WASHINGTON, PA, April 13, 2015 -- Chef Lee inherited the lead near the quarter and made the most of it, rolling to his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. Simeon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The championship leg of the Tamarind Trot is set for Monday, April 20. Special Action outdueled Chef Lee for the early lead only to break stride shortly thereafter. Chef Lee might not have needed the help, as he scored in 1:57.2, lowering his lifetime mark by 2.4 seconds. Tails was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, while Only The Brave recovered from an early break to earn show. Mike Wilder drove the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding for owner/trainer Norm Parker. Off stride in his three most recent appearances, Simeon rebounded nicely for Dan Rawlings, sitting comfortably in the pocket before zipping by in the Lightning Lane to down Flying Muscles by a length in 1:59.1. The first-over Knucklebiter finished third. David Wade conditions Simeon, an Andover Hall-Keystone Ariana gelding, and owns with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger used a pocket trip and late kick to upset the 3-5 favorite, Daylon Miracle, by a head at a healthy 28-1 for Wilder, trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Run And Tell Pap completed the ticket. An 8-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding, TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $493,201 in career earnings. It was among Wilder's three victories on the 14-race card. THE MEADOWS TRIPLES TUESDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $15K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, April 14 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday and Tuesday, The Meadows upped the ante when Monday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,954.18. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) 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
WASHINGTON, PA, March 2, 2015 -- Simeon exploded three-wide into the final turn and scored by 6 lengths in a division of Monday's Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. The opening leg of the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings was conducted over three divisions, with Kickoff Hanover and Great Magic also taking $12,000 splits. The series honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a fixture at both The Meadows and the Pennsylvania Fairs. Simeon was sitting fifth when Dan Rawlings asked him for trot. The 3-year-old Andover Hall - Keystone Ariana gelding, who was unraced at 2, blew by the leaders and triumphed in 2:01.4 on a sloppy surface. Flying Muscles and Just Hang Out completed the ticket. David Wade trains Simeon, who has won five of eight starts, and owns with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality made it two straight when he moved first over down the backside for Brian Zendt and prevailed in 1:58, 1-1/4 lengths better than TSM Photo Bugger. Tall Cotton was third. Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions the homebred Classicality, a 5-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Dunn Stable. Dave Palone drove six winners on the 14-race card for as many trainers -- Ron Burke, Rich Gillock, Kevin Johnson, Todd Keith, Mike Palone and Bill Popp, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 9, 2014 -- Stevensville, who has chased the elite of his division for most of the year, reveled in their absence Tuesday at The Meadows when he captured the $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers in a nifty 1:50.4. The Meadows also hosted the three other $40,000 finals for sophomores, with Broadway Socks (filly trotters), Lucy's Pearl (filly pacers) and Frost Free Hanover (colt and gelding trotters) taking the other events. All four winners were odds on. While he hadn't been embarrassed in such top events as the Adios, the Cane Pace and the Carl Milstein, Stevensville tended to be racing for minor awards against the division's bearcats. In Tuesday's championship, he was the marquee player and raced like it, making the front for Tim Tetrick after being looped from the gate and barreling to a 3-length victory over Avalanche Hanover. Sean Liam Q earned show. "He's been racing in some tough company, some really top 3-year-olds like McWicked and He's Watching," Tetrick said. "He can get checks with those; he just hasn't been able to beat them. Today, he did the work and got the job done." Ray Schnittker trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show, who extended his career bankroll to $253,079, and owns with Paul Bordogna and Ryan Miller. In the other championships: Filly Trotters -- Broadway Socks Broadway Socks made the lead from post 7 for Dan Rawlings and never let the pocket-sitting Outsourced Hanover cut significantly into her margin, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4, with Mariah De Vie third. "She's an overachiever," said David Wade, who conditions the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. "She doesn't finish quite like I think she ought to, but I'm not complaining. I'm tickled to death. She's a sweetheart." Wade, who indicated he's leaning toward racing Broadway Socks at 4, said she'll be pointed to the Buckette at Delaware and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The win left Broadway Socks just shy of $200,000 in lifetime earnings. Filly Pacers -- Lucy's Pearl It took Lucy's Pearl more than a quarter to make the front, but she was far the best once she got there, scoring in 1:51.2 for Dave Palone and trainer Ron Gurfein, who owns the daughter of Well Said-Remember When with Elizabeth Novak. Real Drama was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Beach Body completed the ticket. "Gurf let her race against aged mares, which toughened her up," Palone said. "That's by far the best she's ever been for me. She may be small but she's blessed with such speed. She'll give you that eighth in 13 anytime you need it." Lucy's Pearl now boasts a career bankroll of $166,100. Colt & Gelding Trotters -- Frost Free Hanover Frost Free Hanover vaulted to the early lead for Brian Zendt and notched a convincing victory in 1:55.2, 2-1/4 lengths better than Revrac Harbour, who raced well first over. It Really Matters finished third. "I think bringing him along slowly was important (in developing consistency)," said winning trainer Leslie Zendt. "We taught him how to race his first couple starts, never raced him on the front end. He just learned how to be a racehorse." Leslie Zendt, who campaigns the Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne, said the $15,000 yearling acquisition will compete in several more stakes this year before being sold at Harrisburg. Palone drove six winners and Aaron Merriman four on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
$75,000 Gov. David L. Lawrence, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Yankee Bounty stayed undefeated in his four-race career with a victory in 1:51.3, a stake record. Although parked from post 8 for about one-half mile, Yankee Bounty thoroughly dominated his split, drawing off to win by 7-1/4 lengths. Cooperstown and Lone Survivor completed the ticket. Kevin Lare trains the Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding for Frank Chick. Too Darn Hot, who had been toughened in New Jersey Sires Stakes competition, trailed the loose leader, UF Larry Alltheway, by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters before his greater experience kicked in. He tracked the leader down and edged him by a neck at the wire in 1:53.3 for Yannick Gingras, with Hall of Terror third. "I figured the leader would come back to me at some point," Gingras said. "At that point, my hands were tied. If I chased him into a big quarter, that wouldn't do my colt any good. I trained him once -- he's a big colt, and I thought he would be a top colt. It's taken him a little longer." Ron Burke trains Too Darn Hot, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Rich Wisdom moved from sixth for cover and drew off to break his maiden in 1:53.1 for Matt Kakaley and give Burke a Gov. Lawrence double. My Hero Ron was second, 3 lengths back, while Denslow Hanover earned show. "He's gotten better every start," Burke said of his $25,000 yearling purchase. "I think he's a good colt, not a great colt, so probably this is where he fits. He has a lot of stakes this year. He might be the kind who does good at Lexington; he seems to be long winded." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura campaign Rich Wisdom. $55,352 Ned McCarr, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Donatella Hanover didn't move crisply first over when initially asked, but she found her best stride late and scored in 1:56.1 for Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. The rallying Dancing Dynamite fell a neck short, with Jessie's Song third. "She was really locked on the left line today, and I was having a hard time keeping her along the pylons," Miller said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-On The Glide. "The last half of the mile when we really started going fast, she straightened out. This filly is game. She kept fighting and didn't give up." Broadway Socks had little trouble wiring her field for her ninth victory in 17 lifetime starts, although winning driver Dan Rawlings indicated she might not have been at her best. "I didn't like the way she scored down, and I was actually planning on being a little bit conservative with her," Rawlings said. "But nobody came, and she's just a gutsy filly. I didn't have to work her that hard anywhere in the mile." She scored in 1:56.2, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Global Magic. Travelin Dream earned show. David Wade trains the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. $65,310 James Manderino, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Skates N Plates, clearing to the lead by the quarter despite the outside 8-hole, was allowed to skate to the half in 58.3 during his division of the $65,310 Arden Downs 3-year-old colt & gelding trot, then scooted home in 57.1 to hold off Lightning Lane shooter Frost Free Hanover at the end of his 1:55.4 mile. Dave Palone handled the Revenue S colt for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner/breeder Bob Key. Wheelsandthelegman, driven by Dick Stillings, set the pace, then rebuffed the last-quarter challenge of 1-5 favorite Il Sogno Dream to equal the 1:54.1 stake record of SJ's Caviar in the other division. The Donato Hanover gelding was unraced at 2, but he's making up for lost time in 2014, as he is now 6 for 7 for trainer Walter Carroll and owner Beth Carroll. $75,000 Mary Lib Miller, 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Angel Or Terror is now two-for-three lifetime, and three-for-three in good performances, after winning the first of two divisions of the $75,000 Arden Downs 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Jason Brewer never looked back with the Jim Dailey-trained daughter of Western Terror, getting a cheap half and then sprinting home in 56.4-28 to complete the 1:55.2 win. Angel Or Terror adds this triumph to the 1:55.4 maiden victory and the hard-luck third after going first-over on her brief resume for the ownership combine of Dailey, Carlo and Down The Lane Stables. "She hadn't been on the front before," Dailey said of his $5,200 yearling acquisition. "If she didn't get lost, I felt pretty confident. I only plan to race her six or seven times. She's growing pretty good, and she'll make a nice 3-year-old if I don't beat her up." Hot Chica Boomba rewarded Daddy Dewdrop fans with a closing victory in 1:54.4 in the other freshman filly pace cut. The daughter of The Panderosa broke her maiden by following favored Melanies Sharkette, going past her in mid-stretch, then holding off Half Past Seven for driver Aaron Merriman, trainer Jim Arledge Jr. and owner Winchester Baye Acres Inc. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
Broadway Socks won a division of the Stallion Series on Tuesday night for her fourth consecutive win overall, highlighting the action for three-year-old trotting fillies at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six Stallion Series divisions held, each with a purse of $20,000. Broadway Socks (Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin), driven by Dan Rawlings and trained by David Wade, won her split in 1:55:2 to keep her streak alive. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: Sincerely Yours S (Cantab Hall-Kemp's Emilie), driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Jonas Czernyson, in 1:56:3; Outsourced Hanover (Donato Hanover-Oaklea Opal), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:55:4; Nitro Nittany (Explosive Matter-Miss Nittany), driven by Howard Parker and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:54:4; Here's Ethel (Equinox Bi-Overtookthem), driven by Brett Miller and trained by Sharlene Dufford, in 1:57:2; and Bikini So Teeny (Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon), driven and trained by Charlie Norris, in 1:55. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs
Trainer Jimmy Takter sent just two horses to compete in the Currier & Ives Grand Circuit harness races for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday afternoon at The Meadows racetrack in Washington, PA. It was no surprise to the betting public that both fillies won since they are two of the top rated fillies in the world, Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, continued her unbeaten streak in 2014 to three straight as she overpowered the field in the first race $31,120 division. The daughter of Donato Hanover left from post six for driver Ron Piece, went right to the lead, held the field at bay and won by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.2, the last quarter mile over the fast track in :27.4. Take The Money (Dave Palone) was second with Jessie’s Song (Brian Zendt) was third. Owned and bred by Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Winsor, NJ, Shake It Cerry paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming favorite. Takter made a return trip to the winner’s circle in the eighth race third division when Lifetime Pursuit, also driven by Ron Pierce, also led the field from start to finish, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Passing Jetta (Mike Wilder) was second with Wesfiftyfirst (Tony Hall) third. It was the first win in three starts this year for Lifetime Pursuit. Sired by Cantab Hall, Lifetime Pursuit also paid just $2.20 to win as the wagering favorite for owner/breeders Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. The second division, fourth race, saw David Wade’s top filly, Broadway Socks, leave quickly from post seven for driver Dan Rawlings and they also never looked back, winning by three open lengths in 1:56. Global Magic (Ron Pierce) was second with Glisten Hanover (Marty Wollam) third. Sired by Broadway Hall and co-owned by David Wade with Gerald Brittingham, William Peel, III and Polly Hilliard (who bred the filly), it was the third straight win and fourth victory in five starts this year for Broadway Socks. She paid $3.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
When trainer David Wade saw Broadway Socks, well, she knocked his socks off. "I fell in love the moment I saw her," said Wade, who sends the 3-year-old filly trotter into Wednesday's second of three divisions of the Currier & Ives Stakes at The Meadows. "What a conformation, and I liked her video. I told my wife (Ann) that I was going to buy this filly or go home empty. I was only going to buy one, and I liked her so much that I didn't want to buy another filly and end up disappointed." Wade bought Broadway Socks, a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall out of the mare I Gotta Feelin, for $35,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He owns the filly with Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. Broadway Socks has won six of 13 career races and earned $110,866. She won a division of the Arden Downs last season and heads to the Currier & Ives off a win in her division of the Historic-Coaching Club Oaks at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on May 25. She starts her Currier & Ives division from post seven with regular driver Dan Rawlings and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly trotter, is the 2-1 favorite in the first division and Lifetime Pursuit is the 2-1 choice in the third division. Both fillies will be driven by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter. "I think (Broadway Socks) is as good as she's ever been right now," Wade said, adding with a laugh, "I've never been in with Shake It Cerry and I'm not looking forward to when I am." Broadway Socks is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, but will not participate in the race because Lasix is prohibited. Broadway Socks began racing on Lasix this year and has won three of four starts. "I'm not going to race without Lasix," Wade said. "It's not fair to the filly." Broadway Socks' stakes schedule includes the Circle City, Zweig Filly Trot, Buckette, and Arden Downs, plus the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All Stars, and Keystone Classic. The Pennsylvania circuit includes the likes of Merrie Annabelle and Breeders Crown winner Shake It Cerry, world champions Cooler Schooner and Designed To Be, plus Breeders Crown runner-up Struck By Lindy and Merrie Annabelle runner-up Lifetime Pursuit. "In Pennsylvania, I might be in the top 10," Wade said. "There's a lot better than I am. There are four or five capable of setting world records, and they have. But if (Broadway Socks) stays healthy, she can make a nice bit of money, I hope." Broadway Socks has finished among the top three in 10 of her 13 races. She went off stride the three times she failed to hit the board, all last season. "She can be a little quirky," Wade said. "I tell my wife that she reminds me of her; she wants what she wants now. She's a little impatient. "My wife understands completely." Wade also sends Miley Hanover out in the third division of the Currier & Ives. Miley Hanover, who has won two of five races this season, is 5-1 on the morning line. "I thought she should have won her last start, but she bled and folded up like a tent in the stretch," Wade said. "She's on Lasix this week and we'll see how we can do." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
It was another extraordinary week of harness racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, one that featured a world record performance and some exciting Grand Circuit races. But the two horses that won the major honors this week are a pair of veterans who appear to be peaking at a time when most others are either winding down their careers or already retired. Let's take a look at their exploits as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: ANDERLECHT While it's not unusual for a nine-year-old pacer to be winning races, most of those veterans do so in the lower claiming ranks. Since arriving from Yonkers, this stallion has taken on some top-flight condition pacers and showed them how it's done. On May 17, he absolutely blitzed a group of non-winners of $15,000 in the last five races with a monster mile of 1:48, which would have been a track record were it not of Dancin Yankee beating him to the punch a few races earlier with a 1:47:2 mile. After a mile like that, it was obvious that he would be the favorite facing the same condition group on Saturday night. Yet the concern for Anderlecht, trained by JD Lewis, was that the ripping time from the previous week would leave him a bit winded this time out. When Getitoffyourchest made an aggressive move past him on the back stretch, it looked like maybe those fears would be realized. Driver Simon Allard didn't panic though, biding his time until the stretch when he cut loose Anderlecht for another move. He rallied past Getitoffyourchest to win by a 1 Â½ lengths, posting another scorching winning time of 1:49:1. Can this veteran move up in class off these two wins and beat even more accomplished pacers? Based on these performances, it seems like horses of all ages and classes should be wary. Other top pacers this week include: Somwherovrarainbow (Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway), whose win in a Preferred pace for mares on Sunday night came in 1:48, the fastest time ever posted by a female pacer on a 5/8-mile oval; Stanhope (Anthony Napolitano, Steve Salerno), who moved up in class to win his second straight condition pace on Sunday night, this one coming in 1:51:4; and Ella's Twin (George Napolitano Jr., John Barchi), a mare who churned her way to her third straight claiming win on Wednesday night, this one in 1:54:3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: CHERRY TREE NICOLE For a trotter to be a consistent winner week after week, it generally has to have a decent amount of getaway speed. Being close to the early lead takes a lot of variables out of a race, so the horses that can fire out of the gate well every race usually give themselves a good chance to win. Cherry Tree Nicole has virtually no leaving speed, yet the mare has been one of the most consistent winners since arriving from California in April. The pattern for her races has been pretty much identical. She tends to start slowly, out-pacing just a couple horses in the large field around the first turn. On the back stretch, the mare starts to make steady advancement, and, in the stretch, she blows by everyone. That strategy led her to victories in three of her first four races at Pocono. Tuesday night was a tougher test because she was moving up in class to the $10,000 claimers. Plus, she was switching barns, racing for the first time under the banner of trainer Steve Salerno. Yet for all the changes, the results turned out to be strikingly similar. Cherry Tree Nicole, an eight-year-old mare with an impressive 65 career wins coming into the race, started in her usual lethargic way. When it counted though, driver Matt Kakaley had her in gear, and she coasted by the tiring leaders for a win in 1:57:2. Who said you can't come from off the pace and win consistently? This gritty mare will have none of that nonsense. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Stitch In Time (Tyler Buter, Amber Buter), who captured Tuesday night's featured condition trot with a flying rally in a career-best 1:54:4; A Crown For Lindy (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who picked up his second straight claiming win on Wednesday night with a victory in 1:55; and Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings, David Wade), who followed up a Stallion Series win at The Meadows with a victory here on Sunday night against other three-year-old fillies in the Historic Series, posting a career-best 1:55 in the process. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: PRINT IT After winning at 22-1 on April 26, this 12-year-old pacer did it again on Saturday night with Tyler Buter in the bike, defeating a claiming group at 32-1 for a $66 payout on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Buter One of a seemingly endless cadre of excellent drivers plying their trade at Pocono, Buter was hot this week, racking up five wins including a three-bagger on Saturday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: STEVE SALERNO Year in and year out, Salerno is a force at Pocono, and he's been picking up steam of late, including a training double on Sunday night and three wins for the week. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. by jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs
WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2014 -- Broadway Socks not only routed the field by 8 lengths in her division of Friday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series event at The Meadows, but she also established a stake record of 1:55.2 in the process. The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was conducted over six divisions, with Explosive Attitude, Passing Jetta, Czech It Out, Indoor Voices and Glisten Hanover also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone (Explosive Attitude, Czech It Out) and Mike Wilder (Passing Jetta, Indoor Voices) each enjoyed a stake double. With five wins overall on the 15-race card, Wilder has collected 15 victories over the last three programs. Although Broadway Socks earned $84,260 at 2 and reached the championship of the PA Sires Stakes, trainer David Wade had no reservations about dropping her back to the stallions series this year. "We weren't ready for the sires stakes yet -- too early," he said of his $34,000 yearling acquisition. "We're not ready to go in 1:54. We'll be ready to go faster than that eventually, but we're not there yet. But if I kick her back up (to the sires stakes), I'll miss both finals. But $10,000 here is nice money. There are no guarantees in the sires stakes. She's eligible to other stakes -- a couple of things in the Midwest late in the year." Her time erased the old stake mark of 1:56.3 established by Sephora De Vie in 2011. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin to her front-end romp for owners Gerald Brittingham, William F. Peel III and Wade. Explosive Attitude, whom owner/trainer Arlene Cameron describes as "evil" away from the track, moved smartly first over from fifth and easily captured her second straight stallions series split in 1:57.4, matching her career best. Glams K rallied for second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Keystone Harper third. "On the track she's perfect; in the barn, it's another story," said Cameron of the diminutive daughter of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream. "Some days it takes a half hour to catch her in the stall. She'll wheel on you, or she'll come at you with her mouth wide open. I just try not to get mad at her and let her do her thing. You can't manhandle her or fight her and think you'll get somewhere with her because you won't. She'll win every time." Passing Jetta had failed in all five of her previous starts, but she brushed confidently from third into the final turn and drew off late, breaking her maiden in 1:58.1. Exclusive Photo came from far back for second, 5 lengths in arrears, while early leader Winky Dink earned show. "They told me she would be a little excited going to the track but not to pay any attention to that," Wilder said. "They were right. First step on the racetrack, she was a class act. She was fantastic to drive, and she's very smart. I couldn't have asked her to do her job any better." Jonas Czernyson conditions the daughter of Lear Jetta-Europass for Team JC Stable, Joanna Callahan, Aldebaran Park and Trish Foulk. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Sam Hill found late racing room and notched his second consecutive victory in 1:51.4, a nose better than Justified, with Good Day Mate completing the ticket. Greg Wright, Jr. drove for trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The 8-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding now boasts career earnings of $264,389. Saturday's Preakness Day card at The Meadows is highlighted by the Stenographer, a $199,400 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters which features the season's debut of Shake It Cerry, the 2013 divisional champion. She goes in the second split, Race 8, from post 7, with Ron Pierce piloting. First post Saturday is 11:25 AM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
Defending Finlandia-Ajo champion Nesta Effe faces a stiff challenge to his crown from rising French star Univers de Pan and Swedish star Sanity at Vermo , Saturday night. The group one Finnish race is over the mile distance and Holger Ehlert will have his Italian-bred chestnut journeyman primed for a race in a country in which he has excelled. Neste Effe not only won this race last year,but he also won the Prix Etain Royal the first of the Scandinavian big spring races which was won this year by Warkentin mare Prussia in stunning fashion. She lines up again, but there is a feeling that on paper, last year's was a much stronger field, perhaps due to the untimely clash this season with the Copenhagen Cup. Mr Picolit, who ran third last year is defending his Copenhagen Crown, while Monster Drive who was fourth, chose a trip to Italy last weekend for the Lotteria where he made the final. Commander Crowe, who also appeared in both races last year, has not also reappeared for his 11th season. So this leaves the big three, really looking a class above the opposition in this race. Malin Lofgren's Sanity won four races in France over the lucrative winter period, and also finished second and third, and has a win and two second since he returned to Scandinavian racing. The son of Love You is just a super tough competitor and demands the ultimate respect here. Philippe Daugeard's Univers de Pan is one of the French elite ranks, and the fact that he is racing on the 1000m Scandinavian is something of a coup for the organizers of the race. A true French bred son of Kenya du Pont, the only American bloodlines in his pedigree ironically stem from his sireline, his great-great grandsire being Star's Pride. He is the only one of his fifth line 32 descendants who is American. Not one of the other five lines of pedigree is of US breeding. But that is of interest only to the breeding buff, he was second in the Prix de France and has no less than four group two victories. On a wide open track he'd street this field. The fact that he is putting his credentials on the line on a 1000m track, and an acknowledged hard track at that, speaks of a greater goal. A fast mile time, perhaps with the lucrative Swedish breeding market taking not of performance above such a "French" pedigree. This is a race which has been run since 1980, and is regarded as Finland's biggest trotting event. A few facts Horses with most wins 2 - Giesolo de Lou (1999, 2000) 2 - Napoletano (1988, 1989) Drivers with most wins 3 - Jean-Michel Bazire (2005, 2008, 2009) 3 - Stig H. Johansson (1988, 1989, 2004) 3 - Jorma Kontio (1985, 1986, 2007) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) 2 - Joseph Verbeeck (1998, 2003) Trainers with most wins 3 - Fabrice Souloy (2003, 2008, 2009) 2 - Jean-Etienne Dubois (1999, 2000) 2 - Stig Engberg (1988, 1989) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) Sires with most winning offsprings 2 - Biesolo (Giesolo de Lou, Oiseau de Feux) 2 - Quick Pay (Atas Fighter L., Born Quick) 2 - Texas (Grades Singing, Copiad) 2 - Super Bowl (Davidia Hanover, Napoletano Countries, number of wins 10 - United States 9 - France 7 - Sweden 4 - Finland Fastest winners 1:10.6 (km rate) - Quarcio du Chene (2010) All winners of Finlandia-Ajo Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K BjÃ¶rn Goop BjÃ¶rn Goop Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene BjÃ¶rn Goop BjÃ¶rn Goop France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari LÃ¤hdekorpi Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Ã…ke Svanstedt Ã…ke Svanstedt Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik BerglÃ¶f Erik BerglÃ¶f Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy HannÃ© Tommy HannÃ© Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. TorbjÃ¶rn Jansson TorbjÃ¶rn Jansson Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David France 1:15.6 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com
European trotting fans will be treated this weekend (Sunday May 11) to Charlottenlund’s Broline Copenhagen Cup in Demark. This Gr. I International UET Masters Series test is a meaningful Elitloppet prep and contains contestants from Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Uncle Peter makes his initial European venture after arriving from USA today. Previous USA import Solvato has raced well lately as has Magic Tonight that will have Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann. Start: Broline Copenhagen Cup (UET Trotting Masters Gr 1) 1.350.000 kroner ($227,000 US), 2011 meters auotstart 1) Uncle Peter (us) – David Miller – Jimmy Takter 2) Kash's Cantab (us) - Erik Adielsson – Stig H. Johansson 3) Mr Picolit (s) - Jorma Kontio – Raoul Engblom 4) Orali (dk) - Jeppe Juel – Jeppe Juel 5) Solvato (us) - Veijo Heiskanen – Veijo Heiskanen 6) Beckman (s) - Franck Nivard - Fabrice Souloy 7) Mosaique Face (s) - Lutfi Kolgjini – Lutfi Kolgjini 8) Harry Haythrow (s) - Peter Untersteiner – Johnny Johansson 9) Magic Tonight (us) - Örjan Kihlström – Roger Walmann 10) Caballion (s) - Björn Goop – Franck Leblanc Program pages for the Saturday Copenhagen Cup card can be viewed using links below: http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL1.pdf http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL2.pdf The Copenhagen Cup has a rich history, equine and human. The first three editions were won by the sport's legendary Charlie Mills driving Guy Bacon and Walter Dear (two wins). This pair were imported from the United States. Mills won again 29 years later with the equally legendary french mare Gelinotte. Winners of the Copenhagen Cup include many of the best in the history of the sport, including the late Moni Maker in 1998. Since Copenhagen Cup was introduced in 1975 there have been several Danish victories including Hairos, Meadow Roland (three time winner), Legendary Lover K in 2002 and Wishing Stone in 2012. Dewayne Minor campaigned the last two in their successful US careers . The race record is held by the Italy’s Libeccio Griff , who scored in 1.10.7kr in 2011 for Bjorn Goop. Previous Winners Year Horse1 Driver Winning time 2013 Mr. Picolit Åke Svanstedt 1:11,7a 2012 Wishing Stone Jeppe Juel 1:11,3a 2011 Libeccio Grif Björn Goop 1:10,7a 2010 Nu Pagadi Erik Adielsson 1:11,7a 2009 Triton Sund Örjan Kihlström 1:12,8a 2008 Ghibellino Roberto Andreghetti 1:12,4a 2007 Kool du Caux Jean-Michel Bazire 1:12,0a 2006 Mara Bourbon Jean-Pierre Dubois 1:12,2a 2005 Steinlager Per-Oleg Midtfjeld 1:13,5a 2004 Revenue Lutfi Kolgjini 1:12,6a 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt 1:13,5a 2002 Legendary Lover K Steen Juul 1:12,7a 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson 1:13,4a 2000 Indian Silver Stig H. Johansson 1:12,8a 1999 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etinne Dubois 1:13,5a 1998 Moni Maker Wally Hennessy 1:12,6a 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt 1:14,1a 1996 Triple T Storm Joseph Verbeeck 1:14,1a 1995 S J's Photo David Wade 1:12,8a 1994 Bolets Igor David Wade 1:13,2a 1993 Campo Ass Wilhelm Paal 1:14,6a 1992 Bravo Sund Jorma Kontio 1:14,9a 1991 Glass Hanover Henning Beckemeyer 1:14,5a 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:13,5a 1989 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,6a 1988 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,4a 1987 Hairos John K. Hansen 1:14,0a 1986 Junior Lobell John K. Hansen 1:13,6a 1985 Minou du Donjon Olle Goop 1:14,0a 1984 Lutin d'Isigny Jean-Paul Andree 1:13,8a 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter 1:13,9a 1982 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,0a 1981 Jorky Leopold Verroken 1:16,3a 1980 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,6a 1979 Charme Asserdal Heikki Korpi 1:15,5a 1978 Pershing Berndt Lindstedt 1:14,2a 1977 Keystone Pioneer William Haughton 1:15,0a 1976 Wiretapper Sören Nordin 1:17,2a 1975 Ritha Lyngholm Olle Lindquist 1:18,0a 1966 Roquepine Jean-René Gougeon 1:16,9a 1964 Elaine Rodney Jean-René Gougeon 1:15,4a 1962 Eidelstedter Johannes Frömming 1:21,0 1961 Rulle Rappson Sören Nordin 1:21,4 1960 Hairos II Willem Geersen 1:17,0a 1959 Jens Protector Trygve Diskerud 1:16,3a 1958 Adept Kurt Mattson 1:21,5 1957 Gelinotte Charlie Mills 1:18,7 1952 Frances Bulwark Sören Nordin 1:22,3 1951 Rollo Ragnar Thorngren 1:17,8 1949 Presidenten Casino The Great Folke Bengtsson Fredi Sølberg 1:23,1 1:22,7 1948 Harvest Druien Niels Jan Koster 1:23,8 1946 Future Aage Kristoffersen 1:19,9 1939 Sonny Diamond Niels Jan Koster 1:21,1 1938 Sir Walter Scott Calle Schoug 1:22,1 1932 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:19,6 1931 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:18,4 1928 Guy Bacon Charlie Mills 1:19,4 1 Country of owner (Wikipedia chart above) One of the most eventful, in this reporters opinion, Copenhagen Cup races was the 2006 edition when parked out Mara Bourbon gained advantage just before the line and held off charging Giant Diablo for the victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qloX5wLbL8 - 2006 Copenhagen Cup by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
A brisk and breezy early Spring day did not deter 3,000 fans of harness racing from lining the outside fence of the homestretch of North Carolina's Pinehurst Training Center. Eight events exclusive to 2-year-olds racing in jog carts lined up behind the Preferred Equine Marketing starting gate, much to the joy of throngs of rail birds and tailgaters. Over fifty railside parking spaces lined the entire outer rail, complete with pop-up tents and elaborately catered food and drink arrangements. Prior to the races, the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus from Fort Bragg performed the National Anthem while the Pinecrest High School ROTC marched proudly while presenting the color guard. The Pick-A-Winner contests, which rewarded handicappers with gift certificates provided by local supporters, were hotly contested and had long lines of anxious pseudo-bettors. As the races were run, well-known Canadian announcer Earl Lennox provided the call. Several well-known trainers were proud to debut their colts and fillies over the red sand half-mile track. The first race featured the Ackerman, Brunet, and Wellwood stables, while the second race was filled by pupils from Gordon Corey's Institute of Equine Erudition. Other stables participating in the matinee include, Mike Medors, Normand Fluet, Roland "Polie" Mallar, and David Wade. Most of the race times were clocked between 2:25 and 2:40, and usually had 4 or 5 starters. Each race had an individual sponsor and the corporate sponsor for the entire race card was Preferred Equine Marketing, Briarcliff Manor, NY. The starters were Bob Bloodgood and Paul Battis, and the Racing Secretary was Twila Mahar. Staff from the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame was on hand providing information and souvenirs to visitors. Many of the drivers and trainers joined with Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman and participated in the Museum's Cracker Barrel series, part of the ongoing effort to preserve oral history from some of the sport's oldest participants. The successful matinee event, in its 64th consecutive year, would not have been possible without the considerable efforts of scores of volunteers and the village of Pinehurst, which is very supportive of the long tradition of harness racing in the sand hills. Garth Henry, President of the training center and the matinee race coordinator, along with D. R. Ackerman, Vice President, work diligently throughout the season to ensure the success of the popular race day. The annual Pinehurst season finale, the USTA sanctioned qualifiers, will be held on the mile track this Wednesday, April 9th. by Chris Tully, for Harnesslink.com
WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2013 — The Meadows presented the inaugural Edward M. Ryan Trot on Wednesday as part of Adios Week, and harness racing driver Andy Miller embraced the newly rechristened event by winning two of its three divisions with Sumatra and Exodus Hanover. The $60,000 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, formerly known as the Henry Oliver, honors the memory of Ed Ryan, a Hall of Famer who was a successful entrepreneur, a skilled horseman, a philanthropist and an owner of The Meadows during a key period in the track’s development. Miller scored impressively with Sumatra, the 1-9 favorite who barreled to the lead and cruised home in 1:56.4, 2 lengths better than Il Sogno Dream. Overwhat rallied for show. “He doesn’t have any real big stakes this year, but everything we’ve asked of him he’s done,” Miller said. “He keeps maturing, and I think there’s a big upside there.” Julie Miller trains the son of Muscles Yankee-Lola Seelster for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. Miller also scored an easy front-end win with Exodus Hanover, a Steve Elliott trainee who triumphed in 1:59. Monkey Man was 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Journey third. “Steve’s really liked him all year,” said Toni Rose, Elliott’s assistant trainer. “He got a little messed up his first race, but other than that, he’s been solid. I think Steve will keep him in PA Sires Stakes. You can get plenty of money there.” Elliott owns Exodus Hanover with the Angelo Frassetto Estate, Kenneth Klein and Old Block Stables. Muscle On In, who was winless in his first three outings, notched the final Ryan split in front-end fashion in 1:58.3. Dave Palone drove for trainer Chris Ryder, who owns the son of Muscle Hill-Viking’s Goddess with Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. It was one of six wins on the 15-race card for Palone. “Having the early lead really wasn’t part of my game plan,” Palone said. “But everywhere I looked, horses were on a break, and I thought I’d get him out of there and let him see how he felt. He felt good and square, so I just let him trot on.” $63,750 Arden Downs, 2-Year-old Filly Trotters Broadway Socks was the star of this stake, known as the Joe McGraw, which was Wednesday’s co-feature. The daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin matched the stake mark of 1:56.1 established by Maven in 2011. It wasn’t a jiggy-jog, though, as driver Dan Rawlings got after her once she had cleared to the lead. “With any young horse, you definitely want her to respond when you pull that right line,” Rawlings said. “When you ask her to go, you want her to go, and she seems to do that real well. Everything’s working out real well.” David Wade trains Broadway Socks and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. Miller collected a McGraw victory with Royal Tabs, who spurted to an early lead and had enough to hold off the pocket-sitting Anonyme Hanover by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3. “She’s pretty manageable, she’s pretty smart, and she doesn’t have any issues right now,” said Buzzy Sholty, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Royal Vic for Claude Gendreau Stable. “I’m just trying to keep her a happy girl.” Juniata Hanover grabbed the third McGraw split by two-holing A Perfect Gem and Miller and blowing by late to down them by a neck for Palone in 1:58.1. Champagne Dreams raced well, albeit erratically, to complete the ticket. “I wasn’t sure that I had Andy until maybe just inside the 16th pole,” Palone said. “My filly showed me tonight that she may be even better out of a hole than she is on the lead. She really liked chasing Andy down.” Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling, now undefeated in four starts, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Keith Pippi. Grand Circuit action at The Meadows resumes Friday with a pair of Arden Downs stakes for 3-year-old trotters. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak
Dismissed at 28-1. Bettis saved ground, angled off the pylons late and rallied wide to pull off the stunning harness racing upset in Monday's (November 26) $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Monday's (April 18) second leg of the Rembrandt Spur Trot at The Meadows paired the undefeated Washingtonian with the once-beaten Better Caviar. But what appeared a harness racing showdown turned into a "beat-down" when Better Caviar blew by Washingtonian with an uncovered bid and went on to score in 1:55.3, fastest this year for a 3-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track.
Washingtonian made a decisive quarter-pole move to the lead and went on to capture a division of Monday's (April 11) Rembrandt Spur Trot - a victory that kept him undefeated in three career starts - at The Meadows. Better Caviar took the other $15,000 opening-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.