Carl Sackheim has high expectations for 3-year-old male pacer Another Daily Copy, but rather than spending a lot of time talking about the colt, he hopes the horse's performance on the racetrack speaks for itself. A 72-year-old New Yorker, Sackheim bred and owns Another Daily Copy, who competes Saturday in the first of two eliminations of the Pennsylvania Classic, for 3-year-old Pennsylvania-sired male pacers, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Sackheim, who started a court reporting business in 1980, often names horses with references to his line of work. The dam of the Somebeachsomewhere-sired Another Daily Copy is Court Stenographer. "I believe he's a top-line horse," said Sackheim, who has Another Daily Copy staked to events including the Meadowlands Pace, Adios, Cane Pace, and Progress Pace. "We'll see. Talk is cheap; the horse has got to produce. We've been getting him ready, taking it slowly. I'm very optimistic. We'll find out what this year will bring." Another Daily Copy will start his Pennsylvania Classic elimination from post eight with George Napolitano Jr. at the lines for trainer Nicholas DeVita. Another Daily Copy is 20-1 on the morning line. Ron Burke-trained JK Will Power is the division's 5-2 favorite. Burke also has the favored entry in the second elimination --- Check Six and Big Top Hanover --- at 5-2. In addition to the Pennsylvania Classic eliminations, Saturday's card at Pocono includes three eliminations of the Miss Pennsylvania for 3-year-old Pennsylvania-sired female pacers. Pure Country, who was undefeated in 10 races last season and received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old filly pacer, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first elim. Sackheim bought his first harness racing horse in the mid-1970s and found his first stakes-level performer in Vac's Happy Cress with partners Ed Cappucci and Ron Jacobson in 1983. Among his recent successes was Another Amaretto, who finished third in the 2012 Kentucky Futurity. His ties to Another Daily Copy date back to 1999, when he bought broodmare Secret Patrol. The Albatross-sired Secret Patrol, the third dam of Another Daily Copy, was a half-sister to Delinquent Account, who was a star on the racetrack and as a broodmare. Delinquent Account was a Dan Patch Award-winner in 1991 as a pacing mare and later the mom of Dan Patch Award-winner Artiscape and grandam of millionaires If I Can Dream, Western Shore, and Strike An Attitude. Secret Patrol produced Whats My Line for Sackheim. Whats My Line, who won the consolation division of the 2003 Kentucky Sire Stakes, is the dam of Court Stenographer. "I love the pedigree," Sackheim said. "I stuck with it. I've got my fingers crossed." Another Daily Copy finished second in his first three career races --- each by a half-length or less --- before running into health issues that sidelined him temporarily. He finished the season with one win in eight starts and $45,563 in purses. He finished fifth in his 3-year-old debut on April 19 at Pocono. "He was racing really super (early last year)," Sackheim said. "He tied up in the middle of the year, and that messed him up. We now know a lot more about him that we didn't know then. Hopefully all those problems from last year are gone, and he shows it on the racetrack. "He has speed, he has desire, and he's got the pedigree. Everybody is always high on their horse. We'll see if what I think comes out to be true." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
A double header of live harness racing, including 2 prestigious races for 3-year-olds; a hat revue; and a Champagne Brunch are all part of the biggest Kentucky Derby party north of Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May! Doors open Saturday at 9:30am, with the first of the live harness racing card Post Time at 11:00a.m., and a patio bar open just for those early birds! Pacer’s Clubhouse will host a Champagne Brunch like no other starting at 11:00 a.m., featuring delectable items such as Seared Tenderloin Medallions with Crab Cake Asparagus dressed with Bearnaise; Deep fried turkey with Red Eye Gravy & Spaghetti Squash; Vanilla Bourbon sweet mashed potatoes; and desserts such as chocolate pecan pie and minted cream pie! Reservations are still being accepted at 570-831-2100. The dinner seating is currently sold out. Ladies can proudly wear their elaborately decorated Kentucky Derby hats for the Run for the Roses Hat Revue, sponsored by Spa Sapphire, the salon and spa in the casino. All hats must be registered between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. in the lobby, and the Revue takes place at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Winner’s Circle with cash prizes in different categories and one overall winner called the “Triple Crown Winner”! Spa Sapphire gift cards will also be awarded to runners-up, with a special Couples Spa Package for the Most Fashionable Couple! A photo booth in the lobby will be open at 3:00pm to capture the best moments of the day, with a $1 minimum donation to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Spa Sapphire and Aveda will also be set up to help the ladies look their best with the “Perfect Lip” touch-up, adjacent to the photo booth, and items such as hats, jewelry, and other accessories will be for sale as well. Make sure you come with an appetite, because there will be food trucks on the apron starting at 2:00p.m., and of course, Mint Juleps will be available all day in the official Kentucky Derby 142 souvenir glasses! A jumbo tent will be set up for the fans to kick back and enjoy the day. Following Kentucky Derby 142 on the jumbo screen, fans can stay and enjoy another exciting live card, including the Pennsylvania Classic 3-year-old colts & geldings; and the Miss Pennsylvania for 3-year-old fillies. Advance wagering will be available Friday, May 6th starting at 10:00am, as well as a full simulcast of the prestigious Kentucky Oaks day from Churchill Downs. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs
WILKES-BARRE PA - The finest of the Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacers get an early start to the 2016 stakes season this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with elimination races determining who will compete in the inaugural $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for colts and geldings and the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania for fillies on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 7 at Pocono. Eighteen males and nineteen females were declared in to the stakes eliminations on Monday. Because the track at Pocono accommodates nine-horse fields on the gate, there will be two $25,000 eliminations for the colts and geldings, slotted for races eight and eleven on Saturday, with the top four finishers in each elimination, plus the faster of the fifth-place finishers, advancing to the Pennsylvania Classic. On the filly side, three $20,000 elims will go to the gate in races three, four, and five, with the top three in each elimination going through to the Miss Pennsylvania finale. Both Championship events will use the open draw for post position system. There was one immediate - and for the respective horses' camps, unlucky - fact obvious after the elimination draws: last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship winners, Ideal Jimmy among the colts and Pure Country among the fillies, drew the outermost post for their elimination races, meaning both will have to be on their toes in their 2016 betting bows. Ideal Jimmy will be looking to solve post nine in his eighth race elimination contest. The gelded son of Western Ideal, trained by Erv Miller for owner D. R. Van Witzenburg, returns to the racing wars after two qualifiers, both seconds to sharp older pacers. A winner of five races as a freshman with a mark of 1:51f and earnings of $293,185, Ideal Jimmy will try to handle his less-than-ideal draw under the guidance of Marcus Miller, trainer Erv's son. Four of Ideal Jimmy's rivals will try to keep their 2016 records unblemished in this elim: Bully Pulpit (post one, trainer Brian Brown, driver Dave Palone) has two wins already this season, with the other three successful in their only p/m start this year - the Ron Burke-trained, uncoupled duo of Manhattan Beach (post two, Matt Kakaley) and JK Will Power (post four, Yannick Gingras), along with Western Dynasty (post seven, trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tim Tetrick). In the eleventh race Classic elim, the outside post nine went to the horse who has by far the loftiest scorecard so far this year: Easy Lover Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere colt trained by Ben Wallace for owner Brad Grant. The "Easy Lover," to be driven by Jody Jamieson, has won seven of ten 2016 starts and $57,217, and comes off of taking a lifetime mark in 1:51.4 last Saturday night at Mohawk. Ron Burke will start a pair of horses in this elimination: Check Six (post one, Yannick Gingras), who won his seasonal bow in 1:52.2 - 27.3 at Harrah's Philly this past Sunday, and Big Top Hanover (post seven, Gingras also listed on the early sheet), a Matron Stake winner in 2015 and third in the Governor's Cup after winning an elimination. Going over to the filly side, champion filly Pure Country should find her outermost starting position not as onerous as her counterpart Ideal Jimmy, as she will line up in post six in the third race elimination. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, to be driven by Brett Miller for 2015 Trainer of the Year Jimmy Takter and owner Diamond Creek Racing, earned many accolades herself in her freshman season, primarily national two-year-old pacing filly honors after going unbeaten in ten races, winning $689,968 (almost half of that in her Breeders Crown victory), and taking a mark (like Ideal Jimmy) of 1:51, that speed badge coming in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship. That Championship victory also helped her to be named Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Horse of the Year, as her four elim wins and Championship victory brought her $286,918 in Sire Stakes earnings - the most-ever for one horse in one year in the Keystone State. This year, Pure Country missed a nose in her first qualifier, then came back this past Saturday to win in 1:53.1 - 27 over off going at The Meadowlands. In the fourth race elimination, there are a number of question marks to be resolved - can Ava N Ella (post six, trainer Tony OSullivan, driver Scott Zeron) rebound from a break in a Pocono overnight after starting her career with wins in her first four starts at three?; can I Said Diamonds (post five, trainer Matias Ruiz, driver Matt Kakaley) be ready in her seasonal debut after two sharp qualifiers?; can Some Fancy Filly (post one, trainer Nancy Johansson, driver David Miller) take advantage of her inner draw and current sharp form, coming off of two wins and a third, a head shy, in three prelims of Pocono's Weiss Series? The fifth race elimination is the one having the field of seven, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Call Me Queen Be starting from post three for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Ross Croghan, and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables Inc and Dana Parham. The "Queen" was second to Pure Country last year in both the Sire Stakes Championship and overall money won in her PaSS division, and hit the board eight starts in ten starts at two, with four wins and earnings of $279,811. Also to attract attention in this elim is Ivy League (post four, trainer Jimmy Takter, driver David Miller), the royally-bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-See You At Peelers, who looked like a worldbeater when she won early in her two-year-old form in 1:52.2, but never quite developed on that promise shown; maybe her sophomore season will see her full potential, as hinted at in her bow, a second at The Meadowlands where she came her own last quarter in a blistering 26.1. The Saturday card at Pocono will also contain a $25,000 winners-over event for older pacers; it's not a handicap event, but drawing the two outside slots were Luck Be WithYou (post six, trainer Chris Oakes, driver George Napolitano Jr.), who won both his 2013 Breeders Crown event and last year's Ben Franklin Final over the Pocono oval, and the $2 million-plus winner JK Endofanera (under the guidance of two Hall of Famers, trainer Jimmy Takter and driver John Campbell) starting just outside of "Luck." First race for Saturday's 15-race card at Pocono is set for 6:30 p.m. The Championships for the two new PA-sired sophomore pacers will be held during the latter card of a brunch-evening doubleheader at The Downs on Derby Day May 7, with one card starting at 11:00, finishing in time to allow concentration on the famous thoroughbred race in the Bluegrass, and the other starting approximately just after seven p.m., when the Derby doings will be completed. The May 7 evening card will also feature the $50,000 Van Rose Invitational Pace, honoring the late area sportswriter, and some of the winners-over horses here this Saturday may just stay around for that race seven days afterwards. From the PHHA
Charlottetown PE- The much anticipated 55th running of the Gold Cup and Saucer will become a little more clear after Saturday night's race card at Red Shores Charlottetown. the 12-dash card gets started at 7 p.m. The Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer trial 1 will go in the evening finale race 12. Five of the six starters in Trial 1 have lifetime records better than 1:50. The connections of the 54th Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer winner are back to defend their title Saturday night. Trainer Ron Burke and driver Marc Campbell will install their hopes in Post 5 starter Aracache Hanover. Listed as the morning line choice, Aracache Hanover comes in showing blistering gate speed that is sure to be a factor in the compact field of six. The seven-year-old son of Dragon Again is owned by William Switala and James Martin. He is the richest starter of this year's Gold Cup entries with over $1.7 million in career earnings. A first time starter for trainer Rene Allard, Bigtown Hero, has drawn post 3. Now owned by Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin of Quebec the son of American Ideal took his lifetime mark of 1:48.3 in his last start for trainer Trevor Stafford. Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. Allard has two entries in trial 1 with his other entry right next door from post 4, Island Jet. Island native Robert Shepherd will be home to do the driving. Trainer Chris Oakes will make his training debut on red soil from post 2 when he sends out Shock It To Em for owners Hauser Bros Racing, Susan Oakes, Timothy Cable and Charles Oakes. Islander Walter Cheverie has been given the opportunity to drive. Shock It To Em finished fourth in his last start at Yonkers (half-mile) pacing his own mile in 1:52.2. The all important rail position on a half-mile track goes to the only Maritime starter in this year's field Astor. He is owned by one of Red Shores leading owners Foxyhall Racing and trained and driven by Red Shores' Charlottetown's top driver and trainer Jason Hughes. The outside post 6 has gone to the only starter from last year's Gold Cup and Saucer Up The Credit. The winner of over $1.3 million in career earnings will look to overcome the outside post for owners Thomas Kyron, Joanne Morrison and trainer Carl Jamieson. Jamieson is a former Gold Cup and Saucer winner, but will hand the lines over to Truro native Ryan Ellis. The second leg of the Spud Island Classic Series for Open Mares sponsored by the PEI Potato Board, starts in Race 6 with three divisions to line up behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate. For All We Know will look to get back to her winning ways from post 4. Last week in the first leg she seen her three race win streak come to an end finishing second to Russian Kisses. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Bruce Wood. The Lobsterfest champion has paced he last three miles in 1:56 and change for the trainer - driver combo of Jackie Matheson and Barrieau. Last years princess of the Maritimes Ramblinglily will try her luck with the aged mares again. Absent from the first leg the four-year-old daughter of Articulator has picked up back-to-back victories for co-owners Allan Jones and Normand Leger. She'll reunite with her regular pilot Brodie MacPhee. Last season the duo enjoyed a near $60,000 year in earnings. 'Lily' has drawn post 3. Last years Spud Island Classic Champion, Dirt Track Momma has drawn the rail for Campbell and Moase. Ultimate Faith has drawn post 5 after her victory last week, Ryan Ellis will drive as the mare looks to pick up her fifth victory in sicx starts. Keystone Nobility and Bunny Mach round out the field. Last weeks show stealer and newcomer Russian Kisses will line up in the second division, Race 8, making her second start on red soil the daughter of Badlands Hanover will look to make it two-in-a-row after taking her first leg in 1:55. She is owned by Robert Shepherd, Joe Travis and Forrest Richards, Robert has handed the training duties over to his father Harold for her stay on P.E.I. and brother Steven will do the driving again this week. Firstclassflight, Veronicavermillion, There Paid For, Silky Britches, Brodys Leona and Miracleonthehudson complete the field. Stayoutofmyaffair draws the rail in the third and final division in Race 10. A going away winner in her last start by 11 and a half lengths in 1:55.1, trainer - driver Jason Hughes will look for some of that same momentum again this week. Owned by Robi Hughes, the defending Atlantic Aged Mare champion has five victories this season. Scotian Lass, Icandothat, General Luckypercy, J K Special, Dreaming and Andro Madi round out the competition. The race 11 feature will be the Ocean 100 pace. Eagle Jolt has been installed as the morning line favourite for owners Wilbur MacDonald and Marie Macdonald. The seven-year-old has two consecutive miles in 1:56 and change. Campbell, who is sponsored by Ocean 100 in the Drive For Charity will do the driving and the crew from Ocean 100 is sure to be pulling for the win. For each of Campbell's driving victories at Red Shores' properties Ocean 100 will donate $25 to the Olivia Ruth MacLeod memorial award. Bo Ford
East Rutherford, NJ - The 2014 Kindergarten Classic Series begins on Friday night, August 1 at The Meadowlands with eight healthy divisions of freshman trotting fillies and colts, each racing for a purse of $10,000. The entry fee is $250 made payable to The Meadowlands. Fifty-two fillies and thirty-three colts will face the starting gate as the series begins its course though summer into fall with several stops on tap. The road leads to Tioga Downs in late August, then off to The Red Mile for a pair of September legs before trekking back north to Vernon Downs in mid-October for the last leg and the $200,000e final for each on November 1. Now in its eight season, the Kindergarten series has become very popular with trotting trainers, offering a place to race the youngsters against their own kind early and as a safe haven for those not quite ready to tackle the top caliber Grand Circuit types. The entire Friday card is now available on the USTA website. From the Meadowlands Media Department
Sound the alarm because the Shark has well and truly arrived. Punters had already been warned of course – the wraps on the David Aiken-trained horse were enormous before last night’s University Foods 4YO and 5YO Championship, following a powerful win first up when he donkey licked his rivals earlier this month. Heavily backed since fixed odds opened midweek, Lennytheshark started $2.10 but had been odds-on. The punters nailed it. From the pole draw, Lennytheshark cruised to the lead almost unchallenged for driver Chris Alford early and nothing wanted to take him on until the bell. Emma Stewart star Restrepo, which was first up from a spell, launched his claim as the bell sounded and improved to the breeze. Down the back, Dean Braun’s rising star Chilli Palmer started his move with an audacious burst as Lennytheshark quickened up front. Turning for home though and the Shark attacked, Lenny skipping clear and powering further away late to eventually score by a substantial 10.3m. Braun trained the second, third and fourth horses over the line – Inky Cullen, Chilli Palmer and Magical Telf – while Restrepo dropped out to finish seventh. The mile rate was 1:56.5. Meanwhile, two young trotters became Group 1 winners via the finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic series. In the fillies’ final it was Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven Royal Treat too strong. The Majestic Son filly utilized the sprint lane in the home straight to defeat Meadow Valley Road, with Neville Welsh-trained Est Est Est third. Illawong Armstrong prevailed in the colts and geldings’ final for trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan, defeating Black Valley and Bring The Action. Champion reinsman Chris Alford took driving honours for the night with a winning treble, while Rebecca Bartley’s amazing run in the Young Drivers Challenge continued, winning the third race of the series after collecting the first two at Shepparton on Thursday night. Last night Bartley steered Smiling Spirit home at cricket score odds of $54.30. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)
In an exciting coup, the Ballarat Club have announced an innovative new two-year-old race to compliment John Slack Memorial Trotters Cup night. In the heart of the two-year-old season, the Hertz Ballarat Rising Star will be run for the first time on May 31 as the perfect lead in to the Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crown later in the year. Worth $20,505, the race is positioned to quickly become one of the major targets for trainers around the state. Ballarat Chief Executive Paul Rowse was thrilled with the exciting addition to the calendar. “We are very grateful to be able to implement this race in conjunction with Harness Racing Victoria, it really adds something extra to our racenight on May 31 and we are looking forward to some exciting nominations,” Rowse said. “When you’ve got horses coming through the Vicbred Home Grown Classic series, I’ve got no doubt they will be looking for a race and this fits in perfectly. “We’ve modelled the race a bit on the AFL Rising Star so hopefully we can see a horse or two come through the race and go on to have a big future, much like a lot of the Rising Star winners in the AFL have.” The night will also be the last leg of the Young Drivers Challenge which kicks off at Shepparton two days earlier with some of Australia’s best emerging talent competing for the honours. For more information on the Hertz Ballarat Rising Star and the meeting, simply click here to visit the meeting calendar. HRV Media
Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have announced their 2014 stakes schedule, with an estimated $4.3 million in purses to attract the top horses in New York and across North America throughout the season. Tioga Downs opens their stakes season on Sunday, June 1 with the $200,000e Roll With Joe Open Pace. New York Sire Stakes races mark the calendar through June and July, leading up to the $350,000e Tompkins-Geers Stakes for two- and three-year-olds of both gaits. Unlike years past, where the Tompkins-Geers Stakes have been contested throughout an entire week of racing, two-year-old pacers will have their events on Sunday, August 3, while two-year-old trotters and three-year-olds of both gaits will race on Sunday, August 17. Between the Tompkins-Geers events, New York-sired sophomore pacers will take the spotlight on Sunday, August 10 in the $500,000e Empire Breeders Classic, with separate events for each sex. If needed, eliminations are scheduled for the week prior. Labor Day (Monday, September 1) proves to be a banner day in the Southern Tier, with a trio of stakes events headlining the afternoon. The $110,000e Shady Daisy for three-year-old pacing fillies and a $40,000e preliminary leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares comprise the undercard features for the day, while three-year-old pacers take center stage in the $350,000e Cane Pace-the first leg of the Triple Crown for pacers. The $125,000 Reynolds Stakes for two-year-olds closes out the stakes schedule at Tioga, with trotting divisions on Thursday, September 4, and pacing divisions on Friday, September 12. Vernon Downs kicks off their stakes season on Sunday, June 8, with New York-sired three-year-old trotters contesting the $500,000e Empire Breeders Classic (like the pacers, separate events are held for each sex). If eliminations are necessary, they will take place on Friday, May 30. New York Sire Stakes events cover the early summer months, leading up to the first of two big nights at Vernon on Friday, August 29. The $700,000e Harry Zweig Memorial Trot for three-year-olds once again serves as the centerpiece of the Vernon Downs stakes schedule, with top open trotters sharing the spotlight that night in the $200,000e Crawford Farms Trot (formerly known as the Credit Winner). Two-year-olds of both gaits and sexes contest the $100,000e Simpson Stakes on Friday, October 24, leading up to a blockbuster Closing Night program, featuring a trio of rich events on Saturday, November 1. Two-year-old trotters wrap up the Kindergarten Classic series with a $200,000e final, and top distaffers compete in a pair of $200,000e events as well-trotters in the Muscle Hill, and pacers in the Artiscape, which moved to Vernon after being raced at Tioga in past seasons. Nomination forms and more information can be found at www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com. by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs
VERNON, NY—Let’s Go Higher increased her winning streak to five with a dominating 1:50.4 performance in Thursday night’s $12,000 featured Open for female pacers at Vernon Downs. With Shawn T. Gray doing the steering for trainer Heidi Rohr in Thursday’s second session, the favorite Let’s Go Higher was on the iron from the start, stomping out fractions of :26, :54.2 and 1:22.2 en route to a six-length score over last week’s winner in this class, Don’t Blame Her. It was the fourth local score, the 12th season’s tally and the 21st all-time victory for the steady-striding 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler-Ten Speed, who earned her 1:50.3 record here on Aug. 8. The Jesse J. De Long-owned mare is currently a career-winner of more than $265,000. Ten-time track driving champ Howard Okusko, Jr. charted his fourth triple of the 78-program meeting, winning with the trotters Oldmanandthesea (1:59), Oaklea Tyson (1:58) and pacer Winbak Your Kash (1:55). His wife, former Downs conditioning champ Jessica Okusko, is the trainer of Oldmanandthesea and Winbak Your Kash. Veteran horseman Angus Mac Donald (66) enjoyed a driving win, My Future Ex (2:00.3), and two training tallies during Thursday’s 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Roman Lopez and Jimmy Whittemore each earned one victory during Thursday’s action, and remained tied for second-place on the track’s driving chart with 92 wins each… The pacer Campanile Hanover and trotter DL Cruiser each extended their winning streaks to three during the program... Tomorrow night, the track will host the fifth and final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters. Filly flights will be featured in Friday’s second and 11th events, while male divisions will be contested in the fourth and sixth races. A $12,000 Open Trot is also slated as the evening’s ninth event. First post is at 6:45 p.m… The Downs will also present the annual event’s $400,000 championship final the following Friday, Oct. 25… Only 10 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… 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
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
Buck I St Pat, three-time defending Trotting Mare of the Year, has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor. Buck I St Pat, three-time defending Trotting Mare of the Year, has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor.
A harness racing leather halter worn by two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker [Speedy Crown - Nan's Catch], arguably the greatest trotting mare of all time is now available on the Halters For Hope website.
River Shark stamped himself the one to beat in the $230,000 Berry's Creek as he wired the field in his elimination race Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The top five finishers in each of the evening's two $25,000 eliminations will meet in the Berry's Creek Final on Saturday, May 9.
The prestigious Classic Series for older horses opens its 2009 season with the first of three stops at Dover Downs and later to the Meadowlands and Mohawk to complete the preliminaries culminating with a $250, final in each of its four divisions.
Supplemental entries for the 2009 edition of The Classic Series (TCS) must be received in the office of The Hambletonian Society by the close of business on Monday, March 23. The payment levels, along with a list of nominees may be accessed at www.theclassicseries.com.
Corleone Kosmos trotted away from the field to win the $250,000 Classic Series final for older trotters in a world record of 1:58.3 by 1-1/4 lengths on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.