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London, November 27, 2018 -- Ontario Sires Stakes graduate Daylon Magician etched himself into the harness racing provincial history books Tuesday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The 10-year-old son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel, with Bruce Richardson in the bike, captured the $11,500 Preferred 2 event which catapulted him over the $2 million mark in career earnings. In the same race, his four-year-old son Scene A Magician was just nipped at the wire for second in the 1:59.2 mile. Owned, trained and bred by Dave Lemon, the 33-time winner, Daylon Magician, made just his second start of the season after standing stud the past two seasons. Daylon Magician was voted as Canada's Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the year in 2011 following victories in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic, Canadian Breeders Championship and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes victories. From 83 career starts, Daylon Magician has compiled a record of 33-10-14. Greg Blanchard

Sorry that I had to skip a week due to my trip to Canada and Ireland but we are back in action once again. Hambletonian Day was my third straight winning weekend so as I am on a roll we will lay it all on the line for this weekend. Plenty of top flight racing around the country starting Friday with the Milstein Memorial and consolation Friday at Northfield Park, then Saturday’s action is mainly at Mohawk Raceway for their two-year-old stakes plus some top Preferred events. Saratoga has their Gerrity Memorial and to cap it all off is the Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park. Good Luck! $100,000 Pace Carl Milstein 3YO Consolation Northfield Park 8th race FRIDAY – National Debt was an undefeated early season sensation who seems to be coming back to life again. Off his last two starts he shows game finishes and should be able to take advantage of inside position to win in here. Use Limelight Beach and Western Vintage in exotic plays.  $400,000 Pace Carl Milstein Memorial 3YO Northfield Park 11th race FRIDAY – With his five-race winning streak on the line, McWicked is in prime form and has beaten most of this field in the past. He is super sharp for trainer Casie Coleman, draws the rail on a half mile and should wire the field once again. Use All Bets Off and Tellitlikeitis in exotic plays. $76,245 Pace Eternal Camnation 2YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 2nd race SATURDAY – Undefeated in her early career with four straight wins Happy Becky should have things her own way against this field. She has yet to be defeated on the front end and last start she romped by more than six lengths with ease. Use Bedroomconfessions and The Show Returns in exotic plays. $76,245 Pace Eternal Camnation 2YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 3rd race SATURDAY – Super well-bred JK Shesalady is undefeated in three starts and two back saw her win with ease in 1:52. She has drawn an outside post but that should hinder her ability to win once again. Use Cashaway and Wicked Little Minx in exotic plays. $76,245 Pace Eternal Camnation 2YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 5th race SATURDAY - This is the weakest of the three divisions but A Plus should be able to take full advantage of that fact despite making only her second pari-mutuel start. She has already shown she can win from on and off the pace and will be tested well in here. Use Ideal Nuggets and Moonlit Dance in exotic plays. $89,924 Pace Nassagweya 2YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 6th race SATURDAY – The Wayfaring Man nearly made it a clean sweep in the Dream Maker series, winning last leg and the final. Logical choice in here provided he can continue to improve as they will be flying in here. Use ASAP Hanover and Edison in exotic plays. $34,000 Pace Preferred Mohawk Raceway 8th race SATURDAY – Here we have the top two three-year-olds of last year going head and head. Both have had it rough going against seasoned stars but now face each other one again. I am giving the slight edge to Sunshine Beach over Captaintreacherous mainly because Sunshine Beach finally won a couple of starts and that should game him up for big mile. Use Captaintreacherous and Bestofbest Hanover in exotic plays. $260,000 Pace Joe Gerrity, Jr. Memorial Saratoga Harness 9th race SATURDAY – A great slugfest here with top horses going to post. While the Burke Stable has their big guns in Foiled Again and Clear Vision, I am going with Dancin Yankee. He suffered his first loss in six starts last out against Sweet Lou but should be able to come right back with good inside post to beginning winning streak again. Use entry of Foiled Again/Clear Vision and entry of Fat Man’s Alley and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $91,425 Pace Nassagweya 2YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 9th race pace SATURDAY – Despite having finished second in his last four starts Amora Beach still looms as the betting favorite in here and rightly so. He is a game performer and should be able to take this division either from on or off the pace. Use Traceur Hanover and American Legend in exotic plays. $34,000 Trot Preferred Mohawk Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – If anyone can wire the field in this race it will be Daylon Magician. He did it in his last start with a sharp 1:52.1 triumph, last quarter mile in :27.2. He is facing some tough local foes but can get the job done again. Use Mister Herbie and Wheeling N Dealin in exotic plays. $91,425 Pace Nassagweya 2YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – Even drawing the outside post eight should not stop Artspeak from remaining undefeated. Talented son of Western Ideal has been perfect in his first three starts and last time out scorched the track at the Meadowlands in 1:50.4 for trainer Tony Alagna. Use Pierce Hanover and Lyons Again in exotic plays. $75,000 Pace Gold Cup & Saucer Charlottetown Driving Park 14th race SATURDAY – This is really the place to be in North America. It’s the Little Brown Jug of Canada and after last year it looks like the Ron Burke Stable wants to win it again. Aracache Hanover was super strong on the front end in his elim win last week and with post two I see him wiring the field and not looking back. Use Wazzup Hanover and Bigtown Hero in exotic plays.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 9 - The best on the WEG circuit took to the track on Saturday night in $34,000 Preferred harness racing action for both the pacers and trotters at Mohawk. Making his first start since July 12, Sunshine Beach went to the front and never looked back in the Preferred pace. A four-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere - Light Up, Sunshine Beach and driver Chris Christoforou left from post position eight and were parked around the first turn. After clearing to the front at the start of the backstretch, Christoforou was able to control the tempo in the middle half. Off a half of :55.2, Modern Legend came first up at Sunshine Beach and Christoforou responded by kicking up the speed and posting a third-quarter of :26, putting Modern Legend and the rest of the field in his rear view mirror. Sunshine Beach carried a comfortable lead through the stretch and cruised to a length victory in 1:49. Bestofbest Hanover finished second, while Upfront Hoosierboy was third. Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy for the ownership group of Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc, Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. The Preferred score was the first win of the year for Sunshine Beach in his fifth start as a four-year-old. The victory was also the tenth of his career. The Mark Steacy trainee is approaching millionaire status with career earnings of more than 973,000. He paid $8.30 to win. Sunshine Beach is eligible to the Canadian Pacing Derby on August 30 at Mohawk. Eliminations are scheduled for a week earlier on Saturday, August 23. On the trotting side, Daylon Magician put his miscue a week ago behind and turned in an impressive 1:52.1 front end score in the Preferred trot. Trained and driven by Jack Moiseyev, Daylon Magician made a break last week and was forced to qualify before being eligible to race. Rather than skipping a week, Moiseyev elected to qualify the five-year-old on Tuesday (winning in 1:55.) and entered him right back into to this week's Preferred. The son of Kadabra - Daylon Marvel was sent after the lead at the quarter pole and cleared to the front early in the second quarter. After a pedestrian half of :57.2, Moiseyev turned up the tempo with a :27.2 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch. In the stretch, Whiskey Tax, who sat in the two-hole, tried to grind down Daylon Magician, but the millionaire trotter dug in to pick up his fourth win of the season by a length. Charmed Life, last week's Preferred winner, finished more than five lengths back in third, while Catch The Dream was fourth. The 1:52.1 clocking lowered the season's record for an older trotter by a fifth of a second. A former Canadian Trotting Classic winner, Daylong Magician is owned by Daylon Farm Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario and has career earnings of more than $1.6 million. The Preferred victory was the 22nd career visit to victory lane for Daylon Magician. He returned $8.80 to win. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 20, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by a resurgent dozen-to-one Amigo Ranger (Dan Dube, $26.20). Away in good order from post position No. 3, Amigo Ranger settled third as pole-sitting Rossini (Jordan Stratton) was all set to pass the torch to Daylon Magician (Eric Goodell) when that one jumped it off. That misdeed left Amigo Ranger in the pocket. After a :28.1 opening quarter-mile and before a :57.4 intermission, Daylon Magician broke again. Meanwhile, Coraggioso (Brian Sears)-the 7-10 choice from his ordered eight-hole-had found a seat fourth. Coraggioso engaged the leader in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters, even taking a rest stop when Amigo Ranger lost ground in the two-hole. Rossini owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but Coraggioso collared him...only to get snapped himself. A suddenly-refreshed Amigo Ranger ducked in and whipped the people's preference by a half-length in 1:55.1...matching a season's-best. Zooming (Eric Carlson), Rossini and Tober (Jason Bartlett) came away with the remainder. For fourth choice Amigo Ranger, a 5-year-old son of Amigo Hall co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Racing Team of America and Kapildeo Singh, it was his fifth win (third consecutive) in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, with the triple returning $939. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

This Week: Molson Pace, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontraio; Art Rooney and Lismore, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Somebeachsomewhere, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Roll With Joe, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at four locations this weekend. Action begins on Friday (May 30) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$150,000 Molson Pace for free for all pacers. In addition to the appearance of defending champion, State Treasurer, who will start from the rail, two-time winner Foiled Again drew the outside post seven in the eight-horse field and will be making his sixth appearance in London's signature race. Yonkers Raceway will host the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and the $124,744 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies) on Saturday (May 31). Elimination winners Stevensville and All Bets Off lead the field in the Art Rooney Pace, while the Lismore is led by Southwind Silence and Tyra, who captured last weekend's pair of eliminations. Also on Saturday, Mohawk Racetrack will host a trio of C$75,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. The Grand Circuit action concludes on Sunday (June 1) as Tioga Downs will host the $200,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for free for all pacers. Complete entries for the Yonkers and Tioga races can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair and Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Maxie Lee Memorial for trotters and the Betsy Ross for Market Share won the $250,000 Maxie Lee by two lengths over Sevruga in 1:50.2. The time established the record for history's fastest on a five-eighths-mile track, which previously was 1:50.3 and shared by Sevruga and Uncle Peter. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick settled into fourth place behind Sevruga, Arch Madness, and Daylon Magician in the early part of the race. Market Share moved into second place on the backstretch before challenging Sevruga for the top spot on the final turn. Sevruga finished second followed by DW's NY Yank and Arch Maness. "Nowadays, when you win a stakes race it's either a stakes record or a world record," trainer Linda Toscano said. "The horses are faster, the equipment is better; you just have to go (speed wise) where you have to go to win. These are good horses, all of them." Market Share, a 5-year-old who won for the second time in three starts this season, is owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. Gutnick, a Philadelphia native, won the 2012 Maxie Lee with Chapter Seven. Two races later on the card, Anndrovette and Tetrick won the $250,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers by two lengths over Rocklamation in 1:50.2. Anndrovette won the $250,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers by two lengths over Rocklamation in 1:50.2. Anndrovette took the lead from Monkey On My Wheel as the field headed to the halfway point and never looked back. Rocklamation made a late charge from the rear of the pack, but finished second. Jerseylicious was third, followed by Monkey On My Wheel. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Anndrovette paid $13.40 to win. Morning line favorite Shebestingin was scratched. It was Anndrovette's second win in seven starts this season and first since winning a leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway on April 4. She was fourth in the Matchmaker final on April 26. Anndrovette, who captured the 2011 Betsy Ross, is owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. The 7-year-old mare, a three-time Dan Patch Award winner, has won 37 of 95 career races and $2.77 million. She is trained by P.J. Fraley. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 - 286; 2. Tim Tetrick - 225; 3. George Brennan - 144.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 113: 5. Brian Sears - 101. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 410.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 155; 3. Joe Holloway - 97; 4. Jimmy Takter - 95; 5. Julie Miller - 80. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 128.5; 2. Burke Racing - 96.85; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 94.35; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 40; 5. Brad Grant - 39.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at four different racetracks next weekend. The Meadows will host 3-year-old filly trotters with the Currier & Ives on Wednesday (June 4). Mohawk will feature three sets of eliminations for 3-year-olds, plus the Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red for older mares. The Goodtimes eliminations for colt trotters and the Armbro Flight eliminations for mare trotters will take place on Friday (June 6), while on Saturday (June 7) the track will host elims in the North America Cup (colt pacers), Fan Hanover (filly pacers) and Roses Are Red (mare pacers). Also on Saturday, Scioto Downs will host the Charlie Hill for free for all trotters and Balmoral Park will offer Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Market Share became harness racing’s newest world record holder, becoming the fastest trotter ever to race on a five-eighths mile track in scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in capturing the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share surpassed the previous world mark of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Uncle Peter and Sevruga, both set in 2013. Sevruga was in the race today and finished second to Market Share. The Maxie Lee, named after the long time harness racing trainer from the Delaware Valley, started off with Sevruga and driver Ron Pierce taking the early lead away from Daylon Magician (Mark MacDonald) and Arch Madness (George Brennan) to the opening quarter in :26.1. Market Share got away in fourth place. Then after the half mile marker in :54.3, Tetrick sent Market Share after the leaders in the backstretch, settled briefly in second behind Sevruga at the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then came right out after the race leader on the final turn. Coming down the stretch, Tetrick and Market Share pulled away from Sevruga and scored with ease by two open lengths. Sevruga was second with DW’s NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) third. "I knew he was going to do it (win the race) but did not think he could do 1:50 here." Said co-owner Richard Gutnick.. This is such a special race for me because Maxie Lee was one of my mentors in racing. He taught me how to work with horses, job my first horse and to win this race in his memory is extra special." "He just looked fabulous," said co-owner Bill Augustine. "Down the backside he just gobbled up track, then turning for home he looked so strong. He is really at the top of his game. It was the second win in three starts this year for Market Share, who was last year’s Dan Patch award winner as the top older trotting horse in racing. The five-year-old stallion by Revenue S is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. He paid $2.60 to win as the betting favorite. In  the eighth race $30,000 Winners Over Pace, Heston Blue Chip was able to use the passing lane to edge Bettors Glass by a head in 1:50.3 in a close four-horse photo finish. Leaving from post eight, driver George Brennan was able to get third position with Heston Blue Chip as Emeritus Maximus (Ron Pierce) led the field. Besthetyet (George Napolitano, Jr.) had come first-over with Bettors Glass (Tim Tetrick) on their backs and in the backstretch Bestjetyet made a break. Bettors Glass then became the first-over horse but continued to challenge Emeritus Maximus as they started down the stretch. With the pocket-sitting Abelard Hanover tiring, Brennan was able to move Heston Blue Chip to the inside and secure the victory with Bettors Glass second, Emeritus Maximus third and a late closing Dedi’s Dragon (Matt Kakaley) fourth in the photo. Trained by Linda Toscano for owner Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY, it was the second win this year for Heston Blue Chip who paid $9.00 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Richard Gutnick looked at the field for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack and reached a conclusion that might be bad for an owner, but good for a harness racing fan. Gutnick, fortunately, is both. "It's not going to be an easy race, but it's going to be a good race," said Gutnick, who co-owns two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share. "It's like a who's who of harness racing. To me, these are the (races) you're waiting for. Races like this where you're racing against the best, you can't take anything for granted. "I'm excited about the year. There are a lot of tough horses out there, especially when you add in the 4-year-olds that are coming back, and it's going to be a tough year. But that's what racing is all about. I like when we go against the best. It's how you find out how good you are." Market Share was among 15 horses entered in the Cutler, so two $40,000 eliminations will be held Saturday night at the Big M. The top five finishers from each division will return for the $180,000 estimated final on May 17. The first elim in post order is Sebastian K, Sweet Justice, DW's NY Yank, Intimidate, Archangel, Modern Family, Americash Express, and Upfront Billy. The second elim in post order is Sevruga, Market Share, Daylon Magician, Possessed Fashion, Quick Deal, Undercover Strike, and Arch Madness. Market Share, a 5-year-old who has won 21 of 39 career races and $3.11 million, is making his 2014 debut. Trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share's top wins include the 2012 Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic and the 2013 Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. He received the 2012 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male trotter and the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. Market Share prepped for the Cutler with two qualifiers at the Meadowlands, winning the second on May 3 in 1:52.4 with a :54.4 final half-mile. "I was very happy with his qualifiers," said Gutnick, who owns Market Share with TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. "Last week he did the second half under a hold, at least toward the end he was not being asked (to go). It's nice when you have a horse that can leave fast and close fast. He can do both." Sebastian K, an 8-year-old, will be making his North American debut with trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Sebastian K, who was Sweden's Horse of the Year in 2012, has won 26 of 63 career races and the equivalent of $2.29 million in U.S. dollars. He finished last season by winning the Group 1 Aby Stora Pris for the second consecutive year. Intimidate won the 2012 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters and has captured 21 of 30 career starts and $605,293. Archangel was the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner and spent 2013 in the stallion shed. He has won 14 of 32 races and $906,579 lifetime. Modern Family and Sweet Justice are among three trotters sharing this season's fastest mile to date, 1:51.1. Sevruga is the defending Cutler champion and has won 28 of 64 races and $913,566 in his career. Arch Madness, who won the Cutler in 2010, has won 34 of 108 starts and $4.14 million lifetime. Other top wins for Arch Madness include the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old males, the 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, and 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. Saturday's card also features the opening round of the TVG Free For All Series for older male pacers. The field in post order is Modern Legend, Thinking Out Loud, Foiled Again, Word Power, Sweet Lou, Bolt The Duer, Warrawee Needy, Dovuto Hanover, Bettor's Edge, and Golden Receiver. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Uncle Peter, making his final North American start before heading to Europe to race in the Elitlopp was sent off as the harness racing 4/5 favorite, coupled with stable-mate Not Afraid, and he did not disappoint in 1:52.1. Despite being taken off the pace, Uncle Peter was allowed to settle behind quick fractions of 26.2 and 54.4 as Daylon Magician and Sevruga took turns on the lead. Sevruga stole a 29.2 third quarter and turned for home with the lead, with World Champion Arch Madness breathing down his neck, racing first over. At this point, Uncle Peter moved himself into perfect striking position, drafting behind Arch Madness, while Daylon Magician found himself locked in behind horses. In the stretch, Uncle Peter fanned out three-wide and began to reel in the leaders, as Sweet Justice even further out, was finishing with a flourish. On the wire, it was Uncle Peter getting up by a half-length over a game Sevruga with Sweet Justice right behind in third. The first six trotters were separated by just two lengths, with Quick Deal the only exception, breaking before the start. The win was number 10,999 in the Hall of Fame career of Dave Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter. Uncle Peter is owned by Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Ab, John and Jim Fielding and G.C. Fall. Live racing on Derby weekend at The Meadowlands began before the pari-mutuel program with the $36,016 John Simpson Memorial for three year old filly pacers. The Grand Circuit stake drew just four entrants and launched the Friday card as a non-betting affair at 6:50pm.   Despite the light turnout, the four fillies were well matched and each had a significant role to play in the contesting of the race itself. The early pace was surprisingly spirited with the Ron Burke trained pair aggressively driven away from the gate. JK Molly sent for the front by David Miller and stable mate Surfside Sexy, unable to find refuge, was forced to press on for Yannick Gingras resulting in a 26.1 opener.   Once clear, Gingras slowed the pace through a 59.2 middle half before encountering Rockingcam Park and Tim Tetrick on the final bend. In the sprint for home Rockingcam Park put Surfside Sexy away then had to contend with a late rally from Ken Doll J to hang on by an inch for the 1:53.2 win.   Rockingcam Park Stable, B&E Corbeil and J&T Silva Stables share ownership of the Rocknroll Hanover and Ronnie Coyne is her trainer.   On the overnight side, the sixth race was a $22,500 B-1/A-2 class for the fast pacing mares and Scandalous Hanover found the charmed circle for the first time this year in her fifth start. Dave Miller moved her first over as Art Ideal led the field by the half in 55 flat, wore that one down then held off several closers for the 1:51- win. Shine N Shimmer rallied up the rail to be second and Marty Party took the show dough.   West Winds Stable and Adriano Sorella share ownership of the gritty Dragon Again mare and Casie Colemen is her trainer. Including the Simpson non-betting event, Tim Tetrick won five races on the program, Yannick Gingras scored three times while Dave Miller and John Campbell had a pair of victories. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program featuring a $47,253 division of the John Simpson Memorial for three year old pacing colts and geldings. The race includes five Meadowlands Pace-eligible contenders, including 9/5 morning line favorite JK Endofanera and 2-1 second-choice Allstar Partner. The Meadowlands will open doors for simulcasting at 9:30 A.M. for the special Kentucky Derby simulcast, with the first race simulcast from Churchill Downs at 10:30 A.M. Kentucky Derby Post Time is scheduled for 6:24 P.M. Qualifier will begin at 9:45 A.M. Saturday's Kentucky Derby festivities are all day long and include a T-Shirt Giveaway, a $39.95 Victory Derby Buffet, Victory Terrace opening at 12:00 P.M., a Derby Hanicapping Seminar at Victory Sports Bar featuring the cast of the show "Horseplayers," where the Kentucky Derby can be seen in high-definition on the massive 12 by 20 foot high-definition screens. There is also a $500 Derby Hat Contest and a Million Dollar Ball Drop. Live harness racing begins at 7:15 P.M. Victory Nightclub will open it's doors at 10:00 P.M. for it's "Victory De Mayo" party, featuring music by renowned disc-jockey D.J. Sinatra and will broadcast the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view boxing extravaganza. For more details, visit playmeadowlands.com and to reserve table-service at Victory Nightclub, e-mail info@erockent.com.   Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations  

Freehold, NJ --- Trainer Julie Miller has had her hands full lately, with husband, and racing partner, driver Andy Miller on the mend from broken vertebrae sustained in a driving accident on April 15. Sevruga, the 6-year-old trotter from their stable, on the other hand, is well on his way following his own recovery, with two consecutive wins coming into Friday’s $30,000 Free For All Handicap at the Meadowlands.       Sevruga, who won nine of 22 races and earned $484,575 in 2013 for owner KDM Stables, had surgery for a bone chip in a hind ankle last fall. His wins included the John Cashman Jr. Memorial and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, both at the Meadowlands, and he finished worse than third only once in his first 19 starts. He was off the board in his last three races and missed the final of the TVG Free For All Series after ending the preliminary rounds as the points leader. “We gave him the recommended recovery time that Dr. (surgeon Patty) Hogan wanted and he seems to have bounced back really good,” Julie Miller said. “Now we’re going at it with the higher level competition on Friday night.” Sevruga will start Friday’s race from post five with Ron Pierce handling the driving. Perennial trotting powerhouse and $4.14 million winner Arch Madness, making his seasonal debut at age 10, has post six while Uncle Peter, holder of a not-yet-accepted Elitlopp invitation, has post seven. “I’m just happy he’s bounced back,” Miller said. “I think he can still compete with the top horses. On the mile track I’m not sure it makes much difference (that Arch Madness and Uncle Peter are outside him). It’s a pretty equal playing field; it’s a good race with a lot of good horses. It’ll be a nice race for the fans.” Unlike some of the sport’s top older trotters looking at European racing dates, Sevruga will stay close to home. “He’ll stay domestic, if we can do well here, that’s our agenda,” Miller said. “The good horses do overcome them and we just try to make sure they’re in top condition when they do race. I’m really confident in how he’s come back and just hope he still has it in him and can maintain it.” Andy Miller is just two weeks into an anticipated six month recovery period and doing as well as can be expected. “Andy has a back brace and is able to walk a little bit,” Julie Miller said. “He’s on the road to recovery. We’re thankful it wasn’t worse and hope it will be a fast six months. The kids (T.J. and Olivia) have really come up to the plate and are helping with the horses at home. At 16 and 14, they can really help out a lot.” Following is the field in post order for the FFA Handicap: 1. Quick Deal, 2. Sweet Justice, 3. Not Afraid, 4. Daylon Magician, 5. Sevruga, 6. Arch Madness, 7. Uncle Peter. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

Friday nights at The Meadowlands customarily feature the top class mare pacers and the cream of the trotting crop. This was the course of events for the April 25 harness racing card with the mares up first in the second half of the Daily Double. The Sweetheart stakes winner from 2012, Jerseylicious opened her four year old season in style with a 1:51.2 win in a $22,500 B-1/A-2 on Friday night at The Meadowlands. A nine time winner while amassing nearly $300,000 as a sophomore, the Western Ideal mare cashed in on a perfect steer from Corey Callahan to score over Scandalous Hanover and Marty Party. Jerseylicious began her three year old season a perfect eight for eight and so far she is one for one in 2014. Wayne Givens trains Jerseylicious for Legacy Racing of Delaware and Pamela Curran. A strong field of trotters took the track for the $30,000 eleventh race feature. Modern Family came in with credentials that drew play enough from the punters to go off as the short 3-5 favorite and he did not disappoint. Tim Tetrick was designated to drive the Cantab Hall horse by trainer and part owner Daryl Bier and Tim landed a pocket trip behind Daylon Magician that proved to be the path to victory. Drafting along behind honest fractions led to a near track record 1:51.1 mile. Uncle Peter was a brave second in his first start as a five year old and Daylon Magician held third. Bier's partners are Charles Dombeck and Richard Poillucci. The whole gang is likely looking forward to the Arthur Cutler Memorial two weeks hence and beyond. The $25,000 Dash For The C Notes, a weekly staple during the spring racing season devised by Director of Racing Peter Koch, facilitated the C-2 trotters and March Awareness took home the top prize for Carolyn Brechler and John Rhodes, Jr of Ohio. Driver Scott Zeron put the Ken Warkentin gelding on the lead going to the half and held sway for a comfortable 1:54 win. Brookroad Knight took the place and For You Almost Free held on for the show after a first over trip. The Remmen stable conditions the winner. Racing returns on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M., featuring the first stake of the year as the grand circuit makes a stop at The Meadowlands for the three year old pacers in The Reynolds Stakes. Additionally, Saturdays Revived continues at Victory Nightclub with music from 92.3 Now's D.J. Toro. Doors at Victory open at 10:00 P.M. For more, check out playmeadowlands.com. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

Finally had a decent week picking some winners. We had Sly McFly pay $10.40 to win in the Dash for the “C” Note final plus a nice $34.40 exacta and then Abrokenart Hanover came through and returned $8.40 in winning his “C” note final. This is the final week of preliminary rounds for both the Matchmaker and Levy Series at Yonkers plus the final of the Whata Baron and Artistic Vision Series at the Meadowlands and the return of San Pail at Woodbine. Plenty of top flight racing action to watch and wager on. Good Luck! $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race FRIDAY – Tried to find a way that Yagonnakissmeornot could get beaten in this final leg of the Matchmatcher Series. But I could not. Despite outside post this mare has been super sharp for trainer Rene Allard and can overcome post seven to take another leg before next weeks’ rich final. Use Krispy Apple and Ideal In Vegas in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race FRIDAY – This is a great matchup of some real powerhouse mares who will again battle it out next week in the final. I am taking a shot with the P J Fraley Stable entry of Anndrovette/Shelliscape. They both need to be first or second to get into the final and thus need to race their hearts out and off recent weeks they have ability to surprise in here going against some of the best in the series. Use Somwherovrarainbow and Angels Delight in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 3rd race SATURDAY – Right now Modern Family is perhaps one of the best Open trotters in the country. Came back from a brief rest with an amazing 1:53.1 qualifying romp at Rosecroft Raceway and has been super sharp for trainer/driver Daryl Bier. Use Daylon Magician and Wind Of The North in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace Bobby Weiss Final 3 & 4YOs Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – Series saw the best effort of the year for A Stitch In Time last start with an amazing lifetime mark of 1:49.2. Should be able to repeat provided he can overcome having to start from the far outside in post nine. Use Trys Little Prince and UF Rockin Dragon in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – After having his head handed to him in last two tries in the Levy Series, A J Corbelli smartly left Yonkers and comes to Pocono Downs where he drops and should pop from the rail. He was razor sharp before the series, even finished second in the opening round, but now should be able to handle this group and earn his keep. Use Abelard Hanover and Annieswesterncard in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race SATURDAY – With a week’s rest after winning a series leg, Apprentice Hanover draws into a tough but beatable division as he needs the points to insure a spot in the final next week so watch for him to be racing at his best. Use the Burke Stable entry of Clear Vision/Hillbilly Hanover and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $63,000 Pace Whata Baron Series Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – Most will side with Captive Audience here and perhaps should as he has been perfect in the series, undefeated in three starts and fresh as a daisy for the upcoming long season. But I am going with Wake Up Peter. Despite outside post he showed last week he can leave well enough to take command and hold on to the lead. In this case he may leave hard and get a two-hole trip where he can also score from. Use Captive Audience and Ontario Success in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Trot Woodbine 9th race SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of world class performer San Pail. $3.1 million career winner returns once again and looks to be back in shape. After two decent qualifying wins under his belt he should be ready for action and show his back class and his heels to his much younger rivals. Use Slip Into Glide and Zeus Lightning in exotic plays. $55,500 Final Artistic Vision Pacing Series Meadowlands  11th race SATURDAY – With a perfect season underway and 6 for 6, American In Paris should be at her best once again seeking to sweep the series in the final. Teamed with stablemate Art Ideal they look to be unbeatable in here. Use JK Letitgo and Road Bet in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – It’s the final preliminary division for the long series and Yonkers always saves the best for last. It’s Team Burke against four other poor souls. It’s the three-horse entry of Foiled Again/Special Forces/Easy Again. Win wagering and exacta only, no trifectas. With the way he has comeback this season Foiled Again should have little trouble remaining unbeaten in five starts. Use Mach It So and Word Power in exotic plays or sit this one out and just watch one of harness racing’s great performers do his thing.

Modern Family parlayed a pocket trip into a late-kicking victory in the Preferred Handicap featured trot on Opening Night Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night's top purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #7 in a field of nine as the 4-5 favorite, Modern Family was sent to the front end early by driver/trainer Daryl Bier before ceding the lead in the front stretch to Daylon Magician. That pair stayed in the top two spots until the stretch, when Modern Family pounced to beat Daylon Magician by a length in 1:52:1. The mare Daylon Mircacle finished 3rd. Modern Family, a 5-year-old stallion owned by Bier, Charles Dombeck, and Rich Poillucci, had won his previous start at the Meadowlands and now has three wins in his first seven races of the year. It was his 16th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $326,322. On the pacing side, the night's top performance was turned in by Eighteen. Trained by Mark Ford and driven by Mark MacDonald, Eighteen won a condition pace in the night's fastest time of 1:49:3. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs kicked off its season with 14 races. Racing in the early part of the season at the track takes place on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights with first post on those evenings at 6:30 PM ET. by Jim Beviglia, for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Are you ready for some harness racing action? Well post time is 6:30 this Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs!  Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to get everyone ready for the 2014 season of Harness Racing. In addition to a great night of horse racing, there are a number of special events being planned throughout the season Including some special guests to the track with major league baseball greats Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt making special appearances.  Steve Carlton will be there on April 14 and Mike Schmidt will stop by on June 28th.  h Then the very popular Kentucky Derby Day at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is set for Saturday, May 3 .  The race track will feature the biggest party around with events set for day and night and something fun for everyone! For the opening night race card there is a top flight $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot featuring Modern Family taking on Twin B Spike Man, Daylon Magician and Baximum. There are also four $15,000 opening round divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series with up and coming stars A Stitch In Time, Shark Fantasy, Dreamlands Art, Giant Sculpture and Dinner At The Met, all heading their repsective divisions. During Tuesday's Press Conference, Michael Bean, the President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs welcomed everyone to another exciting season of Harness Racing beginning on March 22. Dale Rapson, Vice President of Racing Operations outlined the many race events that will be featured this season. Jennifer Starr, Racing Marketing Manager promised a fun-filled race season filled with special events and promotions that will be keep race fans and those new to Harness Racing coming back for more! The Harness Racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Season kicks off Saturday March 22 and runs through November 22 by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com.

The 2013 season for filly pacers was all about I Luv The Nitelife and Shebestingin. At year's end, Somwherovrarainbow hadn't lived up the her two year old championship season. Now four, Somwherovrarainbow decided she was going to make a statement in her 2014 debut, at the Meadowlands a $22,500 B-1/A-2 Handicap for filly & mare pacers. In a race that included a wild sprint in the first turn, where the Rainbow Blue mare was stuck between horses 3-wide, Somwherovrarainbow moved to the lead on the backstretch, opened up with powerful acceleration and tripped the timer in a sparkling 1:49.1 for Tim Tetrick, who appeared to have his mare comfortably wrapped up in the stretch. The final margin was 6 3/4 lengths over Pan Luis Obispo with Continual Velocity third. Monkey On My Wheel who was parked 4-wide around the first turn, predictably faded in the final 3/8th's of a mile. For Somwherovrarainbow , the 2012 Breeders Crown Champion is onto the Bluechip Matchmaker at Yonkers Friday night for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Ted Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing. If tonight's effort is any indication, she is sure to be a force in that series. Friday night at The Meadowlands saw the opening leg of the Horse & Groom trotting series with the first of two $20,000 divisions going to Amigo Ranger in 1:55.1. Corey Callahan drove the Amigo Hall five year old to a first over score, wearing down the favored Hldontghttourdrms in the stretch for his first win of the campaign. Ashes Cash closed to be second and longshot Home Turf was third. Ron Burke trains the winner for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stable. The second division featured an exciting stretch drive where Bambino Glide, who cut the mile, called on all he had to hold off a relentless Time To Quit, who missed by a diminishing neck in 1:53.1 with longshot March Awareness third. Bambino Glide was sent out by team Orange Crush, Andy and Julie Miller for owners Kapildeo Singh and Shakoor's Racing Stable. The second leg of the Winter Survivor series also split into a pair of divisions with the first of those going to Cane Ridge and Callahan in 1:51.1. The winner of last season's Rags To Riches late closer was sent right to the top from the outside post nine and rated an honest pace to score handily over Mc Rusty and Astreos Flash. Trainer Doug Dilloian shares ownership with Darius Oshidar and East Wind Stable. The second division of the Winter Survivor went to Mattador D with a well-timed late move for Joe Bongiorno in 1:53.4. A winner in a division of leg one last week, Mattador D settled well back as Hacienda led through a casual 58 flat half mile. Closing from the third over position, Mattador D was put to a rousing drive by Bongiorno and was actually a fairly comfortable winner over Malosi N. The feature race Friday night was the $30,000 Free-For-All Trot, carded as race six. That event went to Modern Family who scored decisively in 1:52.1 for Tim Tetrick. Parked past the 27.1 opening quarter, Modern Family crossed over, got a breather in the middle and tacked a 27 flat final panel on the end of the mile. DW'S NY Yank was second and Daylon Magician saved third from a first over trip. Daryl Bier is the trainer and part owner of the winner, who passed the $300,000 career earnings mark, with Charles Dombeck and Richard Poillucci. Brad Irvine is the trainer and Carly Roman the owner of Mattador, a likely favorite in next week's $47,650 final. Total handle for the Friday card was $3,053,484, a slight increase of 4-percent over 2013. Racing returns on Saturday, featuring the first round of The Clyde Hirt series and a $30,000 Free-For-All headlined by a rematch of Golden Receiver and Dovuto Hanover, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

A star-laden card of Meadowlands qualifiers were conducted on a pleasant Friday morning of 30 degrees with mild gusts to no wind.   The third race trot saw Sweet Justice (Saunders) return to form after a month's freshening to lead every call in 1:53.2, home in 28.2 for Tetrick. Daylon Magician was second with a mild close after a pocket ride and Sevruga an even third in his first appearance since October's Breeders Crown.   Race four was won in a 1:53.2 romp by Charisma Hanover (Burke) who sailed along on an open lead through even fractions for Gingras in her initial foray at age four. Left in her wake was 2013 Breeders Crown winner Shelliscape who closed willingly into the 27.4 final quarter in her second qualifier.   Summertime Lea is another four year old mare making her 2014 debut for the Burke barn and man was she impressive. She cut the mile and finished with something in reserve for driver Andy Miller in 1:52.3. Pan Luis Obispo was a comfortable second and Androvette an even third looking much like she does every spring, racing herself to an edge in what was her second qualifier.   Julie Miller took the lines on The Lunch Pail, a house horse owned by Andy, and she made it count, steering the lightly raced sophomore to a 1:55.3 win under minimal encouragement. The remarkable Foiled Again made his 2014 bow for the Burke barn in the seventh race and wowed the tiny legion of qualifier faithful with his determination...again. Settled third for Gingras through slow numbers, he tipped at the top of the final turn, ran down the formidable Bettor's Edge who lead through the "walk in the park" fractions then held off the late bid of Word Power in 1:53.1/26.1...amazing.   Sweet Lou is back as well and strolled through easy numbers closing out a 1:52.1 mile with a 26.4 final panel under no Matt Kakaley urging. Hillbilly Hanover poked his head out of the pocket, was rebuffed, accepted his fate willingly and held second. Mach It So was a good third. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands            

The snow stopped for a few hours on Friday evening in East Rutherford, NJ and live harness racing resumed at The Meadowlands thanks in a large part to a Herculean effort by the track and facilities staff. Friday historically features trotters and pacing mares and tonight was no exception, with the $30,000 trotting feature carded as the second race of the night. DW's NY Yank crossed the river and ran his unbeaten streak to four on the year with a geared down 1:55.2 neck score over Modern Family. Sent away as the 3/5 public choice after the defection of expected race favorite Daylon Magician (a sick scratch) DW's NY Yank and driver Yannick Gingras "stole" a 59.1 middle half after being starched to a 27 flat opening quarter, then coasted home in 29.1 against the wind. Modern Family was a well meant second and Not Afraid took the show spot. The win was one of six on the card for leading driver Yannick Gingras. The winner is trained by Ron Burke, who won three races on the evening, for Burke Racing, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. "Yank" has matured nicely, winning 20 of his past 31 starts for right around $300,000 after making $60,000 in his first 30 career starts. The week's best pacing mares assembled for the eleventh and the Burke / Gingras combination took that one as well with a wire to wire score by Continual Velocity. Gingras steered her through comfortable fractions then sprinted home in 27.4 on the end of a 1:52- mile. The recent addition to the barn scored for the first time since being purchased by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, moving past $350,000 in career cash with the win. The other Ron Burke victory came in a nw3 trot in the fourth race, as Whata Donato sat a perfect pocket trip and stormed past Dough Dough to score a wrapped up two and a quarter length victory in 1:56.1. On the wagering front, it was a $3 Million Friday as Total handle for the Valentine's card was $3,000,504. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

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