EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - (Friday, March 27, 2015) No Melady's Monet, no problem, that has been the theme for Odds On Amethyst over the past month and that them continued Friday night at The Meadowlands. In his last five starts, Odds On Amethyst has faced Melady's Monet twice, losing both races. In his other three starts, he has found the harness racing winner's circle, including tonight at The Big M. Assigned the outside post in the field of eight, Odds On Amethyst was a 4/5 favorite in the $30,000 Open Trot with Brett Miller in the bike. He showed his customary speed from the onset and took the early initiative through a quarter in 27.1 and a half-mile in 56.1. At that point, the favorite faced a challenge from the Ron Burke trained mare, Handover Belle, making her second start off the layoff. She pressed the tempo with Appomattox drafting in the pocket throughout. Tag Up And Go sat second over on the far turn, followed by Modest Price, who fanned wide through three-quarters of 1:24.2 while commencing a rally. But as the field of open trotters straightened away in the stretch, it was clear this race belonged to Odds On Amethyst as he opened up on the field at will, winning by open lengths in 1:52.3. Appomattox was able to save the runner-up spot, while Modest Prince rallied to be third. Odds On Amethyst is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Jimmy Takter. He is nominated to the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, which kicks off the Championship Meet at the Meadowlands, with the eliminations on Saturday, May 9th and the Final on Saturday, May 16th. The supporting feature was the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final for filly and mare pacers. The race featured plenty of early action, with HS Open Waters reaching the quarter in 27.3, but Smokin N Grinin quickly grabbed the lead between calls, but yielded to Top Brand at the half-mile in 55 seconds. Brownsville Bomber came up to challenge the leader and took over past three quarters in a strong 1:22.4. That mare was quickly engaged by Crazy On You, who grabbed the lead in mid-stretch, but stumbled and went off-stride as both Beach Granny and Ballineen went by. Those two mares sprinted to the wire together with Ballineen nosing out Beach Granny on the wire in 1:52.1. Crazy On You was off-stride through the finish and was disqualified and placed ninth. Brownsville Bomber finished fourth and was placed third. Ballineen was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Steve Elliot and owner Ernest Hartman. The win by Ballineen sent two lucky fans on a trip to Jamaica. The Meadowlands ran a promotion in which 10 customers were selected and each given a horse in the eighth race. The customer with the winning horse would win a trip for two to Jamaica. That winner was Brenton Rousey of Lawrence Harbor, N.J., who was just as excited to be cashing the winning exacta ticket and wrapped up his interview by exclaiming "The Big M is number one!" The GSY Amateur Series continued on Friday night and this week it was the Robert Krivelin show as he scored a driving double winning both $8,000 events with Current Crisis and Permanent Joy. Krivelin finished second in both amateur trotting events the previous week and has taken a commanding lead in the early part of the series. Hannah Miller had a good showing, finishing second with Jacks To Open and fourth with Rev It Now. The driving stars on the program were Jim Marohn Jr. and Scott Zeron, both scoring driving triples on the card. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-Five went unclaimed with multiple winning tickets connecting. That carryover will be $61,472 into the Saturday program. The last race Super Hi-Five also had multiple winning tickets, resulting in a carryover of $11,841 into 12th race on the Saturday program, which begins at 7:15 P.M. Meadowlands Signal Restored to Mid-Atlantic Customers Simulcast Impasse blacking out The Meadowlands signal has come to an end The simulcast dispute that had prohibited certain bettors from wagering on The Meadowlands has been resolved. Effective tonight, Friday, March 27, 2015, those customers who wager at Mid-Atlantic sites will be able to bet into the largest pools in harness racing once again. “First and foremost I want to apologize to our customers who have been unable to partake in The Meadowlands product these past four months,” said General Manager/C.E.O. Jason Settlemoir. “We are very thankful that this impasse has come to an end and we appreciate our customers sticking with us through this difficult time. We thank them for being fans of The Meadowlands and are elated that they will be able to wager into our pools again.” “We have worked hard over these past few months to do our best at The Meadowlands to help resolve this dispute,” said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. “It was very unfortunate, and we are very sorry that so many people were affected and essentially blacked out from wagering on our product. We are hopeful that with this impasse being lifted they are eager to return to wagering on the world’s greatest harness racing. We thank them for their continuous support.” Darin Zoccali
The $2.4 million winner Put On A Show will be part of the show during the fall harness racing and sale scene in Lexington when her first foal, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, will be sold at the Lexington Selected Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. Bob Boni's Northwood Bloodstock Agency will offer the filly, named Beach Showoff, in its consignment. Northwood Bloodstock is returning to Lexington after a one-year absence. "I'm thrilled to return to Lexington with this filly as a featured attraction," said Boni. "Arrangements have been made for the yearling filly to be prepped at Diamond Creek Farm in nearby Paris, Ky., so yearling shoppers visiting the farms in the Bluegrass will have the opportunity to see her before the sale." Richard Young, Joanne Young and Craig Henderson campaigned Put On A Show and still own the mare as well as Beach Showoff. "This maternal family is so strong; the great ones are all fillies," said Young of Put On A Show's dam, the Artsplace mare Stienam's Place, a winner of $1.4 million and a granddaughter of $1.3 million winner Stienam. "From a filly pacer standpoint, you can't beat the breeding." Beach Showoff was foaled at Hanover Shoe Farms and has continued to reside there, as does her dam. Young said he plans to ship Beach Showoff to Diamond Creek in June so she will have plenty of time to be ready to show off for yearling buyers. Last fall Young sold his top pacing filly I Luv The Nitelife to Diamond Creek. Northwood Bloodstock Agency
Now it’s up to the harness racing public to decide who will win the $10,000 in yearling credits. Will it be Roy W. with his submission of Dance Revolution, or maybe Stacy C. with Set In Stone, or Lisa F. with Cuts Like A Knife? Two weeks ago, Diamond Creek Farm invited fans to submit names for the first A Rocknroll Dance foal born at their farm, a filly out of Whetstone Hanover. The prize for the best name is $10,000 in Diamond Creek yearling credits. The finalists have been chosen, and now it’s time for the voting to begin! With over 2,500 names submitted, Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm and designated chooser of the finalists, had his work cut out for him to narrow the list to only three. So many good names were entered, and the names ranged from cute to clever, pretty to fancy, from odd to outright hilarious. Diamond Creek wishes to thank everyone who participated! Your responses exceeded expectations. To vote for your favorite, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com. Each vote cast brings one contestant closer to the grand prize of $10,000 in yearling credits. Good luck to the finalists! RACHEL CLIFT Diamond Creek Farm, LLC Diamond Creek Equine, LLC
Ever wonder what it would be like to browse Diamond Creek’s harness racing yearling consignment with an extra $10 grand in your back pocket? Name their first A Rocknroll Dance foal and find out! Their first A Rocknroll Dance foal is a filly out of Whetstone Hanover. If you think you’ve got the cleverest, funniest, or sweetest name for her, go to www.diamondcreekfarm.com and type in your suggestion. You can also submit your name by commenting or messaging Diamond Creek on Facebook, DiamondCreekFarmLLC, or Twitter, @DiamondCreekKY. Don’t wait! Submission closes at 11:59pm this Saturday. Adam Bowden, Owner of Diamond Creek Farm, will choose his 3 favorite names on Sunday. Voting opens on Monday, as soon as the USTA approves his finalists. All are welcome to submit their suggestions, and all will be welcome to participate in the voting to choose the winner of the $10,000 yearling credits. The finalist with the most votes on March 20th at 5pm wins! 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. Thank you for playing! RACHEL CLIFT Administrative Director & Corporate Secretary Diamond Creek Farm, LLC
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."