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This Week: W.N. Reynolds Memorial 3-year-old paces, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a pair of W.N. Reynolds Memorial stakes for 3-year-old pacers on the Saturday night (Dec. 7) card with the $58,000 (est.) contest for colts and the $50,000 (est.) race for fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack featured a big stakes card last Saturday night (Nov. 30) led by the TVG FFA finals for pacers and trotters. Foiled Again, who will be 10 years old in less than a month, won the $512,000 TVG FFA pacing final by a head in 1:49.2 against a field with $17.7 million in collective earnings. The win pushed Foiled Again's lifetime earnings to $6,030,968. Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan were first off the gate, hitting the quarter-mile mark in :26 with Bolt The Duer on his back. Foiled Again was right up and at him at the three-eighths to take the lead away and took the field to the :53.1 half. Pet Rock made a bid for the lead past the half but could not get by Foiled Again through the 1:22 three-quarters. Throughout the deep stretch, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) faced relentless pressure from the 8-year-old Golden Receiver, second oldest horse in the race, who came up the rail, but Foiled Again maintained his march to the finish line for the win. Foiled Again, who paid $7.80 to win, is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Market Share (Tim Tetrick) trotted hard and fast every step of the mile, bursting off the gate to get the lead and never relinquishing it to win the $500,000 TVG FFA Trot in 1:51 by three-quarters of a length. The win pushed his lifetime earnings to $3,115,011. Market Share and Tetrick came off the gate from the outside post seven to press for the front and made it there in :26.2 at the quarter and held that lead with Uncle Peter (David Miller) on his back to the :55 half. Arch Madness came off the rail from fourth after the half to make a bid on the outside for the lead, still held by Market Share at the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Market Share pulled off two lengths from the field at the head of stretch, but Uncle Peter charged hard in the final strides to be second with a fast closing Guccio (Jimmy Takter) out and moving three wide at the head of the stretch, but he could not pass the leaders and was third. Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Tom and Louis Pontone, Bill Augustine and Richard Gutnick. He is a 4-year-old son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt. Bee A Magician made it a perfect 17 for 17 with her one length victory in 1:53.3 in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stake for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands. The win put her over the $2.3 million mark in career earnings. Time To Kill (John Campbell) made it to the lead first at the :27.2 quarter mile-mark while Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) overtook her briefly just past that marker, but Brian Sears had Bee A Magician just behind her on the outside. Those two made an unpressured move to take the lead just before the :55.3 half. Sears put 2-1/2 lengths between him and the field and trotted on to the 1:25 three-quarters with Ma Chere Hall at his back. As the field trotted down the stretch, Ma Chere Hall made a bid to get past Bee A Magician, got just to her wheel at the wire, but could go no further, as Bee A Magician cruised home to win No. 17 for 2013. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. Grand Circuit action also took place this past Sunday at Dover Downs. Sunshine Beach brushed to the lead heading to the half-mile marker and was never seriously challenged from there as he went on to capture the $284,160 Progress Pace final for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:50.3. Owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy and was driven to victory by John Campbell. The win was the eighth in 20 season's starts for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up, while his 2013 earnings climbed to $909,283. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,857; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,625; 3. David Miller - 1,228; 4. Brian Sears - 781.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 719.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,798.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,211.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 515.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 507.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 471. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 405.7; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 376.25; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 244. Looking ahead: The final Grand Circuit action of 2013 will take place next weekend at Northfield Park when the northeast Ohio oval hosts the Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit    

Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick took command early and gave no quarter in winning the $500,000 final of the TVG Series for older trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands. "I wanted to take things into my own hands." Said driver Tim Tetrick about the start of the race. Leaving from post seven, Market Share out trotted Uncle Peter (David Miller) to the early lead and then cut fractions of :26.2 to the first quarter and :55 to the half. It was then that driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer came first-over with Arch Madness and started working their way towards the race leaders with Guccio (Jimmy Takter) following the outside cover. But by the three-quarter mile marker in 1:23.1, Arch Madness could not collar Market Share who started to draw away starting down the stretch. Uncle Peter and Guccio were both able to give chase but Market Share was too strong, winning by one length in 1:51. Uncle Peter was second with Guccio third. "I don't do it very often with him (leave with Market Share)," Tetrick said. "but when I do he always pays me back and we got paid today. It's been tough this year. I give Linda (trainer Linda Toscano) all the credit. He's had some rough spots this year but they always bring him back. He's a good horse and he overcomes." A four-year-old stallion by Revenue who was the 2012 Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, Market Share concludes his 2013 season with six wins for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and Bill Augustine. The $250,000 winner's share of the purse put Market Share over the $1 million mark this year with $1,077,356 in earnings and lifetime at an impressive $3,015,011. Market Share paid $4.60 to win. "Mr. Gutnick and I sat down yesterday," trainer Linda Toscano said. "We talked about racing him next year. We decided that if he won tonight we would bring him back and race him again next year. He was really good tonight but he needs a rest now. I need a rest now too." "To use Linda's words, it's been surreal," Richard Gutnick said about the 2013 season with Market Share. "I can't believe this is really happening. I hope it keeps continuing. Right now we are leaning towards racing next year. We have been invited to compete in the Elitlopp (Sweden) next year. And we want Timmy (Tetrick) to have a shot at racing in the Elitlopp. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

Hammonton, NJ --- Bill Augustine, co-owner of Breeders Crown Open Trot winner Market Share, has pledged to donate 50% of his share of the horse’s Saturday night earnings to the Anthony Coletta fund.  Installed as the early morning line favorite at 4-5, Market Share will face five other trotting stars in the $50,000 final leg of the TVG free for all at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment’s opening night.    Moved by the overwhelming support that the industry has shown Anthony Coletta and his family during this difficult time, Augustine notes that the decision was easy.    “I have known Tony since he was a young boy.  He lived right next door to our Blueberry packing house in Hammonton.  He used to bring packages of my Blueberries to Chester!”   Augustine has been driving his own horse at Harrah’s Philadelphia recently, and says that the tragedy hits very close to home.  “I have been out there with these guys, and I know first-hand how these accidents can cause a dramatic change in people’s lives.”    The Blueberry magnate added that, “I would sincerely hope that some of the other prominent owners in the industry, like myself and Richard and Joanne Young, would step up and help this young driver and his family in their time of need.”   Social media exploded Thursday (Nov. 21) with the exploits of Yannick Gingras, who pledged to donate all of his driver’s percentage from the Harrah’s afternoon card.  Others, like Hanover’s Murray Brown, matched the generous offer.  Perhaps a power greater than ourselves took over as “the Green Hornet” proceeded to win six and rack up $2,740 in drivers fees...which was ultimately matched by 12 additional benefactors.   by Chris Tully, for Winners Circle Blueberries  

Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick took advantage of an early break by Wishing Stone and worked out a perfect trip behind pacesetter and betting favorite, Intimidate (Ron Pierce) then outkicked Mister Herbie (Jody Jamieson) to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown by a long nose. The 2012 Hambletonian winner and Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, Market Share got off to a winning start in 2013 but as of late had been unable to win in his last seven starts but picked a perfect time to come back to winning form. Intimidate went right out to the early lead with Market Share sitting on his back through the opening panel in :26.4. They raced that way to the half mile marker in :54.3 as Arch Madness and trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer started moving first-over. Then in the backstretch, Jamieson came first-over with Mister Herbie and started to collar Intimidate at the three-quarters in 1:22.1. As the field started down the stretch, Intimidate was all done, Mister Herbie had the lead but Market Share started up the inside and looked to pass Mister Herbie by but Mister Herbie came back again but was too late at the wire in 1:51. Arch Madness was third. “It changed things when he (Wishing Stone) went off stride,” Tetrick said. “It surprised me so I figured I better get behind him (Intimidate). If Wishing Stone don’t run then he is in that spot. It worked out. On the last turn he came on and was great.” It was the fourth win this year for Market Share. The four-year-old stallion by Revenue is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables and Bill Augustine. He paid $6.00 to win. “He (Market Share) has had his share of bad posts this year,” said Linda Tocano. “Tonight he got a good trip from the rail. It was not where we wanted to start from tonight but it worked out fine. Video attached By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

The Red Mile Grand Circuit concludes week one with a thirteen race matinee card on Sunday. The program features five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for sophomore trotters, three colt divisions and a pair for the fair sex.   A pair of eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open stakes, containing the stars of the mature set, highlight the program. When Racing Secretary Billy Perkins opened the box at 10am this morning, he found an overflow of declarations in both events, necessitating several byes being offered to get both fields down to ten starters.   On the pacing side, top seasonal earner and division leader Pet Rock was the first to have the option to accept a free pass into next Sunday's $175,000 final on the strength of his 2013 bankroll of $644,070. His connections, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Frank Bellino, accepted the offer and he will join the top nine finishers from this Sunday's elimination in the final. Left to battle for the remaining berths are the titans of the division including no less than five from the Ron Burke stable headed up by the razor sharp Clear Vision. A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou  and Golden Receiver (returning from a month long freshening) are chief among the contenders. Thirteen were declared for the Allerage Open Trot and the bye process took more effort to implement, as several trainers chose to bypass the free roll and race in the elimination. The pot is sweetened by the chance to win the right to select their post position for next week's final with a victory in this race. At the end of the process, Guccio, Southwind Pepino and Wishing Stone will go directly to the $170,000 final next Sunday. That left an awfully good field of horses to race for the remaining seven slots. Leading seasonal earner Sevruga leaves from post four with Andy Miller set to drive for owner KDM Stables Corporation. Market Share is also racing and will start just outside Sevruga as he makes his bid for the win. Tim Tetrick has driven him in each of his eight seasonal starts and will again call the shots for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. The fun starts at 1:00pm and the weather forecast remains positive with a warm early fall afternoon predicted. Be reminded that The Red Mile clubhouse will be open each racing day and you may reserve a table by calling (859) 233-0814. Parking is free and admission is a mere $2 for a great day of harness racing. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on Tuesday, October 1st at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. Find further sale info at their website. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

Hammonton, NJ – It only took two tries for Bill Augustine to drive his way back to the winner’s circle after a 21-year drought.  At Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 11), in just his second start in the GSY Summer Pacing Series, the man they call ‘Wild Bill’ charged down the lane and caught the favorite at the wire to win by a short neck.    Steering a $5,000 –claiming pacer named Hickory Louie, the blueberry farmer who had all but hung-up is helmet and colors some 20-years prior, was able to relive the fun and excitement of driving a Standardbred to victory in 1:55.3f.   The race replay is attached   Before immersing himself in the demanding process of commercial Blueberry agriculture, Bill trained and drove horses at Liberty Bell, Brandywine, Freehold and The Meadowlands.  From 1979 through 1995 Augustine amassed 472 driving starts and earned nearly $200,000 in purses.  With 39 pari-mutuel wins to his credit, his last trip to the winner’s circle was August 23, 1992 with Wanna’s Fame at Yonkers Raceway.   Fast forward a few decades and Bill jumped back into Harness Racing with both feet as a co-owner of 2012 Hambletonian winner and Dan Patch champion Market Share.  But for the energetic Augustine, sitting in the clubhouse was just not enough.    “I have been eager to get back in the sulky, and the amateur series was the perfect opportunity” noted Augustine.  “I have been jogging and training some of my young stakes horses, but the real action is out on the track.  I get to have some fun and promote the sport at the same time.”   Augustine first sat behind the 9-year-old altered son of Lislea at Pocono Downs on Tuesday, September 3 in the sixth leg of the GSY amateur driving series.  The horse’s gracious, yet game owner, Nancy Fugere of Westbrookville, NY, told her new driver, “this horse can really leave—just go out there and feed him racetrack!”    Bill politely conformed, but unfortunately got parked every step of the way and finished seventh.  But that did not deter any of the connections of Hickory Louie.   The horse’s trainer, Bob Lounsbury, one of the top conditioners at Monticello, was guided by Fugere’s judgment.  Not only is she the horse’s owner, but she is also the shipper, caretaker, and the Lounsbury stable assistant trainer.  She said, “Let’s try him again at Chester, he will be better.”    Fugere knows a little something about taking chances and winning horse races.  She is the same gal who owns and rubs Tracy’s Song, the winningest horse in North America this year with 21 victories—so far.  A former transportation executive in NYC, Fugere (pronounced Foo-szair) owns seven horses in the Lounsbury stable, and added that “we have 14 in the barn and another 6 or 7 at the farm.”   “We are always racing and training” exclaimed the hardworking Fugere, whose Lounsbury stable is the leading UDRS (.488, 300-499 starts) stable in North America with 124 wins.  “There is no secret to our barn’s success.  Bob [Lounsbury] jogs these horses at a 2:30 clip, five miles every single day, in the heat, the rain, the ice, the snow, the sleet, the hail, the whatever.  We get NO days off!”   Just like the horses in the Lounsbury stable, Augustine and Fugere hit the ground running at the track formerly known as Chester.  She checked the horse up and instructed Bill to, “leave with him, and don’t look back.”  Knowing the favorite (Monica Banca and Ruthless Ace) was outside of him with the assigned eight hole, Wild Bill opined that “if I can take a little of the sting out of [Banca] in the first turn, and then sit a two-hole trip, she will take me right to the wire.”   More often than not, drivers’ plans change just as the wings of the starting gate start to fold.  This was not one of those times—Augustine’s scheme worked perfectly.  Bill and Hickory Louie were able sit in the garden spot and get up to win by a close neck at the finish wire.    Augustine “needed a win in the last leg to earn a berth in the final,” noted the GSY series organizer, Dave Yarock.  Evidently Bill has secured his spot and is now tied for eighth in the GSY points standings.  The final will be held on the popular Open Space Pace Day (Sept. 21) at Freehold Raceway for a purse of $7,500.  Nancy Fugere plans on bringing Hickory Louie to the afternoon delight for the finale.  Augustine, of Winners Circle Blueberries fame, will be there too—with a shiny new helmet to go with his seasoned determination.   by Chris Tully, marketing manager, Winners Circle Blueberries  

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