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Two-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies will race for nearly a half million dollars in purses in the Grand Circuit International Stallion Stakes on Friday at The Red Mile.   Outsourced returns to the scene of his world record effort of last week in Friday's fourth race. The Explosive Matter gelding set the fastest mark of any male freshman trotter in the sport's history when he converted a perfect Ron Pierce drive into a narrow 1:53.1 win in the Bluegrass stakes. He faces a slightly less accomplished group of seven in this quest to double up for trainer Noel Daley who owns him in partnership with Adam Victor & Son Stable and Mira Bogucki. Pierce is listed to drive from post four.     Odds On Amethyst spins right back after a dominant four length 1:54.2 romp in the Bluegrass. He's a Muscle Hill first cropper from the great Mystical Sunshine and he had the look of a contender last week. Tim Tetrick has the drive (and quite possibly the warm up call) again for trainer Robin Schadt and Dana Parham's Odds On Racing in the third race.   The final division  (race 8) holds great promise, with a couple of lightly raced but royally bred colts.     E L Titan is a Muscle Hill from Courtney Lobell and he's been brought along carefully by trainer / driver Riina Rekila. Among his just three starts is an impressive second to division star Father Patrick (who sits this one out) in the Champlain stakes. Erkki Laakkonen bred and retains ownership of this top prospect.   Also in the field is Muscleprinctonian, Jules Siegel's homebred result of pairing his 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winning mare, Broadway Schooner with 2009 Hambo winner Muscle Hill. He looked great in his Meadowlands qualifiers and had a few lackluster starts in Jersey Sires Stakes competition before trainer Jim Campbell gave the colt some time off. He qualified very nicely in 1:56.3 for John Campbell here last week.       The pacing fillies are carded in races five, six and ten with the best saved for last. Division leader Precocious Beauty hooks up with Uffizi Hanover, who won her Bluegrass division from an impossible spot last week.    Precocious Beauty (Art Major) has a five race winning streak including the season's top dollar race to this point, the She's A great Lady and won her Bluegrass split in 1:51- last Friday. She sports a pair of 1:50.2 wins and over $400,000 on the year for breeder/owner Jim Avritt and trainer (father) Gregg McNair and driver (son) Doug McNair.   Uffizi Hanover had lost a few photos before breaking her maiden in the Bluegrass, coming from tenth and last at the three quarters call blasting home in 26.1 to win in 1:50.3 for Dave Miller. She is by first crop sire Well Said and is indicative of the late season bloom by his get. Jimmy Takter trains her for Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Post time is 1:00 pm on Friday and through the meet's end on Sunday.   The Lexington Selected Standardbred Yearling sale began at 7:00 pm tonight at the Fasig-Tipton pavilion.        by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

Daytime Grand Circuit racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday, October 3 with post time set for 1:00pm, as will be the case through the balance of the meet.   Three divisions of the $266,500 International Stallion Stakes for two year old trotting fillies are the Thursday feature, with two of the three winners returning from last week's Bluegrass tests.   Struck By Lindy took a record of 1:53.1 here at The Red Mile last week and returns in race five on Thursday for her connections. From the impressive first crop of Explosive Matter, she has won half of her eight career starts and amassed over $160,000 this season for owners Mel Hartman, RAW Equine, Inc. and Adam Victor & Son Stable. Dave Miller is listed to drive for trainer R. "Nifty" Norman.   Chivaree Hanover is also looking to complete the "Lexington Double" by winning on both weeks of the Grand Circuit stand in Kentucky. She is from Muscle Hill's first crop and has exhibited both speed and consistency over the course of her young racing career for owner / trainer Gregg McNair. She has won three times in six outings and earned a 1:56.3 mark to go along with her rapidly escalating bankroll of $92,113. Doug McNair is back in town to drive the family horse in the tenth and final race of the day.   In between those two, race nine appears to be a handicapping puzzle, with several promising fillies looking to make their mark while in Lexington. Heaven's Door has blazing speed and impressed many with her Merrie Annabelle elimination effort where she finished third after an early break.   Trainer Ross Croghan gave her time to collect herself after The Meadowlands meet and spoke of her eccentricities in an interview last week. She responded with another strong effort, putting up some pretty fancy numbers on the lead for driver John Campbell and holding sway for the place behind Struck By Lindy, who sat the pocket and sailed by for the win. Heaven's Door was timed in 1:54.1 there and if John is able to settle the Muscle Hill filly into slightly less frenetic fractions she could get her first win for Let It Ride Stable, Robert Cooper and J & T Silva Stables.   The Grand Circuit meet continues with matinee racing at 1:00pm through Sunday, culminating with the Kentucky Futurity on closing day. Visit The Red Mile website for further details. Clubhouse dining reservations may be made by calling (859) 233-0814.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale starts on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm and the catalog is brimming with potential by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

The annual Grand Circuit meet contested at The Red Mile, which attracts the continent’s best performers in harness racing, kicked off Thursday night with three divisions of the  $287,600 Bluegrass Stake for two-year-old filly trotters.   The world record set by Snow White back in 2007 of 1:52.4 was crushed in the final division of the Bluegrass, as Designed To Be watched Cooler Schooner set hot fractions and then kicked right by her in the stretch to hold off a closing Shake It Cerry in 1:52.2.   Fastlane Anover and Highest Peak broke before the start. Designed To Be, Cooler Schooner and Shake It Cerry all left the gate for the top, but Cooler Schooner was quickest to the first turn and was the pacesetter to the quarter. Designed To Be tucked into second, while Tweet Me got away in third and Shake It Cerry was forced to back into fourth at the quarter in :27.2.   Cooler Schooner kicked away from the field passed the three-eighths pole, in front of Designed To Be by about 5 lengths. Tweet Me was still trotting in third and Shake It Cerry was caught behind her in fourth as Cooler Schooner rushed to the half in :54.3 (:27.1).   Into the far turn, Shake It Cerry began devouring ground on her way towards the top. She managed to flush out Designed To Be heading to three-quarters. The trio on the lead were well clear of Tweet Me left in fourth and the rest of the fillies who were playing catch up as Cooler Schooner was holding on to the lead at three-quarters in 1:24.1 (:27.3).   Designed To Be went by Cooler Schooner with ease through the stretch. At the eighth pole, it became a two-horse race as Shake It Cerry was making her move from second over. Shake It Cerry came close to taking command, but Designed To Be dug in strongly on their flight to the wire and Designed To Be held off Shake It Cerry to stop the clock in a world record of 1:52.2. Shake It Cerry, the post-time favorite, finished second, Cooler Schooner was third and Game On Hanover was fourth.   Designed To Be ($5.80) is a two-year-old filly by Donato Hanover, out of the mare Sheer Soul by Yankee Glide. She is owned by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, trained by Julie Miller and husband Andy Miller was the pilot of the freshman filly, sitting in the bike as she set a lifetime best of 1:52.2.   “She’s been well-in-hand every race she’s had and I didn’t know she’d go this fast, but the race set up for a big mile and I hoped I was the one crossing the wire first,” driver Andy Miller said. “I just wanted to rate my own mile, not use her up so early and save a little for late. She’s a very versatile filly and we’ve been taking our time with her all along and it seems to be paying off.”   Division one of the Bluegrass action went to Struck By Lindy, who sat a pocket trip and kicked by race leader and post-time favorite Heaven’s Door in the stretch to win in 1:53.1.   Heaven’s Door left for the front and was four wide briefly around the first turn, while Struck By Lindy was racing at the pylons in second. Heaven’s Door cleared the front and trotted by the quarter in :28.3. Struck By Lindy was in the pocket, while Grammas Girl was trotting in third and Anonyme Hanover behind her in fourth. There was no challenger for Heaven’s Door at the half, as she went by that station in a speedy :56.1 (:27.3).   Fillies began making their charge after Heaven’s Door in the middle of the far turn, led by Anonyme Hanover. Backorder trotted behind second over and Bikini So Teeny was third over. The duo of Heaven’s Door and Struck By Lindy were well clear of that cavalcade heading to three-quarters. Grammas Girl was trotting behind the top two in third and went off stride at three-quarters, timed in 1:25 (:28.4).   Into the stretch, Heaven’s Door was clinging onto the lead as Struck By Lindy pulled the pocket to be alongside the pacesetter entering the final eighth. The pocket ride benefited Struck By Lindy, as she coasted by her rival to take the first Bluegrass division in 1:53.1 (:28.1). Heaven’s Door was second, Anonyme Hanover was third and Bikini So Teeny closed for fourth.   Struck By Lindy ($7.80) is a two-year-old filly by Explosive Matter, out of the mare Lindy Of My Dreams by Angus Hall. She is owned by Melvin Hartman, R A W Equine Inc. and Adam Victor and Son Stable, trained by Richard Norman and David Miller was the driver, guiding Struck By Lindy to a lifetime mark of 1:53.1.   “She got away good and she got a great trip,” driver David Miller said. “She’s been racing well and run up against some really nice fillies. I’m glad to see her get a good mark.”   When asked about her miscue in the Merrie Annabelle, Dave Miller replied that, “She’s very nice and it was unlike her [to break] that day [the Merrie Annabelle]. She was a little worked up that day.”   Chivaree Hanover pulled off the mild upset in the second division, trotting her way to the winners’ circle in 1:56.3.   Odds-on favorite Lifetime Pursuit broke before the start, causing a big turn of events. Deweyscheatingirl and Cee Bee Yes left the gate with speed, while Herroyalhighness was protecting the pylons and Chivaree Hanover in behind. Deweyscheatingirl was prepared to clear the lead, but became anxious and went off stride. Goddess was trotting alongside her and went on a break as well. Cee Bee Yes inherited the lead at the quarter in :28.3.   Chivaree Hanover was racing in fourth entering the backstretch, as Doug McNair gave her the cue and she began a first over bid after race leader Cee Bee Yes. Mistresswithmuscle was racing in the pocket, while Herroyalhighness was trotting in fourth. Chivaree Hanover cleared the lead at the half-mile mark, timed in :57.1 (:28.3).   Entering the far turn, Rockenonbroadway pulled first over from fifth and within a matter of strides was up to the leader’s wheel. A Sundae On Sunday was tracking her move and was forced to journey first over as Rockenonbroadway broke in her swift sweep to the leader. Chivaree Hanover still held command at three-quarters in 1:28 (:29.3).   Under minor encouragement, Chivaree Hanover held command into the stretch. Though drifting off the pylons, the room allowed Cee Bee Yes to sneak closer to the top position. A Sundae On Sunday was stalling first over and Herroyalhighness was holding onto fourth. Chivaree Hanover was under a confident hold and went on to cross the wire first in 1:56.3. Cee Bee Yes was second, A Sundae On Sunday was third and Herroyalhighness finished fourth.   Chivaree Hanover ($10.60) is a two-year-old filly by Muscle Hill, out of the mare Celebrity Nike by Yankee Glide. She is owned and trained by Gregg McNair, while his son Doug McNair drove the freshmen filly to a lifetime best of 1:56.3.   “I was a little careful with her into the first turn and the guys in front of me were coming back a little bit, so I just moved her to the outside, let her trot past the half and she did everything from there,” driver Doug McNair said. “She’s generally relaxed, but she was really revved-up the whole way. In the post parade, she was real bad. I thought for sure a couple times in the mile she threw a few steps at me, but I figured that if she wasn’t going to run there she wasn’t going to run.”   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

The Red Mile played host to the fourth and penultimate leg of the Kindergarten Trotting Classic series on Thursday evening. Conditions were ideal, as they often are in Lexington, KY, and seven divisions of the freshmen trotters were performing before a crowd of their human counterparts for a purse of $10,000 per split on “College Night” at the track.   Noel Daley has made a tidy living by being patient with his young stock and that program is again paying dividends. The Explosive Matter two year old gelding Outburst won for the third time in six outings, finishing a comfortable 1:59- mile with a 27.4 final quarter for driver Charlie Norris. A $33,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase by Daley, Adam Victor & Son and Mirva Bogucki, Outburst has the look of a contender for the late season stakes, which are many and lucrative this year.   Speak The Truth is another making his first few career starts and he also looks like a player in the division. He is from Muscle Hill’s first crop from the accomplished race mare Tady’s Comer and cost Richard Gutnick $65,000 at Harrisburg last fall. He’s now won two of three and now has a record of 1:55.3. Brett Miller was in for the card and drove for trainer Linda Toscano. Great Society, another Muscle Hill, flashed willing late foot to be second.   The first of four filly divisions came next and Goddess made amends for disappointing her legion backers last week by trotting a strong 1:57.2 mile for driver Randy Jerrell. The Donato Hanover lass cost trainer Paul Kelley and his partners Joe Sbrocco and new Hall of Famer Bill Weaver $110,000 but looks like a bargain at the price. She now won half of her six outings and sports a 1:56.1 record from earlier this summer in a Kindergarten division at The Meadowlands.   Trixton was the highest priced trotting yearling sold at auction last fall when the Muscle Hill colt from a family of champions required a commitment of $360,000 from Brixton Medical and Christina Takter to bring him home. After a string of successes, he bounced back nicely after feeling the sting of defeat for the first time in last week’s Kindergarten and took his division in 1:56-. More impressive than the time on a perfect Lexington evening was the visual presence the colt displayed, moving beautifully under no encouragement from trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He is a magnificent looking specimen ....Trixton that is.   Takter came right back in the next event with one for the hunch players, as the moon was full on Thursday night and his eighth race charge is named Moonlight In Miami. The public knows and sent the Muscles Yankee filly away as the 6/5 choice. She rewarded their confidence with a maiden breaking 1:55- win, held just off the fast fractions until the time was right. Takter trains the $100,000 Harrisburg purchase for the Ontario power brokers, Katz, Libfeld & Goldband.   Anonyme Hanover won right back for the Burke Stable equaling the 1:56.3 mark she took last week in the process. The Explosive Matter filly held off the late rally of race favorite Cee Bee Yes for Brett Miller and owners Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley who gave $47,000 for her at Harrisburg.   Takter tripled up with the 1/5 fave Yoga in the last race.    The Muscles Yankee filly was a bargain at $31,000 for Christina Takter and long-time patrons John & Jim Fielding. She was rated behind fast fractions and sailed by under her own power in 1:55- for Jimmy in the night cap.   The Red Mile will host the Grand Circuit in a week, beginning Thursday, September 26 with a 7pm post time. Over $6 million in purses will be offered over the two weeks of top caliber stakes. Visit The Red Mile’s website for more information.   The Kindergarten series will resume on Friday, October 18 with the finals a week later at Vernon Downs. Check the point standings here. Nick Salvi

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10…Your So Vain and Master of Law, last week’s elimination winners, and Hambletonian champion Royalty for Life head the field for the prestigious $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The Classic honour role includes such recent winners as champions Market Share, Muscle Hill, Donato Hanover and Deweycheatumnhowe, all of whom were Hambletonian winners as well. Post time for the Classic, which has been carded as Race 8 in the 12-race program, is 9:45 p.m. Also on the card are the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot for two-year-old colts/geldings and the $374,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old filly trotters. Last week, Scott Zeron drove both elim winners, but has chosen Master of Law for the final. Thus, Randy Waples has picked up the drive on Your So Vain. Both winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Master of Law (PP3), trained by Frank Antonacci for owners Lindy Racing Stable of Connecticut, Brittany Farms of Kentucky and Adam Victor and Son Stable of New York, has now won six in a row, after making a break in his debut. He won his elim by a neck over Punxsutawney in 1:53.4. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic had come into his elim off an impressive eight length score in a Kentucky Sires Stakes on September 1 at Lexington, hence his 3-5 post-time favouritism. “I know how talented he is, so does Frank,” said Zeron, after the race. “But he just wanted to take his time and let him mature a little bit because he’s a little bit tough to handle in a race. “We wanted to bring him along nice and easy, so we tripped him out his first few starts, then at Lexington we let him go to the front. He’s very tough to handle but it’s his absolute endurance (that’s his best quality). He can go all day. He likes to mow them down.” Your So Vain (PP4), trained by Brad Maxwell for P G Van Camp Stables of Port Perry, pulled off a 9-2 upset in his elim, rallying from last to blow by the 2-5 favourite Royalty for Life near the wire and score by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. The son of Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover has won three of seven this year and came into his elim off a dominating performance in the Simcoe Stakes. “I’m very fortunate to pick up a very live catch drive,” said Waples. “This horse really seems to be on his game right now and coming into the race in top form. It looks like he takes a while to get involved in the race, so racing luck is going to be important. He’s got a punishing late kick, which he used in his elimination, which is also a major plus for us.” Meanwhile, Royalty for Life (PP6, Brian Sears) may still go off favoured despite failing in his elim. The son of RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits, trained by George Ducharme for owners Alfred Ross and Raymond Campbell of Maine and Paul Fontaine of Rhode Island, is far and away the field’s leading money winner with over $1.2 million in career earnings. Completing the field are Wheeling N Dealin (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Punxsutawney (PP2, Corey Callahan), Toocool Forschool (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Pine Credit (PP7, Doug McNair), Corky (PP8, David Miller), All Laid Out (PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Smilin Eli (PP10, Tim Tetrick). The William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Race 3 on the program at 8:05 p.m., is headed by elim winners Harper Blue Chip (PP3, Sylvain Filion) and Father Patrick (PP4, Yannick Gingras). The Peaceful Way, at 8:45 p.m. as Race 5, includes elim winners I Jasmin (PP2, Scott Zeron), Danica Hall (PP3, Trevor Ritchie) and Grammas Girl (PP4, Randy Waples), along with Riveting Rosie (PP5, Paul Macdonell) and Reflection Hanover (PP6, Jody Jamieson). Post time for the first race is 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle  

CAMBELLVILLE, September 9 – Master Of Law, driven by Scott Zeron, captured his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination this past Saturday at Mohawk in 1:53.4. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe remains a top threat for this year’s $686,000 final, Saturday at the Campbellville oval. The youngster has tasted defeat just once from seven starts this season along with $178,500 in earnings. Trained by Frank Antonacci for owners Brittany Farms, Lindy Racing Stable and Adam Victor And Son Stable, Master Of Law was a $70,000 yearling purchase in the 2011 Lexington Select Yearling Sale. He will begin from post three in the rich final. Following his elimination victory, Zeron spoke about the talented trotter. To watch the video, click here: by Greg Gangle for WEG  

It was Scott Zeron Night at Mohawk Raceway as the young driver captured both $40,000 divisions of the Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday and now must make a tough decision of which horse to drive next week in the $700,000 final. Your So Vain picked off race favorite Royalty For Life in deep stretch to pull off an upset victory in the first of the two elimination divisions. The 2/5 wagering favorite, Royalty For Life, and driver Brian Sears came flying out of the starting gate along with Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) and Royalty For Life took command and led the field to opening quarter mile in an easy :27.4. The field then raced Indian-style past the half in :56.3. As the field came to three-quarters in 1:24.4, All Laid Out and driver Yannick Gingras moved first over to challenge and all this time Your So Vain and driver Scott Zeron was on the outside in sixth place. As they started down the stretch Sear looked over his shoulder briefly to see that All Laid Out was not gaining ground and Smilin Eli was stuck behind him, so whether Sears was caught napping in the stretch with a comfortable lead aboard Royalty For Life or Your So Vain had just too much speed built up for anyone to stop him from winning, victory was not to be. Scott Zeron had fanned out three-wide from sixth place on the final turn and once with a clear path the three-year-old son of Donato Hanover flew down the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. Royalty For Life held for second with Smilin Eli third. Also making it to the final are All Laid Out fourth and Pine Credit (Corey Callahan) fifth. "He's always had the ability, there has just always been an issue and I think Brad has the issues fixed," said owner Paul Van Camp, who is looking forward to competing against the sport's top three-year-old trotters next weekend.  "There are some unbelievable horses," he noted. "Royalty For Life, Smilin Eli, they're awesome, Corky, Master Of Law, it's just and honor to race against horses like this." It was the second straight win and third victory this year in seven starts for Your So Vain. He is trained by Bradley Maxwell and is owned by the P G Van Camp Stable of Port Perry, Ontario. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Your So Vain paid $11.40 to win. The second division saw Punxsutawney and driver Corey Callahan go right to the front with Corky (Dave Miller) taking the two-hold spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Callahan then quarter moved with Corky to take the lead and by the half mile marker in :56.2 was when Scott Zeron came first-over with Master Of Law giving live outside cover to Wheelin N Dealin (Sylvain Filion). Corky was comfortable on the lead at the three-quarters in 1:25.3 as the field began to bunch up for the stretch drive to the finish. Down the stretch Master of Law and Zeron were able to pass Corky who began to fade but Punxsutawney and Callahan found clearance and nearly collared Master of Law and Zeron coming to the wire but Master Of Law was able to hold on to the wire and win by a head in 1:53.4. Wheeling N Dealin was third with Corky fourth and Toocool Forschool (Jody Jamieson) finishing fifth to make the CTC final. So now what or who does Scott Zeron decided on driving for the Canadian Trotting Classic Final next week? “The one benefit of having driven the two elimination winners,” Zeron said, “is that they get to choose their posts. I will have to wait and see what the connections and owners decide on.” It was the sixth straight win in seven starts this year for Master Of Law. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe is trained by Frank Antonacci and is owned by the Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor and Son Stables. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, Master Of Law paid $3.30 to win. “When you are sitting there at 3/5 everyone wants to follow you,” Zeron said about coming first-over. “I was fine coming first-over. He hasn’t really faced Grand Circuit colts until tonight. I knew how talented he is and Frank Antonacci wanted to take his time bringing this colt around. He is a little bit tough to handle in a race so we took it nice and easy with him. He has great endurance and can trot all day.” The field will line up as follows for the $686,000 final. 1) Wheeling N Dealin 2) Punxsutawney 3) Master Of Law 4) Your So Vain 5) Toocool Forschool 6) Royalty For Life 7) Pine Credit 8) Corky 9) All Laid Out 10) Smilin Eli By Steve Wolf for  

The best of racing in the Bluegrass State was on display Sunday night at The Mile as the historic track hosted the $2 million Kentucky Super Night with eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the program. Included among the large crowd at The Red Mile was Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. Six different stallions were represented among the eight championship winners, with only Deweycheatumnhowe and Ponder having double winners. It was a big night for Alan and Meg Leavitt's Walnut Hall Ltd. as the Lexington farm bred and own a pair of KYSS final winners in the 2-year-old gelding trotter Sorrento Hall and the 3-year-old filly trotter Ma Chere Hall. Sorrento Hall broke her maiden in her fourth career start with a 1:59 effort for driver Mike Lachance. The son of Groton Hall-SB Fuchias Image dropped in third from post 9 and then moved to the lead around the final turn, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Samburu and Trace Tetrick, with Scacco Matto and Jeff Nisonger third. Fred Grant trains Sorrento Hall, who came into the race with just $5,550 in earnings but leaves $125,000 richer with the winner's share of the purse. Ma Chere Hall had no problems in capturing her $250,000 final with a career-best 1:52.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan. Rockin With Dewey and Lachance finished second, with Little Bitty Lies and Tim Tetrick third. Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall for Walnut Hall Ltd. and partners Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. Ma Chere Hall was a three-time winner in 2012, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, and she is now five for nine this year as she increased her career earnings to $351,408. It was also a big night for Master Of Law, who had no problems with post 10 in the KYSS final for 3- year-old male trotters as he cruised to a 1:52.4 triumph for driver Scott Zeron. Lauderdale and driver Callahan finished second, with Dewey Luvs Britt and Kevin Oscarsson third to complete the Deweycheatumnhowe-sired trifecta. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic, Master Of Law posted his fifth straight victory as Zeron go away third and then made a move to the front approaching the half, taking control and never looking back as he scored a career mark. Trained by Frank Antonacci and owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor & Son Stable, Master Of Law is headed next to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk, according to driver Zeron. Bandolito stretched his winning streak to nine in what trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier was his last start of the year in the rich final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Although Bier had been driving the son of Ponder-Sody's Home Brew, he turned the lines over to Tim Tetrick on Sunday and the decision paid off with a 1:49.4 victory. Duel In The Sun and Callahan finished second, with Phenomenon and Lachance third. Bier shares ownership of Bandolito with his brother, Tommy, and Charles Dombeck. Unraced at two, Bandolito finished third in his career debut but hasn't been beaten since as he increased his earnings to $188,940. Gov. Beshear presented the trophy for the KYSS final for 2-year-old colt pacers and it was the connections of Last Best Chance who were celebrating in the winner's circle. The race got off on a bad note for the heavily-favored On Golden Ponder, who made a break for driver Lachance, but that paved the way for Tim Tetrick to go on to post the 1:56.2 victory with Last Best Chance. Proceed To Party and Tyler Smith was three-quarters of a length behind in second, with Up N At It and Doug McNair third. Trained by David Nelson, Last Best Chance is a son of Cambest-Pinehurst Lady. The win was his second in four starts and came after a pair of third-place finishes behind On Golden Ponder in the KYSS preliminaries. He boosted his earnings to $133,250 with the career-best victory. Things went much better for Lachance in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers as he directed Somethinincredible to a 1:55.3 victory, besting runner-up Salsa Star and Randy Tharps by 8 1/2 lengths, with Magical Bestern and Jimmy Stiltner II third. Sent off the 1-9 favorite after two easy wins in the KYSS opening rounds, Somethinincredible is a daughter of Ponder-Breathdefying trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Dave Boyle. The win was a career best as she boosted her earnings to $161,825. "She's a pretty good filly," said Lachance. "It's easy to say she could be a Grand Circuit filly, but I think she could be. She's beautiful and good gaited." Petticoat Affair and driver Brad Hanners romped to a 7 1/4-length win in 1:56.4 in the final for 2- year-old filly trotters. KJ Brenda and Lachance were second, with Dress For Success and Callahan third. Bobby Brower trains and co-owns the daughter of Valley Victor-Katie Hall with Mystical Marker Farms. The career-best win was Petticoat Affair's fourth in a row in six career starts, increasing her earnings to $160,063. KZ Beach Girl was a 1:53.2 winner in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers with Chris Page driving for trainer Steve Carter. So Nice and Peter Wrenn were second, with Diligent Prospect and Callahan third. A daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy-Artical, KZ Beach Girl is owned by Peggy and Steve Cater, Chuck Grubbs and RB Reid. The win was her fifth of the year and a career best, increasing her earnings to $220,825.  

Another hazy Saturday morning session with the two year olds at The Meadowlands with the temperature in the mid-80's began at 10am. Ron Pierce and Noel Daley opened the card with a pair of wins with colt trotters. The first was Way Outta Here, a Broadway Hall gelding from I'm A Pearl, who added trotting hopples and led all the way, sprinting home under his own power in 27.2 on the end of a 1:59.2 mile. Sharlene Vanderkemp owns that one. They came right back with Severus Hanover to win race two for Adam Victor & Son Stable. This one was a $20,000 Harrisburg purchase from the impressive first crop sire raced by the same connections, Explosive Matter, out of Sorbet Hanover. Severus cut the mile and closed his 1:58.4 mile with a 29.1 quarter. John Campbell won with the sharp looking Muscle Hill x Girlie Tough filly Heaven's Door in 1:57.2 for Ross Croghan. She led all the way and was under no encouragement in this test. Let It Ride, Robt Cooper, J&T Silva and J Myers bought her at Harrisburg last fall.  Pacing colts lined up in the 7th and they went right at it. Well Said Stride made the early lead then released Journey Man past the 57.3 half. That colt led until mid-stretch where first Shadios then I'm All Heart wrestled the lead away to win in 1:54.3 / 28.2. Ray Schnittker drove, trains and owns the Bettor's Delight from Sealed In My Heart in partnership with Creative Racing Stable. Over $1million was spent on the eight pacing colts that faced the gate in race eight. That's My Opinion set slow fractions with So Surreal stalking him from the start. After a restrained 1:28- three panels, Schnittker tipped So Surreal, a Somebeachsomewhere half brother to Well Said, and he went by willingly into a 27- last quarter. He was an impressive winner in 1:55.4 on June 1 and looked just as good in his return today. Ray owns the colt with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold and Jonathan Kurnit. Pacing fillies came next and Easter Surprise scored a come from behind 1:55.3 win with Corey Callahan driving for Chuck Sylvester. The Allamerican Native filly from Ultimate Test is owned by the trainer with John Tronco and Pinstripe Stable. Gordjus closed out the babies with a geared down 1:58.2 off the pace win for Simon Allard. Robbie Siegelman trains the Dragon Again x Matinee homebred for Barry Rubenstein Farms, LLC. The charts and video replays can be accessed at The Meadowlands website. Nick Salvi  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2013 — If giving a freshman filly trotter a stakes mark is a good thing, how good is it to lower a stakes mark twice in the same card? That’s what Ron Pierce did Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted Struck By Lindy and Lifetime Pursuit to consecutive-division stake records in a $257,780 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. The event known as the Meadow Gladys was contested over five divisions. Pierce picked up another win with Shake It Cerry while Juniata Hanover and Broadway Socks captured the other splits. Pierce was sitting second with Struck By Lindy behind Global Magic and Dave Palone when he feinted a move down the backside before retreating to the pocket. “Dave wasn’t going much, so I figured I better put a little pressure on him,” Pierce said. “He took off, so I was happy to follow him. She’s a pretty classy filly. I thought she would love coming out of a hole.” The strategy apparently worked, as Struck By Lindy blew by Global Magic in the lane to down her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4. Heres Ethel earned show. The time knocked a tick from the Meadow Gladys record held jointly by Fashion Feline and UF Tadys Donato. Nifty Norman trains Struck By Lindy, a daughter of Explosive Matter-Lindy Of My Dreams, for Melvin Hartman, RAW Equine Inc. and Adam Victor & Son Stable. But the assault on the record continued, under eerily similar circumstances. Barely 30 minutes after Struck By Lindy’s win, Pierce and Lifetime Pursuit were second behind Palone and Ballare Hanover when Pierce tipped out down the backside. This time, he didn’t stop, as Lifetime Pursuit rolled to a 9-length rout. Chez Mahmo and Great Gwen completed the ticket. “I asked her to go one time, and she just went,” Pierce said. “I never even pulled her earplugs. I laid the whip on her left side just to keep her mind on what she was doing. You can’t let them wander.” Jimmy Takter trains Lifetime Pursuit, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Queen of Grace who has won both her career starts, for Brittany Farms. Palone couldn't stop the Pierce express in those two races, but he did notch a stakes win with Juniata Hanover, who jogged to a front-end score in 1:58.1. Abettajetta was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Demanding Sam third. “She’s just so handy she lets you take the race right to them,” Palone said. “I crossed her right over, and I got a cheap inside half. That pretty much sealed the deal.” Ron Burke conditions Juniata Hanover, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling who remains undefeated after three outings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Keith Pippi. Stake racing resumes Friday at The Meadows with a $140,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak  

When the 37th edition of the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic takes place this Saturday at Mohawk, harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev will look to do what no other driver has done before in the rich classic. Moiseyev will look to become the first driver in the event's history to post back-to-back wins.

She earned nearly $200,000 throughout her harness racing debut season while only capturing one race, but last year Cedar Dove compensated her connections' conviction in her ability by posting victories in five of her last seven appearances en route to her selection as the 2011 Dan Patch Award champion 3-year-old filly trotter.

Harness racing trainer Noel Daley's Down Under exclusive interview (Part Two) with editor Duane Ranger. The last sentence of part one was ..... Noel Daey's pupils have banked a career-best $4.2 million (130 wins) in 2008, led by Yonkers Trot champion Napoleon. But even Daley is baffled with where he's at today...................

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