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Winbak Speed


The prestigious Classic Series for older horses opens its 2009 season with the first of three stops at Dover Downs and later to the Meadowlands and Mohawk to complete the preliminaries culminating with a $250, final in each of its four divisions.

A select field of five contest the $86,000 Pacing Classic led by Wayne Givens and Niel Gargiulo’s Winbak Speed (Ron Pierce), the leading money winning horses thus far this year, John Cancelliere’s Western Shore (Andy Miller), Joe Smith’s Allamerican Idol (Brian Sears), Frog Juice (Jim Morand) racing for Gary and Barbara Iles and Bulletproof Enterprises’ Riggins (David Miller) from the rail.

The $85,000 Trotting Classic is led by world champion and track record holder Enough Talk (Pierce) the all-time fastest trotter all-time, owned by P Keinhans Racing and Jerry Silva, one-time Hambletonian champion and Trotter of the Year Vivid Photo racing for driver Roger Hammer and Todd Shadel. The face Trillium Racing Stable’s Green Day (George Brennan), Four Starz Speed (Dave Palone) racing for Howard Taylor, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable, Flowing Mineral Farm’s Michaelrowyourboat (Tim Tetrick) from the rail and Larry Roman’s Swan Image (David Miller) from outside post 6.

White Birch Farm’s Darlin’s Delight (Yannick Gingras), winner of the recent Overbid Final leads five challengers in the $85,000 Classic Distaff. Jeff Snyder’s homebred Woobine-standout Michelle’s Power (Jody Jamieson), Martha Maxine (Andy Miller) winner of the Cape & Cutter for owners T.P. Alagna, Brittany Farms and Erv Miller Stable, Bulletproof Enterprises Cuz She Can (Brennan) and a two-horse entry of Southwind Tempo (Tetrick) owned by Jerry Silva and Let It Ride Stable and Mind Boggling (Eric Goodell) for owners Mentally and Let It Ride stables.

With 14 entries, the Classic Oaks is split into two $60,000 sections. Track record holder Buck I St. Pat (Tetrick), the 2008 Trotting Mare of the Year, owned by Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Dr. Ron Fuller, meets P Kleinhans racing’s Lavec Dream (Pierce), Shanamphilaniklou Inc.’s Hawaiianphotograph (Palone), Heb Liverman’s Spice Queen (Sears), Ed Mullinax and Frank Dettore’s Up Front Hotsey (Mike Vanderkemp) trainer Misty and driver David Miller’s Autumn Escapade and Tyler Raymer and Trillium Racing’s Sumertime Yankee (Brennan).

The other $60,000 distaff edition finds Sylvia Burke and Randy Ringer’s Afternoon Dreams (Palone) seeking her sixth straight win taking on the “Dover Darling” Allmar Surprise owned by driver Vic Kirby and Matt Ivory, Elmer Fannin’s Kadealia (Tetrick), Arlene and Jules Siegel’s Stage Show (Brennan), Falls For You (Sears) racing for Ted Gewertz, Willow Pond and Fair Winds Farm, Classic Lane (Tony Morgan) owned by Bob and Lauren Tucker, and Sholty and JML stables’ Morguns Sweetheart (Gingras).

In addition, the Dover Downs Monday card includes two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for pacers, colt and for fillies, and a $40,000 Open Preferred pace. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

 (courtesy of Marv Bachrad and Dover Downs)


The Harness Edge – Vodcast 3/31

elitloppSwedish consultant Klaus Koch talks about potential horses from North America that may appear in the 2009 Elitlopp.

Enough Talk, Likeabatoutahell To Europe

Enough Talk, Likeabatoutahell To Europe

We are not sure if they are flying over together or not, but if they are, here is some good traveling music for them:

Mr Feelgood wins Saturday’s million dollar Watpac Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at the Gold Coast

Mr Feelgood


Mr Feelgood wins Saturday’s million dollar Watpac Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at the Gold Coast in a thrilling finish.  

You can watch the replay here thanks to youtube. 

Corey Callahan’s Corner – Mar 28, 2009

Corey Callahan

We are very fortunate to be able to start a new feature with one of the leading harness racing drivers, Corey Callahan.  He has quickly become one of the top drivers in the sport.  This really is an open forum for both Corey and our readers. 

Corey’s first post gives us a snapshot into his background.  We hope you enjoy this new perspective from the driver himself.  Please post questions or topics you’d like to hear more about.  Now, here is “Corey Callahan’s Corner”.     

Corey:  “Well, I really got started driving in a very round about way. Obviously, my parents have raced horses my whole life and I grew up on a horse farm, but this is not what I thought was in store for my life. Growing up, my parents would always harp to us saying that we were going to go to college and get a “real job”, something with a steady income, etc.

So, I heeded their advice and went on to the University of Kentucky and received a degree in Marketing. Absolutely loved college! Lexington is a great place and I met some wonderful people. Plus, I played hockey there as well which enabled me to visit a lot of other towns and schools in the midwest. After college I took a job in the world of recruiting. I put on the suit and tie everyday for about 4 years and then one day I had just decided that I’d had enough. I looked at myself and was like…’re 25 years old, when Monday rolls around every week you dread getting up to go to work! So I decided I wasn’t going to be “that” person. Called my dad and asked him if he could give me some work to keep me afloat until I figured out what I wanted to do with my life.

After spending more time with the horses, I realized that I liked them a whole lot more than I ever thought I did. After a couple months of putting on my dads colors and warming up, I decided that I would like to get my qualifying license and see how that went. Well that was in the Spring of 2005. Did pretty good in the qualies and thought hey maybe I can try this. Officially got my license in October of 2005. Ended up with 16 starts and finally won one when my cousin Frank Milby let me drive a mare of his that was winning every week. What a thrill that was.

From that point on luck has definitely been on my side and the wins have just kept coming. Getting close to 1,000 now and should have it sometime soon I hope. This all happened so fast and I just feel very blessed to be able to wake up everyday and love my job and be able to make a good living for myself!!”

Our next “Corey Callahan’s Corner” will feature a typical day in the life of a driver….

Blonde Riding a Horse
March 27, 2009, 2:22 pm
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Blonde Riding a Horse

A blonde decides to learn and try horse back riding assisted without any experience or lessons.

She mounts the horse with great effort, and the tall, shiny horse springs into motion.

It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the blonde begins to slip from the saddle.

Out of shear terror, she grabs for the horse’s mane but cannot seem to get a firm grip.

She tries to throw her arms around the horse’s neck, but slides down the side of the horse anyway.

The horse gallops along, seemingly oblivious to its slipping rider.

Finally, giving up her frail grip, she leaps away from the horse to try and throw herself to safety.

Unfortunately, her foot has become entangled in the stirrup.

She is now at the mercy of the horse’s pounding hooves as her head is struck against the ground again and again.

As her head is battered against the ground, she is moments away from unconsciousness or even death when Todd, the Wal-Mart Manager, runs out to turn the horse off.

(source unknown)

More on the Breeders Crown…

Another great story about Pocono Downs getting the Breeders Crown this year Downs bags 2010 Breeders Crown.  

The only problem I see initially, would be the obvious concern about weather in Northeast PA that time of year and the racing surface.  The racing surface is great when the weather is nice but can get pretty sloppy on off nights.  It would be nice if they could somehow move this event maybe one month earlier in the future. 

I’ll take a wait and see approach on whether it is a good idea to have the Breeders Crown events on the same day as thoroughbred’s big day.  I think it might be a good idea depending on post times for both, I am guessing we wouldn’t race at the same times.