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Saturday's Grand Circuit card at The Red Mile features the glamor boy division and "The Captain" is in to go. On a night when two and three year old pacing colt stakes dominate the ten race card for total purses in excess of $650,000, the weather man is predicting favorable conditions for a speed filled program.   Captaintreacherous will face a solid group of six in the $95,500 Bluegress Stakes event titled for his sire Somebeachsomewhere. He will begin from post five in the third race with Tim Tetrick aboard the pride of Captaintreacherous Racing for trainer Tony Algna .   "The Captain" had a few weeks away from racing after his Cane Pace win, then had a good tightener last week at Hoosier Park. The winner of the 2013 Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Max Hempt Memorial, he is harness racing's top seasonal money earner with just a hair less that $1.5 million and a career total of $2.374 million in the bank.    A second division of the Somebeachsomewhere goes for $96,500 in the eighth race with Little Brown Jug heat winner Resistance Futile facing Battle of the Brandywine champ Sunshine Beach.   Resistance Futile has long displayed high speed and seemed to put it all together winning the fastest "Jug' heat in 1:49.3, only eliminate himself from contention in the second heat by going off stride while gaining ground on the final bend. Corey Callahan retains the drive for trainer Blair Burgess, who owns the Real Desire colt in partnership with JH Walker and Deo Volente Farms.   Sunshine Beach is the only horse to finish in front of Captaintreacherous this season when he hung a narrow defeat on that one in their memorable world record  "Battle" of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. This Somebeachsomewhere colt has been raced sparingly by trainer Mark Steacy and comes into this race three weeks stale after skipping the "Jug" due to a minor health issue. John Campbell gets the drive for owners Hudson Standardbred Stables, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand.   Supporting the sophomore stars are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old pacing colts where the likes of recent Delaware star On Golden Ponder, NJSS champ and Metro runner-up Western Vintage and PASS stars Limelight Beach and Sometimes Said will try their luck over the red clay carpet.   Three year old filly pacers will go in a single eleven filly division of the Bluegrass for $122,000 in the ninth race. The good Bettor's Delight filly Shebestingin is the likely choice in this one off a strong season that has seen her pick up over $300,000 on the strength of seven wins for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Joe Holloway trains and David Miller will drive the speedy lass.   Saturday post time is 7pm, the last of the night cards for 2013. Sunday racing has a 1pm post time and that will continue through the balance of the meet. Find more at http://www.theredmile.com./   by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit

Captaintreacherous owners have tough decision

September 3, 2013 – Gordon Waterstone celebrated the holiday weekend by being the top handicapper for the four days of stakes races, coming out on top three of the four days in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  By the end of the four days, Waterstone’s selections earned a net profit of $375, the only handicapper who came out ahead for the week.  While Richard Scott still holds the overall lead with $577.54, his overall lead has now been reduced to $707.91.       While Waterstone may not have had a lot of ‘key’ hits, he was consistent; collecting on a good number of wagers which goes to show you the key to winning is to hit them for a nice score instead of going for that one big hit.     Standings as of September 2, 2013   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($156.15) $577.54   1st 4 2nd Rusty Nash ($78.05) ($130.37) ($707.91) 2nd 2 3rd Ann Stepien ($82.75) ($175.30) ($752.84) 3rd 1 4th Dennis O'Hara ($140.75) ($510.70) ($1,088.24) 4th 2 5th Earl Paulson ($245.25) ($800.60) ($1,378.14) 5th 2 6th Mark McKelvie ($202.40) ($979.44) ($1,556.98) 6th 5 7th Gordon Waterstone $375.05 ($1,083.05) ($1,660.59) 8th 4 8th Garnet Barnsdale ($120.00) ($1,350.10) ($1,927.64) 7th 7 9th Sally Hinckley ($166.95) ($1,758.70) ($2,336.24) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($265.00) ($1,920.35) ($2,497.89) 10th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale – Canadian Pacing Derby - $50 Win ($50) paid $167.50, Shady Daisy - $30 Win ($30) paid $124.50; Ray Garnett – Second division of the Debutante, $5 Exacta Box ($30 total) paid $163.00; Sally Hinckley – Second division of thee Debutante, $2 Exacta Box ($12) paid $65.20, Second division of Champlain - $2 Trifecta Key ($12) paid $159; Mark McKelvie – Second division of the Debutante, $5 Exacta Box ($30) paid $163.00; Dennis O’Hara – First division Debutante, $15 Trifecta Key ($30) paid $103.50; Earl Paulson – First division Champlain, $15 Exacta Box ($30) paid $163.50; Richard Scott – Cane Pace, $5 Exacta Partial Wheel ($10) paid $113.00; Gordon Waterstone – First division Champlain - $10 Exacta Box ($20) paid $109.00, Shes A Great Lady $10 Exacta Partial Wheel ($20) paid $125, Cane Pace - $10 Exacta Wheel ($50) paid $226.00                   Contest Schedule This Week Thursday, September 5, 2013 – Vernon Downs – Reynolds (2yoCG Trot), Reynolds (2yoF Trot) Friday, September 6, 2013 – Vernon Downs – Credit Winner (Open Trot); Muscle Hill (F&M Open Trot) Saturday, September 7, 2013 – Mohawk Racetrack – Champlain (2yo Open Pace); Champlain (2yoF Pace), Simcoe Stake (3yoCG Pace) by Allan Schott  

Two horsemen who ply their trade mainly at The Meadows are fast approaching some major milestones in their racing careers. Driver Mike Wilder is now just three wins away from scoring his 6,000th career win and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr,. is just eight wins away from posting his 5,000th training victory. Weekend Back Track $360,211 Cane Pace, 3-year-old pacers, Sept. 2, Tioga Downs 1. Captaintreacherous, 2. Word Power, 3. Wake Up Peter. Time: 1:49.2. Margin: Neck. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Tony Alagna. Winning owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. $122,212 Shady Daisy, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 2, Tioga Downs 1. Scandalous Hanover, 2. Ms Caila J Fra, 3. Shebestingin. Time: 1:51. Margin: Neck. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Casie Coleman. Winning owners: West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella. $205,608 Simcoe Stakes, 3-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 2, Mohawk 1. Bee A Magician, 2. Shared Past, 3. Motown Muscle. Time: 1:52.3 (stakes record). Margin: 1-3/4. Winning driver: Rick Zeron. Winning trainer: Nifty Norman. Winning owners: Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. $205,608 Simcoe Stakes, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 2, Mohawk 1. I Luv The Nitelife, 2. Aunt Caroline, 3. Love Canal. Time: 1:50. Margin: 1. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Chris Ryder. Winning owners: Richard and Joanne Young. $648,850 Metro Pace, 2-year-old pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Boomboom Ballykeel, 2. Western Vintage, 3. Some Major Beach. Time: 1:50.4. Margin: 2-1/4. Winning driver: Sylvain Filion. Winning trainer: Richard Moreau. Winning owner: Ballykeel Racing. $618,450 Canadian Pacing Derby, older pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. A Rocknroll Dance, 2. Clear Vision, 3. Foiled Again. Time: 1:47.2 (stakes record; equals track and Canadian record). Margin: Nose. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Jim Mulinix. Winning owner: A Rocknroll Dance Stable. $428,450 She’s A Great Lady, 2-year-old filly pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Precocious Beauty, 2. Gallie Bythe Beach, 3. Beach Gal. Time: 1:50.2 (equals stakes record). Margin: 1/2. Winning driver: Doug McNair. Winning trainer: Gregg McNair. Winning owner: James Avritt. $115,650 Simcoe Stakes divisions, 3-year-old trotters, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Lindy’s Tru Grit, 2. E L Rocket, 3. High Bridge. Time: 1:53.4. Margin: Neck. 1. Your So Vain. 2. Deadliest Catch. 3. Loco Caballo. Time: 1:53.4. Margin: 4-3/4. HORSES BY EARNINGS   Horse Name Age Sex Gait Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 3 H P 8 7 1 0 1,431,273 BEE A MAGICIAN 3 M T 11 11 0 0 948,759 ROYALTY FOR LIFE 3 H T 9 5 1 0 874,850 I LUV THE NITELIFE 3 M P 11 10 0 1 852,350 FOILED AGAIN 9 G P 20 5 3 7 668,234 CORKY 3 H T 13 4 5 3 660,191 PET ROCK 4 H P 11 2 3 1 558,508 SMILIN ELI 3 H T 10 4 3 1 534,500 SPIDER BLUE CHIP 3 G T 11 6 1 1 512,113 VEGAS VACATION 3 G P 12 6 3 1 492,431   DRIVERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Tim Tetrick 2232 439 318 300 10,805,318 Brian Sears 1604 388 280 239 9,449,214 Yannick Gingras 1632 349 265 221 8,377,282 David Miller 2015 285 308 282 7,593,810 Ronald Pierce 2564 403 344 356 7,113,282 Corey Callahan 2558 447 316 354 6,456,160 George Brennan 1724 288 305 203 6,273,212 Matthew Kakaley 2060 316 320 303 5,405,413 Andy Miller 1938 284 278 248 5,232,311 James Morrill Jr. 1212 292 242 147 4,897,624   DRIVERS BY WINS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Corey Callahan 2558 447 316 354 6,456,160 Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 2039 445 318 278 1,748,958 Tim Tetrick 2232 439 318 300 10,805,318 David Palone 1635 432 242 166 4,268,400 Ronald Pierce 2564 403 344 356 7,113,282 Bruce Aldrich Jr. 2196 395 335 294 1,827,672 Brian Sears 1604 388 280 239 9,449,214 Aaron Merriman 2233 380 370 309 2,857,040 Michael Oosting 1610 369 265 217 2,322,026 Tyler Smith 1964 356 284 247 2,227,440   TRAINERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronald Burke 3071 721 504 354 13,462,430 Jimmy Takter 384 93 53 55 4,420,541 Tony Alagna 512 96 64 55 3,521,489 Rene Allard 1362 313 209 157 3,327,620 Ervin Miller 929 184 148 124 2,889,915 P J Fraley 650 127 101 89 2,875,311 Richard Moreau 964 196 158 145 2,729,467 Virgil Morgan Jr. 984 247 144 119 2,633,961 Tony O’Sullivan 573 105 98 65 2,511,644 Linda Toscano 391 78 53 73 2,502,717   DRIVERS/TRAINERS APPROACHING MILESTONES   Driver Wins               First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start W Mike Wilder   5997 $42,137,535 ScD 8/31/2013 Eric S Ledford   4993 $56,786,775 Mea 8/31/2013 Howard G Parker   4985 $45,452,303 PcD 8/30/2013 Norman Chris Boring   3979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Howard E Davis Jr 3975 $30,459,321 Har 9/2/2013 Timothy W Curtin   2985 $20,936,317 May 6/6/2013 Patrick D Berry   2980 $27,293,459 YR 9/2/2013 David Floyd Carey   2972 $2,433,051 Truro 9/1/2013 Ronald L Cushing   1997 $7,451,274 Wind 9/1/2013 Steven C Wiseman   1996 $7,552,141 Aces 8/31/2013 Ron Paul Wrenn   1995 $6,069,816 Nfld 7/18/2013 Rodney J Bolon   1992 $9,376,910 Mea 8/16/2013 Robert H Shepherd   1991 $14,648,536 GeoD 8/31/2013 Simon   Allard   1983 $15,248,659 TgDn 9/2/2013 Jerry G E Landess   1980 $2,037,837 Green 8/23/2013 John Paul Cummings Jr 1980 $8,646,735 Btva 9/2/2013 Kelly R Sheppard   1971 $9,404,905 GRvr 8/28/2013 Vaughan A Doyle   997 $780,366 Summ 9/2/2013 James R Mc Donald   997 $2,949,812 PPk 7/27/2013 Charles M Conrad   996 $5,778,458 Sbyvl 9/2/2013 DANIEL R                             OBRIAN        992 $2,122,046 GeoD 8/27/2013 Stephen K O'Toole   986 $2,423,974 PRc 9/3/2012 Robert                        L                             Sparling                                Jr 986 $5,212,019 Dres 9/2/2013 Clayton   Faurot Jr 981 $2,456,655 Mea 6/12/2013 Joseph   Ricco Jr 978 $3,727,744 MR 8/28/2013 GORDEN A MCKNIGHT   977 $2,885,134 Sar 8/31/2013 Wilbur L Yoder   976 $6,353,491 Mea 8/31/2013 John D Finn   975 $3,612,590 DuQ 8/25/2013 Darren R Crowe   975 $1,448,955 Truro 8/29/2013 Jeffrey A Smith   971 $2,729,884 Lex 8/29/2013 RONALD I MATHESON   970 $1,032,726 Chrtn 8/31/2013 Rocky Joe Loney   970 $2,398,869 VnWrt 8/29/2013 Steven B Norris   970 $2,548,111 RidC 8/29/2013                 Driver earnings in U.S. dollars             First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start Luc R Ouellette   8535 $129,529,339 Moh 8/29/2013 Stephane L Bouchard   7866 $69,999,632 Stga 8/31/2013 Peter M Wrenn   9102 $59,751,101 Lex 9/1/2013 Paul G                              MacKenzie        7769 $39,931,958 Dres 9/2/2013 James R Pantaleano   6122 $39,756,951 YR 9/2/2013 Raymond W Schnittker   2634 $39,710,068 Btva 9/2/2013 Jordan D Stratton   2321 $29,936,503 YR 9/2/2013 Aaron Edward Merriman   5938 $29,640,462 ScD 8/31/2013 Michael A Forte   3263 $19,923,592 MR 6/3/2013 Norman Chris Boring   3979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Jimmy W Takter   711 $19,787,099 Moh 8/30/2013 Thomas D Strauss   2552 $19,687,609 GeoD 8/31/2013 Darrell L Coville   6564 $19,544,572 RidC 9/1/2013 Richard Lee Farrington   1250 $9,963,277 HoP 8/31/2013 Below that are trainers who may be approaching win milestones. USTA started tracking trainer statistics in 1991, so the trainers listed in green may have had training starts and wins prior to 1991, so the Life Wins column for those trainers may not be accurate. Trainer Approaching Wins Milestones   First Middle Last Name suffix Life Wins Life Earnings Last Track Last Start birth_date Virgil V Morgan Jr 4992 $41,615,720.00 ScD 9/2/2013 11/23/1965 John G Kina   1985 $5,997,768.00 RP 9/1/2013 3/1/1969 Roger S Welch   989 $13,017,393.00 BmlP 8/31/2013 9/22/1963 Matias S Ruiz   989 $3,694,560.00 Phl 9/1/2013 2/24/1958 Jeffrey R Gillis   989 $19,624,382.00 Moh 8/31/2013 10/1/1977 Edgar R Clarke   981 $5,293,443.00 VD 9/2/2013 12/6/1955 Guy   Gagnon   979 $4,998,721.00 RidC 9/1/2013 12/20/1968 James R Mc Donald   974 $4,558,300.00 PPk 7/27/2013 10/12/1955 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

Once again Captaintreacherous showed the true grit of racehorse not only with ability but a desire to win as he held off both Word Power and stablemate Wake Up Peter in posting a neck victory in winning the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the $360,211 Cane Pace at Tioga Downs Labor Day Monday. From the very start of the 10th race feature racing fans knew it was going to be a tough mile for Captaintreacherous. With driver Tim Tetrick at the controls, the “Captain” left from post two to go for the early lead but immediately faced his first challenge as Varadero Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras came right after them on the outside to try and take command and then hope for a quarter move by Tetrick so they could get the two-hole trip. But the best laid plans of mice and men did not come true for Gingras and Varadero as Vegas Vacation and driver Brian Sears had the two-hole spot secured and Varadero Hanover could not get past Captaintreacherous by the opening quarter mile in :26.2 as Tetrick played hardball with Gingras. The field then raced to the half mile marker in :54 and Ron Pierce made a bold move three-wide with Wake Up Peter and they were able to loop Varadero Hanover but despite getting a half length lead on Captaintreacherous they could not clear by to take command and was forced to race first-over to the three-quarters in 1:21.2. Word Power and driver Jody Jamieson,found themselves with perfect second-over cover behind Wake Up Peter. Tipping three-wide around the final turn, Word Power and Jamiesonlooked to be the strong horse going after Captaintreacherous down the stretch with Wake Up Peter and Vegas Vacation coming on too. But as we have seen all too often this season, Captaintreacherous never quits and he dug in again and again for Tetrick and was able to hold on at the wire for a head triumph in 1:49.2.  Word Power was second with Wake Up Peter third and Vegas Vacation was a close fourth. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, Captaintreacherous paid $3.30 to win. “He hates to lose races,” Tim Tetrick said, “He does not win by many lengths but he always seems to get the job done. I didn’t have much choice (early on) with Vegas Vacation getting on my back. I wanted to let Yannick go but I knew Brian would not allow that to happen. Too bad for Yannick but that’s horse racing.” It was the seventh win in eight starts this year for Captaintreacherous, who has now amassed $1.4 million in earnings this year for trainer Tony Alagna. “He was very good today,” Alagna said. “He always has a little tendency to wait for next horse to come at him before he really takes off again. That’s what he did today and I am tickled to death with his performance. “ Sired by Somebeachsomewhere from the Artsplace mare, Worldy Treasurer, Captaintreacherous is owned by Captaintreacherous Racing of Versailles, KY. “Class prevailed here,” said Myron Bell, head of the Captaintreacherous syndicate. “He was tested today and he dug in in the lane like he usually does and he got the win.” Bell was then asked about Captaintreacherous going to race in the Little Brown Jug. “I told Phil Terry and the wonderful people at the Little Brown Jug that I would give them an answer by September 15,” Bell said. “It depends on the horse. He has other engagements later on this year and we have to consider his four-year-old season, so we want to take it a race at a time right now.” You can view the Cane Pace by clicking here When the curtain fell on the afternoon, hometown favorite, and Tioga Downs’ leading driver, Jimmy Marohn Jr, had captured the $25,000 Drivers’ Championship with a dramatic final race victory aboard Diamond Star. Heading into the final leg of the competition, Marohn was sitting in third place with thirty three points, six behind Tim Tetrick with thirty nine and two behind Brian Sears with thirty seven. The final leg of the competition was Marohn’s race to choose the horse he drove and he was the lone driver throughout the competition to win with a horse that he chosen. Marohn, joined in the winner’s circle by his father, Jim Marohn Sr. following the victory was ecstatic and when asked where it ranked in his racing career was very clear “Right at the top, this is second to none” said Marohn. Brian Sears finished second in the competition with forty points, while Tim Tetrick finished third ending with thirty nine points.   By Steve Wolf  

NICHOLS, NY – The eyes of the harness racing world will be focused on Tioga Downs on Labor Day as North America’s top drivers compete for a $25,000 first prize in the final round of the 7th Annual Tioga/Vernon All-Star Drivers’ Championship. The 13-race card also features the 59th edition of the $360,211 Cane Pace, opening leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Superstar Captaintreacherous has been installed as the 8/5 morning line favorite and will be coupled in the wagering with stablemate Wake Up Peter. Captaintreacherous looks to bounce back from his first loss of the season when he finished second by a nose in a world record equaling 1:47.4 in the Battle of the Brandywine at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs on August 17. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Leading Tioga Downs driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. leads his eight competitors by 7 points after winning the opening leg of the Drivers’ Championship held last Sunday night at Vernon Downs. Marohn won $10,000 as the halfway leader. Monday’s final round includes five races. Drivers earn 10 points for a win, 7 points for a second-place finish, 5 points for third, 3 points for fourth and 1 point for finishing fifth. Another unique feature of the Drivers’ Championship is that all nine drivers will be donating their race earnings to a charity of their choice. The host tracks and Jeff Gural will each match the donations. The charities being supported are New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Team Rubicon, Brian Michonski Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, Best Friends Animal Society and Southern Tier Alternative Therapies. Plenty of other fun events and giveaways are planned for Labor Day including a Corey Callahan bobblehead giveaway, Drivers’ Championship T-Shirt giveaway, drawings to win iPads and a driver autograph session. All of the on-track excitement begins at 12:30 p.m. by Justin Horowitz  

Casie Coleman has always thought highly of Lucan Hanover, but the 3-year-old gelding pacer never put it all together until winning the $250,000 New Jersey Classic on Aug. 3 - Hambletonian Day - at the Meadowlands. Now Coleman has what she thinks are two top 3-year-olds as the Pacing Triple Crown season gets underway with Monday's $360,211 Cane Pace at Tioga Downs in upstate New York. Coleman's Lucan Hanover and stakes-winner Vegas Vacation face millionaire Captaintreacherous and five other foes in the Cane. Lucan Hanover had won three of his first 10 career races before Coleman put him in the Summertime Pacing Series at Mohawk Racetrack. He swept two preliminary legs and the final as a precursor to his lifetime-best 1:48.3 win from post eight in the New Jersey Classic. "As a 2-year-old and starting out as a 3-year-old, Lucan was who I thought was going to be my best 3-year-old colt," Coleman said. "I was always extremely high on this colt and he just never really put it out there on the track. He just wasn't doing what I thought he had in him. "He was racing no good early in the season at the Meadowlands so I brought him back to Toronto and put him in against cheaper horses than what he'd been facing and he got a few wins under his belt. Once he got to beat up on them a little bit and win a few races, he really got his confidence up. I thought he was going to put in a real big effort on Hambo Day and that's exactly what he did. I was real happy with him." Prior to his four-race win streak, Lucan Hanover also suffered from splints, a situation Coleman was able to rectify during a brief layoff prior to the Summertime Pacing Series. "He was running out really bad going into the first turn at the Meadowlands," Coleman said. "He had a couple outside splints, which are very uncommon, that were really bothering him. They were real close to his knees so I couldn't do much vet work until we had a break in his schedule. Now he's steering straight." Lucan Hanover is a son of stallion Western Ideal out of the mare Lauren Order and a half-brother to stakes-winner Lawgiver Hanover. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun. "He's still got some good stakes races the second half of the season," Coleman said. "I think they're definitely going to know who he is. Since his 2-year-old season I thought he was going to be a top player and he kept making me look stupid talking about him being a good horse. Hopefully he's going to turn it around now." Lucan Hanover will start the Cane Pace from a tough spot, post eight, while stablemate Vegas Vacation begins from post four as he looks to turn the tables on multiple-stakes-winner Captaintreacherous. Vegas Vacation was second by a neck to Captaintreacherous in both his elimination and the final of the Max C. Hempt Memorial in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "He's always right there knocking on the door," Coleman said. "Vegas tries every single race; he gives it all he's got. It would be nice to get the better of (Captaintreacherous) sometime here, but Captain is a great horse. I've always believed in Vegas and I really believe if we get the right trip and the upper hand on Captain that we can beat him. Captain is a great horse, but I think that I have a great horse. "I know the winner gets all the credit, but if anybody goes back and watches the replays of some of the trips Vegas Vacation went, he was phenomenal in each of those races also." Vegas Vacation, a son of Bettor's Delight-Don't You Smile, enters the Cane Pace off a 1:48.3 win in the $257,250 Empire Breeders Classic on Aug. 11 at Tioga Downs. The time equaled the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Coleman hoped the Cane Pace would have eliminations last week, but when only eight horses entered the race elims were unnecessary. So she qualified Lucan Hanover in 1:53 on Aug. 27 at Harrah's Philadelphia and trained Vegas Vacation in New Jersey. "I thought for sure there would be elims and that kind of stinks for me because Vegas has been off for three weeks and Lucan for four weeks," Coleman said. "But there's nothing we can do about that. With Vegas, I trained him up good. I'm not a person that usually trains overly fast miles, but I did train him in (1):54.4 on Tuesday. He came the back half in :54 and home in :27 and he was very strong doing it. "It's still not a real race, so being short scares me a little bit, but he's been healthy and sound and feeling great. He looks awesome. The time off definitely did him good and he's got a busy schedule coming up in the next few weeks. Both horses are feeling sharp and are ripping the barn apart. I couldn't be any happier with the way both of them seem coming into the race. I just wish I had a race under the belts. Hopefully we've got everything under control." Brian Sears will drive Vegas Vacation and David Miller will handle Lucan Hanover in the Cane Pace. The entry is the 5-2 second choice behind the Tony Alagna-trained entry of Captaintreacherous and Wake Up Peter, which is at 8-5 on the morning line. Estimated post time is 4:30 p.m. Monday for the Cane Pace. Captaintreacherous is coming into the Cane Pace after suffering his first loss in seven starts this year. He was beaten by a nose by Sunshine Beach in a world-record-equaling 1:47.4 mile in the Battle of the Brandywine on Aug. 17 at Pocono Downs. The colt's wins this year include the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, in addition to the Hempt Memorial. "That race (the Battle of the Brandywine), Sunshine Beach raced tremendous and so did Captain," Coleman said. "He dug right through the wire. That was a really good race; both those horses were digging real hard for the wire. You can't take anything away from each of them. Captain is an amazing horse, for sure." Following is the Cane Pace field in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Someplace Special, Corey Callahan, Mark Silva (12-1); 2. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Algana (8-5); 3. Wake Up Peter, Ron Pierce, Alagna (8-5); 4. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman (5-2); 5. Word Power, Jody Jamieson, Larry Remmen (10-1); 6. Twilight Bonfire, John Campbell, Danny Collins (3-1); 7. Varadero Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke (5-1); 8. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Coleman (5-2). For a Cane Pace preview from "Eye on Harness Racing," Eye on Harness Racing 2013 # 13- 08-29-2013 from USTA on Vimeo. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications    

Surprise…I had a winning weekend! Right now I stand at picking horses in 87 races with just 35 winners, not good enough. I went four for seven last week and won $5.70. We are still in the minus earning column at  -$25.70 going into this weekend. The big action Saturday is at Mohawk Raceway with the finals of She’s A Great Lady, Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby. Then on Monday at Tioga Downs it’s the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Cane Pace and the Shady Daisy Pace and also Monday, Mohawk Raceway has Bee A Magician and I Luv The Nitelife in the Simcoe Stakes. $683,000 Metro Pace Final 2YO Colts 7th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – Annually, this is a classic race and usually the winner ends up being one of the top pacers this year and beyond. Sorta like Captaintreacherous who won the Metro last year. Well this year’s crop is most certainly top notch and the three elimination winners plus most of the field have the ability to win in here. I’m going with Lets Drink On It. He was all out last week but was able draw within and hold on to win by a neck in 1:51.1. He is in a great position to get live cover but at anytime can pull out and go to the front for good. $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final Open 10th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – Here we go again with the best pacers in the world going head to head. You can just about throw a dart at the race program and pick the winner. Half way through the season no one has yet to win three in a row but I think that is about to change. Bolt the Duer has been so game the last month I think that drawing post two will get him early cover from where he has but two choices…go to the front or get live second-over cover. Either way he ends up in the winner’s circle again! $451,000 She’s A Great Lady Final 2-YO Fillies 5th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – This race really depends on who wants to win it the most. Top fillies have been banging heads all season long. Beach Gal comes in late and in just her third lifetime start scorches the track last week in 1:50.3 by four open lengths. Gallie By The Beach, Ali Blue and few others all have the ability to win. My choice is Precocious Beauty, so well bred to be a winner and she has showed it in her last two starts with big scores. Inside post will only aid her early on before she can take command of the race. $360,211 Cane Pace 3YO Colts 10th race Tioga Downs Monday– Considering the herculean effort put in by Captainteacherous in his last start, getting parked the mile and still game to the wire in losing by a nose to Sunshine Beach in 1:57.4, there was no disgrace in that loss and there is no doubt that the first jewel in the pacing triple crown will go to the “Captain.” Vegas Vacation will loom as Captaintreacherous’s main rival in this field but I am pretty sure the “Captain” will return to his winning ways once again. $216,429 Simcoe Stakes Trot 3YO Fillies  6th race Mohawk Raceway Monday – Undefeated at a perfect 10 for 10 this season, world champion, world record holder, faster than any of the boys….It’s Bee A Magician and she is getting tested once again in this race. Drew post 11 so she must start behind the rail horse that has no gate speed whatsoever. 12 starters in the race so it will be very cozy early on. But as we all well know, once Bee A Magician can get any clearance she will scoot to the front and no one has been able to catch her yet. $216,426 Simcoe Stakes Pace 3YO Fillies 9th race Mohawk Raceway Monday – Another huge field here, 12 starters. I Luv The Nitelife has never been better, taking lifetime mark last start with 1:48.4 stroll in the park in the $350,000 Valley Forge Final at Pocono Downs. She’s won nine of her 10 starts this year, is well rested and should be able to work her way to the lead by the three-quarters and say sayonara to this field.   $ 122,212 Shady Daisy Pace 3YO Fillies 5th race Tioga Downs Monday– This is one super well-matched field of filly pacers. With I Luv The Nitelife up in Canada most anyone in this could jump up and win it. What mystery I can’t solve due to early press time is which horse Dave Miller will drive. He’s going off Shebestingin after she broke stride at the start of the $350,000 Valley Forge…He’s driven her all season long so something must be up with her breaking. He’s listed on both Scandalous Hanover and UF Dragon’s Queen, two horses I could also pick to win. Then there’s Ms Caila J Fra and Nikki Beach who all could win. I’ve never done this before so here we go. I pick which ever horse Dave Miller drives! Let’s hope for the best!  

The draw for the final round of the Drivers’ Championship at Tioga Downs and the Shady Daisy Pace will be held on Thursday morning (August 29 – by 9:00am) for the races that will be held on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) with a post time of 1:30 pm. Five races with nine horse fields will be needed for the Drivers’ Championship races and the purses for those events will be raised 20% for that one day. Another incentive for trainers of the horses used for the Drivers’ Championship is the trainer bonuses being offered. The winning trainer of the Drivers’ Championship legs will be paid $500 each, second place trainers will receive $250, and third through ninth will receive $100. The horses racing in these events that do not get a check (sixth through ninth) will be paid $100 for participating in the Drivers’ Championship. A condition sheet for Monday’s events can be found by following this link . Tioga will also hold the draw for the 90,000e Shady Daisy on Thursday morning, which will be co-featured with the $360,211 Cane Pace Final. All eight horses that declared for the Cane Pace last week will automatically be entered directly into the final, post positions have already been drawn and the field is led by Captaintreacherous Tim Tetrick) and Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears). The point standings for the Drivers’ Championship after the first round held at Vernon Downs this past Sunday night are as follows: Jimmy Marohn Jr. – 27, Jody Jamieson - 20 , Tim Tetrick – 18, Brian Sears – 17, Ron Pierce – 10, Yannick Gingras – 6, Rick Plano – 3, David Miller – 2, and Corey Callahan – 1. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 30th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com  . by Dustin Ross  

Tioga Downs held the draw for the Cane Pace eliminations on Wednesday morning (August 21) and when the box closed on the sophomore pacers at 9:00am sharp, only eight had declared. No eliminations will be necessary and all eight including sophomore standout Captaintreacherous will go straight to the final on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) with a post time of 1:30pm. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) will be joined by his entry mate, Wake Up Peter (Ron Pierce) listed as 1 and 1A and will face off against the Casie Coleman trained pair of Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) and Lucan Hanover (David Miller). Vegas Vacation is coming off of two very impressive wins at Tioga Downs in the Empire Breeders' Classic where he was sent first over and drew clear of the field, the latter in world record time of 1:48.3. Also joining these four looking for Cane Pace glory will be: Someplace Special (Corey Callahan), Word Power (Jim Morrill Jr.), Twilight Bonfire (David Miller), and Varadero Hanover (Yannick Gingras). Below is the field before final programs changes in post position order for the $360,212 Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs: $360,212 Cane Pace Final # PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER 1 2 Captaintreacherous Tim Tetrick Tony Alagna 1A 3 Wake Up Peter Ron Pierce Tony Alagna 2 4 Vegas Vacation Brian Sears Casie Coleman 2A 8 Lucan Hanover David Miller Casie Coleman 3 1 Someplace Special Corey Callahan Mark Silva 4 5 Word Power Jim Morrill Jr. Larry Remmen 5 6 Twilight Bonfire David Miller Danny Collins 6 7 Varadero Hanover Yannick Gingras Ron Burke Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 23rd with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com by Dustin Ross  

NICHOLS, NY – Harness racing’s version of the All-Star Game returns to Upstate New York when North America’s premier drivers compete in the 7th Annual Tioga/Vernon Drivers’ Championship. The continent’s top six money-winning drivers have been confirmed to participate led by Tim Tetrick, whose mounts have earned more than $9.2 million in 2013. Tetrick has led North America in earnings for an unprecedented six straight years; however, he’s never finished first in the Drivers’ Championship in six appearances. This year’s field will also include Hambletonian winning driver and Florida native Brian Sears, two-time champion Yannick Gingras, defending champion Ron Pierce, David Miller and first-time participant Corey Callahan, who will also be honored with a bobblehead doll giveaway during the event. Those six drivers will compete against leading Tioga Downs driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and leading Vernon Downs driver Rick Plano. The final competitor in the nine-man field, the sponsor’s exemption, will be announced tomorrow. The first round of the event takes place at Vernon Downs during a special Sunday night of racing on August 25 with a 6:45 p.m. first race post time. The leader after the Vernon round will receive $10,000. The drivers and their accumulated points will then head to Tioga Downs on a special Labor Day card, September 2, with a 1:30 p.m. post time. The overall winner of the event receives $25,000. The Vernon Downs leg of the challenge shares a card with the $700,000 Zweig Memorial Trot featuring Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life racing on his home track. The Tioga Downs leg of the challenge shares a card with the $400,000 Cane Pace, opening leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. The Cane is expected to feature a long-awaited showdown between top-rated 3-year-olds Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation. In addition to the racing on the track, fans will be treated to a variety of giveaways and promotions including the annual bobblehead giveaway and t-shirt giveaway while supplies last and drawings to win iPads and laptop computers. There will also be pre-race autograph sessions with the drivers on both days of the event. Justin Horowitz

The New York Sire stakes harness racing season continues on Saturday night (September 8) at Batavia Downs Casinowhen the glamour division, 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers roll into town, to compete for $129,520 to be split into two NYSS divisions.

Although he went off at 2-5 in the wagering as part of a harness racing entry with A Rocknroll Dance, Dynamic Youth, posted an upset on Monday afternoon in the $322,716 Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs.

Friday morning marked the draw date for the harness racing 59th annual Cane Pace, to be held for the first time ever at Tioga Downs on Monday, September 3rd (Post time 1:30 pm). Cane Pace elimination winner, Heston Blue Chip, who is a perfect seven for seven at Tioga Downs will have his work cut out for him as he has drawn post position number nine for the $322,716 final.

For the first several races of the year, harness racing driver driver Yannick Gingras and star 3-year-old colt pacer A Rocknroll Dance seemed to have difficulty getting in rhythm. Since the end of June, though, the two have been in step with each other.

The hometown harness racing favorite, Heston Blue Chip, continued to do what he does best at Tioga Downs, and that is win races.

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