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WOODSTOCK, VA --- 9/17/18 ---- Driver Chuck Perry scored a natural hat trick on back to back days this weekend at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock, Virginia track ushered in its third pari-mutuel harness racing season. The 53-year-old Suffolk, Virginia resident had five wins on Saturday's opening day card and another three on Sunday. The first hat trick included wins with 14-year-old B Blissful, track record holder John's Dream and Yeahboyyeah, all in consecutive races. His second one featured victories aboard Fall Toy, former Virginia Breeder's 2 year old colt/gelding champ Royal Red, and Blissful Artist. In all, Perry made eight weekend trips to the winners circle. His other triumphs were aboard undefeated Lemonaideshine, who is now 9-for-9, and Shez In Orbit. Half of those eight represented horses trained by Jimmy Viars while another two were Perry trainees. The others were conditioned by Henry Lewis and Renfrow Hauser. Trainer Arlene Cameron had three wins on opening weekend including a dead heat where her pair finished together at the wire. Crystals Pistol and Craziville, driven respectively by Dr. Scott Woogen and Corey Braden, crossed together in 2:05.0 in a race named for Delegate Kathy Tran. The former won for the fourth time in eight races while the latter shattered a two year winless streak. Cameron's other win came Saturday in the co-featured $7000 Open Handicap trot with Southwind Ferrari. The 4 year old, who is owned and driven by Woogen, won for the fourth time in his last five starts. Trainers Amanda Jackson and Chris Shaw each had a pair of weekend triumphs. Jackson's pair came in bookend fashion Sunday. Hillbillyheartache kicked off the card with a win and B A Rocket connected in the afternoon's finale. Shaw had one each day, and he was in the sulky for both. His Sunny Day won for the third straight time Sunday and the best named horse of the weekend --- Cinco De Drinko --- won for the first time in 29 career starts Saturday. "Historically, entries for the first week of Virginia racing are light and this week was no exception," said Shenandoah Downs Director of Racing Dee Lineweaver. "We are awaiting the arrival of horsemen from the Red Mile, Tioga Downs and Running Aces. Everything for opening weekend though fell into place. The support of the horsemen was great. They filled the entry box and moved horses around to help us kick off the season. The racing was very competitive," Shenandoah Downs will continue racing every Saturday and Sunday thru October 14th with first post at 2 PM. A special non-netting card featuring Virginia Breeder's prep races will be held on Monday October 8th, and an "After-Work" program with wagering will be held Friday October 12th at 3 PM. Fans can bet the action on track and at the four Virginia Bets OTBs in Richmond, Henrico, Chesapeake and Martinsville. Races are streamed live at www.shenandoahdowns.com. The track is based at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds and is directly off I-81 at Exit 283, halfway between Harrisonburg and Winchester in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

Delaware, Ohio---Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKB Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to the hallowed grounds of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio on Sunday, September 16 for a pair of trots in the Billings Series along with a pacing event for club members of various Billings organizations in the Fouts Memorial. When the lengthy card was completed Richard "the Wolverine" Roach and Joey "the Kid" Putnam won theirs respective divisions while Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford copped the Fouts Memorial. In his event "the Wolverine", up behind I'll Tell You What, was content to follow the pacesetter, Ki Ki Canolli, driven by Todd "the Downeaster" Whitney, through nearly even fractions to the three quarters and then rally his veteran 13 year-old Lockeeper gelding to a two-length triumph in a time of 1:59.2. Mike "the Mortgage Man" Mitchell was second under the wire with Bosston Tahoe while I'll Tell You What faded and finished third. The winner, owned by Janet Mathely and trained by Deb Clayton, paid $11.20. Joey Putnam and Sebiskit Bluegrass dominated their division as "The Kid" sent the Big Stick Lindy gelding to the lead from the four hole and they were comfortable until "Coach Paul" Minore moved Hititoutofthepark off the pylons as the field approached the three quarters. From there both trotters battled head-to- head all the way to the wire, with each exchanging leads at various intervals, but at the finish Putnam's Sebiskit Bluegrass was a neck winner. Third place went to Body Of Work in rein to Alesha"the Hoosier Hotshot:" Binkley. The race winner is owned by Dr. Luel Overstreet and trained by Joey's dad, Joe Putnam. He paid $6.40. In the Fouts Memorial seasoned veteran Steve Oldford showed the 'young'uns' how its done when he impressively hustled the Art Major 4-year-old, Arch Hanover to a head victory over H-and-N Dho Hailey, driven by Billings newcomer, Mariah " Nearly Always" Wright, in 1:57. Alesha Binkley took home the show dough with Badger Quinn The winner, owned by Marissa Russo and trained by her hubby, David, returned a $21.60 win payoff by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Columbus, OH --- A group of 13 people, representing a variety of sectors in the industry, has been assembled to lead the development of the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA). The STA will accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and also serve as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. The group has filed articles of incorporation and is registered as a charity with the state of Ohio; documents have also been submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to file as a 501(c)(3)charitable entity. The STA will operate independently of the United States Trotting Association, though the USTA will provide operational support and will have an ex officio spot on the board. The USTA Board of Directors in March directed Chief Executive Officer Mike Tanner, with assistance from a steering committee comprised of Directors Don Marean, Jacqueline Ingrassia and Fred Nichols, to form the group. The STA will not directly care for horses, but will accredit and provide some funding for groups that meet accreditation standards. It will be modeled after the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which provides financial assistance to about 60 groups annually. "It is past time that we have a pervasive and proportional system to provide some support to groups helping our horses when they are no longer viable on the racetrack or as bloodstock," said USTA President Russell Williams. "We have many horse owners that provide for their horses for all of their lives, but that is not an option for every person or every horse. We owe the horses that provide our living and enjoyment a coordinated effort to give them a secure future off the track. The STA will support that goal." The STA Board will convene for the first time in early November. The USTA Executive Committee is expected to consider and vote on actions to provide some funding for them at their November meeting. For questions and comments about the STA, email STA@ustrotting.com. The members of the STA Board are: Bill Abdelnour, horse owner and president of the New England Amateur Drivers Association Elizabeth Caldwell, owner and manager of Cane Run Farm, Kentucky Michelle Crawford, breeder and owner of Crawford Farm, New York Moira Fanning, chief operating officer of the Hambletonian Society Dr. Donna Franchetti, horse owner and veterinarian Kevin Greenfield, breeder and president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Dr. Patricia Hogan, horse owner, breeder and veterinarian Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, horse owner and veterinarian, manager of Hanover Shoe Farm Rick Moore, vice president and general manager of racing at Hoosier Park David Reid, owner of Preferred Equine Marketing Mitchel Skolnick, breeder and partner in Bluestone Farm Kelly Young, executive director of the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund From the USTA Communications Department

At a young age, Pat Woods knew that he wanted to be involved in harness racing in some capacity. While most get involved in the business because of family ties, Woods started out at as a fan. "I spent most Saturday nights in the summer running around the grandstand at Kawartha Downs when I was a kid," Woods said. "My neighbor always had a horse or two racing so we would go and watch." At fifteen years of age, Woods got a job working for George Davey Racing Stables looking after the broodmares, foals, and race horse layups. He went on to groom one of Davey's 3-year-old Sire Stakes contenders named Kendal Christopher. Woods spent 5 years with Davey before moving on to the breeding side of the business. After one year at Kendal Hills Stud Farm, Woods was hired by Dave Heffering's Tara Hills Stud. During that time, he graduated from the Canadian Horseshoeing School. "I was fortunate enough that David Heffering gave me a leave for 4 months, and time to apprentice after I graduated while working for him," Woods said. "He has always been a supporter of industry people bettering themselves. He was very instrumental in me being where I am today in this industry." Wood's went on to manage Oak Knoll Stables in Campbellcroft, Ontario for six years before joining Winbak Farm's Ontario location as their Farm Manager. Woods knew he made the right decision after traveling down to the Maryland Farm to meet with Owners Joe and JoAnn Thomson and General Manager Garrett Bell. "I was attracted to want to work for Winbak for a few reasons," Woods explained. "They have bred and raised some of the best horses in the sport like Muscle Hill, Bettors Delight, and Rainbow Blue. They also have one of the best stallion rosters at the Ontario farm. It will give me a chance to be a part of improving racing in North America." Woods has stayed plenty busy in his new role, especially during the busy sales season. "At the current time, we are very busy prepping the London Select Sale horses. Our days are filled with grooming, standing, cross tying, bathing, and exercising the yearlings," Woods explained. "We have visitors coming to the farm frequently to inspect the yearlings before the sale this time of year. We are also weaning foals and catching up on the maintenance of the farm before we are back in breeding season again." Woods and his staff focus on showcasing the yearling's manners, athleticism, and conformation for the buyer. They also spend a lot of time with hands on work, which include brushing and handling the yearlings to earn their trust. As far as what the future holds for Woods, it's actually pretty simple. "Enjoy life, spend time with my kids and keep Winbak Farm of Canada running smooth," Woods said. "Larry and Jackie Drysdale left things in great order here. They were such wonderful people to work with. I cherish the friendship that I gained working with them." By Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Fans at the Delaware County Fair will get a couple of unique opportunities to see, and possibly sit behind, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, as a part of the gelding's "Farewell Tour." With more than $7.5 million in career earnings and 103 career wins, the 14-year-old Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing. Fans can "meet and greet" the champion on Wednesday (10:00 - 11:30 AM) and Thursday (10:00 - 12:00 PM) in the Little Brown Jug Barn. On Wednesday afternoon, trainer Ron Burke will train Foiled Again during the Jugette day card in preparation for his next start (September 21 at Batavia Downs). Foiled Again and one lucky bidder will lead the post parade for the first heat of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Bidding will be conducted during the Pre-Jug Party charity auction Wednesday evening. Patrons not in attendance can bid by visiting www.wedocharityauctions.net/PreJugParty. Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi (Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi) and JJK Stables (Joe and Kevin Koury).   Jay Wolf

The combination of the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super day and the inaugural Fayette County Fair brought out a large crowd to The Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16. While several music acts performed on two stages, including rising star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, eight $250,000 KYSS finals highlighted the 10-race card that also included a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The revamped KYSS program was in full evidence on Sunday as seven different stallions were represented in the winner's circle, with the only two-time winner being Yankee Glide, who was just retired from active stud duty at the age of 24 by the Lexington-based Kentuckiana Farms. The first KYSS final was for 2-year-old male trotters and it appeared odds-on favorite Don't Let'em, who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, was on his way to victory as the field of 10 came out of the last turn. But Don't Let'em suddenly went on a break, which paved the way for the two-hole sitting Forecast to take advantage and score a 1:53.4 victory. Shake N Bake (Tim Tetrick finished a length behind in second and just ahead of show finisher Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn). Corey Callahan was in the sulky for trainer John Butenschoen behind Forecast, who won for the fifth time in nine starts while posting a career best. A $70,000 yearling purchase and owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Forecast now has career earnings of $186,650. The son of Cantab Hall was bred by Diamond Creek Farm. Callahan and Butenschoen teamed up for a second KYSS champion with the 3-year-old filly trotter Nixie Volo, who redeemed herself after making a break in last year's final. Leaving from post 8, Nixie Volo was parked the entire mile but was still able to hold onto the lead she finally secured in deep stretch to win in a career-best 1:51.1. Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) was a head back in second, with Live Laugh Love (David Miller) third. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Nixie Volo was a $22,000 yearling purchase and now owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing and the University of Kentucky football team's offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. With her fourth win of the year Nixie Volo boosted her seasonal earnings to $215,486 and career total to $286,786. She was bred by Jorgen Jahre Jr. Beautyonthebeach swept her way through the trio of 2-year-old filly pace preliminaries and she had no problems in the final as she cruised to a 1:51 victory. Doug McNair was in the sulky as Beautyonthebeach quarter-pole moved to the front where she led the rest of the way to win by two lengths over Margret Hill (Miller) with Summer Charm (Matt Kakaley) third. Trained by Gregg McNair, Beautyonthebeach is a Jim Avritt Sr.-homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the standout mare Precocious Beauty. The was her fifth in eight starts and equaled her career mark set in the second KYSS leg. Her earnings now stand at $181,343. Whispering Oaks sprung a 16-1 upset in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Whispering Oaks left fast from post eight, but after taking the lead soon yielded to heavy favorite Taylor Swiftly. That odds-on choice held the lead turning for home but in deep stretch gave way to Whispering Oaks, who crossed the wire in 1:54. Ma Was Right (Dunn) was able to get up for second late, just ahead of Taylor Swiftly (Scott Zeron). A daughter of Father Patrick, Whispering Oaks is a $100,000 yearling purchase of Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the win was Whispering Oaks' third of the year and came after three consecutive second-place finishes in the KYSS prelims. Her career-best effort increased her earnings to $124,574. Whispering Oaks was bred by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. While the remnants of Hurricane Florence slowly made their way into the Bluegrass on Sunday, it was Hurrikane Emperor who captured the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Already the winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, Hurrikane Emperor became a two-state champ with a 1:49.3 victory for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Joh McDermott Jr. Hurrikane Emperor led at every call to best the pocket-sitting Blood Money (Gingras) by a head, with favorite Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) third. A son of Hurrikane Kingcole, Hurrikane Emperor was bred and is owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. The win was his sixth in eight starts, bringing her earnings to $214,400. The $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers went to favorite Dance Blue and driver Andy McCarthy in 1:51.1. Defending divisional champ Band Stand (Doug McNair), who went off at odds of 68-1 on the toteboard, finished a neck behind in second, with Cabowabocuttie (Zeron) third. Winless last year at two, Dance Blue won for the sixth time in 12 starts this year, bringing her career earnings to $241,880. A $50,000 yearling purchase from breeders Steve Stewart and Julie and Charles "Cotton" Nash, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Katz, Goldband and Goran Anderberg Eurobond outgamed Tactical Landing in the stretch to capture the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. With Wolfgang (Gingras) on the lead and Tactical Landing and trainer-driver Takter first-over, driver David Miller waited patiently along the inside. In deep stretch Miller found room with Eurobond and he was able to urge his charge to the wire a head in front of Tactical Landing in 1:51.3. Classichap (Callahan) rallied for third as Wolfang tired to fourth. A son of French stallion Love You, Eurobond is owned by breeder Lindy Farms of Conn. In partnership with Robert Rudolph. The win was just his second in a dozen starts this year and lowered his previous mark by more than two seconds. Domenico Cecere trains Eurobond, who increased his earnings to $152,900. The rich program was capped off by a 1:48.1 victory by American History in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers. Driven by Gingras for trainer Tony Alagna, American History used a final quarter of :26.1 to get past leader Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton) in deep stretch to win by one length. Grant Teton (McCarthy) was third. A son of American Ideal, American History was a $150,000 yearling purchase and now owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. The win was the seventh of the year for American History, who earlier this year posted a 1:47 victory at the Meadowlands. The effort boosted American History's earnings to $472,285. Two $50,000 KYSS consolations opened up the card. The 2-year-old filly trot consolation went to Mother Teresa in 1:55.2 for driver Zeron and trainer Cecere. The daughter of Father Patrick is a homebred of KR Breeding. The consolation for freshman male pacers went to Waterway, who won in 1:50.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Alagna. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was bred by Brittany Farms and is owned by Alagna & Begley Stable, Santo Barbera, David Silverman and Joseph Barbera. Three KYSS consolations were held on Saturday night. Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass) won the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:54.3 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman; Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover) won the 2-year-old male trot in 1:55.4 for trainer-driver Brian Connor, who shares ownership with Janice Connor, Arden Homestead Stable and Caroline Gerry; and Cruise (Sweet Lou) won the 2-year-old male pace in 1:52.4 for driver Christian Lind, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes  

Delaware, Ohio based trainer Brian Brown was holding all the cards in the $120,900 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers taking three of the top four places, including the top two finishers, Carmen Ohio and High Reward. When the starting gate released the field of eight, driver Ryan Stahl sent Carmen Ohio for the lead from post #1. Stablemate High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was also sent for the lead, but had to overcome post 6. Carmen Ohio and High Reward traded the lead through the opening quarters of :28 2/5 and :59 1/5. Stahl quickened the pace in the third quarter in :1:27 3/5. Wrenn popped out of the pocket and tried to collar the leader but came up a neck short in 1:55 1/5. The Panderosa filly is owned by Milton Leeman, Steve Manning, Brent Meizlish & William Calvert. Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) took the third spot from another Brown trainee Ni Me Bonita (Dan Noble). In the $12,800 OBC Aged Pace, Docdor Friskie and Tyler Smith led gate to wire to win by a length over the pocket sitting Barley Up (Chris Page) in a stakes record 1:51 4/5. Docdor Friskie is the 5-year-old Feelin Friskie gelding is owned by Miller Racing Stable of Greenville, OH. In My Dream (Brady Galliers) took the fastest of the three divisions of the $15,000 Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt trotters in a lifetime best 1:55 1/5. In My Dream is a Winning Fireworks gelding owned by Galliers Racing of Defiance, OH. Secret Pro (Hugh Beatty) and Fleet Cessna (Dan Noble) took the other two divisions in 1:57 1/5 and 1:57 respectively. The pair of divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old filly trotters were also contested. Infrontandforgetit (Dan Noble) scored in 1:56 1/5. In the second division, Cindi Hall (Aaron Merriman) was placed the winner after Kellie's MVP (Ray Paver) was disqualified for interference in the first turn. Stephen Oldford representing the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association won the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship. Oldford drove Arch Hanover to a 1:57 score over H-And-N Dho Hailey (Mariah Wright) and Badger Quinn (Alesha Binkley). The Fouts Memorial brings together representatives from amateur drivers clubs from across the country. The Billings Amateur Trot divisions went to I'll Tell You What (Richard Roach) and Sebiskit Bluegrass (Joey Putnam) in matching 1:59 2/5 miles. Monday's 14 race card will start at 3:00 PM, with the simulcast program on the air at 2:30 PM. Monday features $101,700 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotting fillies and a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (races 8-11).   Jay Wolf

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Muscle Diamond launched three-wide down the backstretch and trotted a 27.3 third quarter to clear to the lead before the ¾, going on to win in 1:52.2 to take the $21,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night. Tyler Buter kept the son of Muscle Hill off of hotly-contested fractions, then launched him midbackstretch and had no further problems in the three length victory. Brett Bittle conditions the winner of $734,449 lifetime, and he is also a co-owner along with the Charles Kellers III and IV and also Dan Bittle. In the $17,500 the Crazed gelding Crazshana made the top handily, rated the half to 57, then sprinted home in 55.3 to be clear of his field at the end of the 1:52.3 mile. The Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained horse, who boosted his earnings to $101,450 this season and $437,849 lifetime, is owned by Bamond Racing LLC, and he also was part of a 17-winner weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday, including Philly) for driver George Napolitano Jr. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Ulster (Glidemaster) won his seventh Open Trot of the season on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Amanda Facin trainee went coast-to-coast to spring the mild upset. Ulster marched out to the early lead in the $14,500 feature with regular reinsman Jay Randall at the controls. After going untested in a first half trotted in 57.1, Ulster had plenty left for the final lap. The race's 1-5 betting favorite and last week's Open winner were both uninvolved early and it cost them late as the speed held in the Open. Ulster wired the field in 1:54.3, the fastest of his seven Open scores this season. Longshot Judy The Beauty (Jimmy Devaux) sat the pocket and finished second while Charmed Life (Billy Dobson) came from last to finish third. Ulster, who was Randall's third winner of the day, paid $16.00 in Sunday's score and led an exacta and triple that came back a hefty $131.50 and $728, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm.   Mike Sardella

The Minnesota Harness Racing Night of Champions program was conducted at Running Aces on Saturday night (Sept. 15), with eleven championship races going for a record $362,500 in purses, with an additional $15,200 in overnights for a total of $377,700 and the richest harness racing card in state history.   Among the Championship contenders was Boom Boom Shaboom, a 7 year old pacing mare by General Aidid who was making her final career start before retirement to become a broodmare. Boom Boom Shaboom had become a fan favorite over the last few years, campaigning in races all the way up to the top level at Running Aces with many appearances in the Mares Open Pace during the past two seasons.   She drew post six for the $20,000 Aged Pacing Mares Championship, coming in fresh off a sharp winning effort (1:54.2) in a mares conditioned pace last out. Trainer/Driver Brady Jenson seized the opportunity to grab the lead right off the gate- surging to command in the first few strides.   Jenson was able to control the affair with moderate and well-rated fractions (:28.2, :58.1 and 1:27) while saving enough in the tank to sprint home in :28 and seal the victory over fast-closing rivals Swinging Again (James Yoder) and Place'n First (Steve Wiseman) with a half-length margin of victory.   The 1:55 Championship win was career tally number 36 for Boom Boom Shaboom ($24.60) and rounded her final career purse tally up to $132,520 for owners Brian and Kim Larson of Canton, South Dakota. Timothy Lems was the winning breeder.   Burning Blaze turned in a dazzling gate-to-wire performance in the $40,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Championship Pace from post three with driver Steve Wiseman in the sulky. Burning Blaze was never in doubt and was well in hand through a moderate early pace of :28.1 and :58.3, but turned on the turbo charge for a third panel in :28.2 and a blazing final quarter in :27.1, giving his rivals little chance to catch him.   His :55.3 final half was the fastest of the night, and secured the victory by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.1 for his seventh win in nine career trips to the gate and a new lifetime mark. He also established a new track record for 2 year old gelding pacers, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:54.3.    The impressive son of Wind Me Up is owned by his breeders Alan and Cheryl Sandbulte along with Edward Gutin. The winning trainer is Justin Anfinson. Rounding out the top three were Stay Humble N Kind (Gerald Longo) and SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) Burning Blaze ($2.10) was a heavy 1-9 favorite.   Dream Chasin became a back-to-back Champion by capturing the $35,000 3 Year Old Colts & Geldings Pace in 1:55 flat with Driver Nick Roland in the sulky. Roland sent Dream Chasin quickly off the gate from the outside nine post and swept right to the lead, controlled the pace and was never in doubt with a one length victory over deep-closer Watchmeneighneigh (James Yoder) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) was home in third.   Dream Chasin ($33.00) was the 2 year old champion pacer last season, also with Roland in the bike. The big win tonight was number six on the season and ninth career tally for the son of Fancy Schmancy who has now bankrolled $81,415 for Owners and Breeders Michelle and Gregory Budach. The winning trainer is also Greg Budach.   Full-Sisters Al Mar Reba Babe (Dean Magee) and Al Mar Bon Bon (James Yoder) finished one-two and were separated by just a whisker at the line in the $25,000 Aged Trot Championship. The two daughters of Sos Lunar Eclipse out of Golden Victory by Valley Victor hit the line together in 1:56.3 and the photo finish camera was barely able to split the pair.   Al Mar Reba Babe ($6.40) got the victory by the slimmest of margins for her third win in eighteen starts this year and eleventh career tally, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $105,619 for owner/trainer Richard Davis. Al Mar Bon Bon is owned by Cara Hauser and trained by Alexia Kehl.   The other Championship winners were as follows:   $27,500 2 Year Old Filly Trot, Twilight Tinker (Rick Magee) for owner Cathy Dessert, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:04.1 $35,000 3 Year Old Colt Trot, Bekkums Royal Duty (Dean Magee) for owner Sarah Bekkum, trainer David Ginter, time 1:59 $40,000 2 Year Old Colt Trot, MD Magic (Dean Magee) for owner Set The Pace Racing, trainer Nick Roland, time 2:00 $40,000 2 Year Old Filly Pace, Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) for owner Richard Davelaar, trainer Gordon Graham, time 1:57.2 $35,000 2 Year Old Filly Trot, Mimi Marguerite (James Yoder) Jeanne Marquis and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:58.3 $35,000 3 Year Old Filly Pace, I'm On A Terror (James Yoder) Brian Anfinson and Jesse De Long, trainer Justin Anfinson, time 1:55 $20,000 Aged Horses & Geldings Pace, Stuckey Dote (Rick Magee) for owner Merlin Van Oterloo, trainer Brett Ballinger, time 1:53.2   Driver Dean Magee had four Championship wins on the program, with James (J.D.) Yoder picking up two Championships and three wins overall.   Trainer Justin Anfinson had three Championship wins, with Nick Roland picking up two Championships on the night. Driver Steve Wiseman and his wife Trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman were crowned as the 2018 Leading Driver and Leading Trainer at Running Aces.   Wiseman picked up two wins on the closing night program to bring his final win tally to an impressive 105, his best Running Aces season to date. He had a final advantage of 16 wins over Dean Magee who was very impressive in the last six weeks of the meet pulling to within 7 or 8 wins of the lead with about three weeks to go.   Magee landed at an impressive 89 wins for the season. Kathleen was well ahead of all trainers throughout the season and pulled away from the field in the final month of racing, picking up one win on closing night for an impressive total of 68 wins for the meet, 33 wins ahead of both Gerald Longo and Justin Anfinson.   For both husband Steve, and wife Kathleen it was back-to-back Championships at Running Aces. Daughter Tyler Wiseman was also in the Winner's Circle to help celebrate the fantastic season for the Wiseman stable.   The $100,000 Guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 wager on closing night marked a record for the largest guarantee in track history, and produced the largest gross pool in the history of our Pick-5, and also contributed to the best Saturday handle in the history of the track.   Running Aces management wishes to thank all of it's loyal fans, staff, and horsemen for another successful and record setting season. Special thanks go out to Xpressbet for the Night of Champions promotional sponsorship, as well as NAHUpicks.com and Harness Racing Replays for season long partnerships as well.   Simulcast Racing is offered year round at Running Aces as well as Casino action 365 days a year. Check our website RunAces.com for news and upcoming events. Information about the next/upcoming season of Live Racing is typically posted around February or March of each year.   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Youaremycandygirl, winner of fifteen of 22 career races, headlines a field of eight filly pacers in the $230,700 Jugette on Wednesday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. The fillies will race one heat to determine the Jugette champion. The daughter of American Ideal owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 2/5 and has earned $1,263,536. The Ron Burke trainee will leave from post #3 and will be piloted by Yannick Gingras for owner W. J. Donovan. She was the 207 Breeders Crown champion and in 2018 won the $270,425 Empire Breeders Classic and the $96,600 Shady Daisy. The main challenge to Youaremycandygirl should come from Alexa's Power from post #5. The Somebeachsomewhere lass has earned $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The ultra-consistent Alexa's Power has finished on the board in 11 straight races and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. Post time for the Wednesday card at the Delaware County Fair will be 11:00 AM. The simulcast program will start at 10:30 AM. Post positions for the $230,700 Jugette PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Strong Opinion (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 2. Sansovina Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 3. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. E Dee's Well Said (Jim Pantaleano/Christen Pantaleano) 5. Alexa's Power (Trace Tetrick/Jim Campbell) 6. Sidewalk Dancer (Scott Zeron/Chris Oakes) 7. Solitary (Brett Miller/Nick Surick) 8. Aldine Hanover (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) by Jau Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

FREEHOLD, N.J. — Soon to be Hall of Fame member, Foiled Again, was the star of the Open Space Pace at  Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. The Open Space Pace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate the horse, New Jersey’s official state animal, and to promote open space in the nation’s most densely populated state. The Open Space Pace raises funds in support of non-profit organizations and the CentraState Healthcare System. The day began with a parade of horses from the Monmouth County Hall of Records to Freehold Raceway. New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer was the Grand Marshal. Dancer is the son of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member, trainer, driver, Stanley Dancer.  Foiled Again was the headliner in the first race and he did not disappoint — winning for the 103rd time in his career. It was the same place he had won his very first race, in his debut at age 2, 12 years ago. Foiled Again has now banked more than $7.59 million. Despite being parked out for the one mile race, Foiled Again and driver George Brennan won in 1:53.4. The 14-year-old gelding is on a farewell tour across North America. Standardbreds must retire from racing once they turn 15. After the race Foiled Again met with his fans and posed for photos, lots and lots of photos. There was also a petting zoo, educational exhibits, 12 more live harness races, vendor tables, food trucks and more.   Throughout the day, the Open Space Pace awarded seven one-thousand-dollar college scholarships, the winners of which were determined by random draw. Several charities were also presented with a $1,000 check. By Lillian Schupe, for Tapinto.net

Cindi Johnson, the recently retired award winning outrider, will be honored as the 2018 Lady Pace Honoree and Gary King and William "Bill" Cawley, a pair of long-time fair employees, will be honored as the Joseph Neville Memorial Award Recipients by the Delaware County Fair. Johnson started as an outrider in 1997 at Florida's Pompano Park. She moved to Ohio in 2003 and started working at Ohio tracks. She served as the Delaware outrider from 2007 through 2017, Unnoticed by many until an accident occurs, an outrider assists the drivers and trainers on the track prior to and sometimes during the races. Johnson was considered by many to be the finest outrider. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2010. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Johnson with a special award in 2017. Johnson retired in 2017 along with her horse and partner of 17 years, Beau. Gary King was a long-time realtor and broker for his own company, King Realty since 1971. He had a lifelong love of horses and for many years he was the "Stallman" during Little Brown Jug week. Gary and his wife also announced the All Horse Parade. Bill Cawley was a life-long supporter of the Delaware County Fair and The Little Brown Jug and worked in the Log Cabin for 20 years. Professionally, he worked over 20 years as Store Manager for Woodhouse Lynch and went on to found his own business, Cawley Clothiers. King died on March 28, 2018 at the age of 73 and Cawley passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 74. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

FREEHOLD, NJ -  September 16, 2018 - Freehold Raceway hosted two more harness racing legs of the NJSDF and one final over the weekend. The $7,500 second leg for 2-year-old colt trotters took place on Friday (Sept 14), while Saturday (Sept 15) held the second leg for 2-year-old pacing colts and the NJSDF final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg for the 2-year-old trotting colts was won by Bordogna for Julie Miller. Bordogna defeated his competition in 2:01.1 from post position four. The Trixton colt earned his sixth-lifetime win and increased his earnings to $11,375 for his owners Rick Huffman, Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden. Apocalypse came in second with Holiday Hangover finishing third. Saturday (Sept 15) Freehold held the 7th annual Open Space Pace with the featured $50,000 NJSDF final for 2-year-old filly pacers. Odds on favorite Surreality left from the two hole to take the lead and never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Trained by Mark Harder finished her New Jersey series off with a win and a second in the two legs and a big win in the final. Notching win number 5 and lifetime earnings of $64,625 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci. Hurrikane Lori Ann finished second with Surrealism coming in third. Later in the card, another odds-on favorite Trente Deo won the second leg of the NJSDF for 2-year-old colt pacers. The Michael Hall trainee nosed out Mark Witha K to stop the clock in 1:58.0. The Captaintreacherous colt earned his second-lifetime win and $34,316 in earnings his owners Michael Hall, David Hamm, and CTC Stable. Downtown Cruiser finished off the trifecta. Live racing resumes Friday, September 21 with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 15, 2018-Trainer Jeff Gillis made no secret about why he hijacked Will Take Charge from the stakes schedule and into Yonkers Raceway for Saturday night's (Sept. 15th) co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. "There's no reason other than we want an invitation to the International Trot," Gills said. "He didn't race well in his last start (final of the Maple Leaf Trot) for whatever reason. We wanted to prove he belongs, and it would be an honor for me." The issue of whether or not Will Take Charge gets to represent the Great White North (either by himself or with some company) in the million-dollar, Saturday, Oct. 13th, event wasn't going to be settled this night, though the road test supplied by odds-on Will Take Charge (Mark MacDonald, $3.20) had to impress. Two-moving to the lead from post position No. 7 (everyone in a notch after a pole defection), Will Take Charge was third early behind Gruden (Brian Sears) and Fashion Creditor (Brent Holland). He then made the lead between a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and :55.3 intermission. Not surprisingly, the teletimer gapped out the field as Will Take Charge and Gruden offered an unscheduled match race. After a 1:24.3 three-quarters, Will Take Charge owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Gruden was resurgent, however, taking another 'run' at the leader before missing a nose in 1:53.2. Fashion Creditor held off Lord Cromwell (Jordan Stratton) for third, with Barry Black (Austin Siegelman) getting the final pay envelope. The mile matched the local aged gelding standard set by former all-age track record-holder Quick Deal in 2013, while also equaling the second-fastest Westchester trot mile, a tick behind the 1:53.1 of filly Plunge Blue Chip two weeks ago. "Jeff told me not to lose, so I guess I'm good with orders," MacDonald said after his date hit town for the first time since late April. "There aren't too many trotters who can get down to the half that fast here and hang on, so I was impressed.." For Will Take Charge, a 5-year-old Kadabra gelding owned by Mac Nichol, it was his ninth win in 19 seasonal starts (earnings at $409,965). The exacta paid $9.40, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $23.80 and the superfecta paid $111.50. Saturday night's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by a pole-assigned, pocketed Chantepleure (Stratton, $23.20) in 1:51.3. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

ANDERSON, IN --September 15, 2018--After finishing second in his elimination last week, It's A Herbie rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 15. Driven, trained, and owned by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie went gate to wire to deliver as the heavy favorite and establish a new lifetime best of 1:54.2. Leaving from post six in the competitive field of ten, Yoder sent It's A Herbie straight to the front to reach the first quarter in :28. Trump This and Sam Widger grabbed a pocket seat while Mocedes Boy and LeWayne Miller were next in line third. It's A Herbie went uncontested through splits of :57.2 and 1:26 as the field remained in single file order down the backside. As the field rounded the final turn, Yoder asked his mount for more and he trotted evenly on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Trump This. Mocedes Boy used a ground saving trip to finish third. As the 3-5 favorite, It's A Herbie returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "He's a big clumsy colt that's just starting to come into himself," Yoder said. "I knew he needed time and it wouldn't be till later in the season that he would come around. He's a smart horse and has done everything right--just needed time." With the win, It's A Herbie improved his lifetime record to 9-2-6-1. The son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. It's been a great week for the Yoder Stable as they also scored a victory in the New York Sires Stakes earlier in the week with Woodside Charm who shattered the North American record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino with a 1:53.4 mile. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 18 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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