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Manalapan, NJ --- There were a number of stirring performances Monday when Gaitway Farm held its final round of June harness racing qualifiers, but the most inspiring had nothing to do with any of the horses that went onto the racetrack. The day belonged to Layla Mosley. Layla, the 5-year-old granddaughter of Delaware-based trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., is battling a rare type of bone cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma. But she was on hand Monday at Gaitway, handing out lemonade to fans on a warm morning, to help raise money for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and childhood cancer research. In addition, Monday was the final day of a 50-50 raffle at Gaitway to benefit Layla and her parents, Brenda and Keith. The fundraiser netted more than $2,600. "The help of all the horsemen has been unbelievable," Hundertpfund said. "Everywhere. All the horsemen have been so good to us. It's been helping because my son-in-law has been out of work (taking unpaid leave to be with Layla) and this is going to be an ongoing battle." Layla was diagnosed with her cancer in early February and underwent months of chemotherapy before having surgery just several weeks ago at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to remove a tumor and parts of three ribs. "The tumor started in her ribs and metastasized to her lungs and eventually worked its way out of her back," Hundertpfund said. "The chemo made the tumor shrink to the point where they were able to take it out. Fortunately the chemo worked so well there was no sign of any tumors in her lungs; they did a biopsy and it came back cancer free. "Now it's three more months of chemotherapy, a little bit of radiation, and then just hope for the best." Layla's attitude during her fight has inspired all those around her. Layla's favorite response whenever anyone asks about her condition is, "No biggie." Following her recent surgery, she called Hundertpfund and his wife Doreen via FaceTime and sang a song about "kicking cancer's butt." "She's so resilient," Hundertpfund said. "She always has a positive outlook. She doesn't feel sorry for herself one bit, which I think really helps." To visit Layla's Facebook page, click here. To make a donation, click here for her YouCaring page (which also features a short video about Layla) and here for her GoFundMe page. by Ken Weingartner    

Manalapan, NJ --- Harness racing driver Daniel Dube liked his homebred 2-year-old female pacer Queen Elsa when he arrived at Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway Farm. Afterward, he really liked her. Queen Elsa made her first visit to the races a winning one, sitting a pocket trip behind Sweet Rockin Gia before passing her rival in the stretch and drawing off for a 1-1/2 length victory in 1:57.1. Queen Elsa is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, who Dube helped guide to Horse of the Year honors in 2010, and Dube's mare Ladies Life. "It was her first time with a lot of horses; she always trains by herself or with one other one," Dube said. "She did it easy today. I didn't know how she would do against other horses, but it was good. Now I know she is all right. The way she went today, I really like her." Queen Elsa's potential schedule includes the New York Sire Stakes and Matron. Her family includes Nova Award-winner Sportsmaster, although Dube didn't delve deeply into family ties when he decided to breed Ladies Life, who had her career cut short by injury, with Rock N Roll Heaven. "She was big and he was small," Dube said, laughing. "I just took a chance. I don't look at the pedigree." Gaitway hosted its third and final Monday of qualifiers, with 14 races dedicated to 2-year-olds. Trainer Ron Burke won eight of the events, with his colt Miso Fast posting the fastest time for pacers (1:55) and filly Sianna Hanover notching the quickest clocking for trotters (1:56.2). Yannick Gingras drove all eight Burke winners. Miso Fast (Roll With Joe-Sakura Hanover) was purchased for $125,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. He is a half-brother to stakes-winners Thirty Two Red and Forty Five Red and his family also includes O'Brien Award winner Glowing Report. Miso Fast won by 7-1/2 lengths over stablemate Rock It Scott (Roll With Joe-Vanite Semalu). Sianna Hanover (Donato Hanover-Simplicity) won by 3-1/4 lengths over Julie Miller-trained Wide Load (Cantab Hall-Hips Don't Lie). Sianna Hanover was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is also owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Winky's Goal and stakes-winner Southwind Wasabi. "We'll see as they progress, but she seems pretty special," Burke said. "Anything you ask her to do, she just does it. We're excited. I told Yannick that maybe we better start mapping out a schedule and not just play it as we go with her. It looks like she's more than just average. "And to do it today wrapped up too. Yannick never spoke to her, so that was impressive." Burke's other winners were: Filly pacer Gypsy Rose (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance Hanover), who won by 4-1/2 lengths over Joe Holloway-trained Rockinsangria (Rock N Roll Heaven-Song In A Major) in 1:56.2. Gypsy Rose was purchased for $30,000 at the Goshen Yearling Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. She is a full sister to world champion Dime A Dance and her family also includes world champion Holborn Hanover and millionaire Hyperion Hanover. Make Mine Mocha (Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Mocha), a filly pacer who won by one length over stablemate Dancing In Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Dashboard Dancer) in 1:57.3. Make Mine Mocha was purchased for $37,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Phil Collura, Michelle Yanek, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. Colt pacer Filibuster Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy), who won by five lengths over Miller's Dances Cruiser in 1:55.3. Filibuster Hanover was purchased for $90,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, JT 45, Joseph DiScala Jr., and Weaver-Bruscemi. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Fernando Hanover and his family also includes world champion Gallie Bythe Beach and stakes-winner Western Gallie. Bill Donovan's Normandy Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Symphony In Motion) won by 2-1/2 lengths over Tom Fanning-trained Timcat Hanover (Art Major-Taxi Hanover) in 1:56.1. Normandy Beach was purchased for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. His dam won $1.06 million in her career. Filly trotter Waffle Cone (Muscle Hill-Sugar Cone) won by a half-length over Miller's Overdraft Volo (Yankee Glide-Bank Of Newport) in 1:58. Waffle Cone was purchased for $50,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Earl Smith, and Collura. Her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. And filly trotter Senia Hanover (Crazed-Slow Dance Hanover), who won by a half-length over Trond Smedshammer's Lexi Marie (Lucky Chucky-Sari Maki Hanover) in 1:58.3. Senia Hanover was purchased for $35,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Kemppi Stables Oy Inc. and Suojalampi Stable. Trainer Tony Alagna had two winners, with filly pacer Preakness and colt trotter Kai Hanover. Preakness (Somebeachsomewhere-Sombodythatiustono) won by three-quarters of a length over Ross Croghan-trained Kiss Kiss (American Ideal-Btwnyurheartnmine) in 1:57.2 with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. Preakness was purchased for $35,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Alagna Racing and Crawford Partners. Kai Hanover (Cantab Hall-Kimberidge Hanover), driven by Scott Zeron, won by a half-length over Smedshammer's Dejarover (Dejarmbro-Whisk Hanover) in 2:00.3. Kai Hanover was purchased for $42,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Alagna and Massey Stable, Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, and Adriano Sorella. Holloway-trained Thefoolalwaysrocks (Always A Virgin-This Fool Rocks) won by 1-3/4 lengths over Robbie Siegelman-trained Gimme Some Lovin' (Bettor's Delight-Torrid Affair) in 1:56.4 with Tim Tetrick driving. Thefoolalwaysrocks is a homebred filly pacer owned by Roll The Dice Stable. Miller's colt trotter Southwind Cruze (Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe) won by 4-1/4 lengths over Burke's Southwind Cobra (Muscle Hill-Caerphilly) in 1:58 with Andy Miller in the bike. Southwind Cruze was purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Vincent Laurenzo, and Robert Laurenzo. Fanning had a winner with colt pacer Photobombr Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Pilgrims Witchie), who won by 4-1/4 lengths over Larry Remmen-trained Cash Your Dreams (Always A Virgin-Chotat Milk) in 1:58.3 with Matt Kakaley at the lines. Photobombr Hanover was purchased for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. "I was standing in front of my barn, which is around the eighth pole, when (Kakaley) pulled him and he was on top in three or four strides; so he's OK," Fanning said. "The last six or seven weeks he's trained more like a horse, which is nice. He was a little tough to break and handle, but he's getting it now. "He looks the part too. If you watch him go he's pretty impressive. He's staked, but we'll see how he does. One step at a time." by Ken Weingartner

Manalapan, NJ --- When male pacer Blood Line kicked off Monday's qualifiers for 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm with a sharp 1:54.2 win on a 60-degree morning with a gusty breeze, it certainly got the attention of his harness racing trainer, Jimmy Takter. "That's a serious mile today," Takter said after watching Yannick Gingras guide Blood Line to victory in his career debut. "I would say that's like a (1):52-and-a-piece mile. You're not going to see too many go faster than him today." As it turned out, no mile went faster among the 2-year-olds in their nine qualifiers and only three older horses posted a quicker clocking in the day's remaining seven qualifiers. Blood Line, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Blood Diamond, was bred by Diamond Creek Farm and J&T Silva Stables and is now owned by Diamond Creek Racing. He is a full brother to stakes-winner Blood Brother and his family includes millionaires Western Terror, If I Can Dream, Artiscape, and Delinquent Account. "He's a little goofy," Takter said. "He's a fast horse and he's got a lot of strength. We have him staked up good so we know he's got the ability. He's a little bit like his brother, though; not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But he can go." Blood Line won by 1-3/4 lengths over Ron Burke-trained Major Key (Art Major-Capri Hanover). Gingras drove two more 2-year-old winners, both from Burke's stable. The first was female trotter Waffle Cone and the second was male trotter Deacon Tony. Waffle Cone (Muscle Hill-Sugar Cone) won by four lengths over Takter's Bridal Suite (Cantab Hall-Starlet Rules) in 2:00.3. Waffle Cone was purchased for $50,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Earl Smith, and Phil Collura. Her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. Deacon Tony (Muscle Hill-Blue Yonder) was second-placed-first when Trond Smedshammer's Mushana went off stride just prior to the finish line. Deacon Tony, timed in 2:02.1, was purchased for $85,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by JT45, Deo Volente Farms, T L P Stable, and Malvern Burroughs. His family includes 2000 Hambletonian winner and O'Brien Horse of the Year Yankee Paco. The stables of trainers Julie Miller and Aaron Lambert also produced two winners apiece. Miller won with male pacer Dances Cruiser and female pacer Annacloy while Lambert scored with male pacer Outrajus Blue Chip and female pacer Agent Q. Dances Cruiser (Yankee Cruiser-Dances On The Wind) won by three-quarters of a length over Thefoolalwaysrocks (Always A Virgin-This Fool Rocks) in 1:57. He was driven by Fredi Herrera, who notched his first qualifier win after making his debut on the track a week ago. Dances Cruiser was bred by Pinske Stables, who also owns the colt. His family includes stakes-winner Btwnyurheartnmine. "I feel good; very excited," Herrera said. "He's a nice horse. He's just young, but he qualified very good today." Annacloy (Art Major-Lislea Phia) won by 5-1/4 lengths over Takter's St Helena (American Ideal-Art's Vintage) in 1:56.2. Driven by Andy Miller, it was Annacloy's second qualifier win in as many tries. She was purchased for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Ervin Miller Stable, and Paymaq Racing. Her dam was a multiple stakes-winner. Lambert-driven Outrajus Blue Chip (Roll With Joe-Some Girls Do) won by three-quarters of a length over Miller's Flight Insurance (Art Official-Cruzin Angel) in 1:58.4. He sold for $10,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Ron Coyne Stables, Blair Corbeil, and Lambert. His dam was a stakes-winner and the family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Central Park West. David Miller-driven Agent Q finished with a :27.2 final quarter-mile, equaling Outrajus Blue Chip's mark for the fastest of the day among the 2-year-olds, to rally from the back of the pack and defeat Tony Alagna's Sweet Rockin Gia (Rockin Image-EJ's Copperstone) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.2. Agent Q (Western Terror-Teenage Paige) sold for $25,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Martin Scharf, William Rochetti Jr., Tanya Rochetti, and Robert Muscara. Agent Q's family includes stakes-winner Paige Nicole Q. Smedshammer won with female trotter Diva Dejarmbro (Dejarmbro-Nordic Nymph), who beat Robert Bresnahan Jr.'s Logans Lady (Explosive Matter-Bancroft Hall) by a neck in 2:01.3. Diva Dejarmbro, driven by Smedshammer, was purchased for $27,000 under the name Impressions First at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale and is owned by Purple Haze Stables. Chris Ryder-trained and driven male pacer Tribal War (Rock N Roll Heaven-Mystical Gypsy) won the remaining qualifier for the 2-year-olds, defeating John Dally (Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal) by a half-length in 1:55.3. Tribal War, purchased for $10,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and Ryder. His family includes stakes-winners Load The Dice and The Catamount Kid. "I was happy with him," Ryder said. "He's been training pretty decent on the farm. He was a little aggressive today, but that's no big deal. We're going to go to the sire stakes in New York with him. We have him staked. He's also eligible to the Metro Pace, but we'll see. "We like him. He's very nice. He's out of the same family as a horse I had years ago, Load The Dice. He was OK, he just had the distinction of being the same year as (2005 Horse of the Year) Rocknroll Hanover." In action among the older horses, male trotter Crazy Wow won his qualifier in 1:53.2 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Burke while male pacer Dealt A Winner won in 1:53.2 for driver David Miller and trainer Mark Silva. by Ken Weingartner

Manalapan, NJ --- When announcer Larry Lederman went through the driver changes for Monday's eighth-race harness racing qualifier at Gaitway Farm, spectators shared a few puzzled looks when Fredi Herrera was named on the No. 1 horse, Southwind Cruze, from the stable of trainer Julie Miller. As it turned out, Herrera and Southwind Cruze were making their career debuts together. A 33-year-old native of Guatemala, Herrera has spent more than half his life in the U.S. working for harness racing stables in Chicago and New Jersey. He began working as an assistant trainer for Julie and Andy Miller in December. His new employers were impressed with his abilities and encouraged him to get a driver's license. Several weeks ago, Herrera received a license that enables him to drive in qualifiers and fairs. Paul Stafford, another Miller Stable assistant who knew Herrera from his days in Chicago, helped Herrera with the process. "I knew him from Chicago, but when you work with someone you gain respect for their horsemanship," Julie Miller said. "He was really talented and had a good set of hands and willingness to learn under Andy on the driving aspect of it. We wanted to give him a chance with some horses that he's been training down for us. He's been really successful and we're really proud of him." Herrera drove in four qualifiers on Monday. He drove two 2-year-old trotters for Miller and also picked up drives from Tony Alagna and Scott DiDomenico. His best finish came with DiDomenico's 6-year-old trotter Panamanian Hanover, a second, although he missed victory by only 1-1/2 lengths with Southwind Cruze while finishing fifth. "I was a little nervous, but it's good," Herrera said. "I want to start qualifying now and see if I'm good or no good. Maybe I can make it. This is my plan." Herrera came to the U.S. in 1999 and spent 10 years in Chicago before moving to New Jersey. "I've never done anything else but work with horses," said Herrera, who was an assistant trainer at multiple stables before joining Team Miller. "I like it. I'm happy." Miller was happy to see Herrera on the track for his first drives. "We hope he continues to qualify and has success, wherever the journey takes him," she said. Ken Weingartner

Manalapan, NJ --- Ron Burke can't say whether he has a horse similar to Southwind Frank in his group of 2-year-olds that qualified for the first time Monday (June 6) at Gaitway Farms, but the trainer was generally pleased with what he saw from his 25 harness racing rookies that went to the track. Burke won six of the day's 11 qualifiers for the 2-year-olds, finishing first with male pacers John Dally, Miso Fast, and Normandy Beach as well as female trotters Sianna Hanover and Romancing Rachel plus male trotter Southwind Cobra. Yannick Gingras drove all the Burke winners. Trainer Julie Miller, who had 14 2-year-olds make their debuts, won three races. Her winners were female pacers Pleasant Roll and Annacloy along with male trotter Fly On, all with husband Andy Miller in the sulky. John Dally and Annacloy tied for the day's fastest clocking by the 2-year-olds, both stopping the timer in 1:56.3. Southwind Cobra led the male trotters with a time of 1:59 and Sianna Hanover led the female trotters with a time of 1:59.4 on a sun-drenched morning with occasional gusty breezes in the stretch. Burke-trained Southwind Frank, this year's early-season Hambletonian favorite and last year's Dan Patch Award-winning divisional champion, made his debut a year ago at Gaitway. "That's hard to say," Burke said when asked if another horse like Southwind Frank was on display Monday. "He might be the best horse we ever had. "Overall I thought it was a good day. The wind makes it tough to get a feel for how good they were or weren't. But I thought Sianna Hanover was most impressive, followed by maybe Cobra and Filibuster (Hanover); even though he made a break, I was very happy with him and Miso Fast. The ones we thought would be better were better and the ones we thought might have a little trouble did. "What we have to watch for is that ours tend to get a little anxious so then we have to try to keep them quiet." John Dally is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Michelle My Gal, who is a full sister to Burke-trained millionaire Atochia. John Dally, a full brother to stakes-winner Beach Gal, was purchased as a yearling for $130,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. He won by a neck over Chris Ryder's Pointomygranson (American Ideal-Sangaal) despite going off stride early in the mile. Miso Fast (Roll With Joe-Sakura Hanover) was purchased for $125,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is also owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. He is a half-brother to stakes-winners Thirty Two Red and Forty Five Red and his family also includes O'Brien Award winner Glowing Report. Miso Fast won by a head over stablemate Rock It Scott (Roll With Joe-Vanite Semalu) in 1:58. Bill Donovan's Normandy Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Symphony In Motion) won by 2-1/4 lengths over stablemate Southwind Yukon (Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara) in 1:57.3. Normandy Beach was purchased for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. His dam won $1.06 million in her career. Sianna Hanover (Donato Hanover-Simplicity) won by 3-3/4 lengths over Miller's Tanya's Dance (Donato Hanover-Celebrity Speedie). Sianna Hanover was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Winky's Goal and stakes-winner Southwind Wasabi. Romancing Rachel (Muscle Hill-Tady's Comer) won by a half-length over Miller's Southwind Prius (Muscle Hill-Honey Pie) in 2:01.2. Romancing Rachel was purchased for $60,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. She is a half-sister to millionaire Hez Striking and stakes-winner Tady Strikes Again. Southwind Cobra (Muscle Hill-Caerphilly) won by a nose over Miller's President Lindy (Cantab Hall-True Diva). Southwind Cobra was purchased for $120,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes stakes-winner No Pan No Gain. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Jack Piatt II, Larry Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi. The Miller-trained Annacloy (Art Major-Lislea Phia) won by neck over Burke's Gotthisone Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Go On BB). Annacloy was purchased for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Ervin Miller Stable, and Paymaq Racing. Her dam was a multiple stakes-winner. Pleasant Roll (Roll With Joe-Pleasant Yet Bad) won by 2-1/2 lengths over Burke's Gypsy Rose (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance Hanover) in 2:00.1. Pleasant Roll was purchased for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-winner Weeper. The family also includes millionaire Badlands Nitro, who is a full brother to Pleasant Yet Bad. Pleasant Roll is owned by Andy Miller Stable and JT45. Fly On (Muscle Hill-Calchips Finisher) won by a neck over stablemate Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) in 2:02.1. Fly On was purchased for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Arden Homestead Stable, and Gty Stable. Fly On's family includes Dan Patch Award winner Blur. "We were real pleased with most of ours," trainer Julie Miller said about her group, which included Annacloy, Pleasant Roll, and Fly On. "They've been training down good all winter long. We've had high hopes for them. Andy was real pleased with the way they went today." The remaining 2-year-old winners on Monday's qualifier card were female trotter Chezatter and male pacer Every Way Out. Chezatter, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer for owner Purple Haze Stables, won by three-quarters of a length over Miller's Cersei Hanover (Andover Hall-Celebrity Nike) in 2:01.3. Chezatter is a son of Explosive Matter out of the mare Chez Lucie and was purchased for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "She was professional," Smedshammer said about Chezatter. "She left, let someone go, and came back and won. You can't ask for more than that the first time." The Aaron Lambert trained and driven Every Way Out (If I Can Dream-Every Play) won by one length over Burke's Lots Of Lovin (Somebeachsomewhere-No More Loving) in 1:59.2. Every Way Out was purchased for $12,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Lambert. His family includes millionaire Cam Swifty. In qualifier action among older horses, male pacer Dealt A Winner won in 1:49.3 for driver David Miller and trainer Mark Silva. Trotter Gural Hanover won in 1:53 for Gingras and Burke and trotter Fashion Creditor won in 1:54.4 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Tom Fanning. For Monday's complete charts from Gaitway, click here. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 30, 2015 - The free health screenings and flu shots for New Jersey horsemen at Gaitway Farms have been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 21, 2015, according to Dr. Chris Samaha of the Backstretch Community Assistance Program. With a hurricane scheduled to hit the area on the originally scheduled date, Monday, October 5, it was decided to cancel and reschedule. The Gaitway screenings will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Upcoming screenings are set for Wednesday, October 7 at Crystal Brook Farm [11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.] and Thursday, October 8 in the Freehold Paddock [12 p.m. to 3 p.m.]. For more information, contact Chris Samaha at 732-956-7139 on Mondays and Wednesday at Freehold and the Farms at 732-571-5376 at Monmouth Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Manalapan, NJ --- Training down, 2-year-old harness racing male trotter Southwind Frank didn't act like much of a race horse. But ever since getting a taste of more speed, he's come around. Southwind Frank was one of four Ron Burke-trained 2-year-olds to win qualifiers Monday at Gaitway Farms. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, he won in 1:55.3 over a track labeled "good" to lead all trotters. Last week, Southwind Frank finished second by a nose in 2:00.1. "He was very good and he was very good in his first qualifier," Burke said. "He's funny. He was a horrible colt all the way until 2:30, but he's just gotten better and better. The faster you go, the better he gets. He couldn't trot in three minutes to save his life. He was horrible gaited and didn't have a great attitude. But every time we trained him he got a little better and then at like 2:30 it clicked. "He's been a completely different horse since then. Either we were doing a very bad job at first or we're doing a great job now. Horses learn at their own rates. You can push them all you want; some of them are going to do it quick, some you're going to have to wait on." Southwind Frank was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, which was to the colt's benefit. "He was a $100,000 baby so we didn't just cut him loose," Burke said. "I thought I had to give him a chance and I kept making stakes payments, and worried I was throwing just good money after bad, but for once it worked out." Burke-trained male trotter Southwind Flash (Muscle Hill-Friendly Amigo) followed his stablemate onto the track and won his qualifier in 1:58.4. Burke also won with 2-year-old male pacers Lyons Snyder (Well Said-Armbro Cachet) in 1:55.1 and Viceroy Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Vasmajorty Hanover) in 1:56. Both were winners a week ago, Lyons Snyder by 9-1/2 lengths in 1:56.2. "He's a real horse too I think," Burke said. "He's just got to mind his manners. Today was good. He let somebody go, he came back; he had multiple moves. He did everything you're looking for in a horse." Female pacer Skinny Dipper (Somebeachsomewhere-Xhilaration) posted the day's fastest mile for the 2-year-olds, winning the morning's first qualifier in 1:54.2 with a :56.1 final half-mile. It was her first time qualifying. "I didn't want that kind of mile, but they went those fractions up front and she seems like she did it real easy, and that's the main thing," trainer Ross Croghan said. "All winter she had a beautiful, big, loping gait. She looked like a 4-year-old training down, and sometimes that's what you want to see. "She'll qualify one more time, a little slower I hope." Tony Alagna captured two qualifiers, the first with female pacer Call Me Queen Be (Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl) in 1:56.3 and the second with male pacer Craftship (Art Major-Capri Hanover) in 1:56.4. "(Call Me Queen Be) is a really nice filly," Alagna said. "She's been nice all along. She acts like a really nice filly and I'm real happy with her today. "I'm really happy with the group I've got overall. We're having a good day. And we qualified some nice colts (at the Meadowlands) on Saturday and last week here." Alagna also was happy with Dr J Hanover, a colt named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms. Dr J Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect) was purchased under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother was a stakes winner and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Dr J Hanover, making his debut, finished fourth in his qualifier, which was won by Troyce Thomas' Whata Twist (Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage) in 1:56.2. "I was very happy with his first go," Alagna said. "They paced the back half in 55 seconds and he closed into it and was right there at the wire. "He's got a lot of pressure on him with his namesake," he added with a laugh. "She texted me first thing this morning wishing good luck. We're very happy with him." No other trainer sent out more than one winner among the 2-year-olds. Other female pacers posting victories were Gerard Malanga's Sail To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Sail Away) in 1:55 and Tom Fanning's Burden Of Proof (Western Terror-Dragonfest) in 1:57.2. Other male pacers winning were Aaron Lambert's Biggie (Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions) in 1:55.2. Notching triumphs among the female trotters were Chris Ryder's Muffin Hanover (Andover Hall-Mayday Hanover) in 2:01.3 and Jimmy Takter's Keep It Classy (Yankee Glide-Classical Girl) in 2:02.1. For complete charts of all of Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway, click here. Ken Weingartner      

Manalapan, NJ --- After several years of dabbling with Thoroughbreds, trainer Don Swick’s focus has returned to harness racing. And although he is only operating a six-horse stable, the most important number is one. Rodeo Rock is the one. A 2-year-old male pacer, Rodeo Rock was among the winners at qualifiers Monday at Gaitway Farms. Rodeo Rock, making his second qualifying effort of the season, won by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over a track labeled “good” because of early-morning rain. “He’s the horse that brought me back,” said Swick, who trains Rodeo Rock for longtime owner Bill Peshina’s Royal Wire Products Inc. “This horse is it. I know there are good ones all over, but I really do think he’s special.” Swick got involved with Thoroughbreds in 2010 and last year had three with Peshina, but returned his focus to harness racing at Peshina’s request. The two bought Rodeo Rock, originally named Electronica, for $107,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. The colt is a son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Electric Fool. His mom is a half-sister to millionaire Western Shore and his third dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account, the mother of Dan Patch Award winner Artiscape. “He was just a big, gorgeous looking horse,” Swick said. “We were looking for something a little different. Bill said let’s try a Rock N Roll Heaven this year; try a different state, a different sire. He walked in, and he looked just like this then. He was in good shape and a big, strong colt. He’s been that way ever since. He’s always been a good mannered horse. We’ve had a good time with him so far.” Although eligible to race in the New York Sire Stakes series, Swick does not plan to race Rodeo Rock on half-mile tracks. The colt is eligible to the Metro Pace, Nassagaweya, and Champlain in Canada, the stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile, and the Breeders Crown. “This is what Bill wanted to do and this is what we’re going to do,” said Swick, who has trained for Peshina for more than 30 years. “I’m happy. I’m happy as a clam. Royal Wire, they’ve been so good to me. (Bill is) the best guy in the world.” Tony Alagna and Ron Burke both sent out three winners among the 2-year-olds on Monday. Burke won with male pacers Lyons Snyder (Well Said-Armbro Cachet), in a day’s best 1:56.2, and JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-Whats New Pussycat) in 1:57.1 as well as male trotter Edinburgh (Andover Hall-Muscles Carbonara) in 2:00.3. Lyons Snyder was purchased for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Jeff Snyder. The colt is half-brother to millionaire Aracache Hanover. “He was very good,” Burke said about Lyons Snyder. “He has three lungs. It’s just a matter of keeping his mind together. If he does that, he’s a very good horse.” Alagna’s winners were female trotter Caprice Hill (Kadabra-Bramasole) in 1:58; male pacer American Passport (American Ideal-Star Of The Show) in 1:58.2; and female pacer Call Me Queen Be (Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl) in 1:58.2. Remaining 2-year-old winners were Casie Coleman’s male pacer Tommy’s Delight (Roll With Joe-L Dees Rainbow) in 1:56.3; Steve Elliott’s female pacer Soulmate Hanover (Well Said-Sayo Hanover) in 1:57.2; Linda Toscano’s female pacer Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) in 1:58.4; Andrew Harris’ filly trotter Radiant Beam (Holiday Road-Sleek Agent) in 1:59.4; and Julie Miller’s male trotter Sutton (Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings) in 2:01. For complete charts of Monday's qualifiers, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Manalapan, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke was happy with all the 2-year-olds he sent out for qualifiers Monday morning at Gaitway Farms, and particularly pleased with Muscle Hill-sired trotters Silvia, Southwind Flash, and Southwind Frank. Burke-trained horses were entered in eight of the qualifiers for 2-year-olds, and won seven. Southwind Frank missed by a nose in the final qualifier for the rookies, preventing a sweep. In the same race, stablemate Edinburgh was leading in the stretch but went off stride when several birds on the track took flight in front of him. Yannick Gingras drove all seven of Burke's winners on a morning that featured early occasional rain, gusty wind and later sunshine. Horses trained by Julie Miller won the two qualifiers for the 2-year-olds that did not go to the Burke Brigade. Southwind Flash (Muscle Hill-Friendly Amigo) won by 1-3/4 lengths over Miller's Stayin Strong (Muscles Yankee-Loch Katrine) in 1:58.1 with a :57.1 final half-mile. Southwind Flash, a colt purchased for $85,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is the first foal out of Friendly Amigo, who was an Ontario standout and captured the 2011 Allerage Farms Mare Trot. Silvia (Muscle Hill-My Favorite Chip) won by 2-1/2 lengths over Miller's Best Of Dreams (Donato Hanover-Lunar Dream Om) in 2:01.4 with a final quarter-mile of :29.1. Silvia, a filly purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is a half-sister to millionaire Adrian Chip, who was second to Donato Hanover in the 2007 Hambletonian. The colt Southwind Frank (Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy) trotted his back half in :57 and missed by a nose to Miller's Staying Focused (Yankee Glide-Raising The Bar), who won in 2:00.1. Southwind Frank was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and comes from a family that includes stakes-winners Cayster, Giant Hit, Program Speed, and Rockaroundtheclock. "All three of the Muscle Hill trotters were very good," Burke said. "I think Muscle Hill is going to change the breed; they're just better than other horses." Burke's pacing winners all were sired by Somebeachsomewhere. The colt Manhattan Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear) produced the fastest mile of the day for the 2-year-olds, winning by 15-1/4 lengths over Linda Toscano's Rocket J (Rock N Roll Heaven-Must See) in 1:55.2, back half in :55.4. Manhattan Beach was bought for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. Rocket J was purchased for $155,000, also at Harrisburg, and is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner Well Said. His family also includes $2-million-earner Glowing Report. JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-Whats New Pussycat), another colt, won by 4-3/4 lengths over Nancy Johansson's Marcus N Max (American Ideal-Lady Of Lust) in 1:56.1. JK Will Power, purchased for $110,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is the first foal out of stakes-winner Whats New Pussycat, whose mother was Breeders Crown champion Molly Can Do It. Viceroy Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Vasmajorty Hanover) won by 1-1/4 lengths over Miller's Headforthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere-Head Of The House) in 1:58.3. Viceroy Hanover, a colt bought for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is from the same family as millionaire Voelz Hanover. Burke-trained female pacer Lyons River Pride (Somebeachsomewhere-Mississippi River) won by 3-1/2 lengths over Ivan Llopez's LL Jackpot (Philos Hanover-Wygant Rose) in 1:57.4 and stablemate East Side Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Edra Hanover) won by a half-length over Gerard Malanga's Sail To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Sail Away) in 2:01.2, with a :27.1 final quarter-mile. "It's a very good group," Burke said. "Everybody was super. I'm very happy. "We knew they were nice, but it's nice to see them matched up against other people and see that they're at least decent." Miller, in addition to winning with Staying Focused, won with female trotter Womans Will (Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman). She bested Cozette McAvoy's Zette Starlet (Credit Winner-Scottish Starlet) by 16-1/4 lengths in 1:59, with the final half-mile in :57.1. Staying Focused was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a full brother to stakes-winner Raising Rachel. The family also includes Dan Patch Award winner Casual Breeze. "We were happy with all of ours that went today," driver Andy Miller said. "The trotters all stayed at it, that was the main thing, and got some good miles in them. "The trotting filly, Womans Will, I think she could be like a stakes filly. All four of the trotting colts - Open Road Hanover, Staying Focused, Stayin Strong and Milligan's School - all performed really good today and did what we asked." Also in action Monday morning were Joe Holloway's 3-year-old stakes filly pacers Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin. Divine Caroline won her qualifier in 1:53 and Bettor Be Steppin won her qualifier in 1:52.4. For Monday's complete charts from Gaitway, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

HHYF introduces Jody Morone as Summer Programs Supervisor; Julie Miller as new Trustee The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has named Jody Morone as its Summer Programs Supervisor. The HHYF has also announced the unanimous election of Julie Miller to its board of Trustees. Miller, an Iowa native, joins Corey Callahan on the board as a backstretch voice. She has nearly 1,300 training wins and has posted a UTRS "batting average" over .315 for each of the past ten years. "I saw HHYF when I was in Illinois," she says. "I saw how they reached the kids. When we made the move out East and we saw HHYF was at Gaitway Farms, I wanted to get involved. I am especially excited to be joining HHYF as we begin preparing for the 40th anniversary." Morone, has been around Standardbreds her entire life and has worked in a number of capacities in the business. is looking forward to the challenge. "I was in 4-H and became a 4-H leader at age 19. It helped me realize that hands-om is the best way to learn. When you give kids the opportunity perhaps you awaken something, then anything is possible." HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor is excited about both additions. "I believe HHYF is ready for the dynamic energy of both Jody as summer programs supervisor, and Julie as trustee. Each of them understands the importance of our work and believes wholeheartedly in our mission. We are definitely looking forward to incorporating their ideas as we move HHYF forward in the upcoming busy summer season and in a couple of new areas, too!" she said. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to fostethe next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.    

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 30, 2014 - The schedule for the free health screenings supervised by the Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, has been revised, shifting the Freehold Raceway event to Thursday, October 9, 2014. This is a week later than originally announced. The time remains 12 noon to 3 p.m. The program, which began in mid-September, will make its next stop on Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information, contact Dr. Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. Dates, times and which screenings are available at each location are listed below: 2014 HEALTH SCREENINGS & FLU VACCINATIONS DATES Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms 355 Highway 33 Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Thursday, October 9 at Freehold Raceway Paddock 12 pm - 3 pm (CH, G, BP & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 15 at White Birch 214 Route 526 Allentown, NJ 08501 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, G, BP, BF & Flu Shots) Monday, October 20 at Magical Acres 160 Crosswicks-Chesterfield Road Trenton, NJ 08620 11:30 am - 2 pm (CH, BP, G & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 22 at Showplace Farms [BCAP Office, Above Barn J] 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Screening Legend: BF= Body Fat Index BP= Blood Pressure. CH=Cholesterol G= Glucose V= Vision by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 12, 2014 - Health screenings will be available for free for New Jersey standardbred horsemen through a program supervised by the Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey at training centers, starting September 17, 2014. The screenings will take place at Tullo's, White Birch, Winner's International, Crystal Brook, Magical Acres, Gaitway and Showplace Farms as well as Freehold Raceway. For further information, contact Dr. Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. Dates, times and which screenings are available at each location are listed below: 2014 HEALTH SCREENINGS & FLU VACCINATIONS DATES Wednesday, September 17 at Tullo's 935 Route 547, Howell, NJ 07731 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (CH, BP, BF & Flu Shots) Monday, September 22 at Crystal Brook 113 Laird Road Colts Neck, NJ 07722 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (Ch, G, BP & Flu Shots) Monday, September 29 at Winners International 36 White Pine Road Columbus, NJ 08322 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (CH, G, BP BF & Flu Shots) Thursday, October 2 at Freehold Raceway Paddock 12 pm - 3 pm (CH, G, BP & Flu Shots) Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms 355 Highway 33 Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 15 at White Birch 214 Route 526 Allentown, NJ 08501 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, G, BP, BF & Flu Shots) Monday, October 20 at Magical Acres 160 Crosswicks-Chesterfield Road Trenton, NJ 08620 11:30 am - 2 pm (CH, BP, G & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 22 at Showplace Farms [BCAP Office, Above Barn J] 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Screening Legend: BF= Body Fat Index BP= Blood Pressure. CH=Cholesterol G= Glucose V= Vision by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 18, 2014 - A late afternoon summer storm failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 110 golfers who competed at the 19th Annual SBOANJ Golf Outing & Fundraiser on July 14, 2014 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. A total of 125 golfers and banquet attendees feasted on a prime rib dinner. Numerous door prizes were distributed along with presentations for golfing prowess. Best foursome honors went to Kunz Equine Team of Simon Spicer, Mike Seddon, Shannon Murphy and Johnny Pregman. The "most honest" foursome award went to Jim Hogan, Jesse Johnson, John Hynes and Frank VanWie. Longest drive-prizes went to Hannah Miller, who won Kindle Fire tablet, and Jeff Bamond Jr., who received a Boze Bluetooth speaker Closest to the Pin was Simon Spicer from of the Kunz Equine Team, who won a 32-inch HD TV. Putting contest honors - and $145 - went to Kelly Breen. Frank Lomangino won the drawing for a Track Trainer jog cart, which was donated by Allen Eggert of Pennsbury Enterprises. The 50-50 winner was Garrett Federico, whose share was $895. Sponsorships, key to the fund raising effort which benefits New Jersey's standardbred horsemen in need, were provided at several levels. The overall tournament sponsors were Shay Cowan of Katz/Pierz, and Thomas Cordovano and John Macri of the La Ferla Group. At the Gold Level, the donors were the Meadowlands Racetrack; Drucker, Math & Whitman CPAs; Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group/UBS Financial Services; Joie de Vie Farms and Rollermagic Roller Rinks. At the Silver Level, the donors were Showplace Farms, Gaitway Farms, Federico's Landscape Design, Santoro & Santoro [Dennis Dowd], Valley High Stables, Freehold Raceway, Eposimato Stable, Mark Ford Training Stable, Nick Salenetri, Aetna/Meritain Health, Hambletonian Society and Val D'Or Farms. At the Bronze Level, the donors are Advocacy Management Group, Network Security Group, New Jersey Community Bank, Chris Ryder and Nick Surick. Additional fundraising was accomplished through the donation of goods and services by Bluestone Farms, Deo Volente Farm, Gambler Ridge Golf Club, Ellen Harvey, Meadowbrook Industries, Makefield Highlands Golf Club, Northwood Bloodstock, Pennsbury Enterprises, Reynolds Hay & Straw/Tribute Equine Nutrition, Rick's Saddle Shop/Purina, Baker Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram and Newport Graphics. Dinner, lunch and competition awards were underwritten by Martin Scharf, Deo Volente Farm, Berman, Gara & Rutsky, Electric Battery Company, Network Security Group, Nick Surick, Marc and Marcia Goldberg and Green Acquisition Corp. Hole sponsors were Berman Gara & Rutsky, John and Paula Campbell, Drucker, Math & Whitman, Thomas J. Durkin/ Joseph Spadaro, Green Acquisition Corp, Joie de Vie Farms, Katz/Pierz, La Ferla Group, Meadowlands Racetrack, Andy Miller, Ervin Miller Stable, Network Security Group, Rollermagic Roller Rinks and Suydam Insurance Agency. The SBOANJ golf outing is co-chaired by SBOANJ directors Ed Razzetti and Bob Baggitt Sr. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway's 13-race program Wednesday evening could a box of chocolates...you never know what you are going to get until you taste them.   The same could be said about the 2-year-old colt pacers entered in the New York Sires Stakes and Excelsior A Series. A total of 40 inexperienced colt pacers are set to participate with 32 getting their first taste of their young careers. For some, this will be the start of their sweet careers.   While there are 91 'lines' in the program on the entrants, 83 of them are qualifiers. There are just eight pari-mutual starts amongst the group and combined lifetime earnings of $9,051.   There will be three $37,266 divisions of the Sire Stakes and two legs of the Excelsior A series worth $12,600 apiece. There is also a non-betting $6,600 division of the Excelsior Series B that will go off before the start of the 5 p.m. card.   They'll also be gunning for the track record at Buffalo Raceway for the 2-year-old colts of 1:55.4 set last season by He's Watching.   The 40 colts and geldings involved in the regular card have been sired by either Art Major (12), American Ideal (7), Rock N Roll Heaven (6), Bettor's Delight (6) If I Can Dream (4), Kenneth J (3) and Artiscape (2).   In the first division, set for the third race, Cartoon Daddy paced the mile in a qualifier at Gaitway Farms in New Jersey in 1:55 on June 16th and has been installed as the 5-2 choice with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. They will begin from the seven post. Morrill Jr. is fresh off a five-win afternoon Sunday at Buffalo and is currently the leading driver on the Sire Stakes circuit.   K Ryan Bluechip went 1:54.2 in a qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 20th. He'll start from the five post with Joe Pavia Jr. in the sulky as the 3-1 second pick.   Ardie B Speed, who will start from the two post for Jeff Gregory, turned in an eye-popping 19-1/2 qualifiying win on June 20th at Vernon Downs in 1:56.3 and could be a force to be aware of.   The second division, the Ron Burke-trained K-Rock (Morrill Jr) could be very good starting from the two post after going a 1:55.1 qualifier on June16th at Gaitway Farms. He's the 5-2 morning line selection.   His main threat could come from Old Man Cleary (Brent Holland) who had a 1:56 time over the Gaitway Farm track on June 23rd.   The third and final leg goes off in the seventh race with Play The Field (Morrill Jr.) the early 3-1 favorite. They'll be starting from the two post. Play The Field went a 1:57 mile at Gaitway Farm on June16th and should get a perfect trip.   Startznheaven gets local drover Ray Fisher Jr. and they'' score from the rail. Starznheaven had a 1:57 mile at Gaitway on June 23rd.   The Excelsior A series races will be contest in the second and sixth.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, news and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Westfield, IN- Although the posted deadline has passed to apply for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2014 summer program schedule, the Foundation is providing a second chance to potential campers. Applications for several camps will remain open on a first come, first served basis, until each camp is filled, with a hard deadline of June 10, after which no applications can be accepted. HHYF's complete 2014 schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation's Youth Camps and one- and two-day introductory events, is available at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. The all-inclusive five-day camp fee is $150, while registration for single day events is $25. "Most of our camps are nearly filled," explained HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "But since camps are more fun when we have 'full fields', we are extending the deadline a bit. We also realize that several locations (Maine and Indiana) were added late and some schools have extended sessions due to the winter which may have made it tougher for some people to plan ahead." HHYF's popular overnight youth camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 21-25 at Harrington, in Delaware; July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and July 21-25 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 2. These camps feature hands-on experience, including driving, using the organization's stable of Trottingbred horses. Shorter, introductory programs for children eleven and up are scheduled for the Indiana State Fargorunds on June 17; Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 27; Cumberland Maine on June 30, July 1, and July 3 (three separate programs); Cornish Maine on July 2; Gaitway Farms in New Jersey on July 30-31; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 5. HHYF will also conduct special programs for equine oriented groups throughout the summer. The Foundation, which is dedicated to creating the next generation of harness racing fans, will also have a presence at the Fair Winds Farm Open House in New Jersey, the Little Brown Jug, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, Richwood OH fair, Open Space Day at Freehold Raceway, and at the Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity weekend. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, hhyfkeith@earthlink.net or 216-374-1392. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation    

The popular Hambletonian Monte (racing under saddle) a late-closing series for trotters will feature a $25,000 final on Hambletonian Eve, Fri., Aug. 1 at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ.   The inaugural Hambletonian Monte final was won by 2008 Hambletonian winning driver Ray Schnittker, who rode Flex The Muscle to victory in the $32,800 final. (attached)   Monte racing, a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing is a popular pari-mutuel sport in Europe, especially in France where many top trotters and drivers compete in both top-tier sulky and saddle races. It's also a rising trend in North America, as last year saw nine tracks host events worth more than $90,000 in purse money put up by industry sponsors. A celebrity appearance by star thoroughbred jockey Chantal Sutherland aboard DW NY's Yank resulted in a new under saddle world record at The Meadows in Pennsylvania.   The Hambletonian under saddle event has shown rapid growth under the direction of Helene Gregory, who won a U.S. Harness Writers Presidents Award for her efforts to bring the discipline to prominence. The organization Monte America put together the series for trotters comprising two legs worth $10,000 on July 18 and July 25 respectively and a $25,000 final showcased on the eve of harness racing's richest and most prestigious day - a night dedicated to females, fun and fashion at the New Meadowlands Racetrack.   There will be RUS qualifiers and practical tests for RUS licenses held at Gaitway Farms in Manalapan, NJ on three consecutive Mondays - June 9, 16 and 23.   "The Racing Under Saddle program has proved to be an interesting twist for harness racing," said Gregory. "The support from trainers, owners and most of all racetracks has been incredible. The Meadowlands has taken the lead with Jeff Gural personally having a big impact with his support and sponsorship. The RUS riders bring a whole new stream of fans, as families, friends and barn mates come along to cheer on these new races."   Hambletonian Monte sponsors for 2014 include Allerage Farms, Valley High Stable, Back On Track, Arden Homestead Stable, Ron Burke Stable, Paul Kelley Stable, White Birch Farm, Winners Circle Blueberries and 2013 Hambletonian winning trainer George Ducharme. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Gregory at kickan@comcast.net for more information.   There are currently more than 60 licensed RUS riders in North America. Jennifer Connor who competed on the circuit last year sees the event as a real positive for harness racing.   "I like that Monte has opened a door for more women to participate competitively in harness racing and I think that it has the ability to attract fans from other equestrian disciplines. I also believe it helps these horses have a life after racing, as they are going to be trained to also race under saddle," said Connor.   A $200 nomination fee is due June 15 for those wishing to compete. Conditions, nomination blanks and more information can be found on the Monte America website http://www.monteamerica.com/ or on the Hambletonian Society website http://www.hambletonian.org/resources/RUSSeries20143.pdf. by Moira Fanning, for Monte America

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