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East Rutherford - A blend of familiar names along with some new ideas will comprise the 2015 Winter Late Closer Program at The Meadowlands, with Finals combining to an estimated $600,000. Races like the Super Bowl, Charles Singer Memorial, Buddy Gilmour and Clyde Hirt all return, but this year they are joined by five new events for trotters and pacers alike. There are three events for trotters, the Super Bowl, Charles Singer Memorial and a new series, the Shiaway St. Pat, which will replace the Horse and Groom series. There are three events for male pacers, the Escort, Sonsam and Clyde Hirt as well as a pair of late closers for filly and mare pacers, the Worldly Beauty and Burning Point. The Buddy Gilmour returns for the three year old pacers as well. "The late closer program this winter has been designed so that horses can essentially find a home at The Meadowlands for three months in the winter," said Director of Racing Operations Darin Zoccali. "The conditions of the late closers for each group of horses ramp up throughout the winter meet with the hope to have horses competing in these events throughout the winter, making for some great racing, potential rivalries, all the while giving our horsemen plenty of opportunities to race for good money." The Meadowlands winter late closer program may also be a focal point for those looking for race horses at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale. "As of the time of this press release, there are nearly 300 horses that will go through the sales ring at Harrisburg that fit at least one of our late closer events this winter, Zoccali added. " We envision that many of these horses will be targeted with some of our winter events in mind." The nominating form for all races that comprise the winter late closer program at The Meadowlands can be found at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/Horsemen/Harness_Stakes_Applications/2015%20winter%20late%20closers.pdf. Anyone with questions regarding the winter late closer program at The Meadowlands can contact Director of Racing Operations, Darin Zoccali at (201) 460-4041 or dzoccali@playmeadowlands.com. From the Meadowlands publicity department  

The early season harness racing showdown between Maven, last year's Dan Patch Award winning Older Female Trotter of the Year, and the undefeated Perfect Alliance, nine for nine in races this year is off.  Both outstanding female trotters were eligible and on a collision course to meet this Sunday in the $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff Trot.   Julie Miller, trainer of Perfect Alliance, has decided not to enter her in the closing night feature at Miami Valley Racetrack. Miller was on record saying that Perfect Alliance needed to freshen up after having trotted in nine races already this year. Maven is still slated to enter before heading off to Europe for the Elitlopp.   Perfect Alliance's undefeated season stands at nine straight wins, including sweeping the Bobby Weiss Series at Pocono Downs and the Charles Singer Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack. She now has lifetime earnings of $165,001 with eleven wins in twenty-seven lifetime starts. Her best time this year has been in 152.2 at the Meadowlands.   "She has had nine starts already this year," Miller said. "We wanted to give her a freshen up after all those starts. It's going to be a long season. We are going to keep her at her home base. My plan is to qualify her next Saturday at the Meadowlands and then head up to Canada, instead of heading  over there for just one race and coming back.   "We have to look at the whole schedule," Miller said. "I wanted to talk to the owners and get everybody's opinion on it. When the group had the discussion we decided to skip the Miami Valley Race.   "I am sure the showdown with Maven will happen eventually," Miller explained. "It's just not going to happen this Sunday. I am sure we will meet up in the future. The next race for Perfect Alliance is the Miss Versatility on May 19th and the Armbro Flight in Canada."   The  $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff Trot still figures to be a formative race. It is Maven's only race this year before heading off to face the best trotters in the world in the Elitlopp. Three other outstanding trotters from the Jonas Czernyson's stable are planning to race this Sunday, D'Orsey, who won four of fourteen races and $189.928 last year, Ma Chere Hall, who won nine of seventeen races for $506,869 as a three-year-old, and Mistery Woman, who won three of fifteen starts for $292,323.   Although Maven and Perfect Alliance will not be racing against each other this Sunday, there will be other meetings this year. Then add in the 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician, to the mix. She is reported to be qualifying very soon. All three could  be racing in the same older mare trot stake races this year. What an exciting year of racing this could be.   by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

Ray Hall aims to complete a sweep in the five-week Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old male trotters when he faces eight rivals in Tuesday's $30,000 final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. A 4-year-old gelding, Ray Hall has won six of 11 races this year, with four of the victories coming in the Weiss. He starts the final from post four with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer/co-owner Mark Harder. Tuesday's card also features the $30,000 Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old female pacers. "He's just a nice little horse, doing everything right," said Harder, who began training Ray Hall in December and got a share in ownership earlier this month. "He's just hit a nice little groove. He came to me with a couple series in mind out here and it's just worked out. He got happy and a nice little schedule and he's racing good." Ray Hall, who also is owned by Ohio's Bruce and Patricia Soulsby, has won 12 of 28 lifetime starts and earned $91,144. He is a son of stallion Justice Hall out of the mare Comebyrail and his family includes standout female trotter Elaine Rodney, who won the 1960 Kentucky Futurity and later found success abroad. Last weekend, Ray Hall won his Weiss division by a neck over Time To Quit in a career-best 1:53.3. Time To Quit won the Super Bowl Series final in January, with Ray Hall finishing fourth. Ray Hall also finished fourth in the Charles Singer Memorial final in March, which was won by Perfect Alliance. "He raced good against some better horses, Perfect Alliance and a couple of those other ones," Harder said. "I think he's definitely improved since then with racing. He's got a lot of nervous energy, he's a little bit hot, and just with racing he's settled down and become more manageable, more drivable. That's made him a better horse." Sixteen Mikes, who won his first three divisions in the Weiss but was third behind Ray Hall and Time To Quit last weekend, starts the final from post five for driver Mike Simons and trainer Gail Wrubel. Time To Quit, who has one win in the series, leaves from post six with driver Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke. Ray Hall is not staked to any major races, but Harder hopes the trotter can still keep adding to his bankroll. "He's got nothing really, just overnights," Harder said. "We'll probably hang around Yonkers, wherever we can race him. He's not a top, top horse, but he's a nice little horse that can make money knocking around some conditions. A trotter that can trot a small track and tries and stays at it, they can make a lot of money." HARNESS RACING NOTEBOOK: THE RETURN OF ARCH MADNESS Renowned pacer Foiled Again is a perfect 10 this season - as in an undefeated 10-year-old - and now trotting star Arch Madness is getting ready to try to join him. The 10-year-old Arch Madness won a qualifier last weekend at the Meadowlands in 1:54.3 and will return to the Big M on Saturday for another prep for the upcoming campaign. Last year, Arch Madness won three of 18 races and earned $425,427 for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and owners Willow Pond LLC and Marc Goldberg, who also were among the trotter's breeders. He won the Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile in Lexington, finished second overseas in Sweden's prestigious Elitlopp, and was third in the Breeders Crown. Arch Madness has won 34 of 107 starts and became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage. A week earlier, he won the Allerage elimination race with a 1:50.2 mile, a time that equaled his own world record for the fastest ever by a male trotter older than age 4. "He's going to qualify again, but I was happy with the first qualifier," Smedshammer said. "We'll go again on Saturday and then we'll start racing. He's a year older, but it doesn't seem like he's changed at all." Arch Madness' first stakes race is slated to be the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. Eliminations are scheduled for May 10 and the $180,000 estimated final is May 17. Another trip to the Elitlopp, where Arch Madness has twice been the runner-up, is not in the works. "He's going to need a start before the Cutler, a couple starts maybe, somewhere around here," Smedshammer said. "We have no plans at all (to go to Sweden). But he seems fine." * * * Two other trotting standouts are expected to head to qualifiers in the near future. Market Share, who was voted the sport's top 3-year-old male trotter in 2012 and the best older male trotter in 2013, is anticipated to qualify on April 26 and 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician is targeted for the first weekend in May. Bee A Magician was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age 3 and earned a divisional record $1.54 million. She became the first 3-year-old filly trotter to receive the Horse of the Year Award since Continentalvictory in 1996. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician's wins included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial. Her $1.54 million in purses were the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. "She's in good shape," Norman said. "I'm very happy with her." Bee A Magician is expected to qualify twice and then head to Canada for the first round of the Miss Versatility Series in Ontario on May 19. * * * As mentioned earlier, Foiled Again remains unbeaten this year. Last week, he improved to 4-for-4 this season by winning for the fourth time in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The 10-year-old pacer, who has won 80 of 202 career races, had never before started a season with four consecutive wins. Since last fall, Foiled Again has been the richest horse in North American harness racing history, and his $100,000 in purses in 2014 have pushed his career earnings to $6.13 million for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables. Foiled Again leads the Levy series standings, but he will be back in action Saturday night for the last of the five preliminary rounds. He drew post seven in a seven-horse field and is the 3-5 morning line favorite for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. "He's just really getting his legs," Gingras told Yonkers Publicity Director Frank Drucker after his 1:51 win last weekend. "Give the other horses credit, but they're going to have to do better to beat Foiled Again." On Wednesday, co-owner Mark Weaver added, "He's the exception. He really hasn't been pushed that hard yet." Burke's stable has five of the top six horses in the Levy standings and all will be racing Saturday. Mach It So, from the barn of trainer P.J. Fraley, is second in the standings followed by Burke's Bettor's Edge, Itrustyou, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. Hillbilly Hanover, who is No. 11 in the standings, Special Forces (12) and Aracache Hanover (14) also will be competing for Burke in Saturday's three Levy divisions. The conditions for the eight-horse $567,000 final and eight-horse $100,000 consolation, both on April 26, limit Burke to two starters in each. For the full Levy standings, click here. * * * The last preliminary round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for older female pacers is Friday at Yonkers. Series leader Yagonnakissmeornot, who has three wins and a second in the event, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first of two divisions. She will be driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Rene Allard. Somwherovrarainbow is the 8-5 choice in the second division for driver Brian Sears and trainer Joe Holloway. She skipped the third round of the series, but has two wins and a second in her Matchmaker starts. She is No. 5 in the standings, behind Angels Delight, Summertime Lea, and Rocklamation. Anndrovette, the three-time pick for harness racing's best older female pacer, is sixth in the standings, with Shelliscape and defending Matchmaker champion Feeling You rounding out the top eight. For the complete series standings, click here. The $371,400 Matchmaker final is April 26, along with the $75,000 Matchmaker consolation. * * * David Miller, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in July, needs 23 wins to reach 11,000 victories for his career. Miller ranks No. 8 in wins among all drivers in North American history and was the sport's Driver of the Year in 2003. He has won at least $10 million in purses in a season a record 12 times and his $178 million in lifetime purses trail only Hall of Famers John Campbell, Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance. Miller, a 49-year-old native of Ohio, has finished among the top seven drivers in seasonal purses each of the last 15 years. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Perfect Alliance completed her sweep of the Charles Singer Memorial with dominant 1:52.2 stakes record performance in the $53,200 final for Andy Miller. Sent away as the overwhelming 1/5 betting choice, Perfect Alliance followed Time To Quit around the first turn before brushing to the top before the 55- half. Ray Hall ranged up first over for Tetrick and pressed the leader toward the 1:24- three quarters before Perfect Alliance kicked it into another gear and drew out to an open length win under minimal urging in the record mile. Longshot Little Bitty Lies rallied late for Marcus Miller to take the place and Time To Quit stuck around for third. The winner is trained by Julie Miller for owners Meadowlands Racing Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gural (racing under Little E, LLC), General Manager & CEO Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger. Julie Miller was beaming with pride in the winners circle. "She was unbelievable tonight," said Miller. "I couldn't be more excited. She had a great week, was training great all week and she raced great tonight." Miller confirmed the Bobby Weiss will be next on her mare's agenda. National Debt continued the parade of unbeaten prospects when he captured the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour pacing series final in Saturday's eleventh race. Driver Tim Tetrick protected the eventual winner's position from the rail, allowing second choice Capital Account a short lead before retaking before the 55.2 half. The winner faced token pressure through the 27.4 third panel with Gingras waiting in the pocket with Capital Account for the homestretch to unleash his colt from the pocket. National Debt had the answer when asked by Tetrick, sprinting home in 27.2 for the 1:50.3 win. Capital Account was a well meant second and Dinner At The Met third. Tetrick was pleased with his colt once again. "A 1:50 mile in March is pretty big," said Tetrick. "He got a little lazy on the lead and he has some things to learn, but the talent is there. Now we just have to see if he can pace in 1:47." National Debt is now six for six in his career and doubled his lifetime earnings with the Gilmour win for owners Kelly Hoerdt, Ema & Blair Corbell and their new partner J & T Silva Stables. Ron Coyne, Jr has been deputized by Hoerdt to tend to his prize pupil while stateside and his work thus far has been impeccable. Total handle for the Saturday program was $3,426,720, which included slight on-track gains. Racing returns Thursday, with a 10-race program and post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali    

Friday night's $30,000 A/FFA pace for mares proved to be the fourth straight success for the vastly improved American In Paris. The American Ideal mare has really moved forward for Ron Burke, winning her four most recent starts with the addition of Lasix. This edition was another gate to wire trip conducted by Yannick Gingras. Fast out of the gate to the front in 26.3, Gingras eased her through a soft middle half then outsprinted her rivals home in 27.2 to close out the 1:50.4 score. Lorrie Please was second and Monkey On My Wheel third. The win continued the unbeaten season for American In Paris, perfect in four outings with $45,000 in the books for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Drivers Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras split eight wins on the card, each winning four on the evening. For Tetrick, his career win total now stands at 7,995. The Bionic Man has 12 drives on the Saturday program including National Debt, the morning line favorite in the William "Buddy" Gilmour Final. That series final features a matchup of Meadowlands Pace hopefuls as first round winner National Debt squares off with the other first round winner, Capital Account. The Saturday card also features the final of The Charles Singer Memorial, headlined by the February Horse of the Month, Perfect Alliance, who looks to remain undefeated in 2014 and is the 4-5 morning line choice in that Final. She will be challenged by Super Bowl Champion Time To Quit, who is a perfect five for five in 2014. Post Time for the 13-race Saturday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

"I just try to put the horses in the best spot and usually when you put them in the best spot they can do it from there.” A month into his return from hip surgery, driver Tim Tetrick is eyeing two big races Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack, not to mention another career milestone. Tetrick, who was last season’s Driver of the Year as voted upon by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, will take the lines behind National Debt in Saturday’s $60,500 Buddy Gilmour Memorial Series final for three-year-old male pacers and Ray Hall in the $53,200 Charles Singer Memorial final for trotters. In addition, the 32-year-old Illinois native is 10 wins from 8,000 lifetime victories. When he reaches that mark, he will become the youngest driver in harness racing history to do so. Walter Case, Jr. holds the record, having notched win No. 8,000 at the age of 37 in 1998. “That’s a huge number,” said Tetrick, who became the youngest driver to reach 7,000 wins in May 2012. “I’ve been very fortunate. I never dreamed something like that could happen when I started out, but I’m glad it did. The main thing is just trying to do the best I can for all the clients that trust me with their horses." Tetrick, who also was USHWA’s Driver of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2012, ranks No. 25 on the all-time list for wins. He has led the sport in purses for each of the past seven years and ranks No. 7 in career earnings, with $141 million. Only Billy Haughton won more consecutive purse titles, with eight straight from 1952-59. In December, Tetrick had surgery on his left hip, which sidelined him until Feb. 5. He has won 24 of 163 starts since his return and is getting more comfortable every day. “When I first came back I felt out of shape; it was like starting something all over again,” said Tetrick, who has suffered from a degenerative hip condition since childhood and had surgery on his right hip in 2008. “I can understand why horses don’t win right off the bat. “It took some time to get my legs back under me, but I feel good now. The muscles are getting stronger and I’m pretty much pain free.” Tetrick will drive for his biggest purses since his return when he races Saturday night at the Meadowlands. National Debt won his only start this season, drawing off for a three length win over Dinner At The Met in 1:50.3 in the first leg of the Gilmour Series on Feb. 22. The colt was unbeaten in four starts in Alberta last year, when he was trained and driven by co-owner Kelly Hoerdt. Hoerdt, who received the 2013 O’Brien Award of Horsemanship, sent the horse to trainer Ron Coyne, Jr. to race at the Meadowlands. The horse is staked to all the major races for three-year-old pacers. “He’s got a lot of pressure on him now,” Tetrick said about National Debt, “but he impressed me very much. When I qualified him I thought he was a nice colt, but I didn’t know he was going to go in 1:50. When he got out there under the lights, he turned it on and he did it real handy. I moved with him at the half and he brushed and crushed. He’s got a big motor.” National Debt, who starts from post one, will be challenged by eight rivals, including Dinner At The Met and Capital Account. The Erv Miller-trained Dinner At The Met has won four of five starts this year and the Jimmy Takter-trained Capital Account has captured three of four races. Ray Hall, out of the stable of trainer Mark Harder, faces two horses that are unbeaten this year in the Singer. Time To Quit has gone five-for-five and Perfect Alliance is four-for-four. Ray Hall, who has won two of six races, finished second to Perfect Alliance in his two preliminary legs of the Singer. “My horse has done nothing wrong at this point, he just ran up against the standout of the series,” Tetrick said. “Perfect Alliance is definitely the one to beat, but I like (Ray Hall). Hopefully in the final he can be right there and get a good piece of it.” From Harness Racing Communications

Perfect Alliance continued her perfection on the racetrack on Thursday night with another powerful win in the $15,000 first division of the second leg of the Charles Singer Memorial. On a cold and blustery night with temperatures in the high teens and a strong, steady wind facing the horses for the length of the homestretch, Perfect Alliance raced wide around the first turn to make front then drilled home in 28.4 to close out a 1:53.2 new career best. Ray Hall again followed the winner around the track, just as he did last week and was second best. You Rock My World was third. The winner's share put her over $100,000 in lifetime earnings for owners Little E, Settlemoir, Stolz and Geiger. The Credit Winner mare will now go into the $52,600 March 8 final as the prohibitive favorite for trainer Julie Miller and her regular driver Andy Miller. Coming back bigger and stronger at age four, it appears that Perfect Alliance has an opportunity to become a major factor in the mare trotting division. The most formidable opposition will likely come from Time To Quit who carries an unbeaten streak of his own into the Singer final. While his wins have been by much smaller margins, Time To Quit has been getting the job done for the Ron Burke barn and Yannick Gingras. This one was a "by the skin of his teeth" nose win over Cajole Hanover in 1:54.1 to put his seasonal earnings over the $60,000 mark for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. Yannick Gingras didn't display much confidence about his chances against Perfect Alliance in the Final, stating "I'm not sure he (Time To Quit) can go with Perfect Alliance, thankfully, she's in the other division again. She's done it three (starts) in a row. I think she's the only horse that can win from the outside, the rest need an inside post and a trip." It is certain that the road to the Charles Singer Memorial winners circle goes through Perfect Alliance. Racing returns with a 13-race program Friday night, featuring a pair of $30,000 Free For All's, one for the trotters and one for mare pacers. Post Time is 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands    

Yannick Gingras says it will be a challenge for Time To Quit to win the Charles Singer Memorial Series at Meadowlands Racetrack, but for now the Big M's leading driver is focused on Thursday's second round. Time To Quit, who is unbeaten in four starts this season, races in the second of two $15,000 second-leg divisions of the restricted series for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. Trained by Ron Burke, the 4-year-old gelding is joined by entry mate Winbak Sullivan at 4-5 on the morning line. Perfect Alliance, a 4-year-old female trotter racing out of the stable of trainer Julie Miller and undefeated in three starts this season, is the 3-5 morning line choice in the first division. Last week, Time To Quit won his Singer division by a head over Clementine Dream in 1:56.2. Perfect Alliance, driven by Andy Miller, won her division by 7-3/4 lengths over Ray Hall in 1:53.3. This week, both trotters start from post eight in eight-horse fields. The $52,500 Charles Singer Memorial Series final is March 8. "I'm not sure he can go with Perfect Alliance," said Gingras, who leads all Meadowlands drivers with 55 victories this year and a 27 percent win rate. "Thankfully, she's in the other division again. She's done it three (starts) in a row. I think she's the only horse that can win from the outside, the rest need an inside post and a trip. "But there are some nice horses in there. Ray Hall is definitely a nice horse and Cajole Hanover and Clementine Dream have a chance too. It'll be interesting." Of course, Time To Quit first needs to get through this week. Mark Harder's Clementine Dream is the 5-2 second choice in the second Singer division, starting from post two with driver Scott Zeron, and Ross Croghan's Cajole Hanover is 5-1 from post five with driver David Miller. Time To Quit, a son of stallion Chocolatier out of the mare Lovable Truth, won the $46,500 Super Bowl Series final by 1-3/4 lengths over Clementine Dream on Jan. 22, one week after besting Cajole Hanover by a nose in the second round. "He's been really good and he'll be first-time Lasix this week, so that should help too," Gingras said. "He can carry his speed pretty well. He's been on the front a lot so far this year, but he doesn't need to be there. He can do it any way; he's a big, strong horse." In the first division of the Singer, Gingras drives Burke-trained You Rock My World. The horse starts from post one and is joined by entry mate Cocotier, driven by Zeron, at 10-1 on the morning line. You Rock My World, a 4-year-old gelding, won one of 19 starts last season, but finished the year by hitting the board in three consecutive conditioned races. He won a conditioned race in 1:57 at the Meadowlands on Feb. 6, but finished seventh in his first round of the Singer after leading the field to the opening quarter in :27.1. "It was too much early, a little more than he could handle," Gingras said. "But he's good to drive and good gaited." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

It was an enticing mix of old and new at The Meadowlands on Saturday night with fan favorite Golden Receiver making a successful return to the track and a couple of lightly raced three year olds with big futures captured divisions of the Buddy Gilmour series. Golden Receiver has had a remarkable career for trainer Mark Harder and owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Nina Simmonds, winning over two million dollars with many of his greatest victories coming at The Meadowlands. Now aged nine years, Golden Receiver returned to the racing wars with Corey Callahan aboard after a two and a half month respite following his second place finish in the 2013 TVG Pacing Championship final on November 30. On Saturday, driver Callahan called upon his mount's customary speed and style to set comfortable (for him) fractions of 26.1, 54.4, 1:22.4 before holding off the formidable late bid by the pocket sitting Easy Again by a neck in 1:49.2. Both Harder and Callahan were elated by the return of their "Big Horse" in the same fine form he has exhibited for the past several years. The Buddy Gilmour series (formerly known as the Jr Trendsetter) for three year old colts and geldings has long been a springboard for lightly raced sophomores to gain needed experience as they embark on what their connections hope will be a summer stakes campaign. The winners of the pair of $17,500 divisions raced on Saturday gave further cause for optimism to their connections who had already made the February 15 nomination payment to the Meadowlands Pace on each. Brittany Farms has raced many champions through the years and were a partner in last year's Pace winner Captaintreacherous. George Segal's nom de course looks to have another potential prodigy in the American Ideal colt Capital Account. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Capital Account didn't make his first start until December 21 but has demonstrated unusual speed in his four prior outings with three wins and a place. Saturday's race was another step forward, resulting in a five length win in a new record of 1:51-. Pierce, also from Takter's barn, was second and Grandpa Don, third. Yannick Gingras has been aboard for all of Capital Account's races and handled him flawlessly again in this one. There's no questioning the colt's speed and once his mind and gait catch up he's going to be a force. National Debt comes from an entirely different background but was no less impressive in his east coast debut after travelling across the continent. He is being trained in New Jersey by Ron Coyne Jr. for Blair and Ema Corbeil and their partner Kelly Hoerdt, who developed and drove the undefeated colt to four impressive wins in Western Canada last fall. National Debt made a quick impression on the locals with his sharp appearance and long, powerful strides. With two qualifiers under his belt for fitness, National Debt and Tim Tetrick caught the similarly unbeaten Dinner At The Met in his Gilmour split. On this evening, after taking an early tuck in third, Tetrick moved National Debt to the lead just past the 56.1 half and let him roll on a bit. When Dinner At The Met rolled up to challenge into the stretch National Debt had plenty in reserve, sprinting home in 26.3 to hold safe by three lengths in 1:50.3. Most impressive were the two separate bursts of speed National Debt displayed, one, making his bid for the lead past the half, the other in the stretch. When Tetrick asked for speed in the final eighth, the response was devastating. National Debt could provide quite the surplus for his connections in 2014. It was a tremendous night for wagering at The Meadowlands Saturday. The Total handle was a robust $3,625,092, which was a slight bump from last year. In addition, on-track handle was up as the facility was packed with patrons taking advantage of the first signs of spring in the northeast. The attractions at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will only grow in the spring with the opening of Victory Terrace, the rooftop bar and lounge and The Backyard, which will be the expansion of the track apron with entertainment and dining options galore. Racing resumes on Thursday, with the second round of the Charles Singer Memorial trotting series, with post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali      

The first $15,000 leg of the Charles Singer Memorial was raced in two divisions on a Thursday night card at The Meadowlands and the favorites did not disappoint. Perfect Alliance came into the Singer off a pair of impressive efforts for the Andy and Julie Miller barn. She continued to excel on this evening, romping to a seven plus length win in a career best equaling 1:53.3 for Andy Ray. The win marked the 8,000th in the driving career of Andy Miller. Biding her time through fractions of 27.1 and 56.2, Perfect Alliance was launched by Miller into the far turn and she stormed right past Cajole Hanover and quickly opened up a three-length lead. That margin continued to grow, despite Andy Miller not asking his mare for any more effort in the stretch. She was an impressive, wrapped up winner and appears as the clear favorite in the Charles Singer Memorial. The Credit Winner mare was stakes placed several times in a useful 2013 season but has blossomed into an imposing presence at age four for Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC, Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Artie Geiger. Not to be out-done was Time To Quit, who is looking to parlay his successful sweep of the Super Bowl series into a successful run at the Charles Singer Memorial. Tonight, Time To Quit extended his win streak to five in a workman-like effort in 1:56.2. Coasting along on the lead virtually throughout for Yannick Gingras, Time To Quit was challenged late by pocket-sitter Clementine Dream but was able to close out the mile by a diminishing head over that foe at the wire. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura share ownership of Time To Quit, who has returned over $50,000 on their investment in just two months. The Charles Singer Memorial continues with the second leg next Thursday, February 27th, with the $52,500 Final taking place Saturday March 8th. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands    

On what was another difficult evening weather-wise with the wind blowing a gale throughout, The Meadowlands Saturday night card provided excitement, opportunity and value. The excitement was provided by Easy Again who won the $30,000 Free For All feature by leading all the way in 1:51.1. Sent out hard from the outside post six after a pair of scratches by Yannick Gingras, Easy Again got to the opening quarter in 27.4 and decided to duplicate those fractions for each quarter thereafter, including ripping home in 27.4 into the teeth of a fierce wind. Trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable who bought the Dragon Again horse for $100,000 at Harrisburg. Easy Again has always been a high speed horse but plagued by issues throughout his career. He certainly looks poised to be a force on the east coast this summer. So far as opportunity and value, the nightly Pick 5 got the ball rolling with a payoff of $5,076, the early Pick 4 returned $1,341 and the late Pick 4 a whopping $23,854 (all $1 increments). Panesthetic and Dave Miller made it back to back impressive wins, making a double jump in class, but going wire to wire again, winning the $16,000 B-1 Pace in 1:52.2 for trainer Andrew Harris. Panesthetic is owned by Arlene Shaw, Alice Bonenfant and P. Shaw. In addition, Dinner At The Met will head into Saturday's Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series a perfect three for three following his 1:54.3 romp in the nightcap, a non-winners of two pacing event. The three year old son of Metropolitan is trained by Erv Miller, who co-owns the gelding with Bert Hochsurung and has been guided to victory in all three of his starts by Marcus Miller. Despite the snow and extreme winds, it was another $3 Million night in East Rutherford, New Jersey as total handle checked in at $3,064,833. Racing returns Thursday, for the first round of the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series with post time at 7:15 P.M. That program is the identical program from February 13th that was forced to cancel due to a winter storm. That entire 10-race program has been carried over to this coming Thursday. Darin Zoccali  

Perfect Alliance and driver Andy Miller have formed a perfect partnership so far this year. A 4-year-old female trotter, Perfect Alliance is 2-for-2 this season as she heads into Thursday's scheduled first leg of the Charles Singer Memorial Series at the Meadowlands. She is the 7-5 favorite in the second of two opening-round divisions. Time To Quit, who won the Super Bowl Series and is unbeaten in three races this year, is the 4-5 choice in the first division. Last year, Perfect Alliance won one of 14 starts and earned $66,967. She had nine different drivers during the campaign and never had the same driver in consecutive races. She was trained by Robert Bencal last year, but moved into the stable of Julie Miller this season. "I think having Andy to drive her has been an asset," Julie Miller said about her husband. "I talked to Bob Bencal and he said she was getting a little hot behind the gate (last year). I think she really likes having one driver all the time rather than getting catch drivers who maybe don't know her as well." Perfect Alliance comes into the Singer off a win from post 10 at the Meadowlands on Feb. 7. She raced on the outside the entire mile, but finished with a :28.1 final quarter-mile en route to a three-quarter-length victory in 1:54. She won her first start of the year, also at the Big M, by 7-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3. "Her first two starts were pretty impressive," Miller said. "Her last start at the Meadowlands out of the 10 hole, she got pretty roughed up and then got a flat tire and still was able to go on. I was really impressed with her effort. She's really rounding into form and I expect good things from her." Perfect Alliance is a daughter of stallion Credit Winner out of the mare Yalta Hanover and was purchased for $75,000 under the name Perfect Deo at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. Her mother is a half-sister to stakes-winners Yursa Hanover, He's Spooky and Scary Good. She is a three-quarter sister to Thistle Dhu, who ironically edged Perfect Alliance by a nose in the $40,000 Zweig Memorial Consolation for 3-year-old filly trotters. Another of Yalta Hanover's half-sisters, Yassi Hanover, is the mother of Jurgen Hanover, who won last year's Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male trotters. "She's got everything going for her; a great pedigree line, great conformation and a great attitude," Miller said. "There's not much more you could ask for with a trotter. "What I'm really impressed with are her manners. She's easy on herself. She's a huge mare and she's got a great gait to her. She does it with ease, and that's what you want. Not to exert a lot of energy but get great results. I'm just really happy with her." Perfect Alliance is owned by New Meadowlands Racing Chairman Jeff Gural, Meadowlands General Manager Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger. "Luckily we got her and she's just done everything we've asked of her," Miller said. "We're going to stake her to a few things for the mares, but that will probably be about it. I think the TVG Series and trying to race against the boys is just a little bit too much for her, as of right now. But we're really high on her this year." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications    

The feature race on Saturday night at The Meadowlands lacked a prohibitive favorite, but provided a distinguished and competitive field. The depth and parody of the $30,000 A-2/A-1/FFA Handicap yielded a 19-1 winner in Road Untraveled who used every inch of a perfect trip to pull off the upset. Allowed to settle off the pace by driver Corey Callahan, Road Untraveled found a comfort zone mid-pack through fractions of 26.4 and 54 seconds, before getting situated second over behind Alexie Mattosie through three-quarters of 1:21.4. Road Untraveled turned for home just two lengths off the lead of 2-1 favored pacesetter Emeritus Maximus and wore down that foe through the stretch to triumph in 1:49.3 for trainer Gail Wrubel and owners Mike Simons and Christopher Giaccio. The win was one of four on the evening for the Rising Star Award winner Corey Callahan. PH Supercam came from last at the top of the stretch to get second, while Emeritus Maximus was a game third and Easy Again fourth. The first four finishers were separated by just one-half length at the wire. There were two other sub-1:50 performers on the card as Panesthetic took an $11,000 C-1 event by four lengths in 1:49.3 for new trainer Andrew Harris. The win was one of three on the card for driver Dave Miller, who also was in the sulky behind the other sub-1:50 winner Dial Or Nodial, as that classy gelding got back to his winning ways, scoring in a $16,000 B-1 event by three lengths in 1:49.4, pacing a 26.1 final quarter while turning for home on the lead. Total handle for the Saturday program was a hefty $3,279,981, which included a five percent increase in on-track handle. Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Thursday night featuring the first round of the Charles Singer Memorial trotting series, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands    

The entire field was back. That was the theme for the quintet of trotters in the Friday night feature race at The Meadowlands, the $30,000 A-1/Free For All Handicap. When last raced, it was World Cup and Joe Bongiorno who stormed home to nail Daylon Magician on the wire, but tonight Daylon Magician was too elusive on the lead. Appearing headstrong under a hard hold by Dave Miller, Daylon Magician got to the lead past the opening quarter which was reached in just 28.2. From that point, Daylon Magician coasted through a 58 second middle half tripping the timer in 57.1 and 1:26.2 before sprinting home in a final quarter 27.2 to hit the wire in 1:53.4, one length in front. Not Afraid appeared to have a great deal of trot in the pocket but was unable to shake free late and was a hard luck 2nd in the best effort of the year for him. Amigo Ranger rode the pylons to be 3rd, while World Cup could not close into slow tempo and finished 4th in what was a four horse place photo. Both Amigo Ranger and World Cup couldn't come home much faster, sprinting the final quarter in 27 seconds. Sweet Justice took his shot on the far turn, making a powerful brush from last to first in an eighth of a mile, but could not sustain that bid and finished a tough 5th, beaten only a length and a half for all the money. The winner, Daylon Magician now has lifetime earnings of $1,634,267 for owner Daylon Farms LTD and new trainer Mark Ford. This was a key win for Daylon Magician with stake payments upcoming for the most important trotting races at The Meadowlands, The Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, John Cashman Memorial and TVG Free For All Championship. Coraggioso was an extremely impressive winner tonight, winning his second start back since July 26th in a powerful 1:52.4 triumph in a C-1/B-2 Handicap trot, lowering his lifetime mark by a full second. The one time Hambletonian contender, driven by Andy Miller is owned by Joseph Spadaro and long-time NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin and is trained by Julie Miller. Perfect Alliance served notice as the horse to beat in the Charles Singer Memorial which is where she is headed following her victory tonight. She followed up her 1:53.3 blowout win last week with a game and determined victory tonight, overcoming several obstacles. She shied away from a breaker on the first turn, was parked for the opening three-eighths of a mile, found the pylons for an eighth of a mile and then went first over from the half mile pole to the wire winning in 1:54. Even more impressive, she did that racing with a flat tire on the sulky of Andy Miller for the back half-mile. Of the nine horse she defeated, five were Charles Singer Memorial eligibles. Perfect Alliance gave trainer Julie Miller a double. She is owned by Little E L.L.C., Meadowlands General Manager Jason M. Settlemoir, Stolz and Geiger. Total handle for the night was $2,645,278. The Meadowlands was cancelled on this Friday in 2013 due to a winter storm. The $2,645,278 would be a 10-percent increase over the same night in 2012. Racing returns to The Meadowlands Saturday for a 13-race card with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Entering the Super Bowl, Time To Quit was labeled the horse to beat. Wednesday night, he lived up to that advanced billing, scoring a decisive 1:55.1 triumph on a bitterly cold night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.   One week removed from a hard fought and game win in the second round of the series, Yannick Gingras confidently guided his trotter to the lead past the quarter in :28.4.. Over the next half mile (:57.2) several contenders went off-stride including Home Turf and Cajole Hanover leaving the race all to Time To Quit, who by the three-quarters in 1:26.1, never faced a challenge and coasted to the victory by one and three-quarter lengths for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura for trainer Ron Burke.   Time To Quit will reappear in the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series which gets underway Thursday, February 13th. Wednesday marked the last night of live racing at The Meadowlands until after The Super Bowl.   Live racing will resume on Thursday, February 6th. That card will include a carryover in the Pick 5, as no one cashed a Pick 5 ticket Wednesday at The Meadowlands thanks to a win by Delco Willobee who scored in race 2 for Jim Marohn Jr. at 96-1. The Pick 5 carryover into the Thursday, February 6th program will be $18,083. by Darin Zoccali for the Meadowlands    

Billed as a matchup between the razor sharp Sweet Justice and the classy Daylon Magician, Friday's Open Trot at The Meadowlands seemed to be a 2-horse race on paper, but in the end, it was anything but. Sweet Justice broke stride right at the start, seemingly leaving the race to Daylon Magician who asserted an early lead. Setting fractions of 26.4, 55.2 and 1:23.4, Daylon Magician driven by Dave Miller turned for home seemingly on cruise control. But World Cup was guided off the pylons by Joe Bongiorno and made his move with three-sixteenths of a mile to go and what a move it was as he wore down Daylon Magician sprinting home in 27.4 to get up by a nose at 17-1. World Cup is owned by Carly Roman and trained by Brad Irvine. It was that upset that sparked a lone winning ticket in the Pick-5 which returned $30,052.60 for the $.50 cent minimum play. The Pick 5 wasn't the only pool with one winning ticket as Mike Simons repeat upset victory with Twin B Spike Man at 31-1 in the tenth race B-1/B-2 Handicap Trot ensured one winning ticket in the Late Pick 4, which returned $64,811.80. Perfect Alliance was noteworthy impressive winner in her return to the races, romping to a 7-length score in a lifetime best 1:53.3 as she gears up for the Charles Singer Memorial Series. Driver Yannick Gingras stole the driving show tonight, winning five races extending his lead in the drivers standing to 14 wins in front of Dave Miller. It was another big night for the on-track handle, as it yielded a 14-percent increase over the same race day in 2013, while the total handle of $3,120,181 was a five percent increase as well. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time of 7:15 P.M. The program features a Free For All Handicap Trot, featuring Hypnotic Blue Chip, Bettor's Edge and the razor sharp Dovuto Hanover. Darin Zoccali      

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