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There were eight harness racing Excelsior A Finals contested on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The culmination of the summer-long Excelsior series saw eight divisions which each went for a purse of $55,000 on a beautiful late summer evening in the Spa City. Two and three year old trotters who competed starting in late spring and through the summer saw their stakes campaigns culminate on Saturday night. It was "Miller Night" at Saratoga as reinsmen Andy and Marcus Miller prevailed in three of the eight Finals. Marcus Miller piloted Century Ferrari (American Ideal) to victory in the three year old colt and gelding pace in a sizzling 1:52.4 for his father trainer Erv Miller. Century Ferrari got the jump on his race's favorite Rickybobbynthehaus (Tyler Buter) and held that one off in the stretch before securing his fourth win of the season. Marcus Miller also sat behind the Anette Lorenzon-trained Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip) in the two year old filly pace as she went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2. Andy Miller recorded a win on Saturday night as his Book Seven (Chapter Seven) went wire-to-wire in the two year old colt and gelding trot Final, stopping the timer in 1:59.4. Julie Miller trains the freshman trotter who moved his seasonal record to five for nine with the victory. Scott Zeron was the other out-of-towner to pilot a winner in a $55,000 Final as he guided the Blake Macintosh-trained Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe) to a 1:53.4 score in the three year old filly pace. Four local drivers logged victories among the eight Finals on Saturday night as well. Jimmy Devaux got the evening started for the Spa regulars by guiding Ideal Perception (American Ideal) to a front-running score in 1:54.2 in the two year old colt and gelding pace. Tony Alagna trains the freshman pacer whose victory was his third of the season. John Stark Jr. trains and drives C And T's Credit (Credit Winner) who cruised to a first-over win in the two year old filly trot, stopping the timer in 2:00 for an open-length score. Mark Beckwith and Frank Coppola Jr. each catch-drove a Finals winner on Saturday as Beckwith guided Certify (Credit Winner) to a career-best victory in 1:55, paying immediate dividends for his new connections as the three year old gelding went coast-to-coast in his first start out of the Lance Hudson stable. Coppola's win came while sitting behind George Ducharme's Hanna Dreamgirl (Chapter Seven) in the three year old filly trot. Hanna Dreamgirl sprung the biggest upset of the night, swooping the group in 1:58.3 and doing so at odds of 19-1 with Coppola at the controls. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, the owners of American History ($10.20, Joe Bongiorno) saw their top pacer win the 13th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway Monday in 1:49.3. The half-mile racetrack named their richest race in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was an avid supporter of harness racing and was also a board member at Harrington Raceway. American History, a 4-year-old American Ideal stallion wore down pacesetter None Bettor A in deep stretch for a narrow win. Sectionline Bigry was third. It was the 4th fastest mile ever at Harrington, behind Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49), Betterthancheddar (1:49.2) and Clear Vision (1:49.2). American History was forced three-wide after cover stalled near three-quarters and continued a steady gain on None Bettor A before out kicking him late. None Bettor A set fractions of 26.4, 55 and 1:22.4 while Backstreet Shadow pressured first over before retreating. Tony Alagna trains American History.  A huge crowd was on hand in the winner's circle to greet American History Delaware Governor John Carney was in attendance, in addition to several other legislators and Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse. Four $20,000 divisions for 2-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) pacers also helped comprise the 15-race card, including the early non-wagering event won by Henry Faragalli, Arthur Feeney, Bay Pond Racing Stable and Bonnuccelli Racing's Bag of Jewels (Victor Kirby) in 1:57.4. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her second career win over Sprinkles On Top and I'm Two Soxy. The winner was trained by Les Givens. Givens and Kirby was back in the winner's circle in the first division for male pacers as American Nitro was an easy winner over Apple Valley Art and Aidan in 1:56.2. Owned by Farragalli, Nanticoke Racing Stable, Feeney and Daniel Doane, it was the second win in three career starts for the Badlands Nitro gelding. The third DSBF division on the card was the second for male pacers as Leonard Hubbard's Leonard's Legacy ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was a dominant winner in 1:56.4 for trainer Nick Callahan. The Tobago Cays colt was a front end winner over White Lands and Bebop On The Block. The final DSBF division was for fillies as Brenda Teague's She's Got The Lynx ($2.80, Montrell Teague) was a 1:59.1 winner over Dragon My Fannie and Spin Sumthin. The Southwind Lynx filly improved to 2-for-2 in her career after breaking her maiden in an overnight event on September 10 for her owner/trainer. In the $18,500 Open, Bryan Truitt's Highland Beach Boy ($35.80, VIctor Kirby) was a 1:52.3 winner over Q's Cruise and Ideal Kiss. The Bryan Truitt-trainee notched his 8th win of the year. Racing fans were also treated to the presence of three-time Quillen Memorial winner, Foiled Again, who was available for meet-and-greet trackside. Foiled Again, the richest standardbred of all-time, is now enjoying retirement but has a generous temperament that has lent itself to a number of continued racetrack interactions with fans thanks to his generous connections which include trainer Ron Burke. Local television host Heather Vitale was instrumental in scheduling Foiled Again's visit. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Bontz N (American Ideal) recorded her second consecutive harness racing win in the local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday. On a chilly fall-like afternoon, the Gary Levine-trained Bontz N went off as the public's 3-5 betting favorite as she looked to follow-up last week's win in the $15,000 Open for distaffers with another victory. Leading driver Billy Dobson was in the bike behind Bontz N who showed early speed in each of her first three starts at the Spa leading up to Thursday's try in the feature. Though the eight year old New Zealand-bred did leave a bit, she was forced to take a seat in the fourth spot in the early going which led to what would be a first-over bid in the Open. Closing in first-up on a tiring leader, Bontz N took over command past three quarters in 1:24.3 and was immediately met with the challenge of rival Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith) who followed the favorite's cover to get into a striking spot in the final quarter of a mile. Bontz N was headed by Happy Heart in the stretch but she dug in to turn that one away late before winning a photo in 1:53.4. Happy Heart was a strong second to the back-to-back Open victor while Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Bontz N paid $3.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $16 and $52, respectively. The win was one of four on the day for Dobson who is having another sensational season at the Spa while in pursuit of what would be his seventh local driving title. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Middletown, NY --- A large crowd of 1,500 eager harness racing horse buyers convened at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 8) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 107 available Standardbred yearlings up for sale at the annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania and those attending reflected many connections from those racing jurisdictions. The total gross of the sale was in excess $1.6 million, up 15% from last year's total. The 52 colts and 55 fillies exchanged hands for a sales average of $14,964. 37 pacing colts averaged $20,681 each, 38 pacing fillies averaged $12,395 each, 15 trotting colts averaged $10,33 each and 17 trotting fillies brought an average of $12,353 each. Cameo Hills Farm had a banner day, selling the top three horses in the sale and came away with the highest average sale price for their 14-horse consignment ($41,214). The sales topper was pacing colt (Hip 16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) who was purchased for $95,000 by Ray Schnittker of Middletown, New York. Cameo Hills also sold pacing colt (Hip 51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) and pacing colt (Hip 90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) for $75,000 each and both were purchased by Paul Kelley of Ganesvoort, New York. The top seller from the 25-horse Hanover Shoe Farm consignment was pacing colt (Hip 72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) who went for $32,000 to Ken Solomon of Coral Springs, Florida. He was followed closely in price by pacing filly (Hip 71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonette Hanover) who was purchased by Megan Beauchamp of Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania for $31,000. Winbak Farm's 38 yearlings were headed by pacing filly (Hip 9) Tide Her Over (Roll With Joe-Tidewaterdragonfly) who brought $22,000 from Blake Macintosh of Cambridge, Ontario. They also sold trotting filly (Hip 11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) for $20,000 to the WTB Stable of Middletown, Delaware. Blue Chip Farm's top sale from their 5-head consignment was the pacing colt (Hip 14) Sauvignon Bluechip (Art Major-Some Girls Do) who was purchased by Robert Sholes of Bloomingburg, New York for $27,000. "It was a perfect day for this sale and the large and enthusiastic crowd of buyers were bidding strong all day," said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "Everyone there was blissfully happy with our location and the ease of access to information through our catalogs and app. The only problem we had was parking because so many people came out. But we'll have more room available next year as this sale continues to grow." You can view the complete sale results in a searchable database by clicking this link. (http://goshenyearlingsale.com/results/index.cgi?Limit=13 ) By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $14,000 featured paces bookended the harness racing Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the first contest, driver David Miller and Voyager were blindswitched by a brushing So Much Bettor on the far turn, but Miller found a sliver of room with the sophomore gelding of Captaintreacherous-Shebestingin and got through to the inside of that rival to take a nose decision in 1:52.3. Joe Holloway trains the four-time winner for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms, and the triumph was the first of five on the day for Miller. The second headliner had another driving Miller, Marcus, guide the American Ideal gelding Warrawee Total into an early pocket seat behind favored Actor Hanover, then came out and on in the lane to beat out that foe by two lengths in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Eddie Sager conditions the winner for The Right Move Racing LLC. A $12,500 pace for experienced pacers saw the veteran K Ryan Bluechip go right down the road for driver David Miller, posting fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:22.3 en route to stopping the timer in 1:50. The Art Major gelding, now a career winner of $470,585, is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owners Carl Howard and Brian Witt. The Wednesday card was the first in a week which will climax in Sunday's $1.3 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Day for the best of the Keystone State-sired two-year-olds. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

With no Open on the docket, the $12,500 Winners Over for fillies and mares was the harness racing feature on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bontz N (American Ideal) was making her local debut for trainer Gary Levine as she went off as the public's 1-5 betting favorite in the Friday feature. The New Zealand invader was coming off a decisive victory at Yonkers and once again was pointed out to the front-end in her local debut. Bontz N got a second quarter breather after clicking off a first quarter of 27.4 before the favorite got her first test as she led the charge to three quarters, a challenge that came from Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall). The long first-over journey for Come Get The Cash resulted in a second-place finish as Bontz N paced home in 27.2 to stop the timer in 1:53.3 to prevail in her first start at the Spa. Come Get The Cash was a strong second while Poppy Drayton N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Bontz N paid just $2.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $14.60 and $25.40, respectively. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Bontz N to her victory in the feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a drop in class out of the Open mares harness racing ranks, Collective Wisdom is heralded as the one to beat in the Thursday evening top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with Collective Wisdom the favourite in race 9 of the card with a $2,300 purse at stake. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of American Ideal for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield while Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. Miss Sangria has post 3 with Corey MacPherson filling in in the driver's seat for trainer Melissa Rennie while Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) leaves from post 7 fresh off a second place finish in 1:57.4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will go with the class dropper for his top pick. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles, gets a much better post than her last two and exits the open mares," MacIsaac said. "Add all those positives together and she's the one to knock off." Also in the field are Jens Credit (Ryan Perrot), Imagine Speed (Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). Race 7 is the Accreon PEI pace with Hurricane Hill favoured from post 8 fresh off a win in 1:58.1. MacPherson is in the race bike for owner-trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. The top trot of the night lines up in race 6 for a $2,200 purse. Buckaroo is the morning line favourite from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. A winner in 2:01.3 during Old Home Week racing, Buckaroo will face off with five challengers in his Thursday evening assignment. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

The Friday night harness racing Open Pace for fillies and mares featured just a field of five at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The group of top-flight distaffers slugged it out for their share of the $15,000 purse and proved to be a romp for the race's favorite. Clear Idea (American Ideal) was a New York Sire Stakes star and has emerged as a top quality aged mare after following up a four year old campaign that saw her earn more than $100,000 with another season in 2019 in which she is set to eclipse that tally. The Blake Macintosh-trained mare was the public's 3-5 betting favorite on Friday night with driver Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Clear Idea surged out to the early lead in the feature and once she got there, it was lights out. After cruising through a first half in 57.1, Clear Idea powered away from her competition before stopping the timer in 1:53 for an open-length romp in the Open. Fellow invader Poppy Drayton N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the race's longshot but got the pocket trip behind the winner and parlayed it to a second-place finish while Itty Bitty (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Clear Idea's win was the 19th in 79 lifetime starts and moved her career earnings to over $528,000. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga. There will be a $1,438 carryover in the Pick Five pool with the Pick Five starting in the evening's first race. First post time is set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- $107,000 was up for grabs when the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) and the winners of both divisions put in stellar performances. The first $53,000 split was won by Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) who took no prisoners in a gate to wire victory. Merga Hanover was floated off the gate by driver Matt Kakaley for the first eighth of a mile while the rest of the field set up, then he gunned her to the front and controlled the rest of the mile. After getting to the half in :57.2 with the trailing horses in single file, Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) pulled first up with The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) right behind her trying to push the issue. Merga Hanover continued to set the pace to the three-quarters, around the turn and into the stretch with the competition unable to make up any ground. Kakaley gave his filly her head down the lane and Merga Hanover was quickly on cruise control, pacing away to a handy two-length win in 1:55. "I eased her out of the gate because I never drove her before," said Kakaley. "But I let her pace the last turn and she coasted home. It was all her." The win vaulted Merga Hanover into the NYSS points lead for her division, now with 175. It was the fourth win in only five lifetime starts for Merga Hanover ($6.90) and it pushed her earnings to $86,866 for owners Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and William Donovan. Ron Burke trains the winner. Merga Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm. The second division went for $54,000 and provided a sizable upset for the betting public when Movie Town (American Ideal-New Hollywood) came off the pace and lit up the board at 20-1. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) left and took the lead before giving it up to Major Battle (Jim Morrill Jr.) past the quarter. The race proceeded to the half without any changes when Turnthefrownaround (Matt Kakaley) and Movie Town (Tyler Buter) both rolled up in the outer flow to start chasing down the front runner. Major Battle hit the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with positions remaining the same behind him; that was until the top of the last turn when Movie Town tipped three-deep and started to make her move. Buter fed Movie Town the lines and she was fully engaged, passing the inside horses easily and stretching out to a two-length win in 1:57. Movie Town ($43.60) scored her second NYSS win of the year for owner Bay Pond Racing and trainer Jeff Stafford. Winbak Farm bred Movie Town. Three divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Wednesday with the following results. The first Excel "A" event in the third race was a dead-heat between Alleyesonme As and Sus) Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip-Twincreeks Jewel) Driver - Jason Bartlett  Owner - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Trainer - Anette Lorentzon  Breeder - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $2.10 Sus (Art Major-Outtathisworld) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - Yankeeland Partners Trainer - Brett Bittle  Breeder - White Birch Farm Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $8.70 Charm And Grace (American Ideal-Another Hanover) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - John Dwyer Trainer - John Mongeon  Breeder - Kentuckiana Farms and Marvin Katz Time - 1:57.2  Mutuel - $4.20 Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day) Driver - Matt Kakaley  Owner - William Donovan Trainer - Ron Burke  Breeder - Frederick Hertrich III Time - 1:55.2  Mutuel - $4.30 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 16), which is the first Friday of racing this meet. Post time for the first race is 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs will host the 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) when the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) return for their fifth of nine 2019 stops and the two harness racing divisions that will compete for a combined $107,000 in purses look to be very competitive races. The first leg (carded as race four) goes for $53,000 and has Cash Roll (Roll With Joe-Rockonomics) installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Cash Roll has won three of five starts this year, two of which were in NYSS action, and currently sits second in points and fourth in earnings. She took her lifetime mark of 1:56 last month at Yonkers in a gate to wire, 4-¼ length romp in the mud. She has outstanding gate speed and loves to cut the mile and after drawing post one for this race, must have her driver Scott Zeron feeling really good about their chances. Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) has a similar career path to Cash Roll. She also has three wins to her credit, two in the NYSS, is third in earnings and fourth in points and also likes to be on or near the lead. The only variant to her schedule this week is she picks up Matt Kakaley to drive and he knows the Batavia oval very well. Kakaley and Merga Hanover will leave from post six. If the front end pace between those two gets hectic, The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover) will be close to pick up the pieces. The Fun Marshall didn't get her year off to as fast a start of her opponents, but she certainly made a statement on July 11. After sitting a garden spot trip, she closed sharply down the lane to score a lifetime best victory of 1:55.4 at Yonkers over a sloppy track. The Fun Marshall starts from post two with Billy Davis Jr. in tow. In the second $54,000 division, Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) brings a stellar resume to post and has been recognized as the favorite by the track handicapper at 5-2 as a result. Racine Bell is the top money earner among her peers and is also tied for the top in points. She has three wins in six starts, hasn't missed the board all year and comes into this race off a career best tying 1:56.1 win at Yonkers. Her regular driver Jason Bartlett will be in town to drive once again and they will start from post seven for this event. Turnthefrownaround (Roll WIth Joe-Knockout Pout) is the second choice at 3-1 but appears to be a real wild card. Although she has the fastest win time of this group this year from a 1:53.3 victory over the 5/8th's mile track at Tioga Downs, she has also made two breaks at Monticello and Yonkers which are both half-milers. She will be on a half Wednesday at Batavia and will have to mind her manners to succeed. Matt Kakaley has been assigned the drive and he start that task from post five. Major Battle (Art Major-Savhorsrideacowboy) makes her first NYSS start but recent form shows her potential. Although she has exhibited gate speed in her first lifetime start, her last start shows her strong closing ability after she got away eighth by 15-lengths at Mohawk and paced the final five-eighths of a mile parked-out and closing to finish second in 1:53.3. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the drive and the pair will start from post four. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excel "A" series on the card. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 6, 2019- Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 6th) hosted the $153,200 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A $75,900 non-bettor and a wagering-carded $77,300 division comprised the event. The before-the-program bandwagon was led by American Rebel (Tyler Buter). Making the first lead from post position No. 2, American Rebel then deferred to Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley). The latter needed just about the entire :28.1 opening quarter-mile to get there. However, American Rebel was none too thrilled about the pocket, so he extricated himself right at the :57.2 intermission. American Rebel had few issues from there (1:25.4, life-best 1:54), getting minimal grief from a first-up Cigars and Port (Ray Schnittker) before widening in the lane. The final margin over Groovy Joe was two lengths, with Cigars and Port hanging around for third. For American Rebel, a son of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Robert Robinson, it was his third win in seven seasonal/career starts. "He was really great today," Buter said. "I knew if I had him in front, they wouldn't catch us." The evening's wagering sire stakes event saw a scattered gathering between those that either broke or puled up. Meanwhile, Freedom Warrior (Dan Dube, $14.40) found his way out of the maiden ranks by pacing a mile...and a few extra steps. From post No. 6, he was away fourth, ahead of some early misbehavers. He was then wide down the backside the first time around another non-conformist. Freedom Warrior and driver Dan Dube collar Splash Brother before the wire (Mike Lizzi photo) Freedom Warrior had a loose target to chase in the presence of Splash Brother (Brent Holland), with that one going right along though intervals of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:24.4. The pursuer steadily closed ranks, getting past his rival late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2. It was about a dozen lengths back a tiring 11-10 choice Save Me a Dance (Jason Bartlett), while 45-1 outsider R Maddy Blue Chip (Kakaley) was fourth For fourth choice Freedom Warrior, an American Ideal gelding owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare, it was that first win in five '19/life starts. The exacta paid $55.50, the triple returned $146 and there was no superfecta wagering (coupled entry in the race). "He's a very fast horse," Dube said, adding, "You have to be careful with him." New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Thursday night (Aug. 22nd), with the Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Shake That House and harness racing driver Brian Sears found a good spot early and an even better spot at the end of Saturday's (June 29) $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Benefiting from a pocket trip behind pacesetting Captain Victorious, Shake That House moved off the pylons heading into the stretch and marched to a two length win over Brassy Hanover in 1:49.2 over a "good" surface at Pocono. Captain Victorious finished third. Shake That House, who started from post seven and was sent off at odds of 8-1, got to the front on the first turn but yielded the lead to Captain Victorious following an opening quarter in :26.2. Captain Victorious reached the half in :55.1 and then faced a first-over challenge from Hurrikane Emperor as they reached three-quarters in 1:21.4. Captain Victorious rebuffed Hurrikane Emperor on the final turn but was unable to hold off Shake That House or Brassy Hanover in the stretch. "I was just glad I put down Brian Sears to drive (Shake That House)," winning trainer Chris Oakes said. "Once you hand the lines off, you want the right guy in the bike. When the money is on the line, (Sears) is the man." Shake That House, a son of American Ideal-Shake That Junk, has won five of six races this year and eight of 14 in his career. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $410,903 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Northfork Racing Stable. The colt paid $19.40 to win. "I can't say enough about my crew," Oakes said. "They worked day and night for the last week and we got the job done." Max C. Hempt was a renowned Pennsylvania-based breeder, whose horses were known for the prefix "Keystone," as well as a longtime director of the U.S. Trotting Association and Hambletonian Society. He served as the Hambletonian Society president from 1966-1984 and the creation of the Breeders Crown series evolved under his leadership. Hempt, who passed away in 1999, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1980. In the $75,000 consolation of the Hempt, Captain Trevor led a sweep of the top-three spots for trainer Tony Alagna. Captain Trevor, the 9-5 second choice, was driven by Andy McCarthy and stopped the clock in 1:50.1. Odds On Boca Raton finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while Escapetothebeach, the 6-5 favorite, was third. Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination, has won two of six races this year and eight of 15 in his career. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $186,250 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Trevor Racing. He paid $5.80 to win. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

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

American Ideal, who stands at Blue Chip Farms in New York, will slightly alter his flight plans for the upcoming harness racing 2019-20 southern hemisphere breeding season. In previous down under seasons he stood at Woodlands Stud in New Zealand; but this year, in an agreement between Woodlands and Dr. Kath McIntosh's Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, he will stand in Australia at Northern Rivers Equine facility in Victoria's Goulburn Valley. The American Ideal Syndicate fully supports the move, as the stallion's popularity in Australia continues to soar ever higher thanks to his ranking as a leading pacing sire in that country. Dr. Andrew Grierson, principal of Woodlands Stud, noted that sending the stallion to Australia was an easy decision. "He continues to sire racehorses and sell yearlings at the very highest level, and thanks to his great success, there is a tremendous demand for bookings from Australian breeders," he said. "We're delighted to work alongside one of Victoria's most progressive vets in Dr. Kath McIntosh and her staff. In a results-driven business, Northern Rivers Equine is a Standardbred leader in Victoria. We look forward to a successful and long-term relationship" Watch American Ideal pace his record of 1:47.4 in 2005 For the 2019-20 season American Ideal's service fee in Australia will be $11,000 GST inc. and in New Zealand $10,000 + GST. Normal discounts will apply and semen will be available to New Zealand breeders. American Ideal, whose book has been full and closed early in past down under seasons, already has a significant number of early bookings lined up. Those interested in breeding are urged to act soon and contact Woodlands Stud/Australian manager Mark Hughes at 0451650707 (email mark@woodlandsstud.co.nz) or in New Zealand Stacey White at 021 595492 (email stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz). For further information contact Art Zubrod at Brittany Stallion Management: (859) 873-3878 or email art@britfarms.com. American ideal Syndicate / Woodlands Stud

American Ideal, America's leading active pacing sire in 2018 progeny earnings, combined 2 and 3-year-old earnings, and $100,000 winners, is now full and closed for the 2019 breeding season. The New York-based stallion, whose career is overseen by Brittany Stallion Management of Versailles, Ky., has stood at Blue Chip Farms throughout his career. Including the current breeding season, he will have bred a full or nearly-full book for all 13 years since he first went to stud. In making today's announcement, Brittany manager Art Zubrod thanked breeders for their continued support and noted that he is proud of the horse's ability to produce champions each and every year. "The remarkable thing about American Ideal is that he never has a "down" year," Zubrod said. "He continues to produce at the highest level of stakes racing, and of course dominates the action in the New York Sire Stakes. "I think with all the hype that surrounds new stallions, American Ideal's nonstop, high-level credentials are sometimes overlooked," he added. "He not only was the number one money-winning sire in the U.S. last year, but also sired 14 $100,000 winners and 75 individual stakes-winning or stakes-placed horses. His numbers are simply incredible." American Ideal is a shuttle stallion who makes his off-season home at Woodlands Park in New Zealand, where his book, incidentally, was also full and closed last year. With both North America and Australia/New Zealand included, he has now sired 12 millionaires led by the multiple World Champion American Jewel ($1,840,565). From Brittany Stallion Management  

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the harness racing 6-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, has been retired and will stand his first season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York for an introductory fee of $2,500. Earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Perhaps best known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. Trainer Kelvin Harrison recalled, "In The Arsenal was a naturally gaited horse, with an incredible heart rate recovery...much like an older horse. I told [then-owner, the late] Michael Parisi after I trained him in 2:11 in March to turn him out and we will win the Sheppard!" His trainer wasn't the only person who was high on In The Arsenal, especially since the 2-year-old had won 6 of 11 races and nearly $400,000 in 2014. Bred by White Birch Farm, manager Steve Williams rarely missed a race that his homebred colt participated in, and confided in several of his owners about the horse's blazing speed at two and how that trait could translate very well into stallion potential. Driver Brian Sears agreed, stating, "He was a very good gaited horse that carried his speed a long way." Perhaps it was just unfortunate that the colt happened to be born the same year as Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Arguably one of the deepest group of glamour boys in recent memory, In The Arsenal also competed with Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. Several weeks prior he won an elim. and Final of the Art Rooney at Yonkers, his elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, as well as a div. of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in September. Despite locking bridles with some of the toughest individuals of the decade, In The Arsenal still finished the season with over half a million in earnings and was 1-2-3 in 11 of 17 starts in 2015, with 7 wins. Breathing issues prevented the son of American Ideal from realizing his full potential as a 4-year-old, coupled with the chore of racing against the fastest-pacer-ever Always B Miki, as well as Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete in 2016. Nonetheless, he finished second to WiJi in a leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga. From the multiple stakes winning mare LADYOTRA p,2,1:53.2 ($115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners. Leatherstocking Equine General Manager, David Hanson, noted, "In The Arsenal has a pedigree that will match will many pacing families today. From a very popular sire line in American Ideal, and being out of an On The Road Again dam, this opens a lot of doors in a time when pedigrees are family tight. His book is already beginning to fill with commitments from several commercial breeders. His syndicate is committed to supporting him which is always something to look for when selecting a stallion for your mare." For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. Historic Pace 2014 - In The Arsenal Bluegrass Stakes 2014 - In The Arsenal Meadowlands Pace Elimination #1 - In The Arsenal - July 11, 2015 Pace Preview - In The Arsenal   $380,000 Art Rooney Final - In The Arsenal     by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate

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