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East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night at the Meadowlands featured the second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for harness racing three-year-old trotters with the fillies and colts each competing in a single $25,000 race with next week's $100,000 finals as their target.   Nine fillies went to the post absent last week's winner Mission Brief who remained in the barn with her final berth secure and Rules Of The Road took full advantage of that circumstance.   The Muscle Hill filly from Right On Renee led all the way for David Miller through comfortable fractions and held off a serious bid from Model Behavior to win in 1:55. Riley's Dream was third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor share ownership of Rules Of The Road.   Guess Who's Back took another step on the Hambletonian trail with a measured 1:52.4 win over a game Canepa Hanover in the colt division. Sent for the front early, Guess Who's Back led by the 55:3 half where Brian Sears deferred to the Jimmy Takter driven Canepa Hanover who was working his way up through a wind-aided sub 27 second quarter. Using the cover as a breather for his colt, Sears fanned his mount for the drive off the last turn and went by for a narrow win under is own power with a 29.2 final stanza into the wind. Aldebaran Eagle gained some late to be third.   Guess Who's Back moves onto the final as the horse to beat for trainer Nik Drennan and owners Joe Davino, Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva.   Weeper won the $27,500 Mare Open Pace again, this time in a front-running effort for Yannick Gingras. Allowed uncontested fractions, Weeper responded with a 26.4 close to the 1:50.3 mile. Inittowinafortune held second after a pocket ride and Coffee Addict was a gallant third after an uncovered charge at the winner around the final bend. Jimmy Takter trains the winner for the Bay Pond Racing Stable.   Live racing resumes tomorrow night at 7:15pm.   From Meadowlands Media Relations

There were three divisions of The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (May 21) each going for a purse of just over $71,000. In the first division, it was Miller's Stable's Somewhere Sweet (Dave Miller) scoring an impressive five length victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rolled right to the front, tripping the quarter beam in :27.1. After a rated second quarter of :29.1 (:56.2 half), the Brian Brown trainee began to draw away, getting the back half in :56.2, completing the mile in an in-hand 1:52.4. It was her fourth career win of eleven starts, and her third in the last four. Better Said (Tim Tetrick) was making her 2015 debut after going two for five in the win column as a two-year-old. She rallied on for second, while Moma's Got A Gun (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $6.60. The track was downgraded to good for the second division, in which trainer Brian Brown continued his winning ways with Serious Filly (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was taken off the early pace, but shifted into gear shy of the half. She mounted a persistent first-over bid, and was able to grind past pace-setter Aria Hanover (Brett Miller) to win by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:53.3. Imagine Dragon (Scott Zeron) shook loose late to close for second, while Doll Fins (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, Serious Filly remains undefeated in 2015, a perfect four for four. The winner paid $14.40. Trainer Brian Brown was looking for the sweep in Division three, as he sent out the heavy favorite Triple V Hanover (Dave Miller). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was taken off the early pace, but brushed hard towards the top after the quarter (:28), not clearing until the half (:56.2). The tough trip took its toll in the stretch, as Art's Jem (Tim Tetrick) closed fast up the inside to win, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Southwind Roulette (Yannick Gingras) finished second while Deli Beach (John Campbell) finished third. It was the third seasonal win in five starts for the daughter of Art Official, who is owned by CC Racing. The Joann Looney-King trainee paid $19.60 to win. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - For a track with a 47.8% winning favorites rate heading into Sunday's harness racing program, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered some tasty win mutuels on well-pedigreed horses in the first three of the four $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts.   The chalkplayers finally had their moment in the spotlight in the fourth and final division, and even in that event favored Parklane Eagle had a couple of anxious moments before winning in a personal best 1:51 for driver David Miller and trainer Peter Foley. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Shirley Le Vin, had controlled the early pace with fractions of 26.4 and 55.1, but 47-1 shot Kwik Mac gave the frontstepper something to think about as he got to within a neck at the 1:23.1 3/4s. Parklane Eagle shrugged off that challenge though, and by the wire he had that rival 3¾ lengths in arrears of him.   Hall of Fame driver Miller also brought the “best bet for the odds” winner of four, a horse with impeccable connections making his first start of the year for trainer Jim Campbell. Gallic Beach is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, whose dam Galleria (herself a champion racemare) has also produced the unlucky Gallie Bythe Sea, a Breeders Crown elimination winner at two and three who through misfortune got to start in neither final. And Gallic Beach was ready right out of the box, setting the pace and blazing home in 54.3 to earn a new speed badge of 1:51.4 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC - and returning a generous $15.40.   Sire Somebeachsomwhere had a third Stallion Series winner in Guantanamo Bay, who overcame the first-over route to hang a head loss on Jo Pa's Well Said, flying late after coming from sixth at the half, to take a new mark of 1:52 for driver Mike Simons, at 11-1 odds, highest return on the four winners. Trainer Fred Grant, a native of Nova Scotia, conditions the winner for owners from his native province, James Bagnell and Ann Smith.   It's rare to get 5-1 at Pocono on the track's eight-time driving champion George Napolitano Jr., and even rarer if "GNap" is teaming with top trainer Chris Oakes. But the backers of the McArdle gelding Mckenry got just such a windfall in his division, as the pacesetting winner got a nontaxing half in 57, then flew home in 55 for "GNap" to hold off "ANap" (his brother Anthony) and hard-charging Angelo J Fra by a half-length, with the 1:52 final package giving each series winner a rewritten speed mark. Mckenry won for Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, and the Wheelhouse Racing Stable.   The Stallion Series' four winners reflect the purpose of Pennsylvania's "little brother" to the Sire Stakes - it gives a chance for horses not quite yet at the top a chance to race competitively for good money. Parkland Eagle had three lifetime wins coming into his race - which was the exact total of the other three winners combined. But after four miles in 1:52 or better, one of more of the visitors to Victory Lane Sunday at The Downs could be stepping up to battle the "big boys" as they develop.   PHHA / Pocono  

Delaware OH resident Brian Brown is the defending harness racing training titleholder in the Jugette, having won last year with divisional champion Color's A Virgin - and he's giving every sign that he's looking to take his second straight come September 23.   In a 3PF Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows last week, Brown sent out winner Serious Filly along with second-place finishers Somewhere Sweet and Triple V Hanover.   So for Sunday's $128,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars divisional event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Brown decides to keep out Serious Filly but enter the other two - and those fillies accounted for half the four All-Stars divisions, with both handled for Brown by Hall of Famer David Miller, the all-time leading driver at Delaware.   First up was Somewhere Sweet, like her stablemate a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, whom Miller rallied from the pocket into a 55 back half to take a head decision over pacesetting Southwind Roulette, last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, in 1:52, a new mark, for Miller's Stable Inc. of Kentucky.   Then it was Triple V Hanover's turn, and that filly tucked, brushed to the lead by the 55 half, and went on to win by 1¼ lengths in 1:50.3, also a personal best and by far the fastest of the four All-Stars divisions.   King Mcnamara of FL and the Strollin Stable of OH, part of the partnership behind Brown's All-Star colt winner Rise Up Now last night, share ownership in the victorious miss with Buckeye Donald Robinson.   Doctor Terror, who made a break in the Sire Stakes last week, atoned this week from the outermost post seven in her cut, making the lead past the quarter and coming home in 55 to win by a neck over Storm Point, a Sires winner last week, while lowering her personal best to 1:52.3.   The daughter of Western Terror is owned by two Ontarians, trainer Blake Macintosh and Stuart Macintosh, and had another "Mac" in her corner --- driver Mark Macdonald.   In the other divisions Arts Jem, beaten a neck by Serious Filly last week, enjoyed the lack of Brown competition, rallying quickly deep in the Pocono Pike, two inside the pacesetter, to edge Macarena Mama, in the Pike to her right, in a mark of 1:52.1.   The Art Official miss stepped her personal back half in 54.3 to win for trainer Jim King Jr. and two Lincoln Staters, driver Tim Tetrick and the CC Racing LLC of Ray Kusinski.   Oh - and Serious Filly? She's in a tough overnight race at The Meadows on Tuesday, and has the outside post nine to boot. Good thing Brian Brown's UTR in Pennsylvania is currently .867 for the year.   Wednesday's feature at The Downs is a $30,000 Open handicap mares pace, placed conveniently 11 days before the $250,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at the PA Harness Horsemen Association's other track of representation, Harrah's Philadelphia.   Handicapped outside in the field of eight is Anndrovette, four-time defending Pacing Mare of the Year and last year's Betsy Ross winner; to her immediate inside is recent Chip Noble Pace winner Yagonnakissmeornot.     Jerry Connors

With The Championship Meet upon us, The harness racing Grand Circuit took center stage on Friday night at The Meadowlands. The three year old filly pacers contested the $43,106 W.N. Reynolds Memorial. On paper it was a very competitive field of seven and it played out that way on the racetrack. Bettor Be Steppin, sent off as a very slight 8/5 favorite would dictate the terms establishing a tempo of 27, 55.4 and 1:24. She turned for home with the 9/5 second choice, Happiness right on her back. Bedroomconfessions was grinding away first over, with Divine Caroline riding her cover. With just an eighth of a mile to go, these four fillies lined up across the track. Happiness found room at the pylons and sprinted through to the tune of a 26.3 final quarter to win going away in the end. Divine Caroline rallied off cover to finish up second with Bedroomconfessions third. Happiness was driven to victory by Yannick Gingras for Ron Burke who co-owns the filly with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The 1:50.3 clocking was a lifetime mark for the three year old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. The $39,816 John Simpson Memorial for three year old filly trotters was also a part of the Grand Circuit action on Friday night. Riley's Dream was bet down to 3/5 favoritism, but she would find herself locked in throughout the first three-quarters of a mile as Shaqline never found the pylons and remained parked out outside Riley's Dream throughout. In the meantime, Rules Of The Road showed tremendous early speed for Dave Miller as she reeled off fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:25.1 while trotting unopposed on the lead throughout the mile. Turning for home, Rules Of The Road kicked away from the field and she was never threatened, winning in 1:54. The win was one of four on the night for Dave Miller and the winner is eligible to The Hambletonian Oaks for trainer Janice Connor who co-owns the filly with Arden Homestead Stable. A field of six top mares went to the gate in the $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace. Sayitall BB was the aggressor moving to the front and leading the charge around the track, reaching the half-mile in 55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. The Breeders Crown winner turned for home with the lead, but the field began to close in. With mares coming from anywhere, the mare coming fastest of all was the one closing from last, Weeper. She appeared on the far left of the screen and sprinted home to a sub-26 second final quarter to win. Weeper was driven by Brett Miller for Jimmy Takter and owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. Weeper is eligible to all the major stakes for the mare pacers at The Meadowlands, including the TVG Championships. Jerseylicious returned a winner on Friday night at The Meadowlands, winning an upper level condition event for fillies and mares pacers. Sent off as the overwhelming 1/5 favorite Jerseylicious secured a pocket trip behind the speedy That Woman Hanover. But Dave Miller decided it was time to move with three-eighths of a mile to go and he pulled the pocket with Jerseylicious, securing the lead prior to the three quarter pole. From there, the five year old daughter of Western Ideal opened up several lengths and was able to fend off the late brush of Beautiful Lady to score in 1:50.4, just three-fifths off her lifetime mark. Jerseylicious is well-staked at The Meadowlands, including eligibility to the TVG Championship for the Pacing Mares, Golden Girls and The Lady Liberty. Muscle Network made it back to back wins Friday. The former Valley Victory Champion made it five wins from 13 career starts with his 1:53.3 winning performance. His earnings are now past $335,000 lifetime and he is eligible to The Graduate series which gets underway on Memorial Day at Tioga Downs. Hambletonian Eligibles were prominent on the program Friday night and a couple of them won. Saboro Hanover won a maiden event for Nifty Norman and Dave Miller. The $75,000 Harrisburg yearling was equipped with trotting hobbles and responded by sprinting a visually impressive final quarter to score in a sharp 1:54.3. Additionally, Dapper Don, making his three year old debut, scored in impressive first-over fashion in 1:55.4. The connections have a Hambletonian-ring to them, being the same that won the 2012 Hambletonian with Market Share, including driver Tim Tetrick, who was very high on the colt. "He's come a long way," said Tetrick. "He let me drive him how I wanted, let me put him where I wanted. He's matured. Current Crisis and Robert Krivelin were victories in the $15,000 GSY Amateur Final. Despite a frenzy of action that saw trotters stacked three and four wide on the first turn, Krivelin was able to secure a position near the lead where he tracked Mr Ridgetaker who was very wide early and Bambino Hall. Kriven guided his trotter to the lead past the half-mile pole and Current Crisis opened up daylight from there, soaring past three-quarters and romping to an easy triumph. Hannah Miller was forced very wide behind stalled trotters coming off the bend and finished with a flourish to be second while Jenny Melander and All About Justice checked in third. Robert Krivelin trains and drives Current Crisis for the Hero Stables. The win was the 25th in the career of the six year old trotter, sending his earnings to nearly $240,000. On the wagering front, the 11th race on the program featured the fourth largest payout in the history of The Meadowlands and the second largest trifecta of all time. It was a perfect storm, as Two Hip Dip, Donnie Darko and Lock Down Lindy, the three favorites all broke stride. Battle Mage avoided any trouble and scored the 32-1 upset. Cutup Hanover was second at 34-1 and Silverhill Volo was third at 99-1. That combination resulted in a $2 trifecta return of $62,559.60. The largest trifecta of all time came nearly twenty years ago and returned over $88,000 for a $2 return. The only larger payouts were a pick-6 that yielded over a $100,000 return and the recent $200,000 jackpot that was paid out in the Super Hi-5. The total handle of $2,597,671 was a ten-percent increase over this same Friday in 2014. Racing resumes on Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. There are carryovers in both $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers, with the fifth race carryover now standing at $108,703 and the last race carryover growing to $83,532. Darin Zoccali

Harness racing Hall Of Fame driver David Miller had a great year in the bike in 2014 with another season of handling some of the sports greats with all the skill that he has become renowned for. David Miller just keeps on churning out one great season after another and his lifetime figures are truly remarkable. David has chalked up over 11,000 wins todate for stakes in excess of $186,000,000. David Millers drives have made over $9,000,000 in stakes in thirteen of the last fourteen years in North America. This video takes a look at Dave's great year in 2014. Courtesy of the Meadowlands

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

Trenton, NJ --- Sometimes it’s pretty amazing what an extra $1,000 can buy. William “Don” Cantrell has discovered that over the past five months after purchasing Classic Belisima at the harness racing Blooded Horse Sale in November. With trainer John Cabot surveying the horses, Cantrell called a friend who was there and asked him to bid up to $15,000. Cabot saw several pacers he really liked, but the more he looked at Classic Belisima, the more he liked her. “I called back and said ‘Go $16,000 because a lot of people stop at 15,” Cantrell said. “I was sitting in my living room watching the sale and the board rolled up at $17,000 and I said ‘Well we didn’t get her.’ And about that time the phone rang and he said ‘We got her, the board rolled back to $16,000.’ “So that extra thousand I told him to bid ended up getting us the horse.” And what a horse she has been. Classic Belisima enters Wednesday night’s (April 22) $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as the 2-1 morning line favorite. She has won eight of her 10 races this year and has won four straight, including all three Weiss Series preliminary rounds in which she competed. “There was just something about her we liked,” Cantrell said. “We’ve had a lot of luck racing fillies over the years; I’ve raced a lot of fillies. Before (Cabot) even looked at her, he knew the guy that had her and he was a real good horseman, so you knew you didn’t have to worry about anything and we decided to take a shot on her.” In her first race for her new connections at Dover Downs, Classic Belisima was driven by Corey Callahan, who sat in the back of the pack until the three-quarters mark and got beat by a nose. “That first night I knew we had a good horse,” Cantrell said. “She can race any way,” he added. “She’s been on the front end up there, and Corey Callahan says she’s awesome off a helmet. If you want to race her from behind, you can race her anyway you want to and you can drive her with two fingers.” David Miller will drive her in the Weiss final, where she will face off against Dress For Success, who has also won four straight. “That’s amazing,” Cantrell said. “We’ve been there three times, they’ve been there four, we never drew in the same heat. But we’re in it together (Wednesday). We feel good about it and I’m sure they feel good about it. We’ll just see what happens.” The owner feels Dress For Success will not be Classic Belisima’s biggest test of the year, if only because she has been predominantly racing against males at Dover. “It’s tough when girls race against boys,” Cantrell said. “That’s the bad thing about racing trotting fillies on the East Coast; you never get a race against the girls. All the races we won in Dover were against big, strong boys. “You never know about a horse race. It looks like a two-horse race (Wednesday) and somebody else may come out of the woodwork. That’s why a horse race is the way it is.” And Cantrell loves every minute of it. A retired basketball/football coach and athletic director from Johnson Central High School in Eastern Kentucky, Don got started “about 15, 20 years ago buying cheap claimers.” “It’s just a hobby for me,” he said. “I love a nice horse. I’m a retired teacher, I’m not looking to get rich. I just love to play with a nice horse.” He has a nice filly trotter named Golden Big Stick, who he owns with Mike Hollenback. Last season as a 2-year-old, Golden Big Stick won $172,120 on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. But of the eight horses he owns, Cantrell considers Classic Belisima the best so far. “I’ve had some nice horses, but I’ve never had one trot 1:53.3 before,” he said. “I really think this is the best horse I’ve ever owned.” He and Cabot have no solid schedule for Classic Belisima for the upcoming months. “Nah, we’re just going to sit down and take a look at it,” Cantrell said. “If there are some nice races out there we’ll give it a shot. We don’t have anything planned now, maybe take a couple weeks off after this. We’re just going to race through the summer.” And he hopes to watch that extra $1,000 investment continue to grow. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

EAST RUTHERFORD, (April 17, 2015) - Whom Shall I Fear, the full-brother to Father Patrick and a $475,000 yearling, served notice that he is a three year old trotter to watch in 2015 with a compelling harness racing performance in his 2015 debut at The Meadowlands. Released from the gate as the 1/5 prohibitive favorite, Yannick Gingras guided Whom Shall I Fear towards the rear of the field while following what would turn out to be a live outer flow. Danish Durango would establish the early lead through a 28.2 opening quarter, but quickly felt a challenge from Clifton Beach who he released going past the three-eighths marker. But, Whom Shall I Fear was tracking that trotter every step of the early stages and Gingras guided his three year old to the lead past the half-mile in 57.3. From there, the race was over as Whom Shall I Fear created separation on Clifton Beach and all the rest, gliding past three quarters in 1:26.2. The lead would expand from that point with the final margin listed as 10 lengths in the end. The final time was an impressive 1:53.3, including a 27.1 final quarter under no pressure. Starzinner was a distant second with Madman Hall third. Whom Shall I Fear is trained by Jimmy Takter for Whom Shall I Fear Stable. He is eligible to both The Hambletonian and The Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. There is a new kid on the block when it comes to the open trotters at The Meadowlands and his name is Wind Of The North.  The Daryl Bier trainee has gone back to back at the top trotting level after his win Friday night. Surprisingly dismissed at 5-1, Wind Of The North left for position and sat third on the pylons early in the mile as Lindy’s Tru Grit, the overwhelming 1/5 favorite (coupled with Master Of Law) established a rapid 26.2 opening quarter.  The favorite would continue to dictate the tempo through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.3 while turning for home with a diminishing lead.  Appomattox mounted a challenge from out of the pocket while Master Of Law ranged up off a live cover trip.  As Lindy’s Tru Grit tired, Wind Of The North quietly began to rally up the pylons and he powered through the stretch to grab the victory in the final strides in 1:52.  Appomattox finished second with Master Of Law third. Wind Of The North was driven to victory again by Dave Miller for Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck. There was no single winner in the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, that carryover has grown to $83,210.  The last race Jackpot Hi-5 also went unclaimed and that carryover will be $52,142 into the last race on Saturday. The 13-race Saturday program will feature the opening round of the Whata Baron series.  In addition the Spring Preview debuts for the pacing colts and fillies.  Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

When owner Michael White first met harness racing trainer Dan Daley there was a horse in Daley's stable named Life Sizzles. White so admired the hard-knocking pacer, who raced through age 11 and amassed nearly $930,000 in purses despite never winning a race worth more than $40,000, he decided to buy one of the stallion's first-sired sons. White admits it was a decision fueled by emotion, but it has resulted in more excitement than he could have ever imagined. And who knows, the best might be yet to come. On Thursday night, White's purchase - Sonofa Sizzle - will try to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt brings a three-race win streak into the final, a streak that includes his victory in December's $100,000 DSBF championship for 2-year-olds. For his career, Sonofa Sizzle has won six of 12 races and earned $135,516. All six of his victories have come in his most recent nine starts, with the remaining three races during that span resulting in second-place finishes. In January, he was honored by the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association as the best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014. "We've been absolutely thrilled," said White, who purchased Sonofa Sizzle privately from breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. "Just to get to the races is an accomplishment. To get to the races and compete at this level, it's unbelievable. You don't get this a lot. "This horse doesn't have to do anything else to make me very proud and very happy that I made the decision I did. Not that I don't want him to go on, and he has the ability to do great things. He'll get a chance to compete and see how far he can go. Every time you ask him to do something, he does it. It's been a very enjoyable journey." It is a journey that began with Life Sizzles and includes the family of 2014 Horse of the Year winner JK She'salady, although there was no way for White to know how all the pieces would fall into place when he acquired Sonofa Sizzle in February 2013. "I never owned him, but I really appreciated him," White said about Life Sizzles, who as a 3-year-old prior to joining Daley's stable beat Real Desire in an elimination of the 2001 North America Cup and bested Peruvian Hanover in a Progress Pace elim. "He was a classy veteran who would try every week. He never wanted to go on vacation. If you turned him out, he would just roll around for five minutes and want to come back in to work. The horse lived to race. I just thought he was so special I wanted to give him a shot (as a sire)." It's proved to be a shot well worth taking. Sonofa Sizzle is out of the mare JK Lady Like and his second dam is Presidential Lady, the mother of JK She'salady as well as now 4-year-old stakes-star JK Endofanera. Daley broke Sonofa Sizzle and trained him through the early part of his 2-year-old campaign before the horse was shipped from New York to Delaware for the DSBF series. He finished second in the $100,000 final at Harrington in October and won the championship at Dover in December. The Dover victory is White's favorite race so far. Sonofa Sizzle was seventh, trailing the leader by eight lengths, after three-quarters of a mile. David Miller moved the colt on the final turn and Sonofa Sizzle responded with a :27.2 final quarter to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1. "When I'm tired or feeling down or depressed I'll pull that race up," White said. "I still don't know how he wins from where he was in that final turn. David Miller told me he thought he waited too long and was too far away. To me, that last three-eighths of a mile, I'm amazed at how much ground he covered. "I never thought he was going to get there. To have seen that was phenomenal." The race was special for another reason as White's older brother, Jerry, who introduced him to harness racing in his youth while living on Long Island, was in attendance. "There was no happier moment in horse racing than to have my horse win the final and have my brother in the picture with me," White said. "It kind of was a full circle. He got me started and I got to pay him back by getting him a winner's circle photo of the Delaware final. It's pretty cool. It was a very happy picture to send him." Sonofa Sizzle, racing in the stable of trainer Josh Green this year, is 2-for-2 in 2015 with both wins coming in preliminary rounds of the DSBF series. His most recent triumph came in a career-best 1:51.2. Following the DSBF at Dover, the colt is staked to a number of top races including the Art Rooney Pace in late May, Messenger Stakes in early September and Little Brown Jug in mid-September. He also has the Progress Pace on his schedule in November. "We have to be careful with not overdoing it," White said. "He's going to be on a 'show us' schedule, if you know what I'm talking about. He's going to finish and stay in Delaware for a few weeks and train back calmly. Dan's moving the barn from Florida to New York at the end of April, beginning of May. We'll ship him from Delaware to New York and get him prepared for the Rooney. "If he trains well and looks like he's ready to go, we'll enter him in the Rooney. But this horse owes me absolutely nothing. I just look forward to every time he goes out there." For now, White is focused on the eight-horse DSBF final, which also includes Smoking Joey (2-1 morning line), K J Ben (6-1), Seboomook Katahdin (8-1), and Byby Landon (9-1). Sonofa Sizzle and driver Vic Kirby will start from post five. "The horses this year in this division are phenomenal," White said. "I think it says a lot for Delaware breeding that so many of them are doing really well. You can't take anything away from his competition. The Delaware breeders should be very proud of their product. I hope all the sires get more breedings and the breeders do even better. "You look across those eight horses that are starting and you could be proud of every one of them. And I am. I'm proud of mine, but I'm proud of the competition. It's a good race and it's a pleasure to compete with really good horses. That's good for everybody." White, who works as a business coach and trainer, finds harness racing to be a healthy diversion from his job. "I find it to be very relaxing," White said. "I do a lot of traveling and I coach a lot of professionals. To be able to go down in the wintertime to the training center on Saturday and just watch the horses train and clear my head really helps. And in the summertime being able to go to New York and watch the horses. To me, it's the greatest thing in the world. I'm thankful that I have the ability to do it." And he's thankful for the thrills provided by Sonofa Sizzle. "This horse has a bit of a personality," White said. "Everyone says he's real easy to drive, you just have to let him know what you want. He's still so young. If he ever figures out the ability he has, who knows what he could be. "Sometimes things come together. You never know how they're going to work. Harness racing is one of those things that you have to do for love before you do it for money. This is one of those times when you get something special, and special doesn't mean having to be the best, but special in the fact we have this opportunity. "I'm looking forward to seeing where the colt takes us." By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Rockin Wizard got his nose on the wire, literally in a thrilling photo finish in the $22,500 featured condition pace at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. With four horses across the track on the wire, Rockin Wizard just got to the wire in time, holding off the fast closing harness racing longshot, Fool Me Once, who was rallying up the pylons. Sweet Rock was launched to the lead and reached the opening quarter in 27.2, but on the backstretch David Miller guided Rockin Wizard to the outside and launched their bid for the lead, which they would claim shortly before the 55.4 half mile. The son of Rocknroll Hanover led the field around the far turn, with Sweet Rock in the pocket and Ontario Success advancing on the outside. Sweet Rock pulled pocket through three-quarters in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rockin Wizard was called on for everything he had, Sweet Rock was trying to get to the leader, Fool Me Once found room at the pylons and Smart Rokker rallied off cover. The four of them would race to the wire together, with Rockin Wizard gamely holding onto the lead and earning the victory in 1:51. The win was one of three on the program for David Miller. Rockin Wizard is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie Tucker and RBH Ventures Inc. Rockin Wizard That's My Opinion, the $350,000 yearling, made his first start of his four year old campaign a winning one, scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in non-winners of four company. Released at 5-1 in his comeback, the Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old showed good speed off the gate, securing a pocket position behind the speed of Murder He Wrote. Driver Scott Zeron was content to remain in a stalking position from the pocket with his four year old gelding throughout the mile, allowing Murder She Wrote to establish the early pace, posting fractions of 27.2, 54.4 and 1:22.4. Murder She Wrote carried That's My Opinion all the way into the stretch, when the first over bid from FF Bigshow stalled, allowing That's My Opinion to rip out of the pocket and wear the down the early leader to grab the victory. The win was the sixth for That's My Opinion who was sent out by trainer Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and Little E L.L.C. Windsong Gorgeous found the winners' circle for the fourth consecutive week. After back to back wins for the Virgil Morgan stable, 'Gorgeous picked up the victory for Mike Watson tonight, the eighth victory for the eight year old Rambaran gelding already this season. He was claimed once again for $35,000 and will return the Morgan barn once again. On the track, 'Gorgeous was a one-horse show, going right to the top, leading through fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:24 before turning for home and accelerating once again when Ballinrobe came out of the pocket to challenge the leader. But Windsong Gorgeous promptly dismissed Ballinrobe and then fended off the late rally of Panchester United to win in 1:51.1. Windsong Gorgeous got his picture taken with owners Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy tonight. You Bet Your Glass rebounded in the $10,000 Claiming Dash for the "G" Notes Final, scoring a victory out of the pocket for Corey Callahan, who had a big night winning five races on the program. The win was timed in 1:51. Trained by Robert Breshnahan Jr. for Lee Cotroneo, the twelve-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding scored his third victory of the season and made amends for his defeat as an overwhelming favorite the week before. You Bet Your Glass The fifth race Super Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, with the carryover pool now at $71,506 and the last race carryover is now $35,827. Racing returns on Friday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

The featured $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands was a wide open harness racing affair on paper, especially considering the scratch of morning line favorite Sayitall BB. But, Radar Contact had other ideas, taking the initiative from the start and powering home to win in 1:50. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Radar Contact was sent immediately to the lead and was allowed to settle on top of the field through an opening quarter of 26.4. The seven year old mare didn't see any challenge through the half-mile of 56.3, where she was able to catch a 29.4 breather in the second quarter. From there, Radar Contact picked it up, pacing a 27.4 third panel, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.2. Throughout the mile Inittowinafortune was riding the pocket behind the leader. Addys Way committed first over on the far turn, but could never get closer than the leader's wheel. That mare backed away in the stretch and with no one else rallying, Inittowinafortune ripped out of the pocket to challenge Radar Contact, but she stumbled inside the final eighth of the mile, costing her any chance of catching the leader. Amazingly, Radar Contact paced the final quarter in 25.3, winning by just over one length to trip the timer in 1:50, equaling her lifetime mark. Cloris Hanover rallied to be third. The winner was driven by John Campbell for trainer Noel Daley and owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. The $25,000 Dash for the "G" Notes Final for trotters kicked off the late pick four. Muscolo, a winner of his division last week was sent off as the 8/5 favorite. But, it was second choice, Looking Hanover who would establish the pace, trotting to the lead in rather tepid fractions of 28, 57.2 and 1:26.3. The outer flow began to develop moving into the far turn, led by longshot Walltocousins. All About Justice was well-situated second over with Sweet Justice lurking in the cover flow as well. As the trotters straightened up, Looking Hanover was met with an onslaught of challengers and gave way in deep stretch. Muscolo sat the pocket and made his presence felt late and All About Justice loomed into contention off cover. But it was Sweet Justice who towered up over the crown of the racetrack and trotted past them all to reach the wire first in 1:54.1 for Dave Miller. Muscolo was second with All About Justice third. Sweet Justice is trained by Bruce Saunders for M&M Harness Racing L.L.C. The amateurs took to the track in the fifth race. Peter Kleinhans tried to steal the race, setting a torrid pace with his trotter, Mr. Ridgetaker, but Hannah Miller was able to reel him in near the wire to grab the victory in this round of the GSY Amateur series with her trotter, Jacks To Open. For Miller, it was her tenth win from 21 starts this year. Nine different drivers found the winners’ circle at The Meadowlands Friday night, with Dave Miller, Andy Miller and Corey Callahan scoring doubles. Both Jackpots went unclaimed in the Super Hi-5 wagers.  The fifth race carryover has swelled to $67,715, with the last race carryover now at $32,949. Racing returns on Saturday with first post at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

WILKES BARRE PA - Walk The Walk, a son of former harness racing "Horse of the Year" Muscle Hill, emerged as the only horse competing in Bobby Weiss Series action to take a second straight win in the $15,000 Tuesday preliminaries, two for trotting males and two for pacing females, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Last week's first round trotting male winners, Walk The Walk and Two Hip Dip, were matched in one division, and Walk The Walk maintained his perfect record in the series by winning Tuesday in 1:55.2 on a cold night and a sloppy racetrack. Last week Walk The Walk was well in front when he made a break nearing the wire, so in the interim trainer Chris Ryder qualified him with trotting hopples, and this week Walk The Walk was errorless, making an early move to command and then stepping home in 57 to defeat Raise The Curtain, with Two Hip Dip, the slight second choice as last week's winners were both sent off at 11-10, third after a first-over trip.   David Miller, who drove both winners last week, stayed with Walk The Walk, and the horse repaid that confidence of Miller in tallying for the ownership of Ruder, Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo, and Max Wernick.   Bourbon Bay, third last week in snapping a six-race win skein, bounced back to winning ways, going a tick faster than the other trotting cut in winning by open lengths. The Sand Vic gelding is trained by Megan Wilson for driver/owner John Cummings Jr.   Thebeachnextdoor put paid to the hopes of a repeat Weiss win for Life Is A Beach and Crescent City, both nose victresses last week, by taking a personal mark of 1:53.4 in one leg of the female pacing competition. Jim Morrill Jr., behind hid fourth winner of the night, guided the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, like Muscle Hill a former Horse of the Year and who was nosed out in the first round, to a wire-to-wire triumph, with last week's winners finishing 2-3 respectively. The Brewer Adams-trained mare is owned by Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark.   Allthatjazz De Vie couldn't be a repeat winner because Tuesday's other division for females was her first start of the year, but she won her Weiss debut by personally coming home in 56.3 to win in 1:54.4 over Hollyrocker (the other distaff to be nosed in the first round). Andrew McCarthy sulkysat behind the sophomore daughter of American Ideal, now 5 for 7 lifetime, for the familiar pairing of trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.   PHHA / Pocono    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trotting males and pacing females were featured in first leg harness racing action of their divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two $15,000 sections for each group contested. In the first trotting cut Two Hip Dip set the pace, then blasted home in 1:55.4 - 56.2 - 27.1 for driver David Miller and trainer/owner Nick Salenetri. The son of Glidemaster was the slight favorite in a race where two horses were sent off at 4-5 - his co-"odds-on" rival Bourbon Bay was outfooted late for second by Raise The Curtain. The other diamondgaited division also went to driver David Miller, again on the engine, this time with Walk The Walk. Walk The Walk trotted the trot about five lengths better than anyone else in the field until the shadow of the wire, where he ran the run, but was not in violation of the breaking rules. The son of Muscle Hill, owned by trainer Chris Ryder in partnership with Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo, and Max Wernick, posted a new personal speed badge of 1:55.1 despite the bobble, with back timings of 56.3 - 28. Miller and Ryder again teamed in a division of the female Weiss action, using "pocket rocket" tactics into a 28 kicker with the Rocknroll Hanover filly Crescent City to get a nose up in a new mark of 1:54 for Diamond Creek Racing. This event also featured an unusual betting pattern, with three horses at less than 2-1 - the winner was 7-5, place horse Hollyrocker was 9-5, and first-over Caviart Shelly (fourth) was 3-2. The other distaff division also saw a nose separate the top two, as a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Life Is A Beach, maintained an early brush to command to the wire over The Beach Nextdoor in a personal best 1:53.1, with twin 28.1s the last half. Matt Kakaley had sulky duty for trainer Ron Burke and the omnipresent Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi partnership. David Miller and Kakaley had three wins on the card; doubles were recorded by George Napolitano Jr. and, on his birthday, Mike Simons, with the latter win for "The Trot Man" the appropriately-gaited Magnum Kosmos. As opposed to opening night this past Saturday, where the average win mutuel was over $21, 7 of 13 chalks clicked this evening. Jerry Connors for PHHA/Pocono             Spam Not spam Forget previous vote

Last May, trainer Chris Ryder looked at his then 3-year-old trotter Walk The Walk and said he thought the horse might be better at age 4. Walk The Walk won three of 11 races last year, earning $27,250, but was shut down in July because of soundness issues. He returned in January for his 4-year-old campaign, finished second in his seasonal debut and has since won back-to-back starts as he heads into Saturday's $49,000 Charles Singer Memorial Series final at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "Am I right?" Ryder said with a laugh when reminded of his comments last spring. "Well he's won his last two starts, so that's better. I like him. He's sounder this year. The poor guy was pretty sore (last year) and now he's not sore. He had quite a lot (of issues) and the whole lot have gone away." Walk The Walk will start from post six in the Singer final, with David Miller at the lines. He is 3-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind favorite JL Cruze (6-5) and the three-horse entry of Opulent Yankee, Blocking The Way, and Propulsion (8-5). JL Cruze won the Super Bowl Series on Jan. 24 at the Meadowlands. He has four wins in six starts this year, with both losses being second-place finishes to Opulent Yankee. The Singer is part of a Big M card that includes the finals of the $59,000 Sonsam Series for male pacers and the $50,600 Burning Point Series for 3- and 4-year-old female pacers, as well as the opening round of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers. Walk The Walk, who was unraced at age 2, is owned by Ryder, Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Letsjustalkaboutme, Walk The Walk was purchased for $20,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. He competed in only the first round of the Singer Series, winning by one length over Detroit Rapper in 1:55.4. Following the Singer, Walk The Walk will compete primarily in overnight races, but Ryder made the horse eligible to the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, which concludes on July 11 with a $250,000 final. "It might be a little ambitious, but what the heck," Ryder said. "We'll give it a go. He's doing good." Ryder also sends out National Seelster in the first round of the Gilmour Series. National Seelster was unraced as a 2-year-old and is 2-for-2 this season, with both victories coming in conditioned races. He is a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare No Strikes Against and was purchased for $50,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. His family includes millionaires Strike An Attitude, Delinquent Account and Artiscape. National Seelster is owned by Mondillo and Peter Mazzella's Oompa's Farm. "He was ouchy last year," Ryder said. "It was nothing serious, but he just wasn't ready to push on. We kind of liked him, but never really got to go much with him until now. He's a nice horse. We (staked) him to most races." Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

Tim Tetrick has long been one of North America's top harness racing drivers. Now he is ready to take on the world. A native of Illinois who now lives in southern New Jersey, Tetrick will represent the U.S. in the World Driving Championship in Australia. The competition, which brings together 10 drivers from around the world for a 20-race series at six different tracks, begins Saturday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in New South Wales. The 33-year-old Tetrick, a four-time U.S. Driver of the Year who has led North America in purses seven of the last eight years, is making his first appearance in the World Driving Championship. "It's a great honor to be able to represent the United States and hopefully I can win it and make America proud," Tetrick said. "I love competing at a very high level and this is on the international scene. I'm just going to go into it and try to have a good time and enjoy myself and do what I love to do, which is race horses." The World Driving Championship, introduced in 1970, is now conducted every two years. France's Pierre Vercruysse won the 2013 edition, held in his home country, and will defend his title in Australia. Also part of this year's field is Canada's Jody Jamieson, a two-time WDC champion. Past U.S. champs are Joe Marsh Jr. (1974), Ron Pierce (1989) and Dave Magee (1995). "Timmy, good luck over there," Pierce said in a video message to Tetrick. "I hope you get on the right horses and put it on them boys. You know you're better than them. "You're driving for all of us, so we're all rooting for you." Drivers already have received their post positions for the World Driving Championship's 20 races and will drive whichever horse randomly draws the matching starting spot. Tetrick will drive the post No. 10 horse in the opening heat. All drivers will start twice from each of the 10 posts. "Hopefully they give me the best horses," Tetrick said with a laugh. "I'm going to study it the best I can, work with what horses they give me to drive, and hopefully I don't embarrass myself too badly. There are a lot of different (driving) styles. We're all kind of in the same boat, but hopefully I get some good luck with the draws." Learning to compete against various driving styles will be among Tetrick's most difficult challenges. "It was a completely different style of racing than what I was used to," said David Miller, who represented the U.S. in 1999 and finished fifth. "It took me a while (to adjust). We raced at five or six different racetracks and they were action packed. "I think (Tim) could probably watch tapes of races, maybe study the horses. I would just tell him to have fun. Go over there, go all out, and try to win the whole thing. He's a great driver, but you've got to get the horses and you've got to have luck." Andy Miller, who represented the U.S. in 2005 and 2007, with a best finish of fourth, said having a good time is important. "The camaraderie and meeting new people are great memories," Miller said. "I would tell him to have a great time and meet everybody you can and take everything in that you can. It's something you don't get to do very often, so enjoy it. If you're having fun, the wins will come and you'll do better." Tetrick, who in his career has won more than 8,500 races - including the Hambletonian Stakes and 14 Breeders Crowns, is one of five drivers making his first trip to the World Driving Championship. The others are Spain's Guillermo Adrover, Denmark's Knud Monster, France's Tony LeBeller, and Norway's Vidar Hop. Rounding out the field are Australia's Chris Alford, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, and Finland's Mika Forss. "I definitely want to win," Tetrick said. "But I'm looking forward to visiting the country and seeing what it's like. I'm familiar with a few of (the other drivers). I'm looking forward to hanging out with them and getting to know them, and hopefully coming out with more friends." Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications

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