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Harness racing driver Andy Miller would win both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (September 7). Miller would win the first division with Tito (Muscle Mass - Stonebridge Encore). Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis Willinger, while trained by Erv Miller, he would lead the colt to a gate-to-wire victory. The 2 year-old would put up all the fractions :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:28.4, 1:57.1. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) would make a run at the big favorite, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) would finish third. Tito ($3,80) would win for the second time in eight starts. The 1:57.1 was his fastest. The freshman trotter won his first race his last time out, taking a leg of the NYSS at Batavia Downs on August 27. In the second division of the NYSS ($54,500), Miller would guide Don (Credit Winner- Angostura) to an easy win. He would go right to the lead and never look back, controlling all the fractions, :28.0, :58.4, 1:27.2, 1:56.1. The 2 year-old colt is owned by the Andy Miller Stable with Little E LLC and trained by Julie Miller. Long shot Rich Uncle (Jimmy Whittemore), would give a late chase and finish second. Seven Iron (John MacDonald) was third best. Don ($4.20) would get his second win in five starts. He previously won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 31st. Leading driver John MacDonald continued to dominate at the miracle mile with 6 more wins. MacDonald would get victories with Drea's Good Powow ($3.70), Helpisontheway ($13.80), If Not Why Not ($2.80), I Saw Red ($3.90), Stirling Electra ($3.30), and Three Handbags ($5.00). He now has 110 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2017 -- Hockey Hanover extended his career unbeaten streak to seven in Wednesday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, but he had to share the harness racing spotlight with a human star -- Andy Miller, who captured four divisions in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Miller won with Lindy's Big Bang, Im Your Captain, Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double -- the latter three trained by Julie Miller. Also taking splits were Canaletto Hanover, I Know My Rights and Lindyinoverdrive. Entering Wednesday's action, Hockey Hanover's resume included victories in four fairground stakes and a pair of stallion series legs, and he was just as effective on the engine or rallying from mid-pack. On Wednesday, he zipped to the lead from post 5 for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and repelled a stern challenge from Patent Leather to defeat him by 1-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:56.3. Keystone Apache finished third. "This colt, he just digs in," said Yoder of the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition for McMullen Stable. "When he hears them coming, he just digs in and goes. You just sit there and go for a ride. He's a Cadillac." Mississippi Storm, a Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding who broke stride in his last stallion series leg, added hopples for Wednesday's stake and was both reliable and swift on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:56.2 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Willow Oak Ranch. The first-over Checkmate Hill was second, 4 lengths back, while Johny Victory completed the ticket. "He would have been second last time, and I chased him a little bit and he made a break," Miller said. "He was good today. He's a good stallion series horse, and I think he'll be something later on, once he grows up a little. He's just a little guy." Canaletto Hanover collected his second stallion series victory by controlling the fractions for Mike Wilder and holding off the late thrust of the pocketing-sitting Haveitalltogether and downing him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57. Gemologist earned show in his career debut. "We had his brother, Centurion Hanover, and we took the money he made for us and bought this one," said D.R. Ackerman, who owns and trains the son of Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber, a $35,000 yearling purchase. "Hopples have made him more secure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Florida Pro, a $165,152 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-od colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness racing driver Andy Miller knows how it feels to come within a neck of winning the Hambletonian Stakes. This year, he hopes to experience victory. Miller drives Devious Man in Saturday's $1.2 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands. The colt, trained by Miller's wife, Julie, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the second of two $100,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the $1 million final. Devious Man will start his elimination from post nine in a 10-horse field. "I think the horse is really sharp and really good," Miller said. "I'm not thrilled about the draw, but hopefully we can advance from there and get to the final. Hopefully we can win [the elimination] and secure an inside spot for the final. If not, then hopefully we draw good in the final." Last year, Miller and his horse Sutton finished behind winner Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank in a three-horse photo. Sutton made up nearly four lengths in the stretch, but ran out of time to catch the leaders before the wire. "I needed a couple more steps, I think," Miller said. "But I was thrilled to be third and I would have been very thrilled to win it. Hopefully this is our year." Miller and his wife are no strangers to the Hambletonian. Last year, Julie Miller had two horses in the final, with Milligan's School finishing sixth. Julie Miller has trained a total of five Hambletonian finalists. Devious Man has won four of six races this year and finished no worse than second in his remaining starts. His victories include the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 1 and the Empire Breeders Championship at Vernon Downs in a career-best 1:52.2 on June 18. The colt, owned by the Andy Miller Stable and Stroy Inc., heads to the Hambletonian off a second-place finish to Walner in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Walner, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, will miss the Hambletonian because of a minor injury. Devious Man, a son of Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, has won 11 of 18 lifetime races and earned $750,200. He is a half-brother to 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo. "He lets me drive him however I want," Miller said about Devious Man. "I can leave, I can come from behind, he just has great manners. "He's just such a classy horse." International Moni is the 5-2 favorite in the first of the two eliminations. The Hambletonian final is 5:11 p.m. and will air on CBS Sports Network. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters and $224,400 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers also will be part of the 90-minute broadcast, which begins at 4. Following are the Hambletonian elimination fields. Hambletonian Elimination (race eight) PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Southwind Woody by Muscle Hill from a Pine Chip mare - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1 2 - Bill’s Man by Credit Winner from a Yankee Glide mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 5/1 3 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel from an Allstar Hall mare - Jason Bartlett - Anette Lorentzon - 10/1 4 - Giveitgasandgo by Yankee Glide from an Andover Hall mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 8/1 5 - International Moni by Love You from a Speedy Crown mare - Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci - 5/2 6 -Stealth Hanover by Andover Hall from a Credit Winner mare - Francisco Del Cid - Francisco Del Cid - 30/1 7 - Victor Gio It by Ready Cash from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 6/1 8 - Long Tom by Muscle Hill from a Windsong’s Legacy mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 3/1 9 - Jake by Muscle Hill from an Andover Hall mare - Dan Dube - Luc Blais - 8/1   Hambletonian Elimination (race nine) PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - What The Hill by Muscle Hill from an Angus Hall mare - David Miller - Ron Burke - 3/1 2 - Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven from a Kadabra mare - David Miller - Tom Durand - 8/1 3 - Sortie by Explosive Matter from a Tagliabue mare - Andy McCarthy - Noel Daley - 10/1 4 -Shake it Off Lindy by Crazed from a Love You mare - Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci - 20/1 5 - Dover Dan by Andover Hall from a Royal Troubador mare - Brian Sears - John Butenschoen - 8/1 6 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven from a SJ’s Caviar mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 9/2 7 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill from a Broadway Hall mare - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 15/1 8 - Achille Duharas by Andover Hall from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 20/1 9 - Devious Man by Credit Winner from a Garland Lobell mare - Andy Miller - Julie Miller-5/2 10 - Perfect Spirit by Andover Hall from a Kadabra mare - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 12/1 Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, NJ – Breakfast With The Babies, final edition of 2017, began at 9:30 a.m. on a cool, overcast morning with the temperature at 66 degrees. Gabe Prewitt was there to paint a picture of the races with words.   Strawberry Hanover won the opener for Andy Miller, moving from the pocket around the second turn to take over from Padua Hanover and sprinting off as she pleased in 1:58.4/28.1. Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld were the successful bidders at $95,000 for Strawberry Hanover at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg last fall and Julie Miller is the trainer. Julie drove another from the Miller barn, Final Lady, to be second.   Wolfgang returned from an unsuccessful visit to Ohio for a Sires Stake to win for Jimmy Takter in 1:57.4 / 28.1. Takter took him back early, marched up uncovered past the half to engage Hat Trick Habit (Domenico Cecere) just past the 59.3 half then wore that stubborn rival down late in the stretch for the win. Wolfgang was a $60,000 Lexington Select but for Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stable and his breeder Fair Island Farm. Hat Trick Habit went a brave trip to be second.   Andy Miller doubled up with his Make It A Double in the third. The pair sat just behind leader Go To Hill (Takter) past the 1:28.2 three panels and when shown racetrack Make It A Double forged by lets in the stretch for the 1:58 flat win. Go To Hill gave way grudgingly in a good effort. The winner was an $80,000 Lexington buy for Andy Miller Stable, Jason & Doug Allen and Julie Miller is the trainer.   Takter came back to take the fourth for pacing fillies with the homebred Betterthanbrie in 1:55.1. The pair sat just off the pace of Balestra Hanover (A. Miller) through three quarters in 1:27.1 then pushed past late for the win. Christina Takter and John Fielding share ownership of the Betterthancheddar first cropper.   The baby race season came to an end with a whimper as only two made their way out to the track and the gelding Ideal Deal outpaced the filly Miss Hill in 1:57.2. It was the Milers again as Andy drove and Julie trains Ideal Deal who is owned by Andy Miler Stable, Nick Surick and Harvey Eisman.   Live racing tonight is highlighted by the eliminations for the August 5 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and a mandatory payout for the Super Hi 5 Jackpot in the last race where the pool is more than $68,000 and likely to reach a solid six figure total by off time.   First race post time is 7:15 p.m.   Reminder about OOC requirements   A reminder The Meadowlands is requiring that all horses entered in the stakes listed below be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius (as the crow flies) of The Meadowlands or in the stable area at Vernon Downs by 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday (July 31) and be made available for out of competition testing as requested.   The stakes are all part of the Saturday (Aug. 5) race card: the Cane Pace, Sam McKee Memorial (US Pacing Championship) Lady Liberty, John Cashman Memorial, and Dr. John Steele Memorial (Fresh Yankee). There will be no charge for the stabling at Vernon and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night will again be offered to those with these stakes horses.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at 877.782.5130 of where each horse will be stabled from July 31 until the stakes have been raced. Questions should be directed to Brice Cote at 609.558.5062.   From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Julie Miller trainee Opulent Yankee set a track record for harness racing aged gelding trotters on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, scorching the surface in a sizzling 1:51.4. The race was for non-winners of $20,000 in the last five starts or Non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime going for a purse of $17,500. Starting from post 2, the 6-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee went right to the front, setting fractions of :27.2, :56.2, 1:23.1, and 1:51.4. Golden Son (George Napolitano Jr) finished second while Centurion ATM (Ake Svanstedt) completed the trifecta. Three horses shared the previous mark of 1:52. They were Likeabatoutahell, Sevruga, and Obrigado. Opulent Yankee is owned by Little E LLC, Art Geiger, and Dave Stolz, and was driven by Andy Miller. There were also eight divisions of Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on the program. Hockey Hanover (Wilbur Yoder) went the fastest of all divisions, completing a first-over grind in 1:56.4 to remain undefeated (5 for 5). The gelded son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover is owned by McMullen Stables, and is trained by Wilbur Yoder. Other Stallion Series winners included Muscles Fashion (1:57), Stonebridge Gamble (1:57.4), I'm Your Captain (1:57.4), Canaletto Hanover (1:57.4), Glide In The Wind (1:58.4), Fashion Will (2:00.2) and Roysons Tuffguy (2:00.2). There will be four division of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday afternoon (July 21) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Post Time is 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trainer Julie Miller wasn't worried. She had faith her husband would get Tuonoblu Rex clear for the stretch drive in the harness racing featured $20,000 preferred handicap trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. That faith was realized as driver Andy Miller and 'T Rex' swerved off the rail as the field straightened away in the stretch before uncorking an explosive :26.2 final quarter that resulted in a 1¼-length win. The final time of 1:51 lowered the 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall's lifetime mark by one and one-fifth seconds. Gural Hanover was second with Opulent Yankee third. Gural Hanover was sent to the lead and set solid fractions of :26.3, :56.1 and 1:24. JL Cruze, the 9-5 second choice, went first over from the three-eighths and made steady progress approaching the head of the stretch as Tuonoblu Rex sat trapped in the three hole along the rail. "I was actually happy to see him out there," said the winning trainer. "I know JL Cruze doesn't like to be on the outside." JL Cruze weakened for the stretch drive, leaving room for Tuonoblu Rex to showcase his explosive late burst. "I figured Andy would find a way," said Julie Miller. Despite an 18-day layoff, Tuonoblu Rex was super sharp. "He's been healthy but there aren't many opportunities for a horse like this to get raced," said Julie Miller. "He's staked to everything. The problem is, a lot of those races go by money won, so he gets knocked out of a lot of those." 'T Rex' paid $4.00 to win as the even-money choice and is now four-for-six this year and 10-for-20 overall, with lifetime earnings of $234,918 for owners Stable Why Not of Millstone Township, N.J. Tuonoblu Rex A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,040,352. ... Post time on Saturday has been moved up 45 minutes to 6:30 p.m. The card features the 2017 debut of Hambletonian favorite Walner as well as the elimination for the July 15 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. In addition, there are also two Graduate Series finals, with each sporting a purse of $240,000. Dave Little  

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Devious Man sneaked his way along the inside of the stretch after a pocket trip behind harness racing favorite Long Tom and won Saturday's (July 1) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Long Tom finished second and Ariana G, the first filly to ever compete in the Beal, was third after racing first over from prior to the half-mile point. Devious Man, who started from post seven and was sent off at odds of 15-1, got the lead on the first turn and took the field to the opening quarter-mile in :27.1. Long Tom brushed to the front as the group passed the grandstand for the first time and led to the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Once in the stretch, driver Andy Miller maneuvered Devious Man inside to the "Pocono Pike" and went down the road to victory. "I worked out the trip I wanted," Miller said. "I left the gate a little and he crossed over to the front. (Long Tom) moved and I was able to let him go just before the half and sat on his back until the open stretch. He's really fast off of cover and he enjoyed the trip." Devious Man, owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, has won four of five races this year and earned $403,410. His wins this season also include the Empire Breeders Championship. He was second by a head in his Beal elimination. For his career, the son of stallion Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, has won 11 of 17 and earned $711,643. He was last season's New York Sire Stakes champion for 2-year-old male trotters. "He raced good a couple weeks ago in the Empire Breeders (Championship)," Miller said. "He's just a super nice horse." All nine horses in the Beal final are eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Devious Man Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Consolation "Tim Tetrick" and "$92.40 to win" are not word combinations you usually read in the same sentence, but Tetrick rallied the Donato Hanover colt Backstage Pass, the longest shot on the board, from far out of it to just catch pacesetting favorite Muscles Jared, who had been hard-pressed on the lead, by a nose and take the $75,000 Beal Consolation in 1:55, lowering his personal mark by a tick. A frequent winner at 2 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey stakes company, Backstage Pass now has a lifetime record of 10 wins in 20 starts, 2-for-3 since he came under the care of Pocono "Trot Man" Mike Simons (who like Tetrick wears green and gold), and earnings of $119,540 for owner Jessica Smith. Backstage Pass Ken Weingartner --- PHHA/Pocono also contributed to this story  

Manalapan, NJ --- After getting his feet wet with a third-place finish in his first-ever drive in a qualifier, Tyler "T.J." Miller made his next trip around the harness racing track at Gaitway Farms a winning one. Miller, the 19-year-old son of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller, guided Nick Surick's 8-year-old pacer Twincreeks Jack to victory by a nose over New Zealand-bred Super Imposed in 1:53 during Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway. Super Imposed was driven by Andy Miller. "I knew it was close, but I thought I sneaked it out from him," said Tyler Miller, who wore his father's familiar orange, white, and black driving colors. "It was exciting when we passed three-quarters and were coming down the stretch. It was a good way to end the day." Earlier in the day Miller drove 2-year-old trotter Im Your Captain to a third-place finish. The colt was timed in 2:00. "I trained him over the winter when I was off from school and I've been training him down since I got back from school," said Miller, who recently completed his freshman year at Rider University. "I've been going with him a lot and kind of knew the horse." Miller admitted to having butterflies before getting on the track for the first time. "I was pretty nervous beforehand, but once I got behind the gate it was like normal," Miller said. "(My dad) told me it was just like another training mile. It was fun. It was a nice experience." Dad was happy with his son's debut. "He did good," Andy Miller said. "I told him to relax out there and he did. He was nice and quiet and the horse behaved good. He did a good job." Tyler Miller is uncertain of his future on the racetrack, at least when it comes to being a fulltime driver. His first priority is getting his degree at Rider, where he is majoring in business. "I'll finish school first and see where it takes me," Miller said. "I'll just have to see how it goes." Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA – Tuonoblu Rex, a son of Credit Winner recently come to the U.S. from Europe, is finding life on this side of the Atlantic very enjoyable, grazie mille. The Italian-bred harness racing five-year-old made the lead past the quarter in the $20,000 Sunday trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then rolled right along en route to a 5½ length win in 1:53.1, a clocking even more impressive considering a “sloppy +1” oval and the chilly 41oF (5oC) temperatures.   Team “Orange Crush,” driver Andy Miller and trainer/wife Julie, and owners Stable Why Not may have themselves a legitimate summer free-for-all competitor, as “Rex” followed up his 1:52.1 stateside debut at The Meadowlands two weeks ago with this impressive victory, which raised his career bankroll to $209,918.   In the $18,000 pacing feature, Cruise Patrol, starting from post two for driver George Napolitano Jr., took the preferred pocket spot in an off-the-gate lineup, then sprinted home in 54.1 to catch pacesetting favorite Mr D’s Dragon by two lengths in 1:51. The son of Bettor’s Delight pushed his earnings to $141,056 for trainer Mike Dowdall and owner Colleen Dowdall.   PHHA / Pocono

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 22, 2017) - The Meadowlands winner's circle was painted orange on Saturday night as Andy Miller swept the co-featured upper level paces en route to a four-win night during the 11-race harness racing program. Miller scored in the $18,000 conditioned pace with the red-hot Special T Rocks by a head in 1:50.4 over the narrow 2-1 favorite Alberto Contador. That came two races after Miller prevailed in a three-way finish with Artful Way, who shipped down from Saratoga for the victory in the co-featured $18,000 event. In between those races, Iwillmakeyousaywow lived up to his name by surviving brutal fractions of :26.4, :53.4, and 1:21.4 to win the $17,500 Dash For The G-Notes Final from post 10. The biggest fireworks of the night came in Race 10 when Pat Lachance steered 13-year-old Semalu Express to a last-to-first win at 111-1 odds. He was followed by fellow 13-year-old Stormin Rustler, who was 95-1. The lucky $2 exacta returned $5,231.60 while the $2 trifecta with 6-5 favorite Camturo Beach came back $25,279.20. Corey Callahan and Jim Marohn, Jr. each had two driving wins while Eric Foster and Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. each had two training wins. Total handle was $2,326,485 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 21, 2017) - Tuonoblu Rex, the American-sired, Italian-bred, and Dutch-trained son of Cantab Hall, entered Friday's $20,000 Preferred Trot at the Meadowlands with a healthy amount of hype following an eye-catching qualifying win in his first harness racing appearance on Big M soil two weeks ago. After grinding past millionaire Crazy Wow with a :27 second final quarter to win in 1:52.1 in his North American parimutuel debut, the bandwagon might need some more seats. "T-Rex" sat third as Crazy Wow showed the field through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.4 for three-quarters while Opulent Yankee chased from the pocket. Around the final turn, Andy Miller launched the 5-year-old, who earned nearly $200,000 during his 14-race European career, first-over after the 3-5 favorite Crazy Wow. The two trotters battled down the stretch, but "T-Rex" had enough late to win as the 2-1 second choice. "We were very pleased with him," said trainer Julie Miller. "He definitely met our expectations tonight. Andy said he was perfect to drive. He has trained down great since arriving in the U.S." Tuonoblu Rex is owned by Cees J. Faber's Stable Why Not. He is eligible to the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands on May 6 as well as the Cashman Memorial and TVG Free For All Series. Tuonoblu Rex In the $18,000 pacing mare feature, Breeders Crown champion Call Me Queen Be settled for second in her 4-year-old debut behind the sharp Inittowinafortune. The 3-5 favorite Penpal disappointed with a late-closing, but non-threatening third place finish. Hall of Famer John Campbell won three races for the second straight Friday night. Corey Callahan also won three. Total handle was $2,502,644 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 31, 2017) - A strong and steady rain did nothing to damper Andy Miller's Friday night as "The Orange Crush" swept the Meadowlands harness racing features with Opulent Yankee and Truth and Liberty. In the $18,000 top trot, Opulent Yankee, the public's 7/10 choice, easily made the front from his assigned post seven. Crosbys Clam Bake tracked from the pocket through a half-mile in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25. As the field turned for home, Miller called on Opulent Yankee who answered with a :27.4 last quarter to kick clear and win by five widening lengths in 1:52.4. Crosbys Clam Bake held second with Second Sister rounding out the trifecta. Opulent Yankee was winning for the third time in his last five starts. The 6-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding has now earned $318,320 for owners Little E LLC, Art Geiger and David Stolz. One race later in the $16,000 conditioned mare pace, Miller aggressively brushed Truth and Liberty to the front before a half mile in :56.3. 9/5 favorite Inittowinafortune tracked front second. Truth and Liberty continued to lead through three-quarters in 1:24.4. Sheeza Shark sat a perfect second-over trip with David Miller and looked poised to track down the longtime leader, but Truth and Liberty held her challengers at bay with a :28.1 final quarter to win her fourth straight Big M start in 1:53. Two-time Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller established a new amateur driver world record when she guided So Take That to a 1:52.4 win in a GSY Club pace. David Miller made his 2017 Meadowlands debut after spending the winter in Florida and won the 9th race with Starsaboveallerage. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins. Total handle was $2,092,018 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 18, 2017) - Millenium Wheel made a winning Meadowlands debut last week as a 7/1 outsider. Making a double jump up in class tonight, the Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. trainee won again in the $18,000 featured pace as an 11/1 long shot. Andy Miller positioned Millenium Wheel in the pocket while Tyler Buter put The Rock on the front end through swift fractions of :26.4 and :55.1 for the half. After three quarters in 1:24.1, The Rock began to tire from those earlier efforts. Millenium Wheel was able to mount his rally up the pylons while Jacksrluckytoo and Chevals Clivesdale launched powerful rallies from the back of the six-horse field. Millenium Wheel held them off to win his second straight and 19th career race in 1:52. Even money favorite Jacksrluckytoo was second with Chevals Clivesdale third. Millenium Wheel is an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding shared in ownership by William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Hundertpfund and Miller teamed up to win again in the 11th race with Special T Rocks, another Dover invader. Special T Rocks won the 2012 Clyde Hirt Series final at the Meadowlands when trained by Daryl Bier. Marcus Miller led all drivers with three wins including a $56.80 upset in the nightcap with Ooh Bad Boy. Tyler and Amber Buter teamed up to win a pair of races with the Meadowlands-loving City Hall and Vorst. City Hall has won seven of his last eight Big M races dating back to last fall. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,570,693. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Herr Wins Seat in BetAmerica WHHC Final Ed Herr of Ocean, NJ, captured the March 18th BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The $100 Qualifier required contestants to place at least five $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races.  Herr had $30 to win on 26-1 #9 Ooh Bad Boy in Race 12.  He cashed for $852, earning him the $1,215 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the BetAmericaWorld Harness Handicapping Championship on April 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The top four contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $1,215 $852 Ed Herr 2 $675 $540 Joe Barre 3 $459 $211 Chris Simonetti 4 $351 $160 Mike Petruccelli  The BetAmerica WHHC is a one-day tournament [April 29, 2017], with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $800.  The BetAmerica WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. BetAmerica.com is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the BetAmerica WHHC Entries for the first online Qualifier are now open, with an entry fee of $35. New accounts to BetAmerica are eligible for a $300 Sign Up Bonus. Hoosier Park, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Plainridge Racecourse, Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Buffalo Raceway have signed up to host BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifiers.  Registration deadline is 10 p.m., Friday April 28.   For the contest entry form and complete rules visit PlayMeadowlands.com by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 17, 2017) - As impressive as Melady's Monet was last week in winning his 2017 debut, he was even better tonight in winning his second straight top-level trot at the Meadowlands. The millionaire, trained by Kevin McDermott, left from post position six to make the lead before the opening quarter with Brett Miller at the lines before yielding the lead to Rose Run Parker, half of a Ron Burke trained entry. Melady's Monet, the 1/2 favorite, powerfully moved out of the pocket after three-quarters in 1:25. He then went right by a faltering Rose Run Parker and with a :27.3 final quarter, had plenty left to hold off the closing Opulent Yankee and Crosbys Clam Bake to win in 1:52.4. "Brett Miller said he was vicious tonight," said trainer Kevin McDermott. "He has been absolutely awesome two weeks in a row in cold weather. The plan is to race as long him at the Meadowlands as long as there is a race that fills. He is as good now as he's ever been, but I may take the hopples off him down the road." Stakes winner Appomattox won his second straight for trainer Lucas Wallin, who was pressed into driving duty when Corey Callahan booked off the remainder of his drives after taking ill following the fifth race. Wallin steered Appomattox to a win in 1:54.3 for his second career training victory. Brett Miller won the first race of the night and the last race with a trip to drive in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers in between. Andy Miller won two races as well. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,427,559. Racing resumes Saturday with a 12-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 24, 2017) - Andy Miller entered the weekend in ninth place in the Meadowlands driver standings, but Friday night reminded harness racing fans why the "Orange Crush" can still get it done with four wins including a score in the featured trot with Opulent Yankee. Miller began the evening by capitalizing on a perfect pocket trip with Opulent Yankee to upset 4/5 favorite Lady's Dude in the $17,000 conditioned trot. He swept finished off the sweep of the early double with a perfect front-running drive on favored Keystone Blade. Miller won races 7 and 8 by a nose and a neck, respectively, with Truth And Liberty and Nowucit Nowudont. Corey Callahan won three races and Jim Marohn, Jr. celebrated his 35th birthday by winning two races. Vinny Ginsburg steered The Pokester, a 42/1 longshot to victory in the last race, leading a parade of outsiders past the wire. With 7/5 favorite Sailin Metro and 8/5 second choice Cherokee Ranger off the board, the $2 trifecta returned $10,131.80 and the 10-cent superfecta was good for $6,335. There were no winning tickets in the last race Super High Five as the jackpot now stands at $32,071 heading into Saturday. Total handle was $2,486,926 on the 11-race card. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Down-the-roaders Allerage Star (Andy Miller, $3.80) and Somewhere in L A (Matt Kakaley, $36.60) shared the Saturday night harness racing marquee, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $45,000 Open Handicaps. Allerage Star-odds-on favorite from post position No. 5-made short work of the week's featured trot. Benefitting from a scratch directly inside of her, she went the distance (:28.3, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.3). Longshot Military Blue (Brent Holland) chased from the pocket before losing contact, while Rock of Cashel (Scott Zeron) wound up a three-hole second. The margin, two lengths into the lane, was the same at the wire. Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith) and season-debuting, eight-hole-assigned Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For Allerage Star, a 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $13.40, with the triple returning $58.50. Saturday's pacing feature saw eight-baller Somewhere in L A make the lead from Roland N Rock (Stratton) just past a nifty :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :55.4 intermission, slight 2-1 choice Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) moved from fifth. He closed in nearing the 1:24.4 three-quarters, but 'L A' maintained a short lead in and out of the final turn. The leader was tenacious, holding off Long Live Rock by a neck in 1:52.4. Caviart Luca (George Brennan) was a second-up third, with 'Roland' and Givenupdreaming (Bartlett) came away with the minor moolah. For sixth choice Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Rich Banca for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Ianncone, TLP and Gandolfo Stables, it was his fourth win in five '17 tries. The exacta paid $164, with the triple returning $786. Saturday also featured an 'unhit' Pick 5, so Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,283.05 (50-cent base wager, Monday comprising races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

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