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Pet Rock stormed down the Balmoral stretch to win the $200,000 American National Aged Pace in a new track record clocking of 1:48.2 for driver David Miller. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover came flying late to overtake the hard-trying Foiled Again(Yannick Gingras) by a head for owner Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY. Harnessed by trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., Pet Rock notched his sixth win of the season in 17 starts, and his16th career triumph. He now has $972,820 in seasonal earnings and $1,984,204 in career earnings for these connections. After Golden Receiver (CoreyCallahan) took the early lead, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge on the outside, as the field went through fractions of :26.1, :53.2and 1:21.3. “I was just waiting to see what was going to happen at the start and a bunch of them left early,” said Miller. “They were down to the half in pretty good shape. He’s a tremendous horse and never ceases to amaze me. Those last few steps tonight were really amazing.” Foiled Again, Warrawee Needy (TimTetrick) and Pet Rock battled as a trio all the way down the stretch, but in the end, it was Pet Rock on the far outside who gutted out the win—his second consecutive victory and his fourth in his last six starts. Video attached by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Saturday night (Nov. 9) Balmoral Park fans will be privy to a classic showdown between two outstanding champions to conclude the eight American National Stake championships as both Pet Rock and Foiled Again bring super solid credentials into the American National Aged Pace, and both will be seeking redemption of sorts.   Last Friday (Nov. 1), Pet Rock stormed to a 1:50.3 clocking in the $223,400 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, holding off the hard-trying Foiled Again by three-quarters of a length.   In their previous outing together on Oct. 19, in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, Foiled Again prevailed by a whisker over the tenacious Pet Rock.   Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., who recently nailed down career victory 5,000, Pet Rock is a 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY, and has amassed $1,892,204 in his career.  A multiple world champion, Pet Rock will head to the breeding shed next season to stand stud at Midland Acres for a $6,000 fee.   “His records speak for themselves,” Virgil Morgan noted after the Hoosier Park victory. “He is a true champion, and winning on all sizes of tracks speaks to his versatility.”   As a freshman, Pet Rock amassed $76,866 in seasonal earnings from just five starts, with two wins and a trio of second-place finishes, taking a 2-year-old mark of 1:52.3 in a New Jersey Sire Stake leg on July 9, 2011 at The Meadowlands.  He also won the $24,783 Hoosier Stake on Aug. 18 of that year, drawing off by six lengths in wire-to-wire fashion, in 1:53.1 with Peter Wrenn at the lines.   Pet Rock then banked $934,518 as a 3-year-old in 2012 from eight wins, six seconds and four thirds in 22 starts, with decisive victories in both the $304,204 Art Rooney on June 6  in 1:51, and $215,000 Windy City Pace on Nov. 16 in 1:51.4 at Maywood Park. He also won his $50,500 Confederate Cup elim on Aug. 12 in 1:52.4 at Flamboro in Canada, and the $10,000 Open at Delaware on Sept. 20 in 1:50.3 by 16¼ lengths, among others. In addition he finished second in the Meadowlands Pace, Battle of the Brandywine, Messenger Stakes and Cane Pace.   This year he has done nothing less than establish new world records—including one at Delaware in 1:48.1h in the $51,250 Winbak Stake on Sept. 19 and another at Scioto Downs of 1:47.2 in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational on Sept. 7.  Pet Rock has also nailed down triumphs in the $471,800 Haughton on July 13, when he was clocked in a heart-stopping, career best 1:47, and in the $184,000 Roll With Joe Open in 1:48.1 on June 9 at Tioga Downs.   “He transitioned well from age three to four, and has been a very consistent horse all along,” Morgan acknowledged. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse.”   He comes into his American National test with $880,820 in seasonal earnings.   Bred by Angie Stiller of Arva, ON, Pet Rock is the seventh and most prolific of foal out of the Artsplace mare Casual Beauty p, 3, 1:54 ($56,987).  He was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is a half-brother to: Stonebridge Ideal (by Camluck) p,4,1:52.1f ($233,346);  Stonebridge Adonis (by Western Hanover) p,5,1:54F ($74,421); Stonebridge Beauty (by Camluck) p,3,1:56 ($44,462); Stonebridge Elan (by Camluck) p, 3, Q1:56S ($21,975); and Stonebridge Wonder (by Western Hanover) p,5, 1:57.4 ($20,601).   The 9-year-old Foiled Again will certainly give Pet Rock a run for first prize.    He’s the richest pacer in history with $5.76 million to his credit, despite never having won a Breeders Crown—until he did so for the FIRST time this year, capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19, in 1:49.2 over a sloppy track.   “He’s been a pleasure to drive and he’s definitely one of the greatest,” said Yannick Gingras, Foiled Again’s regular driver. “He was super sharp in his Breeders Crown elimination and what can you say after his performance in the Breeders Crown Final? If people don’t rate him, if not the greatest, as one of the greatest in history, I don’t know what else he has to do. He gives me chills, I can tell you that.  What a horse!”   That victory in the Breeders Crown was his ninth in 25 seasonal starts and pushed his 2013 earnings to $1,024,109.   Consider these fun facts: Foiled Again did not race in any event with a purse of $100,000 or higher until his 50th career start!  He never raced for a purse of over $31,000 at ages two and three, and LOST his final 17 starts as a sophomore.   However, now, at age 9, he’s a shining star—with his third million dollar-winning season under his belt he’s tied with the famous retired Italian trotter Varenne as one of only two horses in harness racing history to post three consecutive million dollar winning seasons!   Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables and trained by Ron Burke. Bred by Barbara Matthews of Aiken, SC, he was originally purchased for a mere $20,000 at the 2005 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg by Patrick Lacey of Yonkers, NY.    “He’s been unbelievable,” said his trainer and co-owner Ronnie Burke. “I can’t say enough about him and what he’s done for our family and for our whole stable.”   In 2012, Foiled Again earned $1.20 million, becoming at age 8, the oldest pacer to have a million-dollar year. He also was named the sport’s best older male pacer for the second consecutive year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.  In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was voted Pacer of the Year by USHWA, and was the first pacer older than age 4 to ever receive the honor.   For his career, Foiled Again has won 74 of 194 races, and also has 47 seconds and 27 thirds to his credit. Gingras has driven Foiled Again in 120 of his 148 starts since the pacer joined the Burke Stable in July 2008.   “I want him to get the recognition he deserves,” Gingras said. “A lot of people think he’s a small-track horse, and at the end of the day he’s not the fastest horse but he outlasts every one of them. He’s been through about three different groups of horses, guys that retired or went to stud, and he’s still around and kicking butt against some 4-year-olds.”   Foiled Again is the second of nine foals out of the Artsplace mare In A Safe Place p,3,1:54.4M ($84,683) and is a half-brother to Manhattan Design (by The Panderosa) p,5,1:55.2 ($68,109); Pinball Machine (by Cambest) p,4,1:54.2m ($31,902) and to Place Your Best (by Cambest) p,3,1:58.4H.   By Kimberly Rinker… For Balmoral Park Publicity

Schedule of events: Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Nov. 9). The card will feature the $275,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace, the $250,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt trot, the $200,000 (est.) open pace, the $180,000 (est.) open trot, the $150,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace, the $150,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly trot, the $115,000 2-year-old filly pace and the $113,000 2-year-old colt pace. Dover Downs will feature seven sets of Matron eliminations on Sunday night (Nov. 10). There will be two elimination races in the $55,550 Matron for 2-year-old colt trotters and $43,550 Matron for 3-year-old filly pacers. Single eliminations will be held in the $54,750 3-year-old filly trot, the $53,462 3-year-old colt pace, the $51,525 2-year-old colt pace, the $51,075 3-year-old colt trot and the $44,175 2-year-old filly pace. Eliminations were not required for the 2-year-old filly trotters, but a field of eight will go to the post Sunday night in a $46,700 Matron preview. Last time: Jason Bartlett and the New York-bred Ronny Bugatti out-gamed a stubborn Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) on the money, winning Yonkers Raceway's $450,000 final of the Messenger Stakes -- final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown -- for 3-year-old colts and geldings this past Saturday night. Ronny Bugatti ducked inside in the lane and stopped Sunfire Blue Chip by a head in 1:51.4 -- a track record for 3-year-old pacing geldings. Twilight Bonfire (Tim Tetrick), next-to-last early, rallied for third. Ronny Bugatti, an Art Major gelding trained by Allan Johnson for co-owners Eric Prevost, Bridget McNeese and Tom Haughton, returned $14.80 for his third win in 15 seasonal starts. Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) romped to a stakes record Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $178,684 final of the Lady Maud pace for 3-year-old fillies with the greatest of ease. The final margin was 3-1/2 lengths in 1:52. Certified Ideal managed to hold second from a very loose pocket, with Scandalous Hanover, Handsoffmycupcake and Antigua Hanover rounding out the payees. Charisma Hanover, a daughter of Dragon Again co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, returned $2.90 for her 11th win in 17 '13 tries. At odds of 43-1, Dedi's Dragon pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored Captaintreacherous late in the stretch to win the $252,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Nov. 1. Driver Yannick Gingras was able to work out a perfect, second-over trip to get the sophomore colt home in 1:50.4. Notching his fourth win from 20 seasonal outings, Dedi's Dragon established a new lifetime mark with the victory. Dedi's Dragon has now amassed $330,043 for his connections at Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Tracy Hendler. On a night ruled by upsets, Creatine and Mike Lachance stayed true to course to pull off a slight upset in the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot at Hoosier Park. After finishing second to Spider Blue Chip in the $500,000 Breeders Crown last month, Creatine was able to reverse the charges and use a sharp, front-running effort to hold off a late charge from the recent Breeders Crown champion and score in 1:54.3. Notching his eighth win from 16 seasonal starts, Creatine has now earned $815,459 lifetime for his connections at Diamond Creek Racing. The Kentucky Futurity champion is sired by Andover Hall and has now won 11 of 23 lifetime outings for trainer Bob Stewart. Pet Rock and David Miller followed suit in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby by holding off Breeders Crown champion Foiled Again late in the stretch to score in 1:50.3. After finishing second to Foiled Again in the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Pet Rock and Miller turned the tables and used a similar front-running effort to get the victory. Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty for owner Frank Bellino. Notching his fifth win of the season, the multiple world champion has amassed $880,820 this season. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,710; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,417; 3. David Miller - 1,058; 4. Ron Pierce - 662.5; and 5. Brian Sears - 654.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,644.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,111.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 468.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 431; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 422.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 368.9; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 346.95; 3. Brittany Farms - 256.8; 4. Frank Bellino - 248.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 227.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park and Dover Downs. Maywood will host four Grand Circuit stakes led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-old colts. Dover will host eight Matron Stake finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

This Week: Kindergarten Series finals, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y; Messenger and Lady Maud eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Madison County and Circle City, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: Vernon Downs will host the championship finals of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters on Friday (Oct. 25). The colts will race for a purse of $217,500 and the fillies will chase a $206,000 payday. Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 26) will host a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Messenger Stake, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. The companion Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacing fillies will also have a pair of eliminations, with each carrying a purse of $20,000. Hoosier Park will host six Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 26), with each carrying an estimated purse of $65,000. The Madison County will be contested for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, while the Circle City will be held for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The 12 Breeders Crown championship finals were raced this past Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and there were very few surprises; especially when it comes to clearing up the Horse of the Year picture. Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, the top three horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, were all impressive winners in their respective Crown finals. "Bee A Magician just coasts away," is how track announcer Jim Beviglia saw the finish of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday, as Bee A Magician, driven by Brian Sears, made her season a perfect 15 for 15. Bee A Magician took the lead from Frau Blucher (Ron Pierce), who held it momentarily after a bold move to the front off the gate, and was never headed through fractions of :27 to the quarter, :55.2 to the half, 1:24 at the three-quarters and 1:52.4 for the win by 4-1/2 lengths on the sloppy track. Frau Blucher was second and Southwind Cocoa was third. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. She has now earned $1,359,184 this year and $2,125,836 lifetime. She has 25 victories in 28 career starts. Captaintreacherous won for the sixth consecutive time, holding off Sunshine Beach in the stretch to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers by a neck in 1:49.2 over a sloppy track. Lucan Hanover finished third. Captaintreacherous is a nose from being undefeated this season. His other wins include the $980,000 North America Cup, $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial, $360,211 Cane Pace and a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace. Sunshine Beach handed a first-over Captaintreacherous his only loss by a nose in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record-equaling 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 12 of 13 races this year, with earnings of $1,874,273. I Luv The Nitelife made it 12 consecutive wins with a powerful pocket-trip win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:50. Authorize was second with Aunt Caroline third. Chris Ryder trains I Luv The Nitelife for co-owners Richard and Joanne Young. He sent a filly into the Breeders Crown final that hadn't raced since winning the Jugette on Sept. 18. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune had qualified at Pocono on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,563; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,396; 3. David Miller - 968; 4. Brian Sears - 652.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 632.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,449.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,054.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 468.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 412.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 401. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 322.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 302.75; 3. Brittany Farms - 235.1; 4. Frank Bellino - 228.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 217.75. Looking ahead: A busy weekend of Grand Circuit action will take place at Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway, Hoosier Park and Balmoral Park as the calendar turns to November. Vernon will host the John Simpson Staakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, Yonkers will have the Messenger and Lady Maud finals for 3-year-old pacers; Hoosier Park will contest the Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Carl Erskine (formerly the Oliver Trot) for 3-year-old trotters, the Monument Circle for 3-year-old pacers, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (formerly the Indiana Pacing Derby) for free for all pacers, and divisions of the Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters. Balmoral Park will race American-National eliminations for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Kindergarten Series, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: The 12 Breeders Crown championship events on Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be front and center in the Grand Circuit spotlight this week. Breeders Crown championship races will be held for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older Standardbreds of both sexes and gaits. For all the current Breeders Crown information, click on this link. Vernon Downs will host the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters on Friday (Oct. 18). There will be two $10,000 divisions for the colts and two $10,000 divisions for the fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Breeders Crown eliminations were held this past weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as 18 contests were raced at the speedy five-eighths-mile oval. Bee A Magican and Captaintreacherous, who are the top two ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, were among the winners this past weekend. Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears in the bike, continued to dominate her division with an easy win in the second 3-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52.4 this past Saturday night. Bee A Magician needed no urging to dismiss a closing Ma Chere Hall, who could do no better than follow the top filly home. Time To Kill got third and Handover Belle took the fourth spot. Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee own the daughter of Kadabra-Beehive, trained by Nifty Norman. She is undefeated this season in 14 starts. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) was challenged and challenged again throughout the mile, but was strong enough to win the second Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt pace elimination at Pocono Downs on Saturday in 1:49.2. Captaintreacherous refused to surrender, regardless of the stressful trip, which got to pacesetter Vegas Vacation as he faded eventually to fourth, though Sunfire Blue Chip kept going to get second and Beach Memories passed tired ones to take third. The Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure, bred by White Birch Farms and owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, won his 11th of 12 sophomore races. Several world records were set in the Crown eliminations, including one by freshman trotting colt Father Patrick, who ranks fourth in the latest poll. Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) wore down Nuncio after a stretch duel to win the single Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a world record clocking of 1:52.1 on Friday night. The streaking Father Patrick improved his record to 9-1-0 in 10 starts while surpassing the $500,000 earnings mark. The son of 2003 Breeders Crown champion Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, N.J. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,488; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,321; 3. David Miller - 898; 4. Brian Sears - 617.5; and 5. Andy Miller - 577. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,409.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 972.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 382.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 371. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 313; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 293.55; 3. Brittany Farms - 230.1; 4. Frank Bellino - 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 197.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway and Hoosier Park. Vernon will host the Kindergaten finals and consolations for the 2-year-old trotters, Yonkers will have eliminations for the Messenger and Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacers and Hoosier Park will contest divisions of the Circle City for 3-year-old colt pacers and trotters and 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday night (Oct. 11) at Pocono Downs with three sets of Breeders Crown eliminations, with a $25,000 purse for each race. There will be a pair of elims in the 2-year-old filly trot and 2-year-old filly pace, plus a single contest for the 2-year-old colt trotters. The Saturday card (Oct. 12) at Pocono will feature seven sets of $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations. The 2-year-old colt pacers will split into a trio of eliminations; the 3-year-old filly trotters, 3-year-old colt trotters, 3-year-old colt pacers, and older mare trotters will have two eliminations apiece; and the older mare pacers and older open pacers will each have a single elimination. Balmoral Park will host a pair of $70,000 (est.) Hanover Stakes on Sunday (Oct. 13) with contests for both the 2-year-old colt trotters and the 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,423; 2. Tim Tetrick – 1,284; 3. David Miller - 872; 4. Brian Sears - 598.5; and 5. Andy Miller – 575. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,357.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 937.5; 3. Linda Toscano – 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson – 362.5; and 5. Tony Alagna – 359. Owners: 1. Burke Racing – 298.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 280; 3. Brittany Farms – 225.1; 4. Frank Bellino – 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan – 185.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Vernon Downs. Pocono will host all 12 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses of both sexes and gaits. Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Freehold, NJ --- Owner Frank Bellino believes Pet Rock is fast enough to do what has never been done before. Whether he is lucky enough will be determined Sunday. Pet Rock will try to become the first harness racing horse in history to establish world records on three different sized tracks in as many starts when he faces nine rivals in the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington’s Red Mile on Sunday. In his most recent start on Sept. 19, Pet Rock won the Winbak Pace in 1:48.1 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The time was the fastest ever on a half-mile track, shaving four-fifths of a second off the previous record. In his prior start on Sept. 7, he won the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational in 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs. The time was the fastest ever on a five-eighths-mile oval, breaking the record by two-fifths of a second. Now Pet Rock takes aim at 1:46.4, which is the time of the fastest race in history on a mile track. That mark is shared by Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere and Warrawee Needy. The time for the fastest mile ever, 1:46.1, was established by Cambest in a time trial in 1993. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driven by David Miller, the 4-year-old Pet Rock will start Sunday’s Allerage from post six. “I don’t think there is any question he can do it,” Bellino said. “It’s just a matter of whether everything falls into place. The most important thing is to race well, but I hope we can do something special this weekend.” The trotter Mack Lobell, who was Horse of the Year in 1987 and 1988, is the only horse to hold the records for the fastest miles on all three sized tracks simultaneously. Another trotter, CR Kay Suzie, set world records for her division (2-year-old filly) on all three sized tracks in a span of four races in 1994. Pet Rock, though, will try for the unprecedented. He has won four of 13 races this year, finished in the money a total of eight times, and earned $644,070. He won the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial in a lifetime-best 1:47 on July 13 at the Meadowlands. “It seems as the year goes on he’s getting better and better,” Bellino said. “It’s a tribute to Virgil and the way he trains. He’s been racing unbelievable. What he did at Scioto was eye-opening and what he did at Delaware -- I never thought I’d be alive to see that kind of time on a half-mile track.” Pet Rock, who received a bye into the Allerage final, will face a tough field Sunday. A Rocknroll Dance, who won the Allerage elimination in 1:48.4, will start from post three with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Jim Mulinix. A Rocknroll Dance finished second to Pet Rock in both his world-record performances. Bolt The Duer, who previously shared the record for pacing on five-eighths and half-mile tracks, starts from post one with Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Pete Foley. The remainder of the field is Sweet Lou, Up The Credit, Golden Receiver, Our Lucky Chip, Escape The News, Clear Vision and Aracache Hanover. Bellino owned 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, but he is enjoying the ride with Pet Rock even more. “It was more nerve-wracking with Rock N Roll Heaven,” Bellino said. “That was the first time we ever went through anything like that and everything was magnified. This is a lot easier. I’m really enjoying this one.” Morgan, who has won more races -- 5,019 -- than any trainer in history, guided Mister Big to honors as the sport’s best older male pacer in 2007 and 2008. He wanted to bring Pet Rock along slowly this year as he transitioned to facing older rivals, in the process bypassing the lucrative Levy Memorial Pacing Series during the spring at Bellino’s home track of Yonkers Raceway. “I was taken aback at first because he’s so good on a half-mile track,” Bellino said. “But Virgil was right. That’s why you listen to the people that do it. He knows better and his plan has come together.” Bellino said it was unlikely that Pet Rock will continue racing next year. “Virgil is a big believer in keeping them racing, but even he said how much more can this horse do?” Bellino said. “How much faster can he go?” Sunday might provide the answer. by Ken Weingartner for USTA

Schedule of events: The second week of Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 3) with three divisions in the $266,500 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 4) card features three divisions in the $260,500 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $223,900 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Oct. 5), The Red Mile will offer the $600,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $400,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $350,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. The week concludes on Sunday (Oct. 6) with the $600,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity, the third and final leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the companion $350,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, a pair of $180,000 (est.) Allerage finals for both open pacers and open trotters, and $75,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The opening week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile featured many memorable moments, including a trio of world records. Designed To Be trotted the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old on a one-mile oval when she won her Bluegrass division in 1:52.2. Designed To Be was the star of the opening night last Thursday as she won the $96,200 final Bluegrass division in a world record clocking of 1:52.2, breaking the previous mark of 1:52.4 for a freshman trotting filly on a mile track set by Snow White in 2007 at The Red Mile. Bred and owned by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Sheer Soul is trained by Julie Miller and was driven to victory by Andy Miller. The win was the fourth in seven lifetime starts for Designed To Be, who has now earned $286,186. On Friday night in the $90,100 third and final Bluegrass division for the freshman trotting males, Outburst (Ron Pierce) nailed Southwind Spirit (Yannick Gingras) at the wire in 1:53.1, the fastest race mile ever for a freshman trotting gelding on a mile track. Owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable, Mirva Bogucki, and trainer Noel Daley, the son of Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady posted his fourth win in seven lifetime efforts, lifting his career earnings to $89,154. Arch Madness equaled his own world record for an older trotting gelding on a mile track by posting a 1:50.2 score in the $10,000 elimination for the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday afternoon. Owned by Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC, the 9-year-old Balanced Image-Armbro Archer gelding won for just the second time in 14 starts this year, while increasing his 2013 bankroll to $214,827. Trainer Trond Smedshammer was in the bike as Arch Madness won for the 33rd time in his brilliant career. He has earned just shy of $4 million lifetime. The defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous went past the $1.5 million plateau in 2013 earnings when he captured his $95,500 division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 3-year-old pacing males on Saturday night. Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Tony Algana and owner Captaintreacherous Racing as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldy Treasure posted his ninth win in 10 season's starts with a lifetime best 1:47.1 mile. He is now 17 for 20 lifetime with a career bankroll at $2,422,276. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,226; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,119; 3. David Miller - 792; 4. Brian Sears - 563.5; and 5. Andy Miller - 555. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,215.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 832.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 438.5; 4. Julie Miller - 314; and 5. Tony Alagna - 299. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 264.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 246.6; 3. Frank Bellino - 198.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 187.6; and 5. WJ Donovan - 159.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Balmoral Park. Pocono will host 12 sets of Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses of both sexes and gaits. Balmoral will offer Hanover Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

The Red Mile Grand Circuit concludes week one with a thirteen race matinee card on Sunday. The program features five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for sophomore trotters, three colt divisions and a pair for the fair sex.   A pair of eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open stakes, containing the stars of the mature set, highlight the program. When Racing Secretary Billy Perkins opened the box at 10am this morning, he found an overflow of declarations in both events, necessitating several byes being offered to get both fields down to ten starters.   On the pacing side, top seasonal earner and division leader Pet Rock was the first to have the option to accept a free pass into next Sunday's $175,000 final on the strength of his 2013 bankroll of $644,070. His connections, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Frank Bellino, accepted the offer and he will join the top nine finishers from this Sunday's elimination in the final. Left to battle for the remaining berths are the titans of the division including no less than five from the Ron Burke stable headed up by the razor sharp Clear Vision. A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou  and Golden Receiver (returning from a month long freshening) are chief among the contenders. Thirteen were declared for the Allerage Open Trot and the bye process took more effort to implement, as several trainers chose to bypass the free roll and race in the elimination. The pot is sweetened by the chance to win the right to select their post position for next week's final with a victory in this race. At the end of the process, Guccio, Southwind Pepino and Wishing Stone will go directly to the $170,000 final next Sunday. That left an awfully good field of horses to race for the remaining seven slots. Leading seasonal earner Sevruga leaves from post four with Andy Miller set to drive for owner KDM Stables Corporation. Market Share is also racing and will start just outside Sevruga as he makes his bid for the win. Tim Tetrick has driven him in each of his eight seasonal starts and will again call the shots for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. The fun starts at 1:00pm and the weather forecast remains positive with a warm early fall afternoon predicted. Be reminded that The Red Mile clubhouse will be open each racing day and you may reserve a table by calling (859) 233-0814. Parking is free and admission is a mere $2 for a great day of harness racing. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on Tuesday, October 1st at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. Find further sale info at their website. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

This Week: Bluegrass Stakes and Allerage eliminations, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 26) at The Red Mile with three divisions in the $287,600 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Sept. 27) card features three divisions in the $270,300 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $259,700 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Sept. 28), The Red Mile will offer a trio of Bluegrass events in the $400,000 (est.) 2-year-old colt pace, the $200,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace and the $200,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace. The opening week concludes on Sunday (Sept. 29) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass races for 3-year-old colt trotters and 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as $10,000 eliminations in the Allerage for open pacers and open trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair this past week, with the $552,551 Little Brown Jug leading two days of exciting stakes races. Vegas Vacation and trainer Casie Coleman hit the jackpot on Sept. 19, winning the 68th edition of the Little Brown Jug in straight heats. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, won his first heat in 1:50 and captured the second heat with the identical time, beating Urbanite Hanover by two lengths. Coleman’s Lucan Hanover finished third. Vegas Vacation’s combined time of 3:40 established the two-heat world record for 3-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track. Coleman won last year’s Jug with Michael’s Power and became the first trainer since Tom Artandi in 1988-89 to win the race in consecutive seasons. Owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders, Vegas Vacation has won nine of 15 races this year. He is a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Don’t You Smile. In other Grand Circuit action over the weekend, the defending champion Rocklamation did it once again as she posted the 12-1 upset in this year’s $275,480 Milton Stakes final for pacing mares on Sept. 21 at Mohawk. The pacing miss equaled her own stakes record of 1:49.4 taken last year at odds of 23-1. Rocklamation and driver Brett Miller were sitting eighth, 10-3/4 lengths off the tempo setter Androvette turning for home. Down the stretch, Anndrovette was still in command, but the backfield began to fan across the racetrack. Swinging Beauty came from off the pace and was closing hard on the outside, but couldn’t match strides with Rocklamation, who unleashed a punishing late kick in deep stretch to score the one length victory. Swinging Beauty finished second with Anndrovette third. The sport’s top trotters were showcased in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during an action-packed 14-race card on Sept. 21. Uncle Peter, with David Miller at the lines, became the sport’s newest millionaire and shattered the track record for older horses on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:52.3. Leaders Wishing Stone and Market Share matched strides down the homestretch in that contest, while Uncle Peter loomed large in the background. Using a :26.4 final panel, Uncle Peter saved his best for last and was able to get a nose in front of Market Share at the wire. My MVP held on gamely for the third place finish, while Wishing Stone was fourth. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,116; 2. Tim Tetrick – 1,002; 3. David Miller - 687; 4. Brian Sears - 563.5; and 5. Andy Miller – 525. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,145.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 767.5; 3. Linda Toscano – 436.5; 4. Julie Miller – 284; and 5. Jonas Czernyson – 262.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing – 249.75; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 232.05; 3. Brittany Farms – 178.85; 4. Frank Bellino – 168.5; and 5. WJ Donovan – 148.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again be taking place next week in one location, Lexington’s historic Red Mile. Featured will be the Kentucky Futurity, the third and final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap will be the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for the sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit

Dave Palone, the winningest driver in North American harness racing history, entered Monday's race card at The Meadows needing just five wins from scoring his 16,000th career win. BACK TRACK $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, older trotters, Sept. 21, Hoosier Park 1. Uncle Peter, 2. Market Share, 3. My MVP. Time: 1:52.3 (track record). Margin: Head. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Jimmy Takter. Winning owners: Christina Takter, Brixton Medical AB, John and Jim Fielding, Goran Falk. Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, two $139,000 divisions, 2-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 21, Hoosier Park 1. Act Now, 2. Uffizi Hanover, 3. Instant Respect. Time: 1:53.3. Margin: 1-1/4. 1. Southwind Silence, 2. Allstar Rating, 3. Magnifique. Time: 1:53.3. Margin: 1-1/2. $275,480 Milton Stakes, older female pacers, Sept. 21, Mohawk Racetrack 1. Rocklamation, 2. Swinging Beauty, 3. Anndrovette. Time: 1:49.4. Margin: 1. Winning driver: Brett Miller. Winning trainer: Ron Burke. Winning owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. $552,551 Little Brown Jug, 3-year-old male pacers, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Vegas Vacation, 2. Urbanite Hanover, 3. Lucan Hanover. Time: 1:50. Margin: 2. Winning driver: Brian Sears. Winning trainer: Casie Coleman. Winning owners: West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton, Phyllis Saunders. $125,000 Miss Versatility Series final, older female trotters, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Maven, 2. Bax Of Life, 3. Daylon Miracle. Time: 1:51.4 (fastest ever on half-mile track). Margin: 7-1/4. Winning driver: Yannick Gingras. Winning trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Winning owner: Bill Donovan. $51,250 Winbak Pace, older male pacers, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Pet Rock, 2. A Rocknroll Dance, 3. Our Lucky Chip. Time: 1:48.1 (fastest ever on half-mile track). Margin: Neck. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Virgil Morgan Jr., Winning owner: Frank Bellino. Old Oaken Bucket, two $65,750 divisions, 3-year-old male trotters, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Vibe Blue Chip, 2. Bluto, 3. Sailer Eddie. Time: 1:54.3. Margin: 1. 1. High Bridge, 2. Boffin, 3. Theatrical Session. Time: 1:55.1. Margin: 2. $257,750 Jugette, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 18, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. I Luv The Nitelife, 2. Carols Desire, 3. Jerseylicious. Time: 1:51.2. Margin: 3-1/2. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Chris Ryder. Winning owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Buckette, two $52,194 divisions, 3-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 18, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Silver Credit, 2. UF Tadys Donato, 3. Andie Sophia. Time: 1:54.4. Margin: 6-1/4. 1. Frau Blucher, 2. Coffeecake Hanover, 3. Bethel Hanover. Time: 1:53.1 (world record). Margin: 5. HORSES BY EARNINGS   Horse Name Age Sex Gait Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 3 H P 9 8 1 0 1,456,273 ROYALTY FOR LIFE 3 H T 11 6 2 0 1,217,160 BEE A MAGICIAN 3 M T 12 12 0 0 999,684 I LUV THE NITELIFE 3 M P 13 12 0 1 968,337 VEGAS VACATION 3 G P 15 9 3 1 806,287 FOILED AGAIN 9 G P 22 6 4 7 734,109 CORKY 3 H T 15 4 5 3 663,263 PET ROCK 4 H P 13 4 3 1 644,070 SPIDER BLUE CHIP 3 G T 13 7 1 1 642,113 SMILIN ELI 3 H T 12 4 3 2 572,379 DRIVERS BY WINS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 2252 496 353 308 1,999,433 David Palone 1821 473 264 185 4,756,396 Corey Callahan 2696 466 340 370 7,079,320 Tim Tetrick 2378 464 337 314 11,925,070 Bruce AldrichJr 2418 431 358 324 2,016,831 Ronald Pierce 2712 424 361 381 8,034,537 Brian Sears 1744 420 300 259 10,766,718 Aaron Merriman 2491 419 398 360 3,152,057 Michael Oosting 1768 414 295 236 2,878,842 George Napolitano Jr. 2210 395 326 277 4,463,136 DRIVERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Tim Tetrick 2378 464 337 314 11,925,070 Brian Sears 1744 420 300 259 10,766,718 Yannick Gingras 1752 386 284 240 9,668,250 David Miller 2150 305 326 299 8,444,473 Ronald Pierce 2712 424 361 381 8,034,537 Corey Callahan 2696 466 340 370 7,079,320 George Brennan 1876 323 328 221 6,877,856 Andy Miller 2094 305 304 271 5,891,993 Matthew Kakaley 2188 341 341 317 5,808,136 James Morrill Jr. 1296 323 255 160 5,543,391 by Ken Weingartner for HRC

Columbus, Ohio – Another race at the Delaware County Fair and another world record, this time the fastest race ever in the history of harness racing on a half mile track as Pet Rock edged A Rocknroll Dance in the $51,250 Winbak Farm Pace in 1:48.1 by a neck. The classic matchup did not disappoint any of the race fans. From the start everyone knew this would be a super fast mile. Our Lucky Chip (Trace Tetrick) actually was quick out of the gate but soon gave way to Pet Rock and driver Dave Miller with A Rocknroll Dance and driver Tim Tetrick on the outside and wanting the lead. A Rocknroll Dance finally got to the top over Pet Rock as the opening quarter mile locked in at :26. From there it was a two-horse race as Miller and Pet Rock were content to sit the two-hole trip as Tetrick and A Rocknroll Dance led the field Indian-style past the half mile in :53.3 (a :27.3 quarter) and then to the three-quarters in 1:21. It was then that Miller eased Pet Rock out of the two-hole and started up steam to go against A Rocknroll Dance. Those two battled head and head down the stretch until Pet Rock was able to collar A Rocknroll Dance and just beat him at the wire. Our Lucky Chip was third. “He (Pet Rock) has now given me my two fastest miles I have ever driven in. One on a five-eighths and now a half mile track,” Miller said. “I tried to go down the road early but with Our Lucky Trip also leaving I figured to then sit behind A Rocknroll Dance and they kept rolling along. I lost a little on the final turn when we first came out but at the finish he just got his head in front.” It was the second straight win and fourth victory of the year for Pet Rock. The four-year-old stallion by Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, New York. Sent off as the ¾ betting favorite, Pet Rock paid $3.20 to win. “He just makes me look good,” Said trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. “He does it all on his own. I thought when he set the record on a five-eighths track that he likes racing on the front end but today he was just as great. Now we will take him to Lexington and then the Breeders Crown.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Pet Rock & Dan Noble set the new world record for pacers on a 5/8 mile track when they crossed the line in 1:47.2 Saturday (Sept 7) at Scioto Downs Racino. Previously held at Pocono Downs (Wilkes-Barre, PA), the record was in trouble from the word "go" with Noble parking A Rocknroll Dance & Kayne Kauffman to an opening quarter of 25; the pair hit the half in 52.4 and the 3/4 in 1:20.1 before crossing the line first in 1:47.2. "He was real strong in the lane and had plenty left," said Noble. Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the 4-year-old stallion for owner Frank Bellino of Bronx, NY. Morgan had a big night even before Pet Rock won as he became the first trainer in history, since the United States Trotting Association has kept records, to hit 5,000 lifetime wins. Earlier in the evening he was also presented as the leading trainer at his home track for the 2013 racing season. Jessica Schroeder

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 24, 2013--Pole denizen American Rage (Jim Pantaleano) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed to slight 5-2 favorite Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett) through early intervals of :27.2 and :56.1, American Rage watched as Shooebee's Place (Dan Dube) and Hillbilly Hanover (George Brennan) moved from fourth and fifth, respectively. "Shoobee" challenged the leader toward the 1:23.4 three-quarters, but Sapphire City owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Unfortunately for him, unwanted advances were coming. American Rage ducked in and Hillbilly Hanover went wide, with the former whipping the latter by a head in 1:51.2. China Grill (Pat Lachance) closed deep inside for third, with Sapphire City and Shoobee's Place relegated to the remainder. For American Rage. a 5-year-old American Ideal gelding owned by Frank Bellino and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he returned $15 (fifth choice) for his fifth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $124, with the triple returning $526. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

The leading trainer in the country and the leading trainer at Scioto Downs Racino have their go-to drivers for their horses when they race at the Columbus, Ohio 5/8 mile track. Friday evening each trainer took a different $20,000 Open race to keep securing their foothold as the top trainers in the top class races.  In the Open Trot, Ronnie Wrenn Jr drove Virgil Morgan Jr.s Undercover Strike to victory in 1:55. Parked the last half mile, the 5-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra won handily for owner Frank Bellino. Trotslikethewind (Kayne Kauffman) was second and Chilitodayhotamale (Tony Hall) held on for third after cutting the mile. Undercover Strike raced earlier this year at The Meadowlands and Mohawk, where he took his fastest mark of 1:52.3 in 2012. The win Friday marked his second in a row in the Open Trot at Scioto and he has now earned $313,994 lifetime. Tony Hall turned the tables on Wrenn when he took the Fillies & Mares Open Pace with Darena Hanover for Ron Burke in 1:51.3. Leaving from assigned post position nine, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser sat back in the five hole while Wrenn sent Princess Cruiser to the front in 26.1. The pair lead all the way to the top of the stretch and finished three-quarters of a length behind Darena Hanover. She’s Shocking (Ray Paver) posted a 27.1 last quarter to get third. Darena Hanover, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, has now surpassed $620,000 in lifetime earnings. In 2012 she won both the Jugette and Matron finals and took a mark of 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs. Racing continues Saturday at Scioto with a first post of 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino  

CAMPELLVILLE, August 17 – Twenty of the sports top freshman pacing fillies were put on display on Saturday evening in a pair of $108,933 divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. Precocious Beauty led the way in the first division with a 1:50.2 stakes record to set the tone for next Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations at the Campbellville oval. Driven by Doug McNair, the daughter of Art Major took over command past the quarter in :26.1, before laying down panels of :55.2 and 1:23.2 en route to a six and a half length score. Heavily-favoured Rockingcam Park (Jack Moiseyev) finished second, with Take That Hanover (Randy Waples) third. Trained by Gregg McNair for owner/breeder James Avritt, Precocious Beauty now has a 2-2-0 record from four career starts along with $72,167 in earnings. She paid $6.90. McNair also took the other division with headily-favoured Shes Da Bomb in 1:52. Beginning from post four, Shes Da Bomb was parked to the opening quarter in :28, but quickly marched to command before the half. Mind Over Matter (Chris Christoforou) then took over command to lead past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Turning for home, McNair was able to angle his way out of the pocket and Shes Da Bomb did the rest as she romped by four and three quarter lengths. Mind Over Matter stayed for second, over Beach Gal (Scott Zeron). Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner Frank Bellino, Shes Da Bomb remains undefeated in three career starts as her bankroll increased to $70,461. She paid $3.30. Both fillies are eligible to the $430,000E Shes A Great Lady Stakes final on Saturday, August 24, the undercard for the $700,000E Metro Pace. Videos of both races attached. Greg Gangle  

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