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DOVER, Del --- Both of last week's $25,000 Open winners who finished in a harness racing dead-heat win, Cajon Lightning and Sicily returned in the feature race at Dover Downs on Thursday, Dec. 14 and this time 7-1 Cajon Lightning closed with a rush to score a 1:51 victory with Sicily finishing second. Tim Tetrick had another big day with five winners. Art Stafford Jr drove the Mach Three-Tex In The City gelding to his eighth win of the season and entered six figures in the win column earning $!02,655 for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The win was the third Open of the meet for the Eric Ell trainee. Sicily (Montrell Teague) was second in front of Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan). George Teague's Daiymir and Montrell Teague came three wide at the top of the final turn to take over and then held off hypothetical (Tony Morgan) in a stretch battle to win by a head in 1:51.2 to take an $18,000 Winners pace. The Mr. Wiggins-Cookie Money colt won for the eighth time in 14 races and now has won $100,550 in purses in this his first year of racing. Drunkonaplane (Callahan) finished third. Tim Tetrick drove the winners of both $35,000 Claiming paces. First, Bamond Racing's Cyclone Kiwi N notched a 1:50.4 conquest from post 8 with Jet Airway (Callahan) finishing second. Hi Sir (Russell Foster) was third. Later, Tetrick posted a 1:51.3 victory behind Bill Emmond's I Am A Cowboy . Bluebird Ideal (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Whirl Monroe (Vic Kirby), the show finisher. Tetrick also guided Jack Roger to a 1:52.2 triumph in a $16,000 Winners pace for trainer Jason Skinner and owner Alan Welch. It was the sixth win in 10 starts for the Rock N Roll Heaven-Stonebridge Prima sophomore gelding, now a $49,590 winner. American Sportsman (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Sir Will's Wish (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Sawbuck Hanover who won last week's $35,000 claimer step up for a 1:50.4 success in the $14,000 Winners-Over pace. McKenry (Bret Brittingham) was second in front of Regalanthopost (Tetrick), third. The Bettor's Delight-Shesaporche gelding is owned and trained by Josh Parker. In addition to Tetrick's five wins, Tony Morgan and trainer Jim King, recorded a double. No Live Racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Wallkill, NY- Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announced that Credit Winner’s richest son, Devious Man, will stand at Blue Chip Farms in 2018 for $4,000. A winner of nearly $1.4 million lifetime, Devious Man was a NYSS Champion at 2YO as well as winner of five NYSS legs.  The “Man” won the Empire Breeders Stake Final and finished second in the Hambletonian and multiple Grand Circuit stakes, including the Kentucky Futurity Final as a 3YO.  In 2017, he was third or better  in 15 out of 17 starts. Devious Man has a fantastic family.  He is a ½ Brother to 5-$100,000 winners including World Champion, Dan Patch 3YO and Aged Trotter of the Year, Vivid Photo 4,1:50.2 ($3.2 million).  Vivid Photo was the victor in the 2005 Hambletonian Final.   "We are very excited to have Devious Man in the barn to carry on the legacy of Credit Winner and Blue Chip in New York trotting,” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms, "Along with Bettor's Delight and Art Major, this blood has literally given life to our farm and our families. Devious Man has all the attributes to do the same for the next generation, and I am confident that with Stroy, my team and the rest of the partnership we are building, he will be given every chance to carry the flag and ‘Take On The World.’"   A quality cross to Valley Victory, Cantab Hall and Donato Hanover line mares, booking and syndicate share inquires can be made directly to Jean Brown-Clearwater, or Ed Amezcua,   The $252,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final!     Devious Man wins the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr Memorial      

Cenalta Call Girl, who has already captured the Annette Funicello Final at this harness racing meeting at Cal Expo, looks to add the $9,800 Robert Staats Final to her resume here Saturday night. Eight pacing fillies and mares will do battle in the main event, which goes as the 6th event on a 12-race program under the Watch and Wager LLC banner. First post is 6:10 p.m. There will be mandatory payouts on all wagers Saturday. Cenalta Call Girl is a 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Merlin who is owned by Rene Goulet and Helen and Myra Empey and is reined and trained by Goulet. She comes into this contest having posed for pictures following four of her nine lifetime trips to the post and three of her four local appearances. On November 17, the bay miss proved a punctual 3-5 favorite in the Funicello Final as she came first-over to get the job done with Goulet. In last week's Staats Prep, Cenalta Call Girl exploded with a :26 4/5 final quarter to win going away by a length and a quarter in another impressive mile. Yeswellnomaybe was her most immediate victim in that affair and looms large once again for owner Fabiola Quevedo, trainer Edwin Quevedo and pilot Ryan Grundy. She has recorded four runner-up finishes from her six appearances at this meet. Completing the field are Free Radical, Alwaysalittlemore, Rockin Repeat, Cenalta Cougar, Wizzel Stix and Be My Lucky Lady. **** There will be no live racing here next week, with the trotters and pacers back in action on December 26 with a special Tuesday evening card that will begin at 5 p.m. There will also be racing that week on Friday and Saturday, December 29 and 30. Race pays tribute to Robert Staats Saturday night's feature race is named for Robert Staats, the prominent owner/breeder who passed away in 2011 at the age of 69 at his home in Reno, Nevada. Along with his wife Loretta, Robert Staats was active in the sport beginning in the early 1970s, with Bob Gordon handling the training duties for most of those years. Upon Gordon's passing, Rick Plano and Bob Johnson conditioned the Staats performers. Among those outstanding color-bearers have been Stand By, the brilliant New Zealand-bred race-mare and producer; her son Moxie, a 1:49.3 performer with more than $400,000 in earnings; Nemisis, a sparkling 1:48 winner; the popular mare Reno Rose; Bells To Be Rung; and the stakes-winning BG's Prodigy, who was named after Bob Gordon. Stand By was the horse who put the Staats stable on the map and she was his all-time favorite. The Down Under import had a 1:52 career standard and banked $255,000 in a brilliant career on the racetrack, then went on to be an equally outstanding broodmare. She was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2010. Stand By produced nine foals and they have earned more than $1 million, with her son Moxie retired to stud at the Desomer Farm and becoming a top sire in his own right. "Bob Staats was first and foremost a kind and classy gentleman," said Cal Expo General Manager Chris Schick. "Bob raced top quality New Zealand imports and California Sire Stakes competitors for nearly 40 years. We are proud to honor his memory here at Cal Expo." By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce that Dave Little has been added to the Big M's television and media relations staffs. His first appearance will be during this evening's nine-race harness racing card that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Little will serve as the primary co-host (alongside Dave Brower) and occasional host of the track's award-winning nightly simulcast production that is seen in every venue that takes action on Meadowlands racing. He'll serve in the same capacity on the "Racing from the Meadowlands" replay show, which can be seen on SportsNet New York (SNY) after a live race card. The long-time harness racing aficionado will also be responsible to send out the nightly release that recaps the evening's action. "We are happy to have Dave back at the Meadowlands," said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "Dave did plenty of TV work at the track years ago, and more recently, did our morning-line odds and program analysis. He has been a patron of the Meadowlands for nearly four decades and we are looking forward to having him - and that wealth of experience he brings - on our team." Little was a long-time newspaperman, first handicapping both harness and thoroughbred races for the New York Post before moving on to the New York Daily News, where he served as racing editor, columnist and handicapper for 24 years. He is the Grand Circuit Week track announcer at Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track and also calls the action every year at the Orleans County Fair in Barton, Vermont. By Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands puts up eleven live races on Friday with harness racing twin-features coming up as races 6 and 7, full and competitive fields of trotters and pacing mares each for a purse of $11,000.   Patti and Rob Harmon do a lot of racing at The Meadowlands through the winter months, on Friday they bring no fewer than eight horses to race including a pair that go as an uncoupled entry in the sixth race.   Quick Deal is one of those and has been tabbed as the morning line favorite for the race. The speedy but erratic nine-year-old has been to the mountain top earlier in his career with a fast 1:51.4 record and $400,000 in the bank. He faced the top trotters in the game during his most productive years but breaks, particularly at the gate, have been his undoing on many occasions. Owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Rossie Smith have had Quick Deal in several top barns trying to unlock the mystery behind his self destructive tendencies and thus far the Harmon experiment has gone well.   In last week's race Jim Marohn, Jr settled Quick Deal into the pocket until the stretch and when called upon the old horse had plenty to get the 1:55.1 score. The pair had drawn post six and move up a class on Friday but if he's on his game Quick Deal appears to be the one to beat.   The usual array of dining options are available to you should you choose to attend live and if not free program pages and a plethora of guaranteed pools await your remote wagering dollars.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   NO NEED TO BE A BIG FISH TO SWIM IN BIG M PICK 10 POOL If you think you have to bet big or be part of a syndicate to rake the pot in the Meadowlands' new 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager, you've got it all wrong. The early returns are in on the Big M's challenging new bet, and not only is it popular, but the results prove that a small player can hit a nice ticket if they can survive and advance. “Thus far (through nine days),” said Meadowlands chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “The average winning ticket paid $6,552 with an average ticket cost of $80.82. One of our sharp patrons hit a winning ticket when he or she invested only 80 cents.” The wager calls for a handicapper to select the winner of the first race. If they do that, they advance to the second. Then the third, and so on until no "survivor" remains, with that patron or patrons taking home the cash. Those looking to jump into the Pick 10 pool when racing resumes tonight have one less race to worry about as the nine-race program – as well as the Survivor Pick 9 – gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Through the end of December, the Big M will race Thursday through Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

Batavia, NY---The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present harness racing performance awards to the top dash winning trainer and driver of the meet during the 10th annual "Night of Distinction" ceremony in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) and whereas the top conditioner has been well identified, the driver's race will likely go down to the final races of the weekend. Kim Asher is currently the top percentage trainer in North America with a UTR of .427 and $1.1 million in earnings. She is also ranked eighth in North America for wins, currently with 208. So it's no surprise that Asher is also the trainer of the meet at Batavia Downs for 2017. Asher has started 351 horses during the session winning 88 races, finishing second 55 times and third another 55 times and saw her horses hit the board 56% of the time. Those efforts gave her a stellar UTR of .390 and $479,491 in purses. Her win total more than doubled her closest competitor. Competing for only the second year at Batavia, Asher's training career spans 19 years and during that time she has won multiple training titles including most recently, the 2017 Buffalo Raceway meet. This year Asher has sent out 208 winners and that mark was a personal best. Her stable boast horses with gaudy win totals like Quicksilvercandy A (20), Saint William A (16), Itsonlyrocknroll A (13) and Kaitlyn Rae (11). During her career Asher has 1,934 wins, 1,456 seconds and 1,222 thirds out of 9,196 starts for a lifetime UTR of .342 and earnings of over $15 million. The driving accolades for this meet are still up in the air. Larry Stalbaum is the current dash win leader with 127 wins while Ray Fisher Jr. is second with 122 and Drew Monti is third with 117. With only two cards of racing left and probably 20 starts apiece remaining for all three drivers, Stalbaum looks fairly solid with a five-race lead. If Stalbaum does win the title it would be his first at Batavia Downs. However the long-tenured horseman is no stranger to being the best set of hands on any circuit. Over his 32-year career he has won dash honors at Northville Downs, Hazel Park, Sports Creek Park, Jackson Harness Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Raceway Park, Cal Expo and most recently, Buffalo Raceway earlier this year. During his career, Stalbaum has driven 5,732 winners and earned just under $39 million in purses. Ray Fisher Jr. has won two driving titles at Buffalo Raceway and four at Northfield Park. But since arriving at the Genesee County oval in 2007 has never taken the top spot there although he did finish second and third three times each. So winning it this year would definitely be a notch in his belt. Since his career began in 1987, Fisher has won 4,200 races lifetime and just shy of $18 million in purses. Drew Monti is the defending dash driving winner at Batavia Downs, taking his first-ever driving title last year with 116 wins. He had a substantial lead this year earlier in the meet, but the competition stiffened and now he has a lot of work to do in order to repeat. Although the 23-year-old Monti has only been driving for five years, he is already closing in on his 1,000th win (currently with 979) and has made $5.5 million in purses during that time. The competition for the driving title will resume on Friday night (Dec. 15) and will be decided on Saturday (Dec. 16). Post time for both nights is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 14, 2017...The gritty and consistent Boli, again handled by harness racing Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54.2. The determined five year-old gelded son of Kadabra returned to the winner's circle for the 13th time this season with the clocking equaling his lifetime best mark established during Pompano Park's winter-spring meeting. Sooo Handsome, driven by Rick Plano found a seam late to finish second three-parts-of-a-length away while Stemilt Touch, with John MacDonald in his bike, next after a garden journey most of the way. Prairie Fortune rallied from last turning for home to finish fourth while Bob's Hope picked up the nickel after a serious challenge heading into the final bend. Favored Rockn stein never was a factor and finish last in the octet. At the outset, Stemilt Touch, fresh off a lifetime best 1:54.1 performance the week prior, left with alacrity to take the early lead, only yielding to Boli right at the opening station in :28. Once on top, Boli took the field halfway home in :57.1 with an identical :57.1 final half awaiting the competition. Onto the final bend, Andy Santeramo sent Bob's Hope to engage the leader but Boli grudgingly held off his challenge in the lane and then withstood Sooo Handsome's belated bid. Said Hennessey after the race, "I can't say enough about this horse. To remain at the top of his game week after week after week is amazing. "He might not win every week, but he sure gives his all every start. Tonight, when Andy's (Santeramo) trotter (Bob's Hope) looked him in the eye, he looked right back at him! Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Boli now has a 13-5-5 scorecard in 28 starts, good for $97,470. Lifetime, Boli has amassed $234,664 with 28 career wins in 76 starts. Off as the 2 to 1 second choice, Boli paid $6.80 to win. Pompano Park's racing schedule expands to five nights per week--Saturday through Wednesday--through early March with post time remaining at 7:20 p.m. This initial Saturday program features three carryovers--the Pick-5 ($2,920), the Pick-6 ($655) and the Super Hi-5 ($6,923). by John Berry for Pompano Park    

DOVER, Del --- Corey Callahan pull Nat A Virgin three wide on the final turn and zipped past battling leaders Divas Image (Tim Tetrick and Enhance our Mind (Vic Kirby) to score a 1:51 harness racing victory in the $25,000 Mares Open pace on a chilly Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Dover Downs. Divas Image in her first start at the track took the early lead fought off challengers on the backstretch with the field fanning out in the lane. There was plenty of action in the stretch with the Dylan Davis trained Nat A Virgin, a19-1 shot, exploding on the outside reaching the wire in 1:51.Enhance Your Mind took the inside track to finish second in front of Divas Image. Empress Deo (Ross Wolfenden), who had won two straight, was third her first non-1-2 finish in her last seven starts. Nat A Virgin, a five-year-old Always A Virgin-Nat-A-Tat-Tat, notched her sixth win in her 31st outing this year while earning $85,300 for owner Mike Casalino. Eddie Davis Jr. guided Frank Chick's Rockin BB to victory rolling down the Passing Lane in 1:52.2 to win the $18,000 Filly and Mares sub-feature. A sophomore by Rockin Image-Yankee Pankee BB, it was her sixth success this season. The Ken Lare-trainee has won $118,955 in 2017. OK Jasmine (Kirby) finished second with Bad Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.) the third horse. Roselily recorded her second win in her last three starts, a 1:51.3 lifetime best, to win a $16,000 female pace. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken /wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The brown three-year-old is by Big Jim-Emmas Lily and now has won six times earning $78,109. Race favorite Take Em (Callahan) took a four-race win streak into the contest but had to settle for second. All About The Pace (Tetrick) was third. Westsluckycam gave Corey Callahan his first of two wins steering CTC Stable's four-year-old daughter of Camluck-Terror Of The West conditioned by Mike Hall, to her 10th conquest of the campaign in 1:52.1 in a $13,000 distaff pace. BJ's Sweetheart (Foster) was runner-up. Fashion Showdown (Tony Morgan) took show honors. $25,000 OPEN PACE TOPS STRONG THURSDAY CARD AT DOVER DOWNS A $25,000 Open pace is the headline event on a hard-hitting, speedy 13-race  program on Thursday, Dec. Dover Downs. The eight-horse $25,000 Open Handicap is this week’s top race . Sicily returns after a 1;49.3 dead-heat victory last week with Cajon Lightning. Montrell Teague drove Sicily’s wire-to-wire performance sharing first place with Art Stafford-driven Cajon Lightning. Sicily is trained by Wayne Givens for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing while Cajon Lightning is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Niss Allen and Crissman Inc. start Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan dropping down from the Preferred class. Jo Ann Looney King’s Q’s Cruise, with Tim Tetrick driving, was awarded the rail for being the only three-year-old in the lineup. Arque Hanover (Callahan) owned by Tom Lazzaro, Abe Basen, and Robert Cooper Stables’ and is reined by Corey Callahan, Vapour N, who spent much of last meet in top class events at Dover races for JCraparotta & driver Pat Berry. Stepping-up after an impressive win last week is Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno’s Special T Rocks with Allan Davis and newcomer Bamond Stable’s Moonliteonthebeach and Ross Wolfenden driving. The undercard is a good one, with an $18,000, a $14,000 and a $13,000 pace along with two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming paces on the3-race program. Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 13, 2017 -- Wind Of The North stalked Lady's Dude patiently from the pocket, then roared by him in the Lightning Lane to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude turned back the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, but it took a 27.4 third panel to do it. That made him vulnerable to Wind Of The North, who downed Lady's Dude by 1/2 length in 1:54.2 for Aaron Merriman. Barn Girl saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding who extended his career bankroll to $852,368. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 12-race card while Tyler Stillings enjoyed a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $50,000 total-pool Pick 5 guarantee and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Lexington, KY --- Citing the widespread use of drugs on yearlings and 2-year-olds that may result in improper bone development and the recent use of horse auctions to launder money for the drug cartel, the Association of Racing Commissioners International is formally calling for the independent regulation of the breeding and sales industries. “These significant portions of the racing industry are totally unregulated,” said ARCI Chair Jeff Colliton. “If we care about our horses and the integrity of the sport, the racing industry can no longer turn a blind eye to the need to address this shortcoming.” Bisphosphonates: Need to regulate use of drugs in horses intended for sale The ARCI Equine Welfare Committee, chaired by Dr. Corrine Sweeney, met via conference call on Nov. 7 to discuss the use of bisphosphonates on horses that race or are intended to race. While this class of legal medication has been specifically approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat navicular disease in older horses, federal law currently does not preclude their use in young horses despite concerns about their safety and research in other mammals showing a link to stress fractures. In horses, stress fractures may contribute to a catastrophic breakdown. Committee members were concerned about the use of these drugs in young horses amid reports of their widespread use on yearlings and 2-year-olds to treat pain or get them ready for the auction ring. Some noted that the bones of horses treated with bisphosphonates may falsely appear to be fully developed when subjected to a radiograph prior to entering the auction ring. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the profit motive for the seller. But this should never be allowed to overrule the concerns about the welfare of the horse,” said ARCI President Ed Martin. There is sentiment within ARCI to outlaw the use of these drugs in young horses, following the lead of the British Horseracing Authority which has banned their use in horses younger than 3.5 years of age. In addition, the published drug policies of the sales companies are more lenient than those adopted by racing commissions governing the conduct of the race, particularly the permitted stacking of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Drug money laundering The high-profile US federal investigation and convictions that revealed that the Mexican drug cartel was utilizing Quarter horse sales to launder drug money exposed another reason why the breeding and sales aspects of horse racing need to be regulated, Colliton said. The use of “front” owners and corporations is outlined in the book Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by Melissa Del Bosque which is reportedly being made into a movie to be released at some point in the future. Per the noted author Alfredo Corchado whose work has focused on the drug cartels, this case is “a harrowing portrayal of a cartel family’s thirst for power, money and fast horses.” He also notes that this work offers “a critical, up close look into organized crime’s growing influence over the sport of kings, and the deadly consequences.” “It is naive to think that this may be an isolated instance in an area of the sport that is unregulated,” ARCI President Ed Martin said. “I know first-hand from my experience in New York that criminal activity can occur right under the nose of the most prominent people in racing.” Martin, as the N.Y. regulator, was instrumental in the 2003 criminal indictment of the New York Racing Association for a federal felony conspiracy to defraud the government, a charge NYRA pled guilty to under a deferred prosecution agreement. “Equine breakdowns and activities relating to organized crime are damaging to the public image and acceptability of this sport,” he said. “While the conduct of the race is adequately regulated and racing’s anti-doping program is comparable if not superior to corresponding programs in human sport, the above-mentioned issues highlight the limitations of the existing regulatory authority in many ARCI jurisdictions.” On Dec. 8, 2017, the ARCI Board of Directors adopted the following resolution: WHEREAS reports that the use of some medications on young horses, yearlings and two year olds, may potentially endanger their proper development as race horses, increasing the potential risk of fractures and catastrophic injury; and, WHEREAS the use of such drugs on young horses may misrepresent the extent to which bones have developed to potential buyers and may mask ailments or conditions that would not only impact the price paid at auction but affect a future racing career; and, WHEREAS young horses intended to be racehorses are often beyond the regulatory authority of the racing regulator and their care and development is not subject to any independent oversight; and, WHEREAS it has also been proven that the sale of racehorses has recently attracted members of the drug cartel who have used racehorses to launder money; and, WHEREAS both the breeding and sales aspects of the racing industry are un-regulated and outside the regulatory framework that prohibits activities deemed dangerous to the horse or contain the necessary safeguards to deter and detect illegal activity; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) is in agreement with statements made by Louis Romanet, President of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities, indicating that horses should come under the authority of an independent regulatory authority from the moment of birth and throughout their racing career; The ARCI calls for the expansion of the racing regulatory authority of its members or other suitable entity to include the breeding and sale of race horses and empowers its Officers to begin a conversation with policymakers at all levels and racing industry constituencies to advance this concept and develop all appropriate details. What are Bisphosphonates Bisphosphonates are a group of medicines that slow down or prevent bone loss, strengthening bones. Bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclasts which are responsible for breaking down and reabsorbing minerals such as calcium from bone (the process is known as bone resorption). Bisphosphonates allow osteoblasts (bone building cells) to work more effectively, improving bone mass. Bisphosphonates are used in the treatment of osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, and may be used to lower high calcium levels in people with cancer. When used to treat osteoporosis, the optimal duration of treatment is not yet known; however, the majority of benefits appear to happen within the first five years of treatment and long-term use has been associated with atypical femur fractures, osteonecrosis of the jaw and esophageal cancer. Experts recommend the need for bisphosphonate treatment should be reviewed every three to five years. Rhonda Allen Racing Commissioners International 1510 Newtown Pike Suite 210 Lexington, KY 40511 Office: (859) 224-7070 Ext. 4001

Gerry Longo put on a show at Cal Expo last Friday night as he sent out four winners on the harness racing card, guiding three of them himself. The 71-year-old Longo kicked off his four-bagger when Sparkin Your Fire accounted for the Filly and Mare Open with Mooney Svendsen in the sulky, making it two straight scores at the head of the class. Longo came right back and captured the next race with HairwayTo Heaven to the delight of the chalkpayers and added victories with Place at the Beach and Gene Eugene before the 12-race program was concluded. Once a fixture at or near the top of the standings at this track, Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos, Gerry was away from California for three decades when he came out for this meet in 2014 and has been returning on a regular basis for the local action. "I can tell you that the weather is nice, the people are great and I'm impressed with the way they've upgraded the facility," Longo has said. When asked about his exit from the Golden State in the mid-1980s, Longo explained that he made the move to Chicago at a time when it looked like harness racing was about to go down for the count in California. "I did some racing back there in '78, '79 and '80, then I bought a place and started racing in Chicago full time," he said. "I like to travel, so I've also been racing at tracks in Virginia and Minnesota." Last Friday evening, he was traveling quite a bit to the winner's circle and it was great to see those green, black and gold colors getting photographed. Sparkin Your Fire, Capitol Hill clash Friday night's Cal Expo program is headed by a $6,600 Filly and Mare Open Pace that finds Sparkin Your Fire and Capitol Hill getting another chance to settle the score. A 13-race program is on tap with first post set for 6:10 p.m. and the main event is scheduled as the 4th contest on the evening. Sparking Your Fire is a 5-year-old mare who carries the banner of Peg Hoffman with Gerry Longo the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen doing the honors. She is coming off back-to-back decisions in the Distaff Open, storming home late for Svendsen on both occasions to get the job done. While the first of those tallies was going away by three lengths, the most recent saw her late heroics handing a neck decision on Capitol Hill. The latter will leave from the No. 6 post just inside her main rival for owners George McChrystal and Kathie Plested with Plested the conditioner and Steve Wiseman giving directions. She captured three of her first four outings at this meet between November 4 and November 25 at this Open level. There are two wagers that are offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which is decided on the first five races on the evening; and the 20-cent Pick 4, on the penultimate four races. The Pick 4 comes with a guaranteed gross pool that has been raised to $30,000. *** There will be no live racing here next week, with the trotters and pacers back in action on December 26 with a special Tuesday evening card that will begin at 5 p.m. There will also be racing that week on Friday and Saturday, December 29 and 30. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to announce their harness racing line-up coming up on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.   New Yonkers Raceway Director of Racing, Cammie Haughton will join the program to discuss his new role at the track. Haughton is a former presiding judge at Yonkers and the Meadowlands and is the son of Hall of Famer Billy Haughton.   The Inside Handicapping segment continues this week with Western Fair announcer Shannon "Sugar" Doyle. Doyle will discuss the ins and outs of handicapping harness racing and what he considers important when looking at the races.   "The Guru" Ron Gurfein will join Post Time to talk about his illustrious career and his new article series in Harness Racing Update titled "Ask The Guru".   Voting continues this week in the Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards via the duos website here. Voting ends on December 27, 2018.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 on their website or on the archive at   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Amazon best selling author and former horseman Freddie Hudson will be at Rosecroft Raceway Saturday night December 16th to speak and sign his newly released book "Momentous Racing To Glory" that he co-authored with Momentous' harness racing driver-trainer Bobby Rahner.   Recently Hudson and Rahner were honored with a invitation to have a book signing at the prestigious Book Revue in New York, a venue that many of the worlds best selling authors seek to launch and promote their books. The book signing was very successful with many former horsemen and fans in attendance.   The book tells the story of an outlaw horse who had killed a person and had put many others in the hospital. Feared by most horsemen, declared unmanageable and dangerous, this rogue horse was barred from racing at most of the country's racetracks.   Along comes a green novice trainer (Rahner) who had no fear of this horse and saw something in him that no one else ad seen. Together they would form a bond of love and trust that would lead them to winning many races and capturing the hearts of countless fans along the way.   Fan clubs were formed and nicknames were given to this crazy and wild horse - Crazy Moe, Pecks Bad Boy, Rahner's Rogue, Mighty Moe, and Magnificent Momentous. This is their story - a story of two underdogs overcoming all odds to achieve success on the toughest racing circuit in the world.   Hudson will be signing books at Rosecroft Raceway starting at 6 PM. Some of the books that will be available have also been signed by Momentous' driver-trainer Bobby Rahner.   The book is also available online at Amazon and since its release has ranked as high as number two on the Amazon best seller's list in the category of Horse Racing.    

For more than a decade, harness racing trainer Don Maiorano has counted on Soapy Sap. Now, as Maiorano counts down the days to the 14-year-old female trotter's retirement at the end of the year, he is especially grateful for their time together. "We've lasted longer than most marriages," Maiorano said, laughing. "I know it's a business, but you get attached. There were many times when she bailed me out. She's part of the family, really. She will be missed, for sure." Maiorano bought Soapy Sap at age 3 in October 2006. For her career, she has won 39 of 318 races and earned $529,565 in purses. All but 20 of her starts and one of her victories came with Maiorano, who in addition to owning the mare is her trainer. Soapy Sap never won six figures in any year, but she was dependable and durable despite diminutive size. Over the past 25 years, no female trotter has started more races at the Meadowlands, where she raced 106 times in her career. She won 13 races at the Big M, including legs of the Singer Memorial and Super Bowl series, and finished among the top three a total of 40 times. Overall, she hit the board 144 times and earned a paycheck in 218 races. "She's the definition of a professional," Maiorano said. "I was offered money for her, but I turned it down. I'm not a guy with a lot of money, but I enjoy this and it's a lot more fun when you have a nice horse. It was fun racing at the Meadowlands against those big horses in those series and winning a couple races. It was just a good feeling." Maiorano, who has a two-horse stable, is based at Johnson Park in Piscataway, N.J., on the banks of the Raritan River. Although the park is surrounded by busy roads, with the city of New Brunswick across the river and Rutgers University campuses also nearby, it is a quiet location. The park, with a half-mile track, was once a bustling part of the state's racing scene, but is now home to only a handful of horses. "I've been down here since the '70s," said Maiorano, who in addition to training horses has owned a taxicab and worked in construction. "She's been stabled at some other places, but she can get a little hot with a lot of other horses around and grab on. "Over here, she's nice and relaxed. When she's ready to jog she'll start jogging herself. After about 20 or 25 minutes she'll know she's had enough. At this age, I let her basically do what she wants to do to stay happy. She's happy here. She watches the people in the park; out her back window she watches the deer. I don't know if she would have lasted this long if she was somewhere else." Soapy Sap is one of 64 horses to race this year at age 14. Harness racing's mandatory retirement age is 15, with all horses celebrating their birthdays on Jan. 1. Maiorano expects Soapy Sap to make two more starts before the end of the year, with the first being Friday at Freehold Raceway. When her career on the track comes to an end, Maiorano would like to see her begin a new career as a broodmare. Soapy Sap, who has a mark of 1:53.4 set at the Meadowlands as a 7-year-old, is a daughter of Yankee Glide out of Alphabet Love. "She has a great attitude," Maiorano said. "A lot of people told me she was a real fun horse to watch. She's so little and would sit in the pack and if she was within three lengths of the leader at the three-quarter pole she was usually right there with them at the end. She just dug in and gave you her best. "That's why I would love to see a foal out of her. I know she's not real big and she stands a little crooked up front, but she goes." Maiorano would like to breed Soapy Sap himself, but has received calls from several people interested in buying the mare. "I'm going to try my best to do something myself because I would love to have a foal from her, but that's a dream pretty much because I'm not sure I could afford to do it," Maiorano said. "The most important thing is I want to give her a good home. She deserves a good home." Maiorano is thankful for the assistance he received over the years with Soapy Sap, from the drivers to the veterinarians and farriers. "I've had a good team behind me and they helped make this all possible," Maiorano said. "Her legs are still like a 2-year-old. She doesn't act her age. On the racetrack she still wants to go." When Soapy Sap retires, Maiorano will turn his full attention to his remaining horse, 6-year-old trotter Latoka, and try to find another horse to fill Soapy Sap's shoes. "I've always been a small guy; I've pretty much always owned and raced everything myself," Maiorano said. "It's very hard, especially nowadays, to replace a horse. And to get something like her, I'll probably never have another one. Hopefully I can replace her, but she's going to be hard to replace. I'm just happy to have had one like her for all this time." Ken Weingartner  

Batavia, NY---The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) have announced their harness racing "horses of the meet" for 2017 at Batavia Downs. Pacer of the Meet: Focus Power While racing in the top Open class for 13 starts at Batavia, western New York newcomer Focus Power won three times and finished second another five while amassing $36,010 in purses. He was on fire in September when he won three out of four starts while setting two new lifetime marks during that period (September 2, 1:53 and September 23, 1:52.4). After being claimed at Yonkers just prior to the start of the Batavia meet, Focus Power made an immediate impact to the good fortunes of owner James Caradori and trainer Darrin Monti. Driver Drew Monti was aboard for every start. Overall Focus Power has nine wins in 2017 and earnings that total $97,395. Trotter of the Meet: BZ Glide BZ Glide was a fixture in the weekly Open trot once again this year and showed although he's getting older, he hasn't lost a step. In 15 starts against the local best, BZ Glide won three with six seconds and a third banking $34,405 in the process. He also set a seasonal mark of 1:56.3. As has been the case every year, the family affair of Alana Caprio training and Mike Caprio driving, the two also team up in ownership of the big trotting gelding. For the year, BZ Glide has a total of five wins and earnings of $52,405. Mare of the Meet: Voltina Competing the entire meet in the fillies and mares Open I or II, Voltina was as tough as they came winning three Open I's and one Open II along with six second place finishes and took home purses totaling $34,060. She took her seasonal mark of 1:55 at Batavia as well. Owned by CHS Racing LLC, the Tony Cummings-trained Voltina had a career year winning a total of eight races and earning $69,456 in purses. Kevin Cummings was aboard for the majority of her starts. Claimer of the Meet: Quicksilvercandy A Listed as the winning-est pacer in North America for a good portion of the year, Quicksilvercandy A had a field day racing at Batavia Downs. Moving up and down the class ladder, the mare ended up winning seven claiming races including the $20,000 Claiming Championship final for her division in November. Her four seconds and two thirds also helped bump up her bankroll to $40,165 for the meet. Owned and driven by Larry Stalbaum, Quicksilvercandy A recorded a career year of 20 wins and $108,994 in earnings under the training of Kim Asher. Most Improved Horse of the Meet: In Runaway Bay N In Runaway Bay N came to Batavia Downs off a less than stellar early part of the year. He made his first start at Batavia in August, winning in the bottom class; non-winners of $1,000 in 1:55.1. He strung together four wins while working his way up to the Open where he finished second two weeks in a row. The following week he faced Foiled Again and finished a respectable fourth to the richest Standardbred of all time. Since then he has won three Open paces. For the meet, he took a seasonal mark of 1:53.1 and earned $39,050. In Runaway Bay N is owned by Super Mile LLC and is trained by Angelo Nappo. Kevin Cummings was in the bike for the bulk of the work. The connections of these horses will be presented their trophies in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 16) during the 10th annual "Night of Distinction" awards ceremony. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA  

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 20th Annual Stallion Auction to be held through Feb 6-8, 2018. The harness racing program annually offers hundreds of former racehorses a safety net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At the conclusion of a horse's racing career, New Vocations stands ready to assist with its aftercare needs. "We rehabilitate the horses, break them to ride and care for them until a qualified adopter can be found," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "Then we educate the adopters on the characteristics of racehorses, answer myriads of questions, encourage them through problems and offer training guidelines. New Vocations has a lifetime return policy for any horse that it has adopted. "The stallion auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. If you have a breeding that's not going to be used, please consider donating it. Or if you know someone that's not using theirs, tell them about our need. Generating dollars is the ultimate goal so if you don't have a breeding, think about a year end contribution." New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 charity; donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. For information about the stallion auction or donating a horse email or call (937) 947-4020. Donations can be made through our website at or mailed to New Vocations 3293 Wright Rd. Laura, OH 45337. Dot Morgan

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