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YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 20, 2017- H P Sissy (Greg Merton, $14.80) cleared down the backside Friday night (Oct. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 2, H P Sissy saw outer entities Freakonomics (George Brennan) and slight 2-1 choice Newborn Sassy (Tyler Buter) leave with purpose. Locally-debuting Freakonomics worked around 'Sassy' before laying down early intervals of :27.1 and :57.4. HP Sissy then extricated herself from the cones, blowing right by Freakonomics before the 1:24.4 three-quarters. A second-up Diva's Image (Brent Holland) badly gapped the eventual winner, making the job of third-up Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) that much more difficult. HP Sissy opened 2¼ lengths off the final turn, then held a noticeably-drifting (she does that now) Mach it a Par at bay by a length-and-a-quarter n 1:54. Newborn Sassy, returning Matchmaker victress Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) and Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) rounded out the payees. Alas, there would be no 'Sissy'-'Sassy' exacta. For fourth choice HP Sissy, a 4-year-old daughter of Up the Credit owned by Claude Hamel and trained by Rene Allard, it was her ninth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $76.50, the triple returned $208 and the superfecta paid $962 Frank Drucker

Sweet Ashley T (Jimmy Whittemore) captured the harness racing featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (October 20, 2017). Pop I (Chris Lems) would carve out all the early fractions, :28.2, :58.1, 1:27.1. Sweet Ashley T (Conway Hall), who is owned by South Of The Tracks Racing Inc. And trainer Homer Hochstetler, would sit the pocket all the way to the stretch. She would slip by on the inside to win in 1:55.4. Pop I settled for second with Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil) nailing down the third spot. Sweet Ashley T ($15.80) won for the fourth time this season and the ninth time in her career. Whittemore added two more wins on the night . His other wins were with McKenzies Star ($2.90) and Pier Ho Exotic ($2.10). John MacDonald keeps on rolling he would add four more victories on the night. He won with Stirling Accord ($47.80), Steuben Magic Ride ($3.90), Major Master Piece ($2.10), and Master Of Puppets ($6.90). Michael Miller piloted big longshot American JJ (RC Royalty) to a win by charging late down the stretch in 1:55.3. The 4 year-old horse would pay $90.00 for the win. Vernon Downs returns to live action with a 10 race card on Saturday (October 21) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs      

DAYTON, OH. - Kiss Me Onthebeach, enjoying her second straight $100,000-plus earnings season, topped Hollywood Dayton Raceway's finest harness racing distaffers on Friday night (Oct. 20) winning the $18,500 feature race in 1:51.2. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass left the gate enthusiastically for driver Chris Page reaching the quarter-mile marker in :27.1. With her eight talented adversaries seated along the pylons most of the second quarter, Kiss Me Onthebeach reached the midway point of the mile in :55.2, then accelerated through the third panel in 1:22.4 before closing with a :28.3 final quarter to close the deal by about two lengths. Jerseylicious attempted a first-over bid to reach Kiss Me Onthebeach's wheel during the middle half, but had too much ground to make up from her assigned outside post position. Town Temptress (Kyle Ater) launched a three-wide attack at the three-quarter station, but could do no better than second at the finish. My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) used a ground-saving trip to salvage the show dough. The win was the seventh on the season for Kiss Me Onthebeach, and 12th of her 46-race career. Owned by the Willow Oak Ranch, the Danny Collins trainee has now surpassed $300,000 in lifetime earnings. The victory was the fifth on the night for Page. Gregg Keidel  

Dover Downs opens its 2017-2018 harness racing meet on Monday, Oct. 30. Looking back, its 48th season was arguably the finest in track history with top racing, top horses and drivers all season long, ending April 13, 2017. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Enhance Your Mind was voted Horse of the Meet by members of the Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association. Enhance Your Mind, was a winner of nine races and $123,974 purses during the meet taking a 1:50.2 record. Other top contenders: pacers Major Uptrend, Barbara's Shadow, Emeritus Maximus, Blazing Bobby Sox and trotters Tough Mac and Frost Free Hanover. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Easy Lover Hanover, driven by Doug McNair, completed a modern day harness racing 'Cinderella story' by winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:49, Nov. 28. 2016. The winning time of 1:49, was a season's fastest clocking for a sophomore gelding pacer, in the final major stake of the year. ----------------------------------------- Matron Stakes and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund event for two-year-old of both sexes and gaits highlighted a big Nov. 3, 2016 card. A 32-1 longshot What's Goin On driven by Hall of Famer David Miller won the $171,300 colt pace while Ain't Three OK (Brian Sears) took the $170,000 filly pace in 1:52.4. Delaware-owned and Corey Callahan-driven Fine Tuned Lady and Snowstorm Hanover (Matt Kakaley) won the Matron trots. --------------------------------------------------------------- The leading trainer title came down to the last day of the meet. Defending champion Dylan Davis broke a 72-all tie for first place, adding two wins on the final day to best Jim King, having his finest meet, who led for most of the season. Davis finished with 74 wins, King had 72. Leigh Raymer was in third place, with 43 wins, the most ever for a female trainer at the track. Josh Green, fourth, at 37, with Joe Hundertpfund, fifth with 37 winners. -------------------------------------------- Dylan Davis had the leading UTRS stats (batting average) at .426, with Leigh Raymer second with a .422. Jim King, third, .413. Clyde Francis, was fourth, .399, Don Brittingham completed the top five with a .395. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the Leading Driver derby, defending champion Corey Callahan, after a slow start, came on strongly and finished with a comfortable 26-win advantage, 169-143 over runner-up, early season leader, Vic Kirby. In statistics, Tony Morgan moved into third place with 136 winners, Yannick Gingras was fourth with 114 wins. Tim Tetrick, 103, finished fifth. -------------------------------------------------- The leading percentage driver with more than 100 starts was Tim Tetrick with a UTRS (batting average) of .373, one point higher than Yannick Gingras, second, at .372. Tony Morgan, having his finest season in recent years, was third, .317. Vic Kirby was in fourth place with .303 and Corey Callahan had a .293 UTRS. ------------------------------------------------- The number 5 post position accounted for the most wins with 248 of 1,314 starts. Post 1 had 198 winners, post 4-195 wins, post 3-193 victories, and post 2-176. Post 6 was next with 125 wins, post 7-88 and post 8-59 and with far fewer starts post 9-36, in 461 starts.. --------------------------------------------- In late November 2016, winning the $100,000 Colt and Gelding Pace 2-Year-Old Final put Bags To Riches into the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund(DSBF) record book. His winning time in the $100,000 DSBF Colt Final of 1:51.1 is the fastest clocking for a freshman pacer in the programs history. Other $100,000-winning champions were; Logan's Girl, in the Filly Pace. Crosby, a 17-1 shot, won the Colt Trot Final and Spoonful was winner of the DSBF Filly Trot Final. ----------------------------------------------------------------- The last week of the 2016-2017 season featured four $100,000 Three-Year-Old DSBF Finals. Master Clave (Ross Wolfenden) won the Male Trot in 1:59; 40-1 shot Lunar Phase (Art Stafford Jr.) won the Filly pace; Spoonful (Jim Morand), the Two-Year-Old Dover champion took the soph Male trot title; and another double champ Bags For Riches (Tim Tetrick) won the Male pace in 1:51.4. -------------------------------------------- George Teague Stable started seven Delaware-breds in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace preliminary divisions. Two came away with the fastest prelim wins, Henry The Dragon (1:52) and Daiymir (1:52.4). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The penultimate day of the meet saw the only track record broken. Celebrity Pegasus worked his way through the ranks, to win a feature trot in 1:50 replacing Hes Spooky, who set his mark of 1:52.3 in 2013, as the track's fastest older trotter. ----------------------------------------------- Delaware horsemen came up big at various post 2016 awards banquets. At the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions honoring the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada. Always B Miki, bred and co-owned by Wilmington, Del. attorney Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable won 2016 Horse of the Year honors. Fred Hertrich, who owns Allamerican Harnessbreds, purchased an interest in world champion pacer Always B Miki. Hertrich becomes the second Delawarean, along with Hurley, in ownership of the fastest harness horse in history owner of a 1:46 clocking. Joe Hurley, bred Always B Miki from his stallion Always A Virgin and mare. --------------------------------------------------------- George Teague was a two-time 2016 USHWA award winner. Team Teague won the coveted Stan Bergstein Proximity Award, the second highest honor presented by USHWA, and for the second time Teague was named USHWA's Good Guy Award winner. Teague also received the Harness Horsemen International (HHI) top award, "The Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." for his support of the sport by graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. On many occasions during 2016, Teague went all out to help promote harness racing at many events. ------------------------------------------------------------- Earlier, in Canada, on January 29, George Teague accepted the Older Pacer of the Year Award presented to Wiggle It Jiggleit who won the major honor at Canada's 28th Black Tie event, its' 2016 O'Brien Awards-Dinner in Mississauga, Ont., whose theme was the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada." -------------------------------------------------- Throughout the year, Teague continued as unofficial ambassador of harness racing. Teague, who was bestowed the sport's second highest honor, 'The Proximity Award. On March 25, helped honor last year's Nova Scotia racing industry stars. The sport's distinguished horseman served as the special guest speaker for the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association's annual banquet and awards gala honoring some of the best from the province's 2016 racing season. ---------------------------------------- On unusually mild Spring-like late February 23, Yannick Gingras rang up five winners on a card boasting a 1:49, 1:49.1, 1:50, 150.2 and two150.4 miles. .Gingras won the $30,000 Preferred, with Take It Back Terry in 1:50.4 after Gingras' 1:50 performance winning the $27,500 Delaware Special with the resurgent Emeritus Maximus. ------------------------------------------------------- Feb. 22 was another five-win card for Corey Callahan topped by a 1:52.2 victory driving Tough Mac equaling his lifetime record in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap.Trainer Dylan Davis also had four wins, owner Mike Casalino tripled. -------------------------------------------------------- Two giant payoffs came during the same week. Jan.30, John MacKinnon stormed from last to first at 98-1 odds. Then four days later (2/2/17), a $98.80 payoff when 48-1 shot Rock Me Henry, driven by Russell Foster, winner of the DSOA Horizon Award in January, ending Officer Blue Chip's five-race win streak. ----------------------------------- Team Teague had a big night on Feb.13 card. Montrell Teague led all drivers with four wins. Trainer Clyde Francis haltered three wins while owner George Teague had a double plus Brenda Teague owned and trained another of her nephew's winners. Montrell came right back the following night for a double. --------------------------- Robert Sampson, 74, was the oldest driver to win a race this season at the track when he drove Abogada to a wire-to-wire victory (3/15). Sampson has a win, a second and a third in his first 20 starts this season. It was the maiden victory for the four-year-old trotting mare, Abogada, who paid $61.60 for a $2 win ticket. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ There were at least three great returns on claiming horses during the meet. Emeritus Maximus was a $15,000 claim that became a multiple Preferred and Delaware Special winner while Gary Ewing claimed Star Messenger for $20,000 and Rangers Sureshot for $30,000. Both pacers moved up to top class events. ------------------------------------------------------ When Star Messenger was claimed it broke up a longtime Jim King Stable relationship with another fast pacer Little Ben. Both were bred by former Dover Downs driver champion Luc Ouellette. The relationship ended when Star Messenger was claimed. Little Ben is still in the King Stable. -------------------------------------------------------------- On consecutive days, both Corey Callahan and Vince Copeland reached important milestones, notching their 5,000th wins respectively. Callahan's win came driving Mel Mara in 1:49.1 to win the $30,000 Preferred pace on Nov.14. Copeland guided Spirit Light in 1:55.2 to win a four-horse photo the next day. -------------------------------------------------- Two significant longtime Delaware horsemen passed away in late January. Dover Downs founder David Buckson, 96, an owner, trainer, driver in his distinguished career which included serving as Delaware Governor, Lieutenant. Governor, State Attorney General and Family Judge among his many credits. Also, Ty Case III, who fought a courageous lifelong battle. Case was a trainer and driver, who due to diabetes lost his vision and required dialysis. After a transplant his sight returned only to lose vision again. He suffered a quadruple heart bypass, and later six strokes plus a brain operation. After blindness, he became a switchboard operator at Dover Air Base. Case, wife Holly, and his companion dog were often at Dover Downs and Harrington enjoying the races ---------------------------------------------. Dover Downs' horseman Ken Wood, who journeys across the globe four time a year in his on-going personal crusade commuting to West Africa to provide water to the natives of the nations of Ghana and Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed humanitarian effort, 'Lifetime Wells For Ghana' drills to provides water to needy inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water that was deemed unsafe. Wood usually makes a three-week round trip. Wood reports his on-going effort has totaled more than 2,000 wells drilled in Ghana and Tanzania. These wells serve more than 2-million West Africans who never had fresh water. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Two Dover Downs regulars who raced at Rosecroft Raceway during the Fall season tied for the 2016 Leading Driver title, Roger Plante Jr. and Russell Foster had 52 wins each. ------------------------------------------ Trainer Joe Hundertpfund reported good news about his five-year-old granddaughter, Layla Mosley. After spend time in several hospital, the youngster is making positive strides in her battle against cancer. The youngster, who has been generously supported by horsemen contributions, has been courageously battling stage-four Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.    DOVER DOWNS FIRST DRAW FOR OCT. 30 OPENING DAY ON TUESDAY, OCT. 24 Here’s what’s happening at Dover Downs in preparation for its 49th season opening on Monday Oct. 30. Season opening entry draw is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 24. Daily condition sheet s are available on the track website:www.doverdowns.com The first greatly revised condition sheet for the 2017-2018 season is now available on-line for the first two days of racing. Condition sheets and overnight sheets are available via Fax on Demand by calling 302-678-8507. Note:  Starting Tuesday morning, Oct,24, the Race Office will accept entries from, 10 a.m. until 12 Noon sharp. There are no exceptions. On all race days, the Race Office phone numbers are 302-857-3634 or 302-857-3635. To fax: dial 302-741-8986. The Race Office will accept entries from regular entries time, 10 a.m. until 12 Noon sharp. A reminder for horsemen: per DHRC Rules, Horse must have a current Negative Coggins on file to enter. Fax to 302-857-3272. The 60-day rule is in effect. Horses must show a clean charted line within 60 days, race day to race day. Qualifying races will be held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. starting Oct. 25. Qualifying time is 2:00 for pacers with 2:02 for trotters. (The exceptions) 2-year-olds get two seconds, 3-year-olds, one second. Wins of less than $750 first money are not considered. The scratch policy remains for horses scratching from post 8 will automatically assigned post 8 the next time they draw in-to-race. The 2017-2018 racing schedule is Mondays through Thursdays, post time at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering are available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachard

ANDERSON, Ind. - Youaremycandygirl captured the second $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with an eye-catching 1:51 victory at Hoosier Park Friday night. Yannick Gingras guided the daughter of American Ideal to the score. Stablemate Strong Opinion and Matt Kakaley bolted to the :26.2 opening quarter lead but Youaremycandygirl, the 1-9 betting choice, shunned an early tuck and drove to take command between the first- and second-quarter mark. From that point the Ron Burke-trained filly cruised to victory easily holding off runner-up Reign On Me by a half-length. A $150,000 yearling purchase from last fall's Harrisburg auction, Youaremycandygirl is owned by W J Donovan of Delray Beach, Florida. "She was a little excited tonight," said Gingras after the race. "I heard the other filly (Reign On Me) and I asked her. She's a very honest filly." Youaremycandygirl won for the sixth time in eight career starts, which includes an impressive score in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Joining Youaremycandygirl in next Friday's Breeders Crown finale for juvenile pacing fillies will be Reign On Me, along with Strong Opinion, Pueblo Blue Chip and Im With Her. The overwhelming betting favorite Youaremycandygirl paid $2.20 to win. by Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Rainbow Room, with David Miller in the sulky, won the first of two harness racing eliminations of the Breeders Crown 2-year-old Filly Pace at Hoosier Park Friday night in 1:52.3. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, and breeder Vieux Carre Farms, Rainbow Room drew away in the stretch to win by 3 lengths. Rainbow Room (Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue) left brightly with Firestorm and Percy Bluechip but overtook that pair to get to the top and stay there through fractions of :26.3, :56 and 1:24.1, staying in full control to the wire. Firestorm, who followed third most of the way, was all out to take second. Come See The Show came up the rail for third. Majorsspeciallady was fourth with Rock On Ladys fifth. "I was worried about cutting the whole mile but she still had pace at the end," said Holloway. Rainbow Room was the 6-5 favorite, paying $4.60 and goes to the final with a career bankroll of $359,624. By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. - The Western Ideal filly Ella Christina, who had demonstrated her disregard for the tote board when she won a division of the Adioo Volo at the Meadows at $114.80, again pulled a big harness racing upset, this time in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old Filly Pace elimination Friday night at Hoosier Park, storming home from seventh at the top of the stretch to post a 1:51 victory and return $72.00 to her scattered backers. The favorites were all in the early mix, as Caviart Ally left from the rail, putting Agent Q in behind her, then let Idyllic Beach go near the :26.2 quarter, only to retake in early backstretch. Nearing the :55.2 half, even-money favorite Blazin Britches came with a big burst but could not clear the leader on the turn, and started to back off past the 1:23 three-quarters. Caviart Ally had the lead into the stretch, with Idyllic Beach going to the passing lane and Agent Q swinging wide to challenge. But this group was joined late by Ella Christina, who was angled progressively wider by driver Tim Tetrick and went around Agent Q, storming down the center of the track to edge Idyllic Beach by a head, with Agent Q another length back. This division drew 11 entrants, and under the Breeders Crown rules at Hoosier, which starts nine across and a trailing 10 horse, the top two horses accepting byes automatically got into next week's final. The remaining nine raced Friday to eliminate one horse. Tequila Monday and Obvious Blue Chip were the two fillies getting byes into the championship event. Ella Christina will draw a post between one and five as a result of her victory, while the rest go into an open draw. Behind Idyllic Beach and Agent Q in order were Carol's Z Tam, Caviart Ally, Inverse Hanover, Blazin Britches, Jaye's A Lady, and Terrortina, the last-named the unfortunate "odd filly out". The winner tallied for the seventh time this season for trainer Nick Surick, whose Nick Surick Stable LLC co-owns the winner with J. L. Benson Stables Inc., William Daggett Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Surick noted that the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred filly had not been at her best in her previous start, the Courageous Lady at Northfield where she finished sixth, but he was all smiles after this event. By Gerry Connors, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Nike Franco N cruised to victory in the second $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown Mares Pace Friday night at Hoosier Park. Tim Tetrick guided the 2-5 harness racing favorite to a 1:51.2 score. Call Me Queen Be took the lead early but Nike Franco N was able to regain command past the :26.2 opening quarter and then set even fractions of :55.3 and 1:24 with Medusa offering token pressure. In the stretch, Nike Franco N cruised to a handy victory with her :27.2 final quarter putting her 2¼ lengths ahead of runner up Bedroomconfessions at the wire. Owned by Richard Poillucci of North Easton, Massachusetts, the 7-year-old by McArdle mare was a winner for the 29th time in her 52-race career. Jim King Jr. trains Nike Franco N. "She's just a sweetheart," said Tetrick. "She's just as good on or off the pace. When they let her go 1:24 to the three quarters, she likes that, too." Nike Franco N returned $2.80 to win. Joining the top pair in the October 27 Breeders Crown finale will be L A Delight, Seventimesavirgin and Sassa Hanover. Post positions for the final: 1. L A Delight 2. Pure Country 3. Nike Franco N* 4. Darlinonthebeach* 5. Windsun Glory 6. Bedroomconfessions 7. Sassa Hanover 8. Lady Shadow 9. Seventimesavirgin 10. Blue Moon Stride AE1. Medusa AE2. Wrangler Magic   *Elimination winners draw from posts one through five. Nike Franco N By Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown    

Batavia, NY---Getting a favorable draw after having post seven last week, BZ Glide looked like his old self as he handily won the harness racing $10,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 20). Leaving from post four driver Mike Caprio hustled BZ Glide to the front and proceeded from there comfortably in :28.1 and :58.4. At the second station Northern Matador (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled first up and tried to pressure the leader for the next quarter mile. When that challenge failed, Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) tipped three-wide around him and tried to get to BZ Glide through the last turn. But with little more than a backward glance to keep an eye on the competition, Caprio sat chilly in rhythm with his horse and BZ Glide trotted away down the lane to an easy two-length victory in 1:58. It was the second win in the last three starts and fifth of the year for BZ Glide ($7.00) who is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio. In the co-feature $8,000 Open II trot, Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the parking ticket to the quarter before clearing and eventually opening up a three-length margin of victory in 1:57.1. With his ninth win of the year and $60,954 in earnings, Osprey Vision ($7.20) is having a career year for owner Marissa Russo and trainer David Russo. Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. led all drivers with three wins apiece on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 21) with post time at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

ANDERSON, Ind. - Darlinonthebeach, with Brett Miller in the sulky, won the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for harness racing mare pacers in 1:49.3 at Hoosier Park Friday night. The winner is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner-breeder White Birch Farm. Darlinonthebeach left alertly, with Lady Shadow by her side, letting that one get the lead in a first quarter of :26. Lady Shadow cut the half in :54.4 as Pure Country went first over to chase the top two. Three-quarters went in 1:22.4. Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere-Darlin's Delight) was game around the turn and into the stretch and sprinted by Lady Shadow, who held the second spot. Windsun Glory closed late to get the show dough with Pure Country finishing fourth. Assistant trainer Marcus Johansson said he was "happy here with her effort" though he said she had a slow start this season. Darlinonthebeach, who went off at 5-1 and paid $13.80 to win, lifted her lifetime earnings to just under $950,000. By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown  

Legendary harness racing driver Walter Case, Jr to race at Scarborough Downs on Saturday WHO - Walter Case Jr, a 56-year-old state of Maine native with 11,038 career victories is the 8th leading harness racing driver of all time. What - Case was issued a license by the Maine Harness Racing Commission last week, setting the stage for his return to racing in Maine. He will be making his first start at any racetrack in nearly 9 years. Where - Scarborough Downs, Route One, Scarborough, Maine When - Saturday October 21, 2017 with first post time scheduled for 1:30 PM Why - Case developed a reputation as a cutting edge, innovative harness driver along the state of Maine circuit during the 1980's. He moved on to compete at the major metropolitan tracks in the 1990's, becoming one of the most successful drivers of his generation For the last nine years, Case has lived a relatively quiet life with his wife in Ohio. His racing career all but came to an end in 2004 when he was convicted of assault and ended up serving four years in prison. Until now, he had been kept out of the sport by licensing authorities. Case, who has not raced anywhere since 2008, was grateful for the opportunity to rekindle his career remarking, "Maine is my home. It's where my career started, and I'm looking forward to coming back and competing again."  

Columbus, OH --- When Ellen Mulinix answered her husband’s phone regarding an inquiry about Lost In Time, she responded with a laugh as the couple was merely performing the daily tasks they had lovingly conducted with his sire at the very same stage in his harness racing career. “Jim is putting shoes on him right now while I am holding his head,” said Ellen. “Can he call you back?” A 2-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance-Summer Mystery, Lost In Time, co-owned by Mulinix (as part of A Roknroll Dance Racing), Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and Team S Racing Stable, is certainly following in his world champion father’s hoofprints, as he hails from the same barn, possesses a similar demeanor and has thrived in an identical program. This colt, however, has already accomplished something the 2012 Meadowlands Pace victor did not with a triumph in the $660,960 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 23. Jim and Ellen Mulinix hope he can replicate that achievement with a Breeders Crown trophy on Oct. 28 at Hoosier Park, but first he must place five other qualified rivals in his wake in the first of three $20,000 eliminations on Saturday (Oct. 21) to claim a spot on the starting gate for the $600,000 final. The colt will have the services of Scott Zeron and the duo will commence their quest for a Crown from post position six as the 2-1 morning line favorite. They will, however, have to contend with the likes of Nutcracker Sweet (post one, Tim Tetrick, 5-2) and This Is The Plan (post five, David Miller, 4-1). “As you already probably know Dance did not win the Breeders Crown just like the Metro Pace (he finished second in both races),” Jim Mulinix said. “And I think it could have been for the same reason as we had to change drivers from the eliminations to the finals for those races. Dance wasn’t a hard horse to drive but you had to know him.” Unlike his father, Lost In Time retains the services of his regular pilot, but Jim and Ellen Mulinix have embarked upon nearly exactly the same course they did with A Rocknroll Dance for his freshman campaign. To date, the colt is 5-3-2-0, has banked $375,555 and has a lifetime mark of 1:50.1 established during his Canadian journey. “We started Dance at Raceway Park for his first (qualifying) start,” Mulinix said. “People laughed at me when I started this colt at the fairs, but we had another horse in (at the Hicksville, Ohio Fair) and I just wanted to see how he would handle shipping. Shortly after the first turn is where all the rides are and that caught his attention so he was looking all over the place, but when it came time on the backside nothing was a problem. “Then we decided to take him to Kentucky for the sire stakes. His other owners kept telling me he had to finish first or second to make the final, but I was already thinking of the Metro Pace, as winning the Metro Pace would make him a real horse. Donnie Harmon drove him down there (at Red Mile) for me and he asked me if he could leave but I told him not to do that. My instructions were to not race him hard early, put him in position and let him come home. When Donnie got off of him he said he waited to let him go and when he did he could have went another mile. Since we finished second I could now talk my other owners into the Metro Pace.” Lost In Time did not capture his elimination for that contest like A Rocknroll Dance did, but was second by a neck to the very talented Stay Hungry in 1:50.2. “He ran into a little trouble in that race when another horse was doing something funny in front of him and saw his head go straight up,” Mulinix said. “Scottie had to pull him out of it and he hit himself, but he raced very well. “Scottie is such a good young driver and knows what he has to do to win races. He told me this horse would have to leave to win the Metro final so he could keep him in a good position. I told him he could, he just hadn’t yet because I didn’t want other people to know exactly what I’ve got and with the great drive Scottie gave him we won. We are just so lucky to have a driver like him for this horse.” Lost In Time returned to the Bluegrass State for the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 7 at Red Mile. He won his $58,000 division well within himself and paced his final quarter in :26.1. “I was very pleased with how he raced in Kentucky,” Mulinix said. “He has some splint bones that have been bothering him and was really on the right line in Canada. We have been working on them and painting them, which seems to have helped him. So far our plan has worked for him and everything has fallen into place, which is unusual not only in this sport, but any sport. We just hope it continues for us at Hoosier Park.” The Anderson oval may also be the very last occasion Jim and Ellen will care for and condition Lost In Time for a Grand Circuit event, as the couple has decided to slow down as they learned from A Rocknroll Dance, it was time to relish life a bit more. “We couldn’t even enjoy it when Dance won the Meadowlands Pace,” Mulinix said. “My grandkids called us at 2:30 a.m. and couldn’t believe we were eating soup from a gas station, while trying to get a couple hours of sleep instead of having a nice dinner to celebrate winning such a big race. I tried to explain to them nothing else was open and I had other horses to get back and shoe and train; we also had a 10-hour drive. I’ll never forget that drive as we were so tired and worried something was wrong with the truck and we wouldn’t make it back without breaking down. “Even with only being down to eight or 10 horses, the travel for these big races is just too much for us. Because of Dance we were able to buy a farm, the Gilchrist Training Center in Florida, that is affordable for us and we will raise a couple babies, then have a couple horses to fool around with but I didn’t buy any yearlings this year and we don’t plan on it. In fact my wife made me pour cement in one of the stalls in Florida to make it a feed storage area so I wouldn’t be tempted to put a horse in there.” Even if Lost In Time procures restitution for his sire’s misfortune in the Breeders Crown, Jim and Ellen are still not tempted to continue with the horse’s career, no matter how bright the future may be. “I didn’t even want to buy him as a yearling, but I had to support Dance as a stallion and this horse looked like the best one,” Mulinix said. “I always thought and still think Dance will make a great stallion and this horse is so athletic, with the same attitude. If I had to compare them, it would be that Dance was a fullback and Lost In Time is like a running back or halfback, but the shipping and back and forth is too much for us. “At the Metro people were talking about Jimmy Takter retiring and I can understand why. You work so many hours and this is not like a regular job and it is so easy to get burnt out because you don’t have the chance to just enjoy what you have done. “Jimmy and I have called each other for years about how to shoe our horses when I go out east and he comes out here. I know he said it would be his last year next year, but I asked him to take this horse to train and he said yes. “Of course the Breeders Crown would be so meaningful for us to win, not just because it would make up for Dance, but because we are so blessed in our lives to have him, this horse and so many other things that have come along. We hope our good fortune continues in Indiana, but we made our plan whether this colt wins the race or not. “He might go to the Governor’s Cup, I’m not sure right now, then maybe to Florida with us but then it is time for us to pretty much retire.” Click here for Friday’s complete Hoosier Park card. Click here for Saturday’s complete Hoosier Park card. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike sponsored by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing broadcast schedule for the 2017 Breeders Crown. The 2017 Breeders Crown is hosted this year by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino and will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. Joining the Post Time broadcast crew throughout the weekend will be Jessica Otten, Garnet Barnsdale, and Taylor Johnston all with analysis, interviews, and much more. Broadcasts on Friday and Saturday will be 3 hours long. The Post Time broadcast on Friday and Saturday night will begin at 8:00 PM, highlighting the fillies and mare finals on Friday and the horse and gelding finals on Saturday night. The duo and their broadcast team will provide analysis and insight into each Breeders Crown final, while also bringing you interviews from the paddock and winners' circle reaction immediately following each race. Post Time will also have some feature stories on some of the participants in the Breeders Crown race. Mike and Mike would like to remind their listeners there will be no show on Thursday morning. Hoosier Park will feature a special post time on Friday and Saturday night of 6:00 pm EDT. The 12 championship Breeders Crown finals including eliminations worth $6.2 million in purses and for some have Horse of the Year implications. In many of the divisions it is all going to come down to the Breeders Crown as many of the divisions are still in the air! Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard via a wide array of sources including their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and the archive is available at www.betamerica.com/barn. The archive can also be heard on iTunes, iHeartRadio, and BlogTalk Radio. Breeders Crown updates can be found at http://www.hoosierpark.com/2017breederscrown. Michael Carter  

Anthony T. Abbatiello, a harness racing leader for several decades who was a member of the sport's Hall of Fame, died October 19 at his home in Colts Neck, NJ, after complications from heart failure. He was 89.   Mr. Abbatiello was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995 after a long career in harness racing as a trainer, driver, horseman's association president and a member of numerous other organizations. He joined his brother Carmine in the Hall of Fame, making them the first brother combination to do so.   He became a member of the New Jersey Racing Commission in 2005 by appointment of the governor.   He was co-founder of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and served as its president for more than 30 years. Due to his leadership, the organization became a strong, motivating force in the success of harness racing in New Jersey. He also served as chairman of the board of the United States Trotting Association, a director of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, chairman of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, a trustee of the American Horse Council and the Trotting Horse Museum.   In addition to his induction into the Hall of Fame, Mr. Abbatiello received the Proximity Award of the United States Harness Writers Association and was honored as man of the year by Harness Horseman International.   He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, rising to the rank of captain and receiving numerous commendations, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge, and Korean Campaign Ribbon with four Battle Stars.   Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, he is survived by three daughters, Jean Sardoni (Craig) of Colts Neck, Christine Whelan (John) of Colts Neck, and Lisa Locke (James) of Virginia; six grandchildren, Ava and Michael Sardoni, Shane and Jack Whelan and Abigail and Ian Locke; two brothers, Carmine and Matt, and one sister, Sadie Merillo, and several nieces and nephews.   Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday (October 24) at the Higgins Funeral Home in Freehold. A military burial will be private on October 25 at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.   From Leon Zimmerman

It's hard to believe that one race could make such an enormous difference, but to harness racing trainer Trent Stohler, being part of Extreme Velocity's upset victory in the 1997 Breeders Crown Mare Pace was a life changing experience. Stohler will start Rock On Ladys in an elimination of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace on Friday at Hoosier Park, but the memory of his first Crown experience is still fresh, 20 years later. "I was doing pretty well driving in Indiana," Stohler said, "But because of Extreme Velocity and the people I was able to meet traveling with her to the Meadowlands and to Ontario, it changed my life and my career." Stohler recalls that the trip to the Meadowlands prior to the 1997 Breeders Crown by no means meant the horse, owned by his father Kenneth and uncle Merrill, would participate in the actual event. "They had paid the supplement to make her eligible for the Breeders Crown," said Stohler of the decision to nominate the once-beaten 4-year-old mare that had dominated in Indiana as a sophomore. "But when they sent her to the Meadowlands they were just trying to see how she fit." The good news for Stohler and Extreme Velocity was that they put John Campbell up to drive her. "John came back and said that we had to put her in the Breeders Crown and that she deserved a shot." The Extreme Velocity story is one of extremely humble beginnings and that of two brothers, who, upon retiring from years of work at General Motors, decided to breed a mare of somewhat questionable pedigree. "They owned the mare together and raced her," said Stohler of Hasty Grand Slam, a mare that raced 20 times total as a 3- and 4-year-old and won exactly once with $1,617 in career earnings. "Hasty Grand Slam was a mare with a lot of heart," said Stohler. "She broke a knee and they decided to breed her." The brothers proved right about the mare as her first seven foals all made the races; included in that group was Smartdecision, a son of The Denman who scored in 1:53 3/5 as a 2-year-old at The Red Mile in 1991. But it was the mating with Camtastic that yielded Extreme Velocity. The filly trained down very well as a 2-year-old before beginning to sore up late in the training sessions. "They decided to stop with her and give her time to mature," said Stohler. As a relatively small stable back then, the Stohlers returned Extreme Velocity to training for her 3-year-old season, but were pretty much unable to assess just how good the filly was. "We really didn't have anyone to train her against to get a feel of just what kind of horse she could be," said Stohler. "One day I was talking to Ernie Gaskin, I had worked for him for a few years and I noticed that he had an Open horse (at Hoosier Park) that had missed a week and that he was going to go a big training trip with. I asked him if I could tow along with Extreme Velocity." That training trip let Stohler know just what kind of horse he was sitting behind. "I tracked Ernie's horse into the stretch and when Extreme Velocity pulled out, she finished right with him." In 1996, Trent drove and trained Extreme Velocity to 15 wins in 16 starts. "She never lost a race at Hoosier Park that year," said Stohler. Her lone defeat came at Fairmount Park in Open company. It was the end of the 3-year-old campaign and the first meeting with John Campbell at Garden State Park that gave the family confidence that Extreme Velocity belonged. "When we took her out east to Garden State Park it was perhaps the first time we realized how good she was," said Stohler recalling the late closing series in the fall that Extreme Velocity captured. Stohler drove her in the final, but Campbell sat behind her on one victorious occasion. That Stohler was driving or training Extreme Velocity so late in her sophomore season was a turning point as well. "They were offered $200,000 for her during the Lexington Grand Circuit that year," said Stohler, who remembered clearly what was at stake. "Since both were retiring from General Motors, they consulted with their accountant to find out exactly what $200,000 would actually come to with taxes and such. In the end they decided it would be best to continue to own her and watch her race." Extreme Velocity had developed a racing style during her 3- and early 4-year-old season as a strict closer. Stohler explained how that evolved. "It was in the early days at Hoosier Park with the long stretch," he said. "You could just sit and wait and she would chase and pass horses. Boy have things changed, it's much more aggressive today." As far as Breeders Crown day, it was one that Stohler remembers vividly. "I flew in from Indiana and got there in time to warm her up. She was really good that day, but after she won I had to run out quickly and catch a plane because we had horses in stakes at Hoosier Park that night. When I got to Indiana, a friend drove me to the airport right to the paddock. I had my colors on and when I got to the gate the guard asked to see my license. I didn't have my license on me, but I was in full colors and they finally let me in right before the horses were going on the track," Stohler said. "It was a great night. I won a few races and afterwards we were all able to have a big party." Extreme Velocity went on to career earnings of $856,070 and helped Stohler's career immeasurably. "When I was in Ontario I would run into Carmen Hie, John Hayes and so many others. I meet plenty of horsemen from New Jersey. It was fantastic and over time, when many of those would need to send horses to Indiana, they would give me a call," Stohler said. Extreme Velocity went on to be a solid broodmare in her own right, producing three open class mares in Real Velocity, Ultimate Velocity and Continual Velocity, a trio that earned over $1 million collectively. The Stohlers' Captain Velocity, a 3-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere is currently campaigning at Hoosier Park, the host of this year's Breeders Crown. For Stohler it has come full circle, as 20 years ago he was first arriving on the national scene and today, the racetrack he calls home gets its moment to share the spotlight. By Jay Bergman for Breeders Crown

Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) captured the harness racing featured Fillies and Mares pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (October 19). Bye Bye Michelle (Chris Lems) would control all the early fractions :26.4, :55.2, 1:23.3. Drea's Good Powow (Squaw's Fella), who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, would sit patiently in second almost the whole way. The 7 year-old mare would pounce out of the pocket in mid-stretch and blow right by to get the win in 1:51.3. Bye Bye Michelle would hang on for second with Graceful Vision (Atlee Bender) would finish third. Drea's Powow ($4.90) would get her eighth win of the year. She now has 27 career victories. MacDonald, who is Vernon's leading driver would win five of the eight races on the night. His other wins came with Yule Love It ($3.90), I Saw Red ($4.70), Axios ($3.20), and Rockin Show ($5.60). Live racing returns to live racing on Friday (October 20) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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