Sixteen down, one to go. Bee A Magician will try to complete a perfect season Saturday night when she faces nine foes in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Ranked No. 1 in the sport's current Top 10 poll, Bee A Magician is 16-for-16 this year, with $1.42 million in earnings. She will start the Moni Maker from post eight for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and driver Brian Sears. "I am feeling a bit of pressure, yeah," Norman said. "I wasn't feeling any until now, because you're so close. We're a few days away from it being over. "But it's exciting. The other thing is you could be not racing. Two weeks from now when she's not racing and she's out in the paddock I'm going to miss her, that's for sure." Bee A Magician will try to join Muscle Hill, Syrinx Hanover and A Worthy Lad as the only trotters to go undefeated at age 3 and earn year-end honors dating back to 1975. Muscle Hill, a colt, won all 12 of his races in 2009 and was named Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. Syrinx Hanover, a filly, went 12-for-12 in 2001 and was named Trotter of the Year in the U.S. (losing Horse of the Year to filly pacer Bunny Lake). A Worthy Lad, a colt, was perfect in 13 starts in 1990 and received the O'Brien Award as Canada's best 3-year-old male trotter. "It's just a dream," said Mel Hartman, who owns Bee A Magician with David McDuffee and Herb Liverman. "At times she's done it so easy it's scary. I've had some great horses, but if you have a horse that's being considered for Horse of the Year they have to be super special. I would say she's super special. It's been a hell of a ride." Bee A Magician's wins this year include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, in a stakes-record 1:51.4, and the $500,000 Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record 1:52.4. She also captured the Elegantimage Stakes, the Delvin Miller Memorial in a world-record 1:51, and the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. For her career, Bee A Magician has won 26 of 29 races and earned $2.18 million. Her earnings are the record for any filly, trotter or pacer, at ages 2 and 3 combined. She is coming off a victory in the American-National Stakes on Nov. 9 at Balmoral Park in Chicago. "She's had three weeks since her last race, so she's not right on top of her game, I wouldn't say," Norman said. "But we trained today (Tuesday) so she's going to be very close." There is no precipitation in the forecast for Saturday, but it will be cold. The high temperature is projected at 38 degrees and the low at 32. "I'm nervous racing this late in the year," Hartman said. "My experience is that fillies and mares are not too crazy about racing in the cold. It seems harder on them than the (male) horses. I just hope we haven't made a mistake." The Moni Maker field includes Sheena's Shadow, Handover Belle, Ma Chere Hall, Andie Sophia, Little Bitty Lies, Southwind Cocoa and Time To Kill lining up inside Bee A Magician, with Mistery Woman and Deja Vu Too to her outside on the starting gate. "I didn't expect anything like this," Norman said about Bee A Magician's campaign. "You don't expect that from any horse. It is a long year; the horse has been in work since February and we're almost to December. It's 10 months of hard work and a lot of starts. "It's just tough for them to keep going and be good the whole time. It's amazing that she has been, really. That's why it's such a big achievement, I guess. "She's a great horse. I hope she finishes it off." by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications
Freehold, NJ --- The Captain is still the king, but he faces another tough challenge in Saturday’s Tattersalls Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at Lexington’s Red Mile. Fourteen horses entered the Tattersalls and the field was divided into two seven-horse divisions. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year and sport’s top-ranked pacer this season, will compete in the first of the two $215,500 splits -- along with the only horse to beat The Captain this year, Sunshine Beach, and Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation. Captaintreacherous, Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach are harness racing’s three richest 3-year-old male pacers this season. Vegas Vacation drew post one while Captaintreacherous got five and Sunshine Beach got seven. “They sure stacked them up,” said Mark Steacy, who trains Sunshine Beach. “It would have been nice to stay away from them until the Breeders Crown, but you can’t do anything about that. Plus we drew the outside post; I guess (driver) John Campbell will just have to work his magic.” Sunshine Beach handed Captaintreacherous his only loss in 10 races this year when he beat The Captain by a nose in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine on Aug. 17 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The time of 1:47.4 equaled the world record for 3-year-old pacers on a five-eighths-mile track. “Yeah, but he’s got about six (wins) up on us,” Steacy said with a laugh. “I’d like nothing more than to beat him again, but we want to win every time we race no matter what horses are in there.” Captaintreacherous won his three previous encounters with Sunshine Beach this year, including in the $980,000 North America Cup and $635,750 Meadowlands Pace. He also has four wins over Vegas Vacation, including the $360,211 Cane Pace. “It shapes up like a great race,” Captaintreacherous’ trainer Tony Alagna said. “I don’t look at it like we have to beat this horse or that horse; I just want my horse to go out there and race to his capabilities and he never lets me down.” Vegas Vacation, whose last three setbacks to Captaintreacherous have come by a combined total of less than a length, comes to the Tattersalls off his straight heats victory in the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 19 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. “I’m still the underdog,” Vegas Vacation’s trainer Casie Coleman said. “(Captaintreacherous) is still the king of the castle, but we’re going to try to take him off the throne. We’re going to give it our best shot.” Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach, who both skipped the Little Brown Jug, won Bluegrass Stakes divisions last weekend at The Red Mile. Captaintreacherous, who has earned $1.50 million this season, won by 1-1/2 lengths over Beach Memories in a career-best 1:47.1 with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines. “I was very happy with how he raced last week,” said Alagna, who trains the colt for the ownership group Captaintreacherous Racing. “And he’s trained back really well.” Sunshine Beach, who has won six of 13 races and $543,135 this season for owners Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, captured his Bluegrass division by a neck over Resistance Futile in 1:48.2. It was his first start since a second-place finish to Vegas Vacation in a division of the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 7. “For a horse that hadn’t raced in three weeks, I thought he was very courageous,” Steacy said. “Resistance Futile is a nice horse with a good kick and he was able to fight him off. I hope he’s a little bit better this week.” Vegas Vacation has won nine of 15 races this year and earned $806,287 for owners West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders. He has won three in a row and five of his last six starts. “(Captaintreacherous) won in (1):47.1 last week, so he’s obviously awesome,” Coleman said. “But I think my guy is awesome right now too.” The second Tattersalls division includes Adios winner Sunfire Blue Chip, New York Sire Stakes champion Fool Me Once, and North America Cup runner-up Twilight Bonfire. Saturday’s card also features two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers and four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. First race post time is 1 p.m. by Ken Weingartner for HRC
Remember the "Titan," if not for the remainder of this year, perhaps next season. E L Titan is heading to Lexington for Friday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and trainer Riina Rekila has high hopes for the lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill. Bred and owned by Erkki Laakkonen, the colt has won once in three starts and earned $27,414. He won his first start in 1:58 on Aug. 22 at Mohawk Racetrack and finished second to Father Patrick, who is the No. 4-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, in a division of the Champlain Stakes a week later. He enters the International Stallion off a troubled-trip third in a conditioned race on Sept. 16 at Mohawk. "We started a little later with him, which was the plan," said Rekila, who also drives E L Titan. "We wanted to save him a bit. He was a little sick in the spring, but that didn't really change anything for us. His first stakes wasn't until the Champlain, so we took our time. He felt so good sitting behind him that I didn't want to ruin him. "I have never pushed him. Everything he is doing, he is doing on his own and doing very easy. I don't usually train too fast. The main thing is to build a nice 3-year-old." E L Titan is out of the mare Courtney Hall, a stakes-winning full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. E L Titan is Courtney Hall's fourth foal and the previous three - E L Rock, Appomattox and E L Rocket - each earned at least $200,000. Appomattox, who leads the trio with $368,518, is racing in Sunday's Allerage Open Trot and E L Rocket is eligible to the Kentucky Futurity on the same day. Rekila trained E L Rocket before the 3-year-old colt was sold to Ron Burke in June. E L Rocket, who made only two starts as a 2-year-old, has won five of 16 races this year and finished second in a division of the Simcoe Stakes. He also raced in the Hambletonian, finishing fourth in his elimination and failing to advance to the final. "They have some things that are similar, but I think (E L Titan) is a much better horse," Rekila said. "E L Rocket was one of the fastest horses I've ever sat behind, but he was so big gaited that it was difficult for him to keep it together. "It seems like (Courtney Hall's foals) get better as they get older. That's why we're looking ahead for Titan." E L Titan is eligible to the Breeders Crown, but Rekila was undecided whether she would send the colt. The Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters are Oct. 11 and the final is Oct. 19. "We'll see how he does here and make a decision," Rekila said. "We were going to race last week (in the Bluegrass Stakes) but his white count was high so we skipped that. We'll go by how the horse feels. "If he races like he did in the Champlain, I think he is very competitive," she added. "He is very strong when you sit behind him and he has speed. I don't think he is mature yet; I think he is just doing it because he is talented." E L Titan races in the third of three International Stallion Stakes divisions. Bluegrass Stakes division winners Odds On Amethyst and Outburst also are among the 2-year-old male trotters racing Friday. Outburst, who won in a world-record 1:53.1 last week, is in the second International Stallion Stakes split; Odds On Amethyst is in the first. Friday's card also features three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, headlined by Precocious Beauty. The filly has won six of eight races and finished second in the other two. She has won five in a row, including three consecutive stakes. by Ken Weingartner for HRC
Captaintreacherous, trainer Ron Burke, drivers Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. (dashes) and Tim Tetrick (money) all lead the nation in their respective categories per money won and wins so far in the 2013 race season. Bluegrass Stakes, $87,000 divisions, 3-year-old male trotters, Sept. 29, The Red Mile 1. Creatine, 2. Punxsutawney, 3. Deadliest Catch. Time: 1:52.3. Margin: 1/2. 1. Your So Vain, 2. Lindy's Tru Grit, 3. Vibe Blue Chip. Time: 1:53.3. Margin: 3/4. 1. Spider Blue Chip, 2. Pine Credit, 3. All Laid Out. Time: 1:51.3. Margin: 3/4. Bluegrass Stakes, $86,000 divisions, 3-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 29, The Red Mile 1. Ma Chere Hall, 2. Shared Past, 3. Royal Assets. Time: 1:52.3. Margin: Neck. 1. Handover Belle, 2. To Dream On, 3. Mistery Woman. Time: 1:52.2. Margin: 1/2. $122,000 Bluegrass Stakes, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 28, The Red Mile 1. Shebestingin, 2. Parlee Beach, 3. Authorize. Time: 1:49. Margin: 4-1/4. Bluegrass Stakes, $96,000 divisions, 3-year-old male pacers, Sept. 28, The Red Mile 1. Captaintreacherous, 2. Beach Memories, 3. Emeritus Maximus. Time: 1:47.1. Margin: 1-1/2. 1. Sunshine Beach, 2. Resistance Futile, 3. Wake Up Peter. Time: 1:48.2. Margin: Neck. Bluegrass Stakes, $77,000 divisions, 2-year-old male pacers, Sept. 28, The Red Mile 1. Western Vintage, 2. On Golden Ponder, 3. Some Major Beach. Time: 1:49.4. Margin: 4-1/4. 1. Limelight Beach, 2. So Surreal, 3. Somestarsomewhere. Time: 1:49.4. Margin: 1-1/4. 1. Smack Talk, 2. Sometimes Said, 3. He's Got It. Time: 1:50.4. Margin: 1/2. 1. Odds On Rhodonite, 2. Journeyman, 3. Carracci Hanover. Time: 1:50.2. Margin: 1/2. Bluegrass Stakes, $90,100 divisions, 2-year-old male trotters, Sept. 27, The Red Mile 1. Father Patrick, 2. Lightning Force, 3. Raise The Curtain. Time: 1:54. Margin: 2-1/4. 1. Odds On Amethyst, 2. Muscle Network, 3. Shift Into Glide. Time: 1:54.2. Margin: 3-3/4. 1. Outburst, 2. Southwind Spirit, 3. Trixton. Time: 1:53.1 (world record). Margin: Nose. Bluegrass Stakes, $86,000 divisions, 2-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 27, The Red Mile 1. Precocious Beauty, 2. Southwind Silence, 3. Beach Gal. Time: 1:51. Margin: 3/4. 1. She's Da Bomb, 2. Allstar Rating, 3. Lasting Appeal. Time: 1:50.3. Margin: 1-1/2. 1. Uffizi Hanover, 2. Gallie Bythe Beach, 3. I Need Hotstuff. Time: 1:50.3. Margin: 3/4. Bluegrass Stakes, $96,000 divisions, 2-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 26, The Red Mile 1. Struck By Lindy, 2. Heaven's Door, 3. Anonyme Hanover. Time: 1:53.1. Margin: 5-1/4. 1. Chivaree Hanover, 2. Cee Bee Yes, 3. A Sundae On Sunday. Time: 1:56.3. Margin: 3/4. 1. Designed To Be, 2. Shake It Cerry, 3. Cooler Schooner. Time: 1:52.2 (world record). Margin: 1/2. HARNESS RACING LEADERS Horses by Earnings Horse Name Age Sex Gait Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 3 H P 10 9 1 0 1,504,023 ROYALTY FOR LIFE 3 H T 11 6 2 0 1,217,160 BEE A MAGICIAN 3 M T 13 13 0 0 1,096,684 I LUV THE NITELIFE 3 M P 13 12 0 1 968,337 VEGAS VACATION 3 G P 15 9 3 1 806,287 FOILED AGAIN 9 G P 22 6 4 7 734,109 SPIDER BLUE CHIP 3 G T 14 8 1 1 686,063 CORKY 3 H T 16 4 5 3 667,608 PET ROCK 4 H P 13 4 3 1 644,070 SMILIN ELI 3 H T 12 4 3 2 572,379 SUNSHINE BEACH 3 H P 13 6 1 3 543,135 Drivers by Wins First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 2316 516 363 313 2,037,850 David Palone 1872 486 270 187 4,886,761 Tim Tetrick 2413 471 345 316 12,221,770 Corey Callahan 2728 471 343 376 7,271,282 Bruce Aldrich Jr. 2476 444 363 331 2,059,909 Michael Oosting 1822 431 302 244 2,953,817 Ronald Pierce 2751 429 364 387 8,273,868 Aaron Merriman 2573 426 408 369 3,200,406 Brian Sears 1768 424 309 261 11,161,908 George Napolitano Jr. 2262 413 333 285 4,620,286 Drivers by Earnings First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Tim Tetrick 2413 471 345 316 12,221,770 Brian Sears 1768 424 309 261 11,161,908 Yannick Gingras 1784 389 291 247 9,918,279 David Miller 2196 313 334 304 8,814,616 Ronald Pierce 2751 429 364 387 8,273,868 Corey Callahan 2728 471 343 376 7,271,282 George Brennan 1933 328 336 237 7,153,976 Andy Miller 2115 306 307 271 6,056,543 Matthew Kakaley 2251 354 347 324 5,936,556 James Morrill Jr. 1302 324 256 161 5,739,141 Trainers by Earnings First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronald Burke 3506 826 567 402 16,155,944 Jimmy Takter 469 108 63 66 5,374,941 Tony Alagna 637 120 75 77 4,092,841 Ervin Miller 1068 210 172 142 3,836,300 Rene Allard 1509 343 227 176 3,644,706 P.J. Fraley 723 138 114 102 3,163,667 Virgil Morgan Jr. 1113 272 165 136 3,107,094 Linda Toscano 464 94 63 82 3,011,660 Richard Norman 376 69 61 43 2,979,504 Richard Moreau 1063 217 168 162 2,970,482
3YO Trot Filly Shine In Bluegrass Stakes
Creatine is back at The Red Mile, where he made all seven of his starts last season, and trainer Bob Stewart hopes the 3-year-old colt trotter is ready to continue his winning ways. A son of former Stewart-trained standout Andover Hall, Creatine has won five of 10 races and $233,527 this year for owners Adam and Chris Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing. The horse has won four of five starts since having throat surgery in July to correct a breathing problem. On Sunday afternoon, Creatine will race in the first of three Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male trotters. Creatine, driven by Mike Lachance, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in his split. Your So Vain (7-5) and Master Of Law (5-2) are the morning line choices in the second and third divisions, respectively. "The horse is doing well," said Stewart, who is from Lexington. "He got in the habit of being turned out (earlier this year) so we've been doing it here and it seems to be agreeing with him. He won't have raced in 16 days, but we've done that before. He needed a break before all the racing he's got coming up in the next few weeks." The Bluegrass will serve as a final prep for the Kentucky Futurity, the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, on Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Of the 22 horses racing in the Bluegrass divisions, 17 are eligible to the Futurity. If all goes well, Stewart will send Creatine to the Futurity and then the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Eliminations for the Breeders Crown are Oct. 12 and the finals are Oct. 19. "I'm looking forward to racing him here; it's my home track," Stewart said. Last year, Creatine won three of seven races, including a $101,000 Bluegrass Stakes division for 2-year-old male trotters. "We decided to stop with him and not go to the Breeders Crown or any of the other year-end races, because we thought he had raced enough as a 2-year-old," Stewart said. "We were concentrating on this year and he came back to our expectations." Creatine had a win and two second-place finishes in five starts prior to his throat surgery. His only loss since then came in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. Creatine won his elimination race earlier in the day, but in the final got stuck outside the entire mile and finished eighth. "He's a very good horse," Stewart said. "I don't know if he's the best, but I guess in the next three weeks we're going to find out." Sunday's card, which begins at 1 p.m., also includes two Bluegrass divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters and eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open Trot and Allerage Farms Open Pace. Ma Chere Hall is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first Bluegrass division for the fillies while world-record-setting Frau Blucher is the 2-1 choice in the second. Market Share is the 5-2 favorite in the Allerage Trot elimination and A Rocknroll Dance is the 5-2 favorite in the Allerage Pace elim. by Ken Weingartner for HRC
Myron Bell will have his eyes on Captaintreacherous when the sport's top-rated pacer headlines Saturday's card at The Red Mile in Lexington, but "The Captain" will share Bell's attention with several youngsters looking to make names for themselves in Bluegrass Stakes action. That's My Opinion, Fort Knox and Journeyman will be among the horses competing in Saturday's four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old male pacers. That's My Opinion and Fort Knox are co-owned by Brittany Farms, for which Bell is the racing manager, while Journeyman is owned by Brittany Farms and Bell's Riverview Racing. Bell and Brittany Farms also are among the owners of Captaintreacherous, who is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first of two Bluegrass divisions for 3-year-old male pacers. All of the horses are trained by Tony Alagna. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year, has won eight of nine races and $1.45 million this season. His wins include the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace and Hempt Memorial. He finished second by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the Battle of the Brandywine. He is the No. 2-ranked horse in the sport's Top 10 poll, behind only trotter Bee A Magician. "I wasn't that smart - I never thought he would go almost undefeated," Bell said. "He's exceeded all of our wildest expectations. We knew that he was a top horse, but the Captain has been super in every one of his races this year, even in his narrow defeat. You can't say anything bad about him." Still, Captaintreacherous has had his critics this season; some lamenting his connection's decision to skip the Little Brown Jug, others pointing to his lack of total domination (three wins by a neck). "(Heart) is what makes greatness," Bell said. "Speed is one facet of greatness, and he's got the will to win. People are always going to knock something that's good. I really don't worry about that. If they don't talk about you, you don't exist." For his career, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure has won 16 of 19 starts, never been off the board, and earned $2.37 million. He was purchased as a yearling for $250,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. That is a big price, but not as hefty as the $350,000 paid for That's My Opinion, who was purchased under the name Blister Hanover at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Boldnbrash Hanover, That's My Opinion has won one of four races and earned $13,029. He is coming off a second-place finish in a condition race at Mohawk, where he missed by a head after battling through traffic in the stretch. The Bluegrass will be his first try in stakes company and he drew into a division including New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Western Vintage, world-record-setter On Golden Ponder and stakes-placed Some Major Beach. That's My Opinion and driver Scott Zeron will start from post seven in the seven-horse field. "He was a beautiful yearling and he was very costly," Bell said. "Tony has done a phenomenal job with him. He went through a growth spurt and Tony did a very good job. I want to give Scott Zeron and (driver) Brian Sears, who baby raced him, a lot of credit too. We babied him to a certain degree and he's ready to rock and roll now. "He's in a tough division and drew a tough post, but I believe we'll make a good account of ourselves. Right now he's a nothing because he hasn't won on the Grand Circuit yet. I don't want to brag him up, but I think he's a really nice colt." As for the colt's name change, it came indirectly from Bell himself. "I have a favorite saying, 'That's my opinion,' and Tony wanted to dedicate that name to this horse for some reason, so we went along with it," Bell said. "It's a fun conversation piece." Fort Knox has won one of three races and was second in a division of the Champlain Stakes. Bred by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman, he is a son of American Ideal-The Art Museum and a three-quarter-brother to Acquavella. "He's a very nice horse," Bell said. "I bought the mare for Brittany for a lot of money; she never got to the races and her first two foals have been very good. Acquavella just had a career-ending injury, but she was meant to be a good filly. He raced very well when he came first over in (the Champlain)." Journeyman, also bred by Brittany Farms, has won once in five starts. He is a son of American Ideal-Cosmic Journey. "He's been a little disappointing so far, but he's got high speed," Bell said. "He had a foot problem earlier in the year; he's sound now and I expect a decent effort. I think he'll be OK this year." In addition to the colts, Bell will be watching Authorize, who is in the Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly pacers. She has won one of 13 races this year after winning the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship in 2012. Authorize is a daughter of Western Ideal-CPA and her granddam is Delinquent Account, who is also the mother of millionaire Artiscape. "She's only won one race this year, so I guess she's a bit of an underachiever, but I think she's going to be very good at The Red Mile," Bell said. "She had some issues and right now she's as sound as she could be. She'll race through the year and then she'll become a broodmare for next year; she has a great pedigree. "I hope she can finish up well. She's a trip horse. She can't leave the gate, so everything is predicated on the trip. But she can really close pretty good." That's My Opinion is not the only big-money yearling racing Saturday at The Red Mile. Rockstar Stride, who is in a late closer for 2-year-old male pacers, was purchased for $300,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale under the name Rock The Casbah and is owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati. Trained by Mark Harder, Rockstar Stride is winless in two starts and heads to The Red Mile off a second-place finish by a neck in a conditioned race at Yonkers. Rockstar Stride is a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Stienam's Place and a full brother to $2 million-earner Put On A Show, the fastest female pacer in harness racing history. Sweet Talkin Clyde, another 2-year-old male pacer, also will be in late closer action. He was purchased for $325,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale by brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. A son of Well Said-Sweet Future, he is a half-brother to stakes-winners Bettor Sweet and Sweet Lou. He has one win in four starts this year. by Ken Weingartner, for HRC
We’re back from the Jug and not happy about our prior selections…I was only really correct on Vegas Vacation winning the Jug. Right now I stand at picking horses in 132 races with 52 winners. I went just four for ten last week and lost $7.20 (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$35.80 going into this weekend. Tons of action and great racing, mostly Saturday night…two races on Sunday. Saturday’s features are Yonkers Raceway and Mohawk Raceway’s Sire Stakes Finals plus Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile. Plus two great older horse trot and pace at Red Mile on Sunday. $225,000 NYSS Final 2YO Colt trot 2nd race Yonkers – One of many great matchups for the final. Five of eight in this field are all standouts. I am going with Flyhawk El Durado from post four. He has won five of eight this year, $188,000, is on a three-race winning streak, can leave well or come from behind. $225,000 NYSS Final 3YO Filly Pace 8th race Yonkers – Summertime Lea has the most money earned and has beaten many in this field and Cheyenne Miriam and Springforth are no slouches either. But I like Social Scene. Casie Coleman Stable is red hot and this filly has the speed to win in here. She set half mile track records for most of the season and is due for a big score. $225,000 NYSS Final 3YO Colt Pace 9th race Yonkers – Every starter in this final has big earnings this year. Doctor Butch is just a little too far out for me in post eight so I am going with Fool Me Once in post five. Sears drove this one two starts back to a 1:49.4 score at Mohawk and he can handle a half mile track. Class of the field with $368,000 earned this year and almost never loses on a half mile oval. $200,000 OSS Final 3YO Filly Pace 4th race Mohawk – Racey Miss looks like she can not only win in here but also pay a nice price. She will be driven for the first time by Chris Christoforou. Has won her last two starts from both on and off the pace and has a good shot in here from decent inside post. $200,000 OSS Final 2YO Filly Pace 9th race Mohawk - It is not often that I pick a horse from post 10 but here we go. Lady Shadow has won five of seven starts this year. She has the speed to overcome outside but must get to the top easy. Last time she was this far out she left but got stung early and faded. I’m betting in here she can leave and go right to the front and never look back. $122,000 Bluegrass Stakes 3YO Filly Pace 9th race Red Mile – Full field here of some top fillies (except I Luv The Nitelife) and I am going with Ms Caila J Fra. She starts from rail and despite making a break in her last start I can see her rebounding and either getting great cover or even cutting the mile herself for a big score. $96,500 Bluegrass Stakes 3YO Colt Pace 8th race Red Mile – I guess we can call this a “dart board race” and throw a dart to see who to pick. Well matched group will be banging heads in here for sure. I am going with Resistance Futile. He was very impressive in first heat of the Little Brown Jug last week but two heats took its toll. I know he will not be 24-1 but still can pay a price and with inside position should be primed for working out a good trip to win off of. $95,500 Bluegrass Stakes 3YO Colt Pace 3rd race Red Mile – It’s the return of the “Captain” but I think he drew into the softer of the two fields. After 1:49.4 romp at Hoosier he should be primed for a major mile in here if challenged. Could go in 1:47 if conditions are ideal. Some say Apprentice Hanover may be ready to take him on but I don’t think so. We’ll see on Saturday. $10,000 Allerage Elim Open Trot 7th race Red Mile SUNDAY – What a great group of trotters for only a $10,000 purse. Market Share should be primed for a big effort. But the same can be said for Arch Madness and Sevruga and Mister Herbie. Very tough call on who can get the job done. I am going to take a shot with Sevruga as Andy and Julie Miller’s Stable is hot after world record mile Thursday night. $10,000 Allerage Elim Open Pace 9th race Red Mile SUNDAY – Another great group, this time pacers, for a $10,000 purse. A Rocknroll Dance is the horse to beat. He cut all the fractions when Pet Rock set the world record on Jug Day and just got beat the wire. Golden Receiver is back in action and should not be ignored, same as Sweet Lou and Clear Vision. But I see A RocknRoll Dance where he comes from off the pace or cuts the mile being the best in here.
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
Trainer Jim Campbell often says there can be a big difference between the way a horse trains and the way he races. Ideal Fashion is the ideal example. The 2-year-old colt pacer, a half-brother to stakes-winner Fashion Delight, heads into Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile having won one of seven races and earned $27,408. Ideal Fashion, a son of American Ideal out of the mare BJ's Sunshine, competes in the fourth of four Bluegrass divisions. "I trained him this morning, and the way he trained, it blows my mind that he hasn't done more," Campbell said. "He trains as good as any horse I have in the barn. I have no answer why, but it just hasn't carried over into his races. But I think he still has it in him." Ideal Fashion was purchased as a yearling for $115,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Bonaparte Bluechip. He is owned by Fashion Farms, which also owned Fashion Delight prior to this year. "He's a big colt; he did a lot of growing in the spring," Campbell said. "Hopefully he can mature and put it all together." Ideal Fashion is one of two 2-year-old colt pacers competing on Saturday for Campbell. The other is Sometimes Said, a son of Well Said-Lady Sometimes. Sometimes Said is coming off a second-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He won his division of the Historic-Goshen Cup in August and has finished no worse than second in five consecutive races. He has won once in seven starts, banking $140,924. "I've been very happy with him," Campbell said. "He's a very versatile horse. You can race him any way you want." Campbell's Bluegrass week kicks off Thursday night when Cooler Schooner races in the third of three Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters. The split also includes Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Designed To Be. Cooler Schooner opened eyes with a world-record 1:51.3 win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Aug. 21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She followed up with another sire stakes victory, this one in a track-record 1:54.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia, before finishing fourth in the sire stakes final Sept. 15. "She scoped sick after her last start, so we're hoping she rebounds," Campbell said. "She seems good. She shipped in (to Lexington) on Sunday and she's acted good all week." Cooler Schooner, who has won three of eight starts, is a full sister to 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner. "Personality-wise, she's pretty much a clone of Broadway," Campbell said. "But Cooler has a more efficient gait. Not that Broadway was bad, but this one is just better. And she's more advanced at (age) 2 than Broadway. "I always knew she had speed, but I never thought she would go in (1):51.3," Campbell added. "She's perfect to be around; a real sweetheart. She can get a little keyed up when racing, but that's just her nature." On Friday, Campbell sends Gallie Bythe Beach into the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. She is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire mare Galleria. There are three divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers, with Gallie Bythe Beach in the third. The first division features multiple-stakes-winner Precocious Beauty, who is the No. 10 ranked horse in harness racing's current Top 10 poll. Gallie Bythe Beach has won five of eight races, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and earned $304,004. She finished second to Precocious Beauty in the She's A Great Lady Stakes and also finished second in the sire stakes final. "She's having a really nice year," Campbell said. "She's a real professional. She trained down pretty good, but training down and racing are two different things. She's been real good." Ideal Fashion, Sometimes Said, Cooler Schooner and Gallie Bythe Beach are all eligible to the Breeders Crown. Eliminations for the Breeders Crown are scheduled for Oct. 11-12 and the finals are Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. "The plan is for Gallie and Cooler to race one time in Lexington and then go home and get ready for the Breeders Crown," Campbell said. "With the others, we'll see how it goes and play it by ear." by Ken Weingartner for USTA
Saturday's Grand Circuit card at The Red Mile features the glamor boy division and "The Captain" is in to go. On a night when two and three year old pacing colt stakes dominate the ten race card for total purses in excess of $650,000, the weather man is predicting favorable conditions for a speed filled program. Captaintreacherous will face a solid group of six in the $95,500 Bluegress Stakes event titled for his sire Somebeachsomewhere. He will begin from post five in the third race with Tim Tetrick aboard the pride of Captaintreacherous Racing for trainer Tony Algna . "The Captain" had a few weeks away from racing after his Cane Pace win, then had a good tightener last week at Hoosier Park. The winner of the 2013 Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Max Hempt Memorial, he is harness racing's top seasonal money earner with just a hair less that $1.5 million and a career total of $2.374 million in the bank. A second division of the Somebeachsomewhere goes for $96,500 in the eighth race with Little Brown Jug heat winner Resistance Futile facing Battle of the Brandywine champ Sunshine Beach. Resistance Futile has long displayed high speed and seemed to put it all together winning the fastest "Jug' heat in 1:49.3, only eliminate himself from contention in the second heat by going off stride while gaining ground on the final bend. Corey Callahan retains the drive for trainer Blair Burgess, who owns the Real Desire colt in partnership with JH Walker and Deo Volente Farms. Sunshine Beach is the only horse to finish in front of Captaintreacherous this season when he hung a narrow defeat on that one in their memorable world record "Battle" of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. This Somebeachsomewhere colt has been raced sparingly by trainer Mark Steacy and comes into this race three weeks stale after skipping the "Jug" due to a minor health issue. John Campbell gets the drive for owners Hudson Standardbred Stables, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand. Supporting the sophomore stars are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old pacing colts where the likes of recent Delaware star On Golden Ponder, NJSS champ and Metro runner-up Western Vintage and PASS stars Limelight Beach and Sometimes Said will try their luck over the red clay carpet. Three year old filly pacers will go in a single eleven filly division of the Bluegrass for $122,000 in the ninth race. The good Bettor's Delight filly Shebestingin is the likely choice in this one off a strong season that has seen her pick up over $300,000 on the strength of seven wins for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Joe Holloway trains and David Miller will drive the speedy lass. Saturday post time is 7pm, the last of the night cards for 2013. Sunday racing has a 1pm post time and that will continue through the balance of the meet. Find more at http://www.theredmile.com./ by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit
This Week: Bluegrass Stakes and Allerage eliminations, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 26) at The Red Mile with three divisions in the $287,600 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Sept. 27) card features three divisions in the $270,300 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $259,700 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Sept. 28), The Red Mile will offer a trio of Bluegrass events in the $400,000 (est.) 2-year-old colt pace, the $200,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace and the $200,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace. The opening week concludes on Sunday (Sept. 29) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass races for 3-year-old colt trotters and 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as $10,000 eliminations in the Allerage for open pacers and open trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair this past week, with the $552,551 Little Brown Jug leading two days of exciting stakes races. Vegas Vacation and trainer Casie Coleman hit the jackpot on Sept. 19, winning the 68th edition of the Little Brown Jug in straight heats. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, won his first heat in 1:50 and captured the second heat with the identical time, beating Urbanite Hanover by two lengths. Coleman’s Lucan Hanover finished third. Vegas Vacation’s combined time of 3:40 established the two-heat world record for 3-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track. Coleman won last year’s Jug with Michael’s Power and became the first trainer since Tom Artandi in 1988-89 to win the race in consecutive seasons. Owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders, Vegas Vacation has won nine of 15 races this year. He is a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Don’t You Smile. In other Grand Circuit action over the weekend, the defending champion Rocklamation did it once again as she posted the 12-1 upset in this year’s $275,480 Milton Stakes final for pacing mares on Sept. 21 at Mohawk. The pacing miss equaled her own stakes record of 1:49.4 taken last year at odds of 23-1. Rocklamation and driver Brett Miller were sitting eighth, 10-3/4 lengths off the tempo setter Androvette turning for home. Down the stretch, Anndrovette was still in command, but the backfield began to fan across the racetrack. Swinging Beauty came from off the pace and was closing hard on the outside, but couldn’t match strides with Rocklamation, who unleashed a punishing late kick in deep stretch to score the one length victory. Swinging Beauty finished second with Anndrovette third. The sport’s top trotters were showcased in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during an action-packed 14-race card on Sept. 21. Uncle Peter, with David Miller at the lines, became the sport’s newest millionaire and shattered the track record for older horses on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:52.3. Leaders Wishing Stone and Market Share matched strides down the homestretch in that contest, while Uncle Peter loomed large in the background. Using a :26.4 final panel, Uncle Peter saved his best for last and was able to get a nose in front of Market Share at the wire. My MVP held on gamely for the third place finish, while Wishing Stone was fourth. 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 – 1,116; 2. Tim Tetrick – 1,002; 3. David Miller - 687; 4. Brian Sears - 563.5; and 5. Andy Miller – 525. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,145.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 767.5; 3. Linda Toscano – 436.5; 4. Julie Miller – 284; and 5. Jonas Czernyson – 262.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing – 249.75; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 232.05; 3. Brittany Farms – 178.85; 4. Frank Bellino – 168.5; and 5. WJ Donovan – 148.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again be taking place next week in one location, Lexington’s historic Red Mile. Featured will be the Kentucky Futurity, the third and final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap will be the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for the sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit
Grand Circuit racing continues on Friday at The Red Mile with three divisions each of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old colt trotters and filly pacers. Those freshmen will compete for total purses well in excess of a half million dollars and the "top of the crop" for each group are among the entrants. The colt trotters will compete in the Walnut Hall Limited Cup, carded as races five, seven and ten, each a seven colt field for a purse of $90,100. Father Patrick has been nothing short of sensational this season. The Cantab Hall colt has won the Peter Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands by ten lengths and more recently the William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk, where he established a new Canadian record for baby trotters of 1:53.4 in a five length romp. A winner of $436,507 this year, the only loss in Father Patrick's eight start career was a photo out in an overnight at The Meadowlands. Jimmy Takter trains the colt for the Father Patrick Stable and Yannick Gingras will steer him as he has in every start this season. On the distaff side, the fillies will race for just shy of $260,000 split three ways, race eight, nine and eleven. The "Belle of the Ball" thus far has been Jim Avritt's homebred Art Major filly Precocious Beauty. From his mare Precious Beauty, who produced North America Cup champ Sportswriter, Jim kept the filly he has described as "a perfect specimen" and she has lived up to his vision and then some. A winner of four straight in Ontario including the She's A Great Lady final and Eternal Camnation stakes, Precocious Beauty has amassed just shy of $360,000 on the strength of five wins and a pair of seconds from seven starts. Her 1:50.2 speed badge puts her just a fifth off the current world record for the division. Top Canadian conditioner Gregg Mc Nair developed the filly and sends her out on Friday with her regular pilot, one of racing's brightest young stars, his son Doug. Friday post time will be 7pm. The Red Mile is available at a simulcast venue near you or you may view the races by opening an account with their account wagering platform. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit
The fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky gets underway with the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old filly trotters on Thursday, September 26. This group has had a remarkable season to this point with a bounty of talented debutantes re-writing the record books throughout the summer. Three divisions of freshman fillies will race over the clay with the first split carded as race five for a purse of $95,200. Several of the entrants have been in town for the Kindergarten Classic legs, including Anonyme Hanover who was a winner her last two in that series. The Explosive Matter lass has displayed an affinity for the surface but will have to move her game up appreciably to extend that skein given the caliber of Thursday's competition. Brett Miller will continue to drive for Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley. Race eight is the next stake with nine fillies dueling for $96,200. Cee Bee Yes is perhaps the most accomplished of this group with a win in the New Jersey Sires Stakes final heading her resume. The Muscles Yankee filly has won three of seven this season on her way to banking over $140,000 for Jason & Douglas Allen. Her personal best of 1:55.1 was taken over the Red Mile two weeks back. Julie and Andy Miller handle the training and driving duties. The tenth and final race of the evening is clearly the most contentious, pitting the PA Sires champ Designed To Be against the brilliantly fast Cooler Schooner and Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry for $96,200. Designed To Be has won half of her six career outings including a comfortable five length romp in the $260,000 PA final in 1:54.3. The Donato Hanover filly is a winner of nearly $240,000 for Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. She aslo resides in the Julie Miller barn and will have Andy aboard. Cooler Schooner shocked the harness world with her transcendent 1:51.3 world record tour of Pocono Downs last month. The Broadway Hall filly is wickedly fast and just might put up some dazzling numbers over the clay carpet. John Campbell is her regular driver for trainer Jim Campbell and owner the Fashion Farms. Shake It Cerry has crowded a lifetime of accomplishment into her short five race career thus far. The Donato Hanover filly is a homebred, raised and raced by the Solveig Partners and she got off to an astounding start at The Meadowlands this summer. She looked ferocious in her morning trials for trainer Jimmy Takter and waltzed to a pair of Pennsylvania wins before capturing the Merrie Annabelle in a track and stakes record 1:53.3. In her next start she caught the above mentioned buzz saw and followed Cooler Schooner under the wire, trotting her mile in 1:51.4 which would have sealed her reputation as one of the best freshman fillies of all time, if there wasn't another filly a length ahead of her. Most recently, Shake It Cerry went off stride while looking every bit a winner in the Peaceful Way eliminations at Mohawk. She looks to rebound here with her regular driver Ron Pierce listed for Thursday's race. The Red Mile will race nights Thursday through Saturday with first post at 7pm. Visit the track website for further information on the Grand Circuit race meet which continues through Kentucky Futurity Day, October 6. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit
Freehold, NJ --- Bill Parcells once said “You are what your record says you are.” So when trainer Steve Elliott says Exodus Hanover “is what he is,” it could echo that notion. Exodus Hanover, who is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters, has won six of eight races this season. His victories include divisions of the Arden Downs, Historic-Harriman Cup and Reynolds stakes. So what is he? “He’s a nice colt,” Elliott said. “How good he is, we don’t know. You never know until you get in with the good ones. But he’s done everything we’ve wanted him to do.” Exodus Hanover is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Exotic Destination, whose victories included the 2007 Filly World Trotting Derby. The colt was purchased for $42,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by the Angelo Frassetto Estate, Kenneth Klein, Old Block Stables and Elliott. The same group, minus Elliott, is among the owners of Exodus Hanover’s half-brother Etruscan Hanover, who has won two of nine career starts but been troubled by making breaks. Etruscan Hanover was trained by Elliott until June. “(Etruscan Hanover) had a lot of talent, but no sense,” Elliott said. “He was a very fast colt, just very stupid, but it showed that the family had speed. This one seems to have the manners his brother didn’t have. I don’t know that this one has his speed yet, but he’s a pretty nice colt.” Exodus Hanover went off stride in his first start when he was taken to the back of the field from post seven at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In Elliott’s words, “He got mad and made a break.” In his seven races since then, Exodus Hanover has had the lead by the first quarter on five occasions. He has led at the halfway point in all seven. His only blemish during that span was a third-place finish in a division of the sire stakes at Philly in August. “After (he made that break) we kind of let him do what he wants to do and he’s been good,” Elliott said. “When he was third he came up a little bit sick after the race. I’m not making excuses for him because he still trotted in (1):56.1, but he was sick. We got him over it and he’s been pretty good for us.” Exodus Hanover is eligible to the Bluegrass Stakes on Sept. 27 at Lexington’s Red Mile, the Breeders Crown in mid-October at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the Valley Victory in late November at the Meadowlands. Where he goes remains fluid. “We’re trying to pick our spots,” Elliott said. “I try to limit the 2-year-old starts because you want to have a 3-year-old. I’m not sure I’m going to go to Lexington. I might just give him a start here before the Breeders Crown. It’s all up in the air. We’ve got to get through Sunday first.” On Sunday, Exodus Hanover starts from post three with Andy Miller driving. “We drew a good spot,” Elliott said. “There are some nice horses in there. You’ve got to get lucky and be on your game. He’s handy and he’s got manners. With 2-year-old trotters that can change at any minute, but so far it’s been pretty good. He just does everything right.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom
After a hearing with The Red Mile track judges, harness racing driver John Campbell will not be further sanctioned for the ruling that he caused interference on the front end while driving Odds On Equuleus in a Bluegrass division on Sept. 29.