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Not only was Lady Clarabella ($5.90) the fastest among five $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary winners on Friday (October 17) evening at Vernon Downs, but she also established a new track record for two-year-old trotting fillies.   The daughter of Lear Jetta proved a handy winner in 1:54.2, protecting the lead early from A List Lindy (Charlie Norris), and controlling the terms through stout early fractions of :27.1 and :56.3. On the far turn, she faced some pressure from Gold Cora (Mike Simons), who circled three-wide en route to the far turn before challenging.   Lady Clarabella responded well, kicking clear by four in mid-stretch before she was taken in hand by David Miller for a 2-1/2 length triumph. Sarcy (Marcus Miller) rallied late to take second, while Gold Cora faded late.   Randy Beeckman trains Lady Clarabella for Paul Kinnear and Dreamland Farms.   Lady Clarabella's 1:54.2 trotting mile was one-fifth of a second faster than that of prior record holder Ma Chere Hall, who was the evening's $10,000 Open Trot winner.   Now a four-year-old, Ma Chere Hall ($2.50) pushed clear of Pounce K (John Macdonald) in a :26.3 first quarter, controlling the pace throughout before edging clear to a 2-1/4 length win under David Miller. The Jonas Czernyson trainee beat A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) and Helios (Claude Huckabone, III) in a powerful 1:52.4 effort.   The other four Kindergarten Classic winners on the evening were colts True Blue Stride ($14.00, John Campbell, 1:56.4) and Dapper Don ($47.00, Campbell, 1:56), while fillies Lindy Land ($18.40, Campbell, 1:56.1) and Sweet Thing ($3.70, 1:55.3, Charlie Norris) proved victorious.   The top point-earners through the five preliminary legs of the Kindergarten Classic series are eligible to the finals, to be held on Saturday, November 1.   Live racing returns to Vernon on Saturday (October 18) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

The 5-year-old gelding pacer Holdingallthecards (Tim Tetrick) made his debut a winning one for trainer Scott Di Domenico at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon. The son of Cam's Card Shark, who bankrolled over $163,000 as a four-year-old last season, came into this affair (non-winners of $12,500 in their last 5 starts) off of a sharp qualifier over the Harrah's Philly oval. He was not sent off as the favorite however. The public backing went to OK Commander (David Miller) who was looking to add to his lifetime earnings of over $615,000. At the start, the favorite laid off the early pace to settle in fourth, while long shot Blended Whiskey (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) left hardest from post eight, by an opening quarter in 26.4. As they neared the half, the leader faced the challenge from a first-over OK Commander, while Holdingallthecards patiently drafted in the pocket. After the 55.1 half, these two battled for the lead in quarter three, which went in 122.3 (27.2). In the stretch, OK Commander wore down the leader, but could not hold off Holdingallthecards, who stormed up the inside to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. It was his 24th career win out of 70 lifetime starts. He keyed an exacta that paid $11.60, and a trifecta that paid $60.00. He is owned by Bill and Richard Mc Intyre. The $7.80 winner kick-started a pick four that did not have a winner. A carryover of just over $2,300 will be added to the Thursday pick 4, which starts in race seven. Post time is 12:40 PM. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Always B Miki and driver David Miller brushed first-over at the half mile marker and blew away the field in capturing the $218,300 first division of the Tattersalls Pace for three-year-old pacing colts at the Red Mile Saturday. It was He’s Watching and driver Tim Tetrick who took the early lead away from Capital Account (Brett Miller) at the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then David Miller came charging on the outside with Always B Miki and rolled on by He’s Watching and opened up to the five length lead on the field. He’s Watching then spit out the bit and began to fade badly as the rest of the field raced around him and tried to catch up to Always B Miki. Past the three-quarters in 1:22.3, Always B Miki still held the field at bay and did so down the stretch to win in 1:49.3 by two open lengths. Capital Account held for second place with Caviart Luca (Brian Sears). “He (He’s Watching) looked fine leaving to take the lead,” said David Miller, “The quarter I thought was pretty soft at :27.4. It really did not feel like we were picking up any speed when I made my move. I knew I could not let them get a half in :56.4 and then have to try and run him down. “I went and took a shot and moved him (Always B Miki) around him (He’s Watching),” Miller said, “and my horse did the rest. When I come at them (He’s Watching) he (Tim Tetrick) was just starting his horse up and he wasn’t going to park me, he was going to cut me loose. I don’t know what happened to them after that. My horse finished up good. He seemed good gaited. He does get on a line now and then.” Always B Miki is sired by Always A Virgin and trained by Joe Holloway for the Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms and the Roll The Dice Stable. It was his ninth win in 16 starts this year. He paid $2.40 to win. He’s Watching did finish the race but was in last place. Always B Miki In the second $218,300 division of the Tattersalls Pace, JK Endofanera and driver Yannick Gingras were able to get to the front and just held on at the wire for a 1:49.1 triumph. It was Melmerby Beach (Paul MacDonell) shooting to the early lead with Stevensville (Mark MacDonald) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter in :26.4 but the lead was short lived as Gringras send JK Endofanera first-over and they cleared by the half mile marker in :54.2. Let’s Drink On It with Brian Sears then came first-over and they gave outside cover to Winds Of Change (Brett Miller) as they sped by the three-quarters in 1:22.2. Then the action really heated up for JK Endofanera as Sears was coming on with Let’s Drink On It and Winds Of Change was also on the move on the outside and he closed fastest of all and nearly caught JK Endofanera, who held on for the win by a neck. Somesizesomestyle (Matt Kakaley) closed well to be third. “He (JK Endofanera) is probably not at this best on the front,” Gingras said. “I didn’t want to give Brian (Let’s Drink On It) the good cover so we went to the lead. I figured my horse is good enough to win it on the front.” It was win number seven on the season for JK Endofanera, who is sired by Art Major. He is trained by Ron Burke and owned and bred by the 3 Brothers Stables of New York. JK Endofanera paid $3.20 to win. JK Endofanera By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

The featured race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon was a conditioned pace for non-winners of $12,500 in their last five starts or non-winners of seven races or $70,000 lifetime. The wagering public put their support behind the Ron Burke charge Rage N Ryan (Yannick Gingras), and he wasted little time getting things going. He charged immediately for the lead, getting the quarter in 26.3. After a rated 28.3 second quarter, he felt mild pressure from Blended Whiskey (David Miller), who was parked the mile to this point. After a 27.3 third quarter, Rage N Ryan was able to hold steady to the finish, winning by a length, stopping the clock in 1:50.4. The class dropping Cambassador (Geo. Napolitano Jr) closed well for second after getting shuffled back, while Cinderella Guy (Anthony Morgan) finished third. The winner paid $4.40, keying a $9.40 exacta, and a $43.60 trifecta. Rage N Ryan is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Michael Bozich

Always B Miki and He's Watching on Saturday will appear in the same race for the first time since the Meadowlands Pace in July, and Joe Hurley is looking forward to their next round. Hurley bred and co-owns Always B Miki, who finished second to He's Watching in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside - three to four wide at times - the entire way. He's Watching won the race with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance. The two horses meet Saturday in the first of two $218,300 Tattersalls Pace divisions for 3-year-old male pacers at The Red Mile in Lexington. Always B Miki, trained by Joe Holloway, starts from post No. 1 with driver David Miller. He's Watching, trained by Dave Menary, starts from post four with Tim Tetrick at the lines. "I've already got it planned out in my mind, but Dave Miller will probably do something entirely different than what I would do," Hurley said. "They'll be 1-2 going to the top of the stretch, and then we'll see. Miki's on top, Tetrick's in the two hole. Then we'll see who can turn it on, and Miki never stops." Always B Miki, named after Hurley's wife, comes into the Tattersalls off a career-best 1:47.4 win last weekend in his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He won by 6-1/4 lengths over Melmerby Beach, pulling away thanks to a :25.3 final quarter-mile. No horse came home faster that day. "I thought it was consistent with everything he's done that nobody's noticed because it's in Indiana," Hurley said, referring to Always B Miki having spent the time since the Meadowlands Pace at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing there in hand. He's a monster." Always B Miki has won eight of 15 races this year and finished worse than second only three times. He has earned $432,332 for Hurley and fellow owners Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. Since the Meadowlands Pace, the colt has raced six times, winning five. In those victories, no horse was nearer than 4-1/2 lengths of Always B Miki at the wire. Hurley, who races as Roll The Dice Stable, bred Always B Miki's father and mother. His sire, Always A Virgin, won more than $1 million in his career for Hurley, Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. His dam, Artstopper, was unraced but is a half-sister to stakes-winner Cheyenne Rei and also produced $714,154-earner Yagonnakissmeornot. The family also includes stakes-winners Ain't No Stopn Him and Lon Todd Hanover. "Virgin was terrific, but Miki is incredibly terrific fantastic," Hurley said. "He's absolutely the best horse I've had. I think everybody (in the ownership group) agrees this is the best ever. "His stride is just incredible. He's had very bad luck with some things that have happened, either by nature or by fate. Now he's getting a chance to show himself and he's just absolutely fantastic." Always B Miki's schedule following the Tattersalls includes the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and the Circle City at Hoosier Park. He could be supplemented to the Matron Stakes and is likely to be supplemented to the Breeders Crown. "I'm looking forward to taking on the best and proving that he is the best," Hurley said. "Hopefully we end up on top at the end of the year." In the Tattersalls Pace second division, North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who handed Always B Miki his only loss in his last six starts, takes on a field that includes Little Brown Jug runner-up Let's Drink On It. There also are two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The first division is headlined by stakes-winners Uffizi Hanover and Gettingreadytoroll, both from the stable of Jimmy Takter, and New York Sire Stakes champion It Was Fascination. In the second division, the top five finishers in a Bluegrass Stakes division last week - Gallie Bythe Beach, Act Now, Beach Gal, Ali Blue, and Allstar Rating - meet again. Action for 2-year-olds includes four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for male pacers, where Artspeak puts his perfect 7-for-7 record on the line in the third of the splits. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2014 — Somewhere In L A, runner-up to McWicked in the 2014 Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, made a successful return to The Meadows when he notched a facile victory in a division of Tuesday’s $83,400 Keystone Classic. When National Debt captured the other split in the event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, it gave Brett Miller a stake sweep. In addition to his fine work in the Adios, Somewhere In L A finished third in the Little Brown Jug after tough trips in both heats. Miller indicated the colt’s demanding journeys helped shape his driving strategy for the Keystone Classic. “In the Adios and the Jug, I ended up first over with him,” he said. “Today, I tried to give him the easiest trip possible, and he exploded.” Away fourth, the Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A gelding followed the first-over cover of Mattamerican, tipped three-wide entering the final turn and stormed home in 1:51.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 25-1 long shot Sean Liam Q. Early leader Allstar Partner was third. Somewhere In L A extended his career bankroll to $466,703 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. National Debt was much the best in his split, rolling to a front-end triumph in 1:51.4 despite bearing out late. Seventh Secret was 4-1/2 lengths back in second while Hemingway completed the ticket. The son of Allamerican Native-Our Inheritance was making only his second stake appearance since the Meadowlands Pace, but Ron Coyne, Jr., who trains National Debt for Blair Corbeil, Erna Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt and J&T Silva Stables, said the colt’s schedule will intensify. “He was off by himself and let his mind wander and started to drift a bit,” Coyne said. “We’ll make a couple adjustments and see if we can straighten him up. He has a full dance card for the fall; that’s why you saw him in some overnights. We needed some spots to keep him tight until his stakes.” $81,200 Keystone Classic, 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters Tuesday’s program also featured two divisions of an $81,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, with Way Outta Here and Frost Free Hanover collecting comfortable wins. Hammered down to 1-5 following three consecutive wins in overnight races, Way Outta Here had little trouble extending his streak with a late brush for David Miller that carried him to victory in 1:54.4, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of Dony Andreas, with JJ Alex third. It was the first career stakes victory for the Broadway Hall-I’m A Pearl gelding, who has been limited to 10 starts over two seasons by persistent gaiting problems. “He’s been a bit of a project, but he’s finally got his act together,” David Miller said. “He’s coming around. He wouldn’t stay flat — ran all the time. We finally got him where he’s comfortable. He wasn’t really keeping up going to the half, so I couldn't move him. But he had plenty of trot when he got back out.” Mark Harder conditions Way Outta Here for Blair Blanchet. Ticketed for the Harrisburg sale, Frost Free Hanover presented his owners — trainer Leslie Zendt, Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne — a going-away present when he powered from the pocket before the three-quarters for Brian Zendt and strolled home in 1:55. Journey was second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Uva Hanover earned show. The Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding raced just once at 2 but this year won eight of 15 starts and $128,418. “I thought he was in pretty tough today,” said Leslie Zendt of this year’s Pennsylvania Stallion Series divisional champion. “I would have been happy with a second or third, but he stepped his game up. Brian used him three times, and he hung tough. He’s definitely been an overachiever all year.” Brian Zendt drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2014 -- Weeper, Pennsylvania's champion 3-year-old filly pacer, performed like a champion Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a stake record 1:51 in a division of a $90,000 Keystone Classic. Katie Said and Do Your Job took the event's other divisions, each in 1:51.4 -- the stake record until Weeper smashed it. Weeper was let go at 11-1 in the PA Sires Stake final, but the public displayed no ambivalence about her chances Monday, hammering her down to 1-5. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad, who extended her career bankroll to $392,888, charged to the front for Dave Palone and defeated Stucklikeglue by 1-1/4 lengths geared down. Fancy Desire was third. Because Weeper is still relatively fresh -- only 11 starts this year -- winning trainer Kelly O'Donnell said her owner, Joe Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, may consider supplementing her to this weekend's Glen Garnsey at The Red Mile. "She's only raced twice in the last 13 weeks," O'Donnell said. "We hit a couple of bumps in the road, and we had to give her a little time. She's not a horse you can race every week, but she doesn't take a whole lot of work either. We'll have to see how she comes out of this." Although Katie Said has won nine of 16 outings this year, she hadn't been in front at the quarter in any of her last six races. She extended that streak Monday, moving to the lead past the quarter for Marcus Miller and downing Lasting Appeal by 2-1/2 lengths. Someislandsomwhere earned show.   "Earlier in the year, she had breaking problems," Marcus Miller said. "Everybody knew it, and she wasn't a pretty breaker, so they were often trying to leave around her. So it just worked out she learned how to race from behind. She absolutely will run down good mares." Julie Miller trains the daughter of Well Said-Katies Lucky Lady, who now has banked $192,926, for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. Do Your Job hadn't raced since Aug. 29, but Brian Zendt gave her a ground-saving trip, and she found the Lightning Lane in time to upset 3-5 favorite Also Encouraging by a nose. Early leader Cinamony completed the ticket. Tom Fanning conditions the daughter of Western Terror-Tootsie J for Fly By Night Stables and David Van Wart. "I was a little worried when I saw she'd been off for awhile," said Zendt, who drove three winners on the 16-race card. "Tom called me and said she was ready, give her a shot, so we did. She's a pleasure to drive. She did it easily." $71,200 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-old Filly Trotters The program also featured a $71,200 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters, with Donatella Hanover and Cantabs Fortune capturing the splits. Donatella Hanover was in her customary spot -- fifth down the backside -- when she moved with authority for Brett Miller, gobbling up the leaders and triumphing in 1:55.3, 3/4 lengths better than the fast-closing Steppin Out. Broadway Socks, who lacked late racing room, finished third. "I think she's better from off the pace; that's why I choose to race her that way," Brett Miller said. "I put her on the front once, and I didn't like her there. She waited on them. She's so well mannered that she never looks like she has a whole lot of trot, but when you pull her, she goes." The daughter of Cantab Hall-On the Glide has earned $143,146 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. Cantabs Fortune, a smallish filly, raced big after quarter-poling to the front for David Miller, trainer Rick Zeron and owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion and Ferme Rico Limitee. She prevailed in a career-best 1:54.2, 4-1/2 lengths better than Outsourced Hanover, with Travelin Dream third. "She's real handy, trots all the time," David Miller said. "And she can go some. I figured I could get back to the lead pretty easy. Everything went smooth." Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old colts and geldings -- an $83,400 pace and an $81,200 trot. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing freshmen colt pacers congregated at The Red Mile on Saturday, September 27 to compete in four divisions of the $331,000 Bluegrass Stakes, the fastest In The Arsenal in 1:49.4. In his first mile since his Metro Pace triumph, undefeated Artspeak led for nearly every step as the 1/9 favorite, winning in 1:51.3. Sicily and Blood Brother battled for the top while Artspeak floated off the gate, and got parked in fourth. He soon sprinted up to race-leader Sicily and cleared command after a :27.2 first quarter. Left alone on top, Artspeak rolled to the half in :55.4 (:28.2). Blood Brother soon edged to the outside and began to pursuit Artspeak. With Hall Of Terror tracking his move, Blood Brother paced up to Artspeak's wheel at three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:28.4). Artspeak turned away Blood Brother's challenge, and, while not drawing away, was striding towards the finish. Sicily slid up the inside to take second, and Traceur Hanover was storming down the center of the course, but had to settle for third as Artspeak crossed the line in front in 1:51.3 (:27). Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners, trained by Tony Alagna, and driven by Scott Zeron, the divisional leader has earned $479,575 this season. A son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace, he returned $2.10 to win. "They got close to me because we went a soft third quarter, but when they looked him in the eye, he [Artspeak] took off like a good horse," driver Scott Zeron said. "He's pretty smart; he has a closed bridle, so he can't see them coming, but he can hear them, even through the earplugs. He was pretty full tonight." "He's a sweetheart to drive," Scott Zeron also said. "He acts like an aged pacer already, so my job is easy." Artspeak New York Sires Stakes champion Cartoon Daddy traveled patiently around the track and swept passed his cover and rivals to win in 1:50.1. David Miller sent Talking Points for the front and battled with Gallic Beach for that spot. Sprinting by her approaching the quarter, Talking Points led through a :27.4 first panel. After an uncontested half in :55 (:27.1), Jake Blue Chip tipped first over with Cartoon Daddy on his back. Jake Blue Chip stalled in his bid midway through the turn, but soon rushed towards Talking Points to apply pressure. The duo hooked into battle through a 1:23.1 (:28.1) third quarter. Jake Blue Chip quickly abandoned the battle, while Cartoon Daddy fanned wide and began to rally down the center of the course. Gallic Beach slid by Talking Points at the pylons to quickly gain control, but it was soon revoked by Cartoon Daddy in a 1:50.1 (:27) mile, a lifetime mark. Bankrolling $249,067 this year, the Art Major-Ask Alice-The Panderosa colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Joseph Di Scala, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. Sent off the 4/5 favorite, he paid $3.80 to win. "I knew the cover was good enough, but it was just if the horse [Cartoon Daddy] was good enough," trainer Ron Burke said. "That was a good-enough trip that he should win if he was the best. He raced good; the horse up the rail [Gallic Beach] bothered me more than the trip." Cartoon Daddy The Well Said-Thou Shalt Not-Real Desire colt Lost For Words maintained control of the field for the latter stages of the mile and sprinted to victory in 1:51.1. Bet You floated towards the front, with Penji Hanover tucking into second and Lost For Words getting away in third. After an opening split in :30, David Miller signaled Lost For Words to brush to the top. Stubborn to lose control, Bet You stretched out the 2/5 favorite to the best of his ability, but Lost For Words gained control through a :56.1 (:26.1) half. Attempting to slow down the third quarter, Berkley led a two-wide cavalry charge towards the top, tracked by Lone Survivor and Tyd Theglyde. Lost For Words was revved-up for a quarter-mile sprint after reaching three-quarters in 1:24.4 (:28.3). Edging 4-lengths clear from Bet You, Lost For Words flew down to the wire in 1:51.1 (:26.2). Bet You settled for second, Penji Hanover closed for third and Lone Survivor finished fourth. The $2.80 winner has earned $150,337 this year for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and The Strollin Stables. Trained by Brian Brown, Lost For Words equaled his lifetime best of 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He had to work pretty good to get back there [to the lead]," driver David Miller said. "He got a third-quarter breather, and he was strolling coming home." "He's been really good all season long," Dave Miller also said. "I overdrove him in the final of the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes, but he's made up for it in the last couple of weeks." Lost For Words Lawrence B. Sheppard champion In The Arsenal pulled off a 25-1 upset in the closing division, doing so over Rich Wisdom in 1:49.4. Several colts contested in the early pace, with Well Well Well gaining control after a :27.3 quarter. Southwind Masimo soon edged to the outside to take the front, with In The Arsenal on his back and The Wayfaring Man. In The Arsenal took control after a :55 (:27.2) half. After a 1:23 (:28) third quarter, In The Arsenal braced for the bids of Rich Wisdom and Freedomformysoul towards the center of the course. Once Rich Wisdom came within a length of In The Arsenal, he quickly responded to driver Brian Sears' encouragement and crossed the line in 1:49.4 (:26.4). A son of American Ideal-Ladyotra-On The Road Again, he has earned $118,655 this season for owner White Birch Farms. Trained by Kelvin Harrison, his mile of 1:49.4 was a lifetime mark. He paid $52.20 to win. "He won the Sheppard earlier," Brian Sears said. "On a half-mile track, he showed some ability. His manners have been unruly at times, but he has a very good gait, very willing and loves to race horses. He tries all the way. The only thing we've had problems with is his manners at times, but he has tons of talent." In The Arsenal Live racing resumes on Sunday, September 28, with the $173,400 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly trotters and the $187,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt trotters. Post time is slated for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- With the $500,000 Tattersalls Pace, a staple of The Red Mile's Grand Circuit showcases, slated for next week, two divisions of sophomore colt pacers competed on the Saturday, September 27th card in the $185,200 Bluegrass. Always B Miki parked for the first half of the mile, cleared the front into the far turn and sprinted home in :25.3 to win by 8 lengths in 1:47.4. Melmerby Beach claimed the front from Somestarsomewhere around the first turn. Public-choice Always B Miki floated off the gate and was first over in fifth through a :26.3 first quarter. Always B Miki soon hit the motor in the backstretch and got his nose in front of Melmerby Beach through a :54.4 (:28.1) half. Strolling past three-quarters in 1:22.1 (:27.2), Always B Miki was left unscathed by a late challenge from Melmerby Beach. Within a blink of an eye, Always B Miki was 6 lengths clear of Melmerby Beach, who would take second, and Capital Account, who would take third. Always B Miki stopped the clock in 1:47.4 (:25.3), the fastest mile of the night and a lifetime best. Earning $567,716 in his career, the son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper-Artsplace is owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D'or Farms, and Roll The Dice Stable, trained by Joe Holloway, and driven by David Miller. He paid $2.40 to win. "He gives me chills, too," David Miller said in response to Always B Miki's impressive mile. "He can motor along pretty good. He goes along pretty easily, and it's pretty hard to judge his speed because he does it so easily, but I knew he was pacing pretty good down by the wire. He was going easy the whole way." "He's a pretty nice horse," trainer Joe Holloway said. "He gets over the ground very easily." Always B Miki Limelight Beach, fresh off his victory in the Little Brown Jug, traveled wire-to-wire in the other division of the Bluegrass in 1:49.1. Heading straight to the pylons before the first turn, Limelight Beach secured the front. Big Boy Dreams tucked into the pocket, and Caviart Luca got away third. Limelight Beach paced by the opening panel in :27.4. Unchallenged through a half in :56.1 (:28.2) and three-quarters in 1:23.1 (:27), Limelight Beach was ready to sprint home. He's Watching applied pressure from first over while Somesizesomestyle drafted behind. Limelight Beach did drift off the pylons in his dash to the finish, but he held off He's Watching and Big Boy Dreams in 1:49.1 (:26). The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear-Badlands Hanover pushed his seasonal earnings to $515,038, with $725,230 credited to his overall career. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable, and Wingfield Brothers, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, he paid $4.80 to win. His 1:49.1 mile is a lifetime mark. "He was coming into his own heading into the Jug, and obviously came up big that day," driver Yannick Gingras said. "It was a huge mile here tonight." "Into the first turn, there was no speed, so I was able to rate him to the half," Gingras also said. "He's Watching has a huge half in him, but I figured, in :56, my horse could come home in a big half, too." Limelight Beach Live racing resumes on Sunday, September 28, with the $173,400 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly trotters and the $187,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt trotters. Post time is slated for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen filly pacers competed in three divisions of the $287,600 Bluegrass stakes on Friday, September 26 at The Red Mile. With favorites dominating a majority of the evening, Ideal Nuggets defied the math and blew up the tote board at 173-1 in 1:50.4. Bedroomconfessions left for the top, while Ideal Nuggets was sent into the pocket. After a quarter in :27.4, Bedroomconfessions secured the top. Leading through a :56.1 (:28.2) half, Bedroomconfessions was soon challenged by favored Shakai Hanover. The two battled past three quarters in 1:23.4 (:27.3). Shakai Hanover abandoned the battle midway through the stretch. Given room, Ideal Nuggets slingshot from the pocket and by Bedroomconfessions to win in 1:50.4 (:27). Divine Caroline closed for second and Bedroomconfessions settled for third. Paying $249.20 to win, the Western Ideal-Rough Sketch-Art Major filly is owned by Robert and Lauren Tucker, trained by Ed Lohmeyer and was driven by David Miller. Breaking her maiden, her 1:50.4 mile is a lifetime mark. She has earned $100,623 this year. Bettor Be Steppin blazed around the oval to win in 1:52 as the 1/9 favorite. Hillary's Style got the lead, while Devil Child tucked into the pocket, and Bettor Be Steppin got away in third. Driver Corey Callahan gave the public choice the cue to brush to the lead into a :27.3 first quarter. Securing the front midway through the backstretch, she continued to lead through a :55.3 (:28) half-mile. Rock Her World pulled first over, with Seeking Nirvana drafting behind. Bettor Be Steppin managed to get a breather in a 1:25.2 (:29.4) third quarter. Bettor Be Steppin continued to lead through the stretch, while Hillary's Style attempted to slide up the inside. Rock Her World and Seeking Nirvana gave chase as Bettor Be Steppin sprinted home to a 1:52 (:26.3) victory. Owned by Val D'or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz, and trained by Joe Holloway, the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally-Western Hanover filly paid $2.20 to win. Bettor Be Steppin lowered her lifetime mark of 1:52.2, obtained a week ago at Hoosier Park. She has earned $209,487 this season. "I had to use her [Bettor Be Steppin] a little bit to get to the lead," driver Corey Callahan said. "Through the last turn, I was able to get a nice breather in, and, when I called on her, she stepped away. I think she had more if I needed it." Sassa Hanover commandeered the field shortly after the half and progressed to a 3-length victory over 4/5 favorite Heavenly Bride in 1:51. She's Heavenly took the front, with Crescent City taking second and Crucial Moment in third. Crescent City edged out of the pocket and swept by She's Heavenly after a first quarter in :28. Approaching the half, Sassa Hanover pulled first over and had a ¾-length lead through a :56 (:28) half-mile. She was strolling in control around the far turn, as She's Heavenly was flushed by Heavenly Bride en route to three-quarters. Sassa Hanover led by the third panel in 1:24.3 (:28.3). Sassa Hanover began to draw away from Crescent City chasing in second, as well as She's Heavenly and Heavenly Bride trying to close into their deficit. Sassa Hanover was victorious in 1:51 (:26.2) over Heavenly Bride, Crescent City, and a closing Zip Code Envy. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover-Allamerican Native is owned by Burke Racing Stables, The Panhellenic Stables, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry Karr, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. She paid $4.20 to win. Her mile of 1:51 is a lifetime mark, and her win puts her at $212,091 in seasonal earnings. "Ronnie told me to draw a line through that last start, as the track was bad," Yannick Gingras said. "We were planning on racing her from the back, but, getting away fourth, if I come first up, I carry Brian [Sears and Heavenly Bride] into the race, so I decided to move to the front. I had the plugs still in, and I showed her the whip to keep her to task, but she had some pace left." Racing resumes on Saturday, September 27 with the $331,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt pacers, $185,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt pacers, and the $146,600 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly pacers. Post time is scheduled for 7:00pmEDT. Race replays can be found on The Red Mile's YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Despite an hour-and-a-half delay provoked by a blown transformer near the first turn, the $336,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters was contested in four divisions on Thursday, September 25. The wait was worth it as a world record was tied. Jolene Jolene, sent off the 8/5-second choice, equaled the world record for freshmen filly trotters of 1:52.1 in division two of Bluegrass action.   Classical Annie circled around Scented Roses to secure command through a :28.2 first quarter. Passing three-eighths, Jolene Jolene made a furious bid from fourth to commandeer the field. Clearing in a :56.3 (:28.1) half-mile, her lead began to grow into the far turn.   Leading by 5 lengths through a 1:24 (:27.2) third quarter, driver David Miller kept Jolene Jolene to task while Lock Down Lindy tried to close, as well as Gold Cora and Sweet Thing. As Lock Down Lindy broke, Gold Cora and Sweet Thing took over second and third while Jolene Jolene was striding to an 8-length victory in 1:52.1 (:28.1).   Returning $5.40 to win, the Muscle Hill-Celebrity Speedie-Malabar Man daughter is owned by William Donovan and trained by Jonas Czernyson. The 1:52.1 effort is a lifetime mark for the filly trotter, and this win puts her season's earnings at $207,527. Scratched down to a field of four in the pari-mutual spectrum, Wild Honey, off a world-record 1:55.2 mile at Delaware, Ohio, coasted around the Lexington oval to win in 1:55.2, with a :26.3 final quarter.   Able to put up fractions of :29.2, :59.3 (:30.1), and 1:28.4 (:29.1), Wild Honey led foes Onda Di Mare, Love Me Madly, Shafina Hanover, and Hot Stuff, respectively, in her gate-to-wire performance. They remained in that order as Wild Honey sprinted to the wire in :26.3 to win in 1:55.2.   Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, the Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-S J's Photo daughter paid $2.10 to win. She's trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. Winning seven of eight starts, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion has now amassed $312,656 in earnings.   Fresh off a victory in the Kindergarten Series, Lilu Hanover claimed victory in the third division of the Bluegrass in 1:54.2.   Getting away on the lead, Lilu Hanover led Armatrading, That's So Ironic, and Annaliina as she marched to the quarter. Passing that station in :29, Annaliina was sent two wide and began to brush by her competition. She took the lead from Lilu Hanover through a half of :57.2 (:28.2).   Around into the far turn, Armatrading pulled first over to challenge Annaliina for control. Lilu Hanover sat steady In The Pocket through a 1:27.1 (:29.4) third-quarter. Midway into the stretch, Lilu Hanover pulled the pocket and managed to split Annaliina and Armatrading to get a nose in front and extend to a length in 1:54.2 (:27.1). Annaliina was second, Concentration was third and Armatrading was fourth.   A daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail, she is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter and Scott Zeron guided her to victory. Paying $5.20 to win, the 1:54.2 mile is a lifetime mark for Lilu Hanover.   Bee The Queen capped the stakes action with a 1:54.1 victory over   Allerage Star and Crunchess Finale dueled for control through a :27.3 first quarter. Clearing the front into the backstretch, Allerage Star maintained her lead past the half in :55.2 (:27.4). Driver Brian Sears gave Bee The Queen the cue to go entering the far turn, flushed from fourth by Sarcy.   Within a matter of strides, Bee The Queen secured control. Sarcy stalked uncovered while Allerage Star was to her inside In The Pocket. Bee The Queen trotted by three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:29.1).   Sarcy broke turning for home, and Allerage Star swung out of the pocket, but failed to rally by Bee The Queen. Wiclet Hanover from the back closed into second, as well as Kirsi Hanover into third as Bee The Queen was victorious in 1:54.1 (:29.3).   Owned by Alfred Ross and trained by George Ducharme, the Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed filly paid $5.40 to win. Her 1:54.1 victory is a lifetime best, and her season's earnings are now at $63,392.   Live racing resumes Friday, September 26 with the $287,600 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly pacers and the $393,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt trotters. With three divisions for the fillies and four for the colts, post time is set at 7:00pmEDT.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Miller's Cash on Delivery ($4.80, Vince Copeland) recorded a 1:56 win in the featured $18,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Trained by his driver Copeland, the 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding received a pocket trip behind pacesetter Spunky Jack throughout fractions of 27.3, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Copeland then steered Cash On Delivery down the passing lane to edge clear of the pacesetter for a half length win. Powerful Charger gained ground late and was third. It was the fourth win of the season for Cash On Delivery, and 19th career trip to the winner's circle for the winner of more than $300,000 lifetime. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

An overall increase in handle (total money wagered) and seven track record performances marked a successful 2014 season at Tioga Downs, which concluded on Saturday, September 13.   Overall handle on the 61-day meet was considerably improved in comparison to the 2013 season, with all-sources handle showing a 5.4% increase. This increase was largely due to a more involved simulcast audience, whose handle was 13.4% higher than in the previous season.   "We thank our customers and horsemen for their support of our 2014 racing season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga Downs. "We are proud of the great competitive racing on our 5/8 mile track, and that it continues to be well received across the North American harness racing audience."   With respect to the record books, four-year-old distaff trotter Charmed Life and driver Jody Jamieson established a new overall record for trotters on New York State's only 5/8-mile track, winning their Miss Versatility preliminary in 1:52.2 as part of the Cane Pace undercard on Monday, September 1.   Trotting geldings Datsyuk (three-year-old, Charlie Norris), Obrigado (four-year-old, Aaron Byron), and Traverse Seelster (older, Brandon Simpson) also turned in track-record performances through the season, scoring in 1:53.1, 1:52.3, and 1:52.4 respectively. Two-year-old trotting filly Jolene Jolene (David Miller) equalled You Want Me's mark of 1:55.2 as well, completing the quintet of record established on the trotting side of the ledger.   Additionally, a pair of pacers entered the Tioga record books, with Sweet Lou's 1:48.3 triumph in the Roll With Joe on Sunday, June 1 (Ron Pierce aboard) equalling Shark Gesture's past mark for older pacing entires. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) set a new record outright for two-year-old pacing fillies, proving victorious in 1:52.1.   Jim Marohn, Jr. claimed his third consecutive driving title with 91 wins on the meet, 13 more than runner-up Aaron Byron. Top training honors went to Mike Deters, who took his second training title and first outright with 33 wins. Normand Fluet and Gail Wrubel finished in a dead heat for second with 20 wins apiece.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Harness driver Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at his home track at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, winning four of the ten races including the revival of the prestigious Prix D’Ete Pace with Sunfire Blue Chip for a purse of $200,000. The Prix D’Ete is part of the national Grand Circuit and was restricted to only four-year-olds who had made prior nomination payments. Saddled with starting from the far outside on 3R’s speedy half mile oval, Gingras left with Sunfire Blue Chip but ended up having to float on the outside as Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) was first on the lead. That lead was short lived as Mach It So and driver Scott Zeron wanted the front and took it by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26 despite the rain that began in the post parade. At the opening quarter it was Gingras and Sunfire Blue Chip pressing on the outside and they were able to go against Mach It So and take command after the opening quarter mile and they led the field to the half mile marker in :54.1. Sunshine Beach and Doug McNair then came first-over and following their outside flow was Lucan Hanover and driver David Miller. Then at the three-quarters in 1:22.1, Miller sent Lucan Hanover three-wide to trip and loop the field but to no avail. By the top of the stretch, Yannick had the lead for good with Sunfire Blue Chip and they went on to win by two and one-half open lengths in 1:50.3. Local favorite Due D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) closed well to be second with Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) third. The time of the race shattered the all-age track record of 1:52.4 set by Duc D’Orleans back in 2013. “When I scored him down before the race he felt unbelievable,” Gringras said about Sunfire Blue Chip. “He was really sharp, sometimes he’s not, but today he definitely was at his best. “I knew I had to get into the race,”” Gingras explained, “It cost me a little more than I hoped to get to the front. I was a little worried but he got the job done. He was just scary sharp today. “If I had rolled him a little more in the backstretch,” Gringras said, “I had to respect the other horses in the race. It was such a quality field. So I did not turn him loose until the top of the stretch. If I had turned him loose a little sooner we would have gone in 1:49.3, maybe 1:49.1. I wasn’t really looking at setting the track record, I just wanted to win the purse.” It was the fifth straight win for Sunfire Blue Chip. The four-year-old son of American Ideal is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R A W Equine, Inc. Sent off as the 3/2 wagering favorite, Sunfire Blue Chip paid $5.00 to win. Yannick Gingras started off the day winning the 4th race trot with Somoli E in 2:01.3, then won the 5th race pace with Icare De Chapra in 1:56 and also the tenth race with Enduring Grin in 1:56.3 to cap his four win afternoon. “How great is it to come back to Quebec and the Prix D’Ete,” Gringas said. “I have so many family members and friends here supporting me, I had to do well. And what a great day for harness racing in Quebec and at the Hippodrome 3R.” Gingras will be back at the Hippodrome 3R, along with Ontario’s Jody Jamieson, on Sunday, October 12 for the first Tournament of Drivers at 3R. Featured will be the top six leading drivers at 3R through the October 5 race program along with Gingras and Jamieson. The eight drivers will be in competition for a prize of $3,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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