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Eddard Hanover blasted out of the gate and Bo Mach was allowed to gain the pocket at the quarter pole.  Harness racing driver Tony Morgan and Bo Mach set fractions of 27 55.3 1:23. Nearing the half, the 8/5 race favorite, Slick Tony, pulled in hopes of finding cover, but Larry Karr went back to the rail.  Slick Tony was then forced to grind 1st up and coverless.  Eddard Hanover remained stubborn and would not let Slick Tony clear. Bo Mach and Corey Callahan drove a perfectly as the pocket rocket.  They were able to sneak along the rail and won by a length in 1:50.4.The performance was a lifetime mark and went off at odds of 25-1. Bo Mach is owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Dylan Davis. Eddard Hanover cut the mile and finished 2nd for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Tony Morgan. Rock the Nite was forced three wide in the stretch and finished 3rd. Dexter Dunn drove for trainer Andrew Harris. Bo Mach ...................................................................................... Hallie’s Comet wins the Blue Hen Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Late Mail N. left quickly, but allowed Grantmeawish an opportunity to control the race fractions. Dexter Dunn and Grantmeawish cut fractions of 26.3  55 1:22.1 Hallies Comet pulled at the half and pressured Grantmeawish through a 27.1 third quarter. Late Mail N remained in the pocket. Beach Art was towed into a 2nd over journey, then tipped three wide entering the stretch. Little Ben the 6/5 race favorite, was forced 4 wide in the stretch and closed to finish 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Beach Art, last week’s winner, finished third for trainer Arty Foster Jr. and driver Russell Foster. Hallie’s Comet held on to win the race by a neck in 1:51. Race odds were 6-1. The winning owners are Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke was the trainer and Yannick Gingras was the winning driver. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday Post Time is 4:30 pm   Alex Kraszewski  

Growing up together in southeastern Illinois, Jazmin Arnold and Alesha Binkley were inseparable during their summers off from school. "If you saw me, you saw her; if you saw her, you saw me," Arnold said, laughing. "We were together so much that we would take turns staying at each other's house," Binkley said. "Our parents were good friends and we ran around together at all the county fairs while they were racing. We would go to the carnivals, ride rides, go swimming, hang out all summer long. That way our parents didn't have to worry about us too much." After graduating from their respective high schools, Arnold and Binkley went their separate ways. But last year, the two friends, now both living in central Ohio, reunited on harness racing's amateur driving circuits. Arnold, in her first full season, won 23 of 59 races in 2019 and was named the National Amateur of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Binkley won eight of 38 races. On Saturday, the 25-year-olds both have multiple drives in the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Series at Northfield Park. The series, which began Dec. 7, concludes a week from Saturday. "We would have never thought when we were younger that we would be doing this," Arnold said. "I trained my first horse at 8 years old. She played a lot of sports. I played sports, too, but I was more into the horses. When her dad got her into the horses, she would jog a little bit, but she was never gung-ho about it like I was." Binkley, who played on high school and travel teams for softball, volleyball and basketball, agreed she had little interest in racing at that time. But after high school, she discovered she enjoyed going to the races and working around the horses. "I always kind of thought about driving," Binkley said, adding with a laugh, "I'm a professional sideline driver, I will say that. I critique everybody from the sidelines. So, I thought maybe I should try it myself." Binkley has worked for trainer Trent Stohler for six years. In 2018, Stohler encouraged Binkley to give driving a shot in the Ohio Ladies Pacing Series. Binkley won her debut and never looked back. Alesha Binkley "I was hooked," said Binkley, who won 10 of 20 starts her first year. "I was like, I want to do this all the time. I really love the adrenaline rush. A bunch of people say I'm so serious on the racetrack. At that point, I'm just trying to contain my excitement. I get so excited, I don't want to overdo it, overdrive, or drive bad. "Leaving the gate is probably my favorite thing. I just love flying out of the gate." Arnold was encouraged to begin driving by her boyfriend, trainer Adam Short, and given an additional boost from trainer Herman Hagerman. She was pleasantly surprised by her success. "I didn't expect it at all," said Arnold, who competed at 26 different tracks last year. "It was fun for me at first and then it became very competitive. Once I got kind of rolling, I had a goal and I just kept on going. It was tough, it was tiring, but it was worth every minute of it. "We'll see where it goes. It was a goal of mine to win an award for driving, but I never knew how it was going to go or when it would happen. I don't really have a plan for this year. I would like to succeed and go forward, but everybody would like to have everything." Arnold works with Short and also trains a 5-year-old female pacer, Knockout Queen, that she owns. Knockout Queen races Friday in the fillies-and-mares open handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. "I'm happy having one horse," Arnold said. "If I can have one and I can train her to my best ability and take care of her the best I can, that's enough." As close as Arnold and Binkley are as friends, they are equally competitive when it comes to facing each other on the racetrack. "We have to do what's best for us to win," Binkley said. "But if I get beat by her, I'm OK with it. Anyone else, and I'm kind of mad at myself." Said Arnold, "If I'm going to get beat by anybody, I'd rather get beat by her." On five occasions, Arnold and Binkley have finished 1-2 in races. Only a dead heat for win might be a more fitting outcome. Inseparable, again. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

RACING REGULATORY LAB FIRST TO UNCOVER MAJOR DOPING THREAT TO BOTH RACING AND HUMAN SPORT The New York Equine Drug Testing Programs Director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway. The New York horseracing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA network of human testing labs, to screen for and confirm the presence of IOX-2.    IOX-2 is both a blood and gene doping agent that is the type of emerging small molecule synthetic doping agent that Dr. Maylin warned about at last year’s ARCI annual conference in Arcadia, California. Dr. Maylin, a member of the ARCI Scientific Advisory Group, has stressed that the more serious threat to the integrity of the sport lies in these types of doping agents rather than the misuse of therapeutic medications which have commanded the majority of attention by racing industry organizations and represent the majority of drug violations detected by racing commissions. In human sport, athletes can receive permission to compete with substances in their system that are banned in horse racing. All RCI member jurisdictions have been put on notice of the details of this development. IOX-2 is an HIF stabilizer that can trigger EPO like effects as well as overall stimulation of an athlete. “The New York Gaming Commission and Dr. Maylin specifically, should be commended for their work and focus on finding new and emerging threats to clean sport.   Dr. Maylin has worked long and hard looking for these type of substances and his work will benefit all ARCI member jurisdictions. “Unfortunately IOX-2 is just one doping agent and we are not naive to believe that others are not finding their way into professional sport.  Whether it be a racing lab or a WADA lab, we share a common mission and can never let our guard down.  Today, it’s IOX-2, tomorrow it’s going to be something else,” said Ed Martin, ARCI President.  “Horse racing is blessed to have experts like Dr. Maylin in our regulatory network.” Regulatory actions taken by the New York Gaming Commission are posted online at https://rulings.gaming.ny.gov #### For additional information on IOX2 click on this link. CONTACT: Ed Martin 859-224-7070. ASSOCIATION OF RACING COMMISSIONERS INTERNATIONAL  

With no winning tickets last Saturday night, there will be a carryover of $6,146 in Friday night's harness racing 20-cent Hi-Five with a $20,000-guaranteed gross pool. In addition, a reminder that both the 20-cent Pick 4 and 20-cent Pick 5 come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate each night. On Saturdays there is a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool, with a $40,000 guarantee on Fridays. There are 12 races on tap Friday night under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The main event is the $8,100 Open Trot headed by Mandeville and Its a Horse. Mandeville is an 8-year-old son of Majestic Son who is owned, trained and driven by Gerry Longo. He comes into this assignment with 23 wins from his 120 lifetime appearances with $219,000 in the bank and a 1:54 2/5 standard. After encountering tough journeys in his previous three outings, including the Joe Lighthill Trot, Mandeville had smoother sailing in the most recent mile and one-half clash at the top rung as he prevailed by a length over favored Its A Horse, who was doing his work from the demanding No. 10 slot. Its A Horse is having an outstanding meet for owner Ray Alan Miller, trainer Marco Rios and pilot Dean Magee. He recorded a three-bagger between November 23 and December 13, including a convincing victory in the Lighthill and is always reliable for a strong finish. Horsemen remember Shelly Goudreau Saturday evening's Shelly Goudreau Pace is named for one of the most talented drivers to ever ply the trade. He passed away in a racing accident at Hollywood Park in 1982 at the age of 34. Steve Desomer drove with Goudreau during the six years that he raced in California and was competing with him in that fateful race at Hollywood Park. "I had the utmost respect for Shelly as both a great driver and a kind and personable man," Desomer said. "His brilliant career was cut way too short." Trainer George Reider will send out likely favorite Bunkerhill Bill in Saturday's headliner and recalls being impressed with Shelly Goudreau. "I was just a groom back then, but Shelly was a true gentleman and treated me as an equal. "He drove one horse I was taking care of by the name of Dalmead who was trained by Chip Lackey, and he beat the best horses on the grounds by open lengths." George also has another story to tell that still brings tears to his eyes all these years later. "The night before that terrible race, I had a horse racing named Kiwi Jane and I borrowed a piece of equipment from Joe Anderson called a jawbreaker, which goes through the bridle to help control the horse. "After the race, I gave it back to Joe. It turns out (trainer) Frank Ferrante borrowed the same bit the next night and used it for Reagan's Lad, which is the horse Shelly was driving. It broke and he fell off the back of the cart. It was so sad for everybody." By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2020 -- Heavenly Knox has known more adversity than most harness racing horses. Confusion surrounding his registration kept him from racing until 4. Last summer, he was so sore that his connections retired him . . . not for the first time. But the old warhorse loves competing so much that he refused to stay retired. Now, at 9, he's back at it, adding to his $124,750 bankroll and defying Father Time. Heavenly Knox will go from post 2 with Dan Charlino aboard in Friday's seventh race at The Meadows. First post Friday is 1:05 PM. His career began in uncertainty. The son of The Panderosa-Mystical Shark trained down well in Illinois for John Zawistowski -- known as Johnny Z on the backside -- who has conditioned Heavenly Knox for most of the gelding's career. But the horse's owner, awash in financial difficulties, somehow never managed to get Heavenly Knox properly registered. Thus, he missed his entire 2- and 3-year-old seasons, and it was only when he was acquired thereafter by George Bonomo's Wolf Creek Farm that Heavenly Knox was made eligible to compete. Because he was unregistered, he remained unnamed. An opportunity for a name arose in the worst way imaginable when the son of Zawistowski's daughter, Ashley Mitchell, and her husband, Marty Mitchell, died at birth. The baby was named Knox, and to honor his memory, the unraced horse was called Heavenly Knox. Despite his star-crossed beginnings, Heavenly Knox began to show promise, winning his first four starts and taking his mark of 1:51.3 as a 4-year-old. While on his streak, he provided reinsman Dave Magee with the final winning drive of his Hall of Fame career. Zawistowski shifted his late bloomer to The Meadows, where he won the championship of the 2015 Walter Russell Memorial Pace and headed east for further conquests. But the rigors of racing left him with breathing issues and frequent soreness. Zawistowski and Wolf Creek decided to retire him. And again. And again. "He came back like a cat from three or four different shutdowns," the trainer says. "He has some kind of heart. I always thought that had something to do with my grandson." By the summer of 2019, though, Zawistowski had seen enough. "I said 'that's it, he's done. He'll never have a harness on again.' We decided to retire him for good and keep him as a family pet. But out in the field, he was racing dogs and everything that came by. All he wanted to do was race." So Zawistowski brought him back again, and the old boy responded well, collecting a win and a pair of place finishes since his most recent "unretirement." He hasn't earned as much as he might have because his connections -- understandably, given his meaning to them -- won't put him in a claimer; he's usually in with tough conditioned types a little beyond his reach. But Zawistowski has learned not to mention the "r" word around Heavenly Knox. "If he had been able to stay sound, he'd probably have a record of 1:48 or 1:49," Johnny Z. says. "Even now, you can't really jog him; he wants to go by everything. That's what makes him a great race horse." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands is known as a track with a driver colony that's got big-time talent from top to bottom, but last weekend, two harness racing standouts stood far above the rest of the crowd. Over the course of the two-day race week at the Big M on Jan. 17-18, Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras were both at the top of their respective games, to say the least. Of the 28 races contested, the prolific pair won 18 times, with each pilot hitting the winner's circle four times Friday and five times Saturday. Dunn, a 30-year-old New Zealand native, took both features with Down Under breds, winning Friday with Major Occasion A and then Saturday with Franco Totem N. His fans were especially thrilled with Dunn's Friday success as the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year scored with longshots Bold Goddess ($43.80) and Auteur Hanover ($54.60). In addition, DD swept the $348.20 daily double that covered races seven and eight. Gingras, whose $13.4 million in earnings was good for second in North America during 2019, maintained his place as one of the most popular drivers at the Big M by scoring a half-dozen times over the weekend with non-favorites as both he and Dunn - not surprisingly - showed a flat-bet profit by the time the dust cleared Saturday night. Racing fans won't get the chance to play Gingras or Dunn this weekend, however, as neither is listed to drive. Gingras will be in France attending - not participating in - the Prix d'Amerique while Dunn has a previous commitment. Racing fans can look forward to another ace being in the fold, however, as Tim Tetrick, the leading money-earning driver from 2019 with over $15.6 million, will be in the sulky at the Big M this Friday and Saturday night. Post time is the usual 7:15 p.m. PICK-4 REPORT: The Meadowlands' signature wager, the 50-cent Pick-4, saw its usual big play last weekend, as a total of $81,661 was bet Friday and $91,480 was in the pool Saturday. Friday's final leg saw a 25-1 shot score, leading to a payoff of $3,155.05. Chalk players hit the $55.85 return Saturday as Dunn and Gingras each won twice during the sequence. FREE PPs: When it comes to the 50-cent Pick-4, the Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five and the 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4, if you want to play, but prefer not to pay for past performances, all you have to do is go to playmeadowlands.com or ustrotting.com where you can access them for free. GIANT SCORE: One sharp handicapper made the score a lifetime Friday. Betting into the Oregon Express hub, that player held the only 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five ticket with the winning combination of 1-7-3-6-4 and cashed in for $118,148.72. The race was won by 2-1 favorite Lily Hammer and driver Corey Callahan. Finishing second through fifth, respectively, were Northern Swift (25-1), Moonshinecharleigh (8-1), Manhattan Play (3-1) and Justabitofcharm (30-1). MARK YOUR CALENDARS On Jan. 24, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. On Jan. 25, the Big M hosts it's annual "Chili Cook Off", which will have its usual "Homestyle Chili" division. This year, a "Chili Verde" contest has been added to the festivities. In addition, there will also be a competition for the best salsa. For complete information and registration, go to https://chilicookoff.com/cookoffs/list. On Feb. 2, professional football's championship game - that pits the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers - kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to watch and wager in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. On Feb. 7, come to the track and enjoy a "Brunch for Love" from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The event benefits non-profits from the Meadowlands Chamber. On Feb. 14, bring your sweetheart to the races and enjoy a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner in the Big M's Pink Restaurant. You might be one of three couples to win a gift certificate for a bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ. For reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. Meadowlands Media Relations  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica is announcing that due to a technical issue with their provided BlogTalk Radio, their Thursday (Jan. 23) harness racing show has been moved to Friday (Jan. 24) at 10:30 a.m. Mike and Mike apologize to it's listeners for the inconvenience this has caused. 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. Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

KJ's Foxy Lady puts her six-race harness racing win streak on the line when she goes to the gate in the 16th race on Saturday (January 25) at MGM Northfield Park. She has drawn post-3 and is the early even-money favorite despite a move up in class. The most recent loss that KJ's Foxy Lady suffered was on November 22, when she finished sixth at Northville Downs in Michigan. Since that loss, she has moved to MGM Northfield Park under the care of trainer William Rhoades with the driving services of Aaron Merriman and has flourished under her new connections. The six consecutive victories of KJ's Foxy Lady include a November 30 condition win, December 14 and 21 victories against $8,000 claimers, and December 28, January 4 and January 11 scores against $12,500 claimers. She moves up the ladder again on Saturday to face the $17,500 claiming ranks. KJ's Foxy Lady (Kenneth J - Fox Valley Backoff - Sportsmaster) is owned by Barbie Jo Conner of Deerfield, Michigan. The 10-year-old mare has a lifetime win-total of 40 and earnings of $289,406. Ayers Ratliff

Reclamation and Moments of Joy both left quickly out of the gate. Reclamation won the early battled and was allowed to cut the harness racing mile with little pressure.  The fractions were 26.3 55 122.4. Moments of Joy sat the pocket and Delsihka N remained third on the rail. Reclamation was allowed to race uncontested until the 3/4 pole when Delishka N and Allan Davis mounted their charge.  Sidewalk Dancer and Montrell Teague also followed off the rail to find a covered journey. Bettor Joy N the 3/5 favorite was third over and sent three wide. At the top of the stretch, Delishka N was able to overtake the pace setter Reclamation but found danger in the form of a fast closing Sidewalk Dancer. Delishka N dug in and held on by a nose in 1:51.1 at odds of 8-1. By Bettors Delight, Delishka N  Is owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware, Hazzard and Calloway.  Wayne Givens is her trainer. Alan Davis was her pilot. Delishka's North American record now stands at 41 starts for 15 wins, 1 second and 5 thirds for $220,330 in earnings to date. Sidewalk Dancer lost in the photo and finished 2nd for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. Bettor Joy N was the victim of poor racing luck and settled for the show spot. Tim Tetrick was her driver and Jim King Jr.  the trainer. Six of the nights winners were bred in New Zealand and Australia. They were Bettor Rock On N, Firebby A, Anytime N, Rock N Shard N, Flashazz A and Delishka N. Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm on Thursday.   Alex Kraszewski

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2020 -- Challenged inside and outside in deep stretch, You're Majestic dug deep and captured Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. You're Majestic threw down a quick 1:25.1 three-quarters, which made her appear vulnerable to the menacing first-over move of Tamar and the Lightning Lane charge of Bessie. But the 8-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-You're Adorable held firm for trainer/driver Doug Snyder and prevailed in 1:55.2. Tamar was x back in second with Bessie third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns You're Majestic, who vaulted over $600,000 in career earnings. Chris Shaw and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features an $11,463.27 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Jan. 22) at 10:30 a.m. The show will be highlighted by Mike Woebkenberg, Brittany Bounds, and Ashley Holliday. Woebkenberg joins the program this week to discuss his promotion of the sport of harness racing through his starting car rides in Southern Ohio. Woebkenberg was a nominee for Innovator of the Year this season. Up and coming Mid-Atlantic trainer Brittany Bounds will join the duo for the first time. Bounds is fresh off a pair of seasonal earnings that eclipsed $100,000 in back to back years. Nominated for the Small Stable of the Year, Bounds is just shy of 100 career training wins. Holliday, a nominee for the Horsewoman of the Year, joins to discuss her outriding and ownership career. Holliday is currently the outrider at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley Gaming. She will discuss her daily roles at the tracks, and take listeners through her career. 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. Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association | 6130 S. Sunbury Rd. | Westerville, OH 43081-3909

Trenton, NJ — Apparently, there is one chink in the amazing Wanda Polisseni’s armor. Ask her what it means to receive this year’s harness racing Unsung Hero Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association, and you discover the kryptonite. “I’m speechless,” the 80-year-old philanthropist said. “I don’t do well in these instances. I’m blown away. I don’t know what to say.” After that, of course, the woman who defines class knew exactly what to say; and she said it with the dignity that has made her a beloved figure in harness racing this century. “I never even think of receiving anything like this,” Polisseni said. “I don’t go about my days doing the things I do, thinking that it’s going to be rewarded with recognition. I know people appreciate what I do. I know my babies (her horses) all appreciate what I do. That in itself is enough for me. That’s what it’s all about.” Lest one think that is false humility, Wanda is honest enough to admit that while she doesn’t expect awards, she does enjoy receiving them. “I would say this one is probably one of my favorites, right near the top or at the top,” she said. “This is a great organization, a large organization. This ranks with getting a doctorate of humane letters from Keuka College. But every one of them is important. Each and every one. I don’t care if it’s from the local boy scouts or whatever. I’m appreciative of everything, although I don’t strive for that. I’d rather be under the radar.” Polisseni was informed of her award by longtime friend Betty Holt, a former Unsung Hero Award recipient and the executive director of Wanda’s newest endeavor, the Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program in Oxford, N.Y. Their relationship dates back to 2004, when Polisseni first got into the racing game as an owner. Her 2-year-old gelding, Smoky Bonz, won at Saratoga. Holt was involved in the breeding of the horse and visited the winner’s circle after the race. A friendship was born. “Whoever called Betty (from the U.S. Harness Writers Association), said it would mean more to me coming from her, and they were right,” Polisseni said. “Smoky Bonz is one of my all-time favorites, I have a huge oil painting of him in my living room and she foaled him. I worked along with her with the breeders and horsemen’s association and I knew without a doubt when I started talking about (the adoption center) that she would be the best one for the executive director. She’s doing a terrific job. So yes, hearing the news from her meant a lot.” The adoption center got underway in earnest last fall and recently placed its first two horses with new owners. There are seven more waiting for new homes in the 20-stall facility and funding has been provided by Polisseni and numerous private donations, “some of which came from people I wouldn’t have expected.” The center must wait between one and two years to petition for grants, but the face lift has been a typical Polisseni operation — first class. “I wanted to freshen it up and add stalls so we’d have more babies available for adoption,” she said. “If I ever wanted to live on a farm again (which is where she grew up), I would love to live on this farm, it’s so beautiful. But that’s not my aspiration. I just want a lot of babies there and a lot of babies to be adopted out.” Polisseni’s other babies can be found in her family-owned Purple Haze Stables, which houses 100 horses. Many have been successful over the years and she feels somewhat chagrined about that but, at the same time, unashamed. “I started in 2004,” she said. “That’s not many years compared to some of these people, these trainers and owners that have been in it for 50 years. I feel a little guilty for the success I’ve had, because they are due. They are long overdue. “But it is what it is. I’m going to take the wins and I’m going to take the losses. I’m happy if my baby comes in fourth or fifth and he’s done the best he can and he’s safe and healthy.” Tending to her babies and overseeing the adoption center is just a fraction of what makes Polisseni special. Showing an unheard of amount of energy for an 80-year-old, the upstate New York icon currently sits on eight different boards, including The Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent Protective Association, the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, and the Harness Horse Breeders of New York. Beyond the business, she is involved with the New York State Trooper Foundation, Thompson Health, St. John Fisher College and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She refuses to be on any board in name only and makes a firm commitment to each one. Polisseni is the epitome of someone who feels blessed with what they have been given, and truly wants to give back. She is unsung, because she will never sing her own praises. That will be especially true when she receives her honor at the Feb. 23 Dan Patch Awards banquet in Orlando, Fla., where the speech will be short and sweet. “Whenever anything like this comes along with all these organizations and galas, and it has many times in my years, they don’t want to sit there and listen to speeches; they don’t want to be inundated with speech after speech after speech,” Polisseni said. “Some people in the audience can’t relate to those experiences, so why make them have to listen to it? “I might just say a few words. I’ve always done that. I always get up and tell the audience ‘I’m going to make your night. I’m only going to say thank you very much and that’s it.’” She then added with a touch of whimsy, “That’s gone over very well at many of the galas I’ve attended.” For more information about the Dan Patch Awards banquet, visit the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s website. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

In the latest edition of Top of Stretch, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) Brand Ambassador Roger Huston catches up with the connections of 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year, Elver Hanover. Here is the link to podcast: https://player.captivate.fm/d7dea386-e3bc-4bf5-a169-8c0a8497d9ad        

John Manzi, superstar PR man, Hall of Famer, former trainer-driver and Radio Legend joins Freddie, Bob & Trade on their Harness Racing Alumni Show. Manzi's exuberant personality shines through while we're all discussing the exciting times at Monticello Raceway years ago along with many of John's innovative promotional concepts, challenges and his winning ways...!!!   Don't miss this fantastic Alumni broadcast.....!!! Harness Racing Alumni Show John Manzi 1 22 20     Fred Hudson  

Pompano Beach, FL...Jan. 22, 2020...With the Pompano Park Pick-5 unable to be solved on Tuesday night, the carryover to the Wednesday harness racing program is $12,884 with the result being a lofty $60,000 guaranteed pool on the mid-week card. The Pick-5 is contested beginning with race one with post time set for 7:20 p.m. for the 10 race program, which is highlighted by the $10,000 Open I Trot. That event features the "BIG-3" at Pompano Park--Prairie Fortune, The Lionking AS and Born To Thrive, along with Buckeyeonbroadway, Perfect Chapter AS and Keegan Ho. Prairie Fortune comes off a 1:53 performance in his last start, a track record for aged trotters. The track's Super Hi-5 finale also features a jackpot which has vaulted to near $80,000--$78,395 to be precise. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 21, 2020--Consider this a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway, where Thursday night's (Jan. 23rd) harness racing Pick 5 wager begins with a $6,092.67 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. Yonkers Raceway is offering advance wagering for Gulfstream Park’s entire Pegasus World Cup card of this Saturday (Jan. 25th). Advance wagering begins Friday (Jan. 24th), when mutuel windows open at 12 Noon. Post time for the Saturday Gulfstream program is 11:30 AM, with the $1 million World Cup Turf (11th race) and $3 million World Cup (12th race) going at 4:49 PM and 5:34 PM, respectively.  Frank Drucker

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