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Father Patrick showed the harness racing world that they better tie a rope to his race bike in order to keep up with him as the three-year-old colt romped by 19 and three-quarter lengths in winning his $70,300 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Friday at the Meadows. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Father Patrick started from post four in the first race on the program and by the opening quarter mile in :28.2 he was was in fourth place as JJ Alex (Francisco Del Cid) was leading the field with Journey (Dave Palone) moving on the outside into second place. By the half mile marker in :56.1, Amped Up Hanover and driver Mike Wilder came first-over to take command and that was went Gingras started up on the outside with Father Patrick, who was the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite in the race. Once they reached the three-quarter mile pole in 1:24.3 Father Patrick was surging to the lead and after clearing to the front the duo just pulled away from the rest of the field by 15 lengths at the top of the stretched and poured it on coming home with a :28.3 final quarter mile to stop the teletimer in 1:53.1. Scirocco Jakob (Charlie Norris) was second with Jett Star (Eric Ledford) third. Trained by Jimmy Takter, it was the second straight win for Father Patrick, who is sired by Cantab Hall and is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of NJ. He paid just $2.10 to win and has now won 11 of his 12 lifetime starts. The Takter Stable were back in the winner’s circle after the fourth race as Nuncio won his $70,700 PASS division for driver John Campbell with a 1:53.2 triumph. Nuncio got away in fifth place as Wheelsandthelegman (Jim Raymer) led the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.2, the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. It was in the backstretch that Campbell made his move with Nuncio and they cleared to the lead on the final turn and won with ease by two open lengths. Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) was second with Wheelsandthelegman third. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Nuncio is sired by Andover Hall and is owned by Stall TZ, Inc. of Florida. He paid $2.20 to win. It was his second start this year. Datsyuk, who is named after the captain of the Detroit Red Wings, and trainer/driver Charlie Norris were able to lead from start to finish in capturing the $70,700 third division of the PASS in a lifetime best clocking of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two, Norris sent Datsyik right to the lead and never looked back. With John Campbell and Uva Hanover right on their backs, Datsyik cut fractions of :28.3 to the opening quarter and :57.2 to the half mile. Then Dave Palone made a valiant first-over move with DD’s Hitman at the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and nearly collard Datsyuk on the final turn but briefly went off-stride. As they started down the stretch, Campbell tried in vain to come after Datsyuk with Uva Hanover but could gain no ground as Norris has his trotter in full control, winning by one and one-quarter lengths. Uva Hanover was second and DD’s Hitman rebounded to finish third. Undefeated in three start this year, Datsyuk is a gelded son of Explosive Matter and is co-owned by Leonard Buckner with Charlie Norris. He paid $3.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, May 29, 2014 — Juvenile champion Father Patrick brings a 10-race winning streak to the Meadows for Friday’s $211,700 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, but Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter said the streak is the farthest thing from his mind. “I don’t think like that,” Takter said. “They’re horses. They win, they get beat. I don’t worry about things like that.” Instead, Takter hopes the son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream builds on his facile victory in 1:53.3 in the Historic-Dickerson Cup at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, which kicked off his 3-year-old campaign and pushed his career bankroll to $762,688. Father Patrick may not be tested sternly Friday; of the six other contenders in his split, one is a maiden, and two remain eligible for NW2. Amped Up Hanover, perhaps the most accomplished of the rest, stalked Father Patrick from the pocket in the Dickerson Cup and still was beaten 4-1/2 lengths. Nevertheless, Takter has Father Patrick where he wants him on the road to the Hambletonian. “I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing with him,” Takter said. “We haven’t started pushing him, and I’m really happy with how he’s performing. I expect him to win and step forward.” He said Father Patrick likely will follow Friday’s PASS with several starts at Pocono Downs before heading to the Meadowlands. “I love this horse,” Takter said. “He’s a serious, serious animal. I think he’s the horse I’ve been waiting for that’s really, really, special.” Father Patrick goes from post 4 in the first of three PASS divisions, Race 1, with Yannick Gingras piloting. Takter also has the presumptive favorite in the second division (Race 4) with another of his hard-hitting sophomores, Nuncio. Although the son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle has raced in Father Patrick’s shadow, he’s hardly been a slouch, with six victories in 11 starts — he’s never been worse than second — and nearly $500,000 in career earnings. Nuncio faces a potential surprise package in Wheelsandthelegman (Donato Hanover-Carmita), who was unraced at 2 but has captured all four of his 2013 starts, including a PASS victory for trainer Walt Carroll. Nuncio leaves from post 3 for John Campbell while Jim Raymer will guide Wheelsandthelegman from post 2. The third split (Race 9), a wide-open event, features Datsyuk, an Explosive Matter-Pink Ribbons gelding who has won his only two lifetime outings, including a PASS split at Pocono Downs. Charlie Norris trains and drives Datsyuk, who drew post 2. The card kicks off a series of Friday Family Fun Nights, coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, that will offer a host of family-oriented activities, including a number of contests, jog cart and starting gate rides and “meet and greet” sessions with horsemen. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

He just made it look too easy as Father Patrick scored a four and one-half length triumph in winning a $37,262 division of the harness racing Grand Circuit Historic Series for three-year-old trotting colts at Pocono Downs Wednesday. The harness racing early favorite to win the Hambletonian covered the one mile race in 1:53.3 in his 2014 debut.. Winner of the 2013 Dan Patch award as the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Father Patrick was driven by regular pilot Yannick Gingras and got away third at the start of the ten-race co-feature. Master Bedroom (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead but gave way to Amped Up Hanover (Corey Callahan) by the opening quarter mile in :28.2. The it was Gingras and Father Patrick who came first-over and took the lead for good, cutting the fractions to the half mile in :57.4 and then the three-quarters in 1:26 and then Gingras let the bay colt have his head and he took off to the wire. Amped Up Hanover was second with Marathon Man (Mike Simons) third. "I was very happy with the race," Takter said. "Yannick never really had to put him in gear. I wouldn't call it a training mile when they go in 1:53.We go to the Meadows next for the PASS. He didn't need to improve that much over last year. Nature took its own course. This horse is just too perfect. You do not get many like him." A winner in ten of eleven starts last year, Father Patrick is sired by Cantab Hall and trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Taker He is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ. The colt is named after the Takter’s local priest. Father Patrick went off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite and paid just $2.10 to win on a $2 wager. In the $36,512 first division of the Historic Series, It Really Matters and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. seemed to have the race in total control and as they approached the finish line, It Really Matter went off-stride and finished third, setting up 14-1 long shot Auspicious Hanover for the big victory. Despite a small field of only five starters the action was furious early on as Mac Kemp (Brett Miller) was the first to get to the lead but they were then overtaken by Auspicious Hanover and driver Charlie Norris by the opening quarter mile in :28. Then It Really Matters came first-over for Morrill and they took the lead by the half mile marker in :56.2. It looked like It Really Matters was in control of the race coming to the three-quarters in 1:24.3 with Dony Andreas (Corey Callahan) coming first-over to challenge but as they came down the stretch to the wire, It Really Matters made the costly break and Norris was able to get by them on the inside to score a two length triumph in 1:54.1. Dony Andreas was second with It Really Matters third. "I did not know if the two favorites would leave," Charlies Norris said. "So I took a shot. He hasn't been in these kinds of fractions before and I let Jimmy Morrill go loose. I didn't know if I would have caught him if Morrill's horse didn't break. But that's racing. He was closing good and this colt is improving. We go to the PASS next at the Meadows." It was a lifetime mark for Auspicious Hanover. The gelded son of Andover Hall is trained by Charlie Norris and is owned by the Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, Dale Sweet of Huron, Ohio and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ. It was his first win in two starts this year and he paid $31.60 to win. By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

Three Divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Each went for an estimated purse of $75,000.   The first division went to Wheelsandthelegman. The son of Donato Hanover fired fast off the wings, coasting to an easy win in 1:55.1 to remain undefeated in four lifetime starts. Wheelsandthelegman is owned by Beth Carroll of New Holland, PA, trained by Walter Carroll, and was driven by Jim Raymer.   The second division was won by Stall Tz's Nuncio. The talented Andover Hall bred was patiently driven the opening half, storming home the final half in :56.3 under minimal urging. Nuncio trotted the mile in 1:54.3 for his sixth career win. He was making his first start in 2014 after making $461,074 as a 2-Year-Old. Nuncio is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by regular driver John Campbell.   The third division was won by Charlie Norris and Leonard Buckner's Datsyuk. The son of Explosive Matter enjoyed the pocket trip behind heavily favored Don Dorado, and was able to outduel the favorite in the stretch to win by one length in 1:55.3. Datsyuk is now a perfect two for two in the win column, and was driven by Charlie Norris.   by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

TORONTO, April 12 - Dragon Seelster, a three-year-old son of Dragon Again, will seek his second career tally in Monday's $36,200 Youthful Series final at Woodbine. Trained and driven by Paul Macdonell, Dragon Seelster has had a credible to season to date in six appearances. The bay has crafted a 1-2-3 record this year along with $21,750 in earnings. "He's certainly been racing very well and most important is that he's been consistent," said MacDonell. "He's a beautiful horse to be around and he seems to be making a good showing of himself." The bay was a $19,000 yearling purchase for owner Dave Hudson along with former NHLer and head coach of the London Knights, Dale Hunter. Dallas Seelster, bred in Ontario by Seelster Farms, went winless as a rookie for previous trainer Charlie Norris while racing in Pennsylvania. He capped off his freshman campaign with $11,410 in earnings from five starts. This season, however, has been the turning point for the youngster. "I got him in February and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from him," the Guelph resident said. "He's not the biggest horse and I wasn't sure how much speed was there. What I can say is that what he lacks in size, he makes up in determination. He's a gutsy horse and there's no quit in him." Heading into the final of the Youthful Series, MacDonell has his eye on a specific route for his pupil. "He's a trip kind of horse," he said. "He's better following horses and that's likely what's going to happen in the final. Post eight doesn't help us much either. Last week I put him on the front and he got a little lost." Following the Youthful Series, MacDonell will be getting his student ready for another up and coming series at the Rexdale oval. "The Diplomat begins in a couple of weeks, so that is What's Next for him," said MacDonell, the 2008 O'Brien Award winner as Driver of the Year. "I'm not sure what the plan is with him long term, but for now we'll take it week by week. He continues to improve and developing into a very useful racehorse." The Youthful Series final is slated as Race 7 on Monday's 10-race card. First post time is set for 7:25 p.m. The field will line up as follows: 1. Reasonable Force 2. Highland Tartan 3. Royal Reception 4. Andreios Kardia 5. Kuchar 6. Glory Beach 7. Regal Son 8. Dragon Seelster 9. Twomickeytrip 10. Account Rollover by Greg Gangle, for WEG

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association announces the winners of its 2013 Horse Awards, as voted by the group's members.   2YO COLT PACER: El Chivato - William Spotti, owner. Trainer - Jason Shaw.   2YO FILLY PACER: That Woman Hanover - Dan Altmeyer, Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II, Jeff Altmeyer, owners. Trainer - Dan Altmeyer.   2YO COLT TROTTER: Sarcastic Man - Robert Key, owner. Trainer - Rich Gillock.   2YO FILLY TROTTER: Static Electricity - Mason Shaw, owner. Trainer - Jason Shaw.   3YO COLT PACER: Twilight Bonfire - Robert Key, owner. Trainer - Danny Collins.   3YO FILLY PACER: Charisma Hanover - Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, owners. Trainer - Ron Burke.   3YO COLT TROTTER: Picture This - Leonard Buckner, owner. Trainer - Charlie Norris.   3YO FILLY TROTTER: Promisemethis - Rick & Regina Beinhauer, owners. Trainer - Rick Beinhauer.   OLDER HORSE/GELDING PACER: Visible Gold - Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, RTC Stables, owners. Trainer - Ron Burke.   OLDER MARE PACER: Do Me Honor - William Bercury, owner/trainer.   OLDER HORSE/GELDING TROTTER: TSM Photo Bugger - Theodore Tomson, owner. Trainer - Jan Fread.   OLDER MARE TROTTER: Unefoisdansmavie - Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III, owners. Trainer - Ron Burke.   MSOA TROTTER OF THE YEAR: TSM PHOTO BUGGER MSOA PACER OF THE YEAR: DO ME HONOR MSOA HORSE OF THE YEAR: TWILIGHT BONFIRE   The MSOA congratulates all of this year's winners and wishes everyone continued success in 2014.   by Jeff Zidek for MSOA  

VERNON, NY—Well Built, Skates N Plates, JK Molly, Bikini So Teeny and Bakersfield were all divisional winners in Friday night’s $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stakes for 2-year-olds at Vernon Downs. The favorite Well Built captured the $14,396 opening division of the Simpson stake for male members of the trotting persuasion with a strong-striding 1:59.3 victory in Friday’s first race. Jim Meittinis did the steering for trainer Chris Ryder as the bay colt rallied from third at the quarter into the top spot before the half, and then remained in charge en route to a 1-1/4 length score over the second-choice, Resolve. It was the second win, coupled with a trio of second-place finishes in nine starts for the strong son of Muscle Hill-Working Girl, who has earned nearly $36,900 this season for co-owner Ryder and his partner Robert Mondillo. In the $14,396 second division of the freshman colt and gelding trot, race three, Skates N Plates front-ended his way to a 1:56.3 score over the crowd’s choice, Starsaboveallerage, who finished a half-length back in second. It was the first career triumph for the bay son of Revenue S-Pleasure Skate, who now spots a 1-2-1 summary line and earnings of $26,233 in 13 outings for owner Robert J. Key. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Paul Reid. JK Molly, who owns the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing filly here in 2013 on the strength of a 1:52.1 performance back on Sept. 6, secured her second Vernon victory and improved her performance line to 5-1-2 after 10 trips to the track following a 1:54 score in Friday’s $26,766 fifth contest. The tomboy filly advanced from second into the lead early in the mile and continued on to a front-ending 1:54 tally over the favorite, Ideal Helen. Roman Lopez did the piloting for trainer Ron Burke as the daughter of Art Major-Heather’s Western raised here career winnings to $128,766 for the 3 Brothers Stables. Fourth choice in the wagering, Bikini So Teeny turned in a career-best 1:56.4 showing in race seven, the $27,366 filly trot. Trainer Charlie Norris was at the controls as the daughter of Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon gained the upper hoof going to the half and continued on to record a head triumph over the second-choice, Ruby. The favorite, Annie’s List, ended up third. It marked the maiden victory for the bay filly, who also displays a pair of second-place finishes, a third and winnings of $29,149 after 11 starts for owners Carrie Norris, Neal Goldman and Harold “Bud” Coughlin. In the $27,591 2-year-old male pace, race 10, the crowd’s pick, Bakersfield, raced like he was the best, and then proved it with a gate-to-wire 1:54 victory. Andy Miller did the honors for trainer Jimmy Takter as the quick-striding son of American Ideal-Ride The Skies dominated through splits of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.4 en route to a 1-1/4 length tally over second choice Beat The Drum. It was the third tally, coupled with a second and two third in 11 tries for the career-winner of more than $51,100, who is shared in ownership by the Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and John Fodera. In Friday’s $12,000 ninth race, the week’s Open trot, newcomer Picture This rallied from third entering the stretch drive and came on in a :28.4 final quarter to defeat The Triple Lindy by a neck. The fast-closing finish resulted in the fifth season’s score and the sixth lifetime win for the career-winner of more than $305,700, who is owned by Leonard Buckner. The win behind Picture This gave trainer and driver Norris a triple during Friday’s 12-race program. Chris Lems logged his meet-leading 23rd double of Vernon’s 85-card campaign, while two win performances were also registered by Roman Lopez, and trainer/driver Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover recorded his meet-leading 10th victory after a 1:57.2 outing in Friday’s sixth session. Lems drove for trainer Dave Dewhurst, who is currently second on the season’s conditioning chart with 35 tallies… The winningest pacer at the meet is Hot Cowboy with seven scores… The Downs will offer simulcast wagering on the remaining 2013 Breeders Cup thoroughbred championship races on Saturday afternoon (1:15 p.m. post time)… Saturday night’s 13-race live program, which features a $12,000 Open pace in the seventh event, will get underway with a special 6 p.m. post time… Only three live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… Vernon’s program for Friday, Nov. 8 will start at 6:45 p.m., but the card for Saturday, Nov. 9 will begin at 6 p.m…. A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

NEW KENT, VA ---  Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective three year old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday’s 16th annual Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” program at Colonial Downs.  A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among eight freshman and sophomore divisions in the fifteen race card.  Candid Photo wired a modest field in the colt/gelding trot last Sunday in a lifetime best 1:57 4/5. The Classic Photo gelding triggered quarter panels of :29 2/5, :59 1/5 and 1:27 4/5 before crossing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Flaming Yankee. Candid Photo is co-owned by trainer Jane Dunavant and Katherine Smith. Dusty Sea was second and Flaming Yankee took third. Sunday’s $45,800 final leg will be a non-betting race at 12:20 PM.  Eloise Eden was dominant as a two year old and coasted home to an easy thirteen length romp  in the filly trot prep. The Ken Warkentin filly shot to the front as the starting gate wings closed and never looked back, leading by six at the quarter and eight at the half. Betting choice I Concur, fresh off back to back wins by ten-plus lengths, held second through the third fraction but went off stride in mid-stretch after starting to gain ground on the leader. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. guided Eloise Eden to fractions of :27 4/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25 2/5, and with no one close in the stretch, coasted home in 1:56 1/5. She is trained by Thomas Litt for Mark Bowser of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlie Norris will drive Eloise Eden in the $49,400 finale in Sunday’s sixth race.   Blueridge Adalia grabbed the pocket early in the filly pacing prep but just after the first fraction, came outside and passed Miss Sowo, then continued a front stepping trip en route to an easy four length win in 1:54 1/5. Reinsman Chris Page, who also guided Candid Photo’s Virginia-bred triumph, led the Badlands Hanover filly for trainer Morgan Hagerman and owner Herman Hagerman. Miss Sowo held on for second while get Party Perfect was third. Page will again direct Blueridge Adalia from post six Sunday in the $48,200 final.  In the 3 year old colt/gelding pace warmup, Mark Gray’s Southern Hoss went coast to coast and beat five others including his stablemate Stately Man. The The Panderosa gelding cut panels of :27 3/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25 1/5 before winning his second race ever in a lifetime best of 1:53 1/5. The mark shattered his prior mark by over three seconds. Charles Perry, who drove Southern Hoss for owner Anne McDonald, will be back in the sulky in Sunday’s $47,400 finale. The “Day of Champions” competition for two year olds will include the $51,475 colt/gelding pace and $48,150 filly pace as part of the pari-mutuel card, while the $46,375 filly trot and $42,450 colt/gelding trot will be non-betting races at 12:30 and 12:40 PM respectively. Last weekend’s 2 year old prep in the colt/gelding pace division was the most exciting of the eight. Freddy Darby’s Perfect Number edged Jimmy Viars’ Handsome Jim and Leon Harris’s Little Leon by a head and half length respectively in a 1:56 2/5 blanket finish. The winner, an Art Official gelding, is the 9-5 early favorite Sunday and will be driven again by Corey Braden. Santa Baby surged past front stepping Blueridge Princess coming out of the turn in the filly pace prelim last weekend then coasted home to a four length triumph. Chris Page drove the Three Olives filly to victory for trainer Lorie Davis in 1:55 2/5. Santa Baby is the heavily favored early choice at 4-5. Luring Miz Daisy wired the field in the filly freshmen trot while Jingle Bells matched that feat in the male category. They crossed respectively in 2:05.0 and 2:07 2/5 for trainers Renfrow Hauser and William Long. Both will face modest size fields again and thus are part of the early non-betting races. Four fillies have entered that championship while only a pair of geldings will square off in the male trot.     Gates open Sunday at 12 Noon and post time for the first of a dozen pari-mutuel races is 1:00 PM. Sunday also marks the final day of racing at Colonial Downs for the 2013 season.  by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2013 — Parked the entire first quarter before making the front, Aperfectyankee had plenty left in the tank and rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:53 in Tuesday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $94,998 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Rossini and Bambino Glide taking the other splits. Charlie Norris, who drove Aperfectyankee for owner/trainer Jim Oscarsson, said he wasn’t unduly concerned about the demanding 27.3 opening panel. “I was just trying to let everyone get settled, and I didn’t want to rush him,” Norris said. “I thought he would be fine. We got a little breather the second quarter.” Wind Of The North was 1-3/4 lengths back in second, with Sailer Eddie third. The time erased the previous stake record of 1:54.1 held jointly by Another Amaretto and Lindys Jersey Boy. Aperfectyankee, a son of Yankee Glide-Asixpakfromperfect, extended his career bankroll to $587,119. Bambino Glide retook the lead at the three-eighths and controlled the mile handily for Dave Palone, downing Possessed Fashion by 1-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:53.1. Picture This rallied for show. “He got out of there on the right foot,” Palone said, “so I thought I would let him go down the road. He went a good trip. I was really happy with how quiet he was behind the gate.” Julie Miller trains the Yankee Glide-Raising The Bar gelding, who now has won seven of 15 lifetime starts, for Kapildeo Singh and Shakoor’s Racing Stable. Rossini led every step for Howard Parker but had to dig in late to defeat the closing Body Balance by a nose in 1:53.3. Cantab Abs was well back in third. Jim Raymer, who conditions Rossini for Harbor Racing Stable, said he’s looking forward to campaigning the Classic Photo-Beverly Crusher gelding in some late-season stakes . . . and as a 4-year-old. “He has the Circle City at Hoosier, the American National and the Galt,” Raymer said. “He’s a homebred. We had his mother, we had his grandmother, and they’ve been nothing but good.” $90,000 Keystone Classic — 3-Year-old Colt & Gelding Pacers Lightly raced Latest Desire followed cover willingly and took the fastest division of Tuesday’s companion feature in 1:49.2. Palone, who won six races on the 15-race card, captured the other two splits — both for trainer Chris Oakes — with Big Time Promise and Shock It To ‘Em. In his first start on anything but a mile track, Latest Desire picked up the first-over cover of Ultimate Beachboy and brushed past him in the lane for Dave Magee to defeat him by 3/4 lengths. Fateful Choice completed the ticket. Latest Desire has only 10 career starts, including seven this year, but Nick Giberson, who trains the son of Real Desire-Latest Design for Steven Newcom, Larry Taylor and Tex Moats, said there’s method to his madness. “He has a lot of stakes later on, so we’re just keeping him fresh,” Giberson said. “He has four or five weeks back in Illinois and Indiana that will be pretty stout, so we’re just saving him. He’s never really been tested. He’ll keep right on motoring. He’ll keep pacing right through the wire and kick it in gear when he has to.” Big Time Promise made it look easy on the front end, demolishing the field by 6 lengths in 1:49.3 and securing his ninth win in 18 career outings. McAlvin and Net Ten EOM were second and third, respectively. “Every time I’ve raced him, I’ve really, really liked him,” Palone said. “I had it in my mind that he was probably the strongest horse in the group and that I would just stretch him out today so that it would take a mile in 1:50 or better to beat him.” Conrad Zurich owns the Real Desire-Yankee Promise gelding. Shock It To ‘Em, the Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, worked out comfortable fractions on the lead and easily held off Johns Polyview by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2. Varadero Hanover was third. “I figured I’d get it as cheap as I could,” Palone said. “He’s been super all year long. He’s a pleasure to drive — makes my job easier.” Hauser Bros. Racing, Chuck Pompey, Susan Oakes and Timothy Cable own the Western Terror-Tootsie J gelding. by Evan Pottak for The Meadows  

The Red Mile played host to the fourth and penultimate leg of the Kindergarten Trotting Classic series on Thursday evening. Conditions were ideal, as they often are in Lexington, KY, and seven divisions of the freshmen trotters were performing before a crowd of their human counterparts for a purse of $10,000 per split on “College Night” at the track.   Noel Daley has made a tidy living by being patient with his young stock and that program is again paying dividends. The Explosive Matter two year old gelding Outburst won for the third time in six outings, finishing a comfortable 1:59- mile with a 27.4 final quarter for driver Charlie Norris. A $33,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase by Daley, Adam Victor & Son and Mirva Bogucki, Outburst has the look of a contender for the late season stakes, which are many and lucrative this year.   Speak The Truth is another making his first few career starts and he also looks like a player in the division. He is from Muscle Hill’s first crop from the accomplished race mare Tady’s Comer and cost Richard Gutnick $65,000 at Harrisburg last fall. He’s now won two of three and now has a record of 1:55.3. Brett Miller was in for the card and drove for trainer Linda Toscano. Great Society, another Muscle Hill, flashed willing late foot to be second.   The first of four filly divisions came next and Goddess made amends for disappointing her legion backers last week by trotting a strong 1:57.2 mile for driver Randy Jerrell. The Donato Hanover lass cost trainer Paul Kelley and his partners Joe Sbrocco and new Hall of Famer Bill Weaver $110,000 but looks like a bargain at the price. She now won half of her six outings and sports a 1:56.1 record from earlier this summer in a Kindergarten division at The Meadowlands.   Trixton was the highest priced trotting yearling sold at auction last fall when the Muscle Hill colt from a family of champions required a commitment of $360,000 from Brixton Medical and Christina Takter to bring him home. After a string of successes, he bounced back nicely after feeling the sting of defeat for the first time in last week’s Kindergarten and took his division in 1:56-. More impressive than the time on a perfect Lexington evening was the visual presence the colt displayed, moving beautifully under no encouragement from trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He is a magnificent looking specimen ....Trixton that is.   Takter came right back in the next event with one for the hunch players, as the moon was full on Thursday night and his eighth race charge is named Moonlight In Miami. The public knows and sent the Muscles Yankee filly away as the 6/5 choice. She rewarded their confidence with a maiden breaking 1:55- win, held just off the fast fractions until the time was right. Takter trains the $100,000 Harrisburg purchase for the Ontario power brokers, Katz, Libfeld & Goldband.   Anonyme Hanover won right back for the Burke Stable equaling the 1:56.3 mark she took last week in the process. The Explosive Matter filly held off the late rally of race favorite Cee Bee Yes for Brett Miller and owners Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley who gave $47,000 for her at Harrisburg.   Takter tripled up with the 1/5 fave Yoga in the last race.    The Muscles Yankee filly was a bargain at $31,000 for Christina Takter and long-time patrons John & Jim Fielding. She was rated behind fast fractions and sailed by under her own power in 1:55- for Jimmy in the night cap.   The Red Mile will host the Grand Circuit in a week, beginning Thursday, September 26 with a 7pm post time. Over $6 million in purses will be offered over the two weeks of top caliber stakes. Visit The Red Mile’s website for more information.   The Kindergarten series will resume on Friday, October 18 with the finals a week later at Vernon Downs. Check the point standings here. Nick Salvi

Delaware, OH --- Joseph Di Scala, Jr. and Cynthia Lynn Massari's Vibe Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) popped out of the three hole going to the three-quarters and captured the $65,750 first division of the Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. From the first call to the top of the stretch they all chased Bluto (Andy Miller), who couldn’t withstand the charge of Vibe Blue Chip. Bluto held second and Sailer Eddie (Ron Pierced) earned third money. Vibe Blue Chip (Andover Hall-Winning Jonlin, by Muscles Yankee) won in 1:54.3, a national season’s record for a sophomore trotting gelding on a half-mile track. He has now won five of 14 and $128,787 this year under the direction of trainer Ron Burke. "I only put trotting hobbles on him to give him confidence," said Burke. "He gets a little shaky, but it's not a gait issue. He's cleanly gaited. "Actually I saw he had a little trouble on the turn but Yannick did a great job holding him together around the turn, then pulling out the plugs coming into the stretch. I knew if he could do that he would trot right by them. "We are taking him to Lexington and after that it will be day-to-day with him." The favored Spider Blue Chip (Ron Pierce) made two breaks, which helped High Bridge (Yannick Gingras) win the $65,750 second division of the Old Oaken Bucket. The mile was covered in 1:55.1, equaling the national season’s record for a 3-year-old trotting colt on a half-mile track. Boffin (Charlie Norris) and Theatrical Session (David Miller) were next to the wire, finishing second and third, respectively. High Bridge (Cantab Hall-Madame Volo, byYankee Glide) is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Jim Fielding and is trained by Jimmy Takter. He has won five of 18 this year, with $249,348 in the bank. He finished seventh, beaten only four lengths, in this year’s Hambletonian. "He might not be right up with the top horses but he is very consistent and a good horse to have in the barn," said Jimmy Takter. "If he could have gotten out in the Hambo, as he got blocked in behind some horses, he could have finished second. "There are still a lot of races left this year and he is a very sound horse. I've never had a problem with him. Look how well he raced just six days ago (a strong second in the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final). "We have the Breeders Crown at Pocono (in October) and he really likes it there." -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association web newsroom

There were both betting favorites and long shots that prevailed as Harrah’s Philadelphia hosted four $260,000 Championship Finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday afternoon. The fastest mile of the four finals was in the 12th race for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Allstar Partner was not only able to lead from start to finish for driver Corey Callahan, but was also able to handle a first-over challenge for half of the one mile race by Let’s Drink On It. Callahan sent Allstar Partner right to the lead from post four with McWicked (Andy Miller) leaving from post six and grabbing the two-hole trip as they raced to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then it was Let’s Drink On It and driver Tim Tetrick the first to show, coming first-over at the half mile in :55.3 with Limelight Beach (Dave Miller) following his outside cover. On to the three-quarters in 1:23.1, Let’s Drink On It kept inching up on race leader Allstar Partner, but that all came to an end as the field started down the stretch to the finish. Let’s Drink On It spit out the bit and began to fade fast and Sometimes Said (John Campbell) moved up from fifth place and mounted a challenge but it was too late as Callahan had the race measured with ease for Allstart Partner, who went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52. Sometimes Said was second with McWicken third. Trained by John Butenschoen, it was the sixth straight victory for Allstar Partner and his seventh win in nine starts this year for the VIP Internet Stable of Piscataway, NJ and Michael Foti of Brigantine, NJ. The two-year-old gelding by Four Starzzz Shark paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. Betting fans were not impressed enough by Cooler Schooner’s last two victories, including a world record mile nor Lifetime Pursuit’s five wins in six starts as they made Designed To Be the betting favorite in the 10th race $260,000 PASS Championship Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. And the betting fans were right! Tipped out three-wide on the final turn and then kicking in the afterburners, Designed To Be and driver Andy Miller romped by five opening lengths in winning the championship final in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. The race started off with none other than Cooler Schooner and driver John Campbell leaving from post eight and going right to the lead with A Perfect Gem (Marcus Miller) sitting the two-hole trip. Past the opening quarter mile in :27, then the half mile in :55.2, Cooler Schooner led the way. In the backstretch Juniata Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley came first-over and following their cover was Designed To Be. But the live cover was not good enough after the three-quarters in 1:25.1 as Miller moved out with Designed To Be and by the top of the stretch was in second place and collaring Cooler Schooner as they started down the home stretch. From there is as easy as pie as Designed To Be pulled away from the field and cruised to the finish. A Perfect Gem was second and Struck By Lindy (Dave Miller) closed well to be third. Owned and bred by Al Libfeid of Pickering, Ontario and Marvin Katz of Toronto, it was the third win in six starts for Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover is trained by Julie Miller and paid $5.20 to win. In the 9th race $260,000 Championship Final for two-year-old pacing fillies it was a long shot that ruled the day as 15-1 Southwind Silence and driver Yannick Gingras upset the race favorite Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell) with a stunning 1:52.2 victory. It was Southwind Silence who was first to show out of the starting gate, grabbing the early lead but that was short lived as Tyra and driver Tim Terick wanted the top and got it at the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Meanwhile, Gallie Bythe Beach was in third place and Campbell then sent the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere to the front before the half mile marker in :55.1. The field then raced down the backstretch through the three-quarters in 1:23 with only Ron Pierce and Beach Body coming first-over but they could not even come close to the race leaders who were cutting awesome fractions. Then in the stretch the fast early fractions caught up to both Gallie Bythe Beach and Tyra as Southwind Silence and Gingras out kicked both of them in the stretch to win by one length. Gallie Bythe Beach was second with Tyra third. Sired by Well Said and trained by Ron Burke, it was the second win this year and a lifetime mark for Southwind Silence. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Kar and Di Scala, Jr. At 15-1 odds, Southwind Silence paid $33.80 to win. There was nothing super special in the 11th race $260,000 PASS Championship Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Just watch Don Dorado and driver Tim Tetrick leave out of post position two, cut the entire mile race and hold the field at bay in winning in 1:56.2. Simple as that. Monte Cristo Spur (Richard Stillings) was able to get the two-hole trip as they raced to the opening quarter in :27.1. Then as the field came to the half mile marker it was Exodus Hanover and driver Andy Miller) coming first-over in :57 but at first it seems they were rating themselves on the outside as Exodus Hanover could not even collar Monte Cristo Spur in second place. Then after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 it became evident that Exodus Hanover was not going to get the job done and Monte Cristo Spur was running out of gas as Tim Tetrick has Don Dorado on automatic pilot and they went on to win by one and one-half lengths. Auspicious Hanover (Charlie Norris) closed from fifth place at the top of the stretch to be second and Exodus Hanover stayed game in finishing third. Trained by Robert Baggitt, Jr. for breeder/owner Michael Walker of Davison, Michigan, it was the fourth win in just six starts for Don Dorado. The son of Donato Hanover went off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6.80 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Leg three of the Kindergarten Trotting Classic for two year olds was raced at The Red Mile on Thursday night with seven divisions (four filly and three colt) each for a purse of $10,000.   Trainers Julie Miller and Ron Burke each won a pair of the Kindergarten races.   Julie sent out Cee Bee Yes (filly) and Sumatra (colt),  both by Muscles Yankee and both driven by Dave Palone, to sharp looking victories. Cee Bee Yes won the New Jersey Sires Stakes final at The Meadowlands this summer and lowered her record tonight to 1:55.1 for owners Jason and Douglas Allen. Sumatra has won a few stakes in Pennsylvania earned a new speed badge, entering the sub 1:55 list with his 1:54.4 win. He is owned by the Andy Miller Stable and Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing.   Burke's pair were Anonyme Hanover, an Explosive Matter filly, owned by Burke Racing, Weaver & Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley. She led most of the way in her 1:56.3 win.   Southwind Spirit is the most accomplished son of Muscle Hill and he looked strong this evening, closing out hi career best 1:54.4 win with an effortless 27.2 final quarter. He is owner by Burke Racing with Weaver & Bruscemi along with Stable 45. Brett Miller drove both Burke winners.   The other two filly splits were won by Yoga in 1:54.4 for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and Rockenonbroadway(1:55.4) driven by Charlie Norris for trainer Noel Daley.   Kapow Hanover (1:57-) was the other colt winner for Brett Miller (his third on the card) and Steffan Lind.   Racing resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday with a 7pm post time.   The Kindergarten races come back next Thursday at The Red Mile.   The updated standings will be made available tomorrow.   Nick Salvi

VERNON, NY—The 2-year-old filly pacers Spreester (American Ideal) and Barefoot Beauty (Art Major) each delivered career-best 1:54.3 clockings in Friday night’s $76,100 New York State Fair competition at Vernon Downs, while in a non-Excelsior series event, the 2-year-old colt pacer Jet Airway (Jereme’s Jet) became the fastest freshman performer of the 53-program meeting with a 1:53.1 performance in race seven. The victories by Spreester and Barefoot Beauty came in divisions of Friday’s $37,900 Excelsior series for NY-breds, and tied another frosh filly high-stepper, Misty Major, for fastest mile honors by a representative of their age, sex and gait through Aug. 23. Spreester’s score, her fifth in seven career outings, came in Friday’s fourth event with Frank Coppola, Jr. doing the driving for trainer Paul Zabielski and owner Kimberley Zabielski, while Barefoot Beauty’s second season’s triumph came two races later, with Ron Waples doing the steering for trainer Gregg McNair and owner James Avritt, Sr. Friday’s other 2-year-old filly pacing winner was Sweet Brown (Bettor’s Delight), who earned a 1:55.1 “maiden” victory with Jim Morrill, Jr. doing the teaming for trainer Amber Buter and owner Tyler L. Buter in race five. Jet Air Way produced his second win in five starts with Charlie Norris at the controls for trainer Erv Miller, the Ervin Miller Stable, Tangle Massey, Paul Sunderhaus and Larry Agle. The swiftest first-place finisher in Friday’s $38,200 Excelsior series action for 2-year-old trotting fillies was Thoughtfilly (Conway Hall), with Morrill, Jr. driving in the first race. It was the second score in five starts for quick-stepping bay, who is trained by Brandon Simpson and owned by the Mystical Marker Farms, Peggy Hood, Dirk Simpson Stable and the Simpson Racing Stable. Friday’s other trotting division winners were Absinthe (Crazed) in 1:59.4 in race nine, and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly (Crazed) in 2:00 in event 10, each a first-time starter trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Farms of CT and the Lindy Racing Stable, respectively. Chris Lems, who teamed both Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, earned his 15th driving double of the Vernon campaign, while Antonacci earned a pair of conditioning credits, and Morrill, Jr. two driving wins. DOWNS DOINGS In addition to Sweet Brown, Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, other equine athletes earning their initial pari-mutuel victories during Friday’s 12-race program were the freshman trotter Justin On Broadway (Broadway Hall) in 1:59.4, and the 3-year-old pacer Battle Gun (Dragon Again) in 1:55.1… The Downs will continue with State Fair racing for New York-bred freshmen tomorrow (Aug. 24), with male trotters and pacers displaying their talents in seven Excelsior series divisions during a 13-race program, that will begin at 6:45 p.m… A special program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first round of this season’s 7th-Annual All-Star Drivers’ Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. There will also be a Corey Callahan bobblehead doll giveaway, free drivers’ championship T-shirts (both items dispensed while supplies last), as well as an iPad and Laptop computer giveaway… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

The New York State Fair races make their annual appearance at Vernon Downs this weekend with the freshman fillies racing on Friday evening. Three divisions each of trotters and pacers will go postward for the Excelsior series purses of $12,000 plus the entry fees for each. Race one is led by a pair of Conway Hall fillies, Thoughtfully from Brandon Simpson’s barn and Trish from the Ed Lohmeyer stable. Trish has a pair of Excelsior wins to her credit and starts from the outside post seven for owner Patty Hogan and driver Roman Lopez. Thoughtfilly broke her maiden for Jimmy Morrill at Batavia last week and he’s back aboard on Friday for owners Mystical Marker Farms, Hood, and the Simpsons.   The second trot division is race nine where Pazza is the favorite from post eight for trainer/driver Gates Brunet. The Crazed filly has flashed speed despite some inconsistencies in her brief career thus far for her owners Joe Spadaro and the voice of NYRA, Tom Durkin.   Turn to race ten for the last of the trotting fillies and you’ll find a competitive group of seven. Slice Slice Baby is a modest choice in her very first start for trainer Erv Miller. This Conway Hall lass has but a pair of qualifiers to show but starts from the rail for Charlie Norris. Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman own her.   The pacing fillies are three short fields in races four, five and six. Spreester is 9/5 on the morning line based on her penchant for winning. The American Ideal filly has won four of six and over $25,000 this year for owner Kimberly Zabielski and trainer Paul Zabielski. Frank Coppola, Jr is in for the drive.   Next up, Sweet Brown looks like the one to beat off her speedy past performance. She’s a Bettor’s Delight owned and trained by the team of Tyler and Amber Buter with Morrill scheduled to drive.   Barefoot Beauty is the choice in race six. She’s an Art Major who has paced in the 1:54 range her last couple and comes into this race after facing Grand Circuit fillies in the Eternal Camnation last week. Ron Waples is listed for trainer Gregg McNair and owner Jim Avritt.   Post time for Friday is 6:45pm as Vernon kicks off State Fair week. Visit the Vernon website for information on the planned activities. by Nick Salvi  

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