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Monticello, NY-- For the 10th consecutive year the North American Amateur Drivers Association,along with the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club ,donated to the local Federation for the Homeless. This season a $1000 check was presented to Federation's Kathy Kreiter from the aforementioned amateur driving organizations after Brandon Parker reined Gold Star Dynasty to a 1:59.3 triumph at Monticello Raceway in a race named in their honor. by John Manz,i for the local amateur driving clubs

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 13, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 18th) shall offer a first post of High Noon. Races 3 through 9 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 3rd - 12:45 PM 4th - 1:15 PM 5th - 1:45 PM 6th - 2:15 PM 7th - 2:45 PM 8th - 3:15 PM 9th - 3:40 PM Post time for the finale is 4 PM, 4:20 PM or 4:40 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn Tuesday, Nov. 13th). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is November 25th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to announce that champion harness racing pacer, Sweet Lou is fully booked and closed in 2019.  Sweet Lou has served a full book of prestigious mares for the past four years and looks to continue that tradition into the future with another high quality group of mares in 2019.    His 2 year olds excelled on the track, including Breeder's Crown champion and world record holder Warrawee Ubeaut and Matron Stakes Winner, Blood Money.  In Harrisburg this past week, his yearlings sold for an average of over $66,000, with a profit of over eight times his stud fee in 2017.  He remains the #1 sire of two year olds by average earnings.    "We are grateful to all the breeders who have continued to support Sweet Lou," says Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden, "They are now being rewarded for their early support by the return on investment they have seen through the yearling sales and on the racetrack."    In 2019, Sweet Lou's stud fee has been bumped to $12,500 as an effect of the success he has found in the sales ring and on the track.     Sweet Lou is the only sire in history that has a two-year-old filly and colt that has a sub 1:50 mark. They are;   Warraee Ubeaut 1:48.3 the fastest two-year-old in history and the fastest two-year-old filly in history.   No Mas Amor 1:49.1 the fastest two-year-old colt in 2018.   Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.3   Here is the average earnings for the top ten pacer sires in North America to date; Sire Foals in 2018 Money per Starter ==== ===== ======== ===== =========== SWEET LOU 97 68 $2,960,943 $43,543 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 113 77 $3,292,016 $42,753 BETTORS DELIGHT 122 78 $2,727,760 $34,971 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 113 78 $2,657,962 $34,076 HESTON BLUE CHIP 27 16 $544,930 $34,058 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 81 44 $1,274,106 $28,956 BIG JIM 61 26 $727,856 $27,994 ART MAJOR 97 60 $1,620,460 $27,007 AMERICAN IDEAL 89 62 $1,574,238 $25,390 SAGEBRUSH 22 11 $264,658 $24,059 From Diamond Creek Farm

The Chicago Sun Times reported today that longtime harness racing handicapper, Tom Krish, passed away on Sunday. Before coming to the newspaper, Krish was the chart caller and wrote the program race comments for the local tracks, Sportsman’s Park, Hawthorne Racecourse, Maywood Park and Balmoral Park. No details about funeral arrangements have been announced. The Chicago Sun Times will continue to run harness racing comments in the newspaper. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Plainville, MA --- The toughest resident Standardbred to compete in New England in recent years once again showed the heart and fortitude that makes him a winner as he gamely captured the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov 12) to tally his 50th career victory. Getting away second in the field of seven, J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) followed the pace-setting Quick Shot (Mike Stevenson) through fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.1 before getting locked in fourth at the rail as outside interlopers Bet You (Shawn Gray) and Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) made their late bids for the lead. At the top of the stretch Quick Shot came off the pylons just enough for Campbell to guide J J S Jet through and he made up two lengths in the lane with a furious brush to catch Bet You at the wire in 1:52.2. It was the eight win of the year for J J S Jet ($7.80) who has now earned $65,585 for owner Bruce Maxwell. James Dunn is the trainer. After winning the feature, Plainridge Park's leading driver Drew Campbell took the opportunity to add to his already gaudy win total by going wire to wire with Bowedfortyova in the $14,000 conditioned pacing event for 6-year-olds and under in 1:52.4. Bowedfortyova ($5.20) scored his fifth win of the year for owner William Mc Elvain Jr. and trainer Elisha Lafreniere. Campbell added two more wins besides both features on Monday giving himself the driving Grand Slam. He also tallied with Beantown Elijah (1:56.3, $2.80) and Rocknalltheway (1:53.2, $11.80). Campbell now has 152 wins for the Plainridge meet, 28 ahead of Mitchell Cushing with 124 who is three ahead of Shawn Gray with 121. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2018 -- Wind Of The North won a four-ply battle for the early lead, then held off the challengers late to prevail in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, one of five victories for Aaron Merriman on the 13-race card. Merriman gave Wind Of The North a 29.1 breather after that spirited opening panel, enabling him to withstand the determined first-over bid of Classic Banker and down him by 1/2 length in 1:55. PL Jerico rallied for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, an 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $1,016,258. Merriman, who added a pair of seconds and a fifth in his eight drives, also scored for trainers Sarah Andrews, Robert Barnard, Spencer Kahrig and Gerald Lee, Jr. Jim Pantaleano also enjoyed a big Monday with three wins. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a pair of carryovers -- $1,952,89 for the Pick 5 and $871.60 for the Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

Pompano Beach, FL...November 12, 2018...Rebellious, drive by Jim Meittinis for co-owner and trainer Mike Deters, used one of his patented closing kicks to take the $10,000 Open Handicap at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 11). Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, edged closer to two career milestones with the win--the first being his first 100 win training season and the second edging ever-so-close to his first million dollar season as a trainer. Rebellious stopped the timer in 1:51.4, sailing by pacesetter Lucan Hanover (Greg Merton) at mid-stretch with a :27 closer, leaving Lucan Hanover two lengths away at the wire. Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) was third, another length away, with Speed Trap and Caviart Reagan also picking up so bounty in the classy field of six. When the wings folded, Here Comes William and Lucan Hanover got into an early way with the latter squeaking by right at the speedy opener timed in :27. After a half in :56, Speed Trap left his cozy spot in third with Rebellious following his live cover. After the third station timed in 1:24.2, Rebellious fanned widest of all turning for home and vaulted to the front at mid-stretch with winning driver Jim Meittinis lamenting, "This horse has some kinda motor. I mean his brush is devastating when he gets into gear. I love him. I love his attitude--he has a winning attitude." The four year-old gelded son of Mach Three now has 15 wins in 30 starts this year, good for $120,056, to go along with his 1:50.3 Tioga mark. Off at 3 to 5 on the board, Rebellious paid >3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Racing continues Monday with post-time set for 7:20 p.m. The Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $13,347 for the Monday card. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation continues its efforts to utilize forward-thinking individuals as trustees of its 15-member board. In recent trustee elections, joining incumbents Adam Bowden, Corey Callahan, and Allison Conte will be Olivia Kimelman of Gardiner, N.Y., and Caroline Vazquez of Wellsville, Pa. Kimelman brings a depth of HHYF understanding which can hardly be matched. From her participation at the introductory level to leadership and volunteer activities and representation of HHYF at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, she thoroughly understands the mission and the programming. "When I most think of my most influential life experiences, I find that HHYF is responsible for several. From public speaking, networking and a love for harness racing, HHYF played a role in all of it. Even with a family immersed in the sport, I am not sure I would have stayed as involved in the industry if I hadn't attended that first camp in 2007. I want to make sure that the next generation gets to experience these life lessons while also giving back to one of my favorite organizations. I can't think of a better way to do this than being an HHYF trustee and I am motivated to serve." Vazquez brings innovative viewpoints to the board as well. "The future of harness racing lies in the next generation. HHYF is a great program for this reason. Not only does it draw young fans into racing, but also provides scholarships and other opportunities for graduates. I am excited to be working with the rest of the board, using my perspective as someone who did not grow up in the industry, to look for new ways to grow the presence of the organization outside of the camps, and to look for ways in which breeding farms, the other side of the industry, can become more involved as well." The board will convene in early January with plans for a morning session of brainstorming with facilitator Christy Landwehr and its annual face-to-face meeting in the afternoon. 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; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation  

American harness racing TV and media personality Heather Vitale has officially landed in Christchurch for Cup week. Heather has already had a good introduction to New Zealand harness racing and a first hand look at several stables since arriving in the garden city last week. "I went to All stars to cover their four horses and also have a video of A G's White Socks training on the beach when I went out to the Greg and Nina Hope stable," she told Harnesslink today. "In addition to NZ Trotting Cup Day, I'm taking in the action for the Thoroughbreds and Greyhounds during the week," "I will be doing Facebook lives from NZ Cup day tomorrow and I already have lots of FB lives on my page already about the cup since being in NZ. "Seriously, get some sleep tonight...tomorrow is going to be an incredibly spectacular Facebook live kinda day!!!! Make sure you keep updated with all the Facebook live videos from Heather tomorrow at the New Zealand Cup and you can view all the Facebook live videos already produced on her trip in New Zealand so far at: https://www.facebook.com/PacinHeather     http://www.heathervitale.com/home.html   Harnesslink Media

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Elysium Lindy took control from the pole early for driver Matt Kakaley, rated the half, then sprinted home to keep pocketsitting favorite Gruden at bay while winning the $30,000 Open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday. Kakaley discouraged any outside attempts to fire away hard, going at a 27.1 clip to the quarter, then rated the second quarter to hit the half in 57.1. From that point, nobody had enough speed to overhaul Elysium Lindy on a 32-degree night, with Gruden giving valiant chase up the Pocono Pike from the two-hole but coming up ¾ of a length shy. Elysium Lindy, an altered son of Cantab Hall, raised his earnings to $152,240 for the year and $318,835 lifetime for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Joseph DiScalia. After the race, driver Matt Kakaley did something that would normally be unusual - he took his helmet off. He gave it to the caretaker of Elysium Lindy, who wore it taking the victorious trotter back to the paddock, and Matt stayed in the winners circle, being joined by important Burke Brigade owner Phil Collura, to accept the honor of 2018 Pocono Pacer of the Year for the sophomore millionaire Dorsoduro Hanover. The Somebeachsomehwere gelding has posted a 19-10-5-1 scorecard so far in 2018 and has bankrolled $1,229,112, with his tally at Pocono alone reading 7-6-0-0-$469,120. Locally, Dorsoduro Hanover won a Pennsylvania All-Stars race, a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and his divisional Championship, a Hempt elimination, and of course his Breeders Crown elimination and final, in the latter of which he took his lifetime mark of 1:49.4. (His only Pocono setback was a very honorable one, as he put up fractions of 26, 53, and 1:20.3, and then missed only a length in the Hempt Championship.) Kakaley was his regular driver for his trainer Burke and his owners, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and the Wingfield Five LLC. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

There were six participants in Sunday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the track's top trotters slugged it out for their share of a $20,000 purse. Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) continued his march towards the $1 million mark in lifetime earnings on Sunday as he went coast-to-coast in the Open Trot. Driver Mark Beckwith moved the seven year old out to the early lead and Cash Me Out faced no formidable challenge while cruising through a soft middle-half. After checking in at three quarters in 1:27.3, Cash Me Out had plenty left to trot away from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:56 for his fifth victory of the season, four of which have come in the Saratoga Open. The race's favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) got the pocket trip behind the eventual winner and wound up as the runner-up while Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out, a former star of the New York Sire Stakes, continues to be one of the track's top trotters on a year-in, year-out basis and now has lifetime earnings of over $950,000. Kyle Spagnola trains Cash Me Out for the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY. The race's 2-1 second-choice in the wagering on Sunday, Cash Me Out paid $6.30 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $10.80 and $32.60, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

EAST RUToHERFORD, NJ - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey debuted their Garden State Trot for harness racing 2-year-olds on Saturday (Nov 10) night at the Meadowlands. Battenberg started the night off winning the $50,000 purse in the first race for 2-year-old colt and geldings. Driver Corey Callahan left from post position six to take the lead for every call of the mile. The Joe Holloway trainee nosed out at strong charging Hudson River to stop the clock in 1:56.1. This marks lifetime win number two for the son of Trixton. Owners Crawford Farms Racing and Val D’Or Farms have enjoyed earnings of $66,446 from the New Jersey Bred colt. Hudson River finished a close second with No Drama Please coming in third. The filly trotters took over the stakes action in the third race, battling it out for the $55,000 purse. Andrew McCarthy and Noel Daley teamed up to upset the odds on favorite with Princess Deo. The Trixton filly took the lead in the stretch and held off the competition to win in 1:56.2. This is the fillies third lifetime win earning $173,046 for her owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Noel Daley, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC of Flemington, NJ. Evident Beauty finished second and Golden Tricks rounded out the trifecta. The SBOANJ applauds it’s Board of Directors Mike Gulotta, owner of Deo Volente Farms, and Thomas Pontone for their continued support and dedication to New Jersey racing. Wishing them them much success in the future. Live racing resumes Friday November 16, 2018 at the Meadowlands with a post time of 7:15 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

DAYTON, OH. - Foiled Again did not disappoint at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 10), persevering despite his age, freezing temperatures and an outside post position to win his 106th career victory. Driver Chris Page fired the 14-year-old harness racing champion off the wings when the Mike Woebkenberg gate opened and picked up adversaries one at a time until finally clearing to the front at the :28.1 quarter. From there Foiled Again fronted the field through the remainder of the mile, stopping subsequent timing stations in :57l2, 1:25.4 and 1:54.2. The margin of victory was just three-quarters of a length over Communicator (Jason Brewer) with Gareth Nourrir (Jeremy Smith) finishing third after a pocket trip. "It's really cool to drive a horse that some people call the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)," said Page in the winner's circle. "He was all out tonight to win from the 9-hole, but he gives you everything he's got every time out. There may never be another one like him." Foiled Again was his usual fantastic ambassador for the sport during his final stop in Ohio on his farewell tour. He did a meet-and-greet photo session with patrons for 15 minutes before the first race, gave a two-seater jog cart ride to fifth grade school teacher Alex Johnson-the lucky winner of a drawing, and then went out an hour later and prevailed to the delight of most fans as the even money favorite. "My students will be very excited Monday when I show them pictures and tell them what I got to do over the weekend," exclaimed Johnson. Hollywood Dayton presented Foiled Again with a 'bouquet' of carrots and a commemorative satin blanket. His connections were presented with a plaque thanking them for the memories Foiled Again has given so many harness fans on his farewell tour. "I had no problem filling the Foiled Again Farewell Tour race," remarked Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "We offered a $300 bonus to all horses drawn in and almost doubled the normal purse. I don't know if that was necessary or not, but we had 13 eager trainers drop horses in the box. It seemed like all that got in were thrilled to get an opportunity to race against such a legendary horse before he retires." From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The prolific pair of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke were up to their old tricks Saturday night at the Meadowlands, combining to win four times on the 12-race program. Windsong Jack got the dynamic duo off to a good start in the second race harness racing pace, the $17,500 Dash For The "G" Notes final, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile, who won his preliminary a week ago by 8¾ lengths in 1:51.1, was up for what was almost a repeat performance. The result was never in doubt as the 1-9 public choice cut out all of the fractions before hitting the wire 6½ lengths in front of Joe's Bid in a season's-best equaling 1:51.1. He paid $2.20 to win. But Gingras and Burke were just getting started. Rockn Motion, a regular earlier this season on the Kentucky Sire Stakes circuit, beat a solid field of conditioned pacers in race five. The son of Pet Rock-Graceful Motion, who was unraced at 2, was the only 3-year-old in the field, but held sway through the stretch despite getting steppy with an eighth of a mile to go to hold off even-money choice Ocean Colony by a head. As the 8-5 second choice, Rockn Motion paid $5.20 after completing the mile in 1:52.1. The Burke-Gingras pairing struck again in the seventh, scoring with another 3-year-old - Dragon Time - who was good enough to beat older foes in a high-range conditioned pace in 1:51.3. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Little Miss Dragon slipped out of the three hole at three-quarters before angling through the stretch with steady pace to gun down the pacesetting - and eventual third-place finisher - Geez Joe. Dragon Time hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Burkentine Hanover and paid $14.00 as the third choice in the wagering. Veteran Bettor's Edge was sent to the gate as the 3-5 choice, but after working out a perfect pocket trip came up empty at crunch time. Burke and Gingras completed their four-bagger with Magnum Mike, a 10-year-old son of Magical Mike-Dare To Dream, in the 10th race claiming handicap pace. Racing out of the Burke barn for the first time, Magnum Mike was sent to the gate as the 2-1 favorite and delivered on that promise after following perfect cover while second over. He paid $6.40 after pacing his mile in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. It 3½ lengths back to second-place finisher Glass Prince. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy won the third race to up his meet-leading driver win total to 14. ... Kyle Husted got his first training and driving winner of the meet, steering 3-2 favorite Terror Of The Nite to victory lane in the sixth. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,077,898. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $8) bottomed out his four harness racing rivals Saturday night (Nov. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving outside his foes-and in one notch after a defection-Mach it So seemingly had a three-length lead four steps out the gate. That ended the suspense portion of the program, as he did the required roadwork (:27, :55.3, 1:22.4, 1:51.4) with no competition. Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) did edge a loosely-pocketed 6-5 favorite Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) for second-beaten 2½ lengths-with Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube) and I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) completing the order of payees. For second choice Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (career 49-for-147). The exacta paid $37, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to field size, or lack thereof. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Onlyest One, a Bettor's Delight gelding racing for the first time for the meet's leading trainer Rene Allard after a claim, overcame a first-over journey to post a 1:52.3 victory in the $18,000 claiming handicap harness racing pacing feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where the mercury was one degree above freezing for the evening's headliners. Now a 13-time winner in 2018 with earnings of $101,450 this year and $347,240 lifetime, The Onlyest One withstood Roll Away Joe by a length for driver Simon Allard while making a successful debut for Allard Racing Inc. Music Is Art may not have been the straightest pacer in the stretch drive of the $17,500 co-featured pace, but he was the fastest under the guidance of Anthony Napolitano to reach the wire first in 1:51.2. The son of Art Major was positioned second-over, swung wide entering the stretch - and kept going wider the closer he got to the line, winding up about 4 ½-wide at the wire but with a half-length lead over pacesetting I'm A Big Deal, a sophomore last seen in his Breeders Crown Final here. Music Is Art, trained by Mark Ford for owner Rick Berks, pushed his earnings to $91,863 this season and $196,790 lifetime. Ford, the Allard brothers, and George Napolitano Jr. each had a triple Saturday. Two horses were honored Saturday in the Hanover Shoe Farms winners circle at Pocono for seasonal accomplishments at the mountain oval. First to be spotlighted was another success story for the brothers Allard, Mare of the Year Eclipse Me N, who won half of her twelve 2018 starts at Pocono at the highest level of the conditioned ranks, including a Tuesday, August 28 victory - right back in two days after she had competed at the top level at Pocono on Sunday. For the year overall, Eclipse Me N, who raced in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers in the winter, has nine wins and $93,210; she took her mark of 1:50.1 on May 15 at Pocono for Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Don Mac Lean, who imported her from New Zealand in May 2017. While the American Ideal gelding Ideal Kiss raced honorably at Pocono from May to November, his selection as Claimer of the Year was hugely based on his stint under the tutelage of Hunter Oakes, after Northfork Racing Stable claimed him for $30,000 on August 11. For Northfork/Oakes and driver George Napolitano Jr., still guiding the horse's fortunes, Ideal Kiss paced to a scorecard of 9-5-1-1 for earnings of $59,020 and a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 earned on September 1 - take that, you who say "Just a claimer" with a sneer. Ideal Kiss has raced this year to a total of 10 wins and $118,030 in earnings; his lifetime accumulation is $202,730. Tomorrow night Pocono Pacer of the Year Dorsoduro Hanover will be feted; on 2018 closing night next Saturday, Trotter of the Year Homicide Hunter will be honored -- quite a pair closing out the season at The Downs. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

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