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CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20…Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, made her rivals disappear down the stretch, scoring an effortless four and three-quarter length victory over longshot Charmed Life in the $272,000 Armbro Flight for filly and mare trotters at Mohawk Racetrack, part of a star-studded stakes harness racing undercard on Pepsi North America Cup night. Named for Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1964, 1965 and 1966, the Armbro Flight showcased not only the eventual winner, but also 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and the defending race champion, Classic Martine. But it proved no contest.  Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears, sent postward the overwhelming 1-5 choice, popped out from fourth and took over from Classic Martine after the half was reached in :56.4. From there, after opening six lengths while getting three-quarters in 1:24.2,  it was just a question of how far the five-year-old mare would win by, as she clipped a fifth of a second off the stakes record set by Buck I St Pat in 2010, completing the mile in 1:51.4.  Classic Martine held on for third with Shake It Cerry fourth. The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive came into the final sporting five wins in six starts this year, including an easy 1:51.1 four-length elim win last week for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. “I just let the race come into its own, just playing it by ear,” said Sears, celebrating his third Armbro Flight success, following Stroke Play in 2004 and Pembroke Heat Wave in 2012.  “She raced so good first-over last week I wasn’t going to try to move her hard to the front.   I got away in first-over position and she did the rest.  I’m just thrilled to get the opportunity to drive a great mare like that.  ”She’s one of the top horses I’ve gotten the opportunity to drive,” continued Sears, who also drove greats like Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to major wins and year-end honours. Added Norman, “She’s in a really good little groove.  Haven’t done much with her between races.  It seems to really suit her.  She’s thriving.   I think she’s getting better.  We’ll give her a couple of weeks off then go to the Meadowlands.” Bee A Magician was winning her 37th race in 54 starts.  As a three-year-old, she went undefeated in 17 outings, earning over $1.5 million en route to Horse of the Year honours in both Canada and the United States. After a subpar 2014 season, winning just four of 17 starts, Bee A Magician has returned with a vengeance and has now earned almost $3.2 million for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida. Bee A Magician paid $2.60, $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($13.20, $6.80) for a $24.90 (5-6) exactor.  A 5-6-2 (Classic Martine, $4.30) triactor was worth $102.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-3 (Shake It Cerry)] returned $114.60. WEG Entertainment

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13...The finest three-year-old pacers in harness racing battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of $50,000 eliminations for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles, who finished fourth to Well Said in the 2009 Cup, thus kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11 for 11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the owner, busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Wiggle It Jiggleit has hardly been breathed on in his 11 romps, his smallest margin of victory being one and one-half lengths. "Yes, that's exactly how I wanted it (a soft second quarter)," said Teague. "I didn't want to go another (1) :48 or anything like that. We'll wait till next week for that when the money's down. I took him off the gate just in case but I timed the gate perfectly and he stormed out of there like it was nothing. I hope he continues to do it (answer the call) and I'm having fun doing it with him." There's a lot of similarities between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mr Wiggles, said owner Teague, who also campaigned the sire. "The other horse (Mr Wiggles) doesn't get the recognition he deserves," said Teague. "He won a couple of major races. But this horse is the best horse I've ever trained by far. Very intelligent, speed. I've never trained one as fast as him." Teague also trained (along with sister Brenda) and co-owned Total Truth, who won the 2006 Pepsi North America Cup. Last month, Wiggle It Jiggleit set a world record of 1:49 for a half-mile track when winning by over 14 lengths on May 11 at HarringtonPark in Delaware. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10, $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with Arque Hanover ($8.10) for a $16.80 (5-3) exactor. A 5-3-6 (Yankee Bounty) triactor was worth $83.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-3-6-4 (Hurrikane Ali)] came back $172.20. Wiggle It Jiggleit Following the impressive first elim win by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:49.2, it was heavily-favoured In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did. But just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who once again finished a troubled second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers May 30, has taken 10 of 15 overall and will come into the Cup with earnings of over $600,000. "He did in the hard way," said trainer Kelvin Harrison. "He come first up. He was a safe winner. I think the biggest thing about him this year is he's a whole lot smarter than he was last year. When we started him up last year, he was hard to stop. Now he'll race smart. He's very athletic. He's grown a lot actually. He was really small early. He's come through it in good shape. Wasn't that hard a race for him and seems nice and fresh when he came back. So hopefully we'll be okay. He's got wild speed, he's got it all." Sears has won two Pepsi North America Cups...in 2005 with Rocknroll Hanover and last year with JK Endofanera. In The Arsenal paid $3.90, $2.70 and $2.70, combining with Penji Hanover ($8, $6.20) for a $31.30 (7-2) exactor. A 7-2-3 (Good Friday Three, $11.30) triactor returned a solid $608.40, while a $1 Superfecta [7-2-3-6 (Revenge Shark)] was worth $1,509.40. In The Arsenal Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a one and three-quarter length win over the 1-5 choice, Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year, prior to the elim, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Owned by Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia and trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's two-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. "I was very confident coming in," said Tetrick, who steered Captaintreacherous to victory in the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup. "I knew Artspeak was a great horse and he'd be tough to beat. But I had a lot of confidence in my horse. He's been good all along. He's had some tough trips that haven't always worked out. But he's always right there. He's always on the ticket. He likes to finish. "My horse was really grabbing on (around the final turn) and Artspeak was kind of struggling. I just let him rip. He circled them and he paced to the wire really strong. I'm really happy with the horse. He's coming into the race (next Saturday's final) great. The connections are doing a great job. Give us the right trip and I think he can go with just about anything out there." Rock N Roll World took the field through an opening quarter in :26.3 before Betting Exchange grabbed command (:54.2 for the half, 1:22.4 for three-quarters), as Artspeak lingered in fifth and Wakizashi Hanover sixth, until turning for home. Wakizashi Hanover paid $15.80, $4 and $3, combining with Artspeak ($2.30, $2.10) for a $37.10 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-2 (Betting Exchange, $3.60) triactor was worth $190.40, while a $1 Superfecta [1-7-2-5 (Split The House)] returned $283.80. Wakizashi Hanover The top three finishers in each $50,000 elimination qualified for the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final, along with one fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Hurrikane Ali). More importantly, each winner earned his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn on Tuesday. Here is the field, in alphabetical order, for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven Artspeak by Western Ideal Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight Good Friday Three by Mach Three Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover In The Arsenal by American Ideal Penji Hanover by Art Major Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again AE: Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover Jeff Timson for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 12 - Bee A Magician set a Canadian record in her harness racing return to Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Armbro Flight eliminations. A fantastic group of 17 older trotting mares were split into two $35,000 eliminations to qualify for the $272,000 Armbro Flight final. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, headlined the first elimination and continued her impressive five-year-old season with a Canadian and track record performance of 1:51.1. Driven by Brian Sears, Bee A Magician got away in fourth and sat in that spot through the opening-half. Around the final turn, Sears sent the Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee first up to challenge the leader Handover Belle and edged ahead to the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Bee A Magician trotted home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by four-lengths and establish a new Canadian and track record. Classic Martine finished second, while Allie Labrook was third. "I was really happy with the way things worked out," said Sears following the race. "She was really good tonight scoring down and I think the cool weather might have helped her a little bit too." Bee A Magician has now won five of six starts this year. All six of her starts have been made over the course of the last 41 days, but Sears said that didn't show Friday night. "She was razor-sharp tonight, I was really happy with her." A daughter of Kadabra, Bee A Magician now has 36 career victories and added to her bankroll of over $3 million. The clocking of 1:51.1 erased the former track record of 1:51.4 set by Perfect Alliance in last year's Armbro Flight final. Perfect Alliance also set the former Canadian record of 1:51.2 in May last year at Woodbine. A graduate of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Bee A Magician has now won 15 of 17 career starts at Mohawk. She returned $2.80 to win. Bee A Magician The second elimination saw another heavy favourite visit the winner's circle. Shake It Cerry extended her win streak to three in a row with a 1:52.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Shake It Cerry made a second-quarter move from fourth to take the lead at the half in :56.1. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Shake It Cerry pulled away from her rivals in the lane and trotted home under no urging from Gingras in :28 for a 2 ¾ length victory. Rockin With Dewey finished second, while Bax Of Life got up for third. Charmed Life and Frau Blucher rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Gingras talked about a pending matchup with Bee A Magician. "Bee A Magician is tough and she's a great mare," said Gingras. "She won just as easy as myself, so it's going to be a great matchup." A four-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Solveigs Racing Partners. She now has three wins from six starts this season and 26 in her career. Shake It Cerry's career earnings sit at over $2.1 million. She paid $2.60 to win. Shake It Cerry The Armbro Flight final will take place next Saturday (June 20) as part of the Pepsi North America Cup card. The post positions for the final were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup in the $272,000 final. 1. Bax Of Life 2. Classic Martine 3. Shake It Cerry 4. Rockin With Dewey 5. Bee A Magician 6. Charmed Life 7. Frau Blucher 8. Harley Momma 9. Handover Belle 10. Allie Labrook AE: White Becomes Her Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Harness racing favored In the Arsenal (Brian Sears, $2.50, part of entry) prevailed after making it interesting Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace. Eight 3-year-olds-seven colts and one geldings-went postward in the 25th Rooney, which began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Rooney Sr. In the Arsenal, unhurried early from post position No. 2, saw pole-sitting Rock N' Roll World (Dan Dube) make the first lead before a visit from the winner's entrymate, Betting Exchange (Dave Miler). That one, denied a an early pocket by the eventual winner made the lead just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. In the Arsenal then moved from third, getting around his stable buddy right around the 56-second intermission. Soon after, Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was put in play, going after In the Arsenal toward a 1:24 three-quarters. In the Arsenal eventually disposed of that one, taking a length lead into the lane. He was home free by a cozy margin...until he bore right a path or so and appeared to pull himself up. Betting Exchange was the main beneficiary, ducking inside to make it close. Not close enough, however, as In the Arsenal prevailed by a diminishing head in 1:51.2. Betting Exchange made the entry 1-2, with Rock N' Roll World third, beaten a length. Arque Hanover and National Seelster (Eric Carlson) came away with the remainder, with Cartoon Daddy (Mark MacDonald), Bet You (Tyler Buter) and Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan) completing the order. For In the Arsenal, a $7,500 "buyback" son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm) and In the Arsenal Racing, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (career 9-for-14, earnings of $581,843). The exacta (Rock N' Roll World 'second') paid $5.70, with the triple (Arque Hanover 'third') returning $18. It was Sears' third win in the Rooney, after Badlands Nitro (2008) and Pet Rock (2012, stakes-record 1:51. "I was thinking about letting (Betting Exchange) in early, but In the Arsenal can grab on a bit, so I kept him going. As far as what happened (with the bolt) late, I have no idea. He gave no inclination, and I have no explanation, other than to say he's learning. Luckily, no one was outside of me." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 29, 2015--With three-peating Krispy Apple not in attendance Friday night, it took two harness racing lasses to fill her horseshoes. Alhambra (Brian Sears, $3.30) caught It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson, $2.90) at the wire, dead-heating in Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It's a Miracle, leaving from post position No. 5, wound up pocketed to Virgin Mary (Jordan Stratton) through fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.4. Meanwhile, pole-assigned Alhambra was tardy both leaving the gate, then catching her ride in the presence of Magic Starlight (George Brennan). She did, however, close ranks in time to move widest and fastest, drawing even with a passing-lane It's Miracle in 1:53.4...a life-best effort for Alhambra. Virgin Mary, who owned length lead into the lane, faded to third, beaten a length-and-quarters. Magic Starlight and Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) completed cashers in a compact grouping, where the eight ladies finished the course separated by less than four lengths. Sharing the salutations were second choice Alhambra, a 5-year-old daughter of Art Major owned by Joshua Schwartz and trained by William Adamczyk, now 5-for-18 this season. For 17-10 fave It's a Miracle, a 5-year-old Always a Virgin miss trained by Jose Godinez for co-owners Blindswitch Racing, Santo Farina, David Sebolsky and Stanley Yoskowitz, it was her fifth win in 20 '15 tries. The exactas paid $17.60 (Alhambra first) and $13.40 (It's a Miracle first), with the triples returning $63 (Alhambra first) and $36.80 ("Miracle" first). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM, $300,000 final of Art Rooney Pace and $117,724 Lismore). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM) and a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM) before hiatus. Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Already a physically gifted harness racing colt, In The Arsenal added a new weapon to his cache during his offseason. A little bit of patience. In The Arsenal, racing as part of a common-ownership entry with Betting Exchange, is the even-money morning line favorite in Saturday’s $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears will start from post No. 2 for trainer Kelvin Harrison. Sonofa Sizzle, who has won four of five races this year including his Rooney elimination by a neck over Betting Exchange in 1:52.1, drew post eight and is the 3-1 second choice. Saturday’s card also features the $117,724 Lismore Pace for 3-year-old female pacers. The entry of Totally Rusty, who is undefeated in four starts this year, and Strut My Stuff is the 1-1 morning line choice. Last week, In The Arsenal won his Rooney elimination by a head over Rock N’ Roll World in 1:53.1. He is 2-for-2 this season and has won eight of 13 career races while earning $431,843 in purses. He is owned by breeder White Birch Farm and the multi-partnered In The Arsenal Racing. “He’s matured a lot, as far as being a lot smarter than he was last year,” Harrison said. “Last year if you started him up you really had trouble holding him. Now he’s more manageable; his manners are a lot better. He’s way smarter. That’s the big thing for him. You can’t be wasting energy against these kinds of horses.” Last year, In The Arsenal won the Lawrence B. Sheppard final at Yonkers in mid-July before being sidelined for more than a month because of illness. When he returned, he won four of five starts before drawing post 10 in both his elimination and final for the Breeders Crown. He finished third in his elim and second in the final. In addition to his victory in the Sheppard, the colt’s triumphs included the Matron Stakes and divisions of the Bluegrass, International Stallion, and Historic-Goshen Cup. In The Arsenal is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Ladyotra. He was bred by White Birch Farm, who bought back the colt for $7,500 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harrison attributed the price to In The Arsenal’s then-smallish size, as well as the fact he was the 14th foal out of the then-21-year-old Ladyotra. “I think that kind of determined his price at Harrisburg, because he was really small,” Harrison said. “But he had great conformation; he was well put together.” With a win Saturday, In The Arsenal would become the first horse to capture the Sheppard at age 2 and Rooney at age 3. The list of Rooney winners includes Horse of the Year recipients Precious Bunny, Cam’s Card Shark, Gallo Blue Chip, and No Pan Intended, as well as stars One More Laugh, Pet Rock, and the filly See You At Peelers. “It’s his race to win or lose,” Harrison said about In The Arsenal. “He’s got a good spot, he’s got a good driver; if things go reasonably well for him I’m sure he’s going to be right there. “He likes a half-mile track. He can pace the turns wicked fast. He’s good on any size track, but when you pace the turns as hard as he can pace them it’s a bigger advantage to him.” Following the Rooney, In The Arsenal will head to Canada for the North America Cup. He also has the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Meadowlands Pace on his schedule in the next several weeks. “Obviously I don’t think we’re going to be doing them all,” Harrison said. “We’ll take our shots and see how it goes. If everything went perfectly you would skip the Hempt and freshen him up for the Meadowlands Pace. The Hempt is big money, it’s a great race, it’s just a shame they’re all back to back.” Following is the field in post order for the Art Rooney Pace with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Rock N’ Roll World, Daniel Dube, Mark Silva, 7-1 2. In The Arsenal, Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison, 1-1 3. Argue Hanover, Jason Bartlett, Casie Coleman, 10-1 4. National Seelster, Eric Carlson, Chris Ryder, 6-1 5. Betting Exchange, David Miller, Tom Fanning, 1-1 6. Bet You, Tyler Buter, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 7. Cartoon Daddy, Mark MacDonald, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Sonofa Sizzle, George Brennan, Josh Green, 3-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing drivers Brian Sears and Jason Bartlett are scheduled to be in midtown Manhattan Thursday, discussing Saturday night's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event takes places from 11 AM-12:00 Noon at the Nat Sherman Townhouse, 12 E. 42nd Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), and also includes members of the Rooney family. In the 25th edition of the Rooney, Sears takes a seat behind In the Arsenal from post position No. 2, the stronger half of the even-money, morning line favored entry. In the Arsenal has won eight of 13 career races and more than $430,000 and enters off a victory in one of last weekend's two elimination events. Sears has two Rooney Pace victories to his credit. Bartlett drives Arque Hanover, a troubled fourth in his elim after coming down from Canada. Arque Hanover drew post No. 3 and is listed at 10-1 on the early line. For further information, or to RSVP, please contact John Cirillo (914-260-7436, johnnycigarpr@aol.com) Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 -- Favored Winter Blues (Brian Sears, $3.80, part of entry) and bombardier McEver (Mark MacDonald, $91.50) earned the spiffy blankets Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing final in the "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series. In play early from post position No. 4 in the $69,000 finale for the boys, Winter Blues worked around Auckland Flyer (Eric Carlson), with a :27.2 opening quarter-mile and :56.2 intermission. Ideal Carver (Dan Dube) tried it from fourth towards the 1:24 three-quarters as Winter Blues owned a length-and-three-quarter lead in and out of the final turn. When a $20,000 claimer paces a life-best 1:51.3, he's gonna be tough, and Winter Blues was just that. He held sway over Ideal Carver by three-quarters of a length, with Auckland Flyer third. Someplace Special (Tyler Buter) and Digital Z Tam (George Brennan) came away with the remainder. For Winter Blues, a 10-year-old Astreos gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was his fourth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.40, with the triple returning $36.80. "Just an honest horse who raced very well," Sears said, though he was admittedly stumped when asked how many career marks he's put on 10-year-olds. Tuesday afternoon's $59,000 finale of the 'JND' for the ladies was won by that cone-skimming McEver as the longest shot on the board. ` Leaving from post No. 7 (in one notch after a defection), McEver had no choice but to watch the floor show taking place many lengths in front of her. It was pole-sitting Mikeleh (Dube) refusing to give up the baton, seating a reluctant 1-5 choice (part of entry) Grace Seelster (Brennan) and throwing down the gauntlet (:26.3, :55.4). First-up was Derek Delight (Sears), "Grace's" partner, but she couldn't sustain a bid toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. So, Mikeleh owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. Grace Seelster took another shot, but she wasn't the problem. The problem was McEver, who saved every inch of ground, closed relentlessly (:27.4 individual final quarter) and actually won going away. The margin over Mikeleh was a length in a season's-best 1:53. Shawnee Dancer (Scott Zeron) rallied for third, with Grace Seelster and My Ideal Hanover (Buter) rounding out the payees. "I'd rather be lucky than good any day," MacDonald said. "Turning for home, I was hoping to get third, but she kicked it in and Danny's filly and mine were going in opposite directions. His came back to us and mine just took off." For McEver, a 7-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Susan Oakes and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her fifth win in 14 '15 tries. The exacta paid $453, with the triple returning $4,784. The winner paid $116 to place, with show wagering barred. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 23, 2015 -Harness racing driver Brian Sears was the man about town Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 25th Art Rooney Pace. A total of 13 3-year-old gentlemen-11 colts and two geldings-began the night, with the first four finishers in each elim getting a pass through the velvet robe into the stakes finale. Sears took of the first event with a first-up Sonofa Sizzle ($9.90) in 1:52.1. He held off Betting Exchange (Dave Miller) by a neck after the front end folded. The front end came in the form of 6-5 favorite Soto (Brett Miller), who worked around Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) and threw down intervals of :27.2 :56 and 1:24.1. Meanwhile, scourge of Delaware Sonaofa Sizzle, from post position No. 3, had engaged the leader before putting him away. He held off Betting Exchange, who was three-wide early before slipping out in the lane. Cartoon Daddy (catch-driver Dan Dube) was a never-threatening third, with Arque Hanover, despite breaking early in the lane, finished fourth to get into the final. A tiring Soto and an outrun A Bettor Hat (George Brennan) rounded out the order. For second choice Sonofa Sizzle, son of Life Sizzles owned by Michael White and trained by Josh Green, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $81.50, with the triple returning $190. "He did everything I asked of him," Sears said "It helped that they mixed it up a bit early, but he was very sharp." Let's not gloss over the "interesting" effort of Arque Hanover, who, in the words of his date, was a victim of too much pace and no place to go. "I was overloaded," Bartlett said. "He was definitely a winner. He had so much pace, he started getting crooked on me and made a break. It's shows how good he was that he came back and made the final, anyway." The second elimination saw odds-on choice In the Arsenal ($2.50), whose debutante effort came in last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here, barely prevail. Leaving from post No. 2, he gave the first lead to Rock N' Roll World (Dube) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. In the Arsenal then moved to the lead, completing his rounds (:57.2, 1:26, 1:53.1). Rock N' World, now a runner-up in all four races this season, tried In the Arsenal in the passing lane by missed a head. National Seelester (Dave Miller) and Bet You (Brett Miller) also earned their invites to return, while Rolling Ring Afire (catch-driver Tyler Buter), Western Pioneer (Brennan) and a breaking Penji Hanover (Mark MacDonald) completed the order. For In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing, it was his second win in as many '15 tries. The exacta paid $10.20, with the triple returning $16. "He's more mature mentally and physically than he was at 2," Sears said. "In elimination races, you have to race a favorite as if he's the favorite, so I put him on the lead. He knows what he's doing out there." The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes next Saturday night (May 30), along with the six-lass $117,724 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). The open draw for both stakes takes place late Tuesday morning. Saturday's $42,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --(Trot), Luminosity (Brennan, $6.50) in 1:54.4 --(Pace), Duc Dorleans (MacDonald, $16.60) in 1:51.3. No one took down the Saturday Pick 5, so Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,501.50 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool (program pages available at www.yonkersraceway.com). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program. The Raceway's live season continues Memorial Day evening (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, pair of finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note there is no live racing or evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive. Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including the June 6th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 20, 2015) - Most harness racing trainers would be happy if their prized pupil started their three-year-old season with an impressive win, but Nik Drennan continues to describe Guess Who's Back as a work in progress. "He was good and I was happy, just not 100-percent happy," said Drennan in describing his colt's win in last week's opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. "He put in a few steps around the first turn so we're just trying to work some things out. He has to get over his issues. We need to get him on a regular routine of racing so that we can build his confidence and get him stronger both mentally and physically." Guess Who's Back has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, co-feature on the Meadowlands 12-race Friday program. Brian Sears will drive the Muscles Yankee colt. The other opening leg winner, French Laundry, was given the week off by trainer Jimmy Takter. Guess Who's Back sold for $90,000 as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale. His dam is a half-sister to the millionaire Breeders Crown champion Poof She's Gone. He is owned by Joseph Davino in partnership with Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva Stables. Drennan said he has never had a horse as good as Guess Who's Back, yet he is far from a finished product. He flashed major talent last year, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, but also frustrated Drennan by going off-stride in four starts. "He was pretty big," explained Drennan. "Last year he looked like a four-year-old and was racing against horses that were half his size. Now he probably looks like a five-year-old. He had to get over some aches and pains last year. It's more mental than anything with him now. The next couple of starts will tell with him." Friday's card also includes the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies and an Open Handicap for pacing mares that serves as the seasonal debut of stakes-winning four-year-olds Sandbetweenurtoes and Act Now. There is a carryover of $124,509 in the race five Jackpot Super High 5 and $96,746 in the last race Jackpot Super High 5. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Belmont Stakes Trip Giveaway With the eyes of the racing world fixed upon American Pharoah and his quest for thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Meadowlands is going to give one of its fans a trip of a lifetime. Fans visiting the Meadowlands during live racing can enter to win a VIP trip to the Belmont Stakes. The prize package includes clubhouse seating for four, dining in the Marquee Tent, and a parking pass. The winner will be drawn May 29. Fans must be present to win the grand prize. Justin Horowitz

Nichols, NY -- After his two-year-old season culminated in a second-place finish in the Breeders Crown, In the Arsenal ($2.60) made good on his odds-on promise in one of four New York Sire Stakes events ($110,000 added total purse) for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (May 17) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   The son of American Ideal and Ladyotra (On the Road Again) settled well off the early pace, retreating to fourth after he was caught wide on the first turn behind eventual pacesetter Gold Coast Muscle (Mike Simons). In the Arsenal would stalk comfortably from midfield as Soto (Brett Miller) made a push to the fore after a :26.1 first quarter mile, advancing in the breeze to press the pace on the backstretch. While able to make gradual gains on his own, he found another gear just before the far turn upon immediate asking from Brian Sears, making up two lengths on Soto through a :27.1 third quarter. In the Arsenal continued his pursuit in earnest, dueling with and just collaring Soto in the final yards, prevailing by a scant neck in 1:50. Oneisalonelynumber (David Miller) stayed on to finish third after following the winner's cover.   Kelvin Harrison trains seven-time winner In the Arsenal for owner-breeder White Birch Farm and the In the Arsenal Racing partnership.   For Sears, the victory was one of three on the card, also teaming up with Time Out I'm Tired ($25.00, 1:52.4) and JK Allnitelong ($8.80, 1:51.4) in a pair of Excelsior events on the undercard.   Art Major sired two of the other three New York Sire Stakes winners on the afternoon's program, with Yannick Gingras driving Sicily ($9.70, 1:51.1) and Cartoon Daddy ($4.30, 1:51.4) to victory in their respective divisions. National Seelster ($5.80, 1:51.4)--who gave futile chase to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $58,000 Gilmour at the Meadowlands in March--captured the fourth division, with Andy Miller piloting the Bettor's Delight colt.   A special Monday evening card is up next at Tioga Downs, with the first of 11 races on May 18 due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

While there is a long history of brilliant mares defeating the older horses at the Free For All trotting level in harness racing, it had never happened in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. That all changed on a rainy Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician, the overwhelming 4/5 favorite did what had yet to be done as she emerged victorious winning the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Final in 1:51.2. She became the first mare in the 17 year history of the race to win the historic event. Shortly after the start heading into the first turn, Market Share and Master Of Law appeared to have contact and Market Share went off-stride, just as he did in the Cutler last year. Bee A Magician avoided the trouble and Brian Sears allowed his former Horse of the Year to relax off the early speed, which was established by Wind Of The north who reached the first quarter in a very strong 26.4. As the field straightened up on the backstretch, Sears felt the time was right to move his mare to the top and she responded with a strong brush, reaching the lead before the half-mile in 55.2. Wind Of The North yielded to the pocket position. Moving into the far turn, DW's NY Yank moved first over while Melady's Monet, who had been such a force this year at The Meadowlands fought to catch his cover on the turn. Bee A Magician reached the three quarter pole in 1:23.4 and turned for home with a comfortable lead. DW's NY Yank never got close to the mare and began to tire. Wind Of The North came out of the pocket and tried to rally but never appeared a threat as Melady's Monet moved into third. Brian Sears never asked his mare through the stretch and she coasted to an easy win in 1:51.2. Wind Of The North finished second with Melady's Monet third. It was the same result as the week prior in the prep for the Cutler Final. Brian Sears was very proud of Bee A Magician after the race. "She's just such a pleasure," said Sears. "Last year was tough for her, there was a lot of traveling and it was a long season. But right now, she is just really fresh and really sharp. It is hard to keep them this sharp all year long, but hopefully she keeps going forward." Bee A Magician won for the 34th time in 50 lifetime starts and her lifetime earnings surpassed $2.9 Million. With the win, she became the third richest trotting mare in harness racing history, trailing only the magnificent Peace Corps and the legendary Moni Maker. She is trained by Nifty Norman for Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee. Bee A Magician While Bee A Magician was the best story of the night, the race of the night went to the Free For All pacers in the first leg of the TVG Free For All Pacing series for $50,000. A select field of six went to the post with all the speed coming from the outside early as JK Endofanera blasted to the front and reached the opening quarter in 27.3. Warrawee Needy moved to the pocket early on with Dovuto Hanover securing the three hole early on. But Brian Sears wasn't content with his position and he moved Dovuto Hanover to challenge for the lead down the backstretch. James MacDonald had similar thoughts with Modern Legend and he launched his gelding three-wide past the half mile in 54.4. Modern Legend cleared the top and opened up nearly three lengths on the Dovuto Hanover, while JK Endofanera was shuffled back as Modern Legend reached three quarters in 1:21.2 and turned for home in command. At this point, Doo Wop Hanover was making a three-wide move from the back of the pack as Modern Legend began to come back to the field. JK Endofanera found room between horses and began to re-rally through the stretch. As the wire neared, these three lined up together and they finished three across the track in a thrilling photo finish in 1:48.4. The win photograph revealed the nose of JK Endofanera reached the finish line first, with Modern Legend second and Doo Wop Hanover third. The son of Art Major earned over $1.1 Million last year which included a win in the North America Cup. His lifetime earnings surpassed $1.5 Million with the victory tonight for trainer Ron Burke and owners, the 3 Brothers Stables. Yannick Gingras was in the sulky for his fourth winner of the night, he would also win the nightcap to make it five wins on the program. JK Endofanera Artspeak's road to the Meadowlands Pace began in impressive fashion with a sharp 1:49 score in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at The Meadowlands Saturday night. Competing in the first of two $20,000 divisions, Artspeak had been the subject of some attention given his performances in the mornings at The Meadowlands as he geared up for his three year old campaign. It had been documented that Artspeak made a break in a training mile at the end of April at the East Rutherford oval and he also went off-stride in his subsequent qualifier. Last week, Artspeak went around the track while remaining flat, but was beaten nearly nine lengths by Lyons Levi Lewis. All that did was produce a better than expected 3/2 final price and Artspeak simply dominated. Allowed to settle off the speed early in the mile, Artspeak sat fourth through a 27.3 opening quarter established by Gokudo Hanover. Scott Zeron did not waste any time, sending his champion to the lead down the backstretch and Artspeak would reach the half-mile in 1:55 and three quarters in a sharp 1:22.1 before turning for home and turning it on. Gokudo Hanover sat the pocket behind Artspeak throughout the mile, but was never a threat to the favorite and all he could do was chase him through the stretch as Artspeak hit the wire in 1:49, a lifetime best effort. Dealt A Winner was well-back in third. The son of Western Ideal was voted the two year old pacing champion last year, winning eight times from ten starts with earnings of nearly $750,000. He is trained by Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms, Katz, Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. Artspeak The other $20,000 Sire Stakes division featured a field of seven who all were exiting first or second place finishes. The bettors settled on Hurrikane Ali as their favorite and they were right as he scored a decisive 1:50 score for Yannick Gingras. Sent off at 3/5, Hurrikane Ali cleared the lead just before the half-mile pole and streaked through fractions of 55.3 and 1:23.2 before facing a challenge from Rock N' Roll Word who appeared to be full of pace in the pocket, but Hurrikane Ali was never letting that foe by and he rolled to a very impressive victory. Hurrikane Ali is now two for two on the season with earnings over $55,000 in his career. The 1:50 clocking was a lifetime best effort for trainer John McDermott Jr. The Rocknroll Hanover colt is owned by Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Rucker and Pucila. Hurrikane Ali The fillies also went to the track in sire stakes action and Lindys Old Lady is a filly whose star is on the rise at The Meadowlands. The homebred daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has begun her career a perfect two for two after Saturday night's win in New Jersey Sire Stakes action. The Lindy homebred showed good speed to reach the pocket behind the early pacesetter, Crescent City. Tim Tetrick quickly guided his filly out of the pocket after an opening quarter in 27.2 and cleared the lead down the backstretch. From there, Lindys Old Lady soared through a 56.1 half-mile before reaching three quarters in 1:23.3 with no pressure whatsoever. Turning for home, Tetrick called on his filly for speed and she responded, accelerating away from the field to win going away in an impressive 1:51, lowering her lifetime mark from her first lifetime start. Cheyenne Robin rallied to be second with Wicked Little Minx showing good late speed to finish third. The winner is owned by the breeder, Lindy Farms of Connecticut and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Lindys Old Lady The second $20,000 sire stakes division for three year old filly pacers saw a prohibitive 1/5 favorite in the form of Happiness and the chalk did not disappoint. Leaving from post position four, Happiness was sent right to the lead by Yannick Gingras and she would never relinquish that lead. The three year old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover rolled through fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:23.4 before turning for home with an expanding lead. Hollyrocker, who sat the pocket throughut the mile could not kick home with the winner and faded to third in the stretch. Meanwhile, Stacia Hanover, who was last until the top of the stretch uncorked a tremendous late rally to finish a very good second, validating her form. But, she was left with too much to do to get to the winner. Happiness has now won five times from nine starts for Ron Burke who trains and co-owns the filly with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. Happiness' earnings grew to over $67,000 with the victory. On the wagering front, total handle for the Saturday program was $3,099,409. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryovers continued to grow after the conclusion of the Saturday program. The fifth race carryover now stands at $124,509, while the last race jackpot grew to $96,746. Racing resumes on Friday night with first post time at 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 2, 2015--Season-debuting Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $9.20) and Michael's Power (Dan Dube, $4.20) both went down the road Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $42,000 Open Handicaps. Bee A Magician, 2013's Harness Horse of the Year, showed no signs of a five-month hiatus and a pair of mundane qualifiers in the weekly trotting feature. In play from penultimate post position No. 56, she worked around Luminosity (George Brennan), then held sway through weight stations of :27.4, :57.1, 1:26.3 and 1:54.4. That effort established a new track record for aged trotting mares. Luminosity chased around the oval, but was beaten a head. It was more than lengths back to Tweet Me (Tyler Buter) in third, with Lorenzo Dream (Jason Bartlett) and Modest Prince (Steve Smith) completing the cashers. Not Afraid (Dube), first-up as the 7-5 favorite, was poor and backpedaled to last. For third choice Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, it was her 32nd win in 48 career starts ($2,756,270). The exacta paid $36.50, with the triple returning $206.50. The week's featured pace saw 11-10 choice Michael's Power, from post No. 5, move past One Through Ten (Bartlett), then finish it off (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:52.1), Second, beaten 2½ lengths, was a buried-alive The Real One (Pat Lachance), who skimmed the cones. One Though Ten, Duel in the Sun (Mark MacDonald) and Big N Bad (Sears) settled for the remainder. For Michael's Power, a 6-year-old homebred Camluck gelding bred/owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his fifth win in 12 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $9.50, with the triple returning $66.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, first round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 20, 2015 - Icommandmyspirit and harness racing driver Brian Sears,  rallied from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 6, Icommandmyspirit saw UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) worked around polester Palm Patrol (Dan Dube). After a :28.2 opening quarter-mile and 58-second intermission, Camille (George Brennan), as the 7-5 choice, moved from fourth. That was all the incentive Icommandmyspirit needed, as she tagged that's one rear going to the 1:27 three-quarters. UF Dragon's Queen owned a tenuous lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. Palm Patrol ducked inside, but "Icommand" was both wider and faster. The latter whipped the former (a bridesmaid in five of her six races this season) by a neck in a brisk 1:56.1. Camille held the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For third choice Icommandmyspirit, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Western Ideal trained by Chris Ryder for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $47.40, with the triple returning $160. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and Sunday (post time 12:10PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 6, 2015—Favored For the Ladies N with harness racing driver Brian Sears in the bike was both patient and potent, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making her stateside small-track debut, For the Ladies N won the draw but had no designs about flaunting it. She was more than happy to get away third, behind Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube) and Mach a Wish (Mark MacDonald). After a :27.4 opening quarter mile and :56.4 intermission, the people’s preference made her move. She edged to the lead passing the 1:24.4 three-quarters, widening to 2½ lengths into the lane. For the Ladies N never had an issue for the balance, winning by 2¾ lengths 1:52.4. Handsoffmycookie chased and held second, with Momma Rock (Jason Bartlett), Mach a Wish and Sir Jillian Z Tam completing the cashers. For “Ladies,” a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Jereme’s Jet trained by Peter Tritton for owner Harry von Knoblauch, it was her second win in as four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $66. The Raceway’s live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it’s Monday (7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22 (post time TBA). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker  

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