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MANALAPAN, NJ - July 26, 2014 - John McDermott, Jennifer Lauer and Maja Bown, selected as winners of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Scholarships for 2014, received their plaques and checks in winner's circle ceremonies at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 25, 2014. Each received $2,500. Making the presentations were SBOANJ directors Ed Razzetti and Dennis Lane along with Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] Executive Director Chris Samaha. John McDermott of Lyndhurst, NJ, recently completed his first year at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he is pursuing a degree in business administration. Jennifer Lauer of Hightstown, NJ attends East Stroudsburg University and aspires to be a veterinarian. Maja Bown, a graduate of West Orange High School, will be attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall.  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 18, 2014 - A late afternoon summer storm failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 110 golfers who competed at the 19th Annual SBOANJ Golf Outing & Fundraiser on July 14, 2014 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. A total of 125 golfers and banquet attendees feasted on a prime rib dinner. Numerous door prizes were distributed along with presentations for golfing prowess. Best foursome honors went to Kunz Equine Team of Simon Spicer, Mike Seddon, Shannon Murphy and Johnny Pregman. The "most honest" foursome award went to Jim Hogan, Jesse Johnson, John Hynes and Frank VanWie. Longest drive-prizes went to Hannah Miller, who won Kindle Fire tablet, and Jeff Bamond Jr., who received a Boze Bluetooth speaker Closest to the Pin was Simon Spicer from of the Kunz Equine Team, who won a 32-inch HD TV. Putting contest honors - and $145 - went to Kelly Breen. Frank Lomangino won the drawing for a Track Trainer jog cart, which was donated by Allen Eggert of Pennsbury Enterprises. The 50-50 winner was Garrett Federico, whose share was $895. Sponsorships, key to the fund raising effort which benefits New Jersey's standardbred horsemen in need, were provided at several levels. The overall tournament sponsors were Shay Cowan of Katz/Pierz, and Thomas Cordovano and John Macri of the La Ferla Group. At the Gold Level, the donors were the Meadowlands Racetrack; Drucker, Math & Whitman CPAs; Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group/UBS Financial Services; Joie de Vie Farms and Rollermagic Roller Rinks. At the Silver Level, the donors were Showplace Farms, Gaitway Farms, Federico's Landscape Design, Santoro & Santoro [Dennis Dowd], Valley High Stables, Freehold Raceway, Eposimato Stable, Mark Ford Training Stable, Nick Salenetri, Aetna/Meritain Health, Hambletonian Society and Val D'Or Farms. At the Bronze Level, the donors are Advocacy Management Group, Network Security Group, New Jersey Community Bank, Chris Ryder and Nick Surick. Additional fundraising was accomplished through the donation of goods and services by Bluestone Farms, Deo Volente Farm, Gambler Ridge Golf Club, Ellen Harvey, Meadowbrook Industries, Makefield Highlands Golf Club, Northwood Bloodstock, Pennsbury Enterprises, Reynolds Hay & Straw/Tribute Equine Nutrition, Rick's Saddle Shop/Purina, Baker Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram and Newport Graphics. Dinner, lunch and competition awards were underwritten by Martin Scharf, Deo Volente Farm, Berman, Gara & Rutsky, Electric Battery Company, Network Security Group, Nick Surick, Marc and Marcia Goldberg and Green Acquisition Corp. Hole sponsors were Berman Gara & Rutsky, John and Paula Campbell, Drucker, Math & Whitman, Thomas J. Durkin/ Joseph Spadaro, Green Acquisition Corp, Joie de Vie Farms, Katz/Pierz, La Ferla Group, Meadowlands Racetrack, Andy Miller, Ervin Miller Stable, Network Security Group, Rollermagic Roller Rinks and Suydam Insurance Agency. The SBOANJ golf outing is co-chaired by SBOANJ directors Ed Razzetti and Bob Baggitt Sr. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 10, 2014 - The quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds are gems in a star-studded 13-race program, including the Meadowlands Pace, on Saturday night, July 12, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. It is early in the campaign of these two-year-olds but already some of the divisional standouts are beginning to emerge. Among the trotters - with 10 colts and geldings carded in the first race and seven fillies in the second race - the Muscles Yankee colt French Laundry has already distinguished himself with a stakes record equaling 1:56 flat mile two weeks ago in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The Jimmy Takter trainee, who will be driven by Takter, matched the mark set by Yankee Glide in 1996. He is rated 5-2 in the morning line, leaving from the rail. A $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, he races for Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ and Ontario-based John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Takter Stable also sends out Canepa Hanover [2-1 from post three] and Falk On Hill [15-1 from post nine], both sons of Muscle Hill. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Canepa Hanover, the odds on choice in a division of last week's second leg, broke stride and finished last after winning a baby race by nearly 19 lengths in 1:56.1. Guess Whos Back by Muscles Yankee won that race in 1:57 and will once again be partnered with Brian Sears, leaving from post five and rated 7-2 in the morning line. Only seven fillies will go to the gate in their division, six of which are daughters of Muscle Hill, including 4-5 favorite Mission Brief and 2-1 second choice Saturday Mornings. Mission Brief, driven by Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, posted a stakes record 1:55.1, winning last week's second leg by nine and three-quarter lengths over Saturday Mornings. She eclipsed Act Of Grace [1995] and Southwind Cocoa [2012] who shared the 1:55.3 New Jersey Sire Stakes record. A $150,000 Lexington Selected yearling purchase, she is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Saturday Mornings, driven by David Miller and trained by Joe Holloway, won an opening round split after Mission Brief broke stride, and was second in their rematch last week. Owned by Bluestone Farms of Hopewell, NJ, she was a $32,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. The New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals bracket the card with the pacing colts and geldings occupying the 11th race and the pacing fillies the final event on the 13-race card. In the colts division, Dealt A Winner by Cam's Card Shark captured both of his preliminary leg starts, Artspeak by Western Ideal won his debut appearance last week and Weapons Dealer, also by Western Ideal, scored two weeks ago. They are the linesmaker's top choices. Dealt A Winner, driven by Miller and trained by Ed Hart, leaves from post four and is rated 5-2. A $35,000 Harrisburg yearling owned by Jeffrey Snyder, who raced his sire, Dealt A Winner won his first start on the front end in 1:52.4 and his second from off the pace in 1:53.4. Artspeak, who debuted last week and won by two and a quarter lengths in 1:53.3, is a Tony Alagna-trainee entrusted to driver Scott Zeron. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, he is co-owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In the Gym Partners. He drew post eight and is 3-1 in the morning line. Weapons Dealer, a 1:54.2 winner, starts from post seven with Brett Miller driving for trainer Isaac Waxman. He was a $10,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase from the White Birch Farm consignment for Brenda Waxman and Aaron Waxman. He is listed at 7-2 in the field of 10. The fillies close out the card with nine hopefuls, including Stacia Hanover, 2-1 in the early line from post six, with Zeron at the lines. The Western Ideal filly, trained by Steve Elliott, has won both of her New Jersey Sire Stakes starts, banking $37,750 for Ohioans David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio, who acquired her for $35,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. The Saturday night card at the Meadowlands has an early post time of 6:30 p.m. It features seven Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the four New Jersey Sires Stakes Finals, with total purses in excess of $2.5 million. The $776,000 Meadowlands Pace will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network from 9-10 p.m. and the whole card will be featured on the TVG Network. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 5, 2014 - Mark Mullen of Fair Winds opened the doors to his Cream Ridge, NJ farm on Sunday, June 29, 2014 and thinks the event has already yielded favorable feedback. "That's a home run," said Mullen of the three-hour program that drew nearly 300 visitors for a tour of the Hogan Equine Clinic, a blacksmith demonstration and the opportunity to see the Fair Winds mares and foals, retired racehorse Independent Act and the uniquely white pacer named White Bliss among other highlights. "It was my hope to get young people exposed to the horses and to try and make a connection between the farm and the racetrack," said Mullen, a director of both the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Sire Stakes. "So we invited the Rutgers Equine Science Center, 4-H, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation [HHYF] and the Future Farmers of America. The FFA student/volunteers were a big help for us. I don't think we could have had the event without their help. Of course, we had a beautiful summer day as well." The feedback has already been positive. "The leader from the 4-H wrote to ask me how the kids could contact their state representatives because her kids are very interested in preserving open space and want to write letters to their legislators," Mullen explained. "The same group also participates in the Open Space Pace parade [in Freehold on September 20]. "I've heard that the HHYF had two kids sign up for the camp at Gaitway Farm this month," he added. "One young girl followed my secretary around for part of the day wanting to know everything about the horses, and how she could get involved. And after the tour and demonstration, I overheard one young lady saying she wanted to be like Dr Hogan. "No matter what happens, that day's experience on the farm, with the horses, made a difference to some of the visitors," the Fair Winds president noted. "That's a home run!" "To me, the most important thing was the young kids that were here and that many of the visitors were new to horses," he said. "Beyond that, the groups and individuals that are going to take interest in harness horses or open space as a result of their visit are just great. I could not have asked for a better outcome." Not surprisingly, the first question is will there be a Fair Winds Farm Open House 2? "Everyone was excited to try it again," Mullen said. "Hopefully we could have the same weather, but I would consider another year. I think we could improve on some things and perhaps offer additional demonstrations, etc. We'll see..." by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 4, 2014 -- Guess Whos Back benefited from a quarter-mile duel between Stonebridge Force and Canepa Hanover to win the $40,500 second round New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday, July 4, 2014 in the second race at the Meadowlands. In the $39,500 filly division, the fourth race, Mission Brief trotted a stakes record 1:55.1. In the colts' race, Stonebridge Force [Muscle Hill] and driver Ake Svanstedt would not relinquish the lead and the rail to 1-5 favorite Canepa Hanover [Muscle Hill] as the two battled down the backstretch. Early in the turn for home Canepa Hanover broke stride, leaving Stonebridge Force on a clear lead until Brian Sears, who won both ends of the early daily double, sent Guess Whos Back sprinting in the stretch. The son of Muscles Yankee - Shes Gone Again took the lead in the final eighth and clocked a career best 1:57 flat, last quarter in 29 seconds, winning by a length and a half over Stonebridge Force. Guess Whos Back returned $12.60 to win. Falk On Hill [Muscle Hill], entrymate to Canepa Hanover, saved the bridge-jumpers, finishing third by eight and three-quarter lengths. Guess Whos Back, a $90,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, was making his second career start, having broken stride in last week's opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The Nikolas Drennan trainee picked up the winner's share of $20,250 for owners Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Brad Shackman of Calgary, Alberta. He was bred by Diamond Creek Farm of Kentucky and Melvin Hartman of Ontario. Mission Brief, who broke stride early in last week's first leg, was carefully timed to the starting gate by driver Yannick Gingras and had the lead from first call to the finish line. The 3-5 favorite Saturday Mornings was second by nine and three-quarter lengths. It was 12 and a half lengths to Demons N Diamonds in third. All three top finishers are daughters of Muscles Hill. Mission Brief clicked off fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 125.1 before stopping the clock at 1:55.1, eclipsing the stakes record of 1:55.3 shared by Act of Grace [1995] and Southwind Cocoa [2012]. The Ron Burke trainee, out of the Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena, paid $7.20 to win. It was the filly's first win in two starts, earning $19,750 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA; Our Horse Cents Stables of Clifton Park, NY; J&T Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY and Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA. The $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase was bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Black Creek Farm of Indiana and Andrea Lea Racing Stables of Quebec. A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014, sharing the card with the finals of the Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William R. Haughton and Golden Girls. The $30,000 Free For All Handicap for pacing mares featured a quintet of mares prepping for the Golden Girls next week.  It was one of those five, in fact, odds-on favorite Shebestingin who scored a neck victory over a very game Mattie Terror Girl in 1:50.3.  Jerseylicious established the early pace but was quickly shuffled back through a quarter of 26.4 and a half-mile in a rapid 53.2.  Mattie Terror Girl made a steady grind to the lead and turned for home with the lead through three-quarters of 1:21.1.  ‘Mattie dug in, but simply could not hold off the classy Shebestingin who scored the victory for Dave Miller.  Both mares look poised as major contenders in the Golden Girls on Pace night.  Charisma Hanover finished a solid third. The winner is owned by Val D’Or Farms, Theodore Gewertz and L&L Devisser LLC and is conditioned by Joe Holloway. The following race, a C-1/B-2 Handicap saw Aunt Caroline make her 2014 debut a winning one, scoring a sharp 1:51.3 victory.  Aunt Caroline is also Golden Girls eligible and figures to go postward in that event on Pace night as well. Racing returns on Saturday with a special post time of 6:30 P.M.  The Saturday program is a blockbuster, featuring two eliminations for The Meadowlands Pace, the $484,450 Hambletonian Maturity, an elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee and New Jersey Sire Stakes action.  The past performances for the Saturday program can be found free at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/Handicapping/Past_Performances/mxx0705e%5B1%5D.pdf. There will also be a spectacular fireworks show following the live racing program. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 2, 2014 - Rob Pennington, an award-winning caretaker and activist for Standardbred causes, has been named assistant racing secretary and program director for Freehold Raceway, effective August 2014. The Freehold meet begins on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Pennington, a 34-year-old Ohio-native who currently lives in Allentown, NJ, was honored as the Harness Tracks of America Caretaker of the Year in 2013 and has been a groom for the Noel Daley Stable since 2009. "I am very excited [about this new challenge]," said Pennington. "I wanted to stay in the standardbred business yet put myself out there in a position where I could better myself and the business. I am extremely passionate about the standardbred industry as well as the breed." Pennington is on the board of directors of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization [SPHO] and has volunteered his services to the Open Space Pace Committee, the Riding Under Saddle program and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. "I've worked with Rob on several committees, and I know how passionate he is about the industry," said Karen Fagliarone, Freehold's director of racing and racing secretary. "Although he has never had any race office experience, he is a quick learner. Aside from assisting in the race office in the mornings, he will be the attendant in the winner's circle and will expand our social media sites in the afternoons." Peter J. Iovino, the former assistant racing secretary at Freehold, accepted a position as racing secretary for Saratoga Harness. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 1, 2014 - John McDermott, Jennifer Lauer and Maja Bown have been selected to receive the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Scholarships for 2014. Each will receive $2,500 and will be honored in winner's circle ceremonies at the Meadowlands. John McDermott of Lyndhurst, NJ is the son of John and Nancy McDermott and was a 2013 SBOANJ Scholarship recipient. The Bergen County Academies graduate recently completed his first year at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he is pursuing a bachelors in science degree in business administration. The Dean's List student has spent his summers grooming horses for his father's stable, has volunteered for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and worked to clean up fallen trees in Rockaway, NJ after Super Storm Sandy. Jennifer Lauer of Hightstown, NJ was a four-year honor roll student and captain of the Hightstown swim team and is currently competing on the college level. The daughter of trainer Bruce Lauer of Cranbury and horsemen's bookkeeper Marie Lauer of Hightstown has a twin sister named Stephanie. Lauer attends East Stroudsburg University which she has received the student athlete award for her grades and participation in intercollegiate sports. Her goal is to become a veterinarian and work with wild animals at Six Flags Wild Safari Park. Maja Bown, a graduate of West Orange High School, will be attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall. She plans to combine her interest in science and nutrition with a major in dietetics. Bown, who has an older sister, Jessica, lost both of her parents in 2007. Horse trainer John Bown passed away in January and his wife, Nancy, who also worked with the stable, passed away in July. Donna and Jim Marshall stepped in to help the girls through their difficult loss. Maja assists the Marshall Stable on weekends and summers. "Being close to the horses brings me great comfort," she said. All three honorees will receive checks and plaques at an evening at the track this summer. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 27, 2014 - French Laundry took the rest of the field to the cleaners, coasting to a five and three-quarter length victory in the $39,000 opening round of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for two-year-old harness racing trotting colts and geldings, the first race on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Meadowlands. The Muscles Yankee colt, out of the Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, trotted the mile in 1:56 flat, equaling the stakes record set by Yankee Glide in 1996. The 3-5 favorite, under a confident hand-drive by Yannick Gingras, won his pari-mutuel debut, paying $3.20, following up on a two-for-two record in baby races. The Jimmy Takter trainee was a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ and Ontario-based John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. In the battle for second, True Blue [Muscle Hill], with Tim Tetrick driving, got up and Broken Record [Muscles Yankee], with Ron Pierce, held on for third by nine lengths. Saturday Mornings, driven by David Miller, collected top money in the $38,500 New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies in the fifth race. It was a wire-to-wire effort for 6/5 Saturday Mornings [$4.40] who trotted the mile in 1:57.2, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Demons N Diamonds. Southwind Cartier was third by two and three-quarter lengths. Trained by Joe Holloway, Saturday Mornings was a $32,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling purchase for Bluestone Farms of Hopewell, NJ. Mission Brief, the 4/5 favorite broke early and finished last. All seven of the starters were daughters of Muscle Hill NJSS PACING DIVISIONS TO STACIA HANOVER, DEALT A WINNER, CASHAWAY & WEAPONS DEALER Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal popped out of the pocket in the stretch and out-sprinted the pacesetter The Show Returns for a half- length victory in the $25,500 first division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in the third race. Driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Steve Elliott, Stacia Hanover paced the mile in 1:59.1, with a last quarter in 25.4 seconds, after The Show Returns [Rocknroll Hanover], with Brian Sears driving, cut slow, unpressured fractions. Rocknroll Allnight [Rocknroll Hanover], rough in the stretch, survived an inquiry, finishing third by nine lengths. Stacia Hanover, sent off at 3-5, paid $3.20. She was a $35,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase for David Van Duse of Madison, OH and Michael Cimaglio of Lyndhurst, OH. In the second $25,500 filly pacing division, the 11th race, 3-5 Cashaway [$3.40] held off challenges from Ideal Nuggets [Western Ideal] and Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] to win in 1:55 flat. Tim Tetrick guided Cashaway, a daughter of Western Ideal out of the proven producer CPA, to the neck victory with a half-length to Smart Zone in third. The Tony Alagna trainee was a $105,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. She is owned by her co-breeder, Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY, in partnership with Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario. Dealt A Winner [$8.20} paced a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for two-year-old geldings when he stopped the clock in 1:52.4 in the ninth race, the $27,000 first division for pacing colts and geldings. David Miller brushed the Cam's Card Shark gelding from sixth to the lead down the backstretch, taking command from Western Pioneer, the 4/5 favorite, and would not be caught, winning by a length and a quarter. Hurrikane Ali gained ground in the stretch to finish second while Ticket To Roll was three and a half lengths back in third. Both are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Dealt A Winner, trained by Edward Hart and owned by Jeff Snyder of New York City, was a $35,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase. The 1:52.4 mile eclipsed the gelding mark of 1:53 shared by Fancy Creek Storm [1997] and Western Ace [2005]. In the 12th race, the $27,000 second division for pacing colts and geldings, Weapons Dealer by Western Ideal had the ammunition in the stretch to post a length and a half victory over Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:54.2. Mr Censi [Cam's Card Shark] was four and a half lengths back in third. Brett Miller was in the sulky for the victory. Isaac Waxman trains for Brenda Waxman of Dundas, Ontario and Aaron Waxman of Burlington, Ontario, who acquired the White Birch Farm-bred colt for $10,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. By Carol Hodes, SBOANJ and Darin Zoccali  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 25, 2014 - Hope springs eternal as two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers and trotters make their first career starts on Friday night, June 27, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Eight trotting colts - five sons of Muscles Yankee and three by Muscle Hill - will make their debuts in the second race, the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, vying for a purse of $39,000. Seven trotting fillies, all by Muscle Hill, will go postward in the $38,500 fifth race. Two divisions of pacing colts and geldings, each worth $27,000, are carded as the ninth and 12th races on the 14-race card. In the first split, there are six sons of Rocknroll Hanover, two by Cam's Card Shark and one by Western Ideal. In the second division, five are by Rocknroll Hanover, and two each by Cam's Card Shark and Western Ideal. Two-year-old pacing fillies are competing in a pair of $25,500 divisions, races three and 11, and include seven by Rocknroll Hanover and five by Western Ideal. Yearling prices do not guarantee great racehorses but expectations will be high for the six entrants who cost $100,000 or more as yearlings. Among the trotters, they are French Laundry, a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Jimmy Takter and winner in both of his baby races, including a 1:57.3 clocking on June 14. The son of Muscles Yankee is out of the $927,169-earner and Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, who is also the dam of The Franchise and King City. French Laundry races for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and co-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. True Blue Stride, a Muscle Hill son of Sabrina Hall, cost $160,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. He is the three-quarter brother of He's A Demon, who banked more than $300,000. Mark Harder trains for Australians Emilio and Maria Rosati. The filly Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. The daughter of Muscle Hill is out of Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and won her last baby race by 23 lengths in 1:57.4. On the pacing side, Richard and Joanne Young have invested $180,000 [Lexington Selected Sale] in The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place and turned her over to trainer Chris Ryder. The Youngs campaigned her $2.4 million earning full sister Put On A Show. Tony Alagna is training Cashaway for Brittany Farms [co-breeder] and Marvin Katz, after the Western Ideal -CPA filly passed through the Lexington Selected sales ring for $105,000. She is the full sister to two who have won in excess of $250,000 each, Authorize and Act Now, and has won a baby race in 1:55.4. The Rocknroll Hanover colt Sid Rock is the first foal of My Fantasy, who earned nearly $345,000. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick and is trained by John Butenschoen. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 13, 2014 - Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande [R-11th District] from Colts Neck, NJ defeated three other New Jersey lawmakers in the 2014 Legislators Race, an exhibition event between the first and second races on Friday night, June 13, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   While Casagrande was the first across the wire, Senator Dick Codey [D-27th District] was the first to make the appeal for the future of the Meadowlands.   "You need to do everything you can to get slots here at the Meadowlands," Codey said from the winner's circle at the Meadowlands. "Call your legislators and demand it, demand it!"   The quartet of legislators overcame sloppy conditions and showers as they toured the one-mile oval in double-seat jog carts, paired with top drivers at the Meadowlands.   Casagrande, who was teamed with Corey Callahan, stopped the clock in 2:09.2.   Finishing second, about five lengths back, was Codey, partnered with Yannick Gingras, who edged out Assemblyman Ralph Caputo [D-28th District], sharing the two-seater with David Miller. Assemblyman Ron Dancer [R-12th District], a former professional driver-trainer and son of Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, was coupled with John Campbell and finished fourth.   "As the only female in the race, my main goal was not to finish last," said Casagrande. "I was pretty pumped to win it."   She attributed her success to the talent of her partner, Corey Callahan, and the coincidence of them both sharing the same initials - CC.   Each of the legislators was racing on behalf of a charity with $1,000 to the winner's charity and $500 to each of the other three charities.   Casagrande raced on behalf of the Ashley Lauren Foundation, Codey for the Codey Fund for Mental Health, Caputo for the American Cancer Society and Dancer for the Hornerstown Baptist Church.   by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 11, 2014 - The famous blue and gold colors of Hall of Fame driver-trainer Stanley Dancer will be back on the track Friday night, June 13, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Dancer's son, Ronald, a former driver-trainer, will don his late father's colors in an exhibition race, the 2014 Legislators Pace, facing off against three other legislators. Assemblyman Ron Dancer [R-12th District] will take on Senator Richard Codey [D-27th District], Assemblyman Ralph Caputo [D-28th District] and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande [R-11th District] in a race for charity. The winner's charity will receive $1,000 while the charities for the other three competitors will receive $500 each. The one-mile competition will take place between the first and second races. The legislators will compete in two-seater jog carts with Codey, Caputo and Casagrande each teamed with one of the Meadowlands' top drivers. Dancer will race solo. "I am coming out of retirement for this race and will be wearing my dad's silks, which I am borrowing from the New Egypt Historical Museum, where there is a wing in honor of my dad," Dancer said. "When I was racing, I always wore dad's silks, and I am really looking forward to placing Stanley Dancer's blue and gold silks back on the racetrack." Ron Dancer posted more than 400 career driving victories in the 1970s and 1980s before switching careers. He has been a member of the New Jersey legislature since 2002 and was mayor of Plumsted Township from 1990 to 2011. Dancer noted that there were a lot of similarities to his current life as a legislator compared to his life as a horseman, especially in terms of long hours. "As a state legislator in New Jersey, you represent about 220,000 constituents residing in your district that want to meet and speak with you during the day, and you have to be at the State House Capitol for voting sessions," he explained. "In the evenings, legislators have events and speaking engagements to attend. Also, just as in horse racing, both professions are seven days and nights a week. The weekends are prime time days and evenings to be at your job. "Political races are so expensive and, like it is in horse racing, it costs thousands to prepare and compete in the race with no guarantees on the results," he added. The Dancer family farm, Egyptian Acres, was located in the Plumsted community of New Egypt. Stanley Dancer campaigned many of the top horses of the 1960s through 1990s. As a driver, he posted 3,781 career victories for more than $28 million in purses. Stanley Dancer, voted into the harness racing Hall of Fame in 1969, passed away on September 8, 2005 and was buried in his racing silks in a cemetery that overlooks Freehold Raceway. "Dad will be looking down with such a smile to see his still familiar blue and gold colors back on the racetrack and on his son," Dancer mused. Dancer is racing for the Hornerstown Baptist Church in Upper Freehold Township, NJ. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 9, 2014 - New Jersey's standardbred horsemen will celebrate June, the Month of the Horse in New Jersey, with donations of the new book, Standardbred Old Friends; a personal appearance by the retired racehorse Indy and an open house at Fair Winds Farm. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey is donating 20 copies of Standardbred Old Friends, featuring the work of award-winner equine photographer Barbara Livingston and text by racing writer Ellen Harvey of Freehold, NJ, to New Jersey regional and consortium libraries as well as local libraries in communities located near racetracks and training centers. Standardbred Old Friends portrays 43 horses, from age 19 to 37. Some became multimillionaire world champions but most have more modest racing credentials, moving on to retirement or second careers, including as pleasure and show horses or mounts for law enforcement. The book's 153 photos and 43 stories were selected from thousands of photos and 150 interviews. The Monmouth County Library System has a series of events at its various locations, including a personal appearance by Independent Act - aka Indy - who made the successful transition from racehorse to show competitor under the care of his owner, Suzanne D'Ambrose of Neptune, NJ. Indy will be at the Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan, on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. The well-mannered trotter will meet the public, accept carrots and horse treats, and pose for photos. He will also be at the Fair Winds open house. Fair Winds Farm, a standardbred breeding farm that is home to dozens of mares and foals, and site of the Hogan Equine Clinic, will host an open house on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is located at 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge, NJ. Prominent equine surgeon Dr. Patricia Hogan will show visitors the workings of her clinic, where hundreds of horses, mostly thoroughbreds and standardbreds, are treated each year. Blacksmith Tom Mulryne will demonstrate how horse hooves are kept healthy by regular trimming and shoeing, and there will be kids' activities and information from the NJ Farm Bureau, Future Farmers of America, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Pony Club, Rutgers Equine Science Center and the Monmouth County 4H. This is a rain or shine event. Visitors are asked to leave dogs at home and to be aware that there are very few paved surfaces on the farm, so it may be rough going for wheelchairs and strollers. New Jersey is home to thousands of pleasure horses, show horses and racehorses. In 1977, to honor its importance in New Jersey's economy and quality of life, the horse was named the official state animal. In May 1998, Governor Christine Todd Whitman proclaimed June as the Month of the Horse, a practice continued by her successors. Month of the Horse festivities opened on June 6 with an appearance by New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 6, 2014 - The deadline for applications for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program college scholarships for the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen is June 16, 2014. Scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $5,000, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website - www.sboanj.com -- or at the Meadowlands [see Horsemen's Rep Linda Goss], the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices [see Dr. Chris Samaha] and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 31, 2014 - Trotters Trixton and Heaven's Door, and pacers Doo Wop Hanover and Act Now captured the quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds, the featured events on Jerseyfest night, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Meadowlands. Even in a field of five, drawing the rail was the key to victory for 9/5 second choice Doo Wop Hanover in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the second race on card. John Campbell sent Doo Wop Hanover [$5.80] to the lead on the backstretch, relinquished the front to 2/5 favorite Western Vintage as they passed the half and drafted until they straightened out in the homestretch. Doo Wop Hanover, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, outsprinted Western Vintage [Western Ideal] to the wire in a lifetime best of 1:50 flat. The margin of victory was one-length. Beat The Drum [Tell All] was third by two lengths. There was no show wagering. "I think the difference was drawing the rail and getting away good, not using him hard," said Campbell. "I was able to follow Western Vintage into the lane. We beat a very good colt in Western Vintage. I think this colt earned the right to go to Toronto for the North America Cup." Trained by Steve Elliott, Doo Wop Hanover now has two wins and one second in three starts this year. The $52,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase has finished in-the-money in nine of 15 career starts, banking $137,013 for the partnership of Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, FL; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, RI. Trixton's six and a half-length victory was no surprise in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the third race. The 1/5 favorite romped with a 26.4 final quarter, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, matching the stakes record set by Manofmanymissions in 2011 and equaled by Smilin Eli in 2013. "He is so nice, a real pleasure to drive," said winning driver-trainer Jimmy Takter. "He's a [perfect] 10 in every category." Takter moved the Muscle Hill colt to the lead on the backstretch and opened up ground in the final eighth of a mile, leaving it to Martiniwithmuscle to edge out Lightning Force, both by Muscle Hill, for minor spoils. Takter indicated that Trixton [$2.40] would be heading to the Goodtimes in Ontario and not likely to meet his other two trotting standouts, Father Patrick and Nuncio, until the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 12 at the Meadowlands. Trixton, a $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, picked up his third straight win in four starts this year and now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 12 tries. He has now earned $144,583 for the partnership of Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. Last week, Heaven's Door was disqualified when she raced inside three pylons in the stretch. This week, the daughter of Muscle Hill was straight and true to the wire, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, the fourth race, in a stakes record 1:52 flat. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt guided the filly to a length and a half victory over Lady Suffolk winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee]. My Inspiration [Chocolatier] was third by six and a quarter lengths. Heaven's Door [$10.40] scored a wire-to-wire tally, picking up her first victory in her seventh career start and doubling her lifetime earnings to $100,255 for Mellby Gard Inc of Vero Beach, FL. Bred in Sweden by Winwintrotting AB, she was a $90,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. The 1:52 clocking eclipsed the 1:52.4 stakes record established by Passionate Glide in 2006. Tim Tetrick tested Act Now early and pushed her to the lead with a 26.4 first quarter and 54.3 half and extended that advantage in the stretch to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race, in 1:49.3. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Act Now, a daughter of Western Ideal, paid $4.20, finishing two lengths ahead of Sayitall BB [Tell All]. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four and three-quarter lengths. Act Now, a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Nikolas Drennan, posted her second straight win in her third start of the year. She now has five wins, one second and two thirds in 12 lifetime outings. She has banked $256,559 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Patrick O'Brien of New Hyde Park, NY. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ          

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 23, 2014 - The truth is the weather was frightful, causing a 90 minute delay prior to the second race, but heavy showers did not deter 8/5 favorite Speak The Truth, who won the first of three second-round divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on Friday night, May 23, 2014 at the Meadowlands. Tim Tetrick, who piloted Speak The Truth, also won the third division, the 11th race, with 1-9 favorite Odds On Amethyst in a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for three-year-old trotting geldings of 1:53.4. Speak The Truth, a son of Muscle Hill-Tady's Comer, won his 2014 debut with a mile in 1:54.3 on a sloppy track, finishing two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dexter Cup winner Sumatra [Muscles Yankee] with Skates N Plates [Revenue] in third by three and a quarter lengths. The third-race co-feature for colts and geldings carried a purse of $21,500. The team behind trotting stars Market Share and Chapter Seven - driver Tetrick, trainer Linda Toscano and owner Richard Gutnick - were back in the winner's circle with Speak The Truth [$5.20], who had two wins and one second in his five starts at two. Speak The Truth sat fifth most of the race, was sent after the lead on the turn for home and tipped out four-wide in the stretch. A $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, Speak The Truth has earned $24,750. The half-brother to millionaire Hez Striking is eligible to the Hambletonian. Tetrick picked up his third driving tally of the night with Odds On Amethyst [Muscle Hill- Mystical Sunshine] in the $21,000 second colts and geldings division. Odds On Amethyst [$2.20] took the lead on the first turn and held on through fractions of 28, 56.2 and 1:25.2, where he opened up distance between himself and the pocket-sitting Resolve [Muscle Hill], who closed ground near the wire to narrow the margin to three-quarters of a length. King City [Muscle Hill] was third. Odds On Amethyst, also Hambletonian-eligible, trained by Chris Ryder, crossed the wire in 1:53.4, eclipsing the New Jersey Sire Stakes three-year-old trotting gelding record of 1:54.1 set by Green Day in 2007. It was Odds On Amethyst's second win in three starts this year and improved his record to four wins and two seconds in 13 career starts, banking $108,248 for Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA. In the $40,000 division for fillies, carded as the fifth race, winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee - Embeecee] posted a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 with driver Marcus Miller at the lines. The Julie Miller trainee, winner of the Lady Suffolk on May 2 at Freehold, chased 8/5 favorite Heaven's Door [Muscle Hill] into the stretch, getting up for a two and a half length victory over My Inspiration [Chocolatier], who nipped Heaven's Door for second place. Heaven's Door, driven by Ake Svanstedt, was third across the wire but was placed last by the judges for racing inside three pylons in the stretch, moving Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee] into third place. Cee Bee Yes, a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at two. She now has six wins, three seconds and two thirds from 14 career starts and has banked $237,057 for the ownership of Jason Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ. A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, fillies and colts, will be contested on May 31. Another Hambletonian eligible trotter earned a victory on tonight's card as Mister B's Way scored in 1:54.3 in a non-winners of 2 event despite being parked out to the half mile pole for driver Ron Pierce. The brother to Win Missy B and Winning Mister is a homebred for Robert Key. In the finale, the impressive Sandbetweenurtoes made it a perfect two for two on the season, scoring a decisive win in a very sharp 1:50.3, easily the fastest mile of the night. Rebuffed to the half-mile pole, Brett Miller guided is filly from the pocket to soar right past Up Front Elizabeth who cut sharp fractions of 26.4, 54 and 1:22 before finishing second to the odds-on favorite. Sandbetweenurtoes is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Saturday program features the second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for three year old colt and filly pacers as well as the second leg of the TVG Free For All Pacing Championship. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ and Meadowlands Media Department

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 17, 2014 - Western Vintage opened his 2014 harness racing campaign on a winning note, capturing the $50,500 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, May 17, 2014 at the Meadowlands. The son of Western Ideal was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the 12th race and provided driver Yannick Gingras with his sixth win of the night. Western Vintage moved up with cover on the outside tier down the backstretch and then three-wide on the turn for home where he engaged Doo Wop Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover] until pulling away in the final sixteenth, stopping the clock at 1:49.4 for the mile. The Nancy Johansson trainee was a one-length winner over Doo Wop Hanover, and it was three lengths back to Frankandjoanne [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Western Vintage [$4.40] picked up his sixth win in nine career starts and pushed his earnings over the $342,000 mark. He races for Perry L. Soderberg of Hightstown, NJ and Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

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