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Tammy McNiven, proprietor of Twinbrook Farm in Embro, Ontario with her husband, Rob, had small dreams for a pacing filly they raised and sold on Wednesday at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA. But when hip number #917, Twin B Babe, Wednesday's sales topper at $100,000, attracted a steady stream of lookers, they thought perhaps their estimates might be exceeded. "We bought the mare pregnant with this filly for $6 or $7,000, she was from the He's Watching family and he was good that year," she said. "We thought if we got $15,000 for the first foal, if it was a nice one, that would be great, but never dreamed of this. "She was very busy with people looking at her. Casie Coleman was the underbidder and she doesn't usually pay that kind of money, so you know how good she is. She is pretty. Her name suits her, she's real babe. "She has an impeccable pedigree," said Myron Bell, who signed the $100,000 ticket as Captain's Court. "She looks just like her sire, Artiscape, spitting image. [Trainer] Tony Alagna is going to take her to Florida and hopefully she'll make the races and do some good, get a record and maybe make a few dollars. In two years, she's in the Captain's court, she'll be bred to Captaintreacherous. She has her partnership already, it's Mike Gulotta, myself, Tony Alagna and Joe DiScala, a good friend of ours." A little earlier in the sale, Twinbrook also sold the $90,000 trotting colt Twin B Argo, a son of Chapter Seven and Anklets Aweigh to Mike Kimelman. The new connections of Lovin A Player, hip #687 at Wednesday's Standardbred Horse sale in Harrisburg, PA never had a doubt her was the horse for them. . "We loved him," said Toscano who signed the $92,000 sales ticket on the Roll With Joe - Lovin A Fool colt, whose video can be seen here. "Wanda (Polisseni, of Purple Haze Stable) and I looked at him the first day and we loved him from the minute we saw him. "We hoped that he'd go cheaper, but unfortunately that was not to be. He's a beautiful colt. Mike Kimelman told me he looked as much like Roll With Joe as any colt he's seen. He has a beautiful head and just enough "boy" in him, which I like and stood real correct. He's just a very, very nice looking horse, pretty colt. "He will be going to Pinehurst, I'm training down there this year. After three winters in the cold, we decided it was time." Opulent Blue Chip, hip # 763, was among the highest selling yearlings of the day. The Art Major filly out of the Bettor's Delight mare Haze's Zure Bet was sold for $67,000 to Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario. Her Shadow Play brother, Nvestment Blue Chip (1:51.1), is a winner of over $280,000, won a division of the Champlain Stakes, three Ontario-sired events and was third in the Breeders Crown. ""She was a beautiful filly and with the colt out there, she's got tons behind her," said Jean Brown of Blue Chip. "We're very excited about her. She was good sized (born February 1), beautiful filly, got a great home with Mark Steacy and wish them a lot of luck." "I went to the annual Blue Chip Open House and she was probably my pick of them all that day," says Steacy. "I liked her conformation. She just had that racey look to her. I also have been racing against Nvestment Blue Chip, I've seen the wrong end of him a few times and I knew the family could produce a good horse like that; she looked the part and hopefully she's a sound filly. She was eye catching I thought. She's very athletic, she moved nice on the video." Through three days of yearlings sold, a total of 1,010, the cumulative average is $30,835 and a gross of $31,143,500. In 2014, there were 1,089 sold for an average of $32,903 and a gross of $35,831,500. Russell Williams, chairman of the Standardbred Sales Company, said, at the close of the day, "Those who brought a commercially attractive product to market were well rewarded. Therefore, this sale was like every other sale. I will say that the Pennsylvania yearlings were exceptionally low on average, I was surprised by that." Asked if he thought that low average was due to the current difficulties in structuring an adequate operating budget for the Pennsylvania Racing Commission and the looming possibility of a racing shutdown, he said, "I think we're going to find out if that is the cause. The facts will develop." by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

The opportunity to own a piece of a successful sports franchise may be more attainable than you think. The United States Trotting Association (USTA), in conjunction with the Standardbred Horse Sales Co., welcomes those considering first time purchase of a Standardbred to learn more about harness racing and how to become a partner in racehorse ownership. The Harrisburg Sale Mixer will be held Thursday (Nov. 5) at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show complex, in Harrisburg, PA, at 5 p.m. Guests will be treated to light appetizers and cocktails and hear from top trainers and owners who have mastered racehorse ownership in today's market. Attendees will be given an overview of the business and learn about the process of owning a racehorse, and presented with the many options to consider when purchasing a racehorse. We will cover the benefits and risks associated with purchase options to help participants understand what choices may be best for them, from partnerships and fractional groups to yearling investments and claiming racehorses. They will also be able to get up close and personal with some of the racehorses arriving for the mixed sale and learn the ins and outs of what to look for in a productive racehorse. Standardbred racehorse ownership offers owners the opportunities to be as involved with their investment as they desire, and with buy in options as low as $350, there are investment options to suit anyone's budget and interest. Go to to sign up today or for questions, contact or call 877-800-8782 x3257. Ellen Harvey  

The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has provided a donation through their Support Our Standardbreds (SOS) program to the Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition program for the care of 22 Standardbreds of all ages horses in emergent need of care in Florida. The horses' owner was evicted from the farm where they were living and their condition is very poor from months of neglect. Their Henneke Body Condition Scores range from one to three; they need dental, farrier and veterinary care, and many months of careful feeding to regain good health. All 22 have "rain rot" from exposure to the elements with no shelter. The SOS donation will provide initial assistance in remedying long term neglect. These horses join 142 others previously given assistance through the USTA's SOS program over the past five years. Initial assistance was provided by the Neighbors' Equine Assistance Team (NEAT) of Fort White, Florida. The horses are now being cared for on a volunteer basis by USTA members and Chrissy Daniel, her father George Haislip and horseman Mark Drummond. Daniel transported the horses to her farm in Bell, Florida and that of a neighbor's, USTA member Steve Reisenweaver. They're getting treatment for skin conditions and a careful diet to safely regain much needed weight. The horses are expected to move to Starting Gaits' farm in Xenia, Ohio, via a donated air transport by H.E. "Tex" Sutton Forwarding Company on November 1. Company President Rob Clark has approved the flight, but details are pending scheduled transport of Breeders' Cup horses at around the same time. Backup options for transport, preferably via air-ride equipped vans due to the horses' condition, would be appreciated. While the USTA donation covers initial expenses for professional care and feed, the horses' recovery and eventual training and transition to adoption will take many months, well in to 2016. Daily costs for feed for the herd are expected to be about $85. Those that might like to help support their recovery can do so in many ways. For the short term, assistance is needed in Bell, Florida with daily baths, grooming of long and tangled manes, feeding almost two dozen hungry horses, and donations of hay. "The horses are just now starting to trot around a little and knicker. Every day, more of them start to act a little brighter," says Chrissy Daniel. The basis of their recovery diet is free choice of the best alfalfa hay available, with eventual frequent feedings of high fat, higher protein feed. Those that would like to donate or sponsor a hay delivery can do so by calling or texting Starting Gaits CEO Mandi Cool at 937-417-5271 or email Donations can also be sent to: 1599 Ireland Rd., Xenia, OH 45385 or via paypal at New or used halters, from yearling to horse size, will be needed, as well as lead shanks, feed tubs and blankets of all sizes. Gift cards to Big Dee's or Tractor Supply are appreciated and will help to provide the tons of grain necessary to restore them horses to good health. The Sweet Pro company has already pledged a donation of their EquiLix supplement. Sponsorship or assistance in providing ongoing dental and veterinary care is also welcome. All donations are tax deductible; updates on the horses can be seen on their Facebook page here. Ellen Harvey

Yonkers, NY --- Papagayo E and Ulf Ohlsson snuck up the rail to overtake Creatine in the final strides of the harness racing $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 10) in a time of 2:26 for the 1-1/4 mile race. The margin of victory was a half-length.  The Norwegian flags were flying and a robust contingent of Norwegian fans cheered the victory by trainer Jan Waaler and owners Tom Andersen and Claes Sjolin. Timoko, representing France and driven by Bjorn Goop, was second and Creatine of the United States (with Johnny Takter up ) was third. Oasis Bi of Sweden and driver Orjan Kihlstrom was fourth and the final check went to BBS Sugarlight, also of Norway, and his driver Johan Untersteiner. Creatine and driver Johnny Takter, brother of trainer Jimmy Takter, had the rail position and with no serious challengers got off the gate first and stayed there though fractions of :28.4 for the quarter with Papagayo N in behind him. On Track Piraten and Erik Adielsson made a three wide bid for the lead at about the :58.4 half and briefly got a nose in front of Creatine. But Takter and Creatine held fast to the lead at the 1:28.1 three-quarters. Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears unleashed a furious rush at the lead, from about six wide, heading into the final turn at about the 1:57.2 mile mark, but could not make up ground on the leaders. Creatine and Takter worked to hold off the advancing Timoko, while Ohlsson had Papgayo E on the move up the inside. “He came with great power,” said Ohlsson. “I saw Timoko on the outside coming with power, but I knew that I had more. My only concern was Creatine going long enough that we would be able to get through on the rail. If he didn’t last, we might have had a problem, but he lasted. I felt really good the whole way, the tempo in the race was perfect. The horse was feeling good and once we came down the stretch, I could really feel his power.” The rest of the order of finish was 6. Bee A Magician, 7. On Track Piraten, 8. Rod Stewart, 9. Mosaique Face, 10. Natural Herbie. $1 million Yonkers International Trot by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Pinkman and Brian Sears, who got the drive on the horse less than an hour before the race, took control of the $1 million Hambletonian for 3-year-olds at the half and never gave it up as they cruised under the wire to be the 90th winners of the trotting classic in a world record time of 1:51 on Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack. Pinkman (Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster) is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. His winning time was the fastest ever by a sophomore trotting gelding on a mile track. The filly Mission Brief, who Yannick Gingras chose to drive after her win in the second elimination, gave futile chase in deep stretch and made up ground, but not enough to win. Uncle Lasse, also trained by Takter, was third after adding trotting hobbles between the elimination and the final. As the field trotted off the starting gate, it was Uncle Lasse (David Miller) who was first to the lead from post seven, hitting the quarter-mile mark in :27.2, with The Bank (Johnny Takter) outside and behind him and Pinkman in third. The Bank was on the move just past the quarter-mile mark, with Pinkman behind him. By the time they reached the half-mile marker in :55.2, Pinkman had the lead on the outside and The Bank was second. Mission Brief, who had been fourth, a few lengths from the leaders most of the way to the half, hustled to join the crowd and bore down on the leader, Pinkman, around the final turn, getting to his wheel as the field turned for home. She lost contact when they straightened out, but re-engaged under urging from Gingras as the wire drew closer. She got close, but not close enough, three-quarters of a length back. Uncle Lasse was third, The Bank fourth and Jacksons Minion got the final purse check. Trainer Jimmy Takter won both the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks for the second straight year. He won last year with Trixton in the Hambo and Lifetime Pursuit in the Oaks. “I was looking forward to try in the final with a couple that I did have (Habitat and Wings Of Royalty) and I managed to do that,” said winning driver Brian Sears. “But opportunity knocked and it’s just great that they gave me the call. “I didn’t hear much (about the chance to drive Pinkman if necessary). I heard a little bit from Herb (Liverman). I talked to Herb a little bit, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity. He (Pinkman) was pretty much push button and it was a pleasure.” Pinkman has now won eight times in nine season's starts, with earnings of $1,170,965. Lifetime he has been a winner in 14 of 17, with $1,737,925. “It’s very emotional and I just want to thank all the connections that were involved,” said co-owner John Fielding. “Brian Sears stepped in and did a great job and of course, my friend and partner Jimmy Takter and Christina, have done again an amazing job. We’ve been at this for 30 years trying to win this trophy and I’ll tell you, this is the greatest thrill you could ever want in this sport and I’m just blown away, very honored and happy to be in this situation. I’ve got a plane I’ve got to catch to go back to a party in Toronto tonight, but we’re going to have to stop at the windows (to cash bets). “We leave these decisions (about drivers) up to Jimmy and he always seems to make the right decisions. We’ve had Brian Sears, who everybody knows is a fantastic, great driver, one of the best there ever was when the money is on the line, so I wasn’t worried at all, very confident in Jimmy.” Of the filly runner-up Mission Brief, trainer and co-owner Ron Burke said, “She raced really good and I think if things would have shook out a little differently the result would have been different. She was the only one still going forward at the wire. She really gave it her all and at the wire she was still coming. I would never change anything that I did and I don’t regret anything about the conditioning. She’s still a super horse, some day we will be back and we are not going to give up. We are going to win the Hambletonian.” Mission Brief’s driver, Yannick Gingras, who picked her over the eventual race winner, said, “I’m still young and I’m blessed to have two great chances at the Hambo like I’ve had the last few years. I will have plenty more chances I hope. Everyone ignores Pinkman because he isn’t flashy, they want to talk about Uncle Lasse and Canepa Hanover, but Pinkman beats them every week, he was just a flat out winner. You have to give the horse all the credit in the world. “I’m not disappointed in her effort at all. She wasn’t quite as strong as the first heat. She wasn’t quite as good gaited as before, so I couldn’t make the moves I wanted to with her. I knew I didn’t have enough at the top of the stretch. You have to give it to Pinkman. He’s a great horse and he’s a winner. “I was happy with how the race went. Takter’s horses were being used and if she went her A1 effort, she might have won. My son joked with me this week and said don’t make a break (as with Father Patrick in 2014), Well, I got that accomplished at least and it’s still been a great day. Pinkman is Brian’s horse now, of course.” Hambletonian eliminations East Rutherford, NJ --- Pinkman (Yannick Gingras) won the first $100,000 elimination race for the Hambletonian for 3-year-old harness racing  trotters by a half-length in 1:51.2 over The Bank (Johnny Takter) on Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack. Donatomite (Trond Smedhammer) was third. The other two spots for the final went to Habitat (Brian Sears) and Jacksons Minion (Tom Jackson). Pinkman is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Gingras and Pinkman made it quite clear they wanted the lead from post ten as the two charged off the starting gate and went straight for the front, getting past the rail horse, Donatomite, to get to the lead just past the :26.2 first quarter. The Bank was out and moving at the three-eighths to get the lead and held it to the :54.3 half with Pinkman tucked in behind him. Jacksons Minion was on the move for the top when the field passed the half, while the lead horses remained unchanged at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. With the finish line in sight, Gingras went to work on Pinkman and they passed The Bank for the win and a chance to draw for posts one through five in the final. “I figured (Smedshammer) was going to try to get position and sit behind me,” said winning driver Gingras. “His horse (Donatomite) has got good gate speed. He’s not had much luck with his horse, but he’s a nice horse too. “It kind of worked out. I was hoping to cut it, but The Bank is a very good horse. If I was going to follow anybody, he was the horse to follow. “(Winning) is exactly what he does. In this race I had to get after him pretty hard in the stretch, but that’s Pinkman. All he does is win.” Trainer Ron Burke's filly Mission Brief set up the anticipated Hambletonian showdown against male rival Pinkman, winning her elimination by 4-3/4 lengths over Aldebaran Eagle in 1:51.3. French Laundry, Uncle Lasse and Wings Of Royalty also advanced to the $1 million Hambletonian final. Mission Brief is trying to become the first filly since Continentalvictory in 1996 to win the Hambletonian. Uncle Lasse (David Miller) led to the quarter in :26.3, with Mission Brief in fifth place. Yannick Gingras then moved Mission Brief to the front, hitting the half in :54.2 and three-quarters in 1:23. She drew off in the stretch for the easy win in 1:51.3. Gingras will drive Mission Brief (6-5 morning line) in the final and Brian Sears will take over behind Pinkman (5-2). “In the first turn it got a little crowded, she wasn’t anxious, I was,” Gingras said. “There were a lot of horses around us and she’s not used to that. But she acted very professionally. At the top of the stretch, I could hear Brett (Miller driving French Laundry) on my back and it sounded like he had some trot. I kicked the earplugs but she did it on her own.” Gingras added prior to making his decision, “It’s going to be a tough one. It’s two guys (Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke) that really helped my career, two horses that I started with from the beginning, so it’s very tough.” Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena, is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. Pinkman Mission Brief by Ellen Harvey and Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Dealt A Winner (David Miller) dealt his backers a huge payoff when the 26-1 longshot paced across the wire to win the $319,400 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacing males on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands in 1:47.3, a stakes record and world record for harness racing 3-year-old pacing geldings on a mile track. The Cane is the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and is trained by Mark Silva. It was a cavalry charge off the gate, with Yankee Bounty (Yannick Gingras) and In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) making aggressive moves to try for the lead. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) was also on the move from post two and with four horses within a few feet of each other, he hit the quarter-mile marker on top in :25.4. Sears soon had In The Arsenal on the outside and was pressuring Wiggle It Jiggleit all the way down the backstretch. Wiggle It Jiggleit had a tenuous lead at the :52.1 half when In The Arsenal began to fall off the pace.Dealt A Winner, coming from fifth, was outside of him, moving for the lead at the 1:20.4 three-quarters. The field failed to make up ground on Dealt A Winner when he got to the lead and he held it to the wire, winning by 1-1/4 lengths. Artspeak (Scott Zeron) came up to be second and Dude’s The Man (Corey Callahan) was third. Wiggle It Jiggleit faded to fourth. “I got him away I think fifth and they were going really hard into the first turn,” said David Miller. “They kept marching pretty good up the backstretch, you know :52(.1) to the half. I never had to move him until the last turn. He actually swelled up in the hole and when I moved him, he just took right off. This horse has struggled a little this year, but he’s got plenty of ability. He got to show it today.” The victory was the first in eight starts this year and sixth lifetime for Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark-Lazan Hanover, who has now earned $243,560 in 2015 and $363,439 lifetime. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ --- State Treasurer put on the afterburners in the home stretch, making a statement in his 1:47 win in the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship for older harness racing pacers by 3-3/4 lengths on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. The time was a new world race record for older pacing stallions on a mile track. State Treasuer is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and co-owned by Sally and Paul MacDonald. David Miller was the driver. Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first to the lead in :26, but was quickly overtaken by Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) who held it to the :53 half. State Treasurer was on the move on his outside and quickly took that lead away and held it through the 1:19.4 three-quarter marker. State Treasurer had no serious competition down the stretch and finished well ahead of Doo Wop Hanover (Scott Zeron) in second and Foiled Again third. Children visiting the track on Hambletonian Day were given a Breyer “Stablemate” in the image of Foiled Again, making him the only horse racing today with a toy. The victory was the fifth in 11 starts this year for State Treasurer, taking his season's earnings to $418,790. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Ideal Treasure has won 26 times in his career, with earnings of $1,357,397. State Treasurer by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- There were two fillies alone at the wire and it took a photo to determine that Broadway Donna was the winner by a nose in the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. The race was formerly known as the Merrie Annabelle and was renamed this year for the late Hall of Fame trainer who made The Meadowlands his home base. Broadway Donna was driven by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms. Her sire, Donato Hanover is a Hambletonian winner and her dam, Broadway Schooner is a Hambletonian Oaks winner. The caretaker of Broadway Donna is Walter Teat, who also cared for Broadway Schooner and her dam, Pine Schooner. The 1-9 favorite, Broadway Donna raced off the pace set by early leaders Kathy Parker (Johnny Takter) and Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras). They hit the quarter-mile mark in :27.3. Celebrity Eventsy (Brett Miller) made a break right around the quarter-mile marker, which put some ground behind those leaders and the rest of the field. Broadway Donna rushed up to the lead just past the :56.4 half-mile marker and was still on top at the 1:25 three-quarters. As they turned for home, Kathy Parker and Johnny Takter had room to make up ground along the rail and they moved alongside Broadway Donna for the final strides to the wire. Broadway Donna held off that late charge for the win by a nose in 1:54.2. Sunset Glider finished third. The victory was Broadway Donna's sixth straight to begin her career. She has purse earnings of $274,941. “He (the late Jim Doherty) was a very good friend and a great horseman,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “He was a gentleman. If you bumped into him 10 times in a day he would say hello to you 10 times. For me, when I first came to the Meadowlands, he was someone I looked up to. He had a powerful stable and he knew how to do things right and he continued that right on to the end. He was a first-class man. I’m glad I got to know him the way I did. “She (Broadway Donna) fought off the horse (Kathy Parker) that was coming on hard on the inside. She’s done everything we’ve asked of her. That was her sixth start today. She did it easier last week, but she dug in when she had to and got the job done. That’s the main thing.” Broadway Donna by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win were the winners Saturday night of the two $35,000 elimination races to determine starters in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, to be held at The Meadowlands on August 8. The Oaks is the filly companion race to the $1 million Hambletonian. Both the Hambletonian and Oaks will be shown live on CBS Sports Network from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Post positions will be drawn on Monday afternoon at a press conference at the track. The winners of each elimination will draw for posts 1 through 5. Lock Down Lindy (Tim Tetrick) locked in her spot in the final of the Oaks with a two length win in the first elimination race. Content to let Bright Baby Blues (David Miller) and then Gatka Hanover (Yannick Gingras) set the early pace, with Gatka hitting the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :55.1, Lock Down Lindy sprinted to the front of the pack just past the half. The daughter of Lucky Chucky grabbed the lead with authority and held it through the 1:23.3 three quarters. She trotted strong to the wire with all others giving futile chase, though Wild Honey (Jimmy Takter) put on a rally late in the race to be second, with Bright Baby Blues behind her. Lock Down Lindy is trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Mystical Marker Farm, Crawford Partners, Joe Sbrocco and In the Gym Partners. "I had a lot of confidence in this mare and it hasn't really worked out, a lot of bad spots and some mistakes here and there, mostly mine," said winning driver Tim Tetrick. "She showed tonight the talent she does have. I was hoping I could follow Takter's mare (Wild Honey) all the way up there but somehow she got to drop in the three hole. "I just went up for the lead and after that, it was over. Any time you get to compete in these races (Hambletonian and Oaks) is awesome, let alone win them, and I've gotten to drive some great horses that put me in the winner's circle in those races. "It's a wide open race, the way she raced in here tonight, they're definitely going to be looking for her. She won't be dismissed quite as much; she's always had the talent. She just hasn't always been able to put it together." The last two Oaks spots in that race went to fourth place finisher Lady Winona and fifth place Smokinmombo. Lock Down Lindy In the second elimination, Spirit To Win turned on the afterburners in the last sixteenth of a mile, with driver Brett Miller's hands in his lap all the way to the finish line in 1:52.2 to win by two lengths. Spirit To Win is trained by Dustin Jones and owned by Frederick Hertrich III and Noblock Racing Stable. Spirit To Win flirted with the lead off the starting gate, but Rules Of The Road (Corey Callahan) got to the quarter first in :28 before Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) took over that spot with a quick move to the top. They held that spot to the :56.2 half with Rules Of The Road tucked in behind. Spirit To Win, meanwhile, was working her way to the top on the outside, all the way to the head of the stretch. After idling on the outside alongside leader Livininthefastlane for a few strides at the 1:24.4 three quarters, Brett Miller gave the daughter of Donato Hanover the mildest of urging and off she went to the top for the win. Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) was second, Sarcy (Johnny Takter) was third. Also earning spots in the final were fourth place finisher Rules Of The Road (Corey Callahan) and Speak To Me (Scott Zeron). "After last week (when she beat Mission Brief by a nose in the Del Miller Memorial), I had a lot of confidence in her," said Brett Miller. "When I landed where I landed (6th at the quarter), honestly, it didn't bother me. The way she felt, this filly, she acts like one of those horses who gives 100% and won't stop until she gets by them. There are a lot of nice fillies in here, she's going to have to show up next week and do her best." Spirit To Win Hambletonian Oaks Field: Bright Baby Blue Eyes Lady Winona Livininthefastlane Lock Down Lindy Rules Of The Road Sarcy Smokinmombo Speak To Me Spirit To Win Wild Honey $50,000 TVG OPEN TROT Flanagan Memory edged Natural Herbie by a nose to earn his first victory of the season in a 12-1 upset. The 5-year-old trained by co-owner Rene Dion and driven by Tim Tetrick paid $26.40 for his 12th career win in 43 starts. The exacta returned $174.60. Intimidate, 20-1, got third to complete a $2,423.60 trifecta The time was a lifetime best 1:51 4/5. $50,000 TVG OPEN PACE JK Endofanera ruled the featured pacing event of the night in wire to wire fashion, winning by a head over Doo Wop Hanover and State Treasure in 1:49. The win was the second of the season for the North America Cup winner. The first six finishers were separated by no more than one length. JK Endofanera is trained by Jimmy Takter for 3 Brothers Stables. Brett Miller was in the sulky. The winner returned $8.60 for the victory. PICK 5 CARRYOVER There were no winning tickets in the Pick 5 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. There will be a Pick 5 carryover into the Friday, August 7 program of $29,460.76. JACKPOT SUPER HI-5 CARRYOVER There were multiple winning tickets in the Jackpot Super Hi-5 on Saturday night. The wager will not be offered on Friday, August 7th and there will be a mandatory payout on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 8th with a carryover of $231,403. Ellen Harvey

The Goshen (NY) Yearling Sale, in conjunction with the US Trotting Association (USTA), will conduct a free, introductory seminar for those considering first time harness racing horse ownership on Saturday, September 12. The seminar, which will run from 11 to 3 pm, will cover the risks and rewards of horse ownership, the various ways to get started owning a horse, costs, shopping strategies and how to perform due diligence. The educational event will be held at the Mark Ford Training Center at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, New York. While the seminar will cover all kinds of horse ownership, including buying claimers and racehorses at public auction or private sale, there will be "hands on" instruction in conformation and pedigree, using yearlings offered in the sale, which will be held at noon the following day on Sunday, September 13. The USTA will provide a free subscription to Hoof Beats, along with a credit for Pathway, the online Standardbred information system. Lunch and educational materials will also be provided at no charge. For more information, or to sign up, contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Ellen Harvey          

They all had a clear shot at him, but none of the nine other pacers in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace could get past Wiggle It Jiggleit, as his 24 year old harness racing driver Montrell Teague gave a fist pump and won by 1¾ lengths in 1:47.4 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Montrell's father, George and trained by Clyde Francis. Montrell is the youngest driver ever to win the classic race. The son of Mr. Wiggles started his career at The Meadowlands in the dead of the winter of 2015, racing in series and taking each in stride with progressively stronger performances. His solde loss was a second place finish to Wakizashi Hanover in the North America Cup, where he was second. The younger Teague wasted no time looking for the lead as he put his horse on top just past the :26 quarter mile mark. Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick), wearing four new aluminum shoes, was right out to challenge down the backstretch, with In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) tucked in along the rail. From the five eighths on, it was Wiggle It Jiggleit facing off on the inside with a persistent Wakizashi Hanover on his outside. Wakizashi Hanover kept at his wheel all the way down the stretch, only losing contact with about an eighth to go. Dude's The Man ( Corey Callahan) ranged up on the outside to get past Wakizashi for the second money in the final strides while Montrell Teague had Wiggle It Jiggleit on cruise control to the wire. "Couldn't be happier," said George Teague, who also trained and co-owned Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire, Mr. Wiggles. "This is pretty exciting, for me, anyway. I liked the way he got to the front. Once he cleared I felt pretty confident, really. I couldn't be prouder of my son, Montrell. He speaks for himself. He's doing a great job for the horse, as much as the horse is doing for him. This is what everyone dreams of in this business and I own him, too, it's not a bad deal." "I got stung to the quarter (in :26) but I thought we were going :25," said Montrell Teague. "I would have thought we were going :25 or :26, but I backed it down as much as I could and kept on backing it down. I knew he (Wakzashi Hanover and Tim Tetrick) was going to come very, very early. I thought I was still confident at the three quarters. We only went in :21 or something like that. I didn't even look at the teletimer when I passed it and it was :47.4. Every week I look forward to driving him and he keeps me tuned in to how good he is." Asked if he might be supplemented to the Cane Pace ( at The Meadowlands on August 8, Hambletonian day), Teague deferred to his father. "That's up to dad, he does all that work. Where ever he's goes, I'm going. He's the best horse I've ever driven. To drive for dad and have all my family here, it's unbelievable. When you look at a horse like that, going 48 and 49 every week, you've got to respect him." Ellen Harvey

Ron Waples will join the field for the Hall of Fame harness racing drivers race at Goshen Historic Track, the annual $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot, to be held Sunday (July 5). Post time is 1 p.m. Waples drove Park Avenue Joe in the 1989 Hambletonian dead heat race-off with Probe and driver Bill Fahy. He's also won nearly 7,000 races, including two Little Brown Jugs (Ralph Hanover-1983 and Fake Left-1992) along with $74.2 million in purse earnings. The slate for that race brings together a "Who's Who" of harness racing talent. John Campbell, David Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Dick Stillings, Jimmy Takter and Wally Hennessey will all compete that day. Ron Pierce, recovering from neck and back surgery this spring, is a possibility as he is nearing the end of his rehabilitation. His participation will be confirmed as the date draws closer. Collectively, the confirmed participants have won 13 Little Brown Jugs and 11 Hambletonians as trainers or drivers, along with nearly 52,000 races and $875 million in purse earnings. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry; their sons Elbridge and Peter will be on hand to present the trophy. After the race, the drivers will meet fans and autograph photos. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen; admission is $5 for adults (includes program) and children are free. For more information, go to or call 845.294.5333. The hashtag for this year's events is #harnessgoshen. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Cream Ridge, NJ --- After a day of unrelenting rain, skies cleared on Sunday afternoon (June 28) for the second annual open house at Fair Winds Farm, celebrating the month of the horse in New Jersey. About 350 guests, most of them with no connection or experience with horses, walked up the tree-lined lane, past fields of mares and foals, to the Cream Ridge farm for an afternoon of everything equine. Fair Wind's Mark Mullen invited several partners and exhibitors to open the doors to the farm and the horse world to the general public, with FFA members parking cars and exhibiting alongside Rutgers University Equine Science program, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization, NJ Quarter Horse Association, NJ Farm Bureau and Monmouth County 4H, complete with real bunnies in baskets. Guests were treated to horse and wagon rides around the farm, a demonstration of what the well-dressed racehorse wears with Jacqueline Ingrassia and the very patient Cool Beans, who stood stock still, with ears up for photos and pats from children and adults getting their hands on a horse for the first time. Retired trotter Independent Act and owner Suzanne D'Ambrose walked throughout the crowd for hours, with "Indy" sampling grass and saying hello to curious children generous with scratches and pats. Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization members showed the crowd what Standardbreds can do off the track. Helene Gregory was there with Jambalayabar Man, Rob Pennington with Glissade and Worldclass Guy was ridden by Stephanie Jacobs. Nicole Bursac showed off the roan Styled N Misty, while Terry Keynton had Osborne's Shy Cam outfitted for trail riding. Farrier Tom Mulryne trimmed a horse with a crowd listening to his explanation of equine foot care. Dr. Patty Hogan opened up her clinic for the day, with three fully subscribed tours learning about diagnostic and surgical procedures, as well as seeing horses recovering from or preparing for orthopedic surgery. "It was a beautiful day and we had enthusiastic participation from many groups and a lot of non-horse people here, visiting Dr. Hogan's clinic, seeing all the demos," said Fair Winds' owner Mark Mullen. "People were very complimentary about the farm and all the horses and activities. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time." by Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA

An iconic print of Greyhound setting his historic time trial mark of 1:59.3/4 on July 16, 1937, reproduced from an oil by Richard Stone Reeves, will be offered for live auction on July 5 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The print, numbered 34 of the original 1955 issue of 260, comes from the private collection of a Museum member, who has owned it since publication. A portion of auction proceeds will benefit the Museum's Restoration Fund. The image of Greyhound depicts him at Goshen Historic Track, driven by Sep Palin. The scene looks much the same now as it did in 1937, with the exception of a now-removed hub rail. The resulting time was the first under the 2:00 barrier on a half-mile track for a trotter. This rare print is in good condition with scattered foxing, and is matted and framed. The original oil by Reeves is in the Museum's collection and was presented as a gift to the founder, E. Roland Harriman, in July of 1955 by his friends Lawrence Sheppard, Elbridge T. Gerry Sr., Octave Blake, R.W. Hart, Walter Candler and Leo C. McNamara. Reeves, who painted more than 1,000 horses in his career, including most of the finest Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds of the latter half of the 20th century, was, in the words of the New York Times, "one of the premier equestrian artists in the world." His commissioned works were oil on canvas, "neo romantic in style" said the Times and reported, though never confirmed by Reeves, to start at $25,000. Reeves cites this image of Greyhound, trotting in an event that occurred in 1937, when he was a teenager, as the only horse of more than 1,000 he painted that he did not see in person. Reeves began painting top-flight race horses after his service in World War II. He died in 2005. Those who would like to bid, but cannot attend the July 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, can arrange for proxy bid by contacting Historic Collections Manager Rebecca Howard at or calling 845-294-6330. The conservation of art and artifacts is one of the Museum's highest priorities. The Restoration Fund is a dedicated account established by to provide funding for the preservation of its collection. Funding sources include donations and artifact sponsorships, grants and the annual Restoration Raffle. Now in its 21st year, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame's Restoration Raffle has provided more than $86,000 toward ensuring long-term preservation and accessibility of paintings, lithographs, vehicles, glass photographic negative and textiles from the Museum's historic collections. Winning tickets will be drawn for a fantastic list of prizes during the Hall of Fame induction dinner, Sunday July 5. Please contact Missy Gillespie for prize information and raffle ticket sales. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Goshen is home to Historic Track, a harness racing facility that opened in 1838 and is the country's oldest active horse racing track. There's been trotting horse racing on the streets of Goshen since the Revolutionary War era. True to history, there is no betting and stables are open to the public. The track, at 44 Park Place, is on the National Park Service's registry of historic landmarks. The Fourth of July celebration in Goshen, New York might be just 90 minutes from New York City, but it's 150 years back in time. The county seat of Orange County, Goshen is home to the 34th annual Great American Weekend celebration - two days of activities that celebrate the nation's independence on July 4 and 5, 2015. Activities for the whole family are centered in and around the town's tree-ringed nine acre green, surrounded by stone office buildings, churches, and Queen Anne-style homes dating to the late 1700s. There will be harness racing for prizes as large as $20,000 and the four day meet starts on July 2 at 1 p.m. as part of Goshen's Fourth of July celebration. Admission is free for children 12 and younger, adults are $5 and admission price includes a racing program. The stable area is open for visitors to see the racehorses up close as they prepare for competition. Great American Weekend events are either on or a short walk from the town green, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5. Events include continuous musical entertainment, a 150 vendor craft show, book sale at the library, walking tour and food tent with festive fare. Adjacent to the racetrack is the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, at 240 Main Street. Housed in a 1913 Tudor carriage house, the museum interprets the history of harness racing and is home art priceless collections and interactive exhibits. The museum has is what is believed to be the largest single collection of Currier & Ives equine prints. The museum's most popular exhibit is the racing simulator theater, where guests get a 3-D presentation of racing as if they're driving in a race, feeling the wind in their hair and jiggling along with every step of the speeding horse. Here's a day by day list of what's going on in Goshen this year: Great American Weekend events are either on or a short walk from the town green, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5. Events include continuous musical entertainment, a 150 vendor craft show, book sale at the library, walking tour and food tent with festive fare. Goshen Harness Racing Schedule - Museum and Historic Track - 2015 Thursday, July 2: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Harness Racing Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, open and free to all visitors. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, New York-sired fair races. Free harness racing tote bag giveaway to the first 250 paid fans, plus 10 of the bags will contain $25, $50 and $75 gift cards for area businesses. General admission is $5 for adults, includes a program. Children 12 and under are free. Friday, July 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum open and free to all visitors. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Historic Track. Excelsior Series for New York-bred pacers. Saturday, July 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum open and free to all visitors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great American Weekend festivities, First Presbyterian Church Park in Goshen. 150 craft booths, antique show, entertainment, children's rides, road races. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track. Landmark Stakes and amateur driving races. Retired pacer Whiskey Pete will be on hand to stand politely for petting and selfies. Sunday, July 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum is open. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great American Weekend festivities continue. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track. New York State Excelsior series, under saddle races for ridden Standardbreds, Hall of Fame drivers race. Drivers sign autographs and greet the public after their race. 5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction festivities begin with the cocktail hour in Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum, for tickets call 845-294-6330. Hashtag for all Goshen harness racing events is #harnessgoshen. Goshen Historic Track - 845-294-5333 Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame -, 845-294-6330 Great American Weekend -, 845-294-7741 By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Goshen, NY --- Nearly two dozen fans of Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Steeplechase racing checked off an item on their bucket lists Sunday (June 7) as they completed a class on race announcing taught by Tom Durkin, in a cooperative venture between the USTA, Harness Racing Museum and Goshen Historic Track. Durkin, who has called races for more than 40 years, including the Hambletonian, all the Thoroughbred Triple Crown races and the Breeders' Cup, taught the morning class before students called the 11 matinee races held at adjacent Historic Track in the afternoon. Durkin kept the class engaged with the story of his self-education in race announcing, incorporating his background performing in 17 plays, study of Latin and literature, as well as reading in how the brain works to help quickly memorize a large amount of information, forget it and then reload for another race. He showed the class his 30 page booklets prepared for the major classics he’s called, complete with an analysis of the expected pace, phrases to use in the event of wins by horses in fields that could be as large as 20, color coding the program and the mechanics of how you can watch a race, hold binoculars and keep a program within eyesight. “I designed this device (to which he clips his program) for myself using the three most common construction elements -- a coat hanger, the cardboard that comes with your shirts in the laundry and duct or masking tape,” he said to laughs from the class. “It works great.” Durkin emphasized the need to memorize and use repetition to ensure that the names of horses, drivers and trainers come easily and accurately. He also gave tips to avoid making mistakes, such as using the name of a horse in a race call first and then the position, a strategy that avoids the possibility of stating the position of a horse and then not being able to identify it (“In third place, it’s…uhhhhh.”) Durkin detailed his preparation for races large and small and the necessity of approaching each with the scrutiny of a handicapper. “It’s like Fred Astaire said when he was asked why his rehearsals were so hard,” Durkin said. “Because it makes the performance so much easier.” After a short lunch break, the class moved to adjacent Historic Track, for 11 non betting, non-purse races. Announcer Howard Oil, the voice of Monticello Raceway, was on hand to introduce the students and help them through each call. Only three of the 11 races had fields larger than three, but a regular parade of 2-year-olds making their sometimes unsteady first starts kept the students busy. Every one of them made it from beginning to end with an occasional delayed horse or driver misidentification quickly corrected. “The winning driver was Jason Bartlett, who bears a surprising resemblance to Jordan Stratton,” was the lighthearted correction from one student who called Bartlett by the name throughout the race. For some, it was not their first race call, but their first time seeing a harness race. Dr. Dean Springer, who came from Barbados for the class and has called several hundred races there, noted the slower pace and need to adjust the thought process accordingly, as the crowd adjusted to his British-inflected Caribbean accent. “It was different than what I’m used to, riders on their back, not drivers,” he said. “Getting used to the speed, a little slower, takes some getting used to.” For a New Jersey guy, it was perhaps a stepping stone to a career in harness racing. “It was fun and it will get more people out to the track if you give more opportunities like this to the fans,” said Richard Mattei, a regular Meadowlands racing fan, and a college student looking to transfer to Kentucky. “I did (call a race) at the Meadowlands once. I hit a contest and it got the attention of Darin Zoccali and I got to call a race. I would do anything (to call a race) because this is what I want to do with my life, call horse races.” Paul Kirnos, whose Thoroughbred handicapping skills have landed him spots in national championships several times, left the announcers booth with a wide smile. “I thought it was fantastic. It was a great experience, a lot more difficult than I thought it would be,” said Kirnos, who’s also a former hot walker and now a statistician. “It’s a beautiful track and Tom Durkin did an outstanding job. I’d definitely like to do it again; I think you can only improve as you do more.” Tuition from the class was designated by Tom Durkin for the Saratoga Harness Museum and Hall of Fame, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he is now a resident. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

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