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East Rutherford, NJ - Friday's Meadowlands card continues the parade of stars returning to the racing wars. Co-featured are the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot (race six) and $25,000 Open Handicap Mare Pace (race 11).   The trotting race boasts a stellar field as Bee A Magician, Resolve and Creatine make their seasonal debut with Shake It Cerry, Gural Hanover, Waiting On A Woman and Opulent Yankee providing the competition.   Six of the seven are targeting the inaugural Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff scheduled for May 8 here at The Meadowlands. The winner of that Grand Circuit event will be invited to the Elitlopp raced in Solvalla, Sweden on May 29.   "Queen Bee" took a measure of both Creatine and Resolve in a 1:53.4 qualifier Saturday past and has looked sensational in both of her morning trials. As she embarks on her fifth season of racing trainer Nifty Norman continues to marvel at the depth of her talents and along with owners Dave McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman look forward to what she may accomplish this season. Brian Sears is in for the drive.   Creatine held well after cutting the mile in that one and along with Resolve, who was a reserved third from well back, will likely move forward of that workout.   Shake It Cerry got a quality first start in last week dashing home in a 26.1 final quarter in a closing second to JL Cruze to be beaten just a length in 1:52.2.   Gural Hanover and Opulent Yankee are coupled for wagering purposes and are both solid performers working into the five-year-old seasons. Waiting On A Woman (ineligible for the Elitlopp Playoff) trotted home in a sneaky 26.2 following Shake It Cerry's cover last week.   The Mare Open Pace marks the return to The Meadowlands of last season's three-year-old filly pacer of the year, Divine Caroline. She and entry mate Bettor Be Steppin combined to earn over $1 million for common owners Val'D Or Farm, Ted Gewertz and Rojan Stables (Michael Ouriel is a partner on only Divine Caroline) and trainer Joe Holloway.   The competition is stiff, led by Sandbetweenurtoes, Katie Said and Table Talk who all had a national presence in the older pacing mare division last year and rounds out with the gritty Request For Parole and improving Lovineveryminute.   The supporting card is strong and the wagering opportunities many on Friday evening. The lure of the Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover is at $184,704 to open the weekend and the standard menu of horizontal wager guarantees continue. Past performance for the Late Pick 4 remains yours at the click of a mouse for each night's card, courtesy of Trackmaster.   We'll roll back the concession prices on Friday with delicious $1 hot dogs and $2 beers (consume responsibly) and continue to sign folks up for a dream trip to the May 7 Kentucky Derby.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department  

No bait and switch here. It was as advertised Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The highly-anticipated first matchup between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit of a Legend N---two photogenic figures-was so stirring, neither one wanted to be left out of the picture. Both were sent off at odds-on in the last of three, $50,000 divisions, and when the stone dust settled, the camera was unable to separate 3-4 favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) and 9-10 second choice Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) in 1:51.2. Neither was put in the play at the outset, with "Legend"-from post position No. 4-operating from second -over, directly in front of WIJI, who started from post No. 7. As the battle unfolded in earnest, it appeared Stratton, with his place in next week's final (purse TBA) already secured, was in no hurry to advance, knowing exactly who was on his back. Wiggle It Jiggleit, meanwhile, had to win (and get plenty of help) if he was to have to any shot of making that same race. Fourth and sixth, respectively, turning for home, Bit of a Legend N and WIJI unleashed a torrid stretch duel before hitting the line together as "Legend" completed a 5-for-5 series prelim resume. It was another 2½ lengths to Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras). Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won seven of his nine North American starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr. Wiggles gelding, is now 3-for-4 (2-for-3 in series) this season and 26-for-31 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own WIJI, trained by Clyde Francis. Both halves of the track-record heater returned the lowest-allowed-by-law $2.10. The exactas paid $2.80 (WIJI first) and $3.40 (Bit of a Legend N first), with the triples returning $6.20 (WIJI first) and $11.60 ("Legend" first). "I thought (Wiggle It Jiggleit) may have had us late, but my horse came back," Stratton said. "It was a helluva race." Saturday night's opening Levy division was won by 6-5 choice Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears, $4.50). From post No. 2, he quarter-moved, then held second-choice P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) at bay by a half-length in life-best 1:51. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) was buried early, then picked off the rest for third. Lettucerockthem A, a 6-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, is 2-for-7 this season (1-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $13.60, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $22.40. The second series get-together was won by a pocket-sitting fave Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, $3.90). From post No. 2, he tripped-out by a neck over a stubborn, first-up Texican N (Stratton) in 1:51.3. Te Kawau N (George Brennan) third. Foiled Again, in his 250th career start, cut the mile from the pylons, gave way grudgingly late and finished fourth. Mach it So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now 3-for-5 this series/season. The exacta paid $24.20, with the triple returning $118.50. ( Levy standings were being fact-checked by the race office and thus unavailable as of this writing.) Saturday night's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Melady's Monet (Bartlett, $2.40) in 1:54.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 14, 2016--That Brian Sears won four races during a card doesn't exactly qualify as "man bites dog." When Sears' last victory of that Thursday night quartet was a milestone for the trainer, it sort of justifies this missive. Rene Allard trained a trio of Yonkers Raceway winners from seven starters Thursday, including death-and tax-deadline-is-Monday Daylon Miracle ($2.30) in the $14,000, 11th race trot (1:55.4). That was the 3,000th victory of his career, making him--at 29--youngest trainer ever to reach that milestone (lifetime purses approaching $29 million). Currently sitting third in local standings, Allard had personal bests in wins (454 in 2012) and earnings (nearly $6.2 million in 2015). Allard, 29 years and 99 days old on Thursday, first got his trainer's license at age 17, racing in and around his native Quebec (Hippodrome Montreal, Hippodrome Aylmer, Quebec City Raceway, and Trois-Rivieres, plus at Rideau Carleton Raceway just minutes from the Quebec border in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada). Today he races primarily at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Yonkers, but could turn up at Harrah's Philadelphia, Saratoga, Monticello, or Pompano Park, and he even did a stint this winter at Hawthorne in Chicago.   In 2012 he has his single-season high for winners with 454; the $6,177,017 his charges rang up last year produced his best moneywinning season ever. He has never had a season-ending UTR below .300.   by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" In the case of Rodeo Romeo (Brian Sears, $2.50), try the harness racing winner's circle, which he found with the greatest of ease Tuesday afternoon after Yonkers Raceway's $63,000 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The Raceway's annual testament to Teddy Roosevelt-richest local race of the season to date-was open to 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. Rodeo Romeo made short of his foes here. In play at the outset from post position No. 2, he easily worked around pole-sitting Toni's Affection (Scott Zeron), making the lead well before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there (:56.4, 1:25.2, 1:54), no issues whatsoever. "Romeo" owned a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, then opened to 4¾ lengths at the wire. Toni's Affection held second over a two-move J T (George Brennan), with lone 3-year-old Don'tcallmefrancis (Jason Bartlett) and Secret Delight (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. Sports Bettor (Mark MacDonald), AM Magic Man (Dan Dube) and B Well (Andy Miller) rounded out the order. For Rodeo Romeo, a 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Oompa's Farm, Michael Day and Robert Mondillo, it was his third win in four seasonal/series starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.70, with the triple returning $32.60. "He's a good-gaited, handy horse," Sears said. "They did give me a lot of respect up front and there wasn't much to it." A $25,000 series consolation was won by BB's Harley (Dube, $13.80) by open lengths in 1:55.2. Frank Drucker

Major Athens (Brian Sears, $11.20) gutted it out Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,400 harness racing Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No. 7, he was one of several leavers through some quick fractions. Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) played leapfrog on the lead with Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) between equal opening intervals of :28.2 ( :56.4 half). It took a half-mile before Major Athens finally made the lead, and when he did, that left 3-2 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan) outside all by his lonesome. Meanwhile, Major Athens held his advantage through a 1:26 three-quarters and a 1:55.3 milepost. Then, Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) wound up from last, surging into contention in and out of the final turn. Major Athens owned a length-a-three-quarter lead entering the lane, then held off a pocket-pulling Crazshana and a flattening Dot Dot Dot Dash. The margin over the former was three-quarters of a length in 2:25.4, a track record for his weight class at this added distance (a tick faster than Papagayo E's effort in last fall's International Trot). Dot Dot Dot Dash, Latoka (Eric Carlson) and Money Maven (Andy Miller) completed the cashers, while Luminosity backed up to last. The weekly trotting feature was one of seven "French" races, each listed with 10 horses (though there were two subsequent scratches) at the mile-and-and-a-quarter distance. For fourth choice Major Athens, a 6-year-old son of Andover Hall owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Milici, it was his third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $50.50, with the triple returning $283.50. Though Bartlett did not win the feature, he did waltz (or pace, or trot) away with just about everything else, as in seven wins on the dozen-race card. The last of the victories was a 7¼-length, 1:50.4, season's-fastest local mile with Santa Fe Beachboy ($2.20) in the finale. This was the fourth Sunday matinee of the season, with the next one scheduled for next Sunday (March 20,. first post 1:10 PM). The card features Round 1 of the inaugural Drivers' Cup, featuring five leading Yonkers' drivers against a quintet of their French counterparts. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), with the second round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Frank Drucker

Favored Secrets Out N (Brian Sears, $5.40) was the only leaver and the only mover for three-quarters of mile Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Pointed from assigned post position No. 5, Secrets Out N easily worked around pylon-assigned Caribbean Rose N before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. None one felt the need to challenge this miss, who was making her first purse try in nearly two months. She then made them pay (:58.4 intermission, 1:26.4 three-quarters), with nary a peep from a pursuer until rank outsider Jaded Dream (Eric Carlson) moved from fourth. She never came near the leader, who opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. An unasked Secrets Out N beat Caribbean Rose N by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2, with For the Ladies N (Jordan Stratton), Jaded Dream and Gallie Bythe Beach (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Secrets Out N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by Andrew Herzog and trained by Tom Milici, it was her second win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.80, with the all-Kiwi triple returning $160.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM) and a "French" Sunday afternoon (first post 1:10 PM). Frank Drucker

Nearly a decade ago, Tom Amendola told several friends he was going to start his own harness racing ownership group. His friends jumped on board immediately and Fly By Night Stables was born. Then came a pacer named K Slater, and the partners have been riding a wave of good times ever since. K Slater, a 9-year-old gelding, has won 28 of 194 races and earned $415,266 since Fly By Night Stables purchased the horse from Brian Sears in January 2010. Last week, the Tom Fanning-trained K Slater won a conditioned race at the Meadowlands, giving him three victories in seven starts this season. He competes again at the Big M --- Fly By Night's home turf --- on Saturday night. "When we bought K Slater from Brian Sears we just wanted an overnight horse, something that would get us to go to the track as a group and enjoy ourselves," said Amendola, a resident of Secaucus, N.J., in the shadows of the Meadowlands. "That's exactly what we got from him, plus some. He really got us to expand the stable and go into the next set of horses. He is our group. That horse really made us." Prior to starting Fly By Night Stables, Amendola and his friends were members of other harness racing ownership partnerships. But Amendola wanted to be more involved in the operations and decided to create his own group with Robert Anderson and Rich Korycinski, both also from Secaucus. When the time came to name the group, which now has nine members, a discussion led to Fly By Night Stables. "We were sitting around and we looked at one another and said we're always flying by the seat of our pants, so we have to come up with something like that," Amendola said. "Well, we're doing this at night most of the time, so we decided why don't we make it Fly By Night." The group's first horse was Cam Van Bussel, a pacer who battled injuries but still earned nearly $150,000 during his time with Fanning and Fly By Night. "Tom kept us in the ballgame," Amendola said. "We never even knew if he was going to race. When you're a one-horse stable it's difficult; if that horse doesn't come back to the track and make you money, you could be out before you even get your feet on the ground." Next came K Slater, who is now part of a five-horse Fly By Night operation. In addition to K Slater, the stable's horses are Do Your Job, History Repeats, Live On, and Special Package. Do Your Job, a 5-year-old pacing mare with $160,626 in lifetime purses, won a division of the Keystone Classic in 2014. Live On, a world champion, is a 7-year-old pacing gelding with $311,763 in the bank and History Repeats is a lightly raced 3-year-old pacing filly who is a half-sister to millionaire Doctor Butch. Special Package, owned by Fly By Night and Fanning, is a 4-year-old full sister to Do Your Job. She has won four of 30 races lifetime and earned $120,053. She won her seasonal debut earlier this week in an opening-round division of the Petticoat Series at Yonkers Raceway. She finished fifth in the 2014 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and also competed in several open stakes events at ages 2 and 3. "Tom and I talked about it and she was in a little over her head (earlier in her career); we expected too much," Amendola said. "But she was in some big races and she gave us some big thrills. Right now we're hoping she can come back and be a solid over-nighter. We're not looking for anything spectacular, but that she can be very competitive going forward this year." Amendola said the stable will look to buy more yearlings in the future. "The thrill of a yearling is something that the group really, really liked," Amendola said. "You don't know what you have. We've bought five or six yearlings with Tom and I think each one has made it to the track, which is amazing." For now, they will enjoy their horses and the opportunities to go to the races together. And watch with fondness each time K Slater hits the track. "He has been our biggest thrill and excitement," Amendola said. "He's just been so good to us." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Harness racing favored Polak A (Brian Sears, $4.60) snapped Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Those two, leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, were sent toward the lead. "Phil" worked around Polak A, then laid down intervals of :27.4, :57 and 1:24.4. The third-quarter pace was prompted by a first-up First Class Horse (Jason Bartlett). Phil Your Boots owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane and looked home, but Sears was relentless in getting after Polak A. That one finally did corral the leader, winning by a nose in 1:53. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) saved ground through the final turn before finishing with a flourish to grab third. First Class Horse and Dream Out Loud N (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For repeating Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under Pacific Fella gelding co-owned by many Bellinos and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he's now 4-for-6 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $28, with the triple returning $97.50. Later in the card Sears and Sapphire City ($5.90) turned in the fastest local mile (1:52.1) of the season, winning the $16,000, 10th-race pace. The Raceway's live season continues with a "French" Sunday afternoon (first post 12:30 PM). Frank Drucker

When people hear his name they may not immediately recall the Australian import that defeated 2012 Little Brown Jug victor Michael’s Power and the richest harness horse of all time in Foiled Again, but after Polak A’s 2015 harness racing campaign was derailed by illness, the 8-year-old gelding has returned to top form and served notice he will be a top contender for the title in next month’s Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. “I blame myself for what happened to him last year,” said Joe Bellino, who owns the horse with F Bellino & Sons LLC and Frank Bellino. “We made him eligible to the Levy before we even got him over here and it was only a couple weeks after he arrived, but he won the first two legs of the series and was third in another leg. He rebounded from a seventh in the final to take a winner’s over race and then we decided to take him to try him at Mohawk. “When we shipped him up there he got sick and it took us quite a while to get him back. We had to stop on him and turn him out, but he’s healthy now and has yet to finish off the board this year. “I should have just left well enough alone with him instead of asking him to do too much. Now that he’s well again we are excited about this year and we are going to take another shot at the Levy again. We really like his chances.” Conditioned by New Zealand native Tony O’Sullivan, Polak A will attempt to collect his fourth win from six starts this year when he and Brian Sears leave from post five in a very tough $32,000 Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Feb. 27), in the evening’s sixth race. The gelding is the 5-2 morning line selection, but it will not be an easy mile as he takes on Dream Out Loud N (9-2), Roland N Rock (4-1), All Bets Off (8-1) and Sunfire Blue Chip (9-1). “He is just a classy old gelding,” O’Sullivan said. “He gives you more than 100 percent every time and he is superb on a half (-mile track). He raced primarily at Gloucester Park in Australia. That’s a half-mile and it has very tight turns. Joe found him and picked him out, but one of the reasons he bought him was because of his ability over that type of track.” The son of Pacific Fella and the Million To One mare Capture A Million paced on 75 occasions in the Southern Hemisphere, captured 17 of those contests and collected $219,652. Since arriving in his new nation the full sibling to Australian Group One winner Schinzig Buller has amassed $133,900 from 19 miles and added eight more triumphs to his resume for a grand total of 25. He has already earned $44,400 over the last two months. “We really did not do anything to transition him to North America except place two blankets on him because he was coming from the middle of summer to the middle of winter,” O’Sullivan said. “We were looking forward to trying him at Mohawk because the fields were short and we thought he would like the track. Unfortunately, it did not work out because of his illness. Even with treating it, he still was sick and it showed. They race and are treated a lot differently over in Australia and New Zealand so it’s quite possible horses from there don’t bounce back as quickly from antibiotics as North American horses do. We do have him right now though and it is great to see him back on his game.” Although Bellino selected Polak A, he gives O’Sullivan all the credit for not only how the horse has already performed, but for what he accomplishes in the future. “I trust Tony 100 percent and he is more than just a trainer to me, he is a close friend and like one of my family,” he said. “When he told me we needed to kick the horse out, I told him, ‘Go ahead. You are the one that is with him every day.’ I didn’t even tell Tony I made the payment for the Levy until after the horse came here and he had him ready. How often does a horse pay for himself just months after you buy him? That’s what Tony prepared this horse to do and he has him ready again. I can’t say enough about the job he does and about the person he is.” O’Sullivan can’t say enough about the horse. “He is just such a nice animal,” he said. “He has a tremendous attitude and we don’t have to do much with him except send him out there. I think as long as he is healthy he will have a nice season and give a good account of himself. He also really fits superbly at Yonkers and gets around the track so well.” Despite his affinity for that surface and circumference, Polak A’s connections have plans that do not include him remaining exclusively in the Empire State for the next 10 months. “I don’t know if he is a Meadowlands horse,” O’Sullivan said. “But we might give him the opportunity to prove he belongs. We will try him again at Mohawk and probably at Pocono. The surface there is very quick and he should like it. “Honestly, it doesn’t matter where we take him or what comes up for him, when you have a horse like this you have confidence in them whenever you send them out. I have faith in him every time he is out there and feel he has the ability to be a top Open horse.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

Second choices Major Athens (George Brennan, $6.50) and Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.30) were second to none Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing $32,000 Open Handicaps. Major Athens won the week's featured trot after being pocketed from assigned post position No. 6. He watched as Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28. It was "Herbie" taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane while being pestered by 13-10 choice Money Maven (Sears). That one slipped off the cones from third, engaging in and out of the final turn. Money Maven continued well and fought the good fight, but was tripped up by a cone-skimming Major Athens. The latter whipped the former by a nose in 1:56, with Home'n Dry (Jordan Stratton), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) and Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Major Athens, a 6-year-old son of Andover Hall owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Milici, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $144.50. The week's marquee pace had a three-move effort from Polak A. Away third from his ordered post No. 5 venue, he trailed both 4-5 fave Roland N Rock (Dube) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) in a gapping octet. "Roland" sped away (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.3) while "Hugh" lost touch in the pocket. That allowed Polak A a rest stop when he moved toward the leader. Roland N Rock had a couple of lengths turning for home, but Polak A was sizing him up and easing past. He won by a length in a season's-best 1:53. Third went to Atta Boy Dan (Brennan), with Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) and Bad Boy Matt (Mack MacDonald) grabbing the minor moolah. For Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under Pacific Fella gelding co-owned by many Bellinos and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he's now 3-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $10.60, the triple returned $94.50 and the superfecta paid $646. Saturday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double-carryover of just over $9,400, attracted $24,891 of new money. The winning combination of 6-5-3-6-8 returned $2,552 for every correct half-a-buck ticket. The Raceway's season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), with a dozen races and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 16, 2016 - Aslan with harness racing driver Brian Sears in the bile, was there when it counted Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 4, he watched as 3-2 choice Melmerby Beach (Jason Bartlett) moved around Journeyman (George Brennan) for the lead. Melmerby Beach seemingly had his own way through intervals of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.2. Between the second and third substations, Aslan engaged from fourth. He had some work to do as "Melmerby" had a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. However, Aslan wasn't done, fighting the good fight before prevailing by a neck in 1:53.4. Journeyman, rank outsider Panic Disorder (Dan Dube) and Hugh Hefner N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For second choice Aslan, a now-7-year-old Mach Three gelding owned (as O'Sullivan Racing) and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $58. The Raceway's season continues with a "French" Sunday (post time 11:55 AM), Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 15, 2016 -- Favored Secret's Out N with harness racing driver Brian Sears in the bike were both patient and punctual Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 5 among the six-pack, Secret's Out N was away third, watching as Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube) two-moved around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.3, the people's choice took up the chase. She engaged "Ruby" in and out of the 1:27.1 three-quarters, with the latter owning a short advantage into the lane. However, Secret's Out N had her rival lined up, winning by a measured neck in 1:54.1. Jonsie Jones, unable to match strides with those two, angled and settled for third. Bazooka Terror (George Brennan) and Regil Elektra (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees, while Apricot Sour (Jason Bartlett) had a learning experience. For Secret's Out N, a now-6-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by Andrew Herzog and trained by Tom Milici, she won her seasonal debut. The exacta paid $9.90, with the triple returning $31.60. The Raceway's season continues Saturday (post time 7:10 PM), Sunday (11:55 AM), Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 8, 2016 - Odds-on favorite Regil Elektra and harness racing driver Brian Sears were more than good enough Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $20,000 conditioned pace for the ladies. In play from post position No. 3, Regil Elektra was looped leaving by Cracker Coffee (Tyler Buter) directly to her outside. The people's preference then took over before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. From there, intervals of :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:54.2 made her a safe winner. Rockn Ruby N (Dan Dube) wound up a three-hole second-beaten a length-and-a-quarter-with Cracker Coffee, Apricot Sour (Jason Bartlett) and Nippy W Hanover (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. Bartlett has seven wins through the first two programs. For Regil Elektra, a now-6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone and trained by Keith Armer, she won her seasonal debut. The exacta paid $6.80, the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returned $17.20 and the superfecta paid $114.50. The Raceway's season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), Sunday afternoon (12:10 PM), along with Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

Presiding Judge John Tomasello has informed Meadowlands Racetrack management Saturday evening that driver Brian Sears has been suspended for 15 days for "lack of judgment in his driving performance," pertaining to his drive of Bee A Magician in the second race on Friday night at The Meadowlands. No other details were made available at this time. The hearing had been scheduled for Saturday, regarding the drive of Bee A Magician in the 2nd race at The Meadowlands on Friday night. Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural was flabbergasted by what transpired and believes the betting public needs to be protected. The matter will be investigated and a course of action regarding this race will proceed accordingly. A hearing has been scheduled with Brian Sears for later today. After the conclusion of the hearing with , an update will be offered to our customers and the industry. In addition, a meeting of the drivers and trainers has been scheduled for 6:15 this evening where this matter will most certainly be spoken about. Mr. Gural made it clear to Bee A Magician's trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman that the effort put forth on the racetrack was unacceptable and to Mr. Norman's credit he understood and agreed that it was a mistake for Brian Sears to drive the horse so conservatively although because the horse had been tying up he did tell Brian to try not to race her on the front end. After consulting with and at the suggestion of several trainers that Mr. Gural spoke with, it has been decided that going forward every trainer will be obligated to give the race office an update on how the horse they are entering has been training so that information can be provided to our customers, who are the betting public. Without them, we would not exist and they must be protected. The information will be printed in our live program and will be available on our website as well. Effective immediately, all trainers that have entered horses to race at The Meadowlands will be required to supply a comment regarding how their horse trained a minimum of 72 hours prior to the race day and that report will be included in the live race program and will be accessible in the "race review" portion of The Meadowlands website. It is expected that all trainers with horses racing on Friday will submit an update on how their horse trained no later than 5:00 P.M. Tuesday and horses entered for Saturday are required to have their update submitted no later than 5:00 P.M. Wednesday. All trainers are to submit the update on how their horse trained to the email address In the event a trainer does not have e-mail access, he is asked to provide the update over the phone to The Meadowlands race office. If a trainer does not provide the necessary information, the race office will call the trainer until he/she is reached. This policy is being implemented to protect the betting public as they are the reason we are all here. We thank the horsemen for their anticipated cooperation in this matter. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Kelvin Harrison's In The Arsenal won the fastest of the two splits for the $185,000 Bluegrass Stakes at the harness racing meeting in The Red Mile 3-year-old colt pace, winning in 1:52.3.   Sitting off a hot pace set by Paparazzi Hanover, including fractions of :27.4, :54.3, and 1:23, driver Brian Sears pulled the even-money choice off the pylons and around a tiring pocket sitter in National Seelster.   Catching Paparazzi Hanover at the top of the stretch, In The Arsenal progressed to the lead with Rock N' Roll World, following his move after the leader, beginning to challenge for control.   However, In The Arsenal dug in to the inside of Rock N' Roll World and held a half-length advantage in the end. Reggiano closed for third.   Getting the 13th win of his career and earning $885,973 in the process, the colt by American Ideal, out of the On The Road Again mare Ladyotra, returned $4.00 to win. He's owned by breeder White Birch Farms and In The Arsenal Racing, trained by Kelvin Harrison, and driven by Brian Sears.   "He raced well tonight," Kelvin Harrison said. "Like you said [to interviewer Gabe Prewitt], he was good here last year." " In the Messenger, he got it the way he likes it, and he got nailed."   "We had some sickness issues coming out of Tioga [in the Empire Breeders Classic], and still a little bit coming out of the Messenger, but I think we finally got him cleaned up."   "We'll be here next week for the Tattersalls Pace, and then hopefully everything's good because then we're going to the Breeders Crown," Harrison also said.   Flushing cover as he began his bid past the half, Split The House rallied down the center of the course and by speed-maker Penji Hanover to take the second split of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1.   Penji Hanover established fractions of :29.1, :57.1, and 1:25.3. Dude's The Man, flushed out by Split The House after the half, came up to challenge Penji Hanover at the top of the stretch.   Penji Hanover drifted off the pylons, allowing pocket-rider Blood Brother to sprint into contention through the stretch.   Off cover, Split The House managed to out sprint Blood Brother heading to the finish, doing so while besting third-place finisher Penji Hanover and fourth-place finisher Dude's The Man.   A recent purchase by owners Crawford Farms LLC and trainer Chris Oakes, the colt by Rocknroll Hanover out of the Camluck mare Shake That Junk claimed the eighth win of his career, and pushed his earnings to $241,481.   Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, he paid $3.20 to win.   "It's really hard for these horses to go twice in one day," Chris Oakes said in regards to scratching Split The House from the Little Brown Jug final.   "He drew badly, and I hadn't had the horse that long, so not knowing him and his characteristics, I didn't want to put his future in jeopardy; I'd only had the horse a week at that point. He was good. You could see in the last turn, he was full of pace, and I figured he'd fire home pretty well, and he did."   "I kind of had my eye on him and I mentioned it to the Crawfords," Oakes also said in regards to purchasing Split The House. "I haven't even been with them that long and they knew all about this horse. As soon as he became available, they jumped on it."   "He wasn't paid in next week [to the Tattersalls], but he does have the Breeders Crown coming up and I'm pretty sure that's what we'll be pointing to," Oakes also said.   Ray Cotolo

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Bee A Magician became the first trotting mare since Peaceful Way in 2006 to win the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old trotting mare and 2013 Horse of the Year turned in a furious final-quarter to capture the 64th edition of the Maple Leaf Trot over elimination winners Resolve and Natural Herbie. JL Cruze sprinted to the front for driver John Campbell, posting an opening-quarter of :26.4. From post two, Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears got away third, behind Resolve, the 7/5 favourite. There was a little movement in the second-quarter and JL Cruze was able to take the field by the half in :55.3. Around the final turn, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt came out of the two-hole to challenge JL Cruze, which allowed Sears to sit in a perfect second-over striking position turning for home. In the stretch, Resolve had the jump on Bee A Magician and the two trotters went toe-to-toe down the lane. Bee A Magician showed her heart by powering by in deep stretch to prevail by half a length over Resolve in 1:52.3. "We were following two of the best horses and the trip worked out great," said Sears following the race. "Ake's (Svanstedt) horse raced super, but she beat a stellar field tonight and I'm very proud of her no doubt about it." Trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman, Bee A Magician scored her ninth victory of the season and 40th in 60 career starts Saturday night. Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician increased her career bankroll to over $3.7 million with the Maple Leaf Trot victory. "Unbelievable. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Norman post-race. "I'm really happy for the owners, they are a bunch of great guys and she's just a champion and we are lucky to have her." Over the course of her remarkable career, Bee A Magician has won 17 of 20 starts at Mohawk Racetrack. Last season, Bee A Magician had a quiet season by her standards with four victories, but she has comeback at age five to win nine of 12 starts for earnings just shy of $900,000. "Just maturity, bigger, stronger," said Norman, regarding Bee A Magician's fantastic five-year-old season. "She sure loves coming here and we couldn't have got a better trip than that." Bee A Magician paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.40. The $2 Exactor with Resolve paid $15.70, while the $1 Triactor with Natural Herbie finishing third paid $56. The 2-1-3-8 Superfecta with Whiskey Tax finishing fourth paid $108.22 for $0.20. Mark McKelvie

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