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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – “Feeding and Care of Mare/Foal, Stallion, and Growing Horse” is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:30 am – 3:45 pm on Sunday, February 10, 2019, will feature presentations by several equine experts. “This year we selected a topic that we have not covered during any of the previous Horse Management Seminars. Even if you don’t currently breed horses, the presentations will have lots of information for everyone!” says Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. “Our goal for this workshop is to bring in the leading experts in each of these topic areas. This includes broodmare and growing horse nutrition, care of the stallion, and new reproductive advances. We will also highlight some of the current, and future, research from Rutgers Equine graduate students.” Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as the leading experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight. The morning will start with “Stallion Care” and “Recent Advanced in Equine Reproduction” by Dr. Ed Squires from University of Kentucky’s  Gluck Equine Research Center. “Dr. Squires leads the country in his contribution to the field of equine reproduction” says Williams, “we are honored to have him here at Rutgers courtesy of Vetoquinol USA.” The morning will also include Dr. Dan Keenan from Foundation Equine, a local veterinarian specializing in equine reproduction. Dr. Keenan will present “Care of the Mare and Foal Pre and Post Birth.”  The afternoon will start off with Dr. Amy Burk, who leads the equine breeding program at the University of Maryland, presenting “Feeding the Pregnant/Lactating Mare”, followed by “GI Development and Nutrition of the Growing Horse” by Dr. Paul Siciliano from North Carolina State University. Closing out the day will be a panel discussion from the three main speakers, moderated by Williams. Following the panel Dr. Williams’ doctoral student, Jennifer Weinert, will give a short presentation on some of the current research taking place on campus, as well as what future research has been planned. In addition to these presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, and ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day’s presenters. The complete program, registration information, and seminar brochure are posted on the Equine Science Center website at esc.rutgers.edu, as well as the registration site at: http://bit.ly/2019HMS . Space is limited, and the early bird discount for registration ends on January 28th, so be sure to register early! For questions, please contact Dr. Carey Williams at 848-932-5529, carey.williams@rutgers.edu. About Rutgers Equine Science Center The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is Better Horse Care through Research and Education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry. For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit esc.rutgers.edu.   ================================================== Carey A. Williams, Ph.D. Equine Extension Specialist Rutgers University 84 Lipman Dr., Bartlett Hall New Brunswick, NJ 08901   PH: 848-932-5529 Email Replies to: Carey.Williams@Rutgers.edu =================================================

There is still time to submit nominations for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the harness racing sport - the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Initially titled Groom of the Year Award when first presented in 1982, the honor was instituted as a result of a suggestion made by Delvin Miller at the annual Harness Tracks of America meeting when he received HTA's Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award. Previously sponsored annually by HTA and Hanover Shoe Farms, the tradition lapsed in 2014 but was re-established in 2015 by HRRNP and USHWA. The HRRNP Caretaker of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500, a trophy, and transportation costs to the USHWA Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday evening, Feb. 24, 2019, where he or she will be recognized. The winner will also enjoy a two-night stay at Rosen Shingle Creek, host hotel for the USHWA activities, as well as two complimentary dinner tickets. "Caretakers are the day-to-day unsung heroes of the industry, long before and after the spotlight of the grandstand lights," said USHWA President Shawn Wiles. "This cadre toil in anonymity, not looking for a pat on the back, but always looking out for the best interests of their charges health and welfare. We are fortunate to have many outstanding caretakers in our industry to look after our equine athletes." Any caretaker working for any stable or farm in North America is eligible. All that is need to nominate is a letter or email, 200 words minimum, from an individual or group detailing the skills and special qualities of the caretaker. The winner will be chosen by a seven-person selection committee comprised of USHWA members, all of whom are former caretakers: Tim Bojarski (chair), Tom Charters, Moira Fanning, Dean Hoffman, Rob Pennington, Kim Rinker and Shawn Wiles. All nomination letters and emails must be received and/or postmarked by Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, and sent to chairman Bojarski at a159star@gmail.com or mailed to Tim Bojarski, 7523 Maple Road, Akron, N.Y. 14001. From U. S. Harness Writers Association    

This Saturday, December 22, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is hosting a free harness racing handicapping contest with the Grand Prize of a $1,300 seat into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars. The free handicapping contest is open to all patrons on Saturday and there is no fee to enter. Fans may register up until 7:15 p.m. on the night of the contest. The contest format requires players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 10 at the Meadowlands. The winner is determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament on Saturday, April 6th, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. The Meadowlands' remaining 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier schedule is as follows: January 1, 2019 - March 30, 2019: Free Online Survival Challenge - 3 WHHC seats Saturday, January 12: $400 Qualifier with 4 WHHC seats Saturday, February 16 - $200 contest with top 2 WHHC seats Saturday, March 16 - $200 contest with 2 WHHC seats DerbyWars hosts regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. Details on the WHHC can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240  

It is well chronicled that horse racing — Standardbred and thoroughbred — has been struggling in the state of New Jersey. Without “racino” revenues to boost purses, racing has suffered at Monmouth, the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway (the latter two primarily showcase harness racing). Lower purses have meant fewer racing days, less in-state breeding and an inferior product. For years, the Atlantic City casinos gave the tracks purse subsidies — but that stopped during the final years of Governor Chris Christie’s regime. For the last few years, supporters of racing have tried to find ways to get those purse subsidies back. In 2016, New Jersey voters went to the polls and were asked to approve a casino in North Jersey, presumably at the Meadowlands. It was rejected soundly. Meadowlands owner Jeffrey Gural has lamented that he needs purse subsidies to continue racing at the Meadowlands. Gural has been subsidizing purses with his own cash and says that he can’t continue this in the future. He has indicated that races like the Meadowlands Pace could be cancelled, with that money used for overnight purses. The Meadowlands Pace offers a purse of at least $700,000 and Gural contends that money might be better spent on overnights, so they can compete better with Yonkers, Harrah’s Philadelphia and Pocono Downs. With the subsidies in limbo, the Meadowlands applied for 68 racing dates for 2019 — down from 90 in 2018. When told by the New Jersey Racing Commission that the minimum is 76, the track applied for the minimum. Freehold, which often raced Thursday-Saturday, is going to race Friday and Saturday afternoons only in 2019 and it too will race the state minimum of 76. As grim as this picture may appear, there may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like the New Jersey State Legislature is poised to pass a five-year, $100 million plan for purse subsidies at New Jersey’s three horse racing tracks. It would call for $20 million per year, with Monmouth receiving $10 million, the Meadowlands $6 million and Freehold $1.6 million. Another $1.8 million will go to the New Jersey breeding program — money that is sorely needed to build up state stock. Monmouth applied for 58 racing dates in 2019 and says, if the purse subsidy gets passed, it could increase to 71. The Meadowlands should follow suit, with the hope of getting back to or near the 90-date mark. Let’s do some simple math based on the current harness racing calendars at Freehold and the Meadowlands. With Freehold, if you take the $1.6 million and divide it over 76 racing dates, that’s $21,052 that could be added to daily purses. Of course, Freehold can do different things with the money — it could increase purses for stakes races, sire stakes or create a high-stakes race that could attract some of the best Standardbreds in the game. The latter is not likely. If you’re increasing purses, the best thing to do is use it on those who train and race at Freehold all year long. $21,052 may not sound like a lot, but over 10 races that’s $2,100 per race. A preferred pace might run for $10,000 instead of $8,000. That matters. The Meadowlands would really benefit. On Saturdays, the preferred races at the Big M usually offer a $20,000 purse. By comparison, the Yonkers opens are currently being run for $44,000. With $78,947 in additional daily purses now available, the open races at the Big M could be run for $30k, $40k or even $50k. This is pure speculation on my part, but the prevailing thought is that Gural and the Meadowlands will use the subsidy to bolster the overnights and the New Jersey Sire Stakes. As much as we love the big race, the overnights are what keep the sport afloat on a daily basis. Gural has hinted that the sire stakes finals could have $250,000 purses, a significant increase over the $100,000 that was offered in 2018. There were 12 races on the Friday, Dec. 14 card with $141,340 in total purses. If they used that $78K, the total purse jumps to $219,340, an average of $18,278 per race. On the same date, Yonkers offered 10 races and $226,750 in purses, an average of $22,675 per race. As you can see, the additional $78K would help the Big M close the gap significantly — and with the Big M offering a one-mile oval, there is a chance that some trainers may move some of the horses to race there instead of Yonkers. And the subsidy should help most in the spring. The Meadowlands does OK in January and February, because the tracks that siphon their horses — Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia — are closed. Once March comes, the higher purses at those tracks result in horse shortages in East Rutherford. The purse subsidy might keep enough horses on the Meadowlands’ grounds to help them get through the spring and summer with better quality stock. If you enjoy harness racing, this is welcome news. Nobody in the sport wants to see the Meadowlands become a third-rate track. It’s done too much good for the sport and, despite being second-rate to some, its handle dwarfs that of most other tracks. Bettors like the one-mile oval and they’ll wager over $2 million on run-of-the-mill Friday and Saturday cards. That said, nobody likes to see bailouts. It’s a dirty word and many think if you can’t market and promote your sport so that it’s self-sustaining, then you should suffer the consequences. Many in the Garden State are against this legislation. In an Asbury Park Press poll, 58 percent say they are against the purse subsidy, with 42 percent in favor. Nobody likes to see their taxes raised or used to bail out private industry, but many fail to realize how many people would be impacted if harness racing disappeared in New Jersey. Those that work in the game may be forced to take government subsidies in the form of welfare, unemployment and other forms of social services. The taxpayers foot that bill too! Once the legislation passes, things should get interesting. We will need to hear how both the Meadowlands and Freehold will use the additional monies; we’ll need to see if the Meadowlands adds a few days to the calendar; and we’ll need to see if they have any new tricks up their sleeves. For now, the subsidy is good news. It does not cure all the ills with harness racing in New Jersey, but things are better now than they were a week ago. Reprinted with permission of US Racing By John Fugele John Furgele As a kid growing up in the Buffalo suburbs in the 1970s and 80s, the radio was one of John Furgele’s best friends. In the evenings, he used to listen to a show on WBEN radio called “Free Form Sports,” hosted by Buffalo broadcast legend Stan Barron. The show ran weeknights from 6 to 11 pm and featured every kind of sport you could imagine. One minute, Mr. Barron was interviewing a Buffalo Sabres player; the next, he was giving high school field hockey scores. But there was always one thing that caught John’s ear. During those five hours, Barron would give the results from Western New York’s two harness racing tracks — Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs. This is where John learned what exactas, quinellas, trifectas and daily doubles were all about. From then on, he always paid attention to harness racing, and when Niatross (a legendary Western New York horse) hit the scene in 1979, his interest began to blossom. John believes harness racing is a sport that has the potential to grow and he will explore ways to get that done via marketing, promotion and, above all, the races themselves. When he’s not watching races, John is busy with his family and his job in sales. Like the pacers and trotters, he does a little running himself and you’ll occasionally find him “going to post” in a local 5K race.

Southwind Amazon posted his 21st win of the season at Northfield Park on Monday (December 17) capturing the evening's 13th race. His win tally ranks Southwind Amazon as the winningest harness racing horse in North America so far in 2018. Southwind Amazon's 21 wins this year have come from 37 starts. He has also finished second and third each five times, an impressive feat for a horse generally assigned the outside against Open company on a ½-mile track. The eight year-old gelding began Monday's victorious journey from the outside and led his competition at every call through fractions of :26.1, :55.3, 1:23.1 and 1:52, besting his competition by 2-lengths. Southwind Amazon (Camluck - Artoonist - Artsplace) is owned by Ameer Najor of Bloomfield, Michigan and is trained by Paul Holzman. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is proud to announce the Live harness Racing dates for 2019, which have recently been approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission.   The 2019 Season will consist of 52 racing nights spanning 19 weeks from May 18 to September 14.   Running Aces will kick off it's Twelfth Season of Live Racing on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and it will offer 3 nights a week of live action throughout the summer, culminating with Night of Champions on Saturday, September 14, 2019. As in recent years, post times will be 7:00 p.m. central on Tuesdays and 6:00 p.m. central on Saturdays and Sundays.   Stall Applications will be made available on the Running Aces website (RunAces.com) beginning on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and completed applications will be due by Friday, March 15.   Stall Allocations will be announced/posted on Thursday, April 4, and the Stable area and backside will open for the season on Saturday, May 4.   Running Aces is currently in the midst of an exciting period of growth and improvements to it's already celebrated facilities, as construction is underway on a 116-room Hotel adjacent to the Track and Casino. Groundbreaking took place on Thursday, November 21 and the Hotel is scheduled to open in early December of 2019. As we get closer to the start of the 2019 Season, we will release details about our schedule of featured races, as well as general conditions for the meet and a schedule of Live Racing promotions. Stay tuned to our website for periodic updates.   By Darin Gagne' for Running Aces        

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway is still seeking top harness racing drivers from throughout North America for its third annual North America Drivers Championship. The contest will feature up to 30 of the continent's best reinsmen chasing $25,000 in prize money and the prestigious trophy. Doug McNair of Ontario and Trace Tetrick of Indiana captured the first two editions by each managing multiple victories on the third and final day. Each driver will get a minimum of four drives on the opening two matinees on Sunday, January 6 and Monday, January 7 behind randomly drawn horses. The top ten in the point standings after two days will advance to the championship showdown on Tuesday, January 7 which will feature eight head-to-head races and a fresh scorecard. Miami Valley will pay for hotel accommodations and Ohio Racing Commission licenses for out-of-state entrants and all drivers will receive commemorative hooded sweatshirts with the North America Drivers Championship logo. Among the early entrants for the 2019 competition are (alphabetically) Simon Allard, Pat Berry, Dexter Dunn, Brady Galliers, Casey Leonard, Aaron Merriman, Bob McClure, Brett Miller, Lewayne Miller, Drew Monti, Dan Noble, Mike Oosting, Chris Page, Roger Plante, Trace Tetrick, Tyler Smith, Josh Sutton, Jimmy Whittemore and Sam Widger. Any other drivers interested in participating are asked to email the Race Secretary for Miami Valley at: greggkeidel@yahoo.com or call him at 651-260-8250. Further Drivers Championship information and entry blanks can be found at: www.miamivalleygaming.com and then hitting the Racing and Horsemens Info tabs. The December 22 deadline for entering is Saturday (Dec. 22) of this week, so top drivers are asked to please act quickly. Gregg Keidel

On a wet and grey Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, James Devaux won five of the harness racing cards ten races. The banner day didn't start until midway through the card in race 5, where Princess Katie (2:02.4 - $2.10) was his afternoons first winner. Devaux, would then proceed to win the next 3 races in a row, Faithful Friend (2:01.1 - $8.50), Norma Rei (1:59.4 - $3.30) and Rosy Outlook (1:57.4 - $10.40) Devaux just missed notching his 6 win of the day, losing by a neck in the 9th race. He won the last race of the day in with Sandy Hook Hanover (2:00.4 - $20.40) for trainer Chad Washington, Devuax, a former 2 time Dash winner at Monticello Raceway is currently ranked 4th in the Monticello Driving colony with 197 wins. By Shawn Wiles

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 17, 2018 -- Windsong Leo rolled to his 20th victory, tying him with Southwind Amazon and Spicey Victor for most wins in harness racing this year, when he overwhelmed a good field in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Rebounding from a horrible trip at Northfield Park, Windsong Leo zipped to the front in 26.2 for Dave Palone and effectively put away the competition with a 27.3 third panel. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored in 1:50.2, 3 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Anythingforlove A. Phoenix Warrior N rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. In Monday's companion feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, True Blue Stride stretched out his stablemate, Dayson, to the quarter, then edged by in deep stretch to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.3. PL Icabod finished third. Jim Pantaleano steered the 6-year-old Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall gelding, who now has banked $241,306, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Brett Miller, Palone and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 11-race card. Cory Kreiser also enjoyed a big day, collecting three training victories with horses he solely owns and piloting one of them, Jefferson County, at 46-1. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Roger Plante, Russell Foster, Jason Thompson and Jared Moyer had driving doubles as Rosecroft pulled the curtain down on the 2018 harness racing season. Plante and Moyer drivers pulled off big upsets pari-mutually speaking, as Plante sat the pocket and edged pace setting Major Blue Coat (Jason Green) with 25-1 shot The truthaboutdavid who had not hit the board in 23 starts this year. It was his fourth start for new owners Paul and Carolyn Gsell who also condition the son of Total Truth. Plante also put Sum For All in a similar trip position and found the winners circle paying $6.60 for owner-trainer Kerry Welty. Moyer won with Atomic Art ($5.40) for Wife Kayla and Rosecroft leading trainer for the Fall Meet, Arlene Cameron, who finished with 27 wins. His second win was a puzzler as BP Burner, 9-2 on the morning line, was dismissed at 17-1, and got a gorgeous drive from Moyer who sent the closer three-wide before three quarters and got the jump on Smart Rokker (Declan Donoway) and Sword Of The Spirit (Allan Davis). Foster needed to erase a three win deficit to catch Frank Milby for the Fall dash driving championship. Anderson Valley carried Foster to his first win for Trainer Greg Trotto and co- owners Jeff Livingston and Freed Sporrer. Foster and Mr Big Bucks took the claiming finale for owner Chris Devine and trainer Jason Walters. Thompson returned from rodeo action in Las Vegas in time to score with longshot Moveoutofmyway for owner Bob Weyforth and trainer Jeff Stafford, returning $24.20. Thompson's backers were rewarded as Real Flight pulled an upset paying $38.60 for Bryson Dunning and trainer, Jody Dunning. Robert Hoffman took the featured trot with Overnight Shipper blowing by three-wide on the final turn and returning $15.80. Milby held off Foster, 45-44 to win the Dash Driving title, while Rock N Roll Jet was named Pacer of the year, and Fashion Smile was Trotter of the meet. It also marked the final start for 14-year old Talbot Redneck, the homebred of David Donahue and co owned by trainer Ken Schlotzhauer. 382 starts 56 wins and $327,687 in lifetime earnings. Arts Blaze, another 14 year old, broke in Maryland as a youngster, finished third in the finale. He could start at Freehold for owner-trainer John Urbanski before December 31, and made start 366 last night. Rosecroft will re-open for live racing February 6, 2019. Peter Medhurst                         Pete Medhurst Air personality 106.7 The Fan Entercom Radio PXP Voice Navy Athletics Washington, D.C. 443-845-5470

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is seeking 14-year-old pacers for a special New Year's Eve race that will give these gallant harness racing warriors one more opportunity to strut their stuff and extend their earnings before they face mandatory retirement the next day. The Dec. 31 card begins at 5:30 PM. For more information or to enter, please contact the Race Office, 724.225.9897. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CHESTER PA - The three-year-old Larry Karr upset older fast-class stock in the $18,000 pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, during the final card of the 2018 harness racing season, which saw many familiar faces - and one new one - resting atop the horsemen's statistical competitions. An altered son of A Rocknroll Dance, Larry Karr has now won three straight races, with his triumph in the final Philly feature of the season done "the hard way," going first-over. Favored Mach Pride had put up early splits of 28.3 and 57.3 over a "sloppy +1" track that seemed to get a little muckier as the day wore on, then had the winner come up to him at the 1:25.4. Through the stretch Larry Karr responded to the urging of Yannick Gingras, who had four successful drives on the getaway card, going past the pacesetter by ¾ of a length in 1:54.1, with pocketsitting Sevens Hope A another half-length back in third. The sophomore's human namesake, Lawrence Karr, is co-owner of the sharp pacer, who looks like he could do some damage in winter series (only $59,746 lifetime earnings), along with Frank Baldachino, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Larry Karr's victory was one of three wins on the day for trainer Ron Burke, who picked up his seventh Harrah's training title, this season harnessing 130 winning charges. In the percentage competition, requiring one starter for a trainer every two cards, "Orange Crush" Julie Miller earned her first Harrah's laurel after a .479-.475 decision over Jim Campbell. Two very familiar names divided up the driving crowns. George Napolitano won his fifth consecutive Philly dash title, and his seventh overall, with a 271-252 edge over Tim Tetrick. Tetrick himself has won five sulky victory titles at Philly - and in the track's 13-year history, only Cat Manzi, who won the first driving crown, has put his name in this column other than this year's 1-2 finishers. In the UDR chase (one start per card minimum for drivers), Tetrick reversed the tables on Napolitano, posting a .356 UDR for the season vs. Napolitano's .348. "Timmy T" has now won three straight local UDR championships and seven overall here; George Nap has three, Yannick Gingras has two, and Cat Manzi also won the first UDR title here to close the very select roster of driving champions on the local scene. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) overcame post position eight to prevail on Sunday afternoon in the final harness racing feature of the season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $16,050 Winners Over for trotters was the feature on the matinee card and the Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out was one of a few participants that were dropping out of the Open Trot. Driver Phil Fluet forwardly placed the classy seven year old trotter who wound up mid-pack in the early going before moving first over on the race's favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray). Cash Me Out grinded his way alongside the leader and those two did battle throughout the final half mile before Cash Me Out got the better of that rival to spring the mild upset at odds of 5-1. Wings Of Royalty was the runner-up while Karets (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out's victory, that came in 1:57.2, was his sixth of the season to go with a dozen second-place finishes and eight thirds en route to over $142,000 in earnings. For his career, Cash Me Out has now compiled more than $975,000, inching ever closer to the million dollar mark. The feature winner paid $12.20 to win on Sunday and led an exacta and triple that returned $34.20 and $194, respectively. The 2018 racing season has come to an end at Saratoga with action set to resume in 2019 on Sunday February 17th. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 16, 2018 -- Yonkers Raceway put the 2018 harness racing to bed Sunday afternoon (Dec. 16th) with DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $13.80) winning the featured--and 'sloppy'--$44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The week's marquee was at the flat mile, one race before the seven added-distance 'French' events. From post position No. 4, the eventual winner went down the road (:28.1, :58, 1:27, 1:56.3). Along the way, another leaver, Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman) jumped it off, outside assigned NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) was wide early and out the mile and 6-5 favorite Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) left the cones and retreated soon thereafter. Down the backside, Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) made a looming move, but couldn't sustain it, She did, however, photo a pocketed Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) for second as DW's NY Yank finished it off by a length-and-a-half. NF Happenstance and Royal Bachelor (Jim Marohn Jr.) picked off the remainder. For fourth choice DW's NY Yank, a 9-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $97.50, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,192 Sunday's final foray incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-Hattie L (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 3-Dynamic Edge (Yonkers' 4th race), returning $41.25 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $4,058. The Raceway's 2019 season is set to begin Monday night, Jan. 7th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. There are no Sunday matinees scheduled. During the hiatus, afternoon simulcasting is available more often than not. Please visit www.empirecitycasino.com for a current schedule. Frank Drucker

DAYTON, OH. - In a thrilling come-from-behind victory the Buckeyes topped the Hoosiers in the fourth annual harness racing "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge" at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 15) over a rain-soaked strip labeled good. The Ohio squad needed a minimum of a first, second and fourth place finish in the sixth and final leg to secure their third triumph in four years by a 359-335 margin. The winners erased a 26 point deficit and turned it into a 24 point score in their last ditch effort. Hoosiers captain Trace Tetrick tried valiantly to single-handedly capture team laurels for his fellow Indianans, winning four of the first five races in the competition, but the dominant Buckeyes performance in the final race overcame his early heroics. Winners, in order, were Townlinedaliscard (Trace Tetrick, 1:55.2, $56.40), trotter Kolbee's Star (Chris Page, 1:58.1, $11.00), Smiling Terror (Tetrick, 1:55, $5.20), Dateline Hanover (Tetrick, 1:54.4, $45.20), Whiskey Friskie (Tetrick, 1:53.4, $8.80) and the ironically named Indiana Cam (Jeremy Smith, 1:54.1, $17.40). With tongue in cheek, Buckeyes captain reiterated in the winner's circle that he guaranteed a victory and claimed the outcome "was never in doubt." It is doubtful anyone else in attendance felt that way until the final score was announced. Individual leaders were Tetrick with 145 points, Dan Noble with 96, Smith with 91, Brandon Bates 74 and Chris Page 65. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway provided $2500 in prize money and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association pitched in $500. For the fourth consecutive year, the drivers from both squads donated the entire prize pool to Dayton Firefighters Local 126, who provides ambulance and EMT service for each of the Dayton programs throughout the meet. The local firefighters use the funds to purchase new toys and insure that every need child in their district has a gift on Christmas mornings. Hundreds of other new toys and over $1000 cash was donated by owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and employees of Dayton Raceway over the past several weeks in addition to the $3000 Drivers Challenge donation. Horsemens Bookkeeper Terri Mt. Pleasant and OHHA rep Brett Merkle again spearheaded the Dayton horse community's charitable Christmas efforts. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 15, 2018 -- A night after Brent Holland won four races, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett did him one better. Bartlett took down half of Yonkers Raceway's 10-race Saturday night (Dec. 14th) card, including the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace with a two-moving Bettor Memories ($11). Away third from post position No. 6, Bettor Memories saw 8-5 fave Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) lead through early intervals of :26.3 and :56.1. Bettor Memories was out to engage approaching the 1:24.1 three-quarters, taking over early in the lane. Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), who protected the pocket at the outset, slid out with dead aim, but could not reach. Bettor Memories prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. The Real One (Jordan Stratton) snapped a tiring Gokudo Hanover for third, with Caviart Luca (George Brennan) picking off the final pay envelope For fourth choice Bettor Memories, a 5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman, it was his sixth win in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $293.50. Saturday night's Pick 5 wager, which began with a carryover in excess of $2,200 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $17,696 of new investments. After takeout, that left an approximate pool of $15,530, with each correct 50-cent wager (6/7/3/6/2) returning $1,194.50. The Raceway wraps its 2018 season with a 'French' Sunday matinee (Dec. 16th, first post 11:45 AM). The 'New York, New York Double' goes as Aqueduct's first race (post time 12:20 PM) and Yonkers' fourth race (post time 1 PM).  YONKERS’ SUNDAY PICK 5 FEATURES SEASON-ENDING MANDATORY PAYOUT Yonkers Raceway wraps its 2018 live season with a ‘French’ Sunday matinee (Dec. 16th, first post 11:45 AM) and a mandatory Pick 5 payout. Since no pool can be carried over from one year to another (per New York State Gaming Commission rules), Sunday’s gimmick is going to pay out to the ticket(s) with the highest number of winners. It’s a 50-cent base wager comprised of races 7 through 11, with program pages accompanying this release. Frank Drucker

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