And that makes four for the year. Well, maybe five, but more on that later.

Last week we had three good efforts when Irish Ego finished fifth, Scottish Song picked up a fourth and Heart Striker earned a check for fourth. Sorry, I never wrote anything about them, the week went by slowly; when you don't win, time stands still.

We have an action-packed week and it started nicely on Wednesday. True Tricks Sis hasn't shown all we had hoped in her last three efforts, so I added blinkers, and threw a goat in her stall to help keep her at least partially settled, and hoped for the best. Adding blinkers is near the top of a trainer's grab bag of solutions. Adding a goat is well down the bottom of remedies. Something worked because when apprentice Andria Terrill broke from the gate the 4-year-old old filly shot out like a rocket. Settling along the rail and no more then 3 to 4 lengths off the pace she came between horses in the stretch and finished well for the show. It was a decent effort and something to build on as we go forward.

Arnold Heft's 5-year-old gray gelding, Dressy Devil, was coming into Wednesday's race off his maiden win. At 5-2, he was sent off second choice behind Media Speed. Sheldon Russell came into the paddock like Donald Trump comes into the boardroom – confident, cocky and certain he could do no wrong. I like that.

He proved why he is so good on ordinary horses. Dressy loves the outside and breaking from the outside, he got his wish. The pair let the early pace horses wear each other out while saving the big gray's stamina for the stretch run. Arnold and I got a little nervous at the half-mile pole as DD seemed to drop out a little too far. Sheldon didn't seem too worried as he roused the loping, lazy gelding five wide for the stretch run. Nickobokko caught us at the eighth pole, leaned out as the two battled head to head all the way to the wire. It was the gray nose after the photo was read.

Congratulations Bill Kroh and Arnold Heft for two very good efforts.

We have Singingtothecrowd and Louisa Laglass on Friday at Laurel and Awe So Beautiful at Penn National Friday night. Stent Double at Laurel on Saturday and Piney Point Sunday at Philadelphia Park. A couple of more wins and we'd finish January with a nice running tally, ever closer to our goal of 50 wins by the end of the year.

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