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Wallkill, NY February 10 — Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that it will open its harness racing New York breeding shed on Monday, February 12, three days earlier than the traditional 15th.   The farm welcomes a new addition to its stallion roster in Devious Man 3,1:52.2-’17 ($1,338,677).   A perfect stallion option for the large and small breeder with a stud fee of $4,000. This leading money winning son by Credit Winner will have the same collection protocol as Chapter Seven with availability on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Mares may be bred on farm, via trailer or via semen pickup.       American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Credit Winner and E L Titan will be collected 4X per week.    Overnight transport is available for all except E L Titan.    To review Blue Chip’s most up-to-date breeding shed policy by stallion, visit Our Shed Collection Schedule Page   For more information, or to book your mare, contact Jean Brown-Clearwater at jbrown@bluechipfarms.com.    Shona Rosenblum

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Anthony Napolitano has been doing good things at the Meadowlands for the last three winters, and Friday night at the Big M, he was without question the big man on campus, winning five times on the 13-race harness racing card. Napolitano had help. With Yannick Gingras absent, 'ANap' drove trainer Ron Burke's stock, and the duo teamed up to win four times on the card. Their winners were Noble Prize ($5.20 to win as the favorite, 1:56.3 for the mile) in the fourth race conditioned trot, Jaded Dream ($7.20, 1:53) in the fifth race conditioned pace for fillies and mares, Stormont Wizard ($5.40 as the public choice, 1:53.4) in the ninth race conditioned trot and Misslarose ($3.60 as the chalk, 1:55) in the 12th race conditioned trot. Napolitano capped his big night in style, scoring in the 13th race fillies and mares conditioned pace with 12-1 chance Heavenly Bet ($26.80, 1:53) for trainer Brianne Good, who recorded a training double on the card. A LITTLE MORE: Marcus Miller also had a big night, guiding three winners on the card. ... The Pick 4 was popular as usual, as the second biggest pool of the year, $88,456, was wagered. The return for a 50-cent bet was $209.15 with favorites winning the last three legs. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,524,710. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five once again failed to result in a single-ticket winner, and as a result, the carryover crept ever closer to the $100,000 mark, just a little over $3,000 short at $96,484. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 9, 2018—A repeating Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) finished what she started—barely—Friday night (Feb. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. The first turn was not for the squeamish, with all three inside assignees—Juxta Cowgirl (Dan Dube), Jag Out (Joe Bongiorno) and Betabcool N (Jason Bartlett)—making breaks to one degree or another.   Sell a Bit N, remanded to outside post position No. 7,  left the gate. She was forced wider around Jag Out’s misdeeds, eventually making the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. A recovering Betabcool N was away second, with Motu Moonbeam N (George Brennan) third. After a :58.2 intermission, Motu Moonbeam N moved to challenge, hooking Sell a Bit N in an out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters. Annabeth (Brent Holland), as the 19-10 favorite, lined it up from second over. Sell a Bit N and Motu Moonbeam N remained well within the statistical margin of error off the final turn, while their closest foes could not reach. The former, who looked beaten, would not let the latter by, Sell a Bit N stuck her tongue out at the wire in a season’s-best 1:54.2. A no-excuse Annabeth, Betabcool N and Cousin Mary (Matt Kakaley) settled for the minors. For fourth choice Sell a Bit N, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $89, with the triple returning $240. Frank Drucker

Defending driver champion Corey Callahan won five races including the $27,500 Preferred/ Open/Handicap feature in 1:50.1 on a longshot filled Thursday, (Feb. 8). In a pulverizing stretch finish 15-1 Super Imposed N stepped up in class and beat home fast closing Sicily (Montrell Teague) with Cajon Lightning and leader turning for home Missle J, the race favorite right there in the photo.---Highalator, off at 10-1, also finished strongly for Roger Plante Jr. drawing off for a 1:52.1 conquest in an $18,000 4-Year-Old Open / Handicap. Major Uptrend won the fastest race on the card in 1:49.4 with Tony Morgan handling the reins for trainer Tim Crissman. --- Dialamara won the first of two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces with Tim Tetrick at the controls.--- Captive Audience used the passing lane to get up in 1:50.1to win the other high claiming division for driver Mike Cole.----Callahan had five winners, Morgan and trainer Crissman had three---Reggiano was claimed by Bobby Glassmeyer for $30,000 ---------------------------- DURING THE WEEK Third turning for home, Tetrick with Cashendash Hanover  took the passing lane route to a three-quarter length 1:52.2 victory in feature for the second straight Monday (Feb. 5). ---In a $12,500 claimer, Sean Bier and Jet Blue Miracle got up in the same winning time of 1:52.2. ---Magic Maddy won the day’s top trot in 1:55.3 driven by Tony Morgan.--- Tetrick, Morgan and Roberts had two winners each. --------------------------------------------------` On Tuesday, race favorite Moonlight Cocktail and longshot Bro Hanover came through with victories in co-feature races while Morgan rang-up four winners, Tetrick and Russell Foster had two apiece.---Moonlight Cocktail recorded her second win in the last three outings, a 1:53.2 lifetime best in the first $12,000 Winners-Over trot of the day. Morgan , who has driven her in all of her Dover starts, guided the convincing win. ---Sean Bier shot Bro Hanover into the lead on the backstretch and then pulled away for a 1:53.3 career mark in the other $12,000 Winners pace event.---Big Valley Speed (Ettrick) won the $15,000-$17,500 Claiming/Handicap trot in 1:54.4 and was claimed. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday. Shartin N stepped up to the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap on Feb. 7 for a 1:52.3 triumph ending long win streaks for two rivals over a sloppy track. Shartin N, with Tetrick, won for the fourth straight time, including her last race Down Under, ending Divas Image and Terror At Night’s three wins-in-a-row, in 1:52.3. On the undercard: Moments Of Joy , owned and trained by Bryan Truitt with Vic Kirby driving equaled her lifetime record of 1:54.--- Montrell Teague guided Use Your Noodle to her fourth win in her last six races registering a 1:53 victory in a $13,000 distaff pace. ---Tetrick had a triple while Teague and Callahan made the winner’s circle twice.   ------------------------------------ Defending champion Callahan and one-time champ Tetrick continue deadlocked at the top of the Leading Driver statistics tied with 97 wins each.  Morgan is third with 83 winners. Kirby and Art Stafford Jr. are in a 58 both, deadlock for fourth place.. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Jim King Jr. hold on Leading Trainer remains at one-win, 26 winners with defending champion Dylan Davis second with 25. Eric Ell, Joe Columbo and Nick Callahan are in a three-way tie for third place, all with 22 wins. Marv Bachrad

Hightstown, NJ --- When Jim Marohn Jr. was a teenager, he worked on the backstretch at the Meadowlands and got to observe some of the sport’s top stables in action. These days, the 35-year-old Marohn is still working at the Big M, but is part of the action as one of the racetrack’s top harness racing drivers. No one won more races at the Meadowlands in 2017 than Marohn, who had 109. He did not win the track’s driving title -- captured by Brett Miller -- because the meet ran from October 2016 to August 2017, but his 93 victories during that span resulted in a career-best third-place finish in the standings. Since the conclusion of last year’s meet in August, Marohn has won 46 races at the Meadowlands, which leads all drivers at the track. He has won races at a 19-percent clip, which trails only Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras among regulars. Marohn’s next chance to win at the Meadowlands comes Friday, when three of his drives will be part of the “Meadowlands Harness Live” broadcast from 9-10 p.m. on SNY (SportsNet New York). “That’s where I grew up; I started working on horses right on that backstretch,” Marohn said. “I got to absorb a lot of different methods and work for a lot of good stables that were there. That was and is the mecca of harness racing. It’s very satisfying to go there and race at a high level.” Marohn’s success in 2017 was not limited to the Meadowlands. He won a career-best 496 races overall and finished No. 10 among all drivers in North America. His $5.04 million in purses also were a lifetime best. “I’ve never set any specific goals or numbers that I want to reach,” Marohn said. “I just take the opportunities as they come. “I got to drive for a lot of good barns last year, and I think that’s what I was most satisfied about. Not really the wins or the earnings, but the bigger barns, not only giving me a chance, but sticking with me. That’s big. I appreciate that.” Born on Long Island, Marohn grew up mostly in New Jersey and followed his father -- the winner of 5,358 career races as a driver -- into the sport. Marohn got his first win at the age of 20 in 2002 and has won driving titles at Tioga Downs and Monticello Raceway during his career. In addition to his strong year at the Meadowlands, Marohn finished third in the driver standings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where he notched career victory No. 4,000 in November, and had the fourth-most wins in 2017 at Freehold Raceway. He enjoyed most of his stakes success in sire stakes races, but also picked up a handful of wins on the Grand Circuit. He is hoping for more opportunities in the future. “If I could do a little work on the Grand Circuit it would be satisfying,” Marohn said. “If I could follow some young horses around and be competitive, that would be great. I’ve had some opportunities with horses here and there, but nothing extremely serious. I’ve never driven for a barn that had a group of those horses that I could go and race. I would love it. It’s always been a goal. “But I’m going to do the same thing I did last year. I like the hustle. I try to be somewhere as much as I can. I take the opportunities where I can.” For Friday’s Meadowlands entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Elkton, MD -- This month Post Time with Mike and Mike highlights New Vocations graduate JJ Hall. JJ Hall, a harness racing ten year old bay gelding out of Jailhouse Jesse and Flanery Hall, was recently retired in 2017 and placed at New Vocations last November.   He was purchased by part owner and trainer Scott Mogan as a yearling and remained in his barn up until his retirement. "He was a very special horse in our barn for 8 years, he has a personality like no other horse I've been around in my career." Mogan said.   With 113 starts, 28 trips to winners circle, JJ Hall earned $343,934 in his lifetime of racing. At two years old he took a mark of 2 minutes at Delaware County Fairgrounds. His three year old year was sensational, he took a mark of 1:55.4 at Scioto Downs, and also won the 3 year old colt trot Ohio Sire Stakes final at Scioto downs with Chip Noble in the bike, earning over $89,000 for the year. He was also named the Horse of the Year in the state of Ohio. His career was nothing short of remarkable, he was very impressive.   Trainer Scott Mogan stated "Chip Noble drove him almost every start before he became ill, and everybody who drove him after loved driving him, including my son Zach who won with him in one of his last starts before we retired him. He was like a cadillac to drive." At the age of 7, JJ Hall put his lifetime mark on his card at Scioto Downs, trotting in 1:53.1.   JJ Hall is enjoying his retirement. "He did sustain a superficial kick awhile back which set him back a few weeks but he can now walk and trot under saddle. He has learned to stand on his own while getting off and on and ride around the arena." per Winnie Nemeth, director of New Vocations.   In December of 2017 the Ohio Standardbreds and Friends group visited the facility and were able to meet all the horses on there. "A few of the kids were hanging on him, petting him, and a few of them even remembered him from when he was racing." Nemeth said.   The connections of Post Time With Mike and Mike are teaming up with New Vocations to publicize the amazing athletes we have and have had in our sport and help them get matched with a forever home. "JJ Hall will be posted soon to our website, but there were some very interested people in him last week, so he may soon be adopted." Nemeth said.   To help with the Post Time with Mike and Mike campaign to raise money for New Vocations, please visit here.      By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike    

ONKERS, N.Y. – Blindswitch Racing Stable and harness racing trainer Al Annunziata will start a formidable pair in this week’s pacing features at Yonkers Raceway. Betabcool is the 7-2 co-second choice on the morning line in Friday’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap while Don’tcallmefrancis is the 3-1 early favorite in Saturday’s $40,000 Open Handicap. Created by David Litvinsky six years ago, Blindswitch Racing Stable boasts a roster of about 30 horses, the most recent to join the ranks being Have Faith In Me, a champion pacer in Australia and New Zealand Blindswitch owns in partnership with VIP Stable, Robert Cooper, and Gary Axelrod. To reach the point of racing competitively in the Opens at Yonkers and importing the some of the Southern Hemisphere’s top horses, Blindswitch built success on the backs of its “core” four horses. “The first horse we claimed was Pan From Nantucket,” Litvinsky said. “He was so good. From there, it was BJ’s Guy. It was just lucky claims one after the other. Then RU Ready to Rock and Rock To Glory. Those were the core that kind of grew the stable. They were super horses. We’ve just been lucky with the claims and the right horses.” After achieving success in the claiming game, Litvinsky turned his attention to importing horses from Australia and New Zealand. He realized an average horse Down Under could be a good horse in the United States and a top horse from the Southern Hemisphere could be superior when brought stateside. “I think we started maybe three years ago with the Australian horses. I deal with an agent that kept calling us and saying, ‘hey, you’ve got to get this horse.’ They were cheaper back then. They were cheaper than they are now because now everybody’s doing it,” Litvinsky explained. “The horses that came over here, they were just average horses there, average to below average. Some of these horses are bleeders and a little bit of Lasix really freshens them up and obviously, they can breathe. We said, ‘let’s get some of the better horses there and they can be something really special here.’ ” Betabcool was one of those top horses Blindswitch imported. Purchased last year, the daughter of Bettor’s Delight was a 19-time winner from 84 starts in Australia, including wins in two Group 3 stakes, the Cinderella Stakes and the Norms Daughter Stakes. She began racing in North America last February and has posted seven victories and earned $221,500 since. Despite her success, Betabcool was originally overshadowed by stablemate Quick Draft. “We got her around the same time as Quick Draft,” Litvinsky said. “Quick Draft was actually the more classy horse coming over here; she was supposed to be the real deal, but as soon as we trained them together the first time, we just all knew that Betabcool was going to be the tougher horse, the better horse. She’s a really gutsy horse.” To start her 2018 campaign, Betabcool posted a neck victory in a $20,000 overnight at Yonkers January 12 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. She finished third in her next start January 26 before scoring a nose win over Regil Elektra at the same level February 2 after starting from post seven and racing 8 ¾-lengths behind early. “Betabcool, we gave a month off to freshen up. She had a big season, so we turned her out a little early and she’s come back really, really strong. She’s super sharp right now,” Litvinsky said. Betabcool’s impressive races justified moving up to the Filly and Mare Open this week, where she’ll meet last week’s winner Sell A Bit, Motu Moonbeam, who won at this level two weeks ago, and fellow class-jumper Cousin Mary. Juxta Cowgirl, Jag Out, and Annabeth complete the field. Betabcool will start from post three. “She got Bartlett, which is obviously a big bonus,” Litvinsky said. “She’s definitely better from off the pace. I’m hoping there’s little action up front and she gets away third and comes first-over, comes home late. She’s a different horse up front. She likes to chase for sure.” While Betabcool came from overseas, Blindswitch obtained Don’tcallmefrancis by more tradition means. Litvinsky acquired the Rocknroll Hanover gelding for $55,000 at the 2017 Meadowlands Winter Sale, seeing potential in the 2016 Anthony Abbatiello Classic winner to become a talented older horse. “He had an amazing 3-year-old season, made $150,000, beat some nice horses,” he said. “When we first got him, he was really good, then he started tailing off a little bit, he was tying up, so it took a little while to get him back to where he was at 3.” Don’tcallmefrancis won six of 37 starts last year, good for $74,770, but the 5-year-old is off to a faster start this year. He won four races in a row, including two for a $50,000 tag at Yonkers in January, before taking on Open company last week. Much to Litvinsky’s surprise, Don’tcallmerancis finished second by a nose. “I didn’t expect him to finish first or second last weekend,” he admitted. “There are some nice horses in the Open, it’s a big step up from a 50 claimer. When the horse is sharp, I guess he can beat anybody.” Saturday night, Don’tcallmefrancis will start from post three with Greg Merton in the bike and will face seven rivals, including Killer Martini, a 7-1 winner of the Open last week, Orillia Joe, who strung together three straight wins in January, and Dream Out Loud, who finished third in his last two Open tries. All Down The Line, Gokudo Hanover, Thisjetsabookin, and Soto complete the lineup. “If he gets a good trip, he can definitely win. I don’t think he’s going to win first-over, but if he gets the right trip, he can definitely catch them. It’s a very classy field.” First post time Friday and Saturday night at Yonkers is 6:50 p.m.  For entries to Friday’s races, click here.  Saturday’s fields can be found here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the two stake races planned for Plainridge Park -The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and The Clara Barton Pace - the Penn National Gaming Challenge Series will not be offered this year. Opportunities to establish the series in the future will be considered if additional races can be offered. Mark J. Loewe Vice President of Racing Operations

East Rutherford, NJ - With the announcement that the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) will not be implemented for 2018, The Meadowlands will address the immediate concern regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) in their harness racing stakes by increasing both Out Of Competition (OOC) and post race testing this year.   The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) has agreed to recognize the samples being sent to Hong Kong for testing, meaning that the results will now be subject to NJRC fines and suspensions being enforced. Hong Kong has agreed to cooperate in hearings that are necessary before any penalties can be issued by NJRC.   To help defray the cost incurred by the proposed increase in testing, 1% of the total money available from all revenue sources in Meadowlands stakes with a purse of over $100,000 will be used toward that expense.   "Based on the comments that Clay Horner and I received in discussing the SRIAI original plan, it is obvious the vast majority of owners of stakes horses support initiatives that level the playing field for all participants," said Meadowlands President Jeff Gural.   "The fact is those costs add up and 1% seems to me like a small price to pay for increased scrutiny."   Nick Salvi

Clay Horner told HRU Thursday there are two major reasons the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) rule being proposed by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Jeff Gural owned tracks will not be in effect until 2019. (Read previous stories: 2018-01-07 and 2018-01-12) Horner, WEG’s chairman, had hoped the new integrity rule intended to increase horse owner accountability would be in place for 2018, but with February 15 stakes payment deadline looming quickly and Ontario’s regulator asking for more time to properly vet the rule, Woodbine at Mohawk Park president Jessica Buckley confirmed the decision has been made to hold off until next year. “I think it’s going to take more time than we hoped, but we’re definitely not going to back away from what we’re trying to achieve,” Buckley said. Horner stressed this is not a sign WEG, Gural or the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) that oversees racing in Ontario is giving up on the rule. “That would be the wrong message to take away (from the delay in implementation),” Horner said. “There are two messages (to take away): this is highly constructive and we’ll be back.” Burke issued penalty over TCO2 In semi-related news, judges at The Meadows have handed trainer Ron Burke a 30-day suspension and $1,000 fine after TJ Blast — a horse trained and owned, in part, by Burke — had a high blood gas reading (TCO2) prior to the third race on Monday (Jan. 22) at the Pittsburgh-area track. At the request of the horse’s connections — and in accordance to an authorized procedure offered to others with horses with high TCO2 readings in the past — TJ Blast was sequestered for 72 hours after the initial positive and then retested. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has been told the penalty will likely be appealed, but no such appeal had been filed by Thursday afternoon. To read the entire article on Harness Racing Update click on this link.

The Delaware County Agricultural Society would like to remind harness racing horsemen that the Blooded Horse Sale's Winter Speed Sale scheduled for February 12 has been postponed. "With a couple of cases of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) reported in the state of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the fair board felt that we should be overly cautious and postpone the sale," noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing for the Delaware County Fair. "We have around 150 horses on the fairgrounds training daily and we owe the local trainers and owners a safe and healthy environment." Delaware County Fair officials have pledged to work with the Blooded Horse Sale Company to see if the sale can be held in the near future. Jay Wolf      

Pridecrest, who has rattled off five straight dominating victories at the top rung since arriving from the Midwest, looks to extend that harness racing streak Saturday night in the $6,600 Open Trot at Cal Expo. An 11-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The main event is scheduled as the third contest of the evening. Pridecrest put his name in the record books here on November 11 when he toured the Sacramento oval in coast-to-coast fashion in 1:53 2/5 to establish a new track record. For the fourth straight time, Pridecrest will be asked to start from the assigned No. 10 post position this weekend with trainer Luke Plano at the controls behind the Mark Hinshaw colorbearer. The 6-year-old son of Angus Hall has been ultra impressive in his five scores here, the most recent coming in the January 13 Open. As mentioned earlier, the last three have been recorded from this demanding 10 post, including his November 25 decision that came after he made a break before the start. The dark-hued sidewheeler registered one of those victories on the front end, three have come from a stalking position and his most recent saw him making a power brush to the lead at the half that led to a three and three-quarters lengths victory as the 1-5 favorite. Looking for an upset this weekend are Silverlode, Silverhill Volo, Talkin Tootsie, Wisom Kelly, Windsun Galaxie and The Evictor. Clements eyes special victory in Grundy Trot Robin Clements will send out Franky Provolone in next Friday night's Jim Grundy Final, and would love to win not only for her beloved trotter but because of the person for whom this race is named. "I was fortunate to know Jim when he and his wife Debbie had a big stable and he was at the top of his game," Robin related. "Jim was a heck of a horseman, especially with the young horses, and he was always dominant in the stakes races. "He could be kind of a gruff guy at times, but he had a big heart for the animals, especially for the dogs." Clements recalled a specific incident with the mare Taxi Dancer that involved Grundy. "When I first got Taxi Dancer, I was out training her and as I was coming back, I passed Jim who was standing by the rail. "He yelled to me to 'drop that mare's head', meaning to lower her overcheck. I told him this is Taxi Dancer and she can pull, but he yelled back that he knew who she was and I should drop the head! "I went back to the barn and lowered her overcheck, and she won her next start and even set a new lifetime mark. After that race I saw Jim and he said he could see that mare wanted her head between her knees and started to laugh." By the way, Taxi Dancer won 36 races for Robin with that "low head". By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

DOVER, Del. --- Defending driver champion Corey Callahan won five races including the $27,500 Preferred Open harness racing feature in 1:50.1 on a longshot filled Thursday, Feb. 8 at Dover Downs. In a pulverizing stretch finish 15-1 Super Imposed N stepped up in class and beat home fast closing Sicily (Montrell Teague) with Cajon Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.) and leader turning for home Missle J.(Tim Tetrick), the race favorite right there in the photo. Missle J had battled Something Said (Jonathan Roberts) from the three quarters until finally taking the lead on the final turn. The win by the Jereme's Jet-Madam Superior gelding was the fifth for Callahan. It was the first of two for owner-trainer Mike Hall and partner David Hamm. Highalator, off at 10-1, also finished strongly for Roger Plante Jr. drawing off for a 1:52.1 conquest in an $18,000 4-Year-Old Open/Handicap. Trainer Jenny Bier and Joann Dombeck own the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher who won for the first time this season and 13th time in his career with a $144,598 bankroll. Allwillworkout (Callahan) was runner-up with Down On Mainstreet (Stafford Jr.) third. Major Uptrend won the fastest race on the card in 1:49.1 with Tony Morgan handling the reins for trainer Tim Crissman and owners Crissman and Niss Allen Inc. The Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding won his first of 2018 and 39th lifetime building his earnings to 455,833. Sweet Rock (Vic Kirby) was a strong second. Moonliteonthebeach (Allan Davis) was the show horse. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo's Dialamara won the first of two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Ideal Fashion (Morgan) was second with Hi Sir (Russell Foster) third. Josh Green conditions the Lis Mara-Ladysai gelding. Captive Audience, who started from the rail, came along the passing lane to get up in 1:50.1to win the other high claiming division. Mike Cole drove the Art Major-Captive island 8-year-old to his initial win of the year, his 18th lifetime with earnings of $877,623. Whirl Monroe (Kirby) was a close second with Reggiano (Morgan) third and was claimed. Callahan had five winners, Morgan and trainer Tim Crissman had three. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If you follow harness racing at the Meadowlands, you know how popular the track's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick 4, is with the betting public. What you may not know is how the wager and the sequence that compiles it (races 8 through 11) impact the overall betting at the industry's handle leader. "The Meadowlands Pick 4 pool is averaging $81,785 in 2018 and a little more than $93,000 over the last two Saturdays," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "On January 27, the races that made up the Pick 4 sequence saw $938,264 in handle. Those are incredible numbers for our sport. There are also the residual effects of having the most popular wager in the sport. "The following Saturday, the final Pick 3 pool was over $20,000 and the Late Double pool following our Pick 4 was over $35,000. The final nine races on the card handled over $2 million. These are the type of wagers and pools that we are building our mid-card and late-night audience with and it all starts with the resurgence of our Pick 4 with a 15 percent takeout." The day-by-day Pick 4 pool totals for 2018 (the wager carries a $50,000 guaranteed pool): January 12: $72,239 January 13: $83,204 January 19: $73,445 January 20: $86,996 January 26: $85,775 January 27: $101,968 February 2: $64,991 February 3: $85,779 "Speaking of the late-night audience," said Settlemoir. "The final race this Friday will offer a 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover of $92,461. We are at the point now where one person could win $100,000 for a 20-cent wager on our final race of the night. "What some players do not know is that you don't have to be a single-ticket winner to make a score in the High Five. Remarkably, 4-5 favorites won the final race both nights of last weekend, but the payouts were $2,094 on Saturday and $5,441 on Friday, nonetheless. That is hard to believe and a good reason for Big M fans to always take a shot at the High Five." HANDLE HAT TRICK: Total handle at the Big M has exceeded $2.7 million for three straight Saturdays. ... Pick 5 pools are averaging $72,429 this year, thanks in large part to a $250,000 carryover pool on Opening Night. Even without a carryover, the wager remains strong, averaging $50,635 in action, more than double the pool's $25,000 guarantee. The Pick 5 is offered with a 15 percent takeout. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick 4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. SOCIAL SETTINGS: Is there a carryover in the Pick 5? Did the bettors wager $100,000 in the Pick 4 pool? Need to know what's going on at the Meadowlands? On Twitter, check out Dave Brower (@eedoogie), track photographer Mike Lisa (@lisaphoto) or the track itself (@themeadowlands). If you prefer Facebook, go to 'Dave Brower' or 'MeadowlandsRacetrack'. LIVE SHOW FRIDAY: "Meadowlands Harness Live" returns Friday night and will show races 7, 8 and 9 from 9-10 p.m. The telecast can be seen on SportsNet New York (SNY) with host Dave Brower, color commentator Dave Little and handicapper and interviewer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden. LIVE RACING SCHEDULE: Racing is conducted at the Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday evenings. The winter post time of 6:35 p.m. will continue until Saturday, March 17. Post time will change to 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Trotters head Friday's Meadowlands Card East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night's live race card at The Meadowlands feature 13 races and kicks off the big Valentine's Day weekend buffet in Pink.   On the track, the seventh race pits 10 veteran trotters competing in a $14,000 conditioned race led by morning line choice Another Chapter. This now 4-year-old was in career best form in his last few outings until going off-stride as the favorite last week. He'll look to make amends from post 6 for connections trainer Jim Campbell and owner Runthetable Stable. Brett Miller drives.   Chief among the competition are Bee In Charge (Andy Miller) who has the inside post advantage on his main rivals along with Scirocco Jakob (Marcus Miiler) and Waiting On A Woman (Eric Carlson), all three are getting class relief this week.   All of the guaranteed wagers are activated for Friday and the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover pool is flirting with the six figure mark.   Free program pages and Race Reviews are available on the Meadowlands website.   Post time is 6:35 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations

Pompano Beach, FL...February 8, 2018...Driver-trainer Rick Schaut celebrated his ninth anniversary by guiding A TC Queenie to a 1:54.2 victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot for harness racing mares on Wednesday night (February 7). The five year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar led every step of her mile, clocking lively panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4 along the way before a :29.3 finale sealed the deal measuring 2 1/4 lengths over She's All In, handled by Rick Plano. Explosive Jet, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, was third, a nose further back, while Modern Mercury finished fourth. Second Sister rallied from last half way through the mile to finish fifth while Diamond Dagger, the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, never fired and finished sixth in her octet. Schaut, who co-owns the mare with sister Trish Soulsby, was humble after the win saying, "Queenie has always been good to us from day one. She's just getting back after a few months off and, each start, she's been getting better. I thought this was the perfect spot to send her from the five post and she came ready to race. She was strong every step and it was a great anniversary present for me and my wife, Liz. "My sister was here to see it, so it was doubly special for everyone. The win--her 15th in 48 lifetime starts--pushed A TC Queenie's career earnings to $279,146 to go along with her 1:53 mark last semester at Scioto Downs. As the 7 to 2 second choice, A TC Queenie paid $9.20 to win. The $11,000 co-feature Open Trot went to Midnite Craze, driven by Dave Ingraham for Ivan Davies, who trains for owner G. Richard Mason, Jr. The eight year-old gelded son of Crazed also used front end tactics to score in 1:54 off of panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.4, holding off the late-surging Born To Thrive, with Rick Plano in the bike, by three-parts-of a-length, Uncle Hanover, with Mike Simons driving, was a fast closing third while Foundonabeach, prominent all the way, fourth. Zoraze picked up the nickel after being shuffled to last around the final bend. Said driver Ingraham after the event, "We just missed last week in his first start and he was much tighter tonight. It was a very good mile for him." The win was the milestone 25th in the career of Midnite Craze, who now has banked $185,081 during his career stretching 78 starts. Second choice in the betting at 7 to 2, Midnite Craze paid $9.40 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $1,703. The Super Hi-5 carryover has blossomed to $171,941 for the competitive nine race program. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Colin Mello achieved his goal of breaking the mare’s record with his pony Pocket de Gold on a night of harness racing when multiple track records tumbled at the weekend. Mello’s Indiana-bred pony ran a blistering 1:02/4 in the Free for All with teenaged driver Christian Truran at the helm to eclipse the previous mare’s record (1:03/1) held by IC’s Overextended and record a lifetime best. “This is a big achievement and something that I have worked hard for the last couple of years,” said Mello, whose retired stud Big Red Machine holds the overall track record, which stands at 1:0¼. “She had been in 1:03/2 twice this season, which is a fifth off the record, so I figured she would be able to do it and the last couple of weeks she has been really strong. “I am excited and happy and this is one of the things that Christian and I wanted to accomplish this season because she is retiring at the end of this year and going back to Indiana to breed. “I am really proud of Christian who has put lifetime marks on all the horses I have this year, which includes Itsallaboutme, Pocket de Gold and Thisbabyrocks. “He took my filly Thisbabyrocks in 1:06 flat, which is a fifth of a second off the Bermuda-bred two-year-old record, so he has done really well this season.” Pocket de Gold is a former New Year’s Day Stakes winner in the both the three and four-year-old divisions and also previously held the two-year-old record for the 5/16th mile track in Indiana. Gold N Glory and Reel Patrol were the other two ponies breaking records during last Saturday night’s racing schedule. Charles Whited’s gelding Gold N Glory broke the overall two-year-old’s record with teenage driver Kiwon Waldron. It is the third time this season that Waldron has steered a pony to the overall two-year-old’s record, having already done so twice with Lee Raynor’s stud Special Gold. Pocket de Gold, Gold N Glory and Special Gold all share the same father. Also in record breaking form was Ashley and Jason Peniston’s mare Reel Patrol, who set a new overall Bermuda-bred record after running a 1:03/3 with Andrea Westerfield in the bike. Reel Patrol also holds the Bermuda-bred two year-old record, which stands at 1:05/4. Colin Thompson Bermuda Reprinted with permission of The Royal Gazette

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