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Freehold, NJ --- Undefeated JK She’salady remained atop the poll after capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile filly pacers in record-setting fashion on Saturday, November 22 at the Meadowlands. Artspeak dropped from the Top 10. Next week will be the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of the year. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. All winners will be announced at that time. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 28 – 11/25/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (25) 2pf 12-12-0-0 $883,330 323 1 2 Shake It Cerry (3) 3tf 17-15-0-1 $1,230,411 284 4 3 Sebastian K (5) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 262 2 4 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 17-12-3-0 $1,693,081 254 5 5 Nuncio 3tc 17-11-5-1 $1,458,071 186 3 6 Mission Brief 2tf 13-9-0-0 $591,070 160 10 7 Sweet Lou 5ph 18-10-3-1 $1,111,433 115 6 8 McWicked 3pc 21-10-5-4 $1,304,657 59 -- 9 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 57 7 10 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 53 9 Also: Artspeak (51), Commander Crowe (31), Pinkman (29), Maven (22), JK Endofanera (17), Limelight Beach (11), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Modern Family (2), Color’s A Virgin, E L Titan, Freaky Feet Pete, Natural Herbie, Thinking Out Loud (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

A few high-profile trotters who weren't required to race in Breeders Crown eliminations used the Saturday morning qualifiers as a prep for next week's finals. The morning was sunny, though crisp with temperatures in the mid 30's and the horses facing a fairly significant headwind in the homestretch.   Trotters opened the card, so Jimmy Takter won. He steered Ferragamo, a two-year-old facing some three-year-olds and swept by in the stretch to win in 1:57.2.   Father Patrick came out for race two with trainer Takter driving for the first time all season. He tracked Bluto through fair fractions and pulled pocket past the 1:25.2 three quarters, closing out the 1:54- mile with a 28.3 final quarter. It took some Takter encouragement in the stretch to hold off Don Dorado and Team Six who were both gaining near the wire.   Vanity Matters went well this morning, leading all the way for Dave Miller in 1:57- with a 28.3 final panel. She held Cantabs Fortune at bay, moving away in deep stretch under her own power as both fillies look forward to next week's three-year-old filly Breeders Crown trot final.   Commander Crowe took a spin around the big track in anticipation of his third Crown appearance with Trond Smedshammer baby sulky-sitting the beautiful chestnut champion for his French connections. He cut the mile through even numbers ending the 1:54.1 mile in 29 flat while using Lasix for the first time. Creatine, also getting some work in toward next week's championship, broke before the start but went well after getting that out of his system.   Some classy older pacers competed in the fifth, with millionaire veteran Real Nice holding sway for John Campbell over the returning Lonewolf Currier and I Am Bonasera in 1:55.1 / 27.4. They all looked sharp and ready for action.   Breeders Crown eliminations resume this evening at The Meadowlands with post time for the first race set for 7:15. Find all the info you'll ever need, including charts and replays for this morning's races by visiting The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady and Sebastian K remained in the top two spots in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with Nuncio and Shake It Cerry making upward moves and landing in a tie for third. Neither JK She’salady nor Sebastian K raced last week. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and Shake It Cerry won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Father Patrick, who went off stride at the start of the Matron for 3-year-old male trotters, slipped to fifth in the poll. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/11/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (17) 2pf 10-10-0-0 $620,830 308 1 2 Sebastian K (7) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 272 2 T3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 260 5 T3 Shake It Cerry (2) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 260 4 5 Father Patrick (3) 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 227 3 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 141 6 7 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 100 7 8 Always B Miki 3pc 18-11-4-0 $778,982 93 9 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 80 8 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 16-10-2-1 $949,895 51 10 Also: Mission Brief (36), In The Arsenal (19), McWicked (12), Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie (9), He’s Watching, Limelight Beach (7), Clear Vision, Dancin Yankee (5), Color’s A Virgin, Market Share (4), Habitat, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), Maven (2), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, Somewhere In LA, Weeper, Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- For the second week in a row, a new horse is No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Two-year-old female pacer JK She’salady moved into the top spot as last week’s No. 1, Father Patrick, slipped to third following his second-place finish to E L Titan in the Carl Erskine Trot. JK She’salady, who was idle last week, received 15 first-place votes to lead a group of five horses getting at least one first-place nod. Sebastian K, who was No. 1 for the first 23 weeks of the poll, moved to second place and garnered 10 first-place votes. He did not race last week. Shake It Cerry, who won the Moni Maker Stakes, and Nuncio, who was idle, rounded out the top five. Always B Miki, who won the Monument Circle, moved into the rankings at No. 9. Mission Brief dropped out of the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/4/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (15) 2pf 10-10-0-0 $620,830 300 2 2 Sebastian K (10) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 279 3 3 Father Patrick (7) 3tc 15-11-3-0 $1,443,081 273 1 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 15-13-0-1 $899,936 230 5 5 Nuncio (2) 3tc 15-10-5-0 $1,297,896 221 4 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 141 6 7 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 106 7 8 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 96 8 9 Always B Miki 3pc 18-11-4-0 $778,982 72 -- 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 16-10-2-1 $949,895 67 9 Also: Mission Brief (42), Lifetime Pursuit, McWicked (14), He’s Watching (13), Natural Herbie (10), Limelight Beach (8), Act Now (7), Dancin Yankee, Market Share (5), Modern Family (4), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn, Color’s A Virgin (3), Clear Vision, In The Arsenal (2), Freaky Feet Pete, Habitat, Harper Blue Chip, Maven, Yankee Bounty (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- For the first time this year, Sebastian K is not on top of the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Father Patrick, who did not race last week, moved up to No. 1 following Sebastian K’s loss in the International Trot Preview Invitational at Yonkers Raceway. Sebastian K, who went off stride and finished eighth, held the top position for 23 weeks. The biggest upward moves, though, belonged to JK She’salady, who remained undefeated with a win in the Three Diamonds Stakes at Woodbine, and Nuncio, who won the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers. JK She’salady added four first-place votes, giving her a poll-best 12, and closed within 12 points of the No. 1 spot. Nuncio received two first-place votes and vaulted over Shake It Cerry and Sweet Lou to land in fourth place in the weekly rankings. Other winners in the poll were Artspeak, who captured the Governor’s Cup at Woodbine, and JK Endofanera, who won a division of the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Mission Brief went off stride in the Goldsmith Maid at Woodbine and finished ninth. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 24 – 10/28/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Father Patrick (10) 3tc 14-11-2-0 $1,385,581 302 2 2 JK She’salady (12) 2pf 10-10-0-0 $620,830 290 3 3 Sebastian K (11) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 283 1 4 Nuncio (2) 3tc 15-10-5-0 $1,297,896 217 6 5 Shake It Cerry 3tf 14-12-0-1 $803,436 200 4 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 160 5 7 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 129 8 8 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 97 7 9 JK Endofanera 3pc 15-10-2-1 $936,145 72 10 10 Mission Brief 2tf 11-7-0-0 $328,570 39 9 Also: Always B Miki (27), Lifetime Pursuit (26), He’s Watching (14), Natural Herbie (12), Limelight Beach, McWicked (8), Act Now (6), Clear Vision, In The Arsenal, Market Share (5), Modern Family, Yankee Bounty (4), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn (3), Dancin Yankee, Foiled Again (2), Freaky Feet Pete, Harper Blue Chip (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The top five in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll were unchanged from a week ago, although No. 3 JK She’salady added one first-place vote to her total following a win in her elimination for Saturday’s Three Diamonds. In the only other movement, Yonkers Trot elim winner Nuncio moved from seventh place to sixth, swapping places with Trixton. Sebastian K, who returns to action in Saturday’s International Trot Preview, remained No. 1, followed by Father Patrick, JK She’salady, Shake It Cerry, and Sweet Lou. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (22) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 324 1 2 Father Patrick (5) 3tc 14-11-2-0 $1,385,581 303 2 3 JK She’salady (8) 2pf 9-9-0-0 $432,150 255 3 4 Shake It Cerry 3tf 14-12-0-1 $803,436 210 4 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 179 5 6 Nuncio 3tc 14-9-5-0 $1,047,896 144 7 7 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 120 6 8 Artspeak 2pc 9-7-0-2 $490,760 86 8 9 Mission Brief 2tf 10-7-0-0 $324,440 82 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 14-9-2-1 $921,145 63 10 Also: Always B Miki (35), Lifetime Pursuit (29), He’s Watching (24), McWicked (22), Limelight Beach (9), Dancin Yankee, Yankee Bounty (8), In The Arsenal, Modern Family (5), Billy Flynn, Market Share (3), Act Now, Arch Madness (2), All Bets Off, Creatine, Freaky Feet Pete, Harper Blue Chip (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Father Patrick, off his win in the American-National Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters, pulled within 16 points of No. 1-ranked Sebastian K in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sebastian K did not race last week. Father Patrick, who leads all horses in purses with $1.38 million, received six first-place votes, an increase of four. Sebastian K saw his total drop from 26 to 22 while 2-year-old female pacer JK She’salady was unchanged with seven. Shake It Cerry, who won the American-National Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, moved up one spot to No. 4 in the poll while Sweet Lou, who was idle, dropped to fifth. JK Endofanera won the American-National Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and joined the Top 10 at No. 10. McWicked, another 3-year-old male pacer, dropped out. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 22 – 10/14/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (22) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 322 1 2 Father Patrick (6) 3tc 14-11-2-0 $1,385,581 306 2 3 JK She’salady (7) 2pf 8-8-0-0 $421,025 228 3 4 Shake It Cerry 3tf 14-12-0-1 $803,436 201 5 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 195 4 6 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 125 6 7 Nuncio 3tc 13-8-5-0 $1,027,896 114 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 8-7-0-1 $488,090 108 7 9 Mission Brief 2tf 9-6-0-0 $313,315 82 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 14-9-2-1 $921,145 60 -- Also: Lifetime Pursuit (37), He’s Watching (32), McWicked (30), Always B Miki (24), Yankee Bounty (14), Limelight Beach (13), In The Arsenal, Modern Family, Somewhere In LA (5), All Bets Off, Creatine (4), Billy Flynn, Dancin Yankee, Market Share (3), Freaky Feet Pete, Harper Blue Chip (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Two-million dollar winner Father Patrick invades the Chicago racing scene on Saturday night, headlining a field of ten sophomore trotters in the $203,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, slated as the fourth race on the big American National Night program. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Father Patrick is owned by the Father Patrick Stables of East Windsor, NJ and to date has earnings of $2,036,258. Takter named the colt in honor of the Rev. Patrick McDonnell of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hightstown, N.J. McDonnell said he was first taken aback, then welcomed the idea of having a horse named after him.   "Most people have a baby named after them," McDonnell, 70, offered. "What do you do when you have a 1,200-pound horse named after you when it comes to birthdays and things like that?" Takter, 53, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012 and has conditioned three Hambletonian champions, including this year's winner Trixton, who he also drove to victory in trotting's biggest event. He also harnessed Hambo champs Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997. Despite training more than 1,487 winners to $86,429,844 in purses, Takter says Father Patrick is in a league of his own. "I had a lot of great horses," he acknowledged. "I'd been looking for that horse I consider quite outstanding. I think Father Patrick is that horse. He's so flexible, has a great gait and a very sound horse. He's extremely easy to work with and never gives you a bad day He's one of a kind." Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Last Sunday at The Red Mile he was bested by stablemate Nuncio in the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity in the late stretch after battling the latter throughout the last half of the race. Coincidentally, Nuncio was only horse to defeat Father Patrick during his freshman campaign. That tough-luck loss did nothing to tarnish the colt's image with regular driver Yannick Gingras who was still singing his praises after the loss. "He's a great horse," Gingras stated. "When I made the move to the Meadowlands, I made it to drive great horses and he's definitely the most talented horse I've driven." The Father Patrick Stable is comprised of owners Adam Bowden, John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Co-owner Bowden owns Diamond Creek Farm, which has facilities in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and it's at one of those facilities that Father Patrick will stand stud once his racing career is finished. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and is a son of Cantab Hall out of the unraced Enjoy Lavec mare Gala Dream. He was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607). He also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. After going unclaimed on Thursday night, horseplayer’s will have a shot at a big payoff on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 10 cent Hi-Five will have a carryover of $6,522.88. Thus with the help of Maywood Park management and the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Initiative, Maywood will offer aguaranteed Hi-Five pool of $25,000 on the Friday night finale!     Balmoral Hi-Five at $25,000 TONIGHT!   Once again the Hi-Five can be played for as little as a .10 cent investment giving all gamblers, regardless of the size of the their bankrolls, a chance to play for a nice payday tonight. The wager is often referred to as the “ultimate get out bet” by handicappers throughout the country.   There will also be a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 10-13 this evening.   The Pick 6 also has a carryover of $595.10 for Friday night’s action. The Pick 6, which features a low 20 cent minimum wager is on races four through nine.     Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pools courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com.   Post time for the opener on Friday, Oct. 10th, at Maywood Park is 7:10 p.m. (central). This marks the second straight Friday night that fans will have a shot at the big money before heading home!    by Kimbery RInker, for Balmoral Park

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

The old proverb “You Win Some and You Lose Some” certainly fits as far as the entries for Saturday’s American National Night at Balmoral Park. One of the biggest losses occurred when the nation’s top older pacer Sweet Lou wasn’t entered for the $250,000 Aged Pace, one of eight American National stakes to be contested on the Crete, IL big track. “Sweet Lou is on his way back to New Jersey,” trainer Ron Burke told me in a phone conversation. “The horse hasn’t been right so I sent him back home. I did enter three of my other older pacers: Foiled Again, Clear Vision and Bettor’s Edge, so I feel pretty comfortable going into that race.” I’ll have more on Burke’s Big Guns in Saturday’s Notes & Quotes column. Sweet Lou was to make his last Chicago appearance in the American National but has it turns out, his fourth place in last year’s American National was his final start in Chicago. It was announced a few weeks ago that Sweet Lou is being retired after this season and will stand stud at the Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. Burke did enter the powerful one-two punch of Limelight Beach and JK Endofanera in Saturday’s $227,000 American National 3-year-old colt pace. Both sophomores come off strong wins in Kentucky. Limelight Beach ($515,038) comes off a 1:49.1 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass two weeks ago. He captured the prestigious $310,800 Little Brown Jug in his previous start with Yanick Gingras who will come to town to drive the colt and a few other Burke trainees. JK Endofanera ($816,725) captured a division of the Tattersall’s last weekend at The Red Mile. Back in June he was the winner of the $920,000 North America Cup at Mohawk in 1:48.4, two ticks off his lifetime mark of 1:48.2 set in his Meadowlands Pace elimination. Plenty of other big names will be here for the circuit’s richest and most prominent evening of racing in Illinois: Market Share, Creatine and Master Of Law in the $166,300 Aged Trot; State Treasurer and Al’s Hammered along with Burke’s big three in the $179,000 Aged Pace; Limelight Beach, JK Endofanera, Unlocked and  Let’s Drink On It in the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace;  Gettingreadytoroll, Act Now, Weeper and Katie Said  in the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace;  Father Patrick and E L Titan and in the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot and   Lifetime Pursuit, Cee Bee Yes and Shake It Cerry in the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

World record holder Sebastian K isn’t coming to town but the trotter who beat him last weekend will be here for Saturday’s American National Night and the nation’s No. 1 ranked 3-year-old colt trotter is also on his way to Balmoral Park. Creatine, who nipped the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite Sebastian K in last Sunday’s $173,000 Allerage Open Trot will make a second straight appearance on American National night. The Bob Stewart trainee was second in the last year’s American National 3-year-old trot at Balmoral Park. “If everything is okay we’ll be at Balmoral for the American National (Aged Trot) and then hopefully, the Breeders Crown,” announced Stewart after Creatine made up four lengths in the stretch at The Red Mile to overtake Sebastian K in 1:51.2. Meanwhile trainer Jimmy Takter announced that Sunday’s $435,000 Kentucky Futurity winner Nuncio is  headed to New York but runner-up Father Patrick, who beat Nuncio the previous eight times they met and was ranked as the top 3-year-old colt trotter in the country in the latest USTA poll,  is Balmoral Park bound. “(Father) Patrick is going to Chicago for the American National; Nuncio goes to New York for the Yonkers Trot,” Taker told reporters in Kentucky. Father Patrick boasts victories in 20 of 24 lifetime starts with 3 seconds,   Prior to his loss Sunday the 3-year-old colt had rattled off consecutive victories in the $340,000 Zwig at Vernon Downs, the $250,000 PASS stake at Philadelphia, the $613,800 Canadian Trot at Mohawk and a $93,100 division of the Bluegrass at Lexington. Earlier Father Patrick took the $500,000 Beal Final at Pocono Downs and the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands in consecutive outings. His 2014 purse earnings stand at $1,292,201 going into Saturday’s $200,000 (est.) American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot. Saturday’s American National Night lost one of its brightest stars when Joe Holloway, the trainer of nationally ranked Always B Miki, said his horse will skip the $250,000 three-year-old colt pace, 1 of 8 loaded added money stakes on the Balmoral Park card. Always B Miki easily took his $213,800 division of the Tattersalls Pace last Saturday  at The Red Mile opening up a 6 and 1/2 length margin at the 1:21 3/5 there-quarter pole  before settling for a 1 and 1/4 length margin in 1:49.3. “There was stiff wind in the stretch and he felt it when he hit it,” said Holloway. “But he beat a nice field and that’s what a top horse needs to do, find a day to win when it’s not their best day. “It was in the plans to go to Balmoral for the American National but Always B Miki has raced hard three weeks in a row so I wanted to give him the week off. He also didn’t come out of Saturday’s race the way I would have liked and I don’t want to take any chances with him.” In a division of the Bluegrass the previous Saturday Always B Miki stopped the timer in 1:47.4. Always B Miki spent a part of his 2-year-old season under the care of Roger Welch who raced him at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sire Stakes. The colt earned over $85,000 under Welch’s care and didn’t really take off as a 3-year-old until this summer rolled around. “Last year when Roger had him the horse still had a lot of growing to do. He’s a big horse with a long-stride. This summer he’s put it all together but I think he’ll be even better as a 4-year-old when he fills out a little more,” added Holloway. J Ks Endofanera, a head winner of the second Tattersall division in 1:49.1, is expected to be one of several Ron Burke trained horses coming to town for the American Nationals. Entries will be taken for American National Night Wednesday morning at Balmoral Park. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady, Shake It Cerry, Nuncio, and Mission Brief were big winners at The Red Mile and made big gains in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Freshman female pacer JK She’salady remained undefeated with a victory in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. She received seven first-place votes and moved from sixth to third in the rankings. Shake It Cerry won the Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters and soared from ninth to fifth in the poll. Sophomore male trotter Nuncio won the Kentucky Futurity, defeating stablemate and No. 2-ranked Father Patrick, to join the Top 10 at No. 8 while Mission Brief also landed in the Top 10, at No. 9, following her world-record 1:50.3 victory in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. No. 1-ranked Sebastian K lost the Allerage Farm Open Trot by a head to Creatine, but remained in the top spot. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 21 – 10/7/2014   Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (25) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 325 1 2 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 13-10-2-0 $1,292,201 298 2 3 JK She’salady (7) 2pf 8-8-0-0 $421,025 210 6 4 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 194 3 5 Shake It Cerry 3tf 13-11-0-1 $734,436 165 9 6 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 135 4 7 Artspeak (1) 2pc 8-7-0-1 $488,090 120 5 8 Nuncio 3tc 13-8-5-0 $1,027,896 114 -- 9 Mission Brief 2tf 9-6-0-0 $313,315 80 -- 10 McWicked 3pc 16-9-4-1 $945,596 51 7 Also: Lifetime Pursuit (47), JK Endofanera (45), He’s Watching (37), Limelight Beach (30), Always B Miki (25), Yankee Bounty (22), All Bets Off, Market Share (5), Modern Family (4), Somewhere In LA (3), Billy Flynn, Creatine, Dancin Yankee, Sassa Hanover (2), Act Now, Yagonnakissmeornot (1).   by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Harness racing driver Brett Miller has suffered few anxious moments this season with undefeated 2-year-old male trotter Billy Flynn, but the minutes prior to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship were difficult to endure. Billy Flynn, in the midst of enjoying himself as the field warmed up for the race, accidentally took off his right front shoe. Miller tried to locate the shoe, but muddy track conditions that night made it impossible. So Miller brought Billy Flynn back to the paddock, where the blacksmith put on a random shoe moments before racing for $260,000. "I was sick to my stomach," said Miller, who is able to laugh now as he retells the story. "It felt like it took an hour. For him to go through all that and then go out and annihilate the field, it was pretty amazing." Billy Flynn won the race, held Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.2. He rallied from fourth place after three-quarters with a three-wide move around the final turn. "He races great on the front, but I think he's better from off the pace," Miller said. "When he's following horses and has a target to go after, he's unreal." Billy Flynn puts his 8-for-8 record on the line Friday in the third of five International Stallion Stakes divisions at The Red Mile in Lexington. Billy Flynn will start from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Staffan Lind. Last week, in his first start since the sire stakes championship, Billy Flynn won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4. "I thought he raced great," Miller said. "He felt as good as he's felt all year. He was a little wound up, a little more grabby than usual, but I think being at Lexington he was just feeling good." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Zeta Jones and was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. Owned by Bender Sweden Inc., the colt was purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to Mr Chicago, who was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "Staffan has done some kind of job training him, manners-wise," said Miller, who has driven Billy Flynn in all eight of his races, earning $312,057 in purses. "I know a lot of that, too, is the horse himself, but Staffan has done a great job with him. "He's like an older horse because you can do anything you want with him in a race. He's so handy. His manners are so good. And he gives 110 percent. When a horse is near him, he tries so hard to fight that horse off. So far, he has (fought them off)." Billy Flynn's International Stallion Stakes division includes stakes-winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow. Also part of the field is Canepa Hanover, a $300,000 yearling purchase who is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. "I'm realistic," Miller said. "I know there are some colts out there that he could have a tough time with. I love the colt, he's the best 2-year-old trotting colt I've ever sat behind, but he hasn't faced everybody. I'm sure he's going to get beat one day. "It's just been a fun ride so far, that's for sure." Stakes-winner French Laundry and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Wings Of Royalty are among the trotters in the first division of the International Stallion Stakes. Shoot The Thrill, who won a division of the Arden Downs, is in the second split. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to standout 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and a Bluegrass division winner last week, is in the fourth division. The fifth division finds Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM and Bluegrass division winner The Bank, plus Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to star 3-year-old male trotter Father Patrick. Friday's card at The Red Mile also includes three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Freehold, NJ --- Father Patrick made it four wins in a row when he captured his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile and as a result moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown harness racing poll. The 3-year-old male trotter received eight first-place votes, an increase of five. Older male trotter Sebastian K, who did not race, remained No. 1. He received 25 first-place votes, a decrease of two from last week. Artspeak, a 2-year-old male pacer who won his division of the Bluegrass and is ranked No. 5, got the remaining two first-place votes. Sweet Lou finished fifth in the Ewart Memorial for older male pacers at Scioto Downs and slipped from second to third in the rankings. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 9/30/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (25) 8th 10-8-1-0 $620,603 334 1 2 Father Patrick (8) 3tc 12-10-1-0 $1,183,451 308 3 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 15-10-1-1 $950,533 264 2 4 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 207 4 5 Artspeak (2) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $479,450 191 5 6 JK She’salady 2pf 7-7-0-0 $378,575 145 6 7 McWicked 3pc 15-9-3-1 $939,346 90 7 8 He’s Watching 3pc 11-5-3-1 $824,728 85 8 9 Shake It Cerry 3tf 12-10-0-1 $622,436 77 10 10 Lifetime Pursuit 3tf 14-8-2-2 $673,729 64 9 Also: Limelight Beach (38), JK Endofanera (25), Nuncio (23), Yankee Bounty (17), Sandbetweenurtoes (10), Mission Brief (7), Classic Martine, Market Share (6), Modern Family (5), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn (4), Always B Miki, Bigtown Hero, Cee Bee Yes, Dancin Yankee, Habitat, Somewhere In LA, Somwherovrarainbow (2), Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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