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East Rutherford, N.J. - Inittowinafortune ($5.00) seized command early and never looked back in Friday (November 25) evening's top distaff pace at The Meadowlands, using a powerful :54.2 back half to evade her eight harness racing rivals in the $17,500 feature by 2-3/4 lengths. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the 6-year-old daughter of Cam's Fortune, putting her in play and clearing the lead just upon entering the first turn. Inittowinafortune made every call a winning one, facing no pressure at all through sectionals of :27 and :55.3 before edging away from a mild first-over challenge from Windsun Glory (Joe Bongiorno) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Inittowinafortune sprinted off at first asking, and she maintained clearance on the field while taken in hand for the last sixteenth of her 1:50 triumph. Windsun Glory dueled down pocket rival Better Said (Brett Miller) in upper stretch to secure a clear runner-up spot, while Shutthefrontdoor (Scott Zeron) charged down the grandstand side from the tail of the field to just nab Delightful Dragon (David Miller) for third. Michael Russo trains 34-time winner Inittowinafortune for Michael Pagonas. The win was her second of the season, and just two-fifths of a second shy of her lifetime best. Pick 5 yields hefty payday While two of five favorites prevailed in the night's 50¢ Pick 5 sequence, mid-price winners Big Expense ($25.80, Kyle Husted) and Young American ($15.00, Kyle DiBenedetto) in the third and fourth races respectively set up for a carryover situation should any horse save odds-on favorite Opulent Yankee prevail in the closing leg. As Opulent Yankee ($3.40, Andy Miller) indeed converted in a dominant 1:54 performance, successful players ultimately earned $8,870.20 on the wager which attracted a total pool of $41,754. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,179,769. First post for Saturday (November 26) evening's 13-race program at the Big M is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Eastern, and the closing race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five carryover mounts to $44,213.23. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

On consecutive days early in the week, both Corey Callahan and Vince Copeland reached important harness racing milestones, notching their 5,000th wins respectively. Callahan's win came driving Mel Mara in 1:49.1 to win the $30,000 Preferred pace, Monday (11/14). Copeland guided Spirit Light in 1:55.2 to win a four-horse photo on Tuesday (11/15) at Dover Downs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Monday begins the shortest week of racing this season. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no racing on Thursday, Nov. 24. But there will be live action Monday through Wednesday with $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund DSBF) Two-Year-old Finals daily. Monday features colt trotters; Tuesday, filly pacers and on Wednesday, filly trotters. -------------------------------------------------- Winning the $100,000 Colt and Gelding Pace Final has put Bags To Riches into the DSBF record book. When Bags To Riches upset previously unbeaten Henry The Dragon, the winning time of 1:51.1 is the fastest clocking for a freshman pacer in the programs history. -------------------------------------------- To show the diversity of the George Teague all-star list of major stakes winning horses who now have become winning stallions. Of course, at the top of the list is Mr. Wiggles, sire of the sensational world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, the2015 Harness Horse of the Year. Three of Teague's former stars now standing made the 2016 DSBF $200,000 finals. Henry The Dragon is a son of Custer The Dragon. Stay On Your Place is by Mr. Wiggles while Daylen is a Mr. Apples colt. All three of the starters were bred by Teague from mares he trained. ------------------------------------------------------ On Monday, two sharp late season winning three-year-olds have been supplemented to the 20th Hap Hansen-Progress Pace with two $35,000 eliminations. After the elims, the top eight point-getters racing in the $300,000 final on Nov. 28. Boston Red Socks, winner of the Matron last week and Canadian Easy Lover Hanover, who first made news last January, as one of the horses that owner Brad Grant bought at the January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands to help restock trainer Ben Wallace's Stable. Wallace's operation had been wiped out by the tragic barn fire at the Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, Ont. Grant paid $70,000 to bring pacer Easy Lover Hanover into Wallace's care. Since, Easy Lover Hanover has banked $190,672 for Grant while winning 14 of the 27 races while trained by Wallace including a current five-race win streak. -------------------------------------------- Tony Morgan, the second leading dash-winning driver in North America with more than 15,500 wins, will be back racing on Monday. Morgan sat out the last few days last week due to illness. ----------------------------------------------- Starting with the Nov. 28 program, Race Secretary Rod Newhart will altered the weekly feature race schedule. The $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special will be the regular Thursday feature races. Tuesday remains for $20,000 Open Mares pace and Wednesday continues as trot day with the $20,000 Open remaining the feature. ------------------------------------------ Vic Kirby is atop the Dover Downs early season leading driver's standings with 25 wins during the meet's first 12 race dates. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins, Allan Davis and Yannick Gingras are tied for third in the standings with 17 wins each. Jim Morand completes the top 5 with 15 winning drives. ---------------------------------------------------- Jim King is in first place among leading trainers this meet. He has haltered 20 winners and enjoys a nine win lead over runner-up Josh Green who has 11 winners. Leigh Raymer and Joe Hundertfund are in a 10-win deadlock for third place while Wayne and Les Givens are tied for fifth place with six-wins each. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER. Del.--- Mel Mara led off the 2016-17 harness racing meet at Dover Downs recording a 1:49.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred Open Handicap. Drivers Art Stafford Jr., Bret Brittingham, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta made the winner's circle three times each to highlight the opener of its 48th season on Monday, Oct. 31. Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, the meet's defending leading driver and trainer combined as Mel Mara led from early and never looked back posting his seventh win of the season for owners Robert Cooper and J&T Silva stables finishing his mile with a :26.4 final panel. The victory lifted the Lis Mara-ML Revrac horse to $233,540 earnings this season and $$691,464 lifetime. Dancin Yankee and Tim Tetrick raced second throughout with Mustang Art, piloted by Sean Bier, third. Meanwhile. In the $18,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Open, Soto closed strongly for Art Stafford Jr. to notch a 1:50.4 score for the Wood, Dittman and Iaquinta ownership and trainer Eric Ell. The game Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) cut the mile and finished a strong second. Trading Up (Pat Berry) took third. In another $15,000 event, Cajon Lightning, a four-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tex In The City, with the same driver, trainer and owners along with Minisink Farms came through with a 1:51 verdict in a $15,000 Male pace. Lew's Maverick (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Rock On Precious (Russ Foster) finished second and third. The other $15,000 pace, went to Swapportunity, another gelded son of Mach Three from Swap Blue Chip, driven by Jim Morand for trainer Les Givens and owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, overcame post 8 to best Poisonous (Tim Tetrick) in a 1:52.4 victory. The win in the 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace, gives the owners a $54,023 reward thus far this season. Fashion Bythebeach (Vince Copeland) was third. Driver Bret Brittingham and trainer Ben Stafford combined for two of Brittingham's three wins. Cloud Speed, A three-year-old Dragon Again-Cams Extic gelding scored a lifetime best 1:53 to win an $11,000 pace for young horses. Machine Team won in a lifetime fastest 1:54 in another $11,000 race. All Music, owned by Benton, West and the Wyatts, was his third wi in 1:55.1 in a $9,000 pace. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt and Star Messenger, who she owns with Joanne Looney King gave driver Vic Kirby and trainer Jim King a double. Just A Jolt, by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate, scored in 1:51.2 in a $12,500 Male pace beating Sicily (Allan Davis) and Golden Gun (Pat Berry) while Star Messenger, a Jereme's Jet-Manhattan Killean gelding romped in 1:51.4. Allan Davis, also added a pair of wins. Trainer Gary Simpson and Eric Good's Ideal Kiss won a $13,500 pace for younger horses in 1:54, the American Ideal-Ruffle's Kiss sophomore gelding's eighth win of the year. Earlier, he drove Allan Pullman and Barry Glickstein's Doctor McSwing to his third lifetime win, all this year, wnning an $8,000 pace in 1:56. In Tuesday feature race, a $20,000 Filly and Mares Open Pace, Nike Franco N and Scandalicious head a field of eight topping a female filled 15-ra The week's top female pace leads Tuesday's racing. The top trotters head Wednesday's card while all four rich Matron Stakes for male and female two-year-old trotters and pacers is set for this Thursday, Nov.3. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing now starts at 5; 30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. ce card. Marv Bachrad          

Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo is certainly creating his own VIP experience leading up to this weekend's harness racing Breeders Crown. Trained by John Butenschoen, Giveitgasandgo had won seven straight races prior to finishing third in last week's Breeders Crown elimination, in which he qualified for the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot final this Saturday at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Scheduled as race six on the stacked 16-race card, Giveitgasandgo starts from the rail in the 10-horse field, with Corey Callahan in the sulky. Post time is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET. "He's a very nice colt that's done everything we've asked of him so far this year," said Callahan, who is seeking his first Crown trophy. "Last week was his first start on a big track for me and it was great acclimating mile for him. We drew a great spot and think he'll give a good showing of himself in the final." The Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover ridgling is owned by Harmony Oaks Racing Stable (Sorrento, FL), David Miller (Lake Wylie, SC), Lawrence Means (Camp Hill, PA) and VIP Internet Stable. VIP Internet Stable, based out of Piscataway, New Jersey, is a racehorse syndication group that was started by co-partners Ed O'Connor and Tom Janes in 1999. The concept was that anyone from any location could now get involved with harness racing ownership, with the goal of offering fractional ownership in order to get as many people as possible involved in the game. "In 2009 we were fortunate enough to take an interest in a horse by the name of River Shark. This eventual million-dollar earner took us to various stakes events (including the Little Brown Jug) and got us interested in the excitement surrounding 2 and 3-year-old stakes racing," Janes said. "At the time we were also introduced to John (Butenschoen). John had relocated from the struggling Illinois horse program to Pennsylvania. He enjoyed the baby game, so we started buying a few pieces of yearlings with him and some of his partners." From there, the relationship between the two expanded and grew. "We then started getting seven to eight yearlings with John each year and were again introduced to the exciting world of stakes racing. We started winning a sire stakes leg here and there as well as few other events. The interest and excitement continued to build when in 2012 we won the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes with Duel In The Sun. That continued in 2013 when we won the $260,000 PA Sire Stakes with Allstar Partner," Janes said. "We fell a little short in 2014, but finished a close second in the PA Sires with Tomy Terror, and last year we were back in the loop with a nice trotter by the name of Hititoutofthepark, who has earned over $300,000 for us." Enter Giveitgasandgo in 2016. "We took an interest in Giveitgasandgo at last year's Lexington Sale where he was purchased for $32,000. John looks at hundreds of horses prior to the sale and then provides his owners with his overall ratings based on several factors. We then walk the sale grounds with John and review his top selections as well as any that we might like. We've had some luck with some fairly priced Yankee Glides in the past, so certainly were keeping an eye on any that John had rated as an 'A'," Janes added. Back track to two weeks ago at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, where Giveitgasandgo had a statement performance. In the $103,800 Keystone Classic 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot, Giveitgasandgo (with driver Scott Zeron) won his seventh straight in a career-best 1:54 4/5, eclipsing the old stakes record of 1:55 2/5 set by Keystone Activator and Pilgrim's Taj and equaling Sutton's track record. Thus far, he has set the fastest time on a five-eighths-mile track in the division this year and for his efforts, raised his earnings to $264,240. "We are of course thrilled to have Giveitgasandgo in the Breeders Crown. Our members are extremely excited to own a piece of such a nice horse and many of them have only dreamed of owning a horse like this and we're excited to give them that opportunity," Janes said. "We realize that it's going to be very tough going up against Linda's (Toscano) horse, Walner. However, Giveitgasandgo is pretty talented and has been prepped nicely for this." RACE 6 - Meadowlands - NJ - October 29, 2016 BREEDERS CROWN - FINAL 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Bill Weaver Memorial Trophy Planned Post Time: 8:46 PM 1 - Giveitgasandgo - Callahan - Butenschoen- 5/1 2 - Walner* - Tetrick - Toscano- 7/5 3 - Snowstorm Hanover - Kakaley - Burke-15/1 4 - Sortie* - McCarthy - Daley-8/1 5 - Dover Dan - S. Zeron - Butenschoen- 15/1 6 - Sir John F - Kakaley - Takter-20/1 7 - Moonshiner Hanover - S. Zeron - Beaver-12/1 8 - What the Hill - D. Miller - Burke-8/1 9 - Fly On - A. Miller - J. Miller-12/1 10 - Jake - Filion - Blais-6/1 by Lou Monaco for Breeders Crown      

DOVER, Del. --- Corey Callahan, winner of the last seven straight Dover Downs leading driver crowns and Dylan Davis, with two leading trainer crowns in-a-row, seek to defend those harness racing titles as the Delaware capital city racetrack opens for its 48th campaign on Monday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Callahan won the leading driver title again winning 182 races last season, 37 more than runner-up Tony Morgan. Davis completed the meet haltering 75 winners with Jim King finishing second with 57 training wins. Callahan will be tested this meet by a handful of challengers including the red-hot Harrington champion, Victor Kirby, enjoying his finest season ever, Ross Wolfenden, always listed among the top chauffeurs in Delaware racing, and the emerging star, Montrell Teague. Just like 'Ol' Man Rivers,' Tony Morgan, keep on rolling along. A winner of three of the last eight Dover driving championships, Morgan, who is the second-leading winning driver in North America with more than 15,500 wins, also has been a consistent winner during the 2016 season. Among the many talent drivers at the track this season include two former driving titlist Tim Tetrick and another one-time champ, Jim Morand. In the triner category, Davis will be challenged by Joe Hundertpfund, the current Harrington leader, former long-time champ Josh Green, Wayne Givens, Doug Lewis, Les Givens, Clyde Francis and resurgent Mike Hall. Again this season Dover Downs features 15 races daily; During the upcoming meet, In November, only, there will be Sunday racing, 11/6, 11/13 and on 11/20. November Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. During the six-month long meet, December through April, The track will offer Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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

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