomed under Lachance’s tutelage. He’s won 41 of 150 races with another 50 placings. Last year, he took a lifetime mark of 1:50.0 when setting an all-age track record in the Open Handicap at Yonkers November 19. With six wins, including a 1:50.3 score in the Yonkers Open September 23 and $179,350 in earnings this year, The Real One isn’t showing any signs of slowing down nearing the end of his 7-year-old season. The Real One’s class and closing style help keep him in top form, Lachance explained. “It’s very rare that you see horses stay at this level for four years in a row. It’s amazing,” he said. “He’s just so consistent and just a nice horse, a top horse, and he just does his job. He loves to race, he stays sound. We’re very fortunate to have him. “He’s a closer, he likes to chase, he has one big run. He’s not a front-runner, he’s not a horse that you want to send out of there. He likes to finish up at the end and pick off horses. That style of racing, it just gives him a chance to stay good,” Lachance explained. As a trainer-driver, Lachance gets the opportunity to know his horses habits on the racetrack better than most. The Real One is no exception and Lachance understands exactly what he can and can’t do in the driver’s seat. “He can get a little grabby, he can get a little anxious. That’s the only thing he does wrong,” he said. “When he follows cover sometimes you’ve got to be a little careful with him that way. Besides that, he’s pretty much ok. You just can’t fire him up too much.” Despite posting a neck victory in last week’s pacing feature, an open draw in Saturday’s (Nov. 19) $40,000 Open Pace afforded The Real One the rare luxury of starting along the pylons. The Real One has started from posts seven or eight in three of his last five starts and hasn’t drawn inside post four since winning a $35,000 overnight from post two August 19. Lachance plans to be more aggressive as a result. “I definitely want to protect the rail a little bit, no question,” Lachance said. “I’ll try and get away as close as I can without firing him up to where he’s out of control. If I fire him up, he’s going to want to go a thousand out of there and that’s not good for him. I’ll try to keep him as relaxed as I can and try to keep him as close as I can and we’ll take it from there. “If we end up in the two-hole, great. If not, I can come first-up with him and he likes that, he doesn’t mind that,” he continued. “Hopefully things work out for us, but there’s definitely a lot worse spots than the rail.” The Real One is the 3-1 morning line choice in Saturday’s Open Pace, but isn’t the only local standout moving inside. Bit Of A Legend drew post four and off a third place finish last week, is the 7-2 second choice on the line. Caviart Luca, last week’s runner up, will start from post seven while Dr. J Hanover, a wire to wire Open Handicap winner Oct. 28, drew post eight. Orillia Joe, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, Scott Rocks, and Blood Brother complete the field. “Bit Of A Legend is probably the horse to beat in there, there’s a few other ones. They’re in the open for a reason, they can all win with a trip, so hopefully it all works out,” Lachance said. “We’ve been assigned the seven and eight hole quite a bit, so we have the rail now, so we’ll take advantage of it.” First post time Saturday at Yonkers Raceway is 7:10 p.m. For entries for the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

ANDERSON – Change could be coming soon to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino if a potential sale is approved. Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment announced an agreement Thursday to purchase two Indiana casinos, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, as well as three off-track betting locations in Indianapolis, New Haven and Clarksville. Bloomberg News reported the sale to be worth more than $1 billion. “We believe Caesars’ acquisition of Centaur Gaming will further build on the successes and contributions of the properties for the benefit of our customers, team members, horsemen, community partners, and financial stakeholders,” said Centaur Gaming Chairman and CEO Rod Ratcliff in a press release. The sale is expected to close in the first half of 2018; however, the sale would be subject to approval by the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Both regulatory groups said they had not received notice about the reported sale ahead of Thursday’s release. If approved, the purchase would make Caesars Entertainment owner of four of the state’s five largest casinos in terms of revenue. Centaur Gaming brought in $480 million in casino revenue last fiscal year from the Anderson and Shelbyville casinos. “I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of Centaur Gaming’s team members and I’m confident that they will continue to make many valuable contributions with a company as strong and geographically diversified as Caesars,” said Ratcliff. Caesars Entertainment already owns the state’s largest casino, Horseshoe Hammond, which brought in $450 million in gambling revenue last year and Horseshoe Southern Indiana, which ranks third with $248 million. State law prohibits one company from owning more than two casinos in the state; however, that does not apply to racetrack-based casinos, which were authorized under a different Indiana statute, Jennifer Reske, deputy director of Indiana Gaming Commission, said. Caesars Entertainment and Centaur Gaming would both have to provide documentation and information to IGC and IHRC so they could rule on the sale. Edward Feigenbaum, publisher of weekly industry newsletter Indiana Gaming Insights, said if Caesars were to buy the two properties, it would mean the company would be responsible for more than 50 percent of all Indiana gaming revenue. “There is certainly concern about overconcentration and potential leverage that one operator might have,” Feigenbaum said. That’s exactly the reason the Indiana Legislature included the two-license per company restriction, he added. “The two-license limit was the concern about one company having too much leverage and opportunity to have a little too much clout,” he said. “Essentially they could become too big to fail like we saw with banks in 2007 and 2008.” But despite some reticence, the deal could be huge for Indiana gambling. “In terms of big positive, Caesars is the world’s largest gaming company … they have got the ability to put out opportunity capital anywhere in the world,” he said. He wagers it would also be a great move for Caesars. “What Caesars could get out of this, all kinds of synergy that could cut their costs and increase profits,” he said. “They would have a string of casinos that stretches from essentially Chicago all the way to Louisville, with Indianapolis in between … they have an opportunity to invest in that whole I-65 and I-69 corridor.” The sale comes at an opportune time for Indiana’s racinos. In October, Hoosier Park hosted the nation’s most prestigious harness racing championship, the Breeders Crown, which brought national spotlight to Madison County. Also, legislation passed in 2015 would allow the owner of Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand to seek permission from the state to add table games, such as blackjack and poker, to their casinos starting in 2021. The potential deal would be the first major deal for Caesars since it restructured more than $18 million in debts in 2015. Last month, Caesars restructured its debt in a deal that created Vici Properties Inc., a separately traded real estate investment trust. Gaming revenue If Caesar Entertainment purchases Centaur Gaming's two racing casinos, it would own four of the state's five largest casinos in terms of revenue: • Horseshoe Hammond: $450 million • Indiana Grand: $271 million. • Horseshoe Southern Indiana: $248 million. • Hoosier Park: $209 million. By Christopher Stephens Reprinted with permission of The Herald Bulletin

DAYTON, OH. - With the Hoosier Park live harness racing season about to end and Hollywood Dayton Raceway's season in full swing through December 30, excitement is beginning to build in anticipation of the third annual "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Harness Challenge" on Saturday, December 9 in Dayton. Following a convincing triumph by the Buckeyes drivers in the inaugural event in 2015, the Hoosiers evened the score with a 406-317 victory in 2016. The winner of this year's 'grudge match' will get bragging rights for the next 12 months! Hoosier Park will be lead by captain Trace Tetrick, who will be crowned a repeat winner of the Hoosier Park dash title when the Anderson, Indiana track closes this Friday. Tetrick has amassed 362 victories through Wednesday with an outstanding .335 UDRS batting average. He'll be joined by runnerup Sam Widger, who has scored 327 victories with a .320 average, as well as John DeLong (220 wins), Brandon Bates (151) and Ricky Macomber (150). Captain Josh Sutton will lead the Buckeyes into this battle as the runaway leader in the current dash standings at Hollywood Dayton. Sutton has notched 100 wins through the first 46 programs of the 76-day meet, good for an impressive .373 UDRS. He'll be joined by Dan Noble (79 wins) and Kayne Kauffman (61). A handful of Dayton drivers are bunched up in total wins competing for the final two spots on the Buckeyes squad. Tyler Smith (46) and Kyle Ater (43) currently have the edge, but Chris Page (41), Jason Brewer (38) and Jeremy Smith (36) still have a shot to represent Ohio on December 9. The top five dash drivers at the end of the Saturday, December 2 program at Hollywood Dayton will make the team. The competition is comprised of six races with each team getting even numbered post positions in half the races and odd numbers in the other half. Individual drivers will also be pre-assigned approximately equal post positions over the course of the contest. All horses will then be randomly drawn into the races. The six Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes races to be used in the competition will be clearly noted on the condition sheet prior to the box closing on Tuesday, December 5. Scoring in the competition is heavily weighted for in-the-money finishes, but graduated points are awarded for fourth through ninth place finishes as well. The winning driver will earn 30 points for his team, while the runnerup will get 24, followed by point awards of 18-14-11-8-5-3-1 for the next finishers. Hoosier Park's Emily Gaskin will co-host the evening's festivities with Hollywood Dayton announcer Barry Vicroy. They will provide valuable insight into varied tactics and strategies employed by drivers at the 7/8ths mile oval at Hoosier and the 5/8ths mile track at Dayton. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway will provide $2500 in prize money, with $2000 earmarked for the winning team and $500 for the losers. In the first two years, though, there were no 'losers,' as the drivers on both squads voted to donate all the prize money to the Dayton Fire Department's funds to insure a Merry Christmas for as many needed Dayton area children as possible, plus aid disabled former firefighters. Gregg Keidel

(November 16, 2017) - Rusty Nash maintains his lead for the sixth straight week going into the harness racing penultimate leg of the 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge with Gordon Waterstone in hot pursuit. However, the top handicapper for the week was last year's champion, Jay Hochstetler, who correctly selected three winners out of the four races on the Matron Stakes card contested on Thursday, November 16. With his three winners for the day, Hochstetler had a daily net profit of $21.40, $9.20 ahead of Matt Rose who had two winners on the card. Finishing third for the day was Dennis O'Hara, who had a net profit of $1.40. As Nash and Waterstone came up with the same horses this week, Nash maintains his 23.7 point advantage over Waterstone. While next week has eight races scheduled for the contest slate, it appears the two leaders are competing for gold and silver positions while the next five handicappers (Anne Stepien, Megan Maccario, Sally Hinckley, Rose, and O'Hara) will be competing for the final pay-off position over the final two contest legs.   Standings thru Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Leg #77       Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Points Back   Last Week   Streak   1st   Rusty Nash   1,459.70   7       1st   6   2nd   Gordon Waterstone   1,436.00   11   23.70   2nd       3rd   Anne Stepien   1,344.82   9   114.88   3rd       4th   Megan Maccario   1,334.90   9   124.80   5th       5th   Sally Hinckley   1,327.48   9   132.22   4th       6th   Matt Rose   1,320.88   10   138.82   7th       7th   Dennis O’Hara   1,319.85   10   139.85   6th       8th   Steve Horoky   1,258.83   5   200.87   8th       9th   Russ Adams   1,218.54   8   241.16   9th       10th   Ray Garnett   1,090.61   6   369.09   10th       11th   Bryan Owen   1,047.90   9   411.80   11th       12th   Jay Hochstetler   1,029.50   5   430.20   12th       13th   Michael Carter   885.03   3   574.67   13th       14th   Ray Cotolo   834.33   5   625.37   14th       15th   Terry Wilson   813.47   5   646.23   15th       16th   Rich Mattei   644.30   2   815.40   16th         Next Up: November 25 is the final Saturday night of the handicapping challenge with the Final Four and TVG series finals being contested at the Meadowlands.  On November 30, the contest concludes with the Progress Stakes at Dover Downs.   The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//  Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge  

DOVER, Del. --- Downbytheseaside became a $2 million winner, Bill's Man closed strongly for harness racing driver 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. The passing lane was handy for driver Chris Page to catch front-pacing Filibuster in the final steps for a 1:50.1 victory on a chilly and windy night. Brian Brown trains the Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover colt owned by Joe Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. It was his 12th win of the year with two seconds and three thirds. Bringing his earnings to $1,430,922 this season and $2,008.028 lifetime. Filabuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) was a game second with longshot Eddard Hanover (Tetrick) third. M&L of Delaware, the nom de course for Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul, longtime harness patrons who usually own pacers, now have a Matron trotting champion with their partner Bill Wiswell. Tim Tetrick guided Bill's Man to a come-from-off the pace 1:52.2 career fastest win. What The Hill (David Miller) and Devious Man (Andy Miller) traded leads before Bill's Mann closed with authority for his fifth win of the season. John Butenschoen conditions the Credit Winner-Silver Springs trotter who now has banked $453,396 of his more than half-million dollar lifetime earnings. Devious Man was a close second with Top Flight Angel (Daniel Dube) third. David Miller and Agent Q got home first in the $182,700 Matron sop filly final. The daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige scored her 10th triumph of 2017 with two seconds and two thirds for Martin Scharf, Bob Muscara and Rochetti Cassar Racing. Aaron Lambert trains the now winner of $1,137,620. Another $1-million winner Idyllic Beach (Gingras) was runner-up with Tequilas Monday (Brett Miller) third. Determination of Montreal's Dream Together handled by Daniel Dube, caught Evelyn (Andy Miller) at the wire to notch a 1:53.2 win at the wine for trainer Luc Blais. The Muscle Hill - Danae three-year-old won for the fourth time this year, the 13th time in 15 starts that she finished 1,2,3. Race favorite Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt) finished third. Mach It So, the oldest horse at seven in the /$30,000 Preferred Handicap, was a 1:50.3 winner. Jeff Bamond trains the Mach Three-Beach Dancer gelding for Bamond Stables. Sweet Rock (Vic Kirby) was second. Always At My Place (Gingras) took third. Ironically, Christen Me N was scratch and it was on his real birthday. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms' Cajon Lighting was at his best to win the $26,000 Open pace in 1L51.1 with Yannick Gingras in the bike. Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) was a head back in second with Q's Cruise (Tetrick) third. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 LMAN, Marv Bachrad

Plainville, MA---After competing against Hannelore Hanover, Crazy Wow and Marion Marauder in the Breeders Crown last month, Mambo Lindy returned home to Plainridge Park for his first start in 19 days and won the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot in commanding style on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 16). The strategy was simple for driver Greg Merton; go to the front and win the race. After floating out fifth over the rain-soaked track until everyone seated, Mambo Lindy then brushed for the lead and had it by the quarter in :28.3. From there it was pretty much a training mile. Sitting chilly in the bike, Merton guided his horse to the half in :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4 before letting loose on the lines and letting Mambo Lindy do it on his own. Mambo Lindy visibly accelerate around the last turn and put some space between himself and most of the field. With only Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) still in the conversation, Merton didn't raise a line or move a muscle because Mambo Lindy was on cruise control and rolled to a measured length victory in 1:54.3, with a last quarter in quick :27.4 over the sloppy track. It was the 10th win in 17 starts this year for the heavily favored Mambo Lindy ($2.10) who now has $114,375 on his card for owners Greathorse of Massachusetts. Frank Antonacci trains the 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover. In the $12,000 conditioned undercard trot, it was bombs-away as 30-1 Neverdie (Chris Long) came barreling down the lane from sixth at the head of the stretch to overtake fellow 36-1 longshot Annie OK (Truman Gale) at the wire to win by a length in 1:56.3, blowing up the tote board. Owned by Mike Graham and Mike Cushing (who also trains him), the sixth win of 2017 for Neverdie was memorable for the betting public. He paid $65.20 to win and triggered a 4-9-3-all Superfecta that paid $17,321.20. Greg Merton scored three more wins on Thursday pushing his meet total to 225. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov.17) at 1 p.m. There are only four more days of live racing at The Ridge for the 2017 meet that concludes on Friday (Nov. 24). There is no racing on Thanksgiving Day.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has announced their annual awards for Horses of the Year. The horses will be honored in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner's Circle starting Saturday, November 11th and continuing through Saturday, November 18th.   PACER OF THE YEAR honors go to MAXDADDY BLUE CHIP, a five-year-old Sportsmaster gelding, who had an outstanding overall 2017 season, with 15 victories and $112,095 in earnings. Five of those wins came against quality horses at The Downs: he was 1-2 in his last five starts here, including a win at the top level in his last start here on November 4. He achieved his lifetime mark of 1:49.1 at Pocono on September 9. Maxdaddy Blue Chip was purchased after the death of his former owner Fred Monteleone on July 15, and is currently owned by Allard Racing Inc., Alycon Stable, How's That Stables Inc., and VIP Internet Stable LLC, with trainer Rene Allard most often tapping his brother Simon for sulky duties. He will be honored on Saturday, November 25th with his connections in attendance.   TROTTER OF THE YEAR for 2017 is UPFRONT BILLY, an eight-year-old Andover Hall gelding trained by Mark Ford, who is also co-owner with Up Front Racing LLC. Ford most often used Anthony Napolitano when the horse raced at Pocono. A six-time winner at The Downs this year against the higher levels of diamondgaiters, Upfront Billy took his six wins in three bursts of two consecutive wins over the track: May 6 and June 10; in back-to-back weeks on July 8 and 15; and then a two-month gap between August 12 and October 14. "Billy" won his July 8 start here in 1:52.4, his fastest win since setting his mark of 1:52 at The Meadowlands at age 4. With his connections attending, Upfront Billy will be honored on Saturday, November 11th.   The 2017 CLAIMER OF THE YEAR is POUNCE HANOVER, a six-year-old altered trotting son of Majestic Son. He won seven races at Pocono this season, including a spectacular streak of six in a row from June 15 to July 30 with three different stables having him during the streak, but he made his longest "stay," for four wins, for owner Susan Oakes, trainer Hunter Oakes, and driver George Napolitano Jr. He doubled in "value" during The Streak, going from a $10,000 pricetag to a $20,000 one, and is currently owned by Tee Wine and trained by Tyler Stillings. A Winner's Circle presentation will be made to the Wine family and to Hunter Oakes on Saturday, November 18th.   Can't forget those fabulous fillies...or mares! The 2017 MARE OF THE YEAR is CELEBRITY EVENTSY, a Manofmanymissions four-year-old trotting mare raced almost exclusively by the father/son team of Staffan and Christian Lind for the Celebrity Farms of well-known owner Sam Stathis. The mare posted three victories and three seconds in seven seasonal starts at the mountain oval, with the highlight undoubtedly coming on September 10, when she took her new lifetime mark of 1:52.2 against very select winners-over company. Celebrity Eventsy will be honored in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner's Circle on Sunday, November 12th with her proud connections in attendance.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will also be honoring the 2017 Driver and Trainer of the Year during closing week, on November 22 and 25th, with information to follow.   Eight racing days remain in the 2017 racing season for the racetrack in Northeastern Pennsylvania, with the Breeders Crown coming in October, 2018.   By Jerry Connors for the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono  

Monticello Raceway featured its normal Thursday mainstay, the harness racing 'Catskill Amateur Driving Event'. Changing her tactics and deviating from the norm this week rather than cut the mile, Jennifer Lappe was content to sit the pocket journey while Monica Banca aboard Fox Valley Leo cut the fractions. Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo left the gate first from post 5 and had the lead in the first turn, Lightning Strike the 1-5 favorite and Jennifer Lappe protected their position from the 2 hole and settled in the garden spot while Fox Valley Leo left splits of 28.2, 58.4. 1:29.2 on the teletimer. Bob Davis and Sand Benelli tried to get the outer flow going at the half in the small 6 horse field but found no takers, but continued to grind it out on the backside. At this point the heavy track took its toll on Fox Valley Leo as Banca popped the ear plugs at the ¾, but to no avail as the early pacesetter faded in the lane. Sand Benelli ranged into contention of the top of the stretch, but the real estate saving Lightning Strike was able to clear and go on to win by a length over Sand Benelli in 2:00:2. It was the third win in a row for Lappe and Lightning Strike, the 9 YO gelding by Cam Terrific is trained and owned by William Mintz, and in the process picked up his 7th seasonal win. Paul Walker and Doc's Zippy were 3rd. All 3 of Lightning Strikes string of wins have come in the Catskill Amateur events and has 4 wins in 6 starts in the event. Live racing resumes on Monday November 20 with a 12:25 post time. By: Shawn Wiles

Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna knows Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry will race in next week's $411,700 Governor's Cup final and he hopes to send the colt some company for the event. Alagna-trained American History and Captain Deo are among the 2-year-old male pacers in Saturday's single Governor's Cup elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine horses from the $20,000 elimination will join Stay Hungry in the $411,700 final on Nov. 25 at the Big M. Stay Hungry received a bye based on earnings. The Governor's Cup is part of the "Fall Final Four," four stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Saturday's card also includes single $20,000 eliminations for next week's $464,650 Valley Victory for male trotters, the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies and the $381,200 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. Post time is 7:15 p.m. (EST) for the night's first race. Fourth Dimension is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the elimination for the Valley Victory, where Samo Different Day received a bye. Basquiat is the 3-1 choice in the Goldsmith Maid elimination (bye to Hey Blondie) and Kissin In The Sand is the 2-1 pick in the Three Diamonds elimination (byes to Youaremycandygirl, Majorsspeciallady, and Rainbow Room). Elimination winners will draw for posts one through six for their respective finals. All other finalists will be in an open draw. American History, undefeated in three races since launching his career a month ago, is the 7-2 second choice in the Governor's Cup elimination, leaving from post nine with driver Yannick Gingras. Metro Pace winner Lost In Time, now in the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 3-1 favorite from post 10. Captain Deo, who has a win in three starts and was second to American History in his most recent race, is 15-1 from post three with driver Joe Bongiorno. "Both colts just needed a little time," Alagna said about their late starts to the season. "We were high on them all along and they trained down with Stay Hungry and Key Advisor and our better colts. "So far (American History) has put it together on the racetrack. I sure wish he'd drawn better, but I'll leave it up to Yannick. "(Captain Deo) I thought came up a little short the other night, but he was used pretty good getting out of there so I think that's why he was a little flat on the end of it. He scoped clean, his blood work was good, and he trained back good. Hopefully with a trip he'll fire right back." Alagna anticipated a bye for Stay Hungry, so he had the horse in a qualifier last Saturday at the Meadowlands. The colt won in 1:53. "We got a good work into him last weekend," Alagna said. "I'll train him a pretty good trip on Saturday and he'll be fit going into the final." In addition to sending horses to the Governor's Cup, Alagna will have Missle Hill in the Valley Victory elimination. Missle Hill was third in his Breeders Crown elimination and seventh in the final, when he started from post eight. He is 15-1 in the Valley Victory elim, leaving from post three with driver Peter Wrenn. "He's shown in the last couple starts he can go with the better colts when he gets a decent shot," Alagna said. "He had bad luck in the Breeders Crown and just got away too far back. But he showed good trot on the end of it. If he races as good as he did in his elimination of the Breeders Crown he can get some money." The sport's top pacing mares also will be in action Saturday, competing in the final preliminary round of the TVG Series. Nike Franco N is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Alagna's Bedroomconfessions is 5-1. The 5-year-old mare has won 20 of 77 career races and earned $952,754. She was second to Pure Country in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. "She's had a solid career," Alagna said. "Every year she shows up and does her work and puts a couple hundred thousand on her card. She's almost to a million dollars, and for a homebred, we're tickled to death with that. Hopefully she races as well as she did in (the Breeders Crown) because she was excellent. "After this year we'll most likely breed her to (Captaintreacherous). That's been our plan all along. We always hoped we could get her to a million dollars, but if we didn't it wasn't the end of the world. It would be a nice feather in her cap because she's earned it. She got a new lifetime mark (1:48.4) this year. She deserves it." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Fly Away and Scary Harry, impressive winners of their respective elimination heats last week, head the harness racing cast for Saturday night's $20,000 Alan Horowitz Memorial Pace at Cal Expo. First post for the Watch and Wager LLC program is 6:10 p.m. and the harness action continues on Saturday evening. Fly Away is an 8-year-old son of Allamerican Native who races for the partnership of Scott Ehrlich, George McChrystal and Kathie Plested with Plested the conditioner and Steve Wiseman in the sulky. After a runner-up finish on opening week, Fly Awaty was sent off at 4-1 in last week's second elimination heat while doing his work from the outside post in the field of eight. The trailer for a half-mile, he began to pick up momentum on the final turn, then flew home for Wiseman to get the job done by a half-length in a 1:53 2/5 mile. Scary Harry looked equally strong in his heat for owners Chip Lackey and Tim Clevenger and driver/trainer Lackey. He was reversed early, rallied with cover turning for home and came a sparkling :27 flat final quarter to prevail by a length as the even-money favorite. This 5-year-old is by Sportsmaster out of the Armbro Cadet mare One Cadet and shows a lifetime mark of 1:52 flat that was established at Pompano Park earlier this season. Like Fly Away he likes to pour it on in the stretch. Completing the field are Walker Meister, Cowboy Mathis, Oh Yeah, Mighty Fine Hi Ho, Jump The Shark, Allamerican Solo and Good Citations. Race honors memory of Alan Horowitz Friday night's Alan Horowitz Memorial is named for a major force in California harness racing over the last several decades and a member of the California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) Hall of Fame who passed away in April at age 72. Mr. Horowitz, who wore many hats in the business, started out as a partner with longtime friends Donald and Barbara Arnstine and Steve Desomer with a $25,000 claimer named Quaker Byrd. Quaker Byrd won his first race for the partners and Alan was hooked. Moving on, Alan would eventually become a board member and president of CHHA. In 1994, Mr. Horowitz was instrumental in bringing harness racing back to Cal Expo in the form of Capitol Racing and was also its successful general manager. He was serving as the Executive Secretary of the CHHA at the time of his retirement in 2013 and continued to stay in touch with the sport that he loved so much. "It is impossible to overstate Alan's importance to the harness racing industry in California," said David Neumeister. "Simply put, if it were not for Alan, the sport would no longer exist in this state. "Between his time as executive director of Western Standardbred Association (now CHHA) and owner/ manager of our only yearling sale company when racing was flourishing in California, and his decision to retire from CHHA a few years ago, against all odds and some very powerful adversaries, Alan almost single-handedly took us from the brink of extinction in the mid-90s and formed and led Capitol Racing in Sacramento to several very successful years of harness racing in that city. "Were it not for his quiet determination and tactical brilliance, we would not be racing here today." Cal Expo is proud to present the Alan Horowitz Memorial on Friday night. On Saturday evening, Cal Expo will feature the Annette Funicello for pacing fillies and mares, paying tribute to the actress/singer and harness racing advocate who passed away in 2013. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

Monticello, NY - Harness racing trainer Ray Schnittker has become a household name around Orange County, New York. When the Monticello - Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers hold their 59th annual awards banquet on Sunday, December 3, 2017, Ray Schnittker will again be the talk of the town. The New York horseman will receive the organization's highest honor: The Lifetime Achievement Award. Having been a fixture around Goshen Historic Track and wherever top Harness Horse's are raced, "Rockin' Ray" and his Grand Circuit stable have amassed over $37 million in purse earnings since calling the Cradle of the Trotter home. As a driver, he has won over $42 million and 2,761 dashes, often dominating the lucrative New York Sire Stakes. In 2008, when his undefeated 3-year-old trotter Deweycheatumnhowe swam, rode and drove his way into Hambletonian stardom, Ray was in the driver's seat. Although Schnittker may be best known for his association with the aforementioned $3 million dollar-winning triathlete, Ray has managed to develop a top horse nearly every season since since. 2017 is no exception. His star 3-year-old pacer Huntsville earned over a million dollars and won both the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane Pace at the Meadowlands while battling with some of the best colts in the country. A world champion at 2, the son of Somebeachsomewhere won 8 with 4 seconds in 14 starts this year. Schnittker has developed other World Champions and multiple stakes winners such as, Check Me Out, One More Laugh and Covert Action, just to name a few. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Dave Hanson (Excelsior Award); Dr. Herbie Burns (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Crevani Farms (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Tim Masters (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Joseph Lee (Amateur Driver); Brandon Parker (Rising Star); and Carole Macedonio (Award of Appreciation).   Tickets for the gala event can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email:   To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email:   by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA                  

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has been rescheduled and will now meet at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Room 1960, on December 12 at 10 am. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Actions to consider: ·       Approval of December 8, 2016 OSDF Meeting Minutes ·       Approval of Northfield Park hosting 2018 OSS Super Night o   2018 OSS Schedule o   OSS Nomination fee $500 o   OSS Starting fee per leg $500 o   Championship starting fee $1,000 ·        Eight, $50,000 consolations races at Scioto Downs o   Consolation starting fee $500 ·       Stallion registration fees o   Fine for late registrations for mares ($100 each) ·       Approval of $100,000 contribution to OSU for research ·       Approval of $150,000 advertising & promotional budget ·       Discussion of 2018 Budget ·       Old Business ·       New Business The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has been rescheduled and will now meet at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Room 1948, on December 12 at 1 pm. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 15, 2017 - Harness racing driver Darrell Wright recorded the 5,000th win of his career after he piloted Harveybear to victory in a conditioned pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, November 15. The 1:57.1 victory marked the first win of the season for the three-year-old gelded son of He's All That-Mother'sday Dream and a major career milestone for the 55-year-old Michigan native. Wright made his game winning move down the backside and was able to hold off all challengers late in the mile to get the win by a head. Harveybear has now won four of 17 lifetime outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. The accomplishment was a family affair as Wright trains Harveybear, who is also owned by his daughter, Mariah Wright. Starting his driving career under the direction of his father, Wright grew up working around horses and made his first start in 1982. Now in his 36th season as a driver, Wright has since amassed over $17 million in lifetime purse earnings in the bike. In addition to his driving accolades, Wright is an accomplished trainer as well-responsible for 188 winners and over $1 million in purse earnings throughout his training career. He has campaigned multiple stakes winners and won races at tracks all over the country. "I was always involved with horses growing up but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do," Wright mentioned after the win. "I won my first race at Jackson Harness Raceway and I was hooked after that." "It felt good to get that one," he continued. "A lot of hours involved and a lot of hard work to get here but it feels good." Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Wright's friends and family were standing by to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Darrell on win number 5,000," Moore noted. "5,000 victories is a true testament to his many years of success in the sport of harness racing. We wish Darrell continued success throughout his career and we look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino." Wright is currently among the top 25 drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 14 wins on the season. Trace Tetrick, Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver, currently leads all drivers with 360 wins from 1740 outings while bankrolling over $4.5 million in purse earnings this season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, November 16 with 10-race card featuring a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in races 3-6. The 163-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit . Emily Gaskin

Batavia, NY---After getting a trip she hasn't seen in some time, Hey Kobe rallied late to nab the $9,500 Fillies and Mares harness racing pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 15). Starting from the pylons for the first time in months, Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away third behind Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) and Rockin Kasbah (Larry Stalbaum). But her passive posture only lasted until the three-eighths before Fisher pulled the mare and started to roll towards the leader in front of the stands. After drafting in neutral around the third turn, the plugs were popped and Hey Kobe found new interest and got even with Squeeze This at the three-quarter pole. From there Fisher and Davis became highly animated in their respective bikes, using body language and flailing lines to urge there mounts to remain stout. The battle continued all the way down the stretch before Hey Kobe got the call at the buzzer, winning by a neck in 1:55.2. It was the fourth win of the year for Hey Kobe ($5.10) who now has earned $64,625 for owner Keith Pinkowski. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. In the co-featured $8,000 Fillies and Mares Open II, North America's winningest Standardbred of 2017 Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) did all the heavy lifting but was denied win number 21 as Aritzia Hanover (Kevin Cummings) drafted behind her the whole mile until the top of the lane when Cummings pulled out and paced right on by in mid-stretch to win by a length in 1:55.3. It was the second consecutive win for Aritzia Hanover ($4.40) who also claimed a new seasonal mark with the victory. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Pine Hill Racing LTD and is trained by Maria Rice. Remaining the hottest driver at the Downs, Kevin Cummings won another three races on the card, leading all reinsman with wins on Wednesday. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 17) with post time at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Star Sapphire and Vandalous won $20,000 DSBF 1st leg preliminaries while Super Fly took the $20,000 male prelim. Enhance Your Mind scored a 1:52.1 triumph in the $25,000 Mares Open pace. Vandalous won the fastest of the two Delaware-sired filly trots. Corey Callahan moved the daughter of JM Vangogh to the outside from second to take command in mid-stretch while holding on after a strong finish by Uptown Skunk (Roger Plante) to secure a 1:59,4 success. Chambers Racing, Cinbrew Ent.,Fuqua-Varina and BCJM own the winner of his third victory in six starts with a second and a third to lift his freshman season earnings to $43,800. Alpine Chic (Allan Davis) led early and held on for third. Russ Foster left sharply with Serendipity Stable's homebred Star Sapphire in the other DSBF $20,000 division and led throughout a 2:02.2 mile closing off with a :28.3 final quarter. Trained by Tui Stone, the Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst bay won for the second time in six outings with a second and a third. Deja Vu Blue (Ross Wolfenden) was next in front of Barn Yard Judy (Bret Brittingham).Star Sapphire, who won the $100,000 Harrington DSBF edition, has now banked $65,650 this year. Super Fly scored the fast frosh mile of the day with Art Stafford Jr. directing a 1:58.1 victory in the only $20,000 DSBF colt and gelding division. The Super Punk-MLT Feds gelding is owned by Leigh Ramee, Steve Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford. It was win #2, with two seconds in four outings who now has won $34,500 at two. Boston Cruiser (Jonathan Roberts) saw a four race win-streak end finishing second. Sky Marshall (Carlo Poliseno) was third. Next week, the DSBF Two-Year-Old preliminaries reach the second and final legs. The top eight DSBF point getters in both trotting and pacing divisions make the $100,000 finals for colt and filly trotters and pacers on Nov. 30, the same day of the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-olds. Enhance Your Mind got back on the winning ledger notching a 1:52.1 win in the $25,000 Mares Open pace. Last season's Horse of the Meet, a daughter of Riggins-Enhance The Night got up for regular driver Vic Kirby for here eighth win of the year . She has won $$115,52 for owner-trainer Bryan Truitt. St. Kitts (Roberts) and Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Tim Tetrick had three win to add to his current leading driver total of 24,.Russ Foster, 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. Thursday an outstanding program is headed by four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds, a $30,000 Preferred and $25,000 Open pace. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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