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Anderson, IN --- Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Sept. 23). The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate-to-wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can’t I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Can’t I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. “My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late,” Callahan noted after the victory. “I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight.” Trained by John Butenschoen, the 2-year-old daughter of  Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter-Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. “This filly raced great,” Takter noted in the winner’s circle. “Post nine was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn’t like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with 2-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she’s such a nice filly, she will be okay.” Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Sept. 24 ) with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - September 23, 2016 - Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 23. The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate to wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can't I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by three and a half lengths. Can't I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late," Callahan noted after the victory. "I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight." Trained by John Butenschoen, the two-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter, Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. "This filly raced great," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "Post 9 was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn't like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with two-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she's such a nice filly, she will be okay." Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables' Mel Mara (Corey Callahan, $2.20) had an auspicious Harrington Raceway debut in his prep for next week's (September 19) $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial with a 1:50.1 win, while breaking a track record in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Monday. The 7-year-old Lis Mara stallion never had an anxious moment in his front end score from post position five for trainer Dylan Davis. Mel Mara has banked more than $171,000 this year and nearly $630,000 in his career. He has campaigned against many of the sport's top pacers this season and took a career best of 1:47 earlier in the year at the Meadowlands. The 1:50.1 time established a new track record for aged pacing stallions, which was formerly held by Getitoffyourchest, who set the mark earlier this year on June 20. Little Ben and Handsome Henry K rounded out the trifecta. For the second straight start, Carrie Malone and Amanda Malone's Nuclear Dragon ($5.40, Jon Roberts) recorded a new lifetime mark with a sparkling 1:52 score in a $9,000 conditioned pace for trainer Brian Malone. George Dennis recorded a driving triple. Montrell Teague had two wins. The draw for 10th annual Bobby Quillen Memorial is Tuesday September 13. Matthew Sparacino  

CHESTER, PA - The state of Pennsylvania's star 2-year-old pacers and trotters were in action on Sunday afternoon (September 11) at Harrah's Philadelphia. They were competing for purses that totaled over $1.2 million, with the finals going for $252,000 each. In the 2-year old filly trotting division championship, John Butenschoen trainee Fine Tuned Lady went down the road for owners William Wiswell and M &L of Delaware Inc. The daughter of Cantab Hall set fractions of 28.1, :27.2, and 1:26.2, before completing the mile three parts of a length better than race-favorite Can't I (John Campbell), in 1:55.3. Temple Ruins (Yannick Gingras) rallied on for third. It was the third win of the season for Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan), boosting her career earnings to over $200,000. In the consolation for 2-year-old filly trotters, it was Fashion Farm's Donato Fashion (Tim Tetrick) scoring a huge upset to take the $50,000 affair. The daughter of Donato Hanover drafted behind live cover, before taking aim in the stretch to win in 1:57.1. It was the first career win for the Jim Campbell trainee. She returned $48.40 to win. The Butenshoen/Callahan connection struck again in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotting championship, as Giveitgasandgo lived up to his name. The son of Yankee Glide powered to the front end just past the quarter, and led every step after. The fractions were :28.1, :56.4, and 1:26.1. The Butenchoen trainee was able to hold off the upset bid of the pocket-sitter Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) to win by a head in 1:56. Affair of Honor (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the sixth career win in eight starts for the talented freshman trotter. He as now bankrolled over $215,000 in his career. He is owned by Harmony Oaks Racing, David J. Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stables. Perhaps the show stealing performance of the card, however, occurred in the 2-year-old colt and gelding consolation. Todd Rooney and Kim Farmer's Don Dream (Dave Miller) set a track record for 2-year-old colt trotters in a stunning display. Taking command off the wings, Don Dream rated the half in :58.4, before trotting the back half in :56.3 to stop the clock in 1:55.2, breaking a 9-year-old track record. The previous mark of 1:55.3 was held by Lear Jetta, and accomplished in 2007. The 2-year-old filly pacing championship saw Aaron Lambert trainee Agent Q (Dave Miller) avenge her two straight losses to race-favorite Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Western Terror had to brush, after longshot Someomensomewhere (Marcus Miller) found the front early. Agent Q was immediately challenged by Idyllic Beach, releasing her before the half. At the top of the stretch, Agent Q took aim, and powered by for a two length win, stopping the clock in 1:52. It was the third career win for Agent Q, as she boosted her bankroll to near $280,000. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Robert Muscara, and Bill and Tanya Rochetti. The freshman filly pace consolation went to a grinding Gotthisone Hanover (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was able to hold off the fast-closing favorite Miss Jones (Dave Miller) to win for just the first time, in 1:54.1. She is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, Aws Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. The 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing championship was taken in front-end fashion by Ray Schnittker trainee Huntsville (Tim Tetrick). The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed past early leader (and eventual second place finisher) Downbytheseaside (Matt Kakaley) and was able to hold off a host of challenges to win in 1:51.1. Race-favorite Fear The Dragon (Dave Miller) settled for show. It was the third win of Huntsville's career, vaulting his lifetime earnings to over $215,000. He is owned by Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steve Arnold. The consolation for the freshman colt and gelding pacers went to R J P (Marcus Miller). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to work out a cover trip after tucking early. He swept by in the stretch to win by a little less than a length, holding off the 80-1 longshot Bellows Binge in a furious stretch drive. It was his first career win. R J P is owned by Dave and John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and Lawrence Means. He is trained by Erv Miller. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2016 -- Black Broadway, a bargain acquisition due to an unsightly and potentially dangerous medical condition, justified her connections' faith in her when she pulled off a stunning 20-1 harness racing shocker in a stake-fastest and career best 1:53.1 in Friday's $159,433 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. The stake, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over three divisions, with Miss Tezsla and Lookin Sharp taking the other splits. Corey Callahan enjoyed a PASS double behind Black Broadway and Lookin Sharp. Black Broadway developed a hematoma at 2 and was sent back through the Meadowlands sale after a pair of qualifiers. There, trainer Michael Eaton purchased her for $9,000 for himself and co-owner Robert McHugh. "She won a qualifier in 1:59.1, so we thought we'd take a chance on her -- $10,000 was our limit," Eaton said. Although the daughter of Broadway Hall-Sly Fox was winless in 11 previous outings this year, she came first over near the three-quarters and overtook last year's divisional champion, Broadway Donna, defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths. Spicedbourbon girl was third. "I got excited when I saw Corey pull her," Eaton said. "I figured that meant she had enough trot. She gets better and better." Miss Tezsla also saved her brush for the stretch as she cruised past Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.3 for David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Miss Tezsla Stable. Goodtogo Hanover, who suffered her first defeat in 10 outings this year, shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Womans Will saved show. "Her last few starts show she's on the way up," said Takter of the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs. "I trained her mother -- she was a really good filly for me. That was a good mile tonight." Lookin Sharp worked out a pocket trip behind Kathy Parker, then blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.2, 2 lengths better than Haughty. Kathy Parker saved show. "She's definitely improved," Callahan said. "She won her first start here this year, then had a couple bad goes. But she's always shown a lot of talent, and today she got the right trip." John Butenschoen conditions Lookin Sharp, a daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp who extended her lifetime bankroll to $242,913, for William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware. $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters The sub-feature on Friday's card featured another upset, as South Side Hanover poured from the pocket to score at 12-1. Ameliosi captured the other $20,000 division. South Side Hanover released Glidinthruparadise to the lead early and enjoyed a pocket trip thereafter. Nevertheless, trainer/driver Todd Schadel wasn't sure the daughter of Cantab Hall-Sharise Seelster would have enough pop in the lane. "I know my filly has a big brush coming home," said Schadel, who owns the filly with Roger Hammer, "but I had to use her a good bit getting out of there. I thought the filly on the front end was the best in there. I would have been happy for second." But South Side Hanover had plenty, defeating Glidinthruparadise by a neck in a career-best 1:55. Keystone Taylor completed the ticket. Ameliosi made it look easy on the front end, triumphing in 1:55.3, a lifetime mark, for Yannick Gingras. Twill Be Done finished second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Casey T third. "She doesn't have a whole lot of stakes left; I'm not sure she'll make it to the final of the stallion series," said Jenny Melander, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Amelia Hall for John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. "Other than that, she doesn't have a whole lot." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2016 -- With their schedule so busy, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen and his wife, Jackie, weren't planning anything special for Wednesday, their 30th wedding anniversary. But they got something special anyway -- Pennsylvania Sires Stake victories at The Meadows from John Butenschoen trainees Dover Dan and Giveitgasandgo. Corey Callahan piloted both colts. The $184,096 stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Muscles Jared and You Can't Habit taking the other splits. Their anniversary was something of a homecoming for Jackie Butenschoen, who grew up in Washington County. Her father, the late Jack Kiger, was a blacksmith at The Meadows when the track opened in 1963. John composed an anniversary message to Jackie and posted it on Facebook, then gave her yet another present. "I put her to work," he joked. As is his custom, Dover Dan lagged near the rear before launching a decisive first-over move that carried him to his second PASS win in as many tries for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. He scored in 1:57, 1-3/4 lengths better than early leader Muay Hanover, with Phi Alpha third. Butenschoen said that rallying style suits Dover Dan for now. "He's been wanting to get a little anxious and keyed up," he said. "Today, we just wanted to make sure he got off the gate trotting. He has the ability; it's just a matter of keeping him focused. As long as he races like he's racing, I don't see any need (to send him)." Muscles Jared quarter-poled to the front for John Campbell and had little problem from there, prevailing in a stake-fastest 1:56.1. Box Of Luck was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Andy M completed the ticket. Since trainer George Ducharme added hopples for Alfred Ross' gelded son of Muscle Massive-Tetiana, the colt has two wins in as many outings. "That really helps a lot of young trotters," Campbell said. "It steadies them when they need it the most. They have more confidence with their gait. He felt good. I was impressed with him the night he raced at the Meadowlands, and he came back as good or better. In the last turn, he looked around and thought it was all over. I got his attention back, and he picked it up in the lane." You Can't Habit also converted an uncovered move to victory, triumphing in 1:57 for Brett Miller, trainer John McDermott and owner 4 Leaf Racing. Moonshiner Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Affair Of Honor -- another from the Butenschoen stable -- earned show. "He's such a nice horse -- he really loves his work," McDermott said of the son of Cantab Hall-Habit Of Creature, a $55,000 yearling acquisition. "As long as he's not going too fast, he can get it done. He's staked very lightly. We want to make him into a nice 3-year-old and aged horse." In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, I Know My Chip extended his winning streak to four when he zipped by his stablemate, Tall Cotton, to down him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Classicality was third. Callahan drove the 4-year-old Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown gelding, who now boasts $447,793 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the action-packed card features the $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and two events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $160,760 PASS and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

After back-to-back wins at long odds, harness racing trainer Jonas Czernyson wonders what Side Bet Hanover needs to do to earn some respect. A victory in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at the Meadowlands might do the trick. Side Bet Hanover won her Hambletonian Oaks elimination last week at 38-1, defeating favorite Caprice Hill by a head in 1:53.2 on a rain-soaked sloppy track at the Big M. It was Side Bet Hanover’s third consecutive victory, with her previous triumph in a division of the Reynolds Memorial Stakes coming at odds of 11-1. “I didn’t get that at all,” Czernyson said about Side Bet Hanover’s odds in her Oaks elimination. “She had two straight wins, and not just in overnights. She’s really peaking at the right time, really coming on when she should.” Side Bet Hanover, a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the mare Sea Level Hanover, was purchased as a yearling for $55,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Her family includes Nova Award winner Spellbound Hanover. This year, Side Bet Hanover has won three of five races and earned $54,871 for owner Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable. For her career, the filly has won four of 12 starts and banked $81,156. “She was a little slow getting started this year and I didn’t want to push her and bring her out when she didn’t say she was ready to come out,” Czernyson said. “That’s why we took our time with her and it looks now that it paid off. She’s been a very nice horse all along. She’s just an overall nice horse to be around.” Side Bet Hanover and driver Corey Callahan will start the Hambletonian Oaks final from post four. Side Bet Hanover is 8-1 on the morning line. “We get to start off in a nice spot and we’ll go from there,” Czernyson said. “I think she fits in pretty good; she beat some nice horses in here. I think we have as big of a shot as anybody else. Now we just have to keep working for another week and make sure we stay as healthy and fresh as we can.” Celebrity Eventsy won last week’s other Hambletonian Oaks elimination, defeating the breaking Broadway Donna by a neck in 1:53.1. Broadway Donna, the 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly trotter, was placed third because of her misstep and All The Time was moved up from third to second. A daughter of Manofmanymissions out of the mare Little Ms Queenie, Celebrity Eventsy has won three of six races this year and seven of 16 in her career. She has earned $286,238 for owner Sam Stathis’ Celebrity Farms. Celebrity Eventsy’s victories last year included divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. She finished second to Caprice Hill in the Peaceful Way. She has finished worse than third only twice in her career. “She made a break in last year’s Doherty final, but it was only because she was green and they had two photographers on the starting line and she had the rail,” trainer Staffan Lind said. “She got crooked looking at them and made a break. But besides that, she’s been the model of consistency.” Celebrity Eventsy will start the Hambletonian Oaks final from post two. She is 6-1 on the morning line, with two-time Oaks winner John Campbell in the sulky. “She, like many fillies, has an attitude about things she doesn’t like,” Lind said. “You have to work around her in most cases. But on the track she’s super. She’s got gate speed so I think we’re hopefully going to get a good trip again.” Jimmy Takter-trained All The Time, last year’s Breeders Crown champion, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Hambletonian Oaks. Yannick Gingras will drive the filly. Takter and Gingras have teamed to win the past two editions of the Oaks, with Lifetime Pursuit in 2014 and Wild Honey in 2015. All The Time has won three of six races this year and finished second in the remaining three starts. $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Race 12 – Post time 4:41 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Caprice Hill – Kadabra - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna–5/2 2. Celebrity Eventsy – Manofmanymissions - John Campbell–Staffan Lind–6/1 3. Dream Child – Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron–Linda Toscano–30/1 4. Side Bet Hanover – Donato Hanover - Corey Callahan–Jonas Czernyson–8/1 5. Windowshopper – Donato Hanover - Brian Sears–Ake Svanstedt–40/1 6. All The Time – Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras–Jimmy Takter–9/5 7. Broadway Donna – Donato Hanover - David Miller–Jim Campbell–7/2 8. Wildflower – Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt–30/1 9. Black Broadway – Broadway Hall - Brett Miller–Michael Eaton–50/1 10. Double Exposure – Donato Hanover - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna–15/1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Side Bet Hanover and Celebrity Eventsy registered upset victories in their respective Hambletonian Oaks Eliminations Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and as a result, may select posts one through five for next week's $500,000 final for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies. Side Bet Hanover lit up the board as a 38-1 chance in the first elim. After leaving quickly from post one, the Jonas Czernyson trainee settled into a three-hole trip down the backstretch. All eyes were on 2-5 favorite Caprice Hill, who trotted past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:25 and was clear of the field by 3 lengths at the eighth pole. Driver Corey Callahan then moved Side Bet Hanover ($78.20 to win) off the rail, found a seam late, and sprinted the final 50 yards to catch the odds-on choice and win by a head in a lifetime-best 1:53.2. Earning the final three berths in next week's final were Dream Child, Black Broadway and Windowshopper. "I guess they have no respect for me," said Czernyson of his horse's odds. "It looks like we have her peaking at the right time." Also peaking at the right time is the Staffan Lind-trained Celebrity Eventsy ($12.60), who scored for driver John Campbell after taking the early lead before working out a pocket trip behind 8-5 second choice Broadway Donna. In deep stretch, she charged up the rail to register a neck win in a lifetime-best 1:53.1 over the sloppy going. All The Time, the 3-2 favorite, got within a length of the leader racing first-over at the head of the stretch, but went evenly from there. Broadway Donna finished a neck in back of the winner, but was off stride at the wire, was disqualified and placed third, behind All The Time. Double Exposure and Wildflower earned the final two tickets to the final. "We've been aiming for this all along," said Lind. FRANK READY FOR HAMBO: Southwind Frank overcame a track bias that played to closers all night long and took the Reynolds Memorial in a lifetime-best equaling 1:52.1 after brushing with authority to the lead at the half for his 16th win in 18 lifetime starts, setting him up perfectly for next week's $1M Hambletonian. HAMBO TV: The 91st Hambletonian will be televised live Saturday (August 6) on the CBS Sports Network. The 90-minute program, hosted by Gary Seibel, co-hosted by Dave Brower with interviews by Justin Horowitz, begins at 4 p.m. with the Hambletonian post time scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,487,230. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Remember! Post time on Hambletonian Day is noon. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, July 12, 2016 -- Fine Tuned Lady zipped to the front at the quarter and blew away the field, scoring in a stake-record 1:55.1 in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. The $195,560 event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over five divisions, with Dangle Then Deke, Broadway Idole, Thats All Moni and Sianna Hanover taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a stake double behind Thats All Moni and Sianna Hanover. Fine Tuned Lady was away second before Corey Callahan moved her to the point. She widened her lead from there, defeating the rallying Treviso by 7-1/2 lengths, with Star's Edge third. The time lowered the stake mark of Lifetime Pursuit by a tick. Asked to list her strengths, Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen, could only beam. "Her strengths? Everything," he said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess, who's campaigned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "She's great to drive. You just feel like you're floating out there. If you don't have a watch, you don't know how fast you're going." James Bafia, a Chicago Blackhawks fan who owns Dangle And Deke, named her for hockey maneuvers that involve deception. Yet there was nothing tricky about the win of Dangle Then Deke. She powered to the front at the quarter for Tem Tetrick, prevailing in 1:57.3 and remaining undefeated after two starts. Nicole Matters was second, 1/2 length back, while Tanya's Dance earned show. "She's taken a liking to the five-eighths, and she likes to race," said Dirk Simpson, who conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles, a $28,000 yearling acquisition. "She's a nice, honest filly." When Sianna Hanover was parked through the opening panel, Gingras passed up an opportunity for a seat. "Had there been nobody outside me, I might have (taken a seat)," he said. "But there were already horses making moves from the back, so I didn't want to do it at that point. She doesn't mind that kind of trip. She's a top-class filly." It proved the winning decision, as Sianna Hanover rolled to a 2-3/4-length victory over French Press in 1:57.1. Princess Aurora completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, 15-1 outsider She Wore Red moved second over for Callahan, trainer John Melsheimer and owner Joyce McClelland to triumph in a career-best 1:54.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than Princess Pablano. Barn Girl was third. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann extended her lifetime bankroll to $145,575. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER, PA - It was a beautiful Sunday (July 10) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with comfortable temperatures and little wind. Horsemen, fans, track employees, and friends gathered in the winner's circle after the fourth race to remember Ben Stafford Jr., who passed away earlier in the week. Stafford, who had more than 650 driving wins in his career, was a frequent participant at the Chester oval. The action was fast and furious as well, as the day saw two miles go under 1:50. Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stable's Ideal Cowboy (Dave Miller) and Dylan Davis trainee Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) both stopped the timer in 1:49.4 in their respective races. The featured event was a Winners Over $25,000 lifetime, going for a purse of $25,000. The race featured free-for-all pacing superstar Rockeyed Optimist, who has maintained his sharp form, winning his last three. The top contender was Luck Be Withyou, who was coming off of a stellar performance in the Ben Franklin Consolation, with a gate-to-wire triumph in 1:47.4 at Pocono. Luck Be Withyou (George Napolitano Jr) went right to the front, and was clear for most of the mile. Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) came grinding first-over, inching forward for much of the final half. As the field straightened away for the stretch drive, Rockeyed Optimist completed his persistent grind, wearing down Luck Be Withyou inside the sixteenth poll to win in a time of 1:50.4. Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stables, and Battaglia, and is trained by Steve Elliott. It was the 5-year-old gelding's 26th career win in start number 50. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The horses were as hot as the temperature at Ocean Downs on Thursday July 7 setting 3 Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes and also Track records.   Kent County with Corey Callahan in the bike took control by the half mile marker, pulling away by 6 ½ lengths in 1:57 erasing the stakes and track record set by GooGoo GaaGaa back in 2012 for 3 yo colt trotters with a purse of $28,150. Kent County is owned by Robert Shahan and Donald Marine and Shahan also trains. Seafood Scrappy was second.   In the first division for filly pacers, Eternal Ring got the perfect pocket trip in the $15,525 split behind Toms Treasure, at the top of the stretch it turned into a three horse stretch drive when Miss Read challenged the leaders to the wire with Eternal Ring getting the victory, setting the Stakes and Track record for 3 yo pacing fillies in 1:53.1 Allan Davis was the reinsman for Bobby Glassmeyer.   The third Stakes and Track record of the night went to Next Success setting the 3 yo pacing gelding record of 1:53.2 in the first division for pacing colts and geldings by a head over Power To Perform. Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing Inc and Bay Pond Racing are the owners, Les Givens trains and Jim Morand was the pilot. Purse for the race was $15,725.   The $28,000 race for filly trotters went to the Winbak owned and bred Triple Bottom Line with Jeff Fout getting the training and driving duties. Triple Bottom Line maintained a length victory over Rock The Game stopping the timer in 2:00.   Jim Morand and Les Givens teamed up to take the second division for filly pacers with Use Your Noodle ¾ of a length in front of Takeittothebank in a quick 1:54.3 mile. Use You Noodle is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Faragalli III, Feeney and Johnson. This division went for a purse of $15,675.   The last stake of the night was the $15,875 second division for pacing colts and geldings. Vic Kirby picked up the assignment behind Double Miles for trainer John Wilkerson. Jeff Fout pulled All Artist up the backside on the leader getting a nose in front by the ¾ pole but Double Miles found another gear and crossed the wire in front in 1:55.2 for owners Michael & Linda English.   Maryland Sire Stakes action will start on Sunday July 10 with the 2 year olds.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

Ideal Rocky hasn't found himself in many ideal situations this season, but trainer John Butenschoen remains a fan of the 3-year-old pacer and hopes his luck can change in Saturday's lone Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine finishers in the elimination will advance to the $736,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final on July 16 at the Big M, where they will join bye-recipient Racing Hill. Saturday's card also includes the Graduate Series championships for trotters and pacers as well as two Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old female trotters. Ideal Rocky's luck certainly was no good in the draw for the Pace elimination, as he got post 10 in the 10-horse field. In his previous start, he had post eight in a conditioned race at Mohawk and got stuck on the outside for most of the mile. Before that, he had post eight in his North America Cup elimination and failed to advance to the final. And he had post six in the six-horse New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, where he finished third despite a :26.1 last quarter-mile. "It is what it is," Butenschoen said. "That's part of horseracing. "The horse is a good horse. It's a long season and hopefully he'll get his chance to show it somewhere down the line here. You just hope things will turn around at some point." Ideal Rocky, a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover --- the 2005 Meadowlands Pace winner --- out of the stakes-winning mare Eternity's Delight, was purchased for $47,000 under the name Rocabybaby Fashion at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Last year, Ideal Rocky won a division of the International Stallion Stakes and defeated future Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks in both the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and the Lou Babic. For his career, Ideal Rocky has won five of 20 races and earned $263,873. Ideal Rocky heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a qualifier on July 2 at the Meadowlands. He finished second, sandwiched between Pace hopefuls Good Living and Check Six. "I was real happy with his qualifier the other day and (driver) Corey (Callahan) was real happy with him," Butenschoen said. "We figured we'd throw our hat in the fire again. The only silver lining (to the Pace elimination draw) is that he only has to beat one horse, and if he can't beat one he doesn't deserve to be in the final." Ideal Rocky wasn't eligible to last week's Max C. Hempt Memorial, which was won by Racing Hill. Following the Meadowlands Pace, the colt is eligible to the Adios and New Jersey Classic. "The schedule is impossible," Butenschoen said. "Everyone asks what you have to do to get owners or keep owners in the business, and staking is one of the major obstacles. It's expensive as all get out if you were to pay them into every week, and they're not easy miles. "Do you pay them into everything and then pick your races as you go? Or do you just opt to take out something? We picked our spots. The horse has been good on a mile track. We know if he's healthy he's going to have several weeks in a row, so it might not hurt to skip a week." The Meadowlands Pace elimination includes, from post one through nine: Talk Show, Lyons Snyder, Another Daily Copy, JK Will Power, Boston Red Rocks, Manhattan Beach, Good Living, Check Six, and Control The Moment. Check Six, from the barn of trainer Ron Burke, won this year's Pennsylvania Classic, where stablemate JK Will Power finished second. JK Will Power also finished second in the Hempt Memorial. Control The Moment, last year's O'Brien Award winner in Canada, finished third in the North America Cup, behind Betting Line and Racing Hill. Betting Line wasn't eligible to the Meadowlands Pace. "It's very rare that these horses can go out there and be good from beginning to end," Butenschoen said. "They're going to trade blows as they go along. Hopefully (Ideal Rocky) is right at the right time if we do draw inside. "We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

As our contest is closing on June 25th for the $10,000 fantasy stable, we will be forwarding some of the more notable harness racing participants selections. Scott Zeron, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras among others. Our first fantasy stable selections come from Corey Callahan: Rose Run Speedster- the number of ontario eligible to year olds is down, meaning less competition and greater opportunities to make good money with a capable trotting colt. This one showed an excellent qualifier with a big kick on the end Thorne Seelster -  kind of along same lines by being Ontario sired. Seems Anthony likes her athleticism and I like her pedigree. Full brother is the dam of a top performer and he was a winner at 2 also, so that's encouraging. Bourbon and Barley - Anthony seems really high on this one and I drove her mother quite a bit. She was an iron tough, classy mare. She could leave with the car!! Eligible to lucrative Ohio program. Kingston Seelster - the dams first foal was a speedy youngster so taking a shot that this one is too. He's getting a lot of attention at "the stable" so I'm assuming he's a favorite. Corey Callahan

When trotter Wings Of Royalty was preparing for this season, trainer George Ducharme thought the 4-year-old was acting better than at any time during his previous two campaigns. After watching the stallion nip multiple-award-winner Pinkman by a nose last Friday at the Meadowlands, Ducharme is starting to think it is more than just an act. Wings Of Royalty is 2-for-2 this year after his career-best 1:51.4 win last weekend at the Big M. On Saturday, he returns to action in the first round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. The Graduate Series, which features three preliminary rounds and a $250,000-guaranteed final, is restricted to 4-year-olds. "I was very happy with the way the horse trained back," Ducharme said. "He was out for three months (during the winter) and really physically changed. He just got bigger and stronger. "Training down, he acted a lot better than he had at any time during his 2- or 3-year-old year. I wasn't sure how much he would improve speed-wise, but after the other night I think there's still a little room. Hopefully he can improve a little more, which he will have to do to go with the company he's going to be in with." A total of 13 horses entered Saturday's Graduate opener. Wings Of Royalty and driver Corey Callahan will start from post one in the first of two $50,000 divisions. The remainder of the field is Whataworkout, Canepa Hanover, Honor And Serve, Homicide Hunter, and Crazshana. The second division features Pinkman --- a divisional Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3 --- as well as two 9-for-9 horses this season, Canadian-based Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip. The rest of the group is Crescent Fashion, Fashion Creditor, Centurion ATM, and Crazy Wow. Subsequent preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series will be held June 4 at Mohawk Racetrack and June 12 at Tioga Downs. The final is July 9 at the Meadowlands. Wings Of Royalty has won 12 of 32 career races and earned $417,645 for breeder/owner Raymond "Chip" Campbell Jr. A Massachusetts resident, Campbell also bred and owns Wings Of Royalty's sire, stakes-winner RC Royalty, and owned Wings Of Royalty's dam, Sparkling Cider, for more than a decade. RC Royalty also sired 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who was trained by Ducharme and co-owned by Campbell. The maternal family includes 1990 Hambletonian winner Harmonious and Wings Of Royalty's fourth dam, Egyptian Jody, also is the fourth dam of recently retired star female trotter Maven. "Sparkling Cider came from a very nice family," Campbell said. "She really elevated the group of mares that I had at the time. We take pride in (breeding horses). My wife and kids are involved and my parents also before my father passed away. So you do take great pride in being able to breed them, foal them out, raise them, and then have them go off and compete with the best." Wings Of Royalty last year won eight of 20 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. He won the Massachusetts Sire Stakes championship and, thanks to dual eligibility, finished second to Habitat in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He finished fifth in his elimination for the Hambletonian and 10th in the same-day final (won by Pinkman) after drawing post nine. He finished fourth in the Zweig Memorial. "He was a good horse last year; he just was always it seems a step behind the top ones," Ducharme said. "He really impressed me the other night, coming from off the pace and everything. I'm hoping he can hang with those horses this year. "We just paid him into the 4-year-old events, so hopefully he'll be competitive in there and we can see what the future holds after that. After the other night I'm thinking he could turn into the horse that I hoped he would. I'm looking forward to it." Campbell said the plan is to race Wings Of Royalty for at least this season and next year. "We thought we better look at it as a two-year program; 4- and 5-year-old," Campbell said. "We understand how big the step is at 4. We didn't know if he was going to be able to get up two or three more notches, which he was going to have to in order to compete with the best. "Part of our schedule was not a mile like (1:51.4) in May," he added with a laugh. "He more than fulfilled any expectations we had on that night. That mile certainly impressed us enough to give it a shot against a very nice group (this weekend). We hope the horse puts on a good performance. "This game can give you a lot of thrills. If we could ever figure out how to put it in a bottle --- yeah, there are ups and downs --- but the ups are thrills that are difficult to get anywhere else." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male and female pacers.  by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

For the second consecutive year, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen is bringing a son of stallion Yankee Glide and the mare Celebrity Liza on to the Hambletonian trail, but there is little family resemblance between last year’s colt, Boots N Chains, and this year’s hopeful, Hititoutofthepark. “It’s kind of like watching “Twins” with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. “Physically they’re nothing alike. Hititoutofthepark reminds me more of the Yankee Glide colt I had, (state-bred stakes-winner) Valley Of Sin; kind of about the same gait, same size. “Boots N Chains was a little heavier, thicker type of horse. He was really kind of laid back. This horse here can get a little aggressive on the track at times. They’re two completely different kinds of colts.” Hititoutofthepark is among 15 Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing in Saturday’s (May 14) Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows. Hititoutofthepark is in the third of four $41,000-plus divisions and will start from post five with Corey Callahan in the sulky. He is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The seven-horse field also includes Hambletonian hopefuls Granite State, Treasure Keys K, Milligan’s School, and Desert Runner. Milligan’s School, a multiple open stakes winner last season, is the 7-2 second choice. Hititoutofthepark won his 2016 debut on May 7 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, beating defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld by a head in 1:55. Last year, Hititoutofthepark won five of 11 races and earned $128,820 for owners Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and VIP Internet Stable. His victories included divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All-Stars, and Tompkins-Geers Stakes. He was scratched sick from the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship because of a 103-degree temperature. In his start prior to the PaSS final, Hititoutofthepark won by three-quarters of a length over Lagerfeld despite going off stride early in the race. “He had a real good year last year,” Butenschoen said. “We could have had a little bit more money on his card. We didn’t really know what we had. We raced him in Pennsylvania mainly and gave him one shot in Lexington. He raced well there (finishing second in an International Stallion Stakes division) and we turned him out. “Hopefully he’ll be OK for this summer and we’ll have some fun with him.” In addition to the Hambletonian, Hititoutofthepark’s stakes schedule includes the Arden Downs, Currier & Ives, Keystone Classic, Matron, and Yonkers Trot. “We’re not trying to gear up only for the Hambletonian,” Butenschoen said. “It’s just a shot at it. There are a bunch of partners in on him and we thought we’d give it a try and see what happens. We try to zig when other people zag. If it fits his schedule when it comes up we’ll take a look at it then. “I’ve looked forward too many times in the past. I’ve had all kinds of great plans coming out of (winter training in) Florida and horses get sick or making breaks and you’re left scrambling, so I try not to look too far ahead. I kind of knew where his first three starts where going to be and then we’ll see what happens afterwards.” Butenschoen hoped to have Boots N Chains pointed toward last year’s Hambletonian, but the colt never got on a roll after a 2-year-old campaign that saw him win a division of the Simpson Memorial Stakes and post runner-up finishes to French Laundry in the Kindergarten Classic championship and Muscle Diamond in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. “I thought he was going to come back really well, but he just didn’t seem to get any faster from (age) 2 to 3,” Butenschoen said. “He didn’t make that next jump up. Hititoutofthepark, we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll make that jump. But they’ve both made money for me, so I’m not going to complain about either one.” Other Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing on Saturday in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes are morning line favorites Tight Lines (3-1 in the first division) and Mikkeli Hanover (5-2 in the second division) as well as Alexander Hanover, Breedlove, Hollywood Highway, Lagerfeld, Love Matters, Marion Gondolier, Sliding Home, and Southern Cross. Tyson is the 2-1 morning line pick in the fourth division, followed by Lagerfeld at 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

With many of the regulars racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, driver Corey Callahan took full advantage and won six races on the 12-race harness racing program at the Meadowlands Saturday night. A win behind Mel Mara in the featured $17,500 conditioned pace were among Callahan's half-dozen. Callahan urged the 4-5 favorite right to the top, cut fast fractions and never had an anxious moment, scoring by 5 lengths in a lifetime-best 1:48.2 for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Robert Cooper Stables (Boca Raton, FL) and J&T Silva Stables (Long Beach, NY). National Seelster and My Hero Ron finished second and third, respectively. Callahan's six pack came with Amped Up ($3.60 to win) in the second race, Backdraft Hanover ($3.20) in the fourth, Mel Mara ($3.80) in the seventh, Alexie Mattosie ($4) in the ninth, Calvin B ($13.20) in the 10th and Ourea Nourrir ($13.80) in the 11th. SUPER JACKPOT: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover for the next program to $204,233.16. Total wagering on the card was $2,887,281. Next week, the Meadowlands will alter its schedule. The track will go dark for live racing Friday and then race Saturday (May 7) at the usual 7:15 p.m. before a special Mother's Day program on Sunday, May 8, which has a special early post time of 12:40 p.m. Stanley Koper of Chicago, IL was the winner of the World Harness Handicapping Championship Final Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Koper qualified via betamerica.com and finished the competition with a total of $1,100 to top the standings, and took home the grand prize of $16,600. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

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