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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2017 -- Call For Justice, typically a Preferred performer, enjoyed a touch of class relief Wednesday and took full advantage when he cruised to a harness racing victory in the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice was away third for Dave Palone and after quarter-poling to the front, he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Classic Banker and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4.Maximum Credit was a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, a 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka who extended his career bankroll to $449,407, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins and Mike Wilder three on the 12-race card while trainer Randy Bendis notched a pair of victories to stretch his week's total to eight. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday morning's show (11/15/2017) starting at 10:30 AM. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. scored his 4,000th career victory this week while driving harness racing's richest horse Foiled Again. He will join the program to discuss the win and what that victory meant to him. He will also discuss his career and what the future holds. Dover Downs Director of Publicity Marv Bachrad will join the show to discuss the Matron Stakes coming up at Dover on Thursday night. He will provide his analysis and highlight some of the Matron Stakes from last week. Janine Gesek will also join the program to preview the 2017 Pacing for the Cure event coming up on Sunday, November 26th at Harrah's Philadelphia. Post Time with Mike and Mike can be heard live every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM Eastern on their website or on-demand at By Michael Carter for Post Time with Mike and Mike

DOVER,Del.---- Four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds headline a top 13-race harness racing program at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 16. On the excellent undercard is a $30,000 Preferred pace, a $25,000 Open, a $19,000 and $16,000 Winner divisions along with a $35,000 and a $25,000 Claiming pace are on the strong card. First Post is 4:30 p.m. As in the past, often divisional titles are on the line with results affecting seasonal end of the year awards. The $210,000 Matron Colt Stake is led by $1.9-million winner Downbytheseaside driven by former Dover regular Chris Page. He has been the favorite in most of his races since late Summer. He missed by three-quarters , finishing second in the Breeders Crown racing for trainer Brian Brown and owners Rich Lombardo, Jay Sbrocco, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. Little Brown Jug winner Yannick Gingras and Filibuster Hanover drew the rail for Burke Racing, Weaver Brucemi, J&T Silva Stables and Joe DiScala. New York Sire Stakes king Funknwaffles and Corey Callahan, second in the Jug, gets post 2. What The Hill, who was taken down after finishing first in the Hambletonian, swept the Breeders Crown title, but must overcome outside post 8 in the $201,900 Matron Colt championship. Hall of Famer David Miller will handle the reins for Burke Racing, Deo Volente Farms, J&T Silva and Our Hrs Cents stables. Devious Man and Andy Miller, who has been 1,2,3 in 14 of 16 starts winning almost $1-million this season races for Story Inc. and Andy Miller Stable.' M&L of Delaware and Bill Wiswell own Bill's Man with Tim Tetrick in the bike. In the $186,600 Matron Filly Trot, Ice Attraction, second in the Breeders Crown and a winner last week in the Crossroads at Hoosier Park, trained and driven by Ake Swanstedt who owns the wekk-bred trotter with Mal and Janet Burrows, Little E and Georgetown, Del.'s Don Sipple. Has won nearly $400,000 this year with six wins and 12 times in the money in 19 races. Determination of Montreal finished third in the Breeders Crown and is driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Luc Blais and drew post 1. Jimmy Takter starts That's All Moni with Yannick Gingras piloting for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Brittany Farms. Another Delaware-owned candidate is Fine Tuned Lady with Corey Callahan driving for M&L of Delaware and William Wiswell. Early season standout Idyllic Beach and Yannick Gingras drew the rail in the $182,700 Matron soph filly final. The $1.1-million lifetime winner is owned by Christine Takter, John Fielding, Marvin Katz and Brixton Medical Inc. Starting from the outside is Jugette winner and second-place in the Breeders Crown Caviart Ally owned by Caviart Farms. Another $1-million winner Agent Q gets David Miller in the bike. The highly rated Rich Pollucci-owned Christen Me N (Tetrick) and Mach It So (David Miller) lead the $30,000 Preferred pace while the Stafford's Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Safford Jr.), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sicily (Montrell Teague), Delaware-champion Bags To Riches (Andy Miller) racing for only Money Inc., and trainer Jason Skinner, and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) owned by Ken Wood Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, head the $25,000 Open, Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the second race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. When watch live racing, enjoy fine dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Top North American harness and thoroughbred racing is featured at the Dover Downs Sports & Race Book open daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking or admission. Marv Bachrad  

VERNON — Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural wants to reduce the number of slot machines at the casino and racetrack facility from 750 to about 550, among plans for 2018, according to online reports including The change would make the venue more spacious and inviting for customers, said Gural, who also noted that the racino’s catering business could undergo some changes that could generate more revenues. Vernon Downs survived the 2017 harness racing season because the amount of taxes on generated gaming revenues was reduced by the state, Gural said in the report. The site offers harness racing typically from April to November, and slot machines over the entire year. Harness racing has concluded for the season. The tax reduction by the state saved 300 jobs, and Vernon Downs saved $10 million-$12 million usually paid to the state as education support, said. In addition, $2 million in taxes to Oneida County and the town of Vernon were part of the savings. Gural said he expects to break even or generate a small profit at Vernon Downs in 2017 thanks to the tax reduction, added. In June, the state agreed to cut the racino taxes on slot machine revenues after Gural said he was losing between $150,000 and $200,000 per month at Vernon Downs. Reprinted with permission of The Rome Sentinel

Freehold, NJ --- It is unlikely Barbara Matthews will recapture the breeding magic she conjured up in the mid-2000s when she saw the births of Foiled Again, a pacer who became harness racing’s richest horse, and Floored, a Morgan who became a multiple-world-champion in the show world. But she is willing to dream. Matthews, after a decade away from breeding horses for harness racing, last week sold a yearling trotter named Prospect Hill for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt, by stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Louise Kemp, was Matthews’ first since breeding pacer Tres Noel, who was born in 2007. Her goal now is to produce a top trotter. “I don’t know if it will ever come true, but my one desire is to get a really nice trotter,” said Matthews, who recently returned to New Jersey after living in South Carolina. “Everyone has to have a goal. I guess you could call it the Impossible Dream.” Matthews is best known in the harness racing world as the breeder of Foiled Again, who was born in 2004 and recently got career win No. 97. The 13-year-old gelding, by Dragon Again out of In A Safe Place, has earned $7.55 million in purses and with three more wins would become the 16th pacer in the last 40 years to reach 100 victories. Only two horses in that group are millionaires, Rambling Willie and Pilgrim’s Fiery. “He’s just been truly amazing,” Matthews said. “He’s certainly got a very large fan club, and deservedly so.” Matthews’ champion Morgan, Floored, was born in 2005 and named after a pacer that raced for Tony Abbatiello. “I grew up in Colts Neck across the street from his farm,” Matthews said about Abbatiello, who passed away last month at the age of 89. “He always looked out for me as a kid and I would ride my pony on his track. He was one of the greatest people to me growing up.” In addition to Louise Kemp, Matthews bought 3-year-old trotting filly Cool Cates in September and 4-year-old trotting mare Spicedbourbongirl earlier this month. Both will be bred when they finish their racing careers. Cool Cates, the Buckette winner and runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, will complete her career Thursday in the $186,600 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. For Thursday’s complete entries, click here. Matthews said she is thankful to Noel Daley, Richard Meirs, Rob Pennington and Kelvin Harrison for their assistance. “I’ve got to go into this and hit them hard, or what’s the point of trying,” Matthews said, adding with a laugh, “We’re not getting any younger. I’m not getting any younger that’s for sure. “I missed the foals. I love these horses. I can’t imagine not having them in my life. We’ll see what happens; right, wrong or indifferent. I’m having fun.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 15, 2017) - Meadowlands Racetrack chairman and CEO Jeffrey Gural will be honored with New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy at a gala at Westmount County Club in Woodland Park, NJ on Friday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. The gala and award is being presented by Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.), a non-profit organization, supported by dedicated police officers, committed to protecting youth and communities from drugs, drug-related crimes, peer to peer cyber bullying and violence. L.E.A.D. collaborates with educators, community leaders, families, and support organizations. Allentown, New Jersey-based L.E.A.D has certified program instructors in 13 states around the country. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is racing live on Saturday night with a thirteen race harness racing program featuring $20,000 eliminations for the Freshman Fall Final Four stakes and a $25,000 TVG Open prep for the pacing mares.   Racing Secretary Pete Koch found upon opening the box that each of the 2 year-old stakes would require only a single elimination to reduce each field to ten after byes had been offered to and accepted by the top money winners for each division.   Pacing fillies come first (Race 3) as they prepare for next week's $381,200 Three Diamonds final. The byes were accepted by division leaders Youaremycandygirl, Rainbow Room and Majorsspecial Lady leaving ten to vie for the seven remaining berths. Kindergarten final winner Kissin In The Sand (post #2 Tim Tetrick) is the logical favorite off of her imposing 1:50.3 win in that race, missing the track record for her division by a scant fifth of a second. Nancy Johansson conditions the filly for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield Stables.   The Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters (Race 5) drew eleven declarations and Kindergarten final winner Hey Blondie accepted the bye into next week's $420,750 final. With division leader Manchego passing on the event, it's a pretty even field of ten left to fight over nine spots next week with Seviyorum (PP #7)the likely choice off her runner-up finish in the Breeders Crown. She races out of the Andy and Julie Miller barn for their interests and those of Story, Inc.   The $464,650 Valley Victory final will unite Samo Different Day, who took the pass here, with nine of the ten colt trotters who will race in the elimination (Race 8). The presence of top colts such as NYSS star Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears), KYSS final winner Hat Trick Habit (Tetrick), PASS final winner Fashionwoodchopper (Dave Miller), Matron winner Wolfgang (Yannick Gingras) and Breeders Crown runner-up Met's Hall (Andy Miller) will make this a very contentious race.   The colt pacers are also a distinguished group that will see Breeders Crown champ Stay Hungry wait in the barn for the $411,700 final while Metro winner Lost In Time (Scott Zeron), Red Mile Grand Circuit star Nutcracker Sweet (Tetrick), Matron winner Springsteen (Simon Allard) and new sensation American History (Gingras) set to throw down for the nine available positions next week.   The TVG Mare Open was the only one of the four races offered to that group to fill. Seven really talented females will face the gate in the seventh race as the prep for the final for their division among the estimated $1.2 million in TVG Finals next Saturday.   Saturday's entries may be found on The Meadowlands website along with details on enjoying the evening's racing from the track tiered dining room, Pink.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi          

Everybody should get a call as good as the one harness racing trainer Luke Plano got from owner Mark Hinshaw last month. "He said he was looking for a winter home for his trotter Pridecrest and asked if I was interested," Plano related. "I'd seen him race a little at Hawthorne and didn't waste any time saying yes." All Pridecrest has done in two starts at Cal Expo is win back-to-back Open Trots by a combined 16 lengths, including a track-record 1:53 2/5 tour of the Sacramento oval two weeks ago. "He's a big strong horse with a tremendous gait and he doesn't waste any action," Plano explained. "Going into that first start here he had that solid resume and had trained well, but I can't say I was expecting a mile like that one. "He was pretty aggressive that night and was setting some strong fractions, but I wasn't sure how he was going to be in the stretch, and it turned out he was super." Pridecrest wheeled back in last week's top dance for the trotters and was equally impressive getting the job done from the outside post in a field of nine. He was first-over to command going to the final bend and went on to another romp at 40 cents on the dollar. "I wanted to see if he would be manageable and he was, although we did get stuck behind some poor cover for a bit there. Once again, he was very strong in the stretch and very impressive." Annette Funicello Pace brings out distaffers The $8,200 Annette Funicello for pacing fillies and mares headed by Cenalta Call Girl highlights the program on Friday night at Cal Expo. First post under the banner of Watch and Wager LLC will be 6:10 p.m. and the action will continue on Saturday evening with the $20,000 Alan Horowitz Memorial being the main event. Friday's featured contest is named for actress/singer Annette Funicello, who passed away in April of 2013 at the age of 70. Annette Funicello was married to harness horsesman/breeder Glen Holt from 1986 until her death and was a strong supporter of the sport. Cenalta Call Girl is a 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Merlin who is owned by Rene Goulet and Helen and Myrna Empey with Goulet doing the driving and training. She comes into this assignment having captured two of her six lifetime appearances. Cenalta Call Girl recorded her first decision at Northlands Park in late September, surging on the money to be up in the final strides, then made her Cal Expo debut a winning one in the Funicello Prep last weekend as she did the stalk-and-pounce to perfection and drew off to a length and three-quarters score as the 3-2 favorite in a 1:55 2/5 performance. Free Radical completed the exacta in that affair at 13-1 to make a nice move forward in her second outing over this layout since arriving from Minnesota. The Hot Pans offspring competes for Set The Pace Racing LLC and is reined and trained by Nick Roland. Rounding out the cast are Be My Lucky Girl with Steve Wiseman; Alwaysalittlemore, Luke Plano; Rockin Repeat, David Siegel; My Hearts Conquest with William Hernandez; and Nat-A-Katt, who will be guided by Edward Hernandez. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Harness Racing This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del.; and Fall Four eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 16) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $210,000, the 3-year-old colt trotters will race for $201,900, the purse for the 3-year-old filly trot is $186,600 and the 3-year-old filly pacers will race for $182,700. On Saturday night (Nov. 18) Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations in each of the Fall Four events for pacers and trotters. There will be single $20,000 eliminations in the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, and the Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Springsteen is not only a big hit on Broadway but also in the Matron Stakes after winning the $211,300 colt and gelding pace at Dover Downs on Thursday (Nov. 9). His victory placed him in the Delaware facility's winner's circle with the likes of the sensational Youaremycandygirl, Wolfgang and Plunge Blue Chip, as these four horses captured their respective contests for 2-year-olds. Teamed with driver Simon Allard, Springsteen shot past race favorite Shnitzledosomethin just past the three-quarters and rolled on to a 1:51.1 triumph. The win was only the second this year from 12 starts and is a new lifetime mark. Rene Allard recently became trainer of the Rock N Roll Heaven-American Charm youngster who now has banked $178,756 this season. Bruce Soulsby, Kapildeo Singh, Alan Weisenberg and Allard Racing own the winner. Closing Statement and Brian Sears were second in front of Shnitzledosomethin (Peter Wrenn). Yannick Gingras guided Youaremycandygirl to an easy 1:52.1 score in the $174,700 Matron filly pace. W.J. Donovan owns the American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane lass, who is trained by Ron Burke. The filly collected her sixth consecutive stakes victory and her eighth of the year from 10 races. She has now won $714,545 in purses. Strong Opinion (David Miller) was the runner-up with Aims Whisper (Wrenn) third. The outside post eight was no burden for Plunge Blue Chip in the $173,000 Matron filly trot. Ake Svanstedt, who owns the Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato miss with Blue Chip Bloodstock, hustled away from the starting gate and won for fun in 1:55.4. It was her seventh win from eight races and improved her earnings to $194,833. Perfect Summer K (Andrew McCarthy) had a perfect two-hole trip and was second, with S M S Princess (Tim Tetrick) third at the wire. Wolfgang played winning music for Gingras in a 1:55.3 decision in the $203,900 Matron colt trot. Jimmy Takter conditions the My MVP-Summer Savory freshman for owners Goran Falk, Fair Island Farm, Brixton Medical and Hatfield Stables. The win was his third of the season from eight races. Wolfgang caught Samo Different Day (Takter) in the last steps to bring his earnings to $204,920. I Know My Rights (Tyler Buter) was the show horse. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Nov. 9. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,589.5; 2. David Miller - 1,308; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,048; 4. Scott Zeron - 707; 5. Corey Callahan - 510. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,434.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,244.5; 3. Brian Brown - 492; 4. John Butenschoen - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 438. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 326.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 282.5; 3. Determination - 271; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 250; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 212.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place next week at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host the Fall Four finals for 2-year-olds -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid -- and the four TVG finals for older male and female pacers and trotters. Dover Downs will host eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 14, 2017—For someone who’s running away with yet another local driving title, harness racing reinsman Jason Bartlett had his share of Yonkers Raceway non-believers Tuesday night (Nov. 14th). Those disciples who did keep the faith were handsomely rewarded, with Bartlett winning five of the dozen races, including some at very un-Bartlett-esque prices. It started innocently enough, with favorites Marvalous Jet ($5.10) in the $7,500 third-race pace (1:57) and American Island ($3.20) in the $11,500, fifth-race pace (1:54.3). Then, the double-digit parade took over. A pocketed I Dance U Prance ($11.40) was up at the wire in the $15,000, 10th-race pace (1:55.4). After the dancing and prancing, Day Trade Hanover ($57) prevailed from a three-hole in the $15,000, 11th-race pace (1:56), then Perfect Bet ($30) left sharply, ripping out of the pocket to win the $15,000, 12th-race pace (1:54.4). The Bartlett 7-8 late double returned a holiday-bill-paying $608. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - Gweneeee J, winner of threeee straight coming into Tuesday night's $17,000 conditioned distaff pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, promptly continued on her harness racing form spreeee by going wire-to-wire in 1:51.2 to make it four in a row. The daughter of American Ideal, trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stables Inc., was put in front early by driver Andrew McCarthy and looked in control throughout, doubling a one length lead over pocketsitter Set Me Up in the last quarter to push her seasonal earnings over $100Gs to $102,265 and her lifetime account to $267,557. McCarthy came right back to take the last race $16,000 co-feature, guiding the Western Ideal filly Tica Hanover to victory in 1:51.4. The Travis Alexander-trainee moved to the lead in front of the stands and would not be caught, raising the sophomore's earnings to $59,120 in her first year of racing. Pocono has four cards left on its 2017 schedule: this coming Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday (no Monday card), and then the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the seasonal closer on November 25. PHHA / Pocono

DOVER, Del. --- Gracefullyforgiven and Go Sandy Go won Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 two-year-old filly paces while harness racing driver Corey Callahan notched five wins on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Unbeaten Gracefullyforgiven remained undefeated in DSBF events scoring a 1:54.2 victory wire-to-wire to up her record to five-for-five with Art Stafford Jr. driving for owner-trainer Jeff Clark and David Clark. The Roddy's Bags Again-Bluebird Wanda black filly was winner of the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. She was followed by fast-finishing Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick),second and Ibetyoucanwiggle (Montrell Teague), third. Go Sandy Go made her first pari-mutuel start an impressive one fashioning a 1:54.2 triumph in the other $20,000 DSBF prelim. Jason Green was in the bike for owners Brent Outten and Green Racing trained by Josh Green. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick, she took the lead going to the half mile and then sailed to an easy victory. Bunker Hill (Callahan) was second in front of Gateway Lady (Tim Tetrick). Following Corey Callahan's five winning drives, Art Stafford Jr., trainers Bobby Reeser and Nick Callahan made the winner's circle twice. Wednesday features two $20,000 DSBF filly trots and one $20,000 male trot completing the 1st of two weeks of prelims. On the non-stakes program, a $25,000 Mares Open pace is the top event. Next week, the DSBF Two-Year-Old preliminaries reach the second and final legs. The top eight DSBF point getters in both trotting and pacing divisions make the $100,000 finals for colt and filly trotters and pacers on Nov. 30, the same day of the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-olds. This Thursday another outstanding program headed by four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds, a $30,000 Preferred and $25,000 Open pace. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. THREE DSBF $20,000 TROT 1st LEG PRELIMS AT DOVER WEDNESDAY Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg preliminaries, two featuring fillies and one for colts, plus a $25,000 Filly and Mares Open pace top the Wednesday, Nov. 15 program at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In an all-DSBF filly daily double lineup, Serendipity Stable’s Star Sapphire, driven by Russ Foster, surprise winner of the Harrington $100,000 final, and that race favorite Déjà vu Blue and Ross Wolfenden, owned by Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, renew their rivalry in the 1st race while Vandalous and Corey Callahan racing for BCJM, Fuquay-Varina, Cinbrew Ent. And Chambers Racing, takes on Alpine Chic, owned by driver Allan Davis, Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing and Callam, and LeBlanc racings’ Uptown Spunk, reined by Roger Plante. A field of eight vie in the $20,000 DSBF Colts and Gelding Trot. Boston Cruiser, winner of last month’s Harrington $100,000 final, puts a four-race win streak on the line. The Bobby Glassmeyer bred, owned and trained gelding leaves from post 8 with Jonathan Roberts in the bike. Bobby Myers’ Brother Kenny (Tim Tetrick) and Sky Marshal owned by trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno and Jane Dunavant, who were second and third, are among race contenders.  The top eight point-getters after two prelim legs of their events make the $100,000 DSBF Final on Nov. 30. The four lucrative Delaware events will be part of the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace all-star card  The $25,000 Mares Open pace includes Brian Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby), winner of last season’s Horse of the Meet award presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association’ s Delaware Valley chapter. In her seasonal debut last week, she closed from last to finish third beaten only a half-length. That race was won by Brian Malone’s Hostess Lisa (Tony Morgan). Terror At Night (Allan Davis), racing for Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing finished second in the photo. JoAnn Looney King’s Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick), a former Delaware champion,  Mike Casalino’s Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) and  Meanwhile the Mike Hall leased St. Kitts (Jonathan Roberts), complete the fast field.  The Thursday card features all four sophomore Matron Stakes events and a $30,000 Preferred Pace head a top card. Marv Bachrad

Freehold, NJ --- There was little movement in this week's harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with the top five horses remaining unchanged. Ariana G continues to lead the poll with 326 points, with Hannelore Hanover second, followed by Manchego, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside. Matron Stakes winner Youaremycandygirl made the only move in this week’s poll, improving from No. 9 to No. 8 in the rankings. The remainder of the horses in the Top 10 were idle. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (16) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 326 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (10) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 306 2 3 Manchego (5) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 292 3 4 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 197 4 5 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 19-11-2-3 $1,325,922 167 5 6 What The Hill 3tc 16-8-1-2 $758,776 116 6 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 110 7 8 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 10-8-0-0 $714,545 103 9 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 94 8 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 30 10 Huntsville (21); Twister Bi (20); Agent Q, Pure Country (13); Crazy Wow, Marion Marauder (12); Devious Man, Keystone Velocity, Lost In Time (11); Alarm Detector (8); Resolve (7); Beckhams Z Tam, Filibuster Hanover, Plunge Blue Chip, Rainbow Room (5); Easy Lover Hanover, Nike Franco N (4); Fiftydallarbill, Panocchio, Phaetosive (3); Caviart Ally, Charmed Life, International Moni (2); All Bets Off, Wolfgang (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2017 — Bessie regained her status among the harness racing distaff trotting elite at The Meadows when she rallied to capture Tuesday’s $17,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap. A top performer at The Meadows for several years, Bessie had to drop into lower-end conditioned races to get her most recent victory. But the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine was sharp up in class, surging late for Jim Pantaleano to edge the first-over Homepage by a nose in 1:56 at 9-1.  Classical Annie finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who pushed her career bankroll to $356,957, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card while trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed his second consecutive triple.   The Meadows pick 4 guarantee to $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, Nov. 15 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Tuesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,634.52. In addition, Wednesday's card features a pair of carryovers: a $2,260.69 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $1,173.23 carryover in the Pick 5. Minimum wager for superfecta wheels and boxes, the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and the Pick 5 (races 8-12) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Downbytheseaside will try to continue a late-season surge when he faces seven foes in Thursday's $210,000 Matron Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt, who is harness racing's richest horse of the year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite starting from post seven. The race is one of four Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and trotters Thursday at Dover Downs. Idyllic Beach is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the event for female pacers while Devious Man is the 3-1 choice in the Matron for male trotters and Ice Attraction gets the 3-1 nod for female trotters. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. Downbytheseaside enters the Matron Stakes off a career-best 1:48.3 win Nov. 4 in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. His time was one-fifth of a second off Freaky Feet Pete's track record for 3-year-old male pacers. For the year, Downbytheseaside has won 11 of 19 races and earned $1.32 million for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. He faces on Thursday a field that includes Little Brown Jug champion and Monument Circle runner-up Filibuster Hanover, who is the 3-1 second choice from post one with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Burke also sends Rock N Tony, Eddard Hanover, and Miso Fast into the event. Chris Page will drive Downbytheseaside for trainer Brian Brown, leaving from post seven, which has produced only four winners in 111 races during the current meet at Dover Downs. "He seems as good now as he's been all year," Brown said. "He trained sharp (on Saturday) and checked out OK, so I think we're ready to go." Downbytheseaside, who has battled issues with his feet throughout the season, won his first four races this year, including the Art Rooney Pace, before a third-place finish in the North America Cup. He was second in the Meadowlands Pace and third in the Cane Pace before winning the Messenger Stakes as part of another four-race win streak. He then finished fifth in both his Little Brown Jug elimination and final and third in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He won his elimination for the Breeders Crown and was second in the final before capturing the Monument Circle. "The horse has actually gotten better," Brown said. "He's put on some weight in the last month and his feet the last month are better. "He had some tough spots where things weren't going his way and we could have easily lost him, but he recovered. I think it speaks to his guts and his durability. I just wish he would have been this good a couple months ago." Brown also trains 3-year-old male pacer Fear The Dragon, who has won 12 of 16 races this season and is No. 2 in purses with $1.26 million for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. The colt was not eligible to the Matron, but his connections discussed supplementing the horse to the race. However, after battling health issues in recent weeks and qualifying on Nov. 9 in 1:53.4 at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, the decision was made to sit out. "Dragon qualified decent, but he didn't qualify great," Brown said. "And for him to have to go against these horses, I think he has to be great. I don't want to cheapen the horse at all. We're still not a hundred percent sure he won't race again, but he's not racing this week." The Matron for 3-year-old male pacers is Race 10 on Thursday's 13-race card. Estimated post time for the race is 7:30 p.m. EST. There is no lack of talent in the remaining Matron Stakes. The field for the 3-year-old filly pace includes six of the division's seven richest horses: Caviart Ally, Agent Q, Idyllic Beach, Bettor's Up, Tequila Monday, and Obvious Blue Chip. Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic champion What The Hill, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover are among the horses joining Devious Man in the Matron for male trotters. Ice Attraction, the Kentucky Filly Futurity winner, meets a group that includes stakes-winners Thats All Moni, Cool Cates, On A Sunny Day and Dream Together in the filly trot. For Thursday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 14, 2017) - All harness racing drivers that compete at the Meadowlands are required to attend a meeting with Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, GM/COO Jason Settlemoir, and Presiding Judge John Tomasello on Saturday, November 18 at 6:15 p.m. The meeting will take place in the racing office. The mandatory drivers-only meeting will cover a variety of house rules and policies at the Meadowlands. Drivers are asked to contact the race office with any questions. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

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