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YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 21, 2019-Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton, $17.20) picked off odds-on Twinkle (Brent Holland) nearing the line Friday night (June 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 harness racing Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Glenferrie Blade A, from post position No. 4, was away fourth as Twinkle was the lone leaver. The people's preference, who went down the road a week ago, led her through intervals of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:24.4. It was Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) trying it first-up, with Glenferrie Blade A behind the one. Twinkle maintained a short lead and in and out of the final turn, about to win the battle but lose the war. Twinkle put away a stubborn Lispatty, but Glenferrie Blade A was off her back and moving. She prevailed by a half-length in 1:53.1. Twinkle did hold second, with Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett), Lispatty and a from-last Gold Orchid N (Jim Marohn Jr.) relegated to the minors. For third choice Glenferrie Blade A, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53, the triple returned $113 and the superfecta paid $320.50.   BY FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

PROSPECT PA - Todd Schadel, the defending North American UDR harness racing champion in the 300-499 starts category, came out roaring in his first Pennsylvania fair appearance of 2019, winning eight races during a two-day PA Fair Sire Stakes event at the Butler County Fairgrounds in this western Pennsylvania town on Thursday and Friday.   Seven of those victories came during the three-year-old racing on Friday, with several familiar horses from last year's circuit making winners circle appearances. For the two-day meet, Schadel posted a record of 13-8-4-1, which figures to a UDR of .812 - which would help anyone's seasonal UDR credentials. Schadel also trains all the horses he drove, and he co-owns all but one with his wife Christine - the other he co-owns with his son Cody. Todd, perhaps best-known nationally as the co-owner with Roger Hammer of the Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, had a notable sweep of the three-year-old colt pace Sire Stakes, winning both "A" divisions, and bettering their clockings while taking the "B" section! The Well Said gelding Motive Hanover (the one Todd co-owns with son Cody) paced the Butler twicearound in 2:02, better than "A"-winning barnmates Way To Close (2:03.1 - :28.3) and Find One More (2:04.2). Fastest mile of the meet, and of the young state fair season, was turned in by the Well Said pacing filly Sure R Lookin Good, returning to the fairs with a strong 2:01.4 win after capturing her Fair Championship event last October at The Meadows. Eric Neal handled the fast filly for trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. The other winner in this division was another daughter of Well Said, Crew Sock Hanover, who was undefeated at ten Keystone state fair stops in 2018 and opened her 2019 account with a 2:02.2 win. The owning team of Dave Brickell and Mitchell York, who had North America's winningest freshman of 2016 in Camera Lady, share the title on "Crew Sock," with Brickell training and York, who got his first-ever driving win at Wattsburg last week, handling her in one of his two driving successes at Butler. Fastest trotter of the meet, and of the year at the local fairs, was the Muscle Massive gelding Corsair, who put up a 2:05.4 clocking for Team Schadel. On Thursday, Kyle Bolon recorded the fastest mile of the meet and the fair season for freshmen on each gait. The Well Said pacing colt Say You was a 2:04.4 winner for trainer Norm Parker and owner Robert Key, while on the trot it was the Father Patrick gelding Penance who set the standard of 2:08.1 for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Both of the two-year-old pacing fillies who won in "A" stakes at Wattsburg came back to win "A" races again at Butler: Rocknroll Kaydence, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Dream Of Winning who won in 2:06.2 for driver Shawn Johnston and trainer Gary Johnston, and Dream Dancing, completing the siring double of A Rocknroll Dance and out of the mare Clearly Foxy, along in 2:10 for Team Brickell/York. Another repeater was the Explosive Matter - Secret Credit trotting colt Stickler Hanover, home in 2:08.4 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. (The three-year-olds were washed out at Wattsburg.)     Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association joint sponsorship

Plainville, MA ---- Coming off a career year for harness racing wins and earnings in 2018, Make It A Double has already surpassed the victory total of last year and is well on his way towards the bank after winning the $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 21). Leaving from post five, Make It A Double (Mark Athearn) rolled to the front, opened up a two-length advantage and did not allow anyone closer to him than that for the rest of the mile. Athearn guided his trotter to the quarter in :28, the half in :57.3 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 before turning for home with a three-length advantage. From there with his tail flagged and his head thrown in time with his gait, Make It A Double coasted unchallenged down the lane and won in 1:54.4, which tied his seasonal mark. It was the fifth win in nine starts this season for Make It A Double ($5.80) who has now earned $37,810 in 2019 for owner William Phipps. Gretchen Athearn trains the winner. The second fastest diagonal event on the trot-heavy Friday card was the $8,500 mid-level condition race that saw Coco Lindy (Drew Monti) pull first-over at the half before clearing and opening up a three-length lead by the top of the stretch. From there Coco Lindy stayed tough and held off a strong brush by both Run And Tell Pap (Mitchell Cushing) and Wind And A Prayer (Mike Stevenson) at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55.4. It was the 49th lifetime win for Coco Lindy ($4.60) who now boasts $543,088 in career earnings. Greathorse owns the 12-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Nutty Butty who is trained by Domenico Cecere. Drew Monti led all drivers with three wins on the card while trainers Gretchen Athearn, Domenico Cecere and Mike Giourard were the winningest trainers with two victories apiece. There were no winners of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta again on Friday so the carryover pool for that bet in the sixth race on Monday (June 24) will be $10,344 when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

CHESTER PA - A trio of $16,000 races for classclimbing younger horses served as the harness racing tri-features on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia - two for trotters, and one for pacing females. The faster trot saw a runaway winner in the Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters, who took a new lifetime mark of 1:53. A fast distaff (she got a check in the Kentucky Filly Futurity final last year) but one who had made two breaks in three seasonal starts, Pat Matters was all business in this contest, putting up front numbers of :28.3, :56.3, and 1:24.1 (a :55.3 middle half) en route to a decisive triumph for trainer Nifty Norman and the Patricia Stable. In the other trot, the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Faithfulandtrue went the race of his life, being sent right to the lead by driver Michael Cole and putting up splits of :28.1, :57.4, and 1:26.3, then staying clear by three lengths to the wire in a lifetime best mile of 1:55.3. It was the seventh win in the career of Faithfulandtrue, who is trained by Joseph Columbo for owners George & Tina Dennis Racing, and the victory rewarded his scattered backers with an $80.40 win mutuel. The sidewheeling fillies and mares race came down to a stretch duel between second-choice Lyons Hedgeabet and favored Abigail Dawn, with the former prevailing and lowering her mark to 1:52.1. The victorious daughter of Mach Three was very wide going to the first turn in making the lead for driver Yannick Gingras, who then left Abigail Dawn circle up after the opening :27.3 fraction to take the lead and sat in the pocket through middle splits of :56 and 1:24.2. In the stretch Lyons Hedgeabet went to the pacesetter's left and the pair fought home in :27.4, with the winner gamely taking a half-length decision for trainer Gareth Dowse and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. In a $14,500 pace for fast-class mares, Believe In Me went to the early lead in :27, yielded to the quarter move of favorite Obvious Blue Chip to enjoy a two-hole journey behind middle splits of :54.4 and 1:23, then came out in the lane and wore down the pacesetter by ¾ of a length in 1:51.2. Andrew McCarthy drove the Brett Pelling trainee, with the Bay Pond Racing Stable owning the victorious daughter of Roll With Joe. A special Saturday live card is set for tomorrow at 2:05, as Harrah's Philadelphia will be one of four tracks in the Caesars chain to take part in the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge. The Billings amateur drivers will also be in town on Saturday.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 3-year-old filly trotters will gather for two $57,600 harness racing events in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (June 23) and there will be some interesting battles on the horizon.   The first division, set as the fifth race on the 15-race program that is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. is absolutely loaded with the six participants combining to win over $1 million in lifetime earnings.   Besides their big bankrolls, the field includes Quincy Blue Chip, a winner of three straight including the NYSS at Saratoga on June 9 and the $209,520 Empire Breeders Crown at Vernon Downs on May 27. She'll have her hands full as 2-year-old filly champion Winndevie drew into the field.   Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) is tabbed the 8-5 favorite with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike for trainer Gareth Dowse. Starting from the five post, Quincy Blue Chip has already produced $168,171 in earnings in 2019 and $350,133 lifetime. She's fresh off a 1:54 mile at Saratoga and with perfect weather conditions expected in Western New York on Sunday, the track mark is in jeopardy for the 3-year-old sophomore trotting fillies of 1:57 established in 2018 by Fury Road.   Morrill Jr. has been on Quincy Blue Chip in all six starts this season, producing four victories and a second.   Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie)) has finished behind Quincy Blue Chip in her last three appearances. She drew the four hole and is labeled the second choice at 7-2 with Jason Bartlett to handle the driving duties for conditioner Trond Smedshammer.   With a Sire Stakes victory at Yonkers back on May 9 in 1:59.1, Winndevie has finished second, third and sixth behind Quincy Blue Chip in her past three opportunities. Winndevie did beat Quincy Blue Chip by 3/4 lengths in the 2018 Sire Stakes finals with a 1:58 time.   The others in the division include Hanna Dreamgirl (Scott Zeron), Summertime Fever (Billy Davis Jr.), Lifetime Credit (John Stark Jr.) and Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris).   The second bracket isn't as star-studded as the first but there's still plenty of talent in the race which is slated as the seventh.   Leading the way is the 7-5 morning choice, Sweet Chapter (Chapter Seven-Mom's Sweetie Pie) who is coming off a late-charging 3/4 length win at Saratoga in 1:55.4 on June 9. She has been in the money in all five start this season and has collected $92,117 in earnings. Matt Kakaley will score her from the three post.   The George Ducharme entry is the next choice at 5-2 as Sensibility (Zeron) and Amanda Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) will start from the two and four posts respectively.   Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation) has yet to win on the campaign but has been more than earning her keep with a 2019 bankroll of $75,794 and $156,656 lifetime. She comes in off a third place finish to Sweet Chapter on June 9 at Saratoga, losing by just a length.   Another one who could upset the apple cart is Stella Jane (Bartlett) who lost by 3/4 lengths to Sweet Chapter at Saratoga. Stella Jane (Crazed-Naughty Nana) has won $204,812 in her career and is going to start from the five spot at 7-2 odds.   The remainder of the field includes Blue Ribbon Gal (Morrill Jr.) and With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller).   The will also be three $15,000 Excelsior A Series races and one $6,700 affair in the Excelsior B.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

Silence is golden. At least it can be for Charlie Dombeck when it comes to Highalator. "He leaves me speechless," Dombeck said when discussing the 5-year-old harness racing stallion, who brings a five-race win streak to his Ben Franklin Pace elimination Saturday (June 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "I don't mind being speechless for another few weeks." Highalator has won eight of 16 races this year, earning an already career-best $153,310. He has won seven of his past eight starts, with a second-place finish by a half-length preventing him from being unbeaten during that span, which included three triumphs in the Golden Receiver Series and one in the Great Northeast Open Series. On Saturday, he tackles the Grand Circuit for the first time since last year's Graduate Series. Highalator is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first of two Ben Franklin eliminations, starting from post four with Richard Still driving for trainer and co-owner Jenny Bier. Levy Series champion Western Fame is the 3-1 second choice. "I'm going to be interested to see how he goes with these horses," said Dombeck, who shares with Daryl Bier the breeding credit on Highalator and whose wife Joann is among the stallion's owners. "Really, I shouldn't say I'm shocked, but I'm really very excited about the way he's racing. I think he's the best he's ever been in his life. I think he could have a hell of a year." In 2018, Highalator won a preliminary round of the Graduate Series and finished sixth in the final from post 10. For his career, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher has won 29 of 62 races and $429,028. He is owned by Bier, Dombeck, and Midsize Construction Inc. "I always thought he was a good horse," Dombeck said. "A lot of times when he got into the big finals he drew terrible or had terrible racing luck, but I always thought he was a nice horse. This year he came back, if you see him up close, he looks like a bull. He's just all muscled out. He just amazes me. "I'm happy for Jenny, she's done a great job. He looks so beautiful when he's going, he's got his head up and he's straight; maybe I'm a little prejudiced. And Ricky Still has done some job. Nobody could have driven him any better than he's been driving him. He's got a lot of confidence in the horse." Highalator seen here winning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono The top-four finishers from each Ben Franklin elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with the highest 2019 earnings advance to the $500,000 final on June 29 at Pocono. "I just want to be in the hunt at the end of the stretch," Dombeck said. "I've been in this game long enough to know (the ups and downs). When they're doing good, ride it, and that's it. Just hope for the best. "It will be fun. Whatever happens he's a nice horse." The second Ben Franklin elimination finds McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada, as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Lather Up, a two-time winner in this year's preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series, is the 3-1 second choice. McWicked is making his third start of the season. He won his debut before finishing third in last week's Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational off a nearly one-month layoff. Saturday's card at Pocono begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) and also includes eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, and James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

On Monday June 24, harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies will visit Monticello Raceway, for the majority of the entries this will mark their first pari mutual start. Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes will be contested, each with a purse of $26,500, two heats of the Excelsior A ($15,000) and a lone heat of the Excelsior B ($6,800) Hidden Cove, will start from PP 3 for the Erv Miller stable, the son of American Ideal won his second Q in 1:56 - LQ 27.4, Marcus Miller will drive. Bolt Of Speed (Matt Kakaley) has also been impressive thus far in his young career for trainer Scott Domenico, a winner his first qualifier in 1:56.3 and followed it up with a second place finish the following week. The median sale price for the starters in this event is $23,875. Race 7, second division of Sire Stakes, Fashion Hill has been installed as the morning line favorite after his last start where the American Ideal colt cut the mile to win in 1:55.2 - LQ 27.4 for trainer Robert Clearly and owner Tom Hill. Dexter Dunn will visit Monticello Raceway for the first time in his career as he will drive Turnthefrownaround, the son of Roll With Joe will start from post position 5 for trainer Chris Ryder, he finished second to Fashion Hill last week in a Qualifier event. Sugaronthebeach will start from post 2, the son of Roll With Joe is owned by Crawford Farms of Syracuse, NY and trained by John Butenschoen and will be driven by Jason Bartlett. Sugaronthebeach finished second last start out in a Q event at Harrahs's, pacing his mile in 1:58.2. Bolt of Beauty (PP3) will look to keep his winning streak alive in the 3rd heat for trainer Erv Miller, the son of Bolt The Duer won both of the qualifiers, the most recent effort coming at Harrahs were he scored in 1:56.1 with regular driver Marcus Miller at the helm. Roll With Amy (C. Callahan) is the second choice, the son of Roll With Joe will start from post 2 for trainer John Buthenschoem, he to coming off a Q win at Harrahs in 1:57.2. The average price for the starters in this race is $18,100. This final dash has 4 colts that have already crossed the wire first, Cash Roll has been perfect this season winning all 3 of his Q's at Harrington Raceway, the fastest mile was 1:56.4. Richard Ringle trains the son of Roll With Joe and will start from post 6 with Jim Morril Jr. In the bike. Racine Bell (So Surreal) is trained by David Dewhurst for owners Chris & Dale Lawton of Verona, NY, he earned his speed badge of 1:56.1 at Vernon Downs on June 7. Jason Bartlett will drive and will start from the rail Post time for the 9 race card is 12:50 By: Shawn Wiles  

WOODBURY, N.Y. — The state Legislature has approved the creation of a video gambling hall in this Orange County town. The legislation allows Empire Resorts, which operates the Resorts World Catskills casino and Monticello Raceway in Sullivan County, to use the VLT (video lottery terminal) license that it held for the Monticello site at the new location.  Empire discontinued video gambling at Monticello earlier this year. The new operation, expected to have more than 1,100 VLTs and employ about 400 people, is to be at the site of the long-closed Nepera Chemical plant in Woodbury, which has been reduced to rubble and is contaminated. Empire Resorts will be responsible for cleaning up the site and will get no tax breaks, according to state Sen. James Skoufis, D-Woodbury. New York state will kick in $1.2 million of offset the cost of municipal services associated with the project. The legislation allowing the VLT parlor commits Empire Resorts, which has Gov. Andrew Cuomo's support, to preserve at least 1,473 full-time jobs at Resorts World casino. Empire has suffered steep financial losses since opening the casino in early 2018, and it recently got permission from the state to reduce the number of gaming tables there. The legislation also mandates the “long-term operation of harness racing in Monticello." The video gambling operation still must go through the approval process at the local level. Mid-Hudson News Network Reprinted with permission of The Daily Freeman

Trenton, NJ — As he looks ahead to his 2,500th career driving win, harness racing driver John DeLong also took time to look back on a year of extreme highs and lows; and feels blessed to be back on a big-time high. On June 2, 2018, DeLong and fiancée Tabby Canarr had what John termed “a life changing experience,” in a good way when their baby Jessica was born. Just over five months later, DeLong was on the opposite end of the emotional scale when he suffered what could have been another life changer in a truly bad way. Fortunately, a worst-case scenario never occurred. There was a seven-week bout with pain and apprehension and, while that was certainly unpleasant, it was not life-altering enough to end the talented driver’s career. He has recovered with a vengeance and currently is tied for first place with Sam Widger in the Harrah’s Hoosier Park drivers’ standings with 113 wins. He celebrated Jessica’s first birthday 19 days ago and is just nine victories shy of getting halfway to 5,000. “Things are really good for me right now,” DeLong said. But for a seven-week stretch, an uncertain future loomed due to an incident that occurred while working in his Anderson, Ind. barn last Nov. 6. “We were putting hobbles on a yearling for the first time and I got kicked in the face,” DeLong said. “It was just kind of a freak deal. I’ve trained colts ever since I can remember. Me and my three brothers all trained colts with my dad (Jay) growing up. That’s just the risk you take, I guess. It actually caught us by surprise. Well, me anyway. I was picking up a back leg, and got cow kicked. I got hit on the left side of the face, broke my cheekbone and the orbital bone in my left eye.” With some such mishaps, the pain is so severe a person goes into shock and doesn’t feel it, or at least is knocked unconscious. DeLong had no such “luck.” “I didn’t get knocked out and I didn’t get a concussion, but the pain was unbelievable,” he said. “I had that pain all the way to the hospital. It was pretty bad.” Upon arriving at the emergency room, he was referred to an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Until that visit, 1,000 thoughts ran through John’s mind. “When I first got hurt, I was pretty down for a while,” he said. “My eye was swollen shut. But after my appointment with the doctor, I felt a lot better. I really didn’t know what was going to happen there for a while. I had quite a bit of damage.” That’s like Warren Buffett saying he has quite a bit of money — a huge understatement. DeLong underwent surgery to have two plates and eight screws inserted into his face and a very tender eye. There was ample nerve damage and he needed to have all his sinuses rebuilt (he goes back to the doctor in three weeks to see if another surgery will be needed to remove a plate). Once the operations were completed, DeLong was confined to his home for a month, “because they said I had the chance of losing my eye if it got infected.” Shortly before Christmas, John got his doctor’s clearance and the first thing he wanted to do was work on a trotting filly named GD Lone Survivor, who he had invested ample time in before the accident. Her maiden start came on the day he got kicked in the face, and her first few races were not up to DeLong’s expectations. Armed with a newly designed mud apron to help knock down some of the dirt in his face, he trained GD Lone Survivor at his farm. “I wanted to make sure if I took some dirt to the face a little bit, I would be able to take it,” he said. “I didn’t want my face to be sore or tender. Then I went to Cleveland (Northfield Park) and drove her and she finished second, trotted three seconds faster than she had been so I was pretty happy about that. It was good to get that out of my system and kind of get back on the horse.” He was not rushing into anything, however, and took it easy through the winter. Upon returning to driving, DeLong opened in Ohio. “I had a slow start when I first started back,” he said. “It probably isn’t the best stock over there but it’s OK. I wanted to ease myself back into racing so when we got to Hoosier I was ready to roll. It’s been good so far, no complaints. Stakes season is starting to get going here. Hopefully we’ll catch a couple good colts.” John DeLong drove Homicide Hunter, the future world-record-setting trotter, at ages 2 and 3.      (Linscott Photography). In 639 driving starts this year, DeLong has won 116, placed in 93 and finished third in 82. In 55 training starts he has nine firsts, seven seconds and seven thirds. There have been few remnants to remind him of his misfortune. “To be honest, it’s a lot better than I thought,” he said. “I had a very good doctor; he was very confident in what could be done.” As for his impending milestone, John was low key when asked if they mean something. “The big ones do,” he said. “I’m the first person in our family to race horses professionally as a full-time career. These are something that probably down the road I’ll sit back and be pretty proud of what I’ve done. Right now it’s just kind of day by day and night by night. You just have to do the best you can. Every night you get in the truck and go to the track. If things are going good and you’re doing things right, those things will come.” They have been coming in bunches since he made the move to Hoosier Park four years ago. A Wisconsin native who grew up learning the ropes under his dad, DeLong got his first win in 2005 driving Fox Valley Bono, a horse trained by his uncle “Bo” (William). He won the driving title at Running Aces during its inaugural 2008 season at the ripe old age of 19. After making a name for himself at the Chicago area tracks, John moved to Indiana in 2015 and built a 36-stall barn and a half-mile racetrack on 35 acres that sits just two miles from Hoosier Park. He and Jay owned two stellar horses that encouraged him to make the move. “Homicide Hunter was a 3-year-old and he was one of the driving forces in getting me to do it,” said DeLong, who drove the future world-record-setting trotter at ages 2 and 3. “I knew if I had a good horse to follow and get me going I should do it. Seventimesavirgin was a 2-year-old then, and when Seven was a 3-year-old, it just launched.” Seventimesavirgin, a DeLong family homebred, won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship as a 3-year-old and was a Breeders Crown starter at age 4. (Dean Gillette photo). Seventimesavirgin, a DeLong family homebred, won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship as a 3-year-old and was a Breeders Crown starter at age 4. She is racing this year and will then begin breeding. Since driving predominantly at Hoosier Park, DeLong has won more than 1,200 races and $14 million. Needless to say, he’s happy to have made the move. “Absolutely,” DeLong said. “I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing at this point if I hadn’t moved down here. I bought a farm, built a track and a barn and I live right on the farm. It’s kind of everything coming full circle. When I was a kid, I always wanted my own farm and wanted to catch drive and stuff like that, and now I’m doing it all.” Can it get any better? Sure it can. On Nov. 16, the Saturday after he is done racing for the season, DeLong and Tabby will be getting hitched. Which will be a lot more fun than it was getting kicked just one year earlier. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 20, 2019--Harness racing driver LeWayne Miller has had his share of big nights in his young driving career at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino but on Wednesday, June 20, Miller had one of his biggest. Not only did Miller score five driving wins on the evening's 14-race card, he also recorded his 1,000 career driving win. In addition, three of the five victories were recorded with horses also trained by Miller including Gotwuteverittakes in the co-featured event of the evening, the second division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:55.2. Heading into the evening's program Miller needed two wins to reach the 1,000 win milestone and he went right to work, capturing the first race of the night behind Last Mission, a horse he also trains. Miller reached the 1,000 win club in the fourth race of the evening after scoring from off the pace with another horse from his stable, Madeline's Cray Cray. Stopping the timer in 1:53.4, Madeline's Cray Cray recorded her second consecutive win of the season and provided a career milestone for the 32-year-old reinsman. "I tried not to think about it but I felt like I had a good chance to reach 1,000 coming into tonight," Miller said with a smile. "I had a bad week last week, I felt like I had a monkey on back so it feels great to have that one under my belt and even better to do it with one of my own that I train. That's pretty special to me." In just his tenth season as a driver, Miller began his driving career under the direction of trainer Erv Miller in 2009 and had 25 recorded drives with seven trips to the winner's circle. Since, Miller has lined up behind the gate over 8,000 times and surpassed the $12 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 158 races and earned over $2.2 million in purse earnings. For the past six consecutive seasons, Miller's earnings have eclipsed the $1 million mark. "I never dreamed I would be here," Miller continued. "As a kid I used to come watch the drivers at Hoosier Park but never thought it would be possible for me to be out here competing with them. Tonight was one of those nights you don't forget. It feels pretty awesome." After notching win 1,000, Miller went on to win the very next race with Karefree Kara for trainer Dylan Davis and visited the winner's circle again a few races later with Alwaysasweetvictory for trainer Ken Rucker. Miller's final win of the evening came after steering Gotwuteverittakes to victory in the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Gotwuteverittakes captures the second division of the $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. --Linscott Photography Sent off as the heavy 7-5 favorite, Miller had the son of Bluto-Raysofgrace De Vie perfectly positioned second over turning for home and the colt used a :27.4 final quarter to record his second win of the season. Miller also co-owns Gotwuteverittakes with Last Chance Racing Stable and C11 Racing. "He's got a lot of talent," Miller noted after the victory. "He has his share of problems but he is a nice colt. He's still learning and I don't think he was 100% tonight but we made some changes after his last start and they really seemed to help him. I enjoy training these young horses and watching them develop." One race that Miller did not win was the first division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder continued their winning ways and delivered as the heavy favorite, going gate to wire in 1:55. Owned, trained and driven by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory this season and his sixth win from 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 with three divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit .   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

CREAM RIDGE, NJ — June 21, 2019 — Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge will be hosting the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Board, on Wednesday, June 26th at 10 am. The NJDA’s monthly board meeting will begin at Fair Winds Farm for morning coffee and a tour of the facility. The event is open to the public, anyone interested in a meet and greet with the NJDA’s board members, including Secretary Douglas Fisher, Assemblymen Ron Dancer, and Eric Houghtaling, is encouraged to attend. After the tour, the board will be gathering at the New Jersey Horse Park for lunch and to continue their meeting. Fair Winds Farm is located at 74 Red Valley Rd, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514. Courtney Stafford

Nichols NY - Tioga Downs will host the Geers stake for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies and colts on Friday, June 28.   It is important to note that the box for Friday, June 28 will close on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m.   The condition sheet is available here.   Electronic entry is encouraged.   Race office phone is 607-699-7688 and the judges direct line is 607-699-7573   The list of eligibles is available here.

Plainville, MA --- It was deja vu all over again for Con Air Hall who, for the second week in a row, came from off the pace over a sloppy track to score another harness racing win in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 20). Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) got away third while Count On Rosey (Mike Stevenson) and Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) settled in first and second on the point. But as the race passed the quarter, Cushing pulled out and took the lead from them in front of the stands. With no rest for the weary, Pembroke Mystery (Heath Campbell) came right at Con Air Hall at the half and pushed the issue all the way to the three quarter pole. As soon as the third split went by, Pembroke Mystery hit the wall and Con Air Hall started to open up. Before the race even turned for home, Con Air Hall had a widening four-length lead and there were no serious challenges in sight behind him. With the whip tucked, Cushing sat wet and chilly as Con Air Hall trotted home to a wrapped-up seven-length victory in 1:56.2. It was the second win in a row and third win of the year for Con Air Hall ($8.60) who is owned by Mark Ford. Elisha Lafreniere trains the winner. Drew Campbell was the hot driver on Thursday as he won four races on the card. Campbell scored with Carson Hill (1:55.4, $9.00), Miss Daisy Duke (1:57.2, $4.00), Meetmeatthedance (1:55.2, $22.40) and Life Isa Shortwalk (1:55, $4.40). Not to be outdone, Mitchell Cushing had a driving Hat Trick while Jim Hardy had a double. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover pool continues to grow and is now up to $6,198 and will be available for that bet in the sixth race on Friday (June 21) when live racing at Plainridge Park resumes. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 20, 2019-New York Sire Stakes returned downstate Thursday night (June 20th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the moist $155,300 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. Three divisions-at $38,650 each-and a finale-at $39,350-comprised the event, which once again honored the memory of the Raceway's long-tome corporate controller and which saw all frosh making their purse debuts. The first raced served as the first division, and odds-on Cake Daddy (Brent Holland, $3.70) served notice. He went the distance (:29.1, :59.1, 1:28.4, 1:56.3), using that :27.4 kicker to spurt away from an early pocket pull of Hurrikanekingjames (Dan Dube). The latter faltered late, as Always on the Hunt (Mark MacDonald) closed for second...beaten 4¾ lengths. Hurrikanekingjames, Tomas (Jason Bartlett) and Major on the Beach (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the minors. Cake Daddy is an American Ideal colt co-owned by (trainer) Homer & Connie Hochstetler and Dan Plesac. The exacta paid $21.60, the triple returned $133.50 and the superfecta paid $385. Without question, the happiest person in the joint was Plesac, the former standout big-league pitcher who said Cake Daddy "is the first horse I've owned in forever, at least 10 or 11 years." Plesac, who at one time had a stable of about 25 on both sides of the border, "took a trip to Pinehurst (NC) and the itch came back. I've known the Hochstetlers and their son, Jay, for about 25 years, and decided to get back in. I'd resettled in New Jersey, and the timing was right. "Jay said the family had one they thought would be perfect." The $30,000 yearling "is staked to everything. I was so nervous before the race, and you do not want to be disappointed. Tonight, he proved everything we thought about him." The second division saw second choice Sandy's Bolt (Bartlett, $8.20) as the first one to the lead and the first one to the wire. From post position No. 4, he watched as 3-10 fave Splash Brother (MacDonald)-gingerly-handled at the start-move to the lead Splash Brother led the gang though intervals of :28.3, :59.2 and 1:28.4, taking a length-and-a-half into the lane. Sandy's Bolt then found a path inside, ducking left with the aptitude of a pro. He edged away, whipping Splash Brother by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Level Up (Jordan Stratton), So So De Vie (Kakaley) and a recovering Darby's Ideal (Tyler Buter) picked off the remainder. Sandy's Bolt, a son of Bolt the Duer co-owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable, Doine Farm Services, Gary Axelrod & Denise Dennis and trained by Jose Godinez. The exacta paid $15.80, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $235. The evening's third grouping had short-priced number Cigars and Port (MacDonald, $2.80) fool very few. From post No. 5, he had nary an anxious moment (:29.1, :59.4, 1:28.3, 1:56.3). The margin, a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, was 3¼ lengths at the wire. Second went to a first-over Oreo Dream Xtreme (Corey Callahan), with Come on Raags (Scott Zeron) a loose-pocket third. Ideal Artillery (Holland) and American Rebel (Stratton) came away with the minors. Cigars and Port is a So Surreal lad co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold. The exacta paid $9, the triple returned $13, and the superfecta paid $79.50. "Young, but a smart horse," MacDonald said. The final statebred event had third choice Groovy Joe (Callahan, $12.60) defeat a drifting Save Me a Dance (Bartlett) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:56. After Steuben Moose (Mike Merton) looped a few making the lead, Groovy Joe-from post No. 2-took over and finished it off (:28.2, :59.1, 1:27, 1:56). Steuben Moose, Teton Sunset (Stratton) and R Maddy Blue Chip (Kakaley) settled for the small change. "I took advantage of (The Mystic) making a break, but my horse was good," Callahan said. The Mystic (MacDonald), part of a 3-5 favored entry, made a nasty, first-turn fumble and wound up a 'distanced' last. Groovy Joe is a homebred Roll with Joe colt owned by Winbak Farm and trained by Blake MacIntosh. The exacta paid $108, the triple paid $666 and the superfeccta paid $1,877 New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Tuesday night (June 25th), with the $165,499 Dick McGuire for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

Monticello, NY--- The field may have been small but still there was plenty of action when Matt Zuccarello moved Broadway Bruiser at the half and they rallied to a 1:59.4 harness racing victory in the NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, June 20. For Zuccarello it was a bittersweet victory since his triumph came on the birthday of his father-in-law who passed away last year. "It's always gratifying to win a race but when it happens on a memorable day its doubling rewarding", Zuccarello said in the winner circle after his victory. Zuccarello, an avid amateur driver who doubles as the publicist for the GSY Amateur Series, looked like a veteran reinsmen and made all the right moves en route to his triumph. When the gate sprung Joe Faraldo sent Tough Get Going in search of the lead from the five hole but Alan Schwartz, up behind Ladys Big Stormont from the pole position, had other plans. He forced Faraldo to take a seat behind him as he led the field by the first stanza in :29.2. Schwartz kept the pedal to the metal and was in complete control as Ladys Big Stormont tripped the halfway timer in :59.3. Meanwhile Zuccarello and his trotter were sitting third behind the leaders but when they headed up the backside Zuccarello moved Broadway Bruiser out to challenge. " I got away slowly and stayed close to the leaders and then ranged alongside Ladys Big Stormont as we raced head-to-head past three quarters and around the final turn. But once we straightened for home my horse began to slowly pull away and we went on to win it by a length and a half," Zuccarello explained. Schwartz's trotter held on for second money while Faraldo's Tough Get Going flattened out in the lane and had to settle for the show dough. The winner, a 4-year-old Muscle Mass gelding, is owned by Harmon Racing Stable and trained by Patti Harmon He paid $9.90 for win. For Zuccarello , a mobile salesman by trade, it was his first win this season from a limited amount of starts.   by John Manzi for NAADA  

On Thursday afternoon June 20, Jim Taggart Jr. put on a harness racing driving clinic and won 5 races on the card, Taggart didn't get hot until race 5 where he drove TKR'S Metro Specs to victory in 1:58.2 and returned a $8.70-win pari mutuel. Next up was College Hanover ($2.40) who scored a 5-length wire to wire win in 1:57 for trainer Richard Dunn. Cheyenne Danny won from the 8 hole in 1:56.2 - $3.20, the son of Cheyenne Rei is trained by Dan Gill. Taggart's fourth trip to the winner's circle came aboard the Bob Loundsbury trained Persist Blue Chip (1:57 - $3.50) Needles and Pins ($2.80 - 1:57.4) would account for the 5th winner of the afternoon, it was the third win of the season for Needles and Pins, the 11 year old gelding is trained by Anthony Regina. Taggart currently is in third place (109) for leading dash winning drivers at Monticello Raceway, behind Austin Siegelman (143) and Michael Merton (131) $736,029 was wagered on the 12-race card, New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-Old Pacing Colts is on tap for Monday afternoon June 24, post time is 12:50 for the 9-race card.   By: Shawn Wiles

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