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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 18, 2017) - Alberto Contador lowered his lifetime mark for the second straight week at the Meadowlands, winning the harness racing featured $15,000 conditioned pace in 1:49.4. Alberto Contador won last week at 14/1 in 1:50.1 and stepped up in class in his repeat bid. Brett Miller moved the New Zealand bred 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the front past the quarter in :26.4. Miller controlled the rest of the action from there, easily holding sway from Ontario Success by two lengths at the wire. Jet Airway was third while racing for purse money only with Barimah finishing fourth and rounding out the trifecta. Alberto Contador, named for the champion Spanish cyclist, has won 33 times in 138 career starts with earnings of $452,431. Four preliminary divisions of the Dash For the G-Notes series were contested. So Take That won the fastest division in 1:51.4 for Corey Callahan and Mike Watson. It was Watson's third training win of the weekend. Iminurblindspot, the 3-year-old full brother to world champion Shebestingin, broke his maiden in his third career start in a "non-winners of two" in 1:55.3. He is trained by Nifty Norman and owned by Enzed Racing Stable and William Switala. He was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. John Campbell, Corey Callahan, and Jim Marohn, Jr. each posted a driving double. Patti Harmon scored a training double. Total handle was $2,799,173 on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 9-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 16, 2017) - Brett Miller stole the show on a cold, windy harness racing night at the Meadowlands on Thursday, winning four of the night's nine races including both Dash For the G-Notes series finals. Miller kicked off the "Meadowlands Harness Live" broadcast on SNY with a Dash win with the mare Never Ever Clever, who defeated the boys in the $15,000 final. Never Ever Clever, a 6-year-old Muscle Hill mare trained by Jonas Czernyson, held off the late charge of the favored Harmon Stable entry of Montalbano Bi and Detroit Rapper. Never Ever Clever won in 1:55 for her 11th lifetime victory. One race later, Miller survived an adventurous final quarter mile to score in another G-Notes final with I Found My Beach. After following race favorite Mr. Big Load from the pocket, Miller first attempted to go outside in the stretch only to swerve back towards the pylons. That was the winning move as the 8-year-old Mach Three gelding sprinted away to score in by a length in 1:53 in the $12,500 event. The four wins give Miller 83 for the current season, 31 more than second-place Jim Marohn, Jr. Total handle was $1,347,906 for the 9-race program. Live racing resumes Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Harness racing driver Brett Miller would like to continue building on the momentum he's picked up during the past several years. Bill Mann would like to build on the momentum he's picked up in the past several weeks. Both drivers will figure prominently in Thursday's action at the Meadowlands. The final three races of the night, races seven through nine, will be broadcast on "Meadowlands Harness Live" from 9:30-10:30 p.m. on SNY. The finals of the Dash for the "G" Notes overnight series for trotters and pacers will be part of the televised show. Mann trains and drives the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Dash for the "G" Notes final for claiming pacers, Mr Big Load, who was a winner in both of his preliminary rounds of the event. Miller, who is tied for the Big M lead in wins this year, sits behind I Found My Beach, who is part of a 3-1 entry with stablemate Idealist. "If he races like he has the last couple starts he definitely should be the one to beat," Mann said about Mr Big Load, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Friendship Stables. "That being said, he's also got the seven hole and there are some pretty decent horses inside of him that are sure to probably mix things up a little bit. It depends on how the race sets up." I Found My Beach, a son of Mach Three trained by John McIntyre for owner Renee Konefsky, won his "G" Notes division last week and finished second in his opening-round division. Last week was Miller's first time behind I Found My Beach since 2013, when he won with the horse in a top-level conditioned race at The Meadows. "I always liked that horse," Miller said about the 8-year-old I Found My Beach, who finished third in the 2012 Ontario Sire Stakes championship behind Michael's Power and Warrawee Needy. "It's been years since I'd driven him, but he acted the same. He's kind of a high-strung horse out on the racetrack and that hasn't changed. All his mannerisms are pretty the same. "He raced very good last week. We got a two-hole trip, he didn't have to do any work, but that horse is very versatile. He could race about any way. I think he's got a shot. But (Mr Big Load) is razor sharp. He won last week in the other division as easy as a horse could do it. I've definitely got him to beat." Mr Big Load, a son of Yankee Skyscaper, has won 14 of 101 career races and earned $138,686. He has a mark of 1:50.4, which he established last June at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in winning a $15,000 claiming race. Friendship Stables and Mann have had the horse since November. "He's always been kind of a fast horse, but he's just a little peculiar," Mann said. "I had some issues getting him rigged up at first. It just seems like he's coming around now. "I liked him just because he showed so much speed for him. I thought there was a little bit of potential and if I had a little bit of luck getting him figured out that he'd be a good cheaper horse for me. So far it's worked out." The 40-year-old Mann has a stable of five horses and is based at Wingate Farm in Pennsylvania. Mann grew up in Virginia, where a neighbor had harness racing horses. He started working around the horses at the age of 13 and after graduating from high school began driving at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland. Mann won a career-best 156 races in 2000 (when he also set a career high with 77 training victories) and has 697 driving triumphs in his career. He left the sport briefly in the late 2000s to sell cars, but slowly returned to the horses and is working on building his stable. "I'm just trying to get things rolling a little more," said Mann, who is driving in seven of Thursday's nine races. "Hopefully the little bit of success I've had at the Meadowlands this winter, I'm definitely hoping it carries over a little bit. Hopefully it presents new opportunities. That's the end goal. "Thursday I ended up picking up some more drives, which definitely helps because the more you're out there the better you get. Hopefully some of the momentum can carry on." Miller, a native of Ohio, has posted three consecutive $7-million seasons since moving to the East Coast. In 2015 he won his first Breeders Crown, with undefeated Dan Patch Award-winning 2-year-old female pacer Pure Country. Last year, he won a Breeders Crown with Racing Hill, as well as the Adios, Messenger and Hempt Memorial. He added major victories with Pure Country in the Fan Hanover and Lynch Memorial. Pure Country received her second Dan Patch Award in 2016. "Racing Hill and Pure Country won me some races that I've always dreamt about winning," said Miller, who has 7,384 lifetime wins as a driver. "It was a very good year. It was very exciting." Miller is tied with Jim Marohn Jr. at the top of the Meadowlands standings with 26 wins this year. He has 40 victories overall, with most of the others coming at Freehold Raceway. "It's been going good," Miller said. "I've been kind of taking it easy. I've been doing the Meadowlands and running over to Freehold once a week. "I'm looking forward to stakes season. Last year I had Pure Country and Racing Hill going into their 3-year-old seasons and that was really exciting. I don't feel like I have horses going into their 3-year-old seasons like them, but this business is funny. You could have a good one (at age 2) and it might not come back as good as a 3-year-old, or you may have just a so-so 2-year-old that is a really good 3-year-old. You just kind of have to see how it goes." In addition to driving I Found My Beach on Thursday's Meadowlands card, Miller will drive Never Ever Clever in the Dash for the "G" Notes Series final for conditioned trotters. A 6-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill, Never Ever Clever won her second-round division last week and finished second in the opening round. She is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line, behind the 9-5 entry of Montalbano Bi and Detroit Rapper from the stable of Patti and Rob Harmon. "She's a nice horse," Miller said about the Jonas Czernyson-trained mare. "She was just a little tricky leaving the gate a couple weeks ago when I drove her. She was coming off a break, so I didn't want her to break stride again. "Last week, I was a little more aggressive with her and she got out of there pretty good. That's my plan for Thursday, to get her out of there the best I can. I would love to be able to cut the mile or maybe sit the two hole. She's definitely got a shot at winning. She's got enough to go with any horse in there, it's just a matter of what kind of trip I get." Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 2, 2017) - Brett Miller was the driving star on Thursday at the Meadowlands as the track's leading harness racing driver won three of the nine races on a night where betting favorites won every race. Miller, who won 21 races at the Meadowlands during January, kicked off February by winning with I Found My Beach in the fourth race. Miller then swept the late double with Never Ever Clever and Action Brad, who was the second longest shot to win on the card, paying $5.00 to win. The last race Jackpot Super High Five was hit for $25,423.96 to one lucky horseplayer in Canada. Favorite Action Brad won the race followed by 7/1 Buckeye In Charge, 132/1 Daylyn Horizon in third, 2/1 Whatagamble fourth and 113/1 Auckland Flyer was fifth. This was the first time the 20-cent wager was hit in 2017. Total handle on the 9-race program was $1,495,617. Live racing resumes Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 21, 2017) - Bettor's Edge, the 2015 TVG Free For All champion, returned to the Meadowlands and rewarded his new harness racing connections with a decisive 1:49.4 score in the $16,000 Saturday night feature. Bettor's Edge was recently purchased by trainer Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata after racing for Ron Burke and earning nearly $1.9 million. Brett Miller put the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding on the front end through a 55.3 half mile and kicked home in 26.3 to record his 33rd lifetime win. 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation finished second with Somesizesomestyle finishing third. "He is an old class horse," said Miller, who was driving the horse for the first time. "I have raced against him quite a bit over the years and he was as nice driving tonight as he always looked when he would beat me." Bettor's Edge made amends for a break he made in his first start for the new connections last week at Yonkers, but Miller gave a big excuse. "Apparently they had the hopples set way too long when he raced at Yonkers," explained Miller. "They tightened them and he felt pretty good. He seems like he would be a nice horse for the Levy Series at Yonkers." Lappe added two other wins on the card to post a training triple. Heidi Rohr and Ron Burke scored two training wins. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins while Miller, Yannick Gingras, Marcus Miller, and Jim Marohn, Jr. all posted two wins. Total handle for the 13-race card was $2,747,729. The Meadowlands moves to a three-nights-a-week schedule beginning next week with Thursdays added to the regular Friday and Saturday nights. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, N.J. -- In the words of racecaller Ken Warkentin as City Hall ($5.00) entered the harness racing winner's enclosure on New Year's Eve, "You can't stop him; you can only hope to contain him." Any way you look at it, there was no fighting City Hall in Saturday's (Dec. 31) featured $35,000 Auld Lang Syne Invitational at The Meadowlands, as he stalked a hot pace from second-over before vaulting clear to a 2-1/4 length victory in 1:49.3. Brett Miller floated the 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding into mid-division in the initial stages as Doctor Butch (Jim Marohn, Jr.) sprinted clear to control early splits of :26 and :54.3 over fast going. Approaching race's midpoint, City Hall angled second-over behind the live cover of 33-time winner Clear Vision (Joe Bongiorno) and worked closer through the far turn before pointing three-wide off the far turn. City Hall vaulted to the fore at the eighth pole and drew off smartly as Doctor Butch and Clear Vision dueled into defeat. Lucan Hanover (Vinny Ginsburg) rallied into second at 20-1 from third-over spotting, while 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach (Drew Monti) sustained a strong stand-side rally to narrowly claim third over his stablemate. The win was City Hall's fifth in a row after he used a :26 last quarter to evade top-level conditioned pacers in his last appearance on December 16. Amber Buter trains the now 33-time winner for Gene Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. New Year's Eve Pick 5 pays $41k Despite a 17-1 shot in So Take That being the longest-price winner in the sequence and a pair of favorites living up to their billing, the evening's 50¢ Pick 5 returned $41,671.75 on the 3-6-10-8-4 combination, over 53 times the corresponding win parlay. Thisguysarockstar (5-1, Greg Merton), So Take That (17-1, Corey Callahan), Pickwick (4-5, Brett Miller), Dash of Danger (2-1, Merton), and Alberto Contador N (6-5, Marohn) proved victorious in the sequence. Players combined to wager $2,473,933 on the 13-race card. The 2017 season at the Big M kicks off Friday, January 6; post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Another step up, another convincing win. Betty Tauber's Elrama N ($3.20) rose to the occasion in Friday (December 23) evening's harness racing featured $15,500 top-level conditioned pace at The Meadowlands, using a strong first-over push through the far turn to reel off his third win in a row.   Brett Miller was unhurried early on with the 7-year-old Elsu gelding, settling in fourth as Alberto Contador N (Jim Marohn, Jr.) and Rufo (Drew Monti) alternated on the lead through early splits of :27.2 and :55.4. At race's midpoint, Elrama N began his first-over ascent, charging boldly after Rufo, forcing a :28.3 third quarter, and pushing to the fore at head-stretch. After putting away Rufo, Elrama N edged clear of a brief bid from the second-over Windsun Stetson (Joe Bongiorno) and ultimately held sway by three-quarters of a length for a 1:51.4 score. El Bloombito (John Campbell) rallied down the grandstand side off third-over cover to narrowly take second over Alberto Contador N, who held third from his pocket trip.   Michael Russo trains Elrama N, now a 23-time winner. For Miller, the driving win was one of five on the program.   The early 20¢ Jackpot High Five was captured again in the night's fifth race, as 130-1 shot Miramontman (Steve Smith) sustained late gains to take fourth behind the favored trio of Toatsmygoats ($10.60, Andy Miller), Pansformative (2-1, Bongiorno), and Hugh Hefner N (2-1, Marohn) to spur a $5,834.08 score. UF Larry Alltheway (9-1, Tyler Smith) rounded out the 8-7-2-10-9 combination. The late Jackpot High Five will see $10,891.52 carry over to Thursday's card.   Total handle for the 13-race program was $2,868,800.   Live racing returns to the Big M with a 10-race card on Thursday (December 29), and programs on Friday (December 30) and Saturday (December 31) evenings to round out the 2016 season. Post time each night is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

City Hall ($5.80) used another powerful stretch kick to crush his eight foes in Friday (December 16) evening's co-featured $18,000 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands, winning his fourth consecutive race and giving driver Brett Miller one of eight wins on the 13-race harness racing card. Miller floated into midfield with the 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding, settling well behind Matrix of Luck (Joe Bongiorno) and Bullet Bob (Corey Callahan), who alternated on the lead through early fractions of :27.2 and :56. With just over half the mile remaining, City Hall latched onto live second-over cover from Screaman Seaman A (Marcus Miller) and worked into contention on the far turn before pushing three-wide off the corner and vaulting clear at once. Ultimately City Hall would use a :26 final kick to put 4-3/4 lengths on the field for a 1:50.1 score. Bullet Bob held second despite heavy pressure through the far turn, while El Bloombito (John Campbell) saved third out of traffic. Amber Buter trains City Hall for Gene Oldford Farms, LLC and Tyler Buter. Miller's eight driving wins on the card gives him a share of the all-time record for wins on a single card at The Meadowlands, equaling Hall of Fame driver Michel Lachance's eight-win performance in 1995. Rubber Duck the one in trotting feature In the co-featured $18,000 top-level conditioned trot, Toronto invader Rubber Duck ($4.80) made his Big M debut a winning one, continuing his ascent after losing cover on the far turn before drawing clear to a 3-1/2 length win over I C Caviar (Brett Miller) and Buddy Hally (Corey Callahan) in a rapid 1:52.3 effort. Joe Bongiorno drove the 4-year-old Muscle Mass entire for owners Blair and Erna Corbeil and new trainer Richard Johnson. Total handle for the 13-race program was $2,466,612. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Thursday (December 22) evening, with a $25,874.24 carryover buoying the Pick 5 sequence which spans the first five races of the program. First post is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, N.J. -- In an impressive and record fashion, the last Breeders Crown winner of the harness racing season is Racing Hill.   Racing Hill took the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and held off 60-1 Manhattan Beach to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in a stakes record of 1:48 on Saturday (Oct. 29) at The Meadowlands.   The previous record of 1:48.3 was held by Somebeachsomewhere, which he took in 2008.   The 2-1 second choice, driven by Brett Miller and trained by Tony Alagna, paid $6.40, 5.40, and 2.80 to post his fourth win in his last six tries.   "I was loving every bit [of the battle on the front]. They were still pacing hard around the last turn, and this colt felt like his old self tonight. I had a big handful of horse into the last turn, and coming off of the last turn, I knew he was a winner," said Miller. "This was special here. I have loved this colt all year, and I had so much confidence in him, and I knew Tony would get him back good again."   The win was the second Breeders Crown title for both Miller and Alagna.   "To say [the last few months] have been easy would be a downright lie. We had bad luck in the [Little Brown] Jug; he got parked the whole mile. Last week, I was there when he got off the truck for the detention barn, and he was wringing wet with sweat, and I said 'We just left our race on the truck tonight.'," said Alagna. "He raced that way on Saturday, so I put the groom, who has done a tremendous job with the horse, on the truck, and we shipped him in a boxed stall by himself on a dull truck yesterday just so he wouldn't get all worked up, and it did the trick. I knew he was a good horse, and he showed it tonight. We had some troubles getting his earplugs out in the last turn [in] the Meadowlands Pace. Not to take anything away from the winner, but this horse has just been a model of consistency all year." Split times were 26.3, 53.0, and 1:20.2, with a final time of 1:48. Manhattan Beach, driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, paid a solid $23.40 and $12.40 for second. "Not bad, but not what we wanted. We wanted to win this race; this is the race I thought we had the best chance to win tonight. You know what the thing is, sometimes you make the lead, you want the lead," Burke said. "I give Yannick (Gingras) credit, he made everyone try to pace around him and the horse dug in and was game all the way to the wire. I think it might be Check Six's best mile ever. My horses were ready tonight, I'm happy with them all, but things just didn't work out." Check Six, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, finished third and paid $3.40 Fernando Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick and also trained by Burke, finished fourth. The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the last of the 12 championship races held over the two-day weekend at The Meadowlands. by Lou Monaco, for Hambletonian Society  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 14, 2016 - He may not be a household name or a colt that people set a DVR to witness, but watch out world, On The Virg is on verge of stealing the harness racing spotlight all for himself. After all, who captures their first officially timed trip around an oval by the length of the homestretch and more? "He is such a nice colt," said conditioner Jim Daily. "You would not even know he is in the barn and he is so nice to drive. Josh Green called me after he won his first qualifier at Northfield by 40 lengths. I had a doctor's appointment that day, but after Josh called me up, I went up to Michigan and brought him home with me." Bred by Lavon Miller of Topeka, Ind., On The Virg is son of Always A Virgin and the Cam's Card Shark mare Modern Bobbi. Owned by Richard Lombardo, Howard Taylor, David Kryway and Eric Goodell, the gelding will attempt to place himself on center stage when he vies for the lucrative and prestigious victory in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on Saturday (Oct. 15). The 2-year-old will begin pacing from the coveted rail position as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Brett Miller gripping the lines. On The Virg will compete against a field of 10 rivals, but due to his previous performances, it appears only Rock N Tony (post two, Trace Tetrick, Erv Miller, 9-5) and Limited Edition (post 10, Sam Widger, Perry Smith, 5-1) have an opportunity to claim a championship crown as their own. "I have two very good colts and I'm not sure which one is better," Daily said. He was referring to Ohio Triple Crown victor Scotch McEwan, a son of McArdle and the Stand Forever mare Forever Ivy that has collected $213,462 on the racetrack. "They are just suit each program so well," Daily said. "On The Virg has so much speed and he is suited to a larger track like Hoosier." While the gelding has yet to net over $100,000 in career earnings, it appears to be only a matter of time before he leaves that milestone in his wake. On The Virg has banked $95,250 and sports a record of 10-5-1-1. His lifetime mark of 1:52, with a sparkling last quarter panel in :27 , was paced on Aug. 18 in an Indiana Sire Stakes elimination at Hoosier Park. "He is so fast it is easy to let him get into the race right off the gate," Daily said. "But you can do anything with him because he is so professional. He does not act like a 2-year-old. It's like he is an older horse. He behaves like a 4-year-old out there." With a premium draw and a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes triumph already on his resume, On The Virg is poised to place his name in the history books on Saturday night. "I think he is really going to show us something," Daily said. "He has a nice post and I feel like he is ready. He was a small horse when I bought him, but he has grown over the summer. He's still not a big horse, but he has filled out. He is a very talented colt and I'm looking forward to next year with him." The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts will be part of a stakes filled card at Hoosier Park on Saturday. With over $2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Indiana stakes season. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Story by Kim French, on behalf of the United States Trotting Association.    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Stolen Glimpse surged down the center of the track and by Western Fame battling at the pylons to upset in the first of two harness racing divisions for the $416,000 Tattersalls in 1:49.2 at The Red Mile. Check Six took control through a :26.4 opening quarter, soon losing it to Western Fame down the backstretch. Western Fame led through a :54.1 half before being challenged by Dr J Hanover into the far turn. Past three-quarters in 1:22.2, Dr J Hanover took a short lead from Western Fame, who fought back to take the lead midway through the stretch. Ambushed by Lindy Beach from second over, Dr J Hanover, Check Six, and Stolen Glimpse, Western Fame maintained control up until the wire, when Stolen Glimpse got his neck in front on the grandstand side. Earning $228,695 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Stable 45, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, Stolen Glimpse, by Art Major out of the Jate Lobell mare Jated Love, won his third race in 19 starts. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Brian Sears, he returned $41.40 to win. "We played a little game today," Mickey Burke Jr. said, "we pulled his back shoes and the horse seemed to really respond to it, plus Brian [Sears] drove him perfectly." "I think Brian just drove a perfect race," co-owner Jerry Silva said. "I didn't expect him to do as well as he did. But Ronnie [Burke] expected him to be a top horse at the beginning of the year, but then he sort of became an average horse, but today he showed he's much better than an average horse." Stolen Glimpse Racing Hill took control at the quarter and held onto command to win the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:49.4. He set fractions of :26.4, :55, and 1:23.2 before being confronted by Big Top Hanover from first over. Lyons Snyder chased the two battling through the stretch from third while American Passport drifted towards the center of the track attempting to sweep by Racing Hill. Big Top Hanover cut into Racing Hill's lead through the stretch, but managed only for second. By Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals, Racing Hill won his 11th race in 23 starts, amassing $1,462,876 for owner Tom Hill. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Brett Milller, he paid $3.80 to win. "This is a tremendous colt, but to be honest, I have to start racing him a different way," Brett Miller said. "I've been racing him very aggressively all year and the colt's just getting tired of doing all the work. I was kind of planning on not leaving today, but he drug me out of there and we ended up on the front. I just have to start taking better care of him. I have to start racing him from off the pace." Racing Hill By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Darlinonthebeach kicked off her cover at the top of the stretch and sprinted to a 1:48.1 harness racing victory to win one of two divisions of the $213,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial on Sunday, Oct. 9 at The Red Mile. Getting away fifth as Penpal cleared command in :26.2, Darlinonthebeach flushed Rock Me Baby first over at the half, timed in :55. Blue Moon Stride, having brushed to the top after yielding to Penpal at the quarter, was challenged by Rock Me Baby at three-quarters in 1:22.1. Darlinonthebeach tipped off her cover at the head of the stretch and drew away from the field in the stretch. Kiss Me Onthebeach closed down the center of the track to take second, while Penpal slid up the pylons for third. A three-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, Darlinonthebeach won her 12th race in 28 starts, amassing $830,823 for owner White Birch Farms. Trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by David Miller, she paid $3.00. "It worked out just the way I wanted it to there," David Miller said. "We had a bit of a pace on the lead and she felt comfortable the whole way; felt like I had a lot of horse. She's an all-round professional; she's pretty handy and will do whatever you want to do. "She was a bit of a bully earlier in the year and we've worked with her. She has learned how to race and she's a big strong horse who can carry her speed really good. I couldn't be happier for Marcus and Nancy and all the connections with her. I've always been a big fan of her; I've been high on her all season. It started out a little rough, but I kept telling them it was going to get better." Darlinonthebeach Sent the 1-2 favorite, Pure Country stalled in her first over bid around the far turn before hitting her best stride and storming by pacesetter Call Me Queen Be to win the other division of the Glen Garnsey in 1:48.2. Leading through splits of :27.1, :55, and 1:21.4, Call Me Queen Be held an uncontested lead. Pure Country was first over but about two lengths off the lead at the top of the stretch, chasing Call Me Queen Be along with pocket-sitter Lakeisha Hall and Lindwood Beachgirl behind her. Pure Country drifted towards the center of the track as she edged past Call Me Queen Be to win. Winning her 18th race in 28 starts, Pure Country, a three-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, has earned $1,649,968 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. She's trained by Jimmy Takter, was driven by Brett Miller, and paid $3.00 to win. "She's a pure champion," Jimmy Takter said. "It's not easy to stay at the highest [tier] throughout the year. She hasn't been undefeated, but at the same token, this has been a great, great group of three-year-old fillies this year." "She has been really good to us and we take it one race at a time," Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Racing said. "We'll make a decision [on her career] when the season's over." Pure Country By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Pennsylvania Stallion Series had its four $40,000 Championship events for three-year-olds Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The finalists had earned their way into the Championship by being the leading pointwinners in four preliminaries at the state's various harness ovals; the sophomores' two-year-old counterparts will contest their four Championships on a 4:30 twilight card tomorrow at The Downs.   Filly pacer Terror At Night tied the 1:50.4 stake record set by Antigua Hanover in 2013 (also at Pocono) and also was the only sophomore who used the points lead as a bridge to her Championship. The daughter of Western Terror, driven by Brett Miller, took the lead away from favored Keystone Riptide early, kept Addy Girl outside raw on her challenge, and then powered off with a 27.3 last quarter to win by 4¼ lengths over Hug A Dragoness, who pulled out from behind pocketsitter Keystone Riptide on the turn and beat that foe to the rival for the distant second.   The winner reduced her lifetime best by 1 1/5 seconds in the powerful triumph for trainer Les Givens and the partnership of Nantiocke Racing Inc., Edward Maas III, and Arlene Paisley. And with three wins and a half-length loss (to a 113-1 shot) in her four prelims to give her the highest point total, perhaps the most surprising thing about Terror At Night's win is that she paid $9.00 as the fourth choice in a field of seven!   The favorite did come through in the colt pace Championship, but it was a great piece of handicapping by the Pocono fans, as he was winless in 15 starts this year going into the race and finished 14th in the pointstandings, needing major-league luck in defections to even get to the track Sunday.   But one thing that Nimble And Quick did have in his corner was a Championship in his two-year-old Stallion Series campaign (after prelims where he was the leading pointwinner), and decent recent form (five board hits in his last seven starts) combined with that history to make him the 2-1 choice. The Western Ideal gelding then became the only chalk to deliver in the sophomore Championships in 1:52, taking a fifth off the personal mark he set in his 2015 victory, and making him only the second repeat winner in the Stallion Series Championships, along with trotting filly Migisi (2010-2011), for trainer Richard Ringler and owners Pat Lachance and M & M Harness Racing LLC.   Was it easy? Decidedly not - not with six horses within a length at the finish and the seventh only another ¾ of a length behind (the eighth suffered broken equipment).   Nimble And Quick went out from post four for driver Matt Kakaley, ceding the lead at the 3/16 to Safensound Hanover, who took the field through splits of 26.4, 56.1, and 1:24.2, with JJ Flynn advancing uncovered from near the back, with Doubleshottahott in tow. Fairly tranquil so far - but a "doubleshottahott" was about to strike the red clay in the 27.3 kicker.   Nimble And Quick went just inside Safensound Hanover in the Pocono Pike, with third-inside Rip This Joint deep in the Pike; JJ Flynn grinded on, with Doubleshottahott and then a wide-angling Don McWhite outside of him. This stretch Charge of the Light Brigade ended with Nimble And Quick a half a length ahead of Rip This Joint, who won a three-way photo over third-place Safensound Hanover and Doubleshottashot; a neck behind them in fifth was JJ Flynn, who in turn had a neck on Don McWhite, who finished a length off but was sixth and got no money. Senator Charlie was behind this wall of horseflesh through the stretch and is still looking for a clear path.   The filly trot was a wild'n'woolly affair from literally start to finish. South Side Hanover left strongly from post two, with rail horse Casey T maintaining a tight pocket early, forcing Ameliosi to remain outside without cover and Glidinthruparadise (who was favored over Ameliosi by $8 in a win pool of $5449) outside with cover. Ameliosi went up to challenge, but South Side Hanover controlled the throttle through hot splits of 26.4 and 55.2.   At the 5/8, Glidinthruparadise went three-wide around Ameliosi, with Spirit Squad and Maker A Yankee on her tail, with "Glidin" in first-over position at the 1:24.1 ¾ pole. She continued up to battle South Side Hanover, with Spirit Squad ducking into the pocket vacated by a tiring (and eventually breaking) Casey T.   In midstretch Glidinthruparadise got a short lead for driver Brian Zendt, with South Side Hanover still battling and Spirit Squad making a charge up the rail - when the latter two hooked wheels, the pair coming to an almost-walk in the last 100 feet. The lockup allowed Glidinthruparadise, who may well have prevailed in any respect, to equal her mark of 1:54.3, 1¾ lengths clear over Maker A Yankee, an opportunistic second at 62-1 (for Mr. Opportunism, driver Marcus Miller), with South Side Hanover, whose wheel had been hooked from behind, holding a nose advantage over Spirit Squad at the finish; an inquiry into the event resulted in no placing.   Glidinthruparadise shows the deep legacy left by the late master horseman Walter "Boots" Dunn - his daughters, trainer Lisa Dunn and Leslie Dunn Zendt, now own the filly, and Boots bred his unraced mare Chowda to Yankee Glide, with the resultant foal now a Stallion Series Championship and winner of $93,563, just over half the bankroll of her full sister Boo's Party Girl - another Dunn Stable product.   In the colt trot, Marty De Vie was outside to the 3/16 to gain the lead from Iholdon, the 6-5 choice over 7-5 Skeezix, and passed the quarter in 27.1 and the half in 56.4. The first challenge came from the uncovered Skeezix, who grinded up from fourth to be even-second at the 1:25.4 3/4s and gained with every stride on the turn. Skeezix got by the pacesetter towards midstretch, then found a higher gear late and won by a comfortable 1¾ lengths over Iholdon, who did have to hold on his bid for the Pocono Pike but was not gaining wildly late, while Blownoutofthewater stacked widest in the lane and finished third in the mile in 1:54.3 - same time as the filly race, and as in the distaff event the winner equaled his lifetime best.   Pocono's "Trot Man," Mike Simons, had the driving assignment for trainer Roland Mallar (known as "Polley," as in "Rolley-Polley") and owner Michael Andrew, who also bred his unraced Valley Victory mare Queen Of Angels, who has produced two six-figure winners, to SJ's Caviar and now has a developing sophomore gelding with lifetime earnings of $84,920 after a limited freshman campaign.   (And what is a "skeezix," you may ask? It's a term from cowboy slang, referring to a motherless calf, with the word becoming popular via the venerable comic strip Gasoline Alley, when a baby left on the front doorstep of main character Walt Wallet was taken in by the bachelor and became known as "Skeezix.")   FINISHING LINES - Driver Jim Marohn Jr. had an unusual double in races 7 and 8: first he guided Fool Of Ideas home at a $103.00 mutuel, and then he won with 2-5 chalk Crazy About Pat in the $20,000 top overnight trot, that horse's third win in his last five start ... The trainer of Fool Of Ideas is James Matheos, who recently returned to the sport after an absence of many years - in fact, the last horse he harnessed to victory was Allamerican Jolt at Monticello Raceway, on July 26, 1998.   That close finish in the race won by Nimble And Quick (just thought you might like to see it):     PHHA / Pocono      

Columbus, OH --- When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of harness racing fans during his two-year career. When the horses crossed the finish line, however, all those in attendance had shifted their adulation to honor the effort of his winning rival, Always B Miki, for not only had they been privy to witness greatness, but they were present for a world record equaling performance of 1:47, that will surely become an integral component of the sport’s history. That time equaled the all-age mark for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval set by Sweet Lou in 2014 and equaled by Always B Miki in both the Ben Franklin elimination and final earlier this year. Those miles all came at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “He’s a big horse alright,” said his pilot Brett Miller in the winner’s circle immediately after handing over the lines. “He has so much power. You just can’t let him get too into himself.” When the superb field of nine left the gate, Always B Miki, who commenced pacing from post six, was the 4-5 favorite but Wiggle It Jiggleit at 8-5 was also receiving his share of support at the windows. Shortly after the starter allowed the horses to begin the mile, Eric Goodell sent Luck Be Withyou to the lead from post position five. Wiggle It Jiggleit and his regular reinsman Montrell Teague were not content to allow that competitor to cut the mile and made their move to the front from post position eight. Miller and Always B Miki had their own designs on the lead. The crowd was gasping at the sheer speed displayed by the pacers as Luck Be Withyou had laid down a scorching :25.2 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggleit brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand before Always B Miki procured the lead on the outside by the half-mile marker. The Jimmy Takter trainee appeared to pay the price for that effort when :53 flashed on the timer. As Wiggle It Jiggleit sat second, Always B Miki still maintained a head advantage after three-quarters in a sizzling 1:19. Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared poised to come through on the inside and overhaul Always B Miki down the lane, but the 5-year-old stallion would not be denied. After a nip and tuck battle between these two champions, Always B Miki prevailed. Several hundred feet from the wire, he repelled the bid of Wiggle It Jiggleit and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Luck Be Withyou raced exceptionally well to be third, while Freaky Feet Pete, who had a very tough trip, finished fourth. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, the son of Always A Virgin paid $3.80 to win, with Wiggle It Jiggleit paying $3.00 to place and Luck Be Withyou $3.60 to show. The exacta was $8.00 and the trifecta $50.60. Normally not one to show much emotion, Takter posed with a picture with his charge absolutely beaming. When asked to discuss the heroic feat Always B Miki had just produced, he acknowledged how scintillating it was to be associated with a horse with this much ability. He also noted, however, for the stallion to consistently provide the sport with a number of 1:47 miles this season, it does require much more than natural talent. “It is not an easy thing to keep a horse at that kind of level for a long period of time,” he said. “This is a very special horse.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Driver Brett Miller had six wins on the Wednesday afternoon program (Aug 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The harness racing card also included six divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $20,000. The fastest of the six events was taken by Paton Racing Stable's Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick). With the victory, the gelded son of Dragon Again is now 4 of 5 in the win column in his career. He drew off confidently to win by 3 lengths, after sitting in the pocket for a majority of the mile. Other Stallion Series winners included Western Hill (1:53.3), Photobombr Hanover (1:54.1), Ponderingjacksfame (1:53.3), Braley Hanover (1:53.2), and Mike's Z Tam (1:54.2). Today's (Thursday, Aug. 18) card featured three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of over $62,000. They are races 3,6, and 10 on the program. There is also a pick 4 carryover of just over $1,800 on today's program. The pick four starts in race 7. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 — Looped from the gate and forced into brutal fractions of 25.2/52.1—in the slop, no less—Racing Hill showed his talent and heart when he drew away from the field late and captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:48.4 The pocket-sitting Check Six could not improve his position in the lane and finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Fernando Hanover was a ground-saving third. Racing Hill entered the 50th edition of the Adios with the flashiest credentials, including his victory in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final and second-place finishes in the finals of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace—each a $1 million event. But if his rivals didn’t appear up to the task of beating Racing Hill, it seemed that weather and trip might do him in. Rain punctuated by storms—the skies cleared shortly before the Adios went off—created a surface that proved tiring to some early leaders throughout the card. And Racing Hill, the 2-5 favorite, couldn’t wrest the lead from Check Six until just before the three-eighths. “The race was not going the way I wanted it to go,” said winning driver Brett Miller. “I was expecting a few more people to leave and kind of shooting for the 3 hole. When that didn’t happen, I said to myself, we’re in trouble.” Miller had an even stronger reaction when he realized how fast Racing Hill was going. “When I saw the time flash up,” he said, “I wanted to throw up. I didn’t think there was any way he could keep going. He goes to the half in 52.1 and keeps going. Horses don’t do that.” Once he thwarted the first-over challenge of long shot Another Daily Copy, the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals opened up and had only the timer to beat. The win pushed his career bankroll to $970,028. Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill, said he expected a swift opening half if only because his colt was facing five foes from the powerful Ron Burke stable. “I didn’t think they would let us get to the half in 55,” Alagna said. “I knew they would make us earn it. “I’m a big believer in watching drivers’ body language. I was watching Brett in the bike, and he was telling me that he felt he had something left.” Alagna said he plans to give Racing Hill two weeks off before his next engagement, the Battle of the Brandywine. Manhattan Beach took fourth and More Dragon fifth, meaning that Burke, who entered six horses in Adios 50 and saw five advance to the final, finished 2-3-4-5. Did he find that frustrating or satisfying? “Definitely satisfying,” Burke said. “My horses raced well. Racing Hill was unbelievable.” ADIOS NOTES:  Miller entered Adios 50 as the leading money-winner in the history of the event among drivers who had never won an Adios final. With the victory, he vaulted to eighth on the all-time Adios earnings list with $562,286 . . . Although the track was sloppy, Racing Hill matched the time of last year’s winner, Dude’s The Man. They’re tied for the fourth-fastest Adios final . . . James Witherite, race caller at Tioga Downs and an accomplished jazz organist, showed off another dimension of his talent, entertaining fans as the Adios Day bugler. He included some subtle touches, such as playing the old Billy Joel hit “She’s always a Woman” to introduce the Adioo Volo—a stake for 3-year-old fillies. Evan Pattak

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