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WILKES-BARRE PA – Classic Belisima was the easiest of winners in the $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for trotting females Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, guided by harness racing Hall of Famer David Miller to her fifth straight triumph, this one in 1:54.1.   Hopes for a showdown between Classic Belisima, who had won all three of her Weiss preliminary starts, and Dress For Success, who had won in all four weeks of the prelims, lasted only a few feet after the start of the race, as Dress For Success made a break, taking her out of the race. Miller handled the victorious daughter of Crazed with patience, going up towards the lead past the 27.4 opening quarter, taking command in front of the stands, and then posting splits of 57 and 1:25.2 en route to a 4¾-length victory over Passing Jetta, with Never Ever Clever third; Dress For Success could never repair her early mistake and was last in the field of seven.   Classic Belisima has now been victorious 9 times in but 11 seasonal starts, and the Weiss Championship triumph pushed the John Cabot-trained mare’s lifetime bankroll to $113,055 for owner William Cantrell.   Another winning streak continued in a $25,000 mares handicap pace, as Show Runner is now 6 for 6 in 2015 after a 1:52.3 victory over Ooh Bad Shark, with 2014 Breeders Crown 3YO champion Sayitall BB third after closing from the back. Show Runner is acquiring the nickname “Picket Fence”, as her last five wins show nothing but “1”s all the way across the line, including tonight’s triumph, where she came home in 55 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Lou Pena and owners A Piece Of The Action LLC.   ********** He’s better than The Six Million Dollar Man, because his lifetime bankroll now stands at $6,923,781, making him the richest racing harness horse of all time. And The $6+-Million Dollar Horse, Foiled Again, will return to the scene of his 2013 Breeders Crown triumph on Saturday at The Downs, heading a field of six in a $25,000 winners-over pace. Last time Foiled Again raced locally, the Franklin Final last year, he finished third, beaten only a length and a half, in Sweet Lou’s victory in 1:47 – the fastest time ever over a 5/8-mile track. Matt Kakaley has been tapped for Saturday sulky duty as Foiled Again’s saddle pad will match his lifetime bankroll status – 1.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - The winning beat went on for JL Cruze as he captured the $30,000 Championship of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males in 1:52.4 Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the $30,000 pacing female Championship, Donttellruss led a 1-2-3 finish for the Burke Stable with a 1:52.1 triumph.   MALE TROTTERS - JL CRUZE   It may not exactly have been the maximum win in "cruze control" - it looked like John Campbell had to flick the whip three times at him in the lane - but the result was the same: JL Cruze in the winners circle, for the 11th time in 13 starts this year and for the seventh straight time, after a 1:52.4 triumph in the Weiss finale for male trotters.   Campbell bided his time early with the Crazed gelding, then went up to get the lead just past the quarter from Opulent Yankee, with splits of 27.4, 57, and 1:25.1. The "Yankee" gave his nemesis a good threat in the Pocono Pike midstretch, appearing to get within a half-length, but JL Cruze still had more and completed the last panel in 27.3 for a length victory. (Math fans will note that tossing out the second stanza gives you 1:23.3 speed for JL Cruze in the other quarters; in another numbers note, "Cruze" commanded over $19,000 in a $21,700 show pool.)   Eric Ell, the skipper of one of the East Coast's hottest barns right now, trains JL Cruze, who will certainly be needing to take a step up in class soon if not now, for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta.   (And spare a thought for the gallant Opulent Yankee, from the Miller Team Orange Crush. His seasonal record now is 13-5-8-0, and you get exactly zero points for guessing which horse finished in front of him all eight times. At least he has the satisfaction of knowing he did hang JL Cruze's two 2015 defeats on him.)   FEMALE PACERS -- DONTTELLRUSS   Far inside, far outside, down the middle of the track - the Ron Burke four-horse stable entry came at 'em from every angle, taking down the 1-2-3 spots in the Weiss Championship for female pacers, with Donttellruss taking the biggest part of the money as a 1:52.3 pocket rocket.   With $32,500 of a $34,000 show pool riding on the 1-5* quartet, only one of them left the gate hard - Donttellruss, winner of her last two starts in the Weiss, and she wrested the lead from Hollyrocker just at the 26.2 quarter. The Beach Nextdoor, sent off at 2-1 despite three straight series wins, had tucked fourth early after starting from post eight, then was hustled to the lead well before the 55.3 half.   But The Beach Nextdoor would find the Burke entry making life a "beach" for her soon afterwards, with Life Is A Beach and Allthatjazz De Vie, each series winners, coming first- and second-over respectively (and remember, Donttellruss is still in the pocket) past the 1:23.2 3/4s.   In the stretch, driver Andrew McCarthy took Donttellruss to the Pocono Pike, took the lead from the game but overwhelmed The Beach Nextdoor, and then held off - Caviart Shelly, the fourth Burkeite, the only one not a prelim winner, the one who was fourth-over and eighth at the ¾ pole and five-wide headstretch, the one closed with a furious rally to miss by only a head, with Life Is A Beach just another neck back in third.   Donttellruss is a daughter of Panspacific Flight co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and Frank Baldachino. She earned $31,800 in Weiss competition, with the Burke foursome totaling $82,200 in this division alone.   One final note: the only non-1-2-3 Burke horse, Allthatjazz De Vie, finished sixth, though beaten only 2¼ lengths. This was important wagering information, as in addition to show wagering, Pocono also allowed exacta, trifecta, and superfecta betting - thus the Exacta was the 1-2-3 entry and fourth-place Crescent City; the Trifecta added fifth-place The Beach Nextdoor; and for the Superfecta, you had to go all the way down to seventh, Hideaway Beach, to determine the official order!   '**************   And if all that isn't enough for mountain sulky fans to digest: the $30,000 Weiss Championship for trotting females is tomorrow night, and on Saturday the world's richest harness horse, Foiled Again, returns to the scene of his 2013 Breeders Crown triumph, as The $6+ Million Dollar Horse ($6,923,781) goes in the winners-over pace.   (And he drew the rail. Won't this guy Burke ever get any luck?)   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - JL Cruze was once again on "cruze"-control Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning his $15,000 division of the fourth and preliminary leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for male trotters in 1:52.4.   JL and "JC" - Hall of Fame driver John Campbell - moved rapidly from fourth nearing the quarter to take over the lead from main challenger Opulent Yankee under the wire the first time, and the triumphant Crazed gelding was not threatened from there, sprinting home in 55.4 - 27.2 to keep the game Opulent Yankee 1¼ lengths at bay at the finish.   JL Cruze, a winner of over $140,000 already this season, is now perfect in two Weiss starts for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., and Steve Iaquinta, and already has 10 wins in but 12 seasonal starts. With no show wagering, JL Cruze attracted $8329 in a $9658 place pool, but the real value may have been the JL Cruze-Opulent Yankee exacta, which was a big overlay at $3.20.   In the other Weiss section for this class, the Holiday Road colt Holiday My Way not only recorded his first Weiss score, but he also broke his maiden, and in fine fashion with a 1:56.2 personal mark. Trained by Shawn Simons and driven by his dad, "The Trot Man" Mike Simons, Holiday My Way made an early move to the lead and went on to win for Rick and Regina Beinhauer and the T L P Stable.   Tuesday's Pocono card also featured the last prelim round for pacing females (both of these $30,000 Championships will be next Tuesday). The first section saw The Beach Nextdoor win her third straight in Weiss competition, with the Somebeachsomewhere mare shading 27.3 in the final panel to equal her lifetime mark of 1:53 as a "pocket rocket." Jim Morrill Jr. was again in the sulky for trainer Brewer Adams and owners Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark.   Like The Beach Nextdoor, Donttellruss used rallying tactics from the two-hole in the other cut, gaining into the 27.3 kicker to win in 1:53.3 over her stablemate in the Ron Burke barn, Allthatjazz De Vie, marking the second straight week that that pair has finished 1-2. The victorious mare by Panspacificflight was driven by Andrew McCarthy for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Kerr, and Frank Baldachino.   ****************** The field has been drawn for the first of the Weiss Series Finals, this Saturday's $30,000 event for pacing males, and while two major contenders benefited from the draw, one suffered the unkindest luck of all.   Getting the rail was YS Lotus, who responded to getting a full week off last Saturday by pacing to a lifetime best of 1:50.2 for driver Simon and trainer/brother Rene Allard (who teamed for seven victories on the Pocono card last Saturday). Prior to that win, "YS" had started 6 times in 18 days, competing in both the Weiss and the Sagamore Hill Series at Yonkers, but the extra racing seems to have only honed the gelding to a career edge.   The other Weiss winner last week is Major Uptrend, making him 2 for 2 in the series, and he seems quite likely to be the betting favorite for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. The Major won in "only" 1:51.3 last week, but it was from the difficult post eight, and he has been very versatile and consistent on the bigger-sized tracks in 2015.   The "unlucky" Weiss finalist is Victory At Last, who had posted victories in each of the first three prelims, but had to settle for second behind Major Uptrend last week. Also a member of the Burke stable, Victory For Last is "stuck behind the 8-ball" for Saturday's Championship.   PHHA / Pocono

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 11 - American Rock with Jody Jamieson turned in a gritty harness racing effort to win the $37,000 Youthful Series final Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A solid group of ten three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lined up Saturday evening for the final of the three-week Youthful series. Legion Of Boom, the 4/5 favourite, came into the final on a three-race win streak and had a chance at a series sweep. The action was hot right from the start, as the first-quarter saw a trio of horses battle around the opening turn. Dialamara, who was three-wide, would come away with the lead as the field entered the backstretch. American Rock, who got away fourth, came charging first up in the second-quarter to engage Dialamara in a duel. American Rock would eventually clear to the lead at the mid-way point, but not after a rock-solid half-mile clocking of :55.1. Around the final turn, Team Captain was pressing at the leader first up, while Legion Of Boom was placed second-over. American Rock posted a third-quarter of :28.1 to reach the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, American Rock dug deep and would not allow his rivals to get by, as he reached the wire first in a career-best 1:52. Dialamara came up the rail to finish second by a length and a quarter, while Pantheon Hanover made a rally on the far outside to finish third. Team Captain, who was beat less than two-lengths, and Legion Of Boom had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. A son of Rocknroll Hanover, American Rock is trained by Ben Wallace for owner Brad Grant. The sophomore pacing colt came into Saturday's final off a 1:54.1 victory in last week's second leg and had finished second by only a head in an opening leg division on March 28. American Rock, who did not race as a two-year-old, now has a record of five wins from eight starts and earnings $57,250. The Wallace trainee returned $7.10 to win. In order to be eligible to the Youthful series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2014. American Rock Favourites dominate round one of Don Mills The first leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk was dominated by the chalk. A group of 13 four- and five-year-old trotters were split into two $20,000 first round divisions. In the first division, Wild And Crazy Guy picked up his third win from his last four starts in 1:56. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, Wild And Crazy Guy and driver Mario Baillargeon got away fourth in the early stages. A second-quarter move gave Wild And Crazy Guy control of the lead and he never looked back. The public's choice finished up his mile with a :28.2 final-quarter to win by a length and three-quarters over Windsun Revenge. Exemplar finished third, while Ramas Last Son took fourth. A four-year-old gelding son of Crazed, Wild And Crazy Guy is trained by Martin Lachance for owners Jean Brunet & Ted Gewertz and now has three wins from 12 starts in 2015. Saturday evening's victory gives the four-year-old 12 career victories and pushes his bankroll over $164,000. Wild And Crazy Guy paid $3.30 to win. Wild And Crazy Guy In the second division, Bourbon Bay and driver Mike Saftic lived up to their 1/5 billing and scored a dominant 1:54.1 victory. A four-year-old gelding son of Sand Vic, Bourbon Bay swept the General Brock series back in February at Woodbine and was returning north of the border Saturday off a Weiss Series division victory at Pocono on March 31. The heavy-favourite was sent straight to the lead by Saftic and it was lights out from there. Bourbon Bay set fractions of :28.2, :57 and 1:25.1 before trotting home easily in :29 to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Seawind Pascale. Sheer Flex finished more than 12 lengths behind the winner in third, while A J Destiny finished fourth. The clocking of 1:54.1 is a new career-mark for Bourbon Bay, who now has eight wins from 11 starts in 2015. The four-year-old is trained north of the border by Mike Sinclair for lessee John Cummings Jr of Nichols, New York and increased his career bankroll to over $117,000 with the victory Saturday. Bourbon Bay paid $2.40 to win. Bourbon Bay In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2014. The second leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series will take place next Saturday (April 18). Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - Four of the first five winners at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night paid the 5 cents to a dollar legal minimum profit in winning, including three visitors to the harness racing Victory Lane during $15,000 third round series action of the Bobby Weiss Series - with the quartet tallying by a combined 21 lengths.   The trotting males were up first, and two Meadowland invaders took all the money, both pari-mutuel and purse. First up was the Crazed gelding JL Cruze, who has already bankrolled $133,000+ this year winning three series at the Jersey oval and racking up an effortless 12¼-length score in his mountain debut for trainer Eric Ell and driver John Campbell. The winner tripped the timer in 1:54.1 over a sloppy surface after making every pole a winning one for owners Ken Wood, William Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta.   Opulent Yankee, who has caused the "2" in JL Cruze's 11-9-2-0 season's record, was next up, and he was 3½ lengths to the good at the end of his 1:54.2 triumph. Team Orange Crush, driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller, guide the fortunes of the Muscles Yankee gelding for Little E LLC, Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir, and David Stolz.   In the first of two pacing mare divisions, the Burke / Weaver Bruscemi entry took all the money and finished 1-2, as Donttellruss got her first Weiss win in two starts, turning back Allthatjazz De Vie, who was successful in her initial series outing, in 1:53.3. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi share ownership of the Andrew McCarthy-driven winning daughter of Panspacificflight with Lawrence Karr and Frank Baldachino.   In the second distaff sidewheelers cut, a Burke entry was also favored, but they had to settle for second and third behind the only two-time Weiss winner in this section, the Somebeachsomewhere mare The Beach NextDoor, taking a new mark of 1:53 under the guidance of Jim Morrill Jr. The winner's dam is named On The Choo Choo, and those are the tactics Morrill successfully employed for trainer Brewer Adams and the partnership of Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark.   The fourth 1-20* horse, in the card's opener, was the well-regarded altered son of The Panderosa, Heavenly Knox, who made short work of his assignment in a personal best of 1:51.3. Triumphant in the Walter Russell Series Final at The Meadows in his last start, Heavenly Knox is now 8 for 9 lifetime, with driver David Miller and trainer Mark Ford entrusted with the care of the winner by new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The four "sureshots" attracted plenty of money "underneath" as well, as $60,000 to show among all but JL Cruze; his race had no show betting, so over $20,000 went into the place pool on him.   (But all is not chalk in the Pocono pari-mutuels: Hall of Famer John Campbell paid $25.60 to win in a race on the card, and he finished third, beaten a length, at 75-1 in another.)   PHHA / Pocono    

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, April 5, 2015) -. Easter is a time for family gatherings and celebrations but in Maine, Easter is also a time for harness racing excitement. The Gretchen Athearn Stable effectively combined both traditions on Sunday (4/5) as three generations of her family teamed up to set the holiday table at Scarborough Downs by engineering victories in both halves of the Daily Double. General Bill Brown proved capable of a successful launch to his 2015 campaign as the New York Sire Stakes graduate won fresh off the shelf after exiting the Empire State trenches last fall in favor of the PineTree State battlegrounds in the spring. The four-year-old son of Crazed, now owned by William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine coasted to an impressive victory with driver Mark Athearn calling the shots from the sulky. The fun continued in the very next dash as Saffron scored an upset win for Team Athearn, crashing the board at 14-1, while holders of the $30 win tickets could be heard singing a verse from the old Donovan song, Mello Yellow, "I'm just mad about Saffron, Saffron's mad about me". Sunday's success concluded a profitable weekend for the Athearns who, combined with Saturday's winner, Daggett, scored victories with three of the five horses they sent to post. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday with post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT) For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, March 30, 2015 -- Crazolo quarter-poled to the lead and had no serious challenges thereafter in capturing his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Crazolo dropped into an optional claiming handicap to get last week's win and was so impressive that he was sent off the 9-5 favorite despite the jump in class. Away third, Crazolo brushed to the lead for Jim Pantaleano and easily held off the first-over Tamarind by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Call To Post rallied from last for show. Paul Corey conditions Crazolo, a 4-year-old Crazed-Stroke Play gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Michelle Yanek. Dave Palone, Mile Wilder and Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. THE MEADOWS TUESDAY CARD: $20,000 PICK 5 GUARANTEE, $5,000 PICK 4 GUARANTEE On Tuesday, March 31, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total pool guarantees — a $20,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $5,148.04, while the $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature each Monday and Tuesday. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

"Cruze is the King." That was the call from announcer Ken Warkentin that echoed through The Meadowlands as JL Cruze powered to another compelling harness racing victory. Tonight's victory in the $59,800 Shiaway St. Pat Final complete a winter trotting series sweep at The Meadowlands for the four year old son of Crazed. The victory was the eighth of the season for JL Cruze, bringing his 2015 earnings to $126,410. Partnered with his stablemate Razor Ramone, JL Cruze was the 1/9 prohibitive favorite in the Shiaway St. Pat Final. Taken off the gate just a bit by John Campbell, JL Cruze settled mid-pack early in the mile, while Opulent Yankee went to the lead and reached the first quarter in 28.2. The instant the trotters straighted up with the strong wins at their backs on the backstretch, JL Cruze launched his bid for the lead and quickly cleared the front before the half-mile of 56.3. From there, the race was over as JL Cruze sailed through three-quarters in 1:24.1 under no pressure and he was never asked in the stretch to score an authoritative win in 1:52.3. According to trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze will contest the final two legs of the Bobby Weiss trotting series at Pocono Downs before setting his sights on The Graduate series for four year old open trotters. JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta. In the $59,000 Clyde Hirt Final, Rockeyed Optimist was as advertised, winning decisively in 1:50. Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, Rockeyed Optimist sat third through the first quarter which was reached in 27-seconds by his stable mate, Rock Out. As the field straightened away down the backstretch, Rockeyed Optimist made his move for the lead and cleared before the half-mile in 54.1. Around the far turn he received a challenge from Caviart Luca, who reached the leader's wheel through three-quarters of 1:22.2, but Rockeyed Optimist promptly dismissed that challenge and leveled off to win impressively again. Rockeyed Optimist is eligible to The Graduate series for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stable. The driving star of the night was Scott Zeron, who won five races, including the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final with Grab Your Keys. The Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover in the fifth race grew to $64,065 as multiple winning tickets connected on that wager this evening. The carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 is now $29,735 with no winning tickets selecting the correct order of finish. Racing resumes on Friday, April 4th, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

WILKES-BARRE PA - The favorites used different methodologies in their two $15,000 divisions of the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but both ended up in the desired positions - home first, and then in the harness racing winners circle.   Classic Belisima headed right to the front in her division and was never headed, winning by almost 7 lengths in a career best 1:55.2 despite the track being rated only "good." David Miller was sulkysitting behind the daughter of Crazed, who now has six wins in eight seasonal starts, for trainer John Cabot and owner William Cantrell.   In the other Weiss section, Dress For Success had to travel the difficult two-wide route without cover, but she proved to have enough late to turn back Linda Marie by a half-length in 1:57.1. Matt Kakaley, handling the daughter of Infinitif for the first time, obviously got along well with her by getting the job done for trainer Christopher Freck and owners Stacey Ruddick and Denise Dennis.   Four-time defending Downs dashwinning driver champion George Napolitano Jr. visited Victory Lane six times on Wednesday's 13-race card. "Georgie Nap" will next get a chance to add to his local totals when the Downs resumes racing on Saturday, with the first race scheduled for 6:30 p.m.   Jerry Conners  

His syndicate announced today that the 2015 stud fee for World Champion Crazed has been changed to $2,500 for the 2015 breeding season. The new fee is retroactive for mares that have already been booked this year. Crazed returned to his roots at New York’s Blue Chip Farms this season after a two year stint at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. “The breeders who make up his syndicate understand the competitive nature of the stallion business,” said syndicate manager David Reid. “We made the stud fee change to simply help maximize the horse’s book, to give him every opportunity to continue on at siring high-level stakes winners. “We think the new fee offers great value and should attract breeders who’d like to stay in New York and take advantage of the outstanding sire stakes program there,” Reid added. “To paraphrase Blue Chip's slogan, you can breed in New York and take on the world.” Crazed’s first three crops have earned more than $7-million internationally and include New York Sire Stakes Champions plus open and international stakes winners. In addition to marquee trotters like 2014 Season’s Champion Tirade Hanover 4,1:51.1 ($640,890), Crazy About Pat 3,1:54 ($472,744) and Gural Hanover 3,1:53.3 ($423,763) Crazed is the sire of current sensation JL Cruze 4,1:52.1-’15 ($129,107), winner of seven of nine 2015 starts including finals of the Charles Singer Memorial and Super Bowl Series at the Meadowlands. Those wishing to book or seeking more information should call Jean Brown at Blue Chip Farms at (845) 895-3930 or email jbrown@bluechipfarms.com. Crazed Syndicate  

Linda Marie (Crazed) continued her breakout sophomore season on Friday night as the Jim Doherty Jr-trained trotting mare scored her fifth victory in her last six starts. Linda Marie came to Saratoga Casino and Raceway from Monticello for the first time two weeks ago while on a four race win streak and finished a strong second in her local debut. In Friday night's $8,900 trotting feature, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr positioned the four year old trotting mare in the pocket behind the race's favorite Dony Andreas (Jordan Derue) and surged by in the stretch to win a photo with runner up Imperial Storm (Jim Devaux) and Dony Andreas who had to settle for third. Linda Marie, who now owns five wins in her seven seasonal starts, set a new lifetime mark of 2:00.3 on the chilly Friday night in Saratoga. She returned $12.60 to win and led an exacta and trifecta that returned $57.50 and $122.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

DOVER, Del. ---- Powerful Charger, piloted by Tim Tetrick, pulled a 10-1 upset in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday feature at Dover Downs on March 11. Tetrick finished with four wins. Wagering favorites, Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) and newcomer Sevruga (Andy Miller) finished off the board after Powerful Charger roared down the lane for his third win of the year in his last four starts. Tim Tetrick and Jim King own the seven-year-old altered son of Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry who set a lifetime best clocking of 1:53.4 winning for the 25th time upping his career earnings to $05,840. Baximum, in now usual style, closed well to take second-place honors with Allan Davis driving. Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby, after pushing the early fractions on the lead, held on for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan took the classy four-year-old mare Classic Belisima into the lead and never was headed in a 1:55.3 triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. John Cabot conditions the daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee who won for sixth time this meet for owner Bill Cantrell. Derby (Allan Davis) raced well finishing second in front of Striking Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Prayer Session dropped down from the Open Class and overpowered six foes in a 1:54.1 score in an $11,500 Conditioned trot. Corey Callahan was at the controls for the Like A Prayer - ENS Tag Session geldings third win of 2015 and 20th lifetime good for $594,011 in purses. Enrico AS (A. Davis) led early and held on for second for the third consecutive time. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. Carlo Poliseno steered 10-1 shot Oh Sweet Penelope, a four-year-old CR Excalibur - Oh Sweet Pea mare he owns and trains to a 1:57 win in an $11,000 4&5-Year-Old trot. It was her first win of the year. Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for second with Red Dress Baby (Vince Copeland) third. Tim Tetrick drove four winners, Corey Callahan, three, Trace Tetrick had two as did Tony Morgan and trainers Jim King and john Cabot and owner Bill Cantrell. Thursday at Dover Downs Mustang Art and Movie Idol, winners of the last two Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the nine starters this week going for a $26,000 purse on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art won last week's pacing feature while Movie Idol, after chalking up a 1:50 lifetime best two weeks ago. The sharp Just A Jolt has finished second in three of the last four Del. Specials. Vic Kirby will drive for owner Janet Hudson. The surprise horse of the top class this meet, Jebswesternshake, after stepping up from the claiming ranks won five races including two Specials for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Another local favorite, Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. The rest of the field is led Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror who made his first local start last week and has the services of Corey Callahan. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, is alongside. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray, an early meet standout, is reined by Eddie Davis Jr. An $18,000 and three $16.000 Opens head a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. This Sunday, March 15 is the last Sunday card of the season with post time at 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

A trio of Winter Series FInals that were a part of the Saturday card that had to be cancelled due to weather last week, went postward tonight at The Meadowlands.  The Sonsam, Burning Point and Charles Singer Memorial Finals were the feature events on the 13-race program. Rockeyed Optimist entered the $59,000 Sonsam Final off a powerhouse performance that included a 25.4 final quarter.  Tonight, he had to work a little bit harder to earn the victory, but earn the victory, he did.  Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, Rockeyed Optimist was away in the back-half of the field through fractions of 27 and 55.2. It was at that point, that the 8/5 second-choice, Major Uptrend moved first over to challenge for the lead.  Rockeyed Optimist set himself up third over, just off the helmet of Rediscovery, through three-quarters of 1:23.  Turning for home, Major Uptrend grabbed the lead and reached for the wire, but Rockeyed Optimist was lurking in the wings as he fanned out off cover and powered home to score in 1:50, equaling his lifetime mark.  The win was the fourth from five starts in 2015 for trainer Steve Elliot.  He was driven to victory by Brett Miller for owners Anthony Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia.  Miller was very impressed with his gelding. "He really impressed me (last week)," said Miller, referring to his monstrous final quarter.  "He just powers home.  Tonight I was a little worried in the first turn, we were pretty far back.  But, he raced giant.  He dug-in in the stretch.  This is real horse." On the trotting side, JL Cruze made it back to back series' wins with his wire to wire victory in the $49,000 Charles Singer Memorial on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, JL Cruze would dictate terms from the start, seating Opulent Yankee in the pocket through fractions of 27.4, 56.2 and 1:25.2.  From there, the race was on and the top pair sprinted away from the field, but Opulent Yankee had all to do just to keep up, as JL Cruze ripped through a 26.4 final quarter, reaching for the wire in 1:52.1, a lifetime mark.  Opulent Yankee never got closer than one length. Blocking The Way checked in third.  Trainer Eric Ell indicated that last week's weather cancellation helped his trotter.  "I was able to get a good mile into him over a decent track at Harrington," said Ell.  "The track at my place I couldn't train on because the weather has been so terrible." A $32,000 Harrisburg purchase, JL Cruze has exceeded his trainer's expectations.  "No, I didn't expect he would be this good," added Ell.  "We made a lot of changes when we got him and he just keeps getting better.  He tries hard every week. JL Cruze was driven by his usual pilot John Campbell for owners William Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr and Stephen Iaquinta. Ell confirmed the Shiaway St Pat trotting series, a more difficult late closer series based on its conditions was next for his prized trotter. That series begins on Friday, March 13th. The mares went to the post in the $50,600 Burning Point Final in a highly-competitive and select field. Empress Deo was looking for a series sweep and was sent off as the 3/2 betting choice.  The Ron Burke entry of Southwind Serenity and Donttellruss were the 8/5 second choice, while Worldly Beauty winner Witch Dali was sent off at 3-1. Southwind Serenity established the early pace, gliding through fractions of 27.2 and 56-seconds.  Heading to the half-mile pole, her stable-mate Donttellruss committed first over, but made little headway, forcing Empress Deo three-wide in the middle of the far turn.  In the meantime, Somenicebeach and Ron Pierce were riding a perfect pocket trip behind the lone speed through three-quarters of 1:23.4.  In the stretch, Empress Deo was finding just even pace while Somenicebeach was ripping out of the pocket and pacing right past Southwind Serenity nearing the wire.  Witch Dali was left with too much ground to make up and had to settle for the runner-up spot while Empress Deo could manage only to be third tonight. Trainer Mark Capone gave credit to his mare who "overcame a rough foot bruise, but has kept racing well despite that, noting that she has earned some time off after this win." He also praised his driver Ron Pierce, citing "Ronnie has put her in a great spot all series and tonight it worked out great." Somenicebeach earned her third victory of the season for Susan Oakes, pacing the mile in a lifetime best 1:51.1. The Buddy Gilmour series began with a pair of $17,500 divisions for three year old pacers on Saturday night at The Meadowlands as well. The first division featured National Seelster, unbeaten in both lifetime starts entering the Gilmour.  Sent off as the 1/5 favorite, National Seelster sat third early in the mile, while Fast Movin Train established fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:24.4.  The field began to string out at the five-eighths pole and that is when National Seelster made his move for the lead.  He engaged Fast Movin Train into the stretch and was able to grind that foe down to score in 1:52. National Seelster was driven by Andy Miller for Chris Ryder and is owned by Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm Inc. The star of the entire Meadowlands program may have been the winner of the second division of The Buddy Gilmour Series, Wiggle It JiggleIt.  Entering his fourth lifetime start with an unblemished record, Wiggle It Jiggle It quickly asserted his supremacy, establishing the lead at once from post position eight.  The gelding would coast through fractions of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:24.3 before turning for home with an ever-expanding lead.  Under no urging whatsoever, with his pilot Montrell Teague visibly looking around for competition mid-stretch and effectively slowing his horse down nearing the wire, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced home in 26.4 to win emphatically in 1:51.2. In a pre-race interview Montrell Teague noted the connections have high hopes for the son of Mr. Wiggles. "We'll race him in the Gilmour series and then shut him down until May," said Teague.  "He's staked so we'll look to some races in New Jersey and focus on The Meadowlands Pace and a couple of other big ones." Without question, Wiggle It Jiggleit is the most exciting early season prospect of 2015.  The Meadowlands Pace eligible gelding is trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague Jr. Inc. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers carried over.  The fifth-race carryover into the Friday, March 6th program is $41,316.79, while the last race carryover has swelled to $148,525.71.  Post time for the Friday card is 7:15 P.M.   by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

DOVER, Del.--- After dominating the Tuesday harness racing card with seven wins, Corey Callahan did one better on Wednesday, Feb. 18 , making it 15 wins in two nights at Dover Downs. Callahan steered Classic Belisima, who won four in-a-row on the front end before a third last start, took a 2-hole seat and sped down the passing lane for a 1:55.3 victory, It was Callahan's fifth of eight wins during the chilly night. It came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over feature trot. After sweeping the first three races, Callahan piloted Bill Cantrell's hard-hitting four-year-old daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee, trained by John Cabot to victory. It was her ninth career win in 25 starts with seven seconds and three thirds banking $63,315 in purses. Everyone's Talkin (Trace Tetrick) led for most of the mile and was a close second at the finish breaking a two-win streak. Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) closed well to be in the photo finish but had to settle for third. In the $11,5000 sub-feature trot, while Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver Championship, his brother Trace took the lead with Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, and then fought off a strong assault in the stretch, for a 1:54.1 victory, the first of the year for the Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry gelding. Picard (Callahan) rallied to finish second in front of I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts). Calllahan's eight-bagger is one fewer than the track record of nine, set Feb. 27, 2011 by Tim Tetrick. The track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, Callahan has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. He has won 199 races this meet, almost double runner-up Allan Davis, who drove two wins, for a meet total of 101 wins. A five-race win streak ended for Joyeux Dream the second-place finisher in the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap. Can Do closed well for Vic Kirby, who co-owns the gelding with Chris Giaccio, to win the trot in 1:54.2. Trainer Dylan Davis moved into a tie for first among trainers. Davis and Doug Lewis have haltered 41 winners, third-place Wayne Givens has conditioned 39 wins. Tony Morgan won one race to up his career total to 14,968 winning drives. Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, meets Bandolito, Nova Artist and Believe This Bob, among nine starters in the $26,000 Delaware Special headliner on Thursday, Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. 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      

DOVER, Del.--- Veteran Tirade Hanover ended Tough Mac's win streak, Razor Ramone extended his wins to four straight and Eternal Prince equaled his lifetime record in the top three harness racing events on the Wednesday, Feb. 4 program at Dover Downs. In the $18,000 Open trot, Tirade Hanover took the lead at the start for Vic Kirby and the Crazed - Teagarden Hanover gelding was not to be caught on the sway to a 1:53 victory in the feature. Tough Mac rolled out of post 8 trying for the front but had to find room third on the first turn. Corey Callahan pulled Tough Mac out to challenge for the lead through the backstretch but was unable to get to within a half-length of Tirade Hanover. The five-year-old is owned by Moss, Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. It was his second win in the last three, and 22nd success in his career mounting lifetime earnings to $632,430. Tough Mac, second, ended a three race win streak. I'm So Striking came between horses for Eddie Dennis for third place. Wind Of The North was scratched. Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Razor Ramone continued to streak for red-hot trainer Eric Ell. Ron Pierce piloted the Kadabra - Oaklea Rae four-year-old to his fourth consecutive win and fifth in his last six in one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot sub-features. Pierce took Razor Ramone right to the top and won easily in 1:54.2. Derby (Allan Davis) used the passing lane to edged Classic Belisima (Callahan) for second by a nose. Classic Belisima entered the race with a four-race win streak. In a 1:58.1 photo finish, Eternal Prince and George Dennis used the passing lane to nose-out longshot Up Front N Crazy (Roger Plante) in the other $14,000 trot for young horses. Tommy N Dakota Stables, trained by Paula Spencer, own Eternal Prince who won for the third time in his last five opportunities. Keep It Sweet (Callahan) was a game third. Roger Plante drove the biggest price winner, 69-1 Juanna Be The Man, owned by Gregg and Tom Morris, to a 1:57 upset in an $11,800 trot for young horses. A $2 win ticket paid $140.60. The 6-3 exacta returned $1,494 and 6-3-4 trifecta returned $4,262. A supefecta of 6-3-4-1 was good for $10,586.40. Pierce led all drivers with four wins, Callahan, Vic Kirby, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Eric Ell had doubles. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. 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

Some people win the Super Bowl and go to Disney World, or in the case of this year Disneyland. Harness racing owner Bill Dittmar Jr. is going back to the Meadowlands. Dittmar is the co-owner of 4-year-old trotter JL Cruze, who on Jan. 24 won the $50,000 Super Bowl Series final at the Big M. On Thursday the horse begins a second winter series at the Meadowlands, the Charles Singer Memorial for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. JL Cruze competes in the first of two opening-round divisions Thursday. The gelding will start from post No. 4, with driver John Campbell at the lines for trainer Eric Ell, in the seven-horse field. The second leg of the Singer is scheduled for Feb. 12 and the estimated $50,000 final is Feb. 21. Dittmar, who lives in Langhorne, Pa., and partners Stephen Iaquinta of Havertown, Pa., and Ken Wood of Denton, Md., bought JL Cruze for $37,000 at November's Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. The horse has won five of seven starts for his new owners, including three of four this year. The group purchased JL Cruze because he fit favorable non-winners conditions at Dover Downs, where the owners race frequently, and it was an added bonus the horse met the conditions for the Super Bowl, Singer Memorial, and Shiaway St Pat winter events at the Meadowlands. The Shiaway St Pat Series is in March. "He's in real good shape right now," Dittmar said about JL Cruze, who won the Super Bowl title by two lengths over Opulent Yankee in 1:54.4. "We had about 10 horses earmarked at the sale. As long as he fit into our price range, he was one of the ones we were looking for because he fit the (conditions) at Dover Downs, where we were looking for him to fit in. "It's worked out very well. We made him eligible to all three series (at the Meadowlands). We thought he would be very competitive in the Super Bowl, and we're hoping for the best in the next two." For his career, JL Cruze has won eight of 21 races and $73,847. In his five starts prior to November's sale, all at Vernon Downs, the son of Crazed-Topcat Hall posted one win, two seconds and two thirds. "He was coming on right before we got him, and John Campbell liked him," Dittmar said. "Once Eric got ahold of him, he thought he had potential." Dittmar, who works as an insurance inspector, grew up near Liberty Bell Park and started owning harness racing horses in the 1980s. "I used to go over to Liberty Bell a couple nights a week," Dittmar said. "That's how I got into it. I bought a horse with a couple guys and we had some success. It got in our blood real quick." One of Dittmar's top recent horses was Anders Bluestone, who won the 2011 Maxie Lee Memorial final over Buck I St Pat and Corleone Kosmos at Harrah's Philadelphia. Dittmar and Wood still own the horse, who now stands as a stallion in Delaware. Dittmar hopes JL Cruze can follow in Anders Bluestone's footsteps on the racetrack. JL Cruze is the 6-5 morning line favorite in his Singer division, which also includes Opulent Yankee, who is 8-5. Blocking The Way, who finished third in the Super Bowl final, is the 5-2 favorite in the second division. That split also includes Super Bowl fourth-place finisher Propulsion (3-1) and fifth-place finisher Two Hip Dip (4-1). Walk The Walk, who did not compete in the Super Bowl, is 7-2. In the Super Bowl final, JL Cruze raced on the outside through an opening quarter of :28.4 and half of :56.1 before getting the lead from Two Hip Dip. Opulent Yankee, who handed JL Cruze his only loss this year in the second round of the series, got into second place on the last turn but was unable to make up ground in the stretch. "We thought (JL Cruze) would be better racing from behind, but his last two starts it hasn't worked out," Dittmar said. "The first quarter in the final went real slow and we kind of got stuck out there, so he had to push on. We still think he would probably be better off chasing horses, but we've got to take what they give us." While the connections are focused on the Singer and Shiaway St Pat series, they will have to decide by Feb. 17 whether to nominate JL Cruze to the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. The three-leg series concludes with a $250,000 final on July 11 at the Meadowlands. "We've got a couple weeks to look at that," Dittmar said. "You're going to have better horses there. That's a tough call. Now you're investing a little more money. Other than that, we haven't looked that far yet because we didn't really expect him to be where he is. You just never know sometimes." Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA

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