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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a couple of narrow losses in the $13,000 Open Trot level at Buffalo Raceway, a better post and a change of harness racing equipment proved to be the right remedy for Wilberforce ($3.10) on Wednesday night (Feb. 12)   With a pair of starts from the seven hole, Wilberforce drew the five post and went coast to coast in collecting a 2-3/4 length victory over Lougazi in 2:00.1 over the sloppy track. The margin of victory could have been more but Wilberforce drifted badly in the stretch but had enough in the tank to post the win.   "We put a Murphy blind on him and it did the opposite of what we wanted him to do," chuckled winning driver John Cummings Jr. of the wide journey down the stretch. "You look on paper and you can see he's a good animal."   Posting quarters of :29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2, Wilberforce stepped on the gas the final panel to bottom out the field. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished a hard-charging second while Rockefeller Lindy (David McNeight III) and Daylong Phantom (Jim McNeight Jr.) finished in a dead heat for third.   Owned by trainer Kris Rickert and Dale Wareham, Wilberforce (Caviar Crown-Rose Run Imprint) is an 8-year-old gelding that has won three times in six attempts this season, earning $26,310. His career bankroll jumped to $312,682.   Buffalo Raceway's 2019 Trotter of the Year, Wheels A Turning ($3.40), went wire-to-wire in posting a solid two length victory over Empire Earl N in 2:01.2.   Zooming off the gate from the start, Wheels A Turning went right to the top for driver Aaron Byron and set splits of :30.1, 1:01.4 and 1:31.1. With a panel to trot, Wheels A Turning stayed strong and never looked back as Empire Earl N (John Cummings Jr.) and Traverse Seelster (Denny Bucceri) settled for second and third.   Owned by Allan Schmucker and trained by Sabrina Shaw, it was the first win in three appearances this season for Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The 8-year-old mare has now earned $5,080 this season and $256,917 lifetime.   Sarah Cola (McNeight III) cut the mile and had just enough 'pop' left and hung on for the neck decision Machs Echo (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   With fractions of :30.1, 1:00.3 and 1:30.1, Sarah Cola ($6.80) showed plenty of heart to turn back the determined Machs Echo in 1:59.2 while Jag Out (Byron) was third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia, it was the first victory of the 2020 campaign for Sarah Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion). The score upped her season winnings to $6,428 and $168,709 in her career.   Drew Monti completed the evening with a triple while Kevin Cummings, Morrill Jr., McNeight III and Cummings Jr. all doubled. Maria Rice had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 2/12/20 - In the midst of the efforts to help horses so desperately in need as they stand in a kill pen, tagged to ship for slaughter, there is a smile to be had. The block buster movie, Little Women, stars all Standardbreds, and most were rescued from the kill pen, landing safely into the hands of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   Instigator, R C Kettle Chip, Expensive Dude, Bay Sign, and The Last Hurrah who collectively earned nearly $800,000 are stars again.   www.AdoptaHorse.org SRF is Different: * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S. * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused. * Is feeding and caring for more than 400 trotters and pacers. * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 200 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Feb. 12) at 10:30 a.m. The show will be highlighted by Jim Miller, Jessica Otten, and Mike Sardella. Miller joins the program to discuss the ongoing renovations at Hawthorne Racecourse and the upcoming extended harness racing season that is set to open on Saturday (Feb 15.). Miller will discuss some of the changes to the wagering menu and what fans on track can expect to see and participate in. Otten, from Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, will join to discuss the changes in post time and wagering menu that took place this past weekend. The pair will discuss with her the value that has been added to the pools at The Meadowlands with the recent changes. Saratoga Hotel Casino opens its 79th season of racing on Sunday (Feb. 16). Track Announcer Mike Sardella joins to discuss the changes that have taken place entering open weekend. Saratoga features a $5,000 guaranteed Pick-5 on Sunday and Monday, giving bettors extreme value to kick off the meet. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- February 12, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as a pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. SBOANJ membership is required to qualify for all programs. The resident mare rebate will pay up to $500 to owners of mares bred in 2020. A mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in New Jersey for 150 days up to and including foaling. Proof of foaling in New Jersey via U.S. Trotting Association registration is required. The mare rebate program will be capped at $100,000. The pacing stallion incentive program will rebate 15 percent of the advertised stud fee, up to $1,500, to the breeder of record as per the breeding contract. Stallions must breed at least 5 mares to be eligible for the rebate. Private treaties will receive a $250 rebate. The pacing stallion rebate program will be capped at $150,000. Forms will be available on the SBOANJ website. Please call the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357with any questions. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association in partnership with WDLR Radio of Delaware, Ohio is creating a new half hour radio show focusing on harness racing in the Buckeye State. "Horsing Around" is scheduled to debut Saturday February 15th at 9:00 AM. Kelley Bell of the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will host the show with Michelle Gatchell. The show will feature interviews with breeders, trainers, owners and other involved in harness racing. Bell's guest for the inaugural show include Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware. Bell says, "if you like horses, harness racing or the Little Brown Jug, you will love this show." WDLR General Manager Mike Schnell says horsemen have been asking for a show like this. "As the home of the Little Brown Jug, Delaware is a major hub of activity for horsemen. It is only natural that we developed a show focusing on the equine industry and its value to the state of Ohio." The show will air Saturday mornings on WDLR-Delaware, Ohio (92.9 FM and 1550 AM) at 9:00AM. Listeners outside the stations signal will also be able to listen to the show. It will also be available on-line at wdlr.com and will be available via the Tune In app. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. Bids on the listed breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by this Saturday, February 15, 2020. The breedings that do not receiving successful bids by the close of the auction may be available after that date. This is your opportunity to breed to Rockin Image whose book is full and closed for 2020. Rockin Image was Indiana's Leading Money-Winning Sire of All-Age, 3-Year-Old and 2-Year-Old Pacers in 2019, including three Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final winners. He is also the sire of Breeders Crown winner and World Champion Freaky Feet Pete. The list of stallions by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Coraggioso, Lucky Chucky, Sebastian K, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar, Victory Sam Pacers: Art Director, Big Bad John, Domethatagain, Mister Big, Racing Hill, We Will See, Well Said, Western Vintage, Yankee Cruiser NEW YORK Trotters: Conway Hall, Crazy Wow, Deweycheatumnhowe, Whataworkout Pacers: Artiscape, Bolt The Duer, Dude's The Man, So Surreal INDIANA Trotter: Musclesprinctonian Pacer: Always A Virgin, JK Endofanera, Rockin Image PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Andover Hall, Possess The Will Pacers: Captain Ahab ONTARIO Pacers: Artspeak, Royal Mattjesty, Sportswriter, Thinking Out Loud DELAWARE Trotter: Glidemaster Pacer: Dream Away MARYLAND Trotter: Charlie DeVie Pacer: Rusty's For Real ILLINOIS Trotter: Class Included Pacer: Time To Roll A complete list of the 2020 stallions, conditions and bid form is posted on HarnessRacing.com Weekend Preview and www.harnessmuseum.com. We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at 845-294-6330 or development@harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum

Freehold, NJ --- Phil Jasper's Drinkin Again has quickly taken a liking to Freehold Raceway, with three wins over the track in his last eight races. Last out, he won the Preferred Handicap pace by half a length at 12/1. He'll seek to defend his title on Saturday (February 15), lining up against seven contenders.   Jack Baggitt will be back in the sulky on the 6-year-old, who will seek to become the first pacer to win the Freehold Preferrred Handicap twice in 2020. He'll leave from the outside post position eight. It will be interesting to see if Jack takes back, or tries to send like he did last week.   Two others drew for the outside post positions, and they'll line up directly to Drinkin Again's inside. Lyons Steel turned in a strong closing effort in his 2020 debut last week, rallying to finish fifth with a final quarter of 28 seconds. During the fall/winter portion of the Freehold season, he won the Preferred three times. Pat Lachance will leave from post position six for trainer Dennis Watson.   Winning Linc drew post position seven, for driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Richard Johnson. He caught fire at the Meadowlands last fall, with three wins in his last four starts of the year. This will be his 2020 debut.   Smileandsaycheese, Ozone Blue Chip, Gotta Go BB, Solo Story, and Ginger Tree Marty complete the ensemble. The Preferred will go as the seventh race, with a listed post time of 2:50 PM EST.   Saturday's Freehold card also features another renewal of the American Harness Drivers Club amateur trot, which will go as the fifth race. Wygant Prince, for owner/driver Paul Minore, will seek to make it two in a row at the class.   In addition, the hottest pacer based at the track, Jackamino, will seek his fifth win in a row in the sixth race, a NW $8,000 last 5/NW 9 pace. Vinny Ginsburg will drive from post position four for trainer Taylor Gower, who also trains Wygant Prince.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Saturday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

STICKNEY, IL - Saturday evening will mark the start of harness racing at Hawthorne Race Course, marking 50 years after the first harness meet was conducted at the Stickney oval in 1970. This season the schedule for racing in Illinois takes a slight adjustment as construction of a new racing and casino venue will begin on the grounds of Hawthorne Race Course. With construction ongoing during the day, a one year hiatus from spring thoroughbred racing will take place and be replaced by evening harness racing on weekends. The 92 night expanded harness season kicks off on Saturday, February 15 at Hawthorne as the nearly eight month long season will give Standardbred horsemen in Illinois an opportunity to earn more over a longer racing period. In February, live racing will be conducted every Saturday and Sunday evening. In March, Friday evening cards will be added, with Hawthorne racing three days per week from March through the meet end on Sunday, September 20. The focus at Hawthorne Race Course in 2020 is on Illinois-bred racing as the entire stakes schedule will be comprised of races for Illinois-restricted horses. The stakes schedule culminates on closing weekend as over $1 million in purses will be distributed on Night of Champions weekend. Opportunities for open-company horses will be aplenty though as a strong overnight program will offer up to 12 races per night, with the focus on larger field size and quality racing. Leading driver Casey Leonard returns in 2020 as he comes off a great 2019 campaign that saw him win 188 races at Hawthorne. Kyle Wilfong is back as he compiled a strong 122 win meet in 2019. While Kyle Husted is briefly sidelined, he will return to the driving colony early in the racing season. Travis Seekman returns from a good 2019 season while the father son combo of Todd and Ridge Warren will both be in the bike to open the meet. Trainer Terry Leonard has his stable ready early as he returns off a great 2019 season that saw his horses find the winner's circle 70 times. A couple of Leonard's top trainees have already been back on the track as both Fox Valley Gemini and Fox Valley Triton qualified last week. Nelson Willis is back as well as large contingents from the barns of Mike Brink, Steve Searle, Kyle Husted, and Brett Wilfong. For the bettor, Hawthorne returns the low 15% takeout wagers, offering a $.50 Pick 5 which begins with the night's opening race, and a pair of $.50 Pick 4 wagers, starting in race three and then on the final four races on each night's card. Both the Pick 5 and Pick 4 will have carryovers attached to them if nobody selects five or four winners for the respective wagers. The $.20 Jackpot High 5 returns for each night's final race. This year, a $2 Pick 6 wager has been added to the Hawthorne wagering menu. The Pick 6 is not a Jackpot wager as any carryover and major pool will pay out any time six winners are selected in the sequence. A consolation pool has been attached to the Pick 6 nightly and will also be paid whenever there is a winner of the major pool in the Pick 6. The Pick 6 will have a 20% takeout with 50% of the major pool going to either a winning ticket with six winners or the carryover and the other 50% being paid to that night's minor or consolation pool. Win, Place, and Show wagers will again have just a 17% takeout rate. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returns for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday, September 20. Post time nightly is 7:10 PM. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 2 through December 26. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

Both harness racing drivers Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Jim Devaux each enjoyed a banner day on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway as each driver won 4 races on the muddy afternoon. Track Superintendent Anthony Desimone did an excellent job in maintaining the racing oval after 2 days of rain and mud Bruce Aldrich Jr. started off the day by winning the first race with the heavy favorite Always Ya Baby in 2:00.1 - $2.70, Devaux would win the next 2 races, Aldrich came back in race 4 with Safety Second 1:58 - $3.90. 2 races later he visited he winners circle aboard Bootswiththefur in 2:03-$2.50, the Bob Lounsbury trained earned her second win of the season. Devaux won the next 2 races, in the last race of the afternoon Bruce went wire to wire with Julios Girl 1:59.4 -$3.00. Where Bruce Aldrich wasn't, DeVaux was , the 4 bagger started in the second race for Jimmy Devaux with Surface Tension, who scored a 4 length wire to win in 2:04.1 - $2.70, he came right back the following race aboard Gorgeous Partygirl 2:00 - $5.40 for trainer Greg Decker. Gaius Crastinus won race 7 in 1:59.36 - $4.20, last up was Kilkenny in 2:02.2 - $7.90 in the last race of the day. Trainers Jim Doherty Jr. and Art Green each had a training double on the card, Jim Doherty Jr. is in second place with 15 wins behind the leader Bo Sowers with 19 for leading dash winning trainers, Art Green broke into the Top 5. Jim Devaux maintains a slim lead for leading dash winning drivers, the 4 wins on the card gives him 34 wins, with Bruce Aldrich trailing closing behind in second with 33 wins. Greg Merton is 3rd with 28 wins followed by Jim Taggart Jr. with 25 wins, in the 5th spot is the young gun and future dash winner, Brandon Parker with 24 wins who has been on fire as of late. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

A reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15, 2020 for the 4 & 5 year old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for trotters and pacers (foals of 2015 & 2016). Three Year Old payments (foals of 2017) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2020. All stallion pedigree's, staking forms, and stake dates are now available online including a printable calendar! Please use our website www.msrfonline.com for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available. We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please remember to check and make sure you use this address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund, P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791. Regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call 410-775-0152  or  240-285-0326. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund

LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Brett Miller reached a pair of milestones on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 11) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning for the 8,500th time since beginning his sulky career in 1991 and surpassing $90 million in purse earnings with the horses he has driven. The 46-year-old Miller, who returned to his native Ohio roots at the beginning of 2019 after a decade stint as one of the top drivers on the East Coast, is enjoying another banner season in 2020. Following up on a 518 win campaign in his first year on the Miami Valley, Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton circuit, Brett has triumphed 51 times already this year. The cousin of Hall Of Famer David Miller has exceeded $5 million in purse earnings in nine of the last ten years. Miller's landmark score came in a conditioned/claiming event behind Motor City Man, owned by Jeannette Conrad and trained by Greg Henderson. Three races later Brett was back in the winner's circle having guided Majestic Player A to victory in the featured $24,000 Open Handicap Trot. Majestic Player A, making just his second United States start since being imported from Australia, scored a very impressive triumph in Miami Valley’s $24,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 11).  His open lengths 1:53.2 tally represents the quickest trotting mile of the current meet which began on January 3. It was the first time that driver Brett Miller, who earlier on the card recorded his 8,500th win and surpassed the $90 million purse earnings plateau, has sat behind the 6-year-old gelded son of Majestic Son and he was duly impressed.  “He looked good on paper, but raced even better than it looked,” Miller smiled.  “I didn’t rush him out of the gate, but when I asked him for ‘go’, he had plenty!  The new owners have themselves a real nice horse.” Those new owners are Jeffrey Fought,  Brian Carsey and Casey Myers, who purchased him abroad after noticing his 15 victories out of 29 lifetime starts Down Under.  Walter Haynes Jr. is training Majestic Player A, who surpassed $100,000 in converted U.S. dollars with this score. Walter White (Jeremy Smith) set the early pace, hitting the first two timing stations in :28.1 and :57.2 before the winner decided to take charge just prior to the 1:25.1 third quarter clocking.  In other Tuesday matinee action, three divisions of the second leg of the R. J. Brown trotting late closer decided the finalists for a $20,000 championship tilt next week.  Winners of the $12,000 splits were The Bombean (Tyler Smith, 1:59.3, $6.00), Mary Mag Delene (Hugh Beatty, 1:58, $6.40) and B Three Seven (Beatty, 1:57.2, $13.40). Others who also qualified for the final are This Man Raps, Ms Toni, LaDolfina, Avalon, DC Mr Dominator and Stone Cold Blue.  Pier Hanover and Docs Swan Song are also eligible should any of the top nine money winners in the series fail to enter the final. A pair of final elimination heats in the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares were also contested.  Nice Trip (Jason Brewer) captured the first division in 1:54.2 with Allspeedallthetime (Miller) victorious in the other, clocked in 1:55.4.  Joining that pair in the $15,000 series championship on February 18 will be Rock The Baby, Over Speeding, Desires Lady, Jetstream Johnnie, Love Love Me Do, American Sweet Pea, Lucky Seven Oflodi and Endeavors Ladyluck. From Miami Valley Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2020 -- Art Of Norma charged three wide through the final turn and had just enough racetrack to overtake the leader, Strawb's Chippie N, and capture Tuesday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Art Of Norma moved second over and had plenty of pace when Brady Brown sent her wide for the drive. But could she rally over the sloppy surface and catch the leader? The 5-year-old daughter of Art Official-Up Front Norma did just that, defeating Strawb's Chippie N by a length in 1:54.2, with Pappy Rocks third.   Paul Kennedy trains Art Of Norma, who lifted her career bankroll to $138,826, and owns with Keith Pippi. In Tuesday's companion feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Broadway Kabam outkicked Sophia Lia to score for Shawn Johnston, trainer Fred Uber, Jr. and owners Jodi Martin, Kaylee Martin and Nicole Uber. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $15,927.66 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association is proud to announce the following inductees into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Gene Kleve Roger Kleve bought his first starting gate in 1952. After he received his starters license, Mr. Kleve would start the race as his wife drove the starting car. During a trip to Ohio to look at a new electric starting gate, Mr. Kleve decided that he could build his own to replace the hydraulic one that was in use. Mounting his electric gate on his new 1957 Ford convertible, it was off to the races. In the 60's, Mr. Kleve bought a bigger car to use with the starting gate. He modified the car to accommodate the starter's position by cutting and installing a bubbleon top. With enhanced visibility, the races were held, rain or shine. Mr. Kleve not only started races in Iowa, he also traveled to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Kleve was an auctioneer and owned and operated an implement business. He served as secretary of the Humboldt County Fair Board for almost 25 years and was on the Iowa State Fair Board, all while serving as Mayor of Humboldt during the same time period. Mr. Kleve passed away November 27, 2000. He will always be remembered as a true friend of Iowa Harness Racing. Alan Sandbulte Alan Sandbulte purchased his first racehorse in 1978. With only a few starts for his mare, Mr. Sandbulte decided to breed her to the stallion High Judge. That cross turned out to be a great success for Mr. Sandbulte, as Rolling Judge and Little Brown Judge raced unbeaten. Standing his own stallions also proved to be successful for Mr. Sandbulte, many standing in Iowa and Relentless Yankee standing in Minnesota, making his foals dual eligible. Mr. Sandbulte has served on the Hawkeye Board as well as the Iowa Board. He is currently the president of the Sioux Trotting Association in Sioux Center. Mr. Sandbulte worked tirelessly to maintain the track and grounds at Sioux Center for training and racing. He is currently looking to find a track for future racing, as Sioux Center has dissolved. Mr. Sandbulte may not make it to the races as often as he would like, but he is still active in breeding. Having bred and owned many Iowa Champions, Mr. Sandbulte enjoys providing the opportunity for others to cultivate their own champions. Currently Mr. Sandbulte enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren but continues to stay up to dateon local racing. No Recess Foaled April 4, 2009 in Bode, Iowa, No Recess started his racing career as a two-year-old, racing in Iowa. Trotting to a mark of 2:07.0 at Prairie Meadows as a two-year-old, the Rich Boy gelding didn't look back. No Recess had an exceptional three-year-old season, as he remained undefeated in Minnesota. Taking a mark of 1:59.2, No Recess went on to earn over $47,000 in 2012. Continuing his racing career, No Recess has raced every year, capturing his current lifetime mark of 1:53.3 as an eight-year-old. With combined earnings in excess of $300,000, he has won 54 of 219 starts, placing second 30 times and securing third 33 times. No Recess was a two-time Billings Armature Trot Champion, also racing under saddle, with a mark of 1:59.0 at nine. No Recess is a tough horse, with a relentless pursuit to win. He is a pleasure to drive and still proves his champion mindset on the track. by Tara Spach, for IHHA

Dover, DE - Tight Lines took the overland route and won the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Home’N Dry and race favorite Joey Bats provided the early speed over a sloppy track. Jack Vernon made a break after the start.  Blue Bird Jesse got away 3rd. Tight Lines was able to drop in 4th near the quarter pole. Bluebird Rambo settled in the fifth position. Home’N Dry cut the race fractions of 27.2, 56  and 1:24. Joey Bats accepted the pocket trip.   Tight Lines rushed 1st over and the mare, She’s On A Cuze was towed into a 2nd over trip on the rim down the backstretch. Tight Lines and Corey Callahan were able to wear down the pace setter Home’N Dry and Tyler Davis past the ¾ pole.  They trotted a 28 flat 3rd quarter. Joey Bats, the race favorite with Andrew McCarthy, in the bike, angled off the rail and took dead aim on Tight Lines in the stretch.   Unfortunately, Joey Bats went off stride near the 7/8th marker. Sheez On A Cruz passed Joey Bats nearing the wire and finished 2nd. Joey Bats survived a Judges Inquiry for a violation of the breaking rule and finished 3rd. Tight Lines won by two and a quarter lengths at odds of 7/2 in 1:52.2.   He is owned and trained by Jeff Gregory with the Jesmeral Stables and W.H. Richardson. The mare, Sheez On A Cruze finished 2nd for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. Major Occasion N looks to repeat in the Mares Open Pace in Wednesday’s 11th race Mares Open Pace. First race post time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

They say cancer has no friends, but in the case of Steve Wiseman that is not the case. Longtime California horseman Steve Wiseman has just been diagnosed with cancer. To say that the Cal Expo horsemen were devastated to hear this news is an understatement. With the horse community being as tight as it is, the news spread across the country and into Canada in one day with horsemen rallying to support Steve and his wife of 20 years, Kathie Plested. Steve, Kathie and their daughter Tyler run the largest stable in California during the winter and at Running Aces in Minnesota during the summer. Stevie as he is known to many has touched the hearts of horsemen wherever he goes. He is one of the "Good Guys". Whether to help a family ship a groom home who just passed away, to a shipper, away from home offering a Christmas dinner. Or rallying to help support a trainer who lost everything to a barn fire to a driver who was in a bad accident. Stevie has opened his heart to many. One of the top drivers and respected horsemen in California and Minnesota for many years, will now be racing one of the toughest races of his life. But with family and the hundreds of friends behind him with the love and support he can win this race. The California horsemen at Cal Expo this weekend will be sporting the Wiseman colors of Blue, yellow and white to show support and stand behind their beloved horseman and friend. We at Cal Expo ask the horsemen and fans to stand with us to show support by wearing his colors this weekend. Megan Beauchamp has graciously offered to sell T shirts via Facebook with the motto Wiseman Strong, Whatever It Takes logo with all proceeds going to the Wiseman family to help with the medical costs. Wrist bands are also being sold on Facebook in order to help the family as well. A Go fund me account has also been set up and anyone wanting to donate can go to: https://www.gofundme.com/wiseman-strong By Robin Clements        

Pompano Beach, FL...February 11, 2020...Harness racing driver Joe Pennacchio will be representing the United States in the World Amateur Cup 2020, which will be held at Pompano Park beginning February 22.   Pennacchio earned the honor to represent the U.S.A. on Monday night at the South Florida oval by piloting the Walter La Freniere, Jr. trainee B R Flying Dali to victory in the World Cup qualifier. Owned by William H. Mc Elvain, Jr., the eight year-old son of Dali covered his mile in 1:55.4, just getting up over the Dein Spriggs driven Firewater Jake.   It was a rare win for Pennacchio--not in numbers, per se, but for the fact that he was making a rare appearance back driving a pacer.   Pennacchio has been a stalwart member of the Florida Amateur Driving Club for many years and all starts for that club are for trotters.   "Yes," Pennacchio lamented, "it's rare that any of our amateur drivers get behind a pacer, so this win was extra special, to say the least."   Pennacchio now has 186 career wins with his first one dating back to 1995 at Delaware, Ohio with Fox Valley Trump.   He has competed with regularity on the European circuit and was USHWA Amateur Driver of the Year in 2019.   In last night's event, Pennacchio was competing against a stellar group of amateur drivers including four others who won USHWA's Amateur Driver of the Year Award--Steve Oldford, Robert Krivelin, Dein Spriggs and Hannah Miller, all of whom have represented the U.S. in world competition.   Pennacchio hopes to become the first driver from the U.S. to win the elite competition saying, "I am sure that this will be a highly competitive event with the best of the best vying for supremacy. I just hope to compete safely and honorably for our country."   by John Berry            

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