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East Rutherford, N.J. - Henderson Farms' Bushwacker (9-5 morning line) and Kenneth Jacobs's Doctor Butch (2-1) are poised for a Saturday night (Jan. 9) rematch in the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and the heavily favoured pair will square off against a quintet of other harness racing foes in the night's most prestigious of 14 races, carded as the second event. Doctor Butch, the lone millionaire of the septet, was assigned post 6 for his second start of the meet. The 6-year-old Art Major entire turned in a massive rally in last week's Open, kicking third-over cover late to pass all but one of his rivals. John Campbell handles the driving duties once again for trainer Linda Toscano. The one that Doctor Butch failed to pass--Bushwacker--was assigned the outside post 7 in the group by virtue of a string of four straight top-two finishes against Open company at both Dover and the Meadowlands. Last week, the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding found a seam up the pegs in the final eighth to kick clear off a pocket trip. Corey Callahan handled the driving assignment for trainer Chris Ryder last week, and "The Captain" is slated to be back aboard the 13-time winner this week. Other notable contestants include Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller, post 5), who won three straight races before facing defeat in the final sixteenth in last week's Open, and Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller, post 2), who has amassed over $920,000 in career earnings. A sub-featured upper-level conditioned pace will go as race 9 on the evening, with a field of nine vying for a purse of $15,000. Following a traffic-troubled journey last week, Ron Burke trainee Ultimate Beachboy drops down from the Open ranks for his third outing of the meet. Yannick Gingras will drive the 2-1 morning line favourite from post 7, but the pair will face their fair share of formidable foes. Mr Franklin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Rockin Wizard (Callahan, post 6) both come back off solid in-the-money finishes at this class, while Good Side (Jim Marshall, III) steps up off a third-level win and four prior top-three outings between Freehold and Harrah's Philadelphia. Punters should note that while the Pick 5 and Pick 4s still combine for $105,000 in guaranteed pools, the Pick 5 now begins in race three and the Pick 4s are due to begin in the fifth and ninth events. Likewise, the 20¢ Jackpot Super High 5 will be offered in races seven and 14, with over $50,000 in carryover money awaiting this week's players. On Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., fans who have opted into the email database can redeem coupons for $5 wagering vouchers they have received in their inboxes. Post time for both the Friday and Saturday cards this week at The Meadowlands will be 6:35 p.m. EST. For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at the Meadowlands, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

The 15-race Saturday card at The Meadowlands produced a total handle of $3,775,943, an increase of $1,178,455 over the 13-race harness racing card on this same night in 2015, or 45-percent. The per-race handle of $251,729 was a 26-percent increase over the $199,806 per-race handle on this night in 2015. In addition, on-track handle nearly doubled, increasing 95-percent from $209,066 to $407,897 and the per-race on-track handle increased 69-percent as well. The total handle of $3,775,943 was the third highest-handling program since the Breeders Crown of 2014, trailing only Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian Day of 2015. Bushwacker Ships and Scores at The Meadowlands Coming into the $25,000 Open Handicap on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, Bushwacker's Meadowlands resume was short and select. He sported just seven starts at the East Rutherford oval, with five of the seven races coming in stakes events. While Bushwacker had never won at The Meadowlands, he is stakes-placed in races like The Graduate and New Jersey Classic. On Saturday night, he found The Big M winner's circle. Getting plenty of support at the betting windows, Bushwacker, the 8/5 favorite at post time led at the first point of call, a 26.1 quarter, before yielding to the pocket behind the brushing Kingofthejungle. Bushwacker sat the pocket past the half-mile in 53.3 and three quarters in 1:22.3 as Kingofthejungle blazed the way. In the stretch, Bushwacker found a seam up the pylons and powered through to the lead. Doctor Butch, off a three month layoff rallied boldly down the center of the track, but Bushwacker was long gone and he would score in 1:50.1. Ontario Success was even off cover, finishing third. Winning driver Corey Callahan said in a pre-race interview that Bushwacker, "hits a knee at Dover and should like the bigger track." He was right, as Bushwacker won for the 13th time in his career, with earnings of $367,612. Bushwacker is trained by Chris Ryder for Henderson Farms. Bettorthanyou Impresses in Sale Audition Bettorthanyou, who is January Mixed Sale-bound on the 18th of the month, scored in the $17,500 upper level condition pacing event. Released as the 7/2 second-choice in the wagering, Bettorthanyou assumed command early in the mile and was well-rated throughout, putting up fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:24.2 before sprinting home in 27-second to score the victory for Yannick Gingras. Sunfire Blue Chip, 3/2 choice, was locked in the pocket for much of the stretch as Gingras made sure to keep his gelding glued to the pylons and didn't have clear sailing until the shadow of the wire. Mr. Franklin, who went a tough first over trip, held on gamely to finish third. Bettorthanyou is HIP #200 in the January Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls at The Meadowlands Racetrack on Monday, January 18th. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable L.L.C. and Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The win was the 13th in the career of Bettorthanyou, whose earnings went past $350,000 for his career. Campbell Wins Four John Campbell closed out his 2015 season with a five win night at The Meadowlands, the last of which pushed Campbell past $5 Million on the year. He opened his 2016 season in similar fashion, winning four races on the Saturday program, including a 27-1 upset with Mudslide. Campbell has now won nine of his last 27 races at The Meadowlands. If you had wagered $2.00 on John Campbell in each of those races, your total investment of $54.00 would have realized a return of $260.80 an Return On Investment of just shy of $10.00 for every $2.00 wagered. Bongiorno With a Hot Start On the heels of the most successful season of his young career, Joe Bongiorno began 2016 much like he ended 2015, winning races at The Meadowlands. He scored a driving triple on the card, including the 14-horse race at one and one-eighth miles. The 2015 season saw Bongiorno win 192 races for earnings of $1,973,758. Both career highs for the 22 year old reinsman. His Meadowlands numbers included 46 wins and earnings of $659,784, the highlight of which was the dead-heat victory in The Valley Victory Final with Make Or Miss. Friday racing returns on January 8th, with post time returning to 7:00 P.M. The Meadowlands racing schedule returns to each Friday and Saturday through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 6th. Darin Zoccali

Louisville, KY --- It has certainly not been the swiftest or simplest journey for Bushwacker during his 49-race career, but the 4-year-old pacing gelding is poised to relegate all those frustrating miles far in arrears and fulfill all the potential his harness racing connections were convinced he possessed as a youngster. “I liked him right when I first saw him,” said Chris Ryder, his conditioner. “He was a big, strong colt with a presence about him. He missed out in some of the races that went for big money as a 2- and 3-year old, but he is doing really well right now. I think he’s the best he’s ever been and I expect a very good performance from him on Saturday (Jan. 2) night.” Ryder is referring to the horse's appearance in a very stout edition of a $25,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands that evening. Bushwacker will attempt to collect his first win after his fifth birthday and commence his 2016 season on a winning note. Owned by Henderson Farms, the $135,000 yearling purchase will begin pacing from post position eight in the ninth race on the card and is the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Corey Callahan will be responsible for guiding him over the New Jersey oval where his primary competition will come from Kingofthejungle, Ultimate Beachboy, Doctor Butch and Shooter's Dream. “I am very pleased with him right now,” Ryder said. “He seems to have put it all together and we are looking forward to the upcoming season with him.” A son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Camluck mare Dolphins Can Talk, Bushwacker elicited high expectations from those associated with him immediately after the check for him was signed at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. Not only is he the progeny of a tremendous sire, he hails from one of the most powerful female families in harness racing. His dam, a daughter of the world champion and prolific producer Stienam’s Place, is a half-sibling to Donkeys Can Talk (Jate Lobell, $153,164), Showherthemoney (Cam's Card Shark, $871,161), Put On A Show (Rocknroll Hanover, $2,406,628), Good Day Mate (Christian Cullen, $469,189), Rockstar Stride (Rocknroll Hanover, $103,025) and The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover, $377,327). Prior to giving birth to Bushwacker, Dolphins Can Talk continued the family tradition by foaling Flipper J (Art Major, $586,182) and Talk Back (Tell All, $103,410). All six of her offspring have picked up at least one check and none of them have sold for less than $70,000. With a pedigree packed with that type of star power most participants in this business would wonder why Bushwacker is a gelding. “Right when we got him home he was very naughty,” said Ryder, who also managed the careers of Put On A Show and The Show Returns. “That is why we had to castrate him and his manners improved immediately after we performed that surgery. We just would not have been able to get along with him otherwise.” In his first year of racing, Bushwacker amassed a record of 7-2-0-3, collected just over $82,000 and paced in 1:51.4. He ended his year with a third place finish in the $534,500 Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands behind divisional heavyweights JK Endofanera and Arthur Blue Chip. After he was shut down for the winter, Ryder noticed he was having an issue with a stifle and the horse was sent to the New Bolton Center. “(Dr.) Mike Ross performed surgery on that stifle to remove bone chips,” Ryder said. “We were quite shocked when he sent us the pictures after the operation and there were 19 chips. That definitely had to be bothering him all year. We were really unsure if he would ever be able to race again after he recovered, but he never allowed it to faze him one bit. He came back as good as new and you would never even know he had the procedure performed.” As a sophomore, Bushwacker made 15 trips to the post with a resume of 2-3-2 and earned just more than $122,000. He was third in the $225,000 New Jersey Classic and fourth in the $437,325 Cane Pace, but failed to hit the board in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final, the $400,000 Adios final and the $227,000 American-National. He did, however, lower his lifetime mark to 1:50.1. “He got really tired towards the end of last year,” Ryder said. “So we just stopped on him and gave him the time he needed. He came back terrific and is an even bigger, stronger horse.” The gelding has enjoyed an excellent 2015. While competing primarily at the Meadowlands and the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Bushwacker advanced to the Open ranks after competing in non-winners contests. Since Sept. 26 he has not been worse than fourth in nine starts. He enters this Saturday's contest after a pair of triumphs in two Open events at Dover Downs and just missed to the red hot Atta Boy Dan at the same facility in his most recent start on Monday (Dec. 28). He has banked just under $150,000 in 2015, paced in 1:49.1 and his record stands at 27-8-6-4. “David (Miller) is actually a really good fit for this horse and has driven him in his last several starts,” Ryder said. “He’s out of town for this race and I’m sure Corey (Callahan) will do a top notch job with him. “It took him awhile to come around, but we plan on staking him to some of the big events over the summer. He will keep the same schedule of races over the winter until I give him a rest. It’s hard to do when he is doing so well, but it will be a long year for him and we want to give him opportunity to have an outstanding 5-year-old year, which we think he will.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Back to back quality starts behind the potential horse of the year ensures inheriting the role of favoritism in your next start. That was certainly the case with Rodeo Romeo, who was bet down to five-cents on the dollar in the third race at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The prohibitive choice did not disappoint, powering away to a near five length harness racing victory in a very sharp 1:50.3. Rodeo Romeo had finished fifth in his previous two tries in the Progress Pace at Dover Downs behind Meadowlands Pace champion Wiggle It Jiggleit. Prior to that, he was an easy winner in the non-winners of two condition at The Meadowlands, the level he returned to on Saturday night, where he romped again. Driven by Brett Miller, Rodeo Romeo was asked for speed off the gate and he reached the lead prior to the opening quarter in 27.1. An outer-flow developed, but the race favorite coasted through a 29.1 second panel before moving onto the far turn. In the meantime, Wegottatruckyea broke stride passing the five-eighths pole causing some confusion in behind, only enhancing the favorite's prospects. Rodeo Romeo reach three quarters in 1:23.4 and sprinted away from the field with a 26.4 final quarter to win while pulling away from the field in a lifetime best 1:50.3. Midnight Lightning chased in futility while finishing in the runner-up spot, while Major In Life, who was bothered by the breaker on the far turn, made up a substantial amount of ground and rallied willingly to be third. Rodeo Romeo is a three year old son of Rocknroll Hanover and is trained by Chris Ryder. The colt earned his second lifetime victory for his owners, Oompa's Farm Inc., Robert Mondillo and Michael Day. Kingofthejungle Repeats The feature race, a nw15000L5 event for $16,500 kicked off the Late Pick Four and it included a very well-balanced field of nine. The post time favorite, was Kingofthejungle at 2-1, despite the move up in class. He did not disappoint. Kingofthejungle took over past the opening quarter and sprinted to the half-mile pole in 54.4, pacing the final turn in 27.1 before completing a back half-mile in just 54.2 seconds to establish a new lifetime mark of 1:49.1, one of the fastest miles of the young Meadowlands meet. Kingofthejungle rebuffed a challenge from Shooter's Dream throughout the stretch. That rival was riding the pocket behind the winner around the far turn and that pair scampered away from the rest of the field. But Shooter's Dream could not get to the winner in the stretch and had to settle for the runner-up spot. Itrustyou finished third. The winner, a four year old gelded son of Well Said was driven by Andy Miller for trainer Mark Capone. He is owned by Fox Racing Inc. and Darius Oshidar. The win was the 12th in the career of Kingofthejungle, whose earnings have now surpassed $270,000. Sunfire Blue Chip Back in the Winner's Circle Sunfire Blue Chip, who earned over $700,000 as a three year old returned to the winner's circle for the first time since winning the Prix D'Ete last September, scoring in a mid-level condition pacing event on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The 2013 Adios winner made a strong brush to the half-mile pole and led the field all the way to the wire to score in 1:49.4 with Brett Miller in the sulky. Jimmy Takter conditions the now five year old son of American Ideal for Christina Takter, John/Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical and A W Equine Incorporated. The win was the 17th in the career of Sunfire Blue Chip, whose lifetime earnings now stands at $914,799. Jet Airway Back on Top Jet Airway was making just his third start since the 2014 Breeders Crown Eliminations. Following a pair of races where he was left with too much to do, Jet Airway was launched on the far turn and paced away in mid-stretch before holding on to win a mid-level condition pacing event at The Meadowlands. Jet Airway earned over $300,000 as a three year old in 2014, but had not won since an Ontario Sire Stakes event in September of his three year old campaign. He is closing in on $400,000 lifetime. The 1:50.2 triumph on Saturday night was the 11th from 33 starts in the career of Jet Airway for trainer Erv Miller, whose son, Marcus, steered the four year old to victory. The son of Jereme's Jet is owned by Erv Miller Stable, Massey, Sunderhaus and Agle. Total handle for the 13-race program was $2,671,529, a slight increase over the same Friday in 2014 ($2,616,757). On-track handle was up five percent as well. Racing returns on Friday with first post time at 7:00 P.M. The double-draw for the Friday and Saturday programs will take place on Monday, with the entry box closing at 9:00 A.M. Darin Zoccali

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker made it two wins in-a-row stepping up to the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Captive Audience Atta Boy Bones romped to victory in the $27,500 Delaware Specials, the Monday, Dec. 7 twin harness racing features at Dover Downs. After winning last week's $20,000 Open Handicap, Bushwacker scored an impressive 1:50.3 success in the Preferred Handicap with David Miller at the controls. The win was the eighth of the year for the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk gelding owned by Henderson Farms. Chris Ryder conditions the winner of $157,325 this season and $362,612 in his career. Dapper Dude closed well for Vic Kirby to finish second. Atta Boy Dan was third with Brett Miller driving. Captive Audience powered to a 1:51.4 score in the Delaware Special Handicap with Corey Callahan handling the driving assignment for Carter Racing Stable and owner-trainer Doug Lewis. Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) was a game second. Mustang Art (Marcus Milller) took show honors. Allan Davis had a three win night, his second came in an $18,000 3,4&5-Open Handicap, driving Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt to victory in 1:52 giving trainer Wayne Givens his second victory. The Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle five-year-old gelding out-legged Sweet Talkin Satin (B. Miller) home in 1:52. Givenupdreaming (Callahan) was third. With the win, Bad Boy Matt entered six figures with $106,385. In one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male paces, Art Stafford Jr. took Atta Boy Bones to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1:52.2 lifetime record. Owned by the driver and trainer Andrew Stafford, the altered son of McArdle-Santino's Rose won for the fourth time this year upping his career earnings to $48,490. Good Luck (David Miller) and Rockin' Cougar (Tony Morgan) were second and third respectively. Sean Bier owned and driven Brody notched a 1:52.4 decision in the other $15,000 section. Trained by his wife, Crissy Bier, the five-year-old Real Artist-Glenmount-Suestur Bier homebred gelding now has won seven times this campaign earning $45,185. Shanzhai (Brandon Henley) was next in front of One Last Roadie (Brett Miller, third.) SHINE N SHIMMER, TYRA HEAD $20,000 DISTAFF TUESDAY AT DOVER Shine N Shimmer, Tyra and two-time winner Hearts N Flowers lead the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on the Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan, the meet’s leading driver, will be in the bike driving Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer, an $112,747 winner this season. The Doug Lewis trainee has won three of her last five starts. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby in the bike, has been second in her last two outings but must overcome starting from the outside, meanwhile Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers and Allan Davis have consecutive wins. Foulk Stables’ Valerya, driven by George Dennis, has drawn the rail with Bob Baley’s Duneside Chella, handled by Marcus Miller, a winner of two of her previous three races, starts along side. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious, piloted by Tony Morgan, and Montenegra with Brett Miller, owned by Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock complete the lineup. A pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces tops the rest of the program. Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. In another $15,000 division Herb Mazeke’s Melanies Sharkette (Marcus Miller),  Lady Beth (Ross Wolfenden) and owner-trainer Quik To Fool You (Kirby) are the horses to beat in that section. In other events, CTC Stable and trainer Doug Lewis’ Mach A Wish (Callahan) JTE Enterprises’’ Handsoffmycookie (Morgan) and Bob Winkleman’s Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) lead one of two $12,000 female paces. Marv Bachrad

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 20, 2015 - Tom Luchento and Chris Ryder were elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ballots were returned by 438 of the 789 members and counted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by the accounting firm of Drucker, Math & Whitman, certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ. In the only contested category - driver/trainer - Luchento was re-elected and Ryder was a winning challenger. Incumbent Kelvin Harrison and challenger Nancy Johansson were the others on the ballot. In uncontested categories, Thomas Pontone [owner], Michael Gulotta [breeder] and Dr. Richard Meirs [breeder] were re-elected. "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue on the Board of Directors," said Luchento, who has a dozen years of experience and is the incumbent president and chief executive officer of the SBOANJ. "Both 2015 and 2016 are pivotal years in our efforts to revitalize harness racing in New Jersey. This Board has a full agenda of challenges. "This is no slam dunk, but we are hopeful to get expanded gaming - casinos - at our racetracks to make our purses on par with any in the country," Luchento added. "We continue to work for sports wagering, historic racing and other alternate gaming options just as long as our purses are the beneficiaries." This was Chris Ryder's first bid for a seat on the SBOANJ Board of Directors. "I had been thinking about [running for the Board] for 10 or 12 years, but with my two boys off to college now, I had more time available," said Ryder, 60, who maintains a stable of 25 at Winners in Chesterfield, NJ. "My main concerns are insurance [for horsemen] and the New Jersey-owned and bred races," noted Ryder, a New Jersey resident and horseman since 1989. "I want to listen and be independent, and make the best decisions I can" Ryder added. "I intend to represent the grassroots. I've been there; I'm still there. I want to represent all horsemen. I thank everyone for their support." The Board will hold its re-organization meeting on November 9, 2015. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell series at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller charge McDave (Marcus Miller) with a gate-to-wire score.   The son of McArdle set fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:25.3, before sprinting away to win by a wrapped-up 2 lengths in 1:53.   It was the fourth career win for McDave ($3.20), who is owned by Ron Michelon, and Dave and John Prushnok. Race two featured Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) as the heavy 1-5 race favorite.   An upset was in the cards however, as Joe and Vince Barbera's JJ Flynn (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) used a pocket trip to pick up the win.   The son of Western Ideal won by two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:52.3.   It was the first career win for JJ Flynn ($13.80) in eight career start. He is trained by Chris Ryder.   Division three saw Tony Alagna trainee Sam McSmith best the field.   The son of McArdle settled in behind the early speed of the outside leavers.   He was able to successfully quarter-brush from that point, holding the lead until the finish, completing the mile in 1:54.1.   It was the third win in four starts for Sam McSmith (Tony Morgan), who is owned by Andray Farms and David J. Miller. He paid $10.80. In the fourth and final division, it was He's Marvalous (Marcus Miller) springing the upset ($29.20).   The son of Delmarvalous settled into the pocket behind the speed of favorite Pretty Boy Hill (George Brennan).   He vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch, going on to a two length win in 1:52.   He is owned by Badlands Racing and The L.A. Express Stable's, and trained by Erv Miller.   It was one of four wins on the day for Marcus Miller. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2015 -- Is National Seelster, a star of New York Sires Stakes, a single-circuit specialist, or is he ready to step up to bigger harness racing tracks and bigger game? The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against may answer that question in Saturday's eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows. The three eliminations go as races 4-6, with first post at 6:55 PM. National Seelster has dominated NYSS action, with four wins in as many legs. But two of those victories came on half-mile ovals at Monticello and Yonkers. Chris Ryder, who trains National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm, thinks his star will have little trouble handling The Meadows' five-eighths-mile track since he's already won at several bigger tracks. "It's turning out he does excel on a half, but it remains to be seen how he'll do on bigger tracks," Ryder said. "I don't think a bigger track will be a problem, but he certainly does like the half." National Seelster finished second to division leader Wiggle It JiggleIt in a Hempt elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs -- also a five-eights-mile track -- but drew post 9 in the final and couldn't get involved. Unraced at 2, he has won seven of 13 starts and $137,402 this year, with a mark of 1:50.2 -- on the seven-eighths-mile track at Vernon Downs The colt's performance has caught the attention of horsemen in an acquisition mode. In fact, Ryder indicated that following his most recent victory, the owners received an overture from a "serious" potential buyer. "My owners aren't looking to sell, so they weren't major talks," Ryder said. Ryder said he's used his customary training regimen to prepare National Seelster for the Adios, and that the colt has responded well. "I tried backing off with him in the spring, but he didn't like it," Ryder says. "I've gone back to the usual methods." National Seelster leaves him post 3 in race 4 as the 5-2 second choice and will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Ryder, who has been known to drive some of his own stakes horses at The Meadows, said he never entertained the notion of putting down his own name. "I like driving my own horses once in a while when we get stuck for a driver, but I wouldn't want to embarrass myself," he said. "I like the big boys with broad shoulders to take the responsibility. I need someone to blame." Below are the Adios eliminations fields, in post order with the sire, drivers, trainers and morning line. Post positions for the final will be determined by an open draw. Race 4 1. Chaching Hanover by Yankee Cruiser, Dick Stillings, Jan Fread, 5-1 2. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa, Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 12-1 3. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 5-2 4. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 3-1 5. Rufo by Dragon Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dragon Eddy by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 8-5 Race 5 1. Lost For Words by Well Said, David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 2. Badiou Hanover by Well Said, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1 3. Tomy Terror by Western Terror, Mike Wilder, John Butenschoen, 4-1 4. Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Kelly Stackowicz, 7-2 5. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dude's The Man by American Ideal, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 2-1 Race 6 1. Berkley by Art Major, David Miller, Randy Bendis, 4-1 2. Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 6-1 3. Utah Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Andy Miller, Tim Twaddle, 8-1 4. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 7-2 5. Jo Pa's Well Said by Well Said, Marcus Miller, Jim Campbell, 8-1 6. My Hero Ron by Well Said, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-2 7. Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere, Tim Tetrick, Brian Brown, 5-1 THE MEADOWS OFFERS $7,500 GUARANTEE ON SATURDAY'S 'ADIOS ELIMINATIONS PICK 4' WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2015 -- On Saturday, July 25, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 4, which will include the eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. The guarantee is part of the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. Saturday's card, which kicks off at 6:55 PM, features three stakes in addition to Adios elims: $200,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old pacing fillies; $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies; $200,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

National Seelster (Andy Miller, $13.20) ripped out of the pocket and ripped past a prohibitive favorite Thursday night, throwing down the gauntlet with the fastest of three efforts during the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway's $168,375 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace night. Leaving alertly from post position No 6 in the first $56.125 event for 3-year-old pacing colts/geldings, National Seelster made the first lead. He then gave up the baton to 1-4 choice Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) right at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Southwind Massimo (Pat Lachance) was away third. Arque Hanover found a 56-second intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with no outer pressure whatsoever. He took a length lead into the lane, but National Seelster was more than ready for his second move. He went up and over "Arque," winning by a length-and-quarter in a certifiably-snappy 1:51.1. Arque Hanover held second over Southwind Massimo. For second choice National Seelster, an (unraced at 2) son of Bettor's Delight trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm, it was his seventh win in 13 seasonal starts (4-for-4 in NYSS competition). The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $86.50. "He's just a perfect colt," Ryder said. "Does whatever you ask, gets around any surface. We may try the Adios next, depending upon how many of those 'killers' are there." Thursday's other Grant events were won by Betting Exchange (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.10) getting off the seasonal schneid in 1:53.3, and Americanprimetime (Bartlett, $19.80), holding off 59-1 Rock in Heaven (Dave Miller) in a season's-best 1:52.4. The former, Bettor's Delight colt trained by Tom Fanning for co-owners himself, Howard Taylor and Susan Kajsfasz, zipped well past $300,000 in career cash. The exacta (Penji Hanover [Mark MacDonald] second) paid $4.50 (two wagering choices, with the triple (K-Rock [Yannick Gingras] third) returning $27.80. The winning margin was two lengths. For fourth choice Americanprimetime, a son of American Ideal trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owner Rock and Roll Stable, he's now 2-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $148.50, the triple (Artistic Major [Scott Zeron] third) returned $1,548 and the superfecta (17-10 choice A Bettor Hat [Brian Sears] fourth) paid $12,135 (base $2 payout). The winning margin was a half-length. The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday (both at 7:10 PM), with Saturday night featuring the $107,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Time On My Hands (American Ideal) broke the track record for two year old filly pacers on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. There were three divisions of the $49,000+ New York Sire Stakes for freshman fillies and the Chris Ryder-trained Time On My Hands was the star of the show. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the youngster to the early lead before being met with the late challenge of Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe) and driver Billy Dobson. Time On My Hands powered away in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:54.2, two fifths of a second better than the previous track record that belonged to four different fillies, most recently Band Of Angels when the two year olds came to town to compete in NYSS action last year. Morrill also piloted freshman American Ivy (American Ideal) to victory in her $49,841 division of the stakes for trainer Joe Holloway. American Ivy stopped the clock in 1:56.1 in her first Sire Stakes try. The third division was won by Gotmyreddressontnit (Roll With Joe) who moved her record to two-for-two following a front running win with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The Janice Connor owned and trained filly won her debut last week at Buffalo and on Friday stayed undefeated behind an impressive score in 1:54.4. Morrill piloted five winners on the night. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

A field of seven lined up behind the starter for the featured event of the day from Harrah's Philadelphia, a trot for non-winners of $25,000 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime. Three horses were making their 2015 debuts after solid 3-year-old campaigns. Linda Toscano trainee Uva Hanover, Chris Ryder trainee Madewell Hanover, and Walter Carroll trainee Wheelsandthelegman each made over $100,000 as 3-year-olds. At the start however, it was favored Il Mago (Yannick Gingras) going right to the front, and making every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:55. Spider Blue Chip (Dave Miller) closed up the inside to finish second, while millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller). It was the 24th career win for the 6-year-old horse by Kadabra, who was making his 99th start. The winner paid $4.00. Michael Bozich

WILKES BARRE PA - Walk The Walk, a son of former harness racing "Horse of the Year" Muscle Hill, emerged as the only horse competing in Bobby Weiss Series action to take a second straight win in the $15,000 Tuesday preliminaries, two for trotting males and two for pacing females, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Last week's first round trotting male winners, Walk The Walk and Two Hip Dip, were matched in one division, and Walk The Walk maintained his perfect record in the series by winning Tuesday in 1:55.2 on a cold night and a sloppy racetrack. Last week Walk The Walk was well in front when he made a break nearing the wire, so in the interim trainer Chris Ryder qualified him with trotting hopples, and this week Walk The Walk was errorless, making an early move to command and then stepping home in 57 to defeat Raise The Curtain, with Two Hip Dip, the slight second choice as last week's winners were both sent off at 11-10, third after a first-over trip.   David Miller, who drove both winners last week, stayed with Walk The Walk, and the horse repaid that confidence of Miller in tallying for the ownership of Ruder, Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo, and Max Wernick.   Bourbon Bay, third last week in snapping a six-race win skein, bounced back to winning ways, going a tick faster than the other trotting cut in winning by open lengths. The Sand Vic gelding is trained by Megan Wilson for driver/owner John Cummings Jr.   Thebeachnextdoor put paid to the hopes of a repeat Weiss win for Life Is A Beach and Crescent City, both nose victresses last week, by taking a personal mark of 1:53.4 in one leg of the female pacing competition. Jim Morrill Jr., behind hid fourth winner of the night, guided the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, like Muscle Hill a former Horse of the Year and who was nosed out in the first round, to a wire-to-wire triumph, with last week's winners finishing 2-3 respectively. The Brewer Adams-trained mare is owned by Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark.   Allthatjazz De Vie couldn't be a repeat winner because Tuesday's other division for females was her first start of the year, but she won her Weiss debut by personally coming home in 56.3 to win in 1:54.4 over Hollyrocker (the other distaff to be nosed in the first round). Andrew McCarthy sulkysat behind the sophomore daughter of American Ideal, now 5 for 7 lifetime, for the familiar pairing of trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.   PHHA / Pocono    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trotting males and pacing females were featured in first leg harness racing action of their divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two $15,000 sections for each group contested. In the first trotting cut Two Hip Dip set the pace, then blasted home in 1:55.4 - 56.2 - 27.1 for driver David Miller and trainer/owner Nick Salenetri. The son of Glidemaster was the slight favorite in a race where two horses were sent off at 4-5 - his co-"odds-on" rival Bourbon Bay was outfooted late for second by Raise The Curtain. The other diamondgaited division also went to driver David Miller, again on the engine, this time with Walk The Walk. Walk The Walk trotted the trot about five lengths better than anyone else in the field until the shadow of the wire, where he ran the run, but was not in violation of the breaking rules. The son of Muscle Hill, owned by trainer Chris Ryder in partnership with Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo, and Max Wernick, posted a new personal speed badge of 1:55.1 despite the bobble, with back timings of 56.3 - 28. Miller and Ryder again teamed in a division of the female Weiss action, using "pocket rocket" tactics into a 28 kicker with the Rocknroll Hanover filly Crescent City to get a nose up in a new mark of 1:54 for Diamond Creek Racing. This event also featured an unusual betting pattern, with three horses at less than 2-1 - the winner was 7-5, place horse Hollyrocker was 9-5, and first-over Caviart Shelly (fourth) was 3-2. The other distaff division also saw a nose separate the top two, as a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Life Is A Beach, maintained an early brush to command to the wire over The Beach Nextdoor in a personal best 1:53.1, with twin 28.1s the last half. Matt Kakaley had sulky duty for trainer Ron Burke and the omnipresent Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi partnership. David Miller and Kakaley had three wins on the card; doubles were recorded by George Napolitano Jr. and, on his birthday, Mike Simons, with the latter win for "The Trot Man" the appropriately-gaited Magnum Kosmos. As opposed to opening night this past Saturday, where the average win mutuel was over $21, 7 of 13 chalks clicked this evening. Jerry Connors for PHHA/Pocono             Spam Not spam Forget previous vote

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 20, 2015 - Icommandmyspirit and harness racing driver Brian Sears,  rallied from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 6, Icommandmyspirit saw UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) worked around polester Palm Patrol (Dan Dube). After a :28.2 opening quarter-mile and 58-second intermission, Camille (George Brennan), as the 7-5 choice, moved from fourth. That was all the incentive Icommandmyspirit needed, as she tagged that's one rear going to the 1:27 three-quarters. UF Dragon's Queen owned a tenuous lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. Palm Patrol ducked inside, but "Icommand" was both wider and faster. The latter whipped the former (a bridesmaid in five of her six races this season) by a neck in a brisk 1:56.1. Camille held the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For third choice Icommandmyspirit, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Western Ideal trained by Chris Ryder for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $47.40, with the triple returning $160. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and Sunday (post time 12:10PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

Last May, trainer Chris Ryder looked at his then 3-year-old trotter Walk The Walk and said he thought the horse might be better at age 4. Walk The Walk won three of 11 races last year, earning $27,250, but was shut down in July because of soundness issues. He returned in January for his 4-year-old campaign, finished second in his seasonal debut and has since won back-to-back starts as he heads into Saturday's $49,000 Charles Singer Memorial Series final at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "Am I right?" Ryder said with a laugh when reminded of his comments last spring. "Well he's won his last two starts, so that's better. I like him. He's sounder this year. The poor guy was pretty sore (last year) and now he's not sore. He had quite a lot (of issues) and the whole lot have gone away." Walk The Walk will start from post six in the Singer final, with David Miller at the lines. He is 3-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind favorite JL Cruze (6-5) and the three-horse entry of Opulent Yankee, Blocking The Way, and Propulsion (8-5). JL Cruze won the Super Bowl Series on Jan. 24 at the Meadowlands. He has four wins in six starts this year, with both losses being second-place finishes to Opulent Yankee. The Singer is part of a Big M card that includes the finals of the $59,000 Sonsam Series for male pacers and the $50,600 Burning Point Series for 3- and 4-year-old female pacers, as well as the opening round of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers. Walk The Walk, who was unraced at age 2, is owned by Ryder, Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Letsjustalkaboutme, Walk The Walk was purchased for $20,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. He competed in only the first round of the Singer Series, winning by one length over Detroit Rapper in 1:55.4. Following the Singer, Walk The Walk will compete primarily in overnight races, but Ryder made the horse eligible to the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, which concludes on July 11 with a $250,000 final. "It might be a little ambitious, but what the heck," Ryder said. "We'll give it a go. He's doing good." Ryder also sends out National Seelster in the first round of the Gilmour Series. National Seelster was unraced as a 2-year-old and is 2-for-2 this season, with both victories coming in conditioned races. He is a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare No Strikes Against and was purchased for $50,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. His family includes millionaires Strike An Attitude, Delinquent Account and Artiscape. National Seelster is owned by Mondillo and Peter Mazzella's Oompa's Farm. "He was ouchy last year," Ryder said. "It was nothing serious, but he just wasn't ready to push on. We kind of liked him, but never really got to go much with him until now. He's a nice horse. We (staked) him to most races." Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

The Super Bowl re-match took center stage in the first round of the harness racing Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series Thursday night at The Meadowlands, a night that saw temperatures fall into the single digits, with a windchill approaching zero. It featured Super Bowl Champion JL Cruze and the runner-up, Opulent Yankee. Sent off as the 1/2 choice, JL Cruze got away fourth early, while his rival, Opulent Yankee went straight to the lead, establishing and opening quarter of 28.3. Sensing a softening pace up front, John Campbell sent JL Cruze to the lead down the backstretch, where he took over through a 58-second half. Candy Stash, who left for position was moved to challenge JL Cruze fist over through three-quarters of 1:26.3, while Opulent Yankee loomed in the pocket as the field turned for home. In the stretch, JL Cruze maintained his advantage over Opulent Yankee, who began to pick it up nearing the wire, but fell one length short of his rival. The victory marked the third time in four starts that JL Cruze defeated Opulent Yankee. It was also one of three consecutive wins to start the program for John Campbell. Candy Stash checked in third. JL Cruze is trained by Eric Ell for owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stepehn Iaquinta. The second division was more wide-open on paper and it played out that way as three horses were sent off at 5/2, with Propulsion being a slight favorite by a few hundred dollars. Surprisingly, it was 79-1 longshot Lady Windsor who established the early lead from her outside post, getting to the first quarter in 28.1. She relinquished that lead to the oncoming Propulsion early on the backstretch, who quickly felt a stiff challenge in the form of a blitz from Donnie Darko who cleared the lead just past the half-mile in 56.4. Donnie Darko quickly felt pressure from Walk The Walk who began the first over grind around the far turn, with longshot Detroit Rapper right on his back. In the meantime, Two Hip Dip was starting to rev his engine from the back of the pack. As the field went past three-quarters in 1:25.4, Walk The Walk took the lead as Donnie Darko faltered. Detroit Rapper was a fresh threat with Two Hip Dip charging and Propulsion in behind horses. Nearing the finish, it appeared that Two Hip Dip was going to trot by them all, but he went off-stride in the final sixteenth of a mile, and Walk The Walk hit the wire first for Dave Miller. Detroit Rapper out-performed pari-mutuel expectations to be second with Propulsion and even third. Two Hip Dip was disqualified from fourth and placed fifth behind Lady Windsor for a violation of the breaking rule. Walk The Walk is trained by Chris Ryder, who co-owns the trotter with Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. The $25,000 Dash For The "C" Notes Final for the mare pacers was also contested Thursday night at The Meadowlands. The race featured plenty of early action, with Antigua Hanover heading to the lead before releasing Caviart Shelly through a quarter of 28-seconds. SGT Molly Pitcher promptly engaged the leader, but could not advance past the leaders wheel through a 56-second half mile. Meanwhile, Marty Party, the 7/5 favorite was struggling to catch the cover of SGT Molly Pitcher as the leaders separated themselves from the field through three-quarters of 1:24.1. Caviart Shelly turned for home with the lead, with a pocket-sitting Antigua Hanover in pursuit second. That mare dove to the pylons and took over in mid-stretch and faced a challenge from longshot Stormunn who followed Antigua Hanover around the track, but Antigua Hanover held on to win in 1:54. Stormunn was the runner-up with Caviart Shelly holding on to be third. Antigua Hanover was driven to victory by Andy Miller for trainer Amber Buter and owners Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter. There will be a pair of Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryovers into the Friday card at The Meadowlands. The fifth race carryover is $9880.26, while the last race carryover grew to $87,669.49. Post time for the Friday card is 7:15 P.M. It features round one of the Worldly Beauty series for pacing mares and the $25,000 Final for the trotters as they Dash For The "C" Notes. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

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