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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The 2-year-old filly, Aela Jamieson, by Chapter Seven of Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., has been named the Unites States Trotting Association District 8 Horse of the Year. The harness racing award was presented to trainer Julie Miller at Sunday's New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) & USTA District 8 Virtual Awards Banquet. "We loved her at Lexington at the sale, she was a smaller filly, but she really grew into herself," said Julie Miller, trainer. "I was really happy with her, she had some bumps in the beginning of the season on the half mile tracks but you don't give up on them and you just keep tinkering with her equipment. I was very fortunate that she started to get with the program at Vernon and Tioga. When the money was down at Yonkers, she really put her best foot forward." The filly took home more than $92,800 worth of total earnings for owners Andy Miller Stable, Inc., Dumain Haven Farm and Little E, LLC. You can watch the full livestream of The New York Sire Stakes & USTA District 8 Awards here. From the New York Sire Stakes

Freehold, NJ --- Andy Miller is perennially the leading harness racing driver at Freehold Raceway, and he asserted himself on Thursday (January 9), as he won five races on the nine-race program.   Miller teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick for four of those victories: Cam's Tux ($17.80) in race 1, Always Picky ($4.80) in race 2, Ginger Spice ($2.10) in race 4, and Newbie ($3.60) in race 7. Miller completed the five-pack with Fat Boy, for owner/trainer John Urbanski, in the 9th race ($4.40).     That makes ten wins for Miller in the new year at Freehold, giving him a six-win edge over the competition. He's earned those ten wins from 29 drives, good for a 34.4% strike rate.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Friday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- Lucan Hanover employed a different harness racing style this Saturday (January 4) at Freehold Raceway, and it worked like a charm, as he took the featured Preferred Handicap pace.   Usually, Lucan Hanover goes to the lead and tries to wire the field. However, driver Andy Miller elected to take him to the back of the pack early, sitting in sixth at the opening quarter. Nearing the half mile, he got into a live cover-flow, drafting his stablemate The Onlyest One. Heading into the final turn, Miller moved him three-wide, took charge turning for home, and held on to win by 1 1/4 lengths. He paced the mile over a sloppy track in 1:55.4.     Since coming to Freehold from Batavia Downs, Lucan Hanover has been in sharp form. he's won three times in five starts, and has been no worse than third. He's owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick.   Ozone Blue Chip rallied wide down the stretch and got up for second. The Onlyest One, Exit Cam, Polak, Mako Banner, and Statement Made completed the order of finish. Lucan Hanover paid $10.00 to win.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- A field of eight has signed up to do battle in Freehold Raceway's first Preferred Handicap harness racing trot of the year this Friday (January 3). The headliners are the top two finishers from last week's Preferred, Inukchuk Chuck and Money Maven.   "Chuck" won at the level last week, blasting off from post position three and cruising to a 3 1/2 length win in 1:57. Two weeks ago, he finished third in the Preferred. He was assigned post position seven this week, as he seeks to turn in another strong performance in Freehold's top class. Joe Bongiorno retains the drive for trainer Nick Surick.   Money Maven was assigned directly to his outside, off a runner-up finish at the class last week. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, he was wide most of the way, but still rallied well for second, one length clear of third. Andy Miller will drive for his wife, Julie.   Taylor Gower will send out two entrants: Mugshot Jess and Boots N Chains. "Jess" is known as a lover of Freehold; all five of his 2019 wins came at that track, including three Preferred victories. He'll leave from post position two. Boots N Chains was most recently sixth in the Preferred, a race where he had a difficult outside grind. Patt Berry will steer from post position four.   Caviar Star, River Otter, Abbie's Celticlass, and Barney Mac complete the ensemble. The race is scheduled as the seventh race on the nine-race program.   The first of those nine races at Freehold on Friday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Freehold, NJ --- An aggressive drive by Andy Miller paid off in Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday, as Rockin M went coast-to-coast for the harness racing victory.   Off a win in the NW $8,000 last 5 starts class, Rockin M was sent off as the 7/2 second choice in the field of eight. Miller blasted off with his horse, sending him right to the lead from post five and setting a fast opening quarter of 27 seconds. Meanwhile, favored Lyons Steel, seeking his fight win in a row, couldn't clear from post eight and was parked out almost the whole way.   Miller slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Nearing three-quarters, Lyons Steel drew up to within a length of Rockin M, but the slow middle quarter gave Rockin M something left in the tank. He brushed off Lyons Steel's challenge, and held on for a one-length victory in 1:54.3.   This is the seventh win of the year for Rockin M, his third of the Freehold season, and his second win in the Preferred. He's owned by JL Benson Stables, and trained by Nick Surick.   Despite his wide trip, Lyons Steel held on for second, while Ginger Tree Marty closed well for third. Northern Virgin, Bullet Bob, Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The remarkable Preppy Art did it again. At this time, it would be hard to find a better inexpensive claimer than this harness racing veteran, who won his sixth consecutive race at the $7,500 claiming level for pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night as the Big M hosted its first of four Thursday night cards during December. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn - his fourth different stable in four starts - Preppy Art was sent to the gate as the 1-5 public choice and driver Andy Miller rolled him immediately to the top and stopped the clock at the quarter in :27.3. A tepid second fraction of :29 followed, and even though Luck N Roll K moved boldly three-wide on the far turn to get into contention, he could not threaten the eventual winner, who hit the wire 3½ lengths in front of Luck N Roll K in 1:52.1, a season's best for the 7-year-old gelded son of Art Colony-Electric Smile. For Preppy Art - who paid $2.40 to win - his winning streak is even more amazing when you consider how he'd been doing before his winning ways began. At the end of 2017, he lost his last eight starts. During 2018, he had zero wins in 30 starts. In 2019, he was winless in his first 21 outings. Thus, he has won a half-dozen straight after losing 59 in a row. His streak created quite a stir at the claiming box, as 15 claims were entered on the horse. He leaves the Surick barn - where he had been owned by Melvin Fink and Debbie Surick - and now will race out of Traci Berry's barn after being claimed for a fifth straight start, this time by J. Craparotta and Pat Berry Racing. Lifetime, Preppy Art has 17 wins from 116 starts, good for earnings of $117,942. His lifetime best of 1:51.2 came two years ago at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras paced the driver colony, scoring four times on the 10-race card. ... Trainers Surick and Trish Adams both had two winner's circle visits. ... Longshots won the first (29-1) and last (32-1) races on the program. Of the eight races in between, six were taken by the favorite. ... All-source handle totaled $1,051,607. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

EL Ideal and driver Andy Miller led from start to finish in capturing the $505,050 Valley Victory Trot final for two-year-old harness racing colts at the Meadowlands Saturday. Trained by Ake Svanstedt for EMP Invest Oy, it was the third straight win for the son of Muscle Hill. He paid $8.00 to win. Ready For Moni was second with Chestnut Hill third. Race favorite, Amigo Volo, broke stride at the start. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Freehold, NJ --- The Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series for 3-year-olds concludes on Friday at Freehold Raceway, with the $50,000 final. The race is scheduled as the third on the 11-race Friday program, and drew a field of seven.   The headliners look to be drawn to the inside: NJSS-SDF champion French Cafe, and SBOANJ second leg winner Lucius Vorenus. French Cafe finished third in the first leg of the series two weeks ago, behind Evident Beauty. This time around, there's no Evident Beauty to deal with, and the Julie Miller-trained filly should find things easier as such. She's drawn post position one, with Andy Miller driving.   Lucius Vorenus has done well since arriving at Freehold in late October, with two wins and a second-place finish to his credit. The Nick Surick-trained gelding will be driven by Jason Bartlett, and leave from post position three.   Trainer Lucas Wallin sends out a pair: Princess Deo and Sovereign Deo. Both of them broke in the second leg, and will seek rebounds here. Wallin will drive Princess Deo, while Joe Bongiorno has the call on Sovereign Deo. They have post positions two and seven, respectively.   Dark as a Pocket looks to finally break through in the series, as she's finished second in each of the first two legs. Last out, she closed well, but finished three-quarters of a length behind in second. The Linda Toscano-trained filly will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr from post position six.   Marveloustrix, for trainer Karen Garland, and Warrior One, conditioned by Nik Drennan, round out the field.   The first race on Friday at Freehold will be at approximately 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 28, 2019 - On Saturday (Oct 26.) Lucius Vorenus was victorious in the $80,000 SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Garden State Trot for 3-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters at Freehold Raceway. Andy Miller and Nick Surick teamed up for the win in the 3rd race at Freehold on Saturday afternoon. Andy Miller sent the 3-year-old to the front from post position four when the gate folded. Without looking back Lucius Vorenus lead every step of the way stopping the clock in 1:58.2. The son of Father Patrick is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and notched the third win of his career. Lucius Vorenus now has lifetime earnings of $75,280 for his winning connections. No Drama Please finished a very close second with Sovereign Deo coming in third. Live racing resumes on Friday, November 1, 2019, at Freehold, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EDT. By Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

French Cafe and Sexy Wow traded wins in the first two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund for three-year-old filly trotters. French Cafe was the 1/2 choice to win the NJSS-SDF Final on Friday afternoon (Oct. 18) at Freehold Raceway, and lived up to the hype. Driver Andy Miller put his filly right on the lead early, letting her cruise through a half-mile in a meandering 1:00. George Brennan made a menacing first-over move with Sexy Wow nearing the three-quarter point, but French Cafe brushed her off and drew off to victory by 3-1/2 lengths. Marveloustrix got up for second, edging out Sexy Wow. French Cafe has now won eight races from 21 career starts, including two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes earlier in the year. She's trained by Julie Miller and owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Her victory was one of four for Andy Miller on the Friday card, as he swept the early pick 4. Miller also won with Deep Dreamer in Race 2, Rockn Legend in Race 4, and Real World Goal in Race 5. He teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick on all three of those wins. That makes 116 wins for Miller at Freehold this calendar year, good for first place by more than 50 victories. Live harness racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 p.m. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ --- The phrase "short but select" comes to mind when talking about the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund Final (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway on Friday.   While there's only five horses in the field, the race features a rubber match between the winners of the first two legs of the series: French Cafe and Sexy Wow.   A winner of two legs of the Kentucky Sire Stakes earlier in the year, French Cafe impressed in the first leg of the NJSS-SDF two weeks ago, defeating Sexy Wow by 1 1/4 lengths. However, Sexy Wow turned the tables in the second leg, sitting a perfect pocket trip to win by 3/4 of a length.   French Cafe will have the post position edge in the final, drawing post position two. Andy Miller will drive, while his wife, Julie, is the trainer. Sexy Wow has the outside post in the five-horse field, with George Brennan in the sulky for trainer Nick Surick.   Marveloustrix, Lady Lone Star, and Taja Mahala round out the field. They finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in the second leg last week. The final is scheduled as the third race on the card, with a scheduled post time of 1:10 PM EDT.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday will go postward at 12:30 PM EDT.   From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

The past week's racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was highlighted by a mandatory Rainbow Pick 5 payout, which awarded winning tickets at over $1,200 a pop Sunday night. It will be fun to see how high the Rainbow rises as it starts up again and rolls through the rest of the season at Pocono. As usual, we saw some outstanding performances over the past four racing programs, and we highlight the best of those now by handing out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: TEXICAN N This 11-year-old gelding has been a stalwart performer throughout his career. In fact, he's not that far off from having a million dollars in purse money. Where once he was a top Open and condition performer, these days he plies his trade in the claiming ranks and recently has found the old fastball for trainer Brittany Robertson. After a few near-misses, Texican N scored a win in a $20,000 to $25,000 claiming handicap on August 17, utilizing a pocket trip for the 1:51:2 score. On Saturday night, Texican N was back at it against the same claiming class, this time leaving from post position #3 and doing so as the 2-1 favorite. Texican N left early for the lead, but then watched as Beach Memories moved past him on the first turn. In the previous start, the gelding sat in the pocket behind Beach Memories and prevailed late. But this time around, driver Matt Kakaley urged the veteran on for a quick retake of the lead on the front stretch. The move seemed to take the stuffing out of Beach Memories, who wasn't a threat from there. Texican N had to deal with other horses in the field making a late play, but he was up to the challenge. He ended up coming home a winner by 1 ¾ lengths over King Harvest in a sharp winning time of 1:50:4. And, with the win on Saturday night, he proved that he could still dominate the proceedings rather than just relying on a trip to win. Other top pacers this week include: Torrid Bromac N (Pat Berry, Traci Berry), who won his second straight $15,000 claimer on Saturday night and fourth out of five overall in 1:51; Daamericansky (Marcus Miller, Mark Silva), who rolled to his second condition win in his last three races on Sunday and did so in a new career-best time of 1:49:3; and Lady Dela Renta A (Anthony Napolitano, Jose Godinez), who moved up in class for her second straight win at Pocono on Tuesday night, this time capturing the night's featured condition pace for mares in a new career-best time of 1:49:2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SATIN DANCER Winning a Sunday night featured trot at Pocono these days is quite an accomplishment. It doesn't seem to matter the condition or the purse; the field always seemed to be stacked from inside to outside with top competitors, making it like a gauntlet for anyone brave enough to tackle it. This past Sunday night's edition, a condition with a purse of $17,500, was no different. Moving up in class to face a group like that is a tough task, but that's just what Satin Dancer was undertaking. The five-year-old mare trained by Travis Alexander was coming off a victory in her previous start at Pocono at the $14,000 level in 1:54:3. In the Sunday night tilt she was the 4-1 fourth choice on the board, leaving from post position #4 in a field of eight. And, as in her previous start, she left in a hurry, grabbing the lead after a brief speed duel with 2-1 favorite Two AM. From there, driver Dexter Dunn was able to rate the pace favorably because no first-over challenger came along to speed his horse up. As they hit the top of the stretch, only Two AM was still hanging around with a chance to derail the mare. But she closed out the mile as powerfully as she began it, keeping Two AM at bay to win it by a length as the only distaff horse in the entire field. Not only did Satin Dancer conquer the feature with her second straight win, but she also did it in 1:53, which matched her career-best mile in the process. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Lionbacker Kidd (Marcus Miller, Bucky Angle Jr.), who picked up his second straight condition win on Sunday night, scoring in 1:55:3; Broadway Mojo (George Napolitano Jr., Brandon Presto), who followed up a win at the Meadows with a claiming handicap victory at Pocono on Sunday night in 1:55:1; and Amador (Marcus Miller, Joseph King), whose upset win at Pocono in a condition trot on Sunday night in 1:54:2 gave him two straight victories, with the previous one coming at Harrah's at Philadelphia. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: MACH WEST Despite a romping win at Tioga in his previous start, this pacer driven by Anthony Napolitano got away at 33-1 in a condition on Sunday night and won it to pay off $68.80 on a $2-win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANDY MILLER Miller had a blast on the Labor Day card, coming up with winners in four of the day's dozen races, cashing in with a favorite every time. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JULIE MILLER You might have guessed from above that Monday was also a big day for Julie, as she went a perfect four-for-four on the day with her trainees. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs        

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There was one sure way - and it was the only way - to cash a ticket on a favorite during the Labor Day Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. You bet on a Julie Miller-trained harness racing horse. Julie combined with driver/husband Andy to send out four horses on the twelve-race Pocono card. All were favorites; all won and took lifetime marks; and none of the other eight favorites could get home first. Two of Team Orange Crush's winning quartet were two-year-olds: the Father Patrick - Bell Power trotting filly Becky Kronos, who broke her maiden in 1:57.4 for Bruni Racing Team AB; and the Sombeachsomewhere - Pleasure Beach pacing filly The Bethinator, an import from Hawthorne who ran her lifetime mark to 4-for-5 with a 1:53.4 victory for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. The sophomore Donato Hanover filly American Kronos, last seen in an Hambletonian Oaks elimination, found Tuesday's easier company to her liking as she tallied in 1:53.3 for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow. And then there was the Muscle Hill four-year-old American Moni, the last foal out of the champion mare Moni Maker. He hadn't won at two and three in limited attempts; in 2019 before Tuesday's race he had a first and two seconds before eliminating himself with a break over sloppy going. Here American Moni put it all together as the Pocono players' heavy chalk, stepping to a 1:53.3 best clocking for the Moni Maker Stable. The two younger performers won by 1¾ lengths and ¾ of a length, respectively; the latter two won by 8½ and 7¾ lengths, respectively. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CREAM RIDGE, NJ - May 17, 2019 - On Wednesday, May 15th the SBOANJ and TrotPAC sponsored a successful fundraiser for New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. The event was held at Fair Winds Farm and Hogan Equine Clinic to support his 2019 campaign.   Assembly Speaker Coughlin was greeted by directors from the SBOANJ, TrotPAC trustees, and many horsemen. Mark Mullen led a tour of his Fair Winds Farm breeding facility, while Patricia M. Hogan, VMD gave him a behind the scenes look at Hogan Equine Clinic.   The Meadowlands General Manager Jason Settlemoir and Freehold Raceway's General Manager Howard Burno and Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone were on hand to answer the Speaker's questions about the New Jersey tracks improvements since the appropriations were awarded.   Drivers Yannick Gingras, Andy Miller, and Hall of Famers David Miller and John Campbell, among others, also took time to discuss the Standardbred industry with him. This was his first visit to any New Jersey equine facility, and Speaker Coughlin was able to mingle with the many horsemen and Equine Industry Supporters in attendance before leaving the function.   Photo: Craig Coughlin speaking to Trainer Nancy Johansson.   New Jersey horseman's lobbyist AJ Sabath answered questions and explained how the appropriations would be awarded in the future. He also expressed the importance of our industry providing proof that the funding received has indeed bolstered New Jersey racing.   TrotPAC would like to thank everyone for their contributions and all of those who were able to attend. It is extremely important that we, as an industry, continue to support the various legislators that will be involved with the annual renewal of our appropriation.     Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

Yonkers, NY- The youngsters showed the way in the $8000 NAADA Trots on Thursday at Yonkers Raceway when 16-year old Brett Beckwith and 21 year old Tyler Miller were each victorious in their respective harness racing divisions. For Brett, son of Mark Beckwith, it was his maiden victory while Tyler, whose dad is Andy Miller, notched his second career triumph. And with their pedigrees one can only assume that winning will become commonplace for them in years to come. Beckwith handled Dark Pool for trainer Paul Fusco and acted like a veteran when he settled in the three hole on the first turn and was third at the quarter as the timer flashed :28.1. Then Beckwith moved first-up and had command at the halfway point in :58.2. "I swooped to the lead and then my horse just kept going," Beckwith said after the race. "Once we were in command I just let him ramble and we began to open daylight on the field." At the three quarters Dark Pool had three lengths on Tough Get Going, who was driven by Joe Faraldo. And in the lane Beckwith's trotter kept the pedal to the metal and cruised home an easy eight-length winner in an incredible 1:56 flat. "He(Dark Pool) was so wound- up that I had a hard time stopping him after the race,"Beckwith admitted. Tough Get Going held on for second money and Wygant Prince trotted home third best for Pearly Allen. The winner is owned by Vinnie Ginsberg. In his contest ,Tyler Miller started from the four-hole with Next Woman Up and angled his trotting mare directly to the pylons and was content to follow Cheeky Little Minx (Joe Pennacchio) past the quarter in :28 and the half in :57.2 , fractions forced by a parked-out Ladys Big Stormont, driven by Alan Schwartz. Pennacchio's charge had a length on her competition at the top of the lane and although the veteran mare was dead-game she couldn't rebuff Miller's Next Woman Up who came charging in the final strides to win in a photo in a time of 1:58.4. Third place went to Master Of Excuses driven by Monica Banca. Next Woman Up is owned by the Second Chance Stable and trained by Nick Surick. Next Thursday the top point-earners in the series will race in a $15,000 Final again at Yonkers Raceway.   by John Manzi for NAADA  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a disappointing effort a week ago in the Cutler Memorial, Fiftydallarbill rebounded in an easier spot Friday night at the Meadowlands, taking the featured harness racing $25,000 conditioned trot in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. The only trotter to go faster in 2019 was Atlanta, who went 1:50.4 on Monday at Miami Valley. In the Cutler, the Katricia Adams trainee was at the rail in sixth when he broke at the head of the stretch. He did finish sixth but was disqualified and placed 10th for interference. This time around, it was a far different story. Mission Accepted, the 4-5 favorite, was on the point at the half, and just after that split, Fiftydallarbill was popped out of the four-hole by Tim Tetrick to challenge. The 4-year-old son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick inched his way toward the front around the far turn and wore down the leader nearing the wire, hitting the finish three-quarters of a length in front after trotting his final quarter in :26.3. Henderson Seelster was third. Fiftydallarbill, the 2017 Breeders Crown champion, returned $4.20 to his backers as he won for the 17th time in 38 career starts. He has earned $858,450 for his owner John Barnard. HAMBO STAYS PUT: The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands have signed an agreement that will keep the Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian Maturity at the Big M through 2023. There will be a major change coming for the 2020 edition of the Hambo. Eliminations will be contested the week before the final. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller suffered a non-racing-related broken hand that will cost him a month on the sidelines. ... Scott Zeron pinch-hit for Miller, guiding a pair of winners for Andy's wife, trainer Julie Miller. ... The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in just under $50,000 in action, and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 2-1, 7-2, 5-2 and 7-1, those who had tickets with the winning combination of 4-3-6-9 walked away with $134.36. ... One sharp player betting into the Ohio hub held the lone ticket that lasted seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $8,536. ... After sweeping the Late Double, Tetrick had three winners on the night and now has 10 over the last three race cards. ... All-source handle was $2,298,689. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

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