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A trio of Winter Series FInals that were a part of the Saturday card that had to be cancelled due to weather last week, went postward tonight at The Meadowlands.  The Sonsam, Burning Point and Charles Singer Memorial Finals were the feature events on the 13-race program. Rockeyed Optimist entered the $59,000 Sonsam Final off a powerhouse performance that included a 25.4 final quarter.  Tonight, he had to work a little bit harder to earn the victory, but earn the victory, he did.  Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, Rockeyed Optimist was away in the back-half of the field through fractions of 27 and 55.2. It was at that point, that the 8/5 second-choice, Major Uptrend moved first over to challenge for the lead.  Rockeyed Optimist set himself up third over, just off the helmet of Rediscovery, through three-quarters of 1:23.  Turning for home, Major Uptrend grabbed the lead and reached for the wire, but Rockeyed Optimist was lurking in the wings as he fanned out off cover and powered home to score in 1:50, equaling his lifetime mark.  The win was the fourth from five starts in 2015 for trainer Steve Elliot.  He was driven to victory by Brett Miller for owners Anthony Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia.  Miller was very impressed with his gelding. "He really impressed me (last week)," said Miller, referring to his monstrous final quarter.  "He just powers home.  Tonight I was a little worried in the first turn, we were pretty far back.  But, he raced giant.  He dug-in in the stretch.  This is real horse." On the trotting side, JL Cruze made it back to back series' wins with his wire to wire victory in the $49,000 Charles Singer Memorial on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, JL Cruze would dictate terms from the start, seating Opulent Yankee in the pocket through fractions of 27.4, 56.2 and 1:25.2.  From there, the race was on and the top pair sprinted away from the field, but Opulent Yankee had all to do just to keep up, as JL Cruze ripped through a 26.4 final quarter, reaching for the wire in 1:52.1, a lifetime mark.  Opulent Yankee never got closer than one length. Blocking The Way checked in third.  Trainer Eric Ell indicated that last week's weather cancellation helped his trotter.  "I was able to get a good mile into him over a decent track at Harrington," said Ell.  "The track at my place I couldn't train on because the weather has been so terrible." A $32,000 Harrisburg purchase, JL Cruze has exceeded his trainer's expectations.  "No, I didn't expect he would be this good," added Ell.  "We made a lot of changes when we got him and he just keeps getting better.  He tries hard every week. JL Cruze was driven by his usual pilot John Campbell for owners William Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr and Stephen Iaquinta. Ell confirmed the Shiaway St Pat trotting series, a more difficult late closer series based on its conditions was next for his prized trotter. That series begins on Friday, March 13th. The mares went to the post in the $50,600 Burning Point Final in a highly-competitive and select field. Empress Deo was looking for a series sweep and was sent off as the 3/2 betting choice.  The Ron Burke entry of Southwind Serenity and Donttellruss were the 8/5 second choice, while Worldly Beauty winner Witch Dali was sent off at 3-1. Southwind Serenity established the early pace, gliding through fractions of 27.2 and 56-seconds.  Heading to the half-mile pole, her stable-mate Donttellruss committed first over, but made little headway, forcing Empress Deo three-wide in the middle of the far turn.  In the meantime, Somenicebeach and Ron Pierce were riding a perfect pocket trip behind the lone speed through three-quarters of 1:23.4.  In the stretch, Empress Deo was finding just even pace while Somenicebeach was ripping out of the pocket and pacing right past Southwind Serenity nearing the wire.  Witch Dali was left with too much ground to make up and had to settle for the runner-up spot while Empress Deo could manage only to be third tonight. Trainer Mark Capone gave credit to his mare who "overcame a rough foot bruise, but has kept racing well despite that, noting that she has earned some time off after this win." He also praised his driver Ron Pierce, citing "Ronnie has put her in a great spot all series and tonight it worked out great." Somenicebeach earned her third victory of the season for Susan Oakes, pacing the mile in a lifetime best 1:51.1. The Buddy Gilmour series began with a pair of $17,500 divisions for three year old pacers on Saturday night at The Meadowlands as well. The first division featured National Seelster, unbeaten in both lifetime starts entering the Gilmour.  Sent off as the 1/5 favorite, National Seelster sat third early in the mile, while Fast Movin Train established fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:24.4.  The field began to string out at the five-eighths pole and that is when National Seelster made his move for the lead.  He engaged Fast Movin Train into the stretch and was able to grind that foe down to score in 1:52. National Seelster was driven by Andy Miller for Chris Ryder and is owned by Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm Inc. The star of the entire Meadowlands program may have been the winner of the second division of The Buddy Gilmour Series, Wiggle It JiggleIt.  Entering his fourth lifetime start with an unblemished record, Wiggle It Jiggle It quickly asserted his supremacy, establishing the lead at once from post position eight.  The gelding would coast through fractions of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:24.3 before turning for home with an ever-expanding lead.  Under no urging whatsoever, with his pilot Montrell Teague visibly looking around for competition mid-stretch and effectively slowing his horse down nearing the wire, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced home in 26.4 to win emphatically in 1:51.2. In a pre-race interview Montrell Teague noted the connections have high hopes for the son of Mr. Wiggles. "We'll race him in the Gilmour series and then shut him down until May," said Teague.  "He's staked so we'll look to some races in New Jersey and focus on The Meadowlands Pace and a couple of other big ones." Without question, Wiggle It Jiggleit is the most exciting early season prospect of 2015.  The Meadowlands Pace eligible gelding is trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague Jr. Inc. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers carried over.  The fifth-race carryover into the Friday, March 6th program is $41,316.79, while the last race carryover has swelled to $148,525.71.  Post time for the Friday card is 7:15 P.M.   by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands offered twin $30,000 Open harness racing features on a brisk late February Friday night.   Odds On Amethyst took the top class trot for the second time this season with a start to finish romp in 1:52 for Brett Miller. Miller set his charge away sharply from post eight and crossed over instantly. Odds On Amethyst set honest fractions, fought off a legitimate bid from Melady's Monet through a grueling 27.3 third panel then held sway for the win. B Yoyo sat a tight pocket throughout, menaced the winner late and held well for the place with DW's NY Yank surviving an adventurous trip from the far outside to be third in his first seasonal start. The winner returned $9.20 and the exacta a healthy $122.60. Jimmy Takter trains for Diamond Creek Racing.   The Open Mare Pace went to Inittowinafortune and Corey Callahan in an identical time of 1:52. Callahan fashioned an ideal second-over trip then rallied the mare late from just off the pace to track down Radar Contact after a stretch-long battle and prevail in a photo. Inittowinafortune returned $18.40 while winning her third straight for owner Mike Pagonas and trainer Mike Russo. It was Callahan's third winner of the night.   In wagering news, the Hi 5 Jackpot carried over in the fifth race at $37,167 and the last race Jackpot eclipsed $142,000 going into tomorrow night's program.   The Saturday card features three Winter Series finals among the thirteen races. Post time is 7:15 pm.   From The Meadowlands Media Relations Department  

On the heels of a ten win week at The Meadowlands, Brett Miller picked up right where he left off, winning a pair of harness racing events on Thursday night at The Meadowlands. First, he guided Summer Snow to the winners' circle with a win in a division of the Dash For The "G" Notes in race six, returning $11.00 to win for trainer Jennifer Lappe, who co-owns the mare with Squawk Box Stable. It was Summer Snow's first victory of the season, timed in 1:56.4. Miller also guided Triple Major to a mild 5-1 upset in the eighth race Thursday night, a $10,000 Claiming Pace. Not only did that win mark a driving double for Miller, but a training double for Jennifer Lappe, who also co-owned this gelding with John Carrington. Lappe wasn't done either. In addition to her two wins teamed up with Brett Miller, she also won with Lightning Strike in the nightcap with Scott Zeron. Triple Major came into the race with a record of being 0 for his last 44 and 1 for his last 61, making the win for Miller even more impressive. In other "G" Note action, Ace Of Pace scored in the second race in 1:55.2 at odds of 5/2 for John Campbell, one of two wins on the card for harness racing's all time leading driver. The Final division was captured by Bring Them Home with Yannick Gingras at odds of 9/2, one of two wins on the card for Gingras as well. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover went unclaimed and resulted in a carryover into the Friday program of $26,227, while the last race carryover stands at $129,347. Darin Zoccali

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Making a name yourself in The Meadowlands driving colony is no easy task. But Brett Miller has been making it look easy. Miller would spot-drive at The Meadowlands in 2014 when some of the top drivers were out of town and Miller did quite well. Making the move to drive at The Big M on a regular basis has proven to be a great one as coming into Friday night Miller sat fourth in the driver standings, behind just Yannick Gingras, Dave Miller and Tim Tetrick. He gained on all three of those rivals with four winners on the Friday harness racing program, including a pair of upsets in the two featured events. The top-trotting level this winter meet at The Meadowlands has belonged to Melady's Monet, winning five of six starts, including a three length romp just one week ago. On Friday, he was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice, but this night would belong to another trotter. Driver John Campbell was content to allow Melday's Monet to settle into last position early-on in the field of six in the $27,500 Open Trot. Lindy's Tru Grit was sent to the lead by Andy Miller and would proceed to cut the mile, setting fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:24.4. Odds On Amethyst tracked the leader from the pocket throughout the mile and set sights on the leader in the stretch. Meanwhile, Melady's Monet still had plenty of work to do, five lengths off the speed as the field turned for home. Brett Miller and Odds On Amethyst turned the perfect trip into an upset victory as they scored at 5-1 in 1:52.3. Lindy's Tru Grit saved the runner-up spot with Coffeecake Hanover trotting well to be third. Favored Melady's Monet put forth his first disappointing effort of the season, finishing fifth as the 3/5 favorite. Odds On Amethyst is trained by Jimmy Takter for Diamond Creek Racing. . The second round of the Burning Point series for pacing mares was contested Friday night as well. Witch Dali, the Worldly Beauty Champion, who finished third in round one of this series last week was sent off as the even-money favorite. The entry of Southwind Serenity and Donttellruss for Ron Burke was the 7/5 second choice. Witch Dali was aggressive from the start, sending hard from post seven with Dave Miller and making an easy lead through an opening quarter of 26.4. The mare would take the field to the three-quarter pole, through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.1 before seeing pressure from a first over Southwind Serenity. Witch Dali tried to fight back, but she had no answer for the Burke-trainee and conceded in the stretch as Southwind Serenity took over the lead in mid-stretch. But the race was far from over, as round one winner, Empress Deo, who was tracking Southwind Serenity loomed boldly just off the lead. Brett Miller guided his mare off that cover and the instant she saw racetrack, she responded again and chased down Southwind Serenity to win again, in 1:51.3. Empress Deo is now in the position to sweep the Burning Point series when she races in the $50,600 Final on Saturday, January 21st. Somenicebeach raced well to finish third. Empress Deo is owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware Incorporated and trained by Wayne Givens. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 Pools went unclaimed with multiple winning tickets in both events. The fifth race carryover will be $20,600.71 into Saturday night while the last race carryover grew to $116,386.10. Post Time for the Valentine's Day program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, NJ - The second leg of the Sonsam series for three and four year old pacers will head up Saturday night's program at The Meadowlands. Thirteen declarations to leg two resulted in a pair of divisions with the first carded as the second half of the Daily Double offering a contentious six-pack of pacers. Rockeyed Optimist starts from the pole in this one and will be paired with Brett Miller for the first time, what with regular driver Tim Tetrick off to represent the USA in the World Driving Championship. Rockeyed Optimist is maturing into a solid top class performer this year for the ownership group of Anthony Perretti, Ginny Berkner, A&B Stable and Joe Battaglia, boasting a pair of "B" class wins and a rallying second in last week's Sonsam opening leg thus far in 2015. Steve Elliott trains the four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover. Major Uptrend is the lone returning winner from the first leg (the other leg one winner Wiggle It Jiggleit has taken the week off) and he is a likely choice in division two, race eleven. He held off the aforementioned Rockeyed Optimist after a forwardly placed trip last week, scoring in 1:50.4 for owner Howard Taylor. Ron Burke trains and Yannick Gingras drives the Somebeachsomewhere gelding. Saturday is of course Valentine's Day, so you might consider a delightful evening spent dining in Pink watching the racing and taking a poke at any of several guaranteed wagers throughout the program. Chief among those would be the High-5 Jackpot which is now in excess of $100,000 and we all know there is no better aphrodisiac than winning a huge amount of cash. Find information on the racing, which begins at 7:15, by visiting The Meadowlands website.   From Meadowlands Media Relations

Heading into the first round of the Burning Point series for pacing mares, all eyes were on the re-match of Worldly Beauty winner Witch Dali and her rival and runner-up from that same series, Donttellruss. New to the party was the Ron Burke trained Southwind Serentiy, a fine compliment to her stablemate, Donttellruss. Such a fine compliment, that Yannick Gingras, given his choice of the two, opted to Southwind Serenity. That harness racing entry was sent off as the 1/2 favorite, with Witch Dali the 2-1 second choice. But someone forgot to tell Empress Deo that this was a three-horse race. The early lead belonged to Southwind Serenity, who was hustled to the front by Gingras and established a 27.1 opening quarter under no pressure. She was allowed to coast through a 55.4 half-mile as her stable-mate, Donttellruss committed first over. But it was a slow grind and Southwind Serenity appeared comfortable as she reached three-quarters in 1:24. Witch Dali loomed as a menacing presence from second over as the field turned for home. But when the field straightened up in the stretch and Gingras asked his mare for more, there was no real response. Donttellruss had stalled first over at this point, Witch Dali kicked off cover and Somenicebeach pulled the pocket and was in contention. But behind all that, Empress Deo, hopelessly locked in on the pylons was angled all the way to the outside by Brett Miller and as soon as she saw clear racetrack in front of her, she exploded and stormed past the entire field to win in 1:51.4. Somenicebeach was second and Witch Dali third. The winner was trained by Wayne Givens for Legacy Racing Of Delaware Inc. She returned $30.20 to win. The $25,000 Dash For The "C" Notes for the trotters was contested Friday night at The Meadowlands. The race featured an overwhelming favorite in Rock Of Cashel at 1/2. There was plenty of action throughout the mile with four lead changes between the start and the three-quarter pole. Rock Of Cashel turned for home with the lead, but the field was closing in. Meanwhile, Perfect Picture, a 70-1 longshot was blocked and looking for racing room. Suddenly she found it inside the 1/8th pole and rallied to score a huge upset to kick off the late pick four, a sequence that returned over $24,000 for a $.50 cent ticket. My Muscleman was second and Rock Of Cashel faded to third. The winner was driven by Trace Tetrick for trainer Amber Buter, and owners Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter. The same trainer and owner connections of the Thursday night Dash For The "C" Notes winner, Antigua Hanover. In the 11th race, a nw15000L5 condition event for pacing mares, Shebestingin, the fastest pacing mare of all time made her return to the races. She was taken off the pace, followed cover and rallied to finish second as the 1/2 favorite, defeated by 29-1 longshot, Addy's Way. Trainer Joe Holloway indicate in a pre-race interview that Shebestingin would need to return to the top level or she would likely head to the breeding shed for this breeding season. The brothers' Tetrick combined for four wins on the program, while Yannick Gingras hit a grand slam himself. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed tonight, resulting in a $12,996.60 carryover into the Saturday program. The last race jackpot also was not hit, and that carryover now stands at $94,175.03. That means there will be well over $100,000 on the line in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 on Saturday night. Post Time for the 13-race program, featuring the first round of the Sonsam series is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

It was a double dose of Miller at The Meadowlands on Thursday night with Dave and Brett Miller combining to win six races on the harness racing program, with the Buckeye crossing the finish first on four occasions and Brett scoring a driving double. Dave Miller scored wins with Alhambra in a C-2 trot, Colossal and Rocnrolwilneverdie in a pair of C-2 pacing events and My QP Doll in the nightcap, a C-2 Filly and Mare pace. Not to be out-done, Brett earned victories with Explodent in the $10,000 claiming pace and Casanova Lindy in a $12,500 claiming trot. Mike Simons turned the Late Pick 4 on its end with a 45-1 upset in the eighth race with Spectator K, resulting in a payoff of over $1,000 for just $.50 cents. The fifth race jackpot super hi-five went unclaimed, resulting in a carryover of $35,863 into the Friday program. The last race jackpot super hi-five also carried over, with $56,093 heading to the last race pool on Friday. Post time for the Friday card is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

The Escort Series resumed on Saturday at The Meadowlands and was split into two divisions. The first division was contested at one mile and one eighth due to the 11-horse field with one trailer. Longshot Rockstar Stride showed unsual speed and made the lead through a 26.2 opening quarter before yielding the lead to JK Patriot who made a brush early on the backstretch. Heavy-favorite and round one winner Major Uptrend was right on that rivals back and moved three-wide to the half mile pole, but broke stride nearing the far turn, causing several horses to scatter throughout the field. JK Patriot settled into a rhythm through a 54.4 half-mile and rolled through the far turn, taking the lead past the three-quarter mark of the race. Major Uptrend re-rallied following the miscue and rallied down the center of the racetrack, but couldn't get to the JK Patriot who paced powerfully through the mile in 1:50.4 and completing the mile and one-eighth in 2:04.2. Major Uptrend finished second, but was disqualified and placed last int he field of 11, moving Company Man to second with Blacktree third. Dave Miller drove the winner for Linda Toscano and owners Matthew Bencic and Sam Schillaci. The second division looked like a showdown between round one winner What I Believe and Khan Blue Chip on paper and it played out that way on the racetrack. In fact, a photo finish could not decided the winner as both horses got their nose on the wire simultaneously resulting in a dead heat. What I Believe cut the mile, establishing a 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26 tempo for the mile event, with Khan Blue Chip right on his back throughout the mile. Brick Bazooka flipped out three wide for the stretch drive and threatened the two favorites, but Khan Blue Chip promptly split horses decisively charging after What I Believe who was reaching for the wire, which they both hit together. What I Believe was driven by Yannick Gingras for Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, while Khan Blue Chip was driven by Tim Tetrick for Linda Toscano and owners William and Jack Heinz. Brick Bazooka was third. Scratched down to a field of five, the $27,500 Free For All Pace turned into a showdown between the 3/5 favorite Wake Up Peter and the recent back to back winner at the top level, Doctor Butch. The two favorites got away fourth and fifth, while the chestnut and recent private purchase Dapper Dude, dictated the terms early, through fractions of 26.4, 56.2 and 1:24.3. Turning for home, Dapper Dude was bracing for the challenge of Wake Up Peter who rolled up first over and paced by the once-leader, while out-sprinting Doctor Butch, who had been riding his cover throughout. Wake Up Peter tripped the timer in 1:51, pacing a powerful final quarter in 26.1 for Brett Miller. The winner is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, in fact there were no winning tickets, resulting in a $34,076.55 carryover into Thursday's program. The last race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 paid out to multiple winning tickets and will feature a carryover into the Thursday program of $52,684.69. Post Time for the Thursday card is 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

The Worldly Beauty harness racing series for the pacing fillies and mares continued on Friday at The Meadowlands. A premier match-up of first round winners took center stage in the second division, as Witch Dali, the 1/5 favorite and Donttellruss, the 2-1 second choice, hooked up in a preview of the Final. Witch Dali went right to the lead, setting a rapid pace of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:22.3 with Donttellruss and Yannick Gingras racing right off Tim Tetrick's helmet throughout the mile. The two favorites would separate themselves from the field from that point onward and kicked home together, with Donttellruss pulling the pocket in the stretch and wearing down a game Witch Dali. It was Witch Dali's first defeat since returning to the races and snapped a five race win streak. For Donttellruss a daughter of Panspacificflight , she is a perfect three for three to start her four year old campaign. Ron Burke trains the mare for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr and Baldachino. The first division did not include a round one winner and thus it was very competitive on paper. Hex was sent off as the 7/5 favorite for owner driver Dave Miller off a fourth place finish the week before, but that filly went off stride while racing well off the pace into the far turn. Frame Worthy established the early pace and cut the mile through fractions of 27.3, 55.4 and 1:23.2. But 8/5 second choice, Empress Deo, was riding a perfect pocket trip every step of the mile and that mare pounced on the leader while holding off a late rally from Safe From Terror to score in 1:53.2, a new lifetime mark. Empress Deo was driven by Brett Miller for trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing Of De Inc. The $25,000 featured B-1/A-1 Handicap Trot features a similar cast of characters to the past few weeks. Coming off a win, Lindy's Tru Grit looked like the horse to beat, but it was actually Appomattox who was sent off as the 7/5 favorite Friday night. Lindy's Tru Grit left hard from the outside post hitting the quarter in 27.4, before yielding to the pocket behind favored Appomattox, who would proceed to dictate terms through fractions of 55.3 and 1:24. Turning for home, Appomattox was clinging to the lead, but was feeling pressure from Mistery Woman and Team Six who was rallying off cover down the center of the track. Lindy's Tru Grit was looking for racing room in the stretch. He found it, but Team Six had the jump on him and scored a massive 50-1 upset over Lindy's Tru Grit with Appomattox saving the show. Mistery Woman was in contention racing first over in the stretch, but broke-stride when she put a nose in front inside the eighth pole. Team Six was driven to victory by Marcus Miller for Erv Miller and owners Peggy Hood, Mystical Marker Farms L.L.C., Paymaq Racing and Jorgen Jahre Jr. Both $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers will carry over into the Saturday program. The fifth race carryover stands at $22,146, while the last race carryover is now $47,620. Racing resumes Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Saturday program features the second round of the Escort series with a pair of divisions. Darin Zoccali

Wake Up Peter entered tonight's $30,000 A-2/A-1/Free For All Handicap with two wins in his last four starts. He left the racetrack tonight three for his last five. Leaving for forward position off the wings of the gate, the 5/2 second choice Wake Up Peter found a comfortable spot, fourth along the pylons, where Brett Miller showed patience through an opening quarter of 27-seconds flat. When Sante Fe Beachboy, who was pacing just ahead of Wake Up Peter pulled first over, Wake Up Peter quickly grabbed his cover and drafted off Yannick Gingras' helmet through a 54.2 half mile and a three quarter clocking of 1:21.2. Brett Miller pulled on the right line and Wake Up Peter responded and drew clear to a two length win, stopping the timer in 1:48.4. Dapper Dude was second and Handsome Henry K rallied to be third. In a post-race interview Brett Miller referred to Wake Up Peter's determination as the difference maker. "He is a very good horse, but more than that he always gives 100-percent, everytime, he gives 100-percent." The victory marked the 14th time the son of Rocknroll Hanover has made it to the winner's circle this season with earnings of $248,710 for the year. Wake Up Peter is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. In the $20,000 B-1 Pace, Doctor Butch returned dividends as the even-money favorite to score in 1:50.1. Having found trouble in each of his last four starts in the top-class at The Meadowlands, Doctor Butch moved first over for Tim Tetrick and with nothing but racetrack in front of him, the son of Art Major responded to the clear sailing, pacing strong through the stretch while holding off both Rockin Wizard and Sweet Rock to win on the class drop. Despite the first over move into strong fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:23, Doctor Butch was able to sustain his rally for Linda Toscano who earned her first training win of the meet and owner Kenneth Jacobs. Gold Rocks made it two in a row, scoring a powerful win in the $20,000 B-2/B-1 Handicap for three year olds. Electing to stay along the pylons while Winds Of Change established a quick tempo of 27.3, 55.1 and 1:22.4, Gold Rocks waited until the stretch to make his move. When Tim Tetrick found room, he guided Gold Rocks outside of his rivals where he stormed past them all to win in 1:50.4 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.and owners Stephen Herrick and Bruce Soulsby. K-Lees Shakenbake rallied from far back again to win the $16,000 B-2 Pace in race four. Despite getting away last from the widest post, the son of Raycer Thad tracked a stalled outer flow while the fractions were hot and heavy up front. Warrawee Needy was wheeling off a 26.1, 53.3 and 1:20.3 clip and he fought all the way to the wire. But, he could not hold off the oncoming K-Lees Shakenbake who was a last to first winner for the second consecutive week, tripping the timer in 1:49.3, establishing a new lifetime mark with driver Scott Zeron. The winner is trained by David M. Smith and owned by Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. There will be a pair of carryovers into the Friday card at The Meadowlands. The 13th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 features a carryover of $14,924, while the 5th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover stands at $2,258. Racing resumes on Friday, December 26th with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Meadowlands would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ (December 6) - It was 10 months ago when Wake Up Peter walked through the sales ring at the January Tattersalls Mixed Sale. When the hammer fell, the sales price read $210,000, for a horse who went 0 for 19 as a three year old, racing against the best of his generation. The buyer was Ray Remmen. On Saturday night at The Meadowlands, Wake Up Peter turned that $210,000 investment for Team Remmen and owner Bradley Grant into a profit. Wake Up Peter was sent off as the 9/2 co-second choice in the featured $30,000 Free For All Hanidcap with Brett Miller. Miller settled just off the pace through a hot opening quarter with favored Golden Receiver blazing the way through a 26.2 opening panel. Wake Up Peter was positioned second over, tracking the cover of Dapper Dude through a 54 second half as Speed Again moved to the lead and took the field past three-quarters in 1:21.3. Miller angled Wake Up Peter off cover and his horse responded, grinding away and wearing down Speed Again to nail that foe on the wire in 1:50 flat. After a winless three year old season, Wake Up Peter won for the 13th time in 2014, bringing his seasonal earnings to $226,210, of which $218,710 earned since the Remmen purchase, making that $210,000 investment literally worth every penny. Speed Again did all the work on the lead and was a very game second, with Dapper Dude plugging away first over to be third.     by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands      

The Jimmy Takter Stable kicked off Day Two of the Breeders Crown eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday in grand style, winning both $25,000 divisions for two-year-old trotting colts with Pinkman and French Laundry. Pinkman and Yannick Gingras took the early lead away from Guess Who’s Back (George Brennan) after an opening quarter mile in :27.3. Habitat (Brian Sears) was parked out and kept on going with Habitat and they cleared to the lead by the half mile marker in :57. Then Guess Who’s Back came back first-over with The Bank (Jimmy Takter) grabbing the live outside cover to the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Down the stretch Guess Who’s Back collared and started to pass Habitat, but Sears came back with Habitat but it was all in vain as Gringras weaved Pinkman to clearance and came charging down to the wire to beat The Bank by a half length in 1:54.1. Guess Who’s Back and Habitat finished in a dead heat for third with Walter White (Scott Zeron) grabbing fifth place and making it to next week’s final. It was the fifth win in just seven starts for Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter who paid $4.40 to win. He was a $70,000 yearling purchase and is co-owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, J McClelland and Herb Liverman. Pinkman French Laundry got an uncharacteristic second over trip and used it for well for driver Brett Miller in winning the second Breeders Crown elimination division for freshman trotting colts. Uncle Lasse (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead but after the opening quarter in :28 it was Whataworkout and driver Scott Zeron pressing to the lead at the half mile in :56.4. That moved flushed out Stonebridge Force (Ake Svanstedt) first-over and they gave French Laundry the needed outside cover past the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Racing down the stretch Miller was able to get French Laundry into gear late and as he started to pull away, John Campbell with race favorite Muscle Diamond came charging at them but it was too late as French Laundry held on to win by a neck in 1:55.1. Suit And Tie was third with Piercewave Hanover fourth and Uncle Lasse fifth to complete the finalists for next week. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for French Laundry. The son of Muscles Yankee paid $9.80 to win for co-owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Marvin Katz. French Laundry By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Through the first 32 consecutive editions of Maywood Park’s Windy City Pace several of this prominent 3-year-old stakes have likely been won or lost by the luck of the draw a few days before the race. Drawing outside on a half-miler can be a disaster in a big money event. For that matter a poor post can sometimes have a dramatic effect on a horse’s chances to win on a big track as well. After Somewhere In L A acquired the 10-hole in last week’s $227,000 American National 3-year-old colt pace at Balmoral Park his driver Brett Miller had to be grinning when he learned the Jimmy Takter gelding landed the two-slot for tonight’s $180,000 Windy City Pace. Last week Somewhere In L A came from seventh at the three-quarter pole to finish second best behind JK Endofanera, uncorking a :26.4 last quarter. “Of course drawing the 10-hole hurt my horse’s chances but what hurt us even more was having Limelight Beach and JF Endofanera starting right next to us,: said Brett. “I was kind of forced to do the opposition of what they did. Nevertheless my horse raced really good. “Jimmy Takter has done a great job with the horse. Somewhere In L A is no doubt one of the nicest horses I have ever sat behind,” continued the 41-year--old Ohio native with over 6,700 career driving wins. “Somewhere In L A is a Cadillac to drive. He can do it any way. He can race up-front. He can race off the pace and he can race first-over. There are a lot of horses who can’t race first-over. Unfortunately I’ve been stuck with him first-over quite a bit. “In the Adios I was first over. In the Jug I was first-over, so I’m very happy he got the two-hole in the Windy City. “This horse has made $444,000 this year and honestly, not to be whining, if he had drawn some better post position who knows how much he could have made.” Somewhere In L A will open up as the 2-1 morning line favorite to add the winner’s share of the Windy City purse to his bank account for his east coast owners J&T Silvia, Deo Volente Farms and T L P Stable who acquired the son of Somebeachsomewhere on June 1 of this year. Let’s Drink On It (Travis Seekman), an American National champion at two, is the 5-2 second choice with the one-slot. The Joe Seekman went from 10th to 3rd last week in the final quarter of the mile of the 3-year-old American National pace and was second best to Limelight Beach in the Jug Final on the Delaware, Ohio half-mile oval. Big Boy Dreams (4-1, Tim Tetrick), also figures to get a lot of play after last week’s 1:51.1 romp in a American National Consolation, the Ron Burke trainee’s second start on Lasix. From the four slot out you’ll find Three Of Clubs (6-1, Doug Mc Nair), Kingofthe jungle (20-1, Brian Carpenter), Neat (10-1, Casey Leonard), On Golden Ponder (12-1, Dean Magee) and the Illinois bred champ Unlocked (15-1, Dave Magee). by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Friday's $180,000 Windy City Pace, one of Maywood Park's pinnacle races, is a showcase event on an evening sprinkled with star-studded Standardbreds that have journeyed to Chicago's in-town, half-miler from throughout North America.   The pacer that's traveled the farthest to compete tonight is Kentucky Sire Stakes champion On Golden Ponder. Ontario-based Robert McIntosh, 62, will harness the son of Ponder for just his eighth start this season. The bay 3-year-old, who was foaled May 28, 2011 in Lucan, Ontario, has a trio of wins this year and $120,664 in seasonal earnings.   On Golden Ponder got a late start this season due to an injury sustained during the winter months, and the tenacious McIntosh gave his youngster plenty of time to recouperate. The colt earned $74,965 as a 2-year-old from nine starts with four wins and one second, and holds the record for the fastest 2-year-old ever on a half-mile track, having posted a winning 1:52.2 world-record clocking in the 2013 edition of the $52,544 Standardbred at Delaware, drawing off by 6½ lengths with Hall of Famer John Campbell at the lines.   On Golden Ponder has triumphed in a pair of $15,000 legs and the $175,000 Final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at Lexington this year: on Aug. 10 (in 1:57.2); Aug. 24 (in 1:54.3); and Aug. 31 (in 1:59.2).   On Golden Ponder is owned by the McIntosh Stables, Inc., of LaSalle, ON; CSX Stables of Liberty Center, OH; and Michael Kohler of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. He was bred by McIntosh and CSX Stables and is the third foal out of the Intrepid Seelster mare In Trepid Water p,3,1:51.3s ($410,748), with a pair of half-siblings: Great Waters p,2,1:55.1f ($33,281) and Cool Like That p,3, 1:52h ($106,844)--both by The Panderosa.   McIntosh has conditioned 3,299 winners to $81,854,034 in career earnings and was inducted into the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. He also trained both of On Golden Ponder's parents. In Trepid Water was a top mare on the Ontario Sire Stake circuit as a 3-year-old and Ponder p, 5, 1:48.1m ($1,522, 936), when he retired, was the fastest and richest son of The Panderosa.   Also hailing from our neighbors to the north is Three Of Clubs, the Ontario Sire Stake champion who'll be harnessed by trainer Gregg McNair, who co-owns the Mach Three son with fellow Canadians Keith Waples and Tony Lawrence.   Three Of Clubs comes here tonight fresh off a career best 1:51.1 victory in the $225,500 OSS Final at Mohawk on Oct. 11. He has scored four OSS wins the past two seasons and also captured the $12,125 elim and the $138,720 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway as a freshman.   Three Of Clubs was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2011 Forest City Sale and is the first foal out of his dam, the Precious Bunny mare CC Kloe p, 3, 1:57F ($24,076). Lifetime, he's amassed six wins, three seconds and five thirds from 23 starts, with a bankroll of $432,181.   The Jimmy Tatker trained Somewhere In LA, who has been a major player on the Pennsylvania Sire Stake circuit this season, is the richest contender ($516,643) in the field of eight. The son of Somebeachsomewhere finished second in last week's American National at Balmoral to JK Endofanera, and two weeks prior won the $41,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows in 1:51.2. This Ontario-bred won a $50,000 Adios Elim, the $55,016 Diplomat Final (at Woodbine) and was second in the $400,000 Adios Final this season. He is owned by J&T Silva Stables, NY; Deo Volente Farms and TLP Stable of NJ.   Big Boy Dreams , trained by Ronnie Burke, has been racing in his home state of New York for most of the season, with wins at Saragota and Batavia. He also captured the American National consolation at Balmoral last Saturday in a wire-to-wire, career best 1:50.1 performance for Yannick Gingras.   Owned by Dominic Rosato of Utica, NY, Big Boy Dreams won multiple New York Sire Stake tests at two and to date has eight wins, three seconds and six thirds in 19 lifetime starts. A $9,000 yearling at the Morrisville, NY Sale, Big Boy Dreams is the third foal out of the unraced Art Major mare Stefani Blue Chip, and is a half-brother to Sebring Blue Chip (by Western Terror) p,3,1:55.3f ($40,891) and to Mo Molly Blue Chip (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p,2,1:58h ($34,569).   Neat is another New York-bred who comes into the Windy City fresh off four victories at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Illinoisans Paymaq Racing and Tim Towne and trained by Erv Miller, the gelded son of Art Major has amassed $155,366 lifetime competing in the Empire State. He was $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg and is the second foal out of his Island Fantasy dam Stonebridge Luau p, 3, 1:53S ($172,623). Neat is a full brother to Scirocco Billy p,3,1:56.1f ($34,653) and has a half-sibling in the 2-year-old gelding Surf Report p,2,Q1:58.4h, by Sportswriter.   By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park    

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