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Southwind Ozzi threw his name into the harness racing ring as the best three-year-old colt pacer in the country with his two heat wins in securing the 74th Little Brown Jug on Thursday (September 19) at the Delaware County Fair. At the start of the $384,000 final heat, David Miller sent Stag Party out of post number 5 and grabbed the early lead. The second elimination winning Fast N First (Brett Miller) was second and American Mercury was third though the first two panels in :26 2/5 and :54 3/5. As the field of six headed down the backstretch the second time, Southwind Ozzi sat second just outside Stag Party in 1:22 1/5. At they turned for home and to the roar of the 48,126 fans, Southwind Ozzi cruised home to score the 1 ¾ length victory over Fast N First and American Mercury (Tyler Buter) in 1:50 1/5. Southwind Ozzi is the sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere and was bred by Southwind Farms. Owners Vincent A. Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice and trainer Bill MacKenzie hoisted the Jug for the first time. Driver Brian Sears also won the 2013 title with Vegas Vacation. Southwind Ozzi leaves Ohio with a four race win streak and $771,263 in career earnings. In the first elimination, Yannick Gingras sent De Los Cielos Deo fast off the gates wings. The gelding then make a wicked break in stride scattering the field. Shake That House (Tim Tetrick) inherited the lead and Stag Party found a spot second at the rail. The leaders past the quarter in :27 1/5, the half in :55. Southwind Ozzi was the first to challenge and was second on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:22 2/5. The eventual winner stuck a nose ahead at the 7/8 mile mark and sprinted home in :28 1/5 to score a 2 ¾ length win over Air Force Hanover (Simon Allard), who won the photo finish over a charging Stag Party. Shake That House held on for the final advancing position. The second elimination was a drag race from the start. Semi Tough (Matt Kakaly) and Artie’s Ideal (Marcus Miller) battled through the opening quarter in :25 3/5. American Mercury (Tyler Buter) took the lead from Semi Tough before the half in :53 3/5. American Mercury led past the three-quarters in 1:21 2/5. A four way photo at the wire showed the fast closing Fast N First (Brett Miller) a nose better than American Mercury. Artie’s Ideal was third and Semi Tough was fourth. Artie’s Ideal and Shake That House were later scratched from the second heat. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The first of the $128,000 opening-heat eliminations for the Little Brown Jug took to the track for Race 15, and after some wild festivities in the opening turn, the Bill MacKenzie-trained and Brian Sears-driven Southwind Ozzi ($) paced to a wrapped-up, first-over win in 1:50.3. The majority of the field was scattered in the first turn when the Yannick Gingras-driven De Los Cielos Deo went on wild break. After the brief chaos, the Tim Tetrick-driven Shake The House was first down to the quarter pole (:27.1) and the half-mile indicator (:55). Sears, who had been sitting in third with Southwind Ozzi, called on his charge in the homestretch, as the duo tipped out for a first-over advance on Shake The House. Southwind Ozzi ranged up alongside Shake That House past the 1:22.2 three-quarters marker and along the final turn. Sears asked Southwind Ozzi to go at the head of the lane and the Somebeachsomewhere colt responded in full. He surged past Southwind Ozzi and was well within himself as he hit the wire in 1:50.3, which equalled the national season’s mark for the division over a half-mile track. The Simon Allard-driven Air Force Hanover, who had raced second-over through the back half of the mile, finished second, while the David Miller-driven Stag Party finished third. The fourth-place finisher, Shake That House, also advanced to the Jug final. When asked to comment on the mile, Sears started by giving some praise to Gingras, who had a lot on his plate with an uncooperative De Los Cielos Deo. "Yannick's horse went off stride and I thought he did a good job keeping him upright and not taking up too much track,” said Sears, who added, “we were all able to get around him pretty easily.” Given everything that had occurred in the first turn, Sears was happy with the outcome at that point. “I was confident with the three-hole spot and coming first up,” said Sears. “The horse [didn’t] mind it and I was confident from that position on." Southwind Ozzi fired for Sears when he asked. Sears explained that he expected nothing less. "He's been there for us all year and he showed up again today, so we're really happy with the effort he put out today." MacKenzie echoed Sears’ sentiments in the winner’s circle and stated that he wasn’t worried about having to race two heats with Southwind Ozzi. “He comes out of every race extremely well...I'm not worried a little bit." Southwind Ozzi is owned by Vincent Ali Jr. (Old Bridge, NJ) and Alma Iafelice (Cranbury, NJ). From the Little Brown Jug

Batavia, NY --- The weather was perfect, the track was lightning fast and 3,500 excited harness racing fans filled the property to watch eight divisions of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stake finals during the Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14). Two stake and three track records were rewritten during the night led by 2-year-old trotting filly Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S) who remained undefeated in 2019 and now sporting a seven-race winning streak. Hypnotic Am (Brian Sears) tucked in second for just a moment before coming back out and taking the lead by the quarter in a soft :29. She was just cruising on the lead past the half and to three-quarters while Sevntimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) moved into position behind her and tried to keep up around the turn for a stretch run. In the lane Hypnotic Am was trotting up a storm and had no intentions of letting anyone get near her. Sears sat chilly with the whip on his shoulder while Hypnotic Am pulled away to an easy three-length victory in 1:57.1. The time was a new stake record (formerly 1:57.2 set by Barn Bella in 2016) and a new track record (formerly 1:59 set by Plunge Blue Chip in 2017). "She is a very nice filly and does anything that you want her to," said Sears. "Marcus (Melander) does a wonderful job getting his horses ready to compete." Hypnotic Am ($2.10) was bred by her owner Courant Inc. and is trained by Marcus Melander. The next history-making race was won by 2-year-old trotting colt Third Shift (Chapter Seven-Overnight Command) who upset after the favorite Barn Holden made an untimely break. Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) was all business right from the start as he took the front in :28.2 and led by two-lengths. They trotted past the half and on to the second circuit when Third Shift opened up a three-length lead and looked very much like a winner. Heading into the last turn, Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who had been stalking from second, had a shot at the leader but made a break halfway through the bend. Chaptima (Trond Smedshammer) who was drafting third continued to gain ground and Svanstedt started to feel the pressure. But he got after Third Shift and worked him down the lane and outlasted Chaptiama to win by a length in 1:56. The time was a new stake record (formerly 1:56.3 set by Gimpanzee) and a new track record (formerly 1:57.1 set by Barn Holden) Third Shift ($10.00) is owned by Melby Gard Inc. and Ake Svanstedt, who also trains the winner. Third Shift was bred by Winbak Farm, The third record beaker was 2-year-old pacing colt Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) who turned in a lifetime best effort for the win. Cigars And Port (Jason Bartlett) and Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) both left and seated one-two in the turn. They remained that way past the quarter and to a half that Bartlett backed down with a :30.2 split. The race moved up the backstretch still in single file, but Groovy Joe was in the two-path waiting to make his move. Kakaley pulled the trigger halfway into the turn, came aggressively and drew even with the leader. At the top of the stretch, Groovy Joe took a short lead from Cigars And Port and looked to have the advantage. But Cigars And Port swelled up and came back to open up a length lead at the wire where he won in 1:54. "Training over the winter I knew this was the horse that would be real good in the sire stakes," said Bartlett. "He was a little bit of a handful scoring down but he was perfect in the race." The time was a new track record (formerly 1:54.1 set by Melodies Major in 2018) Cigars And Port ($4.80) is owned by Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz and Steve Arnold and trained by Ray Schnittker. Steve Jones bred the colt. The night also produced a record handle as a result of the excellent card. Monies wagers beat the all-time handle by 93% since Western Regional Off Track Betting re-opened the track in 2002. "These finals were all we had hoped for and more and we would like to thank the trustees for selecting Batavia Downs as the 2019 site," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing at Batavia Downs. "This event had a substantial impact on the local economy with all neighboring hotels sold out and other businesses in the area getting additional business over this past week. It was good for racing, but it was also good for the entire economy of the Genesee County region." Here is a recap of the rest of the stakes. 3-year-old pacing fillies Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr. Owner - Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz Trainer - Joe Holloway Breeder - Winbak Farms Time - 1:54.4 Mutuel - $2.30 Zero Tolerance (Jim Morrill Jr.) got away third while So Awesome (Tyler Buter) cut pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :58.1 to the half. Morrill then pulled Zero Tolerance first-up past the half and drew even with So Awesome at the three-quarters. After pacing side by side for about an eighth of a mile, Zero Tolerance just pulled away with a two-length lead and hit the wire a wrapped-up winner over Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) by 1-¾ lengths in 1:54.4. "She followed some good early fractions and came home real well," said her trainer Joe Holloway. "She'll be going to Lexington next and then to the Breeders Crown." 3-year-old trotting fillies Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr. Owner - Barabara Boese, James Boese and Richard Banca Trainer - Richard Banca Breeder - Blue Chip Bloodstock Time - 1:56.4 Mutuel - $4.50 Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took no prisoners and went right to the front. With Blue Ribbon Gal (Brian Sears) and Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) making breaks in the first turn, Sensibility (Scott Zeron) who also left, easily grabbed a two-hole trip behind the favorite. Morrill backed the half down to 1:00 and forced Stella Jane (Corey Callahan) and Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) to come in the outer flow to chase. Quincy Blue Chip hit the gas on the second circuit, smoking a :28.1 third quarter that thwarted the outside attackers short-lived challenge. Morrill then let his filly have her head around the last turn and into the lane and she trotted home without issue ahead of a fast-closing Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) in 1:56.4. "I got to the half in a real soft fraction and then let her trot home all by herself," said Morrill. "She does it all by herself; she's a real nice filly." 2-year-old pacing fillies The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover) Driver - Scott Zeron Owner - Richard Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward Mcenery and Michael Gluckman Trainer - Richard Silverman Breeder - Steve Jones Time - 1:54.2  Mutuel - $7.50 The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron) was automatically in front off the pylons as no one else left in the race. She got to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :58.1. There, Cash Roll (Andy Miller) started to pursue from the outside with Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) on her back. The group sped up the backside in :28 flat when Kakaley made a bold move and tipped Merga Hanover three-deep going into the last turn. With the pace still stiff around the final bend, Merga Hanover's bid failed and The Fun Marshall began to extend her lead as they came to the wire where she won by five in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2. "We took our time with her all year and she really developed, and the rail helped tonight," said Zeron. "I've never had her on the front before and when that horse tipped three-deep she just opened up. She paced as fast as she could down the lane." 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) Driver - Brian Sears  Owner - Courant Inc. and S R F Stable Trainer - Marcus Melander  Breeder - Order By Stable Time - 1:56.2  Mutuel - $2.10 Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) was all business and left nothing to chance from the start. He went right to the front and did things at his own discretion. With no one making any moves behind him, Sears cut very soft fractions of :29 and :59.1 before speeding it up a bit to 1:28.1 in the third panel. Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer) who had moved from the back of the pack, made his way to second and got as close as Sears wheel. But the party was over from there as Gimpanzee stretched out and flew home in :28.1 to win by two-lengths in 1:56.2. 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) Driver - Matt Kakaley  Owner - Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico Trainer - Ray Schnittker  Breeder - Steve Jones Time - 1:54  Mutuel - $2.10 Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) had post one but let Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) take the lead off the gate. That courtesy was short-lived as Kakaley pulled Hickfromfrenchlick back out and retook the front at the quarter in :28. They got to the half when Buddy Hill (Tyler Buter) came calling from fourth and challenged the leader. Hickfromfrenchlick and Buddy Hill battled side by side up the backstretch to the three-quarters and around the last turn. But as game as Buddy Hill was, Hickfromfrenchlick was just better. He pulled away in the lane and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54. "He's a real good colt. He was sore last year and came back good this year," said trainer Ray Schnittker. "He was real good tonight." In Batavia Downs signature event, the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace, Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) got away fifth while Our Max Factor N (Jason Bartlett) took the field to the half in :57. Southwind Amazon (Jim Morrill Jr.) came first-up and drew even with Our Max Factor N and it became a match race for a while from there. The pair paced furiously in a quick :27.3 third panel and continued the battle into the final turn. When it looked like one of them would win, Kakaley shook Dorsoduro Hanover loose at the head of the stretch, tipped three-deep entering the lane and made up three lengths in the final eighth to win by a head in 1:52.2. "He went a real game mile and closed well off the slow fractions up front," said Kakaley. The millionaire son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss scored his 15th lifetime win and added to his earnings total that now sits at $1,449,151. Dorsoduro Hanover ($4.30) is owned by Burke Racing, J & T Silva,Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke trains the winner. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Harness racing drivers competing in the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) will be available trackside for a meet and greet autograph session before the races get underway from 5-5:30 p.m. They will be set up next to the Purple Haze Winner's Circle for this event. Drivers who will be signing include Hall of Famer Brian Sears, Jason Bartlett, Tyler Buter, Corey Callahan, Matt Kakaley, Jim Morrill Jr. and Scott Zeron. "These guys have driven here multiple times this year and have developed quite a following from our fans," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing. "We hope they take the opportunity to come down and talk face to face with some of the best drivers currently competing in North America before they hit the track for the biggest night of racing in the history of western New York." By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

There were two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old harness racing filly trotters contested on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the favorites dominated the action. Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S-Muscle Hill) has been simply sensational in her freshman season and on Wednesday, the Marcus Melander trainee remained undefeated. Hypnotic Am was squaring off against another terrific two year old in her $76,750 division of the NYSS. Something had to give as both she and opponent Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) came in undefeated. Hypnotic Am was piloted out to the early lead by Hall Of Famer Brian Sears and sizzled through a first half of 56.4 over a track labeled 'good.' The fantastic freshman clicked off three quarters in 1:25.3 as she and pocket-sitter Love A Good Story drew away a bit from the rest of the field. Hypnotic Am appeared to have plenty left in the tank when she hit the line first in 1:54.4 to move her record to six-for-six in her two year old campaign. With her earnings from the win, Hypnotic Am moved her bankroll to over the $270,000 mark, an incredible amount for just a half dozen career starts. Love A Good Story suffered her first defeat but was a strong second to the big favorite while Sorprese (Dan Daley) finished third. Ake Svanstedt's Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion-Cantab Hall) continued her strong freshman campaign on Wednesday when she went coast-to-coast in 1:59 over a track that at the time was listed as sloppy. As heavily backed as a favorite can be, the 1-9 chalk Seventimesalady enjoyed comfortable fractions on the engine but did get tested a bit in the stretch before securing the fourth win in her seven career starts. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) was the runner-up while Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) finished third. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Greenshoe (Brian Sears) wins the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old harness racing trotters at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 17). Front runner Marseille (Ake Svanstedt) jumped out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.1. Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras) followed in second with Brian Sears content to put Greenshoe ($2.30) in the third spot. Marseille led to the half in :56.3. After the half Greenshoe made his move going first-over as they headed for the final turn. Marseille lead was just a head as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. Greenshoe, who is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., Morten Langli, Hans Backe, and Lars Granqvist, blew right by as they made the turn for home. He looked like a rocket in the stretch as he won by six lengths in the end. The Melander trained Green Manalishi S (Tim Tetrick) came up to finish second. Marseille held on for third. Greenshoe is a 3-year-old colt by Father Patrick. It was his sixth win in eight starts this season. He now has eight career victories. The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) captures the $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Starita (Dexter Dunn) jumped to the front out of the gate. The Ice Dutchess ($5.80) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. She continued to lead hitting the half in :56.2. Evident Beauty (David Miller) would be the first one to make a move going around the final turn but couldn't get to The Ice Dutchess who led the way to three-quarters in 1:25.1. The Ice Dutchess, who is owned by Coyote Wynd Farms and trained by Nancy Johanson, just breezed in the stretch. Evident Beauty gave one last charge in deep stretch but it was The Ice Dutchess winning in 1:52.4. Starita held on to finish third. The Ice Dutchess is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Hill. It was her fourth win this season. She now owns nine career victories. American Rebel (Tyler Buter) wins the $53,000 first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Cigars And Port (Tim Tetrick) would soon take control and led to the half in :56.4 and to three-quarters in 1:26.2. American Rebel ($7.90), who is trained by Patti Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable and Robert Robinson, went first over as they made the turn for home. As the hit mid-stretch Major Betts found an opening on the inside and battled American Rebel in deep stretch. American Rebel was too strong in the end to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. Major Betts earned second money with Cigars And Port settling for third best. American Rebel is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Restive Hanover. It was his fourth career victory. Freedom Warrior (David Miller) wins the $54,000 second division of the NYSS. Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) led to first quarter in :27.0. Stable mate Splash Brother (Tim Tetrick) then took over and led to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. Freedom Warrior ($6.10), who is owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare, went first over just before three-quarters. He went to the front as they reached the stretch and held off the late charge by second place finisher Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.3. Hurrikanekingjames (Yannick Gingras) fired late to finish third. Freedom Warrior is a 2-year-old gelding by American Ideal. It was his second win in six lifetime starts. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 23) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

East Rutherford, NJ -- Greenshoe ($2.60) looked every bit the part of a odds-on favorite in the second Hambletonian elimination harness racing division on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands, seizing command from Marseille with three-eighths to go and coasting to a handy 1:50.2 victory.   Greenshoe threw his head briefly at the start, but Brian Sears held him together before floating him into third behind Marseille (Ãke Svanstedt) and Forbidden Trade (Bob McClure) on the first turn. After clearing from post eight in a :27.3 first quarter, Marseille rebuffed a pocket bid from Forbidden Trade en route to a :56 half before facing the first-over onslaught of Greenshoe on approach to the far turn.   With three-eighths to go, the son of Father Patrick surged to the fore and edged away willingly in the home straight to a wrapped-up two-length score, the seventh of his career.   Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras) chased well after losing cover to protect second from Forbidden Trade, who switched three-wide from the pocket and accelerated in mid-stretch. Marseille finished fourth, and Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) finished fifth to secure the final berth to the 94th Hambletonian, carded as race 12.   Marcus Melander, whose Green Manalishi S took the first Hambletonian elimination, trains Greenshoe for Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli.   by James Witherite, for the Hambletonian Society

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Cruiser mare Baron Remy, who had equaled a world record at Northfield Park two starts ago, came to Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon and promptly took the $18,000 featured pace in 1:51. Come-from-behind horses had not been fairing well at Philly this week, but driver Brian Sears, seeing many horses out for early spots, had Baron Remy, who drew the outside of the eight-horse field, near the back with cover for most of the mile. He then got her in gear behind the second-over cover of Sidewalk Dancer when first-over Scuola Hanover cleared to the lead before the  three-quarters. The four-year-old had plenty of work still to do at the top of the stretch, but she turned on the afterburners and won going away by 1¾ lengths over Keene Olivia, who came clear to the inside, with Sidewalk Dancer third and Scuola Hanover fourth. Baron Remy, whose 1:50.3 mile at Northfield equaled the half-mile track standard for four-year-old pacing mares, has earned the bulk of her $556,232 in Ohio, where she was the Sire Stakes champion at three - in fact, in winning for the 12th time in 36 career starts, the Ron Burke trainee notched her first win away from the Buckeye State in her 14th attempt. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr own the sharp mare. Sears also included the $17,000 co-featured distaff pace among his four triumphs on the day, guiding heavy favorite Philly Hanover to an easy win in 1:52.1. Moved to the front early, the victorious daughter of Captaintreacherous did not look like a horse who had had only one start in the last 34 days, coming home in :55.4 with Sears quietly sulkysitting for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the partnership of Blair Corbeil and Ron Coyne Stables Inc. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - The three-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe continued his awesome 2019 harness racing performances during a Wednesday morning qualifying session at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning in a spectacular 1:52. Brian Sears came to Pocono to guide the son of Father Patrick, and the pair hung up fractions of :28, :55.4, and 1:24.1, with the sophomore fifteen lengths ahead by the half and having a margin of 28 lengths at the wire. The Marcus Melander-conditioned trotter, owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, had not raced since winning the New Jersey Sire Stakes final at The Meadowlands on May 31, and the sharp victory sets him up perfectly for the eliminations of the Earl Beal Trot at Pocono on Saturday, June 22, with the $500,000 Beal Championship a week later. Southwind Ozzi, the fastest three-year-old in a race this year at 1:48.4, was scheduled to qualify but was scratched. There were seventeen baby qualifiying races as the busy morning stretched into early afternoon at Pocono, with four races for each gait and sex except the colt trotters, who went in five sections. Among the pacing fillies, the Sunshine Beach-Oceans Motion miss Robmotion Bluechip won her second straight start, setting the pace and being extended by the pocketsitting A Rocknroll Dance miss Dances With, but able to hold on by a nose in 1:56, a North American season's record by a full second and the fastest mile by a freshman pacing filly anywhere. Tyler Buter drove the talented filly for trainer Chuck Connor Jr. and the ownership of Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Robert Lovell, and Janice Connor. In the pacing colt ranks, Ray Schnittker sent out three winners, the fastest being the first-time starter Captain Groovy, who moved to the lead past the quarter and won in 1:56.3, back fractions :56.3 - :28. The son of Captaintreacherous is the first foal out of Lets Groove Tonite, who is a ¾ sister to the $1.2M+-winning world champion Dynamic Youth. Schnittker also drove this colt, and he co-owns him with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. Schnittker also drove the American Ideal colt Teton Sunset to his second straight win, in 1:58, coming from fourth with a back half of :56.4. The third Schnittker stablemate from this section to win was the Well Said colt Lake Charles, who debuted in 1:57, his own last half :57.1, with Mark MacDonald in the sulky. The son/father team of driver Scott and trainer Rick Zeron unveiled two winning filly trotters, including Illdoitmyself, a daughter of Chapter Seven out of Dornello. This filly proved "misnamed" in her race, as the Kadabra - Win Missy B miss She Must Be Magic posted huge fractions of :28, :58.1, and 1:27.3, opening up a 15 length lead at the last-named call, but Illdoitmyself came a last quarter of :28.1 to catch the leader by ¾ of a length in 1:58.4, a season's record by over two seconds. Illdoitmyself is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, James Walker, and Van Camp Trotting Corp. The Zerons also won with Fortune Telln Lady, a daughter of Trixton who won in 2:01 on the lead, back fractions :58.2 - :28.4. Trainers Gareth Dowse and Erv Miller each had two victories in the freshman trotting colt action, all with first-time starters. The fastest win in this group was posted by Play Trix On Me, a Trixton - Lima Playmate colt who quarter-moved for trainer/driver Dowse and stopped the clock in 2:00, :58.2 / :29 coming home, for owner-breeder Steve Jones. Dowse also piloted the Andover Hall colt Paulie Walnuts to a 2:00.4 win, coming out of the pocket with a :28.4 burst home. Both of Erv Miller's trainees are by first-year sire Whom Shall I Fear, the full brother to Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen. Scott Zeron rallied the colt Meadowbrook Chip out of the two-hole for a 2:00.3 success, with back numbers of :58.3 - :29.1, while the gelding Fear The Tiger, who overcame a hard first-over trip in his 2:02.2 victory, was driven by - Erv Miller! This was Erv's first success in the sulky since July 23, 2016, but many forget he was a two-time UDR champion in 1998-99. Ray Schnittker, Scott Zeron, and Gareth Dowse each drove three freshman winners, while Dowse as trainer also had three triumphs to lead the conditioners' grouping in the baby races. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old harness racing campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands, and in the process, stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian. The son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be began his season last week by scoring for fun in 1:51.2 and was even more impressive this time around. After a 2-year-old season that saw him break in each of his four starts (he won two of them), Greenshoe is learning how to be a star. "He only had four starts last year," said driver Brian Sears. "And every one he gets this year that he stays flat is a step in the right direction. He's done a lot of maturing." Sears had Greenshoe, the 1-5 favorite, sitting in the five-hole early on, before vacating the rail at the three-eighths and making up ground on leader Sheena's Boy. "He was trotting pretty good," said Sears of Greenshoe. "I was just biding my time." Under no apparent urging from his driver, Greenshoe ($2.40 to win) was inching his way toward the front before using a quick burst of speed to secure the top at three-quarters by an ever-increasing 2½ lengths. He trotted his third quarter in :26.4 before a final explosive split of :27.1 to hit the wire six lengths in front of a rallying Reign Of Honor. Galixton finished third. In other New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals, Evident Beauty ($2.80 as the 2-5 public choice) stayed perfect in three 2019 starts by taking the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller. Miller got the daughter of Trixton-Struck By Lindy into a third-over flow down the backstretch - with plenty left to do - but powered past her rivals nonetheless to best Sister's Promise by a length. Starita was third. "She's come back really good this year," said Miller. "She's pretty easy on herself. Despite the trip, I still felt pretty confident." Earlier in the evening in a pair of non-betting NJSS Finals, Hurrikanesky took the 3-year-old filly pace in 1:54.4 for trainer Patrick Hlubik and driver Scott Zeron while Meadowlands Pace hopeful Hurrikane Emperor won the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:53 for trainer John McDermott Jr. and driver Daniel Dube. A LITTLE MORE: Corey Callahan, Miller, Tim Tetrick and Tyler Buter all had driving doubles on the card. ... Chalk players wore out a path to cash tickets, as eight favorites scored on the 13-race program. ... One sharp Canadian simulcast player held the lone ticket that went 10-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked way with $12,414.62. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $100,944.63. ... All-source handle on the card totaled $2,582,318. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Gimapazee (Brian Sears) wins the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($215,200) for sophomore trotting colts and geldings at Vernon Downs on a special Memorial Day matinee (May 27). He won his 3-year-old harness racing debut and is a perfect 10 for 10 in his career. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) went to the front and was followed in second by Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) with Gimpanzee ($2.10) in third. Mr Vicktor put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :57.3, 1:25.1). Gimapanzee, who is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant inc. and S R F Stable, went first over from third just before the final turn. He would be second after three-quarters and battle Mr Vicktor for the lead. He would take over in the stretch but Mr Vicktor would battle back gamely. Gimpanzee found another gear and put him away to win easily in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. Mr Vicktor would settle for second as Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) came up to finish third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) captures EBC final ($209,500) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) led the way to a first quarter of :27.3. Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) took over just after the first quarter. She would lead to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.40), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, went second over as they went around the final turn. She went three-wide at the top of the stretch and flew home to a win in 1:55.0. Sensibility (Scott Zeron) charged late to finish second. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) was third. Quincy Blue Chip                                         --Fotowon photo Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She picked up her third win of the season. She now owns seven career victories. St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) and Zero Tolerance (David Miller) each won legs of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Both divisions raced for a purse of $58.700. In the first division St Somewhere ($10.00) came charging late to nip the late rush of second place finisher, Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno) to win in 1:52.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) was third best. St Somewhere is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. It was win number two of 2019. She now owns seven career victories. In the second division Zero Tolerance ($2.10) went flying in the stretch to overtake second place finisher DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:51.3. So Awesome (Brian Sears) picked up third money. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. She is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. It was her second win this season and career win number nine. Zero Tolerance                                  -Fotowon photo David Miller won three more on the card. He got his other wins with Sports Column ($2.70), Gussy's Realdeal ($22.60), and Fool Me Again ($5.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 31) with 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Chester, PA -- As she so often is, Shartin N ($4.40) was simply sensational on Sunday afternoon (May 26), duelling down a determined Caviart Ally to capture the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares at Harrah's Philadelphia, one of three co-featured harness racing events on a blockbuster card. Unlike her previous five wins this season, achieving the lead was no easy task for the 6-year-old Tintin In America mare. Shartin N and Tim Tetrick left strongly from post seven, but was met immediately by resistance from Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy). As soon as Shartin N accelerated to try to clear midway on the first turn, Caviart Ally countered and forced her rival into the pocket shortly after a gruelling :25.2 first quarter. "I didn't know about the :25.2 quarter, and it put Timmy in a tough spot, so he had to force the issue," said trainer Jim King Jr. "I wouldn't like to see that trip two weeks in a row, but obviously she can do it." After pulling the pace back through a :30 second split, Caviart Ally faced a second challenge from Shartin N, who pulled the pocket just in front of Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) with three-eighths to go and worked to within a neck past three-quarters in 1:21.3. While Shartin N headed Caviart Ally nearing the home turn, she was far from home free. Caviart Ally fought tooth and nail to offer sustained resistance, and Apple Bottom Jeans lifted off cover in upper stretch. Still, Shartin N resolutely held her ground to prevail by a neck in 1:49.2, her fastest win of the season. "Once she was head and head turning for home, I was pretty confident," concluded King, who campaigns Shartin N for Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. "She's just overcome everything that's been thrown at her." Shartin N will be pointed to the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I had a good barrier draw and I wanted to make the most of it," said McCarthy of his tactics with runner-up Caviart Ally. "We had to go way too much for the first quarter, but Shartin was just too good. I was driving to beat her, but she was just too good. We had to go a big first quarter and a big third quarter. She was tired at the top of the stretch, but she dug in. I was really proud of her effort today." Apple Bottom Jeans stayed on for third, while Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) stalked evenly to finish fourth. In addition to her victories in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Betsy Ross and her 2018 Breeders Crown triumph, Shartin N has won 22 other times since arriving in North America at the beginning of 2018. Guardian Angel AS coasts in Maxie Lee Tetrick came right back to take the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational Trot with Guardian Angel AS ($5.80), brushing the 5-year-old Archangel entire to the fore early and coasting to a 1:51 win, the 18th of his career. Guardian Angel AS coasts to an easy 1:51 score in the Maxie Lee -- Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos After clearing 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman (Dexter Dunn) with a circuit to go, Guardian Angel As controlled a :55.1 half before shrugging off a first-over challenge from Trolley (Marcus Miller) up the far side. Turning for home, Guardian Angel As extended his lead over the pocket-sitting Pinkman to two lengths before cruising clear to a 2-3/4 length victory. Pinkman held second by a neck over the late-closing Fiftydallarbill (David Miller), who circled three-wide on the final turn. Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel AS for ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Courtly Choice stalks, surges in Commodore Barry In just the third start of his 4-year-old season, 2018 Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice ($5.80) proved capable from off the pace, surging from third-over for a going-away 1:49.1 score in the $100,000 Commodore Barry Invitational Pace and eclipsing the $1 million mark in career earnings. The son of Art Major settled just worse than midfield while Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) and The Wall (Jim Pantaleano) threw down in a :25.2 first quarter. Tiger Thompson N, widest of the three on the first turn, cleared with a lap to go and continued to a :53.1 half while David Miller angled Courtly Choice third-over behind The Wall -- who moved back out from third -- and Rodeo Rock (McCarthy). The outer tier proved the place to be, as The Wall pushed clear of Tiger Thompson N easily before three-quarters in 1:20.2, but Rodeo Rock continued on in the breeze to offer immediate pressure. Off the home turn, Miller angled Courtly Choice three-wide off live flow, and the pair struck the front in the final sixteenth before drawing two lengths clear. Rodeo Rock finished second while The Wall took third. Blake MacIntosh trains 14-time winner Courtly Choice, for the Hutt Racing Stable, Mac and Heim Stables, Danielle Plouffe and Touchstone Farms Inc. Captain Crunch leads Pennsylvania Sire Stakes splits Nancy Johansson trainee Captain Crunch ($2.10), easily one of the top sophomore pacers in North America, was never in doubt in the third of three $57,218 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, coasting to a 1:49.2 win in line to Scott Zeron. The son of Captaintreacherous caught a breather when rival Proof (David Miller) broke in the early stages, and he edged away handily to beat Aflame Hanover (Tony Schadel) by four lengths after parrying a mild first-over challenge from Volley Ball Beach. Southwind Ozzi ($2.80) and Brian Sears took the speed badge in Sire Stakes action with a 1:48.4 score in the first division, and Lyons Night Hawk ($3.60) turned in a 1:50 victory to give Tetrick a stakes winner on the card along with his pair of invitational wins.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Marcus Melander trains the top three horses in the first Road to the Hambletonian rankings released this week by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin, and No. 1 makes his first harness racing start of the season Monday (May 27) in the $215,200 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs. Gimpanzee, who was 9-for-9 last year and took home the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter, will start from post five in the EBC for Melander and regular driver Brian Sears. Last year, Gimpanzee won seven times on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, including the $225,000 final, before capturing his elimination and the final of the Breeders Crown. "He's doing good," Melander said of Gimpanzee, the horse atop Warkentin's rankings, followed by stablemates Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S. "He's filled out nicely. He's not the biggest horse but we've been very happy with him all winter. He doesn't make any noise here at home, he just looks like a regular horse. He's nice and calm. I can't be more excited for his season to start." Gimpanzee, who earned $591,358 in purses last season for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, heads to the Empire Breeders Classic off a second-place finish by a head to 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in a qualifier on May 18 at The Meadowlands. The time of the mile was 1:53. The colt also qualified on May 4, winning in 1:55, and on April 27, when he was fifth in 1:58.3. "Hannelore Hanover just got him at the wire, but we were very happy with his last qualifier," Melander said. "The first qualifier we went with an open bridle and it was a windy day, so maybe that didn't look too impressive, but the last two qualifiers have been very good." Of the eight remaining horses in the EBC, four are eligible to Hambletonian: Gettin Serious, Star Track Hanover, Mr Vicktor, and Cavill Hanover. Lightly raced Mr Vicktor is 3-for-3 this year for trainer Buzzy Sholty and has won four of five career starts. Melander was uncertain of Gimpanzee's schedule beyond Monday. He would like his horses to have four or five starts heading to the $1 million Hambletonian, which is harness racing's top event for 3-year-old trotters and will be held Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands. "We'll see how he races on Monday and then we'll decide," Melander said. "He's fully staked so we can choose whatever we want to do." So far, only Greenshoe has made a start this season among Melander's highly regarded trio. Greenshoe won the preliminary round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:51.2 on May 17 at The Meadowlands. Last year, the colt won two of four races, including the NJSS final, despite going off stride in each start. Greenshoe                                  --Lisa photo "I know the horse is fast, so my only concern was that he was going to behave himself," Melander said. "It looked like he was behaving behind the gate and then in the race he looked perfect. He did a huge race and I couldn't be more happy with him. "He'll get this week off and we'll aim for the sire stakes final (on May 31). It's a long season and winning in (1):51, I don't think he needs another race between here and the final." Green Manalishi S, who won five of 10 races last season and never was worse than second, will qualify for the third time this year on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The colt went off stride in his most recent qualifier, May 18 at the Big M, after winning his first in 1:54.1. Green Manalishi S                                     --New Image Media "The track is normally very good at The Meadowlands, but it was loose and in the first turn it was just too loose for him and he made a break," Melander said. "He'll be qualifying again this Saturday and then he will race (June 2) at Pocono in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. "He's been training down very good. We took a slow start with him because the first sire stakes was at The Meadows and I didn't want to go out there with him. We had a couple of months to prepare him and he feels very prepared. He grew a lot during the winter and filled out nicely. I think he will have a good season." Gimpanzee's start in the Empire Breeders Classic is expected at approximately 3:29 p.m. (EDT) Monday. The EBC for the male trotters is race nine and will be preceded by the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old female trotters. For Monday's complete Vernon entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 18, 2019--They were lacking in quantity, but there was some quality to be found Saturday night (May 18th) during the harness racing eliminations for winning Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney and Lismore Paces. The 29th Rooney began with two, six-horse $40,000 elims for the 3-year-old colts and geldings. Odds-on Air Force Hanover (Dave Miller, $2.20) won the first elimination, though with few style points. Away from post position No. 2, he controlled (:27.4, :56.2, 1:24.2, 1:52.4) after taking over from Captain Malicious (Mark MacDonald). Air Force Hanover did have to hold off a long, first-up Buddy Hill (Brian Sears). The 2½-length lead in and out of the final turn was a diminishing neck, with Price Hanover (Dan Dube) third and Captain Malicious fourth. Goldberg (Montrell Teague) was an unlucky fifth, sitting a trapped three-hole behind a tiring pocket-sitter and a gapping second-over number...both of whom beat him to the line. For Air Force Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by County Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo & W. J. Donovan and trained by Brian Brown, it was his second win and three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.40, the triple returned $127 and the superfecta paid $343.50. The second elim for the Rooney saw Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn, $5) stuff 3-4 favorite Blood Money (Scott Zeron) in behind, then go the distance. From post No. 3, he laid down intervals of :28, :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:53.2, easily handling his pocketed rival by a length-and-a-quarter. Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno) sat a three-hole and photoed a first-up Branquinho (Tyler Buter) for third For second choice Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt co-owned by (trainer) Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Kenneth Solomon, he's won both of his '19 tries. The exacta paid $9.30, the triple returned $14.80 and the superfecta paid $33.80. Bettor's Wish                                --Mike Lizzi photo The companion event, the 15th Lismore for soph fillies, offered two, $20,000 eliminations race, though the first of those didn't eliminated anyone. A quartet of lasses (after a defection) had Annie Hill (Sears, $2.90) move from last, then pick off pace-setting As Time Goes By (Jordan Stratton) by a neck in 1:55.4. Privacy Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was third and Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland) fourth. The second elim was won by Queen of the Pride (Stratton, $2.40)--from post No. 2--assuming the lead early and going the route (:27.2, :56, 1:24.4, 1:53.2). Bestseller Hanover (Bartlett) moved from third and was a solid second, beaten three-quarters of a length. Rockn' Philly (Victor Kirby) was a belated third and Rock N McRoll (Dube) snapping Blue Ivy (Sears) for fourth. The open draws for both the Lismore ($109,234) and Rooney ($300,000) take place Monday afternoon (May 20th) in ad advance of the Saturday, May 25th, finals. Saturday night's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Trot--Swansea (Bongiorno, $8.20) in 1:56, --Pace--Mac's Jackpot (Dunn, $5.40) in 1:52.   BY FRANK DRUCKER  Publicity Director

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Let the Hambletonian hype begin. Greenshoe began his 2019 season by sending a message to the rest of the 3-year-old trotters seeking to win harness racing's greatest prize on the first Saturday in August: He is a force to be reckoned with after putting on a dazzling display in taking his division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands Friday night in 1:51.2. The only horse to go faster on the trot this year was 2018 Hambo champ Atlanta, who went 1:50.4 a week ago Monday at Miami Valley. "His manners were good," said Brian Sears, who drove the Marcus Melander trainee. "We were happy with him. He was a little high strung while scoring before the race, but then he came back to me. He relaxed after that. I think he's starting to get it." During his 2-year-old season, the son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be, won half of his four starts despite going off stride in each and every one of them. Sears handled Greenshoe carefully at the start Friday, as in 2018, he went off stride three times before the start of his races. There was none of that on this night. Greenshoe sat a four-hole for the first five-eighths before vacating the rail and going after leader Sheena's Boy, who hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.1 on an open lead. "I took a peek and saw they were going a little bit," said Sears. "When I tipped him, he went up there." The 2018 NJSS champion quickly got himself into contention and was charging after the leader coming toward the top of the stretch. Sears barely moved a muscle as Greenshoe, who paid $3.00 as the post-time choice, rolled by his over-matched foes during a final quarter of :26.2 to score by 3½ widening lengths while lowering his previous lifetime best by two-and-one-fifth seconds. Sheena's Boy held second with Battenberg third. "He's a natural," said Sears. "He's got some gears that most horses don't have." In the other NJSS division for sophomore male trotters, Soul Strong scored in 1:53 at odds of 15-1 for trainer Ake Svanstedt and driver Yannick Gingras. Evident Beauty scored in the first of two 3-year-old filly trots for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller in 1:53.3 as the 8-5 favorite. The Lucas Wallin-trained Queen Of Trixs took the other division in 1:55.4 for driver Andy McCarthy at odds of 6-1. A LITTLE MORE: Gingras and McCarthy both recorded driving triples on the program. ... The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in $47,911 in wagers, and those who had the winning combination of 2-2-4-3 collected $67.15 for a ticket that included three favorites. ... One bettor in Ontario was the only player to hold a winning ticket in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $14,085.04 for lasting eight legs. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,500,166. ... Big M gates open at 9:30 a.m. for Preakness Day. Post time for the first at Pimlico is 10:30 a.m. while the Preakness is slated to go at 6:48 p.m. ... Live racing at the Meadowlands resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands were held under mostly sunny skies (the short sleeved colors made their first appearance of the season), negligible wind and temperatures in the 60's, with the track rated fast as they began at 10:00am. Trotting fillies opened the card with the good pair of Evident Beauty (David Miller) and Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras) crossing the wire together in hand, the mile in 1:58.4/28.2. Both were making their second start, Red Mile Grand Circuit winner Evident Beauty appeared flawless for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine while Beautiful Sin looked healthy after sustaining a serious tendon laceration that ended her freshman season prematurely. Greenshoe clearly holds great promise with his remarkable speed but often authored his own undoing last season via his anxious temperament. Today was another triumph for the connections as Greenshoe looked more comfortable going to the gate, driver Brian Sears was able to settle the colt in third through slow fractions then got the response he wanted when the colt ground up uncovered and wore down a good colt in Super Schissel (Gingras) through a 27.1 end to a 1:55.1 mile. Great things may well be in store for owner Anders Strom (Courant Inc) and trainer Marcus Melander if they're able to continue to harness the power of the enigmatic Father Patrick colt. Ake Svanstedt unveiled the Swedish star Darling Mearas S this morning as the career winner of over three quarters of a million dollars led at every call then held pocket sitter Pat Matters (Matt Kakley) at bay in hand, the mile in 1:56.1/27.4. Darling Mearas has been made eligible to the top US stakes for mare trotters by owners Snogarps Stable. With a stretch headwind beginning to pick up, The Veteran was a 1:53.4 winner this morning for his new connections, the Paul Kelley Stable. Mark MacDonald held the powerful 4-year-old Muscle Mass horse in third as Manchego (Scott Zeron) set fast fractions while appearing somewhat fresh before rolling off stride on the final bend. Mac Donald has The Veteran marching up uncovered by then and he held off Ice Attracion (Svanstedt) comfortably. Trainer Kelley owns him with SRF Stable, Winske and Michaels. Odds On St Lucie (Matt Krueger) closed nicely to get the 1:54.3/27.4 win today over stable mate Wicked N Wonderful (Dexter Dunn) and Petticoat winner Catch An Ace (D. Miller). Tony Alagna trains the winner for Odds On Racing. Western Joe (Zeron) is making his way back to the wars and took another step forward with a 1:52.2/27.3 win from the pocket this morning over Limelight Beach (D. Miller). He's had two good Q's back now for trainer Chris Choate and owners Anthony Ruggeri & Joe Tosies. Sophomore colt pacers capped the card and Bettors Wish was an impressive out of the pocket winner for Dexter Dunn in 1:52.4/27.3 clearing pacesetter Captain McKee (Tim Tetrick) by a couple at the end. Trainer Chris Ryder owns the sharp Bettor's Delight colt with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Ken Solomon. The results are available on the web. Live racing resumes tonight around 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi

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