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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 19, 2018 -- Wind Of The North survived a 27.3 opening quarter in the slop and collected his 14th win this year in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After Aaron Merriman gave Wind Of The North a 30.3 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding had enough in the tank to hold off the rallying Classic Banker by a head in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting PL Jerico finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts 49 victories and $1,026,058 in earnings for his career. Elsewhere on the card, It's A Dew Thing lit up the tote board when he scored at 96-1 for Chris Shaw, trainer Norm Parker and owner Tom Klosky, Jr. The 5-year-old Western Ideal-Artbitration gelding returned $228 for a $2 win-place-show ticket and set up a double-carryover of $5,888.89 for Tuesday's Pick 5 and a $1,629.04 for Tuesday's first superfecta, currently scheduled for race 2. Mike Micallef, Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each piloted a pair of winners on the 13-race program. Big-score wagering opportunities will abound Tuesday at The Meadows, as the card features four carryovers. They include: Pick 5 (races 9-13), two-day carryover of $5,888.89. Pick 4 (races 4-7), $3,905.52. The Meadows, in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative, will guarantee this pool at $5,000 as it does for each Monday and Tuesday Pick 4. Superfecta (race 2), $1,639.04. Should a scratch or scratches leave the second race with fewer than eight wagering interests, the carryover will be applied to the first superfecta with at least eight wagering interests. Super Hi-5 (race 13), $670.20. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The legendary, now 23 year old stallion, Western Ideal will be retired from active stud duty beginning with the 2019 breeding season. "Western Ideal, just as his sire Western Hanover and his paternal grandsire No Nukes have left an indelible impression on the history of the breed" said syndicate manager Jim Simpson. "We at Hanover are extremely proud to have been associated with the breeding careers of all three of these great horses". Through his enormously successful breeding career Western Ideal's sons and daughters have earned $128,599,216 and counting. Perhaps more importantly, is his influence on the progression of the breed through his great sons Rocknroll Hanover, American Ideal, Always A Virgin and their exploits. Still to be heard from are his son Artspeak and his paternal grandson Always B Miki. Hanover Shoe Farms Manager Dr Bridgette Jablonsky says that Western Ideal is still enjoying wonderful health. "He has earned this well-deserved retirement and will spend the rest of his days here at Hanover Shoe Farms enjoying life". Western Ideal's last crop of foals are now in utero and will be yearlings in 2020. by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

When trainer Bruce Saunders last sent a horse postward in the Breeders Crown, he took home a crystal trophy with 3-year-old pacing colt Rock N Roll Heaven. That was back in 2010 when the Crown races were first held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This year he returns to Pocono and the Breeders Crown with 2-year-old pacing colt Mangogh, a $63,000 yearling purchase (under the name Critical Artist) for M And L of Delaware and New York City-based M & M Harness Racing. He is from the family of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon. "We went to Harrisburg looking to buy him," explained Doug Paul of M And L of Delaware. "He comes from a good family and we have had several of them and he was a good looking colt. He has exceeded our expectations." Mangogh, a son of Western Ideal from the Real Artist mare My Little Artist, has posted a 10-4-2-2 summary this year. He took his 1:50.3 lifetime mark in his most recent start at Lexington's Red Mile in the International Stallion Stakes. He also posted wins in the Reynolds Stakes and Liberty Bell, as well as a solid second-place effort in the Bluegrass. His bankroll stands at $117,980. "He certainly had ability from the start," said Saunders, who has trained the winners of more than $30 million in purses. "He always wanted to grab the bit and go on from the first time we trained him, but he has really matured. We have made some slight changes -- we want them to go as free and easy as possible -- and we have been able to lower his head, let him be more comfortable as he has learned his ways." Mangogh missed the board in his first two starts before running off a string of eight straight finishes of third or better. Saunders credits his drivers. "As a trainer you want to have the same driver on a colt week in and week out, but that doesn't always happen," he said. "They have other clients who may have more horses. I get that. But Timmy (Tetrick) has been a huge help with his input. I have to credit some of his other drivers, Andrew McCarthy and Eric Carlson, their input is helpful." Mangogh has the rail in race five, the first of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Friday. McCarthy is scheduled to drive. First race post at Pocono is 7 p.m. (EDT) with Mangogh's elim scheduled for 8:12 p.m. The top-three finishers from each freshman colt pace elimination will advance to the $600,000 final on Saturday (Oct. 27). The draw is scheduled to take place live after race 12 on Friday. Elimination winners, in an order by lot, draw for posts one-five. Mangogh is 5-1 on the morning line. De Los Cielos Deo, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final runner-up, is the 2-1 favorite. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Proof is the 5-2 choice in the second elimination and Workin Ona Mystery, unbeaten in five races, is the 5-2 pick in the third. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Keith Gisser, for the Breeders Crown

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 7, 2018-As was written seven short nights ago, Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $6.10) is just better these right now. She proved it again Friday night (Sept. 7th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace while becoming the sport's newest millionairess. Not even an assigned eight-bole hindrance could deter her appointed rounds here. Strung out early by Medusa (Brian Sears). Newborn Sassy made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a rated :29.1 next station (:56.3 intermission), 6-5 favorite Magic Forces (George Brennan) tried it first-up from fifth. However, a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.2) dismissed that one as Newborn Sassy owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Medusa edged out, but wasn't close to reaching, the final margin a length in 1:52. Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett), Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) settled for the minors. Magic Forces retreated to seventh. For second choice Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by CC Racing & Joann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (fifth in last seven tries, career 32-for-76, earnings $1,007,445). The exacta paid $21.80, the triple returned $99 and the superfecta paid $470. "She can race either way," Stratton said. "This week, some of the better mares she's been facing weren't here, but she beat a good group and the eight-hole is never an easy job." Walkover race makes news on Yahoo.sports The story of Windsun Magnolia has apparently found its way into the nation’s consciousness…to some degree. The good folks at Yahoo sports wrote about the WCBS-TV (Ch. 2) feature (see below) regarding her Yonkers Raceway walkover/maiden-breaking win, certifiably extending her 15 minutes of fame.     Yahoo’s story can be view here… https://sports.yahoo.com/winless-racehorse-gets-first-ever-win-one-horse-race-164400666.html?hl=1&noRedirect=1 by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 31, 2018-Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4.10) is just better than these right now. She proved it again Friday night (Aug. 31st), handily winning Yonkers Raceway's last-of-the-month $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. She now is less than $15,000 from becoming a millionairess.  Remanded outside her six rivals, Newborn Sassy was caught wide early, eventually settling in fourth. While this was transpiring, Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) worked around Frost Damage Blues (Brian Sears) before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.1 intermission, 'Sassy" was moving again, engaging Lispatty in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters. She finished off that foe early in the lane, then widened. Frost Damage Blues did slip out behind the eventual winner, with she and a bottled-up-till-late Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) cosmetically closing the margin. Newborn Sass defeated Frost Damage Blues by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53.1, with Mach it a Par, Lispatty and Angel's Pride (George Brennan) settling for the remainder. For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by CC Racing & Joann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her eighth win in 26 seasonal starts (fourth in last six tries, career earnings over $985,000). The exacta paid $18.40, the triple returned $69.50 and the superfecta paid $175. Saturday night (Sept. 1st) is Triple Crown Night, with the Raceway offering the $500,000 Yonkers Trot and $500,000 Messenger Stakes, along with companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot & $112,904 Lady Maud Pace. There's a gimmick Trot/Messenger Double (races 6 and 7) as well. First post the dozen-race card is the usual evening 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 17, 2018-Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $14.60) rolled over favored Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) late Friday night (Aug. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's moist $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Neither lass was visible to the naked eye early as Caviart Cherie (Mark MacDonald) led through a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Magic Forces (George Brennan), perturbed in the pocket, took over before a :55.1 intermission. Vorst (Brent Holland) slipped out from third, but she wasn't the problem as Magic Forces maintained her lead in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters. Wide came 6-5 choice Tequila Monday and even wider-from post position No. 7-was Newborn Sassy. Tequila Monday quickly opened a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but her rival was in hot pursuit. Newborn Sassy collared the people's preference in the final yards, edging away by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3...a tick off her season's-best effort. It was about seventh lengths back to Magic Forces in third, with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Vorst rounding out the payees. For third choice Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by CC Racing & Joann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her seventh win in 24 seasonal starts (third in last four tries). The exacta paid $49.40, the triple returned $148.50 and the superfecta paid $1,187. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Western Joe angled off the pylons in the stretch and fanned four- wide around a group of horses, including even-money favorite McWicked, to win Saturday's $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers at the Meadowlands. The time for the race, contested at 1-1/8 miles, was 2:02. McWicked, the even-money favorite, finished second and Filibuster Hanover was third. Filibuster Hanover led the field to the opening quarter in :26.1 before All Bets Off got to the front and reached the half in :54.4. Miso Fast challenged All Bets Off as they reached three-quarters in 1:21, with McWicked on the move three wide on the final turn. The field hit the mile in 1:48.2. Western Joe was second behind Filibuster Hanover around the first turn and remained inside, shuffling between fifth and sixth place, before the stretch. "I didn't know what was going to happen," winning driver Scott Zeron said. "He's the type of horse that can always leave for position and just stay in. I don't think re-moving would have been the right option. At that time, sitting third on the rail with the kind of speed we were going up the backside and around the last turn was perfect. He runs out a little bit, so when I was able to feed him racetrack to the outside, I knew he was going to get up." Western Joe, a 4-year-old stallion trained by Chris Choate, is a son of Western Ideal out of Ante Fay. He has won nine of 22 races this year and 18 of 51 in his career. His lifetime earnings are $462,655 for breeder/owner Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies. Sent off at 5-2, Western Joe paid $7.60, $3.00, and $2.80. McWicked paid $2.80 and $2.60. Filibuster Hanover paid $5.40. The McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away in 2017. From the Meadowlands Publicity Office      

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 3, 2018-Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4) rated her rivals into submission Friday night (Aug. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from assigned post position No. 5, Newborn Sassy worked around Caviart Cherie, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then pilfered a :29.2 second quarter (:57.1 intermission), effectively ending the melodrama. Agent Q (birthday boy [45] Eric Goodell) tried it first-up third from third, speeding up the sojourn but never getting close in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters. With that foe dispensed, Newborn Sassy opened a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. She then beat the other ladies up, widening to 3¾ lengths at the 1:52.3 wire. Second went to Caviart Cherie, with a third-over Magic Forces (George Brennan) third. Bronze Over N (Dan Dube) and Made of Jewel AS (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the minors. For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by CC Racing & Joann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her sixth win in in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, the triple returned $122.50 and the superfecta paid $657. Note the Raceway shall open earlier (11:30 AM) for Saturday (Aug. 4th) simulcasting in advance of early post times from the Meadowlands (Hambletonian), the Meadows and Gulfstream. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 conditioned events, one on each gait, were featured on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. The trotters were up first, and the Explosive Matter gelding Major Impact lowered his mark to 1:55.2 in winning by 1 1/4 lengths over pacesetting favorite Scirocco Imsosmart. Victor Kirby rated his charge third-inside then moved out late on the turn as the first-over faded, with the winner coming home well under confident handling for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and owner Christine Baggitt. In the pace, the Western Ideal gelding Palomar had driver Tim Tetrick help him snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat while taking a new mark of 1:52. Palomar had tucked fourth from the outside post eight, then moved out behind cover at the ¾, and was gaining when he put in a few funky steps midturn. But Tetrick quickly got him back on target, and Palomar rallied to catch Aleppo Hanover right on the money by a nose for trainer Jim King Jr. and the Paton Racing Stables Inc. Ubanji, one of the "French Foreign Legion" of trotters imported from that country to try their luck on U.S. shores, was ready at first asking, going a strong mile on the engine while stopping the timer in 1:55.1 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ed Gannon Jr., and owner Frank Canzone. The ten-year-old altered son of Jag De Bellouet came over to these shores with lifetime earnings of $320,696 and qualified second, and the local fans picked up on him right away as he paid $3.60 after his 1¼ length triumph. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 13, 2018-Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3.80) was rebuffed early and rallied late Friday night (July 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway's non-superstitious $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Alertly away from post position No. 4, Newborn Sassy sat an early pocket behind Medusa (Dan Dube). The fave tried to move past, but Medusa wasn't up for such largesse. That one laid down the legwork (:26.4, :56) before Magic Forces (George Brennan) made her second move. The rock-solid lass, who made a three-hole from her assigned eight-hole, did not offer her usual oomph and soon backed away. Medusa maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, owning a length-and-a-half lead in the lane. Newborn Sassy, though, never out of reach, edged out and edged by. She whipped a second-over Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) by a diminishing head in 1:51.3. Medusa did hold third, with Freakonomics (Mark MacDonald) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. Magic Forces wound up last among the octet. For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Jo Ann Looney-King & CC Racing and trained by Jim King Jr, it was her fifth win in in 21 seasonal start (career earnings now over $917,000). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $10, the triple returned $36.80 and the superfecta paid $212. Saturday night's (July 14th) feature is the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, the Raceway's premier 'open' event for 2-year-old colts and geldings. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Columbus, OH - It was Queen Of The Pride who turned in the fastest (1:54) of a quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing pacing fillies, on a cool July 6 evening at Scioto Downs. Driven by Tony Hall for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick of Harrington, DE, the McArdle lass was never headed throughout the one-mile test, and upped her career earnings to $26,500 with her second career triumph. Rose Run Uptowngal, at 3-5, was second for Chris Page, while Sugar And Spite, an 85-1 longshot, finished third in rein to Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the fourth OSS division. Sent off at odds of 7-2, Queen Of The Pride had previously won a $13,000 baby race at Pocono Downs in 1:56 on June 26. Bred by Brad Wallace, this speedy lass is the fourth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p, 2, 1:53M ($21,280), and has half-siblings in Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($421,999); Well Lets See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($88,782) and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p,4,1:53f ($76,035). In the third OSS division, Twinsburg used similar tactics as Queen Of The Pride to prevail for Anthony MacDonald in 1:54.4 as the public's even-money favorite, over 6-1 rival Pappy Rocks (Chris Lems). Mach The Rock with Jeremy Smith aboard finished third at 9-1. A daughter of McArdle, Twinsburg is trained by Jason McGinnis for Brock Obrien, and now has $21,260 in her coffers. She won a Woodbine qualifier on June 9 in 2:00.4 before finishing third in 1:54.4 in a $10,500 Woodbine baby race on June 25. Twinsburg is out of the Life Sign mare Fastidious Hanover p, 4, 1:54M ($24,286) and is a half-sister to Right Right (by Cole Muffler) p,3, 1:52.4 ($497,370); Sunken Treasure (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52f ($121,330) and Someonesomewhere (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:56.4h ($11,538). Bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver, Twinsburg was a $12,000 purchase at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale last fall. Lofty Beach captured the first OSS test in a snappy 1:55 for driver Aaron Merriman. The 4-5 favorite was a wire-to-wire winner for her driver and trainer Scott McEney, and an enthusiastic crowd greeted them in the Scioto Downs winners circle, for owner Bradley Grant, of Ontario, Canada. Mi Nina Bonita and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., were second at 9-1, while Pink Dragon, at 7-1 was third for Dan Noble. Lofty Beach is the seventh foal out of the Western Hanover mare Lofty Yankee (p, $920), making her a half-sister to: Shadow Moon (by Shadow Play) 2, 1:51.4s ($165,444); and Ontario Blue Chip (by Shadow Play) p,4,1:56.4h ($34,977), among others. Finally, in the second OSS division, Carmen Ohio overcame the dreaded eight-hole to win handily in 1:55.2. Steered by Ryan Stahl for trainer Brian Brown, the daughter by The Panderosa went off at 3-1 odds, besting 9-2 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in another gate-to-wire effort by a length, with Bad Sammie (Chris Page) back in third. Owned by Milton Leeman (also the breeder), along with S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert, Carmen Ohio is out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff, and on June 27 won a Scioto Downs maiden in a front-stepping 1:57.1. She is a full sister to Slick Mick p,3,1:51.4f ($106,040) and has half-siblings in: Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53s ($86,502); Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) 3, 1:56f ($23,297) and Olympe Maxime (by Real Desire) p,4,1:56f ($ Ohio Sires Stakes action continues tonight at Northfield Park with 3-year-old colt pacers going postward in a pair of races featuring purses of $50,000 each. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Western Toro (Jimmy Whittemore) captured the Vernon Downs featured pace ($3,500) on Wednesday (July 4). Gingertreefinnegan (John MacDonald) took over just before the first quarter and controlled all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.2, 1:25.4). Western Toro ($20.00) made his move going first-over from third place heading for the three-quarter pole. Owned and trained by Robert Gale, he hit another gear and blew right by to easily win in 1:53.4. Release The Terror (Roman Lopez) fired late to finish second. Prince Aland (Truman Gale) was third best. Western Toro is a 9-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. It was his first win this season and career victory number 15. Dan Daley won a driving double with Muscle Up Hazel ($5.80) and Pegasus Point ($7.80). Driver John MacDonald and trainer Misty Carey combined to win a double as well. They got their wins with Sharkbite Mike ($3.10) and Big Game ($3.00). The large crowd was entertained to a large display of fireworks after racing. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 6) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Western Redhot (Leon Bailey) fired late to take the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (June 23). Bailey and John MacDonald each won four races on the night. Dark Prince (Adam Capizzano) put up the first two fractions (:26.2, :56.2). Prince Aland (Truman Gale) took over leading the group to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Western Redhot ($22.80) , who is owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, flew down the stretch and blew right by to win easily in 1:54.0. Prince Aland was second with Gingertreefinnegan (John MacDonald) finishing third. Western Redhot is a 5-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. It was his second win this season and his seventh career victory. Bailey also had wins with Credit List ($6.90), Royal Bahama ($8.20), and Sports Vision ($23.00). John MacDonald had wins with Dunks Brother ($24.00), Mac's Black Hat ($7.90), Maradona ($4.60), and Sapient Hanover ($2.20) A correction from Friday's racing. MacDonald had five wins instead of four. His last win last night came with Jaclyn Hanover ($2.20). That makes nine wins for MacDonald the weekend at Vernon Downs. Maradona (John MacDonald) holds off Prince Pinang to win the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (June 23).  MacDonald and Leon Bailey each won four races on the night. Golden Brit (Adam Capizzano) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Maradona ($4.60) who is owned by Victor Finnocchiaro and trained by MacDonald , took control after the first quarter putting up the rest of the fractions (:57.1, 1:25.2, 1:53.2).  He would battle second place finisher, Prince Pinang (Artie Dick) all the way down the stretch.  Finishing third was Golden Brit.     Maradona is an 8-year-old gelding by Western Terror.  It was his fourth win this season and career win number 22.   MacDonald had his other wins with Dunks Brother ($24.00), Mac's Black Hat ($7.90), and Sapient Hanover ($2.20)   A correction from Friday's racing.  MacDonald had five wins instead of four.  His last win last night came with Jaclyn Hanover ($2.20).  That makes nine wins for MacDonald the weekend at Vernon Downs.    Bailey had wins with Credit List ($6.90), Royal Bahama ($8.20), Western Redhot ($22.80) and Sports Vision ($23.00).   Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (6-29) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It wasn't your typical Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In addition to the usual competitive 11-race program and simulcast of the C$1 million North America Cup from Woodbine Mohawk Park, the mile oval hosted something a bit unusual. The seventh-annual editions of the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian were contested, much to the delight of the huge crowd that gathered on a beautiful evening. In the Ostrich Derby, Olive Petal had a strong late rally to record the win, Geisha had good foot from between rivals to get second, with Smooty's Poof settling for third. The Cameltonian saw I Got Patience get away well at the start and go on to an easy victory over Military Catman, Lord Clairol and Old Man Dan, who had a rough go of it at the start. WESTERN FAME TAKES FEATURE: After finishing second a week ago behind All Bets Off, who was establishing a national-season's record of 1:48, Western Fame appeared more than ready to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, which he did, in 1:49.1. Driver Andy McCarthy put the 5-year-old son of Western Ideal on the point just after the quarter and was then permitted to rate the middle half in :55.3 before sprinting home in :26.1 to win for trainer Jimmy Takter. Emeritus Maximus was a length back in second. Bettor's Edge finished third. As the 4-5 favorite, Western Fame paid $3.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only holder of a winning 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 ticket, and for surviving all 10 legs of the wager, he or she walked away with $13,953. ... McCarthy won three races on the program, while Vinny Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr. and Eric Abbatiello won two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $1,764,225. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $258,907. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Four $15,000 events for the "rising younger set" were the features on a Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Both of the pacing events were restricted to males. In the first, Pembroke Joey proved most photogenic in a three-way picture as he lowered his mark to 1:53. Driver Tyler Buter got the Roll With Joe gelding into the pocket, then sat a two-hole trip behind pacesetting His Excellence. In a long stretch battle, Pembroke Joey used the Pocono Pike and got a nose up very late; the same margin separated second-place His Excellence over David Himself, who gained ground inside the winner and just missed taking it all deep in the Pike. Mark Ford conditions the winner and co-owns him with Bill Varney. The second pacing event's contentiousness was reflected in the fact that the favorite in the eight-horse field was 7-2, and the finish was also close, with three in the picture at the wire. Taking the major portion of the purse was the Western Ideal gelding Winston, equaling his mark of 1:52.1 for driver Tom Jackson, trainer John Butenschoen and Crawford Farms Racing. Jackson worked out a pocket trip with the winner, took the lead in the Pocono Pike midstretch, then withstood a hard-charging Terror Atthe Beach by a nose, with first-over Instructor only a neck off the top two. One of the trotting headliners saw the Federal Flex mare Passthecrownaround go a big mile on the engine after two early moves, ringing up a new mark of 1:55.4. George Napolitano Jr. kept his charge on the bit throughout, and the pair was 1¾ lengths clear on the money for trainer Mike Watson and owner Clifford Grundy. In the second trot, sister-in-law and brother-in-law trainers were 1-2, as the Cantab Hall gelding Haveitalltogether, trained by Julie Miller, caught the Erv Miller pupil Keystone Apache to win going away while tying his lifetime best of 1:55.1. Driver Eric Carlson, who had three wins on the night, kept Haveitalltogether well-placed throughout the mile, and he was strongest to the line for the Pinske Stable, the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Eddie Gran. Top event for the older set was a $14,000 pace for mares, taken by the Always A Virgin mare Itty Bitty, who equaled her lifetime mark of 1:51.1. Driver Simon Allard got the winner of $126,367 away nicely from post eight to tuck third, pulled her out at headstretch, and took the measure of pacesetting Juxta Cowgirl by a neck for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Evan Katz, J. Robert Darrow, and A Harris Racing LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2018 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are stallions Cantab Hall and Western Ideal. The other nominees were Chapter Seven, Mister Big and Presidential Ball. Cantab Hall and Western Ideal will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 1st, 2018. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2018 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria: They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada). Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. Broodmares are no longer automatically elected. CANTAB HALL (Nominated as Stallion) 3,1:54 ($1,442,303) Bay Horse, 2001 (Self Possessed - Canland Hall - Garland Lobell) As a two-year-old in 2003, Cantab Hall won all 10 of his starts, earning $461,337, and was voted Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Trotter of the Year. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, American-National, International Stallion Stakes and the Bluegrass. In his sophomore season, Cantab Hall finished on the board in 11 of 13 starts while earning $980,966. His major victory came in his second American-National win. As a stallion, Cantab Hall was the leading sire at his gait for 3 consecutive years (2012-2014), as well as in 2016 and 2017. He has sired winners of over $73 million to date, including 8 millionaires, with 204 $100,000 winners and 138 in 1:55. His most successful offspring include 2013 Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old and 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Father Patrick 3,1:50.2f ($2,558,133), winner of the 2013 Breeders Crown, Wellwood Memorial and Peter Haughton Memorial, and the 2014 Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial and Stanley Dancer Memorial; world champion Wild Honey 3,1:50.4 ($1,589,235), winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, PA Sire Stakes Final and Kentucky Filly Futurity; and world champion Explosive Matter 3,1:52.3 ($1,510,542), winner of the 2008 Matron Stakes and the 2009 Colonial and Bluegrass. As a broodmare sire, Cantab Hall has sired the dams of winners of over $15 million to date, with two millionaires, Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and world champion, Southwind Frank 3,1:52.1 ($1,950,887), winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial and William Wellwood Memorial, and the 2016 Colonial and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial; and 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year Ariana G 3,1:51.1 ($1,867,657), winner of the 2016 and 2017 Breeders Crown and 2017 Hambletonian Oaks. WESTERN IDEAL (Nominated as Stallion) p,5,1:48 ($1,455,422) Bay Horse, 1995 (Western Hanover - Leah Almahurst - Abercrombie) World champion pacer Western Ideal raced in 1997, 1999 and 2000. As a five-year-old in 2000, Western Ideal had his career season, winning the Breeders Crown, William R. Haughton Memorial, Canadian Pacing Derby and the Graduate Series. In his Breeders Crown victory, Western Ideal set a new world record 1:48 for five-year-old and older Standardbreds on a mile track. He was voted 2000 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. As a stallion, Western Ideal has sired winners of over $121 million, with 187 $200,000 winners and 12 millionaires to date. They include 2005 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame Immortal Rocknroll Hanover p,3,1:48.3 ($2,754,038); 2009 Adios winner and world champion Vintage Master p,4,1:48.1f ($2,160,953); 2010 Matron Stakes winner and world champion Krispy Apple p,6,1:48.4f ($1,905,676); 2005 Woodrow Wilson winner Western Ace p,4,1:48.4 ($1,891,133); New Jersey Sire Stakes star Dial Or Nodial p,5,1:48.3f ($1,752,815); 2014 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Artspeak p,3,1:47.4 ($1,625,869); and 2010 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and world champion Big Jim p,2,1:49.1s ($1,541,924). As a broodmare sire, Western Ideal has sired the dams of winners of over $54 million to date, with 5 millionaires: 2014 Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, world champion McWicked p,3,1:47.3f ($2,235,762); 2015 Canadian Pacing Derby winner, O'Brien Horse of the Year and world champion State Treasurer p,6,1:47 ($1,908,424); 2010 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, 2011 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and world champion See You At Peelers p,3,1:49.2f ($1,573,260); 2017 North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon p,3,1:48.4s ($1,492,782); and 2015 O'Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Solar Sister p,4,1:49.4f ($1,012,209). Janet Terhune

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