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  Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 5-20
Posted by: Brianjco - 6 hours ago - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

My weekly recap story from all the action at Buffalo Raceway is now posted at http://briansbuffaloracewayselections.blogspot.com There's lots of news, notes, statistics, photos and more. Racing returns on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (EDT) with a 12-race program.

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  Buffalo Raceway Picks for Saturday 5-19
Posted by: Brianjco - Yesterday, 01:29 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

My picks for Buffalo Raceway's 13-race card on Saturday night with a special 7 p.m. (EDT) starting time are now posted at http://briansbuffaloracewayselections.blogspot.com Solid card including the $11,500 Ope Pace and Trot.

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  Meadowlands: David Miller Wins Three At Big M
Posted by: Admin - Yesterday, 04:25 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – David Miller had the hot hand Friday night at the Meadowlands, winning three times on the 10-race card.
The Hall of Famer scored in the first race – a New Jersey Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old pacing fillies – with 3-5 public choice Hypnotic Tale (Hypnotic Blue Chip-Born Storyteller) in 1:53.1, which lowered her previous lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds.

Miller's second score came with the Domenico Cecere-trained Hat Trick Habit, who prevailed in a lifetime-best 1:54 as the 9-5 public choice in the fourth race conditioned trot before he completed his three-bagger with Super S Yzerman in the ninth race "Dash for the G Notes" pace in 1:53 as the 3-1 second choice. In the process, Super S Yzerman lowered his previous lifetime best by four-and-one-fifth seconds.

CHURN, BABY, CHURN: Chalk players had a nice night, as the first five races were taken by the post-time choice and a total of six favorites scored on the program. Two other races were taken by the second choice.

A LITTLE MORE: The Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five was hit. The lucky player holding the combination of 7-8-5-1-9 in the eighth race cashed in for $10,522. ... All-source wagering was down 18 percent over the corresponding card from last year. The primary culprits being one five-horse field and another that was scratched down to four. The total wagered was $2,030,038. ... The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 saw one simulcast player at Pompano Park the only bettor to survive nine legs. The payoff was $17,070. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $226,062. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Gates open at 9:30 a.m., with the first race at Pimlico slated for 10:30 p.m. and the Preakness scheduled to go at 6:48 p.m.

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  Yonkers: Newborn Sassy Wins Friday Night 44G Distaff Derby (5/18)
Posted by: Admin - Yesterday, 04:02 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 18, 2018—Stop us if you’ve read this one before…

Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $2.60) did not play fair Friday night (May 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in obnoxiously facile fashion.

This field, reduced to a half-dozen after a mid-pack defection (ill), found Newborn Sassy and Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell) hooking up early. The former, from what became outside post position No. 6, stepped around the latter well before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, then waltzed through a :56.4 intermission.

Between the half and the (1:24.4) three-quarters, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from fourth. However, the leader’s 57-second middle portion figured to make everyone else’s life difficult.

Newborn Sassy owned a length lead into the lane, then widened to 2¾ lengths at the 1:52.3 finish.

Mach it a Par fought the good fight to wind up second, with Delightful Dragon (Mark MacDonald) third. Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) and Call Me Queen Be rounded out the payees, while Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland) settled for some lovely parting gifts. 
For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by CC Racing & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her fourth (consecutive) win in 15 seasonal starts after starting’18 0-for-11. The exacta paid $9.40, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $29.80.

Yonkers’ Saturday (May 19th) program offers eliminations (two) for the Art Rooney Pace and (one) the Lismore. The finalists go at it next Saturday (May 26th) for $300,000 (Rooney) and $111,444 (Lismore). 

Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes shall be prominently simulcast throughout the Raceway. Mutuel windows open at 10 AM, in advance of Pimlico’s first post at 10:30 AM. Pimlico offers 14 races (final post 7:35 PM), with the Preakness going as the 12th race (post time 6:48 PM). 

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  Woodbine Mohawk Park: Big morning for Menary and Jamieson
Posted by: Admin - 05-18-2018, 06:59 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Canadian Pacing Derby champion Sintra returned to the track Friday morning (May 18) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for his first qualifier of 2018.

The sun was shining and the track was fast for the nine-race qualifying session. However, a strong wind played a big factor by helping the horses through the lane and making the backstretch journey a challenge.

The first qualifier of the morning saw Sintra make his 5-year-old debut. The Dave Menary trainee got away third with driver Jody Jamieson and would sit in that position until angling out just before three-quarters. In the stretch, Sintra immediately surged by his rivals and paced home strong in :25.2 for a 1:53.4 victory. The 5-year-old Magnum J, a winner of $313,106, finished a little over a length back in second.

Wind or no wind, Sintra was going to pace a big final quarter and looked fantastic in his return. The Menary student won nine of 19 starts last season and banked $522,472. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc., Sintra comes into his 2018 season with 17 wins and $759,032 in career earnings.

The duo of Jamieson and Menary teamed up for two more victories during Friday’s qualifiers with a pair of Pepsi North America Cup eligible 3-year-olds.

The third qualifier saw the duo connect with Trump That, who went coast-to-coast in 1:55.1. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was qualifying for the first time this season and is owned by Menary Racing Inc., Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. Trump That had one win in eight starts last season, but did finish in the runner-up spot five times. His most notable runner-up finishes came in divisions of the Nassagaweya and Champlain Stakes.

Topville Olympian gave Jamieson and Menary their third win of the morning in the sixth qualifier. A gelded son of American Ideal, Topville Olympian leapfrogged from second to first in the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:55.3 score, pacing home in :26.2. The Menary trainee had a strong rookie campaign with two wins and eight top-three finishes in 10 starts. He finished his season with a third place finish in the New York Sires Stakes championship.

Topville Olympian now has two qualifying wins this season. He is owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Joe Timmins, Anthony Timmins and Crawford Farms Racing.

Sticking with sophomore pacers, the eighth qualifier saw Kendall Seelster turn in a solid 1:54 victory for driver Randy Waples and trainer Paul Reid. A daughter of Shadow Play, Kendall Seelster was qualifying for the second consecutive week. Her first outing was an easy mile along the pylons, but Friday she did it all on the front-end and finished up in :27.2 for the victory. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc., Kendall Seelster had an incredible rookie season, winning four of 11 starts, finishing top-three in 10 starts and earning $365,011.

Kendall Seelster could make her season's debut in next Saturday’s (May 26) first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg at Western Fair.

Here is the complete list of Friday’s qualifying winners. For the full charted results, click here.

Q1 (Pace): Sintra – Jamieson/Menary – 1:53.4
Q2 (Trot): Levitation – McNair/Alagna – 1:58.3
Q3 (Pace): Trump That – Jamieson/Menary – 1:55.1
Q4 (Trot): Heineken Seelster – McClure/Lindsey – 1:58.4
Q5 (Pace): Kloof Street – Saftic/Adams – 1:56.3
Q6 (Pace): Topville Olympian – Jamieson/Menary – 1:55.3
Q7 (Trot): Wanna Hall – Roy/Coleman – 1:59.1
Q8 (Pace): Kendall Seelster – Waples/Reid – 1:54
Q9 (Trot): Sorceress Seelster – S. Wray/J. Wray – 1:57.4

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  Ontario Sires Stakes 2018 season kicks off Sunday
Posted by: Admin - 05-18-2018, 06:57 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Ontario Sires Stakes 2018 season kicks off Sunday

For the second straight year the Ontario Sires Stakes program will kick off its season during Flamboro Downs’ C$425,000 Confederation Cup program this Sunday (May 20).

Both the 3-year-old trotting colts and pacing colts will open their provincial campaigns at the Dundas oval on Sunday, with the trotters battling for Grassroots glory in races one and three, and the pacers making their highly anticipated return to Gold Series action in races five, eight and 11.

Headlining the pacing colt division is reigning Super Final champion Western Passage, who will start from post four in the eighth race for trainer Casie Coleman, her partners in the West Wins Stable, John and McKinlay Fielding, and Calhoun Racing Ltd.

“Western Passage trained back well,” said Coleman on Thursday. “I was disappointed in him his first start (May 12), I thought he should have won, so I made some changes and I expect him to be better Sunday, hopefully.”

A son of Coleman’s former champion Sportswriter, Western Passage heads into Sunday’s test off a pair of qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a runner-up finish in a May 12 prep race at the Campbellville track. Doug McNair, who drove the gelding to both victories in his $166,096 freshman season, including a win over The Raceway at Western Fair District’s half-mile oval, will be in his usual place in Western Passage’s race bike on Sunday.

The outstanding program of harness racing will wrap up with the C$182,500 Confederation Cup final for 4-year-old pacers in race 12. McNair will steer elimination winner Western Joe from post seven.

In between races Flamboro Downs fans of all ages will enjoy a wide array of entertainment. Fans will have an opportunity to meet and reminisce with Somebeachsomewhere’s driver Paul MacDonell, who will sign a limited number of portrait cards of the late Ontario sired superstar. Five lucky fans will also leave the Dundas oval as co-owners of a racehorse, courtesy of Flamboro Downs and TheStable.ca.

Olympic medal winning hockey players Renata Fast, Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino will be on hand to show off their gold and silver medals and sign autographs, while a sports memorabilia auction will benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Stilt walkers, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator and “Flamboro's Famous Minis” are just some of the other between race entertainment options.

The Grassroots 3-year-old trotting colts will raise the curtain on the evening’s festivities at 6 p.m. For all the Confederation Cup night details visit http://www.flamborodowns.com/confederation_cup.html.

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  The Meadows : Triple Threat Hockey Hanover Begins Pass Quest Saturday
Posted by: Admin - 05-18-2018, 06:56 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies


WASHINGTON, PA, May 18, 2018 — Last year at 2, Hockey Hanover achieved a rare, if not unprecedented, double, winning the championships of both the PA Fairs and the PA Stallion Series. This year, he's aiming for an even bigger prize — the PA Sires Stake title. He begins his quest Saturday at The Meadows in the Super Bowl, a $174,888 PASS event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 11:25 AM.

While Hockey Hanover competed primarily in stallion series and fair stakes last year, he faced elite trotters in a single PASS appearance. The son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover lost to Crystal Fashion by a nose. Says his trainer, Wilbur Yoder:

"We wanted to make sure he would make the stallion series final. Once we were sure of that, we decided to try him in a sires stake. He showed he can go with them."

If all goes as planned, Hockey Hanover will stay on the PASS trail this year and de-emphasize fairs.

"He was a big, strong colt last year, and he grew up a little bit," Yoder reports. "He seems pretty sound and healthy right now. I think we have enough stake races this year to keep him away from the fairs. That's the game plan, anyway."

John McMullen of McMullen Stable, which owns Hockey Hanover, is a fixture on the PA Fairs circuit. He notes that the colt would need to race at a minimum of five fairs to be eligible for the championship.

"We've put him in races where we've never raced before," McMullen says. "We'll just see how the early part of the year works out. The fairs final is a pretty nice thing."

McMullen Stable has bred, purchased and campaigned dozens of horses over the years, naming 39 of them to honor Pennsylvania counties. The Keystone State has 67 counties, so McMullen had plenty of opportunity to change Hockey Hanover's name and extend the tradition.
"We thought about it, but Hockey Hanover is a pretty nice name. We decided to leave it, and I'm glad we did."

Hockey Hanover leaves from post 7 in race 8, but Yoder, his regular pilot, is recuperating from what he describes as a broken sternum and several broken ribs suffered in a race mishap. Yoder estimates he'll be sidelined another month, so Brian Zendt will take the reins.

Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees — $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 11-15). Fan-centered activities include:

  • A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron;
  • Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA);
  • "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers.
To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook.

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  Empire Breeders Classic trotting eliminations at Vernon on Friday
Posted by: Admin - 05-17-2018, 07:09 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

On Friday night (May 18), Vernon Downs will host five $12,500 elimination races for the Empire Breeders Classic, the first major event of the season for 3-year-old trotting fillies and colts, as races five through nine.

The box was overflowing with entries for the filly division with 26 declared for the eliminations, resulting in three divisions with the top three on the official order of finish returning for the $265,000 final.

The most accomplished of the lot include Plunge Blue Chip who dominated the class at two, last season's surprise New York Sires Stakes final winner Lucky Ava and the fleet Atlanta who trotted to a 1:52 win in her first start of the new season at The Meadowlands last week.

Plunge Blue Chip and Lucky Ava both hail from the barn of Ake Svanstedt who has no fewer than five fillies in the elims and will drive both on Friday.

The only blemish on Plunge Blue Chip's freshman season was a shocking out of the money finish in the NYSS final where her barn mate Lucky Ava picked up the mantle and scored what is by far her biggest win. Svanstedt owns a piece of each, partnered with Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tomas Andersson on Plunge Blue Chip and Little E, LLC and Van Camp Trotting Corp sharing the title on Lucky Ava.

Atlanta captured everyone's attention with her stunning 1:52 win against a field that included older horses and a legitimate Hambletonian contending colt in a Meadowlands overnight last week. She zoomed by the field with a withering stretch burst to claim the win with Scott Zeron driving for his father Rick who trains her. Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant own Atlanta in partnership with the trainer.

Svanstedt also has one of the top contenders among the 19 colts in last year's NYSS final winner Six Pack. A winner five times in nine lifetime outings, Six Pack is the fastest of the colts by virtue of his 1:53.1 win in a NYSS event at Vernon just a week ago. Svanstedt owns him in partnership with Little E, Stall Kalmar and Lars Berg.

The second division of colts is a very competitive, balanced field that includes the winner of last year's Kindergarten final, Tito. Driver Andy McCarthy will have to chart a winning course from an outside post eight for the Erv Miller trainee who was third in his seasonal debut last week. Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes and Louis Willinger are Tito's owners.

From the pair of colt divisions, the top four and one of the fifth place finishers drawn by lot will advance to the $248,000 final.

Both of the rich finals will be part of the Memorial Day matinee card on Monday (May 28).

The EBC eliminations will be carried live on The Meadowlands broadcast, spaced between the Meadowlands races.

Races six-nine will comprise the Pick-4 with a $2,500 guaranteed pool in concert with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Program pages will be available on the web.

First race post time is 6:10 p.m. with the EBC races slated to begin at 7:30.

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  Pompano: Hennessey Wins Six
Posted by: Admin - 05-17-2018, 07:06 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Pompano: Hennessey Wins Six

Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey put on a Hall of Fame performance at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (May 16), winning six of his seven driving assignments.

In pushing his Pompano Park seasonal total to an astounding 219, Hennessey improved on his already lofty "Ty Cobb" like UDR of .405 coming into the action, while improving his winning percentage to more than 26 percent.

He took the opener with Northern Dali ($3.40), finished third in the second race, and after sitting out race three, captured the remaining five races on the eight-race program, winning with Just Like Lloyd ($5.20), Metro Glide ($3.60), Vodkancaviar ($6.80), Pink Gardenias ($3.60) and William Star ($3.20).

Hennessey now has won 9,696 races during his Hall of Fame career.

His heroics enabled trainers Gaston Lareau and Jamie Daley to attain training doubles with Lareau's successes being with J P Houle Stables' Northern Dali and Lareau Stable's own Metro Glide while Jamie Daley enjoyed winner's circle ceremonies with the Mike White and Dale Gilmour owned Just Like Lloyd and David Linker's Vodkancaviar -- both enjoying their first wins of the season.

Reflecting on the night, a humble Hennessey said, "It's OK to give me credit for getting them home but, when you get catch-drives like this, it's very important to give credit to the trainers and caretakers of these horses getting them ready to go to the gate and perform at their best.

"You never know how they'll be going to the gate, so tonight, besides Gas (Gaston Lareau) and Jamie (Daley), both (Tom) Bigler and (James) Quinn had their horses ready to race tonight. So, they and their caretakers are really the ones that deserve the credit."

Racing continues on Sunday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. The Super Hi-5 Finale has a carryover of $12,232.

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  Rosecroft: Gaagaa Gone wins in Sires Stakes action
Posted by: Admin - 05-17-2018, 07:05 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Gaagaa Gone wins in Sires Stakes action

As a freshman trotter in 2017, Gaagaa Gone did a lot right. The daughter of Googoo Gaagaa won eight of 10 starts and made $44,217 for trainer Shaun Callahan. Her only blemishes came in the two Fall finals of the Maryland Sires Stakes program.

After a flat seasonal debut last week, Wednesday night (May 16), with owner Corey Callahan in the bike, she took care of business in a Maryland Sires Stakes race on a wet track labeled 'good' in 1:59.1. Maryann's A Player (Jared Moyer) was second and Diamonds Credit (Roger Plante) was third.

In the second 3-year-old filly trotting division, Crystal's Pistol fired for the first time in her career, winning in 2:01.4 for Russell Foster. Syl King Jr. owns the daughter of Cam's Rocket who had been winless in 14 lifetime starts. Loriella (Jason Green) was second and Four Deuces (Brian Burton) was third.

BT's Breeze was a non-participant in the stakes scene in just four starts last year. Wednesday night he proved he will be a force to contend with in the 3-year-old colt pacing division, scooting by last year's dominant foe Allie's Finale (Plante) and Lloyds All In (John Wagner). Victor Kirby guided the winner for owner Bryan Truitt Jr. and trainer Bryan Truitt in 1:55.1. It was his fourth win in 2018.

The final colt pacing division went to Ronnies Rocket and John Wagner. The son of Cam's Rocket went gate-to-wire in 1:55.1. Arlene Cameron conditions for owner Pamela Wagner. EZ Pass B (Foster) was second and Bo Breeze (Callahan) was third.

It was the first of three wins for John Wagner on the pari-mutuel card, as he copped the daily double, winning race two with A Lady Sizzling for Green Valley Training and trainer Thomas Armour in 1:55.2. Wagner also won with Madiba for owner Thomas Cooke and trainer Ken Schlotzhauer, who like Cooke had a pair of wins as Jason Green guided Tom's Titan to a win.

Kim Vincent had two wins on the card as OK Daisey won for trainer John Hollingsworth and the Twin Ponds Stable and Get Real Rusty scored for owner-trainer Bobby Myers.

Ricky Still sported a driving double with Pop Writer for Megan Roberts and Hunter and Colton LLC and also new Ohio import White Fish Flash for owner-trainer Brittany Bounds.

Brian Burton won the feature for mares as Breadcrumb Income found her form after several starts from the outside, holding off Hostess Lisa (Declan Donoway) and Rhapsody Rose (Frank Milby) in 1:54.2.

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