East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands offered twin $30,000 Open harness racing features on a brisk late February Friday night. Odds On Amethyst took the top class trot for the second time this season with a start to finish romp in 1:52 for Brett Miller. Miller set his charge away sharply from post eight and crossed over instantly. Odds On Amethyst set honest fractions, fought off a legitimate bid from Melady's Monet through a grueling 27.3 third panel then held sway for the win. B Yoyo sat a tight pocket throughout, menaced the winner late and held well for the place with DW's NY Yank surviving an adventurous trip from the far outside to be third in his first seasonal start. The winner returned $9.20 and the exacta a healthy $122.60. Jimmy Takter trains for Diamond Creek Racing. The Open Mare Pace went to Inittowinafortune and Corey Callahan in an identical time of 1:52. Callahan fashioned an ideal second-over trip then rallied the mare late from just off the pace to track down Radar Contact after a stretch-long battle and prevail in a photo. Inittowinafortune returned $18.40 while winning her third straight for owner Mike Pagonas and trainer Mike Russo. It was Callahan's third winner of the night. In wagering news, the Hi 5 Jackpot carried over in the fifth race at $37,167 and the last race Jackpot eclipsed $142,000 going into tomorrow night's program. The Saturday card features three Winter Series finals among the thirteen races. Post time is 7:15 pm. From The Meadowlands Media Relations Department
Name the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at Diamond Creek Farm and win $10,000 in yearling credits! Diamond Creek’s first A Rocknroll Dance foal, a filly out of Whetstone Hanover, arrived amid excitement and anticipation on Wednesday. She’s nameless, and soon to be famous. Contestants can submit their name suggestions from now until March 14th. Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm, will choose his 3 favorite names, and on Monday, March 16th, voting will open. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to vote on their favorite. The name with the most votes on March 20th at 5pm wins! “We’re hoping to put a spotlight on A Rocknroll Dance and his potential as a stallion, but I’m really looking forward to meeting the winner and seeing their excitement at having an extra $10 grand to spend at the sale,” says Bowden. To enter, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com/contest and type in your suggestion. You can also submit your name by commenting or messaging Diamond Creek on Facebook, DiamondCreekFarmLLC, or Twitter, @DiamondCreekKY, but contestants are cautioned: leave your contact info in case you win! Rules: All names must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 14th, and voting closes at 5pm on March 20th. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. You can check if your name is taken at http://pathway.ustrotting.com/search/. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Diamond Creek will try to let contestants know if their name was already submitted, but cannot guarantee all duplicates will be caught. The best thing to do is submit more than one name, and submit early! From Diamond Creek Farm
Making a name yourself in The Meadowlands driving colony is no easy task. But Brett Miller has been making it look easy. Miller would spot-drive at The Meadowlands in 2014 when some of the top drivers were out of town and Miller did quite well. Making the move to drive at The Big M on a regular basis has proven to be a great one as coming into Friday night Miller sat fourth in the driver standings, behind just Yannick Gingras, Dave Miller and Tim Tetrick. He gained on all three of those rivals with four winners on the Friday harness racing program, including a pair of upsets in the two featured events. The top-trotting level this winter meet at The Meadowlands has belonged to Melady's Monet, winning five of six starts, including a three length romp just one week ago. On Friday, he was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice, but this night would belong to another trotter. Driver John Campbell was content to allow Melday's Monet to settle into last position early-on in the field of six in the $27,500 Open Trot. Lindy's Tru Grit was sent to the lead by Andy Miller and would proceed to cut the mile, setting fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:24.4. Odds On Amethyst tracked the leader from the pocket throughout the mile and set sights on the leader in the stretch. Meanwhile, Melady's Monet still had plenty of work to do, five lengths off the speed as the field turned for home. Brett Miller and Odds On Amethyst turned the perfect trip into an upset victory as they scored at 5-1 in 1:52.3. Lindy's Tru Grit saved the runner-up spot with Coffeecake Hanover trotting well to be third. Favored Melady's Monet put forth his first disappointing effort of the season, finishing fifth as the 3/5 favorite. Odds On Amethyst is trained by Jimmy Takter for Diamond Creek Racing. . The second round of the Burning Point series for pacing mares was contested Friday night as well. Witch Dali, the Worldly Beauty Champion, who finished third in round one of this series last week was sent off as the even-money favorite. The entry of Southwind Serenity and Donttellruss for Ron Burke was the 7/5 second choice. Witch Dali was aggressive from the start, sending hard from post seven with Dave Miller and making an easy lead through an opening quarter of 26.4. The mare would take the field to the three-quarter pole, through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.1 before seeing pressure from a first over Southwind Serenity. Witch Dali tried to fight back, but she had no answer for the Burke-trainee and conceded in the stretch as Southwind Serenity took over the lead in mid-stretch. But the race was far from over, as round one winner, Empress Deo, who was tracking Southwind Serenity loomed boldly just off the lead. Brett Miller guided his mare off that cover and the instant she saw racetrack, she responded again and chased down Southwind Serenity to win again, in 1:51.3. Empress Deo is now in the position to sweep the Burning Point series when she races in the $50,600 Final on Saturday, January 21st. Somenicebeach raced well to finish third. Empress Deo is owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware Incorporated and trained by Wayne Givens. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 Pools went unclaimed with multiple winning tickets in both events. The fifth race carryover will be $20,600.71 into Saturday night while the last race carryover grew to $116,386.10. Post Time for the Valentine's Day program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali
The southern breeding rights for the brilliant racehorse Sweet Lou 1:47 $3,478,894, one of the greatest pacers in the history of harness racing have been snapped up by New Zealand's leading stud, Woodlands. Sweet Lou has rewritten the record books throughout his career in North America and he was syndicated by Diamond Creek Stud in Pennsylvania at the end of 2014 for a substantial seven figure sum. Right from the first time he stepped onto a track, Sweet Lou stamped himself as one very special horse. As a two-year-old Sweet Lou faced the starters twelve times for ten wins and two seconds for $688,117 in stakes. Anyone watching his win in the 2011 Breeders Crown final will quickly get an appreciation of how special Sweet Lou is. He completely distanced a star studded field by seven lengths in the fastest time ever recorded by a two year old in the history of the sport. Sweet Lou stopped the clock in 1:49 which is still the fastest time ever run by a two year old. The scary thing is he looked to do it with something in reserve. He was the unanimous choice for two-year-old of the year in 2011. Sweet Lou came out at three and had another super season on the track. He won eliminations of all the major stakes races with his biggest win coming in the final of the $510,000 Tattersalls Pace in 1:48.1. Sweet Lou won eight from twenty at three alongside five placing’s and earned another $1,082,256 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47.4 At four all the racing at two and three seemed to get on top of Sweet Lou and although he earned a healthy $349,000 he just never seemed 100%. Given a good break at the end of that season, Sweet Lou came back to the track at five and dominated the Free for All ranks last season. Midway through his five year old season Sweet Lou put together a series of runs that rewrote the record book. Sweet Lou won ten races straight at one point and six of those consecutive wins were in better than 1:48 which is the most ever achieved by any horse in the history of the sport. As a five year old Sweet Lou won eleven of nineteen starts with four placing’s for $1,363,740 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47 What made the 1:47 so special was that Sweet Lou took that time on a 1000 metres track. When you look at the overall stats for Sweet Lou you get some idea of how special he is. 1:50 miles or faster – 49 1:49 miles or faster – 32 1:48 miles or faster – 13 Sweet Lou is a son of the successful Yankee Cruiser 1:49.3 ($1,150,123) who has sired the winners of over $31,000,000 to date in North America. Sweet Lou is out of the speedy Falcon's Future mare in Sweet Future 1:54.2 ($89,061) who has also left the champion Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.4 ($2,782,353). Sweet Lou is the quickest and biggest stake winning stallion to have ever stood in New Zealand and is still the quickest two year old of all time. His first season fee has been set at a very competitive $6000+ GST Harnesslink Media
Somwherovrarainbow made her five year old debut a winning one as she triumphed in the harness racing $30,000 Free-For-All Handicap at The Meadowlands on Friday Night. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was sent hard off the gate by Dave Miller and cleared the lead heading toward the opening quarter without any urging. Essentially, that was the end of the race as the World Champion and millionaire would coast through fractions of 27, 55.2 and 1:23.1 before turning for home with an ever-expanding lead. Breeders Crown winner, Monkey On My Wheel, made a brief bid, but tired first over. Southwind Serentity offered minimal response off cover. The only horse to make any noise in the stretch was For The Ladies N, who rallied from last to finish second with Icommandmyspirit getting up to be third. The final clocking was 1:50.4. For Somwherovrarainbow, the win marked the 20th time the magnificent mare has made the trip to the winners circle from 45 starts, sending her earnings past $1.34 Million. Somwhereovrarainbow is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Theodore Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing. On the wagering front, there will be a Pick 5 carryover of $22,616 into The Saturday card at The Meadowlands. Post Time and the start of the Pick 5 which begins in the first race is 7:15 P.M. Hill I Am got back to his winning ways in the fifth race, a $17,050 non-winners of three trot. Sent off as the 9/2 third choice in the wagering, Hill I Am was aggressively moved to the lead heading to the half-mile pole and proceeded to lead the charge around the far turn. Candy Stash made a first over move after the leader, but Corey Callahan could be seen looking over his right shoulder as the field approached the top of the stretch, seemingly looking around for competition. As the field straightened up, Callahan called to his trotter and the response was instant as Hill I Am powered away to win impressively by nearly five lengths in 2:10.2 for the 1 1/8th miles. Hill I Am was an undefeated New Jersey Sire Stakes Champion as a two year old for Dennis Laterza and Roy Dobbins who were the winning connections tonight. Tim Tetrick was the driving star on the night, winning four races. The fifth race jackpot super hi-five was hit tonight and returned $47,172.50 for $.20 cents. That pool will start fresh on Saturday night. The last race jackpot super hi-five went unclaimed and will feature a carryover into the 13th race on Saturday of $61,470. The win by Hill I Am sparked a Pick 5 carryover of $22,616 into The Saturday card at The Meadowlands. Post Time and the start of the Pick 5 which begins in the first race is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali
Diamond Creek Farm has announced that the initial book for 2014 harness racing "Pacer of the Year" and runner-up for Horse of the Year, Sweet Lou, is now full and closed. “We expected a great response, and that’s certainly what we got,” said Diamond Creek’s owner Adam Bowden. “It seems like this horse’s charisma equals his credentials, and his popularity on the racetrack pretty much just transferred over straight to the breeding shed. “With the quality of the mares he’ll be bred to, his first crop of yearlings should rival those of any horse out there,” he added. Sweet Lou retired to stud at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania after his 5-year-old season with earnings of more than $3.4-million and a World Record mark of 1:47 taken on a five-eighths mile track. He is a son of Yankee Cruiser from Sweet Future, also the dam of $2.7-million winner and World Champion Bettor Sweet. “I think that sometimes people primarily see Sweet Lou as a champion free for all pacer, which is true of course, but the fact that he was also a World Champion, Breeders Crown winner, and divisional Pacer of the Year as a 2-year-old is sometimes overlooked,” Bowden said. “We think he has everything it takes to be a tremendous sire.” The multiple World Record-holder--and first horse to ever pace six consecutive sub-1:48 winning miles--was campaigned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Phillip Collura and trained by Ron Burke. Breeders and fans may follow the continuing career of the horse many called “The Great White Blaze” on Twitter @greatwhiteblaze. Sweet Lou - 2014 Ben Franklin - Mohegan Sun Pocono Diamond Creek Farm
Name the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at Diamond Creek and win $10,000 in yearling credits! We are anxiously awaiting the first foal's arrival and will announce the mare's name and sex of the foal as soon as he/she arrives (expected in mid February). Contestants will submit names, Adam Bowden will choose his top three favorites, and the winner will be chosen by a public vote. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to participate in the voting. Please check our website (www.diamondcreekfarm.com), Facebook page, or A Rocknroll Dance's twitter @arocknrolldance for contest news and updates. We will post the submission form and contest dates as soon as we have a foal on the ground! RACHEL CLIFT Administrative Director & Corporate Secretary Diamond Creek Farm, LLC Diamond Creek Equine, LLC 151 Warrington Street Wellsville, PA 17365 Office (717) 638-7100 Fax (717) 638-7111 firstname.lastname@example.org www.diamondcreekfarm.com www.diamondcreekequine.com
Plans for the newly-crowned 2014 Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Father Patrick to do double duty as a stallion and racehorse in 2015 will still proceed, but after being denied permission in Pennsylvania to stand in that state while being trained in New Jersey, Diamond Creek Farm co-owner Adam Bowden has told harnessracing.com he will now go with "Plan B.” Bowden said he received word from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC) that his request for a special waiver for Father Patrick to breed at his Pennsylvania farm while being trained at Jimmy Takter's farm in New Jersey had been rejected. Bowden said Father Patrick will now stand stallion duty next year at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, which is only about a 10-minute drive from Takter's farm. The Pennsylvania Stallion Registration Form states that stallions "must stand in Pennsylvania for the minimum period of Feb. 15 to July 4. Bowden had asked the PHRC for an exemption for Father Patrick. To view the rest of this story click here.
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) 12 Days Of Giving campaign kicked off with the best gift of all, the one noted as priceless. Diamond Creek Farm has opened it doors to one of the SRF's Standardbreds in need of a pasture to live its life out with dignity. The SRF has 198 horses in its care of which 125 are continually passed over by adopters due to age or injury. "Where would these horses go if SRF couldn't care for them," asks Judy Bokman, SRF's Executive Director. "We so appreciate Diamond Creek giving one of ours a safe home; it's a great gift and a Fabulous way to start our giving campaign, " said Paula Campbell, SRF's President. SRF's other 11 days of giving needs include 12-120 bales; rehabilitation care for one horse rescued from slaughter $400; hoof care for 1-12 horses or more $35. each; a sponsor for our Elitlopp fund raising raffle $4,000; a new sponsor for a pasture puff for any month or all of 2015 $240-$2880; a visit from the dentist for 1-12 or more $50. each; shoes for one with an injury $120; transportations and quarantine for one tagged for slaughter $500; the tack room /office insulated and heated, brrr $750; a structure over our riding/training ring to utilize all 365 days $8,500; and a tax-deductible gift in any amount to give back to the horses that have given so much of themselves. To help, please contact SRF at email@example.com; visit AdoptaHorse.org to make a gift; telephone Tammy at 732 446-4422; or use our mailing address at 353 Sweetmans La., Millstone Twp., NJ 08535. SRF is commemorating its silver anniversary, 25 years of helping horses and kids. Visit SRF online, shop at its online store, love them on Facebook. Thank you for your priceless gift! From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation
Sweet Lou will be honored Saturday, November 8 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a special ceremony. The powerhouse pacer dominated in a World Record performance on Sun Stakes Saturday, June 28, with a time of 1:47, the fastest mile ever paced on a 5/8 mile track. The son of Yankee Cruiser has won 10 of 17 starts this year, with those 10 coming consecutively, and all in sub-1:49 fashion. He’s owned by Burke Racing Stable; Weaver Bruscemi LLC; Larry Karr; and Phil Collura, and trained by Ron Burke. His connections will be on hand to escort Sweet Lou to the Winner’s Circle following the 6th race. Starting at 6:30pm, fans may pick up their official Sweet Lou hat at the Trackside Concession Stand on the apron, located in the lower Grandstand, with their Racing Rewards card and valid ID, one per fan, while supplies last. The hat is in Burke Racing Stable colors, and boasts the pacer’s 1:47 time under his name. Fans are asked to wear their hat and be outside the Winner’s Circle to greet the champion pacer as he makes his way to the circle for his ceremony. Post Time for the night is 6:30pm., and racing continues at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights until November 22. JENNIFER STARR
Creatine captured the $166,300 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:51.3 with harness racing driver Dan Noble at the lines. The previous time of 1:51.4 was set by Sand Vic in 2006. "Late in the stretch I went up in the inside and was able to get through," said Noble. "I was in the two-hole for nearly all of the mile and was in trouble late, I was lucky to get through." Archangel (Yannick Gingras) took the lead quickly from post one, with Creatine taking advantage of post two and following closely on his heels to the :27 first quarter. Uncle Peter (David Miller) and Market Share (Tim Tetrick) were in close pursuit with positions unchanged though the :55.1 half. Market Share was the first to pull, making his way slowly up to challenge the leaders to the 1:23 three-quarter marker. In the lane, Creatine finally shook loose behind Archangel and charged through the inside. Wishing Stone (Matt Kakaley) came flying late on the outside to get up for second, while Archangel held on for third When the numbers were posted, however, Creatine's began flashing and it was nearly a ten-minute wait before judged determined that the son of Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee had only touched, but not gone inside the pylons. "I saw the number flashing there and was worried, but still thought the horse raced great," said trainer Bob Stewart. "It was a similar trip as the one we got behind Spider Blue Chip last year when we finished second. It worked out better this year." The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA and now has $322,571 in seasonal earnings from three wins, three seconds and one third in 13 starts. Lifetime, he's amassed 14 wins, nine seconds and three thirds in 37 trips postward, with $1,189,730. Creatine is the second foal out of his dam and has half-siblings in Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4h ($158,011) and Strawbery Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56f ($101,285). By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park
Story by Bill Finley for Harness Racing Update One of the fastest and most talented standardbreds to hit the racetrack in many years, Sweet Lou will retire at the end of this year and then head to stud at Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. Trained throughout his career by Ron Burke the 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser enters Sunday's $160,500 Allerage Farms Pace at the Red Mile with 32 wins from 70 starts, earnings of $3,067,994 and a mark of 1:47F. Burke has said repeatedly that Sweet Lou is among his all-time favorite horses. "Lou has been a special horse for us since we bought him as a baby," he said. "His accomplishments speak for themselves, highlighted by the still standing world record he set in his Breeders Crown win at 2, and his incredible ten race winning streak earlier this year in the FFA division which included a record six consecutive sub 1:48 wins. We are very excited Lou is going to stand in our home state of Pennsylvania at Diamond Creek Farm. With his exceptional good looks, speed, talent and pedigree, Lou has all the attributes of a top sire, and I look forward to racing his offspring for many years to come." It has been a whirlwind couple of months for Diamond Creek, which has made tons of noise while obviously building a large and very potent operation. In the summer Bowden announced that he will stand Father Patrick at the end of his racing career; for an undisclosed price he bought the Dan Patch champion I Luv The Nitelife as a broodmare; and on the opening night of the Lexington sale he sold the Credit Winner colt Dante for $355,000. Diamond Creek already stands Ponder and A Rocknroll Dance. On Sweet Lou, Bowden said: "Sweet Lou was an exceptionally fast two year old and he battled gamely against one of the deepest and most talented group of pacers of recent memory." He said a stud fee has yet to be determined but Diamond Creek "will stand him at a number that offers value in a very tough state." Sweet Lou will enter stud during the same year and in the same state as fellow pacing star Captaintreacherous, who will stand at Hanover Shoe Farms. The son of Yankee Cruiser was a superstar at 2 , winning 10 of 12 starts and making $686,647. His 1:49 clocking in the Breeders Crown that year remains a world record. Though earning over $1 million at 3, his year was not considered a major success since the bar had been set so high after the prior year. At 4, he went just 4 for 23. But something clicked this year as the old Sweet Lou came roaring back. He reeled off 10 straight wins, all of them in a tough free-for-all division. In the process he became the first standardbred in history to win six consecutive races in "sub 1"48." Among the wins was a 1:47 mile in the Ben Franklin at Pocono, the fastest race ever on a five-eighths mile track. Sweet Lou has lost his last two starts but nonetheless looks like the one to beat in the Allerage. In his last start he was fifth in the Jim Ewart at Scioto Downs, but Burke believes he had problems with the track surface "He didn't get around the track at all so I am hoping that he just didn't like that track," Burke said of the Scioto race. "He looked like he was going to half run a couple of times. I am hoping it's just a blip on the radar."
Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
Freehold, NJ --- Father Patrick made it four wins in a row when he captured his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile and as a result moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown harness racing poll. The 3-year-old male trotter received eight first-place votes, an increase of five. Older male trotter Sebastian K, who did not race, remained No. 1. He received 25 first-place votes, a decrease of two from last week. Artspeak, a 2-year-old male pacer who won his division of the Bluegrass and is ranked No. 5, got the remaining two first-place votes. Sweet Lou finished fifth in the Ewart Memorial for older male pacers at Scioto Downs and slipped from second to third in the rankings. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 9/30/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (25) 8th 10-8-1-0 $620,603 334 1 2 Father Patrick (8) 3tc 12-10-1-0 $1,183,451 308 3 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 15-10-1-1 $950,533 264 2 4 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 207 4 5 Artspeak (2) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $479,450 191 5 6 JK She’salady 2pf 7-7-0-0 $378,575 145 6 7 McWicked 3pc 15-9-3-1 $939,346 90 7 8 He’s Watching 3pc 11-5-3-1 $824,728 85 8 9 Shake It Cerry 3tf 12-10-0-1 $622,436 77 10 10 Lifetime Pursuit 3tf 14-8-2-2 $673,729 64 9 Also: Limelight Beach (38), JK Endofanera (25), Nuncio (23), Yankee Bounty (17), Sandbetweenurtoes (10), Mission Brief (7), Classic Martine, Market Share (6), Modern Family (5), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn (4), Always B Miki, Bigtown Hero, Cee Bee Yes, Dancin Yankee, Habitat, Somewhere In LA, Somwherovrarainbow (2), Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
The 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots regular season for two-year trotting fillies came to a close on Tuesday night (September 9) at Mohawk Racetrack as the Campbellville harness racing oval played host to six $18,000 divisions. Sires Kadabra and Deweycheatumnhowe dominated the action with Kadabra picking up a trio of winners and Deweycheatumnhowe grabbing two credits. Magical Lass was the first winner for Kadabra as she took the opener in 1:59.1 for driver Paul MacDonell. She swept from third to first prior to the 1:30.1 three-quarters and then held sway through the lane to prevail by half a length over public choice Mass Rail (Trevor Henry). Lmc Marshmellow (Jack Moiseyev) checked in third. Richard “Nifty” Norman trains Magical Lass, who is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Priceless Lass, for co-owner/breeder Mel Hartman of Ottawa and co-owner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Magical Lass broke her maiden in her fifth attempt, and she has now earned $11,875. The Murmuring Pan then made it a "Kadabra Daily Double" as she won the second race in 1:58.2 with Hall of Famer Steve Condren in the bike. The Murmuring Pan made a first-over move into the lead at the 1:00 half and didn’t look back from there on her way to a five and a quarter length decision. Giona (Wayne MacLean) was the runner-up and Desis Dream (Steve Byron) nabbed third. Paul Reid trains The Murmuring Pan for owner/breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is now two-for-four in the win column with earnings of $18,000. Both of her wins have come in Grassroots competition as she also clicked at Mohawk on July 31. The Murmuring Pan is the second foal out of $448,000 earner Epangeline (Conway Hall). The final Kadabra winner was Wing Flash, who got up out of the pocket in the stretch to win the fifth Grassroots flight in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver Wayne Henry. Stay In Touch (Randy Waples), the leader at the head of the lane, had to settle for second and Hape (Riina Rekila) finished third. Henry Stable of Arthur and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario, own Wing Flash, who was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, and Donald Robinson and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Wing Flash has a pair of victories from seven attempts, and she has now put away $30,725. A winner in Grassroots action on August 17 at Clinton Raceway, Wing Flash is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Armbro Everlasting. The dam is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Armbro Keepsake. As for Deweycheatumnhowe, his initial siring triumph came with Tymal Illbthere (Chris Christoforou) in the third section. She followed the cover of divisional point standings leader Summers Jewel (Mario Baillargeon) and then got around her late in the mile to win by a neck in 1:57.1. Muscle Kit (Randy Waples) was third, more than 14 lengths behind the top two finishers. Erv Abdulov trains Tymal Illbthere for co-owner/breeder Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, Timothy Varey of London, and Shawn Dixon of London, Ontario. Tymal Illbthere won for the first time from six trips behind the gate, and she has now pocketed $37,660. She’s the first foal out of the Kadabra mare Ill Be There ($398,603), a six-time winner in OSS competition during her racing career. Solar Sister provided Deweycheatumnhowe with his other tally as she rallied from sixth at three-quarters to take the fourth division by a neck in 1:58.1. Magic Shelley (Trevor Henry) was up for second and Railee Priti (Steve Byron) collected third. Gregg McNair trains Second Sister, who has two triumphs from six starts and a bankroll of $29,160, for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC., Second Sister was purchased for $32,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She’s the seventh foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Sister Sammy, and Second Sister is a half-sister to the likes of $210,000 earner Unshakeable. Second Sister also won in the Grassroots Series on July 15 at Mohawk. The other winner on the night was Bistrobistro Taj (Rick Zeron). Competing in the nightcap, Bistrobistro Taj popped the pocket to take command past the :27.3 opening quarter . She then reached the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:28.2 before she kicked away to win by three and three-quarters lengths in 1:57.3. Mets Life (Mario Baillargeon) was next, followed by Judy The Beauty (Bob McClure). Zeron also trains Bistrobistro Taj, a filly from the first crop of former Breeders Crown champion Pilgrims Taj, for owner 9215 6447 Quebec Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. Bistrobistro Taj, who was bred by Gestion Belvidere Inc., was successful for the second time from five starts, and she has now banked $58,250. Bistrobistro Taj, who also prevailed in Grassroots action on July 15 at Mohawk before she stepped up to take on Gold foes in her next few attempts, is the second foal out of the Angus Hall mare Freda Hall. The two-year-old trotting fillies of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be back in action on September 19 at Mohawk Racetrack as they clash in their Semifinal round. Click here for full results Ontario Sire Stakes
Creatine sets new track record of 1:52.4 at Scioto Downs in the $25K Open Trot. Creatine shattered the previous harness racing record for a 4-year old horse of 1:54.1 set by Shark Kosmos in 2002. Creatine is a son of Andover Hall out of Berry Nice Muscles. He's conditioned by Bob Stewart for Diamond Creek Racing of Pennsylvania. Creatine started from assigned post five in the field of seven and Dan Noble had the controls. Slated as 9-5 favorite and going off at odds of 3-5, Noble said go when the gates folded. The pair had to work for the top from a stubborn Its Complicated and Josh Sutton. They cleared before the quarter that was trotted in a brisk :26.2. Noble was able to give Creatine a breather on their way to the half that was clocked in :56.1. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first over bid to apply the pressure down the back side. Southwind Pepino and Sandy Beatty were right in their tow second over. Its Complicated started to tire giving Southwind Pepino a chance to sneak back to the rail. They clocked the three quarters in 1:24.4. Creatine held off the challenge from Boy Meets Girl K, but still had Southwind Pepino to fend off in the stretch. Creatine dug in to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Southwind Pepino and War Cry Hall and Greg Grismore rallied to complete the trifecta. This victory was Creatine's first of the season, but the 12th of his career. He's now banked over $938,000 in just 32 lifetime starts. Betterluvnexttime becomes the fastest mare in the history of Scioto Downs after winning the Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:50.2. Betterluvnexttime broke her own track record set earlier this year of 1:50.4 and a mark of 1:50.3 set by her stable mate Top Brand. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian. She's trained by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr for Daniel Mitchell. Josh Sutton had the lines from post eight in the partially assigned field of nine. Betterluvnexttime was the 9-2 morning line third choice and went off at odds of 5-1. Sutton drove her like she was the one to beat. When the started said go, so did Josh. They pushed the gate away and drove for command. Sutton settled in an early third after the opening quarter that was paced in :26 by Sectionline Yankee. She's Shocking settled in the pocket spot for Kayne Kauffman, but they would have the pocket seat for long. Betterluvnexttime and Sutton were underway before the half that was paced in :54.1 and she was able to clear to the top on the backside. Betterluvnexttime had no time back down the pace. She had company from Continual Velocity and Chris Page. They battled to the three quarters in 1:21.3. The duel continued through the stretch and Sectionline Yankee was licking her chops behind the battling pair. The two outstanding mares battled it out and Betterluvnexttime had the winning stride. She beat a game Continual Velocity by a narrow neck and Sectionline Yankee settled for the show spot. This was Betterluvnexttime's fourth consecutive win and her 37th victory in 86 career starts. Racing continues on Saturday (August 31) post time is 6:30 pm. Scioto Downs will host an autograph session prior to post time, starting at 5:45 pm in the grandstand breezeway. Scioto Downs Racino