Trainer Herb LeVan enjoyed a great evening of harness racing Wednesday night. Three of the six horses that he entered in the ten-race card had first place finishes. Jack Dailey was the driver in all three.
Herb LeVan discusses how harness racing has changed.
In the second race, a mile run of three-year colt pacers, Man He Can Shoot (owned by LeVan’s wife Rosemary) came within a fifth of a second of tying the track record for pacers.
LeVan's daugher-in-law Melissa owns the other five.
Here are the feature race results (horse and driver):
Race 1—two year old colt trotters
1st--Trottin on Over, Mark Headworth (2:08 3/5 winning time)
2nd--Sammy Sammy Sammy, John Konesky III
3rd—Happy Go Manny, Stephen Bateson
Race 2—3 year old colt pacers
1st—Man He Can Shoot, Jack Dailey (1:59 4/5)
2nd—Where U At, Mark Winter Jr.
3rd—Jingels N Spook, Chris Page
Race 3—three year old cold trotters
1st—Holdie L, Jack Dailey (2:08 4/5)
2nd—Madd Hatter, Chris Page
3rd—Jess Perfect, John Konesky III
Race 4—2 year old colt pacers
1st—Hanky L, Jack Dailey (2:09)
2nd—Wanderer, Charles Little
3rd—Friskieaffair, Jeff Nisonger
1st—Dashing Daniel, Chris Page (2:01)
2nd—Junior Jesse, Mark Winters Jr.
3rd—Superbe Rulah, Jeff Nisonger
Race 6—3 year old colt trotters
1st—Jesse’s Legend, Jeff Nisonger (2:03 1/5)
2nd—N A Jesse, Chris Page
3rd—Lawless Jesse, Roy Burns
Race 7—6 year old and under trotters
1st—Whats the Plot, Scott Ferguson (2:07 3/5)
2nd—Bedtime, Tom Hope
3rd—Switched Gears, Greg Bateson
1st—Legacy’s Best, Chris Page (2:00 4/5)
2nd—Caramel Dumpling, Jack Dailey
3rd—Cyalater, Mark Winters Sr.
Race 9—6 year old and under trotters
1st—Kaynes Train, Ed Bibler (2:10 4/5)
2nd—Rose at Dawn, James Burris
3rd—R Fidlin Jesse, Kevin Beckstedt
1st—Worker C, Chris Page (2:00 3/5)
2nd—Camn Yankee, Chip Noble
3rd—Classy Sarah, Mark Winters Sr.
Driver Chris Page had three firsts, two seconds and a third in his six races.
Driver H. D. Schoonover was in the sulky for Put Me First in the third race. His horse finished fourth. The significance? Mr. Schoonover celebrates his 94th birthday on Thursday.
Caramel Dumpling, who finished second in the 8th race and owned and trained by the LeVans, has run in over 400 races.