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Chester, PA --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has seen his share of great trotters over the years and he thinks Father Patrick is among them. The 4-year-old Father Patrick, who was a division champion at ages 2 and 3, made his 4-year-old debut a winning one by capturing Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters by two lengths over Bee A Magician in 1:52.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lindy's Tru Grit finished third. Father Patrick's time equaled the track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. "If everything stays perfect I think he's going to be very dominant," said Takter, whose past stars include Horse of the Year Award winners Moni Maker and Malabar Man. "I really do. I've been around greatness, and I think he's going to be a horse people talk about for many, many years." Father Patrick has won 23 of 29 career races and earned $2.51 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. Takter also visited the winner's circle following the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers, which was won by his Great Vintage by three-quarters of a length over Dancin Yankee in 1:50.2. Mach It So finished third. Radar Contact won the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by a neck over Anndrovette, who won last year's race. Ooh Bad Shark was third. The Maxie Lee field featured a deep group of trotters, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician as well as division champions Classic Martine and Market Share, who won last year's edition of the event. Father Patrick and Bee A Magician were among four horses to go for the lead on the first turn and Father Patrick got to the front before the group neared the second turn. The opening quarter was :27.1, followed by a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Bee A Magician tried to launch a challenge coming off the final turn, but Father Patrick yielded no ground. "He did it so easy too," winning driver Yannick Gingras said. "The earplugs are still in; I never really called on him. I let him trot the last eighth (of a mile). "Bee A Magician got the right trip, but with those kinds of fractions maybe I got a little bit of a jump on her. But she's a great horse and I was definitely worried around the turn when Brian (Sears) pulled because I knew she would give me a run. But he just showed what kind of horse he is." A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal debut by qualifying three times, with his final effort being a 1:52 victory at the Meadowlands on May 16. "Last week we wanted to get him a race but weren't able to, so I treated that (qualifier) as a race," Gingras said. "We went decent fractions and he stretched his legs out a little. I knew he was about as ready as he could be. He's not in peak, peak form yet, but he was good enough to win today." In addition to preparing for his racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. He made three trips to the breeding farm in the week leading up to the Maxie Lee. "It's individual," Takter said about whether breeding and racing could work for all horses. "I know horses that won't go at all; when you start breeding them they lose total interest in racing. In his case, it hasn't been negative. So far so good." Great Vintage also has done stud duty, but after he bred just a handful of mares this year Takter decided it was better to give him a chance again on the racetrack. Great Vintage had been "retired" after suffering a ligament injury last August. A 7-year-old son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Vintage, Great Vintage is 2-for-2 this season. He has won 28 of 95 career races and earned $793,108. "He came back very happy," Takter said. "He got hurt in the fall last year, so I thought he was done. But he came back sounder and better. He was a really good 2-year-old, but he got hurt in the paddock when he was turned out so he didn't come back good as a 3-year-old. He had a bad injury on the knee. "He raced good (in the two years) after that. He's a good horse. He's a brother to ($2.1-million-earner) Vintage Master, so he's got a license to play. He's a tough horse." Takter trains Great Vintage for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Goran Falk. In the Betsy Ross, Radar Contact went to the front in the opening quarter-mile and never looked back, holding off multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette at the wire. A 7-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway out of the mare Topville Cyberwave, Radar Contact has won six of 16 races this year and finished worse than second only twice. For her career, she has 31 victories in 97 starts and $877,006 in purses. Radar Contact is trained by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter looks at Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia and can't help but be impressed. "It's like a mini Elitloppet," Takter said, referring to the famed invitational in Sweden that brings together an international field of 16 trotters. "This would have been a top field in Elitloppet elimination, anyway. It's going to be a great race." Takter's Father Patrick - who on Sunday makes his debut as a 4-year-old - is among four trotters entered in the Maxie Lee with Dan Patch Awards on their resumes. The others are Bee A Magician, who was harness racing's 2013 Horse of the Year, Market Share, and Classic Martine. The race is part of a star-studded card that also features the $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers and the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. Father Patrick, who received Dan Patch Awards at both ages 2 and 3 and was the sport's top money-winner last season, drew post five with driver Yannick Gingras and is 7-2 on the morning line. He has won 22 of 28 career starts and earned $2.43 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal bow with three qualifiers. He was second to Melady's Monet in the first in 1:55, then won in 1:53.3 and 1:52. "Everything is much better than I expected," Takter said. "The horse had three qualifiers and he was stronger in every one of them. The last one was in (1):52 with the plugs left in; (Gingras) never really asked him anything. The horse is ready." In addition to getting ready for the racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. "It hasn't hurt him," Takter said. "He's going to breed three times this week. He's got a busy schedule, this guy. He doesn't seem to mind it. We've been fortunate that it hasn't been that hot. Sometimes when they've got to ship back and forth and breed, you just want to make sure their weight stays right." Bee A Magician, who on Saturday became the first female trotter to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and is No. 1 in the first Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, drew post three and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The 5-year-old mare is 3-for-3 this season, defeating male rivals in all of her starts. She won the Cutler in 1:51.2, which is the season's best time for any trotter. Her trainer, Nifty Norman, also is impressed with the Maxie Lee lineup. "I would say that's the best field she's met - maybe in her life," Norman said. "That's a really, really good field. I think we got probably the best draw out of that crew so we'll see how it shakes out. "You couldn't be more pleased with her," he added. "She's been fantastic every start and maybe got better each start. I'm thrilled." Classic Martine, who received last year's Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, got post seven and is 5-2. She has won two of three races this season, including the Miami Valley Distaff at Miami Valley Raceway in a track-record 1:52.2. Market Share, a Dan Patch Award honoree in 2012 and 2013, drew post four and is 8-1. "This is (Father Patrick's) first time racing against aged horses," Takter said. "Bee A Magician has really impressed me this year. She's a horse that's going to be tough to beat. But I feel optimistic. I think he can give her a run for the money. Classic Martine has been racing really good and you can't rule out Market Share with the class he has." Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 20-1 2. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 9-1 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 2-1 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-1 5. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 6. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott, 12-1 7. Classic Martine, George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes, 5-2 8. Bourbon Bay, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson, 15-1 Following is the field for the Jerry Taylor Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Doctor Butch, John Campbell, Linda Toscano, 6-1 2. Sapphire City, Mark MacDonald, Paul Blumenfeld, 20-1 3. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 2-1 4. Great Vintage, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 5. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 6. Dancin Yankee, Brett Miller, Josh Green, 15-1 7. Clear Vision, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1 8. Modern Legend, James MacDonald, David Drew, 6-1 Following is the field for the Betsy Ross Mare Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 7-1 3. Radar Contact, John Campbell, Noel Daley, 9-2 4. Jerseylicious, David Miller, Wayne Givens, 9-1 5. Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious, 20-1 6. Yagonnakissmeornot, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 9-5 7. Ooh Bad Shark, Allan Davis, William Wiggins, 12-1 8. For The Ladies N, Brian Sears, Peter Tritton, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

May 16, 2015 - Three top trots graced today’s Aby card conducted on a sloppy surface. The Gr. I International Queens Cup for four year old mares (940,960SEK, US$114,202 to the winner) was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Perretti Farms bred Ruby Crown (4f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele-Crown Thy Good-Speedy Crown ) took the prize clocked in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter, driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Ruby Trap’s career slate is now 12 9-1-0 for 1,205,700SEK and she is 5 4-1-0 in 2015. Jetta Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Fantasi Palema-Alf Palema) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Par Hedberg. This one was bred by Karl-Erik Bender and is owned by Stall Palema. Barka (4f Enjoy Lavec-Juxtapose-Credit Winner) secured third for Tony Wallin and trainer Kjell Wallin. The Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International Kings Plate) for four year old males was conducted over 2140 meters autostart, also for first money of 940,960SEK. The winner, in a close battle, was Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Melander and owner Stall TZ timed in 1.12.7kr. Bred by Arden Homestead and A.J. Skoglund, the winner now has a career slate of 14 7-1-0 for 1,230,750SEK earned. Second was Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and clocked same as the winner. Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) was a solid third for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. The Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned and Guida Italia Srl bred Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) ended fourth. The V-75 Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne (150,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) was clocked in a quick 1.10.5kr by winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. This winner of now 18 races in 53 starts for 6,132,316SEK career earnings was bred in North America by Libfeld and Katz. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) was second for Ulf Olsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsen. This one is a 22 time winner from 85 starts for 6,566,936SEK earned. El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie-Royal Troubador) was third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2015 -- Livininthefastlane beat the field -- and a raging thunderstorm -- Saturday at The Meadows when she scored in a stake-record 1:53 in a $193,364 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over four divisions, with Wild Honey, Sarcy and Magic Marker taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Wild Honey and Sarcy. Livininthefastlane's victory was hard earned. She was looped from the gate and had to step lively for Andy Miller to make the front in 27.2, then hold off the strong late challenge of Smexi to down her by a neck. Matter Hatter finished third. The time erased the old Stenographer mark of 1:53.4 established by Maven in 2012. "I didn't want to use her quite that much early, but she responded. She's a good filly," Miller said. "She's grown up, and she's a lot easier to handle than she was last year. If she has a little luck, she could have a very big year." Julie Miller trains Livininthefastlane, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Andy Miller said Livininthefastlane likely will take several weeks off before her next engagement. Shortly after Livininthefastlane triumphed, a gully gusher inundated the track, forcing a brief delay in the program and costing Wild Honey any shot at breaking the new stake record. Wild Honey, who won 10 of 12 starts and $439,703 at 2, was sharp nevertheless, quarter-poling to the lead and winning geared down in 1:55.1. Sweet Thing was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Smokinmombo earned show. "She's awesome," Palone said. "I'm just trying to get it done as cheap as I can this early in the season. She finished well within herself -- just a beautiful filly to drive. She's not a real big, stout filly, but she's as quick as a cat and so versatile." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. Sarcy also quarter-poled to the front for Palone and needed all her determination to thwart the first-over bid of Sky Hanover, who fell a head short. Gatka Hanover completed the ticket. A daughter of Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire, Sarcy triumphed in 1:54.4 for owners Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. "I had to use her twice," Palone said, "but I really felt the whole way through the stretch my filly would fight (Sky Hanover) off. I was happy with her. That's a good mile in these conditions." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (May 14), each going for a purse of approximately $63,000. Solveig Racing Partner's Uncle Lasse checked in as the heavy favorite in division one. The son of Donato Hanover is coming off of a solid freshman campaign, banking $350,000 in 2014, including a tough loss to Pinkman in the Valley Vic at Woodbine. He showed solid early speed at the start, but had company in the form of Suit And Tie (Mike Simons) who took the lead by the quarter in :27.4. That lead was short lived however, as Uncle Lasse quickly went back on the offensive, re-taking the lead by the half in :57. After putting away a first-over challenge from Shoot The Thrill (Tony Hall), Uncle Lasse began to pull away at three-quarters 1:25.1. He went on to win easily from that point, stopping the clock in a lifetime's best 1:53. Bob Key's Cue Hall (Dave Miller) rallied up for second, while Explosiveday (Tim Tetrick) rallied for third. It was the fifth career win for Uncle Lasse out of fourteen starts. He is trained by Jimmy Takter, and was driven by Brett Miller. The second division went to another Jimmy Takter trainee, Whom Shall I Fear (Yannick Gingras). The son of Cantab Hall was one of three horses coming into the race undefeated in 2015. At the start, it was Real DJ Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) taking command. The favorite however quickly brushed to the front after the quarter (:28.2). They remained that way throughout the middle half, which went in :57.2. Consus Racing Stable's Pierre (Scott Zeron) mustered a lukewarm first-over bid, but began to stall rounding the final turn. In the stretch, it was down to Whom Shall I Fear and Real DJ Hanover, with the former winning the stretch duel. The final time was 1:54.1. Pierce Wave Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished a distant third. Whom Shall I fear is owned by The Whom Shall I Fear Stable. Trainer Jimmy Takter remained hot in the third division, as The Bank came from off the trot to win. The son of Donato Hanover finished second in a Breeder's Crown elimination last season, and was coming off of two sharp qualifiers in preparation for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. The Bank was taken off the trot at the start, as Sixteen Encores (Dave Miller) and Divisionist (Charlie Norris) left for the lead from the outside. Sixteen Encores made a break at the quarter, and that left Divisionist with a sizable lead. After the half, Boots N Chains emerged first over to challenge, with the eventual winner latched on to that cover. They fanned across the track at the top of the stretch, with The Bank kicking clear to win by a length, stopping the timer in 1:56. Wicker Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) finished second, while Boots N Chains finished third. The Bank is owned by Christina Takter and Goran Falk, and was driven by Jimmy Takter. The fourth division featured the heavily favored Pinkman. The Breeders Crown Champion of a year ago is coming off of two sharp qualifiers at the Meadowlands in preparation for his 3-year-old campaign. He went right to the lead at the start. After hitting the quarter in :28.1, Pinkman went into beast mode. He posted a :56.1 middle half, a back half in :55.3, and an impressive clocking of 1:52.2, a track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters. Bobs Hope (Corey Callahan) finished second, while Soboro Hanover (Brett Miller) finished third. Pinkman is owned by Takter, the Fieldings, Mc Clelland, and Liverman, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. Michael Bozich

There were five divisions of Stallion Series action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 13). In the first division, it was J&T Silva Stable's Old Oak (Marcus Johansson) picking up the victory. The son of Donato Hanover brushed towards the front at the quarter pole, and led every step from that point. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Corey Callahan) provided some tense moments late in the stretch however. The son of Lear Jetta maintained pocket position, but could not go by the winner in the passing lane. Bennie Magliochetti's Bistro finished third. It was the third career win for Old Oak, clocking a lifetime's best 1:56.4. He paid $3.20. In division two, Richard Gutnick's RG's Thunderbolt (Tim Tetrick) was dominant in victory. The son of Yankee Glide went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57. It was the second straight win for the Linda Toscano trainee, who is a perfect two for two on the season. Muscle Massive colt Ralph R (Marcus Miller) finished second via a pocket trip, while Hurrikane Jonny K (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third.The winner paid $4.80. In the third division, it was Jonas Czernyson trainee Keystone Bodacious (Corey Callahan) leading the field from start to finish. The son of Muscle Massive set moderate fractions to win for the first time. The final time was 1:57.1. Florida invader Silvermass Volo (George Napolitano Jr.) raced strong first-over, but had to settle for second, while long shot Wildintention As (Dave Miller) finished third. Keystone Bodacious is owned by Arden Homestead Stables, Mal and Janet Burroughs, Lst Stables, and Bill Devan Jr. He paid $9.80. In Division four, Harbor Racing's Don't Mind Me (Jim Raymer) went all the way for the victory. The son of Andover Hall faced a challenge at three-quarters from the upstart Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt). Don't Mind Me responded however, pulling away to win by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt) finished second, while W W (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the third career win for Don't Mind Me, who paid $4.80 to win. In the fastest of the five divisions, it was Newcastle going gate-to-wire for the win. The son of Cantab Hall quickly assumed command at the start and never looked back. It was the second win of the day for Harbor Racing Stable and trainer Jim Raymer. Newcastle (Corey Callahan) is now three for four in 2015. Ake Svanstedt trainee Colbert finished second, while Ferragamo (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $2.60. Michael Bozich

Lindy Racing and Bob Rudolph's Lindy's Tru Grit was victorious in the feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (April 30). It was a winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $25,000. The 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall settled down in the pocket behind favorite Wind Of The North (David Miller). They maintained the top positions until the head of the stretch, when Lindy's Tru Grit vacated the pocket. The Julie Miller trainee was able to hold off the stretch drive of long shot Team Six (Marcus Miller) winning it by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:54. The winner paid $12.00, keying a $171.60 exacta. Opening Night (John Campbell) finished third. Michael Bozich  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 20, 2015 — Chef Lee completed his sweep of the Tamarind Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings when he dug in late to capture Monday’s $35,800 harness racing championship at The Meadows. Chef Lee moved to the lead before the quarter and took the field through what appeared to be a comfortable 1:28.4 three-quarters. But when Simeon angled off the pylons from third for the stretch drive, the battle was on. Chef Lee found more for Mike Wilder and downed Simeon by a nose in 1:58, with Flying Muscles third. “I probably should have let my horse sprint a little quicker, but I thought I was okay,” said Wilder, who piloted three winners on the 14-race card. “I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch, and I got after him as much as I ever do, which is just peck at him. He was giving me all he had at the wire.” Chef Lee’s victory was especially meaningful for owner/trainer Norm Parker, who selected Chef Lee for his uncle, longtime Standardbred owner Rex Lee Parker, and purchased the gelded son of Cantab Hall-Summer Savory at Lexington as a yearling. “Uncle Rex told me I could bid up to $12,000,” Norm Parker said, “and that’s exactly what we gave for him.” When the elder Parker was diagnosed with cancer, he willed his Standardbreds to his nephew. At the time of Rex Lee Parker’s death in October 2014, Chef Lee was the only horse remaining in his stable. Rex Lee Parker never got to see his final horse win, as Chef Lee didn’t take a mark in 10 starts at 2 while remaining competitive in stakes company. “Where I raced him made a difference,” Norm Parker said. “He was in stake races most of the year, and I thought he had a chance to be a really nice horse. This year, he started out with the kind of horses he’s able to beat.” Chef Lee is undefeated in four 2015 outings and likely will be placed more judiciously. “He’ll be in Pennsylvania stuff,” Norm Parker said. “We’ll see whether we go sires or stallion series.” He views Chef Lee as a cherished connection to his late uncle. For one thing, Dwane Parker — Norm’s dad and Rex Lee’s brother — comes to the Parker stable almost daily to check up on Chef Lee. And Norm Parker feels something even stronger. “Uncle Rex is looking down on us,” he said. “Something’s going right, so we’ll say he has a little bit to do with it.” Tuesday’s card at The Meadows features the $32,800 championship of the Visible Gold Pace for sophomore colts and geldings, which goes as race 9. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Yesterday we had a look at the trends in harness racing in North America with regards to how pacing sires were performing so far this year. Today we thought we would do the same thing with trotting stallions and how the charts are looking at this stage of the season. The list has a very familiar look to it with a lot of the sires near the top of the list having been around for a while. Kadabra continues to hold a prominent place on the list as he has for quite a few years and even though it is early days he has established a lead of close to $260,000. Angus Hall is another leading sire who is always prominent on these lists and he has continued that trend in the early part of this year. Cantab Hall is $200,000 plus back in third place with both Yankee Glide and Andover Hall close up in fourth and fifth place.  Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                        Sire                                                          Starters                                                  Money ====                                                        ========                                              ===== KADABRA                                                135                                                    $1,309,241   ANGUS HALL                                           118                                                    $1,050,390   CANTAB HALL                                          96                                                      $844,498   YANKEE GLIDE                                       101                                                     $723,239   ANDOVER HALL                                       93                                                      $703,594   The three year old trotters list is still very much in its infancy and it is hard to try to draw any conclusions due to the lack of runners at this stage of the season.   CR Commando holds a narrow lead at this stage of the season over the the son of Donerail in Political Briefing who stands in Delaware.   He only has ten live three year olds this season and only 95 live foals in his ten years at stud to date.   Muscles Yankee is going well as usual as is Yankee Glide but most of the heavy hitters are not far away and one feels this list will have a very different look about it after another month or two.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                      Sire                                                             Starters                                                      Money ====                                                           ========                                                 ===== CR COMMANDO                                              8                                                       $112,180   POLITICAL BRIEFING                                     4                                                         $95,160   MUSCLES YANKEE                                       10                                                        $92,422   YANKEE GLIDE                                             18                                                           $88,586   DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE                             15                                                        $87,890   Harnesslink Media  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 13, 2015 -- Chef Lee inherited the lead near the quarter and made the most of it, rolling to his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. Simeon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The championship leg of the Tamarind Trot is set for Monday, April 20. Special Action outdueled Chef Lee for the early lead only to break stride shortly thereafter. Chef Lee might not have needed the help, as he scored in 1:57.2, lowering his lifetime mark by 2.4 seconds. Tails was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, while Only The Brave recovered from an early break to earn show. Mike Wilder drove the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding for owner/trainer Norm Parker. Off stride in his three most recent appearances, Simeon rebounded nicely for Dan Rawlings, sitting comfortably in the pocket before zipping by in the Lightning Lane to down Flying Muscles by a length in 1:59.1. The first-over Knucklebiter finished third. David Wade conditions Simeon, an Andover Hall-Keystone Ariana gelding, and owns with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger used a pocket trip and late kick to upset the 3-5 favorite, Daylon Miracle, by a head at a healthy 28-1 for Wilder, trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Run And Tell Pap completed the ticket. An 8-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding, TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $493,201 in career earnings. It was among Wilder's three victories on the 14-race card. THE MEADOWS TRIPLES TUESDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $15K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, April 14 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday and Tuesday, The Meadows upped the ante when Monday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,954.18. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday's program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 6, 2015 -- Flying Muscles and Chef Lee, the 1-9 and 1-5 favorites, respectively, justified harness racing bettors' faith in them Monday at The Meadows, as each captured a $17,500 opening-leg division of the Tamarind Trot. The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings honors Tamarind, one of the track's top active trotters, who is owned and trained by Bill Bercury. Flying Muscles acquitted himself well in the recent Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-olds, finishing second in the championship. Without older competitors to face, he was even more impressive, claiming the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and prevailing geared down in 1:58.4. Early leader Only The Brave was 2 lengths back in second, with Knucklebiter third. Todd Rooney trains the Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding and owns with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Chef Lee, who broke his maiden last time out in his 11th try, trotted like a polished pro for Mike Wilder, moving to the front at the quarter pole and scoring in 2:00.1, 4 lengths better than Bettin Bruce. Stage Hand K completed the ticket. Norm Parker owns and trains the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle did what she does best -- show up the boys. The lone mare in the field triumphed on the front end for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bercury in 1:54.1. The pocket-sitting Tall Cotton saved place, 2 lengths in arrears, while Big And Little earned show. Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who now boasts $444,357 in career earnings, has faced colts, stallions and geldings in five of her last six outings, collecting three wins and two thirds. Merriman piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Palone and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DOVER, Del. ---- The highly thought-of Wind Of The North makes his seasonal debut meeting the razor-sharp Tough Mac and Tirade Hanover in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. After a successful 2014 season, Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck purchased Wind Of The North. Bier has given the Cantab Hall gelding plenty of time and after three qualifying races is ready to go. Mike Casalino's Tough Mac has been near perfect since the start of the New Year, winning four and finishing second following a pared out mile with Corey Callahan at the controls. Hard hitting Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby have also been right there for owners Steve Moss, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer. Six Gun Hal, a two time winner with two seconds this meet for owners Don marvel and trainer Bob Shahan drew the rail with George Dennis in the bike. Tina and Joe Clark's Baximum handled by Allan Davis has been a fast finishing factor in each of his local starts. Eddie Dennis will drive consistent I'm So Striking owned by E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters. Mystical Dew, a new acquisition for Niel Gargiulo and veteran trainer-driver Donald Dancer, has strong Ohio successes to his credit. Hey Pancho (Tim Tetrick), whose four race win streak was marred breaking stride last time out, leaves from the rail in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. His biggest threat should come from Rosemary Smutz's Man Of Muscle (Davis) riding a two-straight win streak. In another $14,000 division, Gregg and Tom Morris' Juanna Be The Man (Roger Plante) has a two-race win streak. Everyone's Talkin (Tetrick) has won two of his last three while Tina and Joe Clark's Derby (Davis) cannot be overlooked. A strong supporting card featuring several other wide-open trotting events on the Wednesday card. Just Bettor got better Just Bettor, who had started from the outside in eight straight starts, scored a 1:54 victory in a $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming/Handicap on a chilly and windy Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby left fast with Just Bettor to get the early lead before relenting the front. The Bettor's Delight - Just Great five-year-old gelding closed strongly for his second win of the year to go with four seconds and a third in seven races. Ken Wood and Minisink Farms own the winner of $26,625 in 2015 and $178,011 lifetime. UF Dragons Cruiser (Allan Davis) edged fast finishing Swift As A Shadow (George Dennis) for second. Kirby led all drivers with three wins. Corey Callahan drove both ends of the daily double. Allan Davis and George Dennis had two wins each. Marv Bachrad

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 20, 2015) - The complexion of the featured $30,000 Open Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands changed dramatically with the scratch of morning line favorite Melady's Monet. That left the role of the favorite in the hands of the harness racing entry, Lindy's Tru Grit and Master Of Law, sent off at 4/5. Neither was interested in mixing it up early, as Coffeecake Hanover showed good speed, but she quickly conceded the lead to Appomattox heading to the opening quarter in 28.1. Team Six, who established position third on the pylons, made a move heading to the three-eighths pole and took over command down the backstretch. He would lead the field through a 56.3 half-mile. Lindy's Tru Grit began to roll moving into the far turn and challenged Team Six with a first over grind through three-quarter of 1:25.1. His entry-mate, Master Of Law, tracked his cover into the stretch. Team Six came up empty in the lane as Lindy's Tru Grit wrestled the lead away and sprinted to the wire with Master Of Law in hot pursuit. They trotted to the wire together, with Lindy's Tru Grit prevailing by a neck in 1:53.2. Coffeecake Hanover raced very well, trotting strongly through the stretch, emerging from in between horses to finish third. The win was the second of the season for the son of Cantab Hall, driven by Andy Miller for his wife, trainer Julie Miller and owners Lindy Racing Stable and Robert Rudolph. A claiming mini-series for trotters with a claiming price of $12,500 was contested on Friday night at The Meadowlands as well, split in three divisions, with the top three finishers from each division and one fourth place finisher (drawn by lot), advancing to a $20,000 final next week. The first $7,000 division went to Fuel Cell (Corey Callahan), with Powerful Valor and Without A Clue guaranteeing spots in the final. The second division saw Fox Valley Legend (Jimmy Marohn Jr.) power through from in between horses to score. That gelding was claimed by trainer Scott Didomenico. Pocket Passer and Dash For The Cash also advanced to the final. The final division saw a 14-1 upset in the form of Northern Mattador (Scott Zeron), with Casanova Lindy and Free Rollin also qualifying for the final. The fourth place finishers hoping to join the nine automatic qualifiers are Keystone Wallace, Somolli Pirate and Marquesas. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 was unclaimed, producing a carryover into the fifth race on Saturday of $28,624, while the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover has grown to $133,604. Racing resumes on Saturday night, with three series finals, The Charles Singer, Burning Point and Sonsam featured on the 13-race program which gets underway at 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

Pompano Beach, FL...February 18, 2015...Bloodstockshalltab, a recent purchase by harness racing trainer-driver Ed Hensley, paid a big dividend on Wednesday night as he trotted the second fastest mile in Pompano Park history, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 on a blustery cold (mid-50's) night by South Florida standards. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall accomplished his feat in the $15,400 Open Handicap Trot, pinning a defeat measuring 5 3/4 lengths on Dukester (Rick Plano) with My Revenuer (Tom Sells) third under the wire--but moved up one notch to second after the judges "dq'd" Dukester for a pylon violation turning for home. Lugar finished fourth, 10 lengths away, while Adenium picked up the nickel in the full field of 10. At the outset, the 9 to 5 second choice, Its Payday Friday, made a miscue so it was Adenium and Winemaster Hanover vying for supremecy with the latter taking command at the :27.3 opener, the exact spot where Buddy Hally, away third from the rail, made a quarter move to the top and reached the half in :56.4 with Bloodstockshalltab already on the move from fifth and brushing strongly as the field moved on to the backside. Bloodstockshalltab used a :27.4 blitz on the backstretch to secure the lead around turn three--timed in 1:25.1. From there, Hensley's charge was unthreatened during a :28.2 finale, reaching the finish in an officially timed mile of 1:53.67, edging Baseball Express (1:53.70),  Hellava Hush (1:53.71), Tug River Dylan (1:53.74), Tweedle Dum (1:53.77) and Ahijuna Chucaro (1:53.79) for the second fastest trotting mile in track history. The track trotting record is 1:52 4/5 by Southwind Vavoom set in 2011. After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "I bought this horse privately a few weeks ago. I thought he had talent and, while I wasn't surprised that he won, I was surprised that he trotted this much on this kind of night. I think it might be a new mark for him, too." (It is, with his old mark being 1:54 in a Meadowlands qualifier as a three year-old.) Hensley now has two wins in four starts with his new purchase and Wednesday night's win was the gelding's 12th in 61 career starts and sent his lifetime earnings to $195,645--$7,200 of that since the Hensley acquisition in mid-January. The winner paid $5.40. Pompano Park's $11,000 co-featured trot went to R G Rocket, driven by Dave Ingraham, in 1:56.1. This seven year-old altered son of Cincinnati Kid, trained by Mario Dessureault for owner Jamie Marra Racing, showed some early foot from post six to land in fourth early, followed live cover on the backside to take command from Arriba Amigo around the final turn and went on to score a 5 1/2 length win over Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey) with Pop I (Harry Landy) third. Arriba Amigo did finish fourth while Dream Lake earned the final award in the field of 10. Knocking at the door with a 0-3-3 scorecard in six starts coming into the action, R G Rocket finally got his first win of the season--21st lifetime--and sent his lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--$203,449 to be exact. As the 7 to 5 favorite, R G Rocket paid $4.80 to his faithful. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 14, 2015...Coco Lindy earned a narrow photo finish decision as Pompano Park presented a highly competitive Open Handicap Trot along with the opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer for claiming pacers, which was contested in two divisions. Coco Lindy, an eight year-old altered son of Cantab Hall owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph, just did get up in the final stride to pin the "nose" decision in 1:54.3 over the pacesetting Its Payday Friday with Adenium third, three lengths away, in a virtual repeat of when these three hooked up in their last encounter on December 30. Dukester and Majestic Won earned the final two awards in the field of seven. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Coco Lindy played musical chairs early on with Its Payday Friday, handled by Dan Clements, with "Lindy" taking command as the gate sprung open before yielding to Its Payday Friday at the opening marker, timed in :27.3. Adenium, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, settled into third at this point with Dukester, M C Felix, Buddy Hally and Majestic Won following. Positions remained stagnant among the first five through a half in :57.2 and, except for a bit of outside flow on the backside, the top two, Its Payday Friday and Coco Lindy, began separating from the remaining competition turning for home. With the three-quarters timed in 1:26, Its Payday Friday dug in desperately to try and protect the lead but Coco Lindy kept gnawing away and just did get by in the very last stride. In a post race interview, driver Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey said, "This is one game trotter. He's just relentless. I know he likes the top spot but, the last two times I drove him, Dan's (Clements) horse (Its Payday Friday) drew outside of us and I had to make a choice of whether to get into an all-out war or yield and get a garden trip. I'm glad I chose the latter--even though it gave me heart palpitations both times." Trained by Frank Antonacci, the lightly raced eight year-old Coco Lindy won for the 30th time in only 77 lifetime starts to push his career bounty to $398,680. Even money on the tote-board, Coco Lindy paid $4.00 to win. The opening round of the Sea Eagle Late Closer--an event named in honor of the first Pompano Park winner on February 4, 1964--was contested in two divisions with the opening rounds going to Oakmont and Rock N Go. Oakmont, a recent purchase by trainer Dan McCartney and driven this night by Ed Hensley, made a quarter (:28.1) move to the front and carved remaining fractions of :56.3 and 1:25 before sealing a decision measuring three lengths on the strength of a :28.2 finale. Orator and Mike Micallef teamed up to be second while Casino Captor, driven by Joe Sanzeri, rallied from last half way through the mile to earn show honors. Four Starz Kyle and Deep Finesse also earned checks in the septet. Oakmont, an eight year-old son of I Am A Fool, earned his 25th lifetime victory to send his lifetime bankroll to $207,700. As 8 to 5 second choice in the betting, Oakmont paid $5.40 to win. Rock N Go, trained and driven by Kevin Wallis for owner Leona Morrissey, stretched his current winning skein to five with the win timed in 1:53--his margin of victory three-parts-of-a-length over Final Curtain (Bruce Ranger) with Who Dey (Mickey McNichol) third. Tivoli Hanover and Fox Valley Christo finished 4-5, respectively, in the field of eight. This five year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, took command shortly after the :27 opener and rolled on through panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before coming home in :29.1 to seal the issue. As the 3 to 5 choice, Rock N Go paid $3.20 to win. Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Wednesday night with the carryover going in to Saturday night's program now approaching $44,000. Post time for Saturday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

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