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DOVER, Del. --- Temperatures in the 70s set the stage for fast races headed by Bettorhaveanother scoring the fastest clocking for a harness racing female pacer this year, 1:50.3, to win the $25,000 Mares Open at Dover Downs notching her third straight victory. Tony Morgan had three winning drives. Driver Tony Morgan enjoyed a perfect 2-over trip before streaking home to overtake Scandalicious (Jonathan Roberts) in deep stretch to post the Bettor's Delight-Katie My Girl six-year-old lifetime mark. Ron Burke trains the winner for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. She now has three wins after two seconds in five 2018 appearances while boasting $41,625 seasonal earnings. It was her 24th career win and lifted lifetime bankroll to $300,952. Scandalicious and Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) engaged in a head-to-heat duel for the lead with Sweet Bobbie leading at the quarter in :25.4 and :54.1 at the half. After a 1:22 three quarters, Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) began a challenge with Bettorhaveanother right behind. In a four-horse dash down the lane Morgan's effort was good enough for a three-quarter length triumph. Scandalicious was second with Valuable Art third. A 10-1 shot, Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Bad Lightning (Roberts) overtook front-pacing Stormtracker (Tim Tetrick) nearing the wire in 1:51.3 to win the $17,000 Mares sub-feature. The Badlands Hanover-Malocchio five-year-old won for the second time in-a-row and third in her last four outings. Roselily (Stafford Jr.) finished third. Corner Table was the longshot on the card. Off at 37-1, Stafford drove the Dragon Again-Macks Table mare now five to her first win of the year to a new lifetime record of 1:52.1 for owners Ed Gold and trainer Ben Stafford. Rollatown (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up with Shesarocker (Vic Kirby) the show horse. Tony Morgan had three winners, Jonathan Roberts, Art Stafford Jr. and Montrell Teague had two wins apiece. CHRISTEN N, STARZNHEAVEN JOIN MAJOR UPTREND IN $27,500 OPEN Major Uptrend, a sub-1:50 winner of his last two takes on two talented newcomers, Christen Me n and Starznheaven in the top race of the week, a $27,500 Preferred- Open/Handicap, on another standout 13-race program at Dover Downs, Thursday, Feb. 22. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A 1:49.4 winner two weeks ago and again wire-to-wire in 1:49 last Thursday, Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend and driver Tony Morgan return to meet Rich Polucci’s highly ranked Christen Me N, in his second start this year, with Tim Tetrick handling the reins and Starznheaven with Vic Kirby racing for Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Emond and Burke Racing, a winner of two Meadowlands features in 2018. Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s fast finishing Sicily and Montrell Teague is among the field of seven. A pair of $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicaps top the contentious undercard. In one, Dialamara makes his first start for Gary Ewing after being claimed two weeks ago. He meets Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway (Callahan), Bobby Glassmeyer’s Play The Field (Roberts); George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Imkeepnthisguy (Mike Cole)  and Ron Davis’ Ideal Fashion (Morgan) in a field of nine. In the other division, Cyclone Kiwi N (Callahan) also makes his initial start for new owner Bruce Soulsby, who claimed him in late January for $35,000 after his fifth straight victory. Arty Foster and Wanda May Saulsbury has been knocking in his last six outings. Crissy Bier and Joan Hamstead’s Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) is fresh from a victory last time out. Dover Downs 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. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.   Betty Holt the executive director of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York was named the 2017 Unsung Hero by the United States Harness Writers Association. The pair will talk with Betty about her career in harness racing and how she came about the job at the breeders association in New York. She monitors all the New York harness activities in the state and handles everything from the Sire Stakes to the the promotion of the sport and ownership seminars.   Bruce Trogdan was named owner of the year by the United States Harness Writers Association. Trogdan co-owned Fear The Dragon who had a lights out 2017 campaign and also bred Blazin Britches who was a champion three-year-old filly in 2017. We will talk to Trogdan about his breeding operation and what is next for some of his champion race horses.   Gina Maybee from the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association in Maryland will join the program to talk about the racing season coming up at Rosecroft Raceway this year. We will talk to Maybee about how she got into the sport and what we can look forward to in 2018 at the seasoned racing facility.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 am via their website or on the archive at   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Chip Lackey worked out a perfect trip with his trainee Silverhill Volo in last weekend's Jim Grundy Final at Cal Expo, getting up by a head over harness racing favored Silverlode in the fixture. The trotter is co-owned by Lackey and Roland Dekeyser Jr. and was recording his biggest victory since joining the barn back in November of 2016. Silverhill Volo came into the Grundy final off back-to-back tough beats, finishing second in the Prep after carving out all the fractions and then dropping a nose decision to division leader Pridecrest in the Open Trot one start back. "Roland likes trotters and we got this one from Joe Anderson," Chip related. "He always tries hard, but up until recently, he could be a little silly. He's learned to sit in a hole now and I was also able to work out some shoeing issues with some very useful help." Chip mentioned that a lot of credit for Silverhill Volo's success goes to Fern Wald, who has a very special bond with the trotter. "I honestly think he digs a little deeper because of her," he said. Lackey admits he wasn't happy when the post positions came out for the Final and he was in the No. 6 slot, while main rival Silverlode was a cozy draw in the No. 2 post. "We got lucky and were able to get a good trip, and then he came the fastest final quarter of his life to get up." What made the win extra special was it being named for longtime California driver/trainer Jim Grundy, against whom Chip competed for many years and had the utmost respect. "It was a big thrill to win a race named for Jim Grundy, because he was the best horseman I've ever known, in every sense of the word." Allymx'sliventexas, Gorgeous For Real battle A solid $4,400 Open III Pace gets the marquee treatment Friday night, with Allmyx'sliventexas and Gorgeous For Real among the major players. The feature will be decided as the fourth race on an 11-race card under the banner of Watch and Wager LLC with a first post of 6:10 p.m. Allymx'sliventexas and Gorgeous For Real are one of five members of the his cast who chased home favored I'm An Athlete in last week's Open Pace, checking in second and fifth, respectively, in that contest. Allymx'sliventexas is a 5-year-old homebred son of Hi Ho Silverheel's who races for Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson the conditioner and Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. Two starts back with Nick Roland at the helm, the Knittel charge was a dominating winner of a conditioned event, and then last week he turned in a solid effort to complete the exacta behind I'm An Athlete in a 1:52 4/5 tour. Gorgeous Fore Real has a pair of Open victories to his credit at this meet and found himself with too much work to do from last place in that mile and had to settle for a minor check. He is owned by Schwartz, Wilkinson, Axelrod and O'Neill with Junior Wilkinson training and William Hernandez in the sulky. Rounding out the field, from the rail out: Pancetta with Luke Plano; Julerica, Richard Remillard; One And Only, to be guided by Ryan Grundy; Almost Cut My Hair, also with Svendsen named; and Ragin's Flight, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness                        

If you have not yet made your plans, please do so now to attend the premier gathering of racing regulatory authorities in North America: the ARCI ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON RACING INTEGRITY AND ANIMAL WELFARE. The Hotel Hot Springs is filling up for the conference which will start the afternoon of Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and conclude after the races at Oaklawn Park on Friday, April 6, 2018. Attendees are advised to fly in and out of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. The discounted room rate of $129-139+tax will expire on 3/2/18. You can call the reservation line at 877-623-6697 or reserve your room online using the Code ARCI18. Animal welfare, anti-doping programs, sports betting and a host of other issues will take center stage. Standardbred, Quarter Horse, Greyhound and Thoroughbred issues will all be addressed. You should not miss this meeting. Please take a look at the Updated Agenda with speakers that has just been posted. Make your plans now to participate in this meeting as well as great racing at Oaklawn Park! Ed Martin, ARCI President Updated Agenda Online Registration   The ARCI (RCI) is the only umbrella organization of the official governing rule making bodies for professional horse and greyhound racing in North America, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, and Riyad, Saudi Arabia. ARCI sets standards for racing regulation, medication policy, drug testing laboratories, totalizator systems, racetrack operation and security, as well as off-track wagering entities. ARCI's members are the only independent entities recognized to license, enforce, and adjudicate matters pertaining to racing. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARCI.   FOLLOW US Questions? Contact RCI today 1-859-224-7070 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 20, 2018...Pompano Park management has announced a harness racing purse increase of 10% effective March 1. The increase covers all classes with the Open classes rising from $11,000 to $12,500, a 13.6% increase, and the lowest claiming classes going from $3,400 to $3,800, an 11.7% hike. Racing continues at Florida's only pari-mutuel harness track until the end of May. Pompano Park

Hightstown, NJ --- Trace Tetrick will head to Orlando this weekend to receive harness racing’s Rising Star Award, and even if he stops off at a nearby theme park it will be difficult to top the ride he enjoyed in 2017. Tetrick, a 31-year-old driver who grew up in Illinois and now calls Indiana home, set career highs with 569 wins and $6.81 million in purses. He cracked North America’s top 10 in victories for the first time, finishing fourth, and was No. 11 in North America for earnings, another lifetime best. Interestingly, nine of the drivers ahead of him on the money list were former Rising Star Award winners, including his older brother, Tim. The award, presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, recognizes early career achievement for a driver or trainer age 35 or younger. Tetrick, who has won 4,443 races and $45 million in purses lifetime, will receive his trophy during Sunday’s Dan Patch Award banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. “It’s a great privilege to be honored in that category and to be invited to be a part of that event,” Tetrick said. “It was probably my best year overall. The highlight, I’d say, was the Breeders Crown. To be in the Breeders Crown again and get a couple wins was great.” Tetrick won Breeders Crown finals with Blazin Britches (3-Year-Old Filly Pace) and Fiftydallarbill (2-Year-Old Colt Trot). He also captured three Indiana Sire Stakes championships, two Kentucky Sire Stakes championships, and one Ohio Sire Stakes championship. In those eight victories, Tetrick drove the favorite only once. “I guess it was being in the right spots at the right time, being lucky,” Tetrick said. “Everybody is looking to beat the favorites. When you’re not the favorite, you can kind of run under the radar. But whether you’re the favorite or not, you’re just trying to put your horse in the best possible spot to make money. If things work out to where you get all of it, that’s even better.” Tetrick was the regular driver of Blazin Britches, who will receive the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer. The filly was trained by Brian Brown, who will receive the Trainer of the Year Award, and owned by Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm, which will get the Owner of the Year trophy. Tetrick, Brown and Trogdon also won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship together last year with Always Bet De Grey and enjoyed success previously with Color’s A Virgin, who received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer in 2014. “Brian and Bruce Trogdon have been very good to me and things have worked out,” Tetrick said. “It’s great to have the opportunity with those guys.” Another honoree at Sunday’s Dan Patch Awards banquet will be Hoosier Park, which will receive the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. Hoosier Park, which is Tetrick’s home track, hosted the Breeders Crown last year to rave reviews from horsemen and fans. “I thought they did a great job,” said Tetrick, who has won six driving titles at Hoosier Park. “They put forth a lot of effort and they tried to put on a good show. That’s all you can ask. But I think that everyone that came for it had a great time. They loved it. We had a little bad weather the one day, but there’s nothing you can do about that. The racing was still good; the track was still fair. I thought they did a very good job and everyone was happy. “It also allowed so many people to see the event that never had the opportunity to go to the Breeders Crown; not only new people, but people from the Midwest that have been in the business for years. I think it was great for people to be able to come and see the Grand Circuit-type horses here.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Harness Horsemen International will hold their Annual Meetings and Awards Luncheon beginning Sunday, February 25 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida. Registration starts at 2 pm on Sunday (Feb. 25), followed by a welcome reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, with General Sessions beginning daily at 9 am on February 26, 27 & 28. Monday's (Feb. 26) agenda includes an opening address by HHI President Tom Luchento, followed by remarks from American Horse Council President Julie Broadway and USTA Executive Vice President Mike Tanner. HHI business and association reports will follow. On Tuesday (Feb. 27) John Campbell is the featured speaker, followed by HHI insurance, finance, legal, convention and foundation meetings. A luncheon at BT's Restaurant (in the hotel) will be held from Noon to 1 pm, with HHI's Appreciation Award presented to John Campbell. Wednesday's (Feb. 28) agenda features pertinent HHI business and elections, followed by the HHI Annual Awards Luncheon at 12:30 pm in St. Anne's Room, where Tom Charters will be honored as the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year and Tim Bojarski feted as the Clyde Hirt Media Award winner. HHI is comprised of horsemen's associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI's governing body consists of representatives from its member associations. Harness Horsemen International, 319 High St. Suite 2, Burlington, NJ 08016  

DOVER, Del. --- After breaking stride at the start of last week’s $25,000 Open Handicap trot and come back to finish third. This week Theresademoninme rebounded to score an impressive 1:53 wire-to-wire victory in the feature on Tuesday (2/20) to give driver Jonathan Roberts, trainer and co-owner Dylan Davis a training triple and owner double for the day. The Kadaba-Totoni seven-year-old co-owned by Mike Casalino, notched his second win of 2018 and 25th lifetime raising his bankroll to $381,078 lifetime. Cutting out the fast fractions of :26.2 quarter; :55.2 half; 1:23.4 three quarters pulling away to victory. Elysium Lindy (Corey Callahan) last week’s winner closed strongly to finish second in front of Golden Son (Russell Foster). Davis’ Honor And Serve teamed with Callahan for a 1:53.3 triumph in a $13,000 Winners-Over trot to beat Cajole Hanover (Tim Tetrick) and third place Baximum (Foster) in the secondary feature. Davis owns the Donato Hanover-Honorable Daughter six-year-old with Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro. It was his third win in five starts this year. Davis’ first win came with Soulsby, Singh, Hill and VIP Internet Stables’ LMC Mass Gem, a Muscleman-Hornby Gem gelding,  who overpowered seven rivals in 1;53.3 with Callahan driving. Holiday  Promise (Tetrick) was next. L Dees Yoyo Ma (Steve Nason) was third.   The biggest payoff of the day came when Big Walls, a 36-shot with Montrell Teague in the bike came four-wide from way back to roll home with his first win of the campaign for owner-trainer Brit Evans. The winning time for the Big Jim-Redwalls four-year-old mare was 1:54.1. Yourlipstogodsears (Tony Morgan) and race-favorite Odysseus (Tetrick) ere second and third respectively. BETTORHAVEANOTHER SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT $25,000 MARES OPEN Bettorhaveanother  seeks a second straight $25,000 Mares Open, Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Dover Downs. A $17,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard . Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan pilots Bettorhavanother for trainer Ron Burke in the week’s distaff feature. A solid group of contenders is led by Gary Ewing’s Sweet Robbie reined by At Stafford Jr. and by last season’s Horse of the Meet; Enhance Your Mind with Vic Kirby. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious, driven by Jonathan Roberts, has been sharp since arriving. Tim Tetrick guides CC Racing and JoAnn Looney-King’s Newborn Sassy from post 8. Terror At night driven by Montrell Teague for Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, has won three of her last five races. Valuable Art  and Westluckycam complete the starters. The sub-feature is a $18,000 Mares Winners pace .Stormtracker (Tetrick) dew the rail with Bad Lightning (Roberts) alongside. The rest of the starters are Brian and Carrie Malone’s Rosy Outlook (Tony Morgan); Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms; Roselily (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled (from outside post 8. Live racing is featured four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features 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. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simmulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, February 21, 2018—The Foiled Again saga continues Thursday night (Feb. 22nd), with the venue (Yonkers Raceway) and the quest (100 harness racing career wins) remaining the same. It’s the fourth crack at the milestone for harness racing’s richest-ever equine ($7,570,878) in his 308th career purse start. Foiled Again drew post position No. 3 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace. First post is 6:50 PM, with approximate post for the eighth at 9:30 PM George Brennan drives for co-owner (as Burke Racing) / trainer Ron Burke. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding won (with Brennan) his seasonal debut, moving him to the precipice of the plateau. He hit the board once (a third-place finish) in three subsequent starts.  Foiled Again has raced at the same (non-winners of $20,000 in last five starts) in every start this season. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 20, 2018—Yonkers Raceway‘s Sunday (Feb. 25th) harness racing matinee shall offer a first post of 12:15 PM. Races 2 (post time 12:45 PM) through 8 (post time 3:40 PM) go as overflow-field, added-distance ‘French’ trots, with post time for the 12th-race finale at 5 PM.    Note that the sequence for Sunday’s ‘New York, New York Double’ is Aqueduct’s third race (post time 1:50 PM) and Yonkers’ fifth race (post time 2:15 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available.    After this coming weekend, Sundays are gone until March 18th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce our 2018 harness racing season schedule. The track in Northeast PA is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing, with the Breeders Crown returning for the third time. Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 17 at a new Post Time of 7:00pm for all race nights, with the exception of Easter Sunday at 5:00pm and all three Triple Crown nights. In the month of March, racing continues on Tuesday, March 20th; Saturday, March 24th; Sunday, March 25th; Tuesday, March 27th, and Saturday, March 31st. Beginning in April, the track will move to its permanent schedule of Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with no racing on Monday, April 2nd and Monday, September 10th. Stakes action kicks off in early April with a Late Closing Series, and spring and summer action includes the PA Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds starting in May, as well as the PA All-Stars and PA Stallion Series. All three continue throughout the season, with the 2-year-olds taking center stage starting in July. The PA Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds is on Sunday, September 2. The prestigious $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday is June 30th featuring the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot; $500,000 Ben Franklin Free For All Pace; 500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Pace; and the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial Pace. Eliminations will take place on Saturday, June 23. Breeders Crown 2018 is Saturday, October 27th, with eliminations Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. According to Dale Rapson, Vice President of Racing Operations, Crown '18 promises to be a memorable one with all twelve races in one night. "We are very excited to bring back the Breeders Crown, and are already planning a great event," he said. The track is working closely with the Hambletonian Society and the PHHA on the spectacular night of racing. "I'm really looking forward to my first Breeders Crown with Pocono," said Mike Harant, Executive Director of the PHHA, "as well as the entire 2018 racing season." A double-header of live racing is once again planned for Kentucky Derby day, Saturday, May 5th, with a first post of 11:00am and the second card approximately 7:30pm. Racing follows the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and will also be an approximate Post Time of 7:30pm. Plenty of fan-friendly events and promotions are in the works for the season, and opening night will be "50/50 Night". Fans get $50 in free live racing vouchers when they buy $50, and valid on the live racing racing card that evening, while supplies last. Fans get a free live program on opening night starting at 5:00pm, also while supplies last. Additional fun events are planned throughout the season, including celebrity meet-and-greet autograph sessions with several sports stars; giveaway items; and on Kentucky Derby day, the annual "Run for the Roses Hat Revue" which is the contest for the most fashionable hats in several categories with cash prizes. In addition, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will add the text messaging service for promotional giveaways, as well as updates for fans on upcoming events and big race nights. Fans can opt in starting in March, and regular message and data rates may apply. The stables will open for the season on Thursday, March 1st at 7:30am, and the familiar sight of horses training will soon be the first sign of spring and the 53rd year of racing at the Downs. Qualifying dates have been set for Tuesday, March 6th; Thursday, March 8th; and then every Wednesday thereafter for the remainder of the season. Jennifer Starr

Connie Winn, the Oregon Racing Commission’s Supervisor of Account Wagering Hubs has been appointed by ARCI Chairman Jeff Colliton to Chair the Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee. Sylvie Dubreuil of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has been designated as Vice-Chair. The ARCI Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee provides the racing regulatory network with essential input concerning wagering system security, accountability, and the propriety of new wagers. The committee was largely responsible for the creation of the ARCI Tote Standards relied upon by most regulatory entities in assessing totalizator companies. The committee also analyzes and reviews new wagers.   The ARCI Model Rules concerning wagering have, in some jurisdictions, the force of law as they have been incorporated by reference.  In Canada, a change to certain sections of the ARCI Model Rules document becomes the public policy in that jurisdiction.  In California, the creation of a new wager on horse racing requires state Legislative approval unless there is an ARCI Model Rule governing the wager, which would still need to be authorized by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). Last October, the ARCI Pari-Mutuel Auditors Committee and the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau conducted a continuing education briefing for regulatory staff in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Racing Association’s 20/20 committee dealing with the technology aspects of processing the myriad of individual financial transactions taking place each day throughout the pari-mutuel system. “Most fans don’t pay attention to all this,” said ARCI President Ed Martin. “They just assume everything will work and the integrity of their bets will be protected.  They never see all the work that goes into making that the reality.” Winn takes over the committee at a time when regulatory policy needs to be revisited to adapt to advances in technology and a changing industry. At the Oregon Racing Commission Winn manages the multi-jurisdictional licensing of ten Advanced Depositing Wagering (ADW) Hubs and twenty-two white label affiliates, as well as the regulating and auditing of on site and remote ADW's including operations, information technology, finance and security.  She is also responsible for the Pari-Mutuels Auditing Department which manages simulcasting, historical and live racing in the state of Oregon. Previously Winn served as the Vice President of Career Services with Education Management Corporation, responsible for the selection, customization and implementation of information systems, including data tracking, metrics monitoring, design, usability, training, & implementation.   Ms. Dubreuil is the Director of Operations for the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency and plays a critical role in the regulation of wagering across all the Canadian Provinces.   Edward J. Martin, President & CEO RACING COMMISSIONERS INTERNATIONAL 1510 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, USA  40511 (859) 224-7070, extension 4017.

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands wishes to remind the owners of horses nominated to 2018 stakes of the new language in place regarding approved harness racing trainers that was made public in a February 1 press release.   The new language may be found in all Meadowlands stakes conditions under the "Rules" heading and states; "Any horse nominated to any Meadowlands stakes/event must be in the care of an approved trainer by April 15, 2018 for any stake/event raced during the month of May and by May 15 for all other 2018 stakes/events. Nominator also agrees that any horse paid into any 2018 Meadowlands stake/event may be required to be stabled at an approved facility in a state that agrees to cooperate in an Out Of Competition Testing (OOCT) protocol; an approved for up to 14 days facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands or the Tioga or Vernon Downs stable area by the date set by The Meadowlands for that stake/event for the purpose of OOCT.   Failure to comply with these conditions may result in any agreement created by the acceptance of any stakes payment to be declared void at the discretion of The Meadowlands rendering the horse(s) in question ineligible to race in those stakes/events with no liability to The Meadowlands and no assurance of a refund of payments previously made to the stake/event in question."   Questions may be directed to the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130.   Nick Salvi  

Hightstown, NJ --- Steve Rybka had driven in several races in his young harness racing career prior to his trip around Monticello Raceway on Jan. 3 with Rockintheniteaway, but he had never experienced feelings on the racetrack like he did that afternoon. “I got goose bumps at the three-quarter pole,” the 22-year-old Rybka said. “I came second over and once I tipped her and cleared, I was thinking I was going to win. It was a different feeling. I got butterflies in my stomach.” Rybka guided Rockintheniteaway to a 2-1/4 length win that afternoon, at odds of 28-1, for his first career victory as a driver. The New York native had three wins as a trainer in 2017, all with Cruzing Hill at Saratoga. “I was just really happy, and happy with the horse,” Rybka said about his driving triumph. “She was 28-1, but I was happy with how she was training and thought she had a shot that day. It was definitely a cool feeling. I’ll never forget it, that’s for sure.” Rybka, who lives in upstate New York about 20 miles south of Albany, followed his father, Darren Rybka Sr., and brother, Darren Rybka Jr., into the sport. “I was at the barn all the time growing up,” Rybka said. “Once I got out of high school, I worked for a year and then I came back and started working for a bunch of people (in harness racing) again. It’s pretty addicting. “I pretty much wanted to do this my whole life. I always wanted to have a stable of my own.” Rybka is training two horses in addition to trying to make it as a driver. He has driven at Monticello and Saratoga, posting one win, three seconds and four thirds in 16 lifetime starts. “Driving is what I want to do,” Rybka said. “I’d like to have my own horses too, maybe four or five, a small stable. But I definitely want to be a catch driver. “It’s not going to happen overnight. Saratoga is not an easy place to start, but I’ve got to give it a shot. I just want to get my name out there. Maybe I can get a couple shots and have some success. I just want to put a good image out there and do my best for everybody.” Rybka played football and basketball in high school and enjoys the competitiveness of racing. “It reminds me of playing sports,” Rybka said. “I get the same feeling when I get on the track, the adrenaline rush. When you get into a race, it’s really unbelievable.” Rybka and Rockintheniteaway will be in action again Thursday at Saratoga. He is hoping to drive more often as the year progresses and gain valuable experience. “I think I can handle a horse pretty well and I get along with them,” Rybka said. “I try to drive smart. I can read a program pretty good; I can handicap a race. And I feel like I can put horses in good spots and give them a good trip. But every single horse is different. The more you sit behind, the more you’re going to learn. “If I drive 10 horses next week and every one of them has the eight hole, that doesn’t bother me because I’m still learning. Any drive is a drive. It doesn’t matter if I’m driving the favorite or if I’m driving 99-1. I just love the competition. And I love the animals. They’re cool animals and they’re fun to be around. They definitely give you a lot of memories you won’t forget.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Pompano Beach, FL...February 20, 2018...All Charged Up, driven by trainer John MacDonald, used a high voltage performance from first stride to last in winning Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Monday night (February 19). The game seven year-old daughter of Ponder wired together fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a solid :28 finale left her s length to the good of Wild Wanda, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Ubettorbeturlife, with Dave Ingraham in her sulky, was next, five lengths away. Strings and Embassy Seelster completed the classy quintet. As the wings folded, both Wild Wanda and All Charged Up left sharply with the latter out-sprinting the former and clearing around the opening turn. From there, the issue turned out to be never in doubt as All Charged Up electrified her foes right to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald related, "I was a little concerned--not that she made the top early because she likes to do that--but because she then likes to yield and sit in the pocket. But she's sharp right now, so, once in a while, I guess it's OK to try wiring. She's very tough right now. She has been very good to me, that's for sure. All Charged Up won for the fourth time in six starts this semester, good for $25,630 for trainer MacDonald's J P Stables. The win was also a milestone of sorts for All Charged Up as this win--her 36th career-wise--vaulted her lifetime bankroll over the $300,000 plateau--$300,712 to be precise. Off as the 3 to 2 second choice, All Charged Up returned $5.00 to win. In other action on Monday night, Galarina, with Andy Santeramo in the bike, scored a handy 1:53.3 win for her fifth win of the year in seven starts. The seven year-old daughter of Dali, also trained by Santeramo for owners Ron Ruggles and Tom Santeramo, sent her 2018 bounty to $21,225 and $144,826 lifetime. Also, American Sniper, making only his second career start made a sharp early move to the front and led the rest of the way in scoring a 1:56.3 win for Bryce Fenn. The mile was highlighted by a :56.3 final half. Owned and trained by Bryan Lawrence, the sophomore son of Western Terror was one of three 2 to 1 propositions on the tote board and, as third choice, returned $6.80 to win. Tuesday night's card features a pair of carryovers--one in the PIck-6 and the other in a blossoming Super Hi-5, which now has a carryover of $228,609. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

STICKNEY - A winter meet that brought weather conditions from fog, to rain, to heavy snow concluded Monday evening at Hawthorne. Due to a couple of cancellations in the final weeks because of snowy conditions, the harness racing winter meet consisted of 25 cards. When all was said and done, driver Casey Leonard grabbed his fourth consecutive leading driver title, with 38 wins while Loralee Johnson took home the training title with 19 wins. The winter meet opened with some excitement on opened weekend as a triple dead heat for win took place on January 7 when Picky Picky Valor, Keep the Cash, and Skyway Jaylo all hit the wire at the same time. Closing weekend brought about the 3,000th career victory for driver Ryan Anderson, when he won with Olivia V on February 16. The next evening had the last two series finals of the meet as Fox Valley Catwalk won the Doc Walker series while Sagebrush Shocker won the Terry Hunt series. Thoroughbred racing resumes at the end of March and continues through April. Summer harness action takes place May through September. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year October through December. For more information, visit Jim Miller

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