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WILKES-BARRE PA - Eclipse Me N, in harness racing career form and perhaps on her way to challenge countrywoman Shartin N at this rate, won the $17,500 mares pacing feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, crossing the wire in 1:50.1 under a snug Simon Allard hold. The daughter of Real Desire, 2-for-2 at The Downs, came last to first in the stretch in her local debut; Tuesday she rocketed to the lead past the half and stormed home in 55 - 27.2 with seeming ease. Keystone Riptide was a game second, 1½ lengths behind the winner, who completed a triple for both driver Simon Allard and trainer/brother Rene; Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae own the very promising distaff, who recorded a personal best with the fast victory. Immediately after the feature came two $14,000 subfeatures, the first for trotters and the other for pacing mares. In the trot, Simon Allard bagged his fourth sulky success of the night, rallying Bucketlist Hanover from the pocket to stretch command, then holding off the late-charging Kandy Korn by a nose while equaling her mark of 1:54.2. Pierre Paradis trains the Cantab Hall gelding for owner Paul Andre Lehoux. In the race for sidewheeling distaffs, Albany Girl lost a shoe and caused a recall - and may have been the focus of harness racing's first live shoe repair broadcast on a track's television system, as an alert TV crew showed the blacksmith working on the mare in the paddock. Albany Girl then went out, and she evidently liked her new footwear, for the Somebeachsomewhere mare stormed to the lead down the backstretch and went on to a 5½ length victory in 1:51.1, her lifetime best. Albany Girl, who missed only a neck to Tuesday's feature winner Eclipse Me N last week, was driven by Pat Berry for trainer Randy Bendis, who is co-owner with Thomas Pollack. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, May 15, 2018 -- Lakeisha Hall blew by Medusa in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was a milestone win for the harness racing 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, as she soared over $500,000 in career earnings for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. Lakeisha Hall and Medusa have been on a collision course for the past two months, clashing first in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers and more recently in the Chip Noble at Miami Valley. Each has had her moments in the rivalry, but it was Lakeisha Hall's time Tuesday. While Graceful Vision attacked Medusa outside, Dave Palone steered Lakeisha Hall inside, where she drew away and downed Graceful Vision by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Shesasmokinlady also shot the Lightning Lane to complete the ticket. It was one of four wins for Palone -- including a pair for Burke -- on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses Llc's Sayulita ($53.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:53.2 harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. A three-pronged early battle ensued for the early lead with I'm Won Rum Wiser winning the early tussle in a blistering 26.3 seconds to the opening quarter mile. Empress Deo promptly pressed the pace first over to the half-mile in 55.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:23.4. That gave live third over cover to Sayulita who gathered momentum on the final turn and cleared the leaders in the stretch for the win. Purrfect Bags, who briefly had the lead at the top of the stretch, was second with Fashion Showdown third. Sayulita, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare, is trained by Anastasios Papadopoulos. Tragically in the 9th race, pacer Paradise Lost suffered a fatal injury. The 11-year-old Artsplace mare made 272 career starts with 39 wins and $407,213 in career earnings for owner/trainer Bob Winkelman. She took her lifetime mark of 1:51.4 as a 5-year-old at Dover Downs and has ascended to Open level ranks at times in her career. Matthew Sparacino

Plainville, MA---While the eighth race pacers were taking their final score before going to the gate, a severe storm blew into the area and forced the cancellation of the rest of the races for Tuesday afternoon (May 15). There were four more contests scheduled to be run. With a severe thunderstorm warning posted by the National Weather Service until 9 p.m., torrents of rain and steady lightning engulfed most of eastern Massachusetts by 6:30 p.m. and with no letup in sight, the welfare of the horses, horsemen and horsewomen became the main priority of the track. "Due to a severe thunder and lightning storm, we were forced to cancel the remainder of today's card at Plainridge. The safety of everyone involved was the main reason for the cancellation as lightning and darkness overtook the area" said Director of racing Steve O'Toole. Live racing will resume at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 17) with post time for the first race at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Before Kentucky Derby winner Justify enters the Starting Gate at Pimlico for the 143rd Preakness Stakes, the party will be ON at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono!  Doors open Saturday, Preakness Day at 9:30am, with the wagering windows open at 10:00am.  Post Time for Pimlico is 10:30am, and the Preakness Stakes is race 13 with an approximate Post Time of 6:45pm. The patio and trackside bars will be ready with all kinds of ice-cold refreshments, including the famous Black-Eyed Susan in the souvenir glass.  Food will be available on the apron as well, and just in case showers fall, there is a big tent with TV monitors to keep the fans comfortable and dry.  Dress to impress and bring your friends to enjoy the second jewel of the Triple Crown! After the Preakness is official the Downs has a massive live racing card set to go, including 3 divisions of the PA Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and two divisions of the Great Northeast Open Series.  There will be plenty of excitement on the track all night long, so fans are encouraged to stay and play well into the night.  Advance wagering on the Preakness is available on Friday, May 18th, Black-Eyed Susan Day, starting at 11:00am.  Post Time for Pimlico is 11:30am on Friday. ..................................................................... Whether or not the Kentucky Derby winner can justify the acclaim he is receiving by also winning the Preakness, racing fans gathered at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday will be treated to a spectacular card of racing, featuring three divisions of the $175,000 second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and two $30,000 divisions in the Great Northeast Open Series for older pacers. The marquee matchup in the Sire Stakes will be the tenth race division, as it brings together the two horses generally acclaimed the best two-year-olds: divisional champion Lost In Time and archrival Stay Hungry. Already this year the two colts have traded victories in qualifying races, and both make their seasonal debuts here. Lost In Time is a son of A Rocknroll Dance trained by Jimmy Takter for the combine of Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables Inc., William Rufenacht, and Team S Racing Stable, and he is the horse whose ownership gave a stake in to wrestling legend Ric Flair, who accompanied the group (he is a friend of one of the principals) to the Dan Patch banquet when they received their divisional award. Lost In Time won five of nine and $608,112, and likely clinched the championship with a nose win over Stay Hungry in the Governor's Cup at The Meadowlands. Scott Zeron will be behind the colt from post six for Takter, who has another horse of his, Nutcracker Sweet (a recent qualifying winner in 1:50.2), in this division, but "stuck behind the 8-ball" of PP8. Stay Hungry is a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Tony Alagna for the ownership of Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. Among his six wins in nine starts and $535,742 was a Breeders Crown victory, and he had a very rough trip in the Governor's Cup and battled to the bitter end. Doug McNair will guide Stay Hungry from post three Saturday. The fourth race division of the Sire Stakes features the two horses who won in the PaSS first prelim at The Meadows on May 5, This Is The Plan (post three, driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Chris Ryder) and Dorsudoro Hanover (post six, driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke). Dorsuduro had by far the faster time in his PaSS victory, his first start of the year, brushing to the lead on the far turn and going on to victory in 1:50.3. The first race Sires division (other than the Lost In Time - Stay Hungry matchup, Saturday's Pocono card is frontloaded in the hopes that galloping fans may stay around to see some quality harness horse racing early on) finds Sometimes A Winner drawing the outside post seven for driver Victor Kirby and trainer Kevin Switzer. Sometimes A Winner has been a winner in 4 of 5 starts this season, including in the final of the Sagamore Hills Series - but his only loss came when he drew the outside post at The Meadows. The Great Northeast Open Series has proven a great addition to the Pocono-Philly circuit, giving quality older horses a chance to race for $30,000 every week this summer. The older pacing ranks have drawn two divisions in each of the first three legs, and the events have been very competitive and exciting, with three of the four cuts to date producing victory margins of a head, a head, and a neck. The two-time winner Rodeo Romeo has taken the week off, but the other divisional winners match up in the third race, Rockeyed Optimist (post two, driver Brett Miller) and Rockin Ron (post seven, with Matt Kakaley returning to the sulky scene for the first time since a nasty accident on March 13 put him on the shelf). In the fifth race, the two horses second in the Pocono leg on May 5, Mach It So and Dr J Hanover, will draw their share of attention. The Pocono Saturday card also has the winningest horse in all of North America, Walks Of Life, going for his thirteenth visit to Victory Lane in the second race. With that kind of form, Walks Of Life has been popular not only with the fans, but at the claiming box - in fact, he has been claimed out of last eight races, but with a 8-6-2-0-$42,750 scorecard, you'd be popular, too. Owner Chuck Pompey and trainer Fern Paquet Jr. are using driver George Napolitano Jr. Saturday as the in-form pacer begins from post two. The card at Pocono on Saturday will start after the Preakness festivities are finished, most likely in the vicinity of 7:30 p.m. And as we hope we have shown, you'll want to see all the action from start to finish! Jennifer Starr Racing Marketing Manager Racing Operations

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 -- Yonkers Raceway's 'French' Sunday harness racing matinees return this weekend (May 20th), first post set for 12:35 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2:05 PM) go as the 'French' trots, with the 12th-race finale scheduled for 4:41 PM (provided a dozen are drawn later this afternoon). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of Belmont's 3rd race (post time 2:37 PM) and Yonkers' 7th race (post time 3:01 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is prepping for its 181st season of exciting harness racing and 2018 will be the 108th year of Grand Circuit Racing at "the Cradle of the Trotter". Racing action will commence with three matinee racing programs on consecutive Sundays beginning with June 3 and continuing on June 10 and June 17. Post times for the matinee race cards will be at 1pm. This year will mark the 57th consecutive season of matinee racing over the historic double-oval. Grand Circuit racing begins on Friday, June 29 and will feature the Landmark Series and the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series. Then on Saturday, June 30, 3-year-old pacers will be featured in New York Sires Stakes action. On Sunday, July 1 will be the annual Hall of Fame Trot with various members of Harness Racing's Hall of Fame at the controls, which has always been a fan favorite. Then after that race is completed the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs. Also slated on the July 1st card is the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year old trotters and the race under saddle. The 2018 racing season ends won Monday, July 2nd with the New York Sire Stakes for horses competing in the County Fair division. All post times for racing will be at 1pm. Also part of the Historic Track offerings this season will be a Poker Run on Saturday, May 26 and Goshen High School Graduation on Friday, June 22. There will be a concert at the facility on Friday June 29 after the racing card is completed. On Tuesday, July 3 Historic Track will host the Harness Horse Youth Foundation followed on Saturday, July 28 with the Jimmy Sturr Concert. The annual Car Show is set for Sunday, Sept. 2nd and the tracks Golf Outing fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, September 10. by John Manzi for Historic Track

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural will talk about what lies ahead for Garden State bettors Friday night as the Big M prepares to take action on professional and college sports in the coming weeks. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with New Jersey and ruled that sports betting is now legal across the country. Gural will be interviewed by the Meadowlands' television department's primary host Dave Brower before the Friday night program gets underway and explain how sports betting will work and when players will be able to place their first wagers. The interview will take place Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. and can be seen by anyone watching the live "Racing from the Meadowlands" pre-game show. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

Matt Kakaley is ready to go. Sidelined since a March 13 racing accident, the 30-year-old harness racing driver will be back in action Saturday (May 12) with nine drives at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "I can't wait. I really can't wait," Kakaley said. "It's been a tough couple months, but I'm feeling good now and I'm itching to get back. Seeing my name on the entries, it was a good feeling." Kakaley was injured at Yonkers Raceway when the horse he was driving took a bad step and went down. Kakaley was thrown to the track and suffered injuries that required three surgeries, including one for a broken orbital bone and another for a fractured collarbone. He has spent the past month rehabbing and getting in shape for his return. "I put on a few pounds just sitting around," Kakaley said with a laugh. "That's the goal right now, to get those off and be fit again." Kakaley is grateful for all the well wishes he received following the accident and the support of his friends and family, including his mom Linda, longtime partner Annie Larrabee and her mom Debbie, as well as trainer Ron Burke and fellow drivers Andy McCarthy and Mark MacDonald. "It showed me how many really good friends I really do have and how special my family is," Kakaley said. "It was a tough time, but I had a good support system and people who were there for me to make it a little bit easier." Kakaley, who set a career high with $9.04 million in purses last year, has 62 wins and $1.07 million in purses this season. Last week, he trained several horses for Burke in preparation for this weekend. "I just wanted to make sure it feels good sitting behind a horse and going a mile," said Kakaley, who has 4,169 career wins. "I felt great. The shoulder wasn't bothering me at all, so I figured I was ready to go. "The last two weeks or so I've been feeling really good, but I didn't want to come back too soon. I had to wait it out. It's for the better because I don't want to reinjure it." Kakaley's drives on Saturday include Aleppo Hanover in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and Rockin Ron and Check Six in divisions of the Great Northeast Open Series for male pacers. In addition, Kakaley is one of the drivers participating in this weekend's Trotting 4 Charity event. Trotting 4 Charity, organized by TrotCast's Ryan Macedonio, will be held May 18-20 at racetracks throughout North America. Participating drivers and trainers will wear a custom-made replica jersey of their own colors, with their selected charity logo displayed on the jersey. During the weekend, drivers will race in their jersey. After the event, auctions will be held for fans to bid on the jerseys and all proceeds from winning bids will be donated to the corresponding charities. Kakaley's charity is Marley's Mission, which is based near Pocono and provides equine-based psychotherapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma. "I think it's a great event and I thought Marley's Mission was a perfect fit," Kakaley said. "I wanted to do something locally and this is great exposure for them, as well as harness racing." Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono. For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) announced the appointment of Doris Lineweaver to the position of Racing Secretary at its annual fall harness racing meet at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Virginia. This is the 42-year old Lineweaver's first position as Racing Secretary. A third generation horseman on both sides, Lineweaver owned her first harness horse at the age of 13 and started training and driving at the age of 18. Even though she was born and still resides in Mauertown, Virginia, the family's home track then was Rosecroft Raceway. After leaving track life and going to work in advertising and marketing for several years, she went back to the field she knew best, but with an added twist. "I was a single mother with two young kids and needed to have another avenue to pay the bills, said Lineweaver. "I wanted to stay in the racing business so I went to charting school. After I got licensed, I competed at the Pennsylvania Fairs as a horseman, but charted the races whenever I didn't have a horse in." A more permanent transition from on the track to off the track occurred when Lineweaver was racing at Ocean Downs in 2011. "I was looking at racing at Colonial Downs but my kids weren't allowed to live on the grounds there," she explained. "Ocean Downs Racing Secretary Craig Andow got me set up with a camper at Ron McLenaghan's farm in nearby Providence Forge where we were able to stay as a family. During that meet, Craig asked me to work for him." Lineweaver assumed the roles of Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator for four years until the New Kent track shut down after the 2014 season. Since then, she has held the same duties at three different meets conducted by the VEA --- at Oak Ridge in 2015 and at Shenandoah Downs the last two years. She even got her judges license two years ago in search of more opportunities in the sport. "It's an exciting change," said Lineweaver, whose Mauertown home is just several miles from the Shenandoah Downs oval. "Being local and having lived here my whole life, I can help grow interest in the area and educate new fans about harness racing. I have my hands in a lot of things in the community, from 4-H groups to the Chamber of Commerce to various networking groups." From the perspective of a Racing Secretary, Lineweaver joins a short list of females that hold that type of position. "The horsemen here have a lot of faith in me and I don't want to let them down. I've worked with many of them over the years during the Shenandoah County Fair, Colonial Downs races and even more of them during the recent Shenandoah Downs meets." If family is any indication, Lineweaver should adapt just fine. Her mother, Eileen, currently trains horses at The Meadows and Eileen's mother, Margaret Warren, was an Assistant Race Secretary at Ocean Downs and Harrington Raceway in the 1980's. Doris's father, Winston, has competed all over the Eastern Shore during his nearly 60 year career and is still recovering from a heart episode that occurred while in the sulky two years ago at Shenandoah. Her sister, Joyce, races at Harrington and Dover and tends to Winston, who is based with her now in Marydel, Delaware. And Winston's brother, Alvin, still drives on occasion at 77 years young. Growing up, Doris recalled that Winston and Eileen had several nice horses that stood out above the others ---an invitational pacer named Isle C, and a couple solid trotters named Sugar Crispins and Duke Of Kosmos. Doris Lineweaver is hoping to write more of her own chapters in harness racing, beginning with the upcoming Woodstock meet that begins September 15th. "Racing gets in your blood," she added, "And you just don't know anything different." Darrell Wood

Tioga Downs has cancelled live harness racing for Friday (May 18) due to lack of entries. All classes were moved to Saturday's (May 19) card. Post time for Saturday is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs    

Pompano Beach, FL…May 15, 2018…Prominent harness racing breeder Betty L. McGreevy, 87, passed away recently in Aurora, Colorado. Known for her meticulous ways in caring for her horses, Mrs. McGreevy had been involved as an owner and breeder for several decades, breeding champions in Florida along the way. Born July 14, 1930 in Petersburg, Indiana, she, eventually, moved to Terre Haute, Indiana where she owned and operated Lark Commercial Painting and Sandblasting. After the passing of her first husband, Betty married Mike McGreevy, a champion mini race car driver in the 1950’s. They purchased a farm in Perrysville, Indiana and, in 1979, relocated to Trenton, Florida where they began breeding, training, racing and boarding Standardbreds. Among her many successes as a breeder were Spin Mogul, Cracker Gold and McRyan Michael, all Super Night champions during their respective racing seasons. In 1986, she was named Florida Breeder of the Year. Betty retired in 2014 and she and her husband moved to Bell, Florida before moving to Colorado. Her husband preceded her in death by 45 days. Known for her forthcoming wit, Betty once said, “My father was wider in the eyebrows than most men in the shoulders.” Betty McGreevy is survived by her daughter Elaine (Ed) Koschik, grandsons Mike (Jessica) and Chris, and four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Joshua, Matthew and Sophia. By John Berry

Top Swedish trotter Readly Express, who won the Prix d’Amerique after a battle with Bold Eagle, will not race in the Elitlopp at Solvalla later this month. Readly Express trained Monday, but his trainer Timo Nurmis found that he will not be able to get the horse in shape to go two heats on the same day, and therefore he informed Solvalla that Readly Express is out of the race. Readly Express has not raced since his win in the Prix d’Amerique. In the meantime he has done some stud duties, but just until last week he was the favorite by all bookmakers who have odds on the Elitlopp. Then the rumors began that there was doubt about his participation in the Elitlopp. So far Solvalla has nine trotters ready for the Elitlopp; the field will be at 16, which is divided into two eliminations. Ready for the Elitlopp are: Uza Josselyn - Denmark Bold Eagle – France  Propulsion - USA Maori Time – New Zealand Ringostarr Treb - Italy Pastore Bob – Sweden  Nadal Broline – Sweden  Volstead - USA Dreammoko – France by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 14, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's Superfecta Mondays are breeding. Effective Thursday night (May 17th), the Raceway shall offer superfecta wagering in every race, every night, provided there are sufficient harness racing wagering interests in a given race. "Our fans have indicated they wanted more exotic wagers," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "We're happy to offer this as we continually try to improve our product." The new wagering format was approved by the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

CREAM RIDGE, NJ — May 14, 2018 — May 12th, from 1 pm to 3 pm Fair Winds Farm hosted an equine event for youngsters from the 4-H and scouting community.  Approximately 60 youngsters and parents attended. The first hour was a presentation by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Ellen Taylor, Kati Eick, and Travis Ceppaluni and his Standardbred Let's Elope, gave a harnessing demonstration.  Attendees were also introduced to equine careers and learned about drivers' colors. The second half of the schedule, attendees met driver and trainer Stacy Chiodo.  Also with Stacy was Maggie Romano with her Standardbred, Wicked Business. They showed racing equipment and discussed the harness racing business. Attendees were excited to take a tour of Fair Winds Farm, with Mark Mullen and Suzanne D’Ambrose.  Facts about mares and foals were also discussed, as they walked along the fields filled with active mares and foals.  And an overview of the breeding farm operation was given by Mr. Mullen. The tour ended with Dr. Patty Hogan giving a presentation and tour of her equine medical clinic.  She explained the different types of medical equipment and their uses. The finale of the day was a giveaway of a complimentary week at at HHYF camp at Gaitway Farms.  One attendee from Allentown,NJ was the winner who will be announced at a later date. Courtney Stafford

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King celebrated her birthday in style Monday when her 7-year-old pacer Little Ben ($4.60, Victor Kirby) triumphed in the $15,000 harness racing featured Delaware Special at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. From his rail post position, Little Ben dictated the tempo and notched his second win in the last three starts. Silver Fox J followed him throughout and finished second, while Blazing Bobby Sox was third. "Ben" increased his lifetime earnings to nearly $410,000 for Looney-King and her husband, trainer Jim King Jr. Later on the program, Don Marine's Cinder Block ($2.80, Mike Cole) won his fourth straight race for trainer Kyle Moore in 1:55.3. The Rockabillie colt is a perfect 4-for-4 at the current meet. Mike Cole had three driving wins on the program. Driver Cody Poliseno had a double, with both wins coming for his father, trainer Carlo Poliseno and owner Louis Tomczak. Kirby also had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino

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