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MANALAPAN, NJ – October 16, 2013 – Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, puts her streak on the line in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K has won her last three straight for a combined 27 ½ lengths. Trained by Chris Ryder, the filly will be in the hands of Daniel Dube, leaving from post four in the field of five. Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie has finished in-the-money in eight of 18 starts this year, banking $54,187 toward a career total of $96,316.  The Green Acres Final will be a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. The field, from the rail out with sire, driver and trainer: Connie Keeper, Muscles Yankee, Jim Marshall III, Christopher Freck; Ninety Five Janet, Muscles Yankee, Steve Smith, Karen Garland; Tax Revenue, Revenue, Arthur Giambrone, Arthur Giambrone; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder and Queen Of More, Chocolatier, Mike Simons, Gail Wrubel. By Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

We are just a weeks away from the Breeders Crown finals at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. This past week, as if sensing that those year-end all-star races were approaching, a few of our top overnight performers stepped up their games with world-record performances. Those two extraordinary efforts highlighted the action and also lead the way as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: DYNAMIC YOUTH This 4-year-old gelding from the Aaron Lambert barn is one of the finest horses in his age group in all of North America, so anytime he steps in to face an overnight field, even one as tough as the Preferred pacers at Pocono, he will be tough to beat. On September 28 in chilly temperatures, he went gate-to-wire for a victory in that class in 1:49:2. Last Saturday night offered up unseasonably warm weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania, meaning that the track would be especially fast. For a speedy horse like Dynamic Youth, it meant that he could set nasty fractions and still have something left to give late. So that’s exactly what driver Andrew McCarthy and Dynamic Youth did in the race once they took over the lead on the front stretch. Though there were some other excellent competitors in the field, Dynamic Youth raced like he was the clock was his only measuring stick, staying out in front and winning by 1 ¼ lengths. When he crossed the line, the timer read 1:48:1. That matched the world record for 4-year-old pacing gelding on a 5/8-mile oval, which was set earlier this season by Live On at Pocono in July. Other top pacers this week include: Alfredsson (Anthony Napolitano, Rene Allard), who stepped up into our highest claiming handicap group and captured his second straight win at Pocono on Saturday night, this one coming in a career-best 1:49:3; Here We Go Again (Eric Ledford, PJ Fraley), who moved up the condition ladder on Saturday night and rolled to a win, his second straight, in a career-best 1:49:3; and Lotsa Chrome (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who ripped off his second straight condition win on Tuesday night, pacing the mile in 1:50:2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: IN YOUR ROOM This 5-year-old mare from the Gail Wrubel barn was coming off of a pair of in-the-money finishes in her previous two starts. But she didn’t win either of those races and she was moving up in class on Saturday night into the non-winners of $25,000 in the last five starts condition group. So it wasn’t much of a surprise to see her final odds at 12-1, and, quite frankly, horses that go off at 12-1 usually don’t win, let alone set a track record. But driver Mike Simons had the wise inclination to settle In Your Room on the inside not too far off the early pace, which was a good thing because anyone trying to catch up with pacesetter Money On My Mind on the outside was in for a long night. Money On My Mind set ridiculous fractions, shaking off everybody in the field except for In Your Room, who made her move on the last turn. Money On My Mind was as game as could be in the stretch, but he was no match for the fresh mare coming up on his flank. In Your Room pushed past toward the line and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:51:4. That stunning time matched the world record for aged mares on the trot on a 5/8-mile oval, a mark that Beatgoeson Hanover first accomplished at Pocono back in August. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Trading Places (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), a mare who who rallied to beat the top claimers trotters on the grounds for the second straight week in 1:54:4; Paula’s Brady (Tyler Buter, James Quinn), who rallied for his second straight win over the $10,000 claimers on Tuesday night, matching a career-best victory of 1:55:3 in the process; and Rise N Shine (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), a mare who dominated the $12,500 claimers on Tuesday night in 1:54:3, a new career mark, for her second straight win overall. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: PUT IT IN GEAR This Yonkers shipper with Eric Carlson in the bike rallied late to stun a field of claiming pacers on Wednesday night at 75-1, paying off a hefty $153.40 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: HOWARD PARKER The veteran driver proved that it’s best not to underestimate him. He had three wins on Friday and Saturday night, and they came at odds of 44-1, 10-1, and 13-1. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: TOM FANNING The Fanning barn has been firing on all cylinders in the past few weeks, and the success continued on Friday night with a pair of training wins. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Bevigilia for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs    

As a 12-1 shot, In Your Room not only upended a field of condition trotters on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs but she also matched a world record in the process. The race, a condition for non-winners of $25,000 in the last five starts, carried a purse of $21,000. Leaving from post position #2 in a field of seven, In Your Room (CR Excalibur-Chris Image), a five year-old mare trained by Gail Wrubel, found a spot on the inside not too far off the scorching pace set by Money On My Mind. Other horses faltered in the chase, but In Your Room stayed close enough to rally under the urging of Mike Simons in the stretch and upend the very game Money On My Mind by three-quarters of a length. Smoother Rode finished 3rd. The winning time of 1:51:4 matched the track and world record for aged trotting mares on a 5/8-mile oval. That mark was set earlier this season at Pocono by Beatgoeson Hanover. In Your Room, owned by Classico Stables, won for the seventh time in 25 races this season. It was her 15th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $185,302. Jim Beviglia  

Mike Simons and In Your Room captured the $16,000 open trot on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Simons and In Your Room got away third from post position number three as Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) the 1-2 betting favorite cut through fractions of 27, 56, and 1:24.1. Around the final turn, Simons and In Your Room found themselves four lengths off the lead with Cold Certified controlling the race over a pocket sitting Fox Valley Smarty (Corey Braden). Down the stretch, Simons pulled In Your Room to the outside and she responded trotting a final quarter in 28.4 to get up for a length and three quarter victory in 1:53.4. The win was the sixth of the year in twenty seasonal starts for the 5-year old daughter of CR Excalibur – Chris Image for the Classico Stables and trainer Gail Wrubel. Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) hung on for second, while Fox Valley Smarty was third to round out the 3-5-6 trifecta good for $92.00. Fern Paquet Jr. recorded a driving triple on the night’s ten race card, while Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Corey Braden each posted doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 25th with a special post time of 1:00pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . by Dustin Ross  

Mike Simons picked up his 3,000th career victory at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. The longtime Pocono standout drove Mac's Bad Boy, a horse he owns and who is trained by his longtime racing partner Gail Wrubel, to a victory in the 14th race condition trot for the milestone win. Mike's picked up his first driving win back in 1983. He has career earnings over $22 million and he's been a regular among the leaders in the Pocono driving colony for well over two decades. The entire racing community at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs would like to congratulate Mike on his outstanding achievement. Jim Beviglia  

In Your Room and Mike Simons made it two in a row at Tioga Downs on Saturday night in the $16,000 open handicap trot. Leaving from post position number five in a field of seven, Simons moved to the front past the quarter mile mark of the race in 27.2.

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