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Bettor's Edge is not the highest profile pacer in the Ron Burke Stable, but he is holding his own against the best in the sport. It's something he has done pretty much throughout his million-dollar-earning career. The 5-year-old gelding heads into Saturday's $463,300 William R. Haughton Memorial for older pacers at the Meadowlands off a second-place finish in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 28. He finished between stablemates Sweet Lou, who edged him by a neck, and Foiled Again. Sweet Lou and Foiled Again also are entered in the Haughton, as well as Burke-trained Clear Vision. Sweet Lou, who has a five-race win streak, is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Bettor's Edge is fourth choice at 6-1, behind Captaintreacherous (3-1) and State Treasurer (9-2). Foiled Again, who with $6.31 million in career purses is the richest harness racing horse in North American history, starts from the outside in post No. 10 and is 12-1. The Haughton and $776,000 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers will be shown live starting at 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Saturday's card also includes the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial, $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial, $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee, $178,450 Golden Girls, and a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility Series. Bettor's Edge, who joined the Burke Brigade in November 2013 after a successful stint with trainer Linda Toscano, has won six of 17 races this year, including three divisions of the spring Levy Series, and earned $285,340. "We're high on him," said Mark Weaver, who owns Bettor's Edge with Burke Racing, Mike Bruscemi, and M1 Stable. "In the Franklin, it looked like he was going to get by [Sweet] Lou and beat the best horses around. He's solid. A lot of people that follow him really like him. His lines are better than they look. He's been in against tough horses in tough spots." As a 3-year-old, Bettor's Edge won six of 25 races, including the Monument Circle, and had on-the-board finishes in the Breeders Crown, Tattersalls Pace, Little Brown Jug, Cane Pace, and Progress Pace on his way to $573,797 in season's earnings. "We always liked the horse," Weaver said, adding about Bettor's Edge's foaling year of 2009, "That year, [Sweet] Lou's crop, I love those horses. I don't think people realized how good they were. I think last year they started to realize, with Pet Rock and A Rocknroll Dance and some of the others and the way they raced in the aged pacing division. "We're trying to look at the immediate future as well as down the road. Foiled [Again] can't last forever; [Sweet] Lou eventually will be in the breeding shed. We like to buy horses we think can help fill voids when they happen. We thought he could do that. So far it's worked out. I wouldn't be surprised if he does some bigger and better things." If nothing else, Bettor's Edge has proved to be a durable money-earner. When he starts in the Haughton it will give him at least one race in 14 of the last 15 months. "A lot of these horses, you map out every start," Weaver said. "With him, we've been kind of winging it. He's had 38 starts since he's had a real break. Believe me, he's not getting one soon as well as he's racing. At some point he'll get the break he deserves and maybe he'll come back even better next year." Following is the Haughton field in post order with listed drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Thinking Out Loud, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 8-1; 2. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 3. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 8-5; 4. State Treasurer, David Miller, Ian Moore, 9-2; 5. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 30-1; 6. Bettor's Edge, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 7. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley, 12-1; 8. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 20-1; 9. Clear Vision, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1; 10. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 12-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Surrounded by his extended family in his home outside of Philadelphia, Pa, harness racing veteran owner and former trainer/driver, Joseph Muscara, passed away Monday at age 90. Muscara has been involved in harness racing since the early 1970’s. Running his stable at Liberty Bell Park, he was one of the first in the Standardbred business to begin exporting race horses from Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis. In the mornings he would be out at his stable at Liberty Bell Park training horses and by the afternoon he was running his very successful real estate development and construction company in Philadelphia. “There is no one in the harness racing business world-wide who has purchased and imported more horses from down under to the United States than Joe Muscara,” said longtime friend and business associate, John Curtin, who came in from New Zealand just two weeks ago to see Joe. “Over the last 40 years he has spent millions of dollars on horses from down under and for the most part has done extremely well with many of them.” The Muscara Standardbred Stable and Muscara Racing Trust, with his sons also involved in the business, have also faired very well with racing and purchasing horses in North America also. Muscara Standardbred currently have three world champion stallions in Mach Three, Art Official and Mister Big, and recently purchased half interest in the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old pacer of the year, He’s Watching and also own part of A Rocknroll Dance. They currently have 20 race horses with trainer Darren Cassar and they still import horses from down under. Recent winners include Dream Out Loud N, Ginger Spice N and Erle Dale N. Joe Muscara had purchased Mister Big for $250,000 at the Harrisburg horse sale and he went on to win $4 million. He’s Watching, who Muscara Trust purchased half interest in this past winter, is one of the favorites this Saturday to win the prestigious $776,000 Meadowlands Pace. “I remember one of the first horses he ever owned named Dream Volo,” said Robert Muscara, “And my dad was the leading owner/trainer at Liberty Bell back then in 1970 and that horse really helped him get his career going. He would rather work the horses than work in the construction business. “He first got his USTA license in 1970 and over his career he owned thousands of horses that made millions of dollars,” Robert Muscara said. “He was the most prolific importer of horses from New Zealand and Australia in the history of harness racing. And he always cut out the dead wood. If a horse was not earning his keep Dad would drop him in class until he could win or he got rid of them. “He was very pleased this past weekend when he saw He’s Watching win his elimination division of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:48.1,” Robert Muscara said. “He was really hoping that this horse could win him his second Meadowlands Pace. He won his first Meadowlands Pace with Mach Three in 2002.” Joe's daughter Cheryl remembered her father recently at his 90th birthday party and had reminded him about one of his special birthdays years ago, "It was 50 years ago today we will always remember your birthday when you turned 40....it was when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and we all watched the show at your birthday party." Details are pending for the funeral arrangements and will be posted when available. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 25 - Where's The Beach, dam of the great Somebeachsomewhere, sadly passed away on Friday, June 13. The 16-year-old mare was humanely euthanized at Ohio StateUniversity EquineHospital following colic surgery. Owned by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug of West Jefferson, Oh, Where's The Beach foaled a Well Said weanling earlier this year and was bred to A Rocknroll Dance prior to passing. "It was certainly a sad day," Smith-Rothaug said. "'Beach' was like part of the family and she certainly has been a life changing mare for me and for that I'll forever be grateful. She had tremendous presence to her and took care of her babies very well. She will be missed." Although never stepping foot on the racetrack, Where's The Beach, a $20,000 yearling, proved to be much more valuable in the breeding shed. Her fourth foal, Somebeachsomewhere, is arguably the greatest pacer of all time as he suffered defeat once in 21 career starts and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame just nine months after his final career start. His lone defeat came in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace to Art Official, which was arguably 'The Beach's' best race. Somebeachsomewhere, trained and co-owned by Brent MacGrath, amassed over $3.2 million in career earnings. His sophomore earnings of $2,448,003 compiled in 2008 was a new record for single-season earnings. Along the way, he set four world records, including the fastest mile in the history of the sport (1:46.4) and recorded sub-1:50 miles in exactly half of his 20 wins. The Ontario-bred son of Mach Three retired to a lucrative stallion deal at the famed Hanover Shoe Farms. He was the unanimous choice as Canada's horse of the year in 2008 and shared the honour in 2007 - as a two-year-old - with sophomore pacer Tell All. He has also become arguably the sport's top stallion. Commanding a $30,000 stud fee, Somebeachsomewhere has produced the likes of Captaintreacherous, Sunshine Beach, Somwherovrarainbow and Apprentice Hanover, just to name a few. Where's The Beach has stamped herself as one of the games top broodmares. She has produced a number of $100,000+ yearlings, including Myrtle Beach (2006 -$100,000), Star On The Beach (2007 - $150,000), Someheartsomewhere (2008 - $210,000), Someofthebeach (2010 - $430,000) and Bring On The Beach (2012 - $155,000). Smith-Rothaug confirmed that Where's The Beach has been cremated. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

In a ground-breaking arrangement, the two most time-honoured stud farms in New Zealand and Australia are partnering on a stallion – and will be partnering on more in the future. The stallion with the honour of consummating this relationship is the multiple World Record holder and Meadowlands Pace winner, A Rocknroll Dance – the first horse ever to record multiple sub-1:50 wins as a two-year-old and the only horse ever to win three consecutive races in sub-1:48. A $2.4 million winning son of Rocknroll Hanover, A Rocknroll Dance will stand at Nevele R in Canterbury with Alabar coordinating the marketing throughout New Zealand and Australia. Commercial breeders will no doubt gain great confidence from this arrangement as it should ensure A Rocknroll Dance an outstanding book of mares and give him the firepower to make a real impact at the sales and beyond. The participants in this deal make no secret of the significance they attach to it. Helena Francis, daughter of the late Wayne Francis and now managing director of Nevele R Stud: “Nevele R Stud has a proud history over the years of bringing to the breeders outstanding stallions. “By partnering with Alabar we see this as a means of ensuring that top stallions are available to our breeders. “We are looking forward to the opportunities that will arise from this relationship.” Graeme Henley from Alabar: “This is the way of the future. We’ll also be partnering on future deals. Both Nevele R and ourselves are committed to accessing the very best stallions for our breeders – to achieve this we need to not only work together and but also alongside the major farms in North America. “We wanted the first stallion we stood together to be the absolute best available – there’s no doubt A Rocknroll Dance is a very special horse.” Adam Bowden (principal of Diamond Creek Farm, the managers of A Rocknroll Dance, the owners of the most elite broodmare band in harness racing and a burgeoning force in the North America stud scene): “We believed in A Rocknroll Dance as a racehorse, we believe in him as a stallion, and we believe the combination of forces between Nevele R and Alabar in the Southern Hemisphere only begins to scratch the surface of what the future will hold. A stallion with his looks, pedigree and race record are a rare combination and combined with the success of Northern and Southern Hemisphere powerhouses Diamond Creek Farm, Nevele R Stud, and Alabar Farms, the sky is the limit.” A Rocknroll Dance is currently serving a full book in his first season at Diamond Creek’s Pennsylvania farm. His book is one of the best books afforded to a new stallion and includes the likes of one of the greatest fillies of recent times See You At Peelers ($1,573,260), the $2.6 million winner Loyal Opposition, the millionaire Tidewaterdragonfly, the brilliant filly Isabella Blue Chip (p,2,1:51.4, $792,069) and Wheres The Beach (the dam of none other than the great Somebeachsomewhere). Interestingly for the breeders of Australasia, both See You At Peelers and Isabella Blue Chip are by Bettor’s Delight. A Rocknroll Dance earned this tremendous support with a race career that was glittered with highlights. He was the richest two-year-old of his year and equalled the world record at that age. As a three-year-old he not only won the Meadowlands Pace but also the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine - in identical times of 1:48.2. As a four-year-old he was a monster, setting world records on both five-eighths (1:47.8) and half-mile tracks (1:49.2). His outstanding achievement of three consecutive sub-1:48 wins was recorded in winning an invitational at Pocono Downs (1:47.8) and the elimination and final of the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.6 and 1:47.4). He is one of only three pacers in history to win in sub-1:50 at two, three and four. A horse who could lead or power over the opposition at the finish, he paced eleven sub-27 last quarters – fastest 25.4 and four sub-27 first quarters (when leading) – the fastest in 25.2. He defeated twelve millionaires, incl Foiled Again $6,089,210, Sweet Lou $2,133,011, Golden Receiver $2,130,368, Pet Rock $1,985,820, Atochia $1,793,594, Clear Vision $1,791,052, Bolt The Duer $1,724,645, etc. Bred in the purple, his dam is a half sister to the champion sire Western Hanover. This is an outstanding siring family with no less than eight sires of $100,000 winners in his first four dams. Intriguingly, he carries a 4 x 2 cross to the outstanding broodmare Wendymae Hanover. His fee is set at NZ$6,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand and AUS$6,000 (incl GST) in Australia. In a win for breeders he will be included in both the Nevele R and Alabar multiple mare discount schemes. Courtesy of Alabar Stud

BOWDEN ALSO BUYS SHARES IN FATHER PATRICK...WILL STAND HIM AT DIAMOND CREEK FARM

The 2014 book for first-year stallion A Rocknroll Dance is now full and closed, according to Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden. A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2 ($2,429,441), a multiple World Champion and winner of the Meadowlands Pace, stands at Diamond Creek of Pennsylvania for a stud fee of $6,000. I'd like to thank all who booked to him, from the first one to the last one, Bowden said. We believed in him as a racehorse and we believe in him now as he embarks on his next career. His book is filled with quality from top to bottom. "We're breeding 19 of our own top mares to him, including three millionaires and two Dan Patch winners", he added. Included in that group is Diamond Creek's sparkling 2012 acquisition See You At Peelers p,2,1:51.3f; 3,1:49.2f ($1,573,260), a World Champion and two-time Dan Patch award winner. Other top mares in A Rocknroll Dance's initial court include Loyal Opposition, Loving Caroline, Isabella Blue Chip, Tidewaterdragonfly, Blood Diamond and Apple, the latter two from the immediate maternal families of great producers Cathedra and Arterra. "Dance is a gorgeous stallion, and hopefully his foals will have that great Western Hanover look that his inbreeding suggests", Bowden said. "I think they'll be very popular attractions at the select yearling sales." Diamond Creek Farm For further information contact Adam Bowden: (859) 707-5987, email: diamondcreekfarm@hotmail.com

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