Day At The Track

MILTON, June 14, 2019 - Caviart Ally will take aim at ending Shartin N's rule over the harness racing older pacing mare division when the two again spar in the $330,000 Roses Are Red Final on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're going to take her on," said Brett Pelling, who started training Caviart Ally after her original trainer Noel Daley returned home to Australia. "It'll be interesting...when they're away from home, some things are out of your control. She's up there, I'm down here. We know she was okay last week; the girl taking her for me does a beautiful job. "But you know sometimes the trip away from home wakes them up as well. They're out of their surroundings, they get a bit more hyped up about things; everything's new. Even like an older horse like that might set in another little wake-up call for her...maybe an improvement, who knows." Caviart Ally has enjoyed her time at Mohawk Park, as the best mile of her career came in an elimination for the Milton Stakes in September. Gunning to the front, she paced a 1:48.3 and cruised to a 1:51.2 victory in the final. "They [shipped her] back between [the elim and the final] when they did that [in the Milton]," Pelling said. "And I think she was obviously a bit tired in the final. I mean shipping all the way up there and then all the way back and back up again, that's three really long ship in an eight- or nine-day period. That's a big scope and I never really wanted to do that to her." After turning out at Caviart Farms at the end of last season, Caviart Ally shipped to Brett Pelling. She's among a few horses bringing the champion trainer back to the top ranks since he returned from Australia in 2017. "One of the things that we've done differently to see if it would work or not is to teach her to race other horses more than race the racetrack," Pelling said. "Put the fear of God in them; exhibit [their] speed [and] just basically racing the racetrack instead of like now, where if [she's] balling along up front and someone pulls from the four or five hole...she sees them; she's on it. "She's become much more tractable in her races and--whether its positive or negative--she still has blazing speed. And it seems to be working; she seems a lot kinder in her races now. Andy [McCarthy] likes her this way and I think it's all going along well." Caviart Ally returned to the races on April 30 at Pocono Downs, finishing second in a top-condition pace. She then won two straight at The Meadowlands, one of which she paced a 1:49.2 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. Caviart Ally's first stakes engagement of the year was the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver McCarthy launched her to the front from the inside and set a quick pace. She almost had Shartin N beat, but Tim Tetrick managed to not get boxed inside by sliding off the pylons past the half and charging towards Caviart Ally to eventually get a nose up at the finish. "Andy and I come from the same part of the world, and the bottom line is if you draw inside and protect position, you have every right to protect your position," Pelling said. "Too many times these guys think the racetrack is theirs. [So with] Timmy thinking he's going to cruise to the front...well now why's that got to happen? "Like I know a lot of people don't really realize this, but with where Andy's from and where I'm from, if you have the inside and just basically turn one loose, you get a fine and a penalty for that. You're there to protect your position at all times... if you get out sped, it's a different story." Pelling felt that had Tetrick waited slightly longer to pull, Caviart Ally would've been turned loose by McCarthy moments later and may have gone the distance. "Timmy sort of came out [at] full gas at a place where you don't expect someone to come and she had to change gears like right down. It was a good race; I enjoyed it." Opportunity could arise for one of the other eight mares in Saturday's Roses Are Red if a Caviart Ally versus Shartin N battle arises. "Getting out of there in :25.2, none of the others were involved," said Pelling. Going up the back in :26, :26.1 (whatever it was), they're not involved. And yet at the wire, because they had gone so hard, they were coming. "On a bigger track, that's why you see upsets in there. I think [Andy and Timmy] raced [it] as if it were a two-horse race, but those other mares can go." Shartin N and Caviart Ally faced off again last week in the $35,000 Roses Are Red prep, where Shartin N set the pace and Caviart Ally sat the pocket while throwing her head left into the stretch before ultimately finishing second in the 1:48.4 mile. "She always travels a little bit on the left line," Pelling said. "We kind of think she was really looking to bully her way out of the hole. Two races before when she raced at the Meadowlands, where she was following Youaremycandygirl, she pulled herself out and went...and kind of looked like she was trying to do the same thing the other night." Caviart Ally starts inside of Shartin N this week, going from post-two as the 7/2 second choice on the morning line. Shartin N starts from post-four as the 4/5 morning-line favourite with Youaremycandygirl starting between them in post-three. "This week she is going to have a pair of blinkers on so she can't look back," Pelling said. "Hopefully she's more forward focused instead of her getting to do what she wants. And she's determined. She's a big mare, gets her own way and has a big personality." By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Mohawk Park  

CHESTER PA - A preview of next week's Beal Trot eliminations at Pocono and the big jewel, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on August 3, was certainly on display during harness racing competition among Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotting colts at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Three divisions of the third preliminary round for the Sire Stakes and four sections of Stallion Series action produced many impressive winners. Fastest of all, and the only horse to record two wins in the Sire Stakes division this year, was Osterc, 2018's PA Sire Stakes champion and a winner in 1:52.2 to lower his lifetime mark by 2 3/5 seconds and miss Googoo Gaagaa's divisional track record by a single tick. The Cantab Hall colt out of Oh Oh Hereshecomes, a half-sister to millionaire The Wall, was used hard by driver Yannick Gingras to clear to the lead past a :27 quarter, but from there he remained in control, going to the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:24. The Christina Takter / Goran Falk homebred, a Hambletonian eligible, then kept favored Marseille at bay by 1¾ lengths. Hambo-eligible Summit In Sight, who lost a three-race winning streak in his last start when he was parked the mile in finishing second, pulled the pocket on pacesetting favorite Goes Down Smooth after fractions of :27.3 and :57, was up to challenge towards the 1:25.1 three-quarters, then wore down the leader by 1¼ lengths while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:53. The Muscle Hill colt out of Bluff, whose dam Blur was a $1M winner, now has four victories in six seasonal outings for Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc., trainer Julie Miller, and driver Andy Miller. Like Osterc, Summit In Sight is also eligible to the Beal, with that race's eliminations being drawn Monday. They were four-across in a seven-horse field for most of the other Sires section, with Guaranteed three- wide most of the way to the :28.3 quarter. The Muscle Hill colt then yielded the lead to Kate's Massive, who had been four-wide much of the early battle, and the double Stallion Series winner took the field to the half of :57.2, then shook off the uncovered bid of Capt Chaps Hanover to the 1:25 three-quarters. But the wearying usage finally got to Kate's Massive, with Guaranteed coming on in the stretch to take the lead, then hold off Macmorris Hanover by ¾ of a length in 1:55.1, with Kate's Massive third. Linda Toscano conditions the colt, unraced at two and now three-for-six, for Michael and William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein; she knows a bit about the preparatory road for the Hambletonian, and might be finding herself on it again. In the Stallion Series, the team of driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Lucas Wallin, and owner Mario Mazza produced two winners, with the faster victor being Sheer Muscle, a Muscle Hill colt out of the mare Sheer Glide, the first foal out of the ¾ sister to Flex The Muscle ($900G+). In only his third lifetime start, Sheer Muscle worked to the lead past a :28.3 quarter, then produce midrace splits of 57.1 and 1:24.4, holding his composure while rivals broke nearby, then went off to a 4¼ length victory over Foreverhillreign in 1:54, a lifetime mark. This colt was also kept eligible to the Hambletonian and the Beal despite a single winning start at two, and he is beginning to show the ability justifying his being paid in. Team McCarthy/Wallin/Mazza came back to win a second Stallion Series section as the Muscle Hill colt Rock My Muscles laid off a contested pace that saw a different leader approaching the quarter (:28.1), half (:57.3), and three-quarters (1:25.4), coming on in the lane to overtake the first-over favorite Amador by 1¼ lengths while writing himself a new mark of 1:55.1. Rock My Muscles notched his first win of the season, and the strong mile may have started to alter the planning of trainer Wallin and owner Mazza for the Hambo eligible. Those were just the stakes winners at Philly on Friday for Wallin/Mazza. They earned another win with driver McCarthy with the Trixton filly Queen Of Trixs, an Oaks eligible, in 1:55.3, and they also struck with a maiden in the Muscle Hill colt Muscle Star, whom Brian Sears guided to victory from the outside post eight in 1:57.2. He's Hambletonian- and Beal-eligible, too. The Explosive Matter gelding Chiplosive, after a second and a sixth in Sire Stakes action, may have used the drop to the StS to rejuvenate his Hambletonian hopes after winning by 2¾ lengths over Union Forces in 1:54.2. George Napolitano Jr., getting the catch-drive from trainer Trond Smedshammer, had the sophomore going to the lead after a :28.2 opener, then posted middle splits of :58 and 1:26 before coming home unthreatened for Purple Haze Stables LLC. The only stakes winner on the day who is not Hambletonian-eligible is the Cantab Hall homebred colt Lindy's Crazy Hall, who lowered his mark to 1:54.4 for trainer Domenico Cecere and Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Yannick Gingras got the colt, making his second start of the year after a second in the StS in his bow, to the lead just past a :27.1 initial fraction, then posted midrace splits of :57 and 1:24.4, holding off closing Prospect Hill by 4½ lengths. Click here for full results of today's meeting. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

The 3-year-old pacers in Saturday's C$1 million North America Cup will enjoy center stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park but the harness racing card's supporting cast includes its share of star power too, such as No. 1 - ranked Shartin N, returning Horse of the Year McWicked, and additional award winners Atlanta, Emoticon Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Hannelore Hanover, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, Tall Drink Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut, and Youaremycandygirl. Shartin N, who has been the top-ranked horse in all three of this year's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown polls, looks for her second consecutive win in the C$330,000 Roses Are Red Stakes. The 6-year-old mare won a prep race at Mohawk last week by 1-3/4 lengths over Caviart Ally in 1:48.4. She is the 4-5 morning-line favorite, with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jim King Jr. "She's was better than ever," King said. "Her job was very easy to her. We're looking forward to Saturday, but we know how that works; anything can happen. But she sure does look the part." Shartin N won 19 of 24 races last year and became the first pacing mare to earn more than a million dollars in a season, banking $1.05 million, and received the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. She might be an even more complete performer this year. "I think there are several things better about her," King said. "She's stronger and she's much more intelligent. She's more in tune with the program; everything is not a fight. She was so persistent last year about wanting things her own way, you had to be so careful. She's just more educated to the way things need to be. "Tim is the biggest factor. He's gotten her to do the right things. He's put a lot of thought into where she's going and how to get her there. I just try to give him the best product I can, and he takes over from there." This season, Shartin N has won seven of eight races. Her victories include the Blue Chip Matchmaker final, Chip Noble Memorial, and Betsy Ross Invitational. In the Betsy Ross, Shartin N and pacesetter Caviart Ally battled side-by-side for the final three-eighths of a mile before Shartin N prevailed by a quarter-length. They paced the opening quarter in :25.2 and the third quarter in :26.1 on their way to a 1:49.2 mile. "If that didn't hurt (Shartin N's) feelings, then I don't know what it takes," King said. "That's got to be one of the all-time best things I've ever seen for a horse to do. Her and Caviart Ally had every right to pull up. They were going pretty good and to still have the will to finish the job, that's quite a thing. You can't take anything way from Caviart Ally, she's doing some good work. If it wasn't for Shartin, she would be getting the headlines." Caviart Ally, who has finished second to Shartin N five times in her career, is the 7-2 second choice in the Roses Are Red, which also includes Dan Patch Award winners Youaremycandygirl (2017) and Kissin In The Sand (2018) along with Blue Chip Matchmaker runner-up Bettor Joy N (also from the King stable). Seven Hambletonian Stakes hopefuls are among the 3-year-old male trotters that will compete in the C$247,000 Goodtimes. Two of them, Pilot Discretion and Forbidden Trade, were elimination winners last week. Pilot Discretion, 3-for-3 this year and unbeaten in five lifetime starts, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. He won his elim by 3-1/2 lengths over Southwind Avenger in 1:52. Forbidden Trade, an O'Brien Award winner last year, is the 7-2 third choice behind Swandre The Giant at 3-1. Forbidden Trade defeated Swandre The Giant by a neck in their elimination, with a time of 1:53.1. "I think he's getting tighter and tighter," trainer Luc Blais said about Forbidden Trade, a colt who has a win and a second in two races this season after capturing seven of 11 starts in 2018. "He's looking very good this week. You just hope he's going to race big on Saturday. I've got a good feeling, that's for sure. "I think he is going better and better all the time. He's got all the qualities to be a good horse. He's a very calm horse, you can do what you want with him. He's a very handy horse, very professional, very smart. He's like an older horse, like an 8-year-old gelding. He's not tough on himself. He's a very cool horse." Forbidden Trade McWicked, who last season at the age of 7 became the oldest pacer ever named Horse of the Year, makes his second start of the year, and first since winning his seasonal debut May 19, in the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational. McWicked is the 7-5 morning-line favorite, with Brian Sears driving for trainer Casie Coleman. The field also includes O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight and Camluck Classic champ The Wall. For his career, McWicked has won 35 of 94 lifetime races and $3.90 million. He is on the verge of becoming only the fourth pacer in North American history to surpass $4 million in U.S. earnings. "I'm really happy with him; all seems great," Coleman said. "I wish he had another race, but the preferred hasn't been filling at Mohawk. I trained him a big mile Saturday morning at Mohawk and he was awesome. He should be good to go." McWicked Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year, goes for her fourth consecutive Armbro Flight Stakes title. The field also includes 2018 Trotter of the Year Atlanta and O'Brien Award winner Emoticon Hanover. Plunge Blue Chip was scratched from the C$256,000 final, with also-eligible Dream Together joining the field. Warrawee Ubeaut, a Dan Patch Award winner last year when she became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the C$454,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Warrawee Ubeaut won her elimination in 1:49.1. Treacherous Reign, the other elim winner, in 1:50, is the 2-1 second choice. The field also includes O'Brien Award winner Tall Drink Hanover, who is 4-1. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Mohawk. For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, N.Y. – When Al-Mar-Got A Fever came to Scott Di Domenico’s barn, the harness racing trainer was skeptical. Although the 5-year-old mare built an impressive resume in the Midwest, winning 12 of 48 starts and earning $226,231 while racing primarily in the barn of Steven Carter, Di Domenico knows doing it against top competition in New York is a tougher task.  Despite his early reservations, Al-Mar-Got A Fever is 4-for-4 since entering Di Domenico’s barn and will take on open company for the first time since shipping east Friday night (June 14) in the $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway. “She’s been a really pleasant surprise,” Di Domenico said. “Sometimes, it seems like Ohio is a little bit cheaper than what New York is. To think she was going to come out here and win four in a row and go in 52 a couple of times, I’d be lying if I said that was how I forecasted it.” By Kentucky stallion Third Straight, Al-Mar-Got A Fever began her career in Kentucky Sire Stakes and finished second in the $175,000 KYSS Final as a freshman. At 3, Al-Mar-Got A Fever made the Fan Hanover Final with a second-place finish in her elimination and again was the runner up in the KYSS Final.  Last year at 4, Al-Mar-Got A Fever competed regularly in the distaff open ranks at Northfield Park. Although she didn’t win any of those features, she finished second or third in seven tries and was four times beaten by Feelin Red Hot, a standout of the Burke stable who made the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final in April. As Al-Mar-Got A Fever grappled with Feelin Red Hot, she caught the attention of Foulk Stable. “A buddy of mine bought her from Ohio and he had been telling me about her,” Di Domenico said. “He was watching her last fall, she raced a bunch against Feelin Red Hot; raced her tooth-and-nail a lot of times out in Ohio. Feelin Red Hot came out here and did really well. He mentioned that he was looking to buy her, he ended up getting her bought, and he sent her over. Since she arrived in Di Domenico’s barn, Al-Mar-Got A Fever has been perfect in four races, leading at every call while continuously stepping up in class. Her streak began in a $7,000 overnight at Harrah’s Philadelphia May 4, when she cruised in 1:53.0 as the 1-10 favorite with Trace Tetrick in the sulky. “I liked her. The first time I trained her, she trained well. The first start, I got her in a cheap race at Chester and Tim wasn’t around, so Trace came over. She won pretty handy,” Di Domenico commented. Di Domenico then brought Al-Mar-Got A Fever to Yonkers, where she wired the field at the non-winners of $10,000-, $20,000-, and $30,000-last five levels with George Brennan in tow. Her last two victories came in 1:52.4 and 1:52.3, respectively and she recorded a 4-length score last out June 7. “That’s hard to do. They were terrific,” Di Domenico said. “She beat some really quality mares. She set the tempo and you can’t say enough about her. She’s really done a good job. She’s adapted to the Yonkers racing, she’s adapted to the track and she handles it very well and that’s reassuring.” For her efforts, Al-Mar-Got A Fever added $38,700 to her bankroll this season and will face her toughest test yet Friday night when she takes on open competition. She will start from post six as a 6-1 morning line chance. However, she will get a new driver in Joe Bongiorno as Brennan opted to drive her old rival, Feelin Red Hot, who won the $44,000 feature May 17 and will start from post seven at 5-1. The field also includes Alex’s Power, who won the local feature May 10 and was fourth last out in the Great Northeast Open Series at Pocono Downs and starts from post four. Lispatty won the distaff feature May 3 and was sixth last out in the Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia and drew post five Friday night while Golden Orchid drew the inside off a fifth-place effort in the Rainbow Blue at the Meadowlands last out. Matchmaker competitor Twinkle tuned up with a qualifier at Yonkers June 7 and landed post three. Lance Hudson’s Glenferrie Blade won her first local feature May 24, but drew post eight Friday night. Rockstar Angel completes the lineup from post two. Although all four of Al-Mar-Got A Fever’s wins this season have come on the front end, Di Domenico doesn’t think she’s a one-dimensional horse. With plenty of early speed in the field, the trainer isn’t sure how her trip will set up. “She doesn’t need to be (on the lead). She can win any way,” he said. “Just those races set up to where it looked like the front end was her best option, and that’s what George did. It paid off. “If you do leave, how hard will it be to get to the front and if you take her off, who’s going to leave to make the race for you? It’s certainly a little bit tougher than what it’s been,” the trainer continued. “It’s her fourth jump up in a row. You’ve just got to play it by ear and see how it goes. It doesn’t look like there’s a shortage of early speed in there, so we’ll see.” First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here. Twenty-five large, people. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening's (June 14th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $9,416.12 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee, approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Friday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

Budding superstar pacer U May Cullect has kept his unbeaten run intact by beating a strong harness racing field in the Listed $40,000 Uncut Gems (Geldings and Entires) Classic tonight at Addington Raceway. The margin was only a nose but U May Cullect showed the sort of will to win only the good horses have, when he got up the passing lane to beat a seasoned open class pacer in Classie Brigade and driver John Dunn. Another top northern pacer Triple Eight who had finished an unlucky fourth in last weeks Harness Jewels was a neck away in third, with a further six length gap away to the rest of the field headed by Smokin By. U May Cullect (5 B g Gotta Go Cullect - Ides Of May) ran the 2600m mobile in easy conditions in a very quick 3-08.7 a mile rate of 1-56.7 with a closing 800m run in a sizzling 55.9 seconds. U May Cullect winning tonights Uncut Gems. U May Cullect is currently the third favourite for this years edition of the New Zealand Cup to be run on 12th November. Trainer/driver Kirstin Barclay has driven the horse in all of his seven wins to date. Earlier in the night Woodlands trainer Steve Baucke caused a major upset when he won the Listed $40,000 Mares Uncut Gems Classic with his Shadow Play mare I'mallaboutthebase. I'mallaboutthebase got home quickly from three deep on the fence for driver Tim Williams to win by a length beating the early leader Flyin Milly Mac. I'mallaboutthebase winning the Mares Uncut Gems Classic   Harnesslink Media

When it comes to consistency, the small Hoban harness racing stable at Toolern Vale, near Melbourne, is up there with the best. With astute long-time trainer Gary Hoban at the head of affairs, those familiar racing colors of black, white diamonds, white sleeves with black stripes, are prominent at Victorian meetings. Gary, with a team of around half a dozen, posted the 200th win of his training career at Geelong on Wednesday night. Rockingwithsierra (Sportswriter USA-Sierra Tango (Village Jasper USA) scored a pillar-to-post win in the DNR Logistics 2yo Pace, at bolters odds of 25/1. "Hopefully some loyal stable followers won something, because she was going to run into it at her debut a while back at Maryborough, until she broke at the 400-metre mark," Gary's reinsman son Craig said. "Dad added a shadow roll to her gear recently and that has certainly turned her around." To watch the video replay click here Gary has 10 wins and 11 placings for $107,000 as a trainer this season, but it's his percentages that impress. His win-place to starters percentage this season sits at a most creditable 54.05; and Craig's record as a driver is marginally better at 55.5 -- six victories and nine placings from 27 attempts. "My partner Daphne and I have a young daughter Emerson and I've just come back to the sport after a bit of a break," Craig said. "Most days it takes at least an hour to get from home in Bulleen across to dad's property to help do the horses and it can get taxing. "Up until a few years ago dad's brother Shane also worked with us." The harness racing links with the name Hoban go back many years to a former great in Frank - Gary's father and Craig's grandfather. Frank, who died in 2015 at age 90, was a highly regarded horseman in the Melbourne Showgrounds racing era. "Pop lived at Preston and would walk up to Gower Park to do his horses. He was still involved in them while in his 80s," Craig said. The Showgrounds also played a huge part in Gary and Craig's early harness racing journey. They would travel there several times a week to train horses from their base at the time, Taylor's Lake. It was there they befriended horseman Geoff Dodd who was renting stables. Dodd, now a vet, breeder and trainer based at Romsey, took a young Craig under his wing during school holidays. "I enjoyed helping Geoff and at times dad looked after one of the Dodd stable's top horses Twinkletoes, who won 16 races," Craig said. "When Geoff decided to sell a progeny of Twinkletoes in Sierra Tango (seven wins), he virtually talked us into buying it, saying that particular line would produce champions." And Dodd was on the money. Sierra Tango produced Dancingwithsierra (by Modern Art, winning 13 with 12 places for $161,000); Waltzingwithsierra (Always A Virgin, 7w and 22p $67,000); and Tangoingwithsierra (Sportswriter, 6w, 10p $158,000). All three made the rich VicBred Super Series 2yo finals, so it's now up to Rockingwithsierra, raced by Craig and stepmother Kym, to make it a clean sweep of qualifiers. "Kym does all the namings, so I'm not sure where she's going to head when she runs out of dance moves!" But all jokes aside, Craig said he was confident the talented youngster could "get the job done" in next week's heats at Bendigo. "This is also my big chance as I've never driven in a Vicbred Sires Series previously. It's a handy field, but we won't be far off," he said. Bendigo Fields Tuesday June 18 Craig has had some memorable moments in the sport, including as a junior being presented with some prime claim drives by Gavin Lang and winning a Yarra Valley race in March, 2014, with 100/1 chance Mumbai Majik. But he says winning a Melton race with Dancingwithsierra was his most unforgettable feat. "I just love driving and if I can get Rockingwithsierra through the heats, the semi-finals and into the final, that would be a big feather in my cap," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Plainville, MA --- After matching his lifetime mark in an April win at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Con Air Hall had not been able to come close to that harness racing performance in the months since. But that all changed on Thursday (June 13) when the 6-year-old got his game back on track and romped in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park. Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) dropped in second behind Count On Rosie (Todd O'Dea) and smartly sat there until the five-eighths pole when Cushing pulled right leather and popped the pocket. Now under a full head of steam, Con Air Hall marched right by Count On Rosie and slid back to the pylons while opening up a two-length advantage past the three-quarters in 1:27.1. As the race swept around the last turn Count On Rosie faded, Spark A Dream (Shawn Gray) made a break and the only horse close enough with a shot was Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) who tried her best to pursue but came up short as Con Air Hall was on cruise control and trotted to the wire on top by three in 1:56.4 over the sloppy-rated track. It was the second win of the year for Con Air Hall ($11.20) who is owned by Mark Ford and trained by Elisha Lafreniere. Mitchell Cushing remains the hottest driver on the grounds at Plainridge over this past week. After registering a Grand Slam on Monday (June 10), Cushing came right back and won four more races during Thursday afternoon. Besides winning the feature with Con Air Hall, Cushing also had his picture taken with Neon Sky N (1:53, $10.00), Cruiserwillwin (1:54.3, $18.20) and Beverly Hill Billy (1:55.3, $7.60). Drivers Shawn Gray and Drew Campbell each doubled on the card and as a result, the driving leader board has gotten crowded at the top. Gray is the current pace-setter with 57 wins, Cushing is second with 50 and Campbell is third with 37. There was a huge carry over pool in the Wicked-Hi 5 pentafecta wager today and it was hit in the ninth race. The winning combination of 3-6-7-4-1 returned a whopping $18,923.24 for a 20-cent bet. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (June 14) with an 11-race, trot-heavy card featuring the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for the diagonal gaited. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

For many of the horses racing at Alexandra Park tonight this is as good as it gets.  The best stakes in the country, equivalent to the peak of summer, but not having to take on the superstar younger horses because most are in winter hibernation.  Winter at The Park is the ideal season for horses who wouldn’t shine at the premier meetings to try to earn a year’s training fees without a Cup horse in sight.  That is the story for most racing there tonight and it makes you wonder why more trainers don’t set their lesser horses for the off-season. Maybe some day they will.  But among the brave battlers and untapped youngsters tonight there will be a horse with a totally different aim. His name is Perfect Stride and he is trying to win his way to the Breeders Crown.  That A$300,000 finale comes up in Victoria in late August and with the news the big name babies from the Jewels aren’t going, Perfect Stride now looms as a serious contender.  His trainer Ray Green knows what it takes to win the Breeders Crown juvenile, he did it with King Of Swing a couple of seasons ago, being smart enough to go where New Zealand’s elite weren’t.  With big-spending owner Emilio Rosati always keen to chase the glamour races, Green is aiming Perfect Stride at the same Aussie pot of gold.  “The owners are keen and I think he is good enough to be very competitive,” says Green. “The series is a bit more challenging this year because the heats and semis are also in Victoria but that also means some other horses from here aren’t going.  “So if he races as well in the next few weeks as we expect then he will go.”Perfect Stride is the younger brother of WA superstar Chicago Bull and has the family ability.  He had the natural speed to go with the better early season two-year-olds and missing the autumn features wouldn’t have done him any harm.  Punters who took the long odds-on about him at Cambridge last week would have felt sick when first a hydraulic malfunction on the mobile meant his race was a moving star (admittedly a good one) and then Perfect Stride had a torrid time being attacked in front.  He only just went down and Green says he is trained on well so he should be winning race five, even against southerner Divinia Bellezza, who stunned when second to Elle Mac in the Jewels two weeks ago. Green loves the winter racing stakes are thinks Lindi Lincoln (race two), The Empress (race four) and Man Of Action (race 10) all have good each way chances.  But for many harness punters the focus of the night will be Addington’s Uncut Gems meeting, featuring the unbeaten pride of Southland racing U May Cullect.  He meets two good horses in Triple Eight and Classic Brigade but he should simply be too fast.   Michael Guerin

Dominant ‘dual hemisphere’ harness racing stallion American Ideal will stand the coming 2019/20 breeding season in Victoria. Woodlands Stud NZ, in conjunction with Dr Kath McIntosh’s Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, will stand the brilliant son of Western Ideal in the heart of standardbred country in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. American Ideal remains one of the 21st Century’s most influential stallions in both hemispheres. American Ideal’s progeny now has earnings of over $110,000,000 million and his CV runs very deep with thirteen millionaires and 44 in the 1.50 list! American Ideal remains a rich source of winners at all racing levels. Watch American Ideal pace his record of 1:47.4 in 2005 Dr Andrew Grierson, principal of Woodlands Stud, is excited about the move of American Ideal to Victoria. He commented, ‘Australian breeders have supported American Ideal significantly in recent seasons and his race track results combined with outstanding yearling results made the decision to send American Ideal to Victoria an easy one’. ‘We are delighted to work along side one of Victoria’s most progressive vet’s in Dr Kath McIntosh and her staff. ‘In a results driven business, Northern Rivers Equine is a standardbred leader in Victoria. We look forward to a successful and long-term relationship’ said Dr Grierson. A beautiful natured and intelligent stallion, American Ideal will be a significant addition to the Australian standardbred ranks. His progeny continues to deliver as juveniles and at the Grand Circuit level. His is now starting to impact as a broodmare sire also. In Australia, American Ideal has left 173 bred Australian winners from 231 starters and they have amassed $11,000,000 million, an average of a remarkable $47,000 per starter to end of May 2019. The depth of American Ideals progeny in Australia has continued into the 2018/19 season. He is currently the leading dollar average sire in Australia for 2yo’s at $23,000. His daughter Pelosi is comfortably the best 2yo filly in Australia following her dominant Australian Pacing Gold final victory. To watch Pelosi win this race click on this link. For the 2019/20 season American Ideal service fee in Australia will be $11,000 GST INC and in NZ $10,000 + GST. Normal discounts will apply and semen will be available to NZ Breeders. American Ideal already has a significant number of early bookings in Australia for the 2019/20 season. For all enquiry’s regarding American Ideal in Australia please contact; Woodlands Stud Australian manager Mark Hughes on 0451650707 or email and in New Zealand contact Stacey White on 021 595492 or email

Columbus, OH - The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) strongly opposes the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2019 (S. 1820), which was introduced Wednesday (June 12) by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The legislation is bad for harness racing, horse racing, and the health and welfare of horses. "At a time in which the industry is focused on preventing deaths, this legislation will have the opposite effect, and more horses will die," said USTA President Russell Williams. The legislation seeks to ban the use of a race-day, therapeutic medication called Lasix. Lasix is endorsed by veterinarians as the only known treatment for Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), a disease that causes bleeding in the lungs of a racehorse. Both the American Association of Equine Practitioners and North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians support the use of Lasix and oppose the legislation. The bill also increases the cost of regulation and threatens the livelihoods of USTA members. "This newly-created regulatory body will have to impose additional fees and costs on the industry because it will receive no federal funding. Harness racing horsemen will be hit particularly hard because most of them are working-class people," added Williams. "It will drive many of them out of the business." According to a recent American Horse Council study, the racing industry contributes $36 billion annually to the national economy and provides 240,000 direct jobs. Any measure that will add further regulatory and cost burdens will only harm those state and local economies that depend on the industry. Finally, the proposed legislation would federalize horse racing and place it under the control of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), adding an unnecessary layer of oversight to the current state-based system. It would create an unelected, national board that specifically prohibits current owners, trainers, drivers, and practicing veterinarians from serving on it. Williams questioned, "Why an unelected board at the FTC would be better at regulating horse racing than those that know our industry best is beyond me." While the recent deaths in California are alarming, and more research needs to be done on what caused the tragedies, the proposed legislation would not have prevented a single death. Instead of working to reduce deaths in the industry, this legislation covers up the problem by pointing the finger at so-called "rampant doping" in the industry. Test results prove that doping is not a problem. In 2018, the Anti-Doping and Drug Testing Program conducted by U.S. racing regulatory bodies and compiled by the Association of Racing Commissioners International found that 99.4 percent of all racehorses were compliant with the rules. The "clear" rate for Standardbred horses was even higher at 99.71 percent. The USTA strongly opposes the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2019 (S. 1820) and encourages all industry participants and racing fans to contact their U.S. Senator to express their opposition to Senator Gillibrand's proposed legislation.   Ken Weingartner

Hightstown, NJ — The waiting is the hardest part. Not so much for harness racing trainer Paula Wellwood, but for Marion Marauder. Marion Marauder, a multiple Dan Patch Award recipient and 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner, will make his seasonal debut Friday (June 14) in the third round of the Mr Muscleman Series at The Meadowlands. Wellwood was in no hurry to get the 6-year-old stallion’s campaign underway, starting him this year nearly a month later than in 2018, but Marion Marauder looked full of himself and anxious to get going when he arrived at the Big M for his final qualifier last weekend. “Yeah, he’s ready,” Wellwood said, laughing. Marion Marauder, three stablemates, and Wellwood arrived in New Jersey from their Canadian base about a month ago. While the other horses raced, Marion Marauder waited. “When we first got here, he really didn’t care,” Wellwood said. “But after we trained him a couple times and he went faster each time, he knew it was near time to go. When he sees the harness getting arranged (in the barn for a trip to the racetrack) he knows what’s going on. He’s thinking, maybe it’s my turn now.” Marion Marauder faces eight foes in the $40,000 Mr Muscleman. The stallion, with regular driver Scott Zeron, will start from post nine and is 6-1 on the morning line. Guardian Angel As, the Maxie Lee Memorial winner, is the 3-1 favorite followed by Trolley (7-2), Cruzado Dela Noche (4-1), and Pinkman (5-1). Marion Marauder prepped for the race by winning his qualifier last Saturday in 1:53.1. Last year, Marion Marauder won six of 14 races and earned $605,180. He finished no worse than second in his first 10 races, including victories in the Cleveland Trotting Classic and Cashman Memorial, but was no better than fourth in his final four. “We are limiting his starts this year,” said Wellwood, who trains Marion Marauder for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, her mom, and Devin Keeling, her son. “He seems to like maybe a little less starts. We’ll let him tell us.” By starting later, Marion Marauder missed the Cutler Memorial and Maxie Lee, but the bulk of the major stakes for older trotters are later in the year, particularly from late July through November. “We know the heavy end is at the back (of the schedule),” Wellwood said. “That’s why we weren’t in any big rush.” Wellwood, who shares training duties with husband Mike Keeling, said the stallion has continued to mature a bit physically, but little else has changed from last year to this year. “I think he’s a little bit bigger, thicker, like in the girth and the shoulder,” Wellwood said. “His personality is the same, that doesn’t change.” Marion Marauder has won 20 of 52 career starts and $3.14 million. His purse total ranks 10th among trotters in North American harness racing history. “He doesn’t owe us anything so we kind of let him do what he wants,” Wellwood said. “It’s his world and we live in it.” In addition to the third round of the Mr Muscleman, The Meadowlands hosts the third round of the Golden Receiver Series for older pacers. Highlator, who has won four races in a row including the first two legs of the Golden Receiver, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite from post eight. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) at The Meadowlands. For Friday’s complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Columbus, OH — The second leg of the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing sophomores continues this weekend with 3-year-old pacing fillies featured Friday night (June 14) at Scioto Down and 3-year-old trotting colts in the limelight at Northfield Park on Saturday night (June 15). Seventeen fillies battle in two $50,000 OSS divisions at Scioto (races three and six) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. Stallions represented by pacing fillies include four by Dragon Again, three by McArdle, two each by Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser, and one each by Beachtrea, Big Bad John, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. Conditioners Brian Brown and Ron Burke dominate these two divisions, with both trainers having a total of four fillies competing, two in each division. In the first OSS division (race three) Queen Of The Pride will be trying for her second OSS triumph of the season against seven foes. Last year’s champion and a winner of $442,479 lifetime simply devastated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory in leg one. The McArdle lass, who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5-1/2 length win. Bred by Hickory Lane Farm’s Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride made an uncharacteristic break in the $109,234 Lismore final at Yonkers on May 25 after taking the $20,000 elimination on May 18 in 1:53.2. Hall drives from post three. Leg one winner Avaline Hanover heads up the second OSS division (race six) for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Dragon Again scored her first leg triumph handily in 1:52.1 on May 3 at Miami Valley, upping her seasonal earnings to $71,890. Owned by Burke, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Avaline Hanover has amassed $84,930 lifetime from five wins, five seconds and a third in 13 career starts. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Page drives Avaline Hanover from post four against eight rivals. Eighteen diagonally gaited colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in a pair of $50,000 OSS contests Saturday (races four and eight) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Ohio stallions represented by progeny in these two events include four each by Manofmanymissions and Uncle Peter; two each by Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone; and one each by Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, Ilooklikemymom and My MVP. Trainers dominating these two divisions are Ron Burke with three trotters and Chris Beaver and Jason McGinnis with two each competing. In the second $50,000 OSS division (race eight) leg one winners Wittyville and Lane Of Stone square off. Wittyville, a Manofmanymissions colt, was the 2-year-old championship winner in 2018, clocked in 1:57. Trained by Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred won his leg one OSS contest in 1:54.3 by nearly three lengths on May 5 at Miami Valley. From five starts this season he’s garnered three wins and $48,860, with $256,013 earned lifetime. Chris Page drives from post five. Lane Of Stone is conditioned by Mark Winters Sr., for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz. A winner of $189,893 lifetime, this Wishing Stone colt has eight wins and two seconds in 10 career starts and captured leg one in near wire-to-wire fashion in 1:53.1 by nearly four lengths. Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky from post six in this nine-horse field. Leg one winner Patti’s Main Man heads up the first OSS division (race four) with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., driving for trainer/owner Mike Sowers from post three. The Manofmanymissions gelding captured that first OSS contest in 1:55.1 with Jeremy Smith at the lines. Bred by Midland Acres, Patti’s Main Man has career earnings of $93,815 from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 17 lifetime starts. That OSS victory was his lone triumph of the season in four tries. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

MILTON, June 13, 2019 - Sports and entertainment collides for the inaugural harness racing Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership and Woodbine Entertainment. The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge will team four award-winning Standardbreds with four celebrities, and a charity of their choosing, for a unique social media challenge building towards the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four celebrities participating are Eddie Olczyk (Former NHL player/coach, current NBC Sports analyst), Dan Pleasac (former MLB pitcher, current MLB Network analyst), Michael "Pinball" Clemons (former CFL player/coach) and Kim MacDonald (Weather Network personality). Each celebrity will be paired with a star three-year-old Standardbred. The connections of Dan Patch Award winners Captain Crunch, Gimpanzee, Warrawee Ubeaut and Woodside Charm have pledged one per cent of their earnings from June 1, 2019 to October 26, 2019 to go towards the charity of their celebrity. Performance on the racetrack is only a small portion of success in the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. Each celebrity will attempt to gain the biggest fanbase for their horse by directing fans to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Facebook page. Fans will be able to vote once a day for their favourite team. The team that acquires the most votes during the challenge will receive additional funds raised through an auction. To vote, visit and click on the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge Tab. Fans can vote once a day for the team of their choosing. Through generous donations from several industry participants, Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership has secured a series of stallion shares that will be auctioned off at this October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The proceeds (estimated at $100,000) will be donated to the winning celebrity's charity. Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000. The teams and charities for the challenge are listed below. Team Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Team MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Team Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Team Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society All four Standardbreds are expected to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park in stakes races ahead of the Breeders Crown in October. All celebrities (depending on availability) and charities will host a night at the races throughout the season. Eddie Olczyk Born in Chicago, Illinois, Eddie Olczyk played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League, suiting up for six different organizations. Olczyk played in 1,031 regular season games, recording 342 goals and 794 points. Following his playing career, Olczyk moved into the broadcast booth as an analyst before taking over as Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins for a season and a half. Olczyk is the current color analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks and the lead analyst for the NHL on NBC. Olczyk has gained critical acclaim for his analysis, winning Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2012, and has worked multiple Olympic games. Dan Plesac Born in Gary, Indiana, Dan Plesac made his Major League debut on April 11, 1986 to begin a nearly two-decade long career. A pitcher, Plesac started his career with the Milwaukee Brewers and spent time with six different organizations, including two stints with the Toronto Blue Jays. The lefty was elected to the MLB All-Star game three-times during his career and never spent a day on the Disabled List during 18 years in the Majors. Following his playing career, Plesac moved to broadcasting and has been a regular analyst on MLB Network since 2009. Plesac is a fan and harness racing participant. The pitcher spent time training Standardbreds in Chicago from 2004 to 2009 and is a current owner. Michael "Pinball" Clemons Born in Dunedin, Florida, Michael Clemons played 14 seasons of Professional Football and is best known for his time as a member of the Toronto Argonauts. Clemons time in the CFL saw him break many league and franchise records, including most all-purpose yard in CFL history with 25,396. Following his playing career, Clemons became the President and Head Coach of the Argonauts for eight seasons before moving to the Vice-Chairman position in 2008, a position he still holds. Clemons has won six Grey Cups (three as a player, one as a coach and two as an executive.) Known for his smile and positive attitude, Clemons is a motivational speaker and the founder of the "Michael 'Pinball' Clemons Foundation", which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. Kim MacDonald A proud resident of Hamilton, Ontario, Kim MacDonald has been a national television host on The Weather Network for over 20 years. MacDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2016. Throughout her treatments, MacDonald publicly shared her breast cancer journey. Now cancer-free, MacDonald returned to television in October 2017. MacDonald is involved in numerous charitable ventures and uses her platform to raise awareness for breast cancer. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When it comes to the magic $3 million handle mark, Saturday (June 8) night harness racing at the Meadowlands was a perfect 10. Wagering at the industry's handle leader went past the $3-million mark for the 10th time in 2019, as after betting from all sources were tallied, the $3,205,559 pushed through the windows represented the third-highest single-card total of the year. Wagering got a big boost from the 50-Cent Pick-5, which had a carryover for only the third time at the meeting. A total of $177,835 in 'new' money was put in play, creating a total pool of $208,763. Favorites failed in every leg of the wager, which was to the benefit of two shrewd handicappers - one wagering into the Elite Turf Club hub and the other in the Catskills - in a big way, as the two tickets with the correct combination of 5-2-6-2-6 were worth $72,149. Those who went 4-for-5 collected the consolation payout of $371. Much of why the Big M is so popular with bettors are its big fields and low percentage of winning favorites (currently, Meadowlands chalks score 38 percent of the time). Unpredictability was all that anyone could count on Saturday, as post-time choices lost the first eight races on the program before the last five hit the winner's circle. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool was a predictably enticing $107,357, but after driver Corey Callahan won each race during the sequence - at odds of 7-2, 2-5, 4-5 and 4-5 - the payoff was a mere $27.65. Callahan was red-hot last weekend, winning three times on Friday before hitting victory lane six more times Saturday. The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pot continues to swell, as players will have a carryover of $102,608 to shoot for Friday night. Also on Friday will be the next edition of the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4. Last week, those who included a $30 winner in the first leg of the bet and went on to cash, collected $452. Those who played $1 tickets walked away with $2,263 of the total pool of $50,776. Free program pages for the Friday night 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (along with expert selections) as well as the 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available by going to and Both bets have a low 15 percent takeout. TOP COLTS AT THE 'HAWK: The road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace goes through Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday night when 10 talented 3-year-olds pacers head to the starting gate for the $1 million North America Cup. Elimination winners Bettor's Wish (4-1 on the morning line) and Workin Ona Mystery (2-1) take on Captain Crunch (5-2), who broke in the first turn after seeing a shadow in his elim last week. The 36th edition of The Cup has a post time of 10:14 p.m. and you can watch and wager on all of the action at the Big M. TETRICK'S TIOGA TRIPLE: Tim Tetrick was the dominant driving force last Sunday (June 9) when the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds made a stop at Tioga Downs. Tetrick, who recently became the 10th driver in history to record 11,000 career wins, swept the two pacing events, scoring with The Downtown Bus in 1:48.2 at odds of 11-1 while defeating 2-1 Courtly Choice by a nose. Lather Up, the 6-5 favorite, was third. Then, Backstreet Shadow scored at 4-1 in 1:49.1 as 4-5 favorite Thinkbig Dreambig struggled after going first-over and finished fifth. Crystal Fashion scored in the second of two trotting events at 5-2 in 1:53.3 to give Tetrick his three-bagger. Dave Miller prevented a clean Tetrick sweep by taking the first trot with Custom Cantab at 8-5 in 1:52.4. Tetrick was third with Mississippi Storm at 8-1. The fourth and final Graduate leg takes place at the Meadowlands on June 28 with the July 6 finals also to be contested at the East Rutherford mile oval. COUNTRY IN THE CITY: Come on out to the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 15) when the multi-platinum country music dynamic duo Thompson Square bring their marvelous vocal blends to racing fans. The husband and wife team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson are offering up some fresh music with their third studio album, Masterpiece. Doors open for the show at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band up first at 4 p.m., to be followed by the headliners at 6 p.m. Live racing begins at 7:15 p.m. as Lauren Davidson takes the stage. WIENER TAKES ALL: The second annual "Wiener Dog Derby" will take place at the Big M on Saturday (June 22). It's free to attend with free parking, and the action gets underway at 6:45 p.m. The races are open to the first 80 entrants by June 15. There is $1,600 in prize money up for grabs. Be aware that the only dogs allowed at the track will be dachshunds and all canines must be currently licensed and up to date on all shots, including a rabies vaccination. For complete rules and entry form, go to HORSEPLAY CAR GIVEAWAY: Every live race night from now until Aug. 2, you could win a brand-new Toyota C-HR by participating in the Big M's "Horseplay Giveaway". Just grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or official Horseplay table and if you can throw your horse into a moving car at the conclusion of the sixth race, it will give you a chance at winning a $100 betting voucher and put you in the drawing for the C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated monthly charity. The drawing for the car will take place on Aug. 2, and to win, one must be present. NBA FINALS AT FANDUEL: The FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to watch and wager on the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors three games to two. Game 6 of the series takes place tonight (Thursday, June 13) at 9 p.m. If necessary, Game 7 is slated for Sunday (June 16) at 8 p.m. The FanDuel Sportsbook offers plenty of comfortable seating with a full-service bar and plenty of tasty food choices. Meadowlands Media Relations    

WASHINGTON, PA, June 13, 2019 -- Dapper Dude, the engaging millionaire who for several years has thrilled harness racing fans at The Meadows with his gritty, heart-stopping wins, is back. Following a brief sojourn at Plainridge Park, the 10-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest will take on the track's elite pacers in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. The feature goes as race 8, with Dapper Dude and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. leaving from post 4. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Dapper Dude has won more than $1.3 million and 54 races in his distinguished career. In many of those victories, he cut the mile but appeared gassed and ready to give it up before rallying again. Those sorts of heroics made him a fan favorite. When Massachusetts-based Micki Rae Stables acquired Dapper Dude earlier this year and shifted him to Plainridge, it appeared the move would work, as he won his initial start there. But he was off the board his next three outings; worse, the personable old boy seemed to mope in his new surroundings. Micki Rae paid attention and returned him to The Meadows and trainer Tim Twaddle, where he's regained some of his swagger. "I'm still working on getting his weight back, but he's on the right track," Twaddle says. "He's quieted down quite a bit, but he's happy. We're hoping for another confidence-builder." Last week, Dapper Dude won a high-level Conditioned Pace in 1:49.3, just three ticks off the mark he took as a sophomore. He'll need all that and more Saturday, as the field includes a formidable duo from trainer Ron Burke: Windsong Leo (post 8, Dave Palone), who's won 23 times over the past two seasons, and Real Peace (post 5, Aaron Merriman), a neck loser to Dapper Dude last week. "He trained very sharp going into last week, so I knew he would give a good accounting of himself," Twaddle says. "He's so courageous. If they're within his sight, he'll mow them down. You can't breed that. They either have it or they don't." Twaddle indicates he'll leave Saturday's race strategy up to Wrenn. "I never want to take the reins out of anybody's hands," he says. "So many things can happen, and I don't want to tie the driver's hands." Saturday's program also features a number of fan-centric activities presented by the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), including five "Hot Dog Pig Races," believed to be a first for The Meadows. In several of those heats, the pigs will be asked to jump hurdles. In addition, the MSOA will offer "Family Fun Day" activities. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000C new Quebec-Bred Series gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Frid14ay night with three opening round harness racing divisions for older trotters. The series was changed for this year to allow all trotters and pacers age four and older that were eligible to compete in the series. Prior to this change the series was only open for four and five-year-olds. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition followed by $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The very first race on the program Friday is the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Featured are three former champions, Seeyou Men (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Capteur De Reve (post 3). Seeyou Men ships in from Mohawk Raceway for trainer Daniel Martin and is the morning line favorite at 5/2. A $252,000c career winner has 16 starts this season and nearly $50,000c won in 2019. Track record holder Holiday Party was a game second last week at H3R in the Preferred-Handicap Trot while Capteur De Reve, who could become a four-time champion if he can win the final, comes into the race off a dismal performance in his first start of the year last week. Other contenders include Kinnder Dangerous (post 2), who two starts back won his 2019 debut with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R, Sultan D Or (post 6) is the winningest horse at H3R this season with four wins in five outings. Rideau Carleton invader, Sometimes When (post 1) rounds out the field. The sixth race is the second division for trotting horses and sees the return of three-time champion Maximuscle (post two), now trained by Michel Allard for Allard Racing. Shipping back to Quebec from Pocono Downs, Maximuscle shows one win this year in 1:56. Track record holder and Quebec champion Wildwild Men (post 6) will be in the hunt for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon and also entered is long-time H3R Open Trot contender and track record holder Caroluzzo (post 3). Rounding out the field are SOS Irresistable (post 1), SG Goliath King (post 4) and KFB Amigo Cool (post 5). The lone mares division takes place in the third race and is headlined by former champion Y S Suzanne (post 6). Trained and co-owned by Blake Curran, Y S Suzanne ships in from Rideau Carleton where she was second by a head in 1:58.4. She has five wins so far in 2019. Lucky Promises (post 5) comes back to her home track and is now being trained by Francis Richard. She will be driven by Steeve Genois, who campaigned her at Saratoga Raceway in the USA. Another good mare in the field is last year's Quebec-Bred Champion Precieuse CC (post 4), who has one win in four starts this season, 1:59 lifetime mark. Also entered are Vanilla Star (post 1), Montanaalaska (post 2) and EAU Naturelle (post 3). The older pacers in the Quebec-Bred Series get underway on Sunday at H3R with four divisions. For a free race program for Friday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club