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Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Bettor Be Steppin earned her second stakes win of the season at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing Saturday's (Aug. 22) $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers in a lifetime-best 1:50. Momas Got A Gun was second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, while Sassa Hanover finished third and Totally Rusty was fourth. In July, Bettor Be Steppin and driver Corey Callahan won the Lynch Memorial at Pocono. She won that night at odds of 15-1, but was the even-money favorite Saturday in the Valley Forge. Bettor Be Steppin, who started from post four, went to the front at the start and never looked back. She led the field through fractions of :26.3, :55.4, and 1:22.4. She held off a first-over attack from Sassa Hanover on the backstretch and Momas Got A Gun in the stretch. Morning line favorite Moonlit Dance was scratched. "I drew in a good spot and with Moonlit Dance not being in the race I was hoping I would be able to control it," Callahan said. "She likes to leave and everything worked out perfectly. "I figured if I could get a little breather in there anywhere she would be ready to take on all challengers." "So it worked out. She's been battling it out with Sassa (Hanover) for the last two years." "I figured I had her put away up the backside so the only horse I was worried about at that point was the horse on my back (Momas Got A Gun)." Bettor Be Steppin, trained by Joe Holloway, has won five of 11 races this year and earned $419,150. She has won nine of 23 races lifetime for owners Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. She pushed her career earnings to $717,793. Valley Forge Consolations Single Me, who missed just a nose in the Lynch final here earlier this year, came out of the pocket at headstretch and drew off in the lane for a 1-3/4 length victory in the $150,000 Consolation I in 1:51, a career mark. But it was a move that driver Andy Miller didn't make -- a threatened quarter-move -- that caused Ideal Nuggets to park Seeking Nirvana in a brutal fight through fast numbers, easing the way for the late winning move of the Bettor's Delight filly, trained by Ross Croghan for Dana Parham and the Let It Ride Stables Inc. The Art Major filly Invest In Art was the fourth -- and final -- lead change in the $75,000 Consolation II, and despite the hard usage in the furious :53.4 first half, driver Tim Tetrick kept her alive in the lane to withstand Strut My Stuff (leader one) and Southwind Roulette (leader three) while taking a 1:49.3 new speed badge, which also rewrote the national season's mark. The Ontario-based team of trainer Mark Steacy and owners Stan Klemencic, David Reid, David McDonald, and Landmark 7 Racing Stable saw their filly win her stateside debut. Ken Weingartner

Sixteen stakes events comprised Sunday (August 16) afternoon's harness racing card at Tioga Downs, and while In the Arsenal ($3.50) and Divine Caroline ($6.90) punched their tickets for next week's Empire Breeders Classic finals by way of sub-1:50 miles, it was 2-year-old trotter Jack Vernon ($3.40) who stole the show with a 1:53.3 effort in his Arthur Tompkins Memorial division.   Jack Vernon, a freshman son of Muscle Hill and Vernon Blue Chip, drafted behind Staying Focused (Andy Miller) through the intermediate stages of the $18,788 stakes split, edging off the pegs midway on the backstretch to avoid being locked in by the then-uncovered Heightend Scrutiny (David Miller).   As soon as Corey Callahan pulled the pocket with Jack Vernon, the pair accelerated to the lead, drawing off from Staying Focused through a :57 final half.   Jack Vernon amassed an 8-3/4 length lead in the end, soundly defeating Treasure Keys K (Charlie Norris) and Staying Focused in a track record 1:53.3.   Randy Beeckman trains Jack Vernon for Miller's Stable, Inc.   Other notable Tompkins Memorial winners on the afternoon were 3-year-old Conway Hall colt Habitat ($2.30, Yannick Gingras), who pulled clear at will for a decisive 1:53 triumph in a lone $58,662 division, and 3-year-old Donato Hanover filly I'm So Fancy ($4.00, Gingras), a 1:54.1 pillar-to-post winner in her $33,832 event.   Sixteen New York-sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested two $12,500 eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic, and Brian Sears swept both splits. In addition to his 1:49.3 win with Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal, he sustained a first-over trip with the Casie Coleman-trained Arque Hanover ($7.50) to just stave off Americanprimetime (Jason Bartlett) in 1:50.   The connections of In the Arsenal selected post 2 for next week's final, while the connections of Arque Hanover selected post 1. They will be joined by Artistic Major, A Bettor Hat, Rockin in Heaven, Americanprimetime, National Seelster, and Betting Exchange. Completing the field will be fifth-place finisher Sicily, who was drawn in by lot. Oneisalonelynumber--the other fifth-place finisher--is the lone also-eligible.   Of the 21 New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies split into three $12,500 Classic eliminations, Moremercy Bluechip ($7.20, Andy Miller) and Band of Angels ($2.50, Gingras) controlled the terms for at least the closing circuit of their victories, while Divine Caroline ($6.90, David Miller) pushed clear off a pocket trip in the final quarter-mile of her 1:49.4 triumph.   For next week's distaff final, Band of Angels will start from post 3, Divine Caroline from post 2, and Moremercy Bluechip from post 4, as selected by their connections. The trio of elimination winners will be joined by Devil Child, She's Heavenly, Rock Me Gently, Hipnumberone, Mosquito Blue Chip, and Beyonces Rockn. Heart Major and Single Me have been drawn as the two also-eligibles.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Monday (August 17) evening, with the first of 12 races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

There were two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in the last five starts for trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philly on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 6). They each went for a purse of $18,000. The first division was taken by Jill Roland's Andover The Cash (David Miller). The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall waited patiently behind the speed, making his move from mid-pack after the half. He was able to circle off cover in the stretch to win by 2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Longshot Holiday Spirit (Pat Berry) finished second, while Westside Lindy finished third. It was the 6th career win for Brian Roland trainee, who paid $8.00 to win, keying $424.80 exacta, and a trifecta that paid $13,707.60. L A Express Stable's Pocket Trip (Corey Callahan) was victorious in the second division. The 5-year-old son of Angus Hall moved quickly after the quarter to clear the lead. He was able to maintain the lead until the finish, winning by a length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. Raise The Curtain (Brett Miller ) finished a game second, while Modest Prince (Tim Tetrick) was third. Pocket Trip (trained by Doug Lewis) now has 19 wins out of 55 starts in his career, with 6 of those this season. He returned $6.00. Michael Bozich

More than a handful of horses with strong Delaware connections, headed by the sensational Wiggle It Jiggleit, are prominent on a powerful closing day card headlined by the prestigious Hambletonian trot, this Saturday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-rated horse in harness racing's weekly rankings this seaon, is back in action. He last raced winning the Meadowlands Pace on July 18. He meets eight rivals in the $319,400 Cane Pace for three-year-old pacers . The Cane Pace is the first jewel in harness racing's Pacing Triple Crown, followed this Fall by the Messenger Stakes and Little Brown Jug. Originally, Wiggle It Jiggleit was not eligible to the Cane Pace, but owner George Teague of Harrington, who won the event several years ago with Total Truth, paid $35,000 to supplement to the event. Wiggle It Jiggleit is also not eligible to the next two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, but can supplement to the Messenger for $30,000 and, thanks to his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, to the Little Brown Jug for $45,000. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit, a winner of 15 of 16 career races and $961,052 in purses, will start the Cane from post. 2 and is listed as the 2-5 morning line favorite. Wiggle It Jigglit's only loss was finishing second in the North America Cup, in Canada in mid-June. Two other sophomores with Delaware connections are among Wiggle It Jiggleit's rivals in the Cane. Dude's The Man, owed by M&L Of Delaware, the nom-de-course of Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul along with Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, near Wilmington, Del. , finished second behind Wiggle It Jiggleit is the recent Meadowland Pace and is fresh from victory last week in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace at the Meadows, near Pittsburgh. Perennial Dover Downs leading driver Cory Callahan reins Dude's The Man. The third Delaware connection, Frank Chick of Harrington is part owner of Yankee Bounty, who drew an outside post position. The Cane Pace is the 11th race on a jammed-packed stakes card, headlined by the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for three-year-old trotters after two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations and the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for three-year-old filly trotters. Bandolito, reining Dover Downs Horse of the Meet last season, is one of a two-horse stable owned and conditioned by Daryl Bier, of Smyrna, Del. He opens up the only afternoon card in the track's season, in the 1st race, a $40,000 Open Pace at 12 Noon. Bier's other horse, Wind Of The North, a winner of $114,467, recently returned from racing in Europe. He will race in the $301,500 John Cashman Memorial Trot over a distance of 1-1/8 miles. Dover's Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable's Table Talk, trained by Bart Dalious of Harrington, also races a 1-1/8 mile distance, going for $251,250, in the Lady Liberty Free-For-All pace. She meets another First State contender, Empress Deo, from the Wayne Givens Stable of Seaford. The fast Dancin Yankee, conditioned in the Josh Green Stable, of Harrington, competes in the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship. Better Be Steppin, driven by Cory Callahan for trainer Joe Holloway, a longtime Delaware resident, is another starter with a Delaware connection on the biggest day of the harness racing season, this Saturday. Post time for the first race is 12-Noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will televise the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, August 1, 2015 — He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude’s The Man captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, 2 lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third. Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title. M&L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude’s The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art’s Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Callahan said he wanted to get the colt into the race early from post 2. “On these speed-favoring tracks, you can’t circle them from last,” Callahan said. “You can’t get away seventh, be third over and have a shot. I wanted to get away as close as possible, and fourth is where I ended up.” Although Dude’s The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination last week. “I thought My Hero Ron was just okay last week,” Callahan said. “I came at him last week with Yankee Bounty and almost got him, so I was pretty confident being first up with that horse on the lead.” Of greater concern was the winner’s persistent battle with shadows. Okusko said she added a Daisy roll and a Pelling pacifier during the week to keep the colt more focused, but their impact was limited. “I was trying to talk him over the shadows and hold onto him,” Callahan said. “Around the last turn, clouds came over. Someone was looking out for me in the last turn. The clouds covered the sun, and he paced right home.” Another potential problem for Dude’s The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner’s bumper, didn’t finish strongly. “At the top of the stretch I thought I had a shot,” said Brian Brown, who trains Lost For Words. “He scoped with blood, so he may need more Lasix. Any time a horse bleeds, he’s in trouble.” Okusko said Dude’s The Man may be pointed to the Cane Pace and also remains eligible to the Battle of the Brandywine, the Little Brown Jug and several stakes at the Red Mile. “He’s from a great family, and he has great conformation,” she said. “He’s really come into himself. This was the first time he raced on a five-eighths, and he got around it great.” ADIOS NOTES. Elimination winners National Seelster, Cooperstown and My Hero Ron finished 8th, 4th and 5th, respectively . . . Rock N’ Roll World took the $50,000 Adios Consolation for David Miller, trainer Kelly Stackowicz and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing . . . Lyonssomewhere collected a front-end victory in 1:49.2 in the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Memorial Pace. Andy Miller drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound . . . Last Saturday, the Ron Burke stable set a PR with 24 horses entered (22 actually raced), most ever for a single program at a single track. The stable shattered that mark Saturday when they raced 29. Although Burke had to settle for second and fourth in the Adios, he notched seven wins on the 17-race program. Evan Pattak

Caroline "Kitty" Gerry remembers the thrills she enjoyed watching Bruschette compete on the racetrack and she hopes to rekindle those feelings with a daughter of the stakes-winning trotting mare. Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette who Gerry bred and owns, is entered in Friday's second of three eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes (formerly Merrie Annabelle) for 2-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The top three finishers from each elimination plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $389,450 final on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Big M. Trained by Jan Johnson, who also conditioned Bruschette, Legal Lady will start her elimination from post two with Corey Callahan in the sulky. She is 15-1 on the morning line. Julie Miller-trained Womans Will, who will leave from post three with driver Andy Miller, is the 2-1 choice. Broadway Donna, from the stable of trainer Jim Campbell, is undefeated in four career races and the 4-5 favorite in the first elimination. Jimmy Takter's Kathy Parker, named in honor of the longtime editor and general manager of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, is the 5-2 favorite in the third division. Friday's card also features two eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. Ron Burke's Southwind Frank is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division and Takter-trained Bar Hopping is the 3-1 pick in the second. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $349,850 final on Hambletonian Day. Legal Lady, by stallion Deweycheatumnhowe, heads to the Doherty Memorial off a second-place finish in her career debut in a maiden race on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Legal Lady, who qualified four times prior to making her first purse start, finished a neck behind Jazebel De Vie in 1:58.3. "We haven't rushed her," said Gerry, a New York resident who is the wife of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Ebby Gerry Jr. "I'm against that and Jan is more that way also. He doesn't like to rush them, especially at (age) 2. "She keeps bringing down her times, which is good. (Success) just depends on a lot of things. We'll hope. I'm not going to be disappointed as long as she races well." Gerry owned Bruschette during her racing career, which ended with nine wins in 48 races and earnings of $302,383. Her top victory came in the 2008 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Bruschette rallied from seventh place in the final quarter-mile to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Brigham Dream in a career-best 1:53.1. "She was great," Gerry said. "I went down to the winner's circle and there was a mother and child there. The child gave me the flowers and I was crying. The little girl said to her mother, why is she crying? I got so emotional. That was a big day for me. That was the most thrilling moment." Gerry hopes for more thrills with Legal Lady, who is all lady in the barn and all business on the track. "I can pet her, I can rub her nose, I can give her carrots, and the minute she comes out of the stall and you start putting the harness on her she is ready to go," Gerry said, adding with a laugh, "Then you don't want to be petting her or anywhere near her. "I'm excited," she added. "My husband keeps saying that you can't get attached. Well, I'm already attached. I can't help it. I rode as a kid all the time and I love animals." Gerry, who is an accomplished artist, hopes Legal Lady can paint a winning picture on Friday night, but knows it is a difficult assignment. She also knows the filly could have a lengthy career ahead of her. "If she qualifies for the final it would be very exciting," Gerry said. "I don't want to get my hopes too high and get disappointed. But even if she doesn't qualify, there will be other races. She's only 2. I just hope she stays trotting and stays healthy and we'll see what happens." Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Doherty Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: Elimination 1 1. Broadway Donna, David Miller, Jim Campbell, 4-5 2. I'm Outstanding, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 3. Worldclass Hanover, Pat Lachance, Pat Lachance, 12-1 4. Hollywood Hill, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 5. Celebrity Eventsy, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 8-1 6. Southwind Adele, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 7. Everything N More, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 20-1 8. Do I, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 20-1 Elimination 2 1. Candle In The Wind, Jim Marohn Jr., Janice Connor, 20-1 2. Legal Lady, Corey Callahan, Jan Johnson, 15-1 3. Womans Will, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 2-1 4. Sharon's Luck, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 30-1 5. Gifted Lady, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 6. Miss Tezsla, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 7. Twice Is Right, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 8. Hot Curry, David Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 9. Silent Blessings, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 8-1 Elimination 3 1. New Leaf, Jim Marohn Jr., Tom Haughton, 20-1 2. Thankful Reward, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 5-1 3. Unau S, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 4. Kathy Parker, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 5. Jazebel De Vie, Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder, 12-1 6. Silvia, David Miller, Ron Burke, 6-1 7. Sunset Glider, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 3-1 8. Encore Gold, John Campbell, Charlie Norris, 4-1 9. Lindy's On Fire, Marcus Melander, Marcus Melander, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will showcase many of Delaware's top standardbreds Thursday evening as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. The 13-race program which features Harrington's richest aggregate purse total for one card on the season of $610,000, will have a 7 p.m. post time. A prestigious day of racing is ahead that honors the memory of former track officials, legislators and horsemen and is the focal point for many horsemen year round in pursuit of local bragging rights and camaraderie in front of the biggest crowd of the season for Delaware harness racing. Every horse on the program is either Delaware owned and/or bred. There will be an autograph session featuring the top eight leading drivers at Harrington as well as two of racing's most accomplished pilots, Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan, beginning at 6 p.m. in the grandstand lobby. T-shirts will also be thrown into the crowd after designated races. As has been customary, four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be featured among 3-year-old pacers and trotters as will fixtures for aged horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup, $30,000 Legislator's Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot and $20,000 President's Cup. The first $100,000 DSBF final will include the pacing fillies as two arch rivals who swept their eliminations will square off, Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags (5/2, Victor Kirby) and Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Carter Racing's Totally Rusty (2-1, Corey Callahan). The second DSBF final event to go post ward is the filly trotting final, in a competitive group that includes Charles Wimbrow's Silence Is Bliss (5/2, Allan Davis) and Marvin Meyer's Cuddle Punk (7/2, Tim Tetrick), who both swept their elimination events. Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables' Callmemza (3-1, Jon Roberts), a 2-year-old Harrington DSBF champ and 3-year-old champ at Dover Downs, is also a prime contender. The event is named in honor of former Harrington Raceway President, Jack Walls, who passed away in 2003. The DSBF final for trotting colts and geldings is scheduled as the ninth race and honors the memory of former driver/trainer Hal Belote who was tragically killed in a racing accident in 2006. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Go Byem (7/5, Les Givens) is considered to be the one to beat after decisive wins in his eliminations for his trainer Givens, a native of Seaford, Del., who has been one of the most successful at winning DSBF events. The last DSBF final on the program is one of the most competitive as three heavy hitting pacers will do battle in Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ronald Benton's Remember Me VK (2/1, Montrell Teague), Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art (5/2, Anthony Morgan), and Michael White's Son of A Sizzle (5/2, Kirby). In the Governor's Cup, a stablemate of Purrfect Bags for trainer Jim King Jr., Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt (2/1, Kirby) aims for a repeat victory in the prestigious event for aged pacers. Only Daryl Bier's Bandolito (7/2, Bier) sports a higher seasonal bankroll in the field. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell is expected to be on hand once again to present the trophy to this year's winner. The top event for pacing mares on the program, the Legislator's Cup, is headlined by Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart (8/5, Morgan), who was third in last year's event, and Reggie Hazzard's A La Notte Hanover (7/5, Davis). For the first time in recent memory, no mare in the field is older than five. The race also honors the memory of long-time state senator Thurman Adams, who passed away in 2009 as the longest serving senator in the history of the First State. The Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot, is named after the former Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair board member. Prayer Session (7/5, Callahan) is the early favorite in the event for older trotters for owners Gary Evans and Foulk Stables. Matthew Sparacino

I took a look at how a number of drivers are measuring up against their mid-season performance last year. I’ll compare the figures through the end of racing on Saturday, Pace Day, with the figures through the end of racing on July 18, 2014. The earnings for many of the upper echelon drivers are down this year; the average for the top ten is down almost $170,000. The winter and spring weather for racing are historically bad, causing some tracks to delay their opening and others to cancel numerous dates. Tim Tetrick, who topped the list last year at this point, after winning the Pace with He’s Watching, is currently in third place. He missed time early in the year to the World Driving Championship; last year he missed the first five weeks to rehab after he had a hip replaced. Despite wins in last Saturday’s Golden Girls with Anndrovette, and the Haughton with Mach It So, Tetrick is short $735,000 from where he was at this point in 2014. Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, has been leaving Westchester more this year, with trips to Pennsylvania on Wednesdays and more drives on the NYSS circuit. He drove in Canada not long ago and piloted Venus Delight at The Meadowlands on Pace night.He currently leads all drivers in money earned by a slight margin over Corey Callahan. Jason has started 106 more times, registering 40 more wins, and earning $1.1 million more than he had to mid-July last year. His UDRS has jumped from .314 to .350. He ended 2014 in seventh place; as good as the money is at Yonkers, all that stakes money up for grabs over the next four months will be tough to overcome. The 2014 year-end leader, Driver of the Year Yannick Gingras, is currently in fourth place. He was in second at this point last year. Gingras is $900,000 short of last year’s mid-season total, with 11 fewer starts and 65 fewer wins. His UDRS is 0.337; it was 0.364 at this time in 2014. The reason is, to an extent certainly, the same one that has Matt Kakaley off more than a million dollars and Brett Miller short 82 wins and almost $450,000: Ron Burke is light years ahead of the other trainers, but he’s also well behind last year’s record setting pace. Aged money-makers Foiled Again, Clear Vision, Bettor’s Edge and Rocklamation are a collective 4 for 41 with not much money between them. Many of his top 2014 sophomores, like JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach, Sayitall BB and Gural Hanover, have disappointed. His Pace entry, Lyons Levi Lewis, finished ninth at 81/1. Takter is steaming along, so Yannick may win the title again in 2015, but so far there have been more bumps in the road. John Campbell, who received much unsolicited advice about retiring after his serious accident at Chester in May of 2011, is killing it. At this time four years ago reports surfaced that Campbell, who was still in the recovery phase, was contemplating ending his career. Then in February, 2013, he broke his collarbone in an ice skating accident. Thanks to world champion JL Cruze, Doo Wop Hanover, Rockeyed Optimist and others, JC is currently at 18, up from 39 at this point a year ago. He has almost doubled his win total, and has earned $1.3 million more. Corey Callahan, who is number two on the money list, was fifth last July. He missed time to the World Driving Championship in 2014, and has made 50 more starts this year. He has 80 more wins and $670,000 more in earnings. His UDRS is up to .332 from .288. Corey finished in sixth at year’s end. (Pierce was third last July and ended the season there. His absence is having an impact on all the marquee players.) George Napolitano Jr, who stays in Pennsylvania during the high season and drives in Florida in the winter, is having a terrific year. GNap, who is the leading driver at both Harrah’s Philadelphia and Pocono Downs, is winning almost 23% of his starts at Harrah’s and more than 24% at Pocono. He doesn’t get much Grand Circuit work, but he did recently win the Franklin with Luck Be Withyou. He’s currently seventh, up from 13 last July. He has 55 more wins and has banked $727,000 more. George finished last year at number 11. Tyler Buter is also having a very good year. He was number 50 a year ago, and has moved up to 19. He has 66 more wins and is up $1.3 million. Dan Dube, who has benefited greatly from driving Rene Allard’s horses at Yonkers, has jumped from number 17 last July to number seven. He has 69 more wins on 104 more drives and is showing a healthy $1.5 million increase in purse money over one year ago. He’s the third leading driver at Yonkers, where he’s winning 15% of his starts. Dube finished 2014 in the 21 slot. Simon Allard has also benefited from his brother’s success, in Pennsylvania. He was in slot 47 one year ago and is at 27 now. He had banked $743,000 more through Saturday than he did thru July 18, 2014. Dave Palone, the King of The Meadows, was twelfth this time last July and is at 16 now. His drive total is down 295; he has 60 fewer wins; and he has banked $682,000 less. Dave’s UDRS is a high 0.372, virtually the same as it was a year ago. Sylvain Filion, the only WEG based driver in the top twenty, went from number 23 last July to number 16 after Saturday. He’s made 75 more starts, has 60 more wins and has $587,000 more in the bank. Doug McNair, who had an off year in 2014, leaving him at number 38 in July and 32 at season’s end, has rebounded to the 24 slot.  Jody Jamieson has been on the opposite track. He went from 18 a year ago to number 35 through Saturday. He has 44 fewer wins and is short $365,000. With the OSS in full swing these numbers can change quickly. The same goes for Chris Christoforu, who was wildly successful with Casie Coleman’s youngsters in the OSS last year. Coleman is off to a very slow start and Chris is down to 33 from 19 last July. He’s earned $268,000 less this year. And James MacDonald is down to 38 from 24, with 70 fewer wins and $223,000 less. Most of these WEG drivers have had multiple win nights/days in the OSS of late. Mark MacDonald, who is up ten spots is a testament to the power of the purse money offered at Yonkers, his home base. He only has four more wins, but he has earned $600,000 more. He was second to Jim Morrill Jr on the NYSS circuit last season, and that’s just heating up. Morrill, who takes the winter off then races in Pennsylvania and upstate New York, has banked $500,000 more, with only three more wins. Both MacDonald and Morrill benefit greatly from that NYSS money. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.  He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Even though I was working on the Fourth of July calling races for Sun Stakes Saturday, I really didn't feel like I was being left out of the holiday fun. After all, even the most glorious fireworks display had nothing on the explosive action the fans witnessed at  the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono that evening. By the end of the night, we had seen just about everything from the card There were favorites delivering, upsetters upsetting, and outstanding performances at every turn. We could honestly go on for a while about every race on the card, but since I'm pressed for space, let's just stick to some thoughts on the night's big stakes finals. Sun Invitational - Open Trot This was a rare race where the second-place horse may have been more impressive than the winner. That's not to take anything away from JL Cruze, who won for the 14th time in 16 races this year and did so in a time (1:51) which matched the world record for four-year-old geldings on the trot on a 5/8-mile oval. But Sebastian K, who took JL Cruze right to the line before losing in a photo, was racing for the first time this season. Something tells me that these two will meet again before this season is over, and a seasoned Sebastian K going against a peaking JL Cruze looks like a rivalry for the ages. James Lynch Memorial - 3 year old filly pace This felt going into the night like the one stakes races that was really up for grabs, and that's exactly the way it turned out. The pace got way too hot for pacesetter and even-money favorite Stacia Hanover, leading to a stretch drive where a whole host of horses came flying up late. Bettor Be Steppin wouldn't have been one of those closing horses were it not for a nifty bit of driving by Corey Callahan, who barely escaped getting locked in on the back stretch. Once Bettor Be Steppin, a 15-1 shot, had a clear look, she sped by everybody to pull off the upset win in 1:50:4. Max Hempt Memorial - 3 year old colts/geldings pace Sometimes you don't find out how great a horse truly is until it shows it can rebound from adversity. In the case of Wiggle It Jiggleit, that adversity came in the form of his first ever loss in 11 starts when he was shocked by Wakizashi Hanover in the North American Cup finals at Mohawk on June 20. After rebuilding his confidence by winning a Hempt elimination last week, he faced off against Wakizashi Hanover and a crack group of sophomores in the final. And he didn't leave any doubt. With Montrell Teague in the bike, Wiggle It Jiggleit rolled to a decisive win in 1:48:4, reasserting his dominance in his age group. Ben Franklin - Free for all pace This was one for the hometown fans. When driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes, both Pocono regulars, scored a win in the eliminations last week with Luck Be Withyou, it was a nice triumph for the pair. But winning in the final seemed a tall order for the duop, both because of the strength of the field and because their horse was saddled with the brutal #9 post. For a speed horse like Luck Be Withyou, that outside post is usually the kiss of death, but George Nap sent him to the front anyway and then rated him beautifully. Despite all the big names lining up to take their shots in the stretch, Luck Be With You would not be denied and came home a winner in 1:49 by a nose over fast-closing Domethatagain, leaving Napolitano and Oakes elated and filling the Pocono faithful with pride at how well their own did on the big stage. Earl Beal Jr Memorial - 3 year old trot If there are young trotters involved and there are big stakes on the line, there's a good chance that trainer Jimmy Takter will have something to do with the outcome. In the Beal, he sent out the top two choices: Pinkman, who was coming off an upset loss in the elims, and Uncle Lasse, who looked good in winning his elimination split. Sure enough, Pinkman set the pace and Uncle Lasse found a spot in the pocket. When Centurion ATM made a strong first-over move on the back stretch and Pinkman was forced to hustle just to keep the lead, it appeared he might be vulnerable to his stablemate in the stretch. But despite a strong late charge from Uncle Lasse, driver Yannick Gingras coaxed something extra out of Pinkman and he held on by a head in 1:51:3, shattering the world record for 3-year-old trotters on a 5/8-mile track. Takter once again has a full house of winning trotters heading into the heart of stakes season. It's hard to imagine a finer card of harness racing action will come down the pike anytime soon. On second thought, maybe it will. After all, Super Stakes Saturday at Pocono, which coincides with our 50th anniversary, is just a little more than a month away. I can't wait for it. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia

Doug Paul and Victoria Dickinson hope "Dude" is the man in the Meadowlands Pace. Paul and Dickinson are among the harness racing owners of Dude's The Man, who was one of the 14 horses entered in Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 3-year-old male pacer is Dickinson's first race horse and is named after her Jack Russell terrier, Dude. "And Dude is the man," Dickinson said with a laugh, adding about the horse and dog, "They have similar strong personalities." Dude's The Man, with Corey Callahan listed to drive, will race in the first of two $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday. The top five finishers from each seven-horse field will advance to the final on July 18 at the Big M. Elimination winners will have the opportunity to draw from posts one through six for the final. "He's a fast horse," said Paul, who owns Dude's The Man with his mother, Rosalind, as M And L of Delaware LLC. "One of these days he's going to step up and win a big race for us. Hopefully it will be next weekend. He's got the speed, he's just got to get the right type of trip. "We're real happy with him. We couldn't be happier." The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are part of a Saturday card that also includes a single elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, Reynolds Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male and female trotters, and the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Dude's The Man prepped for his Meadowlands Pace elim with a second-place finish against older horses Monday night at Vernon Downs, the home base of trainers Howard Okusko Jr. and Jessica Okusko. For the year, the colt has won two of six races - including a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes - and earned $43,501. He has been off the board just once, when he was beaten by only one length in his North America Cup elimination and finished fifth. "The North America Cup, it was just the luck of the draw," Paul said. "The way the race set up, he just had a little too far to come, but he was flying at the wire. "He never knows the end of the mile. He's always full of pace finishing. He normally runs out of racetrack before he's tired." Dude's The Man's connections decided to skip last weekend's Max C. Hempt Memorial in the hopes of having a fresh horse for the Meadowlands Pace. The Pace elims include four horses - Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, Artspeak and In The Arsenal - who were among the top five finishers in both the North America Cup and Hempt. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Hempt in 1:48.2 last Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Wakizashi Hanover won the North America Cup in 1:48 on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Those two horses will compete in the second Meadowlands Pace elimination, along with undefeated Iowa invader Roland N Rock. "We figured we'd skip the Hempt because they fly there anyhow and be fresh coming into the Meadowlands Pace," Paul said. "Hopefully some of them tired themselves out, although those good ones never seem to tire themselves out, do they?" Dude's The Man is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Risk. His second dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account, who is the mother of Dan Patch Award honoree Artiscape. Dude's The Man was purchased under the name American Risk for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was the only yearling in the sale that didn't have a video," said Paul, who has seen Dude's The Man win four of 16 career races and earn $87,788. "I don't know if that hurt his price or not. But we liked what he looked like and we try to buy families that can produce a good horse." Dickinson, who is a real estate agent in Greenville, Del., is a longtime friend of the Paul family. She had previous experience riding horses and over time developed an interest in trotters and pacers. "It's been an evolution," Dickinson said. "It's been fun to learn. At least we're starting out on a good note with Dude." And now she is looking forward to the chance to advance to the Meadowlands Pace final. "It's exciting to have something to watch every week with hope and anticipation," Dickinson said. "It's beyond exciting. It can't come quickly enough." Here are the fields for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations: HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark -David Miller-Mark Silva 2-2-In The Arsenal by American Ideal -Brian Sears-Kelvin Harrison 3-3-Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko 4-4-Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5-5-Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover -Yannick Gingras-John McDermott 6-6-Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Corey Callahan-Tony Alagna 7-7-Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Ken Sucee HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 2-2-Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover -David Miller-Mark Silva 3-3-Roland N Rock by Rocknroll Hanover -John Campbell-Duane Roland 4-4-Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-5-Badiou Hanover by Well Said -Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-6-Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -Tim Tetrick-Joann Looney-King 7-7-Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

"I felt good in January, and that part hasn't changed," Teague said with a grin Saturday (July 4) after watching Wiggle It Jiggleit capture the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by 1-1/2 lengths over Artspeak in 1:48.2. "He doesn't disappoint. Even in his loss, I wasn't jumping off the bandwagon. He's a good horse. I still think he's one of the best 3-year-olds I've ever had." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 13 of 14 career races for owner Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. His only loss came June 20 in the North America Cup, where he was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover by three-quarters of a length. On Saturday in the Hempt, Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead following a :26 opening quarter-mile, fought off a first-over challenge from Pierce Hanover on the backstretch, and then pulled away down the stretch. Artspeak finished second, followed by In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover. "When he cleared to the front I knew he had a pretty good shot at it," Francis said. "Wakizashi has a big kick on the end of it but he wasn't making up much ground. Halfway down the lane nobody got close to him and I knew they weren't going to catch him then." Montrell Teague, who won the Hempt in 2011 with Custard The Dragon, was taking nothing for granted. "I was looking everywhere; I was looking for anybody," he said. "I saw Timmy (Tetrick with Wakizashi Hanover) pull three wide and that's when I popped the earplugs and stepped on the gas because I know how good his horse is coming off cover." Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, gave George Teague Jr. his fourth Hempt trophy. He trained Custard The Dragon as well as 2009 winner Johnny Z and 2008 champ Badlands Nitro. The gelding's next assignment will be the Meadowlands Pace. With the triumph, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $607,242. But the most important thing for Teague was the two people with whom he is sharing the ride. "Montrell and Clyde Francis are the best part for me," Teague said, adding about Francis, "We're like brothers. He works his (butt) off." Wiggle It Jiggleit  Luck Be Withyou overcomes post nine in Franklin triumph                               The $500,000 Ben Franklin free for all pace turned out to be as thrilling as a front-end win can be as Luck Be Withyou held on by the shortest of noses over Domethatagain in 1:49 on Saturday (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Domethatagain, driven by Simon Allard, left from the rail off the gate, but Luck Be Withyou and George Napolitano Jr. took command before the turn from post nine. Luck Be Withyou led through a quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55, which were favorable fractions in the eyes of the 4-year-old horse's owner, John Craig. "I didn't think it was so bad when it was :26.2, because he got the lead in :26 last week in the slop, with a half in :53 and change," he said. "When I saw :55 at the half, I said 'There are good horses back there like Foiled Again and State Treasurer and they are going to come at him. I hope he has enough.'" Luck Be Withyou kept on chugging through three-quarters in 1:21.4. He was a length clear at the top of the stretch, with only Domethatagain coming at him up the rail. It took a long look at the photo before Luck Be Withyou was declared the winner, with favored State Treasurer third. Luck Be Withyou paid $10 to win as the public's second choice. "He had just enough," Craig said with a grin. "It's hard to explain to people the adrenaline rush you get when you see a race like that." Luck Be Withyou, by Western Ideal-Trim Hanover, is trained by Chris Oakes, who got some credit from his owner. "All the credit goes to those who work on the horse," he said. "I just watch and pay the bills." Luck Be Withyou Pinkman bounces back to win Beal in world record score                                           Pinkman rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting a gate-to-wire win in Saturday's (July 4) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, holding off stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in a world-record 1:51.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pinkman, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and driver Yannick Gingras got the lead with a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and then controlled the race from there, going to the half in :56.2. Centurion ATM made a first-over bid on the backstretch, getting within a head of the leader, but was unable to get to the front. In the stretch, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman held off Uncle Lasse to his inside to post his fourth victory in five starts this season. Pinkman's time was the fastest-ever mile by a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Crazy Wow finished third followed by Centurion ATM. Last week, Pinkman finished second to Wicker Hanover in his Beal elimination and was found to be sick. "I can't complain about the trip, the fractions, everything went his way," Gingras said about Pinkman's performance in the Beal final. "He's got that intimidating speed; he can leave the gate so good. Last week leaving the gate I knew he wasn't quite right because he didn't leave the gate like he did today. Usually the first couple steps he just snaps right out. "Today he was back to himself and I don't even think he's a hundred percent. I'd say last week he was 50 or 60 percent and he was probably like 90 today. I think Jimmy can get him even better than this." For his career, Pinkman has won 10 of 13 races and earned $924,300 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "I saw him open up at like 5-1 (odds) tonight and Crazy Wow was 3-5 or something," Gingras said. "They've got to start giving him credit. He doesn't do it flashy, he does it the way he did it today, but he gets it done. He's a winner." Pinkman  Bettor Be Steppin wins wild Lynch Memorial  What was a wide-open race on paper became a wide-open finish as Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan got up to win the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.4. The race was heated from the start as The Show Returns gunned to the lead from post nine for driver Tim Tetrick. Favored Stacia Hanover (Scott Zeron) cleared to the lead in a first quarter in :26, with the outer flow setting up going to the half. Bettor Be Steppin wasn't a part of that forward flow, however, as she was shuffled back to last. According to her connections, stablemate Divine Caroline (David Miller) was getting the better trip "At the half I thought we were dead," said trainer Joe Holloway. "She was fourth on the rail, fourth or fifth, just totally boxed. Divine Caroline was on the outside, loaded with pace, so I was hoping to see her go. I was trying to watch them both and at the half I thought the only shot I had was Divine Caroline." Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller), a 50-1 longshot, came first-over with Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) third-over through a half in a swift :54.1. They paced through three-quarters in 1:21.4 before the leaders began to struggle and the closers came closing. Momas Got A Gun (Jim Morrill Jr.) was sitting third on the rail and somehow found room inside. She stuck a head in front before Single Me (Brian Sears) and Bettor Be Steppin came from way out. From the far outside, Bettor Be Steppin stuck a nose in front of Single Me at the wire. Momas Got A Gun finished third by a neck. The win was the fourth in seven starts this year for Bettor Be Steppin. She paid $33.60 to win. The 1-7 exacta paid $895.60 and the 1-7-6 trifecta paid $10,958.10. "This was a good horse last year," said Ted Gewertz, who co-owns the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally filly with Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables. "She was having a little trouble earlier in the year. [2014 Horse of the Year] JK She'salady didn't make the final, so that helped." Bettor Be Steppin T.J. Burkett and Ken Weingartner / U.S. Trotting Association  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes' first leg were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) equaled the track record for sophomore pacing fillies with a 1:52.1 romp over Nella's Bus and Gigi Deo. Trained by Ross Croghan, Totally Rusty recorded her 13th win in 16 lifetime starts. A daughter of Rusty's For Real, she was a 13-length winner in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover Downs on April 8. The track record is now co-held with Seboomook Fool Yah, who achieved the feat in 2014. Henry Faragalli III's Fancy Sound ($2.80, Jim Morand) took the first division in 1:54.1 over Cedar Hall Heiress and Fountain Pen. Fancy Sound, a Les Givens trainee sired by Veeza, set the pace throughout in her victory. Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the final division with a front end win in 1:53 over Love Forbidden and Littlesandyloam. Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her 11th win in 14 career starts. It was one of four winners on the program for Kirby. Richard Lombardo and David Kryway's Also Encouraging ($5.20, Allan Davis) won the overnight feature, the $16,000 Mares Open in 1:52.4 for trainer Josh Green. It was the fifth win in eight seasonal starts for the daughter of No Pan Intended. Matthew Sparacino

Aldebaran Eagle has held his own against some of the best 3-year-old male trotters around and now harness racing trainer Jonas Czernyson is hoping the colt is ready to soar as he prepares for Saturday's Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Beal elims are part of a jam-packed card at Pocono, where eliminations for the Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers and the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers also will be contested. Aldebaran Eagle, who has won only two of 15 career races but hit the board a total of 11 times, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line in the first of three Beal eliminations. He will start from post No. 1 in the six-horse field with driver Corey Callahan. Dexter Cup winner Habitat, who starts from post three with Jim Morrill Jr. driving for trainer Ron Burke, is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The division also includes Walter White, Cruzado Dela Noche, Southwind Mozart, and Boots N Chains. The top three finishers from each Beal elimination advance to the $500,000 final on July 4 at Pocono. Aldebaran Eagle enters his race off a 1:52.1 victory over older horses in a conditioned race June 12 at the Meadowlands. He also has one second-place finish and two third-place finishes in four starts this season. He finished third in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, behind Canepa Hanover and French Laundry, and was second to Guess Whos Back in a preliminary round of the NJSS. "He's been racing pretty nicely, so we can't complain there," Czernyson said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do. Now we're kind of getting to the test to see what we have. He raced in a lot of the big dances (last year). He was always there, but he kind of stayed in the shadows of the best ones. "He was kind of big and growthy as a 2-year-old, but he kept it together pretty good. He spent the whole winter in the (resistance) cart and it muscled him up good. I think that's been paying off on him. So far he's been coming along pretty good." Aldebaran Eagle is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Letsjustalkaboutme. He was purchased under the name Ramblings for $70,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and his family includes stakes-winners Ifhallscouldtalk, Armbro Hilary, and Armbro Marshall as well as Dan Patch Award winner Delmegan. Owned by Australian-based Aldebaran Park Inc., Aldebaran Eagle has earned $112,069 in his career. "I liked him from when we bought him at the sale pretty much," Czernyson said. "He was doing everything right. He's got very good owners on him. They're happy to branch out here and so far it's been working for them." Last year, Aldebaran Eagle won a division of the International Stallion Stakes at odds of 106-1. He defeated Whom Shall I Fear by a head and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Centurion ATM by a neck. "You can pretty much do whatever you want with him," Czernyson said. "He can leave pretty good, but he doesn't have to leave. If you don't want to leave with him, you don't have to. So he's pretty versatile that way." The second division of Beal eliminations features the Jimmy Takter-trained entry of Pinkman and Whom Shall I Fear, which is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Pinkman was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter and Whom Shall I Fear is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick. Whom Shall I Fear starts from post four with driver David Miller and Pinkman starts from post five with driver Yannick Gingras. Nik Drennan-trained and Brian Sears-driven Guess Whos Back is the 5-2 second choice in the division, which also includes Donatomite, Honor And Serve, Centurion ATM, and Wicker Hanover. The third Beal elimination is led by Crazy Wow, who captured the Empire Breeders Classic on June 21 at Vernon Downs in a track-record 1:51.1. Crazy Wow is the 2-1 favorite from post two with Gingras driving for trainer Burke. Sharing honors as second choice at 5-2 are Shoot The Thrill and Uncle Lasse. Shoot The Thrill will leave from post one with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Dirk Simpson. Uncle Lasse, who brings a three-race win streak to the Beal and a mark of 1:51.4, starts from post six with Brett Miller at the lines for trainer Takter. Completing the field are Code Ben, Divisionist, and Billy Flynn. "The 3-year-old colts this year, there's one (good one) after another, after another, after another," Czernyson said. "There are tough horses out there. I don't think I can remember seeing so many good 3-year-old colts that have been out this early. They're just taking turns at who wants to be the fastest. It's tough to throw out anyone and say they're not good enough to be here." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The featured harness racing event on Wednesday afternoon (June 10) from Harrah's Philadelphia was an upper-conditioned level filly and mare pace going for a purse of $22,000. The post time favorite was Gilbert Garcia-Herrera's Marathon Day (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Well Said was a beaten favorite in her last out against tougher at Yonkers. She secured pocket position as the race began, following the speed of Jeremes Sweetheart (Yannick Gingras) to the quarter pole (:26.3). Bruce Saunders trainee Coffee Addict (Corey Callahan) left from post eight, and was able to take the lead after traveling the entire first quarter wide. After a rated second quarter of :28.4, long shot Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) attempted a first-over push, but failed to get any closer than four lengths from the lead. After three-quarters in 1:23.1, Coffee Addict was still clear on the lead. As they turned for home however, long shot Mach A Wish (Brett Miller) began to rally, after a ground saving journey for most of the mile. They hit the wire together, with Coffee Addict holding on by a head, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. The winner paid $11.40, keying a $189.00 exacta. There was a dead heat for third between Marathon Day and Jeremes Sweetheart. It was the sixteenth career win for Coffee Addict a daughter of Dragon Again, and her second win of the season. She is owned by James Clarke and Andrew Altobelli. In other notes, driver Tim Tetrick had four wins, while George Napolitano Jr. had three on the day. Michael Bozich

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 6 - Dudes The Man and Rockin In Heaven scored victories in their respective $78,767 divisions of the harness racing Somebeachsomewhere Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 19 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions of "The Beach." For many of the sophomores, they were using the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes as a final prep for next week's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. In the first division, Dudes The Man and Corey Callahan were first to the line in 1:50.2 to win at 6-1 odds. A son of American Ideal, Dudes The Man was able to get situated in fifth early, while 60-1 shot Penji Hanover cut out an opening-quarter of :26. Oneisalonelynumber circled around Penji Hanover to take the lead in the second-quarter, but was quickly confronted first up by Maxdaddy Blue Chip. However, Maxdaddy Blue Chip made a break at the half-mile pole just as Dudes The Man was moved to the outside, which left Callahan and his charge first up around the final turn. Dudes The Man and Oneisalonelynumber went toe-to-toe around the final turn and posted a three-quarter time of 1:23. In the stretch, Dudes The Man was filled with pace and quickly separated himself from his rivals en route to a length and three-quarter victory in 1:50.3. Penji Hanover came back on late to finish second, while Trading Up finished third. Following the race, trainer Howard Okusko talked about the equipment change he made with Dudes The Man going into the Somebeachsomewhere. "Paul MacDonell drove him last week and he thought around the last turn he lost a couple lengths, he thought maybe slipping or touching a knee," said Okusko. "We put a pair of aluminum (shoes) on him, opened him up a little bit and he's a fast colt he just has to get a little luck." Dudes The Man is owned by M and L of Delaware LLC and Victoria Dickinson. The son of American Ideal now has two wins from three starts this season and four victories in his career. The Somebeachsomewhere victory pushes his career bankroll to $89,934. Dudes The Man, who is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup, returned $14.30 to win. Dudes The Man In the second division, Rockin In Heaven powered by in the final-eighth to win in 1:50.3 at odds of 11-1. Driven by Trevor Henry, Rockin In Heaven showed early speed and was able to touch down on the front at the opening-quarter in :26.4. Henry allowed Go Daddy Go to clear in the second-quarter and was quickly shuffled back to third when Drachan Hanover overtook the lead at the half in :54.1. After Drachan Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.1, Go Daddy Go and Rockin In Heaven edged to the outside to take a shot at the leader in the stretch. Rockin In Heaven had the most pace in the lane and charged by his rivals to win by a length and a quarter in 1:50.3. Go Daddy Go finished second, while Drachan Hanover fought to the wire to finish third. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Rockin In Heaven was one of six starters in the Somebeachsomewhere that was not made eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. "He finished his season off very well last year as a two-year-old and we staked him kind of heavily," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore following the race. "He trained down very well this spring until he got near racing speed and he just sort of bottomed out and I took him out of the last payment of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace." Rockin In Heaven is owned by Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordan McComb. He now has four wins from five starts this season and seven triumphs in his career. "I don't like being proven wrong," said Moore. "But I guess I'm proven wrong tonight and I'm liking it maybe too." Rockin In Heaven now has career earnings of $77,215 and paid $24.30 to win. Rockin In Heaven Many of the Somebeachsomewhere starters will return next Saturday (June 13) for the eliminations of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million NA Cup final will take place on Saturday, June 20. Mark McKelvie

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