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Andrea Pratt riding My Friend Charlie

NY County Fair Finals at Monticello Raceway

On Wednesday afternoon September 2, Monticello Raceway hosted the last leg of the New York Sire Stakes program, the NY County Fair Finals. Each of the 8 divisions raced for a purse of $10,000. Also on the card, was the RUS - New York Fair Series Championship, this was a non-wagering event that was conducted between the 6th and 7th race. It was an afternoon of double and triples, Jimmy Devaux and James Taggart Jr. each had 3 driving wins. Bruce Aldrich and Truman Gale had 2 wins a piece, and the combination of trainer David Dewhurst and owner Phillip Hale accounted for another 2 win pictures. The RUS event was one of the most competitive races of the afternoon. 5 horses went to post for the $2,500 non-wagering race. Iron Will made a break in the middle of the paddock turn before the start and was out of contention early. My Friend Charlie and rider Andrea Pratt starting from post position 3 went right to the lead and took the field past the first stanza in 31:3 and had 6 lengths on the field, the length margin remained the same at the half in 1:03:4. By this time, Iron Will who broke at the start made up about 20 length's and was ranging into contention at the ¾ pole parked first over, passing that station in 1:36:1. At the top of the stretch Iron Will did gain a slight advantage over My Friend Charlie, but the suburb recovery faltered as he made a break in the middle of the stretch. My Friend Charlie won in 2:09:2, almost rewriting the record books for the 1 mile event. When reached later, winning rider Andrea Pratt who was still riding the wave of excitement after winning her first RUS event. "The track was fast and in very good condition" remarked Pratt. "I thought it was a fairly open race and it worked out well for me as I had a good trip" said Andrea. She is also the trainer of My Friend Charlie, "He is a big strong horse' comment Andrea. During the afternoon of racing a BBQ was held adjacent to the paddock, hosted by Monticello Raceway, The Agricultural and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund and the Monticello Harness Horseman Association. County Fair Finals Recap 2 YOTF Linda's Choice, (PP 5) part of the David Dewhurst entry started the day off with a win in 2:05:3 for driver Jim Devaux, it was the first trip of the day to the winners circle for owner Phillip Hale. The daughter of Conway Hall - Howards Sister scored for her 6th seasonal win. 2 YOPF Niche Blue Chip, a daughter of Art Major - PW Spare scored a wire to wire win for driver Gregory Merton and trainer Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. Niche Blue Chip skipped away from the field to win by 5 lengths and taking a new lifetime mark of 2:00 in the process. 3 YOTF Hollywood Jess put owner Phillip Hale in the winners circle for the 2nd time this afternoon. The Conway Hall - Howards Sister lass made it look easy as she extended her lead by every step, to win by 12 in 2:00:3 for driver Truman Gale. 3 YOPF Maya Scape benefitted from the rough overland route that the heavy favorite Kruella was forced to take, was able to prevail in 1:57:3 for trainer - driver Henry Westbrook III. 3 YOPC The glamour division was just that as Adonis Bay scored an impressive win in the fastest mile of the afternoon and a new lifetime mark of 1:55:4. Trained by Harold Smith, and driven by Jim Devaux. 2 YOTC Trooper Jim, a homebred son of Conway Hall - Alpine Girl, owned by Barry, Heather & Evan White & trained by Barry White. Driver Bruce Aldrich showed the way every step of the mile to win in 2:04:2. The co-favorite returned $5.60 to his backers. 2 YOPC It was a good strategy move for Truman Gale to leave fast from the 6 hole with the 6/5 favorite Americanation, as the field was in disarray after 3 horses got tangled up in the first turn. The American Ideal - Cool World colt easily dispatched his opponents, drawing clear by 8 length at the wire in 2:00 for trainer Jeff Johnson Jr. and owner Pine Hill Stables. 3 YOTC The even money favorite JATO (PP2), was content to bid his time and sit in the pocket behind Royalty Rates until just before the ¾ pole, driver Doug Ackley tipped the son of Big Apple Deli to the outside and it was smooth sailing as he won handily by 6 lengths in 2:00:4, LQ 29:4 for owners Margaret and Amy Butler. By Shawn Wiles

Cufflink Hanover

Cufflink Hanover in spectacular fashion

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2015 -- Cufflink Hanover notched his third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series win in spectacular fashion, when he blazed home in a stake-record 1:55.1 at The Meadows. Wednesday's $100,000 harness racing event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Multitaskr Hanover, Petrossian AS, Asta La Pasta and Twin B Ammunition also taking splits. Andrew McCarthy enjoyed a stake double behind Petrossian AS and Asta La Pasta. Cufflink Hanover roared to the front from post 6 for driver and co-owner David Miller and never suffered an anxious moment, downing the pocket-sitting Nathaniel by 1-3/4 lengths. Air Glider earned show. Miller paid $30,000 for Cufflink Hanover at the Harrisburg sale and later sold part of him to the Enzed Racing Stable of Nifty Norman, who trains the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding. "I liked his breeding -- it was a good cross," Miller said. "He had two brothers and sisters who raced, so we took a shot. I'm very happy with him. He surprised the hell out of me." The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman gelding on a five-eighths-mile track and just a tick off Correcttamundo's world record. Multitaskr Hanover came from off the trot to set the previous stake mark of 1:56.1 -- it lasted about 20 minutes -- but it still was a great maiden-breaker for the son of Explosive Matter-Mrs. Ronerail, who was unsuccessful in five previous tries. Chuck Sylvester trains the youngster for Four Aces With A Kicker, Neal Goldman, Charles Stansley and David Reid. "We wanted mainly to get him to finish up good," said winning driver Dave Palone, "so we were just kind of rating our own mile. Fortunately, they were going fast." The first-over Moneycounts De Vie was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Bombardier third. Although it took him more than a quarter on the outside to grab the lead, Petrossian AS became a two-time stallion series winner when he triumphed in 1:57.3 for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri. Can We Have Fun was 1-1/2 lengths back in second, while HOV Lane Hall completed the ticket. "He is a little special -- you never know what you'll have with him," Lorentzon said of the SJ's Caviar-Elegant Dame gelding. "Last winter, he was sometimes a dead runaway and you couldn't hold him. Next second he can be lazy, so you have to chase him. But so far, so good. We might try him at Lexington." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner made it three straight when she roared to the front from post 8 for Eric Goodell and bested Certified Ideal by 1/2 length in 1:52. Stucklikeglue held third. Mike Watson trains the 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner, who boosted her career bankroll to $267,850, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows features the Florida Pro, a $208,577 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Running Aces

Final tune-ups before Minnesota Night Of Champions

COLUMBUS, MN. - American Dancer and Stuckey Dote swept their respective $8000 splits of Minnesota-sired two-year-old races on Wednesday night in their final tune-ups before Minnesota Night Of Champions on Sunday, September 12 at Running Aces, when each of the eight freshman and sophomore divisions will race for $21,000 purses. With three $11,000 races for older state-breds also scheduled that night total purses will be $201,000. American Dancer broke her maiden in the filly division following six straight show finishes in her first six starts. Sent off at 5-1 odds, driver Luke Plano positioned American Dancer in third from the innermost post position then sent her first-up following the halfway station. Lapped onto favored pacesetter Dag Inmy Stockings (Duane Roland) at the head of the stretch, American Dancer paced home strongest of all to repel Cruzin Coco (Adam Hauser) by just over a length in 1:57 with Dag Inmy Stockings holding for the show dough. The win was one of three on the program for Luke Plano, who also won the opener with Fox Valley Salsa and the nightcap with Stylemaster. Stuckey Dote (Tim Maier) added to his impressive rookie season resume with another resounding triump, this time by better than ten lengths in 1:57.1. The Merlin Van Otterloo owned and trained son of Voracious Hanover now sports six wins and two place finishes in eight career starts and a bankroll of $24,960 entering the upcoming championship fray. You'llseemeupfront (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Mint To Cruise (Nick Roland) earned the place and show payoffs. Gregg Keidel

Woodstock, VA—  Wednesday kicked off the 2015 live harness racing season at the Shenandoah County Fair and Billy Carter picked right up where he left off. Carter started his five victory day with Diamond Player in the first race.  He spotted the field 8 lengths as B Blissfull (Jimmy Viars) and Cohendoleezza (Ernest Taylor) did battle on the front end.  When the field made their way to the ½ mile pole she started her late closing kick on the leaders.  Diamond Player circled around B Blissfull who was caught on the rail and could not get off.  When they made their way to head stretch Carter guided Diamond Player to an easy victory.  Diamond Player won 2 races on the card as there were 2 heats. Carter also won with Peanut Butter Cup twice and then again with Xiao Wang in the 6th race. Betsy Brown made an appearance to the winners’ circle with BP Burner in the last race of the afternoon.  BP Burner (Brian P-Mattaprocessor) spotted the field 5 lengths early before making his move at the ¾ pole.  He went around the leaders and won easily drawing off by a length, there was a dead heat for the 2nd place spot between Perfect Ending and Jan’s Pride. For BP Burner it was the 1st victory for him after finishing 3rd in the 1st heat. Racing resumes at the Shenandoah County on Thursday with a first post of 1:00 PM.  Thursday features Veterans’ Tribute Day. By Michael Carter, for the Shenandoah County Fair

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2015 - Bridge To Jesse's turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle once again at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Wednesday, September 2. Extending his win streak to seven with the victory, Bridge To Jesse's and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors with a final time of 1:56.3. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Bridge To Jesse's was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third. Victor's Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. showed early speed off the gate and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's would begin his long first-over quest for the front approaching the final turn. Victor's Hall continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:29 while Bridge To Jesse's slowly begin to close in on the leader. As the field straightened away for home, Hensley asked his mount for more and Bridge to Jesse's found another gear. Bridge To Jesse's was able to wear down a tiring Victor's Hall late in the lane while Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander rallied gamely in the homestretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Bridge to Jesse's returned $4.20 at the betting window. "He's a pleasure to drive," Hensley noted in the winner's circle. "He's got great manners, he can be a little rambunctious behind the gate sometimes, but all in all, he's a perfect colt to drive. I think he's better racing off a helmet but he overcame the trip tonight and raced great again." After re-establishing the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:56 effort in his last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes outing, Bridge To Jesse's has only tasted defeat once in eight lifetime starts. Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $158,000 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Thursday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

It was bombs away at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 2) as the harness racing betting public errantly overlooked Country Delight in the $10,000 mares Open pace feature. When the gate released the pacers, Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) took the lead immediately as the rest of the field seemed content to follow in post-position order to a :28 quarter. With no pressure at all, Flanigen continued to grab leather and strolled to a pedestrian :58 half. Having had enough of it at that point, post time favorite Call Me Maybe (Drew Monti) pulled first-over and got as close as a length off by three-quarters in 1:27, but at that point it was too late. Flanigen let his mare out a notch and she did the rest; pacing home in :28.1 to win in a season's best, 1:55.1. It was the eighth win in 28 starts for Country Delight ($22.20) and it pushed her annual income to $48,623 for owner James Frandsen and trainer James Clouser Jr. Driver Dave McNeight III scored a driving triple getting across with Jimgethejobdunn ($7.50), Momara ($4.10) and Heavenly Place ($3.40). Drew Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. both had driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 4) at 6:35 p.m. when the New York Sire Stakes come to town featuring 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters who will compete for $120,400 in purses. Tim Bojarski

We busted into the month of September this past week at Pocono with temperatures that still felt a lot like we were in the midst of the summer season instead of the tail end of it. Next week in this column we'll be detailing all the exploits on Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Saturday, featuring the state championships for all 3-year-old divisions. This week we feature some excellent overnight harness racing as we dole out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: MAYTIME TERROR This 6-year-old gelding has put together quite a nice streak of racing the past few weeks, and, in doing so, has earned the respect of the handicappers. On August 15 at Pocono in a $20,000 to $25,000 claiming handicap, he went off at odds of 27-1, which was understandable since he went into the race winless in 14 2015 starts. But he rallied from far back with Joe Pavia Jr. in the bike for the upset victory. When he raced the following week in the same class at Harrah's at Philadelphia, he was made the favorite and delivered the victory in 1:51:3. On Saturday night, the gelding, trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, returned to face the $25,000 claimers at Pocono and went off as the even-money betting favorite. With George Napolitano Jr. in the bike this time around, he hustled to the lead at the quarter-pole from a #6 post position. The fractions were rapid, but Maytime Terror sustained them with relative ease. In the stretch he had a nice lead built up and coasted to a 3½-length victory in a sharp 1:50:1. Not only has we won over the bettors, but the gelding has salvaged what seemed like a lost season just a month ago. And, with three straight wins under his belt, the near future looks as promising as his recent past. Other top pacers this week include: Ontario Success (Marcus Miller, Ron Burke), who stepped up in class and still motored to his second straight condition win on Saturday night, this one in 1:50; K Ryan Bluechip (Joe Pavia Jr. driver and trainer), a 3-year-old gelding who blitzed a condition field on Tuesday night in 1:51:1 for his second straight victory; and Sudoku (Andrew McCarthy, Ross Croghan), a mare who moved up in class to win her third straight condition pace, the last two coming at Pocono and this one in a career-best time of 1:50:4. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: PANAMANIAN HANOVER Sometimes a change of scenery is all a horse needs to get going. Panamanian Hanover came to Pocono for a start on August 21 off a string of mediocre performances at Vernon Downs. Joining the barn of trainer Scott DiDomenico upon his arrival at Pocono, the 5-year-old gelding promptly built up his confidence with a victory over an $8,500 condition group in a career-best 1:54:1. There was little time to get carried away with that success though. He was back at it on Tuesday night in a $13,000 condition group, which is a full three steps up the condition ladder from the class he beat in his first Pocono test. With the inside post in a field of eight, Panamanian Hanover got away fourth and watched as the heavy favorite Marion Monaco set the pace. Panamanian Hanover's driver Joe Bongiorno decided to roll the dice and attempt to collar the leader first-over. Marion Monaco was game, fighting hard and parking his rival around the last turn. But Panamanian Hanover was relentless and finally wore down his foe, crossing the line a comfortable 2¼ lengths in front in 1:54, which reset his career mark. The gelding seems to like his new home, although his competitors at the track are probably wishing he keeps moving. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Sistas (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), a three-year-old filly who beat a condition group of mostly older horses on Saturday night in 1:55; Crazy About Pat (Anthony Napolitano, Paul Kelley), who followed up back-to-back wins at Saratoga with a condition win at Pocono on Tuesday night in a career-best 1:53:3; and Wisneheimer (George Napolitano Jr., Jenny Melander), who followed up a condition win at Harrah's with another here at Pocono on Wednesday night, matching a career-best of 1:53:1 in the process. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: CRAZZYCRAZZY Despite an outside post, this gelding with Andrew McCarthy in the bike shocked a field of claiming trotters on Friday night at 27-1, paying off $57.40 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANDREW MCCARTHY McCarthy drove elsewhere on Saturday and Sunday night, but he made the most of the time he had at Pocono this week, ripping off driving triples on Friday and Tuesday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: MARK FORD With a training double on Friday night and another victory on Sunday night, Ford continued yet another fine campaign at Pocono. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia          

Owner George Teague, Jr. thinks his gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit could be one of the greatest three-year-old pacers of all time. The bettors in the Little Brown Jug Future Pool #1 agree and made the son of Mr. Wiggles a decisive favorite.  Should Wiggle It Jiggleit win the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s on September 24, his backers will receive $1.10 on their $1.00 bet.   Dude’s The Man was the second choice at 4-1 and Artspeak was third at odds of 10-1.  North America's leading pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 starts this season and has banked more than $1.4 million. He is owned by George Teague, Jr., driven by his son Montrell Teague and trained by Clyde Francis.  Wiggle It Jiggleit won the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, $500,000 Max Hempt Final, $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The win in the Meadowlands Pace will allow his connections to supplement the pacer into the Little Brown Jug for $45,000.  The 4-1 second choice is the Adios Pace champion, Dude's The Man. The American Ideal colt is owned by M & L of Delaware, LLC and Victoria Dickerson. The ultra-consistent colt has finished on the board in 11 of 12 seasonal starts. Dude’s The Man will leave from the rail in this weekend’s $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway.  The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 20 through 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit racing at the Delaware County Fair.   2015 Little Brown Jug Future Wagering – Pool #1 Will Pays  HD          Horse                                 $1.00 Will Pay  1.            Artspeak                            $10.80  2.           Arque Hanover                  $27.00  3.           Badiou Hanover                $49.10  4.           Cooperstown                       $12.10  5.           Dealt A Winner                    $15.20  6.           Dude's The Man                  $ 4.00  7.           In The Arsenal                     $16.20  8.           Lost For Words                    $16.70  9.           My Hero Ron                        $39.10  10.         Revenge Shark                   $69.70  11.         Rock N'Roll World              $67.20  12.        Split The House                    $52.80  13.        Wiggle It Jiggleit                   $1.10  14.        Yankee Bounty                     $50.40  15.        All Other Horses                   $12.20

Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty) broke the track record for two year old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday night. The freshman filly came to town off of back to back victories in the New York Sire Stakes and was the public's even money favorite on Wednesday as she looked to threepeat. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted Goosebump Hanover for trainer Ron Burke and moved the filly out to the early lead. She was met with a host of challengers in the stretch but held on to win in 1:57.2, a new track record for two year old filly trotters. Morrill and Burke teamed up for another NYSS winner on the night as their Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn) scored in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:58.2 in her $48,941 stakes try. Jimmy Takter's Pampered Winner (Credit Winner) prevailed in the evening's third and final of the big stakes races for two year old filly highsteppers as she stopped the timer in 1:59 for her second victory of the season. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($4, Victor Kirby) notched his ninth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding assumed command approaching the quarter mile from Chinese Cuisine and never relented with an open length win for trainer/co-owner King Jr. Chinese Cuisine held second while Wingus finished third. The win pushed Powerful Charger just shy of the $100,000 seasonal earnings mark. Veteran pacer Jingle Bell Rocker won his seventh race in a row in the seventh race. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has been dominant at the $7,500 claiming level and recorded his 12th win of the year for owner Tina Clark in 1:54.1. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, Jingle Bell Rocker is trained by Bobby Clark. Wolfenden, Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

The 59th Annual Pre-Jug Mixed Sale featured black type yearlings along with several hundred racehorses. The first Dejarmbro yearlings to hit the sales were led by Impress The Best at $20,000. Consigned by Hickory Lane Farm, the striking black colt out of Lexis Electra was purchased by Mary Timura of Ohio. The initial Ohio eligible crop of McArdle's was led by Frita's Rose at $17,000. Consigned by Jake Schwarts the daughter of Margarita Frita was purchased by Jim and Kim Dailey. Competitive racehorses were in high demand with trainers eagerly trying to restock their stables. Ultra consistent high class pacer Southwind Terror topped the sale at $48,000. Consigned by Rene Allard the 5-year old son of Camluck returned to Yonkers under the ownership of Empowered Stables LLC. While Rene Allard brought a strong consignment to the sale, he also left with new purchases to replace them. Among these was the Open trotter Silent Son for $29,000, that happened to be the last hip number in the supplement of the 723 horses offered. Allard also got the bid on the promising 3-year old full brother to Color's A Virgin for $27,000 and the handy half mile track specialist Innocent Victim for $23,000. The very fast aged pacer A J Corbelli p,3,1:49 $483,849 came in from Mohawk and was purchased by Tommy Householder of Ohio to compete at the state's newly revived tracks. Cory Stratton of New York came shopping specifically with Yonkers on his mind. Stratton was successful in getting the fast 4-year old trotter Pasadena Star for $26,000 and the high end claimer Stone Tree for $23,000. For complete results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale November 16-19 visit www.bloodedhorse.com. For additional information contact jhaws@bloodedhorse.com Dot Morgan

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 2, 2015 -- The opening leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres and nine other races on Friday, September 4, mark the first program of the 2015 summer-fall Freehold Raceway meet. The $7,000 Green Acres leg for two-year-old pacing fillies has been carded as the third race, drawing five entrants [in post order]: Heatherjean, Rock My Girl, On Top of the Rock, LL Jackpot and Rocknroll Palz. LL Jackpot is a daughter of Philos Hanover while the other four are by Rocknroll Hanover. All four entrants for the Helen Smith Trot for three-year-old trotting fillies will advance to the $30,000 final on September 11, 2015. The Helen Smith is among the stakes for New Jersey-sired horses that are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The others include the Charles Smith for three-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Harold Dancer for two-year-old trotting colts [September 17], Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies [October 9] and a quartet of New Jersey Futurity stakes [September 26, October 16, October 23 and October 24]. This year's Helen Smith quartet are Blue Muse, Riley's Dream, Rules of the Road and Southwind Cartier. Blue Muse is by Muscles Yankee and the other three are by Muscle Hill. The Helen Smith stakes record of 1:56.2 is shared by Marla Bar [2002], Silver Credit [2013] and Cee Bee Yes [2014]. On Opening Day, the track offers a free t-shirt with a paid Freehold live program, while supplies last. The Fourth Annual Open Space Pace, featuring a parade of horses, petting zoo, exhibitions, food trucks and live music, will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The 44-day meet continues through December 12, 2015. Racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus a holiday program on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Post time is 12:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Harness Racing this week: Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro, She's A Great Lady, Simcoe Stakes, and Champlain Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; American-National, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill.; and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: A busy holiday weekend of Grand Circuit action is led by a pair of Triple Crown events at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 5). The Hilltop oval will host the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters and the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers. These races will be the second legs in the Triple Crown for their respective gaits. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk commences on Thursday (Sept. 3) with three divisions in the C$262,380 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Sept. 4) program is highlighted by two divisions in the C$236,313 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and a single C$223,193 division in the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. The huge Saturday (Sept. 5) program features the C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, the C$685,000 Metro for 2-year-old colt pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers. Also on the program will be two divisions in the C$229,907 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters and a single C$223,193 division in the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Sept. 6) Balmoral Park card features $90,000 (est.) American-National races for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Grand Circuit action heads to Tioga Downs on Labor Day Monday (Sept. 7) with the $40,000 (est.) fourth leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Yonkers Raceway this past Saturday with 3-year-old fillies featured in the finals of the Lady Maud for pacers and Hudson Trot for fillies, plus the colts took to the track for a pair of Yonkers Trot eliminations. Odds-on choice Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) completed her Yonkers Raceway Lismore/Lady Maud personal stakes double, winning the latter event in 1:53. The $116,430 Lady Maud, which attracted just a half-dozen 3-year-old pacing fillies, saw Purrfect Bags in play early from post position two. She then closed the sale, winning by a length in 1:53. Bettor N Better fought the good fight for second, with Strut My Stuff, Repeat Please and Cheyenne Robin coming away with the small change. For Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again brought to town from Delmarva by the Kings -- owner JoAnn and trainer Jim Jr. -- it was her eighth win (fifth consecutive) in 10 seasonal starts (15-for-18 lifetime). Driver Jason Bartlett and trainer Chuck Sylvester won Yonkers Raceway's $149,240 final of the Hudson Filly Trot with a pocket-sitting Murderers Row in a season's best 1:56.3. Murderers Row won a protracted stretch battle by a nose over Lady Winona. Third went to Scented Roses, barely holding off a closing Wouldn't Itbesweet, while Oh My Darlin earned the last pay envelope. For Murderers Row, co-owned by Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz, it was her second win in eight seasonal starts. New York did itself proud Saturday night, as Empire-breds won both $40,000 eliminations for Yonkers Trot No. 61. When the stone dust settled, it was a pair of Ron Burke entities, Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick) and Habitat (Yannick Gingras) who led the lads into this Saturday's (Sept. 5) half-million-dollar final. Crazy Wow defeated Pinkman by a length in 1:55.4. Buen Camino held third over a closing Workout Wonder with both getting berths in the final. For second choice Crazy Wow -- last season's New York Sire Stakes frosh champ -- a son of Crazed co-owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, it was his sixth win in 10 seasonal starts. Habitat won the second elimination in 1:55.3. Southwind Mozart chased from a loose pocket and was beaten a couple of lengths. Billy Flynn and French Laundry also earned seats in the final. Habitat, a son of Conway Hall, co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stables, is now 6-for-13 this season. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 749; 2. Tim Tetrick - 495; 3. David Miller - 491.5; 4. Brian Sears - 397; 5. Corey Callahan - 342.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,009; 2. Jimmy Takter - 617; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 300; 4. Tony Alagna - 228: 5. Erv Miller - 212. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 235; 2. Burke Racing - 234.65; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 208.95; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 140; 5. Christina Takter - 111.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Mohawk Racetrack, Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs, and The Red Mile. Mohawk will feature eliminations of the Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trot, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way, as well as Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old pacers and Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers; Scioto will host the Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers; Tioga will have W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for 2-year-old pacers; and The Red Mile will feature a leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotters. Paul Ramlow

Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2015 Black Book 1 Yearling Sale catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Download the catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our "My Black Book" program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a "QR reader" application from your Smart Phone's "App Store", and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app - follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone's needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

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You can sign up now in case you have not received the most recent Harnesslink newsletter called Insider Access, and here is your chance below!.  Here are some headline teasers from our most recent issue! CEO from Australia riles Harnesslink - One of the most disappointing things to have happened to Harnesslink since our establishment over 13 years ago was the vitriolic attack on this news company by the CEO of Harness Racing Australia, Andrew Kelly, at this year’s conference of New Zealand trotting clubs. Rock N Roll Heaven & Majestic Son Updated - In Stallion Sphere's newest revision we once again have two outstanding updates to previously reviewed stallions.The two stallions featured this week are Rock N Roll Heaven and Majestic Son. We've also taken Stallion Sphere out of Facebook and onto a stand alone site at www.stallionsphere.com, so readers without a Facebook account can read the reviews. As always though, you will still be able to access Stallion Sphere through the tab at the top of our Facebook Page. All racetracks should have Wiener Dog races - Yes, it reads like harness racing had gone to the dogs. And maybe all racetracks should go to the dogs…. Wiener Dog Racing that is! Congratulations to Harness Racing New Zealand - I would have to admit, that when I first heard that Harness Racing New Zealand was proposing to have a major shakeup of the club structure, which they announced at this year’s conference, I was pleasantly surprised but also relieved in a way. Australian Breeders Crown gets it right - Having just spent the last few days in Melbourne to take in this years Australasian Breeders Crown, you have to congratulate Harness Racing Victoria for putting on such a great show. Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe      
On Wednesday afternoon September 2, Monticello Raceway hosted the last leg of the New York Sire Stakes program, the NY County Fair Finals. Each of the 8 divisions raced for a purse of $10,000. Also on the card, was the RUS - New York Fair Series Championship, this was a non-wagering event that was conducted between the 6th and 7th race. It was an afternoon of double and triples, Jimmy Devaux and James Taggart Jr. each had 3 driving wins. Bruce Aldrich and Truman Gale had 2 wins a piece, and the combination of trainer David Dewhurst and owner Phillip Hale accounted for another 2 win pictures. The RUS event was one of the most competitive races of the afternoon. 5 horses went to post for the $2,500 non-wagering race. Iron Will made a break in the middle of the paddock turn before the start and was out of contention early. My Friend Charlie and rider Andrea Pratt starting from post position 3 went right to the lead and took the field past the first stanza in 31:3 and had 6 lengths on the field, the length margin remained the same at the half in 1:03:4. By this time, Iron Will who broke at the start made up about 20 length's and was ranging into contention at the ¾ pole parked first over, passing that station in 1:36:1. At the top of the stretch Iron Will did gain a slight advantage over My Friend Charlie, but the suburb recovery faltered as he made a break in the middle of the stretch. My Friend Charlie won in 2:09:2, almost rewriting the record books for the 1 mile event. When reached later, winning rider Andrea Pratt who was still riding the wave of excitement after winning her first RUS event. "The track was fast and in very good condition" remarked Pratt. "I thought it was a fairly open race and it worked out well for me as I had a good trip" said Andrea. She is also the trainer of My Friend Charlie, "He is a big strong horse' comment Andrea. During the afternoon of racing a BBQ was held adjacent to the paddock, hosted by Monticello Raceway, The Agricultural and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund and the Monticello Harness Horseman Association. County Fair Finals Recap 2 YOTF Linda's Choice, (PP 5) part of the David Dewhurst entry started the day off with a win in 2:05:3 for driver Jim Devaux, it was the first trip of the day to the winners circle for owner Phillip Hale. The daughter of Conway Hall - Howards Sister scored for her 6th seasonal win. 2 YOPF Niche Blue Chip, a daughter of Art Major - PW Spare scored a wire to wire win for driver Gregory Merton and trainer Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. Niche Blue Chip skipped away from the field to win by 5 lengths and taking a new lifetime mark of 2:00 in the process. 3 YOTF Hollywood Jess put owner Phillip Hale in the winners circle for the 2nd time this afternoon. The Conway Hall - Howards Sister lass made it look easy as she extended her lead by every step, to win by 12 in 2:00:3 for driver Truman Gale. 3 YOPF Maya Scape benefitted from the rough overland route that the heavy favorite Kruella was forced to take, was able to prevail in 1:57:3 for trainer - driver Henry Westbrook III. 3 YOPC The glamour division was just that as Adonis Bay scored an impressive win in the fastest mile of the afternoon and a new lifetime mark of 1:55:4. Trained by Harold Smith, and driven by Jim Devaux. 2 YOTC Trooper Jim, a homebred son of Conway Hall - Alpine Girl, owned by Barry, Heather & Evan White & trained by Barry White. Driver Bruce Aldrich showed the way every step of the mile to win in 2:04:2. The co-favorite returned $5.60 to his backers. 2 YOPC It was a good strategy move for Truman Gale to leave fast from the 6 hole with the 6/5 favorite Americanation, as the field was in disarray after 3 horses got tangled up in the first turn. The American Ideal - Cool World colt easily dispatched his opponents, drawing clear by 8 length at the wire in 2:00 for trainer Jeff Johnson Jr. and owner Pine Hill Stables. 3 YOTC The even money favorite JATO (PP2), was content to bid his time and sit in the pocket behind Royalty Rates until just before the ¾ pole, driver Doug Ackley tipped the son of Big Apple Deli to the outside and it was smooth sailing as he won handily by 6 lengths in 2:00:4, LQ 29:4 for owners Margaret and Amy Butler. By Shawn Wiles
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2015 -- Cufflink Hanover notched his third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series win in spectacular fashion, when he blazed home in a stake-record 1:55.1 at The Meadows. Wednesday's $100,000 harness racing event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Multitaskr Hanover, Petrossian AS, Asta La Pasta and Twin B Ammunition also taking splits. Andrew McCarthy enjoyed a stake double behind Petrossian AS and Asta La Pasta. Cufflink Hanover roared to the front from post 6 for driver and co-owner David Miller and never suffered an anxious moment, downing the pocket-sitting Nathaniel by 1-3/4 lengths. Air Glider earned show. Miller paid $30,000 for Cufflink Hanover at the Harrisburg sale and later sold part of him to the Enzed Racing Stable of Nifty Norman, who trains the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding. "I liked his breeding -- it was a good cross," Miller said. "He had two brothers and sisters who raced, so we took a shot. I'm very happy with him. He surprised the hell out of me." The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman gelding on a five-eighths-mile track and just a tick off Correcttamundo's world record. Multitaskr Hanover came from off the trot to set the previous stake mark of 1:56.1 -- it lasted about 20 minutes -- but it still was a great maiden-breaker for the son of Explosive Matter-Mrs. Ronerail, who was unsuccessful in five previous tries. Chuck Sylvester trains the youngster for Four Aces With A Kicker, Neal Goldman, Charles Stansley and David Reid. "We wanted mainly to get him to finish up good," said winning driver Dave Palone, "so we were just kind of rating our own mile. Fortunately, they were going fast." The first-over Moneycounts De Vie was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Bombardier third. Although it took him more than a quarter on the outside to grab the lead, Petrossian AS became a two-time stallion series winner when he triumphed in 1:57.3 for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri. Can We Have Fun was 1-1/2 lengths back in second, while HOV Lane Hall completed the ticket. "He is a little special -- you never know what you'll have with him," Lorentzon said of the SJ's Caviar-Elegant Dame gelding. "Last winter, he was sometimes a dead runaway and you couldn't hold him. Next second he can be lazy, so you have to chase him. But so far, so good. We might try him at Lexington." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner made it three straight when she roared to the front from post 8 for Eric Goodell and bested Certified Ideal by 1/2 length in 1:52. Stucklikeglue held third. Mike Watson trains the 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner, who boosted her career bankroll to $267,850, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows features the Florida Pro, a $208,577 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
COLUMBUS, MN. - American Dancer and Stuckey Dote swept their respective $8000 splits of Minnesota-sired two-year-old races on Wednesday night in their final tune-ups before Minnesota Night Of Champions on Sunday, September 12 at Running Aces, when each of the eight freshman and sophomore divisions will race for $21,000 purses. With three $11,000 races for older state-breds also scheduled that night total purses will be $201,000. American Dancer broke her maiden in the filly division following six straight show finishes in her first six starts. Sent off at 5-1 odds, driver Luke Plano positioned American Dancer in third from the innermost post position then sent her first-up following the halfway station. Lapped onto favored pacesetter Dag Inmy Stockings (Duane Roland) at the head of the stretch, American Dancer paced home strongest of all to repel Cruzin Coco (Adam Hauser) by just over a length in 1:57 with Dag Inmy Stockings holding for the show dough. The win was one of three on the program for Luke Plano, who also won the opener with Fox Valley Salsa and the nightcap with Stylemaster. Stuckey Dote (Tim Maier) added to his impressive rookie season resume with another resounding triump, this time by better than ten lengths in 1:57.1. The Merlin Van Otterloo owned and trained son of Voracious Hanover now sports six wins and two place finishes in eight career starts and a bankroll of $24,960 entering the upcoming championship fray. You'llseemeupfront (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Mint To Cruise (Nick Roland) earned the place and show payoffs. Gregg Keidel
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