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East Rutherford, NJ -- Captain Crunch tracked down pacesetting Bettor's Wish in the final strides to win Saturday's (Aug. 3) $285,362 Cane Pace for 3-year-old harness racing pacers by a neck in 1:48 at the Meadowlands. Semi Tough finished third.   Captain Crunch, the slight 9-5 favorite over Bettor's Wish, was second throughout the mile as Bettor's Wish led the way through fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:22. The two dueled down the lane with Captain Crunch sticking his neck in front at the wire.   "He's a good colt," winning trainer Nancy Johansson said about the Scott Zeron-driven Captain Crunch. "He gives 110 percent effort every time he races. He lays it out on the track for us every time.   The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown, followed by the Messenger Stakes on Aug. 31 at Yonkers Raceway, and the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio on Sept. 19.   Captain Crunch is not eligible to the Messenger but is eligible to the Jug.   "I think we're going to have to have a little bit of a discussion where we are going to go from here," Johansson said about Captain Crunch's future. "He has a few options and we have to pick the best one for him."   Captain Crunch, who captured the North America Cup in June, has won five of seven races this year and 11 of 17 lifetime. The son of Captaintreacherous out of Sweet Paprika has earned $1.26 million in his career for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Guardian Angel As will try to pick up another trophy for the mantel Saturday (Aug. 3) when he faces nine foes in the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters at The Meadowlands. The 5-year-old stallion has won five of seven races this year, including the Cleveland Trotting Classic with a world-record performance and, most recently, the Spirit of Massachusetts with a track-record effort. The Cashman is part of a stakes filled Hambletonian Day card at the Big M. Among the stars that will be in action: Shartin N in the Lady Liberty for older female pacers, Lather Up and McWicked in the Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers, Bettor's Wish and Captain Crunch in the Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers, and Hannelore Hanover in the Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for older female trotters. Racing begins at noon. The highlight of the afternoon is the $1 million Hambletonian final for 3-year-old trotters, which will be presented live on CBS Sports Network during a 90-minute show beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT). The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters and the Cashman will be part of the broadcast. For Saturday's complete TrackMaster past performances, click here. Guardian Angel As has won 21 of 47 lifetime races and earned $829,680 for breeder-owner ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. He is trained by Anette Lorentzon. His 1:52 victory in the Cleveland Classic was the fastest trotting mile ever at Northfield Park and the fastest race mile ever by a male trotter on any half-mile track. He won the Spirit of Massachusetts in a track-record 1:51.3 for an older male trotter at Plainridge Park this past Sunday, missing the track's all-time record by one-fifth of a second. His triumphs this season also include the Maxie Lee Memorial. "The season has started out really well," Lorentzon said. "The best race, the most impressive one, was at Northfield, no question about it. He's been racing really well. He's been staying sound and healthy, so that's what I'm happy with. So far, it's been working out pretty good." Guardian Angel As, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Cashman. Marion Marauder, who won last year's Cashman, is the 7-2 second choice followed by Cutler Memorial winner Cruzado Dela Noche at 9-2. The field also includes Hambletonian Maturity winner Crystal Fashion, 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter Six Pack, and Eurobond, who has won three consecutive conditioned races including a 1:50.1 score last week. "We didn't really race (Guardian Angel As) that much last year," Lorentzon said. "We said we were going to take it easy and hopefully he could step up this year. I know how things can turn, it can be good one day and totally different the next. But so far, so good. Hopefully we can keep it that way." Following is a brief overview of the remaining stakes races on the Hambletonian Day card, in race order, excluding the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Race 4 - $310,700 James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old female trotters Hypnotic AM, undefeated in three races for trainer Marcus Melander and driver Brian Sears, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Crucial, who is unbeaten in two starts for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras, is 7-2 while Solsbury Hill, who joined Hypnotic AM and Crucial as an elimination winner last week, is 9-2 for trainer Andrew Harris and driver Scott Zeron. Race 5 - $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters Real Cool Sam is unbeaten in four career races and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for trainer Jim Campbell and driver David Miller. Synergy, undefeated in two starts for trainer Per Engblom and driver Yannick Gingras is the 5-2 second choice. Race 6 - $100,362 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old female pacers Stonebridge Soul brings a three-race win streak, including the Mistletoe Shalee and a division of the Adioo Volo, to the race. The Chris Ryder trainee, driven by Tim Tetrick, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Tall Drink Hanover, who also won a division of the Adioo Volo, is 5-2 for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Andy McCarthy. Warrawee Ubeaut, no worse than third in any of her eight races this season, with four wins, is 9-2 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Fan Hanover winner Treacherous Reign is 8-1. Race 7 - $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers Lather Up, who equaled the all-time fastest mile in harness racing history with his 1:46 win in the Graduate Series championship on July 6 at The Meadowlands, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. Lather Up followed his Graduate victory with a triumph in the William R. Haughton Memorial at 1-1/8 miles, the same distance as the McKee. It is the only added-distance race on the card. McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, is the 7-2 second choice with Brian Sears driving for Casie Coleman. Defending race champ Western Joe will start from post 10 and is 15-1 with Scott Zeron in the sulky for Chris Choate. Race 13 - $186,000 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for older female trotters Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year and winner of the 2016 Steele Memorial (then called the Fresh Yankee), is the 3-1 morning-line choice and enters the race off wins in legs of the Miss Versatility and Great Northeast Open Series. Yannick Gingras will drive for Ron Burke. Manchego, coming off a 1:50.1 score in a conditioned race, is 7-2 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Johansson while Swedish import Darling Mearas S is 4-1 for driver Andy Miller and trainer Ake Svanstedt. Emoticon Hanover, a 2018 O'Brien Award winner in Canada, is 5-1. Race 14 - $183,500 Lady Liberty for older female pacers Shartin N, the sport's No. 1-ranked horse and winner of last year's Lady Liberty, is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. The 6-year-old mare has won 11 of 12 races this season for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., bringing a 10-race win streak to the event. Caviart Ally, who has finished second to Shartin N in three races, is the 5-1 second choice for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. Race 15 - $285,362 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers Bettor's Wish, who has five wins and two seconds in seven starts this season for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. His seconds came in the North America Cup, behind Captain Crunch, and Meadowlands Pace, behind Best In Show. Captain Crunch, with Scott Zeron in the sulky for Nancy Johansson, is the 2-1 second choice. He was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer. The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The second is the Messenger (Aug. 31) and third is the Little Brown Jug (Sept. 19). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 22, 2018—We took a poll and decided there’s only one horse out there with a shot to win the Pacing Triple Crown. Take a bow, Stay Hungry. Having closed the sale in the $281,000 Cane Pace (life-best 1:47.3) during Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, Stay Hungry stays the course, invading Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 25th) for eliminations of the 63rd Messenger Stakes. Stay Hungry, a son of 2008 Messenger winner Somebeachsomewhere, drew penultimate post position No. 5 in the second, $40,000 elimination. The first four finishers in both elims (races 5 and 6) return for the $500,000 final Saturday night, Sept. 1st.  (Author’s aside…since there were only eight entrants for Yonkers Trot No. 64, no eliminations were necessary. That half-million-dollar final also goes Sept. 1st) With eight of the 11 participants coming back, the odds are in Stay Hungry’s favor. That said, he landed in by far the tougher division, opposing—among others—pole-sitting Springsteen and $30,000 buy-in Jimmy Freight, who starts directly inside of him. Stay Hungry has danced every dance this season, finishing fourth in the $760.000 final of the North America Cup (Woodbine Mohawk), fourth in the half-million-dollar finale of the Hempt Memorial (Pocono) and third in the $701,830 final of the Meadowlands Pace. Then came the Cane, where he watched wicked numbers in front of him before rallying from ninth at the three-quarters with a personal :25.4 last stanza. For the season, Stay Hungry has three wins and three thirds in eight starts ($363,530). Tony Alagna trains for co-owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman Estate. “High speed and easy on himself,” driver Doug McNair said. “Start him up and shut him down and he doesn’t fight with you.” McNair, who has driven Stay Hungry in all but one of his 17 career purse starts, knew right away his escort had the goods. “From the start, he beat a lot of the best horses.” Stay Hungry’s frosh season (9 starts, 6 wins, 1 seconds) was highlighted by a win the $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown at Hoosier (1:50.4). He ended 2017 with a nose defeat in the $411,700 Governor’s Cup (Meadowlands). As for the Westchester and half-mile-track debut of Stay Hungry, McNair has no concerns. “(Trainer) Tony (Alagna) sent him over last week with Cat Manzi to work him out, and Tony has always had him tight.” Stay Hungry is three weeks between starts for Saturday’s race, the same interval—as McNair noted—between the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane.   “I just want to see him pace hard through the wire,” McNair said. “Obviously, I think he has a good shot to win no matter how we race him, but just pace hard through the wire.” by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Stay Hungry, driven by Doug McNair, charged down the stretch to win the 64th edition of $281,000 Cane Pace by 1 1-2 lengths over 60-1 longshot Grand Teton in stakes record-tying fashion of 1:47 3/5 to take the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, contested as the seventh race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Trained by Tony Alagna, Stay Hungry, who finished third to Courtly Choice in the Meadowlands Pace, overtook Grand Teton for his third win of the season, ninth of his career and setting a new stakes record and career mark. Stay Hungry tied the stakes record set by Dealt A Winner, driven by David Miller and trained by Mark Silva, in 2015. The O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry rewarded his backers by paying $9.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Grand Teton paid $40.20 and $15.60 while Babes Dig Me, with Brett Miller in the sulky, finished third, paying $9.40. "He has high, high speed. So if put you him in the right spot and there's lots of fractions he's gonna pay something and be real close," said McNair. This was McNair's first career Cane Pace win for McNair and the second for Alagna, who won in 2013 with Captaintreacherous. Stay Hungry races for the ownbership of Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario and Irwin Samelman of Las Vegas, NV. Subsequent legs of the Triple Crown include Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York on Sept. 1 and The Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

Ever since he began to perform limited stallion duties during the offseasons, McWicked has realized he's a man. Ever since the beginning of this year's racing season, he's been The Man. McWicked enters Saturday's $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers at The Meadowlands Racetrack with six wins in eight starts this season, including victories in the William R. Haughton Memorial on July 14 and the Ben Franklin Pace on June 30. He is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 that will go the distance of 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional mile. He will start from post 12, in the second tier, behind Funknwaffles in post two. In his most recent win, on July 21 in the preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McWicked rallied from fifth at the halfway point to beat Easy Lover Hanover by a neck in 1:50.1. He paced his final quarter in 25 seconds. "He was really good," trainer Casie Coleman said. "They had a really slow half (:56.4) and he had a lot of ground to make up, but he did it. He did it quite easily actually. I was very happy with him. "He had a three-week gap in the schedule (between the Haughton and McKee) and I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I ended up racing him and it worked out well." The 7-year-old McWicked was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer in 2014. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. This year, McWicked has already earned $556,831 as he tries to become the first pacer to win a Dan Patch Award at ages 2 or 3 and add another beyond the age of 5. For his career, McWicked has won 28 of 82 races and $2.87 million. "It's crazy to think that at 7 years old he's getting better, but it kind of seems like it," Coleman said. "He honestly has not put in one bad start. The couple times he got beat he raced just as good as the days he won, it's just the trips didn't work out." McWicked is owned by Ed James' S S G Stables. McWicked has bred a handful of mares in recent offseasons for James, which has brought about a change in the stallion's personality. "When he was 3 he acted like a gelding to be around," Coleman said. "He was a very calm, cool horse. "Now he's definitely not a kid's pony. When he comes into the paddock, everyone knows who's coming because he's roaring and screaming. He's nice to jog and train, he's real quiet, lazy if anything, but he definitely knows he's a man now that he's been breeding. But he makes it worth it because every time he steps on the racetrack he usually does pretty good." The McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away in 2017. This year's race also includes defending champion Check Six as well as millionaires All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Filibuster Hanover, Mach It So, and Rockin Ron. Miso Fast is the 4-1 second choice. Here is a look at some of the remaining races on the Hambletonian Day card. Race 1 - $30,000 Vincennes (open trot) The day begins with Dan Patch Award-winners Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champ, and Obrigado meeting in a field of 10. The race also includes Muscle Diamond, who trotted 1:50.1 on June 29 at the Meadowlands. Sutton, who missed winning the Hambletonian by a neck in 2016, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the deep field, which features seven horses entering the race off either a win or second-place finish in their previous start. Race 2 - $96,600 Shady Daisy (3-year-old female pacers) Kissin In The Sand and Youaremycandygirl meet again. Kissin In The Sand defeated Youaremycandygirl by a neck in the June 30 James M. Lynch Memorial, arguably the race of the year, and beat the returning Dan Patch Award winner by three lengths in the Mistletoe Shalee on July 14. Kissin In The Sand is the 2-1 morning-line favorite while Youaremycandygirl, who won a division of the Adioo Volo on July 28, is 5-2. Stakes-winner Alexa's Power is 4-1. Race 4 - $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial (2-year-old male trotters) New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Greenshoe, trained Marcus Melander, is 2-for-2 this year, with a 1:53.3 victory in the NJSS final, and 2-1 on the morning line. He was purchased for $330,000 under the name Rifleman at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and is from the first crop of stallion Father Patrick. His dam, Designed To Be, was second in the 2014 Hambletonian Oaks. Melander's Gerry, also 2-for-2, is the 4-1 second choice. Race 5 - $357,450 James Doherty Memorial (2-year-old female trotters) Joe Holloway's Starita and Julie Miller's Special Honor both were nose winners in their respective Doherty eliminations. Starita is 9-2 on the morning line and Special Honor is 5-1. The favorite is Jimmy Takter's Beautiful Sin, whose second-place finish last week to Starita was her first loss in three races. Race 6 - $286,650 John Cashman Memorial (free-for-all trot) Hannelore Hanover, the defending Horse of the Year and No. 1-ranked horse in North America, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. She starts from post 12 in the 12-horse field that will go 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional one mile. Hannelore Hanover is unbeaten in six races this year. Will Take Charge is 4-1 followed by Dan Patch Award-winners JL Cruze (5-1) and Marion Marauder (8-1), who won the 2016 Hambletonian and Trotting Triple Crown. Race 7 - $281,000 Cane Pace (3-year-old pacers) Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, who was third in the Meadowlands Pace, is the 4-1 second choice. American History, fresh off his second-place finish in the Adios, is 5-1. Race 14 - $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial (mare trotters) Two-time Dan Patch Award-winner and 2017 Hambletonian Oaks champion Ariana G is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. The 4-year-old mare enters the race off wins over male rivals in the age-restricted Graduate Series final and Hambletonian Maturity. Broadway Donna, who also has multiple Dan Patch trophies, is the 4-1 second choice followed by Emoticon Hanover at 5-1. Both are 5-year-olds. Race 15 - $197,400 Lady Liberty (mare pacers) New Zealand-bred Shartin, the richest horse in North America at the moment with $590,040 in purses, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 that will race 1-1/8 miles. She has won 12 of 16 starts this season. Three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country is the 4-1 second choice followed by two-time O'Brien Award-winner L A Delight at 5-1. Pure Country won last year's Lady Liberty. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - These are the entries for the undercard stakes races on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 4): $96,600 SHADY DAISY (3-year-old filly pace) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Believe In Me (David Miller, Brett Pelling), 15-1 2. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 5-2 3. Dance Blue (Andrew McCarthy, Nancy Johansson), 8-1 4. Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron, Nancy Johansson), 2-1 5. Sansovina Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy, Ron Burke), 10-1 6. I'm Trigger Happy (Corey Callahan, Ross Croghan), 8-1 7. Double A Mint (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 12-1 8. Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell), 4-1 $422,350 PETER HAUGHTON MEMORIAL (2-year-old colt and gelding trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. White Tiger (Anthony MacDonald, Andrew Harris), 8-1 2. Marseille (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 15-1 3. Gerry (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 4-1 4. Trix And Stones (Scott Zeron, Andrew Harris), 15-1 5. Greenshoe (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 2-1 6. Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 6-1 7. Mass Fortune K (Matt Kakaley, Charlie Norris), 12-1 8. Kredit Karma (David Miller, Marcus Melander), 15-1 9. Hudson River (Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 10. Green Manalishi S (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 5-1 $357,450 JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL (2-year-old filly trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 5-2 2. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano), 7-2 3. Special Honor (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 5-1 4. Swizzle Sticks (Andrew McCarthy, Jim Campbell), 15-1 5. The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 8-1 6. Starita (David Miller, Joe Holloway), 9-2 7. Fate Smiled (Andrew McCarthy, Ron Burke), 15-1 8. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker), 20-1 9. Hanovers Best (Brett Miller, Ron Burke), 12-1 10. Whispering Oaks (Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 $286,650 JOHN CASHMAN MEMORIAL (Free For All trot) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick, Jeffrey Gillis), 4-1 2. In Secret (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 3. Dayson (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 20-1 4. Bill's Man (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), 10-1 5. International Moni (David Miller, Domenico Cecere), 15-1 6. Lindy The Great (Brian Sears, Domenico Cecere), 20-1 7. I Know My Chip (David Miller, Walter Haynes Jr.), 15-1 8. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood), 8-1 9. Warrawee Roo (Bob McClure, Luc Blais), 10-1 10. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 30-1 11. JL Cruze (Brett Miller, Eric Ell), 5-1 12. Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 9-5 $281,000 CANE PACE (3-year-old open) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 10-1 2. Courtly Choice (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 9-5 3. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 4-1 4. Nutcracker Sweet (Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter), 6-1 5. Grand Teton (Andrew McCarthy, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 6. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 12-1 7. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. I'm A Big Deal (Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder), 12-1 9. American History (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 $260,100 SAM McKEE MEMORIAL (Free For All pace) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Dealt A Winner (David Miller, Mark Silva), 10-1 2. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), 20-1 3. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 10-1 4. Rockin Ron (Louis-Philippe Roy, Ron Burke), 8-1 5. Sicily (Victor Kirby, Wayne Givens), 20-1 6. Western Joe (Scott Zeron, Chris Choate), 5-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 10-1 8. Miso Fast (Tim Tetrick, Virgil Morgan Jr.), 4-1 9. Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy, Jimmy Takter), 20-1 10. Check Six (Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke), 30-1 11. Mach It So (David Miller, Jeffrey Bamond Jr.), 20-1 12. McWicked (David Miller, Casie Coleman), 2-1 $154,800 DR. JOHN R. STEELE MEMORIAL (Free For All mare trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. P L Jill (Corey Callahan, Renaldo Morales III), 15-1 2. Broadway Donna (David Miller, Jim Campbell), 4-1 3. Dream Together (Bob McClure, Luc Blais), 15-1 4. Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube, Luc Blais), 5-1 5. Caprice Hill (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 6-1 6. Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 8-1 7. Checkmate Time (Donald DuPont, Marie DuPont), 20-1 8. Celebrity Ruth (Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer), 8-1 9. Ariana G (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 9-5 $197,400 LADY LIBERTY (Free For All mare pace) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr.), 9-5 2. L A Delight (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson), 5-1 3. Twinkle (Jim Marohn Jr., Ross Croghan), 15-1 4. Pure Country (Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter), 4-1 5. Windsun Glory (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 12-1 6. Safe From Terror (Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr.), 15-1 7. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jason Bartlett, Kevin Switzer), 20-1 8. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley), 10-1 9. Nike Franco N (Victor Kirby, Jim King Jr.), 20-1 10. Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron, Ross Croghan), 20-1 11. Blue Moon Stride (Corey Callahan, Mark Harder), 15-1 12. Inverse Hanover (Brett Miller, Ed Hart), 15-1 From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- AUGUST 5, 2017 - Huntsville got to the lead in the first turn and never looked back, winning Saturday's $334,325 Cane Pace for harness racing three-year-old pacers by a neck over R J P in 2:03 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles for the seventh race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Downbytheseaside was third. Starting from post No. 1 in a field of 12, Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick outdueled longshot Lawrencetown Beach for the lead as the field entered the first turn and reached the quarter in 25.4. Lawrencetown Beach remained parked out on the backstretch, with Downbytheseaside on the pylons in third, as Huntsville hit the half in 54. R J P made a three-wide move around Lawrencetown Beach and moved into second as the group neared three-quarters, which was reached in 1:21.4. Huntsville and R J P battled through the stretch, timed in 1:49 for a mile, with Huntsville prevailing for his seventh win in 10 starts this year. "He showed some toughness today," winning trainer Ray Schnittker said. "After the first quarter I was a little concerned and (R J P) eyeballed him, but he's just a very good horse. "I don't think they were going to beat us today." Schnittker co-owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing. The colt is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. Eight of the twelve starters were by Somebeachsomewhere including the first four home. Huntsville has won 14 of 21 career races and never finished worse than second. He has earned $1.58 million. "I hope he goes the rest of the year like that," Schnittker said. "I'd be very happy." The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The remaining two legs are the Little Brown Jug and Messenger. Schnittker said Huntsville would not go to the Little Brown Jug. Huntsville paid $3.40, $2.60, $2.10. RJP returned $5.40, $2.60. Downbytheseaside paid $2.10. By Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, NJ --- Control The Moment won the first jewel in Pacing’s Triple Crown, capturing Saturday’s $320,000 Cane Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers by one length over Manhattan Beach at the Meadowlands. JK Will Power was third, nosing out filly Pure Country for the show spot. The race featured a field of 11 horses and was contested at 1-1/8 miles. The time was 2:02.4. Control The Moment was sixth in the early part of the race, which saw Big Top Hanover lead to the first quarter in :25.4 before JK Will Power took the front and guided the field to the half in :54.2. From there, JK Will Power and Manny engaged in a battle for the top spot, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.4. But Control The Moment made a big move on the final turn and took control for the victory. The time to the mile was 1:49. Pure Country, who was trying to join Countess Adios as the only filly to win the Cane Pace, started the race from the trailing position and was eighth through the first half of the race. Control The Moment, who was racing for the first time since winning the Meadowlands Pace on June 16, was driven by Brian Sears for trainer Brad Maxwell. The colt has won four of eight races this season and 12 of 17 in his career. “He hadn’t raced in a couple weeks and they were racing aggressive enough early in the race,” winning driver Brian Sears said. “He was a little keyed up when he came third over, I had him three deep a little earlier than I wanted, but he’s a really nice horse and paced right to the wire.” Asked about the extra eighth of a mile, Sears said, “With the time off, he probably wasn’t super tight but he was really fresh, anyway.” Control The Moment, a son of  Well Said - Life’sliltreasure, is owned by the Control The Moment Stable. He has earned $1.02 million lifetime. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

When his homebred harness racing champion Pure Country crossed the finish line to notch her 11th lifetime triumph on May 7 in the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Adam Bowden was obviously grinning from ear to ear. Obviously his facial expression was the result of pure joy due to the victory, but Bowden acknowledged it was also directly associated with a tremendous weight being lifted off his shoulders. “When she won that race I breathed a huge sigh of relief,” he said. “Jimmy (Takter, her trainer) had told me after she suffered her first loss in the eliminations the week before that she might have been a little short for that start. There is always some concern when you have an undefeated horse and they lose their first race coming back. You wonder if maybe they did not improve from last year or other horses may have improved, but she erased all those doubts that night. “I thought it was a terrific race for her. It was a very tough first-over trip on a night when the weather was less than ideal. Not only did she establish a new lifetime mark (1:50.3), but she beat some very nice fillies in Darlinonthebeach, I Said Diamonds, Newborn Sassy and Call Me Queen Be. She illustrated her quality and demonstrated she is prepared to pick up right where she left off last year.” Pure Country will be facing one of the toughest tests of her career this Saturday (Aug. 6) at Meadowlands Racetrack when she tackles the boys, including Meadowlands Pace winner Control The Moment, in the $320,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown. The race attracted 11 entries, so it will be contested at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles. Pure Country was last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female pacer and has won 16 of 19 career races. She will start from post position 11 in the second tier and is 4-1 on the morning line. Only one filly has ever captured the Cane Pace and that happened way back in 1960 when Countess Adios won the race at Yonkers Raceway. By Somebeachsomewhere and out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country was bred and is owned by Bowden and his father Chris’ Diamond Creek Farm. Western Montana was one of the very first horses the duo purchased when they began their operation. Father and son paid $50,000 for her as a yearling in 2005 because they were enamored with her pedigree. Western Montana is a half-sister to LCB (Jate Lobell, $906,348) and a full sibling to Allamerican Ingot ($1,141,193) and Allamerican Inca ($889,090). Western Montana competed for the Bowdens for two years. During her racing career she earned $175,010 and won on five occasions from 16 trips to the gate. She even finished fourth in the Breeders Crown final as a 2-year-old, but her ability was limited by her attitude. “She was crazy,” Bowden said. “She was very high strung and had a goat in her stall as her constant companion to settle her down. We ended up retiring her when I received a call from Kelly (trainer O'Donnell) saying she was getting to the point where she was dangerous. She would just run off and bolt away even when she was jogging. That is when we decided it was time to breed her, which was always the plan for her anyway.” Western Montana’s first foal, Live Wire, was by Rocknroll Hanover and amassed just under $64,000 in her days on the track. Her second foal, Homestake, was sired by Ponder and the gelding only managed to accumulate $13,041. The mare’s third offspring was Hunger Games, who is a full sister to Pure Country. The Bowdens kept this filly and raced her for almost two years before selling her in 2014. She banked nearly $70,000. “All of Western Montana’s foals have had ability but they all had her temperament,” Bowden explained. “That is what limited them as racehorses. Hunger Games also had talent but she took after her mother. Linda Toscano, who trained her, always told us how much she believed in her and that she could be a very nice horse. The Crawfords have her now and they have done fairly well with her. “My dad and I debated back and forth on selling Hunger Games, so I told him we should sell her and keep Pure Country. In this business you never know what can happen and you are often taking a chance. I’m just glad in this situation I made the right choice.” From the very beginning Pure Country seemed to stand apart from her older siblings. “She was a little bit bigger, a little more correct and was never sick or had any physical issues,” Bowden said. “The thing that was different about her was she always had a great mind. Thankfully she did not inherit her mother’s personality. She is a very intelligent horse and with that as well as her speed, it makes her an excellent racehorse.” Pure Country debuted on June 30, 2015 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All Stars event with Brett Miller in the bike. She broke her maiden at first asking and served notice she would be a force to be reckoned with thanks to a blistering :26.3 final quarter panel. Her next four engagements, all victories, were in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and the filly captured the $350,000 final on Sept. 11 at The Meadows to run her record to a perfect six-for-six. After dominating her competition in the Keystone State, Pure Country took her show on the road where she took an $81,000 division of the Bluegrass Stake and a $74,700 division of the International Stallion Stake at The Red Mile in Lexington. The filly completed her freshman season with wins in her $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination and in the $600,000 final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 24. Pure Country was 10-for-10, earned just shy of $700,000 and was nearly the unanimous selection as the Dan Patch 2-year-old pacing filly champion. “Jimmy said she could be a great racehorse or it could all blow up in our faces shortly after she began training,” Bowden said. “She has been just perfect all along and has done everything we have ever expected of her. I also think she is in the right hands because Jimmy has been around so many top pacing mares. He knows how to get along with them and he keeps her happy. “She is very special to us,” he continued. “We have won Breeders Crown races before but this was our first one with a homebred. Words cannot really explain how rewarding and satisfying that feels. It was something we always looked toward accomplishing and she did that for us.” Bowden admitted Pure Country’s third place finish on April 30 in her $20,000 Miss Pennsylvania elimination was a bit disconcerting, but the powerful fashion in which she rebounded in the following week leads him to believe the filly is primed to defend her crown this season. “I’m not taking anything away from the other fillies in this division,” he said. “Honestly, I think it’s one of the deepest divisions we have seen in years and it’s unfortunate these fillies do not receive the same kind of attention as the 3-year-old pacing colts and the older horses. It’s just the way it is, but we feel she is prepared for another outstanding year and we are really looking forward to watching her perform.” The filly enters the Cane Pace on a five race winning streak, including triumphs in the Fan Hanover and James Lynch Memorial in a new lifetime best of 1:49.2. When her time on the track draws to a close, Pure Country will take up residence with her dam and become a broodmare for the Bowdens. “We are definitely keeping her and raising all her foals,” he said. “We always thought Western Montana would produce at least one championship caliber baby. Pure Country is it and she proves all our faith in the mare was justified. She has a home for life and we think she will carry on the family tradition without her mother’s quirks.” $320,000 Cane Pace Race 7 – Post time 2:32 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Check Six – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke-3/1 2. Manny – American Ideal - Andy Miller–Jessica Okusko-30/1 3. JK Will Power – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller–Ron Burke-10/1 4. Control The Moment – Well Said - Brian Sears–Brad Maxwell-2/1 5. Adrian Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Eric Goodell–Chris Oakes-15/1 6. Manhattan Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley–Ron Burke-8/1 7. Highlandbeachycove – Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna-25/1 8. Ideal Rocky – Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan–John Butenschoen-15/1 9. American Passport – American Ideal - Scott Zeron–Tony Alagna-12/1 10. Big Top Hanover – Western Ideal - Joe Bongiorno–Ron Burke-20/1 11. Pure Country – Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller–Jimmy Takter-4/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Dealt A Winner (David Miller) dealt his backers a huge payoff when the 26-1 longshot paced across the wire to win the $319,400 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacing males on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands in 1:47.3, a stakes record and world record for harness racing 3-year-old pacing geldings on a mile track. The Cane is the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and is trained by Mark Silva. It was a cavalry charge off the gate, with Yankee Bounty (Yannick Gingras) and In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) making aggressive moves to try for the lead. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) was also on the move from post two and with four horses within a few feet of each other, he hit the quarter-mile marker on top in :25.4. Sears soon had In The Arsenal on the outside and was pressuring Wiggle It Jiggleit all the way down the backstretch. Wiggle It Jiggleit had a tenuous lead at the :52.1 half when In The Arsenal began to fall off the pace.Dealt A Winner, coming from fifth, was outside of him, moving for the lead at the 1:20.4 three-quarters. The field failed to make up ground on Dealt A Winner when he got to the lead and he held it to the wire, winning by 1-1/4 lengths. Artspeak (Scott Zeron) came up to be second and Dude’s The Man (Corey Callahan) was third. Wiggle It Jiggleit faded to fourth. “I got him away I think fifth and they were going really hard into the first turn,” said David Miller. “They kept marching pretty good up the backstretch, you know :52(.1) to the half. I never had to move him until the last turn. He actually swelled up in the hole and when I moved him, he just took right off. This horse has struggled a little this year, but he’s got plenty of ability. He got to show it today.” The victory was the first in eight starts this year and sixth lifetime for Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark-Lazan Hanover, who has now earned $243,560 in 2015 and $363,439 lifetime. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Summer vacation might be nice for many people, but harness racing owner George Teague Jr. and his son Montrell have had enough of sitting around the past several weeks. It is time to get back to business. And that means it's time for Wiggle It Jiggleit. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-rated horse in harness racing's weekly rankings, will race for the first time since winning the Meadowlands Pace on July 18 when he faces eight rivals in Saturday's $319,400 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown, followed this year by the Messenger Stakes and Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit was not eligible to the Cane, but his connections paid $35,000 to supplement to the event, which is being held at the Big M for the first time in its 61-year history. Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr.'s stable, will start the Cane from post No. 2 and is the 2-5 morning line favorite. Prior to his soon-to-be-concluding respite, Wiggle It Jiggleit started races in six consecutive weeks. During that span, he finished second in the North America Cup - his only loss in 16 career races - and won the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Meadowlands Pace. "I kind of missed seeing him race," the elder Teague said. "I had some free weekends, but you kind of get anxious to get back in the (entry) box because he's a fun horse to watch race. I look forward to him." He added with a laugh, "Maybe it's because I own him." Montrell Teague, who drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, expressed a similar sentiment. "It was getting tiring going from track to track every week, but now that I've had down time I'd rather be going track to track with him," the 24-year-old said. "With the time off, it got a little bit boring after a while. What we have with him, it doesn't come around every year for us. It's definitely been fun." The Cane Pace is Race No. 11 on a jammed-packed stakes card, with the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-old trotters as the centerpiece. The two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations are races eight and nine and the $1 million final is race 13. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters is race 12. Post time for the first race is noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will air coverage of the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Wiggle It Jiggleit, a bay gelding, is the son of two former Teague race horses, stallion Mr Wiggles and mare Mozzi Hanover. He won his only start at age 2 before being shut down because of soreness. He returned in January and has captured 14 of 15 races this season while earning $961,092 in purses. "We trained him (Monday)," said George Teague, who won the 2006 Cane Pace with Total Truth. "It's the only time he's trained since he raced two-and-a-half weeks ago. For the first four or five days we usually give him stall rest and a little grass. Then we get back to jogging a couple miles each day leading up to training. "It's a pretty simple routine. I don't think he needs much. This horse has been going since the first of the year racing and he was in training a couple months before that. So he's got eight, nine, 10 months between work and racing. He doesn't need much now. The week before the Meadowlands Pace we didn't even train him." The Cane Pace field also includes Dude's The Man, who won last Saturday's Delvin Miller Adios and finished second in the Meadowlands Pace, as well as Artspeak and In The Arsenal, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Hempt Memorial and also competed in the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. "The horses look familiar," George Teague said. "There are no surprises. Right now I don't think there are any surprises to be had at his level." Added Montrell, "I don't think it's going to be an easy race and I don't think they're going to let anybody have their way on the front. I think there's going to be heavy pressure the whole time." Wiggle It Jiggleit is not eligible to the next two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, but can supplement to the Messenger for $30,000 and, thanks to his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, to the Little Brown Jug for $45,000. But for now, Montrell Teague is focused on the Cane Pace and enjoying the experience of Wiggle It Jiggleit with his father. "It's hard to put into words," Montrell said. "You dream of it, but you never think it's going to come this soon. Our past couple years haven't been the best, and to bounce back like this and have the best horse in the country makes all the hard work worthwhile." And the need for summer vacation less necessary. Following is the field for the Cane Pace in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Dude's The Man by American Ideal, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 9-2 2. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles, Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis, 2-5 3. Hall Of Terror by Western Terror, Andy Miller, Erv Miller, 50-1 4. Dealt A Winner by Cams Cartd Shark, David Miller, Mark Silva, 12-1 5. Artspeak by Western Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Rollin Ring Afire by Rocknroll Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 30-1 7. Oneisalonelynumber, Jason Bartlett, Nick Surick, 30-1 8. Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 15-1 9. In The Arsenal by American Ideal, Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison, 12-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Harness Racing This Week: Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Lady Liberty, Fresh Yankee, Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Jim Doherty Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off this Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Other major stakes races to be contested that day are the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $301,500 John Cashman Memorial for older male trotters, the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship for older male pacers, the $251,250 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the 181,450 Fresh Yankee for older trotting mares, the $319,400 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $109,500 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Tioga Downs on Sunday will feature $65,000 (est.) Tompkins-Geers divisions for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude's The Man captured this past Saturday's (Aug. 1) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, two lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third. Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title. M And L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude's The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art's Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Although Dude's The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination on July 25. Another potential problem for Dude's The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner's bumper, didn't finish strongly. Dude's The Man will start in this Saturday's Cane Pace at Meadowlands Racetrack. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 492; 2. Tim Tetrick - 390; 3. David Miller - 290; 4. Brian Sears - 282; 5. John Campbell - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 630; 2. Jimmy Takter - 378; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 248; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 163. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 195.5; 2. Burke Racing - 145.8; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 127.60; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 100; 5. Ray Schnittker - 74.9. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park with the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for older pacers; at Charlottetown Driving Park with the Gold Cup and Saucer eliminations for older pacers; and at Tioga Downs with Tompkins-Geers events for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Fifteen colts, three geldings including last season's champion and one very talented filly were entered Monday afternoon for the $1 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The world's most famous trotting race headlines a stakes-laden harness racing card on Saturday afternoon, closing day of the standardbred meet. There will be 10 stakes finals, and host of family activities including pony rides, face painters and live music. Paid admissions can take home a baseball cap for adults or a Foiled Again Breyer Stablemate for kids, while supplies last. First post is noon for the exceptional afternoon of championship racing. The Hambletonian field will be split into a pair of $100,000 elimination heats, races 8 and 9 on the card. The first five finishers in each elimination return for the final - race 13 - that anchors the 90-minute live coverage on CBS SportsNet that begins at 4 p.m. The standout field attracted Pinkman and Mission Brief, the 2014 Dan Patch winners as divisional champions. Pinkman, a gelding trained by three-time Hambletonian winner Jimmy Takter, got the worst of it in the draw for the first eliminations. He landed post 10 as the 8/5 favorite. Stablemate Canepa Hanover fared only slightly better, getting post 9 as the 3-1 second choice in the draw hosted by sportscaster Bruce Beck and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "It is what it is," Takter said. "If they are both good, and Canepa and Pinkman are both very, very good horses, they will have to overcome the post." Pinkman has won six of seven races this year and 12 of 15 in his career. He will try to become the first Dan Patch honoree since Muscle Hill in 2009 to capture the Hambletonian. Pinkman won the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial in a career-best 1:51 3/5 on July 4 and followed that triumph with victories in the Stanley Dancer Memorial here on July 18 and the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open on July 26 at Vernon Downs. Canepa Hanover, second to Pinkman in the Zweig, is 2-3-2 in eight starts this season, including a victory at The Meadowlands in the New Jersey Sires Stakes final. "They will have to do it the hard way," Takter said. Takter, who sends out five horses in the Hambletonian, finally caught a post position break in the first elimination when The Bank, 8-1, landed post 2. "I think he's a sleeper," Takter said. "He's raced really good the last three or four starts. He's the one that has blossomed the most of the five in the last month." Mission Brief landed post 2 in the second elimination as the 6/5 favorite. Mission Brief, who last year trotted in 1:50 3/5 to become the fastest 2-year-old in harness racing history, is trying to become the first filly since Continentalvictory in 1996 to win the Hambletonian. Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, has won three of four starts this year and 12 of 17 lifetime. "It's a perfect draw for her," Burke said. "She doesn't have to leave. She can get away where ever she wants to get away. That seems to be her favorite way anymore, to fall in where she has to and then move from there." The 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, Mission Brief enters the Hambletonian off a 1:51 4/5 win in the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. That victory was the clincher in making the decision to pass the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for fillies to take on the boys.   "It was 100 percent," Burke said. "Without that race, I wasn't going to get all the owners on board to go. For her to show up and look like her own self, it was a pretty easy sell. Her best is as good as anybody's best. That's all we were looking for." The full field for the first elimination with drivers, trainers and odds: 1. Donatomite, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 15-1 2. The Bank, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 3. Workout Wonder, Daniel Dube, Ake Svanstedt, 12-1 4. Habitat, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Total Darkness, Tim Tetrick, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 6. Fashion Creditor, David Miller, Tom Fanning, 20-1 7. Jacksons Minion, Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson, 30-1 8. Centurion ATM, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-2 9. Canepa Hanover, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 3-1 10. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-5.   The second elimination: 1. Billy Flynn, Tim Tetrick, Staffan Lind, 15-1 2. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-5 3. Cruzado Dela Noche, David Miller, Nancy Johansson, 20-1 4. Aldebaran Eagle, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 5. Wings Of Royalty, Tim Tetrick, George Ducharme, 12-1 6. French Laundry, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 7. Uncle Lasse, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 8. Southwind Mozart, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 9. Muscle Diamond, Tim Tetrick, Brett Bittle, 8-1 The finals for three other stakes were also drawn Monday in a press conference in the Victory Sport Bar. Wild Honey, trained by Takter, got post 2 as the 5/2 favorite in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the companion event for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The race turned into a wide-open affair with Mission Brief headed to the Hambletonian. The elimination heats were held last weekend with one of those winners, Lock Down Lindy, getting the rail as the 3-1 second choice. Tragically, Spirit To Win, the other elim winner, suffered a fatal training injury Monday morning.   The Oaks field: 1. Lock Down Lindy, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1 2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 3. Bright Baby Blues, David Miller, Bob Stewart, 8-1 4. Lady Winona, Brian Sears, Julie Miller, 20-1 5. Rules Of The Road, Corey Callahan, Janice Connor, 8-1 6. Classical Annie, Aaron Merriman, Jim Arledge Jr., 30-1 7. Livininthefastlane, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 7-2 8. Sarcy, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 9. Smokinmombo, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver, 12-1 10. Speak To Me, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter, 20-1   $319,400 CANE PACE The Meadowlands will host the first jewel of the pacing Triple Crown for the first time. It will feature one of the shortest prices of the afternoon as $35,000 supplemental entrant Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 2/5 favorite from post 2. The colt owned by George Teague, Jr. and driven by his son Montrell, is 14 for 15 this season, including a 1:47 4/5 win in The Meadowlands Pace.   $301,500 John Cashman Jr. Memorial Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, is the 3-1 favorite from post 6 in the race for older trotters. The 6-year-old, trained by Linda Toscano has earned over $3.7 million. Swedish trotting star Magic Tonight is the 4-1 second choice from post 4. Darin Zoccali    

The Cane Pace will find a new home in 2015. For the first time, the first leg of the pacing Triple Crown will head to The Meadowlands. It will join the star-studded Hambletonian Day card on August 8, 2015. The move is one that is not only great for The Meadowlands, but for the harness racing industry. "Having the best three year old pacers in the sport competing on Hambletonian Day is going to be great for The Meadowlands and Hambletonian Day," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "The Cane Pace is so rich in its history and it deserves a place on harness racing's biggest stage and adding it to The Hambletonian Day card will do just that." In addition to the Cane Pace, it's filly counterpart, the Shady Daisy, will also join The Hambletonian Day program. The Meadowlands will also be adding a "sister race" to the John Cashman Memorial for the aged mare trotters on Hambletonian Day. "The Hambletonian is a spectacle in itself," said General Manager Jason Settlemoir, "but these additions to The Hambletonian Day card means there will be a major stake race for every category of standardbred that are age three or older. I think these additions to program will make the 2015 Hambletonian Day program the greatest Hambletonian Day card the sport has ever seen." "In addition, I would like to thank our sister track, Tioga Downs, for being such a great host of this event for the last few years. This move is done with the vision to solidify The Cane Pace as not only an integral part of pacing's Triple Crown, but also to solidify its status as one of the premier races for the three year old pacers each year and Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands provides the platform to accomplish just that." There will be some adjustments made to the conditions of the Cane due to its new location on the racing calendar. "There are an abundance of races for the three-year-old pacers over the course of the summer," said Director of Racing Operations Darin Zoccali. "The major change to the race will be that it will not contest eliminations, which we feel will make the race more appealing to the leading three year old pacers. No eliminations will also enhance the purse of the Cane Pace Final for 2015. We will provide full details regarding the updated conditions of The Cane Pace in the near future" The Cane Pace is the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown. It was created in 1955 and originally raced as "The Cane Futurity." The Meadowlands will be the fifth host track of The Cane Pace, joining Yonkers Raceway, Freehold Raceway, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Tioga Downs as venues that have hosted the first jewel of pacing's Triple Crown. From the Meadowlands press box  

For the next two weeks Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug Publicity Director, will rank the top 10 eligibles for the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis. Week #5 September 2, 2014 1. McWicked (1:47.3f; $957,883) Owner: SSG Stables (NY) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Won a $99,990 leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at the Meadows (8/29) in 1:48.3. 2. He's Watching (1:46.4; $1,093,300) Owner: Menary Racing (ONT), Brad Gray (ONT), Michael Guerriero (ONT) & Muscara Racing (PA) Trainer: David Menary  Driver: Tim Tetrick He was upset by Lyonssomewhere by a half length in the $437,325 Can Pace Final (9/1). 3. Somewhere In LA (1:50f; $342,133) Owner: J & T Silva Stables (NY), Deo Volente Farms (NJ) & TLP Stable (NJ) Trainer: Robert McIntosh and Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller/Tim Tetrick Finished second to McWicked by a nose in the leg of the PA Sire Stake (8/29). 4. Sometimes Said (1:50.0f; $433,390) Owner: Fashion Farms (PA) Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: John Campbell/David Miller The son of Well Said won a $99,990 leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at the Meadows (8/29) in 1:50. 5. Lyonssomewhere (1:49.4f; $386,812) Owners: Geoffrey Lyons Mound (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter  Driver: Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter He now becomes Jug eligible with his win in the $427,325 Cane Pace Final. His owner must now commit to the $45,000 supplemental entry fee. 6. Limelight Beach (1:49.4; $297,950) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA), Weaver Bruscemi (PA), M1 Stable (PA) and Wingfield Brothers (OH) Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras and Matt Kakaley He finished third by a neck to McWicked in the PA Sire Stake (8/29). 7. At Press Time (1:48.2f; $330,902) Owners: Burke Racing Stable (PA) and Weaver Bruscemi (PA) Trainer: Ron Burke  Driver: Matt Kakaley and Yannick Gingras Finished fifth to McWicked in the PASS at the Meadows (8/29). 8. Cammikey (1:49.4f; $217,788) Owner: Cam Land LLC (PA) Trainer: William Zendt Driver: Brian Zendt The son of Somebeachsomewhere was fourth to Sometimes Said in the PA Sire Stake (8/29). 9. On Golden Ponder (1:52.2h; $177,465) Owners: Robert McIntosh Stable (ONT), CSX Stable (OH) and Michael Kohler (MI) Trainer: Robert McIntosh Driver: John Campbell The world record holder as a freshman last season sweep the legs and $175,000 final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at the Red Mile (8/31). 10. Beat The Drum (1:49.2f; $290,274) Owner: Bender Sweden Inc. (FL) Trainer: Staffan Lind Driver: Ron Pierce He was parked the entire mile in the Cane Pace Final (9/1) fading to seventh. This weeks expert ranking is courtesy of Hall of Fame track announcer Roger Huston. The Voice has called every LBJ since 1967. 1. McWicked 2. Hes Watching 3. Lyonssomewhere 4. Somewhere In LA 5. Limelight Beach 6. Sometimes Said 7. Lets Drink On It 8. Cammikey 9. At Press Time 10. Mattamerican  

Lyonssomewhere pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 harness racing season as he led from start to finish in capturing the first jewel of the pacing Triple Crown, the $437,325 60th annual Cane Pace at Tioga Downs on Labor Day Monday. Sent off at odds of 19-1, he paid $40.20 to win. A $35,000 supplement to the Cane Pace paid off for the three-year-old colt by Somebeachsomewhere who will now head out to Delaware, Ohio to go after the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Little Brown Jug, on September 18. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Lyonssomewhere left from post seven and went right to the front with Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce) taking the two-hole spot from the rail. They sped to the opening quarter mile in a quick :26 seconds. Lyonssomewhere and Gingras were hot on the lead and took the field to half mile marker in :53.3 as JK Endofanera (Brian Sears) started up first-over with race favorite He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) second-over. But to the surprise of all, Luck Be Withyou and Pierce came first-over in front of JK Endofanera as they wanted to go first up again Lyonssomewhere to the three-quarters in 1:21.3. It was then that Gingras realized the good position he was in and started to open up his lead by the top of the stretch with Lyonssomewhere as Tetrick has swept three-wide with He’s Watching and started to gain ground with every stride coming down the stretch. But it was too little too late as Gingras kept his colt going strong to win by a half length in a lifetime best clocking of 1:49.4. Doo Wop Hanover (Corey Callahan) was third. Trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Brentford, Ontario, it was the fifth win in nine starts this year for Lyonsssomewhere.   “Ronnie (Pierce) tried a couple of time to come after us,” said Yannick Gingras, “And he was not one of the horses I wanted to follow. I really did not know what I wanted to do behind the starting gate. I would have followed He’s Watching. My horse is handy enough that I could make my decision once the gate left. “I wasn’t sure if I would be able to hold him off (He’s Watching),” said Gingras, “He’s got an awesome kick. Around the last turn I knew he wasn’t in the top four so I wanted to get some separation between the two of us. It worked.” “We supplemented horse,” Takter said, “And when we got post seven I said to owner Jeff Lyons, Gosh we never get any luck with this horse. He had a great week going into this race. I had a feeling he could do it. I know how good he can be. He is a fantastic horse. “That is why we supplemented him to the Cane Pace,” Takter said, “Because he is so lightly staked we wanted to give him a chance in this race and now we will give him a shot in the Little Brown Jug.” “We are all over the moon and thumbs up after this race,” said owner Jeff Lyons, “We know he is a good horse. This time he got a good trip, a fantastic trainer and driver and so we made it.” The Labor Day card also saw Yannick Gingras triumph in the $25,000 Vernon/Tioga Drivers' Championship, winning the sixth race on the card with Cabrera en route to his title. A pair of wins from Matt Kakaley propelled him into second place, while Ron Pierce finished third. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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