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Stirling Debutant, 1-for-25 in two seasons of harness racing entering the 2016 campaign, completed a clean sweep of the Bobby Weiss Trotting Series for distaffs at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking all four preliminary legs and then romping to a 1:57.3 victory over sloppy going in the $30,000 series Championship on Tuesday night to keep her seasonal record unblemished after those five starts.   Stirling Debutant tucked third late on the first turn, then was moved uncovered by red-hot driver Anthony Napolitano before the half to gain on runaway leader Coherent, a maiden who had had gaiting problems but showed no misbehavior and much speed while posting an astounding 27.1 opening quarter over the offtrack, carrying on to the half in 56.4. But reality in the form of the 1-9 favorite set in late on the backstretch as Stirling Debutant cleared to the lead well before the 1:26.2 3/4s, coasting home to win by 12½ lengths over Squeals Of Delight, with Amorous Flirt, Coherent, and Baba Daba Do picking up the other checks in that order.   The chalkplayers, who had wagered $5165 of a $6708 win pool and $6139 of a $6861 show pool on the favorite, had a few anxious moments after the race, as driver Marcus Miller made an objection against Anthony Napolitano and Stirling Debutant, claiming that they had caused his charge Grandma Jan's Gems, who finished sixth, to go offstride around turn one. If the objection had been allowed, the maintenance department may not have had enough light bulbs for the increased demand from the tote board (Squeals Of Delight 39-1, Amorous Flirt 41-1, Coherent 40-1, Baba Daba Do 60-1), but after reviewing replays the judges let the finish under the wire stand as official.   A four-year-old daughter of Credit Winner, Stirling Debutant had been trained by Christie Collins for owners J M F Racing LLC in the four prelims, but in the week before the final she was purchased by the combine of Randy Bendis, Thomas Pollack, Jack Piatt II, and R. Lewis Hauber, and transferred to the barn of former Downs training leader Steve Salerno. And whatever technique the old team found to turn around Stirling Debutant, it continued in the Weiss Final for her new connections.   Finishing seventh and last in the Weiss Final was 7-1 second choice Ready Any Time, who made a break before the first turn. Her driver was David Miller, and the incident was about the only false step put in by a Miller-driven horse on Tuesday. David entered the night with $199,964,811 in career driving earnings, and was looking to join his fellow Hall of Famers John Campbell ($295.9M) and Ron Pierce ($215.3M) as the only members of the $200 Million Drivers Club.   In his pre-Weiss drives, Miller posted a 7-3-3-1 tally, good for $29,320, putting him at $199,994,131, and if his filly could have lived up to the morning line (and the tote board) and finish second in the $30,000 Weiss Championship, the $7500 check would have put Miller over his goal. Instead, the break took out his best chance at reaching the magic $200M number this night, and despite a second ($2125) and a third ($1020) in post-Weiss drives, he came up just shy, with Miller's nightly earnings $32,465 (10-3-4-2) and his career tally oh-so-close to getting him the keys to the club at $199,997,276 (in hand-kept records to be verified by the USTA). The native Buckeye will be taking his familiar purple and white colors (garnished with a reddish-brown on this card while racing over the sloppy oval) to Harrah's Philadelphia tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon, where the morning line projects him to earn over $8,000 and thus reaching the exclusive $200 Million Club and joining Campbell and Pierce.   **********   Pocono's next racing action will take place on Saturday; while the Thoroughbred world conducts its famous Kentucky Derby, Pocono will feature its only doubleheader program of the year. The first card of ten races is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.; the highlight of the sunshine racing will be three $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars race for state-sired three-year-old trotting colts, headed by last year's two-year-old Sire Stakes champion, Lagerfeld, making his seasonal debut.   After the completion of the early card, the focus will go over to the runners until the Derby is conducted, and then a 14-race evening program will begin soon after the Derby is official, with an anticipated start of 7 p.m. Highlighting the nighttime action will be the inaugural edition of two races for the best Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacers, the $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for males and the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania for females.   The fields for these two races were decided by elimination races held last Saturday, with an open post draw for the finals. Driver Yannick Gingras handled both Classic elim winners for trainer Ron Burke, and he chose to go with the faster elimination winner, Check Six (1:50.4, post four, 5-2), with David Miller picked to guide JK Will Power (1:51.1, post three, 3-1).   Also a highlight of the evening card is the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace, named after the late local harness writer, which brings together some of harness's best free-for-all pacers.   With final drivers and morning line odds announced today, here are the fields for the three Saturday night feature races (post - horse (driver) - morning line odds):   Race 6 -- $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace   1 - Take It Back Terry (Matt Kakaley) - 4-1 2 - P H Supercam (David Miller) - 6-1 3 - Hall Bro (Brett Miller) - 20-1 4 - Luck Be Withyou (George Napolitano Jr.) - 10-1 5 - JK Endofanera (Yannick Gingras) - 5-1 6 - Rockeyed Optimist (Tim Tetrick) - 3-1 7 - Cooperstown (Anthony Napolitano) - 12-1 8 - Bushwacker (Jim Morrill Jr.) - 15-1 9 - Bit Of A Legend N (Andrew McCarthy) - 5-2   Race 11 -- $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Pace Final   1 - Ivy League (Yannick Gingras) - 6-1 2 - Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) - 5-1 3 - Sail To The Beach (George Napolitano Jr.) - 12-1 4 - Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) - 5-2 5 - Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) - 4-1 6 - Pure Country (Brett Miller) - 3-1 7 - I Said Please (Anthony Napolitano) - 15-1 8 - Save The Treasure (Jim Morrill Jr.) - 20-1 9 - I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley) - 10-1   Race 12 -- $561,5000 Pennsylvania Classic Pace Final   1 - Big Top Hanover (Matt Kakaley) - 4-1 2 - The Catamount Kid (Jody Jamieson) - 6-1 3 - JK Will Power (David Miller) - 3-1 4 - Check Six (Yannick Gingras) - 5-2 5 - Lyons Snyder (Scott Zeron) - 5-1 6 - Western Dynasty (Tim Tetrick) - 15-1 7 - JJ Flynn (Brett Miller) - 12-1 8 - Duke Of Delray (Andrew McCarthy) - 20-1 9 - Manhattan Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.) - 10-1   PHHA / Pocono

Harness racing driver David Miller could well get to $200,000,000 on the Tuesday card at Pocono, as you'll see in the attachment!   race 10 2  $    7,500  $             199,998,751 race 11 2  $    2,125  $ 200,000,876 race 14 5  $       425  $             200,001,301      $ 36,490           If that doesn't work out, …   WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT PHILLY         race 6 3  $    1,680   race 7 5  $       600   race 8 4  $       960   race 9 4  $    1,280   race 10 2  $    3,500   race 12 8   ---    race 14 6  ---         $    8,020           JOHN CAMPBELL   $295,959,607 RON PIERCE   $215,343,639

Saturday April 30th Freehold Raceway set the stage for harness racing three-year-old colt trotters in eliminations of the Dexter Cup. The first elimination was taken by Cufflink Hanover, the son of Andover Hall. He settled in for a two-hole trip behind the favorite Steed. Cufflink Hanover took the lead in the stretch to win in a brisk 1:57.3 for driver David Miller. The three-year old colt trotter is trained by Nifty Norman and has secured a spot in the Dexter final. Dominion Beach was favored to win the second elimination and did just that. Marcus Johansson and Dominion Beach held off a late surge by Sir Royson in the stretch to win in 1:58.0. Trained by Nancy Johansson the Muscle Beach colt looks to repeat in the final. Dante driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt took the lead from the word go and never looked back in the third and final elimination. The son of Credit Winner defeated the favorite Inukchuk Chuck in 1:58.3. The $140,800 final will be held on Derby Day, Saturday May 7th, at Freehold Raceway. The three winners will be accompanied by the three-second place finishers: Steed, Sir Royson and Inukchuk Chuck, and two of the third place finishers. Credevie, Cloud Nine Hanover and Hillman will draw for the two remaining spots in the final, by lot. Courtney Stafford

Dublin, Ireland - Triple Crown winner, No Pan Intended, has died after a freak accident at Oakwood Stud Friday morning. He was 16. Derek Delaney reported that the son of Pacific Fella had exercised earlier in the day as he always does and then when being led to the breeding shed, No Pan Intended had reared up, flipped over backwards and landed on his head and was dead. "It was the same routine we did with him all the time," Delaney said. "He is always feeling good, full of himself, so we exercise him in the paddock or hook him up to a jog cart and go a few miles to take some sting out of him before going to the breeding shed. It was just a freak accident, nothing more. We sent his body to the equine hospital for an autopsy." Bred by Winbak Farms of Maryland and purchased as a yearling by Robert Glazer of the Peter Pan Stables, No Pan Intended was trained by Ivan Sugg. As a two-year-old he showed speed and ability, taking a record of 1:55 and earning $115,883 in 13 starts. It was at age three that No Pan Intended crushed nearly every foe he faced. No Pan Intended became only the 10th horse in history to win the pacing Triple Crown back in 2003. As a 3-year-old he won 17 of 21 starts with earnings of $1.46 million. His Triple Crown victories came in the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger Pace. That year he also won the Breeders Crown, James B Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and the Art Rooney Pace, ending the season with a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. He was driven exclusively during his three-year-old season by David Miller. As a stallion, No Pan Intended has had 551 registered foals with a remarkable 424 of those foals racing and sporting combined earnings of more than $35,150,000. He was voted the 2003 Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association. Sired by Pacific Fella from the Hall of Fame mare, Classic Wish, No Pan Intended is a brother to two other world champion million dollar plus performers, Hall of Fame inductee Bettor's Delight ($2.5m) and Roll With Joe ($1.8m). "We are just sick over this," Delany said. "He was set to be the best stallion in all of Ireland and the UK with a full book this season and then in June he was to fly to Australia and stand the season there." By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud      

East Rutherford, NJ - Live racing resumes on Friday at The Meadowlands with seven pacing mares featured in a $25,000 Open Handicap event, the eighth race on the program.   Last week's winner Katie Said (post 7) and bridesmaid Divine Caroline (post 6) are back for a rematch. Both mares came from off the pace with Katie Said peeling off the cover of then sprinting by Divine Caroline in a 26.2 close to the 1:50.4 mile in her first outing of the season. Always fast but a touch erratic at times, Katie Said has matured nicely from age four to five. She races out of the Jimmy Takter barn and Brett Miller has the drive for owner Black Horse Racing on Friday.   Divine Caroline took the uncovered route in a game effort for David Miller and wore down the good Table Talk before "Katie" went by. The four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare makes her third start of the season for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and Michael Ouriel.   Table Talk will make her third start back off the layoff and took a lot of play last week as the post time favorite. Request For Parole and Lovineveryminute return as well with Empress Deo and Inittowinafortune new shooters in the class.   In the wagering department, the last race Jackpot Super High 5 carry-over is $194,741 to start the weekend. As always, you may download free program pages for the Late Pick 4 compliments of Trackmaster.   You can enter to win a trip to the Preakness Stakes on Friday evening and the Meadowlands Summer Survival challenge is still open to entry. Saturday night is the final of the World harness Handicapping Challenge with the prize pool estimated at $50,000. It's not too late to enter the tournament and the details are here.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

As Bob Boni gets older, he appreciates more and more the value of each day. That being said, Boni perhaps envies Rip Van Winkle a bit, wishing he could have slumbered through the winter to only awaken for the day that star male pacer Always B Miki made his 2016 racing debut. Boni, of course, did not sleep the months away. But the day for which he waited finally arrives Saturday. Always B Miki, undefeated in four races last year after overcoming two bouts with injuries that had sidelined him for 11 months, makes his seasonal bow in the $25,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki, starting from post seven in a seven-horse field, is the 7-5 favorite with regular driver David Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. "I think everyone involved with the horse is anxious to see him get back," said Boni, who is a member of the Bluewood Stable group that owns Always B Miki with Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. "I've said (to fellow owner Mitchel Skolnick) that one of the negatives of this business is you want time to pass too quickly. It's almost like you'd like to fall asleep and wake up and we're ready to race. There was that anticipation." Last year, Always B Miki was 4-for-4 with his wins including the Breeders Crown Open Pace in late October and the American-National Stakes in early November. He won his four starts by an average of nearly four lengths, never seeing a foe nearer than 1-3/4 lengths of him at the finish line. "It was frustrating to have to close up shop when it seemed like he was fresh and fit and really starting to get stronger, but there were no other races for him at that time of year," Boni said. "He's shown us, throughout his career, what he's capable of. Hopefully, knock on wood, he gets the opportunity this year." Always B Miki, a son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper bred by Roll The Dice Stable, has won 18 of 35 career races and earned $1.22 million in purses. As a 2-year-old, he raced predominantly at Hoosier Park in Indiana, where he won a preliminary division of the Indiana Sire Stakes and finished third in both of the $200,000 finals. At 3, he spent the season in the stable of trainer Joe Holloway and won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and Monument Circle plus a division of the Tattersalls Pace and finished second in the Meadowlands Pace. He also won an elimination for the Breeders Crown, but was scratched moments before the final because of the first of his two leg injuries. "He's had a great career for us," Boni said. "Joe did a terrific job racing him at 3. He wasn't always the straightest horse on the racetrack, he'd get himself crooked in the turns, but still showed that ability. "I think that something that gets lost in the shuffle is (trainer) Roger Welch did a wonderful job with him at 2. It doesn't get enough attention, but he really taught him how to be a racehorse. He had his issues at 2 as well, then coming back at 3 Joe did a great job with him to do what he did. Hopefully it just continues on now." Always B Miki, who has finished no worse than second in his last 16 races dating back to July 2014, has developed into a "really impressive looking horse," Boni said. Some of his maturation might be the result of sitting out much of last year. "He's a big, strong guy," Boni said. "It shows you the difference that we always get to see with our older horses. Due to circumstances that we wish did not happen, he had the opportunity maybe to develop physically a little more than he might have. Especially through his hind end, he's a bigger, stronger horse right now. Hopefully we see it this year. "Jimmy has done great work with him; he does everything Jimmy asks him to do. David also does a superb job. When you watch him train, or watch him race, you really don't get an idea of how fast he's going. The horse just gets over the ground so nice and easy." Always B Miki's competition Saturday includes Rockeyed Optimist, who has won five of seven races this year and finished no worse than second in any start, stablemate JK Endofanera, and Atta Boy Dan, who arrives from Dover Downs where he won two of his last three races in the Open Preferred Handicap. His setback was a second-place finish to Rockeyed Optimist, who is the 8-5 second choice on the morning line. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

East Rutherford, NJ - The ongoing return of last year's stars to the racetrack resumes on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. An Open Handicap Pace for a purse of $25,000 (race 11) will be the stage for Always B Miki's seasonal debut where he'll face six talented foes.   Always B Miki got a very late start to his 2015 campaign but made the most of the time he had. "Miki" won all four starts of his 2015 starts under 1:50 including the Breeders Crown and American National while amassing over $300,000 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter.   Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Dave Miller have handled some of the best over the course of their careers and both seem absolutely giddy with the possibilities Always B Miki presents for the upcoming season.   The race is by no means an exhibition. A couple of the division's more formidable performers in dual millionaire JK Endofanera and emerging star Rockeyed Optomist, fresh from his 1:48.2 Dover track record, are posted just to the inside of the favorite.   Atta Boy Dan and Smart Rokker have been plying their trade at Dover and were in close attendance to Rockeyed Optomist in his record mile last week while McArdles Lightning and Dovuto Hanover have caught fire lately and were but a head apart in their last Meadowlands feature appearance.   Saturday is your last chance to enter for a free ride to the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Speaking of the Derby, reservations in Pink for the big day are going fast so phone in and secure a table for the evening.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - Two sure signs of spring, tax day has passed and the good horses begin to show up for qualifiers at The Meadowlands in anticipation of stakes season. The sky was cloudless, the wind negligible and the temperature hovered around fifty degrees when 3 year old filly trotters stepped onto the track to open the card.   Predictably, a Takter horse won the first race. Sunset Glider a Cantab Hall filly that won the Kentuckiana Sales stake at Hoosier last summer. She led all the way through slow numbers then sprinted home in 27.1 on the end of the 1:57.2 mile for Dave Miller. Wildflower, winner of the Kindergarten final last year, was second for Ake Svanstedt and Kathy Parker came third. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld are the owners.   Ake took revenge in the second, cutting the mile to win in 1:57.4 with the Credit Winner filly New Sheriff In Town over a fast closing Miss Tezsla (Takter) and Brett Miller. Mellby Gard owns her.   Going back to the NYSS well that produced a million dollar return on investment last season, Crazy Wow, Ronnie Burke unveiled new purchase Dayson in the third. He led all the way through well rated fractions then edged away to a clear 1:55.2 / 27.3 score with driver Yannick Gingras motionless in the sulky. Honor Above All and Granite State followed him in. Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Rossie Smith are now the owners of Dayson.   The fifth qualifier contained a few of the finest trotters in the land. Trainer Nifty Norman was recently quoted as saying Bee A Magician might be better than ever and off her pair of qualifiers the consensus is a resounding "You might by right, Nifty!"   She drafted along behind Aged Breeders Crown winner Creatine, who clicked through fractions of :29, :58 and 1:26.4 before Brian Sears tipped her and sat up. Bee edged past Creatine, who held well in his first outing, in a 27 flat conclusion to the 1:53.4 mile. Resolve sat mid pack early and gained some ground to be a controlled third. Mel Hartman, Herbie Liverman and David McDuffee own Bee A Magician.   Pacers started up after the break and sophomore fillies went a mile in 1:54.3 with JK Fannie and John Campbell holding off the late bid of last year's Three Diamonds winner Yankee Moonshine. She is owned by 3 Brothers Stables.   The seventh race pit last season's winners of the NJ, PA and NY Sires Stakes 2 year old filly finals and they finished right across the track in that order. Blue Moon Stride and Andy McCarthy set fractions of 29.1, 57.4, 1:26.4 with Dime A Dozen in the pocket and Dan Patch champ from last year Pure Country third. They fanned across the track in the stretch and Blue Moon Stride held off the late rally of Pure Country by an inch with Dime A Dozen another head back third in 1:54.1. Emillio and Maria Rosati own the winning filly, Mark Harder trains.   JK Will Power looked sharp this morning dragging Yannick around the oval in 1:53.1 / 27.1 in a winning effort over Carlos Danger and Sapient Hanover. The three year old pacing colt is trained by the Burke stable for 3 Brothers.   Burke sent out Check Six next and he looked sharp today winning for Yannick in 1:52. Settling third through the first three quarters, Check Six took off when shown racetrack and drew off over Love Tap Hanover and Western Dynasty with the 26.3 final stanza. He owned by Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Switala and Martin.   Always B Miki made a good appearance in his first qualifier, setting slow fractions then sprinting home in 26.3 (and he didn't really start pacing until inside the final eighth) to close the 1:52 mile well in hand. National Seelster and Big Top Hanover both logged good efforts on the chase. Dave Miller drove for Takter and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter.   Older mare pacers closed the card with Katie Said making an impressive appearance with a pillar to post 1:54.1 / 27.3 win for Brett Miller. She's as fast as any when on her game and today was one of those days. Stacia Hanover and Bedroomconfessions followed her in with solid efforts. Black Horse Racing owns the winner.   Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - On Saturday night The Meadowlands presents a dozen live races with the focus on the featured seventh race, a conditioned pace for a purse of $17,000.   The entrants in this contest are a diverse group with a pair of defectors from the Levy series getting the nod from the morning line maker as prospective favorites.   Always At My Place (post two) dropped out of the Levy after two lackluster performances. He's a talented Indiana bred who looked like the next big thing for the same connections that owned the great Sweet Lou when he put together a couple of dominant performances against good horses at Pocono late last summer. After a successful return to Hoosier in the fall, trainer Ron Burke put Always At My Place away for the winter in anticipation of the 2016 stakes season.   Owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura will give Always At My Place the chance to be the best he can be, perhaps the mile track and the services of Hall of Fame driver Dave Miller will be the catalyst to success on Saturday.   The accomplished Michael's Power is the other Levy defector and there is no questioning the depth of his rresume. He won the 2012 Little Brown Jug against a very good crop on his way to a $1.4 million season at three. Now seven years old, with career earnings in excess of $1.8 million, Michael's Power has raced at The Meadowlands only a handful of times and has never won there. He is a homebred racing for the interests of Jeffrey and Michael Snyder, trained now by Mark Silva and driven by Corey Callahan.   For those interested in playing the horses, all horizontal wager guarantees remain at the expected level and the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover stands at $174,174 entering the weekend. Past performance for the Late Pick 4 are just a click of the mouse away for each night's card, courtesy of Trackmaster.   Registration is now open for the "Championship Meet Survivor Challenge". Top prize is $2,000 and a seat in the 2017 World Harness Handicapping Challenge. Contest entry is free.   The possibility of winning a trip to the Kentucky Derby continues with entry accepted via a form in the program or on social media through April 23.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Harness racing driver David Miller returned recently from his winter break feeling refreshed and ready to go. He hopes the same is true for Shake It Cerry as she prepares for her seasonal debut Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Shake It Cerry, a 5-year-old female trotter who was the Dan Patch Award divisional champion at ages 2 and 3, as well as Trotter of the Year at 3, returns from her winter layoff in the $25,000 Open Handicap at the Big M. The seven-horse field includes 5-year-old gelding JL Cruze, who was last year's Dan Patch Award honoree for best older male trotter. JL Cruze, who is 2-for-2 this year, will start from post seven with John Campbell driving for trainer Eric Ell and is the 9-5 morning line favorite. Shake It Cerry, who leaves from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 second choice. Shake It Cerry heads to her debut off a 1:55 qualifier win on April 9 at the Meadowlands. She finished three-quarters of a length ahead of multiple-stakes-winner Crazy Wow and a length in front of Bee A Magician, who was last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter and the 2013 Horse of the Year. "She qualified really good," Miller said. "She seems sharp and in great shape. It's her first start, so we'll have to see. But I think she will have a good year. The way she looks right now and the way she qualified, I wouldn't see why not." For her career, Shake It Cerry --- a homebred daughter of stallion Donato Hanover out of the mare Solveig --- has won 28 of 44 races and hit the board a total of 37 times. She has earned $2.48 million for Solveig's Racing Partners, a Christina Takter-led ownership group that includes all the breeders of Shake It Cerry (under the name Solveig's Breeders). Shake It Cerry's victories include two editions of the Breeders Crown, Kentucky Filly Futurity, Goldsmith Maid, Elegantimage, and Merrie Annabelle. Last year, she won five of 16 races and earned $423,155, which was first among 4-year-old female trotters and third among all 4-year-old trotters in North America. Miller started driving Shake It Cerry at the end of last year. He was 2-for-2 with her, including a victory in the $200,000 TVG Mares Trotting Championship on Nov. 20 at the Meadowlands. Miller previously was the driver of Swedish star D'One, winning the Breeders Crown (where Shake It Cerry finished second) and Allerage Mare Trot before the mare returned to Europe. "D'One went back home, so that was good timing there," Miller said about landing behind Shake It Cerry. "Jimmy put me on her and I was happy to get her, believe me. What I like about her is she's a very classy horse. She's a real professional. She knows what she's doing out there. You have to appreciate ones like that." The New Jersey-based Miller, who was named 2015 Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, spent much of the winter in Florida before returning to action in the Northeast in mid-March. Miller, who ranks No. 3 in harness racing history in purses with $199.5 million and No. 6 in wins with 11,661, has driven in at least 2,328 races each year since 1995. "I hadn't had a break for a long, long time," said Miller, who was voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2013. "I've raced year-round since like 1987. The winters get long. It was nice to get away. It was a good move; I enjoyed it. I just got away from the racing for a little bit. I took my own horses down (to Florida) and worked with them, which I enjoy doing. "I came back feeling good and it wasn't tough to get going again. I've been doing this my whole life, so it was fine. I'm getting back in the groove. It's time to get back to work." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA      

It was a solid day for Hall Of Fame Driver Dave Miller on Sunday (April 10th) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Miller had five wins on the afternoon program, including the first two legs of the pick 4 and the late pick 3. The Ohio native has been on quite a roll as of late, winning 10 races at 3 different racetracks in a 24 hour period. Miller had 3 wins on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, and 2 wins at Pocono on Sunday night, to go along with his 5 wins on Sunday afternoon.   In other news, there was a $2,709 carryover in the pick 4 headed into Sunday's program. Despite the fact that a heavy 1/2 favorite won the first leg (Hickory Icon), the pick 4 still managed a handsome return of $833 for a .50 cent wager. The new minimum in 2016 is .50 cents, with a low 15% takeout.   Ron Burke trainee Verdad (Gingras) picked up his third straight win in the featured event of the day, a non-winners of $15,000 in the last 5 starts for pacers. The Howard and Judith Taylor owned 7-year-old horse out of Western Ideal was game in his win, grinding much of the mile first-over. The mile was timed in 1:52.3. It was his 29th career victory, as he continues to edge towards the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The red hot Toatsmygoats (Andy Miller) finished a bang-up second, despite being shuffled behind a tiring leader. The Nick Surick trainee came into this race winning 2 of his last 3 starts.   The upset of the day came in race 5, as Chris Temming's Gavin's Designer (McCarthy) came from off the pace to win at at 54-1. The 7-year-old gelded son of Camluck was able to take advantage of the tired pacesetters, after the initial quarter was ripped off by Burke trainee Allstar Legend in :25.4. The gelding prompted a 2 out of 3 Pick 3 payoff.   And in a milestone watch, millionaire pacer Versado was looking for his 50th career win on Sunday. The 9-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again was starting from post 4 in a non-winners of $10,500 in their last 5 starts event. After challenging the speedy Bestjetyet first-over in the races middle half, he tired to finish 5th beaten 5 lengths. It was his second start of 2016.   Live racing continues on Wednesday, April 13th, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRISBURG PA -- Within the space of 24 hours and 9 minutes, from Saturday night to Sunday night, Hall of Famer David Miller drove 10 winners, at three different tracks.   Miller's first winner of this "hot period" came with Relentless Dream at 8:34 p.m., the 4th race at The Meadowlands, after which he added Western Fame (5th) and City Hall (10th).   Shifting to Harrah's Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, the Buckeye got off to a slow start, then finished at a sub-26 rate, winning with Hickory Icon (7th), Mach To The Max (8th), True Blue Hall (11th), Stolen Car (12th), and Dabestleaderever (14th).   Miller then headed to Pocono Downs, where he won in the 4th with Some Fancy Filly and the 5th with Worth Watching, the latter victory coming at 8:43 p.m., just outside of a 24-hour span from his first in the series.   David's last three at Philly and two at Pocono came in five straight drives for him; in fact, had Mr Hasani N been able to win instead of finishing third in the ninth at Philly, Miller would have had eight straight successes in sulky appearances.   David is a regular at Harrah's Philadelphia, and currently he is second in the standings with 12 wins, one behind Yannick Gingras. At Pocono, he has turned up for Weiss Series action, and his four victories ties him for eighth in the standings of the young meet. The Meadowlands has been racing all year, while Miller took most of the winter off to stay in Florida, but he still has amassed 10 wins ther, putting him in a tie for 13th -- but his 17.9% win rate is higher than any driver above or equal to him in victories.   The sport's historians have another reason to be looking at Miller. After Sunday night's action, trotters and pacers guided by Miller have generated a career total of $199,496,035 -- so it shouldn't be long before Miller joins fellow Hall of Famers John Campbell and Ron Pierce as the exclusive members of the $200 Million Club.   Miller takes today (Monday) off, then has scheduled engagements Tuesday in morning qualifiers at Philly and during the twilight card at Dover.   by Jerry Connors  

A happy Al Raza has harness racing owner Augie Abbatiello feeling pretty cheerful himself. Al Raza, a New Zealand-bred female pacer, is the lone undefeated horse through three weeks of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway and the 6-year-old mare will look to make it 4-for-4 when she faces six rivals in Friday's penultimate preliminary round at The Hilltop. "She is a real nice mare," said Abbatiello, who also trains Al Raza. "Most of the horses from New Zealand get very hot, but she has nice manners. She gets turned out every morning and she likes company, with the other ones out in the paddock. That is important. She is very relaxed and very nice. "You want to keep her happy. The longer you keep her happy she will give you everything you want. I like her very much." Al Raza, who leads the Matchmaker series standings with 225 points, will start from post seven in Friday's third of three $40,000 divisions. David Miller will drive Al Raza, who had Jordan Stratton in the sulky in her three wins in the series. Stratton, though, is committed to driving regularly for trainer Peter Tritton, who also has a horse (New Zealand-bred For The Ladies) in the third division. Horses receive 25 points for entering the Matchmaker each week, then 50 points for a win, 25 for second place, 12 for third, 8 for fourth and 5 for fifth. The top eight horses in the standings qualify for the $125,000-added final on April 23. Sell A Bit, another New Zealand-bred import in Tritton's stable, has two wins in the series and starts Friday in the second division. Mach It A Par, who is third in points behind Al Raza and Sell A Bit, is in the first division. Rounding out the top eight in points are Yagonnakissmeornot (in Friday's second division), Venus Delight (first division), For The Ladies (third division), Krispy Apple (third division), and Skippin By (second division). Al Raza, a daughter of stallion Gotta Go Cullect and the Mach Three mare Al Zahra, was an award-winning 4-year-old in New Zealand and made her debut for Abbatiello in September 2015. In addition to training horses, Abbatiello is the owner of the Pine Bush Training Facility in upstate New York. Tritton is stabled at the farm and Abbatiello used Tritton's Down Under contact, agent Peter Larkin, to get Al Raza. "I watched a lot of her races and I liked the way she comes at the end, she has that extra gear and flies off," Abbatiello said. "That's why I bought her. I gave her a couple months off, I took my time with her, and she has been very good." The 64-year-old Abbatiello, who is distantly related to the family of harness racing legend Carmine Abbatiello, was born in Italy and moved to the U.S. in 1969. Abbatiello's ownership stable name, Durazzano, is a reference to his hometown in the province of Benevento in Italy. Abbatiello, who is active in real estate development, automotive repair, and restaurant businesses, bought his first horse in the mid-1980s. "I do a little bit of everything," said Abbatiello, who is currently training a dozen horses. "This is my hobby. I just liked the game and my family likes the horses. We used to have horses in Italy too. We just kept going." In 2007, Abbatiello bought an abandoned horse farm and turned it into the Pine Bush Training Facility, located approximately 20 miles north of Goshen and 80 miles from Manhattan. The 130-acre property includes a half-mile track, indoor pool, and 18 five-acre paddocks. "This place came up for sale and I looked at it and fell in love with it," Abbatiello said. "I figured it would be a good place to train the horses. The place is beautiful. I do a lot of the work myself too. When I finished, I looked and thought, wow, I accomplished something. I'm the kind of person who likes to do things right or not do them at all. "We really enjoy this. It keeps me occupied. I love being out there doing the racetrack and taking care of the horses." Among other successful horses for Abbatiello is 10-year-old male pacer Life Up Front, who has earned $554,279 since joining his stable in 2011. On Saturday, Life Up Front gave Abbatiello his 150th win as a trainer. Al Raza will try to add to that total on Friday. Since she arrived in the U.S., the mare has won seven of 17 races and earned $169,450. The plan is to race Al Raza in the Matchmaker this week, then skip the final preliminary round to rest for the championship. "She's very healthy and I just have to hope it works out for the final," Abbatiello said. "After that, we'll give her a little time off and then race in the Open. We take it as we go. I think she can make money as long as she stays healthy." And happy. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

Velocity Vespa and harness racing driver George Napolitano Jr. teamed up to score a track record 1:49 victory in the $75,000 Final of the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Series on Saturday night (March 5).   Though that was a highlight on the "Super Saturday" program, the pair had to share with spotlight as the stars--both in the sky and on the track--were plentiful and shined brightly the entire night.   Here is a recap of the festivities:   $75,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Final   The aforementioned Velocity Vespa appeared to push the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and blasted her way through fractions of :26.1, :54 and 1:21 before sprinting home in :28 to score a victory measuring just short of a length in 1:49, the fastest of any distaffer in the 52 year history of the track.   The six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, off as the 3 to 5 public choice, pinned the defeat on Show Runner, driven by Tim Tetrick, with Pertty Music, handled by Kevin Wallis, third, almost seven lengths away. LUcy's Pearl finished fourth while Godiva Seelster, hampered by the outside nine post, rallied from last half way through the mile to finish fifth and extend her streak of races earning purse checks to 77 covering her seasons as a three, four, five and, now, six year-old seasons.   This was a classic "Nap" drive as he had Velocity Vespa ripe to roll and she did just that, thwarting any threats that may have developed during the mile.   In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "You know, last week I was a little lazy leaving with her and she was hung out there the whole way. Chris (trainer Oakes) even yelled at me a bit after that and I told him that would not happen again. He reminded me that she came out of last week excellent and that she'd be ready for this tonight. Boy, was she ever ready."   Velocity Vespa is now 6 for 8 this semester with earnings of $69,125, more than all of last season in 32 starts.   Lifetime, Velocity Vespa, coming in to the action with lifetime bounty just a tad under $200,000, vaulted over that with the win--her career earnings now at $237,362.   She paid $3.20 to her many faithful.   $30,000 INVITATIONAL HANDICAP TROT TO WIND OF THE NORTH   Wind Of The North, catch-driven by David Miller, slipped through along the pylons in deep stretch to score a sharp 1:53.3 win in his 2016 seasonal debut.   The six year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, trained by Jenny Bier, who co-owns with Jonann Dombeck, scored by 3/4s of a length over Oho Diamond , driven by Wally Hennessey. Crazy About Pat and Tim Tetrick teamed up to be third while Natural Herbie finished fourth. Winding Hill made a miscue at the beginning and finished fifth in the quintet.   It was the track record holding mare Oho Diamond away alertly with Wind Of The North also showing gate speed from the coveted five post and Crazy About Pat next and finding a cozy seat in third.   At the :27.2 opener, Oho Diamond was leading the way with Wind Of The North cozily next through a half in :56.3. On the backside, Crazy About Pat left the pocket and charged up to challenge with Wind Of The North still sitting chilly third and patiently for any seam to open along the shortest route.   In the lane, that seam developed and Miller took advantage and shot Wind Of The North on through to score the win.   In the winner's circle, driver David Miller said, "this being his first start, I really didn't want to push him too hard too early but he seemed anxious so I let him do what he wanted and found a nice spot early. I think he raced really big, especially off of a qualifier. He beat a very good field tonight, too. It was an honor to drive him."   In garnering his 19th lifetime win in 73 starts, Wind Of The North now has amassed $485,848 in career bounty to go along with his 1:51 mark.   $20,000 OPEN HANDICAP PACE - SCOTT ROCKS "ROCKS" IN 1:49   Scott Rocks, handled by George Napolitano, jr., turned the tables on arch-rival Panocchio and roared on by in the lane to score a handy three length win in 1:49.   Panocchio, slicing through panels of :26.1; :54.1 and 1:21.3 finished second for Wally Hennessey while Johnny Grippa, sitting chilly the entire way from the rail, finished third with Kevin Wallis in the bike. Dedi's Dragon made a bold first up backside bid and eventually finished fourth while Bluehourpower picked up the nickel.   Said winning driver George Napolitano, Jr., after the event, "You know, this is a very underrated horse. He has a very quick and sharp burst--I mean, really lightning like. And, of course (tongue-in-cheek), a lot had to do with the drive. Last week, they got the trip. This week, we got the trip. No doubt, he was very sharp, very quick tonight."   Trained by Chris Oakes for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, Scott Rocks, a six year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, now sports a 2-1-0 scorecard in three starts and now has lifetime earnings of $358,775.   AS the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Scott Rocks rewarded his $2.00 investors with a dividend of $3.20.   TEAM TETRICK WINS F.A.D.C. PRO-AM COMPETITION   The Florida Amateur Driving Club, significantly added to their already generous contributions total approaching $160,000 in the first annual Pro-Am event, with Tim Tetrick and David Miller captaining their respective teams.   The two race event was won by Team Tetrick with the final "point total being 82 to 40.   The opening event went to Team Tetrick's Mitchell Sky" Walker, who got his own Global Power up in the very last stride to score in 1:59.2 over another Tetrick roster member, Dennis Whittemore, handling Starbux Eden. Tetrick, himself, was third with Rel Cash Clown while Team Miller earned their initial points with David, himself, in the bike back of Sorrento Hall. Laurie Poulin, the only "filly" on the Team Miller roster, was next with What About Brian.   'Sky" Walker's Global Power paid $10.80 to win.   After that first round, the score was 39-22.   Team Tetrick sealed the deal in the finale by guiding the favorite PC's Wildcard to a handy win in 1:57, easily a lifetime mark.   Hannah Miller, guiding M C Felix for Team Tetrick, finished second while yet another Team Tetrick driver, Jamie Marra, "officially" finished third with Engagedatlexington.   Miller, himself, was originally third in the event with Witty's Winner, but was set back a notch to fourth for a pylon violation. Tommy Santeramo, on Tetrick's roster, finished fifth.   When all was tallied, Team Tetrick had the upper-hand by a score of 82 to 40, significant since the Florida Amateur Driving Club donated $3,000 to Tetrick's charity, New Vocations while $2,000 was given upon Miller's favorite charity--Make-A-Wish.   Both New Vocations and Make-A-Wish had representatives at the ceremony with Patty Escobar from Make-A-Wish saying, "I never realized that a sport like harness racing can have such a positive impact on any charity, including ours. This ia a dream night for Make-A-Wish and yet another dream will come true for a child. This is such a blessing!"   Between races, Tim Tetrick presented Dein Spriggs with his "world" colors and the Isle International Series gets underway in one week at Pompano Park.   The two day extravaganza will feature drivers from nine European countries and "down under."   Spriggs will represent the U.S.A. in the series.   Racing continues on Sunday night at Pompano Park with a scheduled post time of 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park            

David Miller and Tim Tetrick are looking forward to the harness racing  meeting on Saturday night (March 5) at Pompano Park. Two of the leading participants in our sport will be in action at the South Florida track features the $75,000 Final of the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Event for mares, a $30,000 Invitation Handicap for trotters and a $20,000 Open Handicap for pacers, among the stellar 10 race card. In addition, Miller and Tetrick will serve as team captains as the Florida Amateur Driving Club features a pair of events benefitting, in Miller's case, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and, Tetrick's favorite, New Vocation. As Miller related, "This is the perfect way to pass along our blessings to those who have not had the same fortunate experiences as we have enjoyed. Tetrick added, "Dave and I have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success because of harness racing and this event put on by the Florida Amateur Driving Club gives us a chance to say 'thank you' for that success. Dein (F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs) spearheaded this event and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate. Indeed, Spriggs' Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $155,000 to worthy charitable causes since its inception with all members of the club donating their earnings from driving to the club for distribution. The two race event, carded as the first and fourth on the Saturday program features Tetrick and Miller in both after having selected their respective teams during the Wednesday draw-but not without controversy. With the Amateur pool of drivers running deep with talent, when post positions were to be drawn for the initial event, Miller tipped his hand by stating that he wanted Amateur Driver of the Year, Hannah Miller, as his first pick. When he did just that, the race for which David Miller was selecting was not to be drawn first but, rather, second. Seeing this, Tetrick then selected Hannah Miller as his first choice for his team, leaving Miller to growl, "Yes, that was kind of a dirty trick, but I hope to even the score on the racetrack Saturday night!" Tetrick's team in the first race consists of Billy Muggleston (91 lifetime wins), Dennis Whittemore (115), Mitchell "Sky" Walker (110) and Gary Barbere (54) while Miller's roster in round one has "Touchdown" Teddy Bowman (73), Joe Pennacchio (152), Laurie Poulin (63) and Tom Eichas (10). For the final event, Miller sports a lineup of Tony Dinges (17), Leon Cable (421), John Campagnuolo (48) and Dein Spriggs (412) while Tetrick has the aforementioned Hannah Miller (43), Tom Santeramo (10), Jamie Marra (45) and Steve Oldford (112). The winning team will be determined by "points" with The F.A.D.C. awarding the winning team's charity $3,000 with $2,000 being donated to the other's selected charitable organization. The $75,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Event Final features four "leg" winners in the field of nine-Totally Rusty, Velocity Vespa, Show Runner and Just A Bee-with Strut My Stuff, Lucy's Pearl, Pertty Music, Mach It A Par and Godiva Seelster rounding out a very talented field with over $2,000,000 in combined earnings. Velocity Vespa, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, looks to rebound from a difficult journey as the 3 to 10 favorite in her last start. The six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover, was caught outside during early fractions of :26.1 and :54.3 and finished off the board for the first time in seven seasonal starts. Velocity Vespa has drawn the advantageous five post and has been made the 5 to 2 morning line favorite with George Napolitano, Jr. in the sulky. Just A Bee, claimed back in September of 2014 for $12,000, has two wins in the series and was the winner last week in 1:52.2, picking up the pieces off of the "suicidal" opening half to score at 17 to 1 odds for Mike Micallef. Trained by MIcallef for owners Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee is listed as the 7 to 2 second choice in the morning line. The consistent Mach It A Par, trained by Jack Sheehan for owner Carmen Iannacone, has been second and third in two starts in this Isle Late Closing Series and is listed at the 9 to 2 third choice. Godiva Seelster, Paul and Patricia O'Neil's ultra-consistent mare, has drawn the outside post nine and will have regular pilot Wally Hennessey in her sulky. The six year-old mare, trained by Dan Hennessey, has not missed a purse check in over three seasons covering over 75 starts. The $30,000 Invitational Handicap Trot features a select sextet with combined earnings over $2.8 million. The track record holding mare Oho Diamond heads the field off of a second place finish in her 2016 debut. Trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner Dan Clements, Oho Diamond is listed at 8 to 5 in the morning line. No less than four entrants are making their initial starts this season off of qualifying events-Daylon Miracle, Natural Herbie, Crazy About Pat and Wind Of The North. Winding Hill completes the talented field. The $20,000 Open Handicap Pace featured a stellar field, as well, with Panocchio, Scott Rocks, Bluehourpower, Dedi's Dragon, Thebestofjoel and Johnny Grippa matching strides. Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio enjoyed a picture perfect journey to earn his initial win of the year in three starts. Panocchio is expected to have the driving services of Wally Hennessey and is listed as the 5 to 2 second choice in the morning line. Scott Rocks, trained by Chris Oakes for Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, cut the mile in his last start only to finish second to Panocchio, as the latter stopped the timer in 1:50.2. George Napolitano, Jr. is expected back of Scott Rocks as is listed at 9 to 5 on the morning line. Post time for the Saturday spectacular is set for 7:30 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

With the $75,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing event for mares highlighting the March 5 harness racing card at the South Florida oval, an added attraction for that Saturday night program will be the Pro-Am event headed by team captains David Miller and Tim Tetrick. Florida Amateur Driving Club President Dein Spriggs spearheaded the event and received an enthusiastic response from Miller and Tetrick, two of the leading drivers in the sport. Miller, has driven the winners of over $10 million in 13 of the past 15 seasons and is within a “nose” of going over the $200 million dollar mark. He has driven over 11,600 winners with the “crowning” touch being in last season’s Breeders Crown at Woodbine, where he drove five winners enriching owners by $950,000. Tetrick, who drove his first winner, Travel N Legacy, at the Paris, Illinois in 1998, covering the mile in 2:06.4 and earning the major share of the $1,186 purse, just recently won his 9,000th race and has driven the winners of over $165 million. He, too, has a multitude of Breeders Crown wins, including last season’s victory back of 2015 two year-old champion Boston Red Rocks. Spriggs said, “We are so honored to have these great drivers and humanitarians here at Pompano Park on March 5th. “In appreciation of their appearance here, our Florida Amateur Driving Club is donating $2,000 to each driver’s selected charity—Miller’s being the Make A Wish Foundation and Tetrick selecting New Vocation.” Miller and Tetrick will select their respective teams after the March 1st draw with two Pro-Am events tentatively scheduled as a co-feature with the aforementioned $75,000 Isle Casino Late Closing Final. Also on March 5, authors Victoria Howard and Bob Marks will be on hand doing a book signing for their recent publication detailing the life and times of the great Meadow Skipper. Plans are also being finalized for the Isle International Amateur Series extravaganza on March 12-13. This series, featuring the leading amateur drivers from Austria, Russia, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Germany and New Zealand, will be joined by Florida’s own Dein Spriggs, who won the right to represent the amateur drivers during a series of events over the past months. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

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