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Draw for the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2017 - Huntsville, the 9-5 morning line harness racing favorite, will leave from post 4 while Fear The Dragon, the 2-1 second choice, goes from post 3 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The powerhouse Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios goes as race 11 with an approximate post time of 4 PM. By winning last week's Adios eliminations, the connections of Huntsville and Fear The Dragon earned the right to select their post positions; a drawing Monday gave Fear The Dragon the first choice. All other slots were determined by a random draw. Trainer Brian Brown, who characterized Fear The Dragon's performance last week as "dull," said Monday he expects a return to form this week.   "We've been turning him out a lot," Brown said. "I took him to the field today, and he was anything but dull. I think he'll be sharper this week. A sign of a good horse is that he wins when he's supposed to win, so I was happy that he won and toughed it out. But it still worries the heck out of you. He's never raced like that."   Trainer Ron Burke, who sends three into the final, drew posts 1 (RJP), 5 (Eddard Hanover) and 7 (Miso Fast). The complete Adios field in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. RJP by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 9-2 2. Highalator by Somebeachsomewhere - Victor Kirby - Jeffrey Long, 20-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again - David Miller -  Brian Brown,  2-1 4. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Ray Schnittker,  9-5 5. Eddard Hanover by Dragon Again - TBA - Ron Burke, 20-1 6. Western Hill by Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Tony Alagna, 8-1 7. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter, 12-1 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Daniel Dube - Luc Blais 15-1 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Ariana G

Oaks draws 18 fillies, headed by Ariana G

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Eighteen three-year-olds entered today for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the harness racing filly division of the Hambletonian. Hambletonian Festival week kicks off on July 29 with two $40,438 eliminations to narrow the field to 10 for the $500,000 Oaks Final on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 5, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Favorite in the field will be Dan Patch divisional Champion Ariana G. The talented homebred daughter of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill sports a record of three wins in four tries this year, with lifetime earnings just under $1 million, at $937,839. Ariana G comes from the royal broodmare band of Marvin Katz and AL Libfeld, and her full sister All The Time, won the 2016 Hambletonian Oaks for the same team of owner/breeders Katz-Libfeld and trainer Jimmy Takter. Here are the post positions for two elims for the #HamboOaks17. Race placement still to come for Saturday, July 29 @TheMeadowlands. $40,438 Oaks Elim for Sat., July 29 (race placement to be determined) Post Position Horse Trainer Named Driver 1 HILLARMBRO Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer 2 MAGIC PRESTO Richard Norman Brian Sears 3 THAT’S ALL MONI Jimmy Takter Tim Tetrick 4 SOUTHWIND AVANTI Anette Lorentzon Tim Tetrick 5 OVERDRAFT VOLO Julie Miller Andy Miller 6 CAVIART WONDER Noel Daley Andrew McCarthy 7 FEED YOUR HEAD Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras 8 BROADWAY IDOLE Jim Campbell Scott Zeron 9 EVELYN Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt $40,438 Oaks Elim for Sat., July 29 (race placement to be determined) Post Position Horse Trainer Named Driver 1 GLITZEY GAL Richard Norman David Miller 2 ICE ATTRACTION Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt 3 DREAM TOGETHER Luc Blais Dan Dube 4 ARIANA G Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras 5 FINE TUNED LADY John Butenschoen Corey Callahan 6 DREAM BABY DREAM Rod Allen Rod Allen 7 TREVISO Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 8 COOL CATES Noel Daley Andrew McCarthy 9 SUNSHINE DELIGHT Staffan Lind Brett Miller   The top five finishers in each elim will advance to the final on Aug. 5. There is no Lasix or any race day medication permitted in the Hambletonian Oaks or Open. Elimination winners draw for inside posts 1-5 and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. The winner of the final on Aug. 5 is the Oaks winner, regardless of elimination finish on July 29. Post positions for the $500,000 final will be drawn and morning lines assigned on Tuesday, Aug. 1, on a Facebook live post position draw at 2:00 p.m. on the Meadowlands Facebook page. The draw will be streamed live on the Meadowlands web site.  

Ake Svanstedt

Svanstedt's four frosh fillies favored

Batavia, NY---Ake Svanstedt has not raced often at Batavia Downs, but he will be well represented there in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on Wednesday (July 26) as his four starters are all morning line favorites as five divisions (races two through six) of harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies vie for a total of $108,600 in purses on opening night.   In what looks to be the fastest of the divisions (sixth race), Svanstedt’s 8-5 early favorite Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato) is undefeated in two starts this year, winning by open lengths in each outing. After going gate to wire at Buffalo Raceway in 2:00 and setting a new track record for age, sex and gait, she came right back with a mirror effort at Yonkers Raceway in a lifetime best 1:59 by nine lengths. Svanstedt will do the driving from post one. Her main rival will be Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) who has also gone two for two this year and also both on the front end. In her last start at Yonkers she set a lifetime standard of 1:59.2 in handy fashion and comes in looking to extend her streak. Trained by Linda Toscano, the 2-1 Lima Novelty will leave from post two and will be driven once again by Jason Bartlett. In the first division Svanstedt will drive Fury Road (Muscle Mass-Bar Ballad) from post two and is listed as the 2-1 favorite. Fury Road chased Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel) at Yonkers last week in a near track record time of 1:57.3. Finishing second by only two lengths, Fury Road comes into this race tight and confident and should be tough to beat. Despite drawing post seven, Electro Pump (Muscles Yankee-Cardio Pump) will be the one to try and is the only filly in this race that has a win this year. In her only lifetime start, Electro Pump eked out a nose decision at Yonkers in 2:00.4 and may have to step that up a bit to get the job done here. Mark Macdonald picks up the lines for trainer Casie Coleman and is listed at 4-1. The second division features Nifty Norman’s Lucky Rainbow (Credit Winner-Lady Rainbow) who is listed as the 2-1 track handicapper’s selection. Lucky Winner was an easy four-length victor in her last start at Yonkers and is the lone filly to hit the win column in this race. With post one and her front-running style, driver Jeff Gregory should make his 2017 homecoming a winning one. Missus Mia Wallace (Credit Winner-Upscale) put in a stellar effort at the Meadowlands in the Kindergarten series over a sloppy track, finishing fourth in a mile that went 1:56.3. She will be making her first start on a half-mile track and much depends on how she handles that. Trainer Homer Hochstetler has Jim Morrill Jr. up and they are listed at 3-1 from post five. Svanstedt has the 2-1 choice in the third division with Natalie Hanover (Chapter Seven-Nanticoke Hanover) from post two. After winning her first lifetime start at Buffalo, she couldn’t catch a strong Lima Novelty at Yonkers last week, but put up a great effort in defeat. With the inside post and not much early speed in the race, Natalie Hanover should pretty much get her way in here. Oooteeny (Credit Winner-Lindys Head Nurse) trotted a perfect mile at Buffalo winning gate to wire in 2:03.4 with a 1:01.1 back half. Last week she held her own chasing a runaway winner and was race timed three seconds faster than her first start. If she continues to improve, driver Mark Macdonald could give the favorite some stiff competition. Jim Campbell trains Oooteeny who will leave from post seven at 3-1.  And in the fourth division, Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky-Ava Marion) rounds out Svanstedt’s quartet and is once again favored at 2-1 from post five. She has two wins in two starts this year and is in against a field that is collectively winless. She can leave and that may be the best strategy here in what could be a catch-me-if-you-can outing for her.   White Cheetah (Muscle Mass-Wheely Quick) had to deal with post seven and a lot of road trouble at Yonkers last week but still put in a solid effort, finishing second to Plunge Blue Chip. She moves inside to post three and gets Mark Macdonald again who got along well with her. That all makes this Paul Kelley trained filly a solid competitor in this race at 4-1. There are also four divisions of the Excelsior A series that go for $15,000 each in races seven to ten and the card opens with a $6,800 Excelsior B event in race one. Post time for the 13-race card is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Fear The Dragon

Top two in Poll to duel in Adios

Freehold, NJ --- It will be No.1 vs. No.2 in Saturday’s harness racing Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. Fear The Dragon and Huntsville were the only horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll Top 10 in action last week and each won his Adios elimination to set up Saturday’s showdown in western Pennsylvania. Brian Brown-trained Fear The Dragon has held the No. 1 spot for six consecutive weeks. Ray Schnittker’s Huntsville is in his second week at No. 2. Fear The Dragon won this year’s North America Cup and Huntsville won the Meadowlands Pace. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (25) 3pc 9-8-1-0 $724,453 324 1 2 Huntsville (4) 3pc 8-6-2-0 $626,841 289 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $161,138 259 3 4 Ariana G 3tf 5-4-0-1 $193,872 207 4 5 Walner (2) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 198 6 6 Lady Shadow 6pm 6-5-1-0 $328,235 163 5 7 Marion Marauder 4th 4-3-0-1 $372,717 160 7 8 Downbytheseaside 3pc 8-5-1-1 $498,906 111 8 9 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 66 9 10 Agent Q 3pf 8-5-2-0 $379,124 43 10 Also: Bit Of A Legend N (20); Keystone Velocity, Nike Franco N (11); Devious Man, Long Tom (9); Drew The Dragon, Funknwaffles (8); International Moni, Oho Diamond (5); On A Sunny Day, Percy Blue Chip, Tuonoblu Rex (4); Homicide Hunter, Resolve (2); Beckhams Z Tam, Firedrake, Holy Trout (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications     

Plainville, MA---Perennial Grand Circuit dash and money leading trainer Ron Burke and his "Burke Brigade" will be well represented in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 28) as he will start both Hannelore Hanover and Crazy Wow in the state's biggest harness racing race ever. Hannelore Hanover won seven major stakes in 2016 including the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity, $208,260 Armbro Flight, $188,350 Fresh Yankee, $170,000 Muscle Hill, $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, $200,000 TVG Free For All and the $250,000 Breeders Crown. On the strength of winning 17 of 20 starts last year, Hannelore Hanover was named the 2016 Dan Patch Trotting Mare of the Year. In 2017 she picked up right where she left off and has won four out of five starts so far this year, including a victory in the $184,690 Armbro Flight final at Mohawk Raceway. In her last start at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 15), Hannelore Hanover won a leg of the Miss Versatility running away under wraps by five lengths in 1:50.3 which was a new lifetime mark for her and for a week, a new track record for aged trotting mares at the Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover comes into this race as sharp as she could possibly be and looks to take the boys to task once again. "Right now Hannelore Hanover is the best trotting mare in the country and until somebody dethrones her, that's just what she is. And she is as good as just about any trotter going right now. She's very consistent, she does everything you ask of her; she's just a good horse." said her trainer Ron Burke. "She's seen all these horses before and she always gives you a fight. It's going to be tough though; you know these are really good horses in this race. But a five-eighths mile track suits her as she set a track record (1:52.3) at Miami Valley last year. Yannick is trying to come and that's a big deal to me that Yannick gets there." For her career, Hannelore Hanover has won 30 of 46 starts and has earned $1.585 million in purses. Stablemate Crazy Wow was a NYSS champion at two before becoming a Grand Circuit star. He is a multiple major stake winner including the $500,000 Colonial Trot at Pocono Downs defeating Hambletonian winner Pinkman in 2015. This year Crazy Wow got off to a fast start. He finished second in the $200,000 Cutler at the Meadowlands in early May before scoring three consecutive victories in the $150,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philly, $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs in a track record time of 1:52 and the $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic at Northfield Park. Then after being off for three weeks, Crazy Wow qualified at the Meadowlands in 1:51.1 which tied his lifetime mark taken two years ago. "Crazy Wow is a horse that just gets better all the time. Last year was a bit of a disappointment for us, but this year he found himself again early" said Burke. "We qualified him the other day because we couldn't find a race for him anywhere. That's a problem for horses like this; it's tough to get them raced. But right now I couldn't be happier with where he is. He gets around any size track and he can trot with any competition. He's a real nice horse." Crazy Wow has 18 lifetime wins, a mark of 1:51.1 and earnings totaling $1.865 million. Both horses will ship in Thursday morning but won't hit the track until they warm up for the race on Friday afternoon. The Burke Stable is no stranger to Plainridge Park. His trainees have won the Bert Beckwith Memorial four times in five years with Maltese Artist (1:49.2, Bruce Ranger) in 2005 while setting the all-time pacing track record with his effort, Santastic's Pan (1:51.1, Jim Morrill Jr.) in 2006, Maltese Artist (1:50.4, Greg Grismore) for the second time in 2007 and Foiled Again (1:50.3, Dave Palone) in 2009. "Plainridge is a great track and it's awesome that they have it turned around and headed the right way. I've consider racing there full time but basically I'd have to stable there because it's too far to ship from New Jersey" said Burke. There will be some special promotions on tap for fans who attend the Spirit of Massachusetts day card. Plainridge Park will be giving away inaugural edition Spirit of Massachusetts Trot baseball caps starting at 3:30 p.m. in the grandstand. They are limited to one per customer and will be available while supplies last. Live racing fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to the Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons to be played at Gillette Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 22). In order to win, customers must place losing Plainridge pari-mutuel tickets with their name and telephone number printed on the back in boxes numbered 1-9, corresponding with the nine horses in the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. . After that race, a winner will be drawn from the corresponding numbered box as the winner of the race. Only losing Plainridge tickets can be used for entry. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is race nine on the card and is slated to go off at 6:40 p.m. For more information about the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot log onto the Plainridge Park website at www.plainridgeparkcasino.com and click the "Live Racing" tab. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

JULY 24, 2017 - Round two of the freshman pacing filly Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series division was identical to round one as Percy Bluechip and Big Thong captured their second straight harness racing victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. Off her Canadian and Ontario Sires Stakes record mile in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, Percy Bluechip was sent off as the heavy favourite in the first $96,400 division. Starting from Post 2 Percy Bluechip and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON floated off the starting gate and settled briefly in third as Mrs Bailey reached the opening quarter in :26.3, but heading down the backstretch the favourites took aim on the lead. On top by almost two lengths at the :55.2 half and just over two at the 1:23.4 three-quarters, Percy Bluechip left the field behind in the stretch, pulling away to a five length victory in 1:51.4. Lady Grande and Play The Bell finished second and third. "I just finished talking to Trevor (Henry) and he said that she won very easy," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "When he moved her she wanted to go 100 miles an hour there, and she put in a few little steps, not really steps, just trying to get going 100 I guess is what she was doing, but then she relaxed and he just spoke to her around the final turn, that's all he did, never touched her or anything, so she did that on her own." The Puslinch, ON resident shares ownership of Percy Bluechip with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. The partners purchased the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest for $110,000 at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale and through two starts she has returned $96,400. "I think she's a very special filly and I'm going to manage her as best I can," said Dr. Moore. "It's very important with young horses to take care of them - you take care of them, they'll take care of you." Percy Bluechip is eligible to a number of open stake races and Dr. Moore and his partners are hoping that she can compete against the best two-year-old pacing fillies in North America in races like the Eternal Camnation, Champlain Stakes and Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. "Hopefully she's going to be good enough to go with them. I mean, as you know, every year, in any particular OSS class, there's only one or two out of each division that will ever do with the American-breds, so I am being realistic about that," noted Dr. Moore. "I guess time will tell, but that's what we're striving for anyway, at this point in time." Percy Bluechip Unlike Percy Bluechip, Big Thong has just one open stake race on her agenda this summer, the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 2. "I had three or four other fillies that I paid up in the Shes A Great Lady and Breeders Crown and stuff, because they were looking better than her. She was just kind of plain ordinary and I didn't pay her up in anything," said trainer Scott McEneny. "I just paid her in the Sires Stakes, and then when she started stepping up I figured I'd pay the Champlain, so she only has the Sires Stakes and the Champlain. I wish I had her in the other stuff, but in hind sight it might be all right, she's only going to have about eight, nine starts into her. She's going to be a nice big mare next year, it'll be better." Big Thong scored her second straight Gold Series victory from Post 3 in the second division and the Big Jim daughter also ran into some difficulty reaching the front. Sitting fourth at the :27 quarter posted by Just Her Luck, Big Thong was making a move up the outside as the fillies rolled into the backstretch when she was nudged out wide by Oxford Comma, who shifted into the outer lane from third. As soon as Oxford Comma reached the front, posting a :55.1 half, Big Thong was rolling on by and had taken a one and three-quarter length lead by the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Sudden Passing took a run at the leader in the stretch, but Big Thong refused to yield, hitting the wire one and one-quarter lengths the best in a personal best 1:52.1. Sudden Passing settled for second with Just Her Luck third. "She actually got used pretty hard there tonight. It would've been easier if he (driver Robert Shepherd with Oxford Comma) didn't pull out in front of us there, we would've got to the front a lot easier," noted McEneny. "It would have been a lot easier race; anyways we got the job done." James MacDonald of Guelph, ON crafted the win for the trainer, his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown, Teresa Davidson of Milton, Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga and Cora Marshall of Jarvis, ON. The partners purchased Big Thong from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $20,000 US and she has earned $99,500 in her first three lifetime starts. Big Thong The next opportunity for Percy Bluechip and Big Thong to add to their Ontario Sires Stakes trophy collection comes August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. More provincial trophies will be awarded at Mohawk on Tuesday evening as the two-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event. Post time for Tuesday's event is 7:30 pm and the fillies will compete in Races 3 and 6. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The harness racing 'Photo Finish Camera' was put to good use to determine the winner of Monday night's Dream Maker Series opening leg at Mohawk Racetrack. Summer Travel held off inside rival Trump That by the smallest of margins to win the seven-horse $14,000 first leg. Coming in off an impressive 1:51.4 victory in his career debut, Summer Travel and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away fourth in the early-going, while Trump That went to the front for driver Jody Jamieson. Trump That posted soft opening-fractions of :28.3 and :58.4, which forced Roy to come first up just before the half with the heavy-favourite. Summer Travel cleared to command entering the far turn and ramped up the tempo by taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:26.3. In the stretch, Summer Travel was in full flight trying to stay ahead of his rival, but Trump That wasn't going away quietly and came charging with a late bid up the rail. The rookies hit the line together in 1:53.4. It took roughly five-minutes for Summer Travel to be declared the winner in a tight photo-finish. A son of Western Ideal, Summer Travel is trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stables, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. The $35,000 Harrisburg purchase is now two for two with $14,000 earned to start his career. Trump That, who is trained by Dave Menary, was one for one coming into Monday's Dream Maker leg. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was an $80,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase for owners Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. Dragon Time, who is also trained by Menary, finished third, while Courtly Choice finished fourth for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Summer Travel paid $2.40 to win. Summer Travel The second leg of the Dream Maker Series is scheduled for next Monday (July 31). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg for two-year-old filly trotters and a $34,000 Preferred Trot highlight the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Last weekend's six-win haul has launched Tasmania's leading harness racing trainer Ben Yole into the top 10 in Australia and within grasp of the state record. Yole's four winners in Hobart last Friday night and his Launceston double last Sunday took his season tally to 111 wins for the season that has him placed ninth on the national trainer's premiership table. With five meetings remaining he looks set to pass the Tasmanian record of 118 that belongs to Hall of Fame mentor Neville Webberley who set the mark during the 2009-10 season. Yole won his first state title last season producing 108 winners and he admits he only set his sights on trying to reach 100 again. "Last season it was great to get over 100 winners but I thought it was probably going to be hard to do it again but once we achieved that goal we started to think about chasing the record," Yole said. "Things slowed down at one stage when the wins weren't coming as frequently but in the past three weeks it has picked up, especially the last fortnight. "Picking up six last weekend was great so with 111 on the board we are still a chance of beating Neville Webberley's record." Yole will take a big team to Launceston on Sunday night and he expects former Queenslander Sheer Strength, a first starter for the stable, to be hard to beat at his Tasmanian debut. Peter Staples

On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 7000 club Jason Bartlett, as he won four New York Sire Stakes races on the 13 race harness racing program. By virtue of his Sheppard Elimination win, the public betting made Persist Blue Chip (PP2) the favorite. After a brisk 28.4 opening stanza, Matt Kakely slowed the pace to a 59.1 half, the tempo at the ¾ was a leisurely 1:28.3 from then on it was all cruise control. He went on to score a wire to wire win in a lifetime best of 1:58.1 over Carolina Magic by a scant nose. The son of Roll With Joe - Real Reflection is owned by Burke, Martin, Switala and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $27,750 contest Delightful Joe left first and fast from the gate, once the field settled in down the back side Matt Kakaley used the same tactic as in his first win and went down the road to play catch me if you can with Topville Olympian and had the lead first over at the ¼ in 29.0. The bay son of American Ideal - Our Sophia was at the half in 59 and had 2 lengths on the field, the margin was cut to 1 length at the ¾ pole in 1:28.0 Delightful Joe was in perfect position throughout but to no avail as Topville Olympian threw down a LQ of 28 to take a new lifetime mark of in 1:56. He is owned by Menary and Billy & Anthony Timmins of Great Britain. Jason Bartlett notched his second win on the card with Casual Cool, a winner in Sire Stakes company last start at Buffalo, he was content to let the dust settle on the front end while Rock Lights showed the field through fractions of 28.3, 58:1, 1:27.3, at this point Casual Cool was in the outer flow and gaining ground on the outside to win by 2 lengths in 1:56, tying his lifetime best. The $165,000 son of American Ideal - Sight To See, is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. In one of the afternoons more impressive performances, Jimtastic, was making his pari-mutuel debt from the rail for trainer Andrew Harris. The son of Art Major - Jimmy The Terror was dominant in his qualifier at Mohawk, winning by 8 in 1:57.3, he was equally impressive today, scoring in 1:57.1 for Jason Bartlett over Real Rayenbow. Aces In Heaven, ($4.40) took no prisoners as he soundly defeated his Excelsior A rivals in 1:57.1, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was trained and driven to victory by John MacDonald, he was bred by Crawford Farms LLC. It was an afternoon of doubles, trainers Linda Toscano, Ron Burke and Andrew Harris each had a pair of winners, Matt Kakaley also had a driving double and Winbak Farms has 2 winners on the breeding side. In the breeding shed Sires, American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Betterthancheddar each has two sons visit the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

Plainville, MA---An all-star cast of the best aged trotters in North America declared for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Monday morning (July 24) and when the draw was completed a stellar field of nine, which includes four harness racing millionaires, has been set for the biggest harness race in the history of Massachusetts; the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be held on Friday (July 28). Headlining the field are 2016 Dan Patch Trotting Mare of the Year Hannelore Hanover, 2016 Dan Patch Aged Trotting Horse of the Year Obrigado, 2015 Dan Patch Aged Trotting Horse of the Year JL Cruze, 2015 O'Brien Aged Trotting Horse of the Year Resolve and the recently red hot Crazy Wow. Ron Burke will start Hannelore Hanover, who comes into this race fresh off a dominating lifetime best performance of 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands, as an uncoupled entry with stablemate Crazy Wow who just equaled his lifetime best in a qualifying race at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 22). Also in the race are multi-millionaire Resolve who raced in Europe this year in the Elitlopp finishing third to Timoko before returning to stateside stake action and Obrigado, who has performed well in the Charlie Hill and the Cleveland Trotting Classic but has been narrowly defeated in his four starts so far this year. The full field is listed below. The estimated post time for the ninth race is 6:40 p.m. 1 Hannelore Hanover (1:50.3, $1,585,823) 2 Crazy Wow (1:51.1, $1,865,064) 3 JL Cruze (1:49.4, $964,628) 4 Wind Of The North (1:51, $794,618) 5 Cufflink Hanover (1:51.1, $530,017) 6 Resolve (1:50.4, $2,373,504) 7 Maestro Blue Chip (1:51.3, $366,538) 8 Obrigado (1:50.3, $1,715,109) 9 Trolley (1:51.4, $245,924)   By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It has been said in harness racing that a young trotter is better off building up stamina, strength and be sure of foot, and that the speed will soon follow. That analogy will again be put to the test at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening with the second round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. In the opening round of the series last week, the old proverb came true for 76-year-old owner and driver Rosaire Renaud as his newest star of the stable, Y A Muscle Mass, beat eight rivals and will try it again on Tuesday. Last week Y A Muscle Mass and Renaud went right to the lead and never looked back, winning by three-quarters of a length in a slow time of 2:09.4 over a fast track. But there is no prize money for speed, only for those that stays on gait and cross the finish line first. That's what Y A Muscle Mass did last week. The son of Muscle Mass goes from the rail on Tuesday for trainer Manon Renaud and provided his minds his manners and stays on-stride, can win again. His rivals have good speed but were unable to stay on-stride last week and are back to try again. Nobodynosjustice (Stephane Brosseau) was the favorite last week and won already this season in 2:02.2. But he failed to stay trotting at the start last week and was up the track. Nobodynosjustice goes from post six. Yankee Photo starts from post five and last week he did stay on gait, but was sent first-over by driver Pascal Berube against Y A Muscle Mass and could not get to him and was third. SG Goliath King goes from post three and last week was a game second to Y A Muscle Mass. The fillies drew ten entries and according to the rules of the Quebec Racing Commission, must split into two fields of five that will be held as non-wagering races during the Tuesday program. The first division takes place after the third race and is headed by Luckys Dream (post four) and Stand For Justice (post one). The second division goes after the fifth race and features last week's return winner, Precieuse CC, who starts from post five. Last week this daughter of Angus Hall was able to lead from post eight for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil, take a tuck in third place and then brush to the lead in the backstretch, going on to win by two open lengths in 2:06, the last quarter in a very impressive :29.4. Also in the race is Yves Filion's Magic Lady, who starts from post two. She was the betting favorite last week, followed Precieuse CC in the backstretch, but could not catch her, finishing second. There is another competitive field set for the Invitational Trot Tuesday in the ninth race. Four Starz Speed (post 4) returns off his wire-to-wire victory for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. Also back is Unabating, who was the race favorite last week, but suffered broken equipment and was never in the hunt. Caroluzzo returns after a week's rest, but drew post eight for driver Stephane Gendron. Rideau Carlton invader, Ghirardelli Lindy, brings his two-race win streak to H3R, as does Dance Hall George (post one), who is moving up the ranks to the top trot. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

GOSHEN — Harness racing driver Jay Cross had one finger raised in the air when he crossed the finish line in first place of the ninth harness race Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Indiana. He was not showing off or being disrespectful to the other drivers. He had a higher purpose in mind. It was the veteran driver’s humble way of celebrating his 3,000th career victory. “I was pointing to my dad up in heaven,” Cross said. Cross’ father died in 2004. “I really didn’t know what my emotions were going to be,” Cross said about the milestone win. “My dad was a very big influence on my career. He was racing when I was 4 or 5 years old, but then gave it up because of family obligations. Later he started up again and we would go together to races at Nappanee or LaGrange.” According to Cross, his first win was at the LaPorte County Fair in 1982. “It means you have been around for a long time,” Cross said about winning 3,000 career races. Peter Wrenn, who has raced before at the fair, has more than 8,000 wins in his career. “In today’s world 3,000 is not as big a number as it was in the past,” Cross said. “When I started racing it was a big number and for a little guy like me it still is a big number. It’s a number I never expected to reach.” Don Eash, another veteran fair driver, has between 1,600 and 1,700 career wins. Eash is a former Goshen resident who owns Eash Racing Stables near Greenfield. “It’s an accomplishment and I congratulate Jay on it,” Eash said. “Jay has been a good driver for a number of years. To me, 3,000 wins means you are among the top 10 to 15 percent among harness racing drives.” Cross guided SWEETASCANTAB to the monumental win in a time of 2:04 4/5 in the one-mile, 3-year-old colt trot. “I have been driving him on the fair circuit and he has been doing well,” the Middlebury resident said. “He seems to do well on the half-mile tracks. Every time he has won he has gotten off the gate really well.” Cross was out front by one and a half lengths at the half point, but still was not ready to count the victory. “I felt good coming around the last turn, but you never really know until you cross the finish line,” he said. “One horse that had been giving us trouble broke stride early in the race and another one I was worried about did so before the race even started. That gave me some confidence, but there was still a long way to go.” Jay’s brother, Steve Cross, calls the races at the fair but had to leave Saturday in order to call the card at Hoosier Park in Anderson. Saturday’s fair program was slated to begin at 11 a.m. but was postponed until 12:45 p.m. due to overnight rains. He missed his brother’s milestone by two races. “That was very disappointing that Steve had to leave before I won No. 3,000,” Cross said. “If we would not have had the delay, Steve probably would have been here, but that is part of life. “Steve has called a lot of my races and that has been pretty neat. He was there the time I first set a world record in Columbus, Ohio. Steve’s youngest son was there and so were other family members. It was nice to do it at home.” Harness racing programs are scheduled for today and Tuesday at the fair. Post time both days is 11 a.m. Greg Keim can be reached at greg.keim@goshennews.com or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN Link to The Fair Saturday’s Harness Racing Summary Race One (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, KINDA COOL LADY (Jay Cross); 2, PLAYFUL MARIANNA (Daryl Bontrager); 3, VICTORIA SWAN (Jordan Ross); 4, SKYWAY CLARRISA (Matt Rheinheimer); 5, PRINCESS DE MONACO (Carl Putnam Jr.); 6, TATYM FOR ALL (Mike Peterson). Winning Time: 2:09. Purse: $3,000,   Race Two (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, PINECRAFT NELLE (Matt Rheinheimer); 2, MARTZ NANCY (Jay Cross); 3, J S MISS LADY (Alex Udell); 4, JL PRETTY BOOTIES (Carrie Hollman); 5, MARTZ CREEK NELLIE (Mike Peterson); 6, EMOJI (Odell Cross). Winning Time: 2:08 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Three (2-year-old Filly Trot, 3rd Division) — 1, INJAILFORSPEEDIN (Jay Cross); 2, MAMIE’S POWER (Michael Myers); 3, CARNIVAL DESTINY (Doug Rideout); 4, BACKSTREET SALLY (Larry Lee Smith); 5, WOODSIDE BAMBI (Don Eash; 6, FRONTIER BETH (Maynard Miller). Winning Time: 2:10 2//5. Purse: $3,000. Race 4 (2-year-old Filly Trot, 4th Division) — 1, STICK WITH PATSY (Zachary Miller); 2, OAKWOOD TEA PARTY (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, SKYWAY KIANNA (Jay Cross); 4, BLUELLA (Mike Peterson); 5, JAILHOUSE BUCKAROO (Rocky Loney); 6, NORTHERN PINES (Carrie Hollman). Winning time: 2:11 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Five (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, SL ROYAL GEORGE (Carl Putnam Jr.); 2, MEGAGLIDE (Don Eash); 3, V-KEY’S CHARGER (Mike Peterson); 4, SILVER STAR TYSON (Jay Cross); 5, KIDSWILLBEFIESTY (Joseph Putnam); 6, EXCITING HOT ROD (Rocky Loney). Winning Time: 2:08. Purse: $3,000. Race Six (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, CANWETABEMNOW (Matt Rheinheimer); 2, ER SKYWALKER (Don Eash); 3, DANCE HALL Bouncer (Joseph Putnam); 4, AGAMEMNON (Larry Lee Smith); 5, ROSE RUN TYLER (Jay Cross). Purse: $3,000. Race Seven (3-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, J-S PRINCESS GLORY (Alex Udell); 2, RETURN TO SENDER (Michael Myers); 3, NAN’S QUEEN (Don Eash); 4, MISS SAND SWAN (Jay Cross); 5, E R KENNA (Gerald Miller), Winning Time: 2:03 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Eight (3-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, GUIDA’S GEISHA (Doug Rideout); 2, J-S WINKY’S SHINE (Alex Udell); 3, KIDSWILLBESASSY (Joseph Putnam); 4, COUNTRYATHEART (Don Eash); 5, ROSE’S ON TAB (Gerald Miller). Winning Time: 2:07 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Nine (3-year-old Colt Trot, 1st Division) — 1, SWEETASCANTAB (Jay Cross); 2, JAILHOUSE MICKEY (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, E R PAUL (Don Eash); 4, NOTHINBUTAWINNER (Odell Cross); 5, SOCIAL HOUSE (Richard Reisert); 6, WINKY’S FIRE (Michael Myers); 7, ALL THIS COMMOTION (Doug Rideout). Winning Time: 2:04 4/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Ten (3-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, MR POWERS (Doug Rideout); 2, RED MAN CHEW (Richard Reisert); 3, PROUD FOREVER (Jay Cross); 4, MR CANTAB LIMIT (Don Eash); 5, NEVER SAY THAT (Michael Myers); 6, POWERS STROKE (Larry Lee Smith). Winning Time: 2:03. Purse: $3,000. Race Eleven (3-year-old Filly Pace, Classic XXVII) — 1, AMARETTIGONE (Brandon Bates); 2, CANADIAN ROCKER (Mike Peterson); 3, TURNITODWNFORWATT (Matthew Riggle); 4, MEADOWBROOK SHARLA (Don Eash; 5, ADORABLE LIL GIRL (Jay Cross); 6, J-S JAZZY DANCER (Alex Udell); 7, HOOSIER GORGEOUS (Gerald Miller); 8, BALLERINA B B (Aaron Miller). Winning Time: 1:58 2/5. Purse: $12,600. Race Twelve (3-yeaold colt pace, Classic XXVII) — 1, AWESUM ACE (Aaron Miller); 2, E R SIMON (Don Eash); 3, B R GORGEOUS BOY (Jordan Ross); 4, E R VINCENT (Jay Cross); 5, DANTE IVY (Rocky Loney); 6, FOREVERALWAYS (Zachary Miller). Winning Time: 1:58 4/5. Purse: $12,100. By Greg Keim who can be reached at greg.keim@goshennews.com Reprinted with permission of The Goshen News

July 24, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix Vrai Lutin (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 12 starters) at Amiens went to 8/1 Vival Thieric (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Justice Provee) teamed by harness racing owner/trainer Franck Ouvrie. 7/2 Blueberry Zen (6m Jag de Bellouet-Just Love) was second driven by Glenny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third was 9/1 Aura Deff (7f Opium-Janina Deff) handled by David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain.  Yesterday at Axevalla SWE was a fine card led by the Gr. I National Stochampionatet (Mares Championship), with 1,200,000SEK (US$145,909) to the winner, raced over 2640 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 5.1/1 Ultra Bright (4f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Fredric Persson. 5.4/1 Darling Mearas (4f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) was second for Stefan Persson, ahead of 60/1 Schatzi Payline (4f Maharajah-Dream Fayline-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The 1.9/1 favorite Cash Crowe was a misque dq. The mares consolation raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK first prize, went to 17/1 Maremma Sock (4f Andover Hall-Victoria Sock-Victory Party) driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heiskanen. That race time was 1.14.4kr. Earlier that day was the Monte Championship (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Raspberrysky (6f Exploit Caf-Fraise-Lindys Crown) was victorious for Jennifer Oscarsson and trainer Heiskanen timed in 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

The Sunday evening program of harness racing at Running Aces featured the $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace, and the event drew a talented field of 7 contenders who had collectively earned more than $2.1 million and won 187 races in their respective careeers.   The contest would wind up being dominated by the horse who came into the race with perhaps the least credentials in purses and wins, but perhaps one of the biggest hearts of all in the field.   Firedrake ($13.20) posted a sparkling gate-to-wire performance and absolutely dominated the affair. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland sent the 4 year old Dragon Again gelding right to the lead from post 5, and controlled everything through moderate front panels of 28.0 and 56.2 before facing a strong challenge and heavy pressure from race-favorite and Midwest pacing dynamo Roland N Rock past the 3/4 marker in 1:25. Firedrake had plenty of answers for Roland N Rock (Steve Wiseman) and the rest of the field as he turned back all challenges, and turned on the afterburners to sprint home in 27.1 for the biggest win of his career, a 2 1/4 length victory in 1:52.1 to take the Dan Patch FFA Trophy. Megatron (James Yoder) was up for second, with Roland N Rock home in third.   Firedrake is no stranger to the winner's circle, in fact he has crossed the wire first in 9 of 10 starts this year, suffering his only defeat to Roland N Rock in last week's $15,000 Dan Patch preview. Firedrake was un-raced at age two, and had a great season at 3 with 6 wins and 5 seconds in 15 starts, with most of them right here at Running Aces. The razor sharp pacer is owned by Jessica Johnson and now shows 14 wins in 25 lifetime starts and $59,624.   Also on the Sunday card, Al Mar Money Glide ($65.00) pulled a big upset in the $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Trot event, posting his first lifetime win in his seventh trip to the gate, stopping the timer in 2:01.1 with Steve Wiseman aboard for Trainer Brady Jenson and Owner Larry Jo Jenson, the gelding is by Money Talks.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted another Grand Slam for his second consecutive night with 4 wins on the card. Nick Roland and Luke Plano both picked up driving doubles as well.   The 20 cent Jackpot pick 5 pool continues to grow, with a carryover of $15,648.83 going in to the Tuesday night (July 25) program. There is also a carryover of $2,575.41 for the Race 11 Hi-5 wager on Tuesday.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

When harness racing trainer Anthony MacDonald got to the boarder Sunday morning and was asked how long his stay in the US was? He paused; the answer was 6 days but it felt like many more. In a span of five days he raced at six different tracks in two countries.   His pace only to be out done by the performance of thestable.ca class of 2017. Winning races in four states and amassing just over $170,000 US dollars in earnings thus far.   When asked in an interview how he plans to keep this pace up? MacDonald answered quickly, "truthfully we have a lot of great clients, and I mean alot", said MacDonald with a smile. Its a great feeling having 278 people rooting for you, and it really puts a charge in your engine.  But without my wife Amy none of this possible, running our Ontario operation and taking care of two kids while I'm gone? Now that's a real work horse."   "There is no shares of her for sale for sure" he laughs.    When asked about thestable.ca in the US MacDonald was clear,  "there is no way to explain it, other than luck. Sure we work incredibly hard, but lots of other trainers do as well though. We bought these horses because we believed they were being undersold and they fit our program of affordible ownership.    People are seeing now there is quite a difference between undersold and cheap and value can be found in many yearlings for many different reasons. With a good eye and some good old fashion racing luck you will always have a shot to win."    One of those winners is lawmaker ($49,788.00). A $20,000 Lexington purchase last year who is undefeated in the sire stakes in Pennsylvania. A perfect 2 for 2 taking a lifetime mark of 1:56 at the Meadows on July 15th.    "We have had some offers, and we are looking at a couple right now,  but these are very fluid situations and very dynamic groups. You almost have to be a politician sometimes." smirks MacDonald.    "We certainly didn't think we would ship into one of the toughest jurisdictions on earth and stay mowing down $350,000 yearlings, but that's part of the allure of horse racing,  you really just never know.    Having Andrew Harris with us is also a real feather in our cap,  he plays a huge role and has done an incredible job for us. We are certainly lucky to have him affiliated with thestable.ca"   "We row a pretty big boat right now, with 278 clients along for the ride of their lives. By the looks of the horizon we are going to need a bigger boat." said MacDonald.    (thestable.ca)

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MANALAPAN, NJ -- July 25, 2017 -- Vincent Fusco Sr of Freehold Township, NJ passed away Monday, July 24th with his beloved family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Grace, his children Rita (Dale), Carmine (Christie), Antonia, Vincent Jr. (Michelle), Bridget (Bob), Andriana, Joseph (Dana), Paul (Robyn), Peter, Maria (Michael), Elizabeth (Jason), 26 grandchildren and his angel great grandson Noah. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 26th and Thursday, July 27th at Clayton Funeral Home in Freehold, NJ from 5 - 9 pm. There will also be a mass on Friday, July 27th at St. Roberts of Bellarmine Church in Freehold at 10 am. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers please make any donations to St Judes Children's Hospital. Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726
Schenectady, NY --- The Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund (FUND) is pleased to announce an increase to the Breeders’ Awards given through the New York Sire Stakes harness racing program. This season, the FUND approved an additional $100,000 from handles at harness tracks across New York. The FUND’s Board of Directors have made the decision to direct this funding to breeders of 2-year-old New York resident Standardbreds. These breeders invest in the New York Sire Stakes program at the highest level by raising and keeping their mares in New York State. This increase brings the total award payout to 2-year-old and 3-year-old breeders in 2017 to an estimated $1.1 million. The Breeders’ Awards program provides rewards for each level of NYSS racing: Sire Stakes, Excelsior Series and County Fairs, and are split into two categories, Resident and Non-Resident. The Non-Resident Based Awards reward breeders whose horses perform well at all levels of the New York Sire Stakes Racing program. The Residency Bonus Awards reward breeders who keep their mares in New York State, thereby contributing to the New York State economy and agricultural markets. “There are so many who play a part in the ongoing prosperity of harness racing in New York, but the role of breeders cannot be diminished. Without them, this sport could not flourish,” said Michael Kimelman, Board Trustee, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. “With this additional funding going to the breeders who support the program at the highest level by keeping their horses in New York, we’re recognizing the impact they continue to have on the industry.” The New York Sire Stakes was the first program of its kind developed in North America, featuring 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The first stakes races were held in 1961. The program has since become a model for state-bred racing programs. With the passage of the Laverne Law in 1964, the FUND began receiving a percentage of the industry’s betting handle to manage the Sire Stakes program. The New York Sire Stakes season runs through October with the finals for both trotters and pacers to be held at Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 14. The County Fair Series races are held concurrent with the season with the finals in Saratoga on Sept. 15. For complete racing schedules, visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Jason Politi, Baker Public Relations, Inc. 
WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2017 - Huntsville, the 9-5 morning line harness racing favorite, will leave from post 4 while Fear The Dragon, the 2-1 second choice, goes from post 3 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The powerhouse Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios goes as race 11 with an approximate post time of 4 PM. By winning last week's Adios eliminations, the connections of Huntsville and Fear The Dragon earned the right to select their post positions; a drawing Monday gave Fear The Dragon the first choice. All other slots were determined by a random draw. Trainer Brian Brown, who characterized Fear The Dragon's performance last week as "dull," said Monday he expects a return to form this week.   "We've been turning him out a lot," Brown said. "I took him to the field today, and he was anything but dull. I think he'll be sharper this week. A sign of a good horse is that he wins when he's supposed to win, so I was happy that he won and toughed it out. But it still worries the heck out of you. He's never raced like that."   Trainer Ron Burke, who sends three into the final, drew posts 1 (RJP), 5 (Eddard Hanover) and 7 (Miso Fast). The complete Adios field in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. RJP by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 9-2 2. Highalator by Somebeachsomewhere - Victor Kirby - Jeffrey Long, 20-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again - David Miller -  Brian Brown,  2-1 4. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Ray Schnittker,  9-5 5. Eddard Hanover by Dragon Again - TBA - Ron Burke, 20-1 6. Western Hill by Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Tony Alagna, 8-1 7. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter, 12-1 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Daniel Dube - Luc Blais 15-1 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Eighteen three-year-olds entered today for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the harness racing filly division of the Hambletonian. Hambletonian Festival week kicks off on July 29 with two $40,438 eliminations to narrow the field to 10 for the $500,000 Oaks Final on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 5, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Favorite in the field will be Dan Patch divisional Champion Ariana G. The talented homebred daughter of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill sports a record of three wins in four tries this year, with lifetime earnings just under $1 million, at $937,839. Ariana G comes from the royal broodmare band of Marvin Katz and AL Libfeld, and her full sister All The Time, won the 2016 Hambletonian Oaks for the same team of owner/breeders Katz-Libfeld and trainer Jimmy Takter. Here are the post positions for two elims for the #HamboOaks17. Race placement still to come for Saturday, July 29 @TheMeadowlands. $40,438 Oaks Elim for Sat., July 29 (race placement to be determined) Post Position Horse Trainer Named Driver 1 HILLARMBRO Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer 2 MAGIC PRESTO Richard Norman Brian Sears 3 THAT’S ALL MONI Jimmy Takter Tim Tetrick 4 SOUTHWIND AVANTI Anette Lorentzon Tim Tetrick 5 OVERDRAFT VOLO Julie Miller Andy Miller 6 CAVIART WONDER Noel Daley Andrew McCarthy 7 FEED YOUR HEAD Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras 8 BROADWAY IDOLE Jim Campbell Scott Zeron 9 EVELYN Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt $40,438 Oaks Elim for Sat., July 29 (race placement to be determined) Post Position Horse Trainer Named Driver 1 GLITZEY GAL Richard Norman David Miller 2 ICE ATTRACTION Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt 3 DREAM TOGETHER Luc Blais Dan Dube 4 ARIANA G Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras 5 FINE TUNED LADY John Butenschoen Corey Callahan 6 DREAM BABY DREAM Rod Allen Rod Allen 7 TREVISO Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 8 COOL CATES Noel Daley Andrew McCarthy 9 SUNSHINE DELIGHT Staffan Lind Brett Miller   The top five finishers in each elim will advance to the final on Aug. 5. There is no Lasix or any race day medication permitted in the Hambletonian Oaks or Open. Elimination winners draw for inside posts 1-5 and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. The winner of the final on Aug. 5 is the Oaks winner, regardless of elimination finish on July 29. Post positions for the $500,000 final will be drawn and morning lines assigned on Tuesday, Aug. 1, on a Facebook live post position draw at 2:00 p.m. on the Meadowlands Facebook page. The draw will be streamed live on the Meadowlands web site.  
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