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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Yannick Gingras is having a record stretch for a harness racing driver while betting continues at a torrid clip during February at the Meadowlands. After winning 13 races over the span of Feb. 1-2, Gingras followed that up with 10 more wins last weekend (Feb. 8-9) at the Big M, giving him 23 victories in 49 starts, for an incredible win percentage of 47. Not surprisingly, trainer Ron Burke conditioned many of Gingras' winners. Over the course of the four race cards, Burke had 15 victories in 24 starts (63 percent), with all of the winners being driven by Gingras. Cold weather, hot handle: Big M betting is on a roll of late. The first weekend of February saw just over $6 million in action before last week saw all-source wagering total just short of $5.7 million. The Superfecta, which offers a 10-cent minimum bet and lowest in the game 20 percent takeout, has seen an average pool of $38,236 Since switching to a Race 1 start, betting in the 50-Cent Pick-5 has been strong, as an average of $58,213 has been poured into play on the wager with the low 15 percent takeout The Pick-3 ($1 minimum, 20 percent rake) has averaged $28,382 The 50-Cent Pick-4 (15 percent takeout), the track's signature wager, continues to be a hit with bettors, as $97,538 has been the average pool size. Saturdays have been especially good, with average action of $109,680 The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 (15 percent takeout) saw its first $20,000 pool of the year last Saturday, when a total of $21,633 was wagered. One lucky bettor in Ohio walked away with more than $18,000 after being the lone holder of a ticket "surviving" eight legs THIS WEEKEND: Racing continues Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ... The Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five has a carryover of $40,545 awaiting players Friday. ... Free program pages for the Big M Pick-4 are available at and WHHC QUALIFIER: The World Harness Handicapping Championship rolls on at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Feb. 16) with two spots to the April 6 WHHC final up for grabs. It's $200 to get in ($100 entry fee/$100 bankroll). Contest check-in and headquarters are at the main entrance to the Clubhouse, across from the Players Club Desk. Walk-ups are welcome, but must arrive between 5:30 and 7 p.m. For complete information, go to BRING YOUR SWEETIE: This Friday (Feb. 15), the Big M's Pink restaurant will offer a special Valentine's Day celebration with a $44.95 buffet that includes a glass of champagne and a red rose for the ladies. In addition, every time a driver with red in his colors wins, two lucky drawing winners will receive $50 betting vouchers in "Cupid's Cashout". The entry form will be in the live program. On Saturday (Feb. 16), the $44.95 buffet will be offered once again in Pink, and this time, a Florida vacation will be up for grabs, as one drawing winner will walk away with a trip to Orlando. Once again, entry forms will be in the live program. MADNESS IS COMING: It is upon us! March 19 marks the start of the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament. Come on out to the Big M and watch and wager on the games in the FanDuel Sports Book. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

The name of the 2018 Harness Racing Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night, Feb. 24, at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren't among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA's Facebook page. After a cocktail hour and open bar sponsored by McWicked, the awards ceremony gets underway at 7 p.m. and will be available via the Facebook page, sponsored by Crawford Farms and Crazy Wow. At approximately 10 p.m., emcees Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir will announce the winner of the E. Roland Harriman Horse of the Year trophy, which follows the revealing of the names of the Pacer of the Year and Trotter of the Year. To access USHWA's Facebook page, please click here. The entire video will also be available on the U.S. Trotting Association's YouTube page the following day, Monday, Feb. 25. Dinner tickets are still available but must be ordered by Monday, Feb. 18, by contacting Judy Wilson via email at or by phone at (302) 359-3630. Tickets for the filet mignon-featured meal are $175 each. Post time for the evening is 6 p.m., with a one-hour Red Carpet cocktail reception sponsored by the Southwind Frank Partners. Also starring on the Red Carpet will be Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder, with the two Heathers broadcasting live on their individual Facebook pages. It's your guarantee to see who's wearing what and what the attendees have to say about the festivities. Heather Vitale's Facebook page can be found here. Heather Wilder's Facebook page can be found here. From the United States Harness Writers Association

The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (D.S.O.A.) is hosting its 4th annual stallion auction for P.A.C.E. (Political Action Committee for Equines). P.A.C.E. is an important fund that makes political contributions to candidates and politicians, who support the Delaware harness racing community & its issues. The D.S.O.A would like to thank all the owners who have graciously donated these breedings and the bidders who will be using them. P.A.C.E. 2019 Delaware Stallion Service Auction Stallion Fee Gait Donated by Standing 1) Anders Bluestone $3,000 (T) Kenny Wood & Bill Dittmar Delaware 2) Barber Pole $3,000 (P) Gary & Barbara Isles Delaware 3) Barber Pole $3,000 (P) Gary & Barbara Isles Delaware 4) Classic Card Shark $3,500 (P) Winbak Farm Delaware 5) Collect The Brass $2,000 (T) Carlo Poliseno Delaware 6) CR Commando $2,500 (T) Winbak Farm Delaware 7) Delmarvelous $3,000 (P) Teague Stables Delaware 8) Delmarvelous $3,000 (P) Teague Stables Delaware 9) Dragon King $1,500 (P) Pamela Schott Delaware 10) Iron Mine Bucky $2,000 (T) Iron Mine Branch Farm Delaware 11) Kodiak Lindy $3,000 (T) Brenda Teague Delaware 12) Mr. Wiggles $4,000 (P) Teague Stables Ohio 13) Mr. Wiggles $4,000 (P) Teague Stables Ohio 14) Papa Ray $1,000 (P) Wayne Givens Delaware 15) Powerful Mist $1,000 (P) Wayne Givens Delaware 16) Southwind Lynx $3,000 (P) Teague Stables Delaware 17) Southwind Lynx $3,000 (P) Teague Stables Delaware 18) Xactly Hanover $1,500 (T) Andrew Markano Delaware 19) Yankee Royalty $2,000 (T) Bart Cavanaugh Sr. Delaware The auction will be held on line at starting on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM and closing on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM. All bids may be made directly on the website. Winning bidders will be notified by email and must send a 10% deposit payable to "P.A.C.E." at the D.S.O.A., 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, Delaware 19904 at that time. To place a bid online: A) Go to, read the terms posted and please follow the directions. B) Look for a stallion service you want to purchase and place your bid. C) It will be noted what the next bid amount would need to be. D) A 10% deposit on all winning bids is due within 15 days payable to "P.A.C.E." E) Balance of bid is due at the time of live foal. F) For information contact Sal DiMario, Executive Director of D.S.O.A. at (302) 678-3058 or Bidding Rules: Horsemen may bid on an unlimited number of stallions. All contracts are subject to P.A.C.E. and farm approval and are not transferable to another mare or individual. The winning bidder must make a deposit for 10% of the bid, with a $100 minimum. The balance (90%) is due upon the birth of a live foal. Make all checks payable to P.A.C.E. If there is no live foal, the deposit, will be donated to P.A.C.E. There is no return privilege. Do not bid for mares over 20 years old or mares that have been barren two or more consecutive years. Do not bid on a stallion for which you already have a contract. Failure to present your mare to the stallion without justifiable cause will result in forfeit of entire deposit. No Ownership change on a mare is permitted until service is paid unless a statement from a licensed veterinarian declaring the mare not in foal is provided to P.A.C.E.   From the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association  

The annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Feb 12, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 56 year history. It was standing room only as owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares. "People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "It may take a bit more time and resources, but the dividends far outweigh the cost. Bringing horses to a packed venue of eager buyers is a tremendous marketing tool. Consignors, for the most part, were quite pleased." The sale topper was the Muscle Hill 5-year-old trotter Southwind Cobra who was purchased by Loren Yoder of Iowa for stallion duties for $54,000. Consigned by Windy Ridge Farm, the Grand Circuit winner sported a record of 2,1:53.3 and earnings of $236,834. Runner up honors went to the highly competitive 4-yr old pacer Gerardo, a winner of $104,000 last year. Consigned by Doug Dunbar of Ontario, the son of Rockin Image was bought near the end of the sale by Kayne Kauffman for $50,000. Dunbar also signed the ticket for the solid conditioned pacing mare Big Lis for $35,000, one of 29 that Canadian buyers took home. Of those, six were purchased by Brian Doyle for export to Ireland, including the lovely Art Major broodmare Miri for $17,000. The Burke Racing Stable consignment included a pair of fancy trotting fillies that got breeders' attention. Winterwood Farm acting as agent had the final bid on Pink Fringes, a daughter of Uncle Peter from the family of B Cor Pete 9,1:53.2 ($893,076) and Tall Cotton 8,1:51.3f ($871,621) for $26,000, and Dublin Valley Farm secured Pat On The Back, a Donato Hanover daughter of Buck I St Pat 7,1:51 ($2,320,637) for $15,000. The always popular Spring Haven Farm consignment offered the fast 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare Mylittlesurfergirl p,4,1:51.3 who was purchased by Gray Thunder II Stable of NY for $18,500, and the attractive 4-year-old trotting gelding Fan The Flames that Brandon Presto acquired for $19,000 to race at The Meadows. For complete sale results visit The next sale is May 14 and it's an exceptionally strong market for racehorses. Entries close April 22. Any questions should be directed to by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

Saratoga Springs, NY — Sunday (Feb. 17) will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway’s 78th season of live harness racing. Post time is scheduled for 12 noon. The casino will look to build on the success of last year’s racing season, where all-source handle exceeded $46 million and the Saratoga Harness simulcast signal was broadcast to more than 400 outlets worldwide. Guests in attendance for opening day on Sunday will receive a free Saratoga Harness long-sleeve shirt with the purchase of a racing program. All guests who redeem their free shirt coupons will also be entered into drawings where one winner of a $50 betting voucher will be selected after each race starting with race four. Also, $1 deals will be offered on hot dogs, jumbo pretzels, pizza slices and PBR drafts on both Sunday (Feb. 17) and Monday (Feb. 18). As always, parking and admission are free. “We’re very excited to welcome fans back for the 78th year of harness racing,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of exciting and quality racing here at the historic Spa oval.” A highlight of the upcoming racing season will undoubtedly be the 11th annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace, which will feature one dash for $260,000 on July 20. Collectively, horsemen will be competing for more than $15 million in purses at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019. Additionally, continued benefits and rewards will be available throughout the 2019 racing season for users of SaratogaBets — the casino’s online interactive wagering platform. For the entire 2019 season, a 10 percent bonus will be added on all winning Saratoga Harness wagers placed on any self-service kiosk with a valid SaratogaBets account. Signing up for a SaratogaBets account is free and can be completed on or in the mezzanine at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The full 2019 season schedule is available now at From Saratoga Casino and Racing

Trenton, NJ — Rich Borowsky isn’t exactly the second coming of Roy Hobbs, but the two do have something in common — a love affair that was interrupted, but never completely extinguished. Hobbs, of course, was Robert Redford’s character in “The Natural.” A young baseball phenom whose career got sidetracked when he was shot by a deranged woman; only to return 17 years later to become a star for a year. Borowsky, thank goodness, didn’t get shot. But his career in the harness racing sulky was interrupted, ironically, because he took a job carrying a gun. The Freehold, N.J. native began driving in 1983, but was forced to give it up in 1997, one year after becoming a police officer at nearby Marlboro Township. “I was trying to do both in the beginning but it just didn’t work out so I left the horses totally,” Borowsky said. In 2017, knowing retirement was just one year away, the desire that never completely stopped flowing through his blood resurfaced again and Borowsky began driving qualifiers at Freehold Raceway. Once he retired, there was no question where Rich was headed. “I just wanted to get back in it,” he said. “I just loved being on the track.” Thus, after a 20-year hiatus, Borowsky returned. And if people think it’s a big deal that Tom Brady won Super Bowls 17 years apart, they should really be impressed with Borowsky. He notched a win in December 2018 at Freehold, making it 21 years between driving victories. “That was really nice,” said Borowsky. “I got another one in January. It’s just great to be back. I never thought I’d get back into it.” Old habits die hard, however. Growing up in the shadows of Freehold Raceway, Rich trained and jogged horses that his dad owned. He got his qualifying license at 16 and regular license at 17, and started driving at the now defunct Brandywine and Liberty Bell tracks. He soon moved to Freehold when he became of age. “I didn’t drive a lot,” he said. “Most of the horses I drove, I trained. I didn’t catch drive. I worked for a few people off and on and 1997 was the last time I drove at Freehold. I just always loved it; I always wanted to drive horses. I wanted to be a driver but it was just tough for me. I didn’t have the money behind me to get horses and it’s hard to get a shot.” Thus, when law enforcement beckoned, he took the security of a steady job. “I guess it was a career thing; just to make a living,” Borowsky said. “I had a chance to become a police officer. I did it for 22 years, it was a great thing. When I knew I was going to be retiring I just said ‘I want to drive again’ and I just went back to the track.” In fact, he returned to his roots. “I just started going to the qualifying races at Freehold; it so happened they were short of drivers,” Borowsky said. “I would just ask people to drive. I wanted to get back on the track. I went every week and I was qualifying a lot of horses. The tough thing was they want the leading drivers. So I would qualify but most of the time didn’t get the drives. “This one horse I was driving was doing OK and from qualifiers they just kept me on. Doing qualifiers opened things up a little bit.” He finally began getting some drives and it felt like he had never been away. “Just like riding a bike,” he quipped. “It felt natural.” His first win in the 21st century came in December with Wicked Business, who is owned by Maggie and Tony Romano with Tony also the trainer. “For the first year back I didn’t have any wins,” Borowsky said. “So it felt really good to get that one.” Borowsky realizes that at age 53, owners and trainers won’t be flocking to him for drives. Thus, he is taking matters into his own hands. He and wife Jill purchased a farm in Bridgeville, Del., complete with a jog track. He plans on purchasing a few horses to train, and is looking to drive at nearby Harrington. “I might still go up to Freehold on weekends, so that’s the plan for now,” Borowsky said. “We’re just getting a couple horses; I think that will be enough for me. But you never know what can happen.” Nope, you never do. Borowsky and Roy Hobbs are proof of that. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Time Will Tell All and HP Sissy each used different methods to find their way to the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured harness racing events on Wednesday night (Feb. 13).   Time Will Tell All used a late charge down the passing lane to take the victory in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot while HP Sissy made every step a winning one to capture the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Driver Shawn Gray got a perfect pocket trip in the opener with Time Will Tell All and never took the lead until the shadow of the wire.   After drafting behind the front stepping Chelseas Chance, who posted splits of :30.2, 1:00.4 and 1:32.0, Time Will Tell All ($7.70) had a spot through the passing lane and held back a late rally from Lucky Guess (Drew Monti). The winner tripped the timer in 2:02.3, notching a neck decision.   A game Empire Earl N (Billy Davis Jr.), a winner of three straight, finished third while being parked the entire mile.   Owned by William Emmons and conditioned by James Clouser Jr., it was the first victory in four tries in 2019 for Time Will Tell All (Prayer I Am-Tender Dion). The win pushed the 8-year-old gelding's seasonal earnings to $8,125 and $200,036 lifetime.   HP Sissy took command off the gate and held on late to score a $16.40 surprise in the co-feature for the distaff pacers.   Denny Bucceri guided HP Sissy right to the lead, posting fractions of :28.4, 1:00.0 and 1:29.4. Things got a little scary for HP Sissy in deep stretch as You Mach Me Crazy (Gray) was full out but saw her threat come up just a neck short. Sentimental Lady (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Trained by Mike Ohol and owned by John and Sally Finocchario, it was the second victory in four outings for 6-year-old mare HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $10,263 and $261,399 in her career.   Gray completed the evening with five victories in the bike with Fisher Jr. and John Cummings Jr. each getting a double.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to   by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday February 13, Austin Siegelman won half of the 10-race card as he steered 5 winners to the harness racing winner's circle. The Rick Dane Jr. trained Brandos Muscle Man ($13.00 - 2:00.4) got things going for Siegelman in a wire to wire effort from the 7 hole. Virtuous Dragon PP2 won the 4th race ($15.40- 1:58.2) A and C Artist ($1:59.2 - $6.70) - Ironbarbassy ($3.80 - 1:59.2) -and Law of Attraction ($9.00 - 2:00.2) The 26-year-old Siegelman is in 4th place for leading dash winning drivers, and sports a respectable .298 UDRS by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Cranbury, NJ... The first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 harness racing stake events, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series is just around the corner. The 94th Hambletonian will raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, August 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27. The Breeders Crown returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019, with 2-year-old elims scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 and finals on Friday, Oct. 25. Three-year-old and open events will race eliminations, if necessary, on Saturday, Oct. 19 and finals on Saturday, Oct. 26. Since February 15 falls on a Friday, followed by a federal holiday (Monday, Feb. 18 President's Day with no mail delivery) payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes will be accepted if postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 19. In 2019, The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and Clara Barton Distaff Pace will be raced at Plainridge Park Casino on Sunday, July 28th. Both of these races were cancelled in 2018, but are back with us in 2019. There is a new series at Hoosier Park the Society will handle called The Star Destroyer Series. This series is for 3-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers and Trotters and will be raced in late June of this year. The conditions are similar to the Pegasus Series and can be found on the race page at There are scheduled payment changes to the following races: Caesar's Trotting Classic, Dan Patch, Dayton Derby Pace & Trot, Jenna's Beach Boy and the Miami Valley Distaff Pace & Trot. Please check over the payment forms and payment schedules on the condition sheets for these races as they all have different payment schedules than in 2018. The conditions for each race can be found on the specific race page. The Hambletonian Society services 136 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. Our website,, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Payment forms are always available on our website at Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. The following races are serviced by The Hambletonian Society: Adios/Adioo Volo Arden Downs Art Rooney/Lismore Breeders Crown Cane Pace/Shady Daisy Carl Erskine Centaur Trotting Classic Circle City Series 3-Year-Olds Clara Barton Distaff Pace (New) Courageous Lady Filly Pace Currier & Ives Stakes Dan Patch Open Pace Dayton Pace & Trot Derby Dexter Cup/Lady Suffolk The Elevation Fox Stakes Hambletonian/Oaks Hambletonian Maturity Hoosier Stake Horseman Stake Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Jenna's Beach Boy 3CP Kentuckiana Stallion Mgmt T/P Keystone Classics Landmark Early Closer Liberty Bell T/P Madison County 2-Year-Olds Matron Stakes Messenger Stakes/Lady Maud Miami Valley Distaff Trot & Pace Monument Circle Pegasus Series 3-Year-Old Trot/Pace Progress Pace W.N. Reynolds Memorial E.C. John Simpson Memorial E.C. Spirit of Massachusetts Trot The Star Destroyer Series The U.S.S. Indianapolis Mem. The Crossroads of America Tompkins-Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong/The Horseman Yonkers Trot/Hudson Filly Trot by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

The harness racing industry has the extremely rare opportunity to purchase one of the few fillies to capture the prestigious Hambletonian. Hambletonian champion Atlanta, the first filly to capture the Hambletonian in 22 years with her 2018 victory, won eight races and more than $1 million this past season. The daughter of Chapter Seven - Hemi Blue Chip never finished worse than third as a sophomore, and along with her coveted victory in the Hambo added wins in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, her Breeders Crown elimination, Empire Breeders Classic elimination and final and two New York Sires Stakes events to her resume.   Atlanta will receive the Dan Patch Award as 2018's Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year in the U.S on February 23. Atlanta was listed on on Tuesday night (February 12) with a starting bid of $500,000. The now four-year-old is entered in an online auction with bids closing Friday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. According to the listing, Atlanta is "selling to the highest bidder due to a true partnership dispute" with current owners listed as Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. On January 9, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued Zeron a fine of $10,000 and suspension of 180 days, which he has since appealed. "After a well-deserved vacation, she is back jogging at Sunshine Meadows in South Florida as she prepares for her 2019 campaign," the owner's statement on Atlanta continued. "Staked to the world." From

Middletown, NY--- Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales has announced that the 2019 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 8) at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. The date marks the fifth anniversary of the sale that has grown into the pre-eminent harness racing outlet for buying New York bred trotters and pacers within the Empire State. The Goshen Yearling Sale has annually offered high quality stock from top breeders that include Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Concord Stud, Cameo Hills Farm and Boxwood Farm and has presented well-bred yearlings that are eligible to the lucrative New York Sire Stakes program each year. The sale has grown into the state's preferred Standarbreds yearling venue for both the buyer and consignor. "We are excited to announce this year's date and to get things rolling towards another great sale" said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "Last year's sale was a great success and many of the horses purchased there will be making their raceway debuts only a few months from now in preparation for stakes season." Some notable stakes-winning alumni of the Goshen Yearling Sale from the last two years include Clear Idea (American Ideal-Glass Maker 1:50.4, $463,546), Scuola Hanover (A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi 1:50.4, $234,558), Natalie Hanover (Chapter Seven-Nanticoke Hanover 1:54.1, $189,305), Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe-Wild Retreat 1:51.2, $185,287), Venier Hanover (Well Said-Valmctorian 1:53.3, $154,300), Shes A Billionair (Artiscape-She's Game 1:54.3, $145,618), Ostro Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Ozmopolitan 1:52.1, $134,156), Teasin N Pleasin (Cr Excalibur-Brontease 1:58, $121,745), Box Of Luck (Lucky Chucky-New DVD 1:56h, $105,625) and Major Blake (Art Major-Bet Your Life 1:51.4, $84,408). The sales facility is located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY, which is within a ninety-minute drive of many major race tracks and training centers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, making it a very convenient location to buy your next champion. All information regarding the fifth annual Goshen Yearling Sale will be available at when it becomes available. For any other inquiries please contact Mark Ford directly at 973-568-3253 (cell) or by email at . By Tim Bojarski, for Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales  

LEBANON, OH. - Krusty The Clown and John Jay won final preliminary divisions of the Survivor Series for male $5000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, setting themselves up as formidable hopefuls when ten championship harness racing finalists chase a $15,000 purse next week. Driver Cameron McCown, who claimed Krusty The Clown from the first elimination round of the Survivor Series, urged his new possession to a narrow 1:57.1 score over Swift Shark (Brett Miller) and Old Man River (Kyle Ater), who at 11 years of age just keeps on rollin'. Also advancing to the final were Ultra Shok N (Chris Page) and Don't Tell Rusty (Josh Sutton). John Jay (Ater) captured the second split in 1:57, despite starting from the outermost No. 9 post. The 6-year-old $150,000 career winner, racing for the first time for new owner Lases Racing and new trainer Alicia Hanners, topped Winds Of Terror (Sutton) and Lady's Man (Brady Galliers). Rounding out the championship field next week will be the remaining two check-getters, Royal Cam Hall (Page) and Total Sin (Dan Noble). From the Miami Valley Media Department  

New Zealand-bred star Bit Of A Legend is ready to make his 2019 debut in Saturday's (Feb. 16) $44,000 Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway and trainer Peter Tritton says the 10-year-old stallion looks as good as ever. Last year, Bit Of A Legend won five of 21 races, finished second seven times, and earned $549,315. His victories included the Battle of Lake Erie in a career-best 1:49.4 around Northfield Park's half-mile oval and he was runner-up in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship, Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial, and Dan Rooney Invitational. Since arriving in the U.S. in 2016, Bit Of A Legend has won 26 of 77 races and earned $1.79 million. Other top wins include the Gerrity, Bobby Quillen Memorial, and Molson Pace in 2017 and the 2016 Levy championship. "To me, he seems to be coming up every bit as good as he did last year and the year before," said Tritton, who trains Bit Of A Legend for Vonknoblauch Stable LLC. "He's probably a little more forward this year than he was last year. We gave him a month off, but we couldn't give him much more because he got too full of himself. But he had a really good break. I'm very happy with where he is at the moment." Bit Of A Legend, driven regularly by Jordan Stratton, is a son of Bettor's Delight out of Soky's Legend. He was a two-time Australasian Breeders Crown champion Down Under, where he won 20 times and earned $659,686, giving him lifetime earnings of $2.45 million. Tritton will use the next month to prep Bit Of A Legend for the Levy Series, which begins March 16 at Yonkers. The series consists of five preliminary rounds followed by a $200,000-added final on April 20. "With any luck through the series he should be right there," Tritton said. "We'll give him one or two more runs before the (preliminary rounds). The beauty of him is that he can go right through without a break. He enjoys his work and Jordan looks after him pretty good. "I just hope we can get through the series and get to the final and draw good. I thought he could have won the last couple if he had drawn better, but he drew the outside both times. It's hard to win those finals from the outside." Tritton is planning to keep Bit Of A Legend on a schedule similar to previous years, although he might not stake the stallion to events on bigger tracks. Bit Of A Legend is winless in eight starts on tracks larger than a half, with two on-the-board finishes. "He can go around the big tracks, but he's so slick on a half and can get around those corners so quick," Tritton said. "I think he loses his advantage on the big tracks, where some of them gain an advantage." Bit Of A Legend is one of 10 horses in Tritton's stable. Three other New Zealand-breds could compete in series action at Yonkers, with Pacing Major pointed toward the Levy and mares Sell A Bit and Shezza GNP penciled in for the Blue Chip Matchmaker. "Pacing Major is not as good as Legend, but he's a good racehorse," Tritton said. "With the right trip he can go (1):51 around Yonkers. He's done it a couple of times. I think he'll acquit himself quite well. "In the Matchmaker, I'll run Shezza GNP. She's probably not good enough to win, but she'll be right there. She can go with those mares. I may run Sell A Bit. She's qualifying on Friday. She's getting close to a million dollars. I'd love to get her to a million dollars. I think I might give her another shot at it. "We'll keep our fingers crossed. We just need a bit of luck." For Saturday's complete Yonkers entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

My Name is Tom Luchento, most of you know, I am President of Harness Horsemen International.   I would like to take this time to speak to you about a problem that has recently come to my attention. By now, most of you probably have heard about it, but for those who haven't, please let me explain. In order to be respectful, I will not mention names or places, but rather speak to the issue.   As I write this, there is an ongoing fight caused by a racetrack management and two horsemen's organizations. At this particular time the racetrack is dividing health and welfare monies to two horsemen's organizations from funds dedicated to the horsemen. Currently these 2 horsemen's organizations co-exist representing horsemen at different racetracks. Each provides health and welfare benefits from funds dedicated for that purpose.   Recently, the track has decided to choose one group over the other. Now, if this were the opinion of both organizations it maybe alright, but that decision belongs to the horsemen they represent, not the racetrack. In today's democratic society's horsemen must be allowed to be governed by the people that they have freely elected. There must be acknowledgement of a democratically elected and legitimate horsemen's association. This action is a detriment to every horsemen's organization, which has the inherent right to elect their representatives.   When horsemen fail to stand together united against a tyrannical management who is trying to eliminate bona fide elected officials representing the men and women that they were elected to represent, all horsemen suffer. I implore all horsemen's organizations to not let this happen in your jurisdictions, for if we stand united, no one can tear us apart. At our upcoming annual meeting in Florida later this month, we will discuss this issue in greater depth.   Thank you, I remain, Tom Luchento President, H.H.I.       Harness Horsemen International 319 High St. Suite 2 Burlington, NJ 08016 (609) 747-1000   Kimberly A. Rinker 708-557-2790 @Trotrink  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 12, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's first seasonal deadline for series nominations is right around the corner. Blue Chip Matchmaker, George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series all close this Friday (Feb. 15th). Forms are available in the nightly racing program, on-line at and through selected harness publications/websites. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Monticello Raceway

Due to Winter Storm Maya, Qualifiers will be held on Thursday February 14, the box closes at 11:45 on Wednesday. Please contact the Race Office at (845) 794 - 4100 EXT 557 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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