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Anderson, IN -- Harrah's Hoosier Park concluded the 25th silver anniversary season of live harness racing with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 10. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fifth consecutive and seventh leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2018 leading driver with 309 victories while amassing over $3.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 259 victories with John DeLong in third with 248 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $50 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick recorded his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.8 million in purse earnings and 569 victories. Tetrick is also ranked among the top 10 drivers in the country with 469 victories and counting. "I want to thank the owners, trainers, and grooms who put me in the position where I can do well every night," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "Without them I wouldn't be standing here today. I am going to take a few weeks off and enjoy this and then will most likely be racing in Ohio for a few nights a week during the off season." "The support of my family and friends has been great," he continued. "I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." After tying with trainer Jamie Macomber for the leading trainer title last season, Jeff Cullipher took the next step and secured the 2018 leading trainer title outright. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just four wins separated the top pair. Cullipher secured the title after winning with Wings Up and Inverse Hanover in their respective races. Cullipher ended the season with 119 victories with Jamie Macomber finishing second with 116 trips to the winner's circle. Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 47-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After recording his first million dollar season as a trainer in 2017 with his stable netting over $1.2 million in purse earnings and 102 victories, Cullipher is on track to record his best season to date in 2018 as his stable has already amassed over $1.5 million in purse earnings and 124 wins. Cullipher's stable earned over $1.3 million in purse earnings at Hoosier Park this season. "It really is a team effort," Cullipher said. "It's a lot of hard work but I've got a great team and some great owners who helped make this possible. Owners like Tom Pollack have been a dream come true for a guy like me--it's an honor to have the caliber of horses I've been able to train all season." "We are going to take a little bit of time off," Cullipher continued. "We will keep a stable here in Indiana for the winter and we are also looking to have a stable in New Jersey starting in December so next year will be exciting." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2018 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "I want to tip my hat to everyone at Harrah's Hoosier Park who made this 25th season of harness racing so special and memorable," said Harrah's Hoosier Park Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "And to our partners, the horsemen, who night in and night out make racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park the best there is in North America. We couldn't be more proud. We'll catch our breath and then get back to the drawing board to make 2019 even better!" For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

With no Open Pace being contested this week, the $15,000 Winners Over was the Saturday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The race kind of had the look of an Open in that the runner-up in the last two installments of the local Open JK Panache was a member of the field. The Dave Dewhurst trainee was assigned the outside post in the featured field of six but was still backed by the betting public down to odds of 1-5. Shawn Gray forwardly placed the nine year old veteran in the early going in a race with sizzling first half fractions. Following a first quarter in 26.3, JK Panache waited until the dust settled and made his move to the top, clearing the lead in a half posted in 55.4. From there, the classy vet built up what proved to be an insurmountable lead ,drawing away at one point by four lengths before hanging on to win by a half length in 1:53.3. Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum), who finished third in last week's Open just a couple of lengths behind JK Panache, again was bested by the classmaster and wound up as the runner-up in this Saturday's feature. Longshot Ginger Tree Cash (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. The exacta paid $10.80 while the triple came back $58.50 with the big favorite on top. With the win, JK Panache moved his career earnings to over the $600,000 mark for Dave Dewhurst who co-owns the star pacer with Philip Hale. Shawn Gray piloted three winners on the card as he also guided the Jordan Derue-trained Best Shot N to a wire-to-wire victory and Joe De Carlo trainee In The Huddle to an off-the-pace score. The win was the fourth in as many weeks in the $15,000 claiming condition for the New Zealand invader Best Shot N. In The Huddle's score came while competing in a $12,000 conditional try. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- Despite a substantial step up in class, Iyq Yqr held to script and went gate to wire to win the $11,000 Open Handicap harness racing pace on Saturday night (Nov. 10) at Batavia Downs. Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) got away sharply off the gate, took the lead and rolled through the first two turns with no pressure at all. That came when Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.), who pulled at the three-eighths, drew alongside Iyq Yqr in front of the grandstand and tried to clear at that point. Bucceri then popped the plugs on Iyq Yqr and he responded to Cool Like Fire's charge and put him away before the three-quarter pole. As they headed into the final turn, Iyq Yqr opened up a clear advantage while trailing horses were bunching up for their stretch bids. But Bucceri was in the midst of a highly animated drive and Iyq Yqr responded to it down the lane to rebuff the late challenges of Cultural Paradise (Shawn McDonough) and In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) to win in 1:57. It was the third straight victory at Batavia Downs for Iyq Yqr ($13.20) who is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable, Anthony Nicometo, Good Friends Racing Stable and Santo Farina. Jeff Amann trains the winner. In the $9,900 Open II co-feature, Go Collect N (Billy Davis Jr.) tripped out behind I'm So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) before pulling out by the three-quarters and taking a narrow lead at the head of the lane that he held to the wire where he won in 1:57.2. Go Collect N ($4.40) scored his eighth win of the year for owner William Emmons who has now deposited $85,501 this year on his behalf. Denny Bucceri led all drivers on Saturday scoring a Grand Slam on Saturday night. Besides winning the feature with Iyq Yqr, "The Oakfield Flash" Bucceri also won with R U Machin Me (1:57.1, $15.00), Michael's Victory (1:58.1, $3.60) and Ugly Betty (1:59.4, $38.60). Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 14) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Dayton, Ohio-- Although the seven-month CKG Billings Harness Driving Series is winding down this season the finals in both the Midwest and Eastern Regions, as well as the Gold and Silver Cup Finals, will be forthcoming. Tonight at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway in Ohio the top point earners in the Midwest Region battled for a $10,000 purse but it was "Marvelous Marvin" Raber and Mikey Hanover who made a laugher out of the contest when they sailed to the lead and played catch me if you can, and nobody could as they trotted of to a four length triumph in a 1:56.3 clocking. But at the top of the stretch in that race Mikey Hanover had eight open lengths on his competition and he just coasted home an easy winner for "Marvelous Marv" With the starting gate in high gear when the field of trotters was turned loose Gregg "Fast Greggy" Kiedel sent the eight-horse, Nashville Holiday, to the front and they had command in a :27.2 first quarter with Mikey Hanover comfortable in the two-hole. Not content to follow, Raber moved Mikey Hanover to the lead before the halfway point and Mikey was full of trot and stepped a :28.4 third split to open a three-length lead over Kiedel's charge as he whizzed by the three quarters in 1:25.2. From there the only thing that was in doubt was how many lengths would Raber's trotter win by? When he headed down the lengthy home stretch Mikey Hanover had upped his lead to eight lengths and Raber sat cool looking around for challenges which never came as they crossed the wire an easy four-length winner. Fairground Drama and Richard "the Wolverine" Roach, who were traveling along in fourth position, rallied and finished second. Nashville Holiday, had broken equipment and faded to third. The winner, a 9-year-old altered son of Majestic Son , is owned by Leroy Keim and trained by Robert Coblentz. He returned a $14.00 win mutuel. The Billings, known as the granddaddy of all amateur organizations, will present the East Region Final at Pocono Downs next Saturday with the series Gold & Silver Cup Finals set for November 25 at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi, for the Billing Series

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2018 -- Atta Boy Dan moved relentlessly first over to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Atta Boy Dan was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Nitro Seelster. The two dueled for nearly one-quarter mile before Atta Boy Dan edged away and downed his rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:52, with Gallant Seelster third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 9-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who won for the 49th time and extended his career bankroll to $720,202, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Cream Ridge, NJ - 11/10/2018 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) invites all to our Craft Beer & Wine Tasting ~ Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the farm location 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ.   Come sample craft beers and wine while meeting a great selection of horses looking for their forever homes. Many will be shown under saddle in both Western and English disciplines with our trainer and volunteers.   More than 65 horses are available and staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding adoption, fostering, the organization, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and information regarding horse sponsorship.   If you have any questions or need more information please contact us via email at SRFAdoption@gmail.com or call the office at (609) 738-3255. Visit our website at www.AdoptaHorse.org for adoption applications and to view some of the horses available for adoption that will be on site. Visit our Facebook page the morning of the event to check for any weather related date changes.   SRF is Different: Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused. Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S. Is feeding and caring for nearly 400 trotters and pacers in need of homes. Is providing lifetime homes for morethan 190 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.  From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

ANDERSON, IN  -The curtain will close on the 25th silver anniversary season of live harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, November 10 and will be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool. An action packed 14-race card will close out the 2018 season with mandatory payouts in the Pick-4, Pick-5, and Hoosier High-5 pools. First post is 6:30 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Friday's Pick-4 sequence at Harrah's Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $4,385.17 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Saturday. Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wagering opportunity in partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association. The Pick-4 begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick-4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. Saturday's 14-race card will feature several late closing series finals and a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Local fan favorite and Breeders Crown Champion, Freaky Feet Pete, will also be in action on the evening's 14-race card looking to score his second consecutive win in the $15,000 Open Pace with Trace Tetrick in the bike. In addition to the racing action, Hoosier Park will award the 2018 leading driver and trainer trophies. Hoosier Park's reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick, led the driving standings from start to finish and will add his seventh leading driver title at Hoosier Park to his resume. The title for leading trainer looks to be a race to the wire between trainers Jeff Cullipher and Jamie Macomber, who shared the leading trainer title last season, with only four wins separating the two heading into the final night of racing. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 9, 2018- Favored Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $4.60) continued her form spree Friday night (Nov. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's wet and windy $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap harness racing pace. From assigned outside post position No. 6, Rockstar Angel A left into a three-hole behind Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno) and Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett). The former made the lead before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then found a :57.1 intermission. Rockstar Angel A bided her time until she came out of third turn, engaging Call Me Queen Be past a 1:24.2 three-quarters. The 'Queen' and the 'Rockstar' held their own private battle from there, with Rockstar Angel A getting the better of her rival late in the lane. The final margin was a hard-fought neck in 1:53.2. Mach it a Par lost touch with those but was a clear third, while Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) and Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the minors. Bettorhaveanother (George Brennan) was always outrun For Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her 11th win (fourth consecutive) in 27 seasonal starts The exacta paid $12.40, the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returned $35.60 and superfecta paid $136.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Mary Lou Dondarski, the longtime office manager at The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, died early Thursday morning, Nov. 8. She was 74. Prior to her working for the Hambletonian Society, Ms. Dondarski was a race office assistant at Freehold Raceway. In 2006, Ms. Dondarski received the Unsung Hero Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) for her behind-the-scenes role at the Hambletonian Society. She was also recognized by USHWA in 2013 with a President's Award from then-USHWA president Steve Wolf and was voted an Honorary Member of USHWA in 2014 -- an honor that had not been bestowed on anyone in the previous dozen year.  Ms. Dondarski had been in declining health for the past year and was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago. Fighting blood clots in her lungs and lymphoma—a disease she'd fought once and won, according to her son—she lost her battle shortly after midnight on Thursday. On Monday afternoon, Ms. Dondarski made the decision to end treatment, thus she was taken off the blood thinners and other medications, and place on a morphine drip for comfort. B.J. said he was with her Monday night when she fell asleep, and she never woke up. "Her life was a difficult one," said B.J. "She sacrificed and worked incredibly hard and made sure I always had anything I needed. She raised me single handedly and fostered everything that I loved and everything that I am today. She was my moral compass and she believed in me my entire life, even when I didn't always believe in myself. "And she did all that while being one of the most talented and creative artists I know, while championing the sport of harness racing while fighting to preserve its history and its future. She was a champion of progressive values and ideals." More details will be posted when available.

CHESTER, PA - Gold Orchid N handled a stepup in class to keep her North American record perfect after five starts, winning a $14,500 high-level conditioned distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday in 1:52. Fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind the victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight, and they couldn't have enjoyed a better journey. Delightful Dragon grabbed the lead early and passed the ¼ in 27, but JK Jazzitup was soon on the go and took over the lead by the 56.1 half, with Terror At Night starting the outer tier uncovered and Gold Orchid N right behind her. After a battle on the front end resulted in a ¾ clocking of 1:23.4, Terror At Night had forged a short lead by headstretch, but Gold Orchid N still had plenty in the tank and went on to post a 1½-length victory over Terror At Night, with third-over Ella Christina coming on for third, another 1¼ lengths back. Mark Harder trains the "ceiling unlimited" mare for BAMQ LLC. Unusually for "Filly and Mare Friday" at Philly, the top purse event of the day was a trot, a $16,000 contest won by a male, as the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini equaled his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 over a track that had been rerated to "sloppy" after a hard rain about an hour earlier. Mr Houdini worked out a pocket trip, but looked like he wouldn't shake free in enough time to catch Girl Talk, who had swept wide off cover to the midstretch lead. "Houdini" and driver Brett Miller escaped from the box in just enough time to produce a surge that got him home first by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. There's no question that trainer Mike Dowdall and driver Brett Miller are the "go-to" team at Philly for longshot tallies, as they clicked again in the first race with Cinder Rita ($79.40) - the fourth time at the meet the pair have produced a $50+ winner. Dowdall's quartet of bombers puts him far ahead of other conditioners - no other trainer has more than one! - while Miller's seventh overall $50+ horse ties him for the meet lead with Eric Carlson in that category. Race one also went to the top in longshot production - a longshot led the card for the sixth time in the meet, breaking a tie with races six and ten. (In case you were wondering, races five and fourteen have yet to see a $50+ win payoff.) Tim Tetrick won four races Friday, reducing George Napolitano Jr.'s lead in the seasonlong driving standings to 218-213. Cat Manzi won the first dashwinning drivers title at Philly, and since then it has either been Napolitano (six times, including the last four) or Tetrick (five times) on top. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

DAYTON, OH. - There were new subjects in the harness racing winner's circle photos following the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot and the $17,500 Open Mares Pace on Friday (Nov. 9) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Prior to the start of the 14-race card, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to Hollywood Dayton Raceway, making an appearance in the home stretch to the delight of a large throng of new fans eager to get a glimpse of the 8-horse team of magnificent steeds. Winning is nothing new for Party At The Banks, the top trot winner, as she has steadily worked her way up the condition ranks in Ohio over the last three months. Since mid-August the 4-year-old Ohio-sired mare has won seven out of eight races, including her last five in a row. This 1:55.2 score on a frigid southwest Ohio night was the first in Open company for Party At The Banks. Driver Chris Page was in no hurry in the early going, content to settle in sixth in the eight-horse field as Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) lead the field past the :28 first quarter beam. With Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) and Pine Dream (Aaron Merriman) racing next along the pylons, Page moved Party At The Banks into fourth position on the outside at the :57.3 halfway juncture. The winner moved up to second through the :28.1 third panel and then sealed the deal with a :29.2 final quarter. Pine Dream gained runnerup laurels by passing Primed N Powerful in the stretch. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the daughter of Break The Bank K. It was the 13th career score for Party At The Banks, who eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau in just her 33rd lifetime start. As the even money favorite, she returned $4.00 to her backers. Amazing Arya (Dan Noble) made her initial visit to the Dayton win circle with a 21-1 upset tally over heavy favorites Juslikeaqueen (Jeremy Smith) and Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), who followed her through the finish line following a 1:54.1 mile. Noble stung Juslikeaqueen before releasing her to the lead at the quarter pole, then sat a tight pocket ride until deep stretch. Once angled to the outside for the final 200 yards, Amazing Arya responded willingly to gain her seventh seasonal win and 16th in her career. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image passed the quarter-million dollar mark for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. She is trained by Walter "Junior" Haynes. Prior to the start of the 14-race card, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to Hollywood Dayton Raceway, making an appearance in the home stretch to the delight of a large throng of new fans eager to get a glimpse of the 8-horse team of magnificent steeds. From Dayton Raceway Media Department

Canadian invader Blake Macintosh brought two of his trainees south to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete on Friday night. The veteran conditioner came to the Spa with four year old pacer Clear Idea (American Ideal) and four year old trotter Just For You (Yankee Glide). Clear Idea has been one of the top stars out of the Macintosh stable, particularly in her 2017 campaign when she finished second in the Empire Breeders Classic in a race that went for a purse of $257,850. In that season, she thrived in the New York Sire Stakes, at one point winning five consecutive races in stakes competition in a campaign that culminated with a second-place finish in the $225,000 Final on the Night of Champions. Clear Idea began her 2018 season already having amassed over $340,000 in her young career. This year, the four year old hasn't displayed quite the same winning way and in fact was winless in the U.S. leading up to her return to Saratoga on Friday night. Though she had recorded just two wins in '18 (both in Canada), the mare had almost another $75,000 in earnings this year to add to her already impressive bankroll. Billy Dobson piloted Clear Idea in an $8,000 conditional race on Friday and moved the talented distaffer out to the early lead. Once she got there, Clear Idea poured it on with seemingly every stride before drawing away to win by better than five lengths in 1:53.3. The mile was the fastest of the evening at over a track labeled 'sloppy' at the Spa. Macintosh went back-to-back on the card when his Just For You went coast-to-coast for Dobson in a trotting event contested for a purse of $9,000. A new addition to the Macintosh stable, Just For You finished third last week when making her local debut but had little difficultly cruising to a 1:57.3 victory on Friday night. Macintosh now has 10 wins in just 26 starts this season at the Saratoga. Live racing continues on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- When French-bred trotter Bioness last competed at Batavia Downs he won the $15,000 Schroeder Invitational trot in October. On Friday (Nov. 9) he stayed undefeated at the Genesee County oval by taking the $11,500 Open Handicap trotting feature under a slick drive by his young reinsman Hunter Oakes, over a very sloppy track. When the wings folded Bioness started the long trek from post seven to the front and gained that position by the quarter in :29.4. But the lead was short-lived as the local hot-trotter Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled at the three-eighths and rushed to the front by the half and grabbed the pylons into the second circuit. Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) made the next move, pulling at the five-eighths and drawing near Lougazi as the race progressed through the third panel. The top two trotters battled around the last turn and into the stretch before a gap allowed Oakes to pull Bioness out of the pocket and jet between them. He was by Southern Palms and overtook Lougazi at the wire to win in 1:59.4 by one-half length. It was the fifth win of 2018 for Bioness ($2.70) who now has $107,438 on his card for the year. The 7-year-old altered son of Sam Bourbon is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable and is trained by Chris Oakes. For the 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, it was his fourth consecutive win in only five career drives and his first career victory at Batavia Downs in his Western New York homecoming. In the $8,800 Open II trot, Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) sat third the whole mile before tipping three-wide off cover in the lane to catch Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the wire to win by a neck in 2:00.1. It was the second win in the last three starts for Labatt Hanover ($11.60) and owners Gary and Cynthia Saj. McDonough also does the training. There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Friday so the $2,756 carry over will supplement a guaranteed $7,000 pool for the early Pick-5 wager when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 10). This bet will be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and as such, will offer free race pages for races one through five for Batavia Downs tomorrow courtesy of Trackmaster. These free pages can be downloaded at www.ustrotting.com under the "Handicapping" tab. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Yonkers, NY---As the fourth and final series of the North American Amateur Drivers Association nears completion the eighth leg of the 10-race Fall competition was contested at Yonkers Raceway with two short fields going to post prior to the harness racing betting card getting underway and when both events were completed Alan Schwartz and Bobby Ciavardini each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Schwartz won with his old warhorse Ladys Big Stormont in 2:01.1 while Ciavardini copped his division with Baltimor AS in 2:01.4. Both races were contested over a sloppy racetrack. Schwartz and his veteran trotter started from the pole position and they sped to the front and had two lengths on their competition at the quarter in :28.2. After tapping the brakes Ladys Big Stormont got by the half in :59.3 Up the backside Schwartz was comfortable and braced for challenges from the ladies, Jennifer Lappe with Celebrity Blue Chip and Monica Banca with Master Of Excuses. Once Ladys Big Stormont rounded the final turn he put it in another gear and rambled off to a solid three-length triumph. Celebrity Blue Chip photoed-out Master Of Excuses for second money. Schwartz owns and trains the winner who notched his 11th seasonal triumph and raised his 2018 bankroll to over $53,000. In his split Ciavardini was content sit in the three- hole as Annie Stoebe took command with Uriel on the first turn and they showed the way past the quarter in :30.0. They were still without any challenges as they trotted by the half in 1:01.2. When the field headed for the three quarters Ciavardini moved Baltimor AS off the pylons to challenge and the two raced side by side into the turn and when they headed for home Baltimor AS had gained command and went on to a length victory over Uriel. Third place went to Here Comes Numbers driven by Dr John Kokinos. Ciavardini put racing on the back-burner in the mid-1980's and after completing his professional working career he rejoined the amateur ranks two years ago. From a limited. amount of starts this was his first seasonal driving victory.. Tom Milici owns the trotter who's trained by Austin Gilbert. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Harrisburg, PA — Gallie Bythe Beach, a 7-year-old pacing mare in foal to Always B Miki, was the top seller Thursday (Nov. 8) during the first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale. She was purchased for $280,000 by Hanover Shoe Farms. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Galleria, the stakes-winning Gallie Bythe Beach earned $749,898 during her career in harness racing. She retired in 2016. Her dam was a Dan Patch Award-winner in 1998 and 1999 and added an O’Brien Award in 2000. The family also includes mares Gallic Sea and Gallie Beach, who joined Gallie Bythe Beach on Thursday’s top-sellers list. Gallic Sea, a full sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, was purchased by Shmuel Farhi for $157,000, which was the day’s third-highest price. The 4-year-old mare is in foal to Always B Miki. Gallie Beach, a 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere out of stakes-winner Western Gallie, sold for $110,000 to Fair Winds Farm. She also is in foal to Always B Miki. Her dam is a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach. Gallie Beach’s price tied for the day’s fourth highest. Coming in at No. 2 on Thursday was 3-year-old trotting filly Danish Girl, who was purchased for $170,000 by Karen Carroll. Danish Girl is a daughter of Credit Winner out of Steamy Windows and a half-sister to undefeated Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. She is in foal to Muscle Mass. Rounding out the top five at $110,000 was 4-year-old pacing mare Kate Is Well Said. The mare is a daughter of Well Said out of stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. Kate Is Well Said is in foal to Captaintreacherous. One other mare, 4-year-old trotter Pure Kemp, reached six figures. She was purchased for $100,000 by agent Bjorn “Bernie” Noren. Pure Kemp is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Ally Hall. The family includes O’Brien Award-winner Amigo Hall. Pure Kemp is in foal to Walner. All of the six-figure sellers were consigned by Preferred Equine. Among stallion shares sold Thursday, two shares in Muscle Hill were purchased for $150,000 and $135,000 by Steve Stewart and Fair Winds Farm, respectively. Both shares were consigned by Preferred Equine. One Chapter Seven stallion share sold for $140,000 to Steve Jones and one Captaintreacherous share sold for $125,000 to Tim Klemencic. The Chapter Seven share was consigned by Steiner Stock Farm and the Captaintreacherous share was consigned by Preferred Equine. A stallion share for pacer Lazarus N sold for $50,000 to Urie Byler. The share was donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation by Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. Lazarus N will stand at Deo Volente for the 2019 breeding season. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with the second session of the mixed sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete results visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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