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WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing trainer Erv Miller, fourth on the statistics list in both lifetime conditioning victories and money won, sent out four successful two-year-olds, a pair of males on each gait, during harness racing qualifiers for babies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fastest performer in the early action was Carrythetorchman, a colt by American Ideal out of Kattimon, who has produced two $400G winners already. She may have three to her credit if this baby continues to show top speed, as he made two moves to the lead then stepped home in :55.4 to win in 1:57, taking his second straight qualifier for Miller, driver Atlee Bender, and owners Ronald Michelon and the War Horse Stables. The other victorious Miller pacer was the Art Major - Wenditions colt Not Today, who overcame the outside post nine in 1:58.4 for Erv and driver/son Marcus Miller and the ownership of Michael Anderson, Louis Willinger, and George Golemes. Erv Miller also sent out the fastest trotting male in the Chapter Seven - Chandler T gelding Cschapeterone, whom Atlee Bender steered to success in 2:01.1 for the Ervin Miller Stable, Tangie Massie, Louis Willinger, and Harvey Eisman. Stablemate Mystical King was just a tick behind Cschapeterone in completing the Erv Miller quadruple for driver Marcus Miller and the partnership of the Ervin Miller Stable, Mystical Marker Farms, and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable. Trainer Jenny Melander sent out two successful trotting filly freshman winners, with the Cantab Hall - All That Sparkles miss Myreanna taking speed honors with a wire-to-wire 1:59.2 win for driver Matt Kakaley and the JPS Racing Stables LLC. Jenny herself handled the Cantab Hall - Tymal Elvira distaff Two Piece Tanlines and probably didn't like being thirteen lengths behind at the three-quarters, but the front-end speed gave way and Melander guided her baby home first in 2:03.2 for Melander Racing Inc., John Devito and Michael and Gary Card. Finally, quickest of the freshman pacing fillies was the Roll With Joe - Special Sweetheart freshman Special Olivia, who went to the lead down the backstretch and carried her speed to the wire in a 1:58.1 win for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and owner John Fleischman. For full results of todays qualifiers click here PHHA / Pocono

Erv Miller liked the direction Geez Joe was heading last winter, registering four wins in a seven-race span that saw him miss the board only once, but the 5-year-old harness racing Standardbred pacer required throat surgery in January and was sidelined for more than seven months. He returned in September and looks to be rounding back into form as he heads to Saturday's $186,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington's Red Mile. Geez Joe has won two of four races since returning to action. He enters the Allerage off a 1:47.4 win in the open handicap at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Sept. 27. In his prior start, the gelding was eighth in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby but closed with the race's second-fastest final quarter-mile, :25.4, to make up six lengths and finish 3-1/2 behind winner This Is The Plan. "He's come back really good so far," said Miller, who trains Geez Joe for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. "He was in Indiana against these horses, but he really wasn't ready and he drew outside some (post seven). This will be his bigger test. Hopefully he's more ready for them this time." Geez Joe, by Roll With Joe out of Beach Bretta, has won 19 of 59 career races and earned $242,978. "We always liked him," Miller said. "He's just a really big horse and had to catch up to himself. He's starting to show that. He's always showed good speed, he just had some aches and pains from being a big guy there early on. He's starting to put it together as an older horse. It just took him a while to get there." Geez Joe will start the Allerage from post six with driver Marcus Miller and is 12-1 on the morning line. "He's pretty versatile," Miller said. "You can leave and put him in a race, or he can come from out of it. That's what I like most about him. "If he races well this week, we'll probably keep on going," the trainer added about a possible trip to the Breeders Crown later this month. McWicked is the 5-2 favorite in the Allerage pace. He won the Ewart Memorial on Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs and heads to Saturday's start off a second-place finish behind Jimmy Freight in the Dayton Pacing Derby. He was sixth in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Saturday's card at Red Mile also includes the $145,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot, $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, and four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. Lindy The Great, fresh off his victory in the Caesars Trotting Classic, which is part of a five-race win streak, is the 2-1 favorite in the Allerage trot. He will start from post two with Louis Roy driving for trainer Domenico Cecere. Warrawee Ubeaut, making her first start since winning the Jugette on Sept. 18, is the 7-5 favorite in the Glen Garnsey. She will start from post three with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA      

LONDON...Driver Brent Holland will be making his first trip to Canada in more than a decade and the Illinois native will be making his driving debut at The Raceway at Western Fair District this Friday night. Holland, who has over 5,000 driving victories, will team up with trainer Erv Miller aboard Ideal Jimmy in the $157,000 edition of the Camluck Classic. "He's a very, very talented horse," Holland said. "He's not an overly big horse, but he's got a big set of lungs and can handle the turns very well which is a big asset to have on the half-mile." When the post position draw was announced Monday afternoon on the pre-game show, Holland was pleased with the outcome. "Erv (Miller) texted me and said 'we have the rail,' it couldn't have worked out any better," said Holland. When asked how the race might play out. Holland was quick to respond. "Well, I have Plan 'A', Plan 'B' and Plan 'C' and they are all the same plan. Take no prisoners," he said with a chuckle. "My horse is so good on the front. Actually I don't think he's been beat on the front this season." Holland last drove in Canada back in 2008 aboard Pop Z Pop in the $185,000 edition of the Des Smith for trainer Miller. "I've only been to Canada three times I believe and I'm excited to visit again," he said. "I was talking with Joe Bongiorno just the other day about the race and he told me what a great event it is. I'm excited to be a part of it."   Below is the complete field in post position order:   1. Ideal Jimmy 2. Done Well 3. The Wall 4. Southwind Amazon 5. Sintra 6. Rockin Speed 7. Trump Nation 8. Rockin Ron   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include eight divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City Of London Series finals. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

STICKNEY, IL - Night of Champions at Hawthorne doesn't culminate until the final week of September, but the harness racing action kicks off early as this past weekend saw the first legs in numerous categories for the top Illinois-bred horses. Friday evening had the first Night of Champions event as Leg one of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for three-year-old male pacers highlighted the evening. A field of 11 lined up, led by 2018 champ Meyer on Fire for owner Engel Stable of IL, LLC and trainer Erv Miller. Sent away as the favorite was Maximus, with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Leaving for the lead was Coming Up along the inside as he was challenged early by Maximus through a quarter in :29.2. On the backside, Maximus assumed command before facing a fresh challenge by Meyer on Fire and Tim Curtin. After a half in :58, Meyer on Fire took over in the turn, pushed now by The Bucket. Meyer on Fire passed three quarters in 1:25.4 and led the field into the lane. Opening up, Meyer on Fire drew clear under the wire, winning in 1:53.1. Maximus came back for second while Coming Up held third. Saturday night saw a field of 11 Illinois-bred three-year-old filly pacers in the first leg of the Plum Peachy. Sent away as the favorite was Fox Valley Torrid with Casey Leonard driving. At the start, third choice Valar Morghulis was fastest to the front, clearing the lead while passing the quarter in :28.3. Making a quick move on the backstretch was the favorite as Fox Valley Torrid moved to the lead, followed by second-choice Perch. Through the half in :57.1, Fox Valley Torrid led the field into the turn as Perch ranged up to her outside. Hitting three-quarters together in 1:25.1, the duo turned into the lane. In the stretch, Kyle Wilfong urged Perch to the front as she opened a brief gap on Fox Valley Torrid. Nearing the wire, Fox Valley Torrid fought back, coming up just a head short behind Perch in 1:53.3. Valar Morghulis was moved to third after a disqualification of Fox Valley Lolo. Perch is owned by Del Insko Training Stable, Inc., Jay and Susan Garrels and trained by Jay Garrels. On Sunday evening trotters were in the spotlight with two divisions of leg one of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot to go along with the first leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial trot. The Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot is for Illinois-bred, three-year-old colts and geldings. Race three on Sunday was the first division as Lousraptor was sent away favored with Casey Leonard driving. After a recall, Trixie's Turbo was sent to the front, covering the opening quarter in :29.3 and backing down the half in 1:00.1. Moving into the turn, Trixie's Turbo maintained his lead as Lousraptor closed the margin to a length through three quarters in 1:31.0. In the stretch, Lousraptor took over, opening up quickly to win by three-lengths in 1:58.1. Frontier Manard rallied to get up for second while Trixie's Turbo held third. Lousraptor is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and trained by Roshun Trigg. In the second division of the Erwin F. Dygert, another trotter owned in partnership by Flacco Family Farms LLC, along with Dr. Patrick Graham, was sent away favored as Louscardamon led the field of six. In a race that had a lot of movement, longshot Super Betcha led through the opening quarter in :30.1. On the backstretch, second choice For Trots Sakes assumed command, passing the half in 1:00.2 and three quarters in 1:30.1. Into the lane, Louscardamon was on the move, quickly going from last to first and grabbing an open length lead by mid-stretch. At the wire, Kyle Husted guided Louscardamon well clear, winning by two-lengths in 1:58.4. Longshots finished second and third as Big Garcia Vega got up for second while Super Betcha held third. Louscardamon is trained by Steve Searle. The ladies were featured in race six Sunday as the Beulah Dygert Memorial for Illinois-bred three-year-old filly trotters has a field of nine. Favored was another from the Steve Searle stable for owners Flacco Family Farms LLC as Louzotic was sent away as the 3-5 choice with Kyle Husted driving. At the start, Puddin Cheeks got away quickly, covering the opening quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch, Husted wasted no time getting Louzotic to the front as she took over through the half in :57.4. Opening up the lead on the turn, Louzotic led the field through three quarters in 1:26.3 as Heidi High chased her into the lane. Kept to task, Louzotic drew clear, winning by five lengths in 1:55.2. Heidi High held second while Fox Valley Elicit was third. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.   Jim Miller

WILKES-BARRE PA - His full sister Phaetosive was an impressive harness racing winner in a qualifier on Saturday, and now the Explosive Matter - Phaeton gelding Explosivebreakaway has shown he may be ready for an outstanding year in 2019, winning his first trip behind the gate in 1:56.1 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. The three-year-old came a pair of :28.2 quarters in the back half to close from sixth and take the triumph. Last year Explosivebreakaway posted a 5-3-2-0 record, winning his last start, a Liberty Bell stake, in 1:57.4. Trainer Erv Miller teamed with driver Atlee Bender to showcase an impressive pair of debuting three-year-olds - Code On The Beach (a Somebeachsomewhere gelding) and Cub Fan (a So Surreal gelding), both of whom crossed the wire first in 1:53.3. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley continued his dominance of the top class at the Meadowlands - the $21,000 Preferred Handicap - winning the Big M's weekly trotting feature for a fourth straight start Friday night. The Erv Miller student faced a tough task. The Ron Burke-trained In Secret was seeking his fourth straight win, and after Trolley sped away from the gate to grab the lead around the first turn, Yannick Gingras then moved In Secret to the top. The half-mile marker was hit in :55.4 with In Secret (the 2-1 third choice) on the point, Trolley in the pocket and 9-5 second choice Sutton - who was making his seasonal debut - sitting third. On the far turn, rather than wait for the stretch drive, Marcus Miller popped Trolley out of the pocket just before the three-quarter-mile marker and went after the leader, securing the top with a quick move with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Through the lane, Trolley showed his foes why he's the "King of the Meadowlands", easily going on to a 1-length win in 1:52.4. Rail-sitters Sutton and Two AM rallied to get second and third, respectively, as In Secret weakened to fourth. After winning his previous start as the 2-5 choice, Trolley's followers were rewarded Friday with a $4.40 win payout for the 6-5 favorite. The 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who has now won six of his last seven outings, won for the 15thtime in 29 career starts (52 per cent), good for earnings of $334,459 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. A LITTLE MORE: Four drivers recorded driving doubles on the card: Dexter Dunn, Gingras, Pat Berry and Anthony Napolitano. ... Wagering in the 50-Cent Pick-4 came close to the $100,000 mark, as a total of $98,085 in action was taken. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,690,822. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley continued his reign as the harness racing trotting "King of the Meadowlands" by winning a third straight Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands Racetrack Friday night. The red-hot 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who benefited from great driver Marcus Miller handling, won his fourth feature in his last five tries and sixth race in his last seven overall. Sent off as the 2-5 public choice, Miller had Trolley on the go from the start but was pushed wide into the first turn. Miller opted to settle his horse into the five-hole instead of going on with it, and that may have made the difference. Misslarose, up in the Preferred ranks off consecutive wins with high-class conditioned foes, moved past early leader Derf Hanover after the quarter and hit the half in :57. Cash Me Out was racing first over at the half, providing a perfect second-over trip for Trolley, who stayed with that cover into the stretch before tipping with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go. The Erv Miller trainee needed every inch of the stretch to get past a stubborn Misslarose, but he collared the leader nearing the wire, before going on to a half-length win in 1:55.1 on an extremely windy East Rutherford night. Cash Me Out finished third. Trolley returned $2.80 to his backers while staying perfect in three starts this year. Overall, he's won half of his 28 lifetime outings and earned $323,951 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. GINGRAS STAYS HOT: Driver Yannick Gingras continued his winning ways, scoring five times on the program. After 13 winner's circle visits last weekend (Feb. 1-2), 'The Green Hornet' has now won 18 of his last 38 Meadowlands' drives. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering stayed strong at the industry's handle leader as all-source action totaled $2,927,806 on the 13-race card. The last four Big M cards have seen the top four handles this year, topped by last Saturday's $3.1 million. ... One shrewd simulcast player wagering into the Fairmount hub used 35-1 shot Buckeye In Charge on top in the 13th race, and in the process, raked the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pot to the tune of $23,467.26. The winning combination was 7-4-3-2-8. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The harness racing father-son, trainer-driver team of Erv and Marcus Miller won both featured events - the Preferred Handicaps for trotters and pacers - and horsemen and track regulars otherwise made it through a rough Saturday night of inclement weather unscathed over the course of an eventful two days (Jan. 18-19) last weekend at the Meadowlands. Trolley defeated arch-rival Muscle Diamond in 1:53.1 in the featured trot on Friday, winning the event for a third time in four tries before the Millers completed their "Weekend Double" Saturday with Geez Joe, who held off nemesis K Ryan Bluechip by a nose in 1:50.2 in the marquee pacing event. Saturday's weather forecasts saw tracks opt to cancel their live action, but Meadowlands management - armed with a more favorable forecast that morning - hosted their 14-race card. There were 21 scratches on the program, but wagering remained strong at over $2.3 million, and the Big M saw over $5 million pushed through the windows over the course of the two-card race week. "We are extremely appreciative of what our horsemen, staff and fans had to do to make Saturday night's card a success," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, "and we were so pleased that the weather did not turn out to be as bad as what was forecast earlier in the week." This weekend, there will be a typical January chill in the air, but weather figures to be no problem for the Friday and Saturday (Jan. 25-26) programs. Post time is 7:15 p.m. The Big M's signature wager - the 50-Cent Pick 4 - figures to take plenty of action both nights. The wager has a low 15 percent takeout and sports a guaranteed $50,000 pool. Free program pages are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. Fans of the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five will have a $29,081 carryover to shoot for in Friday's fifth race. TACO TUESDAY? NO. TACO FRIDAY? YES! On Friday (Jan. 25), the Big M's Pink restaurant will host a fiesta in the form of a buffet that will include all Mexican favorites. The cost is $29.95. To make reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. CALLING ALL CHILI COOKS: The Meadowlands' fourth-annual home-style chili and salsa cookoff takes places this Saturday (Jan. 26). Contestants will be shooting for a first prize of $1,000 and a spot in the International Chili Society's World Championship in Reno, Nevada. There is a $500 prize for the second-place finisher and $250 for third. For those who would like to participate, go to http://chilicookoff.com/register. There is also a separate side contest for homemade salsa that carries a $500 first prize. For complete details, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13416. SUPER SIMULCAST: A pair of huge events from Gulfstream Park will headline the Big M's Saturday (Jan. 26) simulcast menu. The $7,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf is race 11 and has a post time of 4:51 p.m. The Bill-Mott trained Yoshida is the 5-2 morning-line favorite with jockey Jose Ortiz. The Pegasus World Cup sports a $9,000,000 purse and will go as race 12 at 5:36 p.m. Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate will start at 9-5 for trainer John Stadler and jockey Joel Rosario. RAMS-PATRIOTS COUNTDOWN: Football's biggest game, which will pit the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, takes place on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Get your action not only on the point spread and under/over, but also try your luck on a wall full of prop bets at the Big M's FanDuel Sports Book, where you can watch the game live. Meadowlands Media Relations    

Trolley is back on track. Harness racing trainer Erv Miller just hopes he can stay there. A 6-year-old male trotter, Trolley has won four of six races since returning from a 13-month absence because of a broken coffin bone. He won last week's Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands by three-quarters of a length over Muscle Diamond and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line in Friday's (Jan. 18) $21,000 Preferred Handicap at the Big M. Melady's Monet, who brings a three-race win streak to the event, is the 9-5 favorite. Friday's 14-race card begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). "Trolley is on his way back, I hope," Miller said. "If he stays healthy, we'll see where he can go. I think we'll see a pretty good horse. He can really go. He's showed the talent off-and-on and we've just been waiting on him." For his career, Trolley has won 12 of 26 races and earned $302,959 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis, and Andy Willinger. He started a total of only seven times at ages 2 and 3, but was a two-time winner on the Pennsylvania-stakes circuit and runner-up to Southwind Frank in the 2016 Beal Memorial. As a 4-year-old, he won six of 13 races and established his career mark of 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands. "He was a real immature horse early," Miller said. "He was a big horse - big, strong horse - he just wasn't ready to go young. As he got older, he kept getting better and better. He showed some real talent so we kept hanging on with him. Hopefully he's going to pay us back for waiting on him. "We tried standing him (at stud) last year. But if he holds up for us, we'll be glad it didn't work out. He's sure coming back good so far." Trolley, driven regularly by Marcus Miller, is a son of Donato Hanover out of Lakeside Bride. He was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale. "He wasn't a real pricey horse because he was a little oversized for a young horse," Miller said. "He's made money along the way. It's not like he's not been paying his way. "He's a nice horse to be around. He gets around real good. He's versatile. He can race from the back or on the front, it doesn't matter which way you race him. He's a big, strong horse." Miller will be watching Trolley in the coming weeks to determine how to stake the horse when payments are due in February. "If he stays healthy until staking time until February, we'll be putting him in some stakes races," Miller said. "I think he's a top horse if we get enough races in him and he stays sound. Right now he seems as sound as he's ever been in his life. Hopefully that will keep going. Hopefully we're ready to rock along." For Friday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Geez Joe was back at his favorite track, and for a third straight start he was victorious at the Meadowlands, this time taking the Friday night harness racing feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, in 1:48.3. The Erv Miller trainee beat non-winners of $8,500 on November 17 by seven lengths in a lifetime-best 1:48.1 before following that up with a 1-length win facing non-winners of $15,000 in 1:49 one week later. A trip to Maryland’s Rosecroft Raceway would follow on Dec. 2, and things did not go well in the $100,000 Potomac, as Geez Joe went off stride just after the start. Then, it was time for a Big M return. Driver Marcus Miller had Geez Joe on the go from the start, and the pair hit the quarter in :27.3. Tact Tate N, the 9-5 second choice, popped out of the four-hole soon thereafter and rushed to the top as the half was reached in :54.4. K Ryan Bluechip, who was so impressive a week ago in taking his second straight at the Big M, now came calling first over, but could never get on even terms with the leader as three-quarters went in 1:22. Tact Tate N was good, but Geez Joe was better. In deep stretch, Marcus Miller found room along the pylons, and Geez Joe responded with some explosive pace to win by 1¾ lengths over Tact Tate N. K Ryan Bluechip was third. The winner, a 4-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta, scored as the 4-5 public choice and returned $3.80 to his backers. He’s won eight of 24 starts this season, while lifetime, he has 16 victories in 52 tries and a bankroll of $213,558 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. NO RACING SATURDAY: With the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium, there will be no live racing at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Dec. 15. Live racing resumes Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: It was another night for the chalk players, as after post-time favorites went eight-for-10 on Thursday (Dec. 13), six more public choices scored on the 12-race Friday card. … Andy McCarthy won three times on the program, upping his meet-leading driver win total to 34. McCarthy and his family are now heading to their homeland of Australia for a long vacation. McCarthy said he’ll be back in February or March. … All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,125,258. … Favorites won more than usual, but that did not stop those holding winning Pick-5 ($801.95), Pick-4 ($460.40) and Survivor Pick-10 ($6,955) tickets from cashing nice payoffs. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, the Erv Miller-trained Trolley worked out a perfect pocket trip on the way to gunning down a heavy favorite in the Friday night conditioned harness racing trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Trolley left nothing to chance this time around, blasting to the lead just after the quarter and taking the Big M Friday night feature for a second straight week. The 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride left the gate and was parked around the first turn. He was then urged to the lead by driver Marcus Miller just after the quarter and was permitted to rate the middle half in :57, leaving more than enough gas in his tank to win for the 10th time in just 23 lifetime starts. The pocket-sitting Opulent Yankee raced well for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Misslarose was third. Trolley, who finished second to 1-5 shot Southwind Frank in the $500,000 Beal Memorial in 2016, has now earned just over $280,000 for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. As the 3-5 public choice, Trolley paid $3.20 to win after trotting the mile in 1:52.1. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Andy McCarthy kept up his winning ways, scoring three times on the program to increase his meet-leading win total to 24. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was a hit with the bettors, as the pool total of $85,439 proves. ... One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to correctly select the winner of the first eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $11,664. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,799,373. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It had been a long time between drinks for the Erv Miller-trained Trolley, but a perfect pocket trip was just the right tonic to get him to the winner's circle for the first time since Sept. 10 of last year when he took the $16,000 high-range conditioned trotting feature Friday night at the Meadowlands. Making only his second start of the year, Trolley was asked for early speed from driver Marcus Miller and got it, ending up in the two-hole behind even-money choice Lindy The Great. Those two raced that way from the quarter as Fashionwoodchopper struggled first-over from the get-go. Mayfair Johnny B - who was seeking his fourth straight win - was another who couldn't hack it while racing uncovered past the half and three-quarters. Through the stretch, Lindy The Great could not finish the job, as Trolley popped out of the pocket in midstretch and rolled by for a 2-length win in 1:52.2. Zlatan finished third. A 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, Trolley returned $11.80 as the co-third choice in the betting. He's now won nine-of-22 lifetime outings for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. Magnum Mike won his third straight in the fifth race claiming handicap. He was claimed for $10,000 for the third time this month after scoring as the 4-5 favorite and now resides in the Chris Marino barn. One lucky player wagering into the Ohio hub raked the pot in the ninth-race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, correctly wagering on the winning combination of 4-7-3-9-2. The payoff was $11,674. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool was a rock-solid $91,452, falling just $534 short of the meet high, which was established on Nov. 3. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $2,034,923. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. with the biggest card of the fall meeting. Eight stakes races - four TVG finals and the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds - top a spectacular 13-race program. The top two contenders for Horse of the Year - McWicked (TVG pace) and Shartin N (TVG mare pace) - are the top two names on the marquee. In addition, the great Foiled Again will be in race three and then meet and greet his fans in the 'Backyard' after the race. There is also a Foiled Again poster giveaway.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Erv Miller thinks Artie's Ideal has his best harness racing days ahead of him. Miller hopes that includes Thursday when the colt visits Dover Downs for the $213,000 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. Artie's Ideal was a two-time winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished third in the series championship before trying the Grand Circuit for the first time at Lexington's Red Mile. The colt was second to Workin Ona Mystery in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, pacing a :26.1 final quarter-mile, before a seventh-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. After a three-week respite, Artie's Ideal qualified in 1:54.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Oct. 30 to prep for the Matron. He won the qualifier by 10-1/2 lengths. "He was a real green colt getting started and he's just been getting better all the way through," said Miller, who trains Artie's Ideal for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. "He had a little setback the second week at Lexington, his blood was a little messed up, but as far as getting more mature he's gotten better every time we went to the gate. "He qualified really well at (Philly) and I look for him to put in a good effort." Artie's Ideal and driver Marcus Miller, Erv's son, will start the Matron from post four. He is 10-1 on the morning line. Metro Pace runner-up Semi Tough, with Matt Kakaley driving for trainer Ron Burke, is the 5-2 favorite. "He got the four hole, that's a good spot, and if things work out for him he should be right there," Miller said. Dover Downs host the four Matrons for 2-year-old trotters and pacers Thursday. Racing begins at 4:15 p.m. (EST) with a non-betting race, the Matron for colt and gelding trotters, followed by the regular card at 4:30 p.m. Breeders Crown runner-up When Dovescry is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $177,800 filly trot and Breeders Crown finalist Queen Of The Pride is 5-2 in the $179,100 filly pace. Artie's Ideal is a son of American Ideal out of Midnight Art. The colt has earned $114,508 in nine starts and is Midnight Art's third six-figure-earner. The family also includes Grand Circuit winners Good News Lady and Ideal News. Miller said the colt was immature physically to begin the season, but has developed nicely. "I think he's going to be a nice colt," Miller said. "He's easy to drive, an easy trainer. He handles well. You can tell he's got a great attitude. He's so handy and he's a smart little horse. I really look forward to next year with him." Artie's Ideal is eligible to the Governor's Cup later this month at the Meadowlands, but the Matron could be his final start of the year. "We'll go off how he races," Miller said. For Thursday's complete pari-mutuel entries at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Last Sunday The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono got to showcase the early season's precocious freshman pacing colts in Pennsylvania All-Stars action, with many impressive winners looking like stars of the near future. On Monday, the two-year-old colt trotters will have the same opportunity, going in six $30,000 divisions of their All-Stars event. Most of the top stables all have multiple candidates for stakes glory: trainer Marcus Melander has four entrants, while barns with three starters include those of Chris Beaver, Ron Burke, and Erv Miller. The two season's leaders on 5/8-mile tracks at 1:57 are in consecutive races. One is Heavensdor Hanover, who in race three will start from four for trainer Wayne Givens and driver Victor Kirby; he recorded his 1:57 in a Pocono baby event on the engine, with a 57 last half. "Hevanesdor" will find a tough opponent to his immediate left in Fashion Possessed (trainer Jim Campbell and driver David Miller), undefeated in two early races. The other 1:57f performer has the inappropriate name of Klutzy (post three, trainer Julie Miller, driver Andy Miller), who achieved his mark in a pari-mutuel contest at Philly. From the rail in this heat is Green Manalishi S (post one, trainer Marcus Melander, driver Brian Sears), who already has victories in 1:57 then 1:56.3 in Meadowlands freshman a.m. outings. The fastest two-year-old trotting colt overall is Don't Let'em, going from post three in the tenth race for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras, He posted a 1:55 clocking in his very first charted line, an M(1) baby contest, and since has come back to tally in a purse race in 1:55.1 - 27. He'll face three other opponents who already have been twice first. The six divisions, which feature eleven freshmen who already show a winning line better than 2:00, will be races one through five and race ten on the Monday card, which starts at 7 p.m. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

ANDERSON, IN.-May 30, 2018-Indiana's 2017 two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Meadowbrook Grace, pulled off a series sweep to retain her perfect two-for -two sophomore record after she captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 30. Scoring in 1:53.3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike, Meadowbrook Grace recorded her second seasonal victory in the opening round of the stakes action and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Meadowbrook Grace was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while a host of others left alertly for position. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn followed the wings of the gate out from post eight to get the first call through the opening panel in :27.3. O So Easy and Verlin Yoder were also involved in the early mix from post nine and pressed on to the front to grab command just past the half in :56.4. Custom Cantab was content to sit the pocket with Southerntucky and Dale Hiteman following along in third. O So Easy was still calling the shots through the third station in 1:26 but Meadowbrook Grace was on the attack first-over with Sarabi As and Elliot Deaton in tow. Using a :27.2 final panel, Meadowbrook Grace was able to wear down O So Easy and hold off a late surge from Sarabi As. Custom Cantab utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Meadowbrook Grace returned $4.00 for the victory. "She's come back really strong and sound this season," Tetrick noted after the victory. "She's very handy and is really easy to manage for a trotting filly. There was a pretty good head wind in the stretch tonight but good horses go right through it and that's what she did tonight." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All-Chip's Goddess recorded her sixth victory from 12 lifetime outings. With the win, Meadowbrook Grace pushed her lifetime earnings to $223,450 for owners Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 31 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6. Free past performances for the sequence will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Erv Miller hopes for a strong 1-2 punch in Saturday’s (Nov. 4) $214,900 Kindergarten Series championship for 2-year-old male trotters, especially now that Tito seems to have reached better form after battling sickness. Miller sends out Tito and series-points-leader Farsetti Hanover in Saturday’s 10-horse final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Tito and driver Andy McCarthy will start from post five while Farsetti Hanover and driver Marcus Miller will leave from post one. Stakes-winner Seven Iron, from the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, will start from post nine. Among finalists, Seven Iron was second in points while Tito was fourth. Saturday’s card at The Big M, which begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT), also includes Kindergarten finals for 2-year-old female trotters, 2-year-old male pacers and 2-year-old female pacers. Tito, a son of Muscle Mass out of Stonebridge Encore, has won three of 12 races this year and earned $100,173 for owners Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes and Andy Willinger. His family includes multiple O’Brien and Dan Patch Award-winner Peaceful Way. He heads to the Kindergarten championship off a win in the fifth-and-final preliminary round of the series, a 1:55.2 score Oct. 26 at Vernon Downs. “I’ve liked him all along,” Miller said. “He got sick on us early and didn’t do what he was supposed to do. We kind of lost the middle of the summer there. He’s just kind of rebounded here the last couple of starts.” Tito was winless in his first six starts, but won three of his next six races. He was a two-time winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished fourth in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He is eligible to the Valley Victory Stakes in late November at the Meadowlands. Farsetti Hanover, who was entered in next week’s Standardbred Horse Sale, has won two of 12 races and earned $98,999 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Golemes and David Prushnok. His wins came in divisions of the Kindergarten and Reynolds Memorial Stakes.   Lisa photo Farsetti Hanover has won two of 12 races and earned $98,999. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Finesse Hanover, Farsetti Hanover heads to the Kindergarten championship off a miscue in the Oct. 26 Kindergarten leg at Vernon. The colt, who was second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes and third in a division of the Bluegrass, went off stride behind the gate. It was the first time he made a break in a race. “It was pretty uncharacteristic for him,” Marcus Miller said. “He’s been super handy. I think I relaxed on him a little too much. They’re still 2-year-old trotters. I’m not really concerned about it. I like him. Hopefully he can come back. I think he fits with that group, especially at this time of year.” Added Erv Miller, “He’s been solid all year. He’s a big, strong colt, so hopefully he’ll come back here.” Miller also will start Aldine Hanover in the $140,550 Kindergarten championship for 2-year-old female pacers. She was third in points in the series, behind finalists I’m Trigger Happy and Reign On Me. Aldine Hanover has won four of 14 races and earned $35,420 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Glenn Bechtel and Willinger. She is a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance out of O’Brien Award-winning mare Armbro Amoretto. “She’s the same as Tito,” Erv Miller said. “She got sick on us and we’re just getting her going good. She’ll race right through the end of the year; she’s got the Matron and Three Diamonds.” The $150,000 Kindergarten for 2-year-old male pacers features five of the top six horses in the standings, including leader Points North as well as Rockapelo, I’m A Big Deal, Fashiononthebeach and Born To Be Bad. The $198,000 Kindergarten for 2-year-old female trotters includes the top six fillies in points: Dab Hanover, Megadolce, Basquiat, Mooshka Stride, Hey Blondie and Piranha Fury. Saturday’s card also includes the debut of the new Pick 10 Survivor wager at the Meadowlands. Click here for the night’s complete card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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